Supermarket Guru's New Product Review for March 24th

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Updated: 3/24 7:31 pm

Hi. I'm Phil Lempert with the New Product Hits & Misses. Five hits!!!

Up first,

The Perfect Snaque

Coconut Almond

Quinoa Crunch

is a hit.

This is one smart recipe, adding coconut and almonds to quinoa and lentils, the best of both worlds; flavor and nutrition. Just almond, coconut, cane sugar, lentils and quinoa and nothing else. One third of a cup, or a little over 2 1/2 ounces is 170 calories, 10 grams of naturally occurring fats, with 6 grams of protein. The recipe is very crunchy and very satisfying and very delicious. They're also selling a 3.3 oz container to make it more convenient to snack (sells for $2.99 for two containers). Here's a recommendation however - either change the serving size on the package, or change the container size to be the same as the package - otherwise doesn't make sense. Also, make an easy pour spout on the package to make it easier to fill up the container and not spill any. Retails for $6.00 for 6 oz. Total score is

86.

Valrhona

Baking Chocolate

Noir Guanaja 70% cacao

is a hit.

I know what you're thinking, I'm holding up this bar of delicious Valrhona Dark Chocolate and you want to eat the whole thing, but stop, because this is designed for baking. Not that it's not delicious by itself, but the recipe has a bit more bite to it so that the cacao flavor comes through in your recipes. One ounce is 17 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugars, but remember you are using it as an ingredient. Retails for $12.99 for 8.8 oz. Total score is 88.

Core Power

Natural High Protein Milkshake

Banana Flavor

is a hit.

Here's protein drink with 26 grams of protein and a terrific banana flavor. Only 3 1/2 grams of fat and 240 calories per container, but it does have cane sugar as its second ingredient, so the combination of added sugars and natural sugars from the purees and juices adds up to 25 grams of sugars. There's no question that if you're looking for a protein shake this one delivers on taste. Retails for $2.99 for 11.5 fl oz. Total score is 91.

 

The Gracious Gourmet

Pesto

Hatch Chile

is a hit.

If you're looking for a rich tasting, spicy, delicious pesto, you've got to try this. Made with Hatch green chile (which are grown in the Hatch Valley in New Mexico and has a Scoville rating of 1,000-2,500 - about the same rating as a poblano, with a mild to medium flavor), with no sugars added and made with extra virgin olive oil, this can be used as a delicious dip, or certainly with risotto or pasta. Just 40 calories for two tablespoons, this could be a staple in every cupboard. Retails for $9.00 for 7 oz. Total Score is 91.

Londoner Cheese Cheddar is the hit of the week.

Don't get me wrong, there are so many great cheddar cheeses from New York, Vermont and California, but there's just something about the cheeses made in the UK that have a better balance between flavor and creaminess. Too often the rich US cheddars have too strong a flavor. It's important to note that this is made with a vegetarian instead of animal rennet as a starter. One ounce is 9 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein. Delicious! Retails for $5.99 for 7 oz. Total score is 92.

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