7/18/10

Product Reviews: 3 New Things

Its been one of my goals lately to use my new found non-meat eating ways as a catalyst to try healthy food products/items that I have never tried before. As I result I have discovered a whole new section of my local Loblaws (thumbs up!) and while I was never really a picky eater, I find myself becoming for adventurous and creative by the day.


Last week I picked up a Whole Food Energy Bar (chocolate flavor) made by Vega. At first glance it had the makings of a healthy and wholesome snack: 10g raw protein. 6g fibre, sweetened with dates and agave nectar as opposed to refined suger. What could go wrong?



I don't know what went wrong but something did.  Let's just say that I am definitely not a fan of these as a snack or a source of protein. Thumbs down! (Barkley won't even eat 'em...j/k)



Next up was Sicilian Eggplant Caponata with pine nuts and sultanas by Wildly Delicious Fine Foods. I actually found this on clearance at Shoppers Drug Mart and with The Boyfriend's eager approval (he'll eat anything spread on fresh bread!) I decided to give it a try.




This spread is surprising low in calories and sugar per serving (bonus!) and would make a good appetizer served on top of the fresh walnut muesli bread I spied at the market today. All in all a thumbs up, although I would probably try another flavor next time around.


The last item that I decided to sample was Not Nuts! Mountain Mambo Nut Free Trail Mix by a company called Enjoy Life Foods.





With a blend of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, apples, cranberries and chocolate chips and the fact that they are gluten, nut, dairy and soy free (made in a dedicated facility) what's not to love! In fact having been left home alone with the open package I keep finding my hand sneaking in for another taste. I give this a whole-hearted two thumbs up!!


Needless to say I am really enjoying my self-appointed role of Whole Food Sampler!!

So tell me, what new items have you sampled lately? Anything out there that you recommend that I try (or turn on my heels and walk away from)?
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14 comments:

  1. The nut free trail mix looks so yummy! I love trail mix of all kinds, so this would definitely be a winner for me!

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  2. I love the Enjoy Life foods! They make some great cookies too.

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  3. I'm so glad you tried the Vega bar because I almost picked one up this weekend! The trail mix looks really tasty. I purchased quite a few new things this weekend but I'm trying to wait till Tuesday (my 'new' day) to try them all!

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  4. These are great reviews! I did ALL of these items. I'm definitely going to give the trail mix a try!

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  5. I recently tried that same bar and didn't like it. I did recently start using so delicious coconut creamer in my coffee and I really like it.

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  6. I've never met a trail mix I didn't like...the No Nuts! mix looks delicious. I don't think I've tried something new in quite awhile...time for a special purchase!

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  7. barkley is so adorable! :) i recently tried snikiddy baked cheese fries & they were AWESOME!

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  8. ooh, I tried Rob's Really Good Chocolate Tea yesterday (its iced tea). I thought it would be weird, but it was GREAT!!!

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  9. I love being able to review new foods and try out new finds. I've heard a lot of miss comments on the Vega bars. Everything else sounds good.

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  10. You are an excellent whole food sampler! Sorry the bars didn't work out (that picture of Barley with it is SOOOO cute!)

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  11. My local Loblaws carries just about every Enjoy Life product EXCEPT the trail mixes. I'm dying to try them!

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  12. This is definitely a great role to have! ;) I haven't tried the Whole Food Energy bar but I can't say now that I ever will. The other two things look amazing though -- especially the trail mix! I'm always looking for new types to try!

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  13. I like Amazing Grass bars. The eggplant spread looks/sounds delicious! I'd love to be a whole foods sampler. :-)

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  14. I am all about trying new fruits and veggies that I find at my local farmer's market and supermarket... this year my favorite find was kiwi berries... they are only in season 2X a year, but they are worth the wait.

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