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Sweet! All Natural Candy from The Lovely Candy Co.

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A little TLC from Kashi

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not a big fan of snack bars. They always seem like a mindless way of consuming a bunch of calories while in the car or at my desk – quite the opposite of mindful eating, in my opinion. (Plus, most are just too candy bar-ish to seem even remotely healthy.)

But, when I had the opportunity to sample Kashi TLC Peanutty Chocolate Layered Granola Bars, I figured,  I like Kashi cereal, I like Kashi frozen pizza, I really, really like Kashi frozen entrees, so why not?


The purpose of this sampling opportunity was to share the bars with my mom’s group. Since my group recently lost its meeting location due to the fact that someone might see someone else breastfeeding, (It was a public place. Yeah, I know, don’t get me started. Grrr…) I was left with a dilemma. How to sample out these bars!?

Easy! I took them to the place where there are more moms per square foot than any other place I know: my office!

I set them out, all pretty-like, on my desk, and let the fun begin.



My health-conscious coworkers tried them. My not-so-health-conscious coworkers tried them. My coworkers who normally snack on cake and candy bars tried them. I sent a few home for wives and kids, and I tried a few myself.

Nobody was familiar with this particular Kashi product, and everyone was excited at the opportunity to try them. The overwhelming consensus? They were a huge hit!

Top comments were:

  • Yay for thick fudgy chocolate! (and fiber!)
  • Not too sweet, which is a plus.
  • Calorie count was not too high, acceptable for an afternoon snack.
  • Great for kids, but totally adult-friendly, too.

All natural chocolate, peanuts, whole grains and NO HFCS. What’s not to love? :D

You win, Kashi. I have since purchased a box to stash in my desk (but I assure you, I will pay attention while I eat them :) ).


For more on TLC Granola Bars and the entire line of Kashi products, visit Kashi – don’t forget to like them on Facebook!

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.


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Frontera Fresh Guacamole Mix

Cookout season is upon us! Chances are, you’ll be called upon to bring a dish to countless occasions in the coming months, so I thought I’d tell you about a new favorite of mine!

Frontera Guacamole Mix, straight from the kitchen of Chef Extraordinaire Rick Bayliss! (He is toooo cute!)

Quick and easy is the name of my game lately, and this mix fits the bill. But in all honesty, the key selling point for me is the all-natural list of ingredients – fresh tomatillos, fresh tomatoes, green chiles, fresh onions, fresh cilantro, fresh garlic, citric acid, salt, and pure cane sugar. No funny stuff! (A BIG plus since my toddler would eat it by the handful if I let him.)

This mix adds lots of the flavor you want, with little to none of the calories, added fat and sodium you don’t want, allowing your lovely ‘cados to shine through!

 All you have to do is cut the avocados in half and scoop them out! I add 3 and give it a quick spin in the food processor.

If you like it a little chunkier, just mash by hand. You’ll have fresh, zesty guacamole in a matter of minutes. It’s perfection on a sandwich, in a taco or dropped into a bowl of white chicken chili. Grab a bag of chips and you’re good to go for a “bring a dish” party (you don’t have to tell ‘em how easy it is! ;) )

Since this guac warrants a quality chip – might I suggest Tostitos Artisan Recipes Roasted Garlic and Black Bean Tortilla Chips? I tried them recently, courtesy of Foodbuzz, and they earned a solid 2 thumbs up from my crowd. I don’t buy chips often, but I dig that Tostitos chips are all-natural. Who needs a fake chip? :?

Plain chip pictured in photo - not a Tostitos chip.

When I have them, I like to add a few chopped tomatoes, straight from the farmer’s market, for eye appeal.

…and don’t forget to put the pits in so your guac doesn’t turn brown! ;) (Thanks for the tip, Alysha!)

I’ve served this at a few gatherings now, and I’ve learned one thing: there are guac people, and there are non-guac people. Verdict? The true guac people love Frontera Guacamole Mix – Look for the affordable 4.5 oz. pouch in your local produce department!

*Note to Mr. Bayliss: Now, how about an organic version? Just a thought… ;)


Are you a guac person or a non-guac person? What’s your favorite way to eat guacamole?


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