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Foods I’m Loving Lately

by Courtney on August 22, 2013

I know I mentioned this previously, but lately, food has not been front and center in my mind. Nope…I guess having a (almost 4 week old?!?) newborn at home will do that to ya.

Depending on the day, my eats may not look all that exciting or healthy, but I do try my best everyday to maintain an adequate calorie intake, incorporate some color, and try to meet all of the various food groups. So even though food really isn’t my top priority these days, there are still some different things that I’ve been loving (when I get a chance to eat them).

For the past two mornings, I’ve been lovin’ me some Love Grown Foods super oats, topped with sliced bananas and almond butter.

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In case you hadn’t already heard, Love Grown recently launched two new varieties of super oats and I will say that they are delicious. For a while during pregnancy there, oats just really didn’t appeal to me, but after having them the past two days, I am more than happy to have them back!

Peanut butter is another love lately but, well, that’s no secret.

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For snacks, anything that’s quick to grab is a-okay in my book, and trail mix has definitely been a go-to.

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I recently had the opportunity to make my own “custom mix” of trail mix from Nuts.com, which is actually just a few almonds and chocolate chips shy of being demolished.

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For lunches and mid-afternoon snacks, there’s been a few days where I have thoroughly enjoyed a major favorite of mine, which has been off my radar for WAY too long…smoothies!

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While I do have some smoothie favorites in my collection, I recently branched out a bit and tried some new ones which have all totally rocked my world. The smoothie bowl above was loaded with fresh blueberries (as if the color didn’t already give that away), but the smoothie below was even more incredible, thanks to one ingredient. Can you guess what it is?

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Well if you guessed peanut butter, then you’re correct. ;)

That smoothie was sort of like a pb & j, with pb, vanilla protein powder, and fresh strawberries being the star ingredients. It was delicious, but there was another one I made with peanut butter and some cocoa powder and honestly, it tasted just like a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. It. Was. Incredible.

On Tuesday, believe it or not, I actually found the time to bake. I know, go figure, right?

I had some ripe bananas that needed to be used up so I used a slightly altered version of this banana bread recipe to make ourselves a loaf.

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I’ve been enjoying at least one piece a day since and I must say that it is definitely a winner of a recipe!

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So, so good. Especially when topped with a little butter or, surprise surprise, peanut butter. ;)

When it comes to after-dinner treats, I’ve been all over the board. Some days, I need something with more substance so I’ll have a mug of cereal or something like that. But for days when I really just want something a little sweet, I’ve been enjoying fruit bars, just like these Fruttare ones.

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I recently had the opportunity to try out a few varieties of these fruit bars and I am loving them! The strawberry and milk ones are a bit different and creamier than the average fruit bars, so those are great for a change to switch things up a bit.

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But I think my favorite are just the regular ol’ fruit bars. My particular grocery store didn’t have too many flavors besides strawberry, but I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for the mango and orange varieties. I’d be willing to bet that they’re scrumptious.

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You guys know how much I love my sweet treats! And if you want a chance to try them out for yourself, just leave a comment on this post to try to win a free coupon for Fruttare! Any comment you leave will enter you to win! I’ll choose the winner tomorrow, along with the Reebok Nano giveaway….good luck!

Content provided in partnership with Fruttare.

So what kinds of foods have YOU been loving lately? Anything seasonal? Any good recipes you’ve come across? If they’re easy and require little time, feel free to share. ;)

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1 Coco August 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

First commenter, whoa!! I love fruit bars so I can’t wait to try these
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2 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I TOTALLY know what you mean about the food thing… Just within the past month or month and a half have I had the desire to put more time, thought, and energy into my meals and snacks. Before that, it was whatever was fast and easy. Of course like you, I tried to add in some color, nutrients, and plenty of calories, but food wasn’t a huge priority to me like it was before. Interesting how things change, eh? ;) Trail mix, PB&J, smoothies, cereal, and sandwiches were my go-to foods…and still are a lot of the time!
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3 Chelsea August 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Yum, those look good! And I was just thinking that I should have brought some peanut butter to work to have with my apple today!

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4 Emily G August 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

My two recent obsessions: roasted vegetables and overnight oats…delicious!

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5 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run August 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I, too, am LOVING the new Super Oats! They cook SUPER fast, too!

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6 Lauren @ LaMaLu Boutique August 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Glad to see oats are back. I’ve been sick of them for a while now and hoping that stops before the cold weather!

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7 catherine p August 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Yummmy. Fruit bars!!!!

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8 Ashley @ Life and Fitness August 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I would love to try new fruit bars! :)
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9 Kathryn August 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I haven’t really been craving anything recently, but when my kids were born, I could not got enough Clementines. I would literally go through a 5lb box a week for the first month or so.

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10 Caroline August 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I love fruit bars but I don’t buy them often enough!!

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11 Katie @ Baking and Swimming August 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Those fruit bars look delicious!

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12 Danica @ It's Progression August 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Lately I’ve been loving in-season fruits like nectarines, plums, and peaches. I’ve also had a crazy obsession with salted macadamia nuts lately too – on salads, in cereal bowls, by the handful – delicious!
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13 Maggie August 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Those fruit bars look amazing! Also I’m going to need to find some of those super oats. Thanks for sharing all your tasty eats!

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14 Laura August 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I would love the chance to try these frozen treats! I love frozen treats!!!!!

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15 Christine August 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I have been eyeing these for awhile, so I would like to give th a try. My daughter would too.

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16 Hannah August 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Those fruit bars look like the perfect end of summer treat!

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17 kolya August 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

okay…yum! I love any frozen treat pretty much (:

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18 Tara August 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I have been LOVING Justin’s Maple Almond Butter! SO SO good!! http://www.justins.com/products.php
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19 Nina August 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Those look delicious! Perfect for the end of summer.

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20 Jill August 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Yum! Those look great.

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21 Emily H August 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I’ve been loving fresh watermelon and peaches! Can’t get enough!

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22 Alaina August 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I tried the Mango Fruttare and really enjoyed them! I can’t get enough of all the flavor options! I need to try them all!

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23 Lauren August 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’m definitely on the nuts.com website right now making my own trail mix. That’s so cool! Yeah I know I could probably do that at my grocery store haha but I get to NAME this one? So cool
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24 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat August 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

So for not having much time, I think your eats look pretty darn good! PB is definitely a fav of mine too, and I’ve also recently tried almond butter and coconut butter, which I’m loving too! I LOVE adding PB to my smoothie! It makes it taste that much better!
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25 Caitie @ twentytwofit August 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Love that idea for the PB & J style smoothie. MUST give it a try soon!!!
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26 Kristin Martin August 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I would love to try a kiwi flavored fruit bar. Yumm!!!

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27 Suzanne August 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I love those fruit bars! Best thing for the summer!

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28 Erin August 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I have heard of these- I’d love to try them!

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29 Sarah @ Sweet Miles August 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

That smoothie looks delicious!! Yummmy! And that bread..oh man..my weakness!! Hope that little 4 week old is being super sweet these days!! :) :)
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30 Maria@TheBrooklynFig August 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I’ve been loving just about any type of fresh berries lately!
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31 Ashley N. August 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

YUM! These bars look good!

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32 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Don’t worry … soon enough, you’ll get to start eating like a normal person again. I remember the first couple of weeks, I had Brandon actually feeding me, while I held and fed Addie! ;)
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33 ALexandra August 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Ahh that smoothie bowl looks delicious! I’ve gotten out of the habit of making smoothies lately but I think that you just re-ignited my true love of them :)

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34 Ashley Renee August 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I’ve been lovvvvvvinngggg fresh fruit from the Pike Place Market this week! It’s SO nice to finally be home after being away for 5 weeks. I lovvveeeeeeeee getting my blueberries and peaches and apples and can’t resist throwing them into some chobani :)
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35 Ellie@Fit for the soul August 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

so true that food becomes so forgotten when you have a baby doing his/her thing and being a baby, hah! Oh mannnn thank you for posting about the banana bread because my sweet tooth has been raging lately and in need of something sweet yet SUBSTANTIAL. I better get to work and start baking my own breads again. ;)
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36 Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats August 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I recently discovered Fruttare bars too! I love the mango and peach & milk ones :)
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37 Stephanie August 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I love those fruttare bars! They have been on my grocery list all summer :)

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38 Lauren A August 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I need to try that banana bread!! Here is a great “healthy” dessert recipe that another fellow blogger posted ysterday…blueberry pie for one! I tried it last night, and it was ahhhhmazing!

http://carrotsncake.com/2013/08/blueberry-pie-for-one.html

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39 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes August 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

That blue smoothie bowl is really pretty haha! I’ve also been spending a little too much time on Pinterest lately but out of it has come some amazing meals!!!
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40 Natalie @ Free Range Human August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I’ve been eating so much squash lately! I’m sad that it’s almost out of season. I’m very envious of the new Love Grown Oats. They don’t sell them in my area!
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41 Heather @fitncookies August 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

i LOVEEE popsicles in the summer! Those look like such an awesome night time snack!
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42 Melissa August 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Looks so good! I’ve been loving Greek yogurt per usual and sugar-free pudding cups!
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43 Kate August 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Those fruit bars look like the perfect summer dessert! Along with some chocolate of course :)

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44 Chris August 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Frozen fruit bars are perfect on these hot (late) summer days!!

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45 HeatherHeatherlecouix August 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Those fruit bars look like summer in a box! Would love to try!

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46 Kristi August 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Yum. fruit bars! haven’t tried those, but they look delicious.

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47 Becky@TheSavedRunner August 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Ooh I want to try that peanut butter and jelly smoothie! Sounds delicious!

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48 Ashley H. August 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I have been loving fresh nectarines! I LOVE that fruit! SO good!

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49 Natalie P. August 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Ooo the strawberry bars look really good, I love having a sweet treat after dinner!

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50 Kristen B August 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I’d love to try the mango flavor!

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51 Nancy August 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Nothing like a cold popsicle for a treat during the summer!

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52 Jen W. August 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I love fruit bars…..

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53 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl August 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I’ve been loving the smoothies lately too! Would love to try the fruit bars!
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54 Floey August 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Those look so refreshing!

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55 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Peanut butter is always something I’m loving! And I’ve also been digging plain Greek yogurt that’s NOT fat free. Who knew a little bit o’ fat could make such a big difference?? ;)
The fruttare bars look delicious. I love good ol’ strawberry fruit bars.
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56 Britt @ Fit Fit Britt Britt August 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I would love to try the coconut ones!
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57 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I’m so jealous of those super oats, they look amazing! I can’t wait until they are in stores!

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58 Leigha @ Minougirl August 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I tried the banana bars, and omg they’re fantastic! I am loving all your lately foods!
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59 Kaylin August 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Yay for Fruttare!

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60 Katie M August 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I love fruit bars like these – they are grown-up popsicles! Strawberry is usually my fav flavor.

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61 Amy P. August 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I have been craving yogurt like crazy lately!

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62 Amanda August 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Fried pickles!

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63 Xai August 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Those Super Oats sound soo good right now! Is it weird that I sometimes eat a small bowl of oatmeal as a night time snack?
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64 Mary Allison August 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I am loving pineapple and cantaloupe right now!

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65 Ashley W August 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Those look so good, especially the strawberry and milk ones.

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66 Jackie August 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

those bars look delish and would be a good alternative to my fro-yo craving :)

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67 Kate August 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I am loving anything frozen right now! I’d love to try those!

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68 Erica August 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Those fruit bars (and the banana bread!) look delicious!

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69 Erin August 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I’m also loving pb in a major way right now so those fruit bars would be a great alternative!

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70 Jill C. August 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I’ve wanted to try these Fruttare bars for a couple of weeks! Regardless of if I win this coupon, I think I’ll get a box tomorrow :)
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71 Jessica August 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I’ve been meaning to buy them! They seem like the perfect summer evening snack.

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72 Kortney August 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Those plain strawberry bars look yummy!

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73 Katie August 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Those fruit bars look great – I bet the mango is awesome!

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74 Anie U August 23, 2013 at 12:42 am

I have been all about peaches recently – so, so good!

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75 Tracey August 23, 2013 at 1:43 am

My family had 2 cantaloupes just sitting on the corner which I cut up and also ate most of it. Hard work=reward

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76 Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog August 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

Mmm, can’t go wrong with fruit bars. Per usual, I have been enjoying Swedish Fish and Goldfish, as well as plain vanilla ice cream, topped with sprinkles, chocolate sauce, whipped cream AND Cupcake Goldfish. Amazing combo!
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77 Nicole G August 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

I have been wanting to try those fruit bars-I love the Edys ones!

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78 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

Those bars look yummy! I have been loving crockpot chicken caesar sandwiches lately. They are so easy and delicious! I have the recipe on my blog :)
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79 Katrina August 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

I made some PUMPKIN oats last week and tried a new PUMPKIN PIE recipe a couple days ago! Guess I’m ready for fall flavors!

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80 Ali August 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

I recently tried PB in a smoothie and it was so good!

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81 Rebecca August 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

Those frozen fruit bars look like the perfect late-summer treat!

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82 Gracie August 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

I’ve been seeing those Super Oats everywhere – dying to try them!

Lately I’ve been on a Quest bar kick. Their chocolate chip cookie dough ones are SO good (esp microwaved for 15 seconds – tastes just like cookie dough)
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83 Jenn August 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

Those fruit bars look amazing! I’d love to win a free coupon for them!

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84 Laura S August 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

I’ve seen these in Target-you should check there! The mango ones look so good!

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85 Naomi August 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Yum, I love fruit bars! I would love to try these!

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86 Rochelle August 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I thoroughly enjoy the fruit bars that I’ve had, but I haven’t tried the Fruttare ones yet. I would love to win a free coupon to try them, risk free =D

Thanks for this opportunity

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87 April V August 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

These are my absolute favorite posts from you!! Love to see what your loving lately in the food department! :) Thanks for the chance to win as well!

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88 kristin August 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I would love to try this brand – im currently obsessed with the edy’s creamy coconut – would love to try out a new brand/flavor

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89 Rebecca August 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

There’s nothing like having a fresh loaf of homemade bread in the house! It’s the best :)
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90 Kristin August 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Your pb and straweberry smoothie looks delish!!!

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91 kristin August 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Peach? That sounds amazing!

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92 Lisa August 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

YUM, fruit bars, can’t wait to try them!

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93 Nala August 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Those fruit bars do look good – the perfect thing for summer! I haven’t had banana bread in along time so I will be sure to have some after seeing the loaf you baked. I think the foods I’m loving so far are hot oatmeal with fruit, greek yoghurt and LUNA bars – especially the chocolate coconut dipped flavor =)

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94 Kari F August 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

The strawberry and milk looks delicious!

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95 Renee @ Fit For Motherhood August 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

All you food sounds tasty and easy; exactly what I have been loving lately. I am definitely going to nuts.com to make my own trail mix. I think that would be a perfect go to snack for me. Thanks!!
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96 Ashley P August 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Those fruit bars look great! I’d love to try them!

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97 Kristi August 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I’ve had two boxes of Fruttare Strawberry and Milk in my freezer and just tried one the other day. They were Good!!
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98 Rachel @ Lou Lou Belle August 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

Yum! Those bars sound delicious! I would love to give them a try!

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99 char eats greens August 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

I just took bananas out of the freezer to make banana bread today. I have another recipe pulled up that I was going to try, but now you’ve confused me. WHICH ONE DO I USE?!?! haha

Here’s the other one (that Janae suggested on her blog):
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/banana-bread-recipe/index.html

Maybe I can incorporate the two ;)
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