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Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Guilt-Free Snacking: You’ll Love These Good-For-You Snacks

We’re avid snackers. Try as we may to reduce the number of snacks we eat, there’s just no winning the war. Luckily, we’re slowly winning the battle by switching to healthy snacks; all thanks to the fact that they are all freaking delicious and we can enjoy some guilt-free snacking. The guilt and shame we felt ravaging a bag of potato chips, cookies, or a pint of ice cream are dissipating quickly because we’re enjoying healthier options that taste just as good.

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Thanks to guilt-free snacking on things like the protein and fiber dense options from Nature’s Path; the wholesome and flavorful handmade crackers from Top Seedz; the protein-packed beef jerky from Old Trapper; and the savory, toasted crackers from Mary’s Gone Crackers. The wonderful thing about these snacks is not only are they beneficial to your wellbeing, they will help you snack better. We have absolutely noticed a change in our snacking habits.

NATURE’S PATH

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Granola is a terrific way to give your body the healthy sustenance it needs while keeping the bd away. If regular granola is good for you, Superfood granolas are incredibly beneficial to the body. We discovered this when we were introduced to the Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified granolas, cereals, oatmeal, waffles, and more from Nature’s Path. We had the opportunity to treat ourselves to the Golden Turmeric Superfood Granola, their newest flavor Smoothie Bowl Superfood Granola, and their Golden Turmeric Superfood Oatmeal. Hands down, our absolute favorite (although the other two were enjoyed almost as enthusiastically) was the Golden Turmeric Superfood Granola.

This addictive power snack features invigorating turmeric granola with crunchy cashews and powerhouse ingredients turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper, which are known to support anti-inflammatory and blood sugar balancing functions of the body. If you’ve ever had a real Golden Milk then you know that the addition of black pepper magnifies the effects and benefits of Turmeric. Add in its delicious taste and you can’t go wrong. Other reasons we love this are it’s sweetened with low GI coconut sugar (only 5g sugar per 30g serving);  is baked with coconut and avocado oil; and it’s snackable clusters with a delicious, cookie-like melt in your mouth texture. We wanted to see how it would taste with milk but not one cluster made it near a bowl. It was straight from the bag to our waiting mouth.

TOP SEEDZ CRACKERS

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

As of today, with two full containers devoured, we find ourselves addicted to the Kosher certified, vegan, and gluten-free crackers. We have not yet been able to get to the point of putting anything on these delicious, crunchy seed crackers. Available in four flavors, these Top Seedz crackers are so delicious, we’ve been enjoying guilt-free snacking directly out of the package. We will try to resist the urge to gorge on the next flavor of these without topping it with Top Seedz’s recommended toppings. Speaking of, see them below:

  1. 6 Seed Crackers: The newest addition, the 6 Seed Crackers are vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free and also include chia and hemp seeds. Pairs well with: Goat cheese and a bit of tapenade; almond butter and golden raisins; hummus
  2. Sea Salt Crackers: The most versatile of the bunch, the Sea Salt Crackers can be your everyday cracker substitute. Pairs well with: Swiss cheese and a slice of dried salami; sliced apples or bananas with your favorite nut butter; smoked salmon with a touch of cream cheese and a sprig of dill.
  3. Rosemary Crackers: With a hint of rosemary, these take your charcuterie board to the next level. Pairs well with: Honey drizzled over baked brie with prosciutto; sliced fig and ricotta; sliced peaches, pears, or plums.
  4. Cumin Crackers: Move from the ordinary with the Latin flavor of the Cumin Crackers. Pairs well with: Black bean dip or a plain hummus; avocado smash and alfalfa sprouts; smoked salmon with fig compote.

The best part, those with nut allergies can fully indulge in guilt-free snacking as these are made with seeds, not nuts. Why seeds you ask? Seeds are known for their specific taste, texture, and nutritional benefits, such as protein, fiber, and iron. They’re also known for a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re a great source of energy, they aid in digestion, increase muscle mass, enhance brain activity, and so much more. For those who love everything DIY,  Top Seedz has the first-ever bake-at-home cracker kit! Now you can now make your own Top Seedz crackers at home. Indulge in as little or as much of the seed varieties as you want.

OLD TRAPPER BEEF JERKY

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

If you’re familiar with our adventures, you know we’re not vegan. So we’re taking a brief break from the vegan offerings to highlight the only meat option in this snack feature. While we do enjoy several vegan foods and snacks, we are full carnivores. Naturally, any snack list we share will have our main source of protein, meat; in this case, beef jerky. Sometimes nothing beats the delicious taste of a good cut of beef. For the times when you crave meat protein but don’t want to partake in a full burger, or steak meal, old-fashioned lean pieces of beef jerky will sate your appetite. Old Trapper makes beef jerky the way it was meant to be.

The ingredients behind the company’s 50 years of success are as short as its actual ingredient list: lean high-quality meat, quality seasonings, real wood-fired smoke, and a hands-on manufacturing process. Couple that with an affordable price point and you see why Old Trapper has outlasted the competition.

Old Trapper offers a variety of lean high-quality jerky, including Old Fashioned, Peppered, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki flavors. Their last product launch was their quarter-pound bag of jerky, which goes against the current industry trend of giving LESS product in the same size bag. If you’ve purchased any bag of potato chips in the last 2-3 years, you know what we mean. Old Trapper offers delicious ways to give your body the protein it needs. What we loved most, aside from taste, was it wasn’t overall dry and the flavors were perfect.

MARY’S GONE CRACKERS

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Mary’s Gone Crackers proves that healthy snacks need never lack in flavor! Focused on impeccable quality and taste, Mary’s products speak for themselves with their delectable, unique texture, and flavor profiles which can only be accomplished by carefully baking whole, organic ingredients to toasted perfection. Crafted with whole ingredients such as brown rice, quinoa, flax, and sesame seeds, each cracker is the perfect pairing of toasty flavor and crunchy goodness. All of Mary’s snacks are certified organic, gluten-free, allergen-friendly, and vegan to fuel active, health-conscious, and epicurean lifestyles with delicious and nutritious snacks. They recently launched 3 new real thin flavorsOlive Oil + Cracked Black Pepper, Chipotle, and Tomato + Basil.

we’d love to hear which of these guilt-free snacking options you’d love to indulge in most.

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

Are you ready for the sweetest part of the holiday season? We’re talking holiday gift baskets, the perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth. We’re not talking about boring popcorn tins or fruit baskets with one or two pieces of chocolate, we mean one-of-a-kind, sugar rush goodness. The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in something sweet and Sugar Plum has everything you need to add more sweetness into the world.

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

From cookie-making advent calendars to chocolate covered cookies, chocolate-dipped logs, and everything in between, Sugar Plum is here to make your holiday sweet, merry, and delicious.

1. Cookie Making Advent Calendar, $65.00

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

One of our favorite things to enjoy during the holidays is Christmas cookies. The moment the whole house smells like fresh baked cookies is a magical one. Whether you’re home with your family or by yourself, a fresh-baked, warm delicious cookie can also erase all sadness. Sugar Plum gives you the opportunity to indulge in that warm feeling with their wonderful Cookie Making Advent Calendar. Give the gift of yummy goodness; this supersized 25-day advent calendar is filled with ingredients and tools to make everyone’s favorite holiday cookies. Each of the 25 individual pockets is filled with one component needed to make six different varieties of holiday cookies; these include recipe cards, ingredients, cookie cutters, and kitchen tools!

Enjoy a variety of recipes including Peppermint Mocha Cookies, Stained Glass Cookies, Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies, Hot Chocolate Cookies, Christmas Tree-shaped Gingerbread Cookies, and Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies. The Advent Calendar is available now for $65.00, exclusively at www.uncommongoods.com.

2. Chocolate Pretzel Passion Gift Tray, $49.00

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

You may have seen the video of the above chocolate goodness on our Instagram and we’re still salivating over its sinful deliciousness. Chocolate covered pretzels have brought joy to many for decades and you can see why. Sugar Plum’s Chocolate Pretzel Passion Gift Tray includes a variety of twenty-three pieces of chocolate-dipped logs covered in chocolate candy pieces, chocolate sandwich cookie logs, double chocolate chip pretzels, and pretzels dipped in our signature milk, dark, and white chocolates with even more chocolate drizzled on top and finished with sprinkles. Once you put this out, don’t expect it to last for very long.

3. The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler, $26.95

Sugar Plum The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler

Cookies are absolutely delicious. Chocolate is ironically delicious. Combine those two and you have absolute heaven. When it comes to chocolate-covered treats, perhaps nothing is more delicious than the idea of chocolate-covered stuff. The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler includes nine (9) total chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, including one (1) each of Sugar Plum’s renowned milk, dark, and white chocolate-covered sandwich cookies. The sampler also includes 6 additional cookies, including Milk Chocolate with Ground Cookie, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Dark Chocolate with Toasted Coconut, Milk Chocolate with Ground Toffee, White Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips, and Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips.

4. Wine Truffle Box Assortment, $35.00

Sugar Plum Wine Truffle Box Assortment

For those that want to be a little more fun with a truffle assortment; look no further than Sugar Plum’s Wine Box Truffle Assortment! It features a 12-piece assortment of Sugar Plum’s incredible handcrafted chocolate truffles all beautifully laid out in a wine bottle-shaped box that will set the mood for a fantastic day and holiday night. each set comes with truffle varieties that include Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Black Raspberry, Chai Tea, Cappuccino, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu, Pomegranate, Lemon Merengue, Champagne, Rum, Coffee Caramel, Caramel Pecan, Strawberry Cheesecake, Coconut, Kahlua/White Russian, and Irish Crème.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these decadent Sugar Plum holiday gift baskets. Let us know, which would you give and which would you love to receive.

Crofter’s Organics Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s Organic Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

We’re welcoming the fall season with lots of deliciousness. The cooler season brings to mind harvest time and when we think of harvests, we’re reminded of the jams and fruit spreads that are ready to eat. While we can’t go traipsing through orchards or have access to farmer’s markets, we have the next best thing; delicious jams we’ve enjoyed since we were first introduced to them six years ago – Crofter’s Organic Jams and Fruit Spreads.

Crofter’s Organics Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s is the #1 organic jam in North America. The jams and fruit spreads are made with specific and heritage fruit varieties chosen for their superior flavor. They are certified organic, Non-GMO, vegan, and vegetarian, allergen-free, and have no added color or high fructose corn syrup. Crofter’s uses fair-trade sugar from the Green Cane Project to sweeten and support soil restoration; they support 8,500 acres of sustainable organic farmland; uses their own wastewater treatment plant to reduce water consumption by over 85%; and recycle 99% of raw materials’ packaging.

This small, family business has been tantalizing the palates of families since 1989. We’ve enjoyed Crofter’s Organic jams and fruit spreads in many ways: on crackers and bread but our favorite is with a spoon, right out of the jar. You see each of their scrumptious Premium and Just Fruit spreads features 33% less sugar than your average jam, so you can experience the full flavor, aroma, and health benefits of their specially selected varieties of organic fruit.

Crofter’s Organic Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s offers a vast offering of flavors of organic spreads, twenty delicious flavors to be exact. Out of those twenty, there are three superfruit offerings. Blueberry Blast and Pomegranate Power from their Premium Spreads, all bursting with more antioxidants than a bottle of red wine; and their original Superfruit Spread from their Just Fruit range. The rest of the offerings are a variety of organic spreads that includes Mango, Morello Cherry, Peach, Raspberry, Black Currant (our favorite), Strawberry, Blackberry, Apricot, Seville Orange, and Wild Blueberry. Fair warning, one taste, and you too will be reaching for a spoon to eat right of out the jar.

Crofter’s Organic Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s Organic products can be purchased online, as well as retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Safeway, Kroger, Walmart, and more!

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Anyone who loves to travel knows how easy it is to fall in love with a different country’s food. You discover all kinds of snacks and goodies while you’re there, helping make your trip feel truly special. When you get back on your shores, however, you’re left feeling a deep disappointment after you realize that none of those treats are in the international aisle at your grocery store.

Danny Taing had this exact experience after living in Japan for many years. He fell in love with Japanese delicacies, as well as the community that formed around them. When he returned to America and could no longer enjoy those tasty treats and the culture surrounding them, he became one of the 400 million entrepreneurs around the world by starting a monthly subscription box for Japanese snacks.

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Taing’s company is called Bokksu and its tight-knit team curates a box of gourmet Japanese snacks every month. Bokksu sources these snacks from artisan makers in Japan, so when you get a Bokksu box you know that you’ve supported local businesses in Japan and not international corporations. The company even partners with the artisans in Japan to create new Japanese snacks exclusively for its customers. This authentic touch, combined with the deliciousness of the snacks, has spurned the success of Bokksu, which sold half a million snacks to customers in more than 75 countries in its first two years of business.

To give customers a wide diversity in flavor and experience, the snack box revolves around a different theme every month. When a customer orders their first box, however, the team at Bokksu will handpick a variety of snacks that represents the four seasons in Japan so that you can get an authentic taste of the country.

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Japanese snacks are made with high-quality ingredients. This is unlike many common American snacks, the unhealthy and processed ingredients in which have contributed to obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which are among the leading causes of preventable death. The high-quality, richly-flavored ingredients make the treats you can find in a Bokksu box ranging from traditional Japanese desserts, known as wagashi, to modern confections.

When you open up a Bokksu box, you’ll find a variety of sweet and savory treats. These include mochi, edamame senbei, red bean doughnuts, matcha chocolate stick cakes, rice crackers, and so much more. If you find a snack that you can’t get enough of, you can shop a la carte items at the Bokksu Market so that you can stock up on your favorites.

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

You have a few different options when it comes to choosing a plan for your Bokksu Japanese snacks subscription box. You could do a monthly rate, a 3-month rate, a 6-month rate, or a yearly rate. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that your financial information is secure. Although researchers believe that 4 billion records were exposed in data breaches in the first half of 2019 alone, Bokksu keeps your sensitive information safe in their secure e-commerce platform. Invest in local Japanese businesses while getting a taste of authentic cuisine by signing up for your first Bokksu Japanese snacks today.

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

When you win Cosmopolitan’s Wine Award for Best Rosé Candy, you immediately become an expert in all things Rosé candy-related. So naturally, we look to luxury candy makers, Sugarfina to help us celebrate National Rosé Day on June 13th. Lord knows we could personally use sweet treats to take our minds off the daily assaults of our civil rights. And boy they Sugarfina did not disappoint! You are going to swoon over the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection. This beautiful candy bento box is exactly what you need to get you through the rest of the quarantine. But believe it or not, there’s more. To celebrate National Rosé Day, Sugarfina is partnering with Bodvar RoséMINNIDIP, and Native to host an Instagram giveaway that will slay this summer!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

Sugarfina has several delicious options to help you celebrate all things rosé wine. Join us in drooling over these sweet rosé candy treats:

Rosé All Day Bears – Infused with real rosé wine, these gummy bears from Sugarfina are a delightfully rosy treat.
But First, Rosé Roses – With an infusion of Rosé wine from Provence in every bite, our newest rosette-shaped gummies are the perfect treat for any Rosé lover.
Sparkling Rosé Bears – Get sparkling with these grown-up gummy bears infused with rosé wine and dusted in tart sugar crystals.
Rosé Fruttini – Juicy, tiny fruit gems infused with real Rosé wine from Provence and rolled in extra-fine sugar crystals, plus these are vegan!
Rosé Bears Pink Chocolate Bar – Sugarfina sourced the finest white chocolate from Paris and topped it with Rosé Bears, our signature gummy bear infused with rosé wine from Provence. Because when it comes to rosé, too much is never enough!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy CollectionRose gummies

The Sugarfina Rosé All Day gummies are available in a 3-Piece Candy Bento Box ($28.00) and 2-Piece Candy Bento Box ($20.00). You can stop and taste the rosé in every delicious bite. Our 2-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box features the But First, Rosé Roses and Rosé All Day Bears; while the 3-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box comes with the But First, Rosé Roses, Rosé All Day Bears, and Sparkling Rosé Bears (rosé bears dusted in tart sugar crystals). Either box you choose, you’ll be joyfully saying National Rosé Day.

Stuffed Puffs S'mores Kit

Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit: The Perfect S’mores…Indoors

Quick question for all of you? Does the fall season make you think of camping? We know millions of people go camping in the summer but for us, the fall season always puts us in a camping state of mind. It could be the thought of being bundled up under the stars; sitting by a warm fire while there’s a slight chill in the air; roasting marshmallows in that fire to enjoy some smores. But of course, we live in a major metropolitan city and the only camping we’ve experienced is bundling up under the covers in our living room. Thankfully we can still enjoy some S’mores action indoors, thanks to the Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit.

Stuffed Puffs S'mores Kit

This popular campfire treat is a century-old American tradition. The Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit has reinvented the way we enjoy S’mores. The innovative marshmallow is filled with real chocolate. That’s right, Stuffed Puffs puts the chocolate inside the marshmallow, so “the chocolate melts while the marshmallow toasts.” It virtually guarantees a perfect S’more with less mess.

Stuffed Puffs S'mores Kit

Stuffed Puffs puts an end to the frustration of juggling marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers. Whether you’re around a campfire, hot grill, or stove. It eliminates the chunks of un-melted chocolate or uneven blending of chocolate and marshmallow that turns traditional s’more-making into a hit-or-miss adventure.

Stuffed Puffs S'mores

“The idea was born around a campfire,” said Michael Tierney. who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. NY in 2010. “But with Stuffed Puffs, 7 seconds in a microwave makes a great S’more. You can’t do that with traditional marshmallows and chocolate.”

Thanks to Stuffed Puffs S‘mores Indoors, your favorite taste of summer is now a year-round treat. The Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit features a bag of Stuffed Puffs marshmallows and 2 sleeves of graham crackers (no chocolate bars needed).

“Stuffed Puffs is a simple idea. but very hard to execute. which is why it hasn’t been done before.” Tierney continued. “I spent seven years figuring out a truly innovative system that breaks the rules of traditional candy making. And s’mores is only the starting point. We are already at work on different flavor and coating combinations for a treat that’s as snackable as it is toastable.”

The Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit is available online and at select WalMart stores across the country for only $5.48. You can also buy individual bags of Stuffed Puffs also available online and in-store at WalMart and other retailers.

ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry Organic Products

Snack Smarter With ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry Organic Products

Do you know how many times you reach for a snack every day? Do you even pay attention? Is what you’re reaching for considered healthy? These are the questions we recently asked ourselves. There are times when we have been guilty of mindlessly snacking on whatever’s around. Let’s face it, snacking is part of our daily lives. It gives us the fuel we need to continue on through our day in between meals. The key is to make sure what you’re snacking on is good for you. Luckily we have wonderfully healthy snack options like ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry line of award-winning organic snacks.

ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry Organic Products

What makes ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry products so wonderful? Aside from the absence of 110 artificial ingredients and flavors, Wholesome Pantry products are free from artificial colors, and preservatives. Plus, all the products are USDA Certified Organic. The product range extends to nearly every aisle in the store, with sweet and salty offerings sure to satisfy your snack cravings. Whether you’re looking for organic dinner or snack options, the delicious products from Wholesome Pantry have all you need. Don’t just elevate the snacking experience, enhance it with these best-selling, USDA-certified organic items, and “free-from” products; all made with simple, clean ingredients.

ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry Organic Products

We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with some snacks from ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry. We thoroughly enjoyed every bite of their best-selling and award-winning snacks. The Wholesome Pantry organic snacks we enjoyed included:

Organic Granola Squares Maple Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt
Organic Granola Squares Oats and Honey
Organic Fruit and Nut Bar Cranberry Almond
Organic Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
Organic Mango Slices
Organic Raw Cashews

There was no worrying about consuming any ingredients we couldn’t pronounce, just healthy, simple ingredients. If you’re looking for delicious, organic snacks that are free from everything unhealthy, these are the snacks for you.

Summer Fancy Food Show Trends

Feast On This: Top Food Trends To Follow For The Rest Of 2019

In recent years, the food industry has become much more conscious of all aspects of food, in part, thanks to the wants of the consumer; whether it’s in terms of nutrition, sourcing, or production, more consumers are growing increasingly cognizant of what they’re putting in their bodies. The World Health Organization recommends that we consume at least five portions of both fruits and vegetables each day. This is something we’ve known since learning elementary school nutrition, yet it’s theoretically easier to digest than it is in practice. However, more of the food industry is conjuring creatively delicious ways to match culinary excellence with nutritionally substantial foods. Let’s look at a few food trends that are leading this movement.

Junkfood Alternatives

For many of us, the puffed snacks we grew up with quickly became love at first bite. In lieu of the traditional starchy options, however, more people than ever have begun to indulge in puffed snacks made from vegetables for that veritable crunch.

Summer Fancy Food 2019 Show Trends

Between quinoa, chickpeas, and beets, researchers have used nearly every vegetable on the market to craft healthy snack alternatives. When many people can’t help but eat an entire bag of their favorite puffs, these snacks help make you feel a little better about indulging every once in a while. One popular puff snack company called Vegan Rob’s has even made puffs with spinach, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

Specialty Foods

Each year, the Specialty Food Association holds the Sofi Awards to honor the best in specialty food products from around the globe, as well as highlight food trends. This March and April, more than 2,000 entries were sampled in a blind taste test by 58 experts in the industry.

“For 47 years, the Sofi Awards have identified the best of the best within the specialty food industry. This year, we’re incredibly proud to recognize so many fantastic products across so much of our membership,” notes Phil Kafarakis, the current president of the SFA. “Our 2019 winners are passionate industry leaders creating exceptional, innovative specialty foods. They’re what’s driving excitement among retailers, foodservice, and consumers, and fueling our industry’s growth. It’s a delicious time for us all!”

2019 Sofi Awards Winners

During these changing times, it’s more important than ever to invest in product innovation. The winner was announced at the 65th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show in early July. Among the other 154 Sofi winners, Mom’s Magic Masala All-Purpose Indian Fusion Spice Blend became the victor after 12 days of sampling and tasting.

Minimal Ingredients

But some say it’s important to work smarter and not harder. After all, up to 92% of Americans claim that vacation time is important to them. Among the creative specialty foods on display, Sofi judges also applauded the countless vegetable-based substitutes and sustainable products offered at the show.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2019 Trends

In 2019, many are saying that less is more. While 88% of Americans claim to eat whole seafood for the health benefits, it’s also the simplicity of the dish that truly draws a crowd. With only a few additions and seasonings, Cajun dishes and seafood are transformed with just a little spice. When the recent Summer Fancy Food Show held by the Specialty Food Association witnessed more than 2,500 exhibitors from around the world, judges were eager to sample some of the tastiest specialty foods around.

Summer Fancy Food Show Trends

Amidst the crowd of more than 30,000 attendees, guests and judges were able to sample more than 200,000 foods and beverages at the event. One of the most popular items even featured whole hibiscus flowers, nuance judges haven’t seen before. With only a few select ingredients and long shelf life, it was no wonder this dish drew a crowd. The “Fan Favorite,” however, could only go to the serrano pepper-based Bronx Green Hot Sauce made by Small Axe Pepper.

Summer Fancy Food Show Trends

It just goes to show that less truly can be more.

Collagen

Between aging and sun damage, there is a multitude of factors that can adversely affect your skin. In fact, more than 66% of adults believe that the sun can’t harm them while indoors but this couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s why a growing number of skincare aficionados are opting for collagen-rich foods to improve the appearance of their skin.

Collagen Food Trends

Some people have even invested in collagen powders to help get their daily boost of skin hydration. According to nutritionist Amy Savage, this option actually does work for improving skin elasticity.

“Collagen is everywhere right now from powders to bars to drinks,” she explains. “There is scientific evidence to support the use of collagen for anti-aging — improving skin elasticity and hydration; but you might also see it being promoted for a number of other benefits such as gut healing, none of which are actually backed by scientific research.”

Even though it’s illegal to discriminate against employees over the age of 40 in the workplace, it’s not uncommon for the aging individual to miss their youthful skin. If you’re one of the many people who want to improve their skin, try eating more citrus, chicken, and fish for a boost of vitamin C. This vitamin is critical in aiding your body’s natural collagen production.

From skincare to specialty foods to healthier alternatives, there are countless food trends taking 2019 by storm. Choosing the best option depends on what you value in the perfect product. Try out these food trends to improve your health when you want to eat and be merry.