Cole’s Middles Bread Review #tastymiddles

Cole's Middles

*Samples were  provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Calling all bread and cheese enthusiasts (aka everyone)! Cole’s Quality Foods — popular for their delicious bread products, will release a new stuffed bread snack, Middles, available nationwide this September.

The tasty stuffed bread features the best part of any bread item, the middle, and is available in six different varieties. I was lucky enough to try the following flavors.

Cole's Middles

  • Plain bread stuffed with 5 cheeseMy thoughts: A very tasty combo of quality cheeses, which are are mozzarella, asiago, cheddar, parmesan and romano.
  • Everything bagel stuffed with cream cheeseMy thoughts: A bit doughy and very garlicky. My taste buds weren’t into this flavor.
  • French toast bagel stuffed with sweet cream cheeseMy thoughts: I would give this one 5 out of 5 nom noms! The flavors matched the description perfectly. The taste of cinnamon and maple paired with a nice, sweet filling made for a delicious treat.
  • Plain bread stuffed with mac & cheeseMy thoughts: A hearty, cheesy carbohydrate bomb. I will be enjoying this one in moderation.
  • Pretzel stuffed with beer cheese fillingMy thoughts: Another contender for the coveted 5 out of 5 nom noms rating 🙂 I loved the crusty coating and the gooey cheese in the middle.

I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty the bread was as well as the quality and amount of the cheese. I’m happy to report that Cole’s didn’t skimp on the filling.

Middles are perfect for on-the-go snacking. I also think they would make a great party appetizer. Don’t be turned off by the cartoonish product packaging — I predict that Middles will be enjoyed by kids and grown ups alike.

Want to weigh in on the best Middles flavor? Cast your vote on Facebook.

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Father’s Day Snack Ideas From TGI Fridays

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*Samples were provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Chip chip hooray! It’s Father’s Day.

Let’s face it — shopping for men can be a difficult task. That’s why my usual go-to gift for the dads in my life is a nice meal.  The saying: “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” always rings true in my household.

This year, thanks to a variety of TGI Fridays Snacks, dad won’t go hungry while waiting for my gourmet creation. He will snack on the yummy samples I was lucky enough to receive:

I tried my best to not open the bags until Father’s Day but I just had to sneak in a quick taste test. Oh boy — these snacks are dangerously delicious! I have a feeling Baby Back Ribs will be a big hit with dad. Buffalo Ranch puffs are my personal favorite with Loaded Potato Skins coming in as a close second.

Fridays Snacks

There are a ton more delicious snack options so be sure to visit http://tgifsnack.com/  to review all of the flavors.

Here’s to a happy stomach and snack-filled Father’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Brunch – Recipes

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This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. If the key to your sweetheart’s heart is through his/her stomach, make a delectable, home cooked brunch that screams I LOVE YOU!

The special spread includes: lemon cakes, sweet french toast, coffee and even a Bloody Mary.

Gaea Lemon Zest Cake

Gaea Lemon Zest Cake

Ingredients: 

1 ½ cups organic rye flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
¼ cup finely ground pine nuts
Zest of 2 lemons
1 cup organic sugar cane
3 eggs
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup Greek yogurt
2/3 cup Gaea Organic extra-virgin olive oil (MSRP $12.99 http://www.gaeaus.com)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease the pan. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sea salt, baking powder and pine nuts. Next, mix the lemon zest into the sugar cane. In a separate bowl mix the zesty sugar cane with 3 eggs for about 2 minutes, then add the lemon juice, Greek yogurt and Gaea olive oil. Combine both bowls and pour the batter into the cake pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Coconut Banana French Toast

Carrington French Toast

Servings: 6

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 cup milk

1 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

11/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

12+ slices bread

2 T Carrington Farms Coconut Oil (MSRP: 12 oz. $7.99, 54 oz. $23.30, http://www.CarringtonFarms.com)

Instructions:

Heat griddle and brush with coconut oil. Blend remaining ingredients (except bread) in a blender until smooth. Pour into a shallow dish. Submerge each slice in mixture and place on griddle.

Cook till golden brown, then flip over to cook other side. Serve with maple syrup.

Colman’s Mustard Bloody Mary

Colmans Bloody Mary

Serve Up to 4 People

Ingredients

3 cups tomato juice
1 cup pickling liquid
1 cup of Vodka
​3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons Valentina hot sauce
2 teaspoons Colman’s Prepared Mustard
1 and a half Tablespoons horseradish
1 and a half teaspoons ground pepper
1 and a half teaspoons salt
1 and a quarter teaspoons celery seeds
Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder (available nationwide at supermarkets such as Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway and Kroger for $4.99 – $6.99)

To Finish

In a pitcher, combine the celery seed and horseradish. Muddle the mixture with the end of a wooden spoon to blend and break up the celery seeds. Pour in the tomato juice, pickling liquid, hot sauce, Colman’s Mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together to combine. In Collins glasses, fill with ice (4 cubes) and pour 2 oz of Tito’s Vodka over top. Fill the rest of the glass with the Bloody Mary mix, and garnish with pickled vegetables (i.e. asparagus, green beans, celery) and an olive and lemon slice.

For the Rim

3 parts salt to 1 part Colman’s Mustard Powder as a salt rim

3 Layer Iced Bon Bon

IMUSA Espresso

Ingredients

1 can condensed milk  (14 ounce)
Ice cubes Shots of room temperature espresso coffee, unsweetened made in an IMUSA ESPRESSO MAKER (Available at Target.com for $10.99)

Instructions:

First, pour 2 inches of condensed milk into the base of 4 (4oz) juice glasses.

pour the equivalent of one shot of coffee on top of the condensed milk in each glass.

Take the remaining four shots of coffee and put them in a blender with four ice cubes. Blend in the blender until a thick foam is formed.

Pour the foam into each glass carefully. Serve immediately.

Slow Jam by KRUPS Brand Ambassador, Sam Lewontin

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Ingredients

1 double­shot espresso (use  an espresso with a chocolaty  or nutty flavor profile here)
1oz. dark chocolate syrup
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 dash Bittermen’s Orange  cream citrate
5oz. steamed almond milk
Instructions:

Combine espresso, chocolate,  bitters, and orange citrate  in an 8oz. mug. Stir, and top  with steamed almond milk.

“Chocolate bon­bons are a  classic Valentine’s Day treat.  With this drink, I wanted to  recreate those flavors in liquid form:  espresso and dark chocolate  are naturally complementary,  Peychaud’s bitters and Orange  cream citrate lend an  alluring suggestion of  preserved fruit, and  the nutty sweetness of almond  milk ties the whole thing  together.”

3 Simple Ways to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

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With holiday parties in full swing it makes you wonder is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on the pounds? I asked Amand Foti, Senior RD of Selvera Wellness, for 3 eating methods to incorporate for the rest of the month which will ensure a healthy and happy holiday season. Here are her tips:

  1. Cut down your portions. Most of us grab well over a recommended serving size. Consistently eating a bit more than you should can add up quickly. It only takes a couple hundred extra calories a day to gain weight.
  1. Drink water! Dehydration can cause unwanted food cravings, decrease metabolism, and even affect our energy levels. Drink at least 48-64 oz. a day! Try herbal tea on the colder days to mix it up a bit.
  1. Make sure you have a protein source, like eggs, greek yogurt, beans, chicken, fish, and nuts, and a fiber source, mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains at every meal. This will help keep you full and keep your metabolism up. Remember to eat something every 3-4 hours whether it’s a meal or snack.

Amanda Foti, MS, RD, CDN

Amanda Foti

Amanda is a Registered Dietitian and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She has broad experience managing disease with nutrition and lifestyle in the clinical setting, and extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy in relation to emotional eating and weigh management counseling. Amanda currently works one-on-one with clients developing personalized weight management plans that address nutrition, activity and lifestyle.

Muller’s Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt – Review #MullerMoment

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*Samples were provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

When Müller asked me if I’d be interested in tasting their newest yogurt flavors — Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip — my response was a very enthusiastic YES!

To improve my diet, I recently began replacing sugary, after-dinner desserts with yogurt. Luckily for me, Müller’s delicious offerings provide a healthier alternative to sweet treats (like cake and ice-cream) for 210 calories or less. These perfectly portioned servings of decadence are a good source of protein and calcium, plus contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.

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Müller’s new yogurt varieties retail for $1 and include these ice-cream inspired flavors:

Raspberry Chocolate Chip

Vanilla Bean

Strawberries & Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip

I love the combination of fruit and chocolate, so for me Raspberry Chocolate Chip was a standout flavor. The delicious blend of chocolate chips with creamy, fruity yogurt was a real joy.

I think one of the greatest benefits of Müller’s new treats is the versatility – you can enjoy the yogurts straight from the container or visit http://mulleranytimeyogurt.com/ for recipe inspiration.

Nature’s Path Cereal Giveaway ($50 Value)

cereal-giveawayDid you know that March 7th is National Cereal Day? To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Nature’s Path to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a gift basket brimming with GMO-free, organic goodness. This $50+ cereal package contains fan favorites, including Envirokidz, oatmeal and the latest superfood cereals.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a Nature’s Path prize package filled with cereals — valued at $50.

Open to US residents only.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Visit naturespath.com and tell us which Nature’s Path product you’d like to try. Leave your answer in the comments below.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @NaturesPath and @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS March 13, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winners will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

 

LO Fruit Beverage Giveaway

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Before you ditch your New Year’s resolution this month, beat the odds with LO Fruit Beverage! Whether you are in need of a refreshing fruit drink without all the added calories after a tough workout or just want to add a little flavor in your seltzer, LO Fruit Beverage will keep your sweet tooth at bay!

One ten ounce serving of LO Fruit Beverage contains the same amount of calories (35 – 45), carbs (8 – 11 grams), and sugars (7 – 10 grams) as found in one average whole fruit. Additionally, LO Fruit Beverage is a certified low GI (glycemic index) product, as clinically test by Glycemic Index Laboratories, kosher, vegan, and gluten free.

LO Fruit Beverages are available at natural foods and specialty grocers across the U.S. such as Meijer and H-E-B and online at www.LOFruitBeverage.com.

Want to win a LO Fruit Beverage prize pack? Keep reading to find out how!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a LO Fruit Beverage prize pack.

Open to entries worldwide.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell us which LO Fruit Beverage flavor you’re excited to try: Pomegranate, Pomegranate Mojito, Acai-Blue or Mango Mojito

BONUS ENTRIES:

Share this post on Facebook and tag LO Fruit Beverage and My Beauty Source Blog

Share this post on Twitter and tag @LOFruitBeverage and @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS February 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winners will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.