Eat this! (Or don’t.)


• Fibre-Plus Cranberry Apple English Muffins:

I have found the most delicious English muffins in the world, and they’re made in east Hogtown by Stonemill Bakehouse. These English muffins, below, have little chunks of apple and cranberry, with all natural products and a hint of honey, so I’m told. Their listed ingredients also include flax seeds, sunflower seeds and cracked soy. With butter and a smear of jam, I had these for lunch twice and wept briefly when I ran out.

Where To Buy: All participating leading grocers including Longo’s, Loblaws, Costco, Fortinos, Zehrs.

Price: $2.79 for six.

Try/Buy Again: Definitely.

• Oasis Health Break Berry and Pomegranate

• Oasis Health Break Strawberry and Kiwi

These may sound like weird juices, and they really are. Both have a thicker texture for those used to more traditional breakfast juices. But oddly, neither are pulpy. Toronto dietitian Lisa Weinberg says the berry-pomegranate drink gives you a blast of antioxidants while one cup per day of the strawberry-kiwi has a good dose of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Where to buy: Easy find.

Price: $3.49 to $3.99 for 1.89L carton

Try/Buy Again?: Yes, yes.

• Tropicana Veggies™ Original vegetable

Cocktail Rating: ** 1/2 (out of five)

• Tropicana Veggies™ Spicy vegetable

Cocktail Rating: ** 1/2 (out of five)

“Wow, I could've had a …” “Make my Caesar with …”

The temptations may be to answer “V8” or “Mott's Clamato.” But a close runner-up could conceivably be a Tropicana Veggies™ Original vegetable cocktail and Tropicana Veggies™ Spicy vegetable cocktail.

Tropicana is best associated for its quality line of orange juice products. But not satisfied with creating more fruit juices, Tropicana has ventured into the garden to cull together its pair of new vegetable cocktails.

Tastewise, you could do worse (hello, PC or other no-name brand?). The nine-vegetable liquid mash-up — which includes tomato, carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, mushroom, spinach and watercress — hits the palate satisfactorily without leaving behind too salty or bitter an aftertaste.

But as you're tasting the nutrients going into your system, both concoctions do suffer from being a tad too watered-down for one's liking. It's more noticeable in the Original vegetable cocktail, which is clearly trying to mimic its competitor, the original V8.

Additionally, the unnecessary wateriness found in the Spicy vegetable cocktail — itself going after those in love with Mott’s Clamato — means anyone trying to make a decent Caesar might not get that spiciness that Clamato best offers.

And with a best-before date that expires far too quickly compared to its competitors, the only true answers to the aforementioned phrases are as follows: “Wow, I could've had a V8” and “Make my Caesar with Mott's.”

Where to buy: Loblaw's, Loeb or other grocery store.

Price: $4.49 (double-check?) for 1.89L carton.

Try/Buy Again: No, and no.

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