Talking with my Teen: Guavas, Tomatoes, Blueberries and Vegetables

My oldest daughter is officially a teenager. Suppressed memories of my awkward and frightening teenage years have come flooding back. Middle School and High School are times in my life I want to forget. Thankfully, my two dogs, Tippy and Tuffy, helped get me through those years. I hope our cat, Minnie, helps my daughter successfully navigate her middle school years. Communicating with Teens Communication with my teen daughter is "tense", some reasons  could be: the constant glares I receive when I try to engage; i.e. "the Claire glare" my teen doesn't feel comfortable communicating verbally and expressing feelings my fear of reliving middle school years affects my ability to listen My daughter is able to verbally … [Read more...]

Trident Layers Juicy Berry & Tangy Tangerine sugar free gum, flavor review

Trident Layers gum is my daughter's  favorite gum. She loves the juicy, fruity flavor and the colored layers. She calls it the "sandwich gum" and jumps up and down when I give her a piece. The front label of Trident Layers reads "with real fruit flavor".  What does that mean?  Sugar free chewing gum is not natural.  Sugar free gum is an artificially flavored, sweetened, and colored edible rubber material. Its benefits are dental (does not promote tooth decay) and breathe freshening.   The ingredients in Trident Layers are: gum base (rubber) maltitol, maltitol syrup, sorbitol, mannitol(sweeteners that do not promote tooth decay) acesulfame potassium , aspartame, sucralose (artificial high potency sweeteners) Blue 2 … [Read more...]

Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt, flavor review

We can rely on Ben & Jerry's for delicious and fun frozen desserts. Greek Frozen yogurt is no exception and as the package states, it's "really Greekin good". Recently, I found two of the four Greek frozen yogurt flavors: Blueberry Vanilla Graham and Raspberry Fudge chunk. Ben & Jerry's Greek Frozen yogurt is easy to scoop, has a light texture (not too dense), is smooth and is not too cold when consumed. My family enjoyed both flavors, but preferred the Raspberry Fudge chunk. Chocolate always wins with my girls.  The raspberry has a nice natural flavor and tartness, it reminds me some of a sherbet flavor. Blueberry Vanilla Graham has a nice malty/buttery flavor from the graham pieces. In fact, the sweet buttery graham crust … [Read more...]

Newton Fruit Thins Blueberry Brown Sugar Review

My family likes Fig Newtons and when I saw these cookies at the store, I decided we needed to try them out. Fruit Thins aren't  a thing like Fig Newtons, except that they have nutritional value and are tasty like Newtons.  Some of the ingredients in these thins are whole grain flour, oats, dry blueberries, flax-seed and fructose. The box of Fruit Thins advertises 8 grams of whole grain per serving. When I opened the package, there was a strong banana bread aroma. Pleasant, but not what I expected with a blueberry brown sugar cookie.  The cookies had a cracker appearance and crispy texture. When I tasted them, the flavor was distinctly blueberry, like the Special K Kelloggs blueberry fruit crisps.  The blueberry flavor is very fruity and … [Read more...]

SoBe lifewater black & blue berry review

Northwest Berries The only way to truly know what a fruit or vegetable tastes like is to try it fresh and ripe. Moving to the Northwest has given me the opportunity to try other fresh fruits and vegetables. Some new favorites are raspberries and blueberries. In fact, I like blueberries so much, I planted some in my backyard. Before moving here, I would have describe blueberries as floral or green; maybe even watery. Blueberries are a touch more complex when picked ripe. They have a nice full sweetness, a touch of a floral character, some seedy notes, nice juiciness and a subtle tartness. My Impression The SoBe lifewater black & blueberry has an excellent flavor. It is distinctly blueberry with a nice juicy, sweet, seedy and full … [Read more...]