Friday, January 31, 2020

Healthy Start 2020 Roundup


2020 is here!  We've gathered some of our favorite food, kitchen and wellness products to inspire a Healthy Start to 2020 and we will be putting the whole list here for easy reference.  As we find these awesome goodies, we'll be adding them to this post along with pictures and a link to our review of the product.  This listing will be updated daily, so check back often to learn about great products that inspire and encourage a healthy and happy 2020!

Have a product you'd like featured in our roundup?  Contact me at christinbanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

Rapid Slicer


FoodCycler

Purchase Link (using this link gets you $50 off!)

EVO Oil Sprayer

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Daily Goodie Box...It's More Than Just Free Samples! January 2020

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Daily Goodie Box for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

I just found one of the easiest ways to get great free samples...Daily Goodie Box!


It couldn't be much easier.  You sign up and the folks at Daily Goodie Box will send you a box of free goodies.  All they ask is that you let them know what you think of the products. Shipping is free and no credit card required.  After your first box, you are more likely to be chosen for another box if you have reviewed your goodies.


Have a look at a typical Daily Goodie Box:

Looks awesome right?  Check out the products we received: 


Pure coconut water deliciousness!


Great for after a workout or during an illness, these tabs provide tons of electrolytes!


A tasty way to get those healthy seeds in a crunchy snack!


Makes my lips super soft and keeps them moisturized all day!


Simple ingredient bars full of nutrition! 


The kiddos loved these applesauce pouches!  What a fun way to sneak in nutrition!


Homeopathic option for a good night's rest?  Yes, please!


My new favorite mid-morning snack!


Daily Goodie Box is more than just free samples though.  You get money-making opportunities thanks to surveys and review opportunities too!  Daily Goodie Box has a very user-friendly portal to help you keep track of all of these great opportunities as well as chances to win Bonus Goodie Boxes along with your regular Daily Goodie Box!  This is a really fun and easy way to try out free products for very minimal effort on your part:)  Check it out and if it sounds interesting to you, get signed up...easy peasy! 





Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Throwback Gaming with the Atari Flashback X from AtGames!


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to AtGames for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


B and D are fans of gaming and recently they got to try out the Atari Flashback X from AtGames.  What a blast from the past!


This is a throwback console with two controllers and 110 of the best old school Atari games loaded onto the actual unit, so you don't have to worry about a ton of cartridges.


If you, like B and I, are from the Atari era, you are sure to find your favorite game on this console!  These games include such hits as Adventure, Asteroids®, Centipede®, Chopper Command™, Frogger, Missile Command®, Pitfall!™, Space Invaders™, Yars’ Revenge®, and so much more! Click here to read the full games list.


Setup is easy and takes just minutes.  It's basically like a plug and play game.  Plug the console into your TV and the remotes into the console.  Switch the TV over to your gaming HDMI channel (whatever port you plugged the console into) and you are ready to get gaming!


The Atari Flashback® X offers high definition 720p video output with scanline filtering, an intuitive menu system, save and resume game functionality, and the ability to rewind a game in progress to recover from a play misstep.  Super sweet!


This mini console looks just like the original and the joysticks are old school as well.  D is really getting a kick out of how we used to play video games back tin the " old days" :)


We are pretty impressed with the visual quality of these games from our childhood and with so many to choose from, we don't get bored! 


 This console is a great way to share a bit of history with our kiddos and it's a super fun way to spend family game night!  


 Stuck inside sheltered from dreary winter weather? Share a throwback gaming experience with your kiddos and an AtGames console!







Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

#HealthyStart - Evo Oil Sprayers Make Healthy Eating Easy!


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to EVO Oil Sprayer for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Today's featured brand offers a line of products that make preparing healthy and delicious foods at home insanely easy!  Check out these Evo Oil Sprayers:


We use olive oil in many of our dishes as a healthy fat option.  Whether we are tossing veggies in oil to roast them, whipping up a fresh salad dressing, coating chicken to be baked or sauteed or frying up eggs for breakfast, olive oil is a staple in our kitchen!  Evo oil sprayers makes it so easy to get the right amount of oil on our foods and they are cute to boot!  Evo oil sprayers come in several sizes and materials to suit the needs and style of your kitchen.  Check out a few of our faves: 

Evo 6 oz Glass Sprayer

The glass sprayer is ideal for those who prefer glass dispensers.  They come in a variety of bold colors.

Evo 8 oz Plastic

This is the smaller size plastic sprayer which also comes in a range of bright colors that add flair to any kitchen.

Evo 18 oz Plastic

This is the larger size plastic sprayer, perfect for those that use oil on a daily basis.

Evo 16 oz Stainless

This stainless steel sprayer looks great in modern kitchens.

Evo also offers accessories for these fantabulous sprayers.  We are loving the Evo Flavor Filters:

Evo Flavor Filters

These nifty little filter make it easy to infuse your oils with herbs and spices with yummy flavor in every spray.  They keep the bigger pieces from clogging the sprayer, but allow for all that deliciousness to come out with the oil.


You just put the sprayer tube through the spiral, clip it into place around the base and bam!  Get ready for infused oils in sprayable form!


Evo Oil Sprayers use a trigger sprayer with the ability to atomize oils completely free of any aerosols.  That means just the right amount of oil with no harmful propellants or chemicals!  The Evo provides ¼ teaspoon per trigger pull, that allows portion control and consistency. The rotating nozzle allows the Evo to spray in both a straight lined vertical or horizontal pattern that covers a large area.

The bottles are ergonomically designed and are BPA, Latex, and DEHP-free.  That are made with shatterproof materials and are handwashable.

It couldn't be easier to get healthy and delicious meals and snacks for your family!  Evo Oil Sprayers are helping us get 2020 off to a healthy start!







Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

#HealthyStart - Countertop FoodCycler Transforms Food Waste Into Soil Amendment #NoFoodWaste


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to FoodCycler for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


For years now, I've been looking for a way to re-purpose food waste.  We try our best to use leftovers in recipes like these, but we still seem to have plenty of food waste.  Before Hurricane Harvey devastated our home in 2017, we had a large backyard and several raised beds that needed amended, so we tried the "dig a whole" method.  The dogs really loved that method and so did several other critters.  It was kind of a mess and after a few months, with very little to show for my efforts, I bought fertilizer from the feed store and started throwing out the food waste again.  After the storm, we bounced around rentals so much (waiting for insurance to pay out for damages) that we never planted a garden.  Tired of waiting for the insurance company and the lawyers to sort it all out, we finally bought another house last year (and we are glad we did since we are STILL in litigation with the insurance company!)  This will be the first year that we will put in an actual garden (we did container veggies last year) and we are super excited to say that we have found a great way to re-purpose our food waste that will help our backyard crops grow all year long!  Check out the FoodCycler, the no muss, no fuss answer to creating nutrient-dense small scale "foodilizer" 


The FoodCycler is a countertop appliance that lets you turn your food waste into something super useful with just the touch of a button!



The unit is super sleek and looks great in any kitchen.  It has only one button, so it's super easy to use.  A few simple lights alert you to the stage your unit is in and also let you know when the filter needs changed.


The lid is easy to twist on and off and keeps all the smells inside the unit!



The bucket has a handle for easy removal and we find that it is large enough for about 2-3 days of normal fruit and veggie waste before we need to run it.  


We'll also throw in egg shells, coffee grounds and tea leaves.  We do use quite a bit of produce though, so you might find you can go longer between runs if you don't have as much waste.


The filters are easy to change and use activated charcoal to keep smelly food odors at bay.




Basically, the FoodCycler dries out the food waste and then grinds it.  It does this several times per cycle to break down the food until it's the perfect size for adding to your soil.  Here are pictures from our first run:  

Before:

Avocado, garlic and onion skins, banana peels, potato "bad spots" and kiwi trimmings.

During:

One push start, easy peasy!

After:

Gorgeous foodilizer ready to be mixed with soil!

The process takes a few hours, but the unit is super quiet and uses less than 1 kWh of electricity during a single cycle. 


Knowing that the average person produces 475 pounds of food waste per year makes us uber aware of our own family's contribution.  The FoodCycler really helps us reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill. This unit also creates 94% less greenhouse gas emissions, including methane gas, than your average landfill and creates 54% less CO2 than a regular backyard composter.  

The FoodCycler is also waaaay easier and quicker than other composting options! Hot turn compost bins take up to 20 days, black soldier fly compost bins take 3 weeks, a worm compost bin takes between 1-3 months and a slow no turn compost bin takes between 3-12 months to provide you with usable soil amendment.  Not to mention, it takes up way less space.  The FoodCycler is perfect for those who have limited space or require smaller amounts of "foodilizer."

It's never been easier to create a safe and natural soil amendment at home!  The FoodCycler is a simple solution to our family's food waste issue.  We feel better about not sending as much to the landfill and we get some really awesome soil amendment to boot!  It is already saving us so much time and money! 

The FoodCycler is a wonderful way to get your home off to a healthy start in 2020!  Check out this blog post for more reasons you need a FoodCycler in 2020!


ABCD Diaries readers can get $50 off the FoodCycler!  Use this link to score this fantastic deal:  https://www.nofoodwaste.com/discount/ABCD50




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.