My grandparents (aka the greatest couple of all time) are my food role models. Not to say they haven't had their own unique relationships with food. But they always encouraged me to try new foods, and I 100% owe my diverse food palate to them and my innate need to please (because my siblings did not oblige to their encouragement, but they turned out to be much pickier eaters than me, so people pleasing for the win!)
In line with what they enabled me, I still love to try new foods (and have even had the opportunity to return the favor by introducing them to some new cuisines like Thai, Indian and Peruvian)! Since trying new things is something I'm passionate about (and to encourage myself to continue to try new things since I can't take my grandparents everywhere with me...) here are my opinions on a few things I've tried lately.
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I love sparkling water. I mostly drink water so it's fun to switch it up a bit. I know it's not everyone's fancy, but I really do enjoy it. Bubly was no exception. I just kind of stumbled upon this brand when in target planning to pick up their brand of sparkling water and it so happened to be on sale.
I was super excited about the apple flavor and it did not disappoint-it reminded me of sour apple candies which in my opinion is childhood in a can. The mango flavor was just okay. It didn't blow me away and is far from my favorite, but I didn't hate it.
I love their quirky logo that incorporates a smile. Also, Neil Patrick Harris is on their main page and that never hurt anything.
I haven't found anything about this brand or product that I dislike yet. (I haven't dug too hard though)
Other Bubly's I wanna give a try: Cherry and Strawberry
2. Perfect Bar
I kept seeing perfect bars pop up in instagram stories and my news feed so I figured it was about time to give them a try. So I picked up a few flavors: The coconut peanut butter, the peanut butter chocolate, and the blueberry cashew.
The first bar I tried was the Coconut Peanut Butter and I loved it. It reminded me of a really good PB no bake cookie and filled me up for an afternoon snack. I had high hopes for the PB chocolate and Blueberry cashew after such a wonderful experience but unfortunately, they just were not as good. I'd eat those flavors in a pinch but probably wouldn't buy them again.
I love that this protein bar doesn't use whey-I cannot tolerate the mouthfeel and whey often leaves me feeling terrible so that was a definite plus.
I hate the name and the "reasons" they deem it perfect.
Bars I want to give a try: Almond Coconut, Maple Almond and Chocolate Walnut Brownie
3. Dr. Praegers Veggie Burger
I had seen Dr. Praeger's before and heard nothing but good things but was often scared off by the price-low and behold Kroger had them on sale one day so I grabbed a couple of flavors to give them a whirl.
These are by far my favorite frozen veggie burgers I've ever had! My meat loving husband also didn't hate them so I call it a win.
I love the variety of flavors that this brand has! We tried the Kale burger and this one so far and both have been great. Also, the food pun on the box is a welcomed added bonus.
I'm not in love with their tagline "Purely sensible"... which is a common theme for me not liking products I guess.
I want to try the Bibbimap (have in my freezer) and the Mushroom Risotto Veggie Burgers, as well as their root veggie hash browns.
4. Buddha Bowl Foods Popcorn
This popcorn was an impulse buy the day before I left for Chicago. I was at Lucky's looking for some snacks for the trip and saw this flavor-since I love sweet/spicy combos so this looked amazing.
While I ended up not opening it on the trip, I did dig into them shortly after and in fact am snacking on them right now. The flavor is subtle but very good.
I love the perfect balance between the jalapeño and honey-it's spicy and sweet, but not overly so in either direction.
I hate the companies tagline "Lesser Evil." I didn't notice it until I got home this one had by far the worst one and really focused on demonizing food... The product was great but I could really do without this.
5. The Jackfruit Company
Jackfruit is one of the foods on my food bucket list. When I saw this on sale I figured it was a great (and easy) way to try it out! Since the husband had zero interest I made it on an evening he wasn't home for dinner.
To be honest-I didn't like the sauce/seasoning on this. The texture of the jackfruit really did remind me of shredded meat but I just struggled getting past the flavor. I finished it for dinner but would not probably buy this flavor again.
I like that this company makes incorporating jackfruit easier because honestly, who's going to buy a whole jackfruit?
Again, I don't like the tagline because "the healthy main dish" suggests that this dish promises health. No food alone can do that.
Have you tried any of these foods? Are there any other food (or other) products you've tried lately and loved (or thought you would but ended up not?) I'd love to hear from you below!