The Newest Healthy Groceries to Hit Shelves in 2019
Look for these products coming to a store near you.
Every year at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), hundreds of registered dietitian nutritionists get to check out the latest healthy food products available at your local market. This year the conference was held in Philadelphia, and the products showcased were right on trend spanning from plant-based tortillas to zero-sugar syrup to convenience foods (hello muffins in a cup). Here’s a rundown of the latest healthy products you can find at a store near you.
Do Anything Foods came out with "Do Anything Sauce" that is made with organic, non-GMO vegetables that are cold pressure pasteurized. Flavors include cauliflower alfredo, kale pesto, savory tomato veggie sauce, creamy butternut squash sauce and beet pesto. The nutrition information per 1/4 cup of the cauliflower alfredo is 23 calories, 1.7 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 1 gram each of fiber and protein. Sodium is also reasonable at 100 mg. Ingredient lists are rather simple with many recognizable ingredients and the sauces are recommended to be refrigerated. Use as a sauce pasta dishes or mac and cheese, as a condiment in sandwiches, or as a marinade for chicken or beef.
Otomot Organic Essential Sauce (the name is “tomato” backwards) is another plant-forward sauce which adds lots of vegetables to tomato sauce including bell peppers, carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach, beets, onions, garlic and Portobello mushrooms. The consistency is thicker than traditional sauce, but it is rather tasty.
Maria and Ricardo’s have a line of grain-free tortillas made from vegetables, avocado oil and tapioca flour. They’re baked with non-GMO ingredients and are also vegan, Kosher certified, and free of gluten, dairy, egg and soy. Flavors include zucchini, cauliflower and sweet potato. One serving of the zucchini tortillas provide 110 calories, 2 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 1 grams of protein. They are free of cholesterol and saturated fat. These tortillas are only available for purchase on Amazon.
Zero Sugar Syrup
Swoon released zero sugar simple syrup that gets its sweetness from monk fruit. It is sold in a glass bottle and works well for coffee, lemonade, iced tea or alcoholic beverages. The sweetness found in 1 teaspoon of swoon liquid simple syrup is the same as in 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar.
Good Culture was showcasing their latest flavored cottage cheese that has live, active cultures which act as probiotics. Flavors include blueberry acai chia and strawberry chia. Both flavors are made with organic skim milk provide 160 calories, 17 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat and 9 grams of sugar.
Brand new to the market are the Uplift Food Gut Happy Cookies, the world’s first organic, plant-based and grain-free cookies focused on gut health. Reap the benefits of a unique blend of five different prebiotic-rich ingredients together with effective probiotics that have been shown to help improve digestion and support immune health. Low in sugar, high in fiber and keto-friendly, Gut Happy Cookies are also free from dairy, soy, eggs, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.
Healthy Convenience Foods
Kodiak Cakes now has muffins and flapjacks you can easily make in a single-serve cup. They are made with 100% whole grain wheat flour. For both, you add 1/4 cup of cold water or milk and fill to the designated line, stir and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Muffin flavors include almond poppy seed, chocolate chip, apple cinnamon and double dark chocolate, and flapjack flavors include blueberry and maple, gluten-free buttermilk and maple, s’mores, and cinnamon and maple. The best part: no dishes to clean.
Ever prep a jackfruit? It’s not very easy or convenient. The Jackfruit Company already released meal starters (like the above) and has recently created Complete Jackfruit Meals that incorporate prepared jackfruit into various vegan meals packaged in pouches. Varieties include red kidney beans + tomato + rustic herbs, chickpeas + spinach + garam masala, and coconut + vegetables + Thai green chili.
Other Creative Products
Thrive Algae showcased their algae oil which contains 13 grams of monounsaturated fat per tablespoon (the same amount you find in a whole avocado). It also has 75% less saturated fat than olive and avocado oil. Thrive algae oil has a neutral flavor and is stable when cooked over high heat.
An interesting find at the show was Carrington Farms ground lupin beans. Lupin is from the same family as chickpeas and lentils and can be used to make a grain-like side dish. It’s packed with protein and fiber and cooks up in 3 minutes similar to couscous and can be flavored like to rice dishes.
Vital Farms, a company selling pasture-raised eggs (like the ones pictured above), released Pasture-Raised Original Ghee Butter in a squeeze bottle. One tablespoon of this ghee butter provides 120 calories, 14 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat and is free from sodium, carbs, and protein. This ghee butter is lactose, casein and gluten-free and can be cooked over high-heat. It’s also available in Himalayan Pink Salt.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.
*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.