Outshine.

December 18, 2013

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This winter, put on your slippers, crank up the heat and cozy up to the fire with a…..

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Popsicle!!

Outshine Fruit Bars asked me to give their new seasonal flavors a lick. My tongue said OK!

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The weather outside might be frightful, but that’s all the more reason to cozy up to some tropical fruit. The two seasonal flavors, Grapefruit and Blood Orange, taste amazingly true to their round fruity cousins. The second the weather turns cold I start craving citrus fruit, so these flavors suit Old Man Winter well. Outshine bars are made with simple ingredients – fruit, fruit juice, sugar. In fact, I ate these all the time when I was pregnant and popsicle obsessed! Of course eating real fruit is best, but when you want a light and refreshing dessert, these are a great option to keep tucked in your freezer.

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Other than eating popsicles, here are 5 other activities to add to your winter checklist:

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checkbox Wear sunscreen. You might not feel them, but the sun’s rays beat down on your nose everyday. Your face will thank you in 20 years.

checkbox Have a cook-in and make burgers. These bean burgers of Emily’s are one of my favorite homemade recipes.

checkbox Turn on a space heater, put on your bikini and do some hot warm vinyasa yoga.

checkbox Go for a swim….at the indoor pool. I’m thinking of taking Mazen swimming soon at our gym pool!

checkbox Grill some vegetables. The grill tastes just as good in January as it does on the 4th of July. Just wear your winter coat while you cook : )

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This post is sponsored by Outshine Fruit Bars.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elizabeth December 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

Those are such cute ideas for summer! I love going to the pool in the winter because it really does feel almost like summer! :)

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2 Ali @ Peaches and Football December 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

We’re still trying to use the grill but it’s hard when it’s in the single digits and the wind is doing crazy things. Takes a bit longer but we’re holding onto the feeling of summer cookouts – I’m not ready to let it all go!!

Good reminder about the sunscreen. Somehow I seem to forget that in the Winter!

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3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 18, 2013 at 8:31 am

Instead of Christmas in July, it’s like Summer in December? ;)

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4 Parita @ myinnershakti December 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

I’ve been wanting to try these bars for a while. Next time I go to the store, I’ll pick some up!

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5 Jackie December 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

Cute love the ideas!

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6 Sanaz@runforcake December 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

I’m loving your kitchen! Those popcicles look yummy. I live in South Florida so I can’t (unfortunately) relate to the cold but sounds like great tips!

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7 Shannon December 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

Lately, I feel like your posts have taken on a Real Simple (the magazine) feel. Since that is one of my favorite magazines, I kind of love it!

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8 KathEats December 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

A very high compliment! Thanks!

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9 Rachael December 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I agree!!

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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

Haha I definitely would not think to eat popsicles during the winter, but grapefruit actually sounds amazing! As long as my heat is turned up!

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11 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’m a total believer of not letting the weather force you into being “lazy” and prevent you from enjoying the season and outdoors… love these winter ideas!

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12 kristen @ verbs and vignettes December 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

i don’t know about the other suggestions… but i’m all about space heaters and popsicles!

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13 Mom December 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

Love those popsicle shots!

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14 Ashley N. December 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

I had my wisdom teeth out Monday and actually bought a box of Outshine Peach to have afterwards. I was SO impressed with how much natural peach flavor there was to the popsicle.

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15 VanillaCinnamon December 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

The popsicle photography is very nicely done. Makes them look super appetizing! I’m curious how a sponsored post works. Can you say more about it? Do they send you product? A stipend?

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16 KathEats December 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

On my blog at least, “sponsored post” means a company sponsored the post by paying me for my time and the exposure.

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17 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

Grapefruit and blood orange sounds incredible!

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18 Florence December 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Those look delish! Does anyone know if the popsicles have Vitamin C? If not, here’s a friendly reminder (which my mother gave me this morning) to eat citrus fruit…I’d rather not get the flu before the holiday festivities start!

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19 @simple green moms December 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

This is such a cute post even though I would never dare do yoga in a bikini!! Thanks for sharing =)

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20 Jen@PregnantDiabetic December 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

You had me at grapefruit. It’s my current pregnancy craving that I can’t get enough of!

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21 Shel@PeachyPalate December 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Love this post!!! Brought a smile to my face! Grill veggies…ALL year round for sure and sunscreen every day of my life! :)

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22 Hope December 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I prefer to make my own but when I’m being lazy I buy Outshine popsicles. My son loves them!

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23 Elisabeth December 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I love their fruit bars in the coconut flavor!

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24 Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating December 18, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I’m definitely guilty of never wearing sunscreen in the winter, even though I know that I should be more conscientious about skin care – thanks for the reminder!

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25 Sarah (Kale & Cupcakes) December 19, 2013 at 5:53 am

I love the Outshine Bars!

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26 Julie December 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

It’s pretty warm here in Southern California so we’re still able to do those summery things!

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27 Stephanie December 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I got excited by your pretty pictures, and even more excited when I saw you said these popsicles are made of simple ingredients. Then I looked at the total ingredient list and was so disappointed to see they are not so simple after all. They contain natural flavors which are usually not very natural at all so we try to avoid them. They also have carob (locust) bean and guar gums. I guess I’ll stick with my homemade goodies. They are easy enough to make, even my kids can do it. We are in Florida, so it’s popsicle weather for us almost year round! :)

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28 S.P. Gass December 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Since we have toddlers who sometimes fall down and get hurt, we always try to have popsicles on hand. It cheers them right up and is a good way to reduce swelling and prevent fat lips.

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