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9 Jan 2016, Comments (0)

Crunchies Freeze Dried Fruit

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I LOVE freeze dried fruit! Especially when there is no sugar or flavorings added, and you get to enjoy the goodness of fruit, with just a crunchy twist!

I was sent a few bags of freeze dried fruit from Crunchies.  These snacks are gluten free, NON-GMO certified, and have NOTHING added, just the fruit! Each bag comes with a zipper to keep fresh, and each bag contains about 3 servings of fruit. They come in Strawberry, Grape, Raspberry, Mixed Fruit, Blueberry, Pineapple, Strawberry Banana, and Cinnamon Apple.

The bags are delicious. I inhaled a bag per day when sampling these, all too easy. Since some of these are repeats (example: the mixed fruit contains banana, apple, strawberry, and blueberry), I am going to write how each fruit tasted.

Starting with my favorite, the Grapes. These were beyond delicious. SO sweet, but in a good way, and crunchy. They almost tasted candied! They were the purple grapes, and since freeze dried, also gave off a little bit of a raisin feel.

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Next up, my second favorite, the Pineapple. Again, super crunchy, and large chunks of triangular shaped pineapple. Bursting with sweetness, and slight tartness, these were just so good right out of the bag. Imagine fresh, sweet pineapple…without the juice!

Next up, my third favorite, the Cinnamon Apples. Ohhh so so good! Light and airy, not as “crispy” as the other fruits, but sweet nonetheless. The cinnamon was a perfect accompaniment, and helped bring out the sweetness. I love apples, but every now and then you get a sour one. Not with these! They were super sweet, just like I like them, almost like a Gala apple.

Next up, the Blueberries. These I wasn’t crazy about, but was still pretty good. Blueberries can be hit or miss to me, sometimes sour, sometimes sweet, sometimes flavorless. These were mild in flavor, and a bit tart. I think they would be good in a plain yogurt or a cereal.

Next up, the Strawberries. These were too tart for me to eat by themselves. They came alone in a bag, and then also with Banana. The banana was sweet and mild in flavor, with a slight crunch, and it balanced out the tartness of the strawberries. Eaten together, I liked the mixture. Eaten apart, I loved the bananas, but didn’t care for the strawberries as they were too tart. I think they would be better in some cold cereal with milk.

Lastly, the raspberries. I am not a huge raspberry fan to begin with, and these are essentially identical to fresh raspberries, but without the juiciness. They were too tart for me, and didn’t provide much natural sweetness. I like rasperry flavored things more than I enjoy actual raspberries.

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My only complaint was that for the mixed fruit and the strawberry banana bags, the strawberries were rather dominant over the other fruit.

Each bag had about 40 calories per serving with 1/4-1/2 cup serving each.

One caveat is that even though there is a zipper seal, they will go soft on you within a week or so. So eat em quick! Although I don’t see that as being a problem. Another drawback is that these are on the expensive side… 6 -1.2 oz bags (3 servings) costs about $30. I can easily inhale these so that is out of my price range :'(

Overall, pretty tasty! I would love to get more, especially of the pineapple, the apples, and the grapes!!

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review. 

 

7 Jul 2010, Comments (1)

Clif Bar & Company C Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Clif Bar & Company is one of my go-to brands for bars, because they have a lot to offer, are made with good ingredients, and most importantly, are tasty!

The generous folks over at Clif Bar & Company sent me some of their Clif C-Bars to try, which are basically fruit & nut bars. According to the website, they provide 1 serving of fruit per bar, are all natural, and are 70% organic! They come in 4 flavors, Apple, Blueberry, Raspberry and Cherry Pomegranate. I tried all of them so far except the Cherry Pomegranate, which I was also sent but didn’t eat yet.

The bars seem small, about the size of the Clif Kid Z Bars, but I found them to actually be just the right size. Because the flavors are very powerful and pretty sweet, I felt that a bigger bar was not needed. I also liked that these bars stated they were “Low Glycemic” and that “low glycemic foods digest slowly for prolonged levels of satiation and energy”. I also find, as a type 1 Diabetic, my blood sugar levels do not raise as quickly when I eat low glycemic foods as compared to higher glycemic foods.

Apple- this one was the first bar I tried, and was I HAPPY. Just SO. GOOD. It was soft, gooey and rich. It was sweet with just a hint of cinnamon flavor, and had a “fudge”-like consistency. I agree with what the website says that  “This bar tastes like homemade apple pie”, because it CERTAINLY  reminded me of the sweet, delicious insides of an apple pie ! 5 stars

Raspberry- This bar wasn’t as sweet as I had expected. It had more pieces of nuts on top than the Apple flavor did, and overall ahd a very light raspberry flavor, with a mix of apple flavors as well. It was good, however, dipped in some chocolate nut butter 🙂 3 1/2 stars

Blueberry- very soft, moist and chewy, and quite good. A nice blend of blueberry and apple flavors, it was sweet and delicious. It kind of reminded me of if there was such a thing as a “blueberry brownie”, this would be it! Not that it tasted chocolatey, but it was chewy and moist like a brownie usually is. 4 1/2 stars

Overall, these are yummy! I definitely reccommend giving them a try! I really like how they are 70% organic, provide 1 fruit serving per bar, and are made without a ton of ingredients! I think these would be perfect for a snack on the go, or even with a nice sandwich for lunch. The only let down in my opinion, was the nut topping. It didn’t really provide too much flavor, or crunch for that matter for the bar. However, that won’t stop me from buying these again 🙂

Nutritional Information & Ingredients Listed Below for APPLE flavor, for information about the rest of the bars, you can visit here.

1 bar is 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Dates, Almonds, Organic Apples, Macadamia Nuts, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Cinnamon, Sea Salt (Real Salt®), Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant).

 

One of my favorite things to do is to bake yummy treats. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, etc. I love to bake for others not only to make them happy, but it makes the house smell delicious!

Which is why I was especially excited to recieve the all natural blueberry scone mix from Ella Baking Mixes. According to the package, “ELLA Scones are created in memory of our mother, who during the last few years of her life ailed from heart disease. The mixes are our tribute to ELLA, and it is her love for life that brings the heart healthiest scones to your table. ELLA scones are rich in Soy & Omega-3, which in studies have showed to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease“.

The package gives you directions to make scones, or muffins. I opted for the muffin version, which instead of adding water, you can add either 1 1/2 cups of milk, or 3/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup fruit juice. I went for the milk method, and mixed in 1 1/2 cups of skim milk. It mixed together relatively easy, creating a batter than was slightly lumpy and creamy. What shocked me was that there was actually a light blue color from the pieces of blueberries! 🙂

I ended up being able to make 12 muffins, which were average sized. Not super big, but not mini either. They smelled delicious while they were baking- a lovely blueberry aroma.

Once they were done, I tried a piece. They had a mild blueberry flavor, were moist and fluffy, and lightly sweet. My friend tried some too, but she toasted hers and added a little bit of butter. She enjoyed them, and I ended up giving her some of the muffins to keep.

Overall, these get 3 1/2 stars. I like that they are a good source of Omega-3, and that I had the option to make either scones or muffins. I do, however, wish they were a bit sweeter and had more of a blueberry flavor. If I were to make these again, I would probably add a bit of sweetener or spread some blueberry preserves/jelly on the muffin once it was done. I also wish they were made with whole wheat flour instead of wheat flour, or at least half whole wheat, half wheat for a higher fiber content.

Ingredients in mix- Wheat Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Blueberries, Canola Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), natural flavor, buttermilk, fish oil MEG-3.

18 Apr 2010, Comments (4)

Betty Lou’s Jumbo Fruit Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Betty Lou’s is a company that offers a little something for everyone, while still only using all natural, premium ingredients. The company’s snacks range from being gluten free, wheat free, vegan, dairy free, corn free, and more! No matter what you have to avoid, you will be able to find some snacking comfort with Betty Lou’s products.

Betty Lou’s sent me some of their snacks to try, and today’s review is on the Jumbo Fruit Bars. They come in Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Cherry, Apricot, and Strawberry, and are gluten free.

Before I start, don’t be fooled by the word “jumbo“- they are not huge. They do have more filling than a usual fruit bar that I would buy in the store (with a crust-like outside), but not a LOT more. They are also square in shape, rather than rectangular like the other bars.

John, from Betty Lou’s wrote to me about the bars- “Taste like a little piece of pie & are only sweetened with fruit”. Did someone say pie?  and only sweetened with fruit?

Cool- no refined sugars, and still tastes like pie. I dig it 8)

I decided to try the Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry,  and Apricot flavors. All of them had a decently thick crust (about the size if you stacked 2-3 quarters), filled with gooey and sweet fruit filling.

Blueberry-  this one was good. It had actual chunks of baby blueberries in it, which made the fruit filling thick and sweet, but not too sweet. It also had a bit of tartness to it. The crust was graham-cracker like (delish!!), and crumbly.

Apricot- well, I would be lying if I said I didn’t like this one. I expected to “sort of” like this flavor- as apricots aren’t my choice of fruit. However, this one was my favorite of the three! Really sweet and delicious. It was light and fruit, worthy of dessert. Ahh, delicious. (did I say delicious already?)

Apple Cinnamon- Irony again- I expected to like this one the best, and it was my least favorite of the three. It seemed to have less filling than the others, but it was still pretty good. A nice blend of cinnamon and apple flavor for the filling, providing a sweet and chewy center. The crust was a bit more crumbly on this bar than the others, But- nothing a little action in the microwave couldn’t handle. Warm it up and voila!  warm apple pie! 8)

Overall, I give these 4 stars. They really are delicious- and I love that they are gluten free and sweetened with fruit instead of sugar. They really hit the spot warmed up, and went good with an ice cold glass of moo juice. However, they are 180-210 calories each, and are a bit too small for my likings. I would say they are about the size of a make-up compact. I could easily eat 3 of these in a sitting, they are so tast

Each bar is 180-210 calories, 3 grams of fat, 39-44 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Blueberry-Blueberry Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Apple], Blueberries, Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Organic Rice Flour, Red Cabbage Extract for Color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

Apricot- Apricot Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apricots, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Apricot Juice Concentrate, Water, Turmeric and Annatto Extract for color, Citric Acid, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

Apple CinnamonApple Cinnamon Fruit Filling (Fruit Juice Concentrate [Pear, Pineapple, Apple, Peach], Apples, Inulin, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Apple Powder, Zante Currants, Citric Acid, Pectin, Water, Cinnamon, Locust Bean Gum, Annatto Extract and Turmeric for color), Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.

28 Oct 2009, Comments (1)

Brown Cow Greek Yogurt

Author: healthnuttxo

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Time for another yogurt review!
Brown Cow is a branch of Stonyfield Farm ( a FAVORITE company of mine!) that manufactures all natural yogurt and greek yogurt. I got to try the Greek Yogurt, in  Strawberry, Blueberry and Vanilla flavor, but it also comes in plain.

Each of the yogurts are very creamy and thick. When you take the lid off, there is a slight layer of liquid, whey I believe, on top, but it’s easily stirred in. I sometimes just drink the liquid so my yogurt will be extra thick and rich 🙂 .
Vanilla- This one has a mild vanilla flavor, and is great to pair with a crunchy cereal or a muffin like i did. It wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, but rather just the right amount of vanilla and cane juice.
Strawberry- My favorite of the 3. The strawberry on the bottom was really good. The fruit was sweet and plump, and had nice chunks of strawberries in it. It tasted like real strawberries, not like mushy strawberries that you defrosted and lost all their flavor. This one was GOOD.
Blueberry- also yummy, but I like the strawberry better. The blueberries were a tad bitter, but they were still good. It resembled sort of a blueberry jelly on the bottom.

Overall, these are really good.4 stars! I also like that they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice. They were substantial and when paired with some fruit or whole grain cereal, good enough to keep me satisfied all  morning. Don’t forget the probiotics it has to offer! 🙂

the 5.3 oz cups of greek yogurt range from 80-130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6-18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 13-15 grams of protein.

10 Oct 2009, Comments (23)

Chobani Greek Flavored Yogurt

Author: healthnuttxo

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We all know my love for yogurt. Now it’s time to explore on the GREEK side of yogurt!
What exactly is greek yogurt? Well, after the milk is heated and cultured to make yogurt, it is then allowed to sit and strain, so the “whey” is removed. What’s left is a creamier and thicker version of yogurt.
I got the pleasure of trying Chobani’s Greek Non Fat Flavored Yogurts in Blueberry, Peach and Strawberry varieties. But how did these play out for my normal love of yogurt?
Quite excellently. Each yogurt has the desired fruit on the bottom, so you can eat it swirled together , seperately, or do what I did, and eat half the yogurt and half the fruit topping on the spoon at once. The yogurt is extremely thick and creamy, it’s hard to believe there’s no fat in these! The peach flavor was my favorite, surprisingly. Normally I’m a blueberry girl, but the peach flavor was GREAT! The peaches tasted fresh, and they had just the right amount of sweetness for the greek yogurt. The blueberry flavor and strawberry flavor were also yummy. There were real bitty blueberries and chunks of strawberries that pack a tough antioxidant punch in each cup.
These yogurts were much more substantial than regular yogurt as well. I noticed i was significantly fuller (due to the higher protein content versus regular yogurt) when I paired the Chobani yogurt with some whole grain cereal for some extra crunch. These were great-4 Stars- you should definitely try them. I can’t wait to go out and buy the pomegranate and pineapple flavors!

Each yogurt is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, >1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of protein. You also get 15% of daily calcium and probiotics!
Peach-Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk,  Evaporated Cane Juice, Peaches, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin.

Blueberry-Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk,Blueberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin.

Strawberry-Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Strawberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Beet Juice Concentrate.

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I’ll be honest- I love flavored yogurt. I know, I know, too much sugar, blah blah blah but i just love it! Blueberry flavor always hits the spot for me, so i decided to try Stonyfield Farm nonfat Organic Blueberry Yogurt. Stonyfield Farms is one of the only brands you’ll find at your local Stop&Shop or wherever without high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors/flavors, and sweetners like aspartame. Granted they are a bit more expensive (usually a little over 1$ each), but they are definitely healthier.

So i bought one of these, opened it up and gave it a stir. Creamy! Not runny either. Usually non-fat yogurt might as well be milk, being so runny and thin. But not this one. It was creamy and delicious. Sweet, but not overpowering. There were actual little baby blueberries in the bottom too-yum!

My only complaint was that there was no fiber in the yogurt, but that’s expected. I remember they used to add inulin, and i wish that they still did. It would definitely curb my hunger a little better and make getting my fiber a little easier.

Overall, I reccommend this yogurt over a lot of the other brands. It has 120 calories, 0g fat, 23 carbohydrates, <1 g. fiber and 7 grams of protein per cup. Plus 25% calcium needs. woo!

Cultured Pasteurized Organic Nonfat Milk, Naturally Milled Organic Sugar, Organic Blueberries, Pectic, Natural Flavor, Organic Elderberry Juice Concentrate, Vitamin D3.

 

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