Monday, June 25, 2012

New Products for Us

If you have been following this blog, you know that we have been trying to change the way we eat.

We are trying to eat more natural foods and we are moving to try the gluten free life. Since we have changed so much of the way that we eat, this is just another experiment. Going gluten free is really hard. So many of the foods that we eat and enjoy contain gluten.

We had been eating pretzels and some snack crackers. In moving to gluten free, we would have to give them up. As an experiment, we have tried sweet potato chips. The first kind that we tried was from a company named Food Should Taste Good. I thought they were very good. Then I saw sweet potato chips by Terra. The Terra chips are ruffled. In comparing the two, the Terra chips have less ingredients (sweet potatoes, canola oil, and sea salt) but more calories (160 per servings vs. 140 per serving) Interestingly, the Terra chips have less carbohydrates - 15 vs. 18. I think they both taste good - I like the ruffled chips but that is a person preference. We have also tried and liked Dippers - 3 seed veggie dipping chips by R W Garcia. (140 calories and 18 carbohydrates per serving.)

I have a new hummus recipe to try that uses a lot less olive oil than the recipe I tried before. I will get to it next weekend and let you know how it comes out.

One of my newest finds is dill mustard from Dillman Farms in Bloomington, IN. You can see their web site at I found it at a local store (Shaker Traditions in Evanston, IL). A few weeks ago, we had grilled chicken breasts for lunch. I noticed that Silent Sam put some mayonnaise on his bun. I certainly wasn't going to be the calorie police (since he is doing so much better than I am it would be silly) but I thought that there should be something better. And then I saw the dill mustard. We tried it on grilled chicken breasts last week. It was very good. Last night, we had salmon on the grill and SS put some dill mustard on the salmon during the last few minutes of grilling. It was really good. So much better for us than the other recipes that I have seen. Easy and really tasty. The dill mustard has 5 calories per teaspoon. Dillman Farms also has a honey mustard that I picked up and it has 0 calories. I like honey mustard as a dip with pretzels and on pork as a glaze. I am looking forward to trying it.

I swallowed hard a couple of weeks ago and asked SS to pick up some turkey smoked sausage. This is a product that I know we should use but the idea of it didn't do much for me. On the appointed evening, I cut it up and put it in the pan with lots of vegetables and made it into a stir fry. It was FINE! I can't tell you that I noticed a big difference from the smoked sausage that we normally bought.

We are making these changes slowly but they are for the better. We decided that instead of our normal Saturday lunch of brats or polish, we could substitute the turkey smoked sausage. At least we would not feel as guilty....

Have you made eating changes that you thought would be questionable but turned out good? Please let me know in the comment section below. 
Thanks for reading!


  1. This was a lovely post, Carol. I was both inspired and hungry reading your various food recommendations. Have you taken up making your own gluten-free bread? May be more heathful than the store-bought versions, and perhaps you can add unique food flavorings such as rosemary, dill, basil, oregano, etc.?

    1. Amanda, Great idea! I had not really thought about making or own bread. We don't eat that much but it would be the way to do it. I'm not much of a cook but I am game to try it. Siilent Sam might like the challenge also. Thanks!

  2. I eat the sweet potato chips on occasion just because I like the taste. I also enjoy sweet potato french fries.