NEW Modern Table Meals Flavors!

I love that I'm wrapping up Celiac Awareness month talking about one of my favorite products!
Modern Table Meals is a God send for busy people needing a quick addition to a meal or substitute for dinner!
Over the past couple of years they've come out with flavors that always blow my mind! Mediterranean
Pesto
Mac and Cheese
Italian
They've also packaged there super tasty Gluten Free lentil based pastas!

Now, they've come out with 2 new flavors and 1 oldie but now GLUTEN FREE goodie!
New Modern Table Meal Flavors 
The new flavors are Creamy Mushroom and Cheddar Broccoli  
And now there original flavor, Teriyaki, is dairy and gluten free! I can't wait to try that one!

I love the new meals! Just like their other meals, the flavors are on point! While my husband isn't a fan of mushrooms, I thought the creamy mushroom was amazing! A great side dish to your meal. We had the cheddar broccoli (not pictured because I'm a dodo and forgot to shoot it before opening it ;P) on a busy night and it was a great single meal!

Guess what makes these products even better?? You can not only order them online, but you can find them in your local Whole Foods AND Target (pssttt.. target also sometimes runs Cartwheel deals for them). Use their easy store finder here.

I can't rave about how much I love these products! They are a great thing to keep in your kitchen cabinet for those busy nights or nights you need a great side dish. Modern Table Meals
*Discloser* Modern Table Meals sent me these products in exchange for a review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

CDAM Giveaway!

A quick little giveaway to celebrate the end of Celiac Disease Awareness Month!
I am giving away ONE swag bag filled with The Real Co. and Garden Lite goodies!
CDAM Giveaway
One bag is going to a lucky reader and another is going to a needy family in my area :)

About The Real Co.
We are introducing and pioneering what we believe to be an exciting and transparent new food category and method of sourcing produce globally and delivering it at a local level; named SINGLE ORIGIN. We enter partnerships with farmers and growers around the world who don't have an established mainstream route to distribute their produce and from there we create a way to share their commodity with the world.

About Garden Lites
Garden Lites is on a mission to create DELICIOUS foods that are truly healthy because every one of our products is veggie-rich with vegetables as its first ingredient.  Why veggies?  Because the one message on health that has never changed is “eat your vegetables”.
CDAM Giveaway
Just enter the RaffleCopter Below!
Must be 18 years or older and live in the continental United States.

*Discloser- I was sent these bags to review and giveaway. Opinions are 100% my own.

Nutiva Organic Oil

Friends. These new oils from Nutiva need to be in your pantry now! 
These oils and the flavors they bring will blow your mind, in a good way of course. ;)
Nutiva Organic Oil
What is Red Palm Oil?? 
Our unrefined red palm oil has a mild carrot-like flavor, with a rich, buttery texture. Some red palm oils have a strong or harsh flavor, however, our proprietary cold-filtration process removes any strong flavor while retaining the nutrients. It's ideal for soups, sauces and sautéing. 

And the Coconut Oil Butter Flavor??? 
With this product, you get all the goodness of Nutiva refined coconut oil combined with a delicious buttery flavor. It's a versatile, all purpose cooking oil and is perfect butter alternative for any a variety of uses including:
Spreads on breads
Baking
Saute
Buttering Popcorn

Nutiva Organic Oil
As you can tell by the photo's. I've already busted into the buttery flavored coconut oil. I eat popcorn on a daily basis. No lie. It is my favorite type of snack so I'm always looking for something new and exciting to put on my popcorn. 
This stuff is SO good. It gives you that nice buttery taste without the heaviness of butter (even vegan butter).
The Red Palm oil is great for sauteing veggies. It's flavor is a little different then the coconut oil which is why I think it works better for cooking! I'm thinking I'm gonna throw it over some veggies I have on the menu for the week.
Nutiva Organic Oil
Check out more about Nutivas products here! 



Discloser* I was sent these oils to try and review from Nutiva. All opinions are 100% my own.

Celiac Disease Awareness Month Goodies

It's Celiac Disease Awareness Month Friends!
I'm excited to bring about awareness to this auto-immune disease that effects many.
While I have not been diagnosed with CD, being gluten free do to my allergy/intolerance has made me very aware of how serious this auto-immune disease is and respect for those that have it.

Throughout the rest of this month I am going to be updating this post with all the #CDAM goodies I find that you should check out! From giveaways, to products, to recipes!

Giveaways
Celiac and the Beast is hosting MULTIPLE giveaways right now! You gotta go check them out!

Enjoy Life Foods is also hosting a #SpringFreely giveaway on all their Social Media channels! Show them how you celebrate spring and tag them (@enjoylifefoods) and use the #SpringFreely for a chance to win a box full of Enjoy Life Food goodies!

Products
You should definitely check out Beanfield! I am a HUGE fan of their products! And now you can find them in the deli section of your local Publix, as well as your local health food stores!

Recipes
A gluten free take on this recipe is going to be up soon here on the blog but I love this Mongolian Chicken Slow Cooker recipe. It turned out amazing! The husband majorly approved this recipe!

This allergy friendly "Dirt Cup" recipe from Enjoy Life Foods is the bomb!
 Allergy Friendly Dirt Cup

Stay Tuned! I'll be updating this post over the next couple of weeks! 


Staying Healthy After The Wedding

I don't know about you, but about a month into marriage I knew my body had changed and not just weight wise. It amazes me how our bodies know when life changes and adapts accordingly. Its crazy! God's quite imaginative!

As I transition out of the newlywed stage, I've learned some things that have helped me along the way as my body transitioned from single to married and tackled new things and environments.

Side Note: I did not live with my husband till our wedding day. 
I also saved myself for that day, so this is all based off my experience.
Staying Healthy After The Wedding

Supplements
I got the flu about 2 months into our marriage, when I went into the doctors she looked at me and asked me if I had started taking any type of daily supplements since we had gotten married.
...No....
She went on to tell me I should start taking daily supplements in order to help my immune system. Being a very fresh newlywed, while amazing and great, can sometimes take your body off guard with the new environment and germs that comes with it. And if you're not prepared (like I was) it can hit your body hard.
So what kind of supplements should you be taking...
A GOOD basic multi-vitamin for women
Fish Oil
Echinacea and GoldenSeal - Great immune booster!
Vitamine C
Cranberry Fruit - Keeps "down there" clean and germ free (Honeymoon Disease is real people!)

Don't Diet but Watch Your Diet
I was REALLY hard on myself by the 6 month mark. I had gained about 5-10lbs, and I was so afraid of what was gonna happen. I had to take a step back and realize a few things
1. I was underweight before the wedding
2. I was eating healthy
3. I was HAPPY.
Weight gain after marriage is going to happen. But as long as you are HEALTHY and HAPPY that's all that matters.
But also don't be oblivious to bad choices. Eating out a lot, keeping unhealthy foods in the house, overeating, it can all add up.
Find the balance and go with it.

Find time do something active
I'm not big on exercise. *GASP* Mostly because I don't get any enjoyment out it. I don't have the patience (or extroverted-ness) to work out in a gym. I've always been an "own my own" type of workout girl.
I dance. Now, I don't just run around my house doing random moves and flailing my arms. I legitimately work out by doing ballet/contemporary type dance. Thats my thing, it's what I like to do.
I know married life is busy and if I can get 3, 45 minute workouts in a week that's a good week for me. Just do what you can. But do something.
If you can go for an evening walk. Do it!
Do some Yoga posses before bed.
Bike Ride. Yard Work.
Do something

Keep track of what you put ON your body
Fragrances are HARSH on your skin. Add a new environment and a life change and your body might be like mine and give up on fragrances all together. Be smart, use more fragrance free and non-toxic washes, detergent pods, shampoo, soap. All of this will help keep your body from having a immune meltdown and rashing out.

Do you have any tips for staying healthy at the start of a marriage??? 
I'd love to hear them!

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April Favorites

April seemed to have gone by SO fast. It's probably because, for me,  2 out of the 4 weeks was spent preparing for the end of my college spring semester. Phew..
Now that my mind is clear of school, I'm looking forward to what the summer brings.

April Favorites

I don't have many favorites this month as I have had in the past. Mostly because I didn't have as much time as I usually do to discover new things this month.
 But I do have a few!

April Favorites. Just Mayo Dressing
Hampton Creek Just "Dressings'
I was THRILLED to find these at my local target this week! I've been waiting to get my hands on some since I heard they were coming out with dressings. I love Just Mayo and the dressings did not disappoint. I'm amazed all 3 were dairy and gluten free. My ONLY issue was there was modified food starch in the dressings. Something I wish could be changed. BUT overall I am super impressed and can't wait to see what they come out with next!

April Favorites Organic Black Tea
Organic Black Tea
This is the time of year that my southerness really starts to come out and my sweet tea cravings grow stronger. I was DETERMINED to make any sweet tea this year with organic black tea. I found the small black box at TJ Maxx for $2 and then I ordered the other Newman's Own box via Vitacost for $4. Super cheep right!! And not to brag, but I made some super tasty sweet tea thats sitting in my fridge right now ;)

April Favorites Dog Bananas
Dog Bandana's
Bruno could care less what you put on him. Which is nice for me because I like to put him in bandanas! We have accumulated a lot over the past year and half. My favorite shop to buy them from is Lucky Dog Love. She's made collars for our pup and also makes the cutest bandanas that I pick up at a local market every now and then. The Star Wars one he is wearing is my favorite by far.


Honorable Mentions
Movie: Star Wars EP VII (obviously)
NetFlix Binge: IZombie
Social Media Tool: Klout

When You Can't Buy Organic.....

Sometimes I think there is a misconception that when living a healthy, natural food lifestyle, organic is the ONLY way you can purchase anything.

While Organic is definitely the best choice there are some exceptions or other options when you are tight on money.

My rule of thumb when making food purchases is if it's not organic, make sure its Non-GMO.

This is so helpful because with the growing push for companies to be more transparent and introduce Non-GMO labels to their products, finding Organic and/or Non-GMO products is becoming easier and easier.

So here are some of my favorite products you can buy that are NOT Organic... *GASP*

Side Note: Like I said before Organic is always better but sometimes not an option.

Orange Juice
OJ is SO EXPENSIVE organic and my husband LOVES it, making it a horribly expensive combination.

So, I was so excited to hear Tropicana was adding Non-GMO to some of their juices. Now I can buy OJ without feeling guilty.

When you can't buy Organic

Nut Milk
I'm a little biased cause I love nut milk. Almond, cashew, coconut, you name it I love it. I was reading an article that talked about how choosing milk really comes down to taste and whether or not you have a tolerance to regular milk.

I love nut milk because of the taste. I find it a bit sweater and I while I don't drink it straight up from a glass, it makes for some awesome smoothies....and the kind I buy, are Non-GMO.

When You Can't Buy Organic

Peanut Butter
Just like OJ, Peanut Butter can be expensive organic too. My favorite brands to buy from that are Non-GMO are Smart Balance and Earth Balance. Both have great Non-GMO options that won't break the bank.

When You Can't Buy Organic

Honey
Did you know its better to buy local honey then organic? Local Honey will contain pollen to help with allergies common in your area.

Organic honey is kind of controversial. As I was doing research, there really wasn't anything I could find that says that organic honey is better for you. Mostly because it is VERY hard to control the bee's and what flowers they go to to pollinate.

I did see that local RAW honey is the best of the best because the bee's would be pollinating local plants and the harvesting is less processed.

I buy mine from a local family at the farmers market who uses a raw method when harvesting.

Its so good I can't get enough of it.

When You Can't Buy Organic

If you are curious here are some articles I found
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/food/how-can-honey-be-organic/ 
http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2013/05/10/the-amazing-benefits-of-local-raw-honey/

Tuna
I grew up on tuna. I actually shared my grandma's/moms recipe for Tuna Burgers here on the blog.

Tuna tends to get pushed to the side in terms of healthiness when there is actually a lot of awesome benefits to Tuna fish. However, I am a firm believer WILD CAUGHT fish is the best type of fish. Mostly because, I believe, fish should be caught in the wild in their natural habitat like they have been for hundreds of years. (article)

So if you are ever going to have fish or shellfish, make sure it is wild caught and sustainability rated.

My local Publix just started carrying Wild Selections who I've heard has the best canned tuna out there. While its not Organic (you really can't get fish organic ;) ), its certified sustainable! And caught in the way nature intended.

When You Can't Buy Organic

Like I've said before, organic is the best option overall, but when its not doable or affordable, go with Non-GMO. Also! Know the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen when shopping for veggies and fruit.

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