Trying New Foods: Peas and Venison and Milk Made From…. VEGGIES?!

I really enjoy bringing home stuff from the grocery story that I’ve never seen before, and today I have three reviews for new-to-me products that caught my eye as I wandered the aisles.

1) World Peas – Texas Barbeque. I saw these in the snack aisle and assumed they were roasted and flavored chickpeas, like the ones I ate on the plane back from Chicago. Nope! They’re actually made from regular green peas, not chickpeas.

Wasabi peas are one of my all-time favorite snacks (I even came up with a wasabi-pea-crusted salmon recipe!), so once I realized these were likely going to be similar, I got very excited. Sure enough, they looked like wasabi peas, except orange and green instead of white and green.

Like wasabi peas, these are coated and then roasted, unlike most chickpea snacks on the market, which are roasted and then dusted with flavor. But these aren’t spicy like wasabi peas, they were barbeque-flavored, and the flavor was great: smoky and deep, and still light and crunchy. This company makes seven flavors of peas, so if I see another flavor, I’m going to buy it!

By the way, that little dish in the above picture equaled one serving of peas. I weighed them out. 28 grams (about 45 peas) for 105 calories, 4g protein, 14.5g carbs, and 2g fat. Those are pretty good numbers, although it’s hard to limit yourself to one serving. I tried!

2) Epic Venison Steak Strip. I’m a big jerky fan, and blogged about a couple varieties I liked just a couple months back. So when I found this jerky-based snack stick made of venison, I thought YES PLEASE!

Oh my goodness, it’s so good! Venison is slightly gamey, but I love that. Plus, all varieties of jerky are pretty intense in meaty flavor – that’s what happens when you dehydrate meat. And this product was surprisingly tender – another great quality in a jerky. One steak strip is 45 calories, one gram or less of fat and carbs, and 8 grams of protein. My mouth watered checking out all the products on their website – a few of which I’ve tried, many of which I haven’t.

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3) Veggemo Veggiemilk. A while back, I tried all the milk substitutes I came across, including macadamia milk and quinoa milk. Here’s another one to add to the list: veggiemilk!

The package says it includes yellow peas (for protein), tapioca from cassava, a Latin American root vegetable (for creamy texture), and potatoes (to make it smooth and ‘milky-white’). If you have food allergies or preferences, this stuff is for you. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, non-GMO, and vegan. It probably wouldn’t taste bad with your Cheerios. I just didn’t think it was exceptionally good, either.

The kind I bought was vanilla-flavored (they also sell unsweetened and original), and the vanilla was definitely the dominant flavor. I’m very curious what the original tastes like, but the store I was at didn’t have that variety. It just wasn’t very satisfying, I guess – kinda thin and watery, and a taste that’s just a little bit off.

I drank one glass by itself, and used all the rest in protein shakes, and for that it worked great! One eight-ounce serving is 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 6g protein, 9g carbs. That serving also has 45% of your daily calcium needs, which is impressive, as it’s a non-dairy product.

What new items have you tried lately?

Keep it up, David!

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