Mix things up with these 8 new products spotted on shelves
As a registered dietitian, I’m always on the lookout for new products that make it easy to eat (and drink) healthfully, plus add a bit of variety, so here are eight of my latest finds.
All of these items are available locally in the New Orleans area, and each of the product websites has a locator feature to find stores in your area that carry it. If you don’t see an item in your local grocery store, you can always ask the store manager to stock it.
Wonderfully Raw Brussel Bytes & Snip Chips If you like kale chips, you’ll love these veggie chips. Unlike most brands of store-bought veggie chips that are primarily potato starch with a little spinach or beet powder for coloring, these are made with real, whole raw Brussels sprouts and parsnips, mixed with other good-for-you ingredients like raw cashews, kale, carrots, cilantro, and ginger. The veggie blends are dehydrated at low temperatures, not baked, so they’re still considered ‘raw’ and retain all of the nutrients.
Zydeco Salsa.In 3 varieties, including Sweet Potato Salsa (just 15 calories per two-tablespoon serving, with 10% daily value for vitamin A) and Red Bean Salsa (also just 15 calories, and loaded with tomatoes and red beans). Added bonus: they’re a South Louisiana company, based out of Lafayette.
NuttZo Seven Nut & Seed Butter Power Fuel (peanut-free). Rich in heart-smart fats and low in sodium, with the protein-equivalent of a hard-boiled egg, Nuttzo is a deliciously crunchy combination of nuts and seeds.
Ingredients: Organic cashews, organic almonds, organic Brazilian nuts, organic chia seeds, organic flax seeds, organic hazelnuts, organic pumpkin seeds, sea salt.
Per two-tablespoon serving : 180 calories, 15 grams fat, 65 mg sodium, 8 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 6 grams protein
Epic Bar: Protein|Gluten Free|Paleo|Grass Fed Protein bars
In varieties like Bison Bacon-Cranberry and Turkey Almond-Cranberry, these meat-based protein bars are a good alternative for those looking to mix things up beyond sweet-flavored protein bars.
Nutrition facts: 150-200 calories, 11-14 grams protein, 0.5 to 5 grams saturated fat, 9-10 grams carbs
Cacao Nibs from bulk bin or by Navitas Naturals
Rich in flavonols, one of the types of antioxidants responsible for the health benefits of chocolate, a single ounce of cacao nibs (crumbled cacao beans) has 200 mg flavonols.
To get the same amount from milk chocolate, you would have to eat 10 ounces – and ~1500 calories & 160 grams of sugar.
From dark chocolate (60-70 percent cocoa) two ounces provides 200 mg of flavonols, and still 300 calories and 35 grams of sugar.