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Creating the perfect lunch box (giveaway ends 8/31/16)

 

Star Shaped Egg Mayonnaise and Ham Sandwich with Crudities

Has your child (or the children in your area) returned to school yet? Our schools have two weeks left. My son returns to  school on the 6th of September (that is when I return to work too). Off hand I don’t remember when my daughter college semester begins again.

My son doesn’t take lunch to school with him. He usually eats a big breakfast than has lunch when get gets home from school. He gets home around 2:30. This year he might actually be home by 1:30, so he can eat lunch at home.

I remember when I did make lunches for my kids. It was always a challenge. I always had to provide my kids with yummy foods they liked all while keeping their health and nutrition in mind.

Funny story… I received a phone call from the school nurse one day when both of my kids were in elementary school. The nurse wanted to compliment me on the healthy lunches I packed my kids. She even said that I packed better lunches than her – and she’s a nurse and knows all about health and nutrition.

My “game plan” when it came to making lunches for my kids was this…

  • Protein (meat, usually chicken or turkey)
  • Carbohydrate (usually bread of some kind)
  • Vegetable (baby carrots, pepper slices, cucumber slices…)
  • Fruit (apple, orange banana…)
  • Water
  • Treat (a couple of cookies, a snack size chip bag…)

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I encouraged my kids to eat their lunch in that sequence too. They also brought their lunches home to me so I could see what they ate (or didn’t eat) and find out why they didn’t eat whatever food was left. That way I knew what they liked or didn’t like.

Putting together a well balanced lunchbox is important. In fact, Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins and Nature’s Harvest bread are teaming up to help encourage wholesome lunches.

Both Nature’s Harvest bread and Little Bites muffins are good, wholesome choices. It’s easy to use them to make lunchtime easy, delicious, and exciting.

Check out these fun videos that feature Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip muffins and Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat bread. I love these ideas!

 

 

Your child could easily re-create these adorable sandwiches simply by providing them with the ingredients. If your child is not fond of any of the (like celery) you could always come up with substitutes.

If you are not familiar with Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins, or Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat Bread, here is some additional information.

Made with Little Bites signature golden muffins and chock full of delicious chocolate chips, the Little Bites Chocolate Chip muffins are filled with mega-chocolaty goodness to go! These pre-portioned pouches of delicious bite-sized baked snacks are made with real ingredients and are perfect for today’s families and their on-the-go needs. With over 10 different favors of Little Bites baked snacks there are plenty of choices for on-the-go snacking. Never any high fructose corn syrup and always zero grams of trans fat!

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Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat Bread is baked with 8 grams of whole grains per serving and a touch of honey! It’s a delicious step towards getting more whole grains into the lunchbox and reaching the recommended 32-48g of whole grains per day. Help balance your family’s diets with delicious, nutritious whole grains, simply by adding their favorite Nature’s Harvest breads to the grocery basket. In any variety of Nature’s Harvest bread you chose, you can always count on 8 grams or more of whole grains per serving, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors or colors.

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I’m trying to think of creative things I made for my kids. It’s been so long I honestly can’t remember. I remember cutting shapes out of the bread using tiny cookie cutters. I guess I wasn’t as creative as I could have been.

I know there are plenty of creative people out there who have probably created really fun lunches.

Little Bites has some fun ideas you might want to check out. You can find them here. I love the clown and the frog. They are really cute.

Life Outside of the Lunchbox

Entenmann’s Little Bites and Nature’s Havest bread have also teamed up for the “Life of The Lunchbox Sweepstakes.” Up until September 30, 2016 you can visit LifeoftheLunchbox.com to enter for a chance to win a $10,000 savings bond for their child.

There will also be 100 2nd prize winners who will receive a Lunchbox Bundle that includes Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks, Nature’s Harvest bread and a $50 gift card for school supplies.

You can check out how to enter and find the rules here.

If you would like to learn more about Entenmann’s Little Bites visit LittleBites.com. You can also find Entenmann’s and Little Bites on social media.

You can also check out Nature’s Harvest Bread at NaturesHarvestBread.com.

I also have a giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes:

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 31, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – OR – what creative things have you done for a school lunch box?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

* I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out what’s inside August’s Degusta Box

 

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I’ve noticed that monthly subscription boxes is a big trend nowadays. I even subscribe to a few myself (mostly geek/fandom things). There are boxes for just about everything you can think of including boxes for pets, beauty boxes, book boxes and the ever so popular food boxes.

Some boxes give you full size products whereas others just send you sample sizes. Personally, I prefer full size products.

Back in June I received a subscription box from a company called Degustabox. The company is very popular in Europe but recently started a service here in the United States.

Degustabox sends you mostly full size products (occasionally you’ll receive a few random sample sizes).

If you are interested in reading my review for the June box you can read it here – Introducing Degustabox – A monthly box filled with delicious foods and beverages.

I received another box for the month of August. Once again I was very pleased with the great assortment of products I received.

Degustabox carefully wraps the products so that things don’t break or open up during transit. I appreciate that they take the time to make sure every Degustabox subscriber has a wonderful experience with their company.

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Everything is carefully wrapped.

Degustabox provides subscribers with a nice variety of goodies including snacks, beverages and other yummy goodies. You never know what you might receive.

Check out this months goodies.

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GOYA Maria Cookies – These are great cookies for dunking in your tea or coffee. They are a lot like tea biscuits. I have heard of them until I received them in the Degustabox. I have since purchased a few more packages from our local grocery story (only .85 each package too!).

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Vermont Smoke & Cure Beef and Pork Sticks – I never had a chance to try these. My teenage son had one the same day I opened my Degustabox and I never saw the other ones. I have a feeling he gobbled them all up. Needless to say I guess he really liked them.

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White Lily White Grape Seed Flour – I have never heard of White Grape Seed Flour before.

I’m not much of a baker, so I rarely have a need for flour. I want to try this stuff out, but so far I have not figured out what I wanted to make this with (recipe?).

I can’t give you an honest opinion on this product because I haven’t tried it yet. It is a fairly decent size bag. This is certainly NOT a sample size.

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Honey Bunches of Oats with Strawberries – This is a FULL SIZE box that came in the Degustabox. We are big fans of Honey Bunches of Oats cereals. My family of four finished up this box in two days. It’s great for breakfast and also for a late night snack. Yummy!!!

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Sir Kensington’s Mayonnaise – I have reviewed products from this brand in the past. You can read the review here – Try something new with Sir Kensington’s. These are great, flavorful mayonnaise products.

I am not a fan of anything spicy. My husband and my son have been using this mayonnaise on their sandwiches. My husband says it gives his turkey sandwiches just the right amount of a “kick” to change it up from the regular, boring sandwich.

This is a full size jar too! A little bit of this goes a long way so you can enjoy this for a while.

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PopChips Potato Ridges – This is a snack size bag (single serving). I actually gobbled this bag down while opening up my Degustabox. The chips never made it until I finished going through everything in the box. I love PopChips!

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Loaker Rose of the Dolomites – I have never heard of the brand before, nor was I familiar with whatever these were.

At first glance I thought they were chocolates shaped like flowers. They are actually cookie-like treats covered with milk chocolate and featuring a hazelnut cream (think Nutella). Oh boy! Were these delicious!

I have never seen these (or the brand) at the local grocery store. I think I need to look for them at specialty shops. If I ever found them I would stock up on these. They were good! Thank you Degustabox for putting these yummy treats in your box.

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Alo Pulp Free Beverage, made with Aloe and Mango – This was my least favorite product in the entire box. First and foremost I am not a fan of mango, but occasionally I come across a mango product I like.

This drink is made with real aloe juice. I have heard good things about aloe juice, so I was excited to give it a try. This was NOT my “cup of tea” at all. I didn’t like it. I even had my kids try it and they didn’t like it either.

Oh well… you can’t like everything, right? Just because we didn’t like it doesn’t mean others won’t love it.

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Oregon Chai Tea Latte – My kids and I love chai teas, and lattes (my daughter especially is into “gourmet” beverages).

It’s been unseasonably hot and humid here in NY the past couple of weeks. The LAST thing we want is a hot beverage (I’ve been option for ice coffee over hot coffee). This is more of a fall/winter beverage.

I did make a cup of it to try it out. It’s really good. It’s perfectly sweetened too. You don’t need to add a thing to it. Just open a package of the mix, add it to your favorite mug and top it off with some hot water. Mmmm… good!

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Goetze’s Cow Tails – Oh how I love these! I have had these before. These are SO GOOD! Degusta Box sent a full size package of these ooey gooey chewy caramel delights. They are the mini version too so one (or two) make the perfect snack if you are looking for something sweet.

I had to hide these. If I see them out in the open I WILL eat them all.

In addition to all these goodies, the Degustabox came with recipes (Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crackers and Nut & Honey Blondies), as well as a crossword puzzle and instructions on how to make an origami bird.

Degustabox also includes a sheet with a detailed list of the box contents.

As you can see you get A LOT with your monthly Degustabox subscription. It’s a great way to try out new products and learn about brands you might not otherwise get the chance to know about.

Degustabox would make a great gift too, especially for a college student or someone who doesn’t venture out too much.

You can also cancel your subscription at any time. You can even give it as a gift or sign up for an entire year and save money.

For more information visit www.Degustabox.co/US/ (that is the link for the U.S. site). You can also follow the brand on Facebook and on Twitter.

You can see examples of the types of goodies that come in the box on the brands German and Spain Instagram pages.

Check out the brand’s blog too. They have some awesome recipes and ideas!

What do you think about Degustabox? Do you like the goodies that came in the box? Do you think it’s a lot? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Healthy Back to School Snack Idea featuring Mickey Mouse

 

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I still can’t comprehend that it’s back to school shopping time already. Didn’t the summer just start yesterday? It would seem that way.

Some kids are returning to school in just a couple of weeks. At least my son has another month before he has to return to school. I believe my daughter (who is in college) returns around the same time.

I don’t often make my son’s lunch for school anymore. He chooses to make his own. This coming school year, depending on how his schedule works out, he might be home for lunch.

I do make things easy for him when it comes to packing a lunch. I make sure he has plenty of options including fresh fruits and vegetables and snacks. Even if he ends up eating lunch at home (which he often does) I still like to make sure he has plenty of options. That pertains to my daughter as well. Normally she’s home for lunch in between her classes and her job.

The brand Good Health has some snack options you might want to consider.

My kids LOVE Veggie Straws and Veggie Chips. They have been enjoying them for many years.

I like the Veggie Straws and Chips from Good Health because they are made with no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no hydrogenated oils and zero trans fat. In addition they are made with ingredients I can actually pronounce and understand what they are. Another words… I know what my kids are eating.

These are actually made with vegetables – tomatoes, spinach, beets, broccoli and carrots. Personally I don’t really taste the veggies, per say. I just know them as yummy, crunchy treats. My husband says he can taste the veggies, and for that reason he won’t eat them. His loss! That means more for the rest of us.

Good Health knows that not all kids are open to eating snacks made out of vegetables. Some parents have a hard enough time as it is getting their kids to eat vegetables. I’m fortunate that my kids have always loved vegetables. Even as young children they would eat thing like broccoli and spinach.

If your little ones are a bit reluctant to eat their veggies, Good Health has a snack option you might want to look into. It’s the same yummy veggie treats that they already make, but these ones are made to look like Mickey Mouse.

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They are the same flavors as their other veggies chips/straws, but they are done in a fun, child-friendly Mickey Mouse shape. These are sure to be a hit with the little ones (and not so little ones – my teens love them).

Good Health has other better-for-you snack options including Half Bake Popcorn (popcorn air popped with only a touch of flavoring), Popped Chips (popped – NOT baked or fried – chips) and something I really want to try, Apple Crisps. Good Health has other snacks option as well.

These are snacks you can feel good offering to your kids. They are a better-for-you option than (fried) chips, cookies and candy. Save those kinds of snacks for special occasions.

The new Mickey Mouse shaped veggie snacks, and other Good Health snacks, can be found at many retail locations across the country. There is a location finder (“Where to Buy“) on the Good Health website too.

For more information about these and other Good Health snacks visit GoodHealthSnacks.com (that is easy enough to remember). The brand is also found on Facebook and Pinterest (the links are found on the top right of their website site).

Have you ever tried Good Health Snacks before?

What do you think about the Mickey Mouse shaped snacks? Do you think your child/grandchild would enjoy snacking on something like that? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out what’s new at Bonefish Grill

 

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Ahh… summer time. I have such fond memories of summer vacations from when I was a child. From the many adventures my cousins and I would have to lazy summer days fishing at my cousin’s neighbor’s pond.

I think it was all those years of fishing and eating what we caught that helped me to develop a love of seafood. Even my kids really love to enjoy seafood as much as possible (my son enjoyed salmon for lunch earlier today). Sadly, my husband is not a fan of seafood (he’ll only eat canned tuna), but that is OK. Whenever we eat out he can always find something on the menu to enjoy.

Bonefish Grill is one of my favorite seafood restaurants. They also have plenty of other menu items that I love – most especially their Pumpkin Ravioli. I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE their Pumpkin Ravioli! I wish it was available year round. Mmm… I’m drooling just thinking about it.

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Bonefish Grill is offering up some new menu items this summer. The new summer menu items include;

  • Wild Salmon
  • Walleye with Citrus Aioli  and Shrimp topping
  • Dayboat Scallops

I just had to try the Dayboat Scallops, especially after I read the description – sushi grade George’s Bank scallops on a bed of creamy corn risotto topped with crispy bacon, lemon butter drizzle and green beans.

YUM!

Me, my husband and our son went to Bonefish Grill to check out the new menu items and to enjoy a delicious dinner.

My non-fish eating husband enjoyed a Chicken Teriyaki Bowl.

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Our son went with the Atlantic Salmon.

As for me, I just had to try the Dayboat Scallops. Oh my! They were AMAZING!

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The scallops were buttery soft, just the way I like them.

I know the description said “lemon butter drizzle,” but the yellow “sauce” had a little bit of a “kick” to it, which worked well for me. I loved it.

I have never had corn risotto before. I wish you could see it better in the photos. The scallops were carefully placed on top of it.

The green beans were cooked to perfection!

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The lighting in the restaurant is not ideal for cellphone photos, so please forgive these photos for being a little “off” with the color and lighting. I tried to lighten them up a bit (the originals are a bit too dark).

Just looking at the photos makes me want to go back for more!

Of course no visit the Bonefish Grill would be complete without a house salad and bread with olive oil.

Try their balsamic dressing. It it out of this world wonderful!

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If you like to enjoy a cocktail or two with your dinner you should check out the new Strawberry Rosé Martini or Fresh Watermelon Martini, featuring refreshing hand-muddled watermelon, fresh sour mix and house-made English cucumber vodka infusion, garnished with frozen watermelon cubes.

I’m not much of a drinker, so I didn’t try them but they do sound good, most especially the Fresh Watermelon Martini. I’ve never had cucumber infused vodka before.

Don’t forget dessert! Their Macadamia Nut Brownie is AMAZING!

If the new summer menu items interest you don’t delay in trying them out. They will only be available for the summer.

If you would like to find a Bonefish Grill location near you visit www.BonefishGrill.com. The restaurant is also found on social media (all of the links are found at the bottom of their website). You can also check the website for their current menu and specials.

Have you ever eaten at Bonefish Grill? If so, what is your favorite menu item?

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Kimberly

*I received a gift card to visit the restaurant in order to do this review/post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest (giveaway ends 7/26/16)

 

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Do you consider yourself a sandwich person? Do you crave a good old PJ&J? Does the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich make your mouth water? Or are you a fan of the classic BLT?

Personally I love the classic ham and Swiss on rye, with lettuce, onions, mayo and just a little bit of mustard. Mmm… yummy!

I’m also a big fan of scrambled egg sandwiches (scrambled eggs sandwiched in between two pieces of toast).

Our favorite sandwiches are made out of ingredients that we love, but let’s face it, the key to any great sandwich is the bread. You need the perfect bread to build your favorite sandwich.

Are you familiar with Arnold® Breads? The brand also goes by the names Brownberry and Oroweat in different parts of the country. Where I live (New York) we know it as Arnold® Bread. For the sake of this post I will refer to the brand as that, but please note the different brand names.

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Arnold® Bread makes a line of premium bread products that include such varieties as 17 Grains & Seeds, Flax & Sesame Seeds, Nuts & Seeds, Oatnut, Double Fiber and Sourdough, to name a few (not all varieties are carried in all stores).

Here is some additional information about Arnold® Bread products.

All of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are:

  • 2 to 5 grams of fiber per slice or thin
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • A cholesterol free food

The Arnold® bread varieties contain/are:

  • Made with 100% whole grains
  • Good source of fiber
  • 80 calories per serving
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Heart healthy*
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat

Health authorities recommend munching on 25-38 grams of fiber[1] and 48 grams of whole grains per day[2], much of which may come from whole grain products like Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.

If you’re not sure of how  many grams of whole grains you are getting, look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold®  Sandwich Thins® Rolls.

* Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and as low as possible in trans fat, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

[1]http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6796

[2] http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp 

Arnold® Bread is hosting a contest that readers might be interested in. They want to hear about what healthful ingredients their fans use to make the perfect sandwich with their delicious, made with whole grain bread, so Arnold® Bread is hosting the“2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest.

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To enter, fans can submit their sandwich recipes to AmericasBetterSandwich.com for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000!!! Talk about a lot of “dough,” LOL!

Winners in each of the five categories with the highest overall scores will receive $5,000 – so you have more than one chance to win. The five categories are:

“Open-Faced Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals should announce their nutritious ingredients—like bright beets or tasty tuna— sans second slice);

“Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutrient rich breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends);

“Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites);

“Fueling Good” (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)

“State Favorites” (whether it’s a well-known sandwich in the state you reside, or a must-have local dish that can transition into a sandwich, celebrate your state pride by re-creating these state favorites with better-for-you ingredients)

In addition, Arnold® Bread  will donate one (1) loaf of bread to Feeding America for each entry and or vote submitted, with a minimum of 75,000 and up to 100,000 loaves donated. That is AWESOME!!! I am thrilled to hear that the brand is giving back to the community as part of this fun contest.

Entries will be accepted up until August 21, 2016. Online consumer voting will take place from September 26, – October 23, 2016. The winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day (November 3, 2016).

I used some Arnold® Bread recently to make an amazing sandwich. My original intent was to use Arnold® Bread sandwich thins, but they ended up being too small for what I wanted to do. I had to swap out the Arnold® Bread Sandwich Thins for Arnold® Bread Country White Bread (it was the only other bread we had on hand – any Arnold® Bread would work with this recipe).

This is NOT my recipe. I have seen something similar to it on the Internet (I honestly don’t know where I saw it). This is my version of the sandwich (the recipe I saw used different cheese, fresh bacon and used the bacon grease to brown the bread in).

I don’t have a name for this recipe, but here are the ingredients and how I put it together.

Sandwich Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Arnold® Bread of your choice (one that has normal sized slices is best)
  • A few slices of Cheddar Cheese, Munster Cheese OR your favorite cheeses
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Pickles (long sliced ones work best)
  • Mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of a slice of bread and lay it in a frying pan.
  2. Add a slice or two of one type of cheese on top of the bread.
  3. Add a slice or two of pickle on top of the cheese.
  4. Next, add another slice or two of a different cheese (if you prefer). Top that with a slice or two of bacon.
  5. Finish it off with another slice or two of cheese (if you want).
  6. Finally, top the sandwich with another slice of bread that has mayonnaise spread on the outside of the slice.
  7. Cook a few minutes on medium heat the flip over for another few minutes. It will be done when the bread is crispy and golden brown and the cheeses have melted.

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I know this is not the healthiest sandwich, but it was something I was wanting to try for a long time now. It turned out amazing too!

You could substitute things like turkey bacon (or no bacon), low fat cheeses, low fat mayonnaise, butter instead of mayo, less cheese and so forth. You could also use turkey slices instead of bacon. If you think about it there are a lot of ways you can make this sandwich a bit better for you.

I do eat healthy sandwiches – this was just something I really wanted to try.

A great healthy option is Arnold® Bread (such as whole wheat) with a little peanut butter and slices of Granny Smith apples. Mmm! You should try it. It’s really good!

Overall I am glad that I finally made this sandwich. I plan on making it again but I’ll mix up the ingredients a bit (I’d omit the bacon and maybe use a slice of ham).

This sandwich was so yummy!

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What do you think about this sandwich? Is it something you would like to try? What Arnold® Bread would you use to make it with? How would you make it differently?

For more information about Arnold® Bread, visit ArnoldBread.com. There you can learn about all of their products, check out some delicious recipes, nutrition tips, promotions and more. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their home page.

Don’t forget! Enter the AmericasBetterSandwich.com recipe contest for your chance of winning the grand prize of $25,000 or one of the category prizes of $5,000. Remember, entering and voting will also result in donations to Feeding America.

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To help you to create your perfect sandwich, Arnold® Bread would like to give a lucky reader the following prize package; 

  • Six coupons, each valid for $5.00 off the purchase of any Arnold®  Whole Grain Sliced Bread of choice
  • Six coupons, each valid for $4.00 off the purchase of any Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls of choice
  • $25 Visa gift card to use towards ingredients for their favorite sandwiches

Thank you Arnold® Bread!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 26, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about YOUR perfect sandwich. What kind of bread would you use? What would be the fillings in your sandwich? What condiments would you use?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*A gift card, coupons and information were provided by Arnold® Bread. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Refreshing Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca Beverages

 

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What is your favorite beverage to enjoy during the dog days of summer? For me, nothing beats an ice cold glass of unsweetened ice tea.

Growing up I used to enjoy sweetened ice tea, but as I got older I stopped enjoying drinks that are overly sweet. I am simply not a fan of sweet beverages, with the exception of the occasional Lemonade Ice Team from my favorite coffee shop. It’s not that sweet. The lemonade gives the ice tea a bit of sweet lemon goodness.

I’ve never been much of a juice drinker either, but my kids enjoy juice. As a mom, I keep on top of what they eat and drink – as much as I can anyway. They are teenagers so I have no control over what they eat/drink when they are not at home.

At home I make sure to stock our refrigerator, freezer and pantry with “better for you” food and drink options. I am grateful that my kids will grab for baby carrots before cookies, and opt for water instead of soda (we rarely have soda at home but when we eat out they order water).

Recently I received a couple of bottles of Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca Beverages – Grapefruit and Mango Passionfruit. There is also a Pomegranate flavor available.

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According to Santa Cruz Organic;

Warm, carefree afternoons and bright, sunshiny mornings are what our Santa Cruz Organic® Agua Frescas will remind you of. How they taste depends on which refreshing variety you choose—Pomegranate, Grapefruit or Mango Passionfruit.

Made by blending organic fruit juice and fruit juice concentrate, sugar, a splash of lemon juice, and other ingredients, these delightfully distinctive drinks are reminiscent of the Agua Frescas that have long been popular throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Now, Santa Cruz Organic® makes it easy for you to enjoy an Agua Fresca at home—the perfect way to Keep on Cruzin’ through your day!

I love their description – “Warm, carefree afternoons and bright, sunshiny mornings.” That paints a pretty picture.

If you are unfamiliar with Santa Cruz Organic, the brand makes many products using wholesome, organic ingredients.

Take for example the Grapefruit Agua Fresca. It’s made with the following ingredients…

Filtered Water, Organic Grapefruit Juice, Organic Sugar, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Fruit and Vegetable Fruit (for color) and Organic Natural Flavors.

Grapefruit

These are all nature flavors and things we can all pronounce and understand what they are – unlike other fruit juices on the market that are made artificial flavor, artificial colors and other ingredients that we have no clue what they really are. Things like Sodium Hexametaphosphate and Potassium Sorbate. Try pronouncing Hexametaphosphate and what in the world is Potassium Sorbate and why would it be needed in a juice?

So we know that Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca comes in yummy flavors, and it’s made with “better for you” ingredients – but how does it taste?

As I mentioned, I’m not much of a juice drinker, but I did enjoy the grapefruit Agua Fresca juice. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet, which is why I like it. I simply don’t like overly sweet drinks. I don’t find them refreshing at all (if anything they make me more thirsty!). This fruit juice had just the right amount of sweetness to it.

I think the Agua Fresca Grapefruit beverage tastes exactly like fresh grapefruit juice but without the bitterness. My kid are not fan of grapefruit, but they liked this juice because, as my daughter put it, it’s not sour like grapefruit.

It’s amazing when it’s ice cold. My son even suggested we make popsicles out of it (sadly I couldn’t find my popsicle mold in the closet – it’s buried somewhere). You could even add some fresh fruit to popsicles made from Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca. I bet that would taste amazing.

To be honest, I have only tried the grapefruit flavor. I also have the Mango Passionfruit, but I am not a fan of Mango. My kids tell me it’s good so I’ll just have to take their word for it.

Mango

Santa Cruz Organic products, like the Aqua Fresca, are available at many retailers across the country. If you would like to find a store near you, visit the Santa Cruz Organic website and click on the “Where to Buy” button found at the top right of the page.

For more information about these and other Santa Cruz Organic products (fruit juices, lemonades, peanut butter, fruit spreads…) visit SantaCruzOrganic.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (links found on the top right of their website).

Are you a fan of Santa Cruz Organic? Do you have a favorite product?

What do you think about the Agua Fresca beverages? Do they sound like something you would enjoy?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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