healthy snacks

Eat This: Non-GMO & Gluten Free Mediterranean Bites

Eating healthy and living that busy lifestyle don’t exactly go hand in hand. It can get challenging, especially if you are vegetarian or have any food allergies/restrictions. I always try to eat fresh food whenever possible, but when I heard about this new line of vegetarian, gluten free and non-GMO project verified frozen falafel bites, I had to give them a try.

These protein and fiber packed lil bites come with tzatziki sauce and are available in four different flavors: Kale, Garlic Pesto, Southwestern and Sweet Potato. They are packaged in a resealable pouch for added convenience and freshness.
Nates Mediterranean BitesThe bites are super convenient since they are pre-cooked so all you have to do is thaw them out and they’re good to go! Additionally, you always have the option to cook them in the oven, microwave or fryer.

I decided to try the Kale flavor first. I cooked them in a toaster oven for about 12 minutes. In the meantime, I whipped up a little arugula salad with feta cheese and used the included tzatziki sauce as a base for my dressing (adding in some oil, lemon juice and a little salt and pepper). I served it with some beet hummus (from Trader Joes) and some fresh pita bread. The results? Insanely yum and I can’t wait to try the rest of the flavors!
Healthy Mediterranean Food

Nates Mediterranean Bites hit retail stores in June and are currently sold at Sprouts grocery stores nationwide.

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Snack On This: Savory & Grass-fed Blue Hill Yogurt

My last blog post reminded me that it had been way too long since I visited Whole Foods and I was having major withdrawals. As much as I am obsessed with The Natural Grocer in Newburyport it’s just too small to be my Disneyland…I can’t exactly get lost in there…and I like getting lost. Well yesterday I had the day off and I decided to spend most of it at Lululemon and Whole Foods…I actually had more fun at Whole Foods. I get a kick out of myself sometimes and how my passions have shifted over the years. I mean I still went into the dressing room at Lulu 3 times and didn’t walk out of there empty handed but you get the point.

This trip I wanted to shop outside of the box and try some new things that I wouldn’t be able to find close to me. I wanted to maximize my shopping trip, ya know, stock up on the oddities. The best thing about Whole Foods is that every time I go in there I find something new…and trust me when I say that I literally scan every shelf of every aisle, every time I go there.

I’ve added yogurt back into my diet as a way to get some protein. I spent a good 7 minutes in the yogurt section being a dork and reading the labels of every damn yogurt brand to see what kind of farm practices they have and if their dairy cows are grass-fed or not. Yup, I’m that girl. I glanced to the top shelf at a row of black plastic cups with pretty, fall-colored writing. “WTF? Beet flavored yogurt?” Yes. And carrot, tomato, sweet potato, butternut squash and parsnip. Yes…savory yogurts, what an amazing idea, especially for people that don’t care for veggies or even as a healthful snack option for the kids!

blue hill savory yogurts

The yogurts are from Blue Hill Farm located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. They are a family farm that raises their dairy cows in the best possible way and uses their well-pastured, 100% grass-fed milk along with local vegetables from neighboring farms to create their yogurts.

I wanted to try every flavor but they were a little pricey so I decided to get beet and sweet potato. Honestly, they’re damn tasty especially if you add in some complimenting ingredients (which they suggest on the underside of each lid). Speaking of the lid, how cute are they?? (see photo above). I love good packaging.

beet and sweet potato yogurt

 

When I visited the Blue Hill Yogurt website I was pleasantly surprised. The layout, the photography and the wonderful content really boosted their brownie points for me. They have a whole section with videos on how to make yummy, healthy recipes from the yogurts and they even have their own online market with TONS of cool shit. I’m really in love with this company and I feel good supporting them. Now I just need to figure out which flavor to try next…

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