New in the Market-Asian influence: San-J Gluten Free Tamari Salad Dressings and Lite Soy Sauce, SeaSnax and SeaSprinkles Seaweed Snacks, and IMUSA Bamboo Utensils

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on December 23, 2013 · 0 comments

 GFSaladDressing-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.

The San-Jirushi tamari company was founded in 1804 in Mie, Japan. Today a San-J  plant and headquarters are located in Richmond, Virginia. Over the years the product line has continued to expand. We tasted two recent additions – Tamari Gluten Free Asian Dressings and Tamari Lite Gluten Free Soy Sauce.

Tamari means “that which accumulates.” It was the name given to the original Japanese soy sauce made from the liquid that was collected during the making of miso, a fermented soybean paste used as a flavoring in many Asian soups and recipes. The Gluten Free Tamari Asian Dressing collection comes in three flavors.

• Tamari Ginger – has 25 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving, no fat and 490 milligrams of sodium
• Tamari Sesame – has 40 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving, 2 grams of fat and 570 milligrams of sodium
• Tamari Peanut – has 70 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving, 2 grams of fat and 230 milligrams of sodium

We tried each on a main dish salad and one of our tasters said, “This is the type of salad dressing you would get in a very good Asian restaurant.” Tamari Peanut was the favorite. All the Asian salad dressings are kosher certified (OU) and certified gluten free.

San-J Tamari Lite Gluten Free Soy Sauce is naturally gluten free because it is made with 100% non-genetically modified soybeans. Traditional soy sauces are fermented with soybeans plus 40 to 60% wheat. An all-soybean soy sauce also offers a smoother, richer taste with no bitter aftertaste. A 1 tablespoon serving has 10 calories and 490 milligrams of sodium compared to 980 milligrams of sodium in a tablespoon of San-J traditional soy sauce. Using Tamari Lite Soy Sauce offers a significant sodium reduction in a recipe while providing the same flavor. Tamari Lite Soy Sauce is kosher certified (OU), Non-GMO Project verified, and certified gluten free.

seaSnax-300More and more seaweed snacks are appearing on the market. SeaSnax is a non-GMO Project verified roasted seaweed snack. The seaweed used in SeaSnax is sustainably harvested, roasted and packaged in Korea. The type is porphyra, called nori in Japan and kim in Korea.Seaweed is low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals and contains more heart-healthy omega-3 fats than plants grown on land.
SeaSnax Grab & Go which comes in 4 flavors – Chipotle, The Original Classic Olive, Toasty Onion, and Wasabi. The seaweed sheets are packaged in a 0.18-ounce, single-serve bag with 16 calories, 2 grams of fat and 40 milligrams of sodium. Toasty Onion has 12 calories, 1.3 grams of fat and 17 milligrams of sodium. SeaSnax is also available in 0.54-ounce bags.

Sea Sprinkles are seaweed strips flavored with sesame seeds, sea salt and agave syrup providing a pleasant sweet/salty taste. A single-serve, 0.54-ounce bag has 60 calories, 6 grams of fat and 62 milligrams of sodium. SeaSnax commits 10% of their annual profits to non-profit organizations committed to making the world a better place for children and the earth.
Bamboo utensils are eco-friendly, made from a natural product. They won’t scratch nonstick surfaces, are lightweight, easily washed, and can be reused over and over again.
3PcBambootoolSet-300We recently had the opportunity to try the IMUSA Bamboo Utensil Set (spoon, spatula and scoop), as well as a 2-tiered bamboo steamer. The 3-piece utensil set is versatile in many cooking and serving situations. The steamer was ideal for cooking 2 choices at once. The bamboo weave allows the steam to easily pass through the multiple layers while the double woven lid stops the steam from escaping. We then got to eat our recipes using IMUSA’s Bamboo Chopsticks, sold in packs of 12.

All items are economically priced and most are sold at Target.

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