Amy’s Bean and Rice Non-Dairy Burrito

I’ve been on a frozen kick lately. Not talking about the weather. :-P As much as I enjoy cooking, sometimes it’s just easier (and faster!) to whip up something frozen. I recently reviewed Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese, and now my newest frozen find is from Amy’s. Have you tried their burritos? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I never had! I bought one for the first time at Whole Foods yesterday. My mom always raves about them, and I finally know why.

Amy's Bean and Rice Non-Dairy Burrito

I opted for the light in sodium, non-dairy version with rice and beans. As of late, I’ve decided to give up dairy as much as possible. Ever since I started reading The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World, my opinions and beliefs about dairy have entirely changed. I don’t find it necessary. Based on what I’ve learned, the negatives definitely outweigh the positives. This article “The Dangers of Dairy,” from Mind Body Green, pretty much sums it up.

Amy's Bean and Rice Non-Dairy Burrito

Anywho, back to the burrito! All you have to do is pop it in the microwave for a few minutes and you’re good to go. Couldn’t be easier! It tastes very hearty (even without the cheese). However next time I think I’ll add some hot sauce or salsa for a little extra flavor.

In sum, this burrito is an AWESOME substitute for pricey take-out or delivery food, and is a great option for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Two thumbs up!

Amy's Bean and Rice Non-Dairy Burrito Nutrition Facts

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Valentine’s Day is nearly two weeks away! Have you finished shopping yet? Time is running out… but I’ve got you covered! Take a look at my new gift guide “for him” for plenty of options big and small — from cocktail shakers to heart-patterned socks and Bose speakers. And if you’re looking for more female-centric gifts, be sure to check out my list of 11 Edible Gifts for Valentine’s Day. Happy shopping…!

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband:

Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband

Forever 21 Heart-Patterned Socks:

Forever 21 Heart-Patterned Socks

Lacoste Blanc Eau de Toilette for Men:

Lacoste Blanc Eau de Toilette for Men

AMC Theatre Gift Card:

AMC Theatre Gift Card

Brooks Brothers Rope Split Stripe Tie in Light Blue

Brooks Brothers Light Blue Stripe Tie

Sparq Home Mix Whiskey Rocks:

Sparq Home Mix Whiskey Rocks

Bose QuietComfort Headphones:

Bose QuietComfort Headphones

Polo Ralph Lauren Kimono Robe:

Polo Ralph Lauren Kimono Robe

Herschel Supply Co. Duffel Bag:

Herschel Supply Co. Duffel Bag

Izola Shake Rattle & Roll Shaker

Izola Shake Rattle & Roll Shaker

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker:

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

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Best Ways to Spend a Snow Day

Who else is snowed in? Here are some fun ideas for how to spend your snow day (or any other winter day, for that matter!). I’ll be doing many of these activities myself. :-D

New York Snow Day

1. Work from home.

2. Catch up with a friend.

3. Curl up with a good book. (I’m currently reading The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World.)

The Food Revolution

4. Netflix binge. (My picks: Friends, Mad Men, Scandal and Revenge.)

5. Watch a good chick flick. (My picks: Dirty DancingPretty In Pink, Mean GirlsClueless and Breakfast At Tiffany’s.)

Mean Girls

6. Plan a vacation.

7. Clean out and organize your closet.

8. Paint your nails. (Essie’s “No Place Like Chrome” is one of my new favorites! Probably the best metallic polish I’ve ever tried.)

Essie No Place Like Chrome

Essie Polish 1-27-2015

9. Make a new playlist on Spotify.

10. Bake something sweet. (Visit my Pinterest for inspiration!)

Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies

11. Write a list of goals for the year.

12. Brainstorm a winter bucket list.

13. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate in your favorite mug.

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows

14. Go outside and take pictures of the snow.

15. Play in the snow!

16. Shop online.

17. Create a new Pinterest board of recipes to try this winter.

18. Work out with a fitness DVD or at-home circuit workout (tons of ideas on my Pinterest board.)

No Nonsense Circuit

19. Organize emails, files and pictures on your computer.

20. Take a nap!

New York Snow Day

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11 Edible Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

I know some people hate Valentine’s Day. But c’mon… how can you despise a holiday that revolves around chocolate? ;-) I mean… there’s chocolate-covered strawberries, truffles, cookies… the list goes on. No matter how you’re celebrating, or who you’re buying for, I can guarantee they (or you!) will appreciate something edible! I’ve put together a list of my 11 favorite tasty gifts, all of which can be ordered online. Enjoy… and treat yourself (!).

Shari’s Berries Hand-Decorated Valentine’s Cookies

Shari's Berries Valentine's Day Cookies

Edible Arrangements Sweetheart Bouquet

Edible Arrangements Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Vosges Volupté Heart Caramel Bonbon Collection

Vosges Valentine's Day Chocolates

William Greenberg Pink and White Cookies

William Greenberg Pink and White Cookies

Shari’s Berries Conversation Heart Brownie Pops

Shari's Berries Conversation Heart Brownie Pops

Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookie Tin and B-Day Truffle Box

Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookie Tin and B-Day Truffle Box

Harry & David Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Pops

Harry & David Valentine's Day Cheesecake Pops

Fatty Sunday’s White Chocolate Pretzels

Fatty Sunday's White Chocolate Pretzels

Jacques Torres Heart Box

Jacques Torres Heart Box

Harry & David Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Gift Box

Harry & David Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Funky Chunky Double Mini Popcorn Gift Pack

Funky Chunky Popcorn Gift Pack

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Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese

Who says mac and cheese is just for kids?! Not me! I just discovered Trader Joe’s reduced guilt mac and cheese, which boasts 65% less fat and 25% fewer calories than its regular version. Yes, it’s true… mac and cheese CAN be healthy! I am officially a fan. This was an excellent find, and best of all, took only minutes to prepare!

I’m not typically a huge fan of pasta (it doesn’t really fill me up). So this purchase was definitely outside of my ‘comfort zone.’ But I decided to give it a try when I noticed the protein content (15g!).

Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese

Given the nutritional stats, you’ll see that this really is a pretty healthy meal. It tastes delicious, and far more substantial than the Easy Mac that i remember from my college days. The sauce is creamy and rich, and the elbow pasta noodles taste far more significant than the typical thin tube noodles you’ll find in many boxed versions. While you could definitely eat this on its own, I mixed in some Brussels sprouts and kale for a a little veggie boost. Yum! I would highly recommend this to any of the mac and cheese fans out there, or those of you looking for an easy, healthy meal to make after work during the week! Give it a try!

Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese

6 Glass Water Bottles to Fuel Your 2015 Workouts

I’m excited to share one of my latest obsessions: GLASS water bottles! My brother gave me a pink one for Christmas from Ello (it was on my Christmas list!), and it’s been a real game-changer. Why? I was skeptical of glass’s ‘superiority,’ too, especially since my old plastic and aluminum bottles seemed to suffice. But these Amazon reviews changed my mind. I’m so glad that they did. All I can say is… wow! Water just TASTES better from a glass bottle. It’s surprisingly purer, cleaner and smoother. I drink a lot of water as it is, but I’ve already found myself sipping more lately now that I have this bottle! If you’re in the market, I’d highly recommend making the ‘glass’ switch. Think of it as workout motivation! ;-) Here are 6 of my favorites:

Glass Water Bottles

Ello 20-oz Glass Water Bottle:

Ello Glass Water Bottle

Bkr 500ml Glass Water Bottle:

Bkr Glass Water Bottle

Lifefactory 22-Ounce Glass Bottle with Flip Cap:

Lifefactory Water Bottle

 Takeya 16-oz. Glass Water Bottle:

Takeya Glass Water Bottle

Lululemon 18-oz Glass Water Bottle:

Lululemon Glass Water Bottle

Ello 20-oz Glass Water Bottle with Bamboo Lid:

Ello Glass Water Bottle with Bamboo Lid

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