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Celebrating National Nutrition Month with BabbleBoxx

This post is sponsored by  BabbleBoxx.com .

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

March is National Nutrition Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some delicious and nutritious food! That’s why I was super excited when my BabbleBoxx showed up at my door. I literally felt like a kid on Christmas morning diving into the box, and it did not disappoint! Packed with tasty food and beverages, this box was literally stacked with the best goods. I may even have some discount codes on these amazing products for you, so you’ll definitely want to keep reading. So what’s inside?

VeeTee’s Thai Jasmine Rice & Wholegrain Brown Rice & Quinoa

Microwavable in just 2 minutes with no artificial flavorings, colors, or preservatives, this rice is super easy to whip up and perfect for any meal! The Jasmine Rice has that traditional sticky texture to authentically enhance (and soak up) your favorite Asian dish, and the Wholegrain Brown Rice and Quinoa is super versatile. You can use it as the base of a dish, as a side dish, or in a salad. No matter how you enjoy it, you won’t be disappointed! Does it get any easier than microwaveable rice? Make sure to check VeeTee out here: http://bit.ly/veetee-rice.

Wonder Kombucha

With only 10 grams of sugar per serving, Wonder Kombucha is the perfect non-alcoholic prebiotic beverage to nourish naturally occurring probiotic bacteria in the gut. It’s certified organic, non-GMO, gluten free, AND vegan making it the perfect way to improve your gut-health regardless of any dietary restrictions. You can get a $4 coupon for Wonder Kombucha for the month of March here: https://amzn.to/2GwYmUe.

Happy Healthy Co. Açaí bowls, Overnight Oats, and Smoothies

Eating healthy really doesn’t get easier (or tastier) than Happy Healthy Co.’s Açaí bowls, Overnight Oats, and Smoothies. Their smoothies come in 5 delicious flavors made from antioxidant-rich whole food ingredients. You just add your favorite milk or water, blend, and enjoy! The overnight oats come in 3 flavors made from heart healthy ingredients. You simply add your favorite milk or water, and place them in the fridge overnight. Voila! Delicious, easy oats to enjoy cold or hot. Packed with antioxidants, their healthy acai bowls couldn’t be easier. Thaw and enjoy same day or overnight in the fridge. All cups include only non-GMO ingredients and are produced in a nut-free and vegan facility. Find out more about them here: www.happyhealthyco.com, and get your mix and match bundle box delivered straight to your door anywhere across the continental US. New customers will receive $10 off their first order through the month of March.

Nutiva Organic MCT Powder Vanilla & Organic Squeezable Steam Refined Coconut Oil

Nutiva products have been a favorite of mine for years, and their Organic Vanilla MCT Powder and Organic Squeezable Coconut Oil just deepen my love. Made without chemicals, filler oils or additives, the vanilla MCT powder is the perfect way to boost you brain health and metabolism. It’s the perfect addition to your daily coffee, smoothie, or shake to keep you energized while providing mental clarity and fat burning benefits throughout the day. It’s a pure formula free form hexane, chemicals, GMO fillers, dairy, and gluten while also being certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, and Keto. The Organic Squeezable Steam Refined Coconut Oil is made from organic dried coconut without any chemicals. Thanks to the steam-refining process, it has a neutral flavor and scent making it perfect for baking, sautéing, stir-frying, and any and every other way you use butter, olive oil, and vegetable oils. Like the MCT powder, it is also certified organic, non-GMO, Keto, and vegan. Use the code NUTIVA25! or this link: https://store.nutiva.com/discount/NUTIVA25! now through 5/31/19 for 25% off all MCT powder flavors and refined/virgin coconut oil pouches.

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Laird Superfood Creamers: Original, Cacao, Turmeric, and Unsweetened

If you’re looking to upgrade your daily coffee, Laird Superfood Creamers are the all-natural way to do it! Did I mention they’re also great in tea, smoothies, and your favorite baked goods? With naturally occurring MCTs, these creamers provide an energy boost without the crash. They’re made from all-natural, whole food ingredients without anything artificial, and they fit into basically all diets. There’s the Original Superfood Creamer which contains just four ingredients, the Cacao Superfood Creamer for my chocolate lovers out there, the Turmeric Superfood Creamer which is my personal favorite to add to tea, and the Unsweetened Superfood Creamer which has just a subtle natural sweetness from real coconut. Learn more here: https://lairdsuperfood.com/pages/laird-superfood-creamers, and new customers can use the code BABBLE20 for 20% off their first order (offer expires 6/1/19).

Let me know which products you try and what you think in the comments below!

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!

Taste of Whole Foods Market - Graduation Party

Another weekend means another Whole Foods Market event! This week's theme is graduation parties, and Whole Foods Market Princeton has some seriously delicious ideas! I had the chance to make the heirloom tomatoes with sherry vinaigrette and the shrimp and tortellini with olive bruschetta pasta salad. Both dishes have minimal ingredients and are super simple to throw together. Plus they're both SO tasty and perfect for a grad party or really any spring/summer party you have coming up! The tomatoes are so fresh and light, and the pasta salad really packs a flavor with only three simple ingredients.

You can get the full recipes for both of these dishes and all of the ingredients this Saturday 5/14/16 from 12-4 PM when you stop by Whole Foods Market Princeton. Plus you can taste test them yourself! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Taste of Whole Foods Market - Easy Arugula Salad

I'm super excited to announce that throughout the month of May, I am working with Whole Foods Market Princeton during their Taste of Whole Foods Market event. I'll be giving you all a sneak peak each Thursday into a dish that they'll be featuring that week at their in-store event that Saturday. This week's theme is Mothers Day Brunch, and we are starting it off with an Easy Arugula salad that is sure to please the entire family.

This recipe includes some 365 EDV essentials plus other fresh Whole Foods ingredients. It only took about 10 minutes (or less) to put together, and it packs such a delicious flavor. It's so light and fresh to perfectly offset some of those heavier brunch plates you might find this Sunday. 

Want to get this recipe and try the dish for yourself? Head over to Whole Foods Market Princeton this Saturday, May 7th, between 12-4 PM. You can taste this delicious salad for yourself and pick up this easy-to-make recipe and it's ingredients!

30 Must Make Healthy Picnic Recipes

It's National Picnic Day! Yes, that's a thing, and no I'm definitely not mad about it.

Whether you're celebrating today or not, it's still the start of the picnic season. Mother's Day is just a few weeks away, and it will be summer before we know it. I can see (and taste) all the sandwiches and side salads now. So what better way to celebrate this day and season in general than with a roundup of some of the most delicious, healthy, picnic-themed recipes I could find from the lovely ladies of the BGB Community. 

We've got ya covered on everything from sides to main dishes to desserts. Whether you're vegan, gluten free, paleo, you name it, there's something tasty for everyone!

Starters, Sides, and Salads

Fit Chick Chicken Salad - Hello Spoonful

Vegan Shredded Tofu Pesto Sandwich - Diary of an Ex Sloth

Crunchy Almond "Tuna" Salad - Balance with B

Kedgeree, Quick and Easy - Apron Strings and Sticky Fingers

Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich - Apollo & Luna

Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwich (Paleo, No Mayo, Gluten Free) - Fitful Focus

Smashed White Bean, Basil, and Avocado Sandwich - Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

Pizza Scrolls - Five Beans Food

Healthier Homity Pie - Emma's Little Kitchen

Desserts and Snacks

Photo by  Emilie Eats

Photo by Emilie Eats

Dark Chocolate Covered Popcorn - The Clean Eating Couple

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies - Ana Goes Fit

Fruit Platter Squares - A Traveling Wife

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches - Chronicles of Passion

Peanut Butter Banana Sushi - Nutrition Starring YOU

Cake Batter Popcorn - Fairyburger

Chocolate Covered Chickpea Protein Balls - Emilie Eats 

Yogurt and Berry Bark - Masala Girl Travels

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins - All Roads Lead to Healthy