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8 May 2010, Comments (4)

Sharkies Organic Kids Sports Chews

Author: Healthnuttxo

Are you a runner? Or a sports enthusiast who needs quick energy? Or maybe, you just want something sweet, organic and chewy?

Well, Sharkies Organic Kids Sports Chews are the answer! These chews are USDA certified organic, gluten free, nut free, GMO free, fructose free, have no trans fat, and provide 100% of your daily needs of vitamin C. The company sent me some of their products to try, and I decided to review the Kids variety. (Sharkies also come in the “adult” variety- which are still organic fruit chews)

The Kids sports chews come in 4 flavors- the 45 gram packs of Tropical Splash, and Berry Blasters, and then the “lunchbox variety” Berry Bites & Fruit Splash.

The chews were very delicious, and the texture was right on. Not too “gummy” and not weirdly “chewy”- they were the perfect mix of the two. Think of gummy bears, but a little bit stiffer and not so sticky. I loved that they were in cute shark shapes, and came in vibrant colors like orange, yellow, and purple. They were definitely sweet (seeing as the first ingredient is cane juice/tapioca syrup or brown rice syrup), but weren’t sickly sweet or artifical tasting like some gummy products can be.

I know when I run, I cannot eat too much before hand (I’ve been blessed with a senstive stomach– thank youuuu genetics! ). I found that eating a package of these provided me with a ton of energy, and NO troubles on the tummy. I also ate a few for a quick burst of energy during my 10K run.

Overall, I give these 4 1/2 stars. Tasty and great for supplying immediate energy for races and more. I think I’ll probably eat them instead of candy gummy bears too, as a healthier, organic alternative 😉

Tropical Splash- 1 bag (45g) is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Colors Added (Turmeric, Annatto), Sodium Citrate

Berry Blasters– 1 bag (45g) is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Rice Syrup, Organic Rice Syrup Solids, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Pectin, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Colors Added (Black Carrot Juice Concentrate), Natural Flavors, Organic Sunflower Oil, Carnauba Wax

Berry Bites & Fruit Splash- 1 bag (23 grams) is 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Tapioca Syrup Solids, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Color Added (Black Carrot Juice Concentrate), Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Organic Sunflower Oil, Carmauba Wax

17 Apr 2010, Comments (0)

Chobani Champions

Author: Healthnuttxo

Chobani Champions are a new product from Chobani. They are still yummy greek yogurt, but in a smaller size ( 4 oz compared to the original 6 oz) and are geared towards kids (but of course, you and me can totally still eat them too! 😉 )

They come in 4 flavors, Verryberry, Strawnana, Honeynana, and Chocolate. I was lucky enough to be sent all 4 flavors, courtesy of Chobani, and couldn’t have been more excited. I LOVE greek yogurt! I was especially excited to try the Chocolate- who doesn’t love chocolate?

Verryberry- ooh, this one is tasty. You can definetely taste the cream they added, which makes the flavors much more rich and delicious. It has a predominant blueberry and strawberry flavor, with a hint of raspberry as well. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and tasted real. One of the reasons I love Chobani is because they use REAL fruit in their yogurts- no “flavors”. I can definetely taste the actual fruit- very yummy! 4 stars

Strawnana- this one literally is the smaller version of the Strawberry-Banana Chobani (which I reviewed HERE). Perfect blend of strawberry and banana flavors, and you can actually see little strawberry seeds dispersed throughout. This one reminds me of a home-made smoothie. Delicious. 4 1/2 stars

Chocolate- definietly more of a cocoa flavor than chocolate, but still enjoyable. It was also slightly bitter, giving more of a dark chocolate taste than milk chocolate. It was also sweet, but not hershey’s chocolate syrup sweet. It sort of reminded me of hot cocoa- but cold. It was REALLY good frozen (with bananas and dark chocolate almond granola!!), and reminded me of the chocolate frozen yogurt I usually get at my local frozen yogurt place (Red Mango, anyone??). This one the liquid also separated a little bit, but instead of stirring it in (DON’T pour it out!! you lose valuable nutrients!!), I just drank it up 🙂 It was actually quite yummy! 4 1/2 stars

Honeynana- FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! A REAL tasting banana yogurt!! No icky laffy-taffy banana flavor, or fake aspartame/sucralose banana flavor (thank you, DIET yogurts). This one was my favorite, for sure! A light honey flavor and just a hint of vanilla flavor complimented the banana very well. It was the perfect sweetness, and reminded me of a banana smoothie. 5 stars

Overall, these get 4 1/2 stars. They are all rich, creamy and refreshing. These yogurts (unlike a lot of other yogurts geared towards kids) don’t have artificial colors or flavors, and aren’t packed with refined sugars or High Fructose Corn Syrup (ew!!). I’m actually sort of upset they are in the 4 oz. size- I wish they were bigger, they are so delicious! I tried having the verryberry flavor with my cereal and fruit for breakfast, and it wasn’t enough to cover and coat all my delicious goodies that a normal Chobani can. However, I think these are perfect for a snack when you need more sustenance than a regular yogurt can provide, but don’t need ALL the protein of a full size greek (full sized greek yogurts can go up to 18 grams! wow!)

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1 yogurt is 110-120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 14-17 carbohydrates, less than one gram of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.

Verryberry- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, natural flavor, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color).

Strawnana- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, bananas, natural flavors, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color).

Chocolate- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, nonfat milk, cocoa,  pectin,  natural flavor, locust bean gum, vanilla extract.

Honeynana- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice,  bananas, natural flavor, locust bean gum, pectin, turmeric (for color), clover honey.

25 Mar 2010, Comments (2)

MaraNatha Natural Nut Butters

Author: Healthnuttxo

MaraNatha natural nut butters have always intrigued me as I passed by them in Whole Foods. These nut butters have no preservatives, no additives, trans fats, artificial ingredients or any other kind of yuck that just doesn’t belong in nut butters. . I often longed to try some of the flavors- but declined because the price was a bit steep

That’s why I jumped for joy when I was asked to review their all natural Honey Almond Butter and Dark Chocolate Peanut nut butters. A dream come true for a nut butter fanatic like myself. As soon as I got the package in the mail, I opened it, took out my notebook, and put my taste buds to work!

Honey Almond Butter- First of all, there’s some cute pics on the jar. I love when a company jazzes up the jars-  it makes the experience that much better. First, there’s a cute cartoon almond dressed up with a briefcase, as if he’s going to work or something, saying “Li’l bit sweet!”. Then there’s a cartoon cracker chasing a bee with a net and a jar- adorable!

This nut butter had a rich, roasted almond flavor, and just a wee bit of honey flavor. Not too sweet at all, just a hint of honey was left on the tongue. It actually reminded me of cashew butter, which is sweeter than most nut butters. It had that “stick to the roof of your mouth” consistency we all know and love. It was a bit runny, even after putting it in the fridge for a few days, so I think it would be great to drizzle over oatmeal, cereal or waffles.

Dark Chocolate Peanut- one of the new flavors by Maranatha, this one may not have cute cartoons, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint.


This one was sooo good. It was much thicker than the almond butter after being put in the fridge, and had a deep chocolate taste followed by a slightly salty peanut butter flavor. I like how it had the peanut taste to it- sometimes chocolate nut butters have too much chocolate flavor and it masks the flavor of the nut it’s combined with. With this spread, you can taste equal parts of chocolate and peanut.Sweet, satisfying and sooooo delicious. Yum. I do  wish this nut butter had a little more protein and fiber, and a little less sugar (8 grams for one serving), but those factors certainly aren’t stopping me from indulging in this jar everyday 🙂

Overall, these get 4 1/2 stars. I love how they are all natural, with no trans fats, and don’t have any refined sugars. Maranatha now has a new place in my cupboard next to my other (more like 25 other) nut butters. I can’t wait to try more of their flavors!

Honey Almond Butter- 2 Tbs. is 180 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein.

Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Honey Crystals (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Honey, Organic Cane Molasses), Sea Salt.

Dark Chocolate Peanut- 2 Tbs. is 180 calories, 13 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Dry Roasted Peanuts, Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Cocoa Powder (alkalized), Non-fat Dry Milk, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Salt.

Yea-I’m feeling candy this week. It’s DEFINETELY one of those weeks where I need some sweets!

And what better way to satisfy a sugary-sweet tooth than with a lollipop? I remember my favorites growing up were Charms- the ones with bubblegum in the center- and Tootsie Poponly in the grape flavor- which had a center of a soft tootsie roll. Well- now I’ve moved on to better and more healthier ways to satisfy my craving for a “sucker”. Yummy Earth produces lollipops unlike the commercial brands- no artificial dyes, no artificial colors, no refined sugar and made with real fruit extracts (does that mean if I eat these- it counts as a fruit serving? 😛 ) And, aside from all that good stuff, the ingredients are organic, gluten free, vegan, and soy/nut/dairy free. How’s that for a lollipop? 🙂

The lollipops come in several varieties- SuperSOUR Pops, Strawberry Pops, Fruit Pops, Fiesta Pops, and Vitamin C Pops. I got to try the SuperSOUR Pops and the Vitamin C Pops. Each pop is only 22 calories, and is round/flat in shape. They are about the size of a quarter or half dollar each.

Starting with the Vitamin C Pops- each bag has 3 flavors, strawberry smash, tooberry blueberry, and razzmatazz berry. 1 pop provides you with 25% of your daily needs of vitamin C.

strawberry smash- well if this pop isn’t smashing. I love strawberry flavored pops- and this one doens’t let me down. Sweet and  not too tart- reminds me of a strawberries & cream dessert in a lolly. 🙂

tooberry blueberry- ooh I like this one the best of the 3. It’s sweet with a nice blueberry taste- real blueberry,  not “fake” blueberry. It also has hints of grape flavors, and isn’t too tart. It doesn’t leave that “stinging” feeling sometimes lollipops give you on your tongue.

razzmatazz berry- this one has a mixed berry/fruit punch flavor. It is smooth and sweet, with stronger strawberry/raspberry fruit essences.

The SuperSOUR pops has 4 flavors- strawberry smash, sour apple tart, googly grape, and very very cherry. I was hesistant to try these- I’m so not a sour girl. In fact, I used to run my sour WARheads candy under the water when I was younger until all the “sourness” went away and it was all sweet afterwards. But, they, in fact, weren’t really sour at all- they just had a bit more of a kick than the original flavors.

strawberry smash- similar in taste to the Vitamin C variety- but with a bit more tang.

sour apple tart- I liked this one! It has a granny smith apple flavor to it, and it was the most sour of all 4 of the flavors. The tangyness really stayed the whole time eating the lollipop, and didn’t fade.

googly grape- this one is tied for my favorite with the sour apple tart. Normally I HATE grape flavored things (they usually taste like cough medicine…yuck..), but this baby reminded me of my favorite grape Tootsie Pops I used to eat when I was younger. Not tart at all- but a sweet, delicious, grape. 

very very cherry- Unfortunately- my bag didn’t have any very very cherry! And I LOVE cherry flavored pops. How disappointing 🙁

Overall, I’m giving these 4 stars. It’s a much healthier (and more eco-friendly!) alternative to commercial lollipops, and they have no refined sugar. That’s a big plus for me- if I want candy, I like to feel at least a little less guilty knowing there is no refined sugars. They are perfect when I’m in the mood to nosh, but don’t want to blow a big calorie bang, and hit your sweet tooth quite nicely. I just hope that they evenly distribute the flavors better in the future– I didn’t get to try the very very cherry flavor, and only got one googly grape (figures it would be my favorite! >:( ) in my bag.

3 pops are 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, and 0 grams of protein. Each pop is about 22 calories each.
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, and or OrganicRice Syrup, Citric Acid (from beet sugar), Natural Flavors, [may contain] Organic Black Carrots, Organic Apple, Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Black Currant, Organic Carrot, Organic Pumpkin.

We all love candddddyyy. Problem is- most candy doesn’t love US. It’s usually full of High Fructose Corn SYrup, color additives and refined sugar. LUCKILY, I found a brand of candy (Hillside Candy) that has a line GO Naturally, that produces “better-for-you” candy. Not only are they gluten free, they are organic, free of high fructose corn syrup, additives and artificial colors and flavors. They also don’t have refined sugars, and are sweetened with cane juice and brown rice syrup instead.

They come in 6 flavors, all of which I got to try. Apple, Cherry, Ginger, Honey, Honey Lemon and Pomegranate. Each of them are about the size of a nickel, and width wise about 4 nickels piled on top of each other. They lasted pretty long (as long as you don’t bite them!) and had a smooth texture.

Apple– this one had a “light sour apple” flavor. It wasn’t too tangy, but still had a granny smith tartness to it. It was nicely sweetened. 4 stars
Cherry- i like how this one wasn’t red as i expected. most cherry flavored things are red-  but this one was brown, like all the rest (no artificial dyes-woop!). It reminded me of the cherry flavored tootsie pops. Yum! 4 stars
Ginger-eh. I really didn’t care for this one. At first it wasn’t bad- it was a sweeter and milder version of a ginger flavor. I like ginger too- i enjoy those Ginger Chews which some people say are too spicy, but I enjoy. My mom, however, loved the ginger flavor of the  hard candy. Just not my cup of tea. 3 stars
Honey-yuuuum. Sweet, light and flavorful. Tastes like I was actually eating honey in “drop” form. smooth and delicious! 5 stars
Honey Lemon- this one tasted like the Honey flavor too, but, well, with a hint of lemon! It was nicely blended though, not too tart from the lemon and the perfect amount of sweetness from the honey. I can see myself having these especially when I have  a cold. 4 stars
Pomegranate- light and sweet. not tart at all, and i almost detected a hint of lemon blended with a milk pomegranate flavor. Delicious. 4 stars

Overall, these were definietely yummy. I would definietly buy the apple and the honey varieties especially if i saw them in stores by me, as those were my two favorite. They are a nice change on the traditional sucking candy, and as a whole, they deserve 4 stars for taste and nutrition. Good job Hillside! (and thank you for providing me some samples to try!) I would like to try other candies by Hillside, such as the GoLIGHTLY sugar free blends and the Hillside Sweets, sweetened with sugar.

4 pieces are 60 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

The ingredients are mostly organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, citric acid, and natural flavors.

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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.

9 Aug 2009, Comments (0)

Snikiddy Chocolate Chip Bites

Author: healthnuttxo

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I love cookies. Especially chocolate chip cookies! That’s why I was excited to try Snikiddy All Natural Chocolate Chip Bites.

Delicious! The cookies are definitely bite sized, about the size of a half dollar or a big bigger than a quarter. The have big chocolate chips, or chunks rather dispersed in each bite sized cookie. They also have a slight hint of a caramel/molasses taste to them, but not overpowering. They are sweet, but again not TOO sweet, so they are good. The texture is sort of like when you make home-made cookies, the day after. They aren’t super soft like homemade, but not hard like chips ahoy. A bit of a happy medium and are crumbly as they are tasty.

Honestly, I liked them. They were really good with a glass of milk.  I was also happy to know that each serving ( 5 cookie bites) had  3 grams of fiber. Yay!

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5 cookie bites (28g)-  130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein.

Whole Wheat Flour, Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Ground Vanilla Beans), Evaporated Cane Juice, Butter, Sunflower Oil, Molasses, Oat Fiber, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavor, Salt.

16 Jul 2009, Comments (0)

True Lemon Naturally Sweet Lemonade Mix

Author: healthnuttxo

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Water. So good for us. Sometimes it just hits the spot and is refreshing as it, but sometimes we need to step it up a notch. So…

Finally! A healthy alternative to Crystal Light without artificial sweetners, colors or preservatives! True Lemon Naturally Sweet lemonade mix packets takes the cake! It sweetened naturally with Truvia, which is sweetner with natural Stevia, and evaporated cane juice. Like Crystal Light On-the-Go packets, it has 5 calories per serving (2 servings in a stick). It also has 25% daily vitamin C needs.

As for the taste- delicious! You can make it as light or strong as you want, but it has a good, strong lemony taste. It tastes genuine or real, which is, in my opinion, how lemonade SHOULD taste. It tastes like you actually squeezed some lemons, added water and some sweetner and viola! Lemonade. I hope True Lemon comes out with more flavors like lime or orange, because they also make crystalized lemon, lime and orange packets for seasoning/teas/ etc.

Not many ingredients in here-that’s a good thing!

Citric Acid, Evaporated Cane Juice, Lemon Oil, Lemon Juice, Rebiana (Truvia), Guar Gum, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Natural Color.

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