A month since FNCE and still making my way through a mini mountain of samples from all of the amazing exhibitors. Though the variety and level of creativity was incredible, there were a few distinct recurring trends: simple ingredient bars, nut and seed butters, plant-protein products (mostly pea protein), creative uses of grains and legumes, and of course all probiotic everything. I wish I could shoutout to all the amazing products I tried, but in no particular order, here are 5 of my favorite finds you gotta check out:
Quinoa…it’s like the intern at the office: seems kind of like a pain, don’t always know what to do with it, but does have lots of potential uses and usually ends up more successful than you expected (just a third-party objective perspective of a current intern).
Though I will never get tired of a good old fashioned PBJ (classic. respect.), I do have to admit to an undeniable infatuation with its more sophisticated sibling, the PBHB. (For those unfamiliar, this is the peanut butter-honey-banana). If you’re looking for a remedy to any of life’s ailments much cheaper than therapy or retreats to remote areas of the world, try this: chunky pb topped with sliced banana, a drizzle of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon. If that doesn’t work, then maybe explore other options.
Here in LA thus far, we’ve welcomed fall with football and unseasonably warm 80 degree-and-sunny weather. And now I find myself in a predicament: emotionally torn between basking in an endless summer and diving face first into pumpkin-spice-everything-in-life and never looking back. So consider this my disclaimer for a short era of seasonally- confused recipes/posts.
There exists a magical place where cookies are a more than acceptable breakfast food.
Welcome to the pilot episode of my foodumentaries: spotlight on my recent trip to Florida. Lucky for me, mom had a full itinerary for us, complete with day trips, surfing, SUP (stand up paddleboard) yoga, cute coffee shops, and of course, FOOD. Every place we hit seemed to be a winner and ultimately sparked my inspiration for the first of hopefully many more (and perhaps more exotic) foodumentaries to come. Enjoy!
To me, a perfect summer pow wow is not complete without a little sunshine, salt water, fresh fruit, and chips and guac. But here’s my thing: guac always steals the spotlight — definitely not mad about it, love me some guac — but meanwhile salsa’s untapped potential is often severely overlooked.