Cheesy kale chips – I made kale chips in the oven a couple years ago but I kept burning most of them and I got sick of that burnt taste so I hadn’t eaten them since. I was at the Capitol Hill farmer’s market recently and a guy was handing out samples of kale chips with nutritional yeast “cheese” and they were amazing and tasted just like a cheez-it! On my next grocery haul, I grabbed a bag of this brand and they are really tasty. I plan on making them homemade also. The ingredients are: Kale, red bell peppers, cashews, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, sea salt, chia seeds, lemon juice.
Perfect bars – I just got a box of these at Costco and they are quite filling and dense with some pretty interesting healthy ingredients! They do have kind of a lot of sugar though. My favorite flavors are the peanut butter (obvi!) and the cranberry crunch. Costco only has the variety pack with pb, cranberry and almond butter. Downside is that they have dairy and eggs so not great for people with allergies but they have a lot of cool stuff like tomato and dulse – probably like 1/100 of a tsp per bar but still cool! The label below is from the peanut butter one.
Simple Mills banana muffin mix – I am so in love with Simple Mills, everything they make is incredible! It’s all made with paleo flours (almond and coconut) and grain, dairy and gluten free. I love their pizza dough mix, chocolate cake mix for brownies with my fav Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I just tried this banana muffin mix and it is definitely my current favorite. I added chocolate chips and ate all the muffins in record time!
Pressed Juicery Freezes – Pressed just opened a juicery in downtown Seattle last month (in Westlake mall) and I couldn’t be more excited. I even went to the grand opening and waited in line for a freeze and a juice. A lot of health nuts I follow on Instagram are obsessed with the freezes which are like a healthier soft-serve frozen yogurt but non-dairy and super healthy and I have to agree-they are delicious. I had the chocolate one and I’m not sure what it is made of but it’s all 100% fruit, nuts and veggies. It tasted like a delicious chocolate almond milkshake!
Now on to non-food items..
Native deodorant – I’ve always felt uncomfortable about the aluminum compounds in generic deodorants as they potentially may be absorbed by your skin and some believe it could cause cancer. Even if it doesn’t cause cancer, it can’t be good to have any chemicals near your sweat ducts. I tried natural deodorants but they never worked and I wasn’t a huge fan of the scents and always went back to my ooh-la-la lavender Secret clear deodorant. My coworker told me about Native deodorant and I decided to give it a go so I ordered the coconut vanilla scented one. I had low expectations but it turned out to work amazingly well and I am hooked for life honestly! I always smell fresh and vanilla-y and just one application is plenty for a day. The only downside is that it’s not clear so I get those darn white marks all over everything but that’s a small price to pay for a great natural deodorant. Native is a San Francisco based company and you can order just one deodorant for $12 or subscribe and get one every month or two months. The general ingredients are: Caprylic/capric triglyceride ( which is a fancy way of saying fractionated coconut oil ), arrowroot powder, stearyl alcohol, baking soda, shea butter, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol-3 beeswax (which is a fancy way of saying cera bellina wax), jojoba esters, tocopherol (which is a fancy way of saying Vitamin E), L. acidophilus (which is a natural bacteria found in your body already), dextrose, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate.
Radha Beauty Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser – I read an article about how essential oils can help relive stress and are generally good for you so I got this little diffuser off Amazon for $20 and some lavender essential oil to try it out. I love this little thing. It has a mist function so every few seconds you get a lovely mist of scent and this diffuser can change colors too! It’s really relaxing to start this up for bedtime and I am excited to try some other scents. I also want one for my office so I can de-stress at work too!
FreePrints App – this is one of the best (if not the best) apps ever! Basically you download the app on your phone and then within the app you can select photos from your camera roll, cloud, one drive, Facebook, Instagram, etc. and then you choose the size you want and they ship printed photos to you! You get 85 FREE 4×6 prints per year and you can buy whatever other sizes you want (they are cheap too). I know, I know it sounds too good to be true but it’s not! I’ve used it once already and my mom has used it a lot too. It’s so nice to have printouts of Instagram photos for framing or gifts. Oh and the app is free to download too!
What are food or other products are you currently crushing on?