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Browsing Whole Foods the other day (you might think I live in a grocery store the amount of times I go food shopping…) I knew I wanted some chocolate.  No, no, not wanted….needed some. I tried to look for a bar of milk or white chocolate on sale (sorry Dark chocolate- my heart goes to milk or white!) and then I spotted this cute bar - Moo Chocolate Milk Chocolate with Graham Cracker. The kid in me couldn’t pass up on the cute cow on the front, and well, I do love the combination of milk chocolate and graham crackers!! So, regardless of the price ( I think it was 3 dollars) I picked up a bar.

The bar itself isn’t as long as other bars of chocolate are,  and was shorter than the size of my hand. I saw that the ingredients were natural, even made with organic chocolate as it stated on the wrapper, and it had 2 servings  a bar. So perhaps a bit more expensive than other bars I might have chosen, where I could have 3 servings for 2 dollars. But that’s not a big deal, it’s only a buck, and I’d rather have organic whenever possible.

Anyway, here’s how the bar looked. I was a bit disappointed- where’s the graham cracker!?!?

Yea, I could certainly see the graham cracker.

But it looked as if there was hardly any in there at all. It looked more like crumbs of graham crackers were scattered throughout rather than a nice chunk as the picture depicted on the cover.

Whatever, I thought. Let me just taste it.

Upon the first bite I thought, wow this is SWEET! I love sweets and sugary treats (I have a love hate relationship with chocolate frosting ;) ) but I feel chocolate is different. I feel like it has to be sweet, but also rich. This chocolate was a very prominent tasting milk chocolate, with a vanilla flavor, and a good deal of sweetness. It was smooth in consistency (minus the graham cracker parts). The flavor reminded me of those store-bought chocolate bunnies I usually get on Easter. Really kind of sweet, but still pretty good.

The graham cracker aspect, however, was disappointing. If I hadn’t known it was graham cracker, I wouldn’t have been able to tell. It added just the slightest crunch, but hardly any flavor. And like I said before, it was sporadically scattered throughout the bar.

Overall, this chocolate was ok. It wasn’t amazing, and was a bit too sweet for my preferences, but hey, that didn’t stop me from eating the whole bar =)  The flavor and consistency reminded me of those Crunch bars. It was pretty good, but I don’t know if I would buy it again. 3 1/2 stars

IF you could mix ANYTHING in your chocolate bar, what would you pick? I would do tons and tons of peanut butter chips with dried banana chips as well. Mmm :)

17 Aug 2011, Comments (0)

Exciting News for MarDona Specialty Foods!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hey guys- you know that healthy eating requires some essentials. Salad dressings for yummy salads, and cooking oils to make yummy meals! MarDona Specialty Foods is a website that has TONS of products to choose from! They have a bunch of gourmet products, and are GREAT for anyone who loves truffles!!

MarDona Specialty Foods just launched their brand new website!  In order to celebrate, their  entire online store is offering 15% off (until August 31).  Just go to www.mardonaspecialtyfoods.com and enter the PROMO CODE FALL2011 when you check out.

While you are there, make sure you enter the promotion and you can win up to $100 of natural gourmet products!   Here is the link !  Make sure to follow MarDona  on Facebook for more weekly specials  too, at their Facebook page here!

Let me know if you end up buying anything, or what you made with the products you bought. I’d love to hear about it!!! :)

This is a sponsored blog post. However, my opinions remain unaffected.
16 Aug 2011, Comments (4)

Guest Post! Dan from Primrose Schools

Author: Healthnuttxo

Dan from Primrose Schools contacted me asking to post a rather interesting and informative post about cooking with kids! I personally think it’s really important for kids to cook with parents, as it’s a time for them to learn and to bond! I know I certainly wouldn’t know half of the recipes or cooking techniques I know without learning them from my parents!

Anyway, here’s the article. Leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it, or if you cooked with your parents/kids, what you learned or what your kids have learned! :)

A Recipe for Fun: Cooking With Your Child

Modern day cooking can be fun, addictive and even better; an easy way to teach meaningful lessons to children. At times the amount of time we spend in the kitchen as parents can take away from the time we spend with our children. This does not have to be the case. Instead, you can utilize the time you spend in the kitchen cooking or baking by engaging your child. This is not only a great way to spend quality time together, but you can also teach your child healthy habits and valuable skills that will last them through out their life.

Primrose Schools, uses innovative ways such as cooking to help keep children’s minds engaged to help continue their early childhood education. Dr. Mary Zurn, Vice President of Education, says “kitchen time can be a great way for families to regain some lost, but valuable, family time.” This valuable family time should be fun, safe and can easily be disguised as a learning activity without your child even knowing it. By exposing your child early on to healthy eating habits it will become routine for them. Also, it is more likely that your child will continue to eat healthy through their adult years.

Here are four simple guidelines Primrose offers for you and your youngster to following when cooking in the kitchen:

  1. Engage your child meaningfully. Think of independent tasks your children can accomplish themselves. To involve young children – give them some pots, pans and wooden spoons so they can pretend to cook with you or use them for music making. Don’t worry, the loud noises that seem unbearable at first will soon turn into music to your ears knowing your young child is playing happily by your side. For older children, simple jobs such as mixing batter, rolling dough and pouring measurements are safe, simple tasks for them to accomplish.

  2. Set some ground rules. An important rule to teach your child to always follow is to wash your hands before and after handling food. This will help germs from spreading. Discuss on a regular basis what’s safe to touch and what’s not. Supervision in the kitchen is a must when children are around. Make sure you create a list of ground rules and go over them with your child before starting any activity in the kitchen.

Tip: make sure the handles of pots and pans on the stove are turned in so no one bumps them or runs into them spilling hot goods or boiling water.

  1. Build up skills step-by-step. Essential skills can be learned within the kitchen without children even knowing they are learning. For example, hand eye coordination can be practiced easily. Teaching older children to use a knife is a good way to do this. Start them off with a dull spreader cutting softer item like cooked noodles or cheese. Once they have mastered this, move them up to a butter knife cutting more dense items like strawberries and cucumbers. For any task, make sure to start your child off at an easy level. This will give them the confidence they need when performing harder tasks.

  2. Keep it fun. Let’s face it, there is no way to avoid the “oops” from happening in the kitchen, but there is no need to stress if a mess is made. If an egg ends up on the ground instead of the bowl, don’t get mad, clean it up and let your child try again. (And make sure you have a lot of eggs!) Learning to clean up is just as important as making the mess!

All children grow and learn at a different rate so remember to adjust accordingly to your child. Gradually introduce your child to new foods, if you continually make something new your child may get tired of cooking food they do not like. Allow them to choose a recipe they are interested in and share your favorite recipe as well. If cooking is something you enjoy, allow your child to have the opportunity to enjoy it with you. Who knows, it may become your favorite thing to do together.

Spending quality time with your child is precious, spending time with them and helping them grow and develop is priceless. Make sure to always compliment your child on a job well done, and offer them the first bite of whatever you make. Bon appétit!

This is a sponsored blog post. My opinions remain unaffected.
15 Jul 2011, Comments (0)

Stonyfield Giveaway WINNERS!

Author: Healthnuttxo

The 5 winners are, selected randomly by random.org is….

1.  Comment Number 25, Ellie

2. Comment Number 45, Nikki

3. Comment Number 12, Ashley

4. Comment Number 42, Lindsay

5. Comment Number 16, Sam.

CONGRATS! PLEASE check your emails from me, healthnuttxo [at] yahoo [dot] com thanks to all who entered. More giveaways to come!

10 Jun 2011, Comments (2)

“my favorite things” winner!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Happy Friday everyone!

The winner of the giveaway, chosen randomly via random.org is…. comment number 36, JENNY! with the comment

aw, my dear, hosting a giveaway out of your own pocket? what a saint you are!

three favorite foods:
peanut butter
peanut butter cups
peanut butter cookies

do we notice a trend here? ;)

Agreed, girl. Im down for peanut butter anything !!

CONGRATS! Please email me your info at healthnuttxo [at ] yahoo [dot] com so I can ship out your prize! Thanks to all who entered!! More giveaways to come :)

27 May 2011, Comments (11)

HealthNuttxo BLOGROLL!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hey everyone!

One of the things I think my page is lacking right now is a BLOGROLL! So, Im going to put a tab up on my page to link up some of YOUR awesome blogs!

If you would like to be on the blogroll, I only ask 2 things.

1. Please add me, HealthNuttxo, to your blog roll!
2. Leave a comment here (or on BLOGROLL TAB) or, Email me at Healthnuttxo[at]yahoo[dot]com with the name you would like to display, and a link!

Looking forward to adding your lovely, awesome blogs!! :D

One of my favorite blogs, Chocolate Covered Katie, had an awesome “Feature” post to “Hug a Vegan Dessert”. I thought a GREAT idea would be to do it on one of HER very own recipes, the “Snickerdoodle Blondies“!

I’m a HUGE fan of Snickerdoodle cookies, so the title itself enticed me to bake them!

I finally went to the store to buy one of the essential ingredients- chick peas. But instead of using chickpeas, I bought white beans. Also, instead of using flaxseed that was called for, I used 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour.

At first, I tasted the batter, and well, it tasted like beans. Although I could certainly taste the delicious cinnamon flavor, it was rather dominatly bean flavored. I was skeptical, but knew I should trust Katie!

After baking them in the oven, they were pretty good! The sweet cinnamon smell flooded my kitchen, and out came the blondies. Slightly gooey on the inside, and crispier on the outside. They even had a slight gingerbread flavor to them! I think if I bake them again, I might add a bit more sugar and cut back a bit on the beans. Otherwise, pretty good!

So, THANK YOU KATIE! For this lovely vegan dessert! :)

5 May 2011, Comments (0)

Fun stuff going on at Stonyfield!

Author: Healthnuttxo

As you guys probably know, Stonyfield Farm is one of my favorite brands of yogurt. Nothing is better than some of their Banilla yogurt, or the Maple Vanilla! So, here is some cool things going on with them right now!

Starting off with… a contest! The Stonyfield Organic Family of the Year Contest . If you win, you can get some cool stuff like yogurt, or even get the chance to visit the Vermont Organic Dairy farm!

Next, Organic Movement – a fun spot to visit, and share why you eat organic food!

And lastly, the Act Bolder’s Just Eat Organic For a Day Challenge!

Let me know if you end up visiting any of the sites, they look pretty fun, and some offer some cool prizes you may be able to win!

Have a great day!

2 May 2011, Comments (1)

winner of silk coupon and chico bag!

Author: Healthnuttxo

And the winner is….

Cheryl F.! You were selected randomly via www.random.org. Congrats! Please email me so we can get your prize out!!

Thanks to all who entered- more giveaways to come!

Happy Monday to alll! (;

25 Apr 2011, Comments (0)

winner of NutraSea DHA!

Author: Healthnuttxo

And the winner of a bottle of NutraSea DHA selected randomly via www.random.org is…

Ashley! With the comment “Commented on the annie’s mac and cheese.”

Congratulations! please email me your info so your prize can be shipped! Thanks to all who entered- and more giveaways coming soon!!

Have a WONDERFUL, healthy day!! :)

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