Five Foods I’m Loving Lately, #3

I hope all of you had wonderful weekends!  They always fly by waaaaay to quickly for my liking.  We had some great fall weather in the past few days though, so that was nice :-)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Five Foods post, so I figured it was definitely time.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about and you’re intrigued, be sure to check out Five Foods I’m Loving Lately #1, and also #2.

So, without further adieu, here are five foods that I’ve been loving lately….

1.  Gazebo Room Lite Greek Dressing
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I haven’t made my love for this dressing a secret on this blog.  I frequently use it either as a dressing to salads or for a marinade for meats.  For probably the past five months I’ve been eating one of these huge spinach salads daily (spinach, chicken, feta, avocado, and this dressing), and yet I don’t get tired of it. I still look forward to it every day.  For another way to use this dressing, check out my Qunioa and Veggie Salad or my Mason Jar Salad.

2. GIANT brand Simply Enjoy Marinara Sauce
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I’m always shocked at how much extra stuff they add to marinara sauce sometimes.  I really have enjoyed this marinara sauce from GIANT.  The ingredients are minimal and all foods that belong in a marinara sauce (tomatoes, EVOO, onion, basil, garlic, salt and pepper, oregano).  I love that it doesn’t have any added sugar (not sure why some companies think marinara sauce should be extra sweet…).  I used this sauce in my Eggplant Pizzas that I made last week or to dip Fried Eggplant in, and also, I love it for making healthy mozzarella sticks – Just take light string cheese, heat in microwave for 1 minute, and then dip them in the sauce.  It’s a great, easy, and quick option that will still give you plenty of protein.

3. Fresh Mozzarella (BelGioioso brand in particular)

Eggplant Pizza, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve likely noticed a lot of fresh mozzarella going on lately.  I really enjoy the BelGioioso brand.  I can just eat this stuff plain, but of course it’s also great for cooking with.  Last weeks Eggplant Pizzas featured this cheese, as did the seven or so Caprese Salads I’ve made in the last month.  Spoiler alert – there will be a few more pizza related posts featuring this cheese coming up in the next week or two.

4.  Apple Cider
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As it’s finally starting to cool down for my favorite season (anyone else wait the whole year for the fall??), it’s time to start cooking and drinking some delicious fall favorites.  I absolutely love apple cider, but unfortunately, it’s packed with sugar.  I haven’t really found a good diet apple cider yet, so I just dilute it with seltzer water and it’s still got that delicious cider flavor but without all that sugar.  I do about 1 part cider to 3 or 4 parts unflavored seltzer water.  It’s sort of like Apple Cider Soda, which is kind of awesome.

 5.  Bai 5 Drinks
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Normally I’m not one for these types of beverages.  I usually just like to keep it simple with water or tea throughout the day, but sometimes I do want some flavor.  I found these Bai 5 drinks at target and I have to admit, I really like them.  They claim to have tons of antioxidants from the coffeefruit (what’s on the outside of a coffee bean), and they’re sweetened with erythritol and stevia, so they only have 5 calories and won’t spike your blood sugar.  They also have a lot of delicious flavors to choose from.  This Brasilia Blueberry is one of my favorites. They’re a little pricey ($2 per bottle at the Target near me), so I don’t keep them in the house all the time, but it’s nice to have an option that I can feel good about when I want something different. Do I really think the antioxidants in these drinks are making me healthier by fighting free radicals in my body?  Meh, I’m not sure.  I know that it is always better to get antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc from the actual foods, but hey, it tastes good, and maybe there’s some benefit to it :-)

 So there you have it.
Now it’s your turn to tell me, what foods are you loving lately? 

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