ButcherBox REVIEW – A Trustworthy Source Of Top-Quality Meats Delivered To Your Doorstep Each Month

Today I would love to spread the word about how fantastic ButcherBox is in my special ButcherBox review on this Tried It Out Tuesday! If you love to cook with top quality meats like 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork then ButcherBox is going to blow your mind! ButcherBox only ships out the best high-end meats. I will be sharing with you some ways to use the beef that you receive from ButcherBox. I included a way to use the beautiful 36oz chuck roast, also a great way to serve up the gorgeous ribeye steak, and how I served the ButcherBox flat-iron steak with eggs.

The ButcherBox meat delivery service keeps up to their promise of delivering quality, convenience, and value. ButcherBox is a trustworthy source of meat to satisfy all of your carnivore cravings.

 

Standard disclosure: I was sent a ButcherBox free of charge for review purposes. All statements and opinions in this ButcherBox review are my own.

 

ButcherBox REVIEW – A Trustworthy Source Of Top-Quality Meats Delivered To Your Doorstep Each Month

My Honest ButcherBox Review

 

How does ButcherBox work?

  1. Choose your ButcherBox – Choose the Classic Box for small families and the Big Box for larger families.

  2. Delivery to your doorstep – ButcherBox takes great care in their shipment.

  3. Cook with confidence when you order from a trustworthy source!

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ButcherBox allows for customization with their meat delivery service. The ButcherBox’s that are available are listed below. For this ButcherBox review, I will be sharing my first-hand experience with the ButcherBox All-Beef Box.

The items shown below in each box are last month’s cuts that were sent out and are shown for example purposes only. Your shipment will vary. This is only shown for example.

  • Custom Box – The custom box is completely customizable and you can choose from over 20 different cuts of beef, chicken, and pork. The Custom ButcherBox gives you total and complete control over the meats you will receive.
  • Mixed Box – With the Mixed ButcherBox you will receive a mix of meat that totals anywhere from 8.5-11lbs. The Mixed ButcherBox includes the following meats: 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 4 Top Sirloin Steaks, 1lb of Whole Pork Tenderloin, and 3lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Beef & Pork Box – 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 4 Top Sirloin Steaks, 4 Boneless Pork Chops, 2 lbs of Whole Pork Tenderloin
  • Beef & Chicken Box – 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 4 Top Sirloin Steaks, 3lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, and 3 lbs of Chicken Drumsticks
  • All Beef Box – 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 1lb of Premium Steak Tips, 2+ lbs of Chuck Roast, and 4 Top Sirloin Steaks

 

Want to add some extras to your ButcherBox?

You are in luck if you want to add some extra items to your ButcherBox shipment. You can click HERE to see them all. Here are just a few of the available add-ons: salmon, bacon, and breakfast sausage.

My first impressions of ButcherBox

I received my first delivery on Wednesday, May 1st. My order was shipped out the day before, so my first shipment of meat did arrive the next day. I was really happy with the speed of delivery. I could not wait to see what was sent to me in my first box. Opening up this package gave me flashbacks of Xmas morning!

My first ButcherBox arrived quickly and in great shape!
My first ButcherBox arrived quickly and in great shape!

I opened up my first ButcherBox shipment and everything was packed really well. All of my meats were frozen solid and the box was insulated quite well.

Everything was frozen solid and packed really well with my first ButcherBox.
Everything was frozen solid and packed really well with my first ButcherBox.

What was inside my ButcherBox

Right off the bat, I could see that I did receive one meat that I was really hoping for and that was my chuck roast. I was hoping to make another Mississippi roast next week and the gorgeous hunk of meat that was sent will be absolutely perfect for that dish! The chuck roast that I received in my ButcherBox came in at 36 oz and it will be the perfect size to feed my family. This piece of meat was quite honestly, the most impressive looking beef roast I ever had to pleasure to cook with. I usually get my meat from the grocery store. The grocery store that I shop at has this cut of beef on sale often at buy-one-get-one-free but it never looks as nice as what ButcherBox has to offer!

I also received two 10 oz ribeye steaks, which will be perfect for a special Sunday dinner this week. Ribeye is my favorite steak cut of meat. It is a very simple steak to cook with simple ingredients. I create an herbed ghee mixture and rub it on the meat and cook it for a few minutes per side in a cast iron pan. I cook my steaks medium-rare and I am really thrilled to give ButcherBox’s meat a whirl.

Everything that I received looks completely and totally super duper fresh! I was really impressed with the gorgeous red hue of all the meat and the marbling on everything.

The other cuts of beef that I received in my first ButcherBox were the following: 2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef (in one pound packages), 2 6 oz flat iron steaks, 2 packages of sirloin tips (1 lb packages), and a package of ButcherBox’s very own bacon!

My first ButcherBox shipment was the All-Beef box
My first ButcherBox shipment was the All-Beef box
My first ButcherBox contained meats with a gorgeous deep red hue and nice marbling
My first ButcherBox contained meats with a gorgeous deep red hue and nice marbling
The 36 oz beef chuck roast in my ButcherBox shipment - Beautiful cut of beef!
The 36 oz beef chuck roast in my ButcherBox shipment – Beautiful cut of beef!
Grass-Fed Beef Ribeye Steak from ButcherBox
Grass-Fed Beef Ribeye Steak from ButcherBox
Ground Beef (grass-fed beef) from ButcherBox
Ground Beef (grass-fed beef) from ButcherBox
ButcherBox offers a wide variety of different meats! I chose the All-Beef Box!
ButcherBox offers a wide variety of different meats! I chose the All-Beef Box!

 

 

Here is what I did with meat from my ButcherBox

ButcherBox Chuck Roast

For the chuck roast that was sent to me from ButcherBox, I immediately knew what I wanted to create with it… my Paleo Mississippi Roast. This is a really awesome recipe to use with a nice piece of chuck roast meat. The recipe tells you how to create your own ranch seasoning rub for the meat and how to create this set-it-and-forget-it beef dish. The chuck roast that I received from ButcherBox was the best chuck roast I had ever seen. I had the most perfect red hue and great marbling on it. This chuck roast did not have much fat on it and the meat came out extremely juicy and tender!

This ButcherBox chuck roast sure made for one memorable meal with lots of ooo’s and ahh’s at the dinner table!

 

ButcherBox 36oz Chuck Roast
ButcherBox 36oz Chuck Roast

 

 

Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast
Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast

 

Paleo Mississippi Roast Melt In Your Mouth Meat Recipe (Slow-Cooker) (Gluten-Free)
Paleo Mississippi Roast Melt In Your Mouth Meat Recipe (Slow-Cooker) (Gluten-Free)

 

 

 

ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks

Sometimes simplicity is best! For the ButcherBox ribeye steaks, I simply cooked them in a cast iron pan with a bit of oil, salt, and pepper. This was a very easy approach but it results in big flavor and a juicy, unforgettable meal. I served my ButcherBox ribeye alongside some ButcherBox bacon-wrapped asparagus. The ButcherBox bacon was the perfect addition to this paleo, primal meal!

 

ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks seasoned with salt & pepper
ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks seasoned with salt & pepper

 

 

 

Oooh yeah check out those ButcherBox ribeye steaks on the cast iron pan! This will satisfy your primal cravings.
Oooh yeah check out those ButcherBox ribeye steaks on the cast iron pan! This will satisfy your primal cravings.

 

ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks are big on flavor! Served with ButcherBox bacon-wrapped asparagus
ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks are big on flavor! Served with ButcherBox bacon-wrapped asparagus

Steak & eggs

Here is another simple way to use your ButcherBox meat. My husband has never had steak and eggs so I decided to serve up this for dinner last week. We call it brinner when we eat breakfast for dinner. It doesn’t get any easier than this folks! To cook the ButcherBox flat-iron steak I simply warmed up some avocado oil (you can use olive oil too) in a cast iron pan and seasoned the steak with some steak seasoning on both sides. I got a nice sear on each side of the steak, let it rest a few minutes, and then sliced and served.

Can you see that I like my steak still mooing? lol!

 

Steak & eggs served with ButcherBox flat iron steak
Steak & eggs served with ButcherBox flat iron steak

 

 

The ButcherBox flat-iron steaks are perfect for steak and eggs! How do you like your steak cooked?
The ButcherBox flat-iron steaks are perfect for steak and eggs! How do you like your steak cooked?

 

 

 

Final thoughts on my first ButcherBox shipment

I am really thrilled that I had the opportunity to review this subscription box and give these top-quality meats a try in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. I hope that you enjoyed this ButcherBox review and that it will inspire you to give it a whirl soon! ButcherBox was perfect for our small family and we completely and totally enjoyed our shipment of beef, and trust me when I say that we enjoyed it! It was love at first bite! It’s not hard to see that ButcherBox only ships out the finest of meat. Every single meal that had ButcherBox incorporated into it had tender, juicy, and flavorful beef! Certainly was the best beef we ever had and it sure beats the stuff that you get at your local grocery store.

 

Ready to sign up and get your first ButcherBox?

Click HERE to see pricing available options for your ButcherBox, and to sign up for your first shipment of top quality meats!

 

Current offers at ButcherBox

Ready to sign up and receive your very own ButcherBox? Simply click the link below or the image below to get started. They are currently offering 2 free pounds of Wild Alaskan salmon with your order.

Join ButcherBox today and get 2 lbs of Wild Alaskan Salmon free!

 

Or you can claim a free BBQ Bundle with your next order by clicking HERE.

The BBQ Bundle includes babyback ribs, 2 pounds of ground beef, and 2 NY Strips.

 

Question Time! Which ButcherBox would you love to give a whirl first? Will you choose the all-beef box, beef & chicken, beef & pork, mixed box, or will you be going with a custom box? Leave me a comment and let me know how you like your steak cooked as well! Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Jordan’s Skinny Mixes COUPON & REVIEW – KETO Friendly Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar, Zero Carbs Drink Syrups & More!

Today I am sharing my Jordan’s Skinny Mixes review with you and a very special Jordan’s Skinny Mixes coupon code to help you save on your first order. This is a product that I recently gave a whirl and I love it so much I just want to spread the good word about it! Jordan’s Skinny Mixes come in a humongous variety of delectable, delicious flavors! You will trick your mind into believing you are enjoying an indulgent treat when really there are zero calories, zero sugar, and zero carbs in Jordan’s Skinny Mixes and Skinny Syrups! Can you believe that?

My Jordan’s Skinny Mixes Review

 

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About Jordan’s Skinny Mixes and Skinny Syrups

First off I would love to tell you a little bit about Jordan’s Skinny Mixes. Each and every single one of their products can be enjoyed with ZERO GUILT! You will not find any sugar, carbs, or calories lurking in these products, which makes these products all keto-friendly. They can also be enjoyed by those of you who need to follow a gluten-free diet.

So how do they get their products so sweet, you might be wondering? Jordan’s Skinny Mixes and Skinny Syrups are sweetened with sucralose. You simply add one teaspoon or one tablespoon of syrup into your drink. I will say this, that a little bit does go a long way with their products so it might be best to start off with one teaspoon, otherwise you might think it is too sweet!

Jordan's Skinny Syrups Ice Cream Trio Collection
Jordan’s Skinny Syrups Ice Cream Trio Collection

Products available at Jordan’s Skinny Mixes

Wondering what products you can find at Jordan’s Skinny Mixes online store? They are best known for their zero calories, zero sugar, zero carb drink syrups. Jordan’s Skinny Syrups are best used in coffee and chances are you will find several flavors to please your palate!

Jordan’s Skinny Syrups

I have a feeling that you are going to absolutely LOVE these drink syrups from Jordan’s Skinny Mixes! These guilt-free drink syrups are going to take your next drink to a whole other level! Their online store has a very wide variety of different, very appealing, flavors for your next drink.

Jordan’s Skinny Syrups will take a bland and boring coffee drink and turn it into something extraordinary with just one little splash!

 

Birthday Cake Jordan's Skinny Syrup
Birthday Cake Jordan’s Skinny Syrup

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Jordan's Skinny Syrup - Banana Split
Jordan’s Skinny Syrup – Banana Split

Shop at Jordan’s Skinny Mixes for Banana Split syrup.

Want inspiration for this flavor. Check out the Banana Split Cocktail recipe!

Vanilla Almond - Jordan's Skinny Syrup
Vanilla Almond – Jordan’s Skinny Syrup

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Jordan’s Whipped Foam Topping

Top your hot drink with Jordan’s Whipped Foam Topping that is now available in 11 delicious flavors! There are flavors ranging from a vanilla flavor and caramel flavor, all the way up to the magical Unicorn flavor!

I have really got my eye on their marshmallow whipped foam because I think that would be excellent on a hot cup of mocha flavored coffee. YUM! Or why not try the Birthday Cake Whipped Foam on top of a birthday cake flavored drink?


Jordan’s Skinny Mixes

If you are looking for a wonderful way to enjoy an alcoholic beverage they also carry a line of skinny drink mixes. These Skinny Mixes are all low-calorie, low-carb, and low-sugar. You can find out more information about each flavor by clicking on the links below or you can also find the Skinny Mixes on Amazon.

 

 

Jordan’s Meaningful Wellness products

There are two wellness products available from Jordan’s Skinny Mixes.

What’s Inside Detox Meaningful Wellness Boost
Milk Thistle Supports healthy liver function by blocking and removing toxins.
Dandelion Detoxifies liver by flushing out harmful substances from the body to promote overall health.
Aloe Supports the liver’s natural detoxifying properties and reduces inflammation.
Coconut Water Full of essential nutrients & amino acid alanine which eliminates toxins from the liver and digestive tract.

What’s Inside Slimming Meaningful Wellness Boost
Finomate Increases metabolism & suppresses appetite.
Cinnamon Fat burning spice that boosts your metabolism and aids in digestion. Helps regulate blood sugar levels to cut down on fat storage.
Rooibos Inhibits fat-storage hormones within the body to prevent the body from storing and even forming new fat cells.

 

 

What’s new at Jordan’s Skinny Mixes?

Here are a few products that are new that I think you might love!

Mermaid

The mermaid syrup is a stunning blue hue and probably not the best idea to put in your cup of coffee. Instead, get creative with this Mermaid syrup. Use it on ice-cream sundaes, cocktails, champagne, lemonade, mixed with sparkling water, or even try it in your next smoothie!

Jordan’s Mermaid syrup has the flavor of: tropical citrus, coconut, a little pineapple and a lot of magic.


Unicorn

The Unicorn syrup from Jordan’s has the flavor of creamy frosting, tart blue raspberry and a hint of cotton candy. The Unicorn syrup is one to unleash your creativity with. I believe this flavor would make an excellent nice-cream (vegan “ice-cream” made with bananas).


Jordan's Skinny Syrup - Unicorn and a skinny unicorn milkshake made with vanilla Halo Top ice cream!
Jordan’s Skinny Syrup – Unicorn and a skinny unicorn milkshake made with vanilla Halo Top ice cream!

Want to make a skinny unicorn milkshake with Jordan’s Skinny Syrup Unicorn?

Simply blend these ingredients

  • 1/2 a pint of vanilla Halo Top ice-cream
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened milk of choice (I used Good Karma)
  • and 1 tablespoon of Unicorn syrup
  • This simple recipe can be doubled if you want a larger sweet treat. This unicorn milkshake recipe will result in one very sweet and tasty milkshake. I topped mine with some sugar-free Cool Whip and rainbow candy sprinkles.
Unicorn milkshake made with Jordan's Skinny Syrup and Halo Top ice cream
Unicorn milkshake made with Jordan’s Skinny Syrup and Halo Top ice cream

Jordan’s Skinny Syrups Ice-Cream Collection Trio

The Ice-Cream Collection Trio really truly peaks my interest! Talk about an awesome variety pack! This one here includes the following syrups: Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Caramel Fudge Waffle ConeWOWZA! Looking for ideas for this variety pack?

Jordan's Skinny Syrups Ice Cream Trio Collection
Jordan’s Skinny Syrups Ice Cream Trio Collection

The Jordan’s Skinny Syrups Ice-Cream Collection Trio is PERFECT FOR
Coffee, Lattes, Tea, Protein Shakes, Smoothies, Craft Cocktails, Oatmeal, Yogurt, Overnight Oats, Keto Snacks, Pancake or Waffle Batter, Roasted Nuts, Baking & So Much More!


Jordan's Skinny Syrups come in a wide variety of delicious flavors!
Jordan’s Skinny Syrups come in a wide variety of delicious flavors!

 

Final Thoughts

I believe that you will all be impressed with the flavors and the quality of Jordan’s Skinny Mixes and Jordan’s Skinny Syrup. I am pretty thrilled that I came across these products on Amazon while I was searching for some sugar-free syrup options for my morning cup of coffee. I have tried out the sugar-free Torani syrups and felt as though they had a bit of an aftertaste. For me, that is certainly not the case with this brand. These syrups all have the perfect amount of sweetness without the calories and without the aftertaste.

 

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Extreme Pizza REVIEW – 26 Gourmet Signature Pizzas Available At This Grosse Pointe Pizza Parlor & A Way To Save On Your Next Visit

Looking to feed your hungry family some pizza that is something other than ordinary? This Extreme Pizza review will tell you how can achieve that with some fun and exciting pizza flavors that this pizza chain has. The whole entire “does pineapple belong on pizza” movement can move over and step aside because at Extreme Pizza they are bold enough to put mandarin oranges on pizza! Yes, I said mandarin oranges, and those can be found on one of their signature gourmet pizzas The Paia Pie. Ok so I know you might be thinking that oranges on pizza does not sound very appealing but guess what… if you allow yourself to eat freely and with a very open mind you will see that yes, mandarin oranges do belong on pizza! Keep reading this Extreme Pizza review to find out what else this place has to offer for your next lunch or dinner!

Extreme Pizza is located in Grosse Pointe, MI. Use the store locator to find an Extreme Pizza near you!
Extreme Pizza is located in Grosse Pointe, MI. Use the store locator to find an Extreme Pizza near you!

Also, I have a tidbit of news to share with you! Extreme Pizza has vouchers available on Restaurant.com so you can save on your next purchase. Keep reading my Extreme Pizza review to get all of the details!

My Extreme Pizza Review

This was not our first time at this Grosse Pointe pizza place. We have been here several times before. We live one city over in St. Clair Shores and the little extra drive is worth it to get to this unique Grosse Pointe pizza establishment. I consider this place to be a hidden gem and I am so happy I discovered it a few years back. This Grosse Pointe pizza place has a menu that builds up excitement in me. There are so many excellent choices here and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them! Extreme Pizza is known to consistently serve up pizzas that do not disappoint!

Pizzas that we ordered at Extreme Pizza (The Yard Sale and the Boar'der)
Pizzas that we ordered at Extreme Pizza (The Yard Sale and the Boar’der)

Extreme Pizza Menu

Extreme Pizza has quite the exciting menu board! Their menu features 16 Carnivore signature pizzas and 10 Veggin Out pizzas. Their menu has something for everyone and also includes pizzas for the adventurous eater. While you are able to create your very own build-your-own pizza here, I highly recommend giving their signature pizzas a whirl. At our most recent visit, we ordered my favorite, The Boar’der (my pick) and my husband chose the Yard Sale.

Here are the ingredients that were on these two pizzas:

The Boar’der: Shredded pork marinated in a sweet BBQ sauce, red onions, fresh cilantro, cheddar and mozzarella.

The Yard Sale: Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, black olives, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, red onions, vine ripe tomatoes, tomato sauce, mozzarella and cheddar.

You can view their entire menu here or check out the images below.

Menu at Extreme Pizza (Sandwiches, Calzones, Etc)
Menu at Extreme Pizza (Sandwiches, Calzones, Etc)
Extreme Signature Pizzas Menu at Extreme Pizza
Extreme Signature Pizzas Menu at Extreme Pizza
Build-Your-Own Pizza and Salads at Extreme Pizza
Build-Your-Own Pizza and Salads
The Boar'der Pizza At Extreme Pizza
The Boar’der Pizza At Extreme Pizza
Yard Sale Pizza at Extreme Pizza
Yard Sale Pizza at Extreme Pizza

Want To Build Your Own Pizza?

As you can see below I have all of the sauces, cheeses, meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, and spices noted and you have endless possibilities here with creating your very own Extreme Pizza!

I would love to hear about the pizza that you would create here at Extreme Pizza!

Feel free to leave me a comment in the comments section about your dream Extreme Pizza!

Ingredients available to build-your-own!

HOMEMADE SAUCES
Tomato, pesto, black beans and salsa, Alfredo, pico de gallo, chipotle, hummus, spicy hoisin style, sweet BBQ, tangy ranch, buffalo wing, peanut, Tandoori, balsamic glaze.

CHEESES
Mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, cheddar, feta, mascarpone, fontina and Swiss, ghost pepper, goat, gorgonzola, soy, ricotta, vegan cheese.

MEAT
Pepperoni, Italian sausage, linguica, salami, smoked bacon, Canadian bacon, beef meatball, shredded pork, anchovies, chicken (bbq, Thai, grilled).

FRESH VEGGIES
Fresh mushrooms, spinach, arugula, broccoli, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, green peppers, black olives, kalamata olives, roasted potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, vine ripe tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, jalapenos, pepperoncini, green onions, red onions, caramelized onions, carrots, roasted garlic.

FRUITS & NUTS
Hawaiian pineapple, Mandarin oranges, walnuts, candied walnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, tortilla chip strips.

FRESH SPICES
Basil, cilantro, garlic, sage, oregano.

Yard Sale Pizza At Extreme Pizza - Check Out All Of Those Delicious Toppings!
Yard Sale Pizza at Extreme Pizza – Check out all of those delicious toppings!

 

Beyond Pizza at Extreme Pizza

Extreme Pizza offers up more than just EXTREME PIZZA! Their menu also features breadsticks, chicken wings, salads, Monster subs, calzones, and desserts. I can vouch for the wings here as I have had them in the past and they are excellent!

Extremely Twisted Breadsticks

Baked dough “twisted” with a blend of Swiss and fontina cheeses, garlic and herbs served with choice of ranch or tomato dipping sauce.

Chicken Wings

Monster Subs

You can view all of the Monster Subs from Extreme Pizza HERE.

Calzones

There are three calzones available at Extreme Pizza. Which one will you be giving a whirl?

ENDLESS SUMMER

Mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, caramelized onions and tomato sauce.

THE PIPE

Mozzarella, ricotta, garlic and tomato sauce with any of our freestyle toppings

BIG WEDNESDAY

Mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, caramelized onions, italian sausage, roasted red peppers, pepperoni and tomato sauce.

Extreme Pizza Garden Fresh Salads

There are 12 Garden Fresh Salads available at Extreme Pizza if pizza is not your thing or if you are watching your carb intake. View all of their salads HERE.

EXTREME DESSERTS at Extreme Pizza

Save room for dessert! Extreme Pizza has these wonderful things called Pow Pow Sticks that you are not going to want to miss!

POW POWS TWISTED STICKS

Baked dough “Twisted” with a hazelnut sauce, powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.

And another wonderful dessert creation they offer is:

NONNA’s MELTDOWN

Baked dough with creamy mascarpone cheese, freshly sliced apples, cinnamon and drizzled honey.

If you want a more traditional dessert after your Extreme Pizza they also offer Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and New York Cheesecake.

 


In the St. Clair Shores, MI area and want a creative ice-cream creation?

Why not give Modern Cone a try? You can read my Modern Cone review HERE.


 

The Boar'der has cheddar cheese and barbeque sauce on it! Would you give this pizza a try?
The Boar’der has cheddar cheese and barbeque sauce on it! Would you give this pizza a try?

Vegan & Gluten-Free Options

If you have any vegan or gluten-free dietary restrictions you are in luck at Extreme Pizza! There are 5 signature vegan pizzas that you can choose from. Any of the gourmet signature pizzas can be made with a gluten-free crust or you can also choose from 4 different salads. Also, if you are looking for some healthy options here at Extreme Pizza they do have a Healthy Dining menu available.

Dine In, Pickup, or Delivery

Great news for those of you who might live kinda far away… you can enjoy your pizza at Extreme Pizza. There are some dining room tables available if you prefer to dine in. Extreme Pizza also has the option for you to order online and pick up at the store OR you can also have your Extreme Pizza delivered straight to your door with delivery.

Final thoughts on Extreme Pizza

Extreme Pizza is an excellent choice for your next “cheat day” meal! YOLO so you might as well just stuff your face with some Extreme Pizza… am I right?? I absolutely love places like this that offer the customer to enjoy a unique experience. If I ever want an ordinary pizza I will head on over to Little Caesar’s for a Hot & Ready pizza.

On days when I am craving something a lot more adventurous on my pizza, Extreme Pizza in Grosse Pointe is my go-to place.

I hope that you all enjoyed my Extreme Pizza review and it inspires you to give this Grosse Pointe pizza parlor a whirl! Not near Grosse Pointe? Use the store locator to find out if you have an Extreme Pizza near you!

And now it is Question & Answer Time!

What signature Extreme Pizza will you be giving a whirl? Or will you be building your own gourmet pizza?

Leave me a comment and let me know! I love hearing from my readers so don’t be shy.

 


Restaurant.com Savings

Currently, Restaurant.com has some vouchers available for Extreme Pizza so you can save on your next purchase.

I have the current offers listed below.

$5 Certificate | Your Price $5 $2.00 (min. purchase $10)

$10 Certificate | Your Price $10 $4.00 (min. purchase $20) (This is the voucher we used on our visit)

$25 Certificate | Your Price $25 $10.00 (min. purchase $50)

CLICK HERE to see all of the Restaurant.com vouchers in your area.


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EXTREME PIZZA REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl

EXTREME PIZZA REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl



Want to find out more about Extreme Pizza?

Grosse Pointe Extreme Pizza location

369 Fisher Road, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
313-881-5000

Grosse Pointe Extreme Pizza phone

313-881-5000

Grosse Pointe Extreme Pizza hours

Sun
12:00pm – 7:00pm

Mon – Thu
10:30am – 8:00pm

Fri
10:30am – 9:00pm

Sat
12:00pm – 9:00pm

**All store locations are independently owned and operated.

 

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Today I am sharing my top 10 picks for protein bars that are available on Amazon. These have all been taste tested by yours truly and I love each brand that is represented here in this Healthy Hot List. If you are on the lookout for gluten-free, vegan snacks chances are you will find some here that appeal to you in my Top 10 List of Protein Bars!

What I love about the protein bars that are in this top 10 list is that they really truly do satisfy my sweet-tooth. These protein bars are all available in some really fun flavors that will trick your brain. They taste so indulgent but you can enjoy them without all the guilt!

I have a huge weakness for anything that is birthday cake flavor!

All of the protein bars that are mentioned in this Top 10 list are gluten-free, vegan, and packed with protein.

Some of these bars can even be incorporated into your keto diet and lifestyle (just look for the zero or low sugar labels).

Also, if you are like me and get impatient waiting for items to arrive, you are in luck! These products all include free 2-day shipping with your Amazon Prime membership! If you are not yet a Prime member you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial.

 


TOP 10 PROTEIN BARS by Give It A Whirl Girl


TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts Protein Bar

TRUWOMEN is a brand that I love and trust and I believe they earned the top spot here on my list of favorite protein bars. These plant-fueled protein bars are both gluten-free and vegan. Each TRUWOMEN protein bar is going to give you 12 grams of protein per serving. Be sure to check out the other fun flavors available: I Scream For Orange Cream, Oh Oh Cookie Dough, Saltylicious Almond Love, Smother Fudger, and Zamn Good Zesty Lemon.

TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts Protein Bar
TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts Protein Bar

 


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Protein Cakes by thinkThin (Birthday Cake Flavor)

I just adore these little birthday cake flavored Protein Cakes by thinkThin! I always try to have at least one of these pouches in my snack stash. Each package contains two little protein cakes and 12 grams of protein per serving.

Also available in Chocolate Cake and Red Velvet.

thinkThin Protein Cakes (Birthday Cake Flavor)
thinkThin Protein Cakes (Birthday Cake Flavor)

R.E.D.D. Bar

These superfood bars from R.e.d.d. Bar are also gluten-free and vegan and these bars give you a boost in energy with a little dose of caffeine. Reaching for a R.ed.d.. Bar is highly recommended when that afternoon sluggishness sets in. Each of these protein bars contains 35 mg of caffeine and 10 grams of protein.

R.e.d.d. Bar Variety Pack available on Amazon
R.e.d.d. Bar Variety Pack available on Amazon – 5 flavors, 8 bars

Want to know which flavor is my fave? Salted Caramel all the way baby!

If you love caramel you will be swooning over this flavor!

R.e.d.d. Bar Salted Caramel
R.e.d.d. Bar Salted Caramel

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Thunderbird Bar

Continuing on with the theme of things (gluten-free and vegan) may I present to you Thunderbird Bar? These protein bars are definitely one of my favorite healthy snack bars to reach for. I am absolutely in love with the wide variety of delicious flavors available!

And if your kiddo has a craving for a Thunderbird Bar, you are in luck because Thunderbird Bar has four different fun flavors of bars for the kiddos! Choose from Chocolate Chip Cookie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Apple Pie, or Fruit Punch!

Thunderbird Bar Sampler Pack - 8 Flavors
Thunderbird Bar Sampler Pack – 8 Flavors


And my favorite flavor of Thunderbird Bar? Cacao + Hemp + Walnut!


Thunderbird Bar CACAO HEMP WALNUT
Thunderbird Bar CACAO + HEMP + WALNUT

 


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Quest Protein Bars

Truth be told, I do love Quest Bars but I feel as though they might be an acquired taste due to the texture of these protein bars. Quest Bars are one of my go-to brands for when I need to refuel. Quest Bars are a low-carb, keto, high protein (20 grams of protein per bar) solution for when you are having a snack attack.

 

Quest Bar Variety Pack - 12 Flavors, 12 Protein Bars
Quest Bar Variety Pack – 12 Flavors, 12 Protein Bars



ONE Protein Bars

ONE Protein Bar is very similar in comparison to Quest Bars. These are another low-carb, zero sugar, high protein healthy snack. ONE Bar is gluten-free and vegan and there are 12 different indulgent flavors available. ONE Bar will be there to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings that you have! Two of my favorite flavors from ONE include the birthday cake flavor and the maple glazed donut bar.

ONE Protein Bars - 12 Bar Variety Pack - 12 Flavors To Choose From
ONE Protein Bars – 12 Bar Variety Pack – 12 Flavors To Choose From


RXBar – Real Food Protein Bars (Peanut Butter & Berries)

Calling all peanut butter & jelly lovers!

This Peanut Butter & Berries bar from RXBar is bursting with pb&j flavor! I am a huge fan of RX Bars but this flavor right here is hands down my favorite! RX Bars are an excellent snacking solution. Each bar has appx. 12 grams of protein. The best thing about RX Bar might just be that they are made with only all natural ingredients. They proudly display the ingredients smack dab on the front of the packaging.

No B. S.

 



Power Crunch Protein Bars

If you are into wafer treats then you are going to love these protein bars from Power Crunch. These are protein wafter bars that are drenched in a candy coating shell. You will get 13 grams of protein per Power Crunch protein bar and these are also quite low in sugar (5 grams per bar). I am just loving the wide variety of fun flavors that these are available in! Which flavor will you reach for first?

I have my eye on the Red Velvet and the Chocolate Mint!

Power Crunch Protein Bars Variety Pack - 10 Bars, 10 different flavors
Power Crunch Protein Bars Variety Pack – 10 Bars, 10 different flavors


 

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Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars

Primal Kitchen is another top brand that I love and trust when it comes to eating healthy and clean! You are going to love these Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars! These bars are high in protein (15 grams) and also include a healthy dose of grass fed collagen. These collagen bars are perfect for your paleo (or gluten-free) diet and lifestyle.

Want to find out more about these collagen bars? READ the review on my blog.

If you would like to try Primal Kitchen’s collagen in smoothies, etc. they do have a Collagen Fuel powder available.

Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars - Variety Pack - 4 Flavors
Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars – Variety Pack – 4 Flavors – 16 Bars


Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookies

And last but certainly not least, here we have protein cookies from Lenny & Larry’s! I know, I know, these are cookies and not bars but I do believe they earned a spot on my top 10 list! This variety pack of Lenny & Larry protein cookies features 16 cookies in 8 different, fun flavors! These protein cookies are gigantic and you can actually split them into two servings if you would like. That is what I usually do with these because they are very filling! Each Lenny & Larry’s protein cookie contains 16 grams of protein. Err with caution here if you are watching your sugar! Each serving (1/2 a cookie) has 15 grams of sugar. That’s fine though… just have a Lenny & Larry’s cookie on one of your “cheat days”!

Grab a 12 pack of their best-selling Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor! Or you can go with my personal favorite Birthday Cake!

 

Lenny & Larry's Protein Cookies Variety Pack - 8 flavors, 16 protein cookies
Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookies Variety Pack – 8 flavors, 16 protein cookies

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Final thoughts

I hope you all enjoyed this Top 10 Protein Bars list that I am sharing with you today! Decisions, decisions! Which protein bar(s) will you choose? I believe I have a little something for everyone here. If you can’t find an appealing flavor here there might be something wrong with you… lol! I am pretty open-minded when it comes to eating and I will try anything and everything once so all of the bars here are definitely appealing to me, of course. If you have a sweet tooth that is calling your name you can fulfill that sugar craving with the bars in this top 10 list. Feel free to leave me a comment about your thoughts on these protein bars. I would love to hear from my readers.

 


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MengK 1500W High-Speed Professional Blender REVIEW & A Dragon Fruit Smoothie RECIPE

Today I would love to share my experience with you that I recently had with my new blender in this MengK blender review. This blender is quite simple to use and it is built like a professional blender. When I received my blender I was astonished by how professional the model looked and I was excited to give it a whirl with a dragon fruit smoothie bowl recipe. My hopes for this blender were that it would be capable of blending up frozen fruit because I am a huge smoothie fan and every blender I have ever owned prior was a big letdown to me. Keep reading this MengK blender review to find out how it performed in my test.

First impression of the MengK 1500W blender

Let’s kick off this MengK blender review with my first thoughts when I unboxed the blender. My first impression with this blender was the massive footprint it has on my countertop! This blender is a beast! Now, this can either be a positive or a negative for you. If you don’t have much storage space in your kitchen or home this blender might be an issue. This MengK blender couldn’t be any simpler to use either! If you look at the blender you will see one dial on the face of the blender and this determines the speed at which you will operate your blender. Big tasks call for dialing up on the knob for more power and speed.

Professional Blender MengK 2000W Peak Horsepower Electric High Speed Blender REVIEW
Professional Blender 1500W MengK 2000W Peak Horsepower Electric High-Speed Blender

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What can the MengK blender do?

If you are in the market for a blender that is versatile, MengK has you covered with this blender! You can use it for smoothies, nice creams, soups, milkshakes, hummus, alcoholic beverages, homemade nut butter, baby foods, and more. This MengK blender features a very well-constructed 67oz professional blender jar. Please note that this blender jar is not a glass blending jar, it is made out of some very heavy duty, thick, plastic. The blending jar for the MengK blender is BPA-free.

MengK blender motor

The MengK blender has a whopping 2.6 HP-2000 watt motor, and this commercial blender can reach a rotational speed of up to 27,000 r/min. This powerful motor makes it possible to crush ice, fruits, and vegetables.

The controls on the MengK blender are simple
The controls on the MengK blender are simple

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The MengK blades

This powerful blender features 6 stainless steel, sharp blades for maximum blending power. The MengK blender crushing blades make it possible and perfect for ice crushing, blending, pureeing, and controlled processing.

The 6 blades on the MengK blender are razor sharp
The 6 blades on the MengK blender are razor sharp

My experience with the MengK blender

The first experiment with this high-speed blender was to see how well it would process and blend frozen fruit. I placed two frozen bananas, a cup of frozen dragon fruit, and a bit of milk in the blending cup. I was really excited to try this out because I have not had much success with frozen fruit in any blender I have ever owned.

The capability of blending frozen fruit is top priority to me. I need a blender that can do this.

I turned the blender onto medium with the dial. I then turned it on. The blender was loud and I could tell it had a powerful motor. The blades efficiently chopped up my frozen fruit and blended it up with the almond milk. After a few short moments, I had a delicious smoothie bowl waiting for me.

I performed one other smoothie test with my MengK blender. For that test, I used a fresh banana, frozen dragon fruit, and frozen mango with a splash of some unsweetened nut milk. The blender performed wonderfully and as expected. In a very short time, without any hesitation, I had a delicious, tall smoothie waiting for me!

Overall, I am quite pleased with this MengK blender and I am excited to try more smoothie recipes with it.

A dragon fruit & mango smoothie drink
A dragon fruit & mango smoothie drink


The MengK blender is simple to clean

Cleaning the MengK blender is simple and easy to do! All you need to do is add a bit of soap and warm water to the blending cup. Turn the blender onto a mid-high speed and it 30-60 seconds the cup and blades will be clean. Rinse after cleaning and carefully dry.

Satisfaction guaranteed from MengK

If for any reason you are not satisfied with your MengK blender purchases, MengK offers a money back guarantee and a warranty on their product.

3-month warranty on commercial Cups and a 6-month warranty on household cups, unified TWO years warranty about this pedestal, and 30-day refund guarantee.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Take a trip to paradise with this dragon fruit smoothie bowl. You will feel like you are transported to a tropical place with this exotic fruit smoothie bowl recipe.

  • 2 Bananas (Frozen and chopped)
  • 1 cup Dragon Fruit chunks (Frozen of fresh)
  • 1 Kiwi Fruit (Sliced)
  • 1 Star Fruit (Sliced and seeds removed)
  • 2/3 cup Unsweetened nut milk of choice
  1. Place the frozen bananas, dragon fruit, and milk in the blender and process until smooth.

  2. Pour the smoothie mixture into two bowls.

  3. Top the smoothie with fresh sliced kiwi fruit and star fruit.

  4. Serve, eat, and enjoy!


Dragon Fruit Smoothies created with the MengK Blender
Dragon Fruit Smoothies created with the MengK Blender
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls topped with kiwi fruit and star fruit
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls topped with kiwi fruit and star fruit

MengK 1400W Blender

If you want to get yourself a MengK blender that is a little more friendly on your budget there is a 1400W model on Amazon.

There is also a clippable coupon to save on this model!

MengK 1500W Blender

The blender that I reviewed is currently available on Amazon.

 

Final thoughts

The MengK blender is a lot of bang for your buck! For this price point, you are getting quite the powerful blender. I am hoping that this MengK blender will stand the test of time. I have a great feeling that it will be outperforming the last blender that I owned prior to this one. I took a chance with this off-brand name and I am very pleased with it.

It is not a Vitamix or a Blendtec but for the price you are paying for this one you are getting a powerhouse blender. If you are like me and dream of owning a fancy blender like a Vitamix, this blender makes a great clone of one and you will save yourself a ton of money going with the MengK.

The MengK blender makes a delicious smoothie in seconds!
The MengK blender makes a delicious smoothie in seconds!

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Zesty Spaghetti Sauce RECIPE With Ancient Harvest Pasta, Tri-Color Peppers, Ground Beef, & Italian Sausage (Slow-Cooker)

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!

Tri-Color Pepper, Ground Beef, and Italian Sausage Spaghetti With Ancient Harvest Pasta
Tri-Color Peppers, Ground Beef, and Italian Sausage Spaghetti With Ancient Harvest Pasta – A very zesty spaghetti sauce recipe that you will love!

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.

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Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)

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.

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl
Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast

Roast preparations

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.

Chuck roast for the paleo pot roast with root vegetables
Chuck roast for the paleo pot roast with root vegetables


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.

Root vegetables in my paleo pot roast
Root vegetables in my paleo pot roast
My huge turnip for the paleo root vegetable pot roast
My huge turnip for the paleo root vegetable pot roast


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.

Herbs de Provence for the pot roast
Herbs de Provence for the pot roast

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.

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl
Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast in the slow-cooker after prepping

 


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Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast
Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast

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!

 

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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)
  1. Slice and dice your vegetables.

  2. 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.

  3. Add in the garlic and shallots and cook until translucent.

  4. Add in the vegetables (carrots, parsnips, and turnip). Saute until slightly softened.

  5. Place the meat and vegetables into the slow-cooker. Add in one can drained diced fire roasted tomatoes.

  6. Add in your bay leaf and herbs de provence. Stir until well incorporated. Salt and pepper the mixture. 

  7. Place the slow-cooker on low for 5-6 hours.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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Greek Caulipower Pizza RECIPE With Primal Kitchen (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

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 Kitchen Greek 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!

Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen
Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen

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.

The Power of the Caulipower

Let’s talk a bit about why I love this Caulipower crust so much.

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!

Nutrition Facts for Caulipower Crust
Nutrition Facts for Caulipower Crust (source)

 

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.


Ingredients used for Greek Caulipower Pizza recipe
Ingredients used for Greek Caulipower Pizza recipe

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.


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Garlic! Garlic! And More Garlic!

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.

Greek Toppings

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.


Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen
Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen

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!

Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen
Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen

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Start Your Day With A Slingshot Shake – Complete Breakfast Protein Slingshot Shake REVIEW

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 Complete Breakfast Shakes
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shakes

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

Protein

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.

Probiotics

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.

Fiber

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.

Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shakes come in 6 flavors
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shakes come in 6 flavors

 

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

Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake - Simply Plain
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake – Simply Plain

 

Vanilla Bean Shake

Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake - Vanilla Bean
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake – Vanilla Bean

 

Strawberry Shake

Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake - Strawberry
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake – Strawberry

 

Blueberry Shake

Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake - Blueberry
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake – Blueberry

 

Powerplant Shake

The Slingshot Power Plant shake is a unique blend of pineapple, spinach, ginger, and turmeric.

Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake - PowerPlant
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake – PowerPlant

 

Peach Shake

Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake - Peach
Slingshot Complete Breakfast Shake – Peach

 

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.

Final Thoughts

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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Slingshot Shakes Breakfast Shake REVIEW

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Nut Butter Is All The Rage! Get In On It! Healthy Hot List – A Top 10 Amazon Shopping Guide

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.

Wanna shop from this shopping guide?

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!

Top 10 Nut Butters On Amazon by GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL

Betsy’s Best Nut Butter Gift Set – Cinnamon Almond, Toasted Coconut Cashew, Cashew Cardamom, Cinnamon Peanut and Cinnamon Seed Butters (Sampler, 5 Pack)

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.

Betsy's Best Nut Butter Gift Set - Cinnamon Almond, Toasted Coconut Cashew, Cashew Cardamom, Cinnamon Peanut and Cinnamon Seed Butters (Sampler, 5 Pack)
Betsy’s Best Nut Butter Gift Set

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Buff Bake Protein Almond Butter – Nut Butter Spread with 11 Grams of Whey Protein, Gluten Free, Non-GMO (Birthday Cake, 13 oz)

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.

Buff Bake Birthday Cake Nut Butter Spread
Buff Bake Birthday Cake Nut Butter Spread

Buff Bake also has drumroll please….COOKIES!

Buff Bake Variety Pack Of Cookies
Buff Bake Variety Pack Of Cookies

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Legendary Foods Nut Butter Variety Pack (16oz, 5 Pack) – Natural Ingredients, Sea Salt, High Protein Healthy Spreads – No Added Sugar or Artificial Flavors, Gluten Free

Trust me on this! You are going to want to give this Legendary Foods variety 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.

Flavors included: Apple Pie Flavored Almond & Cashew Butter, Blueberry Cinnamon Bun Almond Butter, Peanut Butter With Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter, and Pecan Pie Flavored Almond Butter.

These nut butters from Legendary Foods can fit right into your low-sugar, keto lifestyle with only 1 gram of sugar per serving and only 2 net carbs. WOWZA!

Legendary Foods Nut Butter Variety Pack

Legendary Foods Nut Butter Variety Pack

And check out these pizza-flavored nuts by Legendary Foods. I just discovered their existence and I am really drooling over here. OMG~!!


Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters Chocolate Chili Almond Butter, 12 Ounce, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, Keto and Paleo Friendly, 72 grams of Protein

Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters is a brand that I am completely and totally intrigued by!

Wanna talk about creative flavors? See what they got:

This is the kind of nut butter that I would love to try out in savory dishes! These savory flavors really appeal to me and I give Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters MAD PROPS for the innovative flavors!

These nut butters also sell for quite a decent price considering the size and the flavor selection.

What flavor of Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters would you give a whirl and what would you whip up? Feel free to leave me a comment about this in the comment box!

Eliot's Adult Nut Butters Chocolate Chili Almond Butter

Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters Chocolate Chili Almond Butter

Nuts ‘N More Cookie Dough Peanut Spread, High Protein Nut Butter Snack, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Gluten Free, All Natural, 16 oz Jar

Nuts ‘N More has a huge variety of different flavors of high protein nut butter available. This cookie dough nut butter is hands down my favorite flavor!

Nuts 'N More Cookie Dough Peanut Spread

Nuts ‘N More Cookie Dough Peanut Spread


Epic Spreads Nut Butter (Rainbow Sherbet)

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.

Epic Spreads Nut Butter (Rainbow Sherbet)

Epic Spreads Nut Butter (Rainbow Sherbet)


NOOSH Almond Butter Cupcake Packets (20 Count)

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.

NOOSH Almond Butter Cupcake Packets

NOOSH Almond Butter Cupcake Packets


Chocolate Hazelnut Butter by Justin’s, Organic Cocoa, No Stir, Gluten-free, Responsibly Sourced, 16oz Jar

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

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter by Justin's

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter by Justin’s

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, Coconut Vanilla Bean, Gluten Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, 9oz Jar

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?

Julie’s Real Cashew Butter, Coconut Vanilla Bean
Julie’s Real Cashew Butter, Coconut Vanilla Bean


Crazy Go Nuts Walnut Butter & Healthy Snacks: Gluten Free, Vegan, Low Carb, Non-GMO + Keto Snacks, 9oz – Plain

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.

You might also like Crazy Go Nuts’ other flavors:

Which of these fun flavors appeals the most to you?

Crazy Go Nuts Walnut Butter - Plain
Crazy Go Nuts Walnut Butter – Plain


Question Time! Now that you have seen my Top 10 favorite nut butters, which one will you be giving a whirl to first and tell me how you will be using it!


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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.

Produce section of Nino Salvaggio - Isn't it just spectacular?
Produce section of Nino Salvaggio – Isn’t it just spectacular?

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.

Gorgeous produce at Nino Salvaggio's
Gorgeous produce at Nino Salvaggio’s

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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!

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Passion Fruit

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.

Passion Fruit at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace
Passion Fruit at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace

Guava

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.

Guava at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace
Guava at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace

Rambutan

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.

Rambutan fruit at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace
Rambutan fruit at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace
Rambutan fruit from Nino Salvaggio
Rambutan fruit from Nino Salvaggio

Quince

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.

Quince at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace
Quince at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace

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!

Yaya Pear at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace
Yaya Pear at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace

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
  • 1 Guava
  • 2 tbsp Coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  1. 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.

  2. Once blended up pour the smoothie mixture into a large bowl. Soup bowls work well. 

  3. 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.

  4. Eat and enjoy! Hope you love it!


Fruits that I used in my Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl
Fruits that I used in my Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl
Close-up of the passion fruit and the guava
Close-up of the passion fruit and the guava
Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl topped with coconut and black chia seeds
Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl topped with coconut and black chia seeds
Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl
A spoonful of Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl
Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl
TALK ABOUT YUM! Passion Fruit & Guava Smoothie Bowl


Final thoughts

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!

 

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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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Feeling indecisive and don’t want to commit to just one flavor of Redd Bar? Pick up a variety pack of their five flavors on Amazon.


Amazon currently has a $4.00 off clippable coupon for a variety pack of Redd Bars. Don’t miss out on that special offer. Pick up your variety pack on Amazon today!

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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Kiss My Keto Coupon Code & Chocolate Bar & Energy Supplement Review

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.

 

Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bar (Hazelnut)
Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bar (Hazelnut)
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Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars

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:

13g Fat, 2g Net Carbs, 0g Sugar, 10% MCT (source)

 

Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars
Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bars

Besides being nutritious, this Keto Chocolate Bar is also:

Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Soy-free, Lactose-free, Sugar-free (source)

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!

 

 

 

Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bar nutrition facts
Kiss My Keto Chocolate Bar nutrition facts

Kiss My Keto Hazelnut Bar

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.

Kiss My Keto Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Bar
Kiss My Keto Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Bar

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.

KETO CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SEEDS & SEA SALT (4 PACK)

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.

KETO CHOCOLATE ROASTED ALMONDS (4 PACK)

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!

Kiss My Keto Energy Supplement
Kiss My Keto Energy Supplement

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?

Kiss My Keto Energy supplement
Kiss My Keto Energy supplement

 

Kiss My Keto Energy Supplement Nutrition Facts
Kiss My Keto Energy Supplement Nutrition Facts

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.

Kiss My Keto Energy Supplement
Kiss My Keto Energy Supplement

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.

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GIVEAWAY! ZenSweet Baking Mixes & Monk Fruit Sweetener REVIEW (Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free)

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.

ZenSweet Baking Mixes and Monkfruit Sweetener
ZenSweet Baking Mixes and Monkfruit 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.

ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free)
ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free)

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.

ZenSweet Monkfruit Sweetener
ZenSweet Monkfruit Sweetener
ZenSweet Monkfruit Sweetener
ZenSweet Monkfruit Sweetener
ZenSweet Monkfruit Sweetener Nutrition Facts
ZenSweet Monkfruit Sweetener
Nutrition Facts

Vegan, Non-GMO, Low Carb, Paleo, & Keto Friendly Baking Mixes

 

ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix

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.

Because I love to have my chocolate chip cookies a little extra chocolatey, I decided to snazz up this batch of cookie dough with some Lily’s Sweets Dark Chocolate Chips.

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!

ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix and Lily's Sweets Dark Chocolate Chips
ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix and Lily’s Sweets Dark Chocolate Chips

 

ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookies and a glass of unsweetened almond milk
ZenSweet Chocolate Chip Cookies and a glass of unsweetened almond milk

ZenSweet Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix

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.

ZenSweet Snickerdoodle Cookie Baking Mix
ZenSweet Snickerdoodle Cookie Baking Mix

ZenSweet Brownie Mix

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!

ZenSweet Brownie Baking Mix
ZenSweet Brownie Baking Mix


ZenSweet Vanilla Cupcake Mix

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!

ZenSweet Vanilla Cupcake Baking Mix
ZenSweet Vanilla Cupcake Baking Mix


Final Thoughts

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!

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TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!

Important! Make sure you are subscribed to my blog to enter. The subscription box is in the upper-right corner of my homepage below the search bar. If you are on a mobile device scroll down my page until you find the subscription box.

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

Enter to win a ZenSweet Baking Mixes prize pack in my giveaway!
Enter to win a ZenSweet Baking Mixes prize pack in my giveaway!

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Goodie Girl Cookies Review – Have A Gluten-Free Cookie For Goodness Sake!

I recently had a chance to give Goodie Girl Cookies a whirl and I am here today to share my experience with these scrumptious gluten-free cookies with you! Welcome to my Goodie Girl Cookies review! I have a feeling you are going to absolutely love these! I came across this brand of cookies while browsing Amazon. These cookies are perfect for those of us who consume a gluten-free diet. Goodie Girl Cookies has several different flavors available for their cookies.

I will admit that I am a sucker for packaging. Aren’t you just really love the design of Goodie Girl Cookie’s packaging?? I sure am and it really caught my eye. The adorable little girl on the packaging is just so sweet. That is the kind of face I make when I eat way too many cookies!

Goodie Girl Cookies

Goodie Girl Cookies on Amazon~ pour yourself a glass of milk and give this variety pack a whirl!


The Goodie Girl Cookies Review… let’s get started!

Gluten-free and peanut-free for goodness’ sake!

If you are following a gluten-free diet it is often difficult to find a line of cookies to please your palate. With Goodie Girl Cookies you will think you hit the jackpot with their extensive line of classic and fun flavors. Their cookies are certified gluten-free and produced in a place that is free of any gluten. Goodie Girl Cookies uses oat flour to manufacture their cookies instead of traditional wheat products.

Also, for anyone that has a peanut allergy you can have peace of mind and rest assured with this brand because their cookies are all manufactured in a peanut-free facility.

What makes Goodie Girl better?

I don’t know about you but I sure am not a big fan of artificial ingredients. I try to avoid artificial ingredients and flavors as much as possible. Goodie Girl Cookies only uses natural ingredients to make their delicious cookies.

Also, Goodie Girl Cookies contain half the sugar of leading other cookie brands.

Goodie Girl Mint Cookies

Tis the season for any and everything mint so this was the first box of cookies that I just had to open up and try out. I’m not going to lie. This box disappeared pretty dang quick on us and for great reason! These Goodie Girl Mint cookies have the perfect balance of mint flavor and dark chocolate flavor.

Goodie Girl Mint Cookies
Goodie Girl Mint Cookies


Goodie Girl Mint Cookies
Goodie Girl Mint Cookies and a glass of almond milk

Caramel Apple Cookies

Are you looking for the perfect cookie to dunk in a nice glass of cold milk? These Caramel Apple cookies are perfect for dunking. These cookies are on the crisp side and I love to soak them up in a bit of milk since I’m more into soft cookies. This caramel apple flavored cookie has a unique flavor and it combines crunchy toffee with little itsy bitsy apple bits.

Caramel Apple Goodie Girl Cookies
Caramel Apple Goodie Girl Cookies
Caramel Apple Goodie Girl Cookies
Caramel Apple Goodie Girl Cookies and a glass of almond milk


Toffee Crunch Cookies

Toffee Crunch Goodie Girl Cookies
Toffee Crunch Goodie Girl Cookies

The Toffee Crunch Cookies are another crispy cookie. I prefer to have a glass of unsweetened almond milk nearby for this flavor. This is another great one for dunking in a glass of milk. The Toffee Crunch Cookies have a buttery taste combined with crispy rice and chocolate chips.

Chocolate Creme Cookies

If you are a fan of Oreo Cookies then you will be swooning over these Chocolate Creme Goodie Girl Cookies! I have always been a huge fan of creme filling inside of any food and these chocolate cookies did not disappoint. These Chocolate Creme Cookies have a rich chocolate flavor. If you are an Oreo-lover that is following a gluten-free diet these sandwich cookies make for one wonderful alternative!

Chocolate Creme Goodie Girl Cookie
Chocolate Creme Goodie Girl Cookies

 

Vanilla Creme Cookies

These Vanilla Creme Cookies are the sister of the Chocolate Creme Cookies by Goodie Girl. I am an Oreo fan but I actually prefer the Vanilla Creme over the traditional chocolate flavor. These gluten-free cookies have the perfect amount of vanilla flavor, and this flavor will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and your cookie craving. I really enjoyed the delicious creme filling center on this flavor. I also gotta add that this cookie is another perfect one for dunking into a nice cold glass of milk.

Vanilla Creme Goodie Girl Cookies
Vanilla Creme Goodie Girl Cookies

Fudge Stripe Cookies

Fudge Striped Cookies from Goodie Girl bring up a bit of nostalgia for me. These were always one of my favorite types of cookies to chow down on. Goodie Girl steps up to the plate to bring this classic cookie to the gluten-free crowd. This flavor of cookies has a chocolate fudge bottom and the tops are drizzled with even more chocolate.

Fudge Stripe Goodie Girl Cookies
Fudge Stripe Goodie Girl Cookies


Where to buy Goodie Girl Cookies

You might have just seen these cookies in your local Kroger store or Starbucks coffee shop. If you are wondering where you can run out a grab a box today use their handy store locator tool to find some near you! There is also a 75-cent coupon available for download. Many varieties of Goodie Girl Cookies can also be found on Amazon and shipped with Amazon Prime.

Final Thoughts on Goodie Girl Cookies

I was quite impressed with the Goodie Girl Cookies that I received and I am happy to share this Goodie Girl Cookies review to my readers. I didn’t come across a flavor that I did not like. I did prefer some flavors over others though. The crispy cookies are not my favorite, I do need milk to go with those. The mint and fudge stripe are very addictive and you have to be careful not to eat the entire box of them! The cookies with the creme filling (Chocolate Creme and Vanilla Creme) were hands down the family favorite. I will be, from now on, including this brand in my cookie stash. I love that these are gluten-free and I also love that their cookies are made from all natural ingredients, and have less sugar than other cookies out there.

Hope you enjoyed this Goodie Girl Cookies review and it will inspire you to give them a whirl! I am sure glad that I did!

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Gluten-Free Food Shopping Guide – Healthy Hot List Part 4

Today I have compiled this list of gluten-free food that I am just dying to try! I searched high and low on Amazon to bring you a list of my top 10 favorites that are on my wishlist. Many of these items are also paleo and keto-friendly and you can easily incorporate these gluten-free items into your healthy diet and lifestyle.

Real Good Foods Gluten-Free, Low Carb Pizza

You can find Real Good Foods at their online store or on Amazon. Their pizzas are offered as a chicken crust pizza or a cauliflower crust pizza. Amazon currently has a $15 off clippable coupon.

Real Good Foods offers up a great gluten-free, low-carb pizza. I haven’t tried the cauliflower crust yet but I sure do love the chicken crust pizza. Because they use chicken and cauliflower in their crusts you are not going to find any gluten in these and very few carbs. These pizzas are also great for those following a keto diet. You can also check out their gluten-free, low carb enchiladas that are available. They are fantastic for lunch!

Real Good Foods Gluten-Free low-carb pizzas on Amazon
Real Good Foods Gluten-Free low-carb pizzas on Amazon
Real Good Foods online store
Real Good Foods online store

If you prefer to purchase your pizzas in-store simply click this banner below for the Real Good Foods handy store locator.

Real Good Pizza

Paleo Powder Seasoning Variety Pack

Paleo Powder is a brand that I know and trust to deliver a wholesome, quality product. I have used their Paleo Powder Pink and Paleo Powder Original All-Purpose Seasoning to flavor many of my recent dishes. This variety pack contains both of those seasonings and also includes Herbed Salt-Free and Low FODMAP. You can read more about how I used Paleo Powder to season my chili and whip up the best batch ever.

The wonderful thing about these Paleo Powder seasonings is that they only use all-natural ingredients in their seasonings. You will not find any artificial flavors or food additives lurking here. All of Paleo Powder seasonings are free of MSG and GMOs and they are manufactured in a wheat, soy, and milk-free facility. These seasonings are certified Paleo and can be incorporated into all of your healthy meals. They are very versatile.

You can also shop for Paleo Powder in their online store.

Paleo Powder Seasoning Variety Pack
Paleo Powder Seasoning Variety Pack



Caulipower Cauliflower-Based Baking Mix

This here is a brand that I love and trust to come through with a great-tasting, quality product. Caulipower serves up a gluten-free and paleo product here with their baking mix, that I have yet to try! It has 11 net carbs per serving and has a 1/3 less amount of calories and fat than traditional baking products. This would be the perfect grain-free mix for your next baking project! I am thinking this would be great for a homemade pizza crust.

Read my review of Caulipower (Gluten-Free) Pizza and check out my recipe for a Greek pizza made with Caulipower cauliflower crust.

Caulipower Baking Mix
Caulipower Baking Mix



Legendary Foods Variety Pack of Nut Butter

If you hang out on Instagram a lot then chances are you have heard about Legendary Foods and their line of gluten-free, keto, no-sugar-added nut butter. Instagram is where I first heard about them. They have an incredible line of healthy nut butter that you can feel good about eating without all the guilt. This variety pack is available on Amazon and includes Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Pecan Pie, and Blueberry Cinnamon Bun.

Legendary Foods Variety Pack of Nut Butter
Legendary Foods Variety Pack of Nut Butter

Banza Gluten-Free Chickpea Pasta

These gluten-free pastas from Banza were created with chickpeas. They are gluten-free and packed full of protein. This pasta also gives your fiber intake a much-needed boost and they are slightly lower-carb than traditional pasta. This variety pack from Banza includes many different shapes of pasta so you can get started on your next gluten-free pasta dish! Includes shells, penne, and rotini-shaped noodles.

Check out my gluten-free Italian Sausage Goulash recipe on my blog that I created with Banza pasta.

 

Banza Chickpea Pasta Variety Pack
Banza Chickpea Pasta Variety Pack

Primal Kitchen Whole 30 Kit

If it is Whole 30, then you know it is gluten-free! Primal Kitchen is one of my go-to brands that I use often in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. You can read my review of their products on my blog. These products by Primal Kitchen are always gluten-free and many are also paleo, keto, and Whole 30 friendly. This Whole 30 Starter Kit is perfect for getting started with their products. It includes: Avocado Oil, Greek Dressing/Marinade, Ranch Dressing, Chipotle Lime Mayo, and Avocado Oil Mayo.

Check out some of the meals I have whipped up using Primal Kitchen products:

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Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips

As many of you may know, I am a huge fan of Enjoy Life Food’s dark chocolate chips. They are great for baking projects. I do have a confession to make as well, they are great for nibbling and snacking on straight out of the bag. Busted!

I have not had a chance to try out Lily’s Sweets Premium Dark Chocolate Baking Chips yet but they rank quite high on my list of foods that I would love to try. I recently tried a Lily’s Sweets dark chocolate bar and it was love at first bite. This bag of chocolate chips is sweetened with Stevia and these chips are also vegan and free of GMOs.

Lily's Sweets Dark Chocolate Chips
Lily’s Sweets Dark Chocolate Chips


Swerve Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookie Baking Mix

This Swerve Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is for the health-conscious person. Not only is it gluten-free but it is also low-carb and ketogenic. One baked cookie comes in at 110 calories, 2 grams of added sugar, and 12 carbs. I have not given this product a whirl just yet but if you have I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Swerve Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Swerve Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix


ChocZero Keto Bark w/ Hazelnuts

I love this keto bark by ChocZero. I have not yet tried this hazelnut flavor but I have tried the almond bark. Other flavors available are peanut and coconut. This chocolate bark is sweetened with monk fruit so there are zero added sugars in this gluten-free chocolate bark. This is a line of chocolate you can enjoy with peace of mind because there are only 3 net carbs per serving.

ChcoZero Keto Bark w/ Hazelnuts
ChcoZero Keto Bark w/ Hazelnuts


Goodie Girl Birthday Cake Sandwich Cookies

These birthday cake flavor sandwich cookies from Goodie Girl really caught my eye and stood out for me. Birthday cake flavored items rank pretty high on my list of favorite foods. It is just something about birthday cake, maybe it is the nostalgic feeling of eating it when I was a little girl? Birthdays are all about happy times and a celebration and I think that is why they always put a smile on my face.

These cookies are gluten-free and they are also made with all-natural candy sprinkles as well. You won’t find any artificial flavors or colors in these cookies. Goodie Girl only uses the best all-natural ingredients to create their cookies. There are a ton of great flavors available (way too many to list here!!). So click the image below to see what is available and go ahead and treat yourself!

Goodie Girl Birthday Cake Sandwich Cookies
Goodie Girl Birthday Cake Sandwich Cookies


Know Foods Maple Syrup

Everyone knows that maple syrup is chock full of sugar and carbs and it is best to avoid if following a diet that is low in sugar. Know Foods has a solution though! Their maple syrup has 0 net carbs and only 10 calories per serving. WOW! This stuff goes great on your stack of gluten-free pancakes or waffles. It is a fabulous alternative to regular maple syrup.

I am a big fan of their products and first discovered them through their line of cookies. You can grab a variety pack of their gluten-free cookies on Amazon and enjoy some cookies without worrying about allergens and guilt! They also have chickpea, gluten-free pasta available.

Know Foods Maple Syrup
Know Foods Maple Syrup


Question Time!

Which of these gluten-free foods from this shopping guide are you most eager to try? Leave me a comment and let me know what is on your wishlist!

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GIVEAWAY – CHOCOLATE – Happy Holidays and Thank You

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CONCLUDED. Thank you all for your participation. More giveaways soon!

I would love to wish all of my readers happy holidays and a huge thank you to all who take a moment out of their day to read my blog. I just recently hit the 6-month mark of blogging so YIPPEE and HOORAY! As a thank you I would love to gift one person ten pieces of gluten-free, organic chocolate from a wide variety of different brands. I am hosting this chocolate giveaway as a thank you to my loyal readers that have followed along on my blogging journey.

One lucky reader will receive ten scrumptious chocolate candies

I gotta say that so far the 6 months have been quite the journey. Blogging is always an uphill battle to get better and better at it. There is always something new to learn and this information helps me improve upon myself. I learn something new about blogging every single day and I am constantly feeding my brain these tips and tricks. I have a voice when I create a post and I wish and hope for that voice to be heard. That is why I am so thankful for those who read, comment and share my blog posts.

 

I am very very very thankful for each and everyone of you!

I am so excited to share this special giveaway with my audience. I hope that this chocolate brightens up the winner’s day. I know I would be flipping thrilled to win a prize pack like this.

 

CHOCOLATE GIVES ME LIFE.

I have carefully selected these brands of chocolate confections because I hold their products near and dear to my heart. I’m not the type of person to pick up a Hershey Bar. I always long for something better. The ten brands of chocolate products represented here all strive for quality and they use wholesome ingredients to produce their products.

Winner will receive one product (one piece) from each of the following brands:

  1. Alternative Baking Company – Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookie
  2. Lily’s 40% Chocolate, Salted Almond & Milk
  3. Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate
  4. Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Dark Chocolate
  5. Theo Cranberry Orange Dark Chocolate
  6. Eating Evolved Classic Coconut Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate
  7. Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Cranberries & Orange & Cinnamon
  8. Alter Eco Chocolate Bar Dark Super Blackout Organic
  9. Newman’s Own Organics 70% Cocoa Chocolate, Super Dark
  10. Heavenly Organics Honey Patties, Chocolate Mint

These ten brands can all be found on Amazon and many ship with Amazon Prime. If you are not yet a Prime member you can sign up for a free 30-day trial.

The chocolate giveaway

Alternative Baking Company

I am giving away one chocolate chip cookie from Alternative Baking Company. This cookie is gluten-free and vegan. They offer a wide variety of cookies to choose from and they come in 12 different flavors. You can find out more in their online store.

Alternative Baking Company Chocolate Chip Cookies
Alternative Baking Company Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lily’s Sweets

The winner of my giveaway will receive one Salted Almond & Milk chocolate bar from Lily’s Sweets. Lily’s chocolate bars are sweetened with Stevia and they do not contain any added sugars. The chocolate is also free of GMOs and is vegan-friendly. These bars are wonderful for those of us who are watching our sugar intake. If you are curious about these chocolate bars why not pick up a variety pack on Amazon with 6 fun flavors!

Lily' Sweets Salted Almond & Milk Chocolate Bar
Lily’ Sweets Salted Almond & Milk Chocolate Bar

Justin’s Organic

The winner of my chocolate giveaway will receive one package of dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Justin’s. If you love the combination of dark chocolate with peanut butter you will be swooning over these with your first bite. These taste 10x better than your average Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and they are only made with all-natural, organic ingredients. These peanut butter cups are also available in milk chocolate.

And I just discovered that these peanut butter candy cups are available in white chocolate as well. So something for everyone!

Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Enjoy Life Foods

Enjoy Life Foods is one of my favorite brands and I love their vegan and gluten-free chocolate with all of my heart. The winner of this giveaway will receive one Dark Chocolate Boom Choco Boom bar. This brand makes the most incredible chocolate chips and chocolate chip cookies.

Enjoy Life Foods Boom Choco Boom Dark Chocolate
Enjoy Life Foods Boom Choco Boom Dark Chocolate

Theo Chocolate

I love the gourmet flavor of a Theo Chocolate bar. The winner will receive one Cranberry Orange bar from Theo Chocolate. Here is a variety pack of holiday flavors available on Amazon. Make sure you check out their 12-bar variety pack also.

Theo Chocolate Holiday Chocolate Bar Variety Pack
Theo Chocolate Holiday Chocolate Bar Variety Pack

Eating Evolved

Eating Evolved makes primal and paleo products that are gluten-free and vegan. They only use all-natural ingredients to create their mouthwatering treats. I am giving away one Dark Chocolate Classic Coconut Butter Cup to one lucky reader of my blog. If you want to try three different flavors of these Eating Evolved Coconut Butter Cups there is a 12-count variety pack available on Amazon.

Eating Evolved Classic Coconut Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate
Eating Evolved Classic Coconut Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate

Endangered Species Chocolate

Amazon offers a variety pack of several different flavors of Endangered Species Chocolate. The winner of my giveaway will receive one bar from this brand and it will be Cranberry Orange flavor. What I love about this brand of chocolate is that they give back to the environment. Endangered Species Chocolate has donated $1.4 million towards conservation efforts of endangered animals.

Endangered Species Chocolate Bars Variety Pack
Endangered Species Chocolate Bars Variety Pack

Alter Eco

This Super Blackout Bar from Alter Eco is not for the faint of heart. This chocolate bar is for the real, true chocolate lover out there. This bar is super dark and one lucky reader of my blog will get to give this bar a whirl. I love this bar paired with a glass of port wine. Alter Eco also produces a variety of decadent chocolate truffles.

Alter Eco Super Blackout Chocolate Bar
Alter Eco Super Blackout Chocolate Bar

Newman’s Own Organics

This is another brand that gives back. Newman’s Own contributes 100% of their profits to charity organizations. You can read more about their mission statement on their website. The winner of my giveaway will receive one 70% chocolate bar from Newman’s Own. This bar is organic and made with wholesome ingredients and love.

 

Newman's Own Organics 70% Chocolate Bar
Newman’s Own Organics 70% Chocolate Bar

Heavenly Organics

These Chocolate Mint Honey Patties from Heavenly Organics are gluten-free and made with only three natural ingredients: chocolate, raw white honey, and peppermint oil. The winner of my giveaway will win one package to try out.

Heavenly Organics Honey Patties, Chocolate Mint
Heavenly Organics Honey Patties, Chocolate Mint


 

Here are some of my blog highlights that feature chocolate I would love to share:

Paleo & Vegan Cookie Dough Cheesecake Recipe

Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

This recipe turned out quite fabulous and I am really proud of this one and had to share it here on my blog! I am a lover of pretty much anything this is cookie dough. This was a delectable treat that truly pleased my palate. This recipe is perfect for anyone that loves to indulge in chocolate.

Paleo & Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

A nice slice of the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
A nice slice of the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Ahhh yes… we have another cheesecake recipe that I would love to share with my readers. So yeah I am a big time cookie dough lover but you want to know what else I love? The combination of dark chocolate and raspberry. Pure bliss! This is another recipe for the chocolate lovers out there. I am quite obsessed with all of these paleo and vegan cheesecake recipes. It is nice to know and reassuring that those of us who need to opt for a gluten-free diet have a wide variety of things to choose from nowadays.

Paleo Chocolate & Matcha Cheesecake

Paleo Chocolate & Matcha Cheesecake
Paleo Chocolate & Matcha Cheesecake

One more cheesecake recipe. This recipe is paleo friendly. I could have made it vegan-friendly as well but silly me decided that sweetening this up with honey was a great idea. Great idea, yes, but not friendly for the vegan readers. This chocolate and matcha combination had a very unique flavor.

So tell me… what is the first product that you are going to give a whirl if you win my chocolate giveaway? Leave a comment below and make sure you enter the giveaway. Good luck to all!

Give It A Whirl Girl CHOCOLATE GIVEAWAY
Give It A Whirl Girl CHOCOLATE GIVEAWAY

Enter the chocolate giveaway through the entry form below.

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Best Holiday Gifts For The Foodie – Gift Guide

Know someone who is a big-time foodie? Shopping for last-minute holiday gifts? This gift-guide is chock full of the perfect gifts for the foodie in your life. This foodie gift-guide has a variety of different food-related items that will surely put a smile on the recipient’s face. Hopefully, you can find an item in this foodie gift guide that will make for a very memorable gift. I know I would be completely and totally happy and content with anything from this gift-guide.

Sun Basket Gift Card

Give the gift of healthy food and clean eats with a Sun Basket Gift Card. You can read more about Sun Basket in this blog post and here as well. I recently posted this round-up post with my favorite meal kit subscription boxes and you can find the current deals there.

Sun Basket is perfect for gift giving!

Candy Club Gift Box

Candy Club has a few different options for sending a gift to someone. This Candy Club box makes a great gift for a loved one that you can send straight to their doorstep. There is a smaller Fun Box size (which starts at $9 for the first box) and a larger Party Box size (that is $19 for the first box) that you can choose from. There are six different boxes that you can choose from.

You can click this banner to get started and save $20 off your first box. This $20 in savings is on the larger box.

Give the gift of Candy Club

Grill Masters Club Gift Box

Grill Master’s Club has four different gift boxes that are perfect for gift giving this holiday season! Know someone who is a Grill Master? They will appreciate this gift that keeps on giving. Boxes start at $27.95/month. Giving a one year subscription to this Grill Masters Club gift box will be an unforgettable gift for that foodie that is obsessed with grilling.

Get started HERE

Grill Master’s Club

Bones Coffee

Bones Coffee hands down has some of the most unique flavors of coffee I have ever seen and heard of! Check out their flavors and grab yourself a sampler back of 5 different flavors that you choose.

Electric Unicorn (a fruity cereal flavor), S’morey Time, French Toast, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Maple Bacon are the five flavors I am dying to try (if anyone wants to gift me a sampler pack… wink! wink! And pretty please with sugar and cream on top lol).

Click this link to start shopping at Bones Coffee.

Bones Coffee 5-Pack Sampler (image via Bones Coffee)

Primal Kitchen

Primal Kitchen is one of my favorite brands and my go-to for clean eats! You can use my special coupon GIVEITAWHIRL10 to save on your order at Primal Kitchen and they currently have free shipping on any order over $50. You can shop at Primal Kitchen’s online store or find them on Amazon.

Paleo By Maileo

Paleo By Maileo has a few different paleo snack boxes available, indivdual snacks so you can create your own box, or you can purchase a gift card in their online store. This is for the foodie in your life that prefers a diet of clean eats and gluten-free foods. I know I would love a gift like this!

 

 

Love With Food Subscription Box

Love With Food is a snack box subscription box. For a limited time only you can get a FREE $25 snack box and $10 off any 6 or 12-month subscription with coupon code JOLLY10. You can also shop around in their online snack shop and create your own custom box. These snack boxes are absolutely wonderful for any foodie that loves to give new and different foods a whirl!

 
Holiday Sale- $25 Free Box + $10 Off w/ 6 or 12 COUPON CODE: JOLLY10
Love With Food Snack Box

Give the Gift of Shipt grocery delivery service

Grocery delivery service is all the rage nowadays. You can now give the gift of Shipt to a loved one. You can choose from a 6-month or 12-month service and the cost starts at $49/month. With Shipt you can receive your grocery ordered delivered in as soon as an hour. This type of service is a godsend to me because I do not drive due to a phobia of driving.

Sign up and get started HERE.

 

FoodStirs Baking Subscription Box

I had a 6-month FoodStirs subscription and I am super bummed that this subscription ran out because we absolutely loved it! FoodStirs is a baking subscription box and FoodStirs only delivers the best ingredients in their baking kits. They use organic ingredients and all of these desserts turn out scrumptious. This is a great box to share with your children that love to help out in the kitchen. My daugher, Chloe, is almost 9 years old and she absolutely loved creating these desserts with me. This is perfect for the sweet tooth foodie in your life.

Celbration Rainbow Pancake Kit from FoodStirs

15% Off Sitewide on your first order! (Use Code: MOREFLOUR15)

Gourmet Candy at Sugarfina

Here are some more gift ideas for the foodie in your life with a major sweet tooth. Sugarfina’s online store is full to the brim with gourmet candies that have a unique flavor profile.

The ultimate gift at SugarFina is the Build-Your-Own Candy Trunk. With this gift you get to choose twenty different gourmet candies to fill it with. Is that too rich for your blood? Check out the Four Piece Holiday Bento Box.

Build Your Own Candy Trunk (20 different flavors)

Receive Free Shipping On Orders $50+! Use code: SWEETSHIP50. Offer Valid 11/27-1/31. Shop Now!

 

Give the gift of Thrive Market

Thrive Market is the place to be if you want big savings on all the organic, clean eats! This company definitely earned a spot in my foodie gift guide and for good reason. Their online store is chock full of gluten-free, paleo, Whole 30, keto, and vegan/vegetarian foods. You can receive 25% off your first order. Delivery is fast and free. I have ordered from Thrive Market before and was totally pleased with my order AND the big savings! Their prices are 25-50% below regular retail prices.

The catch? This is a paid membership site. The membership is $59.95 for one year of access to their online store. This fee, however, pays for itself if you order from Thrive Market frequently. This membership would be an incredible gift for the healthy food enthusiast. 

 

Gift cards are always tops!

Who doesn’t love a good gift-card? Seriously, you just can’t go wrong with one of these and that is why I am including them in this foodie gift-guide for all of those food lovers out there.

Amazon Gift-Card

Amazon is your source for anything and everything. I would imagine that anyone and everyone would be excited to receive one of these gift-cards during the holiday season.

Amazon Gift-Card Holiday Box

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar Gift-Card

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the place to dine if you are looking for food with exceptional taste and quality. At Fleming’s there are also several fancy schmancy wines to choose from to go with you big, juicy steak.

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar Gift-Card

Tastemade Gift Card

Tastemade has some very unique for the foodie in your life. They have an online store that has something for everyone.

Tastemade
Shop at Tastemade

Sur La Table Gift Card

Sur La Table has excellent gifts for the home chef. They have cookware, bakeware, small appliances, dinnerware and more. So make that foodie happy and give them the gift of shopping online at Sur La Table!

Sur La Table
Shop at Sur La Table

Chef’s Catalog Gift-Card

The online store at Chef’s Catalog is another slice of heaven for foodies. They also offer cookware, bakeware, and all the kitchen essentials you can possibly think of.

Chefs Catalog
Shop at Chef’s Catalog

Did any of these gifts in this foodie gift-guide pique your interest? Let me know in the comments what you will be gifting this year or treating yourself to!


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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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Hosting Thanksgiving At My Home – My First Time Wrap-Up!

Thanksgiving has came and went. Whew! This was my first year hosting the Thanksgiving Day holiday at my home. I gotta say that I was probably nervous about the whole situation for the month leading up to it. I know that a lot of work and prep goes into pulling off this festive day. Our feast that we had here was perfect and excellent from start to finish. I was satisfied with how every single element of it came out. No complaints whatsoever here! I hope all of my readers also had a great holiday and enjoyed their big plate of food!

Here is a look at my dinner plate from Thanksgiving! I have a little bit of everything on my plate: roasted turkey, redskin mashed potatoes with French butter, Brussels sprouts, wild rice stuffing with mushrooms and cranberries, White Castle stuffing, Clean Bean (green bean) Casserole, ambrosia, sweet potato casserole, and my favorite~ Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! I am hoping to do a recipe post soon for my famous cranberry sauce. I can turn any cranberry-sauce-hater into a lover! So far it has worked with two haters in my family.

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter
Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Today I will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we pulled it off. I could not have possibly made this day possible without the help and support of my family. My mom, Kathie, was a huge help. She purchased the turkey and a great majority of the food that was served. Money is super tight right now with my family so I was very grateful that she pitched in (big time) to help me create this feast.

My mom bought the 19-pound turkey and an electric roaster to cook the turkey in. I spotted the roaster when we took a trip over the Costco and I thought it would be a great idea to cook the turkey in there so we could free up the oven space for the side dishes that needed to be warmed up. Turned out to be the best idea ever!

My stepmom, Evelyn, was also a huge help. She came over early on Thanksgiving to help my mom and I prep. Evelyn brought over an appetizer and a side dish to pass as well. The appetizer that she brought was unique. They were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, they were delicious. These got gobbled up pretty quick. For a side dish, she brought her famous sweet potato casserole. My stepmom was incredibly helpful with the kitchen clean up as well. That helped me tremendously.

 

Prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday

 

Paleo & Vegan (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The day before Thanksgiving, I did what I could to prep for the big day. The first thing that I did was I created my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This is my favorite fall dessert at the moment. I wanted to get that done early because the cheesecake needs to set for at least six hours. I gave it plenty of time to set by creating it the morning before the holiday. I have a recipe for this paleo/vegan cheesecake on my blog. I did modify the recipe just a tad bit. Obviously, I did something different for the topping. Instead of creating a whipped cream with coconut cream I topped this cheesecake with a ton of walnuts and pecans. I wanted to make it extra nutty. I purchased a can of non-dairy, almond milk whipped cream to top it with. Instead of using the spices individually I used a jar of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans
Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo cranberry sauce

I also busted out my slow-cooker the day before Thanksgiving to make my paleo cranberry sauce in advance. This is one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes. I love cranberry sauce and my cranberries have the power to turn cranberry sauce haters into lovers! My husband never eats cranberry sauce. Guess what? This year he did! And I know that he enjoyed it because he helped himself to some for his leftover plate. This cranberry sauce is simple to make. I call it my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! There are many ingredients that go into it but it is very easy to create. There are no refined sugars in this cranberry sauce. I use an entire bottle of pure maple syrup to sweeten it. I also use fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, two ambrosia apples, walnuts, and pecans to create the sauce. The apples are a nice, welcome addition and the nuts give it a great texture. The sauce is heavily seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. I picked up a bottle of the Spice Hunter’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Nino Salvaggio’s in St Clair Shores. This pumpkin pie spice seemed like a wonderful blend of spices. It worked out well in my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake too, so the funds I spent on it was a great investment.

Ingredients Cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper

You can pick up a bottle of this awesome pumpkin spice seasoning on Amazon. I highly recommend using this Spice Hunter blend for all of your fall flavored foods.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce

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