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Better Breakfast Recap! Our Featured Guests: Umpqua Oats & Coffig

We had a mama meet up in the park this weekend! It was so great to enjoy this gorgeous weather we are having outdoors, with friends, old and new…You know me, all about the food and luckily I surround myself with like-minded moms. We had an opportunity to taste and review COFFIG Fig Coffee and Umpqua Oats for the Better Breakfast Challenge! Thank you, Tryazon! 

***LVMB was not paid to promote these products, but we were provided with samples to taste test!***

COFFIG is a coffee beverage made of fig! The second you open the packet, you are embraced by the delicious roasted scents of fig and coffee. I was unaware that coffee could be made from figs! Figs are delicious, perfectly sweet (and actually, growing in my backyard)! I never thought coffee in a fig flavor was even a possibility or even if it was a good idea so when I heard about this creation from Oregon, I was definitely interested in giving it a try. There is no caffeine, but a natural energy boost was promised. The first question all of the moms thought was, is this going to make me spend the day in the bathroom? The quick answer is No! Since it is made from figs, people think they would have digestive benefits and that maybe too much fruit historically is known for helping you move food through your digestive system. It actually tastes great. I personally like stronger tasting coffee (taste, not necessarily something more caffeinated). I had to try a few times to get the right taste for my preference because too little grounds made it more of a tea than a coffee. It tastes great and especially for moms who are nursing or pregnant, it is a perfect decaf option! You have to try it…I personally did not feel much of a rush of energy the way caffeine in coffee affects me, but I also know that I do prefer to limit my caffeine intake since I get migraines. I know, it is like going against the mom-code of the Starbucks IV Drip Club! Ssshhhh…don’t tell on me! This is a great option on the weekends when I don’t need a caffeine boost or in the evenings when coffee sounds good, but staying up all night jittery doesn’t. I had this the next day over ice and it is just as delicious.

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Umpqua Oats are a LOCAL BRAND! Yes, my local Las Vegans, you will not only buy the best tasting breakfast for at home or on the go, but this is actually a healthy meal to start off your day AND you are also SUPPORTING LOCAL – That’s a trifecta, my friends! I first found this yummy breakfast about a year ago while at a drive-thru coffee stand (Moment of silence for the missing Human Bean in the Southwest Valley). It is ready made and all you do is shake up the contents a bit & add hot water. Let it sit for three(3) minutes – et voila! Breakfast in your car…Or breakfast at home for a hungry picky eater all of two years old. There are several flavors available for purchase. We got to try Vanilla Almond (a more traditional oatmeal/granola flavor), Sea Salt Caramel (a dessert breakfast!) and Jackpot – which is probably my favorite of the bunch since it includes fruit and nuts…and because it is called “Jackpot” = So Vegas, So Genius! The kids actually like it too! That day, we had babies between the ages of 3 months and 13 years. Fans all around! OK, we didn’t actually feed oatmeal directly to Nicole’s son, but it is safe and healthy (way to go galactogogue, oatmeal!) for nursing moms too…If this isn’t enough, we contact Umpqua and asked them to be a sponsor – that’s how much we love and adore them! Umpqua is also made in the USA, GMO free, whole rain certified, Kosher certified and no gluten ingredients are used. I know all my foodies with sensitivities can now eat a healthy, delicious meal! ***They contain nuts so, as always, please use with extreme caution when allergy sufferers are present!***

Cheers to a Better Breakfast!

Big THANK YOU to Panera Bread(89148) for helping me take this taste test on the road. The tea set up I bought was also delicious! I appreciate the help out to my car too, Mr. Manager, Lucas!

I have coupons up for grabs and a prize pack of Umpqua Oats for a randomly selected reader/commenter – leave your questions or thoughts below!

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Strawberry, Blueberry, & Banana Smoothie Recipe

red white blue smoothie strawberry banana blueberryHey Mamas hope you and your fambam are keeping cool this summer especially with this extreme summer heat. My family and I like to keep cool with delicious smoothies from green to fruity to get our daily dose of natural vitamins and hydration besides our water. Here’s a simple delicious 4th of July smoothie for any smoothie beginner, for smoothie novices you could also add 2 handfuls of greens of your choice of spinach/ kale to maximize more health benefits. Hope you and enjoy and I wish you all a safe and Happy 4th of July!

 

Strawberry, Blueberry, & Banana Smoothie Recipe

2 cups of milk of your choice: regular, almond, soy, coconut, etc.
1/4 cup of greek or regular yogurt
1/2 tsp of organic vanilla extract
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup fresh/frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh/frozen strawberries
1 cup of ice or more as needed

In a blender, add whatever liquid you are using, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, banana chunks, blueberries, strawberries. Blend until combined, about 30 seconds. Then add ice and blend another 30 seconds. Enjoy. Makes about 4-5 servings *You could also put this smoothie (without ice) in popsicle molds and add fresh berries in the mold too for another delicious treat.

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Healthy food (Yuck)!

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BruschettaI hate healthy food! The truth is, I think the majority of Americans hate healthy food too. If this was not true we wouldn’t have so many people struggling  with obesity . In fact, nearly one-third of all Americas are considered obese*.  Now this being said, I totally understand why: most healthy food taste like poop (at least to me it does)! So I have been on a quest to find healthy food that tastes ‘great’ or at least ‘good’. I will be posting a weekly product review with my honest opinion. I will not lead my fellow non-healthy food lovers astray!  What I mean by that is, there are these crazy health nuts out there who somehow like the stuff. If fact, I have this friend who loves the nastiest of healthy food. She truly hates the taste of anything that is not healthy, even donuts! Who hates donuts? So if you see something that you would like me to review, please let me know! I am hoping to help us all by finding great tasting healthy products.

Then, we can challenge ourselves to get into our food pantries and start taking out the ‘bad for us’ stuff and replace it with the ‘good for us’ stuff! I have been on this quest for a few years now so I already know of a lot of edible healthy food products that I will start sharing with you all right away!! Let’s get healthy together!

Girl Eating Peanut Butter Sandwich

It really is so important to live a healthy lifestyle. Not only is it good for us, but it is a must for our children. It’s a way we can show them how much we love them. Feeding our kids the best foods helps them feel great, helps their bodies function properly & helps them to achieve a better quality of sleep too! When we fill their bodies up with good things we are also setting them up with healthy habits they can carry all through there lives and pass down to our grandchildren too. Let’s do this!

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