5 Things I’ll Buy This Week v.2

Last week I posted about 5 foods I was buying and why. This week, I’ve picked out 5 new items to add to my grocery list.

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Recap of last weeks items: Ok I tried making my own version of vegan mac &cheese with the nutritional yeast. I added wayy too much tahini and borderline scarred myself from ever using tahini again. (Kidding, I made sweet potato and red pepper hummus the following day).  Once I perfect that recipe, I’ll be sure to share. The single serve nut butter packets are obviously 1) delicious 2) adorable and 3) 10x better on some Russian Crepes. I’m in the process of reviewing all the flavors and brands, so keep your eyes open for a review coming soon! The Svelte, cottage cheese, and cashews are just about gone since I use those every day.

1) Kale


One of the classic super foods, a nutritional powerhouse. Because of it’s growing popularity, I’ll keep the list of benefits brief.  Kale is high in fiber, iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, and calcium. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and cholesterol lowering abilities. One of my favorite kale recipes is the Adventurer Bowl.

2) Mary’s Gone Crackers


I should start off by saying I’ve never tried these. I noticed they were on sale at my local Whole Foods and they look absolutely delicious so yeah, I’m going to buy them. I want to try the super seed flavor, packed with healthy fats, fiber, and some protein. They are soy free, organic, non-GMO, vegan, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, whole grain, kosher, and contain no hydrogenated oils or trans fats. At this point they might as well slap on a “Made with Love” label just to add it to the long list. Oh wait…they already did that, haha! I guess we’ll see how much you really love me Mary…

3) Coconut Water


There is a lot of controversy on how “good for you” coconut water is. As with everything, it depends on what your body needs. Here are some situations where coconut water would help:

-you spent a wild night at the bar, you were out with friends, or you stayed in with a nice glass bottle of wine. You’ll need the potassium in coconut water to replenish your electrolytes to help hydrate your body.

-you just hit the gym. Replace your artificial sports drink with coconut water, which has more potassium and less sugar.

-you eat a low-sodium diet. Without getting too far into the sciences, our cells need electrolytes to pass nutrients in and waste out of the membrane.

Other than this, coconut water is a great replacement for juice or soda, and tastes great in smoothies. Be sure to check the nutrition label on the brand you choose. You want to see a good balance of sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium.

4) Acai Powder


What’s with everyone’s obsession with Sambazon’s Acai Smoothie Packs ? Instead of trying them I’m going full force with the powder. Risky? Maybe. Healthy? Yes. According to Dr.Greger , we know Acai has almost ten times more antioxidants than red grapes, is high in fiber, healthy fats, and amino acids. Acai even made it to Oprah’s top 10 list of super foods. I’ll try to come up with some fun recipes this week!

5) PB2

By now you probably know I have an obsession with nut butter. I eat it every day, with almost anything. At least it’s a healthy obsession…right? Anyways, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter. I love to add it to my (extremely sophisticated) chocolate milk. Two tablespoons has 4g of protein, which is 1/2 protein exchange!

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