Hey everyone! I decided recently that I needed to put together a post of things I buy as well as what I make. As much as I like to cook and create, sometimes I just need to eat something I can grab from the grocery store. Because there are tons of products out there, I made a quick list of my favorites with some detailed reviews.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about my obsession with these. Lärabars are gluten and dairy-free, soy-free and vegan, and about half of what they have is sugar free as well (the versions with chocolate chips have refined sugar in them). Branded as the “original fruit and nut bar”, Lärabars are a small yet substantial snack to have around when you’re on the go. My favorite flavors are peanut butter cookie and carrot cake. Peanut butter cookie is the only flavor that’s really accessible to people with tree nut allergies, which is the only downside.
Protein bars usually have a lot of weird stuff in them. Or, if it’s not weird, it’s whey, which is not the easiest thing for me to digest. In addition, most conventional protein bars have TONS of sugar in them. Rx bars are paleo, and the protein in them comes from egg whites and nuts–again, not good for those with tree nut allergies. The other thing I can’t figure out is what “natural flavors” are, which are listed on the back. However, the ingredients list is otherwise really clean and straightforward.
I’d been looking for this EVERYWHERE when I finally found it at an alternative grocery store right in downtown Iowa City. Eating Evolved is paleo chocolate made with coconut sugar. Along with the baking bars, they make coconut butter cups and coconut butters. Downside: very expensive. That makes sense, considering the chocolate is fair trade certified, but it means that one bar will set you back at least $7, at least around here.
Greek Gods Greek Yogurt
My insta followers know how much I love my yogurt; it’s one of the only dairy products I can eat regularly and I LOVE it. Most brands of yogurt are made with sugar, especially the flavored ones. I buy the plain, then add fruit, honey or homemade granola to sweeten. The texture of all Greek yogurt, but especially this brand, is thick and creamy, and it makes all the difference (I can’t stand regular yogurt…)
CoYo Coconut Yogurt
If you’re completely lactose intolerant and can’t eat regular yogurt, I highly recommend CoYo as an alternative. The texture is perfect; I have absolutely no idea how coconut yogurt is made, but CoYo somehow managed to make theirs just like Greek yogurt in texture. The only downside–which might not be a downside–is that it tastes VERY strongly of coconuts. I don’t like coconut plain, but with fruit and granola it tastes pretty good. I’m working on a nut-free paleo cheesecake, and I’m hoping this will come in handy.
The best thing about all of these is that if I can find them in a college town of 60,000 (including students), then they should be available in most cities. If not, I know at least Rx bars and Eating Evolved chocolate can be ordered online and shipped to your house. What are some of your favorite things to buy at the grocery store? Let me know in the comments, and make sure to follow me on Instagram @sugarandsitups for my day to day eats and cooking adventures!