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Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 44

Posted Feb 16 2011 5:35am

Good Morning Friends!

How are you today? Did you catch last night’s episode of Glee? In case you didn’t, here’s a bit of what you missed..

Not gonna lie, I may be developing a little Bieber fever. Not so much so that I’ll be going to see Never Say Never at the cinema, but you know… I may just have to find another way to watch it. ;)

On to the topic of today’s post, here are the new things I tried in this week’s edition of Try Something New Tuesday !

1. Recipe of the Week: Quinoa and Pluot Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette .

I first tried pluots back on Try Something New Tuesday 20 , and as you may have guessed, there’s not too much that’s different about them and your average plum. They look like this:

Since they’re in season, I decided to throw one into a salad with some quinoa and veggies. The vinegar that I used to make the dressing was raspberry vinegar, but you could use others such as fig-infused as well.

I didn’t eat this salad immediately after making it, but instead left it in the fridge overnight and had it for lunch the next day. The flavours were delicious! Not too sweet but the fruity hints were lovely and gave it tons of flavour. Test it out and let me know what you think!

2. Nature’s Path Love Crunch . This is the latest addition to Nature’s Path line of cold cereals, and it has a very cute story behind it.

Arjan and Rimjhim are two of the ‘Founding Family’ members of Nature’s Path, and their full story can be read here . Here’s the gist:

When we began planning our wedding, we felt grateful for the abundance of love in our lives. We connected as a couple through our volunteer efforts and we wanted our guests to experience the joy of giving. In lieu of traditional wedding presents, we asked them to take part in a volunteer community activity that interested them.

While our guests were busy thinking of Experience Giving Projects to do, we were thinking of ways to thank them for taking part in our dream.

Since we are both avid cereal fans, we started getting excited at the prospect of designing our ultimate decadent granola by combining our favorite sweet and tart flavors together (much like marriage!). Thus Love Crunch was born. It became a chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, coconut hit! Months after the wedding we still received calls about how delicious it was and many requests for more.

We hope by launching Love Crunch we not only have people enjoy spoonfuls of wholesome goodness, but we also hope to inspire people to go out into their communities and really help out.

Cool initiative, don’t you think? In Canada, Nature’s Path makes a donation to the Food Bank for every box of Love Crunch purchased.

As far as the look and taste of the actual cereal goes, I was very impressed. Just as the box says, there’s dark chocolate, strawberries, raspberries, flax granola and coconut, all rolled into these lovely enormous clusters:

I broke a few of them up and made myself a lovely little yogurt and berry Love Crunch parfait for breakfast.

‘Twas love indeed. It’s a good job I stocked up on the on-sale strawberries this weekend because this breakfast was repeated again this morning!

3. Wheatgrass. Back on Try Something New Tuesday 31 , I tried frozen wheatgrass juice cubes. This week, I managed to track down the actual grass, before it’s turned into juice.

My poor roommates were thoroughly confused when they opened the fridge door and saw the sight above. I quickly assured them that I wasn’t crazy, nor did I have plans to start growing other greens in the fridge and starting up a little umm.. “business on the side”. I think they might need a little more convincing.

In case you’re unfamiliar with wheatgrass, it’s a superfood and is known for its ability to provide our bodies with energy. It is the young grass of the wheat plant and is commonly sold as juice or in powdered form. Wheatgrass’s ability to energize is mainly due to its high chlorophyll content. According to this source , wheatgrass is also an excellent source of vitamins C, E, K, and B complex. Mineral wise, it offers calcium, cobalt , germanium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, protein (lots of amino acids), sodium, sulphur and zinc. WOW!

I’d love to have been able to juice the wheatgrass, but sadly a juicer is a kitchen appliance that I have yet to acquire. Instead, the first application of my live organic wheatgrass was (as you may have already guessed) in my morning Green Monster. The ingredients:

  • 3 frozen spinach nuggets
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp each maca root powder and guar gum
  • stevia
  • almond milk and water
  • ice
  • a handful of wheatgrass

Now, if you’re thinking, “Hmm.. that looks like an awful lot of wheatgrass”, well, you’d be correct. I may have overdone it slightly, because I soon learned that a little goes a long way! The flavours were definitely noticed in my GM, so I added a little extra vanilla before pouring it into my glass and slurping it down.

Note to self: Wheatgrass has a very strong flavour when eaten in handfuls. On a positive note though, I did feel very energetic yesterday, so I suppose it did its job!

The second application was in a the salad monster that I devoured for dinner. I added some wheatgrass (less this time!) to some mixed greens and topped it with a mix of flaked light tuna, edamame, a scoop of plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, black pepper, and dried dill. The greens were lightly coated in a whisked dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and more dill.

A mess, but a delicious one!

4. The Simply Bar in Cocoa Raspberry. I know you guys have probably heard enough about me and my love for the Simply Bar but I found one for ridiculously cheap at GNC this weekend (umm $0.67 – hello? It would have been rude not to) and Cocoa Raspberry was the only flavour I hadn’t tried yet.

The verdict? Very tasty! I’m not normally one to crave the chocolate-and-fruit blend, but this was actually quite pleasant. However, it still doesn’t beat out my favourite one, which is the Cinnamon Simply Bar. Divine I tell you!

Alright bloggies, time for me to get moving. I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Questions for today:

  • Are you more likely to buy products that donate a portion of proceeds to charitable causes?
  • Were you trying anything new yesterday? Do share!
  • Do you have any suggestions for my recipe of the week, or any recipes that you’d like to see healthier versions of? Let’s hear ‘em!

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