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My latest breakfast obsession.

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Turmeric Paste to make Golden Milk.

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Turmeric Paste

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup  turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
  • 1/3 cup  Coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

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Golden Milk Recipe

  • ¼ teaspoon (or more if you can tolerate the taste) of turmeric paste
  • 1 cup almond milk,  hemp milk or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (you can also use sesame oil or sweet almond oil) – get unrefined, cold pressed oil
  • Some honey,  maple syrup or stevia

Put milk and turmeric paste in a pot and cook on medium heat. Heat the mixture until steaming but not boiling (some recipes call for boiling the mixture but prolonged heat can destroy the active ingredient curcumin). Remove from heat. When the drink cools down, add honey and oil(s). The oil supplies you with healthy fats and further increases turmeric absorption. It helps with joint lubrication and promotes cellular function.

The drink has a nice golden color, hence its name.

A very small number of people have reported allergy to turmeric. If you’ve never eaten turmeric, start with a small dose and observe the body’s reaction.

Keeping the germs away;

Staying Healthy with my favorite immune guard dogs.  doTERRA On Guard essential oil capsules, On Guard Throat Drops, Sambucus Black ElderBerry Extract.

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January Bestowed Box

Previous Links Here, Here and Here.

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healthy(ish) Deserts and Pizza’s.

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Stonefire Naan homemade pizza. Love putting together these little pizzas loaded with all my favorite toppings.

Previous Pizza Posts

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Refreshed my makeup and joined a few monthly subscriptions.

Birch Box.

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Ipsy Bag. 

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Ordered my Favorite YouTubers Book. 

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February makes me Shiver, So I Eat soup.

Boulder Organic Foods

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Boulders Organics MISSION

Boulder Organic Foods’ mission is to craft “oh my gosh!” good organic food with uncompromised nutrition using garden-fresh ingredients.

NATURE ROCKS OUR WORLD

We’ve got a major thing for organic eating and we’re not ashamed to show it. This is Boulder Organic!, where we feed our passion for garden-grown ingredients and wholesome fare with temptingly nutritious recipes you’ll be hard-pressed to resist.

ALWAYS ORGANIC
ALWAYS GLUTEN-FREE
ALWAYS NON-GMO
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS
Boulders Organic sent me two coupons to try some soup. So as soon as the coupons arrived I hit my local Target store and chose these two yummy flavors. I found them in the deli refrigerator section.
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In our kitchens, we accept only the best—like whole, organic produce (much of it’s local), savory spices (a pinch of this and a dash of that) and people with a passion for doing things right (everything is personally prepared just like you’d make it yourself). We laugh in the face of artificial ingredients and preservatives because frankly, compromise just isn’t our style. And honestly, who wants to eat something that’s been sitting on a shelf for a year? Not us, that’s for sure.

Come experience what nature intended food to taste like, and hurry up it before it gets cold! Actually…it’ll definitely be cold because Boulder Organic! products are sold in your grocer’s deli refrigerator. Find a store near you and enjoy some today.

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ALL SOUPED UP

Picture this: you, a spoon, and a bowl of fresh,
organic soup so good it’s almost too good. Almost.

Well, wouldn’t you know it? That happens to be our specialty. We make all of our fresh soups in small batches from the finest farm-harvested organic and gluten-free ingredients so you can really taste nature’s best in every bite.

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Here are a few fun recipes provided by Boulder Organic!

Green Chile Pulled Pork:

Ingredients:

– 2 lbs. pork shoulder roast

– 1 tub Boulder Organic! Green Chile Corn Chowder

Place a 2 lb. pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker, add one tub of the Green Chile Corn Chowder on top (add a dash of salt if desired). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Pull apart and enjoy!

 Chicken Vegetable Chili Nachos:
Ingredients:

– 1 tub Boulder Organic! Chicken Vegetable Chili

– ½ cup sour cream

– 1 bag tortilla chips

– 1 cup of your favorite salsa

– 1 avocado, diced

– 1 jar pickled jalapeno, drained (if you like the spice!)

– 1-2 cups finely shredded Mexican blend cheese

– ½ cup fresh cilantro

Preheat broiler, place top rack about 6 inches from top. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread tortilla chips over baking sheet. Heat Chicken Vegetable Chili in saucepan until slightly reduced and thickened. Pour chili over the top of tortilla chips. Add cheese to the top of chili (as much as you like!). Place baking sheet on top rack and broil 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Top nachos with salsa, sour cream, avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro as desired.

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 Also received 3 Free Coupons from Van’s to;

Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month. 

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. Now is a great time to get back into the habit of eating a healthy breakfast each day.

Why is it important to eat in the morning? Not only are you literally breaking the fast from the previous night’s meal, but eating a healthy breakfast can give you energy, wake up your brain, and help you stay on track for healthy eating the rest of the day. Aim for a combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat to keep you full longer and avoid the mid-morning crash.

But who has time for hot food in the morning? You do, and Van’s Natural Foods can help. Here are three healthy (and quick) hot breakfast ideas to get your day started on the right foot.

Waffles with Peanut Butter & Banana

Heat your favorite Van’s waffle. Top with 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter and ½ a sliced banana. No need for syrup, the bananas are sweet enough!

·         Van’s fiber- and whole-grain-rich Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles are made from a mix of nutritious whole grains including brown rice, millet, teff, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum and quinoa. Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles have 32 grams of whole grains – and 6 grams of fiber – per serving. Egg- and dairy-free, this waffle is a deliciously nutritious way to start the day.

·         Van’s Power Grains Waffles are the first nationally available high protein waffles. Each serving, made with cracked red wheat and steel-cut oats, offers 10 full grams of protein – more than an egg.  Like all of Van’s products, Power Grains are made with high-quality ingredients and frozen for freshness so they don’t contain preservatives.

 Here is what I selected Van’s Whole Grain Waffles, Mini Chocolate Chip Waffles and Cinnamon French Toast Sticks.

I blog about Van’s often. They are amazing to work with and always keep me posted on new items and promotions they have going on.

Previous posts here, here and here.

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Minis Waffles

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate never seemed so sensible.

 Don’t let the amazing taste fool you; Van’s Mini Chocolate Chip waffles are made with the same nutritious ingredients as our other waffles but with just a touch of chocolate for an extra treat! Try them for breakfast or topped with peanut butter for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up snack.

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Gluten Free Waffles

Ancient Grains Original

Baked with whole ancient grains – without gluten, dairy, egg or soy.

 Packed with 23g nutrient-dense whole grains and 6g fiber, these gluten-free ancient grains waffles might just be our best creation yet!

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and My All Time Favorite Van’s Item…

Gluten Free French Toast Sticks

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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks – hold the gluten, dairy & egg!

Start your day with gluten-free whole grain goodness and a dash of delicious cinnamon. Van’s Gluten Free Cinnamon French Toast Sticks are a tasty morning meal or afternoon treat.

 

Yummy. 

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Things Lately;

 

2016 New Year Family Card

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December Ispy Bag

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December Bestowed Box

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Made some amazingly fun Charcuterie Boards for Holiday Parties.

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Pronounced shahr-kyut-uh-ree it is a French word that comes from chair “flesh” and cuit “cooked.” It refers to cooked, cured or smoked meats such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, rillettes, galantines, pâtés and dry-cured sausage. Charcuterie has been considered a French culinary art at least since the 15th century.
another definition described it as:

Charcuterie is the French word for prepared meat products such as pate, rillette, and sausage, as well as the butcher shop that sells them. Coming from chair (“flesh”) and cuit (“cooked”), charcuterie was originally prepared as a way to preserve meat before the invention of refrigerators.

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Me and my little guy.

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Daddy and his little girl.

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New Year Card. I skipped the Christmas card and sent out New Years Cards.

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Hello Foodie Friends! Hello Travel Blogger Friends! and Hello Healthy Living Friends! I think we can all agree that we all love food, good food, healthy food. Well along my blogging adventures I have found some really healthy and amazing foods.

One of my favorite Natural Healthy Food Lines is Van’s Natural Foods.

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Here are a few of my Previous Van Posts Links:

Van’s Natural Foods

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Sweet and Fun to Go

Now on to today’s post. Whats in the bag you ask? Well lets take a peek.


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I truly am a fan of Van’s Natural Foods. Its hard not to love a company that really cares about the ingredients they put in their foods.

I’m loving that they keep improving and adding more products to their food line.

Check out some great new lunch box snacks, as well as a few new cracker flavors.

I am a daily lunch packer, and I love having a new item to add to my meal or as my snack. Looks like I can add a Cranberry Almond Crunch bar and a bag of Say Cheese crackers to my lunch box.

Here’s the Details on the Cranberry Almond Crunch Bar.

Gluten Free Snack Bars – Cranberry Almond

Delicious chewy cranberry and almond packed snack bars!

 Made with gluten-free oats, flax, cranberries and almonds, this bar is loaded with 10g of whole grains. But the best part? The chewy, fruity, nutty delicious taste! So go ahead take a bite, and say hello to a whole new, whole grain way to snack.

Lots of crackers featuring some VanTastic New Flavors.

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My crackers included the New 5 pack of 4 Once Say Cheese portioned bags.

Also was The Perfect 10 Cracker and the Fire Roasted Veggies cracker.

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Lots of Recipes cards to create amazing dips for the crackers, and other uses for Van’s Foods.

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All these VanTastic foods came in this great recycled bag. I think Ginger thought she was going to get a free treat.

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Not only were there dip recipes, for the crackers, but there were also appetizer recipes using the crackers.

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Definitely going to make this one!

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I also received a box of my favorite Van’s cereal. Cinnamon Heaven. Most High on my breakfast enjoyment list. Perfect in yogurt and I love to put them in snack bags and munch on them throughout the day.

Gluten Free Cereal Cinnamon Heaven

Make your morning more heavenly with new Cinnamon Heaven cereal!

 With 17g of nutrient-rich whole grains and 5g of fiber per serving, Van’s new gluten-free Cinnamon Heaven cereal is the perfect way to start your morning. So, dip your spoon into a sweet touch of cinnamon and say hello to a whole new, whole grain way to start your mornings.

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For more great Van’s Natural Foods recipes. Follow this link. 

Van’s offered so many options for so many people who have food restrictions. Here’s some back ground information on the Vans’ Company.

THE VAN’S STORY

Here at Van’s, we believe that healthy is delicious.

You may not know it, but Van’s has been cooking up tasty, good-for-you waffles for almost a half century. It all started back in the 1970s at the original Van’s restaurant. It was there, inspired by our California beachside roots, that we first dished up whole grain and gluten-free hot ’n toasty waffles. By the late 1980s, we decided it was time to bring our tasty waffles to a whole new group of customers – right in their local grocery stores.

That same passion for seriously healthy, seriously tasty foods lives on at Van’s today. We value artisanal quality and we cook our products in small, minimally processed batches with always-fresh ingredients. And since we want everyone to be able to enjoy our waffles, we offer gluten-free waffles along with organic, mini and our signature 8 Whole Grain varieties.

The original Van’s restaurant may no longer be dishing out waffles on the beach, but we still pack the same sunny Southern California spirit into every product we make. Our only hope is that you’ll enjoy Van’s foods as much as we enjoy creating them.

What to stay up on Van’s News and Products?

Well sigh up for the eClub.

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Our eClub is equal parts news, nutrition advice and sweet special offers you won’t find anywhere else. Join now and find out what it’s like to get the latest updates, recipes and deals when they’re fresh out of the oven.

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• Get your hands on coupons and special offers!
• Get delicious, nutritious recipes and healthy living tips delivered right to your inbox

Feeling a snack attack coming on and a bag of Say Cheese calling my name!

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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Some weekends I like to indulge in a fun breakfast, but don’t feel like pulling out all my cookware and making a mess, so I have a Sweet and Fun Go To breakfast.

These French Toast Sticks come  packaged as a full slice with perforations to pull apart to sticks, but I leave them intact and make a sandwich out of them. I have about 4 boxes of these left in my freezer. The Kroger’s I shop at had them on closeout for $1.96 a box, and I cannot pass up on a great deal like that.

On a recent shopping trip Saving = More, I found this Peter Pan whipped creamy peanut butter, so I thought it would be perfect for the filling in my french toast sandwich. I also sliced a banana and added some fresh blackberries.

Here’s how my husband had his, he didn’t want to mess with spreads and berries, he went for the banana and maple syrup.

Here’s how my plate turned out. The whipped peanut butter has less sugar and was very easy to spread, I really only needed 1 tablespoon to cover both slices, added the berries and banana slices and a little love from my favorite Chia Seeds.

Smashed it together, and  here you have my Sweet and Fun Go To breakfast. I am happy to report that nothing squeezed it’s way out this sandwich, everything stayed in place thanks to the Whipped Peanut Butter.

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Boot Camp Update: We just entered Week #5 of Boot Camp and I am really feeling the benefits of it. I can tell I am able to do higher resistances on my elliptical for longer periods of time, and I have an amazing amount of energy. I also noticed that my back has not been bothering me as much, I normally have aches and pains in my lower back and I think the strength training has helped improve my back’s strength. I have been developing better sleeping habits, and have been Planking daily.

One of the side challenges to Boot Camp is each week we can pick two new goals to work on during Boot Camp: Example – drink more water, stretch before workouts, etc… Well I have been doing a Bed Time Goal the entire time and have only missed it one time, I am in bed by 11 p.m. and I feel better and more awake in the morning! I really have been loving Boot Camp it’s been the motivation I needed to get into Health Workout Routine that is challenging.

I will be joining the next Boot Camp when Tina has one, she has a real gift for kicking you in the pants, and that’s a Good Thing.

Question of the Day: What’s Your Go to Meal?

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