Namaste = Giveaway!

30 Jul

Do you love cupcakes as much as Whit and I do? We have been addicted to the new show “DC Cupcakes” on TLC lately. Katherine and Sophie are sisters and they own a cupcake show called Georgetown Cupcakes. These ladies are unbelievably talented. I think it would be incredible to have a job where you decorate cupcakes all day. Especially with your sister! How cool is that 🙂 Everytime I watch this show it makes me want to bake… and that is exactly what we did last night!  

 

 

Namaste Foods recently gave Whit and I the option to sample two products for free. So after debating over the many amazing products that this company offers, we decided on their Toffee Vanilla Frosting Mix and their Muffin Mix.

 Namaste is a company dedicated to creating delicious allergen free foods.
-Their products contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy or nuts.

You get more for your money.
-All of Namaste cake mixes contain two rounds as opposed to one in traditional cake mixes.

For more info. about this company visit: https://www.namastefoods.com/shopping/storefront/cgi-bin/news.cgi?Category=About%20Us

 

Whit and I decided to put these two products to use by making iced toffee nut muffins. I prepared the muffins while Whit made the frosting.  

 Let’s first take a look at the ingredient list. I was in awe that such a simple ingredient list could whip up such awesome cupcakes! With this ingredient list, I just followed the directions on the back of the package verbatim. It said to add eggs and water so I did. I did not want to chance messing up anything.

 These nutritional stats rock!

While the muffins were in the oven I decided to snap some pictures of the frosting!

 Once again such a simple ingredient list 😉

 

Homemade frosting is the best! And it is so fun to make…

Just look at that thickness… this is what you call REAL frosting!

 

 Once the muffins came out of the oven then I let them cool.

 Can you see the melted toffee chips?

 

Once the muffins were cool Whit and I had a frosting party and went to town. It is crazy but there is no way to frost ugly with this frosting. You just slather it on and it molds to the muffin perfectly!

 I must say that these take the cake lol!

 The frosting MADE these muffins. I saw Namaste foods the other day at Whole Foods so I definitely will be buying this frosting again for the next big event. Seriously guys if you want to impress somebody with a delicious homemade cake or cupcakes then buy this frosting mix! When I first looked at the ingredient list I was a little skeptical, but this really tastes like Toffee! YUM 😛

 

I do not know what it is about Fridays, but Whit and I always end up having pancakes or waffles! This mornings special was Van’s Belgian Waffles. We topped ours with plain greek yogurt, pumpkin, stevia, chocolate pb, and kashi.

 Fridays are the best 🙂

 

Today Whit and I went shopping with our mom all day. We went all over town looking for baby shower stuff. The shower is not until October, but there is so much to do! The party is going to be at our house. My mom always likes everything to be perfect so we have to start shopping when there are good deals, getting the house in tip-top shape, and planning. It is fun but also stressful. When we got home from shopping Ash was taking a nap. She had work all day so she was exhausted, but being the good sisters that we are we dragged her out of bed to workout. lol 🙂

 

For dinner we had chicken tacos. When you do not know what to make then tacos never fail in this household. We found the new Sun-Dried Tomato Laughing Cow so that is what I put in my taco. It was superb! 

 

 Now on to some more EXCITING NEWS! The lovely Sally Richards at Namaste foods not only was generous enough to allow us to review her companies products, but to hold a giveaway 🙂

 **Enter for a chance to win a Namaste Tote with perhaps a pasta mix and a baking mix, coupons, literature and assorted goodies!**

Ways to enter: US RESIDENTS ONLY(sorry to all of our foreign readers!)

1. Bake some goodies and leave a link to your post!

2. Tell other people about our giveaway. This can be on your blog, twitter, or facebook. Once again leave a comment telling us you did so and a link.

3. Check out Namaste’s website www.namastefoods.com  and tell us about a product that you want to try, and what that you would use it for.

4. Tell us about your favorite products you use for healthy baking 🙂

5. Follow us or dd us to your blog roll and leave a comment say you did so.

You can enter a max of 3 times so get to it!  This Giveaway will end next sunday August 8th at midnight.

-Court  

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70 Responses to “Namaste = Giveaway!”

  1. Wei-Wei July 31, 2010 at 5:24 AM #

    Aw man, another US-only giveaway. The cupcakes look amazing, though! 🙂 The ingredients list is quite impressively “real”!

    Wei-Wei

  2. Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) July 31, 2010 at 5:33 AM #

    I like to use applesauce for healthy baking…but I’m not a big baker

  3. Molly @ mollyrunsfresh July 31, 2010 at 5:49 AM #

    My fave ingredients for healthy baking are applesauce (in place of oil). Whole wheat flour, carob chips. And nuts!!! These muffins look so good I could eat them through the screen.

  4. elaine @ Om Sweet Om July 31, 2010 at 6:30 AM #

    Wow all their products look great! The Toffee Vanilla frosting looks pretty darn good, as does the Spice Cake Mix!

  5. elaine @ Om Sweet Om July 31, 2010 at 6:31 AM #

    I like subbing applesauce for the oils, and “flax eggs” for real eggs.

  6. elaine @ Om Sweet Om July 31, 2010 at 6:32 AM #

    Annndddd…you girls are on my blogroll 😀

  7. Nina July 31, 2010 at 6:38 AM #

    I already follow your blog 😉

  8. Nina July 31, 2010 at 6:40 AM #

    To make baked goods more healthy, I substitute ripe bananas in for the sugar..only when I want a banana flavor though. I also replace oil/butter with apple sauce!

  9. Nina July 31, 2010 at 6:41 AM #

    and i’d loooove to try the cookie and brownie mixes 😀

  10. Maggie July 31, 2010 at 6:45 AM #

    Where did you find the Laughing Cow?!?! I have been looking ALL over Denver for their new flavors!!! Do you know where I can find them?

  11. sarah July 31, 2010 at 6:49 AM #

    i LOVE this company. i am gluten-free so i have tried every baking mix out there, and they make some of the best. i love to use coconut oil for baking – coconut flour too!

  12. Megan July 31, 2010 at 8:07 AM #

    Oh my gosh, all of Namaste’s products look deelish. I’d love to try the blondies mix. I’d use it for making blondies, of course! 🙂

  13. Erika July 31, 2010 at 8:09 AM #

    Some of my favorite ingredients for healthy baking are: applesauce or punpkin (in place of oil), whole wheat flour, and EggBeaters or egg whites. (in place of eggs)

  14. Erika July 31, 2010 at 8:10 AM #

    Oooh, I looked at the Namaste website…I want everything! Haha! 😀
    But if I had to choose I would pick the brownie mix – you can’t go wrong with chocolate! 😛

  15. Megan July 31, 2010 at 8:13 AM #

    I tweeted about it too! 🙂 http://twitter.com/megangilson9

  16. Meg July 31, 2010 at 8:29 AM #

    I LOVE the show The Ace of Cakes – especially because the cake shop is only like 30 minutes away! SUPER cool, and I gotta check out that cupcake show 🙂 You two should totally have your own Food Network show, by the way 😉

    Gluten free baking!?!?! YESS! Perfect for me 😀 I’ll totally enter – the “Say Cheez” Pasta Meal looks divine, as do all of these goodies, yum!

  17. Meg July 31, 2010 at 8:30 AM #

    Entry 2: For healthy baking, I LOVE to use Greek yogurt, applesauce. I also try to add eggs or walnuts that are full of healthy omega fatty acids 😉

  18. Meg July 31, 2010 at 8:31 AM #

    I already have ya’ll in my reader, of course!

  19. Ashley July 31, 2010 at 1:01 PM #

    I follow you guys and am loving it 🙂

  20. Ashley July 31, 2010 at 1:05 PM #

    My healthy baking includes whole wheat flour, flax seed, and nuts of all varieties!

  21. Ashley July 31, 2010 at 1:08 PM #

    I’d love to try their Biscuits, Piecrust & More mix to make biscuits (of course) and also maybe pizza crust!

  22. Rachel (tea and chocolate) July 31, 2010 at 5:57 PM #

    This looks like a great company! I’d love to try the pizza crust mix.

  23. lisa July 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM #

    oh. my GOODNESS those muffins look absolutely AMAZING.
    ok ok Im so entering.
    If I could pick a namaste product, I would choose the blondies mix, and would probably just bake them to either share with my family and eat myself! 🙂

  24. lisa July 31, 2010 at 8:01 PM #

    for baking, I usually swap applesauce for oil, whole wheat flour for regular flour (or at least half and half), and egg whites/egg beaters for eggs!

  25. Hannah v July 31, 2010 at 9:27 PM #

    For healthy baking I love to use whole wheat flour, and applesauce as a substitute…everything is just as moist and delicious just a tad bit healthier :]

  26. Sarah July 31, 2010 at 10:51 PM #

    SPICE CAKE MIX FO SHO! I would use it to make carrot cake! YUM! 🙂

  27. Sarah July 31, 2010 at 10:53 PM #

    For healthy baking, I love using flax seed grounds or protein powder instead of processed flour.

  28. maja August 1, 2010 at 2:14 AM #

    i would love to get the blondie or brownie mix for my mom. she is gluten free and we love finding gluten free products and treats!

  29. mysweetseason August 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM #

    I’m loving the nutritional stats and ingredient list of both! They look super duper yummy too! I waaaaaant haha

    Ohmagosh I love DC Cupcakes! Such a good show! Makes me want to open a cupcake shop 🙂

  30. jqlee August 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM #

    You are obviously on my google reader 🙂

  31. jqlee August 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM #

    I use 2 egg whites for every 1 egg and pumpkin for oil.

  32. Emily N. August 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM #

    The Brownie Mix would be great to make for my dad since he loves brownies.

  33. Laura August 1, 2010 at 2:10 PM #

    They look really lovely! xx

  34. Michal August 1, 2010 at 6:04 PM #

    Awesome giveaway girls! I would love to try the power flour mix for healthy baking!

  35. Michal August 1, 2010 at 6:04 PM #

    For healthy baking i love using flax meal and ener-g egg replacer. 🙂

  36. Michal August 1, 2010 at 6:05 PM #

    Your already on my blogroll of course!

  37. Jordy P August 2, 2010 at 10:54 AM #

    I LOVE using pumpkin for healthy baking, it’s just so hard to find!

  38. Freckled Foodie August 2, 2010 at 11:14 AM #

    Those waffles look TDF! It’s killing me that the canned pumpkin around here is nonexistant because of the Libby’ ruined pumpkin crop! UGH. Anyway, the namaste foods look delish too! Especially that frosting!

    I baked these yummy Nutrition First Blueberry muffins the other day! They were delicious! http://freckledfoodie.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/living-on-muffins/

  39. Freckled Foodie August 2, 2010 at 11:15 AM #

    I told my girl, Mandy about your giveaway! She loves to bake!

  40. Freckled Foodie August 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM #

    The Blondies mix looks yummy! I used to love the ones from applebees and would LOVE to recreate my own healthy versioN!

  41. Freckled Foodie August 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM #

    I like to use applesauce or pumpkin in place of oil!

  42. pursuitofhealthfulness August 2, 2010 at 2:33 PM #

    I just made these cookies last week and they are delicious! Perfect balance of sweet and salty. (:
    http://pursuitofhealthfulness.com/2010/07/28/cooking-not-cakes/

  43. pursuitofhealthfulness August 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM #

    I love subbing flax seeds for eggs. This is especially great for halving a recipe. Who can really half an egg?

  44. Chelsea August 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM #

    the frosting you made looks awesome!

    • Chelsea August 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM #

      i love substituting applesauce, pumpkin or greek yogurt for butter & sour cream in recipes!

  45. Chelsea August 2, 2010 at 6:56 PM #

    I follow you!

  46. Katalina @ GreenLivingNY August 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM #

    Loved all of their products, but after seeing your cupcakes I really wanna try the toffee vanilla frosting! 🙂

  47. Kayla August 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM #

    I love baking! I made these Triple Butterscotch Cupcakes for a church activity:

    http://my-day-diary.blogspot.com/2010/07/butterscotch-cupcakes.html

  48. Kayla August 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM #

    I would love to try their Chocolate Cake mix with the Toffee Vanilla Frosting! Mmm, look delish and the ingredients are amazingly healthy!

  49. Kayla August 3, 2010 at 11:41 AM #

    I use whole wheat flour as much as possible. “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead!!!”

    And instead of processed sugar, I use agave necatar, honey and pure maple syrup.

  50. Emily August 3, 2010 at 8:05 PM #

    Here’s a link to my baked goodies! I also mentioned your giveaway on my blog.

    http://emisafoodie.blogspot.com/2010/08/black-bean-brownies.html

  51. Emily August 3, 2010 at 8:10 PM #

    Namaste has so many great looking products…I think I’d get most use out of the Perfect Flour Blend. It’d allow me to transform a lot of baked goods from mediocre-healthy to healthy and all-natural. The spice cake mix looks good too…I make these awesome pumpkin muffins with spice cake mix so the mix would probably make the muffins 10x better! A close third would probably be the Say Cheez Pasta Meal…BIG mac-n-cheese fan.

  52. Emily August 3, 2010 at 8:17 PM #

    For healthy baking, I LOVE using organic pumpkin as a replacement for vegetable oil. When I don’t have pumpkin handy, I use olive oil or even applesauce. Applesauce is easy because it’s a 1/1 ratio to vegetable oil. No extra measurements needed. I actually used applesauce in the black bean brownies I made instead of the vegetable oil the recipe called for.

    Greek yogurt also has outstanding versatility…it’s so amazing how natural foods are multi-functional.

    And as far as sweeteners go, agave nectar is great, and so is maple syrup. I use both of them to sweeten many things, such as plain oats.

    I’ve also followed Teens Eat on my blog since I first started it…I’ve been reading you guys’ blog for like, ever. I love it. =]

  53. Danielle August 5, 2010 at 6:38 AM #

    My favorite healthy baking ingredients are ripe bananas, unsweetened applesauce, almond milk, and organic sugar (while sugar isn’t exactly healthy, this stuff is way better than the processed, refined junk ;))

  54. Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey August 7, 2010 at 1:48 AM #

    Okay, I linked to you in my most recent post. 🙂

    http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/08/07/cream-of-the-coconut/

    I’m already following you and you’re already on my blog roll, so I’ll do the other options, in separate comments, just to be sure. 🙂

  55. Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey August 7, 2010 at 1:55 AM #

    Goodness, there are so many wonderful products I want to try! The brownies and chocolate frosting both sound amazing, because it can be difficult to make all-natural (vegan, for me) brownies. Also, the Say Cheez pasta mix is really cool, as is the Pasta Primavera. 🙂

  56. Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey August 7, 2010 at 1:56 AM #

    Hm, my favorite products in healthy baking? That would have to be ground flax, almond milk, stevia, coconut oil and all-natural peanut butter. Chocolate chips are great, too. 🙂

  57. Lauren August 7, 2010 at 10:01 PM #

    Tweeted it! @goofyfrito

  58. Lauren August 7, 2010 at 10:02 PM #

    I love using fat free plain yogurt for baking – it adds extra moistness. Egg whites are an easy switch for whole eggs, and applesauce is also a great substitute for oil!

  59. Lauren August 7, 2010 at 10:04 PM #

    I would try Namaste’s Spice Cake Mix and make some carrot cake cupcakes – yum!

  60. Haylee August 7, 2010 at 10:14 PM #

    I tweeted! http://twitter.com/happy_haylee_3/status/20602249656

    happy_haylee_3(at)hotmail(dot)com

  61. Haylee August 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM #

    I like to use fresh ingredients as much as possible, and I make sure that all ingredients I use are HFCS and trans fat free!

    happy_haylee_3(at)hotmail(dot)com

  62. Haylee August 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM #

    The chocolate frosting of theirs sounds delicious!

    happy_haylee_3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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