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Healthy Halloween Giveaway WINNER!!!!

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner.  I was having some technical difficulties with the internet off and on all weekend.

So without further ado

AND THE WINNER IS………

LAURA @ Fit Running Mama

She has an amazing blog….trust me!  Go check it out!  You won’t be disappointed 🙂

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Healthy Twist on Halloween + Giveaway!

Oh Halloween treats…oh how you tempt me with your yummy goodness and your sticky sweetness!!  Why?!  Why do you do it??!!

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Does the thought of this holiday make you feel the same way?  Halloween has been and probably always will be, a huge battle I fight against each year.  I LOVE CANDY AND SWEETS!!….and I’m not afraid to admit it! 🙂

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I’m also not afraid to admit that I rummage through the kiddos candy piles after they fall asleep on Halloween night…Hey…don’t judge 🙂

However, this fun holiday doesn’t always have to be unhealthy.  There are so many options out there for making healthier choices on the Halloween treats that you make.

Yummy goodness + healthy choices = A happy girl!

A few months ago, I did a review for Kretschmer Wheat Germ!  This little nutrient-rich powerhouse has truly become a staple in my household and I use it almost daily in my smoothies as well as a breading for chicken, fish, etc.  I love this product!!!!!

So without further ado, I’m very excited to share these new recipes with you that will make some yummy Halloween treats that won’t make you feel completely guilty 🙂  **Recipes courtesy of Kretschmer Wheat Germ

Caramel Apples with Wheat Germ

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  • Use the handy caramel apple kit found in the produce department, near the (you guessed it) apples. It is microwavable and heats up to just the right consistency (apple sticks are included).
  • Then mix about 1/4 cup wheat germ (Kretschmer Original or Honey Crunch) with about 1/2 cup finely crumbled chocolate-toffee pieces for six apples.
  • As soon as you’ve swirled the apples coat them immediately with the wheat germ-chocolate toffee bar mixture. Let the apples cool for about an hour.
  • While still a definite indulgence, these sprinkled caramel apples taste incredible and the crumbly topping provides a welcome layer of goodness.

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Wheat Germ 

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  • 8 ounces good quality bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ (or Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ)
  • Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  • Place chopped chocolate in medium bowl.
  • Heat cream to gentle boil in small heavy-duty saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Stir until mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted. Refrigerate 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to form into balls.
  • Using very small ice cream scoop or melon baller, drop rounds of chocolate onto cookie sheet. Shape or roll into balls; coat with wheat germ. (Note: If chocolate becomes too soft to shape, return it to refrigerator until it is cold enough to manage.)
  • Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Remove at least 15 minutes before serving to bring to room temperature.

Do those sound amazing or what?!  I see some yummy cooking AND eating in my near future!

Kretschmer would like one of you lucky readers to receive a full size jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ.  Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment telling me which recipe you would make with your prize.  Listed below are other optional additional entries.  *****Please leave a separate comment for any optional entry.

This giveaway will be open until Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 10:00 pm (CST).  The giveaway winner will be selected at random and announced on Saturday, October 26th.  You will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected. Open to US residents only.

Review: Kretschmer Wheat Germ (The Original Super-Food)

 

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I was approached by Kretschmer Wheat Germ to review their product and to offer some free product to one of my readers!  The lovely Sue T. was the winner of the raffle that I had and I hope she enjoys her wheat germ as much as I have!

First…let me tell you a little bit about the product!  Kretschmer Wheat Germ has been around since 1936.  That was when Charles Kretschmer of Carrollton, Michigan developed and sold the first toasted wheat germ.  Even though wheat germ has been getting a lot of attention lately, it is still considered “the best kept secret” among us fitness/health nuts!

According to the Kretschmer website, wheat germ is “packed with nutrients, protein and fiber” and “is making headlines as one of healthiest foods on the planet”.   That is pretty cool since it tastes soooo amazing! It’s yummy with a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. It’s a great day when the healthy food you choose to eat also tastes good 🙂

What is wheat germ exactly?

Well, it’s is the part of the wheat that sprouts and grows into a new plant.  It is actually the most vitamin and mineral right part of the whole wheat kernel but is left out when wheat is processed into white flour. Crazy huh? Removing the healthiest part?

So what makes wheat germ so healthy?

Not only is it only 50 calories per serving (2-tbsp serving), but is also packed with loads of nutrients such as:

  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • Magnesium
  • Thiamin
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc
  • And for an added bonus….wheat germ is also high in fiber, in non-animal protein, only contains heart healthy polyunsaturated fat and contains NO sodium!!!

Kretschmer carries three different kinds of wheat germ…they include:

  • Original Toasted Wheat Germ
  • Honey Crunch Wheat Germ
  • Toasted Wheat Bran

I chose to get the Original Toasted Wheat Germ to try mostly because I wanted to be able to use it in a variety of different ways and didn’t want any extra added sweetness that the Honey Crunch has.  I browsed around the Kretschmer website and found tons of recipes that I’m for sure going to try.  Such as:

So far, I’ve added the amazing treat to tons of things!  My smoothies…mixed with almond butter….on my salads….over my fresh fruit….in my Overnight Oats and so on!  Here are a few pics!

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I also tried the Double Berry Banana Smoothie (I did tweak it a little to suit my dairy-free life…I used Silk Vanilla Almond Milk instead of low-fat yogurt) but it turned out amazing and very filling!  I definitely recommend trying this one!!    **I totally forgot to take a picture but here is one from the website 🙂

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So there it is!  What an amazing product!!  I for sure recommend trying it out (unless you are gluten-free)…there is just too many benefits and different options for trying it to not try it!  Plus it’s great for all types of people….athletes, children, dieters, health-conscious eaters, Pregnant women, seniors….everyone!!!

Not sure where to find it?  Go here and put in your zip code and it will show you the way 🙂

PLEASE NOTE:  Kretschmer provided me with the products for review purposes only.  All opinions are my own.

Kretschmer Wheat Germ Winner!!!

Just wanted to post the winner of the Kreschmer Wheat Germ!! Will be posting my review a little later today….so watch for it 🙂

And the winner is…               results powered by Random.org

Entry #22 Sue T.
Winner has been contact 🙂
Thank you everyone who joined and spread the word about my giveaway!  It is always greatly appreciated!

Memorial Weekend: Injinji, Sweat Pink, Fossils & More

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to all our servicemen, past and present. Your dedication and sacrifice are greatly appreciated.

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** NOTE:  I totally had this whole post typed up and then something horrible happened….my computer went on the fritz and I lost everything…even the draft that I had saved…grrrrr…Instead of retyping it right then and there…I pouted a little and then decided to just retype it out today! One day late is better than not at all…right?! 

Our weekend started off with some last-minute BBQ plans at one of our friends’ garage. My daughter was with her dad this weekend so the hubby and I just hung out at the garage and let our son run crazy for the evening. He absolutely loves it there as he can play in the dirt with his monster trucks, chase Max (the dog) around, play on the crawlin’ rigs like he is driving them. We even caught him working on one of the Jeeps out there…What a great helper!

20130524_213500Saturday was spent lounging in bed late and then lunch with my two favorite men (hubby & son) From there, we headed home so that I could sneak a run in. Decided to take a different route this time and am now pretty sure that it is my favorite route. On this run, I decided to try out the Injinji socks that I received in my RunnerBox. I will just say, that I truly didn’t know about these socks because they are “toe socks”….and I’m in no way a fan of the “toe sock”. They drive me nuts usually. I tried them any way though, because they are supposed to help with blisters (which I get all the time).

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I want to go on record now by saying that I’m a true fan of the Injinji socks!! They felt amazing!! Once I had my shoes on, they felt no different from any other socks. They are super comfy and super thin….like wearing nothing at all! Will for sure be purchasing more of these bad boys! I also had on my new and AWESOME Sweat Pink laces!! They are super cute and of course love that they match my shoes! And I must say, that the combination of those socks and those laces must have made me feet magic because I ended up getting a PR on a 5K during this run! Jackpot!!!

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Sunday, found us at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area where some of my hubbys’ friends were having an RC Car Competition near Lake 35. There are lots of rocks and beautiful scenery so my son and I set off to do a little exploring.

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We ended up finding some amazing fossils (Man….I want to be an archeologist so bad when I grow up). These fossils were awesome to see…I just wish I knew what it was. I know some of them are probably from fish but I’m not sure that they even exist anymore….the area we found them was originally covered by tons of rock that was blasted out when the lakes were made. Check them out!

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Kaleb conned his dad into letting him play with the RC Car for a little bit and had the best time! He had the hardest time though staying out of the water and eventually took a slide down an area causing him to be soaked…didn’t even faze him…he just kept on going! Thankfully, it was super warm and he dried pretty quickly…he was only left with a huge mud mark on his britches.

IMG_20130527_025439The rest of the beautiful day we had, was spent playing at the park. We did some climbing on the “spider web”, some climbing on the rock wall, a little see-saw action and of course some walking with our dog Franklin. Ended up staying there until dark…we were all exhausted for sure!

On Monday, we spent the day trying to keep dry mostly. My husband has a Suzuki Samauri and he insists on taking the doors off every chance he gets. I told him it was supposed to rain, he said 20% chance. We decided to head to one of my Top 10 places to eat….Qdoba…where I ordered their amazing Chicken Mango Salad. We sit down to eat and then the downpour started….I just looked at my husband and said, “Well, we can take our time eating!” Thankfully the rain didn’t last long and MY seat didn’t get too wet…I can’t say the same for the hubby’s 😉 After lunch, we headed to a car show! We go to these any chance we can and this one turned out to be pretty cool! Saw some pretty neat cars and they also had tons of antiques to look at, which I love! Here is a little of what he found…

 

And you can’t forget the amazing snow cone I got (Tiger’s Blood and Pina Colada)!!! Yummy!!!

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After that, we just headed home and hung around the house for the rest of the evening because of the off and on raining all day. It did finally stop raining that evening in enough time to let me get my run in! I decided to participate in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak which is where From Memorial Day to Independence Day, you run at least one mile, every day.

So that’s that for the weekend! It was fun-filled for sure….not set in stone plans….just doing what we wanted to do whenever we wanted! Just the way I like my weekends!

Questions of the day…..

Are you participating in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak?

Snow cones….Love or Hate?

**Don’t forget to come check out my giveaway at http://wp.me/p3mIIz-4Q (Only 3 Days left!)

1st Ever Giveaway :) Kretschmer Wheat Germ

Don’t forget to come check out my first ever giveaway!!! I’m so excited to offer this product to you! Yummy!!  See link below!!

Kretschmer Wheat Germ Giveaway!!!

Crazy Weekend & Giveaway Sneak Peak

Sorry that I’ve been MIA for a few days but it’s been super crazy at work and by the time I’ve gotten home and done my run/workout, all I have wanted to do is hang with the family and go to bed.  So this might be a long blog post 🙂

***Scroll to the bottom for my 1st ever GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

First off, let me tell you all about my crazy weekend!  I spent this past weekend doing my hubby’s favorite past time….Wheelin’!  Now some of you may be asking what the heck that is….well, it’s a bunch of crazy awesome friends that love to take their jeeps, trucks, etc out to the middle of nowhere and drive around on huge rocks 🙂  Sound fun?!  Actually, it is always a blast!!  This week we went to Washita Off-Road Park in Farmington, Missouri.  You can take the trails all the way up the mountain there and take in the breath-taking view from the top of Bald Knob (we didn’t make it to the top this time…more why in a bit…but here is an older pic from a different time we went so you can see what I’m talking about.  That is my hubby and his Suzuki Samauri with the view in the background)

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It was, as usual, gorgeous!  We ended up with amazing weather (wheelin’ in the rain is not nearly as fun…that is what happened a few weeks ago).  We were almost to the top and things were going great until our friend’s rig broke.  A major break….like the wheel hanging on by a thread broke.  So even though we hadn’t gotten to the topo yet, we had to start the process of dragging him back down….and then the guy pulling him down the mountain lost his whole tire (picture below of our friend with said tire).  Flew right off…but you don’t need a pesky tire….Right?!…so he pulled him down the rest of the way on just his wheel….crazy!!!   Here are some pics to explain it all a little better 🙂

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And this is me and the hubby….

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Needless to say…we did make it back to the campground alive!  Some of the rigs, however, had seen better days!

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Once there, we started packing up to head home.  Hubby and I were pretty happy that we had nothing break on ours….we were smooth sailing until…..

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After much ado, (realizing we had no jack nor the tool to take the lug nuts off…our friends came to the rescue of course) and we made it home…a few hours later than we planned but home nonetheless!  All in all, it was a great trip with amazing and awesome friends.  Enjoyed the sun, enjoyed the company, and even did a little hiking and climbing on all the big rocks.  Me doing calf-raises anytime we got out to watch turned into a big joke with one of our friends…but hey!!  You gotta sneak in the workouts when you can 😉

So that was my crazy but fun-filled weekend!

Now!!  On to the Giveaway Sneak Peak!!!

A few weeks ago, the folks at Kretschmer, approached me about doing a review for them and to offer one of my lucky readers a chance to get a full-size Kretschmer Wheat Germ product!!!  Yummy!!  I’ve been trying mine out this week and will post my review and some recipes in the coming week….but in the mean time…go to my Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win this giveaway 🙂  Just don’t forget to leave a comments if needed 🙂