new product favorites {october}

primizie snack crisps. OMG. I don’t ever want to buy these again. They are so good and I can’t stop eating them. (Updated to add: I’ve bought them numerous times.) The whole look and feel of this brand is just…I love it. Not to mention they’re addicting-ly tasty.

dunkin donut k-cups. Ok so I hate using k-cups because I think they are really wasteful and the coffee isn’t that great. BUT, the dunkin donuts k-cups? Taste just like dunkin donut coffee, which I can’t get here in LA.

popcorn indiana “fit pop” in herb and parmesan. I’m such a sucker for popcorn. You can also eat the whole bag for lunch if you need to…not that I would know anything about that.

evol quesadillas + guacamole. I had these for lunch not too long ago and they are a great meal to have in the freezer, really tasty! Two servings per box though? Not in my world. I love that they come with a side of guacamole!

qrunch burgers. I have to admit that I’m kind of anti-veggie burgers (with a few exceptions ) but these, are in a world of their own. The ingredients are stellar (organic millet, organic quinoa, organic coconut oil, organic vegetables, etc.) and are free of soy/wheat/nut/egg/dairy/corn. Oddly enough, my favorite way to eat them is for breakfast! I toast until crunchy and top with a fried egg and a slice of goat cheese. It’s been kind of life-changing.

quinn microwave popcorn. I think I’ve probably mentioned this before, but….I love this stuff. (Yikes, more popcorn!) Yes, it’s pricey. But it’s pure. And the packaging is to-die-for. I usually buy from amazon (prime!) or Whole Foods if I’m desperate.

 

happy pantry fermented foods. This isn’t available nationally (maybe soon?) but it is just too good not to share. We picked up some kimchee at a farmer’s market in San Diego and I eat it by the forkful. It’s so good. And good for you!

love grown foods hot oats.  I love the idea of packaged oats (for emergencies and desk drawers or it seems wasteful and expensive) so I picked up the blueberry banana walnut hot oats and ate it with a scoop of peanut butter. The oats were great! I loved that they weren’t too sweet – there wasn’t a whole lot of banana, blueberries or walnuts in it – but a simple ingredient list. Too expensive for a daily breakfast but a great option for traveling and/or breakfast “emergencies!”

Have you recently tried a new food that you love and/or I NEED to try? 

new product favorites {august}

Halo Top Ice Cream. I received a press email about this ice cream and went out to find it shortly after. The email boasted an ice cream that tasted like the full-fat variety all while being low-calorie and high protein (70 calories and 7 grams of protein per serving). It doesn’t taste exactly like real ice cream…but is pretty tasty!

Paleo Bread by Julian Bakery. I had previously tried the coconut variety, but I love the almond one. The nutrition facts are a little insane: 60 calories, 5 grams fiber and 7 grams of protein per slice!

Secret Squirrel Iced Coffee Concentrate. I’ve been loving cold-brew coffee and I know I should make my own but I like to support the economy. ;)

 

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. There is truly something magical about this salt. I was introduced to it while house-sitting for my cousins and I picked some up before we left their house. It’s so good, and you kind of feel like a Chef, sprinkling salt flakes over food. :)

Chobani Flips. Chobani sent me a few to try and while I definitely prefer plain greek yogurt, you can’t go wrong with Key Lime Crumble. I’m most interested in the Blueberry Power, which is blueberry yogurt topped with chia seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts.

Ghee. I go back and forth using ghee and then not. I’m in an ‘on’ phase and so obsessed. I just saw they started selling it at Trader Joe’s, anyone tried it yet?

Straw Propeller Muesli’s. Straw Propeller  makes convenient, portable oatmeals and muesli’s in a wide range of flavors (like pumpkin pie, banana bread, curry up (YES, CURRY!), and peanut butter apple) and sent me a few varieties to try. A lot of them have added sugar which is a no-no for me, but the original muesli was a great mix of oats, buckwheat groats, raisins, dates, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and flax seed meal. (And the bite of Apple Crisp Oatmeal that I had? Delicious!)

Have you tried any great products lately?

new product favorites {june 2013}

Halfpops. You know the best part of popcorn, the kernels that aren’t completely popped? These are a whole bag of precisely that. They are made in Seattle and have beautiful packaging, are certified gluten-free and all-natural.

FlapJacked Protein Pancakes. I actually won a giveaway from She Rocks Fitness and so I was sent them to try…big fan! The nutrition stats are great (200 calories, 17 grams protein, 7 grams fiber), the flavor is great and the ingredients are real.

Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds. These aren’t anything new, but I picked them up a few weeks ago from Trader Joe’s and they make the perfect dessert/treat at night. Almonds covered in chocolate are still healthy, right? ;)

Nuttzo Nut Butters. I was sent some Nuttzo to try out and I love the ingredient list and nut variety that they use and of course the added benefits that flaxseed adds. (The flax is cracked so you can reap the omega-3 benefits!)

Blue Bottle Coffee. I picked some up at the airport in San Francisco and totally understand the hype. It’s delicious. Garden Lites Pizza Souffle. This egg and vegetable “souffle” is found in the freezer section and contains 2 servings of vegetables, 12 grams of protein and 200 calories. It was SO good! It was a bit pricey, but nice to have for a rushed morning.

Quest Protein Bars. I was really skeptical of these…but I’ve seen them raved about all over online and while I was at GNC picking a few up, the guy working assured me they were really good. Oddly enough, they are so much better when microwaved for a bit. Dare I say it was the closest non-cookie dough-tasting cookie dough product out there? They are low-carb, gluten-free, high-protein and boast a pretty simple ingredient list. (Can only be purchased online and at GNC.)

TaDah Falafel Wraps. Wow. Just go find these in the frozen section! I’m still dreaming about this wrap. This wrap had 17 grams of protein and all recognizable ingredients. (This variety is also vegan, others have feta.)

simple bean salads

I’m really into bean salads right now. Once I realized how truly simple – yet satisfying – they could be…let’s just say I’m sorry it took me so long.

I like to keep it really basic: no fancy home-made dressings, no crazy chopping of vegetables, just beans + herbs + olive oil + spices and maybe some cheese if it works. I love the complex bean salads, with more flavor, lots of tiny vegetables and delicious dressings, but simple bean salads deserve their place in the world too! This salad has been a lunch staple lately and in my effort to keep lunch-cooking/prep to a minimum, it’s been perfect.

Other Simple Bean Salad ideas:

  • garbanzos + parsley + feta
  • black beans + cilantro + queso fresco
  • garbanzos + mint + feta
  • white beans + chopped arugula + parmesan
  • lentils + red pepper + goat cheese
  • garbanzos + sun-dried tomatoes + parmesan
  • black beans + avocado + cilantro (a splash of oj would be great in this one!)

Am I missing any bean salad staples? Share your favorites below!