Black Friday Shopping at Whole Foods

Every year readers and friends are always asking me what last minute recipes do I recommend for the Holidays and where can they buy quality food. I always turn them to Whole Foods!

Their website has a plethora of amazing recipes that are easy enough to create for the last-minute chef and non-chef! AND they also have amazing sales both before and after Thanksgiving!

Here is their Holiday guide which has amazing coupons, Holiday dining tips and more!
{ Click on the picture to download the complete PDF }

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But what is really cool is that they also have AMAZING deals for Black Friday! I usually do not partake in the Black Friday shopping… I would rather be home in my comfy jammies drinking coffee! <3 But I will say that I would go shopping at Whole Foods to buy some amazing foodie items and Holiday gifts! I was there a few weeks ago and they had the most precious Christmas display up already! A sleigh filled with A TON of stuffed animals and other unique toys for kids of all ages! SO CUTE!!!

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Here are the deals in the Seattle Area! Check in with your local Whole Foods to see amazing deals and events!

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 Friday, November 28 only, Whole Foods Market will feature the following sales:

  • 20% off all Seafood
  • 20% off beer and hard cider
  • BOGO take n’ bake pizzas
  • $35 ea 6-7’ fir Christmas trees – our South Lake Union location will not carry this sale, but will have table-top Christmas trees for $20 each!
  • 50% off GT’s Kombucha

They also have sales running through the weekend! From Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30 you can find:

  • 30% off Melissa and Doug toys and plush
  • 50% off Jillson Roberts wrapping paper rolls
  • 30% off Threads for Thought leggings
  • 3 for $3 Good Soap bar soaps

Whole Foods Market stores will be open from 7 AM to 11 PM on November 25 and 26, and open from 7 AM to 4 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Store hours will return to their regular schedule which is 7 AM to 10 PM on Friday, and continue through the weekend.

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So tell me, are you a Black Friday fan?

XxOo Tasha

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Winter Veggie Soup {Vegan, Gluten Free Option, Paleo Option}

Brrr! It’s COLD! I miss the summer nights, wearing tank tops and flip flops, frozen smoothies and the SUN! But what I do love about the winter is that I am able to make endless pots of hot soup to warm my bones!

I made this soup last weekend and it was the perfect batch to kick off my soup making season! Full of flavor and veggies, I ate this for lunch and dinner until it was gone!

The great things about soup is that you can sub different veggies or herbs and it will alter the flavor of the soup. But in a GOOD way! Is there such a thing as a bad soup? I think not!

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soup bannerIngredients:

1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped into small pieces
3 carrots, chopped into small pieces
1 head of collard greens or kale, chopped into small bite size pieces
1 Japanese sweet potato, chopped into bite size pieces
2 regular size cans of unsalted chopped tomatoes with the juice
herbs of choice – I used salt, pepper, dried basil, dried thyme, sage powder
Handful of noodles (optional – omit for paleo and use GF noodles for GF) – I used spaghetti noodles that were broken in half. Only a handful as I didn’t want a lot.
4-6 cups of water or stock – I always use water in my soups and they turn out great!

In a cast iron pot or a soup pot, add a few swirls of EVOO. Once hot, add your onion, celery and carrots. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until the veggies are soft.

Add your potato and tomatoes and seasonings. Stir and cook for a few minutes. Then add your water – add 4 cups a the beginning and save the remaining cups for later, if needed.

Turn the pot up to a boil. Once at a boil, turn back to medium-low and add your greens. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Check to see if you need to add more spices, salt, pepper and/or water. Your soup should be ready to serve at this point!

If you are using noodles:

Turn the pot back up to a boil. Add your noodles. Cook until the noodles are done.

Serves 6-8

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What is your favorite soup to make?

XxOo Tasha

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Weekend Roundup – Thanksgiving Style!

I am still not sure how much cooking I am planning on doing this year but I have been drooling over so many amazing recipes on the web this week! Vegan, vegetarian, paleo… there’s a little bit of everything!

Normally we do a traditional turkey or sometimes pork loin with homemade cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing, mashed taters and brussel sprouts. But I really do love seeing all the different variations of dishes! Beautiful and delish!

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Cherry, Almond and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin – On Babble

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Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce – Oh She Glows

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Classic Gluten Free Stuffing – Whole Foods

 
Mushroom and Leek Stuffing – Clean Eating Mag

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Raw Tuscan Kale Salad – 101 Cookbooks

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Buckwheat Stuffed Patty Pans – YumUniverse

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Roasted Garlic Autumn Root Vegetable Mash – Nom Nom Paleo

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie – The Green Forks

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Healthy Pecan Bites ( vegan, raw) – Damy Health

 

 

What are you planning on making for Thanksgiving?

What is your FAVORITE Thanksgiving dish? Mine is STUFFING!

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Are your dreams TOO BIG? 4 ways to turn your DREAMS into a REALITY!

Hey friends!

Can you do me a favor? Look at your life and ask yourself if you are playing it safe. Are you stepping out of your comfort zone to allow your dreams to happen? Or are you sitting back thinking you are not worthy of achieving great things in your life.

If you are dreaming BIG then you are doing it right! I was asked the other day by a friend of mine “How are you able to dream so big? Whenever I dream big I fall back to the ground!”. I was taken back a bit, smiled and then asked her a simple question: “How do you know I haven’t fallen, too?”

Look, I know dreams are scary. They can be intimidating, confusing and will put you in a dizzy trying to figure out if you should peruse them or forget about them. But I also know what it feels like to have this strong powerful pull towards something in your life! This, my friends, is YOUR DREAM! No matter how big or small! No matter if people agree with it or disagree with it… you must start looking at your dreams and start believing in them!! They were put in your life for a reason! 

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Your dreams should scare you into stepping up and taking action in your life. If you are unhappy – CHANGE! If you want more – CHANGE! If you need a change – CHANGE!

Here are some simple steps that you can use to start turning your dreams into a reality!

1. Be specific! Goals must be specific – get rid of the vague language like “a little”, “some” or “more”. Put a number down and be exact! “ I want to lose 20 pounds”, “ I want to make $75,000”, “I would like to attend 4 business events”.

2. Make goals simple!  Clear and focused is the key here. Do not get to caught up in the story of your goal or what that goal may look like under a microscope. Let that happen once you reach your goal!

3. Goals must be tangible! Save the abstract for the art gallery. Your goal must be REAL – something you can see, touch or feel. If you see yourself being healthier or having financial stability, these goals may be nearly impossible to reach. But running a marathon is tangible. Losing 25 pounds is tangible. Seeing a specific number in your bank account is tangible.

4. Write them down! The act of writing your goals out increases the chance that these goals will be achieved! Write every. Single. Day. I swear, it works!

BONUS 5. Share them! Shout your goals out to the world! Let those around you keep you accountable! And when you reach your goal (because I know you will!) shout it out AGAIN!

So tell me, what are some of your goals that you feel are too big? Do you think with this action plan you would be able to achieve them?

You deserve every single dream that you have!!!

XxOo Tasha

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Simple Green Smoothie

With clean eating, simple is ALWAYS best!

This smoothie is simple and tasty, and perfect for breakfast! Full of protein, veggies and fruit, this is my go to smoothie for a busy work day or just relaxing on the weekend. And I always make extra for my son, too! He just loves them!

Enjoy!

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Super Simple Green Smoothie
Serves 1

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder of your choice – I used Vega
1.5 cups of liquid – I used almond milk but you could use another kind of milk, water or         coconut water
1 large handful of spinach or kale
1 teaspoon of nut butter
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mango

What is your favorite Go-To smoothie recipe?

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Smoothie Bowls with ProYo

Disclaimer – I was given ProYo to sample . I was compensated in the form of product coupons (will work for frozen yogurt, peeps!). All opinions are my own!

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I have a fun and exciting post for you guys today!

First – Have you heard of ProYo before? ProYo is a frozen yogurt treat that is packed full of protein and good for you! I am a HUGE frozen yogurt fan and these do not disappoint!

So here is the ProYo Promise!

THE PROYO PROMISE

Each ProYo is crafted from creamy high-protein probiotic yogurt and all-natural ingredients to create a delicious and nutritious “anytime frozen treat” loaded with 20 grams of protein.

Enjoy the convenience and health benefits of ProYo anytime… as breakfast on the go, a pre or post-workout boost, a base for a smoothie, a distinctive dessert, or a late-night treat.

At ProYo, we are committed to providing a unique blend of taste and nutrition to enhance and promote a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. ProYo contains no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors and is ideal for people of all ages.

They have 4 flavors – vanilla, vanilla banana, chocolate and blueberry pomegranate. I picked up the vanilla, chocolate and blueberry pomegranate – they didn’t have the vanilla banana at the store where I picked these up at. ( Check to see where you can buy them!) Jordan wanted to try the vanilla flavor as soon as we got home – he was an instant fan! I feel really good about giving him these little ProTreats, too!

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Here is the nutrition breakdown and ingredient list:

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Treat Yo Self
  • High Protein
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • Low Fat
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • GMO Free
  • Gluten and Soy Free
  • rBST and rBGH Free
  • No Artificial Flavoring
  • Calories Per Serving: 160

INGREDIENTS: Skim Milk (Cultured with the following live active cultures: Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus), Whole Milk, Whey Protein Concentrate, Sugar, Organic Inulin, Natural Flavors including Vanilla Extract, Dextrose, Ground Vanilla Beans, Stevia Extract.
Contains the following allergens: Milk.
This product is processed in a facility that also processes eggs, peanuts, soy and wheat.

I am going to use them as part of my smoothie base – they make an excellent substitution for protein powder!

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Protein Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 tube of Vanilla Pro-Yo
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice, more or less per your liking
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries, or mixed berries

Blend all of the ingredients together. Pour into a bowl and place in the freezer for an hour or so. Top with coconut strips, granola, more fruit and some honey!

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ProYo was generous to giveaway a few packs of ProYo to a lucky reader! Head on over to my facebook page to enter to win!!!! <3

XxOo Tasha

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Sick Day

Well… our home has seen better days…

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Jordan has not been feeling well since Thursday night. Running a low temp, some coughing and just not feeling too well. I took him to the Dr. over the weekend and apparently he has a nasty virus. Poor thing! I feel awful for him as this is going on day 6 now.

This what our day looked liked today:

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Slept in this morning after a long night… I went to the store to buy more medicine for Jordan and an Americano for me.

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Lots and lots and lots of snuggles <3

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Books

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Water out of monster cups with fun straws – he has been really good about drinking water!

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Blueberry Protein smoothies for mama

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Frozen blueberries for Jordan

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Lincoln Logs

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And Legos

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  I ended up buying this Organic Pea Soup a few days ago and I was VERY surprised in how GOOD it tasted! I tastes almost better than my own split pea soup! It was SOOOOO cold and windy in Seattle today – warm soup sounded amazing!

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I am hoping your household is staying healthy this time of year!

XxOo Tasha

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