Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Products we Love

It’s no surprise that Lisa and I are advocates of eating real food – food you can imagine growing in nature; something our great-grandparents would recognize. But, we also understand that life sometimes throws you curve balls. Life cannot always be planned and sometimes, it’s more fun when things get little messy. Finding the time and resources to fuel your body and satisfy your taste buds with fresh food straight off the farm and eloquently prepared in your kitchen is not always a practical reality.

The trick is that when you have to improvise and make good choices on the go, we want you to feel really good with the choices you make to nourish your body.
Here’s a list of products that fully nourish us.

Synergy Kombucha: We’re not 100% sure if it’s the carbonation, the taste, or the fact that each drink is packed with healthy probiotics that has us completely hooked to Synergy Kombucha; but, whatever it is, we’re devote fans of this beverage. It’s refreshing and a nice break from good ol’ H20 without having any artificial ingredients or added sugars. Lisa’s favorite flavor is Gingerberry, mine is Cosmic Cranberry, and Trilogy is a mutual favorite.

LUNA Fiber Bars: We completely love LUNA. LUNA is on the mission to empower women everywhere by removing the guilt we often associate with snacking and to start embracing the benefits of nourishing our bodies throughout the day. Not to mention, LUNA bars simply taste amazing and are good for us, too.  When we take a break in our day to enjoy a food that nourishes our nutrient needs and also meets our cravings, we are doing so much good for our bodies. You heard us! Let’s embrace the Power of Positive Snacking together. Deal?
Our favorite flavor of LUNA Fiber Bars is Peanut Butter Strawberry. We especially love these bars because they supply a hefty dose of fiber, 7 grams to be exact. And fiber is that one superstar nutrient that maintains a good reputation in the nutrition world despite the ever-changing diet trends.

Justin’s Nut Butter: Oh Justin. It could be your haircut that initially got us interested in this product, but it’s the taste and the quality of the ingredients used that continually has us coming back for more. One of our favorite products to recommend to friends, family and clients are the nut butter packs because each pack contains a perfectly portioned serving size. They’re a wonderful addition to any snack bag when you’re spending the day on an airplane, in the car, or just on-the-go.

NatureBox: The people over at NatureBox are on a pursuit to promote healthy snacking, and we love it! They truly embrace the philosophy that snacks are best for your body when viewed as mini meals and when they are viewed as an excellent opportunity to add more nutrients to your day. Another great thing about NatureBox is that many of the snacks they offer are in fact real food. Their snacks are minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients or trans fat. Don’t even get us started on the Peppery Pistachios or Dried Pears. They are oh-my, yum! 
Horizon Organics String Cheese: Cheese easily made it on to of our Top 5 Foods We Can’t Live Without list. Why? Because we love the taste of cheese. But, cheese is also an excellent source of protein and calcium. We especially feel good about eating Horizon Organics String Cheese because dairy products from organic sources are made without the use of hormones, antibiotics and other drugs. And why string cheese, you ask? It’s fun to eat! And since cheese is relatively high in calories and fat, we like that string cheese is pre-portioned so we don’t have to be concerned about accidentally having too much.

Greek Yogurt: You will always find Greek yogurt in both of our fridges. In fact, I even came close to having it on My Top 5 Foods I Can’t Live Without list. Lisa’s been known to add it as a topping to her homemade tortilla soup or to mix with avocado for a deliciously creamy dip or spread. I love Greek yogurt topped with berries and little bit of our homemade granola or stirred into my oatmeal for an extra protein boost in the morning.

When I came across Yasso Greek Frozen Yogurt, I couldn’t have been more excited. This Greek yogurt is individually wrapped into bars for convenience and portion control, and has the perfect hint of sweetness without using artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. These bars are also chocked full of probiotics, are an excellent source of calcium and protein, and do not contain any artificial hormones. An added bonus is that you can enjoy all of this without even using a spoon!

Dr. Krackers Crackers: Finding a good quality cracker – one that is both nutritious and tastes delicious (we need something way better than cardboard) – is not an easy feat. We have good news. Some of these cracker varieties are 100% whole wheat and make our taste buds very happy. The Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Crispbreads often make their way into our snack bag during days of travel. With a hearty 5 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and the first ingredient being organic whole wheat flour, these crackers are a homerun.

We were not paid to endorse these products. We gladly promote products and companies that align with our food philosophy and that we believe in. While we’ve teamed up with LUNA at the Wanderlust Festivals this summer to promote the Power of Positive Snacking together, we were not paid to write this post or promote LUNA bars. We just like them! 

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