Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tastes Blog-Worthy Good

One of my new favorite weekend activities is going to grocery stores to scour for fantastic food finds. I recently made a trip to Wal-Mart and the new-to-Gainesville Lucky’s Market and discovered some foods that you can’t find at the normal grocery store that are definitely good enough to be mentioned on the blog.

Yogurt: I saw someone post on Instagram that the Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt comes in salted caramel flavor. I set out on a quest to find it! I finally found ONE cup left at Wal-Mart. It was absolutely amazing! It was a limited edition flavor and I’m totally afraid I will not be able to find it again. I might need to talk to someone about ordering some as it was THAT GOOD! While there, I also found that Dannon Light & Fit makes a vanilla cupcake flavor whips yogurt. This flavor isn’t the normal 80 calorie yogurt and had higher carbs and sugars than I would normally eat in a yogurt but I treated it as, well, a treat. It didn’t taste very much like a vanilla cupcake so I would pass on this purchase in future. I was also able to find a few more flavors that aren’t available at my normal grocery store but the salted caramel was the only blog-worthy flavor! Call a girl if you are able to find a surplus of them in the Gainesville area.

Gluten Free: I browsed the gluten-free section as I’ve noticed that these items do tend to have lower carbs when compared to similar foods. I found the amazingly tasty Udi’s Ancient Crisps in several flavors like sea salt, cheddar and jalapeno cheddar. While at Wal-Mart, I found the jalapeno cheddar for the first time. You get like 18 crisps for 14g carbs, 2g sugars and 3.5g fat. I paired these with some salsa and it was on point! If you have portion control issues, I recommend pre-packaging little baggies for yourself as these chips can be addicting. I also found a brand called Van’s and they make a few different items but I purchased some cheese crackers and for 30 pieces you get 20g carbs, 2g sugars and 5g fat. These little crackers are made with oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth. They’re not too cheesy in flavor and could use more but I made my own snack mix by using ½ a serving of this and mixing in some white cheddar popcorn. Boom Chicka Pop and Smart Pop are still my favorite brands.

Turkey Burgers: I’ve never been a huge fan of ground turkey or chicken. It kind of grosses me out so the only way I figure I am able to eat turkey burgers is to buy the pre-made patties. This way, I can avoid seeing and touching the meat. Please don’t ask why it weirds me out so much because I, honestly, have no idea. I also need A LOT of flavoring. I found some Jennie-O turkey burgers that are seasoned and have some veggies cooked into them for extra flavor. They’re actually really good. Obviously, red meat has a ton of fat so these burgers are about ½ of what a pre-made beef patty would be. I added some mayo/ketchup/relish sauce on top, which was extra delicious!

We have a new grocery chain in Gainesville, Lucky’s Market. If you guys haven’t heard of it nor have one in your area, it’s described as a mix of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s with better pricing. I haven’t quite determined if the pricing descriptor is accurate but we shall see. I was totally GEEKING out in this store. I was actually quite annoyed because I wanted to go up and down every aisle reading every label and that was getting in the way of the millions of people who were also shopping there. This store was and is packed every day of the week. I’m hoping it slows down when the newness wears off. I was able to find my beloved Halo Top Creamery ice cream so I no longer have to tote it back from Whole Foods in Orlando. They had so many foods that I’ve been actively looking for based on recommendations of my fellow fit friends on Instagram. I was able to find about 6 different flavors of Boom Chicka Pop and I purchased the cheddar caramel combo bag. Holy amazingness! I couldn’t put this popcorn down. SO GOOD! I really can’t say it enough. It’s a smaller portion size with higher carbs and sugars than the salt flavor but it’s totally worth it. I was also able to find the Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips, which are delicious and more nutritiously sound than regular chocolate chips. I finally found unsweetened chocolate almond milk but it really leaves something left to be desired. It’s not enough of a chocolate flavor to curb a craving. I really prefer making my own with the syrup or powder, see Mo' Dairy, Mo' Problems post for deets, but this is obviously more carbs and sugars per serving.

I’m really excited about making a return trip to Lucky’s and to continue to find foods to report back to you guys. Feel free to tag me on Instagram in any finds that you want to share or comment with your favorites! Happy snacking!


Unknown said...

I got the salted caramel yogurt! Hope it lives up to your hype!

Unknown said...

I hope you love it as much as I do, Kayla! If not, I'll gladly take any uneaten ones off your hands :)