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Looking For A Healthy Snack?

We are so grateful to LARABAR for sharing with us her amazing product. Simple, Pure, and Delicious. LARABAR believes the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived by what we eat. They are passionate about creating delicious, convenient snacks that are made from just a few, simple ingredients.

Lara’s products come Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, and Vegan. The Original Fruit & Nut Bars are made entirely from plant-based foods.

Created in May, 2000 by Lara Merriken, LARABAR was born. Starting with five original flavors: Cherry Pie, Apple Pie, Cashew Cookie, Banana Cookie, and Chocolate Coconut Chew, (featured here in front of The Bowery Mission) Lara launched the business. The first 500 bars sealed by hand. Today, millions of LARABAR bars are produced every year.

Lara says, “A passion for healthy living soon followed, and continues to be a driving force behind everything I do professionally and personally. I really appreciate the opportunity I have to make a positive difference in the world we live in. Health is our greatest wealth.”



Photos courtesy of: 1) thefitclubnetwork.com 2)thehonoursystem.com 3) blog.generalmills.com 4) godairyfree.org




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Real Snacks

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We are continuing our healthy eating segment over here. We have been long time fans of the GoMacro bars, so when we found out about their new THRIVE bars, by GoMacro, we knew we had to try them.

Like all GoMacro products, Thrive bars are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO project verified, vegan certified, kosher certified, gluten-free certified and soy-free.

We were lucky enough to try all of the new flavors, nuts and sea salt, caramel coconut, chocolate peanut butter chip, blueberry lavender, ginger lemon, and almond apricot. ALL of them (yes, we are yelling), are all so amazing!!

What is so wonderful about this company, is the story behind them.  GoMacro started a little more than a decade ago to share about healthy and wholesome food.  When Amelia, the founder, was diagnosed with cancer, in 2003, she stopped eating anything that wasn’t grown in the ground. Living on a farm, she grew her own organic vegetables and fruits. As her health improved she and her family were inspired to start GoMacro. And, here we have this amazing bar. Their farm, based in Wisconsin, still remains an integral part of GoMacro products.

We love supporting family businesses and especially ones with such a dear cause.  If you’re looking for a good, clean snack bar, we strongly suggest trying the new Thrive bars or even the original GoMacro bars.

Enjoy the yumminess!

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Terra’s Kitchen // home delivery

terras kitchen10 new - CopyIf you have followed us for a while, then you know we are huge health fans, we cook at home a lot, and we like anything that is farm to table. When we were approached by Terra’s Kitchen to try their home delivery meals, we were super excited!

I have to be honest with you, I love cooking and even grocery shopping (I know, weird), but lately with the store being so busy, and the hubby working long hours (hospitality business), it sure is nice to have your meals planned out and your ingredients delivered.

However, that being said, we still want to keep our meals as clean as possible. So, when I did a little research on Terra’s Kitchen, I loved the fact that they are farm to table. Keeping all of their ingredients clean, all-natural, hormone free and no antibiotics.

Because it’s been so hot here in California, we stuck with a couple of grilling options. Tonight we had, grilled ny strip steak, with tomatoes, zucchini and basil chimichurri.  Super easy, and super good! That’s another bonus, EASY!

Head on over to our Instagram page, where we are hosting an awesome giveaway, with Terra’s Kitchen, that you won’t want to miss!

Also, we’d love for you to try Terra’s Kitchen. So, for our readers and first time users, please use the code GoodNews at checkout and receive $50 off $100 or more.

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health // perfect bar

perfect bar newContinuing on with sharing more nutritious snacks.  The next company we have teamed up with is Perfect Bar.  I first tried perfect bar a while back.  I actually came across someone on Instagram, who was eating them.  I’m not going to lie, she looked darn good, and this was one of her “meal” items that she swore by.  So, I was on it.  I had a hard time finding them at first, because I was looking on the store shelves by all of the other bars. But, because they are completely preservative free, without any artificial ingredients and emulsifiers, they were located in the refrigerated section. YES! even better.

I have tried all of the Perfect Bars.  They are all equally delicious.  Usually, with bars, I find one or two in the group that I really like, and leave the rest behind.  Not the case with Perfect Bar. The bars are so fresh, and are very filling. Great supplement for a small meal, at least for me.  Dave loves the Perfect Bars too.  We both feel great after we eat one.  Just knowing that there are no preservatives in them, that they are GMO free, filled with 20+ superfoods AND gluten free, REALLY does make all of the difference.

If you live in Santa Barbara, you can find them at Whole Foods, Lazy Acres, and occasionally I will find them at Costco. Remember: Always in the refrigerated section. Our family stands behind this company 100%. Nothing but good stuff fills the Perfect Bar!

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health // coconut banana bread


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One of my favorite things I like to do, now that I stay home with Eleanor, is bake.  Although, when I cut out all refined sugar in December, my baking subsided.  I have been researching nonstop since then for healthy, yet still delicious, breads and sweets to make. I’ve mentioned before that this site is one of my favorites! Not only does Ashley have a way to make healthy living look enjoyable, but she also has a lot of great recipes.

I’m the type of person that when I bake, it seems to disappear pretty quickly. Ha! So, I really need to be conscious of what I’m baking.  I decided to make Ashley’s coconut banana bread, and it was amazing! I hope you love it as much as I did.

Coconut Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together with a hand mixer or counter mixer, the first 4 ingredients.  Then, add in the next 7 ingredients. Pour into a lined 9×3 loaf pan. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can spray the loaf pan with coconut spray. Sprinkle walnuts over the top, before placing in oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes.  Insert toothpick in the center, when it comes out clean, it’s done!

So easy and so yummy!  Enjoy!

Here is another healthy banana bread recipe I posted a while back. Also yummy!

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Raw Protein Balls

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Happy Monday!

We are continuing the healthy eating around here.  Our bodies feel amazing, and our hearts are full.  I’ve mentioned before, this is a huge change for me.  Not so much for my husband, he’s one of those disciplined ones.  I’ve always been the type that just does “whatever”! Eat, drink, have fun! Ha! My life has very much changed in the last 5 years, and even more so, in the last month.  I hope to continue this journey forever.  I’m not tempted by refined sugar any more, I’m not wanting the processed food, and most importantly, I’m enjoying my life to the fullest!

If I do ever have a sweet tooth craving, these protein balls are my go-to treat.  We have them in our refrigerator at all times.  Seriously! Even our babysitter loves them!

Raw Protein Balls

1 cup gluten free oats (we use the ones from Trader Joe’s)

1 big scoop of egg white protein powder (we buy Jay Robbs, from Whole Foods)

2 T flax seed

2 T chia seeds

2 T hemp seeds

5-6 drops of liquid stevia

2 T cacao powder

1 T cocoa powder unsweetened

Almond butter (I never measure, but you want to add enough to bind all of the ingredients together)

Mix all of the ingredients together, roll in to bite size balls.  Store them in a glass container, in the refrigerator.

They are a great source of energy right before you go to the gym too!

The original recipe is from here, this is my girlfriend who has been coaching me along. I did modify a bit.

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paleo lemon bars


My quest continues to find the healthiest, no sugar, desserts.  I’m still off the sugar, and doing pretty good.  No cheats, yet!  These are seriously the best darn lemon bars I’ve ever had.  My husband loved them too. My girlfriend, Angela, who happens to be guiding me through this whole process, sent me this recipe.  By the way, if you happen to be in the Omaha area, you can find her services here, and she is well worth every penny. Trust me! Not only is she a personal trainer, she knows the ins and outs of nutrition.  I wanted to share this recipe, because, well, it’s the bomb!!!

For the crust:
  1. 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  2. 2 tablespoons honey
  3. 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  4. 1/2 cup almond flour
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 1 egg white

For the filling:

  1. 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  5. 1/3 cup almond flour

Optional topping:

sprinkle with coconut flour

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the honey, shredded coconut, almond flour, and salt and mix until well combined.
  4. Remove from heat and add egg whites (save yolk for something later) and stir.
  5. Add mixture to loaf pan and firmly press down. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, for the filling add eggs to a large bowl and beat until frothy. Add remaining ingredients and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Pour filling over baked crust and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until center is set.
  8. Let the bars cool completely before serving. Cut into squares and top with powdered sugar or coconut flour.
  9. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 4 days.

My picture is not the best, but you’re lucky they lasted long enough to even get a picture. Ha!

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Protein Pancakes you want to make

Happy New Year!

I have decided to eat clean this year, or at least try.  I have been completely addicted to sugar for the past 5 years, and it is getting the best of me.  My whole body. I just don’t feel like I use to, and there is no better time than now.  I’ll try to check in as often as possible to share recipes and details on how it’s going.  Love Threads and being a mommy keeps me pretty busy, so I’ll do my best.  I’ve also joined a Facebook page with some other girls who are doing the same thing, so we can all stay accountable.  I felt that because we were already on this awesome essential oil journey, that this fit right in.

Here is what I pretty much eat everyday…

Breakfast: 1/4 cup gluten free oats with a 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds // 5 or 6 egg whites with spinach and tomatoes

(I will alternate and have protein pancakes instead of the above)

Snack: apple and a handful of almonds

Lunch: medium sized spinach salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, peppers, and chicken breast or quinoa

Snack: cottage cheese and a few berries

Dinner: fish or chicken, and some sort of green veggie, and sometimes I will have half of a yam or sweet potato.

Snack: (I don’t always eat all of my snacks) protein ball or Fage greek yogurt 0% with a few berries

Also, some of my snacks are alternated with green juice.  I’ve been on a huge juicing kick. I can’t bake anymore, so I juice! I love it!

Here is the recipe for the protein pancakes. Keep in mind I didn’t do exact measurements, but we all know what the consistency of a pancake is, so use your best judgment.


2 or 3 egg whites

2 T protein powder ( I use egg white protein by Jay Robb from Whole Foods)

mashed banana or pumpkin

a few drops of stevia

1/2 teas of baking powder

splash of almond milk

splash of vanilla

Instead of syrup I took frozen berries and microwaved them for a minute and it turns into a sauce.  Pour over the top. In all honesty, we pushed the berries to the side.  They were so good without the berries, you don’t even need them.


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