In honor of national peanut month; a Peanut Butter & Co. mystery ingredient recipe & giveaway

meatlessmonday In honor of national peanut month; a Peanut Butter & Co. mystery ingredient recipe & giveaway

Today is a special Meatless Monday!  I was asked by the  Yum Squad to participate in a special #MysteryIngredient challenge in celebration of National Peanut Month.  Well, YES, of course I wanted to participate.  I LOVE peanut butter!  The hope is to showcase the wonderful versatility of peanut butter by providing me with a mystery ingredient to be used in addition to peanut butter in a recipe.

If you read my blog, you know I use pb often to cook/bake with, so I was ready for the challenge!  However, not knowing what the mystery ingredient was going to be made me so darn curious!

To my pleasant surprise my mystery ingredient was sriracha!  I LOVE sriracha as much as I love pb.  It was a win/win for me.

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So, I’ve been playing around with recipes & really am pleased with how this one came out!  I love using pb in dressings & this one is so tasty.  I shared it with my company the other day & they were also pleased!

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Sriracha & PB&Company pb dressing
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Recipe type: dressing
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Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C PB&Co. pb (any flavor you like)
  • 1.5 T nutritional yeast
  • 2 pinches Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 T sriracha
  • 1 C water
Instructions
  1. Put everything together in a food processor/blender & mix until thoroughly combined!
  2. You can coat kale, lettuce, quinoa, rice with this dressing. It'd also be great in a sandwich. It's so easy & versatile!

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The Kelapo Coconut oil giveaway is:

Holly Denise Edwards!

Kelapo Coconut Oil Giveaway!

I’ve done a review for Kelapo Coconut Oil in the past & was so thrilled when they contacted me again.  I use coconut oil for almost All of my cooking & baking.  If you haven’t yet gotten on the coconut oil bandwagon, I must tell you that it’s time!

Coconut oil has so many benefits!

Extra virgin coconut oil is comprised of medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, that you could say are the most recognized ingredients of plant based saturated fats. The most recognizable of all the MCTs is lauric acid. Besides extra virgin coconut oil, lauric acid is found in breast milk. Rich in antioxidants, lauric acid and other MCTs, may help the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminate harmful bacteria, and fight the signs of aging.

Professional athletes have long been using coconut oil as fuel to build lean muscle. Adding coconut oil to a smoothie, can increase your feeling of fullness and satiety for longer periods of time. Some people have even reported the ability to burn more energy and achieve greater workout results after the use of extra virgin coconut oil.  

Mediterranean diets receive lots of attention for the connection between health and the use of olive oil. In tropical countries where coconut oil has been consumed daily for hundreds of years, similar reports of overall health are beginning to be reported as well.

Lastly, scientific research is further looking into the connection between extra virgin coconut oil and brain function. Over time, glucose inhibitors can limit the amount of energy to the brain, causing a decrease in cognitive function. Consuming regular amounts of coconut oil however, can lead to ketone production, and the brain uses ketones as energy when glucose is not present, helping restore brain activity.  Well, I know I can use restored brain activity.  Personally, I haven’t seen this result yet, but I’m hoping…

Seriously though, I really love the benefits & taste of coconut oil.  There are several brands of coconut oil on the market, but they’re not all created equal!

Since opening for business, Kelapo has focused on providing the market’s highest quality extra virgin coconut oil. Each of our products is a direct reflection of our commitment to wholesome, sustainable living. We personally base our healthy lifestyle around organic nutrition, regular exercise, and natural remedies.

One way we do this is by incorporating coconut oils into our own everyday recipes and routines and we take great joy in making their benefits available to friends, family, and customers.

I use it for roasting my vegetables, making protein balls, baking, rub it on my hands to help the dryness, and so much more.

The kind folks at Kelapo want you to try their products as well & they’re giving away an 8-ounce jar and soy-free spray, which are always a hit with consumers!


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Premier Protein Review & Nut Milk & Butter Cookbook winners

 

 

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I was so fortunate to receive a “slew” of goodies from the Premier Protein line.  I received a shakes, bars & smoothies to review.

Everyone in my house decided to help with the review.

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Stone first tried a vanilla shake for breakfast.  He’s a good/healthy eater, but not always a fan of protein drinks.  He gave this one a thumb’s up & has since had several along with the chocolate flavor.  He does prefer the vanilla best.

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As for me, I’m a big proten bar gal.  I love to have them around for those times when I am on the run & need something tasty & healthy.  I found the pb bar to be quite tasty & relatively low in sugar & other ingredients compared to most protein bars on the market.  It hit the spot & served the purpose of putting something healthy in my belly until my next meal!

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Premier Protein’s line of shakes, bars and smoothies provide delicious protein to give you the energy you need every day and are packed with protein, not sugar or calories.

 

On the Premier Protein website, you can compare foods to see how they stack up against each other.  I paired up a protein shake with a bagel & cream cheese, which Stone eats sometimes.

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I’d much prefer Stone eats a Premier Protein shake instead of a bagel.

 

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Here’s another great comparison for you.  I always find it to be so shocking to see what is in a latte.  Look at the comparison above of protein & sugars.  EEK!  Sucha difference!

You can see here where you can buy Premier Protein products.

Premier Protein is also offering a contest now.  Here’s the information:

Premier Protein is accepting applications to become one of 20 trainer ambassadors to join their team. The chosen ambassadors will use their voice to inspire, motivate and educate their communities – locally and online.
The best part? The 20 ambassadors will each receive a $5,000 grant to use towards their continuing fitness education. Interested trainers can apply at PremierProteinAmbassadors.com through February 27. Winners will be notified the week of March 16.

Winners of the Nut Milk & Butters Cookbook:
Holly Denise Edwards
Breanna Bigby-Sackrey

Ladies, Please email me with your mailing information so I can get your books sent your way!

Meatless Monday- Coconut protein balls

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I love love love protein balls.  I love them because they’re filled with such great things.  They taste great!  They’re healthy & decadant!  I also like to grab a few balls when I’m in a rush & don’t have much time for a proper breakfast.

Well, I made some last night with ingredients I had & they’re so tasty!  You’re going to have to make them!

coconut protein balls
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Recipe type: snack or breakfast (vegan)
Cuisine: Coconut Protein Balls
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Ingredients
  • ½ C raw almonds
  • ½ C raw walnuts
  • 12 majool dates (pitted)
  • ½ C coconut flakes (+ extra for rolling)
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place nuts in food processor until crumbly.
  2. Add all other ingredients until well mixed. A large ball should form & that's when you stop the food processor.
  3. Use a "scooper" to form balls & then roll into hands before rolling into extra coconut.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or freeze to last longer.

 

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My favorite: nut milk & GIVEAWAY

I told you last week that I was so excited to find ways to use the leftover pulp from making almond milk.  Now, I’m certain that some of you are thinking it’s really crazy to make almond milk.  I didn’t make it for a very long time, as I always thought it was plain silly.  I thought it seemed too difficult.  There are so many varieties out there, why make my own?  Well, I’m not sure what made me cave, but maybe it was reading so many people’s testimonials about how good it is, so I had to give it a try.  I purchased a nut milk bag from Amazon (my favorite place to shop).  The bag was only $12 & I found a recipe on Pinterest. Not much of an investment, right?!  Well, I made it one time & I have to tell you I was hooked!  I do like to “indulge” with So Delicious Coconut Creamer now and again, but my preference now is making my own almond milk.  I add a vanilla bean (when I have one) or use pure vanilla extract & dates to sweeten it & give it some added flavor.  It really doesn’t take much time & for me it’s so worth the effort.  It’s creamy, thick like creamer & absolutely delicious.

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When I read that Melissa King developed a cookbook all about nut milk, I knew I had to have it!  I preordered it on Amazon & started using it immediately.

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I certainly haven’t made too many things, as I’ve only had it for a couple weeks, but I love it thus far.  Actually, I follow Melissa’s blog, My Whole Food Life & LOVE everything about it.  I entered a giveaway for her cookbook & won!  I also forgot I pre-ordered her book & bought another.  So, I have 2 extra cookbooks for YOU!  If you’ve never made nut milk, I suggest you try it.  Dont’ be intimidated, as I was to get started.  You’ll be so happy once you begin & will not find anything store bought nearly as good.

She has some fun varieties of nut butters in the book as well.  I have yet to try those, as right now, I’m stocked for now & still on The 30 Clean.

For your chance to win a copy, enter the rafflecopter below, I have 2 to giveaway!

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Meatless Monday, Using nut pulp & winner

I know I’ve posted here about my love for homemade almond milk.  There’s seriously nothing that compares to homemade almond milk.  I absolutely love it & when I froth it and enjoy my coffee that much more!

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One time I made a recipe using the leftover pulp from making the almond milk, but typically I throw it away.  Such a waste, but I never had anything exceptional to do with it!  UNTIL NOW!  I told you last week that I got this cookbook!  There are a few recipes in there that use the leftover almond pulp!  I was so excited to try one!  I made the protein packed balls & they were perfect!  I love balls for quick breakfasts or easy snacks (when I’m not on The 30 Clean).

Honestly, it took a little work to get the pulp ready to use for the balls, but wow are they tasty!

Here are some pics of the process:

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These balls are made with only 3 ingredients:  nut milk pulp, coconut flakes, dates!

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In the meantime, I want to share the nut milk love with you, so I”m going to be posting a giveaway for a Nut Milk Cookbook. I have 2 to giveaway!!!!

 

Brandi is the winner of the MYPROTEIN giveaway.  Brandi, I sent you an email.  Please let me know your mailing information so I can send your Whey Protein your way!

WIAW

I haven’t posted a WIAW & linked up with Jenn in SO long, but I thought it was time.  I’ve been posting my food intake on  The 30 Clean boards, so why not share with you….

As you know, this month, I’m doing another 30 Clean.  I’ve got to tell you that I never feel as good as I do when I eat clean.  My body is simply ridding itself of all the toxins from “eating dirty”.  I no longer get the “flutox” feeling when I’m on a clean, so I guess my body is really adjusting much more easily now.

Without further ado….

Here’s my WIAW eats from yesterday!

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Breakfast = 2 eggs on top of spinach with chia seeds, nutritional yeast & hot sauce along with coffee with delicious homemade almond milk.

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I haven’t even had more than 30 seconds to thumb through it yet, but I can’t wait!  Ooh, so darn exciting!

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May not look so appealing, but I had this green minestrone soup.  It was absolutely delicious & we’ve been eating it for days & it’s still not boring!

I was home with Truman in the a.m. because he’s sick AGAIN!  Only a little fever, but it’s the 3rd time this poor kid has been sick since November.  That just doesn’t happen in our house.  He needs to start eating the green soup!  That’s not happening anytime soon with him.  So, we’ll keep trying a variety of vitamins.  Yeesh.  Sorry about the rambling.  In the meantime, while I was home with him, I got this box delivered: IMG 7674 225x300 WIAW IMG 7675 300x225 WIAW

Love when we get fresh vegies delivered to our door.  Especially on cold wintery days.

After an afternoon of work & watching Stone score during his basketball game, I went home for dinner.

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Clean cole slaw (mustard, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, tumeric & paprika dressing) with salmon.

It was a great day of Clean foods.  Aren’t you tempted to do a clean with me?  I seriously can talk to you about it anytime.  It is a little work & prep. & thinking differently, but I definitely feel great!

Have a great day!

 

FitBit review with Sleep Doc Ap

Back in the summer I was asked if I wanted to try out a Fitbit along with a new app: the MobilSleep app.   Well, sure, I thought, why not?!  I have to tell you that I don’t have issues with my sleep (my husband has issues with my sleep, but I sleep just fine!).  But, what the heck, I find it interesting to discover what’s happening out there, so I gave it a try.  Honestly, it took me a while to figure out the “simple to use Fitbit”.  My steps were logging easily enough, but I couldn’t seem to get the sleep function to turn on.  Finally, my friend told me you had to tap it! Duh!  I had no idea, I was pushing & holding, but couldn’t figure it out.  Then, after she told me, I occassionally saw several people “hitting/tapping” their Fitbit.  Boy, that was the hardest thing for me!

Well, after I got the Fitbit to work, it was time to use the MobilSleep App.

It was much easier to use than starting up with the Fitbit.  I simply synced the Fitbit with the app. & the work was done for me!  Here’s what the app. does:

MobileSleepDoc v.2 has several new, innovative features:
MSD now syncs with the FitBit
Extensive in-app reporting is available for reference or to provide to a physician in support of treatment requests
Gamified fun helps users change their behavior to achieve good sleep!
Reward points can be redeemed for virtual prizes:
Adorable MSD Animal Dream Totems can be kept on a virtual nightstand
Soothing soundscapes have been recorded by Bay Area musicians exclusively for MobileSleepDoc users.

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What did I find?  Well, I thought I was sleeping soundly, however I was often groggy b/c I would wake up during the night a couple times (either from snoring or talking in my sleep, hence Benji has a hard time sleeping with me).  I do however get enough sleep during the night, but it’s not always quality sleep b/c of my “sleep behaviors”.

MobileSleepDoc asks questions about your sleep and based on your answers determines whether you show signs or symptoms of common sleep disorders. You can store your answers on the app and share them later with your provider. You can use these questionnaries to start a discussion with your provider about your sleep issues,and decide whether you need treatment and,if so, what type of treatment.

MobileSleepDoc also includes several therapies that guide you to better sleep. You can keep track of your progress in the Sleep Logs and the reports genertaed by the app. Our goal is to help increase the quality of your sleep in meaningful and lasting ways.

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So, If I were interested in going to the doc. to work on my sleep, it would be great to bring along this data.  For now, I’ll let Benji hear me sleep & I’ll continue to chat away, as I haven’t worked on changing anything yet.

It was an interesting tool & I do think that if anyone has real sleep issues, it’d be very interesting to track!

Meatless Monday – vegetable egg muffins

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I’m back with Meatless Monday & a great breakfast recipe that is CLEAN (30 Clean approved), tasty, easy & stores well!

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These egg muffins are green because  of the zucchini & parsley.  Below is the recipe I used for these, however, you can add any vegetable you like.  I like to have 2 for breakfast topped with dijon mustard & hot sauce.  They hit the spot, hold me over until lunch & taste good!

Meatless Monday - vegetable egg muffins
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Recipe type: breakfast
Cuisine: vegetable egg muffins
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchini
  • 3 scallions
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 C chopped parsley
  • 1 t chili powder
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 T chia seeds
  • 2 T nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. oil 6 large muffin tins with olive oil
  3. Dice zucchini & scallions & sautee about 6 minutes
  4. add vegetables to blender along with the rest of the ingredients
  5. blend until mixed well
  6. divide egg mixture evenly into 6 greased muffin tins
  7. bake for 25 minutes
  8. Enjoy

You can add any herbs you like, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, spinach.  The choices are endless & they’re all quite tasty!

MYPROTEIN review & giveaway

I was fortunate to be contacted by MYPROTEIN a while ago to review a couple of thier products.  Well, it was a no brainer & of course I wanted to do a review!!!!!  Their products all look great.

MYPROTEIN offers a variety of products to meet a variety of needs.

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I went through their website to find a couple of products I wanted to try & guess what I chose….

Of course, I chose the Peanut Butter for my 1st choice.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m a nut butter fan!  So, if there’s a new brand to try, I’m all in!  I also chose the maple & pecan protein bars.

Neither disappointed!

The peanut butter was just like I like it: 100% peanuts.  No additives, nothing else!  A great source of protein and healthy fats.  Made with 100% whole skin peanuts.  Great for using in your cooking, as a spread or in your protein shakes.  Benji was the 1st one to open up our jar & it was really oily on the top.  He didn’t have the patience to stir it & simply said it was too oily to try.  Well, do you know the trick of turning your pb upside down so the oil distributes?  I did that for a day & then gave it another try.  I stired it up easily & it was creamy perfection!  Absolutely delicious!

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Next were the maple & pecan protein bars.  I loved the texture & the flavor alike.  I shared with some of my friends & they had a hard time with the texture, but they weren’t used to eating protein bars.  Protein Chox are luxurious tasting high protein bars perfect for a snack throughout the day to help increase daily protein intake. These bars come in 5 fantastic flavours and have over 22g of protein sourced from milk protein isolate.  I liked the fact that there are 22g of protein in 1 bar.  That’s hard to find & there are days that I simply don’t get enough protein.  So, for me, they’re perfect!

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Impact Whey Protein is derived from bovine milk and provides high levels of the essential amino acids (EAA’s) and branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s) which are particularly important for stimulating muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and maintaining lean muscle tissue following exercise to prevent muscle breakdown.

One thing that makes Impact Whey Protein stand out from other proteins is the rate at which it is absorbed in the body. Impact Whey Protein is the protein of choice for many athletes because it is unique in the fact it has a rapid absorption of protein into the muscle.

Unlike many of proteins on the market, Impact Whey Protein is 100% whey protein concentrate with no other proteins added. Each scoop (25g) serving will provide over 20g of protein which will help with the growth and recovery of lean muscle mass.*

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