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The Best Things to Do In Prague

Prague was absolutely incredible. I have seen pictures of this dreamy little place for so long, and I’ve always wanted to go there. However, I really had no idea what to expect when we got there. It was absolutely beautiful. I thought it was so quaint, and the most amazing mix of old and new…and by old I mean REALLY old.
The first thing we did in Prague was the Rick Steve’s walking tour. As cheesy as this may seem, it was actually an awesome way to see the city. I think I wouldn’t have known exactly where to start otherwise. It’s free to download his app, and tours. He does a great job of guiding you through the city. You end up hitting a lot of the things that were on my list to see. I would totally recommend downloading this if you are ever in Prague. It was super interesting, and very easy to follow. Almost everything in Prague is within walking distance, which makes it really easy to see. Plan on walking a lot.
Things to see:
Wenceslas Square – This is what they consider “new town,” in Prague. You can stand at the top of the square and look down all the busy street. This square leads down to some other streets filled with awesome shopping, restaurants, & the rest of the newer part of Prague.
Old Town Square – This was one of my favorite spots. Here you have buildings from centuries ago, colored housing that makes a beautiful backdrop. There are street vendors, performers, places to eat, and lots of historical things to see.
Anatomical Clock – This clock is located in the middle of old town square. It was made in the 1400’s, and is pretty darling. Wait around to see it strike on the hour. Go up in the clock tower! It’s super cheap to do so, and the view is absolutely amazing. So worth it!
Church of our Lady before Tin – We didn’t go in here, but you can see it from the Old Town Square. It’s a really pretty church. 
Powder Tower – You can actually go up in this tower as well, but we didn’t do so. This building sticks right out, an extremely old building among the new.
The Franciscan Garden – This quaint little garden would be an amazing little spot to sit, and enjoy some gelato or a drink. It was raining when we were there, so we didn’t spend much time there. But, i can imagine on a pleasant day it would be a great place to hang out!
Municipal House – You can walk in here, and look around. It’s a really pretty building. They also have concerts, ballets, operas, etc. here at night if you are looking for something to do!
Karlova Street – This street is full of street venders, and lots of food. It’s fun to see all of the people wandering though. This will also lead you to the Charles bridge if you follow it!
Charles Bridge – This bridge is amazing. We ended up walking over it a few times, and I loved it every time. One of the statues has a dog at the bottom, and they say if you rub it, it is good luck. 
Petrin Tower & Petrin Hill – The hike up to the Petrin tower is a steep one. They have a tram that goes up there as well, but we walked it. Once you get up to the tower, climbing the spiral steps to the top gives you an insane view of all of Prague. It’s gorgeous. Worthy every step. There is another funny little building at the top of Petrin Hill with a mirror maze in it. It’s only a couple dollars to go in, and it’s pretty funny.
Prague Castle/St Vitus Cathedral – It’s a hike to get to the top of the castle, but it’s amazing. The cathedral inside the castle is a gothic building with surrounding stained glass windows that are breath taking. Parts of the castle that are still there date back to midevil times, which blows my mind. Starbucks at the Prague Castle – While you are up at the Prague castle, best sure to stop by the lookout from the Starbucks on the cliff. It’s another uninterrupted, breathtaking view that I couldn’t get enough of.
Mala Strana & the Lennon Wall – Mala Strana is the neighborhood on the same side of the Charles Bridge as the Prague Castle, & the Petrin Tower. The Lennon was is a fun picture spot!
Things to eat:
Trdelniks – These are absolutely everywhere. It’s basically cinnamon sugar swirled bread made into a hollowed out roll. You can get them lined with nutella, filled with whipped cream, custard, or ice cream. I’d just be sure that wherever you are buying them from is making them fresh! We tried one just hot with nutella, and it was delicious. My VERY favorite was the one I had lined with nutella, & filled with chocolate soft serve ice cream. If you don’t try these while you are in Prague, you’re CRAZY.
Neb.o – We actually ate here twice. It’s a Thai restaurant that was right by where we were staying, and Whit LOVED it. We tried the pho, pad thai, spring rolls, & fresh rolls. All were delicious, and super fresh!
Paul’s – This was a chain they had in Paris, and after we just come from there we were still looking for chocolate croissants that might be worth our time. We ended up eating breakfast here, and it was good!
Captain Candy – I have a weird obsession with candy shops. So, when we saw these everywhere we had to stop in. They have all sorts of Haribo goodies that were delicious.
Some other suggestions that people gave me that we never made it to were Pekarna Kabat for kolaces, Cafe Louvre, Pernickuv (a bakery for kolace & gingerbread), Mama Coffee, & Pizzeria Manna.
Prague was such an awesome city. I think the best thing to do there is to just planning on walking all over, and try to take as much of it in as  you can!

The Best Things to See and Eat in Paris … or At Least Just All The Things I Loved :)

We started out our European adventure in Paris, which was beyond all expectations I had for it. After flying for about 15 plus hours, through the night, and feeling a little ragged…the jet lag was real. BUT, everyone I talked to told me it was best to just stay up and soldier through until it was night there, so that is just what we did. I for sure think that it helped us to get adjusted.
We ended up staying in an AirBNB in Le Marais, which we learned later is considered one of the quarters where the fashion/art students live. It has such a cool vibe, and it felt really safe. It just so happened that this tiny bakery was right next to where we were staying. I’d had a lot of people tell me to try the almond croissants while we were there, and to try and find the chocolate ones if possible. We decided to wander into this little bakery, unaware at that point that there are bakeries on every single corner. I saw that they had the almond croissants, but had already sold out of the chocolate ones. We decided to split one, just to see if it was good. It is probably in the list of top 10 best things I’ve ever had. We devoured it, and ended up going to back to this bakery every single day we had in paris. The next morning i tried the chocolate croissant for breakfast, and it blew my mind. The name of the bakery is Willy’s Boulangerie. The croissants are called “ Pains chocolate amandes.” Get them.
Let me just say that we made it a point to try a lot of different pastries while we were there, and nothing could beat the croissants from Willy’s.
That night, despite our jet lag, we had planned to do a night bike tour of Paris. This is another thing I’d %100 recommend. It was so helpful doing it the first day because we got to see a lot of the major landmarks up close, we were able to experience some of the city, the night tour made a stop at Berthillion’s Ice Cream (amazing), and you end on a boat cruise down the Seine. It’s pretty dreamy.
On the bike tour we saw the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, the love lock bridge (although there are no longer locks on it), we rode past Saint Chappelle, past the ferris wheel, and by a lot of other museums and buildings I can’t remember now…My family told me this was a MUST, and I was so glad we listened. Do it. We did it through Fat Tire Tours, & I’d highly recommend them. We met some others who had done their daytime bike tours, and they said they were awesome as well, so I’d highly recommend them!
The next day we took the train to Versailles. This was probably one of my favorite things we did in Paris. Versailles is HUGE. If you are planning on going there, plan on spending at least half a day there. It is amazing. Explore the palace, because it’s gorgeous. The hall of mirrors is unreal. Whatever you do, do NOT skip the gardens. Marie Antoinette’s gardens were the best part of the grounds.
They have a Lauderee’s on the grounds of Versaille, as well as an Angelina’s. We got some macaroons at Lauderee’s, which were delicious! The shop itself is so darling. We were planning on going to Angelina’s for dinner, but it closes early there, so be aware of that if you have the same plan. We didn’t ever make it to Angelina’s, but if you do, I hear the hot chocolate is out of this world.
Also, if you are interested in seeing the Paris Temple, know that it is right by Versailles. So, see it while you’re there!
Just another note, if you want some delicious macaroons, but don’t want to pay the price they are at Lauderee’s, they have some amazing macaroons at all of the McDonalds in Paris. I know that sounds weird, but they are pretty bomb.
Some other places we hit while we were in Paris…
Sainte Chapelle – This was probably  one of my favorite buildings we saw the entire trip. This is a quick stop, and is worth every minute. The stained glass windows are out of this world. It’s beautiful.
The Louvre – We actually just saw this from the outside, & didn’t end up going in. We rode our bikes around it at night, and it was delightful. Even if you aren’t going to go in and see the artwork, go walk around outside. It’s stunning.
Arc De Triomphe – Climb up into it. Worth it. The view from the top of the Arc is so amazing. You have a 360 view of all of Paris. It’s pretty legit. 
Notre Dame – We didn’t actually end up going in to Notre Dame because the line was insanely long, but walking around the grounds was amazing. It’s such a beautiful building! Something you for sure have to see.
Shakespeare & Company Bookstore – This book store is absolutely the cutest thing ever. If you purchase a book, they will stamp it saying you bought it there. It’s right next to Notre Dame, so stop in if you are close!
Sacre Coeur – Getting here is about a 25-30 min ride on the metro because it is on the edge of the city, but it was the most incredible view of paris. The basillica itself is incredible to look at, but you are at the top of the hill in Paris, and can see over everything. It’s breath taking. It’s an awesome place to sit, and chill on the steps and take it all in. SO worth going here. I’d totally recommend it.
The Catacombs – I didn’t really know what to expect with the catacombs, but it was really cool. You get to walk the tunnels of Paris underground, which is lined with the bones of over 6 million bodies that died during the time of the plague, & the french revolution. It’s pretty cool!
Disneyland Paris – We actually didn’t plan on going here initially, but because we had a change in our plans we decided to do so. It was super fun. It is definitely different from Disneyland in America. It’s smaller. BUT, it’s still fun! It’s cheaper to get into, and they have two parks you can go to. They have some rides that are different than the ones in America. If you have spare time in Paris, it is a really fun place to see. However, if you are trying to hit as much as you can in a little bit of time, I wouldn’t put this at the top of your priority list. Also, one thing I LOVE about Disneyland/Disneyworld is the food experience. I think that is part of what makes it so fun & magical. The ice cream, the special mickey treats, etc. This is not a big thing at Disneyland in Paris. The food options are actually pretty slim, and not that great. You may want to bring some of your own food, or buy some baguettes & crepes before you go to take in with you.
Food…
Crepe a Ding – There are a million places to get crepes in Paris, and I’m sure a lot of them are the same. We had a lot that were so-so. However, this place was BOMB. The owner is super fun. If you can beat him in connect 4, you get your food for free. If you don’t, you get your picture taken for the, “wall of losers.” There are all sorts of different combos. I had the banana nutella crepe, because it’s my favorite. Whit got one that had white chocolate, pears, raspberries, and speculous. It’s a super fun, hip place. They serve the crepes HOT and fresh. So good.
Ober Mama – This was an AMAZING italian restaurant. When we ate there we actually saw that there are 4 connecting restaurants all over Paris, so you may want to look that up as well. It took us two tries to get in here because it fills up QUICK. We got there right when it opened, and got in. I think they may have taken reservations. The pizza there was awesome, the salad I had was delicious, & the desserts all looked unreal.
Au Petit Grec – This would be the other crepe place that I’d ABSOLUTELY tell you to go to. We stood in line for an hour here. It’s a tiny little place that you order and take away, or eat at their little bar stools. If you go here, I’d recommend getting both a savory, & a sweet crepe. The savory crepes have meat/cheese/egg/veggies. The sweet ones were pretty normal as far as what goes in them, but they were so good. I think if you go here a bit earlier the line isn’t quite so long.
Willy’s Boulangerie – I already mentioned this place, but go here. Just do it for me. 
Gaston’s – This was Whitney’s favorite place we ate. She ordered the Croque Monsier, which is a typical french meal. It’s like a ham & cheese panini. She had hers with an egg on top, and she also loved their hot chocolate. I had french onion soup there, which was good. This place is right by Notre Dame as well.
La Brioche Doree – I actually saw these around Paris, but didn’t eat here until we were leaving the Paris airport. They have a selection of baguettes stuffed with different things, and then they pop them into the oven to make it into warm/melty goodness when you order it. I had a sandwich with ciabatta, tomato, mozzarella, & basil. It was out of this world. I don’t know why I thought it was so good…but it was SO GOOD. So, If you are looking for a quick bite in paris that isn’t as expensive, stop at one of these spots. Whitney also had an eclair from here that she loved.
Paul’s – I had a lot of people tell me to try stuff from Paul’s. It’s a bakery chain that they have everywhere. I wasn’t a huge fan of everything I tried. I think my chocolate croissant from Willy’s was just hard to beat. 😉
Berthillions – I mentioned this was on our bike tour. The ice cream here is amazing!! I had the chocolate and the salted caramel, and I loved both of them! The people with us said that this place claims to have the, “best ice cream in the world.” I don’t know if I’d go there…but, it was good!
I’m sure I am leaving out some details, but the truth is you really just can’t go wrong. Paris really is just so incredible. I can’t wait to go back!!

Make Your San Francisco Trip an Active & Healthy One!

When we ventured to San Francisco last weekend, I had NO idea how much I would fall in Love with this city. It is so incredible. We started out with a “to do” list, and I didn’t really know what we would actually get to see. However, we crushed our list..and then some. I have had several people ask me for the details of my trip, so I wanted to share what we did for those who are interested!

I really, really, really wanted to go to Alcatraz, and unfortunately, because we were going to be in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend, the tour tickets that were just to Alcatraz were sold out. HOWEVER, upon doing some research we figured out how to get tickets to Alcatraz when it’s sold out. There are quite a few 2nd party tours that will offer a tour of San Francisco, including Alcatraz in their entire package. We were hesitant to do one of these tours because…let’s get real…tours of any kind are usually a little bit cheesy. Let me just tell you I’ve completely changed my tune here. If you are looking to see a lot of the “touristy” San Francisco sites, DO THE TOUR, and do it the first day…and I’ll tell you why.

Parking in SF is nearly impossible, and it’s expensive. Our tour hit SO many awesome places that we wanted to see, and we didn’t have to find parking EVER. It was simply a matter of being dropped off and picked up. It was awesome. The tour we did is THIS ONE if you are interested in our exact plan, but there are quite a few. Here is how our itinerary went down for the weekend…

DAY 1:

  • San Francisco Day tour – We got to walk down Lombard Street, Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetvisit the cable car museum, FullSizeRenderwalk through China Town,
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    visit the Fortune Cookie Factory, Visit the Painted Ladies (Full House home), FullSizeRender 6Drive past the Mrs. Doubtfire house, Stop at the Grace Cathedral,FullSizeRender 2 drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, Stop on the other side for a picturesque view of the bridge, FullSizeRender 3stopped in Sausalito for lunch (We ate at a Mexican place called Copita that I would HIGHLY recommend.)  I ordered the Chicken Tinga. I’d eat it all over again right now if I could.FullSizeRender 2 copy

  • At this point our tour took a ferry ride back across the bay, which was so fun.FullSizeRender 5
  • We stopped at a frozen yogurt place in the Ferry Building called Humphry Slocombe which was BOMB.IMG_2906
  • We then walked to another Ferry to head to Alcatraz. GO TO ALCATRAZ. It was so fascinating. I absolutely loved it. We were there for a few hours. FullSizeRender 4You have the option of doing the audio tour that is included. Do it. It is so cool to hear all of the facts. We then took a ferry back.
  • We walked down to Fisherman’s wharf & saw the sea lions, which was super fun. We walked all around the shops, & had dinner at Boudin. We then walked back to catch our BART back to where we were staying. All in all we walked about 10 miles day 1.

DAY 2:

  • I woke up and ran along Ocean Beach. There is an AMAZING trail that runs right along the ocean.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIf you are a runner, or if you have any interest in an awesome view while you’re running, this is an AWESOME place to go. It’s a straight trail w/very few lights.
  • We then went and rented bikes to ride around the Bay.Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetTHIS IS A MUST. We got off our BART at Embarcadero, right by the ferry building and there was a bike rental place right there. Their info is HERE. They were super nice & easy to work with.
  • We biked from right by the ferry building all the way to Chrissy Field,Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetwhere we stopped and bought some waters & took some pictures. It is an AWESOME view of the bridge. We then continued across the bridge. At this point you can actually go down into Sausalito, & then take the ferry back if you’d like. However, since we’d already done that, we decided to turn around and bike back & have lunch in San Francisco. I’ll be honest there are some HILLS along this little adventure. It was a pretty good workout. We ended up biking around 16 miles. I loved it! 🙂
  • We ate lunch at a little cafe right by Ghirardelli Square called The Black Point Cafe. I really liked it!Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI got their “seasonal” salad w/chicken. We then biked back to the Embarcadero station, & returned our bikes.
  • Next we headed to Oakland to go to an A’s game which was so fun!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe weather was perfect, and they had a fireworks show after the game, so everyone was able to go down on the field to watch it. Worth it.

DAY 3:

  • We trekked out to Muir Woods to start the day off. It was awesome. The parking here is a little crazy, but it’s worth it!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt is a great stop because you could go for 20/30 minutes and walk around and be done if you’d like, or you can take your time, enjoy some of the hikes, and make a day of it. We were there for a few hours because we chose to go on some of the hiking trails. There are trails for those who want a flat, less strenuous adventure, as well as the hiking trails that are more hilly.
  • We headed back toward San Fran after our adventure in the Muir Woods & Stopped in Sausalito at Cafe Tutti’s for lunch. I’ll be honest, this place wasn’t my favorite. Their ice cream actually looked decent, but  I would have rather gone back to Copita’s, or across the street to Lapperts, and just had some ice cream for lunch. 🙂
  • I knew what was coming next though, so I just waited until we got to the Bi-Rite Creamery. YES PLEASE. We waited about 30 minutes in line here for our ice cream, and it was SO worth it. It was seriously delicious. IMG_3207I went with a scoop of mint chocolate chip, and a scoop of cookies & cream. The cookies & cream was by far my favorite. I LOVED it! Everyone was really happy with this stop.
  • Next we went to another hot spot we had been told was a must stop, Bob’s Donuts. I am not much of a donut lover, but everyone that got some said they were delicious. They are open 24 hours, so this is an easy one to fit into your itinerary at any time. 🙂
  • I had a friend send me a post on the Seward Street Slides, and I was bound and determined to find them. These long cement slides are so much fun!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

    We found out after that people bring card board to slide down on to make them go faster, which is brilliant. These slides have weird hours, and close at sunset. I think they are also closed on Sunday & Monday if I remember correctly, but well worth a quick stop!

  • We went to find an incredible view of the bridge above Baker Beach next. This is another spot that is worth the stop if you are looking for a great view. There is a parking lot you can pull right into & go explore. IMG_3249It was gorgeous. Totally worth it.
  • We ended our last night watching the sun set on Baker Beach. IMG_3274It was the perfect end to a perfect trip. I LOVE San Francisco. I can’t wait to go back!

Crockpot Balsamic Chicken

I am always looking for healthy recipes that are quick, and tasty. This recipe was absolutely delicious, and I will for sure be making it again. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetCrockpot Balsamic Chicken  

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 4 fresh garlic gloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions: Pour one TBS of olive oil in the bottom of your crockpot. Add fresh minced garlic. Layer chicken breasts. Mix together dry spices, and pour of the chicken. Pour the balsamic over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours, or until chicken shreds easily. Serve over quinoa, brown rice, or atop a salad.

Serves 8

Healthy Disneyland Food: It’s Possible.

Disneyland is the best. It just is. The wonderful rides, the nostalgia, the scent of churros, the magic of it all, and every other amazing detail that makes Disneyland fantastic. I love it. It’s hard not to feel like a kid again when you are walking right down the middle of main street USA. munchercruncherdisney3I write all the time about moderation. I think that eating healthy the majority of the time and indulging in something you love every now and again is absolutely fine. However, most people live with the opposite mindset; eating whatever they want the majority of the time…occasionally dipping into the healthy stuff every now and again. I can promise you, if you want to see any type of progress in your health and weight loss you HAVE to consistently eat well. It is just the way it is.

With that being said, I thought I’d give you some tips on how to be healthy at the happiest place on earth.

1. Pack your own goods. If you are worried about finding healthy options that you will like in the park, or if you just want to save some cash on food…bring your own food! We brought a small cooler pack with our own lunch. I had turkey, hummus, and veggies. It was delicious. I also brought a Questbar, fruit, nuts, popcorn, and water to snack on throughout the day. munchercruncherdisneylandIf you don’t want to carry your cooler, put it in a locker outside the park. It’s like $7, and you won’t have to worry about lugging it around. I would also suggest Larabars, apples, bananas, nuts, dried fruit, turkey jerky, and cut up fresh veggies if you don’t want a cooler because they are easy to carry around.

2. Seek out the healthy restaurants. Believe it or not, there are actually some good finds in the park as far as eating is concerned. munchercruncherdisney2I had grilled chicken and veggie kebabs that were at the restaurant right across from the Indiana Jones ride. These were delicious, and moderately priced as well. Amanda found a similar option with Mediterranean skewers in California Adventure at the Paradise Garden Grill, located on Paradise Pier. Hers came with a cilantro sauce that looked divine.

3. Look for the healthy snack stands. There are kiosks all over Disneyland and California Adventure that offer snack sized fruit bowls, packs of nuts, pineapple spears, apples, bananas, hummus, cut up vegetables,  and vitamin waters. The key here is looking for these options. It is very easy to find yourself starving and reaching for the quickest, (and most heavenly smelling) option that is close by. Plan ahead. Set yourself up for success, not failure.

4. Choose your indulgences wisely. If there is something that you can’t live without at Disneyland, the dole whip, the churro, the chocolate dipped banana…whatever it may be…choose to make the majority of your day as healthy as you can and then enjoy every bite of that waffle cone. Instead of feeling sick after your day of fun, you’ll be proud of yourself for walking like a fool and practicing some self control. It will make your indulgences taste that much better!

Oh…and FYI: On average…Park Hoppers who spend the whole day at Disneyland walk between 15-20 miles, burning 180-350 calories per hour, depending on how much you are walking. THAT is awesome.

SkinnyPop Does It Again

I must say…of all of the healthy bagged popcorn options SkinnyPop is my favorite, and I have tried A LOT of them. It has flavor. It is light. It is all natural. It’s just pain delightful. Well, you can imagine my excitement when the fantastic people of SkinnyPop sent me three of their new flavors to try.  IMG_7375The new flavors are Black Pepper, Naturally Sweet, and Ultra Lite White Cheddar. All of these flavors are low in calories, and made up of all natural ingredients. IMG_7378The Black Pepper flavor has a light peppery kick to it that I loved. It gave it some flavor, and it was something different than the usual popcorn taste. I really liked it.   IMG_7382The Naturally Sweet flavor wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be like kettle corn, but it’s not. It is very lightly sweetened with cane juice. It has just a hint of sweetness, and unlike kettle corn, it only has one gram of sugar per serving. This stuff is TO DIE FOR. I liked it a LOT. IMG_7386I usually don’t love cheddar flavored popcorn, but this flavor of SkinnyPop made me think again. It’s lightly dusted with the white cheddar flavoring, staying true to it’s “Ultra Lite” claim. It was really flavorful, and I think it is an awesome snack option that people will LOVE.

SkinnyPop, you have seriously done it again…times three. My only qualm is that I have yet to find a place where I can purchase these incredible flavors around me! If you see them, try them! It is the best healthy snack. My only warning is that you may want to eat the whole bag in one sitting… 😉

Product Review: G2G Bars

There are some products I review that I think fall into the “good” category. I genuinely think they will be a healthy and tasty option for a lot of people. However, every now and then I review a product that I think is awesome. These G2G bars definitely fall into that category. There are a lot of reasons why I feel this way, and I’ll tell you why.   IMG_7361Most importantly, they are delicious. I refuse to eat anything protein bar-esque that is gross. It just isn’t worth it. I like my food to be enjoyable! These G2G bars are SO GOOD. The almond chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip flavors taste like a no-bake cookie to me, which happens to be one of my favorite treats.  IMG_7368On top of tasting delightful, these bars are completely natural. This is HUGE to me as well. I hate looking at nutrition facts, only to find that I have no idea what I’m actually eating. These bars are made up of whole ingredients like nuts, whole oats, fruit, flaxseed, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut oil. They contained no refined sugar, and are sweetened with honey, brown rice syrup, and coconut crystals. The protein in these bars is whey protein, which is a high quality, quick-digesting protein that is very beneficial to protein synthesis in muscle repair. IMG_7370The nutrition facts are fantastic.  Because of the calorie count, I think these bars make the PERFECT on-the-go breakfast. I think it is so important to start your day with a high-protien breakfast that will get your metabolism going. IMG_7371The flavors of these G2G bars are:

  • Almond Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Almond Fruit Nut
  • Peanut Fruit Nut.

I had some friends and coworkers try them out with me, and I think they agreed with me on the Almond Chocolate Chip being the favorite BUT they are ALL tasty. IMG_7372 These bars have no preservatives in them, which indicates how fresh and natural they are. Oh and a couple more awesome things…they are gluten free…AND they are manufactured in my home town. Yay for supporting local small businesses! If you want to get your hands on some of these delicious bars (and I promise you do) visit their website HERE. I have already recommended these to clients, friends, and family, and I will surely continue to do so!

Product Review: Riceworks Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps

I am always on the lookout for healthier snack options for my clients. I have a few clients who have to follow a gluten free diet, and finding healthier snacks that fit within their dietary needs can be even more difficult. While I am not usually one that seeks after processed foods, I think there are some healthy options out there that are made from highly nutritional sources. The people from Riceworks sent me these delicious brown rice crisps to try, and they definitely won me over! IMG_7362These tasty crisps are made from all natural ingredients, contain no preservatives or artificial flavors, are low in saturated fat, and are certified gluten free.IMG_7364The two flavors that were sent to me were the Sweet Chili and Sea Salt flavors. Both kinds were delicious on their own, but I also think the Sea Salt flavor is perfect to serve with my homemade hummus, fresh homemade salsa, or guacamole.  IMG_7365I would definitely recommend these brown rice crisps to anyone! They are the perfect healthy option to add to any get together family dinner, backyard BBQ, or pool party! Thanks to the people at Riceworks for letting me snack on this deliciousness!   IMG_7366 For those of you who have more in-depth questions about this product, click HERE to visit the Riceworks website.

Product Review: popchips

Let me just start by saying you HAVE to try these. You just have to. IMG_7112My guess is that you have seen these around. They are starting to POP up everywhere…no pun intended…kind of.  Next time you see them, you should absolutely grab a bag. Let me start by saying that I have never been a potato chips girl. Don’t get me wrong…I know there are plenty of tasty options of chips that are out there. However, for whatever reason, I’ve just never been one to buy a bag of chips to snack on. IMG_7115It isn’t because I don’t like them. It is because I know myself far too well. an open, portionless bag of chips is a bottomless pit of scary in my eyes. I am not good at determining how many chips I’ve had…or when enough is enough. SO, I just stay away. It’s better that way. However, the fabulous people over at popchips have changed my mind. What is a popchip you may ask? I certainly did. It is just that. A chip that is popped instead of fried. This is a quote straight from their site that helps give a bit more info, “popping is a way of making our naturally delicious chips. we start with the finest ingredients, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! it’s a chip. all that’s added is a flavorful blend of seasonings to create taste-bud popping flavors.”IMG_7118The nutrition stats on these tasty lil’ snacks are awesome. For 1 oz (about 23 chips) you are looking at about 120 calories, 4g of fat, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, and 2g of protein. These chips are not greasy. They are light, crispy, and full of flavor! I tried a variety of flavors from Thai Sweet Chili to Barbecue to Cheddar…just to name a few, and they were all SO good! I think the winner in my book is the Thai Sweet Chili. It is absolutely bursting with a unique flavor that I LOVE. IMG_7120 These are a great health snack option for everyone! Kids and adults alike will be in love with them. I even tried them out on my dad, who is a LOVER of chips. They passed with flying colors. In fact, I think he was surprised at how much he loved them. 😉

Very Pinteresting

I love Pinterest. Who doesn’t these days, right? It is such an awesome way to find new ideas for healthy recipes. I quite frequently will browse through my pins to try and shake up what I am eating. You can follow my Healthy Recipes board and my Paleo-rific  board to see what delicious ideas I’ve been pinning. Here are a few of the recipes I found today that I’m dying to try!

Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.23.00 PMSouthwestern Grilled Sweet Potato SaladScreen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.24.05 PM Avocado Egg SaladScreen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.26.19 PM Yummy Grilled Zucchini Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.26.37 PMMini Pepper Chicken Nachos Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.27.05 PMChicken with Garlic Balsalmic Tomatoes Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 5.27.44 PMand Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Butter Frosting