Today, everyone is a chef, as consumers go to grocery stores in droves looking for cooking oils to add to their home concoctions, be they salads or sizzling sauté dishes. You should be ready to guide them toward oils that not only taste good and are versatile in the kitchen, but also represent a step in the right direction for a healthy diet.

The Little Duck Organics Tiny Fruits are made of 100% organic fruit and are gluten free, Non-GMO Project verified and certified kosher. Appropriate for kids, the snacks contain no added sugar or preservatives and are a healthy alternative to other snack options. They are available in Apple Banana, Strawberry Mango and Blueberry Apple.
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The Flavrz Beverage Corp. offers all-natural Flavrz enhanced beverages that “give your body what it needs without sacrificing great taste.” These lightly sweetened drink mixes are filled with herbal extracts, minerals and antioxidants and can be added to water. Available are Fruit Punch Energy, Citrus Hibiscus Immunity and Superfruit Sports.

Earth Balance’s Organic Coconut Spread is a multi-functional substitution for butter. In addition to being eaten as a topping, Earth Balance encourages consumers to cook, bake, fry and sauté with their spread to enrich foods with the taste and health benefits of coconut. Earth Balance promises “something that’s richer, smoother, and creamier than you ever thought possible.”

Big Mouth Snack, LLC is introducing its new granola snack, Snackle Mouth, in a unique and colorful packaging. Inside a circus clown-like, widely grinning face, Snackle Mouth comes in three flavors of granola clusters: Almond Berry, Pecan Maple and Peanut Cranberry. All three feature almonds, agave and oat bran and are made on equipment that processes dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. Additions of blueberries, maple flavor, and salted peanuts give each a different, distinct taste.

Kay’s Naturals has added to its line of gluten-free foods with Protein Puffs. Says the company, “Protein Puffs follow the same nutritional profile as the rest of our product line, with the added benefit of MORE fiber and MORE protein! MORE fiber!” Available are Almond Delight, Tomato Basil and Veggie Pizza.

All natural, wheat-and gluten-free Lemon Burst Cookies are now on offer from WOW Baking Company. These light, soft baked treats contain a refreshing burst of lemon flavor, according to the company. They are available both as single serve, individually packaged cookies and in bakery tub containers. “These cookies will brighten your day even if the sun decides not to come out and play,” the company says.

Gardenbar presents a wholesome blend of veggies, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts and spices that will satisfy your exotic cuisine cravings, says the company. Five delicious flavors include Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Italian and American. Each one is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and made with whole foods. Each bar is less than 200 calories per serving and contains six grams of fat.

Harvests of maize, rice and wheat, the three leading grain crops in the world, last year came in at levels below those of 2008, marking an overall dip in production. While both maize and rice set record production highs, the dramatic drop-off in wheat production left the total for all three lower, according to research found in Vital Signs Online, a publication of the Worldwatch Institute.