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In true form, the month of April has brought about new beginnings big and small, in the form of fresh blooms, a plethora of vaccine appointments, and a brand-new lineup of grocery products. A very nice trifecta, if you ask me.
In regards to the last part of that trio, I managed to get my hands on dozens of those brand-new groceries — and I put them to the (taste) test.
Among the contenders? Cauliflower-based frozen pasta, pool-side Popsicles, grain-free cookies, almond flour baking mixes, and more. Here’s what I’m most excited about.
1. Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Packets
The convenience of instant oatmeal is unmatched, and Bob’s Red Mill has leveled it up even more. This easy-to-prepare breakfast option consists of whole-grain oats, flaxseed meal, and a fraction of the sugar you’ll find in similar products. Right now, these instant oatmeal packets are available in three flavors: Apple Pieces & Cinnamon, Brown Sugar & Maple, and Classic Oatmeal.
2. Clio Granola & Yogurt Parfait
Speaking of convenient breakfast options, these bars are pocket-ready for all of your future on-the-go needs. Find these in the refrigerated aisle in two flavors: Strawberry and Coconut. Both bars are delicious, but the strawberry Greek yogurt bar with cranberry almond granola edged out the coconut in my book.
3. Kellogg’s Club Crisps
The original Club cracker is pretty perfect as is: flaky, buttery, and just the right amount of salt. Fans of the OG will be as shocked as I was to learn of this new development: a thinner, crispier, baked “crisp” that’s more chip-like than its cracker counterpart, which comes in ranch and sea salt flavors. I kept going back for more — and you probably will too.
4. Ocean Spray Fruit Medley
These dried fruit blends are what I’d dub the perfect road-trip snack. I loved the tropical vibes of the Craisins mixed with dried mangos, dried pineapples, and banana chips. I’m already dreaming about a future getaway.
5. CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Pasta
The pasta pun on the product packaging immediately won me over: “They said it was impastable.” This “pasta” has a three-minute cook time and 1/3 cup of veggies per serving. I paired this pasta with a jar of Rao’s pasta sauce for a lazy weeknight dinner and it was perfect.
These bite-sized cookies made with nut flours and oils, eggs, and dates, actually taste pretty darn good. They’re crunchy and fun-sized — just the thing for when you’re craving a little taste of something sweet.
Known for their pints of low-calorie ice cream, Halo Top just released their first fruit-based ice pops. Available in five flavors (Strawberry, Coconut, Lime, Pineapple, and Mango), these pops contain 50 to 65 percent less sugar than other options in the freezer aisle. Hot (er, cool?) tip: Go for the coconut.
8. Blue Diamond Baking Mixes
Blue Diamond just came out with a line of gluten-free baking mixes, made with nut flour (of course!). Chocolate Cake Mix, Yellow Cake Mix, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix round out the line. (I added walnuts to my almond brownies for a nutty inception.)
Which of these are you most excited about?