Nutiva and Earth Balance Giveaway – and update from Kim

Ho, ho, ho!  I can’t believe it’s that time of year again and how quickly the time passes in November and December!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

I did – and the best part was taking my Vegan Pumpkin Pie to my gracious Thanksgiving host’s house.  It was a hit!  We had some healthy foods and not-so-healthy foods, but it’s the holidays, right!?  It was a great time!  And for the record, I did not have a chocolate turkey, as shown below. :-)

Healthy Turkey

Non Healthy Turkeys :-)

Some of you want to know how the 28 day Engine 2 challenge ended up for me.  Well, not so well.  I started to feel really sick the last week – I was getting migraines almost every day.  My disclaimer is that I know I am allergic to a few foods, and during my Vegan challenge, I went ahead and ate them anyway.  Big mistake!  I need to go through a series of finding out what really affects me once again – but I am pretty sure I am really sensitive to some grains, ALL SEEDS, and most nuts.  It’s a sad day when a wannabe vegan realizes that.  I have some soul searching to do / or food testing on myself if you want to call it that.  I started reintegrating some “lean” meats/fish last week, and I was headache free for a week, until yesterday.  Not sure what the trigger was yesterday but I’d like to know.

My plan is to continue with ways that are “easy” for me through the holidays.  That doesn’t mean I am going to start stuffing myself with steak and hamburgers or anything processed.  It just means I’m going to eat what I know is “healthy” for me (and definitely stay mostly plant-based), and then start some experimentation beginning January 2.  Two years ago, I went through The Love Cleanse – which is what I am going to do again at the beginning of the year.  It was the best I’ve ever felt – EVER.  It’s basically a process of “cleansing” and then reintegrating food groups, one by one, tracking how each food group makes you feel.  Check out her website – it’s a pretty awesome process.  After that, I plan to do the Engine 2 again – only this time avoiding what I know are known triggers that make me feel awful.  Like walnuts…seeds….etc.  It is hard to try to eat vegan and also have food sensitivities to grains – I can safely say that.  But I need to know what makes me feel bad before giving it another shot.  Then, I really want to try the 30 Day Thrive Diet.  Healthy diet, diet healthy; those are my words….. beginning January 2.  I’m sorry to those of you who I let down and I promise to have a complete re-do at the beginning of the year!

So, between headaches, having a houseful during Thanksgiving week, then a crashed computer for almost 2 weeks, and now a kitchen remodel, it’s been a little hectic here.

I have no new recipes for you to try, but I do have another giveaway!

This one will have one winner and I think it’s pretty awesome!

You will receive all of the Nutiva Products in this picture AND a most awesome bamboo cutting board (could be a great Christmas gift?), complements of Earth Balance.  I’ll have some free product coupons in your “package” too, one for a Free Earth Balance “MindfulMayo Sandwich Spread” and one for a Free Earth Balance “Coconut Spread”!  Yum!  I absolutely love both Nutiva and Earth Balance products!!

If you win, you should try this Superfood Pudding, which uses ALL of these Nutiva products!

Super Adorable Little Boy Not Included

I was tempted to keep this for myself! :-)

To enter, please just comment below, and “like” Nutiva and Earth Balance if you have a Facebook account!  This contest will end at 5PM on MY 40TH birthday, Sunday, December 11th.  How’s that for generous?  A present to one of you, on my birthday. :-)

Happy Holidays Everyone!  It’s TRULY the best time of the year!!


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About Kim

I am the mother of two wonderful kiddos, Allen and Zane - and happily married to Lance (HealthyDaddy). :) I love learning about healthy eating and my journey led me to finding a way to keep all of this truly exciting information in one place. I found that I was forgetting recipes that I loved a year ago - or misplacing them. This website is a way to keep it together, while sharing with the world (Or the 5 people who will read this!) what I have learned. I'm trying to change the world...or at least our eating meal at a time. :)


  1. Hope says:

    These prizes are great! We use Earth Balance all the time. It’s great on popcorn!

  2. Simone says:

    Great giveaway! Love Earth Balance and Nutiva!

  3. Cami says:

    Love the veggie turkey, may have to make one for Christmas! :)

  4. Nancy says:

    We love Earth Balance, and would love to try the Nutiva in the give-away-

  5. April says:

    I love Nutiva and Earth Balance!! And Healthy Mammas!!! ;-)

  6. Holly says:

    Great giveaway!! Ooohhh! I hope I win :) Love your site!

  7. dragonflyrunner says:

    I LOVE Nutiva products and would love this giveaway. I already “like” them and you on FB and now I like Earth Balance too! As a vegetarian and wannabe vegan, I know It’s tough to figure out the ‘right’ diet for your own body and one that matches up with how you want to live. Good luck!

  8. Melissa says:

    Love Earth Balance products & I’m interested to try Nutiva products. I’ll look for them at my local store.

  9. Melissa Morgan says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! We love Earth Balance and you can never have enough cutting boards. ;)

  10. Toni Grayling says:

    Love Love Love giveaways! Happy Holidays! :)

  11. Cherish Bickel says:

    Thats tough! I know there are certain nuts that make me feel blah too-mostly raw almonds.
    I had never heard of chia until last month and have been really curious about it!

  12. Kelly says:

    I would love to win this give away! I really want to try chia seeds. I want to make those yummy lady bug bars you keep talking about!

  13. Cynthia Pickett says:

    I’d love to win those Nutiva products!! I’m actually out of Chia seeds right now and I’ve never tried Hemp seeds.

  14. Abby R. says:

    awesome products and great giveaway! Thanks for always keeping my inspired to keep my family as healthy as I can :-D

  15. Kris says:

    How exciting, great prizes! Love Earth Balance and Nutiva.

  16. Kim Flemmng says:

    Do you have the instruction to create a Veggie Turkey? I want to make one for Christmas.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Kim! My sister made it and here is what she had to say about it: It is a 1/2 cabbage for the base and summer squash ‘head’ all held together with toothpicks. With the exception of the carrots, be sure to trim the tip of each toothpick on the end that pokes out of the cabbage. The eyes are olives and beak/feet are orange bell peppers. Hope that helps!

  17. Tiffany A. says:

    Great giveaway. We only but Earth Balance in my house. I have been wanting to try their coconut spread!

  18. Ashley S. says:

    Wow it looks like there are some awesome things to try in your giveaway! Also, that is awesome you’re birthday is on the 11th, so is mine! :) My mom and I are going to attempt make the pinterest veggie cake you posted, wish us luck haha.. ;)

  19. Cathy says:

    Thank you for the veggie turkey picture. Great idea! I’d love to win the Nutiva products. I’ve never tried them before. A bamboo cutting board would be a terrific upgrade in my kitchen. Thank you!

  20. Trisha Thornburgh says:

    What a great giveaway! I’d love to try the products and I’d love to retire my plastic cutting board!
    mahgwi21 at yahoo

  21. Katie Stewart says:

    So when will you get follow up labs? Being 100% plant based is not for everyone. Just doing it partially is better than none! I’m going to look into that cleanse.

  22. Erin says:

    I would love to win these.

  23. Chris says:

    Veggie turkey looks awesome. Would love to have the cutting board and other products. I would be able to strike a bamboo cutting board off of my Christmas list.

  24. Kelli says:

    Kim, don’t be hard on yourself for not being able to complete the E2 challenge. I had the a similar issue along with the feeling my heart was going to pound out of my chest. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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