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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 :) ).

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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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The Monday haps.

It’s a yucky Monday, but I sure ain’t complaining.

I pumped over 14 ounces before noon today! It seems that cosleeping, Mother’s Milk tea and round-the-clock pumping work wonders for a dwindling milk supply. Many, many thanks go out to my La Leche League leaders for telling me that the dip in my supply was not due to my forgetting my pump, but rather a response to my baby’s slowing down in growth, the introduction of solids, and a phase of rapid development (which causes distraction and a decrease in interest in food.) 

Thank the goddess, because I was definitely not feeling like Mother of the Year over the weekend. I didn’t realize until now how much my being able to breastfeed my son has gotten tangled up with my general sense of purpose. I’ll need to revisit that, I think.

We spent all day Sunday in cloth, which was…interesting, and pretty successful. The hardest part? His constant SQUIRMING! 

I learned that cloth diapers have to be changed a lot more often, but that only makes sense since they aren’t filled with that weirdo gel you find in disposables. I’m not so good at the folding yet, so his bum is looking a little poofy. But that’s a handful fewer diapers in the landfill! Yay for progress…

I’m totally loving the brand new Boppy cover I found on clearance! 

Today’s lunch is reliable Kashi. I didn’t have any leftovers because, to be honest, I was a mess all weekend and didn’t cook much. I feel SO much better now. I’m wishing I packed something else because I’m really hungry (that was another bit of advice from my consultant…EAT!!)

My afternoon plans:

Forget “dried plums.” I like PRUNES and I’m not afraid to say it! Go ahead. Call me grandma. I don’t care.

Found this in my Jones Organic White Tea with Cherry – a little shout out to one of my lovely bloggy friends…can you guess which one?

I detect some parsnip fries in my very near future…like dinner, tonight (I hope.) Plus, we’re getting ready to do some harvesting, and my worried mind is beginning to calm, so I’m sensing some fun homemade food on the horizon!

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The Perfect Lunch

It’s a bold statement, I know.

Sometimes, I take the time to pack a lunch and then, when 12:00 rolls around, I get all persnickety and want something else.

And sometimes, the stars align and I find myself with exactly what I want, exactly when I want it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you The Perfect Lunch!

One Sunshine Burger , with a little mustard hiding underneath, on an  EarthGrains multigrain thin bun… 

Spizznach, pea shoots and mixed greens from our garden…

Piled high…with a little cheese-like single…

With the lid…

The remainder of my greens, topped with some raw almonds and cranberries…

…carried in an Earth’s Best baby food jar! Reuse, reuse, reuse…

A simple vinaigrette and a smidge of salt and pepper…

And, the finishing touch: a Pumpkin Pie Tasty Little Chewy from Kashi!

Voila! The perfect lunch! (For today, anyway.)

What’s your perfect lunch?

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Driving past the drive-thru…

Snoooooooooooooze…..

You don’t mind if I nap while you read, do you? Please wake me when you’re finished…

Yesterday was Saturday, which means I got up at 2:30 am to head in to work. I have an hour-long commute, so I left at 3 and got there around 4. You’d think that after all those years of bakery work I’d be used to those wee hours, but they still kick my arse. I think it’s worth it, though. I like getting a good part of my work day over with while Finn is still in bed, and then I have my afternoon free to spend with him.

And what an afternoon it was. Daddy was busy hauling water from barrel to barrel, mowing, getting straw to cover our garden paths and turning compost, which left me strictly focused on mommy duty. It was not my most productive day, but we did try food #2. Peas! And he totally dug them! 

Before we knew it, it was 8:00 and we hadn’t eaten. I was way too beat to cook, and there is just NOWHERE in our area to eat. It’s all fast food and chain restaurants. I keep getting this naggy feeling that I should be opening the place I’m looking for…

When Shane and I started dating (the second time), our favorite thing to do was make a snack plate and “nosh” while watching a movie, maybe enjoy a bottle of wine. We’d go to the grocery store and wander, picking out fun things (usually different varieties of apples and cheese, grapes, nuts, some good dark chocolate…you get the idea) so we decided on that for dinner. Our only other option was something that would have involved a drive-thru, and I sure didn’t need that crap in my system on top of being so tired. 

We hit a little bit of a jackpot because the store was running a big Kashi promotion (Buy 4 Kashi products @ 2/$6 and get $2 off at the register. I only wish I had had some Kashi coupons!) So for the price of a take-out meal, I brought home a whole bag of groceries! I really didn’t even have it in me to cut up an apple, so I opted for my favorite trusty little standby meal…

Behold the beauty that is Kashi Black Bean Mango!

A little melon on the side to add to the crazy rainbow of fruits and veggies. I was going to wrap it in a little prosciutto, but I either decided against it or forgot to buy it. I can’t remember which.

Every time I eat this, I remember again how good it is (the same goes for the Mayan Harvest Bake.) I really should have about a dozen in my freezer, but freezer space is a hot commodity right now with all the breastmilk we have stored up.

The best thing about the Black Bean Mango is the spicy-sweetness that makes you think it’s hot, then says, “Nope–fooled ya! Now I taste like mango!” And the peppers and such don’t seem to bother Finn’s tummy, so I can satisfy my craving for heat without making him (or us!) suffer a few hours later, if you get my drift. It ain’t pretty. I haven’t eaten Channa Masala in months for that very reason.

I try to live by this motto: Eat healthy, and you have several chances every single day to fulfill a goal and do something good for yourself. Saturday’s goal: Check!

Sleep eventually happened. But not for long. Whimpers at 4am confirmed what I was afraid of: the introduction of solid foods has caused what we refer to at our house as “a sideways poop.” They turn sideways, and they get stuck.

Poor baby. I hope this doesn’t last.

After lots of rocking and humming, this miracle happened:

So now I’m off to nab some groceries while the boys sleep. I lucked into a new cookbook for fifty cents, so I’m excited to start playing in the kitchen. I’ll share soon…

Today, we cook!

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Feel-Good Moments

Maybe it was the gorgeous weather….

or maybe I owe it to the first good night’s sleep I’ve had in months….

Whatever the reason, the past 2 days have been just overflowing with happy little feel-good moments. They’re always there, you know. You just have to be in the right mindset to notice and appreciate them. Lately, I’ve been trying my best to be more present and do just that. 

Since I’m flying high, I thought I’d share a few of those moments with the hope that I might inspire you to notice a few, too!

Little Man and I went for a long walk today. We kept it slow because I’m not quite over my nasty cold, but it felt so good to get up and move! This is where we walked…

and this is what I got to look at the whole time…

Three loads of laundry on the clothesline, drying in the breeze. Hanging clothes out always makes me feel good. As long as you don’t let them fade all day in the sun, it’s better for your clothes, it’s better for your electric bill, and it’s better for the planet! What’s better than that? Plus, this year we have the added bonus of cute little pants and other smallish things…

I found this in my mailbox…

and this was inside. Gotta love KASHI!

And…..our peas are up!

and my friend who was REALLY ready finally gave birth to a healthy 9 lb 7 oz baby boy! Congrats, Pam!

I could go on all day…..

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Spread the fever! Share your feel-good moments…please!

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