Tyra Is In Love With Food–September 2014

 

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As fall approaches Love With Food reminds us all that it’s time to Spice up our Lives  and our pantries with Septembers Deluxe Box

Excuse the bad acting and the extreme vocal fry…

Love With Food Cost: Tasting Box: $12/month / Deluxe Box: $19.95/month. Ships To: United States including its territories and APO/FPO/DPO Boxes.  I do have a Disclosure Policy But I do in fact pay for a Deluxe Box Every month (But if you want to send me a free box, I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to it)

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Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips20140916_093542 . The very first thing you see on the bag is “Sprouted” (it’s on the bag in three different locations) these chips are made with Organic Sprouted seeds and grains. I’m not going to lie Sweet Chili is not the first flavor that I run to (they come is 5 different varieties) . These chips have Flax, Chia, Quinoa, Radish and Broccoli in them, so they have a very whole grain flavor to them. The Sweet Chili flavor is not overwhelming, and it hits you at the back of you mouth… but it’s not too bad. According to the website they are higher in antioxidants and other vital nutrients than ordinary chips and high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids (420mg per serving). This product is available in 1.25oz. bags and 5.5oz. bags. This product is certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Vegan20140916_093444

Rich Chocolate Cookie Thins  These grab and go packs are only 90 calories each Each bag roughly weigh is an a tiny 0.53oz. It comes in 5 different flavors (I bet those zesty lemon ones are great!) BUT you can purchase them in a box of 18 from the LWF website or go directly to Mandy’s site and get a box of 36. 5 Thins are included in each package…so you’re sure to get your chocolate fix. What I like the this is something that I would keep in my bag or in my car to snack on when I am craving a snack. The chocolate flavor is not overwhelming and personally I tasted the sugar more than I tasted the chocolate. I was a little confused about why this product was added in a box, after looking at the ingredient list the only thing I saw was vanilla…. so there you go.

Lemon Rosemary Seasoning With Lemon, Rosemary, smoked Black Pepper. Garlic and Salt.  When I first say this I thought that this 20140916_093432would be fantastic on baked fish…. so this will defiantly be something that I will use… and I’ll make sure to use it during a “What I Ate Wednesday” ad I will properly review this product then. This is an Organic and Gluten Free Product.

 

 

 

Hemp Rules Roasted Hemp Seeds These certified organic hemp seeds are Verified Non –GMO and are high in protein and an20140916_093519 excellent source if nine amino acids. I tried the Caribbean Blend and my first thought when I opened the package is , “it seems like sunflower seeds”, I guess I was waiting to have experience, but to be honest it didn’t take much like any thing, even the Caribbean flavoring was a bit underwhelming. Because the hemp seeds were roasted they are sort of hallow so you get a nice pop when you bite into them. 1 serving (and entire package) is roughly 168 calories. The website said that you can add them to soups, salads, and yogurt…this is something that I would totally pass on. It’s something different to serve but the amount of fat (14g) is a lot The package is 1.10oz. as well as a 6oz bag.

 

Green Super Food I always see this products (and ones like it) all the time, and I never once thought to try it, but this is one of those 20140916_093507things that I can see myself using from time to time, especially on those days when I have to be somewhere early in the morning and a quick smoothie is the best option to have on the road. The Product is Organic, Vegan, Certified Non-GMO and comes in 9 flavors. The packet I received said original on the outer wrapping, but when I opened it I realized that it was actually chocolate. You can purchase this in a variety of ways from the 15 1 serving pouches all the way to 100 serving tubs. I will use this on a What I Ate Wednesday and mix it with a bit of Almond Milk and see how I like it … I guess it’ll be fancy Super Food chocolate milk. This is just another product where it’s placement in the box confuses me.

 

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5 Spice Caramels I get excited when candy is included in the boxes. Unfortunately this is not the case this month. I didn’t so much get the spices it was more salty that anything else, then there was the occasional crunch that complexly turned me off. The caramels have a hint of cinnamon, star anise anise seed (I guess that’s where the crunch came from), ginger, and clove. Although the websites said that the caramels they are topped with coarsely ground Himalayan Pink Sea Salt I didn’t physically see it that would account for the seriously extreme salty flavor. This limited edition flavor comes in a quarter pound box for a little bit under 10 bucks.

 

Maruso Ghost Soy Sauce  I love Soy Sauce, I use it all the time, I add it to my Ramen, my white rice, use it as a marinade and 20140916_093414sometimes I’ll add it to my homemade gravies…. but I am certain that I will not be using this. The one thing that I noticed right away was this sauce is a lot thicker than I used to. I guess that’s the black beans.The variety that I got was a 6.8 oz. bottle will cost you about $8 (HOLY COW!) I’m sticking with my Kikkoman (the regular version is 14.5oz. and will run you about $15. This is a Gluten free product.

 

 

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Churro Kettle Corn  I’m a big fan of churros but recently I’ve had to slow down because of the calories The popcorn comes in a 1oz. bag and you can get 8 bags for about $15 directly from the LWF site. I’m not sure what more I can say about this popcorn besides the fact that it’s 140 calories per bag. I love it and I want more.

 

 

Original Pop Rings When I was growing up I used to love to eat Funyuns. This for sure would be a healthy alternative to them.not 20140916_093624quite as salty, these have a gentle sweet taste from the Maui onions. This bag comes in 1oz. and 2.5oz bags with three flavors to choose from, a serving with 1 serving (32 rings) is about 110 calories. This product is has no MSG, no Trans fat or artificial anything…. and they are yummy.

 

 

 

 

All Natural Beef Jerky I have not met a beef jerky that I didn’t enjoy… this particular brand comes in three flavors …what more can you say about jerky?$R5B3ZTT

 

I have to be honest, of what I able to try the best thing out of the box was the Chocolate This, I was really underwhelmed when I saw what the theme of the box was. When I first opened the box I was overwhelmed by the scent of the box, I instantly smelled all sports of spices and it really turned me off. I will say out of all of the Love With Food boxes I received this one is by far the one that I liked the least… I guess you could say I was not so in love with food this month.

This month Love With Food reminds us that September is World Hunger Month.. giving up some startling facts; 15.9 million children go hungry in American alone, for more facts and way for you to help check out the Feeding America site (And if you already subscribe to LWF you are already doing a small part, as 1 meal is donated for a regular box, and 2 meals are donated for Deluxe and Gluten Free Boxes). Did you get Love With Food this month?  What’d you think?  If you are interested in signing up click hereSubscriptions (for a regular box) are $12/month, but click here and you can get your first box for FREE!

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Do you subscribe to Love With Food? What was your favorite product in the box this month?

Until Next Time…

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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Home

So it’s time for my Mountains and Molehills again.…. My Molehill  I am coughing, it’s a weird cough, it’s not wet  it’s dry and annoying and bouts usually last about 5 minutes I usually cough a lot of the night, but I am now coughing during the day and no amount of water, or 10513343_10153095324750995_7390806732877103427_ncandy stops it… it’s so annoying I coughed so much on Saturday I was horse for most of the day… I’m thinking that it’s allergies… compared to all the things that are going on in my life I shouldn’t10271631_10153095324860995_8035093436751509210_n really complain.  My Mountain happened on Saturday, we went to Bastille Days, something my mom and I have done for the past 10 years, it was sort of a summer tradition when we lived in Milwaukee and when we moved back to Chicago we continues to tradition. This year we took along my cousin Michelle, although the day started off horribly… super heavy rains, but once we got to Milwaukee, the rain had stopped and the sun came out for a little while. We ate a lot of food, did a ton of shopping and listen to some great music; I think the best part of the trip was a musical group called Funkadesi, the music was so uplifting, we liked them so much we are going to see them again next weekend….all and all it was a food weekend.

Funkadesi’s performance at Lotus Festival 2013 in Bloomington Indiana
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If you’ve taken part in Friend Makin’ Mondays before then you are familiar with the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to read and comment on a couple of other posts. This week’s topic comes from Erin at Living Made Healthy – she suggested we talk about the reasons we love living where we do now, or where we grew up. Would be great to learn a little bit about where everyone lives.

I have chosen 5 things about my home town Chicago, which is where I am currently residing and honestly I never thought that I would be living here again, but I guess when you think about it, most of us are living in a place where we ever thought we’d live.

1. Neighborhoods – Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, don’t believe me? Check this out. And because of that each neighborhood has it’s own history, flavor and ethnic pride…. so Chicago has a Lot of neighborhood parades and festivals and honestly I think that’s when the city is at it’s best. Then don’t forget the city-wide food and music festivals like Lollapalooza or the Taste of Chicago

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Taste of Chicago

2. Food – Holy cow, you can get any kind of food here. Although there are certainly foods that are inherently “Chicago” like the Chicago Style Hot Dog, Deep Dish Pizza, and Italian Beef, but you can go to Greek Town and get some of the yummiest Saganaki or go to Andersonville for some of the best Lentil soup ever over at The Taste of Lebanon, or head over to Pilsen for some of the best Mexican Food your mouth has ever had the pleasure of touching. You know when think about it, this isn’t really the place for someone if they are trying to lose weight

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3. History – Chicago’s first permanent resident was a trader named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a free black man apparently from Haiti, who came here in the late 1770s. In 1795, the U.S. government built Fort Dearborn at what is now the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive (look for the bronze markers in the pavement). It was burned to the ground by Native Americans in 1812, rebuilt and demolished in 1857. Chicago is rich with history…from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, To Al Capone’s “take over” of the city, to Jane Adams and Hull House, Fun Facts: The Famous Route 66 (U.S. Route 66) starts in Chicago and having America’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I love this city, you literally learn something new about it every single day.

4. Scenery – Honestly there is not anything that I can say, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking (yep, I realize it’s a total cop-out)

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5. The People – Chicago is a city with major issues, but at the heart of Chicago (and any city really) are it’s people. The people give this city it’s identity. 9.5 million people live in this city and they all have a distant pride in their city, their sports teams, and their food. Many people say that Chicagoans have a distinct way of talking. Besides you know it’s a great city when people write songs about you and bands name themselves after you Smile

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This was the city that I was born in and despite my travels I ended up back here… I think there is a reason for that

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Until Next Time!

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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Holiday Traditions

I’m said that Kenlie is going to continue her blogging break for another month, but I get it! Real life comes first and although we miss (and love you) we all totally understand…. take as long as you need girl! So for the time being we are stuck with Sarah (I kid, I kid…) and here’s the best part she’s asking for topics… dude seriously, I got a billion ideas….So for any reason that you’re hesitating go over to Losing Weight and Having Fun and join the fun!!

I’m luck I live in a city where St. Patrick’s Day is SERIOUSLY celebrated… People of Irish decent and the Irish at heart get together. Ever since I was a little girl I would look forward to the Chicago River turning green (as the people in the city like to call it “our modern day miracle”… it add a little fun and whimsy to the holiday… and people come out every single year to see it happen…

Capture111So this is how it started, “In 1961 Stephen Bailey was approached by a plumber who was wearing some white coveralls, they knew this only because they could see some of the original color. These coveralls had been mostly stained or dyed a perfect shade of green, an Irish green to better describe it. It was when Stephen Bailey asked how the coveralls got this way, that they discovered that the dye used to detect leaks into the river turned green, not just any color green, but the perfect color green. “

Two miracles appear that day, the river turns a perfect shade of green something that many other cities have tried but have not been successful at doing, and the second miracle by starting with the 2356color orange giving the impression that river will be orange only to convert the river to that true Irish green. We believe that is where the leprechaun comes in.

As the late Stephen Bailey has said, the road from Chicago to Ireland is marked in green. From the Chicago River to the Illinois River, then to the Mississippi, up the Gulf Stream and across the Atlantic you can see the beautiful green enter the Irish Sea, clearly marking the way from Chicago to Ireland.

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Holiday Traditions

 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

1. Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

imagesGenerally I do a little something for St. Patrick’s Day. I went to an engineering college, and I’m a sorority for women in Engineering and Technical Sciences and St. Patrick is the patron saint on Engineers… so

But usually I’m wearing some green, eating a bit of corn beef, cabbage and potatoes. This year, non of that.. since it’s on a Monday and the only thing I usually do on Monday’s is clean… I guess I can find a bit of green to wear when I go to the gym this evening…

 

2. Which is your favorite holiday to celebrate?

Halloween hands down! I love it . I think it’s the one holiday that everyone can have fun dress up be silly and have a bit of candy!

 

3. Do you have a favorite ‘holiday’ food?

Every since I was a little girl I associated Carmel Apples with Halloween, and for a long time you could only findimages (1) this in the fall seasons….now I see them in the store all year round… and they sort of lost their appeal to me. Another food that I totally associate with the holidays…. wait it’s not even food is it and I hate the sight of it… but it’s Egg Nog, my youngest brother used to call it “Christmas Milk” and even though he’s in his twenties when ever the holiday season comes around I ask him should I pick up Christmas Milk for him…

 

4. What do you think of holiday parades?

I love parades , they sort of take me back to my childhood… but as a grumpy adult I don’t like to deal with the crowds, the people pushing, not being able to see and having to deal with getting out of the area… so I just watch them on TV… now I live in a city that loves it’s parades… and I watch every single one of the them… from the Christmas Parade to the Gay Pride Parade… I get my snacks…. turn off the phone and watch like I’m 7 years old.

 

5. Have you ever been part of a parade?

Nope

 

6. Do you decorate your house for the holidays?

  The last few years I haven’t celebrated

7. Do you send holiday cards?

Yes, it’s sort of a tradition…. but as I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that I tend to get less and less…I think that a lot of people would use the holiday season to reconnect with people they don’t speak to on a regular basis… and now that there’s Facebook… you can write a little message on there wall and that’s it; doesn’t have the same sentiments but you do save on postage

 

8. Are there any holidays that you celebrate that are traditional in another country, but maybe less well known in the US?

I have a lot of Canadian friends so I do observe Canadian Thanksgiving (any day when people can take time out to be thankful for the things around them is alright by me)

 

So I’m full of holiday cheer… then I read this….   it’s like the day you find out there is no Santa Claus, what the heck???

Until Next Time….

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Friend Making Monday–Foodie Questions

So I saw Kenlie’s entry for FMM and she has a photo of her fridge and my first thought was “dang it’s neat and organized” and my second thought was, “I should clean out some of the crap in the fridge” So the plan was to take a picture of my fridge like she did, but then I had an epiphany taking a picture of the inside of my fridge is like taking a naked photo of myself… it’s deeply personal, and y’all don’t need to see my goodies…. *snort*

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

1. Do you make grocery lists?  I have to, I can’t rely on my brain… I will get home and not get any of the things I originally planned to get. But I always get stuff that’s not on my list….

2.  Do you have a routine when shopping in your favorite grocery store?  I tend to go to the produce section first… my visits to the grocery stores take at least an hour… I consider it exercise

3. What is your favorite seasoning?  I love Adobo, I put it on everything… eggs, meat…. everything

4.  What is the healthiest food in your fridge right now?   That’s a trick question, I have loads of healthy things in my fridge…. I’m gonna go with fruits and veggies 

5. What is the most unhealthy food in your fridge now? How did I not know this question was coming….lol I have a Tony’s frozen pizza in my fridge…. that’s a lie… I have 2, but in all fairness I only eat about 1/4 of it at a time. And yes I realize that Tony’s is a cheap/trashy pizza…. but listen here, there are times when I enjoy cheap and trashy…

6. What is the most exotic produce you’ve ever had? Mango, now I know a lot of you are like, “Seriously, step outside the box” and I’m just gonna tell you all “NO!!!” It’s not that I’m afraid, I don’t want to waste it… texture is a big thing for me, if it looks funny, I’m pretty sure it will feel funny in my mouth…..

1545857. Tell us about your favorite local restaurant.  Yolk, I love it… it’s cute and quaint and they have really good food. I love breakfast food, and I would eat it all day if you let me.

8. What kind of pasta do you prefer (regular, whole wheat, etc.?)  Whole wheat pasta, when I eat it… but it’s not often

9. If you could make one food calorie-free for an entire week, which food would you choose? 

10.  If you had to choose would you rather give up French fries or chocolate?  I can give them both of to be honest, I’m not a fan of either, I don’t know why I have a strong dislike for chocolate and chocolate flavored things…. except for hot chocolate… and I hate French fries (might be the texture thing), but I love potatoes….. can you tell I’m a super picky person. I’m 36 and my mother is still lamenting about how much of a picky eater O am…. I like what I like!!

Bonus: This wasn’t a question but I wanted to share what is currently the yummiest thing in my fridge. Kemp’s Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt….yum41483029188-Moose-Tracks-Fro-Yo-48ozmy!!! Now some of you keen detectives might have noticed that moose tracks has chocolate in it…well my aunt flow is visiting so all my logic at the moment is flawed….

Sometimes I crack myself up…. until next time lovelies!!

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