Tags: fruit

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


YES! I love new products. And I opened my mailbox the other day to  find this, I was really excited to try it. Banana is one of my favorite flavored things (REAL banana, not fake yucky banana), and combined with chocolate and natural ingredients Kashi uses? Count me in 🙂

Here’s the “box” it came in with a few facts.

Pretty cool huh? Half a serving of fruits and veggies in each bar!

I decided to eat this one this morning before my workout with a scoop of peanut butter (obviously ; )  ). Here’s what it looked like.

It was about the size of a Nutri-Grain bar, and a bit thicker width-wise. Oats sprinkled on the top, more for the eye in my opinion, as they looked nice but didn’t really add much flavor.

The bar was super soft, like a piece of homemade banana bread. Every now and then I got something crispy/crunchy like a piece of crisp rice, but I’m not entirely sure what it was. It wasn’t really that sweet, and had a mild banana flavor. I could certainly detect that it was banana, but it wasn’t screaming it or wasn’t super sweet like a standard piece of banana bread usually is.

As for the “chocolate chip” aspect of the bar. Uh…… what chocolate chips?? There were about 3 chocolate chips in the entire bar which was really a let down. They didn’t provide much flavor, but was a teeny bit of a surprise every now and then, but really, I only counted 3.

The bar was sort of lackluster though. I was 3/4 of the way done and I grew really bored of the bar and wished it was over. Not to say it was bad, but it wasn’t really amazing or all that great either. It was average, and I wish it was a bit sweeter.

Overall, 2.5 stars. I like the veggie/fruit serving aspect, and I also like the fiber and that it’s relatively low in calories (140 calories). It did provide me with stable energy during my workout which also was a plus. However, I don’t know if I would buy it in the future. And now I really just want to eat a slice of banana bread.

29 Dec 2011, Comments (6)

Cappuccino LARABar

Author: Healthnuttxo

Something new! Don’t you all love new products!? (:

I got a very nice card and some free Cappuccino LARABars from the company a week or so ago (happy holidays to me!) I opened up the box and saw four bars of a flavor I never heard of or saw before- Cappuccino. This might be interesting, I thought. I used to hate coffee/ anything coffee related, but now I am a coffee convert. Thanks all nighters and piles upon piles of work that need to be done and the caffeine boost needed to do it. *sigh*

No, but really. Thanks to the endless work, I now love coffee. And coffee Keurigs are world’s greatest invention. Thank you to the inventor- you are are genius.

ANYWAY, the bars are gluten free, vegan, dairy and soy free, and made with minimal ingredients which I love. I opened up the bar and instantly smelled the coffee aroma. Observing the bar, it looked like a standard LARABar, but I also noticed rather large pieces of almonds.

I took a bite. The familiar date/fruity taste a LARABar often has was there, but not super prominent. I could taste the coffee flavor, but it wasn’t super strong. It had a bit of an awkward bite at the end, like a spice of some sort. I checked the ingredients and didn’t see any spices, so I’m going to say the coffee added that bit of a bite at the end.

The bar was soft, dense and chewy but had the slightly crunchier parts from the almond pieces. It was really satisfying as a snack and curbed my hunger well (almond always take away my hunger pains!). The bar was sweet but not too sweet, and overall pretty good.

As a whole, I’d give this one a 3.5 star rating. I don’t think it’s my favorite, but it was pretty good. My favorites will always be this one and the cookie dough bar!

Which LARABar is your favorite?! (:

Ok. I have a confession. And is has something to do with Newman’s Own Organics Organic Cranberries.

The confession is…

I think I like these more than candy.


No really. SERIOUSLY. I think I’d rather eat a bag of these, than a bag of gummy bears. Or gummy worms. Or maybe even a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup (oh yea…I said it).

Now I know what you’re thinking. Please. She’s just saying that, there’s no way FRUIT can taste better than candy.

But these cranberries my friend, are AMAZING. To eat out of the bag…

Or on top of a salad… ( highly reccomended).  Online cooking schools are an option for indulging your passion for food, nutrition, and healthy cooking. Home-cooked meals combined with healthy packaged meals are a realistic option for many families.

They are just perfect. Chewy, sweet, not even the slightest bit tart. They taste so fresh and so pure and so GOOD. You know when you go to the mall, and there is that counter that sells dried pineapple slices with sugar all over them (or….at least I hope you know what I’m talking about)? And it tastes soooo good? Well, picture that, but in cranberry form. And not drowning in sugar.

Yes. One of the ingredients for these cranberries is sugar. In fact, from the bag, the exact ingredients are “Organic Cranberries, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil”.  But, it’s not like the cranberries are rolling around in sugar where it’s visible.

Either way, these rock. Even though I got my bag for free from the company, I plan on buying these over and over again (and again…).

Oh. And I have another confession. I don’t even really like cranberries. So, now you know that these are amazing. 5 stars

What about you- any healthy food that you adore more than an unhealthy food? Do tell!

blurry out of excitement for me to eat more cranberries. Obviously =)

16 Sep 2010, Comments (7)

Carrot Cake LARAbar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I know when the 4 new flavors of LARAbars came out I was excited. LARAbar generously sent me the 4 new flavors to try, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I mean flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? (which certainly was a hit for me!) Which brings me to today’s review, the Carrot Cake LARAbar, which was equally as delicious, and quite enjoyable.

Hunger struck the other day, and I wanted something sweet, satisfying, and yet on the go. I opened up the LARA bar Carrot Cake bar, which had an orange wrapper, followed by an orangey colored bar on the inside. Like most LARAbars, this one  was made with fruit and nuts, and was a bit calorically dense. However, I didn’t mind eating 200 calories in a small bar, for the flavor was delicious, and the nutrition facts were quite good as well. And, as an added benefit, this bar counted as ½ serving of fruit!

Onto the taste- while I can’t say it reminded me of an uber sweet carrot cake with cream cheese frosting- it was rather sweet and really enjoyable. There certainly was a carrot flavor, but a sweet carrot flavor. It was chewy, dense, and very moist. I couldn’t get over this sort of spice it had to it. What WAS that?, I thought as I chewed on this bar.  I guessed it was cinnamon, and after looking at the ingredients, I confirmed that indeed, it was cinnamon.

Overall, this bar gets 4 1/2 stars from me. Yes, it’s 200 calories for a rather small bar, but the flavor is quite intense and very good, so it’s well worth th 200 calories. Plus I feel good eating this bar, I know that those 200 calories are from heart healthy fats and natural sugars from fruit, rather than added chemicals or other artificial ingredients. Bravo, LARAbar!

1 bar is 200 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 24 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Raisins, Pineapple, Unsweetened Coconut, Carrots, Cinnamon, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

Don’t forget to check out this CHOCOLATEY giveaway! 🙂

 

Applesauce is definitely one of my favorite things to eat. By itself, drizzled on waffles/pancakes, or even as a dip, I find it really versatile and really tasty! But what’s a girl to do when she wants applesauce, but doesn’t have time to eat it, or doesn’t have a spoon? Well….

GoGo SqueeZ makes “applesauce on the go” ! These are packets of applesauce that have an almost straw0like place to sip out the applesauce on the top. What’s also good, is that the top can be taken off and put back on again, literally making it easy to take a sip and then save some for later!

These all natural applesauces come in several flavors, and the company sent me the AppleApple and AppleBanana to try. I was mostly excited for the AppleBanana- combining two of my favorite things- apples AND bananas!  According to the website, these are preservative free, dairy free, gluten free, and one packet is equivalent to one fruit serving. They also contain no added sugar! (Sounds like my kind of applesauce!)

AppleApple- wow. this was actually really tasty! It kind of reminded me of an applesauce smoothie! It was very smooth in consistency, no chunks or bumps, and the perfect amount of sweetness. I had this one with my dinner, and was the perfect compliment!

AppleBanana-similar to the AppleApple flavor, but with a hint of banana. The banana part wasn’t too sweet, neither was the apple, but rather just right. Really tasty, I really enjoyed this one just as is!

I really liked the cute cartoons on the outside of the packets. I also think these would be a good replacement for those gels that I often see in stores meant for runners, bikers, etc. I think if I ever go on a long run, I can hold on to one of these for a sip of all natural energy! 🙂 I also like the conveinence of the cap, and I actually did use these at home, too. I just squeezed out the amount that I wanted onto my plate (and ended up sipping up the rest!). I would like to try the other flavors as well (especially AppleCinnamon!), as they look tasty, too. Overall, these get 5 stars 😀

AppleApple- 1 pouch (90 grams) is 60 calories, .5 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Apple, Apple Juice Concentrate.

AppleBanana-1 pouch (90 grams) is 60 calories, .4 grams of fat, 13.5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Apple, Banana, Apple Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate.

21 May 2010, Comments (2)

Eden Organic Apple Cherry Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

If I had to pick a fruit to eat everyday for the rest of my life, it would definetely be the apple. (strawberries a close second!!) In fact, I consume an “apple” way way or another almost every single day. Most days I have a good ol’ Fuji, Braeburn, Gala, etc., but then I also consume a lot of applesauce, apple juice, and apple spreads!

So, I was super excited when Eden sent me their organic apple cherry butter in the mail. I LOVE apple butter. I use it in place of jelly for PB&J sandwiches and spread it on toast. Sometimes I even eat it out of the jar! 😉

Eden’s Organic Apple Cherry Butter is literally just apples & tart cherries. The back of the jar says “Certified organic fruit (4 pounds to a jar) from family owned orchards on the Great Lakes’ shores. We kettle simmer select apple varieties with a bit of organic apple juice concentrate, then blend in a 30 brix puree of Organic Montmorency Tart Cherries.” Wow- 4 pounds of fruit a jar? That’s a LOT of fruit!!

So I whipped open the jar and took a look. Brown in color and smooth in consistency, it smelled like apple juice with a hint of cherry. I took a spoonful…. Be prepared to pucker up! This stuff is TART!!  They weren’t kiddin gwhen they said they used TART cherries!! And yet, tart as it was, I went back for more! It was sweet and bitter at the same time from the cherries, with apple-y undertones of taste. Not bad! 🙂

Overall, I give it 4 stars. It’s actually quite refreshing, and I think it would be great on some buttered toast or mixed in with hot oatmeal. It’s also organic and has no added  refined sugar. I don’t know if I’ll be eating this one directly from the jar, but it certainly is unique and tasty! 🙂

1 tablespoon is 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Apples, Organic Montmorency Tart Cherry Puree, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate.

5 May 2010, Comments (5)

Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Fruit

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m feeling fruity these week, obviously! (it’s the good weather, I think  it makes me craves fruit!)

So what better time then now to do a review of Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Fruit! This company has a line of all natural freeze dried fruit snacks which provide THREE servings of fruit per 1 oz bag! Here’s some info about the company which Jennifer at Funky Monkey Snacks provided me with.
“•          Funky Monkey Snacks have no added colors, flavors, sugars, or preservatives
•          Our special, proprietary manufacturing process provides for a crunchier texture vs. conventional freeze-drying techniques
•          We use full slices and pieces (not dices) of delicious, fresh fruit
•          Funky Monkey is made in Brazil using tropical fruits at the peak of freshness
•          Our products are gluten-free and are certified Kosher
•          One of our 7 flavors, Purple Funk, also includes açai, a berry from the Amazon that is viewed as the newest superfood
•          Bananamon, JiveALime, and Purple Funk are 100% organic! Pink Pineapple is 95% organic, Carnaval Mix is 70% organic. ”

Nice facts! Who knew these fruits came all the way from BRAZIL!?

I was super excited when I got my package in the mail from Funky Monkey, as I knew these were going to be unique and delicious. The flavors come in Applemon, Bananamon, Carnaval Mix, JiveALime, MangOJ, Pink Pineapple, and Purple Funk.

I decided to try Bananamon, MangOJ, and Pink Pineapple.

Bananamon- this flavor is bananas with cinnamon. I like how they were actual round slices of banana, not just wimpy little pieces. They were airy and crunchy, and COATED with cinnamon! The banana pieces were also sweet and delicious. A perfect snack by itself, or I had them paired with a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk (ahh, heaven).

MangOJ- this flavor is freezedried mango with orange juice. All I can say is woah! This one is definitely sweet and tangy, and keeps you wanting more! The orange juice was a perfect compliment to the mango. However the pieces did get stuck in my teeth pretty easy (the annoying part of freeze-dried fruit), but I ignored that for the totally awesome taste. Who knew they could make mango crunchy ?

Pink Pineapple- this one is freeze dried pineapple and guava. GUAVA! I have never eaten guava before until today- and it was certainly yummy! Mellow, yet sweet, it went nice with the  TANGY pineapple. The pineapple tasted just as if it was fresh, and really left an impression on my tongue. Good combination, yet again!

Overall, I give these 5 stars 🙂  They are certainly tasty, provide THREE servings of fruit per 1 oz bag, provide fiber, and are a great alternative to some other crispy/crunchy snacks. They are also preservative free, made with organic ingredients and have no added sugars. Definitely my new favorite freeze dried crunchy fruit snack (Bananamon was my favorite of the 3!)

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