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Somebody just launched a new tag line, and some new amazing food items.

Van’s is so well-loved that they now have a new tagline, Van’s Simply Delicious. If you would like to try some simply delicious food, be sure to check out Van’s foods at a supermarket near you.

 Van’s Simply Delicious

 

Van’s Pasta

Keep dinner simple.
Prep. Taste. Smile!

Van’s Whole Grain Pastas are a deliciously simple, wholesome, quick and easy lunch or dinner option. Made with whole-grain, gluten-free pasta, each variety offers its own unique blend of seasonings and other simple ingredients available in three flavors: Creamy Herb & Garlic, Ultimate Cheddar & Penne and Rotini & Red Sauce.

Who needs lunch & dinner options? Well I think we all do. So if you’re looking for easy, healthy solutions, I think we found one. The flavor varieties just look so delicious! These new gluten-free whole grain pasta’s from Van’s can be prepared on the stove in about 10 minutes, they are made with simple ingredients, seasonings, and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are all full of flavor & are packed with protein and whole grains.

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Gluten Free Pasta

Ultimate Cheddar Penne

Easy & cheesy! What more could you ask for?

Craving a cheddary classic? We have the perfect guilt-free, gluten-free fix! Indulge in the goodness of Van’s Ultimate Cheddar Penne. It’s packed with the cheddar taste you love plus nutrient-dense pasta with 28 grams of whole grains in every serving. So go ahead, grab a spoon and enjoy the cheesy goodness. We bet you it will be a family favorite.

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Creamy Herb & Garlic Pasta

Deliciousness in every bowl

Want big flavor without the big fuss? Van’s Creamy Herb and Garlic pasta is deliciously wholesome and easy to prepare— ready in just 10 minutes. Our gluten-free pasta packs 11 grams of protein and 28 grams of whole grains into each serving. So go ahead, impress your guests with our easy-to-prepare sauces that deliver gourmet flavor. We promise your secret is safe with us.

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Gluten Free Pasta

Rotini & Red Sauce Pasta

Classic, from-scratch flavors without all the fuss!

Fall in love with classic Italian flavor with new Van’s Rotini & Red Sauce. Sure, it tastes just as good as grandma used to make— both are made with love, and both taste great. But ours is packed with all the delicious benefits you’ve come to expect from Van’s: nutritious whole grains, a hearty dose of protein and absolutely no gluten. This is one sensible dish you’ll be serving again and again!

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Whipped up this little dish in only 9 minutes, then added a little can of tuna and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and warmed in the oven on 350 degrees for an additional 10 minute cook time. It was So Good, or should I say “Simply Delicious“.

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Perfect for a small meal or a side dish.

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Van’s Granola

On-the-run snacking has never been so sensible!

  Van’s Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters in Blueberry Walnut and Cranberry Almond are made from wholesome, gluten-free, whole grain oats and are a tasty complement to Greek yogurt or ice cream, or on their own right out of the bag as a midday snack. These clusters are so wonderful, the texture was comparable to Soft Baked Cookie Granola Dough with Dried fruit and Nuts. My husband really loved the Blueberry Walnut. I hoarded most of the Cranberry Almond for my mid-day snack at work.

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Blueberry Walnut

Granola…definitely not just for breakfast!

Meet Van’s Soft Baked Granola. From morning snacks, to re-energizing an afternoon of family fun, Van’s Blueberry Walnut Granola was made to sweeten up your day. Packaged into bite-sized morsels, they’re perfect for on-the-go snacking and packed with 12 grams of whole grains and deliciously plump blueberries. We’re sure our gluten-free granola will be your snack-time, any-time favorite. Granola for breakfast? That’s so yesterday.

Packaged into bite-sized morsels, they’re perfect for on-the-go snacking and packed with 12 grams of whole grains and deliciously plump blueberries. Piled high on yogurt makes the perfect snack for watching my favorite show, The Walking Dead.

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Gluten Free Granola

Cranberry Almond

Love at first handful!

Perfectly balanced sweet and soft bites will give you the boost you need to take on the day with 12 grams of nutrient-dense, gluten-free whole grains.

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Simply Delicious. 

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Wanna check out my previous Van’s Posts: Well Look Here, Here and Here.

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Lately mine has been Blue. Blue Apron came into my life via Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. She posted a review of the service and offered 50 readers 2 free meals with Blue Apron, so I jumped on it and received my two free meals and have been hooked ever since.

So here is the deal on Blue Apron meal plan.

How does Blue Apron work?

Blue Apron delivers all the fresh ingredients you need to make delicious meals in exactly the right proportions.

We offer two plans, with no commitment and no fees, so you can prepare delicious, inventive meals at home. We do the menu planning and shopping, and deliver recipes right to your door with all the fresh, perfectly portioned ingredients you need to cook them. All you have to do is cook and enjoy! We have no membership fee, and no minimum commitment. You can skip any week’s delivery in advance or cancel at any time.

With our 2-Person Plan, you will receive one delivery a week, with three delicious recipes and the corresponding ingredients pre-portioned for two. We customize your menu based on your dietary preferences (which you can change or update at any time).

Our new Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of (4) four. Our culinary team creates four new Family Plan recipes each week designed to appeal to both parents’ and kids’ palates. You can choose to receive all four recipes (in two separate deliveries that you can schedule for when it’s most convenient for you), or you can choose to receive just two recipes per week that are customized based on your dietary preferences,.

We’ve designed our service to teach you how to cook new recipes, expose you to seasonal, farm-fresh produce and reduce unnecessary food waste. By letting us shop for you, we can bring you fresher and higher-quality food than you can get on your own in the supermarket, all at a better price.

How does the 2-Person Plan work?

When you sign up for our 2-Person Plan, you will receive one delivery a week, with three seasonal recipes and the all the ingredients you need to make them, pre-portioned for two. Our culinary team creates six new recipes weekly for this plan, and you receive a menu of three of the six recipes based on your dietary preferences.

How do I skip a week or more of delivery?

If you are going on vacation or don’t want a delivery, you can skip that week before your weekly delivery cutoff.

To do this, visit “Delivery Schedule” under “My Account“. Your future delivery dates will be listed and you can skip a week by clicking on that delivery date and following the instructions to skip.

When will my delivery arrive?

Depending on your location, we offer daytime and/or evening deliveries.

When you sign up and enter your zip code, you’ll see which delivery windows are available in your area.

When your delivery is on its way to your kitchen, we’ll send you an email with the tracking information for your order.

You can check to see your delivery window by logging into “My Account” and clicking on your “Account Info” then looking under “My Plan.”

You can also check your tracking information in the “We’re on our way!” e-mail we send the day of your delivery to help you monitor your order’s progress.

So with that being explained let me show you: How it works and a few meals I have made.

First you get your box!

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Then you check out your goods and unpack it.

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Grab your Recipe card and GO.

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Prep your food.

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Now put together an amazing meal.

Here are my Creations…..and Yes, I do feel like I am ready for Top Chef ;-)

Buffalo-Style Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese Sauce and Celery-Apple Salad.

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Banana Leaf-Steamed Cod with Spanish Rice, Yu Choy and Coconut.

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Chicken Charlemagne with Roasted Root Vegetables and Parsnip-Potato Mash.

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Chicken Mulligatawny Soup with Kohlrabi and Basmati Rice.

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Pistachio-Crusted Catfish with Clementine Salad, Israeli Couscous and Roasted Fennel.

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Beef Bolognese with Fresh Pappardelle Pasta and Brussels Sprouts. * My Favorite Meal So Far*.

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Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup with Lemon Grass and Red Curry. *Second Favorite Meal*.

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Macadamia-Crusted Cod with Black Rice and Golden Beets and Avocado Salad.

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Basted Flank Steaks with Beet-Freekeh Salad and Gorgonzola.

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Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashew and Sambal Oelek.

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Also had another Seven meals that I did not photograph because we ate them too fast…Sorry, Not Sorry.

So here are my thoughts on this meal service as it applies to me and my husband. We love it. We don’t get it every week because I do have a freezer full of venison and I love to make chili, Stews and Sauces with venison, but I do like to receive Blue Apron 2-3 times per month. For us it is worth the cost because we are not wasting any food and getting portion sizes we need, and the most importantly the ingredients are fresh, healthy and I do not have to shop for them. I love the variety of meals and feel like I am gaining so many cooking tips, tricks and experience in the kitchen.

After putting them together, I look at my creations and think; WOW, I made that. I Rule this Kitchen.

So those are my thoughts on Blue Apron. I was in no way compensated for this post other that the first two free meals when I first signed up. I just Love this Service.

Hey in other News! I just received the latest Bestowed Box. Look at these goodies.

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You can receive your membership using the discount code LOVEHEALTHY to get 10% off their Bestowed membership, available at bestowed.com/join.

Bestowed also makes a perfect gift – they offer 3, 6 and 12-month gift subscriptions. Check them out at bestowed.com/gift.

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This summer I went to New Orleans with my Husband and our Friends. We love this town! This is our Third time visiting this fun and never-ending party town. Our trip was centered around the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Which features Music, Food and Culture.

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I love New Orleans, so much so I decided to Get Some Ink.

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Meaning Behind the Fleur-de-lis symbol link.

I had it placed on the back of my neck. Gives my neck a little decoration when I wear my hair up.

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Back to the Jazz Festival. It was packed with so many people.

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So many different venues to visit with so many live bands playing at the same time spread over the entire festival. Always something to do, see, and eat.

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They had parades and so many activities happening everywhere you looked.

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After the Festival it was back to Bourbon Street where we walked the streets and enjoyed the town some more.

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Had Lots and Lots of Amazing Food.

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573 It was an amazing trip with our dear friends. Until next time New Orleans.

Speaking of Vacations, I also wanted to share a new candle I just recently tried out for the blog. Sold on Amazon made by Old Factory . These all Natural Soy candles have a variety of scented candles to choose from, I went with Vacation.

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The prepper in me has already started my Christmas shopping list. With the list comes keeping my eye open for fun gift ideas. Well here is one I was recently lucky enough to score from Old Factory Candle sold exclusively on Amazon.

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I love opening Packages. I also love candles. I have not had too many soy candles so I am really excited to have a natural burning product like this in my home.

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Old Factory Candles are sold exclusively on Amazon.com. These candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someone’s in your life.

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A perfect size candle. With three different tropical scented jars. Jeff and I do travel quite a bit, so the fact that these are small is a huge bonus for me, because I can easily toss them into my bag and have a wonderful comforting scent to enjoy on my trip.

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It really feels like a Vacation in a box.

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The Vacation Theme Includes:

Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

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So I can check one gift off my list. I know a few people who would really love the receive this as a gift. You can never be too prepared.

I gladly rate these candles with five stars, the quality soy wax and wicks, and for the nice fragrance. Great USA made product with wonderful tropical fragrances.

My Amazon Review Link Here.

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My friends over at Bestowed sent me their October Non-GMO box to review.

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So October is Non-GMO Month, so Bestowed has made their mission to choose amazing GMO-free products that everyone will enjoy. When you know more about what you’re eating and where it comes from, it makes it much easier to decide what to buy and what to avoid.

Check out the selection they made for Non-GMO Month:

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Numi Tea Indulgent Chocolate Mint 

 

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Glee Sugar-Free Gum

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Fiber Love Bar

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Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers

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Peeled Cinnamon Apple Clusters Snacks

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Hooray for Spinach Puree

Did Bestowed just read my mind for my need of Spinach? I just made a batch of Spinach Ice Cubes. I feel like over the winter I really need to make sure I get as much good greens as possible into my daily meal planning. While I don’t mind making my own Puree or Ice Cubes this sure is a convenient and  easy way to have it on hand when you need it.

Bestowed Suggestion Tip: Mix into your favorite baked goods recipe to replace the oil, also blended with fruit and juice for a nutritional breakfast smoothie. 

 

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Little Miracles Organic Energy Tea and Fruit Juice Beverage

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Loving my latest Bestowed Box!

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Thank-you Bestowed for the Healthy Box of Non-GMO food and snacks.

Bestowed has offered me a 10% code for any reader interested in ordering a subscription. Use the discount code LOVEHEALTHY to get 10% off when you sign up for Bestowed. This code is valid for their one, three and six-month auto-renewing subscriptions. What a great gift this would make for a Healthy Conscious Friend or Family Member. 

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

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I have a few other Bestowed Box Reviews under my belt; check them out here, here, here, here, here and here! What can I say, I’m a Bestowed Box Groupie.

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Life Lately

Hello!  So thought it would be fun to do a What’s Been Happening Lately Kinda Post.

So here goes.

Been Sprouting:

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Been Shopping:

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Been Bulk Shopping: I love you Amazon.  Van’s PB&J Bars. I stock up on these ever since receiving them from my friends over at Van’s.

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Been Grilling:

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Used my favorite Marinade from Stubb’s. The flavor is just so zippy and garlicky. 086 089 090

Made These: Spinach Ice Cubes for smoothies.

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Now I can pop these little cubes into my smoothie blender to get some good greens added to my fruit smoothies.

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Been Loving This:

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Green Thumbing it: Brought in some of my outdoor moss pots to see if I can keep them indoors over the winter.

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Been Crushing on Pumpkin: I love YOU Trader Joe’s…………………………………………………………

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Obsess Much? Dang.

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Gave into This Recipe:

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Received this from a Foodie Exchange Box in 2012.

 

 

 

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I overcooked this by a few minutes. It still tasted good but it really caramelized. Kinda lost some of the pumpkin flavor.  The condensed milk can burn easily and I think I had it on too high of heat once the rice started to absorb all the liquid.  Major Pumpkin Bummer, but not a total fail. Yep that’s me Always an Optimist.

Think I will try this recipe again! Now go get your pumpkin on.

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On August 18th., Jeff and I celebrated Our 19th. Wedding Anniversary. We had just gotten back from a long weekend of camping and fun with friends and decided to hit up our favorite restaurant for dinner. Talk about a perfect meal from start to finish. Also 19 years, WOW. We are still as crazy in love with one another as the day we met. When we started our life together our main goal was simple: Have fun and travel as much as possible. Well I think were doing a damn good job of keeping up with our goals.

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Here is our Celebration dinner.

Love when they give you crayons at the table..Wink..Wink!

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Started with calamari.

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Had some drinks.

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Ordered our favorite salad.

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Jeff ordered glazed salmon over asparagus rice with a fresh vegetable garden side

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I ordered the shrimp and lobster fettuccine.

Wait; we also had dessert.

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Fresh Berry Panna Cotta with Caramel Drizzle. Seriously, it was a perfect meal.

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Some other fun highlights from recent to share:

Ice Cream Date for Ginger and Stuart.

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A day at the beach.

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I had a wonderful Lunch out at Paneras.

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I also received the Back to School Bestowed Box to Review! This box was filled to the Rim. It had so many amazing snacks. I love this company. The box has such variety and I love that they always include coupons for items to purchase later. Even though I do not have kids, I was super excited about this box because I pack my lunch daily and love to find new healthy items for my lunch box. Lets face it sometime the highlight to a work day other than punching out is taking a break and eating lunch. So lets take a look at the latest goods Bestowed has to offer.

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Funley’s Super Crackers; Cheddar n’ Stuff and Cornbread n’ Stuff.

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Good Green Bars; Chocolate Mint

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Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips; Hot and Spicy

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Orgain Kids Nutritional Shake; Chocolate

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Plum Organics Mashups; Berry

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Peeled; Apple Clusters

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Mrs. Meyer’s; Clean Day Dish Soap

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Unburn;  Sunburn Relief

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My Coupons!

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Such variety, such Yum. Hello Yum.

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Bestowed  has also offered me a coupon code for any reader interested in ordering a box, you can click here if you’d like.  Subscriptions are $19 a month, and for a limited time (9/15/14), you can use the coupon code BST5 to get your first box for $5 off!

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

The Founder

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

 

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How it works:

  • Select your membership type (monthly or annual), then click Join!

  • Our boxes ship to arrive on the 15th of every month.

  • Shipping is FREE.

  • We currently ship via USPS and within the US only

Membership Options:

  • Monthly Membership – $19 billed monthly, cancel any time

  • Annual Membership – $209 billed annually, transfer any time

        Thank-you,

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You are the best healthy monthly subscription offered and I sure do appreciate the care that is put into each and every box!

Previous Bestowed Box Reviews herehere, herehere and here

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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I love getting packages in the mail and I just received one of my favorites! The Healthy, Fun Bestowed Box. Check it out.

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Lots of variety featuring snacks with health and beauty items.

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Now Here’s The Goods:

Saffron Road Wasabi Chick Peas. Have not tried them yet, but I will let you know how these are in a future post. I hoarded them right into my travel bag for an upcoming camping trip I have in mid August. Darn they look so good, so hard to resist.

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 Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I loves these little packages. I am very familiar with this brand and I love it.

 

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Runa Cinnamon-Lemongrass Tea. Cannot wait to try these. I do love me some cinnamon.

 

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EnergyFruits Crushed Fruit Mango Squeeze. I tossed it in my lunch bag and sucked it dry with in seconds. My word it was taste.

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Zevia Ginger Ale….oh how I love thee. Amazing flavor. I am a long time lover of Ginger Ale and it hit the spot. So refreshing.

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Aquatowel. I love these, they stay hydrated forever and are perfect for a car trip or a long flight.

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Zing, Double Nut Brownie. I fell in love with the first bite. So darn rich and satisfying.

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Bestowed  has offered me a coupon code for any reader interested in ordering a box, you can click here if you’d like.  Subscriptions are $19 a month, and for a limited time (8/15/14), you can use the coupon code 5OFFBST to get your first box for $5 off!

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

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How it works:

  • Select your membership type (monthly or annual), then click Join!

  • Our boxes ship to arrive on the 15th of every month.

  • Shipping is FREE.

  • We currently ship via USPS and within the US only

Membership Options:

  • Monthly Membership – $19 billed monthly, cancel any time

  • Annual Membership – $209 billed annually, transfer any time

        Thank-you,

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you are the best healthy monthly subscription offered and I sure do appreciate the care that is put into each and every box!

Previous Bestowed Box Reviews herehere, here and here.

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

Happy Summer

Hey how the heck is your summer going? Here are  a few of my favorite pics and eats from my part of the world. Michigan is alive and well after a terrible winter and here is some proof.

Blooms. Lots and Lots of Blooms.

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 Burgers.

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 Drinks and more drinks.

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Eating out.

 

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Grilling. 

 

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  Making my own freezer treats. Link to a previous frozen treats posts here, and here

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Freezer Eats.

 

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  My favorites within reach.

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Trying new things. 

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Nesting box occupied.
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Lots of babies.

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Lots of Hummingbirds feeding.

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Deer across the lake getting a drink. (can you see her baby bump?)

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Kinda hard to see but two week later she showed back up with her fawn. What a joy it was to watch them drink and wade in the water. 

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Drank champagne because I can, and so should you, every day is a celebration!

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Watched a snapping turtle lay her eggs. It was in my neighbors yard and I didn’t want to disturb her so I took this from my balcony.  So cool. 

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Hiked with my husband while he was on a 3D Archery shoot. Darn mosquitoes. Good thing I was armed with my own homemade mosquito spray

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Here is the link to my recipe if you would ever like to Make your Own!

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Made tons of wrap sandwiches. 

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Had more cocktails. What can I say I enjoy a few drinks.

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Had desserts. 

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Enjoyed avocado egg salad sandwiches and Michigan salads. Link attached for my recipe. 

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I can finally say I got my frozen yogurt bar fix and will never do that again. $14.00 for 2 bowls. Ouch. 

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It was amazing none the less. You only live once, right?

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My kids.

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Ginger and Stuart say “hello”

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Have Fun, be Kind, Live and Love.

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