Foodie Finds April 2017

foodie finds

Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta

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Even though I’m not gluten free I’m still intrigued with alternative pastas. Mostly because they pack more nutrients than plain ol’ pasta. This red lentil pasta caught my eye in Trader Joe’s and I had to try it. My plans for these pretty things? Cauliflower alfredo sauce, peas and chicken sausage…mmm.

Found at: Trader Joe’s

Pipcorn

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These little morsels are as addictive as they look. Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks at home. When I saw Pipcorn was on sale at Whole Foods I grabbed a bag of Salt & Vinegar and a bag of Truffle. Because if a food product has “truffle” on it, I need to have it. Both flavors were SO good and make for the perfect snack while snuggling on the couch watching movies.

Found at: Whole Foods

Trader Joe’s Matcha White Chocolate Bar

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As Jon stated, “It tastes like matcha caramel”. Jon is not a big white chocolate person, but it was hard to get him to save me a few pieces of this bar. The matcha and white chocolate are the perfect combo for a sweet treat.

Found at: Trader Joe’s

Red Ace Beet Shots

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My acupuncturist has told me that potassium is gold and these Red Ace shots were on sale at Whole Foods so I thought I’d give them a try since beets are high in potassium. I took one before a workout the other day and it made me feel awesome. I have some minor heart issues that potassium is said to help with and I do feel like the shot helped me. And they taste great!

Found at: Whole Foods

Amazing Grass Bars

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These bars were BOGO at Whole Foods so I couldn’t resist, plus I love trying new bars. The ingredients in these bad boys are top notch…they’re chock full of goodness. However, their taste leaves something to be desired. Needless to say, I don’t think I’d grab these again.

Found at: Whole Foods

What are some of your recent foodie finds?

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

I have a confession…

While enjoying a cocktail last week at our new favorite bar, Jon and I got to talking to a small bachelor party (they were quite entertaining). We had some good banter going on and in reference to a drink he was drinking one of them asked me, “Do you like pumpkin spice lattes?” In response I leaned in and said “Are you calling me a basic bitch?” Laughter ensued.

My confession? You guys…I most definitely am…a basic bitch. Because yes, I do like pumpkin spice lattes. I love pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Give me ALL THE THINGS pumpkin spice. Yes, I am one of THOSE people.

My excuse? I live in Florida. And I grew up in Connecticutt…so I know what REAL Fall feels like, looks like and tastes like. I miss the changing leaves, the brisk cool air…so if a little pumpkin spice brings me a little Fall happiness then so be it!

I will admit…some of the pumpkin spice things have gotten a wee bit out of hand, but there’s a lot of yummy pumpkin spice items out there. I’ve tried my fair amount and here are some of my favs!

Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte

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I love the spicy notes of chai so chai mixed with pumpkin spice is heaven in a cup to me. A little bit spicy and a little bit sweet.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Waffles

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Trader Joe’s has done me right in the pumpkin everything department. These pumpkin waffles are SO good and they’re actually the best frozen waffle I have ever had. The flavor is perfect and they are perfectly soft and fluffy.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

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My new favorite snack to munch on. Yum, yum and yum.

Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli

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This was definitely an impulse buy since once I got home I wasn’t sure how to prepare them.

I ended up getting some chicken sausage and after sautéing it I added alfredo sauce and tossed the cooked ravioli in it. Served with roasted asparagus.

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Next time I think I’d try doing a lighter sauce, like a butter sage sauce. The pumpkin and the alfredo was a bit too much together.

The Fresh Market Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Gelato

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Love this gelato from The Fresh Market. Has a TON of pumpkin flavor and is smooth and creamy. Makes a perfect light dessert.

What are your favorite pumpkin items?

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