Posts tagged ‘granola’

August 30, 2011

Eat.Think.Smile… Win!

Yesterday evening, my giveaway came to a close. Thanks to all of you who entered. Now it’s time to announce the 5 winners!

Wait… nope… it’s not. First it’s time to talk about my workout, review some goodies, then announce winners! Ugh, I’m starting to sound like one of those reality show contests, but at least you don’t have to sit through awful commercials.

I had a great workout yesterday. I completed 35 minutes on the elliptical, and then I completed about 30 minutes of heavy lifting. I started a new workout, and I’ll share it with you a little later this week.

pumped up kicks

On a side note, having black cross trainers makes the walk to work less embarrassing. Stylin’!

I’ve had a chance to try more Eat.Think.Smile goodies since last week, but I still haven’t tried them all. I got most of them though, and it’s fairer to review the things that sound best to you, right? I think so.

The cocoa chewy bar was unique. It was a little too rice-y for me in texture (like Rice Krispies kind of rice), but the flavor was really good. I have mixed opinions on mixed berry. It was good, don’t me wrong. I’m just in the middle on this one, and I’m not sure why.

The salty thins were interesting too. They remind me of slightly puffed chocolate Teddy Grahams. These things weren’t particularly salty, so they won’t fix a salt craving. However, they seem like the perfect PMS food. They’re teeny, and you can eat 46 of ‘em before you reach 130 calories. Sweeeet.

I was most excited about the dark cherry baked nutrition bar and am so happy that I have extra to share with the winners. Eat.Think.Smile puts cocoa in their products for a big punch of antioxidant goodness, and what’s better than chocolate and cherry?

Not much. Unless it’s chocolate and cranberry! This cranberry & walnut granola was amazing! In fact, I pushed it deep into my pantry before I could polish off the entire bag. This stuff’s like candy – except better because I’m not a big candy person.

Okay… finally… and the winners are (drum roll please)…

  1. Allie at Forgotten Beast
  2. Lisa at Fit in the Midwest
  3. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy
  4. Claire
  5. Krissy @ A Philly Nerd Girl

Yaaay for giveaways! Yaaaaaaay for winners! Thanks to everyone for reading.

August 25, 2011

Eat, Think, Smile… and Eat Some More!

The awesome people at Eat. Think. Smile sent me goodies. Actually, they sent lots of goodies!

The boxes held individually wrapped baked nutrition bars in 3 exciting flavors, many boxes of different chewy bars, and numerous bags of various other munchies.

Yesterday morning, I ate half of a peanut chewy bar before my workout instead of my usual rice cake. It was much more filling! The bar tasted like baked oatmeal with a hint of chocolate – and of course there’s peanut flavor too! I really enjoyed this this one, though I didn’t find it particularly sweet or salty.

The orange & cranberry baked nutrition bar was only mediocre. The bitter taste reminded me of an overly bitter, dark chocolate bar without the chocolate awesomeness. (This is probably because they use “the natural antioxidant power of cocoa” in the bars. Seriously, check out that link; it’s interesting.)

The oatmeal raisin baked nutrition bar was much better. This bar also had that bitter cocoa taste, but it wasn’t as overpowering. The texture was like a mix between a cookie and a very dense bread.

Sadly, I did not have time to try all the Eat. Think. Smile products before writing this review, but I am sure I’ll try more goods once it’s time to announce the giveaway winners.

What did that say? You read correctly; it’s time for a giveaway! Yew! I’ll send 5 randomly selected readers a little bundle of goodness. The giveaway ends Monday at 5:00 p.m. ET, and I will announce a winner the following Tuesday, August 30. Here’s how to get in on this; you can enter up to 4 times!

  1. Leave a comment telling me which product intrests you the most.
  2. Follow my blog and/or subscribe via email. Leave a comment letting me know you did this.
  3. Follow me on Twitter @LoveSweatBeers, and leave a comment to let me know about it.
  4. Tweet something along the lines of, ” @LoveSweatBeers is giving away healthy treats at http://wp.me/p1xLfG-i7” and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted.

Good luck! And I’m sorry, but there are no bonus points for commenting about “world peace.” 😉

August 3, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: “Annie’ Knows Asian” Edition

It’s time again for 2 Wednesday things: inappropriate office jokes regarding the word hump and the always-popular, What I Ate Wednesday.  I’m excited to share my eats with you.  They aren’t pretty, but they are nutritious, filling, and delicious!

I’m back to my 3-part breakfasts.  I start with half a banana before my workout, and then I have an all-natural, vanilla, whey protein shake with water after the workout.

My real, sit-down breakfast includes more of my Love Grown Foods granola with all-natural, fat-free, plain yogurt.  I wish it were organic yogurt, but my grocery store doesn’t sell plain, organic, fat-free yogurt.  Bummer.

parfait

Lunch is the same Monday through Friday this week, and it’s awesome.  I’m having a whole wheat wrap with tuna, broccoli slaw, and 1 TBS of Annie Chun’s teriyaki.  Oh, and there’s also a side of peach.

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Annie – thank you for making my lunch both yummy and HFCS-free.  What can I say?  Annie knows Asian!

lunch2

Snack consists of cherries and 115 grams of 2% cottage cheese.  The fat and protein in the cheese keeps me satisfied for quite a while.  I’ve also been snacking when I get home from work.  Whoops!  I’ve kept it healthy, like the remaining half of the banana with 1 TBS peeb.

snack

Earlier this week, Kev and I had natural chicken sausages two nights, and I’ll get to enjoy a sweet potato the next two nights.  Kev wanted birthday steak last night, so I got half a filet.  I told ya’ my eats weren’t pretty this week!

dinner

Did you expect to see birthday cake as a dessert?  Although I offered to make a little something, I knew Kev would decline.  He doesn’t eat sweets.  Crazy, right?  You know what that means… more ice cream for me!!!

  • Do you plan your meals out for the week, or do you roll with whatever’s in the house?

By the way, thanks so much for the book ideas!  I think I need to add Hunger Games, other The Girl Who… books, and Poacher’s Son to my list (just to name a few).  There were a ton of good suggestions!

July 13, 2011

WIAW… Again

It’s time for another bloggie meetup party.  Woohoo!  I wish I could meetup with more of you in person, but until then, enjoy the pics!

Let’s start with something completely different.  Leia’s cuddling with Kevin, and for whatever reason, I found it picture-worthy.

leiaThey snuggled while Kev and I watched Supersize Me.  Wow.  What did you think of that bombshell of a movie?  I was angered that it was so hard on fast food (McDonald’s really) when other restaurants have plenty of meals that are as bad or worse.  However, the general message was good.  We eat out too often, and when we do, we eat too much.  The school lunch portion was the part I found most interesting.  Thanks, Mom for packing my lunch!

Now it’s time for the good stuff.  I switched up breakfast a teeny bit.  I switched to a two-part breakfast this week, but I’m not loving it.  It is half a banana or a rice cake with 1 or 1/2 TBS natural peanut butter.  I think I prefer my three-part breakfast since I’m starving by 8:30, but this is working for now.  Real breakfast is Love Grown Foods granola, 1 cup of strawberries or blueberries, and 60-calories worth of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt.

berries

The berries are so beautiful!

Lunch for the week is not pretty, but it’s good.  I have two hard boiled eggs with a veggie wrap.

eggcelent

The wrap is filled with broccoli slaw, a little baby spinach, a couple bell pepper slices, and about 1 TBS of TJ’s Goddess Dressing.  That stuff is the best dressing ever, or at least it’s my current crave.  The wraps are also super tasty – verrrry healthy too!

wrap

Snack is a mix.  It’s a granola bar and a little nectarine.  I’m loving the fruit, but only partially satisfied with the granola bars.  I’ve had to eat some Nature Valley bars because I ran out of these awesome Nature’s Path bars.  They’re like Rice Krispie treats for grownups!  (Not that adults cannot eat Rice Krispie treats…)

hemp

Dinner tonight will be a chicken breast, mini sweet potato, and green beans (or other veggie).  Dinner last night was half a chicken breast, a little potato, and not enough broccoli.

dindin

Yup, I was quite hungry, and dinner just wasn’t enough.  I totally thought I had more broccoli on-hand.  Sooooo, I pressed a roll, and ate it with marinara sauce.  Kev had two rolls with butter.  Mmmmm – butter.

roll

I followed that with chips and a spoon of peeb.  It’s okay if the chips are “reduced guilt,” right???  My eats weren’t too exciting today (sorry), but at least my scallops were pretty yesterday.  If you want more great meal ideas, check out the WIAW blog party at Peas & Crayons.

What was the best thing you have eaten so far this week?

July 8, 2011

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).

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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!

July 6, 2011

What I Ate Tuesday & Wednesday

It’s WIAW time again!  Yay!  These are pics of what I ate yesterday, but I’m eating the exact same thing today (except one or two very minor changes), so you get the idea.

My first breakfast was a hard boiled egg.  So nutritious, yet so yummy!  Second breakfast was fruit, nonfat Greek yogurt, and Love Grown Foods Granola.  Tuesday I had blueberries, and today I’ll be having mango.  This was my first time buying a mango; I didn’t realize how friggin awesome it is!

parfait

Parfait = Morning Bowl of Goodness

Lunch is simple yet awesome.  It’s just a turkey sandwich, and though it lacks sufficient turkey, it still hits the spot.  It’s Applegate Farms roast turkey, grain mustard, lettuce, and delicious whole wheat bread.  I packed it with a juicy pear.

sammich

A Lovely Pear (Pun Intended)

I normally don’t buy much deli meat since it’s often bad for the environment, over-processed, full of sodium, and blah blah blah.  However, when you want a sandwich, you want a sandwich.

sammich

Simple and Satisfying

Snack is another simple yet awesome concoction.  Veggies and organic hummus make a mean snack.  Tuesday I had carrots, but I will have celery today.  I’m sorry celery, but carrots kick you butt.

scale

I measure carrots for fun. Dork.

I made up a new recipe tonight for dinner.  It was really good, if you’re into odd foods.  I was inspired by Thai Kitchen’s spicy red curry and all the junk in my fridge.  Sadly, the curry wasn’t so spicy, but luckily, it was still delish.

bowl of noms

Curry in a Semi-Hurry

Two chicken breasts, one can of beans, red quinoa, a large zucchini, carrots, a little leftover tomato, celery, some red bell pepper, and a jalapeno all came together to make this dish.  As you may know, I love chicken packets and leftovers, so I’m happy this will feed Kev and I for two nights.  Sweeeeeet.

kev bowl

I stole a pic of Kev's man-bowl.

I had a jalapeno corn muffin after dinner Tuesday (recipe to come), but I bet I’ll have some ice cream Wednesday.  Yup, I an evening muncher.  I don’t recommend or advise it, but I’m not ashamed!

As always, thanks for reading, and be sure to hop over to Peas and Crayons to check out other great eats and meal ideas!

What was the best thing you ate today?

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