Tropical Traditions 1 Quart Gold Label Coconut Oil Giveaway!!!! :D

Hey my lovely readers! 

Today happens to be my Mom’s Birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!), and since Valentine’s Day is this next week also, I thought it’d be a wonderful time to hold a giveaway. 😀

Tropical Traditions sent me a quart of their Gold-Label Virgin Coconut Oil to try and review. Let me say, I was quite impressed with it!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

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Overall, what are my thoughts of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil? I LOVE IT! I love using coconut oil when I want my nut butter to have a coconutty-flavor, or when I make my own chocolate, or when I make my slow-cooker quinoa with black beans. I just love the great price and amazing taste this virgin coconut oil provides. The only thing I’m just sad about is that I had to leave my huge glass bottle of it at home (glass doesn’t fly well…). But it’s absolutely wonderful and a great deal. 🙂

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Want to enter to win 1 quart of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil?

Here’s how! (There are lots of opportunities! :D)

This giveaway starts today (the 7th of Feb, 2013) and will end Valentine’s Day (14th of Feb, 2013) at 11:59:59pm. It is open to those living in the US and Canada (Tropical Tradition’s restriction). 

I used Random.org’s Random Number Generator (I tried to link the generator to this post but the html wasn’t working with me…) and the number it selected was #19. Congrats, Karina! 🙂

Remember to leave each entry in a separate comment so I can give you credit for all of them. 🙂

After the deadline I will then use RandomNumber.com and determine the winner. Once the winner is selected I’ll then email them (they will have 48 hours to respond or I will select another winner) and ask if I can send their name, shipping address (for FedEx), and email address so I can send that to Tropical Traditions so they can contact them and process their prize.

Good luck to you all! 😀

With lots of hugs,

Kathleen

P.S. Happy Birthday Mom!!! Thank you for everything you do for me. I don’t know what I would do without you. I am so grateful you are MY mom. 😀

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. Also, if you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Week 5 + Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans

Hey My Darling Doves!

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. Last night was definitely not a best night of sleep (I got home late and tossed most of the night), but hopefully I will get to bed earlier tonight and get a good night’s rest.

I just finished my fifth week of ThisFitChick’s workout program – and the intensity has really gone up. Split days have been included and drop sets introduced. I love the definition I’ve been getting in my arms from this program (and have learned A LOT from it and discovered a lot about myself that I didn’t know before). My arms were KILLING me today as I was doing the drop-sets since I had just worked my arms the day before. (I always have Sunday as my day of rest, and so I did it today instead of tomorrow, so I didn’t have a day’s rest between…. I’ll try to figure this out for this next week so that doesn’t happen – I may have to move some of the workouts around, but I’ll get them all in.) This week I mixed up the cardio again, so Jillian and Kim’s sections on the Biggest Loser Cardio Max DVD for the cardio (as I can’t use a treadmill, but I pick other cardio based on the workout planned to fit in with the goal of that cardio workout – the cardio max usually fits that bill). Another one of the weight-lifting moves I had to change because I don’t have access to a leg press machine, so I did weighted squats in their place. Still got the burn. 😉

Since I’m going up to college and will be living in a dorm in less than 8 weeks, I’ve been striving to find meals and recipes I can easily prepare at college and don’t take a lot of time to do so. One of those things is my slow cooker (who will be my BEST friend in January – he can help keep me warm! :)). This is one of my favorite recipes for the slow cooker.


My Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans!


Chop up an onion. Heat a little coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.


Add the onion and garlic to the pan, sautéing until lightly browned.


Take off the heat and set aside (remember to turn off the burner!).


Thoroughly wash the quinoa. I do this by placing my quinoa in a bowl and adding water over it (enough to thoroughly cover it).


Then I stir it around with my finger and/or spoon for a few minutes until the water gets cloudy. That cloudiness is that bitter flavor coming off of the quinoa, so don’t skip this part if you can help it! I like rinsing it a little bit longer just to make sure.


Strain the quinoa and grab your slow cooker!


Rinse the black beans and add them to the bowl.


Followed by the quinoa, carrots, and sautéed onion and garlic.


Add the cumin, chili powder, and top it off with the water.


Stir them all together.


Cook on High for 2-3 hours, until the quinoa is cooked and their little “tails” emerge from the seeds.


Fluff it up with a fork. Serve. Makes about 8 cups worth.

I like to top it with some more coconut oil and a dash of garlic salt. 🙂


Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz) sliced carrots (or 1 ¾ cup sliced raw carrots)
  • 2 (15-oz) cans black beans (or 3 ½ cup prepared beans)
  • 1 ½ cup water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Chop up an onion. Heat a little coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, sautéing until lightly browned. Take off the heat and set aside. (Remember to turn off the burner.)

Thoroughly wash the quinoa. I do this by placing my quinoa in a bowl and adding water over it (enough to thoroughly cover it). Then I stir it around with my finger and/or spoon for a few minutes until the water gets cloudy. That cloudiness is that bitter flavor coming off of the quinoa, so don’t skip this part if you can help it! I like rinsing it a little bit longer just to make sure. Strain the quinoa and grab your slow cooker!

Rinse the black beans and add them to the bowl. Followed by the quinoa, carrots, and sautéed onion and garlic. Add the cumin, chili powder, and top it off with the water. Stir them all together. Cook on High for 2-3 hours, until the quinoa is cooked (and their little “tails” emerge from the seeds). Fluff it up with a fork. Serve.

Makes about 8 cups worth.

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And not only is this Vegan, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Veggie-filled, Sugar-Free, but it is Absolutely Delicious. 🙂

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Ever used Qunioa before?

This is my favorite way to use it. I still want to try it in baking and smoothies and for breakfast.

Do you have an exercise that you hate but love?

Planks are one of those for me. They’re hard, but absolutely worth it. One exercise I disdain is push ups. I love chest-presses (it’s my favorite exercise), but push-ups and me do not get along. I simply don’t like them. I’d rather do 3 sets of chest-presses than 2 sets of push ups.

Do you like Daylight Saving Time? Do you prefer to set the clock forward or backward?

I love gaining an hour (like in fall), but losing one is never fun (like in spring). I’m glad I have an “extra” hour tonight – hopefully I’ll get a good amount of sleep in preparation to working with my sunbeams in the morning. (Those little ones are SO worth it!)

With lots of hugs,


Week 2 + Chocolate Soynut Butter!

Hey my Gorgeous Sugardoodles! 🙂

Thanks for all of your comments on my Homemade Soy-Nut Butter. I’ve also been having some fun with quinoa. Expect some deliciousness next week too. 🙂

Week 2 of the ThisFitChick Workout Plan! The first week I just focused on getting into the groove with the weight lifting moves, and after the first week I felt like I could step it up. By the way I felt after the exercises my first week I know I could give it more. So this week I started upping my weights. (For example, from 8-lbs each arm to 12.5-lbs each arm.) It’s also the beginning of the third week and I’m upped the weights again! The definition in my arms really shows it. I feel my legs getting stronger. I really like this program. It’s really nice having a written down workout plan and having a place where I can write down how many reps I do with what weight so I can have a goal next time – which helps me better reach my potential and find how strong I really am. By doing just the lighter weights and not pushing myself super hard, I couldn’t find out what I was made of. But upping the weights really makes a difference! And not, using heavy weights does NOT make you bulk up. Yes, it can increase muscle mass, but they are lean muscles! 🙂

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Last week I came up with a regular version of homemade soy-nut butter.

But this week — I’m here to share with you a chocolate version.


My Chocolate Soynut Butter! 😀


Soak your soynuts in water for 7-10 minutes (just to let the nuts soften a little).


Add the soaked, dry-roasted soynuts into a food processor or blender (you don’t need anything powerful – just something to break the nuts down).


Pulse until the nuts are broken up.


Add the water …


… the coconut oil, cocoa powder, stevia (or alternative sweetener), a little agave or stevia, 1/3 cup water, and optional salt (if nuts are un-salted).


Process the mixture until it starts binding and smoothing out. Once it’s all smooth, transfer nut butter into a glass jar with a lid and store in the fridge. (Or just go grab a spoon.) 😉 Makes about 1 cup.


Chocolate Soy-Nut Butter

High-Protein, High-Fiber, Gluten-Free, Nut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry-roasted soy nuts (dry-roasted edamame works too), soaked
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil (depending on taste)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Stevia, agave, or honey — to taste
  • Optional: salt to taste (depending on if your soy-nuts are salted or not)

Directions

Soak your soynuts in water for 7-10 minutes (just to let the nuts soften a little). Add the soaked, dry-roasted soynuts into a food processor or blender (you don’t need anything powerful – just something to break the nuts down). Pulse until the nuts are broken up.

Add the coconut oil, cocoa powder, stevia (or alternative sweetener), a little agave or stevia, 1/3 cup water, and optional salt (if nuts are un-salted). Process the mixture until it starts binding and smoothing out. Once it’s all smooth, transfer nut butter into a glass jar with a lid and store in the fridge. (Or just go grab a spoon.) 😉 Makes about 1 cup.

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Note: Each tablespoon is 50 calories, 3.6 grams protein, 2 grams fiber, and only 2.5 grams fat.

(Aka, you can eat 1/4 cup of this for the same calories as 2 tbsp regular nut butter, but with over double the protein and fiber and half the fat.)


Regular and Chocolate versions – nom nom nom.

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Do you like to do lighter weights with more reps, or heavier weights with fewer reps?

I used to do a lot of my workouts with lighter weights and more reps, but then I realized after upping my weights (and doing fewer reps as a result) that I am capable of even more than I thought I could.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

CHOCOLATE FOR ME!!!

With lots of hugs,