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21 Feb 2017, Comments (0)

Seattle Chocolate Company chocolates

Author: Healthnuttxo

Time for one of my favorite reviews… Chocolate!!! I got some yummy goodies by Seattle Chocolates. They also sent some cute little tubes of coffee flour, cocoa nibs and cherry pulp which was awesome to see, as it is what makes up this delicious chocolate.

Super Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar by Seattle Chocolates. This one is “powered by coffee flour & cocoa nibs” , Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Upon opening, the aroma of chocolate is extremely strong, and quite delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had such an overwhelming chocolate aroma by opening up a wrapper before! It is a dense chocolate, but softer on the inside (the “truffle” aspect, I am assuming). The taste is quite good- definitely a dark chocolate, but not super bitter. While it isn’t a melt in your mouth kind of chocolate (that’s the nature of dark chocolate), it is enjoyable, and I am not a huge dark chocolate fan. It has a semi-sweet sort of feel, kind of like when you pick the morsels out of cookie dough when making homemade chocolate chip cookies. It is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. I really enjoyed this!

4 stars.

1/2 bar is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, 12 sugars and 2 grams of protein.

Next up, the Jcoco Chocolate (also by Seattle Chocolate Company). I was given two, the Noble Dark, which was 72% dark chocolate with cocoa nibs, and the Arabica Cherry Espresso in Dark Chocolate. I liked that when I opened each package, there were 3 mini bars inside, all individually wrapped, with fun pictures on each one. On the back it says “one bar= one serving to one in need” , where various donations are made, which you can read more about here.

Both bars are all natural, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten free. The box the chocolate comes in is on 100% recycled paper, and the products are Kosher. Talk about win-win-win for anyone with restricted needs trying to find some yummy chocolate, that ALSO is for a good cause!

First up, the Noble Dark. Make no mistake, this was definitely a dark chocolate. A tad on the bitter side for me, but honestly, I still liked it. And let me repeat, I am NOT a dark chocolate fan. The cocoa nibs added a nice crunch and some texture to the chocolate. Again, not a melt in your mouth chocolate, but still good. Definitely a strong cocoa flavor, but tasted so fresh and pure, with mild sweetness.

3 1/2 stars

Next up, the Arabica Cherry Espresso in Dark Chocolate. This one definitely had a nice cherry undertone to it, which provided both sweetness and a nice flavor. This chocolate seemed to be smoother, and more “melty” in consistency. Not as bitter as the other 2, and a tad sweeter. I really liked this one. My favorite of the three.

4 stars

 

Overall, some pretty darn good chocolate. What’s better than satisfying a chocolate craving, while also giving back to those in need? Plus with dark chocolate, you get a little antioxidant boost that the news, etc. always raves about. Win-win! I would definitely give these a try, even if you are a milk chocolate fan like I am, because they are worth it, and please check them out if you like dark chocolate, you will not be disappointed!

 

This is an unbiased review. I received these samples to try for free.

 

27 Jan 2017, Comments (0)

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Green Goo…what exactly is Green Goo? This is an all-natural deodorant that is herbally infused, that aims at not only being gentle on the skin but also high performance. According to the box, it does not contain petroleum, paragons, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, or any artificial ingredients/fragrances.

I am skeptical about natural deodorants, I will admit. I am skeptical about deodorants in general. I work hard, I am gone for most of the day, and I definitely sweat when I am at the gym. So I need something that’s going to work as hard as I do, in terms of preventing sweat stains and odors.

I decided to give this a try before some cardio and weight lifting session at the gym. Risky for a first try, but we did it. Not exactly sure why it is called “Green Goo”, bc it is neither green nor “gooey”,,, but let us proceed.

It was a bit “pasty” going on, and left a very mild white residue on arm pit area, that dissipated quickly. It wasn’t exactly “easy” to apply, you really had to rub it on, and since it was such a small tube I felt I had to “cover my arm pit” a few times rather than just a simple swipe with a traditional style of deodorant. I wore it all day and did not use any other type of deodorant. I did not experience any sweat stains or odors, which in my opinion was pretty dang awesome. Also, no irritation.

I gave it another try on a different day. This was a very stressful day, mentally moreso than physically. I noticed the deodorant did not hold up as well on this day. Definitely sweat more (probably induced from stress-related hormones!) and I noticed I needed to re-apply so odor did not peak through.

I tried this again on a third day, and had a similar experience. Mild sweating, and mild odor breakthrough that required re-application. I also used this after shaving, and definitely had irritation. So if you do use this, I would advise waiting a bit to apply if you shaved.

So overall, I had some inconsistent feedback with this particular product so I am not sure how I feel about it. One day it worked great, but other days it failed to provide the protection and sweat-fighting abilities that I really need in a deodorant. For that reason, I will give it 3 stars.

 

 

 

I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
22 Dec 2016, Comments (0)

Just Granola Products

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hi there!

Today we are reviewing one of my favorite things… granola. In yogurt, out of the box, in bar form, UGH LOVE IT. I could eat it all day. I won’t…because it’s usually loaded with sugar…but here’s hopes to Just Granola filling the void for granola, that is both healthy and nutritious.

Note: If after this review you decide you want to try some, you can head over to the website and first time customers get 20% off with code “launch20”.

So a little backstory, Just Granola offers a variety of products, bars and actual granola, and some of the products are made without animal products, gluten or nuts. This appeals to a wide variety of people, whether you have to go gluten free or you are vegan. (note: some of their products DO contain nuts/animal products. AND- These products ARE made in a facility that processes gluten, nuts and animal products. ALWAYS Read the label!)

First up, the Peanut Butter Granola bar. BOY WAS I PUMPED FOR THIS.
Healthnuttxo fans will know…by now…hopefully…that I am a nut butter addict. So now combine my favorite food (spread? I mean it’s technically peanuts…) with granola?!?! Let’s get to it.

NOTE: THIS BAR CONTAINS PEANUTS, WHEAT/GLUTEN.
It was a Chewy and dense bar, little bit of cinnamon flavor to it. Did not taste much peanut butter to it to be honest, which is sort of disappointing for a peanut butter granola bar. It tasted more “oat-y” and “cinnamon-y” than “peanut butter-y”. I just made those words up so…follow along! 🙂 It wasn’t *bad*, it just wasn’t exactly my favorite. A bit on the bland side, and really not enough of a peanut butter punch that I need in order to be satisfied with a peanut butter product. 2 1/2 stars.

1 bar is 3 servings (which is SUPER easy to eat when it looks like a cookie!) at 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 16 carbs, 2 grams fiber, 6 sugars and 4 grams of protein.

Next up, the Oat & Raisin Granola Bar.

Got this pic from their website ^
This one is made without nuts, gluten or animal products ( but is made in a facility that uses these ingredients so be careful!)
I liked this one better than the peanut butter bar. It was chewy, and again, had a nice cinnamon flavor. It wasn’t too sweet,  but with the raisins gave off an oatmeal raisin cookie type of feel. It was soft, but had like a very “toasted” almost slightly “burnt” flavor to it that was predominant. However, not bad. 3 stars.

Lastly, the oh so delicious, Apple & Cranberry Granola.  I had just a tiny bit of this after having my wisdom teeth taken out and LET ME TELL YOU, it was such a tease, because after an extraction you are not supposed to have any foods that may “get stuck” so I had to patiently wait until I was fully healed to enjoy the rest of the bag! The cinnamon flavor (again) is strong but really works here. It was a sweet and “soft” granola, as in, not crispy./crunchy which I guess is due to not using tons of oil.
It had a nice honey flavor as well, and sweetness was provided from bits of dried apple and cranberry.
I also detected a nice, light brown sugar flavor.
It was really quite nice straight from the bag. I actually didn’t eat it any other way. I demolished this straight from the bag 🙂
4.5 stars

One serving is 100 calories, 3.5 g fat, 15 carbs, 7g sugar and 3 grams of protein.


Overall,
I think the products are worth a try. I am a granola fan, and I like the idea behind these products. I also liked that they weren’t overloaded with fat or added sugars. Always a plus in a my book!

 

Note: I received these products for free from the company. This is an UNBIASED review.

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All right so I have some new stuff to try from Zims! I recently reviewed another pain relief product of Zims, which was pretty good but overall nothing special.

First I tried the Max Freeze Patches which have both lidocaine and menthol. I was sent a tube of six patches in medium size which are 3 x 5″ each. They are individually wrapped and also come in extra large large and medium.

First, I put it on my neck. It is easy to unwrap and apply. I had a bit of a stiff neck, and it seemed to help. It was mostly cooling, but really make my neck feel less stiff. The patch stays on, and the odor is low, and it doesn’t linger or smell. The patch does not fall off easily which was a plus, and left no irritation.

The patch was also used on lower back and my knee and was effective on both of those as well. It doesn’t really have a heat sensation mostly just cold or cooling but no burning or irritate. it did a good job of loosening up and/or relieving some pain in the areas. It wasn’t AS STRONG as other patches I have tried but I actually prefer these, because I did not get any irritation. 

4/5 stars 

Next, we have the Zims Max Crack Creme.  The main ingredients in this is aloe and arnica extract. I constantly have dry hands because I wash them all the time due to taking public transportation or because of the nature of my profession. Also with winter approaching my hands get extra dry and take an extra beating. This cream was lightweight, non-greasy, and smelled pretty good. It had almost a floral scent but very very mild and smelled “natural”. It smoothed out my dry hands and made them soft and supple with no irritation. 4/5 stars 

Overall, these products worked great for me! Definitely worth a try 🙂

These products were given to me for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
12 Oct 2016, Comments (0)

ToGoSpa Face Mask and Eyes

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hey!

So I got some pretty awesome facial products from ToGoSpa.

I tend to be on the minimal side when it comes to makeup and facial products. 1) I have no clue how to buy or use makeup. 2) I have super sensitive skin so I tend to stay away from face creams, products, etc.

However, I was offered to try some of these products, including the Face Mask and “Eyes” by To Go Spa, and was told they were perfect for all skin types. So I decided to give it a try.

The face mask gave me a chuckle, I will not lie. It reminded me of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire with the mask and the cutouts for the face. However, once I took it out of the package, the “cutouts” of the face were easily moldable to my face.

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So the facemask feels a little weird on, you can’t really talk, and have to stay a little still cause it does slip a little bit. It feels kind a little wet jellyfish on your face or like some type of Jell-O, since it is both “gooey” but “stiff”.

Once I put it on I kind of smoothed it out on my skin that way it fit and it does stick well for the most part. You have to keep adjusting it a tad because it does slip off unless you are laying  completely  flat for about 30 to 45 minutes. I was doing computer work while using it… I’m a busy grad student!

When I took it off, my face felt clean and “tight”, but moisturized. It felt smooth, and smiled great and fresh. The next time I use this (came in a pack of 3 for me), I will take full advantage of the “soothing” properties and lay down and RELAX!!!

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For the under eyepatches, they came in 4 varieties. Coconut, Pomegranate, Green Tea, and ICE. Here is the back of the Pomegranate package.

img_5094I put them all pretty much in the refrigerator and then as I needed one, I would pull them out and put it on. You can observe the patch above, the thicker portion of the crescent goes medially, by your nose, and then it fans out. They do slip a bit while using, due to gravity, but easily adjustable (but better used laying down).

Like I said, I am in grad school so I get very little sleep and I will say that the patches definitely helped my under eye circles when I was looking really puffy.

Obviously there’s no miracles being worked here, you are putting a cold compress on, and you’re constricting the blood vessels underneath your eye reducing the puffiness, but have this benefit of it having all these other soothing ingredients for your skin.

I have sensitive skin and I haven’t had any problems when I use the products and I will say decrease some of the puffiness/left my skin looking fresh.

Overall, I like them! I think the eye patches are handy to use before going out, or if you pull one too many all nighters and need something that sticks and is soothing for those under eye puffiness.I liked the feeling of my skin after using the face mask. Smooth, and fresh! 4 stars. 

 

Disclaimer: I received these products for free of charge. This is an unbiased review.

 

 

4 Oct 2016, Comments (0)

Love Our Nuts Raw, Whole, Natural Almonds

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Nuts are one of my favorite snacks. There are only a few things that I crave when I am insatiable (despite eating enough) or in a mood where I want something crunchy and satisfying. I LOVE the sweetened (honey roasted…) versions of nuts, and typically I go for roasted or salted.

Love Our Nuts has some gluten free, raw, whole and natural nuts. You can get 2 lbs for only 13.99 which I think is a STEAL seeing as these small cans of nuts at the store is 6-7$. If you aren’t a fan of raw, you can totally roast and flavor these yourselves!

They are a hard and crunchy nut, fresh, and bursting with flavor. There is no salt, and they are not roasted. Typically, I prefer roasted/salted nuts, but I cannot lie, these are yummy! I tend to prefer roasted because the raw almonds are usually “soft”, and I like a crunchy nut in order to be satisfied. However, these were really good!

They are smaller than most almonds I have seen, the shell of the almond doesn’t fall/flake off, and you don’t miss the salt. They almost have some type of SUPER mild “vanilla” type flavor, which must be the natural almond flavors shining through. I like them.

I think these would be great in a trail mix, with some sweeter components, such as raisins and some chocolate. They are plain, but have that “real” flavor. Unadulterated, nothing added, almonds. Can’t argue with nature. 4 stars
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I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

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So if you live an active lifestyle like I do, aches and pains are inevitable. You commute, you have a heavy bag or backpack, that shoulder and trap area will be sore. You run? Maybe you have shin splints. You lift weights? Maybe you went a little too hard and strained a muscle.

There are plenty of pain relief products on the market. Pills, patches, etc. How often do you find one made with NATURAL ingredients? Not very often.

In comes Zim’s Max-Arnica. It is a roll on “gel” that you apply to minor aches, bruises and sprains/strains. It contains Arnica Montana (plant), Aloe Vera , Calendula Officinalis (plant), and Bellis Perrenis (plant).

There is NO animal testing with this product.

So I like that this is a roll on. I have used pain relief gel before with menthol and such in it, and not only does it STINK, but you have to get it all over your hands, and then wash very thoroughly to be careful not to get in your eye. This is not to say you shouldn’t wash your hands after using this to prevent eye contact with Zim’s, but less chance of exposure using the roll on.

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I also liked the roll on feature because it helps you really work into the muscle. If you have bruising I would probably apply gently, since it probably is very sensitive.

First things first, make you sure shake it well! I was rolling it a bit and realized nothing was coming out…LOL whoops!

I applied this to two areas, my shins (shin splints) and the outside of my Glute after a strain at the gym. I do a lot of heavy squats and I think I tweaked it just a bit.

There is no smell which is a plus. It had very, VERY mild cooling sensation. But it is gentle. It doesn’t not burn intensely like some of those other pain relief products do.

As for my pain? I didn’t notice a drastic difference but I do think it helped provide some comfort, moreso with my Glute strain than on my shins. I have sensitive skin and am happy to report there were no side effects.

Overall? A 3 star rating. It’s not SUPER intense, but provided mild relief without utilizing synthetic pain pills or medications. Nature only!

 

 

 

(Please note: this is NON medical advice. I am not a licensed professional. This is my opinion ONLY. Always see your doctor and work out what is best for you).

 

This product was sent to me free of charge. This is an unbiased review.
10 Aug 2016, Comments (0)

ZERO deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi There! 🙂

Got something fun to review today…deodorant! I am constantly going through deodorants…I live an active lifestyle, so I can sweat a lot, and I am constantly applying to make sure I stay fresh.

Of course there is a lot of talk about ingredients that are “bad for us” in deodorants, and while I won’t go into that, for those of you who want to stick to more natural brands, in comes ZERO deodorant. These products are made with shea butter and beeswax, which kills the odor causing bacteria, and is super gentle on skin. They are made without any parabens, aluminum, and baking soda.

I got 2 varieties to try, the Vetiver & Ylang Ylang, and the kids’ Peppermint Candy deodorants. Happy to report that both of them caused zero irritation on my skin. They were great after shaving too, because the gel type deodorants tend to sting/burn slightly when applying after a shower after shaving. Not the case here.

No white marks were left on any items of my clothing, which was also a plus.

They feel a little “sticky” when you apply it, but that feeling quickly dissipates. Your armpit is left slightly “moist” from the deodorant, so I think it would be easy to slide off, so make sure you get dressed and then apply, as you may slide the deodorant off.

You will definitely smell the deodorant throughout the day. I got mild whiffs of Ylang Ylang or peppermint as I worked throughout the day.

I will say, although I did not notice a smell, I definitely felt like I sweat more than I would using another deodorant. So this product lacks in the antiperspirant aspect, at least for me.

However, it did cover “the stink!” I work 12 hour shifts on Tuesdays, and I walked up to a coworker of mine and asked truthfully if she smelled anything on me, and she denied….You know how sometimes you are immune to your own smell! =)

Overall, a good product, especially for those who want a natural route, or something for sensitive skin. You have to like the smell of shea butter, because you will smell it! I will use up these deodorants, but not sure if I will buy in future, just because I need an anti-perspirant as well. However, I will definitely recommend, we don’t all sweat the same 🙂

3 1/2 stars

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
8 Jul 2016, Comments (0)

AC Lens product reviews

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi there!

I got some awesome products to try from AC Lens. They have almost everything you could need for your eyes, including contact lenses, solutions, dry eye remedies, and more. I was sent a few products to try out.

So let’s get started! I suffer from dry eyes, so I chose some dry eye remedies, alongside daily contact lenses. I wear contacts now, and I can get about 3 hours out of them before my eyes start to get unbearably dry. I was hoping these products could provide me some relief!

First up, GenTeal Severe Eye Gel Drops. The retail value is $11.95. The gel itself comes in a squishy tube, kind of like a mini toothpaste tube. The gel comes out slowly, and the tip comes to a point to which you literally have to squeeze the gel into your eye. It’s a bit odd, I wish they could formulate a way to make the application a bit easier. I know people who HATE putting eye drops in, since it’s so close to their eyes, and with this product you have to literally almost be on top of your eye.

That being said, the product works great. You cannot use it with contact lenses in, so I used it at night. It relieved my dry, sticky eyes and provided instant comfort for hours. Really a great product for dry, sensitive eyes. 4 stars.

Next up, Thera Tears Nutrition for Dry Eyes supplement.  The retail value is $14.95, which isn’t bad for fish oil. This supplement contains fish oil, flaxseed oil, omega-3’s from multiple sources, with a total of 1200 mg per serving (3 capsules). The soft gels are rather large, but easy to swallow. I ended up taking 2 in the morning, because I found that since they are not enteric coated, you get the “fish oil” burps afterwards, which I dislike about fish oil supplements. However, as a plus, it doesn’t last all day, like I have experienced with other fish oil supplements. IMG_2402

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Honestly, I’ve been using the product for about a month, and I think my eyes are perhaps slightly less dry, but nothing drastic. I think further use is necessary to notice a significant change. However, as a plus, my skin seems clearer! Overall, 3 1/2 stars. Fish oil has a lot of positive affects on the body, but it is a blood thinner, so check with your doctor to see if this is right for you.

Lastly, DAILIES AquaComfort Plus contact lenses by Alcon. A 30 day supply values at roughly $22.99. I actually liked these! They were comfortable to put in, and did not bother my eyes. Sometimes I find with contact lenses, they do not fit comfortably and you have to throw out a pair. You never want to wear anything in your eyes that causes discomfort!

I will not lie, my eyes did require eye drops, as they got dry by the end of the day, but I must say I was pleased with these. They were not dry upon putting on my eyes like some contacts often do for me. They fit comfortably as well. They were a bit harder to take out than other brands I have tried, but this isn’t really a huge deal. Overall, very pleased. 4 stars

 

Overall, some great products. I will definitely be ordering from AC Lens in the future. The products are affordable, and it’s a one stop visit for your eye needs 🙂

 

 

I have received these products for free. This is an unbiased review.
24 Jun 2016, Comments (0)

Heavenly Organics Chocolate Honey Patties

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi!

I got some awesome goodies from Heavenly Organics. They created these chocolate honey patties in a few varieties, with minimal and sustainable ingredients.  The chocolate shell is made from 100% cocoa and raw Himalayan honey. They are gluten, dairy, and soy free, with no additional sugar added (aside from using the honey).  The honey is 100% organic, obtained from free roaming beehives.  The bees are in areas that are not near pesticides or pollutants, which is awesome, because then that stuff won’t get into YOUR body!

They come in a bunch of flavors. I got the Ginger Chocolate Honey Pattie, Mint Chocolate Honey Pattie, Almond Chocolate Honey Pattie, DOUBLE Dark Chocolate Honey Pattie, Pomegranate Chocolate Honey Pattie, and the Peanut Chocolate Honey Pattie!  Here’s what they looked like up close. IMG_3064

bitten into, of course!

The chocolate shells all taste the same. The chocolate is relatively bitter, not that smooth, but the honey flavor definitely shines through. I am not a huge fan of the chocolate, as it breaks like a shell would on ice cream (that hard chocolate shell you put on and it freezes), but I also prefer a smooth milk chocolate over a dark chocolate. The shell reminds me more of a bitter dark chocolate.

Each pattie has an inside filling. The Pomegranate is super sweet and supple, tasted like pure, silky honey with the sweetness of pomegranate juice. The Double Chocolate is exactly what it sounds like, more of a dark chocolate flavor, with honey. It is creamy and sweet, but again, the outside shell ruined it a bit for me. The Peanut Chocolate pattie inside is very good. Reminds me of a traditional peanut butter cup, but with a nice honey twist. I loved the inside, wanted to eat it by itself. The Mint Chocolate honey pattie is the dark chocolate shell, with honey completely oozing out the middle. There is a hint of mint as well. I didn’t really care for this one, as the chocolate is very bitter and the mint made it more bitter. However, the honey is excellent, and incredibly smooth and creamy. The Almond Chocolate Honey Pattie is pretty good, it has that almond joy type of almond flavor, like almond extract or a toasted almond, alongside the chocolate and honey. It goes well with the honey flavor in my opinion. Lastly, the Ginger Chocolate Honey Pattie. I actually really liked this one, but you have to enjoy ginger. I used to eat ginger chews as a kid, so I love candied, dry ginger. It mellows out the bitterness of the chocolate, and goes wonderfully with the honey.

My favorites were the Ginger, Pomegranate, and Peanut patties. But as a whole, these are pretty good, but you have to be a fan of bitter/dark chocolate. I wish they had a milk chocolate version 8)

Each patties is roughly 50 calories, which isn’t too shabby! Especially when you need a luxurious sweet treat.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars.

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