Tastebud Satisfaction: Nature’s Path Sunny Hemp Chewy Granola Bars

Yes, you read that right: Hemp.

I’d never eaten hemp before this, but something about Nature’s Path Sunny Hemp appealed:


“Real, organic hemps seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins; all made with good stuff like whole grain oats. Packed with raisins, sunflower seeds and nutritious hemp seeds! This bar has flaxseeds and is an excellent source of Omega 3’s. This could become a cult classic.”

I think they’re right.

Nature’s Path granola bars are my go-to morning snack at work. Starving by 9 am, I’d rather nosh on something that has more than a passing claim to being healthy and doesn’t taste like pressed cardboard.

This brand in general, and Sunny Hemp in particular, are saving my starving innards AND my tastebuds every day.

Dietary note: This granola bar is not gluten free and contains soy. It also contains evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup and invert cane syrup. For all that, I don’t find them too sweet, but tastebuds vary. I definitely recommend!

Klement’s Goes Gluten-Free


I don’t know how national Klement’s Sausage Co is, but if you’ve grown up in Milwaukee, it’s practically a birthright.

I grew up with them (so to speak) and even as a mostly-macrobiotic now, I still love a good hot dog or Polish sausage or brat every now and then. You know how you can grill them until they’re just crispy enough on the outside so that you feel your teeth break the casing, and the succulent flavor covers your tastebuds? Yeah. Good times.

Among the sausage love is the liverwurst love. Liverwurst on saltine crackers, liverwurst with a big slab of tomato on a sandwich…where was I? Oh yes: We noticed recently that their Milwaukee Liver Sausage had a new label, touting gluten-free and no MSG where you can’t miss it, but it wasn’t until this article in the Shepherd Express that we realized the change was a widespread healthy makeover.

How awesome is that? I can vouch that the liver sausage tasted really good. You sure won’t miss the MSG, or the annoying nitrates and nitrites. So good for Klement’s, and good for us!

Tastebud Satisfaction: Kitchens of India and Kohinoor


Apart, they are delectable enough to satisfy a gourmet foodie; together, they are sublime–and filling!

What am I talking about? Kitchens of India and Kohinoor: Two great cuisine companies, one great tastebud experience.

This particular tastebud experience is brought you by Kitchens of India’s Pindia Chana – chick peas in aromatic tomato gravy – and Kohinoor Foods’ Madurai Lemon Rice.

Both dishes take about 4 minutes on the stove top. I’ve cooked them separately and together; either way you’ll want to EAT them together, so it’s up to you. They’re both vegetarian and the Madurai Lemon Rice is gluten-free.


Yes, eating Indian food in a restaurant or preparing it from scratch is the ideal way to go. But if you’re like me, and you just want something amazing that you don’t have to think about preparing after a long day at work (and a long commute after work, only to turn around and start the commute again the next day), and you want that something amazing to be loaded with spices and aroma and that come-back-for-more delight, then these are for you.