Hydration Sensation :: 11 Reasons You Should Always Keep A Bottle of Water With You

I’m pretty much permanently dehydrated thanks to some thrilling medicine I have to be on – fun, right? Prior to this medical requirement, I maybe drank one or two bottles a day. And that was if I had sports or some other outside activity to endure. Since this medical requirement, I have been come the poster child for Hydrate Anonymous. Continue reading

Healthy Meal Prep :: Carrot Cake Banna Bread 

Do you ever buy too many of something and then have tons of leftovers you have no idea what to do with? That’s my life story where bananas, lemons, and well, fruit in general is concerned. That’s how I found myself late one Friday night crazy deep in the bowels (sounds icky, right?) of Pinterest, vainly searching for something to do with my last three bananas.

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Summer Goals 2016:: July

July is here! Honestly, July is one of my least favorite months. It’s hot – I mean, really hot – and I hate the heat. But I’m not going to let that (and a crazy full schedule) stop me from completely my summer goals. In order to best complete them, I made some July goals.

  1. Work out more: I am sick a lot and have really bad migraines. That, combined with a new job and refurbishing the place Cody and I are moving into, has taken all of my energy. This month, I plan to workout even if I don’t feel like it at least four times a week, because a slow workout is better than none. And I know I feel so much better when I am active.
  2. Healthy breakfasts was one of my summer goals, but I have been nailing that this past month, along with having well rounded meals. Obviously, I am keeping this up! This month, I plan to add protein shakes for breakfast.
  3. Frequently blogging: Well, to say this don’t as planned is an understatement, and maybe this should fall under organization because that is why this hasn’t gone as planned – my lack of organization.
  4. DIY projects: These are going to revolve around the new place – cabinets, counters, and décor. I haven’t had time recently to really be at the new place, but once I am, these posts will be up.
  5. Organization is something I have never been great at. I am working so hard on this, but it hasn’t been easy. I’m going to keep trying, though.
  6. Reading more is super easy. When I don’t feel well, I read while I rest. I have plenty of books I haven’t read, too.



July Workouts





August Love With Food Box

One box. One meal.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015

The idea behind Love With Food brings me joy each time I receive my box. Every month when I indulge in my shopping habit, I also help somebody that doesn’t have the ability to help themselves. Helping others, in any way, is such a great feeling.

Before we get to my box this month, one point of business: all of my pictures in this post are black and white. I had changed my settings for a different project, but forgot to change them back before I took these pictures. I didn’t even notice until I pulled them up to edit them. Anyway, back to my favorite LWF box thus far.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015

Pretty much everything in this month’s box is a hit with me. Many of the products are new to me, and I was pretty excited to try them!

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015

The first thing I tried this month was he the popcorn by 479°. I got the asiago, parmesan, and cheddar flavor. Simply delicious. I could see myself purchasing these again! Each bag has about 70 calories, 0 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Not too shabby for an afternoon snack or a carb-y study break snack.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 479 Popcorn

Goodness, the next thing I tried was amazing! The Stonefire Original Naan Crisps are great by themselves or dipped in hummus. Each bag has 60 calories, 2 grams of protein, and zero grams of sugar. I think these will quickly become a stocked item in my pantry.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 Naan Crisps

I was very skeptical of the Wild Friends Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter. Now, I love peanut butter – so, so, so much. I could eat it for or with every meal, but I have never had flavored peanut butter before. I tried it on toasted French bread. And I was honestly pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t too bad actually. My mom tried it and loved it. Each pack has 7 grams of protein, 180 calories, 5 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of fat. Peanut butter and other butters have healthy fats, so don’t rule them out totally because of their high fat content.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 Sesane Cranberry peanut Butter

Continuing with the skeptical products, I tried the Fruity Pie in apricot and almond flavor. I’m not too big on fruity things like this, but it was pretty good. My niece loved it so much. I plan to order her some of these for snacks or as part of breakfast. My pie has 69 calories, 1.3 grams of fat, and 1.25 grams of protein.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 Apricot and Almond Fruity Pie

Yum. That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the next product: Enlightened Roasted Broad Beans in the flavor garlic and onion. I could not get enough of these! Each packet has 100 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 0 grams of sugar. I have every intention of purchasing these!

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 Roasted Broad Beans

I really like the Stash tea. I got the flavor Lemon Rooibos. You simply add the tea to a bottle of water and shake. So cool, right? I had no idea things like this were made. I know I will be getting more of these soon.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 Stash Lemon Tea

I was very iffy about the next product: organic hard candies by Go Organic. I love the idea behind it. Organic candy is a much better alternative for your child. I actually wasn’t too fond of these; they were a tad too sour for my taste. I plan to give them to my mom to give out at her office.

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 Go Organic Apple Hard Candies

The last product in my box was by Kind. It was a healthy grain popped bar in salted caramel. Each bar has 140 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 7 grams of sugar. I ate this as a quick breakfast, but it could also be had as a snack. Super yum!

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015 Salted Caramel Bar

Have you had any of these foods?

B&W Love with Food Box Aug 2015

Have you subscribed to Love With Food yet? If not, you should!

Let me know if you have had any of these or have suggestions about snacks I should try.

Love With Food: Taster Box

Love With Food is an amazing company with an even more amazing mission. They are a unique subscription box that sends samples of all-natural or organic snack foods. What’s truly amazing is that for each box sold (of the ten dollar boxes – the basic box) they donate a meal to different food banks. I love seeing companies that use their platform for good. This company and their mission was brought to my attention when Taralynn McNitt hosted a giveaway on her blog.

Love With Food Box

My first box arrived and I was super-duper excited! It came with six different food samples and one additional goodie. Plus a cool magnet for me to show my support with!

Love With Food Box

My absolute favorite thing out of this box was the Wild Garden hummus snack pack. Hummus is one of my absolute favorite foods and I eat it almost every day. This pack came with traditional hummus and sea salt quinoa chips. The chips – oh my – the chips were amazing. I have every intention to get more of them.

Hummus Chips Love With Food Box

Along those lines, they included pasta chips by Vintage Italia. This was the first time I had ever had this brand or any pasta chips. They were garlic and olive oil flavored and too amazing. But seriously, wow. I need these in my life on the regular.

Pasta Chips Love With Food

Love With Food included honey graham sticks by Back to Nature. My niece loved these and so did I. They tasted great with Greek yogurt and honey. Yum!

Honey Graham Crackers Love With Food

Marley also loved the Sour Beans by YumEarth Naturals. They are all natural sour jelly beans. She likes to call sour food spicy! Its adorable. I wasn’t a big fan of these because I don’t really like sour things. But I pan on ordering her some more of these for a yummy treat once in a while.

Sour Beans Love With Food Box

The only thing I had tried that was in the box was the Luna bar. It was a mini lemon zest . . . my favorite! I tucked it into my backpack for an afternoon pick me up at school.

Lemon Zest Luna Bar Love With Food

Something else I had never tried before was the shortbread cookies by Walkers. Super delicious. I love that these cookies only have four ingredients. It makes me happy when companies use fewer ingredients.

Walkers Shortbread Cookies Love With Food Box

My mom tried this one – the Mightly Leaf green tea tropical whole leaf pouch. I love green tea, but I prefer my tea fruitier. She loved it though.

Tea Love With Food Box

The extra something included was a code for three months free of saltedtv.com. I already have one of these from my FabFitFun box, so I plan on giving this to my mom’s foodie friend. She’ll love it!

Salted TV Love With Food Box

I loved all of the snacks I tried in this box, with the exception of the sour beans, and I cannot wait to get the May box.

Have you tried any of these snacks or brands? Do you have a Love With Food subscription?