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A cookie… with 15 grams of protein, all natural, and peanut butter flavored?

I like the sound of that…

Lenny & Larry’s makes The Complete Cookie, which comes in a few flavors, including the Peanut Butter flavor I was sent for free to try for a review. I found out from the website that this cookie is also vegan, and has 5 grams of fiber. The website further stated that “The Complete Cookie is the perfect,Β healthy snack.” Well, let’s give it a try!

First, I looked at the nutrition. This cookie had 2 servings in it, but it was a rather LARGE cookie. Weighing 4 ounces, this cookie packed 426 calories,14 grams of fat, 620mg of sodium, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 24 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein. So, I’d have to disagree a little bit there and say that this is more than a “healthy snack”, and perhaps more of a meal.

Anyway-

The cookie was a pale orange in color, with bits of peanuts scattered throughout. It was soft, but didn’t fall apart, and was actually a little dense and chewy. It had a rather unexpected taste.. kind of like a butter cookie with a peanut butter flavor. it was also kind of salty tasting, and yet at the same time, had a brown sugar aftertaste. In other words, it had a lot going on. I didn’t really love the flavor, but it wasn’t bad. I do wish that there was more of a peanut butter flavor, since, I looooooove me some peanut butter πŸ˜›

Overall, I’m giving it 3 stars. It wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t too bad either. I just didn’t like that in order to get the 15 grams of protein, there was also 426 calories, and 14 grams of fat! That’s like a meal! But, I could see eating half maybe after a fun kickboxing class or other workout for some post-activity fuel πŸ™‚

2 oz. (half a cookie) is 213 calories, 7 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbs, 2.5 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 7.5 grams of protein.

Remember lunch boxes in school? Whether a tin or a bag, they usually had some type of cartoon or some pretty design that kept the lunch cool or warm until it was time for a break? And then of course, I remember the stage where it wasn’t “cool” to have a lunch box, so the switch was then made to brown paper bags (so not earth friendly!!)

Well, it’s back to lunch bags- but this time, a more sophisticated “lunch tote”! And this bag has more to offer than the standard lunch bag doodled with designs.

I was offered a gift card from CSN Stores to pick out something to do a review on, so I chose the Green Smart Javan Style Insulated Lunch Tote. I chose this because I often have to pack a day’s worth of food ahead of time, and let’s face it. Warm yogurt is not yummy, and warm water is so not as refreshing as cold! On the plus side, this lunch tote is made from Neogreene, which according to the website, “is a water-based material which allows for a much cleaner chemistry than neoprene”. Along with that, it also stated this lunch tote “Uses 25% less petroleum, 25% less energy, and eliminates toxin laden solvent adhesives to bind the fabrics to the Neogreene”.

So, I recieved my lunch tote in the mail the other day, and packed my food (from 12pm in the fridge until about 6-7 pm is when I used it). It kept my potato salad cool and my water actually quite cold, which was a plus in my opinion. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in there, which didn’t really need to be refrigerated, but it kept fresh as well- no soggyness!

I liked that on the bottom there was a sort of loop band to put a waterbottle in laying down- saved space! I also liked the bright tangerine color, and the fact that it was a soft lunch box, so it didn’t have that square shape or rough edges.

However, this lunch tote was a bit too big for me. I sort of had to hold it by hand rather than stash it in my bag on my way out the door, because it was a bit big. Although, there is certainly plenty of room to store lots of goodies, and I like that it kept my food fresh. I think lunch bags can be suitable for all ages! πŸ™‚Β 4 stars

*S0, do you brown bag it? Or are you a user of the lunch box/bag? Please leave a comment below! πŸ™‚

28 Oct 2010, Comments (2)

Chocolite Chocolate Pecan Cluster

Author: Healthnuttxo

So far, I’d say I’m a fan of Chocolite Chocolates. Not only are they relatively low-calorie, but they are also quite tasty! My favorites have been the Caramel Cashew Protein Bar and the Peanut Butter Cup Patties.

Which are we reviewing today? Chocolite Chocolate Pecan Cluster! This package had 2 pieces in it, at 30 calories a piece. They also had six grams of fiber per piece, and 0 grams of sugar per piece.

I opened up the package and saw two chocolate covered clusters, roundish in shape with a somewhat bumpy texture. One of them I saw the caramel oozing out of the package, so I assume that one got a little smushed πŸ˜› I liked that each cluster was a pretty decent size, maybe about a little bigger than a half-dollar in circumference, and quite thick in width as well.

I took a bite, and well, I couldn’t stop chewing! This seriously has SO much caramel! If you are a fan of caramel, I would highly reccommend these! I sort of wasn’t even expecting a ton of caramel, since it was called a “Chocolate Pecan Cluster”, although the picture does depict a good amount of caramel coming out of the cluster on the package. Other than the caramel, which actually was pretty good it was just rather chewy and had that stick-to-my-teeth feel, the chocolate part was very good. It had a smooth and sweet milk chocolate taste. I was a little disappointed on the pecan part, as although I do believe there were little bits and pieces of pecans throughout the cluster, it was lacking in pecan flavor- one of my favorite nuts!

Overall, I give this 3 stars. It was pretty good, and I liked that there were 0 grams of sugar per serving. However, I do like the flavor of caramel, but not so much the consistency. If it was a bit less chewy, perhaps I would have liked it more.

1 cluster is 30 calories, 2 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

* I was sent this product to review for free from Chocolite/Health Smart Foods.

One of the dried fruits I happen to really enjoy is apricots. I think they are tangy and sweet, and have a great chewy yet plump texture. πŸ™‚

I was sent a jar of Suzanne’s Specialties Rice Nectar Spreadable Fruit in Apricot flavor to review. I was excited to try this- I happen to love strawberry and grape jam or jelly, so I imagined this to be like an “apricot jelly”. According to the jar, this product is gluten free and vegan.

I opened up the jar and saw a pale yellow/orange inside. I scooped a little bit out and noticed it was sort of like a gel- it wasn’t very liquidy like jellies can sometimes be, and I didn’t see any pieces of fruit. It was sort of a stiff yet easily moveable gel.

I tasted a little bit, and was actually satisfied. It wasn’t as sweet as I had expected it to be, but was still tasty. It had that dried apricot flavor that I love- mildly sweet with a tangy aftertaste.

Overall, I give this 4 stars. I do wish it was a bit sweeter, but overall I liked it. I liked that it was gluten free, and vegan, as well as being all natural. I can imagine it great on a slice of whole wheat toast, or maybe even with peanut butter in place of grape/strawberry jelly on a sandwich. Yum!

**Question- what’s your favorite dried fruit, and how do you like to eat them?

1 Tbsp is 40 calories, 0 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

24 Oct 2010, Comments (4)

Naturally More Peanut Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo


Peanut Butter. Not a day goes by that I don’t consume either A. some type/variety of peanut butter or B. apples. (what a coincidence that they go perfectly together!) I’m always up for new varieties to try, like the Naturally More Peanut Butter. I had tried the Organic Naturally More Peanut Butter, and really enjoyed it. I was hoping I’d like the original as well!

Some interesting things about this peanut butter, it has 4 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein for a 2 Tbsp serving, with only 11 grams of fat. According to the jar, this peanut butter is “fortified with flax seed, flax oil and other nutrients” as well as containing “omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. It’s What Peanut Butter Should Be!” Sounds good to me!

So I opened up the jar and noticed a thick layer of oil and floating flax seeds on top. Not the prettiest, but nothing a little stirring couldn’t fix. I stirred it up and placed it in the fridge to set for a little while. Then I opened it up later on and noticed a nice creamy peanut butter, with the oil seperation very minimal if any since refrigeration. I took some off a spoon and tasted it.

I would say this peanut butter has some pros and cons. I liked that it wasn’t too salty or too sweet, and had a pretty good peanut butter flavor. I liked that it was higher in fiber and protein than traditional peanut butter, and had omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. I also kind of liked the little bit of crunch that the flaxseeds provided, almost like a crunchy peanut butter.

But…

I didn’t really like the flaxseed flavor that was quite noticeable. I’m the type of person who likes to eat peanut butter straight from the jar, and while this peanut butter is good, I don’t think I’ll be eating it off of a spoon. Β However, I did spread it on a chocolate muffin, and it was TASTY! I couldn’t really detect the flax seed flavor at all.

Overall, 3 stars by itself, 4 stars spread on something, brings this to a 3 1/2 overall. I think I’ll stick to the Organic Naturally More Peanut Butter for spoon and jar peanut butter consumption πŸ˜›

2 tbsp. is 169 calories, 11 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein.

*I was provided this to try for free from Naturally More *

Wallaby Yogurt makes some pretty delicious products, such as organic yogurt in nonfat, low fat and “down under” (fruit on the bottom like) varieties, and now they even make sour cream! I love when yogurt is organic, as I think it tastes very fresh and clean, without any aftertaste.

So, browsing the aisles at the supermarket I stopped in my tracks… this can’t be… CARAMEL APPLE YOGURT??!? I hope we all know my obsession with apples… πŸ˜€ I immediately put it into my shopping cart!

I know the last time I tried a Wallaby Yogurt it was good, but not as thick as I like yogurt to be. It has an almost runny/liquidy consistency, not as thick as other yogurts and certainly not thick like greek yogurt. So, I stuck this in the freezer for about 30 minutes to let it thicken up. I opened it up and took out a scoop.

yuuuuuuuum.

It was a creamy vanilla yogurt part that was on top, that was smooth and sweet. On the bottom were apple chunks in an almost caramel/applesauce flavored syrup. Really delicious! At one point I actually did feel like I was eating a caramel apple!

Overall, this gets 4 1/2 stars. WAY too good to pass up! Tasty, organic, and sweet but not too sweet, it was very delicious. I jus wish, of course, the yogurt part on top was a bit thicker, but still enjoyable nonetheless. Also, it wasn’t as filling as I wanted it to be, but pair it with some cereal or something and it’s a great afternoon snack!

Look at this deliciousness!!

1 container is 150 calories, 2 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 23 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

Question- What’s your FAVORITE brand and/or flavor yogurt? This is certainly now one of my top favorites! πŸ™‚

*I was provided a coupon to try Wallaby Yogurt for free*

Who likes cheesy, salty, crunchy snacks? πŸ™‚

Normally I’m a sweet rather than salty girl, but every now and then I crave something crunchy and salty to go with my lunch. So what did I opt for today?

Michael Season’s Baked Cheddar Cheese Curls! These curls are gluten and wheat free, and are baked rather than fried. I agree with the logo on the package for “feel good snacking”- these curls were both delicious and a good snacking option!

I opened up the bag and saw a bunch of cheese curls. Some were skinny and long, others wide and short. An assortment of pieces all covered in an orange powdery coating. After eating a few, I really like these! Crunchy, airy, cheesy and salty! It was a very sharp cheddar flavor, with a salty after taste. Certainly needed a drink with these!

Overall, they went perfectly with my lunch, and I really enjoyed them. I really liked that there was “no hydrogenated oils, no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors” as it stated on the package. These are now my go-to cheese curls! I liked the short and wide ones, as they were the cheesiest πŸ™‚ 5 stars

1 cup (28 grams) is 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

17 Oct 2010, Comments (3)

Evol Veggie Fajita Burrito

Author: Healthnuttxo

How convenient are burritos? I mean, it’s a meal-on-the go! For a person like me who’s always busy doing something, when I’m in a rush I find burritos and things of that sort very useful!

So, I was especially happy to try Evol Foods Veggie Fajita Burrito. This burrito (provided to me for free from Evol), is vegan and is also 70% organic (according to the website).I made this in the microwave and then stuck it in my toaster oven to crisp up the outside. I also enjoyed this with some applesauce for a light lunch.

After eating the burrito, I was quite happy. Although it wasn’t incredibly filling, it was the point where I was satisfied and content after I ate. There were tons of black beans and rice in this burrito, which I really enjoyed. I actually thought the rice was white rice, since it was sort of fluffy, but according to the ingredients it in fact was brown rice. The corn on the inside was sweet, and the filling also had a sweet taste overall, which I partly assume was from the onions as well.Β The inside overall was soft, slightly mushy, but pretty good. It wasn’t as spicy as I had expected it to be, I don’t know why I even expected it to BE spicy, perhaps due to the fact it was called a “fajita” I assumed spicy- who knows.

Anyway-

I enjoyed this burrito, and I am giving it 4 stars. I liked that it was vegan, made with organic ingredients, and not too spicy for my preferences! (hopefully we all know I am not a big fan of very spicy things! : ) )

*Question* What is your favorite flavor/variety of burrito (if you have one)? Please leave me a comment below! πŸ™‚

1 burrito (170 grams) is 290 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 56 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 10 grams of protein.

16 Oct 2010, Comments (0)

Chiquita Banana Bread Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

So, for some reason, in my house we either have way too many bananas, or not enough. Seeing as this week it was way too many, I had a couple overripe bananas waiting to be eaten. I hate to throw them out or waste them, so when I was at the store yesterday I bought the Chiquita Banana Bread Mix. I would say I’m quite fond of banana bread- it was always one of my favorites growing up. And, the mix seemed easy enough. All I needed was an egg, some water, and some bananas. I’m in!

So, when I got home I preheated my oven, took out a bowl to mix and started. I mashed up 1 cup of bananas, added the mix, 1 egg and 1/3 of a cup of water. It mixed rather easily and quickly. I poured it into a pan after spraying some nonstick cooking spray and waited for about 40-45 minutes.

It was a nice golden brown on top. I took a sliver and was instantly happy. Now this is BANANA BREAD! Fluffy, moist, sweet, absolutely delicious. I loved how I could even see the litte pieces of banana in the bread once it was cooked. It was even slightly sticky on the top of the bread.

The only thing I didn’t like was that it was rather low in fiber, and did not have any whole wheat flour in it. Other than that, this product gets 4 1/2 stars. I will CERTAINLY buy this mix again and make delicious banana bread. I might take the suggestion from the box and add some walnuts, as I love the banana bread walnut combination. I can’t stop taking a little piece everytime I walk by the bread that’s sitting on my table! πŸ™‚

1 slice prepared (62 grams) is 150 calories. In mix (33 grams) is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of bread? Banana bread is certainly mine!! πŸ˜‰

15 Oct 2010, Comments (2)

Artisana 100% Organic Raw Cashew Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

MMM cashews. One of my favorite type of nuts, as they are sweet and buttery tasting, and are great salted or even just as is. I always pick them (and pecans!) out of trail mix, and eat those first πŸ™‚

Which brings me to cashew butter, another one of my favorites (right alongside peanut butter, of course!)

Artisana sent me a couple of there nut butters for free in cute 1 oz. jars, about 1 serving per jar. I loved them! So convenient, and pre-portioned, too! One of them I was sent to try was the 100% Organic Raw Cashew Butter. Β This one was made with only 100% Organic Raw Cashews and nothing else. According to the website, Artisanaβ„’ Raw Organic Cashew butter is naturally high in Essential Amino Acids, Copper, Manganese and Magnesium. It’s also a good source of Phosphorus, Vitamin K, Zinc. A fundamental food for the healthy vegan diet”

I opened up the jar and saw a pale beige colored nut butter, which sort of resembled a paste. It was thick when I stirred it, but had a very smooth consistency. The taste was excellent. Very creamy, pure and light tasting. Slightly sweet and slightly buttery, and had a very clean cashew flavor.

Overall, 4 stars. I did enjoy it, but I do like just a touch of salt when I eat nut butters. I felt as if something was a bit missing when I tried it, although it was quite enjoyable. Otherwise, I would probably eat this again. If not spread on something, than probably right from the jar! πŸ™‚

1 Tbsp. is 92 Calories, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

*What’s YOUR favorite nut butter? And if you ever had cashew butter, what do you eat it with?*

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