What To Do When U Get a Watermelon as a Gift

A lovely gentleman gave me a watermelon the other day.  It was not expected and a nice surprise.  I couldn’t see myself eating the whole thing any time soon so my I had to come up with ways to use it and not let it go to waste.  Here’s what I came up with so far using part of the watermelon:

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Munch Better teams up with Enjoy Life foods May Allergy Awareness Month

Munch Better is a Canadian company that puts about 5-8 products together and sends a snack box out to you for a  small charge. You subscribe, they deliver and what you get in the snack box? It’s like Christmas. You don’t know until you receive it. Seriously, isn’t that the best? I love a good surprise. They even have a snack box for small companies, so tell your boss to subscribe! Happy employees are more productive right? Tell them I  have scientific proof, ok it’s not all that scientific, but I know when I’m happy, the boss is happy.

This month Munch Better and Enjoy Life Foods have teamed up together for May allergy awareness month. They sent me a snack  box to try.What I received was:Enjoy Life chocolate chip crunchy cookies (2 cookies), Enjoy Life SunSeed ctrunch bars (full sized box) Enjoy Life Plentils- Sea salt (snack bag), Enjoy Life mini chips (full sized bag),  Enjoy Life not seed and fruit mix- Mountain Mambo (full sized bag) Enjoy life caramel apple bar (1 bar) and a dollar off coupon. Not bad right? I say it was a pretty nice surprise. (click on the links for more product info).

Their chocolate chips are my go to, so I was really happy about that. The chocolate chip cookies tasted like more. Even my fussy daughter who doesn’t really like chocolate said there should be more. I told her there will be. I just need to buy them.Love the Plentils. They are a crispy  goodness that satisfies your crunching needs without the grease. Unlike other chips, you don’t feel guilty about eating them, they don’t make you feel gross afterwards. It’s easier for portion control- at least for me.  I “couldn’t” sample the chewy bars as I don’t eat honey. But my son LOVES them, and was happy that his sister didn’t want any in her lunch the next day. She said she liked them, and did eat the one she opened, but didn’t ask for another one after that. I will buy these bars for him, as I find that they are healthier than the other bars that’s full of wanna be healthy. Just because it has oats in it, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. It’s like the fake whole wheat bread out there. But with Enjoy Life, you can trust their ingredients. They are a NON GMO company, which is important to most of us.

All and all I’m pretty happy with everything that we received. My only suggestion to Enjoy Life foods, is maybe subbing the honey out with agave or maple syrup in their chewy bars. I’m not sure about the other bars. But these two flavors do contain honey.

Thank you Munch Better and Enjoy Life Foods for teaming up together and making May more delicious and raising awareness, free of almost everything but taste.We were happy 🙂 Use the handy store locator to find out what stores carry this gem of a company. (Click on Munch Better to take you directly to their site). You can thank me later.  I will be writing more about Enjoy Life Food’s brand new GF baking line. Finally a good pizza crust that doesn’t taste like cardboard. That’s all the hints I’m giving you for now. You will have to stayed tuned for more.

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Eaternity

More than 150 deliciously easy vegan recipes for a long, healthy, satisfied, joyful life by Jason Wrobel– will have you eating for better sex, good sleep, weight loss, happiness and good mood, more energy, detoxification, brain power, more muscle, immunity, strong bones, great skin, strong eyesight, a healthy heart, for less stress…. did I mention better sex?!?!

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He grew up in Detroit,  as a vegetarian for the few years of life due to a lactose intolerance,  but he did start eating SAD (standard American diet). His grandfather was diagnosed with a metastasized tumor, 30 years after he had prostate cancer. He unfortunately  lost the battle to cancer in 1995. After dealing with his grandfather’s battle, Jason did a ton of research and went vegan at the age of 20.

Each recipe has down to earth REAL food. Some recipes do call for some protein powders, taco shells, tempeh but they are few and far between. You are able to buy 98% of all ingredients from your favorite  grocery store.

Each chapter explains more about what the title is about. He gives you some stats and a list of super foods to help you eat better. This is more than a cookbook, it’s more than a reference. It’s, in my opinion, a complete guide in healthier eating. He even has a chart of the bad, better, best foods to eat.

Chapter 1. Top libido boosting foods: asparagus, spinach, watermelon. Try his coconut lemongrass risotto, Thia Pad, Cream of asparagus soup.

Chapter 2. Top foods for great sleep: banana’s, rice, kale. Try his walnut taco’s, veggie fried rice, creamy coconut chickpeas with sweet potatoes.

Chapter 3. Top foods for healthy weight loss: honeydew melon, almonds, hemp seeds. Try his pineapple kale green smoothie, nacho cheesy popcorn, apple pie smoothie.

Chapter 4. Top feel good foods: asparagus, lemon, spinach. Try his pasta marinara, supreme vegan nacho’s, cinnamon sugar bunuelos.

Chapter 5. Top energy boosting foods: asparagus, spinach, cherries. Try his Fruit pizza, masa harina pizza, quinoa falafel with avocado tahini sauce.

Chapter 6: Top detoxifying foods: beets, cinnamon, garlic. Try his The impasta bowl, cheesy cauliflower popcorn.

Chapter 7. Top brain boosting foods: cocao, tomatoes, turmeric. Try his wrapatouille, chocolate pecan crunchy balls, pear apple crisp.

Chapter 8. Top muscle building foods: beans, brown rice, raspberries. Try his buckwheat breakfast bars, cauliflower parsnip mash with neatballs, black bean veggie burgers.

Chapter 9. Top immune boosting foods: watermelon, almonds, garlic. Try his golden turmeric milk, cream of mushroom soup, glorious green juice.

Chapter 10. Top Bone building foods: almonds, bok choy, spinach. Try his buffalo cauliflower bites with cashew dill dipping sauce, the burgerrito, roasted brussels sprouts with coconut bacon.

Chapter 11. Top foods for healthy skin: kale, green tea, hemp seeds. Try his superfood Caesar supreme salad, kale BLT salad,  pear and pecan salad.

Chapter 12. Top foods for strong eye sight: kale, blueberries, red wine. Try his spaghetti squash primavera, butternut squash mac n cheese, mixed berry parfait.

Chapter 13. Top heart healthy foods: beets, oranges, spinach. Try his Thai cucumber peanut salad, dark chocolate pancakes, squash crostini.

Chapter 14.Top stress reducing foods: banana, broccoli, peanuts. Try his peanut butter ice cream, cream of broccoli soup, spicy jackfruit taco’s.

Most of the recipes in the book are gluten free. Actually at first I thought it was a GF book because it wasn’t until several recipes into it that I actually found one that had gluten it in. Jason does list a lot more TOP foods in each chapter, I was only mentioning three. But as you can see- real foods will improve your over all wellness. Including a better sex life.

With permission from Hay House Publishing, I’m able to share a recipe with you. It’s called Nacho Cheesy Popcorn. This is from the Chapter Recipes for Weight Loss.

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2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

¾ unpopped popcorn seeds

¼ cup melted organic virgin coconut oil

¼ nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon sea salt.

 

  1. Heat the grapeseed oil in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the popcorn seed and place the lid on the lid on pan. Shake vigorously to coat the kernels with oil. When the corn starts to pop, shake the pan constantly until the popping stops, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the popped corn into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Drizzle the melted coconut oil over the hot popcorn and sprinkle with the nutritional yeast, chili powder, cumin garlic powder and sea salt. Stir thoroughly and serve immediately.

I didn’t use his method of popping the corn I used my air popper. Therefore I didn’t use the grapeseed oil. OMG!!! I loved it. Actually I had this for supper one night. Yes, you can have popcorn for dinner- try it sometime. Plus I scored bonus points for being a cool Mom. Sometimes I make my kids popcorn for breakfast- and this is a non guilty pleasure. If your kids are not a fan of spice, omit the chili powder- it will still be awesome.

Published and distributed by Hay House Inc. 2016. Cover and Interior photography: Jeff Skeirik, Interior food photography: Jackie Sobon, Food Styling: Jackie Sobon and Michelle Marquis, Recipe formatting:  Michelle Marquis, Indexer: Jay Kreider

CONTEST CLOSED- Congratulations to Jenn G and Jo-Ann B they both won a copy of Eaternity. 

Hay House publishing did send me out a copy of Eaternity for review and is offering a giveaway. We are able to give 2 copies of this masterpiece away. Kayla and I decided to hold a contest for Canadian Residents and one for American Residents. So, please make sure you click on the right link. Good luck to all who enter. Again as before, we will contact the winner (s) by email. You will have 24 hrs to contact us, or we will have to choose another winner. The contest will run for one week.

American residents enter here.

Canadian residents enter here.

Try the popcorn and let us know what you think. Leave a comment. It’s good, and we give you permission to eat it for dinner 😉

 

Gluten free Blueberry oats to go 

Bob’s Red Mill sent out some samples of their oats to go for me to try. So I decided on trying the blueberry and hazelnut with flax and chia. First of all- I have to warn you I am not a fan of blueberries. I don’t like the way they look, or turn my food to a different color – the texture, taste- sorry to those who are a fan of them- it just means more for you to eat.

With that being said, in my to go cup thankfully there was only maybe 6 pieces of little blueberries. I did try one, I found it to be undercooked and yes, I still don’t like blueberries. I did eat the rest of the oatmeal because I DID like the flavour of it. Loved the hazelnuts and appreciated the colouring from the blueberries it made plain oatmeal look berry pretty. (Yes, I did mean to say berry).

With 7 grams of fibre, 8g’s of protein, 10% iron-  you can’t go wrong with this grab and go cup. Plus it takes a minute to cook, let sit for two minutes and boom- breakfast is done.

I can’t wait to try their maple and brown sugar next. But I’m saving it for last. I’m going to have the classic one first.

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If you haven’t read what I had to say about their apple cinnamon one yet, check out the pervious post. I wish that cup never ended. It was so good!!

What is your favourite flavour of oatmeal?

Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free Oatmeal

Bob’s Red Mill kindly sent me some samples. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but will be posting as I try them. I made the apple cinnamon gluten free oatmeal the other day. Fill the cup to the indicator line, zap in microwave for a minute, let sit for 2 minutes. Breakfast in under 5 mins. I love that there’s real chunks of apples in it (not to mention there’s 8 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein). It’s so easy that my 8 year old can make this on her own. The oatmeal to go cups are satisfying. They fill you up without weighing you down. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or even a snack. Sweet, but not sickening sweet like some oatmeal packets. My only regret or disappointment is not saving this one to the last. I would recommend this oatmeal to everyone. You do not need to be gluten free to enjoy this, but to all my gluten free friends- if you haven’t tried this yet you should. It doesn’t taste gf- read it doesn’t taste like cardboard.

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For more information including how to order some- click here.