Categories: 4 Star

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.

Protein cookies? Count me in!

Now that I have demolished the better part of all the Easter Bunnies in my house (the chocolate ones that is), it’s time to get back on track with some…well… healthier fare. In comes Flap Jacked with protein cookie and baking mix.

I’m always wary of baking protein goodies – because undoubtedly, companies use whey protein, and whey protein is, well, DRY. I have done my fair share of baking experiments (and failures) in the past, and time and time again, whey comes out to be a whey-ste of time (sorry I had to).

But let’s give it a go. These cookies have 10 grams of protein per serving, which is likely 9 more grams than Grandma’s oatmeal cookies, and 15 grams of sugar per 2 cookies. Still relatively high in sugar, but, I mean, it IS a cookie.

It was super easy to make:

6 tbsp butter
2 eggs
Mix
Add ins as Desired, I added some chocolate chips, because clearly I need more sugar in my life and who likes raisins anyway!!!

The mix looked pretty dry so I added just a touch of almond milk


So this is unofficially part of the review but the dough was delicious! But please don’t eat the dough, we all know there is a risk of salmonella with every raw egg you eat.

Anyway, I baked for a strict 9 minutes, knowing that if you overtake whey it will be DRY.

What we got is some delicious, soft baked cookies.

The chocolate chip was a good addition, as the mix is, indeed, a bit dry (darn it, WHEY!)
However, there is a nice cinnamon flavor, and these cookies are rather light and airy. These would be a dream for a “cheat” on a bodybuilding diet prep, as there is really no protein powder flavor but 10 grams of protein per 2 cookies.
Honestly these are pretty good. They will run you $6.99 per bag, which isn’t bad because you get 12 large cookies. I would add some applesauce next time to combat the bit of dryness. I hope FlapJacked considers other protein sources in the future as well.

4 Stars

DISCLAIMER: this is an unbiased review. I did NOT receive these from the company.

2 Mar 2019, Comments (0)

Kumana Foods Avocado Sauce

Author: Healthnuttxo

Love Avocado, but hate that you buy it when it’s not ripe enough and then forget about it, and then it’s too ripe and you end up throwing it out? (We all do it…)

Kumana Foods has the solution, with their Avocado Sauce. It comes in Mango, Original, and Spicy varieties. They are all plant based, Non-GMO, and made without added sugar. The containers are BPA free, and they are gluten free as well.

The sauces are also relatively low in calories (10 for every 1 Tbsp.) and relatively low in sodium as well (the Mango variety has 95 mg per serving).

I cooked up rice and beans, and thought this would be the perfect addition.

Overall, I found all 3 varieties tasted more or less the same. MANGO: this one is sweet with a little bit of spice. The mango flavor is mild and there is a relatively strong pepper flavor with a nice amount of heat. The ORIGINAL flavor has a bit more heat, a stronger green pepper flavor and more of a vinegar aftertaste. Good if you like things on the less sweet- more spicy side. The HOT flavor had a kick, but it was not…spicy. Let’s put it this way, I accidentally had hot sauce the other day on my enchilada and felt like I was having heart palpitations meanwhile everyone else was eating it no problem. AKA…I am a wimp with spicy foods. & the spicy version of the avocado sauce was well… not that spicy.

Overall, I like them. All have a mild avocado flavor, which I wish was more prominent, and remind me of salsa verde. I love adding them on top of chicken and rice dishes for an extra kick. I recommend trying them, but don’t expect them to be spicy.

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

This is definitely something new for me- vitamin infused toothpaste? Cool!

Vitaminpaste is the first multivitamin and mineraltoothpaste. According to the fact sheet they sent me, both varieties:

  • developed by Dentist Dr. Bruce Golden
  • Both are fluoride free, thus eliminating the risk of dental and skeletal fluorosis from fluoride toothpaste ingestion
  • This toothpaste contains ingredients that are safe to ingest
  • It is sweetened with Xylitol, which helps reduce risk of tooth decay

You are instructed to use 1 inch strip of toothpaste, brush for 2 minutes (1 minute for Mint), rinse and swallow normally and use this 3 times per day

The Mint Variety…

  • Infused with Vitamin D, E, B6, Niacin,Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Selenium and Manganese
  • Is gluten free
  • Not tested on animals
  • Contains Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Contains parabens to help keep toothpastebacteria free
  • Freshens breath, whitens teeth

The Vitamin Paste for Kids (Bubblegum flavor)—for kids aged 4+

  • Does NOTcontain sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Provides 50% RDA of Vitamin D, E, B3, B5, B6when used as directed (aged 4-13)
  • No parabensor preservatives
  • Contains calcium
  • Not tested on animals
  • Helps freshen breath and whiten teeth

So how did it taste?
Pretty good. The mint variety was more sweet than minty, with predominant Xylitol flavor. I like the mint, especially for kids, as it wasn’t harsh in flavor or burned when I used it (some mint toothpaste stings!). That being said, the very mild flavor made me feel like I wasn’t super “refreshed” after  brushing.

The Bubblegum flavor was also mild, but still pretty good. I liked that both varieties weren’t colored, and the bubblegum flavor was white (rather than dyed with pink). 

Overall, I like the idea of these, especially for kids who won’t take a multivitamin with their meals or may be lacking some vitamins/minerals. I personally believe Fluoride plays a role in proper teeth and bone development, as well as anti-cavity effects, but I also like the fact these are fluoride free, as excess (such as consuming toothpaste) can be dangerous, and can be seen in the pediatric population. The Xylitol takes the place of Fluoride to reduce plaque, and I am wondering what the role of anti-cavity Xylitol has. My only other complaint was that this toothpaste did not really leave me feeling “refreshed” after brushing. My teeth felt clean, but the “just brushed” feeling dissipated rather quickly. However, I did not experience any burning or irritation that some of the strong minty toothpastes can cause. 

SO for me, these get a solid 4. 

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

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.

23 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Eat Enlightened Low Calorie Ice Cream

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’ve seen Enlightened Ice cream pop up on the freezer shelves…always curious. Could it taste good? Surely 80-100 calories seems absurd for a serving of ice cream that has flavor… Well…much to my pleasant surprise.

Enlightened has a wide variety of low calorie ice cream that has a decent amount of protein per serving and relatively low in sugar per serving. It is sweetened with erythritol, a sugar alcohol, and made with rBST free milk. For example, the Sea Salt Caramel has 80 calories a serving, 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein This is an absolute dream for ice cream lovers…because who can really eat JUST half a cup!?!?

NOW–> for these ice creams, you have to let them sit on the counter for 10 minutes or so. They are low in sugar, and sugar is often what keeps the ice cream soft from the freezer. So let it thaw a bit, then enjoy!

So naturally, I tried the PB CHIP first. Because…I am the peanut butter fiend 🙂

It was UNREAL. Creamy and sweet, with PLENTY of little chocolate chips that were sweet/semi sweet in flavor. Had a vanilla-peanut butter flavor, but honestly couldn’t get over the fact it was low in sugar and how creamy it was.  I finished this pint in 2 days. An easy 5 star.

Next up, Brownies and Cookie Dough. This was a chocolate based ice cream with pieces of brownie and cookie dough bites scattered throughout. The ice cream itself was creamy, with a milk chocolate flavor. Sweet but not “sugary” sweet where it hurts your teeth. The cookie dough pieces were spot on- tasted as if it was straight from the bowl of homemade cookie dough, with the soft consistency you expect. The brownie bites were chewy, sweet and fudgy and just went perfectly with the ice cream. The best part is…there was plenty  of brownie and cookie dough bites in the ice cream. No scrimping here.

Honestly–> another 5 star from me.

Last up, Sea Salt Caramel. I was already excited to try this based on the fact I love the other two. The Ice cream itself is, again, nice and creamy, with a pretty strong caramel flavor. The caramel itself you can tell is not that sugary sweet caramel, but has more of a muted flavor (probably because it’s not loaded with sugar…). However, it’s still pretty good. There are large swirls of caramel in the ice cream, which are sweet, but has that sugar alcohol type flavor. If you’ve eaten enough sugar free/low sugar products, you know what I am talking about.

It was almost a bit too rich for me, too “sweet”, and I wish it had some sort of saltier or crunchy component. But hey, to each his own. 4 star for me.

OVERALL, I am a fan! I can’t wait to try the other flavors. I’ve seen them at Target, Stop n Shop, and other supermarkets. I will 100% buy the PB chip or Brownie & Cookie dough in the future. A definite try for those who love ice cream but may be watching their diet…or those who want an excuse to eat something sweet with some protein in it 🙂

Here’s the nutritional facts for the PB Chip — however, most of the flavors are similar, but NOT exactly the same. Visit the website for exact nutritional information!

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

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Did someone say…Hazelnut spread??

Okay, so I know almost everyone likes “chocolate” hazelnut butter…. & if you don’t, well…I’m  not sure what to say actually because I have never encountered anyone who hasn’t.

While I’ve had plenty of the typical brands on the shelves, I have yet to see this brand, Rigoni di Asiago. Now that’s probably from one of a few things. 1. I am in the ZONE when I shop. I need xyz brand and I don’t look at other brands. 2. I am oblivious sometimes or 3. perhaps the store actually doesn’t have it. However, there is a little specialty store by my house that I have a feeling will definitely carry this product, and I  100% want to buy it after trying it.

This product is a product of Italy, gluten free, made without palm oil, non-GMO,  organic, and does NOT contain hydrogenated fats (yay!), or artificial colors, flavors or other additives. According to the pamphlet I got, the hazelnuts are selected by the Rigoni family…which I think is both amazing quality assurance and…well…adorable.

Now this is not a health food by any means, BUT, it is a much better alternative to a more processed version of hazelnut spread, because we all need our sweet fix every now and then.

Here are the nutritional facts:

note…the jar is empty…oops. Perhaps I *inhaled* this jar? + my family found this jar and decided they were going to inhale it as well. Le sigh.

Anyway, this is well worth the “cheat”. Smooth, creamy and sweet. It is definitely on the sweeter side, but in a way that is a good thing, because it’s hard to eat a lot of something when it is su indulgent. The jar is pretty small… so make it last!

The saturated fat isn’t terrible, I’ve seen much worse in other hazelnut spreads which I am contributing to the fact they didn’t use palm oil. Which I also like- because it didn’t have that “oily residue” on top that I’ve seen before.

I was also sent a pamphlet for recipes, and here is one of them

UNFORTUNATELY, my family got to this jar before I could make the recipe. But, if anyone gives it a try let me know! Otherwise, this is a hit in my book. In moderation, of course 🙂

4 star

DISCLAIMER: This is an unbiased review. I received this product for free.
31 Oct 2017, Comments (0)

CideRoad Spritzel Switchel drink

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ummm… what is Switchel?

According to wiki (I know, don’t do research with wikipedia, I’m letting down all of my professors right now, blah blah blah) – it’s a drink that is made from water and vinegar, and then seasoned with ginger, and then sweetened.

So in comes CideRoad, who sent me a pack of “Spritzel”, which I am assuming is the carbonated version of a Switchel drink– a Sparkling Apple Cider Vinegar drink. They run you 35 calories for a can. You are instructed to give it a light shake, tap the top a few times, and make sure it is chilled before serving. A quick peek at the ingredients and there is indeed, vinegar, ginger, and other  flavors.

I will say, all three of these are wildly refreshing. I am not super crazy about diet soda, I do like drinking it with dinner every now and then but I am not the type to down cans of soda all day. Not my thing, and the carbonation is too much. These are carbonated but not to the point where it almost burns your mouth on the first sip. They are all lightly carbonated, and just something about them is so refreshing.

They all more or less have the same underlying flavor- you can definitely taste the apple cider vinegar, but it’s not so strong that it is overwhelming and rather quiet mild. I can also definitely taste the ginger tones of flavor with each sip.  They aren’t overly sweet, and definitely not “sugary” tasting like some sodas can be. If I had to describe it, they all kind of remind me of more flavorful seltzer, and way more refreshing.

The Watermelon + Mint was an interesting combo- I think the mint flavor was a tad more powerful than the watermelon, but you definitely get a hint of both.

The Blueberry + Honeysuckle was definitely my favorite– the blueberry flavor really shines through and then you get a nice little hint of honeysuckle at the end. This one seemed a tad sweeter than the others.

The Strawberry + Basil was also a hit. Not too sweet, and the basil complimented the strawberry flavor quite nicely. Definitely a pair I wasn’t expecting to work for a drink.

 

Overall, I like these. Definitely worth a try. The flavors can intimidate — mint drink? blueberry flavored sparkling drink? BASIL IN MY DRINK!?! But don’t let it! They are all quite delicious and refreshing. (Im not sure, can I reiterate that they are refreshing again? 🙂 )  Don’t be fooled, they are NOT sweet/sugary, but rather just the right amount of flavor where you can pair it with dinner or just drink it on it’s own. I also really like the can designs… cute. Bravo.

 

Here is the facts below:

DISCLAIMER: I was sent these products for free. This is an unbiased review.
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.



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