There was a time not too long ago when I thought I wanted to be a food blogger…
Then I realised that a camera phone just wasn’t going to cut it, and I probably needed to spend a little more money on ingredients and kitchen appliances – on a regular basis.
But every now and then I get inspired to try new things and indulge a little. Being vegetarian and gluten-free makes things a little more challenging, but if I have to compare the way my body felt just two years ago – I can’t complain. There’s just nothing like feeling good every day.
Here are a couple of new (and one or two regular) health foods in our kitchen this month…
(Please excuse the low-quality pics).
Decaf Green Tea from Woolies
I was so excited to find a decaf version of green tea – finally. I know green tea is good for you, but the normal varieties all contain caffeine – something I don’t drink. So this was a fabulous find!
Peanut Butter from PNP
I haven’t had Black Cat peanut butter in years, and then I spotted this crunchy, sugar-free, salt-free version on the shelf. Chocolate banana smoothies or puddings just aren’t the same without a little PB. 🙂
Soy Milk – PNP
I used to drink soy milk regularly a few years ago, but that’s before I knew about GMO foods. Now I’ve found a variety that’s GMO-free and though I still drink normal milk in my coffee (decaf), I love the flavour soy milk adds to smoothies.
Frozen Berries – PNP
I’ve started making berry and oats smoothies in the mornings, and only use a tablespoon of these mixed berries. At almost R40 a box, I make sure it lasts at least two weeks. They are so yummy!
Coconut Milk – PNP
These tins aren’t cheap! I think R17 is the least I’ve paid for one, but again – we make it last. I don’t eat ready-made sauces or really anything with preservatives in it, so this is what I use for sauces (add a little lime or lemon juice, some herbs and seasoning, and you’ll be amazed at how good it goes with rice and veggies!). A tin usually lasts us two to three meals.
Protein for Smoothies – Wellness Warehouse
This one was a bit of a splurge. We went to the new shopping centre in Somerset West on the weekend and I was in seventh heaven in their Wellness Warehouse. This is a great protein source for vegans and vegetarians, because it’s completely free of any animal products and it contains five superfoods, including cacao. They have a whole range of these superfood shake mixes.
Chia Seeds – PNP
Another new thing I’m trying this month is chia seeds. Apparently they’re incredibly good for you, an excellent source of protein, and also something good to include in your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. The best part? They’re tasteless and swell with whatever liquid you put them in – like smoothies, yoghurt, or even water. So they’re flexible and filling. I paid about R36 for a bag, which isn’t something I normally pay, but I aim to make this last the month as well.
Gluten-free Muffin Mix – Wellness Warehouse
Oops. Another little splurge at the Wellness Warehouse. I don’t bake often because I find it difficult to find the right gluten-free flours to use for different recipes and I’m certainly not buying four different varieties. And unfortunately a lot of GF ready-made mixes are packed with sugar. I spotted this little box and was over the moon to find it contained raw cane sugar, no preservatives, and a ton of healthy ingredients. Can’t wait to bake these over the weekend!