Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mashed Cauliflower & A LaraBar Giveaway!

Good evening Beautiful,
How was your long weekend!? I finished up mine quite nicely by lounging in bed, I had a nap, and watched some tv shows! It was glorious. Although, I have to admit I did ZERO exercise over the whole weekend. I felt like poop this morning when I woke up, and thank god I had TRX today at lunch time. I sweat my butt off and could honestly feel like I was struggling, not sure if it was the workout, or my lack of maintaining any sort of fitness over the weekend. Either way – it was a challenge.
I had actually convinced myself to go for a run outside tonight, but as it turned out there was torrential downpours the whole day and it continued into this evening. I’m not making excuses, but I’m certainly glad I didn’t run because I cooked an amazing meal for dinner. What was it you ask? Well, I cooked up some delicious mashed “potatoes” (aka mashed cauliflower) and some turkey and cilantro meatballs with some baked kale. I’ve never made mashed cauliflower before and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! It tasted almost identical to mashed potatoes, with more nutrients and goodness in every bite! Here’s what I did:


Pre-cooking and blending
Ingredients
1 large head of organic cauliflower
5 large cloves of garlic
¼ tsp of nutmeg
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Wash and cut up the whole head of cauliflower.
2. Place into a steamer and bring to a boil.
3. Boil until the cauliflower is soft, then blend in a food processer.
4. Reheat and add the rest of the ingredients.
The finished product!
So easy huh? I promise you it’s sooo good. Here is the recipe for my turkey cilantro meatballs:

After the mixing!
Ingredients
1lbs of lean ground turkey
1 cup of cilantro finely chopped
¼ of a red onion, minced
2 tbsp of garlic, minced
2 tsp of sea salt
Pepper to taste
Directions
1. Literally mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Once it’s all evenly mixed, roll into balls with your hand and place in a hot frying pan (with some olive oil).
3. Grill over medium heat until there is no more pink (sorry – I didn’t time how long it took!), you will need to flip the meatballs at some point as well!
In the pan ready to cook!
The finished product after I ate some
Haha, I love my technical cooking skills. I need to work on that. C also really liked dinner! He’s usually a very “meat and potatoes” kind of guy so I was surprised when he said that he really liked the cauliflower! Love it! I’ve wrote about my love for baked kale before, if you haven’t read it you can find the recipe under my “Clean Eats” tab at the top!
So this coming weekend is one of my best friends wedding. Alyssa – I wrote about her bachelorette party, is getting married on Saturday and I’m super excited to see her walk down the aisle. Her and her fiancĂ© have been dating for 9 years! I remember when they first met! It’s amazing to see how they’ve grown and stuck together for almost a decade! It’s true love. I’m trying to plan out how to stay the most healthy over this weekend…. There’s a lot going on.
Friday night C is taking some of his employees out for a night and I’m invited, which means going out for dinner and then going to a club for bottle service with 12 other people. I’m fairly convinced that I’m going to go reeeeally easy on Friday night because I don’t want to be super tired for Alyssa’s big day (super tired means super emotional in an already super emotional situation… not good for Ms. Emotions over here) and then I will let loose more at Alyssa’s reception since we’re staying really close to her wedding venue in a hotel. In terms of diet, I should be pretty ok sticking to a paleo diet. I’m having steak at Alyssa’s dinner, and on Friday I can just pick whatever is most paleo on the menu.
*** Admission time. The place we’re going on Friday is Joey’s, and they have these unbelievable potatoes that they call “crispy mashed potatoes”. OMG. You don’t even know how amazing these are. They come out looking like a spring roll topped with sour cream, chives and bacon. When you cut into it, it’s delicious, warm, creamy mashed potatoes. I will probably have one order of these. Or two. J
Tomorrow Jenny and I are going to another run. I didn’t run all weekend so I’m going to try and convince her to do 7.5km instead of 5. I really hope she’s ok with it – and that the weather is nice. I need to run more, my goal is 3x/week, and now I’m not only doing the Zoo Run, I’m participating in The Run For The Cure on September 30th also with Michelle from Push.Pump.Progress. I raised $125 today, and I still have basically the whole month left to fundraise. How cool is that? I have such supportive friends, family and co-workers!
Now for some fun follower stuff! I’ve been planning a giveaway for a while now and I think tonight is the night that I’m going to reveal it. It’s one of my most favourite products out there… can you guess what it is?
My samples!
LARABARS!!!!
The wonderful ladies at LaraBar sent me 4 different bars to try, 1 of them I've had MANY times (it's my favourite, and the one I rave about most) Coconut Cream. I also had their Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte, their Jocalat Chocolate Hazelnut and their Uber Banana Foster bar. The three besides the Coconut Cream I've never had before and eat one was amazing. The Banana Foster one was my favourite out of them... it tasted sooooo good, like warm bananas with cinnamon (at least I think it was cinnamon?). The Chocolate one honestly tasted a lot like a chocolate bar to me (NO complaints!) and the cherry one was equally as delicious. I have yet to come across a LaraBar or a LaraBar affliate that I dislike - for real, they did not ask me to say any of that!
So, I wasn't kidding about the giveaway -I’m seriously giving away 16 different types of Larabar’s thanks to their generosity! One lucky winner will get to experience 16 different mouth-watering flavours of these all natural, gluten free, dairy free, raw delicious snack bars. Here is all you have to do to enter:
Mandatory
Like My (Mostly) Healthy Life and LaraBar on Facebook.
Leave a comment on this blog telling me why you’d love to try these bars!


Extra Entries
Follow @sarahohm & @larabar on Twitter
Follow My (Mostly) Healthy Life via Google Friend Connect (simply click “join this site” on my blog)
Tweet to your followers “I just entered the @sarahohm & @larabar giveaway on My (Mostly) Healthy Life, and you should too!  http://tiny.cc/6844jw
Share the giveaway on your Facebook page and tagg myself and LaraBar in the post.
Please leave me 1 comment on this blog for every entry you complete. This is how I will keep track of entries, so please, PLEASE make sure you do so! I’m so excited for this giveaway, I wouldn’t want someone to “win” but be disqualified due to lack of 1 comment!  This contest will run until Monday, September 17th, at 8pm Eastern time. GOOD LUCK!
That just about sums this post up for me! Make sure to enter the AWESOME giveaway and have yourselves a great rest of the week! Any big plans for this weekend like me?
Stay sweet.
xoxo

165 comments:

  1. I'd love to try the Larabars because they are all natural and very few flavors are available in my area!

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  2. I would love to try larabars because I am always looking for healthy bars to keep around the house! They can be expensive to try, esp if you find you don't like them!

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  3. First, those meatballs sound delicious! I'm adding them to next week's menu.

    LaraBars - I'm about two weeks deep into Paleo, and I'm trying to convince my family (with food and NOT nagging) to join me. Something easy and yummy to snack on would be a good step in that direction!

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  4. I'm starting an internship where I don't think I'll be able to sit down and eat as frequently as I'd like, and these bars seem like a great grab-and-go way to incorporate healthy fats and real fruit into my day!

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  5. I follow both you and LaraBar on twitter (@floptimism)!

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  6. Soo excited about this!!

    I follow on Twitter: @winetoweights

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  7. Arg.. captchas..

    I follow Larabar on twitter, too!

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  8. I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/floptimism/status/243339593221550080

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  9. I like you, and just "like"d Larabar on FB!

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  10. And I posted on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Floptimism/posts/104304556389703

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  11. I Posted about the giveaway on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lori.m.beneteau)

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  12. I'd like to try Larabar because I have only seen a few flavours and I'd like to try them all!! :)

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  13. I follow @saraohm on twitter (as @envigeurfitness)

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  14. I follow @larabar on twitter (as @envigeurfitness)

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  15. I follow you on Google Friend connect

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  16. I tweeted about the giveaway https://twitter.com/EnvigeurFitness/status/243357999991758848

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  17. tweet tweet! (i changed it a little)

    https://twitter.com/laurabridgman/status/243410717875793921

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  18. Both of you have the thumbs up on FB from me!

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  19. I would love to win your giveaway because I love LaraBars, but can't always afford them on my tiny graduate student stipend!

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  20. I shared the giveaway on facebook!

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  21. I like you and Larabar on Facebook. I would love to try out more of the Larabars because they are my favorite clean eating treat EVER!

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  22. I tweeted! Here's the link: https://twitter.com/HealthyRunrWife/status/243420974253481984

    levers603 at gmail dot com

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  23. Following you and Larabar on Twitter as @HealthyRunrWife

    levers603 at gmail dot com

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  24. I follow you on GFC as HealthyRunnerWife

    levers603 at gmail dot com

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  25. I liked you on facebook (Gina McKnight).

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  26. I've only tried a couple of larabars. I would love to try more.

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  27. I liked you and Larabar on Facebook. (Actually, I already liked Larabar on Facebook. Hope that doesn't count against me.)

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  28. I followed both of you on twitter, too.

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  29. My Twitter handle is @arleneawl, since I forgot to include that one in the last comment.

    I also tweeted about the giveaway. (I really want those Larabars, can't you tell?) ;)

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  30. i love larabars, but there are tons of flavours i havent tried yet and would like too

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  31. I'm following you and LaraBar on FB & Twitter <3 (@BurningBabiFat)

    I'm obsessed with Larabar, especially peanut butter! They are pretty pricey so I would love to win! spa love

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  32. I'm following you and LaraBar on FB. I love these bars, they are so good and only have a few ingredients!

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  33. I liked your page AND Tweeted about the giveaway!

    @JWLevitt / @ENERGYbits

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  34. Hello!!! I follow you on Twitter and as well as FB. I now follow @Larabar as well!!!

    XOXO

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  35. I would love to try these fun flavors because I've only tried 3 different ones thus far because that's all that my grocery store carries!!

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  36. want to try all the flavors. have only had a couple

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  37. I need to try ALL these flavors!! I usually pick up a LBar at Walmart once or twice a week, and they always have the same ones (flavors). I would LOVE to be able to experiene some new and exciting flavors!!! Thanks for the chance to win - have a ridiculously amazing weekend!

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  38. I have tried a few of these, and I would love to try other flavors!

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  39. I tweeted the giveaway! https://twitter.com/michelejoyrn/status/244173194028797952

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  40. I connected with google connect!

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  41. I have not yet found a healthier bar and would LOVE to try some new flavors ;-)

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  42. Liked both Facebook pages. Always looking for a good healthy snack!

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  43. I liked both facebook pages. I love Larabars for a post workout treat!

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  44. I shared about you giveaway on twitter

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  45. I shared about the giveaway on facebook and tagged you and larabar

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  46. I like you and LaraBar on Facebook! I love Jocolat, but I haven't tried most Lara Bar flavors yet - I really want to, becuase Jocolat bars are so yummy and Lara Bars feature the same healthy, simple ingredients! I hope I win! livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com.

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  47. I follow Lara Bar on Twitter @LiveLearnEat

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  48. I want to try Larabar because I never have! The coconut cream sounds delicious.

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  49. I tweeted : https://twitter.com/miletwentyeight/status/244966995945209856

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  50. Like your FB page from mine Eat Run Sail

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  51. Like LARABAR on FB from my page Eat Run Sail

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  52. I love all the LARABARS that I have tried so far but always up for new ones! Would love to win this package.

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  53. Follow you on Twitter
    @eatrunsail

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  54. Follow LARABAR on Twitter
    @eatrunsail

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  55. Shared your post on my FB page Eat Run Sail and tagged your page and LARABAR on it.

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  56. I've only tried a few Larabar flavors, but am obsessed! Most of the flavors listed (like the coconut cream, which sounds so good!!) I haven't seen in any stores by my house, but I'd love to try more of the bars.

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  57. I like you on Facebook, and I would like to try these because there are some flavors I would love to try that I haven't sampled yet.

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  58. I'd love to try new flavours of Lara Bars because there aren't very many options where I live!

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  59. I already LOVE Larabars...they're made of good, whole ingredients. And I dig that.

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  60. I just tweeted about your giveaway (@wishandwhimsy)

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  61. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/247525572144664578

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  62. I keep hearing so many good things about Larabars, but I haven't tried them yet.....I'd love to win! I think their ingredient list looks amazing

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  63. I liked you and Larabar on FB (angela.harris.1217). I would love to win these because I am gluten free and there is so little sweet stuff I can have that's easy to grab and go!
    angharris55@ymail.com

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  64. I follow you and larabar on twitter. I like you and larabar on Facebook. I tweeted about the giveaway. I love larabars because they're the perfect snack bar!

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  65. I follow you and larabar on twitter. I like you and larabar on Facebook. I tweeted about the giveaway. I love larabars because they're the perfect snack bar!

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  66. I follow you and larabar on twitter. I like you and larabar on Facebook. I tweeted about the giveaway. I love larabars because they're the perfect snack bar!

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  67. I follow you and larabar on twitter. I like you and larabar on Facebook. I tweeted about the giveaway. I love larabars because they're the perfect snack bar!

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  68. I follow you and larabar on twitter. I like you and larabar on Facebook. I tweeted about the giveaway. I love larabars because they're the perfect snack bar!

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  69. I follow you and larabar on twitter. I like you and larabar on Facebook. I tweeted about the giveaway. I love larabars because they're the perfect snack bar!

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  70. I want to win these Larabars because they taste great and it is a terrific opportunity to try some different flavors.

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  71. I am following both you and Larabar on Twitter

    @JillSnethen

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  72. I LOVE LARABARS! oh my gosh when I first discovered them, it was at the PF Changs Half Marathon expo, they were giving out free samples and I loved them! Then once I started seeing them in stores...fell in love, end of story :)

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  73. followed @larabar + @sarahohm on Twitter

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  74. shared giveaway on facebook and tagged you an lara bars

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  75. liked my mostly healthy life on facebook

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  76. Love these recipes!! They look incredible! Yum! Keep up the great cooking!

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