Categories: Fruit/Fruity Snacks

6 Feb 2017, Comments (0)

Crispy Fruit Freeze Dried Fruit

Author: Healthnuttxo

Do you like the sweetness of fruit, but hate that you sometimes get a non-ripe (read: not sweet) piece? Or you take it to work and it gets all bruised in your bag? Well Crispy Fruit is the perfect solution to that. Freeze dried fruit, with nothing added, and comes in a ton of flavors.

I happen to be a fan of freeze dried fruit- it’s JUST fruit, but not as caloric as dried fruit. It’s puffy and soft but often sweet and flavorful. The portions are small, so this is good when you are craving something sweet that at 30-70 calories a bag or so, will not break your diet!

So let’s get started:

Banana 

Crunchy and sweet…but NOT to be confused with banana chip. It had the exact sweetness of a ripe banana, but as a caveat, will get stuck in your teeth. However it is super yummy, and a decent portion in a bag. 4 stars

Cantaloupe

Some fruit should just not be freeze dried and this might be one of the. It was sweet but almost had a salty taste to it…which was rather offputting to me. It had a very light crunch, and dissolved in my mouth. However, it was VERY ripe in taste (which I do not like even in fresh Cantaloupe) so, NOT my favorite. 

2 star

Asian pear

This one was Mild in flavor, easily melted in my mouth, and was lightly sweet. Again, tastes like very ripe pear due to sweetness level, and was overall enjoyable. 

3.5 star

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Pineapple

Easily my favorite, big chunks, that are super sweet and crunch. They were not tart at all, and Honestly I wish there was more. Tastes like perfectly ripe pineapple 

4.5 stars

Apple

Apple chunks were super “light” and “crunchy” but “soft” if that makes sense. They had the sweetness of dried apple, but a bit more mild. Not my favorite, and apples generally are my favorite fruit, but just didn’t have any strong flavor to them that I was craving.

3 stars

Mango

This one was great! Big chunks of mango, sweet and crispy with a nice little crunch. Sometimes when you buy mango, you get a really unripe or sour one, and that just ruins the whole experience. This freeze dried version provides all of the sweetness without the mess or sour aspect mango can sometimes have. Really liked this one.

4 stars

Tangerine

I’ll be honest, Tangerine was the last one I tried because I thought I would hate it, but it was actually amazing. It came in wedges, just like you would eat with a tangerine, and was really light and crispy. One of the reasons I don’t like Tangerines is because of the pulp issue, but obviously not a concern here. These were amazingly sweet with just a hint of tang. Definitely liked these.

4 stars

So that just about sums it up. Clearly, I enjoyed (almost) all of these. The portions were great for a snack, and sweet enough to fix a sweet tooth craving without any added sugar. They are all natural, gluten free and NON-GMO verified.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product 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.
9 Jan 2016, Comments (0)

Crunchies Freeze Dried Fruit

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I LOVE freeze dried fruit! Especially when there is no sugar or flavorings added, and you get to enjoy the goodness of fruit, with just a crunchy twist!

I was sent a few bags of freeze dried fruit from Crunchies.  These snacks are gluten free, NON-GMO certified, and have NOTHING added, just the fruit! Each bag comes with a zipper to keep fresh, and each bag contains about 3 servings of fruit. They come in Strawberry, Grape, Raspberry, Mixed Fruit, Blueberry, Pineapple, Strawberry Banana, and Cinnamon Apple.

The bags are delicious. I inhaled a bag per day when sampling these, all too easy. Since some of these are repeats (example: the mixed fruit contains banana, apple, strawberry, and blueberry), I am going to write how each fruit tasted.

Starting with my favorite, the Grapes. These were beyond delicious. SO sweet, but in a good way, and crunchy. They almost tasted candied! They were the purple grapes, and since freeze dried, also gave off a little bit of a raisin feel.

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Next up, my second favorite, the Pineapple. Again, super crunchy, and large chunks of triangular shaped pineapple. Bursting with sweetness, and slight tartness, these were just so good right out of the bag. Imagine fresh, sweet pineapple…without the juice!

Next up, my third favorite, the Cinnamon Apples. Ohhh so so good! Light and airy, not as “crispy” as the other fruits, but sweet nonetheless. The cinnamon was a perfect accompaniment, and helped bring out the sweetness. I love apples, but every now and then you get a sour one. Not with these! They were super sweet, just like I like them, almost like a Gala apple.

Next up, the Blueberries. These I wasn’t crazy about, but was still pretty good. Blueberries can be hit or miss to me, sometimes sour, sometimes sweet, sometimes flavorless. These were mild in flavor, and a bit tart. I think they would be good in a plain yogurt or a cereal.

Next up, the Strawberries. These were too tart for me to eat by themselves. They came alone in a bag, and then also with Banana. The banana was sweet and mild in flavor, with a slight crunch, and it balanced out the tartness of the strawberries. Eaten together, I liked the mixture. Eaten apart, I loved the bananas, but didn’t care for the strawberries as they were too tart. I think they would be better in some cold cereal with milk.

Lastly, the raspberries. I am not a huge raspberry fan to begin with, and these are essentially identical to fresh raspberries, but without the juiciness. They were too tart for me, and didn’t provide much natural sweetness. I like rasperry flavored things more than I enjoy actual raspberries.

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My only complaint was that for the mixed fruit and the strawberry banana bags, the strawberries were rather dominant over the other fruit.

Each bag had about 40 calories per serving with 1/4-1/2 cup serving each.

One caveat is that even though there is a zipper seal, they will go soft on you within a week or so. So eat em quick! Although I don’t see that as being a problem. Another drawback is that these are on the expensive side… 6 -1.2 oz bags (3 servings) costs about $30. I can easily inhale these so that is out of my price range :'(

Overall, pretty tasty! I would love to get more, especially of the pineapple, the apples, and the grapes!!

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review. 

 

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I got some yummy Perky Fruit Bodies to try! What is that, you say? These are organic, raw, vegan, gluten free, and kosher “fruit leathers”.

Let’s get to it! ^-^

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Coconut Banana– this one is squished!

IMG_7576The color and appearance isn’t appetizing, but we always go beyond that for food reviews! The flavor is OK. Banana and coconut flavor is strong, the banana provides the natural sweetness, and tastes like an over-ripened banana. It is dry, and a bit flaky. It is not “sticky” like you would picture a “fruit roll up”, and is more like a natural fruit leather, but still on the drier side. It’s alright. 2 1/2 stars

Strawberry Banana– this one is good!

IMG_7578Tangy from the strawberries, and sweet from the banana. Tastes like a strawberry banana smoothie in fruit leather form. It is a bit chewier than the Coconut Banana, and more held together, which I like. It has a bit of a “rip” to it when you bite it. I would eat this one again. 4 star

Cacao Banana Coconut-  this one I also like.

IMG_7577The cacao flavor is pretty strong, but it gives a chocolate covered banana flavor to it. Good amount of sweetness. The Cacao gives almost a dark chocolate feel as well. The coconut flavor is very mild, and lacking, but I don’t mind because I think it tastes good the way it is. Chewy and has a nice “rip” to it…I like this one! 4 star

Overall, not bad! They run 60-130 calories each, ranging from 14-18 carbs and 0-7 grams of fat depending on the flavor. I think they would go great as a pre workout snack, as you are getting a boost of energy from the sugars from the fruits, and they are light enough where they will not make you feel sluggish during a workout. I also like how they are individually wrapped and easy to bring with you on the go. You can view nutritional information below.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Who doesn’t love a good fruit cup!!! A perfect little snack or treat to go into your lunchbox. Refreshing, and perfect when they are a little chilled, and a great way to finish up a meal, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me 🙂

Del Monte has come out with Fruit & Veggie Fusions! They are blends of fruits with vegetables in the juice part of the fruit cup. They come in 3 flavors,  Peach Mango, Cherry Fruit Trio, and Apple Pear Watermelon.

Each cup combined in 1 serving of fruit and veggies, has NO HFCS, and contains a good amount of Vitamin C.

Del Monte sent me the Peach Mango one to try out. I happen to be a fan of both of those fruits. Mango I tread lightly with, NONE ripe mango I find super tart, but ripened mango is soooo delicious! This one in particular has California peaches, with pumpkin, sweet potato and butternut squash in the juice/syrup part! This is all coupled with some mango flavor as well.



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The verdict…pretty good! My mom adored these. She asked for a second one. I happened to like these too! When cold, they were super refreshing. The mango flavor provided a bit of tartness, and the peaches provided some sweetness. The peaches were nice and soft, but not mushy, which is key. The syrup was somewhere between a juice and thicker syrup, but not super sugary-sweet. There is a bit of added sugar to these cups, but they are lightly sweetened.

You cannot taste the veggies at all! This is great news for Moms with kids who hate veggies! Or great news for anyone, because when is it a bad thing to get extra vegetables in the diet? I think it was super smart to use the mild veggies like butternut squash and pumpkin, which already provide a tad bit of sweetness.

And, here’s the stats: I ripped it :/ ….I was too darn excited to try a cup!

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Due to the added sugar, I will have to give this 4 stars. But really good! I really want to try the cherry one…sounds yummy!

Happy snacking, peeps!

 

I received this product to try for free. This is an unbiased review.

 

 

28 Sep 2012, Comments (0)

Del Monte Vanilla & Spice Diced Pears

Author: Healthnuttxo

I have a pet peeve when it comes to fruit cups…why, oh WHY must EVERY SINGLE TIME I open one, it has to explode?! In class–> explodes on the table. At home–> explodes on my desk. On the subway–> probably would explode everywhere (let’s not try that one).  And then there is a good tablespoon of the juice/syrup wherever the fruit cup is resting, which in turn makes the bottom of the fruit cup sticky. And then I’m sticky.

Sigh.

ANYWAY, moving on past my little rant, let’s talk about this product in particular. Del Monte Vanilla & Spice Diced Pears. (I suppose the “explosion” of fruit juice is something that can’t really be helped, anyway). The pears were soft, but not mushy, which I liked. I could taste a bit of cinnamon, and an aftertaste of vanilla. It was the kind of vanilla flavor you would taste with a vanilla flavored coke. Artificial tasting, and just not quite right. I also almost expected this fruit cup to be sweeter.  I felt it was “lacking” sweetness, as if an actual pear would have been sweeter. I find this odd, because the pears are sitting in a “extra light syrup” which if you look at the ingredients, sugar is added, so I kind of was expecting this to be sweeter.

Overall, pretty good. Not my favorite fruit cup, as I felt the vanilla and cinnamon flavors were dulled out a bit. I would have liked more flavor from the cinnamon and vanilla, and I felt the vanilla flavor made it taste sort of artificial. I don’t know if I would buy these again, but I certainly will finish the 4 pack that I bought. 3 stars


Another new flavor for me to try from Zone Perfect on their Perfectly Simple line. This time, Cranberry Almond, which I also received in the mail to try for free.

I looked at the stats before indulging in the snack. 170 calories, 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat, 19 grams os sugar ( a little high for me), gluten free, and made with 10 ingredients (bonus points here! Less ingredients something is made with in my book, the better!)

I opened up the bar and saw a light brown colored bar, with visible chunks of nuts and pieces. I took a bite, and was pleasantly surprised. It had a cranberry-pomegranate flavor, and also had apple flavored undertones. It was sweet without being overly sweet, but more of a fruit-kind-of-sweet.. It had that tang that cranberries and pomegranates have, but wasn’t so tangy that it was intolerable. The almonds added a tiny bit of a crunch, which was nice, and provided a mild flavor.

What I noticed about this bar, similar to the last Coconut flavored bar I tried, was it’s “piecy” consistency. The last bar I tried was Toasted Coconut, so I chalked up the “piecy-ness” to the flakes of coconut. However, as I chewed this bar, I noticed it was kind of piecy in consistency as well. After looking at the dry ingredients, I assume it’s from the sweetened cranberries and pieces of each individual ingredient.

Overall, a good bar! I liked the flavor, although it was a tad on the tangy side, and the bar was dense and had a nice chew to it. Not my favorite, but I would eat it again if the opportunity arose or if I saw it in the stores. 3 stars


Who doesn’t love trail mix? Crunchy, sweet, salty, savory, and satisfying- all in one! I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a box on my front step from Enjoy Life, and inside was their  Not Nuts! Seed and Fruit Mix in Mountain Mambo and Beach Bash varieties.

Take a closer look. Here’s the Mountain Mambo

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And heres the Beach Bash flavor

Alrighty, let’s get down to business. The first one I tried was the Mountain Mambo. It had apple pieces, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and more.

The apple pieces were so yummy! Soft and chewy, and perfect addition.

The raisins were a little off tasting. Not super sweet like I’m used to, and I was a bit disappointed. Especially since in the bag, there was a LOT of raisins. Seriously- I got a big blob of raisins right in the middle all stuck together!

The sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds were very fresh tasting and crunchy, and not really salty at all. However, not salty doesn’t mean they weren’t flavorful! 🙂

Then, I shook up bag a little and found…

Chocolate chips!

These were yummy! Smooth chocolate, and tasted like a milk chocolate would.

Another surprise was I found  VERY few cranberries. Only got like 2 in the bag ! However, the two or so I got were quite tasty, and not too tart. So for this variety….

3 ½ stars

Next up, the winner in my eyes, BEACH BASH variety.

Seriously, in a word,- yum.

There were sunflower seeds, pumpkin, apricots, pineapple, cranberries and more. On a brighter side, there were definitely more cranberries in this one and yummy too! Sweet, not tart and chewy!

The pineapple pieces were BEYOND delicious. Seriously- I want a bag of just the pineapple! It was soft, and sugar sweet! I may or may not have picked all the pineapple out of the bag the first day I got it….. oops 😉

The apricot pieces? eh. Kind of hard and dry and tart. Not  a fan. Would rather more pineapple…

Overall, 4 stars

Overall, yummy! Both are NUT FREE, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, peanut free! And yum-my! I like beach bash better. I would totally buy it!

What would you put in your ideal trail mix? Mine would be dried pineapple pieces from above, glazed pecans, cashews, reeses pieces, and pretzels!


14 Jul 2011, Comments (0)

Power of Fruit Berry Cherry Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I loooooove cherries. Not the kind on top of ice cream sundaes- but dark, purple cherries. I remember a friend of mine and I ate a whole bag of them on the 4th of July coming home in a car ride. We were left with an awful lot of pits and stems, but they were so good we couldn’t stop eating them. And really, how can there be any guilt involved eating mass quantities of FRUIT? I mean really, how DARE I? Now I ate a bunch of antioxidants with no added sugar and exceeded my quota for fruit for the day, maybe even the next few days! I’ll never learn, will I? 😉

But, ANYWAY, I was contacted by the Power of Fruit and asked if I wanted to try their Berry Cherry Power of Fruit Bar. These frozen treats are all natural, and have no added sugar, which I really liked. I’m a diabetic, so I try to stay away from sugar as much as possible. Of course, I’m not saying I never took a spoonful of icing straight from the container (tell me I’m not the only one who does that….), but when given the option for natural sugars from fruit rather than added sugar, I’m all for it!

Here’s a pic of the fruity ice pop after a bite was taken. You can actually see a blueberry!

The bar looked pretty tasty, and as you can see it was a deep purple/red in color and rather thick. I took a bite, and the first thing I thought of was how tart it was! At first I thought it was pretty good – not too sweet, and pretty fruity. As I ate it though, I thought it was just ok and didn’t like it as much. It had mostly a cherry and blueberry flavor, but they didn’t seem like they had the same luscious flavor as they would straight from the carton or bag. The pop was also just too icy in consistency for me (another friend of mine who took a bite agreed) and I actually wish it was sweeter.

I do love the fact that there is no added sugar, and these are made with fruit. I also  do take into account that they are so low calorie, and they would be a really good treat for those times when I’m not really hungry but feel like eating (which happens….. a lot.) However, it wasn’t memorable enough for me to want to eat on a daily basis, and I do wish it was just a bit sweeter. 2  stars

What’s your favorite fruit to eat in the summer? Mine would be watermelon– I think it ONLY tastes good in the summer! =)


I was provided these fruit bars to try for free from the company.

Musselman’s sent me an AWESOME picnic basket filled with some of their delicious products for free. Along with the basket, I was sent some recipes to try out for the summer!  Here’s a pic that Musselman’s provided me with of the products.

With the ingredients I had on hand, I decided to try the Strawberry Apple Ginger Smoothie/Frozen Yogurt, that according to the card, is courtesy of Amie Valpone, The Healthy Apple.

The only thing I omitted was the ginger, since I didnt have it at home. Otherwise, I halved the recipe, and used the Totally Fruit Strawberry applesauce, the top portion of a Black Cherry Stonyfield Yogurt, fresh strawberries, and a basil leaf straight from my garden.

Next, I blended!

The taste straight after blending was ok. I felt it lacked sweetness and was rather runny. Also, the basil leaf which I so closely associate with tomatoes, kind of threw me off a little bit. I think if I make this again I would omit the basil, or use less than called for.

I decided to add some ice and some stevia to cool this smoothie down even more, and add something extra to it. Here’s how the final product looked

As you can see, it was a mild pink in color, and had the tiny green specks from the basil. I thought the taste was pretty good, but not spectacular. I think I would add more sweetener or stevia if I made this again, and maybe try using frozen strawberries instead of fresh. I had some friends try it, and one of them said it wasn’t thick enough, which I agreed with, and the other said it was a bit “off”. However, I don’t think it’s anything that couldn’t have been fixed with a little sweetener and some extra ice!

So thank you again, Musselman’s, for the recipes to try and the awesome picnic  basket!

Questions for you guys- what is YOUR favorite smoothie recipe? Do you ever use applesauce in your smoothies?

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