Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds in 8 Tasty Flavors

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

I am learning to eat healthier but I am a person that still likes a snack in the afternoon. I prefer to buy snacks the whole family will eat and ones that fill me up without a lot of sugar. I have always enjoyed eating seeds but it wasn't until I tried SuperSeedz that I realized that I absolutely LOVE pumpkin seeds!

These SuperSeedz have up to 9g protein, 15% of the RDI of Zinc & Iron, cholesterol free and allergen-friendly which includes gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free, egg free, dairy free, fish free, shellfish free and soy free. 

Available in 8 flavors including:
  • Really Naked
  • Sea Salt
  • Curious Curry
  • Somewhat Spicy
  • Super Spicy
  • Cinnamon & Sugar
  • Coco Joe
  • Tomato Italiano

Don't mess around with the spicy. The somewhat spicy ones are definitely more my style while the super spicy ones are reserved for my husband as I am not a fan of really spicy food. My favorite ones are the sea salt variety. Just the perfect amount of salt to satisfy my cravings. I have portion mine out before snacking or I would eat the whole bag though!

With no shells to crack you can just grab a handful and eat them right out of the bag. I like to send them to my daughter's school for her afternoon snack. She loves the taste of them and they are just so filling! My Husband likes to take a whole bag to work so he can have them to snack on throughout the week. These are an addictive snack that taste so good you won't even consider them "health food."

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German Sausage Penne Recipe Inspired from Pasta Fits

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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I enjoy pasta. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I could probably eat some type of pasta dish every day. I make some killer pasta salads such as Tuna Salad and Italian Pasta Salad. Both of those dishes are often requested at pot luck barbecues and other summertime gatherings by family and friends.

Italian dishes are a specialty of mine and I've often heard "Are you sure you don't have any Italian heritage running through your blood?"; to which I reply "Not that I know of!". I make an amazing lasagna and my stuffed shells are to die for.

I am on a mission to eat healthier and lose some weight, so I've been trying all sorts of different recipes lately. I recently came across Pasta Fits, which is sponsored by the National Pasta Association and is chocked full of nutritional and culinary resources, as well as tools to educate you. You'll find tips on cooking pasta as well as delicious recipes that you can try yourself. You'd be surprised at how easy some pasta recipes are, not to mention they're wholesome. The great things about pasta is that you can create many budget friendly meals with it.

Pasta is also full of complex carbohydrates that work as fuel for your brain and muscles. You can pair pasta with pretty much anything, including things that are good for you such as beans and vegetables to which contain lots of fiber. You can also pair it with fish and oils which are good for your heart or tomato sauce which is rich in antioxidants. Of course, poultry and meat is a great protein-packed addition.

My kids can be rather picky with some foods, but I wanted to try something new and I wanted the dish to be healthier than my traditional pasta dishes. While browsing through the PastaFits.org, I came across the German Sausage Penne recipe and  it sounded pretty good to me. Since I'm well over 50% German, it seemed like a fitting recipe to try! I thought that it might not be something the kids would enjoy with all the different pallets of flavor, so I made it for lunch one day when they were away.

This German Sausage Penne recipe is a one pot recipe and pretty easy to make. It also took just about 30 minutes to make so I didn't have to spend hours slaving in the kitchen. Now that's what I'm talking about!

Once our meal was done, it was time to dig in and I'll admit that I was a littler nervous at first. I'd never eaten a dish like this before, so it was like going into uncharted territory for me. I took my first bite and was pleasantly surprised. The combination of flavors actually paired well together. The German Sausage Penne had an interesting taste for sure, but I would not call it a bad taste. It was actually pretty good and the fact that it's fairly low in calories will have me coming back for more. I've shared the recipe with you below, so that you can try it for yourself!

German Sausage Penne Recipe

½ lb. penne
2 tsp. vegetable oil
2 cups/8 oz. diced onion
4 cups/8 oz. sliced red cabbage
½ lb. bratwurst or other favorite German sausage
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced (about 2 cups/8 oz.)
6 Tbsp./3 oz. German-style mustard (Dijon is fine too!)
3 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne according to package directions. Drain and reserve.

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil and onion and cook until the onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes.

Add the cabbage and cook until softened, another 5 minutes.

Remove the sausage from its casing directly into the pan. Cook using a fork or whisk to break up the sausage into small pieces. Add the apple and continue to cook until it starts to soften and break apart (but not turn to mush), about 3 minutes. Stir in the mustard and penne. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Divide between bowls and sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 8 (1 cup) servings. Per serving: 250 calories, 10 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 31 g carbohydrate, 9 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 22 mg cholesterol, 542 mg sodium.

Ddrops-Vitamin D Pure an Simple

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Ddrops, Vitamin D, Supplement

My son just turned a year old in July. At his 12 month check-up his pediatrician asked me if I planned to continue breastfeeding. Naturally I said I did,  she told me that I needed to start giving him a vitamin D supplement. This is my third child and the first I have been told that my child would need a vitamin D supplement. Now my question is has this always been recommended or is my new pediatrician really thorough? When the nurse came back to give my son shots I asked my nurse what was a good brand to use. She informed me that Ddrops® was a good choice.

Baby Ddrops® 400IU is a liquid vitamin D supplement designed specifically for breastfed babies and infants. Just one drop is the daily required dose recommended by many healthcare practitioners. It is tasteless, odorless and contain no preservatives no artificial flavors and no added colors. Ddrops® are wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, sugar-free, milk-free and peanut-free so everyone in the entire family can enjoy them. Simply put one drop of Baby Ddrops® onto any clean surface (mom’s nipple, fingertip or food) and the child ingests the drop from the surface.

Ddrops, Vitamin D, Supplement

Ddrops® is not only for infants, but also for children and adults. Booster® 600IU is perfect for those of you who wish to continue your daily multivitamin (containing 400IU) while boosting your vitamin D to the recommended 1000IU levels. They were created for people 1 to 70 years of age. Just to give you an idea of IU levels in a multi vitamin my pre-natal contains a 600IU level. They also have Adult Ddrops® 1000IU it was created for adults who have been advised to take higher doses of vitamin D. No bother of swallowing pills and/or capsules. Research is proving that vitamin D has many benefits for multiple organs within the body, helping the body use calcium and phosphorus to build and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D supplements are used by many adults, based on advice from medical experts.

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This Is Where I Leave You Movie Giveaway

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I will receive a gift card to watch the movie

This Friday, September 19th, This Is Where I Leave You opens in theaters nation wide. I saw the preview originally before a summer movie and I immediately turned to the person next to me and said, "I have to see that!" Although I'm not from a big family, or lost a parent, the characters still resonated with me.

Plus, I'm an older, bossy sister. The movie is based off the novel by the same name and features four grown siblings ushered under one roof for a week after their father passes away. Each one is going through their own hardships and being forced under their childhood home with an over-sharing mother, brings old feelings and history up. The family confronts and reconnects in only the way family can do.

This would be a great movie not to just see with your significant other, but family as well. And, we're giving away a gift card just so you can do that! Plus, you'll receive a copy of the book with a movie tie-in cover. Enter below!

You can connect with TIWILY on their official website and Facebook pages

How would you like to win a $25 gift card and a copy of This Is Where I Leave You movie tie-in cover copy of the book? I have one bundle to giveaway to one lucky reader! To enter, follow the rules below. If you do not follow the rules, you cannot win. Good luck!