7 Sep 2019, Comments (0)

Calbee Spudkins Fry Cuts

Author: Healthnuttxo

Calbee Spudkins are one of the newest snacks on the market, appealing to savory snack and chip lovers alike. They are cooked in a particular way that allows the same crispy-crunch as a traditional potato chip but with 25% less fat! The Fry cuts are made with Russet Potatoes and some natural seasonings.

First off, how cute is the bag!

I received Sour Cream and Onion, Yellow Cheddar and Honey Barbecue varieties to try. I tried the sour cream variety first – here’s what they look like:

Deceiving! They look like french fries but are super crunchy and crispy, without that oily residue that makes you feel like you have to wipe your hands on your pants (or some your pet — stop that!

The sour cream & onion were both addicting and delicious. They were my favorite of the 3, but my Dad tried them and found them a bit overpowering. I felt they demanded a drink alongside them, as they were a tad dry on the inside, but still so good. I am not a huge chip person, but I would definitely buy these in the future. (Conveniently they are available on Amazon…). They were flavorful without being salty and I noticed all 3 of these chips weren’t loaded with sodium which is great. — 4.5 stars

The Yellow Cheddar was my least favorite of the 3, while they were still yummy they had a relatively mild cheddar flavor that reminded me of a Cheez-it, but much more mild in flavor. — 3 1/2 stars

The Honey BBQ was a hit in my family. Definitely on the sweeter side, & I wish they had maybe a pinch more of salt BUT again, I love that they only had 105 mg of sodium per serving which is almost unheard of for chips. They are still plenty flavorful, but definitely lean more on the sweeter than “barbeque sauce” type flavor. –– 4 stars

Overall, LOVE these. We already looked into where we can buy them. Would 100% reccommend giving them a try- and I am not even a big fan of potato chips.



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

2 Sep 2019, Comments (0)

Pereg Natural Foods Banana Flour

Author: Healthnuttxo

Before I start, I have never heard of banana flour. I didn’t even know you could get a powdered consistency out of a banana. I mean what banana have you eaten that is…dry?! But… on that note, let’s begin!

Pereg contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their alternative flours – and I happily obliged. The thought of banana flour seemed cool — does this mean I get to count it as extra serving of fruit? 😉

This flour is vegan, GMO free, Gluten Free, made in the USA, & Kosher. According to the bag, it is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. The ingredients? 100% banana flour. Don’t ask me how- I’m still not sure how they made flour out of bananas, but if they can make milk out of almonds, I feel like almost anything can be done!

1/4 cup of a serving is 97 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 13 gams of sugar and 1 gram of protein. So pretty standard — the macros of a banana.

Okay problem, what on earth do I make with banana flour…. the bag comes with a recipe on the back for chocolate flour cake. I decided to google some popular recipes and found 2 of them for banana-chocolate brownies.

The first recipe…was a DUD. I should have realized that, including the majority of the recipe called for applesauce and only 1/4 cup of the banana flour. I won’t even go into it, because I threw it right in the trash.

I looked for a more reputable recipe, off a rather famous looking blog and decided to use that recipe. It had good reviews, and I followed the recipe posted verbatim. Here was the result:

The result?

I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really like it enough to make it again. If I didn’t add the generous handful of chocolate chips, I’m not sure if I would like this at all. I know it’s difficult to judge a flour based on an entire recipe, but both recipes I made had this predominant weird flavor to it– alas, the banana flour. The thing is, it wasn’t a sweet banana flavor, but moreso the starchy, GREEN banana flavor. Have you ever tried to eat a banana that was green? Because thats the flavor that the banana flour gave to the recipes.

I’m sure if you mask the flavor well enough — say with chocolate — it’s a good alternative. For now, the banana flour may be chilling in the back of my closet until I get the urge to try another recipe. To be fair, I did eat all of the “brownies” I made, but like I said, they were just ok.

The consistency however, was pretty good for the brownie. Fluffy, more-so on the bread like side, and a little dense. I think this flour is good for cake like brownie or dessert cake recipes.

3 stars for the banana flour.

Would I buy it? Debatable. I am honestly finding it hard to make something else out of the banana flour, but I think I might make banana bread again but with the flour AND ripe bananas, see how it goes.

On another note, I was also given Teff flour. However, that review is…coming. I honestly didn’t know what Teff was (apparently it’s a grain!) but I have yet to find time in my 6 day a week work schedule to make something out of Teff, but when I do, I will post here.

DICLAIMER: I was given this flour to try for free. This is an unbiased review.

26 Aug 2019, Comments (0)

Meg Relief Pain Relief Oil

Author: Healthnuttxo

Achy, sore joints? (Honestly, does anyone not feel this way?). Before popping another Over the counter Tylenol or Advil, consider MegRelief Pain relief oil.

Source

MegRelief oil is made from Nutmeg, Rosemary, Peppermint and Sweet Almond oil, produced by Grenada Nut Company. This product was made from a nagging knee pain that pain medication and PT didn’t seem to fix. A natural remedy seemed to work, and thus, it was bottled and now available for us to use. According to the website, You are instructed to spray the affected joint and massage the oil in, and within 2 minutes, reap the benefits from the reduction of inflammation and pain.

Now. Given my Western medicine background (aka zero-no use of supplements), I was skeptical. However, I am aware of the long term (BAD) side effects of chronic NSAID or tylenol use, so I was open to trying this.

Conveniently, or I suppose NOT so conveniently, I had this nagging left elbow pain. Likely a combination of the gym, long drives and lots of typing that made me have some medical epicondylitis…aka some inflammation and pain on the inside of my elbow.

I sprayed 3 sprays on my elbow. That was my first mistake. This stuff is POTENT. I didn’t expect as much to come out as it did, so I felt like the whole day at work I stunk like a wooden chair, freshly cut (ever go furniture shopping? That woody smell!) . The nutmeg aroma is strong and long-lasting. I would advise one spray, and possibly do it at night so that way people aren’t trying to guess what the smell is. It’s not BAD, just potent.

Anyway, I used this for a few days, and to be honest, I did find the pain subsided. Was it the nutmeg oil? Maybe. Was it natural healing? Maybe. I can’t 100% say it was one or the other.

Overall, worth a try. It’s OTC and topical, so I like the idea of not ingesting something that I don’t know how will react with my body, etc. However, You will have to monitor for skin sensitivity. But remember, don’t spray too much!!! Unless you work in a nutmeg producing factory or something, then I suppose you’ll be fine with the smell 🙂

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

19 Aug 2019, Comments (0)

Sparkling Ice Mango Guava Sparkling Water

Author: Healthnuttxo

The mystery flavor is finally revealed from Sparkling Ice — and it is MANGO GUAVA!

After months and thousands of guesses from #WhatTheFlavorSweeps, Mango Guava is finally revealed. 0calories, 0 grams of sugar, caffeine free and enriched with Vitamin A, D, B6, Niacin, B12, Biotin and Panthothenic Acid per serving.

I was sent some of these to try from the company – I tried to guess the flavor and honestly, that’s almost what I was guessing! It is mildly carbonated (perfect), with a fruity, tropical flavor. I was trying to guess with every sip and I settled on a guava/mango flavor. To my surprise, I was actually right! It definitely reminds me of something fruity that I should be sipping on a nice, warm beach. Almost some hints of pineapple in there too. Super refreshing, and a perfect summer drink.

You can get this flavor for a limited time in stores while supplies last!

DISCLAIMER: I was given these bottles to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased post.

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”).

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