Daily Archives: December 8, 2010

Holiday pot luck & my first Zumba class

Today’s breakfast is pictured here.

Lunch was a holiday pot luck party, so there is no picture of my plate. I ate little portions of lots of things. I also had lots of fruit desserts and surprisingly, wasn’t craving chocolate at all today!

I brought something to the potluck that I knew I would eat–fresh veggies. Cucumbers, grape tomatoes and baby carrots. Everyone loved the Santa plate I brought too.

Santa plate and veggies

After a food coma at work, I knew I needed something peppy to add to my afternoon. I looked a the YMCA schedule and decided to try Zumba for the first time tonight.

It was a lot of fun. I was a little nervous, as I told my friend, who is a Zumba teacher, I am not so coordinated. The class was packed and the women in my class seemed to love Zumba (they even wear shirts that say I heart Zumba, etc.) I loved the first song and the moves best–Enrique Iglesias’s “Baby I Like It” and the Indian inspired dance. There were some other songs that I couldn’t follow the moves with as well. I think it would take me about 6 or 7 classes to get the dances down pat. At one point in the class, I said to myself, “I feel like I am at a middle school dance trying to dance naughty to get noticed.” Maybe it’s just me, but the moves reminded me of that time of my life!

To learn the steps, I watched people in front of me because I don’t do well with watching teachers who are facing the class. I am sure I will try it again. I really do like Boot Camp, Body Pump or Yoga better, but Zumba will be fun to change up my workout once in a while.

I arrived home from the Y with tons of energy. Craig laughed at how chatty I was.

I made a nice red quinoa dish with feta cheese, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and chickpeas. I mixed it with some Penzey’s spices, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Oh and a glass of red wine was perfect with it!

red quinoa and red wine

Now it’s time to relax and read with my adorable Karma sleeping by my side.


NuttZo Original review

For breakfast this morning, I had NuttZo on a piece of whole wheat toast and a peach Chobani yogurt.

Nuttzo on toast, Chobani, coffee

This was my first jar of NuttZo. After seeing it on my blogs, I asked NuttZo if I could try out and review their products. They agreed and I paid the shipping to try the original and peanut free jars.

I loved the original NuttZo I tried on my toast. It tasted a lot like sunflower seeds and other nuts. It was so tasty! I liked all of the different nut flavors combining in my mouth. It had a very creamy texture, but also was quite chunky, if that makes sense.

Chobani peach, Nuttzo and coffee

It uses 100% organic, all-natural ingredients: Valencia peanuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Because it uses a variety of different kinds of legumes, nuts, and seeds, NuttZo is a complete protein. That means it contains all of the essential amino acids.

You can find it at: http://www.nuttzo.com

The one negative thing about NuttZo is the price ($13.49 retail). Here is a special discount for my readers. This product would make a nice holiday gift for the foodie in your life (or yourself):

Now through the end of the year (12/31/2010) with a minimum of a $28 order you will receive FREE SHIPPING and Handling.  Coupon code: happyholidays2010

This is only for www.nuttzo.com online orders and does not include OpenSky orders.


If you purchase your own NuttZo, here are some tips from the folks at NuttZo:

NuttZo is natural so the oils do separate.  Therefore, when you first open NuttZo, all the healthy oils will be at the bottom of the jar.  Just like with all natural nut butters, after the oils separate the nut butter can be quite hard at the top.  Keep pushing a butter knife down through the nut butter paste into the oils.  The nut butter paste will start to combine back into the oils. Once you’ve knocked all the paste into the oils stir into a creamy butter.  You must stir the oils before you refrigerate. Refrigerate lid side up once it’s opened. No need to stir again.  Enjoy!

Nuttzo nutritional

Nutrition Facts
Serv. Size: 2 Tbsp (32g)
Serv. per container: 14
Calories 180
Fat Cal. 140

Total Fat 16g (24% DV), Sat. Fat 2g (10% DV) Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 70mg (3% DV), Total Carb, 7g (2% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (13% DV), Sugar 1g, Protein 7g.  Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:  Organic Valencia Peanuts, Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Brazilian Nuts, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Hazelnuts, Kosher Salt, Vitamin E Natural Tocopherols to preserve freshness.

Here are some helpful facts about the power-packed multi-nut butter:

  • Legumes + nuts and seeds equals a complete protein, which is all of your amino acids.
  • You’ll taste the earthy, elegant hazelnut pieces and nutty, flavorful crunch flax seeds in every bite. Whole brown flax seeds add fiber as well as nutritious Omega 3s as long as the skins have been broken through chewing. Ground flax seeds are added for easy absorption of Omega 3s. Valencia peanuts, cashews, flax seeds, Brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds are medium roasted and then ground into a delectable thin butter. The Valencia peanuts and sunflower seeds add a touch of sweetness. (There is no added sugar in NuttZo).
  • NuttZo provides 50% of your daily value of ALA Omega 3 per serving (650 mg).
  • The ingredients are organic and kosher certified.

Now get yourself some NuttZo! I will try the peanut free NuttZo and review it soon.