WIAW: More Foodie Finds

by Maria on September 3, 2014

While I’ve been quiet on the blog, I’m still eating my heart out!! So this only means that I have discovered many new and delicious goodies. I’ll use this as an opportunity to share because I hate keeping secrets.

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I’ve tried close to 100 protein pancake recipes, and none of them were all that great. So I gave in to my “lazy” girl and purchased Flapjacked protein pancake mix. Greatest decision ever!

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All you need to do is add water. Bam. Done. They are so delicious!! I topped them here with a protein icing made with Cellucor peanut butter marshmallow (get it) and almond milk. I’ve since purchased many a bag and while it’s pretty expensive, they are too good to pass up.

I was in Vegas for work last month and nearly felt trapped in my hotel, but my coworker, Amanda and I did manage to venture out to Staples for some last minute marketing materials. It just so happens that Staples was right next to a Whole Foods. Was it the best Whole Foods I’ve ever been to? YES! It was ah-mazing and Amanda and I were totally in our element and loving it. I found great local brands like these RAWNOLA bars.

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While they were Paleo, they definitely reminded me of the Nature Valley crispy granola bars, which is just plain delicious! I should have purchased more since I can’t find them up here.

While we’re on the subject of other hard to find items, these Go Hunza almond cookies are just another one of my new addictions. While all the Whole Foods in my area carry other items from this brand, only one of them has the cookies.

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Again, totally Paleo and so tasty! I feel as though I could make similar cookies at home, but my time is limited these days (as you can tell) so convenience has become my new best friend.

And not so Paleo, but still pretty natural, chuao chocolate is amazing! I picked them up on a trip to Whole Foods to fill some chocolate cravings. Rather than buying a whole bar, I picked up lots of mini ones.

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Firecracker is delicious and fun. Dark chocolate with pop rocks! Just as amazing as you can imagine. They also have bacon, which I have yet to try.

Let’s move on to beverages.

Since I’m currently in “convenience” mode, I snagged this CoCo libre protein drink on a whim and I’m definitely glad I did. It’s a blend of whey protein and coconut milk. The chocolate flavor is awesome! It’s rich, creamy and leaves you feeling satisfied. I totes recommend.

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Another Whole Foods Las Vegas find was this chai drink by Rebbl. Vegas is hot. My eating was off schedule. I was hungry, I was thirsty and this was perfect! I don’t drink coffee and haven’t had chai in long time, but this caught my attention. The ingredients are all natural, Organic and apparently, I’ve come to learn that the company is just plain awesome.

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It had just the right amount of spicy flavor and kept me satisfied until it was time for our group dinner.

So, sometimes I drink beverages of the adult variety. Last Summer, I discovered I will drink beer, if its in the form of shandy. This still holds true…

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Even though I only attended one Alive @ 5 this Summer, it was just enough for me to discover Copa wine. How freaking cool is this? Talk about utter convenience! Great idea for festivals and concerts. The wine was okay too.

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So, those are just some of the goodies I’ve been hiding lately. I’ll also be sure to share some of the tasty dinners I had while in Vegas and Denver! Stay tuned, friends!

Have you had any of these goodies? 

What has been your recent foodie find?

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MIMM: Keep on Keepin On

by Maria on August 11, 2014

So there was this girl that used to blog… remember her? HI friends! I’m here, I’m here! I felt an update was long overdue and even more so when I got this tweet…

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My heart smiled SO big!! This meant so much to me for a number of reasons. First, as you know, I had a big birthday a few weeks ago. The big 3-0! I quickly left for Vegas for work, then took a detour in Denver (more to come on that soon) and since then, things haven’t really slowed down. I find myself reminding myself multiple times a day that I need to keep on keeping on. So to hear that I’m inspiring someone inspires ME to keep going!

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While I have many updates and lots of exciting news ahead, let’s focus on the all that’s marvelous right now!

Last week was the marvelous annual Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium. As you know, I’ve run this for the past 4 years. You can read about my previous years here. It was a very special run this year with both of my brothers and I running in honor of my mom.

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See those t-shirts? Made by yours truly! I owe the logo design to my coworker, Amanda. The ironing was all me!

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I stuck by my brother’s side the whole time and we all crossed the finish line within seconds of each other. I know my mom was grinning from ear to ear!

So while my “to-do” list has been growing exponentially, and I’ve even reduced the amount of sleep I’m getting to gain extra minutes, there is one thing I will never comprise on and that’s time with my family.

An afternoon at the pool with my nieces was marvelous!

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It was hot, and the pool was cold so it was a perfect way to cool off!

Family time didn’t end there! My dad loves bowling so I picked up a Groupon for AMF Bowling in Norwalk.

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It’s a good thing we went today because they are closing for renovations tomorrow! On the bright side, the new bowling alley, Bowlmor sounds absolutely amazing! There will be an outdoor patio and fire pits!

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Bowling is always a hit or miss for me. I don’t have a particular style but I did bowl a 126 for my highest game today! I actually beat my Dad a couple times, but I didn’t gloat.

My brother is marvelous for donating his garden treats! Thanks to him, I haven’t had to buy lettuce in weeks! I made a refreshing salad with it along with the cucumbers he gave me, watermelon, red onions and a bit of Gorgonzola. I would have preferred goat cheese but the Gorgonzola was leftover from a bbq and it needs to get used.

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So that’s a really quick recap and I promise there is so much more ahead! For now, I’m going to stay focused, keep on keepin on and do my best to continue to inspire, the same way that you all inspire me!

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What is marvelous in your Monday? 

Who/What inspires you each day?

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