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Apr
25
2017
Apr 25, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - lancetre organic le port royal cheese

Once upon a time, I used to think all cheeses were alike. See cheese on sale, buy cheese on sale. Eat cheese, enjoy cheese, yummy yummy in my tummy.

As it turns out, eating and enjoying food isn’t quite that simple or that easy. Over time, I learned to read labels and pay attention to the ingredients that went into my body. Sure, I don’t always choose the healthiest options but I’m at least more mindful of what gets consumed.

Then, one day, I discovered L’Ancetre cheese and I’ve been hooked ever since. Recently, L’Ancetre has come out with even more options for us conscious consumers. Check out their Le Port-Royal cheese, an organic cheese made with 50% less salt and a hit of garlic and parsley!

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Apr
15
2017
Apr 15, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - sensible portions chia and quinoa pita crisps

This was a random buy. I was intrigued. Pita crisps? Chia and quinoa? Hm…The Sensible Portions Chia and Quinoa Pita Crisps looked promising. Non GMO, quinoa and chia seeds, no cholesterol or trans fats, the Sensible Portions Chia and Quinoa Pita Crisps seemed like an ideal school snack alternative.

thingsthatwedo.com - sensible portions chia and quinoa pita crisps

Cut to the chase: so happy I discovered this product!
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Apr
1
2017
Apr 1, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - bolthouse-farms-berry-boost-smoothieSometimes, I wander the aisles in the grocery store. I have a few minutes to spare and I pick up different products to gander at their choice of ingredients. I read a few labels, I think, and I move on.

On this particular day, I picked up the bottle of Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie. There are a variety of flavours. The one you see pictured here is their Berry Boost smoothie.

I take a good look at their bottle, the packaging, the words and then I start thinking. For starters, I never make smoothies at home. I just don’t. I’d rather eat the whole fruit. Occasionally, the family might pick up a smoothie while we’re out and about but really, they’re not part of our everyday repertoire.

Oh, I should apologize in advance: I took these photos while I was in the store. They’re not the best quality, wobbly handling and all. What can I say? – Continue Reading

Mar
16
2017
Mar 16, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - pacific-organic-chicken-broth

Chicken broth, cool? No way.

Yes, way.

Why?

Well, if you’re Pacific Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth, you’ve got a few reasons to feel cool. For one, it’s made with a decent list of ingredients and as if that wasn’t enough, this recent pack I picked up comes in 4 individually packaged portions each containing 236mL.

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Why is that cool you ask? Well, let’s start with the ingredients, shall we? – Continue Reading

Mar
11
2017
Mar 11, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - snyders-of-hanover-honey-mustard-and-onion-pretzel-pieces

Long title I know but it had to be said! My viewpoint, I know.

I used to love potato chips and, I’m not going to lie, I still munch on a few here and there. My love for potato chips however, just isn’t what it used to be. This is probably a good thing considering chips aren’t exactly a standup food group. In moderation, yes, fit chips into your lifestyle but I wouldn’t recommend eating a bag a day.

A fun substitution: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces. They’re savory, flavourful, and the best part is, you only need a few to feel satisfied. Yes, they are salty (they are flavoured pretzel pieces, after all) but I’d rather eat a small handful of Snyder’s Pretzel Pieces than eat an entire bag of chips. – Continue Reading

Feb
12
2017
Feb 12, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - snack-pack-chocolate-pudding

Not too long ago, I posted my experience of making my own chocolate pudding. I’d never done it before and I was surprised that it wasn’t as tough as I’d thought it would be. The best part, I knew exactly what I’d put in to the chocolate pudding. If I wanted to, I could modify the sugar amount and maybe in the future, I could even jazz it up a bit. I have no idea HOW I’d jazz it up. I haven’t figured that out yet but the point being, I’d have the option to do so. You get that kind of freedom when you make your own stuff.

It then got me wondering: what’s in the store bought stuff? – Continue Reading

Jan
18
2017
Jan 18, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - making polenta

A little while ago, I posted about my love for the Martelli Organic Cornmeal Polenta. I’ve used it to make polenta numerous times and I finally feel ready to share my polenta making experience with all of you. Now, I should preface by saying I don’t have exact measurements when it comes to making polenta but I think that’s half the fun. I’ve learned to trust myself when myself when it comes to making polenta, to judge when to stop pouring the polenta into the boiling water, when to turn off the fire, and what to pair the polenta with.  While I may not be the best baker or the best cook, making polenta has been quite the culinary growth experience for me.


Making polenta for the first time…

I was convinced that making polenta would be an unbearable feat but truth be told, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. My beloved neighbour/pal convinced me that all it took was a little cornmeal, boiling water, and cooking magic to make the polenta. – Continue Reading

Jan
9
2017
Jan 9, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - lets-do-organic-organic-cornstarch

I have moments when I’m convinced I must live under a rock.

For the longest time I’ve wanted organic cornstarch to cook with but I didn’t want any old organic cornstarch. I wanted organic cornstarch that was also non GMO.

Now, some people might say, ‘Really? Organic non GMO cornstarch? Do you not have anything better to do with your life than lament for organic non GMO cornstarch?’ and they’re right. I’ve got plenty of other things I could be doing with my life (including cleaning the home but you know, that’s a chore that never ends holiday season or not). At the same time, things get stuck in my head and I end up pondering about life’s little wonders like…organic non GMO cornstarch.

And then, I spot it at my local health food store. Let’s Do…Organic Cornstarch. There it sat unassuming as ever on the store shelf and I had to pick it up to take a better look.

Yep, there it was. – Continue Reading

Dec
20
2016
Dec 20, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - belvita-cocoa-breakfast-bites

Allow me to introduce you to this very unassuming bag of belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites. I did not buy this bag of belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites. No, I did not. It came to me as a free sample and as a wise family member once told me: “You don’t say no to free samples.”

So true.

Truth be told, the folks are belVita are quite lucky I received this bag of Cocoa Breakfast Bites as a free sample because I guarantee you I would have never bought this myself at the grocery store. It’s simply not something I would be interested in buying.

Question is: how are these belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites?

Well…personal preference is personal preference. – Continue Reading

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