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Raw Revolution Bar Review

Hii babes!

A while ago I received a box full of goodies from Raw Revolution. I have been eyeing their Organic Live Food Bars at Whole Foods and was ecstatic to finally try them out!!

These bars are vegan, uncooked, peanut-free, dairy-free, made with organic & sprouted flax seeds, preservative-free, kosher, contain no refined sugars, non GMO, contain omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acids, low sodium, cholesterol-free, contain up to 6g of fiber and 8g of protein, contain no artificial ingredients and are made with organic sunflower seeds. The owner of Raw Revolution is also a registered nurse and a natural foods chef (ahhh I would love to have her life!). These are the definition of a clean, au naturale, healthy snack!

soooo many flavas – original size, green superfoods, and 100 calorie size

greens superfood bars (ranging from 150-170 calories each)

Tropical Banana – Very prominent banana taste, so if you don’t like bananas I wouldn’t recommend this one! I loved it though.

Lemon Dew – My favorite of these three! Light and refreshing taste (refreshing is a weird word to describe a bar but I don’t know how else to describe it!)

Apple Cinnamon – Reminded me of a healthy version of apple pie!

Lemon Dew!

These were my favorite! I liked that they weren’t as high in calories as the original, came in more fruity flavors (surprising because I usually like chocolate flavored bars!), and had added green goodness like spirulina, kale, broccoli & wheat grass powder.

original size bars (ranging between 210-240 calories each)

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle – Not very sweet, barely there raspberry and chocolate taste.

Coconut Delight – Very nutty and had a sweet coconut flavor.

Chocolate Crave – Not my favorite, it was too bitter and rich for my liking.

Spirulina Dream – Tasted just like Golden Cashew but it was green!

Golden Cashew – My favorite flavor! Chewy, and just sweet enough.

Chocolate Coconut Bliss – Very dense, could be a little sweeter (it had a bitter flavor from the cocoa powder i think), and a light coconut flavor.

Heavenly Hazelnut Chocolate – I could definitely taste the hazelnuts but it was a little to bitter.

They also have two new flavors that I’d be interested in trying: Cherry Chocolate Chunk and Almond Butter Cup!

Heavenly Hazelnut Chocolate. Look at all those chunks of nuts and seeds!

100 calorie minis!

Cashew & Agave Nectar – Just like Golden Cashew!

Spirulina & Cashew – Same as Spirulina Dream!

Chocolate & Cashew – Not a fave, just like Chocolate Crave.

Chocolate & Coconut – Pretty good, similar to Chocolate Coconut Bliss. I like the first two of these the best though.

Cashew & Agave. A quick snack before the gym!

Spirulina & Cashew.

Chocolate & Coconut close-up! You can see the almonds and sunflower seeds in there.

All in all, these bars do live up to their healthy name, although the flavors were not particularly amazing. At least not enough to get me to spend $2+ per bar at the grocery store. If they were more in the $1-2 price range then I think I would buy Spirulina Dream and any of the Greens Superfood bars on occasion.

Thanks to Raw Revolution for letting me sample their products!

Have you guys tried any of their bars? Let me know what you think/thought!

xoxox

Kara

zing bar review!

After a long day of classes I came home to find this box of goodies waiting for me…

the gems

Zing Bars!!!! I have been dyin to try these babies so I was stoked to see a box with my name on it. I had to hold myself back from breaking into it and devouring them all on the spot.

I received a bar of each of their 6 flavors: Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Almond Blueberry, Cranberry Orange, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Half of their flavors are vegan (made with brown rice protein), and the other half are not (made with whey protein).

And this is what I thought of them!

Chocolate Coconut – vegan, chocolate coated, literally tasted like a Mounds candy bar. My favorite flavor!

Chocolate Peanut Butter – not vegan, chocolate covered, not overly sweet. Def another favorite!

Almond Blueberry – not vegan, very moist (I hate that word haha, does anyone else agree with me?!) and a little sticky, tasted a little like marzipan. Second favorite!!

Cranberry Orange – vegan, the citrus flavor from the orange made it taste very refreshing unlike some of the others, soft and dough-like consistency. Good, but not my favorite!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip – vegan, reminded me of cookie dough but healthy, and with peanut butter! Another favorite!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip – not vegan, tasted just like an oatmeal raisin cookie but with chocolate chips in it. Yum!

These absolutely delicious bars are created by nutritionists, are gluten, soy, corn & wheat free, won’t spike blood sugar and are my new favorite bars! They are a little on the pricey side, so unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to eat them on a regular basis, but I encourage you all to try them out! For more information and nutrition facts check out their website here.

taken from the Zing bar website

Let me know if you guys have ever tried these!

Questions of the Day:

Are there any words that you don’t like using or just sound weird to you? For me, it’s “moist.” And the word “chunk” has always kind of weirded me out…I think it was because an elementary school teacher would use it to describe a stack of paper. “Everyone grab a chunk of paper!” Huh?!

If you’ve tried the Zing Bars what is your favorite flavor?

Well, hope everyone’s having a happy Thursday!!

xoxo

Kara

WIAW!

Hello dollfacess.

Lately I’ve been having an overwhelming craving for fall-ish foods. You know what I mean. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin smoothies (sadly, I haven’t made/ate any of these besides the pumpkin spice latte which doesn’t count since it was made by a barista at Starbucks..) and apple pie! Totally ruined the pumpkin theme I know. P.S. a little fun fact for y’all: I actually don’t like pumpkin pie very much. Yes, I am a crazy person, but I do looove anything else that is pumpkin. It’s all about apple pie for this girl.

So this morning I decided to listen to my growling tummy and make something fall-ish! And healthy-ish!

Healthified Apple Crisp

{high in fiber, healthy fats & protein!}

serves 2

Ingredients:

1/3 c oats

~1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)

2 TBS sugar (I used NuNaturals More Fiber Baking Blend)

Cinnamon

1/4 c coconut (optional)

1 apple, thinly sliced

2 TBS cold butter (I used Earth Balance)

1 TBS coconut oil

2 TBS nut butter (optional – I used pecan butter from the samples I received from Artisana!!)

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, protein powder, and sugar together in a small bowl. Add a couple generous shakes of cinnamon.

oat mixture minus the coconut

i used this! IT'S AWESOME! in 3/4 of a TBS there is 3 g of fiber!!

Add the butter, oil and nut butter to the dry ingredients. It should be crumbly.

before mixing..

Lay the apple slices in a small glass dish. Sprinkle on some more cinnamon! Then pour the oat mixture over the apples so that they are evenly covered.

i put half of the pecan butter on the apples, but i couldn't tell the difference, so to make it easier, i'd just mix it in with the dry ingredients! unless you wanna be a rebel.

yummerz

time for the oven!

Bake in the oven for…..I ACTUALLY DIDN’T KEEP TRACK OF THIS. I’M SO VERY SORRY…but I think it was around 15-20 minutes, just until the top looks golden brown and when you poke the apples they feel soft!

the finished product! dun dun dunnnn....hoping it's good!

OH IT WAS.

P.S. I had the plate above times two. Meaning I ate this entire thing. Ahem. Moving on….

lunch: egg white scramble with mushrooms, kale & salsaaa

For dinner, the roomies and I had a little potluck.

clockwise from the left: salmon, thai crunch salad (which i made), shirazi salad, & dressing for thai crunch salad

annnddd amy's homemade soup 😉 so fall-ish.

elana's salmon was made in the oven set at 350 for 22 minutes. the marinade was delishhh: tj's soyaki, garlic powder, s&p!

thai crunch salad. recipe from the peas and thank you cookbook.

our beaaauutiful table setting. do you spy a flamingo?! i do...

date night with SAKE (shauna, amy, kara, elana)!

Soooooo satisfied.

Hope you had a lovely Wednesday!

Kara

studyin hiatus!

HOLAAAA!

So happy the first round of midterms are over! Celebrations ensued..

blow tha whistle.

the loves of my life.

There was some running, dancing, and Insanity workout video doing…

my new kicks ordered from nordys!

Don’t forget cooking, baking, and most importantly…. eating!

chef amy

chef elana

mmm cookie dough balls before going in the oven

fluffy sugar cookies with chocolate chips, pb chips & sprinkles! made by elana and amy as a study snack.

caramelized pecan banana bread - recipe coming!

oatmeal made with 1/2 c oats, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, ~1/4 c milk (coconut), ~1/4 c water, and a couple generous shakes of cinnamon. cooked for 2 minutes in the micro, with strawberries, coconut butter and cacao bliss on top! <-- i couldn't finish it all, it was too rich! next time i'm just going to use either coconut butter or cacao bliss.

bluberry, banana & spinach smoothie with cacao nibs and chia seeds on top!

OOOOH! And I got some samples in the mail! I seriously LOVE getting mail, I used to get so excited when I was younger and got a letter in the mail (I still do!) If you want to make me really happy, send me something in the mail ;).

purchases from iHerb! sunwarrior vanilla protein powder, liquid vanilla stevia, and stevia baking blend.

nativas naturals sent me these to try!

trail mix with mulberries (first time trying them! they are the golden pine cone looking things), goji berries, raw cashews, goldenberries and cacao nibs. this is a unique mix and a little different from your usual trail mix, but it grew on me and i'm definitely going to buy this again!

power snacks - little squares of on-the-go deliciousness. made with dates, chia seeds, sesame seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds, cacao, goji, maca, lucuma, and camu-camu powder. all of which are superfoods and natural!

cacao nibs! yummm! not as sweet as chocolate chips, but healthier 😉 perfect for sprinkling on yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, etc.

Thanks for all the awesome samples Nativas Naturals!

It’s big/ little week for the new girls in my sorority, so I’m off to deliver my little her present for today (a candy message board)! She won’t find out it’s me until the end of this week. Secrets shhh!

Lovesya

Kara

WIAT!

Hey guys!

Sorry I decided not to do WIAW because my eats yesterday consisted of asian stir fry with tofu and fro yo…and i think a piece of toast thrown in there somewhere. That is all, it was quite boring.

So instead I’ve decided to do a What I Ate Thursday! Hope that’s okay with y’all ;).

I got up this morning at 8. Looked outside, it was raining. I like the rain, but not when you have to bike to class. BLEH.

I tried to persuade myself to ditch class and go back to sleep because I was soooo tired (I went to bed at 2 am, remind me to never do that again when I have early class) and sitting in class completely drenched sounded awful.

Then I thought about the samples of About Time protein powder that I received, and I jumped out of bed in excitement. Seriously, who gets excited over protein powder? That’s right, I do.

vanilla it is!

100% natural ingredients, 1 scoop is 103 calories with 25 g of protein! it's made with stevia too!

What to make? What to make?! I decided in a hurry (already missed the bus, soaking wet biking was my only other choice) on Cookie Dough in a Bowl!

You want the recipe? Okay fiiiiiine.

Cookie Dough in a Bowl

adapted from The Fitnessista

serves 1

Ingredients:

1/3 c oats

1/2 scoop protein powder (I used About Time Vanilla <– SO good!)

a few shakes of cinnamon

a splash of vanilla extract

half a smooshed banana (or sweetner like stevia, honey, agave)

1-2 tbsp nut butter of choice (I totally forgot this today! GRR)

milk (any kind will work, I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk) or you could use yogurt

toppings (the possibilities are endless: fresh fruit, more peanut butter, nuts, seeds, coconut, dried cranberries, chocolate chips…the more creative, the better!)

Directions:

Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl and then add milk until consistency resembles cookie dough. Add desired toppings!

cookie dough in a bowl with strawberries and chia seeds

Well, I made it to class. I lucked out, it was only sprinkling on my way to and from campus. Woot woot!

For a mid-morning snack I enjoyed this lil guy.

lululululuunaaa bar lovin

chocolate dipped coconut. sooo pweettty. soo deliciouss.

Then my momma came to visit and we went to Cafe Bernardo! Mmmm I will definitely be going back there. They have theeee best breakfast burrito but this was the first time I’ve been there for lunch!

salad sampler. perfect for indecisive people like me!

Clockwise from the right: mixed greens, cucumber & cherry tomato salad, and thai chicken noodle salad. They were each so unique I really couldn’t tell you which was my favorite. But then again, I’ve never met a salad I didn’t like.

After some veggin out and getting homework done, I had a few pieces of my new fave, FROZEN MANGO.

my crack.

I worked out (did a HIIT workout on the treadmill for 20 minutes, and a HIIT workout on the stationary bike for another 20 minutes). Laid down and cried, and then did a mini arms and abs set. Like really mini. It was 20 tricep dips, 20 pushups (non girly), and 2 one minute planks.

Dinna timeee!

the goods.

I sauteed some spinach and TJ’s Asian Stir Fry mix in some sesame oil and Bragg’s liquid aminos.

I had salmon marinating in TJ’s Island Soyaki sauce overnight so I popped that into the oven with some chopped up fresh ginger (chopped is a lie, they were more like big chunks…we don’t have a grater so I had to make do) at 350 for about 25 minutes.

such a good dinner! i was proud of myself. notice the huge chunks of ginger? i hate that word. chunks. ew.

Mmmm such a good day of eats! Now I’m off to relax some more and chat with the roomies.

Until next timeee! Hope you had a fantastical day 🙂

Muah,

Kara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and i’ve come out of hiding

Hi loves!

I’m sorry (for the tenth time) that I’ve been so MIA lately.

Rush week is finally over, phew! It was such an eventful, fun, yet exhausting week and I feel like I need a whole week to recover! Butttt, school has started so that means no break for moi! This quarter I am taking Chemistry, Biology, Research Methods in Psychology, and a class called Mushrooms, Molds and Society (sounds interesting huh?!). I’m ready for it all to fly by.

Here is a recap of what I’ve been up to lately!

Trying new things…

a mouthwatering nugget sandwich which included: multigrain bread with honey mustard (omg best ever), grilled chicken, lettuce, cucumber, sprouts, red onion, avo, and bell peps! with an iced green tea on the side (new fave! it's naturally sweet so you don't need to add sweetener!).

Better'n Peanut Butter found at Trader Joe's

nutrition facts for y'all

for a knockoff pb with only 100 calories, 2g of fat and 2g of sugar this passes my test!

chocolate coconut water! seriously sooo good! it was just like chocolate milk but has more potassium than a banana 🙂 perfect for after a workout

bouncy fun! brought out the inner youngsta in me.

Partying, partying, YA! Fun fun fun fun. <– Sorry to remind you of Rebecca Black’s song, Friday. Now it’s probably stuck in your head…

the girlss ❤

my darlin amy

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAYLS!

Nomming…

chicken, veggies and brown rice from ket mo ree (awesome thai food restaurant) for julia's birthday!

a refreshing smoothie made with one frozen banana, one cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, couple handfuls of spinach (i swear you can't taste it!), 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, a few shakes of cinnamon and topped with chia seeds!

fatty salad: mesclun lettuce, cukes, slivered almonds, garbonzo beans, and leftover herbed salmon (from the nugget). dressing was lemon juice, splash of flax seed oil, red wine vinegar and pepper!

sauteed veggies and tempeh in coconut oil, bragg's liquid aminos and bragg's sprinkle (both soo good i def recommend!).

winner winner chicken dinner (cooked in a skillet with s&p, bragg's sprinkle, and EVOO <-- extra virgin olive oil). with a side of broccoli and sauteed veggies.

a sunshine bbq veggie burger (wasn't that great, i prefer the original flavor!) with sauteed kale and bell peppers.

Feelin inspired…

love in a cup of tea!

agreed!

yogi tea, black licorice (i know you're thinking GROSS! but i like it and won't share ;)) and a daily mantra: "by honoring your words, you are honored in this world."

Work work workin out…

I was getting a little bored of running 5 miles on the treadmill (i don’t know how i did that over the summer) so I’ve been changing it up and doing more HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training). Here are a few I’ve been trying!

Workout 1 – 30 minutes

1) Warm up at an easy pace (3.5) for 3 minutes.

2) Jog at 6.0 for 2 minutes.

3) Increase speed to 7.0 for one minute.

4) Increase speed to 7.5 for one minute.

5) Increase speed to 8.0 for one minute.

6) Increase speed to 8.5 for one minute.

7) Repeat steps 2-6 three more times.

8 ) Cool down, walk at 3.0 for three minutes.

Workout 2 – 40 minutes

1) Warm up for 5 minutes at 3.0

2) Run at an easy pace for 5 minutes.

3) Increase the speed by 15 seconds per mile and run for one minute.

4) Decrease the speed back down and run for 5 minutes.

5) Increase the speed by 30 seconds per mile and run for one minute.

6) Return to an easy pace for 5 minutes.

7) Increase the speed by 45 seconds per mile and run for one minute.

8 ) Back to an easy pace for 5 minutes.

9) Increase the speed by one minute per mile and run for one minute.

10) Run easy for 5 minutes.

11) Increase the speed by one minute and 15 seconds per mile and run for one minute.

12) Cool down with 5 minutes of walking.

Workout 3 – 30 minutes

1) Warm up at 3.5 for 5 minutes.

2) Jog for 5 minutes at 6.0.

3) Sprint for one minute (usually at 8.5 or 9).

4) Stop by jumping to the side, a foot on each edge of the treadmill while it’s still going and rest for 30 seconds.

5) Do step 3 & 4 ten times for a total of 15 minutes.

6) Cool down for five minutes.

And that is all!

Hope you guys had a great weekend too!

 

Questions of the day:

What have you been up to lately?

Have you had any of the new food items I tried this weekend? What did you think?

Let me know if you try any of the above workouts and what you think of them! 🙂

 

Lovesyaa

Kara

wiaw and trendy nails

Heyyy babes! How are ya on this fine hump day?

In case you forgot, today is…

what

i

ate

wednesday!!!

But first…I have to show off my newly painted nails. Quite the upgrade from yesterday’s multi-colored-testing-out-different-nail-polishes look!

dontcha agree?

Last night, I hung out with my besties Sheeva and Hannah. We painted nails and chatted while watching a few of our favorite movies (The Proposal and Wedding Crashers anyone?!). Also, if you haven’t done so CHECK OUT SHEEVA’S BLOG! Kaythanks.

I’m sporting a different (and sparkly) nail polish on my ring finger if ya couldn’t tell. I think it was a trend last year…but whatevs.

as seen on the newest mommy-to-be!

and vanessa hudgens!

i'm so trendyyy.

Okay..well onto other news.

What I ate today!

At Sheeva’s this morning we made oatmeal! I didn’t get a pic but this is pretty much what it looks like and how it was made:

1/3 cup oats

add 1/2 a chopped up (or mashed) banana, cinnamon & nutmeg, or whatever other spices you like!

add ~1/3 c water or milk (or both...I usually put in half water half vanilla almond milk)

microwave for a minute and the banana will get all smooshy! smoosh smoosh it up some more 😉

microwave for another minute and it should look like this! if you like your oatmeal more liquidy, either dont microwave for as long or add more water/milk

Sorry, these pictures are very fugly! But I added the other 1/2 of banana and a little bit of TJ’s vanilla almond granola on top! It’s not super sweet like most prepackaged oatmeal you would buy at the store, so if you like that, this may take a little getting used to. Personally I think the banana makes it just sweet enough (espec if it’s a ripe one!) but you can definitely add maple syrup, brown sugar, stevia, whatever your heart desires! To step up the fun factor even more, you could choose from a variety of other toppings such as: fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts, peanut butter, or coconut to put on top! Yummm. Check out Kath’s Tribute to Oatmeal for inspiration!

almost too pretty to eat! (not my picture obviously)

[insert workout here]

Lunchtime rolled around and I was feeling like having everythanggg…so I did just that!

clockwise: cukes & carrots with homemade spicy hummus (recipe below!), red cabbage with leftover grilled tilapia & salsa, flax cracker (review below) & cheese, apple with pb!

and a handful of these awesome rice chips! half eaten one on the table...nice

Spicy Sun-dried Tomato Hummus 

{fat free & gluten-free}

Ingredients:

1 can garbanzo beans

1/3 c sundried tomatoes (not in oil)

1/4 of a lemon (skin and all!)

juice of the other 1/4 lemon

2-3 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp cumin

1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it!)

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

Ground black pepper

all ya need!

Directions:

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

mixin it all up! (i added more garlic later if you're wondering why there is only one clove!)

garnish with some cilantro and it's ready for dippin!

I also tried somethin new with my lunch today! Flackers! Say whaaaaa?!

flax + crackers = flackers! duhh...

with a hint of rosemary! serious crunch and supa addicting. buy them at WF's!

Love these and definitely getting them again!

[insert insane amount of packing, errand-running, lying on the couch and eating watermelon here]

juicyyy

Dinna time!

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

{vegetarian option too!}

adapted from Sunset magazine

serves 4

Ingredients:

3 tbsp lemon juice, divided

3 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 tbsp minced garlic, divided

1 tsp each salt and pepper, divided

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, divided

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (OR if vegetarian, you could use tofu or tempeh)

2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed butter)

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 tomatoes

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 sliced red bell pepper

1/2 c cucumber

2 big handfuls of spring lettuce mix

1 cup flat-leaf parsley

3 oz crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

Heat grill to high (450 to 550 degrees). Mix 1 tbsp each lemon juice and oil, 1 tsp garlic, and 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, and cumin in a medium bowl. Add chicken (or veg option) and turn to coat. Let marinate for 30 minutes or however long you can wait ;).

Grill chicken, turning once, until cooked through and browned, about 10-15 minutes. (It took me longer because I’m a newbie bbquer so I was constantly turning the bbq down, running inside and asking my dad to check it…haha. So if you’re a pro, bbq it like you normally do!)

burnin up! not really...they survived (the weird things below the chicken are tempeh, which i will talk about for a freaky food friday)

Make the dressing by whisking together the remaining 2 tbsp each lemon juice and oil, 2 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, and 1 tsp cumin with the tahini in a large bowl. Add the veggies and toss to coat. Slice chicken (or in my sister’s case, tempeh) and set on top. Sprinkle salads with parsley and feta!

kristin's vegetarian salad

the carnivore's salad

Yum. That was good.

I am going Clear Lake with the boyf this weekend, but will be back to posting on Monday! And maybe tomorrow if I have time in between the packing :D!

Questions of the day:

Do you follow the nail polish fashion trends? I sure don’t, as it is obvious I am years behind!

Do you tend to stick to the same thing for breakfast? Or do you like to try new things? I usually have the same thing, end up having it so often that I get sick of it, search for something new, love that, and then the cycle repeats itself!

xoxo!

Kara