Great Food Products, Nutrition Tools & Resources


Dietitians met for our great, annual conference just one month ago in San Diego, and like I mentioned before, I want everyday, busy families to be in-the-know of what we discuss when we get together and talk food and nutrition.  So, I dedicated three blog posts on my experience while there.   The last two posts I discussed the vision and education that I had, and this last post shares some of the great products and tools that were at the exhibition hall.   These were some of my favorites that were there, so check them out.  (All are active links!)
General Food Products
Stonyfield Farm: my children loved the YoBaby yogurts as toddlers, and we especially like their vanilla yogurt now.
Laura’s Lean Beef: their website has some great, low-fat recipes!
The Laughing Cow: my favorite is the light mozzarella, sun-dried tomato & basil
CalNaturelle Svelte: if you're looking for a good, dairy-free, high protein beverage that is low in sugar, CalNaturelle Svelte is a great option.  The spiced chai is very tasty!
Silk: overall great soy products, but I like the Vanilla soymilk the best for taste and nutrition quality.
General Mills: great choices overall, but I really like their Cascadian Farm line of products.  Many of them have <10 grams of sugar per serving and at least 3 grams of fiber.
Beanitos: great-tasting chips derived from beans, are high in fiber, low in saturated fat and gluten-free.  I like the black bean flavor!
Daisy: did you know that just 1/2 cup of cottage cheese has 14 grams of protein?  The low-fat Daisy brand cottage cheese has such a great taste.  You can mix it with some fresh berries for a quick, nutrient-rich snack.

GoodBelly makes a special probiotic drink

for kids that is great, especially when they

are on antibiotics.

Fuctional Foods
GoodBelly: a dairy-free probiotic drink (juice) that contains a proprietary Lactobacillus plantarum 299v strain that survives the acidity of your stomach acids.  It's a great product for young children because the juice is extra tasty, which assures ingestion.  The website has a great, short video to show how probiotics work and benefit the body.  Take their 12-day Good Belly challenge!
Yakult: a small 2.7 ounce milk-based probiotic drink that contains Lactobacillus casei Shirota, which has some great science behind it for digestive health.
Gluten-Free Products
Udi’s: overall, they have the best-tasting, gluten-free breads and grain products on the market.
Kinnikinnick Foods: good tasting, what I call "sometimes" foods, baked products that are all gluten-free
Amy’s Kitchen: quality vegetarian (many are vegan, some contain cheese) convenience foods; their gluten-free frozen pizzas are very good!  Note: not all of their foods are gluten-free.  Look for their gluten-free label.
Ian’s Natural Foods: great line for kids with food allergies and celiac disease; the gluten-free chicken nuggets are well-received by children and the ingredients are wholesome. 
Organizations and Associations
National Dairy Council: excellent website with great resources on lactose intolerance, dairy nutrition and childhood nutrition in general.  Their FuelUpToPlay60 campaign with the National Football League has been making a great impact on the health education.  I got to witness it in action here in Dallas.
National Beef Council: their beef nutrition site is full of great nutrition information.  The old thought that you have to give up beef to be healthy continues to die a very slow death.  Check out their 29 cuts of lean beef fact sheet.  Great info!
U.S. Potato Board: did you know that potatoes are one of the cheapest, most nutrient-rich natural foods for the price?  Potatoes have gotten such a bad wrap and unfortunately, it's because of the fatty toppings that are put on them. 
California Strawberry Commission: did you know that the majority of our strawberries come from California?  Both potatoes and strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges.  Why did oranges get the vitamin C label?  No fair!
Gluten Intolerance Group of North America: I highly recommend joining a local GIG (gluten intolerance group) if you or a family member is gluten intolerant or has celiac disease.  Chances are, there is a group near you.  Although I don't advocate that everyone try a gluten-free lifestyle like this group promotes, I do think their website is a great resource for those that need it.  They have a great restaurant search.
Dole Nutrition Institute: they have great information on the power of produce; they also have a great kid-friendly section.
Nutrition Tools & Programs
Healthy Steps by Jokari: Healthy Steps is the maker of very helpful portion guidance kitchen gadgets that are very practical.  As you can see, I like to use the word "guide" instead of control.
Nourish Interactive: check out Chef Solis as he teaches kids about good nutrition.  This is one of the best, free nutrition educational websites I have seen.  Lesson plans are categorized by age.
Supermarket Savvy: this site is chocked full of brand names of foods based on your nutrition interest; you can join and have access to up-to-date food product information.  Check out their virtual supermarket!
Papayahead, Inc.: this website has a meal planning database that is FREE and will generate your own grocery list.

Disclosure: I have done compensated work with Heatlhy Steps on creating nutrition education videos.  But everything listed here are my own personal recommendations and not paid advertising.

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