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***The Food Should Taste Good Giveaway is now closed.
Thanks for entering!***

I like chips, do you? I especially like chips that taste good and I can feel good about eating. Enter: Food Should Taste Good Chips!

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Food Should Taste Good, Inc. was started by Pete Loscoe who thinks food tastes best when it’s made with quality ingredients and thoughtful preparation (me too!) Therefore Food Should Taste Good chip products are all made with high quality all-natural ingredients that are gluten free, cholesterol free, have no trans fats and are a good source of fiber. Plus, they’re chips. Hello! Who doesn’t like a good chip?!

With flavors like: Multigrain, Olive, Jalapeno, Chocolate, The Works, Sweet Potato, Buffalo, Lime, Potato & Chive, Cinnamon & Yellow Corn – there’s a flavor for everyone to enjoy 🙂 Food Should Taste Good wants to give you the chance to enjoy some, by hosting a Food Should Taste Good Chip Giveaway!

We’ve got a variety pack of chips up for grabs that includes the following flavors:

  • Potato & Chive
  • Cinnamon
  • Lime
  • Yellow Corn

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Here are my reviews (click on any photo to make it larger):

Potato & Chive: Lightly salted with a great chive-y taste. These are great straight out of the bag, or would be super tasty crumbled over a salad.

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Cinnamon: Oh yummy. These are like the chip version of sweet potato fries! The light salt flavor hits you first, followed up by a sweet, hint of cinnamon.

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Lime: More please! With just a hint of lime, these would be really good a margarita or just straight out of the bag. Probably my favorite of all four varieties!

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Yellow Corn: The quintessential salsa dipping chip. This is much lighter than any other corn tortilla chip that’s on the market. Super crispy and the perfect dipping chip if I ever saw one!

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What I love most about these chips is the absence of that greasy, queasy, “what did I just eat” feeling that you get from eating other supermarket chips. They’re a snack that I can feel good about reaching for – which is hard to find! Plus, each chip flavor is made in its own little unique shape…how fun 🙂

So, how do you win?!

Enter up to 3 ways:

1. Leave me a comment telling me which flavor you’d most like to try.

2. Go to the Food Should Taste Good homepage, click on the “Join Fan Club” button and type in “IowaGirlEats” in the “How did you hear about us” field. Then leave me a second comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. If you have a blog, post about the giveaway and leave me a third comment telling me you’ve done so.

The contest is open until Wednesday, August 19th @ 1:00pm Central Time and is open to US residents only.

Good Luck everyone!

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***The PURE Bar Giveaway is now closed!***

Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend was everything you hoped it to be. Mine definitely was, because it started out by coming home to a big package on my doorstep Friday afternoon. What were the contents of this alleged package? PURE BAR STUFF!

It’s true – the folks at PURE Bar contacted me awhile ago and asked how I thought the readers of Iowa Girl Eats would feel about getting some free PURE Bar goodies. Well, knowing how you guys responded to the last PURE Bar giveaway, I figured you’d LOVE it!

What we’ve got is 7 different packages to win.

4 Grand Prize Winners will receive:

  1. PURE Bar T-shirt. This shirt is extremely soft, thicker than your average T-shirt AND it’s actually cute. Wear in public cute!
  2. Re-usable, nylon shopping bag with handles. This bag is ALSO super cute, but manly too (in case you dudes want to enter…which you should!) It’s a dark brown, LARGE bag, that is perfect for grocery shopping, or even toting around everyday stuff!
  3. All 6 flavors of PURE Bars. CranberryOrange, Wild Blueberry, ChocChip Trailmix, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Brownie and Cherry Cashew. I have personally tried every one of these flavors so I can attest to how delicious and mouth-watering they ALL are! PLUS – check out these credentials:

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You will love these bars!

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Front of the T-shirt:

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Back of the T-shirt:

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All-together now!

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See? Cute shirt right? Men, I’m sure a lady in your life would love to have something like this!

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3 additional winners will get the chance to choose 4 different PURE Bars of their choice!

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AWESOME right?! Thanks PURE Bar!

Ok, maybe you’re wondering how you can win one of these fabulous prize packages? You have up to two ways to win:

1. Leave me a comment telling me which flavor of PURE Bar you’d most like to try and/or is your favorite.

2. If you have your own blog, mention this giveaway in a post and leave me a second comment letting me know that you’ve done so.

You have until 10:00pm central on Wednesday, August 5th to enter. This contest is open to US residents only. On Thursday afternoon, I will announce the 7 winners!

Good luck to everyone! 😀

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Ahhhhh I am so reeeelaaaaxed right now!

Dinner + Pedicures with my Mom was a success! First: dinner. We went to a restaurant we’ve both been wanting to try for awhile – RedRossa!

REDROSSA creates individual size, specialty hand-made pizzas, salads and desserts from the freshest ingredients, based upon authentic Italian recipes. Each pizza is handcrafted, then fast-baked in a traditional wood-burning oven. At REDROSSA, we guarantee pizza that’s Fast, Fresh and Authentic.

Basically – it’s handmade, personal size, Napoli style pizzas made with fresh dough and toppings, then baked to perfection in a wood burning oven. This was FAST and this was DELICIOUS! My Mom and I decided to both order a different pizza and split them – works for me! 😀 I got the basic Pizza Margarita and added some Artichoke Hearts and Prosciutto.

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Mmmm – the tangy artichokes and salty, whisper-thin prosciutto slices were so delicious with the fresh mozzarella.

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The pizza was perfectly thin and crispy – but the crust was pillowy soft and perfectly chewy…mmmm my kind of crust 😀

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Momsie got the Roman Pizza with olives, mushrooms, roasted garlic, tomatoes, peppers & two types of cheeses.

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This was fabulous too! Feta makes everything beta!

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We each had 4 pieces…a bit excessive – but totally worth it. We will definitely be back to RedRossa!

After we had our fill of pizza, it was time. Time for PEDICURES! I honestly don’t know of many other things that are as relaxing as pedicures. I almost fell asleep on multiple occasions, as my tired calves, heels and bunions (HA just kidding!!) were rubbed to melty perfection. The fact that I got to spend some quality time with my Mom made it even better. What color did I get?? Check it out!

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Pink, of course! My toes are a little indented in this picture due to the toe separators that I had on for about an hour (hey – I don’t pay for smudges!!) but overall I am very pleased. I LOVE bright colors on my toes!

What a great end to a great day. I’ve got a fun little announcement to share with you all tomorrow, so stay tuned! Gooooood night all!

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What’s your favorite color?

 

Only 1/2 a day left to enter the BLURT! Board Game Giveaway! You have until Thursday @ Noon to win 1 of 2 games signed by the inventor!!

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Hey, hey – happy Wednesday to ya!

This morning I worked out when I woke up! I warmed up with the standard 1.5 mile Mom walk, then ran the same course 2 additional times. GOSH that route is hard to run! It’s super hilly and great for walking when I tend to want a more challenging course, but holy moly it is tough to run. It’s good for the abs (and buns!) though – they are always sore after running hills – yes!

Per my insane hunger levels last time I worked out in the morning, I loaded up on breakfast with a Bacon, Egg & Cheese English Muffin!

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No greasy, nastiness here though. I used a whole wheat English Muffin, some center-cut, low-sodium bacon and 3 egg whites!

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Seriously – nothing is tastier and more satisfying than this combo of flavors. Nothing, I tell you!

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I also had a sliced White Peach:

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And some sweet, mouth-watering Cantaloupe.

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I ate my cantaloupe very slowly because this is seriously the best one I’ve ever had. It’s definitely cantaloupe season, my friends – stock up while you still can!

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For lunch I was feeling a little saucy, so I packed a Fiesta Salad.

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Black beans
  • Baby corn
  • Dried cranberries
  • Taco seasoned shredded cheese
  • Salsa + a dallop of ranch dressing

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I had really wanted some fresh tomatoes for this baby, but I didn’t have any on hand. Dried cranberries make a nice sub though, right?

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I also packed a banana – because they’re not just for oatmeal…you know?

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I’m thinking I met my fruit quota for the day…what do you think?!

So, you guys, I’m very excited for tonight, because tonight = dinner + pedicures (not at the same time) with my Mom! Yep, it’s ladies night! 😀

Have an amazing Wednesday everyone!

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What’s something special that you’ve done for yourself recently?

Don’t forget to enter the BLURT! Board Game Giveaway! You have until Thursday @ Noon to win 1 of 2 games signed by the inventor. Seriously – you WANT to win this game, it is a blast!!

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Without further ado – I want to announce the winners of the Real Simple + PURE Bar Giveaway!!

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Out of all the comments, emails, link backs and blog roll additions, the Grand Prize Winner is:

Michele of Healing With Juices who said:

I’d love to win the Pure Bars–I’ve lost over 100 pounds and I’m into healthy foods to keep it off! :-)”

Congratulations Michele!

The 5 winners of the Real Simple + PURE Bar are:

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  1. Lauren of Say What You Need to Say: I love the photo organizer. So cute!!!
  2. Erica of I Run Because I Can…: I really like the memo mousepad cause I am constantly making list and takin notes when I am the computer.
  3. Courtney of the Hungry Yogini: What an amazing giveaway! All of that stuff looks so cool. Pure bars…MMmmmm!!!
  4. Sheri: I love the to do list! And I’ve always wanted to try the Pure bars.
  5. Anne of Harping on Fitness: All those items are awesome, but I really love those multipurpose bags!

Congratulations ladies! Email me at IowaGirlEats@hotmail.com with your mailing address and I’ll get your prizes out in the mail!

Thanks to everyone who participated. You don’t know how much I wish I had something for everyone!

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Goooood evening everyone – one more work and/or school day left – are you so excited?!?! Any great plans for the weekend? There is a ton of stuff going on around here that I’m jazzed about…I’ll keep you up-to-date over the next couple of days!

Ok – one thing about working out when you wake up is that is makes you friggin’ HUNGRY! I practically leapt out of the Dentist’s chair when my exam was over (no cavities!) to race down to my car and eat my breakfast. I gobbled everything down before I even made it to work! When 12:00 came I dove into my salad too – which was super flavorful, btw!

By mid-afternoon I had a craving for a soda, so Ben and I went to a nearby gas station to pick up a few. While we were there, I got some Strawberry Mambas. Remember those? Oh my gosh, I used to get these ALL THE TIME when I was growing up! They are so tasty! What was your favorite candy when you were little?

When I got home from work – I was STILL hungry, so I snacked on a Blueberry PURE bar! I know – two in one day = kind of nutso, but when you look at the nutritionals and the fact that it’s all natural – well, I don’t feel that bad!

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This flavor was awesome – with chunks of real, dried blueberries and nuts! One thing I’ve found with PURE bars is that they have an almost buttery, luxurious taste that is really unique – and REALLY delicious!

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For dinner I made one of my go-to’s –  Lemon Pepper Chicken with Artichoke Salsa.

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I made the artichoke salsa last night (which took about 1.5 minutes), then just sautéed some chicken breasts sprayed with non-stick spray and sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning on my flat top skillet. While the chicken was cooking, I tossed some fresh asparagus with garlic powder and olive oil, and put them under the broiler for ~8 minutes – stirring half way through.

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When everything was cooked, I put some baby spinach on a plate, topped with the asparagus, chicken, artichoke salsa and some freshly chopped tomatoes – and dinner was ready!

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I absolutely love the tangy artichokes and capers in this salsa – it goes perfectly with the lemon pepper seasoning.

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Plus – look at all the delicious veggies you’re getting with this dish: spinach, asparagus & tomatoes!

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I’m trying to make Ben take me out for ice cream this evening – but alas, he is glued to the NBA draft, dang! I may have to take a solo trip…!

p.s. my abs are so sore from my hilly run this morning…I like that!

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Don’t forget to enter the Real Simple + PURE Bar Giveaway up to three different ways for 1 of 6 prize packages!! Grand Prize Package includes the infamous Dutch Letter!! The giveaway will be closed at 1pm Central tomorrow afternoon!

 

Question: Do you prefer to use recipes, or make up meals off the top of your head? If you like recipes, what are your go-to cookbooks and websites to get recipes from?

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Hey friendidos!

Last night was great – I cleaned the house from top to bottom, then Ben and I went on a nice, long walk. When we got back it was already 9:00, but you would have never have known it because it was still so light out. Aren’t carefree, Summer evenings one of the best things in life? I happen to think so… 🙂

So, this morning I worked out when I woke up! Since I came home to get some things done after work last night and didn’t get my scheduled 7×400 run done – I woke up early today and ran a 12×400 – or three miles. It was super hot and challenging due to the monster hills on the course I took, but it felt amazing to start my day with a great workout and a hearty sweat. Mmm…TMI?

After my run, I got ready and packed my breakfast and lunch…because I’m off to the dentist! Yep, this lady is due for a checkup – fingers crossed for no cavities. I’ve lasted almost 26 years without any and I’d hate to start now!

For breakfast I packed:

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 A crispy, Braeburn apple:

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Some carrot sticks – random but crunchy and fun:

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And an Apple Cinnamon PURE bar!

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Let me tell you why I love PURE bars:

  • They are certified organic, raw & vegan
  • Each bar contains 14 essential vitamins and minerals
  • They count as 1 1/2 servings of fruit
  • I can pronounce every single ingredient
  • The texture of the bar is amazing
  • They are delicious!

Honestly, none of the things I listed above would matter to me if this bar didn’t taste great, as I don’t eat things that I don’t like, no matter how “certified” they may be – who’s with me?! I’m excited for the winners of the giveaway to try these!

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Look at the big chunks of nuts and fruit – yum!

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Alrighty – for lunch I packed a mixed green & vegetable salad with feta cheese, pineapple and mandarin oranges – which are insanely good with this roasted garlic balsamic vinaigrette dressing that I have on hand! Yummmm 😀

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And a Lemon Chiffon yogurt!

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OH! I need to tell you guys what Dutch Letters are for the people that haven’t heard of them! I guess I didn’t know that not everyone knew what they were – these delicious, treats must be a Midwest thing!!

Dutch letters are a flaky pastry stuffed with an almond flavored filling, topped with big crystal sugar and generally in the shape of a big “S”. They are spectacular in every way and if you’ve never had one, you need to find a way to get one – fast! I ate mine too quickly to get a picture, so here’s one from Kathy McCloy:

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Actually, I am feeling SO pumped about these Dutch Letters and the fact that many of you have never even tasted them, let alone HEARD of them – that I’m adding one to the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE in the Real Simple + PURE Bar Giveaway!! YAY – I’m so excited for the winner to try them! Don’t forget that you’ve got up to three chances to win 1 of 6 packages until Friday @ 1:00pm Central time!

Ok, wish me luck at the dentist!

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Oh…you didn’t think I forgot about three question Thursday, did you?! Of course not!! Here they are:

1. Are you afraid of the dentist/doctors? If so, did you have one bad experience that turned you against them?

2. Would you rather have eyes that are always smiling or a voice that makes people calm?

3. What’s your biggest phobia? Insects, heights, Alliumphobia (the fear of garlic?!)

My answers:

1. NO – I LOVE going to the dentist! Few things compare to the feeling of sparkly, clean teeth and, knock on wood, I’ve never had a scary experience there!

2. I’d rather have a voice that makes people calm. There’s this woman at work who’s got the most soothing voice that I could literally listen to all day!

3. As you know, I have irrational levels of arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) – ahh!!!

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