Snacking made SIMPLE October 7th, 2016


In today’s society, we work through our lunches, try high-intensity diets and grab quick snacks running out the door. When there is barely enough time to brush our teeth in the morning, planning a healthy, tasty meal can be a real challenge. But what if we could make things simpler?

What if we could bring eating back to the basics?

SIMPLE Squares from Chicago believes in bringing simplicity back to our diets, making its bars with five basic ingredients including nuts, sea salt, vanilla, spices and honey. The SIMPLE Square Coconut is made with the basic five ingredients but adds 100% pure coconut that contains fiber.

SIMPLE sweetens all of its squares with honey.

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General Mills is capitalizing on consumer-driven food trends with a surplus of new product launches in the upcoming months.

“We’re in a period of very rapid change in the food industry. And consumers are very clear about what they want – simple ingredient lists, free from artificial colors and flavors, free from gluten, less sugar, less sodium, more convenience,” Ken Powell, General Mills chairman and chief executive officer, says. “We’ve challenged ourselves to go out and really understand our consumers, get into their homes, shop alongside them and listen to what they want.”

With emphasis in wellness, convenience and snacking, General Mills’ new products closely align with increasing consumer interest in wellness journeys, simple ingredients and harder working calories.

Another key contributor to their success? Honey. Check out some of General Mills’ new made with honey products.

Farm Stand Harvest Granola: Cascadian Farm has launched four new pouch granolas, all with simple ingredients and unique flavor profiles, including Honey Almond Chia. With a honey taste and aroma and crunchy textures, the on-the-go granola goes well with everything.

Nature Valley Honey Oat Clusters: Nature Valley has combined oat clusters, wheat flakes and corn flakes with honey for their new Honey Oat Clusters. Nature Valley’s new product combines more granola for energy and honey for flavor.

Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams: Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams are available in two varieties, Honey Bunny Grahams and Friends Bunny Grahams. Both varieties are made with honey and contain no artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. They also offer 16 grams of whole grains in each serving.

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Product developers commonly ask, “What is the shelf life of honey?” Most find themselves in shock to find out there isn’t one.

That is right, if kept under the right conditions honey will not spoil.

Archeologists have discovered preserved honey while digging in Egypt, and to their surprise, the honey was still edible. Although we do not suggest leaving it on the shelf for that long, it does prove that honey has the capability to outlast our own lives.

Honey’s moisture content (about 17%), low pH and antibacterial properties make it one of the only ingredients that will most likely not spoil. It is, however, still important to store honey properly to maintain its integrity.

Honey should be kept in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64-75°F and out of direct sunlight. If honey is kept in cooler temperatures, between 35-60°F, it is known to hasten honey’s natural crystallization process. But that is not an end for honey.

If honey crystalizes, it can be saved by heating. Honey can be placed in hot water and slightly shaken to reduce or remove crystallization. Different varietals of honey may take longer than others to crystalize, and some actually have a low tendency to crystalize at all. Either way, it can be saved!

The next time you purchase honey, there is no need to fear. With proper care, your honey is here to stay.

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