This past weekend my daughter, some friends and I had a fabulous trip to NYC. Shopping, shows, sightseeing, ice skating…it was amazing. And, the food was, of course, wonderful. I was really surprised, impressed and excited about the many great healthy options.
There was one restaurant in particular that I fell in love with called Hu Kitchen (Hu, it turns out, stand for “back to Human”). They had bison meatloaf, kale “Caesar” salad (even with paleo croutons!) coconut milk coffees/hot cocoas, almond flour chicken fingers, an amazing assortment of veggies, chicken salad…I could go on. As for sweets, they even had paleo blonde brownies, macaroons made with coconut palm sugar, cookies made with coconut nectar. I was in heaven!
Aside from the amazing menu, notice the signs on the bottom left hand corner of this pictures. I know they are cooking with the ingredients I would cook with, leaving out the oils and preservatives I don’t cook with, and using high quality ingredients that are so loving on our bodies. How great is that? Hu Kitchen, please come to Atlanta…
Everything they had was amazing! If this were in my backyard, I’m afraid I’d never cook again…
Banana almond milk smoothie?? Just like we make at home!
Think we could get a set up like this at the Race Track gas station around Atlanta or the Atlanta Airport? Can you imagine being able to get chia seed pudding, grass-fed meatballs, or almond crusted chicken fingers to go??
Another great place we found in NY just down the street from Hu is a place called Brodo (East Village) that sells bone broth (benefits here)! I mean, instead of getting coffee or tea, you could order one of three types of whole-body-nourishing bone broth (great article on Brodo here)!! It was warm, soothing, and, with so many amazing health benefits, broth just felt good to drink. I would love to see more of those type places around, and I believe were are trending that way. Things….are….changing. And it’s sooo refreshing and exciting to see.
While it’s so nice to see healthier options become more widespread, there still aren’t enough—especially outside of forward-thinking food cities like like NY or LA or Boulder. And when it comes to healthy snacks, options are even more limited.
I cook a decent amount, and, honestly, it’s not for my love of cooking. I cook because I love yummy and healthy treats, snack, and meals that help me and my family feel good. Rarely can you purchase snacks that have been made with healthy ingredients much less snacks that use sweeteners like coconut palm sugar or coconut nectar. But the times you can, you are REALLY going to pay for it!! $4.50 for 3 bite sized macaroons or 1 brownie for $5 ain’t cheap. I can make a pan of brownies for $7, but maybe that’s not such a good thing with my sweet tooth. My thought behind cooking/baking is, if we can’t buy it (see, by nature, I’m a lazy cook), then we can make it!
And guess what…yep, you see it coming don’t you? There just happens to be a fabulous new book called Super Paleo Snacks that has many great recipes that are paleo but they are also great yummy snacks even for non-paleo eating families that just want to eat cleaner. It wasn’t just my taste buds that approved these recipes but it was the taste buds of my kids, my friend’s kids, neighbors, and anyone else I could find so these will satisfy even the finickiest of pallets. And, what’s so fun about many the recipes like Peanut Butter Cookies in the book, you will learn that they don’t have to be just for desserts or weekend or special occasions. They CAN be a great snack, low in sugar and glycemic load, high in healthy fats and protein and SUPER TASTY!
Here is the first recipe from the book I get to share. It is super simple with only 4 ingredients and super delicious!!! We first had these during the big Atlanta snow storm last year. And fter playing in the snow, really these cookies along with some hot cocoa really hit the spot! Remember, if you do decide to pre-order my book, be sure to enter the giveaway before this Sunday by letting me know in the comments here which prize you would like to win.
I hope you love them! They really are mouthwatering!!
This was kind of how the past 6 months went with photographing snacks for a book…
- 2 cup sunflower seed butter or 1 16 oz. jar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup coconut palm sugar
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Then, on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet place about 12 golf ball sized pieces of dough (you can use two cookie sheets or cook two batches) on the paper.
- Make sure the cookies have about an inch or between them.
- Press the dough down to make them a little flat and then use a fork to press the criss cross pattern into them.
- Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy!