New year, new grocery store finds.
I’ve been getting some great feedback from my grocery store finds! Thank you to all those who have commented, emailed, or messaged me. I really enjoy paroozing the aisles at the grocery store and finding new items to try and share here. As always, I am always open to ideas and suggestions. If you have a product you love and want to see it in this series, let me know!
Kodiak Cakes Minute Muffins
I’ve written about Kodiak Cakes before, but now they have these Minute Muffins. All you have to do is add water, microwave for a minute, and you have yourself a muffin. I like to pump mine up with whisking in an egg for an adding punch of protein and top with fruit.
Mighty Sesame Co Tahini
This is by far the creamiest tahini I have ever tried. I love that Might Sesame Co. Tahini comes in a squeeze bottle. It makes it easier to use. Looking for a recipe with tahini? Try my Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing.
Delighted by Dessert Hummus
I’ve made my own dessert hummus before, but guys this Delighted by Dessert Hummus is by far creamier than what I’ve ever made. I loved the sweet snickerdoodle flavor. I’ve been dunking strawberries in this dessert hummus on repeat for my evening snack lately.
I was intrigued by Puroast Coffee. They sent me a sample of their low acidic coffee to try. I usually add a little splash of milk to my coffee in the morning, but this was the first time I could actually drink it completely black. It is very smooth and much less bitter. Puroast has 70 percent less acidity than any other coffee. My day doesn’t start without a cup of coffee.
Simple Mills Muffin Mix
Simple Mills, I don’t think you make a product I don’t like. I wish I could cook and bake everything from scratch, but let’s be real, I’m busy! I have no shame in my box mix game, especially when it’s packed with simple and wholesome ingredients. Simple and delicious!
Need a little afternoon pick-me-up? These Vanilla Espresso Energy Bites are a perfect energy boosting snack. I originally posted this recipe back in 2014 on my travels to Blog Brulee in Vermont. Boy, a lot has changed since that conference. That conference hands down was the most amazing experience and I contribute a lot of my blogging success from that conference. It gave me the confidence to turn my hobby into my business.
One of my biggest goals was to focus on my food photography. When you are sharing a recipe online, it has to look visually appealing. While some of my old recipes taste delicious, they are not very photogenic. I am working on updating old recipes this summer. This is one of my favorite energy bite recipes, but the photo definitely needed an upgrade. Every time I take food pictures, I am constantly learning and improving. It is a constant learning process.
If you are a coffee lover, you’ll love the addition of the espresso powder. It will give you that little jolt to power you through the afternoon. Find espresso powder in the coffee aisle of the grocery store.
Make these ahead and enjoy all week (if they even last that long). Just remember to store in the refrigerator, or they dry out and get very crumbly.
You don’t have to get out of your pajamas and wait on line at Starbucks to enjoy lattes anymore. Learn how simple it is to make your own latte at home. This Mocha Latte tastes indulgent without breaking the bank.
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the @CocoaVia #HeartMonth campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time.
I’m from New Jersey and in NJ people feel very strongly about their coffee. Dunkin vs. Starbucks. When I say people feel very strongly about their coffee, they will openly tell you why they like their choice and how you should too.
Dunkin or Starbucks?
I don’t often get coffee out, as I prefer to make it at home, but when I want to grab a quick cup of coffee I’ll stop at Dunkin. For more of the specialty drinks, like lattes, I prefer Starbucks, so you could say I’m the rare NJ coffee drinker. I don’t pick sides.
I’m the type of morning person where coffee must be present during my morning routine. I don’t want to have to wait until I’m already out the door to get my caffeine fix. Coffee beverages, like lattes, can be part of a healthy diet. An average latte contains one full serving of dairy.
When I found this little milk frother gadget, I realized how easy it was to make lattes at home and get that perfect amount of foam like if a barista was making you a latte right in your own kitchen.
There is just something about sipping on a warm coffee in the morning that makes me happy. Skip the chocolate syrup for a mocha latte and try using a packet of unsweetened dark chocolate CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement, a daily cocoa extract supplement that delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols, which are scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow†.
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