Food and Chocolate

We all know how crazy things can get when you’re trying to get your kids and yourself out the door in time for school and work. If you’re looking for some food ideas to shake things up a little, we’ve got you covered.

Sweet Heat Yoghurt (Noosa)

noosa yoghurtNoosa yoghurt has been a favorite since we first tried it. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but well worth the splurge now and then. It’s made in small batches on a family farm from all natural whole milk, fresh fruit purees, and honey, and you won’t find this kind of quality in many other brands. If gluten is an issue for anyone in your family, Noosa is gluten-free. It’s also probiotic. Noosa comes in cases of four small containers (that are easy to pack in a lunchbox) as well as larger containers. Their new “sweet heat” line includes flavors like Raspberry Habanero, Pineapple Jalapeno, Mango Sweet Chili, and Blackberry Serrano. If the heat’s not for you, no problem; Noosa has plenty of traditional flavors. Prices vary.

Tofu (House Foods)

house foods tofuA lot of people hear the word “tofu” and run the other way, thinking that it’s only for hippies and people who live in Berkeley, California. Big mistake. Tofu is actually a remarkably versatile food that almost magically takes on the flavor of anything it’s mixed with. It’s also a good source of protein and a number of vitamins and minerals. You can even make smoothies and ice pops with it. Honest. House Foods makes several kinds tofu and tofu noodles (yes, you can make pasta out of tofu), and you’ll find a ton of recipes on their website. House Foods’ tofu is inexpensive, kosher, gluten free, non GMO, and generally pretty good for you. Available at a grocery store near you.

Healthy Shakes (Vega)

vega one shakesThis one’s more for mom and dad than the kids. If you’re looking for something healthy to grab on your way out the door, or for an on-the-go lunch, Vega is definitely worth checking out. Healthy and without the gritty taste so many other shake type drinks have, this plant-based, clean-eating option gives you the protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients you want to build and repair muscle, and support your metabolism. That’s a lot for one drink. Vega Clean Protein and Vega Clean Energy are available in stores like Target, or online, at

Kai Meal Replacement Shakes (Silver Fern)

kai meal replacement shakeKai makes a full line of absolutely delicious shakes that are gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. And for those who are lactose intolerant, there’s a dairy-free, plant-based option as well. They also boast a protein absorption rate that’s four time higher than any other brand.  Two-pound canisters (about 12 servings) retail for around $40 at

Chocolates (Godiva)

godiva gOnce in a while, you (and maybe your kids) deserve a treat, don’t you agree? When that time comes along, you might want to try a chocolate bar from Godiva’s new G line. Let’s face it, sometimes when you want chocolate, you really, really want chocolate. G is a super-premium collection of six chocolate bars that’s truly meant for extra-special occasions. These Mexico single origin chocolate bars come in six varieties. There are three dark chocolate bars: Dark Chocolate, Toasted Coconut, and Orange & Ginger, all of which are 68% cocoa. The two milk chocolate bars include Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Crisp and are 42% cocoa. And to round things out, there’s also a Blonde Chocolate Salted Caramel bar. They’re all made with premium ingredients and crafted by Godiva’s famous chef chocolatiers. About $7 per bar in stores or online, at

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