Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for March 19th, 2014

5 HITS this week!

  • The Perfect Snaque Coconut Almond Quinoa Crunch
  • Valrhona Baking Chocolate 70% Cacao Noir Guanaja
  • Core Power Natural High Protein Banana Milkshake 
  • The Gracious Gourmet Hatch Chile Pesto
  • Londoner Cheddar Cheese

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SCORE

86

The Perfect Snaque: Quinoa Crunch
Coconut Almond

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

This is one smart recipe, adding coconut and almonds to quinoa and lentils, the best of both worlds; flavor and nutrition. Just almond, coconut, cane sugar, lentils and quinoa and nothing else. One third of a cup, or a little over 2 1/2 ounces is 170 calories, 10 grams of naturally occurring fats, with 6 grams of protein. The recipe is very crunchy and very satisfying and very delicious. They're also selling a 3.3 oz container to make it more convenient to snack (sells for $2.99 for two containers). Here’s a recommendation however - either change the serving size on the package, or change the container size to be the same as the package - otherwise doesn’t make sense. Also, make an easy pour spout on the package to make it easier to fill up the container and not spill any.

$6.00   6 oz

The Perfect Snaque
609.588.8903
www.theperfectsnaque.com

Visitor Product Rating

The Perfect Snaque: Quinoa Crunch
SCORE

88

Valrhona: 70% Cacao for Baking
Noir Guanaja

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

88 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

I know what you're thinking, I'm holding up this bar of delicious Valrhona Dark Chocolate and you want to eat the whole thing, but stop, because this is designed for baking. Not that it's not delicious by itself, but the recipe has a bit more bite to it so that the cacao flavor comes through in your recipes. One ounce is 17 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugars, but remember you are using it as an ingredient.

$12.99   8.8 oz

Valrhona
http://www.valrhona-chocolate.com/shop/product28.html

Visitor Product Rating

Valrhona: 70% Cacao for Baking
SCORE

91

The Gracious Gourmet: Pesto
Hatch Chile

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you're looking for a rich tasting, spicy, delicious pesto, you've got to try this. Made with Hatch green chile (which are grown in the Hatch Valley in New Mexico and has a Scoville rating of 1,000-2,500 - about the same rating as a poblano, with a mild to medium flavor), with no sugars added and made with extra virgin olive oil, this can be used as a delicious dip, or certainly with risotto or pasta. Just 40 calories for two tablespoons, this could be a staple in every cupboard.

$9.00   7 oz

The Gracious Gourmet
860.350.1213
www.thegraciousgourmet.com

Visitor Product Rating

The Gracious Gourmet: Pesto
SCORE

91

Core Power: Core Power
Banana

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

4 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

Here's protein drink with 26 grams of protein and a terrific banana flavor. Only 3 1/2 grams of fat and 240 calories per container, but it does have cane sugar as its second ingredient, so the combination of added sugars and natural sugars from the purees and juices adds up to 25 grams of sugars. There's no question that if you're looking for a protein shake this one delivers on taste.

$2.99   11.5 fl oz

fairlife LLC
800.643.8151
www.corepower.com

Visitor Product Rating

Core Power: Core Power
SCORE

92

Londoner : Cheddar
Cheddar aged for 6 months

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

0 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

Don't get me wrong, there are so many great cheddar cheeses from New York, Vermont and California, but there's just something about the cheeses made in the UK that have a better balance between flavor and creaminess. Too often the rich US cheddars have too strong a flavor. It's important to note that this is made with a vegetarian instead of animal rennet as a starter. One ounce is 9 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein. Delicious!

$5.99   7 oz

Irish Dairy Board, Inc
www.londonerusa.com

Visitor Product Rating

Londoner : Cheddar
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