Happy Friday friends! Welcome to this week’s roundup of Friday Food Finds. If you’re new to my blog, Friday Food Finds is all about sharing healthy and new food I’m passionate about with my readers! This week’s finds are from two amazing companies I recently came across on Instagram.
San Franola Granola
Granola is a delicious snack or breakfast option, but I can’t have too much of it in the house. If I buy a bag of it, I know I will end up finishing it in a few days. San Franola is a company based out of San Francisco. What I love is that their freshly roasted granolas all have 10g of protein, only 5-6g of sugar, and 6g of fiber. The best part is that a serving size for only 150-160 calories is a 1/2 of a cup! Most granolas are loaded with calories and sugar with a measly 1/4 cup serving size. The protein is my favorite part because it makes it a better part of a filling breakfast or snack.
San Franola has 5 amazing flavors: Cinnamon Almond, Ginger Snap, Lemon Zest, Toasted Chia, and California Raisin. I really enjoyed the single serve boxes! They are perfect for on-the-go and traveling.
All of the granolas have short ingredient lists, are wheat-free, Non-GMO and are sweetened with stevia, honey, and molasses. All of San Franola’s nutritional stats can be found online here.
My personal favorite and top pick for Friday Food Finds was the Gingersnap flavor. I grew up eating gingersnap cookies so I was quite delighted to see a bag of this granola included for me to try. One bite and I was instantly brought back to my childhood! It tasted just like those gingersnap cookies that I was so fond of as a child. I also really loved how this had lots of big chunks of granola and almonds in it! To be honest, I was mostly eating this granola straight out of the bag.
I found numerous ways to use my granola! One was in my Greek yogurt. It gives it the perfect amount of crunch! If you love lemon, then this flavor will really appeal to you. The zestiness of the lemon paired so well with my vanilla bean Elli Quark.
I absolutely loved the California Raisin granola over some plain greek yogurt with some fresh raspberries- so refreshing!
San Franola Granola can be purchased online at their website . Their granola can also be found on the West coast in Safeway, Whole Foods and Sprouts. You can also follow them on their social media pages through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Better Body Foods
I first became familiar with Better Body Foods through some fellow bloggers on Instagram. I started to do my own research and visited their website. I really enjoyed reading the company philosophy and mission. “At BetterBody Foods, we believe making better food choices contributes to a happy and healthy life. We are committed to providing the best organic and natural foods for cooking, baking, health and wellness. Our goal is to teach our customers about how to use these revolutionary products to make powerful and healthy changes in their lives. We want to help you live life to the fullest.” This is something that really resonates with me being a health coach and in the wellness field. It’s honestly quite refreshing when a company really stands behind their products and is committed to their customers!
Coconut Oil: This brand is by far the best I’ve ever tasted. I eat it off the spoon and cook with it. This coconut oil is very high quality as well as being much healthier than most oils. Even though coconut oil does not have a very distinct/noticeable “coconut” taste, it has such an amazing smell and makes the dish taste phenomenal. I really enjoyed this product, and it is now a necessary staple in my everyday cooking and eating.
Extra virgin coconut oil comes from fresh coconut meat and is one of the healthiest oils in the world. We never use chemicals during extraction in order to provide you with the purest, most natural oil available. Full of MCTs, aka “good fats”, extra virgin coconut oil is an immediate source of energy. It’s also cholesterol-free, making it a perfect substitute for butter or margarine in cooking and baking.
Extra virgin coconut oil is one of the most versatile oils around and is ideal for medium heat cooking (up to 350°F). Its light coconut flavor and aroma make an excellent addition to cookies, brownies and stir fries. It’s antibacterial and antifungal properties keep you healthy from the outside in. It can be used as an all-natural moisturizer for your skin and hair and makes a great makeup remover, natural sunscreen and shave oil. Check out the recipe section of our blog for healthy and delicious coconut oil recipes.
PB Fit: I first became familiar with using peanut flour several years ago with PB2. Better Body’s PB Fit is a delicious, low fat powdered peanut butter made from gently roasted peanuts. To make peanut flour, they extract about 85% of the oil from the peanuts and grind them to a powder. They add a pinch of sugar and a dash of salt to create a delicious powder that is chock full of flavor.
Combine PB Fit and water or your favorite milk(coconut, almond or cashew) for a healthy peanut butter spread that is one third the calories and 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter. PB Fit makes a great dip for your favorite fruits like apples and bananas. Add a few scoops into your smoothie, yogurt or oatmeal to add a flavorful protein boost. You can also replace some of the flour in your baked goods to make peanut butter muffins, pancakes and brownies. Who doesn’t love a good peanut butter cookie! I prepared these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies in less than 15 minutes and that includes the bake time too! I will be posting this recipe on Instagram and the blog soon!
I experimented with the Agave and PP Fit to make a delicious and peanut buttery syrup for my protein pancakes.
Organic Agave: For those not familiar with using agave, it is a natural, low glycemic sweetener that comes from the nectar of the agave plant. Most companies will process out the natural fiber (inulin) from the nectar. Better Body’s agave retains the naturally occurring inulin, making it a more satisfying sweetener. Agave can be used as a total sugar replacement. It is 1.5-2 times sweeter than white sugar, so you save calories by using less. Use agave in place of sugar, honey or syrup in all of your recipes. It also makes a great sweetener for coffee, tea and lemonade. Drizzle agave on your oatmeal, plain yogurt and pancakes for a healthy and natural start to you day.
To be honest, I have not been one to use Agave at all in the past. I have always kept it on hand in my pantry but had never put it to use. Agave is a great substitute for sugar and those who are not fans of the taste of Stevia/other low calorie natural sweeteners. It is great in smoothies, baked goods, and just everyday cooking. I drizzled some of the agave on my baked salmon after removing it from the oven- it was amazing!