Once I made the switch to a plant based lifestyle I didn’t know if I would find enough new products for my popular “Food Find” posts but I have discovered a never ending list of healthy whole foods plant based treasures to share. You don’t have to be following a plant based diet to enjoy these products – they fit into everyone’s healthy food plan.
This has to be my favorite food find this month! I have to admit that hubby Tom was the one to discover this when I sent him to the store over the holidays to pick up a few things for me while I was busy in the kitchen cooking. He came home with this Organic washed and trimmed cilantro! Talk about easy – all you have to do is take it out of the bag and chop. I no longer take the cilantro off the stems since my daughter Katy shared with me that chef Rick Bayless says the cilantro stems are tender and flavorful just trim off the thicker bottom of the stem and chop the rest. Look for this in the produce department of your regular grocery store. Love it!
Our Costco was out of low sodium vegetable broth all through the month of December. When shopping there last week I was delighted to see that they have it back in stock again – it’s a different brand this time, but this one works just as well for soups and stews.
Since we no longer use the ready made microwave popcorn packets that contain oil and artificial ingredients we get this huge container of popcorn kernels at Costco. It’s cheap and so easy to pop in the microwave without oil in a microwave popcorn popper.
This wild rice blend is delicious and can be found at most grocery stores. Cook it on the stove top or in your rice cooker for an easy fiber filled side dish. I also use it in one of my favorite recipes Triple Rice Salad with Apple Sage Sausage.
Target sells these 100 calorie packs of natural almonds. They are available at grocery stores as well but where I live Target seems to have the best price.Yes I know I can make my own little packets but these are so easy peasy – the work is already done for me and I can keep a packet in my purse, the car, my backpack or even a pocket when we go bike riding. One of my favorite desserts is to take one of these packets and combine it with 5 dried apricots and one little square of dark chocolate broken into bits. I call it a de-constructed candy bar and it’s delicious! You have to try it.
I like brown rice but it does take about 50 minutes to cook. When I make it my rice cooker I make a large quantity and freeze the leftovers in 2 cup bags. Sometimes we run out of the freezer supply and I don’t discover that until its too late to make a new batch of rice for dinner. For that reason I have started keeping a box of this minute brown rice in my pantry. It cooks ups in just 10 minutes!
Balsamic Glaze is good in so many ways. The one on the left is from Trader Joe’s and its 40 calories per tablespoon. The other one is from Whole Foods and its 27 calories per tablespoon. I have also seen some at Costco in the aisle with the seasonings. Drizzle the glaze over cooked veggies, grains, tofu or fresh berries. It adds a wonderful touch of flavor to just about anything!
So Delicious Coconut Milk frozen dessert is a nice little dairy free treat. Even those who don’t need or want to limit their dairy intake will enjoy the flavor and texture of this product. Its the perfect topping for the Apple Cranberry Crisp I posted earlier this week. Of course they do have many more flavors to choose from. Keep in mind that it’s not low calorie or low fat so it’s an occasional treat. Look for it in grocery stores, health food stores and Whole Foods.
These are all products that I purchased with my own money. I wasn’t asked to review these products nor was I given any of them for free. All opinions expressed here are my own.
This week is Nutmeg Notebooks 4th anniversary!
I can hardly believe I’ve been blogging for 4 years. Many of you have been with me from the beginning and I can’t thank you enough for your support, comments and emails through out the years. You have seen me through braces, mouth surgery, foot surgery, our daughters wedding and becoming empty nester’s when our daughter got married and our son moved out all in the same summer. Not to mention the ups and downs with trying to figure out how to stay healthy through the trials and tribulations of living life and navigating the challenges that are thrown at us.
When we moved to a plant based diet last March some of my readers left but many of you have stayed and our new food plan has brought even more new readers to the blog. Life is good!
The most fun about having a blog is getting to know the readers – I feel like so many of you are my friends. I love it when you leave me comments or send me an email and share your experiences with me, give me feedback about recipes you have tried from here and products that you like. Keep it coming – that’s what keeps me coming back to post every week!
I have to admit that I have thought of throwing in the towel and shutting down the blog a time or two – it really is time consuming to keep it going. It seems like every time that thought creeps in I get an email asking for help or someone shares that their family loved a dish they made from a recipe I posted and then I know the time is being well spent. I do love sharing all things related to living a healthy life and what better way to do that than through this blog?
Let me know what topics you are most interested in by voting for the top three or more topics you would most like to read about – just list the corresponding numbers with your comment. Note that many topics are applicable to everyone regardless of what type of food plan you are following.
- Buying Bulk Foods & Spices
- Meal Planning
- Pantry basics for a plant based diet
- Packing lunches
- Cooking Ahead / Batch Cooking
- Reasons for eating a plant based diet
- My favorite cookbooks and resources for a plant based diet
- Traveling and eating healthy /plant based
- Eating out and making healthy choices/plant based diet
- Apps and websites that are helpful for healthy living/plant based
- My favorite healthy/plant based recipes or meals that we repeat again and again
- Budget friendly ideas/meal plans and strategies
- Food finds and favorite things -edited to add this one!
I’m ready to blog my way through 2014 – thanks for being here with me!
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