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Attune Foods Erewhon Cereal Product Review

A couple weeks ago, I got a DM on Twitter from Annelies at Attune Foods asking if I would be interested in sampling and reviewing one of their cereals.

The philosophy at Attune really struck me – it’s all about what’s on the inside.  See their philosophy from their website below.

What’s inside the box: Simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best every day.

What’s inside you: Something different in each of us – something worth celebrating.

What’s inside our company:  A team dedicated to improving the way we eat at home, in our local community, in our nation and someday worldwide.

I have heard great things about Attune Foods around the blogesphere, so I was all for it. I asked Annelies if she would be able to send me one of their gluten free varieties and she sent me three! Erewhon makes six gluten free cereals:

  • Crispy Brown Rice- Gluten Free
  • Crispy Brown Rice- Mixed Berries
  • Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice
  • Rice Twice
  • Corn Flakes
  • Strawberry Crisp

For some reason I never really think about keeping cereal around or buying it at the store. But I really enjoy cereal in the summer. It makes a great, quick breakfast before hot summer runs, or a good afternoon snack. So the timing of this delivery was perfect. The temps are in the 90s already!

I was excited to first dive into the Strawberry Crisp.

I expected the flakes to be a bit plain and boring, but I was pleasantly surprised by the slightly sweet flavor of the flakes and very nice crunch that did not turn soggy upon the first sign of milk. I hate soggy cereal and these flakes held up very nicely to the milk.

I like the Rice Twice, too. I described it to Aaron as a combination of Rice Krispies and Pops. I see some Rice Twice rice krispy treats in my future. The Corn Flakes were great, too. A great canvas for sliced bananas and strawberries!

I am looking forward more bowls of Erewhon cereal this summer. You can find Erewhon and other Attune Foods at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Safeway, and lots of other retailers as well as online. You can search for a location near you on their website.

 

*Disclaimer: Attune Foods sent me product samples in exchange for a review of their products, but no compensation was given for this review. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own. I only accept products to review that align with the food philosophy of Modernation.

Summertime Salads at Noodles and Company

Noodles and Company always brings back college memories for me. The company was founded in Boulder  where I went to school, and it was one of our go-to places to eat. Penne Rosa and Pasta Fresca were always my favorites.

Over the years I have been happy to see that Noodles has reacted to the tastes of a variety of customers by not only adding more menu options, but more nutritious options as well.

One of my very first blog posts was a recipe redo of Noodles’ Pesto Cavatapi dish, which just happens to be a favorite of my bestie. To this day, that post remains one of my most viewed posts and also one of the searches that brings the most views to my blog. The only pages that have more views than that post are the Homepage, About and Random Acts of Kindness.

The nutrition information on the Noodles website is straightforward, intuitive and shows you how to customize your selections according to your diet or allergies.  Even though they are all about noodles, they even have several options for people watching gluten.  Hooray!

Anyways – back to lunch today.  I was invited while back to visit Noodles and Company with a guest and try the two new Summertime Salads at Noodles – The Very Berry Spinach Salad and the Backyard Barbque Chicken Salad.  In the interest of full disclosure, Noodles and Company treated Aaron and I to lunch, but my opinions are my own. Also, I was a bad blogger and forgot my camera due to hunger pains, so all the photos are from the Noodles website.

We were greeted very warmly and when I handed over my “ticket” were immediately given glasses to help ourselves to drinks and the crew got to work on our salads. The manager, Ryan and his staff were great and checked on us a couple times, but not too much.

We got one of each salads. I do wish we had the option to customize our salad a bit. I know Noodles is really good about accepting special requests. I would have gotten no croutons on the Very Berry and would have gotten both dressings on the side.

I really liked both salads. I didn’t think I would love the Very Berry because I am not a fan of fruit in savory dishes.  But combined with the blue cheese, bacon and balsamic dressing, it really worked. There was a bit too much dressing for my taste, but it was delicious, so it was no big deal.

The Backyard Barbeque was great.  The smokey coleslaw dressing threw me off at first because it was a different taste, but then I really loved it. The fresh corn off the cob was great, but Aaron and I agreed it would taste even better if the corn was grilled.

A huge thank you to Noodles and Company for hosting us this afternoon. I can’t wait to come have some Pad Thai. Thank goodness for rice noodles!

 

Product Review: Trader Joes Gone Bananas

A few weeks ago I saw these cute little treats in the freezer section at Trader Joes.  The package was so cute and at first I thought they were for kids. Boy, was I wrong! These are gret for kids and adults!

Chocolate covered banana slices!

And only two ingredients (kind of) – banana and chocolate. The chocolate it dark chocolate and the ratio of chocolate to banana is great.  As long as you don’t bring the whole box to the couch, these can be a protion-controlled treat.

Last night I ate 4 pieces with some sliced strawberries and it tasted like a banana split (without the ice cream). I told Aaron you could easily make these yourself. Being the wise man he is, Aaron replied, “But why would you do that when Trader Joe’s can do it for you?” So smart, that guy!  And at only $1.99 for 20 pieces, you can’t really beat it.

I also think these would be a good treat option for kids. While just a banana would be best, these could be a happy medium. Enjoy!

Christmas in a Cup

Last year I tried Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Coffee and fell in love. I was caught off-guard when they removed it from the shelves and have been patiently awaiting its return all year. This year I hope I can stock up before Gingerbread Coffee goes into hibernation again.

To me, this coffee isn’t good only around the holidays – it is perfect all year. See, when I make plain coffee, I always add cinnamon and sometimes also include cloves and nutmeg. TJ’s Gingerbread Coffee is coffee spiked with real ginger, cinnamon and gloves.  It takes all the work out of it.

I am a big fan if Trader Joe’s coffee in general. My go-to is Joe’s Dark whole bean coffee that I grind right in the store. It is only $3.99 for the whole can and lasts me about a month (I am a one-cup per day gal and Aaron won’t touch the stuff). The Gingerbread Coffee is a little more luxe with a whopping price of $6.99 😉 Last year I even sent some to friends for Christmas!

CouponChief.com Review

The folks over at CouponChief.com got in touch with me to review their site.

You know I am all about finding a good deal, so I was excited to check out the site. Other than groceries, I do the majority of my shopping online. I have also been tempted to do my grocery shopping online, but I really enjoy the physical grocery shopping experience.

Before I checkout when shopping online, I always Google the” site+coupon code” to see if there are any coupon codes that apply to my purchase. It is usually a crap-shoot whether the codes work or not. But CouponChief.com houses all of these codes in one place – over 50,000 coupons for over 15,000 stores.

The first thing I noticed about the site was the clean layout.

Working in the digital advertising industry, I am always attracted to a clean, fresh site. This site has a lot of information and content but has been well organized to not appear cluttered – love that!

You can search by store or category. I searched by some of my favorite categories – FOOD, FITNESS, NUTRITION. I was impressed with the variety of coupons, but one thing I was looking for was a way to refine the search by store once you were in a category. It would be nice to select FOOD and be able to filter by the stores within that category rather than having to scroll through all the results. That way I could look at all William-Sonoma coupons at a glance or all Cooking.com coupons and skip the stores that don’t interest me.

I also like the share feature which allows you to share coupons on Twitter, Facebook, or through e-mail.

And you know I love a company that gives back. CouponChief has a program called Coupons-4-Causes where you can help support your favorite cause every time you shop. Just use their coupons for your online shopping, and they donate up to 20% of the purchase to your favorite charity, school, or church.

I definitely think CouponChief.com is a great resource and see myself visiting the site often, especially during the holidays.