As we wrap up September, I thought I'd share a few things I'm really digging right now. I have no affiliations with any brands listed below (although they should pay me to say such nice things), I just truly like them.
What are you loving right now?
1. 1915 Juice
I'm usually not a big juice drinker. I find that drinking doesn't have the same satisfying and satiating effect that eating does. I much prefer smoothies, because I can eat them as a meal or snack and they retain the fiber from the fruits and vegetables. But, like all foods, juice can have a place in a healthy diet.
Last week I over did it. I was busy, I was stressed, I was working late every night. I didn't take time for me or to take care of my body. Sure enough, I woke up with a cold Saturday morning and was exhausted and congested for the next few days. For the first day or two I couldn't breathe through my nose and all I wanted was juice. I thought I'd load up on Vitamin C and Zinc to help kick the cold. (While Vitamin C may not prevent the onset of a cold, it has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold).
I found this 1915 juice (made by Bolthouse farms) at the store and have loved every flavor I've tried (I went for the ones higher in Vitamin C). If you too are coming down with your change of seasons cold, I'd recommend giving it a try. When choosing juice, read the label to make sure it is 100% juice.
(If you'd rather pop pills this cold season, use my discount here :)- for this link I do get a small kickback as a thank you, but really you're the one that reaps the benefits).
I'm the kind of person who always needs snacks on hand. I'm also the kind of person who goes through a jar of peanut butter every other week. These packs really are the perfect way to support my habits.
I've been loving these to-go packets to bring with me to work, on hikes, bike rides, or driving around town. I've tried the walnut butter, pecan butter, and almond butter and love them all. They have a nuttier, more earthy taste than my peanut butter go-to, but they taste just as good on apples, nectarines, strawberries, toast, or on their own.
I highly recommend this one! Their blueberry chia muesli has been my go-to breakfast for the past few weeks. Lately I've been loving it cold with siggi's dairy plain drinkable yogurt (slightly affiliated, these guys send me coupons), but I love it warm like oatmeal too. With fiber from the whole grain oats and protein from the chia seeds, it's totally satisfying and keeps me full till lunch. Plus it's lightly sweetened with honey and lower in sugar than most other brands.
4. Peanut Stir Fry Sauce
Last weekend I taught a meal prep workshop. It was a ton of fun. We learned how to make overnight oats, chia seed pudding, we made meal plans for the week, and made our own power bowls. I made this sauce and have been putting the leftovers on everything this week.
Here's how I made it:
1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp pure maple syrup
sriracha to taste
5. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Not food related, but a good read nonetheless. I've been trying to read more, but for me, it has to be an easy read or a really good book to get me through it. This is both. I'd recommend it to any recent grad, 20-something, or driven young woman. Sophia Amoruso was a broke 21 year old, dumpster diving through San Francisco. She decided to start an ebay store to sell her thrift store finds. 7 years later that ebay store is now a multi billion dollar company. Her book is both funny and serious and is a reminder for young women to show up and give their best. She reminds me to slow down in business and that success doesn't happen overnight. What are you reading right now?