2015 Innovative New Protein Products

Originally Published: January 17, 2015
Last Updated: February 4, 2021
2015 INNOVATIVE New Protein Products FEATURE

Most of the following products touting their protein content have been introduced since the 2014 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. Many are part of the Protein Product Sampling Session sponsored by Austrade, Inc. at the 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar, May 6th, 2015. – Claudia O’Donnell, Global Food Forums

NOTES: See also the 2016 New Protein Foods, Beverages, Nutritional Products and Ingredients webpage and the 2014 Protein Foods, Beverages & Nutritional Products gallery. Ingredient statements and nutritional information may be subject to change due to product reformulations and other factors.

Quaker Oats Protein Instant Oatmeal 

A line of instant oatmeals; Varieties: banana nut and cranberry almond

FROM THE WEBSITE: “With 10 grams of the protein you’ve been looking for, Quaker® Protein Instant Oatmeal is here to energize your morning. These warm and nourishing Quaker® Oats with 40 grams of whole grain require less than 2 minutes to microwave, making Quaker® Protein Instant Oatmeal the perfect morning start, at home or on the go.” NOTE: $3.99 / 12.09 oz box, retail Chicago area

INGREDIENTS (for the Cranberry Almond variety): Whole grain rolled, sugar, whey protein concentrate, almonds, dried cranberries, whey protein isolate, salt, maltodextrin, natural flavor, rice flour, vegetable oils (sunflower, canola, safflower and/or almond), soy lecithin.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 packet (62 g), Calories 240, Calories from Fat 40

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 4.5g (7%), Saturated Fat 1g (4%), Trans Fat 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 10mg (3%), Sodium 190mg (8%), Potassium 190mg (6%), Total Carbs 41g (14%), Fiber 5g (18%), Soluable Fiber 2g, Sugars 13g, Protein 10g (10%)

GFF COMMENTS: Quaker is also promoting their Protein baked Bars line “with 10 grams of protein and 8 grams of whole grain oats.”

General Mills Protein- Oats & Honey (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

Cheerios Protein 2015 Sampling StationPACKAGE CLAIMS: 11g protein with milk, good source of protein, good source of fiber, 100% whole grain 14 vitamins & minerals NOTE: Price paid at Jewel (3/20/2015) . $3,00/ 14.1oz box of Cheerios Protein (on sale at Jewel grocery) and $3,51 at Walmart. $4.70/17oz of Honey Nut Cheerios.

INGREDIENTS: Whole Grain Corn, Cluster (Whole Grain Oats, Brown Sugar, Soy Protein, Lentils, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Molasses, Rice Starch, Caramel (Sugar, Caramelized Sugar Syrup), Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Baking Soda, Color Added, BHT Added to Preserve Freshness), Sugar, Corn Starch, Honey, Salt, Refiner’s Syrup, Tripotassium Phosphate, Rice Bran and/or Canola Oil, Color Added, Natural Flavor, Brown Sugar. Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) and BHT Added to Preserve Freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Zinc and Iron (Mineral Nutrients), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), a B Vitamin (Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate), Vitamin A (Palmitate), a B Vitamin (Folic Acid), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 55g (1 ¼ cup), Calories 210, Calories from Fat 25
Amount per Serving (% DV): Total Fat 3g (4%), Saturated Fat 1g (4%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Total Carbohydrates 42g (14%), Dietary Fiber 4g (16%), Sugars 17g, Protein 7g

GENERAL MILLS’ HONEY NUT CHEERIOS (included in Protein Product Sampling Session for comparison to Cheerios Protein – Oats & Honey)

INGREDIENTS & NUTRITION: Whole Grain Oats, Sugar, Oat Bran, Corn Starch, Honey, Brown Sugar Syrup, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Rice Bran and/or Canola Oil, Natural Almond Flavor. This more traditional product is missing the Clusters, which contains the whole grain oats and higher protein components. Serving size of Honey Nut Cheerios is slightly less than half that of Cheerio Proteins ( 28g or 3/4 cup, 1 NLEA serving), Calories 105, Calories from Fat 15, (% Daily Value), Total Fat 1.3g (2%), Saturated fat 0.3g (1%), Polyunsaturated fat 0.5g, Monounsaturated fat 0.5g, Trans fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0%), Total Carbohydrate 22g (7%), Dietary fiber 2g (8%),
Sugar 9g, Other Carbohydrates 11g, Protein 2.g (5%)

GFF COMMENTS: Both Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey and the Honey Nut Cheerios will be sampled at 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. Price paid at Jewel (3/20/2015) . $3,00/ 14.1oz box of Cheerios Protein (on sale at Jewel grocery) and $3,51 at Walmart. $4.70/17oz of Honey Nut Cheerios.


TruMoo Protein Plus
1% Protein Fortified Chocolate Milk
Varieties: Chocolate & Vanilla; Introduced late summer 2014

FROM THE WEBSITE: “TruMoo Protein is the perfect balance of protein power and winning taste. It contains 25 grams of protein, plus it’s made with real TruMoo Milk and no high fructose corn syrup. So put your game face on and get ready to flex those taste buds and fuel your performance!”

INGREDIENTS: Lowfat milk, sugar, nonfat milk, less than 1% of cocoa (processed with alkali), corn starch, carrageenan, guar gum, salt, natural flavor, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3.

NUTRITION: Calories 240, Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 2.5g (4%); Cholest. 15mg (5%); Sodium 270mg (11%); Potassium 710mg (20%); Total Carb. 39g (13%); Dietary Fiber 0 (0%); Sugars 37g; Protein 14g (28%); Vitamin A (10%); Vitamin C (0%); Folate (0%); Iron (0%); Calcium (50%); Vitamin D (25%); Riboflavin (0%); Vitamin B12 (0%); Phosphorus (0%)

Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars (included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

FROM THE WEBSITE: Exo makes nutrient-dense real food bars, designed by a three-Michelin-starred chef. We combine minimally-processed cricket flour protein with ultra-premium ingredients for a bar without compromise. No gluten, grain, soy, dairy or refined sugars. Perfect as a meal-replacement, healthful snack or pre/post-exercise. Sustainable fuel for the explorers among us. Additional claims: All Natural; Soy, Dairy, Grain and Gluten Free; Paleo Friendly. NOTE: Price paid through Amazon.com = $36 for one box of twelve 2.1oz bars.

GFF COMMENTS: Included in Protein Products Sampling at 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar. Price $36.00/Box of twelve 2.1 oz [60g] bars, free shipping and handling, ordered from www.exoprotein.com

INGREDIENTS: (Cacao Nut variety): Almonds, Dates, Coconut, Honey, Cricket Flour (Acheta Domesticus), Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Ground Flaxseeds, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt.
Contains almonds, coconut. If you have a crustacean shellfish allergy, you may be allergic to crickets.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 Bar (60g), Calories per serving 300, Calories from Fat 180. Amount per Serving (% Daily Value); Total Fat 20g (31%), Saturated Fat 4.5g (23%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (3%), Total Carbohydrates 23 g (8%), Dietary Fiber 7g (28%), Sugars 13g, Protein 10g (16%)

General Mills’ Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!

Greek Yogurt
Varieties: Strawberry Cheesecake (shown), Strawberry, Vanilla Cupcake, Blueberry, Raspberry, Lemon Meringue, Black Cherry, and Tropical.

FROM THE WEBSITE: Yoplait’s Greek 100 Whips! is a Greek yogurt mousse with 9g protein per serving in a light and airy whipped texture.

INGREDIENTS: Fat free yogurt (cultured pasteurized grade A nonfat milk, kosher gelatin, lactic acid esters of mono and digycerides, natural flavor, yogurt cultures [L. bulgarious, S. thermophilius], acesulfame potassium, sucralose), fruit blend (fructose, strawberry puree, water, modified corn starch, vegetable juice and beta carotene [for color], potassium sorbate to maintain freshness, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3), nitrogen.

NUTRITION: Calories 100, Serving Size 4oz.
Amount Per Serving: Total Fat 0g; Saturated 0g; Polyunsaturated 0g; Monounsaturated 0g; Trans 0g; Total Curbs 15g; Dietary Fiber 0g; Sugars 12g; Protein 9g; Cholesterol 0mg; Potassium 0mg; Sodium 50mg; Vitamin A (4%); Calcium (8%); Vitamin C (0%); Iron (0%)

Oscar Mayer P3 Power Protein Pack

Meat, cheese and nuts, for on-the-go
Varieties: All varieties contain a lean protein, a cheese and a nut. Turkey, Cheese and Almonds (shown).

FROM THE WEBSITE: “Before there were powders, bars, and goos, there was meat, cheese, and nuts. Introducing the P3 Portable Protein Pack. It’s not rocket science. It’s not even Chemistry 101. It’s just 13 grams of protein from food, proven effective by thousands of years of human existence.”

INGREDIENTS: Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast: Turkey Breast, Water, Cultured Dextrose (Ingredient to Preserve Quality), Contains Less than 2% of Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Turkey Broth Powder, Cultured Celery Juice (Ingredient to Preserve Quality), Vinegar (Ingredient to Preserve Quality), Cherry Powder, Natural Flavor. Reduced Fat Marbled Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese: Reduced Fat Colby and Monterey Jack Cheeses (Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Annatto [Color], Enzymes, Vitamin A Palmitate); Potato Starch, Cellulose Powder and Calcium Sulfate Added to Prevent Caking; Natamycin (a Natural Mold Inhibitor). Dry Roasted Almonds: Almonds, Sea Salt.

NUTRITION (for the Turkey, Cheese and Almonds variety):

Serving Size 1 package (56g), Calories 170, Calories from Fat 100

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 11g (17%); Saturated Fat 3.5g (18%); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 30mg (10%); Sodium 450mg (19%); Total Carbohydrate 4g (1%); Dietary Fiber 1g (4%); Sugars 0g; Protein 13g; Vitamin A (4%); Vitamin C (0%); Calcium (20%); Iron (4%)

More information: Calorie Breakdown: Carbohydrate 4g (10%); Fat 11g (59%); Protein 13g (31%)


GoMacro Bars

GFF COMMENTS: Claims found online include “USDA Organic, Gluten-Free Certified, Kosher Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan Certified, Soy Free & Macrobiotic energy bars.” This variety was not recently introduced, but uses sunflower butter as a key protein source.

INGREDIENTS (Protein Purity Variety): Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Sunflower Seed Butter, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Crispy Brown Rice (Organic Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt), Organic Fair Trade Chocolate, Organic Puffed Brown Rice, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Flax Sprouts, Organic Natural Vanilla, Organic Cinnamon. Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and other nuts. May contain pit or nutshell fragments.

NUTRITION: Serving Size: 1 Bar (65 g), (% Daily Value), Calories 260; Calories from Fat 80, Total Fat 9g (13%), Saturated Fat 2g (10%), Trans fat 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Total Carbohydrate 37g (12%), Dietary Fiber 1g (6%), Protein 10g (19%).

V8 Protein Shakes (included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

CLAIMS FROM PROMOTIONAL FLYER: 1 serving of vegetables, 60 calories or less per serving, 75% juice & 25% purse water with no sugar added, excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C & E; Protein You Want & Ingredients You Know, blend of plant & dairy proteins, ¼ cup of vegetables, no high fructose corn syrup.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Reconstituted Vegetable Juice Blend (Water and Concentrated Juices of Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Carrots), Sugar, Milk Protein Concentrate, Contains Less Than 2% of: Soy Protein Isolate, Pea Protein Isolate, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Soluble Corn Fiber, Natural and Artificial Flavoring, Canola Oil, Calcium Caseinate (Milk), Honey, Cellulose Gel, Gellan gm, Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein Concentrate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Quinoa Flour, Carrageenan.

NUTRITION (for Chocolate Raspberry Variety): Serving Size 1 bottle (296ml), Calories 210, Calories from Fat 30
Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 3g (5%); Saturated Fat 0.5g (3%); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 5mg (2%); Sodium 160mg (7%); Total Carbohydrate 34g (11%); Dietary Fiber 3g (12%); Sugars 28g; Protein 12g (24%)

$53.43 for 10 Fl Oz (Pack of 24) of $0.22/oz Chocolate Raspberry [Chocolate variety $37.68 or $0.16/oz.]

Jarrow Formulas’ Greek Yogurtein (included in Protein Product Sampling Session)
Introduced fall 2014, Promoted at 2015 Natural Products Expo West NOTE: Price at Whole Foods (on sale) = $19.99/16oz container

FROM THE WEBSITE: “Jarrow Formulas Greek Yogurteincombines Greek Yogurt with additional high-quality proteins and is optimized with dietary fibers. It is a great tasting (lacto) vegetarian protein, fiber source and rich in calcium. The proteins in Greek Yogurtein are highly bioavailable. Moreover, the inclusion of quick-digesting (whey) and slow-digesting (micellar casein) proteins provide added support for sustained energy levels and muscle replenishment. The dietary fibers promote digestive health, bowel regularity and microfloral ecosystem balance. Greek Yogurtein has a rich and creamy texture and is easily mixed with your favorite beverages.”

INGREDIENTS: Greek yogurt powder, whey protein concentrate, Vitafiber (Isomalto-oligosaccharides), coconut meal blend (coconut fruit solids, sucrose, fructose and maltodextrin [from maize]), micellar casein protein concentrate, apple pectin, natural coconut flavor, natural vanilla flavor, Lo Han Guo (Momordica grosvenorii) and rebiana (stevia extract).

NUTRITION: Calories 160, 15 from fat, Serving Size 40g (11 per container)
Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 1.5g (2%), Saturated Fat 1g (5%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 30mg (10%), Total Carbs 20g (7%), Dietary Fiber 8g (32%), Sugars 9g, Protein 15g (30%), Calcium 300mg (30%), Sodium 85mg (4%)

Lightlife Smart Patties
Burger With Quinoa
Introduced at 2015 Natural Products Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: “Nourish your need for a juicy burger with the goodness of quinoa. Packed with protein, this burger makes a great entree all on its own, or sandwich it between a soft bun and top with your favorite condiments.”

INGREDIENTS: Water, Textured Soy Flour, Cooked White Quinoa, Natural Flavors (Hydrolyzed Proteins, Barley Malt, Autolyzed Yeast, Molasses), Soy protein Concentrate, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Tapioca Starch, Cellulose Gum, Soybean and Sunflower Oils, Dried Onions, Dried Garlic, Caramel Color

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 burger (70g), Calories 100, Calories from Fat 20

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 2.5g (4%); Saturated Fat 0g (0%); Trans Fat 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat 1g; Monounsaturated Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0%); Sodium 300mg (13%); Potassium 330mg (9%); Total Carbohydrate 10g (3%); Dietary Fiber 3g (12%); Sugars 2g; Protein 10g; Calcium (4%); Iron (8%)

ThinkThin Protein Nut Bar (Original Roasted Almond in Protein Product Sampling Session)

Line of nut bars
Varieties: Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel (pictured), Chocolate Coconut Almond, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Original Roasted Almond; Promoted at 2015 Natural Products Expo West. NOTE: Price through Amazon.com = $15.99 per box of ten 1.41oz bars

FROM THE WEBSITE: “9g protein, 3g fiber and less than 200 calories make this bar a tasty, healthier alternative to salty and candy snacks. Deliciously nutty chocolate, caramel and coconut combinations with no flavor sacrifice. Gluten Free.” Price $15.99/10 bars from Amazon.com.

INGREDIENTS (for the Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel variety): Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Brown Rice Syrup, Dark Chocolate Coating (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), Soy Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Sunflower Seeds, Chicory Fiber, Cane Syrup Crystals, Peanuts, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt. Additional information – Manufactured In a Plant That Also Processes Tree Nuts, Milk and Eggs. Gluten Free, Kosher, We Use 100% Non-Gmo Ingredients

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 bar (40g), Calories 190, Calories From Fat 110

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 12g (18%); Saturated Fat 2.5g (13%); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 115mg (5%); Total Carbs 16g (5%); Dietary Fiber 3g (12%); Sugars 8g; Protein 9g (12%); Calcium (4%); Iron (15%)

Stonyfield Farms’ Orgain Organic Protein Shakes

Line of nutritional protein shakes
Varieties: Creamy Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla Bean; Promoted at 2015 Natural Product Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: “The first-ever USDA Organic high protein shake. Perfect for busy lifestyles or pre/post workout. They’re naturally delicious, with 25g of organic protein, build lean muscle, have only 3g net carbs and 150 calories, and doctor developed.”

INGREDIENTS (for the Creamy Chocolate Fudge variety): Filtered water, Protein Blend (organic grass-fed milk protein concentrate, organic whey protein concentrate), organic erythritol, organic cocoa, organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic natural flavors, organic ride bran extract, potassium citrate, tricalcium phosphate, organic inulin, potassium chloride, organic guar gum, sea salt, carrageenan, sodium phosphate, organic stevia, monk fruit extract

NUTRITION: Serving Size 11oz, Calories 150, Calories from Fat 30

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 3g (5%); Saturated Fat 0.5g (3%); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 25mg (8%); Sodium 320mg (13%); Potassium 400mg (11%); Carbs 8g (3%); Dietary Fiber 1g (4%); Sugars 2g; Sugar Alcohol 5g; Protein 25g (50%)


Genesis Today’s Trim Protein Vegan Superfood (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

Dietary Supplement
Promoted at 2015 Natural Products Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: “Trim Protein contains an enzyme-activated protein blend of quinoa, amaranth, chia and other sprouted seeds. This unique vegetarian supplement also combines Garcinia cambogia with a blend of superfruits, including goji, acai and mangosteen.” NOTE: $31.70 for a 14oz canister

INGREDIENTS: Organic plant-based protein proprietary blend (organic sprouted brown rice protein concentrate, organic pea protein concentrate, organic sacha inchi protein, organic sunflower protein, organic sesame protein), organic tapioca starch, organic banana, natural berry and vanilla flavors, organic stevia extract

NUTRITION: Serving Size 2 Scoops (29g), Calories 110, Calories from Fat 10

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 1g (2%); Saturated Fat 0g; Trans Fat 0g; Carbs 8g (2%); Dietary Fiber 2g (4%); Sugars 2g; Protein 16g (32%); Calcium 70mg (7%); Iron 4mg (22%); Magnesium 240mg (60%); Manganese (2mg (100%); Sodium 70mg (3%); Potassium 110mg (3%)

Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broths (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

Line of broths
Varieties: Turkey, Turkey with Rosemary, Sage & Thyme, Chicken with Ginger, Chicken with Lemongrass, and Chicken (pictured); Introduced at 2015 Natural Products Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: “We slow-simmer organic chicken bones with onion, vinegar and rosemary for a savory bone broth full of naturally occurring protein. Traditionally sipped by the cup, bone broth is a delicious, satisfying addition to your everyday routine.” NOTE: Price paid at Whole Foods, Chicago area = $5.39 per 32oz box

INGREDIENTS (for the Chicken variety): Chicken Stock (water, organic chicken), organic onion, organic cider vinegar, organic rosemary extract

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 cup, Calories 35, Calories from Fat 0

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 0g; Saturated Fat 0g; Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 95mg (4%); Carbs 0g; Dietary Fiber 0g; Sugars 0g; Protein 9g

EPIC’s EPIC Bites (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

Line of snacks
Varieties: Uncured Bacon Jerky Bites, Beef Cranberry & Sriracha Bites (pictured), Bison Bites, Chicken Bites; Introduced at 2015 Natural Products Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: The company is expanding beyond its original product line of meat-based health bars with a Hunter + Gatherer trail mix line (“wholesome trail mix for omnivores”) that consists of a jerky and plant ingredient(s), plus this line of packaged bites. “A portion-control resealable snack that combines the highest quality meats with amazing fruits & spices. Made from grass fed and free range animal muscle meat, all EPIC Bites are Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free, and Soy Free.” NOTE: Price through Amazon.com = $5.42 for a 2.5oz bag.

INGREDIENTS (for the Beef Cranberry & Sriracha Bites variety): Grass Fed Beef, Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Apple Juice), Sea Salt, Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic, Paprika, Onion, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Cumin, Oregano

NUTRITION: unavailable at this time

Sprout Food Inc.’s Sprout Rise Organic Morning Protein Smoothie (To be included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

Line of breakfast smoothies
Varieties: Banana Pom-Berry (pictured), Berry Acai, Berry Cherry, Peach Orange; Introduced at 2015 Natural Products Expo. NOTE: Price paid through Amazon.com = $14.43 for a box of five 5.5oz bags.

FROM THE WEBSITE: The Sprout Rise Morning Smoothies are organic, shelf-stable smoothies chock-full of protein and fiber and made from real fruit and vegetable purees, yogurt, grains and other nutrient rich ingredients. Available in single-serve squeeze pouches for on-the-go eating, they make a great-tasting complement to breakfast or a nutritious replacement for when there’s just not enough time.

INGREDIENTS (for the Banana Pom-Berry variety): Organic Bananas, Organic Nonfat Yogurt (organic skim milk, organic nonfat dry milk), Organic Pomegranate Juice, Organic Blueberries, Organic Apples, Organic Pears, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Natural Flavor, Organic Lemon Juice

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 pouch (156g), Calories 120, Calories from Fat 0

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 0g (0%), Cholesterol 0mg (0%), Total Carbs 24g (8%), Dietary Fiber 2g (8%), Sugars 19g, Protein 5g (9%)

Gardein’s Pocket Meals & Meatless Wonders

non-GMO, vegan Pocket Meals
Varieties: Crispy chicken with kale, barley and sundried tomatoes; Italian meatless sausage with roasted red peppers and spinach; and BBQ pulled porkless shreds in tangy sauce

plant protein-substitute meals
Varieties: Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes and Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites (more info here); both introduced at 2015 Natural Products Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE (regarding the Meatless Wonders): Made with non-GMO soy and wheat and veggies, these new products are cholesterol-free, vegan and kosher. They are a convenient and delicious way to enjoy the foods you love in a more sustainable way while increasing veggie intake.

INGREDIENTS (for the Pulled Porkless Pocket Meal): Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Soy Protein Isolate, Natural Flavors (From Plant Sources), Yeast Extract, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Malted Barley Extract, Organic Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Pea Protein, Carrot Fiber, Beetroot Fiber, Molasses. Bbq Sauce: Tomato Paste, Organic Cane Sugar, Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Tamarind Extract, Sea Salt, Corn Starch, Spices, Vinegar, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavors (From Plant Sources, Contains Celery), Xanthan Gum, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Modified Vegetable Gum. Bun: Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Palm Flakes, Baking Powder, Yeast, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor (From Plant Sources). Non Genetically Engineered Soybeans, Wheat And Canola

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 piece (100g), Calories 230, Calories from Fat 50

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 6g (9%), Saturated Fat 1.5g (8%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 460mg (19%), Total Carbs 35g (12%), Dietary Fiber 1g (4%), Sugars 11g, Protein 10g

sotru Organic Vegan Protein Shakes
line of protein shakes
Varieties: Chocolate and Vanilla (pictured); Introduced at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: “A TRU’ly Fantastic tasting, Whole-Food, ORGANIC and Vegan plant protein source with the benefit of fermented fruits and veggies – probiotics and enzymes, to assist in ultimate digestion and assimilation. SoTru Protein was formulated to provide a superior organic source of vegan protein blended from Rice, Amaranth, Quinoa and Medicinal Mushrooms to support your healthful, active lifestyle.”

INGREDIENTS (for the Vanilla variety): Organic Protein Blend (brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, mushroom blend [reisher, king trumpet, lion’s mane, codyceps, himematsutake, turkey tails, shiitake, maitake], chlorella, spirunlina; Organic Fermented Fruit & Veggie Blend (carrot, cranberry, blueberry, apple, broccoli, parsley, spinach, kale); Digestive Blend (enzymes [protease, amylase, glucoamylase, invertase, diatase, lipase], probiotics [Bacillus coagulans], organic flavors, xanthan gum, organic stevia leaf extract)

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 scoop (25g), Calories 100

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 1g (2%), Total Carbs 3g (1%), Dietary Fiber 1g (4%), Sugars 1g, Protein 18g

WheyCoco (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)
Whey isolate protein and coconut water powder
Varieties: Chocolate; Present at 2015 Natural Products Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: The product contains “non-heated protein” with the website noting, “The best way to ruin your Whey is by adding heat to this powerful building block” and that it had “consistent potassium” as “supercharged fuel.” NOTE: Retail price = $27.50 per 21oz container

GFF COMMENTS: A spokesperson at Whey Coco’s booth said they were launching it in a number of other countries such as India, Kuwait, Brazil and Australia, and that they’re scheduled to film a segment for TV’s Shark Tank in a few weeks.

INGREDIENTS: Whey isolate protein [unheated], freeze dried coconut water, natural cocoa, evaporated can juice, non-fat milk powder, natural flavor, monk fruit extract

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 scoop (29.5g), Calories 100, Calories from Fat 5

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 1g (1%), Saturated Fat 1g (1%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 30mg (1%), Potassium 600mg (17%), Total Carbs 10g (3%), Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 5g, Protein 15g

Plum, Inc.’s Plum Organic Mighty 4 Blends

A puree snack blend for tots
Varieties: Butternut squash, pineapple, oats and beans; pumpkin, pomegranate, quinoa and greek yogurt; purple carrot, blackberry, quinoa and greek yogurt; sweet potato, blueberry, millet and greek yogurt; kale, strawberry, amaranth and greek yogurt; spinach, kiwi, barley and greek yogurt

FROM THE WEBSITE: “Mighty 4® blends, a puree of nutritious, organic fruits, veggies, grains and Greek yogurt, is the perfect snack for toddlers. Each pouch contains vitamins, protein, fiber and Omega 3s to fuel your active tot. And with amazing flavor combos squeezed into one easy, pleasy pouch, we make it easy for your mighty one to enjoy on-the-go goodness anytime.”

INGREDIENTS (for the Sweet Potato variety): Organic Apple Puree, Water, Organic Banana Puree, Organic Sweet Potato Puree, Organic Blueberry Puree, Organic Pasteurized Greek Yogurt (Organic Skim Milk), Organic Skim Milk, Organic Milled Millet, Chia Seeds, Organic Acerola Fruit Extract, Natural Flavors, Dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 pouch (113g), Calories 80

Amount Per Serving: Total Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Total Carbohydrates 16g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 10g, Protein 3g

a2 Milk

line of organic milks
Varieties: whole, reduced fat, low fat, fat-free; made USA debut at Expo West

FROM THE WEBSITE: Launched in New Zealand back in 2000, The a2 Milk Company’s goal is to “pioneer the scientific understanding of a2 Milk so we can bring more people the pleasure and nutritional goodness that only comes from real and natural milk.”

GFF COMMENTS: This product is interesting in regards to the fact it bases its point of differentiation on the type of casein contained in the product. The website explains that “…originally, all cows produced milk with only one type of beta-casein protein – called A2. Over time, a natural genetic variation occurred and another milk protein began appearing in European herds, called A1. [Now] most cow’s milk had become a combination of A1 and A2 proteins. The science supports that A2 protein is closer to human and other mammalian forms of this important protein.” The website goes on to say that the company hand-picked the right cows by working with farmers to “identify and select each pure bred cow that naturally produces milk containing rich in the A2 beta-casein and is free from all A1 beta-casein.”

INGREDIENTS (for the whole variety): Milk, vitamin D3 added

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 cup, Calories 160, Calories from Fat 80

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 9g (13%), Saturated Fat 5g (27%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 35mg (12%), Sodium 130mg (5%), Potassium 400mg (11%), Total Carbs 13g (4%), Fiber 0g, Sugars 12g, Protein 8g (16%)

Post Great Grains’ The Bar Undone

line of granola snack mixes
Varieties: Cranberry, Nuts & Seeds and Dark Chocolate Nut

FROM THE WEBSITE: “We gently crack the whole wheat berry and add a mix of grains to our flakes, while some of the competition add artificial sweeteners, flavors or isolated fibers to their flakes. We then add in nutritious fruit, nuts and/or seeds and balance them with our grains for a great taste that’s irresistible. The result? A crispy, delicious, less-processed whole grain cereal that’s high in natural fiber.”

INGREDIENTS (for the Dark Chocolate Nut variety): Granola (Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Milled Cane Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Protein Crisp (Defatted Wheat Germ, Rice Flour, Pea Protein, Tapicoa Starch), Vegetable Oil (Canola And /Or Safflower And /Or Sunflower), Rice Flour, Honey, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Quinoa Flakes, Natural Flavor, Salt, Barley Malt Syrup, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E To Maintain Freshness), Soy Nuts (Soybeans, Sunflower Oil, Salt), Honey Roasted Peanuts (Peanuts, Sugar, Corn Oil, Honey, Modified Tapioca Starch, Salt), Dark Chocolate Chunks (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (An Emulsifier), And Vanilla), Almonds.

NUTRITION: 1 pouch (40 g), Calories 190, Calories from Fat 90

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 11g (17%), Saturated Fat 2.5g (13%), Trans Fat 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g, Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 75mg (3%), Potassium 260mg (7%), Total Carbs 18g (6%), Fiber 4g (16%), Sugars 9g, Protein 8g

Dannon Light & Fit Protein Shake

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Varieties: strawberry, banana, mixed berry, and vanilla

FROM THE WEBSITE: “We’ve taken your favorite flavors and created delicious protein shakes to fit your busy lifestyle. Each 10 fl. oz. shake has 12g of protein, 5g of fiber, 140 calories and contains 0% fat. Shake things up with Dannon Light & Fit!”

INGREDIENTS (for the vanilla variety): Cultured Grade A nonfat milk, water, polydextrose, milk protein concentrate, less than 1% of modified food starch, lactase (glycerol, water, enzyme), natural flavor, sucralose, malic acid, acesulfame potassium, vitamin D3, potassium sorbate, sodium citrate, yellow 5, red 40, blue 1.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 bottle (296 ml), Calories 140, Calories from Fat 0

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 15mg (5%), Sodium 150mg (6%), Potassium 460mg (13%), Total Carbs 23g (8%), Fiber 5g (20%), Sugars 14g, Protein 12g (24%)

Snack Out Loud Foods’ Crunchy Bean Snacks

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Varieties: smoky chipotle bbq, jalapeno cheddar, tomato basil, and sea salt

FROM THE WEBSITE: “Crisp. Crunch. Yum! Say hello to your new snack obsession. Our lightly roasted pinto beans prove big benefits come in small packages – including plant-based protein, fiber and iron. Click on our snack or family size bags below to learn more about our scrumptious Crunchy Bean Snacks.”

INGREDIENTS (for the Smoky Chipotle BBQ variety): Pinto beans, sunflower oil, evaporated cane juice, onion powder, tomato powder, applewood smoked sea salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chile powder, citric acid, dry mustard.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1/3 cup (35g), Calories 150, Calories from Fat 45

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 5g (7%), Saturated Fat 0.5g (3%), Trans Fat 0g, Monosaturated Fat 3.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 160mg (7%), Potassium 330mg (10%), Total Carbs 21g (7%), Fiber 7g (27%), Sugars 2g, Protein 7g

Boulder Canyon Protein Crisps (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session

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Varieties: dark chocolate and asiago cheese

FROM THE WEBSITE: not listed on website yet

INGREDIENTS (for the Asiago Cheese variety): Lentil Protein, Whole Grain Corn Meal, Corn Meal, Pea Protein, High Oleic Sunflower Oil and/or Safflower Oil, Asiago Seasoning (Organic Whey Powder, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Cheddar Cheese [Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes], Non FatMilk, Yeast Extract, Lactic Acid, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Spice), Whole Grain Corn Flour, Boulder Seven Whole Grain Flour (Millet, Sorghum,Brown Rice, Whole Corn, Brown Teff, Quinoa, Amaranth), Whole Grain Rice Flour,Cane Sugar, Cumin Powder, Garlic Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Salt.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 47 chips (28g), Calories 120, Calories from Fat 35

Amount Per Serving (%DV): Total Fat 4g (6%), Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 290mg (11%), Total Carbs 12g (4%), Fiber 1g (4%), Sugars 1g, Protein 10g

Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session – Ingredients Category)

FROM WEBSITE: Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources for plant-based protein. Containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs, our hemp protein powder is a perfect boost to your day. It is also a good source of fiber and iron. Our Hemp Protein Powder is especially convenient as a smoothie or shake add-in for breakfast, or a pre- or post-workout protein boost. Try adding hemp protein powder to smoothies, shakes, yogurt, hot cereal, soups, granola bars, protein bars, pancakes, muffins, brownies, cakes and breads. You can use hemp protein to replace up to 25% of the flour in baked goods. See the back of our package for wholesomely delicious recipes using Hemp Protein Powder. NOTE: Not a recently introduced item, but an example of interest in plant-based proteins. Retail price, Jewel Grocery, Chicago area = $11.99 for a 16oz bag.

INGREDIENTS: Hemp protein powder

NUTRITION: Serving Size: 2 Tbsp. (14g); Calories 50.00, Calories from Fat 15.00, Amount Per Serving (% Daily Value)Total Fat 1.50g (2%), Saturated Fat 0g (0%), Trans Fat 0g (0 %), Cholesterol 0mg, (0%), Sodium 0mg (0%), Total Carbohydrate 4.00g (1%), Dietary Fiber 3.00g (12%), Sugars 1.00g (N/A), Protein 6.00g (12%)

Honey Maid Vanilla Go Bites (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

GFF COMMENT: Price through Amazon.com = $8.45 for a 7oz box.

INGREDIENTS: Defatted Soy Flour, Sugar, Graham Flour (Whole Grain Wheat Flour), Soybean Oil, Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Cornstarch, Coconut Oil, Honey, Dextrose, Calcium Carbonate (Source of Calcium), Salt, Cocoa, Inulin (Chicory Root Fiber), Soy Lecithin, Oat Fiber, Natural Flavor.

NUTRITION: Serving Size: 26 pieces (30g), Calories 140, Calories from Fat 40 (40%)
Amount Per Serving (% Daily Value) Total Fat 4.5g (7%), Saturated Fat 1.5g (8%), Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0%), Sodium 85mg (4%), Potassium 250mg (7%), Total Carbohydrate 18g (6%), Dietary Fiber 3g (12%), Sugars 9g, Protein 5g (10%)

STRONG-&-KIND-Roasted Jalapeno Bar

STRONG & KIND Roasted Jalapeno Almond Protein Bar (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

GFF COMMENT: Represents trend in savory health bars. Price paid through Amazon.com = $14.22 per one box of twelve 1.6oz. bars

INGREDIENTS: Almonds, pmpkin seeds, honey, non GMO glucose, pea crisp (pea protein isolate, rice flour, rice starch), hemp seeds, jalapeño chili, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked sea salt, sunflower lecithin. Allergen Information: Contains almonds. May contain nut shell fragments.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 Bar (45g) , Calories 230, Fat Calories 140, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 140mg, Potassium 220mg,
Total Carb 15g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 6g, Protein 10g

The Palo Diet Bar (Included in Protein Product Sampling Session)

The Paleo Diet Bar is exclusively endorsed by Dr. Loren Cordain, the world’s leading expert and founder of the Paleolithic movement, and author of the bestselling books The Paleo Answer, The Paleo Diet Cookbook, and The Paleo Diet for Athletes… NOTE: Price = $35.07 per case of twelve 2.47 bars through Amazon.com

INGREDIENTS: Dates, Egg White Protein Powder, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Raisins, Apple Fiber, Hemp Protein Powder, Sesame Seeds, Coconut Oil, Water, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract.

NUTRITION: Serving Size 1 bar (72g): Calories 310, Fat Calories 120,
Amount per Serving (% Daily Value): Total Fat 14g (22%DV), Sat. Fat. 2.5g (13%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol omg, Sodium 170mg (7%DV), Total Carbo. 31 g (10%), Fiber 7g (28%), Sugars 22g, Protein 17g.