A couple of week of eats

These eats are from the past couple of weeks or so when my schedule was a bit odd and I was on one day/off the next/on again at work and then I was in reset mode. We had a good combination of eating in and out. Mind you, this is not all the food I ate, but it is all the food I took pictures of 🙂

After Yard House I was craving lettuce wraps and so lettuce wraps I made! These were so good and satisfying!!

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We ended up trying a new Mediterranean spot called Zait Bistro and got some wraps. I really enjoyed these wraps and found them to be flavorful and filling. We ate some leftover peppers, carrots, and tomatoes with this to amp up the micronutrients!

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I’ve been enjoying the Benevolent Bacon and have been making quite few BLTA’s. If you’re looking for some added heartiness and crunch in your sandwich…would recommend! Also, those pink things are pickled turnips and boy are they so good…they add such a good zing to anything.

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After moving to San Bernardino and having a Blaze so close by I’ve reconnected with my love for it. Their crust is so good and it’s so fun to personalize your own pizza. They have so many spots that do this now, but Blaze is still my favorite!

I still love these Denny’s sizzling skillets-this one is the egg white version, but I opted for the whole scrambled egg. It’s filled with broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, and spinach. Give some Cholula to throw on top and I am one happy gal 🙂

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We are still (trying) going strong with having salmon once a week and this dish was fantastic! I cut up some Brussels and pan sauteed them, roasted up some carrots and called it a meal! It was so warm and satisfying.

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Speaking of Brussels, (I don’t know why, but I crave Brussels once the cold weather hits) I took some toasted sourdough, slathered on some vegan pesto, sauteed some Brussels and scramble an egg for this delicious looking toast! It really hit the spot especially after the addition of chili flakes 😀

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Those are my eats from a couple of weeks, but I’m curious what’s on your menu?

Oh the food we will eat…Citrus Kitchen

During the week we’ve been really trying to cook at home and it’s been working out well for how busy we’ve been and for our budget! That being said we needed a little change up and by we, I mean me. My sweet hubs would eat salmon and roasted veggies every night or be perfectly content making one of his chicken concoctions. I love that man!

Sadly for him, I cannot, but we were both excited to discover Citrus Kitchen. They make healthy meals with proteins and veggies and will even make you meals for the week. I love that they offer a couple of different kinds of seasonings for your proteins, a good selection of sauces, and a nice variety of sides. I also like that they are vegetarian friendly and offer tofu for those that don’t eat meat.

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We had somewhat of an idea of what we wanted when we walked in, but our minds were totally changed upon sampling their adobo chicken. It was flavorful and saucy and reminded us of home cooking!

We went for the adobo chicken and cajun salmon for our proteins. Since we got meal versions of those we got to pick 2 sides to go with them. We chose butternut squash, garlic potatoes, couscous, and steamed veggies.

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Once we got our meals we honestly couldn’t stop eating…I mean we barely said two words to each other while inhaling this meal. That’s a big deal for me! I can talk through basically anything!

The salmon was crispy and succulent and very well seasoned. My favorite side was the couscous and hubs enjoyed the squash. The stars of the meal were definitely the proteins and I can honestly say we will be back. These meals can be as light or as heavy as you need them to be and seem to work for whatever nutrient needs you may have.

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I doubt we’ll do any meal prep stuff with them, but for a quick and nutrient dense meal out this would be a good spot!

After dinner we needed something sweet so we ended our night with Handel’s ice-cream. They have a Thursday special of $1.35 for a scoop so we were excited about that. I got a blueberry crumble and the hubs got a chocolate peanut butter something or other.

It was a successful night of eating to say the least!

Have you guys tried any meal prep places? What did you think?

October Shopping Update

It has been about 3 months since I started this journey of not buying any clothes, shoes, or accessories until next July. It’s been about a month since my last update and I know I was feeling pretty strong and had no strong shopping urges.

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Since then we’ve hit another season and I have definitely had some twinges. I did kinda know this would happen. I mean I had done plenty of shopping before July and had plenty of summer items to wear. I’m not saying I don’t have plenty of fall and winter things to wear, but the cute new things are pulling at my heart strings.

My previous plan had been to just avoid, avoid, avoid. I unsubscribed from emails, would avoid walking into the women’s section at any clothing store, and would zip through any insta advertisements. I decided recently that that I may have to change my tactic.

The Target we currently live close to seems to have the biggest selection of women’s clothing and it’s hard not to see it as you walk through the store, but I never go into the section. I decided that it might be good for me to just go in and check out what they have and see if it’s stuff that I would buy to wear and use or just find to be pretty. As I walked through I realized it was more just stuff I found to be pretty.

This was a big relief as you can imagine and I left the store with no purchases. I still have no plans to resubscribe to emails, but I think if I get the urge to shop I will go do some “window” shopping. I think there’s something soothing about just seeing what’s out there and if it’s a need vs a want and something I would use more than once or twice.

Don’t get me wrong I have no issues purchasing a want over a need, but a part of this process was to figure out what pieces I use and gravitate towards and what pieces are missing from my wardrobe.

So far, I’m still enjoying the process. I still like figuring out what to wear from my own wardrobe instead of running out and buying something every time I feel like I have “nothing to wear.”

I hope you guys are enjoying these updates as much as I enjoy writing them up! Thanks for reading!

Used up…

Hmm I just realized that the title could have negative connotations, but I do mean it in the most positive way. I was so proud of myself for using up some food purchases that I wasn’t super excited about.

I realized the solution to my dry Kodiak Cake waffles was mashing/placing some berries on top of the peanut butter for extra moisture. It also added a nice tart, juicy kick! I got through all 8 waffles 😀 and was super happy to be done and recycle the box!

The egg frittatas from Trader Joe’s I didn’t enjoy so much on their own, but wrapped up in a tortilla with veggies and cheese OR in a rice bowl (with more vegetables) gets a thumbs up from me! Also, box recycled and happy to be finished!

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Remember the Brussels Sprout Puffs? Hubby ended up feeling very snacky and finished them in a couple of nights and he actually enjoyed them! I love it when that happens 🙂

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I think I’ve mentioned on the blog that I use Coffee Mate creamer. I get the big momma version usually in hazelnut or vanilla (soo basic), but I really enjoy it! Over the years I’ve branched out and tried different creamers (Coffee Mate Naturals, plant based creamers, plain almond milk) and I have never enjoyed them as much as Coffee Mate.

I recently bought a Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce creamer and I was so excited, but upon first sip was so disappointed. It left my mouth oddly dry and it’s not a feeling that went away. I drank water, lemon water, had breakfast, had lunch, sparkling water and you guys the dry mouth stuck around.

This was one product I was unable to do much more with so I donated it to the work peeps and I am so curious to what they thought and if it had the same effect on them or if it was just me?!

Let me know if you guys have any “cleaner” creamers that you use and love. I love having more whole food items in my fridge and since this is something I use on the daily I would like it to have a “cleaner” ingredient list.

Thanks for sticking around for another post! I hope you lovelies enjoyed it! Till next time!!

Our weekend in San Diego

San Diego is definitely one of our favorite places to visit. It’s just such a beautiful city with incredible weather and delicious food! There’s been a lot of craziness and mis-matched schedule situations for B and I so we decided we were in need of a mini-getaway. This past weekend we drove ourselves to SD for an overnight trip.

We normally pick AirBnB for our stays because it’s cheaper and we are rarely ever there other than to sleep, but sweet hubs booked us a lovely little hotel close to Little Italy (our favorite little nook in SD).

We arrived around lunch time and went straight to Herb & Eatery after drooling over the Yelp pics. The restaurant is also a little mini store that sells drinks and kitchen goods. We both loved the fun decor and all the light that came in from the windows despite the grayish day.

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We ordered the curry chicken salad and the SD turkey. The curry chicken salad had just a hint of curry-enough to flavor, but nothing strong. The SD turkey was a solid turkey sandwich with the sprouts and the hearty bread! If we lived here I have a feeling we’d be coming here more often then not…

Afterwards we walked around a bit and then headed to our hotel. Hubby had also booked us massages so we dropped off our things, explored the hotel a bit, and headed out. I look so tired here!

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Post massage we were both so relaxed and exhausted so we tried taking a nap. I was on and off mostly because the same weekend we were here there was an EDM concert AND twitchcon. It was a bit noisy from outside the hotel, but lots of excitement and lots of people!

Post nap we left on HGTV and got ready to head out to dinner. We had decided ahead of time to just walk there. It was a 40 minute walk, but it was a lovely day and figured it would fuel our appetite. The walk was a little sketch for a few minutes, but we made it to Cucina Urbana with some time to kill.

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Our reservations were for 6:45pm, but we got seated probably closer to 7pm so we had some time to sit and look at the menu. It was restaurant week in SD too so the larger crowd may have been due to that. We were fine with it because it gave us time to ooo and ahh over the inside of the restaurant and people watch.

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By the time we got our table we knew exactly what we wanted and ordered the chicken liver pate, roasted cauliflower, and for our main got the pappardelle with short rib.

The chicken liver pate had barolo soaked fig on it and came with different kinds of bread. I am super happy about the fig situation because I am not much of a liver person and this pate definitely had an iron-y flavor. Even though this was not my favorite dish of the night it was one of those things you could tell was done really well and was good quality.

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Then they brought out the cauliflower which was dressed with fennel, pine nuts, golden raisins, mint and yogurt. My first bite was a bit sweet, but after that I got some salty goodness from the pine nuts possibly? It was a really incredible dish that gave you all the mouth feels.

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When the pappardelle came out with the short rib, mushroom, carrots, and topped with parm it looked like comfort in a bowl. It tasted like a Sunday roast but made better with the house made pasta.

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We both left full and happy and walked back 40 minutes to let the food settle and ponder our dessert options.

After perusing through some spots we went back to a classic and a favorite-Salt & Straw. I got the child’s scoop of cookie dough in a cup and B got a split scoop with the cookie dough and another flavor in a cone.

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We walked around with our ice-cream and then headed back to the hotel so I could change into comfier walking shoes. We were going to walk to Gaslamp, but after getting into the coziness of our hotel we both decided we’d rather just stay in and relax so instead we went and checked out the firepit/bar/outside balcony area of our hotel and sat around talking until we were both a little chilly and ready for some tele and bed!

On Sunday we woke up to sunnier skies and decided to do a quick workout and enjoy the free breakfast before heading back home. We literally had the quickest workout ever and headed to breakfast which was conveniently right next to the gym.

I had some eggs, spinach, and this biscuit which made the whole meal! I also have this thing for hotel waffles so I had to try this one. I will say it wasn’t the best, but it was okay. I think I may just enjoy the waffles where they give you the batter and you make it in the waffle maker yourself?

We showered and headed out to the Donut Bar before leaving SD. We had visited Donut Bar a few years ago and I remember loving it. We got the pumpkin with cream cheese icing, birthday cake, Boston cream (it was the favorite of the girl who was helping us), a nutella, and the creme brulee.

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Instead of just grabbing and going like we normally would we decided to try out a couple…we went for the pumpkin which was SO good. It was pumpkin spice flavored and the icing mellowed it all out with a good dose of sweetness. The creme brulee that we tried afterwards seemed underwhelming in comparison.

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The donuts here remind me a lot of the brioche type donuts we had in Maui when we went. They aren’t light, but dense and chewy for a yeasty donut.

We kept the rest for later that night and drove home. We had some errands to run in the form of grocery shopping so we did that, some laundry, and then prepped for our week ahead.

When we were ready to grab dinner we decided on Burger IM and ordered what ended up being a lot of food. We got their duo burgers, chili garlic wings, and their half and half side option of sweet potato fries and their special Burger IM fries which we had seasoned with Cajun seasoning.

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We got basic cheese burgers for our duos and they were like mini burgers (bigger than sliders, but smaller than a regular burger). These were just tasty cheeseburgers. We had no complaints!

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The wings were saucy, garlicky, and kinda sweet. They had great flavor! The fries were my biggest surprise. I didn’t think I would like the disc shaped potatoes as much as I did, bu they did a great job at keeping the outside crispy and inside fluffy. They were also a good thickness.

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We went for a really long 2 hour walk after dinner and when we came back we were ready for something sweet. Lucky for us we had some donuts left! The Boston cream had the same vanilla cream as the creme brulee and was again a bit underwhelming. The birthday cake was sweet and pretty close up there with the pumpkin for me. The nutella was also delicious, but I do wish there was more nutella on the donut.

We spend the rest of the night watching football and HGTV on Hulu until we got too tired and headed to bed!

We had a really great weekend of hanging out and eats! Have you been to SD? What’s your favorite place to go when you’re there? Let me know in the comments!

Potatoes Many Ways

Many ways might be a bit of a stretch, but I was on Pinterest and daydreaming about different lunch options and it hit me that a baked potato is the perfect vessel for ANYTHING. It’s also filling, counts as a starchy vegetable, and tastes delicious!

Before I jump into my potatoes I did learn that with a savory potato it is most important to oil and season the outside of your potato before throwing it in the oven. This creates that incredibly crispy skin. When you’re ready to open it up and dive in-salt and pepper go a LONG way in preventing a bland potato. Now that we got the technical stuff outta the way let’s jump into the “many” potatoes…

I started off pretty basic with a cheesy baked potato. I could only manage half the potato with each of these meals, but this meal was so simple even though I was full I didn’t feel very satisfied.

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The next time I got a little more creative with my potato. I got some beefless grounds, mini sweet peppers, and cheese and this potato was pretty spectacular. I loved that the beefless grounds got a little crispy, the peppers were a little charred and the cheese added some nice gooeyness. This was much more satisfying!

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I also enjoyed this version with some broccoli and cheese for extra veggie goodness and fiber. Even though the broccoli was just basic steamed broccoli I think the different texture goes a long way into breaking up the monotony.

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Out of all the potatoes though my absolute FAVORITE was this breakfast sweet potato. I baked it ahead of time and when it was time to prep it I would just throw it in the microwave for a bit, smash it up with cinnamon, microwave it some more and then shmear the heck out of it with PB.

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Hubby had talked about sweet potatoes and peanut butter and it always seemed like an incredibly delicious combo, but I never got around to it. After workouts I am ravenous so waiting an hour for a potato to bake was a no go. Having it prepped really helped and made it into a super fast, nutritious, and tasty meal!

Fried potatoes (as much as I enjoy them) don’t always leave me feeling my best, but I really loved having this root vegetable be the base for my dinner. I would love to know how you like to make your potato? What are your favorite toppings/mix-ins?

Thanks for reading! See you loves on Thursday!

Snacks I do like

After my post on snacks that failed me I felt a little bad…well bad enough to show you guys that there are some snacks I really like.

Some of these are old and have been in previous favorite posts and some are new, but they are all delicious to me.

These plantain chips are an old favorite…I feel like I’ve loved these for years now. They are crunchy and savory and I would pick these over potato chips for snacking. I do try to pair them along with something a little more filling like baby carrots since I could mindlessly eat the bag otherwise!

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I love these little granola bites. They say each pouch has the same nutrients has a serving of vegetables, but I like them because when I need something sweet but also a little more nutritious these fit the bill.

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Almonds are a great nut and have some protein, fat, and just taste delicious when roasted and salted. I like these particular ones from Trader Joes. They are so easy to stash in my bag or take in the car to prevent any hangry episodes.

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Speaking of Trader Joes, I discovered these grapes while doing some grocery shopping. They were sampling them and I was intrigued by the shape. I adored them because they were sweet and had to get some! Definitely a fun fruit to try out and we ate them up pretty quickly!

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I know I’ve talked about Mary’s Crackers, but these everything seasoning ones are new to me and I really enjoyed them. I love the garlicky flavor that it has and pairs well with any hummus. I haven’t tried it with cheese yet, but I’m sure it would be delicious…now that I say that a cheese board with these crackers seems like an incredible idea!

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This savory Tex-Mex trail mix from Target is not a new favorite, but I recently repurchased and remembered how much I enjoyed these last year. I don’t need to tell you guys how fun it is to eat trail mix-the different textures and flavors prevent boredom so a pretty great snack for me.

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What are some of your favorite snacks? Anything new you’ve discovered? Let me know in the comments!

 

Weekend Randomness

Weekends for me aren’t necessarily Saturdays and Sundays…they are basically any days that I am off and sometimes that falls on an actual weekend and sometimes it falls on a Tuesday. That is the beauty of inpatient nursing…that being said I did have an actual weekend, but a long one so I thought it would be fun to share that with you.

On days that I am off and hubby works I try to cook up something yummy, nutritious and different then our quick throw together stuff. Salmon is definitely one of those meals that gets thrown into rotation-hubby loves it when salmon is on the menu and it fits into that yummy and nutritious category.

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We had this piece of salmon with some roasted cauli and since we had a few carrots leftover I roasted those up too.

I’ve been enjoying rice bowls for lunches/dinners recently. I have honestly never been a rice person, but recently I’ve been craving it. I love throwing in whatever veggies we have on hand along with some beefless ground and this green sriracha from Trader Joes.

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When hubby and I finally had the chance to go out we hit up a Mediterranean spot, The Diplomat, to get in some good eats. To start we had the hummus, pickles, and falafel.

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We ended up sharing the lamb chops for our main. I think the hummus may have been one of my favorite parts of the meal. It was so smooth and creamy!

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On Sunday morning, post HIIT I toasted up a Kodiak Cake waffle (yes, still eating them!) and spread some peanut butter and mashed up some raspberries on top. Will be doing this again!

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During our grocery run we ended up hungry and found ourselves in the car eating rotisserie chicken and some cake we picked up from Porto’s. The carrot cake was my favorite outta the two and I will definitely be adding that to my list of items to get from there.

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We wrapped our weekend with In n’ Out and flan from Porto’s along with a nice long walk. I hope you guys enjoyed the post!

What’s your favorite weekend thing to do?

 

Loving

I have some very random things that I have been loving recently and some of them were inspired by some of my favorite blogs to read!

We are always running out to buy cards for birthdays, anniversaries, etc and recently through Mackenzie I discovered you could buy some gorgeous cards from Amazon. I took the leap and got a variety box of birthday cards and am absolutely obsessed with them! They are each a different design and are absolutely beautiful!

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I have a love/like relationship with this next item. I can’t quite decide how I feel about these cotton candy grapes. I can’t seem to eat a whole bunch of them in one sitting like I can most fruit, but at the same time they taste so good and do a great job at curbing my sweet tooth.

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Blaze Pizza is such a great option for a quick, yummy pie that has a great chewy crust and bubbly cheese. I always forget how much I love this pizza until I have it again and then I am obsessed all over again.

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I love a good french fry, but honestly I don’t always feel so great after eating them so when I discovered carrot fries on Carly’s blog I was super excited. I love roasting them up with some salt, pep, and chili powder. Hubby loves them more than sweet potato fries and that’s a big win in our house!

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We recently got Hulu and I have been binging on everything especially some HGTV. I used to love watching Fixer Upper, but at this point I’ve seen all the episodes and needed another bingeworthy HGTV show and found it with Good Bones. I love this mom and daughter duo!

I’m not big into energy drinks but this Alani Nu Hawaiian shaved ice is so yummy! I could kinda go for one right now…

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I could probably go on for days, but I will cut it off there and see you guys Monday! Have a lovely rest of the week and let me know what shows you’ve been binging in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Snack Fails

Happy Monday my people!

I am usually a pretty optimistic person and tryy to find the brighter side of things and as much as I don’t like starting the week with a “negative” post I thought this would be a fun one.

I don’t want you guys to make the same snacking mistakes I did and recently I’ve had quite a few fails!

The first and saddest are these Annie’s Crispy Snack Bars. They are supposed to be a “healthier” (read:cleaner) version of the beloved Rice Krispie treats, but alas they are not the same and I am not a fan. These seem almost too sweet and definitely don’t have that same vanilla marshmallow flavor as the other guy…if you have ever had a Rice Krispie treat and loved it-don’t bother with these.

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I actually don’t even have these in my house anymore because I took them to work and let everyone else eat them. The Bear Naked Peanut Butter and Honey granola bites…dry as the desert. I could only eat 2 at a time because it took so long to just chew one of these down!

I really enjoyed Vegan Rob’s Cauliflower Puffs so I was certain I would enjoy the Brussels Sprouts Puffs. I wasn’t exactly wrong, but I wasn’t 100% right either. They are enjoyable for a puff, but honestly I’d rather just eat Hippeas than these. I was hoping for a Brussels sprouts flavor and there is zilch. There’s nothing bad about them, but I would not repurchase because there are other puffs that I enjoy eating more…

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This next item is technically breakfast, but it could be a snack?! I enjoyed the Kodiak Cakes Pancakes so much I thought I would enjoy the waffles. One-hundo percento wrong! These are dry and lack flavor and I will definitely be finishing the box, but I will never get these again!

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I don’t want you guys to worry that I will be throwing all this stuff out because I won’t. I’ll take the Annie’s to work and have my work buddies give them a shot and the puffs and the waffles I’ll finish up myself. I always feel really proud of myself when I buy something I don’t like and still get through it-I think that’s a part of #adulting.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know if you’ve tried any of these items and what you thought?! I would love to hear if you loved them or disliked them or even what snacks have failed you…let’s chat in the comments 🙂

Till next time!