Today I want to introduce you to a new blog series which offers a sneak peak into the products, food, tips, and tricks that fuel our kitchens (and ultimately, our love of food). Today’s post features favorites from Candice’s Kitchen and on an ongoing basis, we’ll share new tips, tricks, and products from both of us. As always, let us know in the comments below, on Facebook, or via Instagram if this is something you’re interested in or if there are certain questions you’d love us to answer. We’re here to help make living healthy easier in any way possible!
This week in Candice’s Kitchen, I share a behind-the-scenes look at my latest obsession, favorite cookbook(s), best on-the-go snack, new grocery store find, and one new product just for fun.
- Favorite cookbook: Honestly, it’s a toss up between two amazingly photographed and drool-worthy paleo cookbooks — “Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind: Over 150 Paleo-Inspired Recipes for Every Craving” by Vanessa Barajas and “All American Paleo Table” by Caroline Potter. I received both books for Christmas and while I haven’t had too much of a chance to dive into the recipes in either book just yet, I’ve already had a blast leafing through the beautiful pages. Vanessa shares dreamy recipes like Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies and S’mores Pie which sound absolutely to-die for. Caroline’s book features a paleo take on classic favorites such as Morning Butter Biscuits (SO good!) and Bacon Jam Burgers. Yes, now you’re hungry. Both books are an incredible work of art and have a special place in my kitchen to provide me with a daily dose of culinary inspiration.
- Latest obsession: Great Lakes Gelatin. I’ve read a lot about the wonderful benefits of gelatin and collagen and finally, when I came across the bottle at my local paleo restaurant, Cultured Caveman, I had to buy it to find out about the hype. So far, I’ve enjoyed sneaking it into beverages (such as this Sparkling Berry Mocktail) and I’m looking forward to experimenting with more recipes.
- Best on-the-go snack: EPIC’s Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar. These no-junk, nut-free bars are packed with protein and sustainably farmed ingredients, including bison, bacon, dried cranberries, and spices. While they are not sugar-free, they are low in sugar, high in protein, and a great option to have “in case of emergencies” while you’re on the go. Plus, they taste great! For more information about the dynamic duo behind EPIC (and the company’s recent acquisition by General Mills), check out Robb Wolf’s podcast.
- Just for fun: Nikki’s Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter. Talk about a tongue twister! Truthfully, this was purchased out of my mild panic when I started the AIP program a few weeks ago and quickly realized its restrictive nature. I hurriedly purchased a jar of Nikki’s Coconut Butter in attempts to quell my fears (and appease my cravings for something hearty and delicious), and I’m not disappointed! I’ve enjoyed the gluten-free, dairy-free spread on a green apple, mixed into a smoothie, and served with a side of fresh plantain chips. I need to get more creative in thinking of ways to enjoy this yummy treat but for now (while I stay away from sugar), this will do just fine. In case you’re wondering, the only ingredients in the product include: Organic Coconut, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Honey, Organic Vanilla Extract, and Sea Salt.
- New grocery store find: Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Milk. Guess what? It’s just coconut milk! Imagine that. Rather than most of the thickeners and sweeteners added to store-bought coconut milk brands, this canned variety is pure, AIP and Whole30 compliant, tastes great, and has the entire paleo community stoked about it on Instagram. In other news, I finally snatched up a few bags of cauliflower rice at my local TJ’s (as shared on Instagram) and basically, my love for the store has reached an entirely new level.
What’s in your kitchen this week? Let us know in the comments below!
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