This PC almond beverage has got to be one of the thickest non-dairy beverages I have had in a while which will appeal to those looking for that creamy dairy texture that just is not found in many rice and almond milks.
It reminded me So Nice soy milk, actually, which is quite thick and the vanilla flavoured used to be my dairy-free drink of choice until I went back to dairy.
I used the PC Blue Menu Unsweetened Almond Beverage in my daily mish-mash cereal that varies with my mood and I sat watching the news eating it, completely unaware that it was not “real milk”. I could not believe it! I am super picky about what I put in my cereal and this tricked me!
I also used it in a drink product I am not proud of having on a regular basis and found it was too thick, it remained undissolved. It made me wonder if this would be a good thing to bake with or not? It did not separate in my tea which was impressive but I could barely tell it was in there. The tea remained quite dark and harsh which I did not like.
When I was at the livelifewell media event I learned that when anything is added to a juice or a milk, it must be referred to as a beverage. There are a lot of additional ingredients to this drink, some good, some I have no idea… Just like soy drinks, it feels a little too manufactured and not real enough for me which is why I went back to dairy. For those who can’t, this is a winner, especially at $1.99 a package.
Overall, I was highly impressed with President’s Choice Blue Menu Almond Beverage. I give it four out of five wooden spoons.
When I found out at the livelifewell media event that we were going home with a jar of sodium-reduced Baby Dill Pickles with Garlic I gasped! I probably freaked the rest of the group out with my astonishment and joy.
See, I do not allow pickles in my home anymore. I can not be trusted with them. When I was five, my mom left me in a room with a jar of them and when she came back, half the jar was gone. She rushed me to the hospital, convinced I had so much acid in my stomach I was going to have to have it pumped. The doctor checked me out, I was fine. I just really love pickles.
Not just any pickles though! Super sour pickles! I am so glad to report that these pickles do the trick with 50% less salt than the original recipe thanks to pickling brine. I honestly do not miss the salt at all and just focused on all that wonderful garlic. Wow, what a total treat. And you know after I took this photographed, I ate all those pickles. It is one of the few treats I appear to have no control over.
I am pretty picky about pickles but these get four and a half out of five wooden spoons, especially considering people on a low sodium diet. These pickles have 110 mg of sodium per pickle and my favourite pickles have 240 mg! At only $2.49, these are a deal that I may not be able to resist!
Sparkling Cranberry Beverage is tart! Super tart! I love PC’s sparkling beverages in general but this Blue Menu item has 50% less sugar and boy can you ever tell.
It is not all cranberry juice, it also contains apple and white grape juice from concentrate. As always, I am impressed there are no artificial colours so that crimson colour in the photos is real.
Although I personally thought it was too tart of its own (Reg disagreed) it was fantastic mixed with strawberry Fruitopia. For those who make REAL drinks with alcohol, this would be perfect for the experimental mixologist to play with, especially now that you can get a package of four 250 mL cans for $1.99.
On its own, I can only give it three out of five wooden spoons. I do not really have a sweet tooth but this was just not sweet enough for me.
One of our favourite dips in the world is Artichoke & Asiago… but it is usually only one of the worst for you! The PC Blue Menu version has reduced the fat of their recipe by 55% which is impressive. But, what happened to that garlicky flavour?! This is the kind of dip you have dragon’s breath for days after eating. Robust, strong, powerful…
It is impressive that they managed to keep so much texture and creaminess while reducing the fat but it makes no sense to me at all why they would reduce that garlic punch when garlic is so good for you and adds flavour without any fat.
I had tested the dip earlier in the week when we got this beautiful Naan bread at the livelifewell media event, along with another container of the Artichoke & Asiago Dip. I wondered if that would make a difference to our opinion of the dip.
It did actually! The Naan was a perfect fit to go with the dip. It was also surprisingly moist and fresh after sitting in the package for a few days. An absolutely beautiful bread that is only $2.49 a package but has 50% less fat and 35% less sodium than their traditional Naan bread.
It was so good it made me like the dip a little bit more but still, with the lack of garlic, this dip almost came across as sweet to me, which I did not like. I give the Naan bread five out of five wooden spoons and the $2.99 Artichoke & Asiago Dip three out of five wooden spoons.
A few more reviews are to come but I did want to thank President’s Choice for feeding us. We have had freezing rain and snowstorms and our cupboards are bare. Thank you for keeping us alive!
Debra She Who Seeks says
You’re a Pickle Monster, nom nom nom!
Suzie Ridler says
Absolutely Debra and proud of it! 😉
I’ve always had a thing for sour pickles and olives, so the fact that you ate them all is very understandable. BTW, they were giving out the Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bars at my Loblaws yesterday so I got to try them, and I must say I totally enjoyed it.