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heading out of town

Guess what today is?!  It’s Friday for me!

We are heading out of town this weekend for a mini vacation and I am so looking forward to 4 days of relaxing!  (For those of you who know me, you know that I have trouble with that.) 🙂

I started the day with a smoothie to go.

In the mix:

  • 1 frozen banana (organic)
  • 1 cup frozen mango (organic)
  • 3 frozen strawberries (organic)
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 tsp spirulina (which gives it the pretty color!)
  • 1.5 tbsp raw cashew butter
  • 1.25 cups coconut water

It was really good today!  I have been super thirsty for the past few days even though I have been chugging water, so this definitely helped.

For lunch, I had something a bit different for me today – Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwich on whole wheat multigrain, 2 carrots and a grapefuit.

I ended up not eating the grapefruit because I didn’t have time to peel it…but, the sandwich was really good!

I skipped an afternoon snack because I needed to eat an early dinner!  I packed my dinner to-go tonight because I am taking a CPR class.

Amy’s Burrito, yogurt and granola.

This was my first time having an Amy’s Burrito.  I try to stay away from stuff like this, but I needed something quick and fairly healthy.  Amy’s uses minimal ingredients in their pre-packaged meals.

Amy’s Non-Dairy Burrito: Organic flour tortilla wrapped around organic pinto beans, rice and vegetables in a mild Mexican sauce.

INGREDIENTS : (VEGAN) ORGANIC PINTO BEANS, ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT AND WHEAT FLOUR, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC BROWN RICE, ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC BELL PEPPERS, ORGANIC SWEET RICE FLOUR, SEA SALT, SPICES, ORGANIC WHEAT GLUTEN, ORGANIC GARLIC.

Not so bad for a frozen burrito.  I’m not going to lie – I loved this!!  The tortilla was not soggy at all (I was fearing it would be) and the flavors were delicious.  I love beans!  I would totally buy these again for quick lunches and/or dinners when I am in a rush.

Along with my burrito, I also had a greek yogurt and granola.

Above are 2 new flavors of Galaxy Granola that I was sent to sample!  I was psyched to receive these.  I liked the other flavors of Galaxy Granola, but these 2 sounded so much better to me – Maple Pecan Quinoa and Hint of Honey?!  YUM!

Tonight, I tried the Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola.  I love quinoa, I love pecans and I love maple syrup!  I couldn’t go wrong.  The granola was great.  Similar texture to their other flavors, and the maple really came through.  I liked the additional crunch from the quinoa.  These 2 flavors hit stores this month, so be sure to check them out!

I also brought an apple, some dried fruit and a few pieces of dark chocolate to snack on during the class if I feel the need.

Off to CPR…

fruit not fat

About a month ago, I found out that Galaxy Granola was starting a “Fruit not Fat” movement to jump start healthy eating.  I love the movement that they are starting, because so many people these days need to and/or want to cut that un-needed fat out of their diets.  But, they don’t want to give up their favorite foods.  From their blog: Fruit Not Fat is about cutting out fat when you can by limiting the amount of it in any given recipe.  We don’t want you to eliminate all the healthy fats in your diet; we just want to encourage you to choose the right fats and make informed and healthy eating choices each and every day.

You can read their blog to find out new recipe ideas and other fun facts!  Or, just click the blue and green apple symbol on the left of my page (under my picture) to get there.

I received an awesome sample package to try out their granola.

Well, I needed to tell you guys about their granola, because it is delicious!!  They bake their granola in applesauce (how cool is that?!) instead of oils.  Many people shy away from granola because of it’s calorie and fat content.  It is usually baked in oils, and contains grains, nuts, and fruits.  But, no oils in the granola means a lot less fat! 

They have great, simple flavors which I love.  It has just the right amount of sweetness, sweetened by either agave, cane juice or honey.  They do use white rice, which I am not a huge fan of.  I would prefer brown anyday, and it is healthier for us.  However, if you are looking for a healthier granola alternative, I think this is it!

So far, the Not Sweet Vanilla is my favorite!  There are only 1.4 grams of fat per serving.  Other granolas can have upwards of 15-20 grams of fat per serving.  And check out the ingredients: whole rolled oats, apples, organic agave nectar, barley flakes, spelt flakes, crisp rice, oat flour, vanilla extract, oat bran, vitamin E.

The idea behind this granola is excellent!  Even though I do try to limit my white flour/rice intake, I do feel okay eating this granola knowing the other things that they put into it.