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For a while now, every time I go the grocery store I see a weird-looking fruit and *almost* buy it, but end up walking on past it because I was too scared to try it out. Saturday, I finally decided to just bite the bullet–er, I mean dragonfruit!

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I read a little about this strange fruit and saw that its packed full of fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants! I sliced it up and gave it a try!

 

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The texture reminded me of a kiwi, but it really didn’t have much of a flavor. So I guess I like it…? It might be good in a smoothie with fruits with more strong flavors since its fairly bland but packs a nutritious punch!

Have you ever tried a dragonfruit?  What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Besides good looks and an amazing sense of humor, tummy problems run in my family. I’m always looking for foods and/or products that are good for my gut, so I can try them and share them with the whole Fam Damily. Enter today’s Try It!

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The name of the product may look a little familiar; I’ve tried a Good Belly drink before. This one is a little bit different, and no just because of its size! This little liquid packs a punch! Inside are tons of little probiotics and vitamins! This small shot has your daily recommended amounts of: Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Biotin! Not only that but its got Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calcium, and Thiamin!

At 50 calories, the Plus Shot has you covered without being a calorie hog and its tasty, too! That’s something to smile about!

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Have you ever tried this product before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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favorite are the nacho cheese https://www.questnutrition.com/collections/quest-chips/products/nacho-cheese-tortilla-style-protein-chips

Trying to eat healthy and lose weight can be such a drag sometimes. You can only eat kale and chia seeds for so long, am I right? And when you’re trying to up your protein intake but want something that’s NOT jerky? Ugh, fuggetaboutit. Thankfully, I found something yummy that will also help me hit my protein goals!

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Oh yes, those are PROTEIN chips! Quest Nutrition actually has FIVE different flavors! I’ve tried three so far: cheddar & sour cream, BBQ, and nacho cheese! Just take a look at these stats:

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I paired mine with a Chick-Fil-A Chicken Club sandwich (sans bun) and it was the PERFECT meal!

Out of the three flavors I have tried, the nacho cheese are my favorite, but that’s because they tasted fairly close to Doritos!

Have you tried these before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve struggled with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for a while. I’ve tried a lot of different things to help keep it under control and honestly, I feel like I’ve made A LOT of progress over the years. There are some days, however, that I feel very anxious and that feeling will sometimes lead to panic attacks. Many times I can come back down from an attack with a simple breathing routine or self-talk. Other times I need an outside source (e.g., medication) to help calm the physiological symptoms of the attack so I can focus on the psychological part. I’ve been trying to not take medications like Xanax and have been wanting to try more natural avenues. The other day when I was at the health food store, I came across this:

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Each little chocolate piece is packed with magnesium (a nutrient that is important to not only physical health, but mental health), L-theanine (an amino acid commonly found in green tea) and chamomile (I actually used to drink a cup of chamomile tea every night to help me sleep!). Intrigued, I bought it to test it out. About a week or so later, I had a very stressful and overwhelming day. I felt myself getting shaky and knew a panic attack was coming. I remember the little box in the cabinet and ate two little chocolate pieces. It actually helped calm me down! I was able to not focus on the overwhelming parts of the day and focus on what I needed to get done!

Now, am I saying that those of us with anxiety diagnoses should throw out the medications we have, not consult our doctors, and just down a bunch of this stuff? No.

Am I saying that I tried and it helped me? Yes.

Everybody is different and every body is different. It very well could have no effect on you. It also very well could. So, consult your doctor before trying it out.

Personally, I felt like it helped me and is a good alternative for me.

Have you ever tried Good Day Chocolate? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Hey y’all! Sorry I was MIA last week—the fam and I trekked up to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore! I don’t know about y’all, but when I travel I don’t always make the best food choices, especially when it’s a road trip. Isn’t part of the fun of a road trip the stops for snacks (uh, hello Sour Patch Kids and Nutter Butters!) and tasty treats you can only find in Small Town, America? This time, however, I thought ahead!

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This 12-ounce bottle is packed with good-for-your-tummy cultures, only 20 calories, and a mere 5 grams of sugar (all from fruit; aka, no added sugars)! I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the taste of it–I’m kind of a drink snob. But this was actually pretty dang good! I could really taste the basil in there but it wasn’t too overpowering. It was light and had a slight fizz and the orange/pineapple mixture gave it a real summertime feel! Plus, I did something great for my gut! Good Belly has a lot of probiotic-filled products, all geared to help your digestive system!I snagged this at Walmart Grocery Store, next to the kefir I wrote about a few weeks ago!

Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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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!

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Hey y’all! Today I have two Try Its for you! One is so not healthy and the other is a great way to hit your macros and feel like you’re indulging when you’re really not!

 

Remember when Oreo had the mystery flavor and it was disgusting? Yeah, me too. Well they have officially redeemed themselves because they have a new special edition flavor out–kettle corn!

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I REALLY like this flavor! It truly tastes like kettle corn! I seriously couldn’t get enough of these and had to restrain myself from eating the whole package because they were THAT good! Kettle corn is just one of three flavors the cookie giant has released this spring! They also have piña colada and cherry cola!

 

While grocery shopping a week or so ago, I looked for something that would satisfy my sweet tooth but also had protein and not a lot of calories (I was trying to be good since I knew I was going to pig out for Mother’s Day weekend, lol). My search led me to this:

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One package of Think Thin’s protein cakes touts 12 grams of protein and only 170 calories! I was ready to try these! The other day after the kiddos had gone to bed, I decided to dig in.

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They were actually pretty good! They definitely had that “protein bar taste” but they did satisfy that craving for something sweet and helped me hit my protein goals for the day! They also come in chocolate cake and red velvet!

 

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