Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ATHLETE FOODS-Packing Protein+Nutricious Nibbles -Fancy Foods Show 2015 Part 2



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.


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 Blueberry-is loaded with probiotics -made from from French Alpine goats-on a Hudson Valley farm. delivers calcium/protein-a perfect post workout...easy to digest. No additives..either....and so much easier than a whirling up a  protein drink!

If there are not-there will be-Harvard Business School White papers hailing the Turkish immigrant - to the USA-massive success person... Hamdi Ulukaya -given the explosive success of his visions= Chobani-a yogurt category changer-let alone a Greek yogurt definer- that's now going to be available to kids in the USDA overseen- Federal School lunch program in public schools- as a protein supplier-sure beats thinking of 'ketchup is a vegetable'-widely tossed about- back in our elementary school days. PROGRESS!

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.
DAIRY FREE-Protein with Pizazz
the 411...we tried-Flax and CHia Seed Powdered Peanut Butter-tastes really good-slightly lighter in color than reg PB fyi-imo on slice of toast with jam-def passes for the 'real' thing

-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-at first-so stir it well- to get the PB consistency you can eat with a spoon... 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 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...
10 grams of plant protein, 2000 mg of Omega 3, fiber loaded, calcium, iron and magnesium in every bar...vegan non-GMO and gluten free...handy way to eat protein as a snack. 190-200 calories---per. Our fav-pictured Lemon Goldenberry-with chia, oats and organic quinoa as first ingredient(s)
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.

. At the Fancy Food show they offered up a bunch of re-sealable snacks, including the new SUPERFOOD+seeds and nuts (... and new flavors of the Power snacks, and Coconut chips)
..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.
Potato chip competition...
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 the Epsy's-Tracy she eats well

Other Fancy Food Show 2015 Posts:
Convenient Eats: Part One