Thursday, October 12, 2017
Those who have been following this blog know that I stopped buying Natures' Path cereals several months ago because they changed the ingredients in the only cereal on their product line that didn't have sugar.
Well, I have good news. I was looking at their packages once again at the supermarket, and found out that this particular product does not have sugar. It is sweetened with fruit juice, just like the old Whole O's used to be.
So I decided to try it.
My first observation was that it tasted very bland, much more bland than the Kelloggs' Corn Flakes I used to have as a kid. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm sure Kelloggs' Corn Flakes is full of artificial flavours to make the taste more intense.
My other impression was that, despite the fact that it was sweetened, it still tasted significantly more bitter than Kelloggs' Corn Flakes (which probably has some sugar or other artificial flavour to make it taste sweet). I wasn't expecting this Nature's Path cereal to be sweet, but I didn't expect it to be that bitter ether.
When I put almond milk on it, it still tasted a bit bitter, but not as much. After a few weeks of having this cereal though, I got used to the flavour and didn't find it bitter anymore.
But the main reason why I bought this cereal was because I wanted something that was a bit lighter than oatmeal, so I didn't feel so full in the morning - especially since I like to work out a few hours after breakfast. At first it seemed strange how less filling that oatmeal this cereal was, but after a while I got used to it. I don't think this cereal proposes to be as filling as oatmeal anyway.
Of course the other reasons I bought this are because it is organic, and has simple ingredients. I also love that it has this eco-friendly pack. And since the bigger pack makes it more cost-effective than the box, it is a win-win: win for me who pays less for the cereal and win for the planet.
I just have one note of caution about this cereal. Like I mentioned, at first I thought it was bitter and then it started tasting sweet - after a few weeks I couldn't even have this on a daily basis because of how sweet it tasted. Even though it is sweetened with fruit juice, it is still a processed sweet. And its much better for you to get as unprocessed sweets as possible (like dried fruit or regular fruit).
I haven't bought this cereal that often anymore because of how sweet it states (as the weather cools, I have to avoid sweets even more due to my yin kidney body type). I might continue buying this (but much more sporadically) if I don't see any better options at the supermarket.
Do I recommend this cereal? If you can't find any other alternatives, sure. This seems to be the "lesser evil" of cold cereals. But if you can eat bread (without any sugar added of course) or anything else that doesn't have sugar, that is always the better option.
PS: use code 3HFALL and this link to get $10 off organic cereals and lots of other healthy foods.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
I have mentioned on previous posts how happy I am that major grocery stores (like Walmart and Loblaws) now have a lot of organic foods under their own brand (President's Choice, in this case). It makes organics so much more affordable.
And this product is another great example of that. The taste, like many other organic products, is great. I also love that it is much more affordable than my previously favourite quick oats.
I usually have this with soymilk and sometimes blueberries or raspberries. I also occasionally add hemp seeds to give a different flavour and get a serving of protein in. And very rarely, when the sweet crave is strong, I put a bit of maple syrup or honey on top.
The other reason I love this oats so much is because it doesn't have any refined sugar. It's still very hard to find organic breakfast cereal without refined sugar, so this is one of my go-to breakfast meals.
This had become my go-to quick oats until I discovered another one (stay tuned for the post!). I would still recommend this, though, and I occasionally still buy it when it's on sale, or I won't have time to go pick up the other one.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
I've been using this tooothpaste for years now, so I thought I'd write a review.
The reason why I chose to buy it initially was because it was the best EWG-rated toothpaste that I could find for sale at well.ca. You can see how good it is in the ingredients list: they are few and all pronounceable.
The paste itself is very different from conventional ones, in that it doesn't foam (but apparently, foaming agents are bad for you, so that's a good thing). That took a little bit of getting used to.
The other thing I noticed with this toothpaste is that it doesn't have that fresh/minty feeling after I brush. As a society we are conditioned to think that our mouth will only be clean if we have that sensation, so it took me a while to get used to this different feeling. Now that I've been using this toothpaste for a while, though, whenever I try a "regular" toothpaste, it tastes really chemical and super harsh on my mouth.
But most important of all, I feel really good using this toothpaste because I know I am taking care of my body.
I highly recommend this toothpaste, and will beep on buying it.
PS: You can use this link and Promo Code 3HFALL to save $10 off your first $40 purchase (and yes, they do ship outside of Canada).
Thursday, August 31, 2017
When I first saw these for sale (in 2014), I was super excited. I had been moving all my food to organics and pure oats (without flavours or refined sugar) were one of the few things that I had not been able to find an organic equivalent.
This tastes delicious. It's so much better than the Quaker Oats I used to buy. In this product you can taste the real oats. As with all organic foods, the taste is just so much stronger than their non-organic equivalent.
And it works just as well as Quaker's in terms of preparation. I usually just put my oats in a bowl with 1 cup of non-dairy milk and microwave for 1:45 min. It's the perfect quick breakfast for a busy morning routine.
Of course this was (and still is) a very expensive product. I only bought it because it was on sale at Whole Foods. But the minute I tried it (as with all other organic foods) there was no going back. So I kept on waiting for it to go on sale to buy it again.
Unfortunately for them, I have found other organic oats that are just as good but much cheaper (stay tuned for future posts about these other brands). I would still highly recommend this product, though, if you can find it on sale.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Ever since I started eating healthy, I've loved Amy's soups. They are delicious and much better for you than the usual Campbel's or even store brand soups. Most of Amy's soups are also Organic and (I believe) all of them are free of refined sugar. I think those are the reasons why I started buying them in the first place.
As I mentioned before, I've been eating these soups for 3 years now, and always enjoying it. They are the only canned soups I buy and I just love all of them. Or loved, until I tried this one.
Having only eaten organic for 3 years, my palate is very refined and anything that is processed or non organic tastes really terrible or tasteless to me (just the other day I ate some non-organic strawberries and it felt like I was eating water). And this soup was no exception. The only non-organic ingredient (Hydrolyzed Corn And Soy Protein) made the "chicken" taste kind of chemical or artificial. That completely turned me off from this soup. I ate it but did not enjoy it.
The soup has some little squares that do look like chicken meat. I noticed that the bad taste came from those pieces. I think the problem is that they tried to make those squares taste like chicken by adding some (obviously) artificial flavour. And that just made it taste horrible. I believe they would have been much better off not trying to make the soup taste like chicken, and just creating a new flavour.
I will continue buying Amy's soups, but not this specific flavour. Or at least not until they change the ingredients. If you are used to only eating organic like me, don't buy this.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
I tried this when I was in the US a while ago (I've never seen it for sale in Canada).
I was amazed at how much better this tasted when compared to Silk's Unsweetened Soy Milk. It was the same reaction I had when I first tasted organic fruit. Organic food just tastes better.
Remember that, since it's USDA Certified Organic, it's also non-GMO. Also note that this brans rates very high (4/5 stars) on Cornucopia Institute's Scorecard, so you know you are getting a much better product that Silk (which rates 0/5).
This was also a bit creamier than Silk, which means it would probably be good for smoothies and gravies.
Of course one of my main reasons for buying this is because it doesn't have any sugar added. If you want to keep a refined-sugar-free diet, always look for the word unsweetened in your non-dairy beverage package.
I also liked that it's got organic fair trade vanilla in it. Kudos to them for adding that.
Overall, this is a good product. It's a pity I have never seen this for sale in Canada, or I might have considered buying it. If you live in the US, I highly recommend this brand.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
In the picture you can see Walmart's Great Value Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce with Felicetti's Organic Fusili, Raincoast Trading's Sustainable Tuna, Yves Veggie Cuisine's Organic Canned Peas, and Swiss Chards from my own garden.
I have talked on previous posts about how excited I am that there are more and more organic store brands.
This tomato sauce is one of my latest reasons for excitement. The sauce is much cheaper than regular organic brands - end even cheaper than PC Organics. Walmart's regular price is the sale price at Loblaws. So thats one more reason to shop at Walmart.
Another main reason why I decided to try this is because it has no refined sugar. I love that Walmart has tuned into that and added such a healthy product to their organics line.
Now moving on to the sauce itself:
Yes, it is not as wonderfully amazingly tasting as other fancy expensive brands - that cost 2 or 3 times more - but it is good enough for daily pasta meals. And if you are on a budget, good enough is.... well, good enough.
I do have to say that it tastes pretty good for a Walmart brand. I can taste the tomato, and even a bit of the basil. I think if they added some more spices they could make this taste really amazing.
Overall, this is a good sauce. I have bought it many times, and plan on continuing to buy it every time I'm at Walmart - especially because the price is so much better than anywhere else.
This is one more product that, as I've mentioned before, is making organics more affordable and more accessible to people. Kudos to Walmart for doing that. I just hope they keep on selling this product (instead of suddenly removing it off the shelves like they did with their store brand organic cereal). I also hope they add even more organic products to their store brand line (Great Value).
Conclusion: I highly recommend this if you are looking for a tasty daily pasta sauce. Plus, your wallet will thank you.