These are a few of my favorite things...

Just on a side note, I thought I'd let you in on one of the reasons I've loved blogging recently. There’s a bird’s nest that hides behind the shutter right next to my bedroom window and it seems like everytime I blog I am greeted by this beautiful red bird who stops by to feed its little baby birdies! I thought I'd share a picture of my little bird friend with all of you! I looked it up on google and I think this fits the description of a House Finch, and it must be a male because of the beautiful red on its head and belly.

Besides nature, I of course love food and health so here are a few of my favorite things...

 

Pure Castille Soap. It's a huge bottle and it lasts for a very long time, so in my opinion it’s worth the 9.99 I dished out for it. Leaves your skin feeling refreshed and smelling like peppermint. It has coconut oil, jojoba oil, peppermint oil, etc and it moisturizes, has no harsh chemicals, it's animal friendly, has multiple uses and it's fair trade!

Carrots—preservative free! I decided to go with Green Giant when I was at Target the other day mainly because I wanted to show my support for their awesome commitment to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Then I saw that they are preservative free and pretty cheap!

Green Tea. This is so good for you. It provides an energy boost in the morning on the way to work, it helps with weight loss because it boosts your metabolism. Plus with all of those awesome antioxidants you just can't go wrong. This is a 48 pack from TJ's.

Cocoa Powder. I told you about how much I love chocolate. Well, now that I'm on this health kick this has really been a treat for me. It is the most delicious cocoa powder I've found yet, if you're still using Hershey's you're missing out. There is more cocoa butter in this than most cocoa powder on the market which I think gives it added flavor. Bake it in your cakes, cupcakes, etc! (notice the finger prints on the outside of the container that I didn't wipe off... )

Whole Wheat Flour. I use this for everything! Get rid of that bleached white flour in your pantry and go buy this! It is awesome. 4 grams of fiber per serving, won't give you that blood sugar spike like white flour, it's awesome!

Frozen Fruit. Just fruit, nothing else. Recently I have fallen in love with these Pineapple tidbits! They are so perfect for making smoothies, I love it! Or, you could thaw them and mash em and then eat them on the side of cottage cheese. Or, make a prosciuto and pineapple pizza on whole wheat pizza dough with fresh mozzarella! Delicious. I made a post-workout smoothie today with greek yogurt, green tea, pineapple, and strawberries. Yum. 70 calories per serving, 130% Daily value of Vit. C per serving. Resealable bag.

Wild Arugula. Triple Washed. 1.99 a bag. Delicious, tender, flavorful, so versatile. You could make pesto, you could eat it in a salad, you could even blend it into your smoothies! I love it.

Looking for a way to get your family to eat more veggies? BroccoliSlaw! Throw this in a salad or add balsamic vinaigrette to this (homemade of course!), some tomatoes, turkey even and you have a salad. Tons of vitamin C and A. Great source of fiber. Calcium. Delicious. This is organic Broccoli Slaw from TJ's.

My favorite vitamins. TJ's High Potency Vit. and Min. They're sustained release, just take 2 a day and you're golden. They give you great energy and it'll help your immune system for sure. I've noticed that since I've been taking these vitamins my nails are much stronger. Weird! Cindy Whitmarsh highly recommends taking omega oils so get those too! I also take Vitamin D because I'm deficient in that from being a city girl the majority of the year!

Greek Yogurt. I can't preach it enough. 2% fat Fage is my favorite but the TJ's Greek Style is great too. You can throw this in a smoothie, eat it with fresh berries and homemade granola, or even take a recipe that calls for mayonnaise and use this instead! It's about 3.70 for a big container of Fage at Target.

 2 lb bag of Granny Smith Apples. 2.49. I also love Gala, Fuji, and Pink Lady (which also are available in these handy 2 lb bags. I'm luck if they last me more than a week because I love them so much!

Almonds. Man I love almonds. They are lower in saturated fat than peanuts and they have such a delicious flavor.If you'll notice in the picture, the label on the almond butter is wrinkled and ripped, that's because I keep washing this jar and reusing it to put my homemade almond butter in it! I like to buy both Raw and Dry Roasted because sometimes I like to switch up the taste of my almond butter.  They are both delicious but the Raw is a whiter color and has a smoother, milder taste. All I do is process either a bag of the raw or a bag of the dry roasted almonds in my food processor for about 8 minutes, and it turns into butter! Then I stir in some honey and a pinch of sea salt. DELICIOUS. (Slather on apples, on a sandwich, or put on a homemade whole wheat tortilla with honey and roll up... it tastes like a crepe!) Sometimes when I'm running to work I'll even just grab a tblspoon of almond butter so I don't starve on the way!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You can get huge jugs of this from Costco. Delicious olive oil, perfect for so many things. I even use it in my cookies. Imported from Italy, great for your skin and heart.

Natural Sweeteners. Honey and Agave Nectar. I like these because they are much cheaper than Pure Maple Syrup and they are delicious. Today I happened to splurge and I bought a 32 oz bottle of maple Syrup for 16.99 at TJ's but I know it will last me a really long time.

Other favorites: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from the Farmer's Market (hormone, antibiotic free, local), Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Sea Salt, Unsalted Butter, Balsamic Vinegar.

These are some of the things that I keep going back to the grocery store for whenever I run out of them. They all are very versatile and good for you, and they are must-haves in order for me to stay on track. Maybe you'll like them too!

Bonne santé,

Trish