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Editor Showcase Eat This: New Products for Spring 2015

Eat This Show Signage
All Photos By Gail

Hot New Products: we want to know all about them, and when those new items come from a brand whose products we already  love, we can’t wait to try them! The promise of being introduced to, and l tasting, delicious new, limited edition and seasonal items from trusted favorites like Tombstone, Pom and Uncle Ben’s — as well as some trending brands that were new to us — brought the food writers and bloggers to the Marriott Marquis on April 6th for Editor Showcase Eat This Event. Here are some of our favorite tasty products that we can’t wait to tell you about!

Hot Pockets Breakfast Bites

Hot Pockets, one of the most popular names in frozen sandwiches, have two new additions to the family:  Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites.  At the showcase, we sampled Hot Pockets Snack Bites Four Cheese Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza, as well as the Breakfast Bites Bacon, Egg & Cheese variety — all very delicious and appetite-satisfying!

Hot Pockets Samples

Additional varieties include Snack Bites Hickory Ham & Cheddar and Cheesy Beef Nacho, and Breakfast Bites Ham, Egg & Cheese and Sausage, Egg & Cheese! My mouth waters just typing that.  Hot Pockets Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites are made with 100% real cheese, are a good source of protein and do not contain any artificial flavors, providing a deliciously hearty snack option that’s ready in just over a minute.

Hot Pockets Snack Bites

Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites by Hot Pockets are currently available at all Walmart stores and will be available at all participating retailers nationwide starting June 2015!.

Kaldi Mediterranean Cooking Sauces

Did you know that May is often celebrated as International Mediterranean Month? It’s true! So the time is right to discover Kaldi Mediterranean Cooking Sauces, which come in these four tempting varieties:

Plaki: Bell peppers, Celery & Balsamic Vinegar
Portokali: Blood orange, Black Olives & Ginger
Saganaki: Anise, Black Olives & Capers
Stifado: Red Wine, Onions & Allspice

We had the chance to sample different sauces at Editor Showcase and were won over by the fresh tastes of these authentic family recipes made with all natural ingredients. Whether you are an expert chef, or someone like me who is more comfortable opening a jar, Kaldi sauces provide an easy way to prepare your favorite Mediterranean-inspired recipes and Greek specialties without sacrificing flavor or authenticity. We will be featuring Kaldi sauces exclusively in an upcoming post here on Worleygig.com, but in the meantime you can out more about Kaldi Cooking Sauces and gourmet Olive Oils, and get recipes, at This Link.

Uncle Bens Quinoa and Rice Mixes

Uncle Ben’s may be a brand that we all grew up loving, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t on trend in the creation of new rice and grain side dishes that are both tasty and convenient. Included in Uncle Ben’s new selection of Flavored Grains are Brown Rice & Quinoa Roasted Red Pepper and Long Grain & Wild Rice Basmati Medley Savory Herb, both on your table and ready to eat in just 25 minutes! Get more information as well as money-saving coupons at Uncle Bens Dot Com!

Sea Cuisine Display

If you are old school like me, you might have grown up in a household where having fish for dinner meant frozen breaded fish sticks that tasted like cardboard! Good eatin’! Times have mercifully changed, and enjoying the convenience of frozen fish can now taste as fresh as the Catch of the Day brought home from the market. Sea Cuisine seafood products are an ideal way for fish lovers to create the perfect meal. Even busy, on-the-go folks who are looking for something simple, yet delicious, to whip up and enjoy at home any night of the week have a variety of products to choose from, including gourmet Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, to Fire Roasted Applewood Smoked Salmon and Beer Battered Cod (a favorite for traditional Fish & Chips). Whether you choose to mix it up with Fish Sliders or Tacos (who doesn’t love those?), or prepare a multi-course banquet, the flavors are always bold and easy to adapt to any meal. Get recipes and coupons for your next purchase of Sea Cuisine at This Link!

Saffron Road Brand Signage

Saffron Road Brand is famous for its fabulous Indian and Asian Cuisine prepared in the Halal tradition that embraces respect for the land, fair treatment of farmers and humane treatment of animals, resulting in wholesome and delicious food. The company is now offering a line of frozen Mexican entrees that are just outstanding in their value, flavor and high quality.

Saffron Road Chipotle Cheese Enchilada

Take a look at this Saffron Road Cheese Enchilada Al Chipotle, which is absolutely stuffed fat with fresh Oaxaca Cheese and topped with creamy and spicy Chipotle sauce. Insane! The complete frozen entree comes with sides of Mesquite Black Beans and Garlic Rice, for a satisfying, restaurant-quality meal at half the price! Discover the exciting world of Saffron Road’s all natural foods at This Link!

Tombstone Signage

If pizza is what you crave, Editor Showcase featured two excellent brands with new products to experience. Tombstone has introduced its most unique pizza flavors yet, both of which are designed to celebrate bold flavor combinations.

Tombstone Diablo Pizza

Diablo pizza features spicy chorizo, jalapenos and sweet red peppers on top of real Wisconsin mozzarella cheese and fiery Sriracha tomato sauce! Hot stuff!

Tombstone Bratwurst Pizza

For Sausage Pizza fans, Tombstone’s Bratwurst variety is made with slices of premium Bratwurst, green bell peppers, and a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses with a zesty tomato sauce enhanced with hint of spicy brown mustard. Amazing! Both feature a preservative-free crust and are ready to eat hot from the oven in under 20 minutes! These Limited Edition pizzas are currently available nationwide. Visit Tombstone online at This Link!

Bon Appetite Pizza Booth

Bon Appetite frozen specialty pizza is crafted with a thin, artisan crust and topped with carefully selected, flavorful ingredients like whole slices of 100% real mozzarella and halved cherry tomatoes. This is another very delicious pizza that’s made to be paired with a glass of wine (see Gnarly Head Chardonnay, pictured above)! We’ll drink to that!

Bon Appetite Pizza Samples

Five gourmet varieties include Spinaci Pizza, a mouthwatering combination of Mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan cheese, spinach and a zesty garlic sauce all atop a thin, flaky, buttery, made-from-scratch crust. Outstanding! Find out where to buy Bon Appetite Pizza in your neighborhood by visiting This Link!

Bon Appetite Pizza Ingredients

Thomas Booth Signage

Thomas’ Brand English Muffins and Bagels rolled out previews of two new, limited edition seasonal varieties (for Fall/Winter 2015) that should be huge hits: Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry! Breakfast, Get Ready to Rock!

Thomas Pumpkin Muffins and Bagels

Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins and Bagels are made with real Pumpkin, cinnamon and spices. These will be available nationwide from September through November.

Thomas Cranberry Muffins and Bagels

Thomas’ Cranberry Muffins and Bagels are studded with fresh cranberries, perfect for enjoying during the holiday season from October through December. Be on the look out for these delicious treats later in the year!

Pom Super Tea

Pom Wonderful Antioxidant Super Tea, we love this beverage! It tastes so good and it so food for you. Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea, Pomegranate Lemonade Tea, Pomegranate Sweet Tea, and Pomegranate Honey Green Tea are the fresh and fruity flavors for you to enjoy – and it makes a fantastic cocktail mixer as well! And check out the shape on that bottle — Sexy! Find out more about refreshing Pom Antioxidant Super Tea at This Link!

Pom Super Tea Booth

Scarletts Grapefruit Juice

We have to give a shout out to Wonderful Brand Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit, because they are delicious and always have the loveliest booth.

Scarletts Grapefruits

Eat More Grapfruit, why don’tcha?

Lifeway Protein Kefir Watermelon

 Lifeway Kefir Probiotic Beverage has a new flavor for Summer: lowfat Watermelon, which tastes great!

Lifeway Protein Kefir

We also love their other flavors, especially the smooth, sweet and creamy Banana! Check them out at This Link!

Garden of Eatin Cantina Chips

Garden of Eatin’ Cantina Style Chips and Sensible Portions Puffs  are two great tasting snacks that you will want to have on hand for guilt-free indulgence. These new products just hit shelves and will be seeing wider distribution coming into the summer. Garden of Eatin’ Tortilla Chips bring restaurant style chips into you home with their fresh corn taste and crave-able crispness. These chips are available in two varieties: Blue Corn with Sea Salt and White Corn with Lime. Both are made with organic corn and other non-GMO ingredients, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Like them on FaceBook at This Link.

Veggie Puffs

Sensible Portions Puffs are also made with organic corn, without artificial flavors or preservatives and are non-GMO. These puffs are baked and deliciously seasoned, bit-sized treats that come in four flavors including Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream and Onion, Veggie and Tomato Basil. These puffs are very low in calories and have no transfats, so they are perfect for the entire family. Get more familiar with the Sensible Portions brand by liking their Facebook page at This Link!

Nuttzo Nut Butter

Here’s an item that is unique and brand new to us, Nuttzo Nut Butter. Made with seven different kinds of nuts and seeds, every jar of Nuttzo contains cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds – wow! Nuttzo is 100% organic, high in omega 3s and protein and comes in both crunchy and smooth varieties, as well as a 70% Dark Chocolate version. Find out more about Nuttzo Nut Butter at This Link!

Nuttzo Nut Butter Display

And everyone who visited their booth at Editor Showcase got a free jar of Nuttzo to take home!

Ginny Bakes Cookies Display

Ever since being introduced to ginnybakes Gluten Free Cookies at a trade show last year, we have been huge fans! ginnybakes cookies are the most delicious, tiny, crispy cookies and we do not want to share them with anyone, ever. At Editor Showcase, we got to sample their newest variety, Cranberry Pistachio Bliss! You can see the chunk  of pistachio and cranberries right in the cookies even! So great! All of ginnybakes cookies are fresh baked before packaging and are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and are baked with only the finest natural ingredients. They make gluten free baking mixes as well! Find out more about ginnybakes and buy their cookies online right now at This Link!

Ginny Bakes Cookies Signage

Orchard Valley and Nut Exactly Booth

Orchard Valley Harvest natural snacks and Nut Exactly Snack Bites shared a Booth, and we love to see the camaraderie! Both products feature tasty, wholesome snack options with Grab & Go convenience!

Nut Exactly Display

Nut Exactly (by Fisher)  is a combination of roasted nuts and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter or salted caramel. Each snack bite contains only 15 to 16 calories and no artificial preservatives.  Four varieties include Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate,  Peanut Popcorn dipped in Peanut Butter, Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate, and Pecan Popcorn dipped in Salted Caramel. Super Yummy! Find Out More at Fisher Nut Exactly Dot Com.

Orchard Valley Snacks

Orchard Valley Harvest snacks  are a brand dedicated to offering products with close-to-the-earth goodness and taste, starting with ingredients that are pure and simple. All of their nuts are picked at their peak, minimally processed and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Orchard Valley Harvest nut and fruit mixes can be found in the produce section of retailers nationwide in convenient on-the-go standup bags (one to two servings) and multipacks (eight single-serving bags), which are perfect for consumers living active lifestyles. Check them out online at Orchard Valley Harvest Dot Com.

Justins Nut Butters Display

Justin’s Nut Butter is a product that started out in creator Justin Gold’s home kitchen for just his own personal use, then moved on to become a favorite seller at Farmers Markets, and eventually became a nationally distributed brand!  Justin’s makes seven different varieties of Nut Butters including Maple Almond Butter, Honey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter! Outstanding!

Justins Peanut Butter Cups

Justin’s also makes a variety of Peanut Butter Cups and new Mini Peanut Butter Cups — in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate — that put Reeses to shame! Find out more about Justin’s at Justins Dot Com!

Until the next time, don forget to “Eat This”!

Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition 2015: The Recap!

Ambrosia Apples Display
The Ambrosia Apples Booth Gets A Bonus Shout-Out for Having the Most Beautiful Display at the 2015 Health and Nutrition Editor Showcase! (All Photos By Gail)

Despite the fierce winter chill, Food Bloggers and Journalists flocked to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square last week for the first Editor Showcase event of the year. Even with the show’s focus on the theme of Health and Nutrition, we were surprised and pleased to see such a variety of fresh foods and produce mixed in with the usual offerings of (albeit delicious) yogurt, chips and gluten-free products that are the staples of most food shows. Here are a few of our favorite products from the show!

Kind Arthur Almond Flour

Here’s a couple of product that home bakers will rejoice over: King Arthur brand Almond Flour and Coconut Flour. Based in Vermont, King Arthur is America’s oldest flour company and their dedication to innovation in the realm of baking ingredients, recipes, tools and educational opportunities unparalleled.

Since EDsmart is official to one of these organizations, check both websites to determine whether or not your application is approved.

Kind Arthur Coconut Flour

With the rise in popularity of gluten-free consciousness, these flours are absolutely ideal and they make everything you bake taste like it came from the fanciest bakery in town. We know, because look at the delicious treats they brought to the show:

King Arthur Snack Display

That chocolate cake you see in the photo above? It was just insane. Be a Baking Superstar and find out more about King Arthur Flour at This Link!

Appethyl Signage

A new product that intrigued us is Appethyl, an all-natural, vegetable-based appetite suppressant that may be just what you are looking for to help you take off that extra 5 pounds you put on over the holidays (raises hand). Made from 100% spinach, Appethyl is patented and clinically tested (very important).

Appethyl Appetite Suppressant

Appethyl increases the body’s feeling of fullness by slowing down its absorption of fat and glucose. The product comes in easy to use, individually wrapped packets, so there is no measuring involved. You can take a few packets with you on the go, to your office to wherever. Just mix the Appethyl powder in with soup, a smoothie, or a drink with your meal, and you have a convenient, safe and effective way to curb cravings. Find out more at This Link!

Blue Diamond Nut Thins

Over the holidays, I was introduced to Blue Diamond Nut-Thins crackers and fell completely in love with their terrific taste and seductive crispiness. The Almond Nut-Thins taste like delicious popcorn, so good! Just add a bit of cheese or salami and you have the most delicious snack you can imagine. Good enough for company, even!

Blue Diamond is a trusted brand name everyone should be familiar with for their quality almonds and almond products. But did you know that the 105-year old cooperative is owned half the state of California’s almond growers, who produce over 80 percent of the world’s almond supply? Wow! No wonder they know what they’re doing.

Blue Diamond Almond Milk and Nuts

At Editor showcase, we not only had a chance to try bold new almond favors – such as Wasabi Soy Sauce and Habanero BBQ – but we also sampled the brand’s tasty non-dairy, almond milk beverage, which is called Almond Breeze. Find out more about Blue Diamond’s exciting line of products at This Link!

Lundberg Family Farms

Lundberg Family Farms are famous for their sustainable rice farming practices that conserve water resources, build soil integrity and support a healthier ecosystem. And doesn’t it feel good to support a company that makes delicious foods while also taking care of the Earth? Sure it does!

Lundberg has just introduced a line of packaged Whole Grain Quinoa and Rice Side Dishes in a variety of savory flavors. These healthy and convenient sides offer the perfect complement to any homemade meal.

The Elvis Rice Cake

Rice Cake fans should also check out Lundberg’s Thin Stackers, which pack a burst of nutty, whole grain flavor into a rice cake that is compressed for a denser and more satisfying bite than most. At the show, we were invited to add our own toppings from a Rice Cake bar, and I made this little snack, topped with with peanut butter and banana chips, which I call the Elvis Rice Cake! Please also note the rice cake’s square shape, which is awesome.

Luna Bar Display

Luna Bars are a healthy snack bar geared specifically towards the nutritional needs of Women. Luna is the perfect on-the-go-snack; being both nutritious and deliciously decadent!

Luna Lemon Bar

The Lemon Zest variety was my favorite, with its appealing balance of tartness and sweetness and a creamy/ crunchy texture combination. Luna Bars are gluten free, a good source of protein and are made with 70% organic ingredients, while also offering 3-4 grams of fiber per bar! Find out more about Luna Bars at This Link!

Ambrosia Apples Display

And here we are, circling back with Ambrosia Apples, whose booth enthusiastically embraced the essence of spring by including several varieties of fresh flowers, cheerful product reps dressed in keenly accented, coordinated outfits (not pictured) and lots of these gorgeous, fragrant apples to sample and learn about.

Ambrosia Apples Display

Ambrosia is a relative newcomer on the American-grown apple landscape, after being discovered as a chance seedling in an orchard in British Columbia, Canada. The taste reminded me a bit of a Golden Delicious apple, with creamy flesh and a sweet, honey-like flavor. The flesh is also slow to brown, which makes it ideal for baking. Find out more about this, versatile, tasty, non-GMO fruit at This Link!

Good Natured Vegetable Crisps

Good Natured Selects is introducing two varieties of their new Baked Vegetable Crisps: regular and Ranch (which are lightly dusted with a ranch dressing seasoning). These light and crispy chips have a wonderful vegetable taste with the appealing texture of a Ruffles Ridged Potato Chip — which, you know, makes them good for dipping!

Good Natured Vegetable Crisps

All Good Natured Selects products are gluten-free, made with no artificial ingredients or added preservatives and contain zero grams of fat. But what’s most important is that they taste great!  Find out more about Good Natured Selects Baked Vegetable Crisps and other products at This Link!

Texas Grapefruits

When I think of Wonderful Brands, I remember how they managed to license Psy’s ridiculously popular “Gangnam Style” for a commercial about their line of Pistachios, with the tagline “Get Crackin’ ”  — because that was just brilliant. Wonderful Brands also represents a variety of fresh produce, and at  Editor Showcase they were showing off their delicious Sweet Scarlett’s Texas Red Grapefruits as well as their Halos Mandarin Oranges, in addition to a variety of their more popular flavors of pistachios, such as Sweet Chili and, my favorite, Salt and Pepper!

Wonderful Brands Halos

Wonderful Brands is, in fact, the fastest-growing brand in America’s produce aisles and has become a trusted household name for delicious nuts and fruits that not only tastes great but are also a smart, healthy choice for use in recipes for everyday snacking. Get more information about Wonderful Brands at This Link!

Lifeway Kefir Beverage

You’ve read about the Lifeway Brand Kefir beverages and snacks here on The Gig before, and it is always a pleasure to see what they have to offer in the way of new products. Lifeway Kefir Beverages are a high calcium, high-protein, yogurt-style beverage that tastes great and offers an endless list of health benefits with its 12 life and active probiotics.

Lifeway Kefir Beverage Display

These drinks are not too sweet, and are perfect to take on-the-go, or for a satisfying afternoon snack. Their newest variety contains oats as well – which makes it ideal for a quick, convenient breakfast!  Find out more and sign up to receive money saving coupons from Lifeway at This Link!

National Onion Association

It was fun to see the National Onion Association team up with U.S. Apples for a shared booth that was all about not only the great taste. versatility and health benefits of each variety of produce, but also provided some fantastic recipes using both products, and samples of some tasty recipes, such as Apple Onion Jam, and other treats combining the flavors of each.

US Apples

Visit US Apple Dot Org and Onions USA Dot Org to get your hands on some tasty and innovative recipes!

Skinny Girl Bars

The Skinnygirl Daily brand has expanded far beyond its ambitious Margarita Mix beginnings to now include a line of Tasty Nutrition Bars in decadent flavors like Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel and Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt, each containing only 150 – 170 calories per bar. Skinnygirl Daily is all about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle while allowing yourself to indulge in life’s finer things. Sign up for Skinny Girl’s online newsletter and get 10% off your first purchase at Skinny Girl Daily Dot Com.

Egg Nutrition Center

Not that anyone needs to advertise to get me to eat eggs — because eggs are awesome — but hey, free Deviled Eggs are always a good thing!  As part of the American Egg Board, the Incredible Edible Egg TM offers information to consumers about all things eggs, including recipes, cooking techniques, nutritional benefits and much more. The Egg Nutrition Center, also part of the American Egg Board, serves as a credible source of nutrition and health science information and is the knowledge leader in research and education related to eggs. Egg-citing!

Green Deviled Eggs

We also enjoyed snacking on these  Deviled Green Eggs and Ham — which were actually more of a turquoise color — topped with bits of bacon. And…

Mexican Deviled Eggs

Mexican Deviled Eggs with Chorizo, yummy!

That wraps up this Editor Showcase Recap. Until next time, snack healthy!

Snack Review: Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars
Photos By Gail (Click Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Do you like frozen desserts? I sure do. Frozen Fruit, Ice Cream, Yogurt – just put it on a stick and I’m good to go for convenient, tasty snacking! While attending the Health & Nutrition Editor Showcase event in February, I was introduced to a healthy snack called frozen Kefir from the Lifeway family of products. The folks at Lifeway were happy to send over a couple of boxes of their Frozen Kefir Bars in two delicious flavors and I have been enjoying them this past week as a light and low calorie snack while TV-watching!

For those who need a little back-story, Kefir is a cultured milk product that is similar to yogurt in that it contains probiotics – healthy bacteria that aid in digestion – as well as having other healthy benefits. I actually did a little research on the differences between Yogurt and Kefir, and you can check that out for yourself at This Link and learn about Lifeway Kefir’s various benefits by clicking Here.

The most distinctive flavor profile aspect of frozen Kefir is its tart sourness, which keeps the bar from tasting overly sweet. The Coconut Frozen Kefir Bar tastes exactly like Coconut as soon as it hits your tongue, but it is a light sweetness that contrasts well with Kefir’s natural tanginess. The Vanilla flavor also optimizes the natural tanginess to create a taste similar to delicious, rich Vanilla cheesecake — and who doesn’t love that? Kefir’s texture is creamy and there are only 56 calories per bar – which makes it an ideal dessert choice for anyone watching their weight. These all-natural bars are gluten free and 99% lactose free as well.

Lifeway Frozen Coconut Kefir Bar

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars come in four flavors, including the very tasty Coconut and Vanilla mentioned in this review as well as Green Tea Raspberry and Peach, which sound delicious! Sign up to receive free discount coupons on Lifeway Products and find stores near you that sell Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars at This Link!