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On Being Vegan

I am setting goals and experiencing empowerment these days! 

It feels good taking control over food and my health. It feels good working on something positive. It feels good expanding, learning new skills and learning new foods, new ingredients, new recipes, and new ways to cook and eat.

It is exciting discovering more and more all the good foods the Lord has provided over all His creation.

The color in this world seems to be exploding in front of my eyes.  Did you ever think there may have been a reason God made fruits and vegetables so lovely to look at?  I love walking into the grocery store seeing the colors of all the good foods I can eat!!!  

When you see and experience the good that is possible from eating healthy, real food as a proclaimed, dedicated vegan, you realize what you set aside is inconsequential compared to the joy and excitement of doing good things for yourself. I just don’t count the changes as discipline. I count the changes as blessings.

I don’t know about you, but I wanted those blessings.

Going vegan wasn’t actually that hard for me. 

I needed to lose weight.  Boy, did I need to lose weight! 

I’ve been on a low carb diet, thinking I was eating healthy, for close to a decade (or more).  Yet… while I found good weight loss for a while, I found myself having more and more difficulty with my weight.  I FELT like I was eating healthy and in fact, in many ways, I was. If you go back and see what I posted on my social media accounts, could see what I read, heard my conversations with my husband and kids, etc., you would know I ALWAYS have had health on my mind. 

I knew all about (and worked hard on) the ideas of macronutrients, micronutrients, nutritional supplements, natural cures, natural healing, all kinds of natural protocols, superfoods, gut healing, bone broth, green cleaning supplies, homemade olive oil skin sprays and coconut oil products, organic foods, and diets (specifically low carb diets or lower carb diets including the Paleo Diet, Keto or Ketogenic Diet,  Wheat Belly Diet, Low Carb High Fat Diets, cooking based on the Low Glycemic Index, using recipes for Diabetics, (I’m not diabetic but the recipes are lower carb many times), the Atkins Diet, etc, etc, etc.). 

I was also incorporating the Trim Healthy Mama meal plans idea too more recently.  However, I was so mentally disrupted by the idea of carbs that I loved the Trim Healthy S meals (the lower carb recipes) while shunning the Trim Healthy E meals (the ones that were a little higher in their carb count.  Tons of Trim Healthy Mama S meals (with few to no carbs and fat to satisfy) and no energizing E meals (with some healthy carbs and lower fat) is not how Trim Healthy Mama works its magic!  LOL 

Yea, I was a good carb watcher.  I told people we “watch our carb intake”.  In reality, I was obsessed with living the low carb life.

Yet, I started gaining weight throughout the years, and I started experiencing health issues. 

I wrote those two things in that sentence above – gaining weight and health issues – together in that sentence above, and in many ways they are connected.  Yet, in some ways, I’m finding them to also (I say ALSO) be two separate issues.  For the sake of simplicity here, I’m just going to combine the two issues here, and I’m sure that will make sense to many.

I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism 7 or 8 years ago, one of the “faces” of an auto-immune disorder, auto-immune disorders seemingly-exploding health issues for many today.  

Here came the Armour Thyroid prescription.  I felt OK with that at least, thinking my doctor was leaning towards the more-natural prescription treatment for those with hypothyroid disorders. 

Then, during one of those every-six-months blood tests and physicals I was enduring to monitor my under active thyroid, my doctor informed me he was seeing early stages of a fatty liver.  He suggested a liver detox and a period of taking Milk Thistle supplements. 

Oh, I’ve always been a big guru on health supplements, at least still at that time, and another supplement to clean out the junk my body was accumulating seemed good to me. 

Yet with the not-the-best-but-not-the-worst plan of action, I never felt any better, and nothing seemed to get better (or worse)… on paper anyway. 

I pretty much blamed it all then on an aging endocrine system, messed up hormones and, in all actually, that probably was playing a part in my life and health therein.  Unfortunately, I was accepting the concept that I had to grow older and thus had to deal with age-related deterioration.   (I’m learning now life doesn’t have to be the way I thought it would be.)

On Going Vegan

I pigged out on a recent breakfast buffet at a hotel during Christmas… and I did not gain a single pound over the trip thanks to the plant based food I ate!

Back to my thyroid diagnosis and my battle with faulty what-evers…. 

A small light came on and some change of thought came when a new thyroid test revealed my thyroid was actually producing the proper amount of thyroid hormones.  It was just that my body was not properly converting the T4 hormone from my thyroid into a T3 (an energy) hormone to be sent throughout my body, the rest of my body simply rejecting the hormones I actually had to use. (That’s called Reverse T3 or Reverse Triiodothyronine.)  No wonder I was still tired all the time!  

I said to my doctor…  actually I said to myself….  so why am I taking more of a hormone product (even though it was a natural hormone product) when I already have that hormone and just can’t convert it? 

I’ve GOT to get my body in better working order, I was thinking. 

I’ve GOT to start losing weight, and WHEN THE WEIGHT IS OFF, my body will start to heal itself, I was thinking. 

I’ve got a story to tell about how I became a vegan and some insight as to how to start eating vegan, how to become plant based, at least in the way I started.  I believe I have some learned lessons and insight as to how to get healthy eating habits and even now some about how to lose weight as a vegan. (I’m still getting there, but I do have some already to offer others.) I think I may have to save that for another day, or other days, more likely 

However, before I leave here, I would like to share with you all that you don’t need to lose weight and THEN start your journey to get healthy.  You can begin to heal yourself, heal your life and start getting healthier AS you eat more plant based food.  

But is that easy?

Plant based recipes and plant based products abound.  You can easily buy plant based products online or at your local health food stores (many in even regular grocery stores).  There are tons of recipes that are vegan and even recipes that are vegan and gluten free on Pinterest and in vegan cookbooks. 

You may be thinking salad, salad, salad, bananas for breakfast, lunch and dinner and salad for dessert… but really… being vegan encompasses the world of real, whole foods that abound on this planet. 

If you don’t believe me, check out vegan cookbooks.  There are tons of vegan cookbooks for beginners even to help you get started in a strong, plant based way.

Here’s one!  (Click to see more).

 

If you are thinking about starting a vegan diet, a diet that excludes meat, animal by products, dairy products, and eggs… or even if you are just wanting to move to a plant based diet somewhat to reap the health benefits that come with all those healthy foods, you should know veganism is not only healthy, it is actually fun… and exciting. 

Yes, the science for plant based nutrition and health through nutrition IS there.  God’s pharmacy is incredible! 

All science aside though, if you have been functioning on what many now call the “Standard American Diet”, you have perhaps come to overlook the beauty and taste… and joy… of eating of the abundance God placed on this earth for our needs (and enjoyment).  

What’s more, if you’re eating the Standard American Diet, my guess is that making a change to eating plant based foods, or at least eating mostly plant based foods, will open your eyes and expand your skills as well as desires.  Really!  

I am certainly not the only one who has come to discover how wonderful it feels to take a step such as my husband and I have.  Yes, my husband and I are both vegans and yes, we are both losing weight on a vegan diet (although I have a lot more to lose then he does).  I read a great article today that really reflects the great changes I have gone through since changing what I eat and changing how I live life in the kitchen (and elsewhere). 

As I read the article, I kept thinking…  I want to share my own joy with those I know. 

So here we are!  🙂 

It’s actually fun feeling more in charge.  

It is FUN getting healthier.  

And it’s fun to eat great food. 

It’s easier to do than you might think too.  

Don’t worry, I’ll have another post on that idea.

However, before we go….  

Here’s the article I saw today which I still want to share.

You can read it at the link here: 

EAT THE RAINBOW The philosophical case for going vegan is about pleasure—not preachiness

     -by Sandy Grant, Philosopher, University of Cambridge  

Going Vegan

I can not emphasis how great that article above is.  Please read it if you have the time.  (Link above)

As I mentioned above, I better get going, at least for now, but I will be back, and I will share some more about this topic with you (along with other topics, just like we always have). 

Blessings, 

Chris Abercrombie Stevens

Editor and Publisher of The New American Home 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

 

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My Goals 2018 | Let The Life Planning Begin

Goal Setting - Where Life Planning Begins

My Goals 2018

Let the life planning begin! 

It’s a new year, and I’ve been busy working on new goals and hoping for grand achievements this year.  Whether you have a plan of action going yet or not in your life, let’s talk.

Goal Setting - Where Life Planning Begins

Goal Setting – Where Life Planning Begins

With the first days of a 2018 now in the rear view mirror of your life and new days on your horizon, may I ask if you have been setting life goals for yourself?  If so, what are your personal goals in life?  

Have you been putting your goals in writing?  Do you have a goal setting planner, or even just a piece of paper, to help you stay on track with the goals and wishes you hope to make happen this year?  

Have you thought about what you want to tackle in your life right now?  What have you been doing well already?  What do you need to improve upon?  

Have you thought about these things, or are you taking in the scene still and thus still getting ideas?  
It’s OK no matter where you are here!  Those are only questions to get you going.    

I guess I’m asking because I’ve been busy myself with some goals and life planning recently, and I’m so excited, I would like to share them with you in hopes that you might be spurred on yourself some too, especially if you haven’t quite completed your thoughts on any New Years resolutions, goal setting, or new goals in life to begin (or continue) this year. 

If you’re ahead of the game, congratulations!  I’m wishing you and your family well! 

If you are somewhere else other than ahead of the game (or standing around still LOOKING at the game board, lol), I’m hoping that perhaps seeing a normal gal like me start a life planning process might help you get started too. 

Furthermore, I figured putting my goals in writing, out there for all to see, would make me just a little more accountable to moving my own game pieces forward on this game board of life.

After all, I want to succeed in my goals in life!  Why not tell the world what those goals are and either get going on what I need to do in my life or face the music if I don’t.  I know I would rather get going and make life better for myself and others I love than face the music if I don’t make the changes I know I need to make.

So here we go: 

My personal goals for 2018 include: 

1 Lose 60 pounds on a whole food, plant based diet

This includes 30 pounds before my husband and I take a trip to the Ohio Amish County with my in-laws in the early summer and then 30 pounds after that time period. 

2 Write 100 blog posts on The New American Home with Chris Stevens before December 31, 2018

3 Write and publish 4 ebooks this year.  

I’ve got the topics already chosen but will keep those close to my vest for right now if you don’t mind.  🙂 

4 Start 1 niche blog this year and prepare for a 2nd one to start early 2019

5 Join a small group at our church with my husband

6 Set up a $5.00 per week automatic transfer from our checking account to a new savings account, ending the year (at any point this year, even the end if I so choose) with a $10.00 per week automatic money saving transfer 

7 Place $200.00 per month into an IRA / Investment account

8 Complete John’s breakfast, lunch pack, and morning send off; my shower, grooming and breakfast; and worship and prayer before 8:00 AM M-F.

9 Office Work and Family Finance time between 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM, M-F

10 Prep for a new blog post 10:30 to 11:00 AM

11 Take one class in social media marketing, 

The specific class TBD, but I’m thinking about either Public Relations Fundamentals or Integrated Web Marketing and Google Analytics, either good towards the Social Media Marketing Certificate I began at University of Texas in Arlington a few years back.

12 Learn how to invest and trade

Here is one of the books I am currently studying on how to begin investing in the stock market.

13 Read and discuss two books, together with my husband, this year

14 Do a Bible / Christian book study with my Texas daughter and daughter-in-law 

15 Go Fluoride Free in our entire home

This includes purchasing a water filtration system, a filtering water pitcher, filtrating water bottles for on the go, and shower heads that filter fluoride as well as other heavy metals from the water. 

16 Experience four 4-day water fasts throughout the year (spring, summer, fall, winter)

17 Have a salt lamp in every room of the house

18 Incorporate one green juice drink per day into my husband’s and my daily eating routine

19 Take our oldest grandson Liam on an overnight trip

I’ve got him thinking about what kind of trip he would have fun doing.  However, his mama has already told me that, so long as there is an indoor pool, he will be as happy as a clam.

20 Bless each one of our childrens’ families (Carrie’s family, Amy’s family, and Scott’s family) with a special fun event or trip this year, lodging, food, activity/ activities, etc courtesy of my husband John and me

21 Prepare for and enjoy a trip with my mother-in-law Jo and her husband Vince to the Ohio Amish Country, that trip to include a much longed-for trip to see my brother and his family in West Virginia and a special aunt I have in Ohio 

My husband and I are still trying to determine if we want to incorporate meat into our meals there, want to just be vegetarian, or stay plant strong, vegan (vegetarian, no eggs, no dairy, ie “vegan) while in the Amish Country.  That is very possible.  After all, as my husband remarked upon one of our discussions about this so far, there should be lots of great vegetables and grains to eat, courtesy of the Amish farmers!   

22 Help my husband John get an updated teacher’s certification for the State of Texas

23 Help set up a website, marketing plan, and social media accounts for my husband and son’s duo music group

24 Work on a VA Disability appeal with my husband

25 Buy most of our produce at Town Talk, organic when possible but will not insist on organic as a means of saving money on groceries

Town Talk is a discount salvage grocery store in the area where we live.  Salvage grocery stores are all over the country.  If you don’t know about them, do an internet search on “salvage grocery stores”, get the information you need to get to one, and you can save money on food… like big time!  

26 Begin buying more online, especially nicely-priced food items from my Amazon Prime account (Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Pantry); well-priced home goods from Amazon; and home, personal, beauty, essential oils, and natural grooming items from Amazon Prime and Thrive, and office supplies from Amazon

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27 Pay off 4 credit card bills this year (all early)

28 Complete last payments of one unsecured loan and put that money towards investing in peer-to-peer lending as a lender ourselves

29 Trade in our small car for a little bit larger, nicer car

This will keep a car loan going for us, but hey, we are at least used to having a car loan, and we both feel this is the best option we have right now given all considerations in our life

My van will be on next year’s list, I’m sure, and THAT will be paid for in cash. 

30 Put a new tin roof on our back patio

31 Paint and tile John’s office

32 Lay an extended concrete patio from our back porch patio to our garbage can area

33 Plan and attend two festivals with my husband

These do NOT include the festivals I attend with him where his band plays. These are OUR trips! 

34 Visit our daughter Carrie and her family in Tennessee two times this year, once this summer and again early December or thereabouts  (time based on everyone’s schedule)

I hope that will be more next year, Carrie!  

35 Mail something special to my mother-in-law sometime this year… just because. 

36 Mail a birthday gift basket to our two granddaughters in Tennessee this year

37 Purchase a used but nice wooden playground for our grandchildren

38 Take each one of our grandsons (three, 3+ years old and older) on a date two times this year

39 Go on a romantic weekend getaway with my husband sometime this fall

40 Meet my husband AT THE DOOR every evening when he comes home from work.

Yea.  Yea.  Call me old fashioned.  I love being old fashioned, and I love my husband enough to make sure he feels loved. 

41 Write a daily to-do list on my beloved clip board at least 5 days a week

42 Develop my own process of personal organization, life planning, an organized housework schedule (daily, weekly, monthly, etc), and an organized home and garden timeline, the development and testing of such to be work on throughout and then completed sometime this year but then ready to perfect, write, and publish sometime next year 2019. 

OK.. Whew, that’s a lot!  So how do I get to my goals? 

First of all, I believe I’ve taken one first big step.  To make a list of goals is a great start!  (Yes, I’m patting myself on the back!)   

Although setting an overall life vision and yearly vision first helps many with setting up a life plan and then yearly life plan, I wasn’t organized enough in my thoughts yet to quite be there.  I’m planning on working on those areas better now though! 

However….setting goals, for ME anyway… was a great help in envisioning the life vision I had, at least for this year.  It was the beginning of this year’s life planning for me. 

My next step is coming.  I’m going to buy a life planner like this one. 

I chose one that has a daily life planner as well as a monthly life planner.  The goals as I have them above will require a lot of daily organization.  Lord help me.  I sure need some personal organization skills.  I need personal organization help!  

OK, so my goal setting now public, I stand fully accountable for working on goals and working towards a more organized life to be more successful in my areas of focus this year. 

Whether you are already great at goal setting or struggling with your own life planning tools and skills, I hope my own challenges and my transparency here help you all in some way. 

I need to go for now.  (Other work.. and fun activities…. await,)  We’ll talk again though soon.  

Blessings!  

Chris Stevens

Editor and Publisher, The New American Home

New Year – New Beginnings | How To Have A Happy New Year

New Year New Beginnings

Have you said “Happy New Year” to anyone lately?  That’s OK if you did or did not.  It is not necessarily what is in your past that counts.  It is your present and future that count now. 

So what do you plan for your future today?

It’s a new year.  Tell us!!!!  

New Year New Beginnings

You now have a new year, a new day, a new chance.  Until you pass away from this earth, you will always have other choices and other chances. 

You will always have new beginnings.  

So what you said (or did) yesterday…  just leave it there at yesterday and keep going with the knowledge and understanding that yesterday is not today nor is it tomorrow. 

Yesterday is yesterday.  Today is upon us.  Tomorrow is coming, and there is reason to be looking ahead.  There are things a happening in life, dear friend!  

The bad news is that you can’t stop the fact that life is full of changes. 

The good news is that you can’t stop the fact that life is full of changes.

However… the best news is that Jesus is the same no matter what, no matter what day, year, century, or time it is.  

You are in good hand…  “Good Hands”.  

My advice?  

Hey, I don’t usually give advice, but since you asked…  

(OK, since I wrote the question there)…  

Take your lot….  

…Then thank the Good Lord Above (a lot) for another new year, another new chance, maybe another chance for another, better choice next time in one of your new days or new chances, and be thankful for a new year given you as a reminder that changes don’t have to mean the end of good things or good days nor the loss of new days or chances after a bad year, bad times or bad choices.  

Life keeps going through changes, and there are always changes that can keep us going better through life.  

You now have a new year. 

You’ve been given a change, new beginnings.  (And you’ll CONTINUE to get those every single day, every single moment in life, in fact).

Now if you want to have a happy new year, embrace it all and step onward. 

You’re on your way regardless of what you do, so embrace it all, and make those changes you need to make to make this new day a better one than the last —  every day. 

With that in mind, The New American Home with Chris Stevens, and me personally, meaning Chris Stevens, me, myself, and I, will be on the path here this new year as well.  

I look forward to stepping forward with all of you in a new year, a new day, a new chance. 

I wish you well in your new beginning.

I hope you’ll like my new beginning here too. 

There are changes in life. 

Happy New Whatever, and blessings to you in this upcoming year and beyond.

New Year New Beginnings

 

 

He who is seated on the throne said “I am making everything new!”  -Revelation 21:5 (NIV)

 

 

Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil – Is Coconut Oil Healthy Or Not?

Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil

Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil – Is Coconut Oil Healthy Or Not?

 
Well? IS Coconut Oil healthy or not? We’re hearing conflicting messages. Maybe it’s time to go to the source to see what’s true and what may not be so much.
 
This is such an important learning time as this could affect so many in so many good…or bad…ways, depending on who you believe or what you choose to do.
 
If you are concerned about your overall health, deal with high cholesterol, are concerned about heart disease or have been told you may be at risk for heart disease, are overweight and want to lose weight, are striving to cook healthier foods, or find yourself simply just confused about what some of today’s so-called health organizations are telling you to do, or NOT do, regarding coconut oil, please read this article (link below) from Trim Healthy Mama founders Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison.
 
Pearl and Serene’s “take” on things is from a CHRISTIAN point of view and includes Biblical perspectives as both Pearl and Serene are not only well versed in health and medical research but are strong in their faith and draw their wisdom from Biblical principles as well as Scriptural teachings.
Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil

Is Coconut Oil Bad For You?

 
While Pearl and Serene’s insight into coconut oil as a healthy food vs. danger is extraordinary, there is more to learn here in their insight.  There is a teaching opportunity, a learning opportunity… a teaching “moment” as my husband and I used to call many real time events during our many home schooling years.  
 
 The teaching opportunity (or teaching moment) here comes not just about how to tackle high cholesterol, battle diabetics, or even just discover new healthy habits, although we should learn all we can in those areas!.
 
We can, and SHOULD, learn so much more in this “moment”.   It’s there.  Want to know what it is? 
 
I believe the most important teachable moment here could very well be the confusion surrounding coconut oil use and our ability to see and understand how information is sometimes given and even sometimes manipulated in ways you might never have imagined.
 
We are sometimes given (naively) incorrect or outdated information. Sometimes though, we simply get a corporate message.
 
Listen friends, God won’t give you a manipulated narrative, and HE is not into our bodies for His financial gain.
 
While the teachable moment here, right now, is this most recent AHA announcement, the learning opportunity here is to learn to depend upon the Lord’s provisions, love, and guidance… and NOT mans’ notions, ventures, or schemes. 
 
See what Serene and Pearl have to share about coconut oil, and consider how the Lord Almighty Himself may have had a part in what they have to say.
 
Then…. 
 
After you have put some time and thought into the article here (below), I would like to hear your thoughts.  
 
Here are a few questions that might arise as you consider what Pearl and Serene wrote. 
 
  • What do you think about the American Heart Association coconut oil recommendations?
  • Do YOU believe the American Heart Association (AHA) narrative that coconut oil is bad for you and canola oil is a better option when cooking with oil?  
  • Do you adhere to a low fat diet, and how is that working out for you if you are?  
  • What are YOU doing for YOUR high cholesterol count, and is it working or not?  
  • How do you feel about public health organizations providing research and medical or health recommendations based on paid and/or sponsored studies?  
  • What are the health benefits of coconut oil you have experienced or have heard about, if any, that most appeal to you?   
  • What insight most struck you from the Trim and Healthy Mama article on coconut oil?  
  • Did God bring any thoughts to your mind as you read what Pearl and Serene shared about the AHA study on coconut oil? 
  • What Scripture, if any, can you find which helps in your own decision as to whether or not to use coconut oil in cooking and/or for other basic needs?  
 
Oh, those are maybe just a few of the many thoughts you may have had after reading Pearl and Serene’s article on coconut oil.  You may have had others!  Whatever thoughts that flood your mind after getting this info though, make the most of it and learn a lesson…. or two…. and please feel free to share with us here if you like.
 
Here is Trim Healthy Mama’s response to the idea of whether or not coconut oil is good or bad for you… and WHY.  Read it below.   PLEASE……..  READ…….  
 
Coconut Oil Article by Trim Healthy Mama

Please read this article on coconut oil below!

 
Coconut Oil… So, Now It’s Bad?!?!?
By Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett
 
  
Wishing you well.  
 
In Christ,
Chris Stevens
The New American Home With Chris Stevens 
 
 
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.  Psalm 145:15-16 New International Version (NIV)
 


Love Grown Cereal Review – I Ate Beans For Breakfast Today!

Love Grown Cereal Review Collage 2

I was at a new Natural Grocers Store in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday, and what did I find but a cereal made with beans. I wondered. I bought. I ate. Now I give a review of Love Grown Cereal.

If you are like me, totally naive about cereal made from beans, you may be a little surprised (as was I) to see such a product.  I had never seen such a thing before which is probably WHY I purchased the box of Love Grown Polar Puffs cereal which I did.  OK… that AND the fact that the store had an overstock and marked some of the boxes down to move them out quickly.  

I’m a sucker for beans, and I’m really a sucker for saving money!  

I really wasn’t sure what to think when I purchased the box, but I was hopeful.  I had great success in the past when I first saw and tried Beanitos Bean Snacks (low glycemic, some vegan, all vegetarian and all non-GMO gluten free snacks made with beans).  I loved the Beanitos Black Bean Chips in particular… (but I also loved them all)… so seeing bean cereal was not SUCH a far stretch that I figured I would at least give them a try.  

Bean tortilla chips seem more natural to me than cereal bean products though, especially kids cereal products.  

I almost put them back on that second thought, but I finally convinced myself. 

Come on, Chris.  This is a healthy kids cereal.

The cereal is made with navy, lentil and garbanzo beans.  

There are no corn or wheat ingredients in it.

It’s a gluten free kids cereal.  It’s a vegan kids cereal.  It’s a healthy, non-GMO cereal.  

And… AND…. it’s supposed to taste like blueberries and vanilla.  (Remember, I hadn’t tried it yet, so I wasn’t completely sure of that!) It was SUPPOSED to…. fill in the blank…..  

OK.  That did it.  It was in my cart.  

Actually, I really didn’t go through all of that thinking.  

I was actually EXCITED to try such a cereal.  

I was also excited to say “I will eat beans for breakfast tomorrow morning!”   

That’s just the way I am.  🙂 

Well, my bean shopping excitement was yesterday.  I did try this cereal this morning.

Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal

 

I poured some of the Love Made Polar Puffs into a bowl, and I added some milk.  I was out of both almonds and coconut milk, so my regular milk had to do today, (sorry vegan friends), but I added the milk that was available, and I had my first bite.  

You can see a horrible photo of me here below eating my first bite.  I wasn’t prepared for a glamour shot, but I wanted you to see my first bite of cereal made with beans.  Whatever my face was going to be, I wanted you to see it in its true form.

Chris's First Bite of Bean Cereal - Love Grown Cereal

It was wonderful!  

The sweetness was just right.  It was sweet enough to satisfy any child’s hankering for something sweet.  It was not TOO sweet.  

The Love Grown Polar Puffs actually had a great blueberry and vanilla taste too.  I mean that too!  I mean…  I could taste a blueberry flavor.  I could taste a vanilla flavor.  The two flavors were each very flavorful, and each flavor seemed separate, distinct would be a good word, but they were also very complimentary of each other.  

And no… in case you are wondering… There was absolutely NO flavor of beans in this cereal.  

I’m not sure if a bean flavor would be welcomed by children in the morning.  

I’m pretty sure, for all my love of beans, I wouldn’t want too much of a bean experience in the morning hours either.  

But hey, to each his own. 

 

Cereal Made With Beans - Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal

From the back of my Love Grown bean cereal box. It says it’s cereal made with beans! 🙂

The cereal stayed crunchy for quite some time, most likely longer than what your kids might take eating their bowl of this on any given morning.  

I ended up taking a l-o-n-g time eating my bowl of cereal because I kept trying to take more photos of me hoping to get a better selfie.  I never did.  You got the original one.  

By the way, it’s really HARD to take a selfie while you’re holding a bowl of cereal in one hand and lifting a spoon of cereal up to your mouth to eat in the other!  I’m SURE God must have given me an additional hand to take this photo.  It may not be glamour on display, but it’s me, and what’s more important, it’s me eating beans in the morning!  

The point is, it took me a long time to eat my cereal. 

Fortunately, my cereal stayed fresh and crispy all the way through my “photo shoot”.  

So the taste of the Polar Puffs Cereal by Love Grown was great with no bean flavor and plenty of blueberry and vanilla taste. 

It was as sweet as I would have wanted it to be so I’m guessing as much as it would take to satisfy a picky child in the morning.  (I like some sweetness, just some, and I’m like a picky child in the morning… and sometimes at other times as well.)  🙂 

Add to all that the fact that it stayed crisp and edible for a LONG time for me.  

You’ll never have to deal with soggy cereal if you eat this every day of your life!  

But you won’t do that, will you?  

I asked because Love Grown has numerous other products that could keep every day new and exciting for you and your family members.  

Love Grown Cereal For Kids - Love Grown Polar Puffs

Love Grown Cereal has Love Grown kids cereals as this was.  They also have other cereals that would be appealing to adults as well as kids (Hey give me kids cereal any day).  Plus Love Grown products also include a variety of granola, hot cereals, and even some seasonal cereal products like the chocolate and strawberry heart shaped cereal which, well… you can figure out what day or days that kind of cereal might be really popular.   

The Love Grown company says their cereal (and thus your day) is “inspired by love and powered by nutrition”.  

It seems that is their passion too!

Maddy and Alex, the founders and owners of Love Grown Cereal, write right on their Love Grown website, About / Our Story page, that they wanted to change the world, to make a difference, to make clean, healthy food available to as many people as possible.  

They do what they do out of love for people.  

It looks like they are working to stay true to their clean eating, high-value nutrition pledge too.  

While not all their cereal and/or ingredients in cereal products are organic, they have gone through the process of non-GMO certification for most of their cereal products.  (Check each product individually if you’re concerned with any specific cereal or specific ingredient in a cereal.)   

Why are they not produced as organic cereal?  The FAQs of their website say they chose to make their cereals as cost effective as possible so as many people as possible could benefit.  

Their heart is dedicated to providing wholesome, natural ingredients for all their cereal products.   

They DO use only natural flavors and natural colors.  

All their cereals are either lightly sweetened or completely sugar free. 

All of their cereals are vegan except the Love Grown Power Os.  ALL are vegetarian friendly. 

Furthermore, all of their products, including the granola products are made with gluten free ingredients, specifically certified gluten free oats, and all of their products are inspected and shown gluten free before being shipped.

As always, check each product for ingredients if you have any allergies or medical conditions.  

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Love Grown Polar Puffs, Blueberry Vanilla, 6.5 Ounce by Love Grown (at Amazon)

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What I can tell you though, by no uncertain terms, is that my Love Grown Blueberry Vanilla Polar Puffs cereal this morning was totally worth buying and a totally wonderful breakfast experience. 

They tasted great.  

They filled my desire for a sweet-but-not-too-sweet vanilla and blueberry breakfast cereal.  

They did not get soggy.

I felt as if I was benefiting from a healthy cereal (made with love).  I feel so loved. 

Oh, and a bonus point here:   I felt full all morning long!  I’m loved AND satisfied.  That’s a great combination!  

If you haven’t tried a Love Grown cereal yet or just want to buy gluten free cereal (or buy a vegan cereal)…. (or buy a healthy cereal period)… I urge you to give one of the Love Grown cereals a chance. 

If the rest are anything like my Love Grown Polar Bears, the conclusion of my Love Grown cereal review  here says I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase. 

 

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Should I review other Love Grown products?

The question might better be, what are YOUR reviews of Love Grown cereal going to say? 

Give Love Grown a try if you haven’t yet, and let us know what you think! 

Here’s to all you great readers here… having 3 hands to take photos… good tasting cereal made with beans… and great companies like Love Grown.  

Have a healthy day! 

 


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