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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