Price free – it was a gift
Serving: 22g bar
Fat: 2g – 1g saturated / 0g trans
The Score: 4 out of 5
Compared to what there is available in the UK, Canada’s selection of granola/cereal bars is pitiful and unimaginative. My roommate was kind enough to bring me more gifts and this time it was a nice little cereal bar.
I live off of snacks. If there is a satisfying snack that I can grab, I’ll do it. They’re easy to throw in my bag and open up during lecture or if I’m on the bus. It keeps my blood sugar from running too low if I’m not at home and don’t have money on me. At or even under 100 calories, they don’t make a dent in my calorific intake for the day.
I did notice that for such a small bar, the 16g of carbs is a little high. It’s also not very filling – since it is mostly just cereal. It lacks both protein and fibre so I wouldn’t think this could sustain someone for very long. It’s a snack and definitely not a meal replacement.
The Look: I put a sharpie pen next to the bar to show scale. The bar itself is only about three inches long. It’s not very big at all. But the chocolate coating covers the entire base, it’s not just a zig zag drizzle. You can see the chunks of raspberries and the different kinds of puffy rice cereal. There are also what I believe to be oat bran pieces.
The Smell: Slightly fruity. You do smell that chocolate.
The Taste: It is amazing. Fabulously sweet. The combination of the different textures – chewy fruit bits and the crunchy cereal is great. The chocolate, raspberry together balances the sweet and tangy nicely. The light cereal even contributes in making the taste not too sweet, but sweet enough that it hits the spot for a chocolate treat. It’s chewy – not at all like the stiff and often tough brick that are the Special K bars here.
The Verdict: Definitely a favorite of mine. I’m not even going to get into the cliche appropriateness of this product’s name. I wish they were sold these in Canada. With only 88 calories you can’t go wrong. My regret is only that it is so tiny and it makes me want to grab another. But it’s better than any cereal bar on the market to date here. It puts the Special K bars here to shame. It beats it in taste. You don’t even realize you’re eating a ”diet” cereal bar. If you ever get a chance to try one, I highly recommend it.
Price: $4.99/box of 10
Serving: 2 fillets (100g)
Fat: 1g – 0.1g saturated / 0g trans
Sodium: 350mg – 15%
Carbs: 20g – 7%
Fibre: 1g – 4%
The Score: 1 out of 5
I love sole and salmon. They are typically the only two types of fish I choose to eat. I especially like my dad’s homemade crunchy fillet (with the light Japanese bread crumbs). We don’t have it often since it’s not the healthiest, but when we do, pretty damn tasty. So when I was at Valu-Mart and I saw these healthy alternatives, I figured for the price, I’d give it a shot. I’m the eternal optimist and wanted to believe that even though it’s frozen fish, it might be half descent.
I was disappointed that the fillets were actually Pollock. Then again, what was I expecting for $4.99/10. Nutritionally it’s not that bad. No trans fats. If you’re worried about sodium, one serving does include 15% of daily-recommended intake and for such a small portion, it might be worth taking note of. However, it does have a respectable amount of protein. And hey – It’s Prepared Without Frying!
The Look: I put the fillets in the pre-heated oven for 16 minutes. I took them out and they didn’t quite look opaque. Since I don’t really want to get food poisoning from frozen raw fish, I threw it back into the oven for another ten minutes. I was also put off by the screaming orange mush that was between the fish and breading – I assume an amalgam of fish juices and breading… Or at least that’s what I hope. Obviously this doesn’t look appetizing. Fish was white with some dark gray/brown areas… I try to overlook some things.
The Smell: Predictably fishy… However, it’s also somewhat nauseating. The fresh fish fillets my dad cooks up never made me make this face…
The Taste: The smell and appearance made me very apprehensive. Crunchy. Slight taste of what I’m assuming is the spices. A chewing consistency. It tastes like subpar frozen fish. Now I wonder if I ate this with my nose plugged would it taste fishy at all? I’m very glad I have the immense helping of Miracle Whip. The aftertaste leaves much to be desired. There seems to be some sort of residue left over in my mouth, perhaps from the breading? Side note – the Miracle Whip is tangy.
The Verdict: It’s not very filling. I want to make a turkey sandwich right now. Obviously because it cost me $4.99 for 10 fillets I’m going to finish the box. I only have a month left of school. But I’m never buying this again. Even if it’s on sale. I’m going to brush my teeth and I’m really glad I had a salad.
Am I following a trend… I’ve made a food review blog! Unfortunately, I can’t boast any special features over any of the other blogs out there.
The only thing I am doing is reviewing food that I find at the grocery store, with somewhat reasonable nutritional value (for the most part), on a meager university student’s budget.
Sometimes it’s fabulous, sometimes it’s bold and sometimes it’s really ugly.