Things I am Loving Lately Pt. 4

I am long overdue for another Things I am Loving Lately update so I have gathered up a few of my recent favorites from this summer as well as a few great items to transition into fall with! I hope you enjoy and decide to give a few a try..

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  • This is a local company out of New Hampshire that makes a variety of nut & herb seasonings for fish. My boyfriend and I came across them in a local grocery store and have now watched them grow into many of the local Whole Foods Markets. These seasonings are perfect over fish as well as chicken and other meats! They  are easy to use and really amp up the flavor of your dish!

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  • What are Tiger Nuts? They acutally are NOT nuts; they are a root vegetable. These little root vegetables are packed with nutrients. Tiger nuts are the highest whole food source of a unique type of fiber called resistant starch. Resistant starch is a healthy pre-biotic that feeds the good bacteria in your body to promote healthy digestion. These are great to just have as a snack or sprinkle on top of yogurt or oatmeal for some added flavor and nutrients!

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  • These English muffins are game changing! They are so flavorful and are gluten free which makes them much easier on the stomach for digestion. These english muffins are an excellent source of whole grains, fiber, and healthy fats. I LOVE topping mine with avocado, a drizzle of olive oil, and some chili flakes for a perfect breakfast.

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  • What better way to celebrate fall with a pumpkin seed snack and/or treat. These little pumpkin seeds are roasted with cocoa, coffee grounds and vanilla to create a delicious flavor combination. Super Seedz also makes other flavors; Curious Curry, Cinnamon & Sugar, Sea Salt, and Somewhat Spicy. These make for a perfect snack or even a great addition to your morning yogurt or oatmeal. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
  • Trader Joe’s Cotillion Pinot Noir

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  • You should probably run to your local Trader Joes to get your hand on a bottle of this Pinot! It is limited edition and was created to taste just like the Meomi brand which retails at about $30, where this will only cost you about $8. This wine is light and smooth and is the perfect red wine to transition into fall with!

Superfood Spotlight: Hemp Seeds

Recently, I have become hooked on these tiny little Superfoods called Hemp Seeds. These seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids required to maintain healthy human life. There is no other single plant source that has these in such an easily digestible form or in as perfect ratio to meet the nutritional needs of a human. If that doesn’t scream Superfood, than what does?

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What makes them a Superfood?

– High in Magnesium, Iron & Zinc
– Contain 20 amino acids
(including the 9 essential amino acids our body needs to survive)
– High in Protein per serving (10g)
Specifically, Simple Protein which strengthens your immunity and fends off toxins
-Contains Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
(The Perfect Ratio 4 omega 6 to 1 omega 3)
– Low in Carbohydrates and High in Fiber
-Easily Digestible
-Provide long lasting energy : makes them a great addition to breakfast 🙂

How to use them?

– Add into smoothies
– Sprinkle on yogurt
– Mix into Oatmeal
– Sprinkle on top of salads
– Mix into baked goods: breads, muffins, and granola

Unlike many other seeds, such as flax, you CAN have hemp seeds daily and it is actually recommended since there is a perfect ratio of EFA (Essential Fatty Acids). They are one of the safest foods on the planet and are great substitutions for people that suffer from food allergies or digestion problems and are a great source of protein for vegetarians.

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What do they taste like?

Hemp seeds have a slight nutty flavor but are not over powering. They add great flavor to all of the above without overpowering. I enjoy them mixed into my Vanilla Siggi’s topped with lots of fruit or in my Green Smoothie recipe.

Where can you buy them?

Many companies and stores sell shelled hemp seeds in bulk or in bags. Once opened store these seeds in your refrigerator.

– Trader Joes
– Whole Foods Market
– Amazon, Vitacost, and other online health shops (Navitas Naturals)
– Selective big chain grocery stores in the health food aisles

I highly recommend adding this Superfood into your diet weekly if not daily!

This article also appears on Women’s iLab to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

February Favorites: Things I am Loving Lately Pt. 2

Do you have a few products you just can’t live without? I have rounded up some of my new favorites to share with everyone. This list of products hits a broad range of categories so hopefully there is a little something for everyone to enjoy!

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Owl’s Brew Cocktail Tea
Once you take a sip of this cocktail mixer, it will be very hard to go back to using anything else. Owl’s Brew created three flavors (Original, Coco Lada, and Pink & Black) of their freshly brewed teas, to pair with alcohol, which create a very unique and healthy mixed cocktail. Each brew is made only with organic ingredients and no artificial flavors or added sugars. It is solely composed 0f tea (flavor changes via brew) + water + agave! You simply mix one or two parts Owl’s Brew with one part alcohol of choice. Lastly, I like to fill my glass with seltzer water to add fizz and dimension to my cocktail. Everyone who I have shared this cocktail recipe with so far has fallen in love and I am sure you will too! You can buy Owl’s Brew online or at Whole Foods Market.

proteinplus_original_newGood Karma: Flax Milk
My boyfriend stumbled upon Flax Milk in Whole Foods Market, took a glance at the ingredients on the bottle, and threw it in his basket to bring home for us to try. Flax Milk is made from flax seeds, which made me skeptical of how it would taste. However after tasting it, I was more than surprised at how delicious it is. We immediately became hooked. It has a nutty and creamy flavor; more rich and decadent than almond milk. What makes it stand apart from many other nut milks is that it is packed with 5g of high quality protein as well as a healthy dosage of good fats (Omega-3 and Omega-6).

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Aloha Daily Good Greens ; Cacao Flavor
I have shared my love for the Aloha Daily Good Greens packets in the past, but recently, I became hooked on their new Cacao flavor. Simply pour and mix into hot water or a nut/seed milk or choice for a delicious and healthy version of a hot chocolate; minus the sugar and fat! It is the perfect winter treat!
Get your free trial here: https://aloha.com/try?invite=25NfVI47XIU

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Trader Joe’s 85% Dark Chocolate Bar
If you have a sweet tooth and just need to tame it with something small try breaking off a chunk of this dark chocolate bar. The Dark Chocolate bar is incredibly rich and one of the best at an affordable price. Dark Chocolate is proven to have numerous health benefits. It is known to improve brain function, blood flow, lower blood pressure, decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and it contains large amounts of great antioxidants. However, there is a catch, to get these incredible health benefits you need to be purchasing and eating dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa; making this bar from Trader Joe’s a perfect match!

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Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt
I became obsessed with Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt this fall and still cannot get enough of it. It is similiar to greek yogurt because it is packed with protein and does not contain fat. But what sets Siggi’s apart from the rest is that it is made with simple ingredients, no artificial flavors, and no added sugar. You have to be carefuly with many greek yogurts on the market because they are VERY high in sugar and artificial flavoring. Siggi’s also creates their products with milk from family farms who do not use growth hormones such as rBGH. Siggi’s comes in a variety of flavors that are all to die for. Its’ thickness makes it a decadent morning treat, a great add to a smoothie, or even in a healthy substitute in many recipes. I can’t pick a favorite flavor because they are all so good but I do gravitate towards the Vanilla and Pumpkin Spice.
Siggi’s can now be found in most grocery stores; check out their website for more details.

For other great products, check out my first edition of Things I am Loving Lately Pt.1.

This article also appears on Women’s iLab to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

Pasta Cravings? Here is a Healthy New Solution…

I am so excited to tell you all about the newest product I found (yes, at Whole Foods Market). Every time I go into that place I end up going up and down each aisle to see if there is anything new and intriguing on sale. This past weekend I stumbled upon “bean pasta”. This company, Explore Asian, has come out with “pasta,” but it is only made up of two ingredients: different types of beans and filtered water. I immediately got excited to try it and grabbed two different flavors; edamame fettuccini and adzuki bean spaghetti. These pastas are loaded with protein and fiber, low in carbs, high in iron content, and sodium free. You cook them as you would normal pasta, except, it only needs about 4-8 minutes depending on the type; just follow the packages instructions. Then, it is up to your imagination to dress them up how you would like!

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I created a fall vegetable pasta dish by adding roasted butternut squash, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and garlic then topped it with parmesan cheese and olive oil. The “pastas” themselves have a great deal of flavor so depending on the bean type you can pair vegetables and meats accordingly. These are an awesome way to reduce your carb intake and still get the feeling you are indulging in a great pasta dish!

Recipe:

Ingredients:
1/2 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 medium onion cut into wedges
1/2 package of sliced mushrooms
1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for serving
Garlic powder, Salt & Pepper to taste
1 packages Explore Asian Organic Adzuki Bean Spaghetti
1/4 cup rosemary
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese plus more for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Divide the squash, mushrooms, onions, and garlic onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with garlic powder, salt and black pepper, toss to coat. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and starting to brown, flipping the vegetables once with a spatula. I like to broil for the last 5 minutes or so to get the squash crispy.

While the vegetables are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve a half a cup of the pasta cooking water, drain the pasta and rinse with cold or hot water (depends on the bean type). Return the pasta to the hot pot. Add the roasted vegetables to the pot along with the reserved pasta water, and lastly sprinkle in the rosemary and Parmesan cheese. Toss well to coat. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired.

Serve the pasta with a drizzle of olive oil and more Parmesan cheese if desired.

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Check out their website http://www.explore-asian.com/bean-pasta/ and head over to your closest Whole Foods Market and pick some up to try!