It has been awhile since I shared a ‘Things I am Loving Lately’ post so here is a round up of products I have found in the past few months and LOVE! A few of these are great healthier options for summer cookouts (hint…chips, crackers, and cocktails).
All hail the healthy chip! A little pricey, but worth it because they taste delicious too. These crackers come in a variety of flavors (which are all great) and are perfectly paired with any type of cheese or dip!
Almond milk without any additives! This almond milk is again a bit pricey but worth the splurge if you just use a splash or so in your coffee and smoothies. It comes sweetened and unsweetened in original or vanilla.
I am not a huge fan of meal/protein bars but I can get behind this brand because they are made with simple ingredients with no syrup, salt, flour, or oil! All its protein and healthy fats come from natural plant based sources and to top it off they all taste amazing.
Meet your new favorite seltzer water; these all natural, no sugar added and absolutely no artificial flavoring seltzers are triple-filtered and then combined with fresh fruit juice. There are many flavors to choose from: Grapefruit, Cucumber, Lemon, Raspberry/Lime, Blackberry & Watermelon. My favorite flavor is the cucumber because it is so refreshing in the summer heat!
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..
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
I am excited to share a new favorite and EASY recipe I have been making ever since Trader Joe’s released their new frozen cauliflower rice. Cauliflower rice is simply cauliflower food processed into smaller chunks to look and give you the feel and texture of a rice dish. This recipe is so simple and can be used as a side dish, salad topper, taco or burrito filler, and even as a base for a stir fry. This is also a great recipe to make in bulk and use throughout the week; simply double or triple the recipe for easy meal planning!
Recipe: Garlic & Herb Cauliflower Rice
One bag of Frozen Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Rice
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of herbs of your choice: basil, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano or cilantro
2 garlic cloves minced or about 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
Add the olive oil to a skillet and turn heat on medium
Add in the minced garlic and let simmer for two to three minutes
Pour the frozen cauliflower into the skillet and heat on medium to high for about 4 or 5 minutes
Mix in the herbs and any additional seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder) to taste
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?
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
-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.
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!
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