Reviews

Product Snapshot: Cobram Extra-Virgin Olive Oils

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: Cobram, Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Product Snapshot, review, Taste test

Product Snapshot: Cobram Extra-Virgin Olive Oils

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) adds its own special magic to any dish. Full of tantalising flavour and aroma, it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids. EVOO is the central component of the Mediterranean Diet which continues to top the charts for its longevity powers. It boasts a higher level of polyphenol antioxidants than regular olive oils and I love it drizzled over ripe tomatoes with basil or in a vinaigrette salad dressing. When I received a box of five fresh new season oils from Cobram, I invited a couple of foodie friends to do a blind olive oil tasting. Here’s how we rated the oils.

Product Snapshot: Hansells' All Natural Soup

on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: flavours of the East, Hansells' soup, Product Snapshot, review, soup

Product Snapshot: Hansells' All Natural Soup

Guest post by Kathryn Hawkins (MDiet, APD,AN)

At the end of a long day there’s nothing more comforting than sitting down to a steaming bowl of soup. It really does seem to hit the spot! Hansells Food Group has released its new ‘All Natural Soup’ range with flavours from around the world. Packaged in rustic, wholesome-looking pouches and cups, with a panel across the front stating “100% Natural, no preservatives, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian” it certainly piqued my curiosity! So I decided to check them out for ease of preparation, nutritional profile and, of course, taste!

Product Snapshot – Popcorners Snack food

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: chips, corn, Product Snapshot, review, snack, snack food

Product Snapshot – Popcorners Snack food

Can’t say “No” to a handful of potato crisps? Love the crunch of corn chips? Then you may well like the healthier option of Popcorners. Dubbed as “the new shape of popcorn” and “popped corn chips”, these triangle-shaped, crunchy chips are a lower-fat alternative to the humble potato chip but they’re not without their drawbacks. Here’s how I found them in a taste-test …

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: barley, barleymax, brown rice, healthy eating, Product Snapshot, review, rice

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

White rice – it’s bland, easy to eat, quick to cook, inexpensive and able to take on the flavours of anything. While it’s a nice counterpoint to other strong flavours, such as curries and spicy fare, white rice is not a nutritionist’s choice having been stripped of its nutrient-rich outer coat during milling. It’s high in refined carbs, high GI with little fibre and B vitamins for its digestion. Brown rice is the way to go …

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: breakfast, breakfast cereals, fibre, healthy eating, high fibre, muesli, review

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Better known for its puffs, pops, flakes and sugary cereals, Kellogg's has never gone into the muesli market. It's copped a lot of criticism for its pre-sweetened cereals aimed at kids and recently for its liquid breakfasts so I was quite surprised to receive a sample of its new High-Fibre Muesli under the better-for-you All-Bran brand which has long held reign as the cereal you reach for when you want the most fibre.

Product Snapshot - Five:AM organic sweetened yoghurt

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: breakfast, dessert yoghurt, healthy eating, Liquid breakfast, Product Snapshot, review, yoghurt

Product Snapshot - Five:AM organic sweetened yoghurt

I love yoghurt! I eat it with my breakfast muesli and any time I feel like a decent snack. Oh, and served with strawberries, blueberries and passionfruit as a quick summer dessert. I keep being impressed with the flavour and ingredients in this organic yoghurt called “FIVE:AM”, that I found at the supermarket. So I thought I’d delve deeper ...

Product Snapshot: Sanitarium’s Fibre Start Drink

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: almonds, breakfast, fibre, healthy eating, high fibre, Liquid breakfast, milk, Product Snapshot, review, soy, soy milk

Product Snapshot: Sanitarium’s Fibre Start Drink

With claims such as “Fibre made easy” and “One-third of your daily fibre in a glass”, this new milk sounds soooo appealing to anyone who hates 'brown' fibrous food like 'branny', chaff-like cereal, smelly cabbage or heavy dark bread. But how does it stack up for real fibre? And what does it taste like? Really.

Product Snapshot – Simply Nature’s Fresh Wholemeal Bread using 7 ingredients

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 10 July 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: 7 ingredients, Product Snapshot, review, Wholemeal bread

Product Snapshot – Simply Nature’s Fresh Wholemeal Bread using 7 ingredients

I recently noticed a bread I hadn’t seen before in my local supermarket. What caught my eye was the tag-line – 7 Ingredients. Take a look at the bread in your pantry and I’m guessing you’ll find anywhere between 11 and 20+ ingredients including emulsifiers and preservatives etc! I decided to give Simply Nature’s Fresh Wholemeal Sandwich a go and see how well it stacked up for taste, texture and keeping power with other wholemeal loaves I’ve bought.