Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses November 26th, 2014

5 HITS this week!

  • Seasnax Chomperz Crunchy Seaweed Chips Original
  • HerbNZest Curry Pumpkin Pesto
  • Sipp Sparkling Organics Mojo Berry Blackberry, Mint & Lime
  • Caroline's Vegetarian Taco Filling
  • Perfect Bar Vegan Almond Coconut

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SCORE

85

SeaSnax: Chomperz
Original

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you're looking to get 8 grams of protein and a bit of crunch at the same time, these are for you. Made from a seaweed base with some spices...don't be surprised to find they do have a slight seaweed flavor. One bag, which is one ounce is just 80 calories and 170 mg of sodium. Imported from Korea.

$4.99   1oz

SeaSnax
www.seasnax.com

Visitor Product Rating

SeaSnax: Chomperz
SCORE

87

HerbNZest: Curry Pumpkin Pesto
Dairy-Free

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

87 / 100
 
  • 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
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Don't let the name fool you, this is a very distant relative to the garlic and basil pesto you know and love. However, this is absolutely delicious. Made from pumpkin, tomatoes, olive oil, sunflower seeds and spices, the pumpkin flavor and texture are perfect. One tablespoon is 15 calories and 1 gram of fat. While they recommend using it on bread or pasta I think it's a little too sweet to use that way, but their recommendation to use of vegetables, tofu or noodles sound great.

$$6.49   7.5 oz

HerbNZest
917.582.1191
www.herbnzest.com

Visitor Product Rating

HerbNZest: Curry Pumpkin Pesto
SCORE

92

Caroline's: Taco Filling
Vegetarian

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

4 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This is the best vegetarian taco filling I've ever had - and if someone told me it wasn't beef I never would have believed them. Made from soy protein and soy bean oil with a variety of spices added along with just the right touch of smoke flavor. Look for "smoke" to be a hot trend for 2015!A quarter cup is 70 calories, 3 1/2 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein.

$4.99   20 oz

Atlantic Natural Foods
252.212.9000
www.atlanticnaturalfoods.com

Visitor Product Rating

Caroline's: Taco Filling
SCORE

92

Sipp Sparkling Organics: Mojo Berry
Organic Blackberry, Mint, and Lime

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

As we've told you before, next year will be the rise of "craft" beverages and foods. This sparkling beverage is a perfect example. A recipe of blackberry, mint and lime is refreshing and very tasty - and not over carbonated. No artificial ingredients, colors or flavors. 100 calories per bottle with 21 grams of sugars.

$1.99   12 fl oz

Sipp Eco Beverage Co., Inc.
610.827.9900
www.haveasipp.com

Visitor Product Rating

Sipp Sparkling Organics: Mojo Berry
SCORE

93

Perfect Bar & Company: Perfect Bar
Vegan Almond Coconut

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

1 / 5

TOTAL

93 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Are you looking for a mid afternoon satisfying snack? This could be it. Made with organic ingredients, with a base of dates, almond butter and cranberries, this bar has over 20 of the 'superfood' ingredients. It's soft and very tasty. One bar is 260 calories, with 14 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 20 grams of sugars. Reading the ingredients list is like visiting the best health food store you can find.

$2.69   2.5 oz

Perfect Bar & Company
866.628.8548
www.perfectbar.com

Visitor Product Rating

Perfect Bar & Company: Perfect Bar
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