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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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CapaBunga Cheese Vault - October 19, 2016

Varieties: White, butter, biscuit, orange, green
Details: $29.95 per cheese vault
Availability: Online
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Use a CapaBunga Cheese Vaults, made of made of food-grade silicone, to keep cheese fresh, maintaining its flavor and delaying mold formation. Available in white, butter, biscuit, orange and green.

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Mann’s Culinary Cuts - October 13, 2016

Varieties: Shaved brussels sprouts, cauliettes, broccoli clovers
Details: $2.99 - $3.49 per package
Availability: Nationwide
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Mann’s Culinary Cuts added three new products to their line of washed and ready-to-eat fresh vegetables cut into distinctive shapes: Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Cauliettes and Broccoli Clovers. Microwave as per their instructions or prepare any way you like.

Each serving contains 20 to 35 calories and 2 to 3 grams protein with 60 to 120% of the recommended vitamin C. The shaved sprouts are also good source of fiber with 3 grams per serving.

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Chaat Savory Yogurt Snack - September 22, 2016

Varieties: Cucumber mint, mango chili, tamarind date, ginger
Details: $2.49 - 2.69 per container
Availability: NYC and Mid-Atlantic
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Chaat Savory Yogurt Snack combines unusual savory flavors — cucumber and mint, mango and chili, tamarind and dates, ginger — packaged with lentil puffs for topping. The yogurt is made from whole milk from grass-fed cows with no added sugar.

Each serving contains 100 to 140 calories, 2.5 grams saturated fat (of 4 to 4.5 grams total), 240 to 250 milligrams sodium and 6 grams protein. It is a good source of calcium with 15% of the daily recommended intake.

 

- bonnie –  Sweet meets savory in the Chaat Co’s yogurt snacks. My favorite is the piquant mango chili.


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The Laughing Cow Cheese Dippers - September 21, 2016

Varieties: Creamy Swiss with classic breadsticks, creamy Swiss with tomato & herb breadsticks
Details: $4.99 per five-pack box $1.49 per individual single-serve pack
Availability: Nationwide
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The Cheese Dippers combine Laughing Cow’s creamy cheese with crunchy breadsticks. Available as Creamy Swiss with Classic or with Tomato & Herb Breadsticks without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Each pack contains 100 calories, 3.5 grams saturated fat (of 6 grams total), 220 to 230 milligrams sodium, 4 grams protein and is an excellent source of calcium with 20 percent of the daily recommended intake.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: These make a calcium-rich addition to my kids lunch boxes or on-the-go snack that I will serve only occasionally as they are high in sodium.

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Dole Chef’s Choice Salad Kits - September 20, 2016

Varieties: Chef's choice Caesar, chef's choice Tuscan, country ranch
Details: $3.99 to $4.99 per salad kit
Availability: Nationwide
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Prepare a fresh salad fast and easily with Dole’s new salad kits serving 3 to 4 people: Chef’s Choice Caesar or Tuscan. Each kit contains two heads romaine lettuce, toppings and dressing.

Each 1/2-Romaine head serving contains 220 to 240 calories, 3.5 to 4 grams saturated fat (of 18 to 22 grams total), 540 to 570 milligrams sodium and 3 to 5 grams protein. One salad serving is also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, calcium and iron and an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K and folate.

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Starbucks Black Iced Coffee - August 19, 2016

Varieties: Unsweetened, sweetened
Details: $1.99 per 11-ounce single-serve bottle
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Starbucks introduced its first bottled Black Iced Coffee available sweetened or unsweetened, made from their brewed coffee with added cane sugar in the sweetened coffee.

Each 11-ounce bottle contains 10 to 60 calories.

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Maille Rosemary Honey Mustard on Tap, Limited Edition - August 15, 2016

Details: $33 per 4.4-ouce jar, $48 per 8.8-ounce jar, $78 per 17.6-ounce jar
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Maille’s new limited-edition Dijon mustard blended with rosemary honey is produced in the Pyrenées Mountains on the French Mediterranean coast. The mustard is pumped fresh from Maille’s mustard tap into bright green sandstone jars made in Burgundy. Available through September 30.

Each teaspoon contains 15 calories, 0.9 grams total fat and 400 milligrams sodium.

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Mann’s Nourish Bowls - August 3, 2016

Varieties: Southwest chipotle, monterey risotto, sesame sriracha, smokehouse brussels
Details: $3.99 - 4.99 per bowl
Availability: Nationwide
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Nourish Bowls are veggie bowls featuring lots of fresh veggies (kohlrabi, butternut squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, kale, sugar snap peas) plus grains and sauce that only need a few minutes in the microwave. Serve for a meal or as a side dish. The flavors include Southwest Chipotle, Monterey Risotto, Sesame Sriracha, and Smokehouse Brussels.

Bowls vary in nutrition with 220 to 420 calories, 1.5 to 5 grams saturated fat (of 6 to 32 grams total), 540 to 800 milligrams sodium and 6 to 11 grams protein. They all are are excellent sources of fiber with 6 to 11 grams per serving.

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Inglehoffer Ghost Pepper Mustard - July 4, 2016

Details: $3.49-$3.99 per 10.25 ounce bottle
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The new Inglehoffer Ghost Pepper Mustard was one of the “America’s Hottest” Gold medal winners at 21st annual World-Wide Mustard Competition. With the taste of Oregon sweet onions and a smooth flavor, it is perfect on wings, burgers, fries and anywhere you would use mustard.

Each teaspoon contains contains 10 calories, no fat and 120 milligrams sodium.

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revolution foods Lunch Bundles - July 1, 2016

Varieties: Decker, powerfood, superfood, sundipper
Details: $3.99 - 4.99 per lunch kit
Availability: Nationwide
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Revolution foods introduced Lunch Bundles in four different kits for kids, featuring a protein (cheese and/or meat or chickpeas, soy nuts or no-nut butter), some whole grains and fruit & veggies without artificial flavors or preservatives. Three are gluten-free.

Each contains 450 to 570 calories, 6 to 12 grams saturated fat (of 21 to 33 grams total), 230 to 560 milligrams sodium and 11 to 16 grams protein. All are also good sources of fiber and iron; two are  excellent sources of calcium.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My kids enjoyed these packaged meals, which are healthier than the conventional ones that contain processed cheese, meat and crackers. The varieties with the trail mix and the chocolate covered raisins were the biggest hits. 

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Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk 100% Grassfed Yogurt - June 18, 2016

Varieties: Plain, vanilla, strawberry with fruit on the bottom, blueberry with fruit on the bottom
Details: $1.69 per 6-ounce container $4.99 per 32-ounce container
Availability: Nationwide
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Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk 100% Grassfed Yogurt comes in single cups in four varieties: plain, vanilla and strawberry or blueberry with fruit on the bottom. The yogurt is made without artificial hormones and antibiotics.

Each 6-ounce serving contains 120 to 140 calories, 2.5 to 4 grams saturated fat (of 6 to 7 grams total), 70 to 100 milligrams sodium and 4 to 5 grams protein. Vanilla and blueberry are a good source of calcium, plain and strawberry are an excellent source.

 

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Ocean Mist Farms Season and Steam Artichockes - June 10, 2016

Details: $4.99 per 2-count bag
Availability: Nationwide
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Ocean Mist Farms Season and Steam Artichokes come in a microwavable steam package with an option to pre-season and reseal the bag  before steaming in the microwave for 7 minutes.

Each medium artichoke contains 60 calories and 4 grams protein and is an excellent source of fiber with 7 grams per serving, an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of iron.

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Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs - April 14, 2016

Varieties: Ginger, basil, chili pepper, cilantro, chives, parsley
Details: $3.99 to $4.49 per bowl
Availability: Nationwide
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Lightly Dried Herbs are organically grown herbs that are washed, roughly chopped and lightly dried, allowing the herbs to stay fresh for up to four weeks. They refresh completely in cooking. Available as lightly dried ginger, basil, chili pepper, cilantro, chives and parsley.

Store the click ‘n stack bowls — that won a design award — in the refrigerator for “fresh” herbs at anytime.

 

- bonnie -  I liked the fresh flavor of all but the cilantro. I’d recommend keeping the the fridge or freezer to have almost “fresh” herbs at anytime.

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Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt - March 30, 2016

Varieties: Vanilla, plain
Details: $5.29 per 24-ounce tub
Availability: Nationwide
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Non-homogenized Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt, in plain and vanilla, is made from whole milk from 100 percent grass fed cows. This yogurt has higher levels of the the heart-healthy fatty acid (CLA) than yogurt from grain-fed cows. The vanilla is flavored with fair-trade vanilla and sweetened with unrefined cane sugar.

Each 1-cup serving contains 150 calories, 5 grams saturated fat (of 8 grams total), 120 milligrams sodium and 8 grams protein.

 

 

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Wonderful Sweet Scarletts - March 21, 2016

Details: $0.99 per pound
Availability: Nationwide
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Wonderful Sweet Scarletts red grapefruits, grown in Texas, are sweeter and not as acidic as regular ones. They are non-GMO verified.

A half medium sized grapefruit contains 60 calories, 2 grams fiber and contains 100% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A with 35% of the daily recommended intake.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: Sweet Scarletts taste sweeter and not as bitter as other varieties.

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Tessemae’s All Natural Dijon Mustard - January 10, 2016

Details: $5.99 per 10-ounce bottle
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Tessemae’s organic All Natural Dijon mustard contains water, mustard seeds, vinegar, salt and spices. I

Each teaspoon contains 5 calories and 125 milligrams sodium.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: Compared to other Dijon mustards I’ve sampled, Tessemae’s is a lot smoother and is not “hot.” It is a great alternative for people who like the Dijon mustard taste without the heat.

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Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads - December 27, 2015

Varieties: Original, honey, blueberry, French onion, spicy vegetable
Details: $3.29 per 8-ounce tub
Availability: Nationwide
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Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads is a healthy alternative for cream cheese, dips, oil, butter, sour cream and crème fraiche. The spreads are made from fresh, rBST-free milk, containing live active and probiotic cultures.

Two tablespoons contain between 60 to 70 calories, 4 grams saturated fat (of 6 grams total) and between 15 and 135 milligrams sodium.

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Coney Island Hard Root Beer - November 27, 2015

Details: $10.99 - $11.99 per 6-pack
Availability: Nationwide
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Coney Island Brewing Company introduced Hard Root Beer made with natural ingredients, including Madagascar vanilla and cane sugar. It has 5.8% alcohol by volume.

This new beer from Coney Island Brewing Company tastes just like root beer soda.

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Brooklyn Creamery Company Double Cream - September 26, 2015

Details: $3.49 per 9-ounce container
Availability: Northeastern Retailers: Stop & Shop, Giant, Big Y, Dave's Marketplace, Kings, King Kullen, Food Bazaar, Caraluzzi's
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Brooklyn Creamery Company’s Extra Thick Double Cream is an all natural, extra thick cream. Use for cooking, baking or as a spread. It is extremely thick and withstands high temperatures making it a versatile in sweet or savory foods.

One tablespoon contains 51 calories and 4 grams saturated fat (of 6.3 grams total).

 

- bonnie – Decadent as is over berries or ice cream!

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Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit - September 21, 2015

Details: $1.49 per kiwi
Availability: Nationwide seasonally June through January
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Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit was created after ten years of  natural crossbreeding of yellow varieties to produce a kiwi featuring  smooth, hairless skin and yellow flesh that tastes sweeter than a green kiwi, with tropical flavor notes and a hint of tanginess.

Each Kiwi serving contains 55 calories, 10 grams sugar and 1 grams protein, is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and good source of vitamin E.

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