Walking around the grocery store lately we have seen some interesting foods. In fact, we are a bit scared to try some new foods because they sound far too exotic or unsavory.
But, we know that all great snacks were tried by brave individuals at one point and we thank those who have tried and loved Mini Pops. With healthy snacks and new food options filling up your local grocery store shelves, we decided to check into some of them.
With that, here are 10 foods that should be tried, even though they may seem obscure or you’re not too sure how to pronounce the name (we’re guilty of that!)
Sorghum flour and Snacks: Hey! That’s not so unusual!! It’s gluten-free and, as you
know, tasty! It is used for those gluten-free baked goods and for our delectable Mini Pops!!
Ghee: Okay, this one is a bit unusual… It is similar to butter, but different from the type you carry in your fridge. The cooking process is extended so the moisture is removed and then the milk is caramelized, which gives it a nuttier flavor. Ghee, as its name suggests, is prevalent in Indian dishes, but it can be used in pasta or rice dishes.
Kelp noodles: Don’t be intimidated by the name, ever though your brain might be thinking…”The Little Mermaid?” Kelp Noodles are used in place of wheat noodles, which is the basis for most pastas. You don’t need to cook them because they are ready to eat and you can use them in soup, salads, or in a sauce!
Goji berries: Focus on the word berries….because they are loaded with antioxidants! You can eat them fresh or in a dried variety and you can toss them into a trail mix or bake some cookies! We were also looking for something new!
Cacao nibs: Sounds like chocolate! What’s great is this is pure Cacao so it is the tasty, vitamin filled version before the sugar and other unhealthy things are added! Add some to ice cream, cereal, or cookies – a better way to guilt free snacking!Try adding a sprinkle to your ice cream, baked goods or cereal.
Hemp seeds: Hemp is making a comeback and rather than wearing a great bracelet, you can get some nutritious hemp seeds and add it to your next meal! Mix some in with chicken or fish and use left over seeds for humus! Why are they great? Hemp seeds are high in magnesium, iron, potassium and fiber, so they can be a great way to add a bit of nutrition to your snack!
Vegan cream cheese: Looking to cut some dairy out of your diet, but can’t give up those gluten-free bagels or crackers? Vegan cream cheese may be a good option for you! It tastes better than you think and is a great substitute for Vegans or those with dairy allergies!
Dairy-free chocolate chips: If you are looking for a tasty chocolate chip cookie that is a bit healthier and does not contain dairy, you may be in luck! These chocolate chips are flavorful and they are great for those who can’t have dairy in their diet! Try them out…our favorite are chocolate covered strawberries!
Nori: AKA Seaweed, but of the sushi variety! Nori is usually the wrap that is found on the outside of sushi rolls, but that is not it’s only purpose! It tastes good-by itself and is a great addition to salads, sandwiches, and soups! Feeling adventurous? Use it as a wrap instead of a tortilla – it may surprise you!
Kale chips: Kale is used a lot! Soups, salads, and many other recipes include kale because it is a super food. Kale can be difficult to cook, however, so it is not used as often as it could be. Now, you can get your kale fix in chip form! Grab a bag from the local grocery store and dig into its super qualities. Lucky you…
2013 is bringing a lot of new snacks and we know that will many new resolutions for healthy eating, it may be time to jump on board! One things sure, dig into those Mini Pops and take the other snacks one bite at a time!
Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year.