Food, Glorious Protein-Packed Food!

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Food, Glorious Protein-Packed Food!

Food is one the best things I get the privilege of reviewing. Seriously, nothing makes me happier than waking up to an email from a local food purveyor's PR company.

"Lynda, we would love for you to try X. X is made and sourced locally, has won awards, and is a growing brand. We would love to send you some samples for review."

Now, I don't always say Yes.

I say no, in general, to most juices, protein powders, workout supplements disguised as food, and bars. They tend to be rehashes of one another.

I say Yes to locally crafted foods, and to random things that interest me.

This week, I bring you three Yesses - charcuterie from NYC's Les Trois Petits Cochons, Greek-style yogurt from Southampton's Nounos Creamery, and protein snack chips from Ips Snacks.

Les Trois Petits Cochons

Hubby used to be a classically trained chef, and in our house we eat a lot of charcuterie. Smoked duck breast on salad, a nice paté on good bread (I save my gluten for these moments), a good sausage with mustard and cornichons. Yum!

Les Trois Petits Cochons sent us four items in a cold box - Paté forestier, Saucisson sec aux herbes de provence, Smoked duck breast, and Terrine des Trois Rois.

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The folks at The Three Little Pigs make some of the best charcuterie we have ever had.

We had the paté, sausage, and terrine on a tray with sliced bread, course mustard, and cornichons. They were all perfectly rendered, with great textures and flavors. So good! And the smoked duck breast? It was simply wonderful.

Seriously, their smoked duck breast is perfect - not overpoweringly salty and not dry. And the breast even included the tender! We had it on a salad of romaine, good tomatoes, mini cucumbers, and hearts of palm with a light ginger soy dressing. Fab!

Nounos Creamery

On Friday, Nounos Creamery dropped off a mixed case of their decadent and wonderful Greek-style yogurt. I received 12 jars of the best Nounos flavors - Apple Pie á la Mode, Fig and Orange, Strawberries and Cream, Vanilla Bean....

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Nounos yogurt is just so good. Thick and creamy, intensely flavored without a lot of sugar, and satisfying. It is my favorite yogurt!

Ips Chips

I don't know about you, but I sometimes crave salty, crispy chips. Potato chips are yummy but deep fried, and the baked versions are not as satisfying. I also love pretzels, and while Snyders does a decent gluten-free pretzel, they are just pure carbs and salt.

Ips Chips are different. These are a corn-based chip with added whey protein. I received Sea Salt & Black Pepper Chips, Barbecue Chips, and Cheddar Cheese Chips.

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The flavor and texture are great, even with significant protein! Even hubby, who loves junky snack food, loved these.

The only thing I noticed after eating them for a few days was that I started to notice the chalky texture of the protein. In normal life, I probably wouldn't try all the flavors so quickly, so I doubt that would be a regular issue.

Enjoy!