Kim’s Magic Pop Review

I am such a volume eater, so I’m always looking for ways to voluminize (is that a word? My macbook pro doesn’t think it’s a word…well….now it is) my meals. Am I right, people? I have found our solution, people! KIM’S MAGIC POP. They’re basically rice cakes – “Magic Pop” are large, circular, thin ones, and “Deli Pop” are small, circular, thicker ones. I opened up the package, which I could FIT INTO- the box was THAT BIG, and I wanted to dig RIGHT IN to it all. I should have taken a picture of my face/reaction. Pure excitement.

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Here’s everything all displayed all cute:

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Now for the reviews…

  • Plain/original- Basically a rice cake! Super simple and straight forward. I like rice cakes.
  • 5-grain magic pop- It tastes very plain. Even more plain than the regular ones. If you’re into that, then this one is for you. I suppose it could really go either way- sweet or savory- so that it doesn’t take away from the flavor of the topping.
  • Strawberry magic pop- This one is really good! Although the flavor is inconsistent throughout the cake (flavor is mainly on the darker pink spots), I loved the taste. Very strawberry-y in the bites that had flavor!! My parents really enjoyed these ones, too.
  • Cheddar magic pop- These reminded me of a less flavorful Cheeto, but a Cheeto nonetheless. I had these with a stir fry, and I LOVE these ones.
  • Onion magic pop- Goodness, this one is SO good. Not too much overpowering onion flavor but not too little. Just the right amount. I LOVE onion flavoring when done right.
  • Pumpkin deli pop- I was kind of disappointed in this flavor, not going to lie… It didn’t taste like the “basic vetch” pumpkin but rather a legitimate pumpkin. It had a GREAT flavor, though, don’t get me wrong! But it wasn’t like the pumpkin spice flavor that I was expecting. I don’t think that’s what they were going for really, so I think I just assumed!
  • Apple cinnamon deli pop- Hands down my FAVORITE deli pop of them all. It has a thin apple cinnamon frosting on top of a plain deli pop rice cake (see? the plain doesn’t take away from the flavor!). It reminds me of homemade apple crisp. Get your hands on this one.
  • Chili lime deli pop- These remind me of chips that I’ve had before eons ago, although I cannot put my finger on which. Very very strong flavor, but in a really good way. They pack a punch in the flavor department! Kind of spicy, too! I loved these.
  • Chocolate-drizzled deli pop- Okokokokok, these are so good. The chocolate drizzle is dark chocolate – aka yum – over a regular rice cake. Would be GREAT on froyo!
  • 7-grain- It tastes like a rice cake. Plain & simple. To the point. I actually like rice cakes, like I said, so I liked this one.
  • 5-grain- oh wow, I liked this one better than the 7-grain. It has more of a toasted flavor, and it’s a smidgen sweeter, too. YUM.

I hope I’m not leaving any out…there were so many!! And so many more that I want to try!

Have you tried some?

  • If yes, which ones? Did you like?
  • If no: Want to get some of your own? Click this link to get soooooome, and let me know what you think!

 

 

Detour Smart Bars Review

I was lucky enough to receive two boxes of Detour Smart Bars from Detour. I got the Blueberry and the Peanut Butter Chocolate. They clearly know the way to my heart. I LOVE all of those flavors. (How cool would it be if they had a Peanut Butter Chocolate bar? ALL. IN. ONE. Hnnnnng.)

These bars are gluten free, made with whey protein, are naturally sweetened with stevia (4g total sugar in the whole bar), and have a Greek yogurt drizzle on them!

Peanut Butter Chocolate – 160 calories 16c 6f 11p 3fib.
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The bar appeared small, but it weighs 38g. The bar that I opened first weighed 37g, so almost exactly the weight that it was said to be! It smelled of peanut butter. I couldn’t wait to dig in! This bar is so creamy and nutty. It’s chewy but soft. And the bar is pretty dense for its little size, so don’t fear that it’s so small. There’s also little chocolate chips inside, which I wish were a bit bigger. But this far tastes so good, that I was ok with that! I fully recommend it. They did a good job with this one.

Blueberry – 130 calories, 18c 2f 10p 3fib.
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The bar definitely smells like blueberries- that’s for sure! Made my mouth water. The first bite, I could taste a blueberries and cream flavor. I literally sat there with the bite in my mouth because it tasted so good. Strong blueberry taste. Chewy and soft, like the other bar! Brava.

You can get your hands on these bars on Detour’s website, or by clicking this link:
https://www.detourbar.com/smart/

High Protein Chocolate PB “Ice Cream”

Ice cream makers are awesome. But I hate how a layer of it sticks to the machine. However, a friend on Instagram told me that it happens when there isn’t enough/any fat in the recipe! So this was a trial, but still good, nonetheless.

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Ingredients:

  • 227g (1 cup) plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 15g Chocolate Peanut Butter True Nutrition protein powder
  • Stevia drops

I mixed all of the ingredients then chilled them for about an hour – when using an ice cream maker, you want to use cold ingredients. Then I let them sit in my ice cream maker until finished! I have a 1.5qt Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker. It’s so cheap!

Macros: 207 calories, 10g carbs, 2g fat, 38g protein, 1g fiber

Onion & Chive Tuna Salad

Starbucks is my absolute favorite study location. Although I always buy a drink. #StarbucksOwnsMySoul. Today I brought some snacks with me. I brought two Onion Kim’s Magic Pop Magic Pop cakes with me and brought a mix of low sodium tuna + sambal oelek + 2 onion & chive laughing cow wedges. The two together were a match made in HEAVEN. The magic pop cake was so light and airy but had a nice crunch to it! The onion taste was perfect- not too strong that it turns you off. They have it just right.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Starkist Low Sodium Tuna package
  • 2 Light Garlic Herb & Cheese Laughing Cow Cheese wedges
  • A dash of Sambal Oelek (gooooogle)

That’s it. I just mashed the laughing cow wedges then mixed them and the samba with the tuna. I put them on Kim’s Magic Pop onion Magic Pop. Super simple. Super quick. Super low cal, low fat, low carb, and high protein!

MyOatmeal Review!

I shared on my instagram that I teamed up with MyOatmeal to do a review of their products! I was able to make my OWN flavor combinations, too — HOW COOL, right?

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Here’s the package as SOON as I opened it! OOOOOH, someone’s good at TETRIS! 😉 So what did I get? WELL!

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Just Monkey-in’ AroundHoney + peanut butter + banana chips
–I opened it and was confused by the smell. There was something weird and strong.  I closed my eyes and could smell the bananas in there. Something smelled…different. I couldn’t put my finger on it. I’m guessing it’s the honey flavoring and peanut butter flavoring. The flavor was a match made in heaven. I swear. I could taste both of the flavors equally, and the banana chips added a gorgeous touch! The first time I had this one, I baked it. The banana chips didn’t soften completely and still had a little bite to them. Such a nice surprise!
DOUBLE the Gainsdouble fudge brownie + banana bread
–I could smell the chocolate in there, but what really had my eyes wide poem was the PURE, fresh out of the oven banana bread smell. It was like a dream. I just mixed in stevia drops and liquid egg whites so that I could taste the pure flavor (with sweetener because I didn’t get it sweetened. I prefer to add my own). I could taste the banana bread PURE and STRONG, which I loved. But, sadly, the double fudge brownie kind of got lost somewhere.
She Want That CakeCakeCakewhite cake + vanilla frosting
–it smells like PURE cake. Right when I tore open the bag. As if I has just baked a white cake and was about to take a bite. It literally tastes like that white cake that you had on your birthday as a child (I hope you did, otherwise this is awkward). I had a nostalgic moment as I took that first bite.
Sweet Sticky Bunzsweet icing + cinnamon roll + pecans
–opened and got a large whack in huge face whiff of cinnamon roll. I’m talking Cinnabun whiff. Like…those ones that I used to get when I was little. With the pecans. Cause I could smell those babies in there too! The smell literally had me salivating, and I could picture. That ooey-gooey pecan cinnamon roll with that icing just dripping down the side of it–UGH! Okay okay okay. Onto the flavor. I had it just mixed with liquid stevia drops (because I got it unflavored) and egg whites. I’m telling you. The pecans brought it allll together. The flavor was spot on with a Cinnabun — well, a little less powerful. But I’m telling you- the flavor was THERE. And mixed with oats? Ok. GET THIS ONE.
I’m Hunting Booties PB Leanwhite chocolate + carrot cake
–when I smelled the freshly opened bag, I immediately said (out loud), “ooh. OOOOOOH.” Not kidding. I couldn’t stop smelling it. I even stopped typing this to repeat that. I could smell the strong white chocolate AND the carrot cake. Holy moly, I’m in for a treat. It tasted like I had melted a white chocolate bar on top of some carrot cake, although I wish the carrot cake flavor was a bit stronger. With crushed peanuts in the cake. All in all, it was a nice pairing!

SO. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering how to get YOUR hands on some of this stuff, right? Head on over to www.MyOatmeal.com, and start making creations! You get to mix and match different flavors, add-ins, spices, sweeteners, whatever your little heart desires!! …granted that it’s an option, that is. Want to know something ELSE that is cool? If you use SarahRoats15 at the checkout, then you get 15% off your order!

Now get to it!!! Can’t wait to hear what you guys order! And thank you again, Anthony, for allowing me this incredible opportunity! It is much, much, much appreciated.

Baked Oat Cake

Uh, hi. Yeah. This was literally PERFECT. I kid you not. I baked my Just Monkey-in Around MyOatmeal, and it was UN-REAL (pause necessary).

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Ingredients:

  • 52g Just Monkey-in’ Around MyOatmeal (review up soon)
  • 7g coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Stevia

Mix ingredients and put in a graded dish (I lined my wish with parchment paper to ensure that it wouldn’t stick). Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Macros (cake): 279 calories, 40g carbs, 7g fats, 15g protein, 7g fiber

Whipped Vanilla Protein PornCakes

Sometimes your protein pancakes turn out so perfect that you have to share two shots. #SorryBoutIt…#NotReally ;). I whipped (lol pun-y) up a new recipe today, and it turned out way more successful than I thought it would!

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Ingredients:

  • 20g oat flour
  • 25g whipped vanilla Cellucor protein powder
  • 70g (1/2 medium) banana
  • 65g liquid egg whites
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp vanilla extract
  • Stevia

I started off by melting my banana by microwaving it for 20 seconds. Then mix all of the ingredients together. Cook in a medium-low pan for 2-4 minutes – bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook for 2-4 minutes on the other side.

Macros (just pancakes): 268 calories, 31g carbs, 3g fat, 31g protein, 5g fiber

5150 Nut Butter Review

OOOOOOKAY, you all know (or should know) that I am an insanely crazy nut butter addict that should be admitted to NBAA (Nut Butter Addicts Anonymous). I have had the pleasure/blessing/no words of trying 5150 Nut Butter and becoming good friends with their owner, Jordan. He is amazing, and his nut butters go perfectly with him because they are also awesome. I recommend each and every one wholeheartedly. Which one do I love the most? I could not tell you! They are all so unique and perfect. I mean that.

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I took notes after eating each one. I kid you not. First, it’s important to let you all know that these are all chunky nut butters. They’re not chunky like “chunky peanut butter.” Gritty may be the right word? Maybe not- that sounds so negative. I mean that in the most positive way that I could possibly make it because they have chunks of actual nuts in them. YEAH. I’ll let that soak in……………Not enough time, but it’s time for the breakdown.

Chocolate Chip Cookie- This one is sweet, chocolatey, and chunky. It’s nutty chocolatey, obviously because of the nut chunks. Really sweet. Really, really good.

Chocolate biscuit- This one is more nutty. Nutty with a hint of chocolate. I could taste a buttery biscuit when I closed my eyes. I was so skeptical of the “biscuit” part of this one, but I honestly could taste that buttery biscuit.

Cookies & Cream- It doesn’t taste like an Oreo, no, but it tastes like cookies…and cream…I can’t figure out a better way to put it. Just like the name says! Seriously. Like a buttery, chocolatey, nutty cookie dipped in warm milk. Chocolatey. Nutty. Milky. Goodness.

Gluten-Free Cookies & Cream- Okay, so I was surprised by this one because I kind of thought it tasted more like “cookies & cream” than the regular gluten-filled cookies & cream flavor. Maybe? I now am second-guessing myself as I type this. But I remember tasting more chocolate in this one. And uh…who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially with cream ;).  It had a stronger peanut and cookie taste. There’s something else, too. Maybe it’s a hint of coffee flavor? I’m not sure what it is. I just know that I do like this one a lot! I like them both. I like them all.

Health Nut- Who doesn’t like nut butter? And a blend of peanuts and almonds? Yeah. The best of both worlds, seriously. This one has a strictly nut taste, obviously. The chunks are thicker. This one is super chunky, and it has a very natural, pure nut taste, as if you’re sitting there chewing nuts. It’s sooooo different than other peanut and almond butters I’ve had. I LOVE.

NOW GO OVER TO 5150 Nut Butter AND BUY BUY BUY. I seriously give Jordan’s nut butters 1000000000/10.

Onion Burger

Some of you have been asking on my instagram about how I make my onion burger. Fear not! I’ll show you how!

Ingredients:

  • Sliced red onion (I usually use 40-50g)
  • Ground beef (I use 96/4)
  • Burger seasoning (sometimes I use this one)

Slice your red onion into circles while your pan (I use a non-stick pan but still spray it with non-stick cooking spray JUST in case) heats up to medium heat – it gets pretty hot. Cook your onion until it gets caramelized and soft and wonderful. While this is cooking, get your ground beef. Massage the seasoning into the burger. Once your onion looks good, take the beef, roll into a ball, and SMASH on top of the onion (note: your pan should still be at the same heat).

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Let your burger cook for a few minutes (I’ve never timed this). I like to take some of the onion and press it into the meat, as you see in the photo above. Then flip once your burger is halfway cooked through. Once you flip it, smash it down so the juices can pour out. Let it cook cook cook until it’s at your desired done-ness!

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Asian Stir-Fry

I bought Miracle Rice from iHerb (KNN401 gets you $5-10 off your order), and when my good friend Ali had it, she made a stir fry with veggies and tofu (Kim’s stir fry also looked bomb when she used it!). I’ve never made tofu but a quick google search helped guide me. It was a great go of it all!! The Miracle Rice is tasteless, to be blunt, but it picks up the flavors of what it’s with nicely. It also was a decent rice sub so that I could have a butt-load of veggies with it without racking up my carbs!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Miracle Rice
  • 85g (1) carrots
  • 50g (1/2) leeks
  • 70g frozen super sweet corn
  • 4oz Extra Firm Tofu
  • 40g (~2 handfuls) kale
  • 50g frozen sweet peas
  • 70g (2 medium) mushrooms
  • 46g liquid egg whites
  • McCormick asian seasoning
  • Bragg’s liquid aminos (also from iHerb)
  • Liquid smoke

Okay, this took some time. First dry off your tofu – the drier when going in the pan, the better! While you’re doing this, you can rinse off your smelly Miracle Rice in a strainer – rinse, rinse, rinse! And plug your nose. Let that dry (the bag says to dry it, but I threw it in a stir fry. So I just let it sit; whatever.) Throw the frozen veggies in the pan to start cooking while you chop your other veggies. Throw those in the pan. Let them cook – mix them periodically so they all cook. I sprayed mine with Bragg’s liquid amines and sprinkled some McCormick Asian seasoning on them. For the tofu: brush with liquid smoke (some people marinade, but I thought this was great!). Get your pan hot – I put it a bit past medium. Chop your tofu into thin slices (I made mine small cubes – either works). Lay them down to cook. Once the side that is face down is browned and a bit crispy, then flip. Once the other side is brown/crispy, then it’s allllll done! When my veggies were nearly done, I threw the Miracle Rice in for a few minutes to cook with it. I also gave it a few more sprays of Bragg’s so the Rice could soak it up. Once it was all done, I threw it on a plate and topped with some sriracha!