d’Lish GIVEAWAY (closed)

Oh hey there!  Missed ya yesterday because some handsome little man decided to take an hour and a half to get to sleep on Monday evening.  By the time he finally went down, this momma headed to bed herself.  Sleep > blogging.  True story.  Last night was considerably shorter (yay!), which I’m happy about because it means I get to come here and tell you about some tasty food I’ve been eating lately.  So here we go:

Breakfast: Heart-Shaped Pancake in Honor of Valentine’s Day 

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In the mix for the pancake: Love Grown Foods super oats with quinoa and chia, two eggs, flax seed, cinnamon, milk, and baking powder.  For the topping I microwaved frozen strawberries with a little water, mashed them up, mixed in Mamma Chia seeds, and let it sit to thicken up.  I slathered coconut oil on my pancake, topped it with this strawberry mixture, and then drizzled syrup on top.  It was fantastic.

Lunch: Chicken, Sugar Snap Peas, Orange, and Babybel Cheese

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My mom made the chicken and sent me home with a couple.  She makes the best baked breaded chicken.  I steamed a bag of sugar snap peas, and every time I do, I am reminded just how much I love them.  I think they are a very underrated vegetable.  I seriously love them.  I made them in the morning as I was getting my lunch together, and kept eating them.  It was seven o’clock in the morning, and I hadn’t even had breakfast yet!  I literally eat the whole bag in one sitting.  My grandma gave me a few Babybel cheeses, and the white cheddar flavor definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Yes, my family always gives me a lot of food.  I guess they know how much I like to eat. 🙂  Dinner was courtesy of my sister.

Dinner: Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches and Asparagus

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There is a little dollar roll underneath all that meat.  I went back for seconds.  Jacob, my nephew, couldn’t believe how much he liked the sandwiches, too.  I feel like everyone loves barbecue chicken sandwiches.

Dessert: Hot Chocolate and Special K Brownies

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The Special K brownies are supposed to be a healthy snack because they are pre-portioned in reasonable 80 calorie sizes.  However, after taking so long to get William to sleep, I needed a major chocolate fix.  So I had two.  And some hot cocoa.

Snacks: NuGo Fiber d’Lish Apple Cobbler Bar

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You might have seen that Gnu Foods FiberLove was recently acquired by NuGo Nutrition, and renamed NuGo Fiber d’Lish.  Same great bars, same great taste, same great flavors, same great fiber, just a new name.  These are honestly the best fiber bars I’ve ever had.  They’re so soft and chewy and the flavors are amazing.  Quick facts:

  • Entirely natural
  • Heart healthy
  • Promotes natural regularity with 12 grams of fiber per bar (48% of your daily needs!)
  • Only 140 calories per bar
  • Contains 6 grains and seeds
  • No trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils
  • Soy free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Flavors: Chocolate Brownie, Peanut Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin, Banana Walnut, Blueberry Cobbler, Orange Cranberry, Blondie Bar, Apple Cobbler, Coconut Macaroon, and Carrot Cake

And now, to help spread the word about their new name, NuGo Fiber d’Lish wants to send TWO of you a box with 16 bars of your favorite flavor!

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To enter the giveaway, visit NuGo Fiber d’Lish and comment on this post with which flavor sounds best to you (mandatory).  For additional optional entries:

Be sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for each entry. This giveaway will be open until Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 8:00 pm CST. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, February 20th, 2015.  CLOSED!

Congratulations to #14 Maggie and #46 Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet! We will be in touch to get your flavor of choice shipped out! Enjoy!

Disclaimer: NuGo Fiber d’Lish sent me a box of bars, free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

I have some good meals to share with you all today.  You know the ones; it’s where you look back at your pictures that you obviously took because, hello, it’s 2015, and that’s what we do, and think, “Wow, I’ve got to have that again!”  That’s how I feel about the food I’m showcasing in today’s post.

If you’re here for the Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich, then scroll to the bottom of this post.  It’s made with Special K’s new brownies that are perfectly-portioned 80-calorie indulgences that satisfy chocolate cravings!

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Zoey is like, “Where’s my treat? No brownie for me? No fair!”

Linking up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday. For my new readers (hi!), WIAW is a big blog party where people post drool-worthy photos of their latest meals.  It’s a great place to collect recipes and get meal inspiration!  Enjoy!

Breakfast: Homemade Cereal with Strawberries and Milk

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I made this yesterday morning, and I was surprised at how good it was.  You literally just combine all the ingredients in a bowl, bake, crumble, and add milk.  I used dairy milk to increase the protein.  I also substituted half of the flaxseed for coconut flour and left out the shredded coconut since I didn’t have any.  I added milk before baking, and it turned out awesome! It’s packed with protein and fiber.  It would also be good topped with syrup and eaten more like a pancake instead of cereal.

Lunch: Chipotle Chicken Bowl 

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On Monday, I went to Chipotle as they were running a promotion. If you bought something from the Sofritas menu, you could bring back your receipt to get a free meal.  Well, my Chipotle ran out of Sofritas, so I had to order something else. No big deal, my chicken bowl definitely didn’t disappoint!  I ordered it with black and pinto beans, brown rice, lettuce, cheese, and corn salsa.

Dinner: Brie Plate (shared appetizer) and Bill’s “Meister Burger” from Cardwell’s

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St. Louis bloggers from left to right: Jessica from Wanting Adventure, Sara from Running From the Law, me, Liz from Ellie and Addie, Dacy from Mindful Closet, and Grace from Camp Patton.

I was STARVING when I arrived. We ordered the brie for an appetizers, and I’m pretty sure I had eight loaves of bread. I wanted a very substantial meal and one that I knew would satiate my raging appetite, so I ordered the burger and fries.  Since I had so much bread pre-dinner, I ate my burger sans buns… and all the fries.  I was happily stuffed by the time I left.  The bleu cheese on the burger was incredible! It was fun, as always, to get together with these ladies. We could have chatted for hours on end, about our babies, work, trips, blogging, you name it!  Great group of women!

Dessert: Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

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While I’m still loving the new Special K Snack Bars, the new Special K brownies are equally awesome for a sweet treat!  They come in two flavors, Divine Fudge and Heavenly Caramel, and are made with real cocoa, chocolate or caramel chips, and topped with a drizzle of chocolate fudge.

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These Special K brownies not only taste great, but make for a healthy snack to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard as they’re just 80 calories per bar.  Thanks to breastfeeding, my meals, snacks, and desserts are larger than life normal, as I require extra calories these days (no complaints there!).  So one night I had the genius idea to open not one, but two Special K brownies, slather peanut butter on one, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the other, and drizzle more peanut butter on top.

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Fantastic.  Absolutely fantastic. Go get yourself a box and make it. Now.

Thank me later.

What would you put on your ice cream sandwich? Chocolate and peanut butter just go so perfectly together!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K.

Special K Snack Bars

Oh heeeeeey there, friends!  Let’s talk food today, shall we?  Today is Wednesday so I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.  For all my new readers (hi!), WIAW is where tons of bloggers link up their blog posts full of mouth-watering recipes, photos, and meal plans.  It’s a great place to get inspiration for the kitchen!  The food I share is mostly healthy (it’s all about moderation!) and very easy to prepare.  As a full time working momma, time is sparse, so I do my best to fuel my body properly on my limited time schedule.  Let’s get started!

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I love this mug for it’s positive message.  Sometimes we all just need to stop, smile, breathe, and remember that life is beautiful because it really is.

Just like last week, protein shakes have been really appealing in the morning.  They’re fast, easy to make, and loaded with protein which keeps me full longer.

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And they’re kind of pretty, too, eh?  This one had raspberries, vanilla protein powder, Silk’s cashew milk, ground flaxseed, wheat germ, and vanilla NuNaturals.  Speaking of Silk’s cashew milk, I finally found it and am very impressed with how creamy it is, which I love.  Perfect for smoothies and shakes!

Snacks lately have been the Special K snack bars which is a great option for a healthy snack. I stash them everywhere: in my car, my diaper bag, and my school bag.  I hate being hungry, so being prepared is key!  Kellogg’s came out with this new line of bars made with tasty, wholesome ingredients that deliver great taste and provide a “chewy-with-a hint-of-crisp” texture.

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Special K Chewy Snack Bars are the perfect combination of tasty and visible ingredients that provide a satisfyingly scrumptious “any time” snack that you can feel good about eating. With four delicious flavors – Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate, and Salted Pretzel Chocolate – these new snack bars are a great option that deliver 100 delicious calories per bar.

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I will say, I wish they had more protein and fiber in them, but they definitely work for satisfying a craving for something sweet or when hunger strikes!  They’re very reasonably priced, as well, at just $2.69 for a box of six.  And they’re kid friendly, too.  My little niece Audrey was all over the salted pretzel chocolate bar!

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Lunch and dinner the past three days have been the same.  I made a huge pot of pasta over the weekend.  When I like (love) a dish, I don’t mind eating it over and over.  I brought some to my sister’s, so three days straight of this pasta was plenty for me.  But it was delicious and I definitely got my carb fix!

I used whole wheat noodles which actually pack a decent amount of fiber and protein (way more than white pasta anyway!), sauteed mushrooms, added peas, spinach, and beans, and made a sauce using cream cheese, chicken broth, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and some spices.  Not “healthy,” but definitely healthier than a traditional white sauce using cream and butter.

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Since I only have one picture to show you for lunch and dinner, I thought I’d throw in an extra picture of something totally random (because that makes sense?).  My BCBG slouch beanie finally came from Zulily! (<– affiliate link)  I LOVE it!!!

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Which flavor of the Special K snack bars sound best to you: Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate, or Salted Pretzel Chocolate?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K.