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Friday Favorite Fall Food Finds + Heart Opener Giveaway Winner!

Hey, sometimes, you just gotta go with 4-letter F words. AMIRIGHT???

This has been a really great week for the blog. From Fitfluential + giveaway to Wednesday’s super fun recipe and a bevy of new followers and readers, I’m feeling really ….I dunno…empowered? Satisfied? Content? None of those seem rightโ€”basically, I’m trying to say that I’m having a great time, I’m loving the feedback, the new responses, and I just am pretty darn pleased as punch that things are continuing in the forward direction. Pressure is on now, though… I guess I should be careful what I ask for! Thank you to everyone who reads, regardless of how much or for how long. It is an honor for me to speak with you each day.

Ok, right, onto all things fall.

fave fall food finds

So much to share with you that I am literally struggling to figure out how to pace it out! This was originally going to go up Wednesday, but then I got too excited about the Sweet and Savory Recovery Oats. So I took my own advice from Tuesday and re-arranged. Today, I thought that I would share some fun things that I have come across in the past few weeks that, along with this RIDICULOUSly below average weather, has led to me already purging my closet of summer. Which, let’s be honest, we didn’t really have here in the Midwest. It was all lies. LIES, I tell you!


Libations–Pumpkin Beers are back!

Granola for Days!

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Jolly Oak Granola (especially S’mores). I love the Jolly Oak Granola (and you can win some with my latest giveaways!). It is no BS, just delicious, and pre-packaged, so you don’t have to worry about hoovering the entirety of the box (like I do). The flavors are allergy friendly (check out the site for more information) and check out my review here!ย Oh, and win it. Obvs.

TastyMakes Choco-coco Sprouted Granola is my current OBSESSION. I. am. obsessed. Seriously my favorite non-traditional granola ever. It is more seedy than oaty, and so I am going back and forth between it and the Jolly Oak. I don’t know what is going to happen when I run out. I will cry. Erica did an excellent review of the product as well as the other offerings, so please go check out her take on it, but I have to say, if you are looking for a change to something that is wholesome, textured, and lower sugar, you need to check out TastyMakes. You’ll be hearing more about this from me, believe me!

(Greek) Yogurt

A few quick notes, because I know that you all are curious! The Dannon Caramel Apple Pie is actually lovely–it has pieces of apple in it and isn’t too sweet, which is what I was worried about. Love it. I quite liked the Chobani. I semi-froze it and topped it with sunbutter, pumpkin spice pizzelle (see below!), sprinkles, and extra pumpkin spice. DELICIOUS. The Yoplait pumpkin spice was super tasty, and it had been a while since I had bought a regular yogurt, but I wanted something different (and hadn’t found the others yet). MMMmmmmm! Loved them all!


I didn’t get the Downton Teas (mostly because I am working through a ton of others at the moment! And I have tried the Pumpkin Spice Chai before, (and did I mention there was a way you could, too?) and it is soooooo good. I love Rooibos, and I can’t wait to try the pumpkin spice! It smells amazeballs.

I also have pumpkin spice coffee, but I decided to chill out with my bad self ๐Ÿ˜‰


Iย love pizzelle. It is an Italian waffle cookie, and traditional flavors are anise, vanilla, lemon, and chocolate. When I saw the pumpkin spice, I was like YESH. Sadly, it doesn’t really evoke anything pumpkin spice-y. But it is still delicious and I am making good progress on the box ๐Ÿ˜€ Perfect ice cream topper.

I know that many of you were curious about the coconut syrup, and I opted not to get it. Alex and I like pancakes and such, but we don’t have them often enough for me to get it, even if it was on clearance. That said, I’m sure it’s delicious!



Pocky. I love Pocky. I started back on a Pocky kick when we were on our honeymoon, and because I was in World Market, and on a roll, obviously it was going home with me. There was also a Matcha covered Pocky, but I’m not so much into that. If you like Matcha, though, check it out!

Wink. Amber introduced many of us to Wink, and I contacted the company to express my interest. They were so generous to send me a sample of their 5 flavors, and so I started on them the other day. It is essentially Arctic Zero, with some different flavors and a bit more attention to the ingredients (per my understanding). I think that it is a fabulous product for those that don’t have any other alternatives (and please remember, this is my take! I am not an Arctic Zero fan) and are lactose-, gluten-, etc sensitive, on very strict diets or vegan. That said, it just isn’t for me. I am fortunate enough to be able to enjoy lighter ice cream (though not premium), and especially right now, I need the calories duringย training. I have the luxury of being able to eat certain foods that others do or cannot, so I think for the time being, I will be sticking to them. Great product, but like coconut flour, it just isn’t my thing. Doesn’t mean you won’t love it!


And make sure to check out other Strange but Good and Less-Strange-But-Still-Good Recipes, as well as other’s Favorites from the week!

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Ok, that’s it.ย What looks tasty to you?

PSSST Did you already win some of these favorites? Check here!

Heart Opener Giveaway

I wasn’t about to put the limeade oreos up. BLECH

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  • Reply jill conyers

    We have a lot of the same favorites! I feel like I’ve said that before ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a fab Friday!
    jill conyers recently posted…Dream Big. Becoming a Personal TrainerMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 5:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well obvs. SUCH GOOD TASTE!!! Have an amazing weekend and congrats on NASM!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    ooh that granola looks good! So glad that you are enjoying your blog-we do too!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Go Primal! Sport Mud Review & GiveawayMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW you literally just warmed my heart like pumpkin spice. I am actually being dead serious when I say that. ๐Ÿ˜€

      September 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Hilary

    All those pumpkin teas! That pumpkin spice I need to have and I have been meaning to pick up that TJ’s pumpkin tea since last year haha totally need to get on that!
    Hilary recently posted…Thinking Out Loud #I am going to find out!My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is sooooo good. I tried their harvest one and didn’t care for it. but this, I dig.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    I love Tazo tea. My favorites are Zen (drink at least 2 cups of it a day!) and the Awake English Breakfast for a little jolt in the morning (except caffeine doesn’t work for me. oops!). Anyway, I haven’t tried the Pumpkin Spice, but I’m thinking I should? Next trip to Target will include that purchase!
    Heather @fitncookies recently posted…Want to run the Pittsburgh 10 Miler with me? + Tea talkMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have to say that the pumpkin spice blew my mind with how good it is. Seriously. Really well done. Love the Zen, for sure. I haven’t had English Breakfast in sooooo long. I’m not into Earl Grey (which my dad drank) but my mom always drank EB. I think I stayed away from it on principle! Hahaha I need to visit PGH and you me and Caitlin need to go cavort.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I have to admit, I may be one of the few people who doesn’t like the Pumpkin craze, the smell of it makes me nauseous ๐Ÿ™ but everything else about the Fall I LOVE and, that granola looks delicious! I freaking love granola! Happy Friday Susie, have a great weekend!!
    Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles recently posted…CH-CH-CHA-CHANGES!My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is totally understandable. Is is the smell of pumpkin or the smell of the spice that you can’t do? I wonder if you did pumpkin (cubed and roasted in the oven) but just did it with apple pie spices if you could deal?
      I go through phases with granola, but OBSESSED with these two!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Pumpkin beer is my favorite! Haven’t bought any this year, but I’ll definitely have to change that. And I didn’t even know that pumpkin tea existed, but pumpkin chai sounds like it might be one of the best ideas ever.
    Beth @ Running with the Sunrise recently posted…Five Things Friday #8My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 7:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The pumpkin chai is magical. It smells incredible, and the taste is spot on.
      And buy the O fallons, if you can find it. The best one that I’ve ever had!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    looooove all things punkinnnnn and apple cinnamon. need to try the Chobani stat. not at all into anything caramel, so that’ll be a fail for me, but bring on the squash families Hundo P. every time i read your posts, i know we would be such good friends in real life and enjoy all the things together. i’m sorta mad at you for not doing some sort of magic to make me win your giveaway, but the rational part of me (that whole 5%) knows it’s not reallllly your fault, so we can still go on with our blogationfriendship. xo
    Shawna recently posted…SBC: Thankful ThursdayMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so. I would be so sad if we had to throw it all away over granola, popcorn, and tea.
      And obviously we would get along famously. If you can forgive Rafflecopter, that is. Have a lovely weekend my dear!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Pocky! Oh, that brings back some high school memories for me – thanks for the #flashbackfriday.
    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted…Friday Faves: This is Just So WrongMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha it takes me back to high school and jr high. Have you had the almond and chocolate one?

      September 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    ummmm that granola sounds delicious. Must try soon ๐Ÿ™‚
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    September 19, 2014 at 8:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can help you out with the Jolly Oak, but I”m sadly now out of the Tasty Makes… And that makes me very sad indeed.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    That pumpkin chai mix would be super yummy in oatmeal!
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…FYI Friday – 5 tips for eating out healthy & a linkupMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      O goodness me yes.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Hooray for pumpkin flavored libations! That granola looks pretty scrumptious too- pretty sure I need to check it out!
    Annmarie recently posted…Foodie Friday: Quick & Easy Chili Rubbed Cod with Fiesta Lime Black RiceMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Both of them are incredible. I finished both of mine last night ๐Ÿ˜€ But now I am out….

      September 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Oh, pumpkin spice everything! I had a big slice of maple pumpkin bread this morning and it made my day!
    Rae recently posted…Friday Free-For-All (Fifteen)My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 9:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Understandably so. I need some of that STAT

      September 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    That Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea from Trader Joe’s is the BOMB! I put it in my smoothies :). As for Wink, the texture is off for me, so I blend half a pint with a frozen banana and it makes it the same consistency as soft serve. Then, it’s DELICIOUS!
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    September 19, 2014 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I tried it last night and it was fantastic. And I agree with you on the Wink. It’s not my thing. To each their own!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Gettin' My Healthy On

    Yesss so much goodness. 1. I’m pumped about the seasonal/pumpkiny beer returning 2. Caramel apple Greek yogurt? Yes, please.
    Katie @ Gettin’ My Healthy On recently posted…Banana Pumpkin Ice CreamMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ermigerd I love the caramel apple yogurt–the pieces of apple totally make it.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    good GOD I love granola!! and pumpkin, and fall, and fitness, and your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday milady!
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Friday Five: These are a Few of My Favorite Things!My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 10:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha thank you! ALL THE LOVE EVERYWHERE

      September 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Im not a vig fan of beer, but pumpkin ones I like. I have not tried any of those brands. Ill have to get on that. I just bough pumpkin spice bagels….love the time of year when pumpkin is back, just don’t love the change of weather.
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    September 19, 2014 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely try the O Fallons. It. is. AMAZING.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    I truly hate everything pumpkin. I know. I suck. I just hang out over here with my apple cider donuts and cherry beer…
    Mo (@rushourunner) recently posted…5 friday favorites [15]My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 11:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s ok, I won’t hold it against you. Here’s the question though: do you not like pumpkin spice as well? Because it is very similar to apple pie spice. And mmmmmmmmm cherry and apple cider are 2 of my favorite flavors of all time. Life long love, there. I can definitely get down and boogie with apple cider donuts.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PS I need to introduce you to Republic of Tea’s Hot Apple Cider Tea. AMazing. Skip TJ’s Harvest Tea. No bueno.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Housewife Glamour

    Oh my gosh, I love ALL of those things. To comment on each one separately would be ridiculous. woo hoo for pumpkin! Thanks so much for linking up! Happy Weekend!
    Heather @ Housewife Glamour recently posted…Friday Favorites #55: Week of 9/19My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s so funny, I didn’t used to really care for pumpkin (or I didn’t know) and now I’m like yyyyyessyesyesyes. Thank you for hosting! Have a great weekend as well!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Michele

    I’m definitely picking up some pumpkin spice tea this weekend. Shameless pumpkin love this time of year!
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    September 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    I really want everything to sound delicious but with this stomach big I can’t really even look at food! Colin brought me some Chick-fil-a to bribe me to eat and I couldn’t even do it! I need to find those pumpkin flavored yogurts!
    Brianna @ I run He tris recently posted…Friday FavoritesMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG ARE YOU DYING???? I think I would eat Chickfila on my death bed. You poor thing!!!! Please get better!

      September 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    These all sound so good! Thanks for alerting me to these wonderful fall products ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also- that’s super cool you’ve really happy with how things are going. I’m feeling a bit of a slump myself so it’s encouraging to hear how the Suzlyfe is doing! I’ve missed a fee posts recently but don’t worry, I’ll catch up!
    Jenni recently posted…Healthy & Low Calorie Coconut MacaroonsMy Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are too sweet. I’m glad that you had a chance to get home this weekend–was it amazing! I don’t know how you are still able to keep up with everything that you do ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you aren’t dealing with a general slump, just perhaps a lack of inspiration with regards to the blog?

      September 22, 2014 at 9:39 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    MY LIFE WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE without WINK! I have been chowing down since 2012 and I never intend on stopping. And the best this about it? I CAN and so can ANYONE and not feel an ounce of guilt! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Gobble Up These Turbutkles!My Profile

    September 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s why I love the food world today–so many options for everyone!

      September 22, 2014 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I love how honest you are about Wink! you’re one genuine gal, you know that? i love it! All those pumpkin yogurts look great – I have Chobani in my fridge now so I’ll have to try it ASAP. My friend ate my Noosa and he said it was freaking incredible, so I have to replace it ASAP. And I’ve never liked beer too much but I do like it more than I did in college so I should definitely try out some seasonal one! I do love me a good cider ๐Ÿ™‚
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    September 20, 2014 at 12:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw thanks dear. I always know that taste and preference are different for all, and I know that back in the day, this would have been boss for me. Just not now! But that doesn’t mean other people won’t like it! And they were such a great company to send me samples. I love their dedication to their clients and product, so you know that I have to give props to that.
      HAVE YOU HAD CRABBIES. ERMIGERD. You need to drink with me. We will go splitsies on things so that we can try everything.

      September 22, 2014 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for cupcakes

    That granola looks great. I’m always on the hunt for a lower sugar granola!! Where can I find it?

    September 20, 2014 at 2:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Jolly Oak is fab, and a local Chicago product, but you can buy it online at! And tasty makes you can get online too! Tweet them, too. They are both awesome companies. Or I can pass on emails for you!

      September 22, 2014 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Amber

    Suz,first off, PUMPKIN WOOD CHUCK CIDER?! Wood Chuck is too carbonated for me though ๐Ÿ˜• but I’d be willing to try it for this flavor, how is it?! Have you ever had harpoon?

    As for the granola, the seedy kind looks delish, but too many seeds = no bueno and I know I wouldn’t be able to control myself

    AS for the Wink, WELL, I don’t like Arctic Zero (texture, consistency, ingredients) but as you know I am Wink Obsessed! It IS different than regular/light ice cream so as you said it’s not for everyone, but while you didn’t love it, you didn’t hate on it and put it in a very positive light ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 20, 2014 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know you love Wink ๐Ÿ˜‰ (see what I did there haha). I know for you gluten is a prob, but ciders are so refreshing, and thank goodness there are so many options now. Have you tried crabbies? It is a ginger beer (with alcohol). It is carbonated, but one of the traditional ways to drink it is to pour over ice, and that helps get some of the fizz out.
      I think you might be right about there being a mite too many seeds for you to have A TON of the TastyMakes, but you it is so good and has such great texture that you could likely get away with just a bit, and still get the goodness.
      I was so impressed with the Wink company that I was sad that the product wasn’t a fit for me. But you know what? that just makes it all the better opportunity for others!

      September 22, 2014 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Pumpkin beer? I need to find myself some of that!
    I am all over everything pumpkin related at the moment.
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    September 20, 2014 at 8:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love pumpkin beer. Some are more/less pumpkiny than others, but thus why I love them even more!

      September 22, 2014 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    Wait a minute…Pumpkin Hard Cider?!?!
    Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants recently posted…TYT โ€“ Pumpkin Pie FroYoMy Profile

    September 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know. I need to go back and get it. STUPID SUSIE>

      September 22, 2014 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Pre Race Tapering Advice

    […] Good day all! I had a great weekend! After a night out with friends Friday, Saturday was chill and relaxing (with quite a bit of “me” time on Saturday); and then in vivid contrast Sunday was chill and relaxing (with double the friends and waaaay more movement!) . Oh, and I had pizza both nights. And froyo on Friday (ps, the Taro flavor by Forever Yogurt is actually delicious!). And I baked. And made 3x Protein Egg Cups. And I raided Fresh Market which was awesome (allllll the trail mix and nuts and fun food finds). […]

    September 22, 2014 at 5:38 am
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    Fallelujah!! Well, my stance on pumpkin everything is YES. We’ve been drinking (we been drinking…oh Bey) pumpkin beers and they are delicious. I’ve missed out on pumpkin beers and cocktails for the last couple years between pregnancy and breastfeeding so I’m having fun this fall. Ha!
    Earl-Leigh recently posted…Curious George & Greek Food {Weekend Madness}My Profile

    September 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is definitely high time to GET CAUGHT UP. PUMPKIN TO THE FAAAAACEEEE

      September 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

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