Back to the Roots presents grow-your-own mushroom kits, which allows consumers to grow up to 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms. Mushrooms can grow to full size within 10 days when placed in full sunlight and misted with water twice a day. Mushroom spawn (seeds) are mixed with recycled coffee grounds to create the growing environment.
Navitas Naturals now offers organic coconut water powder that can be used to make a healthy drink. The organic drink powder provides five key electrolytes to support rapid hydration: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Tofurky, a brand of Turtle Island Foods, now offers 100% Meat-Free Ground Beef. The products are made from organic soy protein and contain no GMOs. This vegan-friendly option comes in ground beef style and chorizo style. Tofurky says that the products are good for the environment, as well, resulting in significantly less carbon emissions than real beef.
Nature’s Path Organic Foods introduced qi’a, a mix of chia, hemp and buckwheat that comes in three flavors: apple cinnamon, cranberry vanilla and original. For a traditional bowl of cereal, add milk or milk substitute. Or, add qi’a to yogurt or salads. Nature’s Path Organic Foods says qi’a transforms into a substantial and healthy meal with sustained energy. qi’a is a good source of fiber, contains omega-3s and is GMO free.
Gator Ron’s Zesty Sauces and Mixes has new labeling indicating that the line is gluten free, dairy free, GMO free and kosher. The sauces and mixes are made with all-natural ingredients and are fat free and vegetarian friendly. Products include Gator Ron’s Angel Wing Sauce, Gator Ron’s Heavenly Barbecue Sauce and Gator Ron’s Divine Bloody Mary Mix.
Numi Organic Tea now offers a line of savory teas. Inspired by recipes from around the world, new flavors include Tomato-Mint, Carrot Curry, Fennel Spice, Spinach Chive, Beet Cabbage and Broccoli Cilantro. With five calories or less in each tea, they are certified organic and verified non-GMO. SRP: $7.99 per box.
GO Veggie! (formerly Galaxy Nutritional Foods) introduces GO Veggie! Dairy Free Cream Cheese. It is cultured similarly to real cream cheese, and has a creamy texture, with no aftertaste. It’s available in Classic Plain and Chive & Garlic. Made from a base of coconut and sunflower oils and soy protein, this product is vegan, gluten free, dairy free (casein free), non-GMO and kosher.
A new line of all-natural, gluten-free hot sauces is now available from Bumblefoot. The line— developed by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, guitarist of Guns N’ Roses—includes six different flavors and intensities from mild to “mouth scorching.” Proceeds from the BumbleBabe hot sauce will be donated to women’s health organizations.
Blue Diamond Growers launched Artisan Nut Thins, wheat- and gluten-free snacks made with almonds, brown rice and seeds. The crackers offer many benefits, including high amounts of fiber and protein with no cholesterol or trans-fats.
Premium Gold’s aim with its All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour was to provide a great-tasting, all-purpose GF flour that could be used in a one-to-one replacement with regular flour. The flour combines flaxseed, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, rice, arrowroot and tapioca, with xanthan gum for thickening. Flaxseed provides 3 g of fiber and 1,200 mg of omega 3 per serving. The flour has a 12-month shelf life.