Month: December 2013

Delicious Guilt Free Goodness with CheeCha Puffs! #Review #Giveaway

Eating snacks between meals is important – it keeps our energy up, prevents us from over eating at meal times, allows us to remain feeling full and satisfied and has been shown over time to help with weight loss. What we eat at these snack times is very important. I find that too often it is so much easier to reach for the junk snack foods that are so readily available and full of calories, sugars and ingredients you can’t even read! Which defeats the whole purpose of healthy eating at snack times!
But what if there was a snack out there that was made with wholesome ingredients, low calories and tastes delicious? 
CheeCha Puffs covers all those points and more! I was introduced to the brand when I started my gluten free diet two years ago. I wanted something healthy, gluten free, low in calories but would still satisfy those snack cravings I seem to always get in the early afternoon! 

The gluten free CheeCha Puff line is made up of five flavours. Each flavour is not only gluten free but also nut free, cholesterol free, non GMO, trans fat free, MSG free and dairy free. Now that is a list!
 The gluten free flavours are:

salt and vinegar (my personal fave!)
The low calorie line (and by low calories I mean roughly 75 calories for two cups! Yup two cups! That is a lot of snacking) is compromised of seven flavours:

triple cheese (my boys fave flavour!) 
     Each wheel like piece of potato puffed CheeCha Puffs are lightly seasoned and popped to make that healthy and delicious treat. I find these make the perfect snacks for school lunches and I regularly bring them to soccer games and the team cheerleaders “aka the little brothers and sisters” love to snack on them throughout the games!

     CheeCha Puffs are sold at many locations across Canada and the United States. I personally purchase my own at Sobeys and Walmart.  
    What I love the most about CheeCha Puffs is their story. They are a Canadian owned business that started in Elaine Cadrin’s Calgary kitchen. She took a traditional family snack that was deep fried and popped it to create what would become CheeCha Puffs. She started selling them at a local farmer market where they soon became a huge hit. Now alongside her daughter, Tracey, they manage the CheeCha factory in Calgary bringing families all across Canada healthy goodness! 
    CheeCha Puffs have generously sponsored a great giveaway for you! They would like to give one Canadian reader a case of CheeCha Puffs so you can taste for yourself how fantastic they truly are!
    Enter the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is open to Canadians, 18 years of age and older.

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    Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. All thoughts expressed are my own. The only compensation is the giveaway for you my readers!

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    Making Meatloaf Fun with #WhollyGuacamole


    by Wholly Guacamole® brand

    Looking for a new take on an old classic? Wholly Guacamole® brand has a great recipe for meatloaf that will really turn up the flavor. Everyone loves getting an individual portion all to them selves, plus, this allows for some to be spicier than others.
    • 2 lbs Ground Beef (chuck or sirloin)
    • 1 Cup Roasted Tomato Wholly Salsa dip
    • 1 Tbl Onion Powder
    • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce, Less Sodium
    • 2 Tbl Honey
    • 2 t prepared Yellow Mustard
    • 2 Large Eggs


    1. Preheat oven to 375. Place salsa into Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave 1 minute
    2. Stir salsa for 20 seconds to release steam. Microwave another 45 seconds. Stir for 20 seconds. Repeat at 30 seconds until roughly 1/2 cup salsa is remaining
    3. Mix all ingredients gently until incorporated
    4. Portion into muffin tin. Cook 10 minutes
    5. Carefully remove from oven and spoon topping over each loaf.
    6. Place back into oven and cook an additional 10 minutes.
    7. Let stand 2-3 minutes. Remove from muffin tin and serve.

    Meatloaf Topping
    • 1/2 Cup Wholly Salsa Roasted Tomato dip
    • 2 Tbl Soy Sauce less Sodum
    • 2 Tbl Honey
    • 2 Tbl Ketchup


    1. Mix all ingredients together until incorporated. Let mixture sit at room temperature
    Traditional meatloaf flavors are mixed with spicy salsa for an unexpected twist. Serve with mashed potatoes and a veggie for a well rounded meal that will make them beg for seconds. Try it today!
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