Here’s a fresh batch of new-to-me supermarket items that I bought, tried and wanted to share. Keep reading for a meaty snack and a healthy, fresh entree. First, though, is a beverage that will drive your spellcheck crazy.
1) WTRMLN WTR. Yup, that’s how it’s spelled. It’s pronounced “Watermelon Water,” which is what you get if you add back the vowels to the name.
It’s a beverage, and they’re clearly gunning for the sports drink / hydration / coconut water market, because the packaging flat out tells you to “pop this in your gym bag.” It’s cold-pressed watermelon juice, with a little lemon juice added, and that’s it. No added sugars or additives, not even any added water. It has the electrolytes you want before or after your workout, and the bottle has 90 calories.
This stuff is popular. Maybe that’s because Beyonce is an investor? When I found it at the store, I literally bought the last bottle on the shelf. Another store had shelf space for three flavors, but two were completely sold out, and there were only four bottles of the one remaining flavor, cherry. Or, as they spell it, WTRMLN CHRRY.
I’ve now tried both. While they may be lacking vowels, what’s not lacking is great taste. (Damn, that’s good, that should be their new slogan!)
The original, just watermelon version is simple, refreshing, crisp, and satisfying. The CHRRY version (which is just like the original, with one added ingredient, organic tart cherry juice concentrate) is fantastic too, and I like that the tartness of the cherry is prominent, as opposed to the sickly sweet cough-drop cherry flavor that so many cherry-flavored things have.
But for me, simpler is better. I slightly prefer the original flavor more. I take in a lot of potassium before my races, and I’d definitely chug a bottle of this before I tackle a giant stairwell. There’s a couple other flavors floating around out there too, and if I see them, I’ll check them out!
2) Duke’s Hickory Peach BBQ Smoked Shorty Sausages. I do love jerky and jerky-related products, so I was excited when I found these.
I tried some other variety of Duke’s once before, at an airport, but they weren’t this peach variety. I’d remember if it was, because these are fantastic. Peaches and pork, while delicious, is a pretty rare combo. I wish I saw it more often!
This is more of a meat stick than it is a jerky, but I found them in the jerky aisle. The peach is subtle, but it’s there, and so is the BBQ flavor, too. One serving is only two sausages, though, and believe me, it’s easy to eat more than one serving! One serving is 120 calories, 7g protein, 9g fat, 3g carbs, and 240mg sodium, which is on the low side for sodium in the snack meat world, but adds up quickly as you devour multiple servings.
3. Nourish Bowls. I was very excited to try these out. I stumbled upon them in the produce section, right next to the salad kits and bagged lettuces. They’re Nourish Bowls, and they’re basically warm, veggie-based meals.
I tried the Monterey Risotto first. It’s a container full of butternut squash, kale, and kohlrabi, and when you open it up, you find a little cube of brown rice, and a pouch of garlic sauce.
You add them to the container, nuke it for a few minutes, and voila! A warm dish that’s perfect for a quick lunch or light dinner.
It tastes good and was very satisfying and filling. I’ve been buying a lot of salad kits lately, as they’re a great easy lunch, and this is basically a warm version of one of those. I’ve since tried the other one I bought, Sesame Sriracha, but I liked the Monterey Risotto more.
The Monterey Risotto has 340 calories, 6g protein, 20g fat, 35g carbs, and 540mg sodium.
I was just looking at the website, and there are eight varieties total, including three that use veggie noodles in place of pasta. But the one that caught my eye was Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. I’ll be on the look out for that one!
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