Add some flavor to your meals with Bumble Bee tuna Gourmet Flavors #Sponsored

Crowdtap sent me 3 gourmet flavors of Bumble Bee prime fillet albacore tuna to try & review.

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Sundried tomato & olive oil : Full of rich Mediterranean flavor, great for with pasta & salad.

Chipotle & olive oil : Bold & smoky taste & mild heat. Good for a twist in a burrito, tacos, or wrap.

Jalapeno & olive oil: Zesty jalapeno pepper for an explosion of heat. Try on pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas, and more.

I gave my friend the Jalepeno & Olive oil because I knew I would not care for the flavor. He enjoyed the medium heat of the jalapenos & said it was a perfect amount. It was flavorful & would definitely eat it again. He made an open face sandwich with arugula,a slice of nut & grain bread, mustard & mayo.

Bumble Bee Jalapeno & Olive Oil

Next I thought patties would be good for the sundried tomatoes & olive oil. I was thinking of stuff to add to it or put on top of my patties and got some inspiration for what I normally do with tuna. For lunch I usually take plain tuna, mozzarella, spinach , pinch of pepper & scoop it up with tomato basil wheat thins.

Sundried Tomatoes & Olive Oil Bumble Bee Tuna

What I used for patties: ( made 4 small patties)
Sundried tomatoes & Olive Oil Prime Fillet Albacore tuna fish ( drained)
1 egg
panko bread crumbs
flax meal
pinch of pepper
spinach
feta cheese
Mix all ingredients together, make patties. Put some olive oil or coconut oil ( and didn’t think of it until after maybe try to reserve the oil when you drain the tune and use to cook them.)
Cook a few minutes on each side until browned.

I placed them on top of roasted garlic cous cous and added in some red pepper & spinach.
Also had some steamed broccoli.

BumbleBeeSundriedTomatoPatties

I really love the sundried tomato. It was subtle in flavor but still gave you something different. This would be great in salads & pasta. I will be on the look out for this flavor. I can see this being a must have for lunch or dinners.

Finally the Chipotle & Olive Oil. I’ve been on a spicy kick lately so I wasn’t sure if I would love this or hate it. At first you taste the smoky flavor then it has a spicy kick. I decided to make a quesadilla with this tuna fish. I would definitely get this one again to spice up my lunches & dinners.

Chipotle & Olive Oil Bumble Bee Tuna

What I used:
Chipotle & Olive oil tuna ( drained)
lentils
red onion
red pepper
black beans
corn
avocado
chili seasoning
garlic
lime juice
cheddar cheese
flour tortillas

I first cooked the lentils. When they were done I added dice red pepper, red onion, black beans, corn, chili seasoning, lime juice, & towards the end garlic. Stir. Cook for 5-8 minutes until everything is heated through.

I then took some olive oil and put it in my grilling pan.
Added a flour tortilla , sprinkled cheddar cheese.
Put some of the lentil mixture. Put half a can of the tuna fish. Distribute both evenly.
Add avocado.
After a few minutes when tortilla is browned and cheese is melted I sprinkled a little more cheese. I placed another tortilla on top & flipped for another few minutes.
Put on plate, cut into 4 pieces. Enjoy.
Bumble Bee Chipotle & Olive oil quesadilla

Overall I think these are a great addition to the Bumble Bee line. It aligns with their BeeWell for Life mission to provide nutritious & quality products that can be incorporated into our every day lifestyles. I haven’t spotted it at my regular grocery store yet but suggested retail is $2.49 for a 5oz can. It helps add flavor without doing much and great to have variety for your meals.I like that they are chunky and don’t have a fishy taste. Even though its in oil, you can drain it and it isn’t saturated with the oil. You can eat them right out of the can , add to a salad, add to a pasta, or make it into something. Its great because if you don’t have a lot of time you can still have great flavor to your meals. I will definitely be adding these to my grocery list, especially the sundried tomatoes & olive oil.

Also if you haven’t already check out Bumble Bee’s website to see more recipes & sign up and earn for their Bee Bucks loyalty program. You earn Bee Bucks by logging your fitness activity, completing a challenge, sharing articles, or rating a recipe. You can earn great prizes like Bumble Bee Gear or entering sweepstakes for items like Apple Macbook Air.

Also check out their Tuna Strong page for great tips, snacks, meals, fitness articles.

Have you tried Bumble Bee Gourmet flavors yet? Have you seen them on shelves? How will you be using them?

I received these products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Steak with mango slaw & cilantro rice

What you need:
12 oz flank steak
1 mango
1 medium red onion, diced
1 lime, juiced & zested
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup Basmati Rice
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil

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In small pot heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add half of the diced onion and cook, tossing 2-3 minutes , until softened. Add rice to the pot & toss to coat, then add 1 1/2 cup of water and a large pinch of salt to pot. Bring to a boil, cover, & reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, until rice is tender.

Take this time to mince, cut, chop the other ingredients. Take mango and slice into matchstick sized pieces. ( without peel).

Make the marinade: in a shallow dish, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper. Add steak to the dish and flip to coat in the marinade. Season with salt & pepper. Let marinade as long as you want.

marinade

I got this container when I ordered chinese food, perfect to marinate stuff!

Make the mango slaw: toss the mango, some cilantro, diced onion ( to taste), lime zest in a medium bowl with the lime juice.

Mango Slaw

Heat large pan over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook 4-5 miinutes per side, until cooked to desired doneness. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes, then thinly slice against the grain.

steak

Stir rest of cilantro leaves & zest into the rice.

Place the cilantro rice on plate, top with steak & mango slaw.

Steak with mango slaw & cilantro rice

Dig in! 🙂

Great recipe thanks to Hello Fresh.

Sea Whip Cucumber Detox Soothing Gel review

cucumber detox gel- via cosmedics

Via Cosmedics sent me their Sea Whip Cucumber Detox Soothing Gel to try & review.

How to use:
Cleanse skin, pat dry. Apply gel evenly to face. Leave on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
For a more intense treatment it can be left on for several hours/ overnight.
This can also be refrigerated for a nice cooler treatment.
Use 2-3 times a week or as needed.

Benefits:
-Cucumber provides natural brightening, firming, calming, & de-puffing.

-Allaoin contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe & ease dry , irritated skin.

-Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory benefits that calm, soothe, & protect skin aiding in moisture retention & keeping skin firm.

-Sea whip is an excellent healing agent, which neutralizes an enzyme responsible for irritation, redness, & those with sensitive skin.

-Chamomile & comfrey provide synergistic anti-inflammatory & powerful healing properties for dull, inflamed, & irritated skin.

-Marigold extract is an excellent anti- irritant, anti-inflammatory, & helps rejuvenate damaged skin.

Via Cosmedics products are made in the U.S, cruelty free and do not contain parabens, sulfates, or harmful ingredients.

Via Cosmedics

What I thought:
This gel was very refreshing, soothing, & relaxing. The first thing I thought was this would be perfect if you happened to get sunburn on your face or have been in the sun all day. This gel is also great if you have had a long day and/or just want to pamper yourself. The gel goes on clear and then turns a little opaque to a light green color. It has a refreshing scent is a mix of aloe & cucumber. When putting it on its a cool refreshing sensation… so sit back and relax while its on. After you rinse it off your skin will be supple & soft.

Via Cosemdics sent me this product for free for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Freebies, Deals & Prize June pt2

Lots of goodies in my mailbox & stuff I picked up the past 2 weeks. Check out my Facebook page to see what I have received to review since I don’t post them in these freebie posts 🙂

Hello Fresh Box

Free box of food $69 value – yes please. I was able to get a free Hello Fresh box. Check for recent posts to see what recipes I’m making. Use code HKSF73 to get $40 off your first box. It’s a food subscription box , you can do it weekly or skip weeks as you please. For the Classic box you can choose 3 of the 5 recipes. It is a great way to try &discover new dishes. So far I’ve made 2 of my dishes & I was surprised I liked the Chipotle seasoning on my chicken , something I probably wouldn’t have tried on my own. I also tried farro, I have heard of it but never had it..I like it. Sort of reminds me of barley. The best part is they send you what you need , already measured. So no food goes to waste. You save time not having to go to the grocery store…or buying a seasoning you might not use often. It’s definitely worth trying.

uber
Capital One gave me 2 free rides up to $30 on Uber. My friend needed a ride to and from the hospital so I let him use them. Click here or enter code carrad3ue to get a free ride ( $20) – new customers

free stuff  with coupons
Twix – received a free coupon from Twix game play here
Dial- Had coupon for free hand wash
Panera bread- I had a free pastry for my birthday ( so sign up for a birthday treat) You also get one for making a new account

samples

L’oreal color vibrancy hair samples + $2 coupon
Vega Sport & Vega One protein shakes from #GroWeek promo ( I was only expecting one)
Leather luggage tag & marker

Edible Arrangements
Edible Arrangements were giving away samples or a 6 pack sleeve. My store only had samples. I grabbed one, she told me grab more since I was the only one that asked but I walked there and it was 80 out. So I just had 2. Very good though!

ProfilePro
I posted this on my blog… did you grab one? It came fairly quickly my own personal shampoo & conditioner in citrus thanks to ProfilePRO

POM coupons

POM sent me 10 coupons for their pom juice & 1 for their tea!! So yummy, Do you love POM juice? I like the blueberry & 100% POM juice.

money
A survey company sent me $4 to get a frozen meal , then answer questions.

deal on food
Got this food pretty much for free.
Target::
ensure reg $6.99 – on sale $3.48 – had $1 coupon =$2.48
lean cuisine: $2.25
Pomegranate Juice: free coupon
= $3.77
I used a gift card Target sent me for them running out of beauty boxes when I already ordered
=FREE

Shoprite
Healthfull bread $2.99 – $1 digital coupon – $1 coupon = $.99 ( $.20 from ibotta)
2 Pomegranate – 2 free coupons
2 bananas $.40 ( got back $.25 from ibotta)
Silk yogurt- free coupon ($.20 from Ibotta)
=$1.36 used the money I got for free frozen entree = FREE + $.60 & money left over from survey cash

Kiehls
TBS was promoting their new show Clipped. I was able to get a Kiehl’s Amino Acid shampoo & conditioner & creme with some hair ties.

Maxboost
I did a review for Maxboost 6 months ago I believe. Recently I went to charge the battery case and it wasn’t charging. The place where you plug it into was loose. I emailed the company, sent some photos and they gladly sent me another battery case + phone case. You should check them out on facebook. They have giveaways often. Also check them out on amazon they have a variety of fun phone cases. Plus great customer service!

Hersheys caramels
Have you tried these Hershey’s caramels yet? You should ! I got these from Splashscore.

Graze Box
They sent me something in the mail I believe to claim a free snack box. The cashews surprised me and really enjoyed them. Click here for a free box. You might have to pay shipping $1-$2

samples & freebies

Dial sugar cane soap- free ( had free coupon)
Free bag of explore Asian organic pasta from #GROweek ( follow samplr on facebook)
Burt’s Bees Renewal serum sample + $3 coupon ( from their facebook page)
Power Bar was a substitute – CVS had a coupon for a free meta bar ( coupon from red machine when you scan your card) They were out so I was able to get this. It was very good chocolate peanut butter!

Pom Win #CrazyHealthy
I won these back in Feb when they had a contest going on their facebook page. 2 tshirts & a coupon for a free bottle of POM juice ( they really hooked me up!!)

Benefit Luggage tag sephora

If you aren’t a beauty insider at Sephora , sign up its free! I picked this Benefit Cosmetics luggage tag for free ” Laughter if the best cosmetic”

What have you been getting in your mailbox?

Warm Farro & Shrimp bowl

Today I made Warm Farro & Shrimp bowl with green beans, sweet bell pepper, & shallot citronette

10 oz Shrimp
3/4 cup Farro
2oz Arugula
4 oz Green Beans- trimmed & cut into 2 inch pieces
2 cloves Garlic – minced or grated
1 Lemon – Zest, halve, & juiced
1 Red bell pepper- Take seeds out, thinly slice
1 sprig Mint- chopped
1 Shallot- finely chopped
salt & pepper
Olive oil

calories: 606 * carbs: 68g * fat: 22g * protein: 34g * fiber 11g

veggies

In a medium pot bting 3 cps of water to a boil with farro and a large pinch of salt. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 30-40 minutes, until tender. Drain & set aside.

farro

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Take the green beans & bell pepper to a pan. Cook & toss for 7-8 minutes until tender. Add garlic to pan, cook for 30 second until fragrant. Season with salt & pepper. Set aside.

green beans & red pepper

Season the shrimp with salt & pepper. Add the shrimp tot he same pan and cook, tossing 2-3 minutes until opaque. If pan gets dry add olive oil.

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Make the shallot citronette: in a large bowl whisk the shallow, lemon juice, salt, pepper, & 2 tablespoons olive oil.

When the farro is ready, toss it into the citronette along with the veggies, arugula, shrimp, lemon zest, half of the mint, & large pinch of salt & pepper.

Sprinkle with remaining mint.

Warm Farro Shrimp Bowl with green beans, red pepper, arugula & shallot citronette

Enjoy!

It can be eaten warm or cold, perfect for summer!

Chipotle-rubbed chicken salad with pico de gallo & avocado

I was so happy when my Hello Fresh box came because all 3 recipes sound amazing. So stay tuned for the other two.

If you don’t know what Hello Fresh is , they are a food subscription box. You can skip weeks if you want of have it every week. Each week there are 5 recipes to choose from, you choose 3. No need to worry about going grocery shopping or even measuring food. Then they deliver it to your door for free ( and send recipe cards with photos). Its very easy to follow, no need to be a chef! All the food is very fresh. They even pack it with ice packs so if you aren’t home when they deliver your food will be cold. Plus you get to try out new recipes you might not have thought to try before.

Prices:
3 Classic Meal Box for Two – $69
3 Classic Meal Box for Four – $129
3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Two – $59
3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Four – $109

You can get $40 off your Hello Fresh box by using my code HKSF73

My box came at lunch time so I dug right in and decided to make the Chipotle-rubbed chicken salad.

I wasn’t sure how spicy the chipotle spice would be but I’m up for trying new things.

What you need:
Chicken breast
1 chipotle chili powder
1 avocado
1 lime
1 romaine heart / lettuce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 15oz can of black beans, drained
1 medium red onion
about 9 grape tomatoes
cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoons olive oil
* optional jalapeno pepper

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First quarter the grape tomatoes. Finely chop the cilantro. Finely chop the onion. Zest & juice the lime. ( mince the jalpapeno if you are adding it, remove seeds & ribs if you prefer less heat).

In a small bowl , mix the chipotle chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, the lime zest, & large pinch of salt. Rub the mixture on the chicken breast making sure they are coated all over.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add 3/4 of the red onion and cook, tossing for 5 minutes until softened. Add the black beans, cumin, & dried oregano and cook, tossing, another 1-2 minutes. Taste & season with salt & pepper, set aside.

hello fresh black bean mixture

Heat another 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add chicken to the pan & cook 4-5 minutes per side until blackened & cooked through . Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

hello fresh cooking chicken

hello fresh chipotle-rubbed chicken

Make the vinaigrette: in a small bowl mix 3/4 of the lime juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, & half the cilantro. Season with salt & pepper.

Pico de gallo: in medium bowl toss together the tomatoes, remaining red onion, remaining lime juice, salt, pepper. ( and jalapeno if wanted)

Chop romaine lettuce into bite size pieces. Halve, pit, & peel the avocado, then thinly slice. Slice chicken breasts against the grain.

avocado

Assemble the salad: Romaine lettuce, top with black bean mixture, sliced chicken, & pico de gallo. Place avocado slices on the side & drizzle with the vinaigrette.

chipotle-rubbed chicken salad with pico de gallo & avocado

Healthy Faces pH Test Strips Review + Giveaway

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PH Strips

I am a total believer that you should listen to your body before going straight to medicine. So knowing your pH levels can help you feel better.

Why is your pH balance important?
It is important for the cells in our body to maintain alkalinity ( neutral) to function and stay alive. Consuming an alkaline diet, we allow our bodies the function properly without out having extra work trying to balance out our cellular environment to keep us alive. Disease can only grow in an acidic body, which makes a condition favorable for the growth of bacteria, yeast, fungus, mold, viruses, and any other unwanted organisms.

What is pH?
pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. A pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45

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As you can see what we’ve been hearing all along. Stay away from processed foods, foods high in sugar, simple carbs like white bread, & fatty meat. You should be eating..you guessed it fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, & proteins like beans.

Symptoms of an acidic pH: 
-Early Stage:
Lack of energy, fatigue, chest and head mucus, joint pain, cold hands and feet
Decreased sex drive, heartburn

-Intermediate Stage:
Hives, swelling of ankles, impotence, cold sores,migraine headaches, endometriosis, depression ,eczema, psoriasis

-Severe Acidic Stage:
Cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease
Multiple sclerosis, SLE

Symptoms of Alkalosis pH: 
-Early Stage:
Nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, muscle twitching

-Intermediate Stage:
Difficulty Breathing, light headedness

-Severe Alkalosis Stage:
Confusion, Stupor, Coma

* * Directions* *

phstrips

Saliva Testing: Start by swallowing this allows for any bacteria that might be lingering to be removed. Then place saliva on a spoon then dip the Healthy Faces pH testing strip into saliva making sure both color pads are getting wet. Wait 10-15 seconds then match your color pads to the color code on the bottle for your fast accurate pH balance results. (Do Not test right after brushing teeth).

Urine Testing: Must be at least 2 hours after eating, place Healthy Faces test strip in urine mid stream making sure both color pads are wet. Wait 10-15 seconds then match your color pads to the color code on the bottle for your fast accurate pH balance results. (Do Not Urine test first urine of the day).
Not Generic Information; Healthy Faces offers real support by a Board Certified Doctor for customers that have questions or want to tailor their diets
Specifically Designed for Ultimate Diagnostic Accuracy

My experience:
Very easy to use & read. Fast results. Good to have to check pH levels so you can change your diet around.

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You have 24 hours to claim prize
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I received this product complimentary from Healthy Faces for review purposes. All opinions are my own.