Trying New Foods: Chips and Sauce and a Beverage (But Not All At Once)

I’ve tried three new foods over the past couple weeks, and they’re all things you should keep your eye out for while shopping! Here we go:

1) Chili, Lingonberry & Pear Sauce

The word ‘lingonberry’ caught my eye when I was scanning the shelves at the store. I assumed this was a product of Sweden, which is known for lingonberry products (and a country I’ve visited multiple times, including last month). It wasn’t until I got home and scanned the fine print on the label that I realized it was a product of Lithuania. So now I’ve eaten Lithuanian food!

‘Sweet and heat’ is a good way to describe this sauce. You taste the fruit flavors first, but then the chili comes through. It’s a lot hotter than I was expecting, and that’s a good thing! I spooned it over some salmon, and it made for a delicious, healthy lunch.

A tablespoon (I put about 2 tablespoons on that salmon) has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and is fat-free.

2) 18-Carrot Gold Chips

I enjoy veggie chips very much, but finding non-potato chips in the chip aisle is still pretty rare (excluding sweet potato). So I snagged a bag of these when I came across them, and I’m glad I did. They satisfy all the same cravings as potato chips: they’re crispy, crunchy, and salty. There’s a touch of sweetness, too. They’re excellent.

Calorie-wise, they’re not really any different than potato chips. Both have around 150 calories per serving, 10 grams of fat, and 15 grams of carbs. But carrots are much more valuable, nutrition-wise: a good source of fiber, vitamin K, beta-carotene, and potassium. So if you’re gonna eat a chip or two or 10, eat some that will give you some benefits!

3) LyteZone Sports Drink

I was very intrigued to try LyteZone, a sports drink with no added sugar, sweeteners, or artificial flavors. And the kind folks at LyteZone were kind enough to send me a few bottles.

I’ve drank my share of sports drinks after workouts, and I really can’t stand a lot of them, because they’re sickeningly sweet. So, in that sense, LyteZone really stands out from the pack. There’s a very mild lemon flavor (from organic lemon extract), and a very slight mineral flavor, too, which I like, because I drink a lot of mineral water. There’s no sweetness. The lack of sweetness was bizarre when I took my first sip, but by my second sip, I didn’t miss it at all. It was refreshing and satisfying.

Most importantly, though, LyteZone is a great source of electrolytes (including magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride), all of which are needed after a good workout, and it’s zero calories – another perk.

I’m drinking a bottle right now, as I type this, as I recently finished a 10.5-mile bike workout, and it’s hitting the spot.

Keep it up, David!

Check out my recent post about new Icelandic foods I tried, and also check out my archive of posts about new-to-me fruits and vegetables!

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