9/30/14

Stuff You Gotta Try at Market Street: Super Food Chips

 

One of the best parts about being a dietitian for a grocery store is getting to try new food and staying on top of new products that hit the shelves. 

Recently, Rhythm Superfoods, (who also makes the Kale Chips we love), came out with chips. They have Barbecue, Jalapeno Lime, Nacho and Sea Salt flavors.

These tasty little gems have not received their NuVal nutrition score yet so we did a little comparing and found that the Jalapeno Lime flavor had the least sodium and most fiber to carbohydrate ratio. You'll see that the chips have 4.5 grams of fat per serving but none of that comes from saturated or trans fats (the fats currently associated with heart disease).

Here's a pro/con list of these chips. 

Pros
  • Great crunch factor - if you like thin, super crunchy chips, you will love the crunch of these
  • Taste really fresh, especially with the lime flavor
  • Very little sodium - only 25 mg for the Jalapeno Lime
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • 12 grams of whole grain per serving
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Contain antioxidants from purple corn
  • Have considerable protein and fiber for a chip
  • Just enough heat from the jalapeno (I'm a weakling and can only handle so much heat so these were just perfect)
Cons
  • Bag is much smaller than your average chip bag - but that makes it perfect for portion control
  • Chip doesn't hold dips very well - they kind of break off, especially with guacamole
  • Just enough heat that kids probably wouldn't like the jalapeno flavor - but I could see them loving the nacho flavor
  • Some people commented that there was an aftertaste of the pea protein - others couldn't tell

Flavors: Barbecue, Jalapeno Lime, Nacho and Sea Salt -
all flavors available at Market Street (last checked Sept 2014)

Ingredients:  Whole Purple, White, and Yellow Corn Flour, Sunflower Oil, Potato Starch, Pea Protein, Sesame Seeds, Defatted Flax Flour, Oat Fiber, Chicory Root Extract, Flaxseed, Green Bell Pepper, Sugar, Dehydrated Onion, Jalapeno Chili Pepper, Purple Sweet Potato (Color), Dehydrated Garlic, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Sunflower Lecithin, Spice, Yeast Extract, Extractives of Lime, Natural Flavor, Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Rosemary Extract, Natural Ascorbyl Palmitate (Derivative of Vitamin C), Trace of Lime.

Jalapeno Lime Super Foods Chips - I'm so in love with the color!

You'll find these chips on our chip aisle, specifically in the specialty chip section.

Have you tried any of the Super Food Chips? Let us know your favorite flavor.



9/26/14

Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Protein Muffins




 
Continuing with our celebration of National Breakfast Month here's a yummy make-ahead breakfast that is full of fiber and protein - sure to keep you and your family's tummies full till lunch.

We're making Pumpkin Protein Muffins. Combine a muffin with an Omelet Bite and you've got a portable and balanced breakfast. Both of these can be made ahead and frozen and then defrosted pretty quickly.

Let's get to baking!

Ingredients:
1 2/3 cup oat bran
1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (Jay Robb's individual servings are about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves (you can grind them in a coffee grinder or mini bullet)
2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree (not the pie mix)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl mix together all the dry ingredients; set aside.



3. In a large bowl, mix the remaining wet ingredients together until well combined and smooth.



Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.


Let batter sit 2 minutes to thicken a bit. Divide batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and bake 18-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let them cool in the muffin tin sitting on wire racks for about 10 minutes. Then transfer the muffins directly to the wire racks and let cool.
4. Muffins are best served warm but can be frozen for a quick grab-n-go breakfast, easily defrosted in the microwave.

Nutrition information:
1 muffin
Calories: 150
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 120mg
Total Carbohydrates: 23g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 7g

9/23/14

Are you worried about your child's weight?


Earlier this month we talked about "Helping Our Kids Be Healthy" for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Preventing childhood obesity is best but what if you are worried that your child is already carrying too much weight? Watching your own weight is stressful enough but worrying if your child is overweight or even obese can be overwhelming. While managing weight is no easy task, for parent or child, here are a few of our favorite tips to get you started in the right direction.

1. Check with your doctor - Before you decide that your child is overweight or obese, check with the pediatrician. They can plot height and weight and compare those statistics with previous years or recommended norms.

2. Don't start a campaign - We don't want to make weight a big deal. There's no need to point out that little Sarah is going to start losing weight or telling the whole family that Sarah shouldn't eat pizza and ice cream. Kids don't want to be different. You also don't want to sit your child down for a long conversation on the evil woes of sugar, the importance of a balanced diet and how to track calories. The focus should be on getting the whole family healthy - not skinny.

Historic poster of early weight loss campaigns


3. Make it a family affair - Speaking of the family, make sure that everyone in the family is doing similar things. Everyone could benefit from going on a walk, eating smaller portions and choosing fruit over sugary desserts a few nights a week. Make it fun! How about a family dance party, or a backyard obstacle course, or going to one of those really fun trampoline parks? Fitness and food can be fun.




4. Model great behavior - Unfortunately kids don't respond well to "Do as I say, not as I do." They'll be the first to pick up on that discrepancy. Are you asking your kids to eat broccoli when you refuse to do it? Make living a healthy lifestyle real. For example, a mom might say to her kids, "It's really hard to make a good choice. I'd much rather eat this cupcake but I know I'll feel better if I choose a piece of fruit." Our kids are watching us all the time.



5. Get kids involved - Don't make family fitness and health your sole responsibility. Based on your kids' ages you can get them involved. At the grocery store, have your kids pick out a new fruit or vegetable. At home, let your kids pick out a few recipes for dinner from a healthy cooking website (try www.eatingwell.com). Before school, teach your kids how to make healthy lunches (read more here).