Archives: April 2014

Whether you are dieting, watching your salt intake, or just like to cook, spices and seasonings have the utmost importance when it comes to giving bland foods some flavor (think: chicken breast, egg whites, etc.)

Spike sent me some of their Gourmet Natural Seasonings. Two of my favorites have been the Onion-Magic! and Garlic-Magic! flavors. Both of these are salt free- which is great because I live in a household where high blood pressure is common, and excess table salt is NOT needed. (I actually have LOW blood pressure, and need the salt, but I was interested in trying these out anyway!)

First one up- the Garlic Magic! This one had a very nice garlic flavor. It was not salty, as it is salt free, but what i liked about it was that you could really intensify the garlic flavor in a dish, without adding a load of sodium. So my entire family could eat whatever we seasoned the Garlic-Magic! with, and anyone who wanted additional salt could add it to their own dish. I also liked that it didn’t leave a bad aftertaste or unsettled feeling. Garlic (for me at least) sometimes causes indigestion, and this spice left me feeling good afterwards. I sprinkled it on shrimp and broccoli with a little butter for a nice tasty, salt free, low carb dish!

Next, the Onion- Magic! My mother actually took this one from me she liked it so much (thief!!!). We sprinkled it in mashed potatoes, and then used it on home fries. It was good!! It smelled delicious when it was cooking, and had a pleasant onion flavor, without being salty or overpowering.

Lastly, we tried the 5 Herb- Magic! Again, it was salt free! We sprinkled this one on chicken breast (ugh…I am so SICK of chicken breast! Gotta keep it interesting, right??) I thought it was a great compliment to the chicken. It had a strong flavor from the herbs, but was not overpowering in the slightest. This particular spice blend had rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme and marjoram. I am 100% unsure what marjoram is, but it sounds pretty cool, so there you go 😉

Overall, I think these are worth a try, especially if you have to watch your salt intake. As a total, I give them 4 star rating.

[Below is Nutritional Information for the Garlic-Magic! spice]


Time for a review…of my absolute kryptonite! Peanut butter!

Seriously though…I can refuse any baked good in front of me, but put a jar of peanut butter and a spoon nearby, and you’ll find me melting.

I go through the temptation  thoughts like Spongebob with water when he visits Sandy for the first time.
“I don’t need it…
I don’t need it…
I DEFINITELY don’t need it…

… I   N E E D   IT !!! ”

But, alas, here I am reviewing two peanut butters from Pacific Beach. I will say I DID practice portion control, measured on my scale, and then left the jar in the other room so I didn’t finish a jar in 2 days (I made it to 3!!! [just kidding!])

The first one up- the “Our Signature” peanut butter spread.
2 tbsp is 152 calories, 12 g fat (3 saturated), 51 mg sodium, 9 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams sugar,  4 grams protein.
This one is gluten free (WAS gluten free I should say…that jar is long gone)
This…was unbelievable. I’m not going to lie, I am biased with peanut butter bc well I love peanut butter, but THIS was SO GOOD. It was sweet and creamy, but also had bits of peanuts in it so it had a bit of a crunch. It had a white chocolate flavor to it, was a bit buttery tasting..UGH it was SO GOOD! It had the perfect balance of sweetness too-not too sweet where it felt sugary. Just right. The only thing that kept my guilt at bay was it was 152 calories for 2 Tbsp as opposed to the usual 190 cals. WOO!!
5 stars

Next up, the Organic Valencia peanut butter.
2 tbsp is 168 calories, 14 g fat (2 saturated), 58 mg sodium, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams protein.

This one was also tasty, although definitely more moderate in flavor. I think it could have used a tad more salt, and was a teeny bit bland. But, still a good peanut butter. Again, it was creamy but also had chunks of peanuts in it giving it a bit of a crunch. A nice thick spread, that could easily be spread on bread or eaten from the jar (somehow I always dangerously choose the latter…). I think this is a good nut butter to pair with jelly on a sandwich bc it’s a good base. This one is gluten free and sugar free. I almost wish it had a pinch of sugar or something to bring out more flavor. 3 1/2 stars.

Overall, some tasty treats! I would love to try more from Pacific Beach, because I think their other flavors sounds phenomenal as well. However, currently trying to lean out for summer and I have NO self control around this stuff…bc it is too damn good.

How many of you are peanut butter addicts like myself? It’s so good it hurts!! D:

8 Apr 2014, Comments (0)

Quest Bar RECIPES!

Author: Healthnuttxo

So as you may all know, I am a big fan of Quest Bars. I have done the following reviews on them where I really enjoy the taste and nutrition.

Cookies n Cream Quest Bar (um…can we say better than a sandwich cookie?)

Chocolate Peanut Butter, Strawberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Supreme Quest Bars (because who doesn’t like dessert flavored Quest bars?)

Lemon Cream Pie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Apple Pie Quest Bars (Apple Pie= noms)

Cinnamon Roll and Coconut Cashew Quest Bars (both just AMAZING)

Of all the Quest Bars, Cinnamon Roll, Coconut Cashew, and Cookies n Cream are my favorites 🙂

So, I was shared by Predator Nutrition a nice booklet of some Quest Bar recipes! You can access it here. The Peanut Butter Pop Tart recipe sounds like it would be my favorite!

If anyone ends up trying any recipe, let me know-
OR if you have your own favorite Quest Bar recipe, Leave me a comment!

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