So Many Products, So Little Time

It’s probably no secret that I absolutely love product reviews. I’ve done them a few times on my blog and I also like reading them on other blogs so I know what’s worth trying out and what’s not. It’s so much fun trying out new things and since I know a lot of you like product reviews too, I like to be able to share my unbiased opinions.

Lately I’ve been able to buy more new products and test them out, so I’m gonna share a bunch of them right now!

So Delicious Unsweetened Almond Plus

Like I mentioned in my last WIAW post, I’ve been trying out different almond milks lately. I’ve had my eye on this one since I first heard about it, but had yet to see it anywhere until my mom made a stop at Walmart and I noticed it there. Yep, Walmart of all places has a pretty decent selection of almond milks. Who knew? I opted for this one instead of the Silk unsweetened vanilla I was planning on getting since this one seems to be pretty rare. I like that it’s unsweetened, has some vitamins (not enough calcium though, boo!) and even has 5 grams of protein per cup. I always need a little extra protein and since I don’t do soy milk much anymore, it’s great to find an almond milk that has some. It’s fairly thick for almond milk, and makes a great addition to smoothies or with cereal. I just wish they’d come out with an unsweetened vanilla kind.

Carrot cake smoothie made with So Delicious Almond Plus.

Ohgave! Honey Vanilla Agave Syrup

If you’re vegan and miss honey (I still have raw honey from time to time, as I don’t believe it harms the bees) this agave is perfect for you! I honestly wish it had more of a vanilla taste, but that’s just me. It’s the perfect drippy syrup consistency, so it works great on pancakes. I bought it because I wanted a cheaper alternative to real maple syrup and it’s great for recipes too that call for maple syrup. The company has several other flavored agaves, including blueberry, but I passed on that because it’s not as versatile as honey vanilla. I would love to try it when I run out of this one though.

Peanut flour chocolate chip pancakes drizzles with Ohgave! honey vanilla agave.

Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter

Even though it’s a local-ish company (from Boulder) I’ve never tried Justin’s nut butters. I know, I know, I’m crazy. They just never appealed to me because I prefer nut butters without added sugar or oil. However, when I saw the mini squeeze-pack of the vanilla almond butter in the Whole Foods aisle when I was checking out, I couldn’t pass it up (especially since it was just 99 cents). It tastes basically like frosting in nut butter form so it’s a definite repeat buy!

Rising Moon Organics Artichoke & Olive Ravioli

I first tried their butternut squash ravioli for Christmas Eve dinner and fell in love. I was never a huge ravioli lover as a kid, but the vegan kinds are actually super delish. I am obsessed with artichokes and olives so I knew this kind would be perfect for me. They cooked up fast and were yummy, if not strongly flavored. The insides were soft and purple, which was a little weird, but still good. I want to try their gnocchi next, since I’ve never had gnocchi before.

Rising Moon Organics vegan ravioli (not the artichoke olive one) with peanut sauce and roasted asparagus.

So Delicious Cookies ‘N Cream Almond Milk ice cream

I’ve also been on the lookout for this since So Delicious introduced almond milk ice creams a few months ago. I love Almond Dream’s cappuccino swirl almond milk ice cream but the So Delicious flavors sounded even better. I will admit I’ve been drooling over their line of coconut milk ice creams (you can’t tell me turtle trails and pomegranate chip don’t sound heavenly) but I’m scared to death of anything with coconut because of the high saturated fat content. It’s a fear I want to conquer, though, because a lot of vegan items contain coconut and from what I remember, it’s delicious. Anyways, I finally found the So Delicious almond milk ice creams at the Whole Foods I rarely go to since it’s on the other side of town. It was well worth the trip (and the 4 bucks) for this pint of deliciousness. I’ve always preferred cookies ‘n cream to cookie dough flavored things, and this version was totally creamy and cookie-packed without being overwhelming. In half a cup it only has 7 grams of sugar plus 5 grams of fiber. Try finding that in dairy ice cream! I’m excited to try the mint chip and mocha almond fudge flavors next. Who am I kidding, I want to try them all!

Whole Foods vegan chocolate chip cookie

I’ve always wanted to try Whole Foods vegan baked goods but since I usually shop there with my parents, I was never able to convince them to shell over a few bucks for a cookie or muffin. I like baking things myself, but when I can find relatively healthy vegan treats for a pretty low price, I’m there. When I made a quick solo stop at Whole Foods last week (when I got the vanilla almond butter and almond milk ice cream) I also bought one of their vegan chocolate chip cookies for just 99 cents. For just 170 calories, this cookie is thick, huge and delicious. Mine wasn’t as soft as I would have liked, but a quick spin in the microwave took care of that. You wouldn’t even know it’s vegan, because it’s just that good.

Do you prefer cookies ‘n cream or cookie dough? What’s the best new product you’ve bought lately?

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20 thoughts on “So Many Products, So Little Time

  1. Alexandra says:

    YUM!!! All of these new products sound fab! 🙂 I’ve got my sights set for that Honey Vanilla Agave Syrup mmm

  2. Oh my gosh,I loveall of the products you’ve tried recently!
    I would DIE to try Justin’s Vanilla almond butter; I love vanilla more than anything,but they don’t ship to Germany & it’s not sold on iHerb. 😦
    Also,I wish Germany would be more into these almond-products. I’d much rather like to buy almond milk instead of soy or dairy because I think it would be much easier to handle for my stomach… Plus,that ice cream sounds fabulous! I’m rather a cookie dough person,though,but never mind – Cookies’n’Cream is great as well!
    Oh,and definitely try the gnocchi – gnocchi are one of my faves,they’re super delicious,really! 🙂

    • I hope Germany gets some of these products soon so you can try them out! The Justin’s nut butter is pretty new and hard to find even over here to hopefully iHerb will start stocking it soon. It’s soooooo amazing!

  3. I’m not a fan of harder cookies either! I always under bake mine! That ice cream sounds delicious! Justin’s is my all time favorite nut butter brand. I’ve tried their chocolate hazelnut (!!!), maple almond, and honey peanut and loved them all. I gotta be on the lookout for the vanilla almond cause it sounds amazing! And I can’t believe you’ve never had gnocchi. It’s heavenly! So try it asap 🙂

  4. YOU! I am all about “carrot cake smoothies” and never knew we shared a love. I freeze my carrot juice in the ice cube trays. I always have some on hand.

    Okay, so I wanted to comment that…if you have seen the new Fklax milk they have at whole foods — I tried it and love it. They only have plain unsweetened but it’s all good right? add your own.

    http://www.goodkarmafoods.com/flax-milk-original

    *I had to comment because I know you love product reviews (0;

  5. I really like Cookies and Cream ice cream! My favorite has to be the TCBY English Toffee frozen yogurt though. It’s great :). I can’t wait until I have a whole foods close by!

    • Ooh English toffee? I just ordered some liquid stevia in that flavor and I might have to try making my own almond milk ice cream using that!

      Whole Foods is the best. I always find so many new and cool products there. The only problem is I really have to watch my wallet when I go there and try to only go once a week at the most just for things I can only get there!

  6. I’m obsessed with Justin’s almond butters! The maple is oh-so-good! I had my first SO delicious almond milk ice cream bar at a race expo last weekend, and it was way better than I thought it would be. Now I want a whole box.

  7. Vanilla almond butter!??! How is it that I have not tried this yet? Oh my word I am on the hunt now, that is for sure 🙂 The other products you tried look great too… i am going to be looking for the agave stuff too! I am a much bigger fan of cookies and cream, always have and always will

  8. sarah says:

    Okay, I’m just going to basically skim over this- NONE of these products are available to me and I’m waaaay jealous.

    But I just have to say through personal consumption and lots of research- coconut is GOOD for you. Not only is some sat fat necesarry-but the type found in coconut is used by the body in different beneficial ways (good for the metabolism!), compared to say the fat in bacon or greasy burgers. How could something natural , grown on trees be bad for you anyway? Plus it is pretty tasty :).
    Xxx

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