Bite of the Rest lists products we feel would be of interest for you to know about. Unless we say so within the copy, we are NOT recommending them.What’s listed are the newest foods, beverages, gadgets and appliances, offering you the chance to vote and comment on them.

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Dole Organic Salad Mixes - August 19, 2017

Varieties: Baby spinach, spring mix, 50/50 salad mix, kale, super spinach, baby spinach and arugula
Details: $3.89 for 5-ounce container; $5.99 for 16-ounce container
Availability: Nationwide
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Dole expanded its Organic Salad Mixes to six different varieties including baby spinach, spring mix, 50/50 salad mix, kale, super spinach, and baby spinach and arugula.

All mixes are available in 5-ounce containers serving two – the baby spinach and spring mix are also available in 16-ounce containers serving five.

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Sabatier Edgekeeper Forged Knives with Self-Sharpening Sheaths - August 2, 2017

Details: Knives that include a 8-inch Chef, 8-inch Slicer, 7-inch Santoku, 6-inch Chef, 5-inchSantoku, 4.5-inch Fine Edge Utility, and 3.5-inch Parer cost between $12.99 to $17.99 each
Availability: Available online
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Sabatier Edgekeeper Forged Knives come with Self-Sharpening Sheaths, offering a solution to the top consumer complaint about cutlery: dull knives.

Each knife features a built-in sharpener that, not only protects the blade during storage, but also  hones the blade’s edge every time it’s used.

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Dave’s Killer Bread Bagels - July 23, 2017

Varieties: Plain awesome, epic everything, cinnamon raisin remix
Details: $4.99 per pack
Availability: Nationwide
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Dave’s Killer Bread introduced a new line of organic bagels that are vegan, Non-GMO verified and available in three varieties: Plain Awesome, Epic Everything and Cinnamon Raisin Remix.

Each bagel contains 260 to 270 calories, 0 to 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 2.5 to 6 grams total), 380 to 400 milligrams sodium and 11 grams protein. The Epic Everything is a good source of fiber with 3 grams a serving and together with the Plain Awesome a good source of iron with 10%.

- bonnie: Sorry Dave, these are not bagels, other than their shape, at least not to anyone who’s had a New York bagel. As breadstuff, these are quite good, similar to some of the nutritious breads from Dave’s Killer bread. They just ain’t bagels.

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Invivo Sauvignon Blanc - July 17, 2017

Details: $15.99
Availability: Nationwide
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Those of us who like the 100% Sauvignon Blancs from the Marlborough region of New Zealand will like the new Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014. Like the others, it has a tropical nose with a minerality classic to that region.

The reasonably priced Invivo Sparkling does display all the classic Marlborough Sauvignon blanc characters of tropical fruits and sweet herbs with a great finish.

Bellion Specialty Vodka - June 19, 2017

Details: $24.99 to $29.99 per 750-milliliter bottle
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Bellion Specialty Vodka is created with “NTX Technology”, a patented blend of natural, FDA approved ingredients including glycyrrhizin – licorice root extract, manna sugar and potassium sorbate; when infused into alcohol, it protects the liver and DNA.

The Vodka is six times distilled, carbon filtered and tastes slightly sweet, smooth and silky.

- bonnie: Although it’s purportedly better for me, as vodka drinker I find this libation to have an off flavor. 

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Bananawave Bananamilk - June 12, 2017

Details: $3.00 per 32-ounce container
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Bananawave bananamilk is a plant-based, non-dairy beverage made from bananas and soy beans. It is derived from an African recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Each cup contains 150 calories, 1 grams saturated fat (of 5 grams total), 125 milligrams sodium and 4 grams protein. It is a good source of vitamin A with 10% and an excellent source of  calcium, riboflavin and vitamins C, D, E and B12.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My daughter loves the banana milk, especially on cereal. It is a great alternative to cow’s milk with a rich banana flavor and additional vitamins.

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Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dips - June 5, 2017

Varieties: Strawberry, garden vegetable, chive & onion, brown sugar & cinnamon
Details: $1.99 per 2.5-ounce cup
Availability: Nationwide
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Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dips are on-the-go cream cheese cups with mini bagel chips for dipping, available in two sweet and two savory flavors: Strawberry, Garden Vegetable, Chive & Onion, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon.

Each 2.5-ounce serving contains 200 to 220 calories, 6 grams saturated fat (of 11 to 12 grams total), 380 to 490 milligrams sodium and 6 grams protein. They are a good to excellent source of vitamin A with 15 to 20% of the daily recommended intake.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: These make a great, tasty although high-sodium mid-day snack.

Dole Organic Salad Kits - May 26, 2017

Varieties: Organic Caesar, organic apple Dijon
Details: $5.39 for 8.25-ounce container
Availability: Nationwide
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Caesar Salad and Apple Dijon are the new organic salad kits from Dole. The Caesar kit includes romaine lettuce, pita chips, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing; the Apple Dijon kit, spring mix, dried cranberries, walnuts, cheddar cheese and apple Dijon vinaigrette.

Each 3-cup serving contains 200 to 230 calories, 3.5 to 4.5 grams saturated fat (of 15 to 19 grams total), 300 to 490 milligrams sodium and 4 to 6 grams protein. The salads are good to excellent sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin K, folate and manganese.

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Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur - May 24, 2017

Details: $24.99 per 750-milliliter bottle
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is the 2016 winner of the World’s Best Cream Liqueur Award. It’s blend of natural Irish cream, real chocolate and aged Irish whiskey. Once opened, The liqueur does not need to be refrigerated once it’s been opened. It has a 6-month shelf life.

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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