So Delicious' Coconut Yogurt, I was curious to see if I'd be able to find another vegan yogurt I liked better. So, when I saw that our local market had Almond Dream Mixed Berry Yogurt, I decided to give it a shot.
Boy, was that the right decision. I really liked this product. The texture was thicker and creamier than the So Delicious one, and it had a pleasant berry flavor. Also, the list of ingredients are a little more palatable on the Almond Dream product, with less artificial ingredients. I will definitely be trying the other flavors!
One day, I'd love to go to the Candle Cafe in New York City. I read about it in Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet, and the food sounds delectable. Needless to say, I was intrigued when I spotted Candle Cafe vegan entrees in the Whole Foods Frozen Foods section. I decided to try two of them, the Seitan Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce and the Vegan Macaroni & Cheese.
The Candle Cafe meals are almost all certified organic (the mac and cheese being an exception), non-dairy and non-GMO. In addition to the two I bought, there's also a Tofu Spinach Ravioli and a Ginger Miso Stir-Fry.
Since I'm getting ready to head to a conference on Friday, I don't have a lot of me-friendly food in the fridge right now. So, I decided to try the Seitan Piccata. It was a mixed bag for me. Now, I'm familiar with food styling, but I was surprised how little seitan there was in the dish compared to the picture on the box. Also, I should have heeded the package directions and stirred the meal midway through cooking, because the sauce wasn't really evenly distributed. Occasionally, I would get a huge hit of lemon. I will say that I liked the texture of the spinach and rice blend. Though there is a small amount of soy in this, I'm passed the window for an allergic reaction at this point, which means it was a small enough amount to be tolerable, or that my theory that I can tolerate non-GMO soy is correct (we'll be testing that theory soon!).
From a nutrition standpoint, we also have a mixed result. We've got 12 grams of protein, which is good. However, we also have 920 mg of sodium, which is 38% of the DV. Now, when you consider the DV is based on a 2,000 calorie diet, and that some experts are saying that the previous 2,400 mg daily value is too high, that's a big sodium hit. Sure, I know that processed foods are going to have a higher sodium level than home cooking. But still - ouch.
Also, after a pretty vigorous yoga class tonight (lots of core work and balancing!), a 210 calorie meal isn't really enough to satisfy me. So, I'm off to forage in the fridge to supplement it.