Friday Finds: A few of my favorite things 1

June 9, 2017

Happy Friday! It has been a crazy spring so far and summer is not far around the corner! There are a lot of exciting changes coming along with my job that will hopefully leave me more time to enjoy my family as well as allow me more time to spend creating meaningful content for the blog. I want to use this series to highlight what I love in hopes that maybe you will find something that can be of use to you or your family as well!  Anything to make life EASIER, TASTIER, or more MEANINGFUL is meant to be shared!

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food

Hemp seeds. Although chia seeds and flax seed are now staples in my diet, I have never been one to jump on the “trendy” food train. I was strolling down the aisle at the grocery store a few weeks ago and this little bag (on sale) caught my eye. Nutritionally speaking, they pack a pretty good punch: 11g protein in 3 tablespoons, all 9 essential amino acids (our bodies do not make these, we need to get them from food), and they are 30% fat: almost all essential fatty acids (once again, the fats that we cannot make). So I decided to take a plunge on this supposed nutrition powerhouse and see what the hype was about. Turns out they are pretty darn tasty too. I have been sprinkling them on my yogurt parfaits for a little extra crunch.

yogurt granola and hemp seed
Hemp seeds on top a yogurt parfait, the perfect earthy flavor and crunch!

I am all for enjoying the real deal dessert and treating yourself. BUT when you have a crazy sweet tooth like I do, finding alternatives that wont leave you feeling sugar buzzed is always helpful. Meet HALO TOP  “ice cream” ! I had an ibotta rebate for $4 off a pint of Halo Top ice cream at walmart. ($4 off, can you believe that?!?) THEN a few weeks later I got a catalina coupon form Meijer for a FREE PINT of the stuff! Yes: it is approximately $5 a pint, which is a little steep. So far though, I have not had to pay full price: sales, coupons, rebates, there always seems to be something going. ANYWAY, back to the goods: Halo top is a “light ice cream that has an avg of  70 calories, 2g of fat, 5g of sugar, and 5g protein per 1/2 cup serving. The same amount of regular ice cream has 130 calories, 7g of fat, 14g of sugar and only 2g of protein. “Well how does it taste?” you might ask. FREAKING DELICIOUS. I have tried the oatmeal cookie and birthday cake. Both were AMAZING. Note: Halo top does contain sugar alcohols, if you have an intolerance to sugar alcohols, Arctic Zero was a pretty close second for a “light” high protein ice cream and does not contain any sugar alcohols.

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Halo Top Ice Cream
Oatmeal Cookie Halo Top: REAL chunks of oats inside= the best!

 

drink

It is June in Michigan and I am definitely enjoying the sweet fruits of summer- OBERON is in season and it was so worth the wait! J and I went to a bar for alone time, an appetizer and a drink a few weeks ago (Thank you Grandma!) and they finally had it on tap. Now it is in the grocery stores and I couldn’t resist buying a six pack of it! At the end of a hot sunny day, enjoying a drink (especially a limited time delicious Oberon) with the hubby is just what a girl needs.

recipe developing
I spy the Oberon I enjoyed while recipe developing earlier this week
baby

I was such a Nervous Nelly when it came time to offering Harper finger foods to feed herself. These Nosh Munchables have been a godsend for giving her independence, teaching her how to pick up foods, chew, swallow and at the same time not giving me a heart attack when she ate. I break them into little pieces instead of just giving her the wafer whole. I feel better about it and it keeps her occupied for a longer period of time.

Nosh Munchables
Harper’s favorite snack. She loves them plain or topped with hummus!
blog post

This POST from Lindsey over at Nutrition to Fit. She does an excellent job of explaining intuitive eating and why it is so important. I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out, and while you’re at it she has a pretty good “Nice” cream recipe in there as well. (Ice cream seems to have taken over this post…).

 

 

Have I listed any of your favorites as well? Tell me what your favorite ice cream to enjoy is, I am always down for trying new flavors!

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      1. Your welcome! I really enjoy your blog— and I am sure my readers would enjoy it as well.

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