I often get asked my recommendations for on-the-go packaged snacks. Here are the products I keep on rotation in my pantry.
Most packaged products have an element of processing, so I won't say these are "healthy." Instead, let's stick with "less processed" and they tend to include better ingredients than conventional snacks.
I'm a huge fan of Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs for the sole reason that all the ingredients are much easier to digest than the typical "puff".
I also like that the "cheese" flavor comes from nutritional yeast, because most other "cheese" flavored snacks have milk cultures, which adds another element of processing.
MadeGood's soft baked cookies are my current obsession and I do love them. The sugar content is 6g per pouch which is not bad compared to most "snack food" in a pouch.
Wild Friends Peanut Cashew Super Butter is my son's favorite nut butter. I definitely keep this on rotation in our house.
The New Primal Grass-Fed Beef Sticks have been the kids new favorite lately.
Ingredients: Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Beef, Honey, Lemon Peel, Sea Salt, Encapsulated Lactic Acid*, Celery Juice (Celery, Sea Salt), Garlic, Onion, White Pepper, Ginger, Black Pepper, in Collagen Casing. *Derived from non-gmo source, not from dairy.
Chomps Grass-Fed Beef Sticks are similarly packaged, but seasoned without honey or sweeteners. My kids do like this one a lot and it has come in handy for car rides. They are not as hard to chew as actual jerky - they are much more tender.
Ingredients: 100% grass-fed beef, water, sea salt, lactic acid, celery juice, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, coriander, stuffed in a collagen casing.
Plant based protein powders.
My choices for cooking oils.
California Olive Ranch is likely the most bang for your buck olive oil that is readily available in most retailers. California Olive Ranch also scored well* in the UC Davis Study, which evaluated the quality of olive oils. *I think it is important to disclose that California Olive Ranch also was one of the financial backers of the study.
I use Nutiva Organic Shortening occasionally, when a recipe calls for shortening or when I'm looking to replace butter in a recipe.
Making chai is an art, but making dairy-free chai is a magical process. My Instagram Story Highlights has a step-by-step guide on how I make dairy-free chai that won't curdle your alternative milk.
We try to limit our grains to healthier options at home, so that we don't feel so bad when we splurge when we eat out. For home, we typically have organic rice, pasta & breads.
I rarely keep All-Purpose Flour in the house, but if I do need to use it for a recipe, I will use this Arrowhead Mills All-Purpose Flour (unbleached). Arrowhead Mills also makes a Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour.
King Arthur's Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour is also a great option and easy to find in stores.
The sweeteners I keep in stock are local raw honey (which I use daily), liquid monk fruit sweetener, coconut sugar, maple syrup & jaggery (gaur).
This Lakanto MonkFruit Sweetener is the closest thing to tasting like real sugar I have found. I do want to point out that it has the ingredient "Natural Flavors". If you are looking for a cleaner option, I recommend Julian Bakery's Pure Organic MonkFruit Sweetener. It's one of the few monk fruit powders I have seen with ZERO added ingredients. The main caveat I would warn about is that monk fruit tends to be VERY sweet. Although the packaging says 1:1, I recommend putting only a very small amount to start.
I keep this Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey for eating raw & unheated. Manuka honey has antimicrobial benefits, but those enzymes are destroyed if heated, so I like to mash this raw with berries and create a "jam" or just have the kids take a teaspoon with turmeric if they are getting a sore throat.
I like to keep Just Date Syrup on hand for when the kids ask for syrup on a waffle or pancake. They mainly like to see a little "drizzle" of something, so this works without shooting up their sugar levels.
If you are looking for an organic date syrup, check out The Date Lady's Pure Organic Date Syrup (but it is in a jar, not a squeeze bottle).
One Wholesome Cane Sugar package lasts me probably the entire year. That is mainly because we are using other sweeteners at home for the most part. That DOES not mean, however, that we are not consuming refined sugars elsewhere (refined sugars are in many packaged foods and restaurant foods we consume).
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