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20 of my Favorite Food Products

I haven’t posted in so long because I don’t have time to make new recipes. School & life is very busy. I miss making new foods & posting about it so I just thought of sharing some of my favorite food products here!

Here are just some of my favorite food products along with a description of them & other random comments I come up with while writing.

1. Teami Blends – Skinny Tea 
This loose leaf tea is part of a detox plan, which I did purchase but it didn’t work out for me so I quit it after a day! I still continued to drink Teami Skinny though. I’m on my second bag 🙂 Each bag is around $26 and lasts 35 cups. Apparently the detox plan really works for some people, but not me! Fitness & diet is my advice to weight loss & a healthy lifestyle.

  • It kickstarts metabolism & suppresses my hunger/cravings during the day
  • It helps a lot with bloating!
  • It gives me a boost of energy in the morning & keeps me awake during the day (when I make sure I get 7-8 hours of sleep a night too)
  • It works wonders with my skin!!

I take it right when I wake up every morning, 15 minutes before I eat breakfast.
I totally recommend this, it has all natural ingredients as well! It does contain plant-based caffeine.

Where to buy it:
Nutrition: 10 calories/tbsp

2. Quest Protein Bar – Chocolate Brownie 
Love this protein bar. It’s my go-to healthier alternative to a cookie/brownie. I eat it for dessert after my meals sometime 😛 Only drawback is the price of these bars, they’re around $2 for one.

  • It’s not sweetened by artificial sugars
  • The first ingredient on the ingredient list is Protein Blend. Not sugar or other ingredient
  • It has a great fiber to carbohydrate ratio

IMG_0345Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides* (Prebiotic Fiber) Almonds, Cocoa, Water. Contains less than 2% of the following: Sea Salt, Lo Han Guo, Sucralose, Natural Flavorings.

Nutrition: 170 calories/bar
Total Fat: 6g
Carbs: 24g
Protein: 20g
Sugar: 1g

3. Rise Protein Bar – Lemon Cashew
I love all Rise protein bars because they’re all made of ONLY 3-5 ingredients! All ingredients you know of and can pronounce. They’re vegan, kosher, non-GMO, soy free & gluten free. This is suitable for many people! They use a high quality pea protein coupled with the cashews themselves to deliver a high protein content in this entirely plant-based bar. The cashews also help round out the amino acid profile in the bar, giving complete protein profiles without any animal products.

  • There’s only 3-5 ingredients depending on what flavor bar you get
  • They are free of sugar alcohols but sweetened naturally
  • I love the flavors, they’re so delicious and unique
  • It’s a great post workout snack or mid-day snack to keep me full until my next meal

My absolute 2 favorite rise bars are the Almond Honey Protein & Carob Chip Protein!
IMG_0377Ingredients: Organic Cashews, Organic Coconut Nectar, Pea Protein, Organic Lemon Extract

Calories: 260 calories/bar
Carbs: 23g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 12g
Protein: 20g

4. Endangered Species Dark Chocolate – 88% Cocoa 
The higher cocoa content, the healthier! It contains more phytochemical and flavonoids. When dark chocolate is eaten in moderation, it has it’s health benefits.

  • The chocolate is not too bitter, it’s perfect
  • High cocoa content

Bittersweet chocolate (Chocolate liquor, cane sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla)

Calories: 210 calories/half a bar
Fat: 20g
Carbs: 17g
Fiber: 6g
Sugar: 5g
Protein: 4g

5. Cacao Nibs
These are peeled and crumbled whole cacao beans, known as “nature’s chocolate chips”. They have pure chocolate flavor and are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Bought from Whole Foods!

  • It’s PURE 100% Cacao from the Cacao Plant
  • It gives the perfect crunch when I add it to my oatmeal, chia pudding, yogurt, cookies, trail mix, etc
  • I love chocolate. Period.

IMG_0348Ingredients: Certified Organic Cacao

Calories: 20 calories/tsp
Total Fat: 1.5g
Carbs: 1g
Protein: 0g
Fiber: <1g
Sugar: 0g

6. Chia Seeds
Natural Chia Seeds are loaded with omega fats, protein, antioxidants and dietary fiber. They have a mild nutty flavor, since they absorb liquid, they’re ideal for hydration and feeling full. These are also from Whole Foods aka my favorite grocery store.

  • I make Chia Pudding at like 5 days/week so this is a necessity.
  • It’s perfect to sprinkle in your baked goods or to blend into smoothies. Healthy fats, which increase satiety!

IMG_0361Ingredients: Certified Organic Chia Seeds

Calories: 60 calories/tbsp
Total Fat: 4g
Carbs: 5g
Protein: 2g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 0g

7. Sliced Almonds
These are from Whole Foods as well!

  • I sprinkle these in my oatmeal or chia pudding because it provides that perfect crunch
  • It’s great for baking. You can sprinkle them on top of your muffins/cakes.

IMG_0349Ingredients: Almonds (Steam Pasteurized)

Calories: 160 calories per 1/3 cup
Total Fat: 14g
Carbs: 6g
Protein: 6g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 1g

8. Golden Roasted Flaxseed
These are roasted to a crunchy, nutty, golden brown. Rather than grinding the seeds, it’s left whole to expand the potential uses of the Omega-rich flax.

I put this in the granola bars I made recently & they were amazing. I recommend these! IMG_0363Ingredients: Whole Roasted Flaxseeds.

9. Dry Roasted & Unsalted Almonds 

This is a staple in my diet. A very basic nut that is recommended to be consumed everyday! Of course not in large amounts. I have these as a mid-morning or mid-day snack all the time when I’m at school.

10. Organic Valencia Peanut Butter – Creamy No Salt Added
11. Organic Valencia Peanut Butter – Crunchy No Salt Added
12. Creamy Almond Butter – No Salt Added

ALL DELICIOUS. I can’t go more than one day without nut butter….

13. Ponzu Sauce
14. Coconut Aminos Seasoning
These were both bought at Whole Foods. I’ve been trying to find lower sodium stir fry sauces that are still delicious because soy sauce has so much sodium in just one tbsp!

The Ponzu sauce has 10 calories/tbsp with 340 mg sodium/tbsp. That’s around 1/3 sodium of a regular soy sauce! It’s a great alternative. I like ponzu sauce a lot better than soy sauce too.

The Coconut Aminos Seasoning has 5 calories/tbsp with 90 mg of sodium per tbsp. It also has 17 naturally occurring Amino Acids. Score. It tastes great too 🙂  IMG_0358

15. Kashi Organic Promise Autumn Wheat
Mmmm I first discovered these when I was at Ashley’s house & she was eating it for lunch… hahah! They’re very wheaty but I like that taste. It has a light sweetness to it & that’s enough for me. It has 50 grams of whole grain in one serving. IMG_0368Ingredients: Organic Whole Grain Wheat, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Natural Flavor.

Calories: 29 biscuits = 1 serving = 180 calories
Total Fat: 1g
Carbs: 43g
Protein: 6g
Fiber: 6g
Sugar: 7g

16. Nature’s Path – Hemp Plus Granola
The flax and hemp seeds boost nutrition with 600 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids and 1800 mg of Omega-6 fatty acids.

I sprinkle these in my chia pudding (I know, I eat it almost everyday & sprinkle everything on it) or overnight oats. You can also have it as cereal in the morning with almond milk or greek yogurt. IMG_0369Ingredients: Rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, soy oil*, brown rice flour*, flax seeds*, hemp seeds*, oat syrup solids* (oat syrup solids*, tocopherols), sea salt, molasses* (all starred ingredients are organic)

Calories: 260 calories per 1/3 cup
Total Fat: 10g
Carbs: 36g
Protein: 6g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 10g

17. Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley
• Boost of flavor from seasonings
• Added nutrients, texture and color from mixture of grains
• Different grains prepared to cook evenly together
• Nutty, toasted notes
• Long-grain

It can be used as a salad base or sprinkled with fresh herbs. I eat it as a side rice with my vegetables and protein 🙂 I’m tired of only simple brown rice all the time. It has a good amount of 5g fiber per serving too.  IMG_0370Ingredients: Long grain parboiled brown rice, black barley, daikon radish seeds.

Calories: 160 calories/serving
Total Fat: 10g
Carbs: 33g
Protein: 6g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 0g

18. Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread
Once I discovered Ezekiel Bread… I can’t go back to any other bread. I love how this bread isn’t flimsy so it’s perfect for toast or french toast! There’s other flavors too. I heard the cinnamon raisin is really good so I definitely have to try that sometime.

Ezekiel 4:9 products are crafted in the likeness of the Holy Scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9 to ensure unrivaled honest nutrition and pure, delicious flavors.

“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9

It’s this special, unique combination of 6 grains and legumes that harvests benefits beyond what we normally expect from our breads, pastas, cereals, and other foods.

  • Source of Complete Protein – Rated 84.3% as efficient as the highest source of protein (comparable to that of milk or eggs)
  • Contains 18 Amino Acids – Including all 9 essential amino acids
  • Increased Digestibility – Sprouting breaks down starches in grains into simple sugars so your body can digest them easily.
  • Increased Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • Increased Vitamin C – Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • Increased Vitamin B – Sprouting increases the vitamin B2, B5 & B6.
  • Great source of Fiber – Combining sprouted grains and legumes gives a good amount of natural fiber in each serving.

IMG_0373Ingredients: Organic Sprouted 100% Whole Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Spouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten.

Calories: 80 calories/slice
Total Fat: 0.5g
Carbs: 15g
Protein: 4g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 0g

19. Califia Farms – Unsweetened Pure Almond Milk
From what I can remember, I bought this milk because I the bottle looked interesting & pretty. From that purchase on, this is my new favorite almond milk. Good marketing skills for your packaging Califia Farms LOL and this is from Whole Foods of course :’) But I’ve seen other grocery stores with it too. IMG_0371Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds).
Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Vitamin/ Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Zinc), Gellan Gum, Carrageenan, Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

Calories: 40 calories/cup
Total Fat: 3.5g
Carbs: 1g
Protein: 1g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 0g

20. Siggi’s Yogurt – ANY flavors
This is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. To make just one cup of skyr, with all that water going out, you need 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process, skyr contains 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.

I like the blueberry & Acai Mixed Berry flavors the best so far. I also bought a large pint of the plain one because I like to add honey & fruits in myself too! There are so many flavors to choose from, I want them all. I haven’t tried them all yet but I WILL.

I have half of a cup of yogurt 30 mins-1 hour before bed every night with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds which helps suppress my diet until the next morning + aiding muscle recovery. Some yogurts are high in protein & sunflower seeds are good fats that break down slowly. Which is how it helps suppress a diet overnight! I have waking up hungry in the middle of the night. METABOLISM IS COMING IN HANDY. Hate/love that class. IMG_0378Ingredients: Pasteurized Skim Milk, Berries (Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Açaí Berries), Cane Sugar, Fruit Pectin, Live Active Cultures
Live Cultures: B. lactis, L. acidophilus, L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, L. delbrueckii subsp. lactis, S. thermophilus

Calories: 110 calories/cup
Total Fat: 0g
Carbs: 12g
Protein: 14g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 11g

That’s it for now! Of course there are many more food products I love. There are some other foods I didn’t share because I didn’t have it at home 🙁 Anyways, I HAVE ONE MORE FINAL until I’m done with my 3rd year of college. Time flies. Okay, I need to study now.

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