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During my rather busy day yesterday, I ran into a little grocery store and bought myself a greek yogurt and a Nutritious Creations Low Fat Banana Walnut Cookie. The store had a few options to choose from, but I was in the mood for banana, so I bought that one. I liked, for one thing, how BIG the cookie was. Not the typical homemade or medium sized store bought, but a large cookie. Perhaps the size of a CD. This cookie is made with natural ingredients, and although not something I would normally indulge in, seeing as it was made with corn syrup and wheat flour as opposed to whole wheat, I decided to buy it anyway.

Anywayyy…

Because it stated it was low fat, I was expecting a rather dry and very sweet product,  but it actually wasn’t that bad. It had a good amount of sweetness, and was only slightly dry. It overall had a good amount of moisture and a chewy texture, which I also think was from pieces of rolled oats throughout the cookie. The banana flavor was really good- a real banana flavor, not a fake, artificial one, which I really enjoyed. The walnuts were also a nice touch, not big chunks, but rather small pieces dispersed throughout the cookie. What I did not like at all was that there was these rice crisps throughout the cookie, and it was sort of offputting for me. It was like eating a chewy cookie and then an unexpected piece of puffed rice got in the cookie. I didn’t really like it, and it sort of took away from the cookie in my opinion.

Overall, pretty good cookie. I would totally buy it again if there was an option without the rice crisps. I liked that there was 4 grams of fiber and 170 calories for a rather large cookie. However, this cookie also had 18 grams of sugar, and was made from wheat flour rather than whole wheat, so I would use it as a “treat” rather than an everyday snack. 3 stars

1 cookie is 170 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Question- what’s your favorite cookie variety? Please leave me a comment below!

2 Nov 2009, Comments (3)

Gnu Bars

Author: healthnuttxo

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These seem to be popular in every health food store I visit. Promising both flavor and fiber, being entirely natural, and still being chewy, delicious and nutritious, it leaves me curious to try!
So, i was excited when GNU foods sent me some bars to try. They come in several flavors, Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Lemon Ginger, Peanut Butter,  Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry, and Chocolate Brownie. All of them contain 50% of your daily fiber needs (12 grams) and are sweetened with fruit juice, not high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. They are also dairy free, yeast free and preservative free.
I got to try the Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Chocolate Brownie varieties. Each bar is a decent size, 45 grams, which is a little bit wider but the same length as say, a nutrigrain bar. I liked how the packages were cute. They have a little cartoon bird on it and what i think is a ram? Who knows- both cute!!
Banana Walnut– This one was pretty good. It has a banana flavor but it wasn’t that sweet. I did taste a prominent taste of walnuts though, so if you like walnuts- your gonna like this one!
Chocolate Brownie- Notm my favorite, but not too bad

Espresso Chip- mmm. coffee and chocolate flavors- whats not to like?
Cinnamon Raisin- ok now this one was GOOD. It was soo much softer and moist than the other varieties. It had a nice cinnamon flavor and plump little raisins in it.

(*added)Peanut Butter– not bad, but in my opinion, not peanut butter-y. It more had an off taste with like, a sweet raisin flavor and a hint of peanut. Not my favorite.

Overall, these are pretty good. If you need the fiber but aren’t too fond of bran cereals or muffins (uh..who is?), give these a shot. Definetly get the cinnamon raisin one, it rocks! I give these 4 stars overall, for high fiber content, no refined sugars, and a really good oatmeal cookie alternative.

Each bar ranges from 130-140 calories, 3-4 grams of fat, about 30 carbohydrates, 12 grams of fiber, and 3-4 grams of protein.

Each bar is also made with pretty much the same ingredients. The banana one is as followed,
Gnu High Fiber Blend™ (whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax, millet), chicory root inulin, fruit juices, rice dextrins, apples, canola oil, walnuts, rice, plums, banana, wheat protein isolate, natural flavors, baking powder.

Make sure you drink your water! 😉

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