Healthy Beef Sticks – Nick’s Sticks

Spooniful Inc has all kinds of magical goodies for Christmas, starting with Nick’s Sticks. Nick’s Sticks are festive and tasty and perfect stocking stuffer size. Perfect for filling boys stockings, which are usually a little trickier to fill than the girls (at least for me).

Nick’s Sticks are made with the finest grass-fed beef and organic seasonings. No MSG. No Nitrates. No Antibiotics. No Hormones. No Sugar. No Red Dye. No Gluten.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Where have these been all my life!

We recommend Nick’s Sticks SPICY.

Nick's Sticks Spicy

Spooniful Inc believes in making Christmas magical and healthy.

Grass-Fed Beef

• Saturated Fat: Low levels (similar to the levels found in lean chicken breasts)

• Good Fat: High in omega-3s (also commonly found in certain fish, such as salmon and tuna)

• CLA: High doses of conjugated linoleic acid, thought by many to fight cancer

• E. Coli: Reduced exposure to bacteria

• Ag Process: Ecologically friendly

Grain-Fed Beef

• Saturated Fat: Levels are often 3-4 times higher than those found in grass-fed beef • Good Fat: Limited omega-3 content • CLA: Limited CLA content (because CLA comes directly from the grass) • E. Coli: Risks remain a constant and growing concern • Ag Process: Requires significant use of chemicals, fertilizers and gasoline

Apple Verbena Good Girl Moonshine

Apple Verbena Good Girl Moonshine I made the most delightful Good Girl Moonshine yesterday…using 1 T of loose Apple Verbena herbal fruit tea in 1500 ml of filtered water, steeped in my Breville Tea Maker This wasn’t a tea flavour that I was overly attracted to, to be perfectly honest, not when there are tea names like Parisian Romance on the shelf (also a great tea base, but I digress). Something about the colour (ruby red), and the apple, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and ginger create a perfect storm of deliciousness. Our premium loose teas go along way, much further than you would expect from an ordinary tea…1 tsp for every 500 mL to make the GGMS. One of my secrets to easy, abundant, and delicious GGMS is the Tea Maker by Breville…it is admittedly sort of expensive just to brew tea (one might say), but it is truly an amazing appliance, and worth every penny if you can find it in your budget. The tea maker can be set for Herbal tea, Oolong, Green, White, or Black teas, in varying strengths according to taste, and the tea maker will then heat the water to the perfect temperature for each type of tea, and then expose the water to the tea for the right amount of time. It’s easy to clean and care for and it’s pretty cool to watch as the tea basket is lowered and raised, lowered and raised to create the perfect tea. It will also keep the tea warm if you want it too, but of course I want my tea to cool off overnight, for GGMS the next day. My daughter-in-law, Jennifer, was a big fan of the Apple Verbena Good Girl Moonshine today, she felt like I did, that it was the best GGMS we’ve made since beginning THM. You can find more information about it here: and I’m including a photo of the tea maker, just in case you want to check it out. 81q4UiWw8KL._SL1500_ 81dQ1BmmkCL._SL1500_

Recipe Review: Creamy Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Soup season is upon us, and broccoli cheese is one of my favourites. It’s also one of very few soups that my picky husband and I both like. But most of the recipes I’ve tried for broccoli cheese soup, especially the ones that are supposed to be ‘healthy,’ ‘quick,’ or ‘easy,’ have had disappointing results. Not so with the Creamy Broccoli and Cheese Soup on page 111 of the new THM Cookbook. This recipe is in the Quick Single Soups section. I first made it for my husband’s lunch when we were at the end of our grocery budget, and I was out of new ideas. He ate it. He liked it. So I whipped it up again on a cold, rainy night after a long busy day. I tripled the recipe so that it would be dinner for two plus a lunch for the next day. It was delicious. Like, seriously, delicious. I didn’t bother blending the ingredients, as the recipe suggests, because we like the broccoli chunks. I also added a little mustard powder and garlic for flavour. For the okra, I actually added a few handfuls of freeze-dried okra just as the soup finished cooking. The freeze-dried okra is great for non-okra eaters like my husband because it doesn’t have the slimy okra texture—it just adds a little flavour and a lot of great nutritional benefits. Minus the nutritional yeast (which I don’t have), this recipe requires no special ingredients or tools. It’s quick, easy, and reasonably inexpensive. I topped the soup with (real) bacon and cheddar cheese. Picky husband approved.

We Love Lily’s Chocolates!

What is your Guilty Pleasure? Who doesn’t love chocolate? My guilty pleasure was the Cadbury Mint, and Orange chocolate bars. I recently discovered Cadbury Toffee, I regretfully ate two, in two days! I had told myself at the purchase of the second toffee devil bar that it would be to share with my husband. Even if he had come home early, it wouldn’t of been early enough. We all know what too much chocolate does. We at Spooniful have a healthier solution, and we are our best customers! Our store carries the Lily’s Dark Chocolate: Original, Coconut, and Almond. We also carry Lily’s Milk Chocolate original and Salted Almond. Like our store promises, all natural, no genetically modified ingredients, and sweetened with stevia. My favourite is the Lily’s Milk Chocolate Salted Almond. When in need of a chocolate fix, all are delicious. We love Lily’s chocolates! Right now all our Lily’s Chocolates are on sale for 4.79!

Product Review: THM Orange Silk Hydrating Cream

I don’t know about you guys, but I didn’t take very good care of my skin when I was younger. I rarely wore sunscreen, sometimes slept with makeup on… the whole deal. When I reached my 20’s I started caring less and less about having a tan and more about the health of my skin, since you know, it is the body’s largest organ! However, we all know how expensive skin products can be and how hard it can be to find products that aren’t packed with toxic waste. I would not call myself a product snob, because my skin is not the sensitive type, nor would I say it is oily or dry. What I do know is that my skin does not appreciate a heavy moisturizer, or an abrasive exfoliant. That is exactly what this hydrating cream is not! First off, the minute you remove the cap you get a waft of what smells like an orange Creamsicle. Now, not only do you want to moisturize your face, but you also kind of want to eat the orange cream. It kind of reminds me of the time when I was young and used to eat Lip Smackers because they smelled so dang delicious…did anyone else do that or was that just me and my little brothers? Anyways, the cream is wonderful and leaves your skin feeling moisturized without the heavy grease that some products leave behind. The list of ingredients is not a mile long. In fact, I can list them off for you all right now; Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Beeswax, Calendula, Plantain, St John’s Wort, Goldenseal, Myrrh Gum, Tea Tree Oil, Xanthan, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Grapeseed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Orange Essential Oil, Vitamin E. See? Only 18 ingredients AND it smells like a Creamsicle. How can one go wrong?
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