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Friday, May 20, 2016

Chick Pea Pancakes




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

I had a kitchen stocked with go-to snacks so that I could look amazing in my wedding dress in April. I ate Chick Pea Pancakes with raw vegetables - two of my favorite snacks. I used Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour which consists only of chick peas. I kept this recipe quick, easy, and spicy. I recommend experimenting with seasonings and ingredients until you find the perfect combination for your taste. This one worked for me because it provided me with a doughy flavor that I craved. Our friends over at Nuts.com has some other healthy snack and high-protein snack ideas for a wedding shape-up plan. Check them out and let me know what's your favorite snack. Leave your comments below. Thank you!

Chick Pea Pancakes

Ingredients
1/2 c. garbanzo bean flour
1/2 c. water
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Curry powder
Cumin
White pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Paprika

Instructions
1. In a medium bowl, combine flour and water, and then sprinkle with garlic, onion, and curry powders, cumin, and white pepper.
2. Mix well.
3. Pour mixture onto a hot griddle to form four pancakes. 
4. Cook on each side until golden, about 3 minutes each. 
5. Drizzle with olive oil
6. Sprinkle with paprika.   


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Why I Love M&M's Chili Nut #Review




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

M&M's Chocolate has three new flavors: Chili Nut, Honey Nut, and Coffee Nut. I decided to try the Chili Nut. I can describe the experience in two words: Sweet Heat. Some candy pieces released heat once bitten while others had an after burn. Eating a bunch at one time created a fiery explosion in my mouth. I enjoyed M&M's Chocolate Chili Nut- thumbs up! If you get a chance, pickup a bag and let me know what you think. Don't forget to vote for your favorite via text and the M&M'S® Brand Facebook page. 

What's your favorite M&Ms flavor?


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Watermelon Sherbet Shake



Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson


 I found a cool and refreshing recipe for Watermelon Sherbet Shake in the Good & Fresh Magazine. It came as a supplement with my Eating Well Magazine subscription. I omitted the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, so the sodium level may be lower than what's listed under the nutritional value below. I loved the creamy fruity taste and the noticeable watermelon flavor. I was afraid that the milk would make it too sweet since the star ingredient already had a pronounced sugar taste. The beverage had balance, making it an enjoying treat. I highly recommend it as a quick and easy summer drink. 

What's your favorite summer treat?

Watermelon Sherbet Shake

Ingredients
3 c. cubed watermelon (seedless)
1/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 c. ice cubes

Instructions
1. In a blender, add watermelon, milk, and juice and blend until smooth. 
2. Add ice and blend until slushy.

Makes 6 servings
Nutritional Value
64 calories, 1 g fat, 4 mg cholesterol, 114 mg sodium, 23 carbohydrates, 1 g protein




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, May 6, 2016

Red's Chicken & Cheese Burrito #Review










The Red's Chicken & Cheese Burrito was easily found in the "health food" section of my local grocery store, Smith's Food and Drug, for about three dollars. After a long day at work, I find a rare moment when I'm home alone for a couple hours and grab the Red's burrito out of the freezer to give it a try.  The cooking process was simple.  I thawed the burrito in the microwave for one minute, then popped it in the toaster oven and a few minutes later it was nice and toasted.  It did cook beautifully for a frozen food item, which I'm not a huge fan of simply based on how it typically cooks.  After letting it cool down for a minute, I dug right in and took a big bite.  The texture was nice, but I was disappointed with the flavor.  The tortilla is a little thick and the center filling, which looks and smells delicious, was underwhelming on the taste buds. I think Red's has something going here, but could definitely get a little more daring with the flavor profile. I may also be a tough critic, I'm used to eating authentic Mexican food prepared by my Mexican husband. From a consumer standpoint, I like what I see, but I did have to load the burrito with salsa to truly enjoy the rest of it.

Lindsay
Recipe and Product Review Team Member

Nutritional Value
Serving Size: 1 Burrito
Calories 290
Fat 8g
Sodium 500mg
Total Carbohydrates 39g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugar less than 2g
Protein 17g






Disclosure of Material Connection: I  received product samples from Red's Natural Foods; however, I was not paid for my opinion. All my opinions are mine and mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Caprese Salad #Recipe




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

I wanted a simple salad the other day, so I created a Caprese Salad. It boasts lots of flavor and color. I recommend it for a lazy afternoon lunch paired with your favorite protein. Enjoy!

What do you like to pair with salad? Leave comment below. Thanks!

Caprese Salad

Ingredients
2 beefsteak tomatoes (sliced)
8 oz. fresh Mozzarella (sliced)
6 basil leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
Star Golden Balsamic Vinegar
White pepper

Instructions
1. Arrange tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil on a medium-sized plate.
2. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.
3. Sprinkle with pepper.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”