Oh Sweet Heavens: A Delicious Brownie Review

Hi I hope you’ve had an awesome Saturday! We all love treats even, the “cleanest” of eaters, but did you know that you can have healthy desserts and eat them too? But before I delve any further, I just want to let you know that while I did receive free product in exchange for this post, the careful evaluation and opinions are my own.
Jillian Lama, the owner and creator of Oh-Sweet-Heavens bakery strives to create allergen-free deserts that are full of healthy Omega-3’s, protein, and nutrients that we all know we should be consuming. I was thrilled when she contacted me about reviewing her mini brownie sampler, because as many of you know…I LOVE making healthy desserts! I loved getting the box of mini brownies in the mail, and Jillian took special care to make my sampler gluten free, no bad side effects from these cute little morsels of walnutty and caramel-filled goodness. I was concerned at first that they would be dry, because as all of  you g-freeers know, baking for us is both art and exact science. These brownies were not only moist, but definitely had a real, dark chocolate taste…no sugary, fake chocolate, so if you are expecting super-sweet brownies, be fore-warned. I really did enjoy them though, and they tasted amazing with a cup of almond milk They had a great rich taste, and no strange aftertaste, as I’ve experienced with other desserts.
Jillian makes these samplers with any specifications you may desire….Egg allergies? No problem. Gluten free? No problem. And she also makes doughnuts, and a variety of other baked goods. I could also tell through our correspondence that she’s passionate about what she does, which I find to be the biggest plus. You know that when you order from business like her’s you’re going to see even better product development down the road. Also, Oh-Sweet-Heavens Bakery is in Jacksonville, North Carolina, so for those of you in-state, when you order from Jillian, you’re going to be supporting an NC-grown business. Oh, and she’s a military wife, and I am all for military and their spouses starting businesses.I personally plan to order from Oh-Sweet-Heavens in the very near future, and can’t wait to try their doughnuts. To see the full line of Jillian’s products, click on Oh-Sweet-Heavens.

These were soooo yummy! 🙂         

Bon Appetit!

Julie Auler

Fit Foods That Make Awesome Appetizers

During Christmas, I’m always looking for delicious ways to fix healthy foods….If you’re new to a healthier lifestyle, this may be a particularly challenging time if you’re hosting parties, or even taking food to parties. Well, this week, I wanted to give you some simple and delicious options for appetizers, and dips.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts: If you had asked me if I would eat this veggie years ago, I would have said, “No Way!” But this veggie is amazing. I like to roast them in the oven, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt and cracked pepper and topped with parmesan cheese…Amazing. Oh and I love to dip these wonderful greens in hummus. Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Iron

Roasted Cauliflower: I use a bag of frozen cauliflower and roast at 375 Fahrenheit. I use the olive oil, salt, pepper, and mozzerella cheese for this one…my personal favorite. Vitamin C

Roasted Chickpeas: These are great with chili powder, and a salt-free seasoning. They’re crunchy and will satiate your guests until the main course is ready to serve. Protein, Fiber

Almonds and Dark Chocolate Chips: Every gathering needs something sweet. This treat is sweet, but not too sweet. I love to place these in a pretty bowl. They look so elegant. Protein, Fiber,

Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip: Just mix equal parts of greek yogurt and peanut butter together in a bowl. This is amazing with sliced apples and bananas. Protein, Calcium

Hummus: You can buy store bought or make your own. I love this spread on pretty much everything. Vitamin E, Protein

These are just a few of my favorite foods, to serve at any party! The prep work is easy and they’re low budget foods that won’t break the bank. Our family loves trying new foods, and I discovered  these foods last year, and I’m sure that even your pickiest guest will enjoy at least one of the appetizers on this list!