4 Aug 2019, Comments (0)

Hope & Sesame Organic Sesame Milk

Author: Healthnuttxo

Dairy allergy? No problem. There are plenty of alternatives today, including soy and almond milk. But what if you have allergies to those too? Or you are a vegan and have tree nut allergies?

In comes Sesame milk! Dairy, tree nut, soy and gluten free, as well as USDA organic and Kosher. 

Hope & Sesame has organic sesame milk which has 8 grams of protein per serving containing Sesamein. They also sustain the planet: sesame grows in drought/ dry climates that other crops could not sustain life in, aka less water is needed!

Hope & Sesame also donates a portion of their profits tocancer research. You can learn more here: hopeandsesame.com/mission 

As for the flavors: chocolate, original and Vanilla


I tried the Vanilla first in my iced coffee.  It reminded me of an almond/soy milk mix but with bolder flavor. It was mildly sweet, but I did notice it had somewhat of a “piecey” texture (have you ever had pea protein? It’s kind of like that) .  3 stars

The Original has a relatively bland flavor – probably best to use this in cereal or oats. There is somewhat of a sesame after taste. It isn’t really sweet, either. I wouldn’t drink this straight from the carton. However, very creamy and on the thicker side. It almost looks like a cream coming out of the carton.   2 ½ stars

The Chocolate is fantastic! Nice and sweet, yummy chocolate flavor. Very smooth, non-piecy in consistency, no noticeable after taste. I would easily swap this with chocolate milk – and is most similar to an Ovaltine in flavor.  4 stars

Overall, while these aren’t my FAVORITE, I DO like that these milks have protein. I love almond milk in my oats, but I hate that I am lacking protein then. The chocolate is by far my favorite, which I am thinking will be a good post-workout snack, as dairy can be harsh on my stomach after a work-out.

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

I will start this review by stating I do not wear a lot of makeup. Not that I don’t like it, but rather…I usually don’t have a clue with what I am doing. So I avoid it. However, MGS accessories offered me to try their cruelty-free Liquid Lipsticks, and I thought I would give them a try.

I got the lipsticks in 3 different colors– Saucy, Peachy, & Natural.

They are relatively easy to apply– a soft tip brush allows for easy application without smearing it below the vermillion border (aka your lip line). My complaint with other traditional lipsticks is I have thin lips and found it hard to apply without getting it on my skin — not the case with these.

The lipstick has a creamy consistency that dries rather quickly. I found it could feel a tiny bit dry, which is the nature of a Matte lipstick, and I wish it came with a gloss I could apply after or a clear lip balm.

The Peachy was…not my color. Too light for my complexion, and a little too, well, peachy in color for me. I found it to have a little too much of an orange hue. However, I am sure it would look great on other individuals, this one was just not for me.

The Natural was a gorgeous color. I wore it to work one day with very minimal eye makeup and got a lot of compliments on it. It stayed on well throughout the day and did not flake off. I did reapply 2-3 times (I eat and drink a lot!) but I was always worried it would flake off and it didn’t! However, it was definitely darker than I thought it would be, and the name decieved me a bit as “Natural”. I was expecting it to be more muted in color, but instead was a nice deep magenta almost.

Lastly, the Saucy, which was a really nice pop of color. A rich red, I think would pair well with a little black dress or something more for a night out in the town.

Overall, I like these! While the Peachy wasn’t my color, it doesn’t mean it isn’t YOUR color. What I loved also about these is the minimal ingredients (plant pigment, jojoba oil, vitamin E…etc) and they are CRUELTY Free! I have very sensitive skin and I did not have any reaction. A WIN for me.

4 stars

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

Always looking for more ways to incorporate veggies into my diet, I jumped at the opportunity to try Mozaics Organic chips, made with both potatoes and other fun veggies!

I was sent the BBQ and Sea salt variety — which just happen to be my 2 favorite flavor of chips. I will admit, I am not a big snacker with chips only because they are often fatty, greasy and offer little to no satiety. However, these chips have some fiber and protein, are organic, kosher, gluten free, are lower in fat and the first ingredient? Peas!!! They are also made with black beans and potatoes.

What’s fun about these chips is you can actually see the peas – there are tiny green flakes in the chips which I am assuming would be the peas.

They are both crunchy, air popped and non-greasy. There will be no wiping your greasy hand on your shirt with these chips ( I know you do it)! I wouldn’t have known they were made with peas (by flavor) unless you told me. They taste like a combination of a soy chip, a rice cake and a potato chip all in one!

1 oz (23 chips or so) is roughly 100-110 calories, 3 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrate, 3-4 grams of fiber, 3-4 grams of protein. Not bad for a snack!

The BBQ variety has a slightly sweet, almost honey BBQ flavor to it. It’s not spicy nor too overpowering, but a nice mild BBQ flavor. Not too salty either, which I like. Just the right amount of flavor. 4 stars

The Sea Salt variety has a bit more of a predominant pea/edamame type flavor. I wish actually they were a tad bit more salty — but still good flavor. They were a tad on the dry side though- make sure you have a drink nearby. These are more on the bland side, and I wish they had just something else to make them pop. 3 stars

Overall, not bad, I like these! My only complaint is they are pretty fragile — I believe half my bag was broken into crumbs that resembled rice cakes once I received them in the mail. But I suppose that’s more of a packaging concern than a chip concern. Give these a try and let me know how you like them!

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

16 Jun 2019, Comments (0)

Silvon Bedding

Author: Healthnuttxo

Bedding for better skin? Hmm…This I have to try.

I’ll admit, the Instagram ad got me. Basically I was scrolling IG as usual, saw an ad for “35$ pillow case or $100 acne cream?” and well…it got me.

I’ve suffered with acne for the past 5-6 years, with it’s peak the past 3 years. However, we can likely contribute that partially on the horrible stress of a rigorous graduate program. I’ve tried everything. Creams, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, eliminating dairy and refined sugar. So fine, I caved. At age 27, I still have acne, mostly isolated to my neck, behind the ears, shoulders, and side of my face… Could my pillowcase, in fact, be doing me dirty!? (no pun intended, To be fair, I never wear makeup to bed and wash my sheets 1-2x a week!)

I decided to purchase the pillow case and fitted bed sheet. & it wasn’t cheap. & if I told my mom I paid $120 for a sheet and a pillow case, she may scream at me. But I am 27 and I deserve to buy what I want without my mother forever telling me to “save my money” so… here we go!

Silvon bedding is made with organic cotton and woven with silver, which acts as an anti-microbial. According to the website, “Silver carries a naturally positive charge and bacteria carries a naturally negative charge. These opposing charges are what makes silver and bacteria attracted to each other. Silver then breaks bacteria’s cell wall and destroys it before it has a chance to reproduce.” I like it. I like the science.

But Silver? So am I going to be sleeping on scratchy sheets? I was tentative to hit the purchase button, afraid the sheets would cause my overly annoyingly sensitive skin to break out (ironically).

HOWEVER, these sheets are so smooth! They are soft, smooth, and with a silky feel. They are also cool to the touch which is a HUGE plus for me, because even in the dead of winter, ya girl is sweating. Seriously.

Okay, so I know I bought a king sized pillow case– I have a rather large tempurpedic pillow, which I normally use a queen sized pillowcase that fits perfect, if not snug. WHY is the King sized pillow case so LONG!? Not a huge deal…but I think that might be an error on their part. Or maybe mine. Who knows.

I purchased Twin XL bed sheet, which also was TOO BIG for my mattress, which is a twin with a thick mattress topper. Again, not a huge deal, but it will not fit snug like my other brands do.


What’s more annoying than the case being too long is this STAIN that was on the pillowcase after washing ONE time. I do not use benzoyl peroxide on my face (ruined too many sheets and towels with that), I do not use bleach in my wash (I used scent free, gentle detergent). I always wash my face before bed. So what gives Silvon?

Okay that’s all fine…but How did the acne hold up?

TO BE FAIR, since I graduated, my stress levels have declined, my sleep has improved, and my skin was clearing before I purchased the sheets. However, I would still get break outs.

Since purchasing the pillowcase and bedsheet, my acne…is the same, maybe somewhat improved. Perhaps there are a few less breakouts around my neck and upper back, which is exposed to my sheets.

Will I swap my retinoid for a pillowcase?

No. I will continue to use the sheets. I like they are cool to the touch, made with organic cotton and maybe longer term they will reduce my acne. We shall see.

HOWEVER, due to the pricetag, the stain after washing once, and the poor fit of sheets, this gets a 3 star rating.

Protein cookies? Count me in!

Now that I have demolished the better part of all the Easter Bunnies in my house (the chocolate ones that is), it’s time to get back on track with some…well… healthier fare. In comes Flap Jacked with protein cookie and baking mix.

I’m always wary of baking protein goodies – because undoubtedly, companies use whey protein, and whey protein is, well, DRY. I have done my fair share of baking experiments (and failures) in the past, and time and time again, whey comes out to be a whey-ste of time (sorry I had to).

But let’s give it a go. These cookies have 10 grams of protein per serving, which is likely 9 more grams than Grandma’s oatmeal cookies, and 15 grams of sugar per 2 cookies. Still relatively high in sugar, but, I mean, it IS a cookie.

It was super easy to make:

6 tbsp butter
2 eggs
Mix
Add ins as Desired, I added some chocolate chips, because clearly I need more sugar in my life and who likes raisins anyway!!!

The mix looked pretty dry so I added just a touch of almond milk


So this is unofficially part of the review but the dough was delicious! But please don’t eat the dough, we all know there is a risk of salmonella with every raw egg you eat.

Anyway, I baked for a strict 9 minutes, knowing that if you overtake whey it will be DRY.

What we got is some delicious, soft baked cookies.

The chocolate chip was a good addition, as the mix is, indeed, a bit dry (darn it, WHEY!)
However, there is a nice cinnamon flavor, and these cookies are rather light and airy. These would be a dream for a “cheat” on a bodybuilding diet prep, as there is really no protein powder flavor but 10 grams of protein per 2 cookies.
Honestly these are pretty good. They will run you $6.99 per bag, which isn’t bad because you get 12 large cookies. I would add some applesauce next time to combat the bit of dryness. I hope FlapJacked considers other protein sources in the future as well.

4 Stars

DISCLAIMER: this is an unbiased review. I did NOT receive these from the company.

25 Apr 2019, Comments (0)

Beyond Meat Beyond Beef Crumbles

Author: Healthnuttxo
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Vegan “meat”?

Albeit, a bit of an oxymoron, however, some of these new vegan meat substitutes are GREAT and some are well… better left in the freezer. That’s why I’m here, to help you decipher which to buy and which to save your hard earned money (some of these will run you almost 6-7$ for 4 servings of so!)

I discovered Beyond Meat on vacation with my boyfriend. We stayed in a cozy AirBnB and decided to cook most of our meals to save money and eat healthier. He prefers to eat vegan, and I have also been trying to reduce my meat intake, so we purchased the Beyond Meat Beyond Beef crumbles and the “chicken” strips. — I was going to post a review of the “chicken” strips, which, were so awful, they were barely edible, but I saw the company has recently discontinued them. I’m almost annoyed I spent money on them.

BEFORE you judge me, I eat meat and I eat meatless. I have found amazing vegan alternatives that I actually prefer over meat. So this review is ENTIRELY unbiased.

However… Beyond Meat is Beyond terrible. For both products we purchased, my boyfriend (who eats way more vegan products than I do) picked around the meat. I sauteed the beyond beef crumbles in oil as instructed, and I did not overcook. We combined them with Amy’s refried beans and Whole Foods taco shells with salsa. A cute taco night, right?

More like a taco night fail. We ended up eating tacos with salsa and refried beans. The meat was chewy, dense, and rubbery. I set some aside and added some stir fry sauce to have with vegetables and found myself picking around the chewy, rubbery, bland “meat” and just eating the vegetables.

The verdict? AVOID. At least avoid these two. Will update you guys and gals as I buy more meatless products but I’m not exactly thrilled about trying the other products Beyond Meat has to offer.

1 star. (0 stars for the “chicken”).

25 Apr 2019, Comments (0)

Dental Lace Refillable Dental Floss

Author: Healthnuttxo

According to viajaramar.com, if everyone in the United States flossed as directed, the number of empty floss containers would pile as high as a football filed that is 6 stories high on a YEARLY basis. So whats the solution? Not floss?

Of course not! Dental Lace has made a reusable, refillable dental floss filled with 100% silk floss to help abut this issue. The floss comes in a designed, discrete container available in pink, gray or blue, and the top metal part has a little hook that allows the floss to be cut. It is also waxed with a mint flavor.

Now, I am not a dental floss from the container kind of girl. I will admit, I use the little handheld ones (which are totally bad for environment…) for sake of ease. So I let my Dad, who I consider the floss connoisseur try this one out as well, as he uses floss from the container multiple times per day.

The floss is easy to use and easy to pull out the container. I loved the cute little containers, and I also found they are easier to stash than the bulkier square/rectangle shaped plastic ones. However, we were all pretty unanimous in not being a fan of the actual floss. I am not sure if it is because it is silk based or not, but the string itself broke very easily in our teeth or frayed. In addition, the metal piece utilized to cut the floss easily bends, as it has no protection. However, the floss did do what it was intended to do…removed fussy food particles.

Overall, while I like the idea of the containers and reusable floss, I was not a fan (nor my Dad) of the floss itself. Perhaps if the floss itself could somehow be improved upon, this will be a fantastic product. Unfortunately, my Dad went back to using his plastic-laden, non-reusable floss containers ☹

2 stars

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

16 Apr 2019, Comments (0)

Voke Chewable Superfood Tablets

Author: Healthnuttxo

Looking for a mid-afternoon pick me up? While coffee usually does it for me, sometimes I am In a rush and don’t want to guzzle an entire cup of coffee before a lift. (Squats + coffee? Not a great combination…).

Consider Voke Super-Food tablets. Each packet provides 2 tablets at 77 mg of caffeine each (roughly a small cup of coffee), and you are instructed to eat 1 in the morning and 1 in the mid-afternoon (1/2 a tablet for those who are sensitive!) The caffeine is extracted from Green Tea Leaves.

Voke promotes mental focus, upbeat mood and clear thinking with their Superfood blend of Organic Raw Guarana Seed (often seen in energy drinks for focus), Natural Red Beetroot, Organic Acerola Cherry, and Natural Green Tea Leaf Caffeine. Each tablet also provides 60 mg of Vitamin C (100% of Recommended daily value) and only 2 calories each with 0g of sugar. They are sweetened with Organic Erythritol, Xylitol, Monk Fruit Extract and Rebiana from Stevia Leaves.

Each tab is roughly the size of a nickel, with the diameter of 3 coins. They are easy to chew. The taste is…okay. When you first bite into it, it tastes pretty good with a slight medicinal taste, reminiscent of children’s chewable vitamins I used to take (maybe I still use them…who knows!). But then you are somewhat overwhelmed with this tart and bitter flavor. I think it’s good on one hand to not taste *amazing*, as people may be inclined to take more than recommended (or if kids get their hands on them, may eat them which is not okay under the age of 12 (as per Voke).  On the other hand, they are super tart, and I just wish they would be slightly more palatable.  I only ate half the first time I tried it, and I wasn’t thrilled about trying them again.

That being said, taste aside, I did have a pretty good workout. I ate the tablet 30-45 minutes prior to a lift after a long day at work when I was feeling like I was dragging. I felt like I had an extra boost and pep during my workout, and I liked that I didn’t have to get another cup of coffee. I did have a slight bit of anxiety, but this is rather common for me when I use supplements with caffeine in them (or even when I drink too much coffee).

Overall, these are OK. If you can handle the tartness, they are a good option, especially for those who workout early on an empty stomach or cannot drink coffee and looking for another option besides the 4$ overly caffeinated energy drinks. I like that the ingredient list is relatively pure and the supplement is low in sugar.

As per Voke, do not use the tablets if you are pregnant, under the age of 12, or have a heart condition. You are also instructed to NOT exceed 5 tablets it 24 hours.

3.5 stars

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

31 Mar 2019, Comments (0)

Looking for an April Fools Trick?

Author: Healthnuttxo

WARNING: For adult, mature audiences only!

If you are looking for a funny gift for Easter or April Fools day (that also donates to a good cause…) look no further! Dick At Your Door allows you to “send a chocolate dick to anyone” * ANONYMOUSLY* AND $1 from every order is also donated to the American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer Research. Awesome!

To be perfectly honest, I agreed to reviewing this product and was totally fooled LOL. So that goes to show that they did a pretty good job…because I literally knew it was coming and still was fooled. I got home and opened this package and saw a pretty box that looked like this.

Inconspicuous….

How pretty right?
Here I am, thinking, oh wow who got me something? Belated birthday gift? Is it a bracelet? Jewelry?

Nope…

UNREAL LOL!

Absolutely hilarious, I was actually fooled. I think this is a great April Fools joke. However, as the website states as a disclaimer, “Products on this site are intended only as gag gifts for adults. These products are intended to generate a laugh and are not to be sent with malicious intent. If you have any doubt that sending a product from this site could potentially harm someone, do not place an order. It is your responsibility to use this site as it was intended, as a joke.”

You can purchase one HERE if you are interested.

As with every review, this is an unbiased review, I received this for free from the company.

2 Mar 2019, Comments (0)

Kumana Foods Avocado Sauce

Author: Healthnuttxo

Love Avocado, but hate that you buy it when it’s not ripe enough and then forget about it, and then it’s too ripe and you end up throwing it out? (We all do it…)

Kumana Foods has the solution, with their Avocado Sauce. It comes in Mango, Original, and Spicy varieties. They are all plant based, Non-GMO, and made without added sugar. The containers are BPA free, and they are gluten free as well.

The sauces are also relatively low in calories (10 for every 1 Tbsp.) and relatively low in sodium as well (the Mango variety has 95 mg per serving).

I cooked up rice and beans, and thought this would be the perfect addition.

Overall, I found all 3 varieties tasted more or less the same. MANGO: this one is sweet with a little bit of spice. The mango flavor is mild and there is a relatively strong pepper flavor with a nice amount of heat. The ORIGINAL flavor has a bit more heat, a stronger green pepper flavor and more of a vinegar aftertaste. Good if you like things on the less sweet- more spicy side. The HOT flavor had a kick, but it was not…spicy. Let’s put it this way, I accidentally had hot sauce the other day on my enchilada and felt like I was having heart palpitations meanwhile everyone else was eating it no problem. AKA…I am a wimp with spicy foods. & the spicy version of the avocado sauce was well… not that spicy.

Overall, I like them. All have a mild avocado flavor, which I wish was more prominent, and remind me of salsa verde. I love adding them on top of chicken and rice dishes for an extra kick. I recommend trying them, but don’t expect them to be spicy.

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

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