Recent Eats & The Good Bean {Giveaway}

Yesterday I had the intention of posting my race recap.  I started writing in the morning, uploaded pictures during lunch, and planned to publish when I got home but that last part didn’t happen.  The past few weeks I’ve been starring at my computer screen at work for too many hours – inputting data, updating spreadsheets, confirming contracts, etc. – so by the time I get home the only screen that I wanna stare at is the TV.

Side note: have y’all watched ABC Family lately?  I haven’t in ages but last night I caught a few minutes of Pretty Little Liars and the sneak preview of Twisted.  Holy heck, those girls are much more mature than Sabrina the Teenage Witch ever was…  Er, or I’m just getting older?


I thought I’d sandwich my race recap between my recent eats [ba-dum-bum! get it? sandwich cause it’s WIAW] but then I realized that this post would be a million miles long so I’ll save it for another day.  Don’t expect anything groundbreaking, just some of my pre-, during, and post-race thoughts.  Today I’m sticking with tradition and sharing a few of my recent eats and surprising y’all with a good giveaway – whoop whoop!

Ryan is traveling for work this week so that means that I’ve been cooking for one – uno, solo, nada one else, single gal – and that has translated into easy and convenient comfort food.  Charlie always gets mopey when his partner in crime is MIA so I’ve been trying my best to fill the void.  But I evidently I’m just not as cool as dad…  Charlie’s mind: daddy = play pal // momma = couch cuddler.

3:19:20Charlie Camp

A few of my recent eats photo dump style.  All were tasty with the exception of not so tasty green goop…  Although it does fit in perfectly with this months theme 😉

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!






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The Good Bean Review & Giveaway

A few months ago when I was perusing the aisles of Whole Foods, I stumbled upon The Good Bean chickpeas.  I’d seen a few bloggers post recipes for roasted chickpeas but my semi-homemade loving self opted to buy the snacks versus baking the beans myself.  And I am so glad that I did, they were amazingly delicious!

The store by me only had the Cracked Pepper flavor so that’s what I tried first.  I’m a big fan of pepper so I had high hopes…  They were sprinkled with black pepper, a touch of salt, weren’t overly spicy, and were super crunchy – two thumbs up in my opinion!

Bummed that I couldn’t find any of the other flavors around me, I contacted The Good Bean and they were happy to send me a sample of their 4 chickpea snacks and 3 fruit and no-nut bars.

A little bit about the products as seen on The Good Bean website :

Chickpea Snacks

Healthy!  Our chickpeas are naturally packed with intense nutrition – for a healthy heart, a healthy waistline, and for sustained energy.  Tasty!  They’re also intensely delicious.  Dry roasted sloooowly, and then tossed with tasty spices.  Yum!  Gluten-free, nut-free, cholesterol-free, low fat, low in carbohydrates, nothing over-engineered, nothing artificial.

Fruit & No-Nut Bars

Fruit & nut bars are the ideal healthy snack any time of day, and the growing popularity of this category is testament how much people love them.  Here’s a bar with all the textures, flavors, and wholesomeness of fruit & nut bars, but without the fat and allergens of nuts!  Our bars – packed with seeds, fruits, and chocolate – are truly delicious, and pack a nutritious wallop.

After tasting each of these products, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them – I didn’t dislike any but I did have a few favorites…  Sweet Cinnamon and Cracked Peppercorn were my top two favorite chickpea snacks and Apricot Coconut was my favorite fruit and no-nut bar.

Lucky, lucky you because The Good Bean has graciously offered to give 2 lucky winners each:

  • [2] Chickpea Snacks
  • [3] Fruit & No-Nut Bars

The giveaway will end Sunday, March 24th at 11:59PM EST.  I will randomly select the winner and announce her or him on Monday!  To enter, please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

*Please note: you must leave a separate comment for each to receive multiple entries – you can enter once, twice, or all 7 possible ways – the more entries, the better your chances!*

— Allison


A Day Late But Still Sweet

Happy Valentine’s Day


Yesterday’s happy hour lasted much more than an hour so my plans of posting were postponed.  Sorry y’all, this girl just wanted to have fun 😉

This WIAW post may be a day late and a dollar short, but just roll with it…

Thanks for hosting another tasty link-up Jenn!


sadly all of these goodies were quickly gone but in the wise words of Ryan, “Good golly Miss Molly, these sure are delicious!”


frozen Very Cherry Berry Blend, turkey bacon, & salted caramel pancakes with a boatload of toppings


kiwi & cooked green beans + carrots


butternut squash bisque


rice cakes topped with tuna [forgot the brie wedge at home #fail]


emergency chocolate drawer [I highly suggest making one if you don’t already have one]


apple & raspberry chocolate chip Chobani Bite + pretzel sticks


stir-fried veggies


veggie packed salad topped with a runny egg + salsa & a side of turkey bacon


whole wheat pita + crunchy almond butter


cereal + Deep Chocolate VitaTop + Silk

Tonight should be full of romance at our casa.  Sitting on the couch, cuddling with Charlie [err, Ryan], and watching cliche chick flicks.  Smooches to all, ΧΟΧΟ


happy first Valentine’s Day as a married couple to you too dear, lots of love!

Question:  Dark, milk, or white chocolate?

Question:  What’s your favorite [cliche] chick flick?

— Allison


WIAW: Wonky Tummy & Plain Jane Eats

It’s that time of the week again and I wasn’t planning to do a WIAW post today because as I mentioned yesterday, my tummy has been a bit wonky since we got back from our honeymoon and my eats have been pretty Plain Jane.  My doctor and I decided last week that I’d try an elimination diet to identify foods that my body can and cannot tolerate [more details later] so I’ve been avoiding too much “roughage.”  But yesterday had some honorable mentions…

Thank you Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting another tasty link-up!  And for matching this month’s badge to LAB’s color scheme 😉


coffee, kiwi slices, & Salted Caramel Oatcakes topped with PB frosting + almond butter + maple syrup + raisins


a Garden Lites Roasted Veggie Souffle plus some other snacks such as grapefruit, animal crackers, & popchips that are hiding in my lunch tote


a Chobani Bite & pretzels [sweet + salty = awesome combo]


chicken sausage + lentil scramble


mashed avocado + parm cheese tortillas


cereal + a Deep Chocolate VitaTop + Silk [I let it sit for a few minutes & love how the VitaTop gets all crumbly in the milk]

P.S.  Just for shits and giggles, Charlie the day we brought him home [January 2012] and last weekend 😛

Charlie Sweater

Question:  What are your go-to sick tummy foods?

Question:  Are you on Instagram?  If yes, follow me [lifesabowl] or leave your name…  I’m always looking for food [and fitness and silly] inspiration, not just on Wednesdays hehe!

— Allison