Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Chobani Plum Blended Greek Yogurt

Bizarrely, I've decided to crave yogurt, Greek or otherwise.  Since I write this blog, I tend to not to like to eat the same flavor twice since it seems like such a "wasted opportunity" for me, meaning that I'm not going to eat a flavor of yogurt unless I can get a review out of it.  I've only got so many calories I can consume!  So, I love the fact that Chobani continually rolls out products for me to review and another one of those roll outs has led today's review of a limited batch product in this Chobani Plum Blended Greek Yogurt.  Now, I don't eat a lot of plums and quite frankly, when I think of them, I think of old people.  Not exactly a great start, but I'll try just about anything once.  Anyway, this single cup of Greek yogurt was picked up at Marsh for $1.25 and clocked in at the usual 5.3 ounces and packed in 140 calories and twelve grams of protein.  It's also 2% milkfat, so it's a bit fattier than the typical zero fat yogurt.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sponsored Post: A gluten-free primer

If you’ve been advised by your doctor to follow a gluten-free diet, it can seem an insurmountable task to try to figure out where to start.  Here are a few tips to help you get going.
First and foremost, it’s absolutely imperative that you gain a clear understanding of what gluten actually is.  Gluten is not the same as carbohydrates – a common misconception.  Gluten is a type of protein that is found in things like wheat, rye, and barley.  It is what gives pizza dough its characteristic stretchy texture.  It’s also commonly used as a thickener in things like sauces (in the form of flour) or in a coating or filler (such as the breadcrumbs in a crab cake).  Once you learn how to read nutrition labels to find the gluten.

Next, it’s important to go into a gluten-free lifestyle with the right mindset.  Instead of focusing on all of the things you “can’t” eat, shift your thinking toward all of the delicious foods you can enjoy.  Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meats are all generally gluten free, so go ahead and enjoy!  And for those times when only pasta will do, find a gluten-free brand you love. 

By far one of the biggest challenges in eating a gluten-free diet is the fact that many of the convenience products most families have in their freezer and pantry contain gluten.  Things like cake mixes, pancake mix, breading mixtures, and even sauce mixes typically contain gluten, but that doesn’t mean you have to start making everything from scratch (although that is always the freshest, healthiest way).  There are gluten-free versions of all of these convenience foods widely available these days, allowing you to continue to follow a gluten-free diet while still keeping pace with your family’s busy schedule. 

Baking is another challenge for GF eaters.  After all, the foundation of most baking is flour – a decidedly NOT gluten-free ingredient.  What can you do? The best strategy is to stock your pantry with gluten-free substitutes for common baking ingredients.  Gluten-free flours, GF baking soda, and xanthan gum are important items to have on hand when you have the urge to bake up something delicious.

Finally, it’s always a good idea to arm yourself with a collection of gluten-free recipes.  Head to the library to get a gluten-free-recipe book, or head online – there are lots of recipes to be had there.  Websites such as are a treasure trove of ideas for your family’s dinner table.  When you make something and your family loves it, bookmark the recipe to put into your rotation. 

Eating gluten free has its challenges, but like everything else in life, it’s about adapting and being creative to find ways to solve a problem.  You don’t have to live a life without pasta or bread and it’s definitely possible to make all of your family’s favourites without gluten.  Do your research and have fun!  The result will be family dinners that are delicious and enjoyable for the entire family.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sponsored Post: 3 Things to Ask a Pizza Delivery Bag Supplier

There are a number of industries a person can go into when trying to start a successful small business. Among the most lucrative industries out there is food service, namely a pizza restaurant. A staple of any great pizza restaurant is a top notch delivery service. Setting up this type of delivery service is a lot harder than most people think. One of the first things that a business owner will have to get when trying to have a pizza delivery service is quality insulated bags. The following are a few things that a business owner needs to ask a pizza delivery bag supplier before hiring them for the job.

How Long Have You Been in the Business?
One of the first things that a small business owner needs to find out about an insulated bag supplier is how long they have been in the business. Ideally, you want to find a supplier that has been around for a while due to the quality products this will usually bring. The more you are able to find out about the suppliers in an area, the easier it will be to get the right bags for your new business venture.

What Customization Options Are Available?
Another very important thing you have to consider when trying to find the right pizza bag supplier is what type of customizations they can provide. Most business owners want to have their bags adorned with their logos and business name. Finding a supplier that can get this type of customization done will be more than worth the money they are paid. Be sure to find out about the various things you can put on the bags. Having the bags customized will be more than worth the money that is paid to the company.

When Can You Get The Bags Done?
When trying to find the right supplier for your pizza bag needs, you will have to find out how long it will take to produce what you need. The longer a business owner has to wait, the more frustration and stress it will cause the business owner. Most of the suppliers you contact will be able to let you know when they can have the job done. By taking the time to call a few different suppliers in  your area, you will be able to get the right one chosen in no time.

The pros at covertexcorp will be able to get the bags that you need done in no time at all. Call them or go to their website for more information on what they have to offer. 

Review: Quaker Chewy Girl Scouts Thin Mints Granola Bars

I mentioned in my previous Quaker Chewy review of one of their Girl Scouts products that I found it strange that they just wouldn't refer to the flavor by it's actual cookie name (Samoa).  Well, that's not a problem in the case of today's review as Quaker happily dubbed this by it's actual cookie name right on the front of this box of Quaker Chewy Girl Scouts Thin Mints Granola Bars.  The fact that they will put the name on the cookie on the front of this box and will not put the name of the cookie on the other box lends weight to my crazy theory that "Samoa" is somewhat controversial.  Anyway, this box of eight bars cost me $2.50 at Kroger and each 0.84 ounce bar has 100 calories packed in.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Promax Lemon Bar Protein Bar

I mentioned in a previous Promax review that a representative of theirs was kind enough to reach out to me to offer my some flavors of some sample bars.  Today's review is another one of those reviews as I'll be diving into one of Promax's original product offerings in this Promax Lemon Bar Protein Bar.  It's a protein bar, so it's on the bulky side at 2.64 ounces and within that bulk is 290 calories and twenty grams of protein.  Now, just because it is bulky doesn't mean it's bad because it's also gluten free, kosher and vegetarian.  Honestly, I would not have anticipated that.  Of course, I probably wouldn't have thought of it, but now that I know, I'm mildly surprised.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Dannon Evolution Fresh Black Cherry Greek Yogurt

I guess the reason mega conglomerates become mega conglomerates is because they either have a home run/killer product or they continually roll out successful products.  Dannon may be a bit of both, but I know that they seemingly have an endless line of products that they roll out continually, of which I've only touched the tip of the iceberg here.  Upon a recent meandering of my local Meijer store, I noticed that Dannon has rolled out another line of Greek yogurts called "Evolution Fresh" where they intend on "letting the ingredients shine."  Okay then.  Anyway, the ingredients were hopefully shining in this 5.3 ounce cup of Dannon Evolution Fresh Black Cherry Greek Yogurt that I picked up for $1.09.  Packed into this cup are 120 shining calories and eleven grams of shining protein.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: Edy's (Dreyer's) Grand Cinnamon Bun Fun! Ice Cream

We are getting close to wrapping up summer (it was in the 50s here yesterday morning!) and for the most part, I've done a decent job staying away from ice cream this summer compared to prior summers.  Now, chocolate chip cookies are something entirely different, but that's a story for a different day.  Anyway, a recent sale and coupon at Marsh (along with a chance at more Marsh Monopoly game pieces) prompted me to add to my Edy's review collection and pick up this 1.5 quart container of Edy's (Dreyer's) Grand Cinnamon Bun Fun! Ice Cream for $3.00 (with coupon).  It's a limited edition out of their "Bakery Treats" line, so I'm not sure how long this will actually be out there (it might be gone from most places already!).  Each container has twelve servings and each half-cup size serving is 160 calories, so it's not terribly bad from a caloric perspective.

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