Tosi SuperBites Review & Giveaway + Nutty Breakfast Balls {Recipe}

Just like that it’s already Sunday and I’ve been writing this post for a week.  Every morning I wake up with a list of good intentions and grand plans, but within a blink of an eye Ryan is home from work and it’s time for me to go to tutoring.  I wish time would slow down.

A few weeks ago I shared via social media that I traded my job as a teacher to become a stay-at-home-mom.  It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s what’s best for our family.  I’ll certainly miss teaching, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to stay home with our little girl.  She’s already changed so much over the past four months!

Today I’m excited to introduce y’all to a new-to-me product that Ryan and I have enjoyed munching on the past few weeks.  They’re a great on-the-go snack and delicious swirled into yogurt or crumbled on top of oatmeal.  Plus, they’re…

  • gluten-free, yeast-free, and dairy-free
  • vegan
  • contain no trans fats
  • low-glycemic
  • a great source of omega-3, antioxidants, and phytonurtients
  • high in fiber
  • non-GMO
  • made from only natural ingredients and contain no preservatives
  • easily digested
  • a natural source of plant protein

So what is this delicious product with a laundry list of health benefits?  Tosi SuperBites.  Tosi {meaning “true” in Finnish} is a new company that was created by physicians, research gurus, and wellness fanatics to “make you healthier and feel better by balancing your body chemistry.”

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The company features only five products which Tosi believes “are the core, foundational products needed by everybody for improved or optimal health.”  The five products include: protein probiotics, digestive enzymes, Tosi Greens {an antioxidant powder drink}, Tosi Complete Meal {a meal replacement shake in vanilla and chocolate}, and SuperBites.

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When a rep from Tosi reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in trying any of their products I was initially hesitant.  I personally don’t believe in diet programs, rather I think healthy is a lifestyle – eating a diet rich of real foods, treats are enjoyed in moderation, and staying physically active.  Plus, I’m still breastfeeding so I didn’t want to add anything into my diet that could have a negative effect on my supply.

But when I learned about the SuperBites I was intrigued.  Ryan and I both love nuts and life with a newborn can be quite hectic, going immediately from one thing to the next, so an easy on-the-go superfood snack sounded perfect.

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SuperBites come in two flavors, cashew and almond.  The ingredient list is identical for both flavors, with the exception of the nuts.

Almond: Organic Almonds, Organic Golden Flaxseed, White Sesame Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt

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Cashew: Organic Cashews, Organic Golden Flaxseed, White Sesame Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt

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While food prepping the past two weeks I’ve made a batch of balls.  Ryan gets a good laugh every time I tell him I’m making another batch of balls, but we both can’t resist them.  Like SuperBites, the balls are packed full of healthy ingredients, can easily be made gluten-free and/or vegan, are a great source of protein, easy to eat on-the-go, and taste like dessert.

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In honor of this review {and giveaway – keep reading!}, I created the following recipe using some of my favorite breakfast items {hence the name} and SuperBites.  The recipe is super simple and can easily be made gluten-free by swapping gluten-free oats and cereal.

Nutty Breakfast Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/2 c Cheerios {crushed}
  • 1 scoop {94 g} vanilla bean protein powder
  • 1/4 c blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 1 package Tosi SuperBites {crushed}

Directions:

Stir all ingredients together until combined.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes to allow the mixture to slightly harden.  Use your hands or a tablespoon to form balls.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. 

Tip:  The mixture is super sticky so I used a tablespoon and dipped it in water to prevent the mixture from sticking to the spoon and my hands.  I ended up with 18 1-inch balls.

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Now onto what you’ve been waiting for…  The giveaway.  Tosi has generously offered to give one reader a package of SuperBites.  This giveaway will remain open until 12AM Thursday, February 19th and the winner will be announced in Thursday’s post.  Open to US residents only.

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— Allison

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WIAW: 2-Ingredient Creamy Italian Dip {Recipe}

You know what’s awesome?  Today’s weather.  It’s been too long for me to even remember the last time I took Charlie for a long walk.  So this morning after Evie and I got back from Stroller Strides we all went for a walk around the lake.  It was picture perfect.

My last WIAW post was a photo dump of what I ate over the past three months aka how to eat with a newborn.  Taking pictures of my food has taken a backseat to taking pictures of my baby, except yesterday.  Yesterday I took just as many pictures of my food as of my baby.  Well, almost as many.

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Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

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an apple & waffles made with my Everyday Breakfast Batter topped with plain Greek yogurt + peanut butter

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sugar-free peppermint Americano while walking around Target

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Salty Sweet Power Balls while fixing lunch {Ryan’s eyes opened as big as his head after his first bite – recipe coming soon!}

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This recipe comes from my mom – she makes it almost every time people come over for dinner and I’ve started to do the same.  It’s SO simple, it’s not really a “recipe,” but guests frequently ask how to make it so I have to share.  This 2-Ingredient Creamy Italian Dip is zesty, pairs perfectly with veggies for a tasty appetizer, and is a lighter alternative to traditional ranch dips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1 16 oz container of light sour cream {full fat sour cream or Greek yogurt also work}

Directions:

Pour salad dressing mix into sour cream.  Stir and serve with veggies.

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{unpictured} carrots + celery dipped in BBQ sauce, a pear, rice cakes topped with the 2-Ingredient Creamy Italian Dip + turkey, & barbeque popchips

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a banana & {the most perfect} hard-boiled egg with a schmear of Trader Joe’s hummus

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Brown Bag Popcorn

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a bed of lettuce topped with chickpeas + steamed frozen veggies + Cheddar Goldfish  + a sliced sweet potato & a drizzle of BBQ sauce

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cinnamon oatmeal topped with Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels + a spoonful of peanut butter + a splash of milk

P.S.  Yesterday’s post was full of food, too.  Check it out and let me know if you’ve tried any of the products that caught my eye.

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Question:  Ranch – yay or nay?  Eh, I’m more of a mustard girl.

Question:  Would you like to see how I made the most perfect hard-boiled eggs?  I combined a few tips and made half a dozen over the weekend.  Hard boiled eggs are a great thing to prep ahead of time for a fast snack!

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 1.30.15

Tidbit 1:  Ryan brought home my favorite tulips and Oreos over the weekend.  The best part – the Oreos were buy one, get one free.  The worst part – we’re already on the last row of the second pack.  If you haven’t tried the Birthday Cake Oreos yet, don’t.  We’ll eat them for you.

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Tidbit 2:  TGIT returned last night!  Finally.  Hooray!  Who watched?  Don’t share any spoilers in the comments below, I didn’t get to watch because it started after my bedtime…  I’m hoping to find some time to catch up today during naptime.

Tidbit 3:  We love giraffes and thanks to Evie’s favorite book Giraffes Can’t Dance, all giraffes are now named Gerald.

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Tidbit 4:  Evie and I have attended Stroller Strides classes for the past two weeks through a free class pass and we’re so excited to be joining as members in February.  Not only is it a good workout, but it’s a great opportunity for us to meet other local moms and their babies, and weekly play dates, monthly moms night out dates, and educational events.

Tidbit 5:  Some of the best recipes start as accidents.  I planned to make stuffed peppers but ended up with too much filling, so I made an Unstuffed Pepper Casserole.  The best part – it only requires four ingredients, plus bell peppers…  So I guess that’s really five ingredients.

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Tidbit 6:  I went bananas for this That’s Bananas! 31 Creative Ways to Cook With Bananas roundup by Greatist.  I started to pin the recipes, but quickly realized that I was pinning every recipe…  I foresee banana bread in my near future.

Tidbit 7:  Our sweet baby girl came down with her first cold last week.  We were using a bulb syringe that the hospital gave us, but our pediatrician suggested that we purchase a NoseFrida the Snotsucker.  The thought of putting a tube in her nose and sucking grossed me out, but I quickly got over that once I saw how well it works.  Not to mention, it’s more gentle on her itty-bitty nose.

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Tidbit 8:  I mentioned yesterday that I haven’t figured out how to blog with a baby yet.  Well, I’ve come up with two possible solutions: work at Starbucks {she typically falls asleep soon after we get into the car} or stand at the kitchen counter while wearing her in the carrier.  I did the latter yesterday while typing this post.

Tidbit 9:  I’m in need of some new workout gear {aka “the mommy uniform”}.  Whenever I’m shopping and something catches my eye, I search for my size, add it to the pile, and keep looking throughout the store.  But when it’s time to pay, I end up putting the items back or telling the cashier I’ve changed my mind.  I have no trouble purchasing baby clothes though.

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Tidbit 10:  I recently learned that our favorite soymilk brand also makes dairy-free yogurt.  Has anyone tried it?

P.S.  Today is my momma’s birthday!  We’re lucky to have such a caring, supportive, and loving momma and grandmomma in our lives.  We love you so much! XO

— Allison

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