I've been following a fairly "clean" way of eating for the past few years and try to eat as healthy as I can. Not only because I am conscious of what I put into my body but also because it really makes me feel better. But sometimes, a girl has to have a cupcake...or two! Yes, in the same sitting....don't judge me. But if I do, I try and use healthier ingredients. For example, substituting all purpose flour for whole wheat and replacing oil for applesauce.
I spend alot of time researching and reading package labels so I can feed my family the best, wholesome ingredients that it sometimes feels like a job. But, I have found a few products that we keep religiously in the house and what I refer to as 'healthy indulgences' - basically items that are actually good for you, but are made with healthier ingredients.
I'm sharing a few of these products in the event there is someone else out there that is looking to make the switch to a healthier lifestyle.
One - Justin's vanilla almond butter is so simply satisfying - I like to put it on sliced bananas or apples, on gluten-free waffles, or on vegetables and in smoothies. It's vegan, dairy and gluten free. So delicious!
Two - Another Justin's favorite: organic peanut butter cups. They are so decadent and rich they can't possibly be healthy...but they are!
Three - Chocolate milk is a comfort food (or drink) for most. It reminds me of my childhood when my mom used to make us Ovaltine. Yum! Silk's Chocolate Almond Milk is a favorite of mine when I want that chocolate taste but don't want to add calories - I generally prefer to eat my calories rather than drink them. It's perfect for a post-run snack as well as helps rebuild the muscles.
Four - Van's waffles are so delicious for breakfast, or even as a snack. I prefer them with Almond Butter (number one), sliced raw almonds, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of agave. Sooo good! By the way, get a $1 off coupon or fill out a quick survey and get a free coupon to try the waffles.
Five - So Delicious is an appropriate name for this creamy decadence. Dairy-free, Gluten and Soy Free; this almond milk ice cream is so delicious and tastes like the real thing, minus all the added calories and fat. I have yet to try the Almond Milk Mocha Almond Fudge but it is top on my list. I also want to try their Coconut Milk products. They are sold at Whole Food's and other health food stores.
Six - Trader Joe's has some really good stuff. One of which are these Veggie and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips. They are low in calories and the flaxseed boasts fiber and heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Pass the chip!