For those of you who have been following me on my crazy weight loss journey, then you know that I've been more strict when it comes to what I put on and in my body. Not only am I still looking to lose more weight, but I also want to be as healthy as I can. I'm very picky when it comes to using butter or margarine, as well as many dairy products. In the past I've noticed a product line called Earth Balance, and was always curious about the quality, as well as the taste. For some reason when you're picking out products that state that they're more healthy, all natural, etc., you somehow expect it to taste... not as yummy as the original unhealthy versions. To my amazement, Earth Balance is actually good!
With a wide range of products, they're the perfect vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, trans-fat free, casein-free, which make them the healthy, yet yummy choice. Here are some of the type of products that they offer:
- Soy milk (original, unsweetened, vanilla, and chocolate).
- Spreads (original, olive oil, soy free, soy garden, and whipped).
- Dressings (original, organic, and olive oil).
- Soy Nog
- Nut Butters (crunchy coconut, creamy coconut, creamy peanut, crunchy peanut, creamy almond).
- Baking Sticks/ Shortening
- Coconut Spread
- Food Services (wholesale items for businesses)
I tested out a few products that they offer: Earth Balance Olive Oil Spread, Soy Milk Unsweetened, as well as the Earth Balance Baking Sticks. All of them were excellent, and to be honest I enjoyed them more then my usual brands.
The soy milk I prefer to actual dairy milk. It has a natural creamy and smooth texture to it, yet it's not gritty like some other soy brands. It also doesn't leave any aftertaste, so it doesn't leave you thirsty after. I love to use this for my morning cereal, drink as a replacement to a glass of milk, and use for tea/coffee as well as cooking creamy soups.
The Olive Oil Spread had the consistency similar to butter. It wasn't super soft like other margarine, probably because it didn't have all the added garbage to it! It was mild in flavor, melted nicely, and was able to spread it easily on my toast. It wasn't overly salty, and actually had a clean taste. The Baking Sticks were the same as the spread, just conveniently measured out for easy baking. I made banana bread with it, and it turned out as good as usual!
So if you're looking for a healthier alternative to some of your favorite grocery shopping items, try out Earth Balance... trust me, your body will thank you for it! Where can you find their products? They should be available at your local grocery stores. I know that Metro, Loblaws, and Whole Foods carry them.
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