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Five New-to-Me Healthy Food Options

Today, with the weather being cooler, and somewhat dreary, is a good day for our blogging topic:

List your 5 new-to-you healthy food options

I tend to go for more comfort food when the weather is cooler – so today’s topic is a great reminder to me that there are many many HEALTHY options available to me if I just look around.

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The first food that I’m going to share with you was discovered by my kids and my husband at WalMart!  There was a big display right by the front entrance (you know where they usually keep junk) and the bright colours, and smiling fruit of the Buddy Fruits grabbed my kids attention:

Great healthy lunch treat for kids!

The kids LOVED them and thankfully hubby bought enough for their lunches too. These are not only yummy – but they’re healthy too – check out the back of them:

No preservatives
No colourings
No additives
No fat
No water added
No gluten
Nothing artificial
50 calories

The ingredients are fruit, fruit and more fruit. NOTHING else! I also like that there’s no mess to clean up (unlike the fruit cups we’ve been sending to school in their lunches):

Have you ever watched a 4 yr old try to open a fruit cup?

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The next item was sent to me to review.  These are Vega Energizing Smoothies.  They’re  a convenient, on-the-go nutrient boost. The Energizing Smoothie gives you the all-natural, plant-based goodness “compete with protein, fiber and Omega-3 “but unlike traditional smoothies, you only need water to shake and go:

Vega Energizing Smoothies

They come in four mouth-watering flavors: mixed tropical fruits, chocolate, vanilla almond and berries (plus an unflavored natural), Energizing Smoothie is so delicious it will make you forget how healthy it is.  I tried mine before my lunch time workouts and particularly liked the chocolate flavoured ones.  (Oh  – did I mention these are  completely vegan and were created by a triathlete?!).

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OK – so here’s where I make up with Dole over the messy fruit cups… I found these Dole Live Right Bites at WalMart (we do a lot of grocery shopping there just because it’s convenient):

Dole Live Right Bites

Dole Live Right Bites

These are available in four fabulous flavours: Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites, Cranberry Almond Bites, Peanut Butter Banana bites and Mixed Berry and Almond Bites, but my favourite is the Peanut Butter Banana ones. Unfortunately my co-worker is allergic to banana, and the kids can’t bring products with nuts in it to school, so we eat a lot of these at home.

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These ENERGYbits ® were sent to me by the company to try, and to write a review of if I liked them.  ENERGYbits ® are made from 100% organicallly grown spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients. These algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab. Endorsed by the United Nations as the most nutritious food on earth, spirulina algae has been a favorite of Olympic gold medalists for decades and is a super food in every sense of the word, delivering instant and enduring energy to your brain and body. via

EnergyBits – Made from 100% organicallly grown spirulina algae.

I tried them and liked that they provided a lot of nutrients, but found that they got stuck in my teeth, so I needed a bottle of water to swish them around my mouth. Because these are algae tabs they tasted a bit like seaweed (go figure). That said, there was a definitely more pep in my step during the run that I did after. I love that they come with a convenient container to carry them in your pocket/purse etc. As well, the fact that there are so many nutrients and protein in them, they really help to speed up recovery from hard workouts.

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These are Amber’s favourite cookie.  We were introduced to these by her daycare – every evening when I pick her up she gets a late “treat” because she’s so hungry.  One evening when I picked her up she was eating these  LifeStyle Selections Blueberry Brown Sugar Cookies with Flax:

LifeStyle Blueberry Brown Sugar Cookies with Flax

At first I was a little upset that she was eating chocolate chip cookies, but when I got a closer look I realized those were dehydrated blueberries in them. The ingredient list is great too! I’d tell you more about them, but I enjoyed the box we bought so much that I ate the entire thing, and don’t even have the box anymore 🙂

List your 5 new healthy food ideas


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  • Holly (
    September 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I love your five….I want to try Vega, maybe one day! Here are mine:

  • Lisa Eirene (
    September 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I’m intrigued by the energy bits. How did they taste? Did you notice an energy boost?

  • Steph
    September 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    uh, yea, those buddy fruits are good for adults too! =D

  • cathyo
    September 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    i have a friend who says those fruit buddies are great too. she brings them with her when we golf! here are mine:

  • Anna/Oma
    September 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I could use some energy bits at around 2 p.m. every day especially if it’s slow at work. Your Dad needs them every evening around 9 p.m. LOL

  • Kayla in the City
    September 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I’m a fan of vega as well, I’ve really enjoyed blending the berry flavor into a smoothie

  • Jogging Jawa
    September 21, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Those energy bits do sound interesting! Here are mine (among other things)

  • Chris
    September 22, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Ha yes I have seem many four year olds try to open applesauce, often with hilarious consequences. Here are my five.

  • Oakville personal trainer
    September 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I can honestly say i havent tried any of those. Guess i have some homework to do. Always so many new products coming out that its hard to keep up. I feel like dairy free and gluten free are the fastest rising, what’s your take on this? Thanks