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Details: $2.49 - $2.99 per 17.5-ounce can Availability: Supermarkets and online at the BiteoftheBest.com shop
Zola has expanded it’s line to include Natural Coconut Water with Pulp. Coconut water naturally contains five essential electrolytes, potassium, sodium phosphorus and magnesium and Zola has added real coconut pulp to the water. Each 8-fluid ounce serving contains 60 calories, zero fat, 90 milligrams sodium, 280 milligrams potassium and 13 grams sugar.
Details: 750 ml bottle retails for $54.99 Availability: Nationally available
Dobel Tequila — sourced, distilled and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico — is the world’s first multiaged tequila. It is blended and filtered to produce a clear liquid that is crisp and complex. Dobel is a blend of Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo, aged 12, 24, and 36 months, respectively, each with a different taste.
- bonnie: This is a tequila that you should enjoy neat, just poured into a glass sans ice. Yes it’s that smooth.
If — though — you want to use in a cocktail, here are two recipes that Dobel sent me that you might appreciate as they are simple to make. Each makes one drink!
Juice from half a fresh lime
2 ounces Dobel tequila
1 ½ ounces club soda
Muddle the strawberries, lime juice and some fresh cilantro. Add tequila, ice, and top with club soda.
5 ounces grapefruit juice
3 ounces Dobel Tequila
Combine juice and tequila in a shaker, and shake with ice for 15 seconds. Strain into a tumbler glass to enjoy.
Varieties: Crisp Apple; Peach Nectarine Details: $1.19 – 1.29 per 17 fl. Oz bottle Availability: Nationally available
Crisp Apple and Peach Nectarine are the newest flavors of Sparkling ICE lightly-carbonated flavored water.
Each 8-fluid ounce serving contains 0 calories and 10 percent (a good source) of vitamins D, B3, B6, B12, biotin and pantothenic acid. These drinks are artificially sweetened with Splenda (the registered trade mark of a sucralose-based artificial sweetener).
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: I enjoyed the Peach Nectarine flavor because of its tart, sweet taste that makes it hard to believe it has 0 calories.
Crystal Light fans will now have a new way to take their drink on the go. Available in six refreshing flavors, Crystal Light Liquid drink mix has no artificial flavors and zero calories per 8-fluid-ounce serving. It is sweetened with non-nutritive sweeteners
Varieties: SkinnyGirl Margarita, SkinnyGirl Sangria, SkinnyGirl White Cranberry Cosmo Details: $14.99 per 25 oz. bottle Availability: nationwide
Three of Skinnygirl’s Ready-To-Serve Cocktails — Margarita, Sangria, and White Cranberry Cosmo — are lightly sweetened with agave nectar. The Margarita is made using premium Agave Silver Tequila and the White Cranberry Cosmo combines orange essence and lime and berry notes, while the Sangria is made from white sangria.
All three are low in calories with only 34-40 calories per 1.5-ounce serving.
Varieties: Hawaiian Blend Details: $16.49 per 24-count K-Cup packs Availability: 24-count K-Cup packs online at Tullys.com; 80-count K-Cup packs at select Costco Stores, grocery chains, specialty retailers, and mass merchandisers
Tully’s launched Hawaiian Blend, its newest K-cup coffee. The blend contains 10% of Hawaiian coffee, mixed of Arabica beans infused with a floral aromas and mild sweetness. This is the latest addition to the variety of K-cup packs available for the Keurig single cup brewing system.
- bonnie: This medium roast blend has a smooth taste. I only wish Tully’s added a soupçon more of the rich Hawaiian coffee.
Varieties: Vanilla Latte and Creamy Cappuccino Details: $2.99 for 11-ounce carton or $5.99 for 1-liter carton Availability: Nationally available at Wal-Mart and online
Genesis Today developed Skinny Coffee with pure green coffee bean extract, from green (un-roasted) coffee beans that are shown in one study promote moderate weight loss. According to the Applied Food Sciences, Inc, the organization that funded the research, the extract contains chlorogenic acid, which when combined with 180 to 200 milligrams per day of caffeine works to stimulate weight loss.
A 2011 review in the journal Gastroenterology Research and Practice, criticizes the quality of the study and recommends more research.
This coffee does not contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners or colors. It is available in two flavors Vanilla Latte and Creamy Cappuccino. Each 8-ounce serving contains 90 calories, 1.5 saturated fat (of 2.5 total), 75 milligrams sodium, 10 grams sugar and 400 milligrams of green coffee bean extract.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: The Creamy Cappuccino flavor has a strong milky bitter taste compared to regular coffee. I liked the convenience of having ready made coffee.
Details: 50 pack $17.95, 100 pack lids $9.95, 100 pack filters $8.95 Availability: Nationally available and at the BiteoftheBest.com
Simple Cups has introduced disposable K-Cups containing a cup, lid and filter.
Fill the filter of these cup with your favorite ground coffee that you brought or ground and Place a filter in the cup, fill with your favorite ground coffee and top with a lid, then place in your coffee maker and brew a cup.
- bonnie: Although these are convenient and less expensive to use than pre-filled K-cups, they still add waste. Instead, I suggest using an Ekobrew reuseble filter that’s now available in stainless steel.
Details: $12 for a tin of 20 sachets Availability: Nationally available
This Love Life tea — named for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) slogan and logo — is a blend of Bancha — a Japanese green tea — with strawberry, coconut, vanilla and puffed rice. Each sachet contains 50-60 milligrams of caffeine per sachet.
Fifty percent of the sales from this tea will be donated back to GMHC, an organization fighting to end AIDS and uplift the lives of all affected.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best intern: I enjoyed the delicate flavor and the sweet aroma of the tea.
Details: $5.99 for a 52-ounce bottle Availability: Nationally available
Bolthouse Farm has introduced a Holiday Nog, available mid-October till December, made with milk and eggs. Each 4-fluid ounce serving contains 80 calories, 1 gram saturated fat (of 1.5 grams total fat), 45 milligrams sodium, 12 grams sugar and 4 grams protein.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: This low calorie eggnog tastes great, yet the consistency is a little watery compared to the usual thick, creamy eggnog I usually have.
Varieties: Apple, Berry, Fruit Punch Details: 10 pouches for $3.48 Availability: Nationally available and at the Bite of the Best
Capri Sun has expanded it’s line to include a fruit and vegetable drink that is available in three flavors: Apple, Berry and Fruit Punch. Each is 3/4 fruit juice and 1/4 vegetable juice. Each 177ml pouch contains 70 calories, 0 grams fat, 20 milligrams sodium and 14 grams sugar.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: As a kid, I always loved Capri Sun, and now I love them even more because of this great tasting fruit and vegetable drink. The Apple is my because it is full of flavor and did not leave a chalky feeling in my mouth like other fruit drinks. It tasted like biting into a fresh apple.
Details: $3.49 per 46-ounce container Availability: Select store on the West Coast
Tree Top Reduced Sugar 100% Fruit Juice is made without artificial sweeteners. Instead Tree Top blends apple or grape juice with coconut water. It is available at select stores, currently mainly on the West Coast.
Each 8-fluid ounce serving of Apple and Grape juice contains 90-100 calories, 65 milligrams sodium and 17-18 grams sugar.
Details: $30.00 per 750 mL bottle Availability: Nationally available
Hood River Distillers offers a ginger-flavored vodka made with four different spices: ginger root, lemon, orange, cayenne and red pepper.
This 70-proof vodka contains 103 calories and 4.7 grams carbohydrates per 1.5-fluid ounce.
- bonnie: Ginger is considered both an effective aid to digestion and — in Southeast Asia — an aphrodisiac. Amazingly, the addition of the ginger flavor (and spices) to this vodka results in a pleasantly, slightly spicy drink that I thoroughly enjoyed neat. I’m sure many mixologists will find it a great addition to many cocktails.
Varieties: Acai, Pomegranate,Wild Blueberry Details: 10.5 ounce bottle for $2.99 Availability: Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, Minnesota, Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland and online at the BiteoftheBest.com shop
Frieda’s Specialty Produce offers MOAB, antioxidant beverages made from superfruits and without high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.
An 8-fluid ounce serving contains 130 t0 140 calories, 28 to 29 grams sugar and 1 gram fiber. The Acai flavor is an excellent source of vitamin C.
They are 100% natural, no sugar added, gluten-free, dairy-free, no fillers or blends and have Ecofruits Pure Dried Powders™ which give the juice an antioxidant boost and replace the antioxidants that are removed during pasteurization.
- bonnie: To cut the sweetness of these, I mix half-and-half with sparkling water!
Details: $18.99 for 750 mL bottle Categories: Nationally available
Broker’s London Dry Gin from Hood River Distillers is 94 proof and it’s ingredients include quadruple-distilled pure grain spirit made from English wheat and ten natural botanicals (herbs, spices and fruit).
Each 1.5-fluid ounce serving contains 113 calories.
Details: $15.99 per 750 mL bottle Availability: Bars and spirit retailers throughout New York, and nationwide
Denizen now offers a white rum made by blending Trinidadian and Jamaican rums. The 80-proof rum’s nose consist of tropical floral and fruit notes (toasted coconut, mango and pineapple) and green sugar cane aromas. The finish has a hint of vanilla and wood.
- bonnie – We’re sharing this with you today, as today — August 16th — is National Rum Day
Details: $6.99-7.99 per 25.36 fl oz / 750 ml bottle Availability: Select gourmet specialty stores, liquor stores, and lifestyle retailers, nationwide
Powell & Mahoney’s All-Natural Peach Bellini Mixers are made with all-natural ingredients, along with cane sugars and agave. Great for entertaining.
The pink-colored mix consists of pureed white peaches. To prepare a classic bellini combine 1 part P&M Bellini Mixer, 2 parts chilled Prosecco in a champagne flute and garnish with a few raspberries or a slice of white peach!
- bonnie: Surprisingly good white peach flavor. The classic combination is with Prosecco, but I also have served it with a drier Cava.