::serious chocolate lovers prepare yourself for a mouthwatering post::
Happy Thursday friends! Back to great weather, and the 5 day forcast is looking goooood. This weekend its going to get in the high 80’s. absolutely unbelievable.
Lets get to yesterdays lunch 🙂 I had the other half of my snobby joes on a piece of toasted sprouted grain bread and sauteed some kale on the side. This was my first time using kale other than in a smoothie, and once before I made kale chips. I sauteed some garlic and red pepper flakes ( a little too much, i was sweating ha) and then threw in the chopped up kale. One it had sauteed for a few minutes I added in a little bit of vegetable broth and let it soak in to make the kale tender. Added some salt, and it was done. A great and easy way to get your veggies in. I’m loving kale, i’m so glad I braved up and finally tried it!
For dinner I had a salad. I don’t usually eat salads for meals but this was delicious. I got a new dressing. Bolthouse Farms new creamy yogurt salad dressing in Sweet Poppy Seed. This is a new product at my local Whole Foods and the other week I went in they were sampling all the different flavors. I loved this one, and knew I had to get it. They use yogurt so the shelf life is much less, but it lowers the fat content by a lot. 2 tbsp of this dressing has 70 cals and 4.5 g of fat. Not too bad. I filled my bowl with my tierra farms craisins, some toasted walnuts, mushrooms, and some sliced avocado.
Mango sorbet from TJ’s was my dessert of choice for the night! This sorbet is so light and refreshing and I used my ramekins for portion control 🙂
I decided to Shred last night. I did level 2 and wow I forgot how hard this was. I had wanted to participate in the 30 day shred challenge but ended up cutting it very short. I am going to incorporate it a lot more again because I am soreee today! I feel it immediately and it really is a great workout for such a short amount of time. I’m going to try and recommit myself to doing it more often. I miss Jillian kicking my butt.
This morning I wanted some of the steel cut oats. I googled last night how to make overnight steel cut oats and found the perfect solution. The blog The Bitten Word had posted on how to make 10 minute steel cut oats. I cut the recipe by thirds and made 2 servings for myself. Now I have another serving I can just microwave tomorrow morning! They came out perfectly and I was anxious to see how I liked them compared to my fav rolled oats.
I loved the texture!I used half almond milk half water. I added some hulled hemp seed, a spoon of raw almond butter, and some agave. It actually did keep me much more full than my regular bowl of oats and I liked the chewiness of the smaller cut grain. I will definitely be switching between these and my rolled oats from now on. Thanks Bob’s Red Mill for sending me these to try and remember that you can win your own package if you enter my giveaway!
Ok are you ready for this chocolate heaven i’m about to show you guys?
Shawna, one of the co-founders of Vermont Brownie Company was out of her way generous to send me a sampler pack of their amazing brownies. These brownies are made from scratch, using local, wholesome, farm-fresh ingredients that are always natural and preservative free.
I sampled them all over the weekend, and had my family help me too. I’m a tough brownie critic. I don’t like mine too cakey, nor too fudgey. Let me tell you that this was the perfect balance. They melted in your mouth and the flavors were so fresh. The flavor combos they had couldn’t have been more perfect. They sent me 5 different flavors, each delicious in its own way.
Their signature brownie is dark chocolate, with chocolate chunks and was one of my moms favorite. I loved the chunks in it, and they were defnitely generously big 🙂 This was my favorite too, a classic.
The mint pattie was also one of my moms favorite and had large pieces as well. I am sometimes a fan of mint and chocolate and this was a keeper for me. The peppermint cream was perfection.
My sister loved the maple toffee crunch. The toffee is homemade from pure Vermont maple syrup. It added a great crunch and complemented the maple flavors.
I don’t think many of us can get enough of chocolate and peanut butter together. They are a match made in heaven. This brownie was divine. They use all natural crunchy pb, and this was one of my dads favorite picks.
Dark Chocolate Chevre (goats cheese) is their twist on the cream cheese brownie. The Chevre they use is from the award winning Vermont Butter and Cheese company. This had a fudgier taste, and had great flavor. This is my first time trying goat cheese, and it went perfectly with the chocolate.
The other 2 flavors that I didn’t get to try was Espresso Dulce de Leche and White Chocolate Raspberry although i’m sure theres no doubt that they woudl be just as delicious as these flavors I sampled.
Their sampler packs make amazing gifts, and any mother would be lucky to receive a package for mother’s day! They even have heart shaped ones, and brownie bites! They are an amazing company that strives on good high quality products and the taste of these brownies are abolutely heavenly.
What makes me love them even more is that Shawna is a Salisbury graduate!! I couldn’t believe it! What a small world 🙂 I can’t reccomend this company enough, so if you’re looking for high quality brownies with amazing flavors this is where to find them.