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10 Jun 2010, Comments (4)

Clif Bar & Company Energy Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Clif Bar & Company is one of my favorites- they make all natural and organic bars and products that help fuel the active lifestyle. One of  the things I eat before a workout is the Clif Bar energy bars. They come in a bunch of flavors in order to please a variety of people. You can view all the flavors on the website, here

Anyway, Clif Bar and Company was nice enough to send me some of their energy bars, including some of the seasonal ones. I decided to write up about the Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, and Spiced Pumpkin Pie varieties. These are ideal before a workout for me, as I find them to be easily digested and provide the energy I need to kickbox, run, or whatever!

Each bar is about the size of an index card in length, and has a chewy, dense consistency.

Chocolate Chip is my favorite of the 3. It’s sweet and chewy, with big chocolate chips. It really tastes like cookie dough to me, especially when you heat it in the microwave for a few seconds (then the chocolate chips become gooey and just delicious!). And, if you let it sit for a minute or so after  microwaving it, it gets  a little bit of a “crunch” to it, which I would imagine to be from the oats. Another idea- smear some good ol’ peanut butter on it. What  better than salty & sweet combo? :)  5 stars

Next up on the list, is the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. Also a divine flavor, this one is sweet and has a delicious drizzly coating of white chocolate icing, as well as white chocolate chunks throughout the bar. It’s buttery and flavor, and the macadamia nuts add a nice touch, without being overpowering. Again, awesome heated in the microwave :) 5 stars

Next up, the seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie . It has a nice pumpkin flavor, and you can definietely taste the nutmeg and spices. The thick coating of icing on top is the perfect addition, a sweet vanilla that balances the spices in this bar. The chewy raisins also add a nice touch, and make it feel more home-made. There were also pieces of almonds, which I could have done without, but weren’t bad. 4 stars
*note, this one is a seasonal flavor, meaning it’s only available during late in fall/winter season.
But once you can find it, it’s worth it!*

Overall, I loooove these bars! Although the downside is that they are a tad high in sugar per bar, it is good to energize you for a workout, or a meal on the go with some fruit or veggies. They are high in protein, fortified with vitamins and minerals, generally low in fat, and a good source of fiber per bar. They are also all natural and made with organic ingredients. I would highly reccomend these for the active lifestyle, or if you just want a yummy treat!

*Have you ever tried Clif bars? Which is your favorite?
*Also, Don’t forget the Nana’s Cookie Company giveaway!

Chocolate Chip- 1 bar is 240 calories, 5 grams of fat, 44 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Molasses Powder, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Cinnamon.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut- 1 bar is 240 calories, 7 grams of fat, 41 carbohydrates,4 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Macadamia Nuts, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Macadamia Nuts, Organic Date Paste, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie- 1 bar is 240 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 45 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber,  25 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro®(Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Pumpkin, ClifCrunch®(Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves), Sea Salt, Colored with Annatto

20 Apr 2010, Comments (6)

Mary’s Gone Crackers Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

Mary’s Gone Crackers is a company dedicated to making snacks that are organic, high quality, and gluten and wheat free. Mary, the founder of the company, began making her products since 1994, when she and her son developed a gluten intolerance. Their signature snack is their crackers, but I got to try their new gluten free cookies out courtesy of the company.

The cookies come in 4 flavors- N’Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, and Ginger Snap was sent the Ginger Snap, Chocolate Chip, and N’Oatmeal Raisin flavors to try

The cookies nutritional stats are rockin‘. They are all organic, non-gmo, kosher, wheat free, gluten free, vegan, dairy free , have no trans fats, and are made with low glycemic sweeteners (yay for no highly refined sugars!). I was definietly excited for these- were they going to be my new favorite cookies?!

Unfortunately- these were not really a big hit for my taste buds, or my friend’s taste buds. Another thing that was upsetting, these cookies are TINY!!  In my opinion, are really more of a “bite” than a “cookie”.

Chocolate Chip- a soft cookie, that has a crunch to it- (perhaps from the chia seeds?). It wasn’t really that sweet, until you hit the dark chocolate chips, which were probably the best part of the cookie. It has flavors of molasses and coconut. It was also kind of dry by itself, I’m thinking a glass of milk or a quick 10 seconds in the microwave might help : ) 2 1/2 stars

N’Oatmeal Raisin- not bad, and definitely better than the Chocolate Chip variety. It has a very strong nutmeg flavor to it, and wasn’t too sweet overall. Some of the sweetness that was there was provided by the raisins, nice, chewy and plump. 3 stars

Ginger Snap- I can’t say these were my favorite. First of all, I don’t know how the word snap got in the name, because these are  rather soft! No crunch really whatsoever, and are almost dense. Also not very sweet. There was a very strong ginger flavor, so for those of you who like gingerbread cookies, you might like these. I think they would be better if they had a coating of icing or something sweet on them, to compliment the strong ginger flavor. 2 1/2 stars

Overall, not bad, I might buy the N’Oatmeal Raisin flavor, but certainly not the ginger or chocolate chip. I really do like that they are gluten free, organic and made with great ingredients! However, they are a bit too tiny for my preferences,and I prefer cookies I eat to be just a bit sweeter. However,  if you prefer a more toned down cookie, perhaps give these a try.

Chocolate Chip- 2 cookies is 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 1.5 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

N’Oatmeal Raisin- 2 cookies is 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1.5 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Ginger- 3 cookies is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 23 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Chocolate Chip- Organic gluten-free flour blend (organic brown rice flour, organic tapioca flour, organic potato flour, organic potato starch, organic amaranth flour), organic palm sugar, organic dark chocolate chips (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa paste, organic cocoa butter, soy lecithin [non-gmo], organic vanilla), organic palm fruit shortening (palm oil), organic tapioca syrup, organic yellow split pea flour, organic ramon seed powder, organic coconut oil, organic prune extract, organic chia seeds, organic vanilla extract, sea salt, baking soda, xanthan gum, organic roasted carob powder, organic rice bran extract.

N’Oatmeal Raisin- Organic quinoa flakes, organic seedless raisins, organic gluten-free-flour blend (organic brown rice flour, organic tapioca flour, organic potato flour, organic potato starch, organic amaranth flour), organic tapioca syrup, organic palm sugar, organic palm fruit shortening (palm oil), water, organic prune extract, organic coconut oil, organic chia seeds, organic vanilla extract, sea salt, baking soda, xanthan gum, organic rice bran extract.

Ginger- Organic gluten-free flour blend (organic brown rice flour, organic tapioca flour, organic potato flour, organic potato starch, organic amaranth flour), organic palm sugar, organic palm fruit shortening (palm oil), organic tapioca syrup, organic blackstrap molasses, organic yellow split pea flour, organic coconut oil, organic ginger root, organic prune extract, water, organic spices, baking soda, organic vanilla extract, organic chia seeds, sea salt, xanthan gum, organic black pepper, organic rice bran extract.

Hop to it!

With Easter approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of the  new Gluten Free Cocoa & Vanilla Bunny Cookies that Annie’s Homegrown sent me to try. What better way to celebrate the holiday than with some of my favorite bunnies? (And Bernie, of course!) Even better- EVERYONE can have these this Easter- they are Gluten Free, all natural, and have 0 grams of trans fats!

First off, I LOVE Annie’s Bunny Grahams- honey, cinnamon and chocolate chip are all so delicious, and are my favorites. Annie’s Bunny Grahams truly are ADDICTING, there is no way you can eat just a serving- too delicious! That’s why I was SO excited getting these in the mail. Cocoa and Vanilla sounds like a great addition to the line of flavors.

Each Bunny Cookie is about the size of a quarter, in the shape of an adorable bunny (modeled after Bernie, Annie’s Homegrown bunny, of course!). I noticed that these were not as soft as the Bunny Grahams, and were a bit crisper/had more of  a bite to them. The cocoa flavor reminded me of the outside of an Oreo cookie. Crisp and sweet, but had a deep cocoa/chocolate flavor.  They were really good with the glass of milk I had, and smeared with some all natural peanut butter :)  Next was the vanilla flavor, which I preferred over the cocoa, as it was sweeter and more my style. It had a buttery taste to it, and reminded me of a sugar cookie with a little bit of vanilla bean added to it as well.

Overall, these are a nice addition to the line of Bunny Grahams, and let those of you who cannot tolerate gluten enjoy some cute little Bunnies! I’m givng them 4 stars overall- the only thing I didn’t like was that the first ingredient was cane sugar, and these are not enriched with calcium like the other varieties are. :( Otherwise, like the box says, “You can’t eat just two”- I know I certainly can’t!

So forget the junky Easter candy this year- get some Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams or Cookies! You won’t be disappointed!

But, that leads me to ask. What IS your favorite Easter candy? Mine used to be Marshmallow Peeps. Could someone make an organic/healthier version of those, please? :D

27 cookies are 120 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

CANE SUGAR, RICE FLOUR, YELLOW CORN FLOUR, PALM OIL, BROWN RICE FLOUR, CORN STARCH, SOY FLOUR, ORGANIC TAPIOCA STARCH, ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, ALKALIZED COCOA, NATURAL CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA FLAVORS, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM. 

 

24 Dec 2009, Comments (2)

Ian's Organic Vanilla Wafer Cookie Buttons

Author: healthnuttxo

Ian’s Natural Foods is a company that makes organic and all natural foods and snacks geared toward people of all ages and sorts. They have gluten and allergy free foods, and all of them have “no artificial flavors, colors, or preservative…ever”. Sounds like a winner to me!

The cookie buttons come in 4 varieties- Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Gluten/Wheat Free, Cinnamon Gluten/Wheat Free, and Vanilla Wafer. I was sent the Vanilla Wafer variety to try, and was excited. I never saw this flavor in stores by me, I only ever see the Chocolate Chip.

These cookies come in 100 calorie packs (good for portion control!) with a pretty decent amount of cookies in each bag (about 15-20). Each of them are about the size of a half dollar, and the thickness of 3 half-dollars stacked on each other. When you open the bag, there is a nice aroma of vanilla. They aren’t too sweet, but just right. At first bite, you can definietly taste a strong vanilla bean flavor. After a couple more, I think they had a combined flavor of shortbread cookies and sugar cookies, Yum!

Overall, I’m giving these 4 stars. They are low in fat and calories, and are very tasty. They were good with milk, smeared with peanut butter (and jelly!!), by itself, and crumbled in chocolate pudding. So Good!!!! They would totally get 5 stars if they had fiber and were made with whole wheat flour. They have 0 grams of fiber per serving, which is upsetting. I prefer my snacks to have at least a little bit of fiber for some satiety.

1 serving (1 pouch) is 100 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 16 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.

Organic wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, water, organic palm oil, organic tapioca syrup, salt, baking soda, organic eggs, natural flavors, organic vanilla, organic soy lecithin, monocalcium phosphate.
*these are NOT gluten or wheat free!

8 Dec 2009, Comments (4)

Dr. Lucy's Gluten Free Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

Looking for a delicious, gluten and food allergy free cookie? Well, your searching ends here my friends, I found some DELICIOUS, gluten, milk, egg, peanut and almond free cookies. They are developed by Dr. Lucy, who is an M.D. and a mother of a child who has very bad allergies. She says, “I know how difficult it can be to find high-quality foods that taste great. That’s why I started my own line of cookies”.

The cookies come in 4 flavors, Cinnamon Thin, Sugar, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal, and are all natural and mostly organic. They come in individual pouches with 4 cookies in each, or in box format. Each cookie is about the size of a Nabisco Chips Ahoy cookie, and is crispy. They have a light, airy, crunchy feel to them, and are the opposite of soft-baked/chewy cookies. Still delicious, none the less. Read on!

Cinnamon Thin- yum! These reminded me of snickerdoodles. It has a nice melt-in-your mouth consistency and had lots of cinnamon flavor.

Sugar- soo good. Tasted just like Mom’s homemade sugar cookies during Christmas season. You could totally decorate these with some icing and pass them off as homemade ;) . They are covered with sugar crystals and have a buttery flavor. The vanilla also added a nice touch.

Chocolate Chip- This one tasted like the sugar cookie, but with some chocolate chips. I really enjoyed the chocolate chips though, they were perfect in the cookie, I just wish there were more! There was also a nice mixture of a vanilla/brown sugar taste in these. Very enjoyable and different from the standard chewy chocolate chip.

Oatmeal- oatmeal? AH, how can this be gluten free?! Don’t worry- Dr. Lucy ensured that these  oats are gluten free! And, also delicious. This one wasn’t as sweet as the others, but still very good. Had a nice oaty taste to it, but not overpowering at all. I spread some peanut butter on these and it was just heavenly. :)

Overall, I’m giving these 4 1/2 stars. Not only are they gluten and allergy free, they are all natural, do not use refined sugars, are relatively low in fat, have a good portion size and taste EXCELLENT. They pair well with milk or by themselves. Why didn’t they receive 5 stars you ask? Well, my only complaints are 1. They lack fiber (but most gluten free and cookies in general do) and 2. The individual pouches have four cookies per pouch but a serving is three cookies. And with cookies that taste THIS GOOD, who in their right mind would be able to resist the 4th cookie in the bag?? Certainly not me, so i just pretend a serving size is 4 cookies :D

Dr. Lucy, your cookies rock. I hope you come out with more products or another flavor. Chocolate brownie? Caramel?? :)

1 serving (3 cookies) ranges from 120-130 calories, 4.5-5 grams of fat, 18-21 grams of carbohydates, 1-2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

*indicates organic
Cinnamon Thin-Evaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, cinnamon, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Sugar-Evaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Chocolate Chip-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, vegan chocolate chips, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Oatmeal-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

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15 Nov 2009, Comments (3)

Midel Gluten Free Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

midel
Midel makes a whole bunch of products, and they have a gluten free line. Midel makes the cookies and snacks without preservatives, trans fats, or artificial ingredients. Some of them are even dairy free! I got to try the Arrowroot, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Caramel, and Chocolate Sandwich varieties sent to me by the company.

Arrowroot-uhhh, Deliiishh! Nice and buttery flavor! These were sweet and crispy animal shaped crackers. Too cute! I particularly liked the polar bear and the camel. Almost too cute to eat ;) These have a light vanilla flavor as well, and i think they taste better than the original animal crackers. They aren’t as dry or bland in my opinion, and have more of a buttery/vanilla flavor. 4 stars!

Chocolate Chip-These were good! The cookie is crispy and has a buttery taste to it. They have a golden brown color and have a good amount of chocolate chunks in them. They have the right amount of sweetness- not overpowering at all. A good Chocolate Chip cookie replacement! (plus- you get 5 in a serving! whoop!) 4 stars!

Chocolate Caramel- these were bite sized caramel goodness! At first it’s a strong chocolate flavor, but then, a sweet caramel flavor floods your mouth. These are really good, and good for munching on :) Each is also the size of about a penny, and you get to eat 23 of them for only 110 calories. Wooo! I’m giving these 5 stars :)

Chocolate Sandwich- yum! Very good. It’s very chocolatey, and has a nice crunch to it. The wafer part is crispy but soft at the same time. I also like the cream on the inside. Sweet and smooth, like it should be. 4 stars :)

 So, viola! Cookies for those of you who are sensitive to gluten that taste good! Hey, Midel’s cookies are good for those who can have gluten as well ;) Overall, i’m giving them 4 stars. All natural, yummy treats everyone can enjoy.The only downside is that they are short of fiber.

Arrowroot- 10 cookies are 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 23 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
Chocolate Chip- 5 cookies are 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
Chocolate Sandwich- 2 cookies are 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.
Chocolate Caramel- 23 cookies are 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Arrowroot Gluten-Free Flour (Corn Flour, Soy Flour, Potato Flour, Corn Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Xanthan Gum), Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Canola Oil, Arrowroot Flour, Butter, Whole Eggs, Corn Starch, Honey, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin (Used as Emulsifier), Baking Soda, Sea Salt.

Chocolate Chip- Gluten free flour (contains corn flour, soy flour, potato flour, corn starch, rice starch, potato starch, rice flour, white bean flour, xanthan gum), dehydrated cane juice, organic chocolate chips (organic sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla, organic corn syrup solids), non hydrogenated canola oil, butter (may contain color additive annato), egg whites, unsulphered molasses, corn starch, baking soda, natural flavors, sea salt, soybean lecithin (used as an emulsifier).
Chocolate Caramel- Gluten Free Flour (tapioca starch, potato starch, corn starch, corn flour, rice flour, carrageenan, acacia gum), organic dehydrated cane juice, canola oil, invert sugar, cocoa powder, caramel pieces (sugar, coconut oil, corn syrup, salt, natural flavor, caramel color, annatto color, soy lecithin), natural flavor, sea salt, ammonium bicarbonate, soy lecithin.
Chocolate Sandwich-Gluten Free Flour (tapioca starch, potato starch, corn starch, corn flour, rice flour, carrageenan, acacia gum, xanthan gum), organic icing sugar, cocoa, organic palm oil, canola oil, invert sugar, natural flavor, egg, baking soda, sea salt, soy lecithin, ammonium bicarbonate. icing- organic icing sugar, organic palm oil, canola oil, natural flavor, soy lecithin. 
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10 Nov 2009, Comments (2)

Baker Dan's Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo
Baker Dan may be a company you haven’t heard of, but you might want to check him out. He makes some pretty delicious cookies! According to the website, “Baker Dan seeks to produce a variety of specialty and classic cookies that are pleasurable to eat and made for a healthy treat.”
I was lucky enough to get to sample some of his cookies, and this is what I thought! :)
Walnut Raisin Biscotti-
unexpected for a biscotti, because it was chewy and not crisp. I liked the chunks of walnuts in it, and it has a nice raisin flavor. Surprisingly, i thought i tasted a bit of raspberry flavor as well. Biting into it, it reminded me of eating a poptart. It tasted like the filling in one of the strawberry or raspberry poptart, but not as sugary. It was very good, sweet but not too sweet. 4 stars !
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip- yummmmmy is all i have to say! I like how they are “crisp” and “light” tasting. They have sweet chunks of chocolate and a brown sugar taste. I also like you get 2 BIG cookies for only 110 calories. It nixed my chocolate craving for sure- very good!  I also liked how it had a wee bit of a salty taste to it. What a good cookie. 4 1/2 stars
Pistachio Biscotti- yum again! Baker Dan is definitely good at making biscottis! This one was crisper, and had a nice texture. It had just the right amount of sweetness, and i really enjoyed the lemony taste to it. They worked well with a cup of tea, and my mom tried one and said she would buy these if she saw them in store. 4 stars
Regular Chocolate Chip- these were better than the sugar free, but not as good as the gluten free. They were sweet and more chocolately, and had a richer flavor. Still a very enjoyable cookie, i would buy them again. 4 stars
Overall, these were pretty good. They all had a decent portion size too, especially the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip (2 for 110 calories) and the Pistachio Biscotti (3 for 110 calories). On the positive side, they are all pretty low in fat. On the one negative side, they are also pretty low in fiber :( But, I would buy these if I saw them in a nearby store by me! Good choice over Oreo’s or Chips Ahoy or whatever other sugary and preservative-laden cookies that are on the market these days and deserve to be in the trash. *Oops!* Did i say that? ;)
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip- 2 cookies is 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Pistachio Biscotti- 3 cookies are 110 calories, 4 grams of fat, 16 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Walnut Raisin Biscotti- 1 biscotti is 80 calories,  .5 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Regular Chocolate Chip- 1 cookie is 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip-Gluten free flour (cornstarch, tapioca flour, chickpea flour, rice flour),extra bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin emulsifier, pure vanilla), butter (milk), sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, xanthan gum.
Pistachio Biscotti-wheat flour (malted barley), sugar, almonds, pistachio, butter, eggs, soy lecithin (an emulsifier), anise, baking powder (aluminum free), lemon zest, and salt.
Walnut Raisin Biscotti- Walnuts, raisins, sugar, wheat flour (malted barley), eggs.
Regular Chocolate Chip- wheat flour (malted barley), extra bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin emulsifier, pure vanilla), butter, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, baking powder
23 Aug 2009, Comments (5)

Barry's Bakery French Twists puff pastries

Author: healthnuttxo

Barry’s Bakery makes French Twists, which are “layers of sweet puffed pastry”. They come in a variety of flavors, ranging from Maple French Toast to Wild Raspberry. Two 13g twists is only 1 Weight Watcher Point,  and they are made without Cholesterol, Butter, Eggs, Yeast or Dairy, and of course, they are all natural (but why would i be eating or reviewing it if it WASN’T all natural :P )
Wild Raspberry- these were yummy. Melt in your mouth, puffy and cinnamonny. They had a slight raspberry taste, almost as if you put a smear of raspberry jam on them. THe crumbs on the bottom of the container ESPECIALLY had the raspberry flavor.

Maple French Toast- yum!! These were good.  They also were crispy and crunchy and left a slight maple syrup flavoring after each bite.

Chocolate Chip-  oohh chocolate. These were good too. More of a cinnamon flavor than chocolate, but again, had a hint of  a chocolate flavor after each bite.

(added)
Original- light, sweet and crunchy! Very slight raspberry flavor!

Overall, addictive!! They don’t have a BURSTING flavor of what’s indicated, they all taste puffy and cinnamonny, but they all have a *hint* of the labeled flavor (for example, the wild raspberry isn’t BURSTING with raspberry flavors, but has a delicate raspberry flavor and aroma).
Good thing i got the 5 oz tubs where EACH twist, which are about the size length-wize of your index finger, and width wize your index and middle finger, are only 30 calories! These would be a really good complement  to tea if you are a tea drinker. Granted, i ate a good portion of the tub of the maple french toast in a sitting (*oops!*), but hey, it only set me back about 210 calories! (Yes, that’s about 7-8 twists!)

Per serving- 2 Twists- 60 calories, 2 grams of fat, 9 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 0 grams of protein.
Yea, yea, we all wish there was some fiber. But what can you do, THIS IS A DESSERT, PEOPLE! Plus it’s low in fat and calories, so I’m still going to indulge in these, no fiber or not.

I also like how there aren’t a bajillion ingredients in these as say, an Entemann’s product would?? :)

Wild Raspberry-High Protein Wheat Flour, Soy Oil, Palm Oil, Beet Sugar, Cinnamon, Salt & Natural Rasperry Flavor.

Maple French Toast-High Gluten Wheat Flour, Soy Oil, Palm Oil, Beet Sugar, Cinnamon, Salt & Natural Maple Flavor.

Chocolate Chip-High Gluten Wheat Flour, Soy Oil, Palm Oil, Semi Sweet Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose ) Beet Sugar, Cinnamon, Salt & Natural Chocolate Flavor.

17 Aug 2009, Comments (0)

Ian's Cookie Buttons-Chocolate Chip

Author: healthnuttxo

 

Ian’s Natural Foods makes an assortment of delicious and yummy products. Of them there are the Chocolate Chip Cookie Buttons. You actually get a decent amount of “cookie buttons” in each pack! They are pretty tiny, about the size of a nickel, with itty-bitty chocolate chips in them. I would estimate about 20 of them in a pack at least, and i got the 100 calorie pack version.

As for the taste, they are excellent! It’s what you would expect when buying a chocolate chip cookie snack. They are sweet, with a touch of vanilla. They have a crispy consistency when you bite them, but they quickly melt in your mouth. I also detected a hint of a brown sugar flavor. They are really good.

One pouch (23g) is 100 calories, 5 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. My only complaint is that I wish these had a little more fiber in them, and they aren’t whole grain or whole wheat cookies.

Organic wheat flour, organic canola and/or soybean and/or sunflower oil, organic dehydrated cane juice, organic chocolate chips (organic sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin), organic invert sugar, sea salt, organic cocoa, ammonium bicarbonate, organic vanilla extract, soy lecithin.

10 Jul 2009, Comments (3)

Annie's Chocolate Chip Bunny Grahams

Author: healthnuttxo

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So we all love Teddy Grahams-no? But do we also love the hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup? Eh, I think not. Just looking at the ingredients for Teddy Grahams makes me sick. So, imagine my excitement when I came across Annie’s Bunny Grahams. These cute little guys come in 4 flavors, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon, Honey and Chocolate. They also have cheesy flavors, but I’ll talk about that at a later date.

So I opened up my pouch of bunny grahams and popped a couple in. Sweet, but not too sweet, and you can DEFINITELY munch on them all afternoon-no problem! In fact, I ate practically half the box in one sitting. Whoops :)

Good thing is, no trans fats, all natural, and they provide 20% daily calicum need (more like 60% for me including i had more than one serving!).

28 grams, about 30 bunnies or so, is 140 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 22 carbs, >1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Expeller-pressed Vegetable Oil, Organic Corn Flour, Organic Graham Flour, Cookie Bits (wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil, alkalized cocoa, salt, baking soda), Calcium Carbonate, Chocolate Chips (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), Natural Flavor, Baking Soda, Salt, Organic Chocolate Flavor.

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