Categories: Betty Lou’s

What’s a Golden Smacker?

Well, to be honest, I wasn’t really sure. Sure it looked tasty- anything involving milk chocolate has to be good to me! But, according to the website, “This smacker is covered in a creamy milk chocolate and is the perfect all-natural treat for those who love the combination of honey, peanut butter, oats, and milk chocolate!”

Well, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it. I DO like “honey, peanut butter, oats, and milk chocolate!”

So, I opened up the package and was quite impressed- it was actually pretty big, and it reminded me of an oversized peanut butter patty. I took a bite and found that it was sweet, but not sugary sweet. It had more of a mild honey flavor. The milk chocolate on the outside was smooth, with peanut butter on the inside. There was also I believe crisp rice on the inside of the patty, which kind of took away from the peanut butter flavor. I sort of wish the crisp rice wasn’t there, and it was just milk chocolate and peanut butter.

Otherwise, a nice treat. It is a tad high in fat, 10 grams per Golden Smacker, but it does have 6 grams of protein! If I’m going to eat a treat, there might as well be some protein in it to help keep me full! I give it 3 1/2 stars overall.

1 Original Milk Chocolate Golden Smacker is 190 calories, 10 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

*Question* What’s your favorite chocolate and peanut butter combination? I like to have peanut butter on chocolate muffins 🙂


*I was provided this product from Betty Lou’s Inc. to try for free*

26 Sep 2010, Comments (1)

Betty Lou’s Coconut Macadamia Ball

Author: Healthnuttxo

Don’t forget the Sahale Snack Giveaway!! 🙂

Betty Lou’s Coconut Macadamia Ball. What is that, exactly? Well this product is a ball of goodness- protein, good flavor, all natural ingredients- the works! I also found out on the website, it is gluten free and soy free!

Betty Lou’s sent me some products to try, including this Coconut Macadamia Ball. At first when I saw it, I was a bit skeptical. It looked, well, small! 150 calories for a small ball?  I hope it tastes good!

Well, it actually was quite good. It’s COVERED in coconut, so if you like coconut, I think you’ll like this! It was a chewy, very dense, and sweet product. I tasted more coconut than macadamia nut, but it was still tasty either way. It sort of had a typical protein bar-ish taste to it, which I can’t really describe, but I’m guessing it’s from the whey protein in the ball.

Overall, I’m giving it 3 1/2 stars. It was actually not as small as I thought it was, and quite filling, too! I love that it’s all natural, has a good amount of fiber, and in the shape of a cute ball! According to the website, “Try this natural protein ball for a quick and healthy on-the-go snack“- I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

1 ball is 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Don’t forget the Sahale Snack Giveaway!! 🙂

BettyLou’s makes Just Great Stuff Bars that come in four flavors, Organic Superberry Acai Bar, Organic Chocolate Dream Greens Bar, Organic Cocoa Acai Bar, and Organic Fruit & Veggie Bar. The nice folks over at BettyLou’s sent me them to try, and today I’m reviewing the Organic Superberry Acai Bar and Organic Fruit & Veggie Bar.

Both of these bars are rather sort of gummy and chewy in texture, and certainly remind me of fruit bars or fruity type snacks. According to the package, they both are organic, vegan, and gluten free.

Organic Fruit & Veggie Bar– This one was a dark brown/greenish in color with little pieces of what I believe are cashews scattered throughout the bar. It had a very mild sweetness, and I really couldn’t taste much of the “fruit” part of this bar, only really the “veggie”. It kind of reminded me of a wheatgrass flavored drink, and I could taste the spinach. I love the ingredients of this bar, but wasn’t too crazy about the flavor. 2 1/2 stars

Organic Superberry Acai- okay, now this one was TASTY! Great sweetness and great flavor. It was a dark red/raspberry color, again with scattered little pieces of cashews. I really enjoyed this one, and msotly had a raspberry flavor. Delicious!! 4 1/2 stars

Overall, not bad! I love the ingredients put into these bars, and love that they are organic, gluten free, and vegan! Although the Organic Fruit & Veggie Bar wasn’t a hit for me, if I ever see the Organic Superberry Acai Bar in stores by me, I would probably buy and eat it again! =)

Organic Fruit & Veggie Bar- 1 bar is 170 calories, 6 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Organic Dried Fruit Blend (organic raisins, organic dates, organic bananas [with organic rice flour]) Organic Raw Cashews, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Freeze-Dried Vegetable Blend (organic carrot juice, organic spinach leaf, organic broccoli sprouts organic kale), Organic Rice Protein, Sunflower Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt.

Organic Superberry Acai Bar-1 bar is 180 calories, 7 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Organic Raw Cashews, Organic Berry Blend (organic dried cranberries [with organic apple juice concentrate and organic sunflower oil] organic goji berries, organic freeze-dried raspberries, organic freeze-dried acai [with organic lime juice and/or citric acid]) Organic Dates, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Rice Protein, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Raspberry Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid.

Ah, yet another one of my favorite reviews… COOKIES! 🙂

Betty Lou’s is a company that makes a large assortment of foods, from granola bars to protein balls, and even cookies too! They make products that cater to the needs of many, such as products that are gluten free, dairy free, organic, etc.

The folks at Betty Lou’s were super generous and sent me some of their products, including 3 of their Johnny & Fred’s Chewpreme cookies. These cookies are 100 calories each, and come in 3 flavors, White Chocolate Brownie, Oatmeal Raisin, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.  They are your standard size cookie, at 1 oz each, they are not too big but not bite sized, and are made with all natural ingredients.

I tried the White Chocolate Brownie one first, as it looked the most exciting. It was a dark cookie with white chocolate chips throughout. I took a bite out of it, and, WOAH! This cookie is GOOD! It was FUDGY! Just like a brownie! Sweet and chewy, with a lovely chocolatey flavor. The white chocolate chips were so tasty, crispy and sweet like vanilla.  this one gets 4 1/2 stars and is my favorite of the 3 cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin- This one was also very good. Very moist and softer than the others, it tasted just like homemade. It was buttery, and very sweet, especially with the raisins, and had a light cinnamon flavor. There were also little pieces of walnuts that added a nice touch. Deeeeee-lish. 4 stars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip- This one was the smallest in size of the three. It didn’t have a very strong peanut butter taste, and overall really tasted like a chocolate chip cookie with a slight “sweet” peanut butter taste. It sort of reminded me of when you buy a peanut butter flavored protein bar, how it has that “sweet” peanut butter taste. Otherwise, it was actually quite good! There was a good amount of sweet, milk chocolate flavored chips. I even put 1 half of the cookie in the microwave- yum yum yum! The chocolate chips melted and were all gooey, and it just really made the cookie. 4 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed these cookies. I can’t believe they are only 100 calories each, and have no trans fats or artificial ingredients/preservatives! I think they are great as a snack with a glass of milk, a yogurt, or some fruit, and are a great, natural way to add some sweetness to your day. I also like that they each have some fiber (2-3 grams per cookie), and actually are a decent sized. If you’re a cookie fan- I would give these a try! 🙂

1 cookie is 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, 17-18 carbohydrates, 2-3 grams of fiber, and 2-3 grams of protein.

White Chocolate Brownie- Organic Whole Grain Barley Flour, White Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Nonfat Dry Milk, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), FruitrimR (Fruit Juices, Grain Dextrins), Brown Sugar, Safflower Oil, Cocoa Powder, Eggs, Inulin (dietary fiber), Natural Flavors, Baking Soda (leavening), Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).

Oatmeal Raisin- Raisins, Organic Whole Grain Oats, Organic Whole Grain Barley Flour, FruitrimR (Fruit Juices, Grain Dextrins), Brown Sugar, Walnuts, Safflower Oil, Eggs, Inulin (dietary fiber), Organic Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda (leavening), Spices, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip- Organic Whole Grain Barley Flour, Peanut Butter, FruitrimR (Fruit Juices, Grain Dextrins), Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Pure Vanilla), Brown Sugar, Eggs, Organic Cane Sugar, Inulin (dietary fiber), Peanut Flour, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda (leavening), Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherals (Natural Vitamin E).

18 Apr 2010, Comments (4)

Betty Lou’s Jumbo Fruit Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Betty Lou’s is a company that offers a little something for everyone, while still only using all natural, premium ingredients. The company’s snacks range from being gluten free, wheat free, vegan, dairy free, corn free, and more! No matter what you have to avoid, you will be able to find some snacking comfort with Betty Lou’s products.

Betty Lou’s sent me some of their snacks to try, and today’s review is on the Jumbo Fruit Bars. They come in Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Cherry, Apricot, and Strawberry, and are gluten free.

Before I start, don’t be fooled by the word “jumbo“- they are not huge. They do have more filling than a usual fruit bar that I would buy in the store (with a crust-like outside), but not a LOT more. They are also square in shape, rather than rectangular like the other bars.

John, from Betty Lou’s wrote to me about the bars- “Taste like a little piece of pie & are only sweetened with fruit”. Did someone say pie?  and only sweetened with fruit?

Cool- no refined sugars, and still tastes like pie. I dig it 8)

I decided to try the Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry,  and Apricot flavors. All of them had a decently thick crust (about the size if you stacked 2-3 quarters), filled with gooey and sweet fruit filling.

Blueberry-  this one was good. It had actual chunks of baby blueberries in it, which made the fruit filling thick and sweet, but not too sweet. It also had a bit of tartness to it. The crust was graham-cracker like (delish!!), and crumbly.

Apricot- well, I would be lying if I said I didn’t like this one. I expected to “sort of” like this flavor- as apricots aren’t my choice of fruit. However, this one was my favorite of the three! Really sweet and delicious. It was light and fruit, worthy of dessert. Ahh, delicious. (did I say delicious already?)

Apple Cinnamon- Irony again- I expected to like this one the best, and it was my least favorite of the three. It seemed to have less filling than the others, but it was still pretty good. A nice blend of cinnamon and apple flavor for the filling, providing a sweet and chewy center. The crust was a bit more crumbly on this bar than the others, But- nothing a little action in the microwave couldn’t handle. Warm it up and voila!  warm apple pie! 8)

Overall, I give these 4 stars. They really are delicious- and I love that they are gluten free and sweetened with fruit instead of sugar. They really hit the spot warmed up, and went good with an ice cold glass of moo juice. However, they are 180-210 calories each, and are a bit too small for my likings. I would say they are about the size of a make-up compact. I could easily eat 3 of these in a sitting, they are so tast

Each bar is 180-210 calories, 3 grams of fat, 39-44 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Blueberry-Blueberry Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Apple], Blueberries, Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Organic Rice Flour, Red Cabbage Extract for Color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

Apricot- Apricot Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apricots, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Apricot Juice Concentrate, Water, Turmeric and Annatto Extract for color, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

Apple CinnamonApple Cinnamon Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Apple Powder, Zante Currants, Citric Acid, Pectin, Water, Cinnamon, Locust Bean Gum, Annatto Extract and Turmeric for color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

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