Recent updates and a feature on one of my favorite food companies EVER that even makes a bean-based breakfast cereal.
Hello to all! If you’re new to Enticing Healthy Eating I’m happy to see you here and I hope you’ll enjoy a little updates of sorts. If you’re a return visitor, I’m also happy to see you here.Hope you’re doing well and still recovering from some happy holiday festivities.
My dad is still going through some rough times with his treatments for his cancer. For everyone who reached out and showed love and support when I originally told about his recent diagnosis in this post, THANK YOU. You don’t know how much it meant to me and my family.
A question I’m getting used to hearing often is “How is your dad doing?” My mother and I both usually end up giving the usual reply that he is doing okay. He has good days and bad days. But the truth?…It’s been rough. Even more rough than I had imagined. Not just for him, but for my mother and I as well.
What remains true is we are staying positive and all doing our best to keep our hopes up to see results and improvement in my dad within the next few weeks? months?…..All we hope for is good news. Everyone’s encouragement and support helps tremendously.
Now let’s break up the doom and gloom with some more cheerier topics of late, shall we?
The first time I tried Arctic Zero about a year ago, I was sold. Who else makes a whole pint of ice cream with only 150 calories?! And the nutrition stats are up to par.
So far I have tried the orange cream. It was heavenly and reminded me of summertime, which I miss so much! I think the Orange Cream would go perfectly as a topping to a fresh peach cobbler. Note to self for the future when I can get my hands on some seasonal, fresh peaches…
This amazing, customized fitness journal and day planner made it’s way into my life through a giveaway I won off of another blog. Journal Menu specializes in giving you a unique tool to track your fitness goals and progress in a customized journal.
Erica from over at the Journal Menu company helped me create my own custom fitness journal and day planner. And check it out! I love it. She helped me with all of my questions and special requests to make the journal that was just right for me.
I highly recommend them for any of you out there looking to track your fitness goals! Especially with the new year coming up. New Year’s resolutions, anyone?…
The Christmas festivities were abundant! Even though I have only been working at my new job for about 2 weeks, I even received special gifts, cards, and homemade treats from every single one of my coworkers. It warmed my heart and I feel blessed to be working with such sweet people.
This was one of my favorite additions to my ornaments this year–a holiday penguin perfectly outfitted for a University of Arkansas alum. Many thanks to my buddy, Amanda, for this one!
Quick story about this one: I originally saw these initial mugs at Target while out shopping about a week before Christmas. I wanted to go ahead and get myself an early Christmas present with my initial but they were out of K’s. Sad day.
Then, lo and behold, my good friend Shae surprised me with one of the same exact mugs I had been eyeing for a Christmas gift! All stocked up with some teas. It was meant to be. Thanks, Shae!
Baking up Christmas treats with my mother is at the top of my list of favorite holiday traditions.
My mother and I even visited Santa this year! I only asked for 2 things:
1. My father’s recovery from his cancer
2. An engagement ring
One of my favorite gifts I received this year was this handmade leather wallet adorned with blue roses. My mother has a friend at her work who has an uncle that hand crafts leather accessories. This one was designed for my adoration of blue roses.
A special Christmas breakfast just makes the day even better, right? Using the Flapjacked protein pancakes apple cinnamon pancake mix, my mother whipped up these green pancakes. A protein pancake Christmas tree.
Speaking of engagements, Wade and I are about to embark on a vacation together to Austin for New Year’s! We will be there for 5 days on a little mini vacation.
Since we had both played around with the idea of possibly moving to Austin in our future we thought it would be a good idea to check it out first. I already have a long list of ideas of places to visit, things to see and do, and most importantly….ALL THE FOOD to eat. Of course. Priorities, people.
I’m still open to suggestions of ideas of “don’t miss” things to see or do in Austin, so let me have ’em friends.
Now to elaborate a bit on the title of this post: eat your beans…for breakfast? Why yes, yes you can! In cereal form! If you haven’t heard of LoveGrown Foods breakfast foods, you’re in for a treat.
I was delighted and honored to find out I had been accepted into the LoveGrown “family” as a LoveGrown ambassador at the beginning of December. They even sent me my very first Love Drop recently filled with my 3 favorite LoveGrown products (Honey Power O’s cereal, Strawberry Power O’s cereal, and Apple Cinnamon Hot Oats) along with a comfy t-shirt and some coupons!
I first became a fan of the LoveGrown company when I read about how this business came about in the book Cooking up a Business. If you’re a food lover, I HIGHLY recommend this book to you. Add it to your reading list straight away.
In the book they go into detailed stories about how some recent healthy food companies came to be. I guarantee if you read the story behind this company, you’d be a fan as well. And THEN you try out their breakfast products and…well, there’s no turning back.
You see, the LoveGrown breakfast cereals, in particular, are very unique in that they are a bean-based cereal made from navy beans, lentils, chickpeas, and brown rice. Currently they are offered in the flavors of Original, Honey, Strawberry, and Chocolate.
The nutrition stats of all of their products are phenomenal, especially compared to other breakfast options. If you want to find out more about them, do check them out at Lovegrownfoods.com. You can find their products in many stores now so I bet you can find them near you! And go check them out on their instagram HERE, facebook HERE, and twitter HERE.
Well, I’m off to Austin! The next time I will be speaking to you guys will be in 2015.
Cheers to you all. If you’re planning on drinking and partying for New Year’s Eve, just make sure you do so responsibly. Or if you’re going to get a little crazy…just make sure you have a good hangover breakfast to wake up to. Maybe you should eat some beans for breakfast. *hint hint*
Signing off! Happy New Year’s to ya!
Linking up with Heather today for Friday Favorites
And Amanda for a little Link Love
Favorite breakfast cereal? Would you eat beans for breakfast if it was in a tasty, cereal form?