Mini Weekend Giveaway!

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

I apologize for being MIA for a day or two. This week left me completely whipped. My Facebook status on Thursday read, “Thursday just feels like a bad joke this week…” and that was no lie. Just one of those weeks, I guess! What I’m trying to say is leftovers and sleep were a priority and blogging took a back seat…for just a bit 😉 Eight hours of restful sleep, 2 beers, and 9 miles later, I am feeling fully refreshed!

So, I’m back in action! When I saw this recipe posted this week on Savvy Eats, I knew it was moving to the top of the “Make NOW!” pile of recipes I have continuously growing. It was EXCELLENT! This granola was much crunchier than the Power Granola I made last weekend, and that’s a good thing. Plus, it made a ton — it’ll last at least a week…maybe 2… 😉

Coconut Cherry Granola

Coconut Cherry Granola from Julie of Savvy Eats

5 c. rolled or old-fashioned oats
1 c. almonds, sliced
4 T. whole flax seeds
1/2 c. agave nectar
1/4 c. maple syrup
3/4 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 c. dried cherries, unsweetened


Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine the oats, almonds, and flax seeds in a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

Combine the maple syrup, agave nectar, and peanut butter in a small pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until ingredients are well-blended and bubbly. Remove from heat and pour over the oats mixture. Stir well until all the dry ingredients are coated.

Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Add the cherries and coconut.

Stir well, then bake for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Super easy!

Yield: 20 1/2-cup servings

Nutrition Information (per 1/2 cup): 248 calories; 11.2 g. fat; 48 mg. sodium; 32.4 g. carbohydrate; 7 g. fiber; 4.9 g. protein

I’ve also tried a few other things this week…

18 Rabbits

The lovely people at 18 Rabbits sent some samples. I am a huge fan of these bars! I’ve seen them in my local Akins and will definitely be purchasing more. The Banana Fosters was delicious, and I’m anxious to try the Cheeky Cherry Chocolate! Yum! Added bonus: nutrition! These bars contain omega-3’s (410 mg) and 6’s (1200 mg), 4 grams of fiber and protein, and loads of vitamins and minerals. They’re also larger than a lot of other bars (Larabars, PureBars, Luna Bars, Cliff Bars), and contain a respectable 210-220 calories a piece. Thumbs up, 18 Rabbits!

Mango Kombucha

I’ve tried a lot of Kombucha flavors, but Mystic Mango is BY FAR my favorite! It’s much less bitter than the others and it’s pulpy — mmm mmm!

cinnamon in my coffee grounds

Cinnamon is a lot of things…1) delicious and 2) great for blood sugars. Bonus: it tastes great and made my house smell GLORIOUS this morning. Give it a shot!

Coming up this week:
Chili Con Carne
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
Carrot Cake Pancakes

Mini Weekend Giveaway…

Since these 18 Rabbit bars really are super, I want to share with TWO lucky readers! Leave a separate comment for multiple chances to win!

1. Which flavor do you want to try…Haute Diggity Date or Nibble A Sultana?

2. Follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment letting me know!

3. Tweet about this giveaway! Tweet this: “Prevention RD wants you to win an 18 Rabbit Bar! Go here:!”

Open to US residents only — sorry to all the lovelies in Canada and on the other side of the ponds. Winners will be drawn at random Sunday, January 17th at 9pm Central Time and announced Monday morning!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

P.S. Don’t forget to submit any nutrition-related questions for this week’s Q&A! I’ve already got some great ones! 🙂 Email any Q’s to [email protected]!

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  1. January 16, 2010 / 4:58 pm

    You’re right, it is a make it now recipe.

  2. January 16, 2010 / 5:45 pm

    Ohhh! Those sound like great bars! I like the name of Nibble A Sultana, so I’ll say that one!

    I tweeted too! But I’m really new to Twitter so I hope I did it right!

    I’m glad you’ve gotten caught up on your rest. Blogging is great fun, but it sometimes has to take a backseat to real life…and sleep!

  3. January 16, 2010 / 5:51 pm

    Thanks for stopping by. Isn’t it funny how no matter how busy you get, there’s still time to update your facebook status. lol. I’m with you.

  4. January 16, 2010 / 6:26 pm

    I like the sounds of both but LVE the name of Haute Diggity Date

  5. January 16, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    I would like to try haute diggity dog, but both sound interesting. Never heard if these bars. I know it says US residents only, but I still consider myself a resident and I have a stateside address. Hope you don’t mind my entering.

  6. January 16, 2010 / 7:13 pm

    Following you already on twitter.

  7. January 16, 2010 / 7:14 pm

    Tweeted about this giveaway!

  8. January 16, 2010 / 7:30 pm

    oh that granola bar looks great! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the 18 rabbits bars!

  9. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    January 16, 2010 / 7:33 pm

    sorry you didn’t have a great week but i’m glad you’re feeling recharged! so cool that you got some samples from 18 rabbits, i’ve been wanting to try those bars! i think i’d go for the haute diggity date one 🙂

  10. January 16, 2010 / 7:38 pm

    I’d like to try Nibble A Sultana. I’ve never even heard of sultanas before!

  11. January 16, 2010 / 7:38 pm

    I now follow you on twitter as cygirl88!

  12. Cellabella
    January 16, 2010 / 7:46 pm

    I’d like to try the Haute Diggity Date. The Bananas Foster also sounds delicious!

  13. January 16, 2010 / 8:35 pm

    I LOVE the Banana Foster….So tasty!

    I would love to try Haute Diggity Date. I love the cherry chunk one.

    Can’t wait for those great tasting recipes of the food on your menu.

  14. January 16, 2010 / 8:56 pm

    fun giveaway! I’ve never heard of these bars before. I haven’t seen them at Whole foods or anywhere else. I’d like to try Haute Diggity Date!

    And i hope you answer my nutrition question for this week’s Q&A !

    • Nicole
      January 16, 2010 / 10:52 pm

      I already have that one answered : ) Have a great weekend, girlie!

  15. January 16, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    I love coconut in granola. Have you tried the guava Synergy Kombucha? It’s pulpy and sweeter like the mango one. OH and I’m following you on Twitter!

  16. January 16, 2010 / 9:00 pm

    I think I’d want to try the banana foster flavor. Sounds like a delicious dessert in a bar.

  17. eaternotarunner
    January 16, 2010 / 9:44 pm

    Definitely the haute diggity date! The name is too awesome.

    Also the mystic mango is the BEST!

  18. January 16, 2010 / 9:54 pm

    Cool giveaway!! I’d love to try the Haute Diggity Date! Funny name, haha! 🙂 I don’t have a twitter account, otherwise I would follow you! 😉

  19. January 16, 2010 / 10:41 pm

    LOVE cinna in my coffee grounds! adds a KICK! pumpkin spice is good too 🙂

  20. January 16, 2010 / 11:38 pm

    I think I want the haute diggity date, bcause I’m in love with that name. I’m following you on twitter, and I tweeted! 😀

  21. January 16, 2010 / 11:54 pm

    I would LOVE to try the Haute Diggity Date. I remember eating dates when I was little and telling my dad how good they were and how I could confuse people by saying “I had a date tonight“
    Plus – I love the name!!

  22. Aileen
    January 17, 2010 / 6:22 am

    Both sound great, but I’ll go with Nibble A Sultana!

  23. January 17, 2010 / 7:17 am

    following you!

  24. January 17, 2010 / 8:48 am

    Love the idea of putting cinnamon in your coffee grounds!! That’s great.

    I tweeted about the giveaway 😉 And as far as flavors, I am willing to try any! I’m not picky, I just like to try new products. Thanks for the great opportunity!

  25. January 17, 2010 / 8:51 am

    I totally put cinnamon in my coffee grounds! I like to think that its making the digestion of my coffee a bit easier on my belly 😉

    I’d love to try haute diggity date! How could someone pass up that name?

    I’ve also been wanting to try kombucha for some time now. I’ll definitely try the mango one first.

  26. January 17, 2010 / 8:52 am

    I’d definitely want to try Nibble A Sultana. The Cheeky Cherry also sounds delicious – i’ll have to see if my co-op carries them.

  27. January 17, 2010 / 10:10 am

    Wow…what nutritional stats on those bars!! I’d LOVE to try the Haute Diggity Date. I recently discovered (only thanks to Larabars) that I LOVE dates. So sweet – I don’t know why I was scared to try them all these years??!

  28. January 17, 2010 / 10:50 am

    Gosh those bars look great. I just saw their awesome website. Of course u are all ready my buddy on Twitter.
    Love the idea of the cinnamon in your coffee. Cinnamon everything works for me.

  29. January 17, 2010 / 12:41 pm

    What a great idea, putting cinnamon into your coffee grounds! thanks for the tip!

    That granola looks and sounds delish

  30. Emily N
    January 17, 2010 / 12:43 pm

    Nibble A Sultana

  31. January 17, 2010 / 1:04 pm

    Glad to hear you liked the granola!! 🙂

    Without having tasted these bars, I like them already because the names are so cute!

  32. January 17, 2010 / 1:35 pm

    I would like to try Haute Diggity Date. Really, I would like to try both.

  33. January 17, 2010 / 3:44 pm

    oooh! those look tasty, I’d love to try the haute diggity date (such a cool name!) because I’m a date fanatic. That granola looks tasty, I sure enjoy Gina’s granola too 🙂 I will tweet it too!

  34. January 17, 2010 / 3:47 pm

    I already follow and I tweeted 🙂 have a nice weekend!

  35. January 17, 2010 / 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! I’d love to try Nibble A Sultana!

  36. Ibu
    January 18, 2010 / 6:40 am

    I would love to try Haute Diggity Date!

  37. January 18, 2010 / 8:42 am

    I always love finding new snacky bars and such–I think I would go for the date one! And your homemade granola looks divine! That is still something on my list of things to try making–thanks for the reminder!

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