My Foodie Favorites At The 2016 Fancy Food Show

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A few weeks ago, I went to the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center NYC. As a post 50 foodie, I gravitate toward wellness trends. In my mind that includes dark chocolate (which BTW is supposedly filled with healthful benefits) and frozen treats (Okay some were low fat ice pops. However, I couldn’t resist the full fat ice cream too. Boomer girls gotta live a little.)

“Judi The Foodie” Shares Food Trends
After sipping and nibbling my way through 363,000 square feet filled with 2670 exhibiting companies (I clocked 6+ miles in my comfy Breezy shoes provided by SAS Shoemakers), I’m pleased to share some of the food trends and favorites from the show. You may find these products in your local supermarket. If not check Whole Foods, Amazon, or online links provided.

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I walked 6+ miles around the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show. Glad I wore my comfy SAS Shoemaker Breezy shoes. I could have eaten this entire barrel of Romano cheese.

BEVERAGES
♥ Tons of Teas:
According to The Tea Association of the U.S.A., tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. No wonder there were many cold-brewed and hot varieties. I drank:
* Thea’s English Standard Tea, the proper iced tea, sugar-free, sweetener-free, and calorie-free — the Wonderberry flavor is decaf.
* ASI Tea, brewed from Wild Picked American Yaupon Leaves, the only significant native source of caffeine in North America. (I try to stay caffeine-free, but there are many high caffeine products out there.)
* SenCha Green Tea + C, sugar-free with natural vitamin C. They offer Green Tea mints and  Matcha Powder. Numi organic Tumeric teas were available. Turmeric is a BIG trend in wellness.
*CHAM cold-brewed wellness teas, which claim to calm, revitalize and provide defense.
* Tea Forte TEA OVER ICE Steeping Tea Pitcher — a neat idea that looked pretty.

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Tea is trending with hot and cold brewed varieties.

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My Foodie Retirement Project: “1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die”

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenIf you’re a foodie like me, you’ll want to go get a copy of 1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed reading Mimi’s restaurant reviews in The New York Times, and her articles in food and travel magazines. It was exciting to meet Mimi at the NY NOW Lifestyle Show at the Javits Center in NYC this summer.

Just shy of 90, Mimi said that it took 10 years to write this “food lover’s life list,”  but that it was really 60+ years in the making. “I’ve traveled all over the world,” said Mimi. “Food has been an excellent handle to pick up other cultures.”

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It was wonderful to meet world renowned food critic Mimi Sheraton.

A Family of Food Lovers
Mimi told us that her love of food started in childhood. “I grew up in Brooklyn. My mother was a competitive cook and my father was a fruit and vegetable merchant,” said Mimi. (She wrote a book about her mom’s cooking called From My Mother’s Kitchen.) She always wanted to be a writer and after graduating from New York University, she went to work at Good Housekeeping, where she covered home furnishings. Then it was on to Seventeen, where her interest in food blossomed and she eventually became the food editor. Continue reading

New Additions To Timeless Breakfast Cereals

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenI’m a breakfast eater. I never miss my morning meal. So when the team at Kellogg Company asked me if I wanted to sample their new Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran with Cranberries® cereal, I agreed to do a taste test. They sent a package my way. Inside was a box of the new cereal, a shiny red cereal bowl, a pedometer, and a small gift card.*

 

Raisins and Cranberries In One Cereal

Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries Cereal; boomer wellness, nutritious breakfast, life after 50I’ve been trying to be gluten-free, but since I don’t have celiac disease I gave in to my raisin and cranberry cravings. My mom used to pack individual-sized boxes of SunMaid raisins in my school lunch. As for cranberries, I enjoy these tart berries whether they are served fresh in Thanksgiving cranberry orange relish or dried as a garnish atop salads.

It had been a long while since I had eaten Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran® cereal. I rather remember the flakes being soggy in milk when I was a kid. Not anymore. These bran flakes with whole grain wheat were crisp after a few minutes soaking in almond milk. Plus, I like the extra kick of sweet and tart flavors.

Is it nutritious as well as a delicious? I asked my BFF L, who is a registered dietitian, for her opinion: “Overall, it’s a good choice for breakfast. It tastes great. The flakes are light with a crunchy texture. The cranberries are tender – I like them in the cereal. It’s a larger portion (1-1/4 cups per serving) than most cereals. It contains antioxidants and potassium and is an excellent source of fiber. However, those who are diabetic and watching their carbs should be aware that this cereal does contain added sugar.”

Now that my BFF L had given the cereal her stamp of approval, I asked my boyfriend L (BFL) to try some. “I haven’t had Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran® cereal in a really long time,”  he said as he munched on the flakes. “It’s really good. The cranberries add a nice texture. I like it.”

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It’s Greek To Me: A Frozen Yogurt Taste Test

life after 50, Newton Fruit Thins, baby boomer women, boomer womenWhen the team at Vibrant Influencer Network asked me to participate in their Healthy Choice Campaign, I quickly obliged. While I mostly cook from scratch (or go out to eat or get dessert with my boyfriend L), I do occasionally like the convenience of a quick meal or snack, especially with my busy semi-retired, life after 50 schedule. During the next few weeks, I’ll be providing my perspective and preferences on some of the new Healthy Choice frozen products and hope you will want to try them too. As these products are considered to be “healthy,” I invited my friend L, who is a registered dietitian, to join me in the tastings.

First up is new Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt. It comes in a variety of flavors – Vanilla Bean, Dark Fudge Swirl, Honey Swirl, Blueberry Raspberry and Strawberry – and you can find it in the frozen foods section of your grocer nearby the frozen dinners – not in the ice cream case. Greek yogurt is very popular these days because of its high protein content. L and I tried Dark Fudge Swirl and Vanilla Bean.

We tasted. We tested. We read the packaging. What did we think?

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We taste tested two varieties of new Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt.

Yum, yum, yum. We both liked both flavors. “Creamy and sweet, not too tart, nice body,” said L as she tried a cup of the Vanilla Bean.” “Ooh, ooh, ooh, it’s like a little sundae, although a little tarter than than the Vanilla Bean,” I added as I tasted a cup of the Dark Fudge Swirl and continued to devour the entire 100 calories.

We both liked the product’s nutritional profile with 2 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein per 100 calorie serving. The portions are satisfying and there are three snack cups inside each box – so you can treat yourself to a treat for three days – or invite your boomer girlfriends over and have a dessert party. L and I were nice and shared a snack cup with my millennial daughter A, who said she liked the frozen snack and better yet, A said she would definitely put this product on her grocery “to buy” list.

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Each snack cup contains only 100 calories, 2 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.

Would you like to try Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt?  Here’s a coupon to print out the next time you go to the grocery store. LMK what variety you tried and if you liked it. According to the cute packaging graphics, “Legend has it that chocolate was the prize awarded to honor great speed by Hermes, Greek God of Sport. One taste of  dark fudge swirl, and you’ll be running back for more!”

Happy snacking.

Judi

Disclosure: I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network Healthy Choice campaign. I have been provided with free products and remuneration in exchange for my honest opinions about the products. All opinions are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by Healthy Choice prior to posting.