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Houston Take 2

This second trip to Houston FLEW by! After an eventful drive from Colorado, we finally parked it in Houston. We had an EPIC weekend of spreading the LOVE in some awesome KROGER stores and then met up with the moms of Stroller Strides – Pearland for another day of SPREADIN’ THE LOVE!

If you want to read about how AMAZING Elizabeth is, be sure to read the last blog post about her…essentially SHE IS AWESOME and has fabulous enthusiasm and knowledge ensures that you get an AMAZING workout!

After class, my mom and I packed up and headed to Austin. Austin was an even quicker trip…lasting less than 24hours, but packed full of fun & LOVE SPREADIN’! After setting up camp I headed out to meet up with Lindsay whose blog (Cotter Crunch) we adore! Lindsay is a ball of energy! It was fun seeing all of the things we have in common. (Clearly we were meant to be friends.) Lindsay’s background and love for nutrition along with a very active lifestyle has lead her to become a Nutritional Manager & Fitness Consultant. We chatted away and also discovered we had deeper connections and that her husband’s brother is an old friend of mine (small world).

That night Alex flew into Austin because we had EXCITING meetings the next day! Before I went to pick him up I met up with Christin (Purple Bird Blog) who is beyond AWESOME! We laughed and delighted over all topics–from food to massage therapy! She even brought me homemade Peanut Butter … EEK! So delicious!

Christin's INCREDIBLE homemade Peanut Butter!

By the time Alex got in it was midnight….so we rushed back to Elby the LOVE BUS to get some rest before the BIG DAY! (Details coming soon!)

The below is taken directly from the blog FAITH, FITNESS, FUN:

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“…Then, I made sure to take some time for myself too during nap time. I whipped up a tasty little snack by peeling and chopping an apple then microwaving it for 90 seconds with some cinnamon. I topped it with a small drizzle of maple syrup and a sampler packet of this Love Grown Foods apple walnut granola I received for review.

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At first, I thought this little snack would need some yogurt to tie it all together, but it didn’t. The apple + granola combo was actually really filling and reminded me of a healthified apple crumble.

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Delicious! Love Grown Foods knows their granola. The stuff is like crack!..”

The below is taken directly from Stefanie‘s blog THE NEW HEALTHY:

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Cocoa-Nut Goodness Love Bites

There has been a whole lot of love circulating around the blogging world these days. Have you noticed?

Laura and the other amazing folks over at Love Grown Granola have been responsible for all that love! Luckily for me, they were kind enough to spread some of the love my way!

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What goes around comes around – so I’m thinking that Love Grown is going to be getting a TON of love sent right back their way. Don’t you agree?

After getting a taste of their granola, I just knew that the love was here to stay.

Can you guess which one I cracked open first? Cocoa Goodness!

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Just look at those chocolately clusters.

Now, I would definitely consider myself a granola lover – however I’m usually hesitant to buy it.

Why?

Well, for one it tends to be very high in calories and there’s just no way that only one portion could fill me up.

Due to the above assertion, I’d probably lean towards eating about 3-4 servings in one sitting—which isn’t good for obvious reasons.

So how does Love Grown stack up?

Well, first of all – I love the fact that Love Grown commits to living FREE!

Their products are:

  • Free of Refined Sugar
  • Free of High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Free of Trans Fats
  • Free of Hydrogenated Oils
  • Free of Artificial Flavors
  • Free of Preservatives
  • Free of Gluten
  • Free of Genetically Modified Ingredients

Cocoa Goodness Ingredients

Our Freely Unprocessed Ingredients: Certified Gluten-Free Oats, Honey, Organic Agave Syrup, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, 63% Chocolate (Chocolate Liquor, Sugar, SOYA LECITHIN, Pure Vanilla), Sunflower Seeds, Spices, Milled Flaxseed, 100% Pure Cocoa Powder, Sea Salt

Nutritional Facts: Serving 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

What’s not to like?

Low sodium, low sugar, and only 130 calories per serving? I’m sold!

I fell in love after only a few handfuls – so before I could eat the whole bag (it was that good) I made a batch of bite-size granola bites.

Cocoa-Nut Goodness Love Bites

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Ingredients:

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Blend all of the ingredients together in a high-speed blender or food processor.

Spoon the mixture into a mini cupcake pan.

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Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. I overcooked mine a bit so 10-12 minutes should be perfect!

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This recipe made 10 bite-size granola bites. The stats are pretty great – perfect for a snack or to accompany a meal (on top of oatmeal, crumbled over yogurt, or paired with fruit).

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I have to say that even slightly overcooked, these were delicious! A tasty blend of cocoa, almond butter, and coconut.

I can’t wait to dig in to the other flavors!

<3 Stefanie


The below is taken directly from Leslie‘s blog – LESLIE LOVES VEGGIES:

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Love Grown Foods is all about creating incredibly HEALTHY food that is also a rockin’ party for your taste-buds!  They think food should fuel you right and be so good that you are pumped-to-be-stoked to eat it!  Life is about living it up—whatever that means to you—and this requires the proper energy to do so.  Love Grown Foods puts the good stuff in their products, so you are spending more time doing what you LOVE and less time deciphering unnatural ingredients on the back of the label.

Love Grown Foods makes healthy products that are nutritious, wholesome and delish! Love Grown Granolas yummy sweetness comes from Agave nectar, a pure and all-natural syrup derived from the Blue Agave plant, and Colorado local honey.  These are the perfect natural additions to their healthy, homemade recipes.  Instead of using refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, they use agave and honey for optimum health and performance.

I was Blessed to receive three yummy bags of Love Grown Foods Granola for review!

Love Grown Foods Granola 

Love Grown Foods are free from

  • Free of Refined Sugar
  • Free of High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Free of Trans Fats
  • Free of Hydrogenated Oils
  • Free of Artificial Flavors
  • Free of Preservatives
  • Free of Gluten
  • Free of Genetically Modified Ingredients
  • Apple Walnut Delight ~ Sweetened with agave and honey, this granola is packed with a generous helping of apples, walnuts and coconut. Not too sweet! It’s a wonderful cereal and snack!
  • Simply Oats
Simply Oats Granola 

 

Granola purists will love this hearty, yet simple granola. Eat as a cereal or enjoy straight out of the zip-top bag. Simply oats is the perfect, crunchy topper for yogurt, puddings and ice cream.

Psst.. wanna give your oatmeal a little pizazz? Sprinkle on a handful of Simply Oats!

 

  • Sweet Cranberry Pecan ~ no sugar coated drie cranberries here.  No Sir!  These moist, plump dried cranberries are sweetened with apple juice concentrate!  How yummy is that?!  This granola is exploding with huge chunks of granola, pecans, dried cranberries and coconut!  Sweet Cranberry Granola is simply delish!

Love Grown Foods Granola can be purchased online HERE for $4.99 per bag.
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Many thanks to Love Grown Foods for this Review Opportunity.
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Love Grown Foods provided a product or sample for this Review.

Loser for Life Review

The below was taken directly from the blog LOSER FOR LIFE:

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Happy Monday, everyone!  I thought we should start the week off right with a fantastic giveaway!

I was recently contacted by Love Grown Foods and offered samples of their Love Grown Granola.  Since I puffy heart granola, I jumped at the chance to try them! Especially when they come in such delicious flavors…

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I was impressed that Love Grown Foods doesn’t use any refined sugars, added chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or genetically modified ingredients.  Their products are also gluten free!

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Can you guess which one I dove into first??

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As soon as I opened the bag, the smell reminded me of a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie!  YUM!

The nutritional facts are very PointsPlus-friendly, too at  3 PP per serving…

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The perfect topping for a yogurt snack…

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Wanna try some? icon_mrgreen

The Love Grown Foods folks have offered to give one Loser For Life reader THREE bags of their delicious granola!

To enter, just head over to the Love Grown Foods site ,  find a cool fact about their granola and comment about it on this post.

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Thursday, April 21. Giveaway open to US only, sorry Canada/international friends :(

Have a great day, everyone!