What I Ate Wednesday

I decided to join in on Peas and Crayons‘ WIAW party!

My day began with a grapefruit + a handful of Habenero BBQ almonds.

I ususally don’t like almonds because I find them really bland, but these are soooo good.

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I ate this thinking I was going to the gym and it would be a good, little pre-gym snack, but I didnt’t make it to the gym for a few more hours.

Around 11:00 a.m., I decided to mix up some of Mama Pea‘s Apple Cinnamon Pancakes.

With a mug of tea, yum!

After finally going to the gym and then running some errands, I had I snacked on some blueberries and veggie sticks

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and an unpictured granola bar.

Soon, dinner came rolling around:

The meal featured Mama Pea’s Black Bean Burgers, served on an English muffin bun (love those nooks and crannies!) with plenty of smashed avocado, lettuce and tomato. Along side, were some butternut squash fries and sweet corn on the cob. I will admit, I gave most of the fries to my dad. They tasted strinkingly similiar to sweet potatoes, which I do not like (sweet potato soup is a unique exception).

So, there you have it: my totally random day of eats, made espicially random by my going vegan for a week. I ususally try to eat more greens/veggies then I did yesterday, but I’m sure I’ll make up for it today :)

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Newman’s Own Organic Review #2 (and GIVEAWAY!)

Remember when I told you about a few of the Newman’s Own Organics products I received? Well, there was a lot I didn’t tell you about so here goes round 2!

First up, I really liked the Dried Apples, probably one of my favorite things the company sent!

I loved that the ingredient list consisted of exactly one thing: apples! I really enjoyed the flavor and texture; these would make a great on-the-go snack!

Next up, the Chocolate Cream and Original Creme Newman-O’s. These are pretty similar to Oreos, but it seems to me the cookie part is a little thinner and the creme part is a little thicker…..which is fabulous in my book! I was planning to make Oreo Truffles out of the original ones….but we ate them too quickly….oopps :P

Even my mom who doesn’t like Oreo’s at all, really enjoyed these!

I noticed at my local grocery store that they also have Peanut Butter Creme Newman-O’s; I’ll definitely have to give those a try sometime!

Alphabet Cookies!

Brother: “These are good, kind of like Teddy Graham’s…..I might like Teddy Graham’s better though”

Mom: “No way, these are way better than Teddy Grahams. I like that they aren’t so sweet” (<- I agree!)

I tried my beloved Hermits, only of the non-cinnamon variety. These were good, but I couldn’t help but compare them to their cinnamon brethren….and I certainly prefered those!

Chocolate….

As already mentioned, I loved the 70% dark chocolate bar.

54% Dark Chocolate: Rich, creamy, smooth, chocolate-y and delicious! Any chocolate lover would enjoy this bar.

54% Espresso Dark Chocolate: similar to the regular dark chocolate, but with a little espresso flavor….I love coffee flavored things, so I thought the bar was great!

Mocha Milk Chocolate: It was a tad too sweet for me….but that’s probably just my wacky taste buds. To the average person, it would probably be wonderful and just the perfect amount of sweetness.

And, I actually have yet to open the Milk Chocolate (34%) or the Orange Dark Chocolate….gotta savor the chocolate bars, don’t want to eat them all at once. I have a feeling I am going to love the orange one!

The Chocolate Chocolate Chip and regular Chocolate Champion Chip Cookies were good. I’m not usually a big fan of store-bought cookies, but these were pretty tasty. I loved that the chunks of chocolate were pretty big, too! The double chocolate ones were my favorite. They were both a tad bit dry/crumbly to me….but nothing a glass of (almond) milk couldn’t fix. Afterall, cookies are better dipped in milk, right?

The Mighty Minis Pretzels were a nice snack. To me, they weren’t anything special though. They have a good flavor and texture, and if you’re a pretzel lover, you’d surely enjoy them.  And, of course, the fact that they are made with organic ingredients is certainly a good thing. However, I think I’ll stick with their Honey Wheat pretzels; I love a good honey wheat pretzel.

Peppermint: My favorite of the mints

Ginger: these are super different tasting. After I tried these, I actually ran to my parents to have them try them just because they are so unusual and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me. They smell nice, but the flavor is way too strong and spicy. The fam and I were not big fans.

Cinnamon: They remind me of cinnamon gum. I like cinnamon gum :)

Wintergreen: Yum, just the perfect amount of minty-ness.

 

Dried Apricots: The only ingredient: apricots, which made me happy before I even opened the bag. I’ll be honest, when I first opened them I was totally shocked by the dark color. I expected them to be more orange-y like other dried apricots I’ve had. I’m not sure if the dark color is because of the variety of apricots used or the lack of preservatives. Regardless, these are sweet, chewy and yummy.  My mom chopped some of them and put them in a chicken salad, so good!

I still need to try the Pretzel Sticks and the fat-free Fig Newman’s (in addition to the chocolates I mentioned). I’m sure I’ll report back to you on all four things soon!

Overall: I really love the Newman’s Own Organic Company. They made some really delicious products. I also love that it is a very family oriented company and they give so much money to various charities. I would be happy to purchase their products and support such a wonderful company. Of course, I wouldn’t consider any of their products exactly health food. Yes, it’s good that they are made with mostly organic ingredients, but I do try limit my consumption of packaged food in general. So, in conclusion, the company makes some wonderful products that should be enjoyed in moderation and is a great alternative to conventional packaged products. (I’d totally buy Newmans-O’s over Oreos any day!).

Which of the above products sound the best to you?

How Do you like to enjoy your Oreos Newmans-O’s?

I always removed the cookie part from two of them  and eat those plain. Then, put the halves with the creme together. Double-stuffed, heck yes!!

Now that you have made it through this monster of a post, click here for the giveaway I promised you!

Thankful Thursday : Turn That Frown Upside-Down (and cake!)

I’ve haven’t done Thankful Thursday in practically forever. I can’t believe I let it fall by the wayside for so long. It is long past time for it to be reinstituted. Only this week’s addition is a tad different. I like to call it Turn that Frown Upside-down.

All you have to do is take something negative and turn it into a positive. Take a complaint and turn it into an appreciation.

:( These Strawberry cherries don’t taste much like strawberries.

:) These strawberries cherries are delicious.

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:( I can’t believe summer ends in a month.

:) Senior year officially begins in a month!

:( I am so sore I can hardly move.

:) That was a great workout: I’m so glad I worked hard.

:( It’s so hot outside.

:) The Sun is shining; it’s a beautiful day!

:( This cake has so much butter and sugar.

:) This cake is soooo delicious and besides, Michael Polan says to eat as much junk food as you want….as  long as you make it yourself. (The logic is that you won’t take the time to make stuff  yourself very often; clearly he doesn’t know me.)

:( My sister made it.

:) We are of the same flesh and blood….did I mention the cake is delicious?

 

Mimi’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This decadent cake which has been in my family for years will be the star of an meal you serve it with. A small piece on ocassion can certainly be part of a nutritious and balanced lifestyle.

Ingredients:

3 sticks of butter

8oz cream cheese

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

3 cups flour

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Instructions:

Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add eggs and flour alternately. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased angel food(tube) pan*. Bake at 325 degrees for 90-120 minutes or until wooden stick interested comes out clean. Let cool and serve with homemade whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

*2 loaf pans may be used  in place of 1 angel food (tube) pan. If so, check cakes after one hour.

What is a frown in your life that you can turn upside down?

                                                                                                                                                              

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