Recent discoveries

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I get burned out rather quickly when I'm eating the same foods over and over again. That is one of the main reasons that I do so much experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. I absolutely love discovering new products and frequently find new things to try in the blogs that I read.

For that reason, I thought I'd share the love by showing you a few of my recent discoveries (obsessions). I found these products through recommendations from friends, others' blogs, and just wandering around the grocery store!

Artisana Raw Organic Coconut Butter
This stuff is pure indulgence! I am a huge fan of coconut and adore the taste of this butter. This isn't coconut oil; it includes the coconut meat as well (the only ingredient is coconut). It might be a good source of essential amino acids, manganese, and copper as the jar says, but I'm in it for the yum! It is quite rich and a little goes a long way.

Blue Bottle Coffee
I love, love, love this coffee. It comes from the San Francisco Bay Area but they will ship it, freshly roasted, to you for free. I find a lot of coffees have an over-roasted and almost burnt flavor but this one does not. It is smooth, non-acidic, and has a great flavor (I buy the Giant Steps roast but there are several to choose from). I am usually more of a tea drinker, but I'm a bit obsessed with this coffee at the moment!

Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds
I have been eating plain, smooth peanut butter forever and passed by this product in the store so many times before a friend raved about it. I was immediately hooked on this crunchy goodness! The roasted flaxseeds give it just a hint of toasty flavor.

Wild Wood Soymilk Creamer
I have used a few different soy creamers but never thought one was better than the other until I tried this one. It is very creamy and doesn't, in my opinion have any soy aftertaste. It pairs excellently with my Blue Bottle Coffee.

Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter
This is another thing that I passed by in the store until a friend called my attention to it. The flavor is amazing!

If you have the time (and aren't shopping with a cart full of cranky kids like I usually am), do a little browsing the next time you go grocery shopping. Even better, check out some of the products at your local farmers' market or produce stand. There are some pretty darn creative souls out there and you just might find some new favorites.

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