Have you been wondering where my Supermarket RD’s Picks have been? I started that series when I was working as a retail registered dietitian. Since leaving that position in February, I’ve missed sharing my favorite new finds as I stroll the aisles at the grocery store. In my new position, I am still giving grocery store tours helping clients navigate the grocery store, learning to read food labels, cut through marketing scams and discover the healthiest route to help you stick with their nutrition goals.
As many of us are extremely busy, grocery shopping trips have turned into just a quick errand. You’ve probably walked by these items before. Maybe now they will catch your eye next time you are at the store. Each month, I am going to share with you a few of my favorite new finds. Every brand has a story and I am hoping with this series, I can help you learn a little more about these items too! If you have any recommendations, shoot them my way!
Dear Purely Elizabeth,
How do you get your clusters so perfect? I’ve always been a Purely Elizabeth granola fan because of their wholesome ingredients and low sugar clusters. This new flavor, chocolate sea salt probiotic granola flavor caught my eye. Then I became a little more curious. How are there probiotics in granola? Probiotics are killed when exposed to heat. Purely Elizabeth uses GanedenBC30(A non-GMO, vegan strain of probiotic), a patented strain of probiotics, shown to survive the baking process. Eating two servings a day of purely granola will get you maximum probiotic benefits to help support a healthy immune and digestive system. I’ve been enjoying my granola with Siggi’s and berries.
La Terra Fina sent me over some samples to try for Memorial Day weekend. They have three flavors of creamy Greek yogurt dips: Spinach & Kale, Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan, and Spinach & Parmesan. With Greek yogurt as the base, they have 45% less fat and calories than your traditional spreads. What I really like about them, is that you can enjoy them both warm and chilled. They were a hit with my family & friends this past weekend.
I am predicting that these, Beyond Meat: The Beyond Burger, are going to be the hottest new item this summer. I’ve recently stocked up at Whole Foods when I saw them because they fly off the shelves. I can’t even begin to describe how delicious these burgers were. Packed with 20 grams of plant-based protein, it will be a great meatless option for grilling. The primary source of protein in The Beyond Burger™ comes from (soy, gluten, and GMO-free) peas. The Beyond Burger looks, cooks, and tastes like a fresh beef burger. It has all the juicy, meat deliciousness of a traditional burger, but comes with the upsides of a plant-based meal. When I was cooking it, I was wondering how the juices were running red in my grill pan just like a beef burger would. With a little research, I learned that it was actually beet juice. I finally was able to find Perfect Bar‘s new flavors! Hello, Dark Chocolate Almond & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter with sea salt. These have become a staple afternoon snack for me when I know I am hitting the gym after work and won’t be eating dinner until late. They remind me of cookie dough. Note that they are found a refrigerated section of your grocery store.
It’s never been easier to fit protein into your morning breakfast, even when on the go. BelVita just came out with a protein soft baked biscuit with 10 grams of protein per biscuit. When I was at Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium this month, Lauren Harris-Pincus of Nutrition Starring You had a great session about the importance of breakfast. The composition of your breakfast does matter. Look to include protein. I like to pair these biscuits with yogurt and a piece of fruit for a filling and satisfying breakfast.
Disclosure: I did receive samples of BelVita and La Terra Fina. All thoughts and opinions are my own to share healthy items found in your grocery store to RDelicious Kitchen readers. I was not compensated for my time.
What new grocery store finds did you come across this month?