belVita Breakfast Biscuits – Cinnamon Brown Sugar {Influenster Rose VoxBox}

IMG_20131105_111250I’m a snacker, and get along throughout my day by having a couple healthier snacks in between breakfast and lunch, and some times between lunch and dinner.  I’m always on the lookout for a healthy snack that is good for me AND tastes good.  I’m totally hooked on these belVita Cinnamon Brown Sugar breakfast biscuits.   *Disclaimer-I did get this from influenster to try and share my thoughts with you all, I did not purchase this item.*  

Now on to my thoughts and the details.

  • Target has them for $2.99 for a box of 5 packages of 4.  Each package is one serving.
  • They come in the following flavors: Golden Oat, Blueberry, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Apple Cinnamon, and Chocolate
  • Each serving has 19g of whole grains and 230 calories. (belVita Website)
  • Their major claim is to help provide you with sustained energy – I would say that these left me feeling full all morning and as a snack I ate half and was full.
  • Texture: These remind me of a thin cookie or thicker cracker consistency.  They can be crumbly but I didn’t mind.  These actually remind me of cookies my dad would by years ago that were specifically dry so he could dunk them in his coffee, but I can’t remember what they were called!
  • Taste: I love cinnamon and sugar flavors so this was the perfect flavor for me to try.  It was pleasant and filling however it wasn’t a strong cinnamon flavor so if that’s what you’re after this could be a little bland for you.

Overall:  I’m definitely going to look at purchasing these next time I’m out shopping.  They taste great, they are filling, and they are a good alternative to less healthy choices!  As a breakfast I might pair it fresh fruit and eat the package of 4 biscuits but as a snack I could easily eat half per snack and be just fine.

Big thanks to belVita & Influenster for sending me this to try!  I also have some invites to join influenster if you’d like one!  Leave me a comment or fill out the contact form with your email so I can share the fun with you!

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Freebies Haul! {I’m an Influenster…are you?!}

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voxbox-blogimage-popup2I’ve been involved in Influenster for a couple of years now and love it.  Basically, in a nutshell, Influenster is a company that rewards you for your opinion.  All you really need to do is provide some reviews, complete a few survey’s and you are in the running for voxboxes.  The more involved you are, the better your odds are at getting more.  I received my first voxbox last spring.  And now this year I’ve gone on to get a spring voxbox, simfast sexy summer voxbox, slimfast brand challange box, mega voxbox, and now I’m anxiously awaiting my Rose Voxbox which will be coming soon!

In the past two weeks, I’ve received my slimfast brand challenge winner box, and a mega voxbox.  First, about the brand challenge box.  Every box you get, there are opportunities to win brand challenges.  You complete a list of tasks and you are in the running for a bonus box.  Since I did a review and some other posts about slim-fast (read it here) I won 4 more bottles to try.  I got 2 bottles of Strawberries N Cream, 1 bottle of Cappuccino Delight, and 1 bottle of French Vanilla.  These are a great snack to have available when you are on the go or as a quick breakfast when you are running late.  Plus they taste delicious!

Part of completing all of my tasks on the slimfast box, I was awarded a mega voxbox.  This box was just items they wanted to share with me, and I don’t have to do any reviews on, its just a bonus for being involved.  This box was awesome!  So far, I’ve been using the Head & Shoulders shampoo and conditioner which is fantastic.  It smells nice and my hair is super soft.  I will be using the other items soon.  Let me know if you want more detailed reviews of those items and I’ll be happy to share them!

Lastly – I have some invites to Influenster to share.  If you are interested – let me know and I’ll gladly send you one.  Its a fun experience and like Christmas in your mailbox because you’re never really sure what you’re going to get – but every time it has been full sized products which I love and get to share my thoughts with all of you!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck ~ Have a wonderful day!


Reviewed It: “Slim-Fast Strawberries ’N’ Cream Shake” from Influenster

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If you’re new to my blog – I’m an influenster.  (That means I get sent products to try for FREE – and review them for you. “This post was created in connection with my appointment as a SlimFast Ambassador.”)  I love being able to get products or voxboxes to try out and let you know what I think of things.  Recently I was asked to participate in Slim-Fast’s Sexy Summer program and try out one of their shakes.  I’d love to try something like this and let you know what I think so I signed up right away! I’ve never tried anything from Slim-Fast so had no idea what it would be like.  Here are a couple stats for you.

  • 180 calories
  • 10g protein & 5g fiber
  • Up to 4 hours of hunger control

Thoughts – Taste – I’d give this a 3 out of 5.  It has a slight “protein” taste for anyone that has tried protein drinks or bars you know exactly what I’m talking about.  But its surprisingly good and the strawberry flavor is nice and light.  It has a milky consistency and no chalky flavor.  I think the “protein” flavor might be covered up in the chocolate flavors but I’m not sure since this is the only bottle I got to test out. *Influenster included 8 drink recipes with it (4 mocktails and 4 cocktails) but I drank it plain since I wanted to give you my honest impressions and I wasn’t sure about mixing alcohol with something milky.  (I get thoughts of those horrid shots where the milk curdles!)  Now that I’ve drank my bottle, I think blending it with some fresh or frozen fruit would be delicious!  I’m still not sure if I’d want to mix this with alcohol but maybe… I drank this after work when I’m semi-hungry to see if it’d kill off the hunger.  It actually has, I can see how this would be a nice snack to help keep you full during the day. Overall I think I might try this out – but want to try out the other flavors first.  I think if I had to drink this strawberry flavor all the time I’d get tired of it really fast. If you are interested a 4-pack of this product costs $ 4.98 and a 8-pack is $9.98 at