Some of My Favorite Food Finds

Before I get to the food reviews I just have to share something about my exercise routine. Before we went on vacation my body was craving more exercise. I walk 3 miles a day outside at a pretty good pace and I finish in just under 40 minutes.I also do some resistance training with free weights. I got the Aqua jogger so I could work out in the back yard pool and work my leg muscles in a non impact way. Well since I cut my pinky badly I am avoiding getting in the pool right now until it has a little more healing time. On my walk the other day I had the desire to jog and even though I have arthritis in my knees and I usually avoid any exercise that puts more impact on my joints I gave in. It felt wonderful and freeing. I didn’t have any ill effects the next day other than a little soreness in my legs so of course yesterday and today I jogged again only about 1/3 of my 3 mile route and not all at once. I have to stop and walk and then jog a little, back to walking and so on. My body appreciates the extra work out and I didn’t know I had so many muscles in my legs that were not getting used with my walking routine. I ache in places I didn’t know I could ache! It is not my knees either, they feel great!

I know that losing the last 17 pounds has taken 68 pounds of pressure off my knees (you add 4 pounds of pressure to the joints for every pound you are overweight) but I had no idea what a difference it would make in how light I feel and how much better my knees feel when I jog and walk. This is one of those non scale victories that is so rewarding.

As soon as my finger is healed and I am back in the water I should cut back on the jogging but for now it feels amazing! One side affect is that I have been extra hungry the past two days. I don’t know if that is a coincidence or a result of the jogging. I am very careful to make sure I am eating a balanced amount of healthy food at my meals since I don’t snack and I have not altered my food intake so I don’t know what that is all about.

I am a foodie I admit it, I love finding new products that taste good. I just can’t keep them to myself they need to shared. Some of these are foods that I have enjoyed for quite some time and others are new foods that are going into the regular rotation and I will continue to buy.

The other day daughter Katy and I stopped by a grocery store that I don’t usually shop at and they had an awesome health food department. We also discovered some wonderful items in the frozen foods section that were new to us. It reminded me that I need to step out of my usual routine of shopping at the same places week after week and check out some other stores to see what they carry that is different. In an effort to make my home page load faster I am trying out the more function.

The Alexia Whole Grain rolls are an old favorite. These are found in the freezer section and you heat them up in the oven. They are soft and moist and so delicious. I find these at the regular grocery store and Whole Foods.

Edamame is a snack enjoyed by everyone in my family. I usually buy them frozen and we heat them up add some coarse salt and serve them with soy sauce. I recently bought some edamame already shelled and though we don’t like them this way to snack on (the pods are so much more fun) these are handy for adding to salads, rice pilaf or pasta dishes. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s many grocery stores now carry edamame, look in your produce section or with Asian foods in the freezer section.



This salad dressing is a new find for me. It is so light and refreshing with a slightly sweet flavor making it perfect to pair with baby salad greens and some fresh berries, peaches, feta cheese and toasted almonds. It is fat free so if I am having a higher fat entrée I can still have a flavorful salad with out adding more oil to the meal. I love that! I found this one at Whole Foods but the regular grocery stores also carry Annie’s dressings. Sometimes they are located in the health food section if your store has one.








Last summer when we were vacationing in Utah we kept seeing this container of salt on restaurant tables. At first we thought what is the big deal, salt it salt! Wrong! This salt tastes so much better than good ole’ Morton. It has more than just a salt flavor to it. It is hard to describe you really have to buy some and try it yourself. I find it at Whole Foods.











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  1. Leslie says:

    I haven’t seen the Annie’s Mango vinaigrette, but rest assured I’ll be looking for it! Love the shelled edamame and use it the same way you do.

    One of my staples is Trader Joe’s non fat plain Greek yogurt…the protein in one cut is 22gms with 120 calories! Talk about food value! I also just discovered Laughing Cow Lite blue cheese wedges…mild, but delish!

  2. Janine says:

    Good for you on trying some jogging. As you know, I have a bad knee too–but kind of got pulled into jogging some with my dog walks. I’ve been enjoying it as well—not pushing super hard, but doing a half block or so, then walking. It’s a nice change, and hasn’t impacted my knee at all. I need to find more ways to move that I enjoy.
    Thanks for the new food reviews–I’m constantly looking for new products as well.
    Hope that little finger heals quickly for you–keep up the great work. Also–if you find that you ARE more hungry, have a little more healthy food! As long as you’re listening to your body, you’ll be fine.

  3. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    I am soooo not going to try those rolls! But the salad dressing looks yummy. I love sweet dressings.

  4. Genie@dietof51 says:

    We have a local restaurant that bottles a sweet, non-fat Italian dressing and it is so flavorful. For dinner, I made a salad with romaine lettuce, yellow pepper, baby Bella mushrooms, dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, some provel cheese, and the dressing. So good!

  5. Dawne says:

    I need to move South!

  6. tj says:

    mmm that salad dressing looks good! We have that brand- I gotta look for it! 🙂 I love edamame! maybe a salad with that dressing, add in some scallops…oh yum! 🙂 Thanks for the new food finds! 🙂

    Hope your pinky heals soon! I know Id miss my water workouts if I couldn’t do them! 🙂 WHOOHOO WATER GALS!

  7. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    Glad your are enjoying your jogs and that your body can handle them.

    The rolls look great! I recently found some frozen seeded rolls at TJ’s (I think it’s a new item), and we have been enjoying them. You can heat them up in the oven or simply defrost them at room temperature.

  8. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I wish we lived near one another–we walk at about the same pace! (when my hip’s not broken, that is. :))

    Thanks for the product finds. I don’t think I knew that Annie’s had salad dressings, but I’ll look for them on my grocery store run tomorrow! Ive enjoyed some of the other Annie’s products.

  9. Tish says:

    Great about the running! Hope the knees hold up for you. I know sometimes when I’m walking I just feel the urge to run. I enjoy your product reviews, too. Especially the Edamame. I’d tried them a couple of years ago (I bought the frozen, shelled beans) and loved them for pasta salads, etc, but I forgot about them. I’ve never mastered the ones in the pod–how do you eat them?? I find the pods hard to get off. Our Safeway sells Annie’s Dressings and I have a couple different flavors in my pantry–usually I make my mom’s vinaigrette recipe, though, and keep that on hand.
    I love La Pasta brand whole wheat ravioli with roasted vegetable filling. From Whole Foods. Awesome, nutritious, low calorie

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