Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Healthy Food Finds

       Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday. I was on call the night before New Years Eve, and I was so tired that I cancelled my plans for the night and was sound asleep by 10 pm. Oh well. Anyway, since it is a new year, I decided that I would share some of my new healthy, convenient food finds. I was delusional in thinking that I would have a lot of free time this year to cook healthy food and end my reliance on convenience food and takeout. As a resident with a baby, I have now accepted that that is just not going to happen. Maybe in two years when my residency is finished. I can dream.
     So, what I can do, is try to do my best to eat healthy in the laziest, most convenient way possible. Here are some of my new favorites:

Trader Joes Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds: This tastes great if you love chunky peanut butter, and it has an added dose of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3's. The calories are slightly less than regular peanut butter (not by a lot) which is always an added bonus.


Trader Joes Greek Yogurt Spinach and Kale Dip: This tastes just like spinach dip but without all of the extra fat and calories. The greek yogurt gives it an extra boost of protein and the spinach and kale add fiber and vitamins. It has 30 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, 1 gram of fiber, and only 2 carbs per serving! I love to eat this with baked tortilla chips that I also buy at Trader Joes (obviously my favorite place).

Garden Lites Zucchini Marinara and Zucchini Portabello: Garden Lites has been coming out with amazing new products this year. I have been loving zucchini pasta (I think it is even better than spaghetti squash), but I have also been way too lazy to use the Veggetti (even though it is really easy) to make it very often. This solves that problem. It is zucchini pasta with marinara sauce. You can buy it with or without portabello mushrooms. I add some crushed red pepper and either goat cheese or shaved parmesan and it is so easy and convenient.

Trader Joes Maple Agave Syrup Blend: I used to be all about the low calorie sugar free syrup, but this syrup is amazing. While it obviously has higher calories than the sugar free variety, maple syrup actually has a lot of antioxidants, and agave does not spike blood sugars as much as other sweeteners. Also, a little bit of this syrup goes a LONG way flavor wise. I tend to use lot less of it than other types of syrups.

Blueprint Cold Pressed Kale Apple Lemon Juice: I know green juices are in vogue these days, and while I would love to be able to drink a juice made entirely of greens, I need fruit in mine to sweeten it up and decrease the bitterness.  Blueprint juices are now available at Fairway and Whole Foods (instead of just through their website), and this juice is sweet, delicious, and has only 100 calories. It really hides the taste of the kale well. I have tried many different brands of green juices and struggled to drink many of them. I tend to inhale this entire bottle in about 5 minutes. I highly recommend it!

Hope you like all of these new finds. I know I promise to post more every time I do post and am failing miserably, but I will try harder!