Archives: February 2012

I dont know about you, but I LOVE cranberry juice. Tart, yet sweet, and just delicious. One thing about juice? Super easy to drink, and full of calories. Which is good if it’s 100% fruit juice and your only having a glass every now and then, but if leaves me feeling unsatisfied (still hungry!!) and I always want more!

So, I was contacted to see if I wanted to try Cranberry Naturals Cranberry Apple and Cranberry Grape Juice Cocktails for free. According to the bottles, these are reduced calorie juice cocktails that are sweetened with truvia. They also have no HFCS (yay!) and have “no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners”.

Sounds good to me!

I tried the Cranberry Apple flavor first.

It had a yummy apple juice smell to it, with just a hint of cranberry.  It definitely tasted like a hybrid of apple and cranberry juice. The sweetness of the apple blended with the tartness of the cranberry. It wasn’t as sweet as usual and had a more milder flavor, but was still pretty good. I actually really liked it!

Next up, the Cranberry Grape flavor.

I liked this one even more! I could certainly taste more of the grape flavor, but since it wasn’t super sweet it took on more of a white grape juice flavor. The cranberry flavor got a little bit lost, but there was still a mild tartness to it that I enjoyed.

Overall, these are delicious! I honestly could not really tell it was a reduced calorie drink, because the sweetness and flavor were both present in each flavor. I would love to buy these in the future and introduce them to you guys!

(Scroll down for a giveaway!)

4 stars


SO, want to try them for yourself?!

One winner (United States only) will win 4 coupons for free bottles of the juice cocktail!

How to enter:
*MANDATORY*

1. What’s your favorite type of juice? If you don’t drink juice, why not?

OPTIONAL but encouraged :o)

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Giveaway ends March 8th, 12 PM. Good luck!

New product alert! I was contacted to see if I wanted to try some new bars for free from Kraft! They are the MilkBite Milk & Granola Bars, that come in two flavors, Chocolate and Strawberry.

What’s different about these bars? You have to refrigerate them! As the box indicated, they are “made with real milk”, so it’s best to “store in the fridge!” And….gotta love that they have as much calcium as a glass of milk! (8 oz)

I opened up the boxes of the Chocolate and Strawberry MilkBite bars and noticed they were standard sized granola bars. Not too big, not too small, about the size of my hand. Here’s what they looked like unwrapped

I tried the chocolate one first (for obvious reasons). Upon first bite….love! It was chewy yet still dense, and really good. It reminded me of cookie dough upon my first bite- like the little pieces you get in ice cream. So yummy! It didn’t have an overpowering chocolate flavor, but more like accented with chocolate flavor. It also reminded me of those Chocolate Chip Chewy Bars by Quaker. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and really quite enjoyable.  I mean really…what’s not to love about a granola bar that provides calcium and tastes like cookie dough!?

Next up, the strawberry flavor. This one was also good, but definitely sweeter. It had that tangy yet sweet strawberry flavor, and a white drizzle on top of the bar that reminded me of white chocolate. The dried pieces of strawberry in the bar added a nice touch. I noticed that this bar was softer than the chocolate flavored one, and a bit more chewy.

Overall, both are winners, and both are unique. I think they are good to eat before the gym, which is probably what I will do since I dont want the bar sitting my in my bag all day if it should be refrigerated. I think it depends on my mood for which one I want to eat. Chocolate and more savory? Chocolate flavor! If I want more of a fruity and fresh flavor, and perhaps a bit more sweet, strawberry flavor! These were a bit high in saturated fat and sugar, but not too bad. Overall, 4 stars.

Red= strawberry nutrition, Brown= chocolate nutrition


18 Feb 2012, Comments (0)

Zico Premium Chocolate Coconut Water

Author: Healthnuttxo

I know what you might be thinking if your not a foodie or don’t like to stray beyond the “norm” when it comes to foods and beverages- coconut water? Chocolate coconut water?

Well…..don’t. Especially if it’s this one, Zico Premium Chocolate Coconut Water. It’s SO GOOD!

I picked it up at the store after I felt like I needed a little boost. It was one of those days. Those slept through my alarm clock, couldn’t find the appropriate outfit to wear, and walked too close to the edge of the sidewalk so a car came and splashed a puddle on me days.

*sigh*

What I really needed was a giant cookie (and maybe a hug), but for some reason, this gem called my name.

It reminded me a lot of chocolate milk. Sweet but not overly sweet, but with a yummy chocolate flavor, but I can tell it was dark chocolate. However, I’m not a big dark chocolate fan at ALL, and I was really happy drinking this, as it was a mild “dark” flavor. I didn’t really taste any coconut, which I dont know if I was supposed to or not since it’s water from coconut. It was thinner in consistency than milk would be, but still had a creamy taste.

Overall, I really liked it! I would definitely buy it again. Unique, and delicious :). And look at those health benefits!

4 stars


Ohhhhhhhhh man. Who knew they even MADE popcorn like this right? Dark Fudge Chocolate Chip KETTLEcorn? That’s like chocolate on top of amazing-ness….Am I right?

I got this bag for free from the company, but I highly recommend you go out and buy yourself one. Seriously.  There are no words for this popcorn besides that it’s one of the best things I have ever eaten (have I ever lied to you before???)

You want sweet? check. You want salty? check. You want CHOCOLATE? check! You get all three! (Ok…now onto the review, since I’m starting to sound like a TV Advertisement (“but that’s not all!!…” ;] )

The sweet and sugary tasting kettlecorn was crunchy and also had a bit of saltiness going on. Almost every piece of popcorn had some chocolate on top of it. The chocolate coating was rich, smooth and sweet, and just the perfect addition to the kettlecorn. It did have a dark chocolate flavor, but was also sweet enough that a milk-chocolate lover like myself could enjoy it.

This popcorn was like a twist on chocolate covered pretzels. So many delicious flavors, all in one! And seriously addictive. I would be lying if I told you I only had one serving (jokes!). Good thing the serving size was rather decent, I weighed a nice portion of it, and it was only a little bit over 28 grams (the serving size).

On the down side (womp womp), this snack is kind of high in sugar ( 12 grams per serving) and saturated fat ( 4.5 grams per serving). BUT, it’s so good! Eat in moderation (and…don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting!!) and you are good to go. This is a must try! 4.5 stars

If you could drizzle anything on popcorn, what would it be? Uhh peanut butter and jelly popcorn anyone?? (hints to you, Popcorn, Indiana!)

Source

I’m hesitant to post anything even mentioning the word “snow”. It may be bad luck. So far, where I live, we lucked out and got little to hardly ANY of the white fluffy stuff. And, call me boring, but I’m glad. I hate snow. 1-2 inches? Sure. Enough to get the ground looking pretty and the feel of winter really in the air. 1-2 feet of snow? Me hauling the shovel for 2 hours with frostbitten fingers and then a useless back the next day and sore body? Driving in that slippery stuff to get to work? Looking at the gray, gross and dirty snow a few days after the storm? Noooo. Me no likey.

SO, if it snows upon me posting this review, I apologize. And if it snows upon me posting this review and you like snow, then, hey, you’re welcome! But if it actually does snow I may be freaked out just a tad…

ANYWAY- I went to Crumbs Bake Shop and ordered the Chocolate Snowball Cupcake. It just appealed to me. It didn’t have a ton of toppings, and was simple, shiny and looked really good. Come to think of it, I’m not a big sprinkles person, and this cupcake was rimmed with sprinkles, so I don’t really know why I bought it. Impulse buy. *Sigh*

However, I am glad I got it! It was $3.75, which isn’t too terrible but also not cheap, and I usually only eat half a a time anyway because it has a lot of sugar (like any dessert).

The top was a thick chocolatey layer, almost waxy in consistency, and dark chocolate in flavor. I almost wish it was a milk chocolate rather than a dark chocolate flavor, as it was a tad bit bitter. I can see why they added the dark chocolate layer, perhaps to balance out the cupcake, but I would have preferred a more milk chocolate icing/frosting flavor.

The sprinkles on the side were softer than I expected, but still added a tiny bit of crunch, and some added chocolate flavor. Underneath the chocolate layer, was a layer of chocolate mousse . I wasn’t crazy about the mousse- it was a bit too tangy for me. It had a bit of a cream cheese flavor which I didn’t really enjoy, but I did like the soft, thick and smooth texture. Lastly, my favorite part, the cake. A delicious chocolate cake- rich, moist, and fudgy, it tasted like a brownie but had cake consistency. I don’t know what they do, but  I ALWAYS like the cake part of their cupcakes! (at least the ones I have tried so far!)

Overall, a pretty good cupcake. I have yet to find a cupcake at Crumbs that I love 100%, but I will keep looking (and reviewing!!) until I find one. However, this one gets 3 1/2 stars, because it was tasty, and not as sugary-sweet as I expected it to taste.

Oh…bonus! This cupcake has only 400 calories– not bad considering I’ve seen some hefty caloric cupcakes at this place!

3 Feb 2012, Comments (2)

Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing

Author: Healthnuttxo

I never was much of a salad person until recently. I always would rather eat something more substantial for a meal, like a protein with a veggie and a carb, rather than a salad. However, if paired correctly, a salad actually can be meal-worthy and quite satisfying. Plus…you get to eat croutons and really, who doesn’t like buttery salty and delicious croutons!?!? =)

So, I bought my salad, piled it high of greens and flavored chicken (um…and the croutons) and skipped buying dressing as well since I had this gem, the Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing waiting for me at home.  Here’s a close-up

Now- Honey mustard is usually either awesome, or not good at all. Some are way too spicy, some too tangy, and some have a weird aftertaste. Yet, there’s always a brand every now and then that’s actually quite good. So, I gave this one a try.

Let me tell you, one bite of lettuce coated in this dressing and I was hooked. Can you say- yummy!?!?

It was tangy, yet sweet. I actually checked how much sugar was in a serving, and it had 5 grams per 2 tbsp. which is a bit high in my opinion, but also explains the sweetness. I could really taste the honey, which paired with the tiny bit of salty flavor. This dressing was just so good! It had a little bit of tang from the mustard, but really not too tangy or spicy. In fact, it had the perfect level of spice to it. Although- I did get a forkful that had a LOT of dressing and I got a mild sensation in my nose which I’m assuming is from the mustard. (hey senses- time to wake up!!)

The consistency was impressive too. I find with light dressings sometimes they are very watery in texture. This one had a medium consistency, where it was thick yet still pourable and didn’t slide off all my lettuce and end up on the bottom of the place (pet peeve….).

Overall, definitely one of the best honey mustards I have ever had. So delicious. One thing to note is that it’s hard to NOT eat 2 servings. I used the dressing kind of sparingly and still ended up using about 56 grams, which is almost 2 full servings. Gotta watch out for that sodium and sugar- it creeps up! This gets 4.5 stars from me

What’s your favorite dressing?


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