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Tio Gazpacho Maiz and Fresa

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. Save

By |2017-09-08T10:52:26-04:00March 29th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Healthee USA Heat-And-Eat Rice Bowls

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. Save

By |2017-08-31T13:59:46-04:00March 23rd, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Blount Organic Soups

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 [...]

By |2017-09-01T17:12:12-04:00March 15th, 2017|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Pereg Natural Foods Kaňiwa (Baby Quinoa)

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. Save Save

By |2017-08-31T13:59:46-04:00March 2nd, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Pepperidge Farm Toasted Marshmallow Milano

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.   BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB  

By |2017-08-31T13:59:46-04:00February 26th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Babeth’s Feast Frozen Appetizers

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. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB   Save Save Save

By |2017-08-31T13:59:46-04:00February 25th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Muffin & Bread Mix

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. Save Save Save Save

By |2017-08-31T13:59:46-04:00February 9th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Single Serve Microwavable Cups

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. BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB  

By |2017-08-31T13:59:46-04:00February 4th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Misha Quark

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. Save

By |2017-08-31T13:59:47-04:00January 21st, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Hunt’s Recipe Ready Paste

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.

By |2017-08-31T13:59:47-04:00January 11th, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Camano Island Roasters

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. BonnieBOTBFollow @BonnieBOTB

By |2017-08-31T13:59:47-04:00January 2nd, 2017|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Wholesome! Organic Frosting

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. Save Save

By |2017-09-01T17:21:46-04:00December 27th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Affordable Wines for the Holidays

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 [...]

By |2017-08-31T13:59:47-04:00December 21st, 2016|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

EnviroKidz Bars

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 [...]

By |2017-09-08T10:52:57-04:00December 17th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Victoria Fine Foods Premium Marinara with Avocado Oil

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.

By |2017-09-08T10:53:26-04:00December 6th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Murray’s Cheese for Holiday Gifts

As a cheese lover, I have often shopped at Murray's as the folks behind the counter are amazingly knowledgeable about their goods, giving tastes when feasible. If you're looking for a gift — especially for a hostess —  Murray’s Cheese has some great last-minute ideas. I've detailed two special collection... that arrive in Murray's signature wooden box. Cave Aged Collection ($100) Murray’s works with some of the world’s best cheesemakers to develop and age new cheeses at their Affinage caves in Long Island City, NY. They select unique young cheeses from talented artisans, dress them up (fresh herbs, fennel pollen), pat them down (wine, craft cider) and nurture them until [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:00-04:00November 30th, 2016|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Peter Pan Simply Ground

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.

By |2017-09-08T10:53:46-04:00November 20th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Almonta Gourmet Cream Cheese Spreads

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.

By |2017-09-01T17:23:54-04:00November 17th, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Lemon Grass Kitchen

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 [...]

By |2017-09-08T10:54:13-04:00November 2nd, 2016|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Lundberg Organic Sprouted Rice & Seasoning Mixes

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.

By |2017-08-31T13:59:48-04:00October 31st, 2016|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments