October 6, 2017

Things I Love

The key to maintaining long term dietary changes is enjoying the foods you eat. Every meal should include wholesome ingredients, delicious flavor, and love. These are a few of my favorite products which can almost always be found in my kitchen.

Freezer

  • Dorot Frozen Spices: After tossing too many cloves of garlic and ginger roots from not using them fast enough I switched to these. They are great to have on hand to add some freshness to sauces and stir fries.
  • Riced Cauliflower: Add a protein and some spices and you’ll have dinner ready in no time.
  • Wild Caught Shrimp: A great source of protein that thaws quickly and is easily turned into tacos, scampi, curry or an asian inspired dish.
  • Frozen Spinach: add half a bag to your favorite jar of sauce for even more vegges and nutrients in your meal.
  • Frozen Pizza: Always on hand for a busy weeknight. Add your own fresh veggies and chicken sausage to either a cauliflower crust or a gluten free pizza.

Fridge

  • Coconut Aminos: a substitute for soy sauce in stir fry and fried rice
  • Tessemae’s Salad Dressings: made with organic ingredients. Free of gluten, soy, sugar, and canola oil.
  • Primal Kitchen Foods Ranch: made with avocado oil and tastes just like the “real” thing.
  • Sir Kensington’s: A “local” New York based company using high quality ingredients to make mayonnaise free of soy and canola. The chipotle and Special sauce are our favorites.
  • Horseshoe Brand Hot Sauce: Another local favorite, adding these to any dish makes it pack a punch.

Pantry

  • Banza Pasta: This chick pea based pasta is protein packed making meat “optional” and decreasing meal prep time. It comes in almost all pasta shapes and can be found in the regular pasta aisle at your local grocer.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bar: These chewy little bars have the consistency of cookie dough and are made with pure whole foods. The sweetness comes from dates and the cashew base is slow digesting to keep you satisfied for longer.
  • RX Bar (Maple Sea Salt, Blueberry, and Peanut Butter): These bars have a great balance of macro-nutrients with a higher protein content than most bars, thanks to egg whites. The texture rubs some people the wrong way but I always enjoyed tootsie rolls as a kid and these have a similar consistency.
  • Beef Jerky: Jerky is a great high protein snack for travel or an extra busy day. Krave is a California based company that makes their jerky without gluten, nitrites and artificial flavors. The flavor combos are just the right balance of salt, sweet and spice.
  • Avocado Oil: ideal for cooking at higher temperatures
  • Ground Flax: A great substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf or meatballs or an addition to smoothies and oatmeal. This ground seed is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips: Free of most common food allergens (dairy, soy, egg, nuts, gluten) these chocolate chips are always on hand to add a little sweetness to Sunday pancakes or the rare occasion that I actually bake something.
  • Birch Bender Paleo Pancake Mix: I discovered this pancake mix several months ago at Costco and it was instant love. Just add water and you’ve got a delicious and quick Sunday pancake breakfast.
  • Coconut Sugar: I need a little sweetness in my morning coffee and this is a better alternative to the processed white stuff. It’s also great for adding sweetness to cookies and pulled pork.
  • Tapioca Starch/Arrowroot powder: While I love the Birch Bender pancake mix sometimes I want to whip together that batter from scratch and this is a key ingredient in my favorite recipe. Also used as a thickener in sauces and gravy.
  • Coconut Flour: a grain free flour substitute for making cookies, pancakes, pizza crust and meatballs.