Friday Faves

Friday Faves 5

1. Fresh Fruit in the Summer. This is an easy one. Who doesn't love fresh fruit? I have a little one that will literally eat herself sick when it comes to fruit. I have actually hid fruit from her. I love fruit too and I am happy that my girls will eat it, so I keep tons around. I have always kept a fruit bowl out just in case they wanted a snack. We eat it plain, with yogurt, in pies, on pies, with whipped cream, in smoothies, anyway really. Yum to fresh, summer fruit!

Cost: Varies

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2. Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Dessert Ice Cream. I sure have included several ice creams on my lists, even though I rarely eat it! The ice cream market has been flooded with healthier options and it intrigues me that we are trying to find healthier options for just about anything. I'm not sure why we can't just use self control and have the normal stuff, but whatever. This ice cream/frozen dessert is more of a frozen yogurt consistency. For 35 calories, well worth it. 

Cost: $3 ish a pint

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3. Willy's Salsa.  Not all salsa is created equal. Especially if you are dealing with gluten issues or eat a low FODMAP diet, like I do. Plus, who wants tons of sugar and fake crap in their salsa? That's why I love Willy's Salsa. I send it in school lunches with my little one  and she loves it. It's all natural and very good! I'm a baby, so I get the mild one. I have tried the hot one and it's HOT! But, still good. Find it in the fresh veggie section. 

Cost: $5 ish but it does go BOGO at Publix often. 

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4. Ocean Spray Pact Infused Water.  If you follow me at all, you know I have been on a quest for something to drink that's not full of sugar. Or juice. Or caffeine. I am a natural drinker, all day. Tea, water, tea, tea, orange juice, water, etc. All day. That's a ton of sugar into one day. I tried to cut some tea out first. Then out went the orange juice completely. While at Aldi, I found these Ocean Spray infused waters. Whoa - I really like them. They have very low sugar and only 10 calories. I only bought these two flavors, but I would love to try some others. My new favorites!

Cost: $1.29 each

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5. Watermelon Sorbet. My oldest decided to try her hand at making her own sorbet. Heads up, if you need an excuse to mop your floors, give your 17 year old a broken food processor and an entire watermelon. I've mopped twice and we are still sticking to the floor. However, the sorbet turned out fantastic! I love anything  with watermelon, so it was a win win for me. Don't be scared by the recipe either, it's not that complicated to make your own sorbet! Here's my post with the recipe: Here

Cost: Varies on cost of watermelon

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Thanks for reading. Don't be scared of a little fruit! 

Love, 

Molly

Friday Faves 3

1. Elli Quark German Yogurt. I'm not a huge yogurt fan, but I do like a good, all natural one every now and then. I found this awesome one at Target. They are all natural, high protein, very little sugar, 95% lactose free and gluten free. They also have probiotics in them. I've only tried a few flavors, but I loved this Vanilla Bean flavor. I stick with vanilla or no flavor yogurts typically. The Brownie Batter was good but I'm more of a plain girl. I mixed mine with a few blueberries and raspberries and made a healthy snack/breakfast. They are much thicker than traditional yogurt, more like a cheesecake consistency. So, if cheesecake is your weakness, here's a great solution! I have to admit that I really liked them! If your local Target doesn't carry them, I also found them at Sprouts. Worth a try, I promise! (Yes, I had been digging in the dirt. Clearly my nails reflect that!)

Cost: $1.19

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2. Duke's Smoked Sausages. I found these at my local grocery store and they are yummy! I was drawn to them for being gluten free and low in sugar. They come in a variety of flavors but I figured I wasn't brave enough to tackle the Hatch Green Chile just yet. I settled on the original and I really liked them. My stomach is the most sensitive thing on the planet and I was able to tolerate them well. It's a win win for me. Plus they have 9 grams of protein per serving and very little carbs. And they are yummy. Did I mention that? Click the name above and it will take you to their page and store locator. These would make the perfect snack for your gym bag! 

Cost: $1.29 

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3. Ripple Milk. It's not a secret - I hate milk. I gave it up years ago in hopes that my stomach would begin feeling better. But recently, I have tried to cut some other foods out of my system (AKA, massive amounts of orange juice) and needed something to replace it. So, my journey for a milk like product began. I can tolerate lactose-free milk well so I decided to try Ripple milk. It is stupid yummy! It was on sale, so I bought both the regular and chocolate milk. Both were fantastic. It is a pea, plant based milk and is full of Omega-3s and calcium. I did cook with it one night where milk was called for and it didn't cook as smoothly as regular milk. But, I'm fine with that, if it means that I can eat certain things again. If you have a milk allergy in your family, give this a try. It really is yummy. 

Cost: $4.50

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4. Fresh Carrots. Oh, am I the luckiest girl alive! I have parents that are phenomenal at gardening. I have mentioned numerous times that they have an organic garden. Their carrots are 100x better than the store bought ones. They visited this past weekend and thankfully delivered some yummies! I always ask for them to keep the tops on because of this. If you ever have the opportunity to purchase fresh carrots, do so. He had a variety last year that was very sweet. It was like eating candy. I'm dying to make a new gluten free carrot muffin this weekend, so perfect timing dad! They also brought Kale and Radishes. All my favorites!!

Cost: Free from Daddy

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5. Bare Apple Chips. I am notorious for pushing my meals WAY back during the day. I will eat my first meal around 1 and then a second around 6. Plus, I stay up really late each night. So, by 11 pm, I am hungry again. This is when I would grab a snack and not always the best ones. I found these apple chips at Publix. Ingredients: Apples. That's it. They are very good in my opinion. My little one who will eat anything didn't like them though. They do have a strong apple flavor of course, so that threw her off. She generally loves apples. Oh well. I like them though! If you are the type that needs a "crunch", try these out. They have several varieties, such as granny smith, coconut and banana chips. 

Cost: $2.99 ish 

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I hope you find something that you can't live without!

Enjoy!

Molly

Friday Faves 2

I'm so excited that it is Friday again! Thanks for all the messages from my first Friday Fave post. Who knew that people like to see what I like? 

This week was an event that my team (and some other awesome people) had worked very hard on! I enjoyed being with them and bringing tons of awareness for Cancer. My team has several events coming up and we are running in all directions so we were excited for the first one of the season to go smoothly. 

Event season = Stress season & a lot of sleepless nights & a million miles on my car & many many cuss words. Luckily, I have trained my team to run as fast as I do. I'm also fairly consistent with my workouts and nutrition, so that keeps me going as strong as I can. 

Here's some of my favorite things this week:

1. Beau. It's kinda like, let's make Molly into a cat and then name her Beau. She is moody, has a bad attitude, is lazy, is full of energy and only likes eating off antiques. She's pretty much my twin. I truly never wanted an animal, but somehow Beau found us. She saved me during a horrible time in my life and has been a wonderful blessing to us all. Last Sunday, she was nasty because I wouldn't let her wonder outside. But, she has been sweet this week. She enjoys traveling between houses (I live at 2 places) and enjoys coming back to my town home because she knows that her sisters will be there. She gets so excited to see them! It usually doesn't last long but she puts on a good face for a few hours. And the birds are back in the backyard, so life has purpose again. And I moved a plant, so an assault has been going on. Either way, she has been one of my favorite things this week!

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2. Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend by Trader Joe's. I have several friends that carry this everywhere in their purse. I'm not joking. Stacey will pull it out in a heartbeat. I finally bought some my last trip to Trader Joe's. It's $1.99 and I needed to clean my purse out so I figured I could see if I needed to find a spot for it for those serious seasoning emergencies. I am a huge sea salt (sea :) below) and sesame seed fan so anything that combines the two and I'm over here stuffing it in my purse anytime I go out to eat. I add it to anything. Avocado, baked chicken, roasted vegetables, baked potatoes... It does not have ANY preservatives, sugar or other crap. It's wonderful for a different flavor on chicken. Clean your purse out now. 

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3. 30A Olive Oil. My sister-in-law, Stephanie works at 30 Avenue shops in Inlet Beach, Florida and for Christmas she gave a bottle of olive oil from the 30A Olive Oil Co. She is the ultimate gift giver and has given me some awesome things, but this has by far been my favorite. I sat in a conference a few years back with a group of corporate wellness directors and the main speaker was the owner of Simply Infused in Birmingham. It was a huge eye opener and I haven't bought cheap olive oil since. It truly makes a big difference in the quality and taste of olive oils. 30 Avenue is a gorgeous shopping and event center just minutes from Panama City, Florida. 30A Olive Oil Co. has a stunning store full of wonderful products. I've tried several of their olive oils, balsamic oils and seasonings and they are ALL fantastic. I guard my bottle like a hawk when it's out because I will beat you if you waste the excellent stuff. Good luck finding it when it's put away too. Honestly, you will lick the bowl. If you are ever in the Inlet Beach area, 30A Olive Oil Co. is a MUST. Or you can shop online and buy everything they have and they will ship directly to your house. 

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4. Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. My parents always have pink Himalayan sea salt on hand and I began buying mine in bulk from the best place on earth, Sprouts. It's said to be the cleanest salt available and has numerous nutritional benefits, including over 75 minerals. Average table salt is actually very processed and I try to limit my sodium intake, so I prefer using Himalayan salt. The taste is stronger so I use much less and it brings the taste out of foods more. Like I said, I buy a scoop out of the bulk bin at Sprouts and put it in a container with a lid. It sits on my counter and I just grab a pinch when I need it. I googled benefits of Himalayan salt and here are the top ones: Improves respiratory problems, balances your pH levels, aides with digestion, air purifier and aides in sleep. Apparently, I need to eat gallons every day. I hope you give it a try!  

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5. My New Tabata Abs Workout. I've had some clients traveling a lot lately and I'm always trying to keep them active when they are gone. Tabata is high intensity, quick, interval workouts. I completed this workout several nights at home after dinner. It's easy enough to finish but hard enough that you feel like you did something. It can be done in a hotel room, your living room or anywhere that you can put a mat down. I have a full series coming up soon but for now- here's my ab workout. (I actually have tons of free workouts on my site if you haven't looked!)

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There's my favorites from this week! Let me know if you try something. I love hearing from you! Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

Love,

Molly

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!

I have wanted to start this feature and today is the day!

I get asked frequently about certain products and I would love to share my favorites with you. I try fitness and nutrition products often and I'm lucky that I get to see new things discussed as they come out. They aren't always "healthy" or easy to use. I'm here to break it down for you. Click the names and you are heading to yumminess. 

Remember this is my opinion only! 

1. Brownie Batter Hummus by Delighted by Hummus. So, my friend, Stephen introduced me to this product and now he is a loser because I will now consume mass quantities of it. Brownie Batter Hummus by the Delighted by Hummus company. Yep. It tastes like brownie batter. Yummy brownie batter that is actually good for you. I have deliberately not tried the other flavors but maybe I should... I did thoroughly review the ingredients and they are awesome. All natural and free of loads of sugar like most products. Oh, and it tastes like brownie batter. It is fantastic on strawberries, pineapple, pretzels, a spoon. The website has a store locator and I actually found it at the Publix a mile from my house. Try it out for an awesome, chocolate treat that won't kill your nutrition goals. 

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2. Ghee by The Thrive Market. I LOVE GHEE. I have tried several varieties and I always go back to The Thrive Markets. Ghee is a clarified butter that originated in South Asian cuisine. It has fantastic health benefits. Such as, it's lactose free, it doesn't spoil, it supposedly helps with flexibility and it's high heat tolerant. I need to write an entire post on Ghee! I replaced most of my butter with ghee. When cooking in my cast iron skillet, I may have to replace the butter four or five times. Adding tons of calories. With ghee, I can add one tablespoon and use it for the entire dish. It will rarely burn away. So, one tablespoon of ghee replaces maybe 4-5 tablespoons of butter. It's more expensive that butter, but it lasts forever! I need you to try it. Like, we might not be able to be friends anymore if you don't. You will never go back. Side note: I do not like the Trader Joe's version. It's not bad, I'm just spoiled with The Thrive Market version. Need a discount code? Of course you do.  Here is 25% off your first order. (Yes, I will get a small something from the company) http://thrv.me/cLsS1b

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3. Grab the Gold. I was at a conference years ago and the speaker was a nutritionist. She was full of nutrition information and began picking apart protein bars. She made a ton of sense and boom, my interest in nutrition was born. Most protein bars are full of sugar, calories and shit. Companies slap labels on their bars and somehow people believe them! Grab the Gold started when a teenage girl needed to create a snack for her home economics class. She turned that into a business and now she's making yummy, all natural snack bars and killing the protein bar world.  In my opinion, Grab the Gold bars are the best bar on the market, nutritionally and taste wise. They have lower calories, are gluten and dairy free, have zero trans fats and have a high fiber content. Add a good quality yogurt and a handful of walnuts and you've created a perfect breakfast. If you are near me or my facility, ask me and I might share a sample.. Or check their site for a local retailer. Or just trust me and order a box. They ship very FAST too. I usually order multiple boxes and they will arrive the next day. It's crazy! They have two flavors, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter & Jelly (recently released and my favorite)!

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4. Unique Splits Pretzels. I have been changing my nutrition up lately and I wanted a healthier snack option. I found these babies at my local Piggly Wiggly. They are VERY salty so proceed with caution but VERY good. I can eat one and be satisfied. They are cholesterol free, trans fat free, sugar free, preservative free and artificial color free. PLUS, each 1 ounce serving has very little fat (2 grams), low calories (110), fiber (1 gram) and protein (3 grams)! My favorite thing though is that they are made from only 5 ingredients. No shit hiding anywhere. They make several varieties, including a 100% whole grain sprouted flour one. If you are looking for a great product that is certified organic, kosher, vegan, and diabetic friendly- then you need to try these. I am currently out, it's midnight and I'm seriously considering a grocery store trip. 

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5. Bubly Sparkling Water.  I'm not a sparkling water fan. (Ask Liina about my dramatic episode when I accidentally bought one instead of regular water recently). I do not like La Croix. Pepsi recently came out with these babies and it took me some searching to find them locally. They have several flavors and ALL taste like cans of yumminess. They have zero calories and zero sweeteners. I encourage you to find some!

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There you go! My first Friday Fave list! I hope you try and enjoy them all!

Much Love,

Molly