Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for April 23rd, 2014

Which of these 5 new products scored 94?

  • Hormel Compleats Good Mornings Bacon Breakfast Scramble
  • Element Sweet Orange Rice Cake 
  • The Paleo Diet Cinnamon Raisin Bar 
  • Youthy Forever Passion For Cactus
  • Late July Chia & Quinoa Tortilla Chips

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SCORE

59

Hormel® Foods: Hormel® Compleats® Good Mornings
Bacon Breakfast Scramble

This product is a MISS!

TASTE

15 / 30

VALUE

10 / 20

NUTRITION

10 / 15

INGREDIENTS

7 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

59 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Protein

I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and eggs are a fabulous source of protein, however this new combination of scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, bacon and cheese just doesn't make it. The aroma is very unpleasant, the eggs come out more brown than yellow and the taste is nothing near what bacon and eggs should taste like. I get that they're trying to make this more convenient, however it's really not that hard to scramble up some fresh eggs. To make it even worse take a look at this long list of ingredients. One serving, or one container, which is 7 ounces is 25 grams of fat with 900 mg of sodium and 480 mg of cholesterol.

$2.59   7.5 oz

Hormel® Foods
800.523.4635
www.hormel.com/Brands/Compleats.aspx

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Hormel® Foods: Hormel® Compleats® Good Mornings
SCORE

85

Element: Rice Cake
Vanilla Orange

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

13 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

These are very thin rice cakes that have a frosting that's made up of yogurt, sugar, cocoa butter and milk and is naturally flavored with orange and vanilla. The taste is very sweet and surprisingly very good, however I just don't see the need for frosted rice cakes, it almost seems an oxymoron, but they are gluten free. One cake is 5 1/2 grams of sugars, 3 grams of fat and 80 calories. Imported from Italy.

$2.35   1.2 oz

Element Snacks
855.966.7686
www.elementsnacks.com

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Element: Rice Cake
SCORE

88

Youthy Forever: Passion for Cactus
Passion for Cactus

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

88 / 100
 
  • Heart Healthy
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

I'm not sure that this will make you forever young, but it tastes delicious. 100% juice, a recipe of apple, pear, pineapple, passionfruit and cactus pear is very refreshing. It always bugs me when apple juice is the first juice listed and nowhere on the front of the label does it either show us an apple or list it. Why will this keep us young forever? It's rich in antioxidants, but they actually don't tell us how rich. It does contain 40 mg of grapeseed extract and 30 mg of resveratrol. With a little tweaking this could be huge.

$3.00   10 fl oz

Brands Within Reach, LLC
847.720.9090
www.youthyforever.com

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Youthy Forever: Passion for Cactus
SCORE

88

The Paleo Diet : Bar
Cinnamon Raisin

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

88 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This bar is very chewy with a base of dates, almonds and egg white protein powder. Although the flavor is cinnamon I really don't taste the cinnamon. I also applaud them using hemp protein powder, and the bar meets the requirements of the Paleo diet. One bar is 290 calories, 14 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein and 23 grams of sugars, all of which are naturally occurring. And it's gluten free.

$2.89   2.0 oz

Paleo Braaap, LLC
970.443.9741
www.thepaleodietbar.com

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The Paleo Diet : Bar
SCORE

94

Late July Organic Snacks: Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
Chia & Quinoa

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Added Sugars
  • 100% Whole Grain
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

You already know that I love ancient grains and these chips are made with ground corn, chia seeds, and quinoa and are one of the best chips I've had. 10 chips are 140 calories, 6 grams of fat and only 65 mg of sodium. I also love the see through window. These chips are slightly larger than normal - the perfect size. Delicious.

$4.49   11 oz

Late July Snacks, LLC

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Late July Organic Snacks: Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
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