New in the Market: Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruits and Crunch Pak Snacks

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on April 18, 2016 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.
Scarletts_300If you enjoy grapefruits, Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruits are a brand worth trying. Not only is the color a rich ruby red but the taste is sweeter than most grapefruits on the market. The brand, which grows in the Rio Grande Valley, says the Texas climate which is warm and sunny during the day and cools down at night gives the fruit its beautiful color and taste. The grapefruit’s red pigment, lycopene, is rich in phytonutrients which have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and age-related eye disorders.
One half of a Sweet Scarletts Red Grapefruit has 60 calories, 100% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) of vitamin C (60 milligrams), 35% of the DV for vitamin A (1750 IUs) and is sodium free.
Sweet Scarletts are Non-GMO Project Verified. Their growing season runs from November through May.
CP-Dipperz_-Tart_Salted-Caramel_LR1[1]Crunch Pak founded in 2000 consider itself to be the fresh sliced apple specialist. Judging by the array of products available this might be true. The brand uses a combination of calcium and vitamin C to prevent spoilage and maintain the sliced apple crunch. They also slice the apple to a certain degree of thickness so the slices stay fresh longer. The bags are breathable, allowing oxygen in and carbon dioxide out, to insure the slices remain fresh for 21 days.
With their ever-growing collection of Crunch Pak varieties there is a combination and flavor that will fit everyone’s taste. All the Crunch Pak products are very good. The portion sizes are appropriate as a snack or meal accompaniment. Here are some we got to sample.
Organic Sweet Apple Slices, Sweet Apples Slices and Apples Slices with Grapes come in individual 2.5 ounce bags. Each snack bag has 30 to 40 calories in a serving.
Organic Sweet Apple Slices and Mixed Apples Slices (red and green slices) are available in 12 ounce bags.
Dipperz are 2.75 ounce snack packs that combine sweet apple slices with caramel dip, yogurt dip or peanut butter. Tart apple slices are combined with caramel dip or salted caramel. Depending on the combination each Dipperz has 70 to 150 calories. Dipperz with carrot sticks and ranch dressing is also available with 60 calories a serving.
Sweet Apple Snackers with Cheese & Grapes comes in a 4.75 ounce serving with 180 calories.
Marvel Snackers and NBA Fit Snackers come in a 4.75 ounce serving with apples, pretzels and cheese with 250 calories.
Foodles are a Mickey Mouse shaped 5 ounce package holding: apples, cheese and pretzels (230 calories); apples, cheese and grapes (180 calories): carrots, cheese and pretzels (200 calories): and carrots, ranch dressing, cheese and pretzels (230 calories).
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