Archives: January 2011

8 Jan 2011, Comments (4)

Amy’s Kitchen Macaroni & Cheese

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ok. I’ve heard excellent things about this dish, and I finally tried it. Seeing as the avid Amy’s Kitchen fan I am, I asked myself why have I NOT tried this yet? I’ll reiterate that I’m not a HUGE fan of pasta, but it’s yummy every now and then. So I steamed up some broccoli (my usual veggie of choice), and made this in the microwave.

After stirring up the dish, I was taken aback on how thick and creamy it was. Like almost as if a giant block of cheese was placed on a bed of noodles and left there to melt. Globby, thick, creamy, cheeeeese.

I tasted a spoonful, and thought ohh yeaaa. This is some SERIOUS mac and cheese. It had a mild cheddar taste, and no overpowering flavor, but just really good. It did need a sprinkle of salt, I felt it just needed a little bit more, but it was good none-the-less.

As I ate my meal, the mac & cheese thickened up, and it was almost like a thick, cheese paste on the chewy yet tender noodles. Tasted just like baked macaroni and cheese that was simmering in the oven for quite some time, yet was available much more quickly due to the microwave.

Overall, 4 1/2 stars. Deeeeeeeeelish. My only complaint was that it was high in saturated fat (10 grams!!), and low in fiber (only 3 grams). Otherwise, give me this dish and some steamed broccoli and I’m good to go!

1 container is 410 calories, 16 grams of fat, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein.

7 Jan 2011, Comments (1)

New England Naturals Banana Walnut Granola

Author: Healthnuttxo

New England Naturals combines two of my favorite things in one- bananas and granola. Being the avid cereal lover I am, granola is certainly on top of the list. According to the package, this granola has “Banana Chips, Walnuts & Honey”,  as well as “27 grams of whole grains” with “0g trans fats”. Sounds like a winner to me!

I liked the package due to its bright yellow exterior and that I could see the granola right through the front of the package, rather than it being a picture of the granola it was the real deal. Here’s a pic of it below (Voila! I learned from my mistake this time, and  did NOT open the package before I took a picture!)

After opening, I saw rather  large banana chips, a few pieces of walnuts, and a lot of oats. The smell was delicious, just like banana bread. The banana chips weren’t as sweet as I had expected, but still yummy and crispy, with a slightly oily taste. I checked the back and the ingredients said “banana chips with coconut oil”, and I can definitely taste just a hint of coconut on the banana chip. The walnuts were standard, but  good. Crunchy, yet still soft, and flavorful.  Then I took a handful of just the oats and ate those by themselves. The flavor of the granola was really good- certainly sweet, with mild banana, vanilla and coconut flavors. Delicious actually. It wasn’t as crispy as I like granola to be, but still good.

Overall, 4 stars. Pretty tasty, and I liked how there were big pieces of banana chips and not just little banana fragments. This granola has 260 calories and 12 grams of fat per 1/2 cup serving, which is a bit high in my opinion. I think it would be great mixed with another cereal and some fruit for breakfast, or I can picture this being good with plain yogurt, as it has a ton of flavor.

1/2 cup (55 grams) is 12 grams of fat, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite brand/type of granola?

I was given this bag of granola to try for free from New England Naturals.

6 Jan 2011, Comments (5)

Larabar Blueberry Muffin bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

Oh yea, here’s something BRANDDD NEWWW! Yesterday I got a lovely package from LARABAR with some new Blueberry Muffin Larabars inside. YES! I love new products! I thought when I opened the box.

The first thing I noticed was that the wrapper was much more of a plastic-y wrapper than usual, but then again,  maybe it’s just me and my imagination. But onto the bar, not the wrapper (who am I to judge by the outside?)

This bar is “gluten free” “soy free” and “dairy free” , has “no added sugar” and counts as “1/2 serving of fruit” according to the wrapper. How’s THAT for a snack that’s also all natural with only 6 ingredients? (Ok, I sound like an advertisement. I’ll stop now… =P)

The bar was brown in color, with little pieces of nuts and blue spots for the blueberries. Strong cashew flavor, that really reminded me of a sweet cashew butter. It had a slightly tart and yet still sweet blueberry flavor as well.  It was chewy, dense, and very moist. It’s pretty good, actually!

Overall, 4 stars.  While I liked the carrot cake or chocolate chip cookie dough Larabars better, this one was still quite tasty, and a great snack between meals!

1 bar is 190 calories, 8 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

Dates, Cashews, Blueberries, Blueberry Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Vanilla Extract.

Whats your favorite Larabar?

I was provided this bar to try for free from LaraBar.

5 Jan 2011, Comments (3)

Newman’s Own Organics Organic Apples

Author: Healthnuttxo

I happen to like dried fruit. Chewy, sweet, good on the go or in cereal. Although apricots may be my favorite, I thought that dried apples would be good as well seeing as apples are my favorite fruit. Anyway, seeing the picture below (apologies for ripping the bag HORRIBLY), the apples look like dried apple slices.

Each one was tough, and had a nice bite to it. But the flavor was actually quite good. Definetly sweet and chewy, not tart at all with a raisin-like consistency, they reminded me of those bits of apples I used to get in my instant oatmeal when I was a kid, (and, well, still eat now…).

What I also liked was that you get quite a bit of pieces for a serving. They are not all apple rings, some are just pieces in the bag, and after I measured how much a serving was (40 grams), it was a generous amount. Something good to snack on, and something I’d have to actually take time to chew and enjoy! Just another way for me to enjoy my favorite fruit. Best part is, only ONE ingredient, Dried Organic Apple Rings. 4 stars!

1/4 cup (40 grams) is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite dried fruit?


I was provided this bag of Organic Apples to try for free from Newman’s Own Organics.

4 Jan 2011, Comments (4)

Amy’s Kitchen Indian Mattar Paneer

Author: Healthnuttxo

Amy’s Kitchen has yet to let me down when I have tried their meals in the past, and they certainly didn’t let me down with the Indian Mattar Paneer. Although I have had comments from people about the spicy smell that floods the kitchen (sorry!!), this meal is too good to pass up.

The box says it’s “curried peas & cheese with rice & chana masala” and also “made with organic rice, tomatoes & peas”. And on another note, this meal is ALSO gluten free!

So after cooking this meal, there was basically 3 sections. One with peas with indian cheese, one with chana masala, and one with rice. Starting with the peas and cheese, at first I didn’t see any cheese. It was buried underneath the peas, but after a quick stir, rather large pieces of cheese emerged. I thought it was tofu actually, until I tasted it. I don’t even know what Indian Cheese is…BUT IT’S SO GOOD! And I don’t even LIKE cheese! It was creamy, slightly chewy, almost like a thick cream cheese. The cheese was resting on the peas, firm but well cooked, and rather spicy actually. Great flavor.

Moving on to the chana masala, another thing I’m not entirely sure what it is, but the back of the box said it was “organic garbanzo beans and sweet organic tomatoes”. The beans were soft, and the tomatoes were more of a sauce than actual chunks of tomatoes.

Lastly, the rice. I don’t know how Amy’s does it, but the basmati rice is sooooo. gooood. Super fluffy, with baby bits of carrots, and tiny pieces of cumin. Even though it’s not overpoweringly flavorful by itself, it’s still really good! My second favorite part of the meal (who me? A carb queen? Like rice? Pshh…), aside from the cheese.

Overall, a great meal. Great spiced flavor (and I can’t tolerate spicy things well- so this one was just perfectly spiced in my opinion!) I just had a side of steamed broccoli to up the veggie intake, and I was perfectly satisfied with eating this. 5 stars.

What’s your favorite Amy’s dish?

1 meal is 370 calories, 11 grams of fat, 54 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein.

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Normally, my sweet tooth predominates over my other taste buds, but every now and then I’m in the mood for something salty. At the store the other day, I saw these Snapea Crisps which I thought were quite interesting. I happen to like veggie chips and these kind of looked like them- except the exterior looked like sugar snap peas. I picked up a bag, bought them and took them home to try.

I certainly agree with the front of the bag which says “Delicate & Tasty”, for, well, that’s exactly what they are! They are very light, and when I took one out little pieces sort of crumble off. They have a potato chip sort of taste, and have that oily feel that gets left on the mouth after eating them, but they aren’t greasy themselves. Very slightly salty, they are actually quite enjoyable.

If you’re not a fan of vegetables, you may be put off by the veggie appearance. But fear not- these are actually good! I bought these with a friend who wasn’t interested in trying them, but after she did, I caught her eating half the bag when we got home! (Good thing I’m good at sharing!)

On the back of the bag it says “Your Salad Never Got Such A Lift!” but I think I would eat these more as a snack rather than on top of a salad. As a bonus, they have 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per serving! 4 stars

1 oz is 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

What’s your preference- SALTY or SWEET?

1 Jan 2011, Comments (3)

Alexia Sweet Potato Julienne Fries

Author: Healthnuttxo

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First off, HAPPY 2011!!! As part of my last dinner of 2010, last night I had Alexia Sweet Potato Julienne Fries that I got the other day. Now, I’m not really a french fry kind of girl, seeing as I’m not usually crazy about ones that are made at home and I don’t eat fast food. But, these french fries were all natural, and on the package it even stated that they were “low sodium”.

Plus, and most importantly, I love sweet potatoes. I’d eat a sweet potato over a regular potato any day. Nothing against the regular potato, I just prefer them of the sweet variety. Moving on…

So I cooked some of these in the oven last night  until they looked slightly brown on the outside. I picked one up and noticed it wasn’t as light or airy as I had expected- quite a dense fry. Not too greasy either- not saying they were dry, but there certainly weren’t pools of oil following the fries(yay!). I tasted one, and I must admit the first thing I was missing was the salt. These fries only had 140mg of salt per 3 oz serving, so that is pretty good, and I’d be telling the truth lying if I said I didn’t add just a sprinkle of salt to them. Oh well.

As for the taste- very good!  A pure, slightly sweet sweet potato flavor, with a crispy outside and a warm, soft inside. The perfect french fry in my opinion. No soggy spots, or spots of fries that were burnt or too crispy. Just right.

Overall, 4 stars. Quite tasty, and a new way for me to enjoy the sweet potato. I love that they are all natural and have 3 grams of fiber per 3 oz serving, but I wish they had just a bit more salt. Then again, nothing too major, and a great product as a whole. If you like fries, perhaps try these!!

3 ounces is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Which one do you prefer? Sweet potato or regular potato?

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