Category: Product Review

Cleveland Kraut Beet Red Review

If you like sauerkraut, you need to try the products being produced by Cleveland Kraut. Even if you do not normally care for sauerkraut, you still need to give them a try. I have had three of their kraut products and have loved each one so far. These folks truly have a gift of knowing the perfect blend of ingredients where each come through with none over powering another.

Fresh fermented beets and carrots make the Beet Red kraut earthy & tart. Add a beautiful bite to meat dishes, hot dogs, and salads paired with goat cheese. Cleveland Kraut

Ingredients:

Red Cabbage, Beets, Carrots, Kosher Salt

The great irony with my love of this product is I do not normally care for the taste of beets nor that of carrots. Yet, the earthy sweet flavor of these two ingredients come through to compliment the tartness of the kraut. The beets and carrots provide a superb touch of natural sweetness  and crunch. There is a hint of pickled beets that comes through the flavor, yet it is only a hint. The carrots are also not prominent, but you do know they are there. I can think of many foods I could pair Beet Red with, but this morning decided on pan seared, chili lime seasoned salmon with scrambled eggs topped with habanero hot sauce.

Sauerkraut is a low calorie, genuinely healthy food that is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Its probiotics also help your body absorb these nutrients more easily. It is a food that should be added into your diet if you have never tried it.

Health benefits of sauerkraut:

Sauerkraut is a rich source of immune-boosting probiotics and nutrients.

For starters, the bacteria that populate your gut can have a strong influence on your immune system. The probiotics found in sauerkraut help improve the balance of bacteria in your gut, which keeps your gut lining healthy.

A stronger gut lining helps prevent unwanted substances from  “leaking” into your body and causing an immune response.

Maintaining a healthy gut flora also helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and may even boost the production of natural antibodies.

Moreover, regularly consuming probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut may reduce your risk of developing infections such as the common cold and urinary tract infections.

If you do get sick, regularly consuming probiotic-rich foods may help you recover faster and could reduce your chance of needing antibiotics by around 33%.

In addition to being a rich source of probiotics, sauerkraut is also rich in vitamin C and iron, both of which contribute to a healthy immune system.

In particular, upping your vitamin C intake when you have the common cold may help you get rid of symptoms more quickly. (1)

(1) www.healthline.com

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Simple Truth Chorizo Review

I like chorizo, and I really wanted to like this product. In the package, it looked like it might be a delicious treat, but the reality once cooked, was this plant based chorizo was a terrible disappointment to me.

The first chorizo link I prepared with eggs for Huevos Rancheros, or chorizo and scrambled eggs. I cut the chorizo into small  bite size pieces, then lightly browned them in olive oil. Once browned I poured my chili lime seasoned eggs into the pan with the chorizo pieces and scrambled them together until the eggs were done. I topped my Huevos Rancheros with habanero hot sauce after I plated it and then sat down to enjoy a tasty Mexican breakfast.

Well, my scrambled eggs were good, but the chorizo I found to be too bland, just lacking in flavor like an unfinished product. The chorizo only kind of tasted like the actual meat product, but it had a less than desirable texture along with a blandness that could not excite the taste buds. Considering the first ingredients are Filtered Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Wheat Protein Isolate, the weird bland texture and and taste should have only been expected.

How about this for a product website disclaimer:

Actual product packaging and materials may contain additional and/or different ingredient, nutritional, or proper usage information than the information displayed on our website. 

I tried a second link which I browned and consumed with only an Ole brand Extreme Wellness High Fiber Tortilla. This was a worse decision than the Huevos Rancheros. I actually do enjoy some plant based meat substitutes. Some are pretty damn good, but the simple truth with Simple Truth Chorizo is this product was a complete failure to me, you might like it though.

Ingredients
Filtered Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Wheat Protein Isolate, Apple Cider Vinegar, Yeast Extract, Paprika, Spices, Cane Sugar, Onions, Cultured Sugar, Vinegar, Garlic, Garlic Powder, Paprika Extract, Spice Extract.

With the exception of the small amount of cane sugar, I find nothing inherently wrong with the ingredients, but for the fact, they did not come together well enough to create a product that actually tasted good.

At $3.99  for a package of 4 links, this product is nutritionally sound for an inexpensive meal. It is high in protein and low in carbs. However, for a little more money, next time I have chorizo, I am going to go ahead and have an actual real deal, meat product.

Cleveland Kraut, Curry Kraut Review

This is the second sauerkraut product produced by Cleveland Kraut I have tried, and I must say, I am quickly becoming a huge fan of their products. I thought their Gnar Gnar Kraut was pretty darn good, but this Curry Kraut raises the bar in delicious flavor. The guys at Cleveland Kraut state;

“At Cleveland Kraut, we take pride in producing the best tasting and crunchiest sauerkraut in the world.”

If you are going to make a bold claim to be the best tasting and crunchiest in the world, you had best be able to back it up with a superb product. Cleveland Kraut is doing so, in the products I have tried. They have knocked it clean out of the park with this one. Home Run!

The same as they accomplished with their Gnar Gnar product, this kraut is a perfect blend of spices and peppers where you can distinctly taste each savory ingredient without it overpowering another. Some might find the curry and jalapenos to be a bit warm for their palate, although I found it to be quite mild. My disclaimer: I consume an entire bottle of habanero hot sauce about every week and a half to two weeks. You might use caution when first trying this product as I have a high tolerance for hot foods.

As a bonus, this kraut is not only delicious, it is a healthy probiotic food which is important to good digestive health. Sauerkraut contains enzymes that help he body to break down food into smaller, and more easily digestible molecules which in turn helps the body to absorb more nutrients which help to keep your body working in an optimum condition.

I paired this Curry Kraut with a 4 ounce pork chop I had pan seared in a little bit of olive oil. This pairing was quite excellent, but it would be possibly better on a good brat. This satisfying meal only yielded 220 calories with 23 grams protein, 4 grams of complex carbs, and 18 grams of fat. 13.5 grams of this fat was from heart healthy olive oil.

Ingredients:

Cabbage, Jalapeno Peppers, Carrots, Kosher Salt, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, Mustard Seed

Nutrition:

 

 

Zero Evil Italian Sausage and Gnar Gnar Kraut Review

I have said before that I am a carnivore at heart, I am a true lover of meat and meat products. However, I also have a curiosity when it comes to all of the plant based meat substitutes, and love trying the new products as they begin appearing more frequently on my grocer’s shelves. The products are hit and miss, some are really good, some are just okay, while some are absolutely horrendous in my opinion. The Worthington X Burger reminded me of how awful the soy burgers were that my school district served us for lunch back in the sixties and seventies. Well, maybe not that bad, but pretty damn close…

The Stallion, Zero Evil’s Italian Sausage was a good choice for today’s review, and pairing it with Gnar Gnar Kraut made for a superb lunch too.

From Zero Evil’s website:

The Stallion delivers the knockout punch. No matter how you slice it, our signature blend of spices and whole ingredients comes out swinging. 

There is truth to their advertising. I thought the sausage was excellent, even though it was a tad dry. However, the flavor was good enough for me to get past the dryness which might have come partly from my own cooking of the product coupled with the fact there is only 1 gram of fat per link. I removed the casing per the instructions on the box and pan seared two links in a cast iron skillet on medium low heat with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. The sausages cooked fairly quickly as I also heated up the Gnar Gnar Kraut. Both were done in only a few minutes.  A cooking point to remember is these are entirely plant based, yet the fact they are so similar to actual meat sausages, you might find your self looking for the same cues of being done as you would meat. You need not over cook plant based meat substitutes.

In my opinion, I thought the Italian sausage tasted very similar to an actual meat based sausage with the biggest difference being in they are not fatty and the texture is not meaty, I already mentioned the dryness. But over all, the blend of seasonings was spot on perfect and I will definitely be buying more of these sausages in the future.

You might find Zero Evil Italian Sausages a tad expensive at $7.99 for a 12 ounce package of four links. Compared to cheap sausages, this is pricey. However, with the expense of a healthier diet, the cost of good nutritious foods can be offset by you not having to visit your doctor quite so often for ailments that can be traced entirely to unhealthy dietary habits.

These plant based sausages are indeed nutritionally sound.

Ingredients:

Vital Wheat Gluten, Filtered Water, Organic Red Kidney Beans, Organic Shoyu, Chickpea Flour, Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Organic Smoked Paprika, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Chili Flakes, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Thyme, Organic Rosemary, Organic Cayenne, Organic Black Pepper

My only concern in regards to the ingredients would be the Vital Wheat Gluten for those who are gluten intolerant.  Otherwise, all else is perfectly fine.

This is Cleveland’s answer to kimchi. This spicy & gnarly kraut will add a bold and delicious kick to any dish. Beware, you might get hooked!

Hands down, this has to be the best damn Kraut I have ever consumed. The blend of red bell pepper, jalapeno’s, onion, and siracha peppers is a perfect addition to sauerkraut. While each flavor profile was distinctive in the kraut, not a one over powered any of the others. I have to tip my hat to the folks at Cleveland Kraut for developing such an excellent recipe.

A point to consider though is this product is a little on the spicy side with heat. For me, I thought is was pretty mild, but I also go through a bottle of habanero hot sauce every two weeks. If you do not like heat, you might want to avoid this product, if you like heat and kraut, fill your plate, you will enjoy this! At $5.99 for a 16 ounce package, you cannot go wrong.

This probiotic food choice is low enough in calories, you could eat and entire bag every day with no worries about expanding your waist.

Ingredients:

Green Cabbage, Green Bell Peppers, Jalapenos, Kosher Salt, Leeks, Sriracha (Chili Peppers, Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic, Chili Extract, Beet Powder), Garlic, Red Chili

Worthington XBurger Review

Although I am a carnivore at heart, I must admit there are a few vegetarian burgers on the market which I really do enjoy on occasion for something a little different. I have found the taste and quality of vege burgers to be a mixed bag of pretty damn good to just plain awful. However, as I state on every food item I review, taste is subjective. What I find to be a delectable treat, you might think of as gross. And of course, the opposite could be the case with some of these foods.

On my Saturday grocery shopping excursion, I was actually searching for a different plant based meat substitute to sample and do a review on. I had just found the No Evil plant based products and made a selection for their Italian Sausage when the Worthington X Burgers caught my eye a few shelves below. I have been seeing their Facebook ads on my feed almost daily so I decided to give them a try for a review too. And who knows, I might just the X Burger enough to make them a regular staple on my weekly grocery list. I already buy Morningstar and Boca products fairly often, it can’t hurt to add more variety to my diet now can it?

I had zero preconceived notion whether the X Burger would be any good or not, my mind was entirely open to them being good, or not so good.

Pictured above is an X Burger fresh out of the box and still frozen, they tell you the burger can be cooked frozen or thawed. I do not know about you, but I felt this was not all that appealing in its appearance. The other thing I noticed about this burger was it had what smelled vaguely like dog food to me, I actually noticed a similar smell with the Beyond Burgers too, and still found them to taste pretty decent once they had been cooked.

Never the less, I moved forward with preparing it and kind of felt as if I was taking one for the team with its appearance and odor.

I browned the X Burger in a well seasoned cast iron skillet with a little olive oil.

As you can see, the X Burger does not even remotely appear to look like hamburger if that is important to you. This was not an issue for me, I have eaten some foods during my military career,  Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), that were far less appetizing if you based the appeal solely on appearance.

Okay, this is a vege burger and I really have no expectations for it to really have a beef like taste or texture. I would actually prefer it have a flavor all it’s own as long as it is satisfying to my palate. For instance, I love Morningstar Southwest Black Bean Chili burgers  which are very tasty without tasting anything like a beef burger. Having a beef flavor is not an issue for me, but for the fact with this burger, their packaging has an image of a cow next to their statement where the manufacturer refers to their “meaty goodness”. Is it wrong that I interpret this to mean the burger is beef like in taste and texture? Because the taste and texture is nothing close to that of ground beef. I will say the texture was firm, and easy to chew. However, the taste left a bit to be desired for me. The flavor was not horrible while I was consuming the burger, but it left me with an after taste that can only make me think of dog food. I found the after taste to be similar to how Alpo dog food smells. It may not smell horrible, but you know you do not want to eat it.

Ingredients:

Non-gmo Textured Soy Protein Concentrate, Palm Oil (sustainably Sourced), Non-gmo Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Oil, Contains 2% Or Less Of Wheat Protein, Methylcellulose, Corn Starch, Natural Flavors, Yeast Extract, Dextrose, Salt, Vegetable Juice Powder, Beet Powder (for Color), Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid

Nutritionally, these burgers are wholesome and healthy enough, but I personally will not buy them again. But, as I said above, you might like them even though I did not care for these burgers. At $6.49 US for two burgers, I had higher expectations.  The only plus side to these burgers in my personal opinion was the 21 grams of protein. And with that protein coming from soy, you will be getting a full profile of the nine essential amino acids which are crucial to building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Try them for yourself though, you might find the Worthington  Burger to be much better than I did.

 

Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Review

I have tried other Quest brand protein bars and despite all the favorable hype I have seen regarding them on a couple weight loss social media apps, I never cared for the very strong, over powering artificial sweetness I tasted with each that I have tried. However, I understand and accept that everyone has different likes and dislikes. You might just love this artificial taste.

I do not buy protein bars or cookies very often as they often have an off taste from the vitamins the producer has incorporated into the ingredients. However, while out on the road in my semi yesterday, this product caught my eye during a stop at a service plaza. I almost walked on past it since I do not care for their protein bars, but the look of a chocolate chip cookie that has 15 grams protein, 4 net grams of carbs, less than one gram of sugar while containing 9 grams of fiber caught my attention. For all intents and purposes, the nutritional values meet what I look for in foods, and after all, who can resist a good chewy chocolate chip cookie that is also a healthier choice than any other cookies stocked on the truck stop shelves.

I finished my purchase and walked back out to my truck for the final leg of my 945 mile trip. Once back behind the wheel of my truck, I slipped it into gear and began unwrapping the cookie as I was merging back onto the interstate highway. The cookie looked delicious. It had a soft texture to it which was a bonus for me too. I was anticipating a little something tasty and healthy with a hot cup of coffee to hold me over until I got home as I took my first bite.

OK, at first bite, the cookie was soft and firm enough to be chewy! I have always loved a good chewy chocolate chip cookie over those that are crisp. Just a personal preference of mine. The initial taste was pleasant enough. The flavor kind of reminded me of a chewy Chip’s Ahoy. Except, it had a sickening artificially sweet undertone, that actually became over powering with each additional bite. To be honest, I am not 100% sure, but I cannot help but to assume this sweetness comes from their use of stevia as a sweetener. I know it does not come from the erythritol as I bake and cook with erythritol products at least once or twice a week.

You may like this taste, I do not. Again, it is just a matter of personal taste and opinion. There is no wrong or right to what flavors we like or do not like. But for me, Quest took a perfectly good cookie and ruined it with whatever the ingredient is that causes this over bearing sweetness. In fairness, I must say that by my having been entirely sugar free for a few years now, my taste for sweet treats has declined. Just like eating a low sodium diet, it gets where just a little salt can totally ruin a meal for me too. The last I will say on this sweetness is the taste in my mouth did not leave for quite some time. Thank god I had a few pieces of spearmint gum to finally get rid of it, I was tempted to pull over and get a mouthful of dirt to make it go away…   🙂

Quest Chocolate Chip Cookies are nutritionally sound, and you might really enjoy them. Try these before buying some sugar laden cookie that will only serve to fatten your belly while spiking your blood sugar and insulin. These cookies might fit your needs for a sugar free sweet treat on occasion. I feel if there was no stevia in these cookies, they would be a really good, wholesome snack to treat yourself with. For $3.74 for one cookie, you are also not likely to gorge yourself on them.

Ingredients:

Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate), Butter (Cream, Natural Flavor), Soluble Corn Fiber, Erythritol, Palm Oil, Unsweetened Chocolate, Calcium Caseinate, Natural Flavors, Water, Cocoa Butter. Contains less than 2% of the following: Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Sodium Caseinate, Xanthan Gum, Steviol Glycosides (Stevia)

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories: 250

Total fat: 17 grams

Saturated fat: 10 grams

Trans fats: 0 grams

Cholesterol: 30 mg

Sodium: 220 mg

Total Carbs: 19 grams

Net Carbs: 4 grams

Fiber: 9 grams

Total sugar less than 1 gram

Added sugar: 0 grams

Erythritol 6 grams

Protein: 15 grams

Vitamin D: 0 mcg

Calcium: 150 mg

Iron: .4 mg

Potassium: 100 mg

 

Ole Extreme Wellness, High Fiber, Low Carb Tortilla Product Review

There are very few processed food which I consume regularly. One of the few exceptions are a couple of the low carb tortilla wraps which I like to make wraps with. I am pretty partial to Ole brand Extreme Wellness High Fiber, Low Carb tortilla’s with Boarshead brand Black Forrest Turkey or their Tavern Ham to make healthy and easy to consume, hand held meals  for when I am on the road in my semi.

If I could do it, I would forego the handheld foods I pack in my cooler for the road and only consume good hot meals while on the road. However, being as I run a team route that is 945 miles long, 3 nights per week, regular sit down meals are not possible as once I return to my home dock, my trailer gets reloaded and I head back out for another night and day on the road. It is a very busy schedule where I have to pack easy to carry foods, but never the less, I still only pack healthy choices for when I am on the road. My typical pack out for road food is a turkey wrap with 3 ounces Boarshead turkey and an egg, 1 1/2 ounces of almonds, a protein shake, 1/2 cup full fat greek yogurt blended with a chia, flax, hemp seed trilogy mix and then flavored with Crystal Light. I also do have a food container that keeps food warm that I usually pack 1 1/2 cups of pinto beans into that I sometimes mix with ground beef or a vegetarian ground beef substitute along with tomato sauce and chili powder. I pack healthy, satisfying foods that provide plenty of protein, a healthy amount of complex carbohydrates as well as a good amount of fiber and several bottles of water.

Ole brand Extreme Wellness, High Fiber, Low Carb tortilla wraps are by far my favorite. They are just the right size for my needs, and have a great taste that is somewhat nut like in nature, and they have a great texture. Being low carb and high in fiber, these tortilla wraps are also very satisfying, a single wrap will hold me over for several hours with zero cravings that would come from other tortilla wraps that can be high in simple carbohydrates.

Other reasons why a good fiber intake is necessary:

  • Helps maintain bowel health. This becomes more of an issue if you are sedentary for long periods of time, such as we truckers can be while out on the road.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol levels.
  • Helps control blood sugar levels. Just as it prevents fats from being absorbed, soluble fiber slows down the digestion rate of carbohydrates. This means meals containing soluble fiber are less likely to cause sharp spikes in blood sugar levels and may prevent them altogether.
  • Aids in achieving healthy weight or body fat percentage. Something as simple as eating 30 grams of fiber each day can help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and improve your body’s response to insulin just as effectively as a more complicated diet. Fiber helps with digestion and overall health, plus it makes you feel full, so a high-fiber diet may help you lose weight and then help you in maintaining a healthy body fat percentage.

Ingredients:

100% whole wheat flour, water, cellulose fiber, wheat protein, modified food starch, contains 2% or less of the following: extra virgin olive oil, ground flax seed, salt, aluminum-free leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), preservatives (calcium propionate, sorbic acid), dough conditioner (lecithin, fumaric acid, gum blend, mono-and diglycerides, sodium metabisulphite).

Nutrition:

Serving Size: 1 Tortilla

Calories: 50

Calories from Fat: 15
Total Fat: 1.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat:0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 310mg
Potassium: 0mg
Total Carbohydrate: 16g
Dietary Fiber: 11g
Sugars: 0g
Added Sugars: 0g
Protein: 4g
Vitamin A: 0 IU
Vitamin C: 0mg
Calcium: 100mg
Iron: 0.72mg
Vitamin D: 0 IU
At about $3.50 US for a package of eight tortilla’s, I find this brand to be a pretty good bargain for the quality of the tortilla in flavor, texture and their nutrition. They are only 50 calories for one, contain 4g of protein, contains zero sugars and arrive in at only 5 net grams of complex carbohydrates per serving when you deduct the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrates.
If you want a good, yet healthy sweet treat, try mixing 2 tablespoons PB2 with a couple packages of Splenda and a sprinkling of Saigon Cinnamon, and then roll this mixture up in a wrap. The flavor combination almost tastes as if you are enjoying a decadent cinnamon roll. And this delectable treat only comes in at a total of 100 calories, 9g protein and only 10g of complex carbohydrates. These wraps are well worth trying if you are curious about them.
These delicious tortilla’s can be ordered online at:https://amzn.to/2rQzVuS

 

Pasta Zero and House Foods Brand Shiratake Noodle Review

One of the toughest foods for many on a weight loss journey to give up is their pasta. Many of us who have lived on tight budgets have made spaghetti such a large part of our subsistence that it is hard to even begin to imagine a life without it. However, eating a spaghetti dinner, or one consisting of any other pastas can cause a huge downfall in our weight management, especially for the carb addicted.

What’s not to love? Pasta is full of simple carbs and is such an excellent carrier of tomato, cream and cheese sauces which are often also loaded up with added sugars. These delicious meals are easy on our budgets and also create an instant endorphin rush as we eat them. Meals high in simple carbohydrates are quite enjoyable, but are the devil for one trying to lose weight. After all, who eats just one serving of spaghetti? I never could…

Having family members who cannot stand the thought of giving up pasta in order to lose weight has been a catalyst for me to find a type that is suitable by not being high in simple carbohydrates. This seems to be an almost impossible task, despite the many which are marketed as lower carb, rice pasta, gluten free pasta, along with others made from black beans and lentils. I have scoured the shelves in all of my local grocery stores to no avail, and then began a search upon the internet to see if there is anything out there to fill the bill of a truly low carb pasta. Enter Pasta Zero.

What is Pasta Zero ?

This food product doesn’t contain any wheat, making it gluten-free. The low calorie spaghetti is made from the root of the konjac plant, which is sometimes called a konnyaku potato. It’s a soluble fiber food that’s packed with calcium, fiber and folic acid. This gluten-free spaghetti also doesn’t contain any fat, egg or dairy. It’s just 15 calories per serving and has a slightly firmer texture than traditional wheat pasta. This pack of noodles pairs deliciously with your favorite pesto, red or white sauces. Each 8 oz Bag of Nasoya Pasta Zero Shirataki Spaghetti is easy to prepare. Simply heat, serve and enjoy. Have this spaghetti along with side dishes and meat for a fulfilling meal. It’s vegan and can be stocked in a cabinet until needed.

Ingredients: WATER, KONJAC FLOUR, CHICKPEA FLOUR, POTATO STARCH, CALCIUM HYDROXIDE, REDUCED IRON.

As you can see from the nutritional information, despite Pasta Zero being very low in carbs and calories, it is not any different than any other pasta as there is almost no nutritional value to the product. The only nutritional plus is there are 3 grams of fiber per serving. Other than that, this product is a nutritionally empty vessel to carry your pasta sauce of choice. While this product is maybe a better choice than regular pasta being as it is not full of simple carbs, I simply do not advocate eating any foods that are lacking nutritional values.

When you first open a bag of Pasta Zero, you will notice a mild earthy smell. I have read reviews where it was reported the odor was a bit fishy, but that was not my experience. Once I drained and rinsed the product as per the instructions, I tasted it plain, without sauce. I found the flavor to be mild and somewhat earthy, but it was not too bad. I then transferred the pasta to a pan and heated it with a tomato basil pasta sauce and plated it. The product looked like any other spaghetti in appearance, some might not know the difference if they are not paying close attention.Once heated, I thought the earthy flavor came through with a bit more prominence, but is was not anything over powering. I honestly cannot think of anything I have ever eaten to compare the flavor too. It tastes different than anything I have ever consumed.

We all have different tastes when it comes to what we like and dislike. You may love this product, you might hate it. I was kind of indifferent in that I would eat it if it was prepared for me by a friend, but I would never go out of my way to buy it again. At $2.28 for a 8 ounce package, the price is steep when compared to regular pasta, yet still cheap per serving when you can have a plate of it with your favorite sauce for under $5.00 If you feel you must have pasta in your life, I would say Pasta Zero is worth trying at least once. While I did not care for it too much, one of my family members thought is was pretty good despite being chewy in texture. Taste is all subjective to the individual.

House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti is almost identical to Pasta Zero with only minor differences. It is made from a blend of tofu and konnyaku (or konjac), an Asian yam, Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti contains 20 calories and only 6g of carbs for the whole package.

Ingredients: water, soybeans, yam flour, calcium hydroxide, glucono delta lactone, calcium sulfate.

Upon opening this product packaging, I found the odor to be no different that that of Pasta Zero. Slightly earthy, but not overwhelming as I had been lead to believe from some of the reviews I have read. I had read that these types of noodles are better with Asian sauces over tomato or cream based sauces and since I had a good spicy peanut sauce recipe in my head, that is how I prepared it.

I found this product to look like regular spaghetti much like Pasta Zero, and the texture had the same chewiness too. The difference was in the flavor. The earthy flavor was a bit much for my personal taste. After consuming about half of what I prepared, I chucked the rest in my garbage disposal. I could eat this to be polite if someone served it to me, but I’m not sure I could pretend to enjoy it. Again, taste is subjective to each individual, you might love them. I found the flavor to be the same as that of Pasta Zero, only it was stronger. The price point was about the same as Pasta Zero at about $2.50 a package. While this is an inexpensive meal choice, to me the cheapness is also reflected in the lack of good nutritional value. I personally believe in making every bite of my food count towards making a positive contribution to my nutritional needs. I find this product to be lacking in this area. While I’m not bursting at the seams to buy either product again, I would recommend going with the Pasta Zero over House Foods brand. But hey, you might just think the opposite.

Remember this about pasta, it releases endorphins in your body which make you feel better in the moment. These two products are not going to do this. If you just have to have pasta in your life but know you need to cut it out in order to control your weight, I would make a comparison to non-alcoholic beer to a serious beer drinker. While an O’Douls might taste kind of good, it will just be enough to get a serious drinker to put it down and go get the alcoholic version which are much better in taste and how they make you feel. Fake pasta is the non-alcoholic beer version of pasta, it is the decaffeinated cup of coffee in the morning that brings no satisfaction to a coffee drinker. You may very well think differently, these are just my opinions. If there was no one who actually liked these products, they would not be found on the shelves of your local grocery store.

Quest Protein Chips Product Review

Nutritional Info

Calories 140

Net Carbs 4 grams

Fat 6 grams

Protein 18 grams

When I first saw this product I was pleasantly surprised because most protein snacks are sweet and this is obviously a savory, salty, crunchy one. I just had to try them. Since these chips have 18 grams of protein and only 4 grams of net carbs, they are a much better choice than regular tortilla chips at only 3 grams of protein and 30 grams of net carbs. While they are not a “health food”, they are definitely a healthier alternative.

At $2.48 per serving most people are not going to binge on these chips. I found them at Walmart in the pharmacy with the protein powders and bars. They come in three flavors in my store, Nacho Cheese, Barbecue and Ranch. I went for the Nacho Cheese because that is probably the most common tortilla chip flavor.

I don’t like Quest brand protein bars so I wasn’t expecting much from these chips. The first bite seemed overly seasoned and salty but I took another chip out of the bag and suddenly, the seasoning was really working for me. They are high in sodium, 340 mg, so naturally they are salty. In mere minutes that bag was gone! I really liked these chips.

If you have had to rehab from binging on chips, leave them alone because they are good enough to get that craving started again and you are not likely to keep paying this price. If you start wanting them all the time, you would most likely go back to the cheaper regular tortilla chips and wreck your weight management efforts. If you are not prone to that particular addiction, you can enjoy these occasionally with ease.

They have a crunch that is similar to a fried flour tortilla, a softer crispy crunch but definitely crunchy and satisfying. They are obviously cheesy with a smoky undertone that reminds me of smoked cheddar, all in all a tasty protein snack.

They are still a processed food so I won’t make them a regular part of my diet but for that late night trip to Walmart without enough calories in me and my stomach getting a bit empty, they filled the gap nicely. Although I won’t buy them often, I’m happy to see a higher quality protein snack for those times when convenience is paramount. If you find yourself wandering the aisles looking for a small snack to tie you over until you get home, you might want to try Quest Protein Chips. The crunch is a delight.

Caulipower Margherita Pizza Review

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Well, I was anxious to try this pizza because it seemed like a good thing. There is no wheat flour in the crust to degrade into sugar, so that is a plus. Compared to Freschetta Margherita Pizza, it is a similar nutritional choice. Caulipower Margherita has 330 calories, 34 Net Grams of carbs, 15 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein while Freschetta Margherita has 370 calories, 46 Net Grams of carbs, 14 grams of fat and 16 grams of protein. The Freschetta serving is 1/4 of the pie while the Caulipower pizza is 1/2. The Caulipower pizza sounds like a lot more , but 1/2 of that pizza is not much because it’s so thin. The addition of cauliflower is probably insignificant when you consider that this is still a highly processed food with a long list of ingredients. At David’s Way we favor whole foods.

The nutritional information is good to know but the truth is that when we reach for a frozen pizza, we are interested in taste and texture. Here’s where we may disagree if you like these pizzas. While there was nothing bad about this pizza, there was nothing good. The crust seemed like an under cooked biscuit that didn’t rise properly because it had a chewy, gummy texture even after cooking until it was quite brown on the bottom. The Margherita flavor is simply a combination of tomato, basil and parmesan cheese. This may be part of the problem for me. It was thin and chewy and seemed like glorified cheese toast. I do like a hearty pizza if I eat pizza, which almost never happens these days. We have a wonderful “Pizza Casserole” recipe here at David’s Way that satisfies me so I don’t venture into fast food for pizza. Again, I prefer whole foods. I could eat the Caulipower pizza but had no reason to eat it except that I was hungry. It was certainly not because I loved it.

At $6.48 it was cheap enough, but I cannot imagine being satisfied with half of that pizza. It was barely an appetizer. Because I am a strength trainer, I am accustomed to being full and satisfied. At David’s Way, we never go hungry except for the minor hunger that we sometimes experience during the fasting hours of Intermittent Fasting. We always have more calories to eat than we can easily manage. This serving of this pizza made me hungry all night long. For 370 calories I could have had a massive amount of whole food with substantial protein that would have sustained me nicely, all night.

If you are a fan of the Margherita flavor and style of pizza, you may like this pizza better than I do. Everyone is different, but for my calories, I will stick with whole foods and our recipes here at David’s Way. Caulipower Margherita is available at Walmart if you want to give it a try.