I put 2017 at first. How long does it take to stop doing that each new year? Oooops. You know I just love sharing new food discoveries with you guys so here are some gems I’ve recently found.
I love anything and everything beets, so I’ve tried a few beet hummus varieties in my day. I don’t care for the Trader Joe’s one at all, but my usual favorite was from Lantana (formerly Eat Well, Enjoy Life). The other day at Wegman’s I spotted a new one by Ithaca Cold Crafted. I would never expected that to be the brand name for a hummus, but they clearly know what they’re doing. This is delicious! The key ingredients that make it so delicious, IMO, are the fresh squeezed lemon juice and the crushed red pepper. It’s nice and zippy, not at all spicy. Do yourself a flavor and go find this.
I’m sure many of you have heard of, or tried, ACV shots. Maybe you’ve added ACV to hot water with lemon and cinnamon. #guilty Maybe you’ve just taken shots. #alsoguilty. But if that just ain’t your thang and you need it to be prepped for you, welcome Vermont Village Vinegar Shots into your life. They come in 5 different varieties that range from mild to pretty damn hardcore. My favorites were the Blueberries & Honey, Ginger & Honey, and Turmeric & Honey. Read about ACV benefits here and get sipping.
For the past couple of years I’ve been a Larabar ambassador. I’ve tried a ton of the flavors, but somehow hadn’t tried the Chocolate Cookie Dough Flavor. Never tried a Larabar? They’re a great snack with 5 clean ingredients or less. They have a dense, chewy texture from dates and nuts. And they’re awesome. Especially this newly discovered flavor. Other flavors I love: Blueberry Muffin, Carrot Cake, Gingerbread, Mint Chip Brownie, Pecan Pie, and Snickerdoodle.
Ok, hang with me one sec. This one is an oddball. Who’s tried GG Crispbreads? As I said in my instagram story the other day, these things basically taste awful. I used quite a different word to describe them in my story (starts with S ends with T, you’re welcome), but hey, I’m still eating them. Here’s why: each cracker is only 20 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 net carbs. Yes you are eating cardboard but you need to just think of it as a vehicle for other, much more delicious foods. Like that beet hummus up there. Once you put something on them, they’re truly not that terrible. I eat 2 for breakfast with either hummus or avocado and a couple of eggs and thanks to 8 grams of fiber, I’m full for quite a while. But there’s one thing I should mention: when you are eating these things, make sure to drink a lot of water. I’m sure you can all figure out why . 😉
Trader Joe’s Carrot Spirals. These are awesome in a pinch. You can top them with any type of protein, but they’re great with meatballs and a spicy red sauce. I also like topping mine with a fried egg for breakfast. Trust me on that one.
Ok, let’s move on to beverages. I’m not much of a tea drinker, but every winter I grab a few kinds to have in rotation. When I was in Montreal I discovered a deeeelicious flavor: Forever Nuts. It’s a jumble of almonds, apples, cinnamon, and beetroot and because of that last ingredient, it steeps bright pink. Seriously, about as pink as the beet hummus. #pinkdrink
I would be remiss not to mention any wine on this list. Please embrace the fact that the wine I’m about to share with you retails for $5.99. It is from Trader Joe’s after all. Wish Flower California Red is my new jam and if you’re at all into red blends, pick this up and report back. It’s fruit-forward, a bit tart, and smooth. Great finish. And again, $5.99. Just do it people.
I stole that picture from the internet for you guys. There is a lot going on in that photo. You’re welcome.
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