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What’s a movie without POPCORN? (Hey, I know a few people who go to the movies FOR the popcorn! =P)

But the popcorn at movies can be loaded with calories and fat (and I’m just going to go out on a limb here and assume, it’s NOT the healthy fats!). Plus, there can even be trans fats in some popcorns! So I was excited when Oogie’s provided me this bag of Movie Lovers Buttered Popcorn for free. Now I could pop my own movie in at home, and eat a bag of yummy, buttery popcorn!

Some quick facts, according to the bag, this is all natural, gluten free, and whole grain. So, if I wasn’t already digging this popcorn, I was slowly liking it more and more!

I was excited to try this popcorn. For some reason when I opened it, I was expecting a yellow colored popcorn, kind of like the buttery flavored drenched popcorn at the movies. However, it was a pale white which surprised me a bit.

Some pieces had more flavor than others, which was a seasoning. I wouldn’t say it was super buttery, but more of a mild butter and even a flavor akin to parmesan cheese. Was it good? yes. Yummy? yes. Suitable for those who drown their popcorn in butter at the movies? No… But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t delicious.

The pieces of popcorn were fresh and had a soft crunch. Like I said, some pieces were bland, and others had more seasoning on it. It was slightly salty, which made me crave a Zevia soda really badly (and let’s be honest…I was also craving a Diet Coke!!).

Overall, it was pretty good, but not as buttery as I would have liked. There was a good amount of popcorn in the bag, which made for a filling snack at 160 calories, and 3 grams of fiber. For me, it was a 3 1/2 star snack !

What snack do you get when you go to the movies? I used to actually get the soft pretzels and cheese instead of the popcorn when I was little! =)

20 Dec 2010, Comments (2)

Organic Valley Organic Salted Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

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With the holidays approaching and lots of yummy treats being made, why not try something different? I’m all for organic and natural foods, and try to eat them whenever possible. So what about in the next cookie or cake recipe that calls for butter, trying an organic brand, like Organic Valley Organic Butter? I tried this in a recipe not too long ago, and although the taste wasn’t much different than the standard butter I normally would have used, I did have a little piece of mind knowing it was organic. I had no problems with the butter and it went great with my recipe. Plus, I think every little bit helps!

Do you use any organic products when you make cookies or other treats? Or, slightly off topic, but I’d like to know what do you do to make the holidays healthier? Please leave me a comment below! 🙂

I was provided a coupon to try the Organic Valley Organic Butter for free.

11 Dec 2010, Comments (0)

Brummel & Brown Spread Made with Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I’m reviewing one of my favorite spreads- a delicious buttery spread made by Brummel & Brown. I saw Hungry Girl for promoting this delicious product in the recipes, so I thought to give it a try. Plus, it’s made with yogurt- and I’m a TOTAL yogurt kind of girl 🙂

Now, the ingredients aren’t as thrilling as I’d like them to be, but nonetheless, they still aren’t that bad. When I opened up my tub of spread, it looked like regular spread tub butter. A pale yellow with a swirl on the top. It was soft, and melts easily. Not too salty, but a good buttery flavor. I couldn’t really tell the difference between full fat and this Brummel & Brown spread!

My favorite way to use it is on an english muffin with scrambled eggs. I find it really made a difference when makiing french toast as well. Normally I would use non-stick spray, but using the Brummel & Brown really gives it a buttery flavor, without a ton of calories or fat.

Overall, 4 1/2 stars. A fantastic product. I highly reccomend giving it a try!

*Question–> What’s your favorite spread for toast? Mine is butter with cinnamon and sugar, or other favorite would be good ol’ peanut butter. Mmmm.

1 tablespoon (14 grams) is 45 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Water, Vegetable Oil Blend (Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Canola Oil), Salt, Gelatin,  Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Nonfat Milk), Soy Lecithin, Vegetable Mono and Diglycerides, (Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA) Used to protect quality, Lactic Acid, Artificial Flavor, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (color).

24 Nov 2010, Comments (0)

P.O.P. Candy

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Mmmm. Candy.
While I can’t say that I hate candy (that would be lying), I CAN say that I don’t appreciate it when there are trans fats, artificial flavors, preservatives or other additives and fillers in candy. I think it takes the “sweet” part out of eating a “sweet treat”.

But, with P.O.P. Candy, their candy is all natural, and the ingredient list for the things I tried really isn’t even that long. I got to try several of the Butter Crunches, along with the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar that P.O.P. Candy sent me to try for free. While I can’t say they are necessarily healthy, I do think they are a better option than some candies that may have not-so-good for you ingredients.

Anyway….On to the taste!

I tried the following Butter Crunch samples- Almond, Rosemary Almond, P.O.P. Mix, Pistachio and Pecan. Each of the crunches had generally the same sweet base/flavor, with variety with the add-ins, such as the nuts. They were crunchy, but not so hard like it was hard to bite on. They were sweet, buttery, and smooth, and left a very rich feel in the mouth. The Almond variety had a nice toasted almond flavor, that also added a little bit of crunch. The P.O.P. Mix was one of my favorites, sweet salty, with also a slight burnt nut flavor, but tasty! The Pistachio tasted slightly sweeter than the rest, and the Pecan variety had buttery and crunchy nuts. Of the 5 samples I was sent, I didn’t like the Rosemary Almond flavor- it had a little bit of too strong of a rosemary flavor for my preferences.

Then I tried the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar. All I could say was deeeeeee-licious! It wasn’t a very typical granola bar, as I coulnd’t really break it easily with my hands or pull it apart. It had the sweet buttery crunch, with crunchy nuts and then chewy pieces of fruit. What I didn’t detect, really, was any granola or any chai tea flavor (?). I was confused, but I still really enjoyed it. The raisins were plump, juicy and sweet, and the nuts added the saltiness and a nice crunch.

Overall, the butter crunches as a whole I would give 4 stars, but the Rosemary Almond flavor would get 2 stars. The Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar would also get 4. The reason the butter crunches and the granola bar do not get 5 stars is, obviously, they are candy so they are not the most nutritious things one could be eating. But, I think it’s fine in moderation! 🙂

I didn’t have access to every nutritional information, but I was sent the information for the Almond Butter Crunch.

57 grams is 330 calories, 25 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Almonds, Butter (cream, salt), Sugar, Brown Rice Syrup (Organic Brown Rice, Pure Filtered Water), Salt.

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