Archives: April 2011

30 Apr 2011, Comments (9)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I’m almost always up for anything that involves peanut butter and chocolate. And when it’s gluten free, AND made with minimal ingredients? SIGN ME UP!

When I opened up the bar, it has a faint smell of a chocolate brownie. Upon first bite, I thought, where’s the peanut butter?! For some reason, I was expecting a chocolate flavored bar with peanut butter chips (which is totally NOT what the name says…just my mind playing tricks on me I suppose (;

But, of course, this was not the case. As I continued to eat it, the subtle flavor of the peanut butter became more prominent. This was actually REALLY tasty! A good chocolate-y flavor, and not so fruity where it’s tart, but rather a subtle fruity flavor.  The flavor of the peanuts shined through as well, especially after a few bites. It was kind of like a fudgy brownie with peanuts in it! The bar itself was moist, chewy and dense, but in a good way.

Overall, pretty yummy.I do slightly wish there was peanut butter chips, but  that’s just my love (read obsession) with peanut butter. It is a tad high in calories given it’s rather small size, but so chock full of goodness that it’s worth the splurge. I’m just going to have to contain myself as to not eat 2 in one sitting  (; 4 stars

I managed to snap a photo before I finished it all (almost forgot- oops!!)

1 bar (45 grams) is 230 calories, 12 grams of fat (3.5 saturated), 26 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Dont forget this Silk Giveaway here!

What’s your favorite thing that combines PEANUT BUTTER and CHOCOLATE? (:


I was given this Larabar to try for free

28 Apr 2011, Comments (2)

Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m not a huge salad person, I’d much rather eat a sandwich, but every now and then I do get a craving for something green, leafy and crunchy. I went to Panera Bread the other day, and got the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, sans gorgonzola, red onions and pecans. Let me tell you- this is one of the most delicious salads I have ever eaten! It was literally so good, I ate every single last piece of lettuce in that bowl. 🙂

When it first got to my table, I took a look at what I got. Apple chips, big chunks of chicken, lettuce and leaves of different varieties, and tomatoes, all with dressing on it. As a note to myself, I might ask for the dressing on the side next time, not because there was too much, because there was just the right amount, but I noticed some of the dressing went to the bottom and I had a few leaves that were dry. I also loved the fact that the salad was served in a reusable dish rather than plastic or cardboard to throw away – gave it a very “home-like” appeal!

Anyway –

Onto the salad! The  leaves and lettuce was crunchy and fresh. At first I thought I was going to want more lettuce, but by the time I was done I was really satisfied with what I had. The chicken on top was cold, well seasoned/peppery, and chewy. And there was PLENTY of chicken, which I liked, because there was no scrimping there!

Onto my favorite part of the salad, the apple chips. Literally, delicious. I ate one, and saved the rest to the side of my bowl for when I finished the salad as my “treat”. They had the consistency and slight oily texture of potato chips, but with a sweet and crunchy apple flavor. One of my chips even had a stem in it like the real apple would from the tree! I only wish there were more chips- they were so good!

Lastly, the dressing. This dressing was so yummy. It was sweet and had a zing to it that made me pucker, but it was so good! There was plenty of dressing, but as I said, some of it went to the bottom that I had to use my lettuce leaves to scrape up.

Overall, really, really good!  I so wish I could eat salads like that every day (and wish I had the paycheck to support it!) I would certainly get this again. 4 1/2 stars

Dont forget this Silk Giveaway here! 🙂

What’s your favorite thing to get at Panera Bread? (If you haven’t been there- what’s your favorite salad you make at home?)

27 Apr 2011, Comments (48)

Silk For Milk 10 Day Challenge + GIVEAWAY!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Silk contacted me and asked if I would like to participate in the Silk For Milk 10-Day Challenge. I was sent coupons for a free product of choice. I picked the PureAlmond Unsweetened Almond Milk.

By itself, it had a very fresh flavor, but bland. It was thicker than skim milk, and kind of had the consistency of soy milk. I really liked it’s creaminess!

Instead of normal milk, I used it with cereal

and put a splash in my scrambled eggs!

Overall, I thought it was pretty great!  With the cereal, I also added a packet of stevia and it was just perfect! With the scrambled eggs, there wasn’t much of a taste change, but I noticed a very silky smooth consistency, that I believe the almond milk helped contribute to. And at 35 calories and 45% daily calcium needs per cup!?! Fantastic!

Now….Giveaway time!

1 winner will win 1 Silk branded Chico Bag, and a Silk Coupon! Now you can try a swap from milk to something by Silk ! How awesome is THAT!

How to enter? Please leave a comment for EACH entry!

Mandatory

If you won the coupon, how would you replace milk in your diet? Or, if you already don’t consume milk, how would you use the product you got? (ex- recipes?)

Optional

1. Tweet this giveaway with ” @healthnuttxo” in the tweet AND the link to this giveaway! (you may tweet multiple times for multiple entries!)
2. Add me to your blogroll
3. Mention this giveaway on your blog ( 2 entries)

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Ends Monday, May 2nd, 2011, 11 am. Good Luck!! 🙂

25 Apr 2011, Comments (0)

winner of NutraSea DHA!

Author: Healthnuttxo

And the winner of a bottle of NutraSea DHA selected randomly via www.random.org is…

Ashley! With the comment “Commented on the annie’s mac and cheese.”

Congratulations! please email me your info so your prize can be shipped! Thanks to all who entered- and more giveaways coming soon!!

Have a WONDERFUL, healthy day!! 🙂

What’s Easter without a little chocolate? (Or, if you don’t celebrate Easter, what’s ANY day without a little chocolate? 😛 )

In light of the holiday, I felt this review was appropriate.  A healthier way to enjoy chocolate- why? Because there is FRUIT – FIGS – in this chocolate. But- it’s really good! I gave up chocolate for Lent (NOT doing that again. I didn’t realize how much chocolatey things I consumed on a daily basis!), so it is finally welcome back with open arms into my life. HURRAY!

Enter Figamajigs Candy Coated Dark Chocolate Covered Fig Candy. They were pretty big, probably twice the size of a normal M&M, and came in yellow and orange. They were pretty sweet, with a crunchy coating on the outside, followed by a thin layer of sweet chocolate, and then a fig “ball” on the inside. When eaten as a whole, rather than taking  a bite, I really didn’t notice the fig too much. Only when I let the candy dissolve slowly in my mouth did I detect the fig flavor, which surprisingly I thought had a slight cherry flavor to it. It could be my imagination, but I also thought the yellow colored ones were sweeter than the orange colored ones 🙂

Overall, 4  stars. Really good, and great for when a chocolate craving comes along. I liked that they had fiber and fruit in them. What I didn’t like was that there were dyes in the ingredients. I do wish that they could have used something more natural to color their product with, but, regardless, I’d eat them again.

40 grams is 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 26 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

When eating colored candies, is there any color you won’t eat? Or any color that’s your favorite? When it’s fruity candies, I always eat the red ones, but when it’s chocolate candies, my favorite are the bright colored ones!

I was provided to try these candies for free.

23 Apr 2011, Comments (0)

winner!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Annoucning the winner of the Nature’s Path Giveaway!!

Picked randomly, via random.org, the winner is…

Lanie H. with the comment

“I’m celebrating earth day by working in the garden!”

CONGRATS! Please email me your info so Nature’s Path can get your goodies out to you! Thank you to all who entered, more giveaways to come!!!

AND…still time to enter this giveaway!!

22 Apr 2011, Comments (0)

Happy Earth Day!!

Author: Healthnuttxo

First off, Happy Earth Day 2011! wooo!! I hope everyone had/is having an awesome day!

To celebrate Nature’s Path is giving away a YEAR’S SUPPLY of cereal in this contest they are holding here. HOW AWESOME would it be to win that!?!?

On another note, the Nature’s Path granola, cereal, and granola bar giveaway ends tomorow, and the NutraSea DHA giveaway ends Monday.

Have an awesome day!!!

21 Apr 2011, Comments (2)

Yoplait Strawberry Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

I got some coupons to try Yoplait Greek Yogurt for free, and of the ones I chose, Strawberry and the already reviewed Honey Vanilla were two of them. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Honey Vanilla, but I had hopes for Strawberry to be tasty.

At first, it started off good. It looks really good straight from the container!

Mmm. looks delish!

The yogurt part itself was very thick, kind of tangy, and almost has a cream cheese flavor. The fruit on the bottom was a bit of a let down, it had a super tangy strawberry flavor, and really was  not sweet at all. There was also some kind of  lemony flavor in this yogurt, and also some type of awkward flavor going on. I can’t say I’m a big fan =(

Overall, 2 stars. I really loved how thick it was, but I really did not like the taste.

1 container is 160 calories, 0 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar and 14 grams of protein.

Dont forget these two awesome giveaways! Nature’s Path and NutraSea DHA !

20 Apr 2011, Comments (8)

Another giveaway!!!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Yea I said it.. TWO giveaways in ONE week here on HealthNuttxo!!

but first, a few words. I was provided two bottles, one of the NutraSea DHA and NutraVege for free from Ascenta Health.

The NutraSea DHA is according to the bottle, an “ultra-pure, great tasting omega-3” and “Beneficial for cardiovascular health and brain function” The NutraVege , according to the bottle, is a “high potency DHA, GLA & SDA vegetarian supplement”, and is a “vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids beneficial for the maintenance of good health“.

They both pretty much had the same texture and flavor. A pale yellow in color, very thick and oily in consistency, with just a very mild citrus flavor. I tried them by the spoonful, but I think the next time I use them I am going to mix it with something else that is flavored to make it more enjoyable.

Now, aside from this awesome Nature’s Path Giveaway here,  Ascenta would like to give one bottle of the NutraSea DHA to one lucky U.S. Winner!!

How to enter? Please leave a comment on this post for each entry

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment on any of my reviews!

Optional

2. Tweet about this giveaway with “@healthnuttxo” and the link in the tweet *may tweet more than once if you want- each tweet is one extra entry!!
3. Mention this giveaway on your blog
4. Add me to your blogroll

Contest ends Monday April 25th 2011 at 9am .

18 Apr 2011, Comments (52)

Nature’s Path GIVEAWAY!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hey everyone!

In honor of Earth Day coming up (THIS FRIDAY, April 22nd!!), the lovely people over at Nature’s Path asked me to host a giveaway for one lucky winner to get some of their tasty goodies, like the Love Crunch granola, Crunchy Maple Sunrise, and Pumpkin-n-Spice Granola bars!


So, how to enter for your chance to win these awesome products? (U.S. only), please leave a comment for EACH entry.

Mandatory

1. How are you celebrating Earth Day 2011?

Optional


2. Tweet about this giveaway, mentioning my name “@healthnuttxo” and the link!
3. Add me to your blogroll!

Contest ends Saturday, April 23rd 11 am.

GOOD LUCK!! 🙂

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