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17 Extraordinary Foods to Try this Year

This is a sponsored post sharing extraordinary foods to try this year. Which means that I have been compensated with products featured and/or payment in exchange for featuring these products in this post. All opinions are my own. 

When filling your grocery cart with the same old boring foods, you may hesitate to switch it up.

This year, resist the urge to get stuck in a food rut and fill your cart with these 17 Extraordinary Foods that you may not have even heard of.

Mel's Gluten Free Cookie Mix.

Going gluten-free can be difficult at first and definitely overwhelming. That is especially true if you looking for delicious desserts to enjoy unless you try out the delicious Meli’s Monster Cookies.

I was told that they are the BEST tasting gluten-free cookie on the market and I can honestly say that I agree.

The choco-lot cookies are a perfect combination of flavors like peanut butter, chocolate, and a delicious texture that makes these extra chewy cookies one of my new favorite foods!

MCT Oil.

MCT Oil –  A lot of health-conscious people have been using MCT Oil for its weight loss and its mood-boosting capabilities for quite a while.

It’s an odorless and flavorless oil that occurs naturally in coconut oil as well as some other foods. MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides which is Medium Chain Fatty Acids.

It has the ability to stabilize blood sugar, improve cognitive function and even improve your mood.

My favorite way to add MCT Oil into my diet is with this Bulletproof Coffee Recipe. 

Garden lites.

Getting kids and even some adults to eat anything with a vegetable or fruit in it can be difficult.

My husband won’t even let me add a little zucchini to his spaghetti, and my daughter barely eats the spaghetti so getting healthy food into my family has been difficult.

That was until I discovered Garden Lites.

With lots of different options to choose from, you are sure to find something your picky unhealthy eater will love that is actually good for them for once.

macadamia nut milk.

A lot of us have tried almond milk, you can even make your own with this recipe, but most of us have never even heard of macadamia milk.

That has to change! Thanks to Milkadamia I now have a new favorite milk to add to my recipes. It tastes great in my coffee and is delicious all by itself. Macadamia nuts have lots of health benefits and taking them in through a quick drink is a fast way to add them to your diet this year.

I am excited to create all of my favorite ice cream recipes using macadamia milk now and can not wait to report the results back to you!

Stay tuned for those recipes, you will not want to miss them!


There is a reason that Tea has become more popular recently, there are so many health benefits that come with all of the different varieties of teas.

My two new favorites come from Swanson and they are 100% Certified Organic Chamomile Tea and Green Tea.

Both of these teas have lots of benefits and should be added to your diet right away. Chamomile Tea is most known for its sleep-promoting qualities as well as its ability to reduce stress.

Green tea is most known for its amazing ability to stabilize blood sugar as well as being high in antioxidants which we could all use a little more of in our diets it seems.

Sparkling Ice.

Most people are not consuming enough water and the most common excuse I hear is that water is boring!

After trying Sparkling ICE, I can no longer take that as a reasonable excuse because you now have a large selection of flavors to choose from and these drinks are anything but bland.

Hydrate your body with this zero calorie beverage that is also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.


Fermented Foods have so many benefits for your gut health but a lot of people are hesitant to take the dive into fermented foods.

Add a little to your next meal to reap the benefits of fermented food and enjoy the flavor of BAO.


Adding more protein to your diet can be difficult when you are at work all day and then come home to more work at the end of the day.

Usually adding in a little extra meat would require lots of work but now you can grab Artisanal Skinny Salamis for a quick and easy flavorful way to increase your protein during snack time.

Skinny Salamis come in lots of flavors, sealed in an easy to bring with you package.

Increasing your protein intake has never been easier!

cacao nibs.

If you enjoy desserts but want to make some healthier options this year, don’t worry. Swanson has you covered!

Pick up their Organic Cacao Nibs and their 100% Certified Organic Cocoa Powder Unsweetened for a healthy base to so many delicious dessert recipes, like these Guilt-Free Brownies.

Adding the flavor-packed Cacao Nibs to your trail mix or just popping some as a snack when that chocolate craving hits, is the perfect way to avoid overindulging.

For all of your baking needs be sure to check out Swanson to ensure you are receiving the highest quality ingredients which always result in the best tasting recipes!


Remember how excited Oprah got when she found out she could eat bread on Weight Watchers? Well, that is how I feel about Explore Cuisine.

Instead of fumbling with a spiralizer and peeling what seems like an endless pile of vegetables, I can now grab a box of organic chickpea spaghetti, organic black bean spaghetti, or organic edamame out of my cabinet and still have dinner done in under 20 minutes.

Simple and delicious. Perfect for the busy yet health-conscious mom who wants to slip in some healthy food without giving up her entire evening to prepare it.

soupman packages.

I have always been easily influenced by television shows when it comes to food. If Jerry Seinfeld is eating a bowl of cereal or Elaine is ordering a big salad, I start to crave it immediately.

So you could imagine my cravings when watching the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld, I wanted some soup!

Well, now I can enjoy Original Soupman soups while watching one of the most talked about episodes of the show. They have so many delicious flavors like Chicken Noodle, Crab & Corn Chowder, and Shrimp Bisque, you are sure to find your favorite and maybe even a new favorite when you try the whole line of soups.


Another thing that influences the foods is how they are presented.

I love to serve my favorite recipes in Calamityware bowls because they are not only nice to look at but they feel great too.

These bowls are the perfect way to serve up a snack, cereal, or snack.

Check out my Instagram and give me a follow so you can stay up to date with all of my favorites.

olive snack.

Another big change I am making this year is snacking healthier.

Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, grab some Gaea Olive Snack Packs  or Veggie Snacks to control your cravings the right way.

Perfectly portioned and packaged for an easy snack option anytime.

mochi ice cream.

Another important thing to keep in mind for those of us trying to shed a few pounds is Portion Control.

I could easily eat My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream endlessly, all day long but these ice creams are wrapped in a sweet and delicious soft dough that makes them the perfectly pleasing portion of dessert, without overindulging.

My entire family enjoyed these and we all agreed that we have never had anything quite it and can not wait to pick up more!

wildflower honey.

When creating recipes for the Paleo Diet or Specific Carbohydrate Diet it can be hard to find the right honey that is not going to ruin all of your progress.

Thankfully Swanson has a Certified Organic Raw Wildflower Honey that is perfect for baking or adding a squirt to your tea.

Grade A, Raw, USDA Organic Certified Honey that tastes great and offers lots of benefits by adding it to your diet this year!

seed butter.

Last but not least, 100% Organic Sunflower Seed Butter is a great addition to your diet this year because it is not only delicious but it’s packed with more unsaturated fat, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamin E than peanut butter.

Try some of your favorite recipes that traditionally use peanut butter like these Cacao Peanut Butter Cake Bars and replace them with sunflower seed butter.

extraordinary foods to try.

Have you tried any of these extraordinary foods yet?

About Thirty Something Super Mom

Melissa Dixon Thirty Something Super Mom
Thirty Something Super Mom | Website

My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.

Amber K

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

Holy cow, there's a lot of options here! I'm excited to try so many of these, especially the sunflower seed butter. That looks interesting for sure.


Wednesday 31st of January 2018

We've only tried Garden Lites which was perfect for our picky eater....he loved it. Will have to check the rest. Thanks for the list.


Wednesday 31st of January 2018

My kids would love to try everything is sweet, like cookies, ice cream, muffins etc.. I would like to try Makadamia Milk. I am very curious about it!

Cyn Gagen

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Ohhh lots of great options I've not heard of before. That MyMo ice cream is one I'd really like to try first.


Tuesday 30th of January 2018

I like what you've chosen. There are some I've already tried and some on my list to try.

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