Supermarket Guru Report for June 1st

Rustler’s Chilli Mix is a HIT.
OK, why two "L"s in chilli? Come ‘on if you are trying to be cute, tell us somewhere on the label why. Or is it a printer’s mistake? The spice blend has a nice smokey flavor, and since this is the "mild" flavor there is no kick to it. I could see sprinkling this on eggs, fish even vegetables. As far as chili itself? I like mine with a bit more heat. The spelling drove me crazy, so yes I googled. The correct spelling is chile. "i" at the end is americanized and the two "L"s is the British spelling and refers to both hot and sweet peppers. I know, more than you want to know. Just 50 mg of sodium! Retails for $5.25 for 4 oz. Total Score is 88.

Navitas Naturals Superfood+ Almonds Turmeric Tamari is a HIT.
These are delicious. The slightly peppery turmeric tamari spice is a perfect addition to these almonds which is already a superfood! One ounce is 15 grams of fat, 200 mg of sodium, 6 grams of protein. One surprise is that the almonds are a bit softer, so if you worry about biting into nuts that are too hard, you don’t have to with these. There is ongoing research to see if any of the medicinal folklore about turmeric can be proven – antioxidant? stomach and liver ailments? antimicrobial? but so far none have been proven. So just eat these as a delicious and healthful snack. Retails for $7.99 for 4 oz. Total Score is 90.

Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough White Chocolate Wasabi is a HIT.
Baking cookies can’t get much easier than this. Or more delicious! These cookies are already preformed, just take them out of the freezer and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. I baked them for 14 and came out perfectly. One cookie is 120 calories, 5 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugars. I’m usually not a fan of white chocolate (that really isn’t chocolate anyway) but in combination with the horseradish and wasabi powder the recipe is great. At about 50 cents each cookie, this is a product worth keeping in your freezer for those self indulgent moments. Retails for $5.99 for 12 oz. Total Score is 91.

Sprout Organic Baby Food Pear Carrot Oatmeal with Maple is a HIT.
It is terrific to see how innovative packaging has helped bring about a much cleaner list of ingredients and nutritionals. Just pears, rolled oats, carrots, maple syrup and allspice – all of which are organic. Nothing else. 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of protein and 13 grams of sugars. Delicious, perfect mouthfeel and a great way to start babies eating well. Not too sweet. Retails for $13.99 for 5 x 4.5 ox pouches. Total Score is 92.

G.H. Cretors Organic Popped Corn Extra Virgin Olive Oil is my PICK OF THE WEEK.
Whenever I see a product that touts using extra virgin olive oil on the label I am skeptical. Usually its as a blend with other cheaper oils – but not this time! This popcorn is simple. Organic popcorn, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. That’s it. And wow, it is fluffy, delicious, not oily. A 3 1/2 cup portion is 140 calories, 8 grams of fat and no sugars. Yes, I almost ate the whole bag. It is that good. Retails for $3.99 for 4.4oz. Total Score is 96.

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