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

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…


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

Details: $3.57 per 5-ounce box; $5.50 per 16-ounce bag
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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
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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
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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
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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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Hunt’s Recipe Ready Paste - January 11, 2017

Details: $2.28-2.59 per carton with six 2 TBSP pouches
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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

Details: $3.50 per 2.5-ounce bar
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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.

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La Brea Bakery Take & Bake Holiday Stuffing Rolls - October 12, 2016

Details: $3.99 per 6-piece pack
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La Brea Bakery Take & Bake Holiday Stuffing Rolls are savory buns infused with sage, celery seeds, thyme, black & white pepper that will only be available through the holiday season, starting October 1st through mid-January. Great for holiday leftovers.

Each roll contains 160 calories, 2 grams total fat, 310 milligrams sodium and 5 grams protein, and is a good source of iron.

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Lake Champlain Chocolate Caramel Five Star Bar - October 6, 2016

Details: $4.00 per 1.8-ounce bar
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The Lake Champlain Chocolate Caramel Five Star Bar is handcrafted in small batches in their Burlington, Vermont factory. Made with organic 72% dark chocolate, caramel, roasted Guatemalan cocoa nibs and dark chocolate chunks, the bar is Kosher-certified, free of preservatives, additives and high-fructose corn syrup.

Each bar contains 240 calories, 8 grams saturated fat (of 15 grams total), 60 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein. It is a good source of iron with 15% of the daily recommended intake.

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Qi’a Superflakes - September 6, 2016

Varieties: Honey chia, coconut chia, cocoa coconut
Details: $3.99 per 10-ounce box
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Qi’a Superflakes are made with sprouted grain and coconut or chia seeds. They are organic, gluten-free and are available in three different flavors: Honey Chia, Coconut Chia and Cocoa Coconut.

Each 1-cup serving contains 220 to 240 calories, 0 to 6.5 grams saturated fat (of 3 to 7 grams total) and 5 to 6 grams protein. Each is an excellent source of fiber with 6 to 7 grams per serving; the Honey Chia and Coconut Chia Superflakes are also an excellent source of iron with 30 to 35 percent of the daily recommended intake.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: Although I like the taste, the cereals are so dense that even after 5 minutes in milk they didn’t soften. I did notice that unlike other cereals, the extra fiber kept me full until lunch time.

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Curate Kids Bars - September 4, 2016

Varieties: Chocolate & banana, apple & cinnamon, oatmeal & chocolate chunk
Details: $4.99 per 5-pack box
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Curate Kids Bars come in three flavors: Chocolate & Banana, Apple & Cinnamon and Oatmeal & Chocolate Chunk, are non-GMO, gluten-free and are made without artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. They contain whole grains, fiber and plant-based protein from organic quinoa, gluten-free oats and nuts.

Each bar contains 150 to 160 calories, 1 to 2 grams saturated fat (of 6 to 7 grams total) and 4 grams protein.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My kids really like these. They make a great afternoon snack after school containing a few grams less sugar than other kids’ bars with more twice as much protein — 4 grams versus 2 grams — keeping kids fuller longer. 

 

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GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ - August 24, 2016

Varieties: Banana, strawberry, berry
Details: $3.29 per 4-count box
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The yogurt and fruit combo GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ come in a re-sealable pouch in banana, strawberry and berry flavors not needing refrigeration. They are kosher certified without preservatives, artificial growth hormones (rBST) or the use of antibiotics.

Each 3-ounce serving contains 90 calories, 1.2 grams saturated fat (of 1.5 grams total), 55 milligrams sodium and 4 grams protein, and are a good source of calcium and vitamin D with 15% of what’s recommended daily.

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Lance PB&J Grape Toasty Cracker Sandwiches - August 12, 2016

Details: $3.39 per box
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Lance PB&J Grape Toasty Cracker Sandwiches are made with real peanut butter and Welch’s grape jelly, without artificial flavors, colors or ingredients.

Each 6-cracker package contains 190 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 9 grams total), 180 milligrams sodium and 4 grams protein.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: My daughter loves these, making a great addition to her lunch box. The combination of protein and fat satiate without a lot of calories and the jelly adds a little sweet with only 4 grams of sugar per serving.


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Nonni’s Dark Chocolate Almond THINaddictives - August 2, 2016

Varieties: Dark chocolate banana almond, dark chocolate cherry almond, double dark chocolate almond
Details: $3.49-3.99 per 7-pack box
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Made with California almonds, bananas, sweet cherries and rich dark chocolate, Nonni’s Dark Chocolate Almond THINaddictives cookies are available in three pre-portioned new flavors: Dark Chocolate Banana Almond, Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond and Double Dark Chocolate Almond. They are made without artificial flavors and preservatives.

Each pack contains 70 to 80 calories, 0.5 to 1 gram saturated fat (of 2.5 to 3 grams total), 30 to 40 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein.

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Loi Pasta - July 17, 2016

Varieties: Kritharaki orzo, couscoussaki, fidelini nests, macaroni
Details: $3.99 per 8 to 16-ounce box
Availability: Northeast region and online
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Loi Pasta is authentic Greek pasta, created by our Guest Foodie Maria Loi. It’s produced in Greece from 100% durum wheat semolina and currently available in four varieties: Kritharaki Orzo, Couscoussaki (a petite pasta), Fidelini Nests (angel hair nests) and Macaroni (a tubular spaghetti).

Each 2-ounce serving contains 203 calories, 0.3 to 0.8 grams saturated fat (of 0.8 to 1.7 grams total) and 6.2 to 7.3 grams protein.

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Royal Hawaiian Orchards Dark Chocolate Macadamias - July 15, 2016

Varieties: Dark chocolate blueberry acai, dark chocolate blackberry goji, dark chocolate pomegranate mango
Details: $4.99 per 4.5-ounce bag
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Royal Hawaiian Orchards Dark Chocolate Macadamias are chocolate-covered macadamia nuts from the Hawaiian island. They are non-GMO verified and available in three flavors: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Acai, Dark Chocolate Blackberry Goji, and Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mango.

Each 1/4 cup serving contains 220 calories, 7 grams saturated fat (of 18 grams total), 10 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein. They are a good source of fiber with 3 grams per serving and iron with 10-15% of daily recommended intake.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: Macadamia nuts are high in healthy monounsaturated fat (as found in olive oil and avocado) and the chocolate is dairy free.  A great snack if you like to combine nuts and chocolate. However, they are high in calories so be prudent when snacking. 

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KIND Bars - July 12, 2016

Varieties: Dark chocolate almond & coconut, raspberry cashew & chia, dark chocolate almond mint, honey roasted nuts & sea salt, black truffle almond & sea salt
Details: $1.79 per bar
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KIND introduced three new flavors to their to the Nuts & Spices line: Dark Chocolate Almond Mint, Honey Roasted Nuts & Sea Salt and Black Truffle Almond & Sea Salt and two new flavors to the Fruit & Nut line: Dark Chocolate Almond & Coconut and Raspberry Cashew & Chia.

Each bar contains 190 to 200 calories, 1.5 to 5 grams saturated fat (of 11 to 15 grams total), 20 to 135 milligrams sodium and 3 to 6 grams protein. They are good to excellent sources of fiber with 2.5 to 6 grams and good to excellent sources for several vitamins and minerals, including  vitamin B and E, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, manganese and molybdenum.

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revolution foods Lunch Bundles - July 1, 2016

Varieties: Decker, powerfood, superfood, sundipper
Details: $3.99 - 4.99 per lunch kit
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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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