Entertaining guests at the cottage is part of the summer fun, but it can be challenging when dietary restrictions put limits on cooking. Having a well-stocked pantry, with a variety of options where guests can easily help themselves, will make hosting much more enjoyable.
Evive smoothie cubes
These made-in-Montreal beauties take all the work out of preparing nutritious smoothies. No blender? No problem. Just pop the frozen cubes into a canning jar and add your favourite liquid. Shake for 30 seconds and your delicious smoothie—made from real fruits and vegetables, superfoods and vegan protein—is ready! Order online for home delivery, or find at Farm Boy, Kardish and select other grocery stores.
Love good fats bars
The perfect pick-me-up for everyone, including those following a keto, low-carb or low-sugar diet, these tasty bars are loaded with protein and healthy fats. This seriously satisfying snack is available in four flavours plus two vegan versions. Available at major grocery stores including Sobeys, Whole Foods, Costco and more.
HOLOS is an easy-to-prepare, nutrient-rich, vegan, gluten-free and organic breakfast option. HOLOS’ overnight muesli recipes are powerful blends of organic whole grains, nuts, seeds, spices and dried fruits, available in four flavours. Simply soak the mixture overnight in your plant-based milk of choice and wake up to a nourishing breakfast. Purchase it online at liveholos.com.
Crofter’s Organic Fruit Spreads
Made in Parry Sound, Ontario, these delicious spreads rely on fruit power rather than sugar to deliver great flavour. At only 30 calories per serving, they’re ideal for those trying to manage their sugar intake. All products—including their Just Fruit spreads made without any processed sugar—are vegan, allergen-free and gluten-free. Available at the Herb and Spice shops, Rainbow Foods and many grocery stores.
Handcrafted in Perth, Ontario, Artizen Kombucha is a unique probiotic beverage brewed in small batches with spring water, organic premium teas and mostly local, mostly organic fruit. Ideal as a healthy, low-sugar refreshing drink or a cocktail mixer, Artizen Kombucha is available in a constantly evolving range of flavours. Buy it in cute stubby bottles or purchase their refillable ones. Find them at the Carp Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
Caulipower pizza crust
Caulipower tastes like traditional thin crust pizza, but is more nutritious, lower in calories and naturally gluten-free. It’s available in three flavoured varieties (Margherita, Three Cheese, Veggie), as well as a plain-crust version, so you can load it up with all your favourite toppings. Find it in the frozen food section of grocery stores including Loblaws, Costco and more.