Archives: October 2009

11 Oct 2009, Comments (5)

Cedarlane Eggplant Parmesan

Author: healthnuttxo

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Cedarlane had generously sent me some products of theirs to try, including the Eggplant Parmesan.

Well, after heating  up this dish in the microwave, the picture on the box didn’t really not depict what I had. The box shows 2 long slices of eggplant with cheese and veggies. What I got (I didn’t have my camera so I couldn’t take a picture of it! ) was about 5 or 6 circular pieces of eggplant all mooshed together with some cheese and scrambled veggies. But I’m not one to judge on looks, so I dug in.
The eggplant was very soft, and “buttery”tasting. There is also a LOT of eggplant, and I didn’t see any breadcrumbs like the ingredients say there are, but perhaps it was just mixed up with all the cheese and veggies. I really liked the “seeded” part of the eggplant-it has a little bit more of a bite and more flavor to it compared to the rest. There definitely is a strong tomato flavor here, probably from the sundried tomato sauce. There also is pa-lenty of cheese in this dish. It was gooey and stringy and it was how cheese is supposed to be 🙂 . I also liked the parmesan cheese flavor that came through with the veggies.
Overall, this dish wasn’t bad. I think it kind of tasted a little like frozen pizza, actually. I do, however, almost wish that it had less eggplant and they paired the eggplant parmesan with another side dish. It was also a bit too salty for me. It is, however, an excellent way to get some vegetables into your day.  This meal is getting a 3 1/2 star for me, 4 star if you like eggplant parmesan.

Eggplant, Organic Crushed Whole Tomatoes, Organic Tomato Puree, Onion, Rennetless Mozzarella Cheese, Rennetless Ricotta Cheese, Bread Crumbs (wheat flour, water, barley malt, salt), Organic Zucchini, Sundried Tomatoes, Organic green bell Pepper, Rennetless Parmesan Cheese, Organic Red Bell Pepper, Carrots, Wildflower Honey, Olive Oil, Herbs and Spices, Sea Salt.

10 Oct 2009, Comments (23)

Chobani Greek Flavored Yogurt

Author: healthnuttxo

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We all know my love for yogurt. Now it’s time to explore on the GREEK side of yogurt!
What exactly is greek yogurt? Well, after the milk is heated and cultured to make yogurt, it is then allowed to sit and strain, so the “whey” is removed. What’s left is a creamier and thicker version of yogurt.
I got the pleasure of trying Chobani’s Greek Non Fat Flavored Yogurts in Blueberry, Peach and Strawberry varieties. But how did these play out for my normal love of yogurt?
Quite excellently. Each yogurt has the desired fruit on the bottom, so you can eat it swirled together , seperately, or do what I did, and eat half the yogurt and half the fruit topping on the spoon at once. The yogurt is extremely thick and creamy, it’s hard to believe there’s no fat in these! The peach flavor was my favorite, surprisingly. Normally I’m a blueberry girl, but the peach flavor was GREAT! The peaches tasted fresh, and they had just the right amount of sweetness for the greek yogurt. The blueberry flavor and strawberry flavor were also yummy. There were real bitty blueberries and chunks of strawberries that pack a tough antioxidant punch in each cup.
These yogurts were much more substantial than regular yogurt as well. I noticed i was significantly fuller (due to the higher protein content versus regular yogurt) when I paired the Chobani yogurt with some whole grain cereal for some extra crunch. These were great-4 Stars- you should definitely try them. I can’t wait to go out and buy the pomegranate and pineapple flavors!

Each yogurt is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, >1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of protein. You also get 15% of daily calcium and probiotics!
Peach-Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk,  Evaporated Cane Juice, Peaches, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin.

Blueberry-Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk,Blueberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin.

Strawberry-Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Strawberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Beet Juice Concentrate.

7 Oct 2009, Comments (5)

Amy's Tamale Cheese Verde

Author: healthnuttxo

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So today was a  bad day. Just overall, i was NOT having a good day. And then I had this meal, and honestly, my day took a 180 degree spin in the other direction. I was not expecting this meal to be so GOOD! But let’s give some background information first. Amy’s tamale verde with cheese is new, is made with organic corn masa, tomatillos and rice. It’s gluten free (yay!) too. Amy’s says “The organic masa (ground and cooked corn) is poured onto individual parchments, filled with a mixture of Monterey Jack Cheese, chiles and jalapenos, and then folded and steamed. The tamales are then unwrapped by hand, topped withour delicious verde sauce and served with a side of Spanish rice made from organic brown rice and organic black beans”. Let’s Dig In !!!!

The Tamale- Summed up in a word, AMAZING. The corn masa=love. It’s soft, flavorful, buttery tasting and so satisfying. You know how you get a frozen meal with “cheese” and most of it magically vanishes in the microwave? Not here! They definietly don’t scrimp on the cheese in the tamale. It’s gooey and rich, and has chiles and jalapenos  embedded in the cheese. But they aren’t too spicy, and are perfect with the stringy and gooey goodness of the cheese. I don’t even like cheese that much ( i pull it off my pizza…!) but this was just so good. It’s even topped with the verde salsa- which had a sweet taste of lime.

The rice and beans are a nice compliment to the tamale. They have a combination flavor between tomatoes and a “taco seasoning” taste. It’s really good-but not too spicy. The baby bell peppers also add a little kick. The rice (brown rice-whole grain yay!) is fluffy, and the beans are soft.  I liked mixing the rice with the leftover verde sauce that oozed on the side of the tamale 🙂

Overall, this meal, ROCKS. DEFinitely buying again, and it’s a 5 star for sure. It’s filling, it hit the spot, and it made my crappy day better 🙂 The only thing keeping me from eating this one EVERY night is the cheese/fat factor. There are 5 grams of saturated and 16 grams of fat per meal-which is a wee bit high, but it’s so good, and definitely healthier than anything you would get at a restaurant!
1 meal is 360 calories, 16 grams of fat, 45 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. There’s also 25% of your needs for calcium.

FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC TOMATILLOS, ORGANIC CORN MASA (ORGANIC STONE GROUND CORN FLOUR, TRACE OF LIME), ORGANIC ONIONS, MONTEREY JACK CHEESE, ORGANIC BROWN RICE, ORGANIC GREEN CHILES, ORGANIC BLACK BEANS, ORGANIC TOMATOES, ORGANIC BELL PEPPERS, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, SPICES, SEA SALT, ORGANIC GARLIC, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, ORGANIC DISTILLED VINEGAR, BAKING SODA, ORGANIC JALAPENO PEPPERS.

5 Oct 2009, Comments (5)

Late July Mini Sandwich Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

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Late July is a great company. Founded by Nicole Bernard Dawes with her dad in 2003, they make a variety of all natural and organic foods. There top 3 reasons for choosing organic is 1. To save the environment 2. Reduce Health Risks and 3. Support Small businesses. The Late July Organic Mini Endangered Animal Sandwich cookies even donate 10% of their profits to the Jane Goodall Institute, to help those poor animals!! They are also a good source of whole grains and calcium 🙂 Finally, a cookie everyone can feel good about eating!!
They come in two flavors, White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. I got the pleasure of trying both, provided by Late July. Each of the sandwich cookies are ADORABLE. They have a whole bunch of animals on the outside cookie part, including the Leatherback Sea Turtle, Red Wolf, Chimpanzee, Sumatran Rhino, Pygmy Rabbit, Black-Footed Ferret and the Giant Panda. My favorite was the panda! So cute! How could you eat these guys ?

White Chocolate- Very delicious. Tastes like a mini oreo-but not as fake tasting or overly sweet. The cream is soft and sweet, with a light vanilla flavor. The chocolate cookie is crisp, and easy to swirl off of the cream.

Milk Chocolate– Also deeeeeelicious. Think keebler cookies, but better! The chocolate cream on the inside tastes like a soft, creamy milk chocolate, accompanied by a rich vanilla cookie on the outside.

Overall, these sandwich cookies ROCK. 4 stars for sure. These are great by themselves or with a glass of milk. I spread some natural peanut butter on the white chocolate flavor-HEAVEN!! I would love to try more Late July products. They seem AWESOME!!

10 cookies is 130-140 calories, 6-7 grams of fat, 18-19 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. You also get 10% calcium needs and 8 grams of whole grain per serving.

White Chocolate-Organic whole wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic powdered evaporated cane juice with organic cornstarch, organic wheat flour, organic oleic sunflower oil, organic palm oil, organic cocoa butter, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa processed with alkali, organic brown rice syrup, organic powdered milk, calcium carbonate, organic vanilla extract, natural flavors, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecithin, sea salt.

Milk Chocolate-Organic whole wheat flour, organic wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic powdered evaporated cane juice with organic cornstarch, organic wheat flour, organic palm oil, organic oleic sunflower oil and/or organic oleic safflower oil,  organic cocoa butter, organic powdered milk, organic chocolate liquor,organic brown rice syrup, organic cocoa processed with alkali, sodium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, sea salt, cream of tartar, organic vanilla extract, natural flavors, soy lecithin.

4 Oct 2009, Comments (3)

Sonoma Crisps

Author: healthnuttxo

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sonomaI can’t even tell you how much i enjoyed these. Before i get into my new obsession, let’s review the company. Sonoma makes their products without added oil or sugar, and they have some secret process that bakes the fruit slowly, allowing them to be super crispy without additives or frying. The only things they add are fructose and calcium ascorbate to the products, which are all natural. They come in 5 different flavors, Apple Sticks Original, Gala Apple with Strawberry Blend, Apple Sticks Cinnamon, Golden Delicious, and Raisin Crunch. Sonoma sent me the Gala Apple with Strawberry Blend, Raisin Crunch, and Apple Sticks Cinnamon variety to try. Let me say, I AM IN LOVE.

Before you go, ew, freeze dried apple, take that thought out of your mind. I was in a snacking mood and i was originally thinking, okay those apple sticks are so not going to satisfy my snacking craving. I was SO wrong!

Each of the apple sticks look like tiny french fries, the shoe string kind, but they are crispy and crunchy. The Apple Stick Cinnamon flavor tasted like the Gala Apple variety, but had an extra hint of cinnamon flavor. Each of the apple varieties were sweet and just perfect. They aren’t flimsy like some freeze dried fruit can be, and they aren’t soft or like traditional dried fruit is. They are apple “cheese doodles”, if you will. 🙂 The Gala Apple was a special strawberry blend, so it also included freeze-dried crunchy strawberries. I liked them, which i wasn’t expecting. normally i don’t like freeze dried strawberries because they are too tart, but these weren’t, and were actually sweet.
The Raisin Crunch was a bit different. They were plump raisins that had a hollow center and a nice crunch. They definietly had a nice “raisin-y” flavor, and i think they would be good in a trail mix or cereal rather than by themself.

So I’m happy and sad for these products. Happy because i’m officially obsessed and these are now my new go-to for dried/crunchy fruit. Sad because they are only available in California locations (aka THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY FOR ME), and amazon 🙁 . And on amazon you can only buy bulk of one flavor, so i just ordered myself 20$ worth of Apple Sticks Cinnamon. Im going to be broke soon… 🙂
Sonoma Crisps= 5 Star

I hope they come out with new flavors. I think PEAR, PINEAPPLE, or PEACH would be AWESOME!

Apple Sticks Cinnamon- 1 serving (60 pieces) is 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of protein.

Gala Apple with Strawberry Blend- 1 serving (60 pieces) is 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Raisin Crunch- 1 serving (38 pieces) is 60 calories,  0 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

 

*I am going to implement a new rating technique- Stars! Obviously 5 stars=the best, 1 =the worst. I will try to update all my previous posts for this new method!*

1 Oct 2009, Comments (4)

Pure Bar

Author: healthnuttxo

Pure Bars are a bit different than your average granola or snack bar. They are “Raw” organic food bars. Nothing is cooked or processed to make the bars, and they have very minimal ingredients. They are all organic, low in sodium, vegan, gluten free, and provide 1 1/2 servings of fruit per bar. They also don’t contain any refined sugar, preservatives, trans fats, dairy, soy or GMO’s. These bars are simply PURE. I see them being sold mostly at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
CranberryOrange- This was was delicious! It has an orange-y “after taste” which was very yummy with the tartness of the cranberry. It almsot leaves an orange peel flavor on your tongue. This one is reallly good, especially if you like cranberries. It was also the perfect amount of sweetness.

Cherry Cashew-yuuuuuum. I love cashews. And now i love cherries and cashews. This one had a nice tang to it provided by the cherries, which was mellowed out by the chunks of cashew. It almost had an apple-cherry flavor to it. So good.

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Chocolate Brownie- while this one didn’t totally remind me of a brownie, as it wasn’t super sweet, it still was pretty good. A fruity/chocolatey taste, soft and chewy in consistency, and it had nuts in it, making it feel like a walnut brownie! yum!

Apple Cinnamon- This one tasted to me like apple pie. The apple chunks in the bar looked and tasted like the dried apples you get in Apple Cinnamon flavored instant oatmeal, like by Kashi or Quaker.( Which is okay with me, when i was little i would pick out those apple pieces and eat them raw!) The chunks of walnut also add a nice touch to the bar, and there was just a hint of cinnamon flavor.

Overall, these were excellent. They had a nice, soft texture, because it’s made mostly from fruit. I also really enjoyed the chewiness that the bar provided. The only bad part in my eyes is that each of these bars runs you about 200 calories, and they aren’t really that big. They are a decent size, but they are also very nutrient dense, so I don’t think they really need to be any bigger. They are very satisfying by themselves, as they pack a high nutritious punch with healthy fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein. I definietly reccommend these bars! They are “way too good to  be this good” !

Cranberry Orange- 1 bar is 200 calories, 9 grams of fat, 23 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein. It also contains400 mg of Omega 3s and antioxidants helpful for fighting diseases!

Organic Dates, Organic Cranberries (with Organic Apple Juice Concentrate and Organic Sunflower Oil), Organic Walnuts, Organic Cashews, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Almonds, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Orange Oil.

Cherry Cashew– 1 bar is 200 calories, 9 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein (and antioxidants and omega 3’s!)

Organic Dates, Organic Cherries, Organic Walnuts, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Almonds, Organic Cashews, Organic Brown Rice Protein

Apple Cinnamon – 1 bar is 190 calories, 8 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Organic Dates, Organic Apples, Organic Walnuts, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Cinnamon.

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