What’s your current favorite breakfast?

I won’t lie, I’m really bad about breakfast. I don’t have time before I drop the kids off at school and then I have errands to run and then next thing I know, it’s 11 am and I am officially hangry.

Happens to you too?

So on those days, I’ve been trying to remember to grab something on the way out the door. And if I go for a serving of these Nature Valley Granola Bites, I can nibble on the run and I stay full until lunch!

The Nature Valley Granola Bites come in Blueberry Almond and Honey Almond flavors. They are soft baked with just a bit of crunch – so they’re perfect for people who don’t look how crunchy regular granola can be.

The bites are hearty and satisfying and have 7 grams of protein per serving! They are perfect portable breakfast or snack that can be taken to work, camping, in the car, or anywhere else you need to go!

My favorite part of the Nature Valley Granola Bites is that they contain no artificial flavors or colors, 0 grams of trans fat, and no high fructose corn syrup!

For more info on Nature Valley, make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And keep an eye out for the new Nature Valley Granola Bites!

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I couldn’t wait any longer to start using Halloween candy!

This is a fun post because not only am I sharing that delicious Halloween Candy Cookie Cake up there but I’m also showing you how to make a BOO Kit to surprise your friends, neighbors, co-workers, whoever!

How to make a cute and spooky BOO Kit! Surprise neighbors, friends, family, co-workers with this basket of fun for Halloween!

So if you’ve never heard of a BOO Kit, it’s just a fun way to share some treats with the people you care about. You fill up a cute bucket with candy, creepy Halloween goodies, and top it off with a You’ve Been BOO’d! sign.

For my BOO Kit, I went with fun size M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, and TWIX®. And tiny cans of Sunkist® and A&W Rootbeer – they have the cutest monsters on the cans right now! I also added a couple cute Halloween cups, some orange and black paper straws, and a creepy spider in a web.

I got all the supplies at Walmart. They have a huge aisle of Halloween candy right now and you can find the cute Halloween soda in the regular soda aisle.

If you love the You’ve Been BOO’d sign, you can print that here.

You can also Save $1.00 on TWO (2) 2L or 6pk 8oz cans of any flavor Sunkist® Soda, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, A&W®, Squirt®, or Sun Drop® with this coupon!

How to make a cute and spooky BOO Kit! Surprise neighbors, friends, family, co-workers with this basket of fun for Halloween!

And if by some weird chance you have leftover Halloween candy, you should chop it up and turn it into this delicious Halloween Candy Cookie Cake. I took my chocolate chip cookie cake recipes, left out the chocolate chips, and pressed M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, and TWIX® on the top before baking.

I added some frosting and chopped M&M’s® on top after it was cooled but feel free to skip that step! It’s really delicious. You can’t go wrong with a giant cookie with candy in it!

Halloween Candy Cookie Cake - use leftover Halloween candy to make a giant cookie!


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One of my favorite ways to add flavor and a bit of extra protein to a meal is with bacon. There are very few things that bacon doesn’t go well with. Honestly, I can’t even come up with something right now. Bacon works well with all veggies, bacon works with meats, bacon works with ice cream…

I could keep going.

Something I eat pretty much every day is a salad. And every day, without fail, I have bacon on top of my salad. I cycle through several variations of salad depending on my mood and every single one includes at least a slice of bacon.

This was last week’s salad and it was a good one. I use baby kale for the base which is a lot more tender than the curly-looking kale so there’s no need to massage it. It’s perfect as is. If you can’t find the baby kale, just get the regular kale and let it sit in the dressing for a few minutes until it’s softened up.

The kale is tossed with the homemade vinaigrette and then it’s topped with grape tomatoes, blue cheese, sliced hard boiled eggs, diced avocado, and some cooked and crumbled Wright® Brand Bacon.

We are still digging the Wright® Brand Bacon! This bigger, better bacon is a great deal at Walmart and I’ve been picking up a package each time I’ve had to make a grocery run. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my husband is currently obsessed with deviled eggs – I mean, seriously obsessed. I make a dozen (24 halves) for him every day for lunch.

But anyway, we’re been tearing through some Wright® Brand Bacon because what’s a deviled egg without bacon?

But yes, head to Walmart for a great deal on Wright® Brand Bacon and then put it on top of everything you eat!

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Tracking PixelDelicious Pineapple Snack Cake made with DOLE Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice is perfect for any occasion.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a cake that can be eaten for breakfast.

I mean, I can justify pretty much any cake for breakfast (leftover birthday cake? Duh.) but I love a coffee cake or a fruity cake because no one can judge me.

This Pineapple Snack Cake was my breakfast for several mornings last week. And before you start thinking it’s not a breakfast cake, let me assure you that it’s doubley breakfast-y.

Because pineapple, of course. Fruit = breakfast. That’s just a fact. Aaaand it has a cream cheese frosting. What is cream cheese? Breakfast food. See? I can justify anything for breakfast.

I love using DOLE Canned Fruits in recipes (you guys know I am the worst at cutting pineapples and mangoes!) and the DOLE Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice was perfect for this cake.

DOLE Canned Fruit is naturally fat free, cholesterol free, and contains very little sodium. They are also rich in vitamins A and C. I am forever using the DOLE Canned Fruit varieties in fruit salad because they are so convenient. It’s perfect for all your summer desserts or for healthy snacks. Mandarin oranges mixed into cottage cheese is a one of my favorite snacks! DOLE Canned Fruit is available at your local grocery store or super center in the canned fruit aisle. For more information on the DOLE Canned Fruit and to see all the varieties they offer, visit DOLE.com.

This cake stays so moist thanks to the crushed pineapple and it is absolutely delicious. The cream cheese frosting and the toasted coconut is perfect on top.

And remember, it totally counts as breakfast food.

Pineapple Snack Cake

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We are officially two days away from one of the biggest grilling holidays. How excited are you? Hopefully as excited as I am.

We’ve already talked about how much I love the 4th of July but what I haven’t told you is that I’m approaching the holiday with a game plan. Because I have s’mores on my brain and I cannot even wait to roast a million marshmallows over the grill and then smush them in between graham crackers with all sorts of chocolate.

The best.

So my game plan is to cook healthy for our cookout to save calories/stomach space for the s’mores.

Enter this salad. I’ll be making this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad because it’s healthy and filling and it has tons of flavors, textures, and basically all my favorite things.

So the base is quinoa and it’s tossed with a cilantro lime dressing. And then on top of that you put your Blackened Chicken. This grilled chicken is SO perfect. I used thighs because we prefer it over breasts but use what you like. The chicken is rubbed with a delicious mixture of spices and herbs and then it’s grilled until blackened. We’ve been grilling thighs like this every weekend to throw over salads and such during the week.

And then on top of the chicken, you layer avocado slices, mango, grilled corn, blueberries, feta, and more cilantro. I’m telling you, so much flavor going on here.

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