Foods of the Moment: A little bit of everything!

Before I get into today’s post, I HAVE to mention my run yesterday! IT WAS AMAZING. 40 degree weather has never felt so good. Plus it was my first run with my new sneaks and I had my favorite podcast to listen to! A tornado of perfect conditions! Really hoping Mother Nature keeps up with these milder temps for the next week or two…the single digits are still killing me!

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We’re all about food on the blog today with another installment of Foods of the Moment! Just a quick round-up of some of the foods I’ve been trying and LOVING lately! And this week’s edition has something from all different food groups…we got some protein, lots of delicious carbs, and some awesome nutrients from some power packed produce! Hopefully you get introduced to a food or product you’ve never tried before!

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But before I get into that food, let’s talk about some other amazing food…namely the incredible recipes from The Oh She Glows Cookbook! I’ve had a chance to try some more of the dishes and I can tell you even more assuredly that this book is a winner. I tried the Grilled Portobella, Avocado, and Pear salad….so many amazing flavors!

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And of course, it’s time to announce the winner of my Oh She Glows Cookbook giveaway! Thank you to all who entered! Head on over to the giveaway post to see if you won!

Time to get into the foodie fun!

Deland Bakery Breads and Bakery Products 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfew weeks ago Deland Bakery sent me a HUGE package of their Gluten Free breads to try out! After raving about how delicious they were, I knew I wanted to try out more of their products! They generously sent me more breads from their Organic line as well as a bunch of their regular millet breads. Plus a few fun treats from their bakery! delandbread

Oatmeal bread: So soft, nutty, and flavorful! I loved the rolled oats on the crust and how crispy this variety got when toasted!

Vegan bread: Smaller than your typical bread slices but still packed with flavor. There was a subtle sweetness to the bread and it tasted like a fresh baked white bread that you would get at a restaurant….except a lot healthier!

Millet 12 Grain: Like a mix of millet bread and ezkiel bread! So dense and hearty….loved this one for sandwiches!

Millet Special: This one tasted like a traditional millet bread. Slightly sweet, slightly corn bread-y and very doughy and delicious when toasted.

Millet Cinnamon Raisin: No sugar added and no sugar NEEDED because the cinnamon and raisins add just the right amount of sweetness! They pair so well with the natural flavor of the millet and make this the perfect accompaniment to a sweet breakfast or ever a more savory topping like an egg or cheese!

Millet Garlic Basil: A great italian flavor to this one! The basil flavor really came out when I toasted it and I loved topping it with tomato and feta. Great for making homemade garlic bread as well!

I also got to try some of their bakery products!

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The muffins tasted freshly baked and were SO DENSE and fudgy….especially the chocolate! The chocolate flavor was so rich and pronounced…it was hard to believe these were whole grain and packed with so many amazing ingredients! The carrot muffins tasted like carrot cake and I loved the bursts of flavor from the raisins that were embedded throughout! The almond granola was full of great clusters and I loved the sweet honey, maple syrup flavor. Sweet, but not overpowering and full of great nuttiness from all the almonds and seeds! The coconut was a delicious addition as well!

Crispy Green Crispy FruitOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love adding freeze dried fruit to my Power Bowls for some extra crunch and fruity deliciousness, so I was excited to try out Crispy Green’s full line of freeze dried fruit products.

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The apple and pear varieties tastes just like their fresh counterparts and I actually enjoyed the asian pears more than I like the fresh ones! The bananas were extra crispy and sweet and tasted so good in cold, creamy almond milk! The pineapple tasted just like fresh pineapple as well and was great with coconut flour for a tropical version of one of my Power Bowls! I was surprised as how much I liked the crispy cantaloupe as I am usually not a melon fan, but the flavor wasn’t too strong and I liked how light and airy the pieces were. My favorites were definitely the dried tangerines and mango! Two of my favorite freeze dried fruits and Crispy Green’s versions did not disappoint!

Frieda’s Produce friedas

Frieda’s hooked me up with some of their freshest, seasonal produce! I was so excited to get such a bounty of delicious veggies to experiment with! I received orange cauliflower, purple cauliflower, mini cauliflowers, and Okinawa sweet potatoes!

The mini cauliflowers were a new to me product and they tasted like a combination of broccoli and cauliflower. The Okinawa sweet potatoes were a new food for me as well! I had no idea they were purple fleshed so it was cool to cut into them and see such a pretty color! Very starchy and sweet!

I made a cauliflower crust pizza with the purple cauliflower and it turned blue! Pretty cool, right!?

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NuZest Alkaline Protein Powder nuzestNuZest creates a line of vegetarian protein made from 100% pea protein and is totally sweetener free! Instead of adding sugar or artificial sweeteners, NuZest uses Fruit Protein to boost the protein content and add a little sweetness. I tried out all the flavors in their Clean Lean Protein line and really enjoyed them all! The Chocolate was very chocolatey, with a more dark chocolate taste than being too sweet. The Smooth Vanilla had a strong vanilla flavor that reminded me a real vanilla beans and was great for mixing into unsweetened almond milk. I loved the Creamy Cappuccino as well…it had a great mix of mocha and chocolate flavor to it! All the powders mixed very easily into the liquids I ate them with and were great for putting on top of my Power Bowls as well!

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Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEver since the company I usually buy coconut flour from switched suppliers, I’ve been looking for brand that tastes as good as the coconut flour I first tried! THIS IS EAT! The flour is light yet has a doughy, soft texture to it. And it tastes amazing sweet! Perfect for topping my pumpkin spice smoothies with and for baking!

Have you tried any of these products?

What’s one of your “Foods of the Moment”?

Anything fun planned for this weekend?

Upcoming on the blog this week…

-a delicious new muffin recipe!

-my thoughts on Whole 30!

-a giveaway of some of my favorite bars!

Should be fun! One more week till SPRING BREAK!!! THANK GOD!

Kaila

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Foods of the Moment: Kale Chip How-To

Hey, friends!! Happy weekend! I am in a particularly good mood as I was able to do something this morning that makes me feel much more comfortable and less freaked out about my upcoming half marathon! I ran 13.1 miles in the slushy, snowy weather!!!!

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Got it done in an hour and forty three minutes and felt great! Yes, it felt long to be running for almost 2 hours, but my legs felt great the whole time and I still had fuel in the tank once I was done!

This makes me feel so much more confident that I’ll be prepared for my half in March! I knew I could run the distance, but the last time I did was about a year ago, so I definitely wanted to test myself again now that I am about a month away from the big day!

In other news, I have lots of fun foodie stuff to share with you all today! It looks like my Foods of the Moments posts are making a comeback as I’ve been pretty consistent with posting one every few weeks!

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Aside with some foods I’ve been loving lately, I also have a fun ‘how-to’ to share with you all!

A few of you have asked how I make my kale chips so I thought I’d give you a step by step guide and some tips for making delicious, healthy, flavor packed kale chips!

kalechips.jpgI’ve experimented with a lot of different combinations (and even shared my recipe for Coconut Curry Tofu Kale chips) but I thought I would focus on the two varieties I make most often today!

Here is my basic formula for perfect kale chips (it’s a little unusual, but it works)!

Kale+Egg White+Protein+’Fun Flavor Inducers’ (cheese, crushed crackers, nutritional yeast, etc.) +Herbs&Spices 

Now let me explain that a bit:

1. First I get my kale, remove the stems, and cut into small (but not too small!) pieces.

2. Next I add my protein source….my favorite two to use are tvp (already cooked) or pressed tofu cut into chunks.

3. I then add sliced onion. I always add onion to my kale chips as the crisp up in the oven and become like onion rings!

4. Next, I add some sort of starch like crushed crackers or bread crumbs to give the kale chips some texture. As well as the herbs and spices I am flavoring the chips with!

5. To finish, I add one large egg white and mix everything together with my hands so it’s evenly coated.

6. Finally, I bake the kale chips on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 400 degrees until they are at my desired level of crispness.

You may be wondering about the use of egg whites in this recipe. Well, not only does it add an extra protein source into the mix, but it gives the kale chips a great, unusual texture! Plus if makes all the other ingredients stick together and bind to the kale more easily!

Here are the two mixes I use most often:

TVP-Feta Kale Chips

by Healthy Helper

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and roughly cut
  • 1/4 cup of dry tvp, prepare as directed
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 egg white
  • spices (red pepper flakes, fennel seed, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all ingredients together until evenly coated. Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until desired level of crispness is achieved.

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Cheesy Tofu Kale Chips

by Healthy Helper

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and roughly cut
  • 1 serving of tofu, pressed and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 serving of whole grain crackers, crushed into crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 egg white
  • spices (red pepper flakes, fennel seed, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all ingredients together until evenly coated. Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until desired level of crispness is achieved.

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Other foods that have been suitin’ my fancy….

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A Marshall’s find of course! I am constantly coming across the most unique foodie purchases at that store! This stuff is fiber mix of artichoke, oat, apple, and fennel and it has a consistency similar to flax seed! I wasn’t sure exactly what I’d use it for, but I decided to experiment with making some homemade tortillas with it!

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I simply mixed a tablespoon with some egg whites and baking powder and ended up with a doughy tortilla to eat with some fish tacos I made last week! Tasted pretty good too! The fennel added a really pleasant sweet taste to it!

simplyprotein.jpgI know I mentioned these guys in my last Foods of the Moment post, but I seriously can’t get enough! My friends over at Simply Choices hooked me up with another shipment of Simply Protein Crunch and I was ecstatic when I opened up the package! It was perfect timing since I had just run out and I was seriously starting to go through CRUNCH withdrawals. This stuff is SO addicting. It’s like the perfect combination of light and airy cereal with a caramelized coating and fruitiness of a delicious granola! It’s like protein packed trail mix…but better! I’d have to say my favorite flavor is the Coconut Raspberry…but only by a small margin! Each flavor is incredibly unique and yummy. I eat it by the handful for a quick snack at school, but I’ve also tried it like cereal with a pour of almond milk. So good. And it stays perfectly crunchy even with the milk!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary’s Gone Crackers sent me a great sampling of some of their products, including one of their newest additions to their line of organic, gluten-free crackers….JALANPENO! I have tried their crackers in the past and loved how they have so many different textures in them due to all the seeds in them. They are also incredibly thin and crispy! Perfect vehicle for a great slice of cheese or a spread of your favorite dip! The Jalapeno crackers taste pretty similar to their Original Seed variety but with a great kick of spice and heat at the end! Definitely cleared my sinuses! :)

The Sticks and Twigs were delicious as well! A great alternative to boring pretzels as they are PACKED with flavor! The sea salt adds a great taste that pairs well with the nuttiness of the sticks without being too overpowering.

This was my first time trying their cookies and I was really impressed. They definitely have that ‘healthy’ taste to them but they’re still really yummy! I liked how they were bite sized and that they’re made with some really high quality, nutritionally dense ingredients like: brown rice, amaranth, pink himalayan sea salt, roasted carob, and chia! These are not soft and doughy however….they are majorly crunchy! Definitely the kind of cookie you want to eat with some milk for dunking!

What foods are you loving lately? Something homemade? Or something you’ve seen at the store?

Anyone training for a race? How’s it going?

Just a quick shout out for all your awesome comments on my “We’re Bloggers. We’re Weird” post! I was hoping it would be received well and not taken to seriously! Glad it came across as it was intended! 

Also there has been a major increase in sharing of the Change Our Fitspo movement, so big thank you on that as well! Even though the contest is over, it is still an important, relevant message that should be shared whenever possible! 

Kaila

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