Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Some of My Newest Food Finds

Yes, I know it is February.  Yes, I know this is my first blog post of 2016... we moved in January and spent most of the month doing it!

It wasn't that I have not been cooking... or even cooking up anything new. It was that I was just too occupied elsewhere to take pictures and post!   I had no idea that moving was so time consuming or so physically demanding.  I don't want to do it again for some time.

But now that the move is done and we are mostly organized in the new place (nope, I haven't hung any pictures yet) I really feel like turning my attention to foodie matters and telling you about them! And since I last posted I have found some new products that I am excited about and want to share with you... you might like them too.

The first product I want to tell you about is this Lite Life Naturally Turkey Bacon that I found at Costco a couple of weeks back.

Several years ago when we lived on the sailboat we spent 3 Winters in Washington State.  I regularly purchased a turkey bacon distributed by Oscar Meyer, I think the brand was Louis Rich.  It is not available in Canada and I never found another one that was nearly as good... till now.  This Lite Life Naturally has a good bacon flavor without all the nitrates and is a good texture, too.  I have tried cooking it in the mike, but find that a saute pan works better.  Less mess and fussing around!

The package is divided into 2 sections... so I put one in the freezer and keep the other in the fridge and used it up within about 8 or 9 days. Was still fresh and good all that time.

The cooked strips are great with eggs in a traditional breakfast, and also really nice in sandwiches and breakfast 'bowls'.  The N.I. and ingredient list are pretty good.  2 slices are only 1 Weight Watchers Smart Point.

The second product I want to share with you is something I am quite excited about!  Yes, I love berries and use them a lot... and I love cherries, too.  So this new Compliments Berry & Cherry Boost is a great way to get in some of both.

It is a lovely frozen mixture of strawberries, pitted dark sweet cherries, black currants, blackberries, cultured blackberries, and pitted sour cherries.  These are the only ingredients. There is no added sugar.  On the Weight Watchers program, these fruits are 0 Smart Points, unless you blend them into smoothies.  See my note below this post for more information about that.

But I will share the N.I. with you anyway.  I am sure you all know that these fruits are a terrific source of Vitamin C... and taste wonderful too!

And yes, that cereal in the picture with the fruit and yogurt above, is the third item I want to share with you.  It is called Nature's Path Sunrise Crunchy Maple.

I first ran into it a few weeks ago when I was attending a Sunday morning Weight Watcher's meeting... it was the first launch day in December of the new program, Beyond the Scale.  One of the members that attended that meeting was eating her breakfast and as I sat and visited with her, I could smell the aroma of maple coming from her bowl.  I had to ask about it. Jamie told me it was this Crunchy Maple cereal... and I tucked that information away till last week, when I spied a box of it on a shelf of a store that I don't normally shop.  I saw that it is Gluten-Free and tossed it into my cart.

Well, when I got it out of the pantry to try it today, I finally read the ingredient list.  I see that it contains corn.  I am not normally a grain eater... every once in a while I do indulge, but honestly, corn is on my never list!  Well, apparently not anymore. I ate 1/3 cup of this cereal with my 0% Greek yogurt and some of the Berry & Cherry Boost and loved it!  I will likely finish the box... a wee bit at a time.   And even though I won't be buying it again, I am telling you about it, because it is very tasty... and you may not have any issues with corn.

The recommended serving size of 2/3 cup contains: 110 calories,  .2g saturated fat, 7g sugar, and 2g protein. That works out to 4 Smart Points on the Weight Watchers program. 

Have you tried any of these products?

Do you have anything new and wonderful products that you would recommend?  I would love to hear about them.

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