Monday, December 27, 2010

Greek Hummus Rounds

A little press (Thanks Athenos) for one of my recipes...

Hummus Cucumbers Low Carb Weight Loss Food RecipesMy Greek Hummus Rounds. Here's the link to the original recipe and some other yummy, healthy and of course weight loss surgery friendly ways to ring in the New Year!



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Thank you for the wonderful response to The World According to Eggface Ho Ho Bento Holiday Giveaway.

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Congratulations!!! You are the winner of the Super Cool Bento Box System! Check your email and follow instructions for claiming your prize.

If you weren't the lucky winner this time but still want to be the coolest in the break room ;) Here's a link to get your own super cool bento box.

Already have one and need weight loss surgery friendly healthy ideas for filling it. Here's a link to some past bento blog posts.

Thank you for playing everyone. This was a fun month of giveaways! I've got a few things planned for January so stay tuned.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning breakfast. A fruity version of my Sausage or Bacon Pancake Bites...

Shelly's Fruity Pancake Bites

1/2 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix, dry
1/3 cup Soy Milk (any milk would do)
1/4 cup Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup
Assorted Fruit (I used chopped banana, apple, and frozen blueberries)

Mix pancake mix, milk, syrup together till thoroughly combined. Pour batter into a non-stick 12 cup mini muffin tin that has been sprayed with Pam. Fill about 3/4 way up.

Top each muffin with some fruit (chopped banana, frozen or fresh blueberries, chopped apple, cherries, etc.) Make all one flavor or a combo of fruits. If you set the ingredients out family members and whippersnappers can make their own.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Serve with Shelly's Super Special Syrup for dipping.

Shelly's Super Special Syrup

2 Tablespoons Sugar-Free Maple Syrup mixed with 1 teaspoon Sugar-Free Torani syrup. Any flavor Torani syrup will work. I used SF Raspberry today. Tastes like a jelly donut. The variety pack would be a fun way to experiment.

These can also be made the night before and reheated, makes life easy in the AM if you have a house full of overnight guests or whippersnappers that can't wait to get to the present opening. I prefer them reheated in a toaster oven, they get crunchy versus a microwave but you can do that too.


Mum & I ~ Christmas Morning 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone! Hope your day is lovely.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Healthy Snacks and Christmas Preparations

Last night I ate this healthy and yummy snack while I wrapped some stocking stuffers and watched some holiday must see movies.

Health Weight Loss Fitness Bariatric Surgery Kids After School SnackingShelly's Apple Wreaths

Slices of Apple
Dried Juice Sweetened Cranberries
Sliced Almonds & other Nuts
Berries
Protein Granola
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Sweetened Ricotta (1/4 cup Ricotta sweetened with 1 teaspoon Sugar Free Torani)

Slice and core an apple (peel if you want), spread toppings on, add almonds and cranberries.


Today I've got a couple of errands and then the cooking of the feast and some goodies (all weight loss surgery friendly of course) begins. Tonight's dinner is mostly seafood (protein heaven) at my house (Feast of the Seven Fishes, Festa dei Sette Pesci.) I'm experimenting with a few new things so if they turn out blog worthy you'll see them.

Tomorrow is still up in the air, depending on the weather. Hopefully after breakfast we'll be headed to the beach (our tradition) for a picnic with leftovers.

If you are a longtime follower of the blog you know another tradition at my house is for my Mum and I to make new ornaments for the tree. I cut the patterns (some I draw free hand, some I just get from the net) from brown paper bag first, then from the felt, then my Mum does the sewing part because I suck at it, then we both do the decorating. It's a team effort. We make ornaments, we've made tote bags, I always make a few food gifts, something fun & crafty that gets us in the Christmas spirit... well that is except when we mess up on something then we curse like truck drivers. Yeah that part is not so festive ;) Here's this year's ornaments...

When my Mum fell earlier this year and she wasn't mobile for awhile I bought her this book on how to make knitted flowers so she'd have something fun to do. She has made some really cool ones. She made these awesome poinsettias. I loved them so much I said she should mount them on scarfs as gifts.

Last week I stood on the post office line from hell mailing one to my sister. She loved it. Here's a picture of me wearing mine today...

Merry Christmas Everyone!


P.S. When the not so great choices start calling. Remember: Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment. Some tips I hope help.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

12 Days of Chocolate - Protein Mini Muffins

I took my basic Mini Chocolate Protein Muffin recipe and made 12 variations. They make a perfect grab and go breakfast (toss a couple in a snack sized Ziploc) maybe pair it with my Chocolate Covered Cherry or Candy Cane Protein Shake.

I love to take a couple with me when I'm going to coffee with pals since Starbucks has NOTHING for us in their bakery case when everyone is gobbling up goodies I can breakout my healthier delicious treat (but better bring extras to share, non-ops love them too.)

Shelly's 12 Days of Chocolate Protein Mini Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
Pinch salt

Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, cocoa, protein powder (1 scoop = approx 1/4 cup) and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam.

Add something from the topping list to each one. Not too much. 1 cherry, 1 malted milk ball, 1/4 teaspoon peanut butter, sprinkle of coffee, 1/2 a strawberry, etc. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

12 Toppings

Frozen Cherry
Unsweetened Coconut
Peanut Butter
Sugar Free Orange Marmalade
Sugar Free Candy Cane/Starlight Peppermints, crushed
Sugar Free Malted Milk Ball
Macadamia Nuts
Sugar Free Caramel Topping
Almonds
Instant Coffee Crystals
Cinnamon
Frozen Strawberry

I couldn't decide which was my ❤ favorite.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ho Ho Bento Holiday Giveaway

Since having weight loss surgery I have committed to treating myself better, being mindful of what foods I eat, how much, how much exercise I do, how I treat myself emotionally and spending more time enjoying every little moment this life has to offer. To that end, one thing I have implemented is eating outside a few times a week... at the beach, the nearby park, heck even my own backyard. I soak up some of the sun's vitamin D, breathe some fresh air, de-stress and enjoy.

My super cool bento box is great to use when you know you will be out of the house for fun or for work. It easily holds a protein packed meal and some healthy snacks for the day. It helps me not make poor choices while I'm out & about and sets me up for success.

Here's your chance to win one! It's GIVEAWAY time!The Prize: A Super Cool Bento Box System (color may vary)

How to enter: Just leave a comment (include your name and an email address) on this blog posting by Sunday, December 26th, midnight (Pacific time) and sometime on Monday, December 27th. I'll draw a name using a random number generator and announce the winner here on the blog! I will also email the winner at the addy posted. You'll have one week (7 days) to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

One COMMENT ENTRY per person. Remember blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the United States (48 contiguous, Alaska & Hawaii.)

***Want extra chances to win?*** Do anything listed below and leave me a comment letting me know what you did! For up to four more entries per person!!

* Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway: Hey everyone enter the @Eggface Ho Ho Bento Holiday Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/2g3cdm3

* Be sure to become a Facebook fan of The World According to Eggface Facebook page and post about the giveaway on Facebook (and/or some other social networking, health, weight loss surgery, support forum you frequent)

If you are a blogger:

* Blog about this giveaway (send me the url so I can enjoy your post!)

* Place my super snazzy badge on your site.






Can't wait to see if you win the giveaway to get your own super cool bento box? I understand. Here's an online source.

Already have a super cool bento box and need some ideas to fill it. Click here for some of my bento blog entries.

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Thank you for the wonderful response to The World According to Eggface & CLICK Espresso Protein Merry CLICKmas Giveaway.

The random generator has selected:

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Congratulations!!!

You are the winner of the AWESOME Prize Pack of CLICK Goodies. Check your email and follow instructions for claiming your prize.

and be sure to make a batch of my Peppermint Espresso Truffles. Soooo good.

If you weren't the lucky winner this time and still want to try CLICK...

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or if you already have a favorite CLICK (mine is Vanilla Latte, for those wondering) you can order full size tubs here.

Thank you for playing everyone. Be sure to check back later today for another AWESOME The World According to Eggface Giveaway!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Fun

Lots of Christmas-y fun yesterday. My Mum and I braved the crowds at the mall. We didn't really need anything but it doesn't seem right to not take a little part in the holiday ritual of mass consumerism.

We had fun. We window shopped, people watched, stopped for coffee, laughed a lot. As we were leaving I was going to get a picture with Santa as a sort of joke gift for my Mum but the line was way too long.

I've never taken a picture taken with Santa. When I was little I would stand in line and just as it got to my turn I would refuse to sit on the big guy's lap. No crying or screaming fits, I just refused. His "elves" would of course give me a candy cane anyway. Score. So every year this would repeat until I started calling it "the line to get a candy cane" instead of "the line to see Santa." The parental units were on to my sugary deception. My true goal was revealed. I just wanted free candy. That put an end to that holiday ritual. So no pictures with Santa still to this day.

When we got home we watched a Christmas movie marathon and ate tidbits...

Cucumber Rounds with Salmon Cream Cheese (just smoked salmon and cream cheese mixed together till well combined) and some with Hummus on top, stuff from the olive bar at the supermarket and these super yummy Beef Lettuce Wraps...


Shelly's Beef Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Raspberry Drizzle

Sliced Tri-tip or Flank Steak
Leaves of Boston Lettuce
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Raspberry Jam
1 teaspoon any Fruity Vinegar (Champagne, Apple Cider, Raspberry)
dash or two of Southwest Seasoning (any Cayenne, Cumin, Paprika, Oregano Blend)

Wash and separate lettuce leaves. Arrange some sliced beef (also great with grilled chicken) in each lettuce leave. Nuke jam, vinegar, seasoning for 30 seconds till thin, stir. Makes enough drizzle for 6. Drizzle over each beef & lettuce cup. Eat like tacos.

Soooo good.

Hope everyone is having a great December. Remember... "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault

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P.S. Today is the last day to enter the Merry CLICKmas Giveaway. All the 411 on the super groovy prize pack and how to enter is HERE.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

My day in post weight loss surgery eating...

Breakfast: I drank this yummy shake (tastes just like Apple Pie) while I packed up my super cool bento for a day away from the house.

Gastric Bypass Vertical Sleeve RNY VSG WLS Recipe Blog Cooking MenusShelly's Apple Pie Protein Shake

8 oz. Soy Milk (or 4 oz milk/4 oz. water)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon No Sugar Added Apple Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (SF Caramel, SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon, or SF Vanilla would all work)
dash Apple Pie Spice
2-3 Ice Cubes

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with optional squirt of Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream, drizzle of Sugar Free Caramel Topping and a dash of apple pie spice.

More Eggface Protein Shakes and Smoothies for Post Weight Loss Surgery

Lunch: One of my favorite salads. It has all the flavors of a California Roll without the pointless white carbs of rice. Sometimes I serve it on a bed of baby spinach.

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Pink Box (top left): Shelly's California Roll Salad
Green Box (top right): Manchego Cheese
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Peppermint Espresso Protein Truffles
Orange Box (bottom right): Almonds

More Eggface Bento Box Lunches

Dinner: I spent most of the day making meatballs for an event my friend is catering and the rest of it running errands including standing on a hellacious line at the post office mailing a special surprise to my sister. I can't tell you about it until she gets it but later this week I'll share pictures (I have a matching one.) When I finally got home I was wiped. Here's what I managed to wrangle up...

Shrimp and Imitation Crab Meat Cocktail in my cute Cactus Glasses

Healthy Eating Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Gastric Bypass Foodand a super yummy Avocado Dip

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Shelly's High Protein Avocado Dip

1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (I used plain 2%)
1/2 an Avocado
a few twists of Black Pepper
Kosher Salt to taste

Whiz all ingredients in a mini food processor till smooth. This dip is soooo good. You would never know there is cottage cheese in it. I served it with a plate full of cucumber "chips" just some slices of English (Hothouse) Cucumber.

It's also great for dipping meats (moisture is key to eating meat post weight loss surgery) or veggies or use as a high protein salad dressing replacement. Mmmm a dollop of this dip on top of some refried beans and/or ground turkey or beef spiced with taco seasonings would be a great weight loss surgery friendly way to get your Mexican food fix without the big pile of greasy chips or taco shells. You might want to make a double batch, non-ops love it.

Snacks: Stuff out of my bento (above) and a Starbuck's Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce No Whip, No Foam, Soy Latte

Hope everyone is handling the holiday stress and food temptations well. Here's some tips that help me. Remember...

"Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment."

More Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cool New Product Alert: Chicken Burgers

Spotted these Amylu's Sweet Caramelized Onion Chicken Burgers with Red Bell Peppers and Gouda Cheese at Costco the other day and tossed a box in the cart. I love quick & easy protein sources like this because some days (yep even I have them) you just don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

They sounded really yummy but I was leery. I always hate buying a big box of something I've never tried. My problem with frozen chicken products is that they usually taste and have the texture of little sponges but these are great and not spongy at all. I served them with some Cucumber Dill Refrigerator Pickles and sliced avocado. It was a great lunch. The burgers have little flecks of sweet bell pepper, caramelized onion and Gouda cheese. Really yummy.

They are all natural (breast & thigh meat), gluten free, no preservatives, no nitrates, no MSG, zero trans fat.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 1 Burger
Servings Per Container: 10
Calories: 150 Calories from Fat: 60
Total Fat: 7.5 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 2 grams
Sugars: 1 gram
Protein: 22 grams

They are fully cooked. Just heat & serve. I pan seared them in a non-stick pan sprayed with Pam for a few minutes on each side. I was worried they would be dry but they were super moist and juicy. According to the box, you can also microwave them or grill them on the BBQ but I thought that might dry them out since they are fully cooked. Moisture is key to successfully eating meats post weight loss surgery.

They came in a box of 10 for $11.99 at Costco. The box contains individual pouches of 2 patties each. Once you open a pouch the burgers need to be used from the fridge within 3 days but you can freeze the pouches for up to 6 months. Just take them down into the fridge the night before you plan on using them.

If you don't have a Costco near you here's where you can email them perhaps they can direct you to a store that carries them near you. They are made by ATK Foods.

Verdict: Yum. Soooo good. They were very juicy and the flavor is great. I will definitely add these to my Pantry Essentials List. Give them a try.

If you are wondering about the Cucumber Dill Refrigerator Pickles those are great too. I've been getting 3 packs of Hothouse Cucumbers at Costco and I always have one sometimes 2 that I need to use before I want to use them. So I make a batch of these... they last at least a week in the fridge and make a great side with burgers, steaks, chicken, cold cut roll-ups.

Shelly's Cucumber Dill Refrigerator Pickles

1 or 2 Hothouse Cucumbers (aka English Cucumbers), sliced very thin
1 (2 oz.) jar Pimentos, drained
1/4 of a White Onion, sliced very thin
1/2 cup any Fruity Vinegar (Champagne, Tarragon, Cider but even plain White will work)
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Apple Juice or Cider
1/2 teaspoon Dried Dill
a dash of Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve drain solids from liquid. Drained they are also great mixed into Greek yogurt (sort of like a Tzatziki Sauce) and served with BBQ'd kabobs.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

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Thank you for the wonderful response to The World According to Eggface & Torani Syrup Taste of Torani Holiday Giveaway.

The random generator has selected:

Deanna R.
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Congratulations!!! You are the winner of the AWESOME Prize Pack of Torani's Holiday Flavors including a bottle of their latest release Sugar Free Salted Caramel (make that cocoa, ASAP!) Check your email and follow instructions for claiming your prize.

If you weren't the lucky winner this time and still want to try Sugar Free Torani... here's a link to an AWESOME Variety Pack. A great way to introduce yourself to the super yummy world of Sugar Free Torani.

Thank you for playing everyone. I have some very cool giveaways planned all month long! Keep checking back.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Merry CLICKmas Giveaway

CLICK Espresso Protein is a super yummy way to get 15 grams of protein and a boost of espresso energy. You can CLICK in soooo many different ways... hot or cold, shakes and smoothies, 5 minute cakes, protein truffles, protein fudge and an unbelievable, to die for, toe curling good protein ice cream.

If you are a coffee addict like me you'll love CLICK and CLICK is actually the preferred drink of Santa Claus on his busiest night. A little elf told me.

So in honor of Santa's favorite drink... It's GIVEAWAY time!

The Prize: This CLICKtastic CLICKmas Prize Pack including

1 Tub of CLICK Espresso Protein
1 bottle of Sugar Free Peppermint Torani Syrup
1 CLICK Blender Bottle
1 CLICK Bling Hat

Use them to make CLICKmas-y treats like these...

Shelly's Peppermint Espresso Protein Truffles (aka Santa's P.E.P. Pills)

2 Scoops CLICK Mocha Espresso Protein Powder
3 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Sugar Free Torani Peppermint Syrup
1/4 cup Chopped Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts, Pistachios or a combo)

Optional Toppings: Unsweetened Toasted or Untoasted Coconut, Crushed Nuts, more CLICK, Unsweetened Cocoa, Crushed SF Candy Cane (CVS, Rite Aid)

Mix all ingredients till thoroughly combined. Roll into walnut size balls. Roll in optional topping choice. Place in fridge to firm before serving. Keep leftovers refrigerated. You can also freeze them and defrost in the fridge as needed. Makes about 25.

I'm sure Santa would appreciate a few of these left on Christmas Eve... they are crazy good and way better for "him" than cookies.

or make "him" a super yummy hot latte or frosty shake...

Shelly's Hot White Chocolate Peppermint Latte

1 cup Soy Milk (any milk will do)
2 scoops CLICK Vanilla Latte Espresso Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Torani Sugar Free Peppermint Syrup
1 Tablespoon Torani Sugar Free White Chocolate Syrup

In blender bottle shake all ingredients about 30 seconds. Pour into microwavable safe mug and nuke 60-90 seconds or heat in pan on stove. Top with Sugar Free Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of crushed SF Candy Cane.

Shelly's Iced White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Frappe

1 cup Soy Milk (any milk will do)
2 scoops CLICK Vanilla Latte Espresso Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Torani Sugar Free Peppermint Syrup
1 Tablespoon Torani Sugar Free White Chocolate Syrup
a few Ice Cubes

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with optional squirt of Sugar Free Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of crushed SF Candy Cane.

How to enter: Just leave a comment (include your name and an email address) on this blog posting by Sunday, December 19th, midnight (Pacific time) and sometime on Monday, December 20th. I'll draw a name using a random number generator and announce the winner here on the blog! I will also email the winner at the addy posted. You'll have one week (7 days) to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

One COMMENT ENTRY per person. Remember blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the United States (48 contiguous, Alaska & Hawaii.)

***Want extra chances to win?*** Do anything listed below and leave me a comment letting me know what you did! For up to four more entries per person!!

* Follow me & CLICK on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway: Hey everyone enter the @Eggface & @drinkclick Merry CLICKmas Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/3y7qpja

* Be sure to become a Facebook fan of The World According to Eggface and CLICK Espresso Protein Facebook pages and post about the giveaway on Facebook (or some other social networking, health, weight loss surgery, support forum you frequent)

If you are a blogger:

* Blog about this giveaway (send me the url so I can enjoy your post!)

* Place my super snazzy badge on your site.





Can't wait to see if you win the giveaway to try some CLICK? I understand. Here's an online source for the good stuff.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Breakfast On the Go: Bacon Pancake Bites

The other morning I made a batch of Sausage Pancake Bites that were soooo good. Of course I had to try them with bacon! Verdict: the breakfast meat war continues... I loved them both!

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Shelly's Bacon Pancake Bites

1/2 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix, dry
1/3 cup Soy Milk (any milk would do)
1/4 cup Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup
2 slices Cooked Bacon

Mix pancake mix, milk, syrup together till thoroughly combined. Pour batter into a 12 cup mini muffin tin that has been sprayed with Pam. Fill about 3/4 way up.

Eggface Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Gastric Bypass Vertical Sleeve RecipesTop each muffin with a few snips (kitchen shears work great for this) of bacon. Make bacon the day before for breakfast and save two pieces back or you could use a couple of those pre-cooked slices (Oscar Mayer or Hormel makes them) or real bacon bits would work too. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Serve with SF Maple syrup for dipping.

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Heads up: SF Torani Friday Sale

Amazon's Friday Sale features Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup 3 packs.

$13.00 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25 or if you choose auto delivery it's $11.05 & free shipping. A great deal, today only. Here's the link.
I use Sugar Free Vanilla A LOT in my coffee and tea, protein ice cream, protein shakes & smoothies, muffins, donuts, breakfasts, desserts... oodles of things.

Also Reminder: 2 more days to enter the Holiday Prize Pack of Sugar Free Torani including the brand new sugar free flavor. Entry info.

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