Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review of Great Value's Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

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.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review of Field Roast Company's Italian Vegan Sausage

I bought this a few weeks ago because it was on sale and I have absolutely loved it!

The first thing I love about this is that it has no sugar (please note that all the other flavours from this brand do have sugar).

I also loved that it has a genuine Italian taste to it. Most other vegan sausages/dogs I've tried just have a very hot spice - and call that Italian seasoning. This one really does taste like an Italian made it!

The only thing that could make this better would be if it were certified organic.

I enjoyed this with Whole Foods' hot dog buns, spinach, vegan cheese and some peas. I usually split the sausage in two to fit all that into the bun. I'm one of those people who like Chicago-style hot dogs - loaded with toppings!

Back to the sausage, I will definitely buy it again whenever it goes on sale. If they had a family pack that would be even better!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review of Luke's Organic Wavy Potato Chips

Finally! Organic chips! I was so tired of "having" to buy non-organic chips simply because I couldn't find organic ones for sale. Now my problem is solved.

It is not cheap, but I managed to get a good deal last week. I wish they sold this in bigger packages (like the Kettle Brand's 450g one), so that I could get a better price.

I loved that the ingredients are simple and (of course) that there is no refined sugar. The chips taste good. They are not too fatty nor too dry. It's also quite low in salt, which is great for most people (except for low blood-pressured beings like me, who need a bit more salt).

I will definitely buy this again (on sale) and keep hoping to see a bigger package in stores soon.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Case for Biking

I have always loved biking. I have fond memories of learning how to bike as a kid, with my dad putting on the training wheels, then holding the seat behind me and finally, me finding my balance and riding on my own.

After I grew up, I had less time for biking, the air became more polluted, the streets became more violent.

Moving to Canada allowed me to get back to this wonderful physical activity. Here the streets are safe, there are quiet parks everywhere (where you can bike away from the fumes of cars and trucks), and I learned to fit biking into my routine.

When the weather is warm, I try as much as possible to take my bike instead of public transit or cars.

If you are thinking about buying a bike and using it more often, I strongly encourage you to do so. Why? because biking is 3 good things in 1:

When you bike you are:
  1. exercising and staying healthy, happy and healed
  2. saving money by not spending it on gas or transit passes
  3. saving the planet by not producing any kind of emissions whatsoever
So this Summer, think about how you can use your bike (or get one). If there is a trip you need to make that is too far to walk, try taking the bike instead of a car or public transit. As you use your bike more, you will get stronger and will be able to go longer distances on it.

Go bike!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review of Jordans' Organic Muesli

A few weeks ago I talked about my disappointment with the PC Organic cereals. I also mentioned that I had a new candidate in mind for my daily breakfast cereal. And this is it: Jordans' Organic Muesli.

I've been wanting to try it since then, but I've been waiting for a sale, because the price is quite high. And last week I finally got a good deal ($3.99). (you can find it for sale at in Canada)

The reason why I had this cereal in mind is simply because it is the only cereal (other than the PC ones) that I can find that is organic and has no sugar. The current state of the breakfast cereal industry is pathetic. They are failing miserably to satisfy the really conscious consumer like me.

After this slight rant, let's move on to the review:

This cereal smelled amazing as soon as I opened the package. I had it with almond milk and it tasted delicious. It tasted like real food (no chemical taste).

the plain cereal and with almond milk

I also loved that it has hazelnuts (which reminds me of nutella, and brings me happy memories without the sugar and other terrible ingredients they add to it).

The downside is that it is quite sweet, because of all the dried fruit and coconut shaves they add. So I will probably not have this cereal in the winter.

For the price I got, this is much cheaper than the PC Organics, because I only needed 1 serving to feel full and well-nourished.

Conclusion: I think I found my new cereal!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review of Life Choices' Chicken Nuggets

I'm not one for processed food, but sometimes I get busy and need a quick and healthy protein. And for that, I usually turn to Life Choices' Chicken Nuggets. I love these nuggets!

First of all they are made from free-range, responsibly raised chicken without hormones or antibiotics. For the past 4 years I've been eating mostly vegetarian, but I occasionally do eat chicken. And when I do, it's always responsibly raised (either from Life Choices or from Whole Foods). I figured if I'm only eating organic, I also need to be consistent with my meat, and only eat healthy, chemical-free animal products.

The other reason is that I love the taste of these nuggets! I was invited by some friends to a popular local restaurant last year, where I tried a chicken dish. Oh how I regretted it! The chicken felt completely tasteless! And to make it worse, the consistency was very unpleasant: it felt like I was biting a rubber sole. It reminded me of why I never eat out. Life Choices' Chicken Nuggets, on the other hand, have real chicken taste. The difference is amazing! They are soft and crunchy. Once again, I realised how spoiled my palate has become.

The price is a bit high (about $14 in Loblaws in Ontario), but if you wait for them to go on sale, you at least get the best deal you can find ($9). Whenever this goes on sale I usually stock up on 2-3 packages.

I love these nuggets and will continue buying them as long as they keep making and selling them. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to eat healthy or even, those who are vegetarians due to animal welfare concerns.