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Whey Good Snacks From Protein Bakery – Review

The Protein Bakery is Whey way Delish! *wink* What a tasty review!

Rachael Ray, Oprah Winfrey and Me? Yes we have something in common, a favorite WHEY to enjoy Baked Goods and it’s from Protein Bakery!

Protein Bakery LogoThe Protein Bakery makes luscious Cookies, Brownies, Blondie’s and Mini’s. My husband and I shared the products that I received for a review. I received a Black and White Blondie and a Double Chocolate Brownie (not pictured in the review, these were the first victims consumed by hubby and I, unfortunately the pictures didn’t turn out), Peanut Butter Cookies (package of 2), Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (package of 2), Peanut Butter Blondie Mini and a Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini.

Protein Bakery Assortment for ReviewThe full sized Brownie and Blondie that we tried were really filling, we split them in half and exchanged halves so that both hubby and I had part of that Black and White Blondie and the Double Chocolate Brownie. These were really made for a big appetite. The chocolate, wow! Very very sweet and rich… this was when I discovered that I really loved the Blondie, not quite as sweet and yet so very tasty. Hubby is normally the Brownie guy, I thought for sure he’d go nuts over the brownie, however, I truly was surprised when hubby came over to the lighter side with me.

I couldn’t believe that even splitting the products in half with hubby we found ourselves so very satisfied with our share of Protein Bakery’s Baked Goodies. Our taste buds fell instantly in love and our tummies were so quickly satisfied.

Protein Bakery knows how to treat their customers right as their products are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Trans-Fat Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Wheat Flour Free
  • Kosher
  • High in Dietary Fiber

The products are full of such goodness as rolled oats and the finest chocolate… and so much more.

And they bake small batches from scratch daily and they have been doing this since they opened in 1999! Happy 15th Birthday Protein Bakery! 🙂

Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini
Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini

What can I say? I haven’t tried anything nearly as delicious and satisfying as the baked goods that I was fortunate enough to receive from these wonderful folks. And I don’t know how else to describe this, from the mouth happy goodness to the tummy crave crushing satisfaction, to knowing how healthy these baked goods are for you, the experience makes me feel truly sexy! Yes, I said it… I have never been so fully satisfied by desserts like I tried for this review! And I couldn’t believe it, my favorites were not the brownies! Yes, chocolate, yes the brownies where decadent… but boy oh boy I have Blondie Lust for the Black and White Blondie and the Peanut Butter Mini Blondie.

Protein Bakery cookies chocolate chip in handAnd I don’t DARE forget to mention Cookies… oh yes, cookies! The Peanut Butter Cookie was my favorite!

Okay so you get the idea, I am in LOVE with Protein Bakery and all their offerings and I surprised myself as I found that I loved some products more so than the chocolate ones.

The Founder of Protein Bakery is, Stephen Charles Lincoln and this man had lost 80+ pounds and became a fitness instructor. And trust me, he has great taste in making products that are both good for you and satisfying at the same time… gourmet flavor and good for you may sound too good to be true, but it’s TRUE! And I remember that I read somewhere about Mr. Lincoln placing his Protein Bakery Products in the Freezer, and he said that his products make “The Worlds Best Ice Cream Cake”… it was also suggested that they can be eaten frozen! Yummy, what a great idea for a Hot Summer Day Treat!

I found that The Protein Bakery is not only in the US, but they are now in the UK as well now! Congrats to The Protein Bakery!

I wish to thank the Protein Bakery for entrusting me with their luscious products to sample for this review. YUM!

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, personally reviewed this product. I received baked goods from The Protein Bakery for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by The Protein Bakery and me.
 

 

Eatrageous Snacks – Review & Giveaway

 

Hi all, I have had the wonderful experience of trying Eatrageous the delicious macaroni-like shaped snacks! This post isn’t as wordy as usual, but this is not to diminish the flavor power in these wonderful snacks, these Eatrageous snacks are so good, in my humble opinion, that they speak for themselves. There may only be four flavors in the Eatrageous offerings (currently) but the flavors so very unique and the crunch is fantastic!

Please friends, don’t forget to read the wonderful prizes that Eatrageous has for our 3 lucky winners, and please, even if you are not interested in entering still pay attention to the fact that Eatrageous wants to give back to those in need, and follow the links to like and follow them with your facebook and twitter accounts. Remember friends that liking a page like Eatrageous (or my page for that matter) from a blog page or another business page doesn’t count towards actual followers on the Facebook Count! Please make sure to use a personal account, for those likes, to make that “like” really matter, thank you!

It wasn’t the macaroni shape that caught my attention, it was that the few people I heard talking on line about them were so in love with some crazy new (to me) snack that was Mac n’ Cheese flavored and my curiosity was piqued. Why on earth would anyone like to eat a crunchy snack that is macaroni and cheese flavored?

Eatrageous logo

 

I found the Eatrageous Website online and the product information captured my attention:

  • Only 100 Calories per 1 oz serving
  • 80% less Fat than typical fried chips
  • all natural
  • non-gmo
  • gluten free

The Flavors, the facts above, combined with people talking about the product and I decided that I simply had to try their products for myself.

 

Eatrageous was kind enough to send me a box with a variety of 100 calorie bags of their products to try out for myself for a review and giveaway. When I received my box, I couldn’t wait to try them out, however I could only dream from a distance since I was spending time up at my Mother and Fathers house in the foothills and I couldn’t wait to get back home to hubby, my 2 pups and my box of eatrageous snacks.

Eatrageous 4 flavors review and giveaway 3 prizesIt came time for me to dig into the box and see what I had, I had 3 small one serving, snack size bags each of their flavors were represented; Original Sea Salt, Wasabi Ranch, Sweet and Smokey BBQ and (of course) Crunchy Mac n’ Cheese. The first flavor I simply had to try was the Mac n’ Cheese, wow, talk about satisfying the craving for something cheese flavored and crunchy at the same time. Wow, I am in love! I loved each and every flavor of Eatrageous and their motto “The New Spin on Chips” is right on track. All their tasty snacks were macaroni shaped, crunchy and satisfied different cravings.

By the way, can you think of a new flavor for Eatrageous, if you can go to their website, click the little cartoon speech bubble on their page and submit your information, your flavor suggestion and if them make your flavor you will receive a years worth of that flavor! Yay!

Eatrageous and Giving Back:

Eatrageous believes no one in the United States should go hungry. However, 49 million Americans live in food insecure households. That’s 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children. Eatrageous hopes you will help us contribute to changing that by supporting us as we give up to 5% of our profits to charities.

By entering you will Help Eatregious give back!

Helping us give back is easy. Just like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to help. For every original 10,000 likes and follows, we’ll give 1% of our profits to a charity committed to fighting hunger. Our goal is to donate 5% at a total of 50,000 original likes and follows. The more you like and follow us, the more our company grows, and the more we have to give—simple as that. So go ahead. Share us with your friends. Let’s get to that 5% as quickly as possible.

I have set up 2 mandatory entries on this wonderful giveaway, all to help Eatrageous help out others in need.  In order to enter, this giveaway, you will be required to like Eatrageous on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter. If you don’t wish to enter (or it’s past the end date for entry) you may click below to help out:

Eatrageous on Twitter: @eatrageous

Eatrageous on Facebook: facebook.com/eatrageous
Eatrageous yummy Wasabi Flavored review and giveaway 3 prizes

I thank Eatrageous for the honor of trying their wonderful products for myself, I really enjoyed the 3 packages of each flavor sensation that they had sent me. From their Original to the Bite of the Wasabi flavor snacks, I enjoyed them all!

3 Prizes In the Eatrageous Giveaway:

Here are the prizes:

(Please Note the Prizes have changed, since posting)

1st Place: Two Eatrageous variety packs with an Eatrageous t-shirt and chip clip

2nd Place: Eatrageous variety pack with chip clip

3rd Place: Eatrageous variety pack

 

Enter now and cross your fingers, you lucky ducks, and take a chance that you may win one of these great prizes from Eatrageous!

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received 12 Eatrageous Snacks (3 of each flavor) for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by me.

Coupon & Recipe for National Soft Pretzel Month

Oh I simply cannot resist a good soft pretzel and I just realized that April is National Soft Pretzel Month! Here a coupon, some fun facts and a recipe for making your own.

First off this link came in my email today for Super Pretzel Coupon (and yummy, I’ve bought their pretzels before and love them for late night snack attacks): http://t.mb00.net/s/c?y.s7vf.1.yr60.3oz0 this strange looking link brings you right to the coupon on Red Plum. 🙂

Fun Facts:

Did you know that Soft Pretzels have been around back in 600 ADs?

Did you know, The common pretzel shape was created by Monks in the shape of praying hands? And that the shape has also said to represent good luck and prosperity.

Alton Brown's Soft Pretzels
Alton Brown’s Soft Pretzels

Here is a link to a Recipe to make your own Soft Pretzels from one of my favorite chefs Alton Brown (gotta love his sense of humor): Alton Brown’s Recipe for Soft Pretzels on the Food Network

Have fun with the remaining days of National Pretzel Month. Incidentally this past Saturday was Nation Pretzel Day… shucks I missed it! Ah well, National Doughnut Month should be coming up soon! 🙂

*This post is not sponsored, nor have I received anything for posting this, just the satisfaction of knowing that some of you may enjoy this information that I discovered for you! 🙂

Organic Dog Food, that worked for my Dogs Sensitive Tummies – Review

Snapshot from my video of Tiny Dancing for his dinner
My dog, Tiny does his “Snoopy Dance” for his dinner. (catch the dance in my video near the end of the post)

You probably know by now (or could easily guess) that my fur babies love it when I get a chance to review dog products on the blog. And this one is no different and their little tummies are very happy with the Newman’s Own Organics Premium Pet Food products that we were asked to review.Newman's Own Organics Dog Food Bag in Adult Dog Formula

My two pups have picky tummies and they can be picky eaters too… we’ve found some dog foods that they will not touch and we had to give it away to neighbors, though we were half tempted to throw it away. We found others that they would eat and later throw up, and yet some others that upset their tummies and we’d end up cleaning the floors and butt fur repeatedly as a result of their eating those Dog Foods or Dog Treats. And I thought a sick man was needy (oh darling husband, you know I AM NOT talking about you. *wink*), ladies some of you know what I mean… but have a dog with a sick tummy (at least my 2 tiny dogs) and they want complete and uninterrupted attention, take your attention away from them for a moment and they are not happy with you and those pups get pushy, panicked and moan a lot in complaint.

It’s a balancing act when your pets have sensitive tummies like mine do. And the recent problems that arose with products coming in from China, I started to wonder, should I make homemade dog food? Being the careful skeptic that I am, I did massive amounts of research on homemade dog foods and after much copying and printing recipes, I found a glitch in the idea. I really shouldn’t make homemade dog foods, there seems to be a lot of science in creating the products that meet your dogs nutritional needs. There are specialty ingredients that you really must go out and purchase to add to a dogs food in order to properly balance the nutritional value of any homemade food, and still a lot of calculations to be met. Human foods do not meet our dogs nutritional needs. Not only that but in the end not only is it a lot more expensive, but, even though our dogs are worth it, it is after all a lot of work. I tell you what I decided to do, after all that research I found that not only do we have to worry about nutrition for our dogs but it is highly recommended to go with Organic products for the dogs. When your little fur babies are so precious to us, lets take care of their bodies by using only the best for them, so I’ve considered going organic for them for quite some time, though I had not taken the leap yet, not until trying Newman’s Own Organics.Dog Foods and Treats from Newmans Own Organics

I received a nice box of goodies for my boys and some coupons too, from Newman’s Own Organics.

I received :

2 Large Cans: Chicken & Brown Rice Formula and the other was Organic Beef

2 Small Cans: Turkey and Brown Rice Formula and the other in Turkey & Chicken Formula

A 1 ½ lbs Bag: Adult Dog formula, made with Organic Grains & Vegetables

2 resealable Bags of Dog treats: Premium Dog Treats in Size Small, Flavor Peanut Butter and the other is Snack Sticks for Dogs in Chicken & Rice Formula

Newman's Own Organics Dog Snacks Packages in PeanutButter and in Chicken and Rice

We’ve fed our pups these perfect sized little hearts before from Newman’s Own Organics (the Premium Dog Treats, small in Peanut Butte Flavor), we found these to be one of the most perfect sized treats for our boys. These Peanut Butter Hearts, are just right for training treats as well as those random treats during the day, great for small dogs like mine. I love these for my dogs and they seem to enjoy them and always ask for more.

These little hearts are 1 inch wide, 1/4 inch thick.

Heart Shaped Dog Treats Measures 1 inch wide on my rulerThe treat I have never picked up before, for my fur babies are the Snack Sticks for Dogs, in Chicken & Rice Recipe, these are long lean sticks about , easy to break up to split between my two dogs as they are not too hard. They love these too.

These little sticks are about 4 1/2 inches long.

Dog Treat Stick measures 4 and a half inches long

I generally feed my 2 little boys dry dog food and use the moist dog foods for special occasions, part of the reason is their sensitive tummies and it’s hard to find moist dog food formulas that agree with their stomachs. I have found about a year back, that a friend sent me a care package with some of Newman’s Own Organics Moist Dog foods in it, she knew my dogs couldn’t stomach most moist dog foods and she had faith that the dog food she’s been feeding her boy and girl (Fur Kids of course, lol) would do the trick with my 2 boys. Sure enough, no upset tummies, no doggy accidents to clean up and 2 happy puppies, one of which even dances for this dinner! So cute!

And there was no problem with the usual progression from one dry dog food to another, if you don’t know usually you should gradually introduce new dog foods, to your dogs in progression, keep the old dog food and slowly increase the % of the new dog food in the mix to introduce the new food to your dog. I usually do this with the dry dog foods starting out at about 1/3 and increasing over 3 days to 100% of the new food, this helps to keep the dogs from getting an upset tummy from the new product. I didn’t do this with my 1 ½ lb bag of dry dog food from Newman’s Own Organics, having tried their soft foods on the dogs previously I had a feeling that they would have no problem digesting the dry food either and I was right. No problems for my two little boys at all switching straight to the new food, they love it and Tiny Dog dances for his dinner for this one as well as the soft foods they make.

Newmans Own Organics Small Moist Dog Food CansI love the Newman’s Own Organics, both people food and the dog foods, they take good care of our little family with Organic ingredients and tummy friendly foods for my Fur Babies. Thank you Newman’s Own Organics for sharing your wonderful products with me and my happy little Fur Babies! You have won our hearts and our brand loyalty with your tasty original & organic recipes for all your fantastic products.

Not a problem with Newman’s Own Organics Dog Food and Treats, they not only joyfully eat the food but there have been no ill effects from eating it, and of course no clean up… happy me & happy pups!

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Newman’s Own Organics and me.

The Snack Attack – Newman’s Own Organics Review & Gingersnaps Giveaway

Welcome to National Cookie Day Friends, to Celebrate Newman’s Own Organics & I am giving away what I consider the best Gingersnaps EVER!

Newmans Own Organics Packages of Double Chocolate Chip, Gingersnaps, Orange Chocolate Chip.

The wonderful folks at Newman’s Own Organics offered me the opportunity to run a review and a giveaway on the blog here and I couldn’t have been more pleased. I have had some of the Newman’s Own Organics Chocolates a year ago and I tell you there is nothing like their chocolates. 

I was lucky that we discussed doing a review in email and we’ve decided it’s been far too long since I last sampled something for a review from them. I must say I’ve had Newman’s Own Organics products in my house for sometime now, yet there are still many more products that I never noticed on the shelves of my grocery store before. Amazing how once you see and like something you start seeing it every time from then on. Now I’ve been noticing the other Newman’s Own Organics products all over the place in the stores.

Newman's Own Organics Original Hermits & the Hermit Cookie Bars

Along came a box in the mail, in my box I had both the traditional cookies, and something called Hermits along with some yummy Pop’s Corn! I was surprised with the Generosity of my treats in my box from Newman’s Own Organics.

I had never heard of Hermits before, and I had a good laugh reading their package. On the long seam of the packaging I saw.

“We Love our Hermits”

“No Hermits were harmed, mistreated, pestered or annoyed in the making of these cookies”

And the little Hermit Character on the package was adorable, but strange, it didn’t resemble my husband at all! lol

These little Hermits resemble a bar like soft cookie, sort of like those Figgy what ya may call it’s. But these taste so much more Superior, and they have the raisins and figs and other goodies mixed throughout the cookie, not filled. The cookies were the perfect texture for my husband to eat, he had Non Hodgkin s Lymphoma and the radiation treatments years ago ruined his teeth from the inside out and so he is in dentures. He commented that he will never have those figgy thingys ever again and he will stick with his favorites, the Newman’s Own Organics Hermits. The favorite flavor in our household? Ginger! Imagine that… the same flavor of traditional cookie that is our favorite.

Newman's Own Organics Gingersnaps Cookies Package & several Gingersnap Cookies

Speaking of Ginger, have you tried a REAL Gingersnaps? I bet you haven’t unless you have tried Newman’s Own Organics Gingersnaps, oh I thought I loved Gingersnaps before, but nothing compared to these gems! These are made with real candied ginger in them and it’s has the spicy snap that cannot compare! They are not too sweet and a generous, just right amount of Ginger for this spice lovers appetite. I couldn’t believe how Superior these were over the gingersnaps that were my previous favorites that I needed to purchase at World Market, now I know I won’t be picking up the Seasonal Tin of Gingersnaps at World Market this year (the only time you could get them), they have 3 strikes against them now. 1) they are no longer my favorites and 2) the only way to buy them is in the tin, the rest of the year you paid a hefty price for just a few gingersnaps and 3) you had to go out of your way to locate them and I could only get them at one store miles away from home. Newman’s Own Organics are my new favorite and I can pick them up from the local grocer year round!

I also tried the Orange Chocolate Chip cookies, my second favorite, so unusual and the flavor of the Orange melds so well with the chocolate chips, it’s a flavor sensation. The first thing eaten from my box, and the only picture of it (doesn’t it figure was messed up) was the Oatmeal chocolate Chip cookies, these are just wonderful too. There is  nothing like the texture of an oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips in them, a personal favorite for me to bake at home. And for the chocolate lover in you there is the Double Chocolate Chip, yum.

My favorite will always be the Gingersnaps and the Ginger Hermits. My husband’s the Ginger hermits and if he wants to eat a traditional cookie he says it has to be the chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

Pops Corn from Newman's Own Organics in Butter Flavor and Light Butter Flavor

My favorite snack is popcorn, thanks Dad… was it a gene you gave me or just the habit of eating popcorn a lot as a child? Not that I mind, but it drives my husband crazy as he’s not that into popcorn. I love popcorn enough that a few years back when we went to one of those warehouse stores on my birthday, he gave me a price limit and took me to the kitchen appliances area. He knew I was drooling over the Kitchen Aid Mixers for years and tried to pick one up for me, I couldn’t reason my way into spending such an exuberant amount on a mixer, when I knew that my old stand mixer was working well enough. To my surprise (and his too) I saw a home popcorn popper that looked like the kind you see in concession stands and it was what I really had to have. Yup, I love popcorn that much! Well that popper has remained placed away in the garage for sometime, as part of the reason I wanted it was I was still seeking the perfect popcorn, why is it it never tastes the same as it did when I was younger and why is it that those bags of popcorn for the microwave smell so nasty to me?

I cautiously opened up my first bag of Pops Corn from Newman’s Own Organics, repeating to myself (in my head, I think… I hope, well either way my husband already knows I am not normal) “Newman’s Own Organics is Natural & Organic… it can’t be a disaster.” “Oh what if I have to say that I didn’t exactly care for it?” Well it popped, the dogs begged… I breathed a sigh of relief as I took a deep breath reaching into my microwave… it smells really good! I shake the bag, grabbed a napkin and sat down next to my loving husband as I reached in to take my first handful. My husband couldn’t help but notice that there wasn’t that nasty smell that will haunt our microwave for days later as other microwave popcorn does.

My husband doesn’t care for popcorn at all, but yet, for some reason when I stated how Delicious it was he wanted to try to. I looked at him raising a brow and reached the bag towards him. Well he loves it! And the dogs, well, popcorn is one of the human treats that I share with them and they loved it too. From now on when (for the convenience) we pick up microwave popcorn it will only be Newman’s Own Organics Pops Corn. It’s full of natural goodness and organic like everything they make.

Newman’s Own Organics products like the cookies, hermits and popcorn take care of the snack attack with products you can be assured are not only tasty but natural and organic.

Today, as the Nation Celebrates “National Cookie Day,” Newman’s Own Organics and I are giving away some Gingersnaps to one lucky winner, I just know that if you’ve loved Gingersnaps before you will go absolutely nuts over these spicy cookies and you will no longer want any other gingersnaps but Newman’s Own Organics!

Thank you Newman’s Own Organics for this wonderful opportunity to work with you again, and for sending me some other goodies that will be in reviews yet this month. You were more then generous with me and I cannot believe how your products could ever not be someones favorite with your quality and care that is put into each and every ingredient… you have pleased this palette here and I am now addicted to your Gingersnaps, I would surely scream it to the world if I could… hey wait, isn’t that what I am doing right now? “Hello World… like Gingersnaps? Have you tried a REAL Gingersnap yet? No? Then you haven’t tried Newman’s Own Organics Gingersnaps!”

Strange as I reflect back I thought of one of my favorite Chocolate Bars from Newman’s Own Organics was the Orange Chocolate and the Orange Chocolate Chip cookie of yours is one of my favorites too. Now I have one thing I wish to ask Newman’s Own Organics… could you invent a cookie that tastes a lot like your espresso dark chocolate bar, just for me? And can I have the first batch, please? Lol

Watch for another review coming up this month my friends… I will be reviewing Newman’s Own Organics Dog food, my Fur Kids love reviews that they can take a part in!

Okay, now enter the giveaway and good luck friends! 🙂

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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a samples from Newman’s Own Organics for this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Me.