Category Archives: Friday Favorites

Friday Favorite: 10 Ways To Use Greek Yogurt

It’s creamy.  It’s healthy.  It’s packed with protein.  Best of all, it’s one of the most versatile foods around.  I’m talking about today’s Friday Favorite, a gift from the gods, GREEK YOGURT!

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My fridge is always stocked with at least one quart of the plain non-fat kind.   I’m not brand loyal, although there are lots to choose from.  I usually just buy whatever’s on sale.  An entire cup is only 120 calories with a whopping 20 grams of protein.

Sure, you can eat it like you would a regular cup of Yoplait, but there are so many more options.  Here are 10 things you can do with your plain Greek yogurt:

  1. Scoop out a serving and top it with your favorite fruit.  Maybe a little stevia or agave nectar.  Chances are you already do this.  It’s still delicious.  I like to buy the plain and add my own things to it to avoid added processed ingredients.  You also get more food for the calories.
  2. Add to your smoothie for a thicker consistency and protein boost.
  3. Throw a dollop or two into your favorite red pasta sauce or use it instead of heavy cream in your alfredo.
  4. Add a pinch of salt.  Instant sour cream!  Seriously, it tastes identical to the real thing.  Use on everything from baked potatoes to tacos.
  5. Use as a substitute for mayo.  Works especially well in things like tuna & egg salad.
  6. Greek yogurt + chopped cucumbers + dill + salt = tsatziki
  7. Skip the traditional pizza sauce.  Spread Greek yogurt on the pizza dough instead!  Add your favorite toppings & bake.
  8. Get a popsicle tray.  Make frozen yogurt pops.
  9. Slim down your favorite cookies and cakes by replacing half the amount of butter with Greek yogurt.
  10. Turn your already healthy guacamole into a protein-packed snack by adding a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt.  So rich.  So good for you.

What do you do with your Greek yogurt?  Tell me in the comments section below or e-mail me at thehungrytortoise@gmail.com.

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Friday Favorite: MAC Studio Finish Concealer

Make-up favorites?  I have too many to count.  But this is something I’ve bought time and time again.  It’s always in my bag, and it’s never let me down.  Studio Finish Concealer by the masters of make-up… MAC!

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In my opinion, the consistency is perfect.  It’s creamy but lightweight, so it provides a great medium-level coverage without looking like spackle.  I routinely use a little around my nose and on my chin.  It also works great to cover blemishes and dark spots.  For maximum camo, I’ll dab a little on, dust the spot with translucent powder, then apply a second thin layer of concealer.  It’s like a magic wand.  For reals.

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Ready for the bonus?  MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer contains SPF 35!  One pot is $18, but mine lasts me almost an entire year.  Worth it.

There are 15 shades to choose from.  If you’re not sure what color to order, find a MAC store near you, and ask for help.  You’ll thank me later.  Or maybe you won’t, because you’ll probably leave the store with way more than you meant to.  I mean, isn’t their make-up just the best!?  Bright pigments.  Professional quality.  SWOON.

Do you have a go-to brand or product when it comes to beauty?  Let me know in the comments section below, or e-mail at thehungrytortoise@gmail.com  I’m always listening!

Friday Favorite: LaCroix Coconut Flavored Sparking Water

I know.  LaCroix is expensive.  It’s what rich housewives buy at Whole Foods in the middle of a weekday.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that!  I’m sorta jealous.  But if you’re looking for something totally unique, pick some of this up and give it a try – LaCroix coconut flavored sparking water.

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It’s not coconut water.  It’s coconut flavored sparking water.  Fizzy.  No calories.  No sweeteners.  No sodium.  Just something to curb that pop craving.  I almost never drink real soda anymore, but I still get a hankering for the carbonation every now and then.  Am I alone on this one?

Anyway, the coconut flavor isn’t overwhelming.  It hits your tongue as you’re swallowing.  It’s subtle but pleasant.  It’s great alone, but I’m sure it would taste awesome mixed in with some fresh juice… pineapple maybe?  There are tons of other flavors available.  I found a 12-pack on sale for $4.50.

Do you have a favorite fizzy drink?  Maybe you have your own completely unrelated Friday Favorite.  Let me know!  We can chat in the comments below, or you can e-mail me at thehungrytortoise@gmail.com.

Friday Favorite: Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

There’s something about a seasonal beer that gets everyone’s panties in a bunch.  For me and almost everyone I know, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is one of those beers.  You guessed it.  It’s today’s Friday Favorite!SUMMER SHANDY 2

I saw it on tap for the first time this season 2 weeks ago, and I literally squealed with delight.  I took this picture.  I immediately shared it on Facebook.  I just couldn’t believe my eyes.  SUMMER SHANDY WAS AND IS BACK!

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The mere sight of it signaled some kind of shift inside me.  The grey, depressing chill of winter lifted.  I started believing things were going to get better.  Things were going to get warmer.  I might get to see the sun eventually, and maybe, just maybe, I’d be drinking one of these on a boat at some point within the next few months.  I saw beaches.  I saw tank tops.  I saw vacations and baseball games.  My ideal summer flashed before my eyes within seconds of ordering… and on that day, I was in Detroit.  It was only 40 degrees.  It was cloudy.  I didn’t have a jacket.  I was freezing my ass off, and I didn’t even care.  I had Summer Shandy.  I was invincible.

For those of you who’ve never experienced Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, it’s basically beer cut with lemonade.  Simple.  Refreshing.  Slightly sweet.  Easy to drink.  The alcohol content is about the same as a light beer.  It’s definitely a cult hit.  It has its own super popular Facebook page.  People buy this stuff when it’s available and hoard it when it’s not.  You could probably make your own pretty easily, but I’ve never tried, and I almost don’t want to.  Getting wrapped up in the excitement of a seasonal release is part of the allure.  If we could have it year-round, it would kill the magic.  Am I right or am I right?

Do you have a favorite seasonal beer?  Tell me PLEASE because I’d love any excuse to try a new brew!  Leave your comment in the section below, or email me at thehungrytortoise@gmail.com.

Have a warm & healthy weekend!

Friday Favorite: Moser Roth Dark Chocolate

Are you broke?  Do you love chocolate?  Then today’s post is right up your alley.  Allow me to salute the hidden gem that is Moser Roth.  It’s today’s Friday Favorite!

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As a reminder, I don’t get paid for these endorsements.  I don’t get free stuff.  Most of the products and companies I mention don’t even know I exist.  I just love finding awesome treasures and sharing the news!

Anywho, back to business.  If you know the brand name Moser Roth, let’s be friends… because now I know you shop at Aldi.  I do, too.  All the time.  I’m actually pretty passionate about it.  Going to Aldi is nothing to be ashamed of, and really, I can’t say enough good things about their ability to recognize and react to trends in healthier eating.  But that’s a whole other topic.  Let’s focus on the chocolate!

You’ll find it as soon as you walk in the door on your left.  There are several varieties, but my favorite is the one I’ve pictured here.  It’s the darkest you can get – 85% cocoa.  It is, for lack of a better word, the shiz-nit.  Each package contains 5 perfectly sized, individually wrapped bars, which are an acceptable 163 calories per piece.

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I may be in the minority, but when it comes to chocolate… the darker, the better.  I feel like milk chocolates can sometimes taste waxy and bland.  And milk chocolates always leave me wanting more.  They’re like crack, and I’m serious.  Something about real sugary “candy” candy turns me into an animal.  I can’t stop.  But super dark chocolate… it’s an experience, and when it’s done, it’s done, and that’s okay.  Often, I’ll carry one of these little bars with me to work.  After lunch, I’ll grab a hot cup of coffee and break off tiny piece after piece and let them melt in my mouth while I sip.  Serenity now.

What’s also great about this chocolate is the ingredient list.  I count a total of 4, all of which appear to be natural.  And, as we’ve all heard, small amounts of dark chocolate can actually be good for us, thanks to the anti-oxidants.  I’ve heard recommendations of an ounce a day, and what a coincidence!  One of these individually wrapped bars equals almost EXACTLY one ounce!  Incredible!

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For the price, you really can’t beat the quality.  You’ll pay less than $2 for a whole package of this chronic at Aldi.  Buy yours today!

Have you ever tried Moser Roth chocolates?  Maybe you have another favorite treat.  Don’t be shy.  Tell me your sugary secrets!  We can chat in the comments section below, or you can e-mail me at thehungrytortoise@gmail.com.

Have a healthy weekend!

Friday Favorite: Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion

Suns out, guns out.  That’s my motto.  But unless you’re a butter pecan Puerto Rican, chances are that this time of year, you look like more like the albino guy from that movie.  You know the one.  And you’re probably just as sad, too.POWDER SAD

But hey… Powder, dry your eyes!  These days, there are an infinite number of ways to get a great-looking glow without sun damage.  My suggestion would be Banana Boat’s Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion.  It’s today’s Friday Favorite!

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I have bought bottles upon bottles of this stuff, and I love it for 2 reasons:  A) It’s affordable and B) It’s idiot proof.

You can find Banana Boat’s Summer Color at most stores for around $6.  Maybe a little bit more, depending on where you live and where you shop, but I haven’t found anything as good for less.  And I’ve been using self-tanner for the better part of 14 years, so that’s really saying something.  There are different shades available for different skin tones.  I have a light-to-medium complexion, and the “deep, dark” bottle works the best for me.

Please DO NOT be afraid to try this lotion, even if you’ve had bad experiences with self-tanners in the past.  Like I said, it’s basically goof proof.  I’d suggest starting with a lighter shade than you think you need and building the color over the period of days with one application each day.  My process is simple and easy, and I’ve never had an issue:

  1. Gently exfoliate and shave in the shower.
  2. Once clean and dry, prime skin by applying regular lotion as a barrier to spots that may absorb extra pigment, like the ankles, the knees, the elbows, the writsts, and the hands.
  3. Apply self-tanning lotion all over.  I include my face, but decide for yourself… especially if you’re acne prone.
  4. Remain naked until lotion has dried.  Or really as long as you want to.  It’s a free country.
  5. WASH YOUR HANDS!   Otherwise, you’ll end up looking like you just ate a big bag of Cheetos.  Not cute.  If you notice any orangey spots after the color has developed, try removing it with a mixture of fine salt or sugar and lemon juice.

I shower at night, so I usually apply my self-tanning lotion right before bed.  That way, I don’t have to worry about it ruining my good clothes.  I also get to wake up with pretty tan skin.

And contrary to what you might think, you’ll need to keep exfoliating your newly-tanned skin each day in the shower.  It doesn’t have to be anything major.  A bath puff with your body wash will do.  If you don’t exfoliate regularly, your browned skin won’t shed evenly, and you could end up with dark, flakey patches of yuck.  If this happens, scrub your skin well during your next shower, and put the bottle down.  Wait for all of your color to disappear before re-applying.

Have you tried Banana Boat’s self-tanning lotion?  Maybe you have your own Friday Favorite.  If so, let me know!  We can chat in the comments section below, or you can e-mail me at thehungrytortoise@gmail.com.

Have a healthy weekend!

Friday Favorite: Spotify

If you ever workout… or go for walks outside… or drive a car… or leave your house… you may be missing out on something seriously awesome.  It’s called Spotify, and it’s today’s Friday Favorite!  Remember, I don’t get paid for these reviews.  I don’t get free stuff.  I just love finding awesome treasures and sharing the news!

So, chances are, you’ve heard of Spotify.  It’s a program that allows you access to basically any song or album you can imagine on your desktop or laptop for FREE.  The new Justin Timberlake record?  Check.  And it was available live steaming the day it was released.  Frank Sinatra’s remastered classics?  Check.  All those guilty pleasures from the early ’90s?  Check.  The soundtrack to The Little Mermaid?  Yeah, it’s there.   Don’t ask me why I know.  I just do.  The interface is almost identical to iTunes, which makes it extremely user-friendly.  I’m not sure how they get away with it, but they do.

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The basic version of Spotify, as I mentioned, is free.  But there’s also a premium membership available.  For $9.99 a month, it allows you to take Spotify on the go.  All you have to do is install the app on your smart phone or tablet, and you can take your music with you EVERYWHERE.  To the gym.  On the train.  In the car.  On long runs outside.  Simply put, it has changed my life… and I’m not exaggerating.  If I only had $10 left forever, and I had to choose between Spotify and a sandwich, let’s just say the decision would be tough.  I’ve had a subscription for about a year and a half now, and I still haven’t had one single problem or regret.  I’ve blabbed about it to everyone I know, and some that I don’t.  And, because I can play requests instantly, my phone and I become the life of any party.  Just add iPod speakers.  Exhibit A:

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Yep, Spotify was in use when THAT happened.  So was The Horse Lover’s Camera app.

Spotify Premium not only allows you to make playlists.  It has a radio, too that’s just like Pandora… only better!  Set the radio to a genre or your favorite artist, and if you happen to hear a song you like and want to come back to later, all you have to do is give it a “thumbs up”.  The songs you “liked” from radio will automatically go to their own playlist for future enjoyment.  Such a fun and easy way to discover new music!

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One final thing to note.  If you’re worried about accessing the rest of your music library hiding on your hard drive, don’t be.  Spotify makes it easy to sync all the music you’ve downloaded and purchased on your computer to your Spotify profile, essentially merging your iTunes life with your new Spotify life.  Whoop, there it is.

Do you use Spotify?  Maybe you have your own Friday Favorite.  If you do, let me know!  We can chat in the comments section below, or you can e-mail me at thehungrytortoise@gmail.com.

Have a healthy Easter weekend!

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