Archives: October 2017

31 Oct 2017, Comments (0)

CideRoad Spritzel Switchel drink

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ummm… what is Switchel?

According to wiki (I know, don’t do research with wikipedia, I’m letting down all of my professors right now, blah blah blah) – it’s a drink that is made from water and vinegar, and then seasoned with ginger, and then sweetened.

So in comes CideRoad, who sent me a pack of “Spritzel”, which I am assuming is the carbonated version of a Switchel drink– a Sparkling Apple Cider Vinegar drink. They run you 35 calories for a can. You are instructed to give it a light shake, tap the top a few times, and make sure it is chilled before serving. A quick peek at the ingredients and there is indeed, vinegar, ginger, and other  flavors.

I will say, all three of these are wildly refreshing. I am not super crazy about diet soda, I do like drinking it with dinner every now and then but I am not the type to down cans of soda all day. Not my thing, and the carbonation is too much. These are carbonated but not to the point where it almost burns your mouth on the first sip. They are all lightly carbonated, and just something about them is so refreshing.

They all more or less have the same underlying flavor- you can definitely taste the apple cider vinegar, but it’s not so strong that it is overwhelming and rather quiet mild. I can also definitely taste the ginger tones of flavor with each sip.  They aren’t overly sweet, and definitely not “sugary” tasting like some sodas can be. If I had to describe it, they all kind of remind me of more flavorful seltzer, and way more refreshing.

The Watermelon + Mint was an interesting combo- I think the mint flavor was a tad more powerful than the watermelon, but you definitely get a hint of both.

The Blueberry + Honeysuckle was definitely my favorite– the blueberry flavor really shines through and then you get a nice little hint of honeysuckle at the end. This one seemed a tad sweeter than the others.

The Strawberry + Basil was also a hit. Not too sweet, and the basil complimented the strawberry flavor quite nicely. Definitely a pair I wasn’t expecting to work for a drink.

 

Overall, I like these. Definitely worth a try. The flavors can intimidate — mint drink? blueberry flavored sparkling drink? BASIL IN MY DRINK!?! But don’t let it! They are all quite delicious and refreshing. (Im not sure, can I reiterate that they are refreshing again? 🙂 )  Don’t be fooled, they are NOT sweet/sugary, but rather just the right amount of flavor where you can pair it with dinner or just drink it on it’s own. I also really like the can designs… cute. Bravo.

 

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent these products for free. This is an unbiased review.
5 Oct 2017, Comments (0)

Simple Mills Gluten Free Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Who doesn’t like COOKIES!!! Well…. to be honest I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like at least some form of a cookie. But what about those who cannot enjoy your every day cookie from the bakery, due to gluten intolerance, vegan lifestyle, soy allergies, dairy allergies?

Simple Mills has a cookie for ya! They have a line of products for those who are gluten intolerant, as well as those with other special dietary needs. The cookies they sent me come in 4 varieties, Toasted pecan, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate. All of them are gluten free, paleo friendly, dairy free, vegan and soy free. They are all relatively low in sugar as well (see ingredients and nutritional information below for the double chocolate variety), and made with non-GMO ingredients.

But how do they taste?

Toasted Pecan– I was super pumped for this one. Pecans are my favorite nut, and usually one of my favorite flavored things. But these cookies fell….flat. They were relatively bland, not sweet, and just had a weird taste to them. The pecan flavor was lacking. On the bright side, the texture was pretty good– crumbly and crunchy. These would be good perhaps with a cup of coffee or tea, but not by itself. 2 stars.

Cinnamon- these were okay. The cinnamon flavor was mild, and really needed more of a punch. Mildly sweet again, but crunchy and the texture was good (this is important, especially in gluten free products which I have seen time and time again fall apart). While the flavor was good, it was just weak and really needed something to amp it up. 3 stars

Chocolate Chip– oooh. now we are talking! These were yummy. I know they were yummy because once I opened them, the box was nearly gone (thanks to my cookie monster brother). We both agreed they tasted very similar to “Famous Amos” cookies. Sweeter than the other varieties, mild vanilla flavor, crunchy, and the milk chocolate flavored chips were sweet and added a nice touch. Definitely my favorite of the 4 —  4 stars

Double Chocolate- these were also very good. Crunchy and sweeter, a nice chocolate flavor throughout, and the mini chocolate chips were sweet and melted in your mouth. There was a mild vanilla flavor as well. Really wanted to smear some peanut butter on these and inhale but…self restraint! 3.5 stars

 

Overall, not too bad. I think that they are relatively NOT sweet cookies- so you might be shocked if you are used to sweeter conventional varieties of cookies. However, I think they are a good alternative, especially if you like cookies that aren’t packed with sugar. The double chocolate variety for example, has only 4 grams of sugar for 3 cookies, which is almost unheard of for cookies. The BAD is that they are a little on the bland side, and saturated fat will run you almost 4 grams for 3 cookies, which I feel like is a lot, but guessing it’s from the coconut oil.

The One Smart Cookie plate was also a super cute touch.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these cookies for free. This is an unbiased review.
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