2 GIVEAWAY Announcements This Week At Give It A Whirl Girl! 2 Prizes Are Up For Grabs… ENTER TO WIN!

If you love entering giveaways to win free prizes, I am hosting 2 awesome giveaways on my social media accounts! I wanted to share the news with you all on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon! Enter to win Skinny Dipped Almonds on my Instagram, and a Modern Cone gift card on Facebook. On Facebook, you need to look for the pinned post. Keep reading to find out how you can win! I also have a Skinny Dipped Almonds coupon to share with you if you are curious about them and want to give them a whirl! They are one of my favorite go-to snacks!


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Make sure you are following my Instagram page so you enter the giveaway to win a variety pack of Skinny Dipped Almonds. This giveaway just launched. I gotta say I am jelly of whoever wins this variety pack because these nuts are one of my favorite snacks!

CLICK HERE or click the image below to enter the Skinny Dipped Almonds giveaway. GOOD LUCK!

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Variety of Skinny Dipped Almonds
Variety of Skinny Dipped Almonds – Make sure you are following Give It A Whirl Girl on Instagram

You can find out more about Skinny Dipped Almonds in my review on the blog. I also have a special money-saving Skinny Dipped Almonds coupon so you can save on your order at Skinny Dipped Almonds. These dipped almonds are one of my favorite snacks. They come in a wide variety of mouthwatering, indulgent flavors!




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Time for a Modern Cone gift card giveaway!


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Head on over to my Give It A Whirl Girl Facebook page to enter the Modern Cone Gift Card GIVEAWAY! (look for the pinned post at the top)

One winner will receive a $20 gift card to spend on their next visit to Modern Cone in St. Clair Shores, MI.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on May 17th, 2019, and one random winner will be selected from all eligible entries on May 18th, 2019.

Want to learn more about this fun and unique ice cream shop in St. Clair Shores?

Read my review on the blog.

Enter the Modern Cone gift card giveaway HERE.

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Top 10 Protein Bars On Amazon – Healthy Hot List – Gluten-Free, Vegan Snacks

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


YOU MIGHT ENJOY: Get Empowered With TRUWOMEN Protein Bars REVIEW

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

YOU MIGHT ENJOY R.e.d.d. Bar REVIEW – Gluten-Free, Vegan Healthy Snack

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


YOU MIGHT ENJOY: Take Flight And Start Your Day With A Thunderbird Bar

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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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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Japanese Candy & Snacks – Kawaii Sweets Gift Guide – 10 Awesome Ideas

Are you willing and eager to try something new in life? Why not try some unique & interesting Japanese candy and snacks? Over here at the Give It A Whirl Girl blog we are all about trying out new and unique foods and the Japanese candy and snacks fit right in perfectly! There is a very wide assortment of Japanese candy and snacks in this gift guide and there is something for everyone. Many of these Japanese candies come in some unusual flavors, such as lychee flavor and milk flavor. I am always trying to encourage others to eat with an open mind. My intent behind this list is to open you up to some new and exciting flavors and foods.

Do you know what the word KAWAII means? In Japanese, the word kawaii means cute.

Everything here on this gift guide ventures into the realm of cuteness! These candies would be perfect for gift giving to a child or an adult who is young at heart. The packaging on all of these Japanese candies and snacks are adorable, creative, colorful, and interesting to look at.

These products are all available on Amazon and they include free 2-day shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member.

If you are not yet a Prime member be sure to sign up for a free 30-day trial.

This free trial will definitely come in handy for all of your holiday shopping this year.

Japanese Candy & Snacks Amazon Gift Guide

Japanese Candy Assortment – Premium Selection of Candy and Snacks Imported from Japan

This is a fabulous assortment box to help kick off this list here! This is $30.00 on Amazon (at the time of publication) and it ships free with Amazon Prime. This variety pack contains 15 premium pieces of Japanese candy and snacks. This assortment is perfect for gift giving as well if you are looking to give someone a memorable gift.

Japanese Candy Assortment - Premium Selection of Candy and Snacks Imported from Japan
Japanese Candy Assortment – Premium Selection of Candy and Snacks Imported from Japan


Ramune Japanese Marble Soft Drink Mix Variety 8 Flavors 8 Bottles by Hata Shanderia

Ramune is a popular Japanese drink that has a marble inside of it! No kidding! Don’t worry though, you are not going to choke on the marble. The marble is trapped inside. Leave it to the Japanese to come up with such a fun and innovative drink! Mad props to them! This variety pack of Japanese Ramune soda includes 8 fun flavors to delight your palate. It includes pineapple, coconut, grape, melon, lychee, strawberry, orange, and original flavor.


Ramune Japanese Marble Soft Drink Mix Variety 8 Flavors 8 Bottles by Hata Shanderia
Ramune Japanese Marble Soft Drink Mix Variety 8 Flavors 8 Bottles by Hata Shanderia


Japanese Candy Kit Kat 16 pcs TONOSAMA selection, ALL DIFFERENT FLAVORS

Wowza! Check out this variety pack of Japanese Kit Kat candies. Kit Kat is HUGE in Japan. It saddens me that we do not have these fun flavors in the US, but lucky for us, this is available on Amazon with free 2-day Prime shipping. This is also super excellent for gift-giving. I know that if I ever received this variety pack it would make for one hell of a memorable gift and I would savor each and every bite.

Japanese Kit Kat 16 pcs TONOSAMA selection, ALL DIFFERENT FLAVORS
Japanese Kit Kat 16 pcs TONOSAMA selection, ALL DIFFERENT FLAVORS

Pocky Pejoy Biscuit Sticks Variety, Pack of 9 Boxes

Ahhh yes! Pocky! This is a Japanese candy that you are definitely going to want to try. Pocky are little biscuit stick snacks that are dipped into various flavors.

Pocky Flavors Include: Chocolate, Strawberry, Matcha, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Banana, Milk Chocolate. Pejoy Flavors Include: Chocolate, Matcha, and Cookies & Cream.

Variety Pack of Pocky - Includes 9 Flavors
Variety Pack of Pocky – Includes 9 Flavors

Morinaga Hi-chew – 8 Flavor pack

Hi-Chew is one of my all-time favorite Japanese candies! These are the flavors that are included in this variety pack: Strawberry, Grape, Green Apple, Mikan, White Soda, Cola, Pineapple, Lemon Squash. If you like candies that have a chewy texture then you will absolutely love Hi-Chew candies.

Hi-Chew 8 Flavor Variety Pack
Hi-Chew 8 Flavor Variety Pack

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Healthy Hot List – Must-Have Health Food Products For Your Lifestyle (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto)

I would like to start up a new regular feature on the blog featuring items that I have used and fallen in love with. I will be calling this the Healthy Hot List. These are all health food items that I have given a whirl and want to spread the word about so this fits in perfectly with my Tried It Out Tuesday weekly feature. These are healthy foods that can fit into your routine.

Many of these health food items fall within the realms of several different diets: gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, Whole 30, keto, and vegan.

Whenever I try out a new product and I become a fan I do my best to promote these items and spread the word about them. I would love my good words for these brands to travel far and wide because they earned it with their quality health food products. Hope you enjoy this list and let me know if you have tried anything on this list.


Healthy Hot List – Health Foods Your Pantry Needs

Caulipower Variety Pack – Cauliflower Crust Frozen Pizza – Gluten-Free

I recently blogged about this Caulipower pizza. I tried the veggie one out and doctored it up a bit. I was really impressed with the quality of this frozen cauliflower crust pizza. This is a low carb pizza alternative and features a gluten-free crust. The cauliflower crust mimics a regular crust quite well considering the fact that it is all veggie!

Caulipower Crust Variety Pack
Caulipower Crust Variety Pack

You might also love my: Greek Caulipower Pizza Recipe

Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo

This Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil mayonnaise is a must-have in your fridge. It is paleo-friendly and Whole 30 compliant. It is also egg-free and dairy free. I have made tuna salad, potato salad, and macaroni salad with this mayo and the flavor of it was impressive.

Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo Variety Pack
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo Variety Pack

Check out my: Primal Kitchen Lemon Turmeric Chicken


Terrasoul Superfoods Cacao Nibs

Did you know that chocolate in its purest form is actually quite healthy and good for your body? These raw cacao nibs from Terrasoul Superfoods are an antioxidant powerhouse. Cacao nibs are also vegan-friendly. I enjoy eating these on top of my smoothie bowls or incorporating them into my nice-creams.

Terrasoul Cacao Nibs
Terrasoul Cacao Nibs

Mamma Chia – Chia Squeeze – Variety Pack of 4 flavors

I consider myself a big fan of Mamma Chia. I often purchase their chia drinks and chia seeds. The squeeze pouches are an awesome on-the-go snack. These pouches come in at 70 calories and contain 1200-milligrams of Omega-3. These squeeze pouches are also a great source of protein, antioxidants, and fiber.

Mamma Chia Pouches Variety Pack
Mamma Chia Pouches Variety Pack

Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – Package of 6

Here is another brand that I am a huge fan of- Enjoy Life Foods. At the moment these are my favorite chocolate chips. They are a trusted brand for me and the only brand I purchase my chocolate chips from. I usually use the dark chocolate chips. They are free from common food allergens. If you are looking for a dairy-free, vegan option for chocolate chips this is the brand I recommend going with.

Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips

Find out how I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips in THIS RECIPE!

4th & Heart Grass-Fed Ghee Butter – Variety Pack

A lot of talk about ghee these days! Ghee is a clarified butter with all milk solids removed. It is a dairy-free option to butter and this can replace your current butter or cooking oil with a 1:1 ratio. I use 4th & Heart ghee for my cooking and my baking. The smell of a ribeye steak cooking in some ghee is divine. I will never turn my back and go to regular butter again. Ghee not only tastes better but it also has some health benefits as opposed to butter. This variety pack includes regular ghee and a vanilla ghee, which would be great for your next baking project!

4th & Heart Grassfed GHEE Butter
4th & Heart Grassfed GHEE Butter

Banza Chickpea Pasta Variety Pack of 6

If you are looking for a lower carb pasta that is gluten-free and high in protein look no further than Banza! I have been using Banza quite often in my pasta dishes and it is one of my favorite pasta that is gluten-free. You can check out the macaroni salad that I made with Banza HERE. I whipped that up for family and even though it was gluten-free the pasta salad was a smashing success. Pro tip: undercook your pasta just a tiny bit. I always do a minute or 2 less than the suggested time on the box. I also give my pasta a rinse before serving.

Banza Chickpea Pasta Variety Pack
Banza Chickpea Pasta Variety Pack

Nut Cravings Raw & Unsalted Cashews

If you are interested in making a vegan and paleo cheesecake raw cashews are a must! Nut Cravings has pretty reasonable prices. Raw cashews can be quite pricey! When the raw cashews (soaked overnight) are mixed with a bit of coconut milk and lemon juice you end up with a faux cheesecake filling. I honestly prefer my raw paleo cheesecakes over traditional nowadays.

Nut Cravings Cashews
Nut Cravings Cashews

Thai Kitchen Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is essential for paleo or vegan baking. If you are in need of a dairy-free whipped cream the best way to go is to use Thai Kitchen coconut cream. You simply refrigerate the can overnight and then scoop the solids out of the can (no water) and then use your whisk attachment on your stand mixer.

Thai Kitchen Coconut Cream
Thai Kitchen Coconut Cream


Kiss My Keto Chocolate

Sugar-free, low-carb chocolate bars? Can I get a hell yeah! Check out this variety pack of chocolate bars from Kiss My Keto and let me know which flavor you will try out first!

Kiss My Keto Chocolate Variety Pack
Kiss My Keto Chocolate Variety Pack

What health food items have you tried from this Healthy Hot List and what are your thoughts? Leave me a comment and let me know.



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Make A Gluten-Free SmashMallow Brownie S’mores Pie to Celebrate National Smores Day – RECIPE

Heads up! National S’mores Day is August 10th this year. You can not celebrate the day without some delicious marshmallows. Look no further than to Smashmallow! I came across their marshmallows a few months back and fell in love with the delightful flavors that they have available. These are no ordinary marshmallows… these are next-level!

What are SmashMallows?

Smashmallows marshmallows are shaped like cubes and are light and fluffy. They make an excellent snack or are also excellent components in recipes that call for marshmallows. These little bites of bliss will take your taste buds on a trip to happiness and joy! The great thing about these marshmallows is that they are made with organic cane sugar, they are non-GMO, and they are naturally gluten-free. Also, each SmashMallow comes in at 20 calories per piece. 4 pieces are considered a serving so one serving size of this yummilicious treat comes in at only 80 calories.

Smashmallows flavors

Smashmallows are available in flavors such as: Strawberries & Cream, Cinnamon Churro, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cookie Dough.

Edited to add that there are now more flavors of SmashMallows available!

There are also SmashMallows Crispy Rice Treats!

SmashMallows Crispy Rice Treats Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip Variety
SmashMallows Crispy Rice Treats Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip Variety
SmashMallows Cinnamon Churro Crispy Rice Treats
SmashMallows Cinnamon Churro Crispy Rice Treats


SmashMallows come in a variety of fun flavors



SmashMallow Strawberries & Cream
SmashMallow Cinnamon Churro
SmashMallow Mint Chocolate Chip
SmashMallow Cookie Dough

Continue reading “Make A Gluten-Free SmashMallow Brownie S’mores Pie to Celebrate National Smores Day – RECIPE”

Family Of 3 Weekend Foodie Adventure – Part One

My husband has a new work schedule which clears his Fridays and Saturdays for family togetherness time. The last two days were full of fun and there were so many cooking/baking frenzies happening over her in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen! My family gets so much pleasure a food-filled weekend. This will be an ongoing series of our weekend adventures. More to come soon! Our two days together kicked off on Friday morning with some Unicorn French Toast. I have a major weakness for paleo-friendly French toast. I am always brainstorming some new ways to prepare it. It actually might just be “paleo-ish” and “healthy-ish” because I just had to add a sprinkling of candy sprinkles on there… another major weakness of mine. This was a total blast to make for breakfast and even more fun to sit down, eat, and enjoy it! I think this was next-level French toast because for this batch I made a vanilla custard batter to dip & soak the bread slices in.

Chloe and I at the Dotty Wotty House
Chillin on the steps

Unicorn French Toast for breakfast! YUMMY

Unicorn French Toast
Unicorn French Toast

Miles Cake & Candy Supply

Later on that day (Friday) I had my husband chauffeur me to the baking supply shop in Clinton Township~ Miles Cake & Candy Supply. I used to visit this store often when I made resin jewelry. I would shop there for sprinkles to preserve in the resin. Now that phase of life is done and over with and I am buying these things for actual baking! I went there with the intention of purchasing a donut pan and I did score a nice pan from Wilton. It is a six cavity mold so you end up with a half-dozen of baked donuts.

Miles Cake And Candy Supply
rainbow sprinkles galore!

Milestone Grill Restaurant

Friday evening we were looking for a new place to dine at. We found a coupon for a restaurant in Eastpointe, MI I and it was the Milestone Grill.  Our meals there were quite disappointing if I am going to be blunt about it. I ordered some baked whitefish with a cup of lobster bisque. When I see lobster bisque as an option I do get quite giddy and excited about it. Oh man… my soup came out and I then discovered (and I am certain of this) that it was FAUX LOBSTER! You know, like the fake crab stick meat. Yeah. Ugh. I recently ordered lobster biqsue at Nino Salvaggio’s and that soup was chockful of big lobster meat pieces. That bowl of soup there was just divine. The soup at Milestone Grill was a major letdown.

My baked whitefish was just ok to me. Pretty bland if you ask me and also my steamed vegetables looked quite dull. Joe had some chicken fajitas. When you order fajitas you expect Spanish rice. They served the fajitas with a RICE PILAF with peas and carrots in it. What???

Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout

I do have one nice remark about that place… my beer was great! I ordered a Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout. Boy, was it ever good! I have tried their other beers in the past and they never disappoint. Any kind of stout with a dessert-like flavor is right up my alley of the tasty department… wink wink!

Rochester Mills Beer Co. Milkshake Stout

Homemade chocolate donuts with the Wilton Donut Pan

Saturday started off with me whipping out my new Wilton donut pan. I could not wait to use it. I found a recipe at Elana’s Pantry and used that for inspo. So shoutout to Elana’s Pantry for the amazing recipe.

The recipe called for four eggs. I only had two eggs to work with so I ended up making my own “egg”. Did you know that you can use chia seeds in place of eggs in a recipe? You need 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for each egg. You add three tablespoons of water to that and let it soak for a bit.

If you ever had a devil’s food Entenmann’s donut these sure did resemble that as far as the taste goes. The great thing about these donuts for me is that they are gluten-free. I used coconut flour to make them. I am pretty fond of coconut flour being used in recipes. I think it injects a great flavor into the final product. I used a generous scoop of LivFit Cacao Powder in the donuts. Cacao powder is an incredible superfood with some wonderful health benefits so I am excited to use it in my recipes.

Paleo (minus the sprinkles) Chocolate Donuts
Paleo (minus the sprinkles) Chocolate Donuts

Taking my Thunderbird Bars to Eastern Market in Detroit

The remainder of our Saturday was all planned out to head down to the city (Detroit) to go check out Eastern Market. I packed up my camera bag and brought along some of my Thunderbird Bars for the journey. I also had some of the ThunderKids Bars so I brought that along for my daughter, Chloe. It was our first time trying them and they were simply delicious. They offer a great line of bars with healthy and nutritious ingredients… real food! Their flavor combinations are quite unique. They are also filling. They are perfect for fueling your next adventure. I look forward to trying out the rest of my sampler pack.

Thunderbird Bar – Pineapple Mango Papaya
Thunderbird Bar for kids – Chocolate chip cookie

MooTown Creamery

We always love to visit MooTown Creamery during a visit to Eastern Market. I ordered a Maple Bourbon scoop, which I believe was paleo! How often do you find options like that at an ice-cream shop? I was so excited to see that and I was very pleased with the taste! Two thumbs up!

Eastern Market veggie haul!

After our ice-cream pitstop, we went to the sheds to look for some gorgeous fruits and veggies. Eastern Market is the place to be if you want great deals on great foods! You can check out my awesome haul in the photo below. I am most excited about those purple carrots. I was hoping to find them there and I scored a batch. I am going to serve them as a side dish with an herbed ghee sirloin steak.

Eastern Market produce haul
Could not pass up this mushroom blend… YUM
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Joe and Chloe

One of my favorite places to go! Heidelberg Project in Detroit

We always make it a priority to stop at the Heidelberg Project during our Detroit day-trips. Tyree Guyton is constantly adding to this outdoor art installation. It truly is something that everyone should witness at least once in their lifetime.


Homemade from-scratch PIZZA!

It was a long day that made me feel a bit tired when I arrived home but I was bound and determined to make my family a couple made-from-scratch gluten-free pizzas. I had a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Pizza Crust Mix and it was simple and easy to use.

I also love to make my own sauce. I use Muir Glen tomato sauce and Muir Glen Tomato Paste to make a nice, zesty sauce. I used my pizza seasoning packet that I picked up at Eastern Market. Spice Miser made the seasoning and it was a great blend! I would have never thought to add anise and rosemary to my pizza sauce but it gave it a great flavor and it was the best pizza sauce I have made to date.


My family of 3 ate both 12 inch pizzas with one last slice leftover. We were too stuffed to eat that lone piece. Making a from-scratch pizza is a long process that requires dedication and time. It sure is rewarding though to sit down and enjoy your kitchen creation. To me, a homemade pizza is edible art!

My daughter, Chloe, also helped me make this pizza. It was her first time helping out with a pizza. I am spending more and more time with her in the kitchen. I see her passion for cooking and baking and it warms my heart and soul. She is my little foodie sidekick. For an 8-year-old child she has experienced a vast array of foods. She eats with an open mind and I am so proud of her! She currently wants to become a pastry chef. We owe that all to the Netflix show, Sugar Rush. We love watching that show together. She also loves Nailed It but we watched every episode of that already. She loves the show so much that she told me it is her birthday wish for me to make it onto the show. That would totally be a dream come true!

Homemade gluten-free pizza
Homemade gluten-free pizza

Carrot Cake Donuts

It is currently Sunday morning and I started the day off with a bang in the kitchen. I made some carrot cake donuts but my glaze was too thin. I can assure you that they were tasty because I ate two of them. I used one of my purple carrots to top the donuts and it really does look like chopped bacon! This recipe was inspired by Paleo Hacks. They are a great resource for paleo recipes.

Paleo Carrot Cake Donut with Purple Carrots

Maranatha Almond Butter Fruit-Loaded Toast

Last but not least, Chloe had a piece of toast with some chocolate Maranatha almond butter on it. I also added some strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries to it.  She is a big fan of toast like this. I know avocado toast is all the rage these days but for her it is berries, berries, and more berries!


I always love to crank out a great Sunday dinner but I have not made up my mind yet. It is either going to be an orange duck or sirloin steaks.


Wow! What a long post! If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading. I truly appreciate and love all of my readers. I am hoping to make this blog into something so fantastic someday. It is baby steps all of the way there. Thanks to all who are holding my hand to get to that destination with this blog. XOXO




Get Empowered With TRUWOMEN Protein Bar REVIEW – Gluten-Free & Vegan Snack

I stumbled across TRUWOMEN while browsing Amazon. The flavors of their protein bars immediately caught my eye… Daydreaming About Donuts is one flavor that really appealed to me. The Oh-Oh Cookie Dough was easy to fall in love with too! TRUWOMEN provides an indulgent and portable treat without all of the guilt. Keep reading my TRUWOMEN protein bar review to find out more about these incredible protein bars.




TRUWOMEN is a brand that puts taste first. They believe in producing a great product by only using the best ingredients that Mother Nature provides. These bars will appeal to many because they are non-GMO verified, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and kosher.


TRUWOMEN protein bars are made of completely plant-based ingredients and they include ingredients like cassava flour, brown rice protein, sunflower oil, roasted almond butter, and they are lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar. No sugar alcohols here because sugar alcohols can cause an upset stomach for many. The great thing about these protein bars is that there is absolutely no chalky aftertaste that you often get with a protein bar. So if you are into clean eating with only clean ingredients this protein bar can come through and deliver the goodness to you! 




My first impression of TRUWOMEN protein bars was the mind-blowing taste! The first one I reached for just had to be the Daydreaming About Donuts bar because I am donut-crazed and if I can have a healthy option that tastes like junk food but without all the junk ingredients count me in! My favorite thing about the donut bar is hands down that yummy yummy glaze! These really do replicate a delicious donut quite well. I will be daydreaming about this bar from this point forward. This bar would be a great dessert replacement as well.

If glazed donuts are not your jam fear not! TRUWOMEN protein bars comes in a few different flavors and make something for everyone. For all of the cookie lovers out there TRUWOMEN has a Oh Oh Cookie Dough bar, which will have you saying, “dough my goodness”!! The Smother Fudger Peanut Butter bar is an indulgent fudge bar stuffed with a creamy peanut butter filling. And last but not least, for anyone craving something fruity go ahead and pucker up to the Zamn Good Zesty Lemon bar.


I am so grateful for the opportunity to sample these bars. TRUWOMEN sent me a sample to review. I do not think anyone would be disappointed with the taste and the quality of these bars. I can tell that this brand put their heart and soul into this product. If you love dessert and you also have a sweet tooth, these bars will be a match made in heaven for you!

Wondering where you can purchase these protein bars?? You can purchase them directly through their website. You will also find that TRUWOMEN has a vanilla and a mocha protein powder available.

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