September 29, 2014

A New Me

Today's Menu

Breakfast- 2 Eggs over easy and corn beef hash

Dinner- Blue cheese wedge salad w/ bacon and BBQ ribs

Zevia Zero Calorie Soda Review

While I am not a big soda drinker I do occasionally crave a cola. Chris however, is a big soda drinker, but for the last few months he stopped drinking regular sugar soda because we both have been trying to make health changes. While cutting back on sugar he started drinking diet sodas which in my opinion are not any better because of the artificial sweeteners they contain. So I was pretty excited when Moms Meet sent me Zevia Zero Calorie Sodas to try.

Zevia is a natural soda that is sweetened with Stevia, Monk Fruit and Erythritol.

Stevia- This plant based sweetener, originally native to South America, has leaves 200x sweeter than sugar and no caloric value or effect on blood glucose levels! In fact, all of Zevia’s Stevia comes from 100% US crop!

Monk Fruit- A round, green fruit grown on lush vines in small farms in the sub-tropical climate of Asian hillsides. Harvested by hand to release its natural sweetness, Monk Fruit is 200 to 300 times sweetener than sugar but contains no calories or effect on blood glucose levels.

Erythritol-  A natural component of fruits, vegetables and grains, and is classified as a sugar alcohol, even though it is neither sugar nor alcohol. It is obtained through a natural fermentation process, much like that of yogurt and has absolutely no calories and a zero glycemic index.

Zevia comes in 15 different flavors and can be purchased in 12 oz. cans and glass bottles. I was sent all 15 flavors to try and when Chris saw the assortment above he was also excited. Zevia has both caffeine and caffeine free varieties to try. Flavors include; Black Cherry, Cherry Cola, Cola, Cola Caffeine Free, Cream Soda, Dr. Zevia, Ginger Ale, Ginger Root Beer, Grape, Grapefruit Citrus, Lemon Line Twist, Lime Cola, Mountain Zevia, Orange and Strawberry.

I really enjoyed the Cola flavor as well as the Lime Cola. Chris taste tested each flavor and his top picks are Black Cherry, Cream Soda and Grape. Penelope always asks for a sip of soda when she sees one of us drinking it but we rarely let her have any. I did feel okay about letting her try the caffeine free varieties of Zevia and she was in soda heaven.

If you are a soda drinker but are trying to make changes in your diet then I would recommend trying Zevia. Check out their store locator to find retail locations in your area that carry it. You can also print out a couple of coupons to save some money on your next purchase.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge Moms Meet. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. 

September 28, 2014

From a Six Year Old Artist's Point of View

In case you were wondering, this is what my family looks like...

A New Me- Killer Sandwich w/ Garlic Spread

Yesterday's Menu

Lunch- Killer Sandwich w/ Garlic Spread on Dave's Killer Thin Sliced 21 Whole Grains and Seeds bread.

Garden party!

Dinner- A couple of slices of frozen pizza

I had someone tell me that it looks like I am losing weight yesterday! Ego boost!

Killer Sandwich w/ Garlic Spread

Dave's Killer Thin Sliced 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Bread
Cheddar cheese
Tomato slice
Sliced black olives

Garlic Spread

1 cup of Mayonnaise
1 tbs. White balsamic vinegar
1 tbs. Dried Parsley
2 tsp. Garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate extra spread for future sandwiches.

Top bread w/ spread, mustard, lettuce, tomato, olives, turkey and cheese. Eat up!

Today's Menu

Breakfast- 2 Hard boiled eggs and 3 strips of bacon.

Lunch- Killer Sandwich w/ Garlic Spread

Dinner- Chicken Caesar salad

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September 27, 2014

Chicken Puff

What do you call a puffy quesadilla? A Puffy-dilla or a Chicken Puff

Chicken Puff

Uncooked flour tortillas
2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts boiled and shredded
1 Small tomato chopped
1 Serrano pepper chopped
3-4 Green onions chopped
1/2 Can of Extra large black olives sliced
Salt & Pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese
Oil for frying

First off, I discovered an easy way to shred hot chicken without playing hot potato with it. Is there nothing my KitchenAid can't do?!

Just put your chicken straight from the pot into your KitchenAid turn it on speed 2 and let it do it's magic. You will have perfectly shredded kitchen in about 30 seconds. Make sure you use the paddle attachment. (I don't think that's the correct name for it.)
Into the shredded chicken add the tomatoes, olives, peppers, and green onions and mix.

Season filling with salt & pepper. Take your raw flour tortillas ( I use the kind you buy at Costco) and slice in half. Fill the middle of one side with the chicken filling and some cheese. Fold over and wet the edges to stick together. Use a fork to also crimp the edges to keep the filling inside.

2 chicken breasts will make a ton of filling. You can make a bunch of these and freeze them or you can make just enough and use the leftover filling for enchiladas, tacos, or add some mayo to it and you will have a zesty chicken salad sandwich.

Now this is where a normal quesadilla becomes a puff. Apparently when you fry up a raw flour tortilla it will puff and be similar to fry bread, who knew?

Fill a frying pan with oil so that when you place one of these little filled goodies into it the oil covers them about halfway. Make sure your oil is hot but not to hot these will cook up really quick. Flip over once one side is brown, crispy, and puffy and cook the other side. Serve with sour cream.

September 24, 2014

A New Men

Today's Menu

Breakfast- Bowl of strawberries.

Lunch- Cheeseburger

Dinner- Chicken Caesar salad.

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