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Happy Tuesday, folks! I’ve tested some new products and I can’t wait to share them with you! Last time, I told you all about my new favorite yogurt found in a new refrigerated section of Walmart. I found one of today’s Try Its right next to it!

Naked is primarily known for its vast assortment of juices and drinks, but they recently launched a new line of fruit/veggie/nut bars! I tried the Red Machine!

This bar is packed full of vitamins and minerals! Its made from: almonds, apples, carrots, pistachios, cranberries, cherries, and spinach! They’re non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and made without preservatives! This bar was pretty good! It was a tad chewy, but still really good!

 

The next item I tried is new from McCormick–the spice people! They have a new line of breakfast toppers–shakers full of crunchy goodness to add to yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal! I bought the Cocoa Banana and sprinkled it on my plain kefir!

The breakfast topper was DELISH! The plain kefir? Not so much. Definitely need fruit to add to that to make it palatable.

 

Have you tried either of these products? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

I. LOVE. ROOT. BEER.

 

Throughout my first trimester (and a lot of my second) I craved root beer. Especially Diet A&W. So when I saw these, I HAD to try them:

Root beer AND cupcakes?! I'm in heaven.

Root beer AND cupcakes?! I’m in heaven.

 

The cupcakes themselves weren’t too tough to make. All I needed was this:

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These are a few of my favorite thiiiiings…

That’s right; all you need is a can of diet root beer and a box of cake mix! Technically, I was supposed to white cake mix. But Wal-Mart was all out. So I used a yellow mix instead.

 

Preheat your oven to 350*. Then, all you have to do is pour the soda into a bowl with the cake mix and stir. When it’s all stirred up, pour it into your muffin tin and bake for about 19-20 minutes. The batter should look like this:

And! I could eat this batter because there were no raw eggs. Life is good.

And! I could eat this batter because there were no raw eggs. Life is good.

 

When they’re done, let them cool. While they’re cooling, set to work on the frosting.

 

For the frosting, here’s what you need:

Tricks of the trade.

Tricks of the trade.

 

The measurements are:

~1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

~1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Root Beer Concentrate

~1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar, sifted

~1/4 cup milk

This makes 2 cups. I cut it in half because I didn’t think we needed 2 cups for all the cupcakes and I was right!

The frosting was pretty easy to make. Here’s what you do:

~Beat the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Then add the root beer concentrate and mix well.

~Add the confectioners’ sugar, little by little, mixing well after each time you add.

~Then, add the milk and mix until light and fluffy. If the frosting looks a little too thick, add some more milk.

 

After the cupcakes cooled, I frosted them and placed a little root beer barrel candy on top, just for flair. OMG, you guys. They were so freaking good! I highly recommend these. Especially with a side of vanilla ice cream!

Next time, though, I don’t think I’ll add butter to the frosting. I’ve made frosting without it before and honestly, I can’t tell a difference. I’m just not a fan of the way it looked. You can see in the picture above that the butter looked like it had separated from the other ingredients (i.e., leaving those dark spots). Other than that, these were FAB!