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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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Joined the Influenster Team.

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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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Before.

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After.

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

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Just a few pics of this and that;

Some of my favorites from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and Vita Cost.

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Took the kids for Ice Cream.

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Watched a New Bloom.

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Had some drinks.

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Reorganized my drawers using the Marie Kondo Method.

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Went camping with my BFF from FLorida. She comes back every September for a week-long camping trip. We hit Benzonia Michigan for an amazing week.

 

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Yep..when the guys went fishing we found a wine bar! Camping is so fun.

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Had some crazy delicious food.

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See..Fishing did happen.

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Made some coconut chocolates.

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Made some skin balm.

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Harvested my Lavender and dried it for some future gift items I will be making for Christmas.

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Wore my rain boot. This made me happy. I love these boots. Worked well for camping and wet dewy grass when walking the dogs in the morning.

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Packed my bags for an upcoming weekend trip to see my Grandmother and celebrate her 95th. Birthday. p.s. I love packing. It’s seroiusly a obession of mine to pack the perfect bag that is light and can be a carry on. So here is my 4 day trip bag with ony 1 small bag of liquids.

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Traded in my 5-year-old 31 bag for a new bag. I use this for work. I work an hour from my home and my typical day  including my commute is a 12 hour day away from home, 5 days a week  so I keep lots of things on hand with me..I am a prepper. So this bag had to be big and easy to carry, and obviously appealing. Kinda feel like I outgrew my other bag and I now use it in my car for storage. Win, Win. I am in love with this bag.

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Thank you my old friend.  I will now use you for keeping my car in order and tidy.

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My reception area at the doctor’s office I work at. I love my job.

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Got my Hair touched up. Yep the grey is in full force. I am 46 after all! I crack up at how people gawk when I get my hair done. It’s like they have never seen someone with 10 pounds of hair.  (not all pics can be flattering. LOL)

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Van’s sent me some new breakfast cereals to try out. I am a huge fan of Van’s products, and these cereals do not disappoint.  The cocoa sensations are so yummy.

Van’s Simply Delicious 

 

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Cocoa Sensation™

Sweet Sensations by the Spoonful!

Packed with 17g of nutrient-dense whole grains and 6g of fiber per serving, our new gluten-free Cocoa Sensation™ cereal brings you crunchy, chocolatey deliciousness one spoonful at a time. Pour yourself a bowl for a sweet and sensible start to the day!

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Gluten Free Cereals

Blissfully Berry™

Wake up with a Blissful Breakfast!

 New to the cereal aisle, our gluten-free Blissfully Berry™ cereal delivers 17g of nutrient-dense whole grains along with 5g of fiber per serving. So go ahead and add a splash of strawberry to your morning routine.

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The best products to help you look good, feel great, and live better.

 

Liv360 vision is to create the first marketing and distribution platform for the consumer health and wellness products and brands.

This site features lots of different healthy related products that other health enthusiast have tried or recommend such as: These 5-Blade Herb Scissors

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I ordered this cool water bubi. I love it. Check out the product details. So many uses:

Bubi Bottle

Are you ready to enjoy the freedom of using a truly SAFE water bottle and when you’re done…simply roll it up and stow it easily? Well, meet the bübi bottle! Made from silicone, bübi is both BPA-free and Microbial-free, and can be frozen as well as placed over a fire to boil water or soup. It was designed to be fashionable, with a huge array of colors to choose from or mix-and-match, and essential for the rugged outdoorsy type. Imagine taking this unique, packable silicone water bottle to the gym, camping, while traveling or to school and when you’re done—just roll it up and put it away, ready to refill at the next watering station. Great for completely waterproof storage of your valuables too.

  • 22oz
  • BPA- Microbial FREE
  • Silicone Multi use
  • Rolls up for easy storage, ready for next use
  • Microwavable
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Reverse to clean the inside from the outside.
  • Hot or cold compress
  • Freezer safe, fill and freeze
  • Heat resistant, place it over a fire to boil water
  • Dry bag
  • Many more uses

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Bestowed Box

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Early Morning Nutrients. Ambronite

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Ambronite is a nutritional drink intended to supply all of a human body’s daily needs, made from 20 ingredients, including spinach and wild sea-buckthorn. Ambronite’s name is based on the Greek word for “food of the Gods”

Organic Drinkable Meal

Ambronite is a quick and healthy drinkable shake. Each bag contains one full meal (500 kcal) of all of your essential nutrients.

Ambronite goes where you do; Home, office, in your bag and on your travels and outdoor adventures.

Packed with natural goodness and free of artificial nasties, it tastes of oats and fresh nuts with a hint of Nordic herbs and berries. The pure, neutral taste mixes well with water, juices and your favorite fruit.

Get over hunger for 4-5 hours

-Boost your productivity and stay in flow
-Avoid afternoon sleepiness and sugar rush
-Concentrate on what you do best
-Get everything your body needs
-Only organic real-food, no cheap supplements

 

 

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Tried these Made in Detroit Mitten Bites. Found them at my local Whole Foods.

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Small Batch Detroit features artisinal local foods designed and crafted by Detroit Food Academy (DFA) high school students and their mentors. In addition to bringing tasty healthy creations into the world, we serve to:
  • Offer real-world employment and career opportunities for DFA graduates. $0.30 of every dollar spent directly employs a young Detroiter at a minimum of $12.50 per hour.
  • Form an essential component of a multi-pronged food-rooted pipeline for young Detroiters to actualize as healthy, connected, and powerful leaders.
  • Provide a sustainable and diversified funding stream that ensures DFA’s lasting presence and impact on the lives of young Detroiters.
  • Raise awareness for DFA’s work and mission.

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Detroit Food Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit experiential leadership program dedicated to transforming the lives of young Detroiters through food and social entrepreneurship. We partner with local high schools, educators, and food entrepreneurs to facilitate a year-round practicum culminating in the design and launch of students’ own triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) food business. By developing food-based solutions in their communities, students grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system.

Wishing all is Well my friends.

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So here in Michigan we are used to snow days, hazard weather days, and power outages. We get high winds, freezing rain, below zero temperatures and sometimes we get 12″ of snow dumped on us overnight. Like most people who live in states with winter weather conditions we are usually always ready for whatever mother nature sends our way. Recently we had two back to back storms both resulting in power outage both lasting over 4 days. It is what it is. I plan for such events by having what I may need. Flash lights, batteries, fuel, propane, food, water and other such necessities.  We also have a generator. It  does not run the entire house but it give us what we need.

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So on our latest power outage the temperature in the house dropped down to 32 degrees. But that was warm compared to the 13 below zero temperatures and high winds outside. We keep it simple when the power goes out. We run a small generator for a lamp, our TV and a small room heater, we also are able to charge our cell phones. We have a propane heat buddy that heats our bedroom. I have a Nuwave heat top that I use to heat cans of soup and easy heat up can meals, I saw it on an infomercial and then later found it at Kohl’s. It worked out so well. It does not use a lot of energy so it safely runs off my generator. I also really rely on hearty protein meal replacement bars and healthy snacks.

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Having a generator is not a cure-all for a power outage, unless you have an entire house hook-up. We have a portable one so it cannot run the entire home. We also have a well for our water so to run our pump and the well we have dedicate the entire generator to the water when we need it. We take showers and wash dishes and fill up water bottles and get done what we need and then reconnect back to our lamp, tv and heater. Our propane heat buddy is a life saver, it really kicks off heat and keeps us warm when the generator is hooked up to the well and pump.

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When we go to bed we shut off the generator to conserve the fuel and we go dark. We have our routine down quite well. So when it comes down to it my main concern is always food and water. I always have lots of options on hand but I am always looking for easy meals and foods that keep us going.

Some new health snacks recently arrived at my door. Thanks to my wonderful friends over at Van’s Natural Foods.

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Check out their new snack line. So many snacks, so much snow.

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Van’s Multigrain Chips (MSRP: $3.29-$3.49) in Nacho, Nacho, Man! and Mighty Good BBQ! are loaded with 18 grams of whole grains and just 130 calories per serving. Made with gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth, Van’s Multigrain Chips are crispy, crunchy and bursting with flavor. These guilt-free treats keep it real, containing no high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils or GMO oils, and they’re great for dipping or enjoying right out of the bag. 15 chips/130 calories.

Hello Nacho, Nacho, Man. They certainly did not skimp on the Nacho flavor one bit. Like Pow! In your face Nacho Flavor. Loved the Mighty Good BBQ flavor also, they were really crisp chips packed with flavor.

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Van’s PB&J Sandwich Bars (MSRP: $3.99 – $4.49), a delicious, classic blend of real peanut butter and fruit jelly, sandwiched between two whole grain, gluten-free bars. This sweet, chewy delight, available in Blueberry and Strawberry, is perfect for a quick, healthy breakfast, lunchtime treat, snack or dessert featuring 10 grams of whole grains. 1bar/160 calories.

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I am obsessed with these bars. They literally taste like a PB&J. So rich and smooth. Perfect to just pack in your bag and go or snack on anytime. Very satisfying.

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Van’s Love Your Heart Waffles (MSRP: $3.49). These Non-GMO Project-certified waffles feature 1 gram of heart-healthy soluble fiber, 34 grams of whole grains and is made from a mix of whole grains including whole wheat, barley, oats and more. Warm, yummy and deliciously heart healthy—talk about a loving way to start the day.

Van’s also included this serving platter with a quote from Julia Child. Loving it!

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Thanks Van’s, you certainly turned a snowy situation into a better snacking opportunity. I know I’m gonna keep a box of those PB&J Sandwich Bars on hand just in case we get hit with another storm. Well maybe I’ll keep two on hand..

Check Out Van’s Twitter Page Here.

Van’s History

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.

Check out my previous Van’s Posts here:

Van’s Natural Foods

VanTastic Snacks

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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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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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Why Sign Up?

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.

• Get up-to-date news about Van’s straight from the source!
• Learn about new products before anyone else.
• 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!

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

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Using the Random Integer Generator. 

Here are your random numbers:

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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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