I do recommend trying new foods and new recipes as a good way to keep your food plan interesting and satisfying. Fresh foods, unprocessed, are most important, but having a few convenience foods can make sticking to the food plan and life in general easier on those days you don't have time or just don't feel like working in the kitchen. Also, I am feeding several people who are not crazy about vegetables, so if I can find something they (grandkids, DD, DSIL) will eat I'm delighted. In my running group, on a Saturday morning, two products were recommended to me and I decided to try them.
The riced veggies are great IMHO! I added edamame, scrambled egg white, some green onion, some spinach, and just a touch of low sodium teriyaki sauce and I thought it was extremely delicious for a very satisfying, low calorie meal.
At just 25 calories for a full cup, the Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Medley provides 2 grams fiber, 2 grams protein, 20% of vitamin A, 50% of vitamin C, and 4% of daily iron requirement. Actually, I ate it all, so I'm not sure if any of my relatives would like it or not. Probably not, honestly.
The other package I bought because one of my runner friends said she got her grandkids to eat and love broccoli for the first time. So I thought we should try it:
Great disappointment. No one liked it. Hubby won't eat it. 90% of what was served ended up in the garbage. DD and DSIL both said yuck. Kids definitely didn't like it. Well, actually Gwen would not even take a bite so I can't say she didn't like it, she didn't even try it. I'm throwing the end of this package away. At 110 calories for 6 broccoli tots it is no calorie bargain. It does provide 4.5 grams fat (soybean oil), 6 grams fiber, 3 grams protein, 10% of vitamin A, 30% vitamin C, 4% of each calcium and iron. I didn't particularly like it. I much prefer fresh broccoli or frozen broccoli florets and they are a much better calorie bargain. Don't want to spend my precious calories on something that is not very good.
So, win some, lose some.
What have you tried recently? Any winners to recommend??