Oma’s Own Freeze Dried Fruit Chips

I was recently contacted by Oma’s Own asking me to try some of their products for an honest review to be posted on our site. I gladly accepted when I learned that their products were both vegan and gluten free. The package arrived with bags of freeze dried fruit chips, vegan soup cubes and FUNoodles. I quickly ripped open a package of the mango chips to give them a taste. They were crispy, sweet, a little tart and a bit salty. I am a huge fan of mango, but I do not like when mango is overly sweet (usually signifying that it is past its prime of ripeness). These chips carried the perfect amount of sweetness for me. The bit of salty was an interesting surprise on a dried fruit. It seems as though the salt brought out the mango flavor and lessened the sweetness. Liking this flavor, I ate the two serving bag (2.0 oz) in one sitting! I wanted to try the remaining bags right away, but decided to wait until another day.

three packages that arrived to test

The other two flavors in the package were mango & strawberry and banana & strawberry. Both bags also had the same level of salt and hint of sweetness. I enjoyed the bags as much as I had the first bag. I tried to control myself again with the contents of the two serving bags, but I failed. I ate both on different days and all at once. The plan was to save some for my kiddo to try. I plan to buy more for him to try.

Product: Oma’s Own Fruit Chips. Mango, Mango & Strawberry and Banana & Strawberry.

Overall Grade: A

Pros

  • The chips have a great flavor. They are sweet, salty, tart, and crisp.
  • They pack a nice crunch. It is like eating a fruity potato chip.
  • They have only a few ingredients. All things that are familiar. Fruit, non-gmo oil, and sea salt.
  • I enjoy the combinations of the bag flavors. I cannot decide which one was my favorite, but I am usually partial to mango.
  • The packaging is bright and fun. Every time I saw them in my pantry, I wanted to grab for them.
  • The products are easily available Amazon.com.
  • Even though my son did not get a chance to try the chips, I know this is something that he would like. I would feel good about giving it to him as a snack.
  • They are free of gluten and seem to be free of many other allergens because of the simple ingredients.

Cons

  • The bag is only 2 ounces. It felt like a lot of waste considering I ate the whole bag in one serving.
  • The bag is indicated as 2 servings, but it feels more like one.
  • This is not a low calorie snack. It has 120 calories and 4g of fat and contains rice bran oil.

Green Juice – Vegan MoFo Day 4

This product has become a regular in my house. I like to have a little with breakfast for a little extra healthy sweetness.
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Overall Grade: A+
Pros: 
  • Delicious! This juice tastes healthy but also just a little sweet, so you’re getting the best of both worlds
  • Organic
  • Gluten-free
  • The only ingredients are fruits, veggies, and tea… no additives
  • They have other great flavors
Cons: 
  • Slightly price, depending on where you purchase (My local Whole Foods charges $8, but Target is less than $6 which i think is reasonable)

 

 

 

Prep It Up (with Seasonal Produce) – Day 22

Our focus on Veggie Product Reviews is generally on name brand products, but I’m going to switch it up a bit today.  Today, our product is pre-prepped fruit and vegetables.  I’ve seen them in pretty much every grocery store and discount store with a grocery section.  Some of them come to the grocery store preprepped, but the kind I really like is where the grocery store preps and packages it for you right there.

Ok, I hear some of you sighing and thinking “how lazy can one person be that they can’t chop their own onion?”  I hear you because I used to be you.  Then at the end of May, I messed up my wrist trying to perfect my tennis forehand.  Fast forward nearly four months and I’m still in the stupid wrist brace.  Needless to say, my knife skills, which were minimal anyway, were completely destroyed.

At first, we thought I might only be in the brace for about a week or two, so I did what most of us would do.  I went for the prepackaged food.  While I’m not disparaging prepackaged products, because I like them as much as the next person, I can’t live on them exclusively.  So, I swallowed my superior attitude and started buying some pre-prepped veggies for making meals.

Once you learn your grocery stores, you’ll know which ones have which fruits and vegetables at the ready for you.

We’ve recently had a Lowe’s Foods open near my work that has this beautiful spread.

 

pickNprep

 

The only thing in that whole refrigerator that isn’t vegan is some cheese on the mushroom caps and some ranch dressing in a veggie tray.  Everything else is ours!

In fact, this particular Lowe’s Foods has a booth where you can walk up to them with anything from their produce department, tell them how you want it prepped and they’ll do it while you’re shopping.  One day, I even had one of the employees track me down in the store and deliver it to me. You’ll pay extra, of course, but we always pay extra for convenience.

The only thing I’m not a huge fan of is the plastic containers.  I’ve been meaning to ask if I can take my own containers.  I’m doubtful, but maybe.  If nothing else, at least maybe I can reuse the ones I get a few times before recycling them.

In honor of local produce day for Vegan MoFo, I found a recipe online for a Caramelized Onion, Sweet Potato and Cabbage Chowder with Rosemary and headed to my local grocery.

I had to get the savoy cabbage chopped to order, but the rest was waiting for me in the refrigerator section.

 

chowderIngredients

 

While I’m usually more of a fan of spicy soups, this chowder had a delicate sweet flavor that reminded me of a Moroccan tagine.  I had to cook longer because my sweet potato cubes were bigger than diced and I reduced the fat to just a tsp or so of oil in the cabbage (used all called for to caramelize the onions though).  In order to make it a little more chowder-like, I actually mashed my sweet potatoes at the end of cooking.  Definitely a good choice for an early fall meal on a cloudy day like yesterday.

 

chowder

 

So the next time you’re injured, super busy, or just feeling a little lazy, but you don’t want a packaged meal, check out the pre-prepped produce at your local market.  I don’t think I’ll be giving it up even when my wrist is healed.