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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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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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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Babeth’s Feast Frozen Appetizers - February 6, 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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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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Peter Pan Simply Ground - November 20, 2016

Varieties: Original, honey roast
Details: $2.79 to 4.39 per 15 or 26-ounce jar
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Peter Pan Simply Ground is creamy peanut butter with a bit of a crunch. Available in original and honey roast, Simply Ground is free of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Each 2-tablespoon serving contains 210 calories, 3 grams saturated fat (of 16 to 17 grams total), 100 to 125 milligrams sodium and 7 to 8 grams protein.

Almonta Gourmet Cream Cheese Spreads - November 17, 2016

Varieties: Original, light, fine herbs, light chives, apricot & vanilla
Details: $3.49-3.69 per 5.29-ounce container
Availability: Nationwide
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Almonta Gourmet Cream Cheese Spreads feature five different flavors Original, Light, Fine Herbs, Light Chives, Apricot & Vanilla, made without any preservatives, artificial flavors or artificial ingredients. Try them to on bagels or in appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and more.

Each 2-tablespoon serving contains 50 to 80 calories, 3 to 5 grams saturated fat (of 4.5 to 7 grams total), 40 to 110 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein.

Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Stack and Snap Food Processor - November 14, 2016

Details: $199.99
Availability: Nationwide
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The Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Stack and Snap food processor has two speeds, a pulse function and can slice, dice, mix, shred, and chop. The processor comes with an adjustable slicing, dicing , dough, shredding and S-blade and has a large feed tube. It’s easy to assemble and to use with its electronic touchpad.

 

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Lemon Grass Kitchen - November 2, 2016

Varieties: Lemongrass chicken stir-fry, shrimp pad Thai, Korean-style grilled chicken, beef & broccoli noodles, chicken pad Thai, chicken & broccoli noodles
Details: $7.99 per 20 to 22-ounce package
Availability: Nationwide
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Mai Pham, chef and founder of the award-winning Northern California restaurants Lemon Grass and Star Ginger created a line of authentic recipes from Southeast Asia with traditional ingredients such as lemongrass, tamarind, cilantro, Thai basil, fish sauce, ginger and gochujang,   available in the freezer. They offer six entrees: Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry, Shrimp Pad Thai, Korean-Style Grilled Chicken, Beef & Broccoli Noodles, Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken & Broccoli Noodles. One package serves two.

One serving contains 230 to 370 calories, 0.5 to 1.5 grams saturated fat (of 2.5 to 8 grams total), 970 to 1150 milligrams sodium and 10 to 23 grams protein. They are a good sources of fiber with 3 to 4 grams per serving.

 

 

- bonnie – Instructions too vague. Quick and flavorful results a bit high in sodium, which could be remedied by not using the entire sauce packet.


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Lundberg Organic Sprouted Rice & Seasoning Mixes - October 31, 2016

Varieties: Thai red curry, toasted coconut, chile verde, Korean BBQ, vegetable fried rice
Details: $3.79 per 6-ounce box
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Lunberg introduced Organic Sprouted Rice & Seasoning Mixes that combine organic sprouted brown rice with seasoning in five flavors: Thai Red Curry, Toasted Coconut, Chile Verde, Korean BBQ and Vegetable Fried Rice. Each is non-GMO verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher.

A serving contains 200 to 210 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat (of 2 to 2.5 grams total), 440 to 480 milligrams sodium and 4 to 5 grams protein.

Vegetable Fried Rice, Korean BBQ Rice and Thai Red Curry Rice are good to excellent sources of vitamin A and vitamin C; Thai Red Curry is also a good source of iron.

Qi’a Superfood Cereal - October 29, 2016

Varieties: Original, apple cinnamon, cranberry vanilla
Details: $10.79 per 7.9-ounce bag
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Qi’a Superfood Cereal combines of chia, buckwheat and hemp; it’s vailable in three flavors: Original, Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Vanilla. The cereal is organic, non-GMO verified, gluten free and rich in ALA Omega-3 in essential fatty acid with 1.9 to 2.5 grams per serving.

Each two tablespoon serving contains 130 to 140 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 6 to 7 grams total), no sodium and 6 grams protein. It is a good source of fiber with 4 grams per serving, as well as iron with 12 to 14% of the daily recommended intake.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: This makes a nutrition-packed breakfast, however because of its distinct taste, I prefer mixing it with other breakfast cereal, yogurt and fruit or adding it to a bowl of oatmeal.

Seattle Chocolates A Super Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar - October 22, 2016

Details: $3.50 per 2.5-ounce bar
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Seattle Chocolate’s A Super Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar is made with Col0mbian puffed cocoa nibs and CoffeeFlour. The latter, produced from dried coffee cherry pulp, is rich in iron, fiber, protein and potassium giving the bar an additional gram of fiber per serving .

A 1/2 bar contains 190 calories, 10 grams saturated fat (of 15 grams total) and 2 grams protein. It is a good source of fiber with 4 grams per serving and an excellent source of iron with 20% of the daily recommended intake.

Minerva Dairy Flavor-Infused Amish Roll Butter - October 21, 2016

Varieties: Maplewood smoked, garlic herb, pumpkin spice, maple syrup
Details: $6.99 per 8-ounce package
Availability: Nationwide
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Minerva Dairy Flavor-Infused Amish Roll Butter made from milk from the local, pasture-raised cows is available in four flavors — Maplewood Smoked, Garlic Herb, Pumpkin Spice and Maple Syrup. Minerva butter has 84% butter fat compared to 81% in conventional butter, which intensifies the butter flavor. Use for both cooking and baking.

Each tablespoon contains 100 calories, 7 grams saturated fat (of 11 grams total) and 90 milligram sodium.

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