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October Favorites

October is quickly slipping away and turning into November… cue the tears (and cold weather). October is my favorite month for a number of reasons. Living in Connecticut, it brings the most perfect weather, with absolutely beautiful fall foliage. It also happens to be my mom, brother, and my own birthday month (Yay for celebrating!)

You may have noticed that I’ve started to stray away from my weekly ‘Friday Five’ posts, and instead I’m going to be switching over to monthly ‘favorites’ posts. As we say goodbye to October, here are my favorite products, recipes, and posts from the past month 🙂

Obviously my favorite thing that we did this month was visit Italy… I haven’t had a chance to go through all of my photos (I took over 1,000!), but I will be sure to share them as soon as I do. In the meantime you can drool over this Caprese pizza and dark chocolate /coffee gelato. Two of the best things we ate during our trip!!

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Stuffum Naturals created a White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice flavor of their Protein Cookie Dough Spread. It’s UNBELIEVEABLE. Like out of this world-eat it straight out of the jar- can’t control yourself- good. You need to get your hands on it. You can use our ambassador coupon code ‘cleaneating15’ for 15% off any of their products. If you want the pumpkin flavor I’d order it ASAP – its only available for a limited time. Then they’re coming out with a super delicious winter flavor.. which I know.. but I can’t share the secret just yet!

Stuffum Naturals Protein Cookie Dough

Speaking of pumpkin spice.. I’m also a big fan of My Favorite Indulgence’s Pumpkin Spiced GranolaThis granola is made in small batches, its non-GMO and vegan, and its just slightly sweet. So good on top of Siggi’s Spiced Apple yogurt which everyone needs to try.

My Favorite Indulgence Pumpkin Spiced Granola

Also really diggin’ ALOHA’s protein bars. All of ALOHA’s products are vegan, organic, non-GMO, dairy free, soy free, and gluten free. The protein bars have 18g of protein, and taste really good which is pretty impressive seeing how they’re made. I’ll be the first one to say that I think that vegan protein bars usually don’t taste great.. these have changed the way I think. The PB Chocolate is SO yummy! ALOHA offers free trials on all of their products which is really cool. You can try whatever you want for free here. You can also use our coupon code ‘CLEANEATING’ to save 20% off ALOHA products if you’ve already tried/love them 🙂


We’re also now Vitacost affiliates and putting in a big order.. so we’ll have more fun new products to share soon!


I just signed up for Rocksbox and I can’t wait to get it!! Rocksbox is like a monthly jewelry subscription box, except you can mail the jewelry back when you want something new.  It should be here sometime next week.. hoping I get one of the many things I put on my wishlist.. like this gorgeous necklace & bracelet! If you sign up with coupon code ‘thecleaneatingcouplexoxo’ you can get a free month and we can be stylish together 🙂

necklace      bracelet


I got this J. Crew vest in a fun orange color over the weekend for $25 at our J. Crew Outlet. (Yay for deals!) I have it in Navy and I practically wore it everyday last year!! I love this red color.. Might have to snag another

J. Crew Vest


I’ve made this Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal from the Live Fit Girls every week for the past few weeks.. it’s SO good for breakfast!

I made Busy But Healthy’s Protein Waffles this weekend for breakfast with Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein in Smooth Coffee ( Love this stuff!! I won it from Erica Finds Giveaway!)

Dying to try this Butternut Squash Pasta with Shrimp & Sage from A Fit Philosophy. Looks like the perfect fall/winter dinner.




That’s all I’ve got for ya! Have a great day!





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      Aren’t they so cute!! Treat yo’ self and sign up for the free month! If you use my code I get credit for free jewelry 🙂


      Thanks Alicia! You should check it out! You get a free month when you signup with coupon code thecleaneatingcouplexoxo 🙂


      You’re so welcome! Glad I could help you 🙂

  1. I visited Italy 3 years ago and loved it! That cookie dough spread sounds and looks amazing. I will have to get some soon. Great quote!
    Mistle recently posted…Mad For PlaidMy Profile


      Definitely give it a try! It is SO yummy 🙂


      Yes!! It was so amazing!! Check back later in the week.. hoping to share some photos if I get a chance to go through all of them.


      Thanks so much for making such an AWESOME recipe!! I love it 🙂

  2. I love this October recap! Such a great post Liz! Ummmm I wish we lived closer so that I could borrow your new J Crew vest! SUPER CUTE! I’m about to go drive to the nearest outlet just to get one!
    Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy recently posted…Hip Flexor StretchesMy Profile


      Thank you! Wouldn’t that be fun?! I’d happy share the vest in exchange for your protein pancakes!!


      Me too! So beautiful 🙂


      It was SO amazing! I wish I could do that right about now too!!


      It is so yummy, Sabrina! I seriously eat it by the spoon!


      Thanks Karen! The ALOHA bars are great! Feel free to use that link in my post.. they allow you to try them for free which is awesome!


      Totally agree! I love them. I hate vests that are super puffy, but this one is perfect 🙂


      Me too!! I lived off gelato, pizza, and pasta while I was there- haha! It was only $25 at the outlet, the one online is a little more pricey, but I purchased a navy one last year and it is so great.

  3. Krista Krista

    I love my Rocksbox subscription! I might have to try out those ALOHA bars if they are that delicious.


      I’m so excited to get mine in the mail! Definitely try the ALOHA bars, they’re great! You can use the link in my post to get a free trial if you’re interested 🙂


      They’re really yummy, Danielle! You can use the link in my bio to get a free trial if you want!


      I can’t get enough pumpkin this time of year! And the ALOHA bars are amazing! You should try them. You get a free trial when you use that link in the post 🙂

  4. I love that quote!!! I haven’t tried many of these food products, but they sound yummy .Love the vest too .
    Shann Eva recently posted…No Costumes AllowedMy Profile


      Thanks Shann! It’s one of my favorite quotes!


      I can’t wait for mine to get here! If you’re interested you can use coupon code ‘thecleaneatingcouplexox’ for a free month! Totally worth it 🙂


      Thanks, Bri! Have you tried Stuffums? It is SO yummy!

  5. Kim Kim

    Definitely going to try the Aloha bars…I trying to find a good tasting protein bar that doesn’t have a ton of carbs.


      Yes! These are great! Normally I’m not a fan of vegan protein bars because they taste a little funky, but these are super yummy! You can try them for free via the link in the post.

  6. Ahh. So the white chocolate pumpkin Stuffums is definitely on my “to get” list. It sounds pretty perfect in every way 🙂

    I’ve heard really good things about Rocksbox! I can’t wait to see what you get! Happy Friday!!


      You’ve gotta try it!! Soooo yummy! I can’t wait to see what is inside! If you want a free month you can use my coupon code ‘thecleaneatingcouplexoxo’ for a free month (I get free jewelry when you sign up… just sayin’ 🙂 )

  7. We lived in Italy for 9 months and your photos have me missing pizza and gelato. I also love the J.Crew vest!

    Allison Jones recently posted…No Shop NovemberMy Profile


      Thanks, Allison! I wish I could live there.. it is such a beautiful place!

  8. So much yumminess in one post. I did try the Aloha bars after you posted it! I liked one bar, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the other one, so I decided to not continue, but I’m thankful that you shared that! It’s always GREAT to get ideas from other bloggers! And that protein cookie dough spread? YUM. I love it when protein + cookie dough are together in the same sentence.
    Emily recently posted…Exploring My Favorite National ParkMy Profile


      Sorry that you didn’t like them, Emily! I’m a big fan of the PB Chocolate one. The stuffums cookie dough spread is delish!! You should try that 🙂


      Thanks Alexandra!

  9. What a great roundup!!

    I have been looking for a vest like that for a while now – you’ve inspired me to head out to the J Crew outlet soon!
    Rachel Agranove recently posted…Friday Favorites!My Profile


      Thanks, Rachel! Definitely check the outlet.. they always have such great stuff!!


      Thanks, Lisa! It is one of my favorite quotes. 🙂


      Right?! Love me some healthy snacks 🙂 I can’t wait to share the new flavor with you.. It’s going to be super yummy 🙂


      Thanks, Farrah!


      They’re so yummy, Rebecca! You can try them out for free on their website.. Highly recommend them!

  10. Ooooh I love reading favorites posts, and you have an awesome roundup here. I just got that vest from J Crew too and have been loving it with everything! I’m also so curious about Aloha products – I will definitely have to try them out!
    Les @ The Balanced Berry recently posted…Pumpkin EnchiladasMy Profile


      Me too, Les! I always find the best stuff in these types of posts. Isn’t the vest awesome?? I’m wearing it almost everyday! The ALOHA bars are so great.. you can try them for free on their site. Definitely give them a try. 🙂


      Definitely give it a try, Ivanna! It’s seriously awesome! You can try them for free 🙂

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