Categories: Frozen Foods

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Hot Pockets sent me some yummy goodies! I got some coupons to try complimentary new Hot Pocket Snack Bites, and saw these 2 at my local Stop n Shop. Pepperoni Pizza and Ham and Cheese.

These are perfect since Halloween is right around the corner, and they are filled with yummy protein and carbs to fill you and your kids up before a night of trick or treating! Also they are cooked in roughly over a minute per 4 bites. Quick, yummy, and easy!

Here is the Pepperoni Pizza up close. They didn’t ooze out the sides like I am used to with a Hot Pocket (there’s always a LITTLE bit of filling that comes out!)
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The Pepperoni Pizza ones were pretty good. They lacked on the pepperoni flavor, but I certainly tasted the sauce and cheese. They were a little doughy, and I feel the filling to dough ratio was a little off, and wished there was more filling. They weren’t super salty or anything, but tasty none the less. A good little carby snack, great for kids after school, because a 4 piece serving is perfect.

 

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Next up, the Ham and Cheese. These were a little doughy as well, and needed a tad more filling BUT they were more full than the other flavor. I wish the crust was a little more buttery or toasted in flavor, as it felt a bit undercooked in terms of flavor. They weren’t super salty, and I actually really liked this flavor. The ham had good flavor, like a cold cut, and it tasted like american or cheddar cheese.

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a 4 piece serving (Pepperoni Pizza) is 210 calories, 8 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbs, and 7 grams of protein. They are not loaded with protein, but these snacks will fill you up. I had two to try them out, and was pleased with the size. The sodium is roughly 330 mg per 4 bites, which is high but not horrible for a frozen food.

Without a coupon, these were roughly 3-5$ (depending on the store) which is a little expensive. I got them for a little over 3 dollars, but bought them again and they were 4.99$.  You get 3 servings out of them, which is good for 3 small kids, or one hungry older brother (ahem…my older brother).

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I received this product free of charge. This is an unbiased review.
30 Jul 2015, Comments (0)

Atkins Stone Fired Cheese Pizza

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Saw this baby at Super Stop n Shop I believe…HAD to buy it!  As a Diabetic, I watch my carbs very seriously, and try to keep them on the lower side. So Low carb pizza?!?! Put me down!!!

I cooked it in the microwave, the suggested method, on the silver plate it comes with. Here’s what it looked like:


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KIND of comical in comparison to the box and how it depicts it to look…LOL

I ended up putting in the toaster oven as well for 2 min to crisp up the bottom crust a little more and get the cheese more melty.

How does it taste?? Honestly…it was pretty good! The crust is super thin, so you get mostly a sauce and cheese taste. The microwave created a crust that in circumference was rather tough and chewy as opposed to crunchy, so if I bought this again I might use toaster oven only on a bake setting, not the microwave.

 

The sauce—-> not too much of it, not super salty, pretty tasty. It might have had some parmesan cheese or something mixed in it because it had some flavors other than “tomato” which is yummy to me, it was like a 4 cheese type of sauce.

The cheese—>a little greasy, I think it was a combination of mozzarella and parmesan, but it was certainly flavorful, and NOT that yucky low fat cheese. This was real cheese!

The Crust—> honestly, it was kind of bland alone (but then again, there isn’t much “crust”, it’s all coated by cheese and sauce), but still good. Had a wheat flavor, but went well with the cheese and sauce and was a good base.

The NET CARBS?? —> So what’s the verdict? Did my blood sugar spike? Was it REALLY 11 net carbs? Honestly, SUPER happy about this part. My blood sugar went LOW after dinner! Not normally a good thing but very unexpected when eating a pizza! I only gave enough insulin for the recommended 11 net carbs, and I ended up going lower than expected. BRAVO, Atkins!

 

Overall, would buy again. Atkins products are pricy, and I wasn’t super full after this, but pair it with some green veggies and you have a perfect light dinner with minimal effective carbs. Great Diabetic friendly pizza. 4 stars

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14 May 2015, Comments (0)

Blake’s Shepherd’s Pie

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Mmmm. Shepherd’s Pie. One of my favorites. I saw this at Target, and used a coupon  mailed to me at the courtesy of Blake’s…thanks guys! 🙂

There were two cooking methods…microwave oven or conventional oven. I chose microwave (because I’m lazy). I decided tonight would be a good time for a microwave dinner because
1. It was hot, and I didn’t feel like cooking
2. My normal raging appetite was on the low side today, so a smaller portion meal would suffice

Onward we go! After 4 minutes in the microwave, I let it sit for a bit (because I’ve scorched my tongue WAY too many times doing frozen food to microwave reviews…and perhaps I have finally learned better) and then dug in. Here’s what the inside looked like:

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Heavenly.

Let’s start from the Top to the bottom, shall we?

The mashed potatoes laid on the top. They reminded me of a whipped potato, fluffy and airy, and had a bit of a “country” feel to it. They had a slight taste of garlic but were otherwise on the bland side. It was fine though, since this meal isn’t really intended to eat piece by piece…I just like to dissect my meals.

The corn underneath was sweet, fresh and crisp. There was certainly plenty of it as well, which was good because I always feel I need something moderately “crunchy” in a meal, and the corn is obviously a classic for Shepherd’s Pie. I applaud.

The beef underneath was great as well. It was chopped up very fine, almost minced, and I almost wish it had bigger chunks. That is totally personal preference though, since my mother’s cooking always had bigger chunks of beef for “chop meat”, so I am kind of used to that. However, the beef was fresh and tasty, and had this “clean” feel to it. I can’t describe it other than it tasted fresh. I wonder if it was grass fed beef, since the beef flavor was prominent. It was juicy, not oily, and there were visible onions I saw on the bottom layer as well that helped with flavor.

All together? Pretty dang good. It was small, but hearty for it’s size, and there were good ratios of each of the 3 components. I added a pat of butter on the mashed potatoes and it tied everything together. My only complaint really is that the mashed potatoes I think need a little work, but overall, a good  light meal.

The sodium content is great, only 520 mg for a box (which isn’t that bad for frozen foods), and 18 grams of protein is enticing as well. There are 5 grams of saturated fat, and since the beef tasted lean, I checked ingredients and saw cream, so I assume that is what the saturated fat is from. Regardless, 4 out of 5 stars.

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I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
22 Apr 2015, Comments (11)

Blake’s Hearty Beef Stew

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Saw this at Target today (the best store in the world, duh) and decided to give it a whirl. I often stay away from frozen dinners for a few reasons…
1. Full of sodium (hellooooo bloating)
2. Full of preservatives (how about some BHT with your carrots?)
3. Teeny portions for a lot of money

And while this one looked small, the sodium levels were low, and it was a natural dish so no preservatives or colors added. I’ve also had Blake’s chicken pot pie before and it was scrumptious. So I decided to give it a whirl.

Suggested cooking method is the oven. Did I use the oven? Of course I did….the microwave oven (see what I did there?) 😉

Here’s what it looked like:
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Smaller than I thought. Frozen dinner? How about a frozen snack….

There was literally 3 pieces of beef in here. THREE. TEENY. PIECES. I am a big girl (okay, I’m not a big girl, but my stomach likes big portions), and I can easily down a plate of meatballs, steak, hamburger, etc. And still be hungry. So I knew this wasn’t promising.

The first piece of beef was scrumptious. Soft, tender, flavorful. Bits of garlic and pepper, perfectly complimented with the gravy. Reminded me of the stew my mom used to make…mmm.

The other two pieces of beef were fatty. Half fat I should say. White, visible fat. Chewy and bleh. Some people like fatty meat. I am not one of them. Moving on…

The carrots and peas were on point. Carrots were perfect consistency, and peas were nice and crisp. It reminded me of the inside of a pot pie. Both flavorful and fresh. Very good.

The square potatoes were an epic fail. These were supposed to be red skin potatoes? They tasted like the super starchy brown ones you can make french fries with. They were essentially a block of mush. Starchy mush. Awful.

The gravy was thick, but gelatinous, which probably meant it had a high fat content. And seeing as my mere 3 pieces of beef could not possibly contribute all 12 grams of fat, I assume the rest of the fat was in the gravy. Which I will admit, was delicious and flavorful. It held the dish together nicely and went well with everything. Even those awful potatoes.

Overall? Meh. Hearty? Hardly. I wasn’t even hungry when I ate this and I think I am hungrier post meal. Would not buy again, but if bought for me I would eat it. 2 1/2 stars

 

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Alright! So I already did a review of the original Cluck’nMOO burgers, which you can view here, and I absolutely loved them. So the company approached me and asked if I wanted to try their new  burgers, made with Kale, so I happily obliged.

I cooked these babies up with some broccoli on the side, and some cheese on top. They were relatively easy to cook- I defrosted them first in the refrigerator, and then pan-fried them over medium heat with a little nonstick spray. They were super juicy when I cut into them to see if they were done- juices literally poured out all over the pan. I had to remember, I could NOT eat these “a little pink” because they were made with chicken, not just beef, and raw chicken is a big no no!

Here is them all cooked up! You can see the tiny pieces of green kale on the burger with no cheese. (except that giant green blob on the bottom…that’s a piece of broccoli, hah!)

And here is a close up of it cut

The kale is relatively undetectable in the burger.  This can be seen 1 of 2 ways. A positive, if you don’t like vegetables, but want to eat vegetables in the form of meat (haha). A negative, if you really wanted the taste of kale to be present. The color dissipates as you cook it, so only a few green specs were shown on the cooked burger.

HOWEVER, the burger is still awesome. Super juicy, tender, and flavorful. It tasted like a 90% lean hamburger (or cheeseburger…). The chicken flavor I thought was not really detected, but in my opinion was still a good thing, since it lowered the fat and calories of the burger, since beef is relatively fatty if you want it to be flavorful/juicy.  There is 11 grams of fat, 4 saturated, and 190 calories per burger. I easily ate 2, one with cheese, one without, with some low sugar ketchup (I’m a diabetic), and a big side of broccoli with a smear of butter, and called it dinner! Delish! 4.5 stars

I received these burgers for free from the company. This is a sponsored post. In no way, shape or form are my thoughts altered. This review is 100% unbiased.

If there is one food that I love…it is beef! I used to avoid beef like the plague…for whatever reason…but since I reintroduced it back into my diet a little over a year ago, I can’t get enough! Meatballs, burgers, I love it all. However, beef usually pays a price in my diet. It is either super delicious, and high in fat and calories, or, still tasty but rather dry, and thus lower in fat and calories.

So, I was excited when Cluck’n Moo offered me to try their Grass Fed Beef & Chicken Burgers. Not to be confused as two separate products…they are one burger, meshed together! These burgers are made without any antibiotic use, have 52% less fat than the USDA standard for ground beef  and 34% less calories than the  USDA standard for ground beef (according to the package).  I was super excited to try these!

By the time I got the package, it was in a cooler but partially thawed out, so I figured why not cook them now? I fryed them up in a frying pan over medium low heat with some non stick cooking spray. I did not add any seasonings except a sprinkle of sea salt. I noticed that the burger raw was very soft.

While cooking, I cut it open to see if it was done, and juices just POURED out! I’ve never seen such a juicy burger before!
Naturally, I cooked it a little longer. Normally a little pink would not bother me for a burger BUT you have to remember that there is raw chicken in this burger as well, and raw chicken is a HUGE no no!

After it was done, I put a piece of cheese on top.
The burger did shrink a little bit after cooking, as most do, and ended up being about the size of a little bit bigger than my palm. I had it plain, no bun, with some veggies, and sorry NOT sorry, I ended up eating 2 in one sitting. These were GOOD!

They are super tender, and very moist. It honestly tastes exactly like it was 100% beef. You cannot tell there is chicken in it, and I love that. It was not dry or tough at all. It had the flavor of an 85-90% lean beef burger, but was definitely more moist. I knew it was a hit when someone in my house came downstairs and asked for a hamburger…he had no idea!

Overall, I am giving these 4 1/2 stars. I love that they are grass fed, no antibiotic use, and lower in calories and fat. There are still around 11 grams of fat per patty,with 4 of that saturated, so that deducts half a star, however, I would rather eat some fat in a burger and scrimp on fat elsewhere in my diet. DEEE-lish!!!

Here are the nutritional facts:

This is a sponsored post. I also received the product to try for free. My review is 100% unbiased.

Hey peeps!

I got two new flavors of Oikos Frozen Yogurt sent to me to try for free for a review. I was certainly excited! I was a frozen yogurt JUNKIE in my freshman year of college. I also didn’t count macros- I only counted calories back then. So I thought it was perfectly acceptable to eat a bowl of frozen yogurt loaded with toppings as long as I stayed in my calorie range (LOL!!). I was also a cardio bunny at the time and barely lifted a weight…oh, what a sad, sad time for me. Haha. If you like cardio, I am not knocking it, I just LOVE weight lifting!!

ANYWAY!

Off topic…because that’s how I normally do ;D… onto the fro yo! I put both flavors in a bowl

I tried the Chocolate first. It was creamy, soft and tasted just like ice cream! It was certainly sweet, and had a predominant dark chocolate flavor. It was smooth, refreshing, and very, very good! It tasted almost like those fudge Popsicles on a cardboard stick I used to eat when I was little. However, it was super creamy and not icy at all! I wouldn’t have known it was frozen yogurt if the carton didn’t say so 🙂 4.5 stars

Onto the Key Lime flavor… this one was also refreshing and sweet. It tasted honestly JUST like a key lime flavored yogurt. So if you like that flavor, you would like this ice cream. It was tangy and had a little zing at the end, that I thought might be ginger but it was not listed on the ingredient list. It was good, but I wouldn’t buy it in the future. Not my cup of tea. 3 stars

Overall, I like these! The chocolate is the way to go in my opinion. But I would love to sample more flavors! I generally stay away from sweets because of my Diabetes, especially low fat/ high sugar ones like this because of the glycemic spike, but a few tastes every now and then is awfully nice after a hard day at the gym or a sweaty, sunny day. Enjoy your day guys!

23 May 2013, Comments (0)

Alexia Mushroom Bites

Author: Healthnuttxo

….Mushroom bites? Really? Mushrooms?

Don’t be grossed out! They were actually pretty good. And I’m not really a mushroom fan… I tend to pick them out of my entrees or just leave them on the side. I went through a brief period where I loved mushrooms and then I had just one mushroom that was too squishy and that there ended my mushroom eating career.

But I was willing to give mushroom bites a chance? Alexia sent me these for free to try, and being that I do love a few of Alexia’s products, such as their sweet potato tots/fries, I was more than willing to try these. I heated them up in the oven and a friend of mine and I gave them a try.

After cooking these guys up, I noticed they were about half of the size of a ping pong or golf ball. They had a mild garlic flavor and were a tad bit peppery as well. The breading falls off pretty easily, but is absolutely delicious. Not dry at all, and full of flavor. The mushroom itself is rather moist, a little squishy (but hey! It’s a mushroom!) but small enough so it is not overwhelming. It doesn’t really have much flavor by itself.  I got one bite with no mushroom at all (can you spot it above??! haha) which was of no complaint…some good ol’ breading 🙂 The bites as a whole were not too salty either, which  I really liked since I feel like frozen food is always LOADED with sodium. These were perfect by themselves…no condiments needed!

I actually really enjoyed these! I only got to eat like two of them since I’m on a lower carb diet for now, but I definitely wanted more! My friend seemed to like them as well. I give them 4 stars


Yummy! More protein-filled finds.

NOW, when it comes to protein, I think closest to nature is best. Chicken breast, eggs, turkey, things like that. However, a nice switch up every now and then is definitely called for and satisfies a craving. Today’s find? These vegetarian Morning Star Farms Maple Flavored Sausage Patties!

We all know how much I adore maple, right? 😉

I’ll admit the ingredients aren’t perfect as I’d like them to be, but the nutritional facts pack a nice punch to make up for it. 80 calories a patty and 10 grams of protein- that I like!

I cooked these up in a skillet with some non cook spray. I also added a wee but of SF Maple Syrup for fun. They ended up cooking soft on the inside, and nice and crispy on the outside.

Upon first bite? YES! These were certainly delicious. They had a smoked flavor, and were slightly sweet from the maple. They tasted just like regular sausage! The consistency on the inside had some texture, kind of like a veggie burger, but was very soft. I think next time I may even add more maple syrup for more enhanced flavor 🙂

Overall, delicious! I will definitely buy these again. I’m a little bummed there’s only 6 in a box, and I ate 3 at a time which can be expensive. However, I think they’re a great addition to my protein family I call the fridge/freezer. And 10 grams of protein is great for a little patty! 4.5 stars

What’s your favorite protein-filled food? Mine is ground turkey (lean of course!). Perfect for burgers and meatloaf!

Something new for me to try! Browsing the aisle at Whole Foods, I wanted to try something out of the ordinary (or at least so for me) to have as a snack or as part of a meal.

I decided to pick up these and give them a try. The ingredients and nutritional information seemed pretty good and up to Lisa standards, and……they looked so cute! And, since I’m lazy, I did the microwave method. What can I say? Hate to clean any extra pans if I don’t have to 😛

Here’s what they looked like out of the microwave. How cute are they?! So tiny!

I didn’t know what to dip them in really so, I went for ketchup. I dip almost everything in ketchup. Don’t judge me. 🙂

The wontons came out chewy and soft from the microwave, but still had a decent texture. They weren’t greasy at all, or even oily, which was nice. They definitely had a bit of spice and some heat to them! And on one side, I could definitely taste the garlic, but the chicken flavor was pretty lost. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you it was chicken flavored if the package didn’t say so. The wrapper itself was also rather bland, light and flavorless.

Overall, these were alright. A bit too spicy for me, but the ketchup was a surprisingly good pairing since the sweetness of the ketchup balanced out the bit of kick in the wontons. I did like how these were low in calories and I could have 2 servings for a still relatively low amount of calories/fat. SO, overall, 3 stars.

If you could make any flavor wonton, what would you? In honor of national peanut butter & jelly day…I want PB&J wontons!!!!! That would be so yummy 😉 Although, no worries, I would not dip that flavor in ketchup. Ew.

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