Favorite New Food Trends 2016-2017 (Part 2)
by Keleigh May on September 28th, 2016

Better Choices

​We all have vices- whether that be chips, cookies or my personal downfall, ice cream. Why not make you vices more virtuous with these organic, clean alternatives to some of your favorite treats.  (By the way, that is me and Robyn O'Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth and crusader for the Organic Food movement- so yea basically my hero.) 
​Annie's Organic Grabbits

Ya'll, I have been looking for an organic "chocolate sandwich cookie" (you know -rhymes with "shmoreo")  for awhile (especially to make cinder cake) so I literally screeched with excitement when I saw these. Annie's Organic Grabbits are made with no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives. They also have a mint flavor which is very reminiscent of a certain Girl Scout cookie. To find out more about Annie's click here, but in the mean time go ahead and go pick you up a pack- you know you want to . 
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

Are you a chip person (or more specifically a fan of something that rhymes with "shmeetos")? Then Hippeas are for you! Hippeas is a new company and feature organic chickpea puffs that are gluten-free, vegan and have 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per serving (with only 130 calories). Hippeas come in 6 yummy flavors happenin' hickory, maple haze, pepper power, far out fajita, vegan white cheddar and sriracha sunrise. Click here to find out more about Hippeas. 
​K'UL Chocolate Bars

First things first, my mom loves, LOVES chocolate and is a bit of a chocolate snob (she may or may not have spit out some in front of some vendors at this very show). In mom's opinion K'UL (pronounced cool) featured the best chocolate of the show- and some of the best she has ever had-ever. That's a pretty bold clam, but when you look at how Peter Kelsey, the man behind K'UL, makes his chocolate it is more understandable. Peter has a farm to bar approach and works directly with farmers from around the world to ensure the quality of beans and also works to improve the lives and environments of those who grow it. "​He wants to show the world that real, pure, simple, dark chocolate is not candy, it is food. Peter’s mission is to prove this by creating all-natural, functional chocolate bars made from simple ingredients that are sourced from cacao farms driven by sustainable practices." To find out more about K'UL bars click here (mom's favorite is the 70% ​single origin, co-op Kafupbo, Haiti). 
​Brio Ice Cream

I tried several ice cream at this years expo- and a lot of them, while being "healthy alternatives" tasted well, sad- very, very sad. When I walked past Brio I almost kept walking, because I just didn't want to try another "healthy ice cream." But boy, oh boy am I glad I stopped. Brio was founded by the brothers behind Earth's Best Baby Food (what my mama gave me when I was a wee one). ​After helping grow a generation of healthy, happy babies, the Koss brothers have transformed ice cream into a healthier food with Brio. ​ Brio is made with organic whole milk from pasture-raised cows, non-GMO ingredients, and is certified gluten-free, rBST-free and contains no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Brio is filled with antioxidants, protein (5 grams per serving) omega 3-6-9s and probiotics, yet it has 35% fewer calories and 50% less fat than super premium ice cream brands. But the most important part- it tastes really decadent, delicious and divine (​they worked with two former top flavor developers from Ben & Jerry's- so like I said, good stuff). Check out their website to find out more, but if you are a local to Raleigh check them out at Costco this weekend!
​Banza Pasta

I have tried my fair share of bean and gluten free pasta- but none even come close to Banza. Banza holds up to baking (as seen in my baked pumpkin pasta dish) whereas some literally disintegrate. Banza is made from chickpeas and packs a powerful punch-it's gluten free, soy free, non gmo, has a low glycemic index, 25 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber and half the net carbs as average pasta. If that doesn't convince you to switch over, then the taste certainly will! It tastes almost identical to traditional pasta- come to think of it, no one has ever noticed the difference when I have cooked with it, until that is I point it out and they are pleasantly surprised! This one is an easy swap people! And bonus... Banza has just introduced a new quick and easy boxed mac and cheese (think no junk, better tasting, higher protein, rhymes with "raft" mac and cheese). Fellow moms- this is a weeknight delight! To find Banza at a store near you, click here
​Three Jerks Filet Mignon Jerky

I don't like beef jerky- well to be more specific I've never ate it nor have I ever wanted too. That changed when I ran into Three Jerks Jerky. I remembered seeing them on Shark Tank- and the sharks going wild for this stuff- so I had to give it a try. It did not taste like dog treats (what I always imagined jerky to taste like) instead it was smoky, and meaty and not overly tough  or chewy. As soon as I took a bite I was thinking of the ways I could use this stuff in my kitchen- topping on my Loaded Potato-Less Soup , addition to Mac and Cheese (Banza's for instance), sprinkled on my barbecue chicken burgers or you know I suppose you could eat it just out of the bag. Click here to find where you can purchase Three Jerks Jerky and to find out more about them. 

Before the show, I asked Tucker if there was anything he wanted to me bring home, or check out for him. His answer, "Pasta and superhero cookies." mysuperfoods supercookies are fun super hero shaped whole grain cookies that are packed with super foods like chia seeds, quinoa, acerola, and baobab, and have a taste that kids (and adults) will love. mysupercookies come in 3 yummy flavors (Honey, Blueberry and Chocolate). They also offer mysupersnacks, which are bite-sized soft and chewy muffins packs with things like oats, fresh fruit, amaranth and flax seeds (available in 3 flavors- Apple Raisin, Blueberry Banana Acai and Chocolate Chip). As you can see, they are a hit in our neck of the woods. To find out more or to find in a store near you, click here

Still Hungry?

Come on back tomorrow to check out what I consider to be the most innovative new product of the Expo- Dessert Hummus (If you missed yesterday's part 1 post you can find it here). Want to eat clean, but really craving some familiar indulgences? Well thanks to these wonderful companies, now you don't have to sacrifice health for taste because,
where there's a meal, there's a way!

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