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Santa Lara

27 Dec

Hi everyone! Hope you had a safe and happy holiday!

Santa Lara visited my house a little late this year with nothing other than…


The new Larabar flavor!


C a p p u c c i n o


Ingredients: Dates, almonds, cashews, coffee, vanilla extract

Very unique flavor! I really like it but I’m sure I would enjoy it more with chocolate chips in it. Jocalat? No, BUT, that’s just me and my coffee+chocolate obsession.

What did Santa Lara bring for you?

Christmas recap coming SOON 🙂


Swanson Health Products Review

13 Aug

Discount Vitamins and Supplements - Swanson Health Products

I was very interested when Swanson contacted me asking for me to review their products for free. I have never heard of the company until I looked on their website. I was so surprised to see such a great selection (not just vitamins!) and at such an affordable price. Swanson offers their own line of products and other big name brands such as Clif Bar, Amazing Grass, Eden Foods, Nutiva, Bob’s Red Mill and NOW foods.

As silly as it sounds, I had to spend a few days on their site to finally pick what I want!

I decided on:

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil

I have used this in smoothies and on salads. Basically anywhere that I used to use flaxseed oil just to change things up!



Maca powder

I’ve seen this around in the blog world and thought I would give it a try considering how affordable it was.

Life's Basics Plant Protein Powder - Vanilla

& Lifetime Vitamins life’s basics plant protein powder

When I was searching on Swanson’s site for good, clean, plant protein powders, I found this beauty. I’ve seen this product in stores before but never at such a low price! From what I have experienced, clean protein powders usually cost around $30 a tub (or $2 a serving). Swanson sells the same stuff for almost have the price of a regular health food store! I was very impressed. The taste was fantastic too! Not chalky or gritty at all. Honestly, it makes every smoothie taste like a {healthy!} vanilla shake.

I will definitely start buying this powder from Swanson’s on a regular basis! 😉

I was overall pleased with Swanson Health Products. I do a lot of online shopping and I definitely feel more comfortable buying from a family owned company like Swanson where everyone is friendly and helpful!

Are you interested in getting some free Swanson Health Products goodies to review on your own blog? Then check out the Swanson Health Blog for all the details.

Do you shop online for special health foods? If so, where do you shop?

Larabar Review

25 Jun

A few months ago the lovely people from LARABAR sent me a lovely sample pack of their new bars to review:

Ok Larabar, you seriously won the cutest package ever award.

What’s inside! What’s inside!

Wait, didn’t they send me four bars?

Oh, that’s right, I ate the cinnamon roll bar on my long quarter-acre walk back from the mailbox. Wheew! That’s was rough.

Cinnamon Roll- Hey, like I said, I tore this baby UP! Nom, nom. I asked Larabar to please send me this flavor cause I can never find it anywhere! Thanks Larabar! I think this would be really good in the microwave for a few seconds, or maybe that defeats the purpose of it being “raw”?

Chocolate Chip Brownie– This is healthy? You gotta be joking. I was clearly eating a brownie.  Almost as good as my homemade version! 😉

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip– I think that title is basically like… “’nuff said.” Not too sweet, not too salty, loved it.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough– I am actually still hoarding this somewhere, you know how I get.

What LARABAR flavor sounds best to you? Check out all of the flavors here!

I would like to try the jocalat chocolate hazelnut! Yum!

Sun Warrior Review

2 Jun

as promised! ( a longg time ago)

The lovely creators of Sun Warrior sent me a few samples to try. I have seen this protein powder used by just about every blogger, I was so jealous! I HAD to try it! I love all of the information they sent me too! Yeah, I’m a nerd. 😀


I don’t think the ingredients could be any cleaner, I love it! & Wow, that’s a lot of Amino Acids! I was pretty impressed.

Taste & Texture: A+, that’s all I have to say! I thought this powder was best used in oats!

Cost: This is one of the more expensive protein powders but honestly, I think it would be worth it. A good protein powder is hard to find!

So I think I may have found a new favorite protein powder! I have never even seen it in stores so I will probably be ordering from this website if you are interested.

What is your favorite brand of protein powder?

Spring Cleaning & a RAW Review

15 May

Goals for this week:

  • Work on the core
  • Eat “cleaner” foods
  • Start my new Spring Cleaning program*

*I have noticed that heavy breads and meals that focus too much on processed carbs (which I shouldn’t be eating anyway) leave me feeling sluggish and weak. I want to try eliminating all foods that upset my body like wheat, sugar, caffeine, and processed anything(not like I haven’t said this before!) I guess I would consider this as somewhat as a detox, but not nearly as extreme. I’ve been talking about eating better for a while now but this time I have a plan.

So stay tuned for new healthy recipes!


A few weeks ago I was sent a sample of ‘RAW protein powder’ from Garden of Life. I see this stuff everywhere but I was afraid to buy it because not only is it pretty expensive, I didn’t want to be stuck with a big tub of this protein powder if it didn’t even taste good.

The taste was pretty good compared to most protein powders. I really like the taste of raw protein powders. Very earthy without the chalky taste! Can’t beat that!

Not only did this stuff taste great, they sent me a $5 off coupon too! Thanks Garden of Life!

Last night, Scott and I went out for SUSHI!

I ordered my favorite roll…. SWEET POTATO!


Sides: fried fermented tofu and veggie tempura


Maybe I over-did the fried part? Whoops!


 Hi baby tomtom! How did that get in there?  Isn’t he cute? Hogging all the toys and what not.

How was your weekend?

Operation Overstock

5 May

Wow! Lots of my readers have entered the Nutty Giveaway! I cannot wait until tomorrow to see who the winner is!

As you know, one of my May Gals is to save money. To be honest, I’m not the average 19-year-old who spends all their money on designer clothes, getting my nails/hair done, purses, shoes, and the newest electronics. If you must know, I wear yoga pants just about everyday, have NEVER had my nails done, is lucky enough to have a mom that is best friends with a hair dresser, uses the same bag everyday that I bought on my Paris trip in 2009, has never spent over $60 on a pair of shoes and has used the same Ipod since 2006.

Now, if you haven’t noticed, I do spend most of my extra money on food. Not because a vegan diet is costly but because I sometimes choose to spoil myself with the latest health foods like Chia seeds, fancy nut butters, and the entire Bob’s Red Mill collection oh, and not to mention my obsession with Amy’s Kitchen frozen meals.

U n n e c e s s a r y !

My pantry is jammed packed with all of these things I never even use. My mom, very seriously, tells my dad that he needs to build another shelf in the laundry room for all of my food (I almost took a pictures of my overstocked kitchen but I’m actually too embarrassed!). This has gone too far.

Anyway, there is a point to all of this.

Operation Overstock means….I am making it my mission to NOT shop for anything but fresh produce until my pantry is CLEAN. Or at least close anyway. I have endless boxes of pasta, different types of flour, cereal, dried fruit, protein powder, beans, and of course…nut butter. For the next few weeks I will just make do with what I have for most of my meals.

Today I started with my pasta:

I added these veggies I bought from the market for $3:


& In honor of CINCO DE MAYO…

Fantastic World Foods Review Part 2

Part 2- Taco Filling

(Incase you missed it: Part 1)


My family decided to make taco’s for dindin and I kinda felt left out. Just kidding! I reached for my Fantastic World Foods TACO FILLING and joined the fiesta. The taco filling is made from TVP which I happen to be a huge fan of. With only 100 calories a serving who wouldn’t be excited? What I loved about the taco filling is that it didn’t taste like ground beef. Sometimes I feel like companies try too hard to make vegetarian products taste like the real deal and I don’t like that. Then it’s just weird. I like “fake meats” to taste like veggies and seasonings. Does that even make sense?

I remember how greasy and dry real ground beef tacos would taste, not pleasant at all. you can tell just by looking at these tacos that there is no dryness here!

 Would I buy these again? No doubt! 🙂

Have you tried FWF’s Taco Filling?