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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!

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Noosa: The World’s Most Delicious Yoghurt

Noosa Yoghurt Containers
All Photos By Gail

Previously on Worleygig.com, we have made a claim that Noosa brand Finest Yoghurt is, in fact, the World’s Most Delicious Yoghurt. I’m confident that I have the background and experience to make such a claim, because I’ve been eating yoghurt since the days when it tasted like a cup of sour cream with a blob of jam at the bottom. Yoghurt is a food that I have been sampling for multiple decades, through every fad and every taste sensation up to and including yoghurt that masquerades as a fancy dessert and the current jump-on-the-bandwagon craze, Greek yoghurt. So, when I say that Noosa makes the best tasting yogurt I have eaten in my life, you can take me at my word.

Noosa Lid Close Up

Of course, I’m sure that Noosa would prefer it if, rather than than taking my word for it, you would try for yourself. Recently, the good folks at Noosa were kind enough to send me perhaps a dozen cups of their yogurt to eat and enjoy. I am going to share with you today the reasons why I love this yogurt so much and to suggest that you would probably enjoy it very much as well.

Noosa Beach
Noosa Beach: It Looks Nice

Although it is now made on a dairy farm in Colorado, Noosa is named for a Coastal Area in Australia where the yoghurt was first created.

Noosa Peach Yoghurt
Noosa Peach Yoghurt: So Creamy

Perhaps what stands out most for me is Noosa’s wildly appealing, almost velvety consistency. It has the thick richness of Greek yogurt but is lighter and creamier. Noosa also comes in a ton of delicious natural and fruit flavors including Mango, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Honey, Lemon, Tart Cherry (each of which I have tasted personally ) as well as Blueberry, Passion Fruit and Plain.

Noosa Raspberry Yoghurt
Noosa Raspberry Yoghurt, Eaten at My Desk

Each container of Noosa has just the right amount of added fruit and juice to make it lightly sweet and flavorful but to keep the true, tangy essence of real yoghurt. Calorie counts per cup range from 240 to 290, with a fat content that ranges from 11 to 14 g (which is one reason why it tastes so freaking good).

Here is a true story of how I made potentially an entire family into fans of Noosa Yoghurt. Since I had so much in my fridge, I brought a container of Raspberry flavored Noosa to the office to share with my boss. I advised him that it would be the best yoghurt he had ever eaten. After two bites he agreed, declaring, “This is the best yoghurt I’ve ever tasted!” He immediately visited the Noosa website, where he happily discovered that Noosa is sold at several supermarkets in his town. Then he went home and asked his wife to buy some for the family. Voila, New Fans!

Noosa yoghurt comes in 8 ounce resealable containers, so it makes a satisfying midday snack or dessert. And if you want to save a bit to eat later, you can conveniently replace the plastic lid on the cup and know it will be fresh and tasty when you come back to it. As a bonus, if you are a person who has a need for reusable 8 ounce containers, these make perfect little containers for leftovers and small household items (always remember to recycle).

Noosa is the only brand of yoghurt I will ever buy. Please visit Noosa Yoghurt Dot Com to learn more about Noosa Finest Yoghurt and to download a Money Saving Coupon to use towards your next purchase!

Thrive Ice Cream: A Delicious and Nutritious Treat

Thrive Ice Cream Packaging

Do you like Ice Cream? I sure do. Now that the weather is warming up, I am thinking of all of the foods I have not been indulging in so much during the colder months, and one of those is ice cream. At a recent food trade show here in Manhattan, I was introduced to Thrive Ice Cream; a brand of ice cream that not only tastes amazing but is actually good for you. I am not a person who is overly concerned with healthy snacking because I try to just use common sense when I snack, but to have a sweet treat that I already enjoy be fortified with protein, potassium and vitamins? This sounded like a good deal to me!

Thrive Ice Cream Packaging Detail

The good people at Thrive recently sent me some samples of their ice cream in both the Homemade Vanilla and Milk Chocolate flavors, and here is what I love about this ice cream. As you can see by the package, one serving of Thrive contains 9 grams of Protein, 3 grams of Fiber, 50 mg of Potassium, 4 Probiotic cultures (so important for digestive health) and 24 Vitamins and Minerals. Each package includes two individual 6-ounce servings for easy sharing as well as portion control – because, seriously, how many of us could just grab a spoon and eat an entire pint without even thinking about it? One serving has just 250 calories but tastes totally indulgent, especially for a snack that is actually healthy!

Thrive Ice Cream Vanilla

You can see in the photo above that the Vanilla flavor is a rich, buttery yellow (it kind of even looks like you are sticking your spoon into a tub of margarine), but the color is owed to the richness of the flavor, which is closer to a French Vanilla than traditional plain Vanilla. The flavor is so rich, in fact, that on one snacking occasion I was perfectly satisfied with eating just half of the container, and saving the rest for later (I just covered the container with a piece of foil and returned it to the freezer. It tasted perfect and had maintained its creamy consistency when I went back to finish it off).

Thrive Ice Cream Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate Thrive, Serving Suggestion

The Milk Chocolate flavor is equally delicious and should satisfy the sweet tooth of the most die-hard chocolate lover. The texture of Thrive is also super creamy, lest there be any suspicion that this is really ice milk or frozen yogurt masquerading as ice cream. It would be perfect for the base of a delicious Hot Fudge Sundae or to dress up with any of your favorite toppings.

Please visit Thrive Ice Cream Dot Com for more information on Thrive and to download a $1.00 coupon good towards your purchase of this delicious and nutritious treat!