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Farmivore Juicing Box Haul 4

Farmivore Juicing Haul 4

This week was a FUN haul.  They had some delicious sounding recipes in the box and I could not wait to tear into it.  Up to now they have been providing me with 3 recipes, 4 bags for a total of 8, 8 oz servings.  This week I received 4 recipes!!!!!  I order the Mixed Box vs. the Green Box.

Check out the menu:

Golden Glow

{Golden Beet, Grapefruit, Ginger, Celery)

Jugo Verde

{Green Bell Pepper, Celery, Lime, Cilantro, Pear}

Fancy Fennel

{Cucumber, Fennel, Celery, Pear, Orange, Mint}

Muddled Mule

{Ginger, Lime, Turmeric, Carrot, Cucumber, Pear}

I have to admit I was most excited about trying the Golden Glow because this is sort of a clear skin tonic of sorts.  The grapefruit and beets.  I love juicing and drinking beets and golden beats are very mild in flavor compared to the traditional red beets in my opinion.

Now on to this week’s haul.  Check out my video as I share all of the juicing packages, ingredients and nutritional content.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:  Golden Glow, Jugo Verde, Fancy Fennel or Muddled Mule?


Farmivore Juicing Box Haul 2

Farmivore Box Haul 2

Last week I shared with you my first ever Farmivore Juicing Box Haul and this week I received a second box.  I was extremely excited to see what was inside and this box did not disappoint.

First before I dive in, of the 3 juicing recipes sent last week – I surprisingly felt the Turmeric Tonic was the most flavorful.  I have never had turmeric so that is why it was a surprise to me.  Not sure what I thought it would taste like.  The Ginger Mojito had the most detoxifying effect so make sure you are close to home when drinking that one.  They were all delicious and did not disappoint.

Now on to this week’s haul.  Check out my video as I share all of the juicing packages, ingredients and nutritional content.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:  Sweet Potato Punch, Summer Green or Ruby Sipper?


Farmivore Juicing Subscription Service Haul

Farmivore Produce Haul

There are all sorts of subscription services from beauty products to fresh organic fruits and vegetables.  I found a FREE code to try a new subscription service called Farmivore.  It is basically a service where they create a juicing recipe, select fresh organic product, package the produce according to their suggested juicing recipe, and deliver directly to your door on a regular basis.  You can actually have them send you an orderly either weekly or every other week.

How easy is that?  FRESH PRODUCE FOR EVERYBODY!  If you are someone who wants to start juicing but not sure quite how to get started or how to put the combinations together OR if you are a busy fittie and just don’t have time to constantly go through the grocery store and put together your own recipes – this service just may be for you.

When I received my box it was filled with produce packaged in 4 different packages.  There is a choice of a GREEN box or a MIXED box.  The green box is for those die hard juicers.  All green, all the time very low sugar.  The mixed box is best for beginners because it includes fruit as well a greens.

Each package included its own recipe and had enough produce to create 2 servings each.  The box had a total of 8 servings in it.  Now, I wonder what they are calling a serving because it appeared to be a lot of produce for a simple 8 oz.  LOL.

Check out my video as I reveal each juicing package.

I will be posting future videos of myself creating the juice from this haul with my Omega VRT350 masticating juicer.  I tell you – folks are creative and I am totally excited about this new service.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try:  Ginger Mojito, Boardwalk Beets and Turmeric Tonic?


Meal Mondays: Panera Bread Thai Chicken Flat Bread Review

 

Panera Bread Thai Chicken Flat Bread

I went to the dentist and was so hungry afterewards decided to stop by Panera Bread downstairs and pick up some lunch.  I figured Panera Bread has healthy choices since they have non-GMO, non-antibiotic produce and hormone-free chicken.  Since I was hungry their Pick 2 menu was right on time.

I wanted to try something different so I went for the Thai Chicken Flatbread.  Flatbread sandwiches are new on their menu.  I have had the black bean soup before so that is definitely one of my favorites.  I was like SERVE ME UP!

Cost:  approx. $8.99 for both the flatbread, soup and chips (yea I chose the kettle chips vs. apple)  LOL.

Thai Chicken Flatbread Ingredients:  All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, cilantro jalapeno hummus, napa cabbage blend and cilantro with peanut sauce and Thai vinaigrette on freshly baked flatbread.

Nutritional value:

  • 280 Calories
  • 10g Total Fat
  • 500mg Sodium
  • 34g Total Carb
  • 3g Fiber
  • 7g Protein

Black Bean Soup Ingredients:  Low fat black bean soup (water, black beans [may contain soy], onions, celery, vegetable base [cooked vegetables {carrot, celery, onion}, tomato paste, corn oil, yeast extract, potato flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, natural flavoring], red peppers, modified food starch, salt, spices, lemon juice, garlic powder).

Nutritional value:

  • 260 Calories
  • 3g Total Fat
  • 1360mg Sodium
  • 54g Total Carb
  • 9g Fiber
  • 13g Protein

Review:   I bought it to go so everything was wrapped up in a paper bag.  The sandwich has a paper wrap and the soup was in its own cup.  The chips were in their own bag.  Everything stayed hot which was nice because it took me about 10 minutes to get home due to traffic and a couple of more stops I had to make.

The sandwich was VERY good.  The red cabbage made it crunchy and the hummus with the chicken was a delight to the palate.  The vinaigrette gave it a nice little twang without being overbearing.  The black bean soup is ALWAYS good to me.  There are nice whole black beans in there and it is not overpowered with liquid.  It’s simply delicious and was a very nice surprise pairing with the flatbread.

The sandwich is 280 calories and the soup 260 which is a decent lunch if you drink water with it.  But let me just say – you will need water to wash down all of the SALT and SODIUM in this pairing.  I was sadly disappointed.  The sandwich had 500 mg of salt and the soup a WHOPPING 1,360 mg of salt.  That is well over the recommended daily allowance of sodium for adult women.  I mean I do not think one has to pour a bunch of salt on food to make it taste good.  Let it stand on its own.

I would rate this a 4 out of 10 stars.  While the taste was out of this world, it comes with a COST – a bunch of SALT that will take things over the top.  I just do not think it needs to contain that much salt to taste good.

What have you eaten at Panera Bread lately?  Have you tried this?  What do you think?


How to Make a HEALTHY Smoothie

Healthy smoothie

I have been drinking smoothies for years (at least since 2005) and when I first started I really thought I knew what I was doing. I started running in 2005 and added morning smoothies with protein powder to top me off post-run and I sincerely thought I was on the right path.

See my plan was, run often and drink smoothies and in 12 months the weight will peel away. I drank smoothies every day faithfully and so you can imagine how shocked I was when I measured myself a year later and learned not only had I not LOST any weight, I actually gained weight and went up 1 dress size.

How could this be? I was running 3 miles a day on the treadmill faithfully and taking my runs outdoors every Saturday in the Summer. I was drinking my smoothies every morning going hog wild adding all sorts of fruit and berries such as blueberries, pineapples, grapes and such.

What I did not realize is that my smoothies were ticking time sugar bombs. See, I was making juice-based smoothies using my very favorite Orange, Peach and Mango juice as the base. Sorry to say I was sabotaging any gains I could have possibly been making with the cardio. See, I typically added 8 to 16 oz of this in there FIRST and then piled on more fruit and half a scoop of protein powder.

This IS healthy after all right? I mean, I was getting my daily recommended allowance of fruit wasn’t I?  Sure I was and going overboard on the SUGAR! Eight oz of this juice has a whopping 27 grams of SUGAR and if you double it, 54 grams (which is more than many soft drinks).

Watch my video where I share how I made the switch to creating healthier smoothies which has allowed me to stabilize my weight and give me additional much-needed energy (not from sugar). I also showcase some healthy add-ons I include to UP the nutrients factor.  Check it out.

 

How do you make your smoothies?  Are they ticking time sugar bombs?


Growing A Garden

Home garden 2014

This year I decided to grow my very own vegetable and herb garden.  I know tomato is technically a fruit but work with me won’t ya?  Since there is so much talk about all the things they spray our produce with I thought it would be a smart idea to grow my own garden another year.  I typically do this every year.  Check out my video from 1 years ago.

This year I am growing:

1.  Green bell pepper

2.  Basil

3.  Radicchio lettuce

4.  Red lettuce

5.  Sweet cherry tomatoes

6.  Lemon thyme

7.  Rosemary

8.  Mint

9.  Oregano

10.  Cilantro

Can you tell I am planning on chowing down this Summer and that includes not buying any expensive mint for mojitos all Summer long?  If you haven’t noticed already I also plan to make salsa fresh from my garden.

All of my barrel containers and clay pots were purchased at Home Depot.  My veggies and herbs were purchased at Home Depot and a local nursery.  I used Miracle Gro Organic Soil also purchased at Home Depot.

This post was shared on Urban Naturale – Healthy, Green and Natural by Design.

Leave a comment telling me what you are growing this year in your garden.

 


Meal Mondays: Flying Avocado Cafe Southwestern Wedge Salad with Chicken Review

 

Southwest Salad with Chicken

I’m so excited to be sharing this review of The Flying Avocado Cafe and their Southwest Salad with Chicken with you all.  This cafe is less than two miles from my home and is very unassuming but OMG, the food is delicious.  I used to hate to read about other cities having juice bars, health bars, heck even OXYGEN bars but my town never had anything that innovative.  Well my prayers have been answered.  Now, the website dubs it Baltimore’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant but as you can see, they allowed me to order chicken with my salad so ummmm, that’s not necessarily vegetarian but that is just a minor detail.  LOL.  Now on to my review.

Cost:  approx. $11.45 with chicken.  Approx. $8.45 without chicken.

Food:  They serve breakfast and lunch including specialty sandwiches.  They even have a children’s menu.  They serve organic, non-GMO and gourmet eats.

Location:  10210 S. Dolefield Road, Owings Mills, MD.  443-471-2600

The Flying Avocado Cafe

Description:  Half a head of iceberg lettuce garnished with corn pico de gallo, roasted black beans, tortilla strips, 4 Mexican and cheddar Jack cheeses and topped with a tangy chipotle ranch dressing.

Review:   The Flying Avocado Cafe touts it is vegetarian and uses non-GMO and all organic ingredients.  I am all for that since I don’t ordinarily cook like that for myself.  I ordered the Southwestern Wedge Salad with Chicken.  It comes in the basic plastic clam shell to-go container.  If you get there before afternoon rush hour (M-F) or on the weekend they can typically prepare it in about 5 to 10 minutes.  The day I purchased this salad I went at lunch time and I waited a solid 15 minutes as the cafe was crowded.  They took my order quickly but it just took them time to put everything together.  

Let me say though – it was worth the wait.  This salad has everything I love to eat:  black beans, corn, lettuce and those delicious tortilla strips.  It gives it a nice crunch.  As you can see, it is a wedge of iceberg lettuce (lowest on the nutritional value scale I know) but it was crisp, cool and filling.  The salad came with the dressing mixed in but I suppose you can ask for it on the side.

From the very first bite my tastebuds were singing!  Now I am not going to get into over-the-top descriptions of the food.  I think you can read that I thought this salad was delicious to the very last drop.  It also left me filled without the overstuffed feeling so WIN-WIN if you ask me.  Also, even though the salad dressing came on it it was not heavy, overdone or extra creamy.  It was just right.

You definitely get your money’s worth.

I would rate this a 9 out of 10 stars.  It gets a 9 vs. a 10 because of the extended wait times.  That may not seem fair but at lunch time, no one wants to wait 15 minutes for a salad.  

Do you know of any decent cafe’s in Baltimore?  Leave a comment with the name below.


Meal Mondays: Sticky Bourbon Chicken

Sticky Bourbon Chicken by Pinch of Yum

I was stalking …ahem looking at some food sites and found this recipe on Pinch of Yum.  Pinch of Yum has a delectable food site with recipes that will make your mouth water.  This dish in particular looked so delectable I just had to try it myself.  The name alone sounds delectable and I am always searching for new recipes to serve to my picky family and this one looked like the perfect candidate.  I used to make a bourbon chicken for my husband back when we were dating and I honestly can’t find it any more.

Try this one on for size and let me know how your family likes it.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lbs. chicken thighs (I used boneless skinless – delish!)
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crushed or sliced ginger (fresh, not dried)
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 4-5 green onions, cut into thirds or sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
Instructions:
  1. THE NIGHT BEFORE: Combine the soy sauce, oil, vinegar, bourbon, and brown sugar in a bowl. Whisk until combined. Place the chicken in a baking dish with lid and pour the sauce over the chicken. Toss in the ginger, garlic, and half of the green onions. Cover and marinate overnight (or for as many hours as you have before baking).
  2. THE DAY OF: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the chicken and place in greased baking dish with some of the marinade.  
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, basting the chicken with the sauce periodically and/or turning the pieces over to get them baking in the sauce on both sides.
  4. Cook the rice according to package directions.
  5. When the chicken is done, turn the oven temperature to broil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes to get a nice, browned exterior on the chicken. Be sure to watch it so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Remove and serve whole or cut, with extra sauce and scallions.
  7. Serve over the rice

Rating:

I definitely give this dish a 9 out of 10 stars.  It was so yum.  My husband took it to work and was truly enjoying it.  This was definitely a winner.

 Do you plan to try this recipe?


Meal Mondays: Panera Bread Greek Salad with Shrimp Review

 

Panera Bread Greek Salad with Shrimp

Since I’m participating in my own Cinch an Inch challenge I have been working very hard to rethink my food choices especially when I eat out.  Now let me explain – this past week was my birthday so I ate out almost every day.  If it wasn’t lunch then it was for dinner and more lunch and dinner.  I mean I did go a bit overboard but I was happy the Lord let me see another year.

With that said I figured I would use this weekend to get right back on track.  My blogging sister in crime Sheila Simmons of The Frugal Exerciser gave me a Panera Bread gift card as a birthday present and Saturday was the day I figured I would use it.  I had been running around visiting open houses for summer camps, driving here and driving there and I was starving.  I have always heard of Panera Bread’s delicious lunch food items such as their salads so I decided to stop in with my gift card and give it a try.

I normally go in there for breakfast food so I had to get acclimated to the lunch menu.  Since there was a long line at the store in Pikesville, MD I had more than enough time to review the menu to figure out what I wanted to order.  My eyes spotted Greek salad and I then saw shrimp and my decision was made.  I love Greek salad especially with nice plump shrimp.

Cost:  approx. $9.99 for a full (whole) salad

Ingredients:  Romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, feta, pepperoncini, red onions, kalamata olives and pepper tossed in our Greek dressing then topped with shrimp.

Serving size:  16 oz – contains milk, shellfish and soy

Nutritional value:  Calories:  460 calories (220 from dressing), calories from fat:  300, total fat:  33 grams, saturated fat:  8 grams, cholesterol:  215 mg, sodium:  1,380 mg, carbohydrates:  13 grams, dietary fiber:  4 grams, sugar:  4 grams, protein:  30 grams, Vitamin A: 60% DV, Vitamin C:  50% DV, Calcium:  20% DV, Iron:  15% DV

Review:   It was packaged in a recyclable paper container and was easy to open.  The lettuce was covered with Greek dressing but 2 more 1 ounce dressing containers were also included.  The lettuce was crunchy, fresh and not wilted.  It definitely taste as if it was already pre-packaged because the shrimp was cold and sliced in half lengthwise.  Not sure why I was hoping the shrimp would be hot off the grill but it wasn’t.

There were about 8 or so medium sized shrimp in the entire salad and the taste was pretty bland.  The dressing made the salad in my opinion.  The red onions were bomb but I love read onions.  There wasn’t too much or too little.  It looked as if they quartered some roma tomatoes as well but I skipped those.  I wasn’t in a tomato mood.

For the price, I think the salad could have been bigger and included more shrimp.  Also about one hour later I was hungry again.  I know it was “just” a salad but it had protein in it and it cost $10 bucks (once you include tax).  

I would rate this a 5 out of 10 stars.  Only because the shrimp was pre-cooked or at least tasted that way, they were only medium, there was only about 8 and it did not fill me up.

What have you eaten at Panera Bread lately?  What is your favorite dish?


How to Fuel Post Workout

I know for me, I have been a bit confused as to what and when to fuel up after a workout.  I keep hearing it is important but never quite understood why.  Click on this infographic to read all about how, when and what to fuel your body with post workout.  We are all in it together so let’s learn together as well.


Source: Fix.com

 

 


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