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Whole wheat gnocchi made by Gia Russa

Was found in a specialty grocery store that carries many imported Italian food items.

Feldkamp Bread

A true whole grain bread imported from Germany (found in my regular grocery store) – no preservatives, trans-fats, or corn syrups added, all varieties are very tasty, especially toasted, stays fresh for weeks after opening, freezes well, and makes great sandwiches! http://www.germandeli.com/feldkampbreads.html

Alexia Oven Fries

Fries made without the unhealthy trans fatty acids - instead these are made with olive oil. Found in the freezer section of my regular grocery store. One bag easily serves 4 people (about 4 grams of healthy fats per serving) (additional info at www.alexiafoods.com)

Bella Terra Soia (Organic Soy Pasta)

From Racconto - pasta made from both wheat and soy flour. One serving of this product provides 6.4 grams of soy protein. Both taste and texture are great. Racconto also makes several types of organic whole wheat pasta products. I found these new products in my regular grocery store, mixed in with all the regular pasta brands.

BK Veggie

BK Veggie (made from grains and veggies) now available nationwide at Burger King (uses low-fat mayo with lettuce and tomato) - I recently tried this product and was very happy to find it available in the middle of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I applaud Burger King for introducing a low-fat vegetarian item onto their menu of available foods. However, no one will ever choose to convert to eating healthy foods simply by the appearance of this product. It was very small (much smaller than the bun), had only a puny amount of lettuce and tomato (with no onion or condiments), and in general simply seemed "anemic". In any case, next time I will make sure I have some fruit in the car and some other healthy food with me to fill me up :-)

Brassica Teas®

Brassica Teas® various gourmet teas that have SGS™ (sulforaphane glucosinolate) added to them. SGS™ is the compound found in broccoli and BroccoSprouts® that boosts the body's Phase 2 enzymes, which detoxify various carcinogens and promote cellular systems that inactivate free radicals.

Broccolini

Broccolini (baby broccoli) consumable raw or lightly steamed, from stem to flower. It is very sweet, tender and delicious. Treat yourself to some fun recipes with this exciting new vegetable.

CutNCleanGreens®

CutNCleanGreens a new brand in your grocery store offering the ultimate in convenience for all those power-packed nutritious greens. They are cut and washed, so you now have no excuse not to try them!

Del Monte

Del Monte fresh packaged: collard, mustard and turnip greens - a very easy way to increase your intake of these nutritional powerhouses

Frozen foods section - look for frozen chopped collard greens, turnip greens with diced turnips, and frozen black-eyed peas. I buy my store brand of these foods and add them to nearly everything. Another easy way to conveniently boost your family's intake of greens and/or legumes.

Genisoy Chocolate Covered Soynuts

Genisoy Chocolate Covered Soynuts - I have tried these, and they truly taste wonderful. However, I cannot recommend them as a primary source of soy for the following reasons: (1) they are much more expensive than this company's other soynuts, (2) they have sugar listed as the first ingredient, (3) they contain a significant amount of saturated fat, and (4) they are low in soy protein (only 3 grams per 1 ounce serving). In addition, there is no mention of the isoflavone content on the packaging (as there is on their other soynuts), and company has not yet provided me with the average isoflavone content of a serving. This new product fits the bill of as a special treat, but be sure to measure out a very small serving (use your food scale to see what one ounce really is) and then put the bag away before eating them!

Ian's Sweet Potato Fries

Ian's Sweet Potato Fries lightly coated with canola oil - look for in grocery stores/natural food stores - currently in Whole Foods (may be in the meat section of their frozen foods). Will be in most retail chains sometime during 2003.

Multi Grain with Milled Flaxseed and Soy Hot Cereal

From Hodgson Mill - a great tasting way to introduce flaxseed and plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids into the diet. Very high in fiber and the muffin recipe on the box is terrific.

Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti Pasta with Milled Flaxseed

Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti Pasta with Milled Flaxseed - Hodgson Mills - provides 500 mg alpha linolenic acid (ALL), the plant source of omega-3 fatty acids

Pomegranate Juice Concentrate

By Brownwood Acres try substituting this concentrate in the cherry shake recipe . On the rare days that I don't have time to make a soy shake in the morning, I put ~1 teaspoon or so in a cup of unflavored soy milk to take with me.

Songbird Shade-grown Coffee

I treat myself to good coffee on Saturday and this is what I use. It is organic, available decaffeinated by the Swiss-water process, and protects the habitat of songbirds. It is available at Wild Birds Unlimited stores around the country and on-line.

Ravioli Verde™

By Soy Boy® - spinach pasta with tofu-based garden herb filling. This is beautiful to look at on your plate and delicious, besides being a low-fat vegan alternative to traditional ravioli. It was so tasty that no sauce was needed. Made by Northern Soy, Inc., 545 West Ave., Rochester, NY 1461-2497. I purchased it at Whole Foods Market. Look for it at your local natural foods store.

I Can't Believe it's Not Chicken!

ByVeggie Patch - these are marinated strips of textured soy protein, sold in the refrigerated Produce or Natural Foods sections of many grocery stores. This delicious product is easy to use in stir-fry and fooled my family. Information about other products and recipes are at their website.

Trader Joe's Multigrain Pita Chips

40% less fat than potato chips, tasty, sturdy, no trans-fats, and contain fiber!

Trader Joe's Pita Chips w/Parmesan, Garlic, and Herb seasoning

60% less fat than potato chips.

Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Available in the refrigerated section. This ready-to-use dough tasted great and was easy to work with. Finally!! - and only 89¢. Found by my nephew - thanks, Gabe!

Tuna in Olive Oil

Look for several new brands of this yummy new item at your regular grocery store.

Green Tea Soymilk

By Vitasoy and "Soy Fusion" (with Matcha Green Tea) by American Soy Products, Inc. With these new drinks, you can *triple-dip*, getting the heart-healthy soy protein, soy's isoflavones (phytoestrogens) with their many healthful properties, and the anti-oxidant benefits from from the polyphenols in green tea!!! Both these drinks are slightly sweet, and they are green (they look very festive and fit right in with the current craze surrounding The Grinch). They can be served hot or cold. I have enjoyed them both ways.

There are differences in nutritional content between the two products: for example, the Soy Fusion drink has 3 gm of protein and 12 mg isoflavones (phytoestrogens) per 8 oz serving and the Green Tea Soymilk product has 7 gm of protein and 61 mg of isoflavones per 8 oz. serving. The American Heart Association recommends an intake of 25 gm of soy protein/day. A typical Japanese intake of isoflavones is in the range of 40-75 mg per day.

The recommended amount of isoflavone intake is still being researched for various clinical situations and general recommendations are difficult to make at this time. My intake is in the same range as a typical Japanese intake would be ( 50-75 mg/day ). My SuperSoy and Phytochemical Shake contains approximately 50-60 mg of isoflavones in the entire recipe. So you can see when adding up the math, on a day when I have had a full shake recipe at breakfast or some other time, drinking the Soy Fusion with its lower amount of isoflavones may be more appropriate. However, on days when I don't have time to make a shake, drinking 8 oz. of Green Tea Soymilk would give me approximately the same amount of isoflavones as a full recipe of my shake. So there are lots of options!

Frozen Mango Cubes

By Private Selection brand in Kroger Stores - I add these for the frozen fruit to my morning shake recipe. They make a wonderful tasting shake!!

 

Enjoy these new healthy food products and others that you discover in your grocery and natural foods stores! Diana has no financial relationship with any food or dietary supplement company, and the mention of any product does not constitute an endorsement.

 

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