Archives for July 2016

New Organic Products I Found at Costco: July 2016

While wandering Costco I like to take note of any new organic offerings. If these aren’t in your store, I suggest filling out a comment card and letting Costco know you’d like these organic offerings too!

Some of these items may be seasonal (like the many ice cream bars!). If you have a freezer and like a particular product, I suggest stocking up.

organic turkey at Costco

Organic Turkey $4.99/Pound

jules organic yogurt bars

Jules Organic Yogurt Bars $0.83/Bar

jules organic ice cream sandwiches

Jules Organic Ice Cream Sandwiches Regularly $12.89/Box

healthy choice organic fudge bars

Healthy Choice Organic Fudge Bars $0.66/Bar

chloe organic

Chloe Organic Soft Serve Fruit Bars $0.75/Bar

Seeds of Change

Seeds of Change Brown and Red Rice with Chia and Kale $10.99/6

organic coconut milk

Thai Organic Coconut Milk $9.99/6 Pack (This may not be new. Have you seen it before???)

Bone Broth

Pacific Organic Chicken Bone Broth $18.99/6 Pack

quinoa macaroni

Gogo Quinoa Organic Macaroni $7.99/2.2 Pounds

What new organic products have you found at Costco???


Faux-puccino Smoothie: Whole30, Sugar Detox, Paleo Recipe

Treat yourself to a faux-puccino – real food ingredients make this smoothie far better than a coffee store drink.

Faux-puccino smoothie that uses only real food ingredients. It's the perfect healthy substitute for your Starbucks favorite.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never had a frappuccino. But I’ve had plenty of smoothies, and this one may be my favorite to date.

It’s a coffee based smoothie, so it’s excellent in the morning, OR an awesome pick-me-up to chase away the mid-afternoon slump.

I’d say this is an ideal smoothie to make with leftover coffee, but we’ve never had leftover coffee in our house, so I wouldn’t really know.

I’ll brew a special pot of coffee then tuck it away in the fridge just for this smoothie.

But here’s an idea. You know that cup of coffee you set down in the morning but forgot about until the afternoon? Perhaps you’d put it in the microwave to warm it up and then found it in there hours later? You could use that coffee. 🙂

You can make this smoothie with any kind of milk your family drinks: almond, soy, cow’s, coconut…

I use almond milk. That keeps it dairy-free so it’s suitable for a Paleo, Whole30 or Sugar Detox diet.

But if this is not a concern for you, cow’s milk works just fine!

After your milk and coffee, you just need a few more additions.

faux paccino smoothie ingredients

I love that the almond butter adds some protein to this smoothie. It makes it more filling and sustaining. The almond butter, plus the banana, make it sweet.

If you want, freeze the banana first. It’ll make your smoothie taste more like a frappucinno.

Now, I suppose, if you were so inclined, you could add some oats to this faux-pucinno. Then, you’d have a nourishing breakfast on the go – with your coffee included! Winning!

Faux-puccino Smoothie: Whole30, Sugar Detox, Paleo Recipe


  • 1/2 cup coffee, chilled
  • 1/2 cup milk (almond, soy, cow's...)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 banana, sliced (can be frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder


  1. Add coffee, milk, almond butter, banana, cinnamon, and cocoa powder to a blender. Process until ingredients are smooth. Serves 1.

Since my girls are the frappuccino drinkers, I had them be my taste tasters on this recipe. I got a two thumbs up review. They both agreed that this made a delicious substitute.

This recipe only makes one smoothie, so be prepared to double, triple, or even quadruple it because everyone in your family will want one.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce

Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make but tastes better than anything store bought.

Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make. This ice cream hack will not only impress your kids but it tastes better than anything store bought.

One of my fondest childhood memories involves digging into a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate shell sauce – otherwise known as magic shell.

I loved to crack the topping with my spoon to reveal the creamy vanilla ice cream underneath.

Although we try to eat healthy in our house, we all love a sweet treat. During the summer, ice cream is the top of our cravings list.

One night I decided to experiment with making a homemade chocolate shell sauce.

Why did I wait so long? This recipe is easy and the results are better than anything you can buy in the store.

Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make. This ice cream hack will not only impress your kids but it tastes better than anything store bought.

If you are turned off by this recipe because you don’t like coconut oil, it may be that you’ve never bought the right kind of coconut oil.

Try buying refined coconut oil. It has a neutral flavor, so you skip the coconut taste. This is the brand I use.

If you don’t have a double boiler, use a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water. I don’t advise microwaving the chocolate.

Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce


  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a double boiler, melt chocolate.
  2. Once chocolate is melted, stir in coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour over ice cream. Allow to cool and set before serving (a few minutes).

Truthfully, if I was making this chocolate self to eat by myself (and boy would I love to!), I would probably add some cinnamon or some cayenne pepper. I think both flavors pair so well with a dark, rich chocolate.

This recipe does make a generous portion. We had plenty leftover. I stored it in the fridge, then just reheated in the double boiler.

What flavor ice cream will you choose to top with your homemade chocolate shell sauce?

Fat Flush Detox Drink Recipe

This detox drink is full of fat flushing ingredients.

A great tasting detox drink full of fat flushing and metabolism boosting ingredients.

Oh friends. Let me tell you a little something about turning 40.

On your 40th birthday, chances are good, real good, that your metabolism will pack a bag and hit the road.

Whereas you previously may have been able to eat with abandon (raises hand), you will no longer be able to do so, much to your disappointment.

The sad fact is, once your metabolism has up and left, you will join the legions of other 40+ somethings who put on two pounds per year. Every year.

Fast forward to 46. At 2 pounds a year, that means you may weigh 12 pounds more than you did on your 40th birthday.

How do I know? I happen to be 46.

The good news is, there are foods that can help you rev up your metabolism and flush out your compounding fat.

(If you are trying to lose weight, find out what happened when I drank cayenne pepper water.)

choice organic green tea

Start by making iced green tea. This is my brand of choice, and it is what I used to taste test this recipe.

Metabolism boosting green tea will form the base of your drink.

Next, you’ll add half a cucumber.

Cucumber can help you both detox and lose weight. You have the option to peel the cucumber and scrape out the seeds. However, you will be removing some of the nutrition of the cucumber when you remove the skin.

In case you didn’t know, English cucumbers naturally have less seeds, so they may be the right choice for you if you typically scrape the seeds out of your cucumbers.

By the way, if you happen to find a lemon cucumber at the Farmer’s Market, they are delicious in this drink.

You’ll finish making your detox drink with lime juice and mint. The lime is another metabolism booster while the mint aides in digestion.

Lime and mint are key ingredients in a detox drink.

Fat Flush Detox Drink Recipe


  • 2 bags organic green tea
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • 5-7 fresh mint leaves


  1. Steep 2 tea bags in 6 ounces hot water. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Add enough ice to cool down tea and make approximately 8 ounces of iced green tea.
  2. In a blender, combine green tea, cucumber, lime juice and mint leaves. Blend on medium speed.
  3. Drink daily before a meal.

Since this is a fat flushing detox drink, I don’t suggest the use of sweeteners.

If you find yourself craving a sweetener, you may want to play with the amount of mint you add. More mint flavor could eliminate your desire for the sweet.

HOWEVER, if you just can’t tolerate this drink and need to add honey, so be it. Just try to add less each time until you can enjoy and embrace the taste of real, whole ingredients, and never add more than a teaspoon. And most importantly, go for the raw stuff so you are getting a little bit of health benefits.

I like to drink this before lunch. It helps to fill me up with good-for-me ingredients before I eat, helping me to feel fuller faster. Not to mention, it is refreshing and delicious.