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Eat. Think. Smile. Winner!

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Seems to me, I’ve forgotten to show you who won the goodies from Eat. Think. Smile!

Congrats, Liz @ I ❤ Vegetables!

Liz, please email me your shipping address so I can get you your goodies!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Eat.Think.Smile.

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The power of cocoa has never been so perfectly executed.  Eat. Think. Smile. products boast  a proprietary blend of natural cocoa and premium variety known as cacao Lavadoa washed cocoa that is naturally higher in antioxidants because it goes through an all-natural process – which they call CocoaOne cocoa.

Let’s be honest,  who doesn’t love a healthy dose of cocoa, chocolatey goodness? Well, check this out:

Believe it or not, not all cocoa is created equal…sooo how do they do it?

 Now, let’s get down to the fun part!  Here are alllll of the products that Eat. Think. Smile. has come up with!

They make Crispy Thins (which were my favorite!), Baked Nutrition Bars, Granola Clusters, and Chewy Granola Bars

The texture of those little Crispy Thins, which come in three varieties,  Savory Sea Salt, Red Raspberry and Sweet Cinnamon, is perfect.  They’re crunchy, thanks to the little sesame seeds that adorn each cracker…and would you believe these nutritional stats?  You get 46 pieces for a 120 calorie serving?!

Yep, you guessed it.  Wholesome ingredients, too! 

I’m not sure there’s anything about this line that I DON’T like!

My next favorite were the Granola Clusters

More specifically, the Cinnamon Almond variety 

INGREDIENTS: WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS; BROWN SUGAR; PALM OIL; ALMONDS; EVAPORATED CANE JUICE; COCOA; CRISP RICE (RICE; SUGAR; SALT; MALT BARLEYFLAVOR); HONEY; CINNAMON; SALT; NATURAL FLAVOR; SOY LECITHIN

These little snacks are perfect to eat as toppings on your morning oatmeal for a little added crunch, or simply to pop in your mouth as pre-workout fuel!  They’ve got simple sugars (from the evaporated cane juice & brown sugar) AND complex carbs (from the whole grain rolled oats) which will give you a boost of sustained energy!

Lastly, we’ve got the Baked Nutrition Bars.

 

The flavors included Oatmeal Raisin, Red Raspberry, Orange Cranberry and Dark Cherry.

These weren’t my favorite, but they are a wholesome, convenient option when I’m running out the door with no time to prepare breakfast.  I think they had good flavor, but they were a little bit dry in my opinion.  For 200 calories a pop, I would rather feel as though I’m indulging.  Although, you can’t argue with the 7g of fiber and 4g of protein.

 I think I’m going to try crumbling my last one, heating it in the microwave, and pouring some unsweet vanilla almond milk overtop!  That way, the moisture can soak up the oats!

This review was compliments of an awesome In Gear Cycling and Fitness in Central PA, that all of you readers in the area should check out!  They’ve got a Facebook page, too!  I’ve decided to give away one of my FAVORITE goodies, so that one of you will get to try them out for yourselves! Thanks, so much, Carly & Sharyn!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me which product and in which flavor you’d most like to try
  2. Leave a comment telling me one creative way you’d use them
  3. Become a fan of theirs on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so
  4. Blog/tweet/facebook linking back to this giveaway and leave a comment letting me know

That’s FOUR ways to enter!

The winner will receive a 12 oz. bag of the Sea Salt Crispy Thins!

Another Day In The Life.

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Getting in the Game 

READY: 

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.’”- John 8:21

SET:  In playing sports or just in normal life, we often hear it said that we need to “get in the game,” meaning that we need to mentally focus on whatever task we’re doing. I grew up playing sports and was quite a hyper child. My coaches constantly had to tell me to slow down and focus on what I was doing. Even today, that is difficult for me and for many of us as our minds tend to wander, and we get distracted by the constant activity of things that are going on around us.

Focusing—or, getting in the game mentally—takes discipline, and it is an important practice for us if our goal is to be at our best mentally and physically. The sport or task really doesn’t even matter. It’s true for normal life and work as much as it is for sports, and it’s so important if we want to do our tasks well and with as few mistakes as possible.

If focusing is so important in life and sports, why do we believe that it is any different when it comes to following Christ? According to many polls, the average Christian today spends little to no time reading the Bible and even less time actually meditating on it as we are told to do in Scripture (see some of the referenced verses below). Is it any wonder why we have such a sin problem, even in the church?

If we want to follow Christ, then we need to follow Him—to seek Him out daily as we’re told, and then take Him with us throughout our day by meditating on His Word. We can’t give our best for Him if our minds are constantly elsewhere. Remember, it’s those who discipline their minds to abide or live in the Word of God that really experience true freedom through Jesus Christ. Read it for yourself in John 8:31-36, and, as your coach would say, “get your head in the game.”

GO: 
1. Do you spend time alone with Christ daily?
2. How much time do you spend thinking about or meditating on God’s Word?
3. Do you really want to follow Christ? If so, how are you seeking Him out?

WORKOUT: 

Joshua 1:8
Psalm 1
Psalm 119:11, 105
John 8:31-36
James 1:25

It’s been crazy hot lately, as you can see from the picture.  96º is nothing to mess with. 

By the time I arrived at work yesterday, I was pretty warm, and when lunchtime rolled around I was glad to have packed something light and refreshing.

Ribboned zucchini, diced tomatoes, and grilled chicken breast with fat-free lime basil dressing drizzled overtop.

I felt like the workday was here and gone in the blink of an eye, which I’m definitely not complaining about.  It was a good day.

I tried a new-to-me afternoon snack today!

Eat. Think. Smile. Bars which were given to Momma FF to pass down to me, by one of her AWESOME clients for review on the blog! In Gear Cycling & Fitness has two locations, one in Hummelstown and one in Cleona!  The bars weren’t my favorite (a bit dry, but with good flavor/ingredients!), but I also got some of the Crispy Thins & Granola Clusters which are DELICIOUS.  The full review is coming soon 😉

Next stop: YMCA!

Haha.  Cheesin’.

No makeup.  Ha.

We did 30 minutes of cardio (each on the elliptical), and then a circuit of ab work and some pushups.  Note:  Side planks are much more difficult and efficient when you have a partner to literally try to push you over.  Maintaining balance takes more corework!  Haha.  I finished up with another 30 minutes on the Cross Ramp and then went home to shower, grub, and relax.

Spinach salad with diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and light balsamic vinaigrette

For some reason, on hot days nothing tastes better than a refreshing, light salad.  Accompanied by a protein shake made with another newbie product that I heard about from Julie.

ABOUT TIME whey protein shakes

I may or may not have also eaten the rest of the chickpea can contents sprinkled with cinnamon & splenda.  Don’t knock cinnamon sugar splenda chickpeas til you’ve tried them.  Those Auntie Anne’s cinna sugar pretzels have NOTHING on them 😉

 

The rest of the night was spent watching the Dallas vs. Heat basketball game curled up on the couch together.  We actually flipped back and forth between that and John Q. (which is an excellent movie!).  Guys have come and gone, but I reallly like this one 😉

Happy Hump Day! 😀

XO.