Wednesday, July 15, 2015

healthier alternatives to your favorite foods

 I recently received a gift box of Cascade Ice for review. I thought originally that these guys would be something that only my kids would drink but boy was I wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed each flavor (I had at least a sip of each) and loved that this is a calorie free alternative to soda but really tastes just as good! I loved that I could get the carbonation of a soda, without the calories! My kids also love it and looked forward to getting it at dinner.

  • Cascade Ice waters are free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar. Compared to many popular soda brands which can contain upwards of 38 grams of sugar, Cascade Ice beverages are sugar-free and full of flavor.
  • Cascade Ice has 21 delicious and unique flavors including Cranberry Pomegranate, McIntosh Apple and Orange Mango in addition to the line’s three newest flavors, Strawberry Banana, Coconut Mango and Coconut Pineapple. The sparkling waters have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices. 
  • Cascade Ice is available for purchase in all 50 states, at retailers such as Albertson’s, Safeway, Ralph’s, QFC, A&P, Raley’s, Coborn’s, HEB, Market Basket, Shoprite, Food City and Price Choppers, among many others. Click here for a full map of retailer:
Cascade Ice is on the web!

If you are also looking for an alternative to soda, without the calories, I highly recommend the great tasting and refreshing Cascade Ice.



No secret that I’m fan of protein and love thinkThin. Their protein bars are awesome. I was so happy to learn that they now have thinkThin Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal. Even though I do like my pancakes and eggs for breakfasts (Swedish are my favorite), i do love a bowl of oatmeal with fruit.  

While thinkThin does sell them in little packets that you can buy in a box, they also sell in the single serving bowls. Those are perfect as all you do is add water and microwave for a minute or add hot water and wait a few minutes.

They have some great flavors with currently  Farmer’s Market Berry Crumble being my favorite. Other flavors are: Madagascar Vanilla, Almonds, Pecans; Original Sprouted Grains (box only) and Honey Peanut Butter (bowl only).

Each serving contains 10g of protein, 5g of fiber and is 200 calories or less, so no guilt with eating this for breakfast for just for a simple snack.

Check out thinkThin Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal next time you are at the store.

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  1. I also like the Ice Cascade drinks because they don't include a lot of sugar in them.

  2. I would love to try these, I am a coke drinker and need to try something different

  3. I usually drink plain water to avoid all the sugary drinks, this sounds like a good and healthy alternative drink. Thanks for posting!

  4. I have heard of these but have never tried them yet, I need something besides plain water and I really like this idea.

  5. I actually like plain water, but If I ever wanted to make it taste more flavorful, I would give these a try!

  6. Thanks for a good review on this product. I need to try this product instead of the soda and sugary drinks i usually drink.

  7. I would love to try the coconut mango. I'll definitely check this out!

  8. I would love to try all of the flavors. Thank you for the information.

  9. I have to try this, looking for the right drink without all the sugary and unhealthy stuff in it gets difficult everyday.

  10. I am going to look for this at my store. It just looks very nutritious, and if it is good for you, then I am all for it.

  11. Those are some great flavors for the Cascade Ice, I'd love to try the Strawberry Banana, the Coconut Mango, and the Coconut Pineapple. I have never heard of ThinkThin but I'd love to try their protein bars. Thank you for sharing this post.

  12. Always looking for better alternatives to the sugary corn frutose drinks.

  13. It is so hard to eat healtier when my husband wants fried fried everything so these will help me alot to get the food I like too

  14. They look delicious! I really need to eat a lot healthier than I do.