Choosing the winners and finalists for the Best Bite Awards is always a challenge. This year, we were blown away by the quality of nominations from natural retailers, manufacturers, and you—our invested and knowledgeable readers. Out of the thousands (yes, thousands!) of submissions we received, these natural foods and beverages rose to the top with their wholesome, consciously sourced ingredients, sterling health attributes, and of course, delectable flavors.
Look for these blue-ribbon offerings at your local natural products store, and dive in with gusto.
A gluten-free and dairy-free delight, this hearty, 220-calorie burrito employs protein-rich organic quinoa, black beans, garbanzo flour, kidney beans, and a variety of toothsome veggies like Swiss chard, broccoli, and roasted potatoes for a complete hand-held meal.
Almost like a better-for-you Hamburger Helper, Cooksimple allows you to create filling, ethnically angled meals with simple add-ins, such as olive oil and a can of diced tomatoes. The Tibetan Dal flavor, with lentils, warming spices, garlic, and cilantro, delivers 9 grams of protein per serving.
You can taste that Kiwis take great care of their free-range, grass-fed beef because this tender, moisture-packed jerky is extra flavorful. It’s non-GMO Project Verified and spiked with apple cider vinegar, onion, spices, garlic, celery, and acerola, a vitamin C–rich superberry.
Perfectly sized for little fingers, these savory dehydrated broccoli chunks are coated with vegan ingredients—including a combo of cashews and sunflower seeds for a “cheesy” taste and texture.
Coconut sugar, almond milk, and cacao enhance chia seed’s gel-like texture and soft crunch, making this indulgent fiber- and protein-laden, 140-calorie snack perfect for post strenuous workouts. Spoon included.
Picture a soft, crumbly square of organic buckwheat, almonds, raw honey, flaxseeds, coconut, cacao butter, vanilla bean, and lucuma, a low-glycemic subtropical fruit. A raw, filling, Certified Gluten-Free snack.
Delicate, crisp curls of good-fat coconut chips spiced with cane sugar, garlic, onion, and paprika—they start sweet and finish with a lingering spice. Try sprinkling over chocolate ice cream for even more sweet-spicy goodness.
Sprouting increases the availability of nutrients found in seeds, nuts, and grains—but we love these barley, spelt, and farro flour crackers for their old-world rustic flavor and surprising seasoning.
A refresher made with USDA Organic apple cider vinegar, apple juice, cinnamon extract, stevia, and KeVita’s signature probiotic blend that delivers 4 billion CFUs (colony forming units) and only 20 calories per serving.
Pasteurized with high pressure rather than heat, this USDA Organic juice clearly displays its tasty ingredients on the front label: pear, spinach, zucchini, Madagascar vanilla, cilantro, lime, and chia seeds. A straightforward blend that contains 4 grams of protein and just 150 calories.
This beautifully packaged, 16-ounce coffee concentrate can make up to eight strong cups of full-bodied coffee. Cold brewing lends a mildly sweet, never-bitter taste. Sourced from sustainable Hawaiian farms.
Forget your morning caffeine fix. Energizing ingredients—including adaptogenic ashwagandha, yerba maté, tulsi (holy basil), ginger, coconut nectar, lemon, and a whopping 13 grams of organic turmeric root—are stuffed into this tiny, spicy 3-ounce shot.
Not only does this conscious brand cook up elegant meals with veggies from farms in the Northwest, but every pouch contains a tracking number that allows you to learn where your seafood was caught. That kind of traceability is a beautiful thing.
The first stoneground wheat cereal on the market, this sweet-tinged morning meal is made with just three USDA Organic ingredients: California-grown wheat, cane sugar, and sea salt. Packaged in a recyclable box without a flimsy landfill-bound bag.
Add just 2 teaspoons of this non-GMO hemp-chia-coconut-avocado-black cumin oil blend to your morning smoothie, and you'll receive 780 mg alpha-linolenic omega fats. Good for vegetarians and vegans who don't take fish oil supplements.
This ultrathick, pillowy Icelandic-style yogurt (called skyr) is our new obsession. USDA Organic, with a whopping 20 grams of protein per serving, the milk comes from Wisconsin-based Jersey and Guernsey cows raised on pasture.
A fragrant USDA Organic granola not just sprinkled with chia, but packed with it. Nickel-sized chunks of rolled oats are covered in chia seeds and bound with pea protein, brown rice syrup, and coconut oil, delivering 10 grams of protein per serving. We love the flavor burst from dried wild blueberries.
Made with almond flour, eggs, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum, this gluten-free and paleo-friendly pasta takes just 45 seconds to cook and has a texture similar to traditional fresh pasta.
This conscious company sources rice from California-based family farmers who reside within a 100-mile radius of the rice mill. Sprouted and nutty-sweet, this brown rice is an easy-to-digest meal staple.
Nutritionist-developed, this cashew butter is sweetened with fruit, such as blueberries and dates, and contains healthful add-ins, such as chia seeds and coconut oil. Plus, each 2-tablespoon serving contains 50 percent of your daily vitamin needs.
Hemp branches into the dip aisle when blended with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and spices. This spread contains twice the protein of traditional hummus, lending a high-nutrient nutty flavor and creamy texture.
A menagerie of adorable animal cookies (lions and tigers and bears ... and camels and monkeys) that will delight both kids and grown-up kids. Made with dairy-free and Non-Gmo Project Verified ingredients, including organic flour and unsulfured molasses.
Caramel. Salt. Chocolate. We're in love with this dark chocolate bar that enrobes caramel made with heirloom butter and raw cane sugar. A slew of certification labels dot the package, including Fair Trade, USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified.
Slightly sweetened, vanilla-tinged peanut butter is stuffed into a cute little Rainforest Alliance Certified dark chocolate coating. Bonus: We love Justin's commitment to source sustainable palm oil, too.
You'll want to sink your spoon into this velvety, pudding-like chocolate paleo treat again and again. Made with a healthy blend of maple syrup, coconut milk and oil, and cacao, this raw and vegan dessert is all the decadence without the guilt.
This raw, USDA Organic apple cider vinegar is simply the best. Unfiltered and never heated, the acidic condiment can be whisked with fruity olive oil for a simple dressing or used in baked goods for a softer texture.
Free of the top eight allergens (wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish), Enjoy Life's new brownie mix employs ancient grains, plant proteins, and even added probiotics to make this just-add-oil, kid-approved brownie as healthful as possible.
Coconut's ample fat content and creamy consistency makes it an ideal swap for cow's milk in frozen desserts. When it's blended with fair-trade chocolate, organic caramel, and sea salt, it becomes divine.
A brilliant butter replacement that contains just two vegan ingredients: organic virgin coconut oil and nondairy flavor. Use it to add buttery texture and taste to baked goods, or melt and drizzle over popcorn for an authentic movie-night snack.
This tangy, slightly pungent cultured cheese is just as creamy and nuanced as its dairy-containing counterpart, except that it's made with almond milk. The company recommends pairing it with a dry Chardonnay ... don't mind if we do.
The makers of perfectly spiced seitan recently debuted a line of meat substitutes made with jackfruit, a vitamin C-rich East Asian fruit that is similar to animal protein with its meaty texture. Upton's Natural's jackfruit is marinated in barbecue spices and shredded to fill tacos and sloppy joes.
Dump this easy-open bag into a skillet, and you'll have a tasty meal for two in just 10 minutes. The ravioli are filled with a trio of cheese and butternut squash, plus kale and tomatoes in the sauce. And, you get a nice 13 grams of protein per serving.
If sinking your teeth into this organic veggie burger—made with brown rice, red quinoa, buckwheat, mung beans, moringa, and chia—isn't enough to woo you, Giv also donates 50 percent of profits to charities you can choose on their website. We're officially fans.
And the winners of the 2015 @deliciousliving Best Bite Awards are... #bestbites #natural #organic
So many GREAT products. I absolutely LOVE this. There are some new things that I have to try!! THANK YOU!
Always great to see the latest and greatest of top natural foods. Congrats to all award winners!
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