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Noelle’s “Natural Products Expo Prize Pack Giveaway”

Didn’t win the Happy Herbivore cookbook but looking for another great giveaway?

Head on over to Opera Singer in the Kitchen where Noelle is hosting a giveaway of some really amazing vegan items from the Natural Products Expo that took place in Anaheim, California.


By entering the giveaway, ONE lucky reader can feel like they went to Expo because So Delicious will send them some products including $25 worth of So Delicious treats, a months worth of vegan Popchips (worth $30) and some other fun goodies!

This is only open to US readers. Go to the giveaway post and get commenting, plenty of ways to enter 🙂

The Happy Herbivore cookbook giveaway!

I really enjoyed being a part of the Happy Herbivore “blog book tour” and being able to have Lindsay answer some questions for me and my blog readers. You can read the interview here if you missed it!

Now, I am really excited to announce that one of you can win a free copy of The Happy Herbivore cookbook for yourself!

This contest will run until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 4th and to enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post!

If you are one of those that likes to get multiple entries, here are some other things you can do (if you already do any of these things just leave a comment for each one saying “I already…”):

There you have it, five ways to enter! Already own a copy? Enter anyway and if you win, give it to a family member or friend 🙂

Note: Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only per request of the publisher.

I will choose a winner randomly and announce it on Tuesday morning!

Good luck 🙂

Starbucks run

Even though it was 60 degrees already when I woke up this morning, I really wanted oatmeal for breakfast 🙂

This bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup oats (cooked with 1/2 cup Silk Almond milk and 1/2 cup water)
  • 1/2 of a HUGE red delicious apple (some pieces were cooked, some added after)
  • 1 tbsp milled flaxseed
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar (made such a difference in the taste!)
  • A few sprinkles of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Natural peanut butter

This was one of the best bowls of oatmeal I’ve had in a while. Maybe because I haven’t had it as much lately? Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

After breakfast, I started off my day with a dental appointment. It wasn’t that bad but I definitely felt like I “deserved” a treat afterwards 🙂

The only time I ever order a VENTI from Starbucks is with their iced coffee. I added soy milk to mine, of course. But that’s it.

I also picked up a snack while I was there because I was pretty hungry even after that nice bowl of oatmeal (it had been over 4 hours though).


I love the new snacks at Starbucks! These pomegranate-vanilla cashews were a little pricey ($2.50) but honestly, so worth it. At least today it felt that way 😉

These were sweet, crunchy and just what I needed to get me through my mid-morning hunger. I was just going to eat half the bag (one serving) but I waited a few minutes and I was still hungry so I went ahead and finished it (the whole bag = 300 calories). All better now!

Giveaway Alert!

If you want to win some So Delicious coconut milk-based desserts, be sure to check out Heather’s Blog and mention that I sent you 🙂

Motivated

Since today is the first day of the first week of my Pound for Pound Challenge, and one of my goals this week is to journal my food, I figured showing you all what I ate today would be a good thing to do. 🙂

Breakfast this morning was pumpkin chocolate chip oat bran with almond butter.

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After my weigh in, I snacked on some veggies and hummus from a party we had at work this morning.

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For lunch, I had leftover tofu stir fry that I made on Saturday night.

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This batch contained red and green peppers, onion, bean sprouts and mushrooms all sautéed in Buffalo Sauce. The leftovers were awesome!

After lunch, I wanted something sweet so I had some Jasmine green tea with a navel orange. Yay, vitamin C!

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Then my real afternoon snack was apple slices with peanut butter.

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I’m still adjusting to not eating bars during Lent, but I feel like this has been a great challenge so far.

This snack was great and fueled me for a 5-mile treadmill run that I also very much enjoyed 🙂

For dinner, I incorporated a product I hadn’t had in a while.

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According to the box, these are 100% vegan, which is a semi-rarity in Morningstar products, so I grabbed a box since they were on sale and I had a coupon!

I made Barilla whole grain spaghetti and topped it with a sauce containing mixed stir fry veggies and one of these Chik’n patties.

I made enough to have this again for lunch tomorrow 🙂

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It basically took on the flavor of the sauce but I liked the texture well enough too. I have three more so we’ll see!

For my evening snack, I had a piece of toast with almond butter and 1 tsp chocolate chips.

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I so could’ve eaten another one but 9:00 showed up and made me realize I’m not really hungry, just obsessed with this delicious snack.

So I had a cup of tea and now I am winding down and getting ready for bed. I’d say Day One was a huge success!

Giveaway announcement: Go visit Zesty’s site and enter to win a Blog Makeover for free! He does great work and whoever wins is a lucky blogger 🙂

Winner, winner, chik’n dinner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Musselman’s Giveaway.

Please continue to check out the site and support the cause of the NBCF by purchasing the Musselman’s natural applesauce!

The winner is…

Dana said: “My 38 year old cousin recently got diagnosed with breast cancer so it is definitely hitting close to home right now.”

Congratulations Dana! Check your email, you should have a message from me 🙂

I think I speak for all of us when I say we are very sorry to hear about your cousin. I will pray for her.

Musselman’s to help the NBCF (giveaway!)

During the month of January, Musselman’s is teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, donating ten cents to the cause for every package of Musselman’s Natural Apple Sauce purchased!

We all know how important a cause this is, but it immediately reminds me of two very special people in my own life. My future mother-in-law (at the time) had recently had surgery for Stage III breast cancer when she passed away unexpectedly, just six weeks shy of our wedding.

The second is a very special lady that I “met” through the amazing blogosphere!

Erica‘s story is one of the most amazing and inspiring that I have ever had the privledge to witness. Her story is one of faith, courage and survival. She’s a beautiful lady both inside and out.

Love ya girl!

According to the email I received from the company, “The NBCF is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. We have a video featuring Peggy Fleming talking about her experience with breast cancer and sharing details about what Musselman’s is doing to help others in need of support.”

Check out the Musselman’s site for more information!

In order to promote this campaign, I was sent a container of the Natural Apple Sauce (which is the best to me) along with some fun recipe cards and a nice pink breast cancer ribbon magnet that I promptly put on my fridge!

Natural applesauce is a good staple to have on hand for recipes or just as part of your everyday eats. I love using it in recipes, just like I did with my applesauce oats yesterday morning, in most baked goods (in place of oils or eggs) and also in pancakes.

I am also going to make the Good Morning Muffins recipe from the card above (only substituting flax for the egg) and I’m sure I will come up with even more ways to enjoy it soon!

Please tell your friends and go out and buy some Musselman’s natural apple sauce to support this amazing cause!

But wait…there’s more…

Musselman’s has offered to send one of you the same package you see above: the applesauce, recipe cards and pink ribbon magnet.

Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, January 10th. Feel free to leave a memory of a loved one or another personal connection to breast cancer.

You can also receive extra entries by linking this on Twitter or your own blog, just leave another comment here to tell me you did so.

Thanks 🙂

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!

Cookie balls

My dear friend Mari is having an awesome Dunkin Donuts coffee giveaway over at her blog Namaste. Go check it out now!!

We are having a small Christmas / Monday Night Football party tonight and I wanted to take the opportunity to try out a vegan dessert. I went through the ingredients I had in my pantry and decided on Lindsey’s Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I didn’t have agave so I just used the pancake syrup I had on hand. I think that was the only substitution I made, other than once again using my chunky applesauce instead of opening up another jar.

They tasted really good but the first batch came out looking more like balls, so I smooshed down the second batch to make them look more like cookies 🙂

I can’t wait to try more vegan cookie recipes!

One thing I would like to invest in is one of those standing mixers. They are so expensive but I found that some of the ingredients in this recipe did not mesh together well and I wish I’d had a mixer like this one:

What is your favorite cookie recipe?

Fireproof

Our Wednesday night potluck went off without a hitch. Or a fire, thank goodness. But let’s back up.

Since I had oatmeal for dinner on Tuesday night, I went with a different breakfast.

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I stole one of Josh’s Lenders bagels and topped it with peanut butter and a sliced banana. The bagel was really plain and left me wanting more. I need to get some of my own – any good recommendations for vegan-friendly bagels?

Snacked on some almonds a few hours later…

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For lunch I tried another Dr. McDougall’s selections. No broken bowl this time!

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The lentil soup was really good! I’d put it in my Top 3 of this brand. Only one more to go (will be lunch on Friday).

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Before my workout, I munched on half a Clif bar and had the other half afterward.

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Unfortunately, it was raining like a mug, so we were forced to take our workout to the dread-mill. But we did a good 3 miles and then some abs afterwards.

When I got home, I was a little hungry and knew dinner would be an hour later than normal, so I had a spoon of PB.

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Like the Christmas tree background?

Suzie models it better.

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Our potluck this week was Mexican themed. We had some bean dip (with lime tortilla chips not pictured, but eaten heavily).

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Before it came out of the microwave, Court said it looked like dog food, so we kept talking all night about “how good the dog food tasted” ha ha.

For our entree, Beth made delicious black bean tacos, which I think turned out great.

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She went the extra mile and purchased the taco shells that stand up on their own. These are so much easier to eat and don’t fall apart nearly as much, I highly recommend them!

Mexican style veggies on the side. I topped my tacos with lettuce, tomato and taco sauce (not pictured).

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In lieu of dessert, we enjoyed this (not Mexican) bottle of wine 🙂

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I hadn’t had Riesling in a while…it was yummy! Tastes more like champagne than wine to me. Not as strong as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. I’m still a red girl, but this was pretty good.

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While sipping wine, we watched “Trekkies” which I had never seen. Made me feel sort of okay about being a fan of the things I am because I am not that bad. Right?

What are you an obsessively, totally geeked out fan of? Confess!

Need a yoga mat? Check out the Aurorae giveaway over at Hangry Pants 🙂

The Green Monster Challenge

Last week, our weather warmed up into the 60’s and 70’s for a few days and it made me realize that I had sworn off green monsters for the season way too early!

You see, I am one of those people that can’t drink really cold stuff when it’s cold because then it is nearly impossible for me to warm back up.

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But I decided that the benefits of drinking such an amazing and healthful smoothie far outweighed any discomfort the cold may cause me. Plus, it is still warmer than average here right now (it’s going to be 68 today)!

I was chatting on Twitter with Lauren from Lauren’s Gourmet about how I missed green monsters and she said “We should do a green monster challenge and try to have one everyday next week.”

So, here I am!

The Green Monster Challenge

It’s simple: Have one green monster a day, every day this week.

It can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. I started my Monday off with a breakfast-sized GM. I love to start the day off with some veggies 🙂

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  • 1 cup light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 sliced, frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 or 4 cups of fresh spinach

I would be remiss if I did not give a big shout out to Angela from Oh She Glows, who introduced the “green monster” to me to begin with. It has changed my life 🙂

Happy Monday friends!

p.s. Check out Eater Not a Runner’s first giveaway! Vegan goodies!!