So I thought it would be fun to do a little post about my current foodie favourites, I have tried to collate a list of some of my current go-to foods with photos and links! Sorry in advance if this post makes you hungry...
1) Almond milk
A cupboard staple of mine. I get through a whole carton of it in about 2 days. It goes in my smoothies, smoothie bowls, porridge and more! I also always buy the unsweetened version as it's so much better and there's really no need for the added sugar anyway! If you want a healthy alternative to milk then almond milk is a great starting point!
2) Carob powder
Carob has always had a place in my heart since I discovered it when I was younger. I am intolerant to cocoa and carob is a bean based alternative to the cacao plant! It has a more earthy taste to it than cocoa, but it contains no caffeine and helps improve digestion too. I like to use carob powder for my take on a hot chocolate, in smoothies and sprinkled on top of banana, yoghurt etc.
I thought it was only right to include chickpeas as they are one of my all time favourites! As a vegan, beans are a vital part of my diet and chickpeas are my number 1! Whether it be homemade houmous, on top of a baked sweet potato or roasted in the oven - chickpeas are so versatile, yummy and are extremely affordable too!
4) Coconut sugar
A natural alternative to sugar, coconut sugar has a caramel flavour to it and has a low GI (glycemic index) which means you won't get that sugar rush that you do with white sugar! I now use coconut sugar in place of normal sugar in my cooking and I haven't looked back! It can be a little pricey, but it is so much better for you and tastes incredible!
5) Date nectar
If you hadn't guessed already, I am a huge fan of using natural sweeteners and I recently discovered this gem in the supermarket! I had read about date nectar in a health magazine and was desperate to get my hands on some and when I saw it in my local Sainsbury's...it went straight in my basket! Date nectar is a great alternative to honey and has a rich flavour. I add it to my porridge, cereal, yoghurt and smoothies mostly, but it can also be used in savoury dishes to add a little sweetness!
6) Frozen mango
I'm a big fan of green smoothies and mango is one of my key ingredients to a good green machine! Mango can be quite an expensive fruit to buy, especially when you're chopping it up and blending it down in a smoothie, so frozen mango is an absolute must-have! Not only is it a lot more affordable, but it is also pre-chopped and ripened - so it is ready to go when you need it! It also chills your smoothie too and is a great ingredient for smoothie bowls as it thickens them up nicely.
7) Hotsu Potsu
This is a slightly unusual favourite, but the amount of this chilli sauce that I consume is ridiculous! I used to have an obsession with tomato ketchup, but I started to want something with a slight kick to it and I came across Itsu's milder take on Sriracha and knew I had to try it. It is described as a mild chilli and ginger sauce and it is honestly delicious. Safe to say since purchasing my first bottle I have not missed the ketchup one bit. Also, this is lower in sugar and sodium than your bog-standard ketchup so it's a win-win in my eyes!
8) Gluten-free oats
Before being diagnosed with coeliac disease I used to love a bowl of hot oats in the morning and I really missed them! As a newly diagnosed coeliac you sometimes have to be careful introducing oats into your diet, so nearly 2 years in I decided to try some gluten-free ones! They went down well and I can now enjoy a bowl of porridge in the morning again, I usually top my porridge with banana and date nectar or a new autumnal favourite of mine: apple cooked and softened with cinnamon and coconut sugar!
That's it for my foodie favourites this month and I hope this introduced to a few new products or even gave you a few cooking ideas!
Lots of love,
Girl on the Moon
, by Charli Beaumont