Sunday, February 17, 2019

Wendy's Great Eight February 2019 #WendyGreatEight #tryit #bestnewproducts

After a holiday break...Wendy's Great Eight is kicking off for 2019. This month, I'm sharing eight fabulous new foodie items that you're definitely going to love! Whether you're looking for a healthy on-the-go breakfast...a new way to enjoy your daily coffee...big-flavor meal enhancers...or a party guide with a distinctly Southern accent...I've got ya covered. Let's get rolling!

(1) The Most Stuf Oreo. I've been a fan of Oreo cookies for ages. Long before Oreo Double Stuf cookies were available, I made my own as a kid by double stacking separated original Oreo cookies. To this day, I'm all about the cream filling "stuff" in between the dark chocolate cookies! I'm a huge fan of Double Stuf and Mega Stuf Oreo cookies, so I could barely contain my excitement when I saw Nabisco's latest Limited Edition Oreo is The Most Stuf!  As you can see, these cookies truly maximize the amount of "stuf" in each cookie. If you're like me...these will be Oreo cookie nirvana for you! If you want to try The Most Stuf, you need to act fast, because they're a Limited Edition flavor. They are available at major grocers nationwide. For my Texas readers, I have seen them at H-E-B and Walmart locations.

(2) Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic Dressing & Marinade. I'm all about cooking with bold flavors, so it was love at first bite when I tasted Chosen Foods' amazing citrus-garlic sauce! Versatile Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic Dressing & Marinade can be used as a salad topping...or as a marinade for meat or tofu. I've used it as a marinade for chicken fajitas and pork chops...and we love it! Because it's made with simple ingredients, their natural bright flavors shine! This dressing/marinade is made with Chosen Foods' 100% pure avocado oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. That's it...yummy ingredients I can feel good about eating! Chosen Foods offers  a broad range of products, including: avocado oil and infused avocado oil sprays, dressings and marinades, healthy mayonnaise, keto-friendly products, and a vegan line. To find Chosen Foods products near you -- including this dreamy Lemon Garlic Dressing & Marinade -- check out their handy online Store Locator. They also offer a convenient Online Store for home delivery.

(3) Thrive! Ready to Blend Smoothies. Mornings are hectic, yes? What if I told you there's a delicious way to save time and ensure you start the day right? That's exactly what Thrive! Ready to Blend Smoothies will do! Thrive! is an all-natural line of frozen smoothies sold in cups of pre-chopped fruit and veggie ingredients. Thrive! smoothies come in five great-tasting flavors that feature superfood ingredients and no added sugars or preservatives: 
  • Energy (my FAVE): strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry for a vitamin-packed berry blend. Plus mango, orange, cherry, and banana for a delicious energy-packed boost.
  • Defend: orange, strawberry, mango, pineapple, and banana for a Vitamin C smoothie to give your immune system a delicious boost.
  • Rise: strawberry, banana, and mango -- a fresh twist on a smoothie classic to help you conquer your day.
  • Glow: mint, cucumber, and ginger for a unique taste...along banana, kiwi, and strawberry.
  • Green: green apple, cucumber, and spinach for a punch of good-for-you “greens.” Also banana, pineapple, and mango for well-balanced taste.
To make, simply add the frozen smoothie contents of the cup -- along with your favorite liquid based (coconut water or almond milk are recommended), then blend. You can even pour back into the lidded cup to drink your smoothie! Thrive! Ready to Blend Smoothies are currently available in the Freezer section of Target locations nationwide.

(4) Coffee mate® natural bliss® Almond Milk Coffee Creamer. One of my favorite morning indulgences is a dairy free iced latte...with creamer. Thanks to Coffee mate's® natural bliss® line of almond milk creamers, I can enjoy flavored creamer while ensuring my morning iced latte is dairy free! This natural bliss® line is made with almond milk, cane sugar, and all natural flavors. What it doesn't have? GMO ingredients! Coffee mate's® natural bliss® almond milk creamers come in three flavors: Vanilla (flavored with Madagascar vanilla bean extract), Caramel, and Hazelnut. My personal favorite Coffee mate's® natural bliss® almond milk creamer is the versatile Vanilla, because it provides a deeply vanilla flavor that compliments any coffee flavor I decide to brew on a given morning. To locate natural bliss® Almond Milk Creamer near you, check out Coffee mate®'s online Where to Buy feature.

(5) The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering. Growing up in Texas, Southern Living magazine was a go-to resource for proven, delicious regional recipes...and for entertaining. This updated 2018 edition is an modern spin on the magazine's top-selling 1972 Southern Living Party Cookbook. Times have changed in the 47 years since the original book was published -- both the foods served...and the way we entertain. One thing that hasn't changed is the charm of Southern Hospitality! Mississippi caterer and author Elizabeth Heiskell shares tons of great entertaining tips, delicious seasonal/event-driven menus...and amusing personal anecdotes and suggestions. Get-togethers covered include Teas, Coffees, and Receptions; Come By for a Drink, Y'all; Brunches and Luncheons; Cookouts; and Celebrations and Dinners. With Easter coming up on the calendar, I'm eyeing Haiskell's menu for eight...especially the decadent Potatoes Gruyere side dish! The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gatherings is an excellent resource for entertainers everywhere -- no matter what part of the country you live in! To locate a copy near you, visit IndieBound.

(6) La Colombe Draft Latte Ready-to-Drink Cans. Coffee on the go is increasingly popular -- people are busy, so grab-and-go coffee options that taste great are very popular. I recently tried La Colombe's Draft Latte, which comes in convenient ready-to-drink cans. La Colombe Draft Latte provides the frothy latte texture typically found in a café via a convenient chilled can.
They use nitrous oxide to create a silky, thick texture...and real froth! My favorite flavor is the Draft Latte Vanilla. It's made with whole, real ingredients -- including milk, cold-pressed espresso, natural vanilla, maple, and a pinch of cane sugar for a little sweetness. Pop the top on the can...then sip from the can or pour into a glass. 
I like to serve my Vanilla Latte over ice with a splash of my favorite creamer. The flavor is creamy and smooth, with a subtle vanilla flavor. If you don't prefer flavored latte, La Colombe also makes a regular Draft Latte with zero added sugar. To find La Colombe's Draft Latte ready-to-drink cans, visit the Product Locator page on their website. Draft Latte...and La Colombe's entire cold brew product line can also be purchased direct for home shipment via their Online Store.

(7) Serious Bean Co. Flavored Beans. I'm always looking for dinner side dishes that are quick to cook and taste great. I hit the jackpot when I discovered Serious Bean Co.'s line of four big-flavor canned bean varieties! Their Buckin' Buffalo Beans, Sweet & Smoky Chipotle Pinto Beans, JW's Prized Cracked Pepper Baked Beans, and Sweet & a Bit Sassy Dr. Pepper Baked Beans. They heat up in minutes, taste great, and are made with quality ingredients...and no preservatives. Every flavor is delicious, but we especially love the Dr. Pepper Baked Beans! The beans are plump, and the sauce is sweetly tangy...with a definite flavor of Dr. Pepper. These beans pair nicely with BBQ and burgers. To find Serious Bean Co. beans near you, visit their Find Stores page, which is searchable by zip code.

(8) ChocZero Premium Keto Chocolate Bark. Whether you're following a keto eating plan...or simply trying to reduce the amount of sugar you eat...ChocZero's Premium Keto Chocolate Bark is an excellent option! ChocZero's artisanal dark and milk chocolate keto bark is both low in carbs and sugar free. ChocZero uses sea salt, premium cocoa beans, and monk fruit to create a sweet indulgence that is perfect with your healthy lifestyle. I recently tried a package of the 100% Stone-Ground Dark Chocolate Almond Keto Bark. The bark is made from fair-trade premium South American cocoa beans, contains zero sugar, and has just 2-3 net carbs per ounce. ChocZero's Keto Bark is also all-natural, non-GMO, and gluten free. ChocZero's Keto Bark...and its entire product line...can be purchased direct from ChocZero via their Buy Online feature.

Disclosure: The manufacturers of the products featured in this month's Great Eight column provided me with product samples to facilitate inclusion. I only recommend products that I have personally tried and enjoyed. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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