New Foodie Finds to Start a New Year

Happy New Year! It’s time to reset your mind and body and I’m here to help. Browse my list of a few products to get you inspired as we just get started for the year. Best wishes in 2019!   

Sans Sucre Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Mix

This moist cake holds its own considering its sugar-free. The Wisconsin apples add enough sweetness to trigger happiness. My family raves about it and requests it often. Pair it with turkey chili – simply the best!

Size: 8 oz.
Retail price: $3.99
Available:, Albertson’s, and other select retail locations

Al Chipino Salsa Picante

These triangle tortillas pack zest and a gentle heat. It tastes like chips and salsa all-in-one crunchy bite. Most importantly, it contains no cholesterol or gluten. Get your snack on!

Size: 1.75 oz. each
Retail price: $19.99 (12 count)

Rowdy Bar Sunflower Butter N’ Berries

This chewy energy bar excites my palate. The nutty sunflower butter offers something new. The fruity blend of cranberries and pomegranate gives it a burst of flavor, keeping me satisfied throughout a busy morning. Highly recommend!

Size: 1.59 oz.
Retail price: $35 (12 bars)

Alive & Well Green Rovies Olives

These round, organic olives come from a small, family farm in Greece. The sea salt and water preserve their probiotic nutrients. Though I appreciate their freshness straight from the jar, I prefer them in a cosmopolitan martini – a perfect duo. Cheers!

Size: 12.5 oz.
Retail price: $7.99
Available: Sprouts Farmers Market and other select natural grocers nationwide

DiamoTech Fry Pan

Versatile and easy to clean – this sturdy nonstick pan comes in handy when scrambling eggs or baking a quiche in the oven. No oil required when using it which means healthier meals. Every household needs one in its cupboard.

Size: 9.5-inch
Retail price: $19.99


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Rekaya, aka The Food Temptress, is a freelance journalist, author and co-host of the sports podcast “Black Girls Talk Sports.” She has written content for Amtrak, Writer’s Digest Books and various lifestyle magazines. She also has penned seven books in multiple genres. In her spare time, she enjoys developing recipes and exploring Virginia’s 200+ wineries.