The simple pleasures of enjoying a bowl of cereal with milk has returned to my life recently, thanks to a line of shelf-stable, plant-based milks from Koita, a natural foods company based in Italy (check out my review of Koita’sOrganic Coconut Milk at This Link). This week I am reviewing Koita Oat Milk, made from Italian oats and water, and fortified with vitamins and calcium. I’ve reviewed oat milk-based beverages on the blog before and found them to be quite delicious, and ideal as a milk-substitute in smoothies and shakes, thanks to its creamy texture that’s very similar to dairy milk.
When Covid dictated a shift from working at an office to working from home, my daily routine changed in many ways. One small but significant shift involved what I regularly enjoyed eating for breakfast each morning while sitting at my desk. The office pantry always stocked fresh milk in the fridge for our coffee or cereal, so it was super convenient (and saved me a few bucks) to keep a box of my favorite cereal — Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins, available at Trader Joe’s — at work. At home, I rarely purchase dairy milk because it basically starts to go bad as soon as it’s packaged, and it’s easy to forget to use it up before the expiration date hits. Needless to say (but you can see I am about to) when I started working from home — one year ago — I stopped eating packaged breakfast cereal entirely. That changed recently, when I found out about Koita, a line of shelf-stable, plant-based milks from Italy! Today I’m going to review Koita Organic Coconut Milk, which has brought the joy of breakfast cereal back into my life.
I will be the first person to admit that I am not the most creative home cook, so having seriously-restricted access to restaurant-prepared meals means I am fighting food boredom. While I’m relying more than ever on the amazing frozen food section at my local Trader Joe’s, I’m also exploring my ability to make tasty rice and pasta dishes with minimal effort. When it comes to pasta, the more cheese, the better, so Parmesan cheese is always in my pantry. Now, vegans and others following a dairy-free diet can also enjoy the cheesy, umami flavor of Parmesan with Parma! Vegan Parmesan seasoning.
See The Goodness. Left: Garlicky Green Parma, Right: Regular Parma
The folks at Sister River Foods, makers of Parma! recently sent me two different varieties of this versatile seasoning blend to review for the blog, and I can’t believe how much I love it. Parma is the original plant-based parmesan; a dairy-free, protein-rich condiment ideal for use on pasta, pizza, salad, vegetables, popcorn, avocado toast and most other main dishes and savory foods. Parma is made from only natural ingredients including superfoods such as nutritional yeast, Himalayan crystal salt, organic sunflower seeds (clearly identifiable in the above photo) and organic hemp seeds, among other healthy ingredients.
Garlicky Green Parma! – Distinguished by a cheesey umami Italian herb flavour complemented by nutritiously delicious kelp, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Ingredients: Nutritional Yeast, Organic SunflowerSeeds, Walnuts, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Dried Garlic, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Kelp Powder, Organic Dried Basil, Organic Dried Oregano.
And two more I would love try!
Better Than Bacon Parma! – Voted Favorite Bacon Flavored Product by VegNews and featuring a smokey cheesey umami bacon flavor. Ingredients: Nutritional Yeast, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Ground Paprika, Organic Dried Onion, Natural Flavor, Organic Brown Sugar, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Smoked Salt, Organic Hemp Seeds.
Chipotle Cayenne Parma! – Blessed with a smokey umami flavor akin to the most popular barbeque potato chips, with a slight cayenne kick at the end. Ingredients: Nutritional Yeast, Organic SunflowerSeeds, Walnuts, Organic Ground Chipotle Pepper, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Ground Cayenne Pepper.
A generous dusting of Garlicky Green Parma!on hot pasta elevates the flavor of your favorite sauce, and creates an exciting contrast of textures as the crunchy seeds mix with the tender pasta. Absolutely delicious.
Here, I have seasoned my breakfast of a cheese omelet and a scoop of cottage cheese with Original Parma! The Parma! was especially helpful in adding much-needed flavor enhancement to the cottage cheese, because I had accidentally purchased the unsalted variety — which otherwise, honestly, tastes of nothing. Thanks, Parma!
Founded in 2004, Parma! has steadily grown to its current status as a leader in the dairy-free cheese alternative arena and a key player in the multi-billion-dollar global vegan food category. Looking back on the origins of the Parma! brand, Sister River Foods’ co-founder and CEO Shannon Schnibbe recalls that it all started as the result of her severe allergies and effort to find foods that might give her relief. Introduced to raw foods, she was soon inspired to begin making what is now Parma! for herself, friends and family. After moving to Oregon and becoming pregnant with her first baby, Shannon decided to combine her passion for healthy eating with her corporate experience and turn her hobby into an actual business. The vegan parmesan revolution had begun!
Find Out more about Parma! and Sister River Foods, plus get Delicious Recipes, at This Link!
More and more it seems, food allergies or intolerances to commonly used ingredients such as nuts, wheat, soy and dairy no longer have to keep you from indulging in your favorite foods. For example, Yogurt lovers who have been missing out on this creamy treat due to a lactose intolerance can now enjoy healthy and great tasting Good Karma dairy-free yogurt, which I recently had the chance to taste test at home, after first meeting product representatives last summer at a food show.
Vegan-friendly and free of major allergens, Good Karma is versatile, creamy, fresh and delicious. This dairy free yogurt is made with flax milk (derived from cold-pressed flaxseed oil) which is a rich source of Omega-3 healthy fats. Each serving of Good Karma contains 5-6 grams of plant-based protein, plus 7 live and active cultures to aid digestion. Even better: each 6 ounce serving has only 90 calories!
As you can see by the photo above of the Blueberry variety spooned into a serving dish, Good Karma is very creamy in texture and not at all gelatinous, as is Greek-style yogurt. The fruit is already blended in, rather than being at the bottom of the cup, so you get a very consistent fruit flavor in every bite.
Good Karma Raspberry
Using plant-based milks, the company’s goal is always to create a delicious yogurt that gets as close as possible to a traditional dairy yogurt, while also being free of all major allergens, with added protein and a tangy, fruity taste that makes you smile!
Besides these three luscious fruit flavors, Good Karma dairy free yogurt also comes in comes in Plain and Vanilla varieties.
I tasted the Vanilla Good Karma at the aforementioned food show, where I was served a tasty fun yogurt parfait recipe that knocked my socks off! Find out more about Good Karma dairy-free products (made with Flax Milk, which, as you can see below, they also offer), plus get recipes like the one you see above, and download money-saving coupons good towards your first purchase of Good Karma, at this link!
Good Karma Non-Dairy Yogurt and Flax Milk Products!
The great news for people suffering from food allergies and dietary intolerances these days is that there is an exponentially growing market of specialty food products that cater to those who can’t eat dairy, nuts, gluten, soy and a laundry list of other ingredients. Hallelujah! I’m fortunate that I can eat just about anything I want, but I taste test and review a variety of specialty products for the blog. Sometimes, say with a brand like Better 4U Gluten Free Pizza, the product is just as flavorful and delicious as its non-restricted ingredient counterpart. Other time,s the specialty product might fall short in a head-to-head comparison. Such is the case with So Delicious Brand Dairy-Free Frozen Almond Milk Dessert.
I recently consumed, over the course of several days, the contents of a small container of So Delicious Brand Dairy Free Frozen Almond Milk Dessert, Cookies ‘N’ Cream variety. Was it a tasty thing? Yes, I would say so. I enjoyed eating it, but I feel like it would be dishonest of me to not call out a major claim made by So Delicious Dairy Free with regard to their product.
It is true that all of So Delicious almond milk products are soy-free, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Product Verified. They are also naturally lower in fat and calories than dairy-based frozen desserts. But with respect to their website’s claim that, “So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk frozen desserts are so smooth and creamy (emphasis mine), you’ll never miss dairy ice cream again,” my reflexive response is, “Yeah, I doubt that.”
“Creamy” is not a word I would ever use to describe this product in any way. And, trust me, there is no chance that anyone who has a memory of ever having tasted ice cream would confuse the two products. The best thing about this frozen dessert is that it has a very generous amount of Oreo Cookie chunks mixed into the product.
Bottom line: So Delicious Brand Dairy Free Frozen Almond Milk Dessert is an enjoyable, quality product for anyone whose dietary restrictions will not allow them to eat real ice cream. But don’t buy it thinking you won’t be able to tell the difference, because you will definitely be disappointed.
For more information about the So Delicious Dairy Free Product line, store locater and money saving coupons, please visit This Link.
Do you like cream cheese? I sure do. And if it’s got some fruit in it, all the better. I first heard about Daiya Dairy Free Cream Cheese Spreads at last Summer’s Food Fete and I became an instant fan!
After a bit of searching, I was recently able to locate Daiya‘s Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread at Whole Foods on 14th Street and have been enjoying it on my morning toast.
It Looks Pretty Good, Right?
This spread has an authentic, cream cheese tanginess with a not-too-sweet flavor of real strawberries mixed in. The texture is very smooth and creamy, and it spreads easily without tearing the bread — which can sometimes be an issue with regular cream cheese. Daiya also makes this spread in Plain and Chive and Onion flavors, which would be great for use in making savory party snacks!
And while it tastes great on a toasted bagel or English Muffin, it can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for Cream Cheese, so feel free to get creative! Find out more about Daiya Dairy Free cheese products — including their new Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza — plus discover amazing recipes and find out where to buy delicious Daiya products at Daiya Foods Dot Com.
Hot on the heels of the Summer Fancy Food Show, which invaded Javits Center for three days straight, our favorite seasonal gourmet food showcase, Food Fete, took place just a few blocks east of the convention center, celebrating the largest showing of food and beverage products in its nine-year history! Here are some of our favorite products from the show!
Crispy Greenmakes packaged freeze dried fresh fruit. We sampled the Freeze Dried Tangerines and were delightfully surprised to discover that this snack looks just like freshly peeled tangerine segments, except they are crunchy like chips, while maintaining the tangy taste of the fruit! Very fun!
You might be familiar with Amy’s Kitchen frozen entrees, but did you know that this company makes a comprehensive line of foods including delicious gluten-free brownies and cookies, and coconut water based frozen dessert? I had no idea! Amy’s served up a tiny brownie sundae which was very yummy.
Snake River Farms Kobe Beef Sliders were a huge hit with the meat lovers!
Daiya Dairy Free Cream Cheese style spreads come in Plain, Strawberry, and Chive & Onion flavors. The tiny cheese cakes they presented at Food Fete were especially delicious, and the Strawberry flavored spread (made with real strawberries) is to die for.