About a decade or so ago, when Internet buying was starting to get really hot, I remember hearing of an experiment. A man tried living for a year without leaving his house, even banning face-to-face contact with anyone. The challenge was to see how easy it would be to buy everything he needed to live—from apples to toilet paper—online only and to communicate only through e-mail, chat rooms and other Web services.
Reed’s is adding Coffee Kombucha to its Culture Club Kombucha line. Brewed in organic coffee instead of the traditional tea base, this new option provides a different taste as well as a jolt of caffeine for coffee lovers. Some of kombucha’s purported health benefits include digestion support, detoxification and immune stimulation.
Mocktail Brand cocktails from Mocktail Beverages are an alcohol-optional, low-calorie cocktail beverage. Flavors include Karma Sucra Cosmopolitan, The Vida Loca Margarita, Sevilla Red Sangria and Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour. Each cocktail is packaged in reusable and recyclable glass, and is kosher, allergen- and gluten-free. Each bottle contains four servings.
FlapJacked protein pancake mix distributed by JaceyCakes provides 15–17 grams of protein from whole grain oats, quinoa and coconut flour. The Protein Pancake Mix comes in three flavors: Cinnamon Apple, Buttermilk and Banana Hazelnut. These all-natural pancake mixes are rich in fiber and naturally sweetened with real fruits. Each serving is only 200 calories, and the products contain no added sugar.
A new way to take probiotics is now available from Solgar. New ohso Probiotic Chocolate Bars are gluten, nut and dairy free, and “deliver probiotics 3x more effectively than dairy alternatives,” says the company. These chocolate bars come in Classic Chocolate and Naturally Flavored Orange, and are only 70 calories per bar.
Crispy Green has added to its Crispy Fruit line of dried fruit snacks with Crispy Tangerine, which joins six others like Crispy Apple. The snacks are touted as sweet and crunchy, and are Non-GMO Project Verified. The company suggests adding the fruit to cereal or mixing it with nuts and seeds.
CharmedBar is a new natural fruit and nut bar that is free of gluten, grains, soy, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. CharmedBar comes in three flavors: Almond Butter Cran-dipity, Peanut Butter Cherry-licious, and Cashew Butter Apple-rageous.
Zemas Madhouse Foods offers gluten-free baking mixes. The mixes include ancient whole grains (teff, quinoa flakes, millet) and a “superseed trio” (chia, hemp, flax meal) with built-in omega-3s, fiber and protein. The easy-to-make mixes are available in seven varieties. SRP: $7.95 per box.
Vegenaise by Follow Your Heart is now available in a PET plastic squeeze bottle. The 18-oz. bottle includes a flip-top cap with a spout for easy portion control. The varieties of the vegan mayonnaise available in the PET bottle include Original and Reduced Fat. MSRP: $4.99.