18 Brand-New Healthy Foods That Are Totally Worth the Hype

Recently, over 12,000 dietitian nutritionists gathered in Chicago for the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition where many new and innovative healthy foods were featured. Here are some favorites.

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Biena Chickpea Snacks
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Chickpeas are super healthy, which is why you'll want to check out Biena's new dark chocolate-covered roasted chickpeas. These are the ultimate indulgent yet low-sugar snack made with real fair-trade certified chocolate and caramel. There are also Biena's signature sea salt roasted chickpeas. These snack servings of 35 chickpeas for 130 calories, and a good source of protein and fiber. Satisfy your "must-have-it-now" chocolate cravings and still truly feel good about yourself.

Chosen Foods Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing

ranch-dressingCourtesy Chosen Foods
Salads are a great choice—unless you make these salad mistakes. If you're looking for a healthier salad dressing, here's a creamy one with a kick, Chipotle Ranch: Chosen Foods created a condiment with 100 percent pure avocado oil and no preservatives. Dress up your greens with a lower sugar, gluten-free option. Other flavors include orange balsamic and lemon garlic.

Dave's Killer Bread

BreadCourtesy Daves Killer Bread
Want some science-backed reasons to eat bread? Here are seven. The newest variety from Dave's delicious bread line is a thin-sliced white bread. Packed with fiber and protein from quinoa, spelt, rye, millet and barley, it looks and tastes like white bread. Other tasty flavors from Dave's Killer Bread include 21-grain, honey oats and flax, 100 percent whole wheat and powerseed.

Daiya Cutting Board Collection Shreds

CheeseCourtesy Daiya foods
These dairy, soy and gluten-free Cheeze shreds have a new and improved recipe. Daiya Cheeze includes a proprietary signature blend of tapioca, pea protein, and vegetable oils to give its cheese-alternative the same melt, stretch, taste, and aroma as real cheese. Daiya even nailed down the intricate science behind getting a plant-based cheese to age like a dairy-based cheese, all while keeping its products dairy, gluten, and soy-free. Flavors include pepper jack, cheddar, and mozzarella. Here are some vegan comfort recipes you should know about.

Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake

CheesecakeCourtesy Daiya foods
It's the right time of year to crave pumpkin, and here are some healthy ways to enjoy the seasonal flavor of pumpkin. Or you could reach for the Daiya: This rich, creamy and irresistible Cheezecake is a guilt-free indulgence infused with hints of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Celebrate the season with pure plant-based joy. Free of dairy, soy and gluten. Other flavors available year-round include key lime, strawberry, chocolate and New York Cheezecake.

Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternatives

YogurtCourtesy Daiya Foods
In need of a dairy-free yogurt? Daiya's vanilla and plain flavors are brand new to the food market in the last five months. Made with coconut cream, and featuring six to nine grams of plant-based protein per serving, these new flavors will join an existing assortment of real fruit-filled flavors (Peach, Black Cherry, Strawberry and Blueberry). The creamy and rich texture is satisfying, and these yogurt alternatives are an excellent source of calcium, Vitamin D and B12.

Cali'Flour Foods Pizza Crusts

CrustCourtesy Califlour foods
Everyone's looking for ways to squeeze more veggies into their diet, and here's a list of nutritious and filling veggies to add to your meals. Here's another clever solution: Cali'flour Foods crusts are, yes, cauliflower. They're made using fresh, straight-from-the-farm ingredients and are a fully-baked product from the company's oven to the customer's. Use these tasty crusts for more than just pizza—they work for sandwiches, quiche, taco shells, and even lasagna. All crusts are gluten-free and low in carbohydrate. Varieties include cauliflower-based, red pepper-based, and a new plant-base that is vegan and dairy-free.

Enjoy Life Chocolate Snack Pack

ChocolateCourtesy enjoy life foods
Who wouldn't want a handful of chocolate chips as a snack? Better yet—a portion-controlled snack of chocolate chips to take on the go. Enjoy Life products are always free of the top eight allergens. Available in mini chips and dark chocolate morsels, these snack packs provide the perfect fix to satisfy all chocolate cravings—and reap these great health benefits of chocolate.

Pop IQ Popped Sorghum

popcornCourtesy pop i.g. snacks
Move over, popcorn! There's a new snack in town. Sorghum is an old-school grain grown in the USA in a sustainable way—it's one of the five ancient grains with astounding health benefits. A sorghum crop uses half of the water of some other grains. Naturally high in minerals and the phytochemicals phenolic acids, sterols and anthocyanins, sorghum is a nutritious snack that tastes delicious. Pop IQ offers flavors such as cheddar cheese, sea salt and pepper, Tuscany blend, and sweet kettle. Perfect healthy snacks for kids.

Muuna Cottage Cheese

YogurtCourtesy Muuna
"Ridiculously creamy" is the slogan, and it is spot on. Muuna cottage cheese is a delicious and convenient way to eat protein and calcium any time of the day. Free of artificial sweeteners, the portion controlled servings are mixed with fresh fruit—mango, strawberry, blueberry, peach or pineapple.

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