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My Daiya Deluxe Cheezy Mac Review

I love mac and cheese. My whole family loves mac and cheese. But on a plant-based diet we had been missing our fix. Enter Daiya’s Deluxe Cheezy Mac.

daiya deluxe cheezy mac

I’m not sure what we were expecting when we started with this but we were pleasantly surprised by what we had in store for us. This box of Daiya’s Deluxe Cheezy Mac is advertised as dairy, soy and gluten free. Non-GMO verified and of course plant-based.

First I should mention that we got our box from Whole Foods and during quarantine the Amazon delivery worked great. Here’s a link to Daiya Deluxe Cheezy Mac directly on Amazon.

Nutritional Facts

I can’t say enough about reading the nutritional facts and how important that is. Regardless of how healthy you think you are keeping your family, even if you’re eating mac and cheese :). I started to do some digging.

daiya deluxe cheezy mac nutritional facts

So what stuck out to me was the amount of sodium per serving. Daiya Deluxe Cheezy Mac shows 580mg per serving! This of course seems quite high but let’s compare it to other non-dairy mac and cheese.

So while Daiya Deluxe Cheezy Mac doesn’t compare to the Velveeta version it still is inline with the other non-dairy mac & cheeses. I should mention, if the sodium topic is of interest to you then make sure to check out this article posted from healthline about other foods high in sodium. I learned that this is inline with what a hotdog or bratwurst of sodium per serving.

Unboxing

daiya deluxe cheezy mac unboxing

No surprises here. Standard bag of macaroni and bag of the secret sauce.

Time to Cook

daiya deluxe cheezy mac cooking

Daiya Deluxe Cheezy Mac comes with really tasty gluten free macaroni. It uses brown rice pasta to avoid the gluten and we really loved it.

daiya deluxe cheezy mac cooking

Once we added the cheese things started really coming together. A little secret: I NEVER use the whole packet of cheese. It always seemed too much and this case was no different. I think we ended up using about a quarter of the whole bag. Now you could argue that you don’t get the full effect of the dish but on the positive side you also don’t get the full sodium effect.

Final Verdict

daiya deluxe cheezy mac

The box says that it’s good for 3 servings. Which in my house usually means good for 1.5 people. This was no different. Overall we really enjoyed Daiya’s take on mac & cheese. The mac was great the non-dairy cheese was also not too over-powering. It definitely scratched an itch that we had. So if you’re looking for a wonderful alternative to a dairy based mac & cheese make sure to check out Daiya Deluxe Cheezy Mac.

Start Growing Your Own Tea

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Hot or cold, Tea is a delightful and healthy drink.  Whether you’re a fan of the green tea, black tea or even white tea, there are so many documented health benefits.  So when we saw this wonderful book Homegrown Tea which walks us through on how to plant, harvest and blend we thought it would be a perfect addition to our library.  From Amazon.com you can see the following write-up.

Homegrown Tea explains how to grow a large variety of plants in your own garden, on a balcony or even on a window sill could become your tea cupboard. It shows you how to grow your tea from seeds, cuttings, or small plants, as well as which parts of the plant are used to make tea. Liversidge lays out when and how to harvest your plants, as well as information on how to prepare the plant, including how to dry tea leaves to make tea you can store to last you throughout the year. As a guide to using tea to make you feel better, there are nutritional and medicinal benefits. Finally, there is an illustrated guide to show how to make up fresh and dried teabags and how to serve a delicious homegrown tea. It is sustainable way to look at a beverage, which is steeped in history and tradition.

We also found a really nice write-up on mother nature network so make sure to head over there.

You Should Be Chewing Non-GMO Gum

glee gum

I love chewing gum, blue Trident to be exact.  Impossible to find in Germany btw.  My kids also love chewing gum, but they’re not so picky.  They like gross flavors like melon mint and kiwi watermelon.  Gum should be minty but I digress.  The other day I was at a basketball game with a friend. .  She only feeds her daughter non-GMO foods.  She got me onto Glee, a non-gmo gum.  Glee gum has absolutely no artificial flavors, no sweeteners or preservatives and is gluten free.  We think this is a winner.  Here is an excerpt from their website

Glee Gum is natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. It comes in 9 great flavors: cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum, spearmint, triple berry, sugar-free lemon-lime, sugar-free refresh-mint, and sugar-free wild watermelon. Glee Gum is the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum! No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners (no aspartame). Non-GMO Project Verified. Chew with Glee, naturally!

If your interested you can also get it directly from Amazon.com