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MARDI GRAS Subscription Box: Rise Protein Bar Review

Today I got my Love with Food Subscription Box!! I’ve never received one before, but I got this one for FREE (see below to get your free box too!!) so I was super excited to try it out. First off, it was SO fun to get a little package in the mail with new goodies inside. Out of everything I got I decided to try the Rise Protein Bar (Almond Honey) after my yoga class and it was SOO good!!!

It tasted exactly like almond butter and honey in a patty form. As I looked at the ingredients, that’s exactly what it was! The 3 simple ingredients were almonds, honey, and whey protein. YUM!!

I would completely recommend this product to others and I’m so excited to try their other flavors! I’ll keep you updated as I try the other samples in the box!

Later I made some cranberry orange greek yogurt scones…I didn’t take any pictures yet but keep your eyes open for a new post to come!

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Coconut Quinoa with Ginger Pears

[2 fat, 1 fruit, 1 grain, 2 protein]
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I’ve had a pear sitting in the freezer for over a month now. It just stares at me and I’m getting annoyed looking at it. This morning I ended the torture!20140330-162608.jpg

Pears are high in fiber and antioxidants. Just one pear has about half of your daily need of flavonols. Flavonols are plant pigments that protect the cells from oxygen damage, prevent excess inflammation, and help protect blood vessels from leakage or breakage. You can read more about the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties of pears here.
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1/2 cup cooked quinoa [1 grain, 1 protein]

3/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

3 tbsp egg whites, or 1 egg [1 protein]

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tsp sugar

1/2 pear [1 fruit]

2 tbsp coconut shreds [1 fat]

4 walnut halves, chopped [1 fat]

>>Bring the milk to a boil. Add the cooked quinoa and lower heat to a simmer. Add the ginger, vanilla, and sugar. Let everything cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until most of the milk has been absorbed. Add the pears, walnuts, and egg whites. Let it thicken, and then top with coconut shreds.

Mushroom Cabbage Stir Fry

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I have the funniest picture of my cousin when she was 4 years old. She’s sitting on the floor with her hands in a bucket almost twice her size. At that time in Russia, families often made sauerkraut by the bucket-full as it had such a long shelf life.
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Personally I don’t like sauerkraut, but I do love cabbage. This quick stir fry is the perfect dish. It’s cheap, scrumptious, and ready in 5 minutes! I love the subtle sweetness of cabbage and how the textures play together.

1 cup cabbage [1 vegetable]

1/3 onion, chopped

2-3 button mushrooms [1 vegetable]

1/4 cup egg whites [1 protein]

1/2 cup black rice (or brown/white), cooked  [1 grain]

1 tsp oil [1 fat]

>> Saute onions and mushrooms in oil. Add cabbage and egg whites. Serve on black rice. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

 

Justin’s, Artisana, Sunbutter Single Serve Review

I recently got nominated for The  Sunshine Award by Fixing My Fear of Flavor! Thank you so much for the recognition and kind words!

The Rules

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

The Questions

1. 1 sugar or 2? 2! (duh)
2. Savory or sweet? Sweet! 
3. What is your favorite book? I don’t have one, but I will tell you the last book I read was Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs
4.Why do you blog? To help myself and others struggling to be creative with their meal plans.
5.Beach or mountains? BOTH! I love a hike in the woods and a day on the beach!
6.If you could bring sunshine to anyone today, who would it be? I would bring sunshine to a person who sees the most people in their day. Hopefully the sunshine would radiate even further. 
7. What silly superpower would you have? Walking on water because wouldn’t that make me a god?
8. If you could morph into an animal what would it be? Cheetah
9.If you could hop on a plane to ANYWHERE right now, where would you go? Australia
10. Is this the silliest thing you have ever done? I’ve had my fair share of silly things so probably not. When I first got my push to start car, I left my car running and unlocked for an hour outside of Starbucks…

To keep the spirit going I nominate the following great blogs for their creative recipes and informative posts: eatmunchlove, rawfooddiaries, thecolorfulkitchen, thetexitariansugar&cinnamon, and cakesnbakes! These blogs are awesome- definitely check them out if you have a chance!

To participate, just follow the rules posted above! Here are my questions for others bloggers:

  1. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?
  2. If you could travel to three countries for free, where would you go?
  3. What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
  4. Salty or Sweet?
  5. Favorite Food?
  6. If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?
  7. What’s one thing you wish to do in your life?
  8. What’s your biggest fear?
  9. What are your hobbies?
  10. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?

Nut Butter Review

Justin'sNB

Honey Almond Butter: (8/10) A little too sweet for me. Tastes exactly like almond butter and honey, nothing extraordinary.

Maple Almond Butter: (8/10) Again, a little too sweet. Tastes like maple syrup and almond butter. No wow factor.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter: (9/10) I was expecting something like Nutella, but this is so much better! You can actually taste the hazelnuts. I wish it was a bit creamier, but I’m not sure if this texture can be achieved without added preservatives and chemicals.ArtisanaNB

Acai Berry: (8/10) A little too salty for my liking, but overall a nice taste.

Berry Antioxidant: (10/10) Yum! I think this one and the blue algae were my favorite. I would definitely buy them both again. So delicious!

Blue Algae: (9/10) Sweet and you could almost taste a hint of the algae. I really liked this one.

Cashew Butter: (7/10) Has too plain of a flavor for me (as raw cashews do). I wouldn’t eat it on toast, but would incorporate it into recipes.

Sunbutter: (9/10) Yum! This tastes exactly like sunflower seeds and has a great consistency. Personally the taste is a bit too overpowering for me, and it’s a pain to try to recombine the oils in such a small package.

Happy Green Day! (No, not the Band…)

Happy St. Patricks Day!

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Yesterday my friends and I went into Southie to watch the St.Patricks Day Parade. On our way there, we stopped to get breakfast at our favorite local coffee shop. We saw that they had green colored bagels so obviously we had to order some (to get into the spirit-right?). I saw the girl working the counter start to go towards the regular colored ones, and I exclaimed “MAKE IT GREEN!”. From then on, we “made it green” for the rest of the day. Including these homemade oreos!

I’m not Irish but I do like to think that I’m celebrating the holiday by eating green foods. Here are a few dishes I consider green enough for St. Patricks Day:

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100 Followers & 5 Things I’ll Buy This Week v.3

THANK YOU!

Today I officially reached 100 followers!! I started blogging about a month ago and I’m so excited to have reached my first milestone! I’m constantly trying to make FeedMeColor even bigger and better, and I want to use this milestone to grow further. So,  I want to hear from you!

*If you could please fill out this quick 10 question survey , I would love to incorporate your feedback into improving the blog*

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Last week I bought kale to make some delicious  Swami and Adventurer Bowls. The Mary’s Gone Crackers were delicious and I’ll definitely buy them again in the future. The acai powder and PB2 were great additions to my smoothies and oatmeals. I even made a peanut sauce (that I LOVE) with the PB2. As for the coconut water, I used it to make tropical smoothies- yum!

1) Lentils

Lentils are ranked the third most protein-rich source of all legumes and nuts.They have a low glycemic index which means the carbohydrates are slowly digested and glucose is gradually released into the blood stream. This quality helps to regulate blood sugar. Lentils are also a good source of B-vitamins, fiber, iron and much more.

2) Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera Juice is so good and fun to drink! It helps soothe and heal the digestive tract, thus having a similar affect to ginger/ ginger ale. Aloe Vera has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-virus properties that will boost your immune system, while cleaning the gut and intestines.

3) Strawberries

Apart from being delicious, these fruits are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They are packed with vitamin C and manganese among many others to keep your immune system strong. Some studies suggest regular strawberry intake decreases risk of type 2 diabetes.

4) Carob

Carob is often substituted for cocoa: whether carob chips for chocolate chips, or carob powder for cocoa powder. It is a nondairy, non caffeine alternative to chocolate, but does not contain the important flavonoids you often hear about in dark chocolate.

5) Dates

Dates are perfect as a snack or to replace as a sweetener in baking (like in these Carrot Cake Muffins). They are high in fiber, antioxidants, and various minerals. Studies show dates lessen your risk of high blood sugar and diabetes due to their high fiber content.

5 Things I’ll Buy This Week v.2

Last week I posted about 5 foods I was buying and why. This week, I’ve picked out 5 new items to add to my grocery list.

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Recap of last weeks items: Ok I tried making my own version of vegan mac &cheese with the nutritional yeast. I added wayy too much tahini and borderline scarred myself from ever using tahini again. (Kidding, I made sweet potato and red pepper hummus the following day).  Once I perfect that recipe, I’ll be sure to share. The single serve nut butter packets are obviously 1) delicious 2) adorable and 3) 10x better on some Russian Crepes. I’m in the process of reviewing all the flavors and brands, so keep your eyes open for a review coming soon! The Svelte, cottage cheese, and cashews are just about gone since I use those every day.

1) Kale


One of the classic super foods, a nutritional powerhouse. Because of it’s growing popularity, I’ll keep the list of benefits brief.  Kale is high in fiber, iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, and calcium. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and cholesterol lowering abilities. One of my favorite kale recipes is the Adventurer Bowl.

2) Mary’s Gone Crackers


I should start off by saying I’ve never tried these. I noticed they were on sale at my local Whole Foods and they look absolutely delicious so yeah, I’m going to buy them. I want to try the super seed flavor, packed with healthy fats, fiber, and some protein. They are soy free, organic, non-GMO, vegan, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, whole grain, kosher, and contain no hydrogenated oils or trans fats. At this point they might as well slap on a “Made with Love” label just to add it to the long list. Oh wait…they already did that, haha! I guess we’ll see how much you really love me Mary…

3) Coconut Water


There is a lot of controversy on how “good for you” coconut water is. As with everything, it depends on what your body needs. Here are some situations where coconut water would help:

-you spent a wild night at the bar, you were out with friends, or you stayed in with a nice glass bottle of wine. You’ll need the potassium in coconut water to replenish your electrolytes to help hydrate your body.

-you just hit the gym. Replace your artificial sports drink with coconut water, which has more potassium and less sugar.

-you eat a low-sodium diet. Without getting too far into the sciences, our cells need electrolytes to pass nutrients in and waste out of the membrane.

Other than this, coconut water is a great replacement for juice or soda, and tastes great in smoothies. Be sure to check the nutrition label on the brand you choose. You want to see a good balance of sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium.

4) Acai Powder


What’s with everyone’s obsession with Sambazon’s Acai Smoothie Packs ? Instead of trying them I’m going full force with the powder. Risky? Maybe. Healthy? Yes. According to Dr.Greger , we know Acai has almost ten times more antioxidants than red grapes, is high in fiber, healthy fats, and amino acids. Acai even made it to Oprah’s top 10 list of super foods. I’ll try to come up with some fun recipes this week!

5) PB2

By now you probably know I have an obsession with nut butter. I eat it every day, with almost anything. At least it’s a healthy obsession…right? Anyways, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter. I love to add it to my (extremely sophisticated) chocolate milk. Two tablespoons has 4g of protein, which is 1/2 protein exchange!