Phil's Food Reviews

Campbell's Gourmet Bisques, Asherah's Gourmet Chipotle Vegan Burgers, Nature's Guru Instant Masala Spice Chai, Eat Smart Beneforte Broccoli, The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nut Bar

4 HITS this week - check them out!

  • Campbell's Gourmet Bisques Sweet Potato Tomatillo Flavor 
  • Asherah's Gourmet Vegan Burgers Chipotle Flavor 
  • Nature's Guru Instant Unsweetened Masala Spice Chai 
  • Eat Smart Beneforte Broccoli 
  • The Good Bean The Fruit & No-Nut Bar Chocolate Berry Flavor!

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SCORE

81

Campbell's : Gourmet Bisques
Sweet Potato Tomatillo Flavor

TASTE

24 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

81 / 100
 

I love the fact that Campbell's is getting more adventurous with their flavors. Soup sales in supermarkets are actually down, which is surprising with the economy the way it is. So Campbell's is trying to change all that. The taste of this bisque is certainly very creamy - cream is the third ingredient after water and sweet potatoes, but honestly it's not as flavorful as I would have hoped. Actually no tomatillo taste. One cup, or half of this package, has 10 grams of fat, almost 900 mg of sodium and 8 grams of sugars. There are no preservatives and no artificial flavors.

$3.49   18.3 oz

Campbell Soup Company
www.campbells.com

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Campbell's : Gourmet Bisques
SCORE

88

Asherah's Gourmet: Vegan Burgers
Chipotle Flavor

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

3 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

88 / 100
 

Don't confuse this with your typical veggie burger. This is made from a recipe of quinoa, sweet potatoes, and an assortment of vegetables and spices. The taste is terrific, the blend of spices gives it a perfect chipotle flavor and you don't even want to add any toppings. The consistency is softer than your typical burger and there's no question that with only 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of sugars, and 6 grams of protein that this is a much healthier alternative. But I do have one complaint - but I'm going to get over it - the appearance is more like a fish cake than a burger. And they are expensive!

$7.99   4 x 4 oz or 1 lb

Asherah's Gourmet
215.489.9815
www.asherahsgourmet.com

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Asherah's Gourmet: Vegan Burgers
SCORE

90

Nature's Guru: Instant Masala Spice Chai
Unsweetened

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 

This is the ultimate convenience - at least for chai drinkers. Each packet contains milk powder, black tea extract, cardamom and spices. All you have to do is add hot water. Even though it's unsweetened the drink was certainly sweet enough and very flavorful and the consistency is dead-on - not watery, just full-bodied. The aroma is very soothing and pleasant. Each packet will cost you about 50 cents; far less than going to a coffee shop and just a bit more than if you made it yourself. Imported from India.

$5.49   10 packets or 5.64 oz

Nature's Guru, Inc
949.478.GURU
www.naturesguru.com

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Nature's Guru: Instant Masala Spice Chai
SCORE

92

Eat Smart: Beneforte
Naturally Better Broccoli

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 

I first tasted this broccoli a couple of years ago when it was first grown here. This vegetable actually was discovered in the mountains of Italy. The flavor is much better and not as bland as your typical broccoli and it counts almost 3 times the amount of glucoraphanin, which increases the way vitamins A, C and E work in our bodies. We all know how good broccoli is for us - now it is even better.

$4.99   2 lbs

Beneforte
info@beneforte.com
www.beneforte.com

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Eat Smart: Beneforte
SCORE

94

The Good Bean: The Fruit & No-Nut Bar
Chocolate Berry Flavor

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 100
 

This is one snack that you're really going to like! Made from roasted chick peas, navy beans, roasted soy beans and mixed with cranberries, cherries and blueberries. One bite and you'll be convinced. No nuts, made with Fair Trade dark chocolate and just about half the fat of other bars. 140 calories, 5 grams of protein and 11 grams of sugars. It's also gluten free, but make no mistake, you're not giving up anything.

$2.19   40 grams

The Good Bean LLC
www.thegoodbean.com

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The Good Bean: The Fruit & No-Nut Bar
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