I am just going to come out and say it… this is some thick ass sauce right here y’all! This zesty spaghetti sauce recipe with Ancient Harvest pasta is nowhere near being skimpy and naked. We got it all going on over here with grass-fed ground beef, ground Italian sausage, three colors of bell peppers, oodles of minced garlic, half an onion, and a whole lot of basil and oregano! How does that sound? Keep reading to find out how I made this set-it-and-forget-it sauce. I will also talk about the Ancient Harvest gluten-free pasta that I used with this zesty spaghetti sauce recipe. I tried them out for Tried It Out Tuesday!
This zesty spaghetti sauce recipe does require a little bit of prep but it is essential. You can’t just toss raw ground meat products into your slow-cooker and expect good results. You gotta brown that meat. Next you are also going to want to saute your onions and garlic until they achieve a translucent appearance and become aromatic and fragrant. I also take the time to soften up the three peppers.
I think you are all going to fall in love with this simple and easy slow-cooker paleo root vegetable pot roast recipe! This is pure comfort food right over here! This dish was created with a chuck roast, carrots, parsnips, and one really huge turnip! This paleo pot roast gets its fabulous flavor from one of my favorite seasonings, Herbs de Provence. Not only is this meal pure comfort food on a plate, but this paleo & gluten-free dinner is simple to create at home.
First things first though. Let’s discuss this Root Vegetable Pot Roast from the beginning. The meat is the highlight of the meal after all. The first thing I do for a slow-cooker roast is salt and pepper that slab of meat, throw it on a hot saute pan with olive oil, let it sizzle and brown. When you brown your meat you lock in the juice of the meat and your meat will be so tender when dinner time rolls around. I used a small 2 pound roast for this recipe but I believe you could use any chuck roast up to three pounds. If you are looking for a great deal on a chuck roast, I have had great success with shopping at Kroger.
Soften & season up the vegetables
Once you get a beautiful sear on all sides of the meat it is time to soften and season veggies. This recipe includes carrots, parsnips, and a turnip. What you need to do is slice the carrots and the parsnips. With the turnip, you are going to chop it up into little square or rectangular pieces.
Season it up with Herbs de Provence
This paleo root vegetable pot roast was seasoned with Herbs de Provence from Spice Islands. I honestly do not know what the exact ingredients are in this blend. It only says “spices & lavender” on the back label. No clue on why it is so top secret but it is. I wish I could fill you in on the exact seasonings that go into this blend. I read the label on another Herbs de Provence label and it had the following ingredients: marjoram, savory, thyme, rosemary, basil, fennel, sage, lavender.
This is a very fragrant and aromatic spice. It is not a seasoning that I use often but I do enjoy seasoning a big hunk of meat with this.
The Instant Pot Aura
This paleo pot roast can be cooked with a regular slow-cooker but I would love to let you know exactly how I cooked my meal. I just recently gave the Instant Pot Aura a whirl and published a review on my blog. I have been using this small appliance in my kitchen for about one month and I am head over heels in love with it! The Instant Pot Aura is a 6-quart multicooker that is a 10-in-1 small appliance for your kitchen. Instead of using a saute pan AND a slow-cooker the Instant Pot Aura is capable of both browning the meat AND slow-cooking it.
Final thoughts on this Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast
If you are looking for great comfort food, this Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast recipe will hit the spot! My little family of three chowed down and there were some mmm’s and ahh’s going on at the dinner table! Not only is this slow-cooker pot roast recipe simple but it is very healthy as well! You will not find any gluten lurking around in this paleo recipe… just savory meat and vegetables. This is a meal that you can feel good about eating and you can enjoy this paleo meal without all the guilt!
Question Time! What are your favorite ingredients in a pot roast? Leave me a comment and let me know what ingredients you enjoy in yours!
Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast For Your Slow-Cooker (Gluten-Free)
This paleo root vegetable pot roast recipe is a simple and easy recipe for your slow-cooker. This dish is pure comfort food and this meal is also gluten-free.
2 pound Chuck roast (You can use slightly larger)
3 Carrots (Sliced)
2 Parsnips (Sliced)
1 Turnip (Diced)
14.5 ounces Fire Roasted Tomatoes (Drained)
2 tablespoons Minced Garlic
2 Shallots (Slivered)
1 1/2 tablespoons Herbs de Provence
1 Bay Leaf
2 tablespooons Virgin Olive Oil
Salt (To taste)
Pepper (To taste)
Slice and dice your vegetables.
Warm the olive oil in a saute pan. Salt and pepper the meat. Place the meat in the saute pan and brown the meat on all sides to get a browned crust on the outside of the beef.
Add in the garlic and shallots and cook until translucent.
Add in the vegetables (carrots, parsnips, and turnip). Saute until slightly softened.
Place the meat and vegetables into the slow-cooker. Add in one can drained diced fire roasted tomatoes.
Add in your bay leaf and herbs de provence. Stir until well incorporated. Salt and pepper the mixture.
Place the slow-cooker on low for 5-6 hours.
Once 5-6 hours have passed you can remove your meat and cut into small chunks. Place it back in the slow-cooker and give it a good stir.
Serve, eat, and enjoy.
It is best to go light on the salt and pepper and season to taste depending on the size of your chuck roast. You can always add more as time goes on.
My 38th birthday on February 23rd may have come and gone but the wonderful memories will remain of my awesome birthday dinner with family at Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township, Michigan. I have dined at Terry’s Terrace a couple of times in the past and I was so impressed with my experience I had to go back. If you are looking for a seafood dish of excellence then Terry’s Terrace is the restaurant that you will want to dive into! This Terry’s Terrace review will go into detail about my seafood birthday dinner at this establishment. Unfortunately, I can’t have alcohol at this point in time of my life so I am unable to discuss that but it does appear to be that this place has an incredible bar. If you want to hear about their food, though, you are in the right place. Also, keep reading to find out how you can win a $25 gift-card to Terry’s Terrace in the gift-card giveaway! Four winners will be drawn at random.
Let’s get started and break down my birthday dinner.
My Terry’s Terrace Review
Terry’s Terrace has a great ambiance. The atmosphere at this Harrison Township is a fun one. This restaurant is often very busy and I do suggest making reservations if you do not want to wait around for a table because they do fill up fast. This restaurant is dimly lit and depending on where you sit there can be some background noise. The area around the bar is where most of the noise comes from but there are other areas of the restaurant you can be seated at that are more on the quiet side.
For those of you who have quarters in your pocket there is also an arcade at the back of this restaurant. Inside you will find some great video games and a wide variety of pinball machines.
Lobster Bisque Lobster Tacos Surf & Turf Lobster Ravioli Lobster Risotto New England Lobster Roll Lobster Tower Lobster Stuffed Cod Lobster & Crab Cakes Salmon with Lobster Cream sauce Lobster & Shrimp Penne Twin Lobster Tails
I don’t know about you but I sure can’t pass up the opportunity to have a lobster feast. When I looked at the menu at Terry’s Terrace I felt like I hit the jackpot. They have so many incredible and tempting seafood dishes to choose from! It almost seemed like an impossible task to just settle on one because I am sure they are all magnificent. So if you are a seafood lover like me, you are going to swoon over the menu here at Terry’s Terrace.
Appetizers were currently half off when we dined there on a Saturday around 4 pm. It is difficult to pass up a good appetizer at a great price so my mom ordered two plates of the crab-stuffed mushrooms. Boy were they ever awesome! The crab-stuffed mushrooms are one of the house specialties at Terry’s Terrace and for good reason… excellent appetizer! The crab-stuffed mushrooms appetizer consists of mushroom caps stuffed with real crab mix, red onions, and finished with Monterey jack cheese and a lemon to squeeze on top.
Load up on some soup and salad
My dinner included a house salad and I got that with a cup of French dressing on the side. Pretty decent salad but what I was really excited to give a whirl was Terry’s Terrace lobster bisque soup. I have a weakness for lobster bisque and whenever I see it on a menu I just have to order it. My only beef with the soup was that I wish there had just been a tab bit more in the bowl. The lobster bisque had the perfect amount of lobster meat on top of it to swirl into the soup and delight my palate. It was also served with a small piece of garlic bread on the side to dip into it. I am going to be dreaming of this soup for days. I would love another helping of this on my next visit. And the great thing about the lobster bisque is that it is a regular menu item and not just for Lobster Lover’s February.
Though I have not tried it yet and can’t speak from experience (yet), Terry’s Terrace has a clam chowder on their menu. They are known for their seafood and I’m quite certain that their clam chowder will not disappoint. I am thinking that on my next visit to Terry’s Terrace I will be trying that one out! The clam chowder is highlighted on their menu as one of their specialties so of course, you know it is going to be fabulous!
My seafood dinner, the star of the show
Because Terry’s Terrace has Lobster Lover’s February taking place this month I just had to go with a lobster dish and their lobster ravioli turned out to be such a fantastic choice. I have ordered lobster ravioli and other restaurants and have sometimes been let down because the lobster has sort of a pungent, strong taste. Terry’s Terrace lobster ravioli was everything but that. The lobster ravioli had a delicate taste and they were served with a lush white creamy champagne sauce. The lobster ravioli also included a blend of red peppers, corn, and shallots.
Another one of the lobster menu items for Lobster Lover’s February was the lobster-stuffed cod and my mother ordered that. The lobster-stuffed cod was one of the lobster menu items that I debated on ordering. I do love eating a big hunk of some meaty cod. I am including a photo of my mom’s meal here so you can see just how good this was! The cod fish was baked to perfection and topped with a great amount of lobster meat. I was a little jelly of her dinner even though I loved mine. Maybe next year for Lobster Lover’s February I will order the dish that she got.
Terry’s Terrace for kids
Terry’s Terrace also has a kids menu available. This is a great place to take your kids on Tuesdays because on Tuesdays guess what? Kids eat FREE! I am going to suggest the fish & chips for your kiddos because Terry’s Terrace has award-winning fish & chips.
next big moment in life or a birthday party with family and friends. I made a reservation, of course, because there were 15 of us. They had us seated in a separate little area of the restaurant where it was just us and we were isolated from the rest of the restaurant. It was perfect to have a room like this set aside for my large party of dinner guests.
Terry’s Terrace also provided me with a dessert on the house (no picture). It was a brownie served with vanilla ice-cream, and a big dollop of whipped cream.
Be sure to sign up for their VIP Club for some freebies and deals. They sent me a postcard before my birthday to use on my birthday dinner. I believe it was $7 off my birthday dinner (feel free to correct me if I am wrong). Unfortunately, I ended up either misplacing mine card or accidentally throwing it in the recycling bin.
Final thoughts on my Terry’s Terrace experience
My family and I had an excellent meal at this restaurant from start-to-finish! I honestly can not think of a single gripe that I had for my birthday dinner here. I believe that my family also enjoyed their experience here. The menu for Lobster Lover’s February is both impressive and delicious. I am definitely going to be going back to Terry’s Terrace next year for their lobster feast. I hope that this Terry’s Terrace review will inspire you to stop in and give it a whirl!
Question Time! What dish is calling your name at Terry’s Terrace? Leave me a comment and let me know what meal looks enticing to you! View the full menu HERE.
The Instant Pot Aura is a multi-cooker that will replace ten common appliances in your kitchen. Even though this small appliance carries the Instant Pot name, this device is not a pressure cooker. And guess what? I am completely and totally fine with this small appliance not being a pressure cooker. I guess I am what you would consider old school when it comes to cooking and have always preferred a slow-cooker method over pressure cooking. This Instant Pot Aura review will show you the many functions of this multicooker device for your kitchen.
The Instant Pot Aura allows for a customizable cooking experience in your kitchen. This small appliance from Instant Pot has 10 different functions on it that are programmable. You will find that the Instant Pot Aura is a versatile tool that can be used for your next cooking project. This device can be fine-tuned to tailor the needs of what you are cooking and it even remembers the last setting that you programmed.
Instant Pot Aura review
Advantages of the Instant Pot Aura – my takeaway
For me, the number one advantage to this Instant Pot Aura is that I can also sear/saute all in one convenient appliance and then use the slow-cooker function. Makes for fewer dishes! When I make something like a pot roast I always sear my big hunk of meat and I like to soften the veggies with some olive oil. The Instant Pot Aura is the perfect cooking device for your next big roast.
Another great function of this Instant Pot Aura multicooker is that you can use this to roast an entire chicken. With the Instant Pot Aura, you can perfectly roast an entire chicken. This was actually the first thing that I did with my Instant Pot Aura and the meat came out so flavorful and juicy. I simply just stuffed the cavity with a halved lemon, a shallot, and some rosemary. I then made an herbed ghee mixture with minced garlic and rosemary and spread this all over the skin of the chicken.
Functions of the Instant Pot Aura
10 appliances all in 1! How does that sound? Sounds pretty magnificent to me and that is exactly why I was so eager to give the Instant Pot Aura a whirl!
With 10 Smart Programs your favorite dishes can now be prepared to perfection by simply pushing a button.
Sear / Saute
With the Instant Pot Aura’s microprocessor technology you are in control over temperature and time. This technology ensures consistent cooking results.
I will discuss some of my favorite functions now of the Instant Pot Aura.
For the slow-cooker mode, there are two settings: high and low. You can program the slow-cooker for 30 minutes all the way up to 24 hours.
The sear and saute mode on the Instant Pot Aura is incredible. There is a flexible temperature setting that ranges from 250-degrees to 425-degrees. This function is perfect for getting a good sear on your meat, sauteing your vegetables, and for caramelization. The time for this mode ranges from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.
The roast setting has a flexible temperature range from 250-degrees to 425-degrees. I roasted a whole chicken in the Instant Pot Aura for 90 minutes at 425-degrees and the outcome was excellent. So simple and easy to use and even the cleanup was a breeze. The Instant Pot Aura also comes with a roasting rack for the roast setting. The roast setting is not only perfect for chicken but imagine the big hunks of beef you could roast in here!
With the Delay Start mode, you can program the Instant Pot Aura so your meal can be ready at dinner-time.
The Keep Warm function is a wonderful setting as well. This setting keeps your food nice and warm and this setting can be programmed for whatever duration of time you need. One great way that this setting would come in handy is during the holidays so food can be kept warm at your next big feast.
The Instant Pot Aura is dishwasher-safe, which is a big bonus because I certainly don’t feel like washing it!
Instant Pot Aura Simple Sausage Pasta Sauce RECIPE
I am including a recipe in my review of the Instant Pot Aura. This is a super simple recipe for some very zesty and flavorful ground Italian sausage pasta sauce. This recipe can be served up with the pasta of your choice. I opted form some cheese tortellinis and that turned out to be quite the excellent choice. This recipe is a great one to start with for the Instant Pot Aura newbie (like myself).
Simple Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce In The Instant Pot Aura
This recipe is for my Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce. This is a very zesty and garlicky sauce and it is so simple to create with your Instant Pot Aura Multicooker! This recipe will serve approximately four people. Serve this pasta sauce with the pasta of your choice. We enjoyed this sauce with cheese tortellini.
1 pound Ground Italian Sausage
28 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 Shallots (slivered)
2 tablespoons Minced Garlic
1 1/2 tablespoon Italian Seasoning Blend
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Turn your Instant Pot Aura on and hit the sautée button. The Instant Pot Aura will warm up. Place one tablespoon of olive oil inside. Add your garlic and slivered shallots. Cook until translucent and fragrant.
Add the ground Italian sausage to the Instant Pot Aura and brown the meat. Season with one tablespoon Italian Seasoning.
Add in the can of crushed tomatoes and the tomato paste. Give it a good stir and incorporate all of the ingredients.
Add in an additional 1/2 tablespoon of Italian seasonings.
Set the Instant Pot Aura on the slow-cooker mode on low for one hour.
After the hour is up it is time to eat. Serve this pasta sauce with the pasta of your choice.
Serve, eat, and enjoy!
Question Time! How will you be using the Instant Pot Aura in your kitchen? What would you love to create first?
I just recently had a chance to give CBD Only edibles a whirl and I am so happy to share my experience with you today in this CBD Only review. I have tried CBD gummies plenty of times but this was my first ever experience with CBD hard candies and caramels. I love my gummies, like really really love them and I enjoy taking them but it is always fun to mix it up and try something different and new for a change. That is where CBD Only comes in with their range of edibles available. I had the opportunity to try some CBD edbiles from CBD Only and that includes their CBD hard candy, CBD caramel, and CBD gummy bears.
DISCLAIMER Please note that I am not a medical professional and this review is not to be taken as medical advice. If you have health concerns please address them with your physician and consult your doctor before taking any CBD products mentioned within this review.
The second most prominent compound in cannabis, CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with non-euphoric, non-toxic, and anti-oxidants effects used for relief to a wide range of health disorders.
Did you see the part about CBD being non-psychoactive? It is indeed true. When I consume CBD I do not feel high. There is no high attached to consuming CBD oil and that is what makes it so wonderful to me. I am not against marijuana but it just isn’t for me. I have tried many different types of marijuana and me and the THC just don’t jive! It isn’t for me. But I became aware of the benefits of CBD recently and I was intrigued that there are so many benefits and I wanted to see how it could help me.
Health benefits of CBD
Can help alleviate cancer-related symptoms
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
May reduce acne
Can help benefit heart health
How I use CBD in my life – A little bit of my story
For me personally, I choose to use CBD to help with my ongoing battle with anxiety and depression. I have dealt with these problems in life for as long as I can remember. CBD helps alleviate these health issues for me. CBD does not make me high but what it does is CBD helps balance me out. When I feel anxiety or depression creeping in on me I use CBD to erase it all away.
Right now my primary use of CBD products is to help me battle through benzodiazepine withdrawal. I have been on Klonopin for seven years (prescribed by a doctor and never abused). I am currently almost done with my taper that I started in early October and I will be jumping off the med soon. I switched over to Valium for a smoother taper and I am currently on a dose that is virtually nothing (0.5mg of Valium).
Some people say to avoid CBD during benzo withdrawal and others will tell you that CBD is a miracle product for them. I am part of the latter. CBD is truly a miracle product for me. It aids in evaporating and dissipating withdrawal symptoms. Benzos are extremely hard to come off of and many will even venture to say that they are harder to kick than heroin. I feel grateful that I have CBD products on-hand and available to me to help me get off this hellacious medication that I was prescribed for way too damn long!
I received the following items from CBD Only for review purposes: Paradise 10mg CBD hard candies, Paradise 10mg CBD caramels, and Paradise CBD 10mg gummies. I really enjoyed each and every one of these CBD edibles.
After some experimentation, I found that my sweet spot with dosage is 30-50mg. Please note that dosages will vary from person-to-person. What works for me may not work for you.
CBD Hard Candies by Paradise 4-Pack
These CBD hard candies come in four wonderful flavors: watermelon, raspberry, tangerine, and apple. They are each 10mg of CBD. This dosage is perfect for me when I just need a tad bit of CBD. 10mg is a fairly small dosage. It might be a great starting point for someone who is going to give CBD a whirl for the first time. I think you will enjoy the taste of these CBD hard candies. What you do with these CBD candies is just place them in your mouth and let them dissolve if you want maximum potency.
These are available for $7.95. You can think of it as $2 a dose. That is a small price to pay for relief!
CBD Caramels by Paradise 4-Pack
Never ever had a CBD caramel so this was a first for me and I really enjoyed these and would definitely purchase them in the future. If you love caramel then you are going to flip for these! These are each 10mg a piece. If you need something a little more potent, CBD Only also offers these as 50mg. I mention the stronger dosage caramels below. To consume these caramels simply place them in your mouth and allow them some time to dissolve. These are a great deal at $7.95 for a 4-pack.
CBD Gummies by Paradise 100mg
Paradise CBD High Dose Edible Single Hard Candy (50mg)
Each of these high dose edible hard candies contains 50mg of high quality extracted CBD oil. These edibles from Paradise are the perfect amount of CBD for when you need a higher dosage. My regular dosage of CBD is usually 30mg. Having a 50mg edible on hand is a great thing to have for when you need a bigger boost in relief. These lemon flavored hard candies are fun to consume and the lemon flavor is very pleasing.
One 5mg piece of CBD hard candy is going to $4.95 a pop. This is totally worth the price! The effects of these CBD hard candies will provide relief for several hours.
Since these are a higher dosage of CBD it is not advised to use 50mg as a starting point. The 10mg pieces mentioned earlier in this review would be perfect for the CBD virgin!
Paradise CBD High Dose Caramel Singles (50mg)
The high dose caramel edibles each contain 50mg of high-quality extracted CBD oil as well. These caramels make taking CBD a joy! The caramels have a very pleasant flavor.
Other edibles available at CBDOnly
This was just a sampling of what CBD Only has to offer in the edibles department. If you love chocolate you are in luck because CBD Only does have a CBD chocolate bar available. Can you say YUM!?!!? The chocolate bars offered are a total of 120mg and are intended to be split up into smaller doses. Both milk chocolate and dark chocolate are available.
There are also some CBD snack bars available in three flavors. Flavors available are: Almond Cranberry, Blueberry Cashew, and Green Power. The snack bars contain 25mg of CBD, which is a pretty moderate dose. The snack bars are something I would really love to try out someday.
And oh my gosh they CBD Only also has a CBD peanut butter and a CBD honey available. These are available in 500mg tubs with full spectrum hemp oil. I am really super duper curious about both of these products and I am sitting here dreaming about all of the wonderful CBD foods I could whip up in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen!
All of these fun edible products make CBD a joy. The edibles can easily be incorporated into your diet and lifestyle.
I really enjoyed giving these CBD edibles a whirl from CBD Only and I hope this CBD Only review opened your eyes. The edibles that they have available make taking CBD a more enjoyable experience with their hard candies, caramels, and CBD gummies. CBD Only offers more than just edibles though! If you are looking for CBD oils, CBD capsules, and CBD vape products, CBD Only also has those available in their online store. CBD Only allows for star-ratings and reviews for their products and you can see for yourself with the fab reviews that you are going to get an effective and legit CBD product from them. You can definitely buy with confidence and peace of mind.
I actually just found out about this incredible place, Rocket Fizz, a few days ago through my sister. My sister took her kiddos here and shared some photos from her experience. I knew that right after seeing those photos of hers that I needed to come in and scope out this fun and unique place. Rocket Fizz is a soda pop & candy shop, as well a nostalgia store located in Shelby Township, MI. These are actually a chain of stores that are located throughout the United States. Spectacular surprises await you around every corner and I am sharing my first-time experience with you in this Rocket Fizz review. From floor-to-ceiling there are sweet confections and oddities everywhere your eyes look. It is like sensory overload in here and I mean that in the greatest way for the candy consumer.
And just a heads up! This is a very pic-heavy post! I feel as though the images here really speak for themselves. I am really and truly hoping that my Rocket Fizz review will inspire you to visit this candy shop! If you want to find out where there is a Rocket Fizz store near you, you can use the store locator tool to find out where the closest location is.
My Rocket Fizz Review
Just what is Rocket Fizz?
Rocket Fizz just might be the place to head over to when you have a major hankering for sweets and you need to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours. This is the place to visit if you need to stock up on “Cheat Day” sweets and treats.
If you have ever been curious about what mustard-flavored or puke flavored pop tasted like then Rocket Fizz has you covered with their completely and totally INSANE flavors of pop for the thrillseeker!
Rocket Fizz is a store that has great pride in offering unique food and drink items to the public. They are a brand that strives for creativity and innovation. This store is the furthest thing from being boring. Rocket Fizz is the type of store that definitely evokes a lot of happiness, a ton of smiles, and plenty of hardy laughs. The mission of the Rocket Fizz chain of stores is that they want to offer something for everyone, for people of all ages and backgrounds. After my first visit here I can truthfully say that Rocket Fizz does succeed in doing that quite well! We had a blast here and we are all excited to come back soon for another visit.
I ended up taking home a big bag of candy that was chock full of several (and I do mean several) different flavors of taffy. We opted for the larger size bag that you could fill up with as much candy as you could stuff in there. It was $9 for the large bag and I believe it was $7 for the all-you-could-fill smaller bulk candy bag. There were so many different unique flavors of soda-pop at Rocket Fizz and I need to go back when I have a bigger chunk of money to spend here. I also am not a pop-drinker AT ALL but the unique flavors here are worthy of a try. My daughter ended up getting a black licorice pop and boy was it ever tasty! You can choose 4 flavors of soda-pop and build your own 4-pack at Rocket Fizz for $8.00. That is a great deal at $2 a pop! Otherwise, the soda pops sell for $2.29 a piece. The next time I visit this place I am going to get adventurous and try out the weird flavors of soda pop. I am thinking that it would be fun to purchase a couple of different 4-packs and do a video review with my 9-year-old daughter, Chloe Pearl! She is my little blogger sidekick and she has an adventurous palate when it comes to food and drink. Just like her momma, she will try pretty much anything once!
As you can see in the photo below, we did take home quite a bit of taffy in many different assorted flavors. I wonder how long this bowl of candy will last here? Probably not long!
Seriously guys and gals… if you can not find a candy here at Rocket Fizz that appeals to you then you might have a problem! This store offers something for everyone! They have the more traditional candies available here as well as some really unique off-the-wall stuff! They have everything from taffy, sour candies, Jelly Bellies, lollipops, gummy candy, chocolate bars, and MORE!
Rocket Fizz is more than just candy and soda pop!
The neat thing about Rocket Fizz is that it is more than just a soda-pop and candy shop. You can find some very unique gifts at Rocket Fizz. You can find a vast array of decorative tin signs here, gag gifts, and more. These items are mixed in throughout the store. If you have ever wondered where you could get a giant unicorn mask you are in luck at Rocket Fizz. You can make all of your unicorn dreams come true here!
I believe that my readers will really enjoy their first visit to Rocket Fizz! My little family of three sure had fun browsing around this soda-pop and candy shop! There are so many fun and unique items here at Rocket Fizz and it is a lot to take in all at once. It seems as though everywhere I looked I could spot something that I wanted to take home with me to try out! When you do visit this establishment, be sure to bring a decent wad of money with you to blow here. And always remember to eat and drink with an open mind! See something of interest? Take it home and give it a whirl!
Question Time! After reading this Rocket Fizz review, do you feel that this is a place that you would love to visit with your family? What items would you take home to try out? Leave me a comment and let me know!
I love when I am browsing the interwebs and come across a super duper cool online store! I recently came upon Nutty Steph’s while checking out a gift-guide chock full chocolates. Nutty Steph’s really stood out to me with their Bernie Bar! I really do try to avoid politics over here at Give It A Whirl Girl, but truth be told, and cat’s out of the bag… I absolutely love Bernie Sanders. Nutty Steph’s hails from the state of Vermont so it only makes sense that this online store backs Bernie as a big supporter. Nutty Steph’s also is a big backer of Planned Parenthood and they have the Vulva Chocolates to prove it!
If you are not a fan of garlic it might just be time to walk away from this post. Today I will tell you how I created a Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza using a blank Caulipower crust and some Primal KitchenGreek Vinaigrette. You can adjust this recipe to your taste with the garlic but the amount that is noted in here is for garlic lovers only. This is, believe it or not, my first time ever having a Greek pizza. I love Greek food so I kind of had an idea in my mind that everything would turn out wonderful to me. Guess what? I nailed it and that is why I am sharing this recipe to you for my Greek Caulipower Pizza! This pizza does not contain any meat so it a vegetarian pizza and would be perfect for any veggie lover. I have a feeling that you will love this Caulipower Pizza recipe that I am sharing with you today!
Caulipower Crust – The Caulipower Greek Pizza All Starts Here
If you are looking at my post and my photos here and are drooling a bit and craving this Greek Caulipower Pizza then you are going to need your base to start with. This was my second time trying the Caulipower crust. I bought a veggie Caulipower pizza not too long ago and dressed it up with some additional toppings. This time I wanted to be the artist and the chef and create my own on a blank slate. The blank Caulipower crust pack contains two crusts and if you want you can double this recipe so that you have two Greek Caulipower Pizzas. The recipe has enough servings and slices for two people. That is of course unless you have a huge appetite and can eat an entire pizza by yourself.
First of all, it is paleo friendly. If you do not add any cheese this pizza will fulfill your paleo diet needs.
Secondly, we all know that cauliflower crust is all the rage these days because it is low-carb. A cauliflower crust pizza is leaning in the guilt-free direction of things. You can take a peek at the nutrition facts below (source). A serving size is considered 1/3 of the pizza and considering this is pizza it only comes in at 26 grams of carbs (with net carbs it is lower). A regular pizza is at least twice that amount and averages about 36 grams of carbs for just one slice!
And third, this Caulipower crust is nice and crisp! Often times a cauliflower crust can result in sogginess from the moisture that can be found in cauliflower. If you ever make your own crust you really have to squeeze the moisture out. I made my own cauliflower crust last year and while it was good, the texture of it was mushy. I did not get enough of the moisture out. Caulipower takes the frustration out of cauliflower crust. These blank crusts have endless possibilities.
Primal Kitchen Greek Marinade/Salad Dressing
This pizza uses Primal Kitchen’s Greek Marinade/Salad Dressing for the sauce. I am pretty confident that most other greek salad dressings will work for the Greek garlic sauce but Primal Kitchen is the brand that I use because I am a huge fan of all of their products. This dressing is made with only the finest all-natural ingredients. When an item is Whole-30 approved, you know it is going to be a healthy element in your dish.
There. I said it three times so you get the point. This Greek Caulipower Pizza recipe is chock full of garlic. I put three heaping tablespoons of it in the blender with my Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette. When I need minced garlic I skip the knifework and I grab my Spice World Minced Garlic. My knife skills suck if I am going to be honest here and minced garlic can be tricky. I really need to improve in the knife department. Spice World does all of the work for you and they are my go-to brand. They do also have an organic minced garlic available and I often try to use that but my Kroger was out the last time I shopped so I just went with regular.
Bring On The Cheese Please!
A Greek Caulipower Pizza would not be Greek if it was not for the feta cheese! No Greek pizza is complete without feta. For this recipe, I went with a blend of feta and mozzarella. I used one small container of Kroger’s Simple Truth Feta Cheese and I used a handful of Tillamook mozzarella, which is my favorite shredded mozzarella cheese.
For the rest of the toppings on this Greek Caulipower Pizza, I used cherry tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, and half of a slivered and sliced shallot. Next time I make a Greek pizza I am going to add some sliced beets to it. I think beets would have been awesome on this pizza, so now you know! You might just want to add them to yours.
Final Thoughts on this Greek Caulipower Pizza recipe
I would love for you to know exactly what came out of my daughter’s mouth when she hesitantly took her first bite of this pizza. I did not think she would agree with it because of the potent taste of feta cheese BUT the first thing she said was,
Wow! Mom! This pizza has sooooooo much flavor!
It does have quite a potent garlic flavor so just scale back a tablespoon if three is too intense for you.
We were both impressed with the crisp texture of this Caulipower Crust! Could it be magic? I do not know how they do it but it sure turns out crisp after 13 minutes baking in the oven! It is very impressive to me that Caulipower has the power to transform cauliflower into a pizza crust that does disappoint. This Caulipower Pizza recipe might just be one of your recipes that are in regular rotation! Love it!
Would love to hear from you! Will you be giving Caulipower Pizza recipe a whirl? How will you dress your pizza up? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Would you like to try a delicious and nutritious breakfast shake that is packed full of protein and nutrients? Slingshot Foods has a complete breakfast in one handy on-the-go breakfast shake and no spoon is required! What makes these Slingshot Shakes unique and stand out from the rest, is the little granola package at the top of the bottle. You simply tear it open and pour the granola mixture into your protein shake and give it a good shake to mix it up. You will find that these delicious breakfast shakes will be a lifesaver on busy mornings when you have very little or no time at all to eat. I have a feeling that after reading my Slingshot Shake review you will be stocking up on this drinkable yogurt.
Slingshot Shakes REVIEW
In today’s fast-paced world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that drinkable yogurt is one of the fasted growing breakfast foods around. In just the past year this category of breakfast food has grown at a rate of a 20% increase. Cereal still remains the number one breakfast food (no surprise there). So just why then are these drinkable yogurts on the rise? They are an excellent source of protein and nutrients to kickstart your day.
Slingshot Shake Nutrition
This small, on-the-go bottle of Slingshot Shake packs in a great big amount of protein to start your day. In one Slingshot Shake, you will find a whopping 18 grams of protein.
This handy breakfast shake from Slingshot also contains a healthy dose of gut-boosting probiotics. A Slingshot Shake contains 15 billion CFUs of probiotics. Your gut is going to thank you for all of these probiotics. You may hear quite a bit of talk about probiotics nowadays. Probiotics are a hot topic and for good reason. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help give your digestive system some balance between the good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut.
Lactobacillus is the probiotic that you might hear about most frequently. This good bacteria is found in your yogurt and what you might call friendly bacteria. You can read more about lactobacillus HERE.
Slingshot Shake also gives your healthy diet a serving of fiber, coming in at 3 grams of fiber. Fiber is essential to a well-balanced diet and helps keep things running smoothly if you know what I mean! There are many health benefits of fiber including relieving constipation, maintaining bowel health, lowering cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels, helping to maintain a healthy weight, and can actually help you live a longer life!
The recommended daily intake of fiber for men and women vary. It is recommended that men get 38 grams of fiber, and women need around 28 grams of fiber.
All natural ingredients in Slingshot Shakes
I checked out the nutrition label on my Slingshot Shake and was pleasantly surprised to see that these drinkable yogurt protein shakes have only all natural ingredients with nothing strange or weird lurking inside. Ingredients: (Drink) Lowfat milk, milk protein concentrate, water, organic cane sugar, honey, natural flavors, vanilla beans, lemon juice concentrate, yogurt cultures; (Shot) Toasted oats, chia seeds, almond bits, honey, sunflower oil I love when I look at the label on my food and I can pronounce all of the words that are in the list of ingredients.
Flavors of Slingshot Shakes
There are six wonderful flavors of Slingshot shakes breakfast shakes available. Each comes with its own little granola pouch. These little pouches contain the following ingredients: rolled oats, chia seeds, and toasted almond bits.
Simply Plain Shake
Vanilla Bean Shake
The Slingshot Power Plant shake is a unique blend of pineapple, spinach, ginger, and turmeric.
How can Slingshot Shakes improve?
I am going to have to say that the biggest drawback to the Slingshot Shake is the amount of added sugar that I found on the label. For example, the vanilla shake 35 grams of total sugar with 23 added grams of sugar factored into that. For a health-conscious person, those 35 grams of sugar are just going to be way too much. For men, the recommended daily amount of sugar per day is 37.5 grams of sugar and for women, the recommended daily amount of sugar is 25 grams. You can find out more info about that HERE. It is super crazy hard to only take in 25 grams of sugar these days if you are a woman like me. This shake only puts me way over the recommended amount by the American Heart Association. So while I do enjoy these shakes, they are not part of my everyday morning routine.
What is next for Slingshot Shakes
It appears to be that Slingshot Shakes will be soon releasing a line of drinkable yogurt shakes for your little ones. The Slingshot Shorties, however, do not come up with the crunchy shot of granola for the shake. Slingshot Shakes decided that it is a textural issue with young children. The shakes for your little ones will still be full of nutrients and gut boosting probiotics, but no shot.
Slingshot Shakes are a simple and easy solution for when you need a quick breakfast. Just grab and go! The crunchy granola shot was a nice welcomed addition. The granola shot gives this yogurt shake a delightful texture. My daugher, who is 9, also enjoyed drinking the Slingshot Shake. I was happy to share with her and it is a breakfast that I feel good about serving.
Question Time! What flavor of Slingshot Shake will you be giving a whirl first? Leave me a comment and let me know what flavor you will try!
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In case you have been living under a rock, then you would be aware that nut butter is all the rage nowadays. Peanut butter is boring, so move over peanut butter! There are so many new nut butters available today. It is overwhelming to see so many all over Amazon so today I broke down my favorite nut butter into this top 10 list as part of my Healthy Hot List series on my blog.
ABOUT NUT BUTTER
You want to know the very wonderful thing about these nut butters? They are a fantastic source of protein. These brands in this shopping guide also only use all natural ingredients to create their products. Many are also gluten-free and vegan. These nut butters are quite versatile and there are a ton of inspirational recipes online for how to get the best use out of these.
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All you need to do is click the link or image and load up your cart! I would love to hear from you and know what you got for yourself!
This Betsy’s Best Nut Butter Gift Set has everything you need to whip up a tasty creation in your kitchen. I love creating energy balls with nut butter.
Five Amazing Flavors –The Coconut Cashew Butter contains wonderful coconut flakes along with savory cashew butter. The Cinnamon Almond, Seed and Peanut butters all contain a chia seeds, cinnamon and honey for a touch of sweetness. Our lovely Cashew Caradmom combines savory cashew butter, cardamom spices and chia seeds making a flavor to fall in love with.
Here is one nut butter that you will most definitely want to give a whirl! This birthday cake flavored nut butter by Buff Bake does not disappoint. Enjoy this nut butter mixed into smoothies, spread onto fruit, just use your imagination! Two tablespoons of this Birthday Cake nut butter contains 11 grams of protein to fuel you through your day.
Trust me on this! You are going to want to give this Legendary Foodsvariety pack a gigantic, huge whirl! I have tried all of these flavors of Legendary Foods nut butter and I was amazed by the taste of these. They also inspired me to whip up many creative concoctions in my Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen! There are so many fun flavors to try so if you can’t decide, I highly suggest going with the variety pack.
Here is a nut butter for the adventurous flavor seekers out there! This is a Rainbow Sherbet spread created by Epic Spreads. This is another brand that has a wide variety of fun flavors to kickstart your creativity.
Oh man, this sure sounds like an incredible flavor from NOOSH! This nut butter is an almond butter cupcake spread. These are made with only all natural ingredients. They are also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and NON-GMO.
Justin’s is a brand that I know and trust. I have been using their cashew butters to create energy balls. I am super curious about this chocolate flavored hazelnut butter!
Each 2 tablespoon serving:
4g Protein, 3g Fiber, 0g Trans Fat, 7g Sugar
Here is another product from Justin’s that I am confident you will love! These dark chocolate peanut butter cups are at least 100x better than the leading brand, Reeses. These chocolate confections are created with only the best, high-quality natural ingredients. My mind was blown the first time I tried Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
Julie’s Real Cashew Butter is the brand you are looking for if you are following a gluten-free or paleo diet! There are four flavors available of Julie’s Real Cashew Butter. This nut butter is made with only all-natural ingredients and guess what? This one only contains two ingredients: cashews and coconut!
Want to check out the other three flavors of this nut butter?
And let’s wrap things up here with some walnut butter from Crazy Go Nuts. This is perfect for you if you are following a gluten-free, vegan, or keto diet and Crazy Go Nuts claims that you will not find anything boring about this nut butter.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and today I would love to share with you my favorite finds on Amazon for the foodie in your life. I am a day late posting this top 10 list of my Valentine’s Day sweets and treats but better late than never right?
These Valentine’s Day confections are all conveniently located at Amazon and ship free with Amazon Prime. Not yet a Prime member? No worries! You can sign up for a free 30-day trial HERE.
And now onto this year’s 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Foodies!
Let’s kick things off here with this Valentine’s gift-guide and share with you one of my favorite brands of chocolate confections- Chauo! Chauo comes up with some pretty creative flavors of chocolate bars and this gift-set of mini chocolate bars is perfect for gift-giving!
Flavors included in this Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy Gift Set includes: Firecracker, Honeycomb, Sprinkle Dreams, Salted Chocolate Crunch, Baconluxious, Spicy Maya, Cinnamon Cereal Smooch, and Potato Chip.
Oh man, oh man! These chocolate covered strawberries right over here by Golden State Fruit are my true weakness right here! These are similar to Shari’s Berries, which I have had before. Chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect way to a woman’s heart! This Valentine’s Day gift set includes strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and pink-tinted white chocolate.
If you know me well then you would know that I am always all about giving new and exciting flavors a whirl! This gourmet gummy-beat variety pack from Project 7 delivers with some unique flavors of cocktails. These gummies are non-alcoholic but are flavored like a Moscow Mule, champagne, a Manhattan, and an Old Fashioned drink.
Do you have an Oreo lover in your life? I sure do! My hubby could kill an entire bag of Oreos in one sitting, I am sure of that! My husband, Joe, has a serious Oreo addiction and I know in my heart that this Oh! Nuts gift-set of chocolate covered Oreos would give him pure bliss! This gift box contains an assortment of 20 different chocolate coated Oreo sandwich cookies.
Ah yes… fruit and nuts is always a winning combo for me and this is a tad bit more on the healthy side of things. This fruit and nuts gift set from Five Star Gift Baskets contains a variety of dried fruits and nuts. Wondering what is inside? Each Valentine’s Day gift set includes the following items Roasted Salted Pistachios Almonds, Papaya, Pineapple, Californian sun-dried Angelina Plumbs, Kiwi, Hot Cajun Mix & Sugar-Glazed Peanuts!
I hail from Michigan and Michigan is well known for their cherry products. Also, no Valentine’s Day gift guide is complete without some sort of chocolate cherry! These chocolate covered cherries from Cherry Republic include cherries from Michigan. You can order a 1lb bag of a 1/2lb bag. Cherry Republic also has cherries available that are covered in dark chocolate , white chocolate, and milk chocolate.
I am a huge fan of candy-coated popcorn and this Zebra Popcorn from Popcornopolis does not disappoint! This Zebra Popcorn is white and dark chocolate coated a caramel flavored popcorn. Just imagine for a moment the explosion of flavor that you will get from this!
This Barnetts Biscotti Cookies gift set is perfect for the coffee lover in your life. Nothing beats a delicious biscotti cookie dipped in a warm cup of coffee in the morning. There are 20 chocolate covered biscotti cookies in this gift set and they come in six different decadent flavors.
Wondering what flavors Jelly Belly threw into their Valentine’s Day mix? Here we have bubble gum, coconut, cotton candy, strawberry cheesecake, and very cherry. This is the most perfect mix of Jelly Belly flavors for your sweetheart!
Question Time! Who are you shopping for this year for Valentine’s Day? What item(s) from this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide will you be ordering for your loved one? Leave me a comment and let me know what appealed to you!
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CBDistellery specializes in bringing CBD products to consumers. They have an online store with many options of CBD products. I am very new to the world of CBD and my interest is definitely piqued with it. This CBDistellery review will reveal my experience with their products.
Truth be told, I have been suffering from debilitating anxiety and depression symptoms for several years and I am desperate for relief. Medications do not remedy my problems, they only slightly mask the symptoms. I have heard so many wonderful things about CBD to remedy anxiety and depression so I was thrilled at the thought of doing this CBDistellery review to see their products can help me out in any way. I also wanted to test their products to see if they could remedy my insomnia.
I am not going to get into too much of the technical side of CBD here. This post is a review of their products and how each product helped me. This post is about my experience using products from CBDistellery.
I am not a medical professional and this review is not to be taken as medical advice. If you have health concerns please address them with your physician and consult your doctor before taking any CBD products mentioned within this review..
About CBDistellery and CBD
Wondering what exactly CBD is? I was too and then I did a bit of research to educate myself on how and why CBD works. For this CBDistellery review I did read up on CBD so I could educate myself on the topic.
CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive substance and it does not contain any THC that will get you stoned. There are many health benefits that come along with using CBD. It really truly is a miracle product!
Health benefits of CBD
Can help alleviate cancer-related symptoms
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
May reduce acne
Can help benefit heart health
How much CBD should I take? Dosage information
With CBD, each and everyone is different and unique in what dosage works for you. Many people feel the benefits of CBD with only a small dose. There is no actual recommended starting dose for anyone. My best advice with CBD is to just start small and see how your body and mind reacts to it. Each individual determines the dosage that works best for them.
Isolate VS Full Spectrum CBD
Our 99% CBD Isolate is pure isolated CBD. Full Spectrum products contain additional cannabinoids besides just CBD. There is definitely a strong debate about which is “better”, however, we take the position that CBD affects everyone differently so the product that would work best for you is highly dependant on your own individual needs. That’s why we offer both Isolate and Full Spectrum products 🙂 Please see the test results located under Product Photos for more info on exactly which cannabinoids are present in our Full Spectrum products! (information source)
Try CBDistellery with confidence that you are getting high-quality CBD oil
You can use CBDistellery products with great confidence because they are ranked #3 in the world for best CBD. That is a huge honor because there is a ton of CBD popping up everywhere and all over the place these days.
I was curious to see what the lab results were for CBDistellery so I did a little Google searching and did view the lab results report. You can view the report HERE.
My experience with CBD
I am also currently in the process of withdrawing from a benzodiazepine medication that I was prescribed for over 7 years. My taper from the benzo began with Klonopin and I am nearing the end of my taper with Valium. Some days the symptoms are unbearable. I get hit hard with withdrawal symptoms every single time I make a cut to near the end of my benzo taper. I wanted to see if CBD could relieve the worst of the withdrawal symptoms (anxiety and depression) so I gave some products a try from CBDistellery.
Because there are no psychoactive effects of CBD I do not ever feel stoned or high after consuming any CBD product. For me, CBD calms me and balances me out. I use CBD products whenever I feel a hint of depression and anxiety. Shortly after consuming the CBD product I feel an improvement in my mood and I can get back to functioning properly. CBD is a lifesaver for me and I love that it is an all-natural remedy to my health concerns. I do not experience any side-effects after using a CBD product.
Another problem that CBD helps me out with is insomnia. The CBD has proven to be more effective than a melatonin supplement for me. I tend to wake up several times in the middle of the night and CBD helped me get a better quality of sleep. I woke less in the middle of the night when I consumed CBD before bedtime.
Each drop from the 1000mg vial of CBD tincture contains approximately 33.2mg of CBD to help with your health and wellbeing. Using these CBD drops is the way to go if you are a CBD virgin and not familiar with how CBD will affect you. It is always advised to start out small with CBD and then slowly work your way up. You can place a drop of oil under the tongue or mix it into a smoothie, etc.
This tincture comes in a conveniently sized 30ml bottle. This is a pure and 100% natural way to relieve your symptoms. There are no added chemicals or dyes.
Here is a link to the smallest tincture that CBDistellery has available and each drop is appx 8mg of CBD oil.
CBDistellery softgels make it simple and easy to get your dose of CBD. Sometimes oil can be a mess or hassle if you are out and about. There is no mixing or measuring with the full spectrum CBD softgels from CBDistellery. Just pop one softgel in your mouth and swallow with water. Wait for the relief to set in.
The 30mg CBD gummies by CBDistellery are my favorite of all the CBD products that I tried out. These CBD gummies not only taste great but they are highly effective. Each gummy is 30mg of high-quality, THC-free CBD and they have a fabulous fruity flavor.
The vape pen from CBDistellery is a fabulous little product that you can store in your purse or pocket when you are on-the-go! If you are looking for a high-quality CBD vape pen CBDistellery has got you covered with this.
The vape was not my favorite method for getting CBD. It seems to hit pretty hard and it did make me cough a bit. If you are an experienced vaper that probably would not be a big deal to you. My husband is a vaper and he did not cough after hitting this vape pen. Ready to give this vape pen a whirl? Get yours HERE.
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This fast-acting topical method of using CBD will bring comfort and relief to the areas that it is rubbed on. This salve is perfect for relieving muscle aches and pains. Get yours HERE.
Final Thoughts on CBDistellery
I am very pleased with the items that I received from CBDistellery and I am going to use their products often to combat my anxiety and my depression symptoms. The products from CBDistellery work quickly and very effectively to put my body and my mind at ease.
You will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful products from CBDistellery. They also have reasonable prices offered in their online store and the shipping of their products was absolutely wonderful!
Question Time! How will you use CBDistellery’s CBD to benefit your body and mind? Leave me a comment and let me know. I hope you enjoyed this CBDistellery review and it inspires you to give it a whirl!
I WAS SENT PRODUCTS TO REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. ALSO, THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. I DO RECEIVE A SMALL COMMISSION IF ITEMS ARE PURCHASED THROUGH THESE LINKS (no extra cost to you). I WAS SENT PRODUCTS FROM CBDISTELLERY TO REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS STATED HERE ARE MY OWN.
Modern Cone is a fairly new ice-cream shop to hit the city of St. Clair Shores, MI. This ice cream shop is formerly known as Ashby’s Ice Cream shop. I am so excited about the change that has come to this location. This past weekend we were actually looking for a new frozen-yogurt or ice cream shop to visit and we stumbled upon Modern Cone on Yelp. The photos that I saw on my Yelp app totally and completely sucked me in. So for Tried It Out Tuesday this week I am sharing my Modern Cone review with you. If you are in the Detroit area (or St. Clair Shores would be even better) you need to check out Modern Cone. Their extensive menu is super duper exciting for the ice cream enthusiast. You will find yourself coming back for more and more after your first visit! I am always looking for new and interesting foods to try out and Modern Cone was the most perfect content to share with my readers.
My Modern Cone Ice Cream Review
My first impression of this ice cream shop was the super duper friendly staff! There were two people working when I came in and they were both very friendly and both were helpful. It is always reassuring to go into a new establishment and be welcomed by some joyful staff members.
Modern Cone is a decently-sized little ice cream shop. There are several ice cream flavors to choose from, an exciting menu board, and also an adequate amount of seating for those who wish to enjoy their ice cream on the spot. Check out the menu board below.
Create Your Own Stacker
Modern Cone offers up one of these lovely items known as a Stacker. You can order a Stacker off the menu board or create your very own!
The bottom of the Stacker gets 2 toppings & sauce
Ice cream layer
2 toppings & sauce
More ice cream!
For the topping of your Stacker, you choose two toppings and a sauce
Easy peasy and endless possibilities! I look forward to trying more Stackers off their menu and then venturing into creating my own.
Regular size Stackers sell for $6.00 and the large size sells for $8.00. To me, this is a very reasonable price for a sundae that is not only delicious but memorable too!
Our Two Ice Cream Stackers and a Modern Cone
I ended up splurging on the Cereal Killer sundae, my hubby got a I Want S’more (s’mores flavor), and my daughter Chloe got a double-scoop ice cream cone with rainbow sherbet and cotton candy. It was really hard to narrow down my choice to just one because the Stackers that Modern Cone offers all sound enticing to me. I consider myself an ice cream enthusiast so I can’t wait to return to Modern Cone and give more of these creative icec ream concoctions a whirl!
I have never in my life had an ice cream sundae with cereal on it but now seems like a good time to start! My Cereal Killer Stacker included strawberry ice cream with a variety of different breakfast cereals (Fruity Pebbles, Trix, and Lucky Charms) and it was then topped with a white chocolate sauce. Talk about a unique ice cream experience! Yeah yeah yeah I know this sounds like diabetes that is ready to happen in a cup BUT I do not treat myself to confections like this often so all is good! I was long overdue for a Cheat Day treat and this Cereal Killer Stacker satisified my sweet tooth!
They also have “NACHOS”!
I was really intrigued by the section of the menu where it said NACHOS! This ice cream shop puts a delicious spin on nachos and they came up with dessert nachos. Yep… you heard that right! With the nachos, you get two flavors of ice cream, your choice of 3 different toppings, and two dessert sauces.
Other Items Available On The Menu
There is a great variety of items available on the menu here. Indulge in an Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich or Cookie Ala Mode! Few things in life beat the winning combination of a warm cookie paired with some scrumptious ice cream so I bet you a million bucks that I will be trying out both of these frozen treats!
If you don’t want to try out something wild and crazy then Modern Cone has you covered with more traditional fare like milkshakes, sundaes, cones, Italian Ice, slushies, and even a pup cup perfect for your pooch!
What is next for me at Modern Cone
I already have my mind made up (I think!) for my next visit to Modern Cone. I need that Fruity Explosion! The Fruity Explosion comes with vanilla ice cream but I am leaning towards swapping that out for some Blue Moon or cotton-candy!
I am sharing this Modern Cone review today because I want to inspire you all to get off your butt and head on over here! This was my first ever visit here and I was absolutely blown away by the menu choices.
Ice cream shops like this are a dream come true for me because I am not into ordinary… give me extraordinary!
This place is anything but boring. When you go to an ice cream shop like this you are in for a real treat. The menu is so creative and it really has inspired me to want to go back for more! I want to give it all a big whirl! Lucky for us, we actually live within walking distance to Modern Cone. I am feeling like I hit the jackpot by discovering this unique and modern place!
What Stacker do you want to order at Modern Cone? Check out the Modern Cone menu board in this post and let me know!
Let’s kick things off here by just admitting that I feel so very blessed to live in close proximity to Nino Salvaggio in St. Clair Shores. I have been visiting Nino Salvaggio’s for as long as I can remember. My mom used to go shopping here all the time and my mind was always blown by the beautiful, colorful fruit and vegetable displays there. It is sort of like a work of art… an installation of the prettiest produce your eyes have seen. Nino Salvaggio takes pride in the products that they sell, and it shows! This store is absolutely stunning and you can see that they pay attention to detail.
Today I will also be sharing a recipe for an exotic fruit smoothie bowl that I created with passion fruit and guava. Passion fruit is one of my favorite fruits and I love the sweet and sour taste of it. Guava is another favorite exotic fruit of mine and I don’t get a chance to enjoy it very often. I could not resist buying one from Nino Salvaggio.
About Nino Salvaggio
Nino Salvaggio is the go-to place in the area if you want some perfect and flawless ingredients in your food. It’s not just fruits and veggies though! Nino Salvaggio also has a deli and meat counter. They also have a great little grocery section with some very cool, unusual ingredients. And you just have to see the gorgeous bakery at Nino Salvaggio. I get my chocolate cassata birthday cake from Nino Salvaggio every single year. And speaking of birthdays, mine is next month and I will be enjoying that cake soon! Yippee!
Nino Salvaggio has four convenient locations in Michigan to serve you. They are located in St. Clair Shores, Troy, Clinton Township, and Bloomfield Township. You can find out more about Nino Salvaggio and their mission HERE. This is a store that is highly committed to providing high quality foods.
I visited Nino Salvaggio this past weekend to pick up some exotic fruits. I knew ahead of time that I wanted to pick up a couple passion fruits (one of my all-time favorite fruits). The dilemma was that I really was not quite sure what I wanted to combine it with for my smoothie bowl. Then I saw the guava and I knew that would pair well with the passion fruit so I took home one of those.
Exotic fruits that intrigued me at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace
The exotic fruits section at Nino Salvaggio is the most interesting place to shop, for me anyway! This is the spot in the store where you can get brave and muster up the strength to try something new!
So this is the fruit that I was really going after with my trip to Nino Salvaggio. Passion fruit just might be one of my all-time favorite fruits to chow down on. With the passion fruit, you get the wonderful combination of sweet & sour. If you don’t like the texture of tapioca you probably won’t like this. It does, to me, have a tapioca texture. It is slimy and seedy but the taste blows my mind. Using this as the star of my smoothie bowl was a wise choice!
Passion fruit is a nutrient-dense fruit that has a great amount of Vitamin C in it and it is great for the immune system. The passion fruit also has some fiber, Vitamin A, potassium, and a bit of iron. It is a small fruit and contains around 17 calories per serving. You can learn all about the health benefits of the passion fruit HERE.
Guava is the second fruit that I ended up going with for my smoothie bowl. These guavas are oh so yummy but they are pricey! I only took home one small guava. One turned out to be just enough for the flavor that I was going after.
As far as nutrition goes with the guava fruit, you are going to find some antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber, and beta carotene in the fruit. There are 8 wonderful health benefits of the guava fruit and you can feed your brain with knowledge over here.
Now here is an interesting piece of fruit! This is a rambutan and it sort of reminds me of lychee fruit. I was really tempted to get more of these but the steep price deterred me and I only purchased one! Me and my daughter, Chloe, split the rambutan in half and we each tried a small piece. It definitely does have a taste reminiscent of lychee. The flesh was soft and also reminded me of grapes. I would give this a whirl again. We really enjoyed the experience of trying this unique fruit.
Quince is a new-to-me fruit too. Never ever had one in my life had quince! These tart fruits are grown in Chile and you can eat them raw, but it is advised to cook these if you want the best flavor to come through.
Ya Ya Pear
The ya ya pear is a pear that originates from China. This white pear’s flavor can best be described as a cross between a rose and a pineapple. The ya ya pear is crisp and sweet, but not overly sweet. Just the right amount of sweetness!
Passion Fruit / Guava Smoothie Bowl RECIPE
For this Passion Fruit/ Guava smoothie bowl I used two frozen bananas, two passion fruits, one guava, coconut milk, chia seeds, and coconut flakes. This tropical smoothie bowl makes a fantastic treat for breakfast!
Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl
Want a smoothie bowl with exotic flavor?
Give this tropical passion fruit and guava smoothie bowl a whirl!
2 Bananas (Frozen)
1/4 cup Full fat coconut milk
2 Passion Fruit
2 tbsp Coconut flakes
1 tbsp Chia seeds
Place two frozen bananas, 1 passion fruit, 1 guava, and 1/4 cup of coconut milk in the blender. Use your smoothie mode if your blender has one.
Once blended up pour the smoothie mixture into a large bowl. Soup bowls work well.
Top your smoothie bowl with some shredded coconut flake and chia seeds. And now you can use your other passion fruit to top the smoothie.
Eat and enjoy! Hope you love it!
Sounds strange (maybe??) but I sure do get excited about taking a little trip to my favorite fruit & veggie store- Nino Salvaggio! If you are looking for top-notch produce you will find whatever it is you are looking for at Nino Salvaggio. Definitely make sure you visit the exotic fruit section of the store. What you need to do next is get brave and try some of these unusual fruits and vegetables. My blog is all about trying new things and eating with an open mind. I hope this inspires you to eat with an open mind. There is an entire universe full of unusual food and it is just waiting for you to give it a whirl!
Question time! Have you ever been to Nino Salvaggio? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this incredible place to shop!
When that afternoon fatigue and hunger pang hits me, I need something to recharge myself with. If you are looking for a good, clean source of energy, look no further than to Redd Bar Superfood Energy Bars. Today I am sharing my Redd Bar review with you on the blog for Tried It Out Tuesday. These snack bars are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and contain 35mg of caffeine per bar. These bars will give you the jolt that you need without any jitters. What I love about these snack bars is that they only use pure and natural ingredients in their bar. You will not find anything strange lurking inside these. They also taste fantastic!
They come in five different flavors: Chocolate, Salted Caramel (my favorite!), Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate, and Oatmeal.
Redd Bar is actually 3 items in one handy snack: protein bar + energy shot + multivitamin.
It is a convenient snack that is a nutritional powerhouse. I am confident that you will be adding them on the regular for your snack rotation.
Keep on reading to find out more about Redd Bar.
Redd Bar Superfood Energy Bar Nutrition
In this Redd Bar review, let’s kick things off with discussing the nutrition of these snack bars. You are going to love the back of the Redd Bar when see the ingredients. This bar is chock full of clean ingredients, also known as superfoods. Redd Bar utilizes the best and the most natural ingredients in their snack bar. A couple of their slogans:
The Redd Bar is a great source of protein. As you can see in the photo below (peanut butter flavor), the bar contains 10 grams of protein. This is a great amount of protein for an afternoon snack. The Redd Bar also is a fabulous source of fiber if you need to boost your intake. This bar has 4 grams of fiber.
No gluten in these bars and no animals products
I am always keeping my eye out for tasty gluten-free snacks and the Redd Bar is an absolute winner. With these bars, you will not miss the gluten! Redd Bar really hit the mark with taste and texture.
And a big bonus as well is that Redd Bar does not contain any animal products. These bars will be perfect for your vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
Vitamin & mineral blend
If you are looking to gain some vitamins and minerals into your diet, Redd Bar has a vitamin & mineral blend that has pretty much everything you need for your healthy diet and lifestyle.
Caffeine in the Redd Bar is equivalent to about a third of a cup of coffee. It is naturally sourced through yerba mate. If you are curious about this superfood you can read more about it on Redd Bar’s website.
Maca (awesome superfood)
The superfood maca is also known to increase energy, stamina, and focus. Redd Bar includes maca in your energy bar. You can read more about maca HERE.
I have a thing for anything and everything chocolate! This nutrient-dense snack will satisfy your chocolate cravings and in a great way that you can feel good about! This bar has dark chocolate and cocoa powder in it for maximum flavor.
Check out these nutrition facts… VITAMINS AND MINERALS GALORE! This particular flavor also has a large amount of dietary fiber… 8 grams! WOWZA! This will really keep your regular if you know what I mean. I am very impressed with these number of the nutrition facts label.
This flavor right over here was the first bar that I gave a whirl and boy was I ever impressed with the bold flavor of this particular flavor. This Salted Caramel bar is hands down my favorite. If you love caramel you will be delighted by this flavor.
Redd Bar is going to now be a regular part of my healthy snack stash. I am overall very, very pleased with the taste, texture, everything about these gluten-free, vegan bars. The ingredients inside these bars give me both a boost in vitamins and a boost in energy to combat afternoon fatigue. When I eat one of these bars I feel great about the snack choice that I made. I am really happy I found myself a great snack bar that is only made with all-natural ingredients. I also love that these bars have a great amount of fiber in them. Helps keep things going smoothly.
I hope you enjoyed this Redd Bar review on my blog and hopefully I inspired you to give a variety pack a try!
What flavor of Redd Bar’s energy bars will you be reaching for first? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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Hello to all and welcome to my blog post that is all about saving you some money. Today I am sharing some special coupon codes with you. These coupon codes will help you save on food & groceries. I have some special offers featured in this post and also several coupon codes included in this post at the bottom of the page.
I don’t know about you but I sure do love my coupon codes and I do not purchase anything online without hunting some down first. Most of the time you can find these special coupon codes and these savings sure do add up! I do love saving money whenever I can. So I am sharing these ways to save with you today.
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Primal Kitchen is hands down one of my favorite brands of healthy foods. They are most definitely one of my regular go-to brands. They have a wide variety of items available that can fit into your gluten-free, paleo, keto, or Whole 30 diet and lifestyle.
What can you buy at Primal Kitchen for your healthy pantry?
Kettle & Fire specializes in making bone broth and soups. I have been hooked on these Kettle & Fire bone broths ever since I started using them. They offer bone broth in beef, chicken, and mushroom chicken flavor. They also have different soups to choose from that are made from their bone broth:
MunchPak is a subscription box that specializes in delivering the best of international snacks to your doorstep. MunchPak is the perfect subscription box for the foodie and adventurous eater. With MunchPak you never know what you are going to get. The snacks come from all around the globe. So if you are tired and fed-up with gas station snacks give MunchPak a whirl! You will be happy that you did!
This Dylan’s Candy Bar gift guide has all of the sweets and treats that you need to satisfy your sweet tooth and candy desires. This Friday Faves list showcases my favorite lifestyle items in one handy gift guide. This gift guide has everything from apparel to coffee mugs and emoji poop! Their online shop is not just about edible confections. They do have a decently sized lifestyle and gifts offering at their store.
Heads up guys and gals! Valentine’s Day is approaching us quick. You might just find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart in this Dylan’s Candy Bar gift guide.
Keep reading to find out how you can save at Dylan’s Candy Bar! I have some special coupon codes in this gift-guide!
Now this item here from the Land of Nod is just incredible! Remember the lickable wallpaper in Willy Wonka where the snozzberries taste like snozzberries? This is a scented candy wall decal that is reminiscent of my all-time favorite movie!
This is what you get when rainbows and poop collide!! An emoji rainbow poop plush pillow! Seems that these days emojis are all the rage. This one put on a happy face and there is something wrong with you if this does not make you smile. Wink! Wink!
:et the world know just how sweet you truly are with this Whirly Pop Choker Necklace. The whirly pop is a common design for Dylan’s Candy Bar’s line of lifestyle items. Smart move on them because I love lollipops and I think that they make the strongest statement about sweetness and candy!
Want to give that smile a high-shine in some funky and unique colors? This Unicorn Snot lip-gloss gift set has five different shades of glittery lip balm. You will receive one silver, green, orange, red, and purple lip gloss. This set of lip gloss will bring out your inner unicorn!
The perfect gift for the artist in your life! Our signature chocolate wheel showcases 56 squares of premium Belgian chocolate in color-coded flavors: Dark Raspberry, S’mores, Milk Toffee Crunch, Hazelnut, Dark Espresso, Almond, Caramel, and Milk.
Buttery caramel notes brighten accents of sweet figs in rich dark chocolate. All that glitters is not gold – except our new chocolate bars totally are! Presenting the Dylan’s Candy Bar Gold Collection, a new assortment of luxuriously delicious, high-end Belgian chocolates crafted from only the finest ingredients.
Have your (cup)cake and eat it too! Our delicious NEW cupcake container is filled to the top with decadent Ice Cream Cone Gummy and Cupcake Gummy Bites. It is the ultimate dessert mix for the ultimate sweet lovers!
When I stumble across a product that I love I just really want to spread the good word! I recently tried a few different products from Kiss My Keto and I was very impressed with the quality of these products. Kiss My Keto has a wonderful online store chock full of keto products for you low-carb, low-sugar diet and lifestyle. I recently gave their chocolate bars a whirl along with their energy supplement. Keep on reading for a special Kiss My Keto coupon code.
I placed an order for a couple of Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars. I went with the Original flavor and Hazelnut bar. These (almost guilt-free) ketogenic chocolate bars are sugar-free and sweetened with stevia. Why do I say almost? Though they are sugar-free they still do have some calories that you need to be aware of! If you eat the entire bar of the original flavor that comes out to 380 calories… so don’t eat the entire bar in one day! What I like to do is enjoy the chocolate bars in thirds, which is the suggested serving size. One serving is 130 calories. You can see the macro breakdown below.
A 1-ounce serving of our bar will give you the following macros:
These delicious Kiss My Keto chocolate bars are specifically designed for anyone doing a keto diet AND you still want to enjoy your chocolate. The macros will allow you to remain in ketosis. One serving is only going to be 2 net carbs, which is fantastic considering that this is for your sweet tooth! The chocolate bars are also infused with MCT which is going to help you along on your weight-loss journey. Burn fat with fat!
This Kiss My Keto Toasted Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Bar has the right combination and nuttiness happening here. A nice plus to this hazelnut bar is that the hazelnuts are going to give you a boost in fat. One serving size contains 13g of fat, 130 calories, and 2g net carbs.
Other flavors of Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars
There are two other flavors of Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars that I have yet to give a whirl too! Kiss My Keto also has a Chocolate Pumpkin Seeds & Sea Salt bar and a Dark Chocolate Roasted Almonds bar.
This flavor of Kiss My Keto Chocolate contains pumpkin seeds and sea salt along with dark chocolate. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are a fantastic source of zinc for your diet? This nutrient is perfect for skin care and your immune system.
Lots of great stuff happening here with this Kiss My Keto dark chocolate almond bar. Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, protein, fiber, magnesium, folate, potassium, among others! This particular bar is a powerhouse of healthy vitamins and nutrients.
Healthy chocolate! Who knew?
Who knew chocolate could be so beneficial for your healthy diet? It really just depends on the chocolate bar that you pick up! You can’t get ahold of Hershey Bar and think that there are health benefits to that… right? I think with chocolate you get what you pay for. When you do the math with these, if you make a one-time purchase, each bar comes out to be $6.25 in the four-pack. If you only nibble on one serving per day, your cost is around $2 for each serving. Not too shabby when you look at it that way.
Kiss My Keto’s chocolate is chocolate that you can feel good about putting in your body. I need my regular fix of chocolate and Kiss My Keto Chocolate will be one of my new go-to brands that I reach for when I have that chocolate candy craving.
Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars & a way to save!
You can order a 4-pack of chocolate bars for $24.99 or you can sign up for a subscription and get a 4-pack of bars for $21.24. That is a 15% savings. And you are going to want to subscribe because these chocolate bars are the bomb and you are going to want more. Trust me on this!
Kiss My Keto also has this wonderful thing called The Keto Club. With the Kiss My Keto Keto Club, you earn points on every order and those points can be redeemed and you can earn free product. Here is how it works… for every dollar spent you can earn 1 point. For every 100 points that you earn you get a $1 credit for your next order.
Kiss My Keto Energy – one other product that I had to try!
I also threw in a Kiss My Keto Energy supplement into my order. For a while, I had a bit of a problem with energy drinks. I know they are terrible for you but I am a big fan of Bang Energy. I am looking to cut back and eliminate energy drinks from my diet. When I came across the energy supplement I was intrigued. Wondering what is inside these gel caps?
This energy supplement has MCT oil in it. The MCT is going to kickstart your ketosis and burn fat. The MCT oil is a must-have for anyone doing a low-carb diet and wants to shed some pounds.
The l-theanine that is used in this supplement is known to improve cognition, attention, and focus. After taking this supplement I did feel the increased focus and I was able to get some things done around the house.
I took the supplement in the late afternoon, which is when I start to feel drained because I was up at some insanely early hours. This supplement enabled me to push through and fight fatigue.
The Kiss My Keto energy supplement contains a blend of caffeine, MCT, and a big dose of l-theanine. Each supplement bottle contains enough for a month supply. I gave them a whirl and I did notice a big boost in energy and focus. For me, there were no side effects.
This supplement sells for $29.99 so that comes out to being only a buck a day for good, clean energy without the jitters! If you subscribe you can save 15% and get a bottle for $25.49.
About Kiss My Keto
Kiss My Keto might just be your next go-to brand for your ketogenic lifestyle and diet. There are many other products offered at Kiss My Keto that will help you burn that fat that you so desperately want to lose. Watch the video below to learn more.
In case you missed my gift guide for Perpetual Kid last month, I have created another one for you today that features more of my favorite home, kitchen , and novelty food items. This Perpetual Kid gift guide has the best of the best that is offered at Perpetual Kid. This online store has some extraordinary and unique items that make life enjoyable and will surely slap a smile upon your face. Perpetual Kid is all about good times, having fun, and has some items that will result in those belly laughs that make so worth living!
Click the banner below to shop or you can stay for awhile and see what my favorite items are in this nifty shopping guide!
Looking to inject some humor and fun to the dinner table? This Nachosaurus chip & dip set has got you covered! This Nachosaurus chip and dip set is not only perfect for your little one but also for the adult who is young-at-heart.
Because every morning should start with sunshine, rainbows, and pure happiness! This motivational phrase mug is perfect for your cup of Joe at the start of the morning. Make your morning a magical one with this colorful unicorn mug.
Perpetual Kid has some very unique food-scented candles for the foodie in your life! These candles were created by The Stinky Candle Company and these are sure to result in some laughter. There are several different food-scented candles available at Perpetual Kid including: pizza, burrito, popcorn, pickles, nacho cheese, fast-food, bacon, red wine, and beer!
Would you like to see all of the scented candles available at Perpetual Kid’s online store? Simply click HERE.
I am head over heels in love with the tea infusers that are available at Perpetual Kid! I love sipping on a warm cup of tea mid-day and these tea infusers are some of the most adorable and clever designs I have ever seen. As you can see below, there is a sloth and a pink elephant tea infuser available at Perpetual Kid but there is also a kitty cat, swan, seahorse, turtle, unicorn, llama, narwhal, polar bear, and manaTEA.
Perpetual Kid has an extensive offering of hilarious dish towels for your kitchen and these are just a few of my favorites! I love and adore the vintage feel of these dish towels. They look like a page out of an illustrated book to me.
Just a fair warning that not all of these towels are going to be kid-friendly, some of these towels do have a bit of a potty-mouth!
Never fear! This hand-poured Rainbow Puke Lollipop does not actually taste like vomit! This Rainbow Puke lolli is a fruit punch flavored pop and it also has some rainbow candy sprinkles inside of it. This colorful lollipop is a delight to eat and you will be the envy of all your friends when you are sucking on this!
I recently had the pleasure of giving ZenSweet’s gluten-free and sugar-free products a whirl. ZenSweet products can be incorporated into your paleo or keto diet. Their products are sweetened with monk fruit and do not contain any refined sugars or wheat products. The great thing about ZenSweet baking mixes is that they will taste like they were made from scratch but the mixes only need 1 or 2 ingredients to be created and the final product tastes completely homemade! I was very impressed with the chocolate chip cookie mix that I started out with on my ZenSweet product venture. Keep reading to learn more and then enter the giveaway to win a variety pack of baking mixes and monk fruit sweetener.
All about ZenSweet
ZenSweet is a brand for the health nuts (like myself) that are out there reading. Their products contain 3 natural ingredients:
There are three all natural ingredients in ZenSweet: erythritol, soluable prebiotic fiber, and monk fruit. Erythritol is a naturally occurring sweetener found in some foods, including pears, grapes, and watermelon. Inulin is a soluble, prebiotic fiber. Monk fruit is a small round green gourd grown in China and northern Thailand, and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. (source)
ZenSweet measures and tastes just like sugar but without all of the guilt! ZenSweet products are low-calorie and also have a low glycemic index.
ZenSweet products can easily be incorporated into a paleo, vegan, low-sugar, or keto diet.
What is monk fruit?
I am new to this world of monk fruit so I had to do a little digging and research this. I am intrigued! The monk fruit is a sweet, small melon that originates in Asia. It was first cultivated over 800 years ago and its name came from the Buddhist monks that first cultivated this gem!
There are zero calories in monk fruit and the monk fruit is actually 20 times sweeter than regular fruit juices. The monk fruit is gaining in popularity quickly due to the latest health crazes that cut down on refined sugars.
You can find out more about the monk fruit HERE and watch the informative video below. Monk fruit is something that your entire family can enjoy and benefit from.
ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener
This was my first time giving monk fruit a whirl and I gotta say… I am a huge fan! The first time I tried the Monk Fruit Sweetener was in my coffee. I did not notice any sort of weird or funky aftertaste in my coffee. Heck yeah! I have tried Stevia many times and, to me, I really notice a heavy aftertaste with it. Not the case with this monk fruit sweetener!
You will love this ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener and you will find yourself replacing all of your sugar with this. The Monk Fruit Sweetener measures like sugar with a 1:1 ratio. Next time you are in need of sugar reach for a bag of this! I even got my sugar-addicted hubby to use this in his coffee and he was quite pleased with it.
The first baking mix that I decided to try out was ZenSweet’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix. The recipe ingredients are simple: just one egg and some butter (I used ghee). The recipe instructions were also very simple and easy to use. I used my KitchenAid stand mixer to whip up my batch of cookie dough. If you are following a vegan diet, ZenSweet provides vegan cooking/baking instructions.
Lily’s Sweets was an excellent choice because their chocolate chips are sugar-free and sweetened with stevia. The chocolate chips are made with only all-natural ingredients, are vegan, and non-GMO.
Each bag of ZenSweet’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix can create 12 cookies. I love my cookies to be on the bigger side so I made a tray of 8 fats ones. If you make a tray of twelve cookies each cookie will be only 60 calories. Each chocolate chip cookie will contain only 1g of sugar per serving. Also, each cookie contains only 3g of net carbs! You seriously can’t beat that guys!
I am all about eating foods that are guilt-free and taste great!
This ZenSweet Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix is for cookie fans that love the flavors of a sugar cookie that is laced with cinnamon. This baking mix is gluten-free (and paleo), keto, vegan, low-carb, and non-GMO. These cookies are only 3 grams of net carbs per serving and each cookie is only 60 calories.
The ZenSweet Brownie Mix is another simple and easy mix to prepare. To make the brownies you will need some unsweetened yogurt. If you want to keep it paleo or vegan simply use some non-dairy unsweetened yogurt to whip up this batch of sugar-free, low-carb brownies. You will need an 8×8 pan to create these brownies and each bag of mix will result in 12 delicious, moist, dark chocolate fudgy brownies. Each brownie is only 60 calories and contains 0g of sugar!
I am really looking forward to giving this ZenSweet Vanilla Cupcake Mix a whirl! I decided that I am going to order a bag of Swerve’s confectioner’s sugar-replacement to make a creamy and dreamy sugar-free buttercream frosting. You can think of this cupcake mix as a blank canvas and use your imagination to come up with a cool cupcake, whatever your heart desires!
When my sweet tooth is calling ZenSweet is going to be one of my new go-to brands to satisfy my sugar cravings. I have been into clean eating for a while and after Halloween, I ended up taking a turn for the worse! Oh my! I really need to get back on track and on-board the clean eating train. One of my new year resolutions was to cut back on my sugar intake and I feel that ZenSweet can allow me to do that.
Their sweetener is perfect for coffee and their baking mixes are perfect for your next baking project. The monk fruit that ZenSweet uses in their products is, perhaps, the best sugar replacement I have discovered. You won’t miss the sugar when you use ZenSweet!
Ready to shop?
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Winner must reside in the United States and be 18+ years-old.
Winner will be drawn on January 31st. I will email the winner and the winner must claim the prize within 48 hours. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be selected and emailed.
Winner of this giveaway will receive the following items:
1 ZenSweet Vanilla Cupcake Baking Mix
1 ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
1 ZenSweet Snickerdoodle Cookie Baking Mix
1 ZenSweet Brownie Baking Mix
1 ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener (not in photo)
ARV of the ZenSweet variety pack is $50
What ZenSweet product do you want to try first? Leave me a comment and enter the giveaway with through the entry form.
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