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Yummy Earth Lollipops

Picture 302Yes, I am still rocking my lovely stash of Halloween candy. Well, technically, these are not leftover Halloween candy because I got them post Halloween. They were on sale at Whole Foods for only $2.99 since Halloween was over and no body wants to keep Halloween marked items on their shelves. The same bag of 60 lollipops (with regular packaging) was still selling for the full price of $6.69. Never one to pass up a good deal, I grabbed a bag. I remember I tried Yummy Earth Lollipops before and I liked them enough to repurchase. Last time I was only able to try 3 flavors so I was quite excited to get the full spectrum of their fruit lollipops this time.

One thing I dislike about the Yummy Earth Lollipops is that they do not have an even distribution of their flavors. No tooberry blueberry, strawberry smash  and only one sour apple tart (which happen to be my favorite). My bag was dominated by googly grape, very very cherry, and wet face watermelon (so much for getting the “full spectrum” of their flavors).  Good to know (via amazon) that Yummy Earth knows about this situation and is coming out with a more even distribution soon. (Well, at least for their 5 lb bags and 150 count bins).

Mango Tango: Interesting mix of clear orange and solid yellow color– like a tied-dyed t-shirt. Sour and tangy. Faintly resembles mango flavor. More “tango” than mango.

Very Very Cherry: Delicious cherry flavor with no medicinal aftertaste like some other cherry flavor candies

TooBerry Blueberry: None  in the bag for me.

Wet-Face Watermelon: A little bit sour. The watermelon flavor needs a little bit more refining, but still good. The flavor tasted the most “artificial” of the bunch.

Googly Grape: Good ‘ol grape flavor. Like they turned a glass of grape juice into a lollipop form.

Sour Apple Tart: I like the taste of sweet and tart together. At first, I mistake the flavor to be pear. Very refreshing. My favorite flavor in the bag!

Pomegranate Pucker: Not POM Wonderful tasting pomegranate flavor, but will suffice. Among the more tart tasting flavor, but still delicious.

Smash Strawberry: Sadly, my bag had none.

As always, Yummy Earth Lollipops are Gluten-free, Certified Organic, 100% Vegan, No Artificial Dyes, No Chemicals, 100% Natural Flavors, GMO-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Casein-free, No Corn Syrup and made with real fruit juices. Great for kids (and adults) who have very specific dietary needs. Great portion control since each sucker is the size of an inflated quarter and only about 23 calories each. Colored with real fruit juices. Cute names that your kids will surely be fond of.

From the site (under where to buy): “We are also big fans of Trader Joe’s Organic Pops and Drops and we suggest you try some if you live near a Trader Joe’s store! Are you hinting something to us? If you are, we hear you loud and clear! *wink wink*

One serving (3 lollipops) is 70 calories, 1 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, no fiber, 17 grams of sugar, no protein.

Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Non GMO Citric Acid, Organic & Natural Flavors (May contain Watermelon, Pomegranate, Orange Oils, Lemon Oils, Raspberry, Mango), Organic & Natural Colors, (may contain Red Cabbage, Purple Carrots, Turmeric, Annatto).

Retails: $6.69 per 60 pcs bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost:  on sale $2.99 (post Halloween)
Calories: 70 calories per 3 lollipops ( or 23 calories each)
WW: 1

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Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Rice Cakes

Picture 149Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Rice Cakes are by no means filling or anything substantial, but I do like them because they are low calories and a little something crunchy to munch on. Only 35 calories per rice cake and provides a airy, crunchy base for you to snack off of. They are lightly salted. Usually I add peanut butter and thinly sliced apples on top for a nice afternoon snack or when I am in the mood for something lighter, I use Greek yogurt instead of peanut butter. The rice cakes can hold you toppings while you take a bite into it, but I did notice they started to crumble on me after my first bite. I think it might be because I abused this bag a little too much when carrying it home in my grocery bag. Good thing I eat off of a plate or else it would be quite messy. One serving of 2 cakes (20g) is 70 calories, 1 WW, 0.5 gram of fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. Ingredients: whole grain brown rice, sea salt. Two simple ingredients. How perfect is that. Love the no sugar part too. Some rice cakes on the market has fancy flavors like apple cinnamon, caramel drizzle, and stuff like that. I like my rice cakes much more simpler. The package is clear with blue writings all over. Inside you will find 2 separate plastic bags of 7 rice cakes each. Keeps the whole package from going stale on you.

Retails: $1.29 per 5 oz bag @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.29
Calories: 70 per 2 cakes (20g)
WW: 1

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LightLife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips Fakin’ Bacon

Picture 090LightLife offers so many vegetarian products it make your life so much more complicated on deciding that items to try. If you shop at Whole Foods and health stores regularly, it is inevitable that you have seen at least one of their many products. They have your breakfast (Smart Breakfast line), your lunch sandwiches (Smart Deli line) and your barbeque events (Smart Dogs, Smart Wings, & Light Burger lines) covered. LightLife even has Heat ‘n Eat Chili, Frozen Entrees and Tempeh as a part of their ever expanding collection of products.  All their products are meatless and vegetarian friendly.

My vegetarian pick from the wall happen to be their Organic Smoky Temeph Strips because I am on a tempeh kick lately. My first encounter with tempeh was at a contemporary microbiotic restaurant. They served triangular pieces of tempeh on my summer salad and I adore tempeh ever since. The texture of tempeh reminds me of natto beans all stuck together, only the beans are much smaller in this case.

Tempeh usually comes in a big block, but these Fakin’ Bacon are in long, much thinner strips, in the shape of bacon of course. The vacuum seal encase the tempeh along with a little bit of smoky juice. Reminisce bacon in terms of shape and the hickory smoky flavor. I don’t even have to chop it with a knife and these break apart easily for me to incorporate “bacon bits” on top of my salad. It is full of flavor and delicious. Any vegetarian craving for a BLT? Get some fakin’ bacon. As much as I like the taste and the good amount of fiber and protein content in this product, I might have to stick with the unflavored ones and marinate them myself (or enjoy these not as frequently as I had hoped). The “unflavored” tempeh seem to have a lot less sodium 10 milligram vs the 470 milligram in the Fakin’ Bacon.

Are you on a special diet? Kosher? Vegan? Organic only? Lightlife does a great job catering to people with special diets. Click here to choose your preference and the whole list of product that fits your requirement will shows up. No more guessing and reading the back of every product to find something right for you. How cool is that?

One serving of 28 grams is 100 calories, 1 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 470 milligram of sodium, 135 milligram of potassium, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.

The original tempeh “bacon”, Fakin’ Bacon puts the “B” back into BLT’s. It is also great crumbled on a salad or baked.



Retails: $3.69 per 6 oz package @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free w/ coupon
Calories: 100 per 3 slices (57g)
WW: 1

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Whole Foods Black Chia Seeds

IMG_0579I first learned about Chia seeds over at Heather Eats Almond Butter which linked me to Mizfit’s post. I’ve been seeing Chia Seeds popping up in many bloggers posts recently. I know you can get them at chiaseedsdirect with free shipping (US residents only), but I did not want to commit to a 4.5 lbs bag before even try it out so naturally I ventured to Whole Foods to pick some up. I spotted this 8 oz container around the bulk bin section. It was decently priced at $5.99 for 8 oz. Whole Foods also carries the Navitas Natural Chia seeds for $8.99 (8 oz) and the Chia powder for $11.99 (8 oz) so you have more option to choose from. Once in contact with moisture, Chia seeds form this gummy gel around itself, which is good because it means it will expand in your stomach to make you fuller for longer. And if you like thicker oatmeal, do what Heather does and pour 1-2 tbsp into your morning oats to create a omega-3 packed, thick and creamy oat bran. I personally do not think it had much of a flavor itself so it can be added to basically anything. Be sure to check your teeth before you head out after you eat these because they can stick in-between your teeth without you noticing. Heather and Mizfit does a better job at describing all the wonderful benefits of Chia seeds so please do check out their posts. Here is my attempt to list a few:

*Easily digestible and does not need grinding like flaxseeds
*High in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid
*High in protein and fiber
*Rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium etc.

Nutritional Information: One tablespoon (15g) is 80 calories, 1 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 saturated), zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, zero sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Retails: $5.99 (8 oz) @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $5.99
Calories: 80 per tablespoon
WW: 1

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The Ginger People Ginger Chews

IMG_0595My Ginger People post continues… the third element of the package includes all the ginger chews The Ginger People has available. Lucky me, I know.

Original: Great ginger flavor with a nice spicy kick to it. Has a chewy factor that sticks to all the nitty gritty places between your teeth. Great to end your meals with — settle your stomach or just enjoy for the heck of it. Previous review here.

Hot Coffee: Great coffee candy for the times you want some coffee, but have no access to it. The coffee flavor and ginger flavor blends together well. You can taste both flavors in here. The coffee flavor is not as strong as an espresso, but it  does the trick.

Apple Spice: Such a Fall flavor. I know it is officially Fall right now, but it is too hot here for me to enjoy this flavor. Has the ginger spice in the end. My least favorite of the 4 flavors.

Peanut: Great peanut flavor, but lacks the ginger spice the original ginger chew has. I am in love with this flavor. It even has small ground peanut bits inside. When I want real ginger flavor, I’ll go for the original, but peanut flavor has a special place in my heart. Any PB addict will LOVE this candy. Highly recommend this one.

The general texture of the chews are chewy and very stretchable (if you play with your food like me). There is a faint sugar “dusting” on each chew so it come off the wrapper easily. For a more firm texture, I like to store them in the fridge (plus, harder for me to get to). The heat in my mouth softens the chew in a matter of seconds. Highly enjoyable treat after meals or on the go. The resealable, and individual packaging is very convenient.

One serving (2 pcs) is 40 calories, 1 WW, 0 to 0.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 0 to 4 milligram of sodium, 9 to 10 grams of carbohydrates, no dietary fiber, 8 to 10 grams of sugar and no protein.

Retails: $2.39 per 3 oz bag @ The Ginger People
My Cost: Free (won contest)
WW: 1


Filed under Candy, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, WW: 1

The Ginger People Gin Gins

IMG_0593Yay for twitter (@theskinnyplate). I recently won The Ginger People’s twitter (@TheGingerPeople) contest and they sent me a very generous prize package (twitpic here). I was super excited because I only get the original ginger chew from Trader Joe’s and now I get to try out all their other varieties plus their Gin Gins and Crystallized Ginger pieces. Can I say ginger overload? Of all the products, I was looking forward most to trying out the Gin Gins because they are suppose to pack the most ginger punch. Gin Gins comes in 2 varieties, one soft and caramel-like texture and the other is a hard ginger candy.

Gin Gin Boost: A small little candy that packs good ginger burst. This is suppose to be the most potent candy from The Ginger People with over 30% fresh ginger. I was expecting a really strong, spicy flavor, but I felt that it was only mildly stronger than the Original Ginger chew and does not have the spicy feeling that the Original Ginger Chew has. Then again, the size of this candy is only about 1/2 the size of a ginger chew. Pretty small and only 10 calories each. The texture is caramel-like if you chew on it.  Each chew is individually wrapped to maintain freshness. Very convenient to carry around. They call it the little potion for motion and the little traveler’s insurance because it helps with motion sickness and soothes minor upset stomachs. Personally, I really enjoy the benefit of easing my stomach after meals.  Another really interesting way to use these soft Gin Gins is to melt 5-6 pieces into a cup of water — instant ginger tea. One serving of 6 pieces is 60 calories, 1 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 15 milligram of sodium, 10 grams of sugar, and no protein. Ingredients: cane sugar, glucose, ginger, modified cassava starch, non-hydrogenated palm kernel oil (trans fat free) salt, soy lecithin. Contains: Soy

Gin Gins Hard Candy: These hard Gin Gins are perfect when my mouth feels bland and want a little pick-me-up without having to whip out a full blown snack. Since these are hard candies, they last in my mouth a lot longer than the soft chews. Three Gin Gins contain 35 calories, 1 WW, zero grams of fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 8 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar and no protein. Each Gin Gin contains 16% fresh ginger. 1/2 gram ginger per Gin Gin.

Stay tuned for more The Ginger People reviews….

Retails: $2.39 (3 oz bag) @ The Ginger People
My Cost: Free (won contest)
Calories: 60 per serving (6 pcs)
WW: 1

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Zen Bakery Apple Cranberry Fiber Mini Cakes

IMG_0422Trader Joe’s  Apple Cranberry fiber mini Cakes or Zen Bakery Apple Cranberry fibercakes, whatever you want to call it, it’s all the same. I’ve tried the Blueberry Fibercakes before and  I was not totally in love with them. I thought they were too dense and not enough blueberry flavor. This time, I picked up the Apple Cranberry flavor and was pleasantly surprised. Did they revise their recipe? The fibercakes are still very dense, but it had more moisture and really tasted more like a muffin. On top of each fiber cake are 2 plump raisin-like cranberries. They taste sour and tart. Inside, there are white fruit pieces that I assume are apples. They taste very sweet, but not much of apple flavor. Also, there are small dried up cranberry pieces in the muffin as well.  I absolutely love putting these inside my Greek yogurt in the morning. The protein in the Greek yogurt along with the whopping 13 grams of fiber makes my breakfast low calories and filling. The package says each cake has 2 grams of sugar in it, but I think it taste sweeter than just 2 grams of sugar. Each fibercake (57g) is only 80 calories, 1 WW, 1.5 grams of fat, zero cholesterol, 180 milligram of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of fiber ( 1 gram soluble, 12 grams insoluble), 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein. Simple ingredients like: wheat bran, white grape juice concentrate, whole wheat flour, apples, cranberries, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), cinnamon and salt makes these fibercakes a winner in my books. These do not contain preservatives, so they go bad pretty fast. I keep them in the fridge immediately after I return home. There seems to always be condensation that collects on top of the plastic when I refrigerate them, so I wipe the container down daily to avoid my fibercakes going moldy.

Retails: $4.49 per 6 pk @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $4.49
Calories: 80 each
WW: 1

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Filed under Breakfast, Trader Joe's, Vegan, Whole Foods, WW: 1