LouAna Coconut Oil Review

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LouAna is your one-stop Coconut Oil resource. LouAna (short for “Louisiana”) cooking oils have been a staple in Southern kitchens for over 120 years. Long before Coconut Oil became all the rage, we were in the LouAna kitchen cooking up a storm with it. An easy swap in recipes for butter, shortening or margarine, and a wholesome addition to smoothies, drinks and more, our versatile Coconut Oil has 0 trans fat, 0 cholesterol and no coconut aroma or taste. No wonder LouAna is the #1 seller of coconut oil by volume in America.*
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I have been using LouAna coconut oil in pretty much everything. I absolutely love it. From delicious recipes you can find on the LouAna site to my own that I make up. It is really easy to substitute LouAna coconut oil in some of your favorite recipes instead of butter/ shortening etc.
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Here I made up my own recipe for an amazing smoothie that is so yummy it tastes like you are having dessert!
Ingredients:

1 tbs LouAna Coconut Oil

1 cup of ice

2 tbs nut butter (we prefer almond butter or sunflower butter)

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes

1 tsp chia seeds

1/3 cup dark chocolate

1 cup milk (we used 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk)
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LouAna coconut oil scoops relatively easy if you have trouble I just warm it up a little and its super easy to scoop
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Mix all the ingredients in your favorite blender. I love my Vitamix. Once everything is completely blended enjoy the yummy goodness!
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Disclaimer: I received LouAna products in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

BRAT Drink Review and Giveaway

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With school starting comes the inevitable school germs, my least favorite being the tummy bug. I have actually been really lucky Kaia had only had the tummy bug once until recently. We went to a playdate and afterwards she came down with a super yucky tummy bug which of course also got Mikey sick. Neither one of them would eat anything. I am so thankful that I had the BRAT Diet drink on hand for review. I am well versed in the ways of the BRAT Diet
having taught preschool I have had my fair share of tummy bugs. Its harder with the kids because when they aren’t feeling well they just won’t eat at all and when they are losing fluids like you do with tummy bugs they need to be taking something in. The BRAT Diet helps to not only keep the kids hydrated it also soothes and settles their tummies. Both my kids loved the BRAT Diet drinks and continue to drink them now even though they don’t have tummy issues anymore. Since the BRAT Diet is a non-dairy drink it is great for the kids all the time. I love that it is Organic and not only beneficial for those achy tummies but good for all the time use as well.


At last! A deliciously creamy, non dairy wellness drink for kids and grown ups alike. Inspired by the tummy-settling principles of the B.R.A.T. diet, Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drinks are formulated with ingredients that settle an upset stomach and help to calm vomiting & diarrhea while also naturally restoring electrolytes and nutrients.

Free of pesticides, the common allergens and any added sugar, Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drink is an all-natural and tasty way to to settle an upset stomach and aid in rehydration. With four delicious flavors to choose from, Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drinks are perfect for children and adults suffering from a variety of ailments such as:

•the flu virus
•digestive disorders
•morning sickness
•chemotherapy side effects
•food allergies
•symptoms of dehydration


This diet has been historically used for people who don’t feel well due to an upset stomach or tummy ache. Some doctors recommend a less strict version of the B.R.A.T diet to settle an upset stomach. Either way, Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drink is the perfect complement to whatever diet recommendations your doctor prescribes. We’ve added electrolytes to aid in re-hydration as well as calcium and vitamins to help build strength and promote health. Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drink can be enjoyed any time! Because Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drink is Lactose, Gluten, Soy, Corn, and Casein free, anyone with these restrictions can enjoy Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drink regularly.

B.R.A.T. is an acronym for:

Bananas

Rice

Applesauce

Toast


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Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate Review and Giveaway

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You know I love Coconut and my favorite place that sells Coconut products is Tropical Traditions . It is amazing the amount of product uses Tropical Traditions has created for Coconuts. And every one of them I have tried has been amazingly delicious. My most recent product review is for Tropical Traditions amazing Coconut Cream. I have made some of the tastiest treats with this great coconut concentrate. I have posted one of our favorite recipes below. Coconut Traditions has some great recipes on their site so you can find wonderful ways to use all of their great products.

Ingredients: 100% Pure Organic Coconut!
Nothing else!

What is Coconut Cream ConcentrateTM?
Coconut Cream Concentrate is certified organic whole coconut meat in concentrated form. It contains no additives* (not even water). The dried coconut meat is ground into a very fine powder, giving it a creamy consistency due to its high fat content. Since it is 70% fat, it is a rich source of pure coconut oil. Note: this is a food, not a cooking oil.

How is Coconut Cream ConcentrateTM used?
You can mix 1 or 2 teaspoons of Coconut Cream Concentrate with water or juice to make a creamy coconut milk drink. It is also an excellent ingredient for cooking and baking. Because of its low moisture content, it can be mixed right in the batter or dough of breads and pastries. It can also enhance soups, be blended with smoothies, or made into ice cream. Many people just eat it straight, or spread it on breads and crackers, because it is so delicious! For some great recipes, get the Virgin Coconut Oil book. See also recipes below.

Note: in colder weather Coconut Cream Concentrate will become hard, due to the high amount of natural coconut oil and fiber. It needs to be warmed to liquefy. But this is a food, not a cooking oil. If you use high heat, it will burn.

How is Coconut Cream ConcentrateTM different from canned coconut milks and creams?
Commercial coconut milks and creams are generally sold in cans, or sometimes boxes and tetra packs. The main ingredient in these products is water. If the fat content is 17%, it is called “coconut milk.” If the fat content is 24%, it is called “coconut cream.” But most of what you are purchasing is water. Coconut Cream Concentrate, on the other hand, has NO water, and is pure coconut. Unlike the commercial varieties, it also contains ALL the fiber of the coconut. Pure, dried coconut contains more fiber per gram than even oat bran! This fiber has been stripped out of commercial coconut milks and coconut creams. Also, almost all commercial coconut milks and creams have additives to prevent the water from separating from the coconut oil, and also have sulfites added to keep it white longer. Sometimes these additives are so small, that the FDA does not require them to list them on their labels as ingredients. Coconut Cream Concentrate, however, contains NO additives and NO preservatives at all: it is 100% natural coconut made from certified organic Philippine coconuts grown without pesticides or fertilizers. Coconut Cream Concentrate comes packaged in 1 pint or 1 quart glass jars.

Coconut Cream ConcentrateTM
Ingredients: 100% Pure Coconut!
Nothing else!


Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 30 pieces about 1/2 inch thick

16 oz Coconut Cream Concentrate
1/4 to 1/3 cup raw honey (or to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup raw or toasted walnuts (chopped)— I substituted Coconut flakes
Slightly warm the coconut cream concentrate over a bowl or pan of hot water until it can be stirred.

Stir in the honey, vanilla and chopped nuts into the coconut cream concentrate until well mixed.

Before it hardens, shape mixture into rolls and wrap in waxed paper. Let harden in the refrigerator and slice into rounds to eat as candy once firm. Store in refrigerator or at room temperature if below 75 degrees.

Recipe submitted by Annette, West Monroe, LA



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Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar Review and Giveaway

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I love to cook and baking is so much fun. Kaia and I bake cookies or brownies or something sweet for Mike to take to work with him at least once a week. It’s fun for us and it has made Mike a very popular man at work. Nielsen-Massey makes the best vanilla we have ever tried. It made our cookies that everyone loves that much better. I also made some rice pudding with some left over rice from the night before I used the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar it was incredible! We have been having so much fun creating delicious goodies with Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar. Below are two recipes I found on the Nielsen-Massey site that I have made they were just amazing. I never really noticed a difference in the Vanilla’s I have used until now. You can honestly taste the difference in everything we have been making.

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla
The world’s finest and most consistent vanilla comes from Madagascar. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla from Nielsen-Massey has a creamy, sweet, velvety flavor that is perfectly suited for a range of products from baked goods to ice creams, salad dressings to barbeque sauces. Madagascar Bourbon vanilla does not have anything to do with the American whiskey of the same name, but is rather named for the Bourbon Islands off the coast of Africa. Madagascar supplies more than 60% of the world’s vanilla.


Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar
Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is a flavorful blend of gourmet baker’s sugar and the pinnacle of all vanillas, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. Use it in any product where a hint of vanilla and the sweetness of sugar are desired. Vanilla Sugar is ideal for bakery products such as cookies, cakes, pies and pastries. It is also great for general cooking, adding to beverages, or as a sweet topping.

Vanilla-Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette and Greens
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

20 ounces baby salad greens

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. To serve, toss baby greens in a large bowl with ¼ cup of the vinaigrette to coat the leaves. Makes ¾ cup.

Vanilla Apple Pudding
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 eggs
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 cups coarsely chopped cored peeled apples
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
Nielsen-Massey’s Signature Whipped Cream for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cream the butter, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat until batter is fluffy. Add the flour, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well; dough will be crumbly.

Add the apples and walnuts and mix just until incorporated. Press over the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top and press into the dough mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm. Garnish with a dollop of Nielsen-Massey’s Signature Whipped Cream.

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Funky Monkey Review and Giveaway

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Have you heard of Funky Monkey Snacks? They are one of my new favorite snacks. You see I love having fruit as a snack and so do the kids. Freeze dried fruit is awesome. But have you ever had freeze dried fruit with a crunch? Funky Monkey Snacks are freeze dried delicious fruit snacks with a crunch. They are super healthy contain organic ingredients and come in 7 different flavors. My favorites were MangoOJ and Pink Pineapple. While Kaia decided she liked he Bananmon and Applemon best. All the flavors were fantastic. I actually wasn’t sure if I would like the JiveaLime but it was really good. Each flavor contains only fruit no artificial flavors or preservatives. Funky Monkey Snacks are so tasty and LOW CALORIE which is super awesome for me since I am trying to lose weight with approximately 45 calories per bag Funky Monkey Snacks are definitely my new fav!

Funky Monkey Snacks are a line of freeze-dried fruit that are 100% natural, 100% real fruit, and 100% delicious – with three servings of fruit in each 1oz bag! Our “fruit that crunches” provides the ultimate snack, fusing the great taste, smell, and nutritional goodness of fresh fruit with the crunch and convenience of conventional snacks.

Here are some additional Funky Monkey highlights:
Funky Monkey Snacks have no added colors, flavors, sugars, or preservatives
Our special, proprietary manufacturing process provides for a crunchier texture vs. conventional freeze-drying techniques
We use full slices and pieces (not dices) of delicious, fresh fruit
Funky Monkey is made in Brazil using tropical fruits at the peak of freshness
Our products are gluten-free and are certified Kosher
One of our 7 flavors, Purple Funk, also includes açai, a berry from the Amazon that is viewed as the newest superfood
Bananamon, JiveALime, and Purple Funk are 100% organic! Pink Pineapple is 95% organic, Carnaval Mix is 70% organic.

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