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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review: Sol Sunflower Beverage



February is National Hearth Month and Sunrich Naturals, the maker of SoL Sunflower Beverage, knows that one way to improve hearth health is by eating breakfast.  “Eating a healthy breakfast helps fire up your metabolism, fuels your body for optimal performance during the day, and reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and heart failure,” said Christina Fitzgerald, MS, RD, LDN. “Starting your day with a meal that provides protein, whole grains, fruits, and healthy fats from seeds or nuts prevents blood sugar spikes and reduces harmful levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.  And if that isn’t enough of an incentive to eat breakfast, here’s another good reason:  people who eat it daily tend to be leaner than those who don’t.”

SoL is made from sunflower seeds and offers powerful antioxidant and folate benefits.  "SoL is naturally rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that help neutralize cancer-causing free radicals and slow down signs of aging.  It’s an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. SoL’s vitamins, minerals and healthy fats boost immunity, promote brain and heart health, strengthen bones and teeth, and promote beautiful, younger-looking skin.  SoL is also free from the eight most common food allergens, making it a perfect choice for people allergic or sensitive to dairy, gluten, wheat, soy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts."  It can be used straight out of the package as a cold beverage, in cereals, coffee, smoothies or in recipes.

Sunrich Naturals taken five traditional recipes and improved them by adding SoL.

•    Sunflower Pancakes – In a large bowl stir together 1.5 cups flour, 1.5 cups wheat flour, a tablespoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons of a sugar substitute and a little salt. Slowly mix in one egg and 1 cup of SoL Vanilla, 1.5 cups of sunflower butter and two tablespoons of applesauce until combined. Add a little extra Sol if it’s too thick. Let mixture sit for five minutes, then pour circles onto a hot griddle. Cook, flip, cook and serve. Makes 12 servings.

Calories 140, Total fat 8 g, Total carbohydrate 15 g, Dietary fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 4g

•    Breakfast Casserole – Lay a defrosted puff pastry sheet at the bottom of a baking pan. Add chopped up veggies like bell peppers and onions. Cook 12 oz. of ground turkey or turkey sausage and add to the pan. Add a cup of loose, pre-cooked hash browns. In a bowl mix five egg whites (or an egg substitute) and a cup of Unsweetened or Original SoL.  Whisk and pour into a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and sprinkle with shredded low fat mozzarella and bake again for 15 minutes. Serves 6.

Calories 450, Total fat 25 g, Total carbohydrate 28 g, Dietary fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 29 g

•    Easy Apple Oats – Core and roughly chop one apple in a bowl. Add a cup of oats, cinnamon and 1.5 cups of SoL Vanilla. Cover tightly and cook in microwave for three minutes. Divide between two bowls, add pecans and it’s ready to eat.

Calories 270, Total fat 6 g, Total carbohydrate 49 g, Dietary fiber 7 g, Sugars 19 g, Protein 8 g

•    French Toast – In a bowl combine two eggs (or an egg substitute) beaten with SoL Vanilla and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Dip slices of whole wheat bread into the mix allowing each to soak. In a pan, melt a small amount of butter and cook each slice of bread 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with real maple or sugar free syrup. Makes six servings.

Calories 390, Total fat 8 g, Total carbohydrate 59 g, Dietary fiber 10 g, Sugars 9 g, Protein 20 g

•    Egg White Omelet – Spray a pan with olive oil.  In a bowl combine 11 egg whites, ¼ cup of SoL Original, and some chopped basil.  Whisk till peaks forms.  Pour the mixture into the hot pan until bottom is covered. Once the mixture has set, add chopped tomatoes, onions and mozzarella to half. Gently fold over the other half and cook for three more minutes until set. Makes four servings.



I was diagnosed silent GERD diagnosis this past year and milk seems to be the greatest offender, so I was really interested in trying out SoL since I really miss having a glass of milk (and have been advised by two doctors to not drink soy milk).  To me, the SoL is like a milk beverage.  I like it.  It is a bit sweet and organic evaporated cane juice is the second ingredient, but overall carbohydrates are less than milk sugars are at 7g.   My husband thinks it is too sweet, but I like the taste, although a bit sweet, and enjoy just drinking it straight from the glass.  However, you can get it unsweetened and I plan to try that soon.  It also comes in Vanilla.


I haven't tried it in cereal (gosh--it has been so long since I had a bowl), but think it would be good in that, too.  I also think it would be great in the recipes and plan try those out soon.

Disclosure:  I was provided with a sample product to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review.

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