Archives: January 2011

31 Jan 2011, Comments (4)

Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Loaf Whole Meal

Author: Healthnuttxo

Alrighty. Here goes the Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Loaf Whole Meal review. Ok, so the name isn’t exactly super exciting, but then again I don’t really find the word “loaf” all that exciting either. Anyway, I’m assuming Amy’s Kitchen is taking a veggie stand on meat loaf.

Sooooo in this meal is a veggie loaf with some sort of gravy, peas and corn, and mashed potatoes. After I cooked it, here’s what it looked like.

much prettier on the box, indeed.

I started with the peas and the corn. I took a spoonful and almost instantly noticed a texture problem. These were, well, mushy. I was expected them to be crisp, even slightly firm. The taste was really good, but they had a uniform texture- I couldn’t distinguish a kernel of corn from a pea as I chewed it. However, everything was pretty flavorful and the peas were pretty sweet.

Next up, the mashed potatoes. I was a bit let down at the portion of the potatoes, as it wasn’t very large. I took a scoop and they were fluffy, slightly pasty, and slightly salty. The taste reminded me of those thick wedged potato fries. Pretty good.

Lastly, the loaf. On top was a sweet tomato-flavored sauce/gravy. It wasn’t super sweet, but it wasn’t really salty either. The loaf itself was dense, chewy and had a lot of vegetables in it. I easily detected a black pepper flavor, and some garlic as well. It was a tad bit dry, but not too bad. It’s kind of hard to explain- it was almost like oatmeal and veggies in a loaf shape. Here’s a picture of what a piece looked like.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed this meal. It was a light meal, not super filling but substantial, and really quite tasty. It’s a little low on protein, only 9 grams, so I think having a glass of milk or something along the side would be a good option. I also think it’s safe to say I filled my vegetable quota for the day  ; )   4 stars.

1 meal is 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.

What’s your preference- Vegetable Loaf or Meat Loaf?

30 Jan 2011, Comments (1)

Enjoy Life Soft Baked Lively Lemon Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

EnjoyLife offered to send me some of their cookies for free, and one of them was the Lively Lemon cookies. According to the box, these are wheat free, peanut free, dairy free, tree nut free, soy free, fish free, egg free and shellfish free, as well as being gluten free. I don’t have any food allergies, but I was still up for trying them anyway.

I opened the box, and saw kind of small-ish cookies with yellow spots on them. They smelled very fresh and lemon like. I took one out of the box and was a bit disappointed at how small they were. For a comparison, here’s what they looked like compared to a Snapple cap.

More like bite-sized cookies to me!

These cookies were super soft,  no crunch here. They were chewy, except for the little yellow bumps that were a bit harder. They were sweet with a lemon zest flavor, and pretty good. It was strange that they were really moist, yet dry at the same time- odd? Overall, they were pretty good. Not amazing, but pretty good. I had a friend try one an she said they were “very good in their own way” but they “had something missing”. I agreed.  3 1/2 stars.

What’s your favorite thing that is LEMON flavored?

2 cookies is 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

29 Jan 2011, Comments (2)

Trader Joe’s ‘Spearean Risotto

Author: Healthnuttxo

I never really had risotto until this year. It was always one of those things I saw on TV or in magazines, but was too lazy to cook it myself. Then, I tasted it made it from scratch one day and fell in love! This stuff is GOOD!

So, I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and saw this ‘Spearean Risotto. It said it was a “Creamy risotto with a generous amount of savory and crisp cut asparagus spears”, according to the package. The package also said Trader Giotto’s, which I thought was cute instead of Trader Joe’s : )

I opened up the package and saw risotto, pieces of asparagus, and rather large green squares. I thought the squares were a bit bizarre, but I assumed it would melt down to make the sauce.

I prepared it in a frying pan on the stove. One thing I noticed was that there was NOT a “generous amount” of asparagus. There was maybe 10-15 pieces, not whole pieces, in the whole thing. I kind of expected that- I feel like what is depicted on the package rarely lives up to what is actually on the inside.

Anyway- after cooking, it turned into a creamy dish that was a pale yellow-green in color. I took a bite, and was certainly pleased. It was sort of like a combination of macaroni and cheese and chicken noodle soup for flavor. That rich, buttery taste with a cheese undertone and that chicken stock flavor as well. Really tasty! The risotto was a bit chewy, certainly not mushy, and really quite good. I wish it was a bit more tender, so if I buy this again I’lll probably cook it for a bit longer. The asparagus, one of my least favorite vegetables, was actually quite good. It was surprisingly tender! I feel like everytime I eat asparagus I am disappointed by the overly chewiness it has, and just bland flavor. The asparagus in this dish was actually quite good.

Overal, I liked this! I would buy it again. I had it with steamed broccoli and a vegetarian style chicken patty and called it dinner. One thing I didn’t like was that the sodium was kind of high, 650 mg for one cup, and it didn’t even really taste that salty. 4 stars

1 cup (140 grams) is 170 calories, 4 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

Do you eat risotto? What’s your favorite way to make/eat it?

27 Jan 2011, Comments (0)

Arico Cassava Chips Ginger on Fire

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I wasn’t sure what to expect of these chips. I saw the words “on Fire” which sounded like they’d be spicy, and “Ginger”, so I thought there would be a rather pungent, distinct flavor.  According to the bag, these were “Gluten Free”, “Dairy Free” and had “Twice the Fiber of Leading Brand Potato Chips”. Hmm… they sounded good!

I opened the bag to avery strong ginger smell,  I was scared to taste these. Once I did, the were a lot better than I expected! Crunchy chips, at first some saltiness happens, then there is just a tinge of sweetness, followed by a basic potato chip taste-with the exception of the burning sensation that ginger can provide. These are pretty good! I loved the mild sweetness they had to them, and the satisfying crunch.

Overall, pretty good chips! I can picture them going just perfect with a sandwich for lunch. A downside is that they are kind of high in saturated fat (3 grams), but on the plus side, the sodium isn’t too bad with 150 mg. 3 1/2 stars

1 oz is 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

What’s your favorite flavor of chips? I happen to be partial to sour cream & onion or sweet barbeque!  : )


I was provided these chips to try for free from Arico Natural Foods Company.


26 Jan 2011, Comments (1)

Cosi Fire-Roasted Veggie Sandwich

Author: Healthnuttxo

My first RESTAURANT review! I don’t eat out much, but when I do, I want something that’s not only tasty, but healthy too!

Yesterday I went to Cosi for dinner, and ordered a Fire-Roasted Veggie Sandwich on whole grain bread and had it warmed up as well. There was the option of chips or carrots on the side, and I chose the carrots-nothing like a side of veggies to go with my veggies! ; )  I believe my total came out to around $8.05, which  I don’t think was that bad since it was a pretty large sandwich.

Considering my excellent photography skills, here’s what it looked like both open and closed. Apologies for nearly cutting off half of the sandwich..


I wasn’t really sure how to approach this, so I ate it open-faced with a fork.  I tore off a piece of bread first and took a bite. Mmmmm. Now this is how bread should taste!! It was hard and crunchy on the outside, tasting kind of like a cracker, and then had a softer, slightly chewy consistency on the inside. It was salty, in a good way, and very flavorful. Really, really tasty.

Moving on to the actual sandwich part rather than being the carb queen I am and loving the bread (typical…), the veggies! There was eggplant, onion, peppers, some unidentified vegetables (a pickle?? I wasn’t sure what one of them were) and then a few shreds of fresh lettuce. I thought the lettuce was awkward. Why fresh lettuce? It was good, but not super crisp, probably because I asked for my sandwich warm. Anyway- I tried the eggplant first, and well, I wasn’t a fan. It was chewy and moist, but just not my style. The peppers were okay- not quite tender so they still had that crunch and bite to them, but fresh tasting. My favorite, ironically because I usually don’t like them, was the onions! They were sweet, very soft, and very flavorful.

Lastly, on the delicious bread was a delicious cheesy spread. Oh soooo good! It was salty, creamy and had a white cheddar cheese flavor to it. I was tempted to ask for a Fire-Roasted Veggie Sandwich with only the bread, the cheese, and the onions for next time. But I guess that would be kind of like ordering a loaded baked potato with no toppings. Whatever.

I’d give this a 4 star overall.

I got the nutritional information from the website for the sandwich on Rustic Bread.

1 sandwich (9 oz) is 324 calories, 8 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 11 grams of protein.

have you ever eaten at Cosi? What is your favorite thing to get?

24 Jan 2011, Comments (7)

Arctic Zero Maple Vanilla

Author: Healthnuttxo

What is Arctic Zero?

According to the  container, “Arctic Zero is an all natural, smooth and creamy ice cream replacement”. The entire pint has “16 grams of whey protein, 8 grams of fiber” and is also “gluten free”.

One serving, 1/2 cup, is 37 calories and 4 grams of protein. Wait….WHAT?!

Yep, that’s what the label says! The entire pint is 150 calories.  And seeing how I happen to love the flavor of maple, I put this little container in my shopping cart, paid, and went off to try it.

The first thing I noticed was the consistency. It was super smooth and creamy like ice cream, it was kind of like a smoothie being frozen, or a harder sherbet. When I placed it into my bowl, it was kind of choppy. I put about half the container in my bowl, and sprinkled a good amount of granola on top for some crunch.

I actually ate some before I took a picture. Whoops! 🙂

By itself, it had a very artificial maple flavor, kind of like the artificial maple syrup. It also had kind of a funky aftertaste, and an off sweet flavor. I wasn’t really into it by itself.

However, with the granola, it was really quite good. The crunchiness of the granola made the Arctic Zero feel creamier, and I actually enjoyed it. I certainly reccommend a topping if you are going to buy or eat this, because I wasn’t really crazy about it as is. I did like that it had 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving. Overall, 3 stars.

1/2 cup (74 grams) is 37 calories, 0 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Have you ever tried Arctic Zero? Which flavor?

Jelly, jams, marmalades- I like ’em all. On toast or an english muffin is the way I usually eat them, but something about the sweet and fruity flavor that makes them delicious.

Enter Crofter’s spreads in Superfruit and Concord Grape that I got the other day at Whole Foods using a free coupon I recieved.  Each one is organic, and according to the jar, are products of Canada. Also according to the jar, they are both “made with Fair Trade Cane Sugar”.

I picked the Superfruit spread with “Black Currants and Pomegranates blended with Morello Cherries and Red Grapes” because it sounded interesting, and then I picked old reliable Concord Grape because grape jelly is my favorite.

I spread both on two pieces of toast. Can you guess which is which?

Let’s start with the Superfruit spread. A deep purple in color, it was pretty thick and sort of bumpy. It looked like there were tiny blueberries in it, but there were not blueberries listed on the ingredients. The taste was sweet but tart at the same time, assuming from the pomegranate. It had an overall blueberry-grape flavor, with even raspberry undertones.  I found that kind of odd that it tasted like blueberry and raspberry to me, seeing as neither were listed in the ingredients. I wasn’t crazy about this spread, but it was still good.  2 1/2 stars.

Moving on the Concord Grape Spread, now this one was TASTY. Very smooooooth and very sweet, but really good. A genuine grape flavor, no artificial taste whatsoever. No lumps at all, and it spread very easily. My favorite of the two. 4 1/2 stars.

As for the picture, the one one the LEFT is the Superfruit Spread, and the one of the RIGHT is the Concord Grape Spread.

Have you ever tried a product from Crofter’s? Which was your favorite?

Superfruit– 1 tbsp (18 grams) is 30 calories, 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

Concord Grape– 1 tbsp (18 grams) is 35 calories, 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

21 Jan 2011, Comments (2)

Manna Organics Millet Rice Manna Bread

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’ve tried some Manna Bread in the past from Manna Organics, like the Cinnamon Date and Carrot Raisin varieties , and I think they are quite unlike any bread I have ever eaten. On the package, it says it is “Free from Added Sweeteners, Salt, Yeast or Oil”.

So, I took this loaf out of the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator. A dense, thick bread, with a brown color. It had little specks thorugh out, which I assume to be the millet. I decided to try it two ways- plain, and with some maple syrup on it (honestly, what DOESN’T taste good with maple syrup on it!?! =P)

Plain, I found it to have a rather grainy texture, that was bumpy and chewy. It was also soft, and had a nutty flavor. It was really kind of bland by itself, so I moved on to the piece with the maple syrup.

The maple syrup covered piece was delicious! It soaked up the maple syrup quite well. It was chewy and sweet, and had a unique flavor. Pretty good!

Overall, a unique bread, but not my favorite. I felt it needed something sweet on it, which was why the maple syrup was perfect.  I do like that this was organic, and was “100% sprouted whole grain” according to the package. 2 1/2 stars.

2 oz is 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Have you ever tried any foods made with millet? Or millet on it’s own? I think it was my first time trying millet, I’m curious to see how else it could be eaten or prepared!


I was given this bread to try for free from Manna Organics.

I know when I bought this meal I had a friend turn up her nose when she heard the words “veggie steak”, but please don’t let it dissuade you from trying this meal out! I thought it was actually incredibly delicious 🙂

First I cooked the meal, 4 1/2 minutes on HIGH and then 2 minutes on 50% power. I also added a tablespoon of water after the 4 1/2 minutes to the green beans because they looked like they needed it.

We’ll start with the green beans. They actually were surprising to me, usually when I eat green beans they have that bite, or that not-quite-done-yet consistency. These, however, were tender and actually very good. Fresh and soft, but still good.

Next up, the mashed potatoes. There was a good amount, and they almost looked perfect sitting there. Smooth on top, white, the perfect size. They were fluffy, and slightly salty with a yummy potato taste, but at the same time they were a bit bland. I guess I was missing that dab of butter that is normally on top of my homemade mashed potatoes  : )

Lastly, the veggie steak and the gravy. First off, the gravy was absolutely delicious. Thick, salty (in a good way), rich and buttery tasting. The perfect gravy! It covered most of the veggie steak, which is kind of hard to explain other than it was delicious. It was very textured, yet soft at the same time. It had vegetables and other things scattered throughout, with an occasional bump that I’m assuming were tiny pieces of walnuts. It was really good. I liked dipping it in the mashed potatoes!

Overall, delicious! I felt the mashed potatoes needed a little extra something, but still a good meal.I also thought it was a bit high in saturated fat, but not too bad (7 grams). 4 1/2 stars.

1 meal is 380 calories, 16 grams of fat, 50 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 12 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite veggie-style product?

20 Jan 2011, Comments (0)

Upcoming CSN review!

Author: Healthnuttxo

It’s that exciting time again! Time to do another CSN review here on Health Nutt! But what to choose? I’ll have to do some searching. Perhaps even channel my inner childhood and look at some swingsets!

Keep checking back for the review of what I choose! : )

-Lisa

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