Pure Heaven

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 22, 2009

Good afternoon!

My day is going fairly well. I spent most of the morning on the phone with the government tax office sorting out my PST tax application. I also had to decide on my filing period. My first one is coming up on August 23rd, so I am a bit freaked out! I am going to have to talk to my brother in law who is an accountant for his tips. While I am glad that I applied for a GST and PST tax number (it really does set a professional tone for any business), it does create a ton of more work on my part, especially since I didn’t know anything about tax before I started this business. I am sure that once I get used to the process and figure it out, it will be old hat in a year or two. Can’t wait for that day!

After that, I started calculating the nutritional information for my Glo Bars. Since I recently changed the size of my bars, I now have to re-do all of the nutrition labels. A lot of my food products are not in the database I am using, so I had to custom entry many of them this morning. I now have my first official label complete for the Classic bar and I must say I am really impressed by the stats! I will be sharing this information shortly after I create and input it into a table (Nutrition Data does not permit the online use of their nutrition labels- only for print. Don’t ask me why! :( ).

And then came lunch! It was quick and easy so I could get back to work.

The weather here is cool and cloudy today, so I thought some hot soup was fitting. Do you have a favourite yukky weather meal?

This is the only brand of soup I have been able to find that has no salt added:


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You know me, I am big against heavily salted foods, so this is pretty much the only brand I buy now. They were on sale 3 for $5 at Loblaws last week, so I got 3 cans.

I had the whole can for lunch, along with a dollop of hummus, and 2 slices of whole wheat bread (yup, still buying no name!). I am happy (sad?) to say that I have not broken down and purchased the expensive Ezekiel bread since I challenged myself to stop buying it last winter!


I added some pumpkin seeds for some flavour (and an awesome crunch!) that this unsalted soup is definitely lacking. The hummus also adds some flavour too and made it nice and creamy (it sunk to the bottom!).


This soup is filled with veggies and beans…I just love it!


Japanese Sencha Loose leaf is still going strong! Today I was feeling frisky and had it with a bag of Green Ginger Tazo tea.


I Tweeted about this the other day. One of my biggest pet peeves is when my loose leaf holder opens up and spills out all of the tea into my mug. This happens to me quite a bit. It is probably because my tea holder is cheap. Does anyone recommend a good loose leaf tea holder that works nicely? I think mine is from the Dollarstore. :D


Dessert was pure Heaven!


I have everyone hooked on these new Heaven bars now. I think it just might be my #1 favourite Glo Bar now. It tastes just like a peanut butter brownie!


Ok, back to work!

Canadians: Don’t forget to enter the Neal Brother’s contest! There aren’t many comments over at Green Monster Movement so your chances of winning the awesome prize pack are really good!!!

Enjoy your Hump-day. :)


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Lauren July 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Oooh, hummus in soup…that’s a good idea!

Have a great afternoon! :)


Amanda July 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm

hummus and soup is genius! and i love brownie anything!


Rachel July 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I’m sure you wrote about this, so I could go back and look but I thought I’d ask here first – why did you stop buying Ezekiel bread?


Joanna July 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Hi there! I have been waiting for two things before placing my order for your Glo Bars: 1. Nutritional Data (I’m excited that you’ll be posting this soon!) and 2. That you can ship to the United States (how is that going by the way?).


Jess July 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I can’t wait until you can get your bars in the US – the heaven sounds SO good.

Soup is a fave for dreary days like today for sure. I’d also be interested to know why you stopped buying Ezekiel bread!


katherine (the runner wife) July 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I can’t wait to see the nutritional info for the bars – even though the most important info is that they’re made from whole foods and by you! :)

Your lunch looks delicious and so satisfying on a cool, rainy day. Have a wonderful afternoon!


Kristen July 22, 2009 at 1:12 pm

My loose leaf tea holder is called an “English Muffin”. I’ve seen it described as a “pincher tea infuser spoon” or something like that as well. It is basically a mesh tea ball with a handle that you pinch to open. I’ve never had it leak.

The new glo bars sound really good- I might just have to try them.


avabee July 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I’m also a runner, and I want to add that you really shouldn’t be avoiding salt in your food–especially in the summer, and more especially if you’re a heavy sweater. You don’t have to drown your food in salt, but you definitely need it in your diet–don’t want to risk hyponatremia! It’s one of the benefits of being a distance runner, we don’t need to limit our salt intake nearly as much.


Mandy A July 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I can’t wait till you can ship to the US! I’m dying to try ALL of your bars!!!!!!


Erin July 22, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I was just going to post to recommend the same type of tea infuser that Kristen suggested.

Looks kind of like this:

Never had a problem!


Sayer July 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I love to use tea filter bags (http://shopstashtea.com/700196.html). I also use a tea strainer that rests at the top of your cup (http://www.fantes.com/images/3341tea_infusers.jpg). Hope that helps!

I’ll have to try hummus in soup.


MarathonVal July 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I’m excited for you that bakery stuff is going so well! Again, can’t WAIT til you can ship those babies to the US!! :)


elizabeth July 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I had lentil soup today because it is rainy and yucky here too!

This is my absolute fav tea maker (it works with any cup, you don’t need to buy a special cup) http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Gift-Center/Gifts-by-Price/Tea-Gifts-under-20/Teavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-16oz.axd


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm

My only reason for not buying the Ezeikel bread was due to the high price ($4.99 a loaf). I challenged myself last winter to stop buying it (I was buying 1-2 loafs a week and it was adding up). Since then we have been buying no name bread for about $1.19 a loaf so we have saved lots of money. Not the most exciting bread, but I try to buy my pitas and wraps to change it up now and then! I do miss my sprouted grain bread though….sigh….. What I really need to start doing again is making my wraps from scratch!! Just not enough time in the day lately. ~A


Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm

The concept of ezekiel bread seems great to me, but I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of their texture/taste along with their price! I think they only taste okay toasted, and even then they are not AMAZING. Good for you for saving money though Angela! :)


Krista July 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I love soup or chilli to eat when the weather is less than stellar!

PS…I left a comment over at the GM site!


Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) July 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

GST and PST can seem daunting at first, but after a while you get to be comfortable with them. Good accounting software can help you keep track of that sort of stuff :).


Alyssa July 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm

so when can i start getting your bars to my house in the states?!?! Im dying to try this heaven bar your going on an on about..(what a tease!).not to mention my deep love of peanut butter..i want to try the original glo bar too!! let me know as soon as i can place my HUGGEEEE order!!


Melissa July 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I agree with elizabeth up above…I LOVE my Teavana perfect tea maker!


And, yes it does work with all of the mugs that I have! Its awesome! :)

I would love to be able to try your bars they sound so delish!


Alex July 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Mmmmm…Heaven looks like Heaven :)

I love your clear bowl! Kinda looks like a soup aquarium!


Cait (Cait's Plate) July 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I AM LOVING the presentation!! So perfect.

And yes – I’m definitely going to be needing some of those Heaven bars! I even told people at work about them!! :)


lynn July 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I bought this AWESOME tea strainer (TEELI FILT BREWING BASKET)two years ago and use it every morning with my loose leaf tea…so simple to use and to dump tea leaves afer too.
I can’t recommend it enough-lasts forever and all you do is plunk it in your mug OR teapot,drop spoonful of tealeaves inside,add water,then simply lift container out and rest it on the little cover piece while you drink tea….no loose tea leaves straying,no tricky ball,no extra contraption needed.And I bought it through the canadian franchise store Cargo and James Tea(for me at the Halifax store on Barrinton near Atlantic Superstore)!
Let me know if you buy this!!!I can’t recommend it enough!
I bought the medium not the large.Here is more description on this page too

Cheers, Angela! Lynn


lynn July 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Ooops sorry that was Teeli filter brewing basket!(typo!)


lynn July 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

PSS :ast comment on this…but the brewing basket really does make a better tasting te, because leaves can unfurl with lots of room,which I hear is best for the tastiest tea -yum!
My fave wakeup tea each morn is Twinings Looseleaf Gunpowder green(but not the bagged version-blech)

For bagged teas I like Traditional Medicinal Peppermint tea(best peppermint tea I have ever tried!)


Talia Lapid July 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Just like everyone else I can’t wait to get your bars in the US..or Scotland sometime soon :)! I have a feeling you’ll be able to ship to the US right around the time I’m Scotland bound. I love hot chai tea on cloudy days. Just the smell of it warms me up, body and soul!


Paige @ Running Around Normal July 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

The Heaven bar looks awesome! And congrats on all the progress you’re making with the ‘technical stuff’ of starting your own business. Way to go!


Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm

heaven bar looks awesome!!! hopefully will be able to try soon when you can ship to U.S.!


Michelle Hisae July 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I got my tea strainer from Crate & Barrel. I loved it so much, I bought a second one. :) And they’re only like $5. It’s lasted me a long time, and no loose leaves in my cup!


WholeBodyLove July 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I seriously visited your site just now with the intention of getting your e-mail to ask if you had nutrition stats for the glo bars! I love that you are already working on it! What a hard-working business owner you are!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm

What a pretty bowl! I seriously love clear glasses… so fun to see all of what you’re eating. :) Love the pumpkin seeds… so yummy!



Faith July 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Hummus in soup is a brilliant idea! I’ve got to try that!


Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I know this isn’t a meal, but when the weather is yucky, nothing can beat a good hot chocolate!!


Lizzie July 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm

My cold weather meal is usually a nice hot bowl of wholemeal pasta with some kind of jar of sauce (usually Wgole Foods brand roasted red pepper or Sundried Tomato pesto) with a small scoop of goats cheese – melts so well and the whole combination tastes really yummy!

Had never thought of hummus in soup – it look good!


Susan July 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I just bought the same soup on the same sale! I never buy canned soup because of the crazy amounts of sodium in them, so I was quite happy to stumble across it. I plan on adding some tofu to mine :)


Kim July 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Maybe if you keep mentioning the word “Ezekiel” in your posts, your blog will pop up on the company’s radar and they’ll send you some free product! ;)


Katie July 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Great idea adding hummus to your soup! I’ll have to try that.


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