Product Review: World Peas

20151113_110403 I received a packet of these in my most recent Urthbox (for those not familiar, it’s a subscription that delivers you a little box of vegan snacks every month.) While I’d tried World Peas products before and thought they were good, I had never had the ranch flavor. It should be noted that I’m a sucker for ANYTHING ranch-flavored, so I was thrilled to pull this little bag of goodness out of the Urthbox. I was so impressed with the flavor and nutritional content that I decided to write the company and request some samples. Lucky me — they said yes, and sent me a whole box of these bad boys!! I did a happy dance when I opened the box, for sure! I promised the company a product review, so read on.

Flavor: The peas are crunchy but not dry, and have a great, authentic ranch taste. They taste salty without actually BEING salty. My taste buds were jumping for joy!

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Nutritional value: non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, low sodium, and cholesterol free. There aren’t too many dietary needs that these wouldn’t accommodate.  They might even be Paleo, but I’m no expert in this area. The label may be hard to read, so here is the breakdown:

(per packet)

160 calories, 3 g fat, 230 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Are they a nutritional powerhouse? No…..but as a salty snack goes, these still blow chips out of the water. You won’t find many chips with this type of protein content, so that was a big plus for me. The protein in these will fill you up longer (the fiber helps too) and you’re saving a significant amount of fat as well. For comparison, standard snack chips have 7-8 grams of fat per serving.

Price: The company website sells these for $15 for a pack of 12, which equivocates to $1.25 per 1.2-oz serving. Vitacost also sells a 5.5-oz bag for $3.69. Overall, these are a good value.

Convenience: I’m the weirdo who always keeps snacks in my glove compartment, so these fit the bill perfectly. (I have two of these in there right now, in fact.) Portable and healthy is an important combination!

The World Peas Snacks company urges you to “go ahead and give peas a chance.” I would have to agree!

New product review: Raw Revolution

Today, I am reviewing a bar I just tried for the first time. It’s an exciting day! (At least for me!)
Generally, I’m not the type of person to choose a bar over, say, nuts or fresh fruit as a snack. I also don’t insist upon gluten-free, since I don’t have celiac disease and there’s little evidence to support a gluten-free diet otherwise. However, I also cannot resist a good bargain, so when I saw these on one of my discount shopping websites, I had to try it.

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Initially, my inner skeptic thought, “it’s vegan, raw, gluten free, and on sale, so it probably tastes terrible.” I am pleased to report that I was proven wrong. It was both chewy and crunchy with nice chunks of almonds. The raspberry flavor was perfectly balanced with the chocolate. It was pretty amazing, really.

Here’s the breakdown:

What I liked:
1) The flavor, obviously. You can’t really go wrong with anything called chocolate truffle. This particular brand comes in other flavors, too.
2) There are exactly eight ingredients: cashews, sunflower seeds, agave, dates, cocoa, almonds, raspberry powder, and flax (all organic!). I’m big on simplicity and pronounceability, so they got major points for this.
3) It actually filled me up. I’m known for being kind of a “bottomless pit”, so this is impressive. It’s been an hour since I’ve eaten it and I still feel satisfied.

What I didn’t like:
Honestly, there wasn’t really anything I didn’t like. I’m not sure how much these cost in retail, but I’m willing to bet they’re quite a bit more than what I paid. (I got them at http://www.zulily.com for about $10 for a box of 12.)

Basic Nutrition Facts: 220 calories, 5 g fiber, 7 g protein, 11 g unsaturated fats (including omega-3s from the flax, bonus!)

The bottom line: Worth it! If you can find these at a reasonable price, go for it. (Or go for it anyway if you don’t care about price!)
I look forward to trying some of the other flavors if I can find them on sale.

First product review!!

I’ve decided to start doing a monthly product review for you, my dear followers. There are so many products out there, all of which claim to have some major health benefit, but with no regulations, how is a consumer supposed to know what is legit and what is bogus? Fear not — I am here to help!!

My first product is called Greens by a company called It Works! They are a company that makes a variety of health products, including detox wraps, supplements, moisturizers, etc. I was recently invited to a “wrap party” and, despite my initial skepticism, I was actually sold on the Greens. (The wrap was cool and I lost an inch around my belly area, but I’m not here to talk about that.) The Greens are a concentrated, powdered blend of a ginormous variety of fruits, vegetables, and other plant compounds. We were given a small sample (mixed in water) at the party so we could taste-test.
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(Sorry for the blurry ingredients, but most of it should be legible!)

(Sorry for the blurry ingredients, but most of it should be legible!)

I chose the individual packets for convenience, but it also comes in a large canister. I tried my first packet on Sunday, and have had two more since. Here are my thoughts:

What I liked:

— Ingredients are all natural, pronounceable, and non-GMO (HUGE plus as I refuse to eat anything GMO!).

— It contains Bacillus coagulans, a probiotic that promotes digestive health.

— It does not contain caffeine or any other stimulants.

— I really did feel an increase in my energy level after drinking it. (In fact, the label advises not to drink it 3-4 hours before bedtime for this reason!)

— The flavor is not bad. I think it is also available in orange.

— It’s vegan and gluten-free.

What I didn’t like as much:

— It’s a little pricey, at $30 for 30 packets.

–The color might be an issue for some people. When put in water it turns almost black.

BUT: You get what you pay for. I’d rather spend $30 on this once a month than some cheap vitamins with unknown ingredients. Think of it this way — that’s less than the cost of 5 grande coffee drinks at Starbucks, and with way more health benefits!

Bottom line: Worth it! This is especially good for those who have a hard time getting enough fruits and vegetables in the diet.

Below is a link to the URL where you can order if you are interested. This is the page of the rep I used, but you can search the general website for someone local to where you are.

https://wrapitaway01.myitworks.com

If you try it, please let me know your thoughts!

Have a happy day and be well!

~Jean