The Brilliance Of Riced Veggies

The riced veggie trend is one of my favorite things to have happened to grocery stores yet.  Sure, I appreciate the sugar-free products, absolutely.  And I LOVE that there are “natural food” aisles with non-monster brands (once nigh impossible to find.)  But while riced veggies are a cinch to make yourself – if you have a food processor at home – there’s a massive convenience in being able to snag a pre-made bag at the store.  And when a trend hits, that’s what you get – convenience!

I don’t use riced vegetables as the base for my meals all the time – sometimes the larger pieces are a good thing because it feels like you are eating more.  More bulk = feels like more substance.  

BUT…

Riced cauliflower, for one, is a fabulous substitute for rice, pasta, or even mashed potatoes – you get the volume, and a similar texture, without as many calories or carbohydrates.  So it’s a perfect swap for a dinner side (“healthy” fried “rice,” anyone?!) or base, as an example, and can even work for a base for doughs and baked items. 

 

What recently came my way was an announcement about Green Giant’s Riced Veggies – not just the cauliflower, but mixes.  What on EARTH has taken companies so long?!  

The glitch for me is that I have never actually seen Green Giant’s Riced Cauliflower in-store – I’ve had to buy other brands.  So I don’t know if I will have the best luck tracking these down, and desperately hope other companies follow suit (they’d be wise to!) Or…of course…that someone near me jumps on board and ups the stock levels!

The doubly-awesome news? GG is also offering a whole bunch of other mashed and roasted options so definitely check them out (store location link highlighted in the paragraph above.)

YUM!

EatPops!

I think this is a wonderful idea… 

I DESPISE drinking my calories.  

There! I said it.  

Yes, people often scoff when I say that…  Maybe it’s because they are so beholden to those end-all-be-all detox shakes they are having, or maybe the word “calorie” is what nudges them off the edge…  Whatever the case may be I will say it a thousand times…I despise drinking my calories.

Hate is a strong word – I rarely use it, if at all – so I’m using “despise” instead.  It’s a vehement despise, though!

As I have gotten older, I simply have to watch what I eat in order to maintain a certain level of fitness performance, athleticism, health, emotional well-being, and…weight.  Gone are the days that I can drink my hot chocolates with whipped cream, smoothies with my breakfast, and ingurgitate bags of steamed rice along with a glass of juice.  The flat-out reality of it is that I’ve needed to reduce my caloric intake over the years, as well as tweak my fitness routine – if I don’t, that’s okay, but I will gain weight, and will get very depressed.  I know myself that well.

Smoothies were something I’d enjoy often growing up – there was nothing more delicious than fresh, ripe fruit, blended with some ice, maybe some yogurt or milk.  Before training, after…whenever!  

I don’t count my calories – let me be clear on that.  Having had two severe eating disorders in the past (anorexia and exercise bulimia), the propensity to get dangerously rigid is already there.  With that kind of propensity, I need to be more lax in this department.  

That said, I am aware of what I eat, and could very likely give you the broad strokes of what I had in a day – I never stuff my face mindlessly, but if I feel like a snack, I have it – I’m clean 95% of the time.

So I saw this snazzy brand – founded back in 2014, and I just love the idea.  EatPops came about because a law student, Sophie Milrom, couldn’t manage to find healthy snacks while studying feverishly in school.  She recognized that fresh juice was prohibitively high-priced, making it a tougher trend to follow for many people interested in cleaner eating and juicing.  She also discovered that freezing juices not only lowered prices to make such conceptions accessible…but also that it extended the shelf life.

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What do I love this idea?  Because I DESPISE drinking my calories!  For someone like me, these are ALSO a fabulous option because…I get to CHEW.  I like the sensation of munching on something – I feel more satisfied when I EAT than when I DRINK…so pops is a perfect option!  From 45 to 100 calories for one, you aren’t going to break the bank with these. ❤

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I don’t have any retailers near me, but you can purchase these guys online…  Shipping is up to $15 (these are frozen treats!) but it is awesome to have the option!

More of what I love to eat…!