Hot Off The Shelves

by Lauren on April 12, 2012

"Some day's I don't know if I'm wrong or right. Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear." 

Wow, isn't that the truth!  Thank you Of Monsters & Men for reminding me of this today.

 By the way, the song I am referring to is "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men and it is a fabulous song if you are looking to add one to your iTunes playlist. 


I have quite a few things to share tonight so I'm just going to get right to it.  


Oats!!  Look at that, something in my cereal bowl other than cereal.  This batch of oats was quite epic actually.  

  • 1/4 C Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/2 overripe banana 
  • 1/4 C almond milk 
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 tsp chia
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 T cottage cheese (whipped in at the end) 

The secret to making a really voluminous bowl of oats is to add the egg white and cottage cheese at the end and whip away.  I swear the pot tripled in size. 

The toppings were eliciting today because of a new product I snatched from Whole Foods. 

My friend told me about this product with me when she discovered it at The Natural Products Expo West and when I saw it on the shelves, I decided to try it for myself. 

I love big clusters of granola!  But then really, who doesn't?  This stuff is loaded with granola coated nuts.  It's chewy so definitely not your average crunchy nut cluster, but I actually enjoyed it's soft chew.  It will be hard to keep my hands out of this little box I can already tell. 


Continuing on with the new products, I also picked up a recommendation from the lovely Cait. This girl makes just about anything look good but when she raved about TJ's Reduced Guilt Battered Shrimp, I knew she must be serious. 

So normally, I would pass on anything frozen and fried but again, I trust this girl's opinion so I decided to give it a try. 

I made a big spinach salad with cucumbers, fresh mango, radish, avocado and topped it with the shrimp and two more new finds. 

Okay, let's start with the shrimp.   Again, I don't eat many fried things but for some reason, and calamari is about the only seafood I would eat fried but the shrimp were really good. If I would have ordered this out, I would have preferred them to be grilled, but these are quick and super easy and definitely tasty. 

Now the dressing was a total impulse buy from Whole Foods.  I bought it mainly to use as a marinade since I don't usually use bottled salad dressing, but it sounded perfect for my salad today.  It's wonderful!  Sweet but has a bit of kick from the pepper. 

And the hummus….awesome!  At first, I wasn't sure I would be into the cilantro flavor in a hummus but it's subtle and actually really quite delicious.  I still think the edamame is my favorite but this might be a close second. 


I wasn't in the mood to think much about dinner so I took the easy way out and pulled out some frozen burgers. 

Spinach Feta Turkey Burger, Grilled Eggplant (hummus), Roasted Kale

Nothing was wrong with this meal.  Nothing at all. 

Do you guys remember when I posted about the freshwater pearls I was sent to review last week? Well Jennifer from My Freshwater Pearls has graciously offered an exclusive discount for all SWYNTS readers for 10% off your entire purchase. Just use the code SHOP10 at checkout and you can have your own set of beautiful pearls for a great price! 

The offer is only good until 5-31-12

Also, you have ONE more day to enter my NatureBox giveaway for a month's supply of wholesome snacks. I'll pick a winner tomorrow. 

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful day and if not, just remember, tomorrow is Friday! 


15 thoughts on “Hot Off The Shelves”

  1. Erica says:

    Those granola clusters? amazeballs…I need!! And that is one of my most favorite types of hummus. Perfect spice level. Hope you're having a good night 🙂

  2. Your Trader Joe's purchases are making me jealous!  I don't have one nearby, and I miss it!

  3. that is one of my favorite (and only!) storebought dressings.  i'm going to have to try those shrimp on matt — he loves fried shrimp and i'm always trying to find healthier althernatives, of course 🙂  
    have a great night, lady!

  4. Cait's Plate says:

    Woohoo!  I'm so glad you got the shrimp!  I absolutely loved it and this post makes me realize I need to pick up more 🙂
    Also that granola??  I NEED to get myself some of that stuff!

    1. Lauren says:

      I also picked up the MaraNatha Sunbutter per your reccomendation.  I must have been channeling you during my grocery shopping on Tuesday. 🙂 

      1. Cait's Plate says:

        Haha I love it!  I hope you like it! 🙂

  5. thanks for the shrimp review! i always love knowing about TJ's projects.

    1. er, that would be products, not projects…

  6. I hope you've listened to the whole Of Monsters and Men album because it's AMAZING! 🙂

    1. Lauren says:

      Not all of it yet but most of it!  They're accents alone make me want to move to Iceland.  Incredible! 

  7. I have never heard of those shrimp or seen them at TJ! i am not really a fried person but if they are good, why not, right?!  I actually dont use bottled dressings typically either, but there is one at Whole Foods by Bolthouse Farms that is really good…its mango something or other, ill have to check, but it is great when I make cajun shrimp or chicken salads!  i hope you have a wonderful friday and a fabulous weekend hun!

  8. I've been buying a jalepeno and cilantro hummus from Costco lately…and eating entirely way too much of it. Totally obsessed! Now I want to try the TJ version! 

  9. glidingcalm says:

    gorgeous meals!   it is totally grilling season now (IMO) and I am all about the grilled veggies and grilled meats!

  10. michele says:

    Did you read this post :
    Hope you are resting and eating up 🙂 Sorry if I'm being nosy. I won't make it a habit.

    1. michele says:

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      best of luck to you girl!

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