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Graze Box Review (Unboxing)

Graze


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I am always looking for the next healthy thing to get into, whether it be recipes, gadgets, health tips, or easy, on the go, snacks! So, I was very excited to try out the Graze Box. These guys will box up a few healthy snacks each month and send them to you in the mail for only $11.99 each. They work with small suppliers that provide great quality food, and use a taste team and nutritionist to create recipes with the best vitamins and minerals for healthy snacking.

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As you can see, the snacks come prepackaged in cute little plastic containers, which are then sectioned off into an adorable, environment friendly box. My first box came with four snacks and the second box featured eight brand new snacks. Graze boasts a range of over 100 snacks to ensure that each box can be customized to your taste. After trying a few, I’d say the box is worth it. It’s something easy to check off the to-do-list, and if you toss these into your lunch box, you don’t have to worry about buying those chips and candy from the vending machine or gas station. One thing that I should mention though, is that although they taste delicious, it may be an adjustment to some of your tastebuds. Everything taste really great, but you also notice that it’s healthier. On the plus side, it’s pretty filling!

Here are a few of the snacks that came in my second box.

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Caramel Apple: caramel sauce with soft apple pieces
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Vanilla Walnut Fudge: walnuts, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, fudge & rasins
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Lemon Drizzle Flapjack: rustic rolled oat flapjack with zesty lemon & yogurt drizzle
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Creamy Ranch Kern Pops: creamy ranch popped corn kernals
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Cherries & Berries: cherries, lingonberries, cranberries, and jumbo rasins
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The Cheese Board: cheese cashews, croutons, and herb crackers

And if you guys are interested in learning a little bit more about Graze, I’ve linked my Youtube video below. There’s also mention of free coupon codes, so head over there for more info! Be sure to let me know if you guys try these or if you’ve invested in anything similar to this.

 Lynella

*This post was NOT sponsored; I was given a free coupon code & tried the box with pleasant results!

 

Morning Smoothies: Blueberry, Banana & Spinach

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I love morning smoothies! They’re refreshing, clean, easy to make and good on the go! You can make a great smoothie with just a couple of items or by throwing multiple ingredients into the mix. This morning, I made a blueberry, banana, and spinach smoothie. Most days, I choose the bag of mixed frozen fruits for more of a tropical taste, but sometimes I’m looking for something sweeter, less tangy. And I’m sure you guys are familiar with fruit smoothies, but tossing a leafy green in allows you to add a boost without forfeiting the flavor. Sometimes, I’ll even make a smoothie with 3/4 spinach and 1/4 frozen fruit– it’s just still wonderful, just not as sweet. When choosing additives, I always go for flaxseeds and chia seeds. I haven’t looked into other things, but I started with these because they help with weight loss. For more info, I’ve listed the ingredients for this particular smoothie below and some of their many health benefits*.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of Frozen Blueberries (fresh ones are okay)

Blueberries are great for weight loss, as they are high in dietary fiber. They’re also great for healthy digestion, fighting wrinkles, maintaining healthy bones, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes, improving mental health, warding off heart disease, and preventing cancer.

1 Medium Banana

Bananas help with lowering blood pressure, asthma, combating cancer, supporting a healthy heart due to the levels of fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and B6, diabetes, preserving memory, and boosting your mood.

Handful of Fresh Spinach

Because spinach is a dark, leafy green, it’s great for the skin, hair, and bones, and it provides protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. Helps manage diabetes, prevents cancer, asthma, lowers blood pressure, promotes regularity (so pooping!), and bone health.

1 tsp. of Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are a great source of dietary fiber and help to protect against cancer, lower cholesterol, and improve blood sugar levels.

1 tsp. of Chia Seeds

Looking to boost your fiber intake? Chia seeds can help with that. These guys help with weight loss, digestion, detoxing, cardiovascular disease prevention, cholesterol, and lowering diabetes risks.

Ice (few cubes)

Water (1/4 ways upward?)

1 tbsp. of Honey 

If any of you give this a try, let me know how you like it. & for those of you that are already drinking tons of morning smoothies, let me know some of your favorite recipes!

   Lynella!

*All health information was sourced from medicalnewstoday.com and have been linked accordingly.

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Spinach Pesto Pasta & Baked Salmon.

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Hey there healthy people, how are you?! Wonderfully, beautiful I hope! Today I decided to post something a bit different, and hopefully it will be the first post of many like its kind. As you know, I’m making the effort to transition into a healthier lifestyle and with that I will be cooking more of my meals. Today, we’ll be making spinach pesto pasta, with a side of baked salmon.

Pasta and fish are a familiar pairing for me–as it was something quick, easy and healthy to prepare when I was a student. I would either bake some tilapia, or bake or sear some salmon– I haven’t really ventured into other types of fish. Usually, I just go for basic, minimal ingredients. I never really looked up a recipe, I just asked my older sister for the least amount of ingredients needed to make salmon taste good. Over time, I’ve added a couple of things to make it taste a little less fishy.

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Salmon: What You’ll Need:

  • Fresh or prepackaged salmon of your choosing (mine came with 4 fillets)
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Baking pan
  • Foil paper

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Firstly, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 425 degrees and thaw your salmon packages if they are frozen. (If you put some hot water in a bowl and place the packages into the water, it will speed up the process.) While you wait, you can line your pan with enough foil to fold over and cover the fish.

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Then, pour a bit of olive oil onto a plate–it doesn’t have to be much, this is just being used to lightly coat both sides of the fish before seasoning. Next, sprinkle some salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper on both sides. Notice I didn’t give you guys any measurements because I don’t use any, I just wing it! Honestly, though, you only need a little. Place each piece of salmon in the pan as you go along.

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Next, take a bit of soy sauce and pour it into the bottle cap. Slowly pour the sauce into the empty spaces of the pan, and a tiny bit on each of the pieces of fish. You’re really just trying to enhance the flavor of the fish, not drown it in sauce. Just having the sauce in the pan will help with that.

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After you’ve added the soy sauce, fold the foil paper over so that it’s covering the fish. Place the pan in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. After this, the fish is technically finished, but I usually open the foil paper and place the fish back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. Some may say that this it too long, but the folks around here don’t seem to like fish that tastes like fish, Ha! So, I like to cook it a little longer. Next, is the pesto and pasta!

For this particular pesto pasta dish, I have combined two recipes that I found here and here; one is a dairy-free basil cashew pasta and the other, spinach pesto fusilli. I will say that I do like the pesto sauce better when it’s made with pine nuts, as shown in the first link, but I used cashews to try something different and because it’s all I had!

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Pesto Pasta: What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cups of cashews
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium lemon (for 1 tsp. zest and 1 tbsp. juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil
  • Pasta (I never measure this properly)
  • Medium sized pot
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food processor or Blender

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After gathering your ingredients, you’ll need to combine the spinach, nuts, salt, pepper, and garlic in the blender. I’m using the amazing nutribullet!

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Once those ingredients are ground together, you can add the cheese, olive oil, and lemon zest and juice. Your pesto should look like a beautiful, green, creamy sauce– sorry I don’t have a pic!

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Lastly, take the pasta of your choosing and boil it according to the package. Personally, I’m terrible at measuring pasta because the suggested amount never seems to pair accordingly. I say, just go with the flow and do what feels right. When it’s done, pour out the water–keeping about a cup– and add the pasta and the sauce. You can use some of the water from the pot to change the consistency of your sauce.

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And just like that, you have spinach pesto pasta and baked salmon. This meal only takes about 30 minutes, so it’s a great choice for college students, newbies, and moms who are making meals after school. If any of you give it a try, please let me know how it turns out! Make sure to take a picture and send it to me on twitter or mention me on instagram!

*Just as a note: these pictures are of decent quality, but the angles aren’t the best.  I took them with my new phone, since I have yet to locate–or even look for–my camera.

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Note: This post is from June 24th, 2013. An update is coming soon and you will find it here.

Fast Food

This. This is the food of America. We are a fast food nation, we are unhealthy, and we are dying.

Well, I’m tired of being another statistic. I am 22 and overweight. I am on the road to, God forbid, diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colon cancer, and several other health problems. Why would I confess such things, you say? I’m not. I have no intention on allowing any of these things to happen to me–I pray health over my body always. But, I can’t believe for a healthy body and 120 great years of life while shoving McDoubles, Asiago Ranch Chicken Sandwiches, Chalupas, 3-meat Pizzas, Fries, Dipping Sauces, Cony Dogs, 3-Piece Chicken Tenders, Sodas, Candy, and other endless crap down my throat–yes, do go ahead and play the ‘name that restaurant’ game with some of those things listed above…it was specific on purpose.

I am not only at risk because of my weight, but because these things run in my family. Good ol’ genetics. But, sometimes we make our genetics become what they are, and I’m just not trying to have that.

22. 194ish lbs. 5’4.5″. That. Is. A. Problem. I’m almost 200lbs!! Technically speaking, according to the BMI calculator, I am obese. “Take Action: This measurement indicates an “apple” body shape. Excess fat stored in the stomach area increases your risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer” (www.webmd.com).

Wah-freaking-lah.

Yes, people come in all shapes and sizes and they are all beautiful. But, there is a difference in being curvy, and just being–I’m sorry, because I dislike this term–fat. Big girls can “back it up,” sure, but they need to hit the gym too. Being unhealthy and sloppy is not appealing; and being healthy has nothing to do with the stereotypical, and quite unrealistic–though not always–supermodel/celebrity look. I don’t care about that. I’m referring to being and looking as healthy as possible for your age, height and sex. No 4-year-old child, standing 3-4 feet tall should be 300lbs, that’s deadly. Same goes for adults.

For my height, age and sex I should be approx. 117-155llbs. That’s a nice range, and it shows that people don’t have to look the same to be healthy–variation exists. So, don’t accuse me or anyone else of saying that I’m trying to look like some fame-named person. Granted, regardless of what anyone says, society has presented an image of beauty before the masses; and avoiding it entirely is nearly impossible. But I think the two go hand-in-hand. Yeah, television made having a gut look less sexy, but so did the doctor.

I was 143-146 lbs. in 7th-9th grade, and I know most people would ask: why would you wanna look or be the same size that you were between the ages of 12 and 15? But if anyone knows me, they’d know that fast food probably changed my hormones, and I’ve looked quite “mature” for quite some time– when I was 12, I didn’t look it! Back then, I was a dancer and super fit. But once I got to high school, my only activity was PE, which wasn’t much–we went bowling and played pool for 1/4 of the semester. By junior year, physical ed. was no longer a requirement and that’s when the weight came. I hit 150 lbs. and thought:  “whoo, I’m so big!” Then, 160 came and the doctor told me that I was over the mark but it was okay–just don’t gain anymore. Now, I’m going into grad school at about 194 and I need to make a change.

So, today the journey begins. Today, I become a healthier me. Sure, I’ve said it before & I’ve tried several times, but this is the time that I go for the goal and push all the way through. I’m ready to start anew. I’m moving to NYC in August, starting my Master’s program in social work, moving out of my parent’s home and stepping on the pavements of reality. There’s no better time than the present.

So wish me luck! & feel free to join me on the road to new health and new beginnings 🙂