Necessities

July 28, 2010 at 1:23 am 37 comments

We all have them. Those food items that you would run to the store in the middle of the night to buy. The favorites that you just can’t live without. Here are a few of mine:

Avocado
We ALWAYS have avocados on hand. Could there be anything more delightful? They are the ultimate power food…and we all love them. We eat them on salads, salted on sprouted bread, plain, on curries…you name it. Avocado was both Bella and Lucy’s first food. Yum yum.

Raw Goat Milk Cheese
This is not the soft goat cheese that you might be thinking of…we get the raw cheddar cheese and we eat A LOT of it. It’s more spendy ($6.99 for a small block)…but it’s so worth it because we don’t do cow’s milk cheese around here most of the time. If you’ve never had it, you’ll be surprised at how wonderful it is! Even when we’re eating mostly raw, we keep this cheese in to satisfy cravings.

Justin’s Nut Butters
Oh.My.Goodness. Love it. Maple is our favorite. We top our brown rice cakes with it. We put it in our oatmeal. We like to scoop it right out with a spoon. No, it’s not raw…but it’s darn good. They also make them in little travel packets. So handy dandy. They are based out of Boulder…I might have to go take a photo of their headquarters while we’re here. I love them that much.

Green smoothies
These are a staple around here. We are still making them almost morning…we can’t go too long without one or we feel it! And yes, I am planning another Green Smoothie Challenge. Don’t ask me dates…but I’m hoping to do it soon! So get ready πŸ™‚

Watermelon
Crave it. The smell. The sweetness. Love it. We eat LARGE bowls of it in the summertime, sometimes having entire meals of just watermelon.

Citron Oolong
This is easily my favorite tea. I have it nearly every morning. Just the smell will amaze you. Excellent hot or iced.

Steel Cut Oats
This is a recent addition to our favorites. The texture is similar to brown rice. Chewy, nutty, and delicious. Iwe like to top it with bananas, almond butter, walnuts or hemp seeds, maple syrup, and almond milk.

Iced Tea
We’ve been drinking OOODLES of iced tea around here. I’m loving the Celestial Seasonings tropical “cool brew” as well as their blueberry green tea. I love to mix and match my flavors…it’s like making a cocktail! πŸ™‚

So there you have it. A short list of the foods and drinks that we’re loving right now. What’s on YOUR list?

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  • 1. whitney @ leavesofmytree  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:32 am

    what a fun post!! i need to try that almond butter… how yummy. i am SO looking forward to the green smoothie challenge. i need it right now, and i can’t do it alone! um…just not in august…bahaha…

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  • 2. Staci Lawson  |  July 28, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for posting! I’ve missed ya! All of this talk about Boulder is making me homesick. πŸ™‚

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  • 3. kristen  |  July 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I have seen that brand of nut butters at whole foods–need to try them! Yes-totally agree to the green smoothies! I fell off the wagon and felt -off–now I am back on and on my way back to balance. Look forward to your challenge. LOVE watermelon and C.Seasoning Red Zinger is our hands down favorite.

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  • 4. Christa  |  July 28, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Great list! All of those are tastey treats. We love avocados around here too. I will have to try the steel cut oats since I really like the texture of brown rice. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  • 5. SillyGooseMama  |  July 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Eggs (my seven kiddos can tear through a dozen eggs LOL), rice, blueberries, apples, GREEN BEANS (love those things!), brown rice, quinoa, millet, avocados, Ezekiel bread, collards, and my new favorite treat–Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter:)

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  • 6. Lana Wilkens  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I’m totally with you on avocados, they are my favorite creamy bliss. As for your photos – they look different, kinda antiqued or something. Does that make sense? They kinda resemble that girl who has a blog, boho photography. I love her style! πŸ™‚ Anyway, they look really beautiful.

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  • 7. livelightly  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Lana…it’s actually an iPhone app called ShakeItPhoto πŸ™‚ thanks!

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  • 8. Nancy Bodnar  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Oh My… thank you for the introduction to the Raw Goat Cheese. So excited to try it. I sure do appreciate your thoughtfulness in creating Happy Foody! It helps introduce new exciting ideas and options for folks like me that are trying to be good to our bodies and feed them much needed nutritious love.

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  • 9. Tanya  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I was recently looking at that Justin’s Almond Butter and didn’t get it this time around. Now I must:-)

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  • 10. Jennie  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    We use that same cheese here, and I am finally acquiring a taste for it. πŸ™‚

    I’m also in love with watermelon this summer and I will be on the lookout for the green smoothie challenge!!!

    Our necessity this summer is BLUEBERRIES! Valentine is in complete and total love with them!!!

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  • 11. Joi  |  July 29, 2010 at 2:32 am

    You should try Tazo’s passion tea iced. So so good.

    I can not live without Sriracha, blueberries and raspberries (in the summer), spinach, and oatmeal. (Stumptown coffee should be on there but lately it is too hot)

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  • 12. Nicole  |  July 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Green Smoothies are a must have for me too. I had gotten away from them for a while—and boy, could I feel that. Since I’ve started back I’m feeling better.

    Other must haves:
    Cowboy Coffee. LOVE It. Fair Trade, Shade Grown, yummy, yummy coffee.

    Feta cheese. There is nothing like feta, covered with olive oil and baked until it is a little melty. Then dip in a good whole grain bread. YUM! I’ve made whole meals of this.

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  • 13. livelightly  |  July 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Joi…I used to get the iced passion tea at Starbucks all the time, it’s yummy! I drink their green tea now though. I love that the passion tea is red, so kids think it’s a juice, but it’s just herbal tea! πŸ™‚

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  • 14. trailnuts  |  July 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Our new favorite find is So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage. So yummy with everything- oatmeal, smoothies, iced chai, etc. I think I’m going back to Target today and take the rest of the vanilla kind on the shelf that has $1 OFF stickers, lol

    Target also carries Justin’s almond butter, but I’ll make sure to use your amazon link in the future. It’s a much better deal anyway.

    We’re also into (organic, fresh squeezed) lemonade these days, but I think you just convinced me to try that cool brew tea! (I used Teavana teas for iced tea- a lot more work.)

    Have you tried baking steel-cut oats at night, then leaving it in the oven (turned off) overnight? Still warm in the morning, and oh the texture- yummy!

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  • 15. trailnuts  |  July 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    oh, and for goat cheese, local farm Singing Hills for us.

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  • 16. Lindsay  |  July 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Hummus and Pitas! I can put hummus on pretty much anything. Delish. We always have black beans, spinach, watermelon, raspberries, blueberries and wheat pasta from Trader Joe’s. Oh and Veggie Broth.

    Can’t wait for the smoothie challenge!!!!

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  • 17. Lori  |  July 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Wow. You take amazing pictures. I love them all- that and your necessities! Sounds similar to mine…

    Almond butter (oh so sinful…)
    Bananas
    Green Smoothies (for sure!)
    Teecchino
    Coconut Milk Creamer (so delicious brand)

    I’m going to need to try Justin’s Nut Butters… yes I am. πŸ˜‰

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  • 18. Shannalee  |  July 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Just wanted to say I love this. So interesting to see what other people enjoy most! Also – this is the THIRD post today I’ve read that includes avocados, and while I wanted one earlier, now I have a full-on mad craving.

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  • 19. Candyce  |  July 31, 2010 at 11:26 am

    We’re also an avocado family. We love smoothies with avocados, bananas, spinach, and chocolate almond milk. We enjoy almond butter, goat cheese (the soft kind — I can’t wait to find and try the kind you’re mentioning!), rice noodles — we tend to eat tofu pad thai once a week — hummus, sprouts, tomatoes, zucchini, fresh corn … kiwis are also big around here! And I definitely eat nutritional yeast once a day sprinkled on something as well.

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  • 20. mariah  |  August 1, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Can’t wait for the green smoothie challenge! Loved the last one, though I didn’t participate publicly. It was a great intro to green smoothies for me, and now I’m hooked, and feel the difference when I don’t drink them regularly.

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  • 21. Jessica  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Avocados, spinach, bananas, strawberries (all but the avocados for green–well, brown/ponscummy–smoothies), oats, rice milk, and nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachio).

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  • 22. Ginger  |  August 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Ok so my kids love the iced tea and then a well meaning friend said oh no don’t let them have tea. Just wondering your take… if it’s decaf it really is just what flavored plant water seems harmless. Thoughts??

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  • 23. livelightly  |  August 3, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Ginger…I do give the girls herbal tea (such as chamomile or rooibos), which is naturally caffeine free, but not “decaf” tea. Decaf teas are often decaffeinated with chemicals and can still have a bit of caffeine in them.

    So IMO, herbal tea = good πŸ™‚

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  • 24. Grateful for Grace  |  August 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Great list!
    A couple of Qs:
    Does your whole family eat only raw or just you?
    I know your family is half the size of mine so it would be different, but what is your budget of organic fruits and veggies and cheese? It’s so expensive to eat well. I don’t get to eat some of the things I’d like us to.

    blessings,
    GfG

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  • 25. Suyai  |  August 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Avocados are great! In Chile it’s our national passion, we have them everyday, mashed with lemon or a drizzle of oil and a bit of salt as a spread on bread. Yay for “paltas” (avocados in Chilean Spanish)!! We have many varieties but we keep coming back to the Hass variety. YUM! God bless!

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  • 26. Jessa  |  August 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Love when you post ;D We are also avacodo, watermelon and goat cheese fans our faves right now are;
    -THe raw breakfast recipe on Sasa’s blog too good to be true, we’ve been adding some flax or chia seeds and it’s filling and delicious.
    -goat cheese ‘cream cheese’ with garlic and dill smeared on cucumber slices.
    -Thai iced coffee even the kiddos are screaming for just a sip πŸ˜€
    -Homeade passion fruit/lemonade shake-ups
    -zuchinni pasta with homemade pesto and chopped sundried tomatoes
    -the power bars from elana’s pantry-a whole pan gone in a matter of a day

    I’ve been going to try that oolong you’ve mentioned before. . . now I have too πŸ˜€

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  • 27. Ginger  |  August 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    THIS is exactly why I love you Sara Janssen! Your blogs help me stay focused! We got caught unprepared yesterday and ate fast food…then we all felt yuck! Bring on the green smoothie challenge! My little family is ready!

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  • 28. Judy  |  August 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Sara, question on the green smoothies. I have been making quart sized smoothies and I’m estimating the calories to be around 400. Does this sound right to you or are my smoothies too thick and I should be using less of everything? Right now it’s, a banana, 2 cups of two different fruits, 2 cups greens, and chia gel (about 5 tblspns)

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  • 29. Christine  |  August 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    My current necessities: Green Smoothies (Oh how I love them), a full waterbottle, mangoes, organic baby carrots, and avocados. Looking forward to another green smoothie challenge!

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  • 30. carryannb  |  August 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Are we any closer to the green smoothie challenge? Can’t wait!

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  • 31. Vera  |  September 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Walnuts. Mine change, but I go through these phases where I just have to have something on a daily basis, and usually I just assume my body is telling me that it needs something. For about a month, my necessity has been walnuts – I put them in my oats, my salad, everything I bake, pasta, etc. Yum.

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  • 32. Stephanie M  |  September 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I love that you drink out of JARS like we do!!!!!!
    they are perfect, huh!?!?

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  • 33. adb  |  October 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    this site has been great. i’ve started juicing recently. i now use the juice as a base for my smoothies! i can now enjoy the benefits of veggies that i don’t really like eating. (beets, ginger, etc.)

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  • 34. ecobeautysecretivi  |  June 8, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I’ve started juicing lately, too. Been successfully doing my morning smoothies for almost a week now and I’ve been feeling great and beautiful!

    I don’t have an official list but I totally am CRAZY about Avocados. I wonder if there’s such a thing as too much avocado in the diet?

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