Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New-to-Me Foods

I tend to eat a lot of the same foods and rarely buy new ingredients, but recently I have been experimenting with several new-to-me food items, and I am really enjoying them. All of these items have been around for a long time and have been popular for a while, so I’m sure many of you have tried them already.

Chia Seeds

I can’t believe I haven’t tried chia seeds until now as they have been everywhere. I add them to smoothies after soaking them in a bit of water, and they make the smoothie nice and thick (I like to eat smoothies with a spoon). I also make chia pudding. By adding liquid to the seeds, they thicken and become similar to tapioca pudding.  You can flavor the pudding with anything you like (lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.). Somebody mentioned that the consistency reminded them of glue, which is sort of true, but I enjoy it a lot. Two tablespoons contain 70 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. They also contain omega-3s.

Hemp Seeds


Hemp seeds contain quite a bit of protein (5 grams per 1.5 tbsp)  and have a slightly nutty taste. I add them to smoothies and salads for some protein and to make the salads more interesting.


Tahini is a paste made out of sesame seeds. I add it to salad dressing and dips. I don’t like too much of it, but I enjoy the added flavor of just a little.

Ume Plum Vinegar

Ume Plum Vinegar has a tangy flavor, and I like it in dressings, marinades, and dipping sauces. I use very little at a time as it contains a lot of sodium.

Questions: What are some new food items you have been trying or wanting to try lately? Have you tried any of the items above? If so, how do you like them? How do you use them?
Be well,