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amazing grass products

A few months ago, the wonderful folks at Amazing Grass sent me some samples of their protein powder and bars to try out.

I already knew that I love Amazing Grass products, but I was really excited to try out the new Vanilla Chai flavor!

If you are not familiar with Amazing Grass products, they have a variety of protein powders, superfood powders and energy bars.  Each of their products contain plant based mixes of whole fruits and vegetables that allow you to easily get some green nutrition every day.

Personally, I prefer to get my nutrients from the actual foods – eating whole veggies, fruits, etc – but, I love these Amazing Grass products when I am on the go or running out the door and don’t have a chance to eat as many fruits and veggies that day.  I always pack a few packets with me to take on vacation, like I did when we went to Florida last week.  Mixed with milk or water, they make a great post-workout snack or a regular snack while on the go.

Superfoods

From the Amazing Grass website:

Amazing Grass Green SuperFood is a perfect blend of alkalizing greens, antioxidant rich whole food fruits and vegetables, immune boosting support herbs, and friendly pre & probiotics. Our powder mixes so easily with water; you’ll wonder how essential green nutrition could taste this good.

The green superfood definitely tastes, well, green!  To me, I don’t love the taste alone, but mixed with a smoothie, I can hardly taste it!  Luckily, there are a variety of flavors to choose from – chocolate and berry are my favorite.  The chocolate mixed with 8oz of milk tastes like chocolate milk (with a green kick!). 🙂  It also makes you feel great and gives you a boost of energy if needed.

Amazing Meal

From the Amazing Grass website:

Amazing Meal is a powerful and satisfying blend of Green SuperFoods, plant based protein, phytonutrient rich fruits & vegetables, digestive enzymes and probiotics. The way Mother Nature intended…Organic, Raw and Delicious.

The ‘meal’ powders are my absolute favorite, especially the chocolate!  Mixed with milk and a banana (and blended), it makes an amazing meal on the go.  Chocolatey and delicious, and barely any grassy flavor.  I made one of these smoothies everyday in Florida and it was great.  It gave me plenty of protein, fruit, greens and dairy to start my day refreshed and energized.

The new Vanilla Chai flavor is delicious!

It does contain stevia, which I don’t love due to the taste, but when mixed into a smoothie, I can barely taste it.  I have been mixing this flavor into any type of smoothie, but I particularly love it mixed with cherries!  Cherry Vanilla Chai – yum!

Energy Bars

From the Amazing Grass website:

Our certified Organic Green SuperFood Energy Bars feature a premium blend of nature’s most nourishing and delicious SuperFoods. The energy bars provide health conscious consumers with a more potent, convenient and affordable way to satisfy their hunger and deliver nutrients to their bodies the way Mother Nature intended – unprocessed, organic and delicious.

We’ve combined our best-selling and alkalizing Organic Green SuperFood drink powder with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to create a delicious and healthy treat. Loaded with nutritious organic nuts and seeds…

I was definitely a little skeptical about these bars!  I mean, I didn’t want to eat a bar that tasted like greens…that didn’t seem like fun!  But, I was pleasantly surprised. They have a good, normal bar texture and have a little crunch to them.  My favorite is by far the Chocolate Peanut Butter.  And, I love that they contain all natural and organic real foods mixed up into the bar.  Some bars on the market these days are basically candy bars!

Overall, I love the Amazing Grass products!  I have since found their products are Whole Foods and other Natural Food stores.  They are a little pricey, but you pay for what you get.  These powders and bars don’t contain any fillers, so you are paying for real whole foods (in powder and bar form!). 🙂

Thanks, Amazing Grass for sending me these awesome products!

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breakfast & lunch

Wow!  I have been slacking on blogging this week!  Really, it’s because I have been so busy and tired with other things, that the blog had to take a backseat.  So, I thought I’d show you what I have been munching on for breakfast and lunch the past few days.  (Dinner’s have been a little sub-par, mostly because i’m just plain tired when I get home!)

Since I am pregnant, I am making more of an effort to make my meals well balanced and contain ample protein, fat, nutrients, amongst other things.  It is really important to get the baby the nutrients it needs, and I want to do my part to get those to him or her. 🙂

When I am deciding on what to have for breakfast or lunch, the first thing that goes through my head now is whether or not it has enough protein.  I have been adding protein powder to my smoothies to give them an extra boost and have just been more conscious about my protein intake overall.

For breakfast, I have been alternating between my usual oatmeal and smoothies.  Some days I crave something warm, while others I want something cold and refreshing!

Yesterday, I started the day with steaming steel-cut oats!

I added a lot to the mix, so I kept the toppings simple.

In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup homemade applesauce
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Topped with Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Crofter’s Raspberry Jam (my favorite combination!) and a sprinkle of shredded coconut for looks. 🙂

It was delicious, as usual, and contained ample protein, fat and carbs for my morning meal.

This morning, I started with a smoothie and toast.

Two slices of Cinnamon Date Manna Bread with a smear of butter.

And, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie!

  • 1 cup hemp milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp chocolate hemp protein powder
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds

It filled me up, and contained the nutrients this baby needs!

I have been trying to get a little creative with lunches, since lately lunch seems to be the meal where I most want to eat!  By dinner, I am never really hungry…

Yesterday, I mixed up some leftover cooked sweet potato orzo, arugula, a fresh tomato and cheddar cheese.  Heated for about 1 minute in the microwave to take the chill off.

YUM!

With, 3/4 cup plain yogurt and frozen (defrosted) fruit.

It was a super yummy meal!

Today, I made up a pita sandwich with hummus, avocado and spinach.

With cheddar cracker from one lucky duck and an apple.

Perfect!

To me, my breakfast and lunch seem to be well rounded, which makes me feel better and happier in general.

I have been snacking on lots greek yogurt.  I can’t get enough!

Hopefully, I can keep this up!