review: siggi’s probiotic singles

I don’t know exactly what it was that prompted me to buy this.

I take a probiotic every single morning, but I felt the desire to try these since I love Siggi’s yogurt. (This desire inside of me also makes shopping on a budget impossible for the record.) So I bought them (again, no budget) and it turns out  I love them!  They a perfect pre/post-workout snack in the morning – or if I’m feeling like a few extra probiotics would be of benefit.

What I liked:

  • Not overly sweet, it actually tasted like yogurt + strawberries
  • Sweetened with agave, it still boils down to sugar, but I feel more comfortable with agave than straight sugar
  • High ingredient standards (grass-fed cows, nothing artificial, etc.)
  • Full of probiotics!

Wished:

  • It wasn’t so expensive ($4.99 at Whole Foods puts it over $1/bottle)

I honestly can’t think of anything else that I would change (that rarely happens) so next up is trying the other flavors!

review: rokit fuel

I was a little hesitant to try out Rokit Fuel cereals because I do not consider myself to be an endurance athlete and I had gotten the feeling that is who Rokit Fuel is geared towards. (I’m much more yogi than runner :) ) And while some may think 370 calories for oatmeal is a lot, it sounds just about right calorie-wise for breakfast – endurance athlete or not!

I know oatmeal is really easy to make, but in an effort to slow down (and not be preparing food at 11 pm), I am accepting the fact that not everything will be made from scratch.  So when a day came along that I had nothing ready for breakfast? This little container of Rokit Fuel came in very handy. :)

They also have these energy packets (these are really geared towards on-the-go athletes) that only require some water and they are ready to squirt! No spoon required. I especially love that they offer the “Ugly Bag” – no fancy packaging, or single servings, which in addition to being pretty eco-friendly, also brings the price down significantly.

Fan Of:

  • High Protein – 9 grams
  • High Fiber – 6 grams
  • Performance Ingredients like bee pollen, gotu kola, maca root
  • Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit like flax, dates, raisins, cherries, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, walnuts
  • So convieneint! It was nice to not have to prep anything for breakfast and just add water. It would be perfect to take traveling.

 

Wished:

  • There wasn’t sugar in it – I really don’t like to start my morning with sugar and with the other dried fruits, it isn’t necessary! (I think people can add their own sugars if they need it) With that said, it didn’t taste overly sweet.
  • Wasn’t so expensive, BUT, I will say that it comes out to about $3/serving which is how much you would pay at Starbucks, etc. except I haven’t seen oatmeal with bee pollen, flax, etc at a coffee shop yet. Because I work in the food industry, I know ingredients like those are very expensive, and I appreciate them continuing to use them instead of just eliminating them.

 

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Disclosure Statement: Rokit Fuel sent me samples to review free of charge. The opinions are entirely my own.

national potato chip day & clam dip (giveaway)

It’s National Potato Chip Day! Potato chips always get a really bad rap. And I just don’t always agree with it. I mean, most of the ingredient lists are really simple, containing very few, real ingredients. Yes, there is oil. But I’m really not scared of oil and a little fat. Especially if it is something really satisfying. :)

So today I want to share a recipe with you that is a family classic. It’s something we have EVERY Christmas (it really wouldn’t be Christmas without it) and always makes me think of my Grandma.  This is her recipe, passed down to me through my Mom and Aunt and now I’m here to share it with you.

Clam Dip

  • 2 – 8 oz packages reduced-fat cream cheese
  • juice from one lemon
  • 12 oz minced clams, reserve liquid
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • potato chips

Whip cream cheese with a fork until smooth and fluffy. *This is a very important step!

Add lemon juice and whip again until smooth.

Add minced clams, Worcestershire sauce and mix, adding reserved clam juice to taste.

Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour and serve with potato chips.

 

 

Don’t be scared. As bizarre as it sounds, I promise it’s tasty. Just don’t blame me when moderation goes out the window. It really is hard to stop. ;)

TERRA Chips would also like to send you some of their Blues Potato chips! (The clam dip is completely optional ;) ) TERRA Blues are grown at the La Joie Growers and have recently partnered with jetBlue – TERRA Blues will be served on every jetBlue flight! I like them because they are thick, crunchy and beautiful!  You can also enter to win a vacation to Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa here.

To win the chips – leave a comment below telling me your favorite kind of chips! (If you like me on FB, follow me on twitter or subscribe to my blog you can have additional entries, just let me know.)

I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday!

Disclosure: Terra Chips sent me product to review. Opinions are my own.

 

Edited to Add: Congrats to #8 – Janetha of Meals & Moves! Please send me your mailing address: emily@anutritionisteats.com


 

review: organic bistro chicken citron

Lemon chicken. Spinach. Quinoa. Edamame.

It’s not often you hear those words when describing a frozen meal. I’ve never even seen quinoa in a frozen meal before and you can bet that it piqued my interest enough to try this meal!

I definitely want to try some of the other varieties of the Organic Bistro meals, because I appreciate the high quality ingredients that are used but I’m not so sure I would buy this variety again. I would love to see what the salmon or shrimp meals are like, assuming they aren’t too stinky for the work microwave!

Fan Of:

  • Protein stats (35 grams!)
  • Calorie stats (450 calories) This may sound like a lot of calories, but really I aim to have my meals around 500 calories (give or take obviously) so the frozen meals that are 250-300 calories are a great part of a meal, but this is a meal
  • Organic ingredients
  • Real ingredients
  • Really low sodium content for frozen meals (430 mg)
  • Quinoa, edamame and spinach “side dishes”

Wished:

  • There was a little more flavor (I wanted to add salt)
  • Not as many sun-dried tomatoes (the ratio of edemame to sun-dried tomatoes was a little off in my opinion)
  • There was more spinach