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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

If you have 6 minutes and 15 minutes to spare, check out this video to catch a glimpse of the Yummy Earth Lollipop making process:

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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.

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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.

Ingredients:

ORGANIC SOY TEMPEH (CULTURED ORGANIC SOYBEANS, WATER, ORGANIC BROWN RICE), WATER, ORGANIC SOY SAUCE (WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS, ORGANIC WHEAT, SALT), ORGANIC VINEGAR, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, LESS THAN 2% OF: SPICES, BEET POWDER, ORGANIC ONION POWDER, SALT, NATURAL HICKORY FLAVOR, YEAST EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID (FROM PLANT SOURCES).


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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Wildwood Organics Priobitic Hummus Spicy Cayenne

IMG_0606Following the probiotic trend, I sampled the Wildwood Organics Probiotic Hummus in Spicy Cayenne. They were not kidding when they say this is spicy. I got the initial mouth burn from the spice and then it sort of mellowed down while I ate it. When I was done, the mouth burning sensation lingered for a bit.  I can taste a little hint of the “probioticness” in the hummus because it had a little “probiotic soymilk” taste to it. Smooth, but not as creamy as I had hoped. The texture and the color reminds me of baby food — pureed carrots to be exact. One serving of 2 tablespoon (28g) is 70 calories, 2 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein. This product is Organic, Vegan, Kosher and contains live and active cultures. Ingredients: Fresh Cooked Garbanzo Beans* (Garbanzo*, water), Canola Oil*, Tahini*, Garlic*, Spices*, Sea Salt, Lemon or Lime Concentrate*, Cayenne Pepper*, Active Cultures (L. acidophilus, Bfidobacterium ssp., L casei) *Organic.

The Live Food Advantage — Promoting Healthy Digestion.

Creamy, Smooth & Full of Flavor Promoting Healthy Digestion
Contains Probiotic Cultures
Cooking Fresh Garbanzo Beans Since 1980

Other flavors that might interest you include: Classic, Indian Spice, Low Fat Classic, Raspberry Chipotle, and Roasted Red Pepper — all organic and probiotic of course. Probiotics in hummus, yogurt and soymilk now, I wonder what they will come up with next.

Retails: N/A (will update when I find out)
My Cost: Free
Calories: 70 per 2 tbsp
WW: 2

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EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bar Peanut Butter

IMG_0488Thanks to the lovely Kimberly over at Gluten-Free is Life for hosting her Nature’s Path giveaway. I got a chance to enter and win. Yay! Along with some yummy Nature’s Path cereal, I got some EnviroKidz Panda Peanut Butter Crispy rice bars. I am a kid at heart so I had no problem gobbling up bars meant for kids. No shame here. The packaging makes the bar look bigger than normal bars, but this is a pretty light weight 1 oz bar. Basically, this is just a gluten-free rice crispy-type bar with peanut butter flavor. I was hoping for a more intense PB flavor, but it pales in comparison to other PB flavored treats. The bar is “glued” together with a sugar concoction. I say sugar concoction because there are 5 types of sugar listed here, evaporated cane juice, molasses, brown rice syrup, honey and invert cane syrup. The ingredients list reflect the taste of the bar — SWEET. Each bar is 110 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, >1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. I guess 7 grams of sugar is not an outrageous number, but I thought it tasted really sweet. The rice pebbles are not really stuck together firmly. You can pull it apart really easily, like the texture of homemade rice crispy treats BEFORE you let it sit int he fridge to let it set. In reality, I would not purchase this item to eat myself, but I can see these as a tasty treat for people on a strict gluten-free diet. Other Crispy rice bars from this line to consider are: Envirokidz Kola Chocolate, Cheetah Berry Blast, Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle, and Penguin Fruity Burst. The are all low fat, low sodium, nothing artificial, gluten-free. USDA organic. Product of USA.

Ingredients
Organic Crispy Rice (Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt, Organic Molasses, Rice Extract), Partially Polished Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Honey, Organic Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Salt), Organic Invert Cane Syrup, Organic Expeller-pressed Canola Oil, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Corn Starch.

Retails: $3.69 per box of 6 @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (won giveaway)
Calories: 110 each
WW: 2

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Peeled Snacks Fruit Picks

IMG_0413Peeled Snacks is a company that specialized in nuts and fruit snacks. I got a chance to try out an array of their fruit picks. No added sugar which is an important factor when I look for my fruit snacks. Fruits already have a lot of natural sugars in them. The packaging is bright and vibrant with cute as a button names. No added sugar, fat, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or colors; wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. They have the mixed fruit and nuts pouches and also the “unmixed” versions: fruit picks and nut picks. The fruit snacks still retains a bit of moisture so these dried fruits are definitely not dried out. You might get the case of the “sticky fingers” after eating these.

Go-Mango-Man-Go (organic): Really delicious mango stripes. Not overly sweet. I like how the piece were kind of small so I felt like I had more to eat. I snacked away because the entire bag is only 120 calories, 2 WW, zero fat, no sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 20 grams of sugar and 2 gram of protein. Something I love to see, ingredients, just organic mango. The texture is a bit dry and, but it still retained the fresh mango flavor.

Banana-a-peel (organic): As I kid I use to LOVE those banana chips. As I grew older and wiser I kicked banana chips to the curb and opted for real bananas. Bananas are really convenient and can be taken anywhere just like the dried banana in a package. I consider this flavor to be VERY luxurious to shell out that much money for. Bananas are only $0.19 cents each at Trader Joe’s. Aside from the price, these are pretty good. I can see myself making Banana Bread Larabars with these. No need to “dehydrate” bananas on my own. Soft and sweet, but I prefer real bananas over pouched ones. One bag (40g) is 150 calories, 3 WW, 0.5 grams of fat, no sodium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 25 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

Apricot-a-lot (organic): The color is dark and not your usual bright orange dried apricots. Brown blotches of orange, not pretty, but still yummy. Taste fresh and the size is like an inflated half dollar coin.  One bag (41 grams) 110 calories, 2 WW, no fat, no sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Apple-2-core (organic): The texture is mushy and squishy so I am not a fan. Good apple flavor. For apples, I think I like apple chips and real apples. I’ll turn these into homemade “apple pie” larabars. One bag (35g) is 110 serving, 2 WW, no fat, no sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and <1 gram of protein.

Cherry-Go-Round: Very plump and juicy. Reminds me of plump raisins, but in cherry flavor. One bag is 130 calories, 2 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 24 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. This is the only fruit variety to got that is not organic.

Pine-4-Pineapple (organic): My favorite flavor because I rarely see just dried pineapples. Usually I see candied pineapples in the bulk bins. Very tropical feeling. Sweet, chewy and soft. One bag (42grams) is 140 calories, 3 WW, no fat, nosodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 32 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

In general, I treat dried fruits like candy. After all, fruits are nature’s candy right? Especially in dried form, when all the water is gone I don’t feel comfortable eating lots of it at one sitting. Eating the real thing on-the-other-hand is a different story.  I like how peeled snacks are individually packaged so the fruits stays moist and yummy and portion control is a no brainier when each package is only 1 serving. I can keep these anywhere and eat them anytime. I think these are particularity good for packing lunches for the young ones. Fruits and Nuts make the perfect snack option. Check out these amazing combination: Figslated, Bing Bing Chery, Shock-olate, and Plu-What? Now those combination have 2 serving in each pouch and will keep you satisfied with both fruits and nuts. The down side of Peeled snacks is the price. The individual portion size is convenient, but you will be paying a premium price for them. Their spectacular flavors and impressive one item ingredient list is what keeps satisfied customers coming back for more.

Take their survey online to get a $10 gift card. Use it towards some of their summer deals going on and you have yourself an amazing deal. Amazon is also having steep discounts on Peeled Snacks too. Discount code: PEELED22. Combine with the subscribe & save deal, you are looking at a 40% discount. Offer ends August 30, 2009. And I think shipping is only $0.99 standard shipping on all grocery items on Amazon right now. As always, anything over $25 get you free standard shipping on Amazon.

Retails: Sampler about $2.25 each pouch @ Peeled Snack
My Cost: Free
Calories: 110 to 150 per serving (fruit picks)
WW: 2-3

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Wildwoods Organics Super Firm Tofu

Sp 10ozWish I had taken a proper photo of the package because I cannot find a picture of it ANYWHERE, not even on the official Wild Wood Organics web page. Weird. This photo is of the SprouTofu Super firm, but the one I got was the regular Wild Wood Organics Super Firm Tofu. I swear, Wild Woods Organics does carry that product, at least at Fresh & Easy. Fresh & Easy carries  a little selection of Wild Wood Organics savory tofu and firm tofu. My previous stir-fry tofu attempt was a failure because I did not know I was suppose to press all the water out of it before marinating it. The tofu ended up not soaking in the flavor which made it a disappointment. The Wild Wood Organics firm tofu has all the water pressed out of it so it was a firm block of tofu. It was easily manageable, not falling into pieces on me. I chopped it up into little squares and marinated in my Bone Sucking Good Sauce and marinated it overnight. The next morning, I plopped them into the oven and incorporated it on top of a huge bed of romaine lettuce salad. This was delicious!! The tofu took up a lot of flavor. After baking for around 40 minutes (flip 1/2 way), the tofu became really chewy. Not like meat chewy, just dense in texture. Another way I like to eat these is inside my La Tortilla Wraps. Usually I am content with just hummus, veggies, and salsa inside them, but adding some tofu gives my wraps more texture. I usually feel super stuffed after eating such a fiber and protein packed wrap.  Don’t take these little tofu block lightly, packed with 14 grams of protein, I find these REALLY filling for such a small amount.  My eyes were defiantly bigger than my stomach. You may laugh when you see the small block has 3 servings, but I recommend following the serving suggestion on your first try to see how filling these are. I think because the water is “pre-squeezed”, visually, the serving size looks small. A 3 oz serving is 100 calories, 2 WW, 4 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 45 milligram of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 14 grams of protein. I like this new find. Wonder what the sprouted version taste like?

Retails: $1.70 @ Fresh & Easy
My Cost: $0.85 on sale
Calories: 100 per serving
WW: 1

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Nature’s Path Organic Kamut Puffs

KamutPuffsAfter seeing Kiera’s post about Arrowhead Mill’s kamut puffs cereal, I ventured to Whole Foods to see if I could pick up some. Sadly, my Whole Foods did not carry the kamut puffis in the  Arrowhead Mills brand, but they did carry the wheat, corn, rice, and millet varieties. At first I thought they just ran out, but they did not even have a label on the shelf for them. I settled for the next best thing, Nature’s Path Organic Kamut Puffs. I don’t know what kamut is suppose to taste like, but these oversize grain puffs taste a lot like rice crackers broken into individual rice puffs. No sugar so there was no sweetness to it, but it did have a nutty, almost toasted flavor. I don’t usually eat my cereal with milk, but I did add some milk to it and the puffs held up well. Nice to enjoy a simple cereal without all the whistles and bells once in a while. They can also be use as a filler to bulk up some high calorie cereals or granola. As a cereal by itself, they are not very filling. One cup (16g) is only 50 calories, 0 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, no sugar, and 2 grams of protein. My favorite way of eating this is just by the bowlful. It is a great low calorie something to munch on when the late night snack attack strikes. Great for movie nights. I really like minimal eco packs that these come in. No fancy smancy packaging that gets thrown out anyways. When you eat this cereal, you know that you are not eating any synthetic pesticides, synthetic herbicides, preservatives, additives, genetically engineered crap, irradiation, or sewage sludge on fields.

What is good about this cereal?
It’s a whole grain cereal. Whole grains use the bran, germ and endosperm of the entire grain, preserving vitamins, minerals, fiber and photochemicals — a nutritional package your body needs.

On a side note, I almost went back home “puff-less” because I could not find the kamut puffs anywhere in the cereal aisle, but I know they have to have it somewhere because I just saw a guy pushing a cart full of them while shopping. Luckily, he did leave 2 bags behind on the shelf, but it took me a while to find them. Nothing against stocking up in bulk, but Whole Foods is not the store to do it at (unless you are talking about their glorious bulk bins), has he ever heard of Amazon? Way cheaper if he is going to buy so many bags anyways.


Retails: $1.99 per 6 oz bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $1.99
Calories: 50 per cup
WW: 0

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