Grocery Store Finds: September 2018

There are so many new products hitting the shelves soon. This dietitian has the inside scoop.

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This is the first-ever Grocery Store Finds post, where I haven’t actually tried the products yet myself. Last month was Expo East and was hoping to get there, but my schedule was already booked with cooking classes and other events. I vicariously was following the #expoeast on Instagram and seeing all these new products that were announced and soon to hit the shelves if they haven’t already.

Maybe it’s the dietitian in me, but when I see a new product, I am intrigued. Some of these brands you probably have heard of before, but they are expanding their product lines with new items.

 
 

Wild Friends Nut Butter with Collagen

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Wild Friends with Collagen Peptides

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Wild Friends partnered with Vital Proteins, makers of high-quality, grass-fed collagen products, to make these nutrient-dense nut butter. Why did they choose collagen? Collagen is a vital building block of our hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we age, the production decreases. Incorporating collagen into your diet can encourage natural collagen production and has been shown to promote healthy cartilage, joint and bone health, skin tone and elasticity, increased athletic performance, gut health, and deeper sleep. One serving of Wild Friends Collagen Nut Butter packs in 8 grams of protein per serving. The second I see this in my grocery store, it will for sure end up in my cart.

Chosen Foods Vegan Mayo

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Chosen Foods Vegan Mayo

Vegan mayo? How is that even possible. Right on the jar, it says that it is made with avocado oil, but that is liquid. I did a little research and found out how they make a spreadable consistency. The magic is aquafaba! Aquafaba is the liquid leftover from soaking or cooking garbanzo beans. The water absorbs proteins and starches from the beans, becoming more viscous along the way. Its viscosity is similar to that of eggs and egg whites, making aquafaba the perfect egg substitute. Chosen Foods blends aquafaba with avocado oil, to create a 100% vegan mayo that can truly be described as plant-based. Use this mayo as you normally would – on sandwiches, wraps, or as a base for sauces and dressings.

Health Warrior Protein Muffin

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Health Warrior Protein Muffin

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A protein muffin made in 60 seconds – I’m intrigued! I was very excited to see sorghum listed at the first ingredient. Sorghum is, a cereal grain native to Asia and Africa, that is naturally gluten-free, packed with protein and fiber, and full of antioxidants like policosanols. They use pumpkin seed protein to add extra protein for a quick and filling breakfast or snack.

Cece’s Veggie Noodle Co. 

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Cece's Veggie Noodle Co

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Cece’s Veggie Noodle Co. has expanded its line beyond veggie noodles. They now have rice varieties and veggie-packed meals. What I like about these are that they are fresh and super convenient. I don’t know about you, but have you ever tried spiralizing a beet? It looks like a murder scene on my cutting board. Take a short cut and utilize these conveniently prepped veggies.

Soozy’s Muffins

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Soozy's Muffins

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Find Soozy’s Muffins in the frozen aisle. Soozy’s Muffins are made with all-natural, unprocessed ingredients, and are free from gluten, grains, soy, dairy, GMOs, fillers, stabilizers, and additives. Enjoy these muffins for breakfast, for dessert or as a snack. It’s convenient, easy, tasty, and goes well with your morning coffee, afternoon tea or a tall glass of milk at any time of the day.

Grocery Store Finds: January 2018

New year, new grocery store finds.
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I’ve been getting some great feedback from my grocery store finds! Thank you to all those who have commented, emailed, or messaged me. I really enjoy paroozing the aisles at the grocery store and finding new items to try and share here. As always, I am always open to ideas and suggestions. If you have a product you love and want to see it in this series, let me know!

Kodiak Cakes Minute Muffins

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I’ve written about Kodiak Cakes before, but now they have these Minute Muffins. All you have to do is add water, microwave for a minute, and you have yourself a muffin. I like to pump mine up with whisking in an egg for an adding punch of protein and top with fruit.

Mighty Sesame Co Tahini

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This is by far the creamiest tahini I have ever tried. I love that Might Sesame Co. Tahini comes in a squeeze bottle. It makes it easier to use. Looking for a recipe with tahini? Try my Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing.

Delighted by Dessert Hummus

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I’ve made my own dessert hummus before, but guys this Delighted by Dessert Hummus is by far creamier than what I’ve ever made. I loved the sweet snickerdoodle flavor. I’ve been dunking strawberries in this dessert hummus on repeat for my evening snack lately.

Puroast Coffee

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I was intrigued by Puroast Coffee. They sent me a sample of their low acidic coffee to try. I usually add a little splash of milk to my coffee in the morning, but this was the first time I could actually drink it completely black. It is very smooth and much less bitter. Puroast has 70 percent less acidity than any other coffee. My day doesn’t start without a cup of coffee.

Simple Mills Muffin Mix

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Simple Mills, I don’t think you make a product I don’t like. I wish I could cook and bake everything from scratch, but let’s be real, I’m busy! I have no shame in my box mix game, especially when it’s packed with simple and wholesome ingredients. Simple and delicious!

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Sun Dried Tomato Corn Muffins

Rise and shine with a savory muffins breakfast. Try a savory twist on breakfast muffins with these Sun Dried Tomato Corn Muffins. 
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This month, Recipe ReDux members were challenged to create new healthy takes on eating savory or dinner-inspired dishes for breakfast.
Growing up in an Italian family, bread was accompanied with dinner on the side with any dish. We did eat a lot of Italian dishes growing up, so fresh Italian bread was typically served with those dinners. The times we strayed away from our Italian roots, there was still bread on the table and often cornbread since that was one of my sister’s favorites.
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I remember not thinking some of the dinners didn’t pair well with the sweet corn bread, so I took the opportunity with this challenge to change it up a little and create a savory corn muffin.

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These savory corn muffins were great on their own. I also melted a little cheddar cheese on top. My mind instantly started thinking of recipes to pair these muffins with, like a hearty soup, chili, or sauteed collard greens. These would even be great cut up and turned into a savory corn bread stuffing.
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Sun Dried Tomato Corn Muffins

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 ¼ cup finely ground cornmeal
  • ½ cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup plain full fat (or 2%) Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray eight wells of the muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, egg, vanilla extract, yogurt, honey, and milk.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in sun-dried tomatoes.
  5. Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter into eight muffin wells.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until tops turn golden and center feels firm to the touch.

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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

You won’t believe that these Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins are flourless! Made with wholesome ingredients these muffins can be part of a healthy breakfast or enjoyed as a decadent dessert.
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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenWhenever I offer baked goods to my family and friends, they tend to be a little skeptical thinking that there is no way there is a “healthier” option that STILL tastes good. My dad’s famous words are “what’s in this” before he tries anything I make. My response is the typical eye roll with “JUST TRY IT!”. Even though my dad may question everything I make, he still always tries it. Making a flourless muffin that tastes as indulgent as dessert, this is one recipe no one will pass on. Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenFlourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen

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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 14 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 eggs, (at room temp) beaten
  • 2 cups natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin tray with cooking spray or line with parchment liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, peanut butter, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, cacao powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until smooth and creamy.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick, comes out clean.

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(Gluten-Free) Banana Bread Muffins

Pair with breakfast or add as a snack, these gluten-free Banana Bread Muffins can fit into any part of your day.

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One of the cooking goals that I’ve been working on is working with flour alternatives. There are so many varieties of flours (almond flour, quinoa flour, coconut flour, oat flour, plus so many more!) on the shelves in the grocery store and I’ve been intrigued. Mainly, because I am a food science nerd and I want to learn and understand their baking properties, but also I think many of us are trying to trim back on the amount of refined grains we are consuming (ie. white flour), so it’s been a fun challenge baking with these flour alternatives.

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I’ve quickly learned that these alternative flours do not have that perfect 1:1 ratio. FYI, coconut flour sucks up so much moisture. I tried baking cookies with coconut flour and when I picked one up it crumbled right in my hand. Note to self: Add more liquid and maybe pair coconut flour with other flours too. (I’m still working on that recipe!)

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I had received a bag of almond flour when I was on the trip with California Almond Board and I feel like it’s been calling my name to bake with it every time I open my pantry and see it.

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When you have overripe bananas, bake some banana bread muffin.

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread Muffins with nut butter

Banana Bread Muffins

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baking

Description

Pair with breakfast or add as a snack, these grain-free Banana Bread Muffins can fit into any part of your day.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 11/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, blend the eggs, bananas, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, until blended through and fluffy (to incorporate air). Pour into a bowl and fold in the yogurt.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into dry and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour muffin batter into muffin tins and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. (Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin at they are done when it comes out clean. Center will also spring back when pressed.)

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I know it’s not Fall yet .. but I am anticipating the PUMPKIN extravaganza that’s coming soon! I am obsessed with anything pumpkin. If you are too, definitely try these muffins!!
 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

 

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin puree*
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top (optional)

* Make sure to get pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix. Pumpkin puree is purely pumpkin, whereas pumpkin puree has lots of sugar added.

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, and sugar until blended and smooth.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture in batches, until combined. Do not over mix.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Spoon in the batter in the muffin tin, filling about 2/3 full. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tins.


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Enjoy!