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Product Review: Muuna Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese Pyramid
All Photos By Gail

Hey, do you like Cottage Cheese? I sure do. I grew up in a household whose refrigerator was never without a container of cottage cheese. Because Cottage Cheese is Awesome. When I was a small child, my Mom would give me and my brother cottage cheese mixed with canned fruit as a snack, and we just loved it. Cottage Cheese with Pineapple has been a thing forever, but now Muuna, a new, innovative food company, has launched a line of healthy and delicious cottage cheese products with a variety of fresh fruit chunks already mixed in.  Attention Cottage Cheese Fans: this is cause for excitement!

Muuna is on a mission to change the way consumers think about cottage cheese, having re-imagined this dairy favorite in single-serve cups of melt-in-your-mouth creamy and protein-rich cottage cheese with delicious pieces of fruit, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Peach and Mango. Kill me! Each 5.3oz cup contains  15 grams of protein and only 130 calories. Muuna also offers its single-serve cups in Lowfat Plain, which has 19 grams of protein and 120 calories.

Blueberry Cup

Muuna Cottege Cheese with Fruit has already replaced fruited yogurt as my go-to office snack or lite breakfast. Here I am about to enjoy the Blueberry variety at my desk.

Blueberry Fruit

The above photo was minimally art directed to show the creaminess of Muuna cottage cheese. The fruit is on the bottom of the cup so you can stir it up to blend. Let;s take closer look and the blended action.

Blueberry Cottage Cheese Close Up

Mango Container

Mango is my personal favorite, because it tastes like you just cut up a fresh, sweet mango and tossed it into the container!

Muuna Peach Cottage Cheese

Look at this beautiful stuff. Just look at it. The contrast of the juicy fruit pieces and firm, tiny curds create an exceptionally delightful mouth feel that makes Muuna Cottage Cheese, dare I say it, fun to eat!

Breakfast Toast
Serving Suggestion

Here is one of my weekend breakfasts at home: a tasty cup of Muuna Strawberry Cottage Cheese, and toast with berry jam. Mmm, yummy! All Muuna products contain zero high fructose corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners, and are also free of artificial flavors and colors. Not to mention (but you can see I am about to) Muuna is gluten free and certified kosher.

Plain Varieties

Muuna has also launched two multi-serve varieties: Classic Plain Cottage Cheese, with 4% milk fat, and Lowfat Plain, with just 2% percent milk fat.

Plain Cottage Cheese Serving Suggestion

I enjoy regular Muuna Cottage Cheese by itself, and also as a side dish (or even an ingredient!) for lots of savory dishes such as Pasta and Mexican food. It is so delicious, no matter when or how you eat it!

Meatball Dinner

The New Way to Cottage

Visit Muuna online at This Link for more information on their products and to find a store in your area that sells Muuna Cottage Cheese!

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Product Review: New York Style Pita Chips!

New York Style Pita Chips Bags
Photos By Gail

In the realm of ready-to-eat snacks, but especially among seemingly endless varieties of chips, the Pita Chip is King for its ability to stand up to even the thickest, heartiest dips without breaking! But snack lovers don’t just want a sturdier chip, they want a healthier alternative, with great flavor and less fat so it’s easier to take off any extra pounds you might have put on over the holidays, amiright?  Just in time for New Years Resolutions, New York Style Pita Chips — twice baked and never fried — are here to keep your diet on point. And to keep things interesting New York Style Pita Chips has created dozens of fresh and tasty Dip and Topping Recipes to accompany their delicious Pita Chips, for healthier snacking all year long!

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip. Mmm…

Everyone loves the taste of toasted pita bread, but New York Style Pita Chips are also available in six varieties including new flavors like Ancient Grains & Flaxseed, and Chia Seeds & Quinoa, as well as popular favorites like Sea Salt, Parmesan Garlic & Herb, and Garden Fresh Ranch! Each variety of New York Style Pita Chips includes a tempting Recipe for everyone’s favorite, Spinach Artichoke Dip, right on the back of every bag. They’re the chip to dip!

New York Style Pita Chips Product
You Can See The Ranch Seasoning Right on the Chip!

Find out more about New York Style Pita Chips, including information about their other fine snack products, and where you can buy them in your neighborhood, at New York Style Dot Com!

Snack Review: Good Natured Vegetable Crisps

Good Natured Vegetable Crisps
Photos By Gail

Do you like Chips? I sure do, and I am always looking for new varieties of Chips to snack on that are not only made with natural ingredients but are also prepared in an alternate way to deep frying. At a recent food trade show, I was turned on to a new chip snack that not only tastes amazing, but is a healthier snacking choice: Good Natured Selects Baked Vegetable Crisps! Aside from the fact that each one ounce bag contains one-half serving of vegetables, these Chips are awesome on so many levels.

Good Natured Selects (a Herr Foods company) has recently introduced two new varieties of their Baked Vegetable Crisps: Regular and Ranch. The Ranch flavor, which are lightly dusted with a tangy Ranch dressing seasoning, reminds me of a Sour Cream and Onion Dip flavored chip, which goes great with light meals such as burgers and sandwiches. Both varieties of these light and crispy chips have a wonderful vegetable taste with the appealing texture of a Ridged Potato Chip — which makes them sturdy and ideal for dipping!

Good Natured Vegetable Crisps in a Bowl

Vegetable Crisps are made with Carrots, Red Bell Pepper and Spinach, and the carrots give the chip a flavor comparable to Sweet Potato Chips, which are delicious! You can actually see the bits of vegetable baked right into the chip! Another appealing quality of Good Natured snacks is that that are gluten-free. Since I had receive multiple bags of Vegetable Crisps to review, I brought them in to my office to share. One of my co-workers, who is gluten free due to Celiac Disease, was familiar with the Crisps and raved about their delicious taste, which had already made him a fan!

All Good Natured Selects products are made with no artificial ingredients or added preservatives and contain zero grams of fat. But what’s most important is that they taste great! Find out more about Good Natured Selects Baked Vegetable Crisps and other products at This Link!

Editor Showcase Presents: Snack Attack!

Editor Showcase Brands
All Photos By Gail

Here at The Gig, we are all about healthy snacking, and last month’s Editor Showcase Snack Attack event (held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square) introduced us to so many delicious new products and reacquainted us with a few old favorites. Let’s take a look at some of the tempting treats that ended up in our samples bag!

Dofino Cheeses

Arla Dofino Cheeses brought a giant gouda cheese with them while also introducing new flavors like Gouda with Chipotle (hot stuff!) and Creamy Havarti, which is especially delicious on sandwiches. I made sure to pick up their list of Casual Entertaining Tips to keep on hand for my next party, as well!

Boulder Canyon Kettle Chips

Boulder Canyon Natural Foods introduced their line of Kettle-cooked Potato Chips in popular flavors like Jalapeno Cheddar and Zesty Ranch. Attendees also sampled their Ancient Grains Snack Chips, made with a blend of 7 whole grains and seeds!

Saffron Road Chickpeas

Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas are an organic and fun snack in a variety of flavors that are inspired by World Cuisine. Plus, we love their tagline, “What the Halal?” Hilarious!

Abound Snacks

Gold Emblem Abound Snacks (a store brand of CVS Pharmacies) handed out generous gift bag samplers of some of their tasty products including Mango & Raspberry Snack Bars, Sunshine Edamame Blend and Baked Rice Thins. Get a $1 Off Coupon for any Gold Emblem Abound snack by visiting This Link!

Pasta Chips

Vintage Italia’s Pasta Chips — real pasta in a thin and crispy chip — are made with semolina flour and Italian herbs and baked with no added fats or oils. These tempting chips are then enhanced with a favorite Italian sauce-inspired flavor including a creamy, buttery Alfredo, Spicy Tomato, Garlic & Olive Oil and Marinara. Mangia!

Suddenly Salad

Of course we just reviewed Suddenly Salad’s Southwestern Grains Salad Right Here, thanks to discovering this delicious and convenient dish right at Snack Attack! Betty Crocker does it again!

Crunchmaster Chips

Here’s something I bet you haven’t seen before: Popped Edamame Chips from Crunchmaster! Eating Gluten free gets more exciting every day! Our taste buds were also delighted by the whole grain nuttiness and unequaled crunch of Crunchmaster’s Multigrain Crackers (pictured below). Best Cracker Ever? We think so! Find out more (and get a coupon) at This link!

Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers
Best. Cracker. Ever.

Pretzel Chips

Ah Pretzel Crisps — everyone I know goes insane for these Pretzel-shaped Crackers, and with good reason: they are phenomenal! So thin, so crisp, so completely addictive. New Deli Style flavors at Snack Attack included Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Honey Mustard & Onion. Also coming in 2014; tangy Greek Yogurt Crunch Flavor!

Greek Yogurt Pretzel Chips

Soy Joy Packaging

Hey, do you remember a few years ago when that commercial for Soy Joy was just everywhere? I sure do, but I just had a chance to try Soy Joy for myself at Snack Attack, and, let me tell you, it is a tasty thing! Soy Joy is an all-natural baked snack bar made with real fruit and whole ground soy beans. It comes in seven flavors including Black Cherry Chocolate (OMG), Mango Coconut, Cranberry and a Banana flavor that tastes just like Banana Bread! Very highly recommended!

Soy Joy Bars

Atkins Snack Bars

Speaking of tasty Bars, Atkins low carb diet program debuted a new line of decadent flavors of their Advantage snack and meal replacement bars in varieties like Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel, and Cookies & Cream. These may be the most indulgent calorie-conscious products since Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss snacks hit the market! De-Li-Cious!

Grace Foods Plantain Chips

Another new acquaintance made at Snack Attack is Grace Foods, a manufacturer of Caribbean and Jamaican cuisine food products, which was established in 1922! Wow! As you can see, they sell a variety of plantain chips — which are so similar to potato chips in taste but a bit heartier in texture. They are also very much on trend with their super-hydrating Coconut Water and even Coconut Oil (not pictured) which is such a hot product right now — people are even using it to condition their hair! We wish all good things to Grace Foods as they find a niche in the US specialty foods marketplace.

Grace Foods Coconut Water

Thanks As Always to the Ladies of Formula PR for the Guest List Acton! See You Next Time!

Product Review: Crispy Green’s Delicious Crispy Fruit Snack

Crispy Fruit Apple

If you assume that Freeze Dried Fruit will taste anything like Dried Fruit, prepare to have your mind blown away completely when you taste Crispy Fruit — the worlds most delicious snack that comes in a bag. Just being serious.

We have been digging on Crispy Fruit since first discovering it at Food Fete Summer 2013, so, when we ran into the folks at Crispy Green (makers of Crispy Fruit) during July’s Summer Fancy Food Show, we made sure to say pretty please when requesting a box of Crispy Fruit to review.

Crispy Fruit Assortment

Mission Accomplished.

Crispy Green freeze dried fruit snack comes in seven varieties including Apple, Asian Pear, Tangerine, Mango, Cantaloupe, Pineapple and Banana. Mmm, Crispy Banana – as much fun to say as it is to eat!

Crispy Banana
Crispy Banana

In every case, the fruit is light and crispy like a chip, but it still has a fresh fruit taste! They take all the juice out of it, but keep the flavor. Insane. How do they even do that? I do not know. The high quality packaging also locks in the “crunch,” keeping Crispy Fruit at its flavor peak.

Crispy Green Pamphlet

Crispy Fruit is the perfect way to satisfy your snack cravings while adding more fruit to your diet – all without additives or preservatives. Even kids who get fussy over having to eat fresh fruit will love Crispy Fruit! Also, it is low in calories at just 35 to 55 calories per serving! But the most important reason to try Crispy Fruit is that is just tastes so darn good!

Crispy Apple Product
Crispy Apple

I ate the above pictured Crispy Apple with a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch yesterday and it was heavenly. And doesn’t it look just like a sliced fresh apple? Sure it does.

Read more about Crispy Green and Crispy Fruit, find out where to buy it in your area and even order it online at This Link!

Snack Review: NatureBox

Nature Box Snack Selection
All Photos By Gail

Do you like to snack? I sure do. I am too lazy to wash and peel fresh fruit, so, ideally, my go-to snacks tend to be packaged and ready to serve. I generally try to snack on nuts or whole grain chips, which are convenient and delicious. But often I just become unimaginative when it comes to choosing snacks that are safe to keep in the house (i.e. not cake, a thing over which I have no self control). And then I get bored. Sigh.

Imagine my extreme feelings of good fortune then when I met up with folks at NatureBox at a recent Food Show here in NYC. NatureBox is a snacker’s dream come true, in that they offer highly customizable subscriptions to receive boxes of packaged healthy, natural and – most importantly – insanely delicious snacks each month! Snacking need never become boring again!

Nature Box Nutritional Info

You can design your NatureBox subscription to receive as few as five or as many as twenty bags of tasty snacks shipped each month right to your door! Likewise, you can also select whether you’d prefer to choose the snacks you will receive or be surprised. Personally, I like surprises, because it is like Christmas. But if there are certain foods that you don’t care for (example: Figs. I hate them) you probably want to choose your own snacks. It’s all good!

NatureBox offered Worleygig.com a free three-month Subscription and here is a rundown of all the healthy goodies that arrived in our first shipment, which we have been snacking on for the past week:

Masa Crisps

Masa Crisps: Corn Chips with Flax Seeds

If you love Fritos – the Crack of Snacks – you are going to lose your mind when you try these chips, because they are just insane. Serve them with your favorite hummus or guacamole and gain a dress size by eating all of them yourself.

Pistachio Power Clusters

Pistachio Power Clusters: Nut Squares with Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios

OMFG. Crunchy, sweet nut things. Totally Addictive. I am not sharing.

Cherry Berry Bonanza

Cherry Berry Bonanza: A Medley of Dried Cranberries, Cherries and Blueberries

Dried fruit, but especially dried Cherries and/or Cranberries, is awesome. You can be a purist and eat it out right of the bag, or throw it on top of some yogurt, ice cream, hot or cold cereal – whatever! So versatile, this Cherry Berry Bonanza is!

French Toast Granola

French Toast Granola: Maple flavored Granola with Pecans

Like the Cherry Berry Bonanza, this snack is endlessly versatile. Try it as your morning breakfast with milk and a sliced banana (old school) or mix it in with some yogurt. Or add it to a favorite cookie recipe. Or just eat it with your hand while sitting in front of the TV, which is how I roll. Love me some toasted pecan pieces.

Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals

Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals: Honey Coated Toasted Corn

You could make almost anything with corn as the primary ingredient and I would eat it, with one caveat. As a child, I often enjoyed chomping on Corn Nuts and, in adulthood, I have thousands of dollars worth of dental work to show for it! The truth is, Corn Nuts are a Dentist’s best friend. Happily, these Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals have a crunch factor comparable to, say, Wasabi Peas, so you need not fear a cracked molar. If you dig the slightly sweet taste of fresh Kettle Corn – and who doesn’t? – you will go nuts over this toasted corn snack.

NatureBox has a nearly exhaustive pantry stocked with every kind of snack you could imagine, which you can even scroll through Right Here. You could subscribe for years and never get bored because they are adding new snacks all the time!

Subscriptions to NatureBox start at just $19.95 per month, depending on how many snacks you choose to receive in each shipment. Right now, Gift Subscriptions (five snacks per box) are on sale as well: give three months of NatureBox snacks for $59.95, six months for $99.95 (discounted from $120) or twelve months for $199.95, (discounted from $240). That is some crazy savings right there.

You can also refer a friend through the NatureBox Website and not only will your friend get $10 off of their first box, but you’ll get $10 as well. Start your own NatureBox Subscription right now by visiting Nature Box Dot Com!!

Welcome to Nature Box

Snack Review: Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars
Photos By Gail (Click Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Do you like frozen desserts? I sure do. Frozen Fruit, Ice Cream, Yogurt – just put it on a stick and I’m good to go for convenient, tasty snacking! While attending the Health & Nutrition Editor Showcase event in February, I was introduced to a healthy snack called frozen Kefir from the Lifeway family of products. The folks at Lifeway were happy to send over a couple of boxes of their Frozen Kefir Bars in two delicious flavors and I have been enjoying them this past week as a light and low calorie snack while TV-watching!

For those who need a little back-story, Kefir is a cultured milk product that is similar to yogurt in that it contains probiotics – healthy bacteria that aid in digestion – as well as having other healthy benefits. I actually did a little research on the differences between Yogurt and Kefir, and you can check that out for yourself at This Link and learn about Lifeway Kefir’s various benefits by clicking Here.

The most distinctive flavor profile aspect of frozen Kefir is its tart sourness, which keeps the bar from tasting overly sweet. The Coconut Frozen Kefir Bar tastes exactly like Coconut as soon as it hits your tongue, but it is a light sweetness that contrasts well with Kefir’s natural tanginess. The Vanilla flavor also optimizes the natural tanginess to create a taste similar to delicious, rich Vanilla cheesecake — and who doesn’t love that? Kefir’s texture is creamy and there are only 56 calories per bar – which makes it an ideal dessert choice for anyone watching their weight. These all-natural bars are gluten free and 99% lactose free as well.

Lifeway Frozen Coconut Kefir Bar

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars come in four flavors, including the very tasty Coconut and Vanilla mentioned in this review as well as Green Tea Raspberry and Peach, which sound delicious! Sign up to receive free discount coupons on Lifeway Products and find stores near you that sell Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars at This Link!