Weekend of Fun 1/many

No vlawg this week. I am just getting this up.

#1 – Please enter the giveaway I am doing for Wacky Apple. They are an organic apple orchard that make organic snacks. This means no GMOs if that is your interest. The giveaway is for a snack pack ending on Father’s Day.

#2 – 2 1/2 months into feeding a kiddo I am struggling a lot to eat clean, be active, and have a good milk supply for my kid. A gal can only eat so many avocados and nut butters. At the market you will find me at the checkout line with A LOT of produce and a bag of chips. I do not mean a bag of chips in the slang version of a lot of good things, I literally mean a bag of chips. At this point grain salads have also been a calorie saving grace. This week coming up will have me at a 5 mile long run, two 3.5 mile runs, teaching two yoga classes, yoga at home, Dailey Method, and random strength around home.

#3 – This weekend was intense. Mainly because I was entered into the photo comp for the Go Pro Mountain Games. I have not gone through all of my images yet but am proud of what I shot. I still need to process before I enter my final selections but here are a couple.  There was a lot of running around but it was a blast.

Slacklining
Slacklining
SUP=Stand Up Paddleboarding
SUP=Stand Up Paddleboarding
Kayak Freestyle
Kayak Freestyle

#4 It is gonna be a bit toasty here this week.  We are not in the 100s yet but approaching it.  The air-conditioning will be on a bit.  This week’s meal planning is simple.

There will be a mix of strawberry/watermelon gazpacho with hot pickled onions (Bryant Terry inspired recipe), black bean quinoa salad, greek salad, tofu satay with peanut sauce, smoothies, spinach salad with cacao nibs/fruits/nuts, granola with almond milk, making almond milk, and going out for ice cream to celebrate my son’s 3rd birthday.  Three cheers for ice cream!!!

How is everyone having a blast shredding calories now that June is here?

Camping with wAckY AppLE *review + giveaway

Local (to Colorado). Organic. Philanthropic. Delicious.

This is my best summary of the products Wacky Apple sent me to try out recently and why I admire this company. They are a family-owned, family-operated apple orchard out towards the Western Slope of Colorado. They went into the manufacturing of simple apple products three years ago in response to the need for healthy snacks in our schools. The products are good, like real good. I do not buy much processed foods but was eager when approached by them with the summer coming up and some things about their company that fell in line with my values.

They tugged at my heart-strings with their involvement with the Food Bank of the Rockies by donating about $14K in product. If you read this blog then you know I have massive love for FBR and there is a need for healthy donations like this.

They do not add sugar to their products but use fruit that they produce.

They recommend reusing containers. One of their recommendations is to use them to start seeds for gardening which is a great activity to do with kids.

The products arrived and I decided my husband begged me to make some cookies with the apple sauce ahead of our camping trip to Mesa Verde National Park over Memorial Day weekend.

Peanut Butter and Tahini Cookies with Wacky Apple Applesauce
Peanut Butter and Tahini Cookies with Wacky Apple Applesauce

We also took the Fun Pack with us (the same kind of Fun Pack you can win).

Wacky Apple Snack Pack with juice, sauce, and fruit leather
Wacky Apple Snack Pack with juice, sauce, and fruit leather

Mesa Verde for a few days was awesome with the cliff dwellings and family times outside.

Spruce House cliff dwelling with my guys
Spruce House cliff dwelling with my guys
Toddler Hiking Petroglyph Loop
Toddler Hiking Petroglyph Loop

There were even bears and lions in our campground (tradition of putting kids into warm costumes for chilly CO nights when camping that I started with our first son)

bear cub infant in the a.m. (do not fret about his safety, he is was in a moses basket both nights separate from our sleeping bags)

lion toddler in the a.m.
lion toddler in the a.m.

In between our meals and activity we snacked like crazy – the Wacky Apple came in handy

Wacky Apple Fruit Leather

Wacky Apple Applesauce

 

The trip was obviously good.  Both boys did great.  I was glad we had the Wacky Apple Snacks because they were really good and an easy source of calories.  The apple sauces were tasty and I appreciate that there is no refined sugar added.  In the juices, leather, and sauce you could actually taste apples.  With so few ingredients all you have to rely on is quality.  I can see our family buying from this company for road trips and camping to make life easy in the future.  The cookies also came out well and were useful on the trails.  I can see having some of the apple sauce on hand in the pantry for cooking and not needing to open up large quantities of sauce for baking.

In my area Wacky Apple is available in King Soopers, Sprouts, and Whole Foods.  However if you would like to win a Fun Pack like the one I have depicted in the picture at our campsite enter and follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below.

 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Opinons expressed here are my own. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a Fun Pack to sample.