Phil's Food Reviews

Santé Almonds, Sanchez Sweet Salsa, Blackberry BioKefir, Honest Tea Lemon Tulsi, Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig Granola

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  • Santé Garlic Almonds
  • Sanchez Hot Sweet Salsa 
  • Lifeway Blackberry BioKefir
  • Honest Tea Heavenly Lemon Tulsi
  • Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig Ancient Grain Granola

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SCORE

85

Sante: Garlic Almonds
Zip & Zing with a Hint of Sweet

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
 

Lookee here - on the package it says 'zip and zing' and I couldn't describe it better myself. Tasty almonds coated with sugar and garlic, and salt and pepper make a delicious snack. One bag, which is 1 1/4 oz has about 4 grams of sugars and 20 grams of fat. This is one of those snacks that are perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, but they are expensive - the equivalent of over $25 a pound. Delicious...but as they say...eat sparingly.

$1.99   1.25 oz

Aharoni & Steele, Inc
www.santenuts.com

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Sante: Garlic Almonds
SCORE

88

Sanchez Specialties: Sweet Salsa
Hot

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

88 / 100
 

This salsa is much more hot than sweet. The recipe is packed with dehydrated peppers and habanero chilies. The consistency is a little more watery than I prefer, especially if you are going to eat it with chips. I could see using this as a sauce on chicken or fish or even pasta, on fajitas and just about everything Mexican. The burn is nice and clean and it has just the right amount of garlic. One ounce is just 10 calories and 1 gram of sugars.

$5.95   16 oz

Sanchez Specialties
www.sanchezspecialties.com

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Sanchez Specialties: Sweet Salsa
SCORE

93

Honest Tea: Heavenly Lemon Tulsi
Sweet

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

93 / 100
 

The reason Honest Tea has done been so successful is simply that their products are so good. Tulsi, which is also known as holy basil, is mixed with lemon peel, lemon myrtle and lemongrass, which produces a very aromatic and flavorful beverage. There is organic sugar cane added, so a bottle is 60 calories and 16 grams of sugars. The flavor, however, is not nearly as sweet as you might think. Try it - you WILL like it.

$1.79   16 fl oz

Honest Tea, Inc
800 865 4736
www.honesttea.com

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Honest Tea: Heavenly Lemon Tulsi
SCORE

93

Lifeway: Nonfat Biokefir
Blackberry

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

93 / 100
 

Imagine this, one bottle contains more than 20 billion probiotic units, which is made up of 10 live and active cultures. And besides being healthy, this is delicious. A recipe of non-fat milk, blackberry juice, green tea extract, grape, pomegranate and apple extracts create a delicious taste that is closer to a yogurt milkshake. The second ingredient is agave nectar and one bottle, which is 3 1/2 oz, has 10 grams of sugars, 5 grams of protein and just 60 calories.

$3.82   3.5 x 4 fl oz

Lifeway Foods, Inc
877 281 3874
www.kefir.com/proboost

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Lifeway: Nonfat Biokefir
SCORE

94

Purely Elizabeth: Ancient Grain Granola Cereal
Pumpkin Fig

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 100
 

Tonight when you're greeting all those ghosts and goblins and filling their trick or treat bags this is the snack for YOU. A wonderful pumpkin flavored granola that is loaded with the nutrients you'll need to defend against all those vampires and zombies. Made with gluten free oats, pumpkin seeds, dried figs, amaranth, quinoa, sunflower seeds and chia, this is certainly one of the tastiest and healthiest snacks or cereals you'll enjoy - and not just on Halloween.

$7.99   12.5 oz

Appetite for Healthy Living, LLC
www.purelyelizabeth.com

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Purely Elizabeth: Ancient Grain Granola Cereal
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