Friday, May 10, 2013

HELP: Flamous Organic Original Falafel Chips



I was hesitant to try these (they came in my March Vegan Cuts box) because I just could not imagine how chips could taste like Falafel.

Well, I was WRONG!

These are actually really good.  They taste like dehydrated Falafel.  Maybe a little 'plain', but not everyone probably likes their Falafel spicy like I do.

Listed Nutrition Facts (for package)

Calories   197 
Fat:          9g     81     39%
Carbs:      27g   108   51%
Protein:    5g      20     10%
(Percentages shown are based on 'actual' calories of 209.)

The ingredient list is READable so that's a plus.

- Organic non-GMO corn
- Organic non-GMO whole beans (chickpeas, fava beans, black beans, pinto beans)
- Organic oils safflower/sunflower
- Organic 13-spice Falafel blend (including turmeric)
- Organic dehydrated vegetables (onion, garlic, spinach, carrot, red bell pepper, tomato, green bell pepper)
- Sea Salt

My conclusion is they are still chips, but do have some protein.  That fat content is still a little high though.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

HELP: Restaurant (Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint)


Not the most colorful meal, but it was delicious.

Whole wheat crust, tomato-basil sauce, mushrooms, black olives, and tofu...and sprinkled with red pepper...yummy!

HELP: Clif Bar Crunchy Peanut Butter


Clif Bar: Crunchy Peanut Butter

I'm not going to post much about this, since it is seriously close to the review I did on the Clif Bar: Chocolate Chip.

Listed Nutrition Facts

Calories:     240
Fat:             6g     54      21%
Carbs:        40g    160    62%
Protein:       11g    44     17%
(Percentages shown are based on 'actual' calories of 258.

I don't know that I would describe this one as 'crunchy', but I guess some of the peanuts in it give you an occasional crunch.

It's good, pretty balanced, and filling though.

HELP: Mott's Medleys Peach Apple


Mott's Medleys Peach Apple Applesauce

Listed Nutrition Facts

Calories:     60
Fat:             0          0     0%
Carbs:         14g     56    100%
Protein        0          0     0%
(Percentages shown are based on 'actual' calories of 56)

100% carbs?!  Atkins lovers would die!

It's fruit!

Ingredients
- Apples
- Water
- Carrot Juice Concentrate
- Clarified Carrot Juice Concentrate
- Cucumber Juice Concentrate
- Natural Flavors
- Green Bell Pepper Juice Concentrate
- Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrates (for color)
- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
- Lemon Juice Concentrate

Short, sweet, and READable ;)

Oh, and it's super yummy!


Friday, May 3, 2013

HELP: Clif Bar Chocolate Chip



Clif Bar: Chocolate Chip

Listed Nutrition Facts

Calories:          230
Fat:                  4.5g     40.5     16%
Carbs:              43g      172      68%    
Protein:            10g      40        16%
(Percentages shown are based on ‘actual’ calories of 252.5) 

Based on ratio of 50-30-20, this bar is pretty balanced.  Perhaps a little high in carbohydrates, but it IS called an energy bar.

Ingredients

· Organic Brown Rice Syrup

· ClifPro

   o Soy Rice Crisps

     § Soy Protein Isolate

     § Rice Flour

     § Barley Malt Extract

   o Organic Roasted Soybeans

   o Organic Soy Flour

· Organic Oats

· Organic Toasted Oats

   o Organic Oats

   o Organic Dried Cane Syrup

   o Ascorbic Acid

   o Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant)

· Chocolate Chips

   o Dried Cane Syrup

   o Unsweetened Chocolate

   o Cocoa Butter

   o Soy Lecithin

   o Vanilla Extract

· Organic Cane Syrup

· ClifCrunch

   o Organic Oat Fiber

   o Apple Fiber

   o Inulin (Chicory Extract)

   o Organic Milled Flaxseed

   o Psyllium

· Organic Date Paste

· Organic Soy Butter

   o Organic Roasted Soybeans

   o Organic Soybean Oil

   o Salt

· Organic Sunflower Oil

· Molasses Powder

· Sea Salt

· Natural Flavors

· Cinnamon 

Now, that is way more ingredients than I would normally recommend, but you can actually READ them all, and KNOW what they are.

So, it’s relatively balanced and has a decent ingredient list (for a processed food), and it tastes good.  There’s the real reason, it tastes good.

Hi, my name is Leslie, and I have texture issues so I am going to try to describe it for you.

It’s very similar to a chewy granola bar, minus the crumbly part.  It’s pretty gooey (for lack of a better word) and stays together.  This makes it a perfect on-the-go choice if you don’t want crumbs all over you (or the car).

Remember, the flavor is Chocolate Chip, and it is pretty sweet.

So, the conclusion for me is:

·                     It’s Vegan
·                     I like it
·                     It’s a great ‘convenience’ food that’s relatively healthy
Have you tried this particular energy bar before?  What did you think?

HELP

HELP (Healthy Eating and Leaving Pleased) 

Okay, remember back when I posted the March Vegan Cuts and I said I was going to start reviewing?

Well, obviously THAT didn't happen, and now I've already gotten my box for April Vegan Cuts.

Reviewing is something that I've wanted to do.

I love reading reviews, but never return the favor.  I want to do it for products, for restaurants...whatever.

I decided that I must start somewhere...so, why not start with breakfast?!

I know, I know...don't judge me!

Anyway, there is a post to follow.

I've decided to categorize these reviews as HELP (Healthy Eating and Leaving Pleased) because as much as I propose healthy eating, if it's not good...I'm not eating it.  Food should be pleasurable as well (which tends to include unhealthy eating sometimes...again, don't judge).

Keep me accountable!!

April Vegan Cuts