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It’s hard to believe that it’s Thursday already! My trip to Maui is drawing ever closer, and I could not be more excited. But I still feel so behind! Easy button? I could use a “Catch Up” Button right about now.
The good news is that, while I’m jumping from project to project, I have also been enjoying some delicious food! Do you remember when I reviewed Vega Smoothie Infusion? Probably not 😉 Well, not to worry, because Kelly from Sequel Naturals hooked me up with a box of smoothie packets.
The Smoothie Infusion is made from natural plant-based whole foods that are alkaline-forming and easy to digest. It includes protein, fiber, omega 3 EFAs and green foods. You can read more about all of the health benefits here. I’ve been combining the packet with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water and handfuls of frozen blueberries, raspberries and strawberries for breakfast every morning.
Now for someone with a sweet tooth as sweet as mine to like a “green” smoothie is really saying something. Granted, it doesn’t really look green at all thanks to all the sweet fruits I add to the mix 😉 But what I’m trying to get across is that even if green smoothies seem scary, you can dress them up enough to make them taste like something straight out of Jamba Juice. Trust me 😯
My family and I have also been playing a few rounds of golf here and there. It gets pretty hot pretty quickly in Arizona this time of year, so we head out for our 7:33 tee time and get done before high noon So before I left for the course, I snacked on a piece of Nature’s Pride 100% Whole Wheat Bread topped with 1 tbsp. peanut butter.
I received three free loaves of bread from Nature’s Pride after tweeting with them a few days ago. Have I mentioned how much I love Twitter? Their wheat bread certainly did not disappoint. It was hearty, voluminous and grainy – three qualities that are essential in a good piece of wheat bread. Thanks, Nature’s Pride! I’m looking forward to trying the other loaves, too.
But walking 18 holes of golf really does work up a sweat, so we are always ready for a Papa Bender lunch by the time we get home. Yesterday, he decided to make egg burritos, which as you may or may not know, are one of my staples when I’m cooking for myself! So how did his compare?
Let’s just say they were a lot more colorful than my egg + spinach combo! We also had green onions, tomatoes, diced chicken, cheese and salsa. Papa Bender used My Nana’s brand tortillas, which I am going to go out on a limb and officially call the best flour tortillas I’ve ever had.
After lunch lately, my mom and I have been heading out to do some errands, some of which may or may not include a little research on wedding venues I can’t wait until we secure the location – I’m getting antsy just thinking about it. While we were researching, I sipped on another new product that was sent to me by Amy, who represents SoBe Lifewater.
The new zero calorie line from SoBe is sweetened by PureVia, made from the stevia plant. This was the “Black & Blue Berry” flavor. I had everyone in my family take a sip, and here’s what they had to say:
Papa Bender: It’s alright. It kind of tastes like Kool-Aid. But it’s got a good taste overall, though I wouldn’t pay more for it than I would for water.
Mama Bender: It was really good. It’s hard to believe it doesn’t have any calories or bad sweeteners, but I’ll take it. I’ve had the other SoBe Lifewaters before and liked them, but the natural sweetener option is great.
Me Bender: I usually love berry flavored drinks above all others, and this one was no different. I could really taste the blueberry! It tasted like a sweeter version of Propel, and makes for a great drink option when you’re in the mood for something a little more flavorful than water, but don’t want all the liquid calories.
I’m looking forward to trying the other flavors. I’m excited that more and more drinks are now being sweetened with stevia, too. What’s your opinion of the new stevia-based options?
And just because it wouldn’t be a trip home without it, Papa Bender made his infamous steak + potatoes dinner for us last night. The steak was marinated and grilled, while the potatoes were wrapped in aluminum foil and put in the oven at 350* for about an hour, or until they are fork tender. We also had steamed zucchini + onions topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
And you can’t go wrong with a little vin rouge when eating steak. Gotta get those antioxidants 😉
Alright, I am off to the gym for the first time in a couple of days! I’ve been doing the P90X DVDs with my brother this week because he was interested in seeing what they are all about. So far, he loves them!
Your friend in the desert,