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Yummy Earth Organic Vitamin C & SuperSOUR Pops

Yea-I’m feeling candy this week. It’s DEFINETELY one of those weeks where I need some sweets!

And what better way to satisfy a sugary-sweet tooth than with a lollipop? I remember my favorites growing up were Charms- the ones with bubblegum in the center- and Tootsie Poponly in the grape flavor- which had a center of a soft tootsie roll. Well- now I’ve moved on to better and more healthier ways to satisfy my craving for a “sucker”. Yummy Earth produces lollipops unlike the commercial brands- no artificial dyes, no artificial colors, no refined sugar and made with real fruit extracts (does that mean if I eat these- it counts as a fruit serving? 😛 ) And, aside from all that good stuff, the ingredients are organic, gluten free, vegan, and soy/nut/dairy free. How’s that for a lollipop? 🙂

The lollipops come in several varieties- SuperSOUR Pops, Strawberry Pops, Fruit Pops, Fiesta Pops, and Vitamin C Pops. I got to try the SuperSOUR Pops and the Vitamin C Pops. Each pop is only 22 calories, and is round/flat in shape. They are about the size of a quarter or half dollar each.

Starting with the Vitamin C Pops- each bag has 3 flavors, strawberry smash, tooberry blueberry, and razzmatazz berry. 1 pop provides you with 25% of your daily needs of vitamin C.

strawberry smash- well if this pop isn’t smashing. I love strawberry flavored pops- and this one doens’t let me down. Sweet and  not too tart- reminds me of a strawberries & cream dessert in a lolly. 🙂

tooberry blueberry- ooh I like this one the best of the 3. It’s sweet with a nice blueberry taste- real blueberry,  not “fake” blueberry. It also has hints of grape flavors, and isn’t too tart. It doesn’t leave that “stinging” feeling sometimes lollipops give you on your tongue.

razzmatazz berry- this one has a mixed berry/fruit punch flavor. It is smooth and sweet, with stronger strawberry/raspberry fruit essences.

The SuperSOUR pops has 4 flavors- strawberry smash, sour apple tart, googly grape, and very very cherry. I was hesistant to try these- I’m so not a sour girl. In fact, I used to run my sour WARheads candy under the water when I was younger until all the “sourness” went away and it was all sweet afterwards. But, they, in fact, weren’t really sour at all- they just had a bit more of a kick than the original flavors.

strawberry smash- similar in taste to the Vitamin C variety- but with a bit more tang.

sour apple tart- I liked this one! It has a granny smith apple flavor to it, and it was the most sour of all 4 of the flavors. The tangyness really stayed the whole time eating the lollipop, and didn’t fade.

googly grape- this one is tied for my favorite with the sour apple tart. Normally I HATE grape flavored things (they usually taste like cough medicine…yuck..), but this baby reminded me of my favorite grape Tootsie Pops I used to eat when I was younger. Not tart at all- but a sweet, delicious, grape. 

very very cherry- Unfortunately- my bag didn’t have any very very cherry! And I LOVE cherry flavored pops. How disappointing 😦

Overall, I’m giving these 4 stars. It’s a much healthier (and more eco-friendly!) alternative to commercial lollipops, and they have no refined sugar. That’s a big plus for me- if I want candy, I like to feel at least a little less guilty knowing there is no refined sugars. They are perfect when I’m in the mood to nosh, but don’t want to blow a big calorie bang, and hit your sweet tooth quite nicely. I just hope that they evenly distribute the flavors better in the future– I didn’t get to try the very very cherry flavor, and only got one googly grape (figures it would be my favorite! 😡 ) in my bag.

3 pops are 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, and 0 grams of protein. Each pop is about 22 calories each.
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, and or OrganicRice Syrup, Citric Acid (from beet sugar), Natural Flavors, [may contain] Organic Black Carrots, Organic Apple, Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Black Currant, Organic Carrot, Organic Pumpkin.

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Amy’s California Veggie Burger

What comes to mind when I say, Veggie Burger? Are you thinking of a schlop of veggies pureed into a patty? Well that’s old school veggie burgers, my friends. Veggie & soy products have gone a looooong way from what they used to be, and some are actually quite tasty. I personally, have never had a veggie burger. So here it is- my first “veggie” burger experience. And what better brand to try than Amy’s?

Fortunately, I was sent the California Veggie Burger, voted Favorite Veg Meat by magazine VegNews in the “Veggie Awards of 2009”. They claimed “Vegetarian food darling Amy’s Kitchen delivers your top choice with a whole-foods burger bursting with flavor”. I was excited. This burger had to be good if it won an award in a magazine. Plus, I’m in love with Amy’s. How could i lose?

And I sure didn’t! 😀
Each burger is the average patty size, and actually decently thick. It has a brown/tanish hue and looking at the patty itself you can see all the yummy veggies, like celery and carrots, blended nicely in the burger. I cooked mine in the microwave for 60 seconds, and then popped it in the toaster oven to crisp it up a bit. I took a bite, and instantly I thought of Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Steak Whole Meal- a.k.a. formerly Country Dinner Whole Meal. The burger tastes very similar to the veggie steak in this meal, with slight variation of course. It has an oaty, lima bean taste, with a hint of cheddar cheese and some salt. It has a “grainy” texture, I felt it was more “crab cake” than “ground beef” consistency. There are also little crunchies throughout the burger due to the walnuts. It was very flavorful and I actually did really enjoy it. It also had a nice garlic and onion flavor to it as well.
Overall, I give this burger 4 stars. It was surprisingly filling and satisfying, and very tasty. Amy’s never lets me down! I had it twice so far, once as a light meal with some salad and applesauce, and once with a slice of cheddar cheese on top. Both were very good combinations, I especially enjoyed it with the applesauce because I love sweet & savory mixed together.
So-moral of the story? Don’t fear veggie products! (at least not ones made by Amy’s Kitchen). I really want to try the Cheddar Burger and the Gluten Free Bistro varieties too!! 🙂 🙂

1 burger is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein. A good swap for beef anyday.

ORGANIC MUSHROOMS, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC BULGAR WHEAT, ORGANIC CELERY, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC OATS, ORGANIC WALNUTS, WHEAT GLUTEN, ORGANIC POTATOES, SEA SALT, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC GARLIC.

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Dr. Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies

Looking for a delicious, gluten and food allergy free cookie? Well, your searching ends here my friends, I found some DELICIOUS, gluten, milk, egg, peanut and almond free cookies. They are developed by Dr. Lucy, who is an M.D. and a mother of a child who has very bad allergies. She says, “I know how difficult it can be to find high-quality foods that taste great. That’s why I started my own line of cookies”.

The cookies come in 4 flavors, Cinnamon Thin, Sugar, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal, and are all natural and mostly organic. They come in individual pouches with 4 cookies in each, or in box format. Each cookie is about the size of a Nabisco Chips Ahoy cookie, and is crispy. They have a light, airy, crunchy feel to them, and are the opposite of soft-baked/chewy cookies. Still delicious, none the less. Read on!

Cinnamon Thin– yum! These reminded me of snickerdoodles. It has a nice melt-in-your mouth consistency and had lots of cinnamon flavor.

Sugar– soo good. Tasted just like Mom’s homemade sugar cookies during Christmas season. You could totally decorate these with some icing and pass them off as homemade 😉 . They are covered with sugar crystals and have a buttery flavor. The vanilla also added a nice touch.

Chocolate Chip– This one tasted like the sugar cookie, but with some chocolate chips. I really enjoyed the chocolate chips though, they were perfect in the cookie, I just wish there were more! There was also a nice mixture of a vanilla/brown sugar taste in these. Very enjoyable and different from the standard chewy chocolate chip.

Oatmeal– oatmeal? AH, how can this be gluten free?! Don’t worry- Dr. Lucy ensured that these  oats are gluten free! And, also delicious. This one wasn’t as sweet as the others, but still very good. Had a nice oaty taste to it, but not overpowering at all. I spread some peanut butter on these and it was just heavenly. 🙂

Overall, I’m giving these 4 1/2 stars. Not only are they gluten and allergy free, they are all natural, do not use refined sugars, are relatively low in fat, have a good portion size and taste EXCELLENT. They pair well with milk or by themselves. Why didn’t they receive 5 stars you ask? Well, my only complaints are 1. They lack fiber (but most gluten free and cookies in general do) and 2. The individual pouches have four cookies per pouch but a serving is three cookies. And with cookies that taste THIS GOOD, who in their right mind would be able to resist the 4th cookie in the bag?? Certainly not me, so i just pretend a serving size is 4 cookies 😀

Dr. Lucy, your cookies rock. I hope you come out with more products or another flavor. Chocolate brownie? Caramel?? 🙂

1 serving (3 cookies) ranges from 120-130 calories, 4.5-5 grams of fat, 18-21 grams of carbohydates, 1-2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

*indicates organic
Cinnamon Thin-Evaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, cinnamon, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

SugarEvaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Chocolate Chip-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, vegan chocolate chips, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Oatmeal-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

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Ener-G Foods Gluten Free Cinnamon Crackers

Another review for those of you who have some allergies! Ener G is a trusted brand that makes tons of products, ranging from cookies, crackers,  breads, pizza doughs, pretty much EVERYTHING for those of you who who need things to be gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, yeast free, egg free and much more! According to the website, “Our mission at Ener-G Foods, as one of the foremost producers of foods for diet-restricted individuals, is to provide a wide range of ready-made foods and mixes that are wholesome, nutritious, delicious, and risk free. We are constantly responding to the demand for special diets with research, innovative products and convenience foods.”

Well, i decided to give Ener-G a shot. I tried the Cinnamon Crackers, (i just love cinnamon or cinnamon sugar flavored things!) which are gluten, wheat, dairy and yeast free, and are also low in protein (some individuals follow a low protein diet). They were very good. They are a little bigger than a wheat thin, with a crispier and crunchier texture. They were bumpy/textured on one side, smooth on the other. On the “bumpy” side, was a sprinkling of sweet cinnamon and sugar, just the perfect amount. Not too sweet and not overpowering. They kind of reminded me of cinnamon raisin bread in a crunchy cracker form. Yum! Very addicting!

I had these by themself, with a cup of milk, and also with a wedge of laughing cow cheese spread on (so good!). I really enjoyed these and will be buying more online on the Ener-G site when I run out (which will be soon…unfortunately 😦 ). I give these 4 stars 🙂 I can’t wait to try more of Ener-G’s products! I really want to try the brownie and cookie products! Yum!

10 crackers is 70 calories (whoop!), 5 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber (gotta love that fiber!), only 3 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein. I’d say those are pretty good stats 🙂

Filtered water, Hi Maize Corn Starch, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Yellow Corn Flour, Xanthan Gum, Methylcellulose, Evaporated Cane Juice Sugar, Cinnamon Powder, 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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