Archives: February 2011

28 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

Stonyfield Farm Organic Mango Honey Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

One of the greatest inventions of food for me was definitely yogurt. But not just any yogurt- real, natural yogurt. One of my favorite brands is Stonyfield Farm- they produce some really delicious and organic products!

Today’s review? The Organic Mango Honey Yogurt. I  usually eat yogurt with some cereal, or something like a slice of banana bread for a snack before dinner.

I opened up this container and gave it a stir. It was  a creamy yogurt, that was a pale yellow in color. I took a scoop and really enjoyed it- no overpowering flavors at all. Just a tinge of honey and a tinge of mango. Just enough were it was sweet, but not sugary tasting. It had a very fresh flavor to it, and was actually quite delicious. The honey gave it a bit of a tang, and the mango provided a slight aftertaste as well.

Overall, this one gets 4 stars from me. Nothing like real yogurt. Stonyfield Farms has my heart (and my spoon) forever!

1 6oz cup is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 23 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

Whats your favorite Stonyfield Farm yogurt (if you tried one?) My favorite is the Banilla!

27 Feb 2011, Comments (6)

Amy’s Kitchen Cheese Pizza

Author: Healthnuttxo

Sometimes, all I want ( make that NEED) is a good piece of pizza. Since I happen to be a fan of Amy’s Kitchen, why not try one of the pizzas?

I preheated my oven to 425 F and let it cook for about 10-12 minutes on a pan. I also put it on broil for about a minute before taking it out to give a final melt to the cheese. Here’s how it looked

Next, I cut it up into 4 slices, and ate it with some steamed veggies. It wasn’t too greasy looking, so that was a plus for me. The first thing I liked was the crust- nice and doughy, yet a slight crisp on the bottom. The pizza kind of reminded me a Sicilian-style pizza. Doughy, with fresh tasting marinara-like tomato sauce, and a good amount of mozzaralla cheese. The cheese itself was chewy, in a good way, and slightly salty. I really couldn’t believe this was frozen, it tasted just like it would from a pizzeria!

Overall, this is pretty much everything I could want in a cheese pizza (besides the fact it didn’t have a 100% whole wheat crust, but this is too delicious to pass up!). Great flavor, freshness, a good portion size, and made with organic ingredients! 5 stars for sure, and I’m definitely buying it again!

1 pizza (176g) is 420 calories, 17 grams of fat (6 saturated), 49 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of pizza to get at a pizzeria? I happen to like good ol’ cheese, but I also like Grandma Style pizza!

everytime I look at this picture, i think the peanuts in the top corners are my fingers holding the box up. hah.

Browsing Target, I spotted something new by Annie’s- Organic Peanutty Chewy Yet Crispy Granola Bars! Since I love new products (aaaaand I’m a total impulse buyer) I bought them and took them home.

On the box, it states that these have “NO Artificial Ingredients, Preservatives or High-Fructose Corn Syrup- EVER!”, so I could tell I was already starting to like these!

I opened up the box, and was a bit disappointed at the size. They were about the size of a LARAbar, but not as wide. Usually I prefer a more heftier sized bar for a snack, but then again, taste is what it’s all about!

I took a bite, and found it to be rather dense. It indeed did live up to the name, it really was “chewy yet crispy” in consistency! I also thought it had quite a bit of a sticky feel. It had a good peanut flavor, but really wasn’t all too sweet. I also detected just a hint of vanilla flavor.

the last bite.

While these won’t replace my love for Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Grahams, they were still pretty good. I do wish they were a tad bit sweeter, and also a bit bigger. 3 1/2 stars

1 bar (28 grams) is 120 calories, 5 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

25 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

Quaker Life Banana Walnut Bread Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

One of my all time favorite things is banana bread- I love the sweet banana flavor, the softness of the bread, and the way it feels so dessertlike.

So, what about that same thing transformed into a bar? Quaker makes a Life Banana Walnut Bread Bar, that has pretty good ingredients, and according to the package, “5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein” and “20% of 5 B Vitamins”. Sounds pretty yummy to me!

I saw on the front of the bar’s package to “try HEATING, then EATING”, and took the advice. I opened up the package, and was greeted with a rather strong and sweet banana aroma.  Then, into the microwave this bar went for about 10 seconds.

The result was a soft and chewy bar, that wasn’t super dense. On top remained  a good amount of crunchy and flavorful pieces of walnuts.The banana flavor was delicious- not a fake banana flavor, but sweet like freeze dried bananas (which makes sense, since there is “freeze dried bananas” listed on the ingredients). This bar was actually very sweet, but very good, and did actually remind me of like a store-bought banana muffin, or a sweet version of homemade banana bread.

Overall, I’m a fan. Of course I’m a fan! It’s sweet, great banana flavor, has fiber, protein, and the first ingredient is “whole grain rolled oats”. I’m also impressed that there’s not a ton of sugar or fat in the bar, with 10 grams sugar and 4 grams of fat per bar. 4 stars

1 bar is 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite flavor of muffin to eat or get out? I think we know my favorite muffin at the deli wold be banana ; )

23 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

Crumbs Bake Shop Mini Black & White Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

Anyone ever been to Crumbs Bake Shop? I’ve heard great things about this place! I would agree that with any healthy diet, there’s room to indulge! And I just so happen to have a sweet tooth…

So, I bought a Mini Black & White Cookie.

Look how perfectly iced it is!

It had a rather thick layer of icing on top, as well as a good amount of cookie underneath. It was “mini” in the sense where it wasn’t a huge as the typical black & white cookies are, but I would say it was about the size of a standard homemade chocolate chip cookie, or a bit bigger than, say an Oreo.

The cookie part was soft and cake-like, with just a slight crisp around the edge. The icing on top was smooth and sweet- the chocolate had a rather deep chocolate flavor, and the vanilla was delicious as well- almost a buttery flavor. I preferred the vanilla over the chocolate side.

Overall, this cookie was really good, but also very sweet. But since it was a Mini Black & White cookie, it wasn’t overpowering, and was just perfect. It certainly satisfied my sweet tooth! 4 1/2 stars

Have you ever been to Crumbs Bake Shop? What’s your favorite thing to get?

20 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

EnjoyLife boom CHOCO boom bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Chocolate! Nothing is better than chocolate. Ok maybe peanut butter, but there’s room for debate on that one. ANYWAY, EnjoyLife sent me some boom CHOCO boom bars to try for free. I already reviewed the Rice Milk with Crispy Rice variety here, and thought it was pretty good. Today’s review is on the Dairy-Free Rice Milk Bar and the Dark Chocolate Bar.

Both these bars are free of nuts, soy, dairy, gluten, wheat, fish, shellfish,  and eggs as stated on the wrapper. They are also both vegan.

I tried the dark chocolate one first, although hesistantly. As you probably know, I’m not a huge dark chocolate fan. I love the health benefits, but not a fan of the bitterness (Why can’t milk or white chocolate be as healthy as dark chocolate!!!??) I DID like how cute the squares were. Here’s a picture

So, I took a bite of the square, which was rather thick and had a nice bite to it, and was pleasantly surprised. Not as bitter as I thought it would be! It was creamy, actually kind of sweet, and there was a vanilla aftertaste as well. Pretty good! 3 1/2 stars

Next up, the Dairy-Free Rice Milk bar. At first this one was smooth and sweet, but as I continued to eat it, I noticed it had some kind of an aftertaste. Hmm. Have you ever had sugar free chocolate? I have, and I always noticed it had some sort of an aftertaste which was similar to what this bar had. Also what I found odd was that I could almost taste milk in this bar, despite the fact that it was dairy-free. Bizarre. It was OK, but not my favorite. 3 stars

Well, look at that! I actually liked the Dark Chocolate one more than the Dairy-Free Rice Milk bar! Go figure 😉

Dark Chocolate boom CHOCO boom bar– 1 package is 200 calories, 15 grams of fat ( 9 saturated) 22 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Dairy-Free Rice Milk boom CHOCO boom bar– 1 package is 230 calories, 17 grams of fat (11 saturated), 21 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

If you could invent your own chocolate bar, what would it have in it? I would have a peanut butter filled milk chocolate bar with bits of banana in it. MMM!

I dont know what compelled me to  buy this. My least favorite vegetable is spinach. Well, maybe that’s a bit harsh…(or maybe not), either way, I would most likely not ever eat plain spinach on it’s own. SO, perhaps what got me to buy these was the picture on box and the mention of “THREE CHEESES” on the box as well. And the fact that they looked like chicken nuggets didn’t hurt either.

SO, into my shopping cart they went, and then into my fridge after I bought them. The other night I got the urge to try something different, so I took these out and popped them into the toaster oven. It said to cook them on 375, but my toaster oven had 350 and 400 as an option. Hmm? 350? or 400? 350 with the possibility of cold spots? Or possible burning/crispy edges with 400? Regardless, I’d rather have crispy edges than soggy cold spots (if that would even happen), so I chose cooking them at 400 degrees F.

Moving on. After I cooked them, here’s how they looked…

Not nearly as plump as they looked on the box, but still pretty yummy looking. I steamed up a bunch of veggies and had 6 of these for a light meal, with some applesauce on the side as well.

The outside crust/breading tasted like a mozzarella stick, but these weren’t greasy really at all. The inside was actually surprisingly good. It was cheesy, hearty, and a bit salty. The texture was kind of like a chicken nugget- it was like a spinach/cheese “patty”. From the picture, it looks like the cheese and the spinach was layered, and it stayed together. No oozing of cheese or anything like that.

Overall, pretty tasty. I’d get these again. 4 stars

3 bites has 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Do you like spinach? How do you eat it? I really need to incorporate this veggie more… it’s been neglected for too long. 😉

18 Feb 2011, Comments (3)

Haagen-Dazs Shops Frozen Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Before the review, I believe today’s the day, HAPPY 1- YEAR BLOGGIE BIRTHDAY TO ME! (!) It’s been a real treat! I love blogging, and you readers make it all worthwhile!!

So what better way to celebrate then with some ice cream, err frozen yogurt? (even if I did eat it yesterday…)

Yesterday I went into the Haagen-Dazs shop looking for a sweet and cool treat. I saw that they had frozen yogurt available, in No Sugar Added Chocolate, No Sugar Added Vanilla and swirl. I asked for a regular sized swirl, which was about $5.00.

When I got my order, it was actually just vanilla. Where’s my swirl of chocolate and vanilla?!?! I wondered. Oh well. Plain vanilla was fine with me. Here’s a pic of my fro-yo.

Oooooooh yeaaa. Creamy!

I took a spoonful, and at first taste, I thought of vanilla rice pudding. It was sweet, but not sugary tasting. It had a fluffy, soft-serve ice cream consistency. It sounds and looks really good, but unfortunately, I really did not enjoy this frozen yogurt. What completely ruined it for me was the aftertaste. It had this weird, tangy, off aftertaste. I’m assuming perhaps some artificial sweetener was added? I’m not really sure what the ingredients are, but I did not like this.

Overall, MAYBE I would get this again in a swirl, but I would not get it again by itself. It was pretty expensive (so of course I finished it!), and the quantity wasn’t a concern- a good amount was given. I liked the consistency, but this overall was not my favorite. 2 stars

What’s your favorite product from Haagen-Dazs?

I happen to be a big fan of Clif Bars. My all time favorite ones would have to be the Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and also the Clif Crunch Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars. They have some pretty tasty foods!

Today’s review is the Blueberry Crisp Energy Bar that I was sent to try for free. I wasn’t exactly thrilled in the beginning to try this one for some reason, I like blueberries and all but I thought they might taste funky in a granola or energy bar. But who am I to judge something solely on it’s name or appearance? Speaking of which, here’s how it looked

The thing that always gets me about Clif Bar & Company energy bars is that they seem tiny, but they actually ARE quite filling. I find them perfect to eat on an empty stomach for an early morning workout before I eat breakfast or whatnot to tie me over.

When I opened the package I immediately smelled a fragrant blueberry aroma. I took a bite, and noticed it was actually pretty sweet. Not sweet like candy, but I could certainly detect a good amount of sweetness. It kind of reminded me of a blueberry filling to a pie or a blueberry pancake syrup sort of flavor. It was crunchy from the almonds, chewy, and soft at the same time. I actually really liked the consistency of this bar, it had a lot going on. There were good sized pieces of nuts, which were fresh and crunchy, and added something special to the bar.

Overall, this bar was better than I thought it would be, and actually quite tasty. THe only drawback for me is that it has 21 grams of sugar per bar. Then again, I believe it’s intended to be an energy bar, so I’m sure some of those carbohydrates and sugar will we used up in the workout! 4 stars

1 bar is 240 calories, 5 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.

Did you ever eat something you thought wasn’t going to be that good, and it surprised you? What was it?

16 Feb 2011, Comments (5)

Glutino Gluten Free Duo Cheese Pizza

Author: Healthnuttxo

Reviewing today, Glutino Gluten Free Duo Cheese Pizza! What sparked me to buy this? I actually have no idea! It looked interesting, and I’m pretty sure I never had a gluten free pizza before. Sometimes I really enjoy gluten free products, and other times, the consistency throws me off. Anyway, I was willing to give it a try!

I looked at it frozen- I was slightly disappointed on how thin the crust was! (but I love this picture!!)

I happen to like thick crusted, chewy/doughy pizza as opposed to thin crust. However, who knows, it could still be super yummy!

So I cooked it at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes as the box told me to, except at 9 minutes I noticed it was getting very crispy. I transferred it to a pan for the remained of and here’s how it looked.

ohhhh yea. chhhhheeesy.

I steamed up some veggies on the side, and cut the pizza in fours to eat. One thing I liked was that I noticed the pizza wasn’t super greasy, which is a turn off for me.

The bottom of the pizza was crispy, and the top part was rather doughy and soft. I didn’t know if this was becasue I transferred it to a pan or not, but either way it was delicious.

The cheese was chewy, and not super stringy, it stuck together on the pizza quite well. I predominately tasted mozzarella cheese, although the ingredients say that there is monterey jack cheese as well. Under the cheese was a smooth, flavorful sauce, that had just the right amount of zest to it.

All together, really tasty! I do think it needed just a touch of salt, but nothing too dramatic. If I hadn’t known it was gluten free, I wouldn’t have known. Flavorful, and quite delicious, I would buy it again. I don’t remember how much I exactly spent, but I remember it was a little expensive- somewhere around 5 dollars. But, I would still get it again! 4 stars

1 pizza is 310 calories, 12 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 12 grams of protein.

What’s your ideal pizza? I happen to be a fan of a lot of sauce, light on the mozzarella, some type of vegetable, and lots of parmesan cheese!!  : )

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