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Something new- Plentils by Enjoy Life Foods! But what exactly is a plentil? They are crunchy lentil chips! Wait but where did the “P” come from.

Um….

Not sure. Moving on.

I got a few free bags of the chips from Enjoy Life Foods to try for free. First one up for review, Margherita Pizza. Why? Because it was 11pm, I wanted pizza, but did NOT feel like leaving the house. I was hoping these chips would suffice a pizza craving, as well as be delicious on their own!

First of all, these chips are soooo crunchy! I really liked that, as nothing’s worse than when a chip is more oily than crunch (you know what I’m talking about!) or the chip falls apart the second it hits your mouth (also not cool…). Nope! These were light and crisp, not oily at all, and almost had a toasty-crunchy feel to them.

They were very yummy and flavorful, and surprisingly, did remind me of pizza! The pentils had a saucy and cheesy flavor to them, with undertones of basil, garlic and onion. They also had a salty flavor that was really quite good.

Overall, I like these! Don’t forget these are gluten free as well! 4 stars


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I FINALLY went to Whole Foods yesterday, and got a bunch of awesome stuff! The person I went with only bought a few things (I’d say the ratio of my things to her things was like 50:1) , but she got some of the Terra Crinkles Sweet Potato Chips in the Candied Sweets variety. Driving home, I couldn’t wait to try them, since I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, and they sounded so yummy!

So I opened the bag, which was a big fail, since it completely ripped down the middle and was not picture-taking worthy after (oops!). I argued it wasn’t my fault the bag ripped so funny, I just opened it according to the little tear on top of the bag. I suppose it was my fault there was an enormous rip down the front of the bag, but oh well. At least the insides were safe. Which, speaking of, here’s what they looked like inside the bag

And here’s a pic of just one chip

Yeeeep. That picture was taken in the car (no worries, I wasnt the driver!).
I may have eaten these on the way home from Whole Foods…. I told you I couldn’t wait! (:

I tried one, and first noticed how hard and crunchy they were. As for the flavor, I must say, very lackluster. The first thing both the person I was with and I thought of was Thanksgiving mashed sweet potatoes. But, to be perfectly honest, these chips were not as good. They had a very strong sweet potato flavor, but  it almost tasted burnt. There was a light dusting of cinnamon flavor, and just the tiniest hint of salt and the tiniest hint of sweetness. I tried a couple more, and I wasn’t really a fan, nor was the person I was with.

Overall, 1 1/2 stars. I was really disappointed with these- I really wanted to like them! I feel as if they need to be sweeter and/or more cinnamon-y in flavor, or even more salty. They were rather bland and I really didn’t enjoy them. They are also high in fat, but I do like that they have some fiber, are low in sugar, and have 50% vitamin A needs per serving.

What’s your favorite way to eat a sweet potato? I must say, sweet potato fries always win me over =)

I managed to not rip the part of the bag with the nutrition label on it. Woo!

27 Jan 2011, Comments (0)

Arico Cassava Chips Ginger on Fire

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I wasn’t sure what to expect of these chips. I saw the words “on Fire” which sounded like they’d be spicy, and “Ginger”, so I thought there would be a rather pungent, distinct flavor.  According to the bag, these were “Gluten Free”, “Dairy Free” and had “Twice the Fiber of Leading Brand Potato Chips”. Hmm… they sounded good!

I opened the bag to avery strong ginger smell,  I was scared to taste these. Once I did, the were a lot better than I expected! Crunchy chips, at first some saltiness happens, then there is just a tinge of sweetness, followed by a basic potato chip taste-with the exception of the burning sensation that ginger can provide. These are pretty good! I loved the mild sweetness they had to them, and the satisfying crunch.

Overall, pretty good chips! I can picture them going just perfect with a sandwich for lunch. A downside is that they are kind of high in saturated fat (3 grams), but on the plus side, the sodium isn’t too bad with 150 mg. 3 1/2 stars

1 oz is 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

What’s your favorite flavor of chips? I happen to be partial to sour cream & onion or sweet barbeque!  : )


I was provided these chips to try for free from Arico Natural Foods Company.


Are you a fan of pizza? And a fan of crunchy snacks? Well, you just might like these! Medora Snacks makes Pucci Pizza Snacks, which according to the package, are “baked with real cheese” and “extra virgin olive oil”. As well as having “no trans fat” and are “all  natural”. Sounds like a yummy snack to me!

Here’s a picture of the snacks. I even attempted to make a mini pizza with them! (Which I hadn’t noticed until after I made mine that the back of my bag made a mini pizza too!)

Then I tried a few. They were very crunchy and crispy, with a yummy cheesy flavor. They were a bit salty, and also had a slight tomato sauce flavor. I certainly detected the basil and  other spices as well.  They were kind of like a very crunchy rice cake, but with less of an airy texture, or like a soy crisp but slightly more dense. Unique, indeed!

Overall a good snack, but not overpowering or too salty/too flavorful. And, two servings per bag, with a good amount of pieces in the bag! They are low in fat (3.5 grams per 1 ounce serving), but 1.5 grams of that is saturated, and there is only .5 grams of fiber per serving. So, all in all, 3 stars.

1 ounce (28 grams) is 120 calores, 3.5 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, .5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

GIVEAWAY ends TOMOROW!!

I was provided these snacks to try for free from Medora Snacks.

And here is…. another tasty chip review!

I reviewed some tasty nut butters I was sent by Kettle Brand, and now it’s time to review the Aged White Cheddar and Hickory Honey Barbeque Chips I was also generously sent by Kettle Foods. 

According to the website, these chips have “ 65 percent less fat than regular chips, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of fat, and only 120 calories per serving”. They are all natural, gluten free, and come in 5 flavors. I was sent the Aged White Cheddar and Hickory Honey Barbeque to try, and I was quite excited. Two of my favorite flavorings, white cheddar and honey barbeque, these had  to be good! 🙂

I tried the Aged White Cheddar first. They were round and flat in shape, and had a nice CRUNCH to them. They were slightly salty, with a yummy potato taste. Not greasy, which I liked, and had just a hint of sweetness. The white cheddar cheese flavor was actually quite good- not too strong, but just right. What I did notice is that some chips had a LOT of white cheddar flavor, while others were more mild/plain. Nonetheless, I loved the crunch of these chips, adn they went perfect with my lunch. I also like that they were low in fat, have 2 grams of fiber per serving, and the sodium count was only 170mg per serving, which isn’t too high in my opinion for chips. 4 stars

Hickory Honey Barbeque-yummy! I love barbeque flavored snacks, and this one is certainly going to be added to my list of favorites. Just the right amount of tang with a hint of sweetness. I really liked the salty taste, and the mix of sweet  honey flavor with the savory tomato and oniony flavors. Really good!   I also like how each chip had a nice coating of flavor, and wasn’t greasy. 4 1/2 stars

Aged White Cheddar-1 oz (about 20 chips) is 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower oil, Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses
(pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, enzymes), whey, salt, cultured buttermilk, natural butter flavors, sugar, natural cheese flavors (maltodextrin, yeast extract), onion powder, cultured whey, lactic acid, garlic powder, citric acid.

Hickory Honey Barbeque- 1 oz (about 20 chips) is 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower oil, honey powder (cane
sugar, honey), salt, onion powder, tomato powder, paprika, yeast extract, torula yeast, chili peppers, garlic powder, citric acid, paprika extract, natural hickory smoke flavor (maltodextrin, natural hickory smoke flavor).
2 Jul 2010, Comments (3)

Michael Season’s

Author: Healthnuttxo

Are you a fan of chips? I never really was one to reach for chips when it came to snacking, but as of lately, I noticed that they go perfect with or after my lunch. When I’m not necessarily hungry, but still in the mood to munch!

Luckily for me, the generous people over at Michael Season’s sent me some of their snacks to try, including the Baked Sweet Barbeque Potato Crisps, Baked Original Multigrain Chips, and Thin & Crispy Honey Barbeque Chips

Baked Sweet Barbeque Potato Crisps- these remind me of regular baked chips, with a light barebeque flavor. They had a lightly sweet, not spicy barbeque flavor, with a hint of brown sugar. They had a strong potato flavor as well. I liked that they came in a 100 calorie bag, and there was actually a decent amount for that portion!  4 stars (These are also wheat & gluten free!)

Baked Original Multigrain Chips- these had a softer consistency than I thought they would, not too much of a crunch, and were airy and light (almost like a puffed snack). Again, I liked that I got a lot for 100 calories! When I’m in the mood to munch, it’s good that I can eat a lot without eating too much fat or calories. These had a mild corn flavor, and were lightly salted. 3 1/2 stars (These are also wheat & gluten free!)

Thin & Crispy Honey Barbeque Potato Chips- these chips were light and definetely “crispy”! They had a good potato flavor, which I liked, but a rather mild barbeque flavor. Not as much as I had expected for the barbeque flavor, but still tasty! I also liked that these didn’t have a very greasy feel, and had a nice crunch. 4 stars

For information about the ingredients & nutritional information, you can click here

16 May 2010, Comments (3)

Measure Up Bowl

Author: Healthnuttxo

Who says my reviews are only limited to food? Here’s my first HEALTHY PRODUCT review- you can’t eat it, but it will make eating fun!

Measure Up Bowls are literally (as the website states), “Portion Control in a Bowl”. They provide pre-measured portions in each porcelain bowl (which is conveinently dishwasher & microwave safe- WOO! No hand washing!) with visible lines. The Classic Bowl is intended for every day eats, like cereal and soups, and has measurement lines from 1/2 cup to 2 cups. The smaller bowl is intended for treats, like chips, ice cream and granola, and has measurements from 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup. You simply pour what you want in the bowls until the line is reached, and enjoy. Super easy!

Right off the bat, these get 5 stars for conveinence. Who likes taking time to measure? I like to pour, eat and repeat! But, how accurate are these bowls?

Well, here’s where the detective side of me kicks in. I decided to test the accuracy.

I measured 1 cup of mysterious orange liquid (haha, kidding! it was this Tropicana Light orangeade drink my family drinks a lot).

1 cup exactly- (plus a cute chia pet in the background!)

Then, I poured it into the bowl. The verdict- one cup exactly! Woo! 🙂

Overall, these are pretty cool! I think these are perfect for the “lazy dieter” (the people who can’t be bothered to measure!), or anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and get an eye of what a true portion is. I give them 4 stars overall. The company sent me these two bowls directly, but you can also buy them at Target, Delight or at MeasureUpBowl’s website. (Don’t forget you can also join their facebook group for info on menus & upcoming events!)

16 Jan 2010, Comments (5)

PopChips!

Author: healthnuttxo

What are Popchips, you ask?
Aside from delicious, Popchips are chips, but they aren’t fried or baked, but rather, according to the website, made with “wholesome potatoes, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! It’s a chip”. They are also relatively low in fat, are all natural, and come in 7 delicious flavors. They are the perfect compliment to your lunch, or eaten directly out of the bag. You can “pop” 😉 them in your purse and take them on the go with the conveinent 100 calorie bag portion too.
I was sent a few of the single serving bags courtesy of PopChips! company (thanks guys!).

Each chip is round and flat in shape, and has the consistency of a Lay’s Potato Chip and a rice cake mixed together. They also have a nice CRUNCH to them which I really enjoyed. PERFECT for putting on a sandwich (like tuna or egg salad! Yum!). In the 100 calorie bag portion, you actually get a decent amount. Not like those “100 calorie packs” where you get, like, 4 of whatever you get. *cough cough* has anyone noticed you only get TWO or THREE “mini muffins” in the 100 calorie packs? What is up with THAT *cough cough*

Anyway- :D…without further a due, let’s see how each flavor ranks up!

Original I definietly like the original. Hits the spot when you craving strictly potato-ey flavors. There’s also a good amount of salt on each chip, and really, what’s a potato chip without some salty goodness? 🙂

Cheddar- oooh. These are good. It’s a good cheddar cheese flavor, it sort of reminded me of macaroni & cheese rather than Cheetos cheese flavor. The cheese flavor isn’t too strong, and you can definetely still taste potato flavors, but these are a really good alternative to some other cheezy snacks which leave fake orange residue on your fingers..But we’ll save that rant for another day! 😉

Barbeque- Oh how I loooove Barebeque flavors! This was more of a sweet barbeque flavor, and I definietly tasted a smokey flavor mixed with a brown sugar/honey flavor. It has a wee bit of heat to it too, and left a little burn on my tongue. There was a strong onion/garlic/salty flavor that mixed nicely with the sweeter tastes. It was sort of like a transformation in my mouth- sweet at first bite, then the spice hits!

Sour Cream & Onion- Okay, Who took my PopChips! and replaced them with Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion chips? They taste IDENTICAL- and that’s a good thing!! These are my favorite (with the barbeque flavor) by far. Seriosuly- I bit into these, adn thought, where on earth is the fat? HOW is it so low? These are BURSTING with flavor, and have a nice onion/garlic taste with a wee bit of parsley. Just make sure you pop an altoid after eating these 😉

Sea Salt & Vinegar I had some help with these. I’m not really a fan of vinegar, I don’t even like the smell when we dye eggs at Easter. So, I went to my aunt,  and she gave them two thumbs up. I tried one and I thought they were very salty with a very strong, bitter vinegar flavor. But hey, if that’s your style, go for it!

Overall, 4 stars. These are really good, and I’ll definitely buy them again. I’ll also feel less guilty serving these at parties rather than Doritos or Lay’s because they are all natural, lower in fat than other chips, and don’t have any trans fats. I also like how the portion size is almost double of a normal portion for chips. You get about 20 instead of the typical 10-11 chips per serving, and for a few less calories!

1 oz of each flavor (about 19-20 chips) is around 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Each flavor is made with all natural ingredients. The following is just for the original. If you’d like to see all the flavors, click here.

Natural Potato Ingredients (potato flour, potato starch), Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Rice Flour, Sea Salt, Soy Lecithin.

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