Ready for Action!

This post is sponsored by my friends at Whole Foods Market in Bedford, MA. While the products where complimentary, all opinions are my own. 

If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw that I was over at Whole Foods Market in Bedford, MA the other night for a meet and greet. We were starting off their “Ready for Action” week. Whole Foods is kicking off the start of summer with events, classes, and demonstrations to promote their active living products- everything from yoga clothes to protein powder to water bottles and more. In celebration by friends at Whole Foods Market in Bedford hooked me up with everything I’ll need for all my summer plans.

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My swag bag was filled with these great products:

  • Raw Fit Chocolate Protein Powder. This is a plant protein that is really good and you know that means something coming from me since I typically don’t like protein powder. We served this at the meet and greet the other night. It was delicious blended with strawberries and almond milk!
  • Alba Botanicals SPF50 Spray Screen, Very Emolient Aloe, and Very Emolient Sunless Tanner. I’ve been using the Alba Botanicals products since my last project with Whole Foods and love them. They are all natural and high quality. I was really excited about these products as they’ll have be totally prepared for the beach days we have planned!

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  • Giovanni 2Chic Dry Shampoo and Touch-Up Hair Towelettes. I’ve also been using the Giovanni products for months now and love them! They feel really nourishing for my hair. The dry shampoo had me really excited as spray in dry shampoos don’t work for me- they make my hair stiff. I’m also excited about the towelettes! With fine curly hair these are perfect for controlling my hair in the heat and humid. Plus they are perfect for my tote bag! I’ll have smooth hair whether we grab dinner after the beach or stop for a cocktail after golf.

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  • Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Towlettes. I love these! I can’t tell you how many towelettes I’ve received as samples, many of them from big name brands. The Yes to towelettes are by my far my favorite. The wipes are nice and moist, and never leave me with that sticky, residue feeling. I use these after runs to clean up, or after a night out to take my makeup off. They really make you feel fresh and clean!

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  • Travel Pack. I was surprised to see this in a swag bag from Whole Foods. It’s really light weight and high quality. We’ll definitely be using this on our hiking adventures, or to hold our waters and gear when we take our mountain bikes out. I love that it folds into itself and is so compact. One of my favorite tricks for summer is to leave tote bags packed for our different adventures. I have one bag for the beach, and another for athletic adventures. It makes getting out the door so simple and easy. Plus I never forget anything! This travel pack will definitely be in our tote so we can easily bring along our essentials.

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  • “Ready for Action” T-Shirt. This cotton t-shirt is super soft and fits great! It’s nice and long, which is a huge bonus when you are tall! I love that Whole Foods carries organic clothing. I’ve only heard great things about their clothes. I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this shirt often!

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  • “Ready for Action” bag and goodies. This is such a great deal! Beginning on Saturday, June 27th at 10am you can get a bag for $12. They are filled with over $50 of products which include Toms of Maine Deodorant, Arnicare Gel, Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen SPF 30, Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera, Amazing Grass Amazing Meal, Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Green Super Food, Spectrum Essentials Seed Blend Packet, Nuun Lemon and Lime, coupons, and the super cute jute bag! This is perfect for summer and can go with you wherever you go! My friend Emily is giving away a few bags on her blog…check it out and enter to win!

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Every time I work with Whole Foods impressed by their commitment to quality, and the variety of products they offer. I’m really excited they have prepared me for a summer of fun and activity. I hope you’ll see what they have to offer, get your own Ready for Action bag, and bring them with you on your summer adventures!

Will you be getting a “Ready for Action” bag?

Lemon Lime Layer Cake

In my last post I talked about my recent obsession with making layer cakes. I think they are really fun to make because they are challenging and require quite a bit of patience. They force me to make my time and focus on the task of baking, and only baking.

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I made this cake a couple of times now, and each time I’ve made it those seated around the table love it. It’s perfect for summer parties as you are still serving a beautiful cake but it’s light and refreshing. Your guests are sure to go back for seconds.

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I also love that it’s on the healthier side. We always try to serve healthy meals for our guests so desserts loaded with butter and fat never make it to our table.

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Lemon Lime Layer Cake

Ingredients

CAKE:
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup egg substitute
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Grated rind of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups low-fat buttermilk

 

ICING:
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted (about 10 ounces)

 

Prep

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare the cake, coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms of pans with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray.

Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add egg substitute and the next 3 ingredients (through 1 tablespoon juice); beat well. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pans; tap pans once on countertop to remove air bubbles.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans. Carefully peel off wax paper. Cool completely on wire racks coated with cooking spray.

To prepare icing, place 1 teaspoon lemon rind and next 3 ingredients (through cream cheese) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth (about 1 minute). Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed just until blended (do not overbeat). Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/2 cup icing. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake. Chill 1 hour. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.

Tips

  • I like to make my cakes the day before I assemble the cake. I wrap them in saran wrap once cool and place them in the refrigerator. I’ve found they firm up a bit and assembling with them cold makes the frosting go on easier.
  • Refrigerate the frosting for about an hour before you frost the cake to let it cool down and firm up.
  • The frosting is really loose, like a glaze.  Once you are ready to assemble the cake you have to move quickly. I don’t do a crumb coat. I’ve done it with and without and it didn’t seem to make a difference. I’d also recommend keeping your middle layer of frosting on the thin side to keep the cakes from sliding or shifting. Keep the frosting on the sides light, so it barely covers the cake. Otherwise it slides off.
  • Once the cake is covered with the frosting I immediately put it in the refrigerator and let it set up over night. Prior to serving I smooth the frosting and put the lemons and limes on.

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I love that the frosting is like a glaze and as a result it really soaks into the edges of the cakes and makes them so moist and delicious- even if it’s a bit difficult.

Enjoy!