I love trying new things, especially when they are healthy foods or ingredients, or produce items I’ve never seen before. I’ve recently tried a variety of new things that I’m going to share in this post – and keep reading until the end, because there’s a new item that I have vowed never ever to eat… even though it’s tempting!
Let’s start with…
1) Yellow Dragon Fruit! Isn’t it beautiful?
Dragon fruit isn’t technically new to me. I’ve blogged about it before, way back in 2011. But normally dragon fruit is a stunning shade of fuchsia, and these were yellow. I don’t know how rare or plentiful yellow dragon fruit are, but I had never seen it before, and I love oddly-colored fruit!
I found these at a Korean supermarket called H Mart. Once you cut them in half, you can scoop out the flesh with a spoon, like you would an avocado or kiwi. They have the texture of watermelon, but a more tropical, complex flavor. I recommend!
2) Right Rice. I stumbled across this at my local Kroger. It’s in the rice aisle, but it’s a bean-based rice alternative, made mostly from lentils, garbanzo beans, and peas. As a result, it has 1/3 less carbs, more than double the protein, and a lot more fiber than regular white rice.
It’s also easy to cook – you just bring water to a boil, and then let it soak in the water for about 12 minutes. They had a few different flavors at the store, and I don’t know why I picked Spanish. But it went well with the cajun pork tenderloin and sautéed vegetables I made as part of that dinner, and I couldn’t really tell the different between it and regular rice. I recommend!
3) Dried Apples and Cheddar Cheese. I found this at Walmart, after competing in a race on the other side of the county. I was looking for a snack, and this intrigued me.
I’ve seen freeze-dried fruit everywhere. And I’ve also seen freeze-dried cheese popping up more and more. (There’s a brand called Moon Cheese that I’ve seen at Starbucks.) But I had never seen them before in the same package. It makes sense to combine them – fruit and cheese has been a winning combo for a long time, and I loved how these were both savory and sweet. Plus, that entire package was 180 calories, and it was rather satisfying. I recommend!
4) Crispy Dillies. My mom picked up a huge bag of these at Costco. They’re fried cucumbers, which have been flavored to taste like pickles. They remind me of the fried onions that you see on green bean casseroles, but instead they’re cucumbers.
These guys are 40 calories per serving, but a serving is only 1.5 tablespoons. So treat them as a garnish on salads or a burger, and they’ll add a punch of flavor and crispiness. They’re fantastic. I recommend!
5) The New KFC Cheetos Sandwich. I love Cheetos. They’re delicious and I crave them sometimes, and I mention them frequently on this blog. I’ve even tried to find healthy versions of them. Despite my love for Cheetos, I will not be eating this sandwich.
First of all, never once have I eaten Cheetos and thought: these are delicious but what would they taste like on a sandwich? Second of all, in addition to actual Cheetos in the sandwich, it also includes “Cheetos Sauce” – and that raises a red flag. Thirdly, in this case, taking junk food and making it even junkier would ruin a good thing.
It’s probably smart that I’m skipping this sandwich, because eating a KFC Cheetos Sandwich will save me 560 calories, 33 grams of fat, 1180g of sodium (over half of my sodium allotment for the day!), and 42 grams of carbs. I think this might be a limited-time-only offering that’s already come and gone… but if it was a hit, it’ll probably come back, and I won’t be lined up at any KFCs if that happens!
Keep it up, David!
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