New Product Review: Grains

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

New Products Featuring Breads

Arnold Select® 100% Whole wheat sandwich thins: This product can be found in the bread aisle of your grocery store. These are sort of like a cross between pita bread and a bun. Each sandwich thin has 100 calories and, has less sodium than most bread. They are great as sandwich bread and would be equally great with a turkey hamburger and tomato or any combination of goodies you can think of.

Nutrients per serving: Calories 100, Fat 1g, Sodium 260mg, Carbohydrate 22g, Fiber 6g, Protein 2g.

Bottom Line: Enjoy in place of bread.

Pepperidge Farm® 100% Natural reduced sodium bread: First off all of the Pepperidge Farm 100% Natural breads are whole grain. Secondly they have lowered the sodium by about 25% to about 130mg per slice. Some breads have almost 200mg per slice and since most of us eat bread daily it is good to see some manufacturers reducing sodium.

Nutrients per serving: Calories 100, Fat 2g, Sodium 130mg, Carbohydrate 20g, Fiber 3g, Protein 4g. They are also an excellent source of vitamin A.
Bottom Line: Stock up on some today!

New Products Featuring Whole Grain Rice

Seeds of Change® microwavable organic grains: Come in several varieties, Tigris (brown rice, barley, rye, bulgur, quinoa and wild rice), Rishikesh a whole grain brown basmati rice mixture and Uyuni a mixture of quinoa and whole grain brown rice are among the whole grain varieties. They take a mere 90 seconds to prepare and range in sodium from 170mg, to 360mg which is a less than half the amount of sodium in most seasoned rice mixtures.

Nutrients per serving: Calories 190-250, Fat 4g, Sodium 170-360mg, Carbohydrate 37g, Fiber 2g, Protein 4-7g.

Bottom Line: A great lower sodium option to have on hand. A future pantry staple.

Annie Chun’s® Rice Express: This is a wonderful idea, fresh and unique steamed rice ready in 2 minutes. These also come with no added sodium to distract from the flavor of whole grain goodness. Express rice comes in four varieties: Black Pearl, Multigrain, Sticky White, and Sprouted Brown rice. Nutrients per serving: Calories135, Fat 1g, Sodium 0mg, Fiber 1.5g, Carbohydrate 29, Protein 3g

Bottom Line: These are a little bit pricey but for the variety and nutrient profile I would be willing to shell out extra dough. I can see these being a pantry staple for use when convenience is needed but not at the expense of nutrition.

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