France has no shortage of delicious food products and great brands. Let me say that right off the bat. But France doesn’t have everything this American desperately needs. Yes, I know I don’t live in America so I shouldn’t expect every product under the sun — and I don’t! — I just expect a select few to make their way over, like the selection I wrote about last time and the ones below. I wish these select few existed here and didn’t require emptying your wallet on Amazon to ship from the other side of the ocean (that’s if international shipping is even offered at all). Until then, this gal can dream…
Brands that need to come to France
If you’re on a bar kick and looking for something new, head to Whole Foods and pick up something yummy from WB Kitchen. I saw these bars and cookies on a blog and had to try them. Chewy and healthy tasting, the brand’s cookies are a great option if your sweet tooth strikes mid-afternoon. With flavors like Peanut Butter and Maple Pecan, you can’t go wrong. The texture is kind of like a Larabar and if you follow a paleo diet, these are perfect for you! They also have the delicious ONA Bars which are sweetened only with organic, non-GMO honey and are dairy and soy free. Check ’em out!
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and it’s not out of the ordinary for me to eat a second breakfast for dinner. Out of all the breakfasty goodness out there, pancakes are my favorite — hands down. And when they come with extra protein that doesn’t taste gross? Even better. I first discovered protein-packed Kodiak Cake Power Cakes pancake and waffle mix on Shark Tank and knew I’d have to try it. But many products you find in the US are hard to come by in France, so what’s any pancake-loving expat to do? Beg family members to run to Target and ship a box in her next care package. The box pictured above is my second box and it lasts about one week in my house. Just add water. It’s reasonably priced and the pancakes taste great. Kodiak Cakes = My new fave.
This is the one protein shake that I come back to time and time again because they taste that good — and I don’t say that lightly. Fit 365 has two flavor options, vanilla and chocolate, and none of the junky ingredients that you find in other protein shakes. They mix well with fruit in the blender or on their own. My fave? With a banana and a little peanut butter mixed in. I’ve tried other brands but they can never measure up. Vegan, gluten-free and a truly delicious taste make this top shake worth the price. I can’t get enough of Fit 365 shakes — really.
I love coffee but I’m a sucker for a chai tea latte. Unfortunately, they aren’t super popular in France and since Starbucks (my go-to for chai tea lattes) is nowhere to be found here, I’m facing major withdrawal. (But I found THIS the other day and it was like Christmas.) If I could pick up Oregon Chai concentrate at the grocery store, I’d be a happy camper and could make my lattes at home. One day….
This stuff is ubiquitous this time of year in the USA and I never knew how much I missed Libby’s canned pumpkin until I couldn’t get it anymore. Yes, I know I can buy a pumpkin at the supermarket and mash up my own pumpkin puree but it’s just not the same. Two thigns happen: It takes forever and doesn’t come out right or I make so much that I forget it’s in the fridge and it starts growing mold. Canned pumpkin is extremely versatile, has a long shelf life and best of all, it’s EASY. I use it in soups, pies, smoothies and more. And love confusing French people when I use it in desserts (since it’s a vegetable in French culture). So Libby’s, please, please come to France so I can stop paying 6 euros per can to get it here.
My list isn’t complete without healthy dog treats for Dagny. I have absolutely zero luck finding healthy, mini, low-cal dog treats in France. And grain-free always helps since she is a dog after all and doesn’t really need corn or wheat in her diet. Brands like Zuke‘s just don’t exist here and I know other dog owners would become fans of brand if they started selling across the Atlantic.