Category Archives: Food/Recipes

First Impressions of the Optimum 9400 Blender

The Optimum 9400 blender has been recognized as the No.1 Vitamix rival. So I was excited to be invited as a Friend of Froothie by the New Zealand distributor of the Optimum 9400 to put this powerful blender to the test. In just a few days I have created so much more than just smoothies – everything from black bean brownies, to sauces, soups and desserts.

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I’ve only had it for about a week, but this is what I’m digging about the Optimum 9400 Blender so far:

  • The BPA Free 2L jug, big enough to create large batches of healthy soups, desserts and smoothies for the whole family
  • The tamper tool
  • Everyone’s fruit and veggie intake is up, its easy to blend anything from spinach to beetroot right into a smoothie
  • The amount of time saved, a soup takes about 10-15 minutes from start to finish and it comes up smooth, creamy and warm
  • The simple to use variable speed control
  • Easy to clean, just whizz on variable setting 8 with 1L of water and a drop of soap
  • How easy and quick it is to create healthy and tasty snacks, meals and smoothies
  • The free book of inspirational smoothies, soups and desserts that comes free with every blender
  • This blender is crushing ice like a boss! Many blenders claim to do this, but not all truly do!

To find out what else I’m digging about the Optimum 9400 blender and to hear my first impressions, check out the video below. Hint: I loooove this blender – it’s changing our entire family’s lives!



Healthy Breakfast: Quick and Easy Overnight Oats

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Overnight oats are a tasty, nutritious and quick breakfast that anyone can add to their daily meals. Truth be told, I can eat overnight oats for days on end without it feeling boring. The great thing about overnight oats, is that the variation to toppings is only limited by your imagination.  You can make them sweet one day by adding fresh fruit and natural sweeteners, you can eat them plain jane, make them savory with the addition on nut butters or add-on extra protein like yogurt on a heavy workout day. Just think of anything that you’d add to hot oatmeal, the difference being you can whizz a bowl of these bad boys up in no time at all!

One of the many things that I learnt coming off my 6 months weight loss program with Shaklee 180 is that breakfast is so important. I know we’ve all heard it before, but for some reason this mantra has really stuck with me. I ate 3 balanced meals and 2 snacks per day and I lost 25 pounds and 16 inches (and it is still off  5 months later!). I think it is the noticeable increase in energy that I experience when I don’t starve my body. After several hours without food overnight, breakfast is needed to jumpstart a body’s metabolism for the day.

I’m always on the lookout for breakfast options that are no-brainers and protein rich, so the overnight oats is a winner in my books. If you like oatmeal and haven’t tried overnight oats yet, all I have to say is GET.ON.IT! You will love it. Just like you I am busy, making lunches, getting kids to school, getting myself off to work and then trying to fit exercise in there. Not only are overnight oats easy, but you can take them with you if you absolutely must rush out the door before eating breakfast.



French Toast Cups with Sausage and Apple: Brunch Recipe

I’m someone who will always create, adapt or follow an easy recipe as opposed to an elaborate one. So hosting Christmas morning champers was right up my alley! Lindauer bubbling over glasses was probably the most important part of the morning for the adults, and I also created a few breakfast/brunch appetizers to keep us going til the main course.

These French toast cups are a sweet and savory treat that combine some of my favorite breakfast foods into a no fuss finger food that is yummy and filling! This an easy no fail recipe that looks like a gourmet treat.

What else could you stuff the French toast cups with ?

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Why Coconut Water is Good for Breastfeeding Active Mamas

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When I had Mr P I was scared about exercising and breastfeeding at the same time. I all but gave up exercise because I didn’t want to be one of those women who doubted her milk production after resuming exercise. Sure, I kept up a walking routine, but that was it.

This time around I’m better educated and know that it is totally possible to keep exercising  while breastfeeding, the key is staying super hydrated. I’m already drinking well above the recommended 8-10 glasses a day, but still it is important to make sure that I stay hydrated. Big Monkey fully supports my desire to stay fit even during these first few months of our daughter’s life, so he has done some research and found me the elixir to rehydration – coconut water. Coconut water is the liquid you hear swishing around when you shake a coconut. It is not to be confused with the creamy coconut milk often used in thai dishes. Coconut milk is the product of white coconut flesh all mashed up.



Win a $100 gift card and Wholly Guacamole® dip

 

With back-to-school just around the corner and my Little Miss starting at daycare part-time, I’ve been looking for new ways to make preparing school lunches easier. The Wholly Guacamole® brand wants to help you make lunch for you and your kids OMGuac -tastic! After all,Wholly Guacamole is the Offical sponsor of the OMGuac Lunch! Stop by eatwholly.com/omg for some great ideas, a coupon and a chance to win $100 gift card with FREE Wholly Guacamole products! Three winners are chosen weekly through Sept. 27. The One Lunch, Two Ways gives you inspiration on how to create two completely different lunches with most of the same ingredients!

Take a look and print out the shopping list for your favorite ideas.

disclosure: I was not paid for this post and was under no obligation to post. I will receive samples as a thank you for posting.



Crispy Kabocha Cheese Fries Recipe

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Kabocha squash has less calories than its more prolific and loved butternut squash, but it also has half the carbs of butternut. With its yummy soft edible skin, this is a versatile veggie packed with lots of  vitamins for energy and an even sweeter taste than butternut squash!