Every year, dietitians from the Greater New York Dietitians Association get together to talk food (my kind of meeting!). I got to attend this year’s gathering and sampled several interesting new products — some already on your supermarket shelves. Check out these 5 goodies.
Kardea Gourmet Bars
I’m not a fan of many snack bars, so when I first stopped by this booth, I made my “yuck” face. The Kardea representative saw — poor guy! But once I tasted these bars, I couldn’t believe how yummy they were. I took extras home and snagged a few samples for Dana, too. At 150 calories, the bars contain 7 grams of fiber and are low in saturated fat. They’re also dairy-free and sweetened with agave syrup. I tasted four flavors: cranberry almond, lemon ginger, chai spice and, my favorite, banana nut. Gourmet Bars are sold at Whole Foods, but you can also order them online on the Kardea website.
Smart Balance Milk & Peanut Butter
The creators of the Smart Balance buttery spreads have several new offerings. First, there’s the fat-free milk that tastes like 2% milk (a competitor for Skim Plus — also at the meeting). The Smart Balance milk has added omega-3 fats and is antibiotic- and hormone-free. I also tasted their yummy new peanut butter, sweetened with agave nectar. (There seems to be a lot of love going around for agave nectar these days.)
Bob’s Red Mill: Gluten Free Line
We love giving shout-outs to Bob’s Red Mill, but did you know they have an entire “Gluten Free” line with more than 40 products? Oats, bread mix, brownie mix, pizza crust mix and pancake mix — I grabbed a pamphlet for my celiac-stricken, future sister-in-law. We’ll be baking the brownies and making those pancakes very soon!
Organic Bistro Whole Life Meals
I’m big on eating home-cooked food, but even I know the convenience of frozen meals can be hard to resist. Created with the help of a registered dietitian, Organic Bistro meals are made with lean proteins and contain at least 2 to 3 veggie servings per meal. They range from 320 to 450 calories per meal and are low in sodium. Guess what? They’re also gluten-free!
Adora Chocolate Calcium Supplements
Getting the right amount of calcium in my diet isn’t always easy. Sometimes I need a little extra boost. Rather than force down chalky pills, I found the most delicious chocolate calcium supplements. I’ve seen these coin-shaped supplements in previous shows, but this time they appeared in my goody bag. Adora supplements come in both dark and milk chocolate and can be found in specialty markets such as Whole Foods (or you can order them online).