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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Celebrate A Better You With Sweet Tomatoes

      I received meal passes to check out Sweet Tomatoes with my family.

 One of my favorite restaurants has to be Sweet Tomatoes. I like this restaurant as it is a family friendly place to eat and it is also allergy-friendly. Having a dairy-allergy can make eating out difficult so I like to frequent places that make it easy to know what is in my food. When I visit Sweet Tomatoes, I do not have to annoy the servers with questions or special requests as Sweet Tomatoes has health benefit icons that inform me about the food. These healthy icons also mean that I do not have to wait for my food to be remade, like the other day when a local Mexican restaurant accidentally added cheese to my food. This delicious restaurant is the perfect place for those who follow food plans like gluten-free, Keto, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, whole 30, heart-healthy, plant-based, and many others.

Celebrate A Better You With Sweet Tomatoes

March is National Nutrition Month

  March is National Nutrition Month and Sweet Tomatoes is the perfect place to celebrate! Sweet Tomatoes makes it easy for my family to enjoy healthy and flavorful food. They have so many options, that even my picky eater son can find food that he enjoys. I really like that my favorite place to enjoy salad and more is always adding new food options to their menu of nutritious dishes.

 This month, guests can enjoy healthy and flavorful new options like our Chopped Chicken Salad tossed in house-made Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, Joan’s Sunny Veggie Slaw, Classic Tomato Soup and Gluten-Friendly Lemon Muffins.

Sweet Tomatoes new health benefit icons

  I love that Sweet Tomatoes made choosing healthy food options so much easier. Thes icons make selecting dairy-free options so much easier. I just look for the Vegan or Plant-Based Protein icon when selecting my food. If I still have questions about the ingredients in an item, I just look at the online interactive nutrition menu. I love that the chocolate brownie is dairy-free! For my friends who have gluten issues and need gluten-free foods, the Gluten-Friendly icon will make things easier for them. This mom can also smile when my boys choose a food that has the Heart Healthy icon. So when you want to eat healthy food, the icons at Sweet Tomatoes are so beneficial. Eating out no longer means eating salad when you choose to dine at Sweet Tomatoes. You can still enjoy salad if you want to but you can also enjoy food like soup, pasta, potatoes and so much more.

Love the online interactive nutrition menu

  I always look at the online interactive nutrition menu before I leave the house. That way I can plan out what I can eat at Sweet Tomatoes. I make a list of the foods that do not contain dairy and use this as my cheat-sheet once I am in the restaurant. So that way I can enjoy my food on my plate and feel sick later. I can also avoid an asthma attack later that day. Sure it can be a hassle to avoid dairy but I just remember how sick I was over a year ago before I discovered that a milk allergy was causing my asthma to be out of control. I am thankful for a food allergy blood test that confirmed my dairy allergy and an elimination diet that made me be able to not cough all the time. I am also thankful for restaurants like Sweet Tomatoes like allow me to enjoy eating out with my family.

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Celebrate A Better You With Sweet Tomatoes

Monday, March 18, 2019


I received a sample from Playmobil to facilitate this post.

  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD premiered last month and my family was treated to a special viewing of the movie. This movie is one that I enjoyed. The special effects of the movie were awesome and I was glad that I saw the movie. I think my favorite part of the movie was when Hiccup and Toothless discovered the Hidden World. This scene was so breathtaking to watch. This is a movie that I recommend for families to see. I included the trailer for the movie and a brief Synopsis below.


SYNOPSIS:  From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown ... and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Check out this cool playset from Playmobil

 To make the magic of the movie last longer for kids, Playmobil created a Hiccup and Toothless with Baby Dragon playset. This fun action set has many fun pieces so kids can reenact the movie and soar through the ski with Hiccup, Toothless, and Baby Dragon. The figurines let kids create their own adventure! Kids can battle with Hiccup’s flame sword and watch Toothless fight with illuminated back spikes and fire charged markings! The adorable baby dragon helps out too! This set includes Hiccup, Toothless, blue fire darts, baby dragon, flame sword, helmet, and other accessories. My boys thought the Playmobil set was pretty cool and were so excited to check it out the toy.  They thought it was cool that the dragon was able to shoot arrows. This set has 19 pieces and is made for kids ages 4+. This cool set will make a wonderful present for kids.


Spring Clean Your Lunch With Vaya

Tired of packing the same old lunch?

         I received products from VayaLife to facilitate this post.

  My kids and my husband pack lunches every day. The kids choose to pack the same things every day as it makes things easy. The husband, on the other hand, complains about packing his lunch as he gets tired of the same food day after day. The problem with packing lunches is having to pack foods that don't need to be heated as how is one suppose to heat up food at school or at work when you don't have access to a microwave. I remember using a thermos as a kid but they only worked for liquid foods like soup. So I am glad that I discovered these lunch boxes that keep food hot or cold for up to 6 hours. So now my family can spring clean the lunches that they pack and have way more options in food choices.

Last nights leftovers make a delicious lunch

  My boys love pasta and pizza but don't like it cold. With the Vaya lunch containers, they can now bring last nights leftovers and have a warm meal at lunchtime. All my boys have to do is warm up things like pasta and pizza in the microwave in the morning. Then they place the hot food in the insulated food containers and pack the containers into their lunch sack. These eco-friendly containers keep the food hot for 6 hours and they can enjoy a hot lunch at school. These BPA Free containers are also leak resistant so they would be great for a sweet cold dessert like dairy-free chocolate avocado pudding or salted date caramels.

Designed for Flexibility

 The containers come in three sizes and are equipped with handy partitions so that you can pack two foods into one stainless steel container. My son started thinking of food combinations like pretzels and peanut butter that he could put into one container, peanut butter pie in another, and fruit in another. While I started thinking of fresh veggies and dip in one container, a sushi burrito in another and Spaghetti Squash Spring Rolls in the last container. Both boys like the stylish look of the lunch container. My youngest like that the lunch container came with a shoulder bag to carry everything in, including his drink. This unique bag also transforms into a table mat. So my boys would have a clean place to set their lunch on.

 Designed for traveling and special diets

 For folks who have food sensitivities or allergies, The Vaya food containers are smart for traveling. I could pack my plant-based BBQ jackfruit pulled "pork" tacos in these containers and have a hot meal when I travel. These food containers would make life so much easier for those on the keto meal plan. These smart eco-friendly containers would make it easy to pack allergy-friendly food on vacations. They would keep my dairy-free jalapeno cheese bread fresh. You need to go check these Vaya Lunch Box food containers out as they come in so many cool colors and designs. Packing lunches are now exciting for my family.

What foods do you like to pack for lunch?

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