Please welcome Shari back to the blog to discuss the handpicked spring snacking from The Healthy Shopper. As you know, she has a houseful of bouncing not-so-baby boys, so they definitely enjoy their food – and healthy snacks are on the top of her priority list. Interestingly, when discussing the Healthy Shoppers Spring 2014 picks, Shari had come up with her own version of easy pad thai, and this Spring (2015), she’s added a twist to a basic pad thai by adding a bit of coconut flavour to the mix by using the Earth Balance Creamy Coconut and Peanut Spread (sorry nut allergy friends…this one is definitely not for you, but it is gluten free)! So if you are bored with just normal old pad thai then definitely try this version!
The Healthy Shopper, Andrea Donsky, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Healthy Shopper co-founder Randy Boyer, the authors and experts behind “Unjunking your Junk Food,” are offering a couple of unique ideas for snacking and eating healthy this spring.
In our family we love snacking on peanut butter products and popcorn, but sometimes these two snack items aren’t the healthiest products for you or your family. Many of the peanut butter and popcorn products on the retail market have many chemical ingredients that, very often, you cannot pronounce. I always say, if you cannot pronounce it, why would you put it into your body? This is one reason I was so excited about the Earth Balance P.B. Popps. It’s a delicious popcorn based snack coated with oats and coddled in a peanut butter cluster that makes a yummy, nutritious and all-natural snack.
These crunchy, savoury nuggets are non-GMO, vegan, dairy free and gluten free and have no trans fats (that’s right – zero grams!) in them. I found them very tasty – so tasty in fact, that I didn’t share with anyone – not even my sons!
I also got the opportunity to try Earth Balance Creamy Coconut & Peanut Spread. It’s great on toast, in stir-fry dishes, smoothies and even as a warm dip for crisp apples, carrots or celery. I wanted to try something a bit more adventurous with this product, though, so I went onto the Healthy Shopper website for some ideas.
The awesome people at Healthy Shopper always seem to come up with the best-of-the-best, high-quality, quick-and-easy recipes and always seem to offer coupons to help you make their recipes reality. And of course, the Healthy Shopper are also a chock-full of information on healthy snacks and foods – and not just on those used in their recipes. Speaking of recipes,we are huge fans of Peanut Pad Thai in this household, so when I saw the Healthy Shopper recipe for Coconut and Peanut Pad Thai, I thought it was a perfect one for me to try and even more perfect for me to share with you!