New foods I’ve tried and my taste verdict

As a part of my job, it’s good to be able to recommend different products that taste good and meet certain dietary needs, so I do a bit of taste testing and try new products.  I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve tried recently, my favourite is the peanut butter – think it’s my new favourite!

Here’s some of the things I’ve tried lately.

1. Gerry’s Go No Gluten Wraps

If you have IBS or celiac disease, bread and bread products are one thing that can be difficult to find a decent replacement for.  When it comes to wraps, many of the brands crumble when rolled, so they’re not that practical.  If you heat before rolling, these are fine.

I made the mistake of not reading the ingredients before I bought and these wraps actually contain the sweetener sorbitol –  no good for those with IBS.  It is likely to be in fairly low doses since bread is not sweet, so it might not affect those who have IBS. But it you’re quite sensitive, you may need to avoid it.

Taste wise,  these were quite nice.  They’re made with mainly corn flour, and they remind me of corn tortillas.  They are fairly processed, like most gluten free breads, but if you do want a gluten free wrap sometimes then you could give these a go.   Have you tried a gluten free wrap that’s been awesome? Let me know in the comments!    I’m planning on giving this recipe a go for an easy looking wrap recipe.  Jess has some lovely recipes on her page, so I’m imagining these will be nice.  Will let you know!

2. Fix and Fogg Peanut Butter

I am a huge peanut butter fan.  And I like it crunchy.  This peanut butter is super crunchy with nice big peanut pieces, just how I like them.  It’s also produced in Wellington, and since I live in the Greater Wellington region, then I think that makes it pretty cool too.  This is up there in peanut butter goodness, especially if you’re a fan of crunchy.  I’ll most definently be a regular purchaser of this brand.

3. Be Nourished Raw Sauerkraut

Fermented foods are pretty trendy right now. And, unlike many food trends, the fermented food trend is deserves the attention it’s getting.  Fermented foods are great for your gut as they’re a source of probiotic bacteria. Probiotic bacteria are so important for gut health, which in turn influences many areas of our wellbeing.

This was my first try at tasting sauerkraut.  It does, of course, taste like cabbage, but with slightly sour flavour that comes from it’s fermentation.    It’s not really something that I’d enjoy on it’s own, like I do yoghurt (my favourite fermented food!) but it’s a nice accompaniment to many meals.  I’ve added it to home made hamburgers, had a tablespoon as a side with eggs and mixed some through a salad with chicken for lunch.  It’s a good way to get some probiotics, I’d buy again, and try a different flavour, as there are lots.  I loved the colour of this 🙂

4.  Te Atatu Toasted Muesli

Te Atatu Toasted Muesli healthy blend is a muesli that’s low in sugar and contains no dried fruit.  I was sent some to try.   It’s flavoured nicely with cinnamon and I love the fact that it has some nice whole almonds in it which adds to the crunch.

The ingredients are:  whole oats, buckwheat, apple puree (apple), almonds, linseeds, sunflower seeds,honey, white sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower oil, ground spices, salt

I prefer to eat it with some fruit which adds sweetness with the bonus of antioxidants and nutrients 🙂