Cathedral Cove Review

Sunday 11 December 2016

Disclaimer: Cathedral Cove have not paid me to do this product review. It’s what I HONESTLY think about their products. 

Now we’ve got that out of the way, onto the review…

I’m a breakfast person, I go to bed thinking about what I’m going to eat when I get up. It’s easily the meal I look forward to the most, and without a good breakfast I get really hungry and experience major brain fog (you shouldn’t talk to me or ask me to anything until I’ve had breakfast). 

Did you know that you should eat breakfast within one hour of waking? This is because our bodies have been in a fasted state overnight and our metabolism needs to be kick started. If we leave it too long, our brain goes into starvation mode, preserving every last drop of energy for metabolic processes to keep us alive. Of course we aren't actually starving, but without food in our system which regulates our blood sugar levels, our brain doesn't know any better. It is not an easy task to reverse this effect, and with blood sugar levels all over the show, cravings for bad food arise, and the utilization of essential nutrients from food is decreased. Eat breakfast within one hour of waking to ensure your blood sugar levels are regulated all day and that the uptake of nutrients is increased (Ben Golebiowski, 2016). 

I’m also a sweet person, offer me chocolate or chips and I’ll ALWAYS pick chocolate. I’ve tried really hard to do the whole savory breakfast thing, omelet, frittata, mince on toast (ewww)…but it just doesn’t do it for me. For my sanity, I need to start the day with something like a smoothie or cereal, and having food intolerances makes that quite challenging. 

As more and more people are searching for dairy free, gluten free, soy free, nut free and refined sugar free options – the range of products available out there has increased, but it doesn’t mean they’re all good and “clean” (and many of them aren’t). As I’m intolerant to dairy I’ve tried numerous variations of coconut yoghurt and on multiple occasions have been left feeling miserable with an upset stomach. This is because many of the products out there have preservatives, additives, flavourings and guar gum. What’s guar gum? Guar gum comes from the seeds of the guar or cluster bean plant. About 20 percent to 40 percent of the guar seed consists of galactomannan gum, which forms a thick gel when mixed with water. You’ll find guar gum listed in the ingredients of many different products, such as baked goods, dairy products, frozen desserts, puddings, jams, sauces and gelatin mixes. Its gumlike quality thickens foods, improves texture and stabilizes ingredients (Livestrong.com). 

Although lots of people don’t have any issues digesting guar gum – I do, so have to avoid it completely. Cathedral Cove choose not to put it in their coconut yoghurts. Their yoghurts are completely naturally - simply coconut cream and probiotic cultures. My tummy likes this!! As flavoured coconut yoghurts have recently hit the market, I was quite curious as to what people were putting in them, and whether or not my body would be able to handle any extras. Luckily, Cathedral Cove have kept things simple, adding the bare minimum to their two flavoured yoghurts – whilst still creating incredible flavours (goes to show you that the added things aren’t necessary). 

After a week of consuming six different Cathedral Cove products, to make things easier - I’ve broken my review up to provide a short summary on each product. 

YOGHURTS

Coconut Yoghurt

Sugar content: 0.3g per serving

Ingredients: Ingredients: Coconut Cream, Probiotic Cultures (including Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium).

Comments: It has a creamy coconut taste, isn’t bitter and isn’t overpowering like some other brands. I found it the perfect topping to my paleo apple crumble and used some in my soup. 

Coconut Yoghurt with Cacao Bean

Sugar content: 1.8g per serving

Ingredients: Coconut Cream, Water, Coconut Sugar, Cacao (1.2%), Dutch Cocoa, Probiotic Cultures (including Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium).

Comments: Again, this doesn’t taste bitter or leave a weird after taste. It didn’t upset my stomach and was the perfect afternoon pick me up. Beauty of coconut yoghurt, even if you want to eat the whole tub – it’s so filling you can’t. 

Coconut Yoghurt with Raspberry and Chia

Sugar content: 1.6g per serving

Ingredients: Coconut Cream, Raspberry, Water, White Chia, Coconut Sugar, Lemon Juice, Probiotic Cultures (including Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium).

Comments: I really thought I wasn’t going to like this. When I was younger I always picked chocolate or caramel Sunday’s over strawberry and never opt for berry flavoured yoghurt…but this stuff…OMG different story, easily my favourite. The raspberry and chia combination had such a delicious flavor, I found myself going to the fridge and just having a couple of spoonful’s (especially after dinner). 

CEREALS

Cathedral Cove currently have four cereals on offer (the only one I haven’t tried/review is the lightly toasted organic muesli. This one is not gluten free or paleo friendly, but looks good and has a low sugar content – only 5.0g per serving. When comparing to traditional cereals which typically have added sugar, this is definitely a great option. 

I like Cathedral Cove cereals because, compared to other paleo cereals they’re reasonably priced and they leave you feeling satisfied. I’d have a 1/3 cup of cereal and some coconut yoghurt for breakfast and not be hungry for a good three hours (and I get hungry quickly).

Raw Paleo Super Cereal with Goji and Vanilla Bean

Sugar content: 5.9g per serving

Ingredients: Sunflower Seeds, Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Macadamia Nuts, Cashew Nuts, Almonds, Coconut, Currants, Unhulled Sesame Seeds, Goji Berries, Coconut Nectar, Chia Seeds and Vanilla Bean. 

Comments: The flavor of this one is quite subtle, but I liked how handy it was for baking. I used it in my protein chocolate and as a topping on apple crumble. 

Raw Paleo Cereal with Cherry and Cacao Bean

This is the new flavor, just released last week. 

Sugar content: 4.6g sugar per serving

Ingredients: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut, Brazil Nuts, Cashew Nuts, Unhulled Sesame Seeds, Currants, Raw Cacao Powder, Chia Seeds, Raw Cacao Butter, Flaxseeds, Coconut Sugar, Freeze Dried Cherry, Sea Salt and Vanilla Bean.

Comments: When it comes to taste - this would be my personal favourite. However, if you’re not used to eating dark chocolate you may find it a bit bitter.

Raw Activated Super Cereal

This cereal is nut free – a great option for those who are allergic, intolerant or struggle digesting raw nuts. 

Sugar content: 4.9g sugar per serving

Activated Buckwheat, Activated Sunflower Seeds, Coconut, Currants, Activated Pumpkin Seeds, Activated Millet, Activated Amaranth, Unhulled Sesame Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Chia Seeds, and Freeze-dried Raspberries. 

Comments: Initially I thought this one looked quite plain and boring, but it has just as much, if not more flavor than the other cereals. As I struggle digesting raw nuts, this would be my preference. This is also Ben’s favourite, he likes how crunchy it is. 

Depending on where you get it, you can usually pick up the coconut yoghurts for $10 - $13 and the cereals for $14 - $16. 

Although these products are on the expensive side, there are ways to make them go further:

- Buy a flavor your partner doesn’t like (hehe, sorry Ben)
- Use the cereal as a sprinkler on top of your smoothie or porridge 
- Make a home-made muesli by mixing a cereal through some rolled oats (this works well for people like my dad who refer to paleo cereals as “bird feed”)
- Use the yoghurt as a healthy fat on your breakfast (just a couple of spoonfuls)
- Use the yoghurt as a side to complement your baking (goes well with chocolate cake)

You can find Cathedral Cove products at most New World supermarkets and health stores. Read more about their products on their web site http://eatwellbewell.co.nz/ 

If you haven’t tried Cathedral Cove products yet, I highly recommend doing so. From a nutritional stand point – they tick all the boxes too. Why purchase products fill of unnecessary sugars and artificial flavours when you can get wholesome, nourishing and delicious things like this?!

It's a 10/10 from me (and I’m hard to impress).