Eating Well With Kim: New Product Review

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

I love checking out new products. Many of them are remakes of other popular products, but sometimes you find something you really like.

Popcorn

This week, I found Skinny Pop and Boom Chicka Pop. Technically, popcorn is not “new," but this popcorn is already popped and has two other ingredients in the ingredient list: oil and salt. YAY! NO artificial color, flavor or otherwise weird food stuff.

Personally, I am addicted to home-popped “real” (i.e. non-microwave popcorn), and when I am feeling lazy (very rarely of, course), it’s nice to know I can get some plain ole untainted lightly seasoned popcorn.

  • 4 cups Boom Chicka Pop is 130 calories and 8g fat compared to
  • 15 or 1 serving baked chips is 120 calories and 2g fat
  • With popcorn, you do get to eat a LOT more and also get a decent dose of fiber at about 2g per serving

Oatmeal

Again, technically not a “new” food! However, Good Food Made Simple brand steel-cut oats comes in four varieties (original, brown sugar, fruits and berries and Vermont maple) and cooks in three minutes versus 30 minutes. This product contains all natural ingredients and is low in sodium. Each package includes two servings.

Quaker Real Medleys Bars gain my approval with their natural ingredient list (whole oats, nuts and dried fruit) and reasonable calorie level. They have an about 170 calories per bar, and if paired with a glass of milk, make a reasonable grab-and-go breakfast. Varieties include: cherry pistachio, apple nut and peach almond.

  • Find Simply Good Food steel cut oats in the freezer section
  • Find Quaker Real Medleys Bars on the cereal aisle

Quinoa

On Eating Well With Kim, we have been talking about quinoa for years, and I was delighted to find it in the mainstream grain aisle of the grocery store.

Roland All Natural Gluten Free Quinoa comes in five flavors: black bean, lemon curry, Mediterranean, roasted garlic and toasted sesame ginger. They range in sodium from 240mg to 400mg and are lower in sodium per serving than most seasoned rice packets.

Seasoning Packets

This is the second round of seasoning packets from McCormick that gets high marks from me. There are 10 varieties to choose from. They are moderate in sodium with ~ 470mg sodium per serving. Each seasoning packet comes with a recipe. However, you can adjust your seasoning to use less and reduce the sodium per serving easily.

McCormick Recipe Mix flavors found locally include: sweet basil and oregano bruschetta chicken, creamy Parmesan chicken with sun-dried tomato, strip steak fajita and bourbon spiced pork.

Pizza Crust

Boboli pizza crust is nothing new, but I do love to give products a shout-out when I feel they offer a “healthier” alternative to what is otherwise available in that product category. The whole wheat thin crust pizza crust from Boboli is good, has whole grains and is moderate in sodium.

I have several recipes using this crust, and here is one of my favorites.

For more recipes, including pizza, go to www.universityhealth.org/ewwk.


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