I’m always excited to see the President’s Choice Insider’s Report come out. The issue launched at the end of February had a special focus on the Blue Menu line of products. Soon after, I loaded my cart up with blue-packaged products to see how good they really were — taste-wise and from a nutrition standpoint.
A word on frozen entrees or “low fat” products – while you may be tempted to go for the low fat versions of the peanut sauce, meatballs or quesadillas be aware that the sodium sky-rockets. The rule of thumb is when you lower one naughty nutrient, something else has to go up. It’s a tough choice. In my books, it’s easier to balance out a higher-fat meal then one that it high in sodium.
Here are my thoughts on products that I’ve tried so far:
No salt-added line of products: From chickpeas to canned beans to diced tomatoes, these canned products are amazingly low in sodium. Two thumbs up!
PC Greek style yogurt (0%) – I love that this is so high in protein (18 grams per serving), and nice and thick. But I wish I liked the texture – a bit too grainy for my liking. Might be good in cooking or in a smoothie.
Whole Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix – When you’re not in the mood to whip up a batch of pancakes from scratch, this mix is a great way to enjoy more whole grains. I made these with buttermilk this morning, and we gobbled them up. The sodium is much more reasonable than a competitive brand (240 mg for a ¼ cup prepared batter), and you get 5 grams of much-needed fibre.
Multigrain Thin Pizza Crust – Although the first ingredient is enriched wheat flour, ¼ of the thin crust delivers 2 grams of fibre and 15% of your daily iron needs and 20% of your daily folate. The sodium is under 10%, which is great for a bread-product. It bakes up nice and crispy and is a great alternative to the thicker ready-to-use crusts on the market.
Thin Multigrain Bagels – Again, it would’ve been great if the first ingredient was whole grains (multigrain just means more than one grain was used). On the plus side, each bagel delivers 4 grams of fibre and the sodium count is reasonable (135 mg).
Yogurt Smoothies (3 flavours — mango, mixed berry, strawberry) – I like the high calcium values for these smoothies as so many on the market are just juice without much fibre. But each smoothie clocks in at about 200 calories, so that’s a big snack right there. No need to reach for anything else to go with them.
Whole Grain Banana Bran Biscuits – First ingredient on the list is whole grains and one servings (4 biscuits) packs four grams of fibre. A bit crunchy which makes it nice for dunking in tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
PC Blue Menu Turkey Bacon-Style – Although processed meats are supposed to be limited, there are those times when you want to treat your taste buds. This is a very lean breakfast strip that is quite low in sodium compared to regular bacon and other turkey products on the market.