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21 Oct 2019, Comments (0)

Bela Harmony herb infused Wellness Drink

Author: Healthnuttxo

Bela Harmony herb-infused drinks were inspired by Ayurveda, a somewhat sister of yoga, aimed to support overall mind and body wellbeing.

So what’s in the drink?

It’s a blend of 6 herbs, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals (like potassium and magnesium, to replenish what we may lose in a workout) and antioxidants. In particular, there is Turmeric, Ginger, Pepper extract, Tulsi and Shallaki (to be honest, I haven’t even heard of half of these!)

It comes in 3 flavors, I was sent the Elegant Tropical and Unsweetened variety (but also comes in Delicate Berry).

The drinks have 0 sugar, 0 caffeine, are gluten free and vegan.

Elegant Tropical:  reminds me of a light tea flavored drink, with a tiny bit of a kick. I can definitely taste the stevia (which isn’t my favorite) and it is particularly on the sweeter side. It almost has a fruity, lemony flavor with a hint of turmeric. I think it would be too strong to drink intra-workout for me but perhaps after, over a glass with ice in it. I find the flavors particularly strong, however, I let my Mom try one and she really enjoyed it, she states she found it very smooth and refreshing. 3 stars from me.

Unsweetened, no added flavor: This flavor is a little less overpowering for me. You can definitely taste more of the herbs – a basil and turmeric blend. Not sweet, but refreshing. It reminded me of a cup of black tea mixed with a bit of a lemony flavor. I actually preferred this one a bit over the Elegant Tropical. Again, Mom likes both J   3 stars

Overall, while they weren’t my cup of tea, I do like what the company is promoting. And hey! Taste is subjective. I try to always get feedback from others when doing a review. Tea and herbal flavors is definitely something that is very subjective, as displayed with my Mom really enjoying these beverages and me, not so much. However, if you are big into herbal teas I would definitely give this a try.

DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free, from the company. This is an unbiased review.

Always looking for more ways to incorporate veggies into my diet, I jumped at the opportunity to try Mozaics Organic chips, made with both potatoes and other fun veggies!

I was sent the BBQ and Sea salt variety — which just happen to be my 2 favorite flavor of chips. I will admit, I am not a big snacker with chips only because they are often fatty, greasy and offer little to no satiety. However, these chips have some fiber and protein, are organic, kosher, gluten free, are lower in fat and the first ingredient? Peas!!! They are also made with black beans and potatoes.

What’s fun about these chips is you can actually see the peas – there are tiny green flakes in the chips which I am assuming would be the peas.

They are both crunchy, air popped and non-greasy. There will be no wiping your greasy hand on your shirt with these chips ( I know you do it)! I wouldn’t have known they were made with peas (by flavor) unless you told me. They taste like a combination of a soy chip, a rice cake and a potato chip all in one!

1 oz (23 chips or so) is roughly 100-110 calories, 3 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrate, 3-4 grams of fiber, 3-4 grams of protein. Not bad for a snack!

The BBQ variety has a slightly sweet, almost honey BBQ flavor to it. It’s not spicy nor too overpowering, but a nice mild BBQ flavor. Not too salty either, which I like. Just the right amount of flavor. 4 stars

The Sea Salt variety has a bit more of a predominant pea/edamame type flavor. I wish actually they were a tad bit more salty — but still good flavor. They were a tad on the dry side though- make sure you have a drink nearby. These are more on the bland side, and I wish they had just something else to make them pop. 3 stars

Overall, not bad, I like these! My only complaint is they are pretty fragile — I believe half my bag was broken into crumbs that resembled rice cakes once I received them in the mail. But I suppose that’s more of a packaging concern than a chip concern. Give these a try and let me know how you like them!

DISCLAIMER: I recieved these to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

16 Jun 2019, Comments (0)

Silvon Bedding

Author: Healthnuttxo

Bedding for better skin? Hmm…This I have to try.

I’ll admit, the Instagram ad got me. Basically I was scrolling IG as usual, saw an ad for “35$ pillow case or $100 acne cream?” and well…it got me.

I’ve suffered with acne for the past 5-6 years, with it’s peak the past 3 years. However, we can likely contribute that partially on the horrible stress of a rigorous graduate program. I’ve tried everything. Creams, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, eliminating dairy and refined sugar. So fine, I caved. At age 27, I still have acne, mostly isolated to my neck, behind the ears, shoulders, and side of my face… Could my pillowcase, in fact, be doing me dirty!? (no pun intended, To be fair, I never wear makeup to bed and wash my sheets 1-2x a week!)

I decided to purchase the pillow case and fitted bed sheet. & it wasn’t cheap. & if I told my mom I paid $120 for a sheet and a pillow case, she may scream at me. But I am 27 and I deserve to buy what I want without my mother forever telling me to “save my money” so… here we go!

Silvon bedding is made with organic cotton and woven with silver, which acts as an anti-microbial. According to the website, “Silver carries a naturally positive charge and bacteria carries a naturally negative charge. These opposing charges are what makes silver and bacteria attracted to each other. Silver then breaks bacteria’s cell wall and destroys it before it has a chance to reproduce.” I like it. I like the science.

But Silver? So am I going to be sleeping on scratchy sheets? I was tentative to hit the purchase button, afraid the sheets would cause my overly annoyingly sensitive skin to break out (ironically).

HOWEVER, these sheets are so smooth! They are soft, smooth, and with a silky feel. They are also cool to the touch which is a HUGE plus for me, because even in the dead of winter, ya girl is sweating. Seriously.

Okay, so I know I bought a king sized pillow case– I have a rather large tempurpedic pillow, which I normally use a queen sized pillowcase that fits perfect, if not snug. WHY is the King sized pillow case so LONG!? Not a huge deal…but I think that might be an error on their part. Or maybe mine. Who knows.

I purchased Twin XL bed sheet, which also was TOO BIG for my mattress, which is a twin with a thick mattress topper. Again, not a huge deal, but it will not fit snug like my other brands do.


What’s more annoying than the case being too long is this STAIN that was on the pillowcase after washing ONE time. I do not use benzoyl peroxide on my face (ruined too many sheets and towels with that), I do not use bleach in my wash (I used scent free, gentle detergent). I always wash my face before bed. So what gives Silvon?

Okay that’s all fine…but How did the acne hold up?

TO BE FAIR, since I graduated, my stress levels have declined, my sleep has improved, and my skin was clearing before I purchased the sheets. However, I would still get break outs.

Since purchasing the pillowcase and bedsheet, my acne…is the same, maybe somewhat improved. Perhaps there are a few less breakouts around my neck and upper back, which is exposed to my sheets.

Will I swap my retinoid for a pillowcase?

No. I will continue to use the sheets. I like they are cool to the touch, made with organic cotton and maybe longer term they will reduce my acne. We shall see.

HOWEVER, due to the pricetag, the stain after washing once, and the poor fit of sheets, this gets a 3 star rating.

21 Sep 2018, Comments (0)

Vegan Smart All-in-One Nutritional Shake

Author: Healthnuttxo

Protein powder is a big staple in a lot of diets, especially those who are active, such as body builders and athletes, but also a great supplement to those who have a hard time ingesting protein or those who are dieting to help keep them full.

However, vegan options are relatively slim when it comes to protein powder, as most are made from Whey or Casein, which are animal-milk sourced. In comes Vegan Smart, who has made protein supplement with fiber, digestive enzymes, gluten free, dairy and soy free and some have additional benefits such as prebiotic fiber and Omega-3.

They sent me some samples of their vegan protein powder. I was pretty excited to try these, as I DO like protein powder, but whey is very hard on my stomach so I tend to avoid it entirely. Some fun facts:

  • The protein powders are made from peas, quinoa, chia, potato and chlorella.
  • They are 160-180 calories per serving with 20 grams of protein per serving
  • they have protease, amylase, lipase and bromelian for digestive enzymes
  • they contain medium chain triglycerides
  • certified vegan 
  • gluten free

I received 3 flavors, Cookies and Cream, Peaches & Cream, and Chocolate Raspberry. I mixed all the protein powder with almond milk.

Peaches & Cream:

  • mild peach flavor
  • stevia flavor prominent
  • pea protein flavor detectable
  • easy to mix, but recommend a NICE shake to get all the “bumps” out
  • went well with almond milk
  • good, but not my favorite. Needs more peach flavor/ less “stevia” based sweetness
  • 3 star

Chocolate Raspberry

  • mild chocolate flavor, more cocoa like in nature
  • very mild raspberry undertone
  • flavor is a bit muted, I think it needs a touch more sweetness
  • mildly sweet
  • Not my favorite, but good.
  • I think the chocolate raspberry balance is a bit off
  • blended it with ice and almond milk, wish I added a banana
  • 3 star

Cookies and Cream

  • this one was my favorite!
  • sweet and creamy
  • little baby cookie pieces
  • predominant vanilla flavor
  • stevia flavor is prominent once again
  • however, flavorful and tasty
  • 4 star

Overall, I enjoyed these. They may need a little extra TLC for mixing purposes, since pea protein can be a bit “gritty”. But, if you use a blender or just a shaker cup with a blender ball, you will be fine. I had no stomach issues and they kept me relatively satisfied post workout!

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

12 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Quest Nutrition Maple Waffle Protein Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m positive everyone has heard of Quest Nutrition by now…they have a wide variety of protein bars, protein powders and other products that are relatively low in net carbs, low in sugar, high in fiber, and…high in protein! I don’t know anyone in the fitness industry who hasn’t at least tried a Quest Bar…so it’s *kind of a big deal* when Quest comes out with a new flavor. (PS they have a pizza now which I am on the hunt for…)

Anyway, recently Quest dropped the Maple Waffle protein bar. As a caveat…maple is one of my *FAVORITE* flavors. Maple syrup on waffles, pancakes, eggs, toast, bacon…you name it, I like it. So needless to say I was pretty pumped about this.

Here’s what it looks like. And yes, just as Maple syrup would promise, it is sticky. 

Yes, very sticky. You will need a napkin. It will stick to the wrapper. This is not microwaved!

So…how’s the taste?

The taste is very similar to their Vanilla Almond bar, in fact, I think vanilla and almond is more of predominant flavor than maple. However, it does have a maple aftertaste, but it is overwhelming with that artificial sweetener flavor when you bite into a “gooey” maple syrup spot of the bar.

There are little crunchy bits scattered throughout the bar which are yummy, which give it a toasted waffle appeal, and add additional sweetness.

The bar is dense and chewy like their traditional style, but the stickiness of the scattered maple syrup really makes it, well, annoying to eat. Stuck to the wrapper, sticks to your fingers, stuck on my plate.

Overall, I am underwhelmed by this flavor. I’m sad I bought a box actually, because this is not my go to bar. I tried it twice, and both times was not a huge fan. It is just overly sweet, but that “fake sweet”, and it lacks some sort of counterbalance, such as the buttery flavor from waffles, etc. I know this is hard to capture in a bar, but would I buy it again? No. Would I eat it again? Yeah.

3 stars

Nutritional facts:

1 bar is 190 calories, 6 grams of fat (2.5 saturated), 290 mg sodium, 24 g of carbohydrate, 16 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 20 grams of protein.

5 Oct 2017, Comments (0)

Simple Mills Gluten Free Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Who doesn’t like COOKIES!!! Well…. to be honest I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like at least some form of a cookie. But what about those who cannot enjoy your every day cookie from the bakery, due to gluten intolerance, vegan lifestyle, soy allergies, dairy allergies?

Simple Mills has a cookie for ya! They have a line of products for those who are gluten intolerant, as well as those with other special dietary needs. The cookies they sent me come in 4 varieties, Toasted pecan, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate. All of them are gluten free, paleo friendly, dairy free, vegan and soy free. They are all relatively low in sugar as well (see ingredients and nutritional information below for the double chocolate variety), and made with non-GMO ingredients.

But how do they taste?

Toasted Pecan– I was super pumped for this one. Pecans are my favorite nut, and usually one of my favorite flavored things. But these cookies fell….flat. They were relatively bland, not sweet, and just had a weird taste to them. The pecan flavor was lacking. On the bright side, the texture was pretty good– crumbly and crunchy. These would be good perhaps with a cup of coffee or tea, but not by itself. 2 stars.

Cinnamon- these were okay. The cinnamon flavor was mild, and really needed more of a punch. Mildly sweet again, but crunchy and the texture was good (this is important, especially in gluten free products which I have seen time and time again fall apart). While the flavor was good, it was just weak and really needed something to amp it up. 3 stars

Chocolate Chip– oooh. now we are talking! These were yummy. I know they were yummy because once I opened them, the box was nearly gone (thanks to my cookie monster brother). We both agreed they tasted very similar to “Famous Amos” cookies. Sweeter than the other varieties, mild vanilla flavor, crunchy, and the milk chocolate flavored chips were sweet and added a nice touch. Definitely my favorite of the 4 —  4 stars

Double Chocolate- these were also very good. Crunchy and sweeter, a nice chocolate flavor throughout, and the mini chocolate chips were sweet and melted in your mouth. There was a mild vanilla flavor as well. Really wanted to smear some peanut butter on these and inhale but…self restraint! 3.5 stars

 

Overall, not too bad. I think that they are relatively NOT sweet cookies- so you might be shocked if you are used to sweeter conventional varieties of cookies. However, I think they are a good alternative, especially if you like cookies that aren’t packed with sugar. The double chocolate variety for example, has only 4 grams of sugar for 3 cookies, which is almost unheard of for cookies. The BAD is that they are a little on the bland side, and saturated fat will run you almost 4 grams for 3 cookies, which I feel like is a lot, but guessing it’s from the coconut oil.

The One Smart Cookie plate was also a super cute touch.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these cookies for free. This is an unbiased review.
27 Jan 2017, Comments (0)

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Green Goo…what exactly is Green Goo? This is an all-natural deodorant that is herbally infused, that aims at not only being gentle on the skin but also high performance. According to the box, it does not contain petroleum, paragons, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, or any artificial ingredients/fragrances.

I am skeptical about natural deodorants, I will admit. I am skeptical about deodorants in general. I work hard, I am gone for most of the day, and I definitely sweat when I am at the gym. So I need something that’s going to work as hard as I do, in terms of preventing sweat stains and odors.

I decided to give this a try before some cardio and weight lifting session at the gym. Risky for a first try, but we did it. Not exactly sure why it is called “Green Goo”, bc it is neither green nor “gooey”,,, but let us proceed.

It was a bit “pasty” going on, and left a very mild white residue on arm pit area, that dissipated quickly. It wasn’t exactly “easy” to apply, you really had to rub it on, and since it was such a small tube I felt I had to “cover my arm pit” a few times rather than just a simple swipe with a traditional style of deodorant. I wore it all day and did not use any other type of deodorant. I did not experience any sweat stains or odors, which in my opinion was pretty dang awesome. Also, no irritation.

I gave it another try on a different day. This was a very stressful day, mentally moreso than physically. I noticed the deodorant did not hold up as well on this day. Definitely sweat more (probably induced from stress-related hormones!) and I noticed I needed to re-apply so odor did not peak through.

I tried this again on a third day, and had a similar experience. Mild sweating, and mild odor breakthrough that required re-application. I also used this after shaving, and definitely had irritation. So if you do use this, I would advise waiting a bit to apply if you shaved.

So overall, I had some inconsistent feedback with this particular product so I am not sure how I feel about it. One day it worked great, but other days it failed to provide the protection and sweat-fighting abilities that I really need in a deodorant. For that reason, I will give it 3 stars.

 

 

 

I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
22 Dec 2016, Comments (0)

Just Granola Products

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hi there!

Today we are reviewing one of my favorite things… granola. In yogurt, out of the box, in bar form, UGH LOVE IT. I could eat it all day. I won’t…because it’s usually loaded with sugar…but here’s hopes to Just Granola filling the void for granola, that is both healthy and nutritious.

Note: If after this review you decide you want to try some, you can head over to the website and first time customers get 20% off with code “launch20”.

So a little backstory, Just Granola offers a variety of products, bars and actual granola, and some of the products are made without animal products, gluten or nuts. This appeals to a wide variety of people, whether you have to go gluten free or you are vegan. (note: some of their products DO contain nuts/animal products. AND- These products ARE made in a facility that processes gluten, nuts and animal products. ALWAYS Read the label!)

First up, the Peanut Butter Granola bar. BOY WAS I PUMPED FOR THIS.
Healthnuttxo fans will know…by now…hopefully…that I am a nut butter addict. So now combine my favorite food (spread? I mean it’s technically peanuts…) with granola?!?! Let’s get to it.

NOTE: THIS BAR CONTAINS PEANUTS, WHEAT/GLUTEN.
It was a Chewy and dense bar, little bit of cinnamon flavor to it. Did not taste much peanut butter to it to be honest, which is sort of disappointing for a peanut butter granola bar. It tasted more “oat-y” and “cinnamon-y” than “peanut butter-y”. I just made those words up so…follow along! 🙂 It wasn’t *bad*, it just wasn’t exactly my favorite. A bit on the bland side, and really not enough of a peanut butter punch that I need in order to be satisfied with a peanut butter product. 2 1/2 stars.

1 bar is 3 servings (which is SUPER easy to eat when it looks like a cookie!) at 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 16 carbs, 2 grams fiber, 6 sugars and 4 grams of protein.

Next up, the Oat & Raisin Granola Bar.

Got this pic from their website ^
This one is made without nuts, gluten or animal products ( but is made in a facility that uses these ingredients so be careful!)
I liked this one better than the peanut butter bar. It was chewy, and again, had a nice cinnamon flavor. It wasn’t too sweet,  but with the raisins gave off an oatmeal raisin cookie type of feel. It was soft, but had like a very “toasted” almost slightly “burnt” flavor to it that was predominant. However, not bad. 3 stars.

Lastly, the oh so delicious, Apple & Cranberry Granola.  I had just a tiny bit of this after having my wisdom teeth taken out and LET ME TELL YOU, it was such a tease, because after an extraction you are not supposed to have any foods that may “get stuck” so I had to patiently wait until I was fully healed to enjoy the rest of the bag! The cinnamon flavor (again) is strong but really works here. It was a sweet and “soft” granola, as in, not crispy./crunchy which I guess is due to not using tons of oil.
It had a nice honey flavor as well, and sweetness was provided from bits of dried apple and cranberry.
I also detected a nice, light brown sugar flavor.
It was really quite nice straight from the bag. I actually didn’t eat it any other way. I demolished this straight from the bag 🙂
4.5 stars

One serving is 100 calories, 3.5 g fat, 15 carbs, 7g sugar and 3 grams of protein.


Overall,
I think the products are worth a try. I am a granola fan, and I like the idea behind these products. I also liked that they weren’t overloaded with fat or added sugars. Always a plus in a my book!

 

Note: I received these products for free from the company. This is an UNBIASED review.

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So if you live an active lifestyle like I do, aches and pains are inevitable. You commute, you have a heavy bag or backpack, that shoulder and trap area will be sore. You run? Maybe you have shin splints. You lift weights? Maybe you went a little too hard and strained a muscle.

There are plenty of pain relief products on the market. Pills, patches, etc. How often do you find one made with NATURAL ingredients? Not very often.

In comes Zim’s Max-Arnica. It is a roll on “gel” that you apply to minor aches, bruises and sprains/strains. It contains Arnica Montana (plant), Aloe Vera , Calendula Officinalis (plant), and Bellis Perrenis (plant).

There is NO animal testing with this product.

So I like that this is a roll on. I have used pain relief gel before with menthol and such in it, and not only does it STINK, but you have to get it all over your hands, and then wash very thoroughly to be careful not to get in your eye. This is not to say you shouldn’t wash your hands after using this to prevent eye contact with Zim’s, but less chance of exposure using the roll on.

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I also liked the roll on feature because it helps you really work into the muscle. If you have bruising I would probably apply gently, since it probably is very sensitive.

First things first, make you sure shake it well! I was rolling it a bit and realized nothing was coming out…LOL whoops!

I applied this to two areas, my shins (shin splints) and the outside of my Glute after a strain at the gym. I do a lot of heavy squats and I think I tweaked it just a bit.

There is no smell which is a plus. It had very, VERY mild cooling sensation. But it is gentle. It doesn’t not burn intensely like some of those other pain relief products do.

As for my pain? I didn’t notice a drastic difference but I do think it helped provide some comfort, moreso with my Glute strain than on my shins. I have sensitive skin and am happy to report there were no side effects.

Overall? A 3 star rating. It’s not SUPER intense, but provided mild relief without utilizing synthetic pain pills or medications. Nature only!

 

 

 

(Please note: this is NON medical advice. I am not a licensed professional. This is my opinion ONLY. Always see your doctor and work out what is best for you).

 

This product was sent to me free of charge. This is an unbiased review.
31 Jan 2016, Comments (0)

Telula Organic Juice

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I got some samples from a company I have not heard of before, called Telula. They make organic, NON-GMO, and not from concentrate juices made from fruits and vegetables. They are cold pressed and also are free of added sugar.

They sent me some fun flavored samples to try, in Spicy Lemon, Green Zing, and Coconut Citrus.

Let’s start with Spicy Lemon, which has 3 lemons, 6.5 peppers, and 5 teaspoons of honey in each bottle. Honey is technically sugar, so if they add that to juice, I am a little confused how they can claim no added sugar. Perhaps they meant no CANE sugar, but honey is glucose…aka sugar.
Anyway, this bottle had 70 calories a serving, 17 carbs, 16 sugars, and 0’s across the board for fat, fiber and protein.

This one was actually really good! It is like a tangy lemonade, with the slightest bit of heat, but also sweet. It is very clean and refreshing tasting. I was definitely afraid of this because of the name…I think a more appropriate name would be Zesty Lemonade or something along those lines, because I certainly wouldn’t pick this up in store based off the name alone. However, the taste is delicious! The heat from the peppers leaves a little lingering flavor on your tongue as well. 4 stars.

Next up, Green Zing. This one has 5 spinach bunches, 1.5 cucumbers, 2.5 ginger roots, 1 apple, 2 heads of kale, 1/2 a lemon, and 2.5 celery stalks in one bottle. Dang!! It has 90 calories per 8 ounce serving, with 23 carbs/20 grams of sugar.

This is so, so, SO good! I wish I could drink this all day. It is sweet,much sweeter than I expected, and you can very slightly taste the celery. It is super refreshing, which I think might be from the cucumbers, and tastes like apple juice a bit as well but not as “sugary” tasting and not as tart. This is the best juice I’ve ever had, and you cannot taste the vegetables! A great juice for kids who won’t eat veggies…just don’t tell them it’s in there! 5 stars

Lastly, Coconut Citrus + Chia.  This one has half a coconut, 2 carrots, 3/4 of an orange, 1 lemon, 1 apple, and 5 tsps. of Chia. This has 120 calories per 8 ounce serving, with 1.5 grams of fat, 23 carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein. This one was my least favorite. It was a little tangy, and thicker than any of the other juices. It had coconut flavor, but a bit of an over powering carrot flavor too. The lemon also definitely shines through here. I am not big on consistency in liquids…I don’t like pulp in my OJ and I do not like bubble tea…so the Chia seeds aren’t my favorite. I don’t like “chewing” my drinks.  This almost reminds me of a slightly fruiter V8 tomato juice. Not a huge fan. 3 stars

As a diabetic, I really do not drink juice unless my blood sugar is low. So I may buy a bottle to keep on hand in my fridge, but I will not be drinking on a regular basis. However, I really enjoyed these, ESPECIALLY the Green Zing one, so they are worth a shot!

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I received this product for free, this is an unbiased review.



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