Making Meals with NOW Foods!

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It has been my pleasure over the last week to be adding some amazing NOW Foods products into my daily life! I had no idea the breadth of products available from NOW Foods before becoming a blogger ambassador, so it’s been fun to try these high quality, natural, and affordable products that meet the stringent quality standards set forth by NOW Foods!

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Look at that haul we get to try! So many amazing products – food, personal care, sports nutrition, and supplements! I’m not a patient person, so I’ve been diving in to try everything these past two weeks!

My focus this week: making meals with NOW Foods!

NOW Foods Meals

One of our current obsessions is grain bowls. We’ve been trying different kinds of rice and quinoa mixed with meat and veggie combos, so the Living Now® Gluten-Free Organic Tri-Color Quinoa was a perfect fit for us!

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This tri-color quinoa is not only delicious, but also beautiful! I prepared the quinoa based on the package instructions, using chicken broth as the liquid. Quinoa is even easier to cook than rice and it doesn’t come out sticky! I also love that quinoa adds extra protein and iron to my meal.

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To partner with the tri-color quinoa, I baked chicken breasts in Ellyndale Organics™ Coconut Infusions™ Garlic Flavor. I also stir-fried the veggies for our bowl in the same oil. The subtle garlic flavor added by this oil was scrumptious!

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Here is the end result – garlic baked chicken, tri-color quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and onion! We both wanted two bowls because it was so delicious! We refrained and I’m glad we did, because the leftover quinoa was the perfect side for our grilled chicken and vegetables lunch over the weekend.

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Doesn’t this look like the perfect light, healthy summer meal?! The tri-color quinoa has quickly become a favorite in our household!

Another favorite summer lunch for me is a protein smoothie! 

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Protein smoothies are cool, refreshing, filling, and quick to make! My favorite combo is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, PB2, and chocolate protein powder. I was thrilled to find the  NOW® Sports Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – Chocolate in my package because it was perfect for this smoothie! One tablespoon of this protein powder is just 30 calories and 4g of protein, and it is soy-free + dairy-free – so great for those with food allergies.

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One last meal idea for you today – a giant salad. The Hubby and I love big salads topped with lots of veggies, a little bacon, and something crunchy. NOW Real Food® Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds are a fabulous salad topper! They lightly sea-salted (yum) and are a valuable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. One serving also packs 5g of protein! My mind is already thinking up new ways to use these nutritious, delicious seeds!

If you think these NOW Foods products sounds fabulous, you’re right, and I have SO much more to share! Look for another post next week highlighting the great personal care products I’ve been trying!

Which of these NOW Foods products would you like to try? How would you use them in a meal?

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My Favorite Easy, Nutty Smoothie!

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I have to share some yumminess with you today.

I’ve been running and trying to get healthier all around for over a year now. Throughout that journey, I’ve been trying to replace some indulgent treats with healthier versions, as well as adding more protein and reducing the use of processed sugar. I don’t always get it right, but I just keep trying and sometimes I find gem like this one.

This smoothie combines some of my very favorite things – chocolate, nuts, and banana – and it is very easily adaptable as well! I always keep frozen bananas on hand so I’m ready to make this…

Easy Nutty Smoothie

Easy, Nutty Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup milk – skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk – I’ve tried them all and they’ve all tasted great!

1 frozen banana

2 tsp cocoa powder

2 TBSP almonds OR PB2The almonds will give a little more texture to the smoothie. The PB2 – powdered peanut butter with very low fat and no sugar added – gives more flavor than the almonds! I alternate what nut flavor I use and like them equally! You could also use Chocolate PB2 for extra chocolate flavor!

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Here is the nutrition information for the way I made it this morning {skim milk & PB2}, in case you’re interested!

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Very few ingredients, very little time, appealing flavor for the whole family – can you see why this is my favorite smoothie?!

What is your favorite smoothie right now?

 

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Delicious {Baked} Donuts!

Somehow, over the past few years, Saturday morning donuts have become a family tradition around our house. I’m ok with that.

Donuts = happy tummy.

and…

Donuts = REALLY happy boy tummies.

But sometimes I don’t feel like loading up everyone in the van on a cozy Saturday morning. And I don’t even want to know the calorie count on those fried bits of heaven.

So I bought a donut pan. Oh yes, I did.

Thanks to Pinterest, we’ve been having our Saturday morning delicious donuts at home, trying several different recipes and enjoying ourselves ever so much.

Friends: get yourself a donut pan. You will not regret it. And when you do, try these recipes as quickly as possible…

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Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze – My first go at homemade donuts made a believer. The inclusion of bananas and Greek yogurt tilts the scale even more towards the healthy side for this recipe, but they were every bit as delicious as the fried variety. And the dark chocolate glaze? Fabulous.

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Syrup Frosting – I love all things pumpkin, so obviously I had to make these. Yum. Who said it needs to be fall to enjoy baked pumpkin deliciousness? I love the light glaze on top – no drizzling it on for me. I dunked that baby in the glaze and never looked back.

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Baked Maple Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar – The Hubby is a fan of sugar-covered donuts, so these were a big hit with him! And the boys and I haven’t really met a homemade donut we didn’t like yet, so these were another home run! Please eat these warm. I must agree with Si and Jase about the power of hot donuts after trying these fresh out of the oven. {If you don’t watch Duck Dynasty, you will not understand this reference. Please remedy this situation as soon as possible.}

I have several more recipes lined up to try and you can bet I will share those recipes if they turn out well!

Oh, who am I kidding? They are DONUTS. Of course, they will turn out well.

Let’s dish on donuts today:

Who has the yummiest store-bought donuts?

Have you made homemade donuts?

Do you have a favorite homemade donut recipe?

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