As a Minnesotan girl, "Caribou" is the it spot for coffee and breakfast. To the majority of others, Starbucks probably comes to mind.
Today I took advantage of Caribou Coffee's offering of free samples of their three new cooler flavors. They are now advertising a change to "real" ingredients...such as real syrups crafted from the source of taste, rather than manufactured. Free food is right up my alley and I had an enjoyable experience sampling the new creations.
The perfect amount of caramel! Since I work at a chocolate factory in the retail store, I know all about the hype of sea salt caramel. This drink hit the note; the hint of salt highlights the sweet caramel and savory whipped cream.
I got a taste of mint throughout the drink, but it was not overpowering. I noticed the chocolate aspect of the drink flavor right away. I was happy that the chocolate accompanied the mint. Refreshing.
WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND! After my sip, I said "Wow, that's good"...out loud, unintentionally. I enjoyed the authentic raspberry taste. The whipped cream complements the sweetness of the drink. I will be back often for this refreshing summer drink!
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Recently I had the pleasure of trying out the new line of protein bars by Detour. I first passed them off as another "protein" bar, but really more a candy bar with a glance at the ingredients and nutrition. It was refreshing to discover this was not the case with the Simple bars. I genuinely appreciated that they are:
"Eating well is the secret to better health, but it’s not always easy. That’s why we created Detour Simple. Made with clean ingredients you can feel good about, Detour Simple is your choice for delicious nutrition. It’s that simple"
Nutrition + Sizes
Detour now offers both the regular and snack sizes. I loved the idea that if I just want a little snack, that's possible! Honestly, when I've had a sweet tooth recently, I automatically reached for a a sncak-size bar. It's truly the perfect fix- nice flavor + quality nutrition.
Chia seeds are the latest rage- and for good reason! As a superfood that is packed with fiber, plant-based protein, omega-3 healthy fats, and carbs for energy- they are one of the most perfect foods! I've been loving putting them in smoothies & also making chia pudding- which I'm in love with! Check out my chia seed pudding basic recipe + flavor twists here. GET THIS- 2 Tbsp of chia seeds only have about 60 calories! They absorb 10x their size so you get a lot of bang for your buck! The Chia Co. provides quality seeds- I love that they are harvested in their original location, which is Australia.
"As the highest combined plant source of omega-3, fibre and protein, alongside a range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, chia offers essential wholefood nutrition that is often lacking in the modern diet.
The health and wellness benefits are far reaching, from increased energy levels and improved digestive health, to helping promote healthy skin, hair and nails. The hydrophilic quality of chia seeds means they absorb up to 16 times their weight in liquid, which can lead to increased satiety and also helps your body regulate hydration and electrolytes.
The protein in chia contains all eight essential amino acids, making it a ‘complete’ protein. This is incredibly rare for a plant based source of protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of our bodies, and are essential for healthy muscles, hair, skin and nails." -The Chia Co.
The way I find balance in my life is through "iifym". I shoot for 50% Carbohydrates, 20% Fat, and 30% Protein- depending what I have going on for the day. If I'm going for a run or cycling as opposed to weight lifting, I incorporate more carbs. Typically, I do weight training four days a week so it is important for me to get protein in as quick as possible after I work out to get the most impact towards building muscle. Studies say that athletes should consume protein within 30 minutes after a workout to see the most impact. After trying all of their products, I absolutely adore the concept! Protein shakes get boring- now I look forward to peanut butter on my proyo or a protein burrito. Yes, you can treat both your soul and body on this lifestyle with the help of P28!
Who doesn't love snacking on popcorn while at the movies (or Netflix for that matter...), at work, or for a tasty snack? Popcorn may just be the true American past-time food! Quinn Popcorn set out on a goal to reinvent microwave popcorn since the typical foodstuff has tons of chemicals and preservatives that are just plain out not good for our bodies.
Here is their story...
"A little over two years ago we launched Quinn Popcorn by reinventing microwave popcorn. At the time, fixing microwave popcorn was the whole mission. The thing is, as our microwave popcorn gained traction we started to see that there’s a lot more work to be done. Now, I present our pre-popped popcorn, the first snack to offer a completely transparent supply chain.
Microwave popcorn is an occasion snack. It’s almost like a bottle of wine in that you don’t pop it unless you plan on finishing it. I love that. It means that our popcorn is usually shared with friends and family. Pre-popped is different. It’s just so easy and convenient that it’s an anytime snack. You can grab a few bags before a road trip, not something that’s going to pan out for our microwave popcorn.
We are kicking off pre-popped with two flavors. The Kale & Sea Salt flavor is a superfood that even our 3 year old (Quinn) loves. It starts with Midwest grown popcorn that is dusted with organic curly kale, and organic carrot for a little sweetness. The Cheddar & Chipotle flavor is made with organic cheddar cheese from Kentucky and a variety of dried and smoked peppers. It’s light and cheesy with a little heat, and it’s basically replaced lunch at our warehouse. Both are non-GMO Project Certified and Certified Gluten Free.
So it’s delicious popcorn, but that’s not going to change the industry. That’s where Farm-to-Bag comes in. With the batch number printed on every bag you can trace every ingredient we use. Complete transparency. This has never been done in snacks before. For me, knowing where your food comes from is fundamental. Farm-to-bag sends a clear message to other snack companies; if you have nothing to hide, then start opening up. We are going to dig into Farm-to-Bag in another post. You can probably tell that I’m pretty excited about it!
I hope you all enjoy our new pre-popped popcorn as much as I do!" -Quinn Popcorn
New Pre-popped bags!
Good for the Earth Too!
This was one of their 1st videos years ago and they are up to SEVEN tasty flavors & have soared past the "Kickstart.com" stage!
Oh my goodness! I literally ate the entire bag both times I tried the two flavors Quinn Popcorn kindly sent- even though I originally made it for the family! At any pitstop on our RV trip to the Grand Canyon, etc. It was a perfect healthy snack for the nibblies!
"So last December, I had the pleasure of meeting Lee Zalban, founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co., when I was down at Bon Appetit’s Culinary Studios for their Holiday Bake-Off Party. He’s known as “The Peanut Butter Guy.” (Can you tell I knew we’d get along?)
Lee opened Peanut Butter & Co., a New York City sandwich shop, in 1998. A few years later, he was approached by Dean & Deluca about carrying his peanut butters in their store, and it sounds like the rest was history. Today, Peanut Butter & Co. is sold around the world in more than 10,000 stores" -The Hungry Mouse
Starting from the source, PB & co. has figured out both their market and what is tastyyy. Oh gosh, there goes my mouth watering while I'm writing this... I love that the company is all-natural, and contains no artificial preservatives. Even more yum! To boot, all varieties (except for The Bee's Knees- which is vegetarian), are certified vegan. Why would animal products need to be in something so purely tasty anyways?! I recently tweeted: "@peanutbutterco is the meaning of life" and that's the truth! You need to try it to believe it folks~ Check out the huge giveaway where THREE of you can win a whole slew of goodies! You just might be making Monster Cookies (recipe linked!) with your haul in a week!
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