Welcome to my new Treasured Tablespoons series: Tried & True.
Tried & True is exactly what it sounds like: tried products that are true to what they claim to be. And, a few that aren’t. You’ll get my honest opinion!
There are so many products out there- especially in the health and fitness industry. And, now that Instagram displays ads in our feeds, we all find ourselves scrolling through countless new products, on the daily. No wonder we’re all broke. Product advertisements are in front of our eyes almost constantly. So, how do you know what/who to trust? Good question.
Personally, I’m more likely to try a new product based on a review or recommendation from someone I know and trust. Not an ad. So, here we are! I hope Tried & True becomes a place for you to discover new products, items, and finds that you can trust.
*To find out more about each product, click on the item name to be redirected.
Purely Elizabeth Grain Free Banana Nut Butter Granola – I really don’t remember how I came across this brand. But, if we’re being honest, it was probably Instagram. For the past year or so, I’ve eaten a primarily Paleo diet. (Keyword: primarily. Don’t worry, I still like red wine, dark chocolate, and the occasional basket of french fries.) Anyways, when I stumbled across this brand, the words “grain free granola” caught my eye. That’s not something you find at your average grocery store. Purely Elizabeth was kind enough to send me a sample bag of my choice: Banana Nut Butter. Let me tell ya, I was very impressed. The banana flavor isn’t overwhelming. It’s subtly sweet and salty- very similar to a banana nut muffin. The calorie and fat content is a little high for my taste, but I’m willing to overlook it since the ingredients are high-quality, whole foods, and low in sugar. I will definitely be purchasing more grain free granola from Purely Elizabeth in the near future, and I can’t wait to try the other flavors, too.
Quest Bar- Peanut Butter Brownie Smash – Those of you who have known me for several years know that I used to be an ambassador for Quest Nutrition. I had so much fun spending time in San Fran sharing the new, upcoming (at the time) brand, Quest Nutrition. I was hooked on their protein bars for years. I’m talking a bar per day for multiple years. Although I no longer spend much time ambassador-ing for them, I still receive their newest products directly to my door. Thank you for the loyalty, Quest! To be completely honest, for health reasons, I try to avoid whey protein the majority of the time. However, when free Quest bars show up at your door, you try the dang Quest bar. Especially when they’re the new Brownie Peanut Butter Smash flavor. This new bar consists of not 1, but 2 layers: 1. brownie. 2. peanut butter. The texture is chewy and the taste isn’t awfully sweet, which I love. They remind me of a tastier Power bar. I’ve linked the assortment box of Quest bars (above) since these bad boys aren’t for sale yet. But as soon as I can, I’ll link the new flavor!
Kate Spade “Eat Cake for Breakfast” Apron– My momma is the best and sent me a surprise gift several weeks ago: this adorable Kate Spade apron! She knew I was on the hunt for a cute apron. I have plenty of no-longer-white-shirts to prove my need to for one. But, no more. Thank you, mom! This apron is obviously high-quality (Kate Spade, duh) with an adjustable neck tie. The underside of the apron has a conversion chart for baking. I mean, come one, what a fantastic idea! I don’t know about you, but I am always searching for the correct conversions, and now, it’ll be directly on my apron. So handy. (So sorry for the low-quality photo. My kitchen lighting is absolutely awful.)
Joanna Gaines’ Cookbook, “Magnolia Table” – Joanna is my favorite super hero. Seriously. What does she not do? The second I laid my hands on her new cookbook, “Magnolia Table,” I shuffled through all the pages until there were no more. I had to see every single recipe. Although I have actually yet to cook any of her exact recipes (oops), it’s given me great inspiration. I just love how she gardens her own produce, and although the majority of her recipes aren’t “healthy,” they are filled with wholesome, fresh ingredients. Who’s with me?? Next, I need to purchase her new home decor book!
And, that’s a wrap for my first Treasured Tablespoons: Tried & True post! If there is a product you’re curious to try or interested in hearing my honest review, please comment below and let me know!