And the winner is...

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Hello folks,

I've just returned from a whirlwhind cruise of the Western Caribbean so this post is late, I do apologize.

Thank you to all who entered the Vitalicious giveaway.

Anyways, the winner of the 12 pack deep chocolate VitaTops is...

April 18, 2010 4:39 PM

eatingRD said...

I didn't know it would take 13 minutes to walk off a vita-top! haha not too shabby. I enjoy these little treats :)


The winner has been contacted.

Review: Sweetpea Baby Food Organic Cookies

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There is something nostalgic about cookies that brings me back to my childhood, especially digestive cookies that I used to eat as a kid. I don’t normally eat cookies these days but awhile back, Molline from Sweetpea Baby Food provided me with some samples of Sweetpea Baby Food’s organic cookies. Sweetpea Baby Food is a growing Toronto based company that began by producing baby food and has now expanded to include organic cookies in their product line.

I know what you may be thinking. Baby cookies? But hey, if the cookie is good enough for an enfant it must be good enough and wholesome for anyone right?

I was curious to find out.

That is definitely the case with Sweetpea Baby Food’s organic cookies. They were wholesome AND yummy and if I were a parent I may end up gobbling them all up before any of my kids got them!

The cookies came in three varieties and here are my thoughts on each flavor.

Banana Pear: Yummy. Tasted just like banana bread pressed into a cookie with a hint of pear coming through at the end of each bite.

Pumpkin Spice: Subtle and mellow. Would compliment tea or coffee very nicely.

Sweet Apple: This one was my favorite of the three. The soft texture of the cookie suited the apple flavor the best.

Any parent would feel good about giving these cookies to their kids. They’re made with no artificial flavors, nor preservatives and are also egg and dairy free. They are made with 100% whole grain and have a really wholesome bite to them which I quite liked. They’re not overly sweet like other cookies and kind of reminded me like a really healthy shortbread!  They are not dry and crumbly like other store bought cookies but at the same time aren't chewy cookies.  They kind of just melt/fall apart when you put them in your mouth!

One of the ingredients in these cookies is spelt flour.  I really like making spelt flour pancakes and it gives the cookies a very nice nutty flavour. 

They paired really nicely with coffee and tea and while they are perfect for snacking, I even had them for breakfast on a couple of occasions when I was pressed for time. Although these cookies are marketed towards enfants, I genuinely believe that they could survive the shelves among other non-baby snack foods. It’s a lot safer to have a bag of these around the house/office than oreo cookies or fudge-e-o’s!

I definitely put these cookies in the comfort category. They gave me that same warm feeling that I get from eating digestive cookies that brings me back to my childhood.

 Thank you Sweetpea Baby Food!

Product Giveaway: Deep Chocolate VitaTops!

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Every morning on my way to work, I pass the local coffee and donut shop and my sleepy self is instantly hit with the alluring aroma of freshly brewed coffee and warm blueberry muffins. I’m not going to lie… it smells simply heavenly. But don’t let anyone fool you, store bought muffins from a coffee shop are nowhere near healthy. Unless you make them yourself, they are pretty heavy in added sugar and fat.  Not a good way to start the morning.


I am very pleased and excited to announce my very first product giveaway! The lovely people at Vitalicious have offered to provide one lucky winner with a 12 pack of Deep Chocolate VitaTops. Now, this is a muffin that would make a good breakfast. VitaTops are full of fiber, low in fat, and contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients whatsoever. I plan on recreating Janetha’s Greek Yogurt and VitaTop combo as blogged about herehere and here . Sounds positively delish. :)

In order to enter the giveaway:

1. Visit and leave a comment telling me one thing you learned about VitaTops or another Vitalicious product and come up with one VitaTop flavor of your own (Be creative!)

- OR -

2. Link my blog on your own blog and leave me a comment telling me that you’ve done so!

**Please ensure to leave your email address in your comment**

I will pick a winner at random on April 21st, 2010. Open to US residents only.

And for all you mid-westerners (that is anyone residing in the following states: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI ) Deep Chocolate Vita Tops are now on sale for the next 4 weeks at Costco for a limited time only! Time to stock up.

Review: Jentree Whole Foods Gourmet Granola

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This review is seriously overdue. I’ve been missing out on the blogging action because I’ve been busy planning for my upcoming vacation. In less than two weeks I’ll be sailing aboard Royal Carribbean’s Liberty of the Seas for seven days in the Western Caribbean.   Yep, that's the vessel right there.
Words cannot describe my excitement for this trip! But I have to say that the pre-cruise planning has been quite exhausting. There’s a lot of research that needs to be done (in my opinion) on what to do at each port and what to pack and if you get to know me, well than you'd know that I like to plan every minute detail. Call me a control freak if you will, I won’t take it personally :)

But back to the review.

Awhile back, I contacted Jenny (The Granola Girl) at Jentree Whole Foods to sample their gourmet granola. Jenny was ever so generous to send me some wonderful samples and I dove in right away.

I love granola. I really do. There’s nothing more satisfying than the combo of some fruit, nut, and whole grain oats especially when it’s slightly sweet and salty at the same time. Yum.  And Jenny's granola does not skimp out on the dried fruit, folks.  There were huge pieces of apricot and dried apple amongst the oats.

There’s something really special about Jenny’s granola. Unlike most boxed granolas that you can find at the grocery store or bulk food store, Jenny’s granola was very moist and chewy which I liked. I find that a lot of times, granola is way to dry and crumbly or almost stale. Jenny’s was the exact opposite. In fact, eating it made me realize how much I really do like eating granola. I couldn’t keep my hand out of the bag and it got quite dangerous at one point. Anyways, I think I’ve been eating store bought granola for far too long. I actually thought that granola was supposed to be overly hard and crunchy!

Jenny’s granola comes in five flavors: Cranberry, Raisin, and Honey, Maple Pecan and Date, Apple, Blueberry and Vanilla, Apricot Almond and Agave, and their feature flavour-Double Almond and Cherry. My top two were definitely the Maple Pecan and Date and the Apricot Almond and Agave (mostly because I love anything almond flavoured.) What I really enjoyed about Jenny’s granola is that the flavour in each one really came through.  I'm so used to granola tasting like cinnamon all the time that this was a welcomed change. 

You could definitely tell that each batch was baked slow and made from pure, high quality ingredients. It tasted very different than store bought granola and the gourmet touch is definitely present. You can feel good about eating it too because Jentree Granola is preservative free and made with 100% Canadian rolled oats.

Jenny has some recipes up on her site on how to incorporate granola into your cooking. But I’ve mostly been eating it straight out of the bag as a snack. I’ve also been sprinkling it on my yogurt and pancakes for breakfast. You can order the granola online and I can vouch for the fact that you will not be disappointed. Like I said, this granola is made with a lot of love and you can taste it in each bite. I will definitely be spreading the word on her yummy granola!