It’s always fun to try something new, whether it’s a new recipe, an unfamiliar vegetable, informercial product, or a WTF item like ‘Quinoa Non-Dairy Beverage‘. Actually, that quinoa drink wasn’t the only non-dairy product I’ve tried recently. Here’s two more, plus a cheesy item (literally) that I couldn’t resist.
1) Macadamia Milk. This seemed luxurious and exotic, because macadamias are expensive and more rare than your run-of-the-mill walnuts or almonds.
Truth be told, though, this didn’t taste any different than other nut milks I’ve had, like almond milk or cashew milk. I wouldn’t look for it again, and I’m glad I bought it on sale, because I wouldn’t pay full price. Plus, it seems like a waste of perfectly good macadamia nuts to liquefy them!
2) Nutchello. A Silk product that combines almond and cashew milks with a little caramel flavoring.
Holy crap – I love this stuff! It’s thick and satisfying, and kinda coats your throat like a milkshake or eggnog would. The caramel flavor isn’t overpowering, and while you can tell it’s been sweetened, it isn’t overly sweet.
I’ve been using this to make protein shakes. I mix one cup of it (which is a serving size; 70 calories, 2 grams fat, 11 grams carbs) with two scoops of my Nuzest Just Natural protein powder, and fill the rest of the shaker with skim milk or water (if I’m out of skim milk). Delicious!
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Apparently there’s a couple other Nutchello flavors – one with coconut and one with dark chocolate. I stumbled across Nutchello at the dollar store, and there’s a reason it was there. Turns out Silk has already discontinued it. Cue the sad trombones:
3) Moon Cheese. I saw this at a 7-11 when I bought some coconut water after a workout, and was very intrigued. DEHYDRATED CHEESE! I bought cheddar and pepper jack.
They’re super crispy, crunchy bites, and they taste like cheese. I really could eat them all day. And there’s a gouda flavor out there, too! According to the website, they use “patented technologies” to “remove only the moisture from cheese while keeping all the nutrition and flavour.” Here’s the cheddar…
…and the pepper jack:
What you see in my hands are a serving size: 6 or 7 pieces, which have 70 calories, 1 gram or less of carbs, and 5 grams protein.
These are very flavorful and fun to eat, but a dangerous food for me, because I ate both bags in one night. Each bag had 4.5 servings, so this was a 630-calorie snack. That’s not the end of the world, but not a habit I want to develop.
While I may not want to keep it around the house, I would totally buy Moon Cheese again as an easy, filling snack for a road trip, or to take on a long hike, because they’re portable and light.
What new things have you tried lately?
QUICK SIDEBAR: I’ve now finished Week 5 of the Bowflex 6 Week Challenge. I’m out of town next week, so I won’t be able to do Week 6 until I get back. I’m bummed I’ll lose some momentum, but nothing I can do about it. (I similarly had to push back the start of Week 2 by a few days because I went to Colorado for Thanksgiving.) These workouts are getting very tough… but bring on Week 6! My goal is to knock out the last three workouts before the end of the year.
Keep it up, David!
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