Feb. 8: University closed due to snow. SCORE! Yes... I did just run around the living room in my underwear screaming "I've got no school today" and yes my dad looked at me like I'm crazy!
I think like most food/ fitness bloggers out there I'm a bit crazy when it comes to trying new things. Might be a bit of an addiction that leads me to having very strange food items all over the house. My grandparents were cleaning out one of the cabinets and I remembered that I hid some goodies in there :P There were some Mayacoba Beans left, some of my Himalayan Red Rice, rice noodles, egg noodles, sweet potato noodles, and Mung Bean Noodles. Yup... mung bean noodles... I bought them with my mom at a Chinese Food Store about a year ago and completely forgot about it...
Mung Bean Noodles are sometimes referred to as Cellophane Noodles and are clear in colour. They are kind of like tofu in the sense that they are tasteless but can easily absorb flavours from other foods. Although you might think that mung bean noodles would be high in protein, they're not. Basically, they're made out of the starch of mung beans and hence are pure carbs. They barely have any vitamins, fat, or protein. However, they are very low calorie and would be great for people who are watching their weight.
Cooking these little guys consists of boiling some water and pouring it over the noodles. Keep the noodles in that hot water for 15 minutes and they'll be done. Easy peasy...As you would expect they go with everything that is very high on in flavour and is saucy. I've tried pouring my grandma's vegetable ragu all over them and it was pretty good. Also, I've put split pea soup all over them which wasn't so great :P Too bad I ate all of my mung bean noodles but I can imagine them being great in this recipe instead of regular noodles.
Some other cool things I've tried over the past month have been different milks. Let me tell you, I'm in love with quinoa & oat milk by Vitasoy. I've tried the plain kind and the fortified kind with vanilla flavour. Vanilla was my fav of course, but I still wish they made the chocolate variety :P Nutrient wise it's 130 calories per cup and about 4g of protein. That aside I thought it was delicious and rich. I wouldn't recommend it for tea and coffee but do drink it the way it is. Also, make sure to shake it very well because there's a lot of solid that settles on the bottom.
Another new product I've found at Whole Foods is Almond Breeze Coconut Almond Milk. Personally, I'm not a fan of almond milk. It's bland in my opinion... When you add coconut though it's a completely different story. It's creamy, delicious and is excellent for tea and coffee. Nutrition wise it's pretty low in calories (about 65 calories per cup) and void of nutrients apart from the fortification. Again, great if you're watching your weight.
What cool new things have you tried lately?