Linda Gassenheimer is an award-winning author of several cookbooks, most recently, The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook and The Flavors of the Florida Keys. Listen to her FoodNewsAndViewsPodcast on all major sites. She writes the syndicated newspaper column “Quick Fix.” DinnerInMinutes.com.
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What foods are new and delicious? Each year, I go to the Fancy Food Show in New York City to find out. My favorites this year…
Big this year is coffee flavoring.
Arabica Cherry Espresso chocolate bar from Seattle Chocolates uses a flour made from the pulp of the coffee fruit, called the “cherry,” and ground coffee espresso beans. It’s pricey but delicious. $7.50 for a three-ounce bar. SeattleChocolates.com
Morning Joe Spread is coffee–infused almond butter. It has six grams of protein per serving and a caffeine kick equivalent to a 12-ounce cup of coffee. Use it on toast, in oatmeal or for an afternoon snack. $9.99 for a six-ounce jar. Karmalize.me
Healthier Protein Bars
I saw lots of protein bars featuring chia seeds or chia flour. Chia provides a plant-based source of omega-3s, dietary fiber and minerals.
Mamma Chia Bars have only four grams of sugar, contain organic chia seeds, are gluten-free and have three to six grams of protein. $1.69 for a 1.2-ounce bar. MammaChia.com
Amrita Bars are vegan, high in protein (seven grams), gluten-free, peanut-free and soy-free and contain chia flour. Each has seven grams of sugar. $1.99 to $2.29 for a 1.8-ounce bar. AmritaHealthFoods.com
Healthy snacks continue to be a trend.
White Bean with Sea Salt Chips from Beanfields are made with navy beans, organic brown rice, safflower or sunflower oil and sea salt. They’re baked and then flash-fried for a few seconds but contain no saturated fat. They’re vegan and gluten-free with four grams of protein and seven grams of fiber per ounce. Other flavors are Black Bean with Sea Salt and Jalapeño Nacho. $1.50 for a 1.5-ounce bag. BeanfieldsSnacks.com
Stöger Styrian Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkin seeds are chock-full of vitamins and minerals and have 42% more protein than almonds. These roasted seeds are grown in Eastern Europe and are dark green, hull-less and larger than US pumpkin seeds. $6.99 for a five-ounce bag. StogerOil.com
Maple syrup flavored many products.
Maple Water by Happy Tree is tapped from maple trees in the early spring. A 10-ounce bottle has 30 calories and six grams of sugar, which is half the calories and sugar of coconut water. It’s refreshing and a good source of vitamins B-1 and B-2. $3 for a 10-ounce bottle. DrinkHappyTree.com
Tippleman’s Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup. The syrup is slowly smoked over bourbon barrel pieces resulting in a smoky, sweet flavor. It’s a pricey indulgence but can be used sparingly as the base for cocktail drinks or drizzled over waffles or chicken. $29 for a 13-ounce bottle. Tipplemans.com