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Food Review: Fakin’ Bacon

I have been attempting to limit my intake of meat so instead of using my usual chicken sausage in my salad I opted for something different; Fakin’ Bacon. This organic product is made from tempeh, which is cooked and fermented soybeans that in this case are formed to resemble bacon strips. Okay, they don’t really resemble bacon strips but it’s the thought that counts, right? Let’s look at the ingredient list:

Organic soy tempeh (cultured organic soybeans, water, organic brown rice), water, organic soy sauce (water, organic soybeans, organic wheat, salt), organic vinegar, organic evaporated cane juice, less than 2% of: spices, beet powder, organic onion powder, salt, natural hickory flavor, yeast extract, lactic acid (from plant sources).Contains: soy, wheat

Well there is nothing totally bad in it unless you don’t eat anything with soy products in it because that is what this mostly is. There is some organic cane juice, but as far as sugars go that is not of the evil variety. All of the ingredients are in fact organic which makes me feel better, since I know that there are no GMO laced bad guys contained within it. Let’s look at the stats next:

Nutrition Facts

Per Single Serving
Serving Size 3 slices (57g)
Servings per package: 3

Nutrition: Amount per Serving Percentage Daily Value
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 25
Fat, g 3 5%
Saturated Fat, g 0
Trans Fatty Acids, g 0
Cholesterol, mg 0
Sodium, mg 470 20%
Potassium, mg* 135 4%
Carbohydrate, g 10 3%
Fiber, g 4 16%
Sugars, g 2
Protein, g 8 16%
Vitamin A, % 0%
Vitamin C, % 4%
Calcium, % 4%
Iron, % 8%

It has some fat, but fat isn’t totally bad for you, and in this it is not of the saturated variety. It’s got quite a bit of sodium, so if you are watching your salt intake it may be best to avoid this product. Otherwise it looks like it really isn’t too bad for you and there is a decent amount of protein in it.

I fried three of these up today and put them in my spinach salad. No, they do not taste like bacon. I used to love bacon and eat it all the time so you can trust my opinion on that! It tastes mainly of soy sauce and smoke. Not altogether a bad taste but it is kind of salty. Make sure you have some water on hand if you eat any of it. I like it enough that I will buy it again because it’s a good source of protein. I found mine at Whole Foods but I have also seen it at Publix and Earth Fare. At all of those places it runs a little over $4.00, so it’s a little pricey for only three servings.

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Food Review: Back To Nature California Lemon Cookies

Back To Nature is a band of cookies and crackers that have found their way into Walmart, Whole Foods and some other stores. They are owned by Kraft, so if you are boycotting that particular company do not read any further. I copied the nutritional information from their site and I had to take links from it directed to Kraft out of the text, so take that for what you will. I know that some people say that products that claim to be ‘natural’ are in fact bad for you, but these cookies actually are not that bad at all when it comes to the ingredients contained within them.

The only totally negative ingredient that I see on the list below is the always appearing ‘natural flavor’. It has whole grain wheat flour, evaporated cane juice and actual lemon oil. The fat is a bit high, but if you are only eating a serving at a time you aren’t going to automatically get clogged arteries. I have some very mixed feelings about huge food companies jumping on the healthy food wagon and making foods that are in fact unhealthy. However, these cookies aren’t bad, so I will give Kraft credit where credit is do. They are quite yummy and have a very distinct lemon taste. Not the typical fake lemon taste that you usually find in name brand lemon cookies, but a real lemon taste. These are in fact probably the best tasting lemon cookies I have ever tasted from a brand name. They crumble kind of easy so hold your hand under your mouth or you’ll get crumbs all over you. I only wish Kraft would put their name visibly on the box instead of trying to fool people that this is an independent brand. To be quite honest I don’t know whether or not I will be buying these again because of that very issue.
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Serving Size
  • 30g
  • Servings per Container about
  • 9
  • Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 60
  • % Daily Value*
  •  7g total fat
  • 11 %
  •   3g saturated fat
  • 15 %
  •   0g trans fat
  • 0 %
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 0 %
  • 100mg sodium
  • 4 %
  • 20g total carbohydrate
  • 7 %
  •  2g dietary fiber
  • 8 %
  •  9g sugars
  •  Protein 2g
 Vitamin A 0 %  Calcium 2 %
 Vitamin C 0 %  Iron 2 %

More Nutrition Facts

Ingredients:WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT FLOUR, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, PALM OIL, SEA SALT, BAKING POWDER (MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA), NATURAL FLAVOR, LEMON OIL. CONTAINS: WHEAT.

Food Review: Jaxn’s Twice-Baked Potato Stix

I found these recently at my local Whole Foods store. Well, actually it’s called Greenlife, but it got bought out by Whole Foods about a year ago. Anyway! I am a HUGE sweet potato fan. I moved here to the South about three years ago from the Pacific Northwest and I hadn’t really been exposed to the glorious sweet potato until I moved here. When I saw these in the store I automatically bought them because the ingredients aren’t bad at all.

rice flour, sweet potato flakes, potato flakes, canola oil, butter(cream salt), contains less than 2% of the following; brown sugar, sea salt, ground white pepper, corn starch, cinnamon, soy lechithin, red pepper, citric acid, lime

None of the above ingredients look bad so this is actually something that you can eat without feeling guilty. It’s gluten free, has 70 calories for a one ounce serving and only has 2.5 grams of fat.

They taste sweet yet spicy at the same time and are very crunchy. I have been very good and only eat one serving at a time, but it’s hard to walk by my pantry closet and not stand there and stare at them for a while. They are like an evil temptress trying to ensnare me in her snacky web! There are two other flavors, sea salt & cracked pepper and sour cream & chive, but I haven’t tried those yet. They are made locally, so I honestly don’t know if you can find them outside of the Southeast. However, here is a link to their website and you can order directly from them!

http://www.jaxns.com/

Food Review: Arctic Zero

I have been reading about this product for ages but until the other day I had not been able to find it in a  store located near me. I am always really, really dubious of any food that the diet crowd promotes, but finding out that it contains no artificial sweeteners let me put my guard down a tiny bit. Let’s see what’s inside:

    It bills itself as a frozen protein shake, so it has whey protein concentrate. I have read up on this ingredient and it is not a totally bad thing. It promotes heart health and helps out your immune system, however whey protein concentrate has a high level of lactose in it. It says right on the package that it is suitable for people who are lactose intolerant. If it has lactose in it then how can that be the case? I used to be very lactose intolerant and I would be mad as heck if I ate a half pint of this stuff and then had to make a run for the bathroom because they didn’t tell the truth on their product. It also contains chicory root, which makes some people very bloated. I can attest to this!

A whole pint of this stuff is only 150 calories and contains no fat but I don’t think I could down the whole thing in one go. I bought both the peanut butter chocolate, and the chocolate flavors. So far I have just tried the peanut butter one and I must say that it has a strange texture. I have read some people comparing it to pudding pops, but it feels more strange than that when it’s rolling around in your mouth. Have you ever seen that ‘Blancmange’ Monty Python skit? Well I felt like I was eating that giant blancmange that was playing tennis: something kind of alien,creamy and not of this earth. Not bad but not completely good either. The flavor itself was kind of bland and could use some more punch to it: the chocolate flavor came out but the peanut butter was very muted.

Would I buy this product again? Probably not, but I can venture to finish both pints very slowly. Well, as long as I don’t think of evil alien ‘Blancmanges’ invading earth and turning people into Scotsmen.