Categories: Fruit/Fruity Snacks

19 Jun 2011, Comments (12)

Edy’s Strawberry Fruit Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ask me my favorite ice cream bar when I was little? Strawberry Shortcake bar. Favorite ice pop? Strawberry frozen fruit bars. (can we see a pattern emerging?) I was also told as a child that when eating my favorite fruit, strawberries, (which strangely enough, is not my favorite fruit anymore- I’ve graduated to the apple!) my entire face and hands would turn red. That was compltely uneccessary to share, but now you  know one of my flaws. I was a messy strawberry eater as a child. Shame on me.

ANYWAY, I saw these Edy’s Frozen Strawberry Fruit Bars in my freezer today, and decided I NEEDED to have one. How they got there, I don’t know. I suppose the appropriate thing to do would be to ask whoever bought them if I could eat one, but that never works nicely in this house.

“Can I have one?” “No.” “Why not?” “Because I said so.

Which I then proceed to eat anyway and get yelled at, or not eat and wish I had eaten it. SO, as they say, ignorance is bliss. Or, ignorance= me eating strawberry ice pops.

it's really, really hard to take a good picture of an ice pop you plan on eating

So, now finally, enough of my rambling. Here’s how they tasted!

These bars had a very soft bite to them- I was surprised! I was expecting a harder, more icy product, but they were soft. Almost like they were strawberry ice cream bars. They also were not as sweet as I had hoped for, they were a bit toned down. Although I did like that because it wasn’t super sweet, it gave it more of a natural fruit product sort of feel. One thing I do wish is that there were more strawberry peices/chunks. In my bar, I think I only spotted one!

Overall,not bad, but not my favorite. Certainly not as good as the ones I had when I was little. 3 stars

What is your favorite ice cream bar and ice pop flavor?


I think it’s safe to say I never had a freeze dried peach before. Sure, I’ve had strawberries and apples, and even bananas freeze dried before, but a peach? I was up for giving it a try- I mean why not? I really liked Crispy Greens Crispy Apples and Crispy Asian Pears, and the Fruitzio Freeze Dried Apples & Strawberries.

I tried some of them dry first. Here’s what a piece looked like.

They were light, crispy and at first I thought, wait, what fruit is this again? But as I continued to chew, the sweet flavor of peaches flooded my mouth. It was very tasty, and had that sweet, juicy flavor.  I liked how they were big slices of peaches rather than little pieces as well.

Next I decided to try them in my cereal in place of my morning banana with almond milk. Here’s what it looked like

Even after sitting for a few minutes, they kept a nice crunch and great flavor. Next time I think I might actually break the slices if I use it again in my cereal, as they were a bit big. As I said before, I liked them big when I was eating them dry, but in the cereal I think pieces would be more convenient. Still, nothing I couldn’t very easily fix. They were still sweet, and complimented the almond milk and my cereal perfectly.

Overall, I’m an official fan of freeze dried peaches! They were unique, sweet and crunchy, and very enjoyable. I would try these again. 4 stars

Gotta love simple ingredients!

Dont forget my “3 Favorite Things” Giveaway going on! You can enter here!


I got these to try, for free, from the company.

It’s safe to say that I have eaten at least one apple a day, every day, since I was in middle school. Yep- they ARE my favorite fruits! And quite a lot of years and a LOT of apples were eaten in that time! That’s what I was happy to try the Crispy Greens Crispy Apples with my breakfast this morning, as well as the Crispy Asian Pears.

What I liked about these is that the ingredients is just fruit. No salt, preservatives, or sugar added, it’s just freeze dred fruit. According to the bag, both of them are also gluten free, vegan, dairy free, and peanut free.

I decided to have these with my cereal this morning. Here’s what they looked like out of the bag. (Ignore my ugly handwriting =P )

The Apples

The Asian Pears

As you can see, there was a texture difference. Not huge, but certainly there.

The Crispy Apples were just that- crispy. They also had a nice little crunch to them. They were sweet, yet tart, and pretty good. The Crispy Asian Pears were very soft. Almost as if they were the apples, but I left the bag open over night and they softened up. They just didn’t have the same crunch and crispy consistency that the apples had. However, the flavor was really yummy! They tasted just like a juicy pear would. They were also very sweet. In fact, I couldn’t get over just how sweet they were, and to think there was no added sugar!

Overall, pretty good! I added them to my cereal with almond milk and a banana, and thought they made a great addition. Gotta love that it’s just fruit, and no added sugar or preservatives! 4 stars

10 grams (1 bag) is 40 calories,  0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram  of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Have you eaten one of the same things every day? What is it?


I got these to try, for free, from the company.

I got some free stuff from Crispy Green (thanks again!!!) including the Fruitzio Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks Apples & Strawberries.

haha - I love it! an apple juggling strawberries!

These lovely snacks are all natural, and according to the package are also “peanut/tree nut free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan”. What I like about it also, is that there are ONLY three ingredients-“Apples, Strawberries and Cane Sugar”. At first I was a bit puzzled by the cane sugar- I have had freeze dried fruit before and I find it to be sweet enough, but the package also stated that there was “just a hint of natural sugar”. I’m assuming it was added just to bring out the sweetness a little bit. Regardless, it didn’t seem to effect the nutritional information in a tremendous way.

I opened up the package and saw big slices of strawberries and apples. I liked that the pieces were big rather than tiny.

The apple pieces were soft, yet crunchy. They had a sweet and quite yummy apple flavor. If I had to guess as to which apple it was, I would say a Macintosh. It doesn’t state what kind on the bag, so who knows for sure. The strawberries were crunchy as well, and actually quite tart! They were still pretty tasty, but I preferred the apples over the strawberries, even though I found more strawberry pieces than apple slices in my bag.

Overall, pretty good! I felt these were a bit crunchier and a bit sweeter than other freeze dried fruit I have had in the past. I also threw these into my cereal in the morning for some added sweetness and crunch. 4 stars

What’s your FAVORITE freeze-dried fruit? I have always been partial to bananas (:

In case you're wondering...

I got these to try, for free, from the company.

5 Feb 2011, Comments (4)

Kozy Shack CowRageous! Strawberry Pudding

Author: Healthnuttxo

I love pudding. In fact, I eat a chocolate pudding cup every day. I love the sweetness, the creamy texture, everything about it. So, at the store the other day, I went to purchase my chocolate pudding but I saw something new on the shelf- CowRageous! pudding, in STRAWBERRY flavor, by Kozy Shack. You know I was tempted. Well temptation won, because not only did I buy the strawberry pudding, but I also bought the chocolate pudding as well (you know, just in case!!)

First off, I loved the cartoon cow- how cute! I also love how this is made with natural ingredients, is gluten free, and has some fiber and calcium per cup. It was a bit on the small side, so I do wish that the serving was bigger.

Anyway, I opened up the cup and decided to have it with some fresh strawberries (and whipped cream, because, well, why not!?). Here’s what it looked like

Yea... I ate more whipped cream than that. 🙂

As you can see, my strawberries and whipped cream kind of swallowed up the pudding. Not a lot of pudding in the cup, but that’s what toppings are for!

It was thick and creamy, almost like a gel/pudding consistency, with more of a vanilla flavor with strawberry undertones. It wasn’t really all that sweet, I was expecting sweeter. In fact, my strawberries and the whipped cream were sweeter than the pudding. It also had a bit of a funky aftertaste, but nothing too overpowering. It was pretty good snack, and I enjoyed it, but it certainly won’t replace my love for my usual- the chocolate pudding.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. It’s only 100 calories with 3 grams of fiber and 10% of the calcium needs per pudding cup. It was a bit small, however, so I would reccomend eating it with something else as well.

1 pudding cup is 100 calories, .5 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

If you could invent any flavor pudding, what would it be? I would do chocolate chip cookie dough pudding, or peanut butter! Mmmm! =)

5 Jan 2011, Comments (3)

Newman’s Own Organics Organic Apples

Author: Healthnuttxo

I happen to like dried fruit. Chewy, sweet, good on the go or in cereal. Although apricots may be my favorite, I thought that dried apples would be good as well seeing as apples are my favorite fruit. Anyway, seeing the picture below (apologies for ripping the bag HORRIBLY), the apples look like dried apple slices.

Each one was tough, and had a nice bite to it. But the flavor was actually quite good. Definetly sweet and chewy, not tart at all with a raisin-like consistency, they reminded me of those bits of apples I used to get in my instant oatmeal when I was a kid, (and, well, still eat now…).

What I also liked was that you get quite a bit of pieces for a serving. They are not all apple rings, some are just pieces in the bag, and after I measured how much a serving was (40 grams), it was a generous amount. Something good to snack on, and something I’d have to actually take time to chew and enjoy! Just another way for me to enjoy my favorite fruit. Best part is, only ONE ingredient, Dried Organic Apple Rings. 4 stars!

1/4 cup (40 grams) is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite dried fruit?


I was provided this bag of Organic Apples to try for free from Newman’s Own Organics.

28 Nov 2010, Comments (4)

Vitalicious Raisin Bran VitaTop

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Who likes muffins? Or rather, who likes the tops of muffins (aka the best part in my opinion!)

Well, today’s review is the Raisin Bran VitaTop from Vitalicious. I  happen to like a few of the Vitalicious products that I already reviewed, including one of my favorites the Cran Bran VitaTop. What’s also cool about these VitaTops? They are a good source of fiber, and are only 100 calories!

So I opened up my Raisin Bran VitaTop( which was in the freezer and then I defrosted it) and looked at it. It seemed as if there weren’t a lot of raisins, maybe about 5 or 6, and it had a brown color and a somewhat bumpy texture. I took a bite and was surprised in 2 ways.

1- The first bite of my VitaTop was dry. I don’t know if it was because it was in the freezer, and maybe just that part of the muffin lost some moisture, but it was dryyyyy.

2- There were actually more raisins then I thought, scattered throughout the VitaTop and not just on top, and they were actually quite good, and quite sweet.

So, I gave it a few more bites. Not as dry as the first bite, so perhaps just that part of the VitaTop was dry, and the rest wasn’t as much. It sort of had the same flavor as the Cran Bran VitaTop, which was a toasted flavor and a bumpy texture. The raisins added a nice touch with some sweetness, and overall the VitaTop was kind of chewy.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. Not my favorite VitaTop, but still pretty good. I love that it has 5 grams of fiber and 100 calories as well!

1 VitaTop is 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

What’s Your Favorite Flavor/Variety of Muffins? Please leave me a comment below! : )

*I was sent this vita top to try for free from Vitalicious*


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Yes! It’s that time again- A GIVEAWAY!!! But first, a review of some tasty products!

Musselman’s Apple Butter-

Oh my goodness. This stuff is TOTALLY AWESOME! It was thick, brown and smooth, and had a great apple flavor. It was sweet, sweet like candy, and absolutely delicious. The cinnamon flavor was perfect, and I can’t even describe how tasty this was. I could totally (and did totally) eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. I can’t wait to stir it into hot oatmeal 🙂

This one gets 4 1/2 stars. Although it deserves 5 stars for flavor, and it is one of the most delicious products I have ever had, it  has both added sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup : ( But, it’s still really awesome, so it gets 4 1/2 stars from me! : )

Musselman’s Apple Cider-

First things first, the person I was with said for me to shake this up, and I advise you to do the same. It was a bit piecy at the bottom, but nothing a little shake of the bottle couldn’t fix. First I tried it cold, and it was sort of like a watered down apple juice. Sweet but didn’t have that apple-y kick I’m used to with apple juice. So, the person who told me to shake it, also advised me to have it warm.

Great idea! This was much better warm than cold. It was sweeter, and had a very pure apple flavor,sort of like squeezing the juice right from the apple flesh. Mmm. 3 1/2 stars

Now…. the GIVEAWAY!

I was given  the Apple Butter and Apple Cider by Musselman’s for free to do a review(how could I refuse!? I love apples!), and was given an extra Apple Butter and Apple Cider. So, what better way to spread the love then to host a giveaway!?!

How to enter…

PLEASE leave a comment for EACH entry. If it’s two entries, please leave TWO comments, etc. Thank you!!

*Mandatory*

1. What’s your favorite product containing apples? I happen to love pretty much apple anything, but I LOVE apple pie or baked apples. MMM!

*Optional*

2. Follow me on Twitter! (link is under the About Me page)
3. Tweet about this giveaway!
4. Leave a comment on any of my other reviews!
5. Post this giveaway on your blog post. Please leave a link! (3 entries!)

Open to U.S. Residents Only. Contest ends November 20th 2010.

Ah, that cute puffin I have grown to love on most of the Barbara’s Bakery products. It’s almost as if when I’m browsing the grocery store, I don’t have to look hard to find the Barbara’s Bakery products- just look for the cute puffin!

Well, today he’s feature on the Puffin Puffs Fruit Medley Cereal that I was sent to try from Barbara’s Bakery. According to the package, this cereal is “100% natural” and a “crunchy corn and oat cereal”, along with being “prebiotic”. Let’s hope it’s tasty, too! : )

I opened up the single serve bag, and saw a variety of shapes and colors- certainly not what I’m used to with the familiar puffin squares. There were yellow banana shaped pieces, orange orange shaped pieces, and purple pieces that sort of resembled either a flower or a bunch of grapes, I wasn’t really sure.

Anywho-

The taste sure was FRUITY! Almost a tropical feel really. Each piece sort of tasted the same, and all together, it reminded me of fruity-type cereals I have eaten in the past. The cereal was quite sweet overall, but not “sugary” tasting, which I liked. The texture was very airy, crispy and crunchy- even slightly sticky!

Overall, an enjoyable cereal. I’m sure kids will enjoy this cereal, and I thought it was quite good too. I’m giving it 3 1/2 stars overall. It was a bit airy for my liking, and I can’t really see it satisfying my appetite for long. I do like how there is 3 grams of fiber, and only 7 grams of sugar per 30-gram bag!

So, here’s a question you may want to answer…
What’s your favorite childhood cereal?
I think mine was Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch! 🙂

1 bag (30 grams) is 120 calories, 1 gram of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Well, there’s something I don’t hear every day. A Blueberry Muffin flavored bar! And an organic one, at that!

Organic Food Bar sent me some bars to try, including the Blueberry Muffin Crunch Bar.

So, I may have gotten a little, “blueberry muffin crunch bar happy” before I took a picture, because I opened the package and took a bite before taking the actual picture. Whoops! Well anyway, here’s a pic of what I got.

Now, onto the bar! It was a dense and chewy bar, that at first wasn’t that fruity tasting, but as I kept chewing, the sweet fruit flavors emerged. I can certainly taste blueberry, which I liked, which was mildly sweet and quite good. There was a bit of an aftertaste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was- it almost reminded me of a combination of a fig and flaxseed taste. I didn’t really like that part, but it wasn’t bad overall. I did like the little crunchy pieces that gave it some texture.

Overall, this gets 3 stars. I can’t say it really reminded me of a blueberry muffin. When I think of muffins, I think sweet, airy, fluffy and buttery. This was more like a blueberry fruit bar with crunchy pieces of nuts and such. I do like that it was organic, had 6 grams of fiber per serving, and was vegan as well!

What’s your favorite muffin flavor? If you’d like to answer, please leave a comment below 🙂 !
I’m a fan of banana muffins, and double chocolate chip muffins. Yum!

1 bar is 180 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

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