Redd Bar REVIEW – Superfood Energy Bars – A Gluten-Free, Vegan Snack Bar With Clean Ingredients

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.

Redd Bar
5 flavors of Redd Bar available

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:

All Killer No Filler

and Uncompromised

You will not find any artificial ingredients here. Some of the superfood ingredients you may find in your bar: mangosteen, yerba mate, quinoa, chia, pumpkin seed, acai, schizandra, maca, dark chocolate, goji, and cacao. To find out more about the clean ingredients that Redd Bar uses check it out on their website.

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.

Redd Bar
Redd Bar Salted Caramel

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.

Vitamin/Mineral Blend (Tricalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Chromium Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine HCl, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Selenium Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12)

The caffeine in Redd Bar

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.

 

Nutrition Facts for Redd Bar Peanut Butter Flavor
Nutrition Facts for Redd Bar Peanut Butter Flavor

Redd Bar review of product flavors

Chocolate Redd Bar

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.

Redd Bar nutrition facts
Redd Bar nutrition facts (source)

 

Redd Bar - Chocolate Flavor
Chocolate Flavor

 

Salted Caramel Redd Bar

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.

Salted Caramel - Redd Bar
Salted Caramel flavor

 

Salted Caramel Redd Bar
Salted Caramel Flavor

Peanut Butter Redd Bar

Ahhh yes! Peanut butter!! I am a huge fan of peanut butter and this flavor did not disappoint. The main ingredient in this bar is peanuts. It also has a super grain blend with oats and quinoa.

Peanut Butter Flavor - Redd Bar
Peanut Butter Flavor


 

Mint Chocolate Redd Bar

Mint combined with chocolate is a classic flavor that will never go out of style. This bar has a refreshing, bold taste of mint. It is just the right amount too!

Mint Chocolate Flavor - Redd Bar
Mint Chocolate Flavor

 

Oatmeal Redd Bar

This oatmeal flavored bar was a terrific flavor. The main ingredients in this oatmeal bar are cashews, oats, and agave syrup. Never fear! The oats are gluten-free!

Oatmeal Flavor - Redd Bar
Oatmeal Flavor

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Redd Bar online store

Price per bar is $2.99 at their online store. You can also subscribe to Redd Bar and save 10%. Redd Bar also allows you to create and build your own variety pack.

Final Thoughts

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!


Question Time!

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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Meal Kit Subscription Boxes That You Need To Try – Current Deals

What a time to be alive guys and gals! There are so many meal kit subscription boxes to choose from it makes my head spin. Today I am breaking down my top 3 of all of the kits I have tried and I will share with you the top steals and deals that are currently happening. As many of you may already know, cooking is something that I am truly and deeply passionate about. These meal kits are always a pleasure to prepare and we all join the Clean Plate Club every single time.

My top three favorites will be discussed in this post. Continue reading to find out more about Sun Basket, HelloFresh, and Marley Spoon.

These meal kit subscription boxes also make great gifts for your loved ones. The holidays are quickly approaching and when you give the gift of food it is always a memorable gift to receive.

HelloFresh recipe card
HelloFresh recipe card
Ingredients for the Marley Spoon Meal Kit (Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa)
Ingredients for the Marley Spoon Meal Kit (Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa)
Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal
Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal

The great thing about meal kit subscription boxes

There are a variety of benefits and perks to trying out these meal kit subscription boxes.

  • Convenience

First of all, these meal kits are super convenient! It doesn’t get any better than this folks… fresh food delivered straight to your door. You can skip the grocery store. You choose the day that you would like to receive your meal kit and it will show up at your doorstep!

  • Customizable

Secondly, these meal kit services are very customizable. They present to you a variety of different foods on the menu that you can select from. They also allow you to choose how many meals you want to receive for the week (usually 2-3 different meals), and they also allow you the opportunity to choose from a box for 2 people or for a family of 4 people

  • Try out new recipes

My favorite part about receiving these meal kits is that they inspire me to eat with an open mind. Many of the recipes that you can choose from are not only delicious but unique. They give you gourmet flavor in the convenience of your home and you get to be the chef! Your family will be amazed by the dinner that you whip up for them.

  • Simple to follow recipes

Here is another great thing about these food subscription boxes. I have tried many meal kits and found all of the recipes simple and easy to follow.

Sun Basket

You can read more about Sun Basket in my review on the blog.

I recently tried Sun Basket’s meal kit subscription box and I was very impressed with the recipes and the quality of the ingredients that were provided.

When I gave Sun Basket a whirl I went with the gluten-free paleo meal kit. Sun Basket is a subscription service that relies heavily on clean eating. They only send out high-quality organic ingredients for your meals. You can have a bit of peace-of-mind when you enjoy your Sun Basket meal because their ingredients are only sourced from the best. They will provide premium meat and seafood (antibiotic and hormone-free) and only the freshest organic produce.

They have a few different plans to choose from to suit your diet. Sun Basket has the following meal plans available: Mediterranean, paleo (gluten-free), and a vegetarian option.

Current deals on Sun Basket

Sun Basket currently has an offer where you can receive $80 off your first four orders. With this offer, you will receive $20 off your first four boxes of the Sun Basket meal kit subscription box.

If you want to try out Sun Basket for a 2 week trial period you can save $45 off your first two boxes of food. This is split into two tiers of savings. The first box is $35 off and the second meal kit will be $10 off.

Check out the photos below of the meals that I created with my Sun Basket meal kit subscription box.

Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)
Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)
Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket
Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket
Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket)
Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket)

HelloFresh

HelloFresh was actually the first meal kit subscription box that I have ever tried. They are the brand that made me fall head over heels in love with meal kits. The meal kits from HelloFresh are always a joy to cook and they are a sure people pleaser at the dinner table. HelloFresh ships out only the freshest and finest ingredients for your recipes. I have found that they are one of the easiest meal kits to prepare at home.

HelloFresh offers three plans: Classic, Family, and Veggie. You can view the menus on their website and customize your meal kit.

I have a fully detailed review of HelloFresh on my blog if you would like more details on this subscription service.

Current deal on Hello Fresh

HelloFresh has a fabulous deal taking place right now where you can receive a total of $60 off your first meal kits. With this deal you get a $20 discount on each of the three boxes.


HelloFresh Swedish Meatloaves w/ homemade garlic mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and currant jam
HelloFresh Swedish Meatloaves w/ homemade garlic mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and currant jam
HelloFresh Cheddar Smash Burger
HelloFresh Cheddar Smash Burger
Chicken Cheddar Fajitas w/ Lime Crema from HelloFresh
Chicken Cheddar Fajitas w/ Lime Crema from HelloFresh
Pan-Seared Duck Breasts w/ Duck Fried Potatoes from HelloFresh
Pan-Seared Duck Breasts w/ Duck Fried Potatoes from HelloFresh

Marley Spoon

Marley Spoon is meal kit subscription box brought to you by Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart?!?! Ok then you know this is going to blow your mind. When I think Martha Stewart the first thing that comes to mind is perfection followed by gourmet food.

There are ten different options to choose from on the weekly menu with Marley Spoon. If you are following a vegetarian diet, you are in luck because there are vegetarian options available.

Current deal at Marley Spoon


You can read my full review of Marley Spoon on my blog.

Check out the images below to see a couple of different dinners that I prepared with the Marley Spoon subscription box.

Marley Spoon - Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa
Marley Spoon – Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa
Marley Spoon - Japanese Chicken w/ Bok Choy & Fried Rice
Marley Spoon – Japanese Chicken w/ Bok Choy & Fried Rice

Final thoughts

I really truly do love these meal kit subscription boxes and I think I’m ready to give another one a whirl very soon. There are so many different ones out there to choose from nowadays.

My favorite thing about them is the simple and easy to follow recipes that result in a meal that is bursting with gourmet flavor. Many of these meals, to me, are restaurant quality meals.

So what are you waiting for? Get cooking with one of these meal kits and bring the taste of gourmet to your dinner table. Your family will be amazed by the meals that you serve during the week. These deals that are currently happening are too great to pass up. These deals give you a fantastic opportunity to give these boxes a whirl.

Question Time!

Have you ever tried a meal kit subscription box? Tell me about your favorite in the comments below.


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Sun Basket REVIEW & COUPON – Clean-Eating Subscription Box Meal Kit – Special Offer Inside

I recently had the pleasure of trying out one meal kit subscription box from Sun Basket. If you are not familiar with Sun Basket, their meal kits are all about clean-eating and healthy, organic ingredients. They offer vegetarian subscription boxes for those eating a plant-based diet, and there is a paleo option for those who follow a gluten-free diet. My family tried Sun Basket for one week and we had 3 meal kits delivered. Today I will be sharing my Sun Basket review with you and a special Sun Basket coupon/discount. We were highly satisfied with all three meals and I plan on ordering more subscription boxes in the future. I went with the paleo box and it was love at first bite!

Simply click the link below to get started with Sun Basket and activate my special Sun Basket coupon.
$80 Off – $35 & $25 Off the First, Second & $20 Off your Third Orders with this Sun Basket coupon

Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket) Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)

Sun Basket Review

Sun Basket has clean-eating meal kits for everyone’s diet

Sun Basket makes it easy to order meal kits based on your diet. I ordered the paleo box and all of my meals were gluten and grain-free.

There are 18 options available on the menu at Sun Basket. Many meal kits only offer a fraction of that to choose from. I love that Sun Basket has so many menu items to choose from!

Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket

Only the best ingredients go into your Sun Basket

All of Sun Basket’s ingredients are sourced from organic produce and premium meats that are antibiotic and hormone free. The seafood is all wild-caught. The eggs are all pasture-raised organic eggs.

Recipes are also free from:
Added sugars, processed ingredients, and preservatives

Organic ingredients!

Expect nothing but the best from Sun Basket! Here is their statement about the organic ingredients that they provide:

Sun Basket strives to source organic produce 100% of the time. Currently over 99% of our produce is organic
We develop our recipes to use the best the season has to offer, so some ingredients may be different than depicted
Mother Nature can be fickle. On the rare occasion that we are unable to meet our organic promise, we’ll let you know with a note in your basket
All our tofu is made from organic, non-GMO soybeans
We are a USDA-certified organic handler, and all organic ingredients are clearly labeled on delivery (source)

First impression of Sun Basket

My first Sun Basket subscription box arrived on-time on a Tuesday morning. This was perfect for me because I was hoping to receive my dinner kit before dinner time on Tuesday. I have ordered other meal kits previously in the past and they came much too late in the day to prepare them that day for our meal and I had to wait until the next day to prep and prepare my dinner.

My Sun Basket box was quite heavy from the ice-pack that was packed inside. The box was insulated well throughout and all of my ingredients were kept cold. When I opened up my first box everything was inside individual meal kit bags and labeled. The meats were kept separate from the fresh produce ingredients, which was great. There were no loose items and everything was super fresh and all of my ingredients looked beautiful. You can tell that Sun Basket takes great pride in the meal kits that they ship out just by looking at the quality of the ingredients.

Sun Basket Meal Kit Subscription Box - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Sun Basket Meal Kit Subscription Box
Sun Basket subscription box individually wrapped dinner kits - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Sun Basket subscription box individually wrapped dinner kits

Here are some close-up images of the three different types of meat that were included.

Steak from Sun Basket - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Steak from Sun Basket
Pork from Sun Basket - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Pork from Sun Basket
Cod from Sun Basket - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Cod from Sun Basket

Giving those meal kits a whirl!

Now I will be discussing each of the three meals and my experience preparing them and devouring them!

Seared Steak w/ Brussels Sprouts & Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette

This recipe for the seared steak was so easy-peasy! A recipe booklet is provided with your order and I followed all of the directions in the recipe exactly how it was written. The first step was to sear the steak and I did this with my cast iron pan. I love my steak medium-rare so I cooked it only for a few moments on each side and gave it a nice sear.

After the steak was cooked to my liking, I cooked the fresh vegetables that the kit came with. This particular kit came with Brussels sprouts, radishes, shredded cabbage, green onions, and garlic. I used the same cast iron pan that I cooked my steak in to cook the veggies. You do have to provide your own olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Ingredients for Seared Steak w/ Brussels Sprouts & Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Ingredients for Seared Steak w/ Brussels Sprouts & Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette
Searing the steak for my Sun Basket meal - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Searing the steak for my Sun Basket meal
Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal

And here are a couple images of the final product! I may have cooked my steak rarer than medium-rare but that was fine with me. I love my steaks to be reddish and pink throughout. You will never see me eating a well-done steak that tastes like shoe leather! This meal was fantastic and the Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette was a very welcomed and nice touch. I never had a sauce like that EVER on my steak. It was a tad bit on the spicy side but not too spicy. I also really enjoyed the warm radishes in this Sun Basket meal. It has never occurred to me to try radishes warm because I always just thought of them as a cold ingredient in a salad. Thanks to Sun Basket I am now inspired to try out warm radishes in other meals that I cook up!

Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket) - Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)
$35 off your first Sun Basket order with this Sun Basket coupon code
$35 off your first Sun Basket order with this Sun Basket coupon code

Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod with Broccoli and Preserved Lemon

This fish dish was so simple to create in the comfort of my own home and this one really packed a punch of gourmet flavor! This Sun Basket meal was exquisite and it tasted like something that a chef would have prepared for me at a fancy restaurant… true story! My family does not eat seafood so I got to hog up this meal all for myself. I did not eat the entire two helpings on my own but I almost did!

Never have I worked with preserved lemon but I know that it is an ingredient often used in Mediterranean cooking. I’m all about trying new things so I was excited and thrilled to give it a whirl. It really brightened up this dish! It gave it some acidity and gave the cod fish that lemony flavor that I adore with my cod.

This meal didn’t take too long to prepare and there was not much prep involved either. I started out with chopping the broccoli into smaller pieces and sauteed it with some olive oil. I did alter this recipe just a bit. Then I added some shallots and minced garlic to complement the broccoli and that proved to be an excellent idea. The most difficult part of the preparation of this Sun Basket meal, for me, was chopping the cod up into smaller pieces. I could really use some nice new professional chef knives. If you have a great set then this part will be simple but my dinky knives had a hard time getting a nice clean slice on the fish so my fish got mangled up just a bit.

Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod with Broccoli and Preserved Lemon - Sun Basket Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod with Broccoli and Preserved Lemon

Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork W/ Coleslaw & Roasted Sweet Potato

Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket) Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket)

This was the third Sun Basket meal that I tried and this was another clear winner in my eyes. This recipe was simple to prepare and cook. The ingredients were all organic and clean and everything added up to a delicious, nutritious meal. I used my cast iron pan to cook the pork and I got a nice orange glaze on it. My daughter loved the pork so much she was asking for seconds.

The apple slaw was an interesting side-dish. I have never had a coleslaw like that before. The slaw dressing was two simple ingredients: apple cider vinegar and honey, and it was already prepared and ready to use so I did not have to do any mixing.

If I had one small complaint about this meal it would have only been the size of the sweet potato provided. My sweet potato was on the small side and the roasted sweet potato with smoked paprika was so delicious we were all wishing for more.

Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato Sun Basket Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato

Final thoughts

I was thoroughly impressed with Sun Basket and this is most definitely is a subscription box that I will be subscribing to again in the future. I have tried other meal kits previously and this one really stood out to me with the quality of their recipes. These meals were so simple to create and they were really coming through as having gourmet flavor! What’s better than having a gourmet flavor at home and knowing that you were the one that prepared and created that dish? These meal kits brought out the inner-chef in me.

I love that they have a huge menu to choose from each week with 18 choices. Everything on the menu sounds so wonderful and it is hard to narrow it down because I just wanted to try it all! I also appreciate the fact that Sun Basket has plenty of paleo and gluten-free options.

I hope that you all enjoyed this Sun Basket review and it inspires you to sign up with the discount and give it a whirl today.

Have you ever tried a meal kit subscription box? What did you love about it and which one(s) have you tried?

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Must-Have Healthy Food Products (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto) Healthy Hot List – Part 3

Hello friends and readers! On this day I will bring to you more of my top items on my Healthy Hot List. This list contains healthy food and the products that will also help you create them. The healthy foods that I have included in this compiled list are for a variety of diets: gluten-free, vegan, paleo, Whole 30, or keto. I also figured that this week I would throw in a couple products as well that will help you create your own healthy foods at home. The ones that are included here are quite essential for a kitchen that cranks out healthy eats. I am really wishing and hoping for everything on this list this week. Enjoy and I hope you see something that catches your eye!

 

Healthy Food Items That Made The Cut For My Healthy Hot List Part 3

 

Vitamix A3500 Brushed Stainless Blender

A Vitamix blender has been the most wanted item on my wishlist for some time now, at least a couple of years now. These are professional grade machines that are known for getting the job done. These dream machines will help you whip up your next smoothie bowl, soup, nut butter, or nice-cream with ease. I think a good blender is a necessity in the kitchen if you want to create healthy food and the Vitamix blender would be a great place to start.

Vitamix Blender
Vitamix Blender

LILY’S Chocolate – Super Variety – 1 Of Each Flavor Creamy Milk, Almond, Coconut, Salted Almond Milk, Original, Crispy Rice – 3 Oz

I have yet to try Lily’s Chocolate but I have been curious about it for some time now. This variety pack contains the following flavors: Creamy Milk, Almond, Coconut, Salted Almond Milk, Original, Crispy Rice. A variety pack seems like the way to go for a newbie like myself. Lily’s Chocolate is sweetened with Stevia and contains fewer calories than your regular chocolate bar. These chocolate bars contain only, non-GMO products. Sign me up for some of that healthy chocolate!

Lily's Chocolate Variety Pack Candy Bars
Lily’s Chocolate Variety Pack Candy Bars




TRUWOMEN Plant-Based Protein Bars, Daydreaming About Donuts (12 Count) | Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Healthy Snack Bar, Natural Ingredients | 12g Protein

TRUWOMEN is one of my go-to brands for nutritious and delicious protein bars that come in some very fun to eat flavors. Check out all the fun flavors of TRUWOMEN protein bars and check out my review on the blog.

TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts
TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts


 

Birthday Cake Protein Packed Flavor Topper, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, No Preservatives, No Fillers, and No Artificial Flavoring (Birthday Cake, 4.25 Ounces)

This birthday cake flavor topper is created by Oh My Spice and is a protein powerhouse with two grams of protein per 1/2 tablespoon serving. It is suggested to top your favorite oatmeal, smoothie, or popcorn with this flavoring. I think it would be great with some vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt as well.

Oh My Spice Birthday Cake Flavor
Oh My Spice Birthday Cake Flavor


 

Clean Eating Print Magazine

I am a subscriber to this Clean Eating magazine and I absolutely love it. It is full of healthy food recipes and educational articles about how to eat clean. I have learned a lot by reading this magazine and I find it to be quite inspiring. Clean eating does not have to be bland or boring. This magazine is chockful of wonderful meals to help you stay on track.

Clean Eating Print Magazine Subscription
Clean Eating Print Magazine Subscription



 

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel

Have you seen my latest vegan/gluten-free cheesecake recipe? If you want to get on-board the healthy cheesecake train then you are going to need a good food processor to get the job done. This Cuisinart model seems like a good one to go with based on the great reviews of it. This is the one I have my eye on when I decided to upgrade. Food processors are a necessity in the kitchen if you want to crank out some healthy food. I also use mine for whipping up nice-creams.

Cuisinart Food Processor
Cuisinart Food Processor



 

Tessemae’s All Natural Dressing and Sauces Variety 8 pack – Whole30 Certified, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto approved

As many of you already know I am a huge fan of Primal Kitchen but there is another brand out there that I have a lot of love for too and that is Tessemae’s. These salad dressings and sauces are Whole 30 compliant and paleo-friendly and only contain natural ingredients. This variety pack has everything that you need to get on your way to an awesome salad or an incredible meal. This variety pack contains the following products: Organic BBQ Barbecue Sauce, Organic Ketchup, Hot Buffalo Sauce Marinade, Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing (or Marinade), Organic Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing, Organic Habanero Ranch Dressing (or Marinade), Organic Lemon Garlic (for Dressing or Marinade), and (1) Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

Tessemae's Variety Pack
Tessemae’s Variety Pack



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Paderno World Cuisine 6-Blade Vegetable Slicer / Spiralizer, Counter-Mounted and includes 6 Different Stainless Steel Blades

Veggie noodles are all the rage these days and for good reason~ they are good and they are lower in carbs than traditional pasta noodles. I have this model of spiralizer from Paderno and I have had it for a couple of years. It is still going strong and the blades are still sharp. This model comes with six different blades so you can create a variety of faux noodles. There are numerous vegetables that you can use to create veggie noodles. What I love most about these veggie noodles is that they actually taste great and can liven up a dish.

Paderno Spiralizer
Paderno Spiralizer

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Ground Coffee, USDA Organic and Fair Trade Coffee with Chaga and Lion’s Mane mushrooms Vegan, Paleo, 12 Ounce, Dark roast

This mushroom coffee by Four Sigmatic is known to boost brain function. The ingredients inside this coffee can improve focus, concentration, creativity, and productivity. I could totally use something like this in my morning routine.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee

Epic All Natural Meat Bar, Bison, Uncured Bacon and Cranberry, 1.3 oz. (12 Count)

I actually discovered this Epic Bar through a Free Friday Download at my local Kroger store. I got this flavor as a freebie to try and it was love at first bite and really fulfilled my primal-eating instinct. It was my first encounter with trying bison meat and it was both sweet and savory. These Epic Bars are a great snack when you need to refuel your body.

Epic Bars Bison and Cranberry
Epic Bars Bison and Cranberry

 


 

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Surround Yourself With Squash & Gourds- Tried It Out Tuesday (Dumpling & Buttercup Squash)

Have you ever gone on a squash adventure? No? Neither have I until this past weekend when I went to Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in St. Clair Shores, MI looking for something interesting to try this week for Tried It Out Tuesday. We ended up taking home four different types of squash. In this post I will be discussing the dumpling squash and the buttercup squash that we tried.

I have written about this place before and I love going here on a fun little foodie adventure when I have a small wad of cash to blow. Some girls spend their dollars getting hair & nails done or buying trendy new clothes. Not me, not this girl right here! My family enjoys being adventurous eaters so when we have a little extra cash we like to treat ourselves to something delicious and tasty.

There is a whole world of squash out there in the universe just waiting to be discovered by you!

When you eat with an open mind you allow yourself the chance to experience new foods, new flavors. I went to Nino’s with no clear plan. I just wanted to go in there and walk out with something that I have never tried and experienced.

A little bit about Nino Salvaggio’s

Nino Salvaggio’s is a great local place that is chockful of interesting fruits and vegetables right at your fingertips. They currently have 3 locations with another added location in the works. I live closest to the smaller, St Clair Shores location, and believe it or not I have been going to this little store my whole entire life. On weekends I remember my mom taking us out to fruit markets to stock up on produce. We would go to Randazzo’s on Gratiot in Roseville and we would go to Nino’s in St Clair Shores. Honestly, I absolutely hated going to these stores when I was growing up. I thought it was boring and I would get a bit antsy and impatient and want to leave.

Look at me now! I am all grown up and going shopping for food is always the highlight of my days and I look forward to it. I just can’t seem to get enough of it.

Nino’s is bustling with people on the weekend and for good reason! They have the most beautiful displays of fresh produce that I have ever witnessed. They are super picky about what gets put out on the display for purchase, and they only put out the best of the best.

I will be writing frequently about my shopping experiences there. Other than Eastern Market, this is my go-to place for interesting eats. If you live in the area of Nino Salvaggio’s I highly recommend taking a little trip there to see what you can stock up on. There is always something new and interesting there to feed the senses.

My little haul of unusual squash

Squash that I bought at Nino Salvaggio's
Squash that I purchased at Nino Salvaggio’s: Dumpling Squash, Buttercup, Hubbard, and Sweet Potato Squash

I am a huge fan of summertime in Michigan. I pretty love and cherish most things about summer here, minus the god-awful humidity. I do enjoy a good barbeque feast on the weekends and I do love the food during the summer BUT my favorite foods are all autumn related. I love a good, filling bowl of soup on a cold day. I love a thick & hearty stew. I enjoy eating pumpkin flavored desserts. Just last year I recently discovered that I am also a huge fan of squash. The first squash I fell in love with last year was the butternut squash. I pureed it and made some paleo soup with it and topped it with a coconut milk drizzle. And then next up I ventured into trying out acorn squash. I remember serving it as a side dish with a maple syrup drizzle on it.

So this year I was up for the challenge of taking home some new-to-me squash. Nino Salvaggio’s had a grand display of squash, pumpkins, and gourds out in the front of the store. I grabbed a shopping cart and starting asking Google a bunch of questions on my phone about these squash I was about to purchase. I filled up my cart with four varieties: dumpling squash, buttercup squash, sweet potato squash, and an orange hubbard squash. I had a general idea on what I was going to do with them. Maple syrup always goes well with roasted squash so I got myself a bottle of pure Michigan maple syrup.

I did not even step foot into the store and I already had my mind made up on what I was going to take home… SQUASH and lots of it!

My daughter, Chloe, was scoping out the heirloom pumpkins and observing them in amazement. She fell in love with a tall white pumpkin that you can see in the photo below.

I also had to rummage through the basket of decorative gourds and bring home a few of them. We enjoyed looking at how unique each and every one of them was.

Dumpling Squash at Nino Salvaggio's International Marketplace
Dumpling Squash at Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace
Buttercup Squash at Nino Salvaggio's International Marketplace
Buttercup Squash at Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace

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Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Chicken With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

Every single time I use Primal Kitchen in my meals I am never disappointed. That was the case last night when I used the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard marinade and vinaigrette on my grilled chicken breast. When people think about healthy eating they often think foods are bland and boring. They do not have to be that way. I have changed my eating habits a little over a year ago. My family is on this clean eating adventure with me and they are a-okay with most of it. We are probably the number one fan honey mustard marinade from Primal Kitchen.

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Marinade / Vinaigrette

The first thing I did with this dinner was marinated my chicken breast. I went with the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard marinade last night and I broke out the marinade in the morning and let my chicken soak up the flavor all day. This honey mustard marinade is one of my top favorites from Primal Kitchen. This marinade has a bit of tang a bit of sweetness. It is perfectly balanced.

No weird ingredients in Primal Kitchen

Want to know what is on the label for this Primal Kitchen honey mustard marinade? Simple and pure ingredients and that is it! Here are the ingredients:

Avocado Oil, Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Stone Ground Mustard (Water, Organic Mustard Seeds, Organic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Organic Spices), Organic Honey, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt

Primal Kitchen is paleo-approved

If following a paleo diet is important to you, great news! This honey mustard marinade is perfectly paleo friendly. I am not 100% paleo so I just slap the label “paleo-ISH” on myself.  This Primal Kitchen honey mustard marinade will fit right into to your clean-eating lifestyle.

Time to bust out the trusty ol’ cast iron grill pan

My preferred method of cooking chicken is with my Lodge cast iron grill pan. I use this pan for my steaks as well. If you want a juicy, succulent, and tender piece of meat this is the way to go.

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Chicken grilling on a Lodge cast iron grill pan
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Chicken grilling on a Lodge cast iron grill pan. See those awesome grill marks? YAS!

What’s on the chopping block?

We had a tasty combo of vegetables for this meal. I decided to roast the brussels sprouts in the honey mustard marinade. I roasted them in the oven at 400-degrees for about 25 minutes. We also had some fingerling potatoes. I placed them in a bowl and drizzled them in extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme.

Fingerling potatoes and brussels sprouts on the cutting board
Fingerling potatoes and brussels sprouts on the cutting board

 

Want perfectly fried potatoes? Use your air-fryer!

For the fingerling potatoes, I used NuWave my air-fryer to fry them up. After air-frying them at 390-degrees for about 20 minutes they came out with the perfect doneness. The skin was nice and crisp and exactly how you want to eat a fried potato. The rosemary and thyme gave them a wonderful flavor throughout.


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I have an older model of the Nuwave air-fryer. I have been using it for a couple of years now and it is still going strong. If you want to give an air-fryer a whirl there is a new model on Amazon. This model is a 6-quart air-fryer and using this is the best method for a healthier alternative to fried foods. Two of my favorite items to use my air-fryer for are fries (obviously) and my pickle-marinated chicken tenders, which I will make a point to blog about soon because I am craving them.

Final thoughts

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

I will be honest and blunt here (sorry Joe!) but I never envisioned my husband maintaining a healthy diet. Before we were married he lived off Little Caesar’s Hot & Ready pizzas and nachos smothered in processed cheese. When we were eating our healthy dinner last night I heard some moans and mmm’s coming out of him while he was devouring his plate of food. Any time he makes I sound like that I know I did a great job whipping up dinner. Maybe I deserve a little medal or trophy for getting this man on the healthy train? Or at least a little pat on the back?

It is also important that my 8-year-old daughter, Chloe, adapts to healthy eating habits as well. I believe I am on the right path because she does enjoy most meals and often asks for seconds.

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

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Kiwano Horned Melon For Tried It Out Tuesday!

Yesterday I had a $25 credit for Instacart so I decided to hurry up and spend it right away. I have no control over myself when it comes to having money for food. I spend, spend, spend. I live for the thrill of trying new foods out. My game plan yesterday was to use my credit to stock up on not only healthy foods BUT adventurous foods as well. I ended up getting a kiwano horned melon! What?? Keep reading to learn more!

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In the photo above you can see the small haul that I acquired from Meijer. I usually avoid the Meijer near our house because of the long checkout lanes as opposed to the speedy service at Kroger that is right across the street. However, Meijer does carry quite a bit of food that is not available at Kroger. Since I had the credit to get food delivered to my home and avoid the checkout lines altogether, I placed my order with Meijer.

I ended up with 6 bottles of Kevita Kombucha. They had a promo where you could get free delivery if you purchased $20+ of this line of beverages. I love kombucha anyway and it is a nice treat for me to have some in my fridge so I figured I would load up on that to waive the $10 delivery fee.

I also stocked up on exotic fruits. Dragonfruit is a very rare treat for me because of the high cost. My daughter has been begging me to get one so I did. I also got a passionfruit,  starfruit, papaya, kiwi, and last but not least~ a kiwano horned melon (see photo below).

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I have always wondered about this fruit. It is a bright orangish-yellow color and it covered with little spikes. It actually looks quite intimidating with the spikes all over it. I had to do a little research on this fruit before I bought it. I wanted to know what I was getting myself into. I basically just wanted to make sure it was something I could cut into with ease. I have an issue with mangoes. To me, they are very difficult to cut. The kiwano horned melon was easy peasy though with just one long slice down the middle length-wise.

So what on Earth does this look like inside? Check out the photo below.

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The inside of a kiwano horned melon is certainly unusual. Was not really expecting the insides to look like green slime but that is what it resembles most~ slime! There are also a ton of seeds inside, which are edible. My 8-year-old daughter, Chloe, and I got brave and decided to give it a whirl. I scooped out the guts with a spoon and put it inside of a bowl. We ate it like a soup. It had a very faint taste of citrus. We were expecting much more flavor than it delivered so it was a bit of a letdown.

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The kiwano horned melon has quite a few health benefits that may make it worth eating. It is packed with antioxidants. It can also help improve cognitive function, heart health, weight loss (boosts metabolism), improve vision (lots of vitamin A), and it can also aid in digestion (contains a great amount of dietary fibers).

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Would I ever purchase this fruit again?

The answer to that is no. This melon is quite pricey coming in at about $5 a melon (at Meijer). The price was worth it, to me, for the experience of trying it but the flavor was so bland and the slimy texture with all of those seeds in there was not very palatable. Also, I am not sure how this food would be used in any type of recipe. It is not versatile at all. So if you enjoy eating a bowl of bland slime the kiwano horned melon just might make your day.

On the other hand, I asked my daughter if she would want me to purchase this again and she told me that she would love to have it again. She describes the taste of the kiwano horned melon as, “sweets slime”. A future foodie in the making? Considering that she is only 8 years old, I think she is definitely an adventurous eater.

Have you ever tried the kiwano horned melon? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.

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Infuse Your Salad With The Superfood- Hemp Oil

I received a bottle of artisan cold-pressed Hemp Oil from Foods Alive to try out. The wheels in my brain were turning and I came up with a delicious salad dressing. This recipe will give you 2-3 servings of this tasty dressing. So simple to make and it has plenty of health benefits too, so it is a win-win situation!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of hemp oil (I used Foods Alive)
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar (I used Star Fine Foods)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (I hate mincing garlic so I use Spice World)
  • A splash of lemon juice (I used DeLallo)

Instructions:

Pour the hemp oil, white wine vinegar, minced garlic, and lemon juice into a bowl. Start whisking until the ingredients are well incorporated. I let my dressing sit in the refrigerator for a few hours so the flavors would be infused more.

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How I created my salad

I am a really big fan of Kroger’s Simple Truth line of prewashed, organic salad mixes. They are my absolute favorite to work with. I used a mix of their Power Greens and Spring Mix. I used Perdue grilled chicken along with a variety of peppers (green, red, orange, and yellow), and I also used some sliced red onion. Oh gosh and how could I forget the pepperoncini??!  This was my first time using them in a salad like this. I usually like to include them in my cold pasta salads. It all came together wonderfully with the hemp oil dressing that I created. If it is worthy of a blog post then I can assure you that it is great!

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What are some of your favorite salad dressings? Let me know in the comments below! 

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