Graze box. (review)

If you love trying different healthy snacks like me, you’ll love Graze.

graze2Graze (www.graze.com) is a subscription snack box that comes with 4 individually packaged snacks. There is a wide range of snacks which you can choose to try, and based on your top ratings, you will get a surprise combination in your mailbox. There are also snacks for vegans, dairy-free and gluten-free people!

graze3The snacks have tasty unique flavors, and the little containers are the perfect size to carry with you on-the-go. Although I’ve read reviews of people raving about their flapjacks, they are a bit too sweet for me -but I love the dried fruit snacks! Oh, and the chocolate, of course. ;)

I first learned about Graze last year when it was just starting and I was lucky enough to get on the waiting list. After a few months, I got an invitation code in October to join and try my first box, and since then have been hooked. I have tried a few similar subscription boxes in the past, but have usually canceled after the first few boxes. Considering that I just got my 9th box this week, I think that says a lot already! Each box costs only $6, and it’s awesome that there is no commitment required. You can choose whenever you want your box to be delivered (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) and cancel any time.

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A cute little card always comes in the box with more information…

graze5…and nutrition facts for each snack on the back!

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If you’d like to try Graze, I have a Friend Code, where you can get your first and fifth box free! Click here or contact me if you’d like my promotional code!

And no, I am not sponsored by them or associated with them in anyway. I honestly just enjoy their snacks! (you’ll get a Friend Code if you join too, don’t worry.)

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Q: What do you like to snack on?

 

 

The best Pad Thai. (V, GF)

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Wherever I am with my mom, she always insists on trying every Thai restaurant in the area. Even when we’re in Thailand. (Go figure, right?) So what’s the first thing she’ll order? Pad Thai. If the Pad Thai isn’t good, don’t expect a return visit. Ever. Sorry cooks, she’s got high standards. ;)

Of course, it is no surprise then that the Pad Thai she makes is the absolute best. Twenty years of me being alive, and I had never learned her secrets! So when she came to visit me, it was time to teach me her skills.  She then also thought it was a great idea to teach all her friends individually, on consecutive days, how to make her Pad Thai… I had Pad Thai for 2 weeks straight… A little too much, but thanks mom…

My mom knows this recipe by heart, but she was willing to nicely type it up for me to share.

Pad Thai Sauce Ingredients:

  • 11/2 cups tamarind juice (tamarind soaked in hot water for about 20 min)
  • Two pieces of palm sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of ketchup
Directions:
  1. Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1/2 hour.
Pad Thai Ingredients
  • Pad Thai sauce
  • 1/2 pack of rice noodles (preferrably from Chantaburi, Thailand) soaked in luke warm water for an hour or until softened
  • 2 cups of bean sprouts
  • 2 cups of Chinese chives (chopped to 1/2 inch)
  • organic tofu 1/2 piece
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped salted radish
  • 2 Tablespoons of finely chopped shallots and garlic
  • dried shrimps or fresh prawns (shelled, optional)
  • sliced tofu (the other half) or thinly sliced chicken or pork (optional)
  • 1 egg (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cube the tofu and deep fry in oil. Set aside.
  2. Brown the mixture of chopped shallots and garlic in oil.
  3. Add chopped salted radish, dried shrimps, and deep fried tofu (if you use fresh prawns, you must put it at the end of the process so that your prawns won’t be overcooked.
  4. Add fresh sliced tofu or meat, then and noodles.
  5. Put sauce in little by little (too much it will be too soggy, too little it will be too stiff)
  6. Add egg if desired.
  7. Add chives and keep on stir-frying.
  8. Add  fresh prawns. (if you use dried shrimps, no need for this step)
  9. Add bean sprouts and stir-fry until the bean sprouts are soft.
Serve with wedged lime, crushed peanuts, chili powder, fresh bean sprouts and fresh Chinese chives.

PB & melted banana oatmeal (V, GF)

For the past 6 months, I’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast on an almost daily basis. Not those instant oatmeal packets filled with sugar and artificial flavoring, but good old fashioned rolled oats. Why, you may ask? Don’t worry, I got you. ;) Here’s a list for you:

  • Oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber. Meaning: it will keep you full for a long time.
  • There are so many possibilities! Add whatever toppings to make your bowl more exciting.
  • It’s fast. It can be made in 2 minutes or less. (no excuses for skipping breakfast!)
  • It’s CHEAP. Like, really cheap. Approximately $0.15 per serving!
  • Oats are a kitchen staple. They can be used in so many other great recipes.

Basically, oatmeal is like a savior for anyone, especially college students or any busy person.

One of my favorite blogs I have been (silently) following since last summer is www.theoatmealartist.com She has hundreds (literally, hundreds!) of oatmeal variations. She is clearly an expert at making and eating oatmeal, so definitely check her blog out. (:

So here is my favorite way to make oatmeal! Peanut butter and melted banana oatmeal. It can look pretty messy compared to these pictures, but it tastes amazing and I love all the different textures. Also because bananas can be found year-round for cheap (or free if you steal them from your dining hall…), and I also steal peanut butter on the regular (shh, I’ll talk about that later) this is my go-to breakfast. And yes, I know it’s a little ridiculous the number of pictures I took for such a simple recipe.

pbbananaoatmeal1 ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of almond milk

directions:

  1. Add oats to bowl.
  2. Slice banana into bite-size pieces and add to bowl.
  3. Add peanut butter.
  4. Add dash of cinnamon.
  5. Pour as much milk as you like, but enough to at least cover the oats.
  6. Stir and microwave for 2 minutes.
  7. Add toppings if you like.

pbbananaoatmeal2I usually just divide the banana pieces by hand because it’s faster, but for presentation reasons, I nicely and evenly cut them for you. You’re welcome. pbbananaoatmeal3Add a big glob of peanut butter. Mmm, peanut butter.pbbananaoatmeal4As you can see, I like a lot of cinnamon.. I also love using the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice interchangeably.pbbananaoatmeal5Add whatever liquid you like, but I prefer unsweetened almond milk. The almond milk gives it a delicious creamy taste. pbbananaoatmeal6Stir, pop in the microwave, and eat! I added a spoonful of chia seeds, blueberries and granola as toppings after for decoration.pbbananaoatmeal9

BAM! oatmeal. yum.