Food Review Friday- Pancakes, Pitas & Protein Powder

I almost didn’t post all of these products at the same time, because the alliteration felt a little ridiculous, but these are my three favorite finds of the week, so forgive me. I’m so excited to share these with you, especially since so many of you were asking about the pita I posted on Wednesday!

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Kodiak Pancakes

My favorite breakfast of late has been the pancakes I made from the Kodiak Pancake mix I received a few weeks ago. (Disclaimer: I did receive this free of charge, but all opinions are my own.) You seriously need to check out this mix. I think it’s sold at Target in every state except Vermont. Vermont, you should jump on the bandwagon because this stuff is awesome. The ingredients list is full of things you can pronounce, but all you need to mix with it is water. Just water! Not to mention these are whole grain, packed with protein and fiber, but don’t have the dry chewiness of most whole grain mixes.

pancakes from kodiak

Seriously, get on it. This stuff is delicious. We mixed in a little bit of chocolate and I ate mine without anything else. Perfect just the way they are. New weekend favorite.

Joseph’s Pita

I mentioned these on Wednesday, and lots of you asked what brand they were. Here you go! It’s a new-t0-me brand called Joseph’s. Check out the website here. (No, I didn’t get these for free, I just really like them.)

Lunch Hummus and Pita

The pitas are giant, only 80 calories (per half), and don’t taste like cardboard. What more could you want from a pita? Oh protein and fiber? Yeah, 5g protein and 4g of fiber. They also have medium pitas, where the WHOLE pita is only 60 calories! (Look for the flax seed ones!) Not bad, not bad at all. I foresee lots of pita in my future.

Protein Powders

I tried a couple new brands of protein powder after this protein powder review round up. Laura sent me some samples of Arbonne protein powder. I really liked the flavor of this protein powder. It had a very strong vanilla taste, perfect for covering up all the kale I tossed in my smoothie. FYI, Laura will be handing out samples at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival, so keep an eye out for her if you’re in Richmond!


I’m also loving Sun Warrior’s Vanilla protein powder. If you’re in the market for a vegan plant-based powder, look no further. This stuff is delicious and mixes really well. Most vegan protein powders contain soy, but this one is soy-free! It’s a little on the expensive side, but the bag has lasted me a really long time. I just add half a scoop to my smoothies in the morning. So delicious! I’m sure this would also be great in a protein donut… 

What foods are you loving lately?


  1. I have actually been loving the tone it up pancake recipes lately…so much so that I think I have had them every day!

  2. So glad that there’s a protein powder without soy! It seems everyone just likes to throw that in everything.

  3. That green smoothie looks so good, Liz! I’ve heard about the Kodiak Cakes. I need to try them sometime soon. Where did you get those pitas? Did you order them on line? They look so good!!

  4. I love Sunwarrior Protein Powder! We are almost out of the protein powder we have right now and I will definitely be purchasing this one next time. So good!

  5. Kodiak pancake mix has always been my favorite. They seriously make the absolute best pancakes ever. I’m glad someone else enjoys them as much. Honestly I think they have a bit more chewy texture but that is why I like them!

  6. I’ve heard so many good things about the SunWarrior protein powder, I might have to pick some up. The best thing I’ve eaten this week was a tapas feast when my friends were in town!

  7. We love the Trader Joe’s pancake mix, but the Target one sounds great!

  8. that pancake looks soooo goood!

  9. I’ve heard great things about Kodiak pancakes! Lately, I’ve been raving about Dave’s killer bread because it’s a West Coast thing so I don’t get it at home. Not going to lie, I’m craving it right now!

  10. Yay! I am super excited (maybe a little too excited? ;)) for the info on the pitas! I am also excited that it says that I can find them at Wal-marts in my area! I will definitely be on the lookout for them.

  11. I really need to try kodiak cakes. I see them every time I go to the grocery store!

  12. Your protein super food smoothie looks divine! I think I will try your recipe this weekend to sneak in some extra greens 😉 Thank you for sharing!


  13. Love Sunwarrior protein powder. A lot of people thinks it tastes chalky but I disagree. It’s good in pretty much everything I’ve incorporated it into.

  14. I just recently tried Kodiak Cakes too and LOVE them! Sadly I polished off the box this morning… I used to buy Joseph’s pita [and flat breads] all the time when I lived in Boston but haven’t seen them around anywhere here in the DC area, boo.

  15. LOVEEEE Kodiak Cakes!! They are seriously so much better than any other “whole wheat” pancake I’ve ever had. Those Pitas sound amazing! Where did you buy them?

  16. So happy you reviewed the Sun Warrior powder! I’m in the market for some straight upProtein and was eyeballing that one today. Decision made! Thanks!

  17. I love Sunwarrior, too! I use both their classic and Blend versions. Can’t beat the ingredient list, and they taste so good!

  18. I’m kind of obsessed with those pita breads. I’ve loved them since FOREVER but we’ve had a rocky relationship. There was that one time I thought I was allergic to sesame and went off them. Now my naturopath has me off gluten/wheat and I can’t have them and I’m so so sad. Glad you’re enjoying them for me 🙂
    Lately I’m really loving tahini. Thank GOODNESS I didn’t actually end up being allergic to sesame, huh?

  19. I wish they sold those pitas here in Australia and that they had ones that are wheat free since I can’t eat wheat now.

    Lately I’m obsessed with peanut flour, like can’t get enough of it. That and also smoothies.

  20. Lately, I’ve been loving quest bars! Which btw, if you put a crumbled one up in your pancake batter you may start drooling after the first bite 🙂

  21. I have heard about and spotted the Kodiak box in Target but haven’t bought since I always make from scratch – I need to buy it next time I am in Target and try it out!

  22. i’ve never had arbonne protein powder before – sunwarrior is definitely one i love and i’ve been loving Vega lately too!

  23. Foods I’ve been loving lately – hmm. I have been eating a lot of kale, berries, pita and hummus ( 🙂 ), eggs and liquid aminos! Pretty normal until the last one. I just bought a jar at the store and LOVE it. Such a great replacement for soy sauce. I have been using it on my veggies at lunch time. Surprisingly, a little goes a LONG way!

  24. Those pancakes look fab and I love the alliteration! 🙂

  25. My daughter loves pancakes and I am always looking for a really good boxed brand. It’s one of the thing she likes making on her own. Definitely will be on the lookout for it.

  26. Hi! For those of you who have not tried Arbonne protein shake mix … it really is the best tasting out there!! Absolutely zero chalky taste! It comes in chocolate and vanilla and each serving contains 20 grams of vegan protein from highly absorbable and easily digestible pea protein; it also contains rice protein and cranberry protein in order to provide a full amino acid score (100%). Additionally the arginine content of pea protein is one of the highest of all commercially available proteins. Arginine participates to the supply of NO (nitric oxide) to the body (improved vasodilatation). Arginine also contributes to wound healing and enhanced immune responses. Pea protein is a good source of glutamic acid and also of branched chain amino acids (leucine + valine + isoleucine). Arbonne is certified VEGAN, Gluten Free, GMO. Interested in trying? I will give everyone who learns of the product through this link a 20% discount (cost per protein shake is approximately $1.75). Thanks!

  27. Now I’m really hungry. Have seen the Kodiak mix but still need to try it!
    Thumb’s up for Sunwarrior – I buy the no-flavor powder and add a lot of cinnamon and always 1/2 a frozen banana for sweetness.

  28. I need to invest in a good pancake mix. I mean, I know they’re so easy to make from scratch, but then, I just don’t (back to that budget post of yours–and what’s worth it! I know it’s more expensive for mixes, but I also know I just WON’T make ’em otherwise).

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