Archives: November 2010

28 Nov 2010, Comments (4)

Vitalicious Raisin Bran VitaTop

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Who likes muffins? Or rather, who likes the tops of muffins (aka the best part in my opinion!)

Well, today’s review is the Raisin Bran VitaTop from Vitalicious. I  happen to like a few of the Vitalicious products that I already reviewed, including one of my favorites the Cran Bran VitaTop. What’s also cool about these VitaTops? They are a good source of fiber, and are only 100 calories!

So I opened up my Raisin Bran VitaTop( which was in the freezer and then I defrosted it) and looked at it. It seemed as if there weren’t a lot of raisins, maybe about 5 or 6, and it had a brown color and a somewhat bumpy texture. I took a bite and was surprised in 2 ways.

1- The first bite of my VitaTop was dry. I don’t know if it was because it was in the freezer, and maybe just that part of the muffin lost some moisture, but it was dryyyyy.

2- There were actually more raisins then I thought, scattered throughout the VitaTop and not just on top, and they were actually quite good, and quite sweet.

So, I gave it a few more bites. Not as dry as the first bite, so perhaps just that part of the VitaTop was dry, and the rest wasn’t as much. It sort of had the same flavor as the Cran Bran VitaTop, which was a toasted flavor and a bumpy texture. The raisins added a nice touch with some sweetness, and overall the VitaTop was kind of chewy.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. Not my favorite VitaTop, but still pretty good. I love that it has 5 grams of fiber and 100 calories as well!

1 VitaTop is 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

What’s Your Favorite Flavor/Variety of Muffins? Please leave me a comment below! : )

*I was sent this vita top to try for free from Vitalicious*

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Introducing, one of the most allergy friendly bars I have probably ever eaten. Enjoy Life sent me some of their boom CHOCO boom bars to try for free, one being the dairy-free rice milk with crispy rice bar. This bar is soy free, dairy free, nut free, gluten free, and according to the back of the wrapper, “they contain NO: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish. Also made without casein, potato, sesame, and sulfites”. How’s THAT for a chocolate bar?

So of course, I was a bit iffy to try it. I mean, milk chocolate is usually what I eat and like, and this bar had NO dairy? Hmm..

So, I opened up the wrapper and saw 4 rather large squares of chocolate. I took the plunge and took a bite and…

mmmmmm. 🙂

Sweet, creamy, delicious. This has no dairy? I would have never known! A great chocolate flavor, a great milk chocolate flavor (minus the milk of course), and really good. There weren’t a ton of crispies in it, which I actually liked because I feel as if sometimes the add-ins take away from the actual chocolate. But the crispies themselves tasted like white rice crispies, and left a little bit of an aftertaste.

Overall, 4 stars. Delicious! I think that anyone might like this bar, and it’s great that it caters to people with special dietary needs. It is a bit high in saturated fat (10 grams per package), and sugar (16 grams per package), but then again, it is candy, and probably not meant to be eaten every day.

1 package  is 220 calories, 15 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

What’s your favorite type of chocolate bar? Please leave me a comment below! 🙂

Evaporated Cane Juice, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter, Natural Chocolate Liquor (non-alcoholic), Rice Chips (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), Rice Milk Powder (rice syrup powder, rice starch, rice flour, salt, carrageenan), Salt.

25 Nov 2010, Comments (1)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Hopefully I’ll get to watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving tonight!

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Thanks for reading, I appreciate it! : )

-Lisa : )

24 Nov 2010, Comments (0)

P.O.P. Candy

Author: Healthnuttxo


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Mmmm. Candy.
While I can’t say that I hate candy (that would be lying), I CAN say that I don’t appreciate it when there are trans fats, artificial flavors, preservatives or other additives and fillers in candy. I think it takes the “sweet” part out of eating a “sweet treat”.

But, with P.O.P. Candy, their candy is all natural, and the ingredient list for the things I tried really isn’t even that long. I got to try several of the Butter Crunches, along with the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar that P.O.P. Candy sent me to try for free. While I can’t say they are necessarily healthy, I do think they are a better option than some candies that may have not-so-good for you ingredients.

Anyway….On to the taste!

I tried the following Butter Crunch samples- Almond, Rosemary Almond, P.O.P. Mix, Pistachio and Pecan. Each of the crunches had generally the same sweet base/flavor, with variety with the add-ins, such as the nuts. They were crunchy, but not so hard like it was hard to bite on. They were sweet, buttery, and smooth, and left a very rich feel in the mouth. The Almond variety had a nice toasted almond flavor, that also added a little bit of crunch. The P.O.P. Mix was one of my favorites, sweet salty, with also a slight burnt nut flavor, but tasty! The Pistachio tasted slightly sweeter than the rest, and the Pecan variety had buttery and crunchy nuts. Of the 5 samples I was sent, I didn’t like the Rosemary Almond flavor- it had a little bit of too strong of a rosemary flavor for my preferences.

Then I tried the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar. All I could say was deeeeeee-licious! It wasn’t a very typical granola bar, as I coulnd’t really break it easily with my hands or pull it apart. It had the sweet buttery crunch, with crunchy nuts and then chewy pieces of fruit. What I didn’t detect, really, was any granola or any chai tea flavor (?). I was confused, but I still really enjoyed it. The raisins were plump, juicy and sweet, and the nuts added the saltiness and a nice crunch.

Overall, the butter crunches as a whole I would give 4 stars, but the Rosemary Almond flavor would get 2 stars. The Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar would also get 4. The reason the butter crunches and the granola bar do not get 5 stars is, obviously, they are candy so they are not the most nutritious things one could be eating. But, I think it’s fine in moderation! 🙂

I didn’t have access to every nutritional information, but I was sent the information for the Almond Butter Crunch.

57 grams is 330 calories, 25 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Almonds, Butter (cream, salt), Sugar, Brown Rice Syrup (Organic Brown Rice, Pure Filtered Water), Salt.

21 Nov 2010, Comments (5)

Tofurky Vegetarian Feast

Author: Healthnuttxo

It’s almost Thanksgiving, the big turkey day! How about instead of eating a turkey this year, someone brought a TOFURKY Vegetarian Feast to try?

Well, I got offered a coupon to try the Tofurky Vegetarian Feast for free, and thought, Why Not?. I happen to be fond of vegetarian products, so I thought I would give this a try.  I also asked a friend of mine to try it, who happens to be a meat eater.

This feast comes with 1 Tofurky with stuffing inside, a gravy, and Amy’s Kitchen chocolate cake (Yes! I finally get to try the chocolate cake from Amy’s!) and “wishstix” (wishbone). It said on the cover that it “serves 6” people, but when I opened the box it looked rather small. “Vegetarian feast?” I thought. Compared to the Turkey we usually get every year, this looked like a vegetarian snack.

Nonetheless, I let it defrost in my fridge and then started my oven up to get this meal cooking. Once I took the casing off of the Tofurky, I did notice it was rather thick and dense, and perhaps it would serve more than I thought. Unfortunately, when it defrosted, some of my gravy leaked all over the box 🙁

Aside from what was included, I also made some steamed vegetables, as I felt something was missing from the feast. I put it in the oven for about 1 hr and a half at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And… here’s how it went…

Stuffing-stuffing was pretty good. It was kind of pasty and dry, and looked like rice pilaf with bread in it. I wish it was a little less dry, but good nonetheless. I actually wish there was more than what was given.

Gravy- before cooking the gravy, it looked piecy and lumpy, almost. After cooking it, it was smooth, tasty an had a rich flavor. Good gravy!

Wishstix- well. I really did not like this part of the meal. It was very chewy, hard to pull apart, and tasted like teriyaki. Not my kind of flavor.

Amy’s Kitchen Chocolate Cake-Mmmmm. Best part of the meal! Sweet, moist, dense, rich and fudgy like a brownie! Just delicious 🙂

Lastly, the TOFURKY- At first bite, I thought this was pretty good! It was a bit salty, but wasn’t dry at all, and had good flavor. It was chewy and went well with the gravy (I used applesauce as well, which I really enjoyed). However, halfway through the meal I had to kind of stop eating the Tofurky. It was too salty for me, and too much all at once. One-sixth of the Tofurky had 42 grams of protein! I was certainly impressed with that.

Overall, I will admit that I like real turkey over Tofurky. It was too salty in general, and too salty for me. The stuffing was pretty good, flavorful and unique, and the cake totally made the meal. My friend who had the feast with me said she enjoyed it, and she usually does not eat vegetarian products and is a meat-eater. However, I’m giving this 2 1/2 stars

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!!! 🙂

Tofurky Roast with Stuffing- 1/6th roast & stuffing is 300 calories, 7 grams of fat, 620mg of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 42 grams of protein.

Tofurky Gravy- 1/4 cup has 50 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 30 mg of sodium, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Amy’s Kitchen Chocolate Cake- 1 slice (55g) has 170 calories, 6 grams of fat,130 mg of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Wishstixs- 1/2 of a piece (3g) has 10 calories, 0 grams of fat, 25 mg of sodium 1 gram of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

The lovely people at CSN stores offered me $35 gift card to pick out whatever I wanted at CSN stores. I was stuck between a few items, but finally I settled on getting the HOMEDICS Neck and Shoulder Massager. I couldn’t wait to try it- I’ve been craving a shoulder massage for so long! : )

I opened the package and took out the massager. Pretty interesting! You can only use the heat part of massager if it’s plugged in, but there is the option of using batteries. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with batteries, so first I had to rummage the drawers in my house to find the pack of batteries. Luckily, I found them and put them in the compartment under the zippered exterior. Then, I tried it both plugged in and with the batteries after placing it on my neck. It was a tad bit big for me, but not too bad.

There are two options for the massage, a High and a Low, and I preferred the low, lighter option. When I put it on the High option, it almost kind of gave me a headache. The heat was a nice touch, although slightly annoying that you can’t use the heat with just the batteries, and needed the plug. It was a mild heat, which felt nice.

Overall, I would call this a neck massager, not a neck and shoulder massager. It did little really for my shoulder, and mostly concentrated on my neck. Although I can see it being helpful when neck pain is a problem. 2  stars.

and… the winner of the Musselman’s apple cider and apple butter giveaway is KAYLA with the comment “i love apple pie a la mode! :) haha.”

selected via random.org! Congrats! Please email me your information so I can ship out the prize!

Dont forget this TOTALLY AWESOME Giveaway ends tomorow!

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What better than soup on a cold, windy day? That’s all I was craving one night last week. It was cold, windy, and I just wanted something warm and soothing!

So, I popped this bowl of soup in the microwave, grabbed a side of vegetables, and had a light meal. It smelled delicious coming out of the microwave, and looked awesome. Creamy, thick, and just “mmmm”.

I sat down after giving it a quick stir and scooped some up on my spoon. The only thing I thought was, “WHY haven’t I eaten clam chowder in a while!? It’s DELICIOUS!!!”

It had a cream based taste, slightly salty but not too bad. The clams were kind of chewy, but I always think clams are chewy, so I guess I would say that they were a typical clam texture for me : ) . The bits of potatoes soft and fluffy, and overall a great soup.

A few things, however, I did NOT like. One of them (the major one) was that this soup has 18 grams of fat, with TEN of it saturated, and .5 TRANS fat! While I did look at the ingredients and did not see any partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated oils, I will assume this is naturally occuring trans fat. Naturally occuring or not, not my favorite type of fat to eat.

The second thing I didn’t like was that every now and then there was this gritty kind of texture. Kind of like when I go to the beach and have a sandwich and some of the sand inevitably ended up in the sandwich and you bite down and it has that sort of “gritty” texture. It wasn’t too bad, but as I was eating I noticed it a few times.

On the positive side, the taste was awesome, nutritional facts were OK, but it was actually quite satisfying, and kept me full with 15 grams of protein per serving. This is also GLUTEN FREE! Overall, 4 stars.

1 bowl is 330 calories, 18 grams of fat, 800 mg of sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein.

Dont forget this TOTALLY AWESOME Giveaway!!!  🙂

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Mmmm..chocolate. Nothing quite satisfies like a good piece of melt-in-your mouth chocolate does, in my opinion. And what about when chocolate has some added benefits, such as probiotics and calcium? Hmm…

Well, Attune makes Probiotic Wellness Bars in a variety of flavors, including the Dark Chocolate variety. I read the package, which said it had “5x the live cultures in yogurt” and “was an excellent source of calcium”. I also noticed that this bar (20 grams) had 3 grams of fiber and only 80 calories. How’s that for a piece of chocolate?

I opened up the package and saw two decently sized squares of chocolate. Very dark in color, a very dark brown. When I broke a piece it had a nice snap to it, but that could have been because I put it in the refrigerator : )

I tasted a piece, and, whew! This bar is bitter! I normally like milk chocolate (and I love white chocolate as well!), but occasionally I’ll have a piece of dark chocolate. This particular dark chocolate was rather bitter at first, and then as I let it melt in my mouth, the bitterness was toned down a little, and a more creamy, slightly sweeter chocolate emerged.

Overall, 3 stars. I love that it has probiotics in it, is only 80 calories, and has both calcium and fiber, but it was a bit too bitter for me. I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter as well.

*I received this bar to try for free from Attune Foods*


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Yes! It’s that time again- A GIVEAWAY!!! But first, a review of some tasty products!

Musselman’s Apple Butter-

Oh my goodness. This stuff is TOTALLY AWESOME! It was thick, brown and smooth, and had a great apple flavor. It was sweet, sweet like candy, and absolutely delicious. The cinnamon flavor was perfect, and I can’t even describe how tasty this was. I could totally (and did totally) eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. I can’t wait to stir it into hot oatmeal 🙂

This one gets 4 1/2 stars. Although it deserves 5 stars for flavor, and it is one of the most delicious products I have ever had, it  has both added sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup : ( But, it’s still really awesome, so it gets 4 1/2 stars from me! : )

Musselman’s Apple Cider-

First things first, the person I was with said for me to shake this up, and I advise you to do the same. It was a bit piecy at the bottom, but nothing a little shake of the bottle couldn’t fix. First I tried it cold, and it was sort of like a watered down apple juice. Sweet but didn’t have that apple-y kick I’m used to with apple juice. So, the person who told me to shake it, also advised me to have it warm.

Great idea! This was much better warm than cold. It was sweeter, and had a very pure apple flavor,sort of like squeezing the juice right from the apple flesh. Mmm. 3 1/2 stars

Now…. the GIVEAWAY!

I was given  the Apple Butter and Apple Cider by Musselman’s for free to do a review(how could I refuse!? I love apples!), and was given an extra Apple Butter and Apple Cider. So, what better way to spread the love then to host a giveaway!?!

How to enter…

PLEASE leave a comment for EACH entry. If it’s two entries, please leave TWO comments, etc. Thank you!!

*Mandatory*

1. What’s your favorite product containing apples? I happen to love pretty much apple anything, but I LOVE apple pie or baked apples. MMM!

*Optional*

2. Follow me on Twitter! (link is under the About Me page)
3. Tweet about this giveaway!
4. Leave a comment on any of my other reviews!
5. Post this giveaway on your blog post. Please leave a link! (3 entries!)

Open to U.S. Residents Only. Contest ends November 20th 2010.

12 Nov 2010, Comments (2)

Chocolite Peanut Butter Protein Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I hope we all know my love with peanut butter by now, as it’s creamy, salty, savory, and just  delicious. And when paired with chocolate? What could be BETTER?! How about when it’s gluten free, sugar free AND has protein? Hmm… I like the sound of that!

The other day I was hungry, and in the mood for something both savory and sweet. So I grabbed this bar, and decided to give it a try. I opened it up and saw a somewhat thin bar, coated with chocolate. I took a bite and was very surprised. Peanut Butter? Where!?!

After I chewed it for a while, I did taste a slight bit of a peanut-ty aftertaste, but no where near what I had hoped and expected to taste. In my opinion, this was a chocolate covered caramel bar, with a little bit of peanut flavor. The chocolate was sweet, and the caramel was chewy but not too chewy-so pretty good. It was tasty, but a bit of a disappointment for me as I was really hoping for some delicious peanut butter!

Overall, I give this 3  stars. It’s a good bar, especially if you like caramel and chocolate, but I really wanted some more peanut butter flavor! Like those delicious peanut butter cup patties I had from Chocolite before! I do like that it was sugar free and gluten free, as well as providing a good amount of protein as well.

What’s your favorite Protein Bar? Please leave me a comment below! 🙂

1 bar is 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar ( 4 grams of sugar alcohols)  and  9 grams of protein.

*I was given this bar to try for free from Health Smart Foods/ Chocolite*

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