Sweet Raspberry Ricotta Spread

Bagels just so happen to be my favorite way to ingest carbs. I really don’t discriminate against bagels (except for plain…because, well, they are plain). I love spreading them with peanut butter, laughing cow cheese wedges, guacamole. Making pizza bagels & sandwiches are other atypical ways I eat them. Thomas just so happens to be one of my favorite brands and their seasonal flavors always keep me on my toes. This summer, Thomas rolled out a Lemon Poppy Bagel! Yeah, I about died. Lemon Poppy is one of my favorite muffin flavors so I picked up a pack of these bagels faster than you can say 26.2! Alas, I ran into an issue – I couldn’t figure out what to spread on the bagel. To me, peanut butter seems too…odd. Then a light bulb went off –> lemon + ricotta = awesome! Raspberries? Oh yes please.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Part Skim Ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp of Truvia
  • 3-4 Raspberries

Steps

  1. add ingredients into a small bowl
  2. Stir & Enjoy!

I adore the texture of Ricotta – it is thick creamy and oh so smooth. This spread pretty much made for an awesome bagel breakfast morning :)

Raspberry & Lemon is an undeniable combination.

Alternative Bakery Company

I don’t think it is a secret that I have a sweet tooth. Ice cream & cookies just happen to be two of my favorites. I would rather have a huge waffle cone or a cookie the size of my face over a slice of cake. As long as you don’t give me a cupcake – we will get along just fine. Needless to say, when I spotted these massive cookies at my local health store, I kind of did a happy dance. Not only are these cookies vegan, but the ingredients are pretty darn wholesome for a commercial cookie. I am pleased to present Alternative Bakery Company. Seriously, these cookies are ridiculous.

Lemon Poppyseed

In terms of flavor – this cookie is spot on. Totally taste like a lemon poppy seed muffin (which just so happens to be my favorite flavor of muffin) The lemon flavor was more sweet – think lemon dessert, than an actual lemon you add to your water. It was not tangy or tart but refreshing. However, it wasn’t sickningly sweet. The poppy seeds were abundant in the whole cookie and left a few in my teeth. They really didn’t do much in terms of flavor. This cookie was “skinner” than the other ones I tried too. Overall, delicious flavor that is sweet without making you feel like you ingested a ton of sugar

Rating: 4 Coffee Beans

Snickerdoodle:

Hands down, snickerdoodles win in terms of my favorite cookie flavor. There is just something about the combination of the sweetness from the sugar and the spice from the cinnamon. This cookie does not disappoint. I loved how thick this cookie was – the middle was so dense. In terms of taste – it was spot on. Like the lemon poppy seed, it was sweet without being too sweet where you’ll feel sick. Instead there was more spice from the cinnamon but the sugar crystals on the top just enhanced that cinnamon flavor. I am sad to report that this cookie flavor is discontinuted. Alas, on their web page they have a new Cinnamon cookie so I would guess it is pretty similar.

Rating:4.5 Coffee Beans

Peanut Butter:

Normally I don’t gravitate towards peanut butter flavored goods. I would just rather have real peanut butter instead of peanut butter flavored ice cream or cookies. However, this was probably the best cookie I have had in a long time. Not to mention my favorite of the three that I tried, which surprised me. Not only was this cookie straight up peanut butter, it made perfect dough balls. Moist doesn’t even begin to describe how soft and chewy this cookie was. An added delight was the whole peanuts found throughout the cookie. Like the previous two cookies, it wasn’t overly sweet which I enjoyed. Instead it was more akin to a natural peanut butter in cookie form. Win win.

Rating: 5 Coffee Beans

LARABAR – Lemon Bar

Okay, so the blog world seems to have an obsession with LARABARs. I am not immune. I eat, breathe and sleep energy bars. All kids – I really do not discriminate. It is a rarity when I do not have some form of bar during the day. However, some bars are better for you than others and LARABARs are certainly one of the healthiest options around. Made with whole foods, these bars are made with real foods and loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber & healthy fats. I have a personal goal of trying all the LARABAR flavors because I love them that much. Lets start off with the Lemon Bar flavor.

Even before unwrapping this gem, I was surprised to see the serving size. It was not that standard 48 grams – instead it is 51 grams. I’m not complaining though – it means more fuel for me :D After opening the bar, it looked like your standard LARABAR – brown in color, shiny from the healthy fats in the almonds and speckled. There was a distinct lemon aroma coming from the bar too.

I don’t know about you – but I enjoy seeing those almond pieces throughout the bar. You know its going to be a good day when you get a whole almond in your bar. The size was rather small for the calories you are getting – 220 calories with a bar smaller than the size of a pen.

Texture: This bar was definitely oily, which is why I ate it on a paper towel. Never fear though – the oil comes from the almonds and dates! Aside from the oily consistency of the bar, the bar was soft and doughy. Biting into this bar was like biting into a soft baked cookie. Another thing that always amazes me about these bars is how moist they are!

Taste: the Lemon Bar LARABAR certainly lives up to its name. While I have not consumed many lemon bars in my 20 years of life, I have had a few and this bar is very reminiscent of it. The bar was sweet without making you feel like you ingested a bucket of sugar. The almonds added a nice cooling factor that muted the potent lemon flavor. While the bar might be labeled as lemon, it is definitely not as tart as one! More of a smooth lemon flavor that was complimented well with the dates and almonds.

Overall – great bar nutrition & taste wise. The only con would be that the bar coats your hands with a  thin layer of oil so have a napkin handy!

Rating: 4 coffee beans!

Nutrition & Ingredients can be found here.

Chobani Greek Yogurt – Lemon 0% Fat

Greek yogurt is sweeping America. Greek yogurt seems to be everyone’s go to breakfast option. It is no wonder considering this version has almost twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt and usually has a thicker & creamier consistency. In a nutshell, the thickness from Greek yogurt is due to the straining of the yogurt. Less water = more protein and a thicker texture.

Being a Greek yogurt lover myself, I love all the new flavors that Chobani is coming out with! Now I know the Lemon isn’t terribly new, but after a humid run, nothing sounds more refreshing than yogurt! Enter Chobani Lemon.

Texture: this yogurt was a tad bit watery compared to other brands & flavors that I have had. Maybe it was due o the lemon or the lemon grinds that were present throughout the yogurt cup. Regardless of the thinner consistency, the texture was still silky smooth in the mouth

Taste: Two words – very tangy. If tangy and tart are not your thing, then I would avoid this yogurt. Chobani did a great job of not overdoing it with lemon, but the yogurt was still very tangy and tart, but not the classic Greek yogurt tart. More akin to a glass of lemonade on a warm summer day. If you are worry about the grinds adding a bitter flavor, then worry no more! If anything the lemon squiggles enhanced the lemon flavor. While there may be 18 grams of sugar, some of it is naturally occurring, ensuring that the yogurt was not overly sweet. Overall, this flavor was refreshing and a nice palate cleanser.

Rating: 3 Coffee Beans!

Nutrition & Ingredients can be found here