I’ve been seeing whole, fresh vegetables being sold as snacks lately, and I hope it’s a trend that takes off! I’m not talking about snack chips that use a little cauliflower or spinach powder in them, I’m talking about unadulterated vegetables… in snack form!
I found these Poshi vegetable pouches at the store before the lockdown began, but didn’t eat any of them until well into the lockdown. They’re marinated and steamed vegetables, packed in a pouch, with no brine or liquid. They’re shelf stable and found near the canned vegetables, and they’re only 20 calories or less. Best of all, they’re pretty dang good! I bought the lime and garlic French beans…
…the basil and thyme artichoke hearts…
…and the rosemary and oregano asparagus.
All were delicious – tender and very flavorful. They’re a great way to get some cooked and seasoned fresh vegetables, without any of the work. The downside was the small serving size – less than 2 ounces each. That artichoke pouch, for example, had a total of 1.25 artichoke hearts in it. I suppose that’s why they’re marketed as ‘snacks’ and not ‘lunch.’
Then, a couple aisles over, in the refrigerated case, I found Oh Snap, a pickle brand that pickles a lot more than cucumbers.
These pouches are brine-free, so you just rip ’em open and enjoy some pickles! I’ve never had their cucumber pickles, actually, because I always gravitate to their other kinds of pickled vegetables, like these pickled carrots and snap peas, which are juicy and salty and crunchy, just like a pickle should be.
I’ve actually blogged about these before, a few years ago, but don’t think of this post as a rerun… think of it as a greatest hits post.
I haven’t done much browsing at the supermarket on the few occasions that I’ve visited one during the lockdown, but I did see, at my local Kroger, this bag of salted carrot chips.
I’m familiar with the Bare brand – I’ve bought Bare apple chips at the airport before. But I didn’t know they also sold carrot chips, so I picked up a bag. They’re just sliced carrots, which are baked until they are crispy and dehydrated, and then salted.
These are surprisingly sweet, in a great way. I think the dehydration intensifies the natural sugars. They satisfy that salty, crunchy craving that you want in a snack, and only 140 calories in a nice-sized bag.
The last thing I want to mention in this post is indeed a bag of vegetables, but it’s not a snack. It’s a side dish – Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stuffing, from their frozen section.
This was another pre-lockdown find that I got around to enjoying very recently, and I loved it. It’s cauliflower, carrots, celery, leeks, and dried cranberries – and it’s very reminiscent of Thanksgiving, because it’s savory and a little bit sweet, thanks to the cranberries. I didn’t stuff it in anything – I just made it as a side dish and ate it with some beef and sautéed onions and mushrooms.
I’d definitely buy any of the products on this list again! Finding healthier options and different ways to consume vegetables can help me reach my goals, and help you reach yours!
Keep it up, David!
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