In Blog, My Favorite Things

Everyone has their favorite products for their recipes.  When I choose my products I always look at the labels to make sure they are free from unnecessary additives and preservatives.  I’m looking for organic and GMO free products that are reasonable priced and work well with my recipes.

To find all my clean and easy recipes check them out under Recipes and Cooking on my website.



Grass-Fed Gelatin -Collagen protein is a 100% pure, pasture-raised, grass-fed gelatin powder. Gelatin will thicken in cold liquids so its perfect for to make my Gelatin Jigglers – a gut healthy snack.  The amino acids contained in gelatin good for gut health and are identical to the protein found in skin, nails, hair, bones, cartilage, and joints. Gluten Free, rBGH Free, Non GMO.


some of my favorite things for quick meals and snacks

Passion Tazo Tea is what I used for my Gelatin Jigglers recipe.  It comes out delicious and you will be fighting the kids off so make a double batch.



braggsBragg’s Liquid Aminos – An alternative to tamari and soy sauce this is made with no preservatives and from non GMO soy.  Traditional soy sauce is not gluten free and may contain GMO’s and MSG.



Some of my Favorite things for quick meals and snacks

Powdered Peanut Butter – Made from organic peanuts, coconut palm sugar and sea salt this powder is lower in fat and calories than traditional peanut butter.  Compare 2 T of PB Fit at 70 calories and 2 net carbs to 2 T of traditional peanut butter at 190 calories and with 4 net carbs.  Great for shakes, baking or a low calorie snack.


now-steviaNOW Organic Stevia Powder – This little bottle of stevia comes with a tiny spoon that is perfect for adding just a dash of sweetness to your coffee or maybe several dashes to your recipes.  A non-bitter, organic, natural leaf stevia with no additional ingredients makes this a very clean source.


some of my favorite things for meals and snacks

Monk Fruit – This product comes from the Monk Fruit or Lou Han and like stevia will not spike insulin.  Monk Fruit has been used for hundreds of years as a natural sweetener and is now being found in many healthy products.  This brand is pure without any sugar alcohols or other additives.


baking-powderBaking Powder – Not all baking powders are created equal.  This one is gluten and aluminum free.



black-bean-pastaBlack Bean Pasta – This black bean pasta is made from 100% organic black beans and water, nothing else!  Enjoy this grain free, gluten free, high protein and low net carb alternative to traditional pasta.  



pasta-variety-packPasta Variety Pack – Mung Bean, Black Bean and Adzuka Bean Pasta all made from 100% organic beans and water.  Grain free, gluten free, high protein and low net carbs make this a great alternative to traditional pasta.


Grain Free granola

ProGranola – Grain free, gluten free, guilt free. High protein, low net carbs and low calorie deliciousness.  Enjoy it with some unsweetened nut milk or coconut yogurt for a meal or snack.



Some of My favorite things for snacks and meals; grain free cereal

Vegan ProGranola – This is also grain free, gluten free and guilt free.  The same high protein, low net carbs and even lower in calories cereal option but no animal protein.  This product uses pea protein instead of eggs and also has no flax seed which makes it easier on digestion for some people.  Enjoy it with unsweetened nut milk or coconut yogurt as a meal or snack.


some of my favorite things for healthy meals and snacks

Peanut Butter Cluster ProGranola – If you like peanut butter you might want to try this flavor.  The same high protein, low net carbs and low calorie cereal made with egg whites.  Great anytime for meals or snacks.



some of my favorite things for healthy meals and snacks

ProGranola Chocolate Clusters – Yes there are several of these flavors and this one is also delicious.  The same high protein, low net carbs cereal that gives you lots of crunch and chocolate too.  If you like chocolate this might be the one to try.



Chaga Tea – I love this Chaga tea.  Chaga tea come from mushrooms and its known for its anti oxidant benefits.  This tea is caffeine free and tastes more like coffee as it comes out like a rich, dark drink.  For a delicious alternative to coffee with claims to help with arthritis and cancer prevention, try a cup of this each morning or add it to any hot drink.  Unlike other brands I’ve tried which are grainy and feels like dirt in your mouth, this one dissolves completely.


some of my favorite things for quick meals and snacks

  Almond Flour  – I use this grain free flour in so many of my recipes.  Almond flour can easily replace regular flour in a recipe to make it grain free.



some of my favorite things for quick meals and snacks

Almond Meal is courser than almond flour and is great for using in recipes like Grain Free Chicken Fingers where you need to replace bread crumbs.  I don’t mind using the almond meal in baking or vice versa so there is not need to have both unless you prefer a more grainy texture for your “breadcrumb” substitute.


Some of my favorite things for quick meals and snacks

Coconut Flour is a fine baking flour but can not be used as a one to one substitution.  It requires a lot more liquid and the consistency of your baked products would be very different if you used just coconut flour.  I use it in combination to the almond flour in my recipes to soften them.


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