Want to know what’s just hit the markets? These five better-for-you snacks and ingredients will keep you happy and fueled up all day long:
- Brio Ice Cream: Few days were as happy at Clean Plates as the day a box of mini Brios were delivered. Made with organic milk from pasture-raised cows, with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and probotics packed in, plus 50 percent less fat and 35 percent fewer calories than most of their competitors, Brio is our happiest discovery in weeks. It comes in handy single-serve containers with built-in spoons and is available in flavors like Tropical Mango, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel and Cafe Latte. Their slogan is “You love ice cream! Brio loves you back.” Well, we love you more, Brio. Available at stores across the nation, starting at $3.99.
- Wedderspoon Organic Honey: “True health is true wealth” is the motto of this raw unpasteurized honey company, featuring only non-GMO, organic varieties from New Zealand and Greece. While Wedderspoon offers flavors like Wild Dandelion, Beechwood, Fir and Wild Rata, it’s most famous for the rare and boldly flavored Manuka. This variety is the Berkin Bag of honeys, sought after, hard-to-find, but once you get a source, you horde as much as you can possibly find. From $12.
- Coffee Flour: Just when you thought coffee couldn’t get any better comes CoffeeFlour. It transforms coffee fruit pulp, a by-product that was formerly chucked straight into the trash, into a superfood that anyone can use at home. (Who knew that billions of pounds of coffee cherry pulp, a by-product of green coffee production, are discarded?) CoffeeFlour has more fiber per gram than whole grain wheat flour, more protein per gram than fresh kale, more potassium per gram than a banana and more iron per gram than fresh spinach. And to top it all off, it’s wonderfully nutty and gluten free. The product is a win-win for producers and consumers: It’s a new source of revenue for hard working coffee farmers, it keeps rotting cherries out of fresh water sources and it’s super delicious in cookies, breads, smoothies and more. Starting at $8 a pound.
- Enjoyful Foods Porridge: Founder Sandra Giraldo was diagnosed with IBS and hypoglycemia years ago but rather than rely on medication to help allay her diagnosis, she turned to a healthier diet, one that had no gluten and was low glycemic. She’s been medication free for over a decade and resolved to help others eat as healthfully as possible, thus the impetus for her Enjoyful Foods, a line of gluten-free cereals and flours that she makes in her Rhode Island kitchen. The latest entry is Porridge, made with just four ingredients: green plantain flour, organic chia seeds, shredded coconut, and organic hemp seeds. It’s packed with Omega-3s and is a great base—hot or cold—from which to add fresh fruit, nuts and nut butters. $15.95.
- Prana Organic Kilimanjaro Deluxe Chocolate Trail Mix: You’re headed out for a Tough Mudder Run and you need something that will keep giving you the energy and fiber boost you need to make it through the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune of getting mud in your eyes. Reach for Prana’s addictive mix, an organic non-GMO medley of dark chocolate, almonds, cashews, cranberries and other goodies. $6.99.
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