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The below post was taken directly from the blog EATING RD:

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Hey all!  I can’t believe June is almost past us and summer is on!  We already have had the weather hit near 108 F and it’s been a hot one.  You’d think I would get used to this since I’ve lived here all my life.  yea… no.  Even waking up at 4am for a bike ride does not help escape the heat unfortunately.  I guess I may have to revisit swimming again :) One thing I love to cool down with is a refreshing smoothie, popsicle, or anything topped with frozen fruit.  We need to make a Costco run and get one of those giant bags of frozen fruit because I think we’ve been going through at least 3 bags of raspberries, blueberries, and cherries every week!  For me, I’m all about contrasting flavors as well, so I have to top it with some kind of crunch.

 

Love Grown Foods sent me some of their granola to try and boy was it tasty and crunchy!

 

I love when granola has those big, nutty chunks that stick together.  Here is the Raisin Almond Crunch…

Unprocessed Ingredients: Certified Gluten-Free Oats, Honey, ALMONDS, Raisins, Organic Agave Syrup, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, Spices, Milled Flaxseed, Cinnamon, Sea Salt.

Nutritional Facts: Servings Size 1/4 cup
Amount per Serving: Calories: 130, Total Fat: 6g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium: 25mg, Total Carbohydrates: 17g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 7g, Protein 3g

The only thing with granola is the fact that it is pretty energy dense and a serving size is 1/4 of a cup.  I could easily eat at least a cup of this stuff, so it’s always good to portion out.

Here’s what 1/4 cup looks like…

I like to top a smoothie in a bowl with it mmmm

This is great and refreshing after a ride too.

Another thing I usually can’t get enough of is eggs!  I was able to try Eggland’s Best with a coupon I received from the FoodBuzz tastemakers program.  I like the fact that these eggs are packed with nutrition!

And they have that cute little stamp :)

Nothing beats a good ol’ omelet for breakfast or dinner.  This time Chris stuffed ours with spinach and roasted bell peppers and cheese.

Or I just like to saute an egg in the pan with a little olive oil, top it with some cheese, and place it atop a 1/2 slice of naan for a snack.

I don’t know how I got the yolk to separate from the white without breaking, but it looks neat!

splat.

Chris and I have also been addicted to kefir!  We LOVE this stuff!  It’s great for GI health/regularity and immunity.

Here’s the usual stash I buy to stock up. . . I think we have a kefir problem.

We usually drizzle some on our cereal and frozen fruit in the morning or I’ve been drizzling it on fruit for dessert.  Careful with the flavored varieties though because they are loaded with sugar!  I usually stick to plain and then have vanilla for a small treat.

Hope everyone has been having a good summer so far!

What are you loving lately?

As I arrived promptly at 8:00 AM to the Love office, I immediately arranged a breakfast of love…usually Cocoa Goodness and some fruit and vanilla yogurt.

Now that I am filled with the delicious cocoa, I am ready to work and follow all of the requests anybody give me. Ben usually has to help with a couple projects…he is up to it because he is energized by the LOVE too.

When we need to take a break, we decorate the white board wall. Whether it’s a mountain landscape or a portrait of all of Love Bombs, there is no question that this group is talented.

- Johnny Boy, the Love Grenade

The below was taken directly from the blog LITTLE BITTY BAKES:
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YFT (yay for Thursday)!  Thursday is a good day in my book.  It’s when I start to get that whew, made it through another week feeling.  It’s also usually the day my dinner of choice is ice cream.  Yep… when I say YFT, I mean YFT!
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So, since it’s Thursday, and since yesterday I managed to escape my dentist visit with “just one small” cavity after not visiting for 2+ years (whoops!), I made these little cookies.  Because when you eat as much sugar as I do and walk away with just one cavity, you load up on sweets in celebration.
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Little, chocolatey, chewy cookies… made with Love Grown Foods oat clusters!  Love Grown Foods graciously sent me a bunch of their oat clusters to try a few weeks back, and I’m now addicted.  Seriously!  This stuff is so delicious it’s almost dangerous.  Except it’s not dangerous at all, because the ingredients are simple and wholesome.  So eat up!
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Oh, these chewies are tiny little guys.  As in, you can eat 5 and it’s like eating 2 cookies.  Just be careful, or 5 will turn into 10, 10 will turn into 15, and…

Little Bitty Chocolate Chewies
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen bite-size cookies

  • 1 cup chocolate peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Love Grown Oat Clusters (I used Sweet Cranberry Pecan)

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In medium mixing bowl, stir peanut butter, agave, egg, and baking soda until well combined.  Stir in granola; mix until well combined.

Drop cookie dough by teaspoonful (or 1” cookie scoop) onto prepared cookie sheet.  Bake 6 to 8 minutes.  Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.

Love in a Bag

The below was taken directly from the blog GRACEFULFITNESS:

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I bounded out of bed this morning with love on the mind…

The LOVEly folks from Love Grown Foods sent me some granola to sample and so far I’m loving it!

Besides the cute name, I am also a big fan of the whole food ingredients in all of  Love Grown Foods products-they are nutritarians too!

For breakfast I opened the Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola.  Crunchy clusters, ample nuts, and just the right sweetness.  These oats are neither oily nor candy-sweet, two qualities that often keep me away from granola.  It tastes like delicious, nutritious REAL food, which is obviously right up my ally!

I made a piece of french toast with Matt + Kath‘s Great Harvest Cinnamon Walnut Raisin bread, topped it with plain Greek yogurt, organic blueberries, and half a serving of granola.   Damn good.

I LOVE (last one, promise ;) ) that this granola uses honey and agave instead of refined sugar!

Breakfast powered me up and off I went on a mini duathlon.  I didn’t feel like running around my neighborhood, what I was really craving was a trail run but Tate had the car.  So I biked to the trail!  I biked-ran-biked for a total of 5 miles biking and 4 running.  It was a really fun way to start the day and get an hour of cardio!

If you were hoping to find the spiced salad dressing recipe in this post, sorry!  I can’t give you a recipe ONLY because the key ingredient is a homemade spiced peach-plum butter that I made last fall.   Here’s the basic idea and if you want to play around it apple butter or something, let me know how it goes.  I love that the fruit butter thickens and sweetens the dressing without a lot of oil or refined sweetener.

Makes about a half a pint.

In a small jar put equal amounts (2-3 tablespoons)

  • low sugar jam (I used Trader Joe’s Strawberry)
  • red wine vinegar
  • high quality extra virgin olive oil
Use a small whisk or fork to mix.
Add 1/4-1/3 cup spiced fruit butter and lavender salt (or salt and crushed lavender).  Put a lid on the jar and shake until it’s all mixed up.  Taste and adjust to your taste preference.
Seriously-let me know if you try this dressing with another fruit butter!

The below was taken directly from the blog IN MY TUMMY:

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I’m on vacation! That one day work week was tough let me tell you. I spent most of the day reading reviews of our hotel on Trip Advisor. I mean working. 5:30 finally rolled around and I was free and had some serious business to attend to. First off, a 40 minute leg workout at the gym and then, more importantly, a pedicure.

I’ll spare you a picture of my feet.

When I got home, there was a big package from Love Grown Foods at my door! They generously sent me 3 full sized bags of granola and 3 sample sized bags!

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The full sized bags were Sweet Cranberry Pecan, Raisin Almond Crunch and Cocoa Goodness. The small bags were Simply Oats, Raisin Almond Crunch and Sweet Cranberry Pecan. Obviously, I had to tear into them to have a little taste. I’m not lying when I say that this is some of the best granola that I’ve ever had. And the nutritional stats are great too. Each 1/4 cup has 120-130 calories. 4-6 grams of fat and 6-7 grams of sugar depending on the flavor. (Oddly enough, the chocolate has the lowest cals, sugar and fat of the bunch.) They sell Love Grown Foods granola at my local Kroger in the natural foods section for $4.99. It’s totally worth the money. Yum.

Those little bags of granola will be coming with me to Mexico but you know what won’t? My computer. Jason and I decided not to bring the laptop. We’ll have the ipad but I don’t like to blog from it because I don’t have a keyboard and also, I don’t know how to get pictures on it. Going unplugged for a week is probably a good thing though. I have a week’s worth of fun guest posts lined up for you while I’m gone.

See you in a week!

Disclaimer – Love Grown Foods provided me with their product free of charge for review. All opinions are my own.