Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review and Giveaway: #Emergen-C Chewables Immune Plus #Orange Blast #Smiley360 #Igotitfree

Hello Dear Readers:

  I am a part of and I received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. You can join Smiley360 here!   

 Every winter I prepare my family and myself with a barrage of products to stay healthy and to support our immune systems so we can try and avoid getting sick.  Fresh fruit, Healthy recipes,  vitamins and supplements help as much as they can and I am so excited that Emergen-C has a new dietary supplement that is yummy tasting and chewable.  New Emergen-C Immune Plus with Vitamin D is a chewable dietary supplement with Anti-Oxidants and 600 IU Vitamin D. I was sent a bottle of the Orange Blast to try out during cold season. Every morning I chewed my little blasts of orange goodness with my yogurt or egg whites.  It was easy to chew, and I felt like I was taking a positive step to supporting my immune system. Do you want to support your? I have a box of the Emergen-C Immune Plus to give away (see easy form below).  Need more details? There are lots of social media links below to find out where to buy Emergen-C (and a coupon too!) . Also, I have listed the ingredients below as well. 

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Supplement Facts

Serving Size 2 Chewable Tablets
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate5 g2%
Sugars4 g
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate)1,000 mg1667%
Vitamin D (as acholecalciferol)600 IU150%
Vitamin E (as dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate)30 IU100%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)2 mg100%
Biotin150 mcg50%
Zinc (as zinc oxide)5 mg33%
Sodium70 mg3%
Other Ingredients: Sugar, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Stearic Acid. Contains <2 of:="" span=""> Ascorbyl Palmitate (to preserve freshness), Beta-Carotene (color), Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Gelatin (fish, bovine), Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Natural Flavors, Purple Sweet Potato Juice Concentrate (color), Silicon Dioxide, Tocopherols (to preserve freshness), Turmeric Oleoresin (color).
Contains: Fish (cod, pollack, haddock, hake, cusk, redfish, sole, flounder)
Keep out of reach of children.
As with any supplement, if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, consult your doctor before use.
Store at room temperature. Keep bottle tightly closed. Protect from moisture.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Santa-Fe-Style Vegetable Soup #recipe #paleo

Santa Fe Style Vegetable Soup 
Serves 3-4
Either cook for three hours on the slow cooker's high setting or six hours on low setting.


  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups  vegetable stock
  • 2 cups peeled butternut squash
  • 1 dried New Mexico, ancho, or guajillo chile pepper
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup chicken, precooked and shredded, optional
  • 1 roasted red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • Cilantro leaves, finely chopped, for garnish
 Add onion, garlic,  oregano and salt to slow cooker. Add veggie stock, stir and then add butternut squash. Cover and cook on low for six hours or on high for three hours, until squash is tender. Add pepper/s.
Purée using an immersion blender. (If you don't have an immersion blender, you can blend in a food processor in batches and return to cooker)  I skipped pureeing and just chopped the veggies, but feel free if you like that kind of texture to your soup!
 Add corn, lime zest, and juice. Cover, and cook on high for 30 minutes, until corn is tender. When ready to serve, ladle into bowls, and garnish with red pepper and cilantro.   Enjoy. So delicious with a fresh green salad or some baked fish.

enjoy- Zoe

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sponsored: #Dove Dry Spray #Influenster Voxbox #trydry

Dear Readers:

I received a bottle of Dove Dry Spray for free from Influenster, but the opinions within are my own.

Those who are following my fitness journey (and to be fair, I mostly post about it on Facebook) know that I work out 5-6 days a week.  Right now I am focusing on a blend of cardio and weight bearing exercises in a small group class scenario.  Duncan and I take Bootcamp, Excel, Boxing, Pilates, and Run.   When I am working out, I give it 100% and I sweat. I sweat a lot. So when Influenster emailed me that I would be receiving one of a few different brands of dry spray I was excited to see that I received a bottle of the Dove Dry spray in Cool Expressions scent.  And this week, I started testing it out.  So far, so good. It keeps me dry, it has a light cool scent and I do not smell like sweat. And, I really put it to the test this week.  I boxed, I ran, I did lots of burpees and squats.  I recommend this Dove Spray fully. And, I am a convert from clear roll on to a spray that takes two seconds to spray on and does not like white marks on my black cotton tanks.

Adding Protein into my daily routine (and yummy delish #Lentil Slow cooker #Soup #Recipe)

  Hello Dear Readers:
 As winter winds down and heavy soups and stews are replaced with light salads and food to take with us to playgrounds, parks and lakes....I am experimenting with delicious ways to get more protein (less carbs) into my primal based diet.

I love lentils and pretty much all beans so it seems like an easy way to make a filling meal starter or quick lunch.  Try this recipe, it is simple and delicious.   Bon Appetit.

Lentil Soup with Avocado 
Throw everything in the slow cooker and let this healthy lentil soup simmer away all day long. 
 Serves 6

  • 1/2 yellow onion , chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups brown lentils ( I used red this time around)
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 chipotle pepper, seeded & minced
  • 7 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce (from chipotle can) ( I used adobo instead of the sauce)
  • 1 California avocado, chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. In a slow cooker, combine the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, lentils, cumin, oregano and chipotle peppers.
  2. Stir in the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes and adobo sauce.
  3. Cook on LOW until the lentils are tender, 8 to 10 hours. Stir in the lime juice and parsley.
  4. Serve.
(I threw avocado and cilantro on top for some extra flavor and deliciousness.)