Soup mix, delicious crunchy cereal that won’t kill the calorie bank, a healthy butter replacement, ready made muffin tops, a yummy heat and eat Mexican entrée are just a few of the food finds I have to share today. I had double the amount of products that I wanted to post about so it was a tough decision which ones to go with first. I can’t wait for you to see the new smoothie container I found!
This soup mix is available in most grocery stores in my area and can be found in the Asian food aisle. If you add a few fresh veggies like shredded carrots, cabbage, spinach or kale, bean sprouts, cilantro or basil and some shredded chicken you can make a decent quick soup. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and you are good to go.
It is a little high in sodium but then most pre-packaged products like this usually are.
We are big fans of Nature’s Path cereals. They are hearty, wholesome, low fat, low sugar and most of all delicious.
I don’t eat cold cereal with milk very often but Hubby Tom does and this is one of his favorites. I sometimes like to sprinkle a little cereal on my fruit and yogurt bowl for some added crunch and this works nicely. A couple weeks ago I shared about Heritage Flakes made by the same company. These are sold in many regular grocery stores, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and health food stores.
I see this spread in all the grocery stores where I live. The entire family will eat this without complaint.
Years ago I use to order these and have them shipped overnight – until it got way too costly to do so. After experimenting with a few recipes I started making my own Banana Nut MuffinTops which are a nice substitute even if I do say so myself.
Now Target carries these in the freezer section! Every once in a while they go on sale and I get a couple boxes to put in my freezer. Pop one in the microwave or the toaster to heat it up and it’s delicious with a cup of hot tea. It tastes like homemade but without any work on my part. They also carry the chocolate Vitatop. The cranbran is my favorite. I have read that some Costco’s carry Vitatops but mine doesn’t, boo-hoo I wish they did.
The name of this cracked me up. I don’t intend to fill mine up with soda pop or moonshine! On the back of the box it says “Perfect for sippin’ when yer road-trippin”! Made in the USA this holds a whopping 32 ounces.
This Ball jar with a modified lid - it has a rubber gasket on top to prevent leakage (reusable straw included) will make the perfect vessel for smoothies or good ole water. I like the country charm. Now Hubby Tom wants me to go get him one. I found this at a Hallmark store of all places for $9.99. I saw that they are available on Amazon as well as other on line vendors.
It was close to lunch time when I was shopping at Trader Joe’s so I browsed the frozen food section in search of something easy to heat and eat once I arrived back home. That is when I spied this Black Bean & Corn Enchilada dish that I use to have at least once a week until I got burned out on it!
It was so good, just the right amount of spicy going on and so filling. A little low-fat sour cream is all I added and it filled me up for hours! I use to put it on a bed of chopped romaine lettuce but I forgot to buy romaine yesterday so I had it solo. Thank goodness I bought an extra for the freezer. Note that the nutritional information is for one enchilada – who is going to eat only one? Really?
When the Trader Joe’s clerk saw my total purchase amount he rang the Trader Joe’s bell and all the other workers stopped what they were doing and clapped and hollered! I had no idea what was going on (I’m sure I turned several shades of pink) until he told me it was my lucky day as I was being gifted the shopping bag you see here! He said it’s a new promotion they have for every customer purchase that totals as an even dollar amount (no cents) they gift you a Trader Joe’s shopping bag. Yeah for me! I needed it too as I only had two bags with me but needed a third!
Disclaimer – All Food Finds were items that were purchased with my own money.
For the past 7 weeks I have had to impose on others to get around town but not anymore! It was a wonderful sense of freedom to get in the car yesterday and drive myself. Woo-hoo! First off was the imaging center to get foot x-rays for my upcoming appointment with the surgeon later this week. After that I did a little shopping! It was my first solo shopping excursion post foot surgery and I felt so grown up! The sun was shining and it was the perfect day to be out and about.
I logged over 5000 steps yesterday! In the morning I did my own version of “exercise” by taking laps around the downstairs floor and each time I entered the entryway I walked up the 17 steps to the second floor and back down! This was all done at a slow pace but, it was steps and they all add up. I also did a short sitting down session of upper body work with light hand weights. Later this week I will find out when I can resume walking on the treadmill or my outdoors route! Wish me luck.
I am happy to report that last weeks mini goals were mostly met!
1. Cook two new healthy recipes that I bought ingredients for. (We need some new eats – one is a breakfast recipe)
I cooked three new recipes.
2. Spend more time on my feet and less time sitting. (As my foot allows of course)
According to my fitbit one I am doing well! Each higher step day is usually followed by fewer steps the next day as I seem to need a little bit of a recovery as far as foot swelling and discomfort go. After a day of recovery I am able to be more active so it is a work in progress.
3. Take my vitamins everyday.
I only missed one day. I have no idea how that happened but the next day the previous days pills were still in my box.
4. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. (It’s so much more difficult to do this during the winter months)
The first few days were a challenge and I had to make myself drink the water but once I got use to drinking lots of water again it got easier. Now I seem to need the extra water.
I didn’t make any new goals this week. I’m just going to continue to do well with last weeks goals minus the new recipes. I have a lot going on this week and don’t know how much creative cooking time there will be.
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Do you use reusable shopping bags?
Have you tried any of these products?
I try to remember to take my bags in with me but sometimes I forget.