Monday, October 20, 2014

Crispy Green Convenience

We're well into fall now and into the busy grind of back-to-school and back-to-work.

As schedules pick up and get crazier, it's useful to have some yummy, healthy snacks that you can keep in your handbag for emergencies!

After all, no one wants to deal with Hangry.

My recent favorite handbag staple, along with the usual granola bars and such, are Crispy Green fruit bags!

They come in seven different varieties (apple, pineapple, banana, cantaloupe, mango, Asian pear, and tangerine), but all the varieties are delicious.

And totally healthy! They use high quality fresh fruit and dehydrate it carefully so that it's really just a one-ingredient healthy fruit snack, like the namesake fresh fruit!

The Asian Pear consists only of Asian pears, the tangerine of only tangerines, the banana of only bananas, and so on.

But unlike keeping fresh fruit in your bag, these won't spoil, won't bruise, won't smush and cover your phone in smushed banana, and aren't messy, loud, or smelly to eat.

AKA they're the perfect convenient snack!

I was really pleasantly surprised by the banana (TRY IT) and the pineapple was also one of my favorites. They're so flavorful and sweet, but always without added sugar!

You can find them in these stores or order online!

What's your favorite fresh fruit?

What's your favorite dried fruit?

What's your favorite healthy snack on-the-go?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Better Brunching: Easy Spinach Quiche Recipe

Brunch is a great social occasion and one of the best meals of the weekend!

But it can be pricey. And eating out requires you to get dressed and go out in public. That's generally a good thing, but let's be honest - after a Saturday night of hard partying, the last thing you want to face is the crowded NYC subway or slow LA traffic.

You just want food.

For Sundays when you'd like to save some money, get your food without leaving your house, or just show off your inner domestic goddess, here's a quick and easy quiche recipe!

Easy Spinach Quiche
Serves Six

* 2 Tbsp Margarine
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 10 oz bag frozen spinach
* 1 unbaked pie crust (I used a Harris Teeter brand 9" deep dish frozen crust)
* 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
* 5 eggs, beaten
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
* 1/4 c. fresh grated parmeson cheese

1) Preheat oven to 350F.

2) Melt margarine in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and frozen spinach, stirring occasionally. Cook until all the water from the frozen spinach has evaporated.

3) Mix 1.5 c. of the cheddar cheese with the eggs and spices in a large bowl. Add the vegetable mixture from the pan, mix well.

4) Pour eggy filling into the crust.

5) Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese and the parmesan cheese on top.

6) Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until center has set.

7) Cut into sixths and serve warm - or cold! This is also great as leftovers later on in the day, so it's perfect for a Sunday.

Brunching out is fun now and then, but it's just as fun to try doing it yourself sometimes!

What's your favorite thing to make for brunch when you have guests?

What percentage of the time do you go out vs. stay in for brunch with friends?

What's your favorite kind of quiche?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Koochikoo - the Cutest Cookies Review

I would choose sweet over savory any day, but sweet tends to be less healthy than savory.

After all, sugar isn't known for being stomach-friendly in large amounts, nor is it particularly good for your skin, energy levels, or even long-term mood.

Koochikoo Cookies are all the sweet of normal cookies, but without sugar. They're also free of artificial sweeteners and thus actually healthy, as well as free of weird aftertastes (unlike most other sugar-free cookies).

Instead of weird chemicals, they're sweetened with monk fruit and organic agave inulin!

They come in small bags of about four servings each and each serving is multiple cookies, because the cookies are small rounds.

They're nice crunchy cookies and perfectly sweet and rich!

My favorite are definitely the Blissfully Chocolate Brownie Cookies, because they're just soooo chocolatey (they're way more intensely chocolatey than they look). I love chocolate!

Another added nutrition bonus (since the taste alone will more than sell these with kids and really anyone) is that the cookies are made with whole wheat flour!

They're certified vegan, made with organic ingredients, non-GMO, verified kosher, and an excellent source of fiber. YUM.

I'm their new biggest fan, because they're really making healthy delicious. As it should be!

Which flavor sounds best to you?

Do you prefer chewy or crunchy cookies?

Do you like all chocolate cookies or chocolate chip cookies better? All chocolate, but with chocolate chips too (like these), are the best IMO.

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