Archives: November 2009

10 Nov 2009, Comments (2)

Baker Dan's Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo
Baker Dan may be a company you haven’t heard of, but you might want to check him out. He makes some pretty delicious cookies! According to the website, “Baker Dan seeks to produce a variety of specialty and classic cookies that are pleasurable to eat and made for a healthy treat.”
I was lucky enough to get to sample some of his cookies, and this is what I thought! 🙂
Walnut Raisin Biscotti
unexpected for a biscotti, because it was chewy and not crisp. I liked the chunks of walnuts in it, and it has a nice raisin flavor. Surprisingly, i thought i tasted a bit of raspberry flavor as well. Biting into it, it reminded me of eating a poptart. It tasted like the filling in one of the strawberry or raspberry poptart, but not as sugary. It was very good, sweet but not too sweet. 4 stars !
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip- yummmmmy is all i have to say! I like how they are “crisp” and “light” tasting. They have sweet chunks of chocolate and a brown sugar taste. I also like you get 2 BIG cookies for only 110 calories. It nixed my chocolate craving for sure- very good!  I also liked how it had a wee bit of a salty taste to it. What a good cookie. 4 1/2 stars
Pistachio Biscotti– yum again! Baker Dan is definitely good at making biscottis! This one was crisper, and had a nice texture. It had just the right amount of sweetness, and i really enjoyed the lemony taste to it. They worked well with a cup of tea, and my mom tried one and said she would buy these if she saw them in store. 4 stars
Regular Chocolate Chip– these were better than the sugar free, but not as good as the gluten free. They were sweet and more chocolately, and had a richer flavor. Still a very enjoyable cookie, i would buy them again. 4 stars
Overall, these were pretty good. They all had a decent portion size too, especially the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip (2 for 110 calories) and the Pistachio Biscotti (3 for 110 calories). On the positive side, they are all pretty low in fat. On the one negative side, they are also pretty low in fiber 🙁 But, I would buy these if I saw them in a nearby store by me! Good choice over Oreo’s or Chips Ahoy or whatever other sugary and preservative-laden cookies that are on the market these days and deserve to be in the trash. *Oops!* Did i say that? 😉
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip- 2 cookies is 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Pistachio Biscotti- 3 cookies are 110 calories, 4 grams of fat, 16 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Walnut Raisin Biscotti- 1 biscotti is 80 calories,  .5 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Regular Chocolate Chip- 1 cookie is 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip-Gluten free flour (cornstarch, tapioca flour, chickpea flour, rice flour),extra bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin emulsifier, pure vanilla), butter (milk), sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, xanthan gum.
Pistachio Biscotti-wheat flour (malted barley), sugar, almonds, pistachio, butter, eggs, soy lecithin (an emulsifier), anise, baking powder (aluminum free), lemon zest, and salt.
Walnut Raisin Biscotti- Walnuts, raisins, sugar, wheat flour (malted barley), eggs.
Regular Chocolate Chip- wheat flour (malted barley), extra bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin emulsifier, pure vanilla), butter, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, baking powder

Luna Bars are great. I’ve only had 2 prior to these new ones, White Chocolate Macadamia and Nuts over Chocolate, and I loved both. White Chocolate Macadamia is a staple in my house, delicious! I reviewed it before, you can check that out here.
Luna Bars are directed toward women (but you dudes out there will love them too!), and are fortified with vitamins and minerals and come in 14 flavors. They are all natural, of course, and 70% organic. I use them mostly post workout because they have a good dose of protein with fiber, and a little fat. Perfect for recovery!
Anywho– I was sent the Berry Almond, Lemon Zest and Caramel Nut Brownie flavors with the New Recipe logo on them to try. I was most excited about Caramel Nut Brownie (uh, who ISN’T!?) and scared to try Lemon Zest. Lemon? and Soy Protein? Well, i’m not one to judge till I taste, so here we go!

Berry Almond- so not what i expected! I was expecting a mild berry flavor, but this one is sweet and berry-licious 😉 . It’s even purple in color! No icing on this one (aw, man!), but it’s still plenty sweet. It has flavors of cranberry, blueberry, and pomegranate all mixed together. I think i even tasted a little bit of black current. The mixture of berry flavors is very good, slightly tart, but mostly sweet. The almonds added a nice touch too, and a nice little crunch. I give this one 4 stars.

Lemon Zest- uh, can we say, yummy!? I thought i wasn’t going to like this one. I’m not fond of lemons, lemonade, lemon flavored anything really, probably due to the tartness. But this one was good. It was “bright” tasting, if i can use that as an adjective to describe food 🙂 . It was not tart at all, (I think they should perhaps they should take away “Zest” in the name?) but rather sweet. The creamy icing was really good too. I even detected a bit of a honey flavor. This one gets 4 1/2 stars for me 🙂

Caramel Nut Brownie- wow, this one really did remind me of the flavor of a fudgy brownie! I liked the pretty icing design on the top, too! I didn’t detect too much of a caramel flavor, more of a dark chocolate flavor. Even a hint of mocha or coffee flavor, but not too much. It was also enjoyable, and good to nix a chocolate craving in the boootayy. 4 stars!

Overall, these were really good. Perfect post gym or when you have some major hunger pains and some cravings for something sweet. I really want to try the cookies & cream flavor. What flavor is your favorite?

Each bar is 170-190 calories, 3.5-6 grams of fat, 27-29 carbohydrates, 3-4 grams of fiber, and 8-9 grams of protein. They are also a good source of calcium and other important vitamins & minerals!

Berry Almond-LunaPro  (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate], Organic Toasted Oats, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Flaxmeal), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Almonds, Organic Cranberries (Organic Cranberries, Organic Apple Juice), Almonds and Almond Butter, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Red Berries Extract (Derived From Elderberry, Chokeberry, Black Currant), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Dried Blueberries (Blueberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Raspberry Juice Concentrate, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Berry Flavors, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant).

Lemon ZestLunaPro  (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour], Organic Toasted Oats, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Flaxmeal), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Inulin (Chicory Extract), Lemon Fruit Pieces (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Glucose, Lemon Puree, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors), Organic Soy Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Organic Flavors, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.

Caramel Nut Brownie- LunaPro ® (Cocoa Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour, Alkalized Cocoa], Organic Toasted Oats, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Flaxmeal), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Caramel (Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Inulin, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Soy Protein Concentrate, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Water, Salt, Natural Flavors, Organic Soy Lecithin), Organic Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Cocoa, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Walnuts, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa, Organic Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Organic Chocolate Flavor, Sea Salt.

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands. They make a bunch of yummy cereals, bars, and too addictive toaster pastries. All organic, all healthy, and all delicious. As part of the Optimum line of cereals, which includes Blueberry & Cinnamon, Banana & Almond, Cranberry & Ginger and Slim, i saw the Strawberry & Yogurt variety and decided to give it a shot. It looked like a healthier, more sustaining version of Special K. I also liked the fact that there were yogurt clusters in it, i looove when cereals add those in 🙂

So I gave it a shot. This particular cereal has psyllium for heart health and regularity as well, and is also a good source of Omega-3’s. It has flax flakes, wheat puffs and the psyllium twigs, and then the yogurt clusters and little bits of freeze-dried strawberries. It was a nice combination of chewy, crunchy and fruity. It was lightly sweet, and had a satisfying crunch. The puffs were nice and airy, as they should be. I really really liked (as expected) the yogurt covered rice crisps. They were creamy and strawberry tasting, and had a little crunch to them. I actually sat with the box of cereal open and picked out the little yogurt crisps i liked them so much! (Not a good idea because now the next time i eat this cereal, all the yogurt pieces will be gone! grr!! ) I also liked the strawberries, which added a surprise zing of tartness/sweetness like in Special K cereal.

Overall, i give it 4 stars. This cereal paired well with my Stonyfield Farm Pomegranate Berry Yogurt, but it also was good with some lightly sweetened almond milk, by itself, with greek yogurt and with skim milk ( I like to eat my products a lot before a review-ya know know it is 🙂  ) It has a lot of fiber, so paired with my yogurt, i was full/satisfied all morning.

1 cup is 170 calories, 3 grams of fat, 40 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. It also provides 15 grams of more of whole grains per cup.

Organic wheat bran, organic wheat meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic puffed Kamut® Khorasan wheat, organic yogurt coated rice crisps (organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm kernel oil, organic non fat yogurt, organic brown rice flour, organic coconut oil, organic cultured non fat dried milk (organic skim milk, culture), organic soy lecithin, lactic acid, organic vanilla flavor, organic molasses, sea salt), organic oat fiber, organic psyllium seed husk, organic flax meal, organic oat bran, organic barley malt extract, organic freeze dried strawberries, organic whole oat flour, natural strawberry flavor, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

check out this giveaway ! and this one ! and this one! and this one too! and this one (okay i’ll stop  now) 😉

just kidding here’s another GIVEAWAY!

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Good ol “Pa” and Nell Newman, we love you! Newman’s company has given over 200 million dollars to charities worldwide since 1982. The profits from their delicious snacks and yummy chocolates (hellooo caramel cups!! 🙂  )is dedicated toward making the world a better place. So you really can feel good about eating their products (even if you “accidentally” overindulge in a whole chocolate bar…whoops!…it was for a good cause!!).

So onto the review. Honey Wheat Mini Pretzels. Now, i’m not a pretzel person really. I find them usually unsatisfying and too salty. But something caused me to grab these in a snack rut, and i sure am glad I did. 

Before i start, i must say the package is adorable. It has Nell and Pa on the front as bee keepers. Cute! The pretzels are about the size of your average snack-sized mini pretzel, and in the typical shape (not circles, sticks or nuggets). The pretzels have a nice honey taste to them, and are slightly sweet. You can mostly taste the sweetness after you swallow the pretzel, so it leaves a nice aftertaste. They were nice and crunchy, and had a fresh, clean taste to them. No burnt flavor like some pretzels have. They were salty, too, but it went well with the sweet. Surprisingly, there was only 180mg of sodium per serving, which isn’t a lot for a packaged pretzel. I’ve seen as much as 400mg per serving! Hellloooooo bloating! I had 2 bowls of these, one bowl with a root beer Zevia (awesome combo), and the 2nd bowl with a Zensoy chocolate pudding (also an awesome combo).

 These are a good munchy snack and i was satisfied eating these! I give them 4 stars, because they also have 3 grams of fiber per serving, which is unusual in pretzels, but totally fine with me! 🙂
What is your favorite brand of pretzels? does anyone know any cinnamon sugar varieties?! 🙂 🙂 🙂

1 serving (20 pretzels) is 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Honey, Organic Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil, Salt, Yeast and Soda.

2 Nov 2009, Comments (3)

Gnu Bars

Author: healthnuttxo

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These seem to be popular in every health food store I visit. Promising both flavor and fiber, being entirely natural, and still being chewy, delicious and nutritious, it leaves me curious to try!
So, i was excited when GNU foods sent me some bars to try. They come in several flavors, Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Lemon Ginger, Peanut Butter,  Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry, and Chocolate Brownie. All of them contain 50% of your daily fiber needs (12 grams) and are sweetened with fruit juice, not high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. They are also dairy free, yeast free and preservative free.
I got to try the Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Chocolate Brownie varieties. Each bar is a decent size, 45 grams, which is a little bit wider but the same length as say, a nutrigrain bar. I liked how the packages were cute. They have a little cartoon bird on it and what i think is a ram? Who knows- both cute!!
Banana Walnut– This one was pretty good. It has a banana flavor but it wasn’t that sweet. I did taste a prominent taste of walnuts though, so if you like walnuts- your gonna like this one!
Chocolate Brownie- Notm my favorite, but not too bad

Espresso Chip- mmm. coffee and chocolate flavors- whats not to like?
Cinnamon Raisin- ok now this one was GOOD. It was soo much softer and moist than the other varieties. It had a nice cinnamon flavor and plump little raisins in it.

(*added)Peanut Butter– not bad, but in my opinion, not peanut butter-y. It more had an off taste with like, a sweet raisin flavor and a hint of peanut. Not my favorite.

Overall, these are pretty good. If you need the fiber but aren’t too fond of bran cereals or muffins (uh..who is?), give these a shot. Definetly get the cinnamon raisin one, it rocks! I give these 4 stars overall, for high fiber content, no refined sugars, and a really good oatmeal cookie alternative.

Each bar ranges from 130-140 calories, 3-4 grams of fat, about 30 carbohydrates, 12 grams of fiber, and 3-4 grams of protein.

Each bar is also made with pretty much the same ingredients. The banana one is as followed,
Gnu High Fiber Blend™ (whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax, millet), chicory root inulin, fruit juices, rice dextrins, apples, canola oil, walnuts, rice, plums, banana, wheat protein isolate, natural flavors, baking powder.

Make sure you drink your water! 😉

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