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Wildwood Probiotic Soyogurt

Before I gave up dairy products, I was a big fan of Greek yogurt because it was high in protein and contained very little sugar (I stuck to the plain variety). Ever since I became vegan, I have been struggling to find a non-dairy yogurt that met my high standards. And I have tried a lot of them!

Most of the flavored soy yogurts (and even some plain, like Whole Soy & Co) I have tried have sugar grams at least in the double digits (some even in the 20’s). I’ve tried just about every brand of soy yogurt on the market.

I even tried coconut milk yogurt but I really did not care for it at all. Since my last container of plain soy yogurt ran out, I had sort of given up and decided to take a break from yogurt for a while.

But then I found another brand, Wildwood, at a local health food store and I knew I had to give it a try.

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The first flavor I had was blueberry (16g sugar):

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This one was pretty good. A bit on the sweet side but I felt that it went very well with my blueberry granola 🙂

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Then strawberry (17g sugar):

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This one was okay too, just as sweet as the blueberry, maybe a little moreso. You know how when you eat really sweet yogurt it sort of stays with you (like an aftertaste)? Yeah.

I also tried the vanilla, which managed to escape the camera. It was actually sweeter than the first two flavors I tried (21g sugar, good Lord). I didn’t care much for this one at all, it was pretty overwhelming. I was surprised it had more sugar than the other two.

And then finally…drumroll please…

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This is THE BEST SOY YOGURT I’VE EVER HAD which contains just 4g sugar and 6g protein! I apparently saved the best for last. It was so creamy and to me tasted even better than the overpowering sweetness of the other three flavors.

This is my perfect vegan yogurt. It also boasts 5g fiber!

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I am beyond thrilled. I had heard of this product before but I did not know anywhere in Louisville sold this brand since they don’t seem to carry it at Whole Foods (although they do have Wildwood Probiotic drinks there). I sort of found it by accident one leisurely Saturday while out shopping!

But I will be making more trips to Amazing Grace to pick up some more of this stuff. I can’t wait to make overnight oats with it 😉

Healthier baked beans

As many of you know, two of my favorite meals are beans with rice and a sweet potato covered in baked beans!

However, when I started the 30 Day whole foods challenge, I knew there had to be a better choice out there than the usual baked beans I buy, which contain a lot of sugar (both brown and regular) and sodium.

Aside from making them myself, I found the next best thing! Healthier canned baked beans 🙂

These beans are made with the following ingredients: Organic Navy Beans, Water, Organic Sorghum, Organic Tomato Puree, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Mustard Seed, Organic Onion, Organic Spices, Sea Salt.

They contain significantly less sugar (6g as opposed to 12, per serving) and sodium (130 mg vs. 550)!

These Eden beans also have slightly more protein and fiber. It took a little getting used to at first because I was so hooked on the “sweet” taste of the Bush’s beans, but now that I’ve had these a few times, I prefer them — plus you can’t beat the nutritional upgrade!


They are a little more expensive per serving than some other brands out there. I think this 15 oz. can ran me about $2.49, while a larger, 28 oz can of Bush’s costs me $1.75 on average.

But, for my health and peace of mind, it was well worth it.

What healthier foods are you willing to pay more for?

Note: I bought this product with my own money and was not paid to review it for the company.

Gnu bars

I received a package that included all five flavors of Gnu Bars from Amanda after winning a giveaway on her site Two Boos Who Eat. Please check out her blog if you never have 🙂

This was a while ago and it has taken me a while to get to reviewing these, but here we go!

First, I’d like to point out that these bars are very impressive when it comes to fiber content. Each one contains 12 grams, which for most of us, is half of our daily requirement! Usually to get this much fiber a bar would have more calories (or lots of fake ingredients) but each bar contains just between 130-150 calories. See how Gnu bars stack up compared to other convenience foods. The Gnu bars also contain no HFCS, hydrogenated oils or added sugars. That is refreshing news!

Now, let’s talk about taste…

Cinnamon Raisin Bar

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This was the very first one I tried and definitely my favorite of the bunch. It reminded me a lot of an oatmeal raisin cookie and I’m finding more and more that cinnamon raisin is one of my favorite flavors these days. This bar worked great as a mid-morning snack and I would definitely like to try this one again.

Peanut Butter Bar

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As a fan of all things peanut butter flavored, this bar left much to be desired. It was okay but I guess I have been spoiled with other really great peanut butter bars that this one just didn’t measure up. I also tried to eat this as an afternoon snack between lunch and dinner and it ended up being a major fail. What I’ve learned is that in the afternoons, to keep hunger at bay, I really need protein. This bar only contains 4 grams 😦

Chocolate Brownie Bar

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Major blech! I did not find this to taste anything near a chocolate brownie. It tasted much like a chocolate flavored fiber bar. I was hoping for more like a Clif Z bar taste, which to me has the best chocolate brownie bar on the market. This was also eaten as an after lunch snack, since I unfortunately didn’t learn my lesson the first time. I think the main problem is I am very much over eating chocolately bars 😦

Orange Cranberry bar

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This one was pretty decent and the orange flavor (and smell) had a way of waking me up, which I always enjoy about orange flavored things (their refreshing quality). I think it is a characteristic of citrus in general. This one wasn’t my favorite of the bunch but I would definitely try it again as it was light and fruity, but not too much, which is always enjoyable to me.

And last but not least…I think…

Banana Walnut Bar

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Sadly, I was not able to try this bar. I took it with me to work and when I opened it, the bar itself was covered in dust (ew) and the package said it had expired 2 days prior. I guess that is the price you pay for not having those nasty preservatives in your food but I was a bit disappointed, since I’m also a big fan of banana-flavored things. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to try this one again in the future.

Overall

I have to say that overall, even with their impressive fiber content, I was not blown away by the Gnu bars. I think they would be an excellent way to get some fiber, for those of you who might be struggling to meet the daily requirement, but since I do not need them for that purpose, I see no need to get them in the future. The only flavor that really tasted great to me was the Cinnamon Raisin so I may purchase that one and I still want to give the Banana Walnut a fair shot, so we’ll see.

But, I think for now, I will stick to what I like and be grateful for the opportunity (for free) to know that I did not like these very much.

Thanks again, Amanda! Good luck with the wedding 🙂