Being pregnant is a wonderful thing, but there’s no question that those months can be very uncomfortable. Personally, I found sleeping very difficult because I am a tummy sleeper and that’s a no-go in the later months. I had always wanted a maternity pillow to help me get those much-needed Zzzz’s I had been missing, but I never did invest in one. (I actually won one, but never received it. Boo.) Continue reading
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I think I might have superpowers, and you can have them, too!
Let me explain…
Eating healthy with NO fridge for 5 whole weeks? Nearly impossible! But now that the new fridge is in the hizzy, I finally feel like myself again! I went out and stocked up on tons of fresh fruits and veggies, but I think I may have gone a little overboard. So what to do with all the extras? Juice them! And since I have been feeling a little sluggish and tired lately, I thought I’d take a chance on a product designed to provide a boost of vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and essential Omega 3 fatty acids from cold-milled Golden Flax. (Phew! That’s a mouthful!)
Antioxidant Natural Greens from Tropical Traditions is a premium dietary supplement, featuring 3 different blends in one delicious and nutritious berry-flavored powder:
- Quality Fiber Blend
- Delicious Greens Blend
- Organic Vegetable Blend
Now I’m definitely not an advocate of juicing or supplementing instead of eating a healthy diet. But since my diet contains lots of whole foods already, I thought it couldn’t hurt to add a little punch to my morning juice or smoothie, especially since it’s so easy to do. Just add a scoop of powder, and blend it in. It mixes easily, with no weird, powdery taste. And no artificial ingredients – because I have a strict no-tolerance policy for junky stuff in my health food, natch.
So, how do I feel? I feel good! Ok, so maybe not exactly like a superhero, but pretty darn good. A litle more alert, a little less pooped. Sure, that could be just because I’ve been making an effort to do something good and healthy for my body. That tends to make me feel better all on it’s own. And I’d hate to make any kind of health claim, because, well, we’re all different. But what I can tell you is that the pleasant berry flavor of TT Greens Supplement makes it truly easy to get used to, and it doesn’t ruin the lovely juices and super yummy smoothies I put it in.
And that’s KEY to a product like this because, as I’m sure you can guess, in order to reap the benefits, you have to be able to actually get the stuff down the hatch.
So, with Tropical Traditions, drinking green is easy! Score! Now, to figure out whether I can add my Floradix into my juice, too. (That really might catapult me into superhero status, and frankly, I’m not sure I am ready for that kind of pressure.)
Want to try Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Natural Greens?
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**This giveaway is closed. Congrats to Gaby, with comment #6!**
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The entry period for this giveaway is open until Nov. 10th, 2011 at 8pm. A winner will be chosen on or around that time via Random.org, and notified via email. Winner must confirm win with an email response within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Residents of US only, please. I received a product sample for review purposes, but all thoughts expressed are my own, honest opinions based on my personal experience with the product.
We love oats.
I love them, my husband really loves them, and our little man is even starting to love them.
Our favorite way to eat oats is in one of their purest forms: Overnight Oats, like these:
If you’ve never tried them, Kath is a great resource for instructions and recipes. We do ours even more simply, though. Just oats and almond milk, soaked overnight, then topped with whatever we have around. Easy peasy!
When using a recipe where the oats are the star of the show, it’s important to start out with the best ones you can find. Our favorites are the certified organic thick rolled whole grain oats from Tropical Traditions.
(Yup, that Tropical Traditions. The company known for their coconut oil also carries oats, and a ton of other products, from whole grain cereals to deodorant!)
As you can see, TT oats have a great, old-fashioned rolled oat texture.
They hold up to the soaking without getting mushy, and they retain a dense, chewy bite. Plus, they’re organic! Tropical Traditions oats are by far the best quality oats we’ve found.
Breakfast is a hard meal for me, since I don’t eat eggs or sausage (and I reserve bacon for only the fudgiest occasions.) Empty carbs are easy to find in the morning, but eating them for breakfast is the quickest way to ruin my day. So I stick with what works: Add some fresh fruit, nut butter and a few shakes of cinnamon or cardamom to a cup of almond-milky oats, and you’ve got a satisfying, breakfast that beats any Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity or McHeart Attack sandwich.
I love having a big bag of Tropical Traditions oats around for savory recipes, too. I recently used them in my new favorite recipe: Quinoa Burgers. If you haven’t tried these, please, please do. I promise you – they are FAB (and easy!)
If you haven’t checked out Tropical Traditions yet, stop by their website and see all they have to offer, and make sure you don’t miss their impressive recipe page (it features more recipes than I could hope to make in a lifetime! )
Next up on the ABCGP “to-make” list?
Uh oh! It might be time to order more oats!
Disclosure: I received a product sample from Tropical Traditions for review purposes. I was under no obligation to provide a review or positive comments about the product. All opinions stated above are my own, honest opinions based on my personal experience with the product mentioned.
I just love surprises!
Some of my favorites:
~2 pink lines!! (hoping to see this one again soon!)
~Finding an email with the subject line: “You’re the winner of the Cloth Diaper Dream Package Giveaway from Biehl Adventures!” (Ok, so that one hasn’t happened yet, but I know it would rank up there on my favorites list!)
~Coming home from work to find a fun package in the mail!
I have to come clean. I wasn’t as excited to dig into this package from Hickory Farms as I was to let my husband do the honors. I hesitated to even do this review, because it’s not really in keeping with my blog’s mission. I’m not so much of a “meat and cheese” snacker, and sausage is not in my vocabulary. I know the quality and company reputation are very good, but I rarely pay much attention to the Hickory Farms stand in the mall because it’s really just not my thing…
The hus, on the other hand, was beside himself with glee when this pretty box showed up!
This was quite a generous gift, so I took it along on Thanksgiving to quell the beasts while they waited for turkey on the big day. (Beasts = my dad and my husband.)
The guys happily tore into the sausage and cheese bricks, but much to my surprise, there was an unexpected star of the show…
The cranberry mustard!
My mom and I were immediately interested when we saw the jar, and after sampling on crackers and a little cheese, we were impressed! My wheels immediately started turning, trying to envision the best uses for this intriguing new condiment…
And, seeing as how we are smack in the middle of leftover turkey season, my husband picked up a full sized bottle on our next trip to the mall (along with a bottle of pineapple honey mustard, too!)
I have plans to cook a turkey this weekend, and now that plan includes some hearty whole wheat bread, some of our newest baby spinach harvest and a schmear of Hickory Farms cranberry mustard! (I must include, however, that this product does contain HFCS, which means that this is a one-time purchase for us. If Hickory Farms could do something about that, we just might become regular customers!)
**Oops! I almost forgot! Foodbuzz and Hickory Farms want to know who in my life deserves a little extra attention during the holidays this year (the person I nominate can win a little something of their own from Hickory Farms!) My answer? No question: My Dad. My dad is pretty much of a rock star: On top of a full-time job, he and my mom watch my one year old so I can keep my job without having to use day care. Their help has been instrumental in helping me achieve over a year of cloth diapering, breastfeeding and organic foods for my son! Without them, I don’t think I could have done it, especially because day care providers seldom support such requests. My dad would be thrilled to get a little extra gift under the tree this year! I hope they pick him!
What’s your favorite condiment?
How do you build the perfect leftover turkey sandwich?
Disclosure: I received product samples from Hickory Farms, in conjunction with Foodbuzz, for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and the opinions are my own, based solely on my personal experience with the products.
Uh oh. The Hydration Project is rearing its thirsty head again…
This time, in the form of a tall, cold glass of quinoa.
Wait… what?! Quinoa?
Yup. Quinoa. I love quinoa. It is a nutrient-packed supergrain, after all, and an easy way to add texture and nutty flavor to tons of dishes. I love it plain, with veggies, in place of rice, in breakfast porridges, and now, I love to drink it, too!
I tried Quinoa Gold on a whim when I found it in a local grocery store. I had never seen it before, and it was in my cart before you could say, “Mother of all Grains!”
I was afraid I’d be weirded out by the texture, but it wasn’t an issue at all. I can’t say it was comparable to anything I’d ever had before, but the bits of quinoa in the mix weren’t offputting. My husband compared it to some of the SOBE drinks. I thought it was completely unique, and maybe a little…slick? Definitely one you want to drink very, very cold.
What I love about Quinoa Gold:
- 100% organic
- contains complete proteins
- low glycemic index
- sweetened with organic agave nectar
- provides sustained, caffeine-free energy!
- I’ve even heard that quinoa increases a nursing moms milk supply! (Not sure how true that is…further investigation is in order…)
As a busy, breastfeeding mommy, I look at Quinoa Gold as a way to check hydration and organic nutrition off my list with ease, and I can drink it on the go. (And, for my vegan and gluten-free friends out there, it fits your needs, too!)
Learn more about the history and benefits of quinoa and Quinoa Gold here. Try Quinoa Gold in Dark Berry, Mango Passion and Pina Colada (Great flavors make great nutrition even better!)
*I received no compensation or product from Quinoa Gold. This review is my own opinion.
Have you tried quinoa? What is your favorite way to enjoy it?
Would you try Quinoa Gold?