We Have a Winner!!! Also, poor girls kombucha

……And the winner of the Journey Bar giveaway is:

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Congratulations Anie!!! Shoot me an email with your address and your Journey Bars will be on their way!!!

 

And to make this post a bit more interesting. I discovered how to make cheater kombucha 🙂

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Take a can of zevia (any flavor will do! I made ‘apple pie’ kombucha with cream soda zevia and cinnamon!), pour it into a cup to let the fizzles go down, add a dash (tablespoon or so) of apple cider vinegar and your good to go!! You get the vinegary-ness from the acv, and the sweet, slightly fizzy, flavored part from the soda. If you need to add a bit of sweetener, go right ahead -but this costs wwwaaaayyyyyy less than bottled kombucha and the acv has a ton of benefits (even if its not quite the same as ‘real’ kombucha). And you can make any flavor you like!

Thats all for now!

WIAW beginning of the end

Its the last few days of summer….But its also WEDNESDAY!!!!!

On a slightly unrelated note, am I the only one who, when writing Wednesday out, says weD-NES-day in my head?Un-Tangent. On with the eats!!!photo-222Since my breakfasts have still been mostly smoothie bowls, I didn’t take pictures of them. BUT I did take a picture when I DIDNT have a smoothie for breakie!!! Here we have oatmeal topped with grapes, apple and strawberries, all smothered in peanut butter sauce. Basically PB&J but with the whole fruits!! Grapes on oatmeal? Actually pretty good!!photo-224And once I got reeeeaaallllyyy fancy and made pancakes!!! Using Living Intentions sprouted super flour (review coming soon!) I made sweet cinnamon almond pancakes with peanut butter banana fluff and peaches -so good!! Why don’t I make creative (read not oatmeal or smoothies) breakfasts more often??photo-215Monster salads have always been making lunch appearances. Lettuce, all the veggies, a multitude of condiments, beans and world peas, and nutritional yeast 🙂 photo-217I decided to give Kevita another chance…nope still like Kombucha better.photo-227My latest smoothie obsession has been using frozen cantaloupe -so I got two just to freeze….insert inappropriate jokes about melons and balls here. Yes, I am in fact still a teenager. 😉photo-219A delicious vegan meal at Baagan that I shared with my momma the other day -massaged kale salad, mushroom quesadillas and a morrocan millet salad (MUST RECREATE)photo-225Oh wait, no, i can’t go one single WIAW without a smoothie bowl. But I actually didn’t have this for breakfast! This was a really super late dinner that I didn’t feel like cooking for, and it was like dessert and dinner at the same time (don’t let the color fool you, it was sweet and fruity and also our kitchen is yellow so the lighting is icky haha!)photo-220I blended up soy yogurt, bananas, and frozen berries then stuck it in the ice cream machine and BAM instant froyo!! So good, it tasted like Jamba Juice!photo-218Fruit has been absolutely gorgeous lately -I think its my favorite subject to photograph!photo-226Of course, cookies are always pretty too 😉 Oatmeal raisin cookies I baked for my mom’s class!!photo-223Cinnamon espresso ice cream that I made and yet have no recipe for because I was just creating! Sorry!!! But it was good!photo-221And lastly, my favorite food picture of the week.  Cherries. Gosh I love summer!!!photo-214And in other news!! I dropped my little sister off for her first day of kindergarten this morning!!! Ahhh she is getting so big!!! I don’t start school till monday, but I wanted a kindergarten/senior year photo so I wore my senior shirt (yes, I made it). I can’t believe that this day has come-time flies so quickly!!! Today is the last day to enter my Journey Bar giveaway!! I will pick a winner tonight so check back soon!!

WIAW like, all the time.

 

So I’ve lately kinda gotten into the habit of doing WIAW posts every-other-Wednesday (or less often), but then I have so many pictures that these things run kind of long. And I’ve been eating variations of similar things a lot, so its just kind of a lot of repeat pictures. I mean, lately its been smoothies, salads, and anything I can eat with my hands. And dessert. Like, all the time.

 

So what do I mean by that? Well lets start at breakfast…

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Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothie Bowl

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Acai Bowl (from a restaurant in Santa Cruz, but you know…still.)

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Aaannndddd once in a while, oatmeal. But still topped, as though it is a smoothie bowl. Yes, this is carrot-ginger topped with green apple. I’m weird.

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but on the days I didn’t have a smoothie for breakfast, I will usually have one in the afternoon. Lately I’ve been obsessed with a matcha-melon-mint combo with frozen cantaloupe, coconut water, a bit of banana, fresh mint, lemon, ginger, matcha powder, and spinach. mmmm…. so good! Plus it helps soothe my tummy whenever I OD on…

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Kabocha. Which happens like, all the time. 😉

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Kombucha (melon, on tap) helps too. Plus I like this glass. tangent alert.

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What? I just like fruit and veggies okay??

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The giant chard made for a chipotle burrito worthy wrap ohmygosh.

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The same concept goes for fajita night (also: if you cook lentils and flavor them like refried beans, they serve as refried beans.)

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I’ve also made a lot of veggie burgers. Jen’s triple bean chili burgers are ah-mazing btw

 

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Oh oh! And I made more veggie burgers for my little sister’s B-day BBQ – my big sister and her boyfriend are doing the 21-day vegan kickstart so I decided to make sure there was food for us

I can’t believe another year has passed. Just yesterday I was writing this post for her, and now she is 5 years old and starting Kindergarten in a week!!! (she starts kindergarten the same year I start senior year -how cute is that!)

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Nothing says Happy Birthday like a decapitated unicorn hanging over a swarm of children fighting over it’s candy insides…Pinatas are violent….hahaha

 

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I also made lemon cupcakes with a raspberry ‘frosting’

Oh yeah….about dessert

 

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Sometimes I eat it in the afternoon -peach soft serve-you know, when I’m not eating a smoothie. Our Vitamix has been feeling the love

 

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or straight out of the freezer – homemade chocolate covered bananas topped with PB2

 

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Sometimes I experiment and prove that you can make chocolate pudding out of just about anything. Like this clean-out-the-fridge version with avocado, leftover squash, leftover black beans, leftover shredded veggies, almond milk, cocoa powder, banana, and something sweet. and you know, vanilla, salt, xanthan gum etc etc. I must be magic or something because this was delicious haha!

 

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Sometimes I get fancy -banana bread baked in a cake pan, topped with a PB2 ‘frosting’ and crushed chocolate chips

 

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We have had a lot of bananas on hand lately, after all….6 lbs, but SHOOT IT WAS 99 CENTS!!! (hahaha….) The rest all got frozen

 

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And sometimes, I’m just thankful that cookies are kind of hard to mess up. Like when you heat the oven almost 100 degrees hotter than the recipe called for. Sweet potatoes may be cooked at 425, but cookies should be at 350…Thank goodness they were fine haha!!

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And don’t forget to enter my JOURNEY BAR GIVEAWAY!!!!! I’ll announce a winner next week, so keep those entries coming like, all the time!!!!!!!!

Do you tend to just repeat the same things over and over (and over?)

Journey Bar Review!!

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed!!! Find out if you won here!

 

A few weeks ago, Journey sent me a sampling of their savory nutrition bars to review

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I’ve been wanting to see what Journey Bars were all about for a while now, so I was so excited to have the chance to try them!

What are Journey Bars? They are savory nutrition bars packed with whole grains, almonds,  and real herbs and spices that are all natural, gluten and soy free, vegan, and non-gmo (!!). Oh yeah, and did I mention they are so so delicious!!

The first bar I tore into was my favorite, Rosemary. I grabbed it out the door on the way to a farmers market

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ingredients:  whole grain blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, organic flaxseed), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, plum puree, non-gmo canola oil, water, pumpkin, sea salt, chicory root, spices, natural flavor, baking soda, onion powder, garlic powder, citric acid.  CONTAINS: almonds

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I noticed right away that this was no ordinary bar! I opened the package and it reminded me of a dense bread or thick flatbread/muffin. Just ripping open the wrapper I was hit with the scent of rosemary (which justsohappens to be my favorite herb) and this bar was so so good! Slightly sweet, mostly savory and packed with that lovely rosemary. mmm. just mmmm.

Next I tried the Sesame Ginger after a hilly run (which is why it has the coolest picture-which I took whilst imagining some cool commercial involving hiking and mountains and then this picture saying “where will Journey take you?”)

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ingredients: whole grain and seed blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, sesame seeds), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, non-gmo canola oil, plum puree, water, pumpkin, chicory root, sea salt, natural flavor, baking soda, onion powder, garlic powder, citric acid, spices.  CONTAINS: almonds, sesame

this was also delicious! toasty from the sesame, a little freshness from the ginger (though it could have used a bit more ginger) and with that same tiny hit of sweetness as the rosemary.

Next up was the Coconut Curry, my second favorite

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ingredients:  whole grain blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, organic flaxseed), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, plum puree, non-gmo canola oil, water, coconut, chicory root, spices, baking soda, natural flavor, chili powder (ground chiles, paprika, salt, spices, garlic), citric acid.  CONTAINS: almonds, coconut

This bar was so different! I was a little nervous because-even though I LOVE curry-I am a spicy wimp and curry can get spicy, but this was perfect! Not too spicy, just perfectly Indian spiced and delicious! Also it was yellow, meaning it had turmeric (duh, curry powder haha), which I’ve heard is awesome for muscle recovery. I’d get this one again!

And, last but not least I tasted the Pizza Marinara!

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ingredients:  whole grain blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, organic flaxseed), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, non-gmo canola oil, plum puree, water, tomato powder, natural flavor, onion powder, sea salt, chicory root, garlic powder, baking soda, spices, citric acid.  CONTAINS: almonds

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This one did actually remind me of marinara! It was like a tomatoey version of the rosemary, and a great way to go if you are ever having a pizza sauce craving (that happened to me once…) and don’t want all the heavy cheese. Personally I still would go for the rosemary, but this one was still delicious.

But wait? Wasn’t I sent 5 bars? Weeellll I couldn’t find the Sea Salt, and soon found out that my mom had eaten it while I was gone. Oops. She said “it was pretty good. savory and salty”. Hahaha!

What excites me most about Journey Bars is that they are something different. Alot of bars tend to be sugar laden (like 3 or 4 sources of sugar and 14-30 grams per bar?! Thats dessert people!), stickymeltygooey (one word.), and have ingredients lists that go on. for. days. Did I mention they are all sweet? Like, too sweet? Not Journey Bars! These say nutrition bars and they mean it-without sacrificing flavor or texture! No fake colors or flavors or sweeteners. They stand up to the heat of a hike in the sun without turning into melted candy bar status, and the stats are great! This is the nutrition info for the Rosemary

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There is a good balance of fats, carbs, and protein for sustained energy/recovery without overdoing the sugar, plus its full of filling fiber (as much as a bowl of oatmeal!)! The only thing is that the sodium is a bit high, but considering that it is a savory bar I can’t argue with that! A bar that feels like a snack and not dessert, and doesn’t trigger a raging sweet tooth for the rest of the day – you feel satisfied after one of these unique bars!

And as if Journey couldn’t get any better, they care about making a positive impact on the world! They support the national parks conservation association, and work to provide food, shelter, love and education to orphans in Haiti! Plus they are all non-gmo and non of them contain palm oil! It’s like the active activist’s dream bar!

But wait -There’s more!! The lovely people at Journey bar wants to give one of you a sample pack with one of each flavor (thats 5 whole bars total!)!!! How awesome is that?

To enter:  Giveaway is now closed

I will randomly choose a winner next Wednesday (the 7th). Good luck everyone!