The 2019 Food Essentials Awards

There may be no happier and more contented people at Taste for Life headquarters than there are when the entries for our annual Food Essentials Awards contest start arriving. After much nibbling, sampling, sipping, and feasting, we are pleased to announce this year’s winning entries.

Our wide-ranging product selection has something for everyone—finicky eaters, heat-seeking palates, and even pets!

A. Vogel Herbamare Spicy Sea Salt adds a zesty zing to food with its fine sea salt infused with organic herbs and vegetables.

Base Culture Cashew Butter Blondie is all about taste. This moist, gluten-free paleo treat is sweetened with honey and maple syrup and contains wholesome ingredients like flaxseed meal.

Blissfully Better Almond Toffee Thins are a winning taste combination! Made with four organic ingredients: Chocolate, almonds, low-glycemic coconut blossom nectar, and butter.

Boulder Organic! Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is made from fire-roasted tomatoes, sweet basil, and a touch of cream for healthy deliciousness.

Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning lends a great cheesy flavor to popcorn, soups, and salads. It’s also a super source of B vitamins!

Brothers All Natural Banana & Strawberry Fruit Crisps are freeze-dried, light and crispy sliced fruit perfect for healthy grab-and-go snacking!


Up your nutritional game with Carlson Olive Your Heart Olive Oil & Fish Oil Basil Flavor. This blend of Greek extra-virgin olive oil and omega-3 marine oil has a peppery taste that works well with pesto or bruschetta and provides 1,480 milligrams of omega 3s per serving!


The creamy and slightly tangy Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo Traditional is a paleo-approved, clean-ingredient condiment made from cage-free eggs and avocado oil.

The wonderful texture and light smokiness of Country Archer Citrus Rosemary Turkey Jerky are enhanced by the bright flavors of the seasoning, making this nitrate-free treat perfectly snackable.


Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies Lemon Ginger are delicious, moist, dense, and satisfying macaroons. Vegan, raw, and gluten free. A great pick-me-up!

You can feel good about eating Enjoy Life Foods Handcrafted Sugar Crisp Crunchy Cookies, because they’re made from nutrient-dense ancient grains and free of all major allergens.

Flora Salus Red Beet Soluble Crystals can be mixed with everything from smoothies and soups to yogurts and cereals to add natural sweetness and energy to your day.


Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Raisin Flake Cereal starts your day off right with nutrient and fiber-rich sprouted grains, made even better with raisins.

Foods Alive Power Crackers Coconut Curry are organic, savory snacks made from chia, gold flaxseed, nuts, and reishi mushrooms. Good source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Good Karma Unsweetened Flaxmilk + Protein delivers 10 grams of plant-based protein and 1,500 milligrams of omega-3 essential fatty acids in each creamy, delicious serving. Dairy free.


Honey Stinger Organic Cracker N’ Nut Butter Snack Bar is a flavor sensation, with cashew butter covered in milk chocolate layered with multigrain crackers and sea salt. 

Late July Snacks Organic Jalapeño Lime Clãsico Tortilla Chips deliver a bold kick balanced with an addicting lime-infused flavor.

Lily’s 70% Dark Chocolate Salted Almond bar’s deep, rich flavor is meant to be savored. Stevia sweetened, no sugar added.

Newman’s Own Premium Dog Treats Chicken Flavor rated a consistent 10 with our furry friends. Made with organic barley flour—no wheat or corn.

ONE Brands Blueberry Cobbler contains 20 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar, making it a guilt-free snack. Certified gluten-free.


Organic, ethically sourced Rebbl Maca Mocha combines dark cocoa, chicory, and the Andean herb maca for a delicious way to support vitality and stamina.

Sejoyia Coco-Thins Snackable Cashew Cookies Lemon Zest have a satisfying, fresh flavor that won’t weigh you down. Made from the root vegetable cassava

Crunchy, chewy, and gooey, SMASHMALLOW SMASHCRISPY Cinnamon Churro is a delicious take on traditional marshmallow rice treats.

Wedderspoon Raw Monofloral Manuka Honey KFactor 16 is made by honeybees that gather nectar wholly or mostly from New Zealand’s manuka plant. Free of pesticides and glyphosate.

Wicked Crisps Cheesy Cheese Pizza Naturally Flavored Tomato Crisps deliver a massive crunch and a taste reminiscent of cheese pizza. These gluten-free crisps are perfect for dipping.

Wild Planet Foods Wild Mackerel Skinless & Boneless Fillets in Extra Virgin Olive Oil are an easy, tasty way to get your omega-3 essential fatty acids. Sustainably caught and so good for you!


Xlear XyloSweet is made from xylitol, a natural sugar with the same sweetness as table sugar, but with 40 percent fewer calories. Can be used as a 1:1 sugar substitute, making baking easy.