The goods: dip into these primo picks
With the Aussie consumer’s growing interest in making healthier dietary choices, more manufacturers are diversifying their product range to appeal to those looking for all-natural, gut-friendly and low-sugar alternatives to their favourite foods and drinks.
Our top product picks this week all cater to this growing appetite for more wholesome options. Well… almost all. Because we can’t all be good all of the time, we just had to include one decadent treat. And trust us, it’s a doozy.
All-natural hommus from farm to table
After 20 years of preparing healthy, tasty hommus, family-owned boutique producer SSS Foods has launched two new hommus flavours nationwide, to inspire Australians to find new inventive ways to use the traditional picnic dip.
Both the SSS Foods Natural and Coriander, Cumin & Mild Chilli Hommus are made with 100% natural Australian ingredients including chickpeas from the flat tablelands of Kalkee, Victoria, and herbs and spices from some of the country’s best farmers and providores at Sydney’s vibrant Flemington markets
Having won awards for its fresh foods, SSS Foods prides itself on the purity of its hommus and doesn’t use any artificial flavours, preservatives or additive oils. This makes its products suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets. They’re also Kosher and Halal Certified.
SSS Foods Hommus is available at Woolworths.
Emma & Tom’s develop new juice in lockdown
Emma & Tom’s has launched Kick Starter Juice, an immunity- and digestion-boosting juice with added probiotic Lactobacillus casei and prebiotics acacia fibre and chicory fibre. The new product offering was created in Victoria during the stage 3 and 4 lockdowns, with the Emma & Tom’s team working to develop the juice via virtual meetings and focus groups.
The juice contains more than one billion probiotics per serve, enhancing the phytonutrients present already in the juice. With prebiotics also included, the drink provides a healthy source of food for the trillions of good bacteria that live in your gut.
Kick Starter is available to order online for contactless delivery and at selected cafes, restaurants and independent supermarkets Australia-wide.
The ancient ingredient that says “sayonara” to sugar
Monkfruit was originally cultivated by Buddhist monks in east Asia for its sweetness and healing properties, and now it’s been used to create a 100% natural alternative to sugar.
Lakanto’s Monkfruit Sweeteners are made from the melon-like monkfruit, which derives its sweetness from antioxidants in the fruit’s flesh. The new sweeteners have 93% fewer calories than sugar, zero net carbs, zero glycaemic impact and no fibre, maltodextrin, stevia, artificial sweeteners or flavourings. This makes them suitable for those on gluten-free, diabetic, ketogenic, candida, paleo, vegan and low-carb diets.
The range consists of Classic Monkfruit Sweetener, made from the white flesh of the monk fruit to replace white sugar, and the Golden Monkfruit Sweetener with a sweet maple flavour, made from the white flesh, seed and peel, as a substitute for raw cane sugar.
Lakanto Monkfruit Sweeteners are available in more than 2500 outlets nationwide, including Woolworths, Coles, Drakes, Ritchies IGA and select health food stores.
A new low-sugar yoghurt that’s Two Good to be true
Danone has introduced a low sugar yoghurt innovation to the Australian market. The Two Good yoghurt range was developed to meet the increasing demand from millennials and Gen Z consumers for low sugar options without artificial flavours, preservatives or colours.
Two Good has 70% less sugar than the average yoghurt. This is achieved by using a special process that removes sugar from milk, leaving each yoghurt cup with only two grams of naturally-occurring sugar. The new yoghurt servings contain no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives, 11g of protein and just 75-76 calories per cup. Flavours include mixed berry, vanilla, salted caramel, mango, peach and cherry.
Two Good yoghurt is available now at Coles supermarkets.
Ben & Jerry’s launches dough-licious ice cream pizza
Following the successful launch of its limited-edition ice cream burger earlier this year, Ben & Jerry’s has unveiled the Dough-licious Pizza, the latest instalment in its Fast Food Series.
The pizza features a “dough-lectable” baked cookie base, made from Ben & Jerry’s world-famous cookie dough, together with an ice cream filling full of chunks and creamy swirls – and rounded off with the best part when it comes to any pizza: the toppings.
Ice cream fans can pick their own toppings, with a choice of hot fudge or caramel sauce, chunky cookie dough bites, brownie chunks and crunchy nuts and pretzels. Or you can go all out and order a pizza with the lot.
Pizzas will be available both as single slices or as a whole pizza, with the latter available both through Ben & Jerry’s’ physical Scoop Stores as well as through UberEats.