There are thousands of different products that you can find in just one grocery store. We all have our grocery store “routes” but you may be passing by some really great items. That’s why I love writing these Grocery Store Finds articles. I love finding new products to share with you from the view of a Registered Dietitian.
I’ve gotten a few questions about my grocery store finds posts, regarding that many of the items are packaged products. Yes, that is correct. Majority of these products are packaged products. What you don’t see is my cart also filled with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, etc. I will keep in mind to show some of the other things I pick up, like the wholesale pack of pre-portioned salmon I always get when it’s on sale. In a perfect world, I would have all the time to really cook everything from scratch. When we here the term “processed” in regards to food has a many thinking of the generalization that all processed foods are unhealthy. It’s a little more complex than that.
That wholesale pre-portioned salmon I just mentioned? Guess what – That’s technically “processed”. Someone or a machine sliced those pieces of salmon and placed them into individual vacuum sealed bags. The frozen broccoli in your freezer – processed. The canned beans sitting in your pantry – processed.
The standard overall nutrition message is often, eat more whole foods and limit processed foods. I think there should be a little asterisk by processed foods. In that sentence that really refers to ultra-processed foods. Learn more about what that means in Huffington Posts article: “Not all processed foods are bad for you. How they’re made matters.”
Kodiak Power Waffles:
My love for Kodiak Cakes has expanded along with their new product line, Power Waffles. Skip the frozen waffles made with refined grains and added sugars that will result in a mid-morning energy crash. Enjoy your toaster waffle but with 100% whole grains and high-quality protein that will be filling and satisfying. I skip the syrup and spread peanut butter on mine!
Cabot Shredded Cheese:
Of course, I choose products based on their taste and overall nutrition value, but also the brand’s story plays an important role. 100% of Cabot’s profits for back to the farmers to produce delicious cheese and practice sustainability. The shredded cheese makes it convenient for delicious quesadillas.
Nourish Snacks Ancient Grain Crisps:
Remember I told you about Nourish Snacks before? They have developed a new line of Ancient Grain Crisps. Through Food and Nutrition Magazine I was able to try these crisps before they even hit the grocery store shelves during National Nutrition Month. Right now, they come in three flavors: Sea Salt, Texas BBQ, and White Cheddar. The ancient grain crisps use a blend of whole grain sorghum, quinoa, millet, brown rice, chia & hemp seeds. I’ve been dunking my crisps into hummus for a delicious snack. I am definitely keeping my eyes peeled for the other flavors to try.
Mantibo Milling Co. Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed:
Mantibo Milling Co. Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed is not your average flaxseed. It is fully ground into a smooth powder. This process maintains 100% of the nutritional value of flaxseed, whereas the oil crushing process of traditional flaxseed meal loses some of these nutrients. Flaxseed is an excellent source of ALA Omega-3’s, that are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch but must get them from food. Omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions. Since this flaxseed is very smooth almost like flour, I was able to replace flour with ground flaxseed in my Sweet Potato Flax Waffles recipe.
Good Culture Cottage Cheese:
I am on a total cottage cheese kick right now. Cottage cheese has just as much and sometimes even more than Greek yogurt. Good culture cottage cheese is thicker and creamier than other cottage cheese brands. It has been my afternoon snack for two weeks straight. I just love how tasty and filling it is. My favorite (right now) is the pineapple cottage cheese combo, and their other flavors are quite tasty too, including Strawberry Chia, Blueberry Acai Chia, and Mango; along with their traditional plain cottage cheese. They also have a savory kalamata olive flavor, which is great too. That flavor, I’ve added roasted red peppers, avocado, and hard-boiled eggs for a protein-packed breakfast.
What new items ended up in your cart this month?
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Julie I will look out for the cottage cheese!