Monday, June 22, 2015

Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds

I was sent Blue Diamond Sriracha Alomonds to try recently. I'm a big Sriracha fan so I was super excited about them!

Opening them they smell delicious. I was hoping for some heat but the flavor is amazing. 

They are my favorite flavor from Blue diamond, and my husbands too. I really hope they keep this one.

They are so good eating with my carrots and hummus, and pepper jack cheese.

I make a lot of Chicken Habachi Stir-fry, and these are wonderful crushed over top.

Also on salads!! I love them! 

Sriracha lovers I so recommend even though they have no heat. Even my 5 year old loves them.

Thank you for reading!

Disclosure Note:
I received Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds to try for free. All opinions are my own and no compensation was paid. Blue Diamond Taste Makers

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake

For Father's Day I wanted to make my husband a yummy cheesecake.

I've never made one so I found a easy one from Kraft

I altered it a bit but it still came out great!
Made it a little bit (just a little bit) less calories. 

What you will need:

  • 20 finely crushed Oreo cookies (or about 2 cups)
  • 6 Tbsp. light butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped Pecans
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) 1/3 less fat neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Smucker's Sugar Free Caramel Sundae Syrup

Heat oven to 325°F.

Grease pan.

Mix crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and 2 inches up side of 8-inch springform pan.

Mix caramel sauce and nuts together. Pour half into crust. Refrigerate 10 min. Refrigerate remaining caramel mixture for later use.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.

Bake 1 hour 5 min. to 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim.

Refrigerate 4 hours.

Microwave reserved caramel mixture 1 min.; stir. Pour over cheesecake. Melt chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over cheesecake.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 300°F if using a dark nonstick springform pan.
  • After completely done let set overnight for best flavor and texture. Trust me make at least a day ahead of time. Its worth the wait!

Test out this recipe and let me know how yours turned out!
Share pictures and links in the comment section below!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

SlimFast 10g Protein Powder

Recently I received a coupon for $1.00 off one SlimFast product. I was looking on and come to find that SlimFast made a protein powder. I have been trying to find some alternatives to "other" expensive brands, because honestly I don't have the extra to spend big bucks on protein powder that I might not even like, Then I'd have a huge tub that I would have to drink, and feel guilty about.

Mixed with 8 oz. of fat free milk it has 10g of protein. Its 200 calories, 4g of fiber, and 24 vitamins and minerals. Though I wish it did have MORE protein, it is a better alternative than a regular milk shake. 
After tweeting the company that I wish there were more grams of protein in their product, I had looked on their website to find out that they do in fact make some that has 15g of protein. But unfortunately my Walmart didn't have any when I bought them. If mine never gets them I still would buy the 10g one either way because I made myself a recipe they tastes JUST like a chocolate milkshake. (With a hint of peanut butter taste)

Knockoff Milkshake

4 frozen cubes of milk (about 4 oz)
4oz of fresh milk
1 plain ice cube
1 scoop of SlimFast Rich Chocolate Royale
1 TBS of PB2 Chocolate (Can be found at Walmart)

I halved the recipe, then put it in the freezer for a dessert. Here is the end result.

This recipe is DELISH! I LOVE it!

I personally use Myfitnesspal and the calories on it says 232. But Sparkpeople says its 234.5 calories.
So its roughly 230-235 calories.
12.2g of protein

You can see all the Nutritional Facts for this recipe here.

I also bought the French Vanilla though I haven't tried it yet. My mother has though. She made hers with frozen peaches.

Frozen peaches
4 frozen cubes of milk (about 4 oz.)
4 oz. of fresh milk
1 plain ice cube
1 scoop of SlimFast French Vanilla

She said she really likes it. Which I'll probably make that next.

If you want to find out more about SlimFast Protein Powder products click Here

Thank you for reading!
oxox Gina xoxo

The opinions in this post is all my honest opinion. All products featured in this post was paid from my own pocket. No compensation was paid.

I got featured!

I recently found out that I was featured on Chef Irvine's Fit Crunch Blog!

They had asked about my journey months ago, and they had told me they would take a look.

They never said yay or nay on weather they would actually post it.

I honestly didn't think I would be featured due to using MyFitnessPal in my journey.

Here is a link to see it!

2 Year Fitness Anniversary
I've lost more since this blog post, but it's still pretty cool!

Here is a link to Chef Irvine's FIT Crunch Facebook Page


Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Banana Pudding Protein Shake

I get to test Blue Diamond Almond Breeze AlmondMilk Original. I personally have bought this before. I really like it.
For my recipe today is going to be a "Banana Pudding Protein Shake" 

I try to get extra protein in since trying to lose weight.

For the recipe you'll need
Measuring cups
Vanilla protein powder, I'm using Slimquick Pure French vanilla
Blue Diamond Alomond Breeze Original flavor
Animal crackers, vanilla wafers
Banana fresh or frozen

Take measure out 1 cup Almond Breeze AlmondMilk.

Using blender blend AlmondMilk, protein powder, banana.
Until blended.

Then drop 4 animal cracker in blender. 
Pulse a few times to keep animal cracker chunky.

Pour. Serve. Enjoy!

Serving yield 1
Calories 266
Roughly 12g protein 

Thank you for reading!

Friend me on Myfitnesspal Mrsginataylor 

Disclosure Note:
I received Blue Diamond Almond breeze Original AlmondMilk to try for free. All opinions are my own and no compensation was paid. Blue Diamond Taste Makers