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Have you heard of SkinnyFATS?  SkinnyFATS’ Catchups are a line of delicious condiments featuring three bold ketchups and one zesty mustard are coming to Hawaii.  SkinnyFATS will be bringing a taste of Las Vegas to Hawaii as they partner with Foodland (a local grocery chain) and bring to you awesome condiments for great recipes year round.  

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What are SkinnyFATS Catchups?

So, what’s the big deal about these catchups anyway, you may be asking?  It’s an All Natural, No GMO’s and Gluten Free condiment.  Besides being a great way to sauce up your favorite foods you can also create a plethora of different recipes to satisfy any foodie.  Let’s get the breakdown of each one available, shall we?

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UNIPEPPERCORN – Black Pepper Catchup:  Once upon a tomato there was a magical spice by the name of unipeppercorn.  All explorers yearned for it, but none could attain it.  Then one day, Christopher Tomato found it and stole it from the natives.  The rest is condiment history.
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CHILLPOTLE – Chilpotle Catchup:  Once upon a pepper there was a smoked jalapeno named Chillpotle.  One day, H.I. Larius and Tomato came along… Larius proposed the opportunity for expansion of the mind and palate to all man, plant and animal alike to elevate as one.  The rest is condiment history.
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JALATCHA – Jalapeno Catchup:  Once upon a tomato there was a jalapeno named Sally.  The boys were all intimidated by Sally because like most jalapenos she ran a little hot.  Bobby Tomato was not afraid.  The rest is condiment history.
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TURMERICA – Hot Mustard:  Once upon an asian herb, there was a young root named Tera.  Feeling as if she was missing the right spice in her life, Tera set out to travel the world.  She sailed the sea until she discovered new shores in the land of the free.  The rest is condiment history.
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PORKY PINEAPPLE – Pineapple Catchup:  Once upon a tomato, there was a pineapple named Porky.  Adopted at an unripe age, he thought he was a tomato.  As he grew larger and more prickly on the outside, he remained sweet on the inside; learning to live in harmony with others regardless of their differences.  The rest is condiment history. 

5 Savory Selections Available!

There are a total of 5 savory selections and boy are the a great addition to any of your favorite dishes.  In addition, each of the catchups is produced in small, individual batches and the sauces not only taste great, but they avoid using high fructose corn syrup if at all possible.  Each condiment is 20 calories or less per serving and perfect to spice up or season any meal.

Where can you buy SkinnyFATS in Hawaii?

Foodland Hawaii will be carrying these products at limited locations (below is a list) so you can shop for one or all of them on four main islands here.

Oahu:

  • #1 Market City
  • #2 School Street
  • #3 Aina Haina
  • #4 Beretania
  • #8 Kaneohe
  • #9 Pearl City
  • #10 Wahiawa
  • #16 Ewa Beach
  • #18 Dillingham
  • #19 Mililani
  • #27 Pupukea
  • #31 Waipio
  • #32 Laie
  • #33 Nanakuli
  • #36 Stadium
  • #37 Kailua
  • #43 Kapolei
  • Food Pantry #1
  • Food Pantry #3
  • Malama Haleiwa #1006
  • Malama Makakilo #2801

Maui:

  • #20 Kaahumanu
  • #22 Lahaina
  • #23 Kihei
  • #24 Pukalani
  • #35 Wailuku
  • #42 Farms Lahaina
  • Napili

Kaua’i: 

  • #28 Waipouli
  • #30 Princeville

Big Island (Hawai’i Island):

  • #21 Hilo
  • #25 Kona
  • #26 Puainako
  • #28 Waipouli
  • #38 Waimea
  • #39 Farms Mauna Lani
  • #41 Keaau
  • Malama Pahoa #2802
  • Malama Oceanview #2805
  • Malama Honokaa #2808
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Recipes???

Grilling up for the end of the summer months or looking forward to trying new recipes for the holidays? SkinnyFATS Catchups has you covered!  We definitely suggest checking out SkinnyFATS Catchups and include them into some of your favorite recipes.  I’ve included a few recipes for you below so you can try them out for yourself.  Keep an eye out at your local Foodland to see when they Porky.

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Jalatcha BBQ Chicken
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Chillpotle 4.20 Taquitos

Download the PDF’s to these recipes below:

As soon as I have the opportunity to try out some recipes, I’ll be sure to share them here or via my social media channels, so be on the lookout for those.  

Try it out for yourself?

Above all, my family and I love trying new food and seasoning items.  It’s a great way to infuse flavor into a plain food dish.  Seriously, I love the fact that the SkinnyFATS Catchups are low in calories and Carbs.  Once you try these, I’m sure you’ll think of a variety of ways to use the ketchups and I can’t wait to hear about the recipes you create.

So will you be heading on over to your local Foodland to snag a few bottles of these SkinnyFATS catchups?  If so, what flavor do you want to try first?


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If you’ve been a long time reader here, then you know that my family and I love experiencing new restaurants and eateries.  Last week, we found ourselves craving sushi and after spending a few hours at the Batting Cages in Kihei, we decided we would dine in at Three’s Bar and Grill.  Having not had the opportunity to eat here yet, we were quite excited to try out the establishment, especially since it was visited by Guy Fieri from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.  I’m not gonna lie though, just reading their menu online had us very ecstatic about the food we were going to be ordering.

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Three friends who loved to cook and loved to surf dreamt up the idea of starting their own catering business.  In 2009, Three’s Catering was launched using a rented warehouse and their old trucks.  After a few short months, their unexpected success had them looking for a location for a restaurant and here we are today.  Sadly in October 2016, Three’s Bar & Grill had a fire at the restaurant and it needed to be repaired before reopening after renovations the following month.  Now, the business is booming and I’m excited to share our experience with all of you.

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Three’s Bar and Grill includes three chefs’ three cuisines – Hawaiian, Southwestern and Pacific Rim, making it a great place to experience a variety of food with different flavors and ethnicities.  I love the wide range available to select from and I definitely love the casual island lifestyle vibe you get when you dine in here.  You can choose between indoor or outdoor dining areas which are great for the laid-back atmosphere of the Southside area of Maui.

So, let’s talk about food, shall we? Three’s is open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and also offers a great Happy Hour selection (2 times a day is available).  I also love that they have a great wine list as well as a selection of signature and delectable cocktails to choose from.  All of these things are great, but I think one of my favorite parts of their food menu is the fact that they also offer a Kid’s menu and being a mom, that’s definitely a plus.  We selected Three’s Bar and Grill because we wanted to try out their sushi and I just had to have a taste of their Oyster Shooters – a special on the menu (which, if you’re an oyster lover, I highly suggest).

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Let’s talk about the Oyster Shooters.  Traditionally they come in a shot glass with saké (Japanese rice wine), but I didn’t want to have any alcohol, so I asked them to make up a special order for me.  The Oyster Shooters are made with Uni (sea urchin), a fresh oyster and tobiko (fish roe).  They are topped with just a little bit of scallion or green onion for a fresh and vibrant look but also to bring out some of the flavors.  They are tiny but filled with a punch of umami that will definitely cater to all of your senses.  If you like seafood or love oysters like I do, this is a must-try for sure.

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Whenever it comes to sushi restaurants or bars, my husband and I always order the Rainbow Roll.  It gives us an idea of how fresh the different types of seafood is and the presentation of the sushi.  Most sushi bars create the same types, but they all have different flavors and flare.  We enjoyed the Rainbow Roll for sure and loved that each of the ingredients was fresh and absolutely delicious.  It was so fresh that we were able to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day and the sushi was as vibrant the next day as it was the night before.  Delicious and fresh sushi, made-to-order, usually comes with a Rainbow Roll on their menu and you can tell it’s fresh by the texture of the fish.  Traditionally a rainbow roll includes the following:  Ahi tuna, salmon and hamachi (yellowtail) or shrimp.  If you bite into the different fish in this roll and they are buttery in texture, that usually means they are very fresh.

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We had several different types of sushi rolls to include:  Shrimp Tempura Roll (pictured above is 2 orders), Lava Roll (pictured below), and of course, the Rainbow Roll.  The specialty rolls range in price from $14.00 to $20.00 which is about average for sushi here on the island.  It’s reasonable considering the market price of the fresh fish.  Their fish is fresh and flown in daily and they offer a variety of specialty rolls, sushi and hand rolls and specialty items.

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Pictured above (and below) is the Lava Roll which includes:  Spicy Tuna Roll topped with ahi, sriracha finished with tempura crunch, Negi and chili oil.

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If my family and I order sushi, we always order a sashimi platter or sampler to try as well.  This sashimi sampler (pictured below) included a variety of delectable and fresh fish that we loved.  It’s the Chef’s assortment, so we don’t get to choose, but each piece that we received was delicious.

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Our Sashimi Sampler included Saba, Hamachi, Ahi, Shrimp, and Salmon.  The platter itself was filled with beautiful colors making it a delight to eat.  Yummy!

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And, since we were there during their Happy Hour that evening (Happy Hour times are: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Late Night Happy Hour is Only available in the Surf Lounge) I decided I would place an order for a few more oysters.  Their fresh shucked Penncove oysters are just $2.00 each for their Happy Hour special.

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I wasn’t able to catch photos of my husband and son’s Beer Battered Fish & Chips Entree which they each ordered and definitely enjoyed.  The Fish & Chips were made with beer battered mahi mahi that was fried to perfection, homemade tartar sauce, crispy fries, and lemon.  This entree was simple was so good that they ate it too quickly for me to grab a photo of their food. lol

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Three’s offers a wide selection of menu items to choose from and a great selection for their Happy Hour.  We enjoyed the fact that these three Chefs came together and created a menu like this.  I can’t wait to bring my other family members here to try the menu, since I know that there will be something for everyone to choose from.

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Service was quick and our server was very courteous.  The one thing that took the longest to arrive was the seafood and sushi, but our reservation was for 9 pm and we understood that they were in the midst of a busy rush, so it was expected.  Most places on the island close by 9 o’clock in the evening and this particular part of South Kihei was still booming, with Three’s Bar and Grill quite busy for the time of night that it was.  It’s a rare thing to see restaurants open so late so that is definitely a plus.

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Three’s Bar and Grill is located in a little marketplace area off of South Kihei Road across from Kalama Park.  The menu prices are about average for Maui and the food definitely tasted and looked fresh.  My entire family enjoyed what they ordered (the Twins had Chicken Strips with Fries off of the Keiki Menu) and we look forward to going back again soon.

Three’s Bar and Grill is the sister restaurant to Fork & Salad, one of my favorite places to get a fresh salad with local ingredients.  Stay tuned in the coming week or so for a review of some of my favorite treats from Fork & Salad discussed here on the blog.

Three’s has their own food truck that rolls up to different events and parties.  You can find it at the Kihei Town Party events alongside the Fork & Salad Beer Garden Set Up for the Kihei Town Parties for Kihei 4th Friday.  But, you can also book the food truck for your private parties and events.

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If you’re interested in checking out Three’s Bar & Grill, definitely call ahead to book reservations or use Open Table (which is what we love to use) to book for your party.  If you’re going to be dining in late, I highly suggest sitting in the Surf Lounge to take advantage of the Late Night Happy Hour and don’t forget to try out some of their signature cocktails too.

Restaurant Hours
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Happy Hour 
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location [map]
1945 S Kihei Road, Suite G
Kihei, HI 96753-7836
808-879-3133

Want to learn more about Three’s Bar & Grill?  Head on over to their website and have a look at their menus, about the company and restaurant and so much more.

As I stated before, my family and I enjoyed Three’s Bar & Grill and we know it will be a restaurant we’ll return to again soon.  We hope they expand and open a location in town (Central) like they did with Fork & Salad, I think it would be a hit.


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My family and I found yourself dining in at Poi By The Pound restaurant the other day.  It had been almost a year since we last ate there, having eaten at this restaurant for the first time the night of my father’s funeral services.  It turns out we were back there again because we had scattered my dad’s ashes a day before and my cousin who was visiting for that event was craving some ‘ono (means delicious in Hawaiian) grinds.  I’ve eaten a few select things from Poi By The Pound before, but there was little on the menu I have tried, so I was eager to taste some of their popular menu items.  Most of the reviews on Yelp and Google were very positive so I decided I would order a few things I saw mentioned in those reviews and test them out for myself.

Poi By The Pound is just 5 short minutes away from the Kahului Airport so it’s perfect for stopping off when you land on Maui or on while on your way to your next destination.  They are open 7 days a week and they take walk-ins which is great.  If you have a party of 6 or more, I definitely suggest calling ahead to make a reservation.  Whether it is dine-in, take-out or catering, they have a variety of selections for you to choose from so that’s a great option for that party you’re planning or to grab a speedy bite to eat.

Poi By The Pound started as a small little restaurant in the industrial area of Kahului and now reside in the old Denny’s Restaurant location.  I haven’t eaten or dined in at their Kahului Industrial location, but I think the old Denny’s location is perfect for them.  During our two visits (last year and the other day), the restaurant was packed, so you know it’s a local favorite here on Maui.  Through their love of Hawaiian food, Poi By The Pound is now a popular eatery here on the island.

So, I know you’re waiting to find out about the dishes we tried out, right?  Let’s dive into those, shall we?

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I wanted to start off with the Deep Fried Lau Lau.  Yes, I said deep fried.  I didn’t see this on the menu, but since reading the reviews on Yelp, I knew about it.  I was so interested in trying it out so I had to order it (even if I didn’t eat it all).

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The deep friend lau lau is basically a lau lau (pork wrapped in taro leaves and lightly flavored with Hawaiian salt.  It is slowly steamed to absolute perfection) that is breaded/battered with panko breadcrumbs and deep fried.  Considering it was deep fried, it was not as heavy as you would have thought it would be.  Honestly, lau lau is really heavy on its own and I felt that the breading didn’t make it too overwhelming.  If you like lau lau, you definitely have to check it out and see for yourself.

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A definite favorite for any local here is a Hawaii staple known as the Loco Moco.  Poi By The Pound’s Loco Moco includes three homemade patties grilled with onions and served with rice and macaroni salad (you can choose green salad if you prefer that instead).  The patties are topped with 2 eggs cooked in the style of your choosing (we always get over easy – because a runny egg mixed with all of it, is well… the best) and a generous pour of brown gravy.  If you’ve never had a Loco Moco before, you must try it, it’s definitely a go-to here.  The patties were filled with flavor, the gravy was great and the egg, well – as soon as you brook the yolk, it spread all over the dish which is what we liked.  Served hot and delicious.

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A mix on the Loco Moco is their Chicken Katsu Moco.  I LOVE a great Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco (one of my favorite food choices anywhere) and I was so excited to try this one from Poi By The Pound.  I requested Pork Gravy instead of their standard brown gravy and of course got my eggs over-easy.  The chicken was cooked well and I loved the flavor of everything.  Of course, since I don’t eat rice anymore, I opted for green salad as my side.  I definitely was happy with this meal, even if I didn’t eat all of it.  Did I mention their portion sizes were huge?  The Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco is not on the menu, so be sure to ask for it personally if you want to give it a try.

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I did mention that Poi By The Pound is known as the “Authentic Hawaiian Food Restaurant” and while some may think the other foods I mentioned were “authentic”, they are really just local favorites that you can get here in Hawaii.  So, I just had to share the beautiful display of Hawaiian food you can get with the Hawaiian Plate combo.  My gosh, it includes so much food, you will surely be full before you leave.  And, if you have never tried any Hawaiian food before, this would be a great way to check it out.  Included in this combo is:  Kalua pork, pork lau lau, chicken long rice (which is like a soup with chicken and rice noodles), lomi salmon (which is salmon, tomatoes and onion mixed together.  Lomi in Hawaiian basically means to massage.  Therefore, it is the salmon and other ingredients massaged together so the flavors mesh), poi, rice and mac salad.  On the bottom, you see a green baby food like consistency which is the squid luau.  That is one of my favorite dishes here.  It’s basically squid and taro leaf simmered in coconut milk and brown sugar.

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The Poke Bowl is a popular choice here in Hawaii and many locals will grab it and go.  Poi By The Pound has their own version of a Poke Bowl which includes your choice of shoyu or spicy poke (or combination of both) and served over steaming white rice with a sprinkle of furikake (seaweed and sesame seasoning).  Fresh ahi poke is definitely something that you must try and this one was delish.

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You didn’t think we left out dessert, did you?  Well, considering the portion sizes you get from this eatery, you could easily skip dessert and be extremely full.  But we packed up our leftovers and ordered some popular yummies.  The boys shared the Mud Pie (it was so big all three of them ate it together).  The mud pie consists of a Kona Mud pie ice cream bedded on an oreo cookie crust and topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel drizzle.  It was so good that the boys said they were gonna order it the next time we came to eat here.

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I went with the Taro Sundae.  Come on, taro, poi, and coconut in one dish… anyone that knows me knows that I would jump to that opportunity in a heartbeat.  The Taro Sundae originally comes with haupia (coconut) ice cream, taro chunks, poi, drizzled with chocolate, caramel syrup and topped with whipped cream and almonds.  I opted to be a purist and go the haupia ice cream with taro chunks and poi only (which is what is pictured above).

I seriously fell in love with this dish after the first bite.  This dessert seriously satisfied exactly what I would expect from a Taro Sundae and I definitely suggest checking it out… seriously!

The cost of the plates and desserts at Poi By The Pound are reasonably priced and you surely get your monies worth in every possible way.  You will not leave this restaurant hungry, that’s for sure.  Our server was a delight and very sweet and the last time we dined here (last year) we experienced the same kind and sweet service from that server as well.  Food comes to the table hot and you will definitely enjoy a great meal here.    If you are looking to satisfy your hunger with some local grinds or want a Hawaiian food mix, I definitely suggest checking them out.  You’ll enjoy their food and be sure to share because you’ll have enough to share with a friend.

Poi By The Pound is located at:

430 Kele Street, Kahului, HI. 96732

808-283-9381.

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As many of you know, I’m a HUGE Hydro Flask supporter.  Everyone in my family owns at least two and I have an addiction sometimes, constantly wanting to pick up fun designs and colors.  So, I can’t tell you enough how excited I was to see Hydro Flask post sneak peaks of their Hawaii Collection on social media.  The day of the release, they actually hid several flasks throughout Maui and left clues for a scavenger hunt.  I didn’t get a chance to find one, but I was definitely excited to get my hands on one as soon as it hit our local stores.  Just in time for the holidays, the Hawaii Collection celebrates the spirit of Aloha with three gorgeous gradient colors and today I’m going to share them with you.

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These gorgeous Hydro Flasks come in three colors – Moana, Anuenue and Pomaika’i.  They are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and the special gradient color application is unique to this product release only.

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Moana – which is inspired by the ocean.  Moana in Hawaiian means… “large body of water”.

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Anuenue – which is inspired by the rainbows.  Anuenue also means “rainbow” in Hawaiian.

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Pomaika’i – which is inspired by the sunsets.  Pomaika’i means “Good fortune or blessings” in Hawaiian.

Each bottle comes with a wide mouth opening for faster fill and flow.  They include TempShield insulation which eliminates condensation and keeps water cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours.  Like with other Hydro Flask products, you can expect to have the durable 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel Construction and it is BPA-Free and Phthalate Free.  These 40 oz. Wide Mouth bottles pair perfectly with the Hydro Flip Lid and Wide Straw Lids so you can customize how you drink from your bottle.

Retail:  $47.95 each

The Hawaii Collection are now available at Hawaii Retailers (I already have seen the display at Whole Foods on Maui yesterday).

Here’s a list of Hawaii stores you can find them at.

  • Whole Foods Market
  • T & C Surf Designs
  • Green Tea
  • Down to Earth
  • NEXCOM
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Hawaii
  • Tokunaga Store Inc
  • University of Hawaii
  • Foodland Super Market
  • Farmers Market Lahaina
  • Island Naturals Market
  • Maui Clothing Company
  • Seasport Divers
  • Deja Vu Surf
  • Hawaiian Island Creations
  • Malama Pahoa
  • Napili Market
  • Haiku Market
  • Maui Sporting Goods
  • Vim N Vigor
  • Bikefactory Hawaii
  • Papaya’s Natural Foods and Cafe
  • Abundant Life Natural Foods
  • Island Snow Hawaii
  • Alive & Well
  • Pedal N Paddle
  • Hi-Tech Surf
  • Work It Out
  • Big Island Running Company
  • New Maui Fishing Supply
  • Mana Health Foods
  • McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods
  • Hawaii Forest & Trail
  • Bike Works Beach and Sports
  • Sole Mates
  • Bike Works Kona
  • Aloha Exchange
  • Kuau Store
  • Nukumoi Surf Co
  • Kona Mountain Coffee
  • Health Ways II
  • Northshore Pharmacy
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.  I hope you’re all enjoying your day and gearing up for a great weekend.  I’m super excited because my three boys have officially started their Spring Break, so that means I get to sleep in an extra hour and have a full day to have lots of fun with them.  Today, I wanted to share with you another Maui Eats food establishment that I’ve been loving lately.  When it comes to Food Trucks, Maui seems to be seeing a huge increase of them around the island.  I think Food trucks are not only fun and unique, but give a chef a chance to create delicious food while still offering it at a reasonable cost to consumers like myself.  A month or so ago I found myself journeying over to the Food Truck site off of Old Haleakala Highway (across from Costco’s Gas Station) and I have found these places to be some of my favorites to eat at.  Today, I’ll be sharing with you Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat Food Truck and my thoughts on the grinds I had a chance to try there.

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Wayne’s Sushi used to be in Haiku and off of Honoapi’ilani Highway previously, but has since moved to the Food Truck Lot across from Costco’s Gas Station.  What is so cool about this food truck is it utilizes a boat, a real boat – named Fresh Off The Boat.  The boat is sitting on a boat trailer and has been repurposed into a food truck.  Owned and operated by Wayne Miyahira, this food truck is becoming one of my favorite spots to grab a bite to eat.

It’s pretty obvious that when it comes to seafood, my family and I love to eat it and we want it as fresh as we can possibly get it.  I’ll be honest, when I heard some of the raves for this little food truck, I thought to myself – hmmm… how could a food truck offer fresh fish?  This certainly couldn’t be, in my humble opinion.  Then, I found myself at the food truck location and decided I would give it a try.

With selections like Shrimp Tempura, Steak and Shrimp plate, King Salmon, Grilled Shrimp Salad and fresh Ahi, Mahimahi and Hamachi, I was definitely excited to try the various selections of seafood.  I tried the Nigiri Sushi (pictured above) which my sons loved and the fish was fresh, tasty and definitely worth the try.  One of my favorites is the Hawaii Goes Fishing roll (pictured with the nigiri above) which is a soft shelled crab and spicy tuna roll that is topped with spicy crab, cajun escolar and avocado.  It’s served with a creamy eel sauce ($16.00).

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Out of all the sushi rolls, I think the Itsy Bitsy Spider Roll is my favorite.  If you are a fan of soft shell crab, you’ll absolutely love this roll.  The soft shell crab fills the entire roll and it’s beautifully created.  Lots of flavor, a ton of seafood and stuffed to perfection. It’s probably my favorite that I’ve eaten out of the sushi rolls I’ve tried.

We also tried the tempura spicy tuna roll (which my sons loved and devoured).  This sushi is a spicy tuna and cucumber roll that is prepared tempura style, sliced and served. ($10.00)

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Sushi is not the only thing that Fresh Off the Boat offers.  They have a wide range of fish plates that I had the opportunity to try as well.  If you are a fan of fresh Ahi – you’ll surely enjoy the Ahi Belly Plate ($12.00).  The plate comes with several pieces of Ahi belly, rice, spring greens with their sesame dressing and seasoned cucumbers.

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But, one of my favorite plates is the Go Fish Combo ($16.00) which offers you ahi belly, miso walu and tempura mahimahi served with rice, their spring salad mix and sesame dressing as well as the seasoned cucumbers.  It’s delicious and you get a lot of food for the price.

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Whether you are looking for fresh seafood, delicious fish and sushi or steak – Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat has you covered.  Since they are located in the Food Truck Lot across from the Costco Gas Station, there really is a lot of parking.  You are looking at about a 10 – 20 minute wait depending on the number of people ahead of you, but keep in mind that everything is made to order – including your sushi.  You get it fresh, so the wait is well worth it.

The Food Truck Lot offers seating as well as other trucks that you can choose from (I’ll be featuring more here in the next few weeks) and you can always call ahead to place your order from Wayne’s Sushi if you can’t wait.  What’s so great about this location and the fact that you’re eating at a food truck, is that it’s casual dining.  You could be dressed up or wearing a bikini and can still enjoy a great meal.

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I have had nothing but great service at Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat.  I’m always greeted by name and the food I get is consistently delicious, fresh and presented well. Wayne aims to avoid the same old sushi that other bars make and recreate them, taking the flavors and the look to another level.  I’m definitely impressed and always look forward to ordering my next meal at this truck.

Did I mention that this cool truck is shaped like a boat?  A very cool fishing boat turned food truck with a fun design and I just love the overall appeal of it all.  The ingredients and quality of seafood is always on par and if you are looking for casual dining – this is definitely someplace you should check out.

Note that this is not fine dining – it is a food truck after all.  Call ahead at: 808-281-8810

Check out Wayne’s Sushi on Facebook to get details on their closures and updates.

I hope you enjoyed this post and my Maui Eats series.  I’ll have more posted soon.

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As a foodie, I do my best to sample different types of cuisines as well as different restaurants, eateries and other food loves that I can taste and share with all of you.  Today on this Foodie Friday, I am excited to share with you a little place I discovered after watching the YouTube Channel Aloha Stoked.  Kalani Prince, a vlogger and Travel Guide website owner visited the location I’m about to talk about today and I knew I had to head on over and take a look.  This little hole-in-the wall location that is just off the beaten path in a sleepy little town in Up Country Maui, called Makawao is worth sharing with you today.  This week’s Maui Eats is featuring Makawao Garden Cafe.

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Makawao Garden Cafe is owned and operated by Kathi and Jody Sparks and is nestled right in the heart of the paniolo and rodeo town of up country that we call Makawao.  A peaceful, laid back and tranquil little bistro that offers a small menu of sandwiches and salads – perfect for a day of venturing and visiting the art galleries and site seeing among the little village.

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Makawao Garden Cafe is located right on Baldwin Avenue.  It’s next to the Sherri Reeve Gallery (down a small alley way) and across the street from Maui’s famed Komoda Bakery.

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I arrived at the location just as they had opened, about 5 minutes after 11 o’clock.  They were still prepping some of their food, which I would have expected for a small bistro, but I was able to place my order and my food took about 10 minutes to complete.  As I waited for my to-go order, I walked around the immediate area to kind of get an idea of what the place is like for those who decide to dine in.  Majority of the seating for this bistro is located outdoors.  I was told recently that they had acquired a small area with indoor seating just off to the site of the cafe area.  It’s a great location for spring and summer months when it’s warm out, but it was quite chilly the day I went, which is why I opted to get my food to go – I was not dressed to sit out in the open with that cold breeze lingering in the air.

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If you are looking for fast food service or quick food, this is certainly not the place you will want to find yourself.  Everyone is made for you to order and there is a staff of 2-3 on hand on any given day.  If you are in a rush, I suggest trying to call your order in or check to see if they’ll accommodate a take-out that day.  The service I received was sweet, the owner greeted me with kindness and everyone that I talked to that day was very pleasant.

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So, let’s talk about the food.  Whenever I eat somewhere and have thoughts of reviewing the establishment here on the site, I try to order more than one meal to test and see how I like each.  I ordered the Crab & Avocado Sandwich ($9.97 whole).  Served on focaccia and mixed greens with tomato and sprouts.  I also got the Curry Chicken Salad (Whole $9.00) which came highly recommended by a customer that was behind me in line, as well as the gal who took my order.  She mentioned that it is the most popular on their menu.  The Curry Chicken Salad came with diced chicken, carrots, zucchini and served with sweet curry dressing, on mixed greens and topped with papaya.

Let’s talk details on each dish – shall we?

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I was happy to find that the Crab and Avocado came with a side of salad.  I opted for ceasar and while it was tasty – it definitely was not the showstopper of this particular sandwich.  If I can be absolutely blunt here… the focaccia is fricken awesome.  It was fresh baked (baked by the owners) and one of the best focaccia breads I have ever tasted and trust when I say – I have had my fair share of focaccia.  It was delicious.  The avocado was fresh as was the rest of the vegetables in my sandwich.  The crab was light and definitely tasted good.  I was impressed that my sandwich included real crab for the price point and the sandwich was very filling.  If you are doing hiking or anything that will require walking, etc. I think this would be a great selection – light, but hearty.

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Should I get a sandwich again, I’ll be trying the Sliced Turkey Breast, but since it’s not on this delicious focaccia bread, I’m not sure I’d enjoy it as much – we shall see.

Next up I tried the Curry Chicken Salad.  This salad is quite big and filled most of the take out container they put it in.  I ate half of it and saved the rest for my eldest son Kevin Kaeo.  When I opened this salad to eat it, I didn’t quite expect to see what I was looking at.

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This portion size (I ordered the whole) was large enough to feet at least 2 people, especially if you purchased it in combination with other food.  I was quite impressed with the size considering the price point.  The diced chicken was chicken breast, but it was very tender considering the cut it was.  I was quite impressed with how the entire salad in a whole had tasted.  The dressing that they used was very tasty and I liked that the salad didn’t taste like it had taken a bath in mayonnaise (we all know how I’m not a fan of that creamy white stuff).  The dressing was sweet (not hot or spicy at all) but definitely had a curry flavor.  I would describe it as a curry without the heat.  The salad was placed on a bed of greens – a mixture of different lettuce that was fresh and crispy and I also got two toasted pieces of crostini on top.  This salad tasted really good and not soggy considering I had to drive 10 minutes to get home to eat it, but I would definitely suggest putting the bread separately because the dressing did cause it to become a tad bit soggy.

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Overall – I think I really enjoyed the salad.  The vegetables definitely tasted fresh and the nice crunch of the carrots definitely gave it a lot of texture.  The little papaya on the top was delicious and really gave the salad an extra something.  If I had to make any suggestions, I would love to see cashews in the mix for this salad – I think it would make it absolutely perfect.  I make a pretty darn good chicken curry salad myself and that papaya though, it definitely made for a great addition to this dish.

The second time I went to grab some food to go, I ordered the Taro Salad ($9.75 Whole – I really wanted to eat that from the first time I had gone) and the Catch of the Day Sandwich ($8.50 Whole).  Service was quick and I was on my way with my sandwiches and a Nirvana smoothie that I ordered.  The smoothies are $5.50 and are not made with milk which is a plus on my tummy.

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The Taro Salad was simple, but I rather enjoyed it.  I got it regular (not Cajun spice which they also offer) and it was served with mixed greens, cheese (I was able to select between goat cheese and Parmesan, I went with goat cheese), carrots and zucchini.  The salad also came with tomato and was dressed with a light basil vinaigrette topped with crispy taro chips.  Here’s the low down on this salad…  the taro chips, well, they were the ones I buy in the bag at Costco but I enjoy them and never would have thought to put them on a salad – they were great and because of the taro, they held up to the dressing and were not soggy when I got home to eat.  The Taro itself is actually veggie patties diced up and the veggie patties of chunks of taro in them.  When I was first told what it was, I’ll be honest, I had regret ordering it.  I thought to myself, hmmm… why couldn’t I just get chunks of taro in my salad?  But, I was pleasantly surprised.  The veggie patty (which was diced/cubed up and tossed in the salad mix) was really good.  There was a lot of taro in that patty and I enjoyed the flavor.  Because of the veggie patty with taro, I think it lent for a lighter meal and with the actual taro cubed up as I suggested, it may have been too heavy for lunch.  While I didn’t have high hopes for this particular salad after being told what it was, I was pleasantly surprised.  If I had to make one suggestion, it would be to add some avocado in the mix… it would really bring out the sweetness of the taro and give the salad a depth of flavor.

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The Catch of the Day sandwich was simplistic as was the Crab and Avocado.  It was a few pieces of their Catch of the Day which was Mahimahi for me today, served on focaccia and a wasabi mayo with tomato and mixed greens and sprouts.  The taste was really nice, but I would have loved to have more to the sandwich.  The wasabi mayonnaise had a light wasabi flavor, with no heat and it looked like regular mayonnaise, so tasting it was the only way to really know what you were eating.

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The cut of fish was nice, but I definitely would have wanted to have more to the sandwich.  Of course, it was on that delicious focaccia that I’ve been swooning over which made it great.  Overall, I think the sandwich is nice, but I would love to get more from it.  Maybe a smear of pesto aioli or something along those lines to really bring out the flavor of the fish.  Even some avocado would make a different here.

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Makawao Garden Cafe is perfect to grab a meal while out exploring the area but keep in mind that due to limited seating, if they get busy – you may want to get that meal to go.  My overall experience with them has been great, and I know I’ll be back again to try more food – I have my eyes set on many of the items on the menu.  If you are looking for fine dining, then this place is definitely not it.

Makawao Garden Cafe is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays).  They do not take reservations and parking is free.  You can park directly on Baldwin Avenue if you can find a stall (it can get really congested and busy at times) or you can use the Garden parking behind Baldwin Avenue in the open parking lot (it’s a walk up stairs and there is no wheelchair access)  Keep in mind that the back parking lot is gravel and the walk up the stairs is several flights.  

Positives – there are quite a bit in my opinion.  All of the menu items are under $10 so you and a friend could easily get a bite to eat for under $25.  Considering I’m born & raised here on Maui and have seen how expensive things can get, that’s quite a steal considering the amount of food you get with your orders.  The focaccia is bomb.  Like seriously I can’t stress this enough, order a sandwich with it to taste how great it is.  The owner and staff were very delightful and friendly.  Parking is free -which is great.  And, most of your options are healthy and fresh.

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Now – there are a few cons to this location that I figured was worth sharing.  While I didn’t experience dine-in service here, I was told by someone there that service can be slow when they are busy.  I think that’s understandable considering that there are only 3 people working (sometimes one or two) at any given time and I honestly can’t attest to that myself seeing as the two times I went, they had just opened, so there really was only one or two people there.  Remember, as I stated previously, if you’re in a rush – get it to go and call ahead.  If it is raining or cold, even if they have a covered seated area that is indoors, you may not like the experience, so keep that in mind.  The first time I picked up my food, it was chilly and very cold.  I wouldn’t have been able to sit and enjoy my food comfortably.  Roosters are everywhere in that area (it’s a part of Makawao town) so it can be frustrating at times, just don’t feed them because they’ll come around more while you’re eating.

If you’re on the hunt for something interesting to try – I definitely suggest checking this place out.  I’m all for supporting local eats and Maui eateries that are owned by locals so I definitely enjoyed it.  They offer smoothies as well and there is quite a selection which is great.  This place offers a true laid back environment so it’s perfect for those that are looking for something casual.  Also – take note that if you’re walking too fast, you may miss it… so this little place gives you the opportunity to “take the long way home” so to say and stop and smell the roses.

My goal is to offer more “Maui Eats” for my readers near and far so be sure to come back for more.

Have a wonderful Aloha Friday and a great weekend,

Signature Honey

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It’s a new year and welcoming the new year usually means that we are all looking to work on resolutions, goals and in many cases, losing weight.  For me, trying to lose the weight and improve my health are a never ending journey but I am always so thankful for the little tidbits and tips I learn along the way.  While losing weight is great, to me – it’s all about improving my nutrition and overall health and today I’m excited to share with you a few tips that help me keep my body and mind in check.

When you are reassessing your health and nutrition goals for the year, the biggest advice I can give you is to make smarter choices but don’t completely strip your body or mind of the things you love.  Here are a few tips to help you on your journey:

1.)  Replace your sodas with flavored sparkling waters if you simply can’t give up the carbonation and fizz.  I am a huge water drinker and love it, but I’ve been told time and time again that eliminating soda is one of the hardest things for a person because sometimes it’s not the flavor you crave, but the fizzy.  By replacing your favorite soda with a Zero Calorie drink, you’ll be making a big difference in how you feel.  On average a 20oz soda has 66 grams of sugar – wowzers! When I need the fizzy bubbly drinks I crave (I’m a Pepsi lover by the way), I turn to Cascade Ice Sparkling Water.  Cascase Ice has no sugar, sodium, calories, gluten or caffeine.  Cascade Ice drinks come in so many fun flavors (my family and I have probably tried them all) and they can be purchased at most stores.

“I love my Pepsi and I’ll admit that from time to time, I’ll have a small sip to not only wet my whistle but quench that craving, but when it comes down to it – it’s rare.  Again the key to success in improving your nutrition is not to deprive yourself of the things you love but substitute them for healthier versions or cut down how much of it you consume.”

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2.)  Replace your white rice with Quinoa to give your taste buds a little variety and to add more fiber in your diet.  I love Quinoa and it’s something I can eat daily.  Transitioning to an “all Quinoa” diet for my family is not something we are ready to commit to yet, but it’s something we slowly incorporate into our meals.  White rice is a huge part of who we are as locals of the Hawaiian Islands.  Everyone eats white rice here and most local restaurants have it on their menu consistently.  But, that’s what I love about changing up your meals – there’s no need to complete omit and discard your favorite foods.  If you’re not sure that you like Quinoa, instead of eating it on its own – try mixing it with your white rice.  Just like with brown rice mixed with white rice (we call it “hapa rice” here in Hawaii) you can easily incorporate both to make it more tolerable for you and your family.  Like I said before – I love Quinoa, so I use it to top my salads or as a side to my favorite veggies and protein.  I also enjoy mixing it with vegetables or in a stir fry.  The options are endless.  I’ll try to post some of my favorite Quinoa dishes this year so you have a little inspiration.

Why Quinoa?  Quinoa has over 21% of the recommended daily intake of fiber while white rice only has 14%.  Quinoa also offers 50% more protein which makes it ideal for those days where you need the extra fuel.  Studies have shown that white rice is linked to obesity when consumed on a daily basis, but while I can’t give up my rice just yet – supplementing and replacing my rice with Quinoa is definitely something I can do.

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3.)  Substitute your favorite snack foods for a healthier alternative.  Oh – this one is absolutely my favorite tip of all.  Thankfully, I’m not a huge snacker and not someone who craves chocolate or candy often.  But, when I do – I’ll pull at anything and everything in the house to fill that craving.  Whether it be chips, cookies, cake or candy bars… if it’s in the house and I don’t have an alternative – I’ll eat it if the need and craving arises.  My suggestion – try taking out your stock of junk food in the house.  If you like to keep a candy bar or two around or a small bag of chips – hey, sometimes we need it, but eliminate shopping for them in bulk if at all possible.  Small portions are okay in moderation but if you feel the need to pick up a large bag of potato chips or fries, try going for something like Kale Chips or unsalted no butter popcorn.  I find that instead of candy or chips, I love snacking on carrots and broccoli with hummus.  Fried foods like chips are high in saturated fat and salt which can make you vulnerable to diabetes, among other diseases.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s okay to have a few of your favorite foods from time to time – but again, all in moderation and only enough to satisfy that taste – don’t over indulge.

Here’s the deal – at the end of the day, you will only truly improve your nutrition or diet if you put in the effort.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the habits that you developed over the years.  I’m a believer that change never happens overnight, but making the effort to change – even if only a little at a time, makes a huge difference.  I  never believed in weight loss fads and diets (let’s just say I have been down that route and know how it worked or didn’t work for me), but I do believe in hard work, determination and one day at a time.  If your goal is to improve your nutrition, making little changes each day will make a huge different in the long run.

How about you?  Are you a healthy eater already?  If not, what steps can you take to change up your nutrition, diet and overall health?

Signature Honey


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When it comes to snack food, I am always on the hunt for something I know my family will enjoy but that offers healthy alternatives to the sweets that we see plastered all over the market.  Over the last few months, my family and I were given the opportunity to try some Crispy Fruit Snacks from Crispy Green and we loved them so much – I figured I would share them with all of you.

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Crispy Green believes in a simple philosophy – keep it pure, keep it tasty and keep it wholesome.  My sons were immediately excited to see these delivered and crossed their fingers in hopes that it didn’t taste like the traditional freeze-dried fruit you get in the store that tastes like it’s 40 years old.  We were able to try out 7 delectable and delicious types of dried fruit, packaged individually – making them great snacks for on the go.  The seven flavors available are:  Cataloupe, Apple, Asian Pear (our favorite), Tangerine, Pineapple, Mango (second favorite) and Banana.  All of them taste delicious, but the boys and I do have our favorites.  Each package includes 100% pure fruit, nothing else!  The Crispy Fruit snacks are 100% freeze-dried fruit slices that are made up of real fruit and the taste of Crispy Fruit comes from the fresh fruit itself.  There is no sugar, sweeteners or other additives used to enhance the taste or appearance.  Crispy Fruit is perfect for indulging in a guilt-free snack without the worry.  The Crispy Fruit snacks are an all-natural snack choice for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle without compromising on great taste.

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  • Retain nearly all the nutrients of fresh fruit
  • Long shelf-life
  • Convenient – having natural fruit at your finger tips all the time!
  • No additives or preservatives
  • No fat, no cholesterol
  • Low in calories

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Crispy Green was founded in August 2004 with a vision to be the leading provider of high quality, natural food products desired by everyone who wants to live a healthy and better life.  Since that time, the team at Crispy Green has been consistently providing high quality freeze-dried fruit snacks and adding new flavors to the Crispy Fruit line.  They are a hard-working, diverse group of individuals who believe that educated customers are the best customers and they strive to empower all who enjoy their products.

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As I mentioned before, the Asian Pear is one of our favorites and the Mango definitely a close second, though my family and I enjoy all of them.  Each piece of fruit you bite into has the flavor that you would expect them to have and the snack is light but fulfilling.  We love how travel friendly and portable each pouch is.  We absolutely loved the taste of each fruit snack that they didn’t last very long in our household and we picked up a bunch of them to give to the twins’ classmates for Halloween.

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What we love about Crispy Fruit the most is the quality that goes into each bag.  Sometimes fresh fruit may not be available or may not be the most convenient option.  But, Crispy Green has perfected the “fruit to go” alternative by freeze-drying fresh fruit and transforming it into a delectable, incredible, light and crispy texture that is so satisfying, it reminds me of a chip.  With the freeze-dried process – the nutrients from the fresh fruit is retained without adding anything.  As a mom – I am always looking for the healthy alternative to snacks and I’m loving the fact that my children enjoy these just as much as I do.

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Crispy Fruit has easily become one of my family’s favorite snack foods.  My boys love fruit, but it can be so messy to eat when on the go.  Crispy Fruit allows us to take our treats with us, enjoy and not have the mess.
We stock up on Crispy Green at our local WholeFoods or Safeway stores (I’m so glad it is available locally).  You can see a list of locations to purchase Crispy Fruit here.  Do you love fruit but wish it were more portable?  Are you a fan of snacks like this for on the go?  If so, my family and I definitely suggest checking out Crispy Fruit by Crispy Green and see how delicious they for yourself.
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We all love a good treat in our life.  For some of us, it’s chocolate, for others, candy and so much more.  Today I introduce you to a brand of treats that my family and I have been loving.  GoMacro, a family owned vegan company that started by a mother-daughter team, has launched a delicious new line of plant-based bars called Thrive.

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Thrive by GoMacro offers six flavors of bars that contain plant-based protein, essential fatty acids and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind.  Thrive is made up of a superfood ancient grain blend and each bar is less than 200 calories.

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Like all GoMacro products, Thrive is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, Gluten-Free certified, 100% Vegan and Soy-Free.  You can find Thrive bars online and various Whole Foods locations as of October 2016.  Each Thrive bar retails for about $2.19/bar (1.4 oz / 40g) and each bar includes two unique flavors.

I had the opportunity to try the following flavors:

Ginger Lemon – this flavor stars the soothing combo of ginger and lemon.  This bar is to help you feel at ease.  Filled with cashews, zing of giner and the sweet, tart of lemon.  I’m not a huge fan of ginger in general, but was very impressed that this product tasted good.  I also love cashews so I enjoyed this a lot.  Also contains:  Organic cashews, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax.  

Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt – if you love that sweet and savory flavor blend, you’ll enjoy this one.  This is a favorite among my sons and I and even my husband thought it tasted really good.  It includes organic, fair trade, vegan chocolate chips made with coconut sugar, sea salt and vanilla.  It’s a great tasting bar.  The only think I had a challenge with is the walnuts – I’ve since grown out of a severe walnut allergy since having it as a kid, but I can’t consume walnuts often or a lot of it.  There are a lot of walnuts in this bar so I would love to see one made without it.  Also contains:  organic almonds, organic cashews, organic fair trade chocolate chips, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax, organic walnuts.

Caramel Coconut – this is my favorite!  Featuring vegan caramel created by GoMacro and under 200 calories with only 6 grams of sugar for a good source of fiber and protein.  I love coconut flavored things, but absolutely love that it also includes that sweet dates within.  Also contains:  organic almonds, organic cashews, organic dates, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sesame butter, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax, organic unsweetned coconut.  Like I said, this is my favorite out of all the bars I tried.

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Blueberry Lavender – I liked the flavor of this, but again, the walnuts in the bar were quite overwhelming for me.  While I have grown out of my walnut allergy, I must be careful with how much I consume and this bar was chuck full of it that it started to cause my throat to swell.  If you love walnuts – this is the bar for you.  The sweet blueberry tastes great and together the walnuts, lavender and blueberries provide you with a divine, calming experience that is packed with antioxidants and omega 3s.  This bar is a great source of fiber and protein while keeping the sugars to only 6 grams.  It has a unique flavor, but I definitely enjoyed it.  If they made this without walnuts – I think it would be one of my faves.  Also contains:  organic gluten-free rolled oats, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sprouted flax, organic sunflower seeds, organic walnuts.

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Almond Apricot – My eldest enjoyed this bar a lot.  With a combination of almonds and apricots, this makes the perfect  hiking trail companion.  Loaded with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and the GoMacro ancient seed blend of hemp hearts, quinoa and sprouted flax – this bar will be the perfect one to give you energy to climb Mount Everest or in our case, hike down into the Haleakala Volcano Crater.  My son seemed to enjoy it and I had a little taste of it and liked it as well.  Also contains:  organic almonds, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sprouted flax and organic sunflower seeds.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip – even my husband liked this one, but he is a chocolate peanut butter addict.  With 8 grams of plant-based protein, this bar takes the medal for GoMacro’s highest protein Thrive bar.  It’s delicious and taste like a really good chocolate peanut butter bar.  Also contains:  organic hemp hearts, organic peanut butter, organic peanut butter chips, organic peanuts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax.

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I’m excited that these are at my local Whole Foods because my sons (and my husband) seemed to enjoy them.  They are chuck full of yummy ingredients and these are the perfect way to get healthy energy to keep you going.  I’m a fan of anything coconut and I also love that these bars have Quinoa in them, since it’s one of my favorite things to eat.

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If you are looking for a treat that offers a little bit of sweet (nothing cloyingly sweet or sugary), but also offer you a nice crunch and some great benefits, I think you’d enjoy these.  They are kid approved – my sons have been taking them in their backpacks for after school snacks and they enjoy them.  If you have a nut allergy, I would probably stay away – since these do include nuts and are processed in a facility that handles nuts.  But, overall – I think you’d enjoy these if you are anything like me.

Want to check out Thrive for yourself?  Head on over to: http://gomacro.com/shop/product-category/thrive/ and get 30% off your purchase of Thrive at GoMacro’s online store with code: THRIVE30.

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Have you heard of Thrive or GoMacro before?  If so, have you tried any of the products?  If not, are you thinking you’d enjoy these as much as my family and I have?

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With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered.  The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  Are you a Target shopper?  If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.

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Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection.  These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.

Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador.  The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here).  This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum.  It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist.  Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.

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Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each).  I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now.  These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair.  Key Ingredients include:  Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair.  Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation.  I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.

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Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood.  The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products.  The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome.  Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.

Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink.  Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors.  Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured.  Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics.  10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind.  They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.

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Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school.  These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family.  They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.

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Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods.  Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances.  It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice.  But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.

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Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target.  Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains.  Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin.  It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.

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The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love.  The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands.  It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most.  It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family.  Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more.  With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs.  It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.

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The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house.  It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera.  Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients.  Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals.  I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this.  Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue.  Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse.  Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent.  I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.

Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60)  I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one.  Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth.  These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler.  But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it.  I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.

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Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free).  It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do.  Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.

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Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us.  Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables.  Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard.  The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors:  Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham.  They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery.  My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.

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Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle.  The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack.  The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.

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Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs.  These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new.  The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free.  Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria.  What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies.  I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.

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As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands.  This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.

It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.

Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website:  http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.

Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.

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As a family, our lives tend to be a bit hectic and busy.  I just consider us busy because we are out in the world, making memories and enjoying life.  This year all three boys started school the same week they started Football practice for Pop Warner.  Let’s just say it has been a busy month so far and keeping the littles on task for school while still getting them to and from practice and games can be a challenge but overall rewarding and we make it work to the best to our ability.  With a schedule that starts from 6am and ends at 8:30pm for the boys, they have a long day and their little bodies keep truckin from rise to bed.  To keep t hem on top of their game and play, I try to incorporate great tasting snacks like CLIF Kid Zbar® that have important nutrients for active kids.

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It seems like I have a household full of guys that literally eat like crazy, but with three growing boys that’s exactly what is going on.  To keep them on their toes, I give them CLIF Kid Zbars, which are nutritious snacks that are made from organic ingredients, all of which are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives.  My sons absolutely love how the CLIF Kid Zbars tastes and they have asked me to purchase them many times.

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CLIF Kid Zbars are the perfect portion size for kids. I especially love that they come in flavors that they love and they fit perfectly in their lunch box or backpack to take with them to school.  All three boys snack on their CLIF Kid Zbars during break for that mid day snack so that they are not starving when they come home from school.  I enjoy that they are made with organic ingredients, are Non-GMO (something we try to steer clear of in our household) and have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives.

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CLIF Kid has been an essential part of our back to school routine and the boys have been loving the taste and flavors of the snacks they have tried.  But, what I love is that they don’t need to be used for just school.  CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play!  With balance and active play laying the foundation for skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society, we are keeping our kids active and still providing them fun.  This is one of the reasons why my sons are engaged with Play time, no matter what it is.  Our play time is football and the boys enjoy CLIF Kid Zbars as a part of their snack after practice.

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When my sons are on the filed, they not only get a little active time, but they have a lot of fun and CLIF Kid helps to encourage that.  Let’s face it, play is disappearing at home, in school and in communities now a days, especially since technology, television and video games have a little part in that.  I remember as a kid, I played outside all the time and it’s sad to see that 70% of moms like me played outside while only 31% of our kids play outside today.  I encourage outside play whole heartily and enjoy that my sons love to play and keep active.

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Whether it’s back to school or on the field, foraging through the woods or riding a bike – no matter the play time your family enjoys, get out and enjoy it all.  Remember, like I said before… make memories while having some fun.

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What about you?  Do you remember being out exploring and playing till the lights came on?  What are your favorite memories of your play time?  Encourage play time with your kids if you don’t already, have some fun and create memories.

Check out the CLIF Kid Video.

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As I sit here at my desk writing up this post, the sun is peaking through the clouds.  You see, we just experienced a heavy downpour due to a tropical storm in our midst, but even with the rain – it’s still quite hot and humid.  I honestly forgot to share this delicious recipe with all of you and decided I better hop on it and get it out before Fall approaches us and I completely forget altogether.  It’s been pretty warm lately here in Hawaii and while I do enjoy the summer months, I enjoy a great drink that just hits the spot to cool you down in a heartbeat.  Today I’ll be sharing with you a couple of easy to do recipes that are for drinks that are refreshing and light – perfect for the last of the summer months.  These drinks feature Cascade Ice and a few ingredients but they will be an absolute hit at your backyard BBQ or potluck or just to enjoy while sitting on the veranda enjoying the warm summer and what’s left of it.

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Let’s start with the Coco-Lemonade:

Let’s face it, a BBQ isn’t complete without some good ol’ fashion lemonade and it’s probably one of my favorite summer drinks.  This Coco-Lemonade is great and offers a fun little twist.  Start with a chilled glass full of ice and add 3 oz. of Cascade Ice Coconut and 4 oz. of Cascade Ice Lemonade.  Garnish with sliced lemons and a sugar rim for that sweet and tart taste and a little glam.  This is the perfect drink for the little ones because it’s refreshing and who doesn’t love a great lemonade.  Looking to spice it up a bit?  Add a shot of coconut rum to give it that pina collada twist with some lemon flare.  Garnish with coconut sugar and you have yourself a delicious drink.

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Cascade Ice offers a variety of delicious drinks for any BBQ or Summer Party (as well as year round).  Blueberry Watermelon, Strawberry Lemonade, Coconut, Lemonade and Pomegranate Berry are all delicious and refreshing all on their own.  You can experience guilt-free taste without the sodium, caffeine and gluten and enjoy the taste that’s absolutely great.  Cascade Ice offers 30 great tasting varieties.  Cascade Ice water is a flavored sparkling water with a clean crisp, delicious taste.  Cascade Ice water eliminates the unnecessary, unhealthy “extras” you can find in other flavor waters like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten and gives you pure, refreshing taste that you’ll love.

Not into coconut or lemon?  Don’t you worry – I got you covered with a few more recipes you can try.  For my melon lovers, try the Melon Mixer.  That delicious watermelon we see in stores can be used in a wonderful and refreshing, thirst quenching drink.  Start with 3 oz. of Cascade Ice Blueberry Watermelon (yum).  Pour in 1 oz. of club soda and add several slices of watermelon and blueberries to the mix.  Stir to release the fresh flavor and you’ll have a drink fit for the Gods.  Add a little vodka for an adult version of this drink and you are good to go.

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Love Pomegranate?  Well, try the Pomegranate Icer.  Since Pomegranates pack a punch of vitamins and anti-oxidants and they are in season for summer, this is the perfect time to try this drink.  Start with 4 oz. of Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry and 1 oz of Cascade Ice Strawberry Lemonade in a glass with crushed ice.  Top it off with fresh pomegranate seeds for the perfect touch.  You can turn this drink into a cocktail version by adding a shot glass or two of vodka and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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Looking for more ideas for summer drinks that will cool you off?  Check out the recipe section on the Cascade Ice site and get inspired.  http://www.cascadeicewater.com/recipes.html

I’m looking forward to trying out new recipes and I love that I can find Cascade Ice at so many locations in the islands.  The drinks are delicious and I love that there are so many flavors that everyone in my family will find one they enjoy.  What about you?  Do you think any of these drinks will tickle your fancy this summer and if you do – which one do you think you’ll give a whirl.

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July 1st is Canada Day and I thought it would be perfect to celebrate by sharing a few delicious finds that are made in Canada.  I have met and established wonderful relationships over the years with friends around the World and one of those places happen to be Canada.  In that time frame, I have had the opportunity to receive wonderful gifts from these friends, many of which includes delicious treats from the Country itself… including Maple.  Today I wanted to share with you some treats that I love and hopefully you can celebrate Canada Day along with me while treating yourself to these awesome finds that you can get from CanadaTheStore.com.

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As I mentioned previously, these products are from CanadaTheStore.com.  Canada The Store is a site that proudly showcases a collection of products that are either designed in Canada, Made in Canada or are products of Canada. They offer Apparel to Watercrafts and a variety of products from simple to sophisticated.  Canadian companies create a variety of quality products that are in demand worldwide.  Canada The Store is well respected across the world, offering people from around the globe an opportunity to purchase a multitude of fine Canadian made products.  Canada The Store is located in Toronto, Canada and has been doing it’s thing for the last four decades, focusing on providing services without compromise.  The true “Made in Canada” success story.

Their Tag line – “Buy Canadian.  Expect Quality.”

So let’s chit chat about two products I was able to try out from Canada The Store.  The first product is Jakeman’s Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.  The product retails for $11.95 CAD with 250 mL / 8.5 fl.oz. worth of product.  It is a bottle of the 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup produced by Jakeman’s and voted Canada’s best tasting Maple Syrup in the National Post.  Now, we love pancakes in our house hold and I love maple candy, so I knew I would easily fall in love with this product.  It’s delicious and rich in color with a distinct maple flavor.  If you have ever tried fresh maple syrup before, this is what it would remind me of… it has a warm, rich flavor that really stands out among other syrups.  This product is great served over breakfast foods (like pancakes or with some sausage and bacon) or used as a glaze on meats or dessert.  I especially love the thickness of this syrup and it would be perfect to glaze a ham with.  I’ve tried many types of maple syrups before and this would have to be my favorite – it’s delicious!

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Since I love Maple candy, I couldn’t wait to open up this jar of Canadian True Maple Tea.  When the box arrived at my house, I could smell the tea from the outside of it – it smells absolutely wonderful.  The Canadian True Maple Tea comes in a 3 Pack for $26.95 CAD.  I’m a tea drinker daily so I was very excited to try this tea out.  Each container (you get three of them) comes with 25 Tea Bags so I shared one with my dad since he is my tea drinking aficionado.

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Canada True’s unique flavorful Maple Tea is idea for serving to guest or to give as a special gift.  It is Pure Premium Ceylon Tea with a Nature Identical Canadian Maple Syrup Flavor.  The Teas are packed in Sri Lanka and this tea offers a bold tea flavor with a beautiful and fragrant sweet scent.  Immediately upon opening the box I could smell a sweet vanilla or maple syrup scent coming from the box and it was coming from the tea.  This is a wonderful tea to have with your breakfast or for tea time with biscuits.  It’s hearty in flavor but taste wonderful and I love the sweet perfume that comes from my cup.  I add a little bit of coconut milk or creamer and that is all I need to drink this tea.  I love and my dad absolutely loved the flavor of it as well.

Frequently referred to as Canada’s Birthday, Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act 1867.  This act united three Colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.  It was originally called Dominion Day but the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.  Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

If you are looking to celebrate, I highly suggest checking out some of the treats and goods that Canada The Store offers and check out all the wonderful items created, made by and made of Canada.

Happy Canada Day!

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Disclaimer:  The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration and feature.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts.  Affiliate links are listed through out.