Happy Friday (or almost Saturday)! I don’t know about you but I’ve had a pretty solid week of tasty eats and treats this week. From avocado toast to coconut chips and bowls of chocolate cereal, the past few days have been looking really good (food wise). Even when the temperatures are low and the day looks crumby, good food can always bring a smile to my face.
1. Sauteed Apples: Growing up I absolutely loved when my mom made cooked cinnamon apples. She would sauté them in a pan with butter and sugar, smothered in cinnamon. I always would go into the kitchen after dinner for seconds and thirds… pretty much eating a gallon of apples by the end of the night. I made this one morning this week and was so pleased with how it turned out.
Slice up an organic apple in a pan, add half a tablespoon or so of coconut oil, a teaspoon of coconut sugar and douse in cinnamon. Sauté until the apples are soft and then serve over plain oatmeal. I topped mine with almond butter because ya gotta have some almond buttah in the morning of course!
2. Kevita Probiotic Drinks: Kevita is my lifesaver. If you haven’t heard of these amazing tonics, I highly recommend. They’re around $3 at Whole Foods and contain minimal and organic ingredients, with less than 10g of sugar per bottle. This pineapple coconut flavor is by far my favorite! I’ve also tried the pomegranate and mango coconut.
I was having a ton of digestive issues this week and this helped out SO much. The first ingredients are purified water and live probiotic cultures which help soothe your stomach wonderfully. They’re sweetened with stevia too so it’s all natural and yummy. I told myself I’d drink only half and save the other half for the next day but it was so good I drank it in one night… shocker.
3. One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Cereal – Brown Rice Cacao Crisps: This. cereal. is. life-changing.
Since I was the little kid who loved sugary cereals and had a deep relationship with fruity pebbles and cocoa krispies, One Degree Organic’s line of sprouted cereals is unlike anything else and a true match to those sugary disasters. Their cereals, however, are made with organic coconut palm sugar (a low glycemic index sugar that doesn’t spike your blood sugar and is easier to process), cacao and brown rice.
The line of cereals is a bit pricey coming in at around $5 a box but trust me, it is worth it. If you’re a huge cereal fan, I recommend these. I top mine with sliced bananas or strawberries for some added fruitiness. When the milk soaks up the cacao you’ve got yourself a nice leftover bowl of chocolate milk! Yes please.
4. Dang Foods – Coconut Chips: I am a huge coconut fan. When I would go to Florida for family vacations when I was younger, every single night I would get a virgin piña colada from the Hilton next to my family’s condo. Clearly the coconut pineapple addiction started earlier. I love macaroons. I love coconut cake. I love coconut ice cream. Don’t get me started with the fact that vegan alternatives use coconut milk as a dairy alternative. Genius. Finding these coconut chips was fate.
At Dang Foods, they create coconut chips straight from the coconut’s flesh (meat). They’re a great snack for a good source of fiber , they’re vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo and come in FOUR different flavors. I picked the unsweetened flavor but if you want a little sugar, try the caramel sea salt (sweetened with coconut sugar).
I topped my oatmeal with just a handful of these coconut chips, blueberries, frozen bananas and homemade granola. The coconut chips were the finishing touch. The cherry on top of the ice cream you could say. Deeee-licious. Order them on Amazon or find them at your nearest Whole Foods!
5. Paleonola – As I’m on the hunt for new granolas constantly, I googled some brands and came across Paleonola. Two nights ago I received a package of three of their flavors: Maple Pancake, Chocolate Fix and Original. Today I sampled all three and needless to say, I’ve got a new favorite granola already. My hand could not get out of the bag.
The cool thing about Paleonola is it is not like your average granola containing oats. Plot twist: It has no grains what-so-ever. Obviously because it’s paleo! The ingredients are just a short list of nuts and healthy fats like coconut oil, almonds, walnuts, pecans, honey, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, cocoa powder. Pretty much all of the great fats you can think of are packed in this granola.
When I read the ingredients I thought it would just be like a trail mix but it actually does taste like granola. My favorite part is the size! The granola comes in gigantic clusters and if you break it up over a smoothie bowl or in yogurt, you would think there are oats swimming around somewhere in there. But nope, just nutty goodness! A+ to you Paleonola.
My favorite so far could be the Maple Pancake. The sweetness of the maple syrup can’t be beat.
Learn more about Paleonola here.
Those are just a few of the weekly goodies that I was loving this week and definitely think you all should try out because they rocked my world. And I’m sure will rock yours.
I’ll be in Kansas for the next week cooking up a storm with my family so get ready for many more weekly favorites and eats!