What’s New in the Pot

Breakfast cereals, snacks and canned goods are among the many new products introduced by food manufacturers in recent months.

Here are the Food staff’s observations about some of them.

Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter cereal

Taste-testers were a bit dubious about General Mills flavoring its popular cereal Cheerios with peanut butter. But everyone, from the 2-year-old to adults, liked Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter. It’s sweet with just a hint of salt, has 110 calories and 16 grams of whole grains per 3/4-cup serving. For breakfast, it feels just a little decadent — in a good way.

The low-fat product has 9 grams of sugar per serving, sells for about $3.99 for a 9-ounce box and $4.99 for an 11.3-ounce box. It is available in major grocers’ cereal aisles nationwide. To learn more, visit http://www.cheerios.com/Products.

Cinnamon-Almond Raisin Bran

Kellogg’s new Cinnamon-Almond Raisin Bran delivers a familiar, fiber-rich favorite in a sweeter package. The almond and cinnamon flavors were complementary, and one taster thought the cereal was delicious with unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk.

The product, available in a 14.5-ounce box, is one of the company’s cereals being labeled with its “Kellogg’s Heart Healthy Selection” logo in honor of American Heart Month, observed each February.

The company is encouraging Americans to take care of their hearts by being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing their intake of fiber and whole grains, eating more fruit and vegetables, limiting sodium, cutting back on cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat, and eating fish high in heart-healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

A 11/4-cup serving of Cinnamon-Almond Raisin Bran contains 200 calories, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 1.5 grams fat and 220 milligrams sodium.

However, those watching their intake of sugar might want to limit consumption of this new cereal since it also has 18 grams of sugar per serving — and it’s easy to understand why after reading the list of ingredients. In addition to raisins, it includes sugar, brown sugar syrup, dextrose and honey.

For additional information, visit http://www.kelloggs.com/hearthealthy.

Kraft MilkBite Milk & Granola Bars

Kraft MilkBite Milk & Granola Bars are a creamy take on the handy granola bar.

Kraft Foods says its new snack bar is made with “real milk and calcium” to provide as much calcium as an 8-ounce serving of milk. Each 6.15-ounce box contains five bars, sells for a suggested retail price of $3.49, and is found in grocery stores’ refrigerated dairy aisle.

The product comes in five flavors: chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin and mixed berry. Food’s staff tried two.

The strawberry bars pack a fruity punch with a creamy aftertaste, but the chocolate bars have little chocolate taste and a chalky mouth feel.

The chocolate bars also have a milky aftertaste, but, unlike the strawberry, it just isn’t good. The Food staff also thinks it is most inconvenient that the bars have to be refrigerated, so they’re out for quick, on-the-go granola. They may, however, make a good after-school or at-work snack — any place where a refrigerator is available.

For more information, go to the website http://www.milkbite.com.

Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Petite Diced Tomatoes With Chipotle Peppers

Muir Glen Organic has introduced a new product to its “Farm Select” line, Fire Roasted Petite Diced Tomatoes With Chipotle Peppers, which taste-testers liked as a flavorful add-in for a quick rice or pasta meal.

The 14.5-ounce can contains about three 1/2-cup, 40-calorie servings of fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato juice, water, dried red chili pepper and other seasonings. Each serving includes 2 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams sugar and 1 gram protein. Each also includes 460 milligrams sodium, so no additional salt is needed when using the product in recipes.

The product is distributed by Small Planet Foods Inc., of Sedro-Woolley, Wash. For recipes and information, visit its website at http://www.MuirGlen.com.

Two recipes are included on the label of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Petite Diced Tomatoes With Chipotle Peppers. Here’s one: