Some new-to-me finds

I’ve been lucky enough to try some awesome new food products lately and just have to share them with you.

#1 New Luna Bar Flavors

I have long been a fan of Luna bars, so when they offered to send me their new flavors to try, I said “Yes, please!”, then proceeded to check my mail everyday.  If you’ve never tried a Luna bar before, here is a good description of the bars from their website

Created by and for women, LUNA bars were the first bar just for us, with the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay healthy. Wholesome nourishment and delicious indulgence, they are all-natural, 70% organic and just plain yummy!

First, I tried the new Chocolate Chunk Bar.  While I think most Luna bars taste like a healthy dessert, this bar tasted more like a true granola bar to me.  It had generous sized chunks of chocolate throughout and was very tastey.  This bar has 180 calories, 9 g of protein and only 11 g of sugar, plus tons of good-for-you vitamins.

My second bar was the Chocolate Dipped Coconut.  Be still my heart.  This was whyI was checking my mail daily.  It tastes just like a Somoan Girl Scout cookie, only chewier.  You know, the little butter cookies covered in chocolate and coconut.  My favorite Girl Scout cookie meets one of my favorite bars.  If you like coconut at all, get yourself immediately to a store selling Luna products and try this.  This bar has 190 calories and all the rest of the good stats from the whole line of Luna bar products.

So, in case you were wondering, the lineup of my favorite Luna bar flavors are now

1. Chocolate Dipped Coconut
2. & 3. Tie – Caramel Nut Brownie and Chocolate Peppermint Stick
4. Cookies and Cream Delight

Can you tell that I like chocolate?

Sorry, Chocolate Chunk.  You didn’t quite make the top three cut.  But, I’ll gladly eat you over most other bars.  You have quite the competition in the Luna lineup.     

#2 Goat Milk Yogurt

I have eyed goat milk yogurt in the grocery store many times, but have never had the courage to try it.  I finally purchased a 16 oz. container after trying so many delicious products from the Goat Lady Dairy during our farm to table Dinner at the Dairy.

What was I waiting for?

This stuff is delicious.  With a consistency creamier than cow’s milk yogurt, it makes a great topping, as I found out when I made a delicious stew.  I’ve also tried it straight up and loved it. 

Interestingly enough, goat milk does not always affect lactose intolerant people the same as cow’s milk.  So besides just being plain delicious, it might be a good alternative for you if your stomach can’t tolerate dairy from cows.  Goat’s milk is actually consumed more than cow’s milk across the world, which makes sense since three quarters of the world is lactose intolerant.

 

Two of my new finds became a match made in heaven this morning with goats milk yogurt as the focal point of my breakfast.

- 6 oz. (3/4 cup) goats milk  yogurt
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1/2 a crumbled Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bar
- more shredded unsweetened coconut, for good measure
- 1 melty Tbsp. TJ’s sunflower butter

When I eat a breakfast as delicious as this, I often want to write, “the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time,” and then I remember that yesterday’s breakfast was pretty delicious too.

Speaking of which…

#3 Eden Organics Kamut Flakes

Lucky me got the chance to try another version of this delicious grain for free, when Eden Organics sent me a free 16 oz. bag of roasted and rolled Kamut flakes.  I’ve tried puffed Kamut before, but this was my first experience with Kamut flakes.

Let’s take a look at the nutrition information.

For comparison, regular old fashioned rolled oats have about 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, and equal amounts of iron, thiamin and dietary fiber.  The vitamin content of kamut flakes are higher. 

I wanted to try the true taste of kamut flakes without overloading it with toppings, so I made a simple bowl of oats kamut flakes using:

- 1/2 cup kamut flakes
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
I boiled the water and milk with the flakes for about 3 minutes as the package says.  Then I added:
-1/2 sliced banana
- pinch of salt
Last, I topped my bowl with:
- 1 Tbsp. organic peanut butter

I really liked it!  The biggest difference between oats and kamut flakes is the texture.  As you can see in the picture, kamut flakes aren’t quite as creamy as oats, with a heartier texture.  I really enjoy variety in my breakfasts (can’t you tell?) so the different texture was a welcome change.  The kamut flakes were just as filling and delicious.  Plus, a little extra protein is always welcome at breakfast to help me power through until lunchtime. 

Eden Organics has a huge line of organic products, which you can order online.  From juices, sauces, beans, whole grains, and much more, you can order all kinds of organic grocery items.  If you have the space, you can save 10% by purchasing items by the case.  They are a great solution if you are having trouble finding a specific item like millet or quinoa, or if your local grocery has limited organic products.  They even have recipes to help you figure out what to do with the items you order.  Some grocery stores also carry their products, so keep your eyes peeled, if you’re interested in trying them out yourself.

All of my recent new-to-me food products have been big wins!  I can definitely recommend all of these products, not only for their nutritional value, but also for their taste.

What have you tried recently that you can recommend?

8 Responses to Some new-to-me finds

  1. Oh my!… You had me at coconut!lol. Those will be on my shopping list for tonight. The somoan girl scout cookie was always my favorite. This sounds like it could be a good replacement for my almond joy addiction I’m trying to kick :)

  2. What… Goat milk yogurt? I have to find this immediately…
    (PS- I just found your blog but totally love it.) Also I love the veggie-lunch thing you have going on, I just kicked off a 28 day vegetarian challenge and could use some ideas :)

    • You can order it from the farm I visited (possibly) by emailing them and I’ve also seen other commercial brands in grocery stores. I myself am not vegetarian but I do love veggies. If you go to my recipes page and put your mouse over any of the recipe names, a little box will pop up saying if it’s vegetarian, vegan, or dairy free. I haven’t done this for all of my recipes, but I have for most. It’s a process to get them all organized. If you want a recommendation, try the chana masala. Indian vegetarian is so yummy! Most of my soups are vegetarian/vegan and there are quite a few in my Quick Meals list. Good luck on your challenge!

  3. i LOVE luna bars! and goats milk kind of weirds me out, so it’s interesting to hear your take on the goats milk yogurt!

    • Growing up around cows, the thought of goat milk doesn’t really weird me out. I’m pretty used to all farm animals at this point. If you like goat cheese, you might possibly like the yogurt. It has a very subtle goaty taste like you might taste in the cheese, but it’s hardly noticeable and I really like the flavor.

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