Once a month or so I like to check the grocery store for relatively healthy new foods. Of course, I like to focus on produce because it is naturally healthy and because the advertising dollar for produce is limited.
Yet produce is the food we all need to eat more of, so as a dietitian, I feel it is my job to fill the promotional gap.
This month I have several items to highlight from the produce section.
Delanllo® Whole wheat potato gnocchi:
Gnocchi is an Italian dumpling that originates from northern Italy. Typically made from potatoes and flour, this whole wheat variety is sure to be a hit. It contains 4 g fiber (twice the amount as regular gnocchi). Enjoy gnocchi with sauce (think mushroom sauce) or as I love it in soup. I make a traditional chicken and noodle soup but instead of noodles use gnocchi, a delicious change of pace.
Light House Freeze-Dried Herbs:
Freeze drying is a great way to preserve foods. This is unique because these herbs can be measured and used as you would use fresh herbs. Traditionally when using dry herbs in place of fresh, you have to do math (cut the amount by one-third). However, the freeze-dried herbs can be used in a 1-to-1 ratio (1 teaspoon of fresh herbs is equivalent to 1 teaspoon freeze dried).
Melissa’s Steamed Lentils:
I just love Melissa’s products! They are healthy and many times convenient as well, so thank you, Melissa! These lentils are ready to eat out of the vacuum-sealed bag. They can be heated in the microwave after poking a few knife holes in the wrap or on the stove by placing the bag in boiling water. Lentils are high in fiber, protein and antioxidants. Not to mention there is a recipe on the package and more on the website. Don’t forget to try Melissa’s cooked beets and chestnuts also in the vacuum-sealed bag.
Harvestland® individually wrapped chicken breasts:
These come frozen and what I like about them is that they have not been injected with sodium water. They are slightly more expensive (not quite $1 more a pound than similar product, plus you are not paying for the weight of the added salt water). Harvestland has 75 mg sodium versus 320 mg sodium in Tyson frozen individually packaged.
Hopefully this list has inspired you to try some delicious, healthy new foods.
Until next time: eat well, live well.