Galaxy Granola, Green Monsters, and other-GOOD-eats, OH MY!

Have you heard of Galaxy Granola?  Their Fruit-Not-Fat product line seems to be sweeping the blogosphere lately and I was sent 3 generously large samples to review from Tristan.

The Fruit-Not-Fat concept is simple enough:  using whole fruit instead of oils in their granola to eliminate unnecessary fats.  

Their granola boasts:

  • NO artificial ingredients
  • NO oil (fruit instead!!)
  • No corn syrup (AMEN!)
  • No processed sugar

I was sent the Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Orange, and Not Sweet Vanilla.

All this granola is so overwhelming!!  Thus far, I’ve opened the Vanilla Almond to try first (I love GRANOLA and ALMONDS so this seems “parfait” for me =] )

The verdict?????  Well, plain by itself- this granola was AMAZING!  Great flavors, texture..etc  However, I really wasn’t a fan of it on top of my beloved greek yogurt.  It didn’t complement the yogurt as well as other granolas (Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax granola) and it just didn’t float my boat.

Alone, with banana slices or dried fruit, supurb great granola.  But on top of yogurt, not so much.  This granola would probably be a great topping for SIAB (smoothies in a bowl) or warm oats as well.

I love the concept, love the ingredients, love the flavor of the plain granola, but some old habits are just hard to break.

Stay tuned for when I try the other flavors, too!

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You might have noticed that I’ve been missing these last few days.  Well, I’ve been a SICKO!

In order to blast this sickness away I’ve been making myself some mean green monsters.   

Check this one out that I made:

  • 1 packet Amazing Grass Berry superfood
  • 1 packet Amazing Grass Wheat Grass packet
  • 1 bananer
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • frozen strawberries & pineapple
  • 3/4 cup coconut water (mango flavor)

I also had a bit leftover that I stored in the fridge to share this morning with my Pumpkin Banana Overnight Oaters

  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water (sucks up all of the water)
  • 3/4 cup Fage (1/2 cup in mixture, 1/4 cup on top as whipped cream)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp agave
  • 1 bananer sliced thick
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats

DELICIOUS!  I love everything pumpkin and these oats were thick and creamy– the lack of almond milk makes it SO thick, which I love.

I had a peanut butter larabar, 2 apples and banana as a small lunch/snack.

Whenever I’m sick I always want very very salty soup.  So, as an early dinner (because of my smaller lunch/snack)  I combined:

  • 1 cup of cabbage
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • lots of celery (i would guess 1 cup)
  • lots of zucchini (would also guess 1 cup)
  • 1 packet of miso soup mix
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • a couple small spoonfuls of vegeta to add more flavor
  • 1 & 1/2 cup water

I boiled this for 20 – 25 minutes and it was very tasty and hit the spot.

When I’m sick, I also love drinking herbal teas because they make me feel better.  Whether they have any medicinal benefits or its just all in my head, I don’t know. But- I know that whatever makes me feel better is good & so I keep on drinking ‘em :)

Traditional Medicinals Organic Echinacea Plus & Throat Coat teas WORK WONDERS.

What is your routine when you’re sick/feeling under the weather??  I usually eat lots of soup, drink lots of teas, and overdose on vitamins & supplements..

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This weekend was my Mom’s 50th Birthday Party.  We had great catering and a delicious cake from this amazing *Polish* Chicago bakery.  So here’s some “food porn”….

I had a plate consisting of: roasted zucchini & squash, spinach & cheese ravioli, monk fish medallion, a bit of salad.

& of course I had a large slice of cake that had a tiramisu filling.  YUM.  & several glasses of chardonnay, too.

Here’s a pic of my dad & his 4 daughters, from the left: my younger sister Melissa (19), Dad (63), ME (21), oldest Margaret( 39), second oldest Yvonne (37)

Do you freak out about party foods & drinks or let yourself indulge a little?  How do you cope with situations like these?  I let myself eat what I feel like eating and don’t deprive myself of treats like cake or fattening foods because special occasions call for exceptions, in my opinion.


8 Responses so far »

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    Kat said,

    All of your food looks so great. I love making smooothies when I am sick. They feel great on the throat and give me an extra boost of antioxidants from all the yummy ingredients. I have seen Galaxy Granola on some other blogs and must say it looks delish. I have a fetish for granola, so Im thinking I will go buy some. Great stuff on here!

  2. 2

    So much beautiful food pictured! I love the sound of Galaxy granola – here’s hoping they bring it over to England :p
    When I’m sick, I try and eat as normally as possible,even if I don’t want to; after all, we need fuel to fight infections! It’s worked a charm before :D
    If I’m at a party/indulgent food place, I never say no to anything – I just have little portions. I hate feeling overly full and sick but I don’t want to miss out, so it works well :)
    Hope you’re feeling better!

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    Sophie said,

    I definitely let myself indulge at parties and when eating out. For me, its all part of the experience! I dont go over the top (ie eat 5 cupcakes) but I will definitely try everything…thats how I learn about new foods and flavors! Then back to normal the next day :)

  4. 4

    Love how you’re killing the cold with super fun (as in good for you) foods. Haven’t heard of that granola, thanks for the honest review!

  5. 5

    Thanks for the review! I’ve seen this granola in the store and wondered about it. Hope you’re feeling better!

  6. 6

    Wow, I’m so struck by your gorgeous photography!! I was drooling over your pictures and admiring your talent at picture taking!
    The catering and cake look outstanding! I love to enjoy the special foods at events. They don’t happen everyday and I like to live in the moment and go with the flow. Have a great Wednesday!

  7. 7

    That granola looks yummy – I wanted to stop by and welcome you to The Foodie Blogroll! If you haven’t seen it yet, we are giving away 3 awesome bags of granola on the website, so check it out. Today is the last day to enter!!!!

    Love that chia cereal too. I haven’t tried it yet, but anything with pumpkin is delicious!

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    Simply Life said,

    wow! that granola looks amazing!


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