Archives: June 2010

One of my favorite things to eat is apples, and I find that I enjoy them in one form or another pretty much every day. This includes the actual fruit, apple juice, applesauce, or even, apple pie! It’s one of my favorite fruits, and very versatile.

Which is why I was very happy to try the products I was generously sent by Musselman’s, like their Totally Fruit Peach applesauce and the Lite Cinnamon applesauce.

First up, the Totally Fruit Peach applesauce. The package these came in states that there is “no high fructose corn syrup” and, that they are “Sweetened with Fruit Juice Concentrate”. Awesome! I love when things are naturally sweetened 🙂

The taste is really good. It was sweeter than what I’m used to, because I normally go for unsweetened versions of applesauce, but still not too sweet. The flavor kind of reminded me of a peach pie filling, and was thick and slightly “bumpy” in texture. Overall it had a strong peach flavor, with apple undertones. I would give this flavor 4 stars.  I do like that it is sweetened naturally, but each 4 oz. cup is also 90 calories which is a bit high for someone like me who could probably eat applesauce all day long 😀

One 4oz cup is 0 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Apples, Apple Concentrate, Water, Peach Puree, Natural Color and natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) to maintain color.

Now, onto the Lite Cinnamon applesauce. This applesauce is sweetened with Splenda, and according to the website, this applesauce has “1/3 less calories and fewer carbs than original, sweetened apple sauce.”

 

Well, you CERTAINLY could not tell that it was a “Lite” applesauce, because it was BIG on flavor! Seriosuly, this is my new go-to cinnamon flavored applesauce. A thicker, yet slightly bumpy texture, it was absolutely delicious. It was sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon, I enjoyed it cold and I warmed up some in a separate bowl in the microwave. DELICIOUS! This one gets 4 1/2 stars in my opinion, because it does use an artificial sweetener, Splenda, but is still too yummy to pass up. 🙂

One 4 oz cup is 50 calories, 0 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

Apples, Water, Cinnamon, Ascorbic Acid to maintain color and Sucralose (a non-nutritive sweetner).

Nature’s Path is definitely one of my favorite brands, especially when it comes to delicious cereals or granola bars. I haven’t met a product I haven’t  liked, and to add to my list of favorites is Nature’s Path Envirokidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs.

Well, seeing as I love peanut butter, I love cereal, and well, I love pandas!, how could I not  love this cereal? 🙂

The people over at Nature’s Path generously sent me some products to try, including a box of the Envirokidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs. This cereal is gluten free, and made with corn meal. Each “puff” is a small little ball, and orange-yellow in color. They are very peanut-buttery, too! Absolutely delicious! I tried a few of them dry, and with milk. They were crunchy, and had a slightly sweet yet salty peanut butter taste. I like how they stayed crunchy for the most part with my milk, and if you let them sit a little bit, they really absorb some of the milk and it creates an almost different experience.

One thing I did notice was that this cereal really “sticks” to your teeth! It reminded me of how when I eat a scoop of peanut butter or a peanut butter sandwich, how the peanut butter sticks to your mouth! However, it did not take away from the overall enjoyment of this cereal.

Overall, this cereal gets 4 stars. It’s very tasty, but the only down side is that a serving size is 3/4 of a cup, which is a tad small for me, and 130 calories per serving. It also doesn’t have too much fiber or protein, so I don’t think it will provide much satiety from hunger for too long. However, it was great with some milk or soy milk and some fruit. On the box they have a picture of a bowl with a sliced banana, which I will admit, was a very good combination. I think I will stick to this cereal as a snacking cereal more than a breakfast cereal, because I preferred the puffs dry over wet. 🙂

1 serving (3/4 cup) is 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 24 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Organic corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic peanut butter, organic soy oil, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

 

One of my favorite things to do is to bake yummy treats. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, etc. I love to bake for others not only to make them happy, but it makes the house smell delicious!

Which is why I was especially excited to recieve the all natural blueberry scone mix from Ella Baking Mixes. According to the package, “ELLA Scones are created in memory of our mother, who during the last few years of her life ailed from heart disease. The mixes are our tribute to ELLA, and it is her love for life that brings the heart healthiest scones to your table. ELLA scones are rich in Soy & Omega-3, which in studies have showed to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease“.

The package gives you directions to make scones, or muffins. I opted for the muffin version, which instead of adding water, you can add either 1 1/2 cups of milk, or 3/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup fruit juice. I went for the milk method, and mixed in 1 1/2 cups of skim milk. It mixed together relatively easy, creating a batter than was slightly lumpy and creamy. What shocked me was that there was actually a light blue color from the pieces of blueberries! 🙂

I ended up being able to make 12 muffins, which were average sized. Not super big, but not mini either. They smelled delicious while they were baking- a lovely blueberry aroma.

Once they were done, I tried a piece. They had a mild blueberry flavor, were moist and fluffy, and lightly sweet. My friend tried some too, but she toasted hers and added a little bit of butter. She enjoyed them, and I ended up giving her some of the muffins to keep.

Overall, these get 3 1/2 stars. I like that they are a good source of Omega-3, and that I had the option to make either scones or muffins. I do, however, wish they were a bit sweeter and had more of a blueberry flavor. If I were to make these again, I would probably add a bit of sweetener or spread some blueberry preserves/jelly on the muffin once it was done. I also wish they were made with whole wheat flour instead of wheat flour, or at least half whole wheat, half wheat for a higher fiber content.

Ingredients in mix- Wheat Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Blueberries, Canola Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), natural flavor, buttermilk, fish oil MEG-3.

I. love. yogurt.

I’ll be honest, I probably eat a yogurt once or even two times a day. And, one of my favorite brands for flavored yogurts is Stonyfield Farms. I enjoy several flavors they have to offer, and try to keep my refrigerator stocked with their yogurts at all times 🙂
(I also love how the cartoon cow above the word organic on the front of the cups always seems to have something to go with each variety. For example, on this cup I think he has “cherries” covering his eyes, for the Strawberry Fruit on the Bottom yogurt, he has “strawberries” over his eyes! I think it’s cute!)

So, as a change from the standard blueberry and strawberry yogurts I usually have for the fruit on the bottom options, I decided to try the Stonyfield Farm Organic Fat Free Fruit on the Bottom Black Cherry yogurt. Cherries usually remind me of the summer- a fruit I usually nosh on at the beach, at my house, wherever! They are a great and delicious fruit.

What I love about Stonyfield Farm yogurts is the consistency. Even the fat free versions have a creamy and thick texture to the yogurts that I love. This one also did not let me down. The yogurt on top had a very faint hint of cherry flavor, otherwise was plain. On the bottom, was the delicious cherry part. It was more of black cherry preserves for the consistency- it was jelly like with bits of cherries scattered throughout, and dark in color. It wasn’t too tart, but not overly sweet. There was also a decent  amount of the fruit. As a whole, I enjoyed this yogurt. I like that it tasted real and pure. I do wish it was a tad bit sweeter, but overall, a very refreshing and delicious yogurt.  Although there is added sugar, there is no high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners/flavors. Woohoo! 4 stars 🙂

One 6 oz container is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Cultured Pastuerized Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Cherries, Naturally Milled Organic Sugar, Pectin, Natural Flavor, Organic Elderberry Juice Concentrate (for color), Vitamin D3.

Ah, peanut butter. On fruit, on a sandwich, or straight from the jar, it’s definitely one of my favorite foods. Another great way to enjoy peanut butter is with Late July’s Organic Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers. According to the wrapper, these crackers are “real organic peanut butter between organic buttery tasting rich crackers”. Can we say, yum? 🙂

The people over at Late July sent me a package of the peanut butter sandwich crackers to try. They have 4 sandwich crackers per package, each lightly sprinkled with salt, and a golden yellow color. The crunchy cracker part was delicious. I agree with the wrapper for the “buttery tasting rich crackers” part- very true! The peanut butter was rich and thick, and slightly sweet. I do wish that there was a bit more peanut butter in between the two crackers, but it was still tasty.

Overall, these get 4 stars. I liked that these sandwich crackers came in a pack of 4, which was conveinent for a peanut butter lover like me. I could see myself eating more than 4- they were delicious! You also get 4 crackers for 160 calories, a satisfying snack with a glass of milk, some fruit, or even by themselves. What I didn’t like was that they are low in fiber, and made with wheat flour instead of whole wheat flour. Otherwise- I would give these a try, especially if you like peanut butter!

1 package (37 grams) is 160 calories, 8 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Peanut Butter (dry roasted organic peanuts, organic palm oil, organic sugar, salt), Organic Oleic Safflower Oil and/or Organic Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Oil, Sea Salt, Leavening (baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, cream of tartar), Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Enzymes.

Combining two of my favorite things- chocolate and cashews, is Yumnuts Naturals. This company makes these snacks without any artifical colors, flavors or preservatives, no added oil, and they are gluten free. They come in 6 flavors, Sea Salt, Spicy Cajun, Toasted Coconut, Honey , Chocolate and Chili Lime. According to the website, “Nuts contain the protein, smart fats, like oleic acid, and essential minerals to help us perform at our best. We use the best natural ingredients to create a product with a simple ingredient statement that is both healthy and yummy. We start with premium jumbo cashews and use a special flavoring technique to add a delicate dose of delicious seasonings that ensures that every Yumnut, in every batch is truly yum.”

The folks over at Yumnuts Naturals sent me the Chocolate Slow Dry Roasted Cashews to try, and I was so excited! I opened the bag up once I received them, and had a few. I can certainly agree with the “YUM” aspect of this product! These were awesome! I especially liked that the cashews were pretty big- and there weren’t a lot of halves or pieces in the bag. Each buttery tasting cashew was covered with a sweet, light chocolatey coating, that gave a little bit of a crispy crunch to the outside. Really delicious, and what a snack! It satisfied both my hunger and my sweet tooth, and it certainly was hard to put away the bag after having some of these!

These get 4 1/2 stars in my eyes. Absolutely delicious and just a great alternative when you want something both savory, satisfying AND sweet!  The ONLY reason these don’t get 5 stars is because they have added sugar, but is still only 6 grams of sugar per serving.

*You can try these Yumnuts Naturals for yourself! From now until JULY 29th 2010, you can get 25 % discount off your purchase from the website when you put in the coupon code NUTS25 * How great is that! 🙂

1/4 cup is 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Dry-Roasted Cashews, Honey, Sugar,  Cocoa Powder, Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin.

23 Jun 2010, Comments (0)

Chews 4 Health chewable dietary supplement

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ever have those chewable vitamins when you were little? I remember having them- they were square, and they came in flavors like grape, orange, cherry, etc., and they were a “sweeter” way of getting some vitamins in.  Well that’s what I was reminded of when Chews 4 Health sent me a pack of their 1 week supply of Chews 4 Health. But what exactly are they? According to the website, “Chews-4-Health is a delicious tasting, doctor formulated, natural chewable dietary supplement derived from the most nutrient-rich sources from around the world. It combines current nutritional science with nature’s finest. Chews-4-Health contains 16 ingredients from land and sea, uniting the antioxidant powers of exotic, life-enhancing super fruits with mineral-rich sea vegetables, along with a powerful antioxidant/vitamin blend combined with healthy select fruit concentrates. Compared to many pills and liquids on the market, Chews-4-Health is more convenient, affordable and more quickly absorbed.”

Sounds pretty good to me ! 🙂

What I like about these, is that they are gluten free, all natural, dairy free, and don’t have any artificial colors or flavors. Each tablet is actually quite big, about the size of a nickel, but about 4 nickels in height. They smell very fruity, and are a pinkish-purple in color. They taste, well, delicious! They are actually quite tart, but also sweet! I tasted grape, pomegranate, blueberry and cherry flavors. They sort of remind me of those candies, SweetTarts, for flavor! 4 1/2 stars

2 chew tabs is 10 calories, 2 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of sugar.

For information about the ingredients, you can click here.

23 Jun 2010, Comments (0)

I.M. Healthy Soynut Butters

Author: Healthnuttxo

I.M. Healthy Soynut Butters are a great alternative to peanut butters, and come in several flavors. Original (creamy & chunky), Honey (creamy and chunky),  Unsweetened (creamy & chunky) and Chocolate. According to the website, “Because it is safe for the individual with a peanut or nut allergy, but equally important, it is accepted as “peanut butter” by those who can eat peanut butter. That is critical for any institution wrestling with the peanut allergy dilemma because it allows the institution to effectively replace peanut butter, but not loose any of its key advantages. And it gives the individual peanut butter consumer a safe substitute for any “peanut free” environment.”

These sure sound good! 🙂

The people over at I.M. Healthy generously sent me some of their jars of soynut butter to try, like the Honey Creamy, Honey Crunchy, Chocolate, Original Creamy and Unsweetened. I was most excited for the honey flavored types, as I love things that are sweet! So, I tried those first 🙂

Honey Creamy- CERTAINLY lived up to my expectations. This was absolutely delicious. Super creamy, and no overpowering soynut taste. It was actually not too sweet, with just a hint of honey. The texture was nice and thick, a good spread for toast for sure. It also has FOUR grams of fiber per serving! 4 1/2 stars

Honey Chunky- Same great flavor as the Honey Creamy, but with delicious crunchy soy nuts! I actually really enjoyed this one, as I liked the texture and crunch. It was a tad bit saltier than the Honey Creamy, and only 170 calories calories for 2 tablespoons. Nice!!  5 stars

Chocolate- this one has a nice blend of chocolate and soy nut flavors. You can taste the soy nut, but it wasn’t too overpowering. It was pretty sweet, the sweetest of the 5, and creamy. A good chocolately spread, I think it would be delicious on fruit or crackers. 4 stars

Original Creamy- This one was salty & sweet, with a tang. I actually enjoyed it, even though you could taste more of a soynut flavor than the others. I would probably try this one with jelly  for a soynut butter & jelly sandwich 🙂 4 stars

Unsweetened Creamy- this one was my least favorite of the 5. It was certainly the thickest and creamiest, but also the blandest. It did sort of remind me of peanut butter when there is no salt or nu sugar added, but literally just the peanuts, but I preferred the other flavors to this one. 3 stars

Overall, I enjoyed these soynut butters. I think they are definetely worth giving a try if you have peanut allergies, or if you just want to change things up a little! I really reccommend the Honey Chunky variety. I loved taking a spoon and dipping right from the jar! 🙂

Honey Creamy-2 Tbsp is 190 calories, 14 grams of fat, 10 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Roasted Soybeans (Non-GMO), Naturally Pressed Soybean Oil, Maltodextrin (from Corn), Honey, Granulated Cane Sugar, Monoglycerides (derived from Vegetable Oil), Salt.

Honey Chunky-2 Tbsp is 170 calories, 11 grams of fat, 10 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Roasted Soybeans (Non-GMO), Naturally Pressed Soy Bean Oil, Maltodextrin (from Corn), Soy Protein isolate, Honey, Granulated Cane Juice, Mono and Diglycerides (derived from Vegetable Oil), Salt

Original Creamy– 2 Tbsp is 200 calories, 14 grams of fat, 10 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Roasted Soybeans (Non-GMO), Naturally Pressed Soy Bean Oil, Maltodextrin (from Corn), Granulated Cane Sugar, Monoglycerides (derived from Vegetable Oil), Salt.

Unsweetened Creamy-2 Tbsp is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 6 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

Roasted Soybeans (Non-GMO), Naturally Pressed Soy Bean Oil, Maltodextrin (from Corn),  Monoglycerides (derived from Vegetable Oil), Soy Lecithin and Salt.

Chocolate-2 Tbsp is 190 calories, 14 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Roasted Soybeans (Non-GMO), Naturally Pressed Soy Bean Oil, Maltodextrin (from Corn), Granulated Cane Juice, Cocoa, Mono and Diglycerides, Natural Vanilla.

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I was sent a few bars to try from LaraBar, including the new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor, and the not-so-new, Tropical Fruit Tart. I was excited- cookie dough anything has thumbs up in my book, and I do love fruity flavors as well.  These bars are a bit on the small side than what I’m used to for the calories they provide. They are about the size of your 2 fingers for width, and your pointer finger for length, at 45 grams each.

Tropical Fruit Tart- woo! This one was fruity! I could definetly taste the orange and pineapple flavor immediately upon tasting it. The smell is also awesome! So fresh, fruity, and well, summery! There were little bits of almonds scattered throughout the bar, and also little bits of coconut which provided texture to the overall chewy and dense feel of the bar. It wasn’t too sweet, but enjoyable. My mom tried a bit, and she said it tasted like a fruit cake. 3 1/2 stars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- okay. can we say YUM!? Not only did I receive these on a hot day, so they awaited in my mailbox all nice and gooey and melty, but this was really tasty! The chocolate chips were melted, and had a sweet chocolate flavor, and there actually were a lot of them too. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and had a nice cashew flavor. It didn’t really taste like cookie dough, more like a soft baked cookie right out of the oven, but either way- delicious! The only drawback is I could TOTALLY inhale 2 of these at once, and each is 220 calories. Yikes! 4 1/2 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed these. I think it’s great that they provide healthy fats, some fiber and help towards your daily fruit servings, as well as having minimal ingredients and being all natural. Although small and calorie dense, I think they are a good snack or good before a workout. The back of the wrapper says they “will lift your vitality and provide energy with every bite”, and I agree. These rock!

*Have you tried any LaraBars? What’s your favorite Larabar Flavor?*

Tropical Fruit Tart- 1 bar is 210 calories, 12 grams of fat,  25 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Dates, Pineapple, Unsweetened Coconut, Almonds, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut oil, Cashews, Orange Juice Concentrate, Orange Peel.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- 1 bar is 220 calories, 11 grams of fat, 28 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Dates, Chocolate Chips (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla), Salt.

Ah, yet another one of my favorite reviews… COOKIES! 🙂

Betty Lou’s is a company that makes a large assortment of foods, from granola bars to protein balls, and even cookies too! They make products that cater to the needs of many, such as products that are gluten free, dairy free, organic, etc.

The folks at Betty Lou’s were super generous and sent me some of their products, including 3 of their Johnny & Fred’s Chewpreme cookies. These cookies are 100 calories each, and come in 3 flavors, White Chocolate Brownie, Oatmeal Raisin, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.  They are your standard size cookie, at 1 oz each, they are not too big but not bite sized, and are made with all natural ingredients.

I tried the White Chocolate Brownie one first, as it looked the most exciting. It was a dark cookie with white chocolate chips throughout. I took a bite out of it, and, WOAH! This cookie is GOOD! It was FUDGY! Just like a brownie! Sweet and chewy, with a lovely chocolatey flavor. The white chocolate chips were so tasty, crispy and sweet like vanilla.  this one gets 4 1/2 stars and is my favorite of the 3 cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin- This one was also very good. Very moist and softer than the others, it tasted just like homemade. It was buttery, and very sweet, especially with the raisins, and had a light cinnamon flavor. There were also little pieces of walnuts that added a nice touch. Deeeeee-lish. 4 stars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip- This one was the smallest in size of the three. It didn’t have a very strong peanut butter taste, and overall really tasted like a chocolate chip cookie with a slight “sweet” peanut butter taste. It sort of reminded me of when you buy a peanut butter flavored protein bar, how it has that “sweet” peanut butter taste. Otherwise, it was actually quite good! There was a good amount of sweet, milk chocolate flavored chips. I even put 1 half of the cookie in the microwave- yum yum yum! The chocolate chips melted and were all gooey, and it just really made the cookie. 4 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed these cookies. I can’t believe they are only 100 calories each, and have no trans fats or artificial ingredients/preservatives! I think they are great as a snack with a glass of milk, a yogurt, or some fruit, and are a great, natural way to add some sweetness to your day. I also like that they each have some fiber (2-3 grams per cookie), and actually are a decent sized. If you’re a cookie fan- I would give these a try! 🙂

1 cookie is 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, 17-18 carbohydrates, 2-3 grams of fiber, and 2-3 grams of protein.

White Chocolate Brownie- Organic Whole Grain Barley Flour, White Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Nonfat Dry Milk, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), FruitrimR (Fruit Juices, Grain Dextrins), Brown Sugar, Safflower Oil, Cocoa Powder, Eggs, Inulin (dietary fiber), Natural Flavors, Baking Soda (leavening), Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).

Oatmeal Raisin- Raisins, Organic Whole Grain Oats, Organic Whole Grain Barley Flour, FruitrimR (Fruit Juices, Grain Dextrins), Brown Sugar, Walnuts, Safflower Oil, Eggs, Inulin (dietary fiber), Organic Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda (leavening), Spices, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip- Organic Whole Grain Barley Flour, Peanut Butter, FruitrimR (Fruit Juices, Grain Dextrins), Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Pure Vanilla), Brown Sugar, Eggs, Organic Cane Sugar, Inulin (dietary fiber), Peanut Flour, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda (leavening), Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherals (Natural Vitamin E).

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