Health nuts can get their fizz on...with better for you versions of carbonated drinks-plus some unusual drink additions that are interesting.
|Reed's Inc Virgil's 12 oz canned sodas are a new addition to the company's familiar glass bottles of Ginger beer. Zero sugar however-bonus for calorie watchers---these tasty sodas are made with stevia. We tried the root beer-it was authentically terrific-ice cold. Non-GMO, NO preservatives, gluten, aspartame or Sucralose. Comes in glass bottles too-what we prefer, actually. Widely available-in five flavors.|
|AFRI Cola hails from Germany...and probably could be endurance racers' BFF-with its caffeine levels that out jolts, JOLT-but has less than energy drinks like Red Bull Monster... Made with real deal sugar and available in glass bottles. If only ... apparently this sip is available here again---in about 1000 retailers.|
|DRY SODA-USDA Organic, NON-GMO-natural flavors of carbonated sodas are now available with zero sugar in four bold flavors, sweetened with stevia. Refreshing- the one we tried-Mountain Berry-ia as yummy enjoyable sparkling beverage as any we've tried. In Mountain Berry. Island Fruit, Cola, and Peach Tea. Gluten free and Kosher too.|
|B4 is a carbonated drink beefed up big time-with vitamins Bs , Niacin, Zinc-and a proprietary blend of other wanted supplements-electrolytes, minerals +anti-oxidants- we see on the ingredient list in typical protein powders. (see the picture below). B4 is-sweetened with sucralose-no caffeine- -with 40 calories a can and is targeting those who will over-indulge in booze (B4 - get it?)-and /or as helpful for those hangovers. From Sunshine Supplements in Florida. $4.99 a can-it's available in liquor stores and regular one's depending on the state...we had an entire discussion with the brand rep about this.|
|the incubator 'alley' at the Fancy Food Show-got loads of buzz...which is where we saw Bauman's Best Botanicals. FYI-Shrub is a drinking vinegar hailing from colonial days as a way to keep fresh drinking water fresh. This company makes shrubs in five flavors...to add to recipes, cocktails or to swig on it's own-like apple cider vinegar. Available online-and in Boston area markets, for now. Kudos to nice labels/bottling. $10|
|we read this drink is developed by Shunsuke Ishida-as we got there at the end of the show...and the exhibit area was devoid of humans.|
AND Super Bowls...
There were so many prepared meals...(just heat kind, add water and 'nuke, freezer only, shelf stable-beyond soup/pasta mixes of 'yore...etc) for snacking, and meals- it was overwhelming.
Bottom line -expect your local grocery store to clear shelf space-cold or not-for a slew of these less densely ingredient(ed) 21st century Hungry Man 'TV Dinners."