Monday, April 29, 2013

Verve! Energy Drink Review

Heard of Verve!? Honestly, I never had before. I am not really into energy drinks. I had never had one prior to trying Verve.

Why not? I am weary of energy drinks. They have a massive amount of junk in them and they have somewhat of a bad rap. So, being that I am a caffeine junky, I don't need a new addiction.

My friend told me about Verve! energy drinks since most of the time I feel like a walking zombie. I have no idea how I function considering I have not gotten a full nights sleep in a year. She handed me two cans: Verve! Energy and Verve! Zero Sugar.

I did my research. Dr. Oz gave Verve his thumbs up. Verve! is the official energy drink of the Phoenix Suns. The more I looked into Verve! the more comfortable I became with this energy drink...not all...but this one.

I opened a cold can of Verve! Zero Sugar (well shaken) and I prepared for all these wild side effects I had conjured up in my mind.  I went through my day with energy .It was amazing. Nothing bad happened. I had energy to get everything on my to-do list accomplished and then some. I was not sluggish.

I don't know why I pictured a jittery day. I had achieved more on a day drinking Verve than I used to accomplish drinking a pot of coffee.

The next day I tried original Verve! Energy and it was the same.

I was flabbergasted. That is the only word I can think of to describe my thoughts on Verve!. I am flabbergasted that I had never heard of this drink that can provide energy in a healthier way. I keep thinking of all the sleep deprived mommies that could benefit from Verve.

Verve! is not sold in stores, so to try this drink you have to contact a brand partner. My friend, Megg, is a brand partner and she can help you with all your Verve! beverage needs.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Life lately, through food...

Snippets of our life...through our food...

Been eating a ton of blueberries and strawberries. So refreshing.

Molly, the carrot thief.

Our house has been produce central. Our fridge is packed and our counters have bowls full of them!

BBQ with friends. My friend's chicken on the left. My turkey burgers on the right.

I learned to shuck corn. Corn on the cob is so yummy

My dinner fail. Threw in a ton of veggies and turned on my crock pot. 8 hours later, the food was cold! Forgot to plug it in.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sunstart Rocky Road Bars

I cannot have Rocky Road ice cream in the house. I have a major addiction to it and no control with serving size.  When I spotted these, I knew I had to try them. I will admit, I opened the box up in the store. I could not wait to try these. Embarrassing? Yes.

They were amazing. I had to refrain from running back to the display and buying another box. I would eat these a heart beat.

*not gfcf. This was consumed prior to me making the switch. Still delicious though!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Smoothie recipe and some favorite apps.

My soy protein breakfast smoothie
Yesterday was really busy. I had morning plans and then a lengthy appointment for my youngest son. I needed a quick and easy breakfast that would be filling until lunch time.

Michelle's Soy Protein Smoothie:

  • Soy Protein Powder, 1 scoop
  • 1 Cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • Ice (if desired)
Blend all of these ingredients together until desired texture. I like my smoothies somewhat thick.

Also, I wanted to share some of my favorite food related apps:

  • MyFitnessPal- I love this app. It is so easy to use and to help track daily caloric intake. It is FREE! Find me on there and be my friend: MishaSchultz
  • WeightTracker++ - Simple FREE weight tracker. I like it just for quick reference
  • Water Your Body- I adore this app. It is also FREE. I have the hardest time remembering to drink water. This app calculates how much water your body needs according to your weight. It also sends you reminders to drink up!
I downloaded some GF apps but have yet to use them. So, I can't give recommendations yet on those since I have no idea if the ones I have are any good. 

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Learning to live GFCF & a Salsa Recipe

I need to stop counting the days of eating GFCF. This is not a short change. This is something I will be doing for a long while so I gotta get used to it. Got to learn to not feel deprived.

I was going to blog yesterday but between the headache I was feeling and going out most of the day, I didn't make the time.

Yesterday I hung out with my sister. We went to the mall to hang out and to also pick up an item for my wedding. I had an easy time making lunch choices.  It was easy to make GFCF choices. I had a fruit salad and some grilled chicken.

After a bit of walking the mall, my sister wanted coffee. I gave up coffee a few weeks ago and I also don't drink it without milk so, I ordered a delicious lemonade.

                                        It was amazing. I forgot how much I like lemonade.

Today I went out with my Mom and Blaine. We hit up the Farmers' Market.
I love Superstition Ranch Market.
We loaded up on tons of fresh produce. I am in Heaven. I made a delicious salsa tonight with my many goodies that we picked up today.

In a food processor, mix all ingredients until desired texture (mine was a little watery but still yummy):
  • 5 tomatoes, sliced
  •  2 tomatillos 
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced length wise
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro 
  • 2 avocados
The salsa was totally refreshing and I have a ton in my fridge right now. Steve was so excited when he saw it! We love salsa in this house.

Friday, April 12, 2013

GFCF Day two

Yesterday was ROUGH. I had a terrible headache all day and I think it was from lack of chocolate. Oh, how I miss my chocolate. I know in a few days that all my discomfort will be gone though.

I ate mainly high protein food and just read labels. I am getting really good at looking at labels since I looked at so many at Sprouts. I hope I don't make too many mistakes.

Tomorrow I will share some tips and other things I found helpful. Sorry this is short, I am still nursing a headache.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GFCF Day one

Yesterday was day one of my new GFCF life. I walked my oldest to school and from there I walked to Sprouts. I excepted Sprouts to be a Mecca of GFCF food but honestly, I was rather disappointed.  I looked at a lot of my favorite GF items and they were not GFCF so I couldn't put those in our cart. I was determined to find a variety of cheese and yogurts for us since we eat those a lot and I found it to be a challenge. I looked at Soy, Rice and Almond cheese. While many stated Dairy Free on the packaging, one look at the ingredients and I knew we couldn't purchase it because it had casein listed as an ingredient. Casein is a milk protein.

I had my notes in hand. No items with:
  • whey
  • casein (sodium caseinate, most commonly)
  • lactose (sodium lactylate, frequently)
  • lactalbumin and other names that begin with lact
  • galactose (a lactose by-product) 
I should mention that Sprouts resembled a retirement community yesterday instead of a grocery store. I was trying to make my way through the grumpy elderly people that kept trying to talk to my baby (and he wasn't in the mood) or people that were getting annoyed by my constant checking of ingredients. I accidentally grabbed a soy yogurt that was no CF because I felt like I was being annoying to the people trying to make their purchases.

I was able to find a few items to try. I purchased various soy milks and I found a brand of cheese we could eat (review to come).

After an hour and a half of scouring the store, we were able to walk back home.
My cutie and I at the end of our five mile walk!
I spent the day trying to fight a chocolate craving, reading ingredients in our cabinet and seeing what new foods I could feed the baby.

It went well. I assumed it would be harder. I think over time this will become as second nature as my GF lifestyle. 

Look for day two sometime tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I have been crazy busy. You can read about all that on my other blog. I have about a million reviews I want to post and so many times I want to share a gf story and I cease to find the proper time. So, as my baby screams at me, I type. Because, if I don't now...I may never blog again!

My son is having developmental delays and since he is nursed they suggested that we both go GFCF. Since we are already GF going CF (Casein Free) would only be a minor adjustment.

Tomorrow, I make the change. Today I have gorged on chocolate and I had a milk shake. My last for who knows how long.

I cut out all coffee a few weeks ago because I was drinking too much and I didn't think it was good for the baby. I plan on writing down my GFCF journey. I also plan on making the time to get to the massive list of reviews I have.

So, tune in for my updates!