What’s Your Flavor Soulmate?

Good morning! I’m really excited about today’s post because I get to talk about one of my favorite things…FOOD! Now that I am breastfeeding (which means I’m hungry all the time) I find myself wanting to reach for more nutritious and filling snacks to fuel both my body and my baby’s body. One of my favorite snacks that I find myself eating every single day is Greek Yogurt. I just can’t stop.


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I have never been an adventurous person when it comes to my food/flavor choices. Though I typically gravitate toward the most simple and plain flavors, sometimes it is nice to get out of a rut and try some new flavor combinations. Chobani is inviting people to “flip out and find my flavor soulmate” in celebration of Chobani Flips, so I immediately jumped at the chance.

Before I jump right into the fun flowchart, I want to share a little bit about Chobani and why I love their yogurt.

All Natural Ingredients

After having a baby, I have become more aware of what I put in my body and tend to reach for whole or natural ingredients. Chobani is made using only natural (no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives), non-GMO ingredients. To ensure their products are non-GMO, they require their suppliers to certify that every ingredient is not genetically modified.

rBST Free

According to the Founder and CEO of Chobani, “The humane treatment of animals is an ethical and moral imperative.” Since animal welfare is a core value to Chobani, they use milk from cows not treated with rBST (a hormone used to increase milk production) to practice safe and humane treatment of animals.

They Give to Charity

Ten percent of all profits go to charity through the Chobani Foundation. They believe everyone deserves natural and nutritious food so they strive to make food more accessible to youth and underserved communities. Additionally, they support entrepreneurs and small businesses. Ultimately, transforming the community is Chobani’s goal.

Additional Tidbits

As if the above reasons aren’t enough to love Chobani, there are a few more bonus reasons.

  • Live and active cultures are included
  • Multiple types of probiotics
  • Less than 5% lactose

Feel free to visit their Beliefs page to learn more about their history and their products.

Flip Out and Find Your Flavor Soulmate

Now, for the fun! Below you will find a flowchart that you can use to find your perfect flavor soulmate. Start by choosing one of “guilty pleasures” listed and then simply follow the chart.


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According to the chart, I am Sweet N’ Sweet. I am not surprised at all. My sweet tooth has been raging lately! Normally I go for the blueberry (the kind where the goods are on the bottom) but after reading the flavors, I could definitely go for Chocolate Haze Craze or Peanut Butter Dream. Or both. Together.

Anyways, once you have your perfect match, read your flavor card to learn a little bit more about your results.


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According to my flavor card, my smile brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “sweet tooth.” It will once my teeth are covered in the chocolate and peanut butter deliciousness! Feel free to join in the fun and share what your flavor soulmate is in the comments.

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

By the way, I was not compensated for this post. I truly love Chobani and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

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Easter Weekend and a Cookie Recipe

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! This one was a little different for us because it was our first Easter with a baby. She is still too little to hunt eggs so we just gave her some to play with. We also celebrated three birthdays this weekend in my family. It was a food and family filled weekend!

Saturday

After taking care of some odds and ends around town we arrived home in the afternoon and I set out to make a batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. I have never made them before but they are my husbands favorite. Since his birthday is coming up, I thought this was the perfect time to try.

I used  the following recipe as a base because it has never let me down before. (Original recipe can be found HERE)

Dough:

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

I added:

1/2 bag white chocolate chips

1/2 cup crushed macadamia nuts (I may have used more)CookieDough

Cream together butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add to creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.  Drop onto greased cookie sheet by heaping tablespoons. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.

It’s supposed to make 3 dozen but my idea of a “heaping” spoonful is a bit large so we ended up with 2 dozen.

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My husband said they were the best cookies he’s ever had. He is brutally honest when it comes to my baking so they must be good.

After dinner we watched an episode of X-Files (we can’t stop) before heading to bed early.

Sunday

We woke up early Sunday and headed out to meet up with family to help prepare Easter lunch. By the time it was all ready, I had already helped myself to 3 servings of banana pudding so I only had a little room left for some turkey and dressing.

Because I am sensitive to sage right now (due to a morning sickness mishap last Thanksgiving) I had my own pan of dressing!

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We spent a few hours hanging out before heading home in the early afternoon. The rest of our afternoon was spent getting things ready for the week and then finally sitting down to relax before heading to bed.

Have a great Monday and let me know if you try out those cookies!

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Five Foods I Eat (Almost) Every Day

I have always been a creature of habit and tend to gravitate toward the same foods over and over again. After getting married, I quickly realized how boring and picky my diet was and my husband helped me to branch out and try new things. Even though I am more adventurous with what I try now, there are certain foods that I still eat every. single. day.

Oatmeal

I love the flavor of homemade oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh apples added in. Unfortunately, it takes entirely too long on a workday morning to prepare a bowl of fresh oatmeal. Luckily, a few months ago we stumbled across a huge box of Quaker instant oatmeal at Costco. I was skeptical at first because I have tried making oatmeal in the microwave before and I was very disappointed with the result. I decided to give it a try anyway and I was pleasantly surprised. I love all three flavors and I have already purchased another box for when I finish off the first one! I love how it keeps me fuller longer and it is delicious but still healthy.

Bread

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Do you think I have enough butter?

I am a huge lover of carbs. I’m pretty sure my diet is 90% carbs. I know that it isn’t the healthiest diet choice but I can’t help myself. Give me all the breads! Whether it be bread for a sandwich, crescent rolls or biscuits for my second breakfast (yes I did just say that in my mind with a hobbit voice), or rolls with dinner, I always incorporate bread into one meal every day.

Sweet Potato

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When I was little I always thought I would hate sweet potatoes because I didn’t like regular potatoes. The color freaked me out. I just didn’t understand the concept of a potato that was sweet. I don’t think I ever actually tried them though until I was in college. The first thing I thought after taking my first bite was all those wasted years of not eating these. Thanks again to Costco (no I don’t work for them, I just really really like buying things in bulk for cheap), we can buy a huge bag of sweet potatoes that I can enjoy for lunch or dinner (or sometimes both).

Chocolate

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I have had to cut a lot out of my diet since beginning breastfeeding due to mini T having reflux. Thankfully, I have been able to continue to incorporate chocolate into my diet. I have never had a big sweet tooth but breastfeeding has me reaching for everything sugary and sweet lately. I don’t overdo it and eat an entire chocolate cake or anything. At least not recently. I do, however indulge in a little chocolate every day.

Granola Bars

I am a true believer in snacking and always have been. I can’t just eat three big meals a day and be satisfied. I try to have a little something between meals and sometimes right before dinner. Lately I have gravitated toward granola because it is packed with protein and it’s tasty. I usually pack a few in my lunch box and I have them stashed all over the house and in the car in case of emergency. They are my go-to right now for a quick and easy snack.

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Easy Dinner

Both my husband and I work longish hours. We usually arrive at work around 7:30am and don’t get home until around 7pm. Some of that is due to work or late night classes while other days are because we go to the gym after work. The last thing either of us want to do is come home and cook a difficult meal. Enter a casserole. I was never a fan of casseroles as a kid but they have become quite a frequent meal in our house. I usually troll the internet and other foodie blogs to find quick and delicious recipes for casserole and THIS one by Carrian at oh, sweet basil was a winner. We have had it twice since I found it! We did end up using cream of mushroom soup instead of gravy but other than that I pretty much stuck to the recipe.

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It is super easy and delicious! I hope you like it as much as we do!

 

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