July 6, 2015

New to me

I've been trying some new stuff lately and I thought I'd share. I've been trying to post more to Instagram, which is fun and I love the feedback, but sometimes seeing other people trying stuff makes me curious about it, and that can be good or bad.

I found these coconut almonds at a shop in Connecticut and got them for a healthier choice to snack on for the ride back South. (Then I packed them up and forgot about them.) They're pretty good - sweet but not overly so, and no artificial aftertaste, which is surprising because they're slightly sweetened with stevia.

These, on the other hand, have a really icky fake aftertaste to me. The coconut cashew one is the only one so far that hasn't tasted gross to me, but even still, they're pretty expensive for something I'm not entirely crazy about. I looked on Pinterest and found some recipes for homemade protein bars, so next month when I take Noah for his haircut (the closest kids-only salon is an hour away - if anyone's looking to start that kind of business, Myrtle Beach needs you desperately), I'll stop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods for any ingredients I can't get here.

Birds Eye has these flavored veggie blends now - these were the two I tried. They also have barbecue corn and teriyaki broccoli, but (a) I don't eat corn and (b) I couldn't find the teriyaki one. I probably won't look for it, though ... the cauliflower was delicious but a TON of sodium, and the ranch one had no flavor at all.

Fiber One stuff can be hit or miss. I remember the first time I lost the weight, making Hungry Girl recipes and they all called for Fiber One cereal crunched up instead of breadcrumbs. Oddly enough, it worked. The bars, though, can sometimes have a chalky taste. These were pretty good, and I might get them again if I'm craving something sweet that won't tempt me to binge (that's a mistake you only make once). I will say, though, I sent a letter to the company that makes them (General Mills) saying that I thought the packaging was kind of deceptive. I didn't take any pictures of the actual bar, but it seriously did not look like the luscious treat on the box. It was good, but not quite what they portrayed, I think.

These were an on-the-go grab - Noah and I had gone to the beach with friends and stayed longer than we had planned, so we had an unanticipated dinner out. I had half a chicken quesadilla, shared with Noah, then grabbed these from the store before driving the 45 minutes home. It's great for me because sometimes I have trouble with portion control when it comes to cheese. I had one this morning, actually, after the gym ... I ate the nuts and raisins while my scrambled eggs cooked, then I added the cheese to the eggs. Probably not the use they intended, but it works for me.

It seems like especially in summer, we all miss ice cream. I've seen everything from the blended frozen bananas (excellent) to Arctic Zero (haven't tried and don't intend to, I've heard such lousy reviews), to now this: Halo Top Creamery has a protein-packed ice cream that's 240 calories/24 g protein per pint. I had half one day and half the next, and while it wasn't bad, it also really didn't remind me of ice cream. Honestly, it reminded me of the Fudgsicles my Papa used to pass out after dinner in the summertime. So while grocery shopping this week, I got a box of those instead. 100 calories each, and a box of 12 cost the same as the pint of Halo Top. Less protein, of course, but I'm not really struggling with my protein intake.

What about you? What are some new products you've tried lately - loved, hated, in-between?


Losing The Rolls said...

Thanks for the feedback on the products. I had heard some raves about he Quest bars. I haven't had much luck with these types of bars and was skeptical. I doubt I will try them. I do want to look for the Sargento's cheese/almonds snack though. A product (new to me) that I dig is Planter's Nut-rition Mix. They have several varieties, but I like the Men's Health (peanuts, almonds, pistachios). I like nuts as a snack, but don't want the sodium. The Men's Health mix has only 45 mg per ounce. Yum!

Christina @ Love Yourself Healthy said...

I've tried all 4 of the Flavor Full vegetables, and I was definitely disappointed in them. They weren't horrible, but I didn't love them nearly as much as I'd hoped. I probably won't buy them again. The Balanced Breaks snack looks promising; I'll have to see if I can find it next time I go shopping.

Running Meg said...

I like the idea of the buffalo cauliflower. Will have to try that! I am forever in search of a restaurant style salsa that isn't packed full of cilantro. Have yet to find one. I tried On the Border salsa a few days ago and failed to read the label that said, "With more cilantro!" bleh.

Scooter Hussy said...

I'm almost always disappointed with this type of packaged product. They're usually very expensive per serving, often full of additives and junk, and don't taste that great. I DO think the Sargento pack is a good idea, so I might look for that one - I'm always looking for things to send in my daughter's grain free lunch.
For buffalo cauliflower, maybe roast some cauliflower and toss it with some hot sauce? Serve with a side of blue cheese dressing? Mmm...might have to try that one!