Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Zevia and Stonyfield Greek review

The first thing I would like to review is Stonyfield Greek yogurt in caramel flavor. It is organic, 110 calories, 10 grams of protein, and an unfortunate 16 grams of sugar. It was super yummy. I was worried it would be like some honey Greek yogurts I've tried that taste of not a whole lot and some too thick cream cheese sour cream yogurt, but there was an abundance of caramel and relatively thin. Bonus, it didn't have that strong cheese taste I associate (and dislike) with Greek yogurt. It would be fantastic with a sliced apple and I think that is exactly how I will eat the remainder of the pack since diet-wise it's garbage at 16 grams of sugar per serving. As new wave Cookie monster would say it is a sometimes snack.

 Full disclosure: I freaking love caffeinated diet soda. I would guzzle it all day if it didn't rot you from the inside out. I am not a fan of real soda, I genuinely enjoy artificially sweetened things, your taste buds may enjoy different things than mine. That being said the second review I have for you is for Zevia the stevia sweetened soda. I had/have a powerful love of caffeine, we get along like chocolate and I do. Ever since we went gmo-free I needed caffeine that was portable so I purchased two flavors of Zevia: Dr. Zevia (not pictured) and Cream Soda. My other half and I both found Dr. Zevia off putting (he does not like diet soda). I thought the carbonation was off and the flavor reminded me of Dr. Pepper Jelly Bellies that had been boiled. However Cream Soda is pretty awesome. It is super bubbly which I enjoy in a soda and I feel like the flavor was spot on. I have had much worse cream soda (one of the few I will go non-diet for). I got them for 3/$10 normally $5 a six pack. They aren't particularly economical, but it's a healthier option to an unhealthy habit.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Swatches for Big Lots haul 7/27

Maybelline color show in Sapphire's Masquerade is a three coater for sure. I love the multiple colors of glitter. Next Big Lots trip I'll have to try another color.

 The Aqua polish is called Kendall on the Katwalk by Nicole for OPI and it's very thick and sandy. There is massive amounts aqua, purple, and blue micro glitter and it has great coverage. How can you go wrong for $2?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Big Lots makeup haul

Big Lots always pays off in spades, I spent a total of $6 on the whole kit and kaboodle. I love the lipstick and how can you beat those glitter polishes for 1.00 each! I love Big Lots. I'll post swatches later!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Melt in your mouth venison cube steak

This afternoon I wanted to get creative in the kitchen. My grandfather gave me a huge box of frozen venison that needs to get eaten before hunting season and I chose the cube steak to thaw out. I had a random can of Amy's organic chunky soup that was unappealing as is, but made a fantastic cooking medium and so I hatched a plan. I combined the soup, pasta sauce garlic, cube steak and pink salt in a baking dish and added some parmesan cheese foiled it and baked it for 3 hours at 300 degrees. It was so soft and good. Next time I want to use the Wolfgang Puck roasted red pepper tomato  soup instead. That soup has a killer flavor and it's great with meat.

I took the leftover liquid and poured it into the small crockpot with a little extra salt and enough baby carrots to soak it up. I'll probably ignore it on low for 6 plus hours. They'll be great for work tomorrow with the leftover steak.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

More Organic or GMO free food reviews

First on the list is Horizon Organic Sour Cream, something we sorely missed, but was hard to find. I finally found some at Harris Teeter for about $3.29 and it's very good
It's not incredibly thick and it has the texture of slightly thicker yogurt and the taste is mild and pleasant. It lasts about a week in our house, as we love to dip our Quorn nuggets in it and it goes fantastically with our frozen organic broccoli. I have been concerned that Quorn in the US has gmos and I have contacted the company to see if this is true. I misread thinking the Aussie site was the US one when I checked before buying the Quorn. Quorn tastes incredible and I will be very disappointed (but not surprised) if the US version is crap.

Something much less disappointing was Mama Francesca Parmesan cheese no GMOs and gluten-free
We tried both the garlic and the basil one and they are awesome. I used a ton of the Kraft one, and I mean a ton. Mama Francesca has such a bold flavor and great taste that it goes a long way. I already picked up 4 more. Walmart had them on rollback for 2.98 and they had 55cents try me coupons on them so I couldn't resist. I also saw them at Harris Teeter for 3.50ish normal price. I haven't even made it through one yet. It's great on veggies, even better in pasta and soup.

The last review for the day is for Nature's Bakery Fig Bars we tried the normal and the blueberry.
They are very very dense, and while the normal fig flavor is good the blueberry ones taste like muffiny heaven. They are filling which is always a plus, because I am always hungry!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Organic and gmo-free food reviews

I went organicish, full tilt no gmo, no nothing. I bring my water with me where ever I go and I don't drink city water to avoid pineal gland crushing fluoride. This is not entirely new to me, but grocery shopping for the first time was daunting as I have grown accustomed to buying what was cheap. The prices made me cringe and I was sweating from lack of coupons, but I boldy went forth. Here are some of the best things we found at Walmart in Lancaster SC a stones throw from the house:

Blue Diamond Almond milk, $2.45 with coupons that can be found anywhere, no gmos, comes in chocolate too! It is worth noting that Silk also is gmo free including their soy milk, but this is what I buy because my other half prefers it. I enjoy them all.

We love love loved the Clif Crunch bars @ $2.95 for 5 packs of two what's not to love? The best flavors for our twosome were the White Chocolate Macadamia and the Chocolate Chip, they are in the vien of those crunchy honey and oats bars, but way better. Don't let my recommendation deter you from other flavors we also bought the Chocolate Peanut ones and they were yum too. The bars aren't totally organic, but gmos are my main concern and the entire Clif product line is gmo-free. A bonus, because I love the White Chocolate Macadamia Luna bars mmm.

Amy's Organic Soups for $2.12 a can, how could you beat that? I'll tell you, you can't.
Our family is a big fan of the No- Chicken Noodle and the Black Bean Veggie. A bit on the sodiumy side, but what are you gonna do? At least there isn't toad dna in it anywhere.

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt $3.29ish. Let me be frank, I find this yogurt distasteful when eaten as is, that being said I use a freakish amount of it because it is amazing in so many other ways. I buy the plain, it tastes like watery sour cream, when combined with the following this yogurt shines: Crumbled Clif bars, Annie's Bunnies Mac and Cheese (I use no butter, no milk, just yogurt. It's dank, do it, do it now), sourcream sub in hashbrown casserole, and with red sauce to become pink sauce. It's good do stuff with it.

Kettle Brand Chips are expensive, but gmo free and delicious. 

Those weird organic pop tarts whose name escapes me were only $2.50 there, instead of $5 at Harris Teeter. They taste like, well, shitty pop tarts, but I suppose there's no real way to replicate that laboratory cherry taste in a way that won't cause your blood to clot. They are totally edible, and instead of shamefully devouring a whole box like I might their artificial counterparts, I have ended on a single tart. A first in Brett history.

Earthbound baby spinach is delicious sauteed with garlic (one of the few organic produce items I can afford at $.50 a head)

I will post more reviews as we try more things.