6 Foods I’m Loving Lately + Glo Bar Giveaway For A Cause

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I can’t say enough how much I love putting these posts together. Maybe I’m just weird, but the first thing I think of when I try a new food is, I can’t wait to share it on the blog. It’s fun to share stuff with you! After spending my teens and early twenties subsisting on fat-free diet “foods”, it’s a real joy for me to be able to celebrate my love for all kinds of new foods. Plus, putting together these posts gives me a nudge to try new things and bust out of my food ruts.

Without further ado, here are this month’s foods I’m loving lately…

1) Delicata squash

(also known as sweet potato squash)

I don’t know why it took me so long to try Delicata squash, but am I ever glad I did! It has to be one of the easiest squash to prepare. Because the skin is so thin, you can forgo peeling and just eat the (delicious) skin with the flesh. They are also fairly small, making them very easy to slice. Lately, I’ve been roasting them in olive or coconut oil, salt, and a pinch of cinnamon. So good!

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2) Lentils & Split Peas

I’m on a big lentil and split pea kick lately. They are just so easy to throw into soups and salads and easily boost protein. I love that they don’t have to be soaked or fussed over like dry beans. Until I get that pressure cooker I’m coveting (cannot. wait.), lentils seem to be my go-to right now.

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3) Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil from Costco

I was at Costco in Burlington a few weeks ago and I almost died with excitement when I saw that they now sell HUGE 1.5kg/3.3lb tubs of organic cold-pressed coconut oil for $16.99 CAD.

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I immediately text this news to my coconut oil obsessed family:

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(Don’t mind the creepy dolls, we were doing a little Christmas shopping!)

4) Seasnax

I have to admit – I thought people were crazy when they said they loved these nori seaweed snacks. While I can’t say I loved them at first, the taste grew on me. I love cutting it up and adding it to soups and salads. If I have a big salt craving they usually do the trick. Eric thinks they are absolutely vile, so to each their own…

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5) Coconut Nectar Syrup & Coconut Sugar

I recently discovered Raw Coconut Nectar and I must say I am impressed. It’s simply the sap from tapped coconut trees and it’s very high in nutrients. I’ve been using it as a substitute for brown rice syrup in some of my recipes and it binds almost as well. It has a low Glycemic Index rating (35) meaning that it releases into the blood slowly and is less likely to cause blood sugar spikes. The biggest surprise when I tasted the coconut syrup? It doesn’t taste like coconut! At least not to me. It’s very sweet so I find a little bit goes a long way. Eric also loves using coconut sugar in his tea as a swap for refined white sugar and I also enjoy it for baking.

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6) Pears

Aren’t pears so beautiful? I love taking pictures of pears and of course eating them this time of year. I’m quite impatient when it comes to waiting for fruit to ripen so whenever I have pears, bananas, or avocados that need ripening I stuff them in a large paper bag and fold the lid to trap some of the gas. It seems to speed things along.

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7) Glo Bars up for auction

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I’m excited to let you know that Susan is hosting an online auction (starting today!) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As you might recall, Susan was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer over a year ago and she is quickly approaching a year in remission. In 5 months, Susan will be travelling to Scotland to run a half marathon for the society’s Team In Training and needs to raise all the money she can.

I’ve donated a box of Glo Bars for this great cause which has a special place in my heart as my grandpa is currently fighting multiple myeloma. The winning bidder will get to select the flavour of their choice and I can also make the bars gluten-free and/or nut-free upon request. This is a rare opportunity to snag a box of Glo Bars since the bakery is closed for the time being!

Please head on over to Susan’s auction and check out all of the amazing prizes up for grabs!

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below what foods you are loving lately too.

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YogiCrystal November 14, 2012

Coconut oil at Costco?! I must keep my eyes peeled for it the next time I’m there!

That squash looks great, going to have to try it… totally obsessed with squash this fall. :)

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Tanya @ playful and hungry November 14, 2012

You are so lucky! I just get 200g glasses where I live…

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Monica@Your Model Chef November 16, 2012

I didn’t know they had coconut oil at Costco either! Need to get this!!! It can get expensive.

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Shel@PeachyPalate November 14, 2012

I love yellow split peas! Don’t make use of them often enough! Pears really are amazing when they’re in season! Love them paired (no pun intended!) with fresh figs!

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Esther November 14, 2012

Since there was as bug going around and everyone was getting sick (including myself), I did a little research to see what foods would be a great way to kick the cold bug. I found that Indian food was wonderful for illness! Turmeric, garlic, ginger, red peppers, onions, etc, foods that are prevolent in many Indian dishes were great for colds, so I’ve been on a Chana Masala kick.
I’m also very determined to recreate Puerto Rican and Caribbean cuisine in vegan form, i.e. cachapas! :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 14, 2012

I love just about any squash. Have you had Kiri? It’s on the sweeter side, and you can also eat it’s skin.

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Ann November 14, 2012

I love these posts too!
Lately, I am obsessed with your garlic roasted butternut squash, and sweet potatoe fries with chipotle dipping sauce (a yummy combo we make of veganaise, cilantro, lime juice and chopped chipotle peppers). SO GOOD.

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Barb C November 14, 2012

i made your red lentil and butternut squash stew the other day and was suprised at how luscious it was – just delicious!! This time of year, lentils and squash are it for me!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 14, 2012

I am obsessed with lentils right now. They are such a great addition to soups!

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Willow November 14, 2012

Score on the coconut oil! I love all of those things, too, but I haven’t seen the coconut syrup before… will have to keep my eye out. Also, you reminded me how much I love pears – adding them to my shopping list! :)

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Ashley November 14, 2012

I love photographing pears as well! Also, I have a delicata squash that needs roasting today. That coconut oil?? I must ask my SIL to check and see if the Costco they goes to carries it! I just bought my first bag of coconut sugar and am loving it. I’ve also tried the coconut aminos [soy sauce alternative] and really liked it. I’ll definitely check out the nectar when it goes on sale next.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2012

I read about the coconut aminos too and I can’t wait to try some. Let me know what you think!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious November 14, 2012

I love when you do these posts – you always seem to find little treasures at Costco that have yet to catch my eye —– like that coconut oil! ….and that marinara is my absolute favourite — to die for!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2012

I feel the same way about Costco – I always find that I miss out on so many things. I dont go that often so when I do there is always something new!

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Lena November 14, 2012

I have to say that you’ve really opened my eyes to Costco, for lack of a less-corny phrase. I went with the fams on Saturday, and I was all “Where’s the fun stuff that Angela always seems to find?!”
I snagged that giant coconut oil (along with a giant Christmas beer stein for my brother and kitter litter)! It’s sitting in my room right now b/c it’s too huge to put anywhere else.

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Shundara November 14, 2012

I love coconut sugar but nectar?? I had no clue it even exist I must find a way to buy some; I have been looking for coconut jam but I cannot find any I hope I see some soon… I am so happy about the cause you are working for cancer is such a hard illness to fight I am going to check the website out I hope I am able to support in anyway…

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Stacy November 14, 2012

Okay, this may or may not count, but….your 2-Minute Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter!!! I’ve been eating this pretty much non-stop ever since your post in the beginning of October. :) I’ve also been exploring different blends – like one made with Cranberry Apple Butter. My favorite ways to eat it is as a topping for hot oatmeal and a dip for frozen banana chunks. THANK YOU!!

http://ohsheglows.com/2012/10/02/2-minute-apple-cinnamon-peanut-butter/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2012

Aw that makes me happy! I love the way your mind thinks about dipping in frozen banana chunks. I thought I was the only one who loved to eat bananas straight from the freezer. I dont think I’ve ever dipped it in anything though so this might create a whole new level of obsession.

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Heather November 15, 2012

Ooo, I’ve just recently discovered eating banana chunks straight from the freezer…especially good dipped in melted chocolate chips :)

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Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa November 14, 2012

I’ve never tried delicata squash, but the easy prep sounds right up my alley! I’ve also been seeing a lot of coconut sugar around lately and meaning to try it… this is just the inspiration I need :)

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Stephanie November 14, 2012

I’m curious to try that coconut nectar. Thanks for the info about the sugar in the blood. These are they types of things I’m starting to be more conscious about.

I’ve tried nori sheets in soups and honestly it tastes ok, but for some reason I get grossed out by it sometimes…which doesn’t make much sense since I eat worse things (that should be “more gross”). I eat chips but really, those are a lot more gross than nutritious nori. I’m working on it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2012

I could see how it would gross you out…it gets kinda slimy in soups! Not for everyone…heh

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Kimberly Andresen-Reed November 14, 2012

I’m Obsessed with coconut oil lately. I got a gigantic jar on amazon (pretty sure the same size as yours) and I keep finding ways to use it, in homemade beauty products, skin and hair conditioners, cooking, making chocolate, etc. While the giant jar was a good deal, I also take it as a challenge, and have made it through about a third of it in just under a month.

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Grace @ Grace Dishes November 14, 2012

I’m familiar with some of the things on your list and I definitely share the love. The thing I’m not familiar with have been on my to-try list for a while :)

Adore seaweed. I have packs and packs of them in snack form from Taiwan. My mom brought it and they come in different flavors :)

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Christa @ Edible Balance November 14, 2012

Good gracious, I go through coconut oil like nobody’s business, another reason I need to get my butt over to Costco!!

I bought an acorn squash for the first time the other day, I can’t wait to cook it… I found out the deliciousness that is butternut this year, and can’t wait to try the delicata now!

Coconut sugar and nectar are my go to sweeteners for everything now, I LOVE all things coconut :) Next on my list is coconut aminos.

Such a great list Angela, I can agree on all of it… now you’ll have to excuse me, off to keep bidding on those Glo bars!

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Becca November 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing and good luck with the Glo Bar auction!

6 foods I’m loving right now: honeycrisp apples, lentil/vegetable soups (made three recipes in one week!), carob powder, Nuts 2 You Almond-Hazelnut Mutter, Celestial Season’s Gingerbread Tea, and leeks (a relatively new to me veggie).

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Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 14, 2012

Love roasting split peas for a crunchy snack!

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Kathryn November 14, 2012

I’m loving your what I’m loving now posts! Hmmm….right now I’m loving green apples in green juice. I’m also loving pomegranites, especially in salads.

I’m also loving vega products. A lot. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2012

im craving that green juice now! I can just taste it…

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Abby@ The Frosted Vegan November 14, 2012

Love the idea of coconut syrup! I will be on the hunt for your favorites!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh November 14, 2012

You just reminded me I bought some coconut oil and haven’t used it yet. Gotta get on that! But now I must try the coconut sugar too!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks November 14, 2012

Now that is some serious coconut oil action! Love the biggie size :)

And delicata and all squash – can’t got wrong!

I havent had coconut nectar in ages, I usually just buy agave nectar b/c it’s cheaper but need to get the coconut nectar again!

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NatureHealMe November 14, 2012

I love lentils, especially lentil soup! Yum! The squash made with coconut oil and cinnamon sounds delicious too!

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Cassandra @ TheScienceofFood November 14, 2012

Delicata squash is definitely my favorite squash, I use it to make my own pumpkin purée for various baking, it has the perfect texture and is much less stringy than other squashes.

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Amanda@AnUnlikelyDietitian November 14, 2012

I love love love these posts… it’s so important to celebrate being able to truly love food. Whenever I find myself starting to count kilojoules or obsess over what I shouldn’t eat, these posts just get me right back on the excited-about-eating track. Thank you so much Angela.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2012

I’m so glad to hear that Amanda! Thank you.

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kim@hungryhealthygirl November 14, 2012

I just bought some delicata squash for the first time. I’m so anxious to cook it up and taste it. I also saw the coconut oil at Costco, next time I’m out I will definitely be grabbing it from there!

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emmycooks November 14, 2012

I am so into Delicata squash too! Partly because it’s so easy to cut and you don’t have to peel it. :) My absolute favorite recipe recently is Delicata squash slices roasted with miso and curry paste, then tossed with fresh kale and toasted pumpkin seeds. The flavors and textures are amazing! The recipe is here: http://emmycooks.com/2012/11/08/kale-salad-with-miso-roasted-winter-squash/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 16, 2012

that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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allison November 14, 2012

Foods I love lately: 1) I make an awesome sweet potato red lentil curry with spinach that is requested about 2 or times a week :-) 2) Honeycrisp apples 3) salt and vinegar chick peas 4) homemade veggie pizza with a bean and nut yeast sauce

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R.A. November 15, 2012

Allison, could you share the recipe for the sweet potatoe red lentil curry with spinach?
Sounds wonderful and I love all the ingredients.
Thanks!

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allison November 15, 2012

oh and tofu scramble has been a go to lately…with whatever sauteed veggies i have…peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, kale, spinach…and nutritional yeast …served with toast :-)

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Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen November 14, 2012

I am loving coconut everything these days. Coconut oil makes a super hair and skin conditioner, I put it everywhere, especially chapped lips. I also love coconut sap and coconut vinegar.

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Lara November 14, 2012

Oh I love Pears as well! There are soo many different kinds of them and I eat them with everything: On Toast, pure, with/in Oatmeal, on my salad… And I just discovered these Nori Sheets recently too. I think the imitate a fishy flavour so I like to use it to play tricks on meat-eaters ;-)
Another food I’m loving lately is nutritional yeast. Put it in my Alfredo recently and it was delicious!

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Marian November 14, 2012

I have recently met and fallen in love with delicata squash, too! I shared two different ways to make it on my blog. I was loving homemade bread since I found the easiest recipe ever, but my jeans said I need to take a break from that. So good with creamed honey from the farmers’ market, too!

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Rosalie November 14, 2012

I audibly gasped when I came across that coconut oil in Costco. It was in my cart within seconds.
It was also a great Costco day that day as they were sampling coconut sugar and aged and/or flavoured balsamic vinegars. Love.

Lately I’ve been digging beancurd noodles. I pick them up at T&T and they’re essentially extra firm tofu (without the moisture) cut into long thin noodles. They’re fabulous.
Also been loving on the combination of kabocha/butternut squash + fresh cranberries + warm spices + tofu. All sautéed together in coconut oil + cilantro + a sauce of a molasses-y BBQ sauce mixed with hummus. Heavenly.

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Kathi November 14, 2012

I would love to have that recipe! I am always looking for something new to try.

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kristle November 14, 2012

i have been loving spaghetti squash. i’ve been waiting so patiently for farmers market day (last one of the season!) to get more. i never would have tried it if i didn’t read your post on how to roast them! i love to add them to pasta with ur creamy avocado sauce, into my soups, on top of chili… i will have to try delicata squash, you haven’t steered me wrong yet. i also love coconut sugar, haven’t tried the nectar yet. i have a cute necklace of a pear with a bite taken out of it, pears are my fav.

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gloria "Glo" November 14, 2012

Im new to your site, my nick name is glo too and Im interested in your glo bars ,your knowledge of coconut products etc do you have a daily page I can subscribe to?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2012

Lovely to meet you :) There are a couple differents ways to subscribe to my blog – via RSS or emails. You can find both options at the top right corner of my blog (the purple icons) Hope this helps

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Vegyogini November 14, 2012

My boss bought me that gigantic jar of coconut oil over the weekend. I’m gonna have that sucker for YEARS! I keep a jar of coconut oil on my desk at work to use as hand lotion, but I rarely use oil when I cook. I’ll have to get really inventive. :)

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Pedal November 14, 2012

I’m glad that you’ve discovered the wonders of coconut nectar and sugar! I use them to replace agave and cane sugar in various baking recipes and have not been disappointed yet.

Quick tip on the Sea Snax: I visited my local Korean market recently and found packages of very similar seaweed for MUCH cheaper. They sell both big sheets and the mini snack packs.

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Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) November 14, 2012

I also just bought that huge coconut oil from Costco. Have you tried it yet? After I bought it I realized it wasn’t extra virgin and I’m worried it won’t taste like coconut! Let me know what you think if you have opened your already.

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Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric November 14, 2012

Love those lentils on your list Angela!

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Ashley November 14, 2012

So jealous that your Costco carries coconut oil! Ours doesn’t, nor does it carry Greek yogurt. In fact, the Fukuoka Costco lacks a lot of things the American ones typically have… but it’s certainly better than having no Costco at all! There is literally no where else in Japan that I can buy almonds and oatmeal at a reasonable price. Bless Costco. ♥

I’m totally loving kabocha right now. ^^ Autumn and winter are the seasons for pumpkin, of course, but lacking that, Japan has kabocha squash instead. And it is de-LI-cious. Trying it out in different ways is the best part–turning them into “fries,” simmering in shoyu and dashi with chicken, baking, blending into soup, putting them in cookies… the possibilities are endless!

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