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Monday, July 23, 2012

My Favorite Things For The Week Ending July 21st

CVS Whey Protein Powder Drink Mix Vanilla

Was very happy and excited to find that CVS has a whey protein powder.  I bought a bag of the vanilla.  It has a nice flavor even without adding anything to it.  Of course you know I love to add fruit to my protein powder.  My favorite way to make a protein shake was to mix a handful of blueberries, a 1/2 cup of mango, half of a frozen banana, a half cup of  Blue Diamond Almond/Coconut Milk and either a whole scoop or half scoop of powder.  I tried a packet of the chocolate CVS Protein Powder too.  It was just as good as the vanilla.  Easy to mix and dissolves easily. There's also a Cookies and Cream flavor.  I would have tried that too, but they didn't have a sample packet.  The best thing about this protein powder is that it has 25 g of protein and 140 calories per scoop.  So, I can use a half a scoop and still get a nice amount of protein.

My next favorite thing is something I mentioned above.  The Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond/Coconut Milk.  Delicious and low in calories.  Only 60 calories per cup. Love adding it to my protein shakes and oatmeal.  Really great product.

My last favorite thing is something I found while shopping in Walgreen's.  Good Food Made Simple Frozen Oatmeal.  I was intrigued and decided to buy it.  Very happy with my purchase.  It's easy to make and tastes great.  Didn't have to add anything to it.  Tastes great straight out of the microwave, but of course I added my two faves from above to make it a great post-workout meal.  I tried the Brown Sugar flavor, but it also comes in original, fruit and berries, and Vermont Maple.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My Favorite Things For The Week Ending July 14th

Sweet Potato Ice Cream

This week I indulged in some of my favorite things...sweets.  I'll admit I'm addicted and I will never turn down a cupcake.  This week it's a sweet filled favorite things. First is Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pie.  I have passed by this place many times.  Since I'm always on a diet I never go in.  I always say the next time I'm in the neighborhood I will drop by.  Well, that next time was on Wednesday.  I went in there with my mom while we waited for the kids to get out of camp.  We were greeted as soon as we walked in with a friendly smile and a hello.  The gentlemen behind the counter offered us a sample of the sweet potato ice cream.  Since it was 90 degrees outside we couldn't pass that up.  It was creamy, smooth and full of flavor.  I decided to try a slice of pie with the cream cheese frosting.  It didn't disappoint. It was very good. Jimmy Jamm has sweet potato cakes, cookies and bread.  Stop by Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies at 1844 W 95th, Chicago. (773) 779-9105 Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. Check out Jimmy Jamm on Facebook.

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Cookie Crazy Oreo Cheesecake
Next is Eli's Cheesecake Cookie Crazy Oreo Cheesecake. I went to the Taste of Chicago with my mom and kids on Thursday. I go to the Taste every year. Recently with the changes made to the Taste I haven't been too happy with it, but the bright spot to me every year is Eli's. I always end my day at the Taste of Chicago with a slice of Eli's Cheesecake. This year I tried the Oreo. It was thick, rich and just out of this world delicious. You can't go wrong when you put Oreos and cheesecake together.

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Jewel cupcakes

Lastly, is the red velvet cupcakes from Jewel.  Yes Jewel the grocery store.  With all the cupcake shops around Chicago we sometimes forget that the grocery store can have excellent products made right under their roof.  I always get the kids' birthday cakes from Jewel.  They taste great and are reasonably priced.  Every Friday at Jewel is cupcake Friday.  You can get 3 cupcakes for $1.99.  You usually pay at least $3 a piece at some cupcake shops. They have several flavors, but my favorite is the red velvet.  The cake is moist, but doesn't fall apart. The icing is really the most important thing to me for a great cupcake.  This icing is just the right amount of sweet and not too sticky. Check them out at your neighborhood Jewel.

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Favorite Things For the Week Ending July7th

Floral Cherrynova™ Natural Body ButterA few things I've tried tis week that I wanted to tell you about. I received a sample of gud Floral Cherrynova Natural Body Butter from Burt'sBees. The scent is amazing and it made my skin feel like velvet. The scent lasts all day and I've gotten many complements about it. For more information go to

Next favorite thing is the Lipton Iced Green Tea Packets with Honey.  I tried the Blackerry Pomegranate.  It was a lot better than I thought it would be.  Really delicious.  It's just five calories per packet.  I put it in my bottle of water and shook it a couple of times.  It mixed well. Nice for on-the-go.  Especially in this hot weather!  There are several other flavors including Mango Pineapple, Peach Apricot and Black Currant Raspberry.  Check out for more flavors!

Vi-shape® Nutritional Shake Mix: 15 Individual Packets

And my last favorite thing for this week is Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.  Always on the hunt for the perfect protein powder I received a sample of this one.  The sample flavor was Sweet Cream Flavor. It was creamy and delicious with just the soy milk I added, but with fruit it was fanatastic.  It's a meal replacement shake that has 12g of protein and vitamins including A, C, D & B12. It is also according to the package supposed to help boost metabolism. Vi-Shape is gluten and lactose free.  Go to for more information and other products.