Welcome to the first ever
Good Hearted Foodie-Find Awards
An unapologetically subjective, completely biased list of new-to-me food discoveries from IFBC 2014
from Lesley Stowe
Anyway, when I got home, I popped open the first box for the family and announced: “Here – give these a try and tell me what you think.” Next thing I knew, we were all munching them non-stop. I brought home seven varieties, and after a lot of “intense research,” we unanimously chose the Cranberry Hazelnut variety as our favorite.
My new favorite lunch: A short stack of Raincoast Crisps, a wedge of Laughing Cow, a serving of Noosa Coconut Yoghurt (I’ll get to that!) and a piece of fruit. (If you want to try Raincoast Crisps – and you should! – use this store locator to find a retailer near you. Pacific Northwest can find them at New Seasons.)
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
from Nature’s Path
Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) is made with Chia, Hemp and Buckwheat, and just two tablespoons of cereal soaked in 1/3 cup of milk (we use unsweetened vanilla almond milk) will give you long lasting energy from early morning until lunch. Why so little? Chia expands up to sixteen time it’s volume to fill you up. The flavor is rustic, hearty, and very satisfying in a nutty-sweet kind of way. (And if you happen to have a textural problem with chia seeds as I do, you will find that pleasant crunch of the buckwheat and hemp dramatically offsets that chia-gel feel.) You can buy Qi’a at Fred Meyer stores, on Amazon, and at select stores around the country. Retail price may appear to be a little spendy, but one bag goes a very long way. (To find a store in your area, check their store locator.)
Noosa Coconut Yoghurt
Noosa Yoghurt is available at New Seasons and other select stores. (Download a coupon for .55 off your first tub here!)
Bristol Bay Sustainable Salmon
Where can you get it? Because Bristol Bay is the largest wild sockeye run in the world, the odds are good that if you are eating sockeye in the U.S., it’s from Bristol Bay. (Note that salmon labeled Atlantic, Norway, Chile or even Organic is farmed, not wild.) If you are curious about where your salmon comes, just ask your grocer!
If you want to learn more about the products featured at IFBC, check out 10 Favorite Food Finds from IFBC 2014 from Veg Girl RD.