Things I’m Loving Lately: May 2, 2018

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 2, 2018

It’s May, it’s May! One of my favourite months. I guess I kind of have to love it—May is my birthday month after all (any fellow Taureans out there?!)—but it’s also the month when spring finally reveals itself here in Southern Ontario. Everything has a special glow and newness this time of the year and I can’t get enough. The fresh start makes me actually want to tackle some of those ambitious new year goals, you know what I’m saying? Maybe there’s still hope for 2018, heh.

Here’s the next round up of things I’m loving lately…I hope you enjoy!

1. Microgreens

Microgreens are supposedly the new “it” green of 2018, and I’ve been loving these dainty greens in wraps, smoothies, salads, and soups. Microgreens are the seedlings of vegetables and herbs that are cut at only 1 to 3 inches long, just shortly after they start to grow. Some research shows that microgreens can have four to forty times the nutrients of their mature plant counterparts…whoa! Apparently they are pretty easy to grow at home, so I may try that soon despite my black thumb. If anyone has grown microgreens at home (indoors or out), I’d love your tips!

2. Equal Exchange Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Bars (Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch and Extreme Dark)

This new-to-me chocolate brand was a great find on our recent trip to Arizona. The Mint Crunch flavour is hands-down the best mint chocolate bar I’ve tried. (It has crunchy peppermint crisps throughout, you guys. Peppermint. CRISPS. *swoon*). I’m seriously in withdrawal not being able to find the brand back at home. Their Extreme Dark (88% cacao) variety is also quite smooth, although it’s still a runner-up to my fave Green & Black’s Organic 85%.

3. Sprout Living FD Sprout Mix (Broccoli and Kale)

I bought this powder one day on a whim when it was on sale and started adding a teaspoon of it to my morning smoothie (I’ve been making a variation of my In The Buff Smoothie Bowl lately). Unlike a lot of green powders, I love that this Sprout Living Mix has a super short ingredient list (just broccoli sprouts and kale sprouts!), taking the guesswork out of whether or not I can consume it while nursing. Broccoli and kale sprouts are packed with antioxidants, minerals, and Vitamins A, C, and K. In this blend, the sprouts are gently dried and milled into a powder. Whenever I find myself without fresh greens for smoothies, I add a teaspoon to the blender for a small (but powerful) green boost. This mix does have an earthy flavour, but I found I got used to the taste with time!

4. Simply Natural Organic Red Sriracha Hot Sauce

Any time I use Sriracha in a recipe, I receive lots of questions asking which brand is my go-to. This is it! I’ve been buying this brand for the past few years now. The flavour is spicy and intense with a touch of sweetness. I use Sriracha to punch up homemade hummus, my All-Purpose Vegan Cheese Sauce, guacamole, pasta, tacos, etc.

5. Avocado Toast Wall Art

I’ve shown this cute print on Insta Stories a few times, and I always receive questions about it when I do. I bought the print from Etsy a few years ago now, but it’s still one of my favourites! You can buy it online from Plant Love Boutique.

6. Hilary’s Eat Well Dressing, Dip, & Marinade (Chili-Lime Vinaigrette and Ranch Chia)

Hilary’s Chili-Lime Vinaigrette is my go-to store-bought dressing—I always have some on hand in my fridge these days. It’s vegan as well as soy-, dairy-, and gluten-free, and I love its list of easy-to-pronounce ingredients: water, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, green chili, apple concentrate, sunflower oil, tapioca syrup, apple cider vinegar, salt, cumin, orange pulp, and parsley. The Ranch Chia dressing is also quite tasty, but I find it thickens a lot when chilled, so I tend to use that flavour more as a dip for veggies than as a salad dressing (never a bad thing!).

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Kate May 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm

I, too, LOVE that mint bar from Equal Exchange! Mint & dark chocolate :-P

You can purchase the bars directly from Equal Exchange on their website and I may have been guilty of doing that (why not, when the closest store that carries them is 2.5 hours away?!) :-).

Their chocolate is so good and knowing it’s fair trade makes me feel even better eating it.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

So glad to see so many EE fans! I’m going to check their website and see if they’ll ship to me. :)

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OH LA LATKES May 2, 2018 at 1:46 pm

I love adding microgreens to my salads as well. They taste so much more scrumptious. However, I’ve never thought about putting them into my wraps. Such a good idea! Thank you for that! <3

E || www.ohlalatkes.com

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

I love the volume and crunch they add…so fun trying different flavours (varieties) of microgreens too. I was surpised by how much I love broccoli microgreens.

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Gauri May 3, 2018 at 7:29 am

Hi Angela

Thanks for posting the nutrition power houses :)

Could you post the links from where you buy the micro greens and the sprout mix?

Thanks
Gauri

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2018 at 8:05 am

Hey Gauri, Oh happy to share! I buy the microgreens at Fortinos/Metro/Organic Garage/Whole Foods grocery stores and the sprout mix from Whole Foods (I got a bunch when they went on sale so my freezer is stocked for a while!)

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Maggie May 3, 2018 at 8:58 am

Hey Angela, just sharing that I saw your cookbook on a recent episode of Fixer Upper (the loft conversion) not sure if you knew. It was open to one of your yummy recipes in the kitchen staging pics on HGTV website.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Oh no way!! That’s so cool! I watch that show sometimes, but did not see or hear about it. Now I have to go looking…haha. :) Do you know if it was a recent/new episode? Thanks Maggie!

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Maggie DiMauro May 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm

Yes, It was the “Loft Conversion” episode. You gotta scroll thru a few pics, but you’ll find it in the kitchen pics

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Maggie May 7, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Yes, It was the “Loft Conversion” episode. 2 weeks ago. You can go to the HGTV website and just see pics of the episode.

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Jess May 3, 2018 at 10:44 am

Equal Exchange Chocolates Mint Crunch! Oh my goodness, this is my favorite chocolate! So delicious. I live in the Seattle-area and buy it at Target. If you’re having a hard time tracking it down it’s available at target.com ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm

So glad you are a fan of it too! It’s really addictive. And thanks for the Target tip! I wish our Target stores never closed here in Canada *sniff, sniff.

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Krissy May 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Where do you fInd Hilary’s in the GTA? I have looked before and haven’t been able to find it! (We are in Burlington so close to Oakville!)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 4, 2018 at 6:42 am

Hey Krissy! I buy it at Organic Garage. I think they stock it in their produce section. :) Sometimes they don’t always have these flavours though. Whole Foods used to carry it in Oakville, but I haven’t seen it for a long time.

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Nicole W. (Oh She Glows Recipe Tester) May 9, 2018 at 8:42 am

I buy Hilary’s here in Burlington at Goodness Me! Natural Food Market.

Word of warning,though…whenever Angela mentions it on her blog or Instagram, it is sold out for long, agonizing weeks at a time ha ha ha! They are currently out of the Chili Lime Vinaigrette but they do have the Ranch Chia in stock…I picked one up yesterday. They do home delivery if it’s in stock at their Hamilton locations if you find you can’t wait!
Hope that helps!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2018 at 6:40 am

haha you crack me up! ;) Thanks for mentioning you find it at Goodness Me!…love that store. Hopefully they won’t be out of stock for long.

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Beth @ Everyday Young May 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm

Thanks for reminding me about microgreens! I must try and grow these in my kitchen over winter – so versatile!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 4, 2018 at 6:41 am

I’m going to try too! I hear they’re fool proof (lol…we’ll see!)

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email login May 10, 2018 at 4:15 am

Although I don’t really like the taste of microgreens at first, it’s healthy so I keep buying the greens for salad and wrap. Gotta try growing at home.

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Samir Nair May 10, 2018 at 11:31 am

Its delicious….Tempted to eat it….

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Jane @ OptingHealth June 5, 2018 at 9:11 am

“I use Sriracha to punch up homemade hummus” – this is interesting! you know i usually just spill SO MUCH of it whenever i order a pizza.. but to mix with hummus (i actually like and eat tahini daily, not hummus) is super interesting. will try it today actually
not sure if you’re mixing it altogether tho?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Sometimes I drizzle it on and sometimes I stir a bit right into the hummus…both work..but I have to stress that I use a very SMALL amount, otherwise the Sriracha overpowers everything. Hope this helps Jane! :)

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