Eating Well With Kim: Italian Flavor Product Review

By: Kim Beavers
By: Kim Beavers

Product Review: Italian flavor

I ran across this ravioli while we were filming a different Eating Well with Kim and Tim segment. Once I reviewed the nutrition facts panel, I knew I had a new segment in the making.

Villa Ravioli

I found roasted vegetable and squash ravioli in the freezer section of the local Bi-Lo store. I was also able to sample the roasted vegetable ravioli and it is delicious. The roasted vegetable and squash ravioli are both fairly low in sodium (190mg and 60mg respectably). The vegetables in the ravioli include asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, onion, yellow and red pepper, and spinach. Give either of these a try for a quick weeknight meal.

IL Villaggio® Parmigianino Bites

These are little individually wrapped bites of real Parmigianino Reggiano cheese. I love, love this idea as I am a big fan of portable real food. Now let’s get to the potential limiting factor for this product-- the cost. They are expensive, but seeing as they are real Parmesan I can understand the cost. However there is a dollar off coupon on the website:

The next two products have nothing Italian about them, so technically they are “random” product reviews.

Wonderful® Pistachios

Snack pack contains 1 ounce of pistachios and 80 calories. These are great grab and go snacks!

Great Grains Protein cereal

What I really wanted to talk about here is the type of protein being used in the Great Grains cereal. It contains pea protein as the protein source and this is a trend being seen in the food industry. Other products you can find with pea protein include the Larabar® ATL and Cascadian Farm® “protein” bars.

Why pea protein? There are a couple reasons really, pea protein is a vegetarian source of protein and it is a soy alternative which is nice since many people are allergic to soy. In addition most soy is genetically modified (not all of course) and pea protein is a non-GMO option. Pea protein is from the yellow split pea not the English garden pea.

Until next time: Shop well and eat well.


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