Todays post is all about granola, cookies and local goodies. If you are not in Spokane, you can click here and order yours right now! There is even a promo code listed below 🙂 What are you waiting for, head over and get some of these goods pronto! Use this code to get SIMPL10 to get 10% off the discounted price. Keep reading for more information on what you’re buying 🙂
Good afternoon super hero! It’s Friday and that means you made it through yet another week of life. You may have fallen, you may have stumbled, you may have failed but that’s okay because the weekend is here now. It’s a time to recuperate, rejuvenate and have some YOU time. Failures, stumbles and falls are always good because they teach us (sometimes hard) lessons that grow us and our relationships with ourself, others and God! Trust me, tomorrow when you look back at today, you could easily out count your failures with blessings. What better time to reflect on this truth than Spring?! I don’t know about you but when the sun comes out I COME OUT! I feel so alive, energized and ready to go. I have that killer motivation that was sometimes lacking in the winter and I am ready to make changes, get outside and support others. Let’s talk about some Spring changes YOU can make right now.
I have been doing a lot of seeking, shuffling and researching to find the best brands, products, tips and recommendations for you. I drive around town to find new health food stores, organic restaurants and conscious businesses. As I wander up and down the aisles, the employees probably think “Does this girl need help?”, “Is she ever going to buy something?” or “What could possibly be so bad on that label?” but I don’t care because YOU deserve the best! I had the pleasure of running into an amazing lady a few months back at health food store and after months of searching, I was unable to find her. Luckily, I noticed a new product on the shelves and it happened to be her’s; she underwent a rebrand. I quickly reached out to her and was on my way over to learn more about the company and her products. I am SO excited to share this with you, keep on scrolling 🙂
After much sampling, ingredient searching and source questioning I am pleased to introduce you to Prairie Pantry. This is a local company in Spokane, Washington that focuses on nutrition, sustainability and allergens. Anita, the owner, has a beautiful piece of land where she has an organic garden, honey bees and commercial kitchen. Anita’s major emphasis on local sourcing is a huge part of what attracted me to her company. All of her products are free from gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, almonds and eggs (right up my alley). Along with all of that, she sweetens her products with maple syrup, honey, dates and the occasional cane sugar or agave (for vegans). Although I am not an agave fan, a little bit won’t kill you and it makes the alternative for vegans. Prairie Pantry carries cookies, pecan butter, apple butter, granola and sample kits.
Nutrients – Well hello there, this is my favorite part of the post! I get to talk to you about the different ingredients in these products. Let’s get going.
- Dates – Oh my heart. Dates are the gateway to my heart, especially when they are stuffed with cashew butter & cinnamon. Anyways, this whole food source is fully intact, fiber and all, which means it is more easily digested by the body. One 3.5 oz. serving contains 8 grams of fiber, that’s pretty good. For every ounce of dates, you get 260% more potassium than oranges and 64% more potassium than bananas. They are also more calorie dense, but who’s counting anyways?
- Maple syrup – This delicious unrefined sweetener is an excellent source of manganese and zinc. These minerals are needed for just about every process that takes place in our bodies like energy production. The super fancy enzyme in our bodies (superoxide dismutase) that disarms free radicals (trouble makers) requires manganese. Zinc helps with appetite regulation, immune health, skin health and prostate health. When a recipe calls for sugar, throw in some maple syrup instead!
- Gluten-free oats – Unlike other grains, oats are a whole source of fiber. They contain the bran and the germ which means they are a concentrated form of nutrients. Manganese, selenium and phosphorus are the stars here. These minerals are essential minerals that are good for preventing cell damage, promoting bone health and normal cell function. They also contain generous amounts of B1 (energy) and soluble fiber (get your poop going).
- Pecans – BRING ON THE FAT! That’s right, I said it.. the “F” word. Fat is crucial to our health so don’t you go running, you need it to survive and pecans can help you with that. They are about 70% fat so, in 1/4 cup of pecans you get 19.5 grams of fat. Pecans also contain plant sterols which are known for fighting the “bad” type of cholesterol (LDL).
- Ginger – In combination with its delicious taste, ginger is an amazing root that alleviates gastrointestinal distress (makes your belly feel better). The antioxidants found in ginger also combat the formation of inflammatory compounds. Ginger contains these things called gingerols that are known to alleviate pain in those with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Long story short, eat ginger!
- Local honey – Emphasis on the world local. Sure, we can go out and buy honey in a plastic containers (from stores I will not name) but are we really getting anything more than just fructose? Local, raw honey contains pollen from your local environment that will help with allergies when pollen is floating around. These micro exposures over the winter months will prepare you for a successful “allergy season”. Look for raw, unfiltered and local honey. Buy it in a glass jar from a local honeybee keeper, it is a wonderful way to support the community.
- Sunflower seeds – Alright anti-animals eaters (no judgment), these are going to be the superstar of your show. Just 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds provides 11 grams of protein, 24 grams of fat and 9 grams of carbohydrates. They are also high in many other nutrients we Americans are often deficient in like: phosphorus, copper, arginine, iron, folic acid and fiber. Make sure you buy them organic and store them in a cool environment.
Local – Supporting local is a huge part of living an holistic lifestyle. When you choose local you are helping your community, supporting local farmers, loving local bees and creating a healthy environment. Not to mention, the reduction in the carbon footprint from all the shipping that becomes necessary when we import goods from other parts of the world. When you buy local you are doubling the amount of money they stays within the local economy. Another perk of buying local is that you know what your getting, you know the farmer/owner and you don’t have to worry about negative environmental impacts like weird chemicals or toxins! While the cost for local may sometimes be a (small) amount higher, you are doing your part to serve your community and lower the costs in other areas like labor, shipping, etc.
Get them – If you aren’t convinced at this point, I am sorry because these products are amazing (especially the pecan butter). I love to dip my apples, chocolate or dates into this creamy butter. Oh my gosh, it’s just delicious. I am excited to get my mom some of these for Mother’s Day (hint hint). They make the perfect treat for moms, boyfriends, spouses and grandkids alike. Don’t forget about yourself, it’s sometimes fun to treat ourselves too! If you are in Spokane, you can find them at the following stores:
Thomas Hammer Coffee
My Fresh Basket
Tom Sawyer Coffee
Daily Habit Coffee
Northwest Seed and Pet
- Now they have 5 flavors of cookies after adding an orange and lemon flavor to their line.
- New granola in 5 flavors: coconut, cacao, banana, ginger and cherry
- they have allergen free ones that are free of nuts, honey and other common allergens
- Prairie Pantry sources their:
- ginger from Fuji as a way to support small local farmers there
- dates origanically which is an huge step forward, go them!
- local organic maple syrup as as social responsibility and support for local businesses
- vanilla from Vanilla Queen Vanilla
- They believe in local over organic any day and I couldn’t agree more
- They now fuel local colleges, restaurants, grocery stores and neighbors with organic produce with LINC farmers
If you are not in Spokane, you can click here and order yours right now! There is even a promo code listed below 🙂 What are you waiting for, head over and get some of these goods pronto! Mothers Day is coming up, Spring is sprung and the time is now. Use this code to get SIMPL10 to get 10% off the discounted price.
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