I'm Phil Lempert with the New Product Hits & Misses.
The Sneaky Chef
I hate the idea of having to 'hide' veggies to get kids to eat them. What we really need to do is present colorful, flavorful veggies in ways that our kids will eat them. Having said that, this sauce contains a combination of vegetable concentrates and purees. Half a cup contains 6 grams of sugars, which makes me recommend you just get a can of crushed tomatoes and just add some of the veggies that your kids like. The sauce is itself is the right consistency for kids, but way too sweet tasting - but there are no sugars added, the sweetness comes from the sweet potatoes and carrots. Retails for $3.99 for 24 oz. Total score is 84.
Nuts & Spices
Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt
is a hit.
Here's another winner from Kind, with just 5 grams of sugars per bar, but with 16 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. A blend of almonds, peanuts and pecans and is absolutely delicious. What I like about kind bars is that you can see each ingredient - and taste their individual flavor. This is a chewy, slightly crunchy bar. Retails for $1.99 for 1.4 oz. Total Score is 89.
Pure Coconut Water
is a hit.
The second biggest trend at the Healthy Beverage Expo was coconut with everything. Remember to always look at the ingredients and make sure you are buying drinks that are 100% coconut water, which this one is, with just the right amount of strawberry flavor. One bottle is 65 calories, with 10 grams of sugars and over 500 mg of potassium. The flavor is delicious and refreshing and the touch of strawberry makes this the coconut water for beginners. Retails for $2.79 for 8.4 oz. Total Score is 90.
Sundried Tomato, Basil & Feta
is a hit.
Looking for a new snack? This is it. These chick pea based crisps are light, crispy and very flavorful. The recipe is a combination of chick peas with whole grains and 27 chips are just 3 1/2 grams of fat, but contain 4 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. They are strong enough to use with a dip and delicious enough to eat on their own. Retails for $2.99 for 4 oz. Total Score is 92.
Lemon - Lemongrass
is the hit of the week.
As I said, I went to the Healthy Beverage Expo this year and one of the biggest trends is certainly energy beverages. This one uses guayusa leaves (which deliver 90 mg of caffeine) and sugar - 14 grams per bottle - to deliver on the energy promise. One bottle is just 50 calories and the lemongrass flavor is refreshing and tasty. Retails for $1.99 for 14 fl oz. Total Score is 93.