Archives: August 2012

21 Aug 2012, Comments (4)

Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

I admit…I’ve been in a Special K rut for years. Now I hardly have cereal for breakfast, but every now and then (especially high cardio mornings) I like to have a bowl with some milk for some carbs and protein to keep me going. Well…since I’m trying to refrain from wheat, I skipped the Special K and went for the Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal (I still love you, wheat!)

So I poured a bowl (err…1 cup). I noticed some chex were very sugary/cinnamony and others quite plain as the picture depicts above. Dry…I LOVE the cereal! The plain ones added some crunch, but were, well, relatively plain and bland. The sugary and cinnamony ones were so good :] They tasted like Cinnamon Toast Crunch Squares and were sweet and delicious. I noticed a light apple flavor but nothing too overpowering. When I poured milk onto the cereal…the cereal’s flavor went quite downhill. The flavor dissipated and the cereal was basically crunchy squares (at first at least) that tasted like Corn Flakes.

Overall, a good cereal. I wish it was a bit more “apple-y” in flavor, and I wish the flavor didn’t vanish so much in milk, but I suppose that can’t really be prevented (who knows? I know nothing about the cereal making business haha). The serving size is also a bit small (3/4 cup) and the cereal is low in fiber, with 8 grams of sugar per serving. That being said, this cereal gets 3 1/2 stars overall.

RE-review! I reviewed one of the PB Crave flavors recently, and thought it was okay. Little did I know that the peanut butters over at PB Crave were remade and I had a batch that was prior to the remake! Luckily, the nice people over at PB Crave offered to let me try their products for free, and being the peanut butter lover I am, I happily obliged 🙂

Once I got the package….I admit I tried all 4 on the spot. (Couldn’t help myself). 4 spoons and 4 forks later (a friend of mine tried it with me!) I happily tasted each and every one of the PB Crave Peanut butters. What I liked is that each jar of peanut butter was VERY creamy, and had little oil separation (if any). Just  a quick stir and voila! Ready to eat, and not too messy. Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE natural peanut butters because they don’t have hydrogenated oils, but I hate that sometimes it takes a good 10 minutes to stir a jar of peanut butter -.-

Anyway-

First up- COOKIE NOOKIE! How could I not try this one first…it had the word cookie in it 😉
This peanut butter has “wild honey, chocolate chips, [and] cookie dough flavor” according to the jar. Upon first taste….I like it 🙂

It was sweet, but not too sweet, and I could definitely taste the cookie flavor. It wasn’t super salty like the last batch I tried, and really quite good. I noticed some chocolate chips at the bottom of the jar, but that was really it. Not much but a few specs at the bottom. It had a nice vanilla flavor in the beginning, which seemed to dissipate as time went on. I also noticed I needed a glass of water, or milk, with this peanut butter. Sticky! However,  very good. This one gets 4 stars.

Next, Razzle Dazzle. This one had “wild honey, dark chocolate, white cocoa butter drops, [and] natural raspberry flavor” according to the front of the jar. I could CERTAINLY smell the raspberry upon opening the jar. I noticed that the flavors were mild. A mild white chocolate flavor and a mild raspberry flavor, neither overpowering or too sweet. My friend said she thought the raspberry flavor tasted a bit artificial. However, it was pretty good, and my friend did agree with me that the “aftertaste was pleasant”. This one also gets 4 stars

Next up, Choco Choco. This one had “wild honey [and] sweet & dark chocolate” in it, according to the label. I thought this one was like a dark chocolate Reeses candy, that wasn’t as sweet and had more peanut butter in it. In other words…I liked it =D . It had that sweet and salty thing going on, and was super creamy. I did notice that the chocolate flavor was mild, and a bit bitter. I almost wish they used just milk chocolate and made it a bit sweeter, but otherwise it was good. 4 stars

Lastly, the Coco Banana. This one had “wild honey, chocolate, [and] natural banana flavor”, according to the label. The flavor of the banana was relatively mild. It was salty and a bit sweet, but nothing overpowering at all. I didn’t really taste the chocolate part, which I found a little disappointing. This one was good, but I’d rather smear it on am actual banana rather than eat it from the jar. 3 stars

Overall, some yummy peanut butters. I wish the flavors were a bit stronger, such as stronger raspberry or banana or chocolate flavors, as it seems the peanut butter masked a bit of the flavors in each jar. However, I like that the sugar content of each peanut butter was relatively low, as was the sodium. So, I definitely recommend trying these!

Which one would you try if you had the option to?

Here is the nutrition for Cookie Nookie, although most jars are relatively the same (give or take).

12 Aug 2012, Comments (0)

Topricin Pain Relief & Healing Cream

Author: Healthnuttxo

Alright! Not a food (obviously) but something new for me to try. Topricin, a “Pain Relief & Healing Cream”. At first when I offered to review this product (free for me, given to me by the company) I thought…hmm…do I even really have that much pain.

Uh…YES. I’m just “used” to it, so it’s not that prevalent anymore! Hysterical, I know, and borderline ridiculous.

They gave me a few to try, also including a Kids version for pain and things like bug bites. Today’s review is of the Pain Relief & Therapeutic Healing Cream, and the Foot Therapy Cream.

I tried the Foot Therapy Cream first.

I have on and off achilles heel pain, as well as very high arches which leads to pain if I run too much/don’t wear supportive shoes, or am just on my feet all day. Which brings me to…I am mostly on my feet all day long! So I thought this one would be perfect.

I put it on my feet and lower calves, and noticed it was creamy and non greasy. It absorbed fairly well and had no smell to it, which I really liked. Let’s be honest…some foot creams are STINKY! But this one didn’t have a scent at all. I also liked that this cream was “safe for diabetics”, as listed on the box.

The next morning, my feet felt refreshed. I felt a little less achy and I think the cream helped take some of the swelling that can occur.

For this one… 3.5 stars.

Then, I tried the Therapeutic Healing Cream by Topricin. I applied it to my neck/upper trapezius muscles, as I carry a heavy back pack for most of the day and I was feeling sore and achy there. I noticed that the first application applied easily, had no smell and was creamy. THe 2nd application left a bit of residue, as I guess my skin was already saturated with the cream. The pain did subside, but not completely. It did help, don’t get me wrong, but I noticed in an hour or so the pain was back.

For this one…3 stars.

Overall, I like the creams! I think they help with mild pain and I liked how the foot cream worked. I recommend you try them if you experience mild pain, or are active and always on the move like me!

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