Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Food Finds-Part 3

Every now and then, I try to post some new food products that I am eating.  I started thinking about it this time, and I really am not eating a lot of “products” these days.  That’s a good thing!  That means that I am eating a lot more whole, unprocessed foods.  I really just wanted to be able to talk about the Ole Xtreme Wellness tortillas but I felt like maybe I should mention some other products too!  I have also put together lists other lists over the past year.  You can find them here and here. 

Tofu Shirataki Noodles-I was so hesitant about these noodles for the longest time.  It seemed like I only heard really negative things about them.  But finally I decided to give them a try (and make this recipe) and I love them!  I follow Hungry Girl's directions to wash them very thoroughly and then place them between two towels to get out all of the liquid.  I have done this two times now and it's worked like a charm.  I would give them a try if you are open to trying out new foods.  The nutritional information will knock your socks off!

Nature’s Own 9 Grain 35 calorie/slice bread--This bread is only 1 point per slice on the new Weight Watchers program so that's quite a "bargain."  Most foods higher in carbs really went up in points.  So being able to have a decent bread that is not too high in points is pretty hard to find.  I like this bread because it has whole grains in it.  It's not the best bread you will ever try in your whole life, but it's great for toast and even french toast

Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk (Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate)--I really like all of these varieites.  Just make sure to buy the unsweetened kind if you want to get the kind with the lowest calories.  All of the boxes look pretty similar, so be careful!  I buy the kind in the refrigerated section most of the time but the other day I bought the chocolate kind on the shelves because that was all they had.  I just add a packet of Truvia if I want the taste of sweetness in my milk.  Otherwise, it's good as is.  I have used it for smoothies, cereal, oatmeal and chocolate oatmeal and just anything else that calls for milk.  The unsweetened original kind is really the most versatile but all of the varieties are great to have on hand.

Tortillas-Ole Extreme Wellness--This is such a good find for those you doing Weight Watchers!  These tortillas are a very good size and they are only 1 point per tortilla.  When I have done the math, they still stay at just a point a piece when you have two rather than going up to 3 or 4 like so many foods do sometimes,  Make sure to get the High Fiber Low Carb variety though because the other kinds are 2 points a piece.  Not that 2 points is bad, but I would rather not waste my points when there's a kind with just 1 point! 

Reduced Fat Vegenaise--This is the only reduced or low fat vegan mayonaise that I have liked.  I have tried several on the market and some of them will work in a pinch, but this is the only one I truly like.  It tastes just like the full fat variety of Vegenaise.  I love the taste of it and it's great to use in vegan ranch dressing or on a Tempeh Tomato Vegenaise sandwich.  It's harder to find though.  Whenever I find it, I make sure to buy some because they don't have it at my local health food store or anywhere around me.

Dandies Vegan Marshmallows--Okay,so vegan marshmallows are a bit of a splurge-definitely not a food to help me with my weight loss journey.  But it's so exciting to have marshmallows that taste just like the marshmallows I always remember!  As far as points go, when you are garnishing them on hot cocoa or for something like that, the points really are not bad.  You can have 28 grams for 2 points.  I measure them out on the food scale.  These should be very exciting for vegetarians too because marshmallows are not only NOT vegan but they are NOT vegetarian either. 
Zevia soda--Zevia is kind of a financial splurge but it's really nice to have sometimes.  We will sometimes buy a can every 2 weeks or so as a treat.  We rarely buy a 6 pack of it because we don't want to get in the habit of spending a lot of money on soda.  It adds up fast when you drink a can (or more a day).  But Zevia is great!  It's sweetened with Stevia and it doesn't have all of the artificial junk that other diet sodas have.  It comes in several different varieties but my favorites are the Dr. Zevia and the Cola kind.  I like to keep it simple!  If you do drink a lot of soda, you can find it a little cheaper on Amazon with the Amazon Subscribe and Save option


  1. Thanks for the bread tip! I have never found a light bread that is vegan. I will have to search for this brand, hopefully they have it around here. I also love those 1 point tortillas. I do find that when I have them in the house, I sometimes will eat one with every meal, though... Don't know if that's good!

  2. Leah-I am not sure if this bread has honey it though. I do not buy honey out of the jar, but sometimes I will buy products that have honey such as cereals and breads. I can't remember if this is one of those and I am not sure how you feel about honey. It's something I am still working on....

  3. I think of honey as a choice for vegans. I'm like you; I don't buy it directly, but if it happens to be in a granola bar or something, I'm okay with it for now.

  4. All I drink is that unsweet vanilla almond milk. Love the stuff. I have been looking for the vegenaise but can't find it never mind the reduced fat! I might have to order it on line.

  5. Dawn-some Whole Foods stores carry it but it's kind of hit and miss. I lucked out and found some at a vegan specialty shop in Atlanta. I do know that some people order it online. That might be a good possibility. I think you will really like the Reduced Fat kind!