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Free lunch!

After a really sweaty workout, I decided to check out a health fair taking place on campus. It was geared mostly toward students but they were happy to see staff people there too 🙂

I am so glad that I went because I ended up getting free food!

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This veggie wrap was unbelievably tasty and impressive. I can’t remember the last time I actually found real, good vegan food at a health fair (sadly).

The wrap, along with some hummus and pita chips (not pictured) ended up being my lunch, instead of the veggie burger that has been in the freezer at work going on two days now 😉

We also got some free snacks for later!

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I ended up having the apple with some peanut butter for a snack just now 🙂

Checking in

Happy Saturday friends!

Just thought I would check in before Mari sends out a search party, haha. How are you all?

This week was just a bit too crazy for me. I had my photo shoot, anniversary, etc. and ended up staying home from work yesterday because I was exhausted and started getting headaches. But after lots of naps and sleeping until 9:15 today (unheard of!) I am feeling much better and ready to make this a productive weekend 🙂

On Wednesday, I met the stylist at a very cute place in the Highlands called Pitaya. There are a few other locations but you can also check them out online, they have some seriously cute clothes (that I couldn’t afford right now, haha).

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Here are my two favorites from what I tried on. The stylist ended up picking out something totally different for the actual shoot though, which I have no idea how it looks since there weren’t any full length mirrors, so I guess we’ll all be in suspsense until September!

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I loved this dress because it is my favorite color, plus the belt gives me more of a waist and it makes some other things look bigger too 😉

This is what I was supposed to wear before the last minute switch…remember, this is a “business woman” magazine.

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I loved this one too, I would go back and buy it if I could. Someday!

For breakfast this morning, I had 1/2 cup Quaker oats (got a HUGE 42 oz container at Walmart for $2!) cooked in the micro with 1/2 cup plain light soymilk and 1/4 cup water, added some wheat germ, and topped with chocolate chips, PB and dates.

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I am trying to use up all of my fruit and dried fruit since I’m going to try and cut back on sugar. I think I’m still going to have one piece of fruit a day (most likely a banana in my oats!) and then strive to get my other nutrients from veggies.

I can’t wait to finally get started! I think doing it slowly might be better though 😉

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!