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So lets talk about summer. It’s the best for so many reasons. One reason I love summer is My Grill. It makes for Simple, Fast, and Light Meals. My grill goes into over time in the summer. I grill everything.

  • Pizza
  • Vegetables
  • Side Dishes
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Tofu

Just to name a few.

I wanted to share a product with you. The nice folks over at Stubb’s BBQ sent me some amazing products to try out and also some free coupons to share with one of my readers.

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The condiment aisle usually scares me. Like ants at a picnic, hidden dietary pitfalls are unwelcome – but all too common – guests at spring and summer cookouts. Condiments from mayo to soy sauce can be the biggest offenders, with artificial ingredients, fat, sodium and gluten (a new survey says fully one-third of Americans are eating gluten-free diets.)

As we head into picnic and cookout season, I wanted to let you know about Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sauces, rubs and marinades, the industry leader among small batch sauces. Stubb’s products are all-natural, certified gluten-free and contain no high fructose corn syrup, yet retain their deep-rooted, authentic Texas tastes and barbecue cook-off credibility. They offer a great way for people to add flavor and interest to sandwiches, burgers and grilled meats, fish and veggies, while avoiding the fat, calories or artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives often found on the condiment aisle.

So thanks to Stubb’s there are healthy options.

Look at all this Stubb’s goodness. My grill and I are very happy to have some new healthy items to try out.

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Stubb’s

Sauces: The line-up includes OriginalSpicyHickory BourbonSweet HeatSmokey Mesquite and Honey Pecan. At an average of 20 calories, 110 mg. of sodium per tablespoon and no high fructose corn syrup (the #1 or #2 ingredient in most bbq sauces), Stubb’s is a healthier option on the condiment aisle with no sacrifice on taste. Stubb’s sauces can be enjoyed throughout the year on sandwiches, as a dipping sauce for proteins, or as a key ingredient in slow cooker creations.

Marinades: From light and tangy Chicken Marinade with brown sugar, onion, garlic and citrus, to zesty Beef Marinade, made with soy, lime, ginger and red pepper, Stubb’s adds interest to everyday cooking whether on the grill, in the skillet or the slow cooker. (Other flavors include Steakhouse and Pork marinades.) Stubb’s Injectable marinades in Texas Butter or Chipotle Butter, which have no fat and just 10 calories per tablespoon, come with their own injector and help create moist, flavorful roasted chicken or turkey, summer briskets, weeknight beef and pork roasts and more.

Rubs: Stubb’s savory spice bends in Bar-B-Q, Pork, Beef, Chicken and Steak can be used to prep meats for the grill or used to boost flavor and add a kick to any dish.

Here’s a few Recipes on my To-DO list from the Stubb’s Recipe Vault.

Stubb’s Citrus Chicken

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Ingredients

4 chicken breasts

Stubb’s Chicken Marinade

1 orange

Stubb’s Moppin’ Sauce (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Fill dish with Stubb’s Chicken Marinade and half the juice of one large orange. Marinate chicken breasts in it for 1 hour up to overnight.

Preheat grill to 300-325 degrees. If you want to bake the chicken, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken on grill over direct heat, mopping with Stubb’s Moppin’ Sauce while cooking. Grill 5-10 minutes on each side until fully cooked (the internal temperature should be 165 degrees). If baking the chicken, bake 9-15 minutes on each side until juices run clear and the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Allow meat to cool a few minutes before serving. Slice up the remaining pieces of orange and plate with the chicken.

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Chile Rubbed Pork Chops with Mango Salsa

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Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops

4 teaspoons Stubb’s Pork Spice Rub*

½ mango, diced

½ medium tomato, diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

2 tablespoons Stubb’s Pork Marinade

Cooking Instructions

Lightly coat both sides of each pork chop with Pork Spice Rub.  Let rest for 15 minutes.

Mix together the mango, tomato and red onion.  Fold in the Stubb’s Pork Marinade.  Set aside.

Prepare the grill for direct cooking.  Cook the chop over direct heat for 4-5 minutes per side (longer if the chop is thicker).  Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes.  Top with mango salsa and serve.

*Substitute a mixture of chili powder, salt and sugar.

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Here’s what I made with Stubb’s Sweet Heat B-B-Q Sauce and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Spice Rub.

Double Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Chicken Burgers.

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Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

½ small onion, chopped into small pieces

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce

2 teaspoons Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Spice Rub

¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper

¼ cup Panko bread crumbs

*Note: I did not use an egg to bind the ingredients, the ground chicken was moist enough to hold together without it.

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For serving:

Sliced Avocado

Sliced Cheese

Lettuce

Tomatoes, sliced

Hamburger buns

Cooking Instructions:

Prepare grill for medium-high heat.

In a large bowl, mix together ground chicken, onions, garlic, sauces, seasonings, and bread crumbs. Using hands, shape ground chicken mixture into four equal patties.

Cook burgers on prepared grill for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through (160°F for beef, 165°F for ground chicken/turkey). When grilling the second side of the burger slather with additional Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce.

Serve on hamburger buns, topped as desired with avocado, sliced cheese, lettuce and tomato.

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I also used the Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Spice Rub for my Red Skin Potatoes side dish.

These came together easy. I boiled the potatoes for 30 minutes. Sliced and semi smashed the potatoes on a cookie sheet, then sprinkled with Stubb’s Beef Rub, and drizzled with Olive Oil and baked on 375 degrees for the total cooking time of the Bar-B-Q Chicken Burgers. That ended up being approximately 10 minutes or so, just enough time to get crispy.

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So Stubb’s and I want you to try some Stubb’s Products for yourself. Stubb’s products can be found at the following stores: Kroger, Safeway, WalMart, Food Lion, many Whole Foods, Winn Dixie, and Publix.

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I also really enjoyed reading how Stubb’s became Stubb’s. Check out the story here.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Here’s How to Enter: Just comment on this post with your Favorite Grilling Food! 

This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Winners will be chosen by random drawing. I will contact the winner via email, and the winner will be given 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.  This contest is open from May 27, 2013 through May 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm (ET).

Good Luck and Check Ya Later.

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Happy Weekend! Wanted to start my post with the Van’s Natural Foods Announcement.

Van's Natural Foods

Using the Random Integer Generator. 

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Congrats #13 julie

I love trail mix or a good gluten-free protein bar

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Congrats #3 RunFastMama 

I don’t leave home without my GoSqueeze Applesauce, SunButter Packets and some Sweet Potato Chips! Matter of fact I’m heading out-of-town tomorrow for a quick trip and always bring tons more food than I need.

Congrats ladies, I emailed you with the prize information. I know you will Love the New Van’s Line. Please, enjoy. Thank-you to Van’s Natural Foods for Hosting this giveaway.

So I asked as your prize entry to tell me: “What’s Your Favorite Healthy Travel Food/Snack!” I loved all the comments, I really think I have some great snacks in mind now for my trip! Thank you all for entering. Stay tuned for another giveaway I have coming up soon from Stubb’s.

Now on to today’s post!

So I decided something….No excuses. I’ve waited all winter to hit the Farm Trail. So I planned a walk before work and thought to my self I’m walking the trail regardless of the condition. We had a long stretch of rain and I know how flooded the trail gets in the low areas, but I was packed and had the No Excuse Attitude. So when I arrived at work, I grabbed my co-worker Decal and hit the trail.

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My co-worker is laid back, she really did not care how dirty she got. She was just happy to be out walking with me. We have a hose hooked up outside our office so I knew we could get hosed off after our walk. Again, No Excuses.

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It was actually really fun to not care how dirty we got. I simply just enjoyed my walk. I figured everything would rinse clean afterwords. Life is too short to worry about getting a little muddy. Plus I had a change of cloths and I knew my shoes would dry out overnight.

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After my walk and we were both cleaned up, I had my favorite snack at my desk. Decal got a bone and went back outside to lay in the sun! It was a great way to start our day.

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I was also excited to put my Fitbit to the test. I have been wearing it for a while now, but this was first time back on the trail. I was really excited to see how far my trail walk was. I love this little Bit that keeps track of my Fit.

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Having a day time desk job, I do not get many steps in. I am tied to my desk and computer during the day. So having the Fitbit really gave my new appreciation and motivation for my before work and after work walks/workouts.

Check Ya Later.

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Van's Natural Foods

I know most of you have heard of the company Van’s. I love their Cinnamon French Toast Sticks. I crave them. I posted about them back here and again here. Here’s a few pictures to get your juices flowing.

I love to make French Toast Sticks Sandwiches. Yummy x 10.

Van’s is a Natural Foods Company. They have passion for seriously healthy, seriously tasty foods.

Here’s some exciting News. 

Van’s has expanded their food line to include healthy snacks. Coming This Summer, Van’s Natural Foods offers healthy new snacks with its all-natural, nutrition-packed whole grain snack bars and crackers. The portable treats – perfect for day camp backpacks, family road trip snacks, pool totes or beach bags – offer a delicious and nutritious way to snack that the whole family can enjoy. (Bonus – they’re gluten-free.)

Van’s Whole Grain Cereals (MSRP: $3.99) start the day out right with a full serving of whole grains and 5 grams of fiber per serving. Available in Honey Nut Crunch and Cinnamon Heaven, these cereals are made with nutrient-rich whole grains, including gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth. Van’s cereals give you seriously tasty and satisfying crunch – all without dairy, egg, corn, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils or GMO oils.

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I poured my self a big old bowl and got to it. I love cereal anytime of the day. For me it’s like coffee. Meaning this; I take my time when I eat it and enjoy the experience. Something about just kicking back and savoring the crunchy spoonfuls. I have to say the cinnamon was really good. They sure did appropriately name it Cinnamon Heaven. It was crunchy and did not get soggy in the milk, which is a deal breaker for me. Cannot wait until my next bowl.

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Van’s Whole Grain Crackers (MSRP: $2.99) are deliciously light and perfectly crispy. A fun addition to a school lunch or a party snack everyone can enjoy, they’re baked with nutrient-rich whole grains, including gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth. Available in three flavors – Multigrain, Lots of Everything! and Say Cheese! – these gluten-free crackers are full of nutrition and flavor, with 16 grams of whole grains per serving – and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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Crackers are my weakness. I love to snack on crackers. I like my crackers solo, dipped in hummus or topped with cheese. I was really excited to try these out once I opened the bag. They have amazing texture and I love seeing the grains and oats in crackers. These little crackers were packed with flavor. You could really taste the cheddar and all the grains. Really enjoyed my Say Cheese! Crackers.

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Van’s Whole Grain Snack Bars (MSRP: $4.49) in chewy, delicious Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Almond and Peanut Butter Chocolate, are perfect for breakfast on-the-run, snack-time or an anytime nutritious treat. Baked with real, all-natural ingredients and nutrient-rich whole grains, the bars have 8-10 grams of whole grains and 4 grams of fiber per serving – more than four times the fiber of other gluten-free bars on the market today, according to our research.

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We all love snack bar. I always have a box of them in my kitchen on hand for snacks and even some as meal replacements. They are easy and some are very healthy. Well I think I just found a new favorite. Again, I have to go back to texture. I love grains and nuts and when I choose bars, I choose ones with TEXTURE. I really do not care for the bars that are all blended together and have no crunch or little nuggets of goodness. Van’s snack bars are loaded with all the things I love. Little chunks of  chocolate and grains. I enjoyed each and every bite.

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Take a look over at the Van’s Website to find these in a store near you. They will not disappoint. Now if you cannot locate a store that carries them, why not Request your local/favorite retailer to carry your favorite Van’s items. Van’s makes it easy with a Request Form you can download, check the items you’d like your store to carry, then print it. Then next time you’re at your favorite store, just hand the form to the manager! Super Easy.

Hey! Would you like to try this Healthy New Cereal and Snack Line for yourself? Well, I have Two (2) sets of Three (3) FREE Coupons to Giveaway. Here’s the details on the Giveaway.

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To Enter to win three (3) Free Coupons to try Van’s Snack/Cereal  Line: Just leave me a comment with Your Favorite Healthy Travel Food/Snack! I have a trip coming up soon and I love to hear what people bring on their travels. 

This Giveaway is Open to US Residents Only.  Two winners will be chosen by random drawing. I will contact the winners via email. Winners have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.  This contest is open from May 07, 2013 through May 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm (ET). Your coupons will be mailed to you so you can try these wonderful products  for yourself!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Good Luck and Check Ya Later.

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Hello! How’s it going. Great here. Amazing what the Sun can do for your Spirit. So let’s get to it. I wanted to announce the Winner of the Bestowed Box. 

Using the True Random Number Generator
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Submitted on 2013/04/27 at 3:02 PM by Ray S

I keep healthy by training at the gym and also running 3 miles a day! Drinking lots of water too! Thanks

Congrats Ray S. I just emailed you with the prize information. I know you will enjoy it. Thank-you to Bestowed for Hosting this giveaway. Ray, I Hope that you will comment back with you favorite item in the box! I think you have a few really good ones to choose from! It’s so fun to SHARE. I really loved this giveaway. I asked as your prize entry to tell me: “What you do to Stay Healthy” and I was blown away by the answers. It is so great to see how everyone takes such Great Care of Themselves. It truly is important and I found so many of the comments inspiring. Thank you all for entering. Stay tuned for another giveaway I have coming up soon from Van’s Natural Foods.

Today I wanted to do a post about My Favorite Things. Spring Edition.

Mason Jar with Straw Hole. This bad boy can fit 8 large ice cubes in it. Love the capacity.

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Sprouting Jar.

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3 Part Salad Sprouting Seed Mix. (Post to Follow with Seed Growth)

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Marinated Artichokes.

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Secretaries Day Gift. Flowers and Goodies.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Swivel Stick. (I chap) (it’s amazing)

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Night Time Snack. – Semi-Healthy-Goodness.

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Ginger People Ginger Candies, Ginger People Ginger Juice (so good on salads) and Lemon Oil Essential Oil for my skin. I love the little Gin Gins when I travel, they prevent dragon breath.

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Organic Oat Groats.

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Coconut Spray. Trader Joe’s = Love.

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Just a few of my Current Favorite Things. Check out a few of my Past Favorite Things Post. Random Eats, Drinks & Things. Things I’m Loving, Meals I Ate. 

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