GoGo squeeZ Applesauce. Apple, Applebanana, Applepeach, Applecinnamon and Applestrawberry. 99 cents per 3.2-ounce pouch or $2.99 per four-pouch box.
Bonnie: GoGo squeeZ is a new applesauce modeled on Yoplait's pioneering GoGurt squeezable yogurt in a tube. GoGurt contains artificially Day-Glo colored, artificially flavored yogurt that's sweetened with both sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in a flimsy tube. (Read: Can be messy.)
GoGo is 100 percent apples, sweetened with apple juice concentrate, in a sturdy pouch with a reclosable top. This means GoGo squeeZ is less likely to be messy and, if your youngster doesn't finish the whole serving, it can be refrigerated for later eating. Just don't leave this small cap alone with a child young enough to mistake it for something tasty.
The Applecinnamon is my favorite, as it's the least sweet, with only 9.3 grams of natural apple sugar, or about the same as Mott's Healthy Harvest single serves. I recommend either of these lines for your kids' or your own lunch.
Carolyn: These new GoGo squeeZ Applesauces are as interesting a cultural marker as they are a food product — for instance, as an example of just how far off-the-radar space exploration has become. Although these sturdy little pouches were originally designed for NASA astronauts, that fact is not mentioned in either the product's advertising or packaging.
Eating from them is still fun — the size, shape and resealability reminded me of a whiskey bottle, with quite tasty and much-better-for-you contents. This junk foodie didn't even miss the sugar that is not added (although it's hard to miss the irony of all-natural applesauce being packaged in what is probably highly environmentally unfriendly sturdy plastic pouches).
It's also a little sad that eating in go-go America has devolved to the point where solo slurping out of pouches is praised by me and Bonnie!
Pillsbury Grands! Jr. Golden Layers Refrigerated Biscuits. Buttermilk, Butter Tastin', Flaky, Honey Butter. 89 cents per 6-ounce tube or $1.29 per 12-ounce tube.
Bonnie: These new Pillsbury Grands! Jr. biscuits are halfway between regular Grands! and Pillsbury's regular biscuits in a can, in terms of size and nutrition.
That means one of these new Grands! Jr. biscuits provides about 100 calories and 4 grams of total fat (of which 1 gram is saturated and 1 gram is trans fat), with about 350 milligrams of sodium. Those values are about half of what's in a regular Grands! and are a big improvement. I still wish Pillsbury had used this opportunity to remove the trans fats from all its Grands!
According to the American Heart Association, trans fats raise bad (LDL) and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. The AHA and I suggest avoiding them. Consider Pillsbury's trans fat-free regular Buttermilk or Country Style Biscuits as an alternative.
Carolyn: Can something be both grand and junior-sized at the same time? That's the question raised by these new Grands! Jrs. The answer is yes, if you believe that Pillsbury's original refrigerated Grands! Biscuits are distinguished by their unique taste and texture as well as their large size. I think the uniqueness of all refrigerated biscuits gets lost in their telltale refrigerated-roll aftertaste. That's not a problem with frozen rolls.
That's why I'm willing to cough up the extra money for aftertasteless frozen Grands! Biscuits. Less fussy folks could save lots of money by buying regular store-brand refrigerator biscuits, which are similar to Grands! Jrs. in almost every other way.
SunnyD Smoothies Juice and Dairy Beverage. Orange Whirl, and Strawberry Swirl. $1.48 to $1.89 per 48-ounce plastic bottle.
Bonnie: These new SunnyD Smoothies boast of containing as much calcium and vitamin D as milk. That's true. But milk has many other good things that these SunnyD's don't, including 16 percent of the daily required high-quality protein, 11 percent potassium, 10 percent vitamin A, 22 percent vitamin B12, 26 percent riboflavin, 10 percent niacin and 25 percent phosphorus recommended daily.
A real smoothie also offers the nutrients from fruit juices, while SunnyD is 95 percent artificially flavored and colored water, sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, with additives to thicken and protect its flavor.
Milk, a real smoothie or SunnyD? Yes, indeedy, the one to serve your kids is obvious.
Carolyn: If you think regular SunnyD (the drink formerly known as Sunny Delight) tastes weird and fake, you ought to try these new smoothies.
They look and taste almost exactly like strawberry and orange liquid antibiotics. It's true that these medicines — and all varieties of SunnyD — are flavored and colored that way to appeal to kids, and not to adults like me.
Still, if your kid prefers the taste of this to milk, there is no need to be upset if she criticizes your cooking, or to worry about having the money to send her to culinary school.
Bonnie Tandy Leblang is a registered dietitian and professional speaker. She has an interactive site (www.biteofthebest.com) about products she recommends. Follow her on Twitter: BonnieBOTB. Carolyn Wyman is a junk-food fanatic and author of "The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book" (Running Press). Each week they critique three new food items.
© Universal Uclick