Lots of yummy snacks from NatureBox

Have you heard about NatureBox? The past few months I’ve been getting a box filled with delicious snacks. Sweet, salty, healthy, crunchy, filling with real simple ingredients…. free of artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. They also have vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free options.

Right now if you use my link here >> Nature Box  credit  you will get $20 credit to use. PLUS there is free shipping on orders $25 and over. Which means you can spend around $5 for at least 5-6 bags depending on what you get. ( I get credit when you sign up using my link as well win, win)

They also have deals and will email you with codes and what they have going on. Anywhere from free shipping on any order , 20% off, or a free bags of snacks on any order.

If you decide you don’t want it monthly, you can easily cancel on their site .

 

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I like choosing new snacks when I order because new options are always popping up . My favorites are the garlic plantains & sweet & salty nut medley.

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I didn’t care too much for the chickpeas because they were crunchy but then had a hard piece in it so it would be nice soft crunch then ahh . Didn’t want to break a tooth!

The  mini vanilla bean wafers taste really good.  The sour cream & onion straws sort of tasted like funyons!

I like getting trail mix or nuts because they are a great mid day pick me up snack for me.

The aged cheddar lentil loops were really tasty ..perfect when you want a crunchy snack.

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Besides the delicious snacks. Their customer service is amazing. When I moved a couple of weeks ago I miscalculated when my box was supposed to arrive by a day ( when I was half way to my destination) I was going to have a friend pick up my box but my landlord already returned to sender. I emailed them an explained what happened and they routed my box to my new location quickly.

Also a perk is these boxes are perfect to store things in & most snacks are in resealable bags!

 

Have you tried Naturebox ? Which snack is your favorite?  If you use my link to get the credit , let me know which snacks you chose.

 

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Good 2 Go Protein bar Review

When choosing a protein bar there are so many choices. From brands, how much protein is in them, ingredients, sugar, carbs & flavors.

Protein bars are great for pre & post work out, for that afternoon slump, and also good for when you are on the go.

A little about these bars: 

The G2G bars are all completely natural, 99.9% lactose-free, and use many organic ingredients. The bars do not contain any refined sugar; instead they are sweetened with honey, brown rice syrup, and coconut crystals. They contain flaxseed and coconut oil, and are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. The bars are high in protein, which comes from whey isolate, peanut & almond butters, (freshly ground) and oats. In addition to fantastic taste and satisfaction, the ingredients in the G2G bars possess countless health benefits.

 

Benefits

  • Whey Protein: rapid-digesting protein that feeds muscle tissue and helps in muscle recovery
  • Whole Oats: lowers cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease, stabilizes blood sugar
  • Flaxseed: promotes bone health, protects against heart disease, cancer and diabetes
  • Coconut Oil: supports tissue healing, protects against osteoporosis, reduces inflammation
  • Honey: anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal
  • Cinnamon: anti-microbial, helps control blood sugar, improves colon health

 

I heard its best to look for a protein bar with a protein to sugar ratio to keep the blood sugar balanced. These bars have 18 grams of protein & 15 grams of sugar. There is also 4 gram of fiber in each bar to help keep blood sugar stable & full longer.

I like that these bar have no preservatives. You should refrigerate these bars for maximum freshness & taste. They will also last longer, up to 8 months or one month our of the fridge.

The first ingredient is either freshly ground peanut butter or almond butter! YUMM! I love making my own nut butters at Whole Foods because I think they taste better. Well this goes for these bars.. they taste fantastic!

Each bite , especially in the peanut butter flavors are so creamy. They are one of the best protein bars I have tasted.  Each bar has weight to it, have a good thickness, & fills you up.

 

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When Good2Go sent me their 4 yummy flavors to try I was pretty excited.

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Almond Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Fruit Nut
  • Almond Fruit Nut

Also knowing that these bars are made in the U.S , made with organic ingredients , no refined sugar, & no preservatives I was ready to try them all.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

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The first bite you could taste the peanut butter.  Each bite is so creamy & smooth. There are small pieces of peanuts throughout the bar  ( which you can see in the photo) as well as chocolate chips which compliments well with the peanut butter. This combo is perfect. Each bite I thought is this really good for me? Yes it is nom nom nom  It almost reminded me of cookie dough.

Almond Chocolate Chip

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These were still creamy & smooth but I think because it almond it was a tad drier than the peanut butter bar but still delicious. There was a subtle flavor of the almonds along with vanilla. There were almonds pieces & chocolate chips throughout making each bite heavenly.

Peanut Butter Fruit Nut

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Again creamy, smooth, peanut buttery deliciousness. I didn’t get too much fruit flavor but when I did it reminded me over peanut butter & jelly. Small pieces of peanuts throughout the bar.

I think these are just a smidge smaller than the ones with chocolate but still hefty & filling.

Almond Fruit Nut

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Subtle almond & vanilla flavor & hint of some fruit. Almond pieces throughout. Again a little drier than the peanut butter one but that is how almonds are.

 

Final thoughts:

These were delicious, it was love at first bite. Each bite I thought am I really eating something healthy? Yes..yes I am. With these being creamy & smooth , the consistency was sort of like a drier cookie dough. If this doesn’t make you want to try it, I don’t know what will.   I really like that I can look at the ingredient list and read and understand all the ingredients. I was also surprised with the weight & size of each bar. Packed with protein & good for you ingredients.

With these being completely all natural with no refined sugars (only sweetened with honey, brown rice syrup, and coconut crystals you can feel good about eating them. The high protein is great for a pre /post work out or even a snack to keep you held over until your next meal.  They help satisfy a sweet tooth,  fill me up , & gave me an energy boost.

To find out more & order head to their website

or check them out on facebook

 

I received these products complimentary from Good2Go for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

What’s cookin- vegetarian

So I’ve been finding all these recipes from pinterest and I thought this one was so delish. It is also very filling.

Black Bean Fritters!

What do you need :

3 cups of black beans

1 yellow pepper, diced into small pieces

1 small diced onion

2 garlic cloves minced

large tomato, diced

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

3 tablespoons all purpose unbleached flour
2 eggs, room temperature
Sea salt and black pepper
Oil for frying- I used olive oil.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl & season with salt & pepper.
In a large skillet add oil on medium heat
When hot add tablespoons of bean mixture, I did heaping tablespoons
Cook on each side for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
Place fritters on paper towel.
I made 20-27 of them  >> Lunch tomorrow for me 🙂
Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
1/2  Greek yogurt
1 small garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon sugar
Sea salt and black pepper
Blend all the ingredients for a smooth consistency. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
Options : Add 1/2 small green chili, seeded and finely chopped to sauce
Instead of Greek yogurt you can use sour cream.

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Lentil tacos never know the difference

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup yellow onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt, to taste

1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed well

taco seasoning

2 and 1/2 cups vegetable broth

Garnishes I used:

Guacamole, cucumber, lettuce, olives, vegan cheese

Directions:

In saute pan add oil over medium heat

Add onion, garlic, salt and cook until onion is soft

Add lentils & taco seasoning, mix well.

Stir in vegetable broth.

Reduce heat, cover. Check lentils and stir occasionally to avoid burning for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove cover, allow to thicken about 7 minutes

Transfer to bowl and use a potato masher to gently mash to your desired consistency.

Now make your taco! Use hard shells or wraps 🙂

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