Granola Fairies

Workout

I decided to work out again today since yesterday went pretty well.  I didn’t push it by hitting up some heavy weights at the gym, but I did do a full-body routine.  Yup, it was another freebie DVD from Jeannette Jenkins.  This one was the Blast the Belly Fat DVD, and I completed all 73 minutes of it.

hollywood trainer

I liked this DVD, but I wasn’t loving it.  I love circuits, and it is comprised of a warmup, three circuits, mat work, and stretching.  The first two circuits got my blood pumping, but I was dissapointed in the third.  I guess I just wanted a bit more strength training instead of just core toning.  I think there are some great core moves here, but I’m not one to work my obliques much.  (In my opinion, it makes your torso wide – toned, but wide.)

Latest Crave

I love my Mizuno running shoes.  I’m going to need a new pair of kicks soon though, so I have started shopping around a little.  While browsing the Mizuno site, I saw my latest crave.  Check out the Rider Running Tee.  Saawheeet!

tee

I usually wear faded soccer tees and shorts at the gym.  Yeah, I’m that girl.  Whatever.  It’s 5 a.m., and I’m there to sweat.  However, I do own a few cute tops and capris, and I have to admit – looking good leads to feeling good, which leads to a better workout.  Sooooo, if the hubby approves, I know what might be arriving in the mail soon.  You all know how much I love getting packages!

Love Grown Foods (or in my opinion, Likeable Granola Fairies)  

Speaking of packages, granola fairies over at Love Grown Foods sent me goodies.  It took me a while to review all the flavors, but I loved every minute of it.  As you all know from my WIAW post, I had Greek yogurt with fruit and granola every day this week.  (Don’t worry; I also tried a little nibble of each flavor sans-parfait since plain Greek yogurt can be overpowering.)

cranberry

Leia Likes Cranberry

I received Simply Oats, Apple Walnut Delight, Raisin Almond Crunch, and Sweet Cranberry Pecan flavors.  Let’s just say my homemade granola isn’t going to taste so good anymore after having the real deal.

Simply Oats + Oikos + Raspberries

Apple Walnut was delightful, but it was my least favorite.  The dried apples were okay, but it just wasn’t that flavorful.  Oddly enough, my hopes were highest for this one.   The original flavor was good too, but it wasn’t my favorite either because it was the least exciting.  If you’re in the mood for regular granola, this was pretty darn tasty.  It’s crunchy but a little chewy at the same time.

mango

Mango + Plain Greek + Apple

My second favorite was the cranberry flavor.  Wow!  Those aren’t overly sweetened Craisins; those dried cranberries still have a hint of tartness to them.  They were great plain and in the parfait.  I bet they’d also rock a baked sweet potato!

Yum, but I bet it'd be good on a hot n' soft sweet potato...

Berry Good

My favorite flavor was actually the one I was least excited to try.  Funny how that works sometimes, isn’t it?  Raisin Almond Crunch was like a York Peppermint Patty commercial, except I wasn’t transported to a snow covered mountain peak.  Instead, I was transported to a cushy chair by a fireplace with warm milk + this granola in one hand and chia tea in the other.  The spices were perfect, and they made me feel all warm n’ fuzzy inside (but not actually fuzzy – that’d be wierd).

food

Food Scale Strikes Again

The price and calorie-count usually keeps me from buying granola.  (Let’s face it – not many people can justify those calories unless you’re hiking the AT.)  However, I would totally consider buying this again.  The small serving size is surprisingly filling.  If you’re a granola fan, I highly recommend it,

Weekend Plans

We meeting friends at a beer  restaurant for dinner tonight.  Then Saturday starts off with a trip to the lake, followed by a local brewery outing with a buddy from out of town.  I hope our buddy brings some of his beer with him because he is a freaking amazing home brewer.  I can’t wait until he gets a job as a brewmaster somewhere.  I think I see another brew review coming next week!

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32 Responses to “Granola Fairies”

  1. Sounds like you’re gonna have a fun weekend! That cranberry granola flavor sounds delicious, I love sprinkling that kind of stuff in yogurt too 🙂

  2. I wear old crappy clothes to the gym too. I just don’t care about looking sexy while sweat is dripping down my face!

  3. Oooh I just saw this Love Grown granola on another blog too. It looks seriously delicious – you gotta love the crunchy clusters 🙂

  4. I love mizuno shoes! I just got the Wave Nirvana and they are my fave ever!

  5. Sounds like a SUPER fun weekend ahead!!! I actually think a cute workout outfit gets me motivated in the morning for my 530am runs–feeling cute, makes me wanna run more — 🙂

  6. I love that running tee. I’m like you — I have some old grubby faves for working out, but I do love to add a cute new tank or tee once in a while! Happy Friday Tiff!

  7. Haha I love that your cat is rubbing up against the package. My cat always does that and it’s so cute! Sounds like you have a great weekend coming up..have fun!

    • At first she just rubbed it, but then she started trying to eat it. I guess it smelled good – now it has kitty teeth marks in the top of the packaging. 🙂

  8. Where did you find free workout dvd’s!!! I’m always looking!

  9. I really love that granola over Greek yogurt. I also really value their mission basically.

  10. I want to try Love grown granola badly but can’t find it anywhere! Everyone raves about how good it is.

  11. I’ve been wanting to try Love Granola!!! I want the chocolate flavor 🙂

  12. The Simply Oats one looks AMAZING

  13. I love granola, but, as you said, have steered clear due to the calorie count. I’ll have to try these. I’m excited about the cranberry; sounds good! Thanks for the review.

  14. I’ve been the same way about granola for as long as i can remember. You should check out special k granola…its VERY reasonable

  15. Dying to try the raisin granola! I’m the same with never buying granola because of high prices. I hope u have an awesome weekend!! 🙂

  16. A beer weekend sounds just right! 🙂 And that shirt is Snazz McJazz. But I’m more of an old shorts and hole-y tees to the gym sort of person too. Early morning and fashion just don’t mesh well.

  17. I love the title of this post. Makes me wish that fairies would bring ME granola! ha I’ll have to try LoveGrown since I’m a granola fiend & I usually buy Bear Naked (which is pretty pricey) – Thanks for the review!

  18. Aww Leia’s such a cutie! 🙂 And that granola looks yummy but i’m betting I can’t get it here 😦

  19. Love your blog title, I would steal it but instead of the beer I would swipe it for a cool glass of wine.

  20. I wish we could get that granola here in Canada!
    Sounds like you have lots of beer plans for the weekend, have fun!!!!! 🙂

  21. omg all that granola looks so goood! and ive never heard of any good workout dvds not by jillian michaels, i shoudl try this one out!

  22. I like the looks of that top too! The pink details are cute.

  23. I neverrrr buy granola. I don’t really like it THAT much, but once & awhile I’ll have a little craving for something sweet & will whip up a LITTLE batch of random ingredients but usually peanut butter/maple syrup/cinnamon etc and eat most of it warm. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  24. I have to use my food scale with granola too because I can easily eat three servings, it’s SO good 🙂 I haven’t tried love grown yet but have seen it everywhere.

  25. Go, go food scale! Great post!

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