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Crying over spilled a2 Milk!

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This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Did you know that one in four people experience discomfort after drinking milk? My son, my husband and myself are all part of this group. In our house we have three different types of milk, that is not a joke. My son drinks organic whole milk, I drink almond milk and my husband drinks coconut milk. When this campaign came up I knew it was a perfect fit for my family, if I could buy one less type of milk it would make my life so much easier. I am so excited to share I have been chosen to be apart of the a2 Milk®  Ambassador Program. What I like about a2 Milk® is it has all the proteins milk should have and none of the A1 which is the cause of most dairy discomfort.

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I didn’t tell my son when I exchanged his regular whole milk for the A2 whole milk in his morning cereal. He asked if the milk was different, my husband told him it was and asked if he liked it. He said yes! Why is this so much better? We explained that ordinary cows’ milk contains a mix of both A1 and A2 proteins, yet only A2 Milk comes from cows selected to naturally produce only A2 protein. Which is what makes all the difference. I think we lost him on the last part because he is a little guy, however what he did understand is less chemicals is better for him.

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I should also mention while my son was eating his morning cereal there was an incident. The horrible mother I am… I ran to grab my phone to capture this picture because it was pretty funny. But how could I not? Who knew while writing a blog post one of the funniest photos ever happened! (He was fine once I cleaned him up, and most important told him he could have a new bowl of cereal with the a2 Milk®)

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a2 Milk® is available in half gallon cartons for $4.49 and include whole milk, reduced fat 2%, low fat 1% and fat free.

It is available for purchase nationally at Sprouts, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods – Mid Atlantic and throughout California in Whole Foods, Ralph’s, Sprouts, Gleson’s and many more. We purchased it at Sprouts located in Carlsbad, California.

 

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Organic Carrot Zucchini Bread

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This is my favorite recipe for carrot zucchini bread, I made this today using all organic ingredients and it was great!  I knew I had to share it for my fellow organic loving readers.  I am always trying to make anything healthier, especially if it already contains sugar.  One of the reasons this bread is a perfect healthier option is due to no oil.  Vegetable oil for this recipe would normally be around a cup, which would amount to nearly 2,000 calories and 220 grams of fat!  Apple sauce (especially organic) is an amazing substitute for oil while baking, saving calories and fat.

The next item we switch for a healthier version is whole wheat flour, while whole wheat flour and regular flower have the same calories the whole wheat is much better option.  During the process of making white flour most of the nutrients and fiber naturally found in flour are lost.  Sometimes the nutrients are added back into white flour but not in its natural form, which is another reason white flour is so over processed. Below are the ingredients and directions to our delicious Organic no oil Carrot Zucchini Bread.

Buying organic ingredients does cost a little bit more depending on where you shop, but it is the best choice you can make for your family.  If a food label does not bear the USDA Organic label, it could still have organic ingredients but not enough to be approved for the seal.  What the seal means is that it is produced and processed according to the USDA standards. The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it to prove that it is indeed organic.

Most food items that are completely organic — such as fruits, vegetables, eggs or other single-ingredient foods — are labeled 100 percent organic and can carry the USDA seal.
Illustration of the USDA organic seal
  • 100 percent organic. To use this phrase, products must be either completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.
  • Organic. Products must be at least 95 percent organic to use this term.
  • Made with organic ingredients.  Products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients may say “made with organic ingredients” on the label, but may not use the seal.
  • Less than 70%.  Foods containing less than 70% organic ingredients can’t use the seal or the word “organic” on their product labels, even if it does include organic ingredients.

Below are the ingredients and directions to our delicious Organic no oil Carrot Zucchini Bread.

  • 1 1/2 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Organic Unbleached White Flour
  • 1 ts Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 ts Organic Baking Powder
  • 1 ts Organic Baking Soda
  • 2 ts Organic Cinnamon
  • 1 ts Organic Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Organic Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar
  • 3 Free Range Eggs
  • 1 cup Organic Apple Sauce
  • 1 cup Grated Organic Carrot
  • 1 cup Grated Organic Zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups Chopped Organic Walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together, whole wheat flour, white flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a Kitchen Aid mixer or mixing bowl and mix.  Next add the sugar, eggs and apple sauce and mix together.  Last add the carrots, zucchini and walnuts and mix.

Next put into greased (we used coconut oil spray from Traders) and put into bread pan, or into cupcake pan.  Let bake for about 50 min. or until it is cooked throughout the center of the bread.

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Avalon Bay Airfryer Review & Giveaway!

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An air what? An air fryer? Yes, instead of frying with oil you can fry with air. Cooking has never been easier and healthier with the Avalon Bay Airfryer AB-AirFryer100R. Why use oil when you can use air and cut out half the calories in the process.

This product is great for making kids meals like french fries, chicken nuggets, grilled cheeses and many many more. My son helped me make chicken nuggets last night and he loved that he could make his own food. Today I was on Fox 5 San Diego and everyone flipped out over the Avalon Bay Air Fryer, and for good reason! They retail at Air & Water.com for $129.94 but are on sale right now for only $99. The airfryer comes in three different colors, red, white and black.

Air & Water is a great site, shipping is FREE! If you did need to send something back there is a money back guarantee, no restocking fee, and no return shipping fees.

  • Hassle free clean up with dishwasher safe parts
  • Mesh metal basket helps provide extra crispy results.
  • Rapid Air Circulation Technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results
  • Safety Element: 30 minute timer
  • Stainless steel 304 heating element
  • Temperature control of 200-400°F
  • 1 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty

To see my full review see below:

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To enter our GIVEAWAY for the Avalon Bay Airfryer

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To see the Avalon Bay Airfryer in use see the Fox news segment here http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/07/15/mommys-favorite-things-3/

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Organic no oil Carrot Zucchini Bread

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This is my favorite recipe for carrot zucchini bread, I made this today using all organic ingredients and it was great!  I knew I had to share it for my fellow organic loving readers.  I am always trying to make anything healthier, especially if it already contains sugar.  One of the reasons this bread is a perfect healthier option is due to no oil.  Vegetable oil for this recipe would normally be around a cup, which would amount to nearly 2,000 calories and 220 grams of fat!  Apple sauce (especially organic) is an amazing substitute for oil while baking, saving calories and fat.

The next item we switch for a healthier version is whole wheat flour, while whole wheat flour and regular flower have the same calories the whole wheat is much better option.  During the process of making white flour most of the nutrients and fiber naturally found in flour are lost.  Sometimes the nutrients are added back into white flour but not in its natural form, which is another reason white flour is so over processed. Below are the ingredients and directions to our delicious Organic no oil Carrot Zucchini Bread.

Buying organic ingredients does cost a little bit more depending on where you shop, but it is the best choice you can make for your family.  If a food label does not bear the USDA Organic label, it could still have organic ingredients but not enough to be approved for the seal.  What the seal means is that it is produced and processed according to the USDA standards. The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it to prove that it is indeed organic.

Most food items that are completely organic — such as fruits, vegetables, eggs or other single-ingredient foods — are labeled 100 percent organic and can carry the USDA seal.
Illustration of the USDA organic seal
  • 100 percent organic. To use this phrase, products must be either completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.
  • Organic. Products must be at least 95 percent organic to use this term.
  • Made with organic ingredients.  Products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients may say “made with organic ingredients” on the label, but may not use the seal.
  • Less than 70%.  Foods containing less than 70% organic ingredients can’t use the seal or the word “organic” on their product labels, even if it does include organic ingredients.

Below are the ingredients and directions to our delicious Organic no oil Carrot Zucchini Bread.

  • 1 1/2 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Organic Unbleached White Flour
  • 1 ts Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 ts Organic Baking Powder
  • 1 ts Organic Baking Soda
  • 2 ts Organic Cinnamon
  • 1 ts Organic Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Organic Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar
  • 3 Free Range Eggs
  • 1 cup Organic Apple Sauce
  • 1 cup Grated Organic Carrot
  • 1 cup Grated Organic Zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups Chopped Organic Walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together, whole wheat flour, white flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a Kitchen Aid mixer or mixing bowl and mix.  Next add the sugar, eggs and apple sauce and mix together.  Last add the carrots, zucchini and walnuts and mix.

Next put into greased (we used coconut oil spray from Traders) and put into bread pan, or into cupcake pan.  Let bake for about 50 min. or until it is cooked throughout the center of the bread.

Organic carrot bread

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Oceanside’s Best Fish House – Hello Betty

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Located just steps away from the Oceanside Pier, Hello Betty is perfect for locals or for those visiting the area.  Hello Betty is one of my favorite restaurants, since it opened we have had my birthday there, my mother’s birthday and my best friend also had her birthday celebration there!  It is one of those places you take anyone who is visiting from out-of-town, and how could you not with the view?

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With daily drink specials from 4-6 it is the perfect place to stop on your way home from work, you will not find a better view on the coast.    During the summer the best place cool off with a drink is the roof top deck, which hosts drinks and light appetizers.  For my birthday I invited around a dozen friends to join me on the roof top deck for drinks and tacos.  Because Hello Betty had just opened a few months prior no one had visited before and everyone was blown away!  My friends couldn’t believe the incredible view and the exquisite tacos put it right over the top for a great birthday.  The hardest decision will be which taco to choose, with Mahi Mahi, Shrimp, Carne Asada, Veggie or a huge list of different types of fish tacos you will want to try them all.

Hello Betty Roof Top Deck

Hello Betty’s menu is not limited to just fish, the Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich (garlic mayo, chopped lettuce, tomato, avocado, pickled jalapeño, jack cheese all on a brioche bun) is the best in all of North San Diego County!  Last week I tried the Herb marinated Chicken Breast which is mesquite grilled and is accompanied by roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables.  The dish was so heavenly from beginning to end, I may have found a new favorite on the menu.  My mother in law was visiting from Florida and she LOVED the Steamed Mussels with chorizo, tomato, chilis, garlic and dos equis amber she said they were the best mussels she had ever had.

Shrimp Taco

The decor in Hello Betty is spot on, with the surf theme touches throughout the restaurant.  The picture below is the hallway leading to the restrooms made out of surfboards.  You may even watch surfing movies while at the restaurant as it is usually playing on the many TV’s located in the bar area.  If there is a big game on they will of course put a game on for you if you would prefer.  A huge BONUS for dining with children is the little mini arcade located on the first level of the restaurant.  It is perfect as you can see your children playing video games (think old school ones) from your table.  The kids are close enough to see but not so close you have to listen to the sound of video games.  All of the games are only a quarter or two, not like some sports bars that charge upwards of $1 for one turn on a video game, this is a highlight if you are dining with children.

Hello Betty Surf Boards

When you visit Hello Betty be sure to sign up for their loyalty card, I just saw this last time I was there and couldn’t believe I didn’t know about it sooner.  Reservations are not required it is walk in’s only, even if there is a small wait you will not be bothered by it as you sit outside on the patio with a drink while waiting for a table.  Did I mention the view?  For more information or for the full menu click here.  Let us know after you visit and tell us what you think, but really what is better than a fish taco and a margarita…nothing, visit Hello Betty today and thank me tomorrow!

This is not a paid post, products and services were exchanged for a review. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup in a Crock Pot

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It is a little chilly today in Southern California (the low 60’s, haha) so I wanted to make something delicious to warm us up.  My house smells so good right now because of this soup!  I don’t cook a lot with my crock pot, however this recipe is so easy and delicious I had to share.  All of the ingredients I purchased are from Trader Joe’s so some of the items are kind of specific.  I always buy organic when I have the option but some items at Trader’s are not available in organic yet, like the corn.

  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 30 oz. Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Organic Green Onions chopped
  • 1 Small Can Organic Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Small Can Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles
  • 1 Can Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 Can Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Organic Black Beans
  • 1 Package Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Trader Joe’s Crushed Garlic

Combine all ingredients into your crock pot (except the black beans, add the beans when only 2 hours left)  Set the cook time on low for 6-7 hours, after 3-4 hours shred the chicken.  Once completely cooked add cilantro, avocado, tortilla chips, shredded cheese and sour cream.  Add a lime for garnish and enjoy!

Chicken Tortilla

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