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Veggie Patch

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Veggie Patch

A big thank you goes out to Caitlin from Veggie Patch for sending me some of their terrific soyfood products to review on the blog!  It truly is healthy eating made simple!  I love that each of these items was such a terrific source of protein!  They are trans-fat free and also have a 100% satisfaction, or your money back policy!

</000>Falafel Chickpea Balls

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They’ve got options for everyone!  Snacks, lunches, dinners, kids’, and even low carb options!  I received some Meatless Meatballs, Garlic Portabello Burgers, Chick’n Nuggets, and Fallafel Chickpea Balls

Each one is incredibly convenient and makes for a nice and quick meal.  They can also be frozen for longer shelf life

It is difficult for me to choose a favorite, but I think I’m going to go with the Fallafel Chickpea Balls!  Perfect for topping salads, stuffed into sandwiches/wraps, or enjoying dipped in hummus alone! These guys were fantastic additions to any plate.  They come fully cooked and all natural, comprised of chickpeas, zaucchini, celery, carrots, cilatro, parsley, and other spices!

Check out these stats:

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The 6g of fiber was really impressive, along with 5g of protein

Another favorite of mine was the Garlic Portabello Burger.

</009>Meatless Garlic Portabella Burgers

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These burgers were very juicy and flavorful!  The garlic and mushroom flavors were spot on and mouthwatering.  They weren’t TOO oniony either, which I liked.  I like to eat mine in a Smart Start Whole Wheat Light english muffin topped with lots of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and mustard!  They’re 100% vegetarian, an excellent source of calcium, fiber, and protein, and contain zero artificial ingredients or trans fats!

Nutrition Facts

20% of your DV Calcium & 11g of protein!

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The Meatless Meatballs were winners in my family too!  No one believed me when I told them they were “veggie balls”!  Just like the genuine article.  These packed the BEST protein punch, too!  16 whole grams for just 120 calories in each 3 piece serving!  I loved them with my Shiritaki Noodles with a little bit of Light Ragu!  I could have a HUGE bowl of “spaghetti & meatballs” for UNDER 250 calories

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The Chick’n Nuggets were pretty cool too.  I never really liked breaded anything but these reminded me of a Chicken Nugget happy meal from Mickey D’s only without the nasty sluggish feeling after eating them.  They were much meatier tasting that the actual McDonald’s too!  No disgusting grissle that you have to eat around! 

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These would be GREAT for feeding to kids.  They would NEVER know the difference between these and the fast food nightmares that you’ll purchase at the drive-thru.  Check out the stats in comparison!

Nutrition Facts
Veggie Patch Nuggets

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McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets

They’ve got 1/2 the amount of saturated fats, 4g less total fat, and 20% more calcium, not to mention the 4g of additional fiber!

I liked to dip mine in Sugar Free Log Cabin syrup!  It was like eating them with honey that you get at Mickey D’s, only MUCH more nutritious.

Awesome products.  I will definitely be purchasing more of the Meatless Meatballs and the Falafel Chickpea Balls.  Possibly the Garlic Portabello Burgers too! 🙂

Wondering where to find these veggierific foods?  Check out the store locator on their website!

Pros vs. Cons

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On a positive note, here’s your Verse of the Day 🙂

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.”- Job 23:10-11

On a little bit less positive note, I’d like to make a public apology for using Ash’s amazing Rush Bowl pictures.  She is truly a talented food blogger and photographer.  I guess I was a tad naive in believing that it wasn’t a big deal to borrow photos without asking.  I promise I meant no harm, and I am sincere and remorseful for to those of you that I’ve offended.  I am a newbie and I suppose for most of you its common sense, but I have learned a lesson and will no longer use a photo without asking permission.  Thank you for bringing it to my attention so I didn’t continue doing something harmful without realizing it.  I wish I had been told the first time that it happened so I wouldn’t have continued to do it!

 

The happy couple.

Anyway, back to the positive.  The Bachelor is OVER! The pro:  We don’t have to sit through the torture of watching someone break good girls’ hearts, while the seemingly immature win out.  The con:  Girl’s nights with the family are over…unless we find a new show to watch!  Which is what I’m gunning for 🙂 I’m not even going to waste my breath ranting about Jake’s choice.  If that’s the type of girl he wants, then he doesn’t deserve a girl like Tenley anyway.

Pro:  My Dad fixed my stationary bike for me!  I was able to bike 600 calories off when I got home from work last night.  Con:  It may not live very much longer.

 

Dinner.

Pro: Dinner was epic.  My Dad took good care of us last night!  He had fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, sliced strawberries, pork chops, and baked potatoes.  (Baked microwaved sweet potato + sugar free brown sugar cinnamon torani & strawberry salad with asian silk 1 calorie per spray dressing) Con: I am now completely out of SF brown sugar cinnamon syrup

 

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I also had a La Tortilla Factory Wrap filled with banana slices and Dark Chocolate peanut butter from Sunland Inc.  It wasn’t too photogenic, but tasted really delish!  Reviews on the peanut butter to come!  They also sent Raspberry & Banana infused peanut butters as well!  I can’t wait to try them.

After dinner, I packed my lunch for today:

Leftover salad from dinner + a few modifications.

I added some sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, sliced strawberries, and broccoli to my salad.

Then I packed a Quorn Turkey burger with a La Tortilla Factory wrap & a Sonoma Jack’s Pepperjack Cheese wedge.

Packed in a classy manner with a ziplock baggie 🙂

After the Bachelor I passed out pretty quickly.  I was soooo sleepy!

Have a terrific Tuesday!