Post Great Grains

Critically-acclaimed restaurateur, judge of NBC’s “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and host of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Chef Curtis Stone will be hosting a live video chat on the Post Great Grains Facebook Page, on:
Wednesday, April 20th at 10:00am EST
Curtis can answer questions about his whole-food philosophy and the importance of eating less-processed foods, like Post Great Grains Cereal, for better nutrition.  Post Great Grains starts with the real whole grain, then mixes in beautiful fruit and nuts for a cereal that’s really good for you and tastes delicious. Great Grains cereal comes in Cranberry Almond Crunch, Crunchy Pecans and Raisins, Dates & Pecans flavors. 

Dreamfields Pasta Review and Contest!

Have you ever heard of Dreamfields Pasta? I hadn’t. We just tried it out, and we liked it. As an Italian girl, I like my carbs in the form of pasta (ok, and bread!) Little Man is a pasta freak as well, and he also enjoyed it. The difference between Dreamfields Pasta and other pastas is that it has twice the fiber, fewer digestible carbohydrates and a lower glycemic index than traditional pasta.  Plus- it didn’t taste like garbage the way most “healthy” pasta does, LOL.  It tasted….like pasta!  (Really- it did.) 
Would I use it again? Sure!

Product Description:
Dreamfields is a delicious pasta with twice the fiber (5 grams; 20% of the daily recommendation), fewer digestible
carbohydrates and a lower glycemic index than regular pasta. Its delectable taste and nutritional benefits make it
a healthful option for people with diabetes and a flavorful, nourishing pasta for the entire family.

Why It’s Unique:
• Dreamfields’ patent-pending recipe and manufacturing process protects all but 5 grams of the carbohydrates
per serving from being digested and therefore lessens post-meal blood glucose rise as compared to regular pasta.
• Dreamfields contains inulin; a 100% natural prebiotic fiber found in common foods such as Jerusalem
artichokes (sunchokes), asparagus, garlic, raisins and chicory root. By providing a food source for the healthy
bacteria living in the gut, prebiotics such as inulin may: help promote healthy digestion, support a healthy
immune system, and improve calcium absorption. Inulin is a soluble fiber (like that found in oats, dried beans
and apples) which means it dissolves in water turns into a gel during digestion. As part of a healthful overall
eating plan, consuming enough soluble fiber may help reduce blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
• Dreamfields Pasta is the only pasta clinically shown to have a lower glycemic index than regular pasta (65% lower).
• Dreamfields has all of the flavor and texture of traditional pastas.

Pasta Shapes:
• Spaghetti
• Elbows
• Lasagna
• Angel Hair

Availability:
Nationwide in supermarkets; online via amazon.com, carbsmart.com,
netrition.com, vivalowcarb.com and through dreamfieldsfoods.com.

Good Housekeeping Seal:
Dreamfields Pasta has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, one of
the most prestigious and trusted honors for consumer goods. Every
product that is awarded the seal is reviewed and evaluated by the
Good Housekeeping Research Institute to ensure that all product
claims are valid and authentic.

2008 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Clinical Practice
Recommendations:
The ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations included a statement
recognizing the evidence that reducing carbohydrate or fat intake is
equally effective for decreasing weight in the short term if calorie
intake is reduced.

• Penne Rigate
• Rotini
• Linguine

Suggested Retail Price: $2.49

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DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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Artisan Ovens™ Flatbreads

Hey all!  I just tried out a NEW product from Arnold / Oroweat called Artisan Ovens™ Flatbreads. 
These new flatbreads are so versatile that they can be used at any meal (or between meals).  You can roll, dip or rip ‘em, AND bake, grill or enjoy them fresh out of the package. And with the three varieties – Original, Savory Herb and Multi-Grain – you’re sure to find one you love.
There is some not-so-good news, Artisan Ovens™ Flatbreads are currently only available in the Northeast at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, but they are hopefully going to be moving into more stores soon!  But if you live in the area, then you can pick these up the next time you are out and about. 

 

 
The new Artisan oven breads by Arnold’s have a good assortments of flavor already.  We had multi-grain, original, and savory herb.  All three were good, but I think by far my favorite is the savory herb.  It is so easy to make something really good, using these as a starting point.  We had made mini pizzas with some plain sauce and mozzarella cheese sprinkled on it, and they came out well.  The herb bread brought it together nicely.  Also, with just a bit of cheese on it or maybe some olive oil, toast it slightly and serve as a nice garlic bread to complement your spaghetti dinner.  My favorite by far of the recipes we tried is the mozzarella and fresh tomato sandwich.  Using the Artisan Ovens™ Flatbreads as the bread, and toasting very lightly to heat it up.  It is also pretty good toasted with just about anything on it, just like regular bread. 
 

I also like how you can easily cut it into perfect pieces with the pattern on the back of them.  Perfect portions, here we come!  No more fighting over whose half is bigger!  Haha.  Very good idea, Arnold’s. 
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ColdStone- man, that looks good!

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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DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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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!  
 DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review by MommyParties, MomSelect, and Nutella.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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