Even though I am a self-proclaimed “cheapo”, I feel like there are a few food items that are worth spending the extra 50 cents on (or $5.00 on! Depending). There are less expensive alternatives, but they don’t quite hit the spot in the same way. Here are some of my favourites!
Until I reached adulthood, I thought “nut butters” were limited to “peanut”. Boy was I in for a surprise when I discovered the wide variety of nut butters available: cashew, almond, “mystery”! Truly, almond is my favourite. It tastes so decadent and can be paired with so many different types of food: oatmeal, bread, apples, carrots, and the list goes on. It adds protein and flavour. It is amazing. No wonder Heather eats it.
Oh, greek yogurt. We finally unite! When I first started reading food blogs, I kept seeing this item appear time and again. It seemed like a miracle food. It was delicious, low in calories and fat, with a thick texture, and disturbingly large amounts of protein (like 20 grams per 100 calorie service. Unprecedented!). I looked all over Toronto for it, to no avail. I could only find it on my random and rare trips into the United States. One recent day, I was perusing my local yogurt aisle when I spotted the Liberte brand of 0% fat greek yogurt. It was a happy, happy day…until I spotted the price. Almost $5 for two cups of yogurt? Sheesh. But these are the things we do for flavour, my friends. Indeed, these are the things we do for disturbing amounts of protein.
Bars of chocolate support neither health or wealth, but they do support supreme and utter happiness. When choosing chocolate, it is of the utmost importance to choose quality over quantity. 8 year-olds throughout the world may disagree with me, but I hold this belief close to my heart. One of the finest and widest available brands of chocolate is Lindor/Lindt. They have a great range of dark chocolate and did you hear that dark chocolate is practically a miracle food and eating it every day will make you live forever? True story. My current favourite is Lindt’s Sea Salt brand. Whoever thought of putting salt in chocolate is a smart, smart person. They deserve many accolades.
ORGANIC APPLES AND SPINACH
I don’t think a picture is necessary because organic apples and spinach look a lot like non-organic apples and spinach! I choose these two items especially because I eat them so frequently (an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and I use spinach in my daily salads and green monsters). Because of this frequency, I prefer to buy organic. They say that you should buy organic with any produce in which you eat the skin, but I have a hard time shelling out the big bucks for organic broccoli and berries! Baby steps.
I try to eat a wide range of foods in order to obtain all of the vitamins and minerals necessary to live as long as possible (because surely dark chocolate can’t work alone…or can it?). But I feel that if I top off my healthy eating with a daily multivitamin, then it’s kind of like buying insurance to make sure that no matter what I eat or what kind of day I am having, I am definitely absorbing what my body needs. Vitamins are really inexpensive too! I purchased 200 prenatal vitamins for $8.00 at Target. How can you argue with $0.04 vitamins? You can’t!