Archives: March 2011

31 Mar 2011, Comments (2)

Yoplait Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

It’s apparent of my love of yogurt, greek or regular, so there was no way I would turn down some free coupons to get some greek yogurt by Yoplait! Of the ones  I picked out, Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt was one of them.

A few things to point out before I start, I noticed that this one had 40% Calcium needs (nice!!), and, like the container stated, it is “Gluten Free”.

I put this yogurt in the freezer for 20 minutes or so to get it super cold, and then took it out to enjoy. I noticed it was very thick and to me, resembled regular vanilla yogurt, except a bit thicker. At first bite, unfortunately, I really was not pleased. It had a very funky taste to it, and then there was a bitter/sour aftertaste, like a honey-flavored “zing”. It was very unexpected, and I didn’t taste that sourness until after I ate a spoonful of yogurt. I also detected a very weak vanilla flavor.

Overall, I can’t say I was a fan of this particular flavor. Perhaps I will enjoy the other flavors more. I did like that it had a good amount of calcium in it, but I wasn’t in favor or the flavor. 1 1/2 stars

1 container is 150 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar and 14 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite flavor of any yogurt?

I absolutely love almond milk. I mostly have it with cereal and fruit for breakfast before going to the gym in the morning. Although it’s low on protein, I find it’s lighter on my stomach than dairy is, and I have never had a problem with it.

So, the other day at Trader Joe’s, I went to get some Almond Milk and noticed that Trader Joe’s had their own version. I’m always up for trying new brands, so I put it in my cart and bought it.

Once home, I tried it two ways. By itself, and with cereal and fruit with 1 packet of stevia sweetener, seeing as it was the unsweetened variety.

By itself, it was really creamy tasting- almost like the cream you put in coffee. There really wasn’t much vanilla flavor otherwise, but I could have totally used it as is with my cereal.

Next, with the cereal/fruit/stevia, it had a  VERY strong vanilla flavor. I was amazed at how the sweetness I added really brought out the vanilla in this almond milk. So good! But very unique, I dont think I have ever had an almond milk with that much vanilla flavor (and I add the same amount of sweetness to my cereal every morning!)

Overall, pretty good! I would get it again. Some things to note that it stated on the carton was that this is “Gluten Free”, “Lactose Free”, “Dairy Free” and “Vegan”. It’s also a tad high in sodium, 180 mg, but I’m not overly concerned with my sodium levels so I think that’s a good level for me. 4 stars

1 cup is 40 calories, 3 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

What’s your favorite type of milk? rice? almond? oat? Please let me know! 🙂

28 Mar 2011, Comments (7)

Organic Ragu Garden Veggie Pasta Sauce

Author: Healthnuttxo

Yesterday night, it was decided to have spaghetti & meatballs for dinner. I cooked up myself some whole wheat spaghetti, vegetarian style meat balls, and this Organic Ragu Garden Veggie Pasta Sauce to have. I don’t always buy organic, but whenever I can, I like to!

The nutritional facts were pretty good. For a half cup serving, there was 2.5 grams of fat and 80 calories. The sodium level was a tad high, at 480 mg, and the sugar content was a bit high as well, at 8 grams. However, on the front of the jar, it says that there is “MORE Than a Full Serving of VEGGIES in Every 1/2 Cup of Pasta Sauce”, so that was something I certainly liked.

I cooked it in a small saucepan on the stove, separate from any thing else, as I didn’t want to effect the taste. I noticed it wasn’t super thick, but not overly liquidy either. It actually had a nice consistency to it. It was certainly a sweeter sauce, but wonderfully spiced, with a bit of parsley flavor. It was also a bit salty, but I feel as if most pasta sauces are.

Overall, a great pasta sauce. I would totally eat this again. And, when I paired it with my the meatballs, it was SO good! Versatile, and delicious. Don’t tell, but I think this one tasted better than my mom’s homemade sauce I used to eat when I was a kid! =P  4 stars

What’s your favorite thing to put on pasta? I like mine with sauce, veggies, and some parmesan cheese!

1/2 cup is 80 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

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This peanut butter. Is. Beyond. Amazing. (Yes, so amazing I felt the urge to use periods between each word!)

According to the website , this spread is “More than just a sandwich spread, it is fantastic on fruit, spooned over ice cream, when used as an ingredient in baked goods, or simply eaten out of the jar! It contains no cholesterol, no trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, and no high-fructose corn syrup. It is also gluten-free, certified vegan, and certified kosher pareve by the Orthodox Union.”

Two words to describe it? Incredibly delicious. What I liked about it, is that it is a natural peanut butter, AND there was hardly ANY oil separation! Being the white chocolate lover that I am, I had a feeling I was going to like this peanut butter!

It was smooth, sweet and creamy, and had a light vanilla flavor to it. I didn’t need anything else but a spoon to enjoy it (as that’s how I like most of my nut butters!). It really tasted as if someone melted a chunk of white chocolate into a jar of peanut butter, and turned a savory spread into something dessertlike.

Overall, BLISS! 5 stars for sure. Now excuse me as I go finish the rest of the jar. 😉

Ever had a peanut butter by Peanut Butter & Co.? Which was your favorite?

2 tablespoons is 180 calories, 14 grams of fat (3 saturated), 11 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

I spotted this in the grocery store and thought it would be exciting to try, the Garden Vegetable Naanwich by Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods. On the back of the wrapper, it says “Naanwich: noun nahn-wich-: A crustless handheld lunch that packs a powerful punch!”

I decided to eat this for dinner instead, with a bunch of steamed cauliflower on the side (I know! I didn’t eat broccoli! for once! =P )

After cooking it, it certainly left quite an aroma in the kitchen. I thought it smelled like a spicy noodle soup, but someone else commented that it smelled like maple syrup. Quite the contrast, I know, but the smell was hard to describe!

Here’s how the insides looked after I cooked it in the microwave-

So, we’ll start with the insides. There were peas, fluffy potatoes, and carrots, that had a very distinct spice to them, which I looked at the ingredients on the back and saw cayenne, so that explains it. There was also some kind of very slight sweetness to the vegetables, and it all kind of created a very awkward flavor. There wasn’t a ton of filling either, I kind of wish there was more, and something to boost the protein levels as well (there was only 8 grams of protein for the whole Naanwich).

Moving on to the Naan, it was the best part. It was a thick, fluffy and chewy, kind of like a garlic knot in consistency, with mild seasoned flavor. I loved that it was so doughy.

All together, it was unique. The best way I can describe it would be to say it was kind of like eating a garlic knot with spicy vegetables. There are other flavors available I would like to try, as I wasn’t really a fan of the inside of this Naanwich, as it had an awkward, spicy flavor. All together, 3 stars

If you could make your own Naanwich, what would you put in it?

5.5 ounces is 300 calories, 8 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.

24 Mar 2011, Comments (1)

Clif Crunch Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Clif Bar & Company is one of my favorite companies when it comes to making delicious bars. I happen to enjoy the Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut  flavors in the Clif Crunch, and the Chocolate Chip Energy Bar as well!

I opened up the package to find 2 bars, a little crumbly in consistency, but still held together for the most part. I took a bite and found a nice crispy/crunchy bar, with a very slight oily feel. There were scattered chocolate chips throughout, so I didn’t expect it to have a lot of chocolatey flavor. However- there really was a lot of chocolatey flavor! It was surprising, and in a good way. There also was a hint of vanilla flavor I detected as well.

Overall, these were delicious. I liked how they were not overly sweet, just right. It reminded me of a chocolate chip cookie, actually! I would certainly eat these again. 4 stars

2 bars is 180 calories, 8 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

Have you ever had any product from Clif Bar & Company? Which one is your favorite?

I was sent to try these bars for free. Regardless, my opinion is unaffected.

23 Mar 2011, Comments (6)

Chobani 0% Black Cherry Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

I could tell from the first taste of this yogurt, the skim of the top, not even the fruity part on the bottom, that I was going to like it. I stuck it in the freezer for 20 minutes or so, the way I eat the majority of my yogurts, and gave it a taste. Mmm.

It was a pale white-ish color on top, with a rich, purpley color on the bottom. There was a good amount of fruit, and actual slightly chewy cherry pieces on the bottom as well. This one was absolutely delicious. It was both tart and sweet at the same time, and really hit my craving for something satisfying and not sugary tasting. It was actually a bit more tart than I thought it would be! I think I even made the “woah! that’s TART face a few times”, but it’s not so tart where it’s unenjoyable, and it had a really great black cherry flavor.

Overall, I would eat this again! My favorites still stand to be the Pineapple and Strawberry-Banana flavors, but this one is really close! Smooth, satisfying and just delicious. 4 1/2 stars

1 60z cup is 150 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar and 14 grams of protein.

Have you tried the new flavors from Chobani? Which one was your favorite?

So, I went to Trader Joe’s today (ME? Go to Trader Joe’s?! When does THAT happen… 😉 ) and bought these Country Potatoes with Haricots Verts & Wild Mushrooms. I’ve eaten it before, and pretty much loved it, so I feel it deserves some recognition here on HealthNuttxo!

I put the bag’s contents in a frying pan and cooked it – here’s how it looked in the pan.

Only one thing to say. MMM.

I remember the last time I bought these I cooked them up, people in my house were asking what smelled so good and if they could have some. It indeed, smells delicious!

After cooking up, I transferred it to my plate. There was potatoes, mushrooms, pieces of onions, and “Haricots Verts” as the package states. It was a bit greasy, but so tasty that I didn’t mind. The potatoes were thickly cut, some big pieces some small, and very soft and fluffy on the inside. The green beans were tender, flavorful, and delicious. Lastly the mushrooms, which I was ok about, some were big flat pieces and other pieces were more textured. Some of the pieces were very good, and others were kind of squishy in consistency. I could have eaten a different vegetable in place of the mushrooms, but they weren’t bad.

Overall, it was a bit salty (300 mg per serving), and had a garlicy and oniony flavor. So good! This one gets 4 1/2 stars, and will be a regular appearance in my grocery cart to buy at Trader Joe’s!

110 grams is 130 calories, 6 grams of fat (2 saturated), 18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

What’s something you buy again and again at Trader Joe’s (if you have been there) ?

20 Mar 2011, Comments (0)

Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale

Author: Healthnuttxo

If ever there was a time to apply the saying “Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover”, I think it would be appropriate now. Although this snack may not look appetizing, it really is tasty!

I bought this at Whole Foods a little while ago, after previously being given a free sample of it they were handing out before that. According to the package, it is “vegan”, “gluten free”, “not baked”, “not fried”, and the flavor I got is the Naked Plain (Vegan Cheese). Before eating this snack, I never ate kale before, so I really had no idea what to expect.

Here’s what some looked like in a bowl.

When I opened up the container, it smelled cheesy, but keep in mind it is vegan. It was crunchy, crispy, and certainly did have a “leafy” consistency as the name states. It was salty and tasted like parmesan cheese, with just a slight vegetable flavor. I REALLY liked it! No one else in my house wanted to try it, probably because it resembled leaves, but it really is so tasty! I almost ate the whole container in one sitting! 😉

Overall, 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed it, and I want to try the other flavors! I also LOVED that there was 6 grams of protein, 139% vitamin A and 129% Vitamin C values per serving!! Talk about a healthy snack 🙂

1 ounce is 141 calories, 9 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

What’s something you thought wasn’t going to be good tasting because of it’s appearance, but surprised you and turned out to be really yummy?

Amazing Grass offered to send me a some of their Orange Dreamsicle Drink Powder to try for free. I accepted, and got this in the mail a day or so ago.

This powder has a whole bunch of stuff in it! According to the label, there are things like the “Amazing Grass Green Food Blend”, “Antioxidant Blend”, “EFA Fiber Blend”, “Digestive Enzyme & Active Culture Pre & Probiotic Blend” and more. I liked it especially because of the “Green Food Blend” which had things like “Organic Wheat Grass” and “Organic Spirulina” in it, which are things I don’t consume on a normal basis.

After my workout this morning, I wanted to have some with my meal. It suggests to “mix 1 scoop with 6 oz. of water, juice or your favorite milk”. I opted for water at first, so I could see what it really tasted like.

Here’s what it looked like when I opened up the tub.

Silly me. For some reason I expected an orange color, since it was called “Orange Dreamsicle”. Hah.

With water, it mixed easily. It was kind of “piecy” in consistency. It had a very mild sweetness, and actually DID remind me of an orange creamsicle, but was no where as sweet. I wanted to try it some other way. Conveniently, I had been eating a Pineapple Chobani, and decided to mix some in.

Not too pretty, but pretty tasty.

It was certainly a unique flavor with the Chobani, but I kind of liked it!  I think next time I try this, I’ll use it in a smoothie or with some milk as suggested instead of water. 3 stars

1 scoop is 30 calories, 1 gram of fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

What was your favorite ice pop as a kid? I always liked those Strawberry Shortcake pops =)

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