27 New Foods to Eat and Sip This August
August means summer-y, tropical snacks fade from grocery aisles and pumpkin-spice products begin to creep up on store shelves. Of the dozens of brand-new products we reviewed, these are the very best drinks and treats to keep you happy as we bid adieu to the sunny vaycay season (*tear-drop*). Keep checking back as we'll update every week with the latest additions you need to add to your supermarket cart.
Originally published on August 1, 2018
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Detox Water ($40 for a case): This electrolyte-rich, aloe-based water has a mild fruitiness. We adored the two new flavors: Appleberry (apple raspberry) and Mangoaloe (mango). One bottle contains 30 calories due to the stevia sweetener, but it isn’t notable or deterring.
Daiya Salted Caramel Crunch Duets ($3): Okay, usually we’re suspect of vegan yogurt, but this one tasted oh-so good with no funny dairy-free aftertaste. The semi-sweet salted caramel coconut Greek-style “yogurt” comes with a pack of a mix-in topping including praline pumpkin seeds, chocolate, and gluten-free granola.
Ballast Point Sculpin’ Pineapple ($13 for six bottles): Summer may be approaching its end, but you can keep visions of Hawaii near with this tropical-tasting IPA.
Base Culture Nutty Pumpkin Bread ($46 for six loaves) and Raw Cinnamon Almond Butter ($10): Grain-free, gluten-free, and Paleo, not to mention Kosher and preservative-free, Base Culture may be our new fave brand for its soft, squishy pumpkin bread (seriously better than homemade) and coarse-ground almond butter. Pair them together, and it’s like fall nirvana for your tastebuds.
Lay’s New England Lobster Roll Chips ($4): These taste nothing like a lobster roll (womp womp), but they do taste like herby, buttery chips. Of all the regionally-inspired flavors from Lay’s, these were the most palate-pleasing.
Icelandic Glacial Sparkling Elderflower ($27 for 24 bottles): This sparkling water tastes sweet and floral thanks to the natural flavor of elderflower. It's fancier than your average La Croix and would pair effortlessly with gin or vodka.
Sugarfina Cinnamon Crunchies ($8): If malt balls and Cinnamon Toast Crunch had a candy baby, this would be it. The Greek-imported treats have a crispy cookie-esque core with a cinnamon-y milk chocolate shell.
NurturMe Ancient Grain Textile Probiotic Cookies in Honey Lemon ($12 for three boxes): This millet-and-quinoa-based cookie contains actual probiotics in its blend. The result is a slightly tangy grahamcracker-like snack.
Barely Bread 100% Grain-Free Sliced Loaf With Almond Flour ($16): This spongy, airy bread with an egg-white-base will certainly appeal to Keto-dieters. There’s only 1 gram of net carbs in each serving. Try it as a base for your next avocado toast or slathered with almond butter for low-carb snacking satisfaction.
Kyla Hard Kombucha Hibiscus Lime ($11 for six bottles): While some kombuchas naturally contain a very tiny amount of alcohol, Kyla has brewed its ‘buch to 4.5 percent ABV (the same as the average beer) with 100 calories and 2 grams of sugar. It’s definitely frothier than your standard kombucha and has a tart finish like an orange wine.
Caulipower Paleo Crust ($52 for four): If you’re Paleo or just trying to cut carbs, having these frozen crusts ready to go means you can indulge in ‘za when the craving strikes without blowing your diet. Though it’s made from cauli, almond flour, flaxseed, and egg, it tastes exactly like standard thin crust you may order from a pizza delivery. Because we’re not following any standard diet, we topped ours with pesto and mozzarella, and it was bellissima.
Chobani Hint Of Willamette Raspberry ($2): With 12 grams of protein, this thick Greek yogurt will fill you up without packing in too much sweetness (only 9 grams). The addition of raspberry puree and evaporated cane sugar take the edge off the tart yogurt in a very enjoyable way.
Maker Apple and Coconut Overnight Oats ($12): Wake up to breakfast that's already made by prepping overnight oats the night before. We loved Maker’s preformulated flavors, because they’re filled with fun add-ins like dehydrated apples, crunchy coconut flakes, and chewy raisins. If you forget to make the oats in the fridge, no biggie. They also provide instructions for hot cereal as well!
Kool-Aid Cherry Sparklers ($4): The drink of your childhood is back... but now it's sparkling and made with low(er) sugar (11 grams per can). It’s straight up a cross between La Croix and the sweet drink from the ‘90s, as you would expect, and we’re very glad for that.
Epic Peanut Butter Chocolate Performance Bars ($6): RxBar has some new competition with these bars from Epic, a brand that’s most known for its meat-only snacks. This chewy blend of dates, egg whites, peanuts, chocolate, sea salt, and vanilla will tide you over post-workout. It’s pretty high on the sugar-y side (19 grams), so we wouldn’t recommend it during work hours, else you might experience the dreaded carb crash mid-afternoon.
Forager Project Organic Berry Coconut Cashewgurt ($2): This full-fat, organic, plant-based yogurt doesn’t taste coconut-y — score — but rather has a velvety mouthfeel and subtle sweetness.
Rebbl Mango Spice ($5): If mango lassi is your thing but you’re trying to cut out some dairy, try this coconut-milk-based fruit smoothie that has a tinge of spiciness due to the addition of turmeric, ginger, and black pepper. It’s an invigorating way to begin your day or on-the-go drink to pack for post sweat seshes.
Sweet Earth Protein Lover’s Pizza ($8): If you’re vegetarian (or just sway toward that diet every once in a while), get your hands on this pizza that’s loaded with veggie meat crumbles, veggie pepperoni, and roasted bell peppers. The chia-and-flax-based crust bakes up to become simultaneously chewy and crisp (WHAT?!), and the mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce take the flavor to new heights.
Siggi’s Simple Sides Vanilla Yogurt With Almonds and Dried Cherries ($2): Hurray for flavored yogurt that doesn’t have a zillion grams of sugar. This thick, Icelandic-style whole-milk vanilla yogurt is only slightly sweetened with agave (11 grams per container) and comes with a little pour-in pack of almonds and dried cherries for texture and flavor variety.
Made Good Soft Baked Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies ($4): Those who suffer from wheat, dairy, and/or egg allergies can finally rejoice in eating these tiny, chewy chocolate chip cookies that taste just like the real thing.
PuffWorks Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs ($14 for three bags): Like a Reese’s-flavored Cheetos Puff, these little corn-based bites are outrageously snackable despite being so low in sugar per serving (only 4 grams).
Swell Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter Ice Cream ($7): We tried to just take small baby scoop of this ice cream… then proceeded to go HAM. This tastes remarkably just like chocolate chip cookies, though it’s low-cal (120 for 1/2 cup), low sugar (9 grams), and high protein (10 grams). We’ll go ahead and take two scoops, please.
Health-Ade Kombucha + Tone It Up Bubbly Rose ($24 for six bottles): Hawthorn berry, mangosteen, and rose petals combine for a bright pink, floral beverage with slight effervescence. If you’re trying to kick alcohol but want to feel like you're drinking something special, this is the drink to grab. Get it at Whole Foods while you can!
Bantam Bagels Egg Scramble ($35 for 36): We’ve loved Bantam’s cream-cheese-filled bagel balls, but if you’re wanting something a little heartier, you may want to opt for its brand-new egg-and-cheddar-filled bites. The crunchy shell paves way to a creamy, fluffy filling that won’t burn your mouth. Score!
ProBar Bite Organic Energy Bar Coconut Almond ($17 for 12): We love the tiny size and tinier sugar content (4 grams) of these snack-sized bars. They’re ideal for throwing in your purse for those gym-to-work or work-to-event moments where you don’t have a break but are borderline *hangry.* Tapioca syrup glues the oats, almonds, and brown rice protein together for a mildly sweet, semi-crunchy bar.
Catalina Crunch Dark Chocolate Artisan Cereal ($10): As an adult, we may crave sugar-y cereals but reality is, we need to mind our macronutrients. Luckily, this zero-sugar cereal (that’s also gluten-free, plant-based, and keto-friendly!) is loaded with 13 grams of pea protein and 11 grams of fiber per package. And it doesn’t taste like cardboard either! Flavored with real cocoa and stevia, it’s a treat you’ll be excited to wake up to.