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Our FNCE finds

November 20, 2019

 

Hi everyone,

 

My name is Talia and I am one of the dietitians at Beth Warren Nutrition. We get a lot of questions regarding packaged food items that can be incorporated into a healthy diet so we are constantly looking to find new ones that are kosher, made with real ingredients, minimally processed and will keep you satiated!

 

I recently attended the largest annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo that took place in Philadelphia this year. In addition to attending lectures where I was able to get up to date knowledge on all the latest nutrition- related topics, I was able to explore the Expo.  MANY food companies were offering samples for dietitians to taste and examine their nutrition facts and ingredient lists. We now have the information to decide if we want to recommend them to our clients. We know when you are super busy like many people are, it’s difficult to completely avoid processed foods. As humans, we sometimes don’t have the time to prepare a meal or snack from scratch and it is helpful to know which packaged items are the best choices. Here are some of our favorite finds that we thought we would share with you. 

 

Top 10 FNCE Finds:

 

  1. Tolerant Pasta- As compared to other legume-based pastas, this one is made with one simple ingredient: red lentil flour, green lentil flour or chickpea flour. There are no added gums or stabilizers and most importantly, it tastes good! It is gluten-free and free of the 8 major allergens. It is an excellent source of Protein (20-25g per serving), Fiber (11g per serving) and as a bonus provides 30-35% of the daily value of Iron which is a nutrient sometimes lacking in vegetarians or vegan diets. This makes it a good option for those looking for plant-based protein sources or who are looking for more fiber-filled complex carbohydrates! Tolerant Pasta comes in a few different colors and shapes making it a kid-friendly option as well. 

 

  1. Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes and Waffle Mix- Making pancakes may sound daunting  on a busy morning but with mixes like these, it can be much easier than you think. This Mix is made of 100% whole grain wheat flour. Only water and a little bit of oil are needed to be added to the mix. It packs a huge protein punch (14g/serving) making it a great option for a breakfast for kids or adults! It also has 3 g of fiber and 10g sugar which is nutritionally superior compared to other pancake mixes. 

 

  1. Made Good Soft Baked Mini Cookies- One of the biggest challenges we have at BWN is helping parents and kids find appropriate and satisfying snacks for school. This is especially difficult when schools, of which many are, are nut free. Made Good cookies are free from peanuts and tree nuts, full of wholesome ingredients and only have 6g of sugar per serving making them an allergy-friendly school snack.

 

  1. 88 Acres the Seed Co Seed Butters- These seed based butters (watermelon seed or sunflower seed) are on-the go options that also would be a good option for school snack or lunch. They are made in an allergen-free facility. They have 5-8g protein per pouch as well as 1-3g fiber making them a good addition to an apple or some whole grain crackers for a well-balanced snack.

 

  1. Lavva Yogurt- Plant based yogurts are another question we get asked a lot about at BWN. They are usually not comparable to dairy yogurt as they are lacking in important ingredients especially protein and they are usually high in added sugars. This yogurt is made from Pill Nuts which are the lowest carbohydrate nuts and the nut highest in Magnesium. It is also free from stabilizers and gums and added sugar. Per serving, there are 6 g sugar and 2 g of protein which is more than almond milk based yogurts. Add some sunflower seeds to this yogurt and it’s a good option for meal or snack.

 

  1. Bada Bean Bada Boom snack bags- Great on-the-go snack or salad topper made from fava beans. Made with simple ingredients (fava beans+ salt and spices), it has 5-6 g fiber and 7g protein. This snack comes in so many flavors! (All flavors are kosher except for the Mesquite BBQ). We got a sneak peak at the new Honey Mustard flavor that is coming soon. 

 

  1. Soozys Donuts- What’s a healthy sweet treat? This question we are asked all the time. Soozy’s donuts! They are free of grains, gluten, dairy, soy, yeast, peanuts, refined sugar, fake sugars, emulsifiers, preservatives, stabilizers or gums. They are found in the frozen section individually wrapped so no need to eat them all at once. Each one has 80 cal, 3g protein, 8 g sugar, 2 g fiber. Next time your sweet tooth kicks in, you can grab one of these. 

 

  1. Simple Mills Almond Flour Bars-Made with simple ingredients, these bars are a great addition to all of the Simple Mills products. Easy on the go snack that is good for kids containing a decent amount of healthy fat as well as 2g of fiber and 5g protein. They are also less than 10g sugar per bar making it a great snack for kids.

 

  1. Caulipower sweet potaTOASTS- If you’re looking to swap your bread for a different complex carbohydrate this is frozen pre-cut sweet potato slices that can pair well with avocado or a nut butter as a satisfying snack. Top with chia or hemp seeds for added fiber and some crunch. 

 

  1. Regular Girl- Sometimes it is not possible for one reason or another to get enough fiber into the diet. This is a prebiotic soluble fiber supplement that can help occasional constipation and diarrhea without causing gas, cramping or bloating. It is also low FODMAP making it a good option for people suffering from IBS on the elimination low FODMAP diet who are having trouble finding enough fiber in their diets. It is often hard to find products like this that are certified kosher and this one is!





 

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