Should You Try These Latest Food Trends?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

By Toby Amidor, MS, RD

Last week I attended the New York City Fancy Food Show where I saw a wide variety of food trends. Here’s a look at what will be hitting store shelves—and which foods you should keep in your cart, and others you may want to skip.

From The Ground Up Cauliflower Snacks
Cauliflower has made its way into pretzels and crackers. Both the cracker and pretzels are tasty and have a similar taste to the real deal. The pretzels come in twists or sticks and are 110 calories, 23 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, and 1 gram protein per 1 ounce (20 twists) serving. The crackers come in several flavors including nacho, cheddar, and sea salt. Per one serving (1 ounce or 40 pieces) of the sea salt flavor there are 100 calories, 18 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, and 2 grams protein.
My Take: Definitely worth a try!

Fire Cider Apple Vinegar Tonics
Apple cider vinegar is still very popular, with many touting benefits including weight loss. Although the research isn’t there, there’s no real harm to adding apple cider vinegar to your diet. On occasion, too much may irritate your tummy.
My Take: Use apple cider vinegar in dressings or marinades but I’m not a fan of straight up shots.

Explore Cuisine Legume Pastas
I got to try edamame spaghetti and green lentil lasagna and it was delicious! I will definitely be adding these legume pastas to my pasta repertoire. The edamame spaghetti containers per 2 ounces of dry pasta 180 calories, 20 grams carbs, 13 grams fiber, and 24 grams protein.
My Take: A definite must try!

RW Garcia Organic Corn Chips
One of my favorite chip companies just came out with a better-for-you corn chip! They come in Blue, Yellow, Bar-B-Q, and Chili Cheese and all are mighty tasty. The Organic Yellow Corn Chips and Organic Blue Corn Chips have 3 ingredients, while the sodium for all variety range from 100 to 230 mg sodium per 1 ounce serving or 32 chips. I’m so glad to finally find a corn chip with less sodium, and fewer ingredients!
My Take: A delicious option for corn chip lovers!

Ozery Bakery Lavash
I always stop at Ozery Bakery for the delicious breads and crackers, and to practice my Hebrew with the Ozery family. The latest Lavash crackers made with organic spelt are a welcome addition to my healthy eating plan. A 3 cracker pack (each box has 8 packs) contains 70 calories, 2 grams protein, 11 grams carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. I also tasted their Cocoa and Banana Snacking Rounds that were outstanding at 60 calories each. Fill with some peanut butter for a filling snack or enjoy for breakfast with eggs.
My Take: A must try

Made Good Foods Granola Minis
Made Good has a line of kid-friendly gluten-free and nut-free granola bars, granola, and crispy squares. I was particularly drawn to the bite-size minis that are available in Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Banana, Chocolate Chip, Mixed Berry, and Strawberry. Each serving of bites are between 90 to 100 calories and made with whole grains—perfect with a glass of milk.
My Take: A great nut-free snack for back-to-school

PeekABoo Ice Cream
This brand spanking new company is AMAZING. Each flavor of their organic ice cream contains vegetables—and tastes so good! The Cotton Candy contains beets, the Chocolate has cauliflower, the Mint Chocolate Chunk has spinach, and the Vanilla has zucchini. Calories are consistent with traditional ice cream with ½ cup of the Chocolate providing 250 calories, 2 grams protein, 23 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 21 grams sugar, and 15 grams fat. The only drawback is the $8.00 price tag per pint.
My Take: If you have the cash, then try this delicious, indulgent treat

Epic Performance Bar Egg White Based Bars
This Texas-born bar started out as meat bars, but have now added egg white bars to their repertoire. Flavors include Almond Butter Chocolate, Lemon, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Peanut Butter. The Almond Butter Chocolate contains 210 calories, 7 grams fat, 12 grams protein, 25 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, and 19 grams sugar (with 0 grams added sugar).
My Take: A fun option if you’re looking for a non-meat or poultry protein bar

That’s It. Fruit Bars
This line of very simple ingredient fruit bars lists the ingredients right on the front. The Apple-Strawberry fruit bar contains 1 apple and 12 strawberries (that’s really it!). Calories for this bar are 100 with 22 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 17 grams natural sugar, and 1 gram protein. Other fruit flavors include Apple + Mango, Apple + Blueberries, and Apple + Pear. That’s It also have a line of Veggie Bars including Beans + Peas, Beans + Carrots, and Beans + Kale, and more indulgent truffles or bites that combine the fruit with dark chocolate.
My Take: A simple, delicious, tasty snack or dessert great for kids and adults.

Brooklyn Crafter Ginger Beer
When I came across Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer, I just had to give it a try….because I am crafted in Brooklyn too! The Lemon-Lime is my absolute favorite flavor that I will go and purchase, but they also sell sugar-free versions if that’s your style. The Extra Spicy flavor did pique my interest, but I was a little afraid to try it in public. I will need to give that a whirl with a few glasses of water in front of me!
My Take: Yes, yes and yes!

Little Bird Kitchen Fire Syrup
There were a lot of sweet and spicy items at the show, including this mom and pop made fire syrup which is outstanding. The best news is they just packaged them in individual teaspoon packets to help control calories. They work really well in marinades, dressings, and cocktails.
My Take: Get this trend a spin, but just be mindful of portions.

Biena Snacks Thin Mint Chickpeas
This chickpea snacks have been growing, but my absolutely favorite flavor that was just released in the Thin Mints Chickpea Snacks. They really do taste like the real thing, plus you’re getting the good-for-you nutrients from the chickpeas.
My Take: If you like thin mints, then these are even better (and healthier!)

The Republic of Tea Single Sips
I am a wholehearted tea lover (sorry coffee), and don’t always have the time to seep a cup of tea. Now when I’m looking for something when I’m on the go, I can pour these tea sipper powders with water. Flavors include Organic Turmeric, Organic Daily Greens, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Matcha.
My Take: If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to flavor water, give these a go.

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