review: earth balance coconut spread

At a food show a few months ago, I tried- and loved – Earth Balance’s new Coconut Spread. It is now in stores, have you seen it?

I really enjoy coconut oil as a toast topping but this Coconut Spread is a great way to introduce coconut oil into your diet if you’ve been a little hesitant until now. It spreads just like butter and can be used in place of butter.

Like:

  • great coconut flavor
  • versitale: can use for baking, cooking, spreading and in place of butter
  • vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and non-GMO
  • all of the recipe ideas on their website (Coconut Spread Recipe Ideas)
  • comes packaged like other butter alternatives

Wish:

  • I have no wishes…that is a first! The only thing that I’m unsure about is that I’m not sure there is a need to have both coconut oil and coconut spread…

 

 

review: trader joe’s hummus salad dressing

I feel like every time I visit Trader Joe’s, they’ve got some new, great product that I simply must try. When we lived in Minneapolis, Trader Joe’s was a little out of the way, so I didn’t go on a regular basis, but they are all over LA and I’ve been going on a very regular basis. So I’ve been trying a number of new products.  To add fuel to the fire (addiction?) we are staying with my cousin which means there are 4 extra people to help eat those random snacks and cookies that I would never buy in the past but always wanted to. Carrot Cake Cookies, I’m talking about you. (And yes, they were delicious.)

On one of my recent trips, I came across Hummus Salad Dressing. I’ve always been tempted to make a hummus salad dressing – I saw it at a food show a few years back and thought it was such a great idea.

But for one reason or another, I’ve never gotten around to it.

And now, Trader Joe’s made it for me. So now I don’t have to! I immediately picked it up and put it on a veggie salad. It would be perfect on a greek salad with some feta and lots of cucumbers. I imagine it would be great drizzled over a quinoa dish as well or anywhere a drizzle of Tahini is used.

Like: 

  • vegan
  • the nutrition facts – 70 calories for 2 Tbsp of dressing!
  • not expensive (is anything at Trader Joe’s??)
  • great for those lunch salads
Wish: 
  • they skipped some of the weird ingredients but understand they probably need some sort of preservative
  • it had a little more spice to it (maybe that’s just me, ha!)

 

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp

70 calories

7 g fat

60 mg sodium

3 g carbohydrate

0 g sugar

1 g protein

Ingredients: Water, canola oil, garbanzo beans, olive oil, tahini, spices, garlic, cultured dextrose (for freshness), concentrated lemon juice, salt, phosphoric acid, acetic acid, malic acid.

Have you tried this dressing? What other TJ’s products must I try this fall? 

review: somersault snacks

I’ve always resisted buying the somersault snacks that I’ve seen in various coffee shops.

I have no idea why. I’ve picked them up, read the ingredients and always kind of thought they wouldn’t be very good.

Thankfully for my sake, the lollihop package that I received last month had a bag of the sea salt somersault snacks and when I got around to trying them, I was so excited!

They were soooooo good. Crunchy, full of seeds, salty and cute! (Cute food is so much more fun to eat, right?)

Love: 

  • simple ingredient list
  • sunflower seeds are the first ingredient
  • nutrition stats: 150 cal, 8 g fat, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein (per serving)
  • delicious! they reminded me of those sesame sticks that are amazing but not very healthy…
Wish: 
  • the chicory root fiber was left out – I’m not really a fan of it
Have you tried them? I’m a little scared of the Santa Fe Salsa and Dutch Cocoa varieties, but I think I’d love the Salty Pepper.

review: amande yogurt

Almond milk yogurt. Heard of it? Amande just recently launched their almond milk yogurt.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this (and sample) at a recent food show, but also felt a tad frustrated with myself.  How could I have missed this? I scour the aisles at Whole Foods and the Coop! I feel that finding and reviewing products such as these is my civic duty! So you know what I did the minute I left the food show? I walked up and down the aisles of Whole Foods. Just to be sure I wasn’t missing anything else. :) Can you tell that I’m meant to be in the natural food business?

I sampled the coconut yogurt which I was very surprised with – when I’ve tried soy and coconut yogurts in the past, they have struck me as being a bit runny and not very thick, but this yogurt had almost the consistency of greek yogurt. The coconut flavor was profound and felt like a sweet treat!

Like:

  • thick yogurt texture
  • sweetened with fruit juice
  • dairy free/soy free/gluten free
  • made with live cultures
  • great alternative for those on a diary free diet

Wish:

  • there was more protein (only 3 grams)
  • it wasn’t so sweet! (I must be accustomed to plain, tart yogurt!)

I’m really glad there is another alternative for those who can’t digest dairy. Try it out!