Monthly Archives: October 2009

Brown Cow Greek Yogurt

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Time for another yogurt review!
Brown Cow is a branch of Stonyfield Farm ( a FAVORITE company of mine!) that manufactures all natural yogurt and greek yogurt. I got to try the Greek Yogurt, in  Strawberry, Blueberry and Vanilla flavor, but it also comes in plain for those of you who like to “do it up” yourself. According to the website, “Our authentic straining process removes the liquid (whey) from the yogurt to create a stick-to-your-spoon thick and rich Greek treat with about twice the protein of other yogurts and less lactose.”  Of course, there are no artificial ingredients, preservatives, sugar alcohols or hormone treated milk in these yogurts. Sounds like a winner to me!

Each of the yogurts are very creamy and thick. When you take the lid off, there is a slight layer of liquid, whey I believe, on top, but it’s easily stirred in. I sometimes just drink the liquid so my yogurt will be extra thick and rich 🙂 .
Vanilla- This one has a mild vanilla flavor, and is great to pair with a crunchy cereal or a muffin like i did. It wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, but rather just the right amount of vanilla and cane juice.
Strawberry- My favorite of the 3. The strawberry on the bottom really did it for me. The fruit was sweet and plump, and had nice chunks of strawberries in it. It tasted like real strawberries, not like mushy strawberries that you defrosted and lost all their flavor. This one was GOOD.
Blueberry- also yummy, but I like the strawberry better. The blueberries were a tad bitter, but they were still good. It resembled sort of a blueberry jelly on the bottom.
It’s surprising that the blueberry wasn’t my favorite, because  Brown Cow is a branch off the Stonyfield Farm company, and their blueberry yogurt  is one of my favorites. I’m going to guess the slight change in flavor is due to the fact that Stonyfield uses naturally milled refined sugar and Brown Cow uses evaporated cane juice? Just a guess. But worth pondering about.

Anywhoo- overall, these are really good.4 stars! I also like that they are sweetened with a less refined form of sugar, evaporated cane juice. They were substantial and when paired with some fruit or whole grain cereal, good enough to keep me satisfied all  morning. Don’t forget the probiotics it has to offer! 😉

the 5.3 oz cups of greek yogurt range from 80-130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6-18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 13-15 grams of protein.

The ingredients are simple as well, using only nonfat milk, evaporated cane juice, and real fruit.
I want to try the regular version of Brown Cow yogurts as well. The Maple Flavor looks yummy!

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Mom Made Foods- Cheesy Mac Meal

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Ahhh, Mac & cheese. A traditional comfort food. What’s better than some ooey gooey cheesy macaroni on a cold winter day or after a stressful day at work/school?
Exactly.
But, we all know how Velveeta and Kraft’s nutritional stats hold up. And after preparing Kraft’s boxed version with butter and milk, I sure  got the blues (of regret for eating it!). So, Mom Made Foods makes a healthier alternative to macaroni & cheese. “Mom Made” makes it seem like it’s geared toward children, but trust me, all ages can enjoy this dish.
Mom Made Cheesy Mac Meal has some extra health  benefits in their yogurt. They sneak in butternut squash and sweet potatoes in their cheese sauce- but you would never tell. After heating up this individual tray (yay portion control!), you don’t see any chunks of squash or potatoes, just a bunch of elbow macaroni and cute little peas as well.
After heating it up, the macaroni cooked nicely. It wasn’t too chewy or overdone either. Just the way I like my macaroni- has a bite but doesn’t fall to pieces in my mouth.
The peas were nice and crisp too, not mushy blobs. I personally love peas, and i hate when frozen dinners ruin them by making them all soggy and nasty. Not the case here!
Moving on to the cheese sauce, it was thicker than I expected. It wasn’t a runny cheese sauce, and it really stuck on the macaroni. It was more of a milder cheese taste than I would expected, and it wasn’t as salty tasting as Velveeta or other boxed brands (there’s only 340mg of sodium per serving as compared to 720mg+ in other varieties!). It was good though. An enjoyable mac & cheese entree 🙂

Overall, i liked it. 4 stars for me  for excellent nutrition stats and sneaky veggies. There are a lot of noodles in this entree, especially considering it’s geared toward kids. However, I would say it’s a tad too small for an adult or those of us with raging appetites (especially after going to the gym), so i paired it some strawberry organic milk and some  extra veggies and had it for lunch. My only complaint is that it’s not made with whole wheat macaroni, but it still packs in some fiber 🙂 I would love love love to try the other things Mom Made Foods has to offer, like fiesta rice and bean burritos!

1 entree is 200 calories, 3 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic macaroni (organic durum semolina), Organic skim milk (organic pasteurized skim milk, vitamin d), Organic green peas, Organic sweet potato, Organic butternut squash, Organic cheese powder (Organic cheddar cheese [organic pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes], Organic whey, Salt, Lactic acid, Citric acid, Annatto [for color], Natural mixed tocopherols); Organic butter (organic sweet cream, salt).

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Cherrybrook Kitchen Vanilla Graham Mini Cookies

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more cookie reviews! This time especially dedicated to those of you who cannot tolerate gluten. That’s right- these cookies are GLUTEN FREE, all natural, and healthy!

Cherrybrook Kitchen has a variety of products that they sell that are gluten free. I’m always curious about cookies (who isn’t?) so i got a box of the Vanilla Graham mini cookies (because if cookie wasn’t enough, they are MINI!! Who doesn’t love mini cookies!) Aside from being cute and gluten free, they are also peanut, dairy, egg and nut free. Pretty much anyone can have these!
But do you want them…?
YEP!
They are certainly yummy. They are about the size of a half dollar each, and they have swirls on top. It resembles the top of a snail shell to me. They have a very strong vanilla flavor, but are not overly sweet. They sort of taste like a better Vanilla  Wafer (and they don’t contain any trans FATS!). They are crispy and very “light” tasting.

So overall, there good! I’m giving them 4 stars. I was thinking if the company wanted to expand, they could totally put some gluten free “icing” in the middle or peanut butter even, and make these rock even more. Cherrybrook also makes gluten free icing, so you could purchase some and spread some yourself as well! Aside from that, I think they would be good with a glass of milk. I really want to try the chocolate chip and snickerdoodle varieties of these as well!

6 cookies are 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
My only complaint is the low fiber content,  but that’s expected with a lot of  gluten free foods.

Evaporated cane juice, brown rice flour, corn flour, palm oil, cornstarch, low fat soy flour, corn syrup, vanilla and natural flavors, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecitin, xanthan gum, cinnamon.

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Peeled Snacks

 

peeledFirst off- my apologies to the Peeled Snacks company. They sent me these to review, I wrote down all my thoughts, and completely forgot to post! But it’s all good- here it is now!

Peeled Snacks are dried fruit, mostly organic, with no added sugar like a lot of other dried fruit brands add. When the fresh fruit is dried, all the vitamins, minerals and other goodies are preserved. They also don’t contain the preservatives or sulfites that I often see in dried fruit as well. They come in individual bags for the most part, and each bag is one serving of fruit. Peeled Snacks sent me flavors “Apricot-a-lot”, “go-Mango-man-go”, “Cherry-go-round”, and “Banan-a-peel”. They also come in flavors like “Apple-2-the-core”, “Pine-4-Pineapple”, “Almond Daze” and “Cashew-later”.  Let’s just start the review by saying the names are soo cute!

Apricot-a-lot– well, i felt a little biased doing this one, because i looooove dried apricots, but i have had some bad and good experiences with them. For example, the bad ones, are very tart and leather like. The good ones (*cough cough Newman’s Own Organic Apricots cough cough*) are sweet, chewy and yummy. These fell into the good category. They were not bright orange like the commercialized apricots are (the bad ones), but rather tender and sweet. (4 stars!)
Cherry-Go-Round- I’m totally copying Rachael Ray when I say YUM-O! These reminded me of those Craisins, but sweeter and without the cranberry aftertaste. They were also plumper and juicy. I ate these straight out of the bag with some nuts and dark chocolate chips. My own mini heaven trail mix! 🙂 (4 stars!)
Go-Mango-Man-Go-  i never had dried mango before. Normally at the mall I see dried fruit, but its coated in sugar and honestly, that takes the A. natural sweetness away B. Natural goodness away C. Natural health away! You might as well eat candy if your going to eat something drowning in sugar. These were plenty sweet on their own. They reminded me of fruit roll ups 🙂  (4 stars!)
Banan-a-peel- The bananas were totally unexpected to me. I love banana chips, freeze dried banana, regular banana, frozen banana, any kind of banana really. I thought these were okay to be honest. They were very chewy, with a very mellow sweetness for a banana. I think they would be good with some granola, or in a trail mix with some dark chocolate chips! (3 stars!)

Overall, I’m impressed. 4 stars for sure. These were yummy ways to up my fruit intake (even higher than it already is 😉 ) and they had no added sugar. I would like to try the other flavors, I am most interested in trying the Cashew Later ( i LOVE cashews) and the pineapple flavor! If any of you guys tried them, let me know!

Apricot-a-lot– 1 bag is 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. You also get 60% Vitamin A and 10% Iron!
Cherry-Go-Round- 1 bag is 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein. Vitamin C is 20% !
Go-Mango-Man-Go- 1 bag is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 28 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Vitamin A 30% and Vitamin C 20%!
Banan-a-peel- 1 bag is 150 calories, .5 grams of fat, 38 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. 23% vitamin C !

Want to try some of your own? Visit their website, take a survey and win 10$ toward their products. Awesome!!

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hey guys…

sorry for the delay in posts. i’ll try to squeeze one in soon, but my grammy just passed away, so i’m a little frazzled and a little overwhelmed.
but leave me happy comments to cheer me up- you guys are good at that!

Lotsa Love,
Lisa

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Zevia Winners! Contact me ASAP!

There are 5 winners. 4 of them win a variety case, one wins GRAND PRIZE of all the flavors, 6 pack of each (nice!!).

the winners of the 1 variety case are…

1.Lindsey
2.Lauren
3.Jamie
4.Gina

Congrats!
the winner of the GRAND PRIZE is…
Stephanie from the Skinny Plate!

Congrats everyone! Hope you all enjoy your ZEVIA!
Contact me with your information so we can ship out the goodies 😉

 

and, here’s another giveaway , and another! , and ANOTHER! (not hosted by me though!)

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Zevia All Natural Soda and..GIVEAWAY!!

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I feel for you soda lovers. It’s either you go “all natural” and get the stuff loaded with sugar, or you go “sugar free” and you ingest a whole slew of chemicals, dyes and artificial sweetners. What’s a girl (or guy) to do when she craves the fizzy stuff?
Well, my friends, I HAVE THE ANSWER!
Zevia is an ALL NATURAL, ZERO CALORIE, soda! It has no artificial colors, dyes or sweeteners, and has no calories, carbohydrates and little or no sodium. It comes in 6 great flavors, Natural Cola, Natural Orange, Natural Twist, Natural Root Beer, Natural Black Cherry, and Natural Ginger Ale. It’s sweetened naturally, with Stevia, which is a natural herb found in South and Central America, and Erythritol, a natural sugar alcohol found in fruits and veggies. I get true peace of mind drinking this-it’s natural and TASTY!

So how do these babies taste? Welll…

Natural Cola– this one i legit thought was Diet Coke. It tastes pretty much exactly the same, maybe a wee bit more carbonated/fizzy than Diet Coke is (4 stars)

Natural Orange- This one had a mild orangey flavor. Rather than a strong orange flavor, it reminded me of a creamsicle. (4 stars)

 Natural Twist– this one had a “cool lime” flavor. It tasted citrusy, and then had a cooling effect after drinking it. It was very refreshing! (4 stars)

 Natural Root Beer-yummy! Once again, it could totally pass as A&W root beer! It was a little bit sweeter than the root beer I’m used to (or used to drink, rather), but i had my mom try it, and she enjoyed it. She is also Root Beer QUEEN, mind you. 🙂 (4 stars)

 Natural Black Cherry- my favorite flavor by far. It had a deep black cherry flavor. It was so gooooooood! It was very bubbly and fizzy, so I drank half and put it in the fridge for an hour to let some of the caarbonation settle, but I like my soda mildy flat 🙂   (5 stars)

Natural Ginger Ale- tastes just like good ol’ natural ginger ale. It had a crisp taste, and i could taste just a hint of real ginger. I know Ginger Ale is commonly used when you have stomachaches- and after I drank this soda it actually did help my stomachache! (4 stars)

Overall, these ROCK. I’m giving them 4 stars as a whole. I’m going to be upset when I run out. There perfect compliment to a lunch or when you want some flavor and some jazz without all the sugar and the calories!

Each can has 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 carbohydrates, 0 fiber and 0 protein.
The ingredients in each can only consist of Stevia, Erythritol, Natural Caramel, Natural Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Kola Nut Extract,Natural Caffeine,Annatto, and Ginger Root.

I was lucky enough to recieve all of these flavors from the company and… YOU WILL TOO! FIVE lucky winners will get to try the new Zevia All Natural Diet Soda!
How to enter???? Follow the ways below. The more you enter-the more chances you have of winning!

1. Add me to your blogroll/leave a comment saying you did so.
2. Link back to this post/leave a comment saying you did so.
3. For those of you who don’t have a blog (or those with a blog can answer too!) What is your favorite all natural drink?  Are there other good “no calorie” drinks out there that are made with natural ingredients?

Enter ASAP! Contest will end soon!!

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