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Peanut Butter & Jelly Oats and a Giveaway

   

Peanut butter & jelly oats were born after looking for creative ways to use my samples of Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter. With just four ingredients it’s super easy to whip up a hearty, flavorful breakfast that is great for adults and kids alike. Check out the recipe below and enter the giveaway raffle to get your own sample of Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter.

       

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oats

Serves 1

1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk, any type
2 tbsp Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter
1 heaping tbsp jelly, jam or preserves
Sweetener of your choice, optional

Mix oats, milk and Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter in a microwave safe bowl until smooth.  Heat in the microwave for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes or until oats are soft and most of the milk has been absorbed. Stir to mix and add sweetener if using.

In a microwave safe bowl warm the jelly in 5-10 seconds intervals until it reaches a pour-able consistency. Drizzle melted jelly over oats. Enjoy!

Notes
-Be very careful with the melted jelly as it is very hot when heated up and can cause burns. If you overheat it and it becomes too thin just let it cool down for a couple minutes and it should firm up a little bit.
-This recipe makes one small serving that I found appropriate as an accompaniment to other items or as a snack. You can easily double it to make it a more substantial meal.

Giveaway

Want to try Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter? Enter below for your chance to win:
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Please note: One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Mighty Nut through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner.

Full disclosure: I was provided with free samples of Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter for review and compensation. The opinions and reviews presented here are solely my own.

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About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Product Review: Freekeh from Freekeh Foods and a Giveaway

   

Product Review: Freekeh from Freekeh FoodsThe super cool people at Fit Approach and Freekeh Foods got together to share free samples of freekeh and I was excited to be a part of their collaboration.  What the heck is freekeh you ask?  From the Freekeh Foods website: ” [f]reekeh is an ancient roasted grain that is a great improvement to rice or other grains. It has an awesome nutty, chewy texture.”

       

I figured freekeh would be similar to bulgur, which is a dried, cracked wheat product I was already familiar with.  I received the tamari and original (plain) flavors to test out.

Product Specs:  The freekeh from Freekeh Foods comes in three flavors: original (plain), tamari and rosemary sage.  A 1/4 cup serving (40g) contains 130 calories, 1g fat, 28g carbs, 6g protein and a whopping 4g fiber.

Freekeh is not gluten free since it’s a wheat product.  The company’s website indicates that because the gluten is denatured due to when the wheat is harvested some people experience less side effects than with other wheat products, but they still do not recommend it for those with Celiac disease.

Taste/Experience:

Cooking freekeh is super simple and very similar to rice.  It’s 1 part freekeh to 2 1/2 parts water, bring to a boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

The texture of freekeh is very chewy.  It has a nice, very lightly roasted, nutty flavor.   As I predicted, I did find it similar to bulgur, but the pieces were actually a bit larger and a bit more chewy.

Overall:
The Good
The nutrition stats on freekeh are really fantastic.  More fiber and protein than other grains make freekeh a potential substitute for white or brown rice or even grains like quinoa.

Freekeh could be used in a multitude of dishes, either hot or cold.  It would be a very natural fit in a cold salad, as a side dish with a bit of butter or oil and spices or even scooped into a soup for added texture and bulk.  I can definitely see using it as a substitute in anything that called for rice.

The Bad
I really did not find much negative about the freekeh.  If anything, I was not thrilled with the tamari flavor, only from the standpoint that it could have been more flavorful.  I would probably stick with the original/plain version if I were to purchase it so that I could flavor it to my own liking or use it in a recipe.

Since freekeh isn’t gluten free I probably would not purchase this for myself, but because it can stand in for other grains I can see cooking with it for my family.

Overall, I think freekeh is an interesting and very healthy option.  When you need a grain product like rice, quinoa, bulgur or anything similar, freekeh is a worthy option that will boost nutrition and offer great taste.

Want to try freekeh for yourself?

Enter the giveaway to win one package of freekeh in the flavor of your choice:

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Full disclosure: I was provided with free samples of freekeh to try and review. The opinions and reviews presented here are solely my own. I have received no payment or compensation for this review other than the product sample.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Giveaway: Kansas City’s 2015 Warrior Dash – Two Race Entries

   

Warrior DashToday I have been given the opportunity to give my awesome readers TWO race entries for the Kansas City Warrior Dash on April 25, 2015.  This year’s Warrior Dash takes place in Lexington which is about an hour outside of Kansas City.  The course is 3.1 miles long and features 12 obstacles.  You can go solo or register as a team.  If you’re feeling really zippy you can even register for the 8:30 am competitive wave to qualify for the Warrior Dash World Championship.

       

 

warrior-dash-logo_mini‘Rockin Refuel is a sponsor of this race and you may remember I reviewed the ‘Rockin Refuel product line back in May of 2014.  Rockin’ Refuel is a high quality, natural protein beverage that tastes great because it’s made with real milk. It’s available in muscle recovery and muscle building varieties – each has the protein needed for an active lifestyle for any level athlete. I totally loved the ‘Rockin Refuel drinks because there was a product and a flavor for every need.  If you’re looking for gains they have Muscle Builder, if you need a recovery drink they offered Muscle Recovery and if you’re looking for a leaner drink with high protein they have Lean Builder too.  Not to mention these drinks are actually quite tasty and readily available at places like the grocery store and even some convenience stores.

To enter for a chance to win one of the two available race entries use the Rafflecopter entry form below.  Entry will be open from today until midnight on April 19th and the two winners will be notified by email on the 20th.  Winners will receive an promo code to use for free entry when they sign up for the race.  Please note that the winners only have until midnight on April 23rd to register. Good luck!

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If you want to try winning even more cool prizes check out the Wednesday #Giveaway Roundup from  Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds to #WinAllThePrizes  🙂

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About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Product Review: MealEnders + A Giveaway!

   

Product Review: MealEndersProduct Review: MealEnders

I received 4 free bags of MealEnders courtesy of MealEnders and Fit Approach to sample and review.  MealEnders is also generously allowing me to give away 4 free bags (one of each flavor) to one lucky reader!

       

MealEnders are lozenges/candies that are meant to be eaten at the conclusion of a meal in order to curb overeating. At the end of your meal you are supposed to pop a lozenge to help signal that it’s time to stop eating and cleanse your palate.  They come in cinnamon, citrus, mocha and chocolate mint flavors.  From the company’s fact sheet:

A first-of-its kind weight management product, MealEnders are lowcalorie, drug and stimulant-free Signaling Lozenges, designed to help people learn to avoid overeating and master portion control by clearing the desire to consume more than needed from the mouth and mind.

I was very interested to find out if they worked as reported.

First Taste Impressions

Citrus: The coating was very yogurt tasting and quickly melted into a somewhat minty/lime hard candy. The flavor was fairly well suited for the minty/tingly taste and sensation, but I wouldn’t say the flavor of the coating complimented it very well. After sucking on the lozenge for a few minutes it seemed like bursts of citrus flavor would pop up, punctuating the minty-ness. The mint/citrus combo was not unpleasant, but it did leave a lingering taste in my mouth that was reminiscent of pine cleaner.

Cinnamon: The fist cinnamon MealEnder I tried was shaped weird – like a peanut. Upon putting it in my mouth the coating began to dissolve in strange flaky layers. The taste of the coating was slightly cinnamon and reminded me of the yogurt coating on meal replacement bars. Not bad, but not great either. The inside hard candy part of the lozenge was kind of sharp and nubby and was a bit rough in my mouth. The cinnamon flavor all but vanished, replaced with a weird kind of buttery, apple, minty flavor with the stimulating/tongue tingling sensation of the other flavors. While I was very amped to try this flavor I think it missed the mark for me on my first try.

Mocha: Perfect dark chocolate quickly fades to a delicious coffee flavor. Almost as quickly the great coffee flavor starts to meld into a coffee/minty flavor with the tongue tingly/faintly menthol sensation of the other flavors. Loved this one at first, but the minty taste/sensation is not a great compliment to the coffee flavor. The tingly sensation is strongest with this flavor.

Chocolate Mint: Excellent flavor. Nice chocolate flavor in the coating. Inside is minty, but turns to a slightly tingly mint flavor/sensation. Reminds me of brushing teeth. Sweet, but not too sweet. Lasts a long time if you’re careful not to bite it. The flavor really does seem to cleanse your mouth and leave you with a clear palate.

MealEndersGeneral Feelings About the Product

The Bad:
I do not like some of the ingredients in the MealEnders. From palm kernel oil and partially hydrogenated palm oils to soy lecithin, corn syrup and “artificial flavors”, I feel like these ingredient inclusions are way off track for a product that is geared towards making healthier eating choices. I would hope that the developers would consider other ingredients with less stigma attached – perhaps coconut or other oils, sugar, honey or a similar sweetener in lieu of corn syrup, etc. Granted, the quantities consumed are relatively meager, I still think their inclusion will turn many people looking to make healthier changes away from these products.

I think the lozenges could be at risk for having the coating melt. The bag says to protect from heat, but I’d be inclined to keep a handful of these in my purse and I’m not sure they would fair well in the summer months.

Calories could add up/be high if you eat a few per day. Each lozenge clocks in at 15 calories. That’s 45 extra per day if you eat 3.

The price is pretty high for these. The MealEnders website sells single bags starting at $14.95.

The Good:
That hint of something sweet along with the stimulating, palate-cleansing feeling really is a great way to end a meal.

I definitely experienced a palate-cleansing feeling after lozenge consumption.

The flavors are pretty unique and the coating and hard lozenge flavors are a fairly nice compliment to each other in most of the flavors. I most enjoyed the chocolate mint because I think the minty sensation I got from the lozenges best fit with that flavor profile.

Overall Impression

I think the MealEnders concept is totally fantastic, but I am not 100% sold. The price alone makes me wonder if they are really worth it. Would it be possible to get a similar palate clearing, meal-ending signal by sucking on a Breath Saver? Maybe, maybe not. I definitely think there could be a bit of psychology at play in telling yourself that this particular item is special above other options. I’ll keep testing these out and see if they help me bring my eating to a halt.

Giveaway!

Do you want to try MealEnders for yourself? The company has generously offered to send one reader 4 packs (one of each flavor) to sample. Enter the giveaway here:

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Good luck! Winner to be notified on 3/14/15. You will need to supply your shipping address if you win so MealEnders can send you your prize.

If you want to try winning even more cool prizes check out the Wednesday #Giveaway Roundup from  Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds to #WinAllThePrizes  🙂

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About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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And the Winner for January is…..

   

A big thank you to everyone who entered the $25 gift certificate giveaway for January.

       

The winner this month is Donna A.! Donna, I have sent you an email with your gift certificate attached.

Check back next month for the November raffle giveaway. If you need personal training in the Kansas City metro or virtually, this is a great chance to get started with a discount.

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