Product Review: Thomas’ Toast R Cakes

It’s me again, with another scrumptious product review. Today I’m looking at Toast R Cakes, by Thomas’. Thomas’ Toast R Cakes are available in packs of six on Amazon Fresh, for the cost of $3.19, which is quite reasonable (edit: I guess that since Amazon Fresh is only available in a few cities, they’re sort of secretive about their selection and for some reason Toast R Cakes aren’t available on their regular website…or anyone else’s website that isn’t a geographically specific grocery for that matter, so I can’t get you a link to buy online. Sorry guys!). I’ve also seen the six pack for sale at my local grocery store. Before I started getting Amazon Fresh, I was getting low-fat muffins at the grocery stores nearby. I wanted a similar product to replace those, and when I took a look at Toast R Cakes, it seemed like they might fit the bill.

Kind of like the infamous Seinfeld episode, the Toast R Cake is essentially a corn muffin top with no bottom, a kind of corn muffin disk, if you will. Each one has five percent of your daily recommended total fat, and three percent saturated, which are similar numbers to the Kellogg’s Nutragrain bars I eat. They’re very tasty, so no problems there. The only drawback I see to this product is that they’re pretty small…just three or four good-sized bites, and they’re gone. If you’re looking for portion control, this is a good thing, but if you have more of an appetite in the morning, you might want to eat two of them instead of one, or supplement the meal with a protein shake, as I sometimes do. With the decadent taste of a chocolate protein shake and the cake-like texture of the Toast R Cake, it’s almost like having dessert for breakfast! So I definitely recommend this product. It’s low in fat, delicious, and not a hint of a vegetable to be seen.


Product Review: Dr. McDougall’s Split Pea Soup

As I’ve grown into my thirties, I’ve had to factor in new concerns when I pack my little “min-meals” on work days. Where before, I looked pretty much exclusively toward total and saturated fat content, to watch my weight, now I’ve started looking at sodium content and fiber content too. As I’ve mentioned before, one of the problems about prepared foods is the high sodium content, as salt is necessary to give foods a longer shelf life. A good fiber intake, of course, keeps you regular, along with drinking a lot of water.

Enter Dr. McDougall’s Split Pea Soup, which I haven’t seen for sale in the stores near me; instead, I found it on Amazon Fresh, and I thought I’d give it a try. It comes in packs of six, for $9.78, which is pretty reasonable. It’s freeze-dried, so you have to add water, then microwave for about a minute and stir. The result is some pretty darn good split-pea soup.

But hold on, Steven! Aren’t peas a vegetable?! Indeed they are…but as I’ve said in the past, when vegetables are powdered, or pureed, as is the case here, they tend to lose their texture, which often grosses me out less than the actual taste. Onion powder is another example of this phenomenon, as is tomato sauce.

The best thing about this product is that while it has only two percent total fat, and no saturated fat, the sodium content is only fifteen percent of your daily requirement, which is very reasonable, and it has forty-eight percent of your daily required fiber! If you compare that to just about any comparable product, and certainly most of the other stuff I take to lunch during the weeks, you’ll see that there’s little else among prepared foods that even comes close to this. So while it’s tasty, the best thing about this product is actually how good it is for you in just about every category I view as important. I heartily recommend this product for you, the picky eater. Go find it!