Guest Post: New Vegan Foods

This guest post is brought to you by Elizabeth, one of the most inspiring ladies I know who also happens to be plant-strong!

People often ask me if, as a vegan or vegetarian, I get bored of the ‘limited’ food choices. Au contraire my friend! I find that eating a plant-based diet has increased my curiosity and excitement in trying new foods. Trips to the grocery store are no hum-drum events where I read off an ‘eggs, milk, bread’ grocery list. Instead it becomes a game to find a least one new food every trip.

If you live in the Boston area Russo’s Grocery store is not one to be missed. Restaurants and professional chefs can often be spotted in the aisles, perusing their huge selection of fresh produce, exotic ingredients, homemade pasta, pickles, and breads! It is most definitely a “food lover’s food store” and I love shopping here.

I scored big on a trip to Russo‘s last weekend: red corn, ugli fruit and Egyptian mezze’s.

Red corn is red thanks to the wonderful antioxidants anthocyanins. It has a little bit more protein than yellow or white corn, and is a bit crunchier and earthier in taste. I’m definitely snagging more of these cobs for the next BBQ I’m invited to for extra aesthetic and nutrition points!

I expanded beyond my standard spread of Hummus with two of Samira’s Homemade Egyptian Mezze’s I’d never seen before.

Ful Medammes is a similar consistency to hummus but uses Fava beans instead of chickpeas. I liked the little kick from Jalapenos that this flavor had!

Muhammara is a blend of fire-roasted red pepper, walnuts and pomegranate. It’s is delightfully sweet and yet tart thanks to the pomegranate, and full of healthy fats and antioxidants. These would both be delicious w whole wheat pita or Wasa crackers.

Ugli fruit sure is ugly, but tastes similar to a tangerine. It was quite juicy which made me wonder why I’ve never seen any Ugli juice on shelves. That’d be a big marketing challenge I’m sure! According the my reliable source, the internet, Ugli fruit was created by hybridizing grapefruit, orange and tangerine.

Brilliant! It may be an ugly duckling but sure is tasty!

See, all of these foods are 100% vegetarian, vegan, delicious, fun and new (to me at least!!) You’ll never know until you try it, but I highly recommend turning your grocery store trips into mini-adventures and picking out a new item to try!
Are you a picky eater? What new food will you try this week??

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Elizabeth is a recent graduate of Boston University’s nutritional science program. She will begin her dietetic internship-the last step before becoming a full-fledged RD-in July. She loves hot yoga, running, kale, craft beer, peanut butter, adventure and laughter. She writes a healthy lifestyle blog Don’t White Sugar-Coat It, and a body image blog called Guiltless. With only a minor addiction to twitter, she loves using social media as a form of nutrition communication. She wishes she was vacationing with Janel right now, but will give the newlyweds their space, and is thankful for the chance to write for this fabulous blog!

3 Comments

  1. Posted June 17, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, but over the past year or so I’ve been gravitating to a more plant-based diet, and I have to agree with you. I get so much more excited over the possibilities of a meat-free meal than I do with any animal protein dish I could ever dream up. I don’t know that I’ll ever go full-fledged veg, but I’m loving incorporating it into my diet more!

  2. Amy
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    My husband and I recently signed up for a home delivery service called South Shore Organics. Each week, we get a box full of fruits and veggies. We have been having fun trying new things and finding new recipes!

  3. Janel
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I used to do something similar called Boston Organics. I loved being surprised by the produce that came every week!

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