Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Faves

Hello! It's been a while since we've done our Friday Faves, so here we go! 

Zim's CRACK Creme Creamy Daytime Formula is an herbal formula that softens and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. Developed by a pharmacist. Recommended for daytime use, complimenting nighttime use of the Original Liquid Formula . Use on Hands, Feet, Elbows, Cuticles & More. Our original liquid and creamy daytime products are ideal for the dry split fingers often associated with dry atmosphere weather in wintertime or southwestern climates.
We thought this creme was super moisturizing and it really helped our dry hands the most! You can find more info on all of Zim's products on their websiteTwitter, and Facebook too!  
SmashMallow is a premium snacking marshmallow made with Organic cane sugar and all-natural ingredients! SmashMallow is a sweet pick-me-up for every-day, anytime-of-day! 

I brought all of the flavors out for my church small group meeting one night, and they were a huge hit! Everyone couldn't believe how tasty they were! Everyone thought they were the perfect treat for those times you want something sweet to eat, but just a bite. We also decided that they would make really good rice krispie treats, so I tried to make some the next day and you can find the recipe at the bottom of this post! YAY! 

You can find out more about these awesome marshmallows on their website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Retired NFL Pro, Reggie Kelly, and his wife Sheila created this company after They held football camps in their hometown of Aberdeen. The football camps were designed to reward the kids who have excelled academically in the classroom. Reggie also invited fellow NFL stars & coaches to volunteer and make the events special for the kids. True to form, after the camps, Reggie’s family cooked for the volunteers and they raved about the flavor and goodness of the meals. “Their responses were overwhelming and brought a smile to my face when they expressed their enjoyment of the meals and the difficulty of finding flavorful meals like these anywhere else”, said Reggie. Those compliments started the ‘wheels to churn’ in my mind and a light bulb flashed, prompting my wife and I to ‘come up’ with a great idea… a Soul Food Line!

They were very kind to send us their BBQ Sauce, Hot Sauce, Honey Apple Salsa, and Honey Apple Butter. We LOVE all of these! They're so tasty and definitely spice up our meals. Jared puts the hot sauce on practically EVERYTHING. :) My Man loves his food spicy! 

 I made a BBQ Veggie "Meatloaf" I guess we can call it, haha.  I just browned ground beef then added BBQ sauce to simmer it. Meanwhile, I put a bag of broccoli and an egg in the food processor and let it whirl. Then, I added the broccoli mix to the BBQ Beef skillet and mixed thoroughly. Lastly, I topped it with some Munster cheese and baked it at 400*F for about 20 min with aluminum foil on top. Then, I removed the foil for an additional five minutes to brown the cheese a little. 

It was hubby approved so that's always a good sign! :) We can't wait for the apple butter on our weekend waffles!!!! 

KYVAN's website has a TON of recipes, so please check them out and you can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that Jared and I love trying new on -the-go bars that we can take with us to the golf course! These bars were filled with good ingredients that are good for heart health! 
Check out their website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Now, for the DELICIOUS treat I mentioned earlier in this post.... I adapted this recipe from Golden Barrel slightly to make these tropical treats! 

2 Bags of Smashmallows (I used Coconut Pineapple and Strawberries-n-Cream flavors) 
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil 
1/4 scoop Purely Inspired Whey Protein 
5 Cups Puffed Kamut 

Pour Coconut Oil and Smashmallows into a medium pot on medium heat. Keep stirring until the mixture is smooth and add the scoop of protein powder while continuing to stir. Then, take the pot off the heat and stir in the kamut puffs. Finally, pour the mixture into a baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray and push down until smooth. 

Talk about a delicious treat that isn't filled with artificial ingredients! I've made rice krispie type treats before, but without the marshmallows, they just don't have that same exact texture, so we are super excited we can have that texture back without eating stuff that's not real! 

Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Recent Review Round Up

Today we wanted to share a round-up of our latest reviews from some awesome companies! We were blessed to receive these products. We were not compensated monetarily, just sent free samples. All opinions are our own.

The best-kept secret in healthy snacking! Enjoyed around the world for their delicious flavor and satisfying crunch, broad beans are a nutrition powerhouse packed with protein and fiber.
Are lightly roasted in sunflower oil, sprinkled with sea salt, and seasoned to perfection. So go ahead... spill the beans.

We cannot get enough of these delicious crisps! They are super tasty and we wouldn't have even known we were eating beans if you just sat them in front of us to try. They have a crunch like a cracker and the flavors are JUST RIGHT!  We were very impressed that they packed so much protein for feeling like we were "eating crackers" with our meals. We enjoyed these during a picnic at the golf course one afternoon as well as our separate lunches throughout the week and are the perfect TV snack too!
They even have two sweet flavors and we enjoyed mixing them in our smoothie bowls! TALK ABOUT YUM!     
*They also have PROTEIN PACKED ICECREAM!!!! It's extremely delicious and doesn't have crazy weird ingredients!!! WIN WIN!!!*

Love Grown has a special edition Bats and Boos cereal just in time for Halloween. Jared LOVED them, but I made sure he saved some for our niece and nephew who are visiting this weekend. 

This month's FitSnack Box is FILLED with chocolate goodies and Jared couldn't have been more excited! He loves chocolate and is super excited any time we are sent chocolate stuff because he knows that he doesn't have to share with me! haha 

Purely Inspired has launched BRAND NEW PRODUCTS!!!! We immediately made some protein waffles with the new WHEY protein and were happy that it includes two servings of greens as well! We have been adding the powdered peanut butter and organic greens to our smoothies and they are quite tasty! 

Jared and I have a passion for peanut butter and we are always thinking of new ways to eat it. This month, I created a sweet Chex Mix type snack that we named, Peanut Butter Protein Crumble. 

1 cup natural peanut butter
1 scoop Purely Inspired Protein Powder (we used Berry flavor for this batch)
~3 cups of Sprouted Oat Honey O's (cheerios would work as well)
1/4 cup honey 

1. Pour peanut butter, protein, and honey into a pot on the stovetop on medium heat and keep stirring until everything mixes well. 
2. Pour cereal into a large bowl.
3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal and mix well. 
4. Pour into dish and freeze. 

It's super easy and super tasty! We have been eating this by the handful and also like to add it into  yogurt as well.   

Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wolfepack Wrap Up

It's been a while since we posted about our life, so today we will fill you in on the last few months.
Jared fought hard this season with Web.Com Tour qualifiers, but ended up going back to Canada to play in the last few events. He did really well the first week and finished in the Top 15. The next two events were missed cuts, but Jared stayed positive and knew that he was fortunate to be able to get some kinks worked out before Q-School starts in October. He is working VERY hard to improve his mental game, along with having a positive attitude in any situation. It's carried over into our marriage as well and it has been incredible to see his mindset shift to being positive a majority of the time! 

Last month, we were extremely fortunate to be gifted a two night stay at the Amelia Island Plantation to celebrate our anniversary. My bosses are the most giving people we have ever met and we were SO GRATEFUL for that special weekend to step away from golf/work and just be US.

Of course, we ate lots of yummy food and treats.
We also rented bikes for the day and had a wonderful time exploring the island. We had so much fun talking while we were riding and enjoying the views, that we have decided that we want to budget some money to do that at different places every once in a while! 
Now, it wouldn't be a Wolfepack Write Up without new foods we've eaten lately!
I've been researching the benefit of casein protein in cottage cheese, so we have been eating it in different ways. My favorite is mixing cottage cheese with nut butter and slapping it on some toast with an egg. 

I have been taste testing new recipes while Jared is traveling so I can be sure that he will like them when I make them for him while he's home. This one was a WINNER! Spaghetti Squash Chicken and Spinach casserole. 
I've seen pumpkin flavored everything already and that definitely includes peanut butter. I had this at work one day and it was delicious! All I did was sprinkle some pumpkin spice on a spoonful of peanut butter. DELISH! 


We received another amazing LOVE DROP from Love Grown Foods and have been enjoying eating them solo, or mixed into healthy treats! 

We are handling being apart so much better, but man, it feels good to have this guy home for a couple weeks! Watch out Q-SCHOOL, Jared is READY TO GO!!! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Transformation Tuesday Story

In my teen years and into my college years, my main focus was how to eat as few calories as possible. I ate all kinds of diet foods and prepackaged everything to ensure that I knew exactly how many calories I was consuming. I saved up one "fun" day every once in a while to let myself have dessert and ended up going hog wild because it was my only day I was "allowed" to eat junk food. I would get a huge stomach ache because I ate so much.

Then, God sent me my incredible husband to help me get over my obsessive behavior by RELAXING my strict rules, eat more, workout properly, and live a little! Shortly after I got married, I ate more food, but I still counted every single calorie until one day my husband said enough was enough. He told me to give him ONE MONTH of eating what he told me to and not looking at calories and I agreed. Did change happen overnight? Heck no! But, over time, I have completely changed the way I eat. Today, I don't look at any calories, but focus on the QUALITY of ingredients that I am putting into my body. I focus on eating healthy fats, a variety of protein, veggies, fruits, carbs, snacks, and desserts! I don't stress about what is going to be served at a party or if plans change on a whim and I have to eat something different. I am also way more flexible on my workout routine and take EXTRA rest days when I need them, along with my set day of rest per week. I don't step on the scale except when I am at the doctor's office, because that number means absolutely NOTHING to me now. I wear clothes that make me feel beautiful and strong and say that the 'M' on my clothing tag stands for muscle! 

I am truly thankful for God helping me get through my crazy obsession through my sweet husband! Jared is seriously the best man for me and I wouldn't trade him for anything! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bliss Nut Butter

Bliss Nut Butters sent us product in exchange for an honest review. 
We were not compensated monetarily, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

First, here's some info about Bliss Nut Butter from their website:
Bliss Nut Butters is a product of Back 2 Basics Wellness, a company committed to encouraging healthier lifestyles with healthy, delicious nut butters. Bliss offers four unique nut butters: Peanut Butter Bliss, Chia Seed Peanut Butter Bliss, Cinnamon Chia Seed Peanut Butter Bliss, and Hazelnut Butter Bliss. Each nut butter is processed with a Fresh Ground Process that preserves the integrity of the ingredients. Our nuts are dry roasted and blended with toasted peanut oil and cold pressed sunflower oil. Each jar is sweetened lightly with My Local Honey from the Pacific NW and seasoned with a hint of sea salt. Simple. Healthy. Delicious.

We LOVED these nut butters! The Peanut Butter texture was super neat because it was a little chunky from the chia seeds, but spread really easily on toast. We also loved putting a spoonful in our Snickerdoodle Smoothies! It was very cinnamon-y and delicious!!! 

The Sunflower Seed Butter was the perfect combo of sweet and salty! It was incredible on banana toast and we also loved it on our eggs! (Don't knock it till you try it!) 

Also, grabbing spoonfuls here and there just to eat on it's own was definitely a repeat occurrence with these nut butters! YUMMMMMM! 

The best part was tasting delicious nut butter without all the crazy weird ingredients! Nothing but the good stuff! 

Please check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out more and order some for yourself! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Neocell Joint Supplements

Jared has a little soreness in his hips and knees due to his profession. He was happy to try these supplements and write a review.

Neocell sent us these products in exchange for an honest review on the blog. We were not compensated monetarily for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

First, here's some info about these products from their website:
Move Matrix provides scientifically advanced ingredients that work synergistically in the body to promote healthy joints. This premium formula supports joint flexibility and range of motion. Collagen Type 2 is the key structural protein of joint cartilage. This premium formula combines BioActive NeoCell CollagenTM Type 2, Turmeric, Hyaluronic Acid, and a sophisticated blend of joint targeted ingredients to support flexibility, lubrication, and healthy inflammatory response.*

NeoCell Join Bursts combine Collagen Type 2, Turmeric, and Hyaluronic Acid in a soft chew that is bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavor for targeted joint support. * 

The Neocell joint supplements are great.  I'm halfway through the bottle and I can feel the affects already.  My joints aren't as sore after my round of golf and they feel better during the round also. I was recommended by my chiropractor to take a supplement like this and I'm glad he did.  They work great and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for better joint health short term and long term.

P.S. The Join Bursts taste like Starburst candy! DELICIOUS! 

Check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see all the other amazing products they carry! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pesto Pizza Oatmeal

Pesto Pizza Oatmeal (Single Serving) 
Pesto Pizza Oatmeal 
1/3 oats
1 egg 
1/4 scoop Purely Inspired Vanilla Protein 
1 tbsp pesto 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 Tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp oregano 
~ handful cooked ground turkey (maybe 3/4 cup for those who need specific measurements) 

Crack egg and stir in oats, garlic powder, oregano, baking powder, protein, pesto, and COOKED ground turkey. Mix thoroughly. Spray a ramekin with non stick cooking spray and pour mixture in. 

Bake at 400*F for about 15 min. Then, sprinkle cheese on top and broil until it starts to brown. 

Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product.