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NaSoya Tofu Plus!

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Loads of thanks to Sue from NaSoya for sending me some of their new Firm and Extra Firm Organic Tofu Plus to try out and review for the blog!  Tofu is “designed to meet the nutritional needs for those on a no/low meat diet and is fortified with B2, B6, B12, D and Calcium“, as stated on the website, however, it is much more than that!  You don’t have to be on a no meat diet to enjoy the benefits of soy protein

 

Firm Tofu Plus.

USDA Certified Organic, no preservatives, a great source of protein, and no cholesterol!  How can you beat a protein source like that?  Not to mention, just one serving provides you with 20% of your DV Calcium, Vitamin D, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12! With just 70 calories, 3g fat (0g saturated), and 7g protein, you can easily incorporate this protein powerhouse into your diet. 

Wondering how exactly to prepare tofu?  Your answers can be found on the NaSoya website!  They even give you a guide/how-to tutorial if you’re really lost! See? 

It's as easy as these few simple steps:

From there, the tofu can be baked, broiled, fried, grilled, or whatever else you can think of!  I’ve actually snacked on it raw, too Gliding Calm style 😉  It’s really good dipped in ketchup, honey, or bbq sauce!  You can even throw them into salads!

For other recipes, the NaSoya website has you covered again!

One of my favorite tofu recipes is marinated baked tofu.  I actually didn’t even measure out the three simple ingredients and it came out fantastic!

I’ll guestimate so you can imitate the recipe if you’d like!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. sugar free honey
  • 2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2/3 block Nasoya firm/extra firm tofu

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Drain & press tofu until dried.
  3. Cube the tofu.
  4. Mix sauce ingredients (honey, soy sauce, and chili powder) together in a bowl.
  5. Toss the tofu cubes in the marinate until completely coated.
  6. Place tofu on a non-stick baking sheet sprayed with Pam.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes!

You can find NaSoya products in just about any grocery store, but if you need help finding them, you can always check out the store locator on the website! Thanks again, Sue!

 

Better Bowls!

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Thanks so much to Malathy from Better Bowls for sending me some to review for you all! These handy little treats are conveniently packaged in microwave safe styrafoam bowls to be prepared easily in just minutes.  Preparing a quick healthy treat has never been so simple.  They even use natural ingredients!  They come in Vanilla and Chocolate pudding varieties (regular & sugar free!) and Strawberry & Orange gelatin (regular & sugar free!)

Sugar Free Strawberry!

I didn’t try any of the regular varieties, but my sisters raved over them!  They were perfect for my sister who is in college because they’re so convenient and easy to make.  All you do is add water to fill to the line on the inside of the bowl, stir, microwave, & refrigerate!  Anyone can do it.  No stove top required!

Sugar Free Strawberry & Orange Nutritionals.

I was a fan, however of the Sugar Free versions!  The nutritionals were pretty great too! I could eat the whole bowl for just 25 calories and 0g of fat!  The taste was a little off, but I think it’s because I didn’t stir it well enough when I took it out of the microwave. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also really enjoyed the Sugar Free puddings!  They were totally creamy and set up nicely in the refrigerator!  The stats for these bowls were great too!

4g of fiber and 3g of protein for just 110 calories!

I decided to get a little creative with my pudding bowls and make them as directed, but then I stuck them in the freezer for a few hours!  It made Sugar Free, creamy, decadent ice cream!  SO yummy.  You’ve got to try it!

You can find these products at these stores or buy them on Amazon.com!

Thanks again, Malathy! 

Original Brat Hans

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A big thanks to Shaina and Shelley for hooking me up with some Original Brat Hans Chicken Sausages from Coleman Natural Foods for review on the blog!

 These chicken sausages have really appealed to me ever since I came across their website, where I read that their meats are completely 100% natural and vegetarian fed.  They NEVER use antibiotics or growth hormones in their animals, and allow them to grow in their natural state.  No chemicals or nitrates included! 

The flavorings are so unique, too! The sausages come in varieties like: Sweet Apple Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Basil Chicken, Spinach & Feta Cheese Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Chicken, Sundried Tomato Provolone Chicken, Spicy Chorizo Chicken, and Spicy Andoille Chicken.

My personal favorite was the Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage. 

 I loved that the SECOND ingredient, to the chicken, was dehydrated apples!  How awesome is that?!  The sweet factor is really played up when the sausage is warm.  It even has a touch of cinnamon in it, as stated by the ingredients list!

One of these links will provide you with just 120 calories!

With these sausages, I excuted an awesome recipe that was a total hit in my household.  You need to try it! Courtesy of Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Original Brat Hans Sweet Apple Chicken Sausages
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 Large cooking apples (I reccommend Gala or Jonagold), diced
  • 1/2 Sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Sauté onions and apples in a medium frying pan with non-stick cooking spray & EVOO.
  2. Bake or microwave sweet potatoes until cooked through.
  3. Slice sausages in coin shapes and add meat to onion/apple mixture on the stovetop until cooked.
  4. Top each sweet potato with apple/onion mixture!

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Easy, peasy and SOOOO deelish!  The sweetness of the apples and the chicken sausage really enhances the sweet potato!  This recipe was adapted from Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats! Thanks Kristin!

Original Brat Hans products are available exclusively at most Whole Foods Markets. There are lots of yummy sausage recipes on the Coleman Natural Foods website.  There’s even a link to a free coupon for $1 off Original Brat Hans!

 

To walk or to run…that is the question.

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So, I got home from work yesterday and did a bit of snacking for some walkin’ fuel (1/2 Glo Bar, 1 Weight Watchers string cheese, & 1/2 peach).

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I was determined to just go for a leasurely 5 mile walk as opposed to running.  I started out doing well, but eventually I got bored and started running anyway

When I got home, I did a little time on the stationary bike burning 250 calories.  Then I did some ab rippper moves before dinner. 

Salad!

This is exactly what I was craving!  1/2 C. warmed fat free refried beans + plain greek yogurt + salsa + red pepper over a bed of baby spinach. YUM!

whites w/ salt & pepper.

I also added some egg whites to the salad to amp up the protein 😉

Greek yogurt + sf syrup.

I finished off the little container of greek yogurt with a sweet touch and also had some red beets on the side!

Then, I packed my lunch for today consisting of some more refried beans topped with SF syrup, a light flat out wrap, some sonoma jack’s for the wrap, and a big tub of veggies!

the spread.

Then, it was time for girls’ night!  Since The Bachelor is over, we decided to turn on Dancing with the Stars and play Apples to Apples.  It was a fun night!  There was a huge spread of goodies for dessert and I shared my GloBars with some of the ladies which were a hit!

I had a chocolate mint protein shake & a plate of fruit as my dessert:

Strawberries, orange slices, & pineapple.

Tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream!

I also made a 100 calorie bag of kettle corn to share with the gals.

Pop Secret 100 Calorie Kettle Corn.

Unfortunately, most of it burned, so it wasn’t consumed, but that’s okay.  I was stuffed by then anyway!

Happy Tuesday Bloggies! We’re almost half way 😉