I tried it! Treeline Treenut Cheese Product Review (Vegan/Vegetarian/Dairy Free)

Every so often, I have things I want to share that don’t fall within my normally scheduled articles, which is why I have a few types of articles which I post randomly. Here are the themes I have so far:

  • “JUST THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW…”
  • “HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?”
  • “ALLERGY-FREE”

I’m adding a new theme called I TRIED IT! This series will include product reviews, as well as recipes and projects found on the internet/Pintrest, which I’ve tried for myself. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. When I found the subject of today’s article, I knew it was just the right time to begin. (Just FYI…These are not paid reviews.)

TREELINE TREENUT CHEESE HERB-GARLIC FLAVOR

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Let me give you a brief backstory, to explain why I decided to try this cheese. Over the summer, I did an Elimination Diet, to discover the underlying cause of my chronic sinus headaches. During that time, I discovered several foods that were contributing factors. One of those foods just happened to be dairy products, such as cheese. (Much to my chagrin!)

I LOVE cheese and miss it dearly. Yesterday, while I was at Whole Foods purchasing Grass-fed Creamline milk for my Pioneer Recipe, (Throwback Thursday), I looked at their vegan/non-dairy cream cheeses.

There were several brands, but the ingredients left something to be desired. (even the organic/non-GMO verified ones) Have a look:

DAIYA CREAM CHEESE

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INGREDIENTS

Filtered water, coconut oil, tapioca starch, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, potato starch, pea protein isolate, sea salt, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, lactic acid (vegan source), agave syrup, natural vegan flavors, titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), vegan enzyme, cultured sugar.

VEGAN GORMET

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INGREDIENTS

(vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-gmo): Filtered Water, Palm Fruit Oil*, Soybean Oil*, Inulin (Chicory Root Extract), Soymilk Powder* (Soybeans*), Soy Protein, Agave Syrup*, Sea Salt, Soy Protein*, Lactic Acid (Plant Extracts), Rice Starch*, Lemon Juice Concentrate*, Natural Flavor (Plant Sources), Locust Bean Gum*, Xanthan Gum. *Certified Organic.
CONTAINS: Soy.

GO VEGGIE

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INGREDIENTS

FILTERED WATER, COCONUT OIL, MID-OLEIC SUNFLOWER OIL, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CORNSTARCH, SEA SALT, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, NATURAL VEGAN FLAVORS, ORGANIC LOCUST BEAN GUM, XANTHAN GUM, ORGANIC GUAR GUM, VEGAN CULTURE.

What’s in Treeline Treenut Cheese?

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I advocate a whole food diet. There are, however, instances where purchasing ready-made/processed items just makes life easier.  When I purchase ready-made/processed food, I’m very careful what I buy. I carefully read the ingredients to make sure they are easy to read and there aren’t too many.  In other words, I try to purchase ready-made/processed foods which are made from whole food ingredients, NOT starches, oils, gums, phosphates, fillers, or isolated proteins. You don’t want a product, when you need a chemistry book to decipher the ingredients list. (If you can’t pronounce it…don’t put it in your mouth)

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INGREDIENTS:

Cashew nuts, filtered water, sea salt, lemon juice, dried scallions, garlic powder, white pepper, onion powder, *L Acidophilus, dried basil, dried oregano.

*L Acidophilus is one of the most common types of probiotics and can be found in fermented foods, yogurt and supplements. Follow this link to see the benefits of consuming this probiotic. 

When I found this TREELINE TREENUT CHEESE,

I was very excited.

It passed the ingredients test,

but would it pass the taste test?

How did it taste?

It wasn’t white, like regular cream cheese, but it was quite creamy. It spread nicely on my gluten free paleo toast, much like cream cheese, but would it taste like cream cheese?

It was very good!

I was quite surprised, it actually did taste remarkably like cream cheese. There was an ever so slight hint of something, an after taste maybe, that distinguished it from real cream cheese, but hardly noticeable. It was there, but in the background. This jazzed up my toast beautifully. I can absolutely see it on a bagel.  I will more than likely buy this again.

(However -There are recipes on the internet to make your own vegan cream cheese with cashews. I’ll have to give them a try as well.)

What I love about this cheese:

It had simple, whole food, easy to read ingredients. There are no gums, oils, fillers, or starches. It’s just good, simple, wholesome ingredients…AND IT TASTES GOOD!

Are there any drawbacks:

  • PRICE – It was quite pricey – $7.49 for one six ounce container. This is understandable, however, considering cashews aren’t exactly cheap.
  • NOT ORGANIC – This product isn’t organic. I always try to buy organic whenever possible. Looking for the USDA organic seal will help ensure a good product, though not always. (as seen above)
  • NOT PROJECT NON-GMO VERIFIED – This bothers me as well. This means it could have GMO ingredients. I try to look for the Project Non-GMO Verified sticker on labels. This doesn’t guarantee a good product, as we saw above, but it does help.
  • IT’S NOT REGULAR CHEESE – What I mean by this is…it doesn’t shred or melt like regular cheese. Sometimes you just want some good gooey cheese!

Closing thoughts:

Overall this is a decent product and worth a second look, despite the price and lack of organic/non-gmo certification. It’s price does make me hesitate, however. I plan on making my own nut cheeses in the future. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Wellness Wednesday: Whole Food Snacks for the road

As we are discussing traveling today, I thought it fitting to include some healthy snack options for your road trip. Below you’ll find some sweet and savory recipes to tide you over and lift your spirits while in the car or waiting in the airport.

Enjoy!

God Bless! Namaste!

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“Everything Bagel” Nut and Seed mix

From: Whole Foods Market

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups raw, unsalted nuts (such as a mix of pecans, cashews, walnuts and almonds)
  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 egg white

For complete recipe follow this LINK

Banana-Oatmeal Snack Cookies

From: Whole Foods Market

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots and/or date

For complete recipe, follow this LINK

Apple Pie Energy Bites

From: Cooking Light

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1 cup grated granny smith apple tossed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For full recipe follow this LINK

Chocolate Energy Bars

From: Chef John/Allrecipes.com

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Ingredients:

For full recipe follow this LINK

Roasted Curried Chickpeas

From: Kitchn

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Ingredients:

  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried well
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

For complete recipe, follow this LINK

Press-It Thursday: Homemade “Lara Bars” with Goji Berries | Roxana’s Kitchen

 

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Today’s recipe is from the blog-Roxanna’s Kitchen. Roxanna lives in Chicago and works in the food industry. She says she “Cooks in her spare time and reads recipes obsessively.”

When I first went gluten-free, I struggled to find good snacks that actually tasted good, and Lara bars were one of those snacks.

Roxanna’s homemade Lara Bar recipe includes several super healthy foods, including: cacao, goji berries, medjool dates, and 3 kinds of nuts. It’s a super simple and super healthy recipe. ENJOY!

It’s a tough granola bar world out there… I get so overwhelmed by all the choices and all the crazy ingredients that sound like they belong on the back of cleaning supplies.  I find Lara Bars have …

Source: Homemade “Lara Bars” with Goji Berries | Roxana’s Kitchen

Nutella Unmasked (And Two healthy Alternatives)

I’m not sure if anyone would believe me when I say, I’ve actually never tried Nutella in my life. That being said, I know it is incredibly popular, and often touted as being a healthy and tasty alternative for breakfast. A google search for recipes using Nutella resulted in 730,000 hits.

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Take a look at this deceptive advertisement for Nutella:

Yes, I admit that HAZELNUTS are healthy. See this infographic for a few of the health benefits:

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Despite the health benefits of hazelnuts, Nutella is NOT a healthy. So what exactly is in Nutella that makes it unhealthy? A recent article from mercola.com unmasks the truth about the ingredients in Nutella.

  • REFINED PALM OIL-While unrefined palm oil does have some health benefits, such as heart protection and cancer prevention, refined palm oil can cause some ill effects, including increased risk for cancer from chemicals used in refining
  • HIGH AMOUNTS OF SUGAR- Obviously, sugar is not part of a healthy diet, especially at breakfast. Sugar is HIGHLY addictive, and triggers the same opioids in the brain as cocaine.

Take a look at the photo below to see the amounts of each ingredient: (mostly sugar!)

If you enjoy Nutella, but don’t want the sugar or refined palm oil, here is an alternative recipe from mercola.com.

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This recipe is from Chocolate Covered Kate. The ingredients are listed below. You can find the directions HERE.

 

 

For the full article from mercola.com, follow this link: Nutella Unmasked: Ingredients in Nutella May Surprise You

Mare Bear Bars/Spice Chicks of Drip

These deliciously healthy treats are made with nuts, dried fruit, oats, almond butter and DATES. Dates act as the glue and sweetener in these wonderful bars. And, as you may have guessed, they contain numerous health benefits. Here is an infographic showing the nutrition content in 100 grams of dates:

Continue reading “Mare Bear Bars/Spice Chicks of Drip”

A Comprehensive Guide To Every Single Nut Butter Out There

Below is an amazing infographic I just had to share with all of you. It contains information on 12 different nut butters, including your basic peanut and almond butter, but also, macadamia, sunflower seed butter, and hazelnut butter just to name a few.

But, before you head over to the main website, I found a few twists on the normal PB & J, just incase the ole’ stand by is getting boring! Let me know what you think some of these are a bit bizarre! Also, PLEASE use 100% WHOLE GRAIN BREAD on all recipes, even the ones that call for white bread. THANK YOU!!

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5 Gourmet Twists to Makeover Your Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

 

Here’s the source for the infographic: A Comprehensive Guide To Every Single Nut Butter Out There – What’s Good by V

Every once in a while, it’s comforting to have a good ol’ PB&J sandwich for lunch. But lately, with every nut butter creation imaginable popping up on store shelves, we’ve been tempted to make …