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Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Review

Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate and Vanilla are lactose and soy free milk substitutes that contain just 40 and 30 calories per cup respectively. These drinks are low on the glycemic index, making them an excellent choice for people who want to avoid sugar in their diet.

I found both flavors to have a pleasant enough, yet mild underlying natural almond flavor to compliment the chocolate and vanilla which are mild in their own right, without being overly sweet as many of these drinks can be. To be honest, if you are one who cares about having a creamier and sweeter drink, you will likely be disappointed in these products. However, these were the qualities I enjoyed about them both.  In my humble opinion, I think these almond milks make a more refreshing drink than actual milk products as they are relatively creamy in consistency, but they do not have the thickness of cow’s milk.

Nutrition

As you can see from the nutrition data on both flavors of the Almond Breeze, these are healthy beverages that are entirely diabetic friendly. There is nothing objectionable I can see with either of these drinks and find that as a low calorie choice, these are most excellent for those who are trying to reduce their body fat. My only gripe is that I wish they were higher in protein per serving, but that is okay since I get my daily protein needs filled from a variety of sources anyhow.

Price

You should be able to find these products on your grocers shelves at about $2.00 per 32-ounce shelf-stable quart and $4.00 per 64-ounce refrigerated half gallon. Mothers, this is not a bad price to spend on a healthy choice for your children. You could easily spend a significant amount more on sugary drink boxes. Another great aspect to these products is that Almond Breeze Almond Milk is widely available in natural food stores and large grocery chains in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia!

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Enlightened Ice Cream Keto Collection Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Review

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They’ve Done It Again!

I love to be able to do a positive review and Enlightened is supplying me with good opportunities to do just that. This “No Sugar Added” ice cream bar is delightful. The bar is thick and rich and gives you the feeling of indulgence as soon as you open the package.

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Flavor

It’s hard to go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate in the same product! This ice cream reminds me of Reese’s Cups and that’s a very good thing. Since they contain erythritol and monk fruit extract for zero calorie sweeteners, they are sweet enough to satisfy your ice cream craving but they will not raise your blood sugar and they are not habit forming like sugar sweetened offerings. The peanuty goodness is quite nicely complimented with the small, dark chocolate chips. Because the chocolate chips are dark and rich, the sprinkling in the bar is perfect.

Texture

Just like the Mint Keto Collection Enlightened Bars, these bars are creamy as they begin to soften when you eat them. Interestingly enough, they manage to be creamy while staying on the stick. One of my pet peeves with ice cream on a stick is that it falls off. Not so with these Enlightened products. They stay on the stick quite well as they soften on your tongue and last a long time, which is always a good thing.

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Nutrition

 These bars have 190 calories, 1 gram of Net Carbs (12 total-8 sugar alcohol-3 fiber), 17 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein. They have no added sugars, which is a requirement in ice cream for me. I believe that their wonderful creaminess may come from the coconut oil that you can see in the list of ingredients. Coconut oil is an integral part of my world.

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$Price$ and Availability

I bought these scrumptious ice cream bars at Publix for $5.99 for 4 bars . Publix is just one of a group of grocery stores that are nationwide. You should be able to find these bars. At $1.50 each, they are a steal. An unhealthy treat from an ice cream shop will cost you much more initially and then you must add the cost of going to get it and the long-term effects of a sugar addiction. No Sugar Added treats like this can save you a world of hurt. They give you a quick fix and also help you break your sugar addiction. If you like ice cream and you want to ditch the addiction, you might want to look for some today.

You might want to read my review of the Mint bars here for a little extra information on the brand overall. David has also reviewed the Vanilla pint here. Overall, we are quite impressed with this brand of “No Sugar Added” ice cream.

Activ5 Fitness Package Review

I’m seriously thinking about creating a section on my website that would be dedicated entirely to worthless fitness equipment. There are tons of places where you can find great home workout equipment, but how many are there who will tell those new to the idea of physical fitness what to not waste their hard earned money on? Have you ever heard the old adage;

A fool and his money are soon parted.

If you have considered incorporating physical fitness into your lifestyle, this of course would be a wise decision on your part, you are not a fool. The problem is, there are a multitude of unscrupulous business people who see you as a gullible fool. They would not market worthless contraptions if they were not extracting money from the pockets of hard working people, now would they? I have no problem with businesses making good profits for worthy products and or services. My problem only lies with modern day “Snake Oil” salesmen who will take complete advantage of those who may not know any better.

Damn, just look at that add. For $109.90 US you can get everything you need to “start building real strength in a few minutes a day”. You are going to do this with their phone stand and the contraption that will be linked to your phone. They claim this is the “ideal way to get started”!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Simply put, you are going to squeeze the contraption between the palms of your hands for an isometric hold.

From the Activ5 website:

Using your max power as a baseline, the Activ5 training app will dynamically creates a “coaching curve” for each exercise.

Your goal is to apply just enough pressure, while holding the described pose, to keep the dot on the line. Apply more or less force to move the dot up and down.

Please, do not feel the need to buy a high dollar device for isometric holds. If you feel compelled to do isometric holds with an object, there should be plenty of items you could find around your home such as a deck of cards, a small ball etc…

Do not believe this lie!

From Activ5 website:

Get great results in a fraction of the time

All you need is 5 minutes, your Activ5 and your phone to see and feel a difference.

Want to look great?

Build confidence and get the look you’ve been dreaming of.

 Build lean, toned muscle by using your own body as the resistance
 Strengthen the weak muscles that cause poor posture
 Finish your workouts with Activ5 to promote maximum muscle growth

I do not want you to think isometric exercises are bad, to the contrary they can be helpful. What I am opposed to is an unscrupulous business selling you a worthless device to do them with for far too much money.

In case you do not know what isometric exercises are:

Isometric exercises are when you contract a particular muscle or group of muscles. During isometric exercises, the muscle doesn’t noticeably change length and the affected joint doesn’t move. You contract your muscles and then hold that contraction for a period of time. Isometric exercises can help to build and maintain strength, but not so effectively. If you are going to exercise at all, I always preach that you need to make the best use of your time.

Because isometric exercises are done in one position without movement, they’ll improve strength in only one particular position. It is necessary  to do a variety of isometric exercises through your limb’s whole range of motion to improve muscle strength across the range. In addition, since isometric exercises are done in a static position, they won’t help improve speed or athletic performance. They can be useful for enhancing stabilization, but not much else. You are not going to find yourself going from being overweight and out of shape to being fit and trim unless you are diligent about your nutritional habits first and foremost.  I believe that once you come to the realization that your money could have been better spent, you will find this contraption to be boring. Before you plunk down your dough on the Activ5, go to the wall and press against it for a few sets. You will find it’s kind of like standing in the corner during elementary school. You must enjoy something to maintain consistency at it, and it is only a few who could truly say they enjoy Isometric exercises.

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Garden of Life, Organic Fit, High Protein Weight Loss Bar Review

I was picking up some creatine the other day and spotted these bars just above the protein powders. I had not seen them before so decided I had to give them a try and then do a review on them.

I liked the taste. I thought the flavor was quite similar to that of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The chocolate is not overly sweet and has a slight bitterness to it much like good dark chocolates. There was no underlying flavor of artificial sweeteners like you can find with many protein bars on the market.

I liked the texture too. The texture was chewy, almost  brownie like. So far, so good. I would like to try other flavors going forward.

Nutrition:

Coming in at 200 calories per serving with 14 grams protein, 13 net grams of carbs with 14 grams of protein and zero added sugar is good. The nutrition gets better in that these bars also provide Vitamin D, Iron, Riboflavin, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.  They make for a nutritionally sound snack item.

Ingredients:

Good Lord, look at all the ingredients. I normally steer clear of anything with so many. However, there is nothing bad in this list. I like that these bars have taste almost decadent and indulgent, while providing low glycemic, high protein support as part of your daily nutrition. What I’m not crazy about is their claim of being a weight loss bar. They contain 13-14g of organic prebiotic fiber to help you feel fuller longer which is good. But, you might experience a little bowel trouble if you eat more than one in a day while not drinking enough water. Excess fiber intake can cause constipation or diarrhea for many people. Think of fiber as bulk that attracts water in the GI tract. If you don’t consume enough water, dehydration of the GI tract can occur. This can lead to hardening and difficulty passing the stools. The average male adult should take in about 30 to 38 grams of fiber a day and for women the recommendation is 21 to 25 grams. So, if you eat more than one of these bars in a day along with other fiber rich foods, you could very well find yourself having bowel issues that nobody ever wants.

This product contains Svetol, or green coffee extract which has been touted as being good for losing weight. Here is what Healthline.com has to say:

There haven’t been a lot of studies on chlorogenic acids and their effectiveness as weight loss supplements. A review of human studies did show that green coffee extract may have the potential to help with weight loss. But the documented effects on weight loss were small, and the studies weren’t long term. The studies were also poorly designed. So, there isn’t enough evidence to say that the supplements are effective or safe. More research is needed.

This product also contains ashwagandha, 150mg of which is alleged to help you feel fuller longer.  What in the world is this ingredient?

Ayurvedic medicine uses herbs, special diets, and other natural practices as treatment for a variety of conditions. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is considered a Rasayana. That means it’s an herb that helps maintain youth, both mentally and physically.

Historically, the roots of ashwagandha have been used to treat:

  • arthritis
  • constipation
  • insomnia
  • skin conditions
  • stress
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • diabetes
  • nervous breakdowns
  • fevers
  • snake bites
  • memory loss

The leaves, seeds, and even fruit have all been used in different ways for various treatments. Today, ashwagandha is sold as a supplement in the United States. It’s still used to treat many of the conditions listed above. It also continues to be important in Indian medicine.

Ashwagandha may be used in powdered form in dosages ranging from 450 milligrams to 2 grams. So, with only 150 mg being in a bar, it seems there may be too little of it to have any of the benefits alleged to the use of it. Ashwagandha and Ayurvedic medicine still remain somewhat of a mystery to modern science. Many of the studies so far have been too small, done only on animals, or had some flaws in their design. For this reason, researchers can’t say with certainty that it’s an effective treatment.

The bottom line is, these bars are nutritionally sound and taste pretty good if you like semi sweet to dark chocolate. However, they should only be a part of a diet that is carefully managed by tracking your intake of calories and macronutrients. This is true of all protein bars and protein supplements though. My concern is there are people out there who will see “Weight Loss Bar” and just assume these will help them to lose weight without making other changes. I know this sounds ridiculous to some of you reading this, but rest assured, there are people who think like this. We have encountered more than a few over the last couple years of running this website. Sometimes people who are desperate to lose weight, only think emotionally instead of pragmatically. I hate that there are products which are marketed as weight loss products that actually do little to nothing for weight loss. The “Snake Oil” salesmen of years past are still here, they just do not travel in wagons any longer. Now, they get their message out to the masses of gullible customers through instore and internet marketing.

As with any other food source, you have to use common sense when consuming them. Never just read a label and assume the product will work as advertised. Have an inquisitive mind, your health and welfare depend on it.

Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar Review

From Quest’s website:

No other protein bar tastes like sneaking a spoonful of cookie dough straight from the bowl – that’s why Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is one of our best-selling flavors.

I first heard about Quest brand protein bars on a prominent weight loss social media forum that I follow. Folks were excitedly raving about how good these sweet treats were for satisfying their sweet tooth while not being loaded down with sugar, yet full of healthy protein and fiber. I just had to try a few of the flavors for myself, especially when I heard how good the chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars can be when heated briefly in the microwave.

Looking at the nutritional values, these bars seemed to be quite promising, especially given all the hype I have seen in regards to them. And I have to admit, that I have always loved chocolate chip cookie dough. Hell, who doesn’t?

The bar looked quite appetizing when I opened the package. It actually did resemble cookie dough. When I took the first bite, the taste was not so bad, in fact, despite being a bit too sweet, it was indeed pleasant. The chewy texture was good too. As I took my second bite, the taste became sweeter, and then even sweeter with the remaining bites until I came to a conclusion of what I thought about these bars;

If your mother or grandmother ever makes chocolate chip cookie dough that tastes like this, then do all a favor and break their mixing bowl and spoon. Close their kitchen!

I tried to like this product. In fairness, I had a second bar which I did heat in the microwave which only served to make that sickening sweet taste even worse. That gross sweetness overpowers everything about this protein bar, it is all you can taste after a couple bites. It is almost a sweet chemical flavor that completely ruins the bars. I have sampled other flavors such as cinnamon roll, cookies and cream, and blueberry muffin. It is the same experience with each I have tried. The initial taste and texture were good upon the first bite, and then it all goes down hill with each subsequent bite. Every flavor I tried all ended up tasting the same as the other. Just a sickening, artificial chemical like taste.

Nutritionally, this product is sound enough if you do not care about the taste. Even though I thought they were nasty, you might enjoy them. It appears that many people do. I believe the worse part of the taste comes from the stevia since it can leave a bad aftertaste for some people. Not all are susceptible to the taste, but apparently, I am susceptible. I was hoping to enjoy these bars, instead I found that I cannot recommend them to anyone…

No Cow Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bar Review

I thought I was done having to leave the house this afternoon when my better half asked me to pick up her prescriptions at the drugstore for her. Being the wonderful, loving, best husband ever, that I am, I ventured back out for her. As luck would have it, the protein and supplement aisle leads me straight to the pharmacy in the back. Like a kid browsing excitedly in the toy aisle, I get the same over nutritional supplements. I like to try protein bars to see what my future competitors are putting out to market since I have a few recipes I have perfected and plan to get to market too once I find a commercial bakery that is reasonable enough.

When I read a label and it says Chocolate Fudge Brownie, I expect the product to at least bear some semblance to a brownie. The bar looked appetizing enough before I bit into it, but the texture was nothing close to being brownie like. All I could think was it seemed as if someone had moistened some powdered whey protein enough for it to bind and then pressed it into a bar. It was dense enough to not be powdery, but not by a very large margin. However, the flavor was not bad. It was chocolaty, and had bits of almond in it. This redeemed it enough that I would eat one again to be polite if someone gave it to me, but I am not going to buy another one anytime soon. The texture might not be an issue to many of you, but I just found it to be a little weird for my palate.

Ingredients:

Protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), soluble corn fiber, glycerine, cocoa nibs, palm oil, almonds, cocoa powder, natural flavors, salt, water, cocoa butter, sweetener blend ( erythritol, stevia leaf, monk fruit)

Although these protein bars have a funky texture, they are nutritionally sound enough and do not taste horrible. Word of caution though, these bars contain 15 grams of fiber and could cause the same effect as Citrucel or any other fiber supplement to help you with your bowel movements. Just something to consider…

 

 

Sweet Earth POGO Review

This product caught my eye today when strolling down the freezer aisle of my grocery store. Chai, Cocoa & Pumpkin Seed Wrap sounded good, and the fact it has 13 grams of protein and 0 grams of added sugar made the purchase an easy choice for me. I am always looking for good protein bars that taste good while not being a glorified candy bar as many of them are. There is nothing about this product that resembles candy.

This product can be eaten thawed, heated in a microwave, or toasted in a toaster oven. I heated mine in the microwave, but plan to toast them in the future should I buy it again. (I probably will)

At first bite, I was a little disappointed because I was hoping for a chocolate taste being as cocoa is listed on the front of the label. I could not detect any at all, but that was not a deal killer for me. I found the texture to be somewhere between that of bread and cake. I was hoping for a little chewiness, but again, this was no where near reason enough for me to not enjoy it. I enjoyed the texture and the delicious flavor was a perfect blend of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Wheat flour is the main ingredient, but the bar did not have a wheat flavor to it at all.

If you are gluten sensitive, you need to be aware of the wheat and also the added wheat gluten.

These bars are a little higher in carbs than I would typically eat in a snack. Yet, at 4 grams of fiber per serving and 13 grams of protein, I would not mind having one in my lunch box every so often when I am out on the road in my semi.

I’m anxious to try some more of Sweet Earth’s POGO products, but have one word of caution to those who do not consume added sugar — some of them do have added sugar. As with any food that is new to you, be sure to read the nutrition and ingredient labels before making your purchase.

 

Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tender Review

I have stated in other reviews of vegetarian or vegan products that although I am a carnivore at heart, I still do enjoy some vegan products from time to time.  I also have a secondary reason for sampling these products, my daughter Molly Ann and her husband are almost exclusively vegetarian.  They reside in Germany with our two year old granddaughter Nishi whom we have not yet met because of health issues here with Loraine, and now, the COVID 19 virus has pretty much halted all international travel. Someday, when my daughter and her little family come home for a visit, and I get to meet my little granddaughter for the first time, I would like to provide foods that she will enjoy that also keep with their dietary practices.

This afternoon on my way home from work, I stopped by our neighborhood grocery store to get a gallon of milk and spotted these vegetarian tenders in the freezer aisle.  I thought they looked like they would be worth a try, and may be a great snack food for Nishi one day. Afterall, you usually cannot go wrong with children and chicken tenders, right?

I have some good and not so good things to report on these vegetarian chicken tenders…

First, this is a minor detail, but Gardein states they can be  ready in ten minutes. The tenders can be ready in ten minutes once you have heated your oven to 450 degrees and have microwaved them for forty five seconds before placing into your oven.

Give yourself a little bit more than the ten minutes.

I baked mine at 430 degrees for twenty minutes, and flipped them at ten minutes. As you can plainly see on one of them, the breading comes off fairly easy if you are not careful with them. This is not a deal killer for me though.

I prepared six tenders which is three servings per the package. I consumed three of the tenders plain and three with habanero hot sauce.

I had the plain tenders first. I have to say that with the first bite, I was not impressed. They were not very crispy, but did have a texture that was very similar to actual meat when eating them which was a good thing. I found they tasted of bland grains and canola oil more than anything. The meat substitute had very little flavor, if any at all. I’m not too sure that a child would want to eat these plain at all. Other than the taste of canola oil, I did not find the taste to be good or bad. I was not disgusted by them, but cannot say that I liked them either. But, I had three more to eat with the habanero sauce…

With sauce, I found the tenders to be better in that they are a good medium for sauces. Thank God, with additional flavor, the strong taste of canola oil disappeared. If you want to eat these, in my opinion, they are far more palatable with a sauce of some kind over plain. I bet your child would agree with this too.

The nutritional data on the packaging does not match that given on Gardein’s website!

For a lot of people, the fact the label does not match the website might not be that big of a deal. However, if you are like me, and track everything you eat, it would be great if Gardein got their information to match!

Note: on the website, they state the tenders are 100 calories per serving and contain 8 grams of protein. However, read the actual label below:

If you look at the product nutritional label above, you will see total and added sugars to be zero grams. However, on Gardein’s website, they plainly list cane sugar as an ingredient!

Sugar is not included as an ingredient on the packaging. You may or may not find the conflicting information regarding sugar to be no big deal. However, I do for a couple reasons; as a rule, I do not consume added sugars for health reasons and the fact I am carb addicted. I will acknowledge the amount of sugar in this product is not going to be enough to spike my insulin and should not leave me craving more sugar later.

However, I believe in truth in advertising!

I do not want to see a disparity between the given information on a products package and that given on the producers website. How would conflicting information workout if one has allergies to nuts. What if one is gluten sensitive?

Nutritional information has to be correct!

I cannot recommend this product to anyone. Not because I find the taste to be that objectionable, but simply because of the disparities in nutritional information. Remember, Gardein products are a processed food which matters little whether it is animal based or vegan.  As with most processed foods, some Gardein products tend to be very high in sodium and can do a number on your blood pressure.

Sweet Earth Seitan Review

First, you might be asking what in the world is Seitan. I had never heard of it until my youngest daughter Molly Ann recommended I give it a try. Seitan is a vegan substitute for meat made from wheat gluten and water and is often promoted as a high-protein, low-carb alternative to animal protein. It is made entirely out of hydrated gluten, the main protein found in wheat. You might also sometimes hear it referred to as wheat gluten, wheat meat, wheat protein or just gluten.

Seitan is produced by kneading wheat flour with water to develop sticky strands of gluten protein. The dough is then rinsed to wash away all of the starch. What remains is a sticky mass of pure gluten protein that can be seasoned, cooked and used in vegan or vegetarian dishes as a substitute for meat. Molly Ann makes her own Seitan at home and has shared a recipe with me that I need to try sometime soon.

In the packaging, the Seitan did not look the least bit appetizing to me, but I decided to go ahead and take one for the team and press on with trying it for a review.

As you can see, the Seitan looks more appealing once it is out of the package. However, I will tell you right now it smells exactly like stale beer in the bottom of a bottle that has set on a table for a couple days. The smell reminded me of a closed bar room  minus the odor of cigarette smoke that has permeated everything inside. After a good sniff, I just knew without a shadow of doubt this product was going to taste exactly like stale beer. How could something that smelled so strong not taste the same?

I began heating the Seitan in a sauce pan with a little bit of olive oil so I could get a sample before mixing in other ingredients. What I found was the product actually had a meat like texture, and the flavor was very neutral. If I was to say there was any flavor at all, it was slightly nutty, very slightly though. And, thank God, the stale beer smell went away as I was heating it.

After I was satisfied that I could proceed with cooking with the Seitan, I added black beans, picante sauce, habanero hot sauce and chili powder and then let it simmer for a few minutes. Molly Ann was right, the Seitan had absorbed the flavors of the foods it was mixed into. The Seitan made this bowl of beans a heartier meal than if it had been beans only. The texture seemed even more like meat as a part of this bean dish. It was truly satisfying and filling. I can see possibilities using Seitan in some of my future meals.

Ingredients:

Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Soy Sauce, Wheat, Salt, Alcohol, Nutritional Yeast, Ginger, Rice Bran Oil, Rice vinegar, Kombu

Nutrition for 2.5 ounce serving:

Seitan is made entirely out of gluten, the main protein in wheat, so it is a good protein option for vegetarians and vegans, however, it is not good for those who are gluten sensitive. The exact amount of protein in seitan varies, depending on whether other proteins like soy or legume flours were added during production.

A 3-ounce serving usually contains between 15 and 21 grams of protein, which is roughly equivalent to proteins we find in fish, chicken, and beef. But you need to know that while Seitan is high in protein, it does not provide a full profile of amino acids. It is missing lysine which your body’s needs to to build proteins. Lysine plays a critical role in supporting our immune system and promoting the production of enzymes and hormones. Diabetics, athletes, and people with health conditions like herpes simplex virus can benefit from consuming extra amounts of Lysine. Our bodies cannot produce Lysine, so it is essential to include foods rich in lysine in our diets.

While Seitan may be nutritious food choice, it is still a highly processed food. Seitan does not exist in nature, it is a man made product.  Although seitan is a processed food, it is not high in calories, sugar or fat. Because of this, it should not contribute to obesity like other ultra-processed foods. People who consume a diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, can likely include seitan in their diets without much worry. Because store bought brands may be high in sodium, those who already consume high amounts of processed foods may want to consider whether seitan would be a good addition to their diets.

Morning Star Farms Veggie Lovers Vegan Burgers 10 Veggies, Seeds and Grains Review

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The attractive feature of this product for me was the “Seeds and Grains” part of the name. I love seeds and grainy textures. While I would never accept this product as a burger replacement, I did really like it. It has a wonderfully nutty flavor and texture but it’s much more like a side dish instead of a main course for me. I was hungry when I  ate it and it was good enough that I ate two but even two didn’t satisfy my hunger.

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This is the patty straight out of the box. It’s a full quarter pound and quite hearty. As per the box instructions, I sprayed it with olive oil and even sprayed the preheated skillet and browned it up in 12-14 minutes. It developed a slight crunchiness around the edges that I really liked.

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The flavor of this veggie burger is excellent but it is nothing like a beef burger. It made me think of casseroles from my childhood. It called to mind my grandmother’s dressing, or stuffing if you’re from somewhere other than the Deep South. I thoroughly enjoyed the chewy, slightly crunchy texture of the seeds and grains. With carrots, mushrooms, onions, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and spinich in the recipe, the flavor is complex and subtle.

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I thought that I would add mustard and ketchup to see if it would stand up to burger condiments and decided that was not a good idea. The mustard completely over-powered the subtle flavors of the patty. The ketchup just seemed like a really bad idea. Imagine mustard and ketchup on carrots and sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

You might think that this will make a good burger, I do not. I really like it as a side dish. It did not quell my hunger and for me, that is extremely important. I like to spend my calories wisely and two of these for 320 calories that did not take the edge off of my hunger is not something that I will repeat. I thought that I would buy them again but after discovering that they would not satisfy my hunger, I  know that I will not. I will eat the other two in the package simply because they taste good and have wholesome ingredients. Overall, while they are tasty, for me they are not a good idea. At $6.48 for four patties, they won’t break the bank but I had rather have beef.