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USA Food Finds
By Coach Courtney, RD www.vitalitynutrition.ca
I love grocery shopping. I know, it's strange! I enjoy wandering the aisles searching for healthy new products or ingredients. I also find food to be an interesting way to connect with the culture in a new country. Obviously the food culture in the USA is similar to Canada, but there are still many unique products I like to get my hands on when traveling to the USA.
Rx Bars are not my favorite bar of all time - but they certainly have a great ingredient list are still pretty tasty. They are dense in calories per serving as they are made with higher calorie ingredients like dates and nuts! They are easy to find at any grocery store, gas station, or Starbucks!
Mini-packets of Justin's Almond Butter are perfect to keep on hand. Spread them on fruit for a delicious and portable snack. Sometimes you can ind the mini-packets at Winners in Canada!
I discovered Yum Butter last year when I was in Madison, Wisconsin for the CrossFit Games. Yum Butter is sold in a tube with an easy twist on cap. Squeeze it on fruit, protein bars, or directly into your mouth! You can find Yum Butter at Target.
La Croix makes sparkling waters in a variety of flavors (similar to Perrier). My favorite is the coconut flavor! Although you can findLa Croix at Safeway and London Drugs, they don't offer as many flavors as found in the USA.
I am not advocating for energy drinks, but if you do find yourself super tired throughout your travels (and enjoy a sugar-free energy drink now and then) you will love the brand Bang. Some of their products are supplemented with added BCAA and/or creatine.
I am not someone who consumes yogurt on the daily, but when I travel to the USA I love picking up a couple of containers of Siggi's Skyr Yogurt. Skyr is an Icelandic-style protein that is high in protein and typically low in added sugars. Their vanilla flavor has far less sugar than most other flavored Greek yogurts on the market.
Although I have yet to try them, I am intrigued by the brand Kite Hill and their almond based yogurts and cheeses.
If you enjoy Kodiak Cakes you may appreciate the ready-to-make muffin cups and frozen waffles and flapjacks found at Target. Quite honestly, they are not my favorite but I know a few people who love them!
Low-calorie, higher protein ice creams are all the rage in the USA. Find brands like Halo Top, Enlightened, Arctic Zero, and more. Even the store-brands will offer a version of low-calorie ice creams in single serving pints!
High-fibre, low carb wraps (like Flat Out) are a staple for me when I travel. I like to buy ingredients to prepare homemade wraps for a quick lunch as I explore the city.
I picked up the Everything But the Bagel Spice from Trader's Joe's and it did not disappoint. I have been sprinkling it into my scrambled eggs in the morning!
I don't typically opt for hummus, but the White Bean and Basil Hummus from Trader Joe's is worth picking up!
While you can find Buddha Bowl at Shopper’s Drug Mart and Bulk Barn, there are far more flavors in the USA!
What are your favorite products to pick up in the USA or any country outside of Canada? I would love to know!