New in the Market: Gluten Free Garden Lites Veggie Muffins and Food For Life Black Rice Tortillas

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on November 18, 2013 · 0 comments

gardenLites-300We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become
staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

In the past we have highlighted Garden Lites vegetables soufflés . The company has expanded its product line to include Veggie Muffins. They are available in 5 flavors.

• Zucchini Chocolate
• Carrot Berry
• Veggie Blueberry Oat
• Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip
• Golden Corn

Each muffin is 2 ounces (a nice serving size) with 120 calories and 5 grams of fiber. The muffins are certified gluten-free and kosher certified (Star K). They are sold frozen, 4 to a package. Though the muffins can be eaten at room temperature, the texture is a little gummy. Heating them for 10 seconds in the microwave does improve both flavor and texture. Our 3-year old taster loved the Zucchini Chocolate flavor. Our adult tasters choose Carrot Berry and Golden Corn as their favorites.

BlackRiceTortillas-300We also previously highlighted Food For Life  flourless Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Sprouted Grain Bread . The company has extended its product line with gluten-free BlackRice Tortillas. The dark  purple color of the tortillas is due to their anthocyanin pigment which is the same antioxidant-rich compound found in blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries and acai.

Each tortilla is 2 ounces, 170 calories, 4 grams of fat (0.5 grams are saturated), 30 grams of carb (1 gram of which is sugar and 2 grams of fiber), 105 milligrams of potassium and 170 milligrams of sodium. Black Rice Tortillas are found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket and should be kept refrigerated or frozen for extended storage. Because the tortillas are gluten-free they are likely to tear. Warming them increases pliability. Black Rice Tortillas are kosher certified (KOF-K).

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