Good morning (afternoon?)!!
I’m getting a later start on posting today due to being fully submerged in my Farm Aid article all morning. It goes to press this afternoon and I think it’s finally done! I’ll be sure to post a link once it’s live.
Now down to some housekeeping….
Many of you mentioned you want to hear/see more about the products I received at the Natural Expo East and I’m more than happy to discuss them in detail. I’ll try to intertwine a few on some upcoming posts in an effort not to bog you down a series of product photos.
A few days ago, I received a sample of VerMints– all natural and organic mints designed with unique flavors. VerMints dedication is to offer a natural alternative to breath mints using all-natural organic ingredients like Vermont maple syrup, natural ground ginger, organic mint leaves and Green Mountain Coffee.
Right away, I was impressed by the packaging and selection of flavors.
The packs are small enough to throw in your pocket but each contain around 4 decent sized mints.
I’ve tried almost all of the flavors, but I have to say, my favorite so far as been the Chai made with Honest Tea.
I never really thought of my mints and chewing gum to contain a bunch of byproducts but have you ever looked at the ingredients? It may surprise you.
The next product I was able to try out this morning was handed to me by a new company at The Expo.
Nuvia Cafe is a healthy instant coffee that uses organic ganoderma extract, African mango extract and pomegranate extract to support energy, immune health and acts as an appetite suppressant.
I know many people shy away from the idea of instant coffee, but I actually grew up on it. My parents were never coffee drinkers and when I became one, I didn’t have the energy or money to invest in a good coffee maker so I turned to instant. I actually really don’t mind instant coffee and it’s much more affordable in many occasions that a K-Cup.
As soon as I opened the pack, I was surprised at how finely ground the coffee was. It came out more as a powder and smelled of cocoa.
Once hot water was poured into the cup, the coffee frothed up immediately into a smooth, rich liquid. It was a delicious cup of coffee, especially for being instant.
Along with my coffee this morning, I enjoyed a lovely bowl of “un-overnight” oats.
I say “un-overnight” because I failed in any way to prepare these last night. It was the same concept, the oats just sat for 5 minutes rather than 24 hours. Not quite as doughy and thick, but still pretty tasty.
For these “un-overnight” oats I used-
- 1/4 cup dry rolled oats
- 2 tsp chia
- 1/4 cup vanilla Chobani
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
I then sat them in the fridge while I prepped my coffee and answered a few emails.
On top went-
- Berries and 1/2 a banana
- Sun Butter
And lastly, here is a great recipe I have to share to start off your week.
After what felt like eating crap all weekend, I really was craving a simple, wholesome homemade meal last night. Nothing makes me feel more revived than eating fish and vegetables and now that it’s roasting season, it’s not only simple, the oven does all of the work to turn the flavors into something delectable.
- ¾ - 1 pound of fresh cod (or any other white fish)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 cup diced butternut squash
- 1 small eggplant, cubed
- 1 cup sliced brussels sprouts
- 1 cup baby bella mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- For the vegetables-
- Place all cut vegetables on a foil lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Coat with oil, salt, pepper and dried rosemary.
- Roast in a 450 degree oven for 40 min or until tender.
- For the fish-
- Melt the butter in a small dish. Add minced garlic and dried parsley.
- Season the fish with salt and pepper.
- Brush butter mixture over fish and top with paprika.
- Roast in a 450 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
The fish was cooked to perfect. So delicate and flakey and full of flavor. The vegetables were tender and paired beautifully with the mild fish.
Simple and delicious and a great way to kick off a healthy week.
What is one healthy dinner on your menu this week?
A few items of interest:
- Check out my recipe for an easy weeknight quinoa dinner on the Shiloh Farms blog.
- I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be contributing as the Stage of Life’s Financial Literacy editor. I’ll be posting monthly articles, Q&A’s and helpful tips on financial well-being. You can check it out here.