Watermelon Fries & Coconut Lime Dip

Now me personally, I am not a huge fan of watermelon — I will eat it but not very often or very much of it and I don’t particularly love watermelon flavored candies or drinks. I have yet to try this recipe but figured for those of you who enjoy fruits and especially the watermelon, this would make a good recipe to share with the family. 

This recipe is gluten free, vegan friendly and healthy! Yum

Ingredients needed:

  • One watermelon, rind removed and cut into long fry like shapes
  • 2 tsp of tajin classic seasoning
  • 1 cup of coconut yogurt — for the dip
  • Zest and juice of one lime – for the dip
  • 1 tbsp of coconut sugar- for the dip

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine yogurt, lime juice and zest, and coconut sugar — then set aside
  2. On a plate, scatter watermelon fries & sprinkle Tajin seasoning
  3. Serve with dip & enjoy!

For more recipes by this cook, follow her website https://www.abbeyskitchen.com/watermelon-fries/

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Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe

So.. I don’t know about you, but I love me Papa John’s garlic butter sauce (not a huge fan of their pizza) and I was just playing around on Pinterest, and for whatever reason, the idea to look up how to make my own garlic butter sauce intrigued me enough to MAKE IT! It was very simple & it taste good & not to mention it saves me money, lol 

For all of my garlic people out there, this recipe is for YOU 🙂

 

Ingredients:

 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter

Directions:

  1. Melt butter on the stove on low heat
  2. Spoon off foam on top
  3. stir in garlic powder and salt until dissolved
  4. remove from heat  & enjoy!
 

Whole Foods VS Walmart

I figured this would be a fun little discussion between two grocery stores. The reason why I chose these two is because: 1) whole foods is known to be one of the better stores to have healthier options, 2.) most people know what a “Walmart” is and it is another grocery store that is popular among Americans. Both of these grocery stores have pros and cons and some of you might shop at one or the other or both depending on your needs and finances. 

 

My town does not have a Whole Foods store, but we do have a Walmart – two of them. I don’t particularly like shopping at Walmart because of it being constantly busy, sometimes the people piss me off (this is just honesty) and I live closer to a Kroger store but I will shop there for my feminine products and minor grocery depending on what it is. When I resided in Colorado Springs (I now reside in Ohio) I would go to Whole foods just for the burritos they made, so good! yum! but never actually shopped at a Whole Foods Store. The closest Whole foods to me would be about a hour or so away, so not too bad. 

 

Keep in mind this blog topic isn’t meant to make one out to be BETTER than the other – but to give perspective and start an engaging conversation as to why you shop at one or the other, or both! Maybe you don’t shop at either one of these stores, and if that is the case, share what store you prefer and why! This will be from my own perspective/data and also from research! 

 
 

Walmart:

Pros:

 
  1. They pride themselves with “Always low prices”
  2. Price matching
  3. newspaper ads, online presence
  4. During the holidays some of them offer layaway
  5. You can buy food, clothing, electronics, furniture, misc, household cleaning supplies, etc – in other words, ONE STOP SHOP! 
  6. they typically have restaurants inside them, so if you get hungry
  7. Their locations are vast
  8. huge employer
  9. most have a vision place to get exams, eyeglasses, contacts
  10. most offer a tire/lube place to have your vehicles tires replaced or oil change
  11. instore pick up or ship to home option
  12. Some might add the entertainment value (all sorts of society shop at Walmart) for a while there was a site or YouTube channel called the “people of Walmart”
  13. offers a credit card
  14. Typically attracts other businesses when a new Walmart comes to town
  15. Self check out option
  16. They accept EBT, debit/credit, checks, cash, Walmart gift cards, etc as a form of payment
  17. Typically open 24 hours
  18. Great Value brands for cheaper prices
  19. Gives towards charity
  20. They bake cakes for special occasions

Cons:

  1. Typically has one or two registers open – so either have to use the self check out or wait in long lines 
  2. Whenever I have gone to a Walmart and needed help finding a particular product, 95 percent of the time the employee didn’t even know what it was, didn’t know where it was located within the store
  3. I have found where they mark something down on a tag and it is the same price as the regular price
  4. I am not a huge fan of their produce area 
  5. I have been told the pay rate sucks as an employee there (depending on where you live)
  6. Their pricing of clothing isn’t that much cheaper than shopping someplace else with better quality (in my opinion where I reside)
  7. The cashiers always seem in a sad or bad mood whenever I’ve been there. lol I have had some rude ones too! 
  8. I don’t like their quality of beef or chicken 
  9. Sometimes the great value price is higher than the name brand
  10. People drive like maniacs through their parking lot — this is just from my own experience 
  11. It’s a huge store, many times you have to go from one end to the other to get everything you need – so if you are ever in a rush for time, this is probably not your go to

Now this whole pro and con list is again from my experience and different research I’ve done, be sure to add your own opinions to either list! 

 

Whole Foods

Pros:

  1. Good for college students who are need of a job (research says many college students work here to earn extra income)
  2. Supposedly great medical insurance 
  3. Quality products 
  4. Most if not all of them offer a salad bar, food kitchen area to have food made out for you to go or stay and eat
  5. surrounded by people who like eating healthier food options
  6. Educates people on healthy eating
  7. Variety of food products
  8. All meat sources at Whole foods is said to be raised without hormones or antibiotics 
  9. Gluten free food selection
  10. Typically more local foods found here
  11. They care about the environment
  12. By 2018 they are supposedly going to commit to GMO labeling on all their products
  13. Quality standards for both farm and wild caught seafood
  14. offers coupons
  15. online recipes on their site
  16. able to shop online
  17. offer flyers
 

Cons:

  1. Not a one stop shop
  2. tends to be more expensive
  3. Located in bigger cities vs smaller communities (typically)
  4. spending more and bringing home less groceries (a reviewer said)
  5. Some people prefer trader Joes over whole foods.
  6. Bigger stores – again can make it harder to navigate
  7. Have been reported they sometimes make it hard to tell the prices of things on their shelves

Again, Whole foods list of pros and cons came from my own experience and other reviews I had seen online. Feel free to add to either list your opinions! 

 

I hope all of you enjoyed this fun topic between the two stores! the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF CHOOSING A GROCERY STORE is choosing one that fits your needs and budget! 🙂

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 
 

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

A popular recipe that has many people’s attention is the overnight oats, I found a fun recipe on Pinterest that I think many of you will like – it comes packed some protein so definitely awesome for some of my athletes out there. I, have not had the chance to make my own overnight oats, but I keep so many recipes of them because I hope to at some point be able to create my own because they look so good! Yumm 🙂 I have had many of my friends who swear by overnight oats and say they make for a great breakfast or post workout snack as well, so definitely a plus-plus there. If you love peanut butter and banana, then you will be excited to try this recipe. 

 

Ingredients needed:

 
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/2 of a small to medium size banana (sliced)
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk or your milk of your choice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of protein powder
  • 1/2- 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp of pure maple syrup
  • dash of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all your ingredients into a small jar (such as a mason jar) 
  2. Stir well
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at the bare minimum of 4 hours
  4. You can eat this chilled or warmed up and if you choose, garnish with peanut butter or more bananas. 

If you are looking for mason jars at a decent price, check out this link: 

Definitely will come handy for when you want to stock up for meal planning, this link comes with 12 🙂

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Review Wednesday|A Women’s Bar

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Happy National Taco Day!

Name Your Taco!

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I want to know:

What do you like on your tacos?

Hard shell, soft shell, no shell?

Leave your answers in the comment section!

 

Review Wednesday|Pro Max Protein Bar

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