Monday, June 7, 2010

New Goodie: Penzeys Cake Spice

Happy Monday! It's a beautiful day and after several nights of early to bed I feel well rested. I can't stress enough the importance of getting plenty of good quality sleep. With the hormonal changes my body is experiencing, making rest a priority is definitely going to improve how I function in my daily life. I'm back from the gym after a vigorous strength training/cardio intervals workout and I don't feel like a wet dishrag. In fact, I feel 11 kinds of great.

I had a beautiful herb blog about mint all ready to go but I was so exited about my new goodie that I had to come share it with you. Penzeys Cake Spice!!! Cake Spice is a sugar-free blend of China cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and clove. I have been putting this on my fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, in Rob's breakfast muffins, everything. This blend is so flavorful, spicy and sweet it makes everything tastes like Nana's cookies, giving my sweet tooth a huge hug all without any sugar!

I may have blogged about banana custard oats before, a favorite of Lori at Finding Radiance. I wanted to love this breakfast dish because it's so healthy and filling (how can that few ingredients make that much food?) but I've never been won over by the taste. This morning I decided to give them another try to to see if the Cake Spice would make me love them and sure'nuff, it's custard oatmeal love.

I used 1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze, 1 small fairly ripe banana, 1 serving of organic rolled oats, 2 tablespoons organic golden flax meal, a generous teaspoon of Cake Spice and not quite a double portion of liquid egg whites because I wanted extra protein post weight lifting. The breakdown of this is 395 calories, 58 carbs, 11 grams of fat, 11 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein. And so much volume, nutrition and delicious flavor that one bowl will keep me going, snack-free, until lunch.

You must try Penzeys Cake Spice! I have more on Penzeys coming soon, every little jar I ordered has something wonderful to offer. I hope your week is off to a great start, enjoy the day.

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