It’s easy to get in the habit of eating the same things week after week. The KISS (keep it super simple) method of food planning has it merits. It doesn’t take a lot of brain work to buy what you always buy and cook what you always cook. The only problem with that method is after awhile it gets really boring. When the food plan gets boring it’s easy to stray from your healthy eating plan. We all need a little variety in our food plans so why not step out of your regular routine and try something new?
For some variety I decided to try this Sunflower Seed Butter from Trader Joe’s. Upon opening it for the first time you have to do some major stirring to incorporate the oil that has risen to the top of the jar. Once you have it well combined it will stay that way as long as you refrigerate it. This does have added sweetener to it so I found it to be sweeter than nut butters. At first I wasn’t sure that I liked it but it grew on me. It can be used for baking in place of any nut butter, spread on whole wheat toast, banana slices, apple slices or simply mixed into hot oatmeal.
This can be a good choice for someone with nut allergies. Sunflower seed butter is a good source of protein, fiber, zinc and iron, and is low in saturated fat. Sunflower butter is rich in three B vitamins. It’s not low calorie by any means but 1 tablespoon goes a long way. Don’t have a TJ;s near you, well other brands of Sunflower Seed butter are available at Whole Foods and health food stores.
For years I have seen these on other blogs but was never able to find them here in Northern CA. A while back I was in a Walmart and spotted these in the bread aisle. I scooped up a bag to try. What a great find!
They are a huge flat bread that is low in calories, high in fiber and actually quite tasty. I have used them for wraps, burritos, pizza and for dipping in hummus. You could cut these up and bake them to make little crackers like I do with the California Lavash. Love it!
I’ve been buying these for quite some time but if memory serves me correctly I don’t think I have ever posted about them. These can be found in the refrigeration section of most grocery stores. It’s pre made guacamole in single serving 100 calorie packs. How perfect is that?
It actually tastes really good too. Once you get them home you can toss them in the freezer to have on hand whenever you need just a little guacamole for one or two. They thaw out quickly. I put a single packet in a glass of cold water and it thaws out in about 10 minutes. Hubby Tom gives these two thumbs up. We like this on a taco salad, on a Baked Chicken Chimichanga, on top of Chicken Enchiladas, on Chicken Nachos with Baked Chips, or spread some on Josehph’s lavash and make a wrap with black beans, salsa and shredded lettuce. Delicious.
Disclosure: All of these food finds were things that I purchased with my own money and I was not compensated for these reviews.
The other day hubby Tom and I happened to be near a different grocery store than where we usually shop so we went in to buy a few things. Since we didn’t know the lay out of the store it took some looking around to find what we wanted. What I realized in this process is that I actually noticed different products on the shelves. Brands that I hadn’t seen before in the stores I usually shop in. I realized it might actually be a good idea to shop some different stores now and then just to shake things up a bit. The stores I frequent might even have some of the new things I saw. If I take the time to look around a little instead of just focusing on the getting the same old things I always buy, a few new foods might show up in my grocery cart. Although I do like to try new recipes and that adds variety to our menu there is always room for improvement.
Remember that variety in the foods we eat not only keeps us from getting bored but it also means that we are getting a greater variety of nutrients.
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Do you change up your food plan?
One of the things I enjoy about shopping at the Farmer’s Market is that the selection of produce is always changing as the seasons change. You automatically have that built in variety.