Considering it has been quite cold here (we had a giant snowstorm that knocked out the power on Easter), turning to a cold dessert when you are freezing is not a natural inclination. Still, we loved these smoothie bars by President’s Choice. The best part? They are low in fat, only 100 calories and has 1 billion active probiotic cultures. Health conscious foodies will adore these!
Luxurious is a great way to describe them. For some reason, the flavour reminded me of white chocolate. The major issue for me is it is all a little bit too one note for 6 bars for $4.99. As a healthy treat, it will be hard to find something better but I think next time I will pick up the Orange Swirl Smoothie or the Fudge.
I give this product four out of five wooden spoons.
This might be the most controversial foodie product for me to test in quite a while. I had quite a few comments here, on Facebook and Twitter from people who just wanted nothing to do with any margarine period. I have to admit, I was also tentative. I am a team butter woman all the way. I grew up with butter so margarine has always been an unknown to me until I met Reg, who grew up with margarine.
First, I was totally impressed that this particular PC Blue Menu margarine has a lot of Omega 3 oil in it, on top of being low in saturated fat. The big test for me and Reg though was going to be… the smell. A lot of products with Omega oils in them smell fishy. This product? Not at all! Not even a little. I could spread it over Sunmaid Cinnamon Swirl Bread toasted nice and golden brown and it melted perfectly. All I could smell was cinnamon. My only issue? I missed the salt from my salted butter which takes regular toast over the edge of yumminess. Still, for those who need to cut back on fat and salt… Impressive.
I used it in my Rich White Dinner Rolls with Thyme and they were excellent! Not as good as when I make them with butter but pretty awesome.
I bought some Whole Grain Multi-Grain English Muffins for brunch one weekend (they were great BTW, loved the texture and the crunch).
Did I miss the butter? Not really. These were still excellent! Not as good as with butter but for an alternative… again, impressive.
The big test of course was baking with the margarine and it made these perfect chocolate chip cookies. I mean, perfect! I was officially blown away.
What is even better? The price. A big tub for only $3.49. That is going to save me a ton of money. Butter is crazy-expensive! I will probably alternate between my unsalted and salted butters with this margarine product. I really like that I get so much Omega 3 oil in so little margarine and that the price is so reasonable.
I will always be a butter-first woman but I do know there are people on cholesterol-restricted diets out there who do not have a choice like I do. What do I say to those people? Buy this! You will love it. It will be so nice not to feel deprived and you will get the kind of oil you need to stay healthy. For you, I give this product five out of five wooden spoons.