Review: Sun Basket’s Meal Delivery Service

Hi healthy bunnies!

 

I recently had the opportunity to work with Sun Basket (so this is a sponsored post). Sun Basket is a healthy meal kit service that delivers sustainably sourced organic ingredients and easy, delicious recipes for cooking at home.

 

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How it works: You choose from the menus one week ahead, and they have options for Paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, and even breakfast.

As you all know, I am big on doing meal prep and really love the process of preparing my meals, but when I agreed to review this service I was skeptical. Whats the point of food delivery if it isn’t already made? Why not just google a recipe and head to the grocery store?

 

Once I received the first package, I realized this particular service is a game changer for  several reasons:

  • the ingredients are organic
  • the produce chosen is of the best choice
  • all herbs and spices are already measured
  • the recipes are fun and super easy to follow
  • there is a huge range of versatility in each recipe
  • all the nutrition info is provided
  • it forces people out of the routine of making the same few meals week after week
  • the portions are very big, so it’s possible to split it into even more meals

 

Now, some meals do take longer than others to prepare. Some only took around 10 minutes to prep, while others took 25. Quality meals take time, but if you’re looking for faster prep meals, you may need to choose your menu carefully for the week.

I chose the vegetarian option and really enjoyed all the meals. One meal was a veggie burger with the most incredible and vibrant toppings, paired with simple potato wedges.

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I used a lot less oil the recipe called for and the wedges were still very crispy and yummy.

 

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Another dish I really likes was the baked eggs with pistou sauce, a breakfast dish. So much flavor! I’ve never had pistou before this, but it is very similar to pesto sauce, without nuts. This was easy to make and very filling. Since I made a small salad to go with mine, it ended up making 3 meals rather than two.

 

I don’t like my eggs yolks runny, so that’s why this looks more like a frittata.

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What I also like is this service can be gifted to others. Though I made this for my normal meal prepping during the week, I was thinking of how awesome this food would  be for taking to a vacation rental.. Yummy restaurant quality food, made simply at home.

 

If you’re interested and want to try this service out, visit http://www.sunbasket.com/home.

Please note that at this time Sun Basket only delivers to California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Idaho at this time.

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ENERGYbits | Review

Never more than when you say you are vegan, vegetarian, or a raw foodie does the general public become gravely concerned about your protein intake. As annoying as it is, protein intake really is important! But, vegans and vegetarians are not the only ones who have protein deficiencies. Many people do not get the amount of protein they need and as a result are malnourished, fatigued And generally not functioning at their optimal levels.

For this reason, energybits (which are not a supplement, but a food) can come in handy! This easily portable fuel made from algae and chlorella is raw, organic, and packed with vitamins and nutrients.

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How to take them:
For best results, swallow at least 30 ENERGYbits (or more) before any workout, run, game or intense physical or mental activity. They will improve your energy and endurance. Also take whenever you are tired, hungry or don’t have time to eat or cook. They are a terrific high protein, low calorie snack or meal on the go.  A favorite of Olympic athletes. Swallow with beverage (or chew them as you would a handful of nuts). Remember, they’re “bits” of food (not pills).

You’ll find additional details of my review of EnergyBits in my latest video. I found them to be awesome, but was a little  hesitant in how to take that many pills– especially on an every day basis. All in all, the alternative of protein powder does not compare to the nutrients you get from this algae food as well as the ease on the stomach!

EnergyBits were gracious enough to offer both a discount and also one free 2.5 serving sized sample to a winner. For the contest, I’m going a Rafflecopter giveaway, and the rules are pretty simple. The entrant:

        1. Must be a US resident
        2. Must like the Divine Hostess Facebook fan page
        3. Must like the EnergyBits Facebook fan page

To enter, please visit the Rafflecopter giveaway

Energybits also is offering you 10% off any of their bags of algae! The discount code is BLOG. Visit http://www.energybits.com for more information about the product, and to make purchases.

FitFeb| The Paleo Lifestyle

Katie is one of my Instagram pals (IG name: fit_weinbagel) who I have had the pleasure of following for quite some time. She’s health conscious and super athletic– and I cannot help but be jealous of her glorious view of the Northern Pacific as she heads out for jogs! Most importantly, through sharing her meals, she has greatly educated me on the Paleo diet and its benefits. People are quick to dismiss what they see as trend diets, but for some it is really eating they way that their body most agrees with– and it has become a lifestyle.

Q1: What is the paleo diet? How did you find out about it and decide it was for you?

A1: The paleo lifestyle in a nutshell is just eating real food; this means no processed food!  A good rule of thumb is to shop the perimeter of a grocery store (produce, meat/seafood, and nuts/seeds).  There is controversy over whether or not dairy is “allowed”, though I think a lot of people try to avoid it.  I believe people also try to limit fruit intake.

My coworker introduced me to the paleo lifestyle in 2011.  She brought in “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf and I read it in one evening.  I had always been interested and somewhat conscious of healthy habits, however I believed whole wheat and lowfat foods, among other health fads, were “healthy” prior to reading the book.

Shortly after reading the book, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, which is an autoimmune disorder.  The body attacks your thyroid, and interestingly enough, gluten protein looks like thyroid when it’s ingested.  This is when I gave up gluten all together and got strict about paleo.  I also have a very sensitive stomach and have to monitor what I eat closely unless I want to suffer with the side effects (bloating, nausea, fatigue, depression, etc).

Q2: I love seeing updates from you for gym workouts and runs. What’s your favorite fitness activity?

A2: Wow, this is a tough question!  Recently I have broadened my workout routine and I don’t know if I can pick just one!  I guess I would have to say I really love the runs I’ve been doing in downtown Portland followed by a weight lifting session in my office gym.  I think running downtown on the waterfront is really refreshing.  If I go to the gym, I love the stair climber because it gets your heart rate up and it stays up even if you’re not climbing very fast.  Of course I also love to end my workouts in the sauna!

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Q3: What does a typical day of paleo eating look like for you?

A3: A typical day of paleo eating for me looks like:

Breakfast: 3 hardboiled eggs and 1/2 an avocado, coffee with half and half (the only dairy I allow myself to eat on a daily basis) and liquid stevia.  Bacon on weekends.

Lunch: Ground meat with steamed veggies

Snack: Handful of nuts (almond or pistachio), and/or roasted veggies

Dinner: Salad

I don’t eat a lot of fruit, but if I’m having a crazy sweet tooth I will eat some and occasionally ice cream (not paleo!).

Green Chicken Curry

Green Chicken Curry

Fish w/veggies

Fish w/veggies

Pork & Salad

Pork & Salad

Bison steak & veggies

Bison steak & veggies

Q4: Are there noticeable differences to your health with this new way of eating?

A4:  I think eating this way has given me a lot more energy, and it has also boosted my mood.  I have read about a lot of people who effortlessly lost weight doing paleo, and I think if it weren’t for Hashimoto’s and my “weird” stomach, the same would have happened to me.  Overall I am so thankful for being introduced to this new way of eating, and it’s so simple.  Just eat real food!

Scrambled Egg Whites: Give Them a Chance!

Me being into egg whites is a very recent thing. I never thought much about cholesterol, and separating the yolks from the whites just seemed like unnecessary,extra work. I know I’m not the only one, because people who have never even had egg whites say they know they won’t like them. It really takes me back to my days of reading Dr. Seuss. Remember Green Eggs and Ham? I hope I’m not ruining the story for anyone, but in the end, the eggs and ham are delicious! The same can be said for my scrambled eggs whites. Trying something new is worth while, especially when there are immediate, healthy benefits. I combine spices in a unique way so that for just 51 calories, nearly 11g of protein are yielded with no cholesterol. The egg whites are great for an omelet, or a more creative scramble mixed with your favorite veggies. The possibilities are endless!

 Ingredients (per serving):

  • 3 egg whites
  • nonstick spray (or oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt free seasoning salute
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 crushed red pepper
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of milk
Separate egg whites and in a small bowl, whisk together spices. Use either nonstick spray or lightly oil the surface and place skillet on medium high. Once heated, add eggs and scramble. To prevent eggs from becoming too dry, remove from heat when about 80 to  90% firm and let them cook the rest of the way on their own.