You know that eating whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to achieve optimal health. But we understand that preparing food takes considerably more time than you may have. That's why we laud natural packaged foods that make healthy eating attainable for even the most time-pressed eaters.
Innovative new natural products are emerging every month. Here, we sift through the tastiest, cleanest foods and beverages that you can find in your local natural grocery.
Incorporate these stellar products—many of which are compatible with special diets like gluten-free, vegan, and paleo—and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter!
We love 34 Degrees even more now that they've launched two new delectable flavors: Poppy Seed and Toasted Onion. Picture elegant, whisper-thin crackers either dotted with crushed poppy seeds or tinged with onion powder. Plus, we adore the back-of-package recipe "Inspirations."
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Developed by a personal trainer who saw his clients struggling to eat well, Fit Wrapz burritos are straight-forward frozen meals that contain ample protein and whole wheat. Available in five flavors, our fave includes roasted potatoes, mustard, cage-free egg whites and lean ground turkey flavored with organic maple sugar.
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I quickly became enamored with Perfect Bar, a high-protein whole-food bar packed with superfood powders including organic kale, flax, rose hip, orange, lemon, alfalfa, celery, kelp and more. Though many of Perfect Bar's flavors contain milk and egg powder, vegan shoppers will adore Almond Coconut--almond butter, dried coconut, hemp protein and chia powder lend 8 grams of high-quality protein.
What's great about Perfect Bar is that it's refrigerated, meaning that absolutely no preservatives are needed.
Learn more about Perfect Bar here.
Frozen vegetable lasagna is available at most conventional groceries. But one made with organic KAMUT wheat pasta is a bit more challenging to find. Also includes organic tomatoes, broccoli, kale, cauliflower and carrots. Organic honey adds a touch of sweetness.
Learn more about Michael Angelo's
You know Autumn is here when you start craving belly-warming soups like Pacific's new USDA Organic Vegetable Quinoa, packed with totally pronounceable ingredients including onions, tomatoes, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrots and more. Just 90 filling calories per serving.
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We loved Qi’a’s first iteration of superfood cereal, made from chia, hemp and buckwheat. But admittedly, they were a bit hardcore for non-natural consumers. So I’m psyched about Qi’a’s new USDA Organic product that combines ancient grains with more-approachable oatmeal. Consumers can customize this filling, zero-sugar hot cereal -- available in Creamy Coconut, Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed, and Superseeds & Grains -- by adding fruits or honey. It also contains quinoa, sorghum, amaranth, and buckwheat groats.
Learn more about Qi’a here
Three different delivery methods (ready-to-drink, shelf-stable concentrate and whole beans) makes Kohana an up-and-comer energy beverage. Cold-brewed for reduced acidity, mix the organic coffee concentrate with milk or milk substitute, or grab a ready-to-drink option (not pictured), sweetened with a blend of sugar, monk fruit, and erythritol.
This brand gets bonus points for giving back through a partnership with 1% for the Planet, and for supporting small local farmers who are outside the scope of Fair Trade participation.
Learn more about Kohana Coffee here
The makers of pink-tinged Himalayan sea salt recently launched this beautiful gift-worthy rock ice salt that's hand-harvested from ancient marine deposits. I love the back-of-package copy so much I need to repeat it here: “It’s pristine purity will add glitz and gleam to all of your culinary creations.” And it's paired with a mini grater. Now who wouldn’t want that?
I also appreciate the Non-GMO Project Verification on this product, as it supports the movement!
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The Good Bean made a good move by launching chickpea protein chips. These are delicious—especially the Cheesy Nacho Bean Chips, fortified with sweet potato, quinoa, pea protein, navy beans and lentils. Use the perfectly crunchy Sea Salt flavor as a dip accoutrement.
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Finally there’s innovation with coconut oil! Infused with either pure chipotle extract or organic cinnamon extract, these flavored oils will up the ante for savory-spicy curries and stir fries, or sweet baking or sautéing. (Imagine: bananas flambé made with cinnamon coconut oil!) Also available in Vanilla Sweet and Garlic Onion, all of Primal Essence's oils are certified USDA Organic.
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How cool is the packaging of Zenero’s baking blends, which include French Baguette Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, Multigrain Bread Mix, Pizza Crust Mix and more? They contain a combination of simple flours including brown rice, sorghum, millet, teff, quinoa and tapioca, and are made in a dedicated gluten- and allergy-free facility.
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I love this new brand of USDA Organic, caffeine-free teas, where hibiscus stars. Full of antioxidants, the Yellow Ginger Hibiscus flavor is fantastic: hibiscus softened with organic agave nectar, and spiked with ginger for a faintly bitter, nuanced taste.
Learn more about TK Hibiscus here
This bottle of paleo, USDA Organic, gluten-free, raw, tigernut oil is made in Brooklyn! Featuring a neutral taste, use tigernut oil to cook high-heat dishes like sautés and stir-fries. And what are tigernuts, you ask? Small, pea-sized tubers that contain ample fiber.
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Though Nii bars make me think of Monty Python & The Holy Grail (“We are the knights who say Ni!”), this tasty, vegan bar contains 7 grams protein, and clean ingredients including USDA Organic dates, cashew butter, dried cherries, walnuts, rice protein, hemp seeds and more. Also available in Almond Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Berry Cashew, and Cacao Coconut.
Learn more about Nii Bar here
Let’s be clear: Maple water is not diluted maple syrup. Rather, it’s the watery sap that comes directly from the tree. Woodsy and tinged with maple, some believe maple water is primed to become the next coconut water—a boon for consumers who value local sourcing and low carbon footprint, as most maple water hails from Canada or New England.
Health benefits include high manganese content and possibly other trace minerals.
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Who knew that lowly pinto beans would be the next hot snack ingredient? Gently roasted for optimal crispiness, gluten- and nut-free Crunchy Bean Snacks contain 150 calories per serving, and 7 grams protein. Plus, the sea salt flavor includes just three ingredients: Pinto beans, sunflower oil and sea salt. Also available in robust flavors like Jalapeno Cheddar and Smoky Chipotle BBQ.
Learn more about Snack Out Loud Foods here
A handy single-serve pack of hummus paired with gluten-free chips that contain rice flour, corn flour, flax, potato starch, teff and quinoa flour, and more. At 122 calories and 5 grams protein, this is a low-cal, satisfying snack.
Learn more about Wild Garden here
Made from six nutrient-rich grains and seeds, TeeChia exemplifies the trend to eat better-for-you carbs while also packing seven grams of protein per serving. It contains chia, flaxseed, quinoa, amaranth, pumpkin seeds and ramón—a high-calcium seed that grows in Central America and imparts a coffee/chocolate flavor. Gluten-free oats, organic quinoa, organic apples, cinnamon and dates round out the ingredients list.
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Mary's USDA Organic, gluten-free Everything pretzels are packed with healthful ingredients like brown rice, quinoa, flax, sesame seeds, amaranth and more. Spices like poppy seeds, minced onion and garlic, and organic herbs impart a unique everything-bagel taste.
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From sriracha to maple bacon, we're always impressed with Kettle's covetable and creative potato chip flavors. Luckily, the company's newest items—Roasted Garlic, Pepperoncini and Red Curry—don't disappoint. All Non-GMO Project Verified, we adore the Red Curry: crunchy, rustic chips dusted with sweet-spicy red bell pepper, onion and tomato powder. A fragrant, satisfying snack.
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After selling raw, unfiltered honey for more than 40 years, Nature Nate's recently debuted a honeyed fruit syrup. Perfect for drizzling over pancakes, waffles or ice cream, this simple syrup contains just fruit puree (blueberry, raspberry or strawberry), honey and natural flavoring. I envision adventurous cooks also incorporating these sweet condiments into marinades, salad dressings, desserts and even cocktails. A little goes a long way.
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At only 100 calories per serving, this drinkable dessert combines almondmilk with coconut cream, cane sugar and Fair Trade cocoa. With more calcium than cow's milk and 50 percent of our daily vitamin E needs, we'll sip this divine elixir anytime we need a healthier chocolate fix.
Learn more about Califia Farms
Just add water to this Oregon Tilth-certified pancake mix and you'll get fluffy flapjacks in minutes. Made with a blend of organic wheat, brown rice and oat flour, one (beautifully designed) pouch makes 26 medium-sized pancakes.
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These tasty morsels contain straightforward ingredients like organic cashews, golden flaxseed, white sesame seeds, chia and a touch of evaporated cane juice (each serving contains a miniscule two grams of sugar.) We especially love Tosi’s unique texture: delicate but with a distinct crunch.
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We were so impressed with these grain, soy, dairy, and gluten-free English muffins. Paleo eaters will rejoice that they can incorporate this 95 calorie “bread,” made from eggs, almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt, into morning meals. Also available in Toasted Onion and Cinnamon Raisin.
Learn more about Mikey’s Muffins
Angie’s newly launched line of USDA Organic popcorn includes Maple Sea Salt Popcorn—a not-too-sweet, maple-tinged kettle corn—and Sea Salt & Vinegar, like the classic chip flavor re-imagined as popcorn. As always, Angie’s packaging is spot-on.
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Mamma Chia’s new line of organic energy drinks answers the need for clean, lasting energy. Made with Fair Trade guayusa tea, chia seeds, lemon juice, raspberry juice and a touch of cane sugar, Vitality packs in 90 mg caffeine, 4 grams protein and 2,500 mg heart-healthy omega-3s. Always USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.
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We’re so impressed with Boulder Organic!’s (formerly Boulder Soupworks) rebrand. Swaths of bright color and cheeky ingredients will stoke consumer appetites even before the product is opened. Butternut Squash with Sage—tinged with applesauce, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon—is sure to be a shopper favorite this Autumn. All flavors are certified gluten free and USDA Organic.
Learn more about Boulder Organic! Here
Made with USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, Kevita's kombucha, fortified with probiotics, is also sweetened with stevia, making it just 40 calories per bottle.
Available in six flavors.
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Sambazon's new acai bowl is super tasty. Keep this cup of acai, tapioca syrup and cane sugar in the freezer; let it thaw for three minutes; sprinkle with the included Nature's Path granola and enjoy. A novel way to reinvigorate this antioxidant-rich superfruit.
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Handmade in Martha's Vineyard, this 75 percent cacao chocolate features local sea salt, organic lavender, raw cacao, maple syrup and raw cacao butter. Dairy free and slightly softer than most chocolate bars, we also love this company's neat mantra, "spreading the love one kickass chocolate bar at a time."
Learn more about Not Your Sugar Mamas
Usually gluten-free cookies are crispy and delicate. Not so with Wow's Lemon Burst goodies, which are chewy, moist and addictive. Made with brown rice, sweet rice and tapioca, these buttery delights satisfy.
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Just because it's in a squeeze bottle doesn't mean it's that fake HFCS-laden syrup. Props to Butternut Mountain Farm for packaging organic Vermont maple syrup into a handy squeeze bottle ideal for better portion control (hey, maple syrup is still sugar) and avoiding the sticky mess associated with traditional syrup jugs. Love it!
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So Delicious' new CocoWhip is Cool Whip's dairy-free, natural counterpart. Made with organic coconuts, this dessert topping also contains organic tapioca syrup, organic cane syrup, coconut oil, pea protein and sunflower lecithin. At 25 calories per serving, it's a special accoutrement to desserts ranging from berries to chocolate cake.
Learn more about So Delicious here
I'm impressed with Simple Mill's line of gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, soy-free baking mixes. Made with minimal, paleo-friendly ingredients such as almond flour, coconut nectar, arrowroot powder and flax meal, baked goods rise beautifully!
Also Non-GMO Project Verified.
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A 60-calorie can of Fair Trade USA cold-brew coffee, blended with low-fat milk, sugar and stevia. Tasty and better for you than many coffee beverages, it would appeal to those seeking a sweeter cuppa Joe.
I think the package design is quite eye-catching, too.
Learn more about High Brew
Sure, it's delicious. But I've been a longtime fan of Fat Toad Farms mostly because the company sources goat milk from its own herd and makes the caramel by hand on premises.
The new flavor, Spicy Chocolate, is a velvety, piquant blend of Organic Taza chocolate and ground cayenne.
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There's little resemblance between Krave's recently launched artisanal jerky—available in five evolved flavors including Sesame Ginger Beef Jerky, Five Peppercorn Beef Jerky, Cabernet Rosemary Beef Jerky, Chardonnay Thyme Turkey Jerky and Honey Beef Barbecue Pork Jerky—and those beef jerky sticks found in gas stations. Also gluten free, high in protein and antibiotic free.
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Just when I thought granola couldn't be improved upon, Toasted Oat arrives at my desk. This goodness is chewy, sweet and decadent. Certified Gluten Free, sprinkle this buttery (yes, it contains butter), robust granola onto yogurt, ice cream or, as I did, eat it by the handful.
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Put down the PAM, people! La Tourangelle's new non-aerosol spray oils give improved functionality to gourmet cooking. I adore the Thai Wok Spray, a delightful high-smoke point mixture of Thai basil and lemongrass flavors and safflower oil. Also available in Roasted Pistachio Oil, Roasted Walnut Oil, Organic Canola Oil and more.
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Imagine's USDA Organic culinary simmer sauces enable busy consumers to make delicious meals in a cinch. Flavorful and full of spices, just dump these pouch-packaged sauces over meat, fish or vegetables to impart restaurant-quality taste to main meals or sides.
I test-drove Imagine's Thai Coconut Curry sauce by thickening it with coconut milk, and simmering veggies and tofu cubes until cooked through—a velvety, vegan curry that took minimal effort. Also available in Louisiana Creole, Latin Veracruz and Portobello Red Wine.
Learn more about Imagine Natural Creations
Made with almond flour, egg, tapioca flour and xanthan gum, the paleo-friendly pasta takes just 45 seconds to cook, and acts almost exactly like traditional fresh pasta. (Case in point, one night I happily slurped Cappello's by tossing with cream sauce and pairing with a glass of tannic malbec.)
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Make #healthyeating effortless with these 42 new natural foods & beverages (via @deliciousliving)
I love the Mary's crackers and twigs they are my go for when I need a chip also love the wow cookies when I need a little sweetness
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