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Angie's Pantry: Winter Edition

Alicia Underwood

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This month Angie’s sharing her favorite gift-worthy finds! Candles, specialty food items, and thoughtful reads make great gifts for just about anyone. See what Angie’s loving the most and click the links to browse and shop them online with ease

GLOW CANDLES

Like food, smell is can transport us back in time to a favorite destination or memory. These premium soy candles are hand made with creative scents to take you back like the Pacific, Mediterranean Fig or my favorite scent for the holidays, Saint Nic, which has the perfect combination of Balsam, Fur and Pine. Made with lead-free cotton wicks, premium-grade fragrance oils and no dyes, they are the perfect way to let someone know you appreciate them. Check them out on Instagram and keep an eye out for December specials!

BANNER ROAD GRANOLA

OMG!  I am definitely a food snob and I love, love, love granola! These granolas are BY FAR the best I’ve had. Ever. Totally gift-worthy – but make sure you get some for yourself too because you deserve it. There are lots of creative and delectable flavors but my favorite the original, which has pecans, tart cherries and coconut chips! This stuff is insanely good! Check out their website and grab a holiday pack for yourself or your bestie!

ZEN SHORTS

This is my favorite children’s book of all time. If you know me and have had a baby in the last decade, you probably received it as a gift. Not only does it have gorgeous watercolor pictures (so good that it won a Caldecott Medal), the real beauty is in the three stories within the story that teach important life lessons that, if embraced will set your kids up with the perspective to live a truly happy life. Namaste.

Skip the Sugar | Start your Day off Right

Angie Carl

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Angie, Founder of Coconut Kitchen, shares her thoughts on the most important meal of the day.

Staying motivated to eat healthy foods, exercise, drink enough water, and do all of the things we need to do to feel our best can be a lot of work (I’m exhausted just thinking about it). The reward is great, though, so I thought I’d share a few tips to make is as painless as possible.

It’s a million times easier to accomplish your healthy eating goals when you make a habit of starting your day right.  Starting your day off with a breakfast rich in low glycemic foods like eggs, avocados and protein-rich full fat Greek yogurt (stay away from the fruit flavored varieties - they’re loaded with sugar) stabilizes your blood sugar so you won’t be fighting cravings all day.  

Here are some great tips to stay on track for the rest of the day!

  • Watch out for hidden sugars

Hidden sugars are everywhere! They’re in your favorite condiments, canned goods, sauces, yogurts, bread, and cereals! Check the labels on your go-to foods like “healthy” yogurts before you start breakfast.

Proceed with caution with foods labeled “low fat”. Fats are almost always replaced with sugars in these products. Fat is not the enemy anyway. Did you know that the best way to reduce glycemic load is to add fat to your meal or snack?

  • Ditch the sweet drinks

We all know to stay away from soda. Did you know that fruit juices, energy drinks, fancy “coffee” drinks, and flavored “waters” are loaded with sugar and can derail your healthy eating for the rest of the day? And what about smoothies?

Smoothies are a great way to start your day or to grab a quick snack, but proceed with caution.  Even though many are loaded with fruits & vegetables, they are also loaded with enough sugar to send your insulin spiking and start the vicious sugar-craving cycle which can derail your entire day. If you’re going to have a smoothie, use a stevia sweetened protein powder and skip the bananas and other high sugar fruits. Stick with berries and add a little avocado or coconut butter to satiate you and keep the glycemic load down.

  • Plan your snacks and meals

I love the saying, “fail to plan and plan to fail.” It rings true for so many aspects of our lives - especially our diets! Plan your meals and you’ll be less likely to grab something on the fly that contains sugars and other unhealthy additives. Make meals loaded with whole foods at home so you can control the ingredients and portions on your own. Sliced avocados, hard-boiled eggs, nuts and low sugar fruits are a nutritious start to the day or a snack for anytime.

  • Live a little (the 80/20 rule)

Now, hear us out. Moderation is the key to everything - life is a marathon and not a sprint, just like eating well is a lifestyle.  If you tell yourself that you can never have some of your favorite indulgences, you are setting yourself up for failure. It’s not realistic (or sustainable) to completely cut foods you love out of your diet (that’s why fad diets don’t work!) So, go ahead and indulge that sweet tooth on occasion but don’t go crazy!

There are tons of nutritious foods that can curb your craving for sugar and even taste - dare we say - indulgent. Our Dark Chocolate coconut butter is a prime example of a sweet treat that’s not loaded with hidden sugars! (Pair a spoonful with a bit of peanut butter for a decadent treat!)

What healthful tip has helped you along your journey? Please share it with us!


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Angie's Pantry: Fall Edition

Alicia Underwood

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There’s a chill in the air today in St. Louis and the trees are starting to burst into bright oranges, reds, and yellows - what better time than now to share new Angie’s Pantry Picks with everyone in the Coconut Kitchen Tribe! Angie’s opened the pantry door wide to share some of her most favorite finds this fall.

Here’s a selection of nutrient-rich foods to nourish the body, and a great read for the mind and soul.


Balance Superfood Shots

Life is so busy these days with two teenage boys and all their activities so we’re eating on the go more than I care to admit, which makes it difficult to get all the fruits and veggies my growing boy-men need. These Balance shots are a life-saver! Loaded with organic superfoods, you get ½ serving of fruits & veggies in every shot. They’re delicious and easy and give me peace of mind that the boys and I are getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in our diets.


Allred Bees honey

This is BY FAR the best tasting honey I have ever put on my tongue! And the whole Allred family is awesome! They live on a farm in Wildwood, MO where there are lots of yummy flowers for the bees to feed from. They keep bees because they love to do it. They don’t cut corners or take shortcuts. Their honey is made mostly by hand in small batches so I know that I am always getting a quality product.

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The Allred Family

I love this product because it’s delicious, simple and unique and so easy to use!! These delectable concoctions are made from minced garlic blended with fresh spices and seasonings and come in a variety of flavors. I love the Lemon Zest on roasted vegetables, seafood and chicken, the Sweet & Smoky is my go-to salmon rub and I use the Tuscan in Italian dishes and pastas. You can order their seasonings online OR take a field trip to their store in old town Wentzville, MO if you want to be transported to simpler times for an afternoon. They have an old time soda shop where they offer over 100 flavors of soda, a nostalgic candy store, coffee and tea bar, breakfast and lunch, pastries, desserts, Missouri gifts, and of course, Ellbee’s garlic seasonings!


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This short book is an easy read that gives us a roadmap to true happiness in four simple lessons. Its insightful and worth the read.

We all have agreements with ourselves about who we want to be and how we want to live our lives. Staying true to the agreements we have made with ourselves is the only way to experience true joy and fulfillment. Staying true to ourselves takes strength and courage when we are faced with adversity, which robs us of living the lives of our dreams.

Ruiz’s four agreements which will lead to true happiness:

What’s fueling your soul this season? We’d love to hear about it! Share with us on Facebook and Instagram to keep the conversation going.