Miso is an absolute staple that every household needs. It’s great to add to savory or sweet dishes with its salty tang. Miso Master is the brand I’ve always used. It’s sold at every major grocery store. I love adding it to soups, spreading a thin layer on toast with avocado, or even adding to my favorite chocolate chip cookies.
Are you traveling this summer? Do you like to pack snacks? I know I do! I always keep an emergency snack in my bag, especially when I'm traveling.
Siren Snacks is changing the snack game. They make gluten free, soy free, grain free, and vegan protein bites, and yes they are delicious! I love snacking on them on the golf course, on the beach, on the plane, on a hike, or in the car. This is a snack to always have on hand!
They come in cookie dough, lemon poppyseed, dark chocolate brownie, and snickerdoodle. My personal favorite is probably snickerdoodle, but you can't go wrong. They're all delicious and satiating.
I try to keep my diet simple. Whole, real foods take center stage, but sometimes I let the fancy powders and superfoods sneak their way into my pantry. One of my absolute favorite powders is Further Food's Daily Turmeric Tonic. It's full of anti-inflammatory turmeric and every adaptogen to help you feel refreshed and zen, all in one deliciously formulated powder. It has a rich, nutty, slightly bitter, peppery flavor that tastes great in sweet golden lattes or savory soups.
The ingredients are Organic Turmeric Root Powder, Organic Cardamom Pods Powder, Organic Clove Bud Powder, Organic Cinnamon Bud Powder, Organic Ginger Root Powder, Organic Black Pepper Fruit Powder, Boswellia Serrata Powder, Organic Shisandra Berry Powder. I love that they don't add any sweetener. Not only does this allow you to use it sweet or savory dishes, but it doesn't unnecessarily spike your blood sugar. All of these ingredients work together in reducing pain in inflammation. They are packed with antioxidants, and also boast anticancer and anti-aging benefits along with stimulating digestion and reducing inflammation.
I love drinking a turmeric latte midmorning and/or in the afternoon. I usually mix one scoop of the Daily Turmeric Tonic, 1 Tablespoon of coconut butter and/or cashews (raw), 16 ounces hot water, and if I want it sweet, I'll add 1/2 teaspoon of local, raw honey. It's the perfect "treat" to relax and refresh during a busy day.
If you want to try this daily tonic, use the code DONTSTOPBELEAFING10.
Wildway has been a life saver the past couple weeks. My doctor, who has transformed my health the last few years, recently suggested that I should cut out grains to help my acne. She told me that Cutting grains and adding in more animal protein sources would help balance my hormones (something I've been trying to accomplish for three years). I'm going on about a week and a half grain free (with the exception of my homemade sourdough), and I'm doing well, especially with the help of Wildway.
I love that the hot cereals are individually packaged because they make packing for golf trips unbelievably easy. When we travel for tournaments, I pack my own breakfasts, on the course snacks, and at least two real meals. The individually packaged hot cereals make packing breakfast pain free. I just toss them in my bag, and in the mornings I mix them with a little warm water and I'm good to go!
They make delicious grain free granola and hot cereal mixes that have really been satisfying my cravings. I love topping my smoothies and smoothie bowls with a handful of granola, and the hot cereal is a great oatmeal replacement for when I get those cravings for a warm breakfast. Whether or not you're grain free, I would highly recommend checking out Wildway products. They're delicious, nutritious, and convenient!
I've been drinking matcha pretty regularly for over a year now. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I've been purchasing it from a Chinese grocery store in Memphis because it's so much cheaper than the tiny little tins of matcha online and in the health food stores. I cannot read a word on the package. I don't know where it was grown or whether or not its organic. It tastes fine, but I have found a much better solution!
Organic Matcha DNA is an organic matcha grown in China. The flavor is unbelievably smooth, earthy, and rich - a much needed upgrade from my mysterious matcha. The best part about this matcha? It will not break the bank! It comes in a 12 ounce bag for less than $16. (FYI a 12 ounce bag contains 226 1/2 teaspoons servings) I love using this matcha in my lattes and cooking. Check out this recipe for Paleo Banana Bread that I topped with Matcha Glaze (recipe below).
- 2 Tablespoons cacao butter
- 1 Tablespoon cashew butter (other nut or seed butters will also work)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon matcha
- pinch salt
- Over a double boiler (or just a metal or glass bowl over a pot of warm water), heat cacao butter, cashew butter, and honey until smooth.
- In a small bowl, add matcha and salt. Once the liquid ingredients are warm and well combined, pour them into the matcha bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Drizzle over banana bread, brownies, muffins, cakes, you name it!
If you're interested in purchasing some matcha, you're in luck! Use discount code BK4ZSWJW at checkout for 25% off. Click here to purchase. Stay tuned for more matcha recipes!
This post was sponsored by Organic Matcha DNA.
Lovve Lavva yogurt is the newest dairy free yogurt option that I have found, and one of my absolute favorites.
It's made with pili nuts, real fruit, coconut, cassava, and plantains as well as 50 billion probiotic cultures. Why are these ingredients so awesome? Plantains contain resistant starch, or indigestible fibers, which may sound bad, but trust me it's great. Since our bodies can't break down these indigestible fibers alone, they are left as food for the good bacteria in our guts. The combination of bacteria cultures and indigestible fiber is a feast for your gut bacteria. Additionally, Lovve Lavva is filled with vitamins from the pili nuts, medium chain fatty acids from coconut, and antioxidants and fiber from cassava, all of which help keep you full and fueled longer.
Lovve Lavva does not add sugar to their yogurt. Why is this important? Sugar ferments in your gut, meaning it's food for bad bacteria. Lovve Lavva feeds the good stuff and helps crowd out the bad. Why am I talking so much about good and bad bacteria? Well firstly, this is a post about yogurt, the purpose of which has always been to help the gut. Secondly, our gut microbiome is made up of more cells than our body as a whole. That's pretty crazy. It also means that you better take care of that bacteria because it effects your mood, cravings, weight, and overall health.
Personally, plain yogurt is my favorite flavor. I love the tang of a good yogurt, and I think the true test is tang and consistency. Lovve Lavva is not thin and runny like many dairy free yogurts, and it doesn't contain any weird gums or thickeners. I also love the blueberry flavor, and if you prefer strawberry, pineapple, or raspberry yogurt, they've got you covered too.
My favorite way to eat Lovve Lavva is with a tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds stirred in and topped with a little nut butter. I also love using it in my Super Seed Muesli. It's an easy, delicious breakfast or snack that will fill you up (and nourish you gut bugs) for hours.
For my Memphis peeps, I buy Lovve Lavva at Fresh Market. I have not seen it at Whole Foods, Kroger, or Sprouts.
Do you like ice cream? Do you like it when it's smooth, creamy, thick, and light?
Grab a spoon because you need to try Revolution Gelato.
I am not kidding; this is the best vegan ice cream on the market. Not only is the texture on point, but they have incredible flavors. Who would have ever thought of Cardamom Kiss? Genius! Don't even get me started on Triple Vanilla. These are my two favorite flavors because they pair well with every kind of brownie, fruit, chocolate sauce, etc. I will not top my Great Grandma's Chocolate Fudge Pie and Apple Crisp with any other ice cream.
Are you more of a fruity flavored ice cream person? They've got you covered with Orange Dream and Majestic Mango. These golden scoops will put some sunshine in your day! What about coffee and chocolate? Yes indeed, Revolution has a flavor for every sweet tooth.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite bowl and spoon and fill it up with your new favorite ice cream! Or check out their Scoop Shop if you're in the Atlanta area.
I'm just going to say it... they truly are the best tortillas.
I absolutely love the almond flour tortillas for tacos and quesadillas. They're soft but they crisp up nicely and hold together while you eat them. The flavor is mildly nutty, buttery, and they just melt in your mouth. The ingredients are on point too: almond flour, tapioca flour, water, sea salt, and xanthan gum. I haven't been able to try the coconut & chia or the cassava & coconut flavors yet, but I'm sure they won't disappoint.
If you've heard of Siete, you've probably heard people raving about their tortilla chips. Their chips are made from awesome ingredients too, like cassava flour, coconut flour, avocado oil, and ground chia seeds. They taste amazing, and they have the perfect crunch. I'm not as crazy about their chips as I am about their tortillas... but both are delicious, and I try to keep them on hand for emergency Mexican food cravings!
This yogurt has taken the health world by storm. I started seeing it in a few places on Instagram a few months ago, but ignored the hype. Now it's impossible to avoid seeing dollops of this coveted probiotic food smeared all over Instagram! When I was traveling this summer, I checked every city for Coconut Cult. I was dying to try it. Much to my chagrin, I never found it. I debated ordering it online for a while, and I finally gave in after corresponding with the founder online and reading a few articles featuring the infamous yogurt. This is no ordinary yogurt; in fact, I think it contains pure gold... at least it should because the price tag is quite formidable.
When my yogurt arrived, I was ecstatic. I could not wait to create yogurt bowls, put a dollop on a piece of chocolate, and eat it by the spoonful. Yogurt has always been one of my favorite foods because it not only feeds a healthy gut, but it goes with everything. Sweet, savory, just name it and you can incorporate yogurt.
I opened the box, and to my disappointment, the jars were pretty small. They're only 16 ounces and the containers are plastic. This was unsettling because I thought if I paid such a high price, surely the jars would be 32 ounces and glass (I recycle my glass jars and use them for storage). I carefully opened both jars (I ordered the original and coconut cream) for a little taste test.
The only difference between the two flavors is texture. The original is much thinner like a normal yogurt consistency while the coconut cream flavor is THICK. Coconut cream is a bit reminiscent of coconut butter; it basically melts in your mouth in a cool, silky smooth, slightly sweet and probiotic tangy way. Needless to say, I am impressed. I have been eating it by the spoonful, on top of Eating Evolved Coconut Cups, in chia pudding bowls, and on toast.
While it's an amazing product, and I believe in the cult, I probably will never order it again. I simply cannot afford $25 jars of yogurt.
I started drinking coffee in eighth grade. Very early, I know. I needed something to help me get through the day when I was adjusting to my epilepsy medication, so I turned to coffee. It was my saving grace for years. I didn't only drink it because it would help me stay alert, but I developed an obsession with the taste.
Flash forward six years when I starting addressing some gut issues and hormone imbalances that had been causing me undesirable symptoms. I knew in the back of my mind that coffee needed to go, but I just couldn't do it. I had overcome caffeine addiction, but I craved the taste. I drank it sporadically for about another year, until it started making me sick. It got to the point where if I had one cup of coffee, I would have strange hot flashes for a couple hours, anxiety, and terrible IBS symptoms. I finally quit coffee in November, and I was determined to find a replacement.
After hours of google searching and blog reading, I came across Mountain Rose Herbs. It's a fantastic company out of Oregon. They sell teas and herbs in bulk, and the quality is top notch. I replaced my coffee cravings with their organic Herbal Coffee, which I know sounds strange. It contains dandelion, chicory, carob, and maca. That list probably freaked you out... yes eating dandelion (the weed) is good for you; it aids in liver detoxification. Maca is a Peruvian root that's ground down into a powder and taken as a supplement, is full of vitamins and minerals that help boost energy, libido, stabilize you're mood, and balance hormones. This tea tastes exactly like coffee. It's deep, earthy, slightly chocolatey with just a hint of bitterness. It's great with a little almond milk or cashew cream, and it's guaranteed to satisfy your coffee cravings.
Welcome to my newest site section! This is a place where I will be sharing my favorite plant based products. I advocate for eating whole foods in their unprocessed state, but I'm not crazy. I know that we don't all pack carrots in our backpacks when we travel (yes, I do that... and security stops me every single time). It's nice to confidently enter the grocery store and grab a product that you know you can trust. Knowing which products have simple, minimal ingredients that will provide your body nutrition can give you piece of mind add time back into your busy schedule. I'll be sure to include links, so you can easily purchase the products from the post. I hope you enjoy this addition, and if there are any products you would like me to try and review let me know!