Grocery Store Finds: October 2018

How is October already over? These months keep going by faster and faster.

Grocery Store Finds with Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #dietitian #healthy #grocerystore #groceryshopping #nutrition

The fall season is officially here. This is my favorite time of the year. I love the cool crisp air, wearing scarves and boots, the start of the holiday season, and obviously the food! I would consider this my favorite food season as well. All the fall produce and the fall-flavored items (I’m talking to you pumpkin spice) hitting the grocery store shelves.

Of course, I couldn’t NOT post at least a couple of pumpkin-flavored items for the month of October. If you are looking for a Grocery Store Finds exclusive to just pumpkin items, check out last years Grocery Store Finds post by pumpkin guru, Maggie Michalczyk.

Purely Elizabeth. Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Superfood Granola

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hand holding Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Spice Granola

Not only has Purely Elizabeth gotten new packaging, but they also added a few new flavors, like this pumpkin spice granola. This superfood granola is a blend of nuts and seeds combined with pumpkin spice, creating grain-free clusters. This granola packs a punch of pumpkin spice and I’ve been enjoying it on my yogurt for my afternoon snack.

Flackers

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hand holding Flackers Crackers

In search of a crunchy and seedy cracker? Find Flackers, made from flaxseed. They soak their organic flaxseeds in water to begin the germination process, boosting their nutritional value and making the seeds easier to chew, digest, and absorb. Then dehydrate the seeds at controlled low temperatures to lock-in vital nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants that benefit overall health. My favorite flavor is “savory” Flacker, which adds garlic, onion, basil, & red chili pepper.

Siete Cashew Queso

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hand holding Siete Cashew Queso

This month I was at FNCE (Food Nutrition Conference & Expo) and Siete had a booth sampling their new queso. When I tell you this is good, it’s like eating the whole jar kind of good. Of course, you should pair them with Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips. The base of this queso is cashews mixed making it dairy-free queso.

Delighted By Pumpkin Spice Hummus

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hand holding Delighted By Pumpkin Pie Hummus

I’ve told you about Delighted By Dessert Hummus before, but the last time I was at the grocery store I turned the corner and saw a new flavor taking up space – Pumpkin Pie! Of course, I just HAD to try it. I dunked both graham crackers and apple slices in the pumpkin pie hummus. Best. Snack. Ever.

Eden Organic Canned Beans

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hand holding Eden Organic Canned Beans

You might be thinking .. “Uh, okay Julie .. I think we’ve all seen canned beans at the grocery store before. This is not anything new” Well, I have news for you. You probably have seen Eden Organic canned beans on the shelves and maybe have purchased them before too, but did you notice they have an extra ingredient in their can? Kombu Seaweed. These beans are cooked with a bit of kombu sea vegetable. You don’t taste the kombu, but its natural glutamic acid softens and enhances the flavor of beans and helps with digestions, not leaving you feeling bloated or gassy after consuming beans.

Grocery Store Finds: October 2017 – Pumpkin Edition

There are so many pumpkin flavored items saturating the grocery store shelves during this time of year, so I consulted the ultimate pumpkin guru for this pumpkin edition grocery store find round up.

I’m excited to collaborate with pumpkin loving dietitian, Maggie Michalczyk. You might know her on Instagram as @onceuponapumpkin. I thought I was pumpkin obsessed, but this girl takes it to a whole other level. I rely on her to keep me up to date on all the new pumpkin items hitting the grocery store shelves. Without further ado, I’ll let Maggie take it away with her pumpkin edition Grocery Store Picks for this month.

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As I sit down to write this, I’m finding it harder than I thought to narrow down my list of best pumpkin grocery store finds. As you know if you’ve walked into any grocery store since August, pumpkin spice mania is in nearly in every aisle in some way, shape or form. I’m talking chips, cheese, meats (yes, meats!), and air fresheners just to name a few. And while I’ll try anything pumpkin once, this list is full of staples in my pumpkin pantry that are worth hunting down this pumpkin season! I included some for their high nutrition, and some for their uniqueness and pumpkin taste alone. The bottom line is, I’m “pump”-ed when I go to the grocery store this time of year, and the pumpkin possibilities are truly endless!

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin & Butternut Squash Bisque

A new player in the pumpkin game, this bisque joins Trader Joe’s collection of over 150 pumpkin products! I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of their pumpkin soup. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it was not as thick as I would expect pumpkin soup to be. This bisque was the answer to my prayers and is made with ingredients I would use if I was making it at home like ginger, carrot, and no heavy cream. I’ve been topping it with a little parmesan cheese and fresh black pepper.
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Kracker Pumpkin Seed Crisps

These “crisps” can best be described as large crackers, and I’ve been eating them with avocado on top as avocado “toasts” for some time now! Perfectly square shaped and extra crunchy because of the pumpkin seeds baked right in, these crackers also contain whole wheat, oats, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds! At 4 grams of proteins per serving, they are great to top with your favorite spreads. You can find them year-round at Whole Foods.
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 365 Organic Pumpkin & Sage Farro Pilaf

New for 2017 at Whole Foods, it took me some time to track down this pumpkin pilaf, and boy am I glad I did! Not only is it ready in less than 20 minutes, but I found it to be just as good the next day as leftovers. With notes of sage, black pepper and turmeric, I found it to be full of fall flavor and the ideal side dish to a meal on a cozy autumn night. I paired it with a glass of red wine too, another highly recommend accompaniment!
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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Soup Crackers

In my opinion, they should drop the word “soup” in the name because these crackers can be eaten in so many other ways! With a slightly salty, pumpkin taste, I found them to be slightly addicting too! Paired with cheese, or dipped in hummus you can’t go wrong eating them in just about any way you like! These end up in my cart every time I’m shopping at Trader Joe’s this time of year, and I will buy a few extra boxes for when they are no longer available! Check out the other exclusive TJ’s pumpkin items I’m loving here.
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Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Mix

If you don’t have the time (or energy!) to whip up pumpkin bread from scratch—fear not! Simple mills has your back in more ways than one because this mix makes both muffins and bread. Great for gluten-free pumpkin lovers because it’s made with almond and coconut flour. This mix tastes as indulgent as your coffee house pumpkin bread but with only 6 grams of sugar per serving (1 muffin or slice of bread), you can feel good about having it all fall long. Trust me, you’ll be hooked after your first batch! Find it at Whole Foods, or Fresh Thyme.
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Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Bar

Also new for 2017, Health Warrior has an entire line of bars that have pumpkin seeds as their first ingredient. Honey and spices are the only other things used to bring out the bold flavors of dark chocolate, honey cracked pepper and turmeric and cinnamon spice. I haven’t seen any other bar that makes pumpkin seeds the star, or with this simple of an ingredient list. I’ve even cut one up and used it as a salad topper for an extra crunch!
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Califia Farm Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew

This coffee is definitely one of the pumpkin items I look forward to most when it comes back for the season! Maybe it’s the seasonably festive packaging (let’s admit, sometimes we FALL for it!), or the smooth pumpkin-y taste of this cold brew, that makes it so enjoyable to drink. It’s not overly sweet like some pumpkin drinks can be, and definitely a fun treat in the morning (I usually have a little cup in addition to my coffee!) Bonus that it’s soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, carrageenan-free, non-GMO, and vegan—making it a pumpkin coffee that those with certain dietary restrictions or preferences can enjoy too. Win, win!
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Are you a pumpkin flavored fan? If so, what are your favorite pumpkin products?
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites

It’s pumpkin everything this time of year. When I saw Wild Friends create a new seasonal pumpkin spice peanut butter, I was so excited! I am a big fan of wild friends nut butters.
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I’m not going to lie, I’ve been eating it straight from the jar with a spoon. I made energy bites with wild friends vanilla espresso flavor, so I created another energy bite recipe using this new nut butter!

pumpkin pb bites 1Perfect little bite size snacks for on the go easy snacking.
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Play around with the ingredients to create the perfect flavor for you!
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pumpkin peanut butter bites in a bowl with checkered napkin

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add oats, flax seed, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  2. Put pumpkin spice peanut butter and maple syrup in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until softened.
  3. Combine the peanut butter mixture with the oat mixture until combine. The mixture will be thick. Shape into tablespoon-sized balls. Store in refrigerator.

Notes

Use certified gluten free oats to guarantee gluten free recipe.

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