IAMS Naturally review

It was rather fun to try the new IAMS Naturally dry food. Well, to be perfectly honest it wasn’t me who tasted the food – it was my three cats: Ninja, Ce’Nedra and Belgarath and they seem to have enjoyed themselves. At least I hope that they have.

In the package I received there were a few bags of the dry food with lamb and rice in it and 10 coupons for 2£ off their dog food and 10 coupons for 2£ off their cat food, both valid for dry and wet food. I instantly gave away the dog food vouchers to people with dogs, since I don’t own one myself, and have so far used 4 of the coupons for cat food myself to purchase wet food for my cats. This is what they’ve got to say about the new food:

Ninja

Ninja is a rather fussy eater and has been the hardest participant to please in this experiment. She didn’t really enjoy the dry food, lamb and rice, most likely due to the flavour. She really prefers salmon dry food, so perhaps if I had had some of that she’d enjoyed it. However, she liked the wet food very much and she even liked all of them! Out of the box of wet food, which contains different types of fish and meats, she preferred the salmon (no surprise there) and the tuna one best.

I’ve definitely noticed a difference in her poo when I changed over completely to IAMS Naturally. For one, it’s become more regular, larger and smellier plus softer. When she only had IAMS Naturally the difference was huge! Ninja has a tendency to get constipated quite easily, due to her weight I suspect – she’s fat – but with the new food I’d say that the opposite was almost true. She was on the verge of having diarrhea. This might be explained with that she’s an older cat and that the food is adapted for adult cats – not seniors.

Ce’Nedra

Ce’Nedra was the opposite of Ninja with the food, she loves the dry food and doesn’t really want to eat the wet food at all. She likes meat and I think that might explain why she rather enjoyed the lamb, unlike Ninja and Belgarath. Ce’Nedra is a young cat too, so I suspect that her stomach is more adapted to the food over all. When it comes to wet food, she likes Purinas pâtés more. Since she flatly refuses to use a litter box and does her business outside instead, it’s been impossible for me to monitor her poos – but I guess that they’re regular since she isn’t complaining.

Belgarath

He’s the least fussy one of the lot and will eat anything that you put in front of him, so it’s very hard to tell whether or not he actually even enjoyed it at all. Nothing is better than the last meal in his mind. Though, he hasn’t been too keen on the dry food, but then again no dry food is good to him anyway. In fact – he’s refused to eat this at all. I don’t know why, but he simply refuses to touch it. He does compensate for that with the wet food and, without fail, eats two pouches at the time of that. Woe betide if you mix two different flavours with him! The other ones have one each at lunch and dinner. Belgarath spends 90% of his time outside, so it’s impossible, again, to say anything about his poo.

On the whole, they seem to have enjoyed the food, at least the wet food. I hope that there’re other kinds (chicken, salmon, beef) out there too of IAMS Naturally, otherwise I don’t think I’ll continue purchasing the dry stuff. The wet food I’ll continue purchasing since they really thought well of eat, at least enough to empty their plates. The food is, however, rather expensive and I wouldn’t have bought it unless I had coupons. The original price was 5.75£, I believe, for a 12 pack of wet food at Jollyes, but when I was there it was on offer for 4£ and after a coupon it came down to 2£ for a pack – which allowed me to make multiple transactions in order to stock up. I got 4 packs for 8£, and they should’ve been 23£.

So, to finish it off – I would buy it again if the prices were a bit lower and there were more options to choose from. The product doesn’t appear to have been promoted heavily to shops and I’ve had a difficult time finding it, even in well-sorted pet shops.

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Västkustchips sour cream & onion – REVIEW 


I’ve never tried these crisps before and on the whole they were quite nice. This particular brand – Estrella – have three kinds of kettle crisps and this is one. 

The crisps are very light and doesn’t have as much grease & flavoring coming off on your fingers as other brands I’ve tried. The bags are only 180 grams, a nice bag size for 1-2 persons watching a  film, but if you’re 3 or more you need at least one more. On the negative side, they didn’t taste as much as I would have liked. You can taste the onion, but the sour cream doesn’t come out. I would have liked them better if they had more sour cream and a pinch more salt. 

So, on the whole: nice, but a bit bland.

If you’re allergic to PEANUTS: beware!!! They cook the crisps in peanut oil!

Kellogg’s Urlegender Crunchy Müsli (review)

So, a while ago I bought three packs (I think) of a new Kellogg’s product that I haven’t seen before and thought I might try. img_2020

It’s the Kellogg’s new Urlegender crunchy müsli and it was on sale for 2.50€ since it was about to expire. Its main ingredients are: rye, chiaseeds, Sultanas and pumpin seeds – so it’s not gluten, but it is vegan since it doesn’t contain any milk or egg products. One portion consists of 45 gr (192 kcals), but it’s easy to eat double that with yoghurt.

I tried it on its own, one bowl with yoghurt and one bowl with milk, just to get the differences and most common variations.

 

To start with eating the müsli (or granola if you’re American), I found it very difficult to eat with your hands. This due to it falling apart and not really being clumpy enough to eat it without spilling it everywhere. Some honey, or something else that makes it bind together, to bind it together to rocks would have been nice and made it easier to eat. I would not recommend you to eat it on its own, unless it’s in a bowl on your chest close to your face.

As for eating it with milk it’s almost the same thing as with the first option: since it’s not really clumps it sticks in your thorat when you swallow it and I had to drink a lot of extra fluids to get it down properly.

My favourite option was to eat the crunchy müsli with yoghurt, simply because it was the easiest way to swallow it and not make a complete mess. It goes well with all types of yoghurt really, vegan or regular.

 

To state the positive sides of it:

  1. It tastes nice and is not too sweet – if your eat it with yoghurt that is. I found that the sugars in it was released into the milk and made it really overpowering , almost to the point of being too sweet to eat.
  2. It has a ziplock to prevent it from going bad, your pets from getting in to it etc. It’s easy to use for being a ziplock.
  3. Pretty high in protein and fibre, which is nice.

The negative sides:

  1. It’s difficult to chew, especially the Sultanas, and it doesn’t really get any better when you have it in liquids (milk or yoghurt). My jaw started to hurt after a while and it made it hard to eat everything.
  2. The calorie count is REALLY high: 100 gr = 427 cals, 45 gr (1 port) = 192 cals. The amount of carbohydrates is quite high too.
  3. It’s difficult to eat on its own and with milk. See higher up for a better explanation

 

To sum it up I think I pretty much like it, but I will NOT buy it after I’ve finished the packs that I have at home. The negative stuff outweighs the good to much for me to take a liking to the müsli.