Review: Whole Pantry Vegetarian Sausage Patties (Vegan)
Let's face it: you can't always cook everything from scratch yourself, unless you dedicate your life to cooking. If you're like me, you want to get up in the morning, exercise, shower, have a good (but quick) breakfast, and get on with your day. Obviously you don't want to start the day consuming heavily processed food though (in fact you want to never eat heavily processed food if you can avoid it.) So I find these Whole Pantry Vegetarian Sausage Patties from Whole Foods to be an ideal breakfast staple for me. They are delicious, nutritious, vegan, and ready in 2 minutes - the perfect ingredients for breakfast on a busy morning.
In a past life, pork breakfast sausage was one of my guilty pleasures. While I won't make the silly claim that these taste the same, I find they are a fine substitute in terms of flavor. In terms of nutrition and health, there is simply no contest - these beat the "real" pork ones hands down. With less than half the total fat (and way less than that if you look at saturated fat specifically), significantly less sodium, and about the same amount of protein, it's hard not to love these even if you don't keep vegan. And the best part? You can actually list the ingredients quickly, without having to scratch your head too much as to where things come from, and without needing a doctorate degree to know how to pronounce the stuff.
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While not as natural as say, something you cook yourself from scratch that morning, they are probably the next best thing. Just look at this label! Even if you eat 2 (like I do), you are still talking about less than 200 calories, less than 10 grams of total fat (and no saturated fat to really speak of), and a whopping 16 grams of protein - perfect for a post-strength training meal. I combine these with a bowl of freshly cooked steel cut oats to get that boost of fiber as well. It makes for a great breakfast. You can cook these in a variety of ways, including on the skillet if you want them to be juicy, but I find that 2 minutes in the microwave for 2 patties is just fine for something quick and healthy.
Price-wise you are looking at less than 4 bucks (typically $3.50), for 6 patties. That's a tad more expensive than most "real" pork ones (if you buy something decent), but less than other vegetarian/vegan ones. Given the flavor and nutritional value, I think they are a fine buy at this price. There is also something else worth mentioning: the packaging is brilliant. You know how most frozen stuff comes in packaging that doesn't close well enough to store? Well these come in a zip-lock style bag inside the box, so you take out what you want, and zip the rest back up for safe keeping. It may sound insignificant, but personally I put a lot of importance on packaging, and these don't disappoint.
If you haven't tried these yet, next time you visit your Whole Foods market, grab a box from the freezer section. You won't be disappointed.
Hope you found this helpful. I will point out this had been suggested by Tawnie with Fehr outfitters. of course always value ideas and opinions.
Posted in Clothing Post Date 09/11/2015