Monday Musings (Bestowed, Tasty Bite, & Kodiak Cakes)

1. Our weeklong vacation in Wellfleet was great! Lily had fun playing with her cousins, and it was so nice to spend time with my family. It was ridiculously hot outside that week, but thankfully our rental house had central air. Another way I beat the heat was with a visit to Emack & Bolio’s for a cup of their Purple Cow ice cream.

This precise treat was the inspiration for my frozen yogurt version.

purple cow



2. *I was excited to receive a sample box from Bestowed, a healthy food subscription service, in the mail a little while ago.

bestowed box

In this particular box were the following items:

bestowed contents

The Hail Merry Vanilla Maple Almonds caught my eye (and reached my mouth) first. The flavor was fantastic, but unfortunately the nuts themselves weren’t very crunchy.

Next, I dug into the Matt’s Munchies Island Mango Fruit Snack. This was GOOD! Think little squares of fruit leather on flavor steroids. If you see these on store shelves, I would definitely stock up.

KIND bars are one of the only types of bars that I regularly buy, so I was psyched to try a new flavor. The Dark Chocolate Chili Almond bar was delicious! I didn’t taste the chili right away, but give it a few seconds and it hits right in the back of your throat… not overly spicy, though. I loved the complex flavor profile in this bar, and will definitely seek it out during my next trip to Whole Foods.

This was actually my first time trying hemp hearts (hanging my head in shame, since as a healthy food blogger I should have been more on top of this trend). I sprinkled a small handful on a cup of yogurt and though I couldn’t decipher a flavor, the texture of the Hemp Hearts was a fun addition!

I have yet to use the Dr. Praeger’s free item coupon, but I can honestly tell you that their veggie burgers are the only ones I buy.

I drizzled the California Olive Ranch olive oil over a bowl of greens with a simple sprinkling of sea salt so I could really savor the fruity flavor. I’m no olive oil connoisseur, but this one is pretty tasty.


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3. *Prior to Lily’s arrival, I very rarely purchased prepackaged prepared foods; I still don’t often, but from time to time the convenience factor is appealing. So when I was contacted to review a selection of all-natural microwaveable meals from Tasty Bite, I jumped at the chance to try something new.

food packets

I received the pouches shown above, and have thus far tried the Chana Masala, Thai Lime Rice, and Asian Noodles. I combined some of the chana masala and rice in a bowl, topped with a dollop of plain 2% Greek yogurt, and enjoyed it for lunch. Not quite as good as what you would order from an Indian restaurant, but actually pretty good for a prepackaged meal! The Asian noodles, however, were a bit disappointing. Lo Mein is my go-to Chinese food order, so my expectations were high. Although I did like the spiciness, the noodles were on the dry side; I would have preferred a saucier consistency. I’m eyeing the Madras Lentils, and think that they’ll be good!

Although the sodium levels of these dishes are lower than competing brands, I still found them to be fairly salty; although, to be fair, I find pretty much all food not prepared in my own kitchen to be too salty.



4. *I was really excited to have the opportunity to try Kodiak Cakes, as I’ve read about them on Kath’s blog. Again, the convenience factor of a premixed product is great.

kodiak cakes

I made pancakes out of this 100% whole grain flapjack & waffle mix for breakfast over the weekend, and both John and I loved them! The dry mix easily combines with water to make pancakes that are light, fluffy, and not too sweet. John said that he wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between these and the white flour variety of pancakes mixes; so if you have any whole grain-phobic family members, perhaps you’d be able to sneak this past them ;).

Next up: waffles!



*I was not compensated for my review of these items, but I did receive them free-of-charge. All opinions are my own.

10 thoughts on “Monday Musings (Bestowed, Tasty Bite, & Kodiak Cakes)

  1. I liked the idea of whole grain but being disguised as not being whole grain, since I really don’t like the whole grain taste, but want whole grain. Yes, I want to have my cake and eat it to. But this product passed the test. Thanks for the insite.

  2. This make me envy you :) you’ve got really complete package there. For a cool site like bestowed, they always have great update about their recipes and products :)
    I wish I get one like yours one day…

  3. I love the idea of Bestowed, but being a Canadian, I can’t order from them. Is there a Canadian equivalent anyone knows of?

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