Happy Friday, friends! I’m excited to be back for another round of things I’m loving this week. Since we had a big vacation last week, Dane and I are keeping it low-key this weekend. It’s meant to be sunny out, so I’m sure a picnic with salads and wine is in the cards for us! What are you up to this weekend?
I found these guys on Instagram and reached out to see if I could sample their stevia products. I’m blown away by all the cool flavors of stevia they make! These are great to mix in to Greek yogurt, oatmeal, protein panaceas or other baked goods. I used the birthday cake flavor in my Vanilla, Cinnamon protein cake and it was to DIE FOR. I much prefer using stevia to artificial sweeteners, so these flavored packets are perfect.
Ah, early childhood memories with Babybel in my lunches. I’m a huge cheese lover, so I tried out their gouda flavor and have one with my lunches every few days (great fat source). At least now a days I know not to eat the wax— yes, I made that mistake when I was just a little one and learned my lesson the hard way, hah!
Meatless meals (beans):
I’m a meat lover, but I’ve been trying to eat less of it and try other protein sources. I used to have it at least twice a day, but I’m trying to keep it to once a day if I can. Instead of meat, I’ve been using beans in my lunches and I’m back on the bean train. I usually mix beans with spices, microwave them, then throw them onto a salad!
Not getting into the “All or Nothing” Vacation Mindset:
Earlier this week, I shared a recap of my vacation in the Caribbean last week. I shared why I was able to balance healthy meals and not-so healthy meals without getting into the “all or nothing” vacation mindset that would set me back in the past. If you’re struggling to find that balance while traveling, I recommend reading it!
So, this is an interesting one. I use NuNaturals stevia products a lot, but recently, they sent me their new banana flour to try. I’ll be honest, I had no idea what to do with it when I got it, but then I had the idea to use it instead of white flour in my Vanilla, Cinnamon Protein cake and I’m hooked! It doesn’t have a banana flavor, believe it or not (a very subtle one), but it has a more grainy texture when baked and adds density to the cakes. Pretty cool find!
P.S. I’m putting together another Q+A feature, so if you have any questions for me, shoot em over here!
Now you tell me…
Are you a stevia fan?
What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve baked with?
Babybel: YAY or NAY?