Categories: Drinks

Almond Milk is a STAPLE in my fridge. The people I live with at home don’t understand it. They snub my almond milk (without even trying it) and continue to drink their skim or chocolate milk, without giving almond milk a chance. Which, hey, is fine with me because almond milk is more pricy than their cow’s milk, and they drink milk like it’s going out of style. So, more for me!

So, browsing the store for an Almond Milk on sale (although, let’s be real here, I only really get Silk or Almond Breeze unless there’s a crazy sale for a store brand or something), I spotted this gem. Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend. Uh… can we say yummy? Love almond milk, even though it can be a little plain sometimes, and love coconut milk, even though it can be a little overpowering sometimes. Now I can have both??? Sweet. 😎

So I poured some onto my cereal (Cinnamon Pecan Special K….I love you) and added a no-calorie sweetener packet. Took a scoop, and was pleasantly surprised.

No.

VERY pleasantly surprised.

It was really good! The flavor of the almond and the coconut worked so well together! I tasted the almond at first, and then had the yummy coconut after taste. The blend was silky and smooth, and had the consistency of skim milk, but even creamier.  I did try a bit unsweetened with no additional sweetener packet, and the flavor was pretty much the same. The flavor is powerful and yummy enough to eat without the packet, but by default I added it as I normally buy unsweetened almond milk.

OVERALL, a definite buy! I will buy it again. Plus look at these awesome benefits.

So, overall, 4.5 stars. And at 45 calories a cup? And it’s light enough on my stomach I don’t get sick at the gym? NICE!

I dont know about you, but I LOVE cranberry juice. Tart, yet sweet, and just delicious. One thing about juice? Super easy to drink, and full of calories. Which is good if it’s 100% fruit juice and your only having a glass every now and then, but if leaves me feeling unsatisfied (still hungry!!) and I always want more!

So, I was contacted to see if I wanted to try Cranberry Naturals Cranberry Apple and Cranberry Grape Juice Cocktails for free. According to the bottles, these are reduced calorie juice cocktails that are sweetened with truvia. They also have no HFCS (yay!) and have “no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners”.

Sounds good to me!

I tried the Cranberry Apple flavor first.

It had a yummy apple juice smell to it, with just a hint of cranberry.  It definitely tasted like a hybrid of apple and cranberry juice. The sweetness of the apple blended with the tartness of the cranberry. It wasn’t as sweet as usual and had a more milder flavor, but was still pretty good. I actually really liked it!

Next up, the Cranberry Grape flavor.

I liked this one even more! I could certainly taste more of the grape flavor, but since it wasn’t super sweet it took on more of a white grape juice flavor. The cranberry flavor got a little bit lost, but there was still a mild tartness to it that I enjoyed.

Overall, these are delicious! I honestly could not really tell it was a reduced calorie drink, because the sweetness and flavor were both present in each flavor. I would love to buy these in the future and introduce them to you guys!

(Scroll down for a giveaway!)

4 stars


SO, want to try them for yourself?!

One winner (United States only) will win 4 coupons for free bottles of the juice cocktail!

How to enter:
*MANDATORY*

1. What’s your favorite type of juice? If you don’t drink juice, why not?

OPTIONAL but encouraged :o)

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Giveaway ends March 8th, 12 PM. Good luck!

18 Feb 2012, Comments (0)

Zico Premium Chocolate Coconut Water

Author: Healthnuttxo

I know what you might be thinking if your not a foodie or don’t like to stray beyond the “norm” when it comes to foods and beverages- coconut water? Chocolate coconut water?

Well…..don’t. Especially if it’s this one, Zico Premium Chocolate Coconut Water. It’s SO GOOD!

I picked it up at the store after I felt like I needed a little boost. It was one of those days. Those slept through my alarm clock, couldn’t find the appropriate outfit to wear, and walked too close to the edge of the sidewalk so a car came and splashed a puddle on me days.

*sigh*

What I really needed was a giant cookie (and maybe a hug), but for some reason, this gem called my name.

It reminded me a lot of chocolate milk. Sweet but not overly sweet, but with a yummy chocolate flavor, but I can tell it was dark chocolate. However, I’m not a big dark chocolate fan at ALL, and I was really happy drinking this, as it was a mild “dark” flavor. I didn’t really taste any coconut, which I dont know if I was supposed to or not since it’s water from coconut. It was thinner in consistency than milk would be, but still had a creamy taste.

Overall, I really liked it! I would definitely buy it again. Unique, and delicious :). And look at those health benefits!

4 stars


How many fruits and veggies do you REALLY eat daily? No, I don’t personally count the 3 pieces of freeze-dried fruit in your cereal or the bag of potato chips you had as a fruit or vegetable serving, although some may. I try to eat as many fruits and veggies as possible, but understandable, sometimes it is hard to reach that quota of a daily reccomended serving.

SO, I was excited to try Fruitmania Fruit Drink, a free sample I got that also came with Smart-meal snx PROGEL, which I shall review at a later date. According to the box, this is a drink that has “12 fruits and vegetables and essential nutrients”, “No artificial sweeteners, no artificial coloring, no preservatives” is dairy, fat, lactose, gluten, wheat, yeast and cholesterol free AND has “no aspartame”. To top it all off…the letters on the box say “over 2 lbs. of fruits and vegetables packed into every bottle!”

Hmm. I was skeptical. I’m always skeptical. Even if there are this many fruits/veggies, how would it taste?! Bitter? Overly sweet? Like spinach juice? Here’s a closeup of what it looked like.

Not exactly appealing…however, it smelled kind of like a cherry/strawberry fruit-roll up I used to eat as a kid. But how did it taste?

Not bad, but not exactly fantastic. It had a strawberry-cherry flavor, and was sweet yet toned down at the same time. It left an after-taste in my mouth, kind of like when I drink an artificially flavored/sweetened fruit drink or something like that, although it stated it had no fake sweeteners on the box. It had the texture of an almond milk, where it was smooth but had a little bit more thickness than water.

It was only a 2.5 oz bottle, so I think if I had this again I don’t need to sip on it slowly, and can just drink it rather quickly, or maybe add it to a smoothie. It didn’t taste bad at all, but didn’t taste as “natural” as I thought it would.

After reading over the ingredients, I saw it had Stevia in it, which I would account for that less-than-just-fruit-juice flavor. However, it really isn’t bad, and if given in the future I would drink it as a pre or post gym pick-me-up. I also read the fine print- which said “1 Bottle is infused with: 12 concentrated fruits and vegetables and 5 grams of prebiotic fiber”. So, the mini bottle is basically just fruit/veggie concentrates, with a few other ingredients, which doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as actually eating the whole fruit or veggie, but still isn’t bad.

So overall, 3 stars.

How many fruits and/or veggies do you eat every day? I’d say most days I get 2 servings of fruit, 4-6 servings of veggies. Not bad if I don’t say so myself!

28 Oct 2011, Comments (5)

Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda

Author: Healthnuttxo

Pumpkin Pie Soda. Say whaaaaaat?!

I saw this in Whole Foods, and KNEW I had to try it. Really? Pumpkin Pie soda? How can that even be?!

It came in a 6 pack, or individual. I thought it would be best to try one, and then if I (hopefully!!) liked it, go back and buy the 6 pack of these sodas. I mean, how on earth could Pumpkin Pie Soda taste bad, given the fact I LOVE pumpkin, LOVE pumpkin pie, and well, not going to lie, soda is yummy too!!

I opened up the top and poured some out. It certainly screamed pumpkin with the color, and it even smelled like pumpkin. We were headed off to a good start.

Eagerly, I took a sip.

🙁 Gross.

In fact, it turned my stomach a bit. It was nasty. It really was not good at all. Upon first taste, ALL I tasted was sugar. It had this syrupy, sugary taste to it. Almost like a artificially flavored pumpkin lollipop would taste if it was melted down and carbonated.

It had somewhat of a vanilla creme flavor too, but it was not good. BLECH. I only took two sips and poured the rest out.

OVERALL, my first 1/2 star rating. I would never buy or drink this again. And I’m really disappointed because I really wanted to like this!!!!!

Here’s the nutritional facts, which also aren’t pretty. And no wonder it was so sweet, look at all that sugar!!

I’m not a big fan of energy drinks- I barely even drink coffee (I’m much more of a latte person anyway (;  ) But, the other day I went to Jamba Juice to get a smoothie, and they handed me one to try for free. Why not? It was all natural, and I was already a fan of Jamba Juice. I had a feeling it was going to be good.

So, yesterday before the gym, I had some oatmeal, some fruit, and this Jamba Juice All Natural Strawberry Banana Energy Drink. Straight from the can, it said that the drink contains “80 mg of natural caffeine per can”, “natural caffeine to help support mental alertness”, and  “no artificial colors, artificial flavors, taurine, or other ingredients you need a degree in chemistry to understand” (Ha- I thought that one was funny. Yet true. Some ingredients I dont know, and I TOOK a course in chemistry!)

So already, I thought I was going to like this. I love strawberry banana flavored things, and  I loved how it was a natural drink with a boost of caffeine.

I opened the slim can, and took a sip. It had a very light fizz to it, that I liked. Not so bubbly, but not entirely flat where it was like juice. It had a strawberry flavor, with a mild banana aftertaste. It wasn’t super sweet, however, and I really wish it was sweeter. I felt it was almost dulled down a little bit, and I was searching for some extra sweetness.

All in all, it reminded me of what a strawberry banana yogurt would taste like, with the light carbonation of a soda. A little awkward, but not bad. I CERTAINLY had plenty of energy at the gym, which I partly give credit to the energy drink. I was dragging a little bit during the day, and the drink helped perk me up! I would drink it again, but perhaps add a pinch of stevia. 3 stars

What’s your favorite energy drink?


I absolutely love almond milk. I mostly have it with cereal and fruit for breakfast before going to the gym in the morning. Although it’s low on protein, I find it’s lighter on my stomach than dairy is, and I have never had a problem with it.

So, the other day at Trader Joe’s, I went to get some Almond Milk and noticed that Trader Joe’s had their own version. I’m always up for trying new brands, so I put it in my cart and bought it.

Once home, I tried it two ways. By itself, and with cereal and fruit with 1 packet of stevia sweetener, seeing as it was the unsweetened variety.

By itself, it was really creamy tasting- almost like the cream you put in coffee. There really wasn’t much vanilla flavor otherwise, but I could have totally used it as is with my cereal.

Next, with the cereal/fruit/stevia, it had a  VERY strong vanilla flavor. I was amazed at how the sweetness I added really brought out the vanilla in this almond milk. So good! But very unique, I dont think I have ever had an almond milk with that much vanilla flavor (and I add the same amount of sweetness to my cereal every morning!)

Overall, pretty good! I would get it again. Some things to note that it stated on the carton was that this is “Gluten Free”, “Lactose Free”, “Dairy Free” and “Vegan”. It’s also a tad high in sodium, 180 mg, but I’m not overly concerned with my sodium levels so I think that’s a good level for me. 4 stars

1 cup is 40 calories, 3 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

What’s your favorite type of milk? rice? almond? oat? Please let me know! 🙂

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I really happen to enjoy tea- both warm and iced. Nothing like a cup of warm tea on a cold, wintry day or some iced tea to go with a meal. I got a coupon to try one of the Tazo Zero Calorie Naturally Sweetened Iced Teas, and the only one available at my grocery store was the Refresh flavor, so I decided to give that one a try.

This tea has no caffeine, and according to the bottle is an “herbal infusion with peppermint and spearmint”. I love when drinks have natural sweeteners AND aren’t loaded with refined, white sugar, so I was happy to give this a try.

Unfortunately, I really did not enjoy it. The bottle claims to be “naturally sweetened” but I did not taste even a hint of sweetness. It reminded me of a watered down black tea with a minty aftertaste. The smell was very minty and rather strong, so I was sort of expecting a stronger mint flavor, but it really wasn’t as strong as I had thought it would be. I just really did not enjoy it.

Overall, this gets 1 star from me. While I love that it’s sweetened naturally, and I guess I can see why perhaps it’s called “refresh”, like a mint can refresh someone after eating a meal, it’s just not my cup of tea (no pun intended ;P ). Perhaps the other flavors of Passion or Zen might be tastier.

8 fl oz is 0 calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbohydrates (1 gram of erythritol), and 0 grams of protein.

Although I have already done a review of Zevia soda in the past, I’m doing another. And guess what? A GIVEAWAY TOO!

For those of you who never heard of Zevia, here’s some info about it from the website “ZEVIA is the first all natural zero calorie soda. With only pure ingredients, ZEVIA contains none of the chemically processed artificial sugar substitutes, artificial flavors or artificial colors found in other diet sodas. ZEVIA is all-natural, has zero calories, zero net carbs, zero fat, and little or no sodium (depending on flavor).”

Zevia was even mentioned in the September issue of O magazine!

Well? Let’s get started! =)

I opened up the Ginger Root Beer first. Ah, a crisp, good flavor. Can definitely taste some of the ginger. It wasn’t super sweet, but rather just the right amount. I also loved that there was no caffeine in this flavor! 4 stars

Next up, Lemon Lime Twist. So refreshing! Also, not too sweet, but just the right amount. Also a really good blend of both lemon and lime flavors. Perfect to drink on a sunny, warm day! 4 stars

Next, Cola. This one was a bit sweeter, and not as carbonated/bubbly as the other flavors. It had sort of a cola syrupy taste to it, but was enjoyable. Went perfect with my dinner of pizza & steamed broccoli! 4 stars

Moving on to Orange- This one had a delicate yet tasty flavor. It was mildly sweet, with a tiny bit of zest to it. Yummy orange flavor! 4 stars

Next up, Dr. Zevia. Yum! I really liked this one. A good about of sweetness, and light cherry flavor. There was just a little bit of a zing or spice to it as well. It wasn’t super carbonated/bubbly, which I liked, and was quite tasty. This one gets 4 1/2 stars

Black Cherry- my other favorite, this one had a good amount of sweetness, was bubbly, and I could certainly detect a black cherry flavor. Refreshing! 4 1/2 stars

Now, THE GIVEAWAY!!

1 winner (United States Only) will win ONE SIX PACK of assorted flavors of Zevia!

How to enter:
Please leave a comment for each below. If the entry counts as two  entries, leave two comments!

1. *Mandatory*
What if your favorite way to use stevia? If you don’t currently use it, then what is your favorite sweetener to eat/use?

*Optional*
2. two entries! Blog about this giveaway, and leave a link in the comment section!
3. tweet about this giveaway!
4. Follow me on twitter!
5. Add me to your blogroll!

Contest ends Sunday, September 12th, 2010 at 12PM.

13 Aug 2010, Comments (1)

Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda The Grove

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’ll be honest, I’m not a big soda drinker. I prefer water/flavored water, juices or milk for my beverages, but every now and then I DO get a craving for and iced cold soda.

 So, I was excited when I was given some soda from Hansen’s, like the Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda in The Grove flavor. According to the can, this has “no caffeine, no preservatives, no caffeine, no sodium” and has “all natural flavors”. Sounds like my kind of soda! 🙂

First of all, I really liked the design of the can. It was very almost tropical looking, with leaves, and bright colors like pink, yellow and green. I’ll be honest- it was quite pretty!

So I opened up the can, and took a sip. At first I was a bit surprised, I actually expected it to be sweeter than it was, which actually I didn’t mind. It was very light and fruity tasting, with lemon-lime and strawberry flavors. I think it’s a really good soda for the summer because it is very light and refreshing. Overall, I’m giving it 3 1/2 stars. Although it’s not something I would drink everyday, I think it was a refreshing and very nice tropical tasting treat. 🙂

1 can is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 34 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

Pure Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors with Extracts of California And/Or Florida Limes and Lemons, U.S. Strawberries and Yumberries.

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