I will be honest, my family and I are not vegans but we do eat our fair share of plants. And I am always interested in incorporating more plants into our diet.
I had not been to Sprouts before either so I was interested in visiting. Marisa was very informative about what strategies to use to include more plants into our diet like use hummus instead of mayonnaise in a sandwich or have packets of nut butters with you for a ready made snack.
Can I just tell you? SPROUTS IS AMAZING!
They have a bakery section, cheese and meat, ready made foods and pantry items. But the thing that impressed me was their produce. They have all the wackadoo vegetables that I love like purple carrots, shishito peppers and this interesting fruit:
What is it?
It is a mini kiwi fruit which my whole family loved. I put the raspberry in there to give you an idea of the size.
I was given a gift card to Sprouts so I decided to try a plant based day for my family.
That morning we had:
Tropical smoothies with coconut yogurt.
I took the things in the picture and put them in the blender. It was the whole container of the coconut yogurt, one coconut yogurt container of pineapple chunks, four tablespoons of chia seeds, four tablespoons of ground flax seeds.
I had never tried coconut yogurt before and it was really good. My youngest child loves coconut and she devoured this.
which my youngest said looked like a rainbow. Marisa recommended eating the natural rainbow to get all your nutrients on a plant based diet. There is a stick cheese there but my kiddos asked for it and I complied.
And the kids loved the snow peas so much that they ended up eating the rest of them all day as snacks.
And then I made a green tomato pizza.
I tried to avoid all non plant based items but I have to tell you pizza is not pizza without cheese. So I had a mostly plant based today.
I think Sprouts is an excellent market and that it can provide a lot of good food for a family. It certainly did mine!
I was not paid for this post but I was given a gift card to Sprouts thanks to the Atlanta Food Blogger's Society. All these opinions are mine.
So we had some with our breakfast for dinner. I poached them gently in water.
Then we grilled the rest.
How were they, you ask?
They were great. They were less fatty than pork sausage and they were well seasoned. The breakfast sausage was better with a little maple syrup to dip in. And the Italian sausage were well flavored with fennel.
Would I buy these? Yes I would.
These sausages are made in Georgia and available in the metro Atlanta area.
I was not paid for this post but I was given some sausage to sample. The opinions are all mine.
I filled each one with water from a recently boiled kettle and just left them on the counter. After about an hour I measured how much the water had cooled off.
Here is the chart held by my youngest
I prefer in the reduce everyday cup because I cannot drink more that 12 ounces of coffee at a time. Twenty ounces of coffee is just too much for me. I would be just too jumpy. The Thermos has a lid that makes it difficult to drink the coffee.
I made pumpkin pancakes with my mix. I just added one cup of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, it is two parts cinnamon, one part nutmeg, one part ginger. I also put a pinch of clove in the pancakes. Then I let it sit. This is key for fluff factor.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
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