Review: Kernel Seasons Popcorn and Oils

A movie night at home is never complete without popcorn. My kids and I love trying out different flavors. I was planning to shop for popcorn supplies this weekend when a package arrived at my doorstep. My friends from Kernel Seasons sent me a bottle of Popping Oil, a canister of Butter Spritzer and a bag of Popping Corn.

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My Opinion

My family and I are not new to Kernel Seasons. My kids are having fun jazzing up their popcorn using their yummy seasonings. This is my first time though, to use their oil and butter spritzer.

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The oil heats up fast and it’s not too greasy. As for the popcorn kernels, they all popped perfectly. If you’re used to making popcorn the traditional way, I’m sure having a lot of “unpopped” kernels left you feeling frustrated. That did not happen with Kernel Seasons. I’ve already cooked batches of popcorn from the bag they sent me and very few kernels didn’t pop. That only means one thing. Their kernels were aged and dried properly.

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The Butter Spritzer is also not greasy. I shied away from using this in the past, thinking that it’s unhealthy and that it will only make the popcorn oily. I was wrong. It’s not greasy at all and it did help the powder seasoning stick more to the popcorn. I should have tried using this long ago.

Recommendation

Kernel Seasons not only gives you the best popcorn flavors. Their oil, spritzer and popping corn are made healthier and delicious. For a fun movie night with your loved ones, cook and dress up your popcorn with Kernel Seasons.

You can click on their website to order!

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me for free by Kernel Seasons for evaluation purposes. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Healthy and Nutritious Meals from The Good Box

I only have 2 grown kids. That doesn’t mean though, that my life is “easy peasy” because they are grown up and they are only two. I also have to tell you that my first born is a single mom. She and her twin daughters are staying with us. So, that means I have a husband, a son, a daughter and two granddaughters to take care of. Now, that doesn’t sound too easy, right?

Each one of them has a different schedule. My son who is in college wakes up at 4:30 every morning. His breakfast has to be ready by 5:30. My husband eats his breakfast at 7 and my daughter arrives from work at 9. The girls are usually up at 9:30 and it will take half an hour to an hour before they ask for food. That will change again when they start school in August.

It’s only after 10 that I get some time for myself and that is usually spent working out. Then, it’s time again to look after the twins. I barely have time to eat, though I actually wouldn’t mind if I am losing weight. But alas! The weight won’t budge despite the busy schedule.

Then, I had the opportunity to try The Good Box. It helps you keep fit the natural and convenient way. A team of great chefs comprises The Good Box and their goal is to encourage natural, healthier lifestyles and to share in saving the planet from slowly destroying itself.

A 1200Kcal meal was sent to me to try.

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Breakfast:

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Crustless Caprese Quiche
Toast
Coffee

Morning Snack:

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Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Lunch:

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Moroccan Spiced Chicken with Chickpea and Pumpkin Salad
Brown Rice

Afternoon Snack:

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Homemade Banana Bread

Dinner:

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Summer Lasagna
Fresh Salad

My Thoughts

Everything looked so fresh and delicious when the meals arrived. I took some photos and placed them immediately in the fridge so they’ll still be fresh the following day. I was pretty excited the next morning because not only will I enjoy a delicious meal, but very healthy as well.

The servings looked small (of course, they are only for a 1200K calorie diet), but they certainly are filling. All are yummy and you can tell that fresh ingredients were used to make each meal.

Pros

  • You’ll never have to worry about preparing your own meals anymore. You’ll have more time for yourself!
  •  Healthy and nutritious meals will be delivered at your doorstep, daily or weekly.
  • You can choose between six (6) different calorie menus for every day of the week: 1200, 1500, 1800, 2100, 2400 and 2700 calories, to help you achieve your goals, whether it be slimming down, maintaining your weight, or trying to gain it.
  •  It’s easy, convenient and affordable.
  •  Special Meal Programs are also offered: South Beach DIet, Diabetic Diet, Hypertensive Diet and Pregnant-Diabetic Diet Programs.

Cons

I only wish heating instructions were included when they sent the meals, so people won’t be guessing how many minutes you should heat a particular dish.

Recommendation

Overall, I had a wonderful experience with The Good Box. The meals sent to me were all delicious and another thing that I really liked is they are all so filling. Although I am used to having more, I didn’t feel hungry in between meals. If all my diet meals will be this yummy, I can definitely do this! If you’re a busy mom who doesn’t have the time to prepare healthy diet meals, give The Box a try.

Book your Good Box Now!

The Good Box website: http://thegoodboxph.com/
Tel. No.: 0917-711-1732
Email: thegoodboxph@gmail.com.

Disclosure: Meal samples were sent to me to evaluate and promote The Good Box. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Review: Menopause Support Formula by Natural Goal

There are so many things in your body that change during the perimenopause period. You suddenly become irritable, you tire easily, you suddenly become hypertensive, you gain weight, there are hot flashes and night sweats (causing you not to sleep better at night), you feel bloated and many more. I’ll be turning 47 in a couple of weeks and although hot flashes are seldom (thank God!), all the other symptoms are there. I started having fluctuations in my blood pressure two years ago, but my doctor didn’t recommend maintenance drugs because it only acts up a week before or sometimes, during my period. Everything else I feel is tolerable, so I never really considered taking any supplements. Then, I was given the opportunity to review Menopause Support Formula by Natural Goal.

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Product Description

Menopause Support Formula

What Is It?
This #1 menopause support complex is especially formulated with standardized herbal extracts and other nutrients that work with the body to help balance hormone levels for a smooth menopause experience.

How Does It Work?
Hormonal imbalance is the primary cause of most menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. This supplement’s formula is a unique blend of nutrients that are known to provide healthy balance and support estrogen and progesterone activity.

Does It Really Work?
Clinically, studies have shown its main ingredients mimic estrogen in the body and to have a safe and positive physiological effects on women experiencing menopause symptoms.

Benefits
- Reduces hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings
- Relieves anxiety, stress, depression, anger
- Improves general well-being

WARNING: Not All Menopause Supplements Are The Same!
This formula has recommended potencies of key ingredients that have been shown to support a healthy response to the natural changes occurring during menopause. The special blend of standardized herbal extracts and nutrients from a well-balanced product for women. Its potency is well tested and it’s produced in a top-notch GMP facility ensuring its high quality.

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My Opinion

It might be too early, but I only started taking this a few days ago. As soon as the product arrived, I started taking it with my meals. I guess it was a good thing that it arrived a week before my period because the day after I started taking the supplement, the feeling of sluggishness was gone. I felt that I had more energy because my 20-minute morning workout stretched to 40 minutes. Even the people at home are surprised that I am not so moody. I can control my emotions and I’m not cranky.

Normally, when I take a lot of fluids, I’d feel bloated and heavy. When I took the Menopause Support Formula I peed more frequently and I didn’t feel bloated.

As for having a good night’s rest, it works like magic. I sleep deeper and I wake up feeling refreshed and energized every morning. I think it’s because the supplement prevents the drop in estrogen levels. I mentioned that the night sweats and hot flashes are very rare and they don’t usually last a long time, so I really can’t say if it helps relieve you of those symptoms. Overall, I had a wonderful experience with this product and I will continue to use it.

Recommendation

If you’re suffering from the symptoms of perimenopause, I would say that this is worth a try. It helps you feel better and has no side effects. It’s 100% HERBAL WITH NO ESTROGEN.

Menopause Support Formula can be purchased on Amazon for only $17.95. You can also buy it directly from the Natural Goal website. You may also like and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and product updates.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me for free by Natural Goal for testing purposes. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Seeds that are superfoods and then some

Searching for some healthy ways to get better nutrition into your diet, try some of these super seeds.  They can be easily integrated into your eating plans or diet with out too much fuss.

Organic White Chia Seeds

Organic White Chia Seeds

Called a superfood by some, Chia sees contain high levels of omega 3 fatty acids as well as high levels of fiber and minerals such iron, calcium, magnesium etc.

Enjoy them on your oatmeal or cereal, stir it into your veggie shakes or add to yogurt for a nutritious boost.  You can also try adding to baking goods.

Organic White Chia Seeds — 12 oz – $9.33 (55% off), Free shipping – Available at PureFormulas

(8 reviews)

 

Eden Foods Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Eden Foods Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Popular and known as Pepita in Mexico, they are rich protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium and some fatty acids.  They also contain L-tryptophan can also help with anxiety attacks, depression and mood disorders.

Enjoy them toasted by the handful or add them to your salads

Eden Foods Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Original, 4 oz – $3.25, See Site shipping – Available at Tropical Traditions

Organic Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seed

Organic Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seed

A truly versatile plant, Hemp is used in a variety of products, from clothing to food.  It contains a high percentage of edible oils and fatty acids.

Enjoy them raw, ground in a powder, sprinkle into your favorite cereal or shake or use in baking.

Organic Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seed (12 oz) by Manitoba Harvest – $15.89, 5.59 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

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Bacon Freak – Sweet & Spicy Pork Jerky

Bacon Freak - Sweet & Spicy Pork Jerky

How can you say no to bacon? This yummy snack strikes the perfect balance for those who love a little sweetness with their spiciness. Cayenne pepper and tabasco give this jerky its spicy kick, and honey gives it a hint of sweetness.

Bacon Freak – Sweet & Spicy Pork Jerky – $8.95, 4.99 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Traditional Medicinals – Organic Nettle Leaf Tea-16 Tea Bags

Traditional Medicinals - Organic Nettle Leaf Tea-16 Tea Bags

Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

Traditional Medicinals – Organic Nettle Leaf Tea-16 Tea Bags – $9.99, Free shipping – Available at Puritans Pride

 

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Review: Oregano Premium Oil Capsules

I grew up having to endure taking a tablespoon of freshly squeezed oregano extract whenever I had a cough. My mom would pound the leaves and squeeze it to get the green juice. It was bitter and I never liked the taste, but it did help ease my cough. I never did it with my children because I never wanted to force them to take it. Oregano offers a lot of health benefits. It can kill intestinal parasites, ease sinus pain, allergies, cold and flu, swine flu, earaches and fatigue. It also helps treat skin conditions such as acne, oily skin, dandruff, athlete’s foot, canker sores, warts, ringworm, rosacea, and even psoriasis. The oil is also used topically as an insect repellent and relieve insect bites.

It’s a good thing that Oregano oil now comes in capsule form. At least, I don’t have to taste that bitter liquid again. A bottle of oregano capsules and a bottle of Menopause Support Formula, complimentary of Natural Goal, arrived a few days ago. This review is all about Oregano Premium Oil Capsules.

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Product Description
This premium oregano oil in capsule form and enteric coating contains highly potent Carvacrol compound which is directly involved in inhibiting harmful micro-organisms that cause many diseases and complications. With antioxidants, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, this formula supports healthy immune system, improve gastrointestinal health, and promotes healthy bone growth and bone density.

What it does?

  • Strengthens immune system
  • Improves gastrointestinal health
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Promotes healthy bone growth and density

Ingredients
Oregano Oil (origanum vulgare) (min. 55% Carvacrol) 181.0mg, Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale) 17.6mg, Fennel OIl (Foeniculum vulgare) 19.3mg. Other ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Water, Enteric Coating and Carob. NO sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

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My Thoughts

I’ve been taking it for almost a week and although I didn’t feel any changes in the way I feel, I was surprised that my morning allergies were gone. Runny nose and sneezing after waking up have been a problem ever since I was young. Except for my regular dose of Vitamin C, I never really took anything to alleviate it. It feels great that the allergy is gone. The oil of oregano really does strengthen the immune system.

Recommendation

If you’re looking for a supplement to help build a strong immune system, You can give the oil of oregano a try. It’s all natural and doesn’t contain chemicals. It’s easy to swallow and has no taste.
It offers a lot of health benefits and it’s very affordable

Oil of Oregano Premium Enteric Capsules by Natural Goal is available on Amazon. You can also get it directly from the Natural Goal website. You may also like and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and product updates.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me for free by Natural Goal for testing purposes. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Gift Basket Ideas

Thinking of putting up a gift basket for your friends or family? Here are some great ideas to add to your basket that I’m sure everyone will love.

Wolferman’s – Create-Your-Own Traditional English Muffins 6-Pack

Wolferman's - Create-Your-Own Traditional English Muffins 6-Pack

Muffins, muffins, muffins! Take your breakfast to a new level with this delicious English muffins.

Wolferman’s – Create-Your-Own Traditional English Muffins 6-Pack – $21.95, 8.00 shipping – Available at Wolferman’s

 

Eco Fabrik – YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey — 2 lbs

Eco Fabrik - YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey -- 2 lbs

Nothing is tastier than this pure and organic honey!

Eco Fabrik – YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey — 2 lbs – $12.19, 4.99 shipping – Available at Vitacost

(177 reviews)

 

Manuka – Health Manuka Honey MGO 550 — 8.75 oz

Manuka - Health Manuka Honey MGO 550 -- 8.75 oz

Everything becomes sweet with this Manuka Honey produced from the wild, uncultivated manuka plant in New Zealand.

Manuka – Health Manuka Honey MGO 550 — 8.75 oz – $47.68 (20% off), Free shipping – Available at iHerb

(1 reviews)

 

NOW – Quinoa Grain by Now Foods – 1 lbs.

NOW - Quinoa Grain by Now Foods - 1 lbs.

Stay lean and healthy with Quinoa Grain by Now Food, the complete protein that contains all known essential amino acids. YUmmy and so easy to prepare!

NOW – Quinoa Grain by Now Foods – 1 lbs. – $7.19, 4.99 shipping – Available at evitamins.com

 

Roland – Dried Morel Mushrooms, 16-Ounce Jar

Roland - Dried Morel Mushrooms, 16-Ounce Jar

These unique mushrooms are imported from France. They are dried, pitted, and crinkly, and have cone-shaped brown caps that are hollow inside. They grow wild and are noted for their smoky, earthy flavor.

Roland – Dried Morel Mushrooms, 16-Ounce Jar – $375.43, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

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Beef Pochero

Beef Pochero is another popular beef dish Filipinos love. It’s similar to Beef Nilaga (Clear Beef Soup), but this one is cooked with tomatoes and tomato sauce. Others prepare this with just a little sauce that’s thickened, while others serve this like a soup. I like my Pochero a combination of both… saucy, but with lots of soup.

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Beef Pochero

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs stew beef, cut into cubes
  • 1 small head of a cabbage quartered
  • 2-3 bunches Pechay or Bok Choi
  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes quartered
  • 5 plantains peeled and sliced in the middle
  • 1 piece Chorizo de Bilbao, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (optional)
  • 1 small can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Fish sauce
  • oil for frying
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a pan, heat oil and fry the plantains and sweet potatoes until slightly brown, set aside.
  2. In the same pan, remove excess oil. Saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes.
  3. Add in the beef and fish sauce.
  4. Saute until brown, then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add in the Chorizo de Bilabao, tomato sauce and water. Let boil.
  6. Cover and simmer over low medium heat until beef is tender.
  7. Once the beef is tender, add in the fried sweet potatoes and cook chickpeas.
  8. Let it simmer some more. Then add the veggies.
  9. Simmer until the veggies (cabbage and pechay) are cooked.
  10. Lastly, add the fried plantain.
  11. Serve with steamed rice.
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