Lately I’ve been drowning deep in school work and actual professional career work with little time to actually have something I’m pretty sure other people in this world call a “life”. So my dear friends, I apologize for the long bursts of time that go between post and post.
In sight of my apologies though, I wanted to introduce a little series of product love and shout outs to the products that I stick by on a weekly basis whether it be additional to my lunch sack or a standard breakfast I enjoy most mornings. The series will feature GMO-Free, organic, or great substitutes for your favorite large corporate brand products.
Lets start off with some Breakfast and Snack Love:
1. Whirlybird Granola: Locally produced granola with just the right amount sweetness and saltiness and a whole lot of wholesome ingredients. The price is pretty average for a packaged granola, but it lasts a long time and is worth every penny. The Original and Vanilla Berry are my top two favorites, but the seasonal Gingerbread is extra special. Pair it with yogurt, celery and peanut butter, oatmeal, mix it into homemade bread, or stop on the west side at Zip Dip and make it your topping of choice on a soft serve swirl in a bowl.
2. Chobani Greek Yogurt: Although Chobani has faced tough critics on the factual basis if they use milk from cows that have a diet free from genetically modified products, they still stay focused on their mission to use hormone free milk, non-gmo products, and all natural ingredients. Their #howmatters press release really shows their concern for the public and what they’re putting into their products. The yogurt is delicious, thick, and tastes great by itself, covered with berries, or as an individual ingredient in soups, cakes, sauces, and any place you would use sour cream.
3. Nature’s Path Whole O’s: They’re like your favorite box of Cheerios, except they taste a little nuttier and aren’t filled with extra shelf life extenders and genetically modified corn starch.
Pair with: Blueberries, a banana, and milk or toss in some chopped nuts and chia seeds
4. Bob’s Red Mill Oats: Bob’s Red Mill produces a good portion of grains, flours, cereals, rices, and even mixes that are all-natural and mostly organic. Their line of oats would have to be my favorite product since they work well in all sorts of preparations and don’t become gluey like many other oat products out there. I really enjoy their oats as an ingredient in bread or cooked up hot with milk and a dash of salt and then topped with fresh or dried fruit and nuts, peanut butter, or butter and a little brown sugar.
1. Nature’s path Honey Nut Crunch Bars: These are almost like Nature Valley’s crunchy oat bars, but have fewer ingredients and are just a touch saltier than Nature Valley’s.
Crumble on top of yogurt, toss into your lunch sack for a quick snack, or stash in the car for when traffic is backed up and dinner time is nowhere in sight.
2. Snyder’s of Hanover Multigrain Twists: Snyder’s of Hanover produces a large amount of various products, however, these are my favorite. The twists have a nice crunch and that sourdough “pretzely” taste that you come to expect and have a generous amount of fiber and whole grains. Snyder’s also carries an organic version of the twists, but the regular ones are just as good.
Dip them in peanut butter, hummus, or a peppered goat cheese, pair with lunch meat and cheese, or just eat them as is.
3. Annie’s Snacks: My favorite Annie’s products are the bunny snacks…savory and sweet flavors all shaped in the form of a bunny. The cheddar bunnies are a great substitute if you’re a big fan of Peppridge Farm’s Gold Fish and the grams are great for Teddy Graham lovers.
4. Peanut Butter and Company Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter and Company possibly produces one of the best all-natural peanut butter selections with 10 different kinds that you can choose from. My favorites are the standards: smooth operator and crunch time.
5. Terra Sweet Potato Chips: I have never been a fan of chips unless a plate of the tortilla chips from Chipotle or Nada have been set in front of me. However, Terra chips are a different story. Whether you prefer the mixed root vegetables or plain sweet potato chips, Terra’s chips are just darn good. Not too one note, not to sweet, and not too salty…you can also feel pretty good about yourself and healthier as you eat them.
What are your favorite products by these companies or what products do you enjoy to much on for breakfast or snacking?