Yogurt is one of my favorite breakfast choices. It’s easy to eat, requires no cooking, and I can take it with me if I’m running late. (Ahem.) Yogurt is also one of my go-to snacks, especially for my kids, who tend to have blood sugar issues in the afternoon. The problem with many yogurts, though, is the high sugar content. Often, the yogurt has as much sugar as a candy bar – or even more! I look for low sugar content and fruit as opposed to jelly, and I was delighted to discover Siggi’s, made by the Skyr company.
From their website:
“Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. So to make just one cup of Skyr, with all that water going out, you need 3 – 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process Skyr comes out with 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.”
Finding healthy snacks foods can be tricky. My kids come home from school ravenous and ready to eat anything that doesn’t move, but finding a food that a) is healthy enough to make me happy, and b) yummy enough to make them happy is, c) a tall order to fill. I was recently sent a selection of Evol frozen mini burritos. Evol is Love spelled backwards, and love is what I feel for these bites of yummy goodness.
Tom Speir and Brendan Synnott, two of the founders of Bear Naked granola, discovered these all natural burritos that were being sold on the side of a mountain to climbers. Impressed by the flavor and quality of the burritos, they created a partnership with the creator, Phil Anson. Made with fresh ingredients, including free range chicken, whole wheat tortillas, and house made chorizo, these burritos have been profiled in Oprah, Vegetarian Times, Hungry Girl and Shape, and were voted Best Burrito by Men’s Health magazine.
I have never understood oatmeal nay-sayers who turn their nose up at a bowl of warm, chewy and hearty oats. From cinnamon raisin to maple spice, from rolled to steel cut, from flavor to texture, the world of oatmeal is limitless.
Our friends at Quaker Oatmeal believe so too. Quaker, the unofficial king of oatmeal, has just rolled out a delicious line of new and improved oatmeal varieties. They were also generous enough to allow DietsInReview.com to sample some of their new offerings.
This new line can now be found at grocery stores all over the country. Since they are all instant varieties, the new Quaker oatmeals make a super quick and healthy breakfast that takes mere minutes to prepare. Plus, there is a flavor for everyone – kids included! Be sure to read about the cool new “Mix- Up Creations.”
Here is a sneak peak at Quaker’s new oatmeals. (more…)
I’ve never been a gaming fan. We have both a Wii and a GameCube in my home, but I’ve never enjoyed playing on either one. We have a Wii Fit board and I tried that for a little while, but I didn’t really enjoy it. It has too much nagging and the strength training was too repetitive. Also, seeing my weight every time I went on it quickly became an obsession. So, when I was sent Just Dance 2 to review, I was blase about the entire thing.
But I do love to dance – love, love LOVE to dance. I took ballet for more than 20 years and any time there is music on, I can be found shaking what my mama gave me. Happily, my kids have inherited this trait from me. We can often be seen dancing around the kitchen and generally having a good time. (more…)
Quorn, the top-selling frozen meat-free natural food brand, introduced two new burgers- the Classic Burgers and Cheese Burgers- to their expanding line of meat-free eats.
Just like all Quorn products, these vegetarian burgers are made with mycoprotein, a blend of antioxidant-rich and protein-packed fungi. Mycoprotein is also completely soy-free and contains all nine essential amino acids. While it may sound a bit strange to eat a veggie burger made out of different kinds of fungi, keep in mind that because of their meaty texture, mushrooms, especially portabellos, make great alternatives to beef or poultry. In fact, singer Carrie Underwood, a longtime vegetarian, regularly eats Quorn’s cutlets as a meat-free, healthy and low-calorie protein source. (more…)
We all know that water is important to our health. Staying hydrated is easy in theory; just go fill up a glass of water. Sometimes, though, it can be a struggle to drink just one more glass of plain water.
When you are out doing errands or at lunch with friends, it can be tough to find a beverage that’s not full of high fructose corn syrup or is artificially sweetened. Sometimes, you want something with just a little flavor that won’t be a dietary bomb. That’s the theory behind HINT water. The website tag line says it all: Drink water, not sugar.
From their website: The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature’s original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great. (more…)
Got milk? What about chocolate soy milk? Or vanilla almond milk?
I love almond milk, and while I’ve been a devotee of Blue Diamond’s unsweetened vanilla almond milk, Whole Foods’ new refrigerated line of soy and almond milks are giving my usual stand-by some stealth competition.
Made from flavorful American-grown organic almonds, the new 365 Organic Everyday Value Almond milk is the first-ever private label organic refrigerated almond milk. (There is also a shelf-stable version, if you prefer.) Naturally free of saturated fat and cholesterol, Whole Foods Market’s Almond milk contains as much calcium and Vitamin D as dairy milk and is an excellent source of Vitamin E. The new line boasts a fresh, rich taste that comes in Original, Vanilla and Unsweetened flavors. (more…)
We love healthy food finds. And we love chocolate. So when a food find includes chocolate, we couldn’t be happier.
Nature Valley started creating granola bars before grocery stores had entire aisles filled with the latest in protein bars, low-carb bars, and no-sugar bars. Their crunchy granola bars were one of the first to trail-blaze the concept of portable, nutritious and sports-inspired snacks.
The Nature Valley line includes a variety of bars, from the classic Nature Valley Crunchy Oats ‘n Honey to the Sweet and Salty Peanut bar. Just a few months ago, they launched the Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate flavor to their original Crunchy line. As a huge Nature Valley Crunchy bar fan, these bars have become a staple on-the-go breakfast or chocolate indulgence for me. (more…)
Calling all oatmeal fans and oatmeal naysayers! Here is an oat-i-licious food find for everyone.
Better Oats is a new product line of oatmeal that offers a healthy and eco-friendly spin on just your average bowl of oatmeal. Each box comes in a package with five instant oatmeal pouches. Not only does the sleek package take up less space in your pantry but it uses less cardboard and paper, which is healthier for Mother Nature. And the innovative measuring cup pouch is built right into the packet, so there is no need to use a measuring cup for water.
Better Oats offers 10 yummy and healthy brands of oatmeal. Even if you turned your nose up to the mushy stuff when you were a kid, Better Oats has a bowl for you. (more…)