When it comes to natural and gourmet foods, there’s a blurring on both sides of the line. Items once considered quintessential health foods are now taking on new, exotic flavors. Similarly, specialty foods are incorporating better-for-you ingredients and aligning with eco-conscious initiatives. To reflect this collision, our product picks are divided into two categories—gourmet foods going a bit more natural and natural foods with a decidedly gourmet flair.
GOURMET GOES NATURAL
Alexian Pâté & Specialty Meats Earthy Mushroom Vegan Pâté
A blend of mushrooms, celery and onions in a tofu base, this pâté is Rainforest Alliance-certified and includes no artificial flavors or preservatives.
Applegate Farms Organic Andouille Sausage
This skinless sausage seasoned with Cajun spices and made from antibiotic-free, minimally processed organic poultry has fewer calories (120 per serving) than traditional pork andouille.
La Tourangelle Roasted Walnut Oil
Expeller-pressed and lightly filtered, this 100 percent walnut oil is a rich source of omega-3s and antioxidants. Suitable for medium-high-heat cooking, dipping or blending into a sauce.
Caramoomel Veggie Caviar
Produced on a small family farm in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada, this caviar is made from local, pesticide-free tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant and beets, and is free of preservatives and artificial flavors.
NATURAL GOES GOURMET
The Original Smart Cookie Chocoloco
This rich, chewy, double-chocolate cookie gets a nutritional boost from organic spinach, broccoli, peas, dried apricots and applesauce.
ResVez Wine Time Bar
The company says this dark chocolate, date and almond bar offers more antioxidant resveratrol than 50 glasses of red wine, and incorporates polyphenols from Rhône valley red grapes.
Mother In Law’s Kimchi Artisanal Kimchi
A naturally probiotic food rich in vitamins, this spicy, pickled cabbage crafted from an original 20-year-old recipe from the Jang Mo Gip Restaurant in Garden Grove, Calif., emphasizes complexity of flavor and spice.
Laxmi’s Delights Golden Flaxseed Spread
Rich in omega-3s, this healthful spread is a blend of organic flaxseeds, dates and orange juice. It can be used like jam on waffles, biscuits, toast and scones, or as a topping on ice cream.