I have to admit something so you should brace yourself.
I have an addiction to going to small health stores without a plan, without a list, and with a small grumble in my tummy. I tend to gravitate to the sweet and also snack foods, items with pretty and unique packaging and small and local companies (usually most items in these type of stores). I generally go for the less expensive items but that is always a hit or miss when I weigh the pros and cons of my purchase. It is also a hit or miss on if the product is actually going to appeal to my tastebuds or not.
The other day I struck gold! I went on in knowing my sweet tooth (it is ginormous) was coming on and that I wasn’t super hungry after the quinoa and veggie bowl I had ate. After walking the entire store a couple times (it is very small but still got a workout in- jk) I settled on a few items I enjoyed and believe you might too!
The first- a no-bake peanut butter cookie produced by The No-Bake Cookie Co.. Though this cookie contains one of my biggest pet peeves it was very dense, large, and flavorful. The company is located in Bend, Oregon. The cookies ingredients are: Gluten free oats, sugar, non-fat milk, natural peanut butter, butter, and pure vanilla. Though this may seem like a healthy cookie the ingredients are hardly (sugar is the second listed) and dairy has negative side effects for those like me who suffer from lactose intolerance.
My second item- Dark chocolate coconut butter cups with a hint of caramel sea salt. I gravitated to this because the packaging is made of that soft matte material. The ingredients are also simple- organic coconut, organic cacoa, organic coconut sugar, organic cocoa butter, himalayan sea salt. It is paleo and vegan. The company, is EatingEvolved and you can find them on social media to see some of their other products!
My third item- Barnana bites. I was honestly not sure of how I would like this product as the smell or taste of bananas past their slightly-green-but-pretty-much-yellow stage grosses me out. However, these are delicious and of everything I still have some left! (I am savoring them). These are also dairy and gluten free! The packaging has fun info. and interaction on the backside, as seen below.
* My pet peeve mentioned above- I hate hate hate when manufacturers put more than one serving in a package that either shouldn’t be eaten as two servings or simply can’t be sealed to be eaten later. Products found like this- small chip bags, canned soda, candy bars, single large cookies, etc. I think this has a been a huge contributing factor to the western diet and the obesity epidemic.
So, check out these super cool companies and products! They may not be as healthy as eating a normal banana, a scoop of all natural almond butter or some granola but live a little! They are definitely better than many other products out on the market today.
PS. I found these items at a local Green Zebra store.