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Applesauce oats

This week, I have been trying to use up a lot of stuff at home instead of buying more at the grocery (saved me $20!) but I’ve had to be a little inventive in getting in my fruit servings. My preferred method is a banana sliced up in my oats, but since I did not buy any this week, I had to improvise.

Enter Applesauce Oats!

I used 1/4 cup of Musselman’s chunky applesauce (which is good except for the HFCS — trying to use it up) and cooked it with 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup water.

When it was done, I stirred in 1 tbsp flax meal and some cinnamon and topped it off with the most important part (to me): peanut butter.

It tasted really good. The chunks of apples almost make it seem like there was a “real” apple in there. I’ve still got a whole pantry of stuff to use up so next week should be pretty interesting too. But I like it; the situation forces me to be creative 😉

What is the most interesting meal you have come up with using random ingredients at home?

I’m a new woman

Hello exercise, how I’ve missed you!

Before I left I ate a delicious Larabar. With so many flavors to choose from, I never get tired of these things. Plus it’s nice to have a go-to snack that is vegan and with very few ingredients.

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After my snack, I hit the YMCA for a beginner’s Body Pump class. If you have never done Body Pump before, it is a group fitness class that uses barbells.

It is a total body workout: upper body, lower body, abs, you name it. The beginner’s class just lasted 40 minutes (including some basic instruction) so I hit the treadmill for a 30 minute interval run.

Needless to say, I FEEL AWESOME!

I’m so glad I committed to working out today to you guys in my post yesterday. I think that really pushed me to get to it 🙂

When I got home, I made some lunch. My last leftover black bean burger, plus some cauliflower (with Smart Balance Light) and an applesauce.

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*Note – this applesauce contains calcium lactate and I haven’t yet researched what source they use for this. I know some vegans avoid this (I don’t) so I just wanted to throw that out there.

Lunch really hit the spot! But tonight is girl’s night potluck so I’m really looking forward to that as well.

Might stop and pick up some vino on the way…

Don’t forget to enter the Musselman’s giveaway before 11:59 tomorrow night!

Holiday cheer from Musselman’s!

Well, well, what could this be?

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As you guys know, I am a big fan of Musselman’s applesauce. So much that they sent me a lovely gift basket just in time for the Christmas holiday!

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Check out all these goodies!

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Would you like some applesauce goodies of your very own?

IT’S A HAPPY NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY!

To enter, just leave a comment with one goal that you have for 2010.

You can also post this on your blog (leave another comment here) and Twitter (leave another comment) for extra entries.

The deadline for entering will be 11:59 p.m. December 31st, 2009.

Good luck and happy new year!

Chunky pancakes

Sunday was the first full day I was able to eat real solid food again, so I took the opportunity to make a special breakfast before church.

I’d been eyeing Mama Pea’s recipe for Apple Cinnamon Pancakes for quite a while now and I finally had all the ingredients and time to make them 🙂

Since I wasn’t too comfortable with “crunching” just yet, I left out the chopped apple and used some Musselman’s chunky applesauce (the recipe already calls for applesauce so I just used that amount).

It was neat to get little bites of chunky apple that were still soft enough for me to chew in my delicate dental state 😉

Topped it off with this bad boy…

I’ve had this brand before but it had been a while. I love almond butter but I have a hard time with the squeeze packs. I think they would be great for traveling, but at home before dawn, they are just plain annoying, ha ha.

Mmm, coffee…

I made a couple pancakes for Josh too who said “They were okay.”

Someday I hope to blow him away with my cooking skills, but for now I’ll take a small victory in getting him to eat a “partially-vegan” meal — he had eggs with his.

I think next time I’ll use more cinnamon!

My first giveaway!

Happy Thursday everyone!

I actually had Wednesday written out before I realized that it has already passed us by…I guess my day off in the middle of the week really threw me for a loop.

Anyway, as the title suggests…I am hosting my first giveaway 🙂

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Thanks to the generous people over at Musselman’s, one lucky reader will win a package of their new Healthy Picks line, which I reviewed here back in June.

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Your prize will include one package of each of the three Musselman’s Healthy Picks flavors:

  • Blueberry Pomegranate

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  • Raspberry Acai

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  • Key Lime Cupuacu

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**Plus a cute little mini tote bag and an information sheet on the many health benefits of this new line of applesauce.

Musselman’s Healthy Picks are…

  • Made with antioxidant rich superfruits
  • Fortified with fiber, calcium and Vitamin C
  • Have NO SUGAR ADDED
  • Contain NO ARTIFICAL COLORS OR FLAVORS

Applesauce is a great snack and also a great way to get in a fruit serving. I especially think this line would be enjoyable for little ones if you have any at home with you, but the big kids will love them too!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you are most interested to try. For an additional chance to win, please link this post to your own blog, if you have one, and send me an email at sarahtrains4u@gmail.com to let me know you did. The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, Friday August 7th. Thanks and good luck!

A big thanks to Krista from Musselman’s for letting me host this giveaway on my blog.

Have a great day everyone 🙂

Musselman’s Healthy Picks

I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not eat applesauce. It was pretty much a staple in my parents’ house (and still is even without me) and its a snack very much enjoyed by my husband and I in our home as well. However, when I made the healthy lifestyle jump, I realized just how many things can be added to applesauce by companies who put taste before health!

I’m always sure to tell my readers as well as my family and friends that unsweetened applesauce is the best (its just apples!) and adding a little cinnamon goes a long way. But every now and then, some flavor change can be a good thing. But how do we do that without adding sugar or artificial colors and flavors?

I’m glad you asked. This week, I have had the pleasure of sampling a new line of flavored applesauce from Musselman’s!

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Introducing Musselman’s Healthy Picks!

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These are a new line of flavored applesauce that you can feel good about tossing into your lunch bag. Each 4 oz container is just 70 calories, contains just 10-11 grams of sugar, provides 3 grams of fiber and Vitamin C (25% DV), Calcium (10%) and Iron (2%). They come in three flavors:

Raspberry Acai

I actually tried this flavor last but I put it first because it was my favorite. It was sweet and fruity but not overpowering like some of the other fruit-flavored applesauce on the market. This makes a nice snack or dessert following lunch. Even though this one was my favorite, I managed to NOT take a picture of it, hmm…guess I spent more time devouring the cup than photographing it 🙂

Blueberry Pomegranate

This is the first flavor I tried and while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t my favorite of the three. The Raspberry Acai made the other two seem subpar in comparison! I could definitely taste the blueberry more than pomegranate, but it did make me want some pom seeds really bad, its been a long time.

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Key Lime Cupuaçu

This flavor was very much different than the other too in that its consistency was somewhat chunky. I was not expecting this but once I started eating it I got used to it. I did not taste as much like Key Lime as I had imagined, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because that is a flavor where less is more for me. This one was not my favorite but I wouldn’t turn it down if someone offered it to me.

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We have all heard the health benefits of pomegranate and acai recently but I had never heard of Cupuacu. Luckily, Musselman’s PR team provided me with this excellent information:

“Cupuaçu comes from a small tree that is related to the Cacao tree. It fights cancer and disease; increases stamina, alertness and energy; improves digestion; eases pain; and improves the skin’s appearance by maintaining its elasticity and suppleness.”

You can get that in your applesauce! 🙂

Here are some more interesting facts in case you are interested:

  • Apples contain complex carbohydrates that give you energy faster than eating something high in sugar. (Howtothinkthin.com)
  • Antioxidants prevent and repair damage caused by free radicals that are naturally produced when our cells use oxygen. A diet rich in antioxidants can prevent health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes and cancer. (Healthcastle.com)
  • Açaí is a reddish-purple fruit that comes from the açaí palm tree. Açaí increases energy and stamina; fights cancer, disease and obesity; boosts the immune system; helps maintain good cholesterol; improves vision and digestion; and promotes more peaceful sleep. (Webmd.com, Acaiberrystudies.com)
  • The pomegranate is one of the earliest fruits found in history. It fights breast, lung and prostate cancer; protects the neonatal brain from damage after injury; prevents cartilage deterioration; protects the arteries and teeth from plaque buildup; prevents Alzheimer’s disease; and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. (Healthdiaries.com, Womens-health-questions.com)
  • I’ve always liked the option of having applesauce as a fruit serving with lunch or as part of a healthy afternoon snack or dessert. When you add different flavors into the mix, it definitely keeps things exciting. I could also see kids enjoying these very much.

    Thank you Musselman’s for allowing me to review this product, I would definitely buy this and recommend it to everyone who loves applesauce!