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10 Best Snacks from Fancy Food Show 2013


On July 2, I had the pleasure of spending the day at the New York City Summer Fancy Food Show. The experience was a little overwhelming. Aisles and aisles of new products—and some old ones—to taste, labels to read, and questions to ask to ultimately decide whether they would be something I would recommend to my patients and my readers. These 10 are my favorites.

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Yummy Yammy Tuscan Sweet Potato Salsa
This is a real interesting twist on salsa. Made from potatoes grown in the U.S., a 2-tablespoon serving is 25 calories, has 1g fiber and 140mg sodium (low compared to other salsas), and provides half your daily value of vitamin A. Besides having with typical chips, this 100-percent all natural product goes great with eggs, burgers, or on a sandwich for a little extra taste without a lot of extra calories. (

 Way Better Black Bean Tortilla Chips
I have to admit I have a weakness for salty chips. What I loved about this brand is that I could satisfy my craving in a nutritious way. A single-serving bag (1.25 ounces) has 160 calories, 3g protein, 4g fiber (pleasantly high for a chip), and only 100mg sodium. If I ate only half the bag or shared with a friend, I could add a piece of cheese for a perfect, well-balanced snack. (
 Quinn Popcorn Olive Oil & Herbs
I think I first loved this brand simply by meeting the young entrepreneur couple, Kristy and Coulter, who started the company two years ago after their son was born. For microwavable popcorn, it has very few ingredients besides popcorn kernels and sea salt. Three cups popped (a serving size) provides 140 calories, 3g protein, 3g fiber, and 105mg sodium. You create the final delicious flavor (they have seven varieties) by adding the packet of oil and then the spices that comes in the packaging. And most importantly they have created a microwavable bag that has absolutely no chemical coatings. (

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 Seapoint Farms Spicy Wasabi Roasted Edamame
It was exciting for me to see this product at the show since I have been a fan for quite a while. What is new is that they are now doing single-serving 100-calorie packs. This makes an amazing grab-and go-snack, and with 11g protein, 5g fiber, and only 100mg sodium, it should be in everyone’s cupboards. I especially like the wasabi flavor, but if that is too spicy, you can always choose the lightly salted. (
 Hint Fizz Blackberry
I am not usually a fan of flavored sparkling water—I much prefer to flavor it with either fresh fruit or 100-percent fruit juice. Then I tasted Hint’s sparkling water and changed my tune. I especially think this is a great option for those individuals who are slowly weaning off of sugar-flavored beverages or even diet sodas. With no artificial sweeteners or anything except fruit essence, it is a great choice to keep you hydrated throughout the year. (
 The Good Bean Thai Coconut Lemongrass
Every once a while a new snack comes to fruition that makes me smile, and that is how I feel about The Good Bean. Made from roasted chickpeas, this snack is soy-free, nut-free, and vegan, and provides 150 calories, 3.5g fat, 6g protein, and 6g fiber per quarter-cup serving. I love their original sea salt version but thought it might not be adventurous enough for many. After standing by their booth and doing taste tests with other attendees, I think you will all love their new flavor just as much. (
 Ola! 100% Natural No Nut Vanilla Handbaked Granola
There were so many granolas at this show it was hard to choose just one to recommend. What swayed me in the direction of Ola! No Nut Vanilla is that it came in single-serving packs, which makes it very easy to take to work for breakfast and keep the portion size in check. Granola typically can be high in fat, sugar, and calories, so I am usually wary of it. But for only 100 calories 1.5g fat, 4g protein, 2g fiber, and 3g sugar per one-third cup serving, I could get behind this one. (
 Hope Hummus Organic Spicy Avocado Hummus
Hummus is one of the foods I can never get enough of—to me it goes with practically everything. As you can see, I get very excited over single-serving packets and had never seen this in a hummus. One packet is 90 calories and has 2g protein and 2g fiber. Take one to work with lots of raw veggies, and chances are you will be less likely to hit the vending machine. (

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 Kings County Cracked Pepper Beef Jerky
I don’t why, but I typically think of beef jerky for guys only and that it is an unhealthy choice. My mind has changed. A serving of this jerky is only 80 calories, with 2g fat, 10g protein, and 160mg sodium (the Sichuan ginger flavor has only 95mg). It is made with very few ingredients, of which I can pronounce all of them. Pair it with a piece of fruit and you have a great snack perfect for us gals. (
 Reginald’s Homemade Crunchy Orignal Roast
Peanut Butter

This peanut butter definitely tastes homemade. It only has two ingredients: peanuts and peanut oil. Absolutely no salt has been added, which is hard to find in a peanut butter. One serving of 2 tablespoons provides 180 calories, 15g fat (only 2g saturated), 7g protein, and 0mg sodium. It comes in a variety of flavors, but for me there is nothing better than plain crunchy. (



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