City Pulse

By Kim Taylor

Summer begs for picnics in the park, on the rooftop, in community gardens and on beaches. Here’s a heap of flavorful food and drinks (healthy or decadent or both) that will impart good taste to your summer outings:

The Perfect Bar is a truly satisfying, delicious, whole food snack bar available in various flavors and sizes to sate your snack needs — and it’s actually good for you. Created by siblings from a family of thirteen, it’s a family recipe that originated with their father, Dr. Bud Keith, a fitness enthusiast who worked with Jack LaLane in Southern California. He traveled in a motor home with all of his children while lecturing at universities on health & fitness and wanted to create a nourishing snack food for his brood (read more in the About Us section at http://www.perfectbar.com). The result contains healthy ground fruits and vegetables, peanut butter or almond butter, 20 organic superfoods, honey and other additions as preferred such as coconut or carob, etc. They’re kosher-certified and can be found in the refrigerated section of your favorite health store, including http://www.wholefoods.com. This is truly a special bar originating from an extraordinary family. Packed with protein, amino acids and other health-bolstering ingredients, Perfect Bars are phenomenal.

LO beverages are aptly named because they’re low on the glycemic index (which means you’re not consuming five oranges in liquid form within a 20 seconds). Instead these beverages combine organic fruit with blue agave and stevia extract for a refreshingly healthy drink. Find them in 4 tropical flavors: Mango Mojito, Pomegranate Mojito, Acai-Blue and Pomegranate at Amazon.com, your favorite drugstore or http://www.LoFruitBeverage.com.

Simply 7 Snacks are a chip lover’s dream: no additives or preservatives, non-GMO, kosher, vegetarian, no artificial ingredients, 0 grams of cholesterol and trans fat, they are gluten free and rife with healthy ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, fruits or grain. This health boosting line includes Hummus Chips, Lentil Chips, Pomegranate Chips, and Quinoa Chips – each in a variety of flavors such as sea salt, black pepper, white cheddar, bruschetta, creamy dill, jalapeno, barbeque and many more. Find them at Whole Foods, Amazon.com or http://www.simply7snacks.com. Reach about their new Snack Squad program too: http://www.simply7snacks.com/snacksquad

How exciting would summer be without ice cream? DF Mavens Ice Cream offers a rich, dairy-free treat with alternative healthy options such as coconut, soy, almond and sugar-free ice cream in flavors that include key lime, cardamom pistachio, chocolate, mango, praline, mint chip and more. Even if you relish traditional ice cream, this award winning brand is sure to sate your sweet tooth and is cholesterol free, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and without preservatives. A portion of the company’s profits goes to Mercy For Animals to improve conditions for farmed animals. Read more and order at http://www.dfmavens.com; available at Whole Foods and Blossom restaurants too.

Chocolate is a must for every season for many of us, and Snappers are simply incredible. A guilty treat to be sure, they’re a generous combination of salty caramel, semi-softened pretzels and rich chocolate. They’re welcome at any gathering, are preservative-free, and are also available in dark chocolate and a cashew version at http://www.edwardmarc.com. While you’re visiting the site, check out the Edward Marc Pecan Caramel Terrapins, which would be ideal as a host/hostess gift this summer along with any of the other premium assorted chocolate boxes. The Elite Tower Stack is sure to please as a gift or party offering.

SuperButter spreads are premium, nut-free butters made from roasted sunflower, sesame and flax seeds as a healthy, high-protein alternative to traditional nut butters. Choose from Original Creamy or Crunchy, Vanilla Bean and Chocolate. Great for picnics, kids’ lunches and as a solution to nut allergies, you can find these at http://www.superbutter.com. These are high in antioxidants and fiber, and perfect on celery for a post-workout snack.

RealBeanz Iced Coffee beverages will fuel your summer activities and coffee lovers will appreciate the array of flavors: vanilla nut, diet cappuccino, mocha, caramel and original. Enhanced with nutrients, herbs and/or spices and devoid of superficial ingredients, they can be found at http://www.realbeanz.com and all throughout NYC and well beyond. Pack a few for a day’s bike trip or hiking trek, or keep them desk side at work to stay awake through endless meetings.

Whatever you fancy, one of these new products is sure to please at summer get-togethers.

Originally published August 2014
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