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24 Aug 2017, Comments (0)

Skim Plus Lactose Free / Fat Free Milk

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

So for those of you that still drink Cow’s Milk… I know, with so many options out there, Cow’s milk seems to be thrown to the side!!… here is an option that is both figure friendly and tummy friendly. Skim Plus, Lactose Free and Fat Free milk. As an added benefit it has 11 grams of protein per serving, a tad more than regular serving of skim milk. It’s also ultra pasteurized, which extends the shelf life, and it’s also in an eco friendly, recyclable container.  The milk (and the cows…) are not treated with hormones or antibiotics — (however the fine print says it is only tested with Beta- Lactam antibiotics — often combined with penicillins, etc.)

NOW… I grew up on regular skim milk. Then Mom accidentally bought whole milk once…woo was that a game changer, and then because of all the fat, we went down and compromised on 2%. However, cow’s milk does give me an upset stomach if I drink it or have yogurt too early in the day. Not super convenient for someone who needs a cup of Joe the second the wake up at 6 am…

So this milk definitely had some appeal to me. Compared to regular skim, it definitely is a tad more creamier. However, if anyone has ever tried skim milk vs lactose free skim milk, you WILL notice a change in flavor– think about it– Lactase is added to break down the milk sugar, lactose, so naturally the flavor will be different. I feel like this one had a stronger flavor change than other lactose free milks I have tried.

It worked pretty well in coffee. Naturally, if you’re used to having whole milk in your coffee and then you switch to skim, you’ll need some extra to compensate. However I didn’t mind adding extra, since I knew it wouldn’t upset my stomach (it didn’t), it had extra protein, and was fat free (nutritional facts below).

Now would I buy it in the future? The company provided me a coupon so I got this carton for free, but it was $5.00 for a carton at the store it was purchased from. That’s a bit steep for a half gallon of milk. I mean I get it– lactose free, antibiotic and hormone free, eco friendly container– but 5 bucks?? For someone who already prefers a higher fat content of milk, not sure if I would buy in the future. I don’t consume enough glasses of milk where I feel I need to chop the extra cals and fat grams and get skim for my coffee, but for someone who consumes a lot of milk, or eats a lot of cereal, etc., I think it’s a good switch. I would personally like to see this brand make like a 1% or so, may appeal to more customers who prefer that fat flavor other milk has to offer.

HOWEVER, if you use regular skim milk, and have the extra money to spare, I think giving this a try is definitely worth your time. 4 star

 

 

I received this for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
17 Aug 2017, Comments (0)

Banana Wave Dairy Free Banana Milk

Author: Healthnuttxo

An alternative for those bored of soy, almond, or can’t tolerate regular milk, in comes BANANA MILK!!! I love the concept of this, every now and then when I make oatmeal or something, I like the flavor of banana but I HATE warm bananas– changes the consistency and bleh — but something like this would come in perfect.

Banana Wave is made with actual bananas, so none of that artificial flavor banana stuff. That also means you get the added benefit of Potassium with your banana milk, a pretty important mineral to prevent muscle cramping and maintain proper conduction of your heart, etc.  This milk is vegan, kosher, gluten free, and has no artificial colors or flavors.

I tried it 2 ways– in my morning coffee in the place of milk, and with my oatmeal (again, in place of milk).

The milk itself is mild in flavor, and has the consistency of a thicker almond milk. In coffee, it was okay. I usually use whole milk in my coffee, because I like it light and sweet, and hate the bitterness of a cup of Joe. The flavor is pretty mild so a little bit of banana flavor came through but unfortunately the coffee flavor still predominated and the bitterness remained.

In the overnight oats, it provided mild sweetness and banana flavor, which went fantastic with peanut butter. Seriously, what a great find. I used it with overnight oats– so I didn’t actually “cook” the milk– but put 1 cup of Banana Wave with 1/2 cup of oats and 2 Tbsp of peanut butter in a container and let it sit in the fridge overnight, and then just put in microwave for 30 seconds in the morning to take the chill out and melt the peanut butter. Delish!!

Here are the nutritional facts: more or less the same as a banana in terms of calories, but does have added Cane sugar so a serving will cost you 18 grams of sugar (Forgot about this when I had my oatmeal –> high blood sugar… whoops)

However, a good alternative to almond/soy/cow’s milk and good to spice it up every now and then. But watch your sugars!

4 stars

 

DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
17 Aug 2017, Comments (0)

Thunderbird Real Food Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

WELL sorry it’s been a while guys…life got a little hectic the past month but I’m back, never fear 8)

Coming at you with some Real Food Bars by Thunderbird. They sent me 4 varieties to try, all vegan, no added sugar, and grain/gluten free. They are nut, seed and date based. As an added benefit, they are also paleo certified. (NOTE: This applies to the bars I got from the company, if you check the website they have several flavors to pick from and details may vary!)

So let’s get started:

As I said above, all of them more or less have the same texture, nutty/seedy with a fruity, date base. The date flavor was there in all 4 bars.

Hazelnut + Coffee + Maca

Coming from a coffee lover, this was not my favorite. It was…gritty. Like I would take a bite of the bar and then grit.  WHAT IS THAT?!?! I checked the ingredients, and it seems it could have been the coffee beans or chia seeds, not entirely sure, but not entirely a fan. The coffee flavor was definitely strong, but overpowered the hazelnut component because I did not taste that too much. The date was sweet and strong as well…If I had to rename this bar it would be like “A Date with Coffee”…because it really just tasted like dates and coffee.

2 stars.

Cashew + Fig + Carrot

Alrighty, moving on. This one was okay. As a whole, it was entirely too sweet without much of another component to balance it out– needed more crunch, or something even slightly salty, etc. The Fig + Carrot together gave it a sweet potato vibe. & like I said, this one was lacking on the crunch factor, a cashew is a pretty soft nut to begin with so it was kind of lost in this bar. Overall, too sweet, too fruity, needs something else. Maybe almond would have been a better choice.

2.5 stars

Peach Pecan Vanilla 

In this bar, the peach and date flavor really shine through. The vanilla flavor is somewhat lost. It’s a sweet bar, but not overly sweet, and almost gives off an apricot type of flavor. Chewy, dense and nutty, and the pecans add a nice crunch. I almost taste a bit of cashew in this one. Overall, this one was pretty good, I’m a fan.

3.5 stars

Texas Maple Pecan

Well, well, well, moving on to the star. This one was kind of like pecan pie 🙂 Chewy and dense, sweet but not overly so, huge chunks of pecan and a nice cinnamon flavor. It goes well with the date because it reminds me of the condensed milk, etc. they use to make pecan pie. The maple flavor is subtle,  but delicious. There is some type of “zing” to the bar, and I can’t quite figure out what it is–perhaps the cinnamon– but I like it. Basically if you’re like me and will eat the topping of a pecan pie, you’ll like this bar.

4 stars.

OVERALL, I like the idea of these bars. Gluten free, paleo, minimal ingredients, no added sugar. I think some need a tad bit of tweaking, BUT you have to also consider the minimal ingredient component. I would definitely try the Pecan based flavors, and I would be interested in trying the other flavors (like ummm they have this cool Pecan Goji Pistachio flavor!!) Thunderbird has to offer.

Check them out!

 

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

 

21 Feb 2017, Comments (0)

Seattle Chocolate Company chocolates

Author: Healthnuttxo

Time for one of my favorite reviews… Chocolate!!! I got some yummy goodies by Seattle Chocolates. They also sent some cute little tubes of coffee flour, cocoa nibs and cherry pulp which was awesome to see, as it is what makes up this delicious chocolate.

Super Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar by Seattle Chocolates. This one is “powered by coffee flour & cocoa nibs” , Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Upon opening, the aroma of chocolate is extremely strong, and quite delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had such an overwhelming chocolate aroma by opening up a wrapper before! It is a dense chocolate, but softer on the inside (the “truffle” aspect, I am assuming). The taste is quite good- definitely a dark chocolate, but not super bitter. While it isn’t a melt in your mouth kind of chocolate (that’s the nature of dark chocolate), it is enjoyable, and I am not a huge dark chocolate fan. It has a semi-sweet sort of feel, kind of like when you pick the morsels out of cookie dough when making homemade chocolate chip cookies. It is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. I really enjoyed this!

4 stars.

1/2 bar is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, 12 sugars and 2 grams of protein.

Next up, the Jcoco Chocolate (also by Seattle Chocolate Company). I was given two, the Noble Dark, which was 72% dark chocolate with cocoa nibs, and the Arabica Cherry Espresso in Dark Chocolate. I liked that when I opened each package, there were 3 mini bars inside, all individually wrapped, with fun pictures on each one. On the back it says “one bar= one serving to one in need” , where various donations are made, which you can read more about here.

Both bars are all natural, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten free. The box the chocolate comes in is on 100% recycled paper, and the products are Kosher. Talk about win-win-win for anyone with restricted needs trying to find some yummy chocolate, that ALSO is for a good cause!

First up, the Noble Dark. Make no mistake, this was definitely a dark chocolate. A tad on the bitter side for me, but honestly, I still liked it. And let me repeat, I am NOT a dark chocolate fan. The cocoa nibs added a nice crunch and some texture to the chocolate. Again, not a melt in your mouth chocolate, but still good. Definitely a strong cocoa flavor, but tasted so fresh and pure, with mild sweetness.

3 1/2 stars

Next up, the Arabica Cherry Espresso in Dark Chocolate. This one definitely had a nice cherry undertone to it, which provided both sweetness and a nice flavor. This chocolate seemed to be smoother, and more “melty” in consistency. Not as bitter as the other 2, and a tad sweeter. I really liked this one. My favorite of the three.

4 stars

 

Overall, some pretty darn good chocolate. What’s better than satisfying a chocolate craving, while also giving back to those in need? Plus with dark chocolate, you get a little antioxidant boost that the news, etc. always raves about. Win-win! I would definitely give these a try, even if you are a milk chocolate fan like I am, because they are worth it, and please check them out if you like dark chocolate, you will not be disappointed!

 

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

 

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All right so I have some new stuff to try from Zims! I recently reviewed another pain relief product of Zims, which was pretty good but overall nothing special.

First I tried the Max Freeze Patches which have both lidocaine and menthol. I was sent a tube of six patches in medium size which are 3 x 5″ each. They are individually wrapped and also come in extra large large and medium.

First, I put it on my neck. It is easy to unwrap and apply. I had a bit of a stiff neck, and it seemed to help. It was mostly cooling, but really make my neck feel less stiff. The patch stays on, and the odor is low, and it doesn’t linger or smell. The patch does not fall off easily which was a plus, and left no irritation.

The patch was also used on lower back and my knee and was effective on both of those as well. It doesn’t really have a heat sensation mostly just cold or cooling but no burning or irritate. it did a good job of loosening up and/or relieving some pain in the areas. It wasn’t AS STRONG as other patches I have tried but I actually prefer these, because I did not get any irritation. 

4/5 stars 

Next, we have the Zims Max Crack Creme.  The main ingredients in this is aloe and arnica extract. I constantly have dry hands because I wash them all the time due to taking public transportation or because of the nature of my profession. Also with winter approaching my hands get extra dry and take an extra beating. This cream was lightweight, non-greasy, and smelled pretty good. It had almost a floral scent but very very mild and smelled “natural”. It smoothed out my dry hands and made them soft and supple with no irritation. 4/5 stars 

Overall, these products worked great for me! Definitely worth a try 🙂

These products were given to me for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
12 Oct 2016, Comments (0)

ToGoSpa Face Mask and Eyes

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hey!

So I got some pretty awesome facial products from ToGoSpa.

I tend to be on the minimal side when it comes to makeup and facial products. 1) I have no clue how to buy or use makeup. 2) I have super sensitive skin so I tend to stay away from face creams, products, etc.

However, I was offered to try some of these products, including the Face Mask and “Eyes” by To Go Spa, and was told they were perfect for all skin types. So I decided to give it a try.

The face mask gave me a chuckle, I will not lie. It reminded me of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire with the mask and the cutouts for the face. However, once I took it out of the package, the “cutouts” of the face were easily moldable to my face.

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So the facemask feels a little weird on, you can’t really talk, and have to stay a little still cause it does slip a little bit. It feels kind a little wet jellyfish on your face or like some type of Jell-O, since it is both “gooey” but “stiff”.

Once I put it on I kind of smoothed it out on my skin that way it fit and it does stick well for the most part. You have to keep adjusting it a tad because it does slip off unless you are laying  completely  flat for about 30 to 45 minutes. I was doing computer work while using it… I’m a busy grad student!

When I took it off, my face felt clean and “tight”, but moisturized. It felt smooth, and smiled great and fresh. The next time I use this (came in a pack of 3 for me), I will take full advantage of the “soothing” properties and lay down and RELAX!!!

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For the under eyepatches, they came in 4 varieties. Coconut, Pomegranate, Green Tea, and ICE. Here is the back of the Pomegranate package.

img_5094I put them all pretty much in the refrigerator and then as I needed one, I would pull them out and put it on. You can observe the patch above, the thicker portion of the crescent goes medially, by your nose, and then it fans out. They do slip a bit while using, due to gravity, but easily adjustable (but better used laying down).

Like I said, I am in grad school so I get very little sleep and I will say that the patches definitely helped my under eye circles when I was looking really puffy.

Obviously there’s no miracles being worked here, you are putting a cold compress on, and you’re constricting the blood vessels underneath your eye reducing the puffiness, but have this benefit of it having all these other soothing ingredients for your skin.

I have sensitive skin and I haven’t had any problems when I use the products and I will say decrease some of the puffiness/left my skin looking fresh.

Overall, I like them! I think the eye patches are handy to use before going out, or if you pull one too many all nighters and need something that sticks and is soothing for those under eye puffiness.I liked the feeling of my skin after using the face mask. Smooth, and fresh! 4 stars. 

 

Disclaimer: I received these products for free of charge. This is an unbiased review.

 

 

4 Oct 2016, Comments (0)

Love Our Nuts Raw, Whole, Natural Almonds

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Nuts are one of my favorite snacks. There are only a few things that I crave when I am insatiable (despite eating enough) or in a mood where I want something crunchy and satisfying. I LOVE the sweetened (honey roasted…) versions of nuts, and typically I go for roasted or salted.

Love Our Nuts has some gluten free, raw, whole and natural nuts. You can get 2 lbs for only 13.99 which I think is a STEAL seeing as these small cans of nuts at the store is 6-7$. If you aren’t a fan of raw, you can totally roast and flavor these yourselves!

They are a hard and crunchy nut, fresh, and bursting with flavor. There is no salt, and they are not roasted. Typically, I prefer roasted/salted nuts, but I cannot lie, these are yummy! I tend to prefer roasted because the raw almonds are usually “soft”, and I like a crunchy nut in order to be satisfied. However, these were really good!

They are smaller than most almonds I have seen, the shell of the almond doesn’t fall/flake off, and you don’t miss the salt. They almost have some type of SUPER mild “vanilla” type flavor, which must be the natural almond flavors shining through. I like them.

I think these would be great in a trail mix, with some sweeter components, such as raisins and some chocolate. They are plain, but have that “real” flavor. Unadulterated, nothing added, almonds. Can’t argue with nature. 4 stars
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I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
8 Jul 2016, Comments (0)

AC Lens product reviews

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi there!

I got some awesome products to try from AC Lens. They have almost everything you could need for your eyes, including contact lenses, solutions, dry eye remedies, and more. I was sent a few products to try out.

So let’s get started! I suffer from dry eyes, so I chose some dry eye remedies, alongside daily contact lenses. I wear contacts now, and I can get about 3 hours out of them before my eyes start to get unbearably dry. I was hoping these products could provide me some relief!

First up, GenTeal Severe Eye Gel Drops. The retail value is $11.95. The gel itself comes in a squishy tube, kind of like a mini toothpaste tube. The gel comes out slowly, and the tip comes to a point to which you literally have to squeeze the gel into your eye. It’s a bit odd, I wish they could formulate a way to make the application a bit easier. I know people who HATE putting eye drops in, since it’s so close to their eyes, and with this product you have to literally almost be on top of your eye.

That being said, the product works great. You cannot use it with contact lenses in, so I used it at night. It relieved my dry, sticky eyes and provided instant comfort for hours. Really a great product for dry, sensitive eyes. 4 stars.

Next up, Thera Tears Nutrition for Dry Eyes supplement.  The retail value is $14.95, which isn’t bad for fish oil. This supplement contains fish oil, flaxseed oil, omega-3’s from multiple sources, with a total of 1200 mg per serving (3 capsules). The soft gels are rather large, but easy to swallow. I ended up taking 2 in the morning, because I found that since they are not enteric coated, you get the “fish oil” burps afterwards, which I dislike about fish oil supplements. However, as a plus, it doesn’t last all day, like I have experienced with other fish oil supplements. IMG_2402

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Honestly, I’ve been using the product for about a month, and I think my eyes are perhaps slightly less dry, but nothing drastic. I think further use is necessary to notice a significant change. However, as a plus, my skin seems clearer! Overall, 3 1/2 stars. Fish oil has a lot of positive affects on the body, but it is a blood thinner, so check with your doctor to see if this is right for you.

Lastly, DAILIES AquaComfort Plus contact lenses by Alcon. A 30 day supply values at roughly $22.99. I actually liked these! They were comfortable to put in, and did not bother my eyes. Sometimes I find with contact lenses, they do not fit comfortably and you have to throw out a pair. You never want to wear anything in your eyes that causes discomfort!

I will not lie, my eyes did require eye drops, as they got dry by the end of the day, but I must say I was pleased with these. They were not dry upon putting on my eyes like some contacts often do for me. They fit comfortably as well. They were a bit harder to take out than other brands I have tried, but this isn’t really a huge deal. Overall, very pleased. 4 stars

 

Overall, some great products. I will definitely be ordering from AC Lens in the future. The products are affordable, and it’s a one stop visit for your eye needs 🙂

 

 

I have received these products for free. 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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