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Food/Nutrition Columnist Author: Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN - Food and Nutrition Columnist - HealthNewsDigest.com Last Updated: Nov 29, 2012 - 7:11:02 AM



What’s New At The Supermarket – Good-For-You Snacks

By Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN - Food and Nutrition Columnist - HealthNewsDigest.com
Nov 11, 2012 - 4:40:33 PM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Everyone snacks, so finding snacks that offer a reasonable calorie load, nutrition benefits and a sensible portion size is a good buy. Pudding based in milk provides needed calcium and snacks based in seeds offers good fats plus fiber. Here are two brands worth trying.

Kozy Shack long known for producing quality, ready-to-eat, refrigerated puddings has, again, expanded its product line.

Butterscotch pudding is a new flavor. It is sweet and flavorful and is sold in a 6-pack of 4-ounce individual servings. One serving has 120 calories, 2 grams of fat (1 gram saturated fat), 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 3 grams protein, 23 grams of carb (19 grams of which is sugar and no fiber) and 135 milligrams of sodium.

Three No Sugar Added flavors have been reformulated – Chocolate, Rice and Tapioca. All are sold in a 4-pack of 4-ounce individual servings. They are all sweetened with sucralose, the no calorie sweetener also known as Splenda, and are a good source of fiber. The fiber comes from inulin, a plant-based fiber derived from chicory root.

Soda Shoppe is reminiscent of old-time soda shop flavors. Orange Cream Top and Root Beer Float are both new flavors and a new type of pudding from Kozy Shack. They are based in low fat milk and sold in a 6-pack of 3.7 ounce individual servings. Orange Cream Pop does taste like a creamsicle. It has 110 calories, 1 gram of fat (no saturated fat), 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 3 grams protein, 21 grams of carb (17 grams of which are sugar and no fiber) and 135 milligrams of sodium. Root Beer Float has a mild root beer flavor which is surprisingly pleasing. It has 100 calories, 1 gram of fat (no saturated fat), 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 3 grams protein, 20 grams of carb (17 grams of which are sugar and no fiber) and 130 milligrams of sodium.

All the varieties carry a use-by date because they contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They are all gluten free and kosher certified (KOF-K).

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are encouraging Americans to eat more nuts and seeds rich in fiber, antioxidants, protein and heart healthy fats. Somersault Snacks is truly a new and unique snack that fits this recommendation. Somersault Snacks are based in sunflower seeds, which is the first ingredient in all flavors. It is a lower fat alternative to nuts packaged in 6-, 2-, 1- and 0.5-ounce bags. All flavors – Salty Pepper, Santa Fe Salsa, Pacific Sea Salt, Dutch Cocoa and Cinnamon Crunch are GMO free (no genetically modified ingredients), contain no additives or preservatives, and are kosher certified (OU). The production facility is “nut free” so the product is an excellent snack for those with nut allergies.

Every flavor comes as crunchy nuggets about the size of a nickel. Kids will like the crunch and the smaller packages are excellent for lunches or snacks.
Salty Pepper has a nice pepper bite that is not overpowering. A 1-ounce serving (14 pieces) has 240 milligrams of sodium.
Santa Fe Salsa gives a mild pleasant heat. A 1-ounce serving (14 pieces) has 270 milligrams of sodium.
Pacific Sea Salt offers a mild salty taste. A 1-ounce serving (14 pieces) has 260 milligrams of sodium.
Dutch Cocoa tastes more like a chocolate cracker, sweet but very tasty. A 1-ounce serving (14 pieces) has 140 milligrams of sodium.
Cinnamon Crunch, the newest flavor on the line, tastes the most like a crunchy sweet cookie. A 1-ounce serving (14 pieces) has 100 milligrams of sodium.

The flavors offered are varied enough to suit anyone’s taste. A 1-ounce serving of all the flavors has 150 calories, 8 grams of fat (1 gram is saturated fat) no trans fat or cholesterol, 6 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber. The brand is not gluten free because vital wheat gluten (a wheat protein) is used to boost the protein. The fiber source is natural chicory root.

For more information on Kozy Shack puddings go to: www.kozyshack.com.
For more information on Somersault snacks go to: www.somersaultsnackco.com.
© NRH Nutrition Consultants, Inc.
Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and the author of the nutrition counter series for Pocket Books with sales of more than 8.5 million books.
Look for:
The Complete Food Counter, 4th ed., 2012
The Diabetes Counter, 4th Ed., 2011
The Protein Counter, 3rd Ed., 2011
The Calorie Counter, 5th Ed., 2010
The Ultimate Carbohydrate Counter, 3rd Ed., 2010
The Fat Counter, 7th ed., 2009
The Healthy Wholefoods Counter, 2008
The Cholesterol Counter, 7th Ed., 2008
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