I have stumbled upon a few great things lately while shopping and you know I love to share my finds with you all. Not all of them are food today as I have come across some amazing finds in other areas of the big box stores. They have money saving buys on things for your home, kitchen and even clothes! Without further delay – let’s get started with my finds from Costco, Sam’s Club and Whole Foods.
Those of you who follow my blog know that I walk daily in my neighborhood and since our weather is feeling like fall I am needing to transition to long sleeves and even some days a jacket. These long sleeve exercise tops from Costco are perfect for the cool mornings. Note that the sleeves are long and come down over the hand with a cut out for your thumb. This design helps keep your hands warm without you having to wear gloves. I am loving the design. (My bathroom counter is white – I don’t know why it looks pink in this photo! I must have taken 20 selfies yesterday to come up with two photos that I could post. Who knew how hard it is to take your own photo!)
The tops come in about 4 different colors and I got the blue and the blue/green. I might go back and get a grey one as well. They are wick away fabric so they help you stay feeling dry even if you break a sweat. The exercise pants are also from Costco and they have a matching colored band at the waist band to match the tops, are reversible to be all black and come in a variety of lengths to accommodate short and tall ladies. They have a little pocket in the waist band that just holds my iPhone and a Fitbit.
These precooked organic brown rice bowls from Costco are perfect for keeping in the pantry for those busy nights when there isn’t time to cook brown from scratch. Since they are shelf stable they would be awesome for travel, dorms or the office.
I think daughter Katy first told me about these veggie patties from Costco. Although I do make a wide variety of bean and veggie burgers from scratch it’s nice to have a some pre -made ones on hand for quick meals.
Each patty is 160 Calories, 7 g Fat, 4 g Fiber, 5 g Protein. These are pretty tasty for a pre – made veggie patty. Not as good as home made of course but hey sometimes we need something we don’t have to make from scratch. There are days where I don’t want to cook but still want to eat healthy.
I have been buying this brand of canned pumpkin at other stores so I was delighted when it showed up at Costco in a pack of six. It’s pumpkin season and the perfect time to make these amazing Pumpkin Walnut Muffins or Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal. Stir some pumpkin into a bowl of hot oatmeal with a little pumpkin pie spice or mix some pumpkin with some non dairy yogurt and a little pumpkin pie spice and some maple syrup for a special sweet treat. The other day I made a non dairy crustless pumpkin pie that was delicious – recipe coming soon.
Have you seen these OXO air tight containers? After purchasing some for tea bags and oatmeal at about $14 – 16 a piece I was thrilled to find this boxed set of 12 at Sam’s Club for $79.98. What a savings this is. I will be filling mine with grains, cereals, beans and other dry goods. They are made for dry pantry items not liquids. What a neat and clean way to organize the pantry. With the clear containers you can easily see what you are getting low on too. Love these.
It is pumpkin and squash season and although I do buy them fresh at the farmer’s market I also like having the ready to heat and eat ones that come in a can. They are quick and easy for using in recipes or as a side dish with dinner. Find them at Whole Foods or your health food store.
Last Saturday we headed over to the city (San Francisco) and this time we went over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a hot 86 degrees in San Francisco on Saturday the hottest we had ever experienced there. We usually need a sweater and a jacket but not this time. I was actually a little too warm in my long sleeve top. For the first time ever it was warmer in SF than it was where we live. Usually we go over to the city to get out of the heat. Global warming?
We had a leisurely dinner at an all Vegan Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre on Mission Street. There is seating at the bar or you can choose to eat at a communal table where you might end up sitting with strangers. We chose to sit at the bar and actually ended up having a wonderful conversation with a couple sitting next to us. The young man was from Brazil and his girlfriend was from Australia. They were so disappointed to find Yosemite was closed down as they were hoping to visit the National Park. They were enjoying the city and had chosen Gracias Madre as they saw lots of people outside which is a good sign.
My entree choice was three tacos – mushroom, plantains and green beans along with a side of black beans. So flavorful, fresh and delicious. The mushroom taco was my favorite. The cashew cheese drizzle was scrumptious.
Hubby Tom ordered the Posole – soup with hominy,onion, tortilla strips, avocado and fresh cilantro. It was filling and so satisfying with tons of flavor.
We skipped appetizers in order to save room for dessert. When you are eating a whole foods plant based diet you only get to order dessert when eating in a vegan restaurant so this was a real treat! The strawberry cheesecake was made from coconut milk and berries – it was amazing. So creamy, light and luscious. Yum.
Hubby Tom went for the pear cobbler served hot with a scoop of vegan vanilla bean ice cream. Oh my goodness – my spoon kept finding it’s way into his dessert dish – this was comfort in a bowl. The pear filling was not overly sweet and the cobbler was light and delicate. The vegan vanilla bean ice cream was smooth and creamy. We will definitely go back to Gracias Madre the next time we are in the city. What a nice experience to be able to order anything off the menu and not have to make special requests. I hope as time goes on that more vegan options become available in mainstream restaurants.
To your health!
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Do you have any new food finds to share?
Is it feeling like fall where you live?