My Latest Obsession

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a fabulous week so far! I’m so happy that it’s Thursday and the weekend is in sight! I have some fun weekend plans that I’m looking forward to including seeing Jersey Boys with some lovely DGs, a fun brunch on Saturday and lunch and crafting on Sunday! It should be a great weekend and like always, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I feel well! I’ve been meaning to do a foodie finds post lately, but each time I go to write one, I realize that I can’t do my list without including X or Y. But today I’m leaving all that behind because I’m only going to talk to you about one thing. But it’s my very favorite thing. So here’s my confession:

I’m a kale chip addict.

I used to make kale chips years ago before they were popular and they never really turned out right. They ended up burnt, slightly slimy and way too salty. For years, I didn’t touch another kale chip due to my preconceived notions that they would all taste that way. That was until last year, and I noticed kale chips in all my favorite grocery stores and I decided to give them a try. Oh my goodness, I had been missing out. These kale chips are light, crispy and crunchy with the most amazing flavor. And they are seriously addicting. Given that they come in resealable bags, I’m guessing that the companies expect you to eat them on multiple occasions. But not me. That bag is gone in one sitting. I’ve tried a bunch of different kinds, but my favorites are Kale Joy and Kale Krunch.

Don't even try and pry my hand away

Don’t even try and pry my hand away

Both of these products are completely natural, gluten-free and vegan making them a fantastic healthy snack. Plus the coating on both brands contains nuts or seeds, which give them an added protein punch- Kale Joy Original has 6 g of protein per serving! I’m partial to the original flavors of both of them but I’m sure the others are fantastic too. Unfortunately, they aren’t cheap ($6 a bag) but they are worth every penny! At some point I might try my hand at making my own kale chips again, but in the meantime, I’ll be the girl hoarding bags of kale chips at the grocery store.

Questions:

-Have you tried kale chips?

-What would be your favorite flavor combo?

A Delicious Discovery

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and if you were in the Bay Area were able to stay dry yesterday. Despite living in often cloudy San Francisco, I love the sun so when June started off with rain it came as an unwelcome surprise. Luckily, when I got off work I took a slightly different route than usual and stumbled upon on something pretty amazing…

Creme brulee is one of my all-time favorite desserts so I was so excited to see this little cart on the street. To be honest, I didn’t plan on partaking. I just went over to check it out. Well, then I started reading the flavors and decided that what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t investigate further. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Faced with so many delicious options I had a very difficult time deciding. I love a classic creme brulee (though I had my all time favorite in Paris years ago, so it might be difficult to compete), lavender sounded interesting, but let’s fact it- I was drawn to the chocolate options. I loved the different add-ons the S’mores included but when it came down to it, I had to go with the Yes, Please! Any dessert that immediately tells me that it is indeed as good as it sounds is a winner in my book.

The verdict?

It really was as good as it sounds. They torch the top right after you order so it’s hot and sizzling and has that perfect crunch. There is nothing worse in creme brulee then a top that’s not crunchy, that’s the best part! The flavor was sweet and nutty without being overpowering and there were chunks of strawberries in the little ramekin. It also was the perfect, satisfying size. My only complaint was that only the top was warm and the rest of the custard was cold. I understand this is because they need to keep them fresh on the street, but I wished it would have been a little more room-temperature. (I also feel this way about cupcakes- when they come out of a refrigerated case the cake feels dry and the frosting dense.)

All in all, I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled out the Creme Brulee Cart in the future. If you are in the Bay Area and want to try some delicious creme brulee too, follow them on twitter to see where the cart is parked!

Also, I’d like to give a special birthday shoutout to my sorority big and best friend, Blaire. I miss you so much B and wish we were together celebrating your birthday like last year.

Questions:

-What Creme Brulee flavor would you have gone for?

-What’s your favorite dessert?

Foodie Finds

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all have had a nice week and are ready for the weekend! It’s a three-day weekend for me (whoohoo!) and I think it is a four-day weekend for some of you lucky ducks out there! I hope that you all have some great stuff planned- I’m actually going into this weekend without too many set plans and am excited to just see where it takes me.

Besides my recent forays into cooking, I’ve been eating some great pre-made stuff lately too! It’s been a very long time since I did foodie finds but it’s a chance to feature some of my new favorite products- and hopefully ones that will soon be yours too!

Falafel Chips

I first discovered Falafel Chips when I was visiting my brother in Dallas at the best grocery store ever, Central Market. I thought they were absolutely delicious, flavorful gluten-free snack but when I came back to SF, I could not find falafel chips anywhere! Then, a few weeks ago when reading my Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer (please say I’m not the only one who reads these cover to cover) I spotted them as a new item. I promptly picked them up and have been hooked ever since. These are a little spicier than the ones I had before, but they are perfect in Trader Joe’s tomato basil hummus.

La Croix Sparkling Water

I love carbonated drinks and in the past have had a bad Diet Coke habit. When I tried to cut Diet Coke out, I found that what I craved the most wasn’t the taste but the carbonation. So I started drinking sparkling water and my absolute favorite is La Croix! It’s free of calories, sweetener and sodium and is just pure sparkling water. It comes in a variety of flavors but my favorites are berry and lime. It comes in a can (which also makes it feel more like soda) and it tastes crisp and bubbly!

Trader Joe’s Gourmet Chicken Meatballs

I’ve never really liked meatballs. They are usually made of pork (which I don’t eat) or beef, which I rarely eat so I’ve always kind of stayed away. Well the other day when I spotted these at Trader Joe’s they just sounded different from things that I usually eat. These are made from chicken and combined with some of my favorite things– tomato, basil and provolone. They come fully cooked and only need to be heated in the microwave for a few seconds. I dipped mine (don’t worry- the above was for 3 people!) into tomato-basil sauce and they were so, so good! Full of flavor and packed with protein, I will definitely be buying these again!

Nature’s Habit Granola

I consider myself somewhat of a granola connoisseur (hint: why I’m Ms. GGGranola) and I have a new granola love. Nature’s Habit granola is made in Napa (my neighbor!) and is one of the best granolas that I’ve tried to date! It’s not just the oats like most granolas, rather, it’s incredibly crunchy and full of clusters. Plus, you get nuts in almost every bite which is always a selling point to me. I’ve tried both the Granola with Almonds and Pecans and the Granola with Cherries and Cocoa and both were incredible! Oh and best of all, I found this gem at Walgreens of all places! Who knew?!

And what else do I love? Luna bars! Enter to win a box here!

Questions:

-What’s your favorite granola/breakfast cereal?

-Do you read the Fearless Flyer from Trader Joes?

-Tell me one of your foodie finds!

Mamma Chia Review + GIVEAWAY!

Hi lovelies! Happy Wednesday! Thank you for all your great comments on my post about going dairy free. Today I have a special foodie finds post to tell you about… Mamma Chia drinks!

A few weeks ago, when I went to Whole Foods to grab lunch, I saw someone giving out samples of Mamma Chia to try. Never one to pass up free samples, I immediately walked over to the table and started trying some of the flavors. This stuff is delicious! It comes in four flavors: Cherry Lime, Raspberry Passion, Blackberry Hibiscus and my personal favorite, Cranberry Lemonade.

The drink is lightly sweetened and is the perfect consistency. Also, as someone who takes her vitamins in gummy form (hey, they’re adult gummy vitamins) I have a hard time getting Omega-3s in my diet. Mamma Chia totally takes care of that and each bottle has 2000 mg Omega-3 plus 10 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein for only 110 calories! Plus this gluten-free, vegan drink is naturally energizing and is perfect before a workout or during that dreaded 3-pm work slump.

Want to try the chia goodness for yourself? Enter my giveaway! THREE winners will receive 2 VIP coupons for free Mamma Chia drinks (sold here) and 3 coupons for future purchases. And to sweeten the deal even more, I’ll be throwing in some of my favorite foodie finds in a care package for the winner.

How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me which flavor you would like to try.

For Additional Entries:

(Please leave a separate comment below for each additional entry!)

1. Like Mamma Chia on Facebook

2. Follow me on twitter and tweet “Hoping to win some @Mammachia1 from @EmilyatGGG first #giveaway! http://wp.me/p1xugt-81″

Giveaway winners will be announced next Monday, September 5th!

Foodie Finds

Hi lovelies!

We made it through Monday! I always think that Mondays feel like the hardest day of the week, so I was happy that mine ended at yoga… nothing like a good shavasana at the end of a class to make you feel totally relaxed.

Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite new-to-me foodie finds!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Larabar

For years I ate energy bars and only paid attention to the fat and calories… not the ingredient list but when I started trying to eat clean, I realized all of the junk I was putting in my body. When it comes to few ingredients, Larabar is really the best, often boasting less than four ingredients in the entire bar. I love every single flavor that I’ve tried, but when I had the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! I’m not even normally a cookie dough fan, but this bar completely changed my mind and blew me away.

Fiber One 80 Calories

As part of the Pssst General Mills network*, I was sent a sample of the new Fiber One 80 calorie cereal to try! I’ve had other Fiber One cereals in the past and was never impressed. Although they had good stats, I could never get past the taste and texture and my family referred to it as cat food. Luckily, these honey squares are nothing like the original! They are sweet and crunchy and taste like a breakfast cereal that even kids would love. I don’t usually eat cereal (besides granola) but do enjoy having handfuls from the box and this was a delicious, fiber-filled snack!

*The Pssst Network is free and anyone can join! General Mills asks for honest opinions about some of their products and sometimes sends samples and coupons. To join, click here.

Skinny Girl Margarita & Sangria

I’ve loved the hilarious Bethenny Frankel for a long time but I’m just now getting on board with her Skinnygirl products! At last week’s Taco Tuesday at a friend’s house we were asked to show up with drinks and multiple people brought bottles of Skinnygirl Margarita and Sangria! The pre-mixed drinks are all natural and contain no preservatives or artificial colors and a 4 oz. glass they are only 100 calories. (Take that 100 calorie packs!) The best part is that they taste delicious- the margarita has the perfect tart flavor and the sangria is slightly sweeter and fruitier.

Wheat Thins Flatbread Tuscan Herb Crackers

I’ve always loved wheat thins but try not to keep them around because they aren’t clean and my self control is limited around crackers. But when I discovered their new Flatbread crackers it all changed for me. These long crackers have the perfect flavor and they are crunchy and delicious. Lately, dipping these into my favorite Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil hummus is one of my favorite snacks!

Questions:

-Have you had any of the above?

-What are some recent foodie finds you’ve discovered?

-Any protein powder recommendations? I love Sun Warrior but am looking for one I can buy at Whole Foods!

Foodie Finds

Hi lovelies!

Thanks for all your support yesterday! It was so great to hear how you all are trying to listening to your bodies too! I think it’s definitely a struggle sometimes, but ultimately it’s important to know our limits.

Today I thought it would be fun to share with you some new-to-me food products that I’ve found lately! I’m a total nerd and get super excited when I go grocery shopping because I love wandering the aisles, finding fun new items! Here are some new-to-me finds:

So Delicious No-Sugar Added Vanilla Bar Minis

Only 1 gram of sugar and so yummy!

Although I love dark chocolate as a sweet treat, sometimes I just crave ice cream, especially in the summer! Unfortunately, having a tub of ice cream around the house is difficult for my self-control, so I love these portioned bars. The best part is that they are dairy free and ALL NATURAL! They have great nutritional stats and taste amazing with the crunchy dark chocolate and sweet, coconut-vanilla tasting ice cream in the middle! They are so good that I ate one while writing this post… just for testing purposes of course. :)

Nature’s Path Buckwheat Wildberry Waffles

The best frozen waffles that I have ever had, hands down!

I’ve been eating frozen waffles for years and for years never ventured away from Eggo Nutri-Grain Low Fat waffles. Although these were good, I wanted to find a healthier, organic option. Due to a coupon at Whole Foods, I decided to give the Nature’s Path waffles a try. It turns out it was an excellent decision! These waffles are the perfect combination of crunchy on the outside but fluffy on the inside with warm berries sprinkled throughout. Purchase these immediately and you won’t be sorry!

Pure Organic Bars

They come in 5 flavors but I think this one is the best!

When I was at the airport last week, I realized that I didn’t have any snacks for my long flight! I looked around for Larabars, but when I couldn’t find them I purchased Pure bars instead. These are very similar to Lara in their taste and short ingredient list! They taste great and are filling, making them the perfect snack. If you like Lara, I bet you will like these!

Uludag Sparkling Water

I have absolutely no idea what this ad says...

This little gem came from the market near my house that specializes in Turkish products. It tastes like a normal sparkling water without flavoring but what makes it unique is the carbonation. Usually carbonated beverages have small bubbles, but Uludag has large bubbles inside that are the size of the tip of your pinky. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever had, but I enjoyed it and look forward to some more Uludag!

Questions:

-Do you have any new foodie finds?

-Have you ever ate or drank something when you couldn’t read the label?