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Fit Friday Series – No Gym Abs

I am THRILLED to kick off our FIT FRIDAY SERIES!! My passion for health and wellness started at an early age. I was an avid athlete my entire life and started living the Colorado lifestyle from the day I was born. After college, while Love Grown was still in its early ideation phase, I pursued my passion for fitness and nutrition and became a Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Nutritional Consultant, and Certified Massage Therapist. When Love Grown first started to take off, I was teaching Pilates Mat and Reformer classes daily and working with clients on nutrition programs. Today, I no longer teach Pilates or work with clients; however, my passion for health and fitness has continued to grow and I am excited to start sharing some of my favorite workout routines with you every Friday!

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Do this series three times.
Combine it with 20-40minutes of interval cardio for a complete workout!

No Bake Super Oats Energy Bites

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These SUPER tasty no bake energy bites made with Super Oats will help get you through your day and quench any sweet tooth! Most energy bites call for adding flax or chia but our Super Oats Nuts & Seeds already have quinoa, amaranth, chia, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds AND flax seeds! Our Super Oat energy bites are packed full of nutritious goodies and oh so delicious! Oh, and super easy to make!

ingredients

1 cup Super Oats Nuts & Seeds (Simply Pure works too!)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup of honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

directions

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator. Let this chill for about 30 minutes or so. Once the mixture is chilled roll into balls of any size. We like ours to be bite size! Make bites until all the mixture is gone and store them covered in your fridge! Pop one or two into your mouth when you need a little energy pick me up!

Introducing LOVE O’s!!

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I am beyond ecstatic to share with you one of the most THRILLING projects that we have EVER done here at Love Grown Foods!!! Today we are debuting our FIRST EVER Limited Edition LOVE Product…in honor of LOVE MONTH!!! Eeeee!! I could do backflips!!! This product will ONLY be available in Kroger, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, and Fry’s for the first few weeks of February! It is that SUPER SPECIAL and that LIMITED!

We are debuting LOVE O’s — heart shaped Power O’s in Chocolate AND Strawberry flavors in a box covered with hearts and that includes a special LOVE story of how Alex and I met (and fell in LOVE) on the back!!!!!

When Alex and I first came up with the idea for Love Grown Foods, we were sitting in our college library (supposed to be studying for finals) and started brainstorming names for what we would call our natural food company. My ONLY request was that LOVE had to be in the name, because LOVE makes everything taste better and is the most important ingredient! Alex (a bit hesitant) went with it…but his only request was that the brand could not have hearts. Alex is a visionary and knew that in order to create a brand that would appeal to a wide range of consumers it needed to be “neutral.” Five and half years after launching our first LOVE products onto the shelves you will find the first ever LOVE product package with hearts!!!

I dreamed up the idea for LOVE O’s last fall. February is one of my FAVORITE months (because it is LOVE month of course!) and I thought how amazing it would be to not only spread LOADS of LOVE with our current products, but to create a Limited LOVE Edition product in honor of this fabulous month! Chocolate covered strawberries epitomize LOVE Month! In fact if LOVE Month had an official food I am pretty sure chocolate covered strawberries are it! And it just so happens that I LOVE mixing our Chocolate and Strawberry Power O’s together…this is when I realized our Limited LOVE product had to be these two DELICIOUS flavors of Power O’s! And to make this product even more LOVE-filled, we shaped the Power O’s into hearts! Eeee! Each bowl that you pour contains hollow chocolate hearts and solid strawberry hearts! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

In honor of this Limited Edition Valentine’s Day LOVE Product we will be hosting a series of giveaways!!! The first one is right now: to enter for a chance to win your very own box of Limited Edition LOVE O’s email us at info@lovegrownfoods.com with LOVE O’s Blog Giveaway as the subject and tell us how excited you are about this special LOVE Product! One lucky winner will receive a special LOVE Drop in the mail!

Lastly, be sure to watch our Announcement Video on YouTube:

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You ROCK!

Happy LOVE Month!

Spread LOVE,
Maddy

Pumpkin Spice Super Oats Pancakes

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In Honor of National Pancake Day, we wanted to share our newest LOVE recipe with you! Just in time for fall, these pumpkin spice Super Oats pancakes won’t disappoint! Perfect with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup!

ingredients

Yields about 6 four-inch pancakes

for the pancakes:

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
1 can (14oz) pumpkin pie filling*
1 cup Super Oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pinch of salt
coconut oil (to grease the pan)

for the topping:

⅔ cup plain Greek Yogurt
Pomegranate seeds
Raspberries

 

directions

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, milk, and ⅓ cup pumpkin (reserve remaining pumpkin for the Greek Yogurt). In a separate bowl, mix together the Super Oats, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Scoop batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake. Cook until lightly brown around the edges and bubbly, flip and lightly brown the other side.

In a small bowl mix the plain Greek Yogurt with ⅓ cup of the remaining canned pumpkin. Serve pancakes hot with a dollop of the pumpkin Greek Yogurt, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, and maple syrup.

* Pumpkin Pie filling is slightly sweetened and also has added spices. You can always use plain pumpkin puree and just add a little maple syrup and cinnamon.

 

Maddy Named as One of 2014 Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer Magazine

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We are THRILLED to announce that Maddy D’Amato, Founder and Chief Love Officer, was recognized with one of the grocery industry’s top honors! Progressive Grocer magazine named Maddy as one of their 2014 Top Women in Grocery for her contribution to innovation in the cereal category and company leadership.

We are a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner!

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been named a Colorado Company To Watch Winner! Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout Colorado. Thank you for your continued support!

Hot Oats Muffin

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ingredients

1 Hot Oats cup (any flavor)
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh or frozen berries

directions

Shake Hot Oats cup to evenly distribute ingredients. Remove lid and seal. Using a fork, mix in egg until evenly mixed and there are no dry oats. Mix in milk. Fold in the berries. Microwave for 1.5 minutes on high. If muffin is too runny, microwave in additional 15 second intervals until oats are firm to the touch. Carefully remove cup from microwave.* Loosen muffin from sides of cup with a knife and remove. Let cool and enjoy warm.

*Caution, cup will be hot! Be careful removing from the microwave.

 

We are a Colorado Companies to Watch Finalist!

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We are THRILLED to announce that we have been selected as a 2014 Colorado Companies to Watch finalist! Thank you for all of your continued support and LOVE!

One of our Favorite Things

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Our Apple Walnut Delight Oat Clusters were included in the June issue of Family Circle magazine as one of Editor in Chief Linda Fears’ favorite things! Ingredients you can pronounce, that are also Non-GMO, make this a favorite of ours, too!

Super Oats Pancakes

Kick off Mother’s Day with a breakfast she’ll LOVE! Perfect for breakfast in bed for for a family breakfast around the table, Super Oats pancakes are a healthy twist on the traditional recipes we all grew up on. We LOVE these served hot with fresh fruit and maple syrup. Enjoy!

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ingredients

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
⅓ cup apple sauce
1 cup Super Oats simply pure blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
1 pinch of salt
coconut oil (to grease the pan)

directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, milk, and apple sauce. In a separate bowl, mix together the Super Oats, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Scoop batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake. Cook until lightly brown around the edges and bubbly, flip and lightly brown the other side. Serve hot with fresh berries and maple syrup.