Archives: August 2014

If there is one food that I love…it is beef! I used to avoid beef like the plague…for whatever reason…but since I reintroduced it back into my diet a little over a year ago, I can’t get enough! Meatballs, burgers, I love it all. However, beef usually pays a price in my diet. It is either super delicious, and high in fat and calories, or, still tasty but rather dry, and thus lower in fat and calories.

So, I was excited when Cluck’n Moo offered me to try their Grass Fed Beef & Chicken Burgers. Not to be confused as two separate products…they are one burger, meshed together! These burgers are made without any antibiotic use, have 52% less fat than the USDA standard for ground beef  and 34% less calories than the  USDA standard for ground beef (according to the package).  I was super excited to try these!

By the time I got the package, it was in a cooler but partially thawed out, so I figured why not cook them now? I fryed them up in a frying pan over medium low heat with some non stick cooking spray. I did not add any seasonings except a sprinkle of sea salt. I noticed that the burger raw was very soft.

While cooking, I cut it open to see if it was done, and juices just POURED out! I’ve never seen such a juicy burger before!
Naturally, I cooked it a little longer. Normally a little pink would not bother me for a burger BUT you have to remember that there is raw chicken in this burger as well, and raw chicken is a HUGE no no!

After it was done, I put a piece of cheese on top.
The burger did shrink a little bit after cooking, as most do, and ended up being about the size of a little bit bigger than my palm. I had it plain, no bun, with some veggies, and sorry NOT sorry, I ended up eating 2 in one sitting. These were GOOD!

They are super tender, and very moist. It honestly tastes exactly like it was 100% beef. You cannot tell there is chicken in it, and I love that. It was not dry or tough at all. It had the flavor of an 85-90% lean beef burger, but was definitely more moist. I knew it was a hit when someone in my house came downstairs and asked for a hamburger…he had no idea!

Overall, I am giving these 4 1/2 stars. I love that they are grass fed, no antibiotic use, and lower in calories and fat. There are still around 11 grams of fat per patty,with 4 of that saturated, so that deducts half a star, however, I would rather eat some fat in a burger and scrimp on fat elsewhere in my diet. DEEE-lish!!!

Here are the nutritional facts:

This is a sponsored post. I also received the product to try for free. My review is 100% unbiased.
22 Aug 2014, Comments (2)

Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions beverage

Author: Healthnuttxo

I received some free samples of the Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions beverages, in 3 different flavors. I received Brasilia Bluberry, Limu Lemon, and Tanzania Lemonade Tea.

I must be honest, I feel like I have definitely seen these in stores before but never thought to buy them for whatever reason. But alas! Now I have no choice but to try them!

Each bottle is made with superfruit, or as the bottle says “the outside” of the coffee fruit…”coffee’s secret superfruit”. The company then “infuse[s] the antioxidant power of the superfruit, add[s] a splash of exotic fruit juices and voila! You have naturally sweetened, free-radical crushing Bai 5”.

Each bottle I received has 35 mg of caffeine in it per serving, and 5 calories per serving, They are sweeteend naturally with organic stevia extract and erythritol.

First up, the Brasilia Blueberry. This one is very tasty. It tastes like you ate a handful of fresh blueberries and that sweet, fruity flavor is left in your mouth. It is sweet, and you could swear it is sweetened with sugar, but alas, it is not! However, it does not have any bitter flavor that stevia can sometimes provide, and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. I REALLY like this one. I did this review at 8 pm and had to stop myself from guzzling the whole bottle from the caffeine unless I would be up all night! 4 1/2 stars

Next up.  Limu Lemon. This one had a strong scent of lemonade. Again, it was delicious. Tasted almost exactly like a fresh squeezed lemonade, and had just the right amount of tartness. It was sweet, but also irked on the more tart side. I like it because unlike lemon flavored drinks I have had, it did not leave a funky feeling in the back of my throat or on my tongue. Just pure refreshment. 4 stars

Lastly, the Tanzania Lemonade Tea. This one reminded me of those half & half products, where the beverage is half lemonade and half iced tea. It was sweet, and definitely had lemon/lemonade flavor to it, but also a bit of an iced tea flavor. I found it a little duller in sweetness than the other 2, but it was still rather enjoyable. 4 stars

Overall, bravo Bai 5!!! I really like these! If I see these in stores, I will definitely be picking some up. As a diabetic, it’s hard to find “sugar free” alternatives that will not spike my blood sugar that actually taste good and not too chemically. Woo!!

I got two free items from Art Bird to do a review of! I never heard of the company, but after looking at the website and some of their products, I was certainly interested.

I chose the Lunch & Liberty Shoulder bag in “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” and the Nuts & Bolts bag in the “Lucky in Love” option. As displayed, the Lunch & Liberty Shoulder bag is larger, and according to the website, it has a food safe lining, adjustable shoulder strap, can be easily sponge cleaned. It has a mesh pocket on the inside, where I put a waterbottle, and plenty of room. Here’s a sneak peak.

The bag costs $29.99, but again, I was sent it for free.

I used this bag when I did my Spartan race! I kept a few water bottles in it, a yogurt, some snacks, and a frozen water bottle in it in a hot car while I participated in the race. So, the sun was beaming on the car for roughly 4-5 hours, and my stuff stayed cold! I was impressed. I also really liked the bag. The Beatles are one of my favorites, and I could not resist that design. The bag was very soft, had a sturdy plastic zipper, but it did not open/close easily without trying. However, the strap was easy to adjust. 4 stars

The Nuts & Bolts (Lucky in Love) (value of $9.95) bag was more oriented toward snacks, a sandwich, or the tag even suggested to use it to carry things such as makeup. The website stated it was insulated as well, so I put a sandwich in it that I had refrigerated overnight. It is held closed by a large piece of velcro. Sadly, it did not keep my sandwich cold, but it did prevent it from being smushed in my bag so that was a plus. As a plus, as the website states, it is Earth friendly because you can use this instead of plastic bags. Woo! The bag was also awfully pretty, I think I will use it for makeup. I will have to give it 3 stars based on sandwich use/ keeping things cold, but for snacks and other things, I would give it a higher rating of a 4.

Overall, worth a try! They have some really pretty designs. Check them out!

6 Aug 2014, Comments (5)

CredibleCravings organic whole food bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

I have a new product to review!

CredibleCravings sent me a few of their organic whole food bars to try. According to the label, these bars are “developed to support the nutritional needs of women before, during, and after pregnancy”. They are organic, have no GMOs, have probiotics, free of soy, and are made with no artificial sweeteners. And ALTHOUGH I am not pregnant… I could still use some whole goodness in my life!

The bars come in 3 flavors- Lemon Ginger Greens, Oatmeal Cranberry, and Chocolate. *Naturally* I tried the chocolate flavor first 🙂

The chocolate flavor is on the sweeter side, and has almost a raspberry flavor to it. It is dense, chewy and very moist, with chocolate chips scattered throughout the bar, and a prominent chocolate flavor. There is a slight crunch to it, probably from some of the added seeds. Some bites were a little on the sweet side, but it was very good! My favorite of the 3. 4 stars

Next, the Lemon Ginger Greens, was my least favorite of the 3. The flavor was okay. If I had a word to describe it, it would be “earthy”. I could almost taste the kale or some type of green the bar was made with. The lemon flavor was definitely there, some bites more prominent than others. The bigger lemon flavor I detected, the better I liked the bar. The ginger was sort of an aftertaste, but it provided just a zing of flavor on the tongue. It was okay, but I wouldn’t eat it again. However, I have had some “greens” types of bars and this is definitely one of the better ones. 2 1/2 stars

Lastly, Oatmeal Cranberry. This bar was good too! It was on the sweeter side, with a nice cranberry flavor. It had a little bit of tartness, but not too much, and just the perfect amount of sweetness to balance it out. The bar reminded me of oatmeal, and almost had a “hearty” texture to it from the oats and the crunch from the seeds. I enjoyed this one. I would eat it again. 4 stars

Here is a pic of the bars: Top= Chocolate, Middle= Oatmeal Cranberry, Bottom= Lemon Ginger Greens

And the nutritional information:

Thanks CredibleCravings!

Note: I received these bars for free. This is an unbiased review.

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