We’re trying something new and innovative here at the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference–live blogging. Think of it as speed dating between bloggers and brands. Each blogger gets to spend 5 minutes with each of seven brands. During that time, we are sending out our impressions of these products right to you, live. Below, my 5-minute take on 7 new products:
1. Rudi’s gluten-free multi-grain bread: I’ve always heard gluten-free bread wasn’t very good. This isn’t so bad. Is it the Justin’s nut butter on it or is it the bread? I’m guessing a little of both, but if I needed a gluten-free diet, this would be a go-to. Rudi’s began as an organic bakery and began gluten-free two years ago. The bread is not organic, however they promote the clean ingredients they use. They tried about 100 recipes before coming up with this finished product. In addition to multi-grain, they have a cinnamon raisin flavor, but we didn’t get to try that. Hamburger, hot dog buns just launched, as was pizza dough. Find them at Whole Foods, some conventional grocery stores, even Costco.
2. Popchips. We’re doing a blind taste test here–fun! Not baked, not fried, but popped like popcorn. Find multiple flavors and can be found all over the U.S. in Whole Foods, conventional grocery stores, etc. They don’t use oils in cooking process but at the end. Chips are lighter and you get more chips per serving. Gluten free, no trans-fats, saturated frats. Reducing sodium by 30 percent next month. 100 calories/3 grams of fat per serving. Just tried original (I think) and like it.
3. Recharge. A natural sports beverage. A 10-calorie electrolyte stick with no sugar. Sweetened with truvia and contains no artificial dyes. It’s sold in packs of 8 boxes for $3.99. The powder is the newest form. I’m trying the tropical flavor. Ok, not a fan of this. Reminds me of Koolaid–too sweet for my taste. Moving on to orange. I prefer that–much less of a sugary taste. You can currently find the product in natural grocery stores and eventually in sporting goods stores.
4. Detour bars–Whey protein bars. Whey can be a difficult protein to work with, so they claim to have figured out how to deliver it in the form of a candy bar. It looks like a candy bar, tastes like a candy bar and yikes, has calories like a candy bar–170 calories per bar. I can’t really see a place for a product like this in my lifestyle. Weight lifters, maybe. Endurance athletes, not so much.
4. Cascadian Farm dark chocolate almond granola and new flavors of LaraBars. LaraBars all have between two to nine ingredients. Gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, and they have 19 flavors. The new flavors I’m trying are carrot cake and apple pie. Love the carrot cake! Tastes like the real deal. Apple pie flavor is good too, with a yummy cinnamon taste to it. Onto the granola–this is a great flavor; I could get carried away with this which is not a good idea–the calorie count on a 3/4 cup serving is 210!
5. Casa Noble skinny margarita–What makes it skinny? Three fresh ingredients. An organic sustainable distillery from Mexico that is more than 100 years old. You can go to the distillery and stay in a casita–can I get a promo tour?! The ingredients in the drink are 2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal; 1 oz. fresh lime juice; and 3/4 oz. La Sierra Agave Nectar totaling 48 calories per oz. Take that MGD 64! The flavor is different–makes me pucker because you can really taste the tequila and lime. I can’t say I like the after taste!
6. Jovial pasta–the first kind of inkorn pasta. What is inkorn? It’s the most ancient wheat out there. It’s full of protein, iron, fiber, B vitamins, and other trace minerals. A great product for vegans and even those with gluten sensitivity can handle it, according to the spokesperson. The serving size is just 2 ounces, but Jason is sitting next to me and swears by its filling qualities! It comes in five different versions–penne, spaghetti, etc. and you can find it at Whole Foods and other natural grocers, as well as online.