Tags: Almonds

Presenting…. (da da da DAAAA!) One of the BEST things I have ever purchased. So good I ate the whole bag in 2 days (dangit!!!)

I found these browsing the grocery store in the natural foods section. They were on there own little showcase and had 3 or 4 flavors to pick from. There was only one of the Ooo La La Original flavors left, and it sounded the tastiest to me, so I picked this one up.

Opening up the bag, there weren’t a lot of nuts, but a good amount. Pecans, walnuts and almonds, all dusted and covered with what looked like a graham cracker type of outside.  The taste? AMAZING! The walnuts and pecans had a soft crunch to them, and the outside was sweet but not too sweet, and definitely had a buttery taste. It reminded me of peanut brittle, because of the sweet and buttery taste, and then the nut flavor to accompany. The almonds were much crunchier and not as heavily coated as the walnuts and pecans, but delicious none the less.

Did I mention they’re delicious? Because I ate the WHOLE BAG in 2 days. Oh well. I need the calories to fuel my hard workouts, and at least there are plenty of healthy fats in nuts 😉 (butter…not so much but moderation is key, peeps!)

OVERALL, 4.5 stars. A tad high in sugar, and lower in protein than just a handful of good ol’ nuts would be, but overall a yummy snack. WILL buy again!

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


I’m an oatmeal kind of girl.

Well….. I mean I eat  cold cereal for breakfast 6 out of 7 days of the week, but oatmeal is certainly on the top of my list for things I like to eat. I just hate cleaning pots and instant oatmeal is never as satifying as stove top.  SO basically, I’m a lazy oatmeal lover, where if it’s there, I’ll eat it, but if I have to cook it, I might just have cold cereal and wish it was oatmeal. But what about an oatmeal square?

Corazonas Chocolate Brownie & Almonds Oatmeal Squares got me covered. They incorporate the oats that I really should eat more often, and pair it up with chocolate. And almonds. And according to the wrapper, also “.8 grams of Plant Sterols” and “15g of Whole Grain”. That’s my kind of snack.

Do I get props for taking a good picture yet? No? Ok, I'll keep trying...

Chewy and fudgy in consistency, with some chewier peices that had the consistency of uncooked oats.It was very moist, and could easily be pulled apart. Lightly sweet, with more of a deep cocoa rather than chocolate flavor. I wouldn’t say this screamed “ALMOND” flavor, but there was a hint of almond flavor that went well with the fudgy chocolate flavor. I do think it reminded me of a brownie, but certainly a healthier type of brownie. It wasn’t overly sweet like brownies can be, but it did have somewhat of a rich flavor.  Also, it still  made me want to either

1. Grab a tablespoon of peanut butter to smear on top
2. Grab a cup of milk to eat with this
3. All of the above

(Can you guess which one I did?) (;

Overall, 4 stars. I like it. It’s a little small, but it’s a good snack for me on the go or before a workout, or to pair with some fruit and a glass of milk for a light breakfast. I like that it was sweet enough to feel desserty, but not too sweet where I have  a headache. (headaches from sugar? Not. Fun. Been there, done that, too many times. You think I’d learn! I never do).

So….if you HAD to choose… Cereal or Oatmeal for breakfast? tough choice, I know!


I was provided this bar to try, free of charge.

8 Aug 2010, Comments (0)

Sahale Snacks Barbeque Almonds

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ah, nothing quite helps me when I’m hungry than a handful of nuts- peanuts, almonds, pecans! Something about them are just so filling and satisfying, and truly enjoyable.

Well, if I’m going to have some almonds, I might as well have some FLAVORED almonds! : )  Sahale Snacks was very generous, and sent me some of their products to try, including the Barbeque Almonds. (You can find these in a 2oz. size at Starbuck’s!)  These almonds are all natural, and according to the package, “Our Barbeque Almonds are seasoned with a proprietary ‘Dry Rub’ spice blend and accented with tangy buttermilk ranch. Then, they’re slow roasted to a smoky, spicy-sweet perfection.”

I was actually quite excited for these- I AM a fan of barbeque flavored chips- I love the flavor and find them so irresistably good! So how do these almonds live up?

🙂

They are decently sized almonds that are coated in a reddish seasoning with a bumpy texture. The first thought that came into my mind as I tried these were both spicy and salty tasting. Then, after the initial heat wore off a little bit, I found that I actually kind of liked them! The almonds were crunchy  and were a really good nut to pair with a barbeque flavor. These had just the SLIGHTEST aftertaste of sweetness, and were mostly spicy in my opinion. I could certainly taste the chipotle pepper and chili pepper ! They were not SUPER spicy, but I definitely could feel the heat!

Overall, these were pretty good. I sort of wish they had more of a sweet taste, like honey flavor, as I prefer barbeque flavored things to be both slightly spicy and a bit sweet. However, I think if you like spicy things, and are a fan of barbeque (especially those spicy barbeque sauces!) you will enjoy these. I also liked that they had 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per 27-gram serving! I’m giving them 4 stars.

1/4 cup (27 grams) is 140 calories, 11 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

Almonds, Barbeque Seasoning (salt, smoked paprika, chili pepper, spices, onion, molasses powder, garlic), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Sea Salt, Dried Buttermilk (buttermilk, whey solids), Tomato Powder, Chipotle Pepper.

27 Feb 2010, Comments (3)

NuttZo Multi-Nut Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m sure everyone has heard of NuttZo, the multi nut butter. Not only does it have peanuts, it has cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds AND flaxseeds, all in one spread. I have seen that it’s very popular in bloggie world, so I was excited when the company sent me a jar of their organic nutty spread.

Some facts about this nut butter before I begin…
1. It provides 50% of your daily needs of ALA Omega 3 per serving with 650 mg.
2. all the ingredients are organic & kosher
3. There is no sugar added (yay!)
4. This nut butter is actually stored upside down for easy stirring (it’s about time a nut butter company got smart!! 😉 ) All you have to do is open, stir and then refrigerate with the lid up (the words will be upside down).
5. NuttZo is also a sponsor/supporter or ProjectLeftBehind.

Okay, so it has some awesome facts. But how does it taste?

Well, if you like love nuts and seeds, you will like love this nut butter! Seriously- I opened up the jar, and there were TONS of nuts and seeds. Think of Skippy Chunky Peanut Butter- and then multiply by 5. You CANNOT get a tablespoon without a nut or a seed on it, ESPECIALLY flaxseeds. There are some serious flax seeds going on in this jar.

look at all those nuts & seeds!

Anywho- aside from the sort of offputting appearance (in my opinion, anyway), the taste really isn’t bad. It’s very crunchy (obviously), and has an almost buttery taste. THe most prominent nut flavor to me was the flax and hazelnut. I really didn’t taste any cashew or almond flavors, but it did have a wee bit of a peanut taste, that was slightly sweet due to the fact that they were Valencia Peanuts. This nut spread certainly is satisfying, and you really only need 2 tbsp. in one sitting. I had mine straight out of the jar and on a piece of hearty whole grain bread, drizzled with honey. Since there is no sugar, it is a bit bland, so the honey played up the nutty taste quite well.

Overall, I give this 3 stars for taste, and 4 1/2 for nutrition, so a total of  3 1/2 stars. While the nutrition is excellent, I wasn’t crazy about the numerous amounts of flaxseeds, and I’m not too fond of the taste of flaxseed as well. The crunchiness was nice, however, and it was certainly satisfying. I prefer my nut butters a bit sweeter, and creamier, but if you are a fan of crunchy of chunky nut butters- give this a shot!!

Do you guys like NuttZo? What is your favorite way to eat it?

1 serving (2 Tbsp) is 180 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein.

Organic Valencia Peanuts, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Hazelnuts, Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Brazil Nuts, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Sea Salt, Vitamin E, Natural Tocopherols.

29 Nov 2009, Comments (3)

Almondina Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

Almondina makes “a delicious cookie without the guilt”. How without the guilt you ask? Well, there are no preservatives, artificial flavors/colors, no added fat or salt, are all natural, and relatively low in fat and calories. They are crispy biscotti-like cookies, and come in several flavors- Original, Choco-nut, Cinnaroma, Gingerspice, AlmonDuo, Anniversary, BranTreats, Sesame, Pumpkin Spice, and Chocolate Dipped. All of them sound delectable!
I was fortunate enough to try, courtesy of Almondina Company, the Choconut, Pumpkin Spice, and Sesame flavors.

Each of these “biscuit-cookies” are about as long as your finger and wide as two fingers put together. They are crispy and crunchy, which I give credit to the “no added fat” aspect of the recipe.

Sesame- these were different- normally I’m not a sesame person, but these were enjoyable. My mom certainly enjoyed them, she kept bugging me for more after i gave her one (does the book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie… ring a bell to anyone?? 😛 ). They had SOOOO many sesame seeds- so if you like sesame, definitely try this cookie! It wasn’t as sweet as the other ones, but it was good with some lemon/herbal tea.

Choconut- Chocolate lovers-rejoice! these had a deep brown chocolate color to them. They were mildly sweet and definietely hard and crunchy, except for the spots filled with raisins. Those were nice & chewy, and it provided a nice relief to the crunch. It had a very good chocolate flavor and a LOT of almonds. Bursting with almonds even (the cookie is 20% almonds). It was fresh and flavorful, and I got my chocolate fix.  I also spread it some peanut butter on it- delish!

Pumpkin Spice- yuumm. Brings all the flavors of fall into a cookie. It had a nice nutmeg/cinnamon after taste, alongside a sweet and pumpkin-y flavor. Once again, the cookie is packed with almonds and pumpkin seeds. Very satisfying, and paired well with some vanilla yogurt 🙂

Overall, these are pretty good. I like how you get 4 of the cookies in a serving, for about 130 calories and not too much fat or sugar. I’m giving them 4 stars overall (5 stars to the choconut flavor-yum!).Almonds are definietely the dominant ingredient, and they don’t scrimp on them in the cookie! I think they are best when paired with something soothing, like yogurt, tea, or icecream to cancel out some of the CRUNCH. I’d like to try the cinnamon  and chocolate dipped varieties as well 🙂  I’d also be interested if they ever made a variety without all the almonds or nuts, but rather a “plain” cookie, like sugar flavored or something. I’ll keep an eye out!

Sesame- 4 cookies is 138 calories, 4.8 grams of fat, 20.7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.
Choconut- 4 cookies is 133 calories, 3.6 grams of fat,22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.
Pumpkin Spice- 4 cookies is 120.5 calories, 5.3 grams of fat, 14.8 grams of carbohydrates, 1.4 grams of fiber, and 3.5 grams of protein.

Sesame-Sesame Seeds, Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour), Sugar, Egg Whites, Almonds, Raisins, Natural Flavors
Choconut- Almonds, Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour), Sugar, Egg Whites, Raisins, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Powder, Natural Flavors.
Pumpkin Spice-Almonds, Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour), Sugar, Egg Whites, Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Spice, Natural Flavors

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13 Nov 2009, Comments (24)

Sahale Snacks Review

Author: healthnuttxo

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“Who says indulgent can’t be healthy?”
That’s Sahale’s slogan, and I totally agree. Sahale makes all natural nut mixes and glazed nuts, that are low in sodium, no trans fats, and truly satisying. They encourage you to “Snack Better” and eat their yummy snacks. We all know how much I enjoy nuts, so it was a real treat to eat these!  They come in Nut Blends, each with a different “story” or background info, and also glazed nuts.
From the Nut Blends, i tried the Soledad and Sing Buri variety, and from the glazed nuts I tried the Cashews with Pomegranate & Vanilla, and the Almond PB&J. Now i know your getting excited, so I’ll just begin my review now 🙂

Soledad- These were almonds with apple, flax seeds, dates, balsamic vinegar and red pepper. They definietly had a kick to them, which i give credit to the cayenne pepper in these babies. The almonds were a nice consistency, a nice crunch to them. The apple bits were perfect in the mix, they took away some of the heat. I liked the sweetness and chewiness the apple bits provided. My dad really liked these, but they were a bit too spicy for me. It all depends if you like it hot 😛  3 1/2 stars

Sing Buri- these were cashews with pineapple, peanuts, lemongrass and mild chinese chili. These were also spicy, but not as spicy as the Soledad. I loved, once again, the fruit bits of pineapple. It nicely sweetened up the mix. The cashews were nice and “plump” if you will, and the peanuts were also yummy. They added a more mellow taste to the mix. The cashews are covered in sesame seeds, and are nicely salted. 4 stars!

Almond PB&J-wow. I didn’t know you could eat peanut butter and jelly in nut form. This one was rockkkkkking! Given i eat peanut butter and jelly/honey/applebutter/maple syrup sandwiches pretty much every day for lunch, i was so happy eating these. SO delicious! Each almond is coated with a sweet glaze and has bits of berries stuck to them. It actually tastes like a PB&J sandwich, minus the bread. I’m definitely getting this one again! 5 stars 🙂 🙂

Pomegranate Cashews-another winner in my eyes. The vanilla flavor is strong and delicious. It’s sweet, not oily and the little bits of pomegranate kick butt. Really, really, really addictive (not good because they are NUTS and nuts are high in calories!), but SOOO worth it!! It has a light brown sugar taste, and a wee bit of orangey flavor. So good, i ate the whole bag in 2 days. 😀 5 stars!

Overall, these rock. 4 stars for sure as a whole. They satisfied my hunger and my sweetooth (or “spice” tooth 😉 ) and were all natural and not oily or too salty at all. I also like how 1 ounce is slightly less caloric but just as satisfying nuts alone due to the pieces of fruit added. I really want to try the other flavors- especially the Valdosta Pecan!! (love pecans!!)

Soledad- 1/4 cup is 130 calories, 9 grams of fat, 10 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.
Almonds, Dried Apples (Unsulfured Apples, Sugar), Organic Flax Seeds, Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Spices, Date Juice Concentrate.

Sing Buri- 1/4 cup is 130 calories, 9 grams of fat, 10 carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.
Cashews, Peanuts, Dried Pineapple (unsulfered pineapple, sugar, citric acid), Black and White Sesame Seeds, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Rice Wine Vinegar, Spices, Sea Salt, Soy Sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), Sake (rice wine).

Almond PB&J-1/4 cup is 160 calories, 12 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein.
Almonds, Peanuts, Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Strawberries (strawberries, sugar, ascorbic acid), Brown Sugar, Dried Raspberry, Natural Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Strawberry Juice Concentrate, Pure Ground Vanilla Beans, Natural Raspberry Flavor.

Pomegranate Cashews- 1/4 cup is 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 fiber, and 4 grams of protein.
Cashews, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Apples (Unsulfured apples, sugar, natural pomegranate flavor, citric acid, fruit and vegetable juice), Organic Tapioca Syrup, Brown Sugar, Natural Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Dried Pomegranate, Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Dried Orange Peel, Pure Ground Vanilla Beans.

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