I am such a sucker for new food products - especially in the natural & organic category. It must be the Marketing Manager in me, but seriously, I am fascinated by new products and I feel totally compelled to buy many of them....unless they're just too junky. If I see something that sounds good and looks relatively healthy it will probably make it's way into my cart. Some are great, some are total duds.
Thought I'd share a few of the more interesting things I've tried lately...
al fresco Chicken Sausages: al fresco is a neat little company from Massachusetts that makes gourmet chicken sausages in some very unique and awesome flavors! Their Wild Blueberry breakfast sausages were a big hit at my breakfast table and they also make a Sweet Apple sausage that kids dig. For more adventurous types they have Tequila Lime, Mango Chipotle and Teriyaki Ginger just to name a few. They contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives and are much lower in fat than regular pork sausages. I'll be buying more! Verdict: HIT
Quaker Oatmeal to Go: This cereal-bar-like product is marketed as "a warm oatmeal breakfast on the go" but I bought it as a little treat for Drew's lunchbox. Apparently you can microwave it right in its wrapper but I tend to steer clear of microwaving plastic these days so that does not appeal to me. We tried the Brown Sugar Cinnamon flavor but there are 5 flavors to choose from according to their website. I personally thought these were rather dull but Drew liked them. Still, I probably won't buy them again. Verdict: MISS
Flat Earth Baked Crisps : Crispy chip-like thingies made from a base of rice flour and potato flakes and flavored with natural fruit or veggie flavors. We tried Peach Mango Paradise. Loved the crunch but didn't dig the super sweet flavor. Kudos to Frito Lay for making a relatively low fat chip (4.5 g per serving) that provides 1/2 serving of fruit per ounce. But their claim to be made from 'the earthly goodness of real fruits and vegetables" is a pretty big stretch. These things are highly processed and they don't taste good. Even my kids turned up their noses. Verdict: MISS
Morningstar Farms Veggie Bites: On the rare days when all I can muster up for dinner is something out of the freezer, I'm happy to add these to the repertoire. What are they exactly? Well....the ingredient list is daunting but in a nutshell they are breaded nuggets filled with various combinations of real vegetables, veggie protein and dairy products. Totally processed? Yes, but I figure every once in awhile is OK. I enjoyed the Spinach Artichoke variety but I was not so thrilled with the Country Scramble flavor which appears to be part of a new focus on breakfast. Verdict: HIT on some varieties, MISS on others
Wallaby Organic Yogurt: Move over Stonyfield Farm - this incredibly creamy, Australian style yogurt is some tough competition. And now that Stonyfield's prices have gone up, Wallaby is in my cart more than ever. It's 100% organic, made without antibiotics or growth hormones and of course no artificial ingredients. Their Orange Passion Fruit lowfat yogurt is to die for - seriously! Verdict: HIT
What other interesting, healthy food products are out there? Let me know if you've tried something new!