1) Dandelion Tea - As the weather cools down, it’s a good idea to get lots of your fluid from warm teas; bitter herbs like dandelion have shittons of antioxidants in them. I’m also vibing on nettle tea at the moment.
2) Coconut Collaborative Yoghurt - Yeah, I know I’m always going on about coconut stuff. Get over it (unless you’re allergic to coconut, in which case sorry slash sucks to be you!). Alright so, I recently suggested a friend try another very popular kind of coconut yoghurt which, she assessed to be completely and utterly ding. I think she found the texture offensive, and perhaps the flavour too. I don’t think she found the yoghurt in question to have any redeeming qualities whatsoever. Anyway, bitch be trippin’ if she doesn’t like the Coconut Collaborative’s coconut yoghurt. The texture is much closer to old-fashioned yoghurt. Some even come with fruit puree that you can stir in which is pretty fun! And they don’t have any weird ingredients so they get my seal of approval.
3) Ombar - All the other chocolate needs to GTFO because Ombar is the ish! Like, whoever decided to make chocolate with coconut cream deserves knighthood for services to humanity. The Coco Mylk, and Strawberries and Cream flavours are my favourite, but the Acai and Blueberry flavour gets an honourable mention too! These guys are made with raw cacoa, and apparently have probiotics in them. Not convinced that probiotics in chocolate are viable in the slightest, but this chocolate is so good I’m willing to overlook the marketing faux pas.
4) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. Ok so she’s no Sloane Crosley, but this book of essays from the creator of Girls is spectacular. Candid, painfully awkward, embarrassing, and completely hilarious, much like her character Hannah in Girls. A friend of mine described Dunham as the ultimate feminist and antifeminist rolled into one. And if that doesn’t entice you, check out these brilliant videos. Anyone else read this book? What did you think? Are you pumped for season 4 of Girls in January?
5) Kallo Quinoa and Seeds – Technically speaking, not rice cakes. But, essentially rice cakes with a little quinoa thrown in for posterity. I love the festive sprinkling of seeds scattered on the top, makes them feel fancy, ya know? Oh and also healthy. But mostly, super effin tasty. It says on the packet to put hummus on them but that is incorrect. They’re slightly on the sweet side so hummus would be weird and wrong. You need to mash some bananacado on those babies, some nut butter (see below), or eat them straight up!
6) Primrose Kitchen Raw Almond and Chia Butter - Nut butter in the UK straight up tastes like marzipan. THAT IS NOT OK. Marzipan is wrong and filthy and vile and the world would be a much more civilised place without it. When I lived in the states I used to make fresh raw almond butter in my Vitamix. Sometimes I’d get f’in crazy and put chocolate and rosemary in it. But then when I moved back to the UK I had to leave my V-mix behind (something to do with different currents in the US/UK or some equally boring shit). So, here I am in England, where shop bought almond butter tastes like vom, sans Vitamix, and too poor to buy the good almond butter on Amazon. Disaster. You’re probably wondering why I’m not on a plane back to America right now (I’ve been wondering the same thing). Anyway, after trying pretty much every brand (in both the raw and roasted varieties) and just as I was about to give up for good, I found Primrose Kitchen nut butters. They have two varieties, almond & hemp and almond & chia. Both are great (in that they don’t taste like marzipan) but I think the chia one tastes a bit better and has a better consistency. Crisis averted.
Also got a couple of links for you this week:
I think this dude has a really interesting perspective on health and is really worth a listen. Like, I know it’s really long, so listen in 10 minute segments if need be, or listen while you’re going about your business. But also, some of this information might seem a bit new agey but I’d encourage you to be open minded. Particularly around the 16 minute mark where he talks about routine and cycles and appropriate healthy rhythms. I think this is a really REALLY important concept that people often ignore. Also, a good reminder that the goal is not to be perfect, but to do your best most of the time Need to get my paws on his book!
My really good friend Lara recently started a blog and she has some real talk about how to check yourself when it comes to holiday indulgences. Have a little dessert, just don’t have ALL the dessert, ya know? Take a read through, she always gives the BEST advice and I can’t wait to read more of her blog posts! Go follow her on Facebook too!
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I’m out for today kids, but I’m working on a special Christmas version of That’s My Jam where I’m sharing my suggestions for healthy Christmas pressies. Hopefully I’ll have it up next week so you still have time to shop!
Until then, be well!