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Kim’s Light Bagels!

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Any other carb queens out there? I, for one, LOVE my bagels.  Chewy, carby delicousness.  I could eat one every morning and be a satisfied gal.  Unfortunately, with stats like these:


(that I found on the Dunkin Donuts website), making them a daily part of  my nutrition conscious eats, wasn’t realistic…


All thanks to this lovely lady and her 110 calorie line of fabulous bagels including: Wheat, Onion, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Everything, and Plain varieties.

Kim Benson has an amazing weight loss story to share, which she does, in her book, “Finally Thin“.

Anyway, back to the bagels…In order to maintain such an incredible weight loss, Kim wanted to incorporate some of her favorite foods into her diet without splurging too much…some of which included bagels (:

She is such a sweetheart that she even sent me one of each package so I could see for myself how great they were.  I honestly thought they may be too good to be true (I’ve see “100 calorie” versions of bagels before, and they were dissappointly tiny).

HOLY YUM.  They were out-of-this would.  Especially the Blueberry & Everything.  Only .5g of fat and 5g of fiber! Pretty incredible if you ask me! 

Here are some combos I really enjoyed:

Everything bagel with smoked salmon & a laughing cow cheese wedge + tomato.

Blueberry bagel with fat-free strawberry cream cheese.

Wheat bagel topped with plain greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin/apple butter.

Onion bagel with a microwaved egg white + hummus, lettuce, and tomato.


Kim didn’t stop with JUST the bagels, though.  Her line is complete with bagel chips, light pita bread, light flat breads, and much more!  Check out her site for more info, where you can shop online, too!


New Zealand Natural Goods

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New Zealand Natural Goods is more than just a source for a carefully selected, best quality and unique New Zealand goodies.  They are a family owned, customer accomodating company based in Los Angeles, California since 2003. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got a heart for family owned businesses in today’s world. 

One of my favorite products made available through the website is RJ’s Licorice.  As a kid, Twizzlers were always packed up in Momma FF’s snack bag and stored in a sealed tight container on my great-grandma’s “candy table”, which is something we always looked forward to visiting.

RJ’s brought my love of licorice to a whole new level.  With an ingredients list that is completely all natural, the texture and flavor of the Raspberry soft chews was awesome, but topping the list were definitely the Raspberry chocolate licorice logs.

Yeah, yeah.  It’s candy.  It’s not a fruit or a vegetable, but it’s a wholesome treat, and the nutrition facts aren’t bad either!

Considering the fact that each piece of licorice in the soft chews bag, is about the size of 1/2 my palm, I’d say the serving size is pretty generous, and cannot complain about 140 calories, and 0g of fat.  I couldn’t believe they actually contained calcium & iron, too!  I’m assuming that comes from the sweetener, molasses!


Another great product find through NZNG is this Antipodes Water

Antipodes is recognized as the deepest, highest quality groundwater in New Zealand and named the FIRST premium water brand to be certified Carbon Neutral.

They make a version of sparkling water along with the classic still water.  I was a huge fan of using the sparkling versions to create my own healthy & pure mocktails with sugar-free mixes!

You would never believe the difference in the crisp, clean taste of this stuff.  It even comes in the coolest glass bottles ever 😉

Lastly, the company sent me some of this new-to-me Kaitaia Fire Waha Wera Kiwifruit & Habanero Chili Sauce.

“Where an inspired genius has blended those peppers with the tang of kiwifruit and the medicinal benefits of manuka honey. And from where you can participate in the spirit that sent those ancient people across vast tracts of ocean.Unsurpassed for marinades, or simply used as a table sauce, Waha Wera will transport you to another place. To gentler, greener pastures where fierce warriors will shriek with laughter at those foolish enough to underestimate the power of the world?s hottest peppers.”


This little green bottle of spunk was something I highly underestimated.  I anticipated a sweet, savory blend of kiwi tasting salsa, almost, rather than HOT sauce.  Boy, was I mistaken!  For those of you who like it hot and a bit sweet, this sauce will drive you wild.  Try it on egg whites! 

Thanks so much to NZNG for sending these premium New Zealand goods my way!  Check out their site!  Right now they’re having a special (through July) for RJ’s licorice, buy one-get one free!  You can also find things like AIRBORNE honey, Manuka Boosta Energy Bars, EasiYo Yogurt, and Rutherford & Meyer gourmet wafers and fruit pastes!