BY STEPHANIE SCHOENSTER
This week we discovered some of the best indulgent treats, including pecan butter and healthy chocolate bars. Yes, healthy chocolate does exist! Read on to find out more about this week’s favorite new healthy products:
Three simple ingredients found in this jar make something close to magic: organic pecans, maple syrup and a sprinkle of sea salt. Any die-hard pecan lover will want to spread this on everything. Beardy Boys comes in Original Pecan Smash, Pecan Joe and Choco Pecan. (Available at select LA locations or online, $12 for 1 jar).
Not many food companies make both all-natural bars and cookies. Ona keeps their Paleo-friendly ingredient list to a minimum of seven simple non-GMO and fair trade ingredients. This results in an ooey-gooey soft bar offset by the crunchiness of the nuts. Cut up a bar for a great topping on smoothie bowls and oatmeal. Our favorites are the Honey Nut and the Coconut Shortbread. (Available in stores or online, $25 for a Sampler Pack.)
Rawclates chocolate is the perfect way to tame your sweet tooth without the guilt. They’re 100 percent vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. Plus, they are enriched with super foods such as acai, goji and turmeric just to name a few ingredients. Not only is Rawclates good for your body, it’s great for the planet. Each bar is carefully crafted in Brooklyn with the highest quality organic, non-GMO ingredients such as fair-trade stone ground cacao from Ecuador. Our favorites include the Vanilla Mocha Marble and the Cafe Olé. (Available at select NYC locations or online, $5.20 for 1 bar)
Chew on this—a preservative-free, all-natural gum sweetened and colored from fruits and vegetables. Many don’t eat sugar-free gum for fear of aspartame, an artificial sugar that has been linked to cancer. For their sugar-free version, Glee uses xylitol, a natural better-tasting substance made from American birch and beech trees. Glee Gum comes in nine flavors from classic to tangerine to sugar-free mint, all non-GMO. (Available at stores nationwide or online, $5 for 75 pieces.)
If you want a quick microwave dinner that’s full of flavor but not full of chemicals, Sweet Earth is perfect for you. You can actually pronounce all of the ingredients, and the offerings highlight delicious international dishes. Take a spin around the world by biting into a Kyoto burrito or the Chana Masala. Furthermore, Sweet Earth also makes tasty meat alternatives including veggie burgers, seitan and a “Benevolent” bacon that satisfies any carnivorous tooth. (Available in stores nationwide.)