Even a casual shopper can't help but notice the gobs of drinkable/eatable, Greek and regular, yogurt style products in the diary or natural foods section of most retail food outlets...even notching up more fridge shelf space than sodas-at a few local, grab and go spots.
DRINK IT UP
Some new offerings in that category... noticeably with less artificial sweeteners=plenty of protein, in a category with no signs of slowing down...
|Form Stonyfield-one of the earliest USDA organic yogurt mass marketed brands...3 OP protein smoothies- with 15 grams of protein, 5 active yogurt cultures-non-GMO, NO hormones, NO pesticides, and gluten free|
|Blue Isle Yogurt Drinks -4 flavors -joins convenient chip dip ready- Blue Isles yogurt spreads (they don't not have the MSG like another competitor)...all distributed by a second generation owned central Ca. company Karoun Dairies .|
|COACH FARMS-is one of the earliest local NY purveyors of delicious goat cheese---an outgrowth of the blossoming of American cuisine...back in the 80s-when USA palates really woke up to the wonders of tangy cheeses from home grown sources. Yo-Goat® Cultured Goat Milk...in Blueberry-is loaded with probiotics -made from from French Alpine goats-on a Hudson Valley farm. ...plus delivers calcium/protein-a perfect post workout...easy to digest. No additives..either....and so much easier than a whirling up a protein drink!|
|BONUS POINTS--made from milk from cows not treated with rBST.. the creamy new SIMPLY 100 cups (we tried the Mango Passion Fruit-tastes authentic because actually has the mango fruit puree and passion fruit juice in the ingredients) are delicious...and thickly satisfying! Snack size-hits the spot.|
|-We are enthusiastic Peanut Butter& Co. Powdered users- protein loaded, easy to travel with (we devour our own eats before triathlon competitions -all that training-not risking food poisoning before the big day!!!), high protein (5-6 grams serving, depending on 4 flavors), low calorie powdered peanut butter -it has a creamy/slightly gritty texture-so stir it well- the mix a 2-1 ratio -powder/water ratio-our serving size tends to be four tbsp powder with 2 tbsp water...still half the calories of regular PB.|
|Peanut Butter & Co. powdered peanut butter-has 85% less fat calories than 'regular' peanut butter- it's the peanuts with the fat oils pressed out...new to us-the Flax+Chia -has a 'real' nutty flavor...good for smoothies, sprinkle over oatmeal or air popped popcorn...or spread on something with fruit jam on top.|
Chi chi chi...Chia Bars are popular these days...and Health Warrior's chewy gluten free, dairy free and nut free -high in Omega 3s and fiber Protein bars were a big hit when introduced recently. Now available in bunch of of authentically tasty flavors...
|smaller Chia Bars-white chia seeds.nice chewy crunchy texture...has organic cashew butter and almonds -lends flavors/feel|
NAVITAS Naturals-aka "The Superfood Company" has an entire MO to source other countries' kind of traditional powerhouse nutrient dense foods...and package it tasty well for the USA market-organic non-GMO and minimally processed.
..including protein packed, Omega fatty acids, vitamins, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium blessed cashews (Navitas version is flavored with maca- a Peruvian root-a taste+ hint of maple syrup. IMO cashews will be the next 'it' nut-and requires less water to grow than almonds.
What we tried and loved...the Chia Rosemary Pepitas (warning-eating an entire bag msrp $5.99- is not too hard-4 servings per at 170 calories/serving)...the crunchy pumpkin seeds-are nutrient dense-with similar attributes as other tree nuts and lotsa unsaturated fat Omega3...and is flavored with rosemary+garlic--- the right balance too...!
EATING YOUR DAILY INTAKE OF VEGETABLES -and fruits-...has never been so fun
|RUBY ROCKET'S makes eating fruit and veggies as delectable as eating...a popsicle. Naturally low in calories-no artificial stuff-but NICE-sweet too-the delicious cool treats come in many flavors, are non-GMO certified gluten+dairy free..even the names are whimsically smart.|
|tried-Meteorite Mango-and since we are not big juicer smoothie types-we like this better cooling option ...and Ruby Rocket's actually have-in this flavor- organic butternut squash and sweet potato---it's the pineapple+passion fruit juice, mango fruit puree and Monk fruit extract that gives it the sweetness. Each Meteorite Mango pop has only 30 calories and delivers 20% recommended Vitamin A and some Vitamin C and iron. Terrific products -widely available including our local Westside Market :-)|
|LOVE BEETS---we gushed about their juice...well these chewy bars are absolutely terrific-we are bummed we only took one sample to try. Kid friendly the Beet+Apple bar has the mouth melting chewy crunchy texture of any snack bar with fruit pastes- dried fruits-sunflowers/pumpkin seeds in the ingredients-but amazingly these moist bars have 2 beets per bar-and are slightly sweet so adult friendly too. Protein, fiber and all the beneficial -muscle recovery benefits of beet juice (the first ingredient listed is beet juice concentrate). 170 calories-7 grams of protein and 10% iron-8 grams of dietary fiber -and magnesium, selenium, manganese, folate and potassium-great combo in one easy to eat bar- for post workout treat.|
We had no idea what to expect-but YOU LOVE Veggies (and the You Love Fruit )-are really FUN to eat-both are heart shaped chewy moist leathers- and inside the bag-are stuck on strips like those dot candies - rolled fruits.
|YOU LOVE VEGGIES-50 calories per serving-2 servings per bag-has Vitamin A and C...and some dietary fiber...tastes great too-organic apple pulp and organic beet puree and juice---with hint of organic coconut and organic cinnamon.|
|Philippine Brands...takes out the added sugars and sulfites in chewy Dried Mangoes. We wish all dried fruit offerings from this company and everyone else- followed suit! Sweet moist texture-did not have the gritty of some 'natural'dried fruits-but has the same good for you fiber and vitamin C. Widely available.|
|What's the deal with KALE...particularly dried kale? It took just one bite of Pacific Northwest Organic Kale Chips---(several flavors available-including the devoured fast-Olive Oil and Salt)- and we finally got it. Pretty close to the perfect if you need a crunchy chip...but Kale Chips like this...are lower in calories (124/serving), have protein (5 grams), dietary fiber, loads of Vitamin K and C...and other vitamins+iron.|
|Pacific NorthWest Organic Kale Chips...locally sourced kale...USDA organic...with added organic cashews, organic nutritional yeast, organic olives, organic olive oil and sea salt-plus recyclable packaging from Certified B Corporation. Organic, vegan, raw, gluten free and fantastic. Bunch of different flavors|
|SPORTS BEANS by JELLY BEANS- a 7th generation family owned biz with over 100(!!!) flavors...has three sporty offering-sports energizing, extreme energizing with electrolytes (sodium+potassium) and vitamin B+Cs and Sports Bean protein recovery chips-with 10 grams protein from whey+pea protein/serving and Vitamins B+D and calcium.|
Pirate's Booty was a category revolution-izer for popcorn for the masses---but since we can air pop popcorn fairly easy-it's these Carrot Snacks that are like on our speed dial. Reminds us of- the indulgent but weirdly leaves an orange tint on fingers- Cheese Doodles-but these airy puffs are clearly better- these featherweight crunchy, very slightly salty snacks are a revelation...baked so not greasy, gluten free, non-GMO, no trans fat, and no artificial colors or flavors or preservatives...
|CARROT SNACKS...Vitamin A (20%) per serving-plus some calcium, iron and vitamin c...130 calories/serving|
|the 411-Pirate's Booty Carrot Snacks... a snack like crunch that is great..made from real cornmeal and dried carrots $3.19|
|another airy puff on the snack scene BEANITOS puffs -The Original Bean Snacks™-have 3 flavors of these crispy fun bites-4 grams of dietary fiber+protein 6 grams/serving-from whole navy beans at its first ingredient!!! (really-and bonus they're low glycemic and naturally gluten-free) and long grain rice-transformed into this fab eats...a revelation ---|
|picture ©Katy Winn...at the Epsy's-Tracy Austin...bet she eats well|
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