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Silk Heart Health Vanilla Soymilk

Picture 086As many of you may have seen already, Silk Soymilk recently launched their a new product called Silk Hearth Health in the flavor vanilla. The website boasts lots of heart-healthy benefits from drinking soymilk. Read about it below:

A recent study found that people who enjoyed three servings of Silk Heart Health per day for four weeks, as part of a sensible diet, lowered their cholesterol by 7%.

Silk Heart Health is the first U.S. soymilk to offer the combined benefit of two proven heart-health ingredients.1

  • Soy Protein-a perfect, natural protein recognized by the FDA for its role in heart health.
  • Pytosterol-a naturally sourced plant ingredient that also carries the FDA heart-health claim.

From diet and exercise to stress and sleep, every lifestyle choice you make can have an impact on your heart. With clinically shown benefits from two proven ingredients, Silk Heart Health is a natural choice for heart-health confidence you can feel.

1A serving of Silk Heart Health provides .65 grams of phytosterols and 6.25 grams of soy protein, both of which are recognized by the FDA as heart-healthy when included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Foods containing at least 0.4 grams per serving of phytosterols, enjoyed twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 grams, may reduce the risk of heart disease. 25 grams of soy protein per day may also reduce your risk.

Silk Heart Health

Not much of a milk drinker myself, but I have to have some around for oatmeal and coffee. I like the vanilla flavor because it makes my oats and coffee taste better. The milk itself is smooth and creamy. Not thick. Great soy and vanilla flavor. Taste sweet, but not sickeningly so.  When I use it I tend to add less sweetener in my oats and coffee. Calorie-wise, it is comparable to the light variety of Silk Soymilk.  One serving of 1 cup is 80 calories, 2 WW, 1.5 grams of fat (1 gram PUFA & 0.5 gram MUFA), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 300 milligram of potassium, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.  It is also fortified with vitamins and minerals as well. Vitamin A 10%, Calcium 30%, Iron 6%, Vitamin D 30%, Riboflavin 30%, Folate 6%, Vitamin B12 50%, Magnesium 10%, Zinc 4%, Selenium 8%. *Percent daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Find some Silk Soymilk here.

INGREDIENTS: ALL NATURAL SOYMILK (FILTERED WATER, SOY FLOUR), ALL NATURAL EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, PLANT STEROLS, CALCIUM CARBONATE, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, SEA SALT, CARRAGEENAN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2, RIBOFLAVIN (B2), VITAMIN B12.

Giveaway:
I have a few coupons left for a giveaway thanks to lovely PR people. Three winners will be selected to win 2 coupons each good for a FREE 1/2 gallon of Silk Heart Health (plus a stash of other coupons I have on hand). Enter 4 ways. Leave a comment for each entry. Ends 10/20/2009 12:00 AM PST.

1) Leave a comment and tell me how you would use Silk Heart Health.
2) RT “@theskinnyplate is having a @Silksoymilk Heart Health giveaway
http://bit.ly/114bnL” (comment with link)
3) Follow me @theskinnyplate & @Silksoymilk on twitter (leave a separate comment telling me you did)
4) Link back to my giveaway if you have a blog or e-mail 5 friends about my giveaway (leave a comment telling me you did)

Retails: $3.69 per 1/2 gallon @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 80 per cup
WW: 2

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Wildwood Organics Unsweetened Probiotic Soymilk

IMG_0609Huge thanks to Dustin over at Wildwood Organics for sending over such a large variety of products for me to try. First up is the Organic Unsweetened Priobiotic Soymilk in the plain variety. The probiotic soymilk also comes in low fat vanilla, blueberry and pomegranate, but the calories and sugar content are higher in those. Here is my best attempt to describe the flavor. Think Pinkberry frozen yogurt, melted, made with soymilk and unsweetened. I know it is pretty far fetched, but it was the only comparison I could come up with. I can really taste the soymilk mingle with a sour and tangy probiotic  taste. The texture is rich and creamy and goes down really smooth. At first, I found the taste hard to manage and I had to add some juice to it to make it taste better. After a few days, the probiotic soymilk  kind of grew on me and I could drink it without diluting it with anything else. Since this is probiotic, meaning live and active cultures, I did not add it to anything hot or cook with it like I do with normal soymilk for fear of killing off the probiotic benefits. The taste needs time to get adjusted to. My friend took a sip and thought I was drinking expired soymilk.

Did I feel any physical benefits after drinking this probiotic soymilk? For those days that I did drink this, I felt like it curb my appetite for the rest of the day, but I think it was mainly due to the fact that it was a rather thick liquid so it filled me a little AND the fact that I was not use to the tart and tangy taste so it effectively killed my appetite.

Probiotic Soymilk is packed full of live, beneficial, non-dairy cultures to strengthen your body’s immune system and promote digestive health.

Better than Kefir or Cultured Dairy!
* No Dairy
* No Cholesterol
* 0 g Saturated Fat
* Heart Healthy

Better Than Soymilk!
* Immunity Boosting Probiotic Cultures
* Fermented for Enhanced Absorption of Beneficial Soy Nutrients
* Omega-3 for Heart & Brain Health
* Good Source of Fiber

One serving of 8 ounce is 120 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 70 milligram of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 8 grams of protein. Also, 15% Vitamin A, 35% Calcium, 40% Vitamin D, 60% Vitamin B12, 10% Iron, and 40% Riboflavin (percentages based on a 2,000 calorie diet).

There is currently a promotional coupon on the Wildwood Organics website  $0.50 cent off any 10 oz flavor probiotic soymilk. Click here. These are organic, contains no soy isolates, and also free of dairy, eggs, nuts & gluten. Would I buy these again? Yes — if I can find it. I’ve checked my local Whole Foods and saw that they only carry the flavored and sweetened kinds.

Retails: $2.99 per 30 fl oz @ Whole Foods (I saw the flavored kind)
My Cost: Free
Calories: 120 per 8 fl ounce
WW: 2

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POMx Iced Coffee

IMG_0337The wonderful people over at POM Wonderful just launched their new healthy buzz POMx Ice Coffee Lines and sent a couple of bottle for me to try. Their line includes flavors such as: Cafe Au Lait, Chocolate and Vanilla.

POMx Cafe Au Lait: Cute bottle as always with Pom Wonderful products. Milky tasting coffee. Similar to an iced latte you would get from Starbucks only it is pre-sweeten. The shot of antioxidants in not detectable, but good to know it is there. As with a lot of sweeten products, it is generally aimed to capture the taste of the general public, but can either be too sweet for some or not sweet enough for others. Judging by the palette of a person that does not add sugar to her coffee, of course I think it is sweet, but not as sweet tasting as other ready to drink coffees out there. Taste like something you can get at Starbucks. One bottle (10.5 oz) is 170 calories, 4 WW, 3 grams of fat (2 grams saturated), 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 130 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, no fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Good choice for a supermarket coffee. Ingredients include: reduced-fat milk, brewed Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee (water, coffee), POMx (POM Wonderful Antioxidant Extract — patent pending), organic cane sugar, natural caffeine.

POMx Chocolate: I was expecting some sort of mocha tasting drink, but I was surprise that it felt like I was just drinking chocolate milk — something I have not done in a long time. Then, upon closer taste testing, I found that there is a light residual coffee taste that lingers in your mouth after you sip it. Very chocolaty and delicious, but the coffee taste is masked by the strong chocolate flavor. One bottle (10.5 oz) is 190 calories, 4 WW, no fat, zero cholesterol, 160 milligram of sodium, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 30 grams of sugar, 10 grams of sugar alcohol, and 10 grams of protein. Ingredients include: non-fat milk, organic cane sugar, PomX (POM Wonderful Antioxidant Extract — patent pending), brewed Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee (water, coffee), erythritol (natural sweetener), cocoa, natural flavors, natural caffeine, carrageenan.

Overall, I think POMx iced coffee taste pretty good. The Cafe Au Lait has good strong coffee taste and the chocolate one tasted very indulgent and chocolatey with a coffee aftertaste, but the sugar in these are too much for me to handle, especially the Chocolate and Vanilla ones which has 30 grams of sugar plus 10 grams of sugar alcohol in the bottle. Scaling down the 10.5 ounce bottle back down to a normal 8 ounce serving, you are looking at about 133 to 145 calories per 8 ounce drink so it is similar to a can of regular soda. Although made by the POM Wonderful company, these coffee do not have any fruity pomegranate taste in them, just the extra boost of POMx antioxidants.

Retails: $2.99 per 10.5 oz bottle @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 170 to 190 per bottle
WW: 4

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Tejava Premium Iced Tea Unsweetened

IMG_0504Tejava premium iced tea unsweetened iced tea. The flavor is strong and bold, yet very refreshing.  The caffeine in here can easily replace your morning cup of joe because this tea is strong.  Imagine the taste of 10 tea bags boiled in 8 fluid ounce of water. Naturally, with tea this strong, there is a bit, for the lack of a better term, tartness on the end. Every sip is like the tea at the bottom of the your tea cup with the tea bag left in. Tejava is a microbrewed tea that truly taste like it was freshly brewed. Good stuff. I highly recommend this for people who like iced black tea. Just chill and enjoy, sometimes I add a slice of lemon just to change the flavor up a bit. Sweet tea lovers can add sweetener of your choice. You really can’t beat the price Trader Joe’s offers these for. Only $1.19 per 1 liter and this comes in a fancy glass bottle too. Ingredients: pure java tea brewed from water and select java tea leaves. Just water and tea is my kind of iced tea. No additives of any kind. Truly a different class of ready-to-drink tea on the market.

From the bottle: Tejava is the world’s only 100% microbrewed and ready-to-drink black tea made entirely from select handpicked tea leaves from the remote island of Java. Although tea (camellia sinensis) is grown around the world, only by using these special Java tea leaves and our unique microbrewing methods can we create the peerless full-bodied character of Tejava.

We add no “tea flavors”, sugar, preservatives or anything artificial to Tejava. What you get, bottle after bottle, of consistently rich, great-tasting ice tea. Simply pure and refreshing tea. Served chilled. Cheers!

Retails: $1.19 for 1 liter @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.19
Calories: 0
WW: 0

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Greens+ Superfood Original

IMG_0411Out of the blue I get this pamphlet with a small packet of Green+ Superfood powder along with a whole mess of product information and offer to sign up for their Green+ Heath Club. I was a little wary since I have never heard of this company before.  Naturally, I just cast this aside in my spam mail box to be shredded and recycled later. I’ve been reading the Actor’s Diet and Lynn has been taking this Green+ Superfood in the morning and has some nice words to say about the product. I did not realize it was the same as my sample packet until I dug it up from my spam box. I’m a “word of mouth” kind of girl so I decided to give it a try. The packet contains 1 tsp of finely grounded up green powder with specks of white and orange in it. I mixed it up with 4 ounce of cold water and it dissolved. Does not clump if you give it a good stir. The color turned VERY green; more so than Amazing Grass. The Green+ Superfood powder does not have as strong a “grassy” taste as Amazing Grass does. The “grassy” taste is more subtle and that is probably because the main ingredient in here is not wheat grass. Not particularly tasty, but it might be better in a Green Monster. I felt good after taking it, but I think it might be a placebo effect since it was so green! One thing I noticed was that my digestion for that day seemed to be better, but as far as energy, acuity, and overall wellness, I think I need to take more than 1 sample packet to determine those. This company’s line of products reminds me of Amazing Grass except Amazing Grass has cute packaging and Green+ looks more like your standard supplement packaging. Other products they offer include: Green+ Wild Berry Burst, Green+ Orange Greensicle, Green+ Energy/Protein/Whey Krisp Bars, Whey Protein Green+, Omega Chia Seeds, Fiber Green+ etc.

Citing from the pamphlet, here is what Green+ contains: Soy Lecithin, Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica, High Pectin Apple Fiber, Barley Grass Powder, Wheat Grass Powder, Japanese Chlorella, Hydroponic Soy Sprouts, Brown Rice Bran, Sprouted Barely Malt, Alfalfa Grass Powder, 6 Dairy-Free Probiotic Cultures, Royal Jelly, Acerola Berry Juice Powder, Natural Vitamin E, Licorice Root Powder & Extract, Red Beet Juice Powder, Dunaliella Salina, Nova Scotia Dulse, Milk Thistle Seed, Echinacea Root, Siberian Eleuthero, Astragalus Root, Ginkgo Biloba, Japanese Green tea, Full Spectrum Grape Extract, and Swedish Bilberry (all in various amounts). Check out their story here. They started up in 1989. Wow, it took me 20 years to find out about you.


Retails: $39.95 per 9.4 oz @ Greens+ Online
My Cost: Free (mini sample)
Calories: 35
WW: 0

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La Croix Grapefruit Sparkling Water

IMG_0334La Croix offers seven refreshing sparkling water flavors for your sodium- free and zero calories enjoyment: pure sparkling water, berry, cran-raspberry, lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. When I say zero calories, I do not mean artificially sweetened zero calorie drinks, I REALLY mean zero calories. La Croix is your basic flavored sparkling water that comes in more flavors than just your standard lemon and lime. Simple ingredients of water, carbon and natural flavor (nothing artificial). No sugar is exactly what I want in my water. I’ve never seen grapefruit flavor sparkling water in any other brands so I gave this particular flavor a whirl.  The water is clear and you can see bubbles inside from the carbon. Looks an awful lot like sprite. The grapefruit flavor is not overwhelming. You are essentially drinking flavored carbon water.  This flavor is the most unique I’ve had in my sparkling water days. Unsweetened flavored water maybe the stepping stone to  those who are addicted to soda or diet soda to kick the habit. Sparkling water offers the same carbonation, minus all the sugar and artificial ingredients, with a hint of flavor that is the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.  The fact that the cans resemble soda cans should help with the mental aspect of things too. Unsuspecting people usually think I am drinking a “no name brand” soda instead of being all healthy and drinking water all the time when I have a can of La Croix in my hand. The can is 12 fl ounce which is easy to finish before it loses its carbonation. The fizziness of the water lasts a pretty decent amount of time after you open it. Nutritional information is zero across the board in case you were wondering. In some places, Costco offers a variety pack of 24 for around $6.99 which is the best price I’ve seen for these. That must be a regional thing because my Costco only carries Perrier, S. Pellegrino, and Crystal Geyser sparkling waters.

Retails: $3.39 per 8 pk @ Target
My Cost: $3.00 (on sale)
Calories: 0
WW: 0

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Synergy Kombucha Strawberry Serenity

IMG_0288I finally broke down and bought my first Millennium Products Komucha. There were so many colorful bottles to choose from. GT Kombucha is 100% kombucha where as Synergy drinks are 95% G.T’s Kombucha and 5% fruit juice. I chose the pretty in pink Strawberry Serenity.  This particular flavor is a rosy pink color. Smells like a strawberry daiquiri that has been sitting out for a while. Taste like one too, flat alcohol at the end of it’s carbonation life. Taste a lot better than I thought. Inside, you can see little bits of culture reside floating on top and settlement on the bottom (I heard that is the good stuff). The drink comes in a  glass bottle. A health drink that is low in calories, organic, raw that rejuvenates, restores, revitalize, replenish, and regenerates. My partner in crime describe this flavor similar to an Italian soda (minus the cream flavor) because of the slight carbonation and the fruity flavor. I was dreaming about my Kombucha sitting in the fridge at night. I wanted to take it first thing in the AM on an empty stomach to get the full benefits of this pricey elixir. One sip and sensed an addiction coming on, but this is one EXPEN$IVE item to be addicted to. A lot of people are turned off by the taste of these Kombucha drinks, but I really like the taste of it and would drink it even if it wasn’t as healthy as it claims to be. My stomach had a bubbly feeling and I think the acetic acid in it instantly curbed my craving for sweets. I felt alert and energized throughout the whole day. Now I kind of regret getting this because I will be eying this when I shop at Whole Foods from now on. I am not made of money so maybe once a week? One serving of 8 fl oz is 35 calories, 1 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 10 milligram of sodium, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar, and no protein. Additional nutrients include (per bottle): folic acid 25%, vitamin B2 20%, vitamin B6 20%, vitamin B1 20%, vitamin B3 20%, vitamin B12 20%. Probiotic contents: Lactobacillus Bacterium: 1 billion organisms and S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms. Antioxidants & Organic Acids: EGCG 100 mg, Glucuronic Acid 10 mg, (L+) Lactic Acid 25 mg, Acetic Acid 30 mg.

Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is a handmade Chinese tea that is delicately cultured for  30 days. During this time, essential nutrients form like: Active Enzymes, Viable Probiotics, Amino Acids, Antioxidants, and Polyphenols. All of these combine to create and elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality.

Retails: $3.69 per 16 fl bottle @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $3.69
Calories: 35 per serving
WW: 1

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