Five Favorites Friday – 3/11/11

11 Mar

Hello there Friday!  You’re a welcomed addition to my week 🙂

For today’s post, I want to do something a little different.  I’d like to share my five favorite health food products as of late.  So, without further ado, allow me to share the foodie love.

Coconut Butter

I did not think there was a better nut butter than peanut butter (say that 10 times fast, eh?).  But then I tried coconut butter.  It’s rich and creamy, with a slight hint of coconut.  When I first tried it, I was expecting it to be sweet but it’s actually rather decadent in a semi-sweet kind of way.  It’s great drizzled over fruit or oatmeal or even mixed into yogurt.  You can also drizzle it over ice cream and it’ll turn into a hard, coconut flavored magic shell.  Yum, yum, yum.  I think I’ve eaten a little bit every single day since I first tried it.  And I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon.

Fage Greek Yogurt & Stevia Drops

Greek yogurt is certainly not a new-to-me product but Stevia is.  I’m not sure why I waited so long to try it out.  Probably because I’m not a huge fan of adding sweeteners to my food.  But sometimes the sourness of plain, greek yogurt just isn’t appealing, ya know?  I’m glad I took the leap because it was love at first bite.  I use about 10 drops per 6oz container and the yogurt tastes just sweet enough.  Because of the creamy texture of the yogurt, this sweet treat tastes decadent while still being very healthy!

Cacao Nibs

I bought these on a whim.  I like chocolate.  I like antioxidants.  I like fiber.  So, I thought, why not?  I was actually surprised to find how bitter they are and at first, I didn’t like them.  But then I gave them a second try.  And a third. And a fourth.  You get the idea.  Over time, they grew on me.  And with all the health benefits, what’s not to like?

Nutritional Yeast (a.k.a. Nooch)

According to wikipedia:

It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12. The vitamin B12 is produced separately from bacteria and then added to the yeast.

I happen to like it because of it’s cheese-like flavor.  I’ve tried it on kale chips, mixed into sauces, and over salads.  For more great recipes using Nooch, check out these blogs: Love Veggies & Yoga, Peas & Thank You, and The Edible Perspective.

What foodie items are you loving lately?


One Response to “Five Favorites Friday – 3/11/11”


  1. Toasted Coconut Peanut Butter Cups « A Voracious Appetite - March 14, 2011

    […] One food that I’d always avoided was coconut.  I never had much exposure to it beyond the sickly sweet filling in Almond Joys (yuck).  But then I started cooking and baking with several coconut based items; coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut butter. […]

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