La Croix Can Costume

This past weekend London and I had planned for the ultimate La Croix costume flavor throw down — Coconut vs. Pamplemousse.  Unfortunately, London ended up being too sickly to go out, so I ended up just being a single La Croix.

I love a good creative, inexpensive costume.  We probably spent around ~$20 total for this costume.  And I feel like we caught this right on the cusp of the La Croix trend.

What you need:

For the shirt:

  • Oversized Tshirt — H&M had some great men’s long tee’s that were perfect for this!  I bought taupe and London got a dusty rose color
  • Metallic acrylic paints
  • Cheap paint brushes and/or sponge applicator
  • Iron-on transfer sheets (we used these— came with 5 sheets for dark material– and they worked great!)
  • Printer and iron (duh)

For the headband:

  • Silver headband — the metal material of this one (also from H&M) matched
  • Can tab
  • Hot glue gun

Directions:

  1. Start by painting the back of the t-shirt first.  We followed the same design as the front of the La Croix cans, sans the logo.   Let dry overnight.
  2. Print the La Croix logo onto transfer paper.  I took the logo and separated it into “La” and “Croix” since the cans have a stacked logo but the La Croix logo is horizontal.  “La” and “Croix” each received their own transfer sheet (4 sheets total for 2 costumes).
  3. I also found a font that’s similar to the can flavor font (Comfortaa). I typed out the flavor names and picked up the dark blue color of the La Croix logo.  We shared a transfer sheet for “coconut” and “pamplemousse.”
  4. Cut the designs on the transfer sheet, leaving some white around.  The transfer sheets we used do not require you to mirror the image when you print

Be KIND (Bar Review)

I like KIND Bars for a light snack when you’re not feeling like heavy-duty protein bar.  They’re just like a nice cluster of nuts, spices and fruits in an easy, grab-and-go format.  These bars lived up to their names and all of the flavors tasted as they should, if not, even better.  All of these bars are around 200 calories, with roughly 5-7g of protein, 5-7g of fiber, and less than 5g of sugar.

 

 

Flavor review:

  • Almond Walnut Macadamia + Protein (with peanuts) – The addition of peanuts makes this bar taste reminiscent of a “peanut roll” candy bar.  I like that it has 10g of protein vs. the regular 5-7g.
  • Cashew & Ginger Spice – tastes like ginger snap cookies.
  • Madagascar Vanilla Almond – ever since fro-yo introduced me to “Madagascar vanilla” I’m a sucker for anything with that in the title.
  • Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan – anything with dark chocolate, cinnamon and nuts is a winner in my book!
  • Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt – If I had to choose one of these bars to eat everyday for the rest of my life, it would probably be this one.  It  tastes like a decadant/gourmet chocolate, except for it’s not bad for you.

 

 

What’s your favorite kind of snack/granola/protein bar?

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post, but  I received complimentary KIND Bars for my review.  However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be Thankful

The other night my yoga instructor read part of this sentiment and I wanted to share it.  We often don’t think of negatives as something to be thankful for; we primarily associate being thankful with positives.  This quote should shift your perspective about “being thankful,” at all moments in life, both good and bad.

The three verses I think would be good mantras are:

“Be thankful for the difficult times.  During those times you grow.”

“Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.”

“Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.”

 

Be Thankful
(Author Unknown)

Thanks for not having
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Thanks for lacking knowledge
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Thanks for difficult times
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Thanks for limitations
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Thanks for challenges
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Thanks for mistakes made
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Thanks for exhaustion
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made the effort.

Thanks for setbacks
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Thanks for troubles
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.…

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Originally, I made this for our running club potluck last Saturday.  Amidst the other amazing brunch dishes, I didn’t really know how I felt about it.  But it was super easy to throw together (a lot easier than I thought because I was kinda dreading baking), so I decided to add it to my weekly meal prep for breakfast/a morning snack.

Now that I’ve had it as a stand-alone dish, it’s a lot better than I thought!  Even when I omitted the sugar this time.  And while I’ve only had it cold, I can only imagine how much better it is when it’s hot.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from Family Fresh Cooking
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups Coach’s Oats (or regular rolled oats)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened Applesauce
3 cups almond milk
13.5 oz can of unsweetened Light Coconut Milk
1 large fuji apple, diced
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
Toppings: 1 fuji apple (thinly sliced), pomegranate flavored craisins and chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon) in a large bowl.
  3. Pour in applesauce and all milks. Add apples and sugar (if using).
  4. Let the mixture sit to absorb some liquid for 10-15 minutes. Set the toppings aside.
  5. Put the oatmeal mixture in the baking dish (I divided the mixture into two round casserole dishes).
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes. The oatmeal might appear not done when you take it out of the oven. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  7. Top with toppings of your choice.
  8. Put it in the refrigerator overnight for best results. It will thicken nicely in there.
  9. To serve, cut and re-heat as needed.

Eat Your Antioxidants

It doesn’t get more refreshing than a simple smoothie on a hot summer day!  A few additions make this smoothie off-the-charts in antioxidants.  In other news, I think my KitchenAid blender has seen better days.  Time to research new blenders, and maybe even splurge for  a Vitamix…

 

Berry Antioxidant Smoothie
INGREDIENTS:

1 scoop/pouch protein powder (I used Shakeology Tropical Strawberry)
1 tsp. maqui berry (freeze-dried whole berries, available at health food stores like Whole Foods)
1 packed frozen acai
1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
1 1/2 cup water
8 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

What is a Maqui Berry?

It is a wild grown superfruit from the Patagonia region of Southern Chile.  It has been used for centuries by the native Mapuche Indians to help boost strength and stamina.

Health Benefits:

-one of the highest antioxidant values of any known fruit
-most pure and potent berries available
-supports immune function and provides natural energy
-contains an abundance of anthocyanins and polyphenols
–ORAC value of the maqui berry was 4 to 30 times higher than the average acai berry…