October 13, 2014

Monthly Food Finds + Giveaway

THIS is starting to become my favorite monthly column. A place where I round up my most-enjoyed food picks from the previous month. How unshocking that I’ve managed to create another space where I can talk about healthy food.

Enjoy the picks below and then enter to WIN them all for yourself!

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NEAT is neat! Triple word score if you knew I was going to say that. I first tried Neat last month and was immediately hooked. Where have you been all my life? 

The Neat egg is perfect for those of you looking to go more plant-based or just cut down on your cholesterol/saturated fat intake. I tested the egg replacer in my favorite brownies, and it worked like a charm! Just mix 1 tbsp. of mix with 2 tbsp. of water. Let sit for a moment and proceed to add it into your favorite recipe. If you’re familiar with using chia/flax seed, this egg replacer is very similar except it adds a bit of chickpea flour as well. It’s perfect in dishes where you don’t want the look of chia seeds or the taste of flax seed.

In addition to the Neat egg replacer, I picked up the original mix and the Mexican mix because I am always intrigued by vegetarian products. While I can always be counted on to whip up lentil tacos or black bean tacos in no time flat, I love the convenience that these kits offer.

Add water, add an egg (or egg replacer as above), stir and cook. Killer tacos & meatless burgers ready in less than 10 minutes.

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My own diet goal for the month of September has been to eat more oats. I mentioned last week that after doing more research on our gut microbe and fiber —> I have been trying to eat more fiber when possible. Especially soluble fiber, which oats are famous for. Did you know the average American barely meets 1/2 of the recommended fiber intake? Oats help to solve this problem.

Since breakfast is too often an afterthought as I begin my day, I figured incorporating oats into a more consistent breakfast would be a good challenge.  Thankfully, Bob’s Red Mill has so many oat options for me to rotate between!

While I’m no stranger to quick cooking oats or steel cut oats, I recently fell in love with Scottish Oats! If you haven’t had them before, you must try them! Creamy oatmeal that’s ready in no more than 10 minutes.

Favorite Oat Recipes from September:
Overnight Pumpkin & Vanilla Oatmeal
Perfect Scottish Oats (I add a dab of earth balance butter & maple syrup)
Walnut & Berry Baked Oatmeal
Overnight Steel-Cut Oats (for weekdays)
Stove Top Steel-Cut Oats (for weekends)

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I know you are thinking that almond milk is almond milk but… not true. After hearing everyone rave about Califia Almond Milk on Instagram, I decided to buy a few bottles to see what the fuss was about.

I officially get it. I am not worthy.

This is really the creamiest almond milk I’ve ever tasted from a carton. Sure, homemade almond milk is bar-none the best, but this is a pretty spectacular second. While it’s a little pricier than my regular almond milk ($4 compared to $2 at TJ’s), when I am in the mood for a glass of “milk”, this is all I want.

Since my mother always taught me that sharing is caring (see mom, I was listening), I want to share my monthly food finds with you! One reader will get everything you see here: 3 packages of Neat (Egg Replacer & your choice of two mixes), 3 bags of Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Products (Steel Cut Oats, Scottish Oats & Quick Cooking Oats) and a bottle of Califia Farms Almond Milk!

To enter, leave me a comment below letting me know YOUR favorite food finds! Cookbook, gadget, food, I wanna know!

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    1. Amy L
      October 22, 2014 AT 5:34 am

      I love Trader Joe’s! Their creamy tomato soup has become a favorite, as well as their Greek yogurt and almond milk.
      My favorite gadget lately has been a melon baller which I use to take the core out of apples.

    2. Paige Bombardier
      October 20, 2014 AT 2:35 pm

      I love the palm peeler!! It makes peeling veggies or fruits SO much better. 🙂 Love the blog!!

      1. DK
        October 21, 2014 AT 6:11 am

        Thanks Paige! I haven’t heard of the palm peeler before! Need to find this!

    3. Jessica Roesemann
      October 20, 2014 AT 1:25 pm

      I love love love the califia almond milk both the unsweetened and toasted coconut flavor. I also recently started using Ghee, purity farms brand, and from all that i have read, it seems to have lots of health benefits

    4. Ania K.
      October 20, 2014 AT 9:17 am

      I love the Califia milk! My favorite new find was the Field Roast deli slices – something both me and my 1yr old eat up like crazy!

      1. DK
        October 20, 2014 AT 9:36 am

        Me too! I am not a fan of most fake deli meats but the Field Roast ones are great!

    5. Isaiah
      October 19, 2014 AT 7:13 am

      I found Larabars! They are amazing! Made from only 3 or 4 ingredients! Must try!!

      1. DK
        October 20, 2014 AT 9:39 am

        They are great! The banana bread one is a favorite of mine!

    6. Kaylin@EnticingHealthyEating
      October 18, 2014 AT 8:46 pm

      I swear trying new foods and drinks is a major hobby of mine! I’ll try anything. But I mostly try to stick to healthier options. Hmm…recently I tried the Skinnygirl bars? I believe it was a Chocolate Peanut Butter, and it was quite tasty! Also, JIF cereal is addicting.

      1. DK
        October 20, 2014 AT 9:42 am

        Me too Kaylin! 🙂 I didn’t even know JIF made cereal! I will have to check it out!

    7. betsy
      October 16, 2014 AT 8:04 pm

      My mom just picked us up a box of Red River Ceral in Candada it’s a whole grain cereal that has not been available for a couple of years and my entire family loves it.

    8. Leigha @ The Yooper Girl
      October 16, 2014 AT 2:26 pm

      I just bought the Oh She Glows cookbook and oh my gosh. I’ve never been more in love with a book. So many great recipes I can’t wait to try!

      1. DK
        October 17, 2014 AT 10:14 am

        Me either! It really is amazing!!

    9. Dandi D
      October 16, 2014 AT 12:39 pm

      Some of my favorite foods are Chobani Yogurt and Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter. Their flavors are amazing!

    10. Victoria
      October 15, 2014 AT 4:24 pm

      Siggi’s! So creamy and I love all the flecks in the vanilla one, delicious!

      1. DK
        October 17, 2014 AT 10:29 am

        I’ve never had Siggi’s before! I need to try it!