Today, with the weather being cooler, and somewhat dreary, is a good day for our blogging topic:
List your 5 new-to-you healthy food options
I tend to go for more comfort food when the weather is cooler – so today’s topic is a great reminder to me that there are many many HEALTHY options available to me if I just look around.
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The first food that I’m going to share with you was discovered by my kids and my husband at WalMart! There was a big display right by the front entrance (you know where they usually keep junk) and the bright colours, and smiling fruit of the Buddy Fruits grabbed my kids attention:
The kids LOVED them and thankfully hubby bought enough for their lunches too. These are not only yummy – but they’re healthy too – check out the back of them:
The ingredients are fruit, fruit and more fruit. NOTHING else! I also like that there’s no mess to clean up (unlike the fruit cups we’ve been sending to school in their lunches):
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The next item was sent to me to review. These are Vega Energizing Smoothies. They’re a convenient, on-the-go nutrient boost. The Energizing Smoothie gives you the all-natural, plant-based goodness “compete with protein, fiber and Omega-3 “but unlike traditional smoothies, you only need water to shake and go:
They come in four mouth-watering flavors: mixed tropical fruits, chocolate, vanilla almond and berries (plus an unflavored natural), Energizing Smoothie is so delicious it will make you forget how healthy it is. I tried mine before my lunch time workouts and particularly liked the chocolate flavoured ones. (Oh – did I mention these are completely vegan and were created by a triathlete?!).
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OK – so here’s where I make up with Dole over the messy fruit cups… I found these Dole Live Right Bites at WalMart (we do a lot of grocery shopping there just because it’s convenient):
These are available in four fabulous flavours: Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites, Cranberry Almond Bites, Peanut Butter Banana bites and Mixed Berry and Almond Bites, but my favourite is the Peanut Butter Banana ones. Unfortunately my co-worker is allergic to banana, and the kids can’t bring products with nuts in it to school, so we eat a lot of these at home.
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These ENERGYbits ® were sent to me by the company to try, and to write a review of if I liked them. ENERGYbits ® are made from 100% organicallly grown spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients. These algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab. Endorsed by the United Nations as the most nutritious food on earth, spirulina algae has been a favorite of Olympic gold medalists for decades and is a super food in every sense of the word, delivering instant and enduring energy to your brain and body. via fitnesscheerleader.com
I tried them and liked that they provided a lot of nutrients, but found that they got stuck in my teeth, so I needed a bottle of water to swish them around my mouth. Because these are algae tabs they tasted a bit like seaweed (go figure). That said, there was a definitely more pep in my step during the run that I did after. I love that they come with a convenient container to carry them in your pocket/purse etc. As well, the fact that there are so many nutrients and protein in them, they really help to speed up recovery from hard workouts.
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These are Amber’s favourite cookie. We were introduced to these by her daycare – every evening when I pick her up she gets a late “treat” because she’s so hungry. One evening when I picked her up she was eating these LifeStyle Selections Blueberry Brown Sugar Cookies with Flax:
At first I was a little upset that she was eating chocolate chip cookies, but when I got a closer look I realized those were dehydrated blueberries in them. The ingredient list is great too! I’d tell you more about them, but I enjoyed the box we bought so much that I ate the entire thing, and don’t even have the box anymore 🙂