Friday, June 20, 2014

Quickie Review - Banana Chia Pod- Wegman's?

Banana Chia Pod- Wegman's?
Look at this adorable little package! I can't remember where I picked this up (I think it was Wegman's ?), but I'm really excited to give this a try.

This packaging really stood out from the yogurts and cottage cheeses that were in the dairy case. It's functional, really well designed, and the best part is that the entire thing is recyclable, even the little spoon!

That's right, this little Chia Pod comes with a freaking adorable, and convenient, little spoon that can be recycled along with the rest of the container. Everything is so well thought out! I could toss this into my lunch bag with no utensils and be just fine, plus when I'm done everything can go right into the recycling bin. It's a win-win!

Now, for once, I didn't buy this just because I fell in love with the packaging. It just so happened that these Chia Pods come in one of my favorite fruity flavors, banana! Since I have been really banana obsessed this year, and banana yogurt is my favorite breakfast item, I was excited to see how this would compare.

I opened the package and the scent is sweet, mild, and creamy. It's kind of like an even milder version of banana baby food. I looked at the ingredients, and it turns out that this is a vegan item and it's only made with three things, pureed banana, chia seeds, and coconut milk.Each of those items are very mild on their own, so I image this is going to be a very mellow eating experience.

Now as far as looks go, this wouldn't win any beauty contest. The packaging is see through, so I knew what I was getting into when I bought it, but my sister kept pointing out that it looked like I was eating vomit. (Thanks.) To be honest it kinda does look like something I'd have to clean off the floor, but it's pretty good.

The texture of the chia seeds is similar to tapioca, but these seeds are slightly firmer in the center than tapioca pearls. I love rice and tapioca puddings, so the texture was no big deal to me, but if you're not a fan of those items you might want to skip this snack and anything with chia seeds. As for the fruity flavoring, this was really mild, but authentic. The ingredients are pure, so if you mashed a banana into some coconut milk you'd get the exact same taste, which is pleasant, but quite bland.

I ate 2/3rds of this container and my palette kind of got tired of the bland sweet flavoring. I think if I had added some chopped almonds or slices of banana to change things up I would have liked it a lot more, but on it's own the flavoring gets boring pretty quickly. My Pomeranian Jack Jack was begging to try some, so I gave him a taste, and he absolutely loved it. I don't think I would buy this flavor again for myself, but I will definitely buy this again to be a sweet (and healthy) treat for my little puff.
© Maria Smith
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