Tastebud Satisfaction: Amy’s Rice Macaroni with Cheeze


I know I said in an earlier post that rice macaroni’n’cheese, especially the gluten free, dairy free and soy free and caseinate-free kind, can taste like warmed-over pressed cardboard.

That was before I tried Amy’s Rice Macaroni with Dairy Free Cheeze. I just may be converted.

Every bit as good as the “regular” macaroni and dairy-free cheeze, this organic rice pasta dish, loaded with taste, cooked to a tender, creamy, piping-hot entree. That just-like-the-real-thing flavor is something Amy’s does extremely well with their mac’n’cheese.

The sodium’s a little high at 740 mg, but you know what, I enjoyed every bite. For the macrobiotic or vegan on the go, you could do far worse than have this for lunch!

Tastebud Satisfaction: Almond Dream–What a Dream!


I love squeaky clean health foods, but sometimes a girl needs to have chocolate in ice cream form without fear of lactose intolerant rumblings.

And I want that fake ice cream to taste like real ice cream: Creamy, rich, and chocolatey like it came from a solid chocolate cow.

Here we go: Almond Dream Chocolate Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert.

Yes to almonds.

Yes to soy.

Yes to evaporated cane juice; this isn’t purporting to be Mr. Squeaky Clean Health Food and I’m in treat mode right now.

And yes to that fabulously creamy, chocolate-cow taste that makes you want to scoop yourself just a little more.

This product is gluten free for those who need to worry about such things, and look at the bonus: “Delicious and creamy ALMOND DREAM™ has 50% more calcium than the leading brand and is an excellent source of antioxidants.”

Check out the whole non-dairy frozen treat product line, and their other products here.

Tastebud Satisfaction: GoMacro MacroBar


Vegan. Gluten free. Macrobiotic. High protein. With healthy, conscientious buzz words like that, how could you go wrong?

Easily. But not this time.

GoMacro MacroBars aren’t the usual good-for-you snack bars that so often taste like a block of unappetizing sludge at their worst and pressed cardboard at their best.  I tried their Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar, and it not only filled me up, it tasted quite good! For a slim bar, it’s loaded with energy, and I had the added satisfaction of knowing I wasn’t consuming yet another overly-processed, enriched product that would leave me feeling uncomfortably full and regretting my choice.

In addition, as the site says: “The bars are sweetened with grain-based sweeteners. These sweeteners take longer to digest, thus avoiding the blood-sugar spikes associated with refined sugars. The fats in GoMacro bars are healthy fats derived from nuts and seeds containing omega3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. […] These are slow-burning carbs that boost energy levels throughout the day. Protein comes from brown rice protein – a great high protein alternative to animal products and soy.”

So there you have it. If you don’t want soy, these don’t have it. If you need to avoid gluten like the plague, here’s one answer. If you’re trying to follow a macrobiotic program and find yourself side-stepping it a lot (*raises hand*), get a handful of these to tide you over during moments of starvation between meals.