WELL I know you guys missed me. And if you didn’t, I am still back. I figured with the extra downtime we currently have during this quarantine, a great time to bust out some reviews.

First up: Evol. Vitalize Be Energized: Grilled Chicken with Grains and Vegetables in a Tangy Tahini & Feta Sauce. That’s a mouthful, honestly. This bowl in particular has 19 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber and 1/2 cup of veggies. Evol Foods has no artificial ingredients too which is a plus, especially with frozen meals.

Anyway, I saw these on sale at Target a few weeks ago – I believe 2 for 6$, so I picked up two.

Heated It up as directed.

SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?

A giant bowl of chewy, garlic-feta flavor. But it’s weird – because it’s bland? Like It needs salt- has this weird tang flavor, kind of like a bad hummus you would get with falafel. The chicken isn’t terrible – a bit dry though. There is also a predominant red pepper flavor, not the spice the actual flavor of the vegetable.

Overall? Super bland, super blah. 1/5 stars. I threw It out and made myself a new dinner. Sorry, Evol, it’s a no from me. The additional 22 grams of fat for this bowl and not great flavor makes It especially a no from me.

Hi! Mozaics Chips sent me some yummy goodies… and they want you to win a case too! (See details below).

They come in a variety of flavors. Filled with organic green peas, yellow peas, potatoes, black beans, and more. A little extra protein and fiber than your standard chip. These chips are crunchy, airy, non-oily in consistency and…addictive!

These chips are popped, NOT dunked in oil, with just a little bit of oil added for flavor. So you get a chip that’s much lower in fat, and much more crispy!

You can SEE the veggies!

Sour Cream & Onion: stronger onion flavor than sour cream, but addictive. Not too salty. –> would buy and eat again. 4 stars

Cheddar: mild cheddar flavor, not too salty. I think It needs more cheesy flavor as it’s It a bit bland. 3 stars

Salsa: a favorite amongst my house– a nice kick! 4 stars

Sea Salt: the sea salt was pretty good- the pea flavor I think comes out a little more here. I almost think It needs a touch more salty flavor.

Overall, pretty good! Can’t beat the added fiber and protein for a snack too!

Here’s the Nutritional Facts:


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GIVEAWAY ENDS: 3/31/2020

DISCLAIMER: I received these chips for free. This is an unbiased review.

2 Mar 2020, Comments (0)

O.R.S. Hydration Tablets

Author: Healthnuttxo

O.R.S. is a tablet that dissolves in water that contains a “scientifically balanced formula of electrolytes and glucose” – it can be used whenever, for every day use, to replenish what you lose when you sweat in sports, or just sweating while living in hot climates.

You are instructed  (ages 6+ and older) to use 2 tablets to 200 ml of drinking water and allow to dissolve completely before drinking. It took about 5-10 minutes for it to completely dissolve.

Dissolving…

I like that it comes in a convenient tube – can store it in your bag or your backpack during hikes.

..and looked somewhat of a science lab! 🙂 Luckily, I checked the ingredients and no added artificial coloring. 

I received two flavors to try – lemon and strawberry. The strawberry I used in Nevada during an intense hike. I knew with all the sweating I would be depleted in sodium as well. 

How did it taste?

STRAWBERRY: 

The strawberry is sweeter in flavor, but again, mild. I think it has less of a “salty” taste than the lemon. It almost tastes like a lightly sweet strawberry juice. 

LEMON:

Mild lemon flavor, mild sweetness. Reminds me of a diluted “lemon-lime” sports drink flavor. You can tell it has a tiny bit of a salty flavor but not overpowering and I think you can just add a little bit more water as desired. 

Each serving has

15 calories, 275 mg sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of sugar, 6% DV of potassium, 16% DV of chloride. See full panel for additional details. 

OVERALL, I like these. I like that they offer electrolytes without a ton of added sugar but still have pretty good flavor. They are easy on the stomach which I enjoyed. I think they are great for the gym, intense exercise, if you live in hot places like Arizona…Nevada…or humid climates for daily use. I also used these for a friend who was not drinking a lot after vomiting from the flu and she said it helped her feel better. I think they are a must have for the active athlete & active lifestyles outdoors!

4 stars

Some things to look out for, as instructed by the company…

–>do NOT use more than 24 tablets in 24 hours  as it may be harmful-

–>children 6+ should NOT use more than 10 tablets in 24 hours as it may be harmful 

–>do NOT use if left out of the fridge > 8 hours or > 24 hours if IN the fridge 

–>as always, consult a doctor or pharmacist before use, esp if you have diabetes, on low sodium or potassium diet.

–> Do NOT USE if you have intestinal obstruction, liver or kidney problems!

**DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

The lovely people over at Incrediwear offered me to try a pair of their Therapeutic Socks for vascular conditions – Circulation + Sock. These socks were designed for relief by those who suffer from vascular/circulatory issues. According to the box, these socks help increase circulation, which in turn then can reduce swelling. You are able to wear them 24/7, they are loose fitting so they do not reduce circulation, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Being a Diabetic (and a sufferer of cold feet!), I was pretty excited to try this. It seems no matter how many socks I wear…feet are always cold. Maybe it’s the Diabetes (darn It!), or maybe some circulation issues, or maybe even the fact we try to save money by keeping the heat on 50 (kidding).

I honestly gave these the ultimate test – I wore them to a football game in 20 degree weather. I DID wear them with Ugg boots. I also wore them around the house for comparison. They are loose fitting, I found my feet did not sweat in them either which was nice. I will say, my feet felt a little bit warmer than usual!

Are they the cutest sock? No. But honestly…what matters more? Comfort or look? Especially under a shoe! I liked that they were loose fitting but didn’t slip off the back of my heel in my boot, too.

Overall, I think they are worth a try, especially if you are like me and have cold feet in the middle of the summer. My boyfriend might like these more than me…he hates my cold feet for sure 😛

4.5 stars

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

24 Nov 2019, Comments (0)

A Holiday Trick!

Author: Healthnuttxo

DISCLAIMER: The following post is for mature, adult audiences only.

The folks over at DickAtYourDoor allow you to anonymously send a “chocolate dick to anyone” as a joke. You may include a handwritten card to notify the person who the sender was as well.

I have reviewed this in the past, with an update to the company providing Holiday edition products. Once again…I was fooled. I got this festive, Santa covered box in the mail, shaped perfectly for a bracelet or necklace…

Nope.

*SIGH* fooled again!

I honestly cannot believe I was fooled AGAIN because I knew the chocolate was coming to my house soon, as I agreed to do a review on it. That being said, I cannot imagine anyone else being able to predict such a turn of events. The packaging it comes in the mail is also very discreet with no signs — I was wondering, what did I order??

The chocolate itself actually ain’t bad! A yummy dark chocolate, smooth in consistency and not too sweet. You can purchase one here in a variety of different decorative boxes.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

24 Nov 2019, Comments (0)

Kafina Organic Energy Elixer

Author: Healthnuttxo

The 3 pm ‘energy crash’ seems to be something that plagues us all from time to time — long days in the office, mental stimulation, or perhaps your 8 am coffee wearing off, the fatigue that occurs around 3 pm is something that is hard to beat. What to do? Drink another cup of coffee and risk not being able to sleep that night? Or push through it?

In comes Kafina, an organic energy elixer that states it is a “revolutionary organic energy elixer for extraordinary physical energy, mental stamina and uplifted mood with zero chemicals or crash” (according to the box my product came in). You can drink the 1.0 fluid ounce bottles as is, or sip it in another beverage.

note that these statements are not evaluated by FDA, not recommended if pregnant or nursing or for children, and you are advised to consult your doctor prior to use

Each bottle is only 11 mg of caffeine and 10 calories. The ingredients include water, maple syrup, coffee, schisandra berry, fenugreek seed, cardamom.

While I like that the ingredients are minimal and the caffeine content isn’t super high, the taste is something I cannot get over. It is…rough. The taste is somewhat or a mix of bitter and sour, possible coffee like flavor. To ensure it wasn’t just me, I had a friend try it who cringed after she drank it. No noticeable energy boost was achieved, even after the whole bottle was consumed. This is a pass for me.

1 star

DISCLAIMER: I received this bottle to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

24 Nov 2019, Comments (0)

Oatsome Organic Oat Milk

Author: Healthnuttxo

By now, most people are aware of Cow’s milk alternatives including Soymilk and Almond milk, but have you ever heard of Oatmilk? Oatsome Oatmilk is another option, which especially appeals to those who are allergic to soy, nuts and dairy.

Some fun facts which I found out from the carton of Oatsome Oatmilk is that oats are one of the most sustainable grains and take 80% LESS water to grow than almonds do, and it takes over 1 gallon of water to grow ONE almond. That is definitely food for thought (pun intended) when choosing between which milks to drink to help benefit the environment!

You can bake with Oatmilk, drink it as is, & it can be used to make frothy lattes too. I used it mostly in my coffee. I brought it to work and a few of my co-workers who tried it really seemed to enjoy it. One co-worker heated it up in the microwave and used it in her coffee and found it absolutely delicious. The oatmilk itself is nutty, and not too sweet, with a thinner consistency than whole cows milk. It was a good addition to my hot coffee, adding a bit of extra flavor that wasn’t overwhelming.

1 cup of Oatmilk has 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrate (13 g sugar) and 2 grams of protein. So while this milk alternative is definitely higher in carbs and lower in protein, I think it is worth adding to the rotation of milk-alternative choices in my fridge.

4 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

The very nice people over at EvoHemp sent me some new treats to try….Hemp Bars!

First off, okay, okay, what is hemp? Apparently, Hemp is part of the Cannabis sativa plant, but has higher concentrations of Cannabidiol (CBD) and lower concentrations of THC, therefore the psychotropic effects are eliminated or diminished (read more here, I am no expert!)

Given that CBD is all the new rage, I happily obliged to try these bars, with 15 mg of full spectrum hemp extract per serving Evo Hemp also partners with Alex White Plume to help bring agricultural jobs to Native American tribes growing hemp crops. Each bar has about 12 grams of protein, 5g of fiber and only 4 grams of sugar per serving.

I’ll be honest, they aren’t the most appealing. I found all 3 bars to be so rich, I felt I couldn’t have more than half the bar in one sitting. The base is cashew butter, which is definitely apparent upon first bite. It has a creamy yet dry consistency, that “crumbles” as you keep chewing it. Something I can similarly describe this is when you buy all natural nut butter and the oil separates, the bottom of jar with the nut butter without the oil – that creamy yet dry, “crumbly” consistency. Each bar has a teeny bit of a crunch, an occasional chip a presume, which doesn’t offer much flavor.

To be honest, the bars all tasted somewhat the same to me. An overpowering, predominant cashew flavor. The Cookie Dough one tasted nothing like cookie dough- but moreso a mix of a chocolate flavor mixed with a cashew flavor with occasional chocolate chip. The Brownie Chip was more on the chocolately side, but overall mute in flavor. The Mocha Chip had somewhat more of a coffee flavor, but my friend tried them and said it didn’t offer much flavor and she couldn’t even taste the coffee/ mocha flavor.

Overall, not a hit for me. I honestly could not stomach more than 1/2 a bar at once because they were so rich. While I like the health benefits of hemp, and appreciate a vegan / non dairy option, but these are not for me. 2 1/2 stars

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THESE TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY. THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW.

21 Oct 2019, Comments (0)

Bela Harmony herb infused Wellness Drink

Author: Healthnuttxo

Bela Harmony herb-infused drinks were inspired by Ayurveda, a somewhat sister of yoga, aimed to support overall mind and body wellbeing.

So what’s in the drink?

It’s a blend of 6 herbs, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals (like potassium and magnesium, to replenish what we may lose in a workout) and antioxidants. In particular, there is Turmeric, Ginger, Pepper extract, Tulsi and Shallaki (to be honest, I haven’t even heard of half of these!)

It comes in 3 flavors, I was sent the Elegant Tropical and Unsweetened variety (but also comes in Delicate Berry).

The drinks have 0 sugar, 0 caffeine, are gluten free and vegan.

Elegant Tropical:  reminds me of a light tea flavored drink, with a tiny bit of a kick. I can definitely taste the stevia (which isn’t my favorite) and it is particularly on the sweeter side. It almost has a fruity, lemony flavor with a hint of turmeric. I think it would be too strong to drink intra-workout for me but perhaps after, over a glass with ice in it. I find the flavors particularly strong, however, I let my Mom try one and she really enjoyed it, she states she found it very smooth and refreshing. 3 stars from me.

Unsweetened, no added flavor: This flavor is a little less overpowering for me. You can definitely taste more of the herbs – a basil and turmeric blend. Not sweet, but refreshing. It reminded me of a cup of black tea mixed with a bit of a lemony flavor. I actually preferred this one a bit over the Elegant Tropical. Again, Mom likes both J   3 stars

Overall, while they weren’t my cup of tea, I do like what the company is promoting. And hey! Taste is subjective. I try to always get feedback from others when doing a review. Tea and herbal flavors is definitely something that is very subjective, as displayed with my Mom really enjoying these beverages and me, not so much. However, if you are big into herbal teas I would definitely give this a try.

DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free, from the company. This is an unbiased review.

7 Oct 2019, Comments (0)

Steeped Coffee

Author: Healthnuttxo

Like the idea of single serve coffee (aka K-cups) but don’t like the idea of all the plastic waste?

In comes Steeped Coffee.  Single serve coffee in a renewable and compostable bag. Seriously. It’s quite genius. While I love the flavor of a fresh pot of coffee, I work pretty early hours and definitely don’t always feel like brewing it from scratch at 5 am..But I’m not entirely PRO K-cup either, since it’s such a waste of plastic. Even the PACKAGE is compostable. Seriously.

According to the website the sealed edges from the bag eliminate glue and staples, and the ink used for printing is water based and without toxic chemicals. Amazing!

So how does Steeped work?

You simply place the bag in a cup and pour about 8 oz of hot water, dunk it for 15 seconds (or longer if you like it stronger) and leave it in your cup until desired taste. It resembles a giant tea bag, essentially.

cute little submarine!

They have flavors from French, light to extra dark roast and even decaf for those who enjoy the taste of coffee but maybe can’t have the caffeine (or like me, who already had 3 cups of coffee today but wants another and maybe shouldn’t have any more caffeine for the day!)

My taste for coffee has developed over the years. From liking very light roast to switching to cold brew has made it difficult for me to enjoy a cup of coffee without the punch. So, while some of the flavors here were a little too weak for me (light roast, French), I did enjoy the dark roast much more.  I thought it would be a good idea to let it brew, let is sit, and then add ice, but I found it really muted the flavor, so I would recommend these hot only.

Overall, I love the idea of this company and love the idea that it’s entirely compostable. THANK YOU Steeped! While I would stick to the darker roasts, that’s entirely a preference. However, I would recommend having it hot only, as iced kind of mutes the flavors (which makes sense as we are watering it down!) But definitely give them a try, the environment will thank you for it 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free from the company. This is an UNBIASED review.

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