Archives: July 2010

30 Jul 2010, Comments (1)

Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

Who likes CAKE? I know I do! : )

Cake is great. For birthdays, bake sales, or even just to bake for fun (like I often do!). I was given a box of Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake Mix to try, and I was very excited. This cake mix was a bit different than ones I have used in the past- according to the front of the box, this cake mix was all natural, vegan, dairy free, peanut/nut free, and egg free!  I also thought the front of the box was adorable- it looked as if there were two cartoon children standing on top of a piece of chocolate cake, flying a “piece of chocolate cake kite”. Adorable!

What I noticed first after reading the instructions, was that this cake mix was made to make either 12 cupcakes or one 9-inch cake. I decided to use a pan instead of cupcakes, as I wanted to cut them into squares when I was finished. I also decided to swap 1/2 cup of applesauce for the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil that was called for. I sometimes do this when I bake breads or cakes- I can’t tell the difference!

I poured the cake mix, water, and applesauce in a bowl. The cake mix itself looked like a soft brown cocoa powder, and smelled absolutely delicious- just like a chocolate bar. I started mixing, and was puzzled at first. Why aren’t these bumps going away? Then- surprise! They were chocolate chips! I had no idea they were in the cake mix!

Then I poured the cake batter, which was a good consistency- easy to pour- into my pan and put it into the oven. When it was done cooking, it certainly puffed up! They were a deep chocolate brown, with “crispy-type” edges bordering the pan.

After letting them cool, I tasted a piece- these weren’t bad!  I tried another piece the day after, and noticed that they were much more like brownies than cake- as in they were quite “fudgy” in consistency and flavor! The chocolate chips added a nice touch too! Sweet enough as is, I didn’t even need to put frosting on my piece to enjoy it. I really liked the edges of the cake- they were slightly more chewy and crispy than the rest of the cake- but still yummy! Overall, this product gets 4  stars. Pretty good, and easy to make! : )

Unbleached flour [wheat, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], evaporated cane juice, non-dairy chocolate chips [sugar, chocolate liquor, dextrose, cocoa butter (no dairy derivatives), soy lecithin, pure vanilla extract], natural cocoa powder, all natural vanilla flavor, baking soda, sea salt.

I think it’s pretty obvious that I love nut butters, and I also love honey. So you can bet I was happy when Once Again Nut Butter Inc./ Dawes Hill Honey sent me three products to try. By Once Again Nut Butter Inc. was the Organic American Classic Creamy Peanut Butter and Organic Cashew Butter, and by Dawes Hill Honey, the Honeycreme.

Let’s start with the nut butters!

Organic American Classic Creamy Peanut Butter- First off, the front of the jar says “No Stirring Needed”- and they sure were right! Being that I am so used to the peanut butters with the oil on top, this was quite a nice change. Super thick, and not even a little bit of oil separation. Cool! This was super peanut-ty, like literally I felt as if I was eating straight peanuts out of the jar (without the crunch, of course). I sort of wish it had a little more of a salty flavor, as it was just a tad bit dry. But, this is a very pure tasting peanut butter to me- it really just tastes like peanuts! 4 stars

Organic Cashew Butter- now this one actually did have some oil separation, but really not all that much, and I found a quick stir was all I had to do. This was really delicious- again, a very pure tasting nut butter! Slightly sweet, and thick. Enjoyable! 4 stars

Now onto the Honeycreme from Dawes Hill Honey!

Honeycreme- according to the jar, this was raw, and was a product of Canada! I found it quite conveinent, especially for someone like me who likes to spread honey on toast, or stir in oatmeal. Rather than squeezing from a bottle, this was in a jar. I noticed it wasn’t as thick as what I am used to, and  a bit more runny. I also noticed a bit of a gritty texture, but slight. Otherwise, a delicious honey! I can see myself putting this on toast or oatmeal in the future. 4 stars

Organic American Classic Creamy Peanut Butter- 2 Tbsp. is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

Dry Roasted Organic Peanuts, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Sugar, Salt.

Organic Cashew Butter-2 Tbsp. is 180 calories, 15 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

Organically Grown Dry Roasted Cashews, Expeller-Pressed Organic Sunflower Oil.

Honeycreme- 1 Tbsp  is 60 calories, 0 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Penny’s Low Fat Desserts is a favorite here on HealthNuttxo. I haven’t met a product I haven’t liked- ranging from muffin tops, muffins and even no sugar added cookies! Another favorite of mine to add is now the White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie, which was sent to me to try from Penny.

At first glance, I was quite pleased. A decently sized cookie- and quite thick too. I tasted this cookie and was equally as happy. It had a fruity taste, which I would imagine is from the “dried plum puree” listed in the ingredients, but also reminded me of an oatmeal raisin cookie. However, instead of raisins, were sweet and not-to- tart cranberries. I was actually quite happy the cranberries were not tart, as I usually am not a fan of cranberries for that reason. Not the case here! They were sweet and just plain good!

Onto the best part of the cookie… the white chocolate chips. WOW! Soooo goood! Creamy and sweet, they added an unexpected and yummy twist to the cookie. They even had a slight crunch to them which was quite nice.

Overall, this cookie gets 4 1/2 stars. It is very sweet, with sugar being the first ingredient, but I really think it’s good, especially if a sweet tooth needs some satisfaction! I do like that this cookie has 7 grams of fiber per cookie- it’s a snack that has some satiety and can keep me full until dinner! 🙂

1 cookie is 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 39 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

sugar, whole wheat flour, water, white chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, nonfat milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla, natural flavor), dried cranberries, oats, dried plum puree, cellulose, erythritol, chicory root, corn syrup, rice syrup solids, natural flavors, palm oil, baking soda, salt, soy lecithin, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum.

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands when it comes to snacks, cereals, oatmeals, etc. I love that their products are made with wholesome, real ingredients. To me, Nature’s Path seems like a company that really cares about the food they make.

I was sent some granola bars to try from the people at Nature’s Path, including the Yogurt Lotta’ Apricotta and Yogurt Berry Strawberry Chewy Granola Bars. How could it get better than this? Organic, yogurt covered, whole grains, all in one? : )

Each bar is chewy and actually some-what dense. What I liked was that these had good “holding power”- meaning to me that they didn’t  fall apart SUPER easy, which I find can happen with hewy-type granola bars. They were still soft, of course, but held together quite nicely.

Lotta’ Apricotta– wow! What flavor! Quite unexpected and a unique flavor, but really tasty. It had a sticky texture, with a fruit, sweet apricot flavor. There was also a slight coconut flavor that I tasted which complimented the apricot flavor quite well. There was a light, yogurt drizzle that tasted like vanilla icing, and little chunks of almonds that also added a nice touch. Yum! 4 1/2 stars

Berry Strawberry- Also an awesome flavor! I liked that I could smell strawberry flavors as I opened my bar. This one was also very chewy and sweet with visible tiny flaxseeds. The strawberry flavor was really good- not too tart, but almost reminded me of what strawbery fruit leathers taste like. The yogurt drizzle also was really good- a light vanilla flavor that went very well with the strawberry flavors. 4 stars

Overall, these are really tasty! I love that they are organic and provide some whole grains per bar. I think I will use these as a pre-workout snack or maybe as a light breakfast on the go with some yogurt and fruit, as they are a little short on protein and fiber for me to be eaten alone. I definitely recommend these- very tasty, and worth giving a try!

Lotta’ Apricotta- 1 bar is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrates,12 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Berry Strawberry-1 bar is 140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

For ingredient information and more, you can visit here.

26 Jul 2010, Comments (0)

Granola Gourmet Energy Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Energy Bars- I either love them, or, well, could do without them. Some are really tasty, but the ingredients aren’t so good, and some have great ingredients, but, the taste isn’t so good. I have found a few energy bars that I do enjoy throughout the years, and here’s hoping to add something new to my list…

Granola Gourmet makes all natural energy bars, but that also offer a bit more. What’s really cool is that according to the package, “A portion of your purchase helps fight diabetes!” I love when companies give back to other things like funds, or the environment. That’s great!! : )

 I was sent the Brownie and Very Berry flavors to try from Granola Gourmet.

Brownie- according to the package, these contain no dairy, no wheat, and no refined sugar. I opened the package, and was pleased with the smell.  It sort of smelled like a chocolate fudge- yum! Each bar is a bit tiny, about the size of a business card in length, and about 1/2 inch in thickness. These have a light chocolate flavor, more of a fruity taste. I let my mom try a piece, and she even asked if there were raisins in it! It has a good amount of sweetness, and there are just tons of visible flaxseeds,oats, and sunflower seeds. It wasn’t dense, more of a “fudgy” tasting brownie. It kind of reminded me of a chocolate covered fig, or date. Like I said it is a bit small, and 150 calories for 1 serving. I could easily eat 2 ! 4 stars

Very Berry- According to the front of this package, these have no sodium no dairy and no wheat. This one was definetely chewy and provided a ‘nutty/grainy’ texture. It wasn’t as sweet as I had hoped, and was a bit bland. It sort of reminded me of the flavor of plain oatmeal, but chewy, with just a bit of strawberry flavor. 3 stars

Overall, these are good. I like that they provide some whole grains, are dairy and wheat free, and are all natural! I think the Brownie flavor is the better of the two, as it had a good amount of sweetness and helped me when I was craving something chocolatey. If you would like to buy these bars, you can visit this website.

For more information on  nutrition of these bars, you can visit the website here

Okay, so the term “Goat’s Milk Ice Cream” may not sound appealing. But please, hear me out 🙂

I was a little skeptical at first myself, but I decided, why not? Laloo’s sent me some coupons to try some free goat’s milk icecream, so I picked up a container of the Vanilla Snowflake. This icecream is all natural, and according to the container is also lactose friendly!

I opened up the container, and it was a pale yellow in color, sort of reminded me of the color of custard. When I took a scoop with my spoon I just knew this was going to be good. As I dug my spoon in, the ice cream was easily removable- it was super soft and velvetty in texture. I took a bite, and was amazed at this flavor. Where have you been all my life!  I thought. This stuff was SERIOUSLY good!

It was super creamy and rich, and had that melt-in-my-mouth consistency. Just absolutely perfect in my opinion. I’m not even normally a fan of vanilla- I usually opt for strawberry ice cream/frozen yogurt, or chocolate, or cookie dough! I normally find vanilla rather bland, but that is SO not the case here! It was perfectly sweet and had a lovely vanilla flavor. I think Laloo’s named this ice cream perfectly with “Vanilla Snowflake”.

This product clearly gets 5 stars– it does contain sugar, 14 grams per 1/2 cup, but it truly is a treat. I really like that it has minimal ingredients, provides such awesome flavor, and has 5 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving. I would be perfectly happy eating all 4 servings in one sitting if it wasn’t for the 14 grams of sugar and 3 grams of saturated fat per serving. So, I guess I’ll have to save it for a treat (or just help myself to a spoonful every day and make it last longer! : )  )

1 serving, 1/2 cup, is 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Goat Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Pure Vanilla, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan

24 Jul 2010, Comments (0)

new updates

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hi guys-

I will now be posting all future giveaways on the new “Giveaways” Page located at the top.

I will also be a part of Giveaway Scout, which is a website that posts giveaways and helps spread the word about them on places like Twitter, facebook, etc. Here is a link to Giveaway Scout.

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Clif bars. A true love of mine. I haven’t really found one yet that disappointed me. And as an addition to my lineup of favorite bars is now the Clif Crunch bars 🙂

Clif Bar & Company sent me some of their Clif Crunch bars to try. These bars come in Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Chip and Honey Oat. They are all natural (70% organic), and are made with whole grains. Being a fan of granola bars, I was so excited to try these. Obviously I opened up the boxes once they arrived at my house! 🙂

Each package comes with 2 bars, for a total of 42 grams. What I liked about these bars was that although they were crunchy, they were NOT super hard. It was sort of a “soft” crunch, and was really quite enjoyable!

Peanut Butter- oh. my. goodness. This is one of the BEST peanut butter granola bars EVER!! It was just perfect, and even drizzled with peanut butter on top (some even melted right on my wrapper. Yum!!!). Very peanut buttery, and was salty and slightly sweet. It gave me that “dry mouth I need water” kind of peanut butter taste-which in my opinion, ROCKS! Honestly, these tasted like peanut butter COOKIES. Just amazing.  5 stars

White Chocolate Macadamia- my tastebuds are singing, yet again. Another delicious bar. Light and crispy, with buttery sweet white chocolate chips throughout the bar. A nice, vanilla flavor was easily detected-but I didn’t taste much Macadamia Nut. No worries, still a winner in my eyes. 4 1/2 stars

Overall, these absolutely ROCK. I had these for breakfast with some fruit before a workout, and it fueled me up and kept me going! I really enjoyed these! Although they are a bit high in fat (both flavors have 9 grams per 2 bars), it is worth the delicious taste. They are also a little low in protein for my likings, but paired with some yogurt or fruit and I think they can make a perfect breakfast, or light lunch. Plus, these are 70% organic, made with whole grains, and just yummy! 🙂

2 bars is 190 calories, 9 grams of fat, 25-26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 10-11 grams of sugar, and 4-5 grams of protein.

Peanut Butter- Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Sunflower Oil, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Kernel Oil, Peanut Flour, Soy Lecithin), Rice Crisp (Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract, Evaporated Cane Juice, Salt, Calcium Carbonate), Honey, Organic Barley Flakes, Organic Rye Flakes, Roasted Peanut Extract, Oat Bran, Oat Fiber, Sea Salt (Real Salt®), Natural Flavor, Inulin (Chicory Extract).

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut-Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Sunflower Oil, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Roasted Macadamia Nuts, Rice Crisp (Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract, Evaporated Cane Juice, Salt, Calcium Carbonate), Organic Barley Flakes, Organic Rye Flakes, Oat Bran, Oat Fiber, Sea Salt (Real Salt®), Natural Flavors, Inulin (Chicory Extract).

22 Jul 2010, Comments (8)

Chobani 2% Pineapple Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Chobani 2% Pineapple Greek Yogurt is now one of my new favorite flavors of greek yogurt.

Chobani sent me some samples to try, including the 2% Pineapple Greek Yogurt. At first, I was a little skeptical. Why 2%? Why not fat free? I mean, this yogurt was 160 calories with 2 grams of saturated fat! But now I know! I really COULD taste the difference between a 0% Chobani and a 2% Chobani. Although both are delicious in my opinion, this yogurt was truly something special.

One of the freshest, and creamiest tasting yogurts I have ever had. The pineapple part in my yogurt was actually not just on the bottom, but I experienced pineapple flavor throughout the entire yogurt. It was a sweet pineapple, that was throughly enjoyable. The yogurt itself was creamy and thick, and I could actually taste the cream. So. Good. I think the next time I get this yogurt I might freeze it a little bit, sort of like pineapple frozen yogurt!

Overall, need I say it? 5 stars ! This yogurt is all natural, gluten free, and high in protein. Although it does have 2 grams of saturated fat per yogurt, it’s just too delicious to pass up.

*What’s your favorite Chobani flavor?? If you’d like to answer, leave a comment below!  : )

1 yogurt is 160 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Cream, Pineapple, Evaporated Cane Juice, Pineapple Concentrate, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavor, Turmeric (for color).

21 Jul 2010, Comments (0)

“Chocolate Indulgence Giveaway” winner!

Author: Healthnuttxo

and the winner of the “Chocolate Indulgence Giveaway” is, selected from www.random.org is…

Emily! With the comment, “The “Crisis Averted” clip shows what could be possible if we all worked together to combat global climate change.”

Congrats!! Please e-mail me your info so your package can be shipped out!

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