Turning our Kitchen into a Smart Kitchen with The Countertop

The Mr. and I are all things techie. It’s something that bonds us, I guess. An internal quest we both have to find a better way. Recently, we discovered The Countertop , an amazing device to make our kitchen a little smarter. We are super excited to experience it our home soon and sponsoring our post so we can share all the awesome details of how it works with you!

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We have both always drooled over the Smart Home models we’ve seen and tried to figure out how to incorporate those into our own dream home one day. Right now, we are leasing a home in a neighborhood so we are limited to what we can do without major renovations or investments. We recently were introduced to The Countertop. It is a new connected kitchen tool from the Orange Chef that can make recommendations for meals that are delicious, healthy and easy to make. Here’s a little about how it works:

I love that it syncs with appliances we already own like our Vitamix and Crockpot by using a simple adapter. Making our home smarter by utilizing what we already have is brilliant.

Countertop-Adapter

It will even sync with your fitness trackers and suggest the the perfect meal designed for your life. The device will also take into account your activity level, personal palate, and nutrition goals and walks you through meals step by step. The Countertop learns your preferences the more you use it.

While it won’t officially be released until the fall, you can be cool kids like us and pre-order now. Receive 50% off when you use this link to place your order.

 

Have you ever wanted a smart home? What’s the coolest appliance in your kitchen right now?

Healthy Spring Snack Cups – Perfect for Easter!

Healthy Spring Snack Cups

I love celebrating holidays and seasons with fun foods. It’s also important to our family to stay committed to healthy eating. Sure we splurge now and then. For fun daily after school treats and such, I try keep it both fun and nutrition packed. These Healthy Spring Snack cups are a great alternative to “Dirt & Worms” for parties too.

Healthy Spring Snack Cups

supplies

Ingredients:
• 1 tub (7 oz.) of your favorite original hummus
• 1 package of baby carrots
• 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
• (optional) celery stock leaves

Supplies Needed:
• A sharp kitchen knife
• Clear plastic cups (found at Dollar Tree)

Healthy Spring Snack cups

Directions:

1. Using a spoon, fill your plastic cup with the hummus. (1) 7 oz. tub will fill 1 cup entirely to the top. For kids, I purchase smaller sized cups to be able to make several. Otherwise, buy the bulk container.

2. Use a spoon or small food strainer to spread the unsweetened cocoa on the top of the hummus. This will be your “dirt”.
3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
4. Place a bit of hummus into the hole and place one of the celery leaves in it. This will make it look like a real carrot. (This step is optional)
5. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite pita chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!

These really are so easy that even the kids can assemble them themselves! What are your favorite healthy snacks and treats to serve this time of year?
Enjoy!

Eating for Heart Health : Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

chicken tacos for heart health

Cold weather instantly puts me in a mood to hibernate and cook up some delicious comfort food. Thoughts of home cooking and memories flood back, right? The only problem with this is that several of those comfort foods we all love aren’t as kind to our heart health (or our waistline) as we would hope for. Because I’ve made a commitment to better health, I started looking for recipes that were warm and comforting and heart healthy too.

Campbell’s partnership with the American Heart Association has made it easy for me. Campbell Soup Company has an entire selection of recipes designated as American Heart Association Certified. I was excited to see that several of them are family favorites that have been modified to fit guidelines of better eating habits. One of our recent family favorites has been Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos. pictured above.  Be sure to check out all the heart healthy recipes at  www.campbellskitchen.com.

Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

There are rewards to taking care of your heart too! Campbell is encouraging everyone to Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes! Have you entered yet? You have the  chance to win a variety of daily prizes – from heart-healthy products to bakeware and kitchen utensils – throughout American Heart Month (February). Campbell is also giving away a grand prize trip for two to the luxurious Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ!!!

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Enter for a chance to win by visiting www.addressyourheart.com now!

I would love to know what your favorite heart healthy meal is- Tell me in the comments below!

This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company

WIN with The Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company
Campbells Soup Address Your Heart Every Day

February is the month for addressing all matters of the heart. In addition to the roses and romance of Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart month. Now is the perfect time to consider what steps you can take to improve your health and keep your heart as healthy as possible.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States , and with risk factors steadily on the rise, it has never been more important for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I’ve joined a 90 day challenge to eat healthier and exercise daily. I have a group of people holding me accountable. It is so important that we take time to address our heart health everyday. It really is the cumulative total of several small changes that make the biggest impact on our overall health.

Campbell Soup Company is dedicated to helping women care for their hearts by providing delicious, heart-healthy foods and recipes as part of their continued support of the American Heart Association. They have a variety of products that feature the American Heart Association check mark making it easy to select heart healthy foods when shopping.

Campbell's Soup Address your Heart Pinterest Sweepstakes

Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

To encourage women in the quest for better health, Campbell Soup Company is launching the Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest sweepstakes to encourage small steps towards making heart-healthy lifestyle choices every day. Daily prizes will be given out as well as  a grand prize trip for two to the luxurious Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ! (Personally, I have my fingers crossed for that one!) You can enter for your chance to win by visiting www.addressyourheart.com, simply completing the entry form and clicking “submit”. To get more inspiration for heart healthy recipes follow @CampbellKitchen on Pinterest and pin your favorites from the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pinterest board.

What steps are you taking to ensure your best possible heart health? Comment below and tell me which @CampbellKitchen recipe is your favorite.

Review: Super Swizz Spiral Slicer

super swizz spiral slicer

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I love getting as many vegetables into my family’s diet as possible. Usually they are on board with it too. Then I started messing with their pastas, substituting spaghetti squash for spaghetti. This took a little getting used to.  Since it was one of my favorite meals, quick and easy to make too, we’ve had this at least once a week.

I may have overplayed my hand…. and they specifically asked we not have spaghetti squash for awhile. ( insert sad mom face here)

Technically…. they said no spaghetti squash but nothing was specified about spaghetti made from other vegetables. My vegetable spaghetti was back on our menu when I found the Super Swizz Spiral Slicer.

The Super Swizz Spiral Slicer is a kitchen tool designed to make raw vegetable “pastas” with ease from carrots, zucchinis and the like. From veggie spaghetti, easy stir fry, to fancy garnishes for the sushi plate, this spiral cutter makes it easy.

To make the spiral slices you simply use  the Super Swizz like a pencil sharpener. There will be a little leftover (like a pencil-sized core) which you can easily slice as normal. It took me a few practice carrots and a zucchini to get the hang of making the perfect spiral slices but when I did It was great. The slicing went super fast and these cooked up easily.  I actually use the Super Swizz Spiral Slicer for adding extra vegetables in my salads too. It makes for a great food garnishes to present  at any meal.

Needless to say we are back to eating vegtable spagetti at our house and the kids like it more because it has a slightly different flavor and they even like using it to make the spirals. I like it because we are still eating healthy AND I have help making dinner!

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