The American supermarket may be littered with junk food, but more and more, manufacturers are producing foods that are healthier, smarter and more delicious than ever. Here’s what’s new in our shopping cart for summer.
La Tourangelle Avocado Spray Oil Toasted Sesame Spray Oil
Spray oils are terrifically convenient ways to keep calorie counts down, but they get even better when the oils are something tasty and healthy. In this case, La Tourangelle has armed us with two great ways to add flavor and health benefits with just a spritz. Avocado oil may help lower cholesterol; its high smoke point makes it ideal for hot grills. Toasted sesame is great to spray on salads or barbecue; studies show sesame oil may help protect against skin cancer.
Magnum Double Chocolate Minis
Chocolate swirled with chocolate, then dipped in chocolate, then coated with chocolate nibs. We thought you were sexy, Magnum, but then we saw the reduced sugar and fat counts and the 4 grams of fiber in every serving (as much as you get from a bowl of Wheaties!), and it evolved into true love.
Chobani Tots Greek Yogurt
These are creamy pouches of whole-milk Greek yogurt blended with real fruit and vegetables in kid-friendly flavors like Mango Spinach and Banana Pumpkin, ideal for the toddler crowd. There’s also a line of fruit-flavored Greek yogurts targeted to the kindergarteners. Get them young, train their palates to like whole foods, and you’ll never have to drag them out from under a bag of Cheetos.
Tío Foods Gazpacho
Available in only about 20 stores since their launch last fall, these organic, vegan, ready-to-eat (or drink!) soups will be available nationwide by the end of 2015. In addition to a classic tomato recipe, Tío Foods also offers gazpacho verde (with kale, spinach, avocado, and mint) and gazpacho del sol (yellow tomato, yellow pepper, and carrot).
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Candy Bars
Yes. Five words, and each of them awesome. But Yasso’s insanely indulgent-tasting Sea Salt Caramel and Toffee Crunch bars weigh in at just 150 calories each, with 4 grams of protein and half the sugar of a single York Peppermint Pattie.
Follow Your Heart Barbecue Vegenaise Fry Sauce & Spread
Most barbecue sauce relies on heaps of sugar to flavor your meat. Follow Your Heart uses the classic gourmet trick of substituting in balsamic vinegar, so a 2-tablespoon serving contains just 4 grams of sugar (about a third of most sauces).