Amy’s Organic Soups Quinoa, Kale & Red Lentil
The nosh: A USDA Organic stew made with on-trend vegan ingredients like kale, quinoa, red lentils, green onions, jalapeno peppers, ginger, turmeric and more. Just heat and serve.
What’s cool: We love how Amy’s uses BPA-free cans and caters to consumers with special diets.
Bakeology Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookie Bites
The nosh: Bite-sized vegan, gluten-free cookies made with organic rice flour, evaporated cane juice, coconut oil, chocolate chips, almond meal and more. Also sweetened with molasses for robust flavor.
Addictive, crunchy and ideal for tea or coffee. Three cookies delivers a reasonable 130 calories, which makes for a sweet, better-for-you snack.
What’s cool: The product sports both Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten Free seals. It’s also pretty difficult to find a GF and vegan cookie that you're actually psyched to eat. Also available in Snickerdoodle and Vanilla Chai flavors.
Beachy Cream Dakine Vegan & Gluten Free
The nosh: Hold the phone—this awesomely delicious ice cream sandwich is the stuff dreams are made of. Organic cashews, coconut milk, chocolate chips, brown rice flour, coconut oil and more make this the quintessential summertime treat.
What’s cool: This California-based brand sources USDA Organic dairy direct from the Straus Family Creamery and supports local organizations like Heal The Bay and Surf Aid through donations and sponsorships.
Cabo Chips Ancient Grain
The nosh: Classic tortilla chips infused with nutrient-dense ancient grains like teff, amaranth and chia, fried in rice bran oil and dusted with lime juice and sea salt.
These chips are awesomely good! The folks over at Cabo Chips are experts at combining ingredients for an authentic, zesty flavor.
What’s cool: The brand employs rice bran oil instead of canola or vegetable oil for added nutrition. Plus, I’m impressed with how seamlessly nutty ancient grains and chia seeds meld into the tortilla chip.
The nosh: A beautifully packaged fizzy beverage, sweetened with pure cane sugar and naturally flavored. Each crisp, refreshing flavor would make a deliciously unique cocktail.
What’s cool: While these are sweetened beverages, Dry contains far less sugar than conventional sodas. (Compare Dry’s 11 gram of sugar Cucumber flavor with Coke’s 33 grams).
Ella’s Kitchen Coconut Water Electrolyte Drink
The nosh: This USDA Organic beverage is made with potassium-rich ingredients like coconut water and banana, and ginger juice, agave syrup and sea salt. Give it to kids after an especially intense game of Little League, or use in place of Pedialyte for natural cold and flu hydration.
What’s cool: A kid-focused, functional drink that uses whole foods instead of extracts or additives. Also available in a Pear + Berries flavor if for kids who don't like bananas.
Ella’s Kitchen Blueberry Apple Juice Blend Drink
The nosh: Also by Ella’s, this impressive low-sugar beverage is designed for lunch boxes. This flavor contains USDA Organic apple, blueberry, lemon and aloe vera juice.
What’s cool: Each 200 mL juice box contains just 25 calories and 5 grams of sugar—all of it from fruit juice, not added cane sugar.
Field Trip All Natural Gluten Free Beef Jerky Honey Spice no. 11
The nosh: Jerky is no longer a gas station staple. The newest crop of jerky on the market features pronounceable ingredients, minimal sugar and hormone-free meats. This honey-infused beef jerky contains top round beef, brown sugar, pineapple juice, granulated garlic, ginger, aged cayenne red peppers, onion, black pepper and gluten-free reduced sodium soy sauce.
What’s cool: Field Trip founders are dedicated to providing a product that is radically different from conventional jerky. We especially love what’s not in the jerky: no artificial flavors, colors, nitrates, MSG or corn syrup. Plus, Field Trip tests to ensure its products contains less than 5 ppm gluten.
Forte TruthBar Cookie Dough
The nosh: A vegan, gluten-free 210-calorie bar packed with 10 grams of plant-based protein, 10 grams of dietary fiber and 7 grams of sugar. Made with tapioca syrup, sugar-free dark chocolate, rice protein concentrate, cacao nibs, almond butter, coconut oil, chia seed powder, stevia and more. Those who are sensitive to stevia may experience a bitter aftertaste from the chocolate.
What’s cool: We like how Forte combines added fiber and protein for an especially filling bar, and how the bar contains superfood add-ins like chia, almonds and cacao nibs.
Jovial Gluten Free Fig Fruit Filled Organic Cookies
The nosh: We’re continually impressed with the high-quality foods coming from Jovial. These Certified Gluten Free fig cookies are made with USDA Organic rice, chickpea and potato, sugar, responsibly sourced palm oil and pasture-raised eggs (meaning chickens can actually roam about freely).
Jovial also recently launched einkorn crackers—made with einkorn flour, organic palm fruit oil and sea salt. They contain gluten, but because einkorn is an ancient wheat, many believe it’s easier for those with wheat sensitivity to digest.
What’s cool: Jovial includes farmer profiles and ingredient information on its website, and even launched a cookbook that contains einkorn recipes.
Kaibae Baobab Superfood Sprinkles
The nosh: In a quest to get more Americans incorporating the African superfruit baobab into their meals, Kaibae recently combined the lesser-known fruit with ingredients like hibiscus, coconut, pineapple and even seaweed. All ingredients are USDA Organic, and there are no additives or preservatives. Shake over oatmeal, soup, yogurt, popcorn or smoothies for added potassium and fiber.
What’s cool: Kaibae responsibly sources all ingredients through community partnerships (it works with 150 baobab harvesters) and provides economic opportunity in Northern Ghana.
LivingNow Organic Quinoa & Rice Pasta
The nosh: Those with several food allergies will appreciate Living Now’s organic quinoa pasta, made with three simple ingredients: rice, quinoa and amaranth. Produced in a gluten-free, allergy-friendly facility.
What’s cool: It’s rare to find a gluten-free pasta that is also free from soy, corn, nuts and eggs. Plus, each serving of this pasta delivers 5 grams of protein.
PROBAR BASE Chocolate Bliss
The nosh: A plant-based bar with 20 grams protein? Heck yes! We’re really impressed with BASE Chocolate Bliss. Not only can it be lunch in a cinch (280 calories could tide you over until dinner), but also it’s not a sugar bomb—16 grams of sugar is relatively low for a nutrition bar with such high protein. Plus, it’s pretty darn tasty, too.
What’s cool: Ample organic ingredients (tapioca syrup, dried cane syrup, blue agave syrup, agave inulin, soy protein isolate, rice protein concentrate) and 55 mg of caffeine from yerba mate make BASE an excellent choice over other nutrition bars.
SAN-J Gluten Free Marinades and Sauces
The nosh: Now Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten Free, SAN-J’s new Asian-inspired sauces and marinades are beautifully crafted with ingredients you could find in your home kitchen (no MSG, artificial flavors or colors here). The Sweet & Tangy Polynesian Glazing & Dipping sauce, for example, is a fruity blend of apple juice concentrate, honey, pineapple juice concentrate, and savory tomato paste, tamari soy sauce, garlic and onion.
What’s cool: While gluten-free sauces used to be difficult to find, we love how SAN-J is catering to food-adventurous consumers with non-GMO and gluten-free formulations.
SmartFruit Perfect Peach +Energy
The nosh: This new brand combines pureed fruits and fruit concentrates with added B vitamins and pep-you-up herbs like ashwagandha extract. Combine SmartFruit with ice, water or your smoothie for an easy boost.
What’s cool: This no-added-sugar beverage builder taps into the smoothie-making set. Plus, we love how SmartFruit incorporates zinc, Echinacea, spirulina, dark leafy greens, omega-3s and oat fiber for a healthier start to the day. The bottle design is pretty unique, too.
Temple Turmeric Pure Fire Cider and Holiday Spiced Lassi
The nosh: New from the titans of turmeric comes these top-notch elixirs. The Fire Cider is a pleasantly spicy, sinus-clearing tonic that contains 10 grams of Hawaiian Oana Turmeric, ghost pepper, lemon, horseradish, orange oil, one billion CFU probiotics and more. The Holiday Mango Lassi is a dairy-free, seasonal blend of cranberry, mango, dates, hemp, coconut milk, turmeric and more. Functional plus festive. We love it!
What’s cool: Temple Turmeric sources from an organic, solar power-run farm in Hawaii. The company is helping the farm turn a portion of the acreage into a biodynamic practice by 2016.
Two Moms In The Raw Almond Mini Tart Shells
The nosh: Just in time for show-stopping Thanksgiving desserts, these adorable tart shells are made with sprouted almonds, organic coconut crystals, unsweetened coconut, coconut oil, hemp seeds, cinnamon, golden flax seeds, sea salt, vanilla and turmeric. These raw “crusts” don’t need to be baked—just fill with coconut cream, berries or chocolate filling, refrigerate and serve.
What’s cool: Each tart shell delivers 2 grams of plant-based protein per serving, contains just 6 grams of sugar and uses mostly organic ingredients.
Organic Valley Grassmilk Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt Cream On Top
The nosh: Available in both Vanilla and Plain flavors, Organic Valley’s newest yogurt is a whole-milk delicacy. This silky yogurt sources dairy from cows who are fed only grass (not finished on grain) for a smooth, fresh taste.
What’s cool: Did you know that grass-fed cows produce milk with a more healthful balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids? From a brand dedicated to sustainable and transparent business practices.