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Subscription Box Saturday: Goodies Edition

Rob and I have declared an UNPLUG DAY today, so this post was obviously pre-written. 😉 Don’t expect to hear from me for another 24 hours…

In my $7 April 2013 Goodies Box, I received…

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April 2013 Goodies Box

Look closely, do you see a $50 gift card for WINE? This was very strange to me because there was no mention that they’d be sending this! This month, there was no insert describing the products, only instructions to go online to read about the items in the box. What’s more is that this is the same gift card that came in my Girls Night In Cravebox this month, too! I’ll be reviewing all of that wine separately when it arrives. 😉

As a Goodies Box member, I can earn rewards when I:

  • Rate items in my box. (Bot all boxes are the same!)
  • Write reviews of the items.
  • Upload photos with my reviews.

I personally like to take photos of the back of the product where you can find the nutrition facts and ingredients. Those are sometimes hard to find online and it’s what intrigues me most about new products.

When reviewing items, they used to ask the following question:

In a perfect world*, would you eat this?

* like if calories didn’t matter
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Always? Sometimes? Never again?

However, I noticed that this month, that has changed to:

Would you buy this product?*

Yes ~ Maybe ~ No

* like if calories didn’t matter

Here are my thoughts on the items from the April 2013 Box:

Celsius Sparkling Orange Drink

(This drink claims to “energize, boost metabolism and help burn calories.”)

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This drink tastes like an energy drink, maybe slightly better, but I don’t drink them. But you might like it if you do! A good alternative to diet soda, perhaps.

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? No

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Green Giant  Sweet Potato Multigrain Chips

Goodies-Sweet Potato Chips

I’m not a huge sweet potato fan, but I liked the thin chip and light flavor of these!

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? Maybe

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Olomomo Nuts – Chai Bliss Almonds

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Ingredients & Nutrition Facts were not listed on this packaging.

I love flavored almonds and I had not yet had Chai ones. I’m starting to get into sweeter over savory nuts!

Rating? 4/5 ~ Buy Again? Maybe

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True Bar – Fruit & Nut Bar

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Sort of reminds me of a Larabar

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Like many other fruit and nut bars, but a little sweeter. Notice how brown rice syrup is the first ingredient? I’m not sure what that is, anyway.

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? Maybe

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Angie’s Popcorn – Sweet & Salty Kettlecorn

I’ve had Angies Kettlecorn before and it’s the closest thing that you will get to real fair-style kettlecorn, only pre-packaged. I know people who are hooked! Check out the ingredients – pretty minimal.

Rating? 4/5 ~ Buy Again? Yes

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Zone Perfect – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar

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I’ve had a few Zone Bars before and while they don’t taste much different from other protein bars, this one really tasted like cookie dough! My only concern is the ingredients. You might not be able to read all of them, but look at all of them! I’ll eat these when they come in my subscription boxes, but I don’t think I’ll ever buy them. There are just better choices out there.

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? No

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Do you schedule a day to unplug?

How does it work for you?

What are the “rules”?

What do you choose to do on those days?

Happy Saturday!
Cheers~
Carrie

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Baking Cookies

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Yesterday, I mentioned how I’ve been craving baked goods and sugar. I wholly contribute this to the sugar that I’ve been eating lately. You crave what you eat. I need to get this out of my system and break the cycle. Today was a test – one that included baking cookies.

Breakfast

First I ate breakfast:

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Then it was time to bake some cookies.

The night before, I found a box of Lazy Baker Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Mix I received in my Goodies box back in November. I don’t bake, if only for the reason that it’s food that I can’t keep in the house. But I was sure I wanted to make these, especially since all I had to do was add butter and an egg. {Talk about being a Lazy Baker!} And because Oatmeal Cranberry didn’t sound that exciting, I threw in some chocolate chips, too.

After I formed the dough balls on the pan, I ate some of the leftover cookie dough. After ten minutes, I had to check to see if the cookies were done. Well, the piece I took made half of a cookie fall apart, so I just had to eat that one cookie and put the rest in the oven for a couple of minutes more.

After the cookies came out, I put them on a rack to let them cool:

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This was going to be a test. A test that I wouldn’t just keep eating all of the cookies. I started walking around the house, and soon talked into the house that I should have just one more cookie, because cookies always taste best warm. And so I had one more small cookie. Then I left the rest to cool and walked away.

Essentially, I ate about three cookies. I told myself that I would let them cool and then put them in a container for Rob to take to work.

Lunch

My Lunch included my leftover momo from the previous night’s Nha Sang takeout and a salad I created myself:

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Momo with spicy sauce and salad made with spinach, clementine sections, cucumber, blue cheese crumbles, scallions, chopped almonds and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar

I was right. It was worth it to save those momo to enjoy the flavors another day rather than eat them all in one sitting. Also, this salad was so good that I’m going to eat it again today. It was better than I ever expected it to be!

Dessert

As I was putting them away into the tupperware container, I allowed myself just one more cookie and then put them up on top of the fridge. Out of sight, right?

Dove Almond Dark Chocolate

A cup of my favorite tea – Market Spice

Market Spice

Afternoon Snacks

Clementine & Pineapple chunks

When my Love with Food box arrived, I took a couple of low-cal treats out to try:

  • Wild Berry Flat Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate Fortune Cookie

{More on the rest of the box on Saturday!}

Dinner

My friend Jen, brought over some Panera! It has been sooooo long since I have been there. She brought two sandwiches and we split them in half so that we could try a bit of each: Tomato Mozzarella Panini and the Roasted Turkey Artichoke. They were both so good and I’d get either of them again. I enjoyed them with a Garden Vegetable with Pesto Soup and a hunk of bread for dipping. I failed to take photos, but this was the perfect dinner. Having the company was even better. Thank you, Jen!

Later, Jen and I split a brownie square. We both agreed that it was not a brownie either of us would go back for, but we had no trouble finishing it!

All told at the end of the day, I had four cookies and the rest are either in Rob’s tummy or on the way with him to work!

Do you bake?

If so, what is your favorite thing to bake and why?

Cheers~
Carrie