Sincerely Carolina

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Six Things I Heart.

by caroline

Guess who walked 2 miles at the gym and felt just fine? Meeee!

It felt so good to move my body in a cardiovascular manner and it took everything I had to stop myself from breaking into a run.

But, alas … I did. [Insert bruised ego here.] And I stretched and did a few strength exercises like a good little girl should.


On to more important things — food. I’ve put together a list for you of the six things I adore right now. It changes from week-to-week, but that’s how I keep things spic-ay around here.

Here you are:

1. Pure Wild Blueberry Bar: I’ve been hooked on blueberry bars lately, including KIND Blueberry Pecan + Fiber and LARABAR’s Blueberry Muffin, but this one really takes the cake. I’ve never had the Pure Wild Blueberry flavor (I am already a big fan of Chocolate Brownie and Apple Cinnamon), so I tried my first one before I went to the gym today. I took two bites and tweeted my opinion to @ThePureBar. I think this pretty much wraps up my feelings about this bar:

2. Nature’s Path Vanilla Animal Cookies: When I was younger, I was obsessed with Barnum’s Animal Crackers. In fact, if it wasn’t for having Celiac disease, I would still easily pick up a box today. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found these gluten-free animal cookies. Yep, I’m five years old and dang proud of it. The cute little animal faces really make me smile, too.


3. Nectarines: My 7-year-old self hated nectarines, but my 27-year-old self is in love with them. I can’t tell you how happy I am that these summer fruits are popping up at grocery stores and local farmers’ markets, and looking as purdy as ever.


4. Pamela’s Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies: Apparently, I have a cookie problem. I mean, I’m talking about two different ones in this post alone! My mother-in-law sent these along in a recent care package and I’ve been rationing them ever since (we’re on a no-more-than-four-per-day schedule). They’re mini and delicious, and have a hint of vanilla that I’m totally digging on. They remind me of the Famous Amos Cookies from the days of yore — but way better.

5. Eat, Drink & Be Vegan by Dreena Burton: In the midst of the move of the century and having so many of our things in a storage space (like my precious books!), I plump forgot how much I love this book until I unpacked last week. I haven’t used this book since going gluten-free, but so many of the recipes are naturally g-free or can easily be made that way (Burton even makes a few suggestions). I already have the whole book tabbed with a few new ones I would like to try, like Cinnamon Sweet Tortilla Strips, Cornmeal-Crusted Plantains and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto with Toasted Almonds & Pine Nuts (on gluten-free pasta, of course).

6. Dreyer’s Strawberry Fruit Bars: It’s H.O.T. outside and icy fruit bars are necessary. Enjoy after dinner, an especially sweaty workout or just because you wanna. ‘Nuff said.

Have a fab night!