Weekend — we see you standing over there, and we’re glad you’re on the way! Hello, my friends! I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been a busy one for me. Today, I’ve got a great giveaway for you, in addition to sharing my favorite things, so make sure you read on. As far as the weekend goes, Dave and I are heading out of town for an overnight to Santa Cruz with some friends, and I’m looking forward to the change of scenery. Now, let’s get right to the favorites …
This week’s finds for “Favorite Things”
A few things that have been making me smile lately and a chance to win …
My favorite protein of the week and a giveaway
Since I’ve been living in California, I’ve primarily been doing my grocery shopping at Safeway, and during that time, I’ve been introduced to tons of new products that I really enjoy. Safeway’s signature desserts are amazing, but the store also carries local brands, which are top quality. While Dave and I don’t buy organic everything, we do try to make the right choices when we can, and chicken is always part of that. Our favorite organic chicken is from Foster Farms, known for its excellent all-natural poultry, locally grown in California.
You’ve got to love a brand name with alliteration. Go Foster Farms.
Family-owned Foster Farms is based in the Central Valley of California, has been around since 1939 and operates farms in California and partner farms in the Pacific Northwest. And the chicken they produce is excellent stuff — especially the organic version. Foster Farms Organic chicken is free range, fed an organic vegetarian diet, is non-GMO, USDA Organic Certified and American Humane Certified — basically all the accolades you could want in something you’re going to put in your body. And it tastes delicious. We eat it alongside veggies and noodles or rice about once a week.
A beautiful organic FF chicken cooked up on the grill for dinner.
If you live in the Bay Area and shop at Safeway stores, you have a chance to try out Foster Farms Organic Chicken during in-store demos on the weekends between March 8 to May 2. So keep your eyes and ears open. Thanks to Foster Farms for partnering with me and offering to sweeten the deal for A Lady Goes West readers! Here’s your chance to win …
GIVEAWAY: THREE lucky readers will win a $20 Safeway gift card. To enter, follow the directions at the end of this post! This is open to anyone who has a Safeway near them, and the giveaway will close next Thursday.
My favorite cold treat of the week
My friends at Jamba Juice keep debuting new products, and I must say their latest line of superfood smoothies and bowls is my favorite to date! Have you heard of pitaya bowls? They are even cooler than acai bowls, oh yes they are. Pitaya is the new superfood fruit on the block gaining attention — partly because of the fact that it’s full of nutrients, but mostly because of its very bright pink color and mild and fresh fruity flavor.
It’s pretty, it’s full of fruit and sweetness, and it’s such a fabulous day-time treat. Ladies and gentlemen, this pitaya bowl is on point.
This past weekend, Dave and I popped over to Jamba Juice to sample some of the new products, and we both selected the Island Pitaya Energy Bowl, featuring pineapple juice, pineapples, bananas, pitaya, strawberries, mangos, organic pumpkin flaxseed granola, blueberries, honey, chia seeds and coconut. The mixture of fruit, crunch and liquid is just delightful. Dave and I were totally pleased with our bowls and will definitely be going back for more. Thanks Jamba Juice for treating us!
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week?
- Valentine’s Day weekend in the Bay Area, a birthday and a concert
- A healthy approach to eating and a solid week of workouts
And from around the web worth checking out …
- Breakfast. They say it’s the most important meal of the day. But do you know how that came to be? Check out this interesting read “How the So-Called ‘Balanced Breakfast’ Reshaped America’s Morning Meal.”
- These “Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls” sound like one tasty snack. And ready in 15 minutes? Yes, please. I could definitely enjoy these as a pre-workout bite.
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*Disclaimer: A portion of this post and the giveaway is sponsored by Foster Farms. I received compensation, but the opinions are all my own. Thanks for supporting my sponsors.
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
To enter the giveaway to win a $20 Safeway gift card, leave a comment on this post. You can leave a comment by answering the questions below. You can also leave a separate comment if you follow A Lady Goes West on Instagram or on Facebook. I will randomly select THREE winners from the comments on Thursday of next week, and the more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. Share with your friends!
Questions of the day
What’s on your agenda this weekend?
What’s your favorite recipe for cooking chicken?