Last summer, I started a series called “I’m Into It!” where I share some of my favorite recipes, books, websites, gadgets and brands. The last post from this series covered the reasons why we L-O-V-E our instant pot, so check that out here if you missed it!
Let’s move on to what I’m into today. I have three exciting recs in store for you, friends!
- One of our FAVORITE freezer staples.
- A killer muffin recipe that is filling enough for a meal.
- A podcast that is blowing my mind and will hopefully rock your world, too!
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve seen me post about this first food, but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat today!
One day at MOMs Organic Market, I was walking through the freezer aisle and saw packaging that caught my eye.
“What the heck is a Swapple?” I wondered. I’d never heard of them before.
I grabbed the package and noticed the simplicity of the real food ingredients (healthier “swaps” to traditional ingredients in packaged food). When I brought a bag home, Bill and I fell in love with them immediately and always have a package in our freezer! Swapples are plant-based waffles made with whole fruits, veggies and spices. All of the waffles are made without gluten, certified vegan, and contain only about six ingredients! You can use them like you would use toast, a bagel, pizza crust or any other medium for stacking tasty toppings!
I’ve had the privilege of meeting the face behind the brand – founder Rebecca Peress. She is a dynamo and is so passionate and enthusiastic about what she does. She invited me to a Swapples tasting before they rolled out their blueberry flavor about a year or so ago and I met another blogger, Crunchy Kat, there, and we’ve since become buddies. If you’re not already a part of the Swapples community on Instagram, start following them! They post drool-worthy photos of some of the most creative Swapples meal ideas.
Flavors: Savory (Everything, Tomato Pizza, Garlicky Greens) and Sweet (Blueberry, Cinnamon).
Where to Buy: Find where Swapples are sold near you using this store locator.
One of the best parts about my job is meeting hundreds of new people who can teach me new things on a regular basis. Whether I’m speaking at companies or conferences, I love meeting people. I believe that, if we’re open to it, we can learn something from everyone we meet.
Earlier this year, I was at a company facilitating a training about how to beat burnout and become our best selves, given my experience with burnout last year. In one of the sessions, I was asking everyone in the room to share their favorite apps, podcasts, books, and other tools that have helped them improve some area of their lives.
One person wrote down a book I hadn’t heard of – Run Fast Eat Slow – which was written by athletes for athletes. I don’t consider myself an “athlete,” but I checked out their website and align so much with their philosophy around food and love their concept of “indulgent nourishment.” (Isn’t that the coolest phrase??)
They focus on using fat for flavor and performance, don’t obsess over protein, and know that restrictive diets do more harm than good. In my initial scroll through their website, I stumbled upon an AMAZING recipe that I’ve made about three times in the past few months. They’re called Superhero Muffins and are great for a grab-and-go breakfast. I’ve taken them with me for snacks and breakfast when traveling. They’re also gluten-free 🙂
Try the Recipe: Here is the recipe for the Superhero Muffins!
Hidden Brain Podcast
I’m not even sure how I first stumbled upon the Hidden Brain podcast. I think it came up as a recommended podcast, since Bill and I have been listening to another fascinating podcast – Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell.
Hidden Brain is an NPR podcast that uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships. The topics are intriguing, and I’ve listened to multiple episodes in a row when traveling. They are inspiring, informative, and really get you to think differently. I love being intellectually stimulated, and this podcast does that while also keeping me emotionally engaged.
Subscribe: Check out the Hidden Brain podcast and listen to past episodes on the podcast app on your phone or here on their website. Here are a few of my favorite episodes (because of my interest in relationships and thought patterns and how to improve them!):
How about you? Have you tried Swapples or Superhero Muffins? Do you have a favorite podcast that you love listening to? Feel free to leave a comment below 🙂
I’m excited to try the Swapples and make these muffins! Thanks Rachel!
Jackie, you will LOOOVE them! Swapples are the best. We always have a box in our freezer. I actually had one as part of my lunch today – Tomato Pizza! It’s the best. Oh, and the muffins are amazing, too! Super filling and dense but also packed with flavor. Tag me if you try them!
Rachel, I was already a fan of your work and now you featured my favorite podcast – Hidden Brain 🙂 I was really happy to see you present as part of my employers wellness program (another financial firm in Bmore). I joined Movement Lab as a result of your conversation with the group. Keep up the good work.
Mavis, I’m so glad we can connect on so many levels! What are some of your favorite Hidden Brain podcast episodes? I’d love to know! I would love to return to your employer, so feel free to send HR a suggestion and we can reconnect. I’m glad you joined Movement Lab, and if you ever see me at an event, please introduce yourself and say hi! I appreciate your support of my work 🙂