Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Enjoy These Products: It’s Time To Make A Decision

My health comes first and, with chronic illnesses, that doesn’t leave me the ability to work very much. I need to use those part time hours to earn money. I have been presenting products I like  on Spiritstraveler for 13 years, but I am going to have to stop. I will still consider products for social media (@Spiritstraveler on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook) and paid partnerships.

Another option to relax…

The times are changing. It’s no longer just alcoholic drinks people are relaxing with. Cannabis drinks are becoming more popular and the Loki seltzers have been top rated.

I really liked the flavor of the Lavender Peach, and I had a friend try, and also enjoy the Blackberry Lemon. There is no sugar in them and only five calories. These have 20 mg of hemp derived Delta 8.

I am not an expert on the subject, but the Sip Loki website explains more about its properties. While not THC, it does have similar properties. It is legal in 34 states. I  have to admit that I did feel the relaxing properties, probably equivalent to two glasses of wine.

Use the Loki store locator to find out where you can purchase these.

Still flavoring my coffee…

I’m still making it through the carton of Jordan's Skinny Syrups I received.  This month I tried the Maple Pecan syrup. Peppermint Mocha Sauce and Salted Caramel Sauce.
The Maple Pecan is subtlety sweet for coffee and pancakes. I used the Salted Caramel for a Caramel Macchiato, and also in ice cream. The Peppermint Mocha is really good for ice cream too, but my favorite is making a cream drink with frothed milk and the sauce!

With a new milk…

I have tried a lot of different milks since becoming sensitive, but I had never heard of BamNut Milk.

The Bamnut has more protein and fiber than most other milks as it is actually a legume. The milks have little sugar and work well in coffee and cooking. I didn’t notice a big difference in the three types, but I couldn’t drink much because they do have coconut oil in them, an ingredient I don’t tolerate well. 

You can purchase BamNut Milk on Amazon


More BamNut …

I love pasta of any kind, but had so much I needed a friend to help out with the Noods Noodbox from WhatIF’s. The box included four varieties of noodles with matching sauces, made from BamNut.

It’s interesting how everyone has their own opinions and needs, and I would like to present both. While the taste was very good, my friend felt the $12.50 was too much without being organic or having animal protein.

I eat mostly vegetarian, so I feel it is a reasonable cost for vegan noodles with high protein and less fat than cheap ramen noodles. I am less concerned with organic food.

The favorite is the Moringa Noodles with Sesame Garlic were the favorite. Amazon sells this flavor as well as the variety pack. 


Protein Filled Breakfast…

While we are on the protein subject, Happy Day Brands ProteinPancake and Waffle Mix is a good choice. It is an all-natural, non-GMO whole grain mix.

You will get 15 grams of protein in a serving, with only four grams of sugar. If you use milk instead of water, you can add more protein, but a little more sugar. You’ll also be helping out as Happy Day donates to local food bank partners for every purchase.

A few tips: don’t over stir the better if you like fluffy pancakes. Also, note that there is a strong cinnamon flavor, which is a plus for me, but may not be for everyone. 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

So Much To Do, So Little Time

I keep apologizing for being behind on reviewing products I receive. It’s time to make some decisions about how I handle things going forward. In the meantime, I am getting toward empty shelves. Here are some of my latest favorite products. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you are looking for more, check out these links. Not only will you find some unique things, but you’ll help me out as I get a commission on these.

It’s always time for ice cream…  

I love ice cream any time of year and I had a lot of fun making some with Hijinx. No ice cream machine is needed. Just use a blender to put your favorite ingredients together for your preferred flavor. The only requirement is milk and the best part of Hijinx is that you can use any milk you want.

I put together low-fat milk (the mix does have a high 11-gram fat content), peanut butter cups, and a swirl of peanut butter and it was delicious. I just put it in a container in the freezer for four hours. It’s a great activity to do with the kids and useful to those who can’t eat ice cream with cow’s milk.

You can purchase Hijinx on their website.

And more ice cream...

Great Scoops: Recipes from the Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop,
by Marlene Haley, Amelia Ryan, and Ann Desbrisay, is the ultimate ice cream making book. Start from scratch and end up with the frozen treats you want, whether it’s vanilla, or flavors such as corn and lavender.

You’ll find 80 different recipes in Great Scoops, including gluten-free and vegan ones. You can buy the book at Amazon.

Cashews, chocolate & gravy?…

While in college in Flint, Michigan, Adit Agrawal struggled with his weight and finding healthy foods. A trip back to his native India encouraged him to work with his father and start Alco Foods.

The company makes Masala spices and Indian gravy mixes, but what I received were their Alco Eats Sweet Cashews. I’ve always been a fan of cashews and these healthy nuts are even better when covered with chocolate espresso, cinnamon sugar, or white chocolate. Despite the term “sweet,” I didn’t find them too sugary at all. In fact, the Chocolate Espresso Cashews only have 4.5 grams of natural sugar.

Alco Eats Cashews are available on their website.

Another spiked coffee…

Spiked coffees have been all the rage in the last year. From K-cups to ground, I’ve received quite a few. Now, there’s Café Agave Cold Brew cans.

These are 12.5% alcohol so I don’t suggest them with breakfast, but the blends of dark arabica coffee are tasty flavors: Salted Caramel, Vanilla Cinammon, Café Mocha, and Espresso Shot. The agave refers to the only sweetener used. As for the alcohol, it’s kosher wine.

Café Agave
is sold wherever you purchase liquor.

Mix the Mary’s…

Mary’s Mixers start with the Bloody Mary mixes, but don’t end there. The Pineapple Jalapeño is a perfect accompaniment to tequila. The original Bloody Mary Mix is tasty and the Spicy Bloody Mary should be taken seriously. Both are done with a pickle brine produced in house.

I did have one caution with 
Mary’s Mixers. The flavors on the bottle didn’t necessarily represent what is inside. I was looking forward to the Dark Cherry Pomegranate until I read that it’s loaded with tangerine, lime, and key lime juice (I’m allergic to citrus).

Mary’s Mixers
are available for sale on Amazon.