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- I travel every six weeks between New York City and Tel Aviv, Israel.
- I’ve found there are several foods that are common in the United States that you can hardly find in Israel, including breakfast pastries, blueberries, and some popular organic brands.
- Here are the food products I miss the most while I’m outside the US.
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Americans’ access to Amazon, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s means we take many, many, many things for granted.
That’s something I only came to truly appreciate once I started living between New York and Tel Aviv. I’ve been traveling back and forth between the US and Israel every six weeks for the past four years, and over that time, I’ve come to miss certain foods I can only seem to find in America.
Israel is a seasonal and mostly local country when it comes to food. You don’t have strawberries in the summer, you don’t have peaches in the winter, and you have blueberries … never. If it’s not in season, you are not getting it.
Import taxes are astronomical, too, which means that you don’t get all the packaged goods many Americans can’t live without, like breakfast pastries, cookie dough, and some popular organic brands.
Here’s a look at the food products I miss the most when I’m away from the US.
A childhood favorite, Eggo Waffles make for a practical, versatile, and quick breakfast option. I love that they can go the savory or the sweet route and the fact that they take less than two-minutes to prepare make them a convenient option for early mornings.
While Americans have dozens of options — from mini, to Nutri-Grain, to confetti — Israelis won’t even find the classic, homestyle frozen boxes.
Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
In the four years I’ve been in Israel I can count on one hand the times I’ve seen fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries (and one of those was at my wedding). And when you do see them, they’re cost-prohibitively expensive.
As a long-time devotee of Tanya Zuckerbrot and her F-Factor diet, I have come to rely on GG crackers to ensure I reach my daily fiber intake. Fiber – the indigestible part of a carb – keeps you feeling fuller, longer.
I have yet to find a cracker with as much fiber and as few net carbs as the Norwegian brand, which is why I load my suitcase with them whenever I travel outside of the US.
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