Saturday, November 23, 2013

Simple Foods and Arctic Zero

We’ve been eating a lot of simple foods lately. Ground, spiced turkey with veggies like asparagus or green beans. Or big salads with salmon or tuna on top. There have also been lots of soups.

I still prep a bunch of foods that are easily assembled into meals a few times a week. Here is a recent lunch: spaghetti squash, sautéed kale, sautéed mushrooms, and spicy black beans. Everything is in the fridge in glass containers, and it’s super easy to put it into small containers to take to work or on a plate to eat at home.

Simple Meals 01

Arctic Zero
 
Right after we had started the Conscious Cleanse, we got a big package of frozen desserts to try sent by Arctic Zero. Arctic Zero is made with whey protein and non-GMO ingredients and is gluten free and fat free. The products are sweetened with cane sugar and monk fruit concentrate. One pint of Arctic Zero has only 150 calories and the frozen dessert bars have only 85 calories each.

Hubby was very disappointed that he had to wait a few weeks  to try these desserts. Once the cleanse was over, we had fun taste testing all the different flavors: chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, coffee, cookies & cream, mint chocolate, strawberry, and, vanilla maple.


Of the pints, we liked cookies & cream and coffee the best as they tasted most natural, but our favorites were definitely the frozen dessert bars.


The frozen dessert bars come in packs of four, with two flavors each: one pack has 2 strawberry and 2 orange cream and the other has 2 chocolate and 2 vanilla. While the frozen dessert bars aren’t super creamy, they are a very nice, satisfying frozen treat with a thin chocolate cover. They are a great low calorie, cold and slightly chocolaty treat, and I’ll be looking for them at the store.

Questions: What simple foods have you been eating lately? What’s your favorite frozen dessert flavor?

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclaimer: I received the frozen desserts for free from Arctic Zero. I was not paid to write this review, and all opinions are my own.]

34 comments:

  1. All I do is simple foods :) Salmon is by far my favorite!

    I have never had Arctic Zero before because I cannot do dairy or sugar! That being said, my favorite Frozen Dessert is definitely WINK Frozen Desserts! Have you ever heard of them?

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    1. We love salmon, too. Well, my husband and I love it, and we are slowly convincing the kid to love it... ;)

      I've never heard of wink.

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  2. Greta
    Meine einfache Mahlzeiten letzte Woche waren,Quark mit Pellkartoffel und Leinsamenöl,Fisch auf dem Blech mit verschiedenen Gemüse rundherum. RoteLinsensalat mit verschiedenen Paprika und Schnittlauch.Vollkorntoast belegt mit Gemüse und Käse überbacken.

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    1. Kann ich bei Dir zum Essen vorbeikommen? Alles klingt wunderbar!

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  3. i love simple food. I've been having brown rice, tofu and sauteed kale a lot lately.
    Artic Zero is fun because i don't like the after taste of it. it feels artificial. my favorite flavor= chocolate!

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    1. We liked the flavors of the bars a lot more than the pints. Of the pints coffee, chocolate, and cookie & creams had the best flavors in my opinion. I also liked the vanilla maple but the kid and hubby thought it was a bit too sweet.

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  4. Hi Andrea, I continue to absorb ideas from you. I actually referred to your blog in a comment on another blog lately about learning to be open to new food ideas that are a bit outside a person's realm of "normal" for food. I currently have half a huge zucchini in the fridge. In hindsight, I should have baked the entire thing and done a bit of warm-up for fast meals--as you are explaining for other foods above. :D

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    1. Yes, cooking extra food is a great strategy to keep meals simple! :)

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  5. Oh my gosh, I can't believe how big the kid has grown!
    I've tried one Arctic Ice flavor and wasn't a huge fan, but the bars do sound pretty good. Maybe I'll give them another try.

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    1. I know... It's fun watching him grow up, but it's also a little sad...

      We definitely liked the bars a lot more than the pints, and I think they'll be nice to have around.

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  6. At least they were worth the wait! I used to love Diana's Bananas - frozen bananas - they were big in WW circles because back then, I think the big one was only 2 points - now it probably would be 4 or 5!

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    1. I haven't heard of Diana's Bananas, but I love banana soft serve! :)

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  7. I found Arctic Zero a couple years ago.. it does have an ingredient I have to be careful of so I am lucky I can't eat in one sitting! I have not tried the bars though. I LOVE the coffee flavor!

    Eats - I am simple - just simple! :)

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    1. The coffee flavor is good, and I really like the bars, especially the vanilla and orange.

      Simple is good! :)

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    1. Try the bars. We really enjoyed them.

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  9. I have never tried Arctic Zero…sounds interesting…I will definitely look for it, although lately I have been making my own frozen ice cream and yogurt.
    Have a wonderful week Andrea :D

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    1. Have a great week, too, Juliana! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  10. Your lunch looks filling and tasty. I have been making a lot of simple soups lately.

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    1. LOVE simple soups!

      Happy Thanksgiving, Pam!

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  11. During Winter we always eat kale or carrots/onions or sauerkraut with mashed potatoes once a week: simple but delicious. We both love it.

    I don't have a flavour I like particularly because I don't like ice cream that much. When I eat it it's part of a dessert with other things but I never eat just ice cream.

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    1. The kid's favorite dish is mashed potatoes. I'll have to make it more often!!!

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  12. Is your name Greta in German? I just read the comment above....at first I was like, "who's Greta??" haha
    So I tried these treats at the Academy of Nutrition's conference back in October. They were so delicious!! I tried the cookies and cream, but I bet like you I would love the coffee flavor too. I am a sucker for coffee ice cream.
    Happy Thanksgiving Andrea!!

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    1. Good guess, but, actually Greta is my aunt. Since she always posts as "anonymous" she puts her name first. :)

      The coffee flavor is very good, but the bars are even better in my opinion.

      Happy Thanksgiving, Gina!

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  13. Wow those are very lo cal! Usually if I want lo cal ice cream it buy skinny cow but I don't think it's that healthy.

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    1. Yes, the calories are very low.

      Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, Stacie!

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  14. Your plate in the first picture just made me so happy - such a balanced plate! :) I can see why it was difficult for your hubby to wait for these sweet treats. I haven't seen them around here, but I'll keep looking!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Andrea!

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    1. Thanks, Jessie! :)

      I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, Jessie!

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  15. Love all your healthy, clean eats! This time of year, my favorite simple food is a satsuma tangerine, especially from my parents garden. They are super easy to peel and the perfect combination of slightly sweet w/ a hint of sour. I hope you and our family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Homegrown fruit is the best, and the tangerines sound wonderful.

      Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, too!

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  16. We eat a lot of beans, veggies, soup and this time of year a lot of winter squash. Simple works for me!

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  17. I’m happy that you guys have been eating simple foods lately - it’s better than eating packaged or prepared foods. We have been making a lot of stews involving beans, kale, tomatoes, etc. Few days ago I made a harissa ‘moroccan-inspired’ stew with israeli cous cous and sweet purple potatoes, and guess what, 6 cups of leftovers for the two of us! I like a variety of frozen dessert flavors, but can’t stand one flavor.

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  18. I love making big pots of stews with lots and lots of leftover! :) Your Moroccan-inspired stew sounds great!

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