WIAW: New in Review

Who else loves finding new products at the grocery store? I know I can’t be alone…well, maybe I’m the only one who almost squeals when I see something I’ve been searching for forever or something that just looks too good to pass up πŸ˜‰ Lately, on all my Whole Foods trips, I’ve been buying at least one new-to-me product so I thought I’d share some of them with you in case you’ve been seeing them too and wanted to know if they’re worth the splurge. Spoiler alert: most of them are!

(Some) of the new-to-me flavors: lemon bar, key lime pie, peanut butter cookies, chocolate coconut chew.

First up, Larabars. Not exactly new, but lately I’ve been branching out and buying some flavors I’ve never tried before. Sure, I love the pineapple upside down cake and cappuccino, but I need to try new ones so I can find new favorites! And some of them were. The peanut butter chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie ones were awesome, the chocolate cherry torte not so much, but that can be expected because I hate most cherry flavored things. It was decent though, but mostly because of the chocolate chips! I haven’t tried the other flavors in this pic, but it’s only a matter of time πŸ˜‰

From the freezer/fridge: Spicy Nothings curry sauce, NadaMoo! java crunch coconut milk ice cream, Amande peach almond milk yogurt, Nayonaise.

Okay, I can’t say enough good things about the curry sauce and coconut milk ice cream! The curry sauce is perfectly spicy (which, coming from me, is saying something, because I love all things spicy, and most things aren’t spicy enough) and so good over veggies and the ice cream is so dreamy and creamy, all without dairy. Love it. I kinda like the Amande yogurts, since they’re made from almond milk, but they have the weirdest texture. I can’t wait to find the So Delicious Greek style almond milk yogurts because I’m guessing they’ll be so creamy and thick, not jelly-like like Amande. I do love that it’s got vegan probiotics and plenty of calcium though. I haven’t tried the Nayonaise yet, but I really want to use it in curried tofu salad and tofu crab cakes!

Told you I love the LabelBox app!

Like I mentioned in my latest Friday FavesΒ post, I love LabelBox app. It’s probably not new, but it still is to me, and it’s just so fun to use. Get it now if you still haven’t (bonus–it’s free)!

Annie Chun pad Thai style brown rice noodles, Alter Eco dark mint chocolate, veggie spirals quinoa pasta.

The quinoa pasta isn’t new to me, but this particularly shape is! Who else loves getting cool shaped pasta just because? Plus this one is made with veggies, in addition to corn and quinoa flour. Yum. I also really love the brown rice noodles. They just have two ingredients, brown rice flour and water. It doesn’t get more simple than that, and they’re also really tasty with Asian dishes! But the real winner in this line-up is the chocolate. I used to think Chocolove was my favorite chocolate brand, but Alter Eco basically takes the cake. 7 of their 10 flavors are vegan, they’re totally organic and fair trade certified, which I think is awesome. The company is really focused on sustainability and being fair to the coffee growers, which is so much more than most companies can say. Plus they have a chocolate bar with quinoa puffs in it, which just sounds delicious!

A yummy, nutritious Pan-Asian dinner: brown rice noodles stir-fried with Spicy Nothings curry sauce, steamed kale and spicy orange-glazed chickpeas.

And finally, another recipe for you! I kinda made up this dinner on the spot but it turned out so good that I couldn’t not share. You can use whatever curry sauce you love or have on hand, but I definitely recommend the Spicy Nothings brand.

Spicy Curry Stirfry with Orange-Glazed Chickpeas (vegan, gluten-free)

For Chickpeas

1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/4 large navel orange

maple syrup, to taste

red pepper flakes, to taste

1 tsp cornstarch

For Stirfry

1 oz brown rice noodles

3 tbsp curry sauce

handful kale

In a small bowl, mix together orange juice, maple syrup and red pepper flakes. Toss in chickpeas and let marinate for 15-30 minutes. Β In a pot, boil water and add in brown rice noodles. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until softened. In a wok or sauce pan, cook chickpeas and kale until orange glaze starts to bubble. Stir in cornstarch until glaze thickens and add in noodles and curry sauce. Mix until combined and serve garnished with cashews, cilantro or sesame seeds. Serves 1.Β 

Do you like buying fair trade products? What’s your favorite noodle/pasta shape?

32 thoughts on “WIAW: New in Review

  1. Emily says:

    I LOVE finding new products to try! It’s so much fun. Whole Foods is dangerous, in that regard. I always wind up with a bunch of new things in my cart- good for my tummy, bad for my wallet! Oh well. (:
    I’m so addicted to coconut milk ice-cream! It’s so delicious and refreshing, especially in this warm weather. And I’m definitely going to be buying some Alter Eco chocolate next time I’m at WF. Mmm… (:
    Happy WIAW!

  2. I didn’t know you wanted to model/act – all the more reason to hurry up and gain weight! Unless you’re 5’11” and up (in which case you’re in serious runway territory) many/most modeling agencies won’t even look at you if your BMI is under 18.5, due to new healthy model regulation. It’s too much of a hassle for them (and they can get in trouble with their clients). I didn’t start having any success (ie: getting an agent, a manager, or any work) until I gained 30 pounds to a BMI of a little over 19. Acting is pretty similar, unless you’re already a celebrity, because days on set are long and no one wants any drama or collapsing actresses (can you say liability?). Besides, you want the crew to like you and they like you better if you’re down-to-earth and easy with craft services – aka, eat pretty much anything, instead of having a bunch of restrictions and just picking around at salad. Good luck!

    I also love finding new products πŸ™‚

  3. Love finding new products too! It looks like you got some rad stuff! πŸ˜€
    And heck yesss to labelbox– once you start editing pics, it’s kind of addicting haha πŸ˜‰

  4. I also love finding AND trying new products,of course! Still,you guys in the US have SUCH great products whilst ours in Germany are so blah… boring. At least,that’s how I see it πŸ˜‰
    I can only dream of almond/ coconut milk ice cream,Arctic Zero and stuff!
    Anyhoo,I love Farfalle – you know, the “butterfly” pasta! πŸ˜‰ It’s just so cute!

  5. Finding new products is just the BEST Ashley, and you certainly landed some good ones girl! Lara bars are an increasing favorite of mine, but I still haven’t tried the newer flavors! I am with you on the cherry one though, I would actually like it if the cherry flavor was something I went for. Thanks for the recipe with the chickpeas, looks like a good one and not too complicated either! I am all about simple dishes recently πŸ™‚

  6. Our Trader Joe’s here has so many Larabars and bars in general, it is incredible. I’m not used to all those flavors at all and they are $1 a bar regularly priced, not even on sale. It’s great to have such a good variety. I want to try the Arctic Zero soon too because our Earth Fare store has it.

    • $1 is a really good price for bars! I really need to venture out and go to other health food stores near me because my Whole Foods doesn’t carry a ton of the bar flavors I want to try.
      The Arctic Zero is pretty good, I recommend the mint chocolate flavor! It’s a lot like sorbet but I actually liked it.

  7. You are too cute and obviously gorgeous in pink. I love larabars and Trader Joes never disappoints me. So good. I actually quite enjoy the Peanut Butter cookie too.

    I’ve never tried Arctic zero but I do understand it is pretty decent from what I’ve heard in the blogging world.

    • Awww thanks! Arctic Zero is actually really good, especially if you like more of a sorbet consistency, plus it’s got more protein than actual ice creams. I really love the coconut milk ice creams too because they’re so creamy!

  8. Finding new products is seriously the best. I recently discovered the larabar flavors of pineapple upside down cake and chocolate chip cherry torte – um AMAZING. Seriously I love going to grocery stores and trying out new things though! That curry stirfry looooks amazeballs. Last time I made some curry, it was waaaaay too spicy and I thought I was going to die.

    • The best thing about this curry is that you can totally tone it down to make it less spicy, it’s all just about the sauce you use and how much! The one I used is fairly spicy but not so much that I couldn’t eat it, which is never a good thing.

  9. Aja says:

    I don’t go to the grocery store yet since I still live at home and am jobless but I look forward to finding new things. And I SO wish there was a Whole Foods near me!

    • Whole Foods is THE best, well aside from what I’ve heard about Trader Joes but I don’t have one anywhere near me so I can’t compare! But I hope that you can venture to a WF sometime soon, they always have the best products!

  10. You are quite the culinary chef – I love curries πŸ˜€
    Have you tried the Chocolate Brownie LARABAR?! Its my absolute favorite (next to the PB Cookie)

  11. That pasta sounds great! I need to check out some wheat-free brands. Alright, now in your opinion, what is your favorite larabar that does not contain milk or peanuts? I can’t eat either, but I really want to try some! Thanks πŸ™‚

    • I know for sure that the cappuccino one has no milk or peanuts and it’s one of my faves! I also really love the pineapple upside down cake, and that one just has dates, almonds and pineapple. And the key lime pie one is also delicious and only has almonds and cashews for the nuts, plus no milk!

  12. Ugh! I want the chocolate coconut larabar so bad! My publix has a very limited selection though. I also want to try lara’s jocular bars. I also want to try curry (I feel like I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t tried it lol) and coconut milk ice cream. Favorite pasta shape would definitely be extra wide egg noodles. SO good in chicken noodle soup! Which just got me thinking.. a vegan not-chicken noodle soup would be amazing right now. With some of my beloved chickpeas instead of chicken! Haha, ok way off track now.

    • I want to try the Jocalot ones so bad too but I’ve never seen them near me. Ooh, and if you make that soup, definitely share the recipe because it sounds so good! I love the idea of adding chickpeas, I’ve been loving them lately.

  13. I get way too excited over new products. I love them. I haven’t tried the pineapple larabar yet! I always scour the bar section when I’m at the store because I’m dying to try it!

  14. livepassionatelytonight says:

    That all looks delicious! Try the apple pie Larabar’s; insanely good πŸ™‚

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