This week I tried 3 new products. I shared them with you guys on Instagram, and there was quite a bit of interest in each so I wanted to share some more in depth thoughts on them! While I loved the flavor of all of products, they are not all #shedapproved, so have a read for the deets!
Original Granola Butter with collagen peptides by Kween & Co
I’m late to this party. I’ve been eyeing this granola butter since it came out in 2018– but with a $12 price tag for a small container of what is essentially a “topper” it just fell low on my list of priorities. I will fully admit this was a mistake because after 4 days it has completely rocked my world. This is an awesome way to add “treat yo self” to your Shedding life! I’ve been able to use it in so many ways I’m going to run out soon if I’m not careful! Scroll to the bottom for a fun oatmeal recipe featuring tha buttah!
$12 a jar
Low sugar and no refined sugar
Added collagen peptides (pasture raised to boot) for a bonus protein boost
Tastes like cookie butter
Verdict: Shed Approved for both months 1 and 2 of the program if used according to serving size daily. Side note: if you aren’t into collagen there is a vegan version that is shed approved too!
Some of the many ways I used the granola butter this week! Also links to my amazon affiliate page if you click the photos above! (If you buy through there I receive a small commission!)
Sweet Potato Gnocchi from Trader Joe’s
Sooooo a lot of you have tried this and everyone was surprisingly impressed. It definitely tastes amazing and is very easy for a quick weeknight dinner. The bigger question is it Shed Approved? Welp, unfortunately I think we have to give it a no go. It contains wheat flour, white potatoes, butter sauce, and cheese. Dairy, wheat, and white potatoes are not included in the Shed program. It’s just too much inflammation and high GI.
Gluten and dairy (aka inflammation)
High in calories (don’t obsess over this, but when something is packaged, its something to be more mindful of)
Literally takes less than 10 minutes to make
Shed for the Preg approved (lol the only rule there is that there are no rules!)
Verdict: Not Shed approved, but enjoy it on occasion post-shedding!
Brussels Sprouts Sauté Kit from Trader Joe’s
Again a lot of you had tried this! It absolutely tasted fantastic. And while there are quite a few ingredients, they seem to be high quality. This is a nice quick option for weeknights! My biggest qualm is that there quite a bit of cheese in there, and to be shed approved it would have to be a garnish sized amount. I made this for my step-dad who isn’t a fan of brussels sprouts at all and he loved it!
Too much cheese (that dairy will get ya!)
More sugar in the dressing than I would like
Getting your greens in!
Verdict: If you use only half of the cheese, or just truly treat it as a garnish, it is Month 1 Shed Approved. If you aren’t shedding it’s a nice occasionally side for a weekday din!
Cherry Vanilla Oats with Granola Butter
3/4 c gf oats
1/3 c vegan vanilla protein powder
1/2 c macadamia milk
Splash of water to cover remaining oats
8 frozen cherries
A drizzle of granola butter
Mix oats, protein, milk and water in a bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir it up. Add cherries and granola butter and stir it up before you eat! The juice from the frozen cherries melting mixes in and gives it extra oomph!