Try or Deny: Mother's Day Edition
When it comes to advice, Grandma knows best.
We take a look at three food trends and let our panel of grandmas give them a taste test. Will they approve? It's another round of Try or Deny. This time: Mother's Day Edition!
First we had our grandma panel try healthy acai bowls. Acai is a dark purple berry indigenous to South America, and its "superfruit" status, from its high nutrient and antioxidant content, has skyrocketed it to the top of the trend chain. It can be found in the freezer section of the grocery store in pureed packets. The acai bowls are filled with the berry puree and topped with delicious fresh fruits, nuts and seeds, to be enjoyed as a nutritious breakfast or snack.
So, what does it taste like? We think of it as a vibrant cross between a blackberry and a raspberry. And, our panel of grandmas really liked it! They were pleased with the sweet and fruity flavor.
Next they tried packaged roasted seaweed snacks. These are traditionally called by their Japanese name, nori, and are made from edible red algae. (You might also hear them referred to as seaweed paper.) Nori is traditionally used to roll sushi and other Japanese dishes, but eating it on its own as a snack is the latest trend. Roasted seaweed is low in calories, so it can satisfy that salty, crunchy craving with less cost to the diet than potato chips or pretzels. They're also a good healthy source of vitamins and minerals.
So what did the ladies think? Two grandmas didn't like the snacks, but one grandma really enjoyed the lightly salted flavor as well as the crispy texture. She also loved the idea that it's a food that comes straight from the sea.
Milk from Yellow Peas
Our final food follows the alternative milk trend. Grandma always says eat your peas—but how about drinking them? We had our panel of grandmas try pea milk. It is made from yellow peas and is a dairy-free alternative to cow's milk. It's a good option if you're lactose intolerant, as it's packed with protein and has more calcium than many other alternative milk options. You can find pea milk sweetened, unsweetened or flavored with vanilla or chocolate.
Once again, two out of three grandmas voted it as a "deny"—and one really enjoyed the flavor. One grandma thought that the milk alterative didn't taste like much. But our dissenting grandma really loved the thick and creamy texture. She said it tasted healthy, and seemed like it would be good to drink when you're feeling sick. So, will you take the advice of our distinguished panel of grandmothers? Try or deny each one for yourself.