Green Sprouts- Great Feeding Options for your kiddos! CONTEST!

Do you LOVE natural products?  I know I do.  I really try as hard as I can to stay all natural if at all possible.  With food containers- this can be tricky.  I use a lot of glass.  I don’t want my Little Man to deal with the side affects of BPA or other chemicals later in life!  (Nor do I, LOL)  However- there is a new option.  Green Sprouts, available from iplay!  It is made from plants– and while not microwave or dishwasher safe (Well, it is dishwasher safe, top shelf only, for up to 10 washes- so…), it is really great to have a NON-Glass option for food-to-go.  It’s easier and lighter, that’s for sure!  Plus, if it drops- it’s fine.  It is just better to hand wash them, because they will last longer that way.  They have flatware, cups, snack cups, and bowl/plate sets.  
You can use the plates as tops to the bowls- and that is how we have been using them pretty much every time.  I also love that there is three sections in the bowl- especially for fruit.  In the mornings, we bring a lot of fruit for Little Man to have with breakfast, and this is my new favorite container.

New! Petroleum free! Made from plants! Forks & Spoons that are right-sized for toddlers.  Twist-on spouts are easy to drink out of and interchangeable with Snack Cups  Deep, divided bowl has 3 sections and plate doubles as a travel lid. Multi-use disposable items are dishwasher safe, top rack only up to 10 washings; hand wash for longer life.

Since 1982, i play., Inc. has been developing bibs and feeding accessories to meet the needs of babies as they grow and develop through infancy.

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Nutella® hazelnut spread

Ok so we just had a really cute party, sponsored by Nutella® hazelnut spread.  I had the opportunity to spread the joy.  We invited some friends over, had a light brunch and a fun get together.  Some were Nutella newbies, others had been fans.  We had a Nutella® hazelnut spread tasting and everyone brought some favorite foods and ideas.  Nutella on toast, someone else brought over graham crackers and small marshmallows to make Nutella s’mores,  which, while not brunch-y, were phenomenal.   We used our provided Nutella spreading knives and shared away. My husbands favorite was peanut butter and Nutella.  Maybe a bit boring- but he liked it!
Now, honestly, this would be a not food I would give my kids on the regular for breakfast.  But as a once in a while weekend breakfast treat, it’s fun in moderation.   And, it is a good snack.

Children need to be taught from an early age that breakfast is not to be skipped. They also must be taught the importance of eating wholesome and healthy breakfast meals instead of sugary cereal or donuts.
Fact: The most important meal of the day is breakfast. Nutella in the proper portion of 1-2 tablespoons can make this meal nutritious and fun.  (So says the experts on Nutella’s site– click the hotlinks and check it out)
Fact: There are 50 hazelnuts in a 13 ounce jar of Nutella hazelnut spread.
Fact: Nutella hazelnut spread does not come into contact with peanuts during the manufacturing process nor does it contain peanuts. 

There were also recipes that Nutella® hazelnut spread provided us to try out.   
Waffle Sandwich: Simply spread Nutella on one whole wheat toaster waffle and top with fresh fruit, finally top with a second waffle can slice in half.
Breakfast Sandwich: You can use a whole wheat English muffin or Whole grain bagel. Toast it and spread with 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella and top with cut up strawberries.
Breakfast Roll-Up: Spread 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella on a whole wheat tortilla. Then top with fruit and roll!
Want to see something crazy?  Check out this site for an amazing quantity of Nutella recipes!  

waiting our turn to grab a plate is HARD!!!

Over all, we had a great night and a few new ideas we hadn’t thought of before.  Everyone had a blast, thanks Nutella!  
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Funny Link

Ok, this is gross and funny- my husband sent it to me- it is strange canned foods.
Thought it may make you giggle.  🙂

http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomerobo/30-bizarre-foods-in-a-can-23kj

Thomas’ Bagel Thins Morning Tips

Tips from Thomas’ Bagel Thins!

KERI GLASSMAN
Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ Bagels Morning Tips

Don’t skimp on sleep
o It’s important to get a good night’s sleep to feel well-rested – ready to take
on the day! Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each
night, and studies have shown that those who get less have impaired
memory and physical performance. Not getting enough sleep can also
make concentration difficult, and leave you feeling drowsy all day. So aim
to get enough sleep each night. It’ll boost your immune system, help your
nervous system work properly, and leave you feeling energized all day!
Experts estimate that compared to getting 7 to 8 hours per night, the risk
of developing obesity rises 23 percent with just 6 hours of sleep per night,
50 percent with only 5 hours per night, and 73 percent with 4 hours per
night!

Have a healthy breakfast
o While sleeping each night, your body is in a fasting mode, so within an
hour of rising, you need to break that fast by eating a healthy breakfast.
It gives your body the fuel it needs to meet your busy schedule and
skipping breakfast decreases your metabolism, and increases your
cravings throughout the day! Studies have also shown consuming
breakfast improves cognition and memory in children and adolescents
making them able to concentrate and be more attentive in school. We all
have some kid in us, so use this tip to your advantage!

Eat empowered
o Every morning when you sit down to breakfast (and every meal!),
remember that each meal is an opportunity to get back in the game
and stay on course. You should feel empowered by making the right
choices. There are always healthier alternatives to the high-fat, high-
calorie, nutrient-less options that we all tend to go for, and I always keep
a healthy staple product on-hand to help me quickly make a delicious and
nutritious meal. Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ bagel is one of those better-for-
you options – they’re 110 calories each, low in fat and every flavor is at
least a good source of fiber. It’s not “I can’t eat that heavy bagel” – it IS –
“I can eat the Thomas’ Bagel Thins™ bagel!

Start with a glass of lemon water
o Drinking enough h2o throughout the day helps with weight loss in
several ways. First, there’s an emotional component; it will make you feel
empowered and will help spur you to make good choices for the rest of
the day. Second, researchers have long known that dieters who replace
sweetened drinks with water lose weight more quickly that those who
don’t. Finally, many people overeat because they are actually thirsty and
just can’t tell the difference between thirst and hunger. Also, when you’re
adequately hydrated, your metabolism functions at its best.

Exercise steady
o Aside from burning calories, exercise is important because it causes your
body to release endorphins, making you feel good, and motivating you

to eat well, do your job well, and simply be happy! I love exercising in the
early am, and eating breakfast when I’m done, and typically, people who
work out in the morning are more likely to stick to their routine, than those
who squeeze it in later. If you’re averse to starting your day with more
rigorous exercises like running, try a lower-impact activity like yoga. Just
do something!

Source for “Don’t skimp on sleep” stat: Inadequate Sleep as a Risk Factor for Obesity:
Analyses of the NHANES I

James E. Gangwisch, PhD1; Dolores Malaspina, MD, MPH2; Bernadette Boden-Albala,
Dr.PH3; Steven B. Heymsfield, MD4 1Mailman School of Public Health, Department
of Epidemiology; 2Department of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Neurobiology;
3Department of Neurology and Department of Sociomedical Sciences; 4Obesity
Research Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Columbia University, College of
Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/281017.pdf

Thomas’ Bagel Thins, Review and Contest!

Thomas, famous for English Muffins, just came out with a new diet breakfast food.  They wanted to help start your day off right.  Breakfast being the most important meal of the day, so may people skip it when dieting.  Not good, folks!  So they created a bagel that was thin, had lots of fiber, and is only 110 calories.
These new Bagel Thins come in various size packs and flavors, like whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, everything, and others.  


I’m not loving them.  Sorry!  They are good if you put an egg between them, and thereby use less calories then a regular bagel or toast- but I just don’t like them regular.  To me, they totally taste like “diet” food.   My husband says they get crunchy fast, so he thinks that is a positive.

The way we ended up using most of them was with turkey bacon, and an egg on it for weekend breakfasts.  That was good.  They made up a low-calorie, high fiber way to add the bread part of the sandwich.

From the Thomas website- 
“Light texture and delicious taste in a 110 calorie bagel.

THIS PRODUCT IS:

  • 0g Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Low Fat”

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Cold Stone Creamery- CONTEST!!!

Who loves ice cream? Me too! Yeah yeah, so it’s 20 below outside- but that is not going to stop this lady from going at the ice cream! For me, ice cream is one of those “gotta have it” foods that I even eat (in moderation, of course!) while watching my weight- because sometimes you really just need to let yourself indulge in those little pleasures in life! You all know I am dieting right now, but a little fabulous ice cream is not going to kill me. (It didn’t! I’m still alive, and still losing weight!)

Cold Stone Creamery has some pretty cool stuff! From cakes to ice cream, their fantastic-ness is really unlimited. If you can think of it, chances are really good they will have it (and make it for you!) at Cold Stone Creamery.
Have you been? If you haven’t, then you should really find one near you and head on over. They let you choose the flavor of ice cream that you want, and then you choose if you would like “mix ins” (anything from candy to sprinkles to marshmallows) they just- well, they mix it in! LOL

And the cakes! Oy! So good. You can call ahead to customize any kind that you want, and they also have an awesome “ready to go” section that are waiting for you when you arrive!
We ended up reviewing the Cake Batter Confetti cake, because they were all out of the cuper cool Chocolate Loves Strawberry Valentine’s Day cakes that they had for Valentines Day- bummer! But, don’t worry- the cake was super fab!
It had red velvet cake and cake batter ice cream- and of course rainbow sprinkles!

My husband and his friend ate the entire other half of it (for real, half of it) the day after, LOL.
So, I think it’s safe to say they liked it?
The mix of ice cream and cake is interesting. Usually you get one or the other- or you can put the ice cream on top of the cake at a party, haha. But at Cold Stone Creamery, they do all the work for you- and you get a two-in-one!

Little Man of course liked it, haha. Cake? Ice cream? Together? Yeah, he was down, lol.
(He did an extra review- he also tried out the chocolate cake ice cream with marshmellows mixed in- just to make sure the ice cream is also good, LOL)
What do you think?

All in all, I’d say it was a sucessful day!
If you haven’t already- give Cold Stone Creamery a call and put in your order for your next cake. And if you would also like the chance to win a $30 gift card to check out all the fun that Cold Stone Creamery has to offer, here is how to enter!
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Coldstone Valentine’s Day

Tell me THAT doesn’t make your mouth water? I put in an order for one, you know it! And tomorrow- since I love you so much, and Cold Stone Creamery is SO super awesome, I am going to have a gift card to giveaway!
But if you want to impress your Valentine (or Valentines, if you have little ones!) You are going to want to make sure that you have this cake on hand for your special day! (And come on! How good does that look!)
Sigh. Now I’m hungry…..

Apple Crisp

I love baking 🙂
It is one of my favorite things to do.
Concord Foods sent me this box of Apple Crisp to try out. I actually had never tried it before!

We were going to the local farmers market anyway (we go on weekends- you know how I feel about organic foods and local produce!) so we bought some great, farm-fresh apples to go into our Apple Crisp.

As you can see- Little Man is “helping” pick out produce, lol…
The Apple Crisp was SUPER EASY to make. All you needed was the Apple Crisp mix, butter, (mmmm, butter) and 6-8 fresh apples. You just mix the apples and butter together and sprinkle the Apple Crisp on top! Little Man helped- Kamikaze was at her friend’s house. That is how easy it was. And it was ready in just 25 minutes!

Here is Daddy and Little getting ready for the “eating” portion of the evening- no doubt everyone’s favorite part! I had tried to take a picture BEFORE they got into it- but you can see how well that worked out!!!
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