Categories: 4 1/2 stars

23 Sep 2019, Comments (0)

Hint Water for Kids

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hint water for kids offers the same quality, 0 grams of sugar and no added sweeteners that traditional Hint water offers, but in super cute ‘juice’ box form! –(But really, how cute are the little fruit cartoons!)

Juice is a common drink amongst kids- however, while juice can provide some Vitamin C, it’s also loaded with sugar and a lot of empty calories. Plain water can be tough to get your kid to drink, especially if he or she is used to juice. A better alternative? Hint! These are water infused with fruit essence and have zero sugar, zero sweeteners. In fact, look at the nutrition label, and there’s a whole lot of…well…nothing!

They come in 4 delicious flavors.
Apple, Blackberry, Watermelon & Cherry. All 4 of them are quite delicious. While they certainly aren’t sweet like juice, they have this wonderful flavor of fresh fruit! The Apple I found to be my favorite, reminded me of granny smith slices in a bottle of water. All 4 flavors have a real, fresh fruit flavor, without harsh sweetness or fake flavors.

How did they do it? I don’t know but I am glad they did. You can get a case of 32 for ~$19 or ~$15 with subscribe and save. I hope I find these at the market because let’s be honest, sometimes we get tired or plain old water, but don’t want added chemicals/preservatives that diet drinks offer or sugar, and I found this to be the perfect little addition to keep me hydrated 🙂

4.5 stars

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

7 Sep 2019, Comments (0)

Calbee Spudkins Fry Cuts

Author: Healthnuttxo

Calbee Spudkins are one of the newest snacks on the market, appealing to savory snack and chip lovers alike. They are cooked in a particular way that allows the same crispy-crunch as a traditional potato chip but with 25% less fat! The Fry cuts are made with Russet Potatoes and some natural seasonings.

First off, how cute is the bag!

I received Sour Cream and Onion, Yellow Cheddar and Honey Barbecue varieties to try. I tried the sour cream variety first – here’s what they look like:

Deceiving! They look like french fries but are super crunchy and crispy, without that oily residue that makes you feel like you have to wipe your hands on your pants (or some your pet — stop that!

The sour cream & onion were both addicting and delicious. They were my favorite of the 3, but my Dad tried them and found them a bit overpowering. I felt they demanded a drink alongside them, as they were a tad dry on the inside, but still so good. I am not a huge chip person, but I would definitely buy these in the future. (Conveniently they are available on Amazon…). They were flavorful without being salty and I noticed all 3 of these chips weren’t loaded with sodium which is great. — 4.5 stars

The Yellow Cheddar was my least favorite of the 3, while they were still yummy they had a relatively mild cheddar flavor that reminded me of a Cheez-it, but much more mild in flavor. — 3 1/2 stars

The Honey BBQ was a hit in my family. Definitely on the sweeter side, & I wish they had maybe a pinch more of salt BUT again, I love that they only had 105 mg of sodium per serving which is almost unheard of for chips. They are still plenty flavorful, but definitely lean more on the sweeter than “barbeque sauce” type flavor. –– 4 stars

Overall, LOVE these. We already looked into where we can buy them. Would 100% reccommend giving them a try- and I am not even a big fan of potato chips.



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

21 Dec 2018, Comments (0)

Doctor Plotka’s Mouthwatchers Toothbrush

Author: Healthnuttxo


Always on the hunt for a soft toothbrush that leaves a cleanfeeling mouth, I was excited to try Doctor Plotka’s Mouthwatchers Toothbrush. Itwas invented by Dr. Ronald Plotka, a Dentist of over 40+ years. This toothbrushisn’t your ordinary toothbrush, and has a few extra fun features.

  • It has antimicrobial bristles – -there are fine bristles that are infused with silver. Silver is naturally antimicrobial, and prevents the bacteria that grows on your toothbrushinbetween uses. In fact, it eliminates 99.9% of bacteria growth on the brush within 6 hours of use. This prevents re-introducing yucky bacteria into your mouthand gums for the next use!
  • It has flossing bristles – dual layered bristles that according to the fact sheet are asthin as human hair. This can help reach the hard to hit places, helping brushaway food and plaque. They are made of Polyester instead of nylon.
Check out these bristles!

Sounds pretty cool! But how was it?

  • I have pretty sensitive teeth and gums. I always use soft toothbrushes, and even thenthey can be abrasive. However, I reallyliked this brush!
  • Super soft and non-abrasive when I brushed. Nobleeding gums, etc
  • Got the hard to reach food pieces in the back ofmy teeth by my wisdom teeth
  • Teeth felt nice and clean after brushing

Overall, I was a fan. My only complaint is the brush head was very large for my teeth (I am 27 and my dentist tells me to use a kid’s toothbrush for the small head), but I saw that they do have youth toothbrushes, so I would love to get one of those to use instead.

Overall, 4.5 stars.

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

 

It’s officially cold and flu season! (Boo!!!) And while there are vaccinations to help prevent the flu, there are no vaccinations against Rhinovirus aka the cold. However, you can take some over the counter supplements that may help support a healthy immune system. Vitamin Friends has a immune system support probiotic gummy that has Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea and a probiotic…and it’s vegan too!

These gummies are vegan, glute, free, egg free, crustacean free, fish free, peanut free, nut free, milk free and soy free…aka allergen free! They are made in California, USA, and are also Kosher. But how does it taste? Can I get my child to eat this?

I was sent an orange flavor to try…I do not think you will have any worries getting your child to eat these because they are yummy! A tangy, slightly tart orange-clementine line flavor. The gummies are soft and easy to chew, and covered with a sugar-like coating.

I’ve been eating them for about a month (2 per day), and have had no issues with going to the bathroom and *so far*, I have not gotten sick (KNOCK ON WOOD!) I do believe that supplementation can play a role in supporting a healthy immune system, especially if you are deficient in vitamins. I like that there is 100% of Vitamin C and Zinc per serving, not “1000% percent!” like some supplements may advertise. More is not necessarily better when it comes to vitamins and minerals, and even thought Vitamin C is water soluble, we shouldn’t be taking it in excess. Vitamins should also never take place of a healthy, well balanced diet, filled with fruits and vegetables and other anti-oxidants. However, I do think this is a good addition to your child’s diet (or yours!), especially during cold and flu season.

They are 15 calories per serving with 4 grams of sugar.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these gummies to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. This is not medical advice. Consult your doctor/ PA or NP before starting any supplements.

You are eating the healthy food…but are you properly digesting it? Dr. Liz Cruz, a gastroenterologist, is the creator of Everyday Enzymes, a natural supplement designed to help you digest and absorb all the healthy nutrients.

According to the pamphlet I received, this supplement helps support the digestion of protein, fats and carbs, as well as aiding in digestive issues such as reflux, gas, and nausea. It may also boost the immune system, and can be given to children, pets, and during pregnancy! (But please, always check with your personal doctor).

The label lists an enzyme blend of various enzymes, which thanks to my medical & nutrition background I understand, and can help decode for you!:

Amylase–> enzyme that digests starch (carbohydrates)
Protease –> enzyme that digests proteins
Lipase –> enzyme that digests fats
Cellulase –> enzyme that digests cellulose, an indigestible carbohydrate, such as in Celery or Broccoli
Invertase –> this one I had to research, but it is an enzyme made by yeast that helps break down sucrose, or sugar.
Diastase –> this is basically more Amylase
Lactase –> enzyme that breaks down lactose, in milk

+ has some Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacterium longum, aka probiotics for gut health.

You are instructed to take 2-3 capsules per meal or as instructed by your Doctor (or PA!) The label states you can also pull apart the capsules and mix it with food.

The pills are relatively small and easy to swallow. I had them in the morning or with spicy or higher fat meals, as I usually feel a little “ill” after eating too much fat (I love you avocado, but you hurt my belly every time!).

Overall, I am pleased. I can’t quite explain it, but my stomach didn’t have that “heavy” feeling after bigger meals. I didn’t have any adverse effects, stomach upset, nausea, etc. while taking the pills. While I can’t comment on my energy levels (because I sleep 4-5 hours a night…), I do feel I felt generally “better”. Placebo? Maybe. But maybe not. Regardless, I’ll take it.

I recommend giving them a try, especially if you suffer from some occasional heart burn or indigestion (remember –> always get any supplement cleared by your doctor or PA, and never self diagnose a medical problem, always get it checked out first!)

4.5 star

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DISCLAIMER: I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
18 Aug 2018, Comments (2)

INSPYR GEAR socks

Author: Healthnuttxo

INSPYR Gear has a ton of both functional and motivating fitness gear. The socks in particular rock! They have a cute, “empowerment message” on every pair, reinforced heel and toe, arch support, and come in GREAT colors.

They are 70% cotton, 20% nylon and 10% spandex.

They sent me a few pairs of their socks and they definitely don’t disappoint!

The socks are soft and thick, and sweat wicking. I wore the calf-high ones to the gym and worked up a good sweat, and my feet stayed super comfy. The arch support felt great on my feet and had absolutely no rubbing or discomfort. I also liked that they were tight but not TOO tight, as I find some calf-high socks are more on the compression-like side of socks, which I am not always looking to wear.

How cute are the messages!!! I love a little extra empowerment. We should be supporting each other at the gym, races, fitness, Crossfit, powerlifting, etc. Whatever you do, support each other!

I will say the shorter ankle socks, which are “one size fits all”, are a little big on me (I am a size 6). However, they aren’t so big that it’s an issue, they just run a little high. However, that makes them a great fit for when I have to wear a boot or some higher shoe for when I need additional comfort and support.

Overall, give this company a try! They have some great stuff!

Follow me on IG for more reviews –> @ lisa_liftsx

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

 

 

Theraplex sent me some skin products to try– normally I am hesitant to try new skin products. I have terribly sensitive skin, everything makes my skin blotchy or break out, but I was told these products are dermatologist recommended and accepted by the National Eczema Association, so I was definitely more on board to give them a try.

Let’s begin:

Hydrolotion Daily Skin Moisturizer– this one is hypoallergenic, preservative, paragon, lanolin, gluten and fragrance free. The retail price is $16.50 for one bottle. It is intended to be gentle and ideal for normal-dry, sensitive skin, or skin that may be prone to eczema.

I liked this product for it’s versatility, I used it on my face right after the shower, but then also on my arms, abdomen, legs. It isn’t super thick, but rather light weight and non-greasy. My legs tend to be dry, so I think it was lacking a tiny bit in the moisture department, as I felt I needed to apply more than I would normally with my other lotion. However, no skin reactions, breakouts, nothing. I think it’s great for face and arms, but for my hands/feet/legs I would need something a little stronger.

ClearLotion Moisturizer- and that’s where this product comes in! Again, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, preservative/paraben/lanolin/gluten/steroid/fragrance free. This is an emollient oil moisturizer that comes in a spray bottle. It is best applied to damp skin after the shower to lock in moisture. The retail value is $18.50 for one 8 oz spray pump bottle.

When used alone, I thought it was decent, but feels a little odd to be applying oil to my skin after the shower. It may feel “oily” (obviously) for 10-15 minutes, but then that feeling resolves and skin is left soft. What I did was spray my legs/arms with it immediately post shower, let it dry for a few minutes, then add a few pumps of the daily skin moisturizer, and was soft and moisturized all day.

Emollient Moisturizer- now for the severely dry skin, in comes a super rich moisturizer. This one can be used for psoriasis, eczema, ichthyosis and xerosis, as well as those super dry areas like elbows and heels. Retail value is $21.00. Again, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, preservative/paraben/lanolin/gluten/steroid/fragrance free. My advice is to use LESS than you think you need. It is SUPER rich, and you only need a tiny dab of it for both of your hands. You just need to really work it in and let it dry, using too much will leave a greasy/sticky feel. However, it was great for those cracked knuckles or rough heels.

lastly, the Gentle Cleanser. I really liked this! It is recommended for sensitive skin, and it is an everyday cleanser that leaves skin feeling fresh without being dry. It is paraben/lanolin/steroid and gluten free, and costs about $12.00 a bottle. It left my skin feeling clean and did not dry it out. My face is very acne prone, and I noticed NO new breakouts, and actually got a compliment that my skin was looking better just yesterday 🙂

Overall, I am a fan of these products.  I will not lie, I went and purchased 2 bottles of the cleanser and hydrolotion online because I am running out of product and like the way it was gentle yet effective on my skin. I definitely recommend these if you have sensitive skin, are acne prone, eczema prone, or just looking for a new cleanser/skin products that aren’t filled with a ton of chemicals. A solid 4.5 stars across the board from me.

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these products to try for free. This is an unbiased review.

Pasta is definitely a fan favorite- versatile, comforting, and well…delicious. However, as we all know, pasta is not diabetic friendly, figure friendly or macro friendly for that matter, as it is loaded with carbs and lacks in the  protein and fiber department (unless you get whole grain). For that reason, I tend to stay away from pasta entirely. It wreaks havoc on my blood sugars for hours. However, the nice people over at Explore Cuisine sent me some plant-based protein filled pastas made with black bean, edamame, red lentil and chick pea.

Each pasta ranges from 180-200 calories per 2 oz serving (a box has 4 servings), with 1-3.5g of fat, 19-35g of carbs, 3-13 grams of fiber, and 11-25 grams of protein.

 

Let’s Start!

The Red Lentil pasta was super mild in flavor. Relatively easy to cook, however, of the 4 I cooked this one seemed to absorb a ton of water and I actually ended up burning the bottom of my pot, so make sure to keep a close eye on it and add extra water. It was bland in flavor, but smelled great while cooking. The texture was identical to al dente spaghetti. I served it with ground turkey, broccoli, and (unpictured) tomato sauce.

The good thing about this one is it looks almost identical to flour based pasta…you could probably try to fool your friends 🙂  — granted they are not allergic to any of the ingredients!!!

 

Next up, BLACK BEAN pasta.

This one is a little weird…and you’ll definitely get some looks when you eat it. I had someone ask me if I was eating squid… but it’s worth it!

I served it with grilled chicken and some butter and I actually really enjoyed this one. It’s not my favorite to eat plain, and definitely requires some flavor. It was a little more chewy than the other varieties, but it still relatively mild in flavor and went well with chicken. This one was highest in protein and fiber and I found I needed no insulin to eat! In fact, both times I took insulin for this dish, my blood sugar tanked. I had a mild rise after I ate and then went back to baseline so I decided this one was definitely a hit for me and my blood sugars!

 

Next up, CHICK PEA  pasta

I loved this one! I added some turkey gravy to it and it was just a tad more chewy than al dente flour based pasta, with a hint of chick pea flavor. Again, super mild in flavor so very versatile and you can probably pair it with anything.  I found the chick pea pasta to be more filling than the other varieties.

 

Lastly, the EDAMAME based pasta.

This one was probably my least favorite of the 4, but still pretty good. It had a sweet undertone to it, and was softer in consistency than the other varieties. It had more of a dominant flavor than the other varieties, but again, still pretty mild. I think it paired well with chicken and some butter and salt.

 

Overall, these are a hit and I will definitely be buying them when I see them in store. Each box had 4 servings, but I stretched it out to 6 because I added vegetables and protein to each, and still had a decent serving. All of them had minimal affect on my blood sugars, which was a big bonus for me. ALL flavors are GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN as well, making them friendly to our pasta lovers who cannot tolerate flour based products. Overall, 4 1/2 stars from me.

 

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY.

 

Super excited to share this with you guys! Straight from the American Diabetes Association, a complete month of meals cookbook. These are diabetes friendly recipes, WITH full nutritional information and exchanges listed for each recipe.

AND A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!! (scroll to bottom…after you read of course 😉 )

There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, salads, and drinks. I decided to make two of the dinner recipes.

First one:

Porcupine Meatballs!

uhhh…what?

Ok, while I will admit that the name alone got me to try the recipe, it has nothing to do with porcupines. THERE WAS NO PORCUPINE MEAT IN THIS RECIPE! I’m actually not sure if you can even eat porcupine…I imagine it not to be very comfortable lol. Anyway- I think the name comes from the fact that rice is intertwined in the meat, giving it a “prickly” appearance.

The recipe was super easy.

First, add your COOKED rice to meat and spices. I swapped minced onion for onion powder, and I know diabetes friendly = low sodium… but my blood pressure is well controlled so I did actually add some garlic salt. Don’t judge me, ADA! I also had to use 80% beef — 1. 96% is HARD to find. and 2. well…80% is much cheaper. If you blot the oil, they really weren’t too greasy. I would like to do it with 90% lean beef, but hey, we had 80% in the fridge so I do what I can.

Next, form meatballs! I doubled the recipe to feed my family, so I ended up with 12. You want to sauté them on a medium hot pan on each side, but DON’T cook them all the way!

Then I took the meatballs out, wiped out the pan of some stray rice and oil, and placed them back in with sauce and water, and covered them. Then I let them simmer on low heat for about 25 min. I had rather large meatballs.

and VOILA! the final product.

Honestly, I loved them! I usually make meatballs the way my mom does, which is with a breadcrumb base, but I loved this! They were soft and hearty, and healthier than breadcrumbs because made with brown rice. As a caveat, make sure when you make the meatballs you press them tightly so they don’t fall apart while cooking.

The seasoning was great, meatballs were moist and flavorful. Definitely would recommend giving it a try.

 

Next up, Chicken and Rice bake.

First up, was cooking the celery and onions in a pan with some butter. I used I can’t Believe it’s Not butter. I also doubled the vegetables required because I had a ton, so I figured the more the merrier 🙂

Once your onions are translucent, mix the cooked rice, cooked carrots and onions/celery mix together with your spices.

Next up, put that in a pan, and top with whole chicken breasts. I took the skin off. It said to top with cream of mushroom, But I just mixed a chicken gravy with milk because that’s what I had on hand.

 

Then cook until chicken is appropriate temperature using meat thermometer (I believe it was 165 F)

 

and ENJOY!

 

 

Honestly, this was SO good and SO filling. Part of me wanted to make it again with some pie crust for a pot pie…but I guess that would defeat the diabetic friendly aspect of low fat, etc. However, I really liked the flavors in this! I never sautéed celery and onion together, but the carmelized onions added a great taste. The carrots and rice helped the dish be hearty and filling, and the chicken was moist and juicy. I would definitely make this again, it was super easy, granted you have decent knife skills to chop up carrots and celery. If you don’t, you can always buy them pre chopped 🙂

Overall, this book is a hit for me so far! I look forward to trying more recipes.

 

GIVEAWAY:

1 winner will receive a cookbook! Open to US and Canada, 18+ years and up.

How to enter: leave comment for EACH!

  1. leave me a comment saying what your favorite diabetic friendly (low fat, low carb, whole grain, etc.) recipe is
  2. for an additional entry, you may follow me on IG: ” lisa_liftsx” where I post fit and food reviews!

GIVEAWAY ENDS JANUARY 6th 2018 12 pm EST.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is an unbiased review. I received this book for free.

 

15 Nov 2017, Comments (0)

Snow Monkey Superfood Ice Treat

Author: Healthnuttxo
With low calorie/ light Frozen treats “ice cream” with a bit of protein being a current hit with not only my fellow fitness peeps, but everyone seems to like them, you see tons of new brands popping up with new varieties to try. I’ve tried a couple. Some are well worth the 6$ a pint and others you
may as well throw your 6$ in the trash …along with the pint. 🙂
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In comes a new brand I haven’t heard or saw just yet in the freezer section— Snow Monkey. Of the two varieties I was sent, Goji Berry and Cacao, both are dairy free, gluten free, non GMO, vegan, paleo and have 20 grams of protein per pint at 99 cals a serving.
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The Goji Berry says I️t has potassium in I️t, however there’s only 140 mg a serving aka 4% of your daily needs to make sure you always read the fine print 🙂 —although I guess that’s what I’m here for!
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Let’s get to the breakdown before the taste.
Goji berry has 99 cals a serving, 2 grams of fat, 17 carbs, 2 g of fiber, 14 grams of sugar—but 0g added sugar— and 5 grams of protein.
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Cacao has 99 cals a serving, 3 grams of fat, 16 carbs, 3 g of fiber, 12 grams of sugar—but 4g added sugar— and 5 grams of protein.
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Where is this sugar coming from….
BANANAS! Bananas are the first ingredient for both varieties, followed by juice concentrates. I️ definitely like the fact of using fruit as a sweetener and a base—help me add a little extra fruit to my diet in an indulgent way. Hemp protein is main source of protein.
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Now for these you have to let them sit for a solid 15-20 minutes before you can even get a scoop out of the container. For real. But remember the base is fruit and not dairy so that’s why.
I cheated and used the “soften” feature in my microwave. Because I am a hungry girl and I am impatient. That’s why.
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NOW THE TASTE!
Cacao- is amazing. Literally. Tastes like a chocolate covered banana. Once defrosted, it is smooth and creamy and everything you could want for a frozen dessert, including the fact it has fiber, protein, and the base is a banana. It it sweet but not overpoweringly so. Like this is the type of “dessert” you eat and don’t feel like crap about after, because hey, it’s actually NOT bad for you! I could also barely taste any protein flavor, so that’s always a plus for me. 4.5 stars
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Goji Berry- however, this one I was not a fan of. It is just…odd. It has a banana- raspberry-ish flavor, and you can definitely taste the hemp protein, and detect the consistency of the protein powder. I would pass on this one and go straight for the Cacao. 2 stars
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Overall, I am a fan. I would like to see what other flavors they come out with. Love how versatile they are, and how they appeal to those who cannot eat dairy!
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DISCLAIMER: this is an unbiased review. I received these to try for free.



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