Category: Eating

ThinkThin’s New Lean Protein & Fiber Bar Are a Healthy, Yet Tasty On-the-Go Snack

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a tasty way to get more protein and fiber into your diet, thinkThin can help. Just in time for summer, thinkThin has introduced a new line of Lean Protein & Fiber bars.

Each bar has just 150 calories, but contains 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Additionally, all flavors are gluten-free and contain only 5 grams of sugar.

Available flavors include:

  • Cinnamon Bun White Chocolate
  • Honey Drizzle Peanut
  • Salted Caramel
  • Chunky Chocolate Peanut
  • Chocolate Almond Brownie

I absolutely adored the Salted Caramel sample I received and will be ordering another box soon. It tasted almost exactly like a dark chocolate covered caramel candy and didn’t leave the funky aftertaste in my mouth that some protein bars can have.

The Chunky Chocolate Peanut was also quite tasty. The only flavor I really disliked was the Cinnamon Bun White Chocolate, which fell short of the fresh baked cinnamon roll taste I was hoping for.

The thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber bars bars are small and don’t seem to melt or crush easily, so they’re perfect for slipping in your purse as an on-the-go snack. I took one to the pool with me yesterday so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy a Snickers bar for myself when my son wanted to visit the concession stand for a treat.

ThinkThin was founded by a former model and a busy single mother of two, Lizanne Falsetto. When creating the thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber bars, her goal was to create flavors that successfully balanced nutritional value and taste. ThinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber bars are available nationwide at grocery and specialty retailers. Visit www.thinkproducts.com for more information.

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Disclaimer: Product samples were provide by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: thinkThin

Link Round-up: Hair Accessories, Birthday Party Ideas, Recipes, and More

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has mad scientist birthday party ideas, peanut butter Nutella s’mores, a belt strap memo board, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make tangle-free hair accessories.

Take a Bite Out of Boca showed us how to make Mediterranean herbed spaghetti squash.

The Country Chic Cottage showed us how to make peanut butter Nutella s’mores.

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Mom Endeavors shared ideas for mad scientist birthday parties.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a belt strap memo board.

Thrifty Jinxy shared some tips for choosing a quality hotel.

My World Simplified shared a recipe for Amish broccoli and cauliflower salad.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Mom Endeavors

Tree Top Fruit Full Smoothies Let You Put Away Your Blender

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by No Comments

If your kids love smoothies and you hate dragging out the blender every time they want a treat, you’ll want to add Tree Top’s new Fruit Full Smoothies to your grocery shopping list.

Tree Top Fruit Full Smoothies come in two flavors: strawberry and mango. They are made with 100 percent real fruit and contain no high fructose corn syrup or added sugar. Each 8 oz serving contains 130 calories and provides 3 grams of fiber with 10 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.

Fruit Full Strawberry Fruit Smoothie0d650fc5-1b64-4591-9e1d-3e3c00d315bfThe smoothies are shelf stable until open, so they are easy to store in the pantry as a special treat for your kids. My son isn’t a big fan of breakfast foods and I am incredibly lazy in the morning, so I let him have a smoothie with a piece of fresh fruit or a slice of toast.

We’re not huge mango fans, so the strawberry flavor of the Tree Top smoothies was the biggest hit in my house. The product is made from a blend of pear, apple, and strawberry puree, however, so it doesn’t taste entirely like strawberries. Our son didn’t pick up on the difference, but my husband and I noticed the hint of pear in the strawberry smoothie right away.

The texture of the smoothie wasn’t quite what I expected. It’s definitely thicker than regular juice, but quite a bit thinner than a homemade fruit smoothie. My son likes his smoothies easily drinkable with a straw, so this didn’t seem to bother him. I would have preferred something a bit thicker, however.

Tree Top Fruit Full Smoothies can be found at select grocery stores in the western United States.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Tree Top

Link Round-up: RVing, Rice Krispies Dinosaur Bones, Snacks, and More

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has reasons to go RVing, a Rice Krispies dinosaur bones activity and snack, recipes, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make a decoupaged metal watering can.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make chocolate peanut butter buckeye brownies.

Crystal & Co. gave us eight reasons to go RVing.

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The Suburban Soapbox showed us how to make blueberry mojito popsicles.

The Partiologist showed us how to make Rice Krispies dinosaur bones.

Domestic Mommyhood taught us how to make funnel cake bites.

The It Mom shared a recipe for watermelon feta pineapple skewers.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and The Suburban Soapbox

EIO Offers an Easy Way to Turn Mason Jars Into Sippy Cups

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re worried about the possibility of the chemicals in plastic cups harming your child, EIO has created a clever alternative to traditional plastic sippy cups. The company sells a cap and sleeve that are designed to fit most eight ounce screw top canning jars. This lets you turn your trusty mason jar into a convenient, eco-friendly sippy cup for your child.

The EIO cap is made from BPA free plastic and the sleeve is made from silicone to provide an easy-to-grip surface for little hands. The sleeve can be left on the jar for easy cleaning and is top-rack dishwasher safe.

You can buy the EIO sleeves and caps as a set or just buy the parts individually. The sleeve is intended to provide cushioning if your child tends to drop or throw cups, but older children could use the caps individually in cases where you are worried about them spilling their drinks.

However, the mason jars need to be purchased separately regardless of which option you choose.

My son is past the sippy cup years, but I like the idea of these cups because there is no spout for your child to chew on or valve to clean. Between the sippy cups my son chewed to pieces and the ones I had to toss because they ended up with mold in the valves, it seemed like we were buying new cups almost every week!

There is also evidence to suggest that valves on sippy cups can be detrimental to a child’s speech and dental development after 1 year of age because they encourage sucking instead of the proper sipping motion.

Visit the EIO website to learn more about this unique product or to purchase sippy cup supplies for your child.

Photo credit: EIO Kids Cup

Link Round-up: Campfire Quesadillas, DIY Jewelry, Upcycling, and More

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has campfire quesadillas, a jewelry DIY, an upcycle blue jeans bowl, and more.

The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for campfire quesadillas.

The Partiologist shared tips for hosting a 70s theme party.

Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make an upcycled blue jeans bowl.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a simple beaded necklace.

Raining Hot Coupons showed us how to make a strawberry cheesecake smoothie.

Create Craft Love shared some inspiration for a homework station.

Meet the Dubiens showed us how to make your own tutus with minimal sewing.

Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Seashell Fish Craft, Gift Idea, Summer Hair and Makeup, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a seashell fish craft, a gift idea, summer hair and makeup tips, and lots of delicious recipes.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make tropical fish out of seashells.

The Pin Junkie taught us how to make copycat Outshine strawberry popsicles.

Dieter’s Downfall taught us how to grill apricots to perfection.

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Simply Kelly Designs showed us a creative way to give money with a glass block bank.

Three in Three shared a stuffed ranch burger recipe that looks incredible.

Pint-Sized Baker offered a recipe for mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches.

Hello Little Home shared easy hair and makeup tips for summer.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Simply Kelly Designs

Just Mayo Adds Zip to Your Sandwiches

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

During the summer, my family eats a lot of sandwiches. I hate to turn on the stove when it’s 90 degrees outside, so sandwiches are a quick and easy meal option. Of course, since the same old sandwich day after day can get boring, you’ll need to have several condiment options to choose from to keep your family happy.

If you’re looking for a healthy, tasty, and affordable mayo option that the whole family can enjoy, Just Mayo is the answer.

There are four different Just Mayo flavors:

  • Original
  • Garlic
  • Chipotle
  • Sriracha

Just Mayo is made of non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil, filtered water, lemon juice, white vinegar, organic sugar, salt, pea protein, spices, modified food starch, and beta-carotene. It does not need to be refrigerated until it has been opened.

Just Mayo is dairy-free, soy-free, eggless, kosher, and lactose free, so it’s perfect for serving at picnics or parties where your guests have a variety of specific dietary needs. The compact bottles take up next to no space, so it’s easy to keep a number of different flavor options on hand so everyone can personalize their sandwiches.

My son likes the original flavor best, my favorite is the garlic, and my husband likes the chipotle.

Just Mayo is produced by Hampton Creek. It is available nationally at Whole Foods Market, Safeway, and select Costco locations. You can also  buy an 8-ounce variety pack online at Food 52.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Hampton Creek

Arctic Zero Lets You Indulge without Guilt

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by No Comments

Have you ever sat down for a bite of ice cream and polished off the whole pint before you realized what had happened? If so, you need to check out Arctic Zero.

This healthy ice cream alternative is sweetened with a blend of monk fruit concentrate and organic cane sugar. It is all natural, gluten free, low glycemic, and just 150 calories per pint. It’s even suitable for people with lactose intolerance!

Recently, I had a chance to try the three newest Arctic Zero flavors: Sea Salt Caramel, Orange Cream, and Coconut.

The Sea Salt Caramel Arctic Zero is by far my favorite flavor. It’s great on its own, but I used it in an adaptation of an ice cream cake recipe my family loves to make a dish that tastes a little like tiramisu.

Brownie Bottom Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pints Sea Salt Caramel Arctic Zero
  • 16 ounce container of Cool Whip Lite
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Lightly mist an 8-inch microwave-safe square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add cocoa powder, sugar, flour, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract to large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Scrape prepared batter into your baking dish. Microwave until brownies are set in center, approximately 6 minutes.
  4. After the brownies are cooled completely, add 2 pints of softened Sea Salt Arctic Zero over top of the brownies. Finish with a layer of Cool Whip Lite.
  5. Freeze for 3 to 5 hours. Top with sprinkles before serving, if desired.

Visit the Arctic Zero website to learn more about this product or to find out where to purchase Arctic Zero 150-calorie pints near you. There are also a number of recipes you can try with the different Arctic Zero flavors, including several fun ice cream cakes and flavored smoothies.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Arctic Zero