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Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan

24 Feb

Finally blizzard Nemo that dumped 2.5 feet of snow on us, let up and delivery trucks were able to make it to our surrounding areas again. Snowpocalpyse was causing the masses to stock pile foods and supplies and I was having such a hard time to locate these tasty tidbits. It was a bit frustrating as I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find them before my bzzagent review period ran out. There was much rejoicing in our house once we finally located the restocks freezer shelves of these tempting boxes.

Now before I give my review, I want you to understand that I haven’t always been a vegetarian. I grew up being a what I call a “meatatarian”. Everyone in my family eats meat, fish, poultry, etc.. So when I became a vegetarian at age 26, they were a bit surprised. I mention all this because I feel like it gives me an unbiased opinion, I have had real burgers or sausage Patties before. So I know what they taste like and can easily compare these vegetarian/vegan versions to real meat versions.

I brought home my boxes of Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan & Morning Star Farms: Original Sausage Patties.

My initial thoughts:

“How can fake meat be so damn tasty?! I mean seriously!”.

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Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan

I was feeling hungry, and it was nearly time for lunch. It was Sunday, and today was a day of rest and relaxation. I decided to stick along with that theme and make brunch for us. I like to be different, unique and creative. I like to put a different spin or rather my own spin on things sometimes and go with the flow. I grabbed a bagel [since I was out of English muffins], toasted and added cream cheese. I poached some eggs and added a dash of pepper. Added some spinach leaves, and the morning star patty with melted cheese on top. I assembled all items and then added a spoonful of hollandaise sauce. The verdict = win!

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Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan – being used for a vegetarian spin on Eggs Benedict

One night when I came home from work I just wanted a quick meaty like snack if you will so I heated up a sausage patty and melted cheese on it. Great flavors, satisfying and let my taste buds fulfilled and my tummy satiated.

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Morning Star Farms: Original Sausage Patties

On another day a different spin I took with the sausage patties was to add in an egg scramble. Again no disappoint, only savory tasty win in my tummah! It doesn’t just have to be “Meatless Mondays” like the companies newest slogan says, it can be meatless every day’s!

Overall Thoughts:

A great option for those of us who are vegetarian, and tasty enough for those who aren’t. This doesn’t taste bland or like the dreaded cardboard taste.

Pros:

  • Great taste.
  • Good source of protein [especially important if you are a vegetarian like Moi].
  • Large variety of items and flavors for each product.
  • Average price.
  • You can use the variety of products in many of your recipes are replacements for meat.

Cons:

Can be hard to find around times of snowstorms…hah but all joking aside no complainants about either product.

Final Thoughts:

Rating:

5

Bursting with Flavor!!

I can with certainty say that I will be a repeat customer, so I have no qualms in saying that I recommend you too give it a try!

Additional Product Info:

MorningStar Farms has numerous products and are not limited to burgers and patties only.

Interesting tidbits:

Grillers Vegan Burgers have 84% less fat than ground beef and are only 100 calories per serving.

The Sausage Patties had only 80 calories per serving, and were 77% less fat than a pork sausage patty.

Price:

Both items were around $5-7$ dollars with tax from local supermarkets in the frozen food sections.

Ingredients:

Grillers Vegan Burger:

WATER, TEXTURED SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CORN OIL, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, VEGETABLE GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS FROM VEGETABLE SOURCES, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY FIBER, SALT, CARRAGEENAN, POTATO STARCH, ONION POWDER, CARAMEL COLOR, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, KONJAC FLOUR, SUNFLOWER OIL, SESAME SEED OIL, SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, WHEAT, SALT), CONCENTRATED ONION JUICE, ASCORBIC ACID, VINEGAR POWDER, CITRIC ACID, ASPARTIC ACID, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, MALIC ACID, SUCCINIC ACID, TARTARIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, WHEAT FLOUR, SOY LECITHIN.

Allergen Information:

CONTAINS SOY AND WHEAT INGREDIENTS.

Sausage Patties:

TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WATER FOR HYDRATION), EGG WHITES, CORN OIL, SODIUM CASEINATE, MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF LACTOSE, SOYBEAN OIL, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (WHEAT GLUTEN, CORN GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN), AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, SPICES, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SODIUM PHOSPHATES (TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, TETRAPYROPHOSPHATE, HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE, MONOPHOSPHATE), SALT, DISODIUM INOSINATE, CARAMEL COLOR, CELLULOSE GUM, WHEY POWDER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, MALTODEXTRIN, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, DEXTROSE, ONION POWDER, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, VITAMINS AND MINERALS (NIACINAMIDE, IRON [FERROUS SULFATE], THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE [VITAMIN B6], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], VITAMIN B12), SUCCINIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, BREWERS YEAST, TORULA YEAST, SOY LECITHIN.

Allergen Information:

CONTAINS WHEAT, SOY, EGG AND MILK INGREDIENTS.

Items received in this review were part of a bzzagent promotion. #GotItFree

Green Mountain Coffee® Wellness Collection Review

24 Nov

Green Mountain Coffee New Wellness Line

I was eager and felt enthusiastic to join in this campaign. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. I started off a slight bit skeptical, my feelings stemmed from wondering if this would taste smooth and silky vs gritty with a vitamin after taste. Either way I would provide an unbiased opinion. My lovely green buzzkit was provided to me and arrived to my mailbox post-haste. I was even fortunate enough to have plenty of K-cup pods to share with others so they could give it a whirl.

I generally consume more tea than coffee, unless it’s a specialty coffee as I find most to be far to bitter for my tastes. I am thrilled that this was not bitter and didn’t upset the balance in my stomach like other coffees.  Being that I tend to be in the “give me something sweet” camp, I did add cream and sugar to mine to enhance my own personal preference of enjoyment. This doesn’t reflect negatively on the product by any means as this is my normal routine for most teas and coffees. Both coffees were mild,  smooth, and not overpowering. I enjoyed both quite equally not having a preference of one over the other.

When the coffee arrived I was feeling under the weather. I had some sort of cold that was lingering on quite a bit and making me hate life if you will. This wellness blend was just the perk up I needed in order to give me some extra zip in my step and get me through the day. I couldn’t believe how energized I felt! It was unbelievable how amazing I felt since I had been sick with that cold for a few weeks. I felt like I could take on the world or slay dragons.

Both the focus blend and the antioxidant blend are medium roast coffees. I am also pleased to say that those I shared it with enjoyed the product and were as surprised as I was that there now existed coffees with wellness enhancements. So many people in the world nowadays are focused on healthy life-styles, so its only natural to create new products in existing realms that feature wellness blends.

Overall Thoughts:

Pros:

  • Satiny smooth texture, coffee did not taste gritty or vitamin like
  • No traces of bitterness
  • Created to enhance consumers’ wellness lifestyles

Cons:

  • NONE!!

Final Thoughts:

Rating:

Great Item! Give it a go! I would purchase both at the full price when I order my next K cup replenishment order.

Additional Product Info:

  • Green Mountain Coffee launched these new blends in September of 2012 with two brews — Focus Blend and Antioxidant Blend
  • Focus Blend contains 50mg of L-Theanine per serving
  • Antioxidant Blend is a good source of antioxidant vitamins C and E
  • Includes only Fair Trade Certified coffees
  • Is available for purchase online at GreenMountainCoffee.com/Wellness and Keurig.com

Interesting tidbits:

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters support local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably grown coffee, and allocating a portion of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives.

There are other wellness brand K cup choices if coffee isn’t your thing, you can check em out here. Wellness Brand Beverages.

Price:

$17.49 per 24-count.

This is on par when compared to prices of other K Cup packs sold on say amazon for example.

Purchase here:

WellnessBrewed.com, GreenMountainCoffee.com, and Keurig.com

Ingredients:

Antioxidant Blend

Antioxidant blend:

  • Vitamins C and E in every 8 fl. oz. serving.

Focus Blend

Focus Blend:

  • 50mg of L-Theanine in every 8 fl. oz. serving.

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http://www.wellnessbrewed.com/My%20Wellness%20Beverages
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New bzzz Campaign: Green Mountain Coffee® Wellness Collection

13 Nov
I just joined a new bzz campaign and I’m excited to try the new Green Mountain Coffee® Wellness Collection. Stay tuned and there will be a review once I’ve had proper time to give it a whirl. #GotItFree

The new Green Mountain Coffee® Wellness Collection includes fortified brews like the Focus Blend™ and an Antioxidant Blend to inspire wellness without compromising on taste. Want to get $3 off your first box of K-Cup® packs? Ask me for the coupon code – I’m a BzzAgent!

Unreal Candy Unjunked Review

10 Sep

I recently had the opportunity to take part in the bzzagent campaign for “Unreal Candy Unjunked“.

Having tried sugar free candies in the past and fat free items, I started off a bit skeptical and wondered if perhaps these would take like eating cardboard. Instead of receiving samples of the items in the mail [which would have been my preference]. I received coupons and had to go hunt around for them myself. I had a difficult time locating a local store near me that had any of the items. I found a CVS and didn’t see any of the items. I first saw they had bags of some of the items, but my coupons were only for singles samples.  I eventually had to ask a store clerk if they carried unreal candy since there wasn’t a display clearly marked or a section that had some of the unjunked items sold as singles.

The clerk pointed me in the right direction, I would have never found these if I had not have asked.  I walked over to the shelf and even then it was only a meager two of the five items.  I was a bit disappointed that I was not going to be able to try all five but I supposed that two was better than none. I went up to the cash register to check out. I handled the clerk the coupons and also paid for the other sundries I needed to pick up. That’s when I ran into an issue. I was only going to be allowed to use 1 of the 6 coupons I received. I thought you’ve got be kidding me now. After all this trouble. She finally was able to get the register to accept 3 of the 6 coupons. Then I asked if she could do another transaction, as there was no way I was going to be able to make separate trips here on different days to pick up these items. What a hassle this was turning out to be. She was not happy, scolded me that I would not be allowed to do this again, and ended up having to run the rest as separate transactions.

After all the trials and tribulation I had to go through I was pleasantly surprised when I unwrapped a chocolate peanut butter cup and it did not taste awful. I thought you know what this is actually not bad. I gave one to my other half, and even he, the picky eater, agreed these were enjoyable and finished off a pack. I liked these better than Reese’s peanut butter cups, and the reason why is that the peanut butter on the Reese’s seems weird, as if some sort of reconstituted sawdust granules lacking the smoothness I crave.

Next up I tried the Chocolate caramel peanuts nougat bar. When I took a bite I thought wow, this really tastes like a snickers bar.  While chewing this tasty treat, memories instantly transported me  to when I was a little kid, and I would stay the night at my grandparents house. I can recall how every night after dinner my grandfather would have a snickers bar. If unjunked was around I’m sure my family would have swapped out his snickers bar with this as it’s healthier junk food.  It’s truly amazing how scents and tastes can bring us back to memories of yesterday.  I think I actually even prefer the taste of this bar when compared to a snickers bar taste, so that’s quite a testament on how great a job on the taste Unreal was able to pull off. Hat’s off to them.

I like the story behind the product, and the idea that they are working on “unjunking” other candies. I found it a little odd that they named the candies such things as “unreal 77” .

I’m not sure on the price point since I received coupons to cover the cost, however if priced well I would definitely buy the products, provided they are either A) easier to find and more widely available B) or available online. If A & B happened and the price was a little high then they might only be once in a while treats, but either way they were great, I would recommend the two that I was able to sample and wished I could have been able to sample the others to review but ce la vie.

Review Big Sky Bakery + Granola

21 Jan

I had never heard of Big Sky Bakery prior to signing up for an Amazon Local Deal Coupon. Since I enjoy bakeries and cafe’s I thought I’d give it a shot.

        After Viewing the website I wondered why there weren’t any actual pictures of the bakery. Now having made the trip, I can actually see why. The bakery & cafe, if you can even call it a cafe, was very small. The entire store was about the size of my entire living room. I live in an apartment, so you can imagine I don’t have a large living room.  I anticipated there would at least be a small seating area, but sadly they fell short in that area also. The selection was very small, and nothing really that appealing. That’s not a good sign I immediately thought, bakeries are supposed to make your mouth water in anticipation of the decadent treats calling out to your taste buds.

        I can see why Big Sky Bakery ran this coupon, most likely to drum up more business, [probably in lieu of actually having any current business by the looks of it], but I certainly will not be going back. We were originally the only ones in the store. Part way through our transaction one more customer entered the store. The bakery hours were listed as open until 7pm however the man told this new customer that they were closing in 10 mins, which was an hour early. Making our own hours now are we? Just one more reason why this place does not get a thumbs up from me. The clerk? Owner? Man assisting us was a bit rude.

        After we picked out a few items from the glass case that at least looked like they might be 1/2 way decent, I presented this man with my coupon. The coupon stated: “This deal gets you $20 to spend on food and drink for $10. Popover to this Watertown bakery for the vast selection of homemade breads, decadent pastries, quiches, pies, soups, granola, and more. Pair your tasty treat with a fresh-brewed coffee, latte, or Frozen Espresso Blender (we like the Triple Chocolate and Creamy Caramel). Got a pal who’s feeling blue? He’ll appreciate you dropping by with a box of lemon sugar cookies or a blueberry turnover.”

        The clerk would not actually let us use the coupon on these items! We were only allowed to use the coupon on a small selection of items, 2 types of cookies, granola, or a few types of bread. None of which were items we actually wanted, however rather than our coupon/money go to waste we picked out a few items. One of which was the granola. Now I like me some granola very much actually, however this granola was quite bland as it turns out. I have to admit that the granola from Costco or Trader Joes beat this granola out hands down. Again this was surprising since this is supposed to be a bakery and cafe.

        By now I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised with the rate this visit was going. I’m starting to think these folks wrote their own review on that coupon they don’t full honor. The clerk also forgot to place my Tiramisu in the bag, unfortunately I did not realize this until I had driven nearly an hour away. The store was of course close by that point {since I was given the impression they make their own hours daily, and closed up shop earlier than posted hours].

I will not be going back, I will not be a repeat customer. I was full of disappointment with this shoe boxed sized shop with a lack of bakery & lack of cafe.

Bland Granola:

Big Sky Bakery Granola by reacurry
Big Sky Bakery Granola, a photo by reacurry on Flickr.
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