Archives: October 2009

30 Oct 2009, Comments (4)

Amy’s Kitchen Non Dairy Pot Pie

Author: healthnuttxo

my love

I’m putting this one up here because Amy’s Kitchen Non-Dairy Pot Pie it is one of my FAVORITES. It’s a staple in my house. Literally, I panic after I eat one because that means I have to run up to the store and buy another one ASAP! 🙂
This one is relatively low in fat (especially saturated fat), only 360 calories and packed with veggies and ooey gooey pot pie deliciousness. All without milk or other dairy, so those of you who don’t do dairy can enjoy! (This is even VEGAN!)
So let us begin the review, shall we?
I cooked this  in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes and then just a littttttle bit in the toaster oven to crisp up the crust.
Anywho-
The Crust is delicious. And I’m glad it is- what’s a pot pie without a yummy crust? It’s flaky and crisp, and I love breaking off a piece of the top and scooping up some of the veggie mixture. Speaking of veggies, the peas and carrots are crisp and sweet, the potatoes are little square chunks that are very fluffy, and the tofu is amazing. My favorite part of the whole thing. I love amy’s tofu in every meal! The tofu is soft and so flavorful- i just love love love it! The veggies are in a creamy sauce as well, that only tastes buttery! 🙂
Overall, this pie rocks. You saw it coming, 5 stars. It also doesn’t leave you with that heavy feeling some other meals can leave you with all the saturated fat and unneccessary ingredients. I feel good eating this pie!

1 pot pie is 360 calories, 13 grams of fat (only 1.5 saturated), 50 grams of  carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. Satisfaction at it’s best.

 (VEGAN) ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT AND WHEAT FLOUR, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC POTATOES, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC TOFU (FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS, NIGARI[MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, A NATURAL FIRMING AGENT]), RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC PEAS, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, SOY FLOUR, ORGANIC TAMARI, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING POWDER(CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA, CORNSTARCH), SEA SALT, ORGANIC AGAVE NECTAR, SPICES, YEAST EXTRACT, TURMERIC.

Hey guys- you all know my love for Amy’s. Their birthday is coming up soon (22!!) and they are holding a slogan contest. Create a rhyme, jingle or phrase, 15 words or less, and send it in here for a chance to win $500 worth of Amy’s stuff. Any hey– if you aren’t too fond of Amy’s but have a good idea, let me know and I’ll enter for you!!! 😉

28 Oct 2009, Comments (1)

Brown Cow Greek Yogurt

Author: healthnuttxo

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Time for another yogurt review!
Brown Cow is a branch of Stonyfield Farm ( a FAVORITE company of mine!) that manufactures all natural yogurt and greek yogurt. I got to try the Greek Yogurt, in  Strawberry, Blueberry and Vanilla flavor, but it also comes in plain.

Each of the yogurts are very creamy and thick. When you take the lid off, there is a slight layer of liquid, whey I believe, on top, but it’s easily stirred in. I sometimes just drink the liquid so my yogurt will be extra thick and rich 🙂 .
Vanilla- This one has a mild vanilla flavor, and is great to pair with a crunchy cereal or a muffin like i did. It wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, but rather just the right amount of vanilla and cane juice.
Strawberry- My favorite of the 3. The strawberry on the bottom was really good. The fruit was sweet and plump, and had nice chunks of strawberries in it. It tasted like real strawberries, not like mushy strawberries that you defrosted and lost all their flavor. This one was GOOD.
Blueberry- also yummy, but I like the strawberry better. The blueberries were a tad bitter, but they were still good. It resembled sort of a blueberry jelly on the bottom.

Overall, these are really good.4 stars! I also like that they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice. They were substantial and when paired with some fruit or whole grain cereal, good enough to keep me satisfied all  morning. Don’t forget the probiotics it has to offer! 🙂

the 5.3 oz cups of greek yogurt range from 80-130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6-18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 13-15 grams of protein.

25 Oct 2009, Comments (5)

Mom Made Foods- Cheesy Mac Meal

Author: healthnuttxo

mom

Ahhh, Mac & cheese. A traditional comfort food. What’s better than some ooey gooey cheesy macaroni on a cold winter day or after a stressful day at work/school?
Exactly.
But, we all know how Velveeta and Kraft’s nutritional stats hold up. And after preparing Kraft’s boxed version with butter and milk, I sure  got the blues (of regret for eating it!). So, Mom Made Foods makes a healthier alternative to macaroni & cheese. “Mom Made” makes it seem like it’s geared toward children, but trust me, all ages can enjoy this dish.
Mom Made Cheesy Mac Meal has some extra health  benefits in their yogurt. They sneak in butternut squash and sweet potatoes in their cheese sauce- but you would never tell. After heating up this individual tray (yay portion control!), you don’t see any chunks of squash or potatoes, just a bunch of elbow macaroni and cute little peas as well.
After heating it up, the macaroni cooked nicely. It wasn’t too chewy or overdone either. Just the way I like my macaroni- has a bite but doesn’t fall to pieces in my mouth.
The peas were nice and crisp too, not mushy blobs. I personally love peas, and i hate when frozen dinners ruin them by making them all soggy and nasty. Not the case here!
Moving on to the cheese sauce, it was thicker than I expected. It wasn’t a runny cheese sauce, and it really stuck on the macaroni. It was more of a milder cheese taste than I would expected, and it wasn’t as salty tasting as Velveeta or other boxed brands (there’s only 340mg of sodium per serving as compared to 720mg+ in other varieties!). It was good though. An enjoyable mac & cheese entree 🙂

Overall, i liked it. 4 stars for me  for excellent nutrition stats and sneaky veggies. There are a lot of noodles in this entree, especially considering it’s geared toward kids. However, I would say it’s a tad too small for an adult or those of us with raging appetites (especially after going to the gym), so i paired it some strawberry organic milk and some  extra veggies and had it for lunch. My only complaint is that it’s not made with whole wheat macaroni, but it still packs in some fiber 🙂 I would love love love to try the other things Mom Made Foods has to offer, like fiesta rice and bean burritos!

1 entree is 200 calories, 3 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic macaroni (organic durum semolina), Organic skim milk (organic pasteurized skim milk, vitamin d), Organic green peas, Organic sweet potato, Organic butternut squash, Organic cheese powder (Organic cheddar cheese [organic pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes], Organic whey, Salt, Lactic acid, Citric acid, Annatto [for color], Natural mixed tocopherols); Organic butter (organic sweet cream, salt).

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I’m always curious about cookies (who isn’t?) so i got a box of the Vanilla Graham mini cookies (because if cookie wasn’t enough, they are MINI!! Who doesn’t love mini cookies!) in the mail from Cherrybrook Kitchen. Aside from being cute and gluten free, they are also peanut, dairy, egg and nut free.
YEP!
They are certainly yummy. They are about the size of a half dollar each, and they have swirls on top. It resembles the top of a snail shell to me. They have a very strong vanilla flavor, but are not overly sweet. They sort of taste like a better Vanilla  Wafer (and they don’t contain any trans FATS!). They are crispy and very “light” tasting.

So overall, there good! I’m giving them 4 stars.

6 cookies are 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
My only complaint is the low fiber content

Evaporated cane juice, brown rice flour, corn flour, palm oil, cornstarch, low fat soy flour, corn syrup, vanilla and natural flavors, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecitin, xanthan gum, cinnamon.

24 Oct 2009, Comments (3)

Peeled Snacks

Author: healthnuttxo

 

peeledFirst off- my apologies to the Peeled Snacks company. They sent me these to review, I wrote down all my thoughts, and completely forgot to post! But it’s all good- here it is now!

Peeled Snacks are dried fruit, mostly organic, with no added sugar like a lot of other dried fruit brands add. When the fresh fruit is dried, all the vitamins, minerals and other goodies are preserved. They also don’t contain the preservatives or sulfites that I often see in dried fruit as well. They come in individual bags for the most part, and each bag is one serving of fruit. Peeled Snacks sent me flavors “Apricot-a-lot”, “go-Mango-man-go”, “Cherry-go-round”, and “Banan-a-peel”. They also come in flavors like “Apple-2-the-core”, “Pine-4-Pineapple”, “Almond Daze” and “Cashew-later”.  Let’s just start the review by saying the names are soo cute!

Apricot-a-lot– well, i felt a little biased doing this one, because i looooove dried apricots, but i have had some bad and good experiences with them. For example, the bad ones, are very tart and leather like. The good ones (*cough cough Newman’s Own Organic Apricots cough cough*) are sweet, chewy and yummy. These fell into the good category. They were not bright orange like the commercialized apricots are (the bad ones), but rather tender and sweet. (4 stars!)
Cherry-Go-Round- I’m totally copying Rachael Ray when I say YUM-O! These reminded me of those Craisins, but sweeter and without the cranberry aftertaste. They were also plumper and juicy. I ate these straight out of the bag with some nuts and dark chocolate chips. My own mini heaven trail mix! 🙂 (4 stars!)
Go-Mango-Man-Go-  i never had dried mango before. Normally at the mall I see dried fruit, but its coated in sugar and honestly, that takes the A. natural sweetness away B. Natural goodness away C. Natural health away! You might as well eat candy if your going to eat something drowning in sugar. These were plenty sweet on their own. They reminded me of fruit roll ups 🙂  (4 stars!)
Banan-a-peel- The bananas were totally unexpected to me. I love banana chips, freeze dried banana, regular banana, frozen banana, any kind of banana really. I thought these were okay to be honest. They were very chewy, with a very mellow sweetness for a banana. I think they would be good with some granola, or in a trail mix with some dark chocolate chips! (3 stars!)

Overall, I’m impressed. 4 stars for sure. These were yummy ways to up my fruit intake (even higher than it already is 😉 ) and they had no added sugar. I would like to try the other flavors, I am most interested in trying the Cashew Later ( i LOVE cashews) and the pineapple flavor! If any of you guys tried them, let me know!

Apricot-a-lot– 1 bag is 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. You also get 60% Vitamin A and 10% Iron!
Cherry-Go-Round- 1 bag is 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein. Vitamin C is 20% !
Go-Mango-Man-Go- 1 bag is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 28 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Vitamin A 30% and Vitamin C 20%!
Banan-a-peel- 1 bag is 150 calories, .5 grams of fat, 38 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. 23% vitamin C !

Want to try some of your own? Visit their website, take a survey and win 10$ toward their products. Awesome!!

21 Oct 2009, Comments (3)

Zevia Winners! Contact me ASAP!

Author: healthnuttxo

There are 5 winners. 4 of them win a variety case, one wins GRAND PRIZE of all the flavors, 6 pack of each (nice!!).

the winners of the 1 variety case are…

1.Lindsey
2.Lauren
3.Jamie
4.Gina

Congrats!
the winner of the GRAND PRIZE is…
Stephanie from the Skinny Plate!

Congrats everyone! Hope you all enjoy your ZEVIA!
Contact me with your information so we can ship out the goodies 😉

 

and, here’s another giveaway , and another! , and ANOTHER! (not hosted by me though!)

20 Oct 2009, Comments (2)

Nutridel Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

Coooooookie time! Who doesn’t love cookie reviews?!
I was send by mail 2 of Nutridel’s Cookies, in Flaxseed and Oatmeal Flavor. A Nutridel cookie is, according to the website,  an “artisan, gourmet cookie, made by hand in small batches with all-natural, earth-loving high quality ingredients”. Each of the cookies are cholesterol free, no dairy, egg, trans fats, refined sugar or preservatives. They also all contain antioxidants, omega 3’s and fiber. Now these are my kind of cookies!

Each pack contains two 1 oz cookies that are 3.5 inches in diameter. Thats about the size of a CD, so it’s pretty big length wise. However, it’s a flat cookie, so it doesn’t provide much depth.
And, sorry, chewy-cookie lovers, these cookies are CRISPY and CRUNCHY!
Oatmeal- the oatmeal one has a very, well, “oaty” taste. And it should-it is oatmeal flavored! You can definietely see all the oats and sunflower seeds in the cookie. There is a slight sweetness to it, not overpowering at all. I think they should add a wee bit of cinnamon to the cookie for some extra flavor. I had both of mine with some greek yogurt- delicious combination!
Flaxseed-yumm. I liked this one much better. It was sweeter and had a nice molasses/brown sugar flavor too it. I also liked the cinnamon flavor it has. It didn’t have that “fishy” taste that sometimes flaxseed products have (or at least to me anyway). This one was my favorite of the 2!

The stats for these cookies are awesome. You can totally have both in one sitting, and even eat or drink something else with it! 4 stars for me!

Oatmeal- 1 cookie is 62 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 14 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.
Flaxseed– 1 cookie is 57 calories, .7 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

The ingredient list is nice and short too. Just the way I like it 🙂

Oatmeal-Oats, Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Sunflower Seeds, Dry Coconut, Sesamee Seeds, Molasses, Sunflower Oil.
Flaxseed- Oats, whole wheat flour, flaxseed, wheat bran, amaranth, molasses, sunflower oil, ground cinnamon.

sorry for the lack of posts guys- I’ve been SUPER busy. But i figured I would squeeze one in, just for you guys 🙂
Don’t forget my giveaway for ZEVIA ends tonight. ALL ENTRIES BEFORE 11:59 P.M. will be accepted. Winner chosen tomorow!

17 Oct 2009, Comments (25)

Zevia All Natural Soda and..GIVEAWAY!!

Author: healthnuttxo

ZZEVIA

I feel for you soda lovers. It’s either you go “all natural” and get the stuff loaded with sugar, or you go “sugar free” and you ingest a whole slew of chemicals, dyes and artificial sweetners. What’s a girl (or guy) to do when she craves the fizzy stuff?
Well, my friends, I HAVE THE ANSWER!
Zevia is an ALL NATURAL, ZERO CALORIE, soda! It has no artificial colors, dyes or sweeteners, and has no calories, carbohydrates and little or no sodium. It comes in 6 great flavors, Natural Cola, Natural Orange, Natural Twist, Natural Root Beer, Natural Black Cherry, and Natural Ginger Ale. It’s sweetened naturally, with Stevia, which is a natural herb found in South and Central America, and Erythritol, a natural sugar alcohol found in fruits and veggies. I get true peace of mind drinking this-it’s natural and TASTY!

So how do these babies taste? Welll…

Natural Cola– this one i legit thought was Diet Coke. It tastes pretty much exactly the same, maybe a wee bit more carbonated/fizzy than Diet Coke is (4 stars)

Natural Orange- This one had a mild orangey flavor. Rather than a strong orange flavor, it reminded me of a creamsicle. (4 stars)

 Natural Twist– this one had a “cool lime” flavor. It tasted citrusy, and then had a cooling effect after drinking it. It was very refreshing! (4 stars)

 Natural Root Beer-yummy! Once again, it could totally pass as A&W root beer! It was a little bit sweeter than the root beer I’m used to (or used to drink, rather), but i had my mom try it, and she enjoyed it. She is also Root Beer QUEEN, mind you. 🙂 (4 stars)

 Natural Black Cherry- my favorite flavor by far. It had a deep black cherry flavor. It was so gooooooood! It was very bubbly and fizzy, so I drank half and put it in the fridge for an hour to let some of the caarbonation settle, but I like my soda mildy flat 🙂   (5 stars)

Natural Ginger Ale- tastes just like good ol’ natural ginger ale. It had a crisp taste, and i could taste just a hint of real ginger. I know Ginger Ale is commonly used when you have stomachaches- and after I drank this soda it actually did help my stomachache! (4 stars)

Overall, these ROCK. I’m giving them 4 stars as a whole. I’m going to be upset when I run out. There perfect compliment to a lunch or when you want some flavor and some jazz without all the sugar and the calories!

Each can has 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 carbohydrates, 0 fiber and 0 protein.
The ingredients in each can only consist of Stevia, Erythritol, Natural Caramel, Natural Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Kola Nut Extract,Natural Caffeine,Annatto, and Ginger Root.

I was lucky enough to recieve all of these flavors from the company and… YOU WILL TOO! FIVE lucky winners will get to try the new Zevia All Natural Diet Soda!
How to enter???? Follow the ways below. The more you enter-the more chances you have of winning!

1. Add me to your blogroll/leave a comment saying you did so.
2. Link back to this post/leave a comment saying you did so.
3. For those of you who don’t have a blog (or those with a blog can answer too!) What is your favorite all natural drink?  Are there other good “no calorie” drinks out there that are made with natural ingredients?

Enter ASAP! Contest will end soon!!

14 Oct 2009, Comments (2)

O.N.E. Drinks

Author: healthnuttxo

 

Time for my very first BEVERAGE review! Woo! I was lucky enough to receive a few samples from O.N.E. which stands for One Natural Experience. O.N.E. has a variety of drinks that are all natural and bursting with health benefits. They all come in cute little boxes, and mine has little straws attached to them as well. I love it when companies do that-so conveinent!! I decided to try the Coconut water with a splash of pineapple,  and the Water of Life varieties.
Let’s begin and start sipping away!
Coconut Water with Splash of Pineapple-  This was very REFRESHING. It has just the slightest hint of pineapple to jazz up the coconut water. It sort of had a thicker consistency than regular water, but didn’t really taste like coconut. Normally the coconut I would expect is like from coconut scented sprays or coconut cookies, but it was a much more mellow flavor with the pineapple to jazz it up. Refreshing!

Water a Gift of Life- this water is from a specific Natural Spring, and is totally purified and clean. To be honest, it tasted like bottle water to me. That’s a good thing though, very fresh, clean and crisp.

I reccommend these waters, as they are tasty and certainly refreshing. 4 stars!

13 Oct 2009, Comments (6)

Chobani Greek Yogurt Winner!

Author: healthnuttxo

Selected randomly (more ways that you guys entered, the more chances you had of winning), the winner of the Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack isTRACEY!

Congrats, girl! Contact me ASAP so we can ship your goodies!
I also LOVED all your guys recipe ideas! I can’t wait to try them!! You guys are all geniuses! (i hope i spelled that right!) 🙂
For those of you who didn’t win, don’t worry, more giveaways to come. Keep checking my blog daily for more great reviews and chances to win.
Lots of Love,
Lisa 🙂

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