Archives: April 2010

9 Apr 2010, Comments (43)

Nature’s Path GIVEAWAY!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Thhhattttttt’s right guys, it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd 2010, Nature’s Path is being extremely generous and wants to give one of YOU lucky readers an eco-friendly giftpack! Nature’s Path recently came out with all new packaging, that uses more sustainable, thus eco-friendly, packaging.

ONE lucky winner will recieve (see below for picture!)
*Nature’s Path Reusable Shopping Bag
*Nature’s Path Granola Bars
*Nature’s Path Granola
*Nature’s Path Box of Cereal

I’m personally JEALOUS of whoever wins- what a great giveaway 😉

How to enter: (each is ONE entry. enter more times for more chances to win!)
 
1.
Add me to your blogroll/Follow Me!! Leave a comment saying you did so
2. Link this giveaway to one of your posts. Leave a comment saying you did so
3. Tweet about this giveaway! (leave a comment!)
4. If you DONT have a blog or website, find a friend that does! get them to do one of the above, and then you BOTH get entries. Just make sure you both leave a comment!

Giveaway Ends April 19th, 2010. Just enough time for you to recieve your package before EARTH DAY!! (USA & CANADA ONLY!)

enter now!!! 🙂

8 Apr 2010, Comments (3)

Morning Star Farms Sweet & Sour Chik’n

Author: Healthnuttxo

Break out the ChopSticks, but DON’T pick up the phone to order Chinese take-out!!

I found a new meal that whoops traditional fast food “sweet & sour chicken’s” BUTT! 🙂

Morning Star Farms Sweet & Sour Chik’n is a veggie entree with chik’n nuggets, peppers, carrots and pineapple chunks all slathered in a sweet and tangy sauce, over a bed of whole grain brown rice.I know your drooling by now. I certainly was when I read the box at my supermarket- I just had to try it!

So after a nice bike ride on this beautiful 80 degree day, my muscles were tired and my stomach was hungry. I decided to pop this entree in the microwave, along with some steamed broccoli for extra veggies. I transfered the entree to a plate, and was surprised to see how much actually came out! This was a NICE sized dinner- no skimpy portions here! I probably didn’t even need the side of broccoli, but I’ll never turn down extra veggies 8)

Onto each component of the meal…

The Chik’n- the chik’n was wrapped in a soft and doughy tempura batter, that I actually enjoyed. It was a little mushy due to the sauce, but tasty nonetheless. The actual “meat” part had the same consistency of chicken, and was similar in taste. When isolated, I could definietely taste a combination of soy and chicken flavors, but when eated with the tempura batter and the sauce- you would never be able to tell it’s not real chicken! I also liked that these were big CHUNKS of chik’n. I got about 4-5 chunks in my entree (see pic below after I took a bite! 😉 )

blurry piece of chik'n. *sigh* i need a better camera!

The Sauce- TOTALLY makes the meal. It’s SO sweet (maybe even a tad bit too sweet- drink water with this meal), but I liked the sweetness, as it balanced the tang out nicely. There is a very strong pineapple/ketchup flavor, that blends nicely. There is also a TON of sauce- every component of this meal gets covered, no naked veggies or rice ! 🙂

The Veggies/Rice- this meal has primarily carrots, red, green & yellow peppers, and pineapple. The peppers and carrots were soft and tender, and went nicely with the meal. I loved the warm pineapple chunks- deeelish! Warm pineapple never fails, and it was juicy & sweet!  The rice was a tad bit chewy, but was actually quite good.

 Overall, don’t like the “chik’n” part of this meal scare you meat lovers (or veggie protein haters >:( ) away! This meal ROCKS! I give it 4 1/2 stars. It was filling, low in fat, and WAY better than Chinese Food. It was also relatively low in sodium for a frozen entree (550 mg, 23% daily values). The only reason this meal loses half a star is because there is only 4 grams of fiber ( I prefer my dinners to have at least a little more!), refined sugar (oh, man!), and contains some funky modified ingredients, like modified vegetable gum and modifed corn starch- “natural” per se, but not straight from the garden if you catch my drift.

Otherwise- this meal was carton-lickin’ GOOD!  You can bet all the sauce was GONE, and every morsel was eaten!! 🙂

1 entree is 340 calories, 6 grams of fat, 56 carbohydrates (12 sugars), 4 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein.

WATER, TEMPURA VEGGIE CHIK’N NUGGETS (CHIK’N [WATER, SOY PROTEIN, WHEAT GLUTEN, NATURAL FLAVORS, POTATO STARCH, CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL, PEA PROTEIN, MODIFIED VEGETABLE GUM, CARROT FIBER, BEET ROOT FIBER, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, YEAST EXTRACT, SEA SALT], BATTER [WHEAT FLOUR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, CORN FLOUR, YELLOW CORN MEAL, SUGAR, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, GUAR GUM, SPICE, SUNFLOWER OIL, CALCIUM SILICATE], BREADING [OAT BRAN, WHEAT FLOUR, CORN FLOUR, SALT, SUGAR, SUNFLOWER SEED OIL, CALCIUM SILICATE]), BROWN RICE, RED BELL PEPPERS, GREEN BELL PEPPERS, WHITE VINEGAR (WHITE VINEGAR AND WATER), PINEAPPLE (PINEAPPLE, PINEAPPLE JUICE), CARROTS, SUGAR, TOMATO KETCHUP (WATER, TOMATO PASTE, SUGAR, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF VINEGAR, SEA SALT, ONION POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, SPICES), TOMATO PASTE (TOMATOES), PINEAPPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE, RICE STARCH, GINGER PUREE (GINGER, WATER), SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, SALT, WHEAT), CANOLA OIL, ORANGE JUICE CONCENTRATE, TOASTED SESAME OIL, ROASTED GARLIC, SALT, GARLIC.

4 Apr 2010, Comments (3)

Vitalicious 100 Calorie Muffin Tops

Author: Healthnuttxo


Vitalicious- I’m sure you guys heard of this company. Promoting healthy, delicious, and filling muffins, brownies, muffin tops and even cake, these desserts/snacks are also all natural, and perfect to be reviewed on an all natural site like mine 🙂

The generous folks at Vitalicious (thanks, Frank!) sent me a HUGE sampler pack of vitatops, so I figured I would break it up in a few posts rather than all at once.

These muffin tops are all natural, have 5-6 grams of fiber, are fortified with vitamins & minerals, made with whole wheat flour, and have very little fat. The Vitatop, according to the website, is a ” “one-hand” satisfying snack food with the portability of an energy or granola bar, is easy to eat anywhere, anytime”. They also come in a bunch of varieties, satisfying almost everyones palate.

SINCE EASTER is tomorow,(where are you Peter Cottontail??) today, we are covering the chocolate varieties of VitaTops 🙂

The Chocolate Varities of the VitaTops come in Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip, Deep Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Banana Fudge, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Double Chocolate Dream, Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, and Sugar Free Velvety Chocolate.

I was sent a variety of flavors to try,  including the Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip, Deep Chocolate, and Triple Chocolate Chunk (sooooo. EXCITED.) Let’s dig in!

Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip- yummmm. When does peanut butter and chocolate let me down? There are decent sized peanut butter chips on top of a chocolatey, cake like muffin top. The chocolate muffin part had a nice chocolate flavor, not too sweet, and was just a tad bit dry. However, nothing a glass of milk couldn’t solve 🙂 . My only complaint was that my muffin top only had 3 peanut butter chips on top. I want more peanut butter !!

Deep Chocolate- This one was more moist than the fudgy peanut chip, and had a better chocolate flavor. I liked the chocolate chips on top the best, especially after heated in the microwave. This one was sweeter, and didn’t need anything else to make it satisfying

Triple Chocolate Chunk- yum! Think of the Deep Chocolate flavor- but better! A generous sprinkling of milk, white and dark chocolate chips on top of the chocolate muffin. My favorite was the white chocolate chip, sweet and savory. This was my favorite of the 3, and the sweetest.

Overall, I  give these 4 stars. They were a bit dry, and had more of a cake consistency than a crumbly home-made muffin. I found that microwaving them for a few seconds gave them a more decadent consistency. However, they kicked  my hunger cravings to the curb, with a small price to pay of only 100 calories. They are also pretty big, at 2 oz each, and about the size of a CD. Plus, the added benefit of no artificial ingredients or sweeteners, 5-6 grams of fiber and added nutrients/minerals. My favorite way to eat them was smeared with a bunch of peanut butter (AMAZING WITH PEANUT BUTTER!).

So, maybe Peter Rabbit should bring you THESE chocolatey treats on Easter instead of the usual chocolate candies? 🙂

Here’s the ingredients for the Deep Chocolate flavor. For the others, along with nutritional information,  visit the site.

Water, whole wheat flour, organic sugar, egg whites, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin added as an emulsifier and vanilla), cocoa (processed with alkali), soy fiber, erythritol, inulin, dried honey, wheat gluten, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, potassium bicarbonate),fruitrim (grapejuice, brown rice syrup), tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, sea salt, xanthan gum, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, biotin, zinc.

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