Sunday, December 22, 2013

So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurts

I've enjoyed So Delicious coconut milk yogurt for quite some time now. All flavors are delicious, but my favorite is vanilla. It's so creamy and tasty, just the right balance of sweet and tart, and smooth just like dairy yogurt.

I am only able to find the vanilla flavor at the grocery store that's by my work rather than the one that's by my house. When my boyfriend went grocery shopping the other day he saw these new Greek style yogurts from So Delicious and picked up some almond milk vanilla flavored ones and some coconut milk blueberry flavored ones.

As you can see in the photos below, the containers are very similar. The shape is a bit different, however, and the Greek-style seems a bit thicker plastic construction. The Greek yogurt has Greek bordering / symbols on the label and is not the same circular shape when looking at the container from above as the regular coconut milk yogurts. There are some other minor differences, but it would be easy to pick up one for the other as a mistake if in a rush and not paying close enough attention.

The Greek style almond milk yogurt is definitely thicker than the regular style coconut milk yogurts. The texture is still very creamy and, to me, it seems like a mix between yogurt and pudding as far as consistency and appearance (see photo below). The vanilla yogurt has a bit of a chalky after taste to me. While the taste is not overwhelming, there are certainly more preferable varieties I would choose rather than the vanilla Greek style almond milk yogurt.

On the other hand, the blueberry flavored coconut milk Greek style yogurt is very delicious with no after taste. It still has a smooth, slightly thicker consistency (still much like a combination of pudding and yogurt). I think the coconut milk works a little better for yogurt than almond milk since coconut milk is naturally slightly bitter, just like dairy yogurt.

Overall, I will stick to occasionally buying the So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla flavored yogurt, as that's my favorite. Unfortunately, I can only buy it sporadically (especially when I have coupons!!) as it's a bit too expensive for my budget. : (

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Yves Veggie Breakfast Patties: Baby-approved, Vegan-approved, and Mom-approved... But not Boyfriend-approved!

The first time I tried Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Breakfast Patties was at LOVELY Great Sage (click the Great Sage link to check out their menu!) in Clarksville, Maryland. They were quite tasty!

Unfortunately, I cannot find this product in any local grocery store; however, my boyfriend works in Maryland and I have family and friends in Baltimore, so I often pass through Frederick and Baltimore and can visit Wegman's, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes... I picked up a pack of 8 which contains 4 servings (package total is 8 ounces [227 grams] with two breakfast patties per serving).

When looking at the nutritional value of the product, yes, as most things, it has high sodium, but each patty has only 40 calories! A full serving (two patties) is only 80 calories and has 10 grams of protein, lots of B vitamins, and other vitamins and nutrients as well, including two grams of fiber and zero cholesterol (like all vegan foods, of course). Because of its total fat of only 1.5 grams per serving with zero saturated or trans fat and zero cholesterol, it's good for the heart. (Cruelty free is good for the heart as well!) Soy protein and wheat gluten (the same food product from which seitan is made) are the main ingredients as well as seasonings. I like to add a lot of garlic and some pepper to mine as well as a touch of sage and pan fry it in a small amount of olive oil and vegan butter. The product is not bland, but I typically like a lot of flavor in my foods.

I found the texture a bit softer than I desired, but just frying the patties a few minutes extra makes them crispy and more satisfying, in my opinion. Keep in mind, though, that my opinion of texture and taste has absolutely no relevance when compared to "real meat" since I have not eaten a dead animal corpse in over twenty years...

This product is considered a "GreenChoice" as the outer packaging is printed on material that is "100% Recycled, 100% Clean Energy, 100% Carbon Neutral" according to the package. It's all-around good for the Earth!

As far as who liked and who didn't like them (the title of the blog), my boyfriend (30 year old vegetarian) is very picky, but to each their own. Not every person on this planet will enjoy this product. It's a reality. But look at who DID enjoy it: me (mid-30's vegan), my mom (almost 60 years old and a meat-eater), and my great nephew (almost a year old and raised with meat-eaters). So that's quite a range of tastes, ages, and experiences, and 75% of those who consumed this product that day like it. Also, I bet I could make this product again, tell my boyfriend it's another brand and just modify how it's cooked a bit (such as making it crispier and seasoning it a bit differently) and he'd probably like it the second time he tries it!

Anyway, I definitely like Yves Veggie Breakfast Patties and think this product is a good value. I'll buy it again and highly recommend it!

YVES Veggie Breakfast Patties YVES Vegan Sausage Baby Approved! YVES with Tofu Scramble and Vegan English Muffins -- with vegan butter, of course!

** Sorry for the crappy amateur pictures! I'm not good at taking and editing photos. **