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My Recent Favorite Healthy Products

Hi! It’s Thursday and I am PUMPED! Why? Because I am flying home to Boston this weekend to see my family and do some wedding planning. I am especially excited to snuggle my 3-month old nephew and see a few of my very best friends.

In other happy news, today I am going to share some of my recent favorite products with you guys. While, some of these are not necessarily new on the market, they’re all fairly new to me, and I really think you all will love them, too!

So without further ado, let’s get to it!

 

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1. Tarrazu Coffee from Trader Joe’s

This is my absolute favorite coffee! It’s a medium-dark roast that is incredibly smooth and all around delicious. I seriously look forward to having it first thing in the morning. If you’re a medium-blend coffee drinker, this one is a must!

2. Wild Zora Jerky Bars

I discovered these mini jerky bars at a local health foods store and I LOVE them! The ingredients are super clean and the flavors are all very unique — like lamb with spinach, rosemary and turmeric. Each one is around 100 calories with 6-9 grams of protein, so they’re the perfect snack for in between meals.

3. Wallaby Nonfat Greek Yogurt

I can’t say enough good things about this yogurt. It’s creamy, smooth and delicious. We buy it in the big 32 oz. size because we go through it so quickly. I like to get the plain version so that I can add my own fruit and granola.

4. Peanut Butter RX Bars

RX BARS! How did it take me so long to discover you!? I love having healthy protein bars in my purse with me at all times because I get hungry often. You can usually find me at 3PM pulling one of these bad boys out of my purse while I am in the car or at my desk.

This flavor is my favorite — it’s so peanut buttery and contains 12 grams of protein that all comes from peanut butter and egg whites. A lot of mainstream protein bars use whey or soy protein and both upset my stomach, so I was really excited to find these.

5. Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

My quest to find the best almond milk officially ends NOW. This Unsweetened Vanilla Califia Farms Almond Milk is the absolute best. It’s creamy, tastes delicious, and it doesn’t have any added carrageenans or bad stuff. I also use it to make almond milk lattes in my Nespresso machine and, unlike most other almond milks, it gets very frothy — just the way I like it!

6. Dave’s Killer Bread Thin-Sliced Good Seed Bread

Okay, okay, I know I’ve talked about this bread before, but you guys, I’m so hooked. Dave’s Killer Bread Thin-Sliced variety is great if you’re watching your carbs or if you want to make a sandwich, but you’re not looking to eat a TON of bread.

7. Applegate Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

Is it strange that a girl in her mid-20s is buying frozen chicken nuggets? You can be honest, I can take it.

I am not sure what inspired me to grab these off the shelf the first time, but by now we’ve tried all of the Applegate chicken nuggets/tenders. Travis and I both agree that the gluten-free variety is (surprisingly) the best. The coating on the outside is super crunchy and flavorful.  We keep these nuggets in our freezer as a backup for when we’re home on weekends and don’t want to make or pick up lunch. Plus, I know I can trust Applegate to only use good quality chicken with nothing sneaky added in. If you have kids or if you just want a quick, healthy backup in your freezer, try these!

8. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar

How did I not start using coconut sugar earlier!?!? Coconut sugar is unrefined and low glycemic index, but the best part is that you can easily substitute it for any other sugar in a recipe and never know the difference. This is now the only sugar I have on hand.

 

Disclaimer: I was not paid to talk about any of these products. I regularly use and love all of them.

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My Favorite Healthy Frozen Foods

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I am traveling for work today, but I wanted to post this for you guys before your weekend grocery shopping.

Over the past few years, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the variety of healthy foods I’ve found in the freezer aisle. For years, all you could find were Lean Cuisines and Healthy Choice frozen dinners that disguise themselves as “healthy,” but in reality are swimming in sodium and added junk.

I’ve tried A LOT of frozen foods at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and below are some of my favorites. As always, make sure to check the ingredient lists on the items you pick up. General rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce an ingredient or you’ve never heard of it, put the item back on the shelf.

 

My Favorite Healthy Frozen Foods // littlechefbigappetite.com

 

  1. Udi’s Gluten-Free Margherita Pizza // This is one of our favorite options on a night we don’t have time to cook. This gluten-free crust tastes REALLY good and it’s SO much healthier than traditional frozen pizzas! For an added nutritional boost, we sometimes add chicken or extra veggies.
  2. Whole Foods 365 Vegetable Medley // Whoever said frozen fruit and vegetables aren’t healthy is totally wrong. In fact, frozen fruit and veggies can actually be more nutritious than their fresh counterparts because they’re flash frozen to lock in nutrients. I love having a bag of these veggies in my freezer to heat up alongside any protein. So quick and easy.
  3. Van’s Whole Grain Waffles // A healthy and fast breakfast option. I even like these as a mid-day snack with a smear of almond butter.
  4. Dr. Praegar’s California Veggie Burgers // These burgers are packed with veggies! I like to stick mine under the broiler to get it extra crispy. Then I top it with sliced avocado and a little bit of all-natural ketchup.
  5. Trader Joe’s Brown Rice // On busy nights, who has 40 minutes to wait for rice to cook? This pre-cooked brown rice is the easiest thing! Just plop it in the microwave and healthy whole grains in minutes.
  6. Australis Barramundi // I find this at Whole Foods and it’s A+++++! This is what I use to make my Barramundi with Balsamic Tomatoes
  7. Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles // A meat alternative that doesn’t contain soy!? I’m in! I love using this “Beefy Crumble” in place of regular ground beef to make pasta sauces or tacos!
  8. Alexia Sweet Potato Fries // While maybe still not as good (or clean) as my homemade sweet potato fries, these fries are GOOD. Get them extra crispy by baking them on a single layer and then sticking them under the broiler for the last few minutes. Delicious with chicken, a veggie burger, the list goes on.
  9. Whole Foods 365 Blueberries // Same thing as a veggie medley – there is NOTHING wrong with frozen fruits and vegs! I defrost these in the microwave for 30 seconds and then add them to yogurt. Fresh berries in the middle of winter, yes please!

 

While I absolutely love fresh, homemade meals, sometimes it’s just not an option, so I love having a few of these items in the freezer for when I am in a pinch.

I’d love to know if you guys have any favorites that aren’t on this list!