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Food Should Taste Good

YES.IT.SHOULD. (food should taste good)

I could just post ^^that^^ as is and it would prove my case. But I won’t. I’m going to share something with you today that will knock your socks off!

When I got the e-mail asking if I would like to review their product, I was like sure, I’d love to try your healthy, non-GMO chips and pita puffs. They are certified gluten-free & non-GMO, certified vegan & kosher, and cholesterol free as well. They’re practically health food. But I have to say, I was a little skeptical, I mean they are practically HEALTH FOOD!

I had no reason to be skeptical my peeps! These chips are amazing! Food Should Taste Good sent me lots of yummy stuff. They were unable to end the pita puffs, though…which was a bummer, but they were able to send all this…

Blue Corn tortilla chips

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Jalapeño tortilla chips

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Multigrain tortilla chips

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Sweet Potato tortilla chips

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The only one I didn’t really care for was the Jalapeño. But it has nothing to do with the product itself, I just don’t do spicy stuff. My husband and daughter thought they were great! I LOVED all the other flavors! I thought about making a recipe for a dip or sauce or something for these, but they are so good, you don’t need one. I do like to take cream cheese just in a bowl topped with salsa and dip tortilla chips in it. The blue corn chips were great dipped in this!  🙂

And I loved that they are made of natural ingredients that are non-GMO and gluten-free! The fact that they taste good is fabulous, because who cares if they are healthy if they don’t taste good! Am I right??

I also love that Food Should Taste Good has a Food Should Do Good Campaign this year in which they’re providing support in the fight against breast cancer by donating $100,000 to Play for P.I.N.K.

I am giving Food Should Taste Good products ♥♥♥♥♥ (5 out of 5 hearts)

Have you entered my latest giveaway? See THIS POST and click on the link! Good Luck!

Live, Laugh, Love and eat what you love! xoxo

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PB Crave

Ok, by a raise of hands, how many of you like peanut butter?  **wildly raises her hand** Yeah, I LOVE peanut butter. My family loves peanut butter. So when I had the opportunity to try PB Crave, I jumped at the chance. Like, almost literally JUMPED at it!  Hehe…

PB Crave is unique, in that they don’t sell just any peanut butter. They sell FLAVORED peanut butter. You read that right. FLAVORED peanut butter!

Cookie Nookie for example, has wild honey, chocolate chips and cookie dough flavor added to it.

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Choco Choco PB Crave has wild honey, sweet and dark chocolate added to it. This one was my personal favorite. I know you’re all shocked and appalled that I liked the one with two kinds of chocolate in it the best!  Haha…

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The Razzle Dazzle has wild honey, white and dark chocolate and natural raspberry flavoring in it.

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And last but not least, well maybe least as this was my least favorite, PB Crave Coco Bananas. This one has wild honey, chocolate and natural banana flavoring. I think it was something about the banana flavoring I didn’t care for in this one, which is weird because I love bananas.

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I wasn’t sure what to think about this product because the last peanut butter product I tried for a review was terrible, but I went into this with an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really liked this product. PB Crave has the rich peanut(y) flavor you want but then adds a touch of sweet with the wild honey and then the excitement of the other flavors and surprisingly, they don’t overpower the peanut butter and they blend well with it as well.

I am giving PB Crave Peanut Butter ♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

If I had liked all the flavors, I would have given them 5 hearts out of five. It’s peanut butter peeps, so it has some fat. It has some sugar in it from the honey and chocolate, but the sugars are actually quite low. It’s not health food, so I suggest eating it in moderation. Enjoy it as a treat now and then. I just had a fantastic idea….PB Crave would make awesome peanut butter cookies! Wish I would have thought of that before, when I still had some! Oh well…maybe I will have to go get some!

I was not compensated for this post, but I was given product in exchange for my honest review of said product. Opinions and thoughts shared are mine and mine alone, are never influenced by anyone in any way.

LIVE, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo

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Gluten-Free Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Remember that amazing cheesecake I made with Glutino salted caramel and chocolate pretzels? Well, they sent me a bag of their honey mustard pretzels, too. I knew I wanted to come up with an awesome recipe using them instead of just eating the whole bag as is. Although, they are so good, I wouldn’t mind doing so! I came up with a gluten-free honey mustard chicken tenders recipe. Oh hang on, I have something to say…

I apologize for the mix up with my last giveaway. I have been sent product from Udi’s and Glutino Foods recently and I have been giving the go ahead to run giveaways for both companies as well. So when I typed up my giveaway post, I posted photos and links and the whole nine yards, apparently not paying close enough attention to who sent what and got them all mixed up. I even sent my link to the post to the wrong contact person from the company! Talk about embarrassing! I promise to do better from now on…

Starting with these beauties…

gf honey mustard chicken tenders

Just look at the crispy goodness on those babies! So good! I served these crispy gluten-free honey mustard chicken tenders with a side of cheesy veggies. It was a great meal! I just know you want this recipe.

From The Kitchen Of:  NowICanEatCake  (Click HERE to print recipe)

Recipe: Gluten-Free Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Get This:

  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut into strips (or chicken tenders)
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bag Glutino Foods gluten-free honey mustard pretzels, blitzed in the food processor
  • Natures Seasons® (salt and pepper to taste) (I seasoned the chicken AND the cream and egg mixture)
  • 4-5 T. coconut oil or butter

Do This:

  1. Cut fat and anything undesirable from chicken breasts and cut into strips.
  2. Whisk cream and egg together; season with Natures Seasons®.
  3. Blitz pretzels in food processor til fine, but not super fine. You want a little texture.
  4. Warm skillet over med-high heat; melt coconut oil in heated pan.
  5. Once oil is hot, dip chicken into egg and cream mixture and then coat well with pretzel bits.
  6. Carefully place coated chicken into hot oil and cook until golden brown on first side before flipping and cooking until chicken is completely done, about 4m on each side.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly on paper towels before serving.
  8. Serve with a side of veggies or a nice big salad.

Note: These are fabulous when they are fresh and good when reheated, but I recommend eating them fresh for the best flavor. You lose the honey mustard flavor when you reheat them for some reason.

The Review: I give Glutino Foods Honey Mustard Pretzels ♥♥♥♥♥

Live, laugh love and be kind. xoxo

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Udi’s Frozen Burritos

I’ve told you before and I’m saying it again…I love Udi’s brand. They have continuously impressed me with their top quality, delicious gluten-free foods. From frozen to boxed, it’s always great. Udi’s frozen burritos were no different. They were delicious. They sent me a bunch of different flavors to try and they were all pretty delicious.

Some were breakfast burritos and some were just regular burritos. I enjoyed them all.

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See? Fabulous! These Udi’s frozen burritos had lots of flavor, were very filling and use great ingredients such as cage-free and antibiotic free eggs. The bacon and chicken they use is from animals that are hormone and antibiotic-free as well! I love that! I can pronounce all the ingredients on the ingredient lists, which is awesome.

Important Info:

The most fat found in one of these burritos was 10g. The most sodium in one was 470mg. The calories was an amazing 200-250. Carbs in these ranged from 33-39g. Dietary fiber was between 4-6g. The protein range was 8-11g.

I give Udi’s Frozen Burritos ♥♥♥♥ (4 out of 5) I would give 5, but they lack a bit of seasoning (salt). I think my favorite was the Chicken Burrito or maybe the Sausage Breakfast Burrito. Or… 😉

I really enjoyed them and so did my family. I didn’t feel like cooking one evening so we all had burritos! It was fabulous! So easy to prepare… just wrap in a damp paper towel, toss in the microwave for 1m 30s or so and you’re good to go.

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo

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Udi’s

Apparently Udi’s and I are BFF’s or something because they wanted to send me some gluten-free items to try and then review. Of course, me being the considerate, helping and generous person that I am, I agreed to do this for them. *cough* Once I have done that, we are going to give a free product to one of my readers in a giveaway! WooHoo!! I am PUMPED!!

I am so excited right now, I can barely sit still long enough to type this!! I don’t even know how many times I had to backspace and retype that sentence because I was typing too fast! I’m not even gonna lie.  LOL

I got two boxes of product rom Udi’s!! TWO BOXES!!  They sent me so much stuff!!! I can’t believe how much they sent!! Bagels, muffins, pizza  crusts, burritos, oh my… that’s not even all of it.  So much to review!!!

Today’s review:

Udi’s Soft & Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

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IMPORTANT INFO:

  • serving size : 2
  • calories : 170
  • fat: 7 grams
  • gluten, soy and nut free

**note: these are NOT sugar-free, they do have eggs and milk as well**

These are AMAZING. They are moist and full of rich dark chocolate taste. Each brownie bite is actually 2-3 bites for the average person, so they aren’t huge but I was satisfied with one. And that is saying something. I am a huge fan of chocolate! Especially dark chocolate.

My rating system will be hearts since I love them.  1 being horrible all the way up to 5 being fabulous!!

Soft & Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites  ♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

If these were sugar-free, they would get 5 hearts! They are made with pure cane juice, which is better than if they were made with refined sugar.

LIVE, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Steel Cut Oats

Udi’s Steel Cut Oats, to be exact. I had never had steel cut oats before today. I have to say, I really like them. These happen to have currants, flax and chai seeds added to them. Udi’s makes some really good gluten-free products. I have been happy with most of their products.

What I like most about these steel cut oats is that there is no added sugar. It’s just certified NON-GMO, gluten-free steel cut oats, currents, flax and chai seeds. Just good, wholesome all-natural, good for you food!

The directions for making the oats is right on the outside of the package, which is nice. I added a little extra something special to mine, cuz that’s just how I roll, yo!

Here’s my fancy lil’ recipe…

udis steel cut oats

MMmmmm, don’t they look delicious?!?!

Udi’s Steel Cut Oats Made Delicious (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 c. Udi’s Steal Cut Oats
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1-2 T. THM brown sugar
  • 1-2 T. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (optional, if needed for consistency)

Do This:

  1. Boil water and salt.
  2. Stir in oats and vanilla; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon.
  4. Spoon into a bowl and top with brown sugar and almond milk, if using.
  5. Enjoy!

I really liked this warm cereal. It’s perfect for a fall/winter morning! I had this and  cup of coffee with a splash of half and half. For my THM peeps, this is an E meal, so keep your fat to less than 5g and your carbs between 20-45.

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Who’s Ready For A Giveaway? (Giveaway Ended)

Ok, friends. Who’s ready for a giveaway? I know I am! It’s been a while since the last one and I am so ready for someone to win some gluten-free goodness!! Guess who’s sponsoring this giveaway…Can you guess? I bet you can!

That’s right! Glutino Foods is. Remember I told you about their Merry Mint Brownie Mix? Well, I talked to the generous people over at Glutino Foods and they are going to give one lucky reader 3 holiday baking mixes! How awesome is that?!? I don’t know which ones they will be but I will make sure one of them is the brownies, because they’re amazing!

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Your goodies should include at least a couple of these mixes…

To enter this fabulous giveaway, simply click on the Rafflecopter link, follow the steps and you’re entered! Easy Peasy, right??

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Good Luck Everybody!

I’ll be seeing you soon, Til then…

Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind! xoxo

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Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

Some of you may remember that I am part of a group of gluten-free bloggers for Glutino Foods and I have a job to do here. This month they sent me some gluten-free baking mixes. Holiday baking mixes, to be exact. It’s rough but someone’s gotta do it!  I had to suffer this month and try brownies and peppermint yogurt covered pretzels, among other things coming up!

Glutino Foods makes some of the best gluten-free baking mixes I have ever used.  In fact, they make some of the best gluten-free products in general, that I have had the pleasure of using/eating. I am super impressed with the texture, flavor and overall quality of their products. They are consistently superior to any other product in my opinion.  And I have used quite a few.

They recently sent me a few of their new products. Some ‘Snowflake Pancake Mix’.  A ‘Twinkle Sprinkle Cake’ Cupcake Mix. There was a Corn bread stuffing mix as well. There were a few other holiday baking mixes as well. Some sugar cookies and also a bag of yogurt covered pretzels. Those were super tasty!!

I have only had a chance to try a couple of things, but the couple of things I’ve tried have been so good! A lot of gluten-free baking mixes (some pre-made items you can buy are this way, too)produce dry, flat, tasteless baked goods that, in my opinion are not worth the, usually higher price you have to pay for them! If I’m going to pay a higher price for an item, I want it to at least taste good! I don’t mind paying a little more for something I know isn’t going to make me sick, as long as it tastes equally as good or better.

These ‘Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Gooey Chocolate Merry-Mint Brownie Mix’ brownies did not disappoint! They were perfect brownie texture, fudgy and gooey, with a just a hint of mint.  The white fudge chips that come in the box, to sprinkle on top, bring them to their over-the-top perfection. I may or may not have eaten the whole batch of brownies but the two I sent out with my husband and daughter when they went out hunting Saturday. *wipes fudge from her mouth*

Glutino Merry-Mint Brownies

I give Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Gooey Chocolate Merry-Mint Brownie Mix ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

This photo does not do these any justice  at all! Can you see how moist and gooey these are??? YUM! Now, I cooked them until JUST DONE. The toothpick had a little bit of batter on the end of it when I took them out of the oven. Not a lot, just a teensy bit. This is vital for perfect brownie doneness. You must take them out when they are JUST DONE. They will continue to cook for a few minutes after taking them out, so take them out when you think they are just done so you don’t over cook them. You don’t want them raw but you don’t want them over done, either.

Gluten-free baking mixes may be a little more tricky, so I would set the timer for 5-10 minutes less than what the box calls for because everyone’s oven is different. Check them when the timer goes off and adjust baking time from there. Better to check a few times and have them come out perfect than to have them over done. I love gooey brownies!

Stay tuned y’all! We’re getting ready to have a giveaway all up in here, yo! That’s right, Glutino and I are going to have a giveaway and one of my readers is going to be the lucky winner of one or more of these delicious holiday gluten-free baking mixes!  Make sure you come back in the next couple days for all the details.

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See you soon!!

Live, laugh, love and be kind.  xoxo

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Trim Healthy Mama

So here is my final review of Trim Healthy Mama.

I love the fact that THM is so versatile. There are no hard and fast rules. It’s very customizable. If you don’t like one sweetener, you can use another. You don’t like or can’t have almond milk? Don’t use almond milk! Can’t have or don’t want to use coconut flour? Don’t use coconut flour! Trim Healthy Mama does have a bit if a learning curve, but once you get it down, it’s really quite a simple plan.

The whole premise of the plan is that you separate your fuels. Every meal and snack should include protein. You either add carbs and veggies (starchy and/or non-starchy) to your protein, having an E meal. Or you add fat and veggies (non-starchy), having an S meal.  And you get rid of all the ‘whites’ (white potatoes, white sugar, white bread). But really, most diet or lifestyle plans these days want you to cut out the ‘whites’. Let’s just face it, they aren’t good for you, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

Your S meals should have 10 carbs or less and no limit on fat (within reason). Your E meals should have 20-45 carbs and 5g fat or less per meal. There are other fuel types, but for the purpose of this review, I will not go into that. I will stick to the basics. Also, THM is about cutting overly processed food out of your diet. But again, MOST diets or lifestyle plans encourage this. Processed food are high in sodium, nitrites, nitrates, chemicals, HFCS, and all kinds of other things that aren’t meant for the body to consume EVER, lest alone on a daily basis.

Another thing I totes LOVE about this book/plan is that it is biblically based. It goes into some detail about God’s plan for us about what He put on this earth for our consumption, including animals. Yup, you read that right. God put animals on this earth for our consumption. Actually, that’s not accurate. We were supposed to live in peace with all creatures, but ever since the fall of man, we have been killing, sacrificing (OT) and eating animals. We no longer have to sacrifice animals, because of Jesus’ sacrifice (read more about that here) but we can still enjoy eating them.

I have not been as faithful to the plan as I should be, which I have no excuse for other than just being ridiculous. I have eaten gluten-filled things and sugar-filled things, all the while knowing they would make me ill. Well, that ends now. I have committed to no cheats or treats in the month of November except for Thanksgiving day. I am going to eat what I want that day and ONLY that day. Please join with me in praying that I can keep that commitment. I have no will-power on my own but, ‘I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.’ Phil 4:13

So there you have it. Trim Healthy Mama is amazing. I am down 10.4 pounds and 10.5 inches overall since September 5th! I’d say that’s pretty good for 2 months, considering I haven’t done much exercising and haven’t been faithful to the plan. Just think what my results will be December 5th if I only have one cheat/treat day (Thanksgiving)!! Can’t wait to see where I’m at then!!

April 2014 ~ Pre THM
April 2014 ~ Pre THM
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October 2014 ~ One month on THM

I give Trim Healthy Mama ♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

It would get 5, but a lot of women have a hard time figuring it out and get so overwhelmed by it that they either don’t even start the plan or they end up quitting in the first few weeks. I found it pretty easy to pick up, but that isn’t the case for everyone.

I would recommend this to any of my friends looking for a healthy way to lose weight and/or get healthy, though!!

All the best…

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xo

So you’re asking yourself how exactly does the plan work? Let’s be honest, the book is 640 pages long!  There is no way I can teach it to you here. I cannot even begin to try. Besides, Pearl and Serene are so much better at teaching you this plan than I could ever be.  After all, I’m still learning new things about it all the time. They’ve been working their plan for years. I mean, yeah, there are basics to getting started, like getting rid of the white’s in your diet (white sugar, white flour, white rice), but there is so much more you need to know in order to follow the plan than that.  Why try navigating the big bad world of getting healthy/weight loss on your own and end up feeling isolated, deprived, and discouraged when there is a book that clearly teaches you how to do it without all the struggle?

The Fine Print: This plan might not be right for you.  For example, if you’re not committed to a little hard work or are just looking for a magic pill, this plan may not be what you’re looking for. Healthy, permanent weight loss simply does not work that way. And I’m certainly not going to tell you that you need to lose weight… I mean, who am I to tell you that you should feel bad about your size, that you need to lose weight or eat healthy? I love you the same, no matter your size. I am simply sharing this for those who want to know more about the fabulous eating plan I am using and want to know more about it.  I am just sharing my personal experience in hopes of helping others who want to get healthy and/or lose weight for their own personal reasons.  Some people use this plan to maintain weight they’ve lost on other plans. Do it, don’t do it…I’m not the boss of you! 😉

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Trim Healthy Mama

Have y’all heard all the craze about Trim Healthy Mama?  These two Christian ladies (sisters, actually) wrote a book about their struggles with finding the right way to shed their unwanted pounds, with a few other things thrown in for good measure.  They wrote it from a Christian, biblical point of view, but aren’t super pushy about it and are very down-to-earth and real. 

They sent me the PDF E-book for review!! I am not done reading the book yet, but so far I am LOVING it! It goes through the ‘philosophy’ of the program and why they came up with it and then it goes through each of the meal styles (S [satisfying], E [energizing], etc.) and what they do and why. 

It even gives you scriptures about what God says about certain foods and diet.   It’s fabulous.  If you’re not big on the bible or Christianity (which I can’t imagine) don’t worry,  they don’t push it down your throat or anything.  I would suggest though , that if you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you get that taken care of!  See my Romans Road page for more information on that!!  🙂

When I finish reading the book (or maybe even before!),  I am going to get started right away on this plan and I am going to give it a good month-six weeks and then I will be doing a full review of this book/plan.  But I have to be honest, so far I am loving what I see.  If it works half as well as I imagine it will, I will be one happy, trim healthy mama!!  😉

In the coming days, weeks and months I will be sharing my weight loss journey along with recipes, tips and tricks.  I may even share before and after photos along the way!  Excited to start this.  I have a year (My sister is getting married September 5, 2015) to lose about 75#’s.  I think that is totally feasible! 

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo