A “KIND” Love Affair

N&S-FlavorsI am always looking for new bars to eat for breakfast or a quick snack.  As a busy career woman, I like to eat a nutritious breakfast before I dive into my work and a breakfast that gives me energy too.  KIND bars gives me energy. Sometimes I do not eat lunch until the early afternoon so I really need to eat something that will sustain me.  KIND bars sustains me.

On the weekends, I go to yoga early in the morning. I don’t like to eat a heavy breakfast while I am in my downward dog position, so I eat KIND bars beforehand.  These bars gives me enough zest and energy to tackle my yoga poses.  You know why these bars gives me energy?  It’s the ingredients.  There is no sugar and high in fiber. Also, its gluten-free.  See below for more nutritional information.

This is not my first time to eat/see/hear about KIND bars. I’ve seen these bars in Whole Foods before the checkout. I haven’t tried these bars until I joined a Zumba class and they had KIND samples.  After I tried that sample, I’ve been hooked.  I was able to sample new flavors such as Nuts and Spices Cashew and Ginger Spice and Nuts and Spices Madagascar Vanilla Cashew.  These two are my favorites. Well, in fact I was able to sample all of the flavors listed below. And because I had so many KIND bars, I shared them with my friend.  She loved the KIND bars so much, she asked for more the next day!

If you ever get a chance to sample a KIND bar, taste one.  You will get hooked like me!

I want to leave you with a fun fact to start your day:

A Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center study indicated that eating 2 KIND bars a day helps prevent weight gain!”


The  latest line of bars made from whole nuts and delicious spices with only 5g of sugar or less naturally – meaning no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols

  *NEW* KIND Nuts & Spices Dark Chocolate Chili Almond – 200 calories, 5g sugar, 7g fiber (high fiber), 6g protein (good source)

 *NEW* KIND Nuts & Spices Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt – 210 calories, 5g sugar, 5g (high fiber), 7g protein (good source)

 KIND Nuts & Spices Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt – 200 calories, 5g sugar, 7g (high fiber), 6g protein (good source)

KIND Nuts & Spices Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan – 200 calories, 5g sugar, 7g fiber (high fiber), 5g protein (good source)

  KIND Nuts & Spices Cashew & Ginger Spice – 200 calories, 4g sugar, 5g fiber (high fiber), 6g protein (good source)

 KIND Nuts & Spices Madagascar Vanilla Cashew – 210 calories, 4g sugar, 5g fiber (high fiber), 7g protein (good source)

***DISCLAIMER:  I was given complimentary KIND bars to nosh on in order to write this review.  I am not receiving any monetary compensation for writing this review and my opinion is entirely my own.





Squeeze the Day at Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice will be promoting a “Squeeze the Day” in NYC and Washington DC by serving $2 smoothies on August 12-16, 2013.

See below for participating locations.  For more information, please go to the Jamba Juice website.

Jamba Juice Company, a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, announced today it is hosting a “Squeeze The Day®” $2 smoothie promotion at its New York City and Washington, D.C., area locations. The promotion will take place Aug. 12-16, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m.

“Research shows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and to help kick-start and energize our customers, we’re offering a $2 smoothie promotion in New York City and the Washington, D.C., areas,” said Julie S. Washington, senior vice president and chief brand officer, Jamba Juice Company. “As a leader in offering better-for-you food and beverage options, we encourage our customers in these markets to take advantage of this offer and come ‘Squeeze the Day’ with us.”

Jamba is also urging customers to become “Jamba Insiders” by texting JambaDC and JambaNY to 411247, depending on location, for upcoming store promotions and special announcements. Standard text and data rates will apply.

Participating NYC locations:
·        88 West Broadway, NYC
·        25 West Houston Street, NYC
·        Whole Foods/Bowery – 95 E. Houston St., 2nd Flr, NYC
·        Union Square South – 4 Union Square South, NYC
·        5th & 23rd – 176 5th Ave., NYC
·        7th & 24th – 238 7th Ave., NYC
·        5th & 32nd St. – 321 5th Ave., Floor 1, NYC
·        Penn Station – 1 Penn Station, LIRR Level, NYC
·        Bryant Park – 9 West 42nd St., NYC
·        Port Authority – 625 8th Ave. Main Concourse, South Wing, NYC
·        Times Square – 712 7th Ave., NYC
·        Rockefeller Center – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Space SM02, Concourse, NYC
·        599 Lexington Avenue – 599 Lexington Ave., NYC
·        6th Ave & 56th – 1381 6th Ave., NYC
·        Whole Foods/Columbus Circle – 10 Columbus Circle, Ste SC101, NYC
·        Lexington & 86th – 1291 Lexington Ave., NYC

Participating Washington, D.C., area locations:

·        Dupont Circle – 1333 19th St. NW, Washington, DC
·        Union Station – 50 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, DC
·        Montgomery Mall – 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD

Skinny Bitch in Love Book Review

I recently read this book and was completely amazed that I enjoyed a fiction book.. I normally read non-fiction.  I liked the Skinny Bitch in Love book because its inside a life of a chef turned entrepreneur.  I am living vicariously through Clementine Cooper, the main character of the book.  Even though the book does not have recipes, you can find the recipes here.

I didn’t know about veganism but after reading this book, I am more aware of what veganism is versus vegetarianism.  Not only did I enjoy the fiction part, I learned something too.  I couldn’t put this book down and its a very easy read. Its a great book to bring to the beach.

DISCLAIMER:  I received a complimentary book in order to write this review. This review is based on my own opinion and not receiving any monetary compensation.

The Next Food Network Food Star


I love reality television and have been following the Next Food Network Food Star. Its down to three finalists – Damaris, Rodney, and Russell.  I am glad Stacey Poon-Kinney got eliminated this week. I liked Stacey in the beginning; but, as I watched the show each week, Stacey was someone that I would not watch on a weekly basis. Stacey did not seem sincere on the camera.

I really liked Nikki Dinki. Well, I liked her name too. She engaged me on the show but she got eliminated last week since the judges did not think she was a food expert. If it makes you feel any better Nikki, I did not know what pilaf means either until last week. I can relate to Nikki because she is a food blogger as well.

Its down to the three finalists:  Damaris, Rodney, and Russell.  I like all three and they are all personable. I think all three have an interesting POV.  Out of the three, I like Damaris’ POV the best.  Who can’t resist love.  I really love the name of her pilot:  Eat, Date, Love.  She incorporates love into cooking.  Food and love always go hand in hand.  Eating good food can make you feel in love!

The winner of the Next Food Network Star is up to America.  I really want Damaris to win since her pilot is so original and creative.  In order to win, its up to America to vote.  I am asking you to vote for Damaris.  Here is the link.

Food Lion Food Challenge

I have been so lucky to be picked by Food Lion to be a guest judge by winning a  Facebook contest . This was my first time doing anything like this. I felt I was part of the Food Network! I was allowed to bring two people so I brought my two cousins. I am so glad I brought them, they had such a great time!  See my next post for a more personal view.

Here is a short video:

Here is the press release:



Jul. 10, 2013

SALISBURY, N.C. – Food Lion is challenging 12 popular, Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area bloggers to compete in the grocer’s second annual “Frugal Cook-Off.” Competitors will create nutritious, low-cost meals for a family of four using Food Lion store brands, as well as fresh produce and meat options available at Food Lion stores.

Media are invited to the private cook-off event, which will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Talara Restaurant located at 615 President St., Baltimore, Md.

Food Lion will bring together top local bloggers who write about lifestyle, parenting, budgeting and foodie topics and help area moms stay in-the-know about the best deals and useful tips through this event.

The Challenge
The “Frugal Cook-Off” event will challenge bloggers to create and share inexpensive, tasty meal ideas for local residents, especially moms, who may be looking for ways to provide wholesome meals for their families by shopping and saving at Food Lion.

The bloggers will be divided into four teams and each team will be given a unique cooking challenge to complete. Teams will have only 45 minutes to complete their meals. During the event, the bloggers will “shop” for items via an on-site pantry of essential products and will be allowed to use no more than $15 worth of store brand products, as well as fresh produce and meats available at Food Lion. Food not used during the event will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

At the conclusion of the challenge, teams will present their dishes to a judging panel including Talara Executive Chef Kenny Hamilton, Online Guest Judge and Sweepstakes Winner Anna Fernando, Maryland Food Bank Director Leslie Marsiglia, Baltimore Magazine Food and Travel Editor Suzanne Loudermilk and Baltimore freelance writer Stephanie Citron.

Judges will consider a number of factors such as meal taste and creativity. The three challenge winners will receive two $250 Food Lion gift cards and a $25 gift card to Talara. All other participants will receive two $100 Food Lion gift cards. All participants will also receive a custom gift bag filled with my essentials store brand products.

The winning team, as well as other bloggers, will be available onsite for interviews.

Food Lion opened its first store in the greater Baltimore area in 1993. Today, the company has approximately 35 stores in this market. In addition, Food Lion has recently reinvested in its Baltimore stores. The investments offer customers lower prices on 6,000 items throughout the store, greater value in quality store brand products, fresher produce, and an easy and convenient shopping experience, such as faster checkout.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG) and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets. The company employs approximately 57,000 associates delivering quality products, low prices and service to customers in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.