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I was recently sent some Vega Vibrancy Bars to review from Sequel Naturals.

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Kelly from Sequel Naturals sent me this information. Each Vega Vibrancy bar features:

  • Sprouts galore – Sprouts are like the express bus to nutrition. The sprouting process converts complex carbs into simple carbs, protein into amino acids, and fat into fatty acids, meaning your body doesn’t have to produce its own enzymes for digestion. Plus the nutrients are in a usable, highly digestible form. With 17.5g of sprouts, Vibrancy Bars have more sprouted ingredients than any other bar on the market.
  • Raw protein – Packed with 10g of plant-based protein from sprouted buckwheat, hemp seeds, sprouted almonds, brown rice and pea protein.
  • Fiber, fiber, fiber – With 20% of your daily recommended intake, Vega Vibrancy bars have 5g of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber slows the release of carbs into the bloodstream, helping control insulin levels, prolong energy, and gives you feeling of fullness, signaling that hunger mechanism to shut off. Insoluble fiber is important in terms of digestive health and cleansing by ensuring toxins don’t build up and spread to the bloodstream.

These bars had good flavor and great nutritional value. I will be honest and say that people who enjoy the taste of healthy green flavors will like these but they don’t taste like a candy bar.

If you are interested in these bars or anything else Sequel Naturals has to offer (they have some great products!) then…

Enter code HOLIDAY09 at checkout to receive $10 off when you spend $75. Store is at: http://shop.sequelnaturals.com/

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I saved this review to do around the holidays because I think it would make a great gift and is filled with rich French food that makes me think of the holidays.

French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals & Gatherings

Stephane Reynaud

French Feasts at Amazon

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (2009)

This is a beautiful book that covers everything from classic French stews to creme brulee. It is filled with fun illustrations, gorgeous photographs and 299 recipes. Below each recipe is a wine pairing. I love the book’s character and style.

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Ratings:

Presentation of book: A (hard cover, lots of great photographs, heavy to carry around)

Difficulty of recipes: A- (overall recipes seemed easy to follow despite their complex names, a few dishes took a while to cook but not all of it was preparation time)

Healthy: C+ (many whole food ingredients were used and some recipes could probably be adapted to make them more healthy, lots of butter, oil and cheese)

Vegetarian/ Gluten Free: B (veggie or gluten free recipes were not on purpose but there were some, and modifications could be made to these recipes)

Entertaining: B+ (you could use this to entertain with, but I would suggest trying a few recipes first)

Overall, I would buy this for my coffee table because it is so pretty and it makes a statement. I don’t see myself opening it up and using it very often but I would also use it for a gourmet club dinner I was hosting or a special holiday dish. I think it would be a great gift for a friend who is into French cooking or culture or someone who just got back from a European trip!

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I felt like I discovered a treasure when I came home a few days ago to find this treasure chest on my doorstep! I was so excited to see what treats were awaiting me!

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And you can imagine my excitement when I saw this!

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The wonderful people at Pirate’s Booty sent me the treasure to try. I was instantly hooked on the melt in your mouth yumminess that these snacks have to offer. I think my flavor was Salt and Vinegar but I liked them all so much that it is hard to tell.

Another think I loved about this snack is the nutritional profile. These treats are natural and baked. They are made of a combination of corn and rice and the ingredient list is short! Here is another great flavor.

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Contest!

If would like to win your own treasure chest of healthy snacks then leave a comment below and I will use number generator to pick a winner by tomorrow night dinner! Aaarrgh!

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Thanks to the Chobani Fairy, and Morgan, for sending me an AMAZING package at the end of last week!

See the little treats in there…
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All of the amazing flavors…

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Complete with 2 of the new famous pineapple flavors. You know I had to try one as soon as I ripped open the box!

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It was even better than I had expected, even after all of the raving reviews! It was sweet and creamy and delicious! I plan on searching Columbus for the pineapple flavor, hopefully they will add them to the Costco pack I buy!

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Let me start off by saying, I am obsessed! This bread is so moist and seedy and chewy and crunch but soft, all at the same time! Let me start from the beginning:

Dave’s Killer Bread sent me a package with two different types of bread plus and information letter and a sticker!

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Kind #1

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Kind #2
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I was so excited to try them I dove into the Good Seed package. Look how fluffy and seedy!

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I was hooked right away. For the next few days all we ate was sandwiches with delicious bread!

Veggie Sandwich – missing a bite 🙂

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Opps – Panini, also missing a bite 🙂

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Sandwich to go for our car ride to Chautauqua:

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The only real con to this bread is there are 130 calories in each slice. Granted the calories are from the seeds used in the bread so they are all healthy! I think this isn’t a problem when you are putting healthy things on your sandwich like veggies, hummus and mustard. It may add up when your sandwich stuffings aren’t as healthy!

Go to Dave’s Killer Bread to try some! I know it is also sold at Whole Foods and other health food stores!

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NuNaturals = NuLove

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I have been in the process of the trying and reviewing all of the great products NuNaturals sent me! So far, I am in love. I really like the Clear Stevia drops and the packets. It is amazing how sweet Stevia is compared to sugar or even Splenda. Since I officially weaned myself off Splenda in my coffee completely, I am trying not to use Stevia in my coffee because I don’t want to get hooked again.

Today I put two drops of the liquid into my milk for my Fiber One cereal and it added just the right amount of sweetness. I am excited to keep experimenting!

For a blurb of info on Stevia sweetener check out my Examiner post.

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A huge thank you to Greens Plus for the Chia seeds! They are awesome! They came with this shaker cup, too!

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The first way I used them was in my morning green monster smoothie!

This smoothie included:

  • 1/2 scoop Chia seeds
  • banana (frozen)
  • mango (frozen)
  • kiwi (frozen)
  • 1 c. light soy milk
  • 1 scoop light vanilla whey protein
  • 1 big handful of spinach

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It turned out way more fluffly than usual because of Chia seeds which turn into a gel-like substance.

I have mixed them with a little soy milk for my smoothie tomorrow to see if they get more fluffy or what happens! We will see!!

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Simple Stunning Parties at Home

Karen Bussen

Simple Stunning Parties at Home at Amazon

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (2009)

This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys entertaining and having people over! It has lists to keep the host or hostess organized, ideas for theme parties, decor reccommendations and even music ideas. The beautiful pictures make this book fun to look at and get ideas from!

  

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Ratings:

Presentation of book: A + (hard cover, a picture of many great things – food, decor and place settings)

Difficulty of recipes: B (easy to follow instructions, some not common ingredients)

Healthy: B+ (health was not the focus of the book but many whole food ingredients were used)

Vegetarian/ Gluten Free: B (veggie or gluten free recipes were not on purpose but there were some, and modifications could be made to these recipes)

Entertaining: A+ (the focus of this book!)

Overall, I would buy this for myself and for a friend and for my mom and for anyone who likes having people over. It is a great resource to add to your library!

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Thank you Newman’s Own Organics for the HUGE box of amazing products! Here are teh things you can look forward to reading about. I plan to review them all!!

Organic Mints:

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Tons of AMAZING Organic Chocolate bars:

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Dried fruits: prunes, apricots, cranberries, apples

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Organic Pretzels:

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Lots of Cookies!!!!!

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Fig Newmans:

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O’s – YUM!!

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Hermits – they look good ?!!
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When I was asked to do the Hungry Girl interview (Thank you MyBlogSpark!) I was given a free coupon to try the new Fiber One Yogurt. The yogurt has great nutritional benefits and is Hungry Girl Approved!

Click on the picture below to go to the Fiber One site.

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For 50 calories, this snack is packed with fiber and has a few grams of protein. The only downside of this product is the artificial ingredients.

Taste Review

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My cousin Emily and I tasted this yogurt and were very impressed. You would never know there was more fiber in it than another flavored fat free yogurt. It was small, but not too small to pack in your lunch or enjoy as a snack with some fruit or granola.

Overall: I would buy this yogurt if I needed to find ways to get more fiber in my diet and I was looking for a small packable treat. I have gotten very used to plain yogurt and seem to prefer it, but this makes a great option for some people.


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