International Waffle Day {Giveaway!}

Happy International Waffle Day!

Make sure you dig into some waffles today to celebrate!

I started the celebrating early yesterday when I dug into three Van’s frozen waffles for breakfast. I popped ‘em in the toaster, added some peanut butter (always a must), blueberries, and pure maple syrup, and went to town. One of the easiest breakfasts ever and super tasty. Can’t beat it!

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Van’s Foods reached out to me a few weeks ago to see if I wanted to try a few varieties of their frozen waffles in honor of March being National Frozen Food Month and today being International Waffle Day. I’ve tried other Van’s products and have always been impressed so naturally I agreed to try out the waffles. The thing that I love most about Van’s products is they are made with ingredients that they are proud of – they are simple, all natural, and nutrient dense. Not to mention, everything I’ve tasted from Van’s is super tasty – two thumbs up from me!

I chose three different kinds of waffles – the Van’s Gluten Free Blueberry Waffles, the Van’s Power Grain Waffles, and the Van’s 8 Whole Grains Waffles. I’m not gluten free, but I was curious how the gluten free waffles compared to traditional gluten filled frozen waffles. To my surprise, I couldn’t even tell a difference! To be totally honest, I think the gluten free blueberry waffles were actually my favorite out of the three varieties. You gotta check these out you gluten free-ers! The Power Grain Waffle was pretty tasty too and packs 5 grams of protein per waffle – impressive right? They had a subtle hint of cinnamon to them that was pretty tasty. The 8 Whole Grains Waffles were great as well. I loved topping them with some PB&J. If it tells you anything, I downed all three boxes of waffles (by myself) within two weeks. No big thing.

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A few other eats from my day if you’re curious in honor of “What I Ate Wednesday” (otherwise you can jump down to the bottom for a giveaway from Van’s!)….

PB&J on wheat toast. Always a favorite little snack.

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Doritos + cottage cheese sprinkled with cayenne pepper. Maybe this combo is weird to some, but it’s always been one of my mom’s favorite snacks so it’s totally normal to me. Winking smile I can’t tell you the last time I bought a bag of Dorito’s (nothing is wrong with buying them, it’s just not something we usually have around), but I had a big craving for this little combo earlier this week and the craving has been going strong ever since. Yum, yum, yum.

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Leftover Crock Pot Lasagna. I swear any kind of red sauce pasta is more amazing the next day as leftovers. Anyone else? This meal really is awesome though. It’s so simple, delicious, and makes a ton of food.

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Jellybeans. Just because.

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Arctic Zero Cookie Dough Chip Frozen Dessert. Oh yes. I was greeted at my doorstep yesterday with a box filled with Arctic Zero’s newest chunky flavors and could not wait to dig into them. They came at the perfect time as I had just finished cleaning the house, Hunter was napping, and I needed a little break, so I plopped on the chair and dug right in to one of the pints. These do not disappoint! I’ll fill you in later on in the week as I try more flavors, but so far, so good.

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Simple Greek Pasta Salad by the lovely Brittany. I always love how colorful and delicious her recipes are! You gotta try this one.

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Nestle Toll House Cookie Bars for dessert. We hosted small group at our house last night because our leaders just had a new baby (!!), and these bars are what I made. They are super simple and a favorite around here.

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There you go. A random assortment of the foods I ate throughout yesterday. Today there will be more waffles in honor of International Waffle Day because I’ll take any excuse I can get to eat waffles. I hope you’ll partake too.

And to end things on an extra happy note, I’m partnering with Van’s to offer one of YOU lucky folks five coupons for free Van’s breakfast foods and a grocery tote. Lucky you!

To enter:

  • Mandatory: Comment below telling me your favorite way to top waffles!
  • Optional: Follow BOTH @VansFoods and @FoodNFitDiaries on Twitter. In a separate comment, tell me you did this.
  • Optional: Tweet – Happy International Waffle Day! Enter to win free breakfasts from @VansFoods & @FoodNFitDiaries here: http://wp.me/p1R0eQ-4dL Leave a link to your tweet in a separate comment below.

(Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, March 29. Winner will be notified via email.)

Chocolate Covered Goji Berry Energy Balls + Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hopefully you’re wearing your GREEN (my favorite color!) today!

I have a tasty recipe in store for you today along with a pretty fabulous giveaway that involves some of the best peanut butter around.

As being a part of the Peanut Butter & Co. Yum Squad, I’m given opportunities to eat lots of peanut butter, create new recipes involving peanut butter, and eat food coming from said peanut butter recipes. Basically, it’s the best job ever because, well, peanut butter – duh! Winking smile

This time around, we were asked to participate in Peanut Butter & Co.’s #MysteryIngredient Challenge. Each of us Yum Squad bloggers were sent a mystery ingredient that we had to use with one of the Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter flavors to create a tasty recipe. I was sent dried goji berries! Goji berries are considered a super food that are one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. They’re a vegetarian form of protein that are packed with essential amino acids, they’re rich in vitamin A, and they possess over 20 trace minerals and vitamins. Sweet, right? They’re pretty tasty too, if I do say so myself!

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The first combo that came to mind was Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams paired with the dried goji berries. Chocolate peanut butter + berries?! Yes please! So, I went for it and came up with these magical Chocolate Covered Goji Berry Energy Balls. They’re awesome for a quick on-the-go snack, and picky little toddlers even seem to enjoy them!

Chocolate Covered Goji Berry Energy Balls

Chocolate Covered Goji Berry Energy Balls

Servings: Makes about 8 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • dash of unsweetened almond milk (if needed)

Directions:

  1. Add quick oats, dried goji berries, peanut butter, and chia seed to a medium bowl.
  2. Mix together well. You may need to use your hands!
  3. If mix is too dry, add a dash of almond milk and mix until it reaches a sticky consistency.
  4. Roll into balls, refrigerate, and enjoy!

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GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!

And let’s not forget the giveaway I spoke of at the beginning of this post! One winner will receive TWO Peanut Butter & Co. jars of their choice. Here’s how you can enter the giveaway:

  • Mandatory entry: Comment on this post telling me how you would use dried goji berries with peanut butter.
  • Optional entry: Follow Peanut Butter & Co. on Instagram and leave a comment below telling me you did.
  • Optional entry: Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment below telling me you did.

Giveaway ends on Sunday, March 22 at midnight. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Good luck!

Have a great Tuesday!

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