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22 Aug 2014, Comments (2)

Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions beverage

Author: Healthnuttxo

I received some free samples of the Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions beverages, in 3 different flavors. I received Brasilia Bluberry, Limu Lemon, and Tanzania Lemonade Tea.

I must be honest, I feel like I have definitely seen these in stores before but never thought to buy them for whatever reason. But alas! Now I have no choice but to try them!

Each bottle is made with superfruit, or as the bottle says “the outside” of the coffee fruit…”coffee’s secret superfruit”. The company then “infuse[s] the antioxidant power of the superfruit, add[s] a splash of exotic fruit juices and voila! You have naturally sweetened, free-radical crushing Bai 5”.

Each bottle I received has 35 mg of caffeine in it per serving, and 5 calories per serving, They are sweeteend naturally with organic stevia extract and erythritol.

First up, the Brasilia Blueberry. This one is very tasty. It tastes like you ate a handful of fresh blueberries and that sweet, fruity flavor is left in your mouth. It is sweet, and you could swear it is sweetened with sugar, but alas, it is not! However, it does not have any bitter flavor that stevia can sometimes provide, and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. I REALLY like this one. I did this review at 8 pm and had to stop myself from guzzling the whole bottle from the caffeine unless I would be up all night! 4 1/2 stars

Next up.  Limu Lemon. This one had a strong scent of lemonade. Again, it was delicious. Tasted almost exactly like a fresh squeezed lemonade, and had just the right amount of tartness. It was sweet, but also irked on the more tart side. I like it because unlike lemon flavored drinks I have had, it did not leave a funky feeling in the back of my throat or on my tongue. Just pure refreshment. 4 stars

Lastly, the Tanzania Lemonade Tea. This one reminded me of those half & half products, where the beverage is half lemonade and half iced tea. It was sweet, and definitely had lemon/lemonade flavor to it, but also a bit of an iced tea flavor. I found it a little duller in sweetness than the other 2, but it was still rather enjoyable. 4 stars

Overall, bravo Bai 5!!! I really like these! If I see these in stores, I will definitely be picking some up. As a diabetic, it’s hard to find “sugar free” alternatives that will not spike my blood sugar that actually taste good and not too chemically. Woo!!

Goji Gourmet makes cookies that use… GOJI BERRIES! How cool is that! According to the package, “Goji berries are nutrient-rich fruits that are HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS and provide vitamins A, C, and B-complex. Among other benefits, goji berries are rich in iron, beta-carotene, selenium, geranium, and include 18 amino acids”. I never had a Goji Berry before eating these cookies,( and although I am stil unsure where exactly to find them at the supermarket!), I would like to eat them again!

Taken from the website, here is some interesting tidbits about these cookies.

“-No preservatives
-All-natural
-No refined sugar added
-High in antioxidants
-Delicious
-Low calorie
-Handmade
-Infused with Superfoods
-Energizing
-Great for kids
-Mostly organic ingredients ”

Cool! Well the folks over at Goji Gourmet sent me some of these cookies, including the Chocolate Chip and Almond Oat varieties. The first thing I noticed about these cookies was the size. They are rather small, about the size of a quarter in length, but much bigger in height. They almost are about the size of cotton balls! I actually thought they were quite adorable for cookies! : )

Chocolate Chip- first of all, these smell sooo yummy, just like homemade chocolate chip cookies, with a hint of a fruity smell! The goji berry pieces are quite large, and sort of resemble dried cranberries. The texture is a bit gritty, but in a good way, and also “soft and chewy”, just like the front of the package says. It was actually quite a bizarre taste- sort of a cross between an oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookie. The goji berries had an unexpected sweetness, sort of like a raisin in an oatmeal raisin cookie, but the cookie still had a rather rich and buttery taste, like a chocolate chip cookie. I actually really enjoyed it, and it was quite sweet, too! 4 stars

Goji Almond Oat- I noticed that these cookies had more height and more goji berries than the Goji Chocolate Chip flavor, but were still delicious. They were sweet, and almost had a brown sugar and vanilla taste to them. The almond flavor was actually really delicious- just the right amount, and they also added a little bit of crunch as well. I found these sweeter than the Goji Chocolate Chip, and actually liked them better. 4 1/2 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed these! I like that a serving ( 2 cookies ) is only 50 calories, and also provides 1 gram of fiber. I also love that they are quite unlike any other type of cookie I have eaten before. They are made with really good ingredients, and well, are just plain good! : )

*Have YOU ever had goji berries before? How do you eat them? (And where do you buy them?) If you’d like to answer, please leave a comment below! : )

Goji Chocolate Chip- 2 cookies is 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

Organic white whole wheat flour, organic goji berries, natural buckwheat honey, organic butter, raw turbinado sugar, organic 70% cacao dark chocolate (organic cocoa beans, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic ground vanilla bean), organic egg, raw wheat germ, pure vanilla extract, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, turmeric.

Goji Almond Oat- 2 cookies is 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Organic white whole wheat flour, organic goji berries, organic oats, natural buckwheat honey, natural almonds, organic butter, raw turbinado sugar, organic egg, raw wheat germ, pure almond extract (alcohol, natural oil of bitter almond, water), organic vanilla extract, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, turmeric.

17 May 2010, Comments (5)

New England Naturals Chewy Granola Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

New England Naturals is a new company for me. But after doing some research on their website, I discovered it truly is a great company. Not only do they make all of their products kosher and organic using on the finest ingredients, they also donate 10% of their profits to organizations  that also do business in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

They make a variety of products, such as all natural granola bars, granola & trail mixes. The company sent me a few of their products to try, so I decided to try the Organic Chocolate Omega Chewy Granola Bar. Each bar is designed to help in different ways- According to the website, ” Whether it’s slowing down the aging process with our Antioxidant Bar, promoting digestive health with our Maple Nut Fiber Bar, or saving brain function with our Chocolate Omega Bar, your health is what’s important! ” Cool! So, I’ll be helping my brain out by eating  savory chocolate  I can get used to that 😉

The bar was about the size of a Quaker Chewy Bar, maybe a little bit bigger, and had an oaty appearance with chocolate chips dispersed throughout. It was soft and chewy, and fell apart easily. Seeing as the second ingredient was brown rice syrup, I would imagine why it had a little bit of give to it. Upon the first bite I tasted orange zest. Weird? Maybe. But I liked it. Ever have one of those “chocolate oranges” that you have to unwrap and then hit on the table for the “pieces” to come apart? And then you ate a “chocolate orange wedge”? I  HOPE someone knows what I’m talking about so I don’t sound crazy- but pretty much that’s what it reminded me of. A unique flavor combination of orange and chocolate. I would have preferred a bit more chocolatey flavor, including chocolate was in the name, but it was still pretty good. It was nice and sweet, too.

Overall, 4 stars. The nutritional stats are actually quite good, and the taste is unique and worth giving a shot. Each bar provides 410 mg of Omega-3s, has antioxidants, and provides at least 11 grams of whole grains. I like that there is flax meal, walnuts and hemp seed in this bar as well. Health benefits!! It loses some points because it’s not that filling on it’s own, but I do think it’s a good light snack paired with a glass of milk or some fruit. There is also naturally milled sugar listed in the ingredients. The bars also come in two other flavors, Maple Nut  and Antioxidant Bar.

1 bar is 140 calories, 4 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic whole rolled oats, organic rice syrup, organic crisp brown rice with organic rice syrup, organic tapioca syrup, organic naturally milled sugar, organic chocolate chips (organic sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic apricots with organic rice flour, organic flax meal, organic walnuts, organic hemp seed, organic soy fiber, organic expeller pressed canola oil, organic orange flavor.

*Note: I’m going to try to include sugar grams per serving of products I review- Seeing as we live in a sugar-crazed world, it’s good to see how much of what you are consuming is sweetened!- But please don’t be mad if I forget 🙂

14 May 2010, Comments (7)

Figamajigs Dark Chocolate Covered Fig Candy

Author: Healthnuttxo

What’s a Figamajig!?

Figamajigs are a different way to enjoy candy, according to them, it’s “A Healthy and Delicious Way to Enjoy Chocolate”. What could be so healthy about chocolate? Well, these candies are all natural, provide fiber & antioxidants, and are relatively low in fat. They make both bite sized candies and fig bars covered with delicious chocolate. The company sent me some of their goodies to try, and I picked the Dark Chocolate Covered Fig Candy to do a review on.

Now, I’m TOTALLY a Raisinette girl. When we go to the movies, my friends get the popcorn and the nachos, and I get the Raisinette’s candy. It’s my way of eating a “healthy treat” while still indulging. Hey, raisins are FRUIT! So I was super excited to see these. First of all, each bag (40grams) provides a hefty amount of tasty chocolate covered fig pieces. Do NOT be turned off by the word “fig”. I know you’re probably thinking fig= prunes= grandma candy. Uh, NO. These are actually quite good!

Each piece is actually pretty big, if you ever ate the Peanut Butter flavor of the M&M’s, they are about that size. If not, they have the same size of I’d say a dime, but VERY thick! There is a decent amount of smooth and rich dark chocolate coating every fig piece. You can’t even really taste the fig- it tastes just like raisins to me!  The fig piece was a bit chewier and grittier than raisins, but still quite good. They were sweet, but not overpowering, and I actually really enjoyed these. Each bag that provides about 20 or so pieces is only 150 calories and  4 grams of fat. How’s THAT for kicking a chocolate craving!

Overall, as far as candy goes, 4 1/2 stars for sure. Antioxidants- check. Fruit- check. Fiber- check. CHOCOLATE-check! Can we say, perfect snack? 🙂 Yes, there is added refined sugar, but I mean it is candy, and FAR better than some other candies you can buy! I can only imagine the possibilities with these- I’m thinking mixed in with Chobani or greek yogurt, or with a trail mix, or even slightly warmed with buttery popcorn (all natural, of course!) . Yum!!

1 bag (40 grams) is 150 calories, 4 grams of fat (2 saturated), 29 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fat, and 2 grams of protein. They even provide 6% of your daily needs of calcium and 15% of your daily needs of Iron.

Figs, Dark Chocolate (sugar, chocolate liquor processed with potassium carbonate, cocoa butter, butter oil), Soy Lecithin, Pure Vanilla, Cocoa, Sugar, Rice Flour, Invert Sugar, Natural Flavor, Cream of Tartar, Canola Oil, Salt.

8 May 2010, Comments (2)

Amazing Grass Kidz Super Food Wild Berry

Author: Healthnuttxo

Keeping up with my berry and fruity theme this week, I thought it would be appropriate to review a product sent to me by Amazing Grass, the Kidz Super Food Wild Berry .

One serving of this mix combines 32 fruits and vegetables that provides that antioxidant level of THREE servings of fruits & veggies. You simply mix it in water, juice, or a smoothie (it also comes in a chocolate flavor, that you can mix with milk!)

Seeing as the amazing nutrition punch this product packs, I decided to try it on a day I was feeling sluggish and just blah. I’m not one who likes to take medications , so I prefer more natural ways of helping or healing my body. I decided to just mix it with water, since I wasn’t home at the time and didn’t have access to juice (or a smoothie, for that matter). I put it in my water bottle and gave it a shake. It was green and dusty on top, and then the rest of the water was purple. I had a very curious glances my way like, “what on earth is she drinking?!?!” I’m not one to judge on color, so I took a sip. It was very, very mildly sweet- just a hint of berry flavor. It didn’t mix together perfectly, as it was still a bit piecy in the water.

I definitely reccommend using it in juice or a smoothie instead of just water, or maybe adding some stevia/sweetener if you want to use it in water. It wasn’t bad, though, taken for what it was. It’s an excellent way to boost your nutrition and fit in some powerful antioxidants. With water, I give it 3 1/2 stars based on taste, 5 for nutrition, for a total of 4 stars. It did make me feel SOO much better after- Really! My headache was gone, and I had more energy throughout the day. I think I might buy some in the future and try it in a smoothie or juice- if I do, I’ll let you know how it is!

1 packet (6 grams) is 21 calories, 0 grams of fat, 4 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

you GOTTA love the ingredients—> GREENS-organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, asparagus, lima beans, green peas, kale, kiwi, organic spinach, organic broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, zucchini ORANGES/YELLOWS-apricots, organic carrots, mangos, pineapple, sweet potatoes, tangerines, yellow squash REDS-organic yumberry, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cranberries, red cabbage, cherries, tomatoes, BLUES/PURPLES-beets, plums, purple grapes, blueberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic inulin, organic oat fiber, natural flavors, organic guar gum, stevia, probiotics (L. Acidophilus) and vegetable juice for coloring (from carrots and hibiscus).

14 Oct 2009, Comments (2)

O.N.E. Drinks

Author: healthnuttxo

 

Time for my very first BEVERAGE review! Woo! I was lucky enough to receive a few samples from O.N.E. which stands for One Natural Experience. O.N.E. has a variety of drinks that are all natural and bursting with health benefits. They all come in cute little boxes, and mine has little straws attached to them as well. I love it when companies do that-so conveinent!! I decided to try the Coconut water with a splash of pineapple,  and the Water of Life varieties.
Let’s begin and start sipping away!
Coconut Water with Splash of Pineapple-  This was very REFRESHING. It has just the slightest hint of pineapple to jazz up the coconut water. It sort of had a thicker consistency than regular water, but didn’t really taste like coconut. Normally the coconut I would expect is like from coconut scented sprays or coconut cookies, but it was a much more mellow flavor with the pineapple to jazz it up. Refreshing!

Water a Gift of Life- this water is from a specific Natural Spring, and is totally purified and clean. To be honest, it tasted like bottle water to me. That’s a good thing though, very fresh, clean and crisp.

I reccommend these waters, as they are tasty and certainly refreshing. 4 stars!

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