A Healthier Popcorn Option

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I absolutely love popcorn! It has always been an all-time favorite snack of mine. From air popped to microwave to the Jiffy Pop campfire in the tin pan. It’s always been fun watching and listening for those kernels to turn fluffy and make that POPPING sound.

A few years back I snagged a stove pop popper that you cranked the handle and I preferred this method for the organic popcorn kernels, sea salt, and butter combination. I thought that those were the only three ingredients needed for perfectly popped popcorn. Phhhh! Shows just how little I know!

When I tried Malaysian Palm Oil I was curious to see what the end results would be. I was surprised how fluffy the kernels turned out! There wasn’t even a need for butter and yet the popcorn wasn’t oily or greasy in any way. I did add just a touch of sea salt for a bit of taste and found that Malaysian Palm Oil is absolutely perfect for popcorn. It actually enhances the flavor instead of taking over that natural popped corn flavor like butter does.  My family and I were pleasantly surprised at how well we enjoyed this pairing.

Palm oil sourced from Malaysia is non-GMO and ideal for high temperature cooking.  Other key factors to note about this unique oil is that it is a healthy replacement for partially hydrogenated oil because it’s trans fat free and rich with nutrients such as, provitamin A carotenoids.  These carotenoids are important for growth and development and maintenance of the immune system.   The Red palm fat is rich in the antioxidants Vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocotreinols are  superior to tocopherols, however tocopherols are the more commonly used natural preservative found in several perishable goods.  Both compounds have been found to be an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, neuroprotective, with cholesterol lowering properties.  Palm oil itself is cholesterol free, free of trans fats, high in linoleic acid, and helps raise HDL-cholesterol.  Either natural preservative is a much better source of preservation  than any synthetic preservative.  Here’s a fun fact: a one-acre palm oil plantation produces 11 times more oil than a one-acre soybean field. WOW!

We’ve switched to eating sweet potatoes over traditional baking potatoes and I’m anxious to make sweet potato fries with palm oil. Stay tuned for the results!

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Protein Packed Snacks For On-the-Go

I want to thank Moms Meet for sending me these products for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review. Compensation for this post was provided and this page contain affiliate links.

The SAHM “Diet”

As a stay-at-home-mom I often neglect to take time out of my day to make sure that I’ve eaten a healthy and well-balanced meal. Even though my resume includes healthy grocery shopping on a budget for meals for the whole family, I somehow manage to forget to include myself in my day to day routine. Guilty, I know. Often times I find myself grabbing some kind of bar to eat on the go with a piece of fruit or veggie. But I forget to grab a key part of any healthy diet and that’s protein. I have crashes on a regular basis and let me tell you, it’s not fun.

My family and I really, really love smoothies. Let’s be real for a minute; unless you buy prepackaged organic fruits and veggies that have already been washed, sliced, and come conveniently packaged (as well as spendy) then who really has the time to do all of that prep work?

I know that it makes meal prep and eating much easier but there are definitely those times when the schedule doesn’t always go according to plan. A toddler didn’t take as long of a nap as expected, school-aged kids have projects or after-school activities. Life happens and things come up. So, that’s why I really like the idea of a healthy, protein packed snack that’s convenient and delicious!

Fuel For Fire Smoothies

Fuel For Fire‘s founder is six-time Ironman Triathelete Ron Gilfeather. His mission is to change the way people snack on the go by making wise and impacting changes to their daily routines to support healthy nutrition.

Key the trumpets as I announce Fuel For Fire‘s protein loaded smoothies made from real foods! Nothing artificial, no added sugars, and gluten free Fuel For Fire Smoothies are perfect for on the go. I replaced a smoothie with my typical bar and was pleasantly satisfied. They’re delicious and wholesome. I felt content and didn’t experience a crash that I usually do from not eating enough protein to sustain me on a crazy-busy day. They’re great for kids, too! My entire family couldn’t get enough of them. The twins were chomping at the bit for a new after school snack.

My husband and son really enjoyed the Coffee Blend. I personally didn’t care for it because it wasn’t what I expected. I’m a coffee lover and maybe it was the texture with the flavor? Not quite sure but I am absolutely raving over the Sweet Potato Apple smoothie! Oh, my goodness! I’m actually craving one as I sit here telling you about it! It is definitely my favorite! The Strawberry Banana, Banana Cocoa, and Tropical are all very yummy as well! They’re what you’d expect from a smoothie only more delicious. The best part is even though these smoothies contains whey protein you can’t taste it at all! There aren’t any funny textures or weird after tastes which I give two big thumbs up for! Way to nail the deliciousness and healthiness of a protein smoothie without the funkiness, Fuel For Fire!

The smoothies come packaged in convenient on-the-go squeeze pouches. You can pack them in lunchboxes, backpacks, gym bags, and even diaper bags. This is what I did when we took our youngest to the zoo for the first time and in my excitement I forgot to eat. I was able to enjoy my time with my family thanks to the Fuel For Fire smoothie I had tossed in the diaper bag!

I even managed to grab one on the way to church because Heaven knows I’m always running late for church and don’t even have time to make myself a couple of eggs. Peanut butter and apples are too messy and not ideal when I’m applying that last coat of mascara or my lipstick.

Find Your Fuel

With so many great smoothie blend options its easy to say yes to clean and fun snacking. Did you know that childhood obesity is on the rise (1 in 5 children are considered obese) and that 91% of children get less than half the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day? That’s why is so crucial, now more than ever, to spread the word about wholesome nutrition and the importance of staying active. Fuel For Fire supports fueling America with quality whole foods.

You can find Fuel For Fire products here or even on Amazon. Now through July 31, 2018 you can save 40% and receive free shipping on your purchase at fuelforfire.com with code SAVE40.

What are some ways that you like to keep your family fueled on the go? Please share your ideas below.

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How To Kick Your Snack Time Up A Notch

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Our Story

On our journey to a healthier and an ingredient conscious lifestyle I am constantly reading labels and on the hunt for better-for-you and green products. We’re slowly transitioning the products that we use and consume within our home. When we run out of a product, we replace it with one that is ethically sourced and contains honest ingredients. I can’t stress how important it is to me that I provide my family with only the best food and products.

With my husband having Type 1 Diabetes and other auto-immune diseases running in our families we avoid certain foods and definitely do not consume products with any additives, preservatives, and pesticides.

So when Moms Meet offered Once Again Nut Butter Amore Hazelnut Spread as a blogger review program I jumped at the opportunity and was thrilled when I was selected to participate!

Once Again Nut Butters

Once Again is a very special and unique company. Their founders shared a common belief in organic and sustainable farming. They’re an employee-owned company that “spreads integrity” and their logo comes from the adopted pet kits that were orphaned and living on the facility grounds. They fondly named one of those kits “Rocky”. The Once Again Family helped out the kits and later released them into the wild. To this day, Once Again is committed to donating their byproducts to local farmers and nature lovers who often feed Once Again Nut Butters to the wildlife.

Once Again holds a special place in my Mommy Book of Approval because they are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten free, and made with fair trade ingredients. These are some of the top things I look for before purchasing a new product.

hazelnut spread

I haven’t ever been a fan of Nutella. There’s just something about it that I simply couldn’t get myself to use it. You can imagine that I was probably a tad bit apprehensive to try a hazelnut spread but I have a rule to try everything at least once before claiming not to like it. Boy, was I more than pleasantly surprised!

We were gearing up to go camping for the first time for the season and figured it would be an ideal time to try out the spread. I always pack quick and healthy foods when we go camping (with the exception of smores) and knew that Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread would pair perfectly with apples and even celery.

Talk about knock your socks off! The creamy spread was like a decadent dessert consuming my mouth. The best part was that I didn’t feel guilty eating such a delicious treat! This is one hazelnut spread that I can feel good about eating and giving to my three kiddos.

But the goodness didn’t stop there. Noooo… When we finished dinner later that evening and pulled out the things to make smores we realized that we forgot to pack the chocolate bars. To our dismay, we were quite disappointed. I mean, c’mon. What is camping without SMORES, am I right??

As I grudgingly cleaned up dinner and put things away in the trailer, I spotted the hazelnut spread I had used earlier in the day. Remembering its cocoa-y goodness I thought to myself, “It’s made with cocoa; why not spread it on the graham crackers and and use it in place of chocolate bars?”

Now lets stop and talk about the components of a traditional smore for just a minute. You have the crispy graham cracker, the warm gooey marshmallow, the the hard chocolate bar. We keep ours in the freezer or ice chest so they don’t melt in the heat. I find smores absolutely delectable but awfully difficult and very, very messy to eat.

But the spread! That’s just it! I spread it on top of that graham cracker so neatly that it stayed in place and made for an even yummier smore than I could have ever imagined! I was so engrossed in making smore after heavenly smore that I forgot to take pictures of our newfound treats.

However, when we returned from camping, my twins dove right into the hazelnut spread with apples for an after school treat. I even whipped up some gluten free and regular brownie bites using Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread. Those did not last one day in our house!

You can find the recipe at the bottom of this blog post. 

If you’re looking for a delicious treat or healthier alternative to conventional hazelnut spreads, Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread is your go-to product! I was disappointed to learn that there aren’t retailers near me who carry Once Again Hazelnut Spread but I found it online! You can find them here.

The Amore Hazelnut Spread is new this year but you can snag all kinds of delicious nut butters depending on what you’re in the mood for:

Hazelnut Brownie Bites

  • 1/2 cup Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix hazelnut spread and milk together.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg.
  4. Add egg to the hazelnut and milk mixture.
  5. Slowly add in the flour while mixing together by hand until ingredients are blended well.
  6. Fill liners 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove and allow to cool completely before serving.

Makes 6 brownie bites

What are your favorite ways to eat hazelnut spread? I’d love to hear your  ideas! Please share and comment below.

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