One good marshmallow
Chicago Vegan Foods have created a marshmallow that eschews high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring and gelatin. The Dandies all-natural marshmallows are made with tapioca syrup, cane sugar, soy protein and tapioca starch and taste just like more well-known brands. They’re also free of wheat, gluten and corn and certified kosher. Available in regular and mini sizes at Whole Foods and other natural food stores. Cost is $4.99 for a 10-ounce bag.
Good coconut oils
Noted coconut oil benefits include the potential to help blood cholesterol levels and the possible lowering the risk of heart disease. (Although I still can’t get into that coconut oil “pulling.”) Carrington Farms has come out with coconut cooking oil that stays liquid at room temperatures, making it convenient for cooking and baking. The company even offers four options: Sriracha flavored, garlic, rosemary and unflavored and odorless. Be careful with high-heat cooking, however; at 350 degrees, coconut oil has a relatively low smoke point compared to other oils. Available at most major supermarkets and online at caringtonfarms.com. Cost is $11.99 for a 16-ounce bottle.
Jerky has ballooned into a $2.7 billion industry and has become the go-to high-protein snack. Chef’s Cut Real Jerky has a new bacon jerky line that includes three varieties: Sriracha, maple and applewood. Available at Kroger and many other supermarkets or online at chefscutrealjerky.com. Cost is $5.99 for a 2.5-ounce bag.
Compiled by Steve Pardo