Product Review: Trader Joe’s Popped Potato Chips

Have you ever tried a brand new product and almost immediately wondered why you thought that it would be good?  Well, that is how I felt upon trying my first bite of these chips.  However, they really, really grew on me and I can honestly say that I really enjoy them now.  I think that I was expecting a typical potato chip or baked potato chip and these are nothing like that whatsoever.  These chips are very light & crispy and have a nice flavor to them.  They almost taste like they have a touch of parmesan cheese in them, but the label says nothing about cheese. 

These chips are relatively healthy, chip speaking, of course.  They are only 120 calories for a serving (approx. 22 chips) and haev only 4 grams of fat.  They have no trans fats and aren’t baked or fried.  They are popped!  They also state on the package that there are “no gluten ingredients used”!  Yay for Trader Joe’s!  The price was decent on this bag of chips as well, though I don’t remember exactly what it was.  I believe it was right around $2.00. 

Definitely would buy these again.  Great to snack on with lunch or with some cut up cheese. 

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Product Review: Kerrygold Cheese

About a month ago I received some coupons from Kerrygold to sample & review their cheeses and/or butters.  I have used one of the coupons and am saving the other for when I hopefully find the butter somewhere in a local store.  I purchased the Blarney Castle and the Aged Cheddar cheeses.  They are both amazing.  I love cheese, so that is pretty much a given.  However, these both have wonderful rich & creamy tastes.  I have used the cheddar to top salads, shredded, tacos & Mexican pizzas.  I use the Blarney Castle mainly for sandwiches, melted on top of turkey or roasted chicken breast.  It is an excellent melting cheese.  Here is the cheese, before melting on my deli meat:

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Here is the finished product on top of my Pamela’s toasted Gluten-Free Bread, dotted with Frank’s Red Hot!   I had my sandwich along side a salad, Claussen pickle (my fav) and some Trader Joe’s Popped Potato Chips (to be reviewed in the next day or 2). 

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I would absolutely buy this cheese again.  The cheddar is zingy!  I love a good, sharp cheddar.  Perfect for any occasion that would warrant eating cheese. ;)

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Product Review: Justin’s Almond Butter & Peanut Butter Packets

I discovered these cute little packets of Almond Butter & Peanut Butter at my Raisin Rack the other day.  I have been craving Almond Butter ever since I ran out of my Barney Butter a month or so ago.  They don’t carry that locally anywhere and the shipping is too pricey!  I can’t justify spending $8 to $10 on a jar of almond butter that I am not sure I will even like.  So, these packets were perfect!  They were $.69/each!  WOOOHOOO!!  I got 2 Almond butter and 1 Honey Peanut Butter Blend.  Justin’s Natural is marked Gluten-Free & Dairy Free!  Can I get a “Heck Yeah!”?  I just love supporting companies that recognize the need for clear labeling for those of us who have to follow this diet.  Justin’s also makes their nut butters without hydrogenated oils, another big plus!  I had the Almond Butter this morning for breakfast smeared on 2 Van’s Wheat-Free Waffles.  (side note…I just got distracted on the Van’s web site…it appears they now have GF French Toast Sticks & Pancakes!  Where have I been?)  Okay, back to your scheduled programming.  I topped my waffles & AB with Blackberry Fruit Spread.  YUM!  Now, there was no Barney Butter, that is for sure, but what a wonderful flavor this AB had!  You could really taste the nutty flavor.  1 packet is a serving and has 200 calories, 18 grams fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein! Excellent breakfast that kept me full for almost 4 hours and that is a lot for me!  The main difference between Justin’s Almond Butter & Barney Butter is that Barney Butter has evaporated cane juice to sweeten the flavor, where as Justin’s only has dry roasted almonda & organic palm fruit oil in it.  So, the Barney Butter is going to taste sweeter. 

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I can think of many uses for these packs.  Of course the obvious is packing for lunch…..works very nicely for GF bread….you can toast your bread in the AM and pack separately from the PB and Fruit Spread so that it doesn’t get soggy!  You can keep a pack or 2 in your purse for emergency snacks.  If there is 1 thing I have learned being GF for over 3 years, it is to never be without a substantial snack when leaving the house.  I always keep nuts or a bar of some sort in my purse in case I end up some place that doesn’t have safe food for me to eat.  I am a very cranky hungry person, so this is a must for me.  These packs would work very nicely for the purse. 

So, my rating?  Great product! Great taste!  Can’t wait to try the Honey PB next!  I think I will incorporate it into my Sunday AM Oatmeal Bowl-of-Fun!  Definitely would purchase again or recommend.

I am going to post a picture of the back of the pack.  Notice the GF labeling! 

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