Friday Favorites

 

When I first started this blog my sister told me I should share some of the foods/products I buy.  Basically, she said she didn’t want to have to do the work (looking at ingredient labels and finding the best choice) and would rather I do it for her.  🙂   So, I’m taking her advice and I’m going to start sharing some of my favorite foods, products, and gadgets regularly on the blog.  I’ll share some other random favorites as well along the way (like #3 on today’s post).

Today I’m sharing two of my favorite things to buy at Costco and one of my favorite things to do to relax and take care of my body.

1.  Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers

multigrain crackers

I love these crackers because they are gluten free, non-GMO, and 100% whole grain.   They are made with sesame, flax, quinoa, amaranth, millet and chia.  I love to eat them topped with a little cheese, hummus, or almond butter.  They’re also great eaten with tuna or chicken salad.  My husband and four year old like them as well, but unfortunately my seven year old is not a fan.

I’ve seen these at Sprouts, Kroger, Target, and Costco.

14 crackers have:
140 calories
5 grams fat
2 grams fiber
3 grams protein
0 grams sugar

2.  Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter

kerrygold butter

I love using this butter.  It is definitely pricey but it’s worth it to me because the taste and nutrition are superior to conventional butter.  I usually buy it in a 3-pack at Costco.  It’s a little more affordable when bought in bulk.  Because the butter is made with milk from grass fed cows, the color is a much deeper yellow than conventional butter.  It’s also more smooth and more tasty (in my opinion).

If you are still using margarine or imitation butter spreads you should take a look at the ingredient list.  You might be surprised to see what’s actually in it.    The ingredients for butter are cream and salt (if it’s salted butter).  Don’t be afraid of butter.  Do a little research and you’ll find that real butter (especially from grass-fed cows) is an important part of a healthy diet.  It’s still very high in calories and fat so I wouldn’t go crazy but it definitely doesn’t have to be completely avoided. 

3.  Walks With Weights

walking

Walking is a form of therapy for me.  I absolutely love to get outside and just walk.  During the summer months I get up around 6 – 6:30 and go for a walk before our day gets started.  Taking walks provides movement for my sore muscles (from the PiYo and strength training I do at the gym) but it also provides rest since it’s a really light exercise.  One of the ways I make it a little bit more effective is by using small weights.  I almost always take these with me and I can definitely tell the difference.  I bought these a few years ago at Target.  You can probably find a pair at just about any sporting goods store.

I’d love to hear from you.  What are some of your favorites right now?

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