Tags: Cinnamon

28 Sep 2012, Comments (0)

Del Monte Vanilla & Spice Diced Pears

Author: Healthnuttxo

I have a pet peeve when it comes to fruit cups…why, oh WHY must EVERY SINGLE TIME I open one, it has to explode?! In class–> explodes on the table. At home–> explodes on my desk. On the subway–> probably would explode everywhere (let’s not try that one).  And then there is a good tablespoon of the juice/syrup wherever the fruit cup is resting, which in turn makes the bottom of the fruit cup sticky. And then I’m sticky.

Sigh.

ANYWAY, moving on past my little rant, let’s talk about this product in particular. Del Monte Vanilla & Spice Diced Pears. (I suppose the “explosion” of fruit juice is something that can’t really be helped, anyway). The pears were soft, but not mushy, which I liked. I could taste a bit of cinnamon, and an aftertaste of vanilla. It was the kind of vanilla flavor you would taste with a vanilla flavored coke. Artificial tasting, and just not quite right. I also almost expected this fruit cup to be sweeter.  I felt it was “lacking” sweetness, as if an actual pear would have been sweeter. I find this odd, because the pears are sitting in a “extra light syrup” which if you look at the ingredients, sugar is added, so I kind of was expecting this to be sweeter.

Overall, pretty good. Not my favorite fruit cup, as I felt the vanilla and cinnamon flavors were dulled out a bit. I would have liked more flavor from the cinnamon and vanilla, and I felt the vanilla flavor made it taste sort of artificial. I don’t know if I would buy these again, but I certainly will finish the 4 pack that I bought. 3 stars


5 Dec 2011, Comments (4)

Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Bread Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo


I’m all about homemade baking. I’d much rather bake chocolate chip cookies from scratch than buy the prepared versions. Something about the flavor, and the, ahem, love, that goes along with a homemade cookie. However, every now and then, a prepared version suffices. I spotted Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Bread Mix at the store and couldn’t resist. Being the apple and carb fanatic I am (oh carbs…how I love thee) I figured this would be beyond delicious 🙂

So, I preheated the oven and got mixing.

Here’s the goods! It needed 2 eggs, milk (I used skim), butter, and the mix.

See the bumps?! Don't blame my mixing skills....it's actual dried apple pieces!

*insert baking time in oven here*

And…. fresh outta the oven!

Finished product. Everything is better with powdered sugar…. 😉

So….looks pretty. How’s it taste?

It was actually pretty good! It has a very deep flavor, and I could really taste the spices. All spice and cinnamon were the most predominant flavors, and there was almost a bit of a caramel flavor as well. The bread really reminded me of pumpkin too, for the dark color and the spiced flavor. The bread was sweet, but not over the top, so I think it’s acceptable to put the powdered sugar on for some added sweetness after I was suggested to do so.

It was soft and fluffy, with crispier edges, with dried apple pieces for added texture. I didn’t think it was super apple-y in flavor, but it still was an enjoyable bread. I think I’ll eat it again with a smear of peanut butter or butter after warming it up in the toaster oven.

It also lacked fiber and was a bit high in sugar, so this bread gets a total rating of 4 stars. Trader Joe’s really never disappoints me with their products, and I hope they never do!!

What about you? Do you make mostly homemade or store-bough/semi-prepared products? What are your favorites?!

And the nutritional facts. It was kind of high in sugar.

26 Oct 2011, Comments (3)

Popcorn, Indiana Apple Crisp Popcorn

Author: Healthnuttxo

Oh yea you know I FLIPPED out when I saw this. Well…I flipped out on the inside because I was in public and all, but on the inside I was screaming YES!!!!! THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!!!!!

Not pumpkin popcorn (ooh, how good does that sound?) but this sounds like just the right thing to bring on the fall spirit. APPLE CRISP! Fall is always about apple picking and pumpkin picking for me (sadly, I have yet to do both this year….) but at least I can enjoy the delicious apple flavors in treats like this! So, I bought it for 3 dollars (at Whole Foods!) which I thought was reasonably priced.

Here’s what some of it looked like

BUT, then I actually weighed it. Here’s what a serving is (insert sad face here)

woooomp. wooooomp.

And yes…that IS a sandwich sized bag.

But whatever. I always eat more than a serving anyway, even though a serving for this is really quite pathetic.

ANYWAY- I looked through the bag. HUGE pieces of popcorn, round and fluffy, along with some pieces being help together by a sticky, sugary syrup. I didn’t mind a bit as it was quite tasty, but there were about 3 HUGE “globs” of this popcorn/syrup mess. I also spotted some oats on the pieces of popcorn, which I guess contributes to the “apple crisp” part.

This popcorn was just really not what I expected. But I can’t say I hated it.

Upon first bite? I was puzzled. What does this taste like? I’ve had this before. I DEFINITELY ate this before!! And then.. This tastes EXACTLY like Quaker Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes! And let me just say, as a kid, I was obsessed with that very flavor of rice cakes. Although, dont get me wrong, the popcorn was way sweeter. But the flavor was exactly the same.

Overall, I liked this snack. And that’s exactly what I would call it. It wasn’t popcorn to me- no annoying hulls or tiny pieces with popcorn kernels. Just round, fluffy and crunchy pieces with a sugary, apple cinnamon flavored syrup. It was an apple snack to me. 4 stars for this one, only because it’s super high in sugar (TWENTY grams!!), and since the portion size is small, I’d be eating at least double.

*What’s your favorite FALL dessert? I am obsessed with Candy apples. mmmm!


13 Aug 2011, Comments (4)

Apple Cinnamon “Rice Pudding” Oatmeal

Author: Healthnuttxo

This morning, I was feeling something a little different than my normal bowl (ok…two bowls) of cereal, with fruit, milk and spoon full of peanut butter. Don’t get me wrong, I think that will always be my favorite breakfast, but I was feeling some change.

So I cooked up some oatmeal, added a few ingredients, and once I tasted it, it really reminded me of rice pudding! Rice pudding is one of my absolute favorite desserts, especially topped with cinnamon. Now I can enjoy it, with the health benefits of oats!

Here’s what you need:

1/2 cup rolled oats (I used Quaker)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
BUNCH of cinnamon- I didn’t measure, but I added a lot.
1 apple (half cut in tiny pieces, half in slices or however you want to eat)
3 packets stevia (or sugar)
butter (to taste)

In a pot, add the milk, water, oats, cinnamon, vanilla, and 2 packets of stevia. Cook until desired consistency. Add half of the apple to the pot in the final minute or so, so it is warm and soft.

Transfer oatmeal to a bowl. Add the final packet of stevia/sugar on top, along with the butter. Add some milk around the edges if desired. Enjoy with other half of apple, some toast, juice, etc.

I gotta learn to wipe the sides of the bowl clean before I take pictures …..  ; )

I really liked this oatmeal- I will certainly try it again. Let me know if you try it and like it!

What’s your favorite oatmeal recipe? I’d love to hear some!

12 Jul 2011, Comments (16)

Lotus Biscoff Spread

Author: Healthnuttxo

Remember my love for Lotus Biscoff Cookies?

Well take that love, multiply by 100, and put it in a jar. Literally.

This stuff is BEYOND amazing. I’ve gone through almost 3 jars already (not at once…over a few days!!), and plan on ordering more soon when I run out. I don’t even put it on anything, I eat it straight from the jar. That’s how good it is.

The first time I bought it, I saw it at a specialty store. Biscoff? What is that? I thought (turns out, I tried Biscoff spread BEFORE the cookies!)

Once I got home, I took a spoon out and tried some. Oh my goodness. It was like candy in a jar. Not saying it was super sweet like candy, but so delicious like candy.

Why, yes. Half that jar IS gone. And lets just say I did not share...

The consistency is super smooth, and light. No bumps at all, and no oil separation. It’s sweet, and I can certainly taste the delicious-ness of the Biscoff Cookies. The best way to describe it if you never had a Biscoff Cookie is that I think it tastes almost like cinnamon graham crackers that were grinded up and made into this delicious spread. It’s soooo good! (Am I gushing too much? Is it OK that I love this spread that much?!?!)

So. Overall, I guess my only complaint is that this isn’t filling at all. As in, I could TOTALLY eat the whole jar in a day, so having it near me has my will power being tempted all day long. Which makes sense, seeing as it only has .5 grams of protein per serving. My other complaint would be is that the store I originally bought it from doesn’t carry it anymore, so I have to buy it online. But honestly, this is so delicious I could never stop eating it! 5 stars and on the list of my favorite things EVER!

Have you ever had Biscoff Cookies or Biscoff Spread? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat it? Honestly, all I need is a spoon =)

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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!

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I won an awesome contest where I got 3 free jars of Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter. Of the three I chose, I picked one of my favorites, White Chocolate Wonderful, and this one, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.

I opened my jar, and saw no oil separation, so that was a plus. Another thing I noticed, was a lot of the raisins were on the bottom! Here’s a pic of the bottom of my jar, so you can see for yourself.

Even after eating  a serving or so, there still was very minimal raisins on top.

I wasn’t really complaining however,  because it’s not like I couldn’t easily stir it. AND, the peanut butter by itself, even without the raisins, was so delicious!

It was a smooth peanut butter, but if you “chew” the peanut butter, you can detect granules similar in consistency to sugar. The cinnamon flavor was certainly prominent, which I liked. You can taste both the sweetness and the cinnamon flavor, with the beautiful flavor of a rich peanut butter. The raisins were soft, chewy and sweet. It was really delicious. Honestly, all I needed was a spoon, and I was happy (;

Overall, 4 1/2 stars. Certainly delicious. I liked it both when I tried it with the raisins and without the raisins. I’ll just have a few extra “surprises” waiting for me at the bottom of my jar (:

What’s your favorite food involving raisins? I happen to be fond of chocolate covered raisins (;

And here’s a snapshot of the nutritional facts.

Reviewing one of my favorite things… peanut butter!

I recently ordered a few jars of Naturally Nutty peanut butter online, and one of them that interested me was the Honey Roasted Cinnamon Peanut Butter. C’mon, how good does that sound!?!?

According to the jar, it’s “made with Flax Seed” and “Hemp Seed” and has “omega-3 (ALA): 370 mg per svg. [serving]”. So, aside from the honey, there was cinnamon, peanuts, and some great nutrition facts!

I opened the jar, and noticed very minimal oil on top (hardly any)- a good sign for me already. As much as I love the natural peanut butters, I’m not a huge fan of stirring and stirring a jar of nut butter to get it to set. I took a spoonful, and here’s what it looked like.

I LOVED the consistency of this peanut butter. Not runny, but not stiff. Very thick and almost hearty, and while it wasn’t super smooth, it wasn’t chunky either. It stated it was “smooth” on the jar, but I would say it was more of an inbetween.

As I opened the jar, it had a nice fresh cinnamon smell to it. I tasted a bit, and unfortunately wasn’t as happy as I thought I would be. It kind of had an overpowering cinnamon flavor to it, without enough sweetness to back it up. In fact, where was the honey? All I tasted was peanut butter and cinnamon. It did have a rather delicious peanut butter flavor- thick, rich, just like peanuts you’d eat out of a bowl. But it wasn’t sweet, and I was disappointed.

Overall 3 stars. A good peanut butter, but not what I was expecting. Where’s the honey!?!

2 tbsp. is 190 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Have you ever tried Naturally Nutty products? Which is your favorite?

7 Feb 2011, Comments (3)

Cinnamon Burst Cheerios

Author: Healthnuttxo

My favorite spice is definitely cinnamon. I love that it can be combined with sugar for a sweet treat, or even spicy for that red cinnamon gum. Delicious!

Browsing at the supermarket the other day, I saw Cinnamon Burst Cheerios. I never tried these before, and they looked really good. I looked at the stats, and saw that a serving was 1 cup, had 5 grams of fiber per serving, and no HFCS! Sounds like a winner already!

First I took a handful out of the box- Mmmm! These were really good. Not super sweet, and not coated with like a cinnamon sugar, it was more like cinnamon was baked into these cheerios. They were soft cheerios too, not soft like soggy, but not as crunchy and hard as usual. They were almost like sweet cinnamon pillows =P

Overall, really tasty. I liked them both right out of the box and in milk. The flavor is kind of hard to describe, but these are just GOOD! I also love that they don’t have HFCS, and have 5 grams of fiber, AND a serving is 1 cup. It’s a winner for me! 4 1/2 stars

1 cup is 110 calories, 2 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite thing that’s CINNAMON flavored?

12 Dec 2010, Comments (4)

Archer’s Farms Cinnamon Peanut Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

Yesterday I went to Target, and although I have about 30 jars of nut butter in my house already (literally there is a “Nut Butter” Spot in my closet), something drew me to this peanut butter. Creamy Cinnamon Peanut Butter by Archer’s Farms. I have been drawn to this peanut butter before, but never actually bought it until yesterday.

I was so excited to try it, the second I got home I took off the lid and gave it a stir. It was very runny, even after stirring it didn’t thicken up much. I thought about refrigerating it, but it said it capitals on the back “DO NOT REFRIGERATE”. So, I didn’t want anything weird to happen, so I listened. Nooooo refrigeration for this peanut butter!

Anyway-

I tasted it, and was slightly taken aback. I was expecting a cinnamon-sugar tasting peanut butter. Like a sweet peanut butter with a cinnamon after taste. Nope. THis was the type of cinnamon that was in those red cinnamon candies. Almost like a slightly spicy cinnamon. It was so bizarre.

While I can’t say I hated it, I also can’t really picture eating it out of the jar like I would with my other nut butters. Perhaps I’ll try it out on toast and see how it goes.

Until then, 3 stars. Not super excited about the taste or texture for that matter, too runny, but it was a very creamy peanut butter. Only 3 ingredients and all natural too!

*What’s your FAVORITE cinnamon-flavored thing?

2 tbsp (32 grams) is 180 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber 5 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Cinnamon Oil.

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