Foods I’ve Been Loving Lately {Giveaway Included!}

Happy Wednesday my friends!

Let’s jump right into some food chat, shall we? Because we all know I love to talk food.

Some foods I’ve been loving lately:

Butternut squash

I think butternut squash is my very favorite kind of squash. It’s so rich in flavor without having to add hardly anything to it. It’s been on sale at our grocery store a lot lately, so we’ve been eating lots of butternut squash around here. My favorite way to eat it is tossed in olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and roasted in the oven. Mmmm, so delicious.

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Halloween candy

This is a given, right? I’m not going to lie, having a toddler is pretty awesome. There’s no way he’s going to eat all of his candy (or hardly any of it for that matter) which means his daddy and mama get to help him out. Winking smile I’m kind of picky about my candy choices though. My top favorites: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (not pictured because my husband ate them all before I got to them – stinker); Butterfingers; Snickers; Peanut M&Ms.

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Pumpkin

I want ALL the things pumpkin! Thank goodness it’s everywhere so I have no problem getting my hands on it. Last year I didn’t feel it as much for some reason, but my love for it is back full force this year. I add it to muffins, cupcakes, oatmeal, smoothies, you name it.

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Trader Joe’s Tomato Soup

This soup has been my favorite for years. Every year when the temperatures cool down, I reach for it at Trader Joe’s. Pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich and you’re golden.

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Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful

This stuff… Man oh man. It’s CRACK. It’s never just one spoonful with White Chocolate Wonderful (because yes, eating it straight from the jar is the best way to go); it’s three spoonfuls at minimum for this girl. Needless to say, I go through these jars in no time. Needless to also say, I need to start working on that whole self control thing with this stuff. It’s nearly impossible, I tell you!

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Grapes

I go in phases with my top favorite fruits and lately I’ve been all about the grapes. I got some from Trader Joe’s on Monday and they are totally hitting the spot. Sweet and crunchy are mandatory when it comes to a good grape, and these have just that.

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Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal

I ate this nearly every day straight for months until I started mixing things up more for breakfast a few months ago. Just recently, Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal has come back with a vengeance and I’m loving every bite.

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I’ve noticed the protein powder I use in it makes ALL the difference. When I got the opportunity to try Les Mills Good Protein, I knew I had to try it in my beloved Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal. Verdict? Amazing. I can’t sing enough praises about this protein powder. Les Mills just launched it last week, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you guys. You know how much I respect Les Mills, so when I heard they were coming out with a nutrition line, I had no doubt it’d be top notch.

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Directly from Les Mills about their Good Protein…

“LES MILLS™ Good Protein is low carbohydrate, dairy-based protein powder, sweetened with stevia leaf extract. It contains the same ratio and types of proteins found in real milk, whey and casein. Whey gives a fast release of amino acids, and casein provides a slower release over several hours. Together, they provide optimum muscle recovery. LES MILLS™ Good Protein is protein as nature intended.”

A few of my personal favorite things about the protein powder:

  • It only has SIX all natural ingredients.
  • The nutrition facts are awesome – low in carbs & packs 26 grams of protein in only 128 calories!
  • Amazing taste and texture – it doesn’t taste artificial or chalky to me at all.
  • It blends well with everything I’ve tried – milk, water, almond milk, smoothies, oats.

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I’m excited to announce that Les Mills is giving away two bags of their Good Protein (one of each flavor – chocolate & vanilla) to one of YOU lucky peeps! These bags are valued $69/bag (a little steep, but totally worth it in my opinion!), so you don’t want to miss out on this giveaway. Enter the giveaway using the widget below.

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Edited to add: Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Ends at midnight on Friday, November 7, 2014.

You can purchase your own Les Mills Good Protein HERE. Also feel free to watch this video to learn more about Les Mills Good Protein. Lastly, here’s some FAQ about the protein powder if you’re interested.

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Linking up with Jenn’s WIAW party!

What foods have you been loving lately?

What are some of your favorite ways to use protein powder? (If you answer this question, be sure to submit your entry for the giveaway in the widget above!)

Disclosure: I received two bags of Les Mills Good Protein as being part of the Les Mills Blogger Team. I agreed to write a review post in exchange for the product. All opinions are honest and my own.

Revolutionizing the PB&J {Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway!}

Hey hey!

Hope your weekend was fabulous! We had a great one filled with a date night, a birthday party for our friends’ kiddo, church and dinner with my parents, and I even went to a yoga class! It was relaxing, fun, and productive all in one, so I’d say it was a winner.

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Let’s transition right into some peanut butter talk, shall we? If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I LOVE peanut butter. If you love peanut butter as much as I do, I can assure you we’d be great friends. Winking smile

One of my all time favorite brands of peanut butter is Peanut Butter & Co. Their peanut butters are made with all natural ingredients that are recognizable, and it’s some of the best peanut butter I’ve ever tasted. Not to mention they have some incredible flavors like White Chocolate Wonderful, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, Dark Chocolate Dreams, among several others.

Since school is kicking off and PB&J’s are often a favorite school lunch staple, Peanut Butter & Co. thought it’d be the perfect time to put some new twists on the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich and revolutionize it! PB&J’s are one of my favorite lunch time (or breakfast or snack or dinner or dessert…) staples, so I was all for this challenge!

My first thought?

PB&J on French toast made with one of my favorite Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butters, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl paired with Peanut Butter & Co. Awesome Apricot Jelly.

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PB&J French Toast Sandwich
  • 2 slices wheat bread
  • 2-3 tablespoons your favorite Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter (I used Cinnamon Raisin Swirl)
  • 1-2 tablespoons your favorite Peanut Butter & Co. jelly (I used Awesome Apricot)
  • 1 egg
  • dash of milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

Spread your peanut butter and jelly on the two pieces of bread to make a sandwich. Whisk egg and milk together. Let each side of the sandwich soak in the egg and milk mixture for a few seconds. Cover griddle with coconut oil and preheat it. Place sandwich on the griddle to cook on medium for a few minutes on each side until it looks toasted. Eat up!

My Saturday morning was made up of this magical sandwich, and it was everything I had dreamed of and more.

Lucky for YOU, you get a chance to win a prize package consisting of White Chocolate Wonderful, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, Awesome Apricot Jelly, and Seriously Strawberry Jelly to try out my PB&J French Toast Sandwich and maybe come up with your own creation to help revolutionize the PB&J!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway!
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Giveaway ends on Friday, August 29, 2014 at midnight. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

Disclosure: As part of the Yum Squad, I was provided product from Peanut Butter & Co. in exchange for this post. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

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