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FAWEN Ready-To-Drink Soup - May 7, 2017

Varieties: Beet & cabbage with cumin, broccoli & cauliflower with turmeric, sweet potato & lentil with cinnamon
Details: $5.99 per 16.9-ounce bottle
Availability: Nationwide and online
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FAWEN Ready-To-Drink Soup, available in three unique flavors Beet & Cabbage with Cumin, Broccoli & Cauliflower with Turmeric and Sweet Potato & Lentil with Cinnamon, are free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners and added sugars. The soup comes in a resealable, recyclable TetraPak for an easy on-the-go snack.

Each 8-ounce serving contains 60 to 100 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 2 to 2.5 grams total), 220 to 360 milligrams sodium and 2 to 4 grams protein. It is a good source of fiber with 3 grams per serving and a good to excellent source of several vitamins and minerals.

Kristine James,  intern at Bite of the Best: I really like these. They are portable, have a unique refreshing taste and are more than 50% percent lower in sodium than other on-the-go soups.

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DrinkMate Carbonation System - April 20, 2017

Details: $92
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Here’s another way to make carbonated drinks — unlike other systems DrinkMate let’s you carbonate many drinks, not just water. It features a patented detachable Fizz Infuser and dual-stage valve system for better control on release of CO2.

The system comes with a starter food-grade CO2 carbonator and BPA-free bottles, fizzing everything from fruit juice, lemonade, tea, wine, and beer to cocktails.

Don Sebastini & Sons 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequilas - April 12, 2017

Varieties: Contigo, El Fumador, El Macho
Details: $32.99 - $49.99 per 750 ml bottle
Availability: Nationwide
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Why not start my dinner parties with a tequila tasting, I thought, as I received a bottle each of Don Sebastini & Sons Contigo, El Fumador and El Macho. The tequilas are made from the fermented juice of the Blue Weber agave plant, grown and bottled in Mexico.

We started by sampling the newest (blanco) and ended at the oldest (añejo). Like a wine tasting, we checked the color and the aroma,  let the liquid coat our tongues before swallowing, and then breathed out.

We found the Contigo (blanco) to be smooth with fruit flavors. The wood-aged El Fumador (resposado) was our least favorit; it burnt the tongue. Everyone liked the citrusy El Macho (añejo) with its very long finish.

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Tonnino Tin Tuna Cans - April 4, 2017

Varieties: Spring water, 100% olive oil
Details: $3.49 per 4.9-ounce can
Availability: Nationwide
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Tonnino tin tuna cans use 100% yellowfin tuna available in spring water and 100% olive oil. Tonnino Tuna is dolphin-safe, contains  lowest levels of mercury and comes in stackable, on-the-go cans.

Each 3-ounce serving contains 90 to 130 calories, 0 to 2 grams saturated fat (of 0.5 to 5 grams total), 214 to 270 milligrams sodium and 20 grams protein. The tuna is a good to excellent source of iron with 11 to 35 percent of the daily recommended intake.

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Tio Gazpacho Maiz and Fresa - March 29, 2017

Varieties: Maiz, fresa
Details: $4.99 per 10-ounce bottle
Availability: Nationwide
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Tio Gazpacho introduced “drinkable soup” in 2014 and recently added two new flavors, Maiz and Fresa, to their core line. Maiz is made with corn, roasted poblano and lime;  Fresa with strawberry, basil and romaine.

Each 10-ounce bottle contains 150 to 160 calories, 0.5 to 1 grams saturated fat (of 5 to 9 grams total), 280 to 590 milligrams sodium and 3-4 grams protein. Fresa is a good source of iron and potassium with 10% of the daily recommended intake.

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Healthee USA Heat-And-Eat Rice Bowls - March 23, 2017

Varieties: Fried style, coconut, chicken, chicken chipotle, spanish style, turmeric
Details: $2.99 per 7.6-ounce bowl
Availability: Nationwide and online
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These organic heat–and-eat brown rice bowls are available in six different flavors: Fried Style, Coconut, Chicken, Chicken Chipotle, Spanish Style and Turmeric and are prepared with GMO-free ingredients.

Each contains 160 to 170 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 1.5 grams total), 80 to 200 milligrams sodium and 3 to 4 grams protein. They are a good to excellent source of fiber with 3 to 5 grams per serving.

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Blount Organic Soups - March 15, 2017

Varieties: Organic vegetarian chili, tomato bisque, coconut lentil soup, ancient grain minestrone soup,savory harvest bisque, broccoli cheddar soup, chicken tortilla soup, chicken noodle
Details: $5.99 per 16-ounce cup
Availability: Nationwide
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Blount Fine Foods introduced eight organic soup varieties available in 16-ounce microwaveable cups and their signature Cool Grip Rim, which makes the cups easy to handle after heating.

Each 16-ounce serving contains 130 to 200 calories, 0 to 7 grams saturated fat (of 1.5 to 10 grams total), 510 to 720 milligrams sodium and 4 to 12 grams protein. Several soups are good to excellent sources of fiber, vitamin A and C, calcium and iron.

- bonnie : From those I tried, I would recommend the organic hearty and flavorful,  fiber (10 grams) and protein rich (12 grams) Coconut Lentil Soup and the nicely flavored high fiber, low fat Vegetarian Chili. 


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Pereg Natural Foods Kaňiwa (Baby Quinoa) - March 2, 2017

Details: $3.57 per 5-ounce box; $5.50 per 16-ounce bag
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Pereg Natural Foods introduced Kaňiwa — AKA baby quinoa — that is dark reddish-brown and half the size of a tiny quinoa seed. It is gluten-free, non-GMO project verified and unlike quinoa does not have a saponin coating that can have a soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly.

Each 1/4 cup serving contains 178 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 21 grams total), 3 milligrams sodium and 7.5 grams protein. It is an excellent source of fiber with 4.9 grams per serving.

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Pepperidge Farm Toasted Marshmallow Milano - February 26, 2017

Details: $3.69 per 7-ounce bag
Availability: Nationwide
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Toasted Marshmallow is the newest addition to the Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie line. They contain with no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Two cookies contain 130 calories, 4 grams saturated fat (of 7 grams total) and 40 milligrams sodium.

- bonnie: The who enjoy dark chocolate Milanos might also like these — as calorie, fat and sugar wise they are quite similar.

 
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Babeth’s Feast Frozen Appetizers - February 25, 2017

Varieties: 59 varieties of appetizers
Details: Price varies depending on the appetizer: Petite Fig and Caramelized Onion Puffs, 12 pieces $15.99; Crispy Asiago Asparagus,15 pieces $14.99
Availability: Nationwide, online
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Babeth’s Feast offers frozen appetizers for you to order for your next gathering. They arrive in a well-insulated carrier to keep them frozen. When you are ready to serve, you just bake and serve.

Babeth’s had many offerings from entrees to desserts; we sampled two of their many appetizers and would recommend both. The flaky puff pastries made with sherry-infused black mission figs, caramelized onion and a creamy goat cheese filling; and their asparagus tips wrapped in light and crispy phyllo pastry, with Asiago cheese for a hint of nutty sharpness.

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Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Muffin & Bread Mix - February 9, 2017

Varieties: Double chocolate, lemon poppyseed, banana
Details: $2.99 per muffin mix
Availability: Nationwide
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Simply Homemade Muffin & Bread Mixes are available in Double Chocolate, Lemon Poppyseed and Banana. These mixes have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Each muffin contains 250 calories, 0 grams saturated fat (of 1 grams total), 230 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: These are a good substitution for homemade when you’re short on time. However, they are slightly high in sodium with 230 milligrams per muffin.

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McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Single Serve Microwavable Cups - February 4, 2017

Varieties: Maple brown sugar, apple cinnamon, vanilla honey, original
Details: $1.99 to $2.29 per 1.9-ounce cup
Availability: Nationwide and online
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McCann’s Irish Oatmeal is now available in single serve microwavable cups: Maple Brown Sugar, Apple Cinnamon, Vanilla Honey, and Original. They are ready in 3-minutes, ten times faster than traditional steel cut oats.

Each 1.9-ounce cup serving contains 150 to 200 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 2 grams total), 120 to 340 milligrams sodium, 3 to 4 grams protein and <1 to 21 grams sugar. The oatmeal is a good source of fiber (3 grams per serving), and a good to excellent sources of several vitamins and minerals.

 

- bonnie: I recommend only the original, as the others have too many added sugars.
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Misha Quark - January 21, 2017

Varieties: Strawberry rhubarb, key lime, blueberry, original, vanilla bean coconut
Details: $2.99 per 5.3-ounce cup
Availability: New York Metropolitan Area
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Misha Quark is like yogurt with its smooth, creamy texture but is higher in protein and without yogurt’s sour tartness. The quark is available in five flavors: Strawberry Rhubarb, Key Lime, Blueberry, Original and Vanilla Bean Coconut, and is made with milk from grass-fed cows. It is  95% lactose-free.

Each container contains 120 to 170 calories, 1.5 to 2.5 grams saturated fat (of 2.5 to 3.5 grams total), 45 to 50 milligrams sodium and 14 to 17 grams protein. Quark is a good to excellent source of calcium with 15 to 20% of the daily recommended intake.

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Back To The Roots Organic Self-Watering Tomato Planter - January 12, 2017

Details: $29.99 per planter
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Easily grow tomatoes indoors with the new Organic Self-Watering Tomato Planter. It uses an ancient North African self-watering technique using a microporous, unglazed low-fired container that’s buried in the soil next to the tomato plant that automatically releases water when the surrounding soil gets dry. Just top off the pot with water once a week and don’t about watering your indoor tomato plants.

Hunt’s Recipe Ready Paste - January 11, 2017

Details: $2.28-2.59 per carton with six 2 TBSP pouches
Availability: Nationwide
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Hunt’s Recipe Ready Paste is the same 100% natural tomato paste found in a can, pre-measured as 2 tablespoons in convenient Tear-n-Toss pouches, freshly opened each time with no wasted paste.

Each contains 40 calories, 25 milligrams sodium, 2 grams protein and is a good source of fiber with 3 grams per serving and iron with 10% of the daily recommended intake.

Camano Island Roasters - January 2, 2017

Details: 2-pound first delivery box $14.99l; $34.99 after that
Availability: Online
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Camano Island Roasters coffee club offers USDA certified organic, 100% shade grown and fairly traded coffee.

The coffee — from Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Peru or Sumatra—  is available as light, medium or dark roast. Their decaf is processed by the Swiss Water Method that involves only water, heat and time to extract the caffeine.

 

- bonnie: We sampled the flavorful regular roast, but never had the opportunity to try their decaf. I’d recommend the regular.

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Wholesome! Organic Frosting - December 27, 2016

Varieties: Vanilla, chocolate, wild white strawberry
Details: $5.99 per 12.5-ounce container
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Wholesome!, the organic sweetener brand, introduced a line of three ready-to-use frosting: Vanilla, Chocolate and Wild White Strawberry. The frostings come in BPA free and recyclable jars, are made with fair trade organic sugar and are non-GMO verified, gluten free, kosher and vegan.

Each 2-tablespoons contains 120 to 150 calories and 2 to 5 grams saturated fat (of 4.5 to 11 grams total) .

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My entire family loves this frosting with its smooth taste and lack of  artificial colors or flavors.

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Hamilton Beach TruCount 12 Cup Coffee Maker - December 27, 2016

Details: $69.99
Availability: Nationwide
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The Hamilton Beach TruCount 12 cup coffee maker automatically measures the amount of coffee added to the brew basket so if you lost count of how much coffee you’ve added, no need to begin measuring again. You get the desired brew strength every time. Other features include three brewing strengths, a special small carafe setting, advance programming and an auto pause.

 

 

Affordable Wines for the Holidays - December 21, 2016

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Many affordable wines have been specifically crafted to be shared with friends, family and food! Consider these four California ones for the holidays.

Chateau Souverain offers contemporary wines ($12.99 SRP) with fruit forward flavors appealing to many.

Their Cabernet Sauvignon has balanced fruit, acidity and round tannins that pairs nicely with cheeses like Cheddar, Stilton, steak, prosciutto and even a burger. With rich berry flavors, the Merlot has a soft finish and pairs with pasta with marinara sauce, lamb, ribs and pizza. There’s a buttery Chardonnay with oak, citrus and spice that goes well with soft cheeses, Cacio e Pepe and lobster.

A bit more expensive, the B.R. Cohn 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast Silver Label ($22 SRP) has a long finish after berry flavors and smooth tannins. This Cab pairs well with spaghetti and meatballs in marinara, a leg of lamb or a rib-eye steak.

And even pricer, is a Chardonnay — 0ne that other ABC folks (Anything But Chardonnay) should like as it’s neither buttery or oaky. Viansa Sonoma 2013 Carneros Chardonnay Signature Series ($45 SRP) is a fruit-driven, fresh and lively one with a bit of lemony stone fruit. Pairs with rich foods like  jambalaya, seafood ravioli and grilled salmon.

 

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EnviroKidz Bars - December 17, 2016

Varieties: Chocolate chip granola bars, strawberry granola bars, chocolate crispy rice bars, berry blast crispy rice bars
Details: $3.99 per 6 bars/box
Availability: Nationwide and online
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EnviroKidz are organic, non-GMO verified and peanut free bars available in four flavors : Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Strawberry Granola Bars, Chocolate Crispy Rice Bars and Berry Blast Crispy Rice Bars.  These whole grain bars are gluten free.

Each bar contains 100 to 110 calories, 0 to 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 2 to 3 grams total), 45 to 70 milligrams sodium, 1 to 2 grams protein and 9 to 10 grams of whole grains, which is more than half a serving of the recommended 2 to 3 servings of whole grains for children.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: These make a yummy low-sugar, whole grain snack or dessert that my kids enjoy. Each has at least 3 grams less sugar than other kids’ bars.


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Victoria Fine Foods Premium Marinara with Avocado Oil - December 6, 2016

Details: $6.99 per 24-ounce jar
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Victoria Fine Foods added a pasta sauce with fresh onions and garlic sauteed in avocado oil to their slow-cooked marinara sauce line of jarred sauces. This sauce contains only seven ingredients, is  kosher and non-GMO verified.

Each 1/2-cup serving contains 70 calories, 4 grams fat total, 420 milligrams sodium and is a good source of vitamin A with 15% of the daily recommended intake.

Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo - December 2, 2016

Details: $129
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Use the versatile duo Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo as a Nutrient and Vitamin Extractor or a Nutrient Fusion Processor to blend whole fruits and vegetables into a vitamin and mineral rich drink. Or, use to combine ingredients to make flavorful snacks, meals or desserts.

The Auto-IQ Boost controls the texture and consistency, from juices and smoothies to dips, doughs and more.

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