March 6, 2013

New on the shelf: 10-calorie sodas, beginner bread, healthy snack

McClatchy Newspapers

Six of the many carbonated beverages made by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group – Dr Pepper, 7UP, A&W (the root beer, not the cream soda), Sunkist, Canada Dry and RC – are now available in versions with 10 calories per 12-ounce serving. That's in addition to the diet versions, which have no calories, and the regular versions – which have from 140 calories (7Up and Canada Dry) to Sunkist's 190.

The company says these 10-calorie products, all labeled with TEN spelled out in capital letters, are intended to offer "the great taste of regular soda with less calories." The new versions get their fewer calories by starting with the diet versions, which are sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame potassium, and adding a little high-fructose corn syrup.

 

NEVER BAKED BREAD? Fleischmann's Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix is a good first step. Mix water into the box's contents (packets of yeast, sugar, bread mix), shape dough into a loaf, let rise, then bake. This dough was easy to handle, produced an artisan-sturdy loaf and took less than an hour (57 minutes to be exact) from start to finish. In Country White, Stoneground Wheat, Multi-Grain and Italian Herb, its suggested retail price: $2.99 for a 14-ounce box. A store locater is at simplyhomemadebread.com.

 

CHANGE UP THE SNACK LINEUP for the next TV awards show with Simply Sprouted's Way Better Snacks tortilla chips. Sprouted ingredients (quinoa, broccoli and daikon radish seeds), join corn in the six-flavor lineup that includes the usual suspects (multigrain, blue corn, etc.). Suggested retail price for a 5.5-ounce bag: $3.49. For a store locater or to buy, go to gowaybetter.com.

 

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