I think it comes as no surprise to say that I am obsessed with food. One of my favorite parts about grocery shopping is seeing the “new” tag listed on an item. Between the local stores (AppleMarket and Ever’man) and the bigger chains (The Fresh Market and Publix), I find new items to try every week. Sometimes when I am lucky and Kelly and I head towards Tallahassee, we stop at Whole Foods and that is like winning the jackpot since we don’t have one around here (although rumor has it that one is coming to the Destin area 90 minutes away). Some food items have been the best of their kind and others have been “interesting” to say the least. Either way it is always a new adventure opening up a jar or box and digging in for the first time.
I decided I wanted to share some of my favorite items to try and let you in on some of the “best of the bests” in my opinion. **Disclaimer: I do not receive any prize or compensation for mentioning any of the following products.**
The best nut butter I have ever had is made by Nuttzo. It is a 7 seed and nut butter that has no added oils or sugar. They have some without peanuts, some with chia seeds, and some with chocolate in either crunchy or creamy varieties. The nutrition facts on the back of these bottles show the products are packed with fiber, protein and iron. If this is not reason enough to try it, the backstory will be. Danielle, the founder and creator of Nuttzo adopted her son, who was malnourished and extremely underweight, from Ukraine. She started trying different concoctions to get her son to eat (he was only used to eating porridge at the time) and thus Nuttzo was born. Not only is the background story awesome, each purchase with Nuttzo helps Project Left Behind (PLB) which gives money to organizations that care for orphaned and neglected children. For all the stuff that is put into the jars, Nuttzo doesn’t come cheap. It ranges from $12.99 to $16.99 a bottle. However, both Fresh Market and Whole Foods run specials every so often and you can get them from $9.99 to $13.99 so keep an eye out.
I first came across this next product from Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Foods. Every year Prevention comes out with 100 products that are the cleanest to eat from breakfast to dessert. I have been checking weekly for 2015 list to come out. Many of the products I vouch for have been featured on this list including Nuttzo as mentioned above. My favorite Quinoa is Alter Eco’s Royal rainbow blend. It mixes white, red, and black quinoa and tastes delicious. I have found this at Publix and Fresh Market, and the price varies depending on the store. Since both of these stores are fairly close, I don’t mind driving from one to the next to get the best price.
Bakery on Main’s Extreme Fruit and Nut granola is the best that I have tried and it also happens to be gluten-free (not that I try to eat gluten-free). It is not the healthiest granola on the planet, but it is certainly not the worst. The price varies from $4.99 to $7.99 depending on where you find it. I have found it at Publix, Target, and Fresh Market and I look for whoever has it on sale. Kelly and I have tried all their other granola flavors, and this one is the winner. I have converted Kelly, his mom, and his grandmother. Who else is ready to try this and take on the challenge?
Until next time, thanks for reading and trying new products. I hope to hear of your reviews on these delicious items.