by Toby Amidor in Taste Test, May 2, 2015
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Taste Test, May 1, 2015
With any delicious dip, you must have a tasty chip. In the past several years, an influx of tortilla chip alternatives has hit market shelves. These chips are made with a variety of healthy ingredients and are pretty darn tasty. Here are seven you must try. Read more
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Taste Test, April 8, 2015
Hummus — the Middle Eastern spread that blends chickpeas, lemon, oil (for some), garlic, tahini and salt — is as versatile as it is healthy. It can be the perfect party food, a quick afterschool snack or a preamble to dinner with friends. It’s great as a dip, or used as a complement to veggie kebabs or grilled fish, as part of a mezze plate or as a topper on a club sandwich. Making Ina Garten’s hummus from scratch will definitely impress, but when in a pinch there are many great ready-to-eat options on the market. Not sure which one to pick? Here are the results from our blind taste test. Read more
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Grocery Shopping, March 21, 2015
PB&J has gotten an adult makeover. These days, peanut butters are being crowded off the supermarket shelves by almond butters. They’re a great alternative for those with peanut allergies. Aside from being lower in saturated fats than most other nut butters, almond butter has nutrients like magnesium and potassium, and provides more calcium, iron and vitamin E. If that doesn’t make you a convert, maybe the fact that almond butter is also ridiculously delicious will.
We tasted five brands, judging them on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the best) for taste, texture and value, to help you make an informed decision the next time you’re standing in the grocery aisle. Watch out for added sugars: Each of these brands has between one and four grams of sugar per serving (two tablespoons is standard), making them good choices for your spread. Read more
by Leah Brickley in Taste Test, March 17, 2015
We’ve all gotten the memo: Bring a reusable bag for grocery shopping whenever you can, and choose paper over plastic when you can’t. But what other things can you do to make the least amount of impact on the environment when you’re shopping for groceries? Here are a few, along with some added incentives to adopt the reusable-bag habit. Read more
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Food News, Grocery Shopping, Trends, February 14, 2015
The hydration bar has been raised. With a whole host of new plant-based drinks (even ones from trees!) flooding the marketplace, it’s never been more exciting to quench your thirst. We taste-tested a few of the new beverages in our test kitchen so you can pick your favorites.
Harmless Harvest: 100% Raw Coconut Water
What they say: This coconut drink is organically grown in Thailand, where the brand employs locals to do the harvesting and processing. Pressure-treated and never heated, each bottle has its own unique flavor.
Stats: 56 calories and a hefty 514 milligrams of potassium per single 8-ounce serving
What we thought: This water is what we’ve always wanted in a fruit-spiked product. With both floral and pleasant vegetal notes (someone mentioned toasted pumpkin seeds), the super-refreshing drink was a hit with staffers. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, Have You Tried, February 8, 2015
Maybe you haven’t seen bottles of it at major grocery chains just yet, but whey beverages are on the way. Where is all this whey coming from? Gallons of liquid are separated from milk solids during yogurt production. That’s what actually gives Greek yogurt its nice, thick consistency; much of the liquid has been removed from straining. This byproduct is called whey. There’s so much whey, in fact, that yogurt producers have the liquid carted away by the truckload. Modern Farmer reports dairy facilities in the Northeast hauled 150 million gallons of whey away in 2012. But as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Grocery Shopping, Have You Tried, February 7, 2015
Is eating healthier on your list of New Year’s resolutions? These six foods are on this year’s must-try list because they pack a nutritional punch. Dig into these better-for-you foods and make your 2015 resolution a reality. Read more
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Grocery Shopping, January 25, 2015
Looks like Tuscan kale, tastes sweet like sugar snap peas, and offers 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and calcium per serving. What is this miracle food? It’s broccoli leaves. No, not those little delicate fronds that you find on the crowns of broccoli (though those, too, are edible); these larger leaves grow around the stalk of the broccoli plant. Farmers previously used them just for cultivating the soil, but now they are being recognized for their nutritional power. Read more
by Alia Akkam in Grocery Shopping, January 22, 2015
Who wants to eat a bland sandwich? Not us. That’s why we love condiments. They just make everything better, but you might want to take a look at what you’re slathering on your bread before you start stacking your next sandwich. Standard spreads like ketchup, mayo and “special” sauce include unnecessary ingredients and additives, and generally hike up your calorie intake. Next time you’re putting together the star of your brown bag or weekend lunch table, reach for one of these new wholesome toppers (on one of our sensational sandwiches).
The brown-bag lunch of yore, complete with turkey on whole wheat and an obligatory apple, has thankfully gotten a more sophisticated facelift. Today’s kids are no longer rewarded for eating soggy sandwiches (those are fast becoming obsolete in a world of lunchboxes stuffed with free-range chicken salads and tabbouleh) with a sugar-high-inducing chocolate chip cookie. Instead, they can be fueled by wholesome, good-for-you snacks. Here are five tasty alternatives.