Free breakfast week at Chick-fil-A // March 20-24, 2017

Free breakfast Monday thru Friday, really?

Rise and shine Angelenos! Head out to grab your free breakfast at your local LA City Chick-fil-A. During March 20-24, 2017, several participating Chick-fil-A locations in Los Angeles City is offering free breakfast from 6:30am-10:30am.

I’m so glad I stopped by Chick-fil-A the other day (I’m basically there at least 2x/month) and saw this flier because I love breakfast foods, especially their buttery biscuits and southern hospitality. C’mon, free breakfast for a whole week is ridiculously awesome! I wonder if I can fit in early morning workouts then indulge at Chick-fil-A, all five days…  LBH, I’m always motivated by food.

What’s cool is Chick-fil-A is offering a different item each day, so take a peek at the five menu items below and try something new. Also, make sure you check the locations that are participating in this offer below. It’d be horrible if you make the drive to your local Chick-fil-A and they don’t know what you’re talking about. Sad face.

Let me know what’s your favorite item at Chick-fil-A. Mine’s a tie between The Chick-fil-A Biscuit (breakfast only) and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich. I’m also impressed with their entree salads. I can’t wait to try their new Egg White Grill (I had no idea this existed, until now) Sounds healthy, yeah? Happy eating!

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What’s on the menu

Monday (3/20): Chick-fil-A Biscuit

Tuesday (3/21): Sausage Egg & Cheese Muffin

Wednesday (3/22): 3-count Chick-n-Minis

Thursday (3/23): Egg White Grill

Friday (3/24): Chick-fil-A Biscuit

Participating LA City Locations

Chick-fil-A // E. Colorado Blvd. (1700 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106)

Chick-Fil-A // 405 at Jefferson (11750 Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90230)

Chick-Fil-A // Hollywood (6750 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)

Chick-Fil-A  // Lincoln at Washington (4050 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90292)

Chick-Fil-A  // UCLA (900 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024)

Chick-Fil-A  // USC (3758 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007)

Chick-fil-a terms & conditions (aka The small print. I had to squint reading the flier)

Valid only at participating LA City Chick-fil-A restaurants, March 20-24, 2017 // 6:30am-10:30am. One free breakfast entree per person, per visit. Not valid with any other offer or mobile orders. Must be present to redeem. Offer valid while supplies last. Closed Sundays.

What I Eat In a Day // Healthy Fats

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What I eat in a day // How I eat healthy fats

Breakfast: Avocado toast and a fried egg over whole-grain bread

Lunch: Grilled salmon mixed green salad with olive oil and apple cider vinaigrette dressing

Snack: Walnuts and almonds in my trail mix

Dinner: Grilled chicken, mixed greens, and sliced avocado wrap

Dessert: Acai bowl with chia seeds

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Get Your Free Shake Shack Burger // bargain

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Photo courtesy of Shake Shack

National Burger Month may be in May, but we’re celebrating early with a free Shake Shack burger! In honor of their mobile ordering Shack App for iOS, Shake Shack is giving away a free single ShackBurger to each guest who downloads the new ShackApp, redeemable at any U.S. Shack (‘cept airports, stadiums and ballparks) until Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

How to get a free Shake Shack burger

Download the Shack App, create an account and use the promo code “shackappy” at checkout. This promo is only for the ShackBurger. You must order through your mobile app, select location and pickup time, enter the promo code, and pick up at the location. For more deets, head to shakeshack.com/app.

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Kale Edamame Quinoa Salad // The Power Salad

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This Kale Edamame Quinoa Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing is inspired by the Super Spinach Salad that I used to shell $4 for at Trader Joes. Now that I know how to make the star ingredient, Carrot Ginger Dressing, I’m set for life. I make batches of this dressing ahead of time and always have it stocked in my fridge.

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Carrot Ginger Dressing

Carrot Ginger Dressing via It's Jou Life blog - https://wp.me/p7RBMP-W9This Carrot Ginger Dressing is inspired by the Super Spinach Salad with Carrot Miso Ginger dressing that I used to buy at Trader Joes. This dressing is a game changer for salad fans, especially me. Not only is the color a vibrant orange, but it’s light, smooth, and a refreshing addition to any salad.

This dressing is so easy to make in a food processor. There are a few key ingredients and everything blends and emulsifies well together. I’ve made a few batches over the past days and been giving it away to family and friends! Next post I’ll show my favorite salad with this dressing.

This Carrot Ginger Dressing is adapted from Epicurious.

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Carrot Ginger Dressing
This Carrot Ginger Dressing is inspired by the Super Spinach Salad with Carrot Miso Ginger dressing that I used to buy at Trader Joes. This dressing is a game changer for salad fans, especially me. Not only is the color a vibrant orange, but it's light, smooth, and a refreshing addition to any salad.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Carrot Ginger Dressing via It's Jou Life blog - https://wp.me/p7RBMP-W9
Instructions
  1. Place carrots into the food processor and pulse until pureed.
  2. Add ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Pulse. Add vegetable oil, slowly.
  3. Add water. Pulse until smooth.

Easy healthy granola recipe

Easy, healthy granola recipe - itsjoulife.com

This is such an easy granola recipe that’s not only delicious and healthy, but you’ll never want to waste your hard earned money on store bought granola again. Did I mention it’s also vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free? It’s made with whole grain oats, unrefined coconut oil, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Oh yea, and it’s entirely guilt-free.

I usually top granola over plain greek yogurt, eat it by the handful, or package it in mason jars and gift to friends and family during the holidays. Continue reading

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It’s Jou Life | a DIY / lifestyle blog—musing about natural, healthy, artisanal living, and everything in between.

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Hello, and welcome to It’s Jou Life! We’re Wayne and Jennifer, a (relatively) newly wed couple who found love in the most unexpecting place. This is our DIY / lifestyle blog—musing about natural, healthy, artisanal living, and everything in between.

We started this blog because our family and friends always ask us how we grow our own organic vegetables, what is Wayne woodworking on now, to send over our miso black cod recipe, what snacks stock our pantry, a tutorial on that cute zippered pouch, tips for marathon running, where do we worship, what to bring for a camping trip, what’s Jennifer’s skincare regimen… you get the idea. This is our way to share life’s loves.

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Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe // itsjoulife.com

The dessert that left a sweet handprint on my heart. After coming back from our New York trip, first on our list was to make that fluffy, yet ooey-gooey Banana Pudding dessert from Magnolia Bakery. Although this easy recipe doesn’t involve baking, this dessert does require some planning. One of the beginning steps involves at least 4 hours (or overnight) for the pudding to firm and 30 minutes as the last step to set the dish. Just make sure to read this recipe from beginning to end before inviting your guests over for dessert night.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

Makes 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups water

2/3 cup instant vanilla pudding mix

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

3 cups heavy cream

1 (12-ounce) box vanilla wafers

4 bananas, sliced

DIRECTIONS

Mix together the water, pudding mix, and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight until it sets up.

Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Working in thirds, fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until well incorporated.

In a trifle bowl, layer vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding mixture; continue until you’ve used up all the pudding mixture. Refrigerate for at least another 30 minutes before serving.

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The first layer of fluffy pudding goodness, sliced bananas and Nilla wafers

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This recipe is exclusive from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey. Photograph copyright © 2016 by Jennifer Jou.

How to become yelp elite + stay elite // tips

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My Motto: Camera Eats First. I consistently stuff food photos in my honest Yelp reviews and on the growl for eclectic events and delectable dishes. I Yelp to give back, to try the hippest or hole-in-the wall establishment and to meet vibrant people.

When I started Yelping back in the end of 2010 it was to give back to the Yelp community since I always referenced the app for new discoveries. It wasn’t until my good friends became Yelp Elite and told me about this secret society (but totally accessible for influencers willing to put in the effort!). I continued to be diligent with my reviews and received my first Elite badge within three months.

Now going six years strong as an Elite (and Elite Gold), being Yelp Elite goes beyond fancy invitations to exclusive free events at restaurants and complimentary tickets to the hottest shows in town—it’s the sense of community and deeper love for the city I live in. I’ve met one of my good friends at an Elite event, discovered favorite dining establishments and opportunities to explore beautiful Los Angeles.

This is how I became Yelp Elite within three months and stayed Elite for six years.

Create a Yelp profile with accurate information. To qualify to become a Yelp Elite, you must post a clear face photo of yourself and use your real first and last name (it’ll display as your first name and last name initial). You’ll be asked fun questions about yourself, so be real and genuine.

Download the Yelp app to your smart phone. This is for convenience so you can browse easily, check-in at places, write tips and directly upload photos from your phone to the business. Convenience helps me interact and I even write reviews directly in the Yelp app! Check-in at places also has its perks. Some establishments offer discounts and free items when you check-in. Also you can become the Duke or Duchess when you’re the top person checked in at that place.

Write honest and candid reviews you’d want to read.

What do you look for when reading other people’s reviews? This will help structure and focus your review to be useful for others.

Be descriptive, but not lengthy. Choose your words wisely. I’m sometimes guilty of writing lengthy reviews (such a hassle to scroll down forever to read on the phone), but lately I’ve been more mindful to include the most important information in the first couple paragraphs and then go into detail. Readers can decide to read further if they want more information.

Build credibility with your readers. If you make a bold statement, be prepared to back it up. Take writing reviews seriously. Sometimes a 1 star review and description of “parking was hard to find” doesn’t validate the rating. If you give a low rating, provide a valid reason.

Take photos of your food and ambience of the business. I love taking photos. Camera eats first! Photos help people make better decisions that align with their expectations. I’m a visual person and prefer to know what I’m getting, especially if it’s something I haven’t tried or someplace I haven’t been before. (Eg. Taking photos of the buffet selection or inside of a gym and its equipment)

Avoid using a Yelp review to hide behind your complaining words. If you aren’t satisfied with service or food, take the time to talk to your server or the manager, in person. This is always the best way to resolve issues. It helps improve the business, and in turn, provide a better experience for others.

Quantity vs Quality. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think it’s about how many reviews or how many friends you have on Yelp that makes you Elite. I became Yelp Elite with around 60 reviews, but I spent time and effort on each of them. I was descriptive and honest with my reviews, posted photos of what I ate, got creative with some of them (wrote a haiku about a favorite ramen shop) and added bonus tips like best places to park, whether the gym had towel service, etc.

Be active within the Yelp Community. Show some love to others! Whenever I enjoy reading a helpful or funny review, I always click the “Useful, Funny or Cool” buttons below the review and send a Compliment to the reviewer.

Keep in mind every year status is up for review, so no slacking! If you found this helpful, please comment below and add me as a friend on Yelp, referencing this post!

My Yelp page // http://msjennifer.yelp.com

Growing trends of the natural and organic products industry // Natural Products Expo West 2016

IMG_6632The US-market of natural and organic products is a $153 billion industry and showing no signs of a slow down. Mainly driven by the consistent growth of consumers demanding natural, healthy and eco-conscious products, it’s no surprise that this mega industry has a plethora of new companies emerging every year.

Last month I had the delightful opportunity to attend the 36th annual Natural Products Expo West, the the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event. It was like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. As a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, I grasped all the natural product consumer trends, channeled my inner Augustus Gloop meets Michelle Phan–indulging in food samples while swatching beauty products. It was a weekend filled with tastings, education and meeting wonderful brands. I was among 77,000 attendees perusing more than 3,000 exhibitors at the Anaheim Convention Center. I didn’t have my Fitbit on me, but I’m sure I logged some serious miles that weekend.

NewHope

Photo courtesy of NewHope.com

Below is an overview of some consumer trends surrounding the healthy lifestyle products industry.

Back to Our Roots: Quinoa, chia, acai, Kombucha, raw, sprouted, coconut oil–superfood ingredients and preparation techniques that date back to the days of pre-industrialized foods. Brands are focusing on natural, whole and nutrient-dense ingredients. The skincare industry mirrors this trend with using pure ingredients like argan and coconut oil. I met a brand, Cocokind, an organic skincare line centered around using virgin coconut oil and superfoods. Consumers are conscientious with ingredients they eat and use on their body. They are staying away from genetically modified foods, artificial colors, preservatives, parabens and products tested on animals.

The Busy Individual: The always on-the-go individual lacks time, but craves smart and nutritious fuel in-between meals. Think hand-held snacks and drinks that are convenient, delicious and healthy. I like to kick-off my morning with drinking my greens with a Suja Juice cold-pressed juice. On a side note: I’m thinking of doing a juice cleanse to reset my body. Any advice or recommendations for which juice brand to try? A new product I’ve discovered are meat and veggie bars from Wild Zora and Wilde Snacks. It’s healthier than conventional jerkies because they are free from nitrites, nitrates, MSG, not too salty, contain vegetables, use grass-fed, free-range and hormone-free meats. I’m a big snacker and sometimes crave a meaty snack high in protein and low in sodium. Read my favorite snack discovery last year here.

The Socially Conscious Shopper: The today consumers have conscious living woven into the fabric of their lives and making informed decisions by keeping the environment and mission-backed products in mind. They choose purposeful brands with ethical practices and sustainable packaging over its conventional counterparts. I met a brand, This Bar Saves Lives, that donates a life-saving food packet with every snack bar purchased. It’s the “buy one, give one” philosophy, fair trade practices and donating proceeds to non-profits that allow consumers to make an impact with each purchase.

Over the next several weeks I’ll be sharing with you my tried and true favorite products from the expo.