What I Ate Wednesday #37: Powerbowl A Day Challenge

I think I’m beginning to see the end in sight! Weekend wedding errands have slowed down and the little pieces are finally falling into place. It’s such a relief to know that all of this crazy is, in fact, coming together. It’s going to be an awesome wedding, if I do say so myself!

In the meantime, last week finished up another #plantPOWER challenge hosted by the wonderful Kasey of Powercakes and Heather of For the Love of Kale. I really enjoyed this challenge the first time around, and while I didn’t participate quite as much this time, I enjoyed it just as much. It really has introduced me to so many options in the world of plant-based food! And since Kasey can’t sit still ;), she’s started another challenge which I am equally in love with; Powerbowl a Day! This challenge just started on Monday, so there’s still plenty of time to join and I would highly recommend you do. [Don’t know what a powerbowl is? Check out Kasey’s tutorial!]

And it happens to go perfectly with this month’s WIAW theme.. go figure! 😉

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Going Green Powercakes Powerbowl a Day Oikos Key Lime Carrots N Cake Slim Down Sweet Breakfast Scramble Cashew Butter Good N Natural

[Breakfast]
Slimmed down sweet scramble.. gasp! But I do have a little surprise for you.. I’ve been topping my scrambles with homemade cashew butter. Look for the recipe this Foodie Friday!

[Lunch]
Powerbowl #1: spinach base with beets, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, tomato, 2 veggie patch falafel, 1/2 avocado, roasted garlic hummus, and baba ghanoush. It was awesome. And it was devoured!

[Dinner]
I was definitely feeling a big bowl of veggies for dinner so I knew a warm kale salad would be perfect! Enter powerbowl #2: kale base with sweet potato, roasted broccoli, beets, and Kasey’s creamy tahini nooch sauce. It was epic. And I had leftovers for lunch yesterday too!

[Snacks]
– Key lime pie greek yogurt [more green!!] with coconut.. I’m thinking tropical. Take me somewhere warm!
Good N Natural Peanut Butter bar. I believe my tweet said something along the lines of “natural and SO good!” Thanks for the insight.. happens to be the name of the bar. Duh. But definitely check these out!
– Peanut butter. Yep. I mixed a little old fashioned smooth with a little white chocolate wonderful and popped it in the microwave for 10 seconds for dessert! I added a few blueberries and some dark and white chocolate chips too 🙂

Food for Thought

Are you a powerbowl eater? What are your favorite toppings?

Hail Merry Love

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Hail Merry New Love Macaroon Tin

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Be sure to check back tomorrow for a fun treat featuring these macaroons as well as an even more fun surprise for my readers! 😉

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Coconut Roasting and a Tropical Treat

As the temperature drops outside, I’ve noticed that I’ve been drawn to using my oven much more. In particular, I’ve found myself warming that baby up on almost a nightly basis to roast vegetables for dinner.

Coconut oil is one of my new favorite finds, and on top of that, Tropical Traditions is my jam! I’ve tried other coconut oils and have found that while they’re great for roasting, they don’t impart any additional flavor. Tropical Traditions coconut oil has a touch of coconut flavor that really kicks my veggies up a notch. Brussel sprouts are my go-to favorite right now, but you can really roast any vegetable using the same method, and just adjust the amount of time.

Barr & Table Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients
1 lb brussel sprouts
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1-2 tsp garlic powder

Directions
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Chop the stem end of the brussel sprouts off and slice in half. Spread on a baking sheet and coat in coconut oil and spices. Bake about 20 minutes until tender, flipping 1 or 2 times. Enjoy!

Giveaway!

Tropical Traditions sent me a quart of coconut oil and offered to do a giveaway for one lucky reader! And as I am currently in the middle of the #plantPOWER challenge from Kasey of PowerCakes and Heather of For The Love of Kale, there’s no better time than now. The giveaway will end Thursday, October 25th at 11:59 PM EST and a winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on Friday, October 26th.

If you’d like to win a quart of Tropical Traditions coconut oil (and trust me, you do!), enter below. Don’t forget to leave a separate comment per item! Remember, each comment is a separate entry!

1. Subscribe to Tropical Traditions Email Newsletter. [Mandatory]
2. Follow @troptraditions and @BarrAndTable on twitter.
3. Tweet “I entered to win a jar of @troptraditions coconut oil from @BarrAndTable and you can too! http://wp.me/p2mo7x-av”
3. Like Tropical Traditions and Barr & Table on facebook.
4. Comment below and tell me your favorite use for coconut oil. Or if you’ve never used it before, tell me how you’re most looking forward to trying it!

And if you just can’t wait and have to get your coconut oil right away, click here and buy yourself a jar!*

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

*If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.