Four Food Brands Worth Checking Out

Oh hey…I still exist. Just in case you were wondering.

Things here have been running at the continued frenzied pace of “omg hold on for dear life.” And I’ve loved every second of it.

Seriously, my love for this city sometimes utterly overwhelms me. There is no where else in the world (yes, the world) I’d rather be than in NYC. Even with the many bumps an bruises that came along with this move, I’m just so utterly at peace, finally. And yes I know it sounds counterintuitive to find peace in the city that never sleeps but for me, it just works.

All that being said, I must concede one point to Boston – VegFest. I’m officially counting myself a VegFest connoisseur at this point given that I’ve literally been to events up and down the eastern seaboard (ok ok…from Boston to DC). And to this day, Boston still wins. In fact, after having attended NYC’s this weekend, I can definitely say that there is no place like Boston…for VegFest. And VegFest only. Lest there be any confusion about my true affiliation. Winking smile

Even disregarding the fact that NYC’s is a ticketed event (thankfully they do $5 end-of-day tix for the last 2 hours), the choice of vendors…ok. It was fun to see all of the local brands but there weren’t a ton of commercially available products (read: no coupons). There’s obviously positives and negatives to both of this and I don’t want to get into the debate at this moment, but given the fact that we are, indeed, still on a budget, buying my goodies exclusively online (without a discount) just isn’t totally practical. I also didn’t think there were nearly as many hot food vendors as at other shows…

Plus, why is it in the middle of winter? Ok the end, but still…having to lug my coat was a PITA. Yes I know…I’m a spoiled New York-er. Get over it. Winking smile

Like I said, I did discover some fab brands that I’m excited to share with you today. Many of these do fall into the “can’t buy in stores” category but they are so worth sharing about because they rock.

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I know that making cashew cheese is a fairly simply process. But the price of buying nuts in bulk still gives me a heart attack and honestly I usually just end up using them to make raw desserts. Enter Nuttin Ordinary. First of all, I ❤ their name. Secondly, their Spicy Cheese Spread has such a great kick to it without being overwhelming. And when they told me to think of their products as vegan goat cheese…and then it tasted like vegan goat cheese…for much less than the cost of Kite Hill or Treeline…I was hooked. Oh, and they’re a New Hampshire-based company. Love my New Englanders!

Right now their products are only available in NH, Brattleboro, VT, and Western MA. But they’re obviously expanding and I can’t wait until they’re more readily available!

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I was a little confused on these at first…and honestly had already spent a lot of money on chocolate. Shh, don’t tell! But alas I was hooked from first bite!

The best way to think Mountain Morsels is as chocolate-drenched trail mix. Do I have your attention yet? They’re mixtures of dried fruits, nuts, and spices all smothered in dark chocolate delicousness. And they aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. Win win win.

And since I’m clearly on an I<3theNortheast kick, I’ll add that each Morsel flavor is named after a part of the Appalachian Trial. A fact that my ego would like to inform you I figured out all by myself after seeing the name of one of the peaks the beau and I climbed several years back. Ego aside, love that this Bronx-ite is also a NH-native and is giving a delish shout-out to her roots!

Unfortunately, these goodies aren’t available in any stores but will be at NYC farmer’s markets. I win. Smile with tongue out

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First up, I really hate the name of this company. I know – not a good introduction. But it’s a) bulky and b) contains the word “superfood” which I generally dislike

All that aside, OLS’ stuff effing rocks. Like I sampled about 10 different things (I also was trying to shove as much food in my mouth as possible in the 75 minutes I had to see the whole damn expo) and proceeded to buy three of their products. They offer a ton of different products ranging from dried fruits (you know things like goji berries and mulberries), trail mixes, nuts, energy squares (omgosh so damn good) and my fave: Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Coconut Chunks. Which taste like a mounds bar except a million and one times better because its real chocolate and not a bunch of fake stuff.

OLS sells their goodies at over 50 locations in Boston. <—wait how the heck haven’t I seen them at Boston VegFest before?! What the what?!


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Last but not least – my new fave bar. My previous fave bar decided to stop being peanut-free which broke my little heart…I found out at VegFest and lodged as formal of a complaint as possible before taking my money back. Soooo sad…but thankfully Amrita (which apparently means ‘immortal’ in Sanskrit) was there to be my rebound. #allhail

So as you can see these bars are all fantastically allergen free (and utterly delish) which is great because finding a vegan bar that isn’t made in a facility that processes peanuts (and isn’t just a shit ton of soy protein isolate b) is kind of hard. And by hard I mean “nearly impossible” and “outrageously expensive.” These bars unfortunately still fall into the latter category but they are available in stores throughout the Tri-State area. And sometimes its worth spending a little more so I can kiss my beau without worrying about brushing my teeth or potentially killing him because I just wanted a damn larabar.

My favorite part of NYC VegFest was the fact that my beloved Emmy’s was back. Yes I could buy these down in Balto but you know what? There’s nothing like stuffing yourself with unlimited samples of your fave macaroons and then buying a few bags for half the grocery store price. Sooo perfect and amazing.

Yoga/beauty/yum,

Kait xo

Money Saving Monday: Standing On Line

Um can we talk about how its been over 2 months since I’ve posted one of these? What the what?! Unfortunately, this reflects the fact that I haven’t done “regular” shopping in about just as long. There’s been holidays and trips back-and-forth to CT and “getting by” grocery runs and mid-week ones and “I need to buy new face wash + moisturizer because my doctor said so” ones and… well, you get the picture.

This week, however, this glorious mild week, we had a “normal” week. Well, normal with regards to grocery shopping! By that I mean I couponed + meal planned on Saturday and Sunday we hit up two stores and saved a ton of $$$. In fact, we were even under budget.

Bitches I’m back!

*clears throat*

Before I get to this week’s goodness I just need to tell you a story. So Sundays I’ve started going to a mindfulness group. It’s effing amazing and I can’t wait to write about it + share some of the juicy things I’ve learned. Anyway, there’s a Trader’s right across from the subway which makes it super duper convenient to stop by on my way home. Last week, I did not know this. This week, I was smart. No seriously I even packed my couponing stuff Saturday evening when we got back from our second gourmet vegan dinner (omg guys I’m so effing lucky in this city…so. many. vegan. desserts) so I wouldn’t forget.

ANYWAY…I decided to pop into Starbucks before going to Trader’s. I had a coupon + a gift card so heeeeellllloooo free coffee. When I walk back to Trader’s, however, I see all these people waiting outside. In a line. And I realize…holy shit, the store is at capacity and I have to wait on line to get in. <—yes ‘’”on line.” I’m a New Yorker now folks and this is how we roll Thankfully I had my coffee (plus a deeeeep desire for cheap produce + pantry staples) and the line moved pretty darn quickly.

It was so worth it too. Why? Because the midtown Trader’s is a magical place that’s three stories (ok the first floor is just where you enter but shhhh indulge me here) and includes so many goodies I haven’t seen anywhere else. Don’t ask me what because a) I didn’t write them down and b) I was trying to figure out where the heck everything was and wandering around in circles. But there were fancy items and how could there not be with two whole levels of Trader’s goodness?!

It also was magical because while I’m picking out bananas (I kid you not…seriously, could I make this up?!) I hear someone say my name. When I turn around its one of the girls I was friends with at the Trader’s in Worcester! There were a lot of high pitched squeals and screamed profanities. From my end only since, you know, she was working. But guys…its been almost two years since I’ve seen this girl. And in the recesses on my mind I remember that she moved to New York (I even remembered that she was living with family out in Long Island what what!) but what are the effing odds?! I seriously just kept saying “holy f*cking sh*t I can’t believe this” and “omfg I’m so excited to see you.”

True story: I have a potty mouth.

Anyway, let’s talk about saving money!

Meal Plan

Pizza
Harvest Chili with Cornbread (Happy Herbivore Light & Lean (HHLL))
Creamy Avocado Pasta (usually lightened up by subbing water for 1 Tbsp of EVOO) with “Chicken” Strips
Pear & Lentil Salad (HHLL)
Skinny Puttanesca (HHLL)
Creamy Kale Salad (HHLL) with Broiled Tofu and Lemony Couscous (HHLL)

Ok I’m a bit obsessed with HHLL apparently. Mostly because I had to meal plan in a rush and it was right in front of me and the recipes are fresher on my mind so I knew how I could use some of our leftover produce from last week. Like the many avocados that have taken forever and a day to get ripe. *le sigh*

Spending Savings

Trader Joe’s: $26.23
Whole Foods: $49.59
Total: $75.82

WHAT UP! *happy dances* Also we totally got 5 full bags of food for this. I was so damn excited.

Whole Foods: $26.00
Total: $26.00 (34%)

yes yes yes yes yes

Steals and Deals

Trader Joe’s

Organic Tomato Paste (BPA-free can): $0.89
Organic Tomato Sauce (BPA-free can): $1.49
Salsa: $1.99
Whole Wheat Couscous (): $1.99 <—#amazing
Organic Carrots: $0.89
Craisins: $1.99
Golden Raisins: $2.69
Bananas: $0.19 ea

We got other stuff but I think these represent the best deals.

Whole Foods

Organic Kale : 2/$4.00
Blood Oranges: $1.79/lb
Grapefruit: $0.99/lb
Sprouted Seed Bread: 2/$6.00
Whole Trade Peppers: $3.49/lb
Cedar’s Mediterranean Hommus: 2/$5.00 <—yes!

Buy (1) Back to Nature Cracker, 2/$6.00 (reg $3.99)
Use (1) $1.00/1 Back to Nature Product coupon
with (1) $1.00/1 Back to Nature Product Jan/Feb Whole Deal coupon
Total: $1.00 (holla!)

Buy (2) Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips, $7.98 (reg. $10.78)
Use (1) Buy One Beyond Meat Product Get One Free coupon (newsletter subscribers)
OR (2) $1.00/1 Beyond Meat Product coupon
Total: as low as $3.99/2 or $2.00 each!

Olivia’s Organics Salad Mix, 1 lb, $6.99
Use (1) $1.00/1 Olivia’s Product coupon (NLA)
Total: $5.99  <—cheaper at BJ’s but more convenient at WF

Welll that’s all for this week folks. Now that things are settling, I’ll be back to blogging more regularly. Huzzah!

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo

Money Saving Monday–Taking the Bus

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I’m happy to report that things are finally settling down and I’m getting into a routine. Huzzah! Considering how the last several weeks and months have gone, it’s nice to be establishing something different.

Of course this weekend I’m attending a wedding, then the beau visits, and then its Thanksgiving but shhhhhhh! I’m going to live in a happy place called routine land for a bit longer…

Meal Plan
*Happy Herbivore test recipes are marked with an asterik*

Balsamic Roast* with Mediterranean Chard (Everyday Happy Herbivore) and bulgur
Tofu Lettuce Wraps* with Peanut Noodles*
Creamy Avocado Spaghetti Squash Pasta
Creamy Beet Salad*

Epic food week dontcha think?!

Spending Savings

Farmers Market: $15
Whole Foods: $19.65
Total: $35.00

Farmers Market: $10
Whole Foods: $8.35
Total: $18.35 (53%)

The farmers market is still matching food stamp benefits up to $10. So my $15 that I spent became $25! This is a wonderful beautiful thing.

Steals and Deals

Buy (2) Nasoya Extra Firm Sprouted Tofu, 16oz: $5.00
Use (1) $1.25/2 Nasoya products coupons (Sept/Oct Whole Deal)
Total: $3.75 or $1.88 each <—not the best deal BUT I have a cushy parking spot and wasn’t about to give it up to drive elsewhere!

Buy (1) Arrowhead Mills Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, 2lb: $3.99
Use (1) $1.00/1 Arrowhead Mills baking products coupon (NLA)
with (1) $1.00/1 Arrowhead Mills product Nov/Dec Whole Deal coupon
Total: $1.99 or $0.99/lb

Buy (1) Dream Non-Dairy milk, 32 oz: $2.99
Use (1) $2.00/1 Dream non-dairy beverage or dessert coupon
Total: $0.99 or $3.96/gal

I know this was short, sweet, and to the point this week folks but I figure you’re probably ok with it!

Until next time…

Yoga/beauty/life,

Kait xo

Money Saving Monday: Welcome Back Edition

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Has anyone else missed these posts? Gosh knows I have! The past few weeks have been utterly insane and grocery shopping has been a luxury I’ve missed desperately. So today I committed to relishing in my trip. As I wrote in my Passion by Kait newsletter this week:

“Me? I’m going to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea, and the kitty I now share a home with. On Saturday I’m going to dance my heart out at a special Zumba class and indulge in a decadent breakfast afterwards. And Sunday I’m going to take my time at the farmers’ market, thoroughly experiencing my visit rather than rushing around like usual.”

I did all of the above this weekend, along with volunteering at a work event and getting to hang out with co-workers after. There was dancing, delicious food, practical jokes, cuddle time, and a boatload of beauty. And today there was epic grocery shopping. 🙂

Meal Plan
*I’m currently testing for the fifth Happy Herbivore cookbook. Test recipes are marked with an asterik*

Ragut* with Pineapple Rice (Happy Herbivore Abroad)
Belizean Beans* over baked sweet potatoes
Arugula Pear Salad (with Tofurkey slices and no cheese)!
Farro with Leeks and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Rainbow Greens (Everyday Happy Herbivore) with Curried Chickpea Salad and rice
Split Pea and Edamame Hummus
Non-Mexican Vegan Mac & Cheese

Spending Savings

Farmers Market: $30.00
Safeway: $27.32
Total: $57.30

Farmers Market: $5.00
Safeway: $24.08
Total: $29.08 (51%)

Ok so two things to note: 1) the farmers market is doubling all food stamps*. Huzzah! And thank you Kaiser Permanante for the grant that allowed this. So that’s how I saved my $$$. 2) I know I overspent. But because of point #1, I’ll still be able to stick to my budget for the rest of the month. #win

*After five months of job hunting, and though I did get a part-time job, I needed to look into options that would help me out. Though admittedly I struggled with a bit of embarrassment about this, another of my classmates bravely posted about her experiences signing up for both food stamps and Medicaid. I know this can be a polarizing issue but I also want to work to decrease the stigma around something that should carry no shame. In my opinion, asking for help is one of the most difficult and most beautiful choices you can make. I’m glad I did and ever so grateful that a system is in place to help those of us who need it.

Steals & Deals

Safeway is one of my fave places to shop. Their regular prices are nothing to write home about. In fact, I’m pretty sure that Whole Foods’ frozen veggies are cheaper. But their sales, the fact that they double manufacturer’s coupons under $1.00, and their Just for You (J4U) personalized deals make it possible to get some ridiculously low prices!

Herdez Canned Salsa: B1G1 free ($0.99 for 2)
O Organics 1 lb salad mixes: $5.00
GT’s Kombucha: 2/$5.00
Avocados: $0.95 (J4U personalized price)
Bananas: $0.59/lb
(J4U personalized price)

Buy (1) Libby’s Pumpkin (15oz), $1.99
Use (1) $0.50/1 Libby’s pumpkin, 15oz+ coupon
Coupon doubles
Total: $0.99 or $0.07/oz

Buy (1) Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (15oz), $1.50
Use (1) $0.50/1 Muir Glen canned tomatoes coupon (no longer available)
Coupon doubles
with 10% off any canned J4U promotion
Total: $0.35 or $0.02/oz

Buy (2) Blue Diamond Coconut/Almond Almond Breeze (32oz), $1.99
Use (1) $1.00/2 Shelf Stable Almond Breeze milks coupon (no longer available)
or (2) $0.55/1 Blue Diamond Almond Milk (SS 10/13/13)

Total: as low as $1.78 or $0.89 ea

Buy (2) Triscuits, $3.54
Use (1) $1.00/2 Triscuit crackers coupon (SS 10/20/13)
Total: $2.54 or $1.27 ea

Buy (1) Almond Dream Bites, $3.50
Use (1) $1.00/1 Dream Non-Dairy product coupon
Total: $2.50

Buy (1) Tofurky Peppered Deli Slices, $2.50
Use (1) $1.00/1 Tofurky product coupon (DC Vegfest)
or (1) $0.75/1 Tofurky item coupon
Total: as low as $1.00

Though my late-night trip to Safewy last week won (I saved  more than I spent), I’m happy with how this week’s trip turned out. I might not be a regular, but I couldn’t say no to the cheap avocados! If they give me that again, they’ll definitely have won my heart!

Until next week…

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo

Random Photos…

Since I finally took photos of our apartment (you know…to post since we’re moving soon….more news on that later), I had a chance to go through my camera.

Holy photos! Some of the stuff was almost a year old. *hangs head* After sorting through everything, I figured I’d share some delicious eats with ya’ll. From, ya know, the last 12 months haha

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I don’t even remember what half of this food was…but its making m mouth water looking at it! I spy a wrap with toffutti cream cheese + arugula, capers, and tomatoes, yellow dal, Rising Moon vegan ravioli, pad thai, a chickpea salad, homemade pizza (so yum), Mexican tofu scramble, and stuffed mushrooms. No that doesn’t cover it all…but shh!

I also wanted to share these beautiful flowers. Prior to photographing these, it had been months since I had picked up my camera. I was in the depths of some dark times and being creative just wasn’t on my radar. But how could I not want to immortalize these beauties?!

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Yoga/beauty/life,

Kait xo

Money Saving Monday – All By Myseeeeeeelf

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Welcome to another week of saving money and taking names! 😉 This week I was flying solo since the beau was working. The upside: I only bought what was on the list (yes ladies and gents – my beau is the impulse shopper in this family!). The downside: I was totally discombobulated and never had enough hands. I guess I’ve gotten a bit spoiled… #firstworldproblems

Anyway, I’m prepping for a big interview (which I’ll be at by the time you read this) so its going to be short and sweet this week.

Meal Plan

For some reason I was feeling super inspired to turn to Mama Pea this week. <–probably because her serving sizes are a tad bigger and didn’t require any math on my end to double the recipe!

Lemon Lentil Soup
Thai Crunch Salad (Peas and Thank You)
Lasagna Rolls (using the Tofu Ricotta from here because it is the best and I want to licked the bowl clean) + arugula salad
Kale + Cheese Stuffed Tortillas
Avocado and Quinoa Chimichurri Salad
Zucchini Bread (Peas and Thank You) <–because I haven’t had some all summer and they’re almost out of season!

Spending Savings

Farmers Market: $35
Whole Foods: $20.53
Trader Joe’s:
CVS: $8.36
Walgreens: $3.52
Total:

Farmer’s Market: $1.00
Whole Foods: $3.75
CVS: $5.80
Walgreens: $8.04
Total: $18.59 (

Steals and Deals

Whole Foods

Corn Tortillas (12): $1.49

Buy (3) Larabars, $2.97 ($0.99 ea as “Treat of the Week”)
Use (1) $0.75/3 Larabar, Uber, ALT or Jocalat Bars coupon
and (1) $1.00/3 Larabar, Uber, ALT or Jocalat Bars July/August Whole Deal coupon
Total: $1.22 or $0.41 each!

Buy (1) Ezekiel 4:9 Bread, $3.49 (price varies by variety)Use (1) $0.50/1 Food for Life product coupon or here
Total: $2.99

CVS

Buy (1) Tom’s Toothpaste, $3.79
Use (1) $1.00/1 Tom’s Toothpaste or Mouthwash (SS 09/15/13)
Receive (1) $1.00 ExtraCare bucks
Total: $2.79 + $1.00 to spend on a future purchase

Buy (1) Organic Cotton Balls, $3.59
Get (1) 1/2 off
Use (1) $1.00 ECB from prior purchase
Total: $4.39 or $2.19 each

Walgreens

Buy (1) Scott Naturals Paper Towel 6-pack, $4.00
Use (1) $1.00/1 Scott Naturals Towels coupon
and (1) $1.00/1 Scott Naturals Paper Towels Walgreen September coupon (in store)
Total: $2.00 or $0.33/roll

Buy (4) Kleenex Facial Tissues, 85-ct, $3.52
Use (1) $1.00/4 Kleenex Facial Tissues coupon (SS 8/11/13)
Total: $2.52 or $0.63 each

OR

Buy (3) Kleenex Facial Tissues, 85-ct, $2.64
Use (1) $0.55/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue coupon
Total: $2.09 or $0.70 each

Until next time… keep your fingers crossed about my interview!

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo
 

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Money Saving Monday: Speak Up

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Let’s start with the super duper important things. Like this Kale Smoothie popsicle I scored at the Farmer’s Market this week

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It was absolutely delish and the only ingredients are kale, green grapes, and banana. Um that is my kind of breakfast right there thankyouverymuch. Considering the beau and I got up super duper early to hit the market before my 10am training, this was about the only thing that brought a smile to my very grumpy self. I followed this up with another new obsession: Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread. Ohmygoodness it is soooo raisin-y and delicious especially with a touch of Earth Balance. nom nom nom

And since I’m sharing breakfast i-photos, I might as well show you this little gem. Can we talk about the color of that peach? Aka it was perfect. The roll is actually one of the Schar ones I got for super cheap last week. The beau and I were both big fans and we will definitely be grabbing these the next time we stop by Wegmans.

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Now that that’s done…onto the main post!

Tip of the Week

Keep your cool when dealing with frustrated workers but don’t let awful behavior pass. So I  had a pretty poor Whole Foods experience this week. For some reason the poor cashiers at all MD grocery stores have to manually enter every coupon instead of just scanning it. Like they literally have to type in the dollar amount and choose a department. UUUUGH. The WF down here have another annoying policy so that whenever you use more than 1 of the same WF coupon the supervisor needs to use a key. You can imagine this is somewhat annoying. Unfortunately, this week that annoyance was taken out on me. While I smiled and apologized and empathized regarding how frustrating the situation must be, I also left feeling really crappy. Which, IMO, is not okay. So I took the time to craft a very professional letter to the store letting them know that I understood the source of the emotions but didn’t feel it was right for them to get transferred to consumers. Will anything come of it? I don’t know. But the eternal optimist in me hopes that we can engage in a conversation about these ridiculous policies and maybe some good will come of it.

Anyway, don’t be afraid to speak up if you have a negative experience. Just be sure to be courteous and give facts and not just feelings. Be as objective as possible and for heaven’s sake don’t lose your temper. Remember honey > vinegar. Winking smile

Meal Plan

Mexican Cabbage (we never got it it last week)
Vegan Caprese Pizza using this dough and these toppings
Curried Sweet Potato soup with wild rice (Happy Herbivore Cookbook)
Tofu Shirataki noodles with Broccoli Pesto (HHC)

Since its our anniversary on Tuesday, we’ll also be celebrating with dinner out at our favorite sushi restaurant here in Bmore. They do Living Social deals fairly often and we always stock up!

Spending Savings

Farmer’s Market: $36.00
Whole Foods: $26.60
Walgreens: $9.47
Eddie’s: $3.00 (avocados are cheaper here!)
Total: $75.07

I may run to Target and spend that last $5. I may not. We’ll see.

Whole Foods: $14.59
Walgreens: $10.30
Total: $24.89 (33%) #nottooshabby

Steals and Deals

Whole Foods

Buy (1) box Back to Nature Crackers, 2/$7
Use (1) $1/1 Back to Nature Product coupon
and (1) $0.50/1 Back to Nature Cookie, Cracker, Granola, or Nut item Sept/Oct Whole Deal coupon
Total: $2.00

Buy (1) bag Kettle Chips, 2/$4
Use (1) $1.00/1 Kettle Chips coupon*
and (1) $0.75/1 Kettle Chips July/August Whole Deal coupon
Total: $0.25!

*You may have to change your Zip code. Simply go to Coupons.com, sign in to your account, and click on your name in the upper right-hand corner. Choose ‘Your Profile’ and set your zip to 18051. Click ‘Submit Changes’ and close the screen. Then try the link above again!

Buy (2) House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles, 2/$3
Use (1) $1.50/2 packages House Foods Tofu Shirataki coupon (SS 08/04/13)
and (1) $1.50/2 packages House Foods Tofu Shirataki July/August Whole Deal coupon
Total: FREE!

Buy (2) So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurts, 2/$3
Use (2) $1.00/1 So Delicious Dairy-Free product coupon (SS 07/28/13 OR 09/08/13)
OR (2) $0.55/1 So Delicious Dairy-Free product coupon from here or here
and (1) $1.00/2 So Delicious Dairy-Free product July/August Whole Deal coupon*
Total: as low as FREE!

*There is also a $1.00/3 coupon in the Sept/Oct Whole Deal. Simply change ever (2) to a (3). Final cost will be as low as $0.50 or $0.17 each.

Buy (1) Barbara’s Morning Oat Crunch (formerly Shredded Oats), $3.99
Use (1) $1.00/1 Barbara’s Morning Oat Crunch coupon
and (1) $1.00/1 Barbara’s Morning Oat Crunch Sept/Oct Whole Deal coupon
Total: $1.99

Buy (2) Delallo Whole Wheat Pasta, $2/6
Use (1) $1.50/2 packages Delallo Whole Wheat Pasta coupon
Total: $4.50/2 or $2.25 each

Walgreens

Buy (1) Colgate 360 toothbrush, $2.99
Use (1) $1.00/1 Colgate 360 toothbrush (SS 09/08/13 #2)
Receive (1) $1.00 Register Rewards for next purchase
Total: $1.99 OOP + $1.00 to spend on a future purchase

Buy (1) Starbucks K-Cup, 10-pack, $6.99
Use (1) $1.50/1 Starbucks K-Cup pack (SS 09/08/13 #2)
and (1) $1.00 Register Reward from ^ purchase
Receive 1,000 points ($1.00) for next purchase
Total: as low as $4.49 or $0.45/cup +$1.00 to spend on a future purchase

Buy (1) Sensodyne toothpaste, $4.99
Use (1) $1.00/1 Sensodyne toothpaste coupon (SS 09/08/13 #2)
and 1,000 points ($1.00) from ^ purchase
Total: as low as $2.00 +$1.00 to spend on a future purchase

*whew* That’s it for this week!

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo

Money Saving Tuesday: Better Late than Never

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Hiya loves!

Is it just me or are you totally confused about what day of the week it is? I woke up with a start yesterday, convinced I had slept through a doctor’s appointment that was actually this morning. *shakes head* Oh holiday weekends…I love you so much but man you mess with my head!

Anyway this post is coming late because we didn’t actually shop until Monday afternoon and t that point I figured everyone was probably enjoying sunshine and picnic food. As an added bonus, now ya’ll have something to entertain you while back at work. You’re welcome. 😉

Last note – there’s now a Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods coupon matchup!!!!!! I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this because going in blind or making an extra trip to scout the deals  is a pain. In a different region? Check Healthy Life Deals for more location-based match-ups.

Tips of the Week

Have a plan! I know I’ve talked about meal planning before but let’s just say lately, I haven’t  practiced what I preach. And you know what? I learned my lesson! Any week the beau and I winged it, we would run out of food by Wednesday or Thursday and have to dip into our ‘fun fund’ to buy more. Uh, no thank you. On the weeks we planned, however, we got more food, spent less money, and usually had groceries left over for the next week. This week was no exception. Our main bill came to a mere $65. Um what?! We used the rest of the money to splurge on things like local honey and new-to-us products. This is the beauty of taking 15 minutes to google some recipes and write down ingredients.

Focus on produce. Out of four bags, three were filled with produce, most of which was local and/or organic. You already saw the numbers so I really don’t need to say anything else. 😉

Meal PlanIt’s that time of year again – Happy Herbivore cookbook testing!That means some recipes will not have links and will only have loose descriptions (e.g. kale dish). All test recipes are marked with a star*.

Green Gazpacho <–I’m really loving her recipes and have had uniformly good results from them. She offers a good mix of plant-based or plant-adaptible recipes and they make a lot!Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Mexican Cabbage (HHC)
Some sort of kale salad
Roasted sweet potatoes with creamed kale* and bean dip*

Spending Savings

Farm stand: $20.00
Wegmans: $50.80
Fresh & Green’s: $9.43
Total: $80.23

Wegmans: $7.08 (9%)

Steals and Deals

Wegmans

Buy (1) So Delicious Almond+ Milk (64 oz), $3.49
Use (1) $0.55/1 So Delicious product coupon
*doubles*
Total: $2.39 each or $4.78/gal

Buy (1) Schar Multigrain Ciabatta Rolls, $4.49
Use (1) $3.00/1 Schar bread product coupon
Total: $1.49

Buy (5) Goya Low Sodium Beans (any variety), $4.95
Use (1) $1.00/5 Goya Low Sodium Beans coupon
Total: $3.95 or $0.79 each

Buy (1) Food for Life Bread 9any variety), $3.99
Use (1) $0.50/1 Food for Life product coupon or here
Total: $2.99

Until next time…

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo

Homemade ChocoBerry FroYo Sundaes

True story:the dairy item I miss the most is Greek yogurt. It was my go-to snack, filler meal, pre- or post-workout snack, and healthy dessert during vegetarian days. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find something that is as tasty + filling in the non-dairy yogurt world.

However, in seeking a substitute, I’ve settled on coconut milk yogurt. A few weeks ago, I stocked up on the So Delicious Plain Greek-style. Have I convinced you of my longing yet? 😉 Anyway, shortly thereafter, I was craving ice cream like whoa. This may be a result of my PMS and/or the fact that I’ve had ice cream exactly five times this whole summer. #sadness But I didn’t want to buy a pint of non-dairy stuff and the only such option at the local fro-yo place is peanut butter which is out of the question thanks to the beau’s peanut allergy. =/

So I did what anyone with a persistent craving would do: I got creative.

Now I wish I had photos but alas, I ate this bowl of pink-hued, chocolate-drenched deliciousness right up. Use your imagination though!

ChocoBerry FroYo Sundae

1 6oz c yogurt of your choice
1 c frozen berries, partially thawed
1/4 c+ chocolate chips
Other toppings as desired

Fro-yo

Make the fro-yo by tossing the container of yogurt into the freezer. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. The longer it sits, the more fro-yo-esque it gets. However, 15 minutes will do if, like me, you’re impatient!

Chocolate Shell

Melt the chocolate chips via microwave, stovetop, or…oven! For those of us lacking a microwave and un-inclined to dirty another pan, pour the chips into a 1 c metal measuring cup and bake for about 5 minutes at 300 in either a toaster oven (my preferred device) or regular oven.

Assemble

Right before your chocolate is melted, place the yogurt into a bowl and mix it around a bit to break it up. Add the berries, mash them in, and mix it well. Pour Drizzle the chocolate on. The thinner it is, the quicker it will harden. I poured mine all into the center and it stayed liquid for a bit of time.

This was a simple, decadent dessert that felt like a total treat but was definitely less expensive and healthier than going out. Yay for kitchen creativity!

Yoga/beauty/mmm,

Kait xo

(Not Really) Money Saving Monday

i-love-saving-money-copyHiya coupon kings and queens!

I missed ya’ll last week..instead, I was travelling back from a relaxing weekend in CT with family and friends. It was a delicious weekend too as I found a vegan chocolate and ice cream shop and visited some of my fave veg-friendly restaurants in New Haven (specifically York St Noodle House and Claire’s Cornercopia).

Upon returning to Baltimore, after sitting in far more traffic than is ok for the middle of a Monday, neither the beau nor I were in the mood to shop, cook, or move our cars from their primo parking spots during rush hour. The joys of city life! <–but I wouldn’t change it or go back to the ‘burbs for the world Anyway, I unfortunately discovered that we could easily (read: in 10 minutes or less) walk to one of my fave Baltimore vegan joints. So we grabbed delish-but-wallet-friendly takeout: the best vegan mac and cheese + garlic kale salad for me and curried veggies, smoked collards, and candied sweet potatoes for him. I also may have returned the next day to grab a green smoothie. *whistles*

Yes, we eventually went grocery shopping…on Wednesday. Needless to say there wasn’t much to report, although I did score some cheap-o razors at Target in CT. #win

Meal Plan

Zuke Pasta with Tahini Sauce + Other Goodness
Southwest Cornbread Salad

Homemade personal veggie pizzas
Curry Roasted Carrots with Peanut Sunbutter Sauce and Baked Coconut Lentils
Lemony Millet Salad with Chickpeas, Corn, and Spinach
Kale with Pecorino Nooch and Walnuts + leftovers

Also, look how pretty our produce bowl is this week:

Spending Savings

Farmers Market: $26
Whole Foods: $30.97
Rite Aid: $13
Trader’s: $10Total: $79.97

Ok so if we’re being honest, Rite Aid and Trader’s are guesses for later in the week but based on my estimates, it’ll work out perfectly. 🙂

Steals and Deals

Rite Aid

Buy (1) Organix Shampoo, $5.99, get one free
Use (1) $2.00/1 Organix product coupon (SS 08/11/13)
Total: $3.99/2 or $2.00 each

Buy (2) Kashi Cereals, $6.00
Use (1) $1.00/2 Kashi cereals coupon (RP 08/04/13 #2)
and get $1 UP Reward
Total: $4.00/2 or $2.00 each

Buy (2) Scotch-Brite mulipacks, $3.94
Use (1) $1.00/2 Scotch-Brite multipacks coupon (SS 08/04/13 Regional)
Total: $2.94/2 or $1.47 each

That’s it for this week. Short and sweet!

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo