Back in my vegetarian days strawberry yogurt was a staple in my refrigerator. It was perfect for breakfast with a little granola or a great snack when I got home from work. However when I went vegan my favorite little snack was corrupted by well meaning soyogurt companies. You name it, I hate it. Picture a toddler spitting out everything you put in it's mouth or throwing it on the floor. That's me with soyogurt. Well...there is one exception I love love love Wildwood plain soyogurt in my smoothies, but that's another blog.
When I saw Ricera on the shelf I was, of course, skeptical. But, being the adventurous vegan I am, I bought the blueberry, strawberry and peach flavor to give it a whirl. HEAVEN. The second I tasted Ricera I was hooked! The best part is it helps me with my New Year's Resolution of cutting down the soy in my diet.
And what could be better than getting in more whole grains? Ricera has 1 1/2 servings of whole brown rice in each little cup. It also has 3 grams of protein and is certified organic. Right now it's only available at Whole Foods, local co-ops and natural food stores. Lately I've seen it on sale a lot and since it has such a long expiration date you can stock up for about a month if you catch it on sale. If your local co-op or natural health store doesn't carry this, you must demand they do. It will change you life...seriously. :)
***UPDATE***My Ricera Retraction:
Oh Ricera, Oh Ricera! How I loved thee! Rice based, soy and gluten free, full of whole grain goodness, what wasn't there to love about you? But as is the case with so many relationships, around the one year mark you made a change on me. You went missing from the shelves of my co-op and then from Whole Foods. I asked for you but no one knew where you were. Finally, while back home in California, I found you again. Hanging out at the local Whole Foods. I jumped for joy! My love was back! I scooped you up in my arms and carried you home. And then, the honeymoon was officially over. You changed in your absence. You were no longer that little piece of heaven that I remembered. You've turned into an overly sweet, runny mess. I guess it was inevitable. Not all relationships were meant to last forever. I just thought we had what it took to make it last forever.