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Lollipop review

The nice folks at lollihop sent me the November box to try out and I am finally getting around to my review!

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Lollihop

Here’s more information from their website:

The box.

Each monthly box includes at least eight organic and healthy snacks picked by our nutritionists. We source snacks from all different places, and work with brands big and small. The one thing they all have in common is that they are good and wholesome. What does that mean to us? Our team of nutritionists have a set of guidelines that they check every ingredient and company against, and if the label doesn’t provide enough information, you can bet they will go directly to the source to find their answer. Snacks are hand-chosen for flavor, quality, nutrients, texture, and that thrilling something extra that great food always has. Your box goes out on the 15th of each month, rain or shine.

I really like Food Should Taste Good chips and the blue corn flavor in particular.

blue corn food should taste good

I added this flax packet and the California bing cherries to a bowl of oatmeal one morning and it was nice to have something different for breakfast.

lollihop november 2011

I think my favorite item in the whole box were these somersaults. If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re awesome!

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Loved these Popcorners kettle chips. So good!

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ingredients Popcorners

Nutrition Facts Popcorners

I’m a big fan of Kind bars, so I was happy to find one of those in the box too. This one was the fruit and nut delight, which I hadn’t tried before.

Kind bar Fruit and Nut delight

I really enjoyed this bar too.

If you decide to sign up for lollihop and use the code “fitinthemidwest” I’ll earn a free box! This would make an excellent last minute Christmas gift for your favorite foodie. 🙂

It’s $18.95 per month for a 12-month subscription. Their website lists the most popular option as the 6 month subscription at $20.85 per month.

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Now hop on over to their site and buy someone you love a nice subscription of new foods to try each month.

Thank you to Lollihop for allowing me to try out this subscription for one month!

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Rainy day=comfort coffee

It’s slowly getting warmer here, but the rainy weather today made me crave comfort food again. I can’t wait until it’s in the 70’s this weekend!

Breakfast was grape nuts and strawberries. I have determined I don’t really like grape nuts, but the fiber is good for me. I would rather use them in granola bars and other recipes than eat the cereal for breakfast.

grape nuts, strawberries; coffee

Snack at work was an almond latte, halva and half of a KIND bar. This rainy weather we are having is making me crave lattes.

Lunch was a wrap with ham, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, spinach and mayo. I paired it with a Chobani pomegranate yogurt. Dessert was the other half of the KIND peanut butter and dark chocolate bar.

pomegranate chobani yogurt; hamd and cheese wrap

Dinner was half of a vegetarian burrito from Qdoba. I didn’t feel like making anything at home, plus I wanted to go to the store for some fresh produce, so off we went to Qdoba.

qdoba vegetarian burrito

Because I wanted to run to the grocery store after work, I decided to take off from the gym tonight. I didn’t want to feel rushed like I always do and besides, a rest day will do me some good. I need to catch up on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle since the book discussion at the library is in a week! Oh and I want to bake the ultimate comfort food–chocolate chip cookies!

I am excited because I only have about a half day of work tomorrow! The art museum is free on the first Thursday of the month, so I am going there to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit in the afternoon. I love his designs and I am hoping it’s a great exhibit. I am rarely disappointed by any exhibits the museum puts together though.

Treadmill time

I have been spending more time with the treadmill at the gym this week. I have purposely been running more to test out how I do with it. I think I’ve been doing pretty good, at least starting out with these low miles again. My knee sort of bugs me and I get side aches a lot, but I am sure that with proper training and everything, I can do a 10k in a couple of months.

I was in the mood for oatmeal this morning, so breakfast was stovetop oats with peanut butter. I added some cinnamon to spice things up but without a ripe banana, these oats were just ok.

coffee, oatmeal

Snack at work was peppermint tea and half of a Kind bar. I am on quite the peppermint tea kick lately. It has no caffeine of course, but the peppermint perks me up during a mid-morning break from work. While snacking, I read the article I posted earlier today about Wisconsin food and knew I would have to share it with you readers.

Lunch was an Amy’s vegetable pot pie and two oreo cookies for dessert.

oreos, amy's vegetable pot pie

Dinner was three pierogis and brussell sprouts loaded with Penzey’s spices. Thanks to Anne’s post today, I learned a lot about brussell sprouts and craved them for dinner.

brussell sprouts, pierogi

Dessert was some really yummy almond cake made by my mom with some skim milk.

milk, almond cake

Workout: I let my stomach rest and then got to the gym. I biked while reading Health magazine for 20 minutes; ran and walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes and lifted some weights. I also did some abs and major stretching of my legs.

Time to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and get ready for bed. My favorite quotes thus far are:

“Grocery money is an odd sticking point for U.S. citizens, who on average spend a lower proportion of our income on food than people in any other country, or any heretofore in history.”

“It’s interesting that penny-pinching is an accepted defense for toxic food habits, when frugality so rarely rules other consumer domains.”

I’m enjoying the book so far and am looking forward to discussing it at the New Berlin library’s food program in two weeks from tonight.

It’s reading and then bed time for this foodie!

Spring has arrived!

Hooray–signs of spring were everywhere today! I went for a walk around the block for a break during my work day and didn’t wear a coat because it was near 60 degrees out. I left work with the windows down and enjoyed the sun beating down on my face. The snow is FINALLY melting bit by bit.

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Craig and I went for a walk around our neighborhood for the first time since November. There were birds chirping in the trees and I saw and heard a beautiful robin chirping in the tree above us, which made me so happy.

Breakfast was Chobani plain non-fat greek yogurt with sliced almonds and honey.

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Snack at work was the granola bar I made on Sunday plus a yogi green tea kombucha. I read the Food section of the paper while I took a break with my snacks.

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Lunch featured an Amy’s vegetable pot pie, an applesauce and a Kind Dark Chocolate cherry cashew bar because I wanted something sweet. It was a yummy flavor! Very dessert like and hard to stop eating. This one featured 14g of sugar, 4g of protein and came in at 180 calories. Total fat was 9 g.

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After work, I decided to run some errands and use this as my rest day instead of heading to the gym. I went to Kohl’s to use a coupon that expired today. I also shopped for toasters and took a picture of this model to do some research on it. We need a new toaster badly, but my husband and I are both researchers, so I need to look some models up online before buying. Oh and I need the magical 30% off Kohl’s coupon before I consider buying a toaster from Kohl’s!

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I also ran to Target for some other things. Per usual, I spent about $50 on random things after I just went in for some laundry detergent, toilet paper and febreeze. I finally broke down and bought some Cadbury mini eggs, so I snacked on those when I got in the car. They are my favorite Easter candy of all time.

Dinner was two pierogi with brussell sprouts, tomatoes and part of a french baguette.

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Dessert was a mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwich.

I’m really tired & have a headache (which I rarely get), so I am going to sign off now, read my book and go to bed early tonight.