Local food producers have some interesting ways for you to eat healthfully in the new year.
Lemon coconut cake
When health issues caused Sonia Paryani to rethink the way she was eating, she created sweet treats to satisfy her cravings, while supporting good intestinal health. What she baked was popular with family and friends, so she created Atlanta-based Sincerely, by Paryani, a line of sweets that are free of gluten, dairy, grain and refined sugar, and which now are offered at farmers markets and local retailers. We sampled the lemon coconut cake, which her husband Raj said is one of their most popular. Made with organic coconut flour and coconut oil, sweetened with honey, and flavored with organic lemon juice and pure lemon oil, it is moist and luscious, with the lemon and coconut flavors perfectly complementing each other. Cakes and breads also come in almond banana, chocolate coconut, almond pumpkin and vegan almond banana flavors, and Paryani makes cashew-ginger bites, almond cookies, almond banana muffins and chocolate pistachio rose bark.
$10 per 11-ounce cake or bread. Available at the Marietta, Grant Park and Avondale Estates farmers markets, Lucy’s Market, Oak Grove Market, Nuts ‘n Berries, Nature’s Pick Market, Front Porch Market and at paryanifoods.com.
Gluten-free superfood granola
Ryanne Rothenberg has a long history of working in nutrition and food security. She has traveled the world, sharing the connection between informed food choices and an improved quality of life. Now settled in Atlanta, she founded Ry’s Table and, among other things, produces Supanola, a line of granola incorporating Thai and ayurvedic spices. There are six flavors, all made with local ingredients that are labeled clearly with the farm and producer. We particularly were taken with the beetroot-apple flavor, with its ingredients — including beets, hemp, flax and chia seeds, dates and acai powder — chosen for their cleansing properties. Rothenberg said her turmeric-ginger flavor is the most popular, full of anti-inflammatory ingredients, including turmeric she grows herself, bee pollen, ginger and the adaptogens ginseng, maca and pippali. At her farmers market booth, she also offers homemade coconut yogurt granola bowls, but don’t think of this just as granola to sprinkle on your yogurt or oatmeal. We’ve found ourselves enjoying it as a super snack, too.
$7 per 6-ounce bag, $12 per 12-ounce bag. Available at Floral Park Market, Chop Shop, Little’s Food Store, the Sunday morning Grant Park Farmers Market and at rystable.com. Use the code RENEW20 to save 20% off everything online.
Sea Mosster nondairy milk
Pedro Narvaez and Daniel Flores started making a line of nut and seed plant “mylks” at the end of 2019, after researching ancient foods and natural medicine. That led them to create Astronut, focused on producing nondairy milks featuring ingredients we haven’t seen anywhere else. We tried and loved Sea Mosster, a mossy green drink made with wildcrafted sea moss and walnuts, spirulina, moringa and cinnamon, and sweetened with medjool dates. A bit of pink Himalayan salt adds a savory note. They produce four other flavors: Mylky Way Up is a cashew-based milk, with coffee and chicory root; Majik Hemp is hemp-based, with added blue spirulina and sea moss; Golden Walnut is a walnut-based nod to golden milk, with a blend of ginger, turmeric and black pepper; and Holy Cacao is a cashew-based milk, made with raw cacao powder. All are sweetened with dates and include cinnamon and pink Himalayan salt.
$10 per 16-ounce jar, $19 per 32-ounce jar. Available at Roots Pressed Juices in Buckhead, the Oakhurst and Grant Park farmers markets and at astronutco.com.
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