Shine Organics: My Favorite Healthy On-the-go Snack!

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***Thank you to Shine Organics for sponsoring this post!***

Today, I wanted to share one of my new FAVORITE things: a healthy snack that's EASY to take on-the-go! Shine Organics Pouches (click here for a coupon!) are a convenient blend of real, organic fruits and vegetables, chia seeds, and superfoods.

They are perfect for throwing in your gym bag or purse, or just for when you need a quick snack around the house. Basically, as an active and busy mom of a toddler, these pouches are PERFECT for me! Whether James and I are running errands, heading to music class, or just hanging out at home, I can always have a HEALTHY snack on hand. No fuss, no mess, and no prep time. I just grab a pouch and instantly have a YUMMY snack to enjoy and to satisfy my hunger! These pouches fit into my lifestyle EFFORTLESSLY.

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Finding healthy snack food that actually tastes good, as well as being good for you is tricky. That's why I'm really really glad that I've found Shine Organics!

You can find Shine Organics Pouches at Target in the apple sauce section. Click here to get a coupon for $1 off of a four pack!

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What are your favorite healthy on-the-go snacks?? Please share! I love getting new ideas!

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Wild Eats: Cupid's Arrow Fruit Skewers

Looking for a fun, light, fruity snack that you can serve up for Valentine's Day?? Well, look no further! These fruit skewers are a pretty hors d'oeuvres, perfect for a festive party!

Here's What You Need:

1 Watermelon

1 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

Blueberries

Wooden Skewers

Here's What You Do:

Slice up the watermelon and use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the watermelon into hearts. Alternate sliding the hearts and the blueberries onto the skewer sticks. Then, slice the green rind of the watermelon into little strips. Slide them onto the end of the skewers as the fletching at the end, making the skewers into Cupid's Arrows!

Serve up and enjoy!

What are your favorite healthy Valentine's Day recipes?

Wild Eats: Healthy Valentine's Day Truffles

Valentine's Day is such a sweet holiday, that it would practically be a crime to not indulge in some sweet treats!

I love coming up with healthy treat alternatives. Remember this Valentine's Day fruit salad from last year??

This year, I'm sharing a recipe that is SO easy, SOOOO chocolatey, and SO yummy. And it is relatively healthy too! It's a perfect option if you need something decadent to indulge in!

Here's What You Need:

1 ripe avocado

3/4 cups of dark chocolate chips

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

cocoa powder

Here's What You Do:

First, mash up the avocado in a medium sized bowl. Then, melt the dark chocolate chips (you can use the microwave for this, or the stove top. I prefer the stove top.) Once the chocolate is melted and creamy, pour it into the bowl with the avocado and mix the two ingredients together well. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and mix. Then, place the mixture into the fridge for a half hour or so. You want the mixture to cool and harden.

Once the mixture is hardened, remove it from the fridge. Form the mixture into balls. You can make the balls as big or as small as you'd like. Then, roll the balls in the cocoa powder, and voila!

Serve and enjoy!

Healthy Snack: Squarebars!

I can't believe I haven't done a post about these tasty bars yet! Square Organics reached out to me awhile ago and sent me some of these organic protein bars. I'M HOOKED. They are so tasty and I love keeping a few in my purse for when I need some fuel on the go. I love finding new snacks that are good for me and filling, and that don't taste like crap. I'm so excited to have connected with Square Organics because these Squarebars are a GAME CHANGER.

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Here's the best part: you can get 20% off at www.squareorganics.com using the code "tiugirlanna"! I don't get anything out of this, I'm just spreading the goodness! These are great for after a workout, on a backpacking trip or hike, or for little nibble during a long day at the office. Go get yourself a box! You wont regret it.

xo, Anna

Primal Kitchen

I love trying out new food products that are made with healthy, good-for-you ingredients. Primal Kitchen sent me a box full of some of their products to try out, and I was SO excited to get my hands on them. Primal Kitchen consists of "Primal-inspired salad dressings and condiments full of healthful, natural fats, superfoods, antioxidant-rich, high-ORAC-scoring herbs and spices… with no offensive, synthetic vegetable and seed oils and no artificial colors, flavors or fillers!" ...Sounds good to me! Basically, they believe that you shouldn't have to sacrifice great taste in the name of health. You CAN have both. 

Ben and I have been cooking with the Avocado Oil from Primal Kitchen, and we have been loving it! The flavor and scent is very mild, so it doesn't over power the dish. It is made with cage free eggs, and is non GMO, sugar free, soy and canola free, gluten free, and dairy free. It's also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. 

The Dark Chocolate Almond Bars are super tasty and are a great, healthy snack that's perfect for taking with you on the go. Plus, these bars contain more collagen than a cup of bone broth...which is amazing! They are made with grass-fed collagen, are non-GMO, sugar free, soy and canola free, gluten free, and dairy free. Hard to beat!

My favorite products are the salad dressings. It is SO hard to find healthy, good-tasting salad dressings. Most salad dressings are full of really really unhealthy ingredients. OR if they are made with healthy ingredients, they taste bland or just downright gross. The Primal Kitchen salad dressings taste amazing AND they are made with ingredients that are actually good for you! There are two flavors: Honey Mustard Vinaigrette and Greek Vinaigrette. Both are made with cage free eggs, and are non-GMO, sugar free, soy and canola free, gluten free, and dairy free!

Primal Kitchens also has a healthy Mayonnaise for sale that is supposed to be AMAZING. I haven't tried it yet, but I'd really like to! 

Go ahead and check out Primal Kitchen if you haven't already. What we put into our bodies is SO important. The ingredients in Primal Kitchen products are ones that you can feel good about fueling your body with! 

xo, Anna

Wild Eats: Chocolate Nice-cream

Here is a fun recipe that will satisfy your dessert hankerin’ in a HEALTHY and delicious way! This is my go-to when I need a treat at night. Rather than indulging in something full of sugar and made with unhealthy things, I’ve come up with an ice-cream alternative: this chocolate nice-cream! It’s easy to make, tastes super yummy, and is full of things that are good for you! 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

-1 frozen, sliced banana

-1 cup of almond milk

-a handful of kale

-a few strawberries (I used three large ones!)

-1 tbs 100% unsweetened cocoa powder

-a few drops of mint extract

-a few drops of vanilla extract

-a few crushed ice cubes

-toppings of your choice! (I like coconut flakes and cacao nibs)

Here’s What You Do:

Add all of the ingredients into a blender (I use a Nutribullet). Blend well. Pour into a bowl, add toppings, and enjoy right away!

Review: Halo Top Ice Cream

Halo Top Creamery sent me some free ice-cream to try out, and you better believe I didn't put up a fight. Free ice cream? Send it on over!

First, let me tell you a little bit about what makes Halo Top ice cream different. It is low-calorie, low-sugar, and high in protein. It's made with all natural ingredients. This all sounds amazing, right? So maybe, like I was, you are thinking that this ice cream can't possibly taste good if it is THAT healthy. 

I tried the Vanilla Bean and Chocolate - two standard flavors that I figured would give me a good idea of whether or not this frozen treat was worth anyone's time. Well, I can HONESTLY tell you that after the first bite of Vanilla Bean, I was convinced. Halo Top is GOOD. Really good. It tastes like regular, unhealthy ice cream, only BETTER. And it's healthier. Win win! [Check out this cool comparison chart from Halo Top Creamery's website: Us vs. Them]

My recommendation? Make Halo Top the ONLY ice cream you eat. It tastes great and it is better for you than other ice cream! You can go to their website and go to the 'Where To Buy' tab to find a location that sells Halo Top near you. WORTH IT.