I've officially put off getting back to my normal diet for a week, but I'm ready (I write this post as I am about to go to all-you-can-eat sushi to say my final goodbyes for a little while.)
For me, getting back to my "normal diet" means returning to mostly plant-based whole foods. And thankfully, I've partnered up with Whole Foods Market to make this transition back to reality a lot easier. Being the dope partner that they are, they sent me their Paleo Power Box, and I picked out my three favorite products from their stores so that you, too, can get back into eating real food again. And loving it.
For you new-comers into the whole foods, mostly plant-based diet: Welcome to the best club ever.
1. Mike's Hot Honey
I'm obsessed with this product! I can't emphasize it enough, so let me just say it again: obsessed. Being someone who really enjoys sweet/spicy combinations, I fell in love with the idea of cranking up the heat on something I make all the time that is typically just sweet, and my mango smoothie bowl was the perfect tester for this beautiful addition.
Mike's Hot Honey is a Brooklyn-based company that specializes in creating raw honey infused with chiles. It's the simplest twist, with such an amazing depth of flavor in just one squeeze of the bottle. One of the reasons I really wanted to try this out is because of trip I took with my mom and sister back in May of last year. We had a girl's spa weekend, and one of the women at the place was explaining to us how raw honey is something we should try to have at least 3 times a week, all by itself. That's it. Apparently just a teaspoon of raw honey is "good for you." And so, I've been following her advice, and life has never been sweeter. (See what I did there? Sorry.)
This product is especially dope because the bottle has a bunch of suggestions for foods that you can put it on! Ready? Pizza, chicken, tea, salads, fruits, roasted veggies, seafood, ribs, oatmeal, cocktails. So even if you don't want to make my spicy mango smoothie bowl, go out and get this so you can make your life hot and sweet all at the same time. But if, by chance, you do want to try my bomb dot com bowl, it's right here.
2. Tessemae's Organic Creamy Ranch
I didn't think that eating ranch dressing was possible after giving up dairy, because the main ingredient in traditional ranch is buttermilk. But then I got to try TesseMae's organic creamy ranch, and I completely forgot about the nonsense brand I used to love.
This product uses cage-free eggs, mustard, seasoning and a ton of herbs to bring you a delicious dairy-free and gluten-free alternative to something you probably grew up eating. And for me, the ultimate taste-test fell on my simply baked chicken wings (which are also paleo!). The result was a guilt-free option for me during the NFL postseason, which is here, right now, as I type. (I hope the Bills beat the Jaguars so that they can take on the Patriots and beat the Patriots and the dynasty will fall and order will be restored and sorry for ranting but go Giants.) So yeah, I really love this dressing.
One of the other things I love about TesseMae's ranch is that it's a lot more "herby" than those other guys. You can really taste the dill and the parsley, and I get some much joy from brands whose recipes bring out the flavors of the earth, so hats off to this product. It's paleo, it's cruelty-free, and it's delicious.
3. EPIC Bison Apple Cider Bone Broth
This ish right here is the ish. Bone broth is something I fell in love with years ago when one of my hipster friends from the city told me everyone was trying it. The science behind it is that slowly cooking pasture- and farm-raised livestock bones brings out the most minerals and collagen from the animal. Collagen is great for helping with your digestive tract, gut lining, and overall health when it comes to your belly.
To be honest, this broth is so delicious on it's own, and I think a lot of it has to do with the kick of apple cider vinegar. The flavor is rich, hearty, and healthy all in one. Being the first of its kind, EPIC's bone broth is ready to heat and eat from the time of purchase. So on mornings I want to help my gut be happy from the start, or on days I'm feeling a little under the weather and want to swap out my tea, I heat up a cup of this goodness instead and my body thanks me for it.
Of course, if you're vegan this product isn't for you. But as someone who tries hard to pick and choose her "meat meals," I recommend this product for people like me. I genuinely believe animal protein is good for us as humans, but the quality has been severely tampered with through the industrialization of agriculture. This bone broth reminds me the good that animals can provide to me, and it's definitely one of my new favorite paleo products for 2018.
This is a sponsored post in an honest partnership with Whole Foods Market.