Month: April 2011

Favorite Friday Product–NuGo Bar

Favorite Friday Product–NuGo Bar

NuGo Website   Need something fast for breakfast or even a snack?  Try this yummy chocolate bar will totally satisfy your sweet tooth craving!  This bar is also allergen friendly – it is vegan and dairy free!    Here are the ingredients: NGREDIENTS: DARK CHOCOLATE […]

Change it up with colorful cauliflower!

Change it up with colorful cauliflower!

Adding a variety of colorful cauliflower may be something you might want to try to brighten up your relish tray! Cauliflower is in the same family as broccoli, brussels sprouts and kale. It is also loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K and a good source […]

Favorite Friday Product–Ohgave Raw Blue Agave Nectar

Favorite Friday Product–Ohgave Raw Blue Agave Nectar

raw agave

 

I am getting hooked with agave and especially this particular brand.  Agave nectar is a natural sweetener from the agave plant, blue agave plant that is in this case!  I use this for our pancake syrup instead of imitation maple syrup Smile or ion my toast!

 

The raw agave actually contains some great antioxidants.  Plus it has a low glycemic index (only 17!) which helps keeps your blood sugar low after you eat it – remember it does contain sugar to be exact 16 grams of sugar per tablespoon!  Just keep it in the right portion size. (FYI – table sugar has a glycemic index of 65 in the medium range)

 

Use in your oatmeal, on buttered toast, pancakes, waffles, tea or any other place you might use sugar!

 

I have a wonderful recipe for a homemade dressing that I use this in and will share later – it is to die for!!  I eat sooo many veggies because of a yummy tasting dressing.

 

Again, this is just another example of bringing back REAL food – real sugar with actual health benefits!

Goals, Motivate, Setbacks, Rewards . . .

Goals, Motivate, Setbacks, Rewards . . .

I swear when it comes Monday, I go through the same cycle of planning my goals for the week and being super motivated.  Then life hits, the hectic busy lifestyles challenge me to obtain my goals realistically AND keep balance the proper amount of sleep […]

Check it out!  Cooking Across Iowa Comes to Visit Me!

Check it out! Cooking Across Iowa Comes to Visit Me!

  Super cool program  where I get to help “makeover” a favorite from awesome guitar player, Ellis Kells along with World’s Happiest Diabetic Chef, Robert Lewis!

Favorite Friday Product–Nature’s Harvest Granola

Favorite Friday Product–Nature’s Harvest Granola

Oh my goodness, call the portion control police because this granola may get you in a little trouble! I would suggest pre-portioning out the granola into little snack baggies to help you have the proper portion size.

WOW! My new favorite granola!

Nature's Harvest granola

 

This granola has cocoa, cherries, almonds and pecans.   Who knew you could add cocoa to granola and make it taste so good!  Like most granolas, they are very calorie dense so take note to the portion size.  A serving is 1/3 cup , which isn’t too bad for only 110 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 40 milligrams sodium, 16 grams carbohydrates, 3 fiber, 7 grams sugar and 3 grams protein. Sounds pretty good to me!

 

The ingredient are just basic ingredients including: whole grain oats, brown sugar, almonds, coconut, dried cherries (cherries, sugar, sunflower oil), pecans, cocoa, maltodextrin (dietary fiber), natural flavors, salt, cinnamon, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E, soybean oil).

 

The almonds and pecans are like hitting jackpot but the cherries are like hitting a mega millions, wow!  I thought the cherries were chocolate but they tasted even better than chocolate!

 

 

This product contains lots of good stuff for you –

      Cherries – high in antioxidants

      Cocoa – high in antioxidants, rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron

     Almonds and pecans – great source of heart-healthy omega-3s plus a good source of protein

 

 

Have this granola with your yogurt for breakfast or snack or munch lightly to satisfy a sweet tooth anytime during the day!

Breakfast Pita Pocket–Start your day off right

Breakfast Pita Pocket–Start your day off right

  I like to focus on healthy carbohydrates for the every meal especially breakfast.  I know I have shown this product for my simple tacos but these pitas work in every aspect of a meal or snack.     For breakfast I have made a […]