Auckland, New Zealand—Maybe that ban on large sodas implemented in New York City isn’t necessary; just tax them, and people will buy them less. So says a new paper published in PLoS Medicine, which also found that making healthy foods like fruit cheaper will increase their intake among consumers.

With a wide enough selection and a nudge in the right direction, even your most cooking-averse customers will find themselves dashing in the sea salt and peppering over the stew. The spice suggestions to follow will surely bring variety to their palates and their lives, but before we can apply these tips to great and tasty result, we must learn the basics on approaching spices, along with a few extra insights that any aspiring home cook must know.

Good ‘n Natural fruit, nut and seed bars offer wholesome, gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition for health-conscious consumers. The all-natural bars come in seven flavors: Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin, Mixed Berry, Vanilla Raspberry, Cranberry Almond, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Lemon. They are a good source of fiber with five grams per serving; boast 10 grams of protein; and include natural ingredients like gluten-free rolled oats and organic maple syrup.

Jolie Ravioli from New York Ravioli & Pasta Co. is an all-natural, kid-friendly “fun food” with no preservatives. Jolie Ravioli are designed in six whimsical shapes and come in 12-oz. resealable frozen bags. Ravioli come in Cheese, Mac & Cheezy, Cheese & Broccoli and Pizza-roli’s.

New from Mt. Capra Products is instant Yo-Quick!, which makes fresh, wholesome goat-milk yogurt in under 60 seconds without refrigeration. Just open a packet, add five to six tablespoons of cold water, shake and enjoy. Flavors include Blueberry Blast, Sensational Strawberry and Very Vanilla.

REED’s Inc. is entering new territory with its new raw, organic Culture Club Kombucha, made with oolong and yerba mate teas and culture brewed with spring water to create a beverage full of beneficial enzymes, probiotics and organic acids that detoxify, energize and balance the body. The first four “Master Tonic” flavors are Goji Ginger, Pink Grapefruit Hibiscus, Lemon Ginger Raspberry and Cranberry, all of which are caffeine-, gluten- and preservative-free. Culture Club joins Reed’s existing line of soft drinks all naturally brewed with roots, herbs, spices and fruits, setting them apart from other modern soda companies.

Kettle Foods has created new flavors for Kettle Brand Bakes, their line of baked potato chips. Sour Cream & Onion and Cheddar & Roasted Tomato join Hickory Honey Barbeque, Sea Salt and Sea Salt & Vinegar in the line of toasted, not fried, real potato slices. Kettle Brand updated its look with brighter colors on the bags.

Gator Ron’s Zesty Sauces & Mixes has introduced a drink mix as well as sauces for meats, poultry, seafood and other foods. Available are Angel Wing Sauce, Heavenly Barbeque sauce, and Divine Bloody Mary Mix. All are made with natural ingredients, low in calories, gluten-free and come with recipes for healthy meals. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at John Hopkins.

KIND has added a new line of whole nut bars that embrace naturally low-sugar options without using chemicals or sugar alcohols. The first Nuts & Spices flavors are Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Madagascar Vanilla Almond, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan and Cashew & Ginger Spice. The bars provide up to 5-7 g of fiber, 6 g of protein and 5 g of sugar or less.
SRP: $1.99 per bar.