Hey peeps! This is Mathea Ford with Renal Diet Headquarters and today I wanted to talk to you live about the Flavis desserts that I've been reviewing this week. We're doing a giveaway for that ends May the 12th but the good news is is if it's after May the 12th and you're listening to this we do have a coupon code and I will put that below the video. So, it will be in the comments just look for it there's a coupon code that's good through August for you to buy anything that's on the Flavis site but also these cookies and desserts that I'm going to talk about.
So, I wanted to start with there's three different ones. There's one that's a fruit bar, there's one that's called Frollini and there's one that's called cookies that seems to be the favorite so far this week. So, if you have any comments just put them in the notes below.
But I wanted to start with the fruit bar. So, it comes in a package of five. Obviously, I've used a couple of these I've eaten them. It has like 0.2 grams of protein per bar and the reason I love them is because first of all, they're in a little package so they're about the size of like maybe 3/4 of a Granola bar if you're used to a Granola bar and they come individually packaged so you can take them with you. I like them to take as a snack or to take to work instead of going to the vending machine but they're individually packaged so that they stay together and then when you open up the package and you get it out it's like it reminds me of a Fig bar. Obviously, it's called a fruit bar because it's Strawberry flavored but I want to show you kind of there's that what the inside looks like if I can get it to focus and then it kind of has like a Graham cracker crust a little bit.
It's real easy to eat you know just have a little bit. It does have quite a bit of sweetness to it so if you want just that little bit of sweetness this is the bar for you and I like that the crust is like kind of like a Graham cracker crust. So, this product is gluten, considered gluten-free, it's certified gluten free. It does say it contains wheat but what they tell me is that the way that they make the product that that makes it it's actually a gluten free wheat that they used. It is specifically a low protein food and the cost on it is about $4.00 a box. So, my coupons for 10% off so that would save you 40 cents and if you liked them.
And they were healthy for you because they're low in potassium and phosphorus each of these bars has about 20 milligrams of potassium and 10 milligrams of phosphorus so it's really pretty low in both of those and it's very low in protein. So, it's a strawberry flavored fruit bar so that's my little comments about those. I like these like I said because they're very travel helpful. You can take them with you, you can use them on the road, you can put them in, if you're going to dialysis you can take them with you to have as a snack during dialysis if you feel a little bit tired.
They do have 19 grams of carbs per bar so if you're a diabetic this would be about one carb exchange which is typical if you wanted to add a little protein to it like some peanut butter or maybe an egg. If you're in you're allowed protein that might help to balance out that carb a little bit if you're a diabetic but it's very low sodium too let me remind you that. It's 35 milligrams of sodium per bar. So, all around a good food. It is very much better than a Fig Newton or Fig bar for you if you were to eat them as part of your diet.
So, the next one I want to talk about is called Frollini and it is a cookie so they call it Frollini Biscotti and Biscotti to me are those dry kind of cookies that you eat with your coffee. So, if you're a coffee drinker you may be familiar with that. I like these bags because you can fold them over and then they have like a little removable tab that you can close them down with to keep them easy to eat them later. What's the right word for that? Make them so that they're not dried out but the Frollinis come in the bag and they're kind of loose in the bag if you can see that and if you're on the podcast I know you can't see it but they're just kind of loose cookies in a bag. So, unfortunately this was one of the things I mentioned in the blog post I really that's my only real disappointment.
Broken cookies taste the same but they are they might want to rethink the packaging. So, let me remind you it's got 0.2 grams of protein per serving which is three whole cookies. So, it has four grams of fat. It has 24 grams of carbohydrate and three cookies same thing it's like one and a half exchanges for a diabetic. Again, as a diabetic if you're allowed you might want to add some protein like a peanut butter or cashew butter or even just like some cheese with these crackers. They're pretty dry so I think of them like coffee crackers but they're pretty crunchy and dry. They have just a little bit of sweetness to them. Again, there's 24 grams of carbs of that is some sugar but they're they're not super sweet so if you don't like super sweet stuff but you wanted to add some calories without adding extra protein, these would be a good choice because there's 130 calories in three of them and you would be able to kind of up your calorie level without upping the amount of protein that you're eating.
A lot of what people don't understand sometimes is that a lot of foods have protein in them and one of the things
you're most concerned with with pre dialysis or End Stage Renal Disease is that you have protein limitations but like wheat, flour or whole wheat flour or grains have protein in them which is good for most people and it's good for
you too but it just matters like how much you're supposed to have in a protein in a day.
So, this one also has just ten milligrams of potassium and ten milligrams of phosphorus per cookie but I'll show you kind of when you break it it's pretty crispy and then like I said it's pretty crunchy but it's not too bad as far as it doesn't break completely apart but they are kind of crispy they have like a little sun on them. So, I would like these you know either just as a light snack with your breakfast if you're trying to add some calories but not to add protein.
I like these for that but I also just like them as in general. They're good cookie. They're just just a little bit sweet I
like a lot of sweet but if you don't like a whole lot of sweet these would be good for you you'd like them. These are about five dollars I think they were $4.79 a bag right now and again that 10% off coupon through August will give you 47 cents off so think about the Frollini.
We're doing a giveaway and we're giving away one fruit bar, one Frollini and one cookie so you get a set of three and we're giving away three of those packages by next Monday May the 13th so that's something for you to think about.
So, let's talk about the cookies. Now, these cookies are what I call chocolate chip cookies. They're probably close to chocolate chip cookies they're just not really chocolate chip cookies. They have a little bit of chocolate in them so let me show them to you. So, they're these come and they're mostly whole cookies so they're not broken up like the Frollini so they're not quite as dry I guess you would say. They're a little bit but they are pretty dry cookies and the bags that I got from Flavis.
They provided me with some bags to do my evaluation. They were good til December so these actually have a good date on them at least nine months so you can eat them a little bit over time. Again, if you have questions or comments put them in the comments and I will do my best to get that answer to you.
But this is the favorite one on the blog so everybody's been making comments that they would love to have chocolate chip cookies again. So, when you look at them they're again they're like one and a half inches, two inches around and they're nice. They have just that little bit of chocolate in them and just enough chocolate to give you the flavor and then they're awesome not super-sweet, they are super sweet they are sweeter than the Frollini.
You get that chocolate flavor you really do and three of them is a serving again on these so you've got again 0.2 grams of protein so adding any type of protein you want to it some cheese, some whatever to make it a little more protein especially if you're on dialysis you might need more protein, you don't need more potassium and phosphorus. These cookies have 20 milligrams of potassium and 10 milligrams of phosphorus for each serving which is three. Again, it's an easy way to add extra calories if you need more calories but you don't want more protein. So, these are also made with gluten-free wheat and they're certified as gluten-free food so you get about seven servings in each bag.
This cookie bag again costs about the same as the Frollini to $4.79 so. I like them because they're not quite as dry as the Frollini but in their little sweeter and but it's not so sweet that you just want to eat a whole bunch of them but you get that little bit of sweetness that maybe you're craving and again for the diabetics who may be listening these have 24 grams of carbohydrate per serving so you have a choice you could do only two cookies and that would give you like 16 grams of carb which would be about one serving. You could eat the third cookie that would be another half serving of your carbohydrates if you're counting carbs, if you're counting actual grams of carbohydrate it's 24. So, if you wanted to do that.
So, with the Frollini, I liked the idea of crumbling them up and possibly putting them on some yogurt but you could also do that with these chocolate chip style cookies is to break them up and use them in like a dessert or a crust with a little maybe a little bit even I like the chocolate chip ones on some ice cream. You may not be eating ice cream but I do like them with that so it's just another choice that you have to eat as dessert that you may be missing right now that you want you may be getting tired of eating fruit all the time or just restricting your diet so much so this could be a little treat that you give yourself that you have you know occasionally like I said they last a long time and they're easy to take along so if you wanted to take you know these cookies like I said the chocolate chip cookies are not as “fragile” so you could grab those and put them in a bag, put them in your lunch and take them a lot easier.
The Frollinis might just break in half but again they taste just as good. So, it's something that you can have with you instead of going to grab the snack machine. These are definitely better for you than just regular out of the vending machine cookies because you know more specifically what amount of carbohydrate and protein and specifically the
potassium, sodium and phosphorous. Both of these cookies have just about 10 milligrams of sodium. Let me look at the Frollini. Yeah, Frollini has 10 milligrams. So, each of them has 10 milligrams of sodium per serving which is 3 cookies. So, these are better for you than those. So, if you're like “I'd like to get a little bit of a snack but I don't want to have” you know you might think that they're a little bit expensive although granted 5 dollars for a bag of cookies it's probably not super more expensive than the other but if you're using it just as a treat and maybe you have it once a week these would last a month or so and you could have that at that sweet that you really want.
So, those are my thoughts. I don't know. I'm not seeing any comments or questions let me see if I can. I don't really see. So, if you made a comment or a question during the live I will answer it in the comments below I will come behind it and make notes. I'm sorry if I missed it. My phone is just not showing me at the moment any comments so but I appreciate you listening and I appreciate your time today. I hope you enjoyed me talking about Flavis and I look forward to talking more about other things in the future. Thanks!