Melanie Zanoza Bartelme

Grain-based tots
originated as a Boulder, Colo., food truck and catering service in 1980, but it wasn’t until Lindsey and Ryan Cunningham took over the family business that the team decided to set their sights on retail. Despite their success at the Boulder farmers’ market, they’ve retired the truck to focus on a new packaged product line, beginning with one of their most popular items, Millet Tots.

These gluten-free, vegan bites are made from organic ancient grains and are sold in the freezer section. They come in three varieties: Original, Spicy-Sweet, and Italian Herb. Available for a suggested retail price of $4.99, the tots can be found in a variety of regional retailers, with distribution in nationwide Lucky’s stores coming this summer. The company plans to launch additional plant-based items next year.

Low-calorie whipped gelato
In line with today’s trend toward better-for-you frozen desserts, New Direction FoodsRevelé Whipped Gelato offers the taste of traditional gelato with a third of the calories of ice cream—80 per half-cup serving.

Revelé Whipped Gelato is the first superpremium low-calorie gelato on the market,” explains senior director of sales and marketing Jessica Causse. “We start with premium gelato ingredients and whip them so it’s naturally lower in calories, fat, and sugar.”

The resulting product, which is available in five flavors, contains more than 40% solids. The lactose-free dessert contains 4 grams of fat and 6 grams of sugar and is made without sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners.

Sustainable fish for kids
“After demoing our best-selling Coho Salmon with Lemon Pepper & Garlic fillets in hundreds of stores, we heard over and over again from parents how much their kids loved salmon! We couldn’t believe there were no salmon products in the frozen section for kids, let alone healthy alternatives to fish sticks,” says Salty Girl Seafood chief innovation officer Gina Auriemma. The company’s wild-caught, breading-free Salmon Bites for Kids are packed with omega-3s and hidden veggies and were designed with busy parents in mind.

Salty Girl Seafood, which focuses on creating partnerships with sustainable seafood suppliers, evaluates how fisheries perform through a six-point sustainability assessment. The company shares details about how its fish are sourced on its packaging, including a code that lets consumers trace where their fish was caught.

Salmon Bites for Kids are available on the West Coast in Whole Foods, Good Eggs, Haggen, and New Leaf for a suggested retail price of $8.99. The company is in the process of expanding its offerings for kids and families.

Millet Tots

Plant-based Millet Tots, which were first created as a food truck snack, are a good source of protein, iron, and fiber.

Revelé Whipped Gelato

Revelé Whipped Gelato whips in air to naturally lower the frozen dessert’s calories, fat, and sugar.

Salmon Bites for Kids

Salty Girl Seafood’s sustainably caught Salmon Bites for Kids contain omega-3s and 12 grams of protein as well as sweet potato and broccoli.