Food

Annie’s and Cascadian Farms at Walmart

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This post is sponsored by Walmart, however, all ideas and opinions are my own.

Life can be pretty hectic. Between work, school, friends, kids, etc., we could all use a little help in terms of having enough time, especially when it comes to making smart breakfast choices. That’s where Walmart comes in. I’ve been making stops at my local Walmart to pick up some of my must-have items like fruits and veggies, plus they also carry better for you, organic options like Annie’s and Cascadian Farm.

On my most recent Walmart haul, I picked up Annie’s Cocoa Bunnies and Cascadian Farm Oat and Honey cereals. They’re both certified USDA Organic and absolutely delicious! I enjoyed my Cascadian Farm Oat and Honey with some fresh fruit and unsweetened almond milk before heading out the door. I think we can all agree, nothing beats a 5 minute breakfast!  I also love that this granola is non-GMO with no artificial colors or flavors.

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I love my Annie’s Cocoa Bunnies with some milk as well, but I decided to mix things up a bit with these super easy chocolate peanut butter cereal bars. They only require one additional ingredient and will be a recipe that the entire family will love!

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You just mix together 2 cups of the Cocoa Bunnies with 1 cup of natural, smooth peanut butter, spread the mixture in a parchment-lined 8x8 baking dish, and freeze for 45 minutes to an hour. Once hardened, remove the mixture, cut it into bars, and enjoy! You can also store them in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them. They make for a great snack or on-the-go, better for you breakfast option, and the kids will love them! Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate?

Make sure to head to your local Walmart to pick up your Annie’s and Cascadian Farm products along with your other essentials like fruits and veggies. They make breakfast so much easier without compromising quality by using great, organic ingredients. Whether you choose to enjoy them with milk and fresh fruit or give the protein-packed cereal bars a try, you really can’t go wrong!

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Daily Goodie Box Review

So I just received my first Daily Goodie Box, and I can literally say within this first sentence that you should all go sign up RIGHT NOW. Like no joke. There are so many great quality goodies, and it's literally free. You sign up (no credit card required), they send you a box depending on availability, and you give feedback on the products inside. I'd try to get you guys a discount code, but no need because it's literally FREE (yes, shipping is included). Plus the products inside are legitimately great quality products and a cover a wide range.

My box included:
-Pipcorn - Delicious Mini Popcorn. I've had Pipcorn before and LOVE it, so it's definitely nice to see something I know and love in this box.
-Gertrude Hawk - Peanut Butter Meltaway Bar. I haven't had this bar, but I know Gertrude Hawk, and that's some delicious, quality chocolate.
-True Natural - Benecos Natural Beauty Lipgloss. I'm all about natural beauty products, so I loved seeing this certified natural, cruelty free, and gluten free lipgloss.
-Bhatki - Yerba Maté Chai Artisan Tea. I love me some chai, and this one seems to have the best, straight-forward ingredients.
-Miss Jones - Organic Cookie Mix. Organic sea salt chocolate chip cookies? Count me in! I'll be baking these as soon as I get this posted. 
-Elemental Herbs - All Good Organic Skin Food. I use coconut oil every day (like a lotion), so I'm super excited to try this GMO-free, vegan, and gluten free coconut oil.
-Savant Naturals - Savi Crisp Chocolate Protein Bar. Can't wait to try these protein bars that are free of artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors!
-Wild Foods - Cocotropic, Chocolate Nootropic Drink. This powder sounds awesome! It contains reishi mushroom, raw maca powder, mucuna pruriens, and wild turmeric all helping to improve mental performance. You can sip it hot like hot cocoa or add it to smoothies, coffee, or other recipes.
-RunGum - Energy Gum. Gum that's packed with B vitamins, caffeine, and taurine to help keep you energized and improve performance. I will definitely be giving this a try before my next workout.
-Älsa - Energy Drink Mix. A healthy energy drink powder mix that's both vegan and gluten free. Another one to try pre-workout or just for that added boost of energy.

I'm literally excited about every single product, and can't wait to give them all a try. Check each one out, and don't forget to head on over to Daily Goodie Box to subscribe and get a box of your own!

Daily Harvest - Ready-to-Blend Smoothies Review & Promo Code

Use the code allroads for 3 free smoothies with your first order!

You've probably seen me post about Daily Harvest over on Instagram, but in case you haven't, I'll give you a little rundown. You get to choose from 14 delicious smoothie flavors over on their website. These flavors range from Pineapple + Matcha to Mint + Cacao (my personal favorite at the moment). Every flavor combo is just SO good! You pick your flavors, and Daily Harvest ships them right to your door.

You store the smoothies in your freezer until you're ready to use. When you want to make one you just add the liquid of your choosing (I generally go with unsweetened almond milk) and blend! You can also add any other ingredients you'd like i.e. protein powder, chia seeds, etc., but all you need besides the smoothie itself is the liquid of your choosing. 

You fill the cup to the top with liquid, toss everything into the blender until fully blended, and enjoy! The cup even comes with a lid if you want to just put the smoothie right back in and head out the door.

I think it pretty much goes without saying, but I'm obsessed with these smoothies for a number of reasons:

  1. When you open the cup, you might expect to find powder or something that once resembled spinach, but what you really find it real, whole, and identifiable food. You can see exactly what you're about to eat which is so important. The whole idea is just very transparent. The ingredients are right there in large lettering on the package, and they're real and identifiable ingredients. There aren't any weird fillers or crazy long ingredients lists. And you can match what's on that ingredient list to exactly what you see inside the cup.
  2. Besides, the amazing (and mostly organic) ingredients, is the added benefit of convenience. They're really just so easy and quick to make. Add liquid, blend, and you're done! They're perfect if you're rushing out the door in the morning or a busy mom with her hands full. With Daily Harvest you don't have to sacrifice quality, taste, or time. 
  3. I also love that they have different smoothies designed for different things. They have Apple + Greens for detox, Cold Brew + Almond as an energizer, and Watermelon + Cucumber as a hydrator. You can customize your order to fit exactly what you want and need at the moment. And to be honest, I've yet to taste a flavor that isn't delicious!

So would I recommend Daily Harvest? DUH! Go order them ASAP! But really, I highly suggest them. They're quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious. It really doesn't get better, you guys. Actually I lied, it does. Because you can use the code allroads for 3 FREE SMOOTHIES with your first order!

Newport Beach Cleanse

When I hear the word cleanse, I generally want to run the other direction. It makes me think not eating or eating only one thing. I've done a couple of juice cleanses (which weren't awful), and I've heard of some bizarre cleanses like eating only apples. But the fact of the matter is, I like food...a lot. I'm not really cool with eating only apples or drinking all of my meals for multiple days. And I'm REALLLLYY not cool with starving myself which I will admit I have kind of felt on some juice cleanses I've done. 

So when I first heard about Newport Beach Cleanse, my initial reaction was NOPE. But I kept reading..."eating plan", okay, so there's food..."organic, non-gmo, gluten, soy, and dairy free", you have my attention..."healthy not hungry" SOLD! I was super intrigued now. I haven't really heard of a "cleanse" that emphasizes eating, so I wanted to know more.

A little side note. If I'm being completely open and honest, I have definitely been a little more off than usual this summer. But at the same time, it's summer! It's a time where you can do things outside, spend time with friends, and sometimes that might mean indulging a bit with food or drinking. A couple of my best friends also moved into a new apartment in Philly, so there has been celebrating. And summer concerts are pretty much my favorite thing, which generally also means beer and not so healthy food sometimes. And that's okay. That is LIFE. It's not realistic to be like I'm never going to indulge, especially in times of celebration or with friends. 

So the idea of this cleanse came at the perfect time. It seems like the perfect way to kind of reshape the last few weeks of summer and get things back on track. Plus the real idea behind a (good) cleanse is to get rid of toxins, reduce inflammation, and reset the body a bit, all things that I can definitely get behind. 

After learning a little bit more about the cleanse over at their website, for instance, that it was created by a holistic nutritionist who believes in healing through food and all of the goals and benefits of this cleanse, I was in. Without going into too much detail, you can eat whenever you want. If you're hungry, eat! This cleanse just really aims to get rid of the obvious negative things you might be putting into your body and also removes anything that might be causing inflammation. You still eat (tons of) vegetables, fruit, protein (animal and/or plant), certain oils, spices. The list of food you can each is MUCH longer than the list of things you can't. You can also exercise, something I have found difficult during other cleanses due to lack of energy. It's actually an important part of the cleanse. So overall this cleanse seems helpful and most importantly practical. 

I received the Newport Beach Cleanse Kit which includes all of the necessary supplements for the cleanse, the Newport Beach Cleanse manual, and a shaker bottle. The manual includes the guidelines of the cleanse among a number of other useful tools like a measurement chart and lots of recipes.  I used it to meal plan so that I'd be fully prepared at the start of the cleanse. I also took my measurements yesterday so that I can compare them at the end. The main goal of this cleanse for me isn't weight loss (although it does help with that). It's really about resetting my body, resetting my cravings, ridding my body of toxins, and reducing inflammation. I am, however, still interested to see how it does affect my body overall in a measurable way.

So here we go. I'm going to be sharing my experience throughout the cleanse over on Instagram (@allroadsleadtohealthy) and Snapchat (allroadshealthy). I hope to share some basic and still delicious recipes along the way. There will be a fair amount of smoothies/shakes involved, so I will try to mix content up as much as possible. But most importantly I want to be real and transparent throughout this. I'll do another blog post recapping my experience at the end and share any measurable changes just to give you an idea. 

If you're interested in giving the cleanse a try yourself, you can learn more about it here. They've also been kind enough to give me a coupon code to offer you for $30 off the cleanse kit. The code is: 13813, and you just enter it at checkout. Definitely feel free to leave me a comment here or on Instagram if you decide to give it a try because I'm very interested in hearing about your experience!

Coming Soon

Pique Tea

I'm a huge tea fan. I pretty much crave iced tea multiple times a day during this time of year, and hot tea is my jam in the winter. So when I came across Pique Tea, it was pretty much a no brainer.

These little packets contain whole leaf tea that has been brewed and crystalized. So you just pour yourself a glass of cold or hot water, open the packet, pour it in, and mix. Voila, delicious tea! It's super easy, and, yes you read that right, it dissolves in cold water too! Plus this tea is organic and sugar free, so it's literally like you just brewed your own great tea without the hassle. 

They carry a variety of teas: Sencha green tea, jasmine green tea, early grey black tea, and mint Sencha green tea (my personal favorite) all of which are organic. Besides the actual tea, they come in easy to carry packets, so they're perfect for when you're on the go. And this is probably absolutely silly to mention, but the box is super pretty for those of you (like myself) who sometimes pick things based on packaging. 

So would I recommend Pique Tea? DUH! There's nothing I don't like about this product. It's cute, convenient, and most importantly delicious. Pique Tea has been kind enough to let you guys in on a little discount. You can use the code TEACRYSTALS15 for a limited time to get 15% off your order over on their website.