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Lightlife Review + Giveaway

I was provided an opportunity try a few Lightlife products for free. As always all opinions, good, bad, and ulgy, are my own.

Did you know September was National Breakfast Month? I had no idea either until the folks at Lightlife approach me with an opportunity to review some of their breakfast products! To be totally honest, I don’t know how I didn’t know last month was National Breakfast Month because I absolutely love breakfast. The boy and I love breakfast so much we’re serving breakfast for dinner at our wedding. Seriously. (And one of these days, I’ll write a wedding related post.)

So when Lightlife approached me, I knew this was pretty much the perfect opportunity for me. I’m always looking for ways to go meatless, but breakfast meats (bacon and sausage) have been the hardest for me to replace. Some of the meatless sausage patties I’ve tried have been okay, but I’ve yet to find a bacon alternative (facon, as I call it) I was willing to eat again…until now.

smart bacon review

The Lightlife Smart Bacon is actually really good. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not bacon, but it’s a solid substitute. The texture reminded me of really, really cripsy cooked bacon. The flavor was smoky and bacon-like. And compared to real bacon, you can’t beat the nutritionals. Two slices of the Lightlife Smart bacon give you the same amount of protien as a single slice of regular bacon with half the calories and a third of the fat! (Plus, one slice of the Lightlife bacon is 0 PointsPlus so I’m totally down with adding a slice to my normal breakfast sandwich!) This is definitely a product I will keep buying.


The Smart Bacon is soy based so anyone that has a soy allergy  should probably steer clear. They’re also not gluten free. Neither of those things are problems for me though so no complaints here.

I haven’t gotten a chance a chance to try their breakfast sausage yet since Meijer is the only store in my area, and it’s pretty rare that I shop there. (All of the Meijer stores are juuuust out of the way enough to be inconvenient.) But since I loved the bacon so much, I’m definitely going to make it a point to try the sausage.

Now for the giveaway! Lightlife sent me some extra coupons to share with you guys so you can try out their products for free. I’ve got 2 coupons to try any Lightlife product of your choosing. In order to enter you must comment on this post telling me what is your favorite breakfast food? You can earn bonus entries by following me on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway. The giveaway will be open until October 16, 2014, and the winner will be notified by email.

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I was provided an opportunity try a few Lightlife products for free. As always all opinions, good, bad, and ulgy, are my own.

Apple and Pumpkin Soup with Sausage

It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten creative in the kitchen…a really long time. But yesterday, I decided to honor the start of fall by whipping up a fall-tastic soup (or if we’re being totally honest, I hadn’t gone grocery shopping yet and was trying tomake something out of the random ingredients in my kitchen. apple & pumpkin soup

Enter Apple and Pumpkin Soup with Sausage. This soup puts all my favorite fall flavors into one delicious bowl. It’s got a little bit of salty from the sausage, some savory spices, and a hint of sweetness from the apples. I think it would be good with a bit of gouda or extra sharp cheddar sprinkled on top for a bit of extra creaminess. Plus it’s quick and easy to make, for the nights just you need to get dinner on the table.


Apple and Pumpkin Soup with Sausage
Serves 6
Favorite fall flavors come together in a warm and creamy soup.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 2 links Italian Sausage, casings removed
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 1 medium onion, minced
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 medium apples, roughly chopped
  6. 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
  7. 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  8. 1 teaspoon dried sage
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  12. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  13. 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  14. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. In dutch oven over medium heat, brown sausage breaking up into small chunks while it cooks. Once sausage is done, remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Heat oil and add onions, sauteing 5 minutes. Add garlic saute another 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Add apples and saute 5 - 7 minutes.
  4. Pour in broth, stir in pumpkin, and add all spices. Bring to low boil cooking until apples are tender.
  5. Once apples are tender, use a blender or immersion blender to puree apples until smooth.
  6. Add sausage and cook an additional 3 - 5 minutes.
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