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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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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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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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 Cocktails.562

 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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So I wanted to do a recap on some of the meals I enjoyed while getting creative using Chobani Greek Yogurt in recipes.  The promotion is called #justaddgood. Here’s the idea behind it:

Chobani Conversion Chart.

Chobani Ingredient Conversion Chart

So I’ll take you back to the original post on my Chobani Delivery.  Now let’s look at some dishes!

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Most recently I made this little frozen dessert. This recipe was adapted from Lindsay’s over at The Lean Green Bean. Lindsay has amazing recipes and she is really creative with health ingredients.

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Here’s how I put this all together.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
  • 1 Large container of Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal
  • 4 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter or 2-3  tablespoons of regular nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds

Instructions for Crust

  1. Mix 1/2 cup ground oats and 4 tablespoons of PB2, along with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds together.
  2. Next, slowly add 1/4 cup of water to the dry mix until it is smooth and incorporated
  3. Press the crust into a 8×8 glass pan and proceed to make the filling

Instructions for Filling

  1. Mix yogurt and crispy brown rice cereal together in a bowl.

Now put it all together

  1. Spread yogurt mixture into the oatmeal crust.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer until frozen.
  3. Remove from freezer, cut into bars.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

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It’s like a frozen rice crispy treat. They freeze well and I love them.

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So with having so much on hand and not wanting to waste a single drop I grabbed a container and made some FroCHO™ Ice Cubes to have on hand for smoothies. I have made Chobani Frozen Treats before, but I wanted more information. So I headed on over to the Chobani FAQ Webpage and here’s what I found on freezing!

Can I freeze Chobani?

Yes, frozen Chobani (or FroCHO™ as we like to call it) can be stored for up to three months. While frozen, the live and active cultures present in Chobani become dormant. But once thawed, either in the refrigerator or by your body heat when eaten, they become live and active again.

FroCHO™ will have a slightly different texture, whether eaten frozen or thawed, but makes for a refreshing treat.

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Once they were frozen, I bagged and dated them. Well I also had to try some in a smoothie, I am only human after all.

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So I grabbed 3 Chobani cubes, a frozen banana and a snack size bag of frozen raspberries and a scoop of protein powder. I keep lots of frozen fruits on hand. I have a small section of my freezer dedicated to items to make smoothies! Check out my stash here. I topped of my blender bottle with soy milk and blended. The Chobani cubes really kept it cold and super smooth.

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I love spicy, hot flavors. So when I saw Tiffany’s Post on Spicy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas, I knew I had to make them. I meet Tiffany at the 2012 Blend Retreat. She blogs over at Snack Snark Bark. I did alter her original recipe, I did not have any celery on hand and I also omitted the jalapeno peppers. I do love spicy hot flavors, but jalapeno is just too much for this gal. I also stuffed them, I mean jam-packed them full so I only ended up with 5 enchiladas, where the original recipe called for 12 tortillas. Oops.

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I am in love with these bad boys, they are so zippy and spicy, I had to dab my upper lip a few times! If you like Franks Red Hot, then these are for YOU.

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Super Spicy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

  • 5 tortillas
  • 1 ½ lbs of chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup Chobani 2% plain yogurt (in place of cream cheese)
  • 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (same some for topping)
  • 4 oz. Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chile powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Ranch dressing for drizzling

Mix together well, stuff tortillas and fold, place seam side down in pan, sprinkle with blue cheese and drizzle ranch dressing and hot sauce and bake on 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes and enjoy.

So on to a milder recipe….Cho-Egg Salad Sandwich.

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I just diced up 2 hard-boiled eggs a generous amount of mustard along with a few tablespoons of Chobani yogurt and mixed together, tasted then added more mustard and Chobani to my taste. Toasted some wheat bread. Piled the Cho-Egg mix on the bread, then topped with Organic Pea Sprouts, and dug in, it sure did make a perfect lunch.

Made my all time favorite breakfast bowl or Cho-Cereal Bowl. Kashi Heart to Heart cereal, PB2 (not pictured), hemp seeds, cinnamon and mixed with Chobani yogurt. Love, Love, Love.

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Cho-Enchiladas. Check out my recipe/post link.

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More Cho-Cereal Bowls.

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Shrimp Taco Wrap with Chobani instead of sour cream…Very Tangy.

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I think the one thing I am currently obsessed with is the Chobani Fruit Dip. Inspired by the Fruit Kebobs on the Chobani site.

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Chobani Fruit Dip

Serves 1

2 Tablespoons Chobani Greek Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Biscoff Spread or any Nut butter

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 Shakes of Cinnamon

Blend together with a spoon and dip, dip away.

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I also wanted to mention that I froze 3 cups of this dip in a glass Pyrex container for a Super Bowl party. Before the party I let it thaw and whipped it up with a spoon, and the texture and flavor were as good as when it was first made fresh. CHO-Bonus.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite way to use Greek Yogurt in your recipes?

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Recently I tried something new. Diana from Aloic contacted me to see if I would like to try their Aloe Vera Drink. I said Yes, Please. So she sent me a few bottles to taste and experiment with. But before I get down with a review, I wanted to share some information about Aloic with you from their Website. Check them out here. 

Here’s Their Story: This is taken directly from their website. At Epicurex LLC, we are devoted to sharing the exotic tastes of Asia with the rest of the world. We are proud to produce only drinks of the highest quality, freshness, and authenticity, using only the best all-natural, USDA organic ingredients that taste great and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

That has been our mission since we started our company: to create superior beverages that taste like sea breeze and sunshine. And here in South Florida, we’re doing just that with Aloic™, a tasty fusion of certified organic aloe juice and pulp, with no preservatives, nothing artificial, and no high-fructose corn syrup – just plenty of flavor.

We invite you to get to know us – and our products – better. We think you’ll find that we’re just what you’ve been searching for: all natural, all delicious, and all about healthy living, wherever you are.

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Here’s some additional information taken directly from their webpage:

TOP REASONS TO DRINK ALOIC

Aloic™ is good for you — really, really, good for you. Aloe Vera can aid digestion, and even help you lose that pesky belly fat.

It also tastes great. The real aloe pulp in Aloic™ adds yummy texture, and you’ll know you’re drinking more of the good stuff that’s also good for you.

It’s all natural, too: certified organic aloe and pulp, no preservatives, nothing artificial, no high fructose corn syrup or fake flavors or colors. And Aloic™ is only 60 calories per serving.

Your kids will love the taste of Aloic™, and it’s a much better choice for them than those soft drinks or sugary fruit juices they usually go for. Tuck one into someone’s lunchbox, today — maybe even your own.

Another great reason to drink Aloic™? Aloe vera can help you to live longer. It’s true: Published studies have shown a 10 percent increase in lifespan, as well as beneficial effects on age-related illnesses. Aloe contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides, which aid the healing process and stimulate cell growth and repair, so you can start feeling good all over.

But the top reason to drink Aloic™ is the way you’ll feel when you make it part of your healthy lifestyle — but we can’t tell you about that; you’ll have to experience it for yourself.

So go ahead. Try it. Love it. And feel the benefits of real, organic aloe vera as they go to work for you.

So now to the fun part, reviewing Aloic.

I am not shy with my option and I must admit, I love to try new things! So first I tried Aloic right out of the bottle after a 45 minute walk on the treadmill. I was thirsty and my throat was dry. I immediately noticed the natural sweet grape flavor, and liked it very much, but what I really enjoyed was the pulp texture in the drink. So refreshing. So after a few swigs, my thirst was quenched, and I was ready for an after workout smoothie. So I grabbed some frozen fruit from the freezer and pulled out my smoothie blender, along with my favorite protein powder and of course the rest of my Aloic Aloe Vera Drink.

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Aloic Aloe Vera Smoothie

  • 1 to 1/2 Bottle of Aloic Aloe Vera Drink
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 Handful Frozen Raspberries
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana

Blend for 45 seconds and enjoy. If using fresh fruit, just add 2 ice cubes.

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I so enjoyed trying Aloic, thank-you Diana you were right it really is a great replacement for soda and can develop into a healthy habit!

If your interested in finding out more on Aloic, go on over to Twitter @aloicdrink

I received two bottles of Aloic to sample from the company, and I am sharing my honest opinion in this post.

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Cheers.

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So I am seriously into frozen treats this summer, now that I have been making my own. I am hooked. Can you blame me? These little pops are perfect as a snack on a hot day. Between these, the frozen fruit bars and the Chobani Granola Pops I made a few weeks ago, I am digging my freezer.

After they were ready, I grabbed one and went outside to enjoy my chilly treat on the front porch.

Killian Approved!  Don’t judge. My dogs are like my kids.

I am going to be taking some vacation time for the 4th. of July holiday. I plan on spending time with family and friends so I am going to unplug today after work. Hope you enjoy the holiday.

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Before work I made a treat that I could enjoy later in the evening. I am loving making my own frozen fruit bars. bars. Today’s pops are Lite Pom juice with Frozen Raspberries. Here’s a link to the other frozen treats I have made recently.

Chobani and Granola Pops

Frozen Fruit Bars

I had fresh raspberries that I froze with the intention of using them in the fruit bars. I thought having them frozen would make it easier to chop them up and add them into the molds.

I broke up the frozen raspberries and dropped them into the molds, then topped off with fruit juice.

The Lite Pom is really lite. There is no added sugar in this juice, so if you like your frozen fruit bars to have a sweeter taste you should buy the regular juice or add a sweetener to it. I like mine lite so the flavor works out great for me.

Frozen Raspberry Pops.

After making up these fresh pops, I made a cold salad to bring to work and enjoy at lunch, in the mix is, spinach, cucumber, avocado and a sliced egg. Topped with vinegar and a touch of oil. I love a cold refreshing salad on a hot day.

After work I came home and grabbed a Frozen Raspberry Pop. Loved it!

Stuart also thought they were good.

Random Question of the Day: Does this hot weather affect your workouts? I do my 2 mile walk in the early morning before it hits 90 degrees. What do you do to  stay fit in the summer without killing yourself in the heat?

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When I saw this recipe over at The Lean Green Bean, I knew I had to make it. Plus Chobani just sent me a 12 pack of their Pineapple Yogurt, so I was all over this recipe. I am on a frozen fruit bar kick right now, so it only makes sense to try a frozen yogurt recipe next. I really love Chobani yogurt and I also love the company Chobani, I have so much respect for them after meeting them at the Blend Retreat. They are such a customer based company with healthy living as a priority.  So here’s how the pops came together.

Add your Chobani and Granola together and mix it up.

After mixing up the ingredients, you just spoon into an ice-cube tray.

I placed a toothpick into the center of each cube and placed them into the freezer to set-up. After they set-up it was time to dip them.

Dip them in what?

Chocolate, that’s what…

I tucked away this amazing chocolate disk I received from Alaina, at the Jogging Concierge. She sent me an amazing Foodie Pen Pal Box a few months ago and I have been waiting for the right time to break it out.

Well, the time is now.

So glad I placed in those tooth picks, they really helped me out when it was time to dip them in the chocolate, not so much help getting the pops out of the ice-cube tray, but they kept my fingers out of the chocolate.  Then I pulled out all the tooth picks, those little buggers are sharp.

Perfect treat for a warm day.

Here’s the Adapted Recipe from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean

Frozen Granola Yogurt Chunks Dipped in Chocolate

Makes 14 Chunks

Ingredients:

  • 12 Ounces of Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of your Favorite Granola
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Dark Chocolate

Instructions:

Mix the yogurt and granola together and spoon into ice-cube tray, place a tooth pick in the center, freeze until set. Remove from ice-cube tray and dip in melted chocolate. Place back into the freezer to let the chocolate set.

Then Snack Away.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite summer snack or treat? It’s between chips and salsa and frozen fruit bars for me right now.

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