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If there is one food that I love…it is beef! I used to avoid beef like the plague…for whatever reason…but since I reintroduced it back into my diet a little over a year ago, I can’t get enough! Meatballs, burgers, I love it all. However, beef usually pays a price in my diet. It is either super delicious, and high in fat and calories, or, still tasty but rather dry, and thus lower in fat and calories.

So, I was excited when Cluck’n Moo offered me to try their Grass Fed Beef & Chicken Burgers. Not to be confused as two separate products…they are one burger, meshed together! These burgers are made without any antibiotic use, have 52% less fat than the USDA standard for ground beef  and 34% less calories than the  USDA standard for ground beef (according to the package).  I was super excited to try these!

By the time I got the package, it was in a cooler but partially thawed out, so I figured why not cook them now? I fryed them up in a frying pan over medium low heat with some non stick cooking spray. I did not add any seasonings except a sprinkle of sea salt. I noticed that the burger raw was very soft.

While cooking, I cut it open to see if it was done, and juices just POURED out! I’ve never seen such a juicy burger before!
Naturally, I cooked it a little longer. Normally a little pink would not bother me for a burger BUT you have to remember that there is raw chicken in this burger as well, and raw chicken is a HUGE no no!

After it was done, I put a piece of cheese on top.
The burger did shrink a little bit after cooking, as most do, and ended up being about the size of a little bit bigger than my palm. I had it plain, no bun, with some veggies, and sorry NOT sorry, I ended up eating 2 in one sitting. These were GOOD!

They are super tender, and very moist. It honestly tastes exactly like it was 100% beef. You cannot tell there is chicken in it, and I love that. It was not dry or tough at all. It had the flavor of an 85-90% lean beef burger, but was definitely more moist. I knew it was a hit when someone in my house came downstairs and asked for a hamburger…he had no idea!

Overall, I am giving these 4 1/2 stars. I love that they are grass fed, no antibiotic use, and lower in calories and fat. There are still around 11 grams of fat per patty,with 4 of that saturated, so that deducts half a star, however, I would rather eat some fat in a burger and scrimp on fat elsewhere in my diet. DEEE-lish!!!

Here are the nutritional facts:

This is a sponsored post. I also received the product to try for free. My review is 100% unbiased.
20 May 2014, Comments (0)

AQUAhydrate Electrolyte Enhanced Water

Author: Healthnuttxo

AQUAhydrate reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their Electrolyte Enhanced Water. I happily obliged- I am an avid gym goer, and even with the warm weather it is easy to have an electrolyte imbalance whether you sweat out a lot of sodium, don’t eat enough potassium, etc. So I got sent a few bottles of their Electrolyte Enhanced Water, along with this cute package of a hat, sunglasses, and a tote! Thanks guys!

This water has a pH of 9+, so it is on the basic side from a pH scale of 1-14. 7 is a neutral rating, and anything below 7 is considered more acidic (think lemon juice!). According to the label, “normal bottled water” has a pH rating of about 7.5, and this water has one in the 9-10 range. If you would like to read more about why they have a higher pH level, please visit their website here.

There are some trace minerals in the water as well. Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Chloride, Chromium, Copper and Zinc are all added but in very teeny amounts.

As for the taste? This water is great! I know, I know… Uh…it’s water? But TRUST ME I have had some nasty bottled water before. You CAN taste the difference. This water tastes super crisp and fresh,and has a very clean feel to it. I loved it. I received about 4 bottles of the water and drank it right away…and then noticed the difference when I went back to my other normal bottled water. Poland Spring..I love you man, but Aqua Hydrate may be your close cousin for top flavor in my opinion.

Overall, I like it! The bottle is thick, so I wonder if that’s to help with the pH at all… or flavor… but if it’s not that should change! However it is 100% recyclable so there’s a plus. I would buy this if I saw it in stores. Now I have two brands of bottled water that I enjoy. Everyone loves a little dihydrogen monoxide! (heh heh, Chem joke)

MORE new flavors to try thanks to the kind folks over at Quest Bar :] This time around, it’s Quest Bar’s Lemon Cream Pie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Apple Pie. All of those sound absolutely decadent, no? Now how would they taste in bar form? Let’s see…. 🙂

FIRST UP on this gluten free, high fiber and no sugar added line of bars is the Lemon Cream Pie.

Ok…now this one is GOOD! The flavor almost reminds me of lemon skittles, which sounds kind of weird but it’s not at all! It’s very moist and chewy, and very fresh tasting. Seriously…I was gushing over this bar while I was eating it (“Oh my GOSH THIS IS GOOD!” haha). What’s weird is I am not a lemon kind of gal…I normally pass on lemon flavored things. But this one had the perfect amount of sweetness, and wasn’t tart at all. The mouth feel of the bar is also really great. JUST PERFECT!!! 5 stars :]

Next up, Peanut Butter & Jelly.

Now you probably predict another 5 star review, huh? Thinking, mannnnn Lisa loves peanut butter she must love this bar. Actually, this was my least favorite! :[ It was considerably denser than the other bars and not as moist. It wasn’t really sweet, and had kind of a combination of a “toast” and peanut flavor, with slight and sweet undertones of a berry/ jelly flavor.  I did like the little peanuts in the bar which added a little crunch 🙂 3 1/2 stars

Lastly, Apple Pie.

Yummy! This bar was chewy and sweet, and definitely had a great flavor. I could detect a nice cinnamon flavor throughout the bar, but not much of an “apple” flavor unless you bit into an actual piece of dried apple. I DID like the fact that there were scattered dried apple skins in the bar, which added a yummy and sweet apple flavor. However, the skins were sporadic, so there were bites where I had just the bar/cinnamon dominant flavor. However, I still enjoyed this bar and would eat again. 4 stars

Annnnnnd here’s the nutritional facts for the Apple Pie Bar.


7 Sep 2012, Comments (0)

Cosi Asian Shrimp Salad

Author: Healthnuttxo

SORRY I have been missing as of lately! But no worries, I am back, and here to stay!

Today’s review….Cosi Asian Shrimp Salad!!! MMMM!!!! Because who doesn’t love salads, right? 😉

I ordered this one after a long day and I wanted a nice little treat that was also healthy. I don’t eat out much, due to added sugars, preservatives and such that may be in the foods, as well as sodium. However, this salad definitely hit the spot.

A generous bed of lettuce, with shrimp, edamame, cucumbers, pieces of the Sesame Break Bar, tiny pieces of pineapple, and a yummy dressing. The lettuce was crunchy and fresh, and the shrimp was the perfect consistency. There was a good amount of shrimp, so I know I was getting a good amount of filling protein. That’s really important to me, I do NOT like when I get salads and there is hardly any chicken or protein on it. Not filling enough for me! The shrimp itself was not too chewy or rubbery, which is definitely a plus for me. I loved the tiny bits of pineapple, as they added some zing to the salad. The cucumbers, very crispy and also fresh, were abundant, although I am not a cucumber fan, so sadly most of mine were not eaten 😀

Moving on, the best part of the salad, hands down, was the pieces of the Sesame break Bar. SO GOOD! Crunchy, slightly sweet and nutty, it really pulled the salad together and made it feel like such a treat. I honestly was tempted to see if I could buy just the Sesame Break bar!

Lastly, what’s a salad without a good DRESSING? This one was very good. Tangy yet sweet, and a generous amount. It wasn’t flooded with dressing, which I like, but everything was well coated. It also had a little bit of spice to it.

Overall, a definite try! It also comes in the Asian Salmon Salad variety, but I am more of a shrimp person than salmon. As for the nutrition, according to the website it is

375 calories, 17 grams of fat ( 3 saturated), 1123 mg of sodium (yikes!) , 6 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein.

This salad has a bit too much fat/sodium and sugar for my likings,  but it is a good treat every now and then. It comes with bread and carrots as well. Overall, 4 stars

14 May 2012, Comments (4)

Clif Builder’s S’mores Protein Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

Another Builder’s Bar review! This time, the S’mores flavor. Who could really ever resist a S’more? Chocolate? Marshmallow? Graham crackers? All warm and gooey…

Ok I’ll stop now, before day dreaming turns into my actually going out to buy ingredients to make S’mores….

Insert Clif Builder’s S’mores Protein Bar, made with natural ingredients, organic ingredients, and still some muscle-loving protein. I liked the chocolate chip one I had a few days ago, and bought a whole bunch more.

Upon first bite, I REALLY liked it. It was sweeter than the Chocolate Chip flavor, and more flavorful. The top part was soft and chewy and dense, and the bottom part of the bar was “crunchier”, and together it was a really complimenting texture.

The flavor I would say was a predominant sweet chocolate, with a good bit of marshmallow flavor. I did get the sense that the bar contained a “toasted” flavor, kind of like a graham cracker would provide. As with the other bar, or any protein bar really, I needed some water to drink with this. (Hey, some milk if you feel like adding even more protein!) It had that salty/sweet combination going on, and water fit the bill quite nicely.

Overall, yum! Love the high protein, and that it’s low glycemic according to the wrapper. I also like how it doesn’t taste chalky like some protein bars can. It is a bit high in sugar/sodium and low in fiber, so overall, 4 stars

Will buy again! 🙂

So, as IF we need any more sweet treats to eat during the holidays, I’m reviewing another sugary snack. But really,  HOW do you say no to a product like this?? Did I already eat cookies upon cookies upon cakes this holiday? YES. Did I already have cabinets stocked full of munchies? YES. Did I need another snack? NO!!. Should I have saved my money since it’s the holiday season and I need to spend it elsewhere? YES!

But did I buy it anyway? You bet. ; )

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzled Cinnamon Sugar Kettlecorn sounds absolutely amazing. And that’s because it is. Starting with the serving size. 1 cup. But is it really 1 cup? As you recall, from this review, the actual amount of popcorn I got was depressing.

This one? I GOT A WHOLE CUP! And I weighed it too. 28 grams.

I tried a few pieces. Mmm. Crunchy popcorn, with a white chocolate tasting drizzle on top and on most of the pieces. There was certainly a predominant cinnamon flavor, and the popcorn was mildly  sweet by itself, but very sweet for the pieces with the drizzle.

Eating it, it reminded me of a cinnamon bun. With the cinnamon flavor and the drizzle coming together like icing on a cinnabun. In other words, I could seriously eat this all day long. DANGEROUS! Especially during this season with all those buttery and sugary treats coming my way! Ahh!

Overall, this crunchy, sweet, cinnamony goodness gets 4.5 stars. Such a delicious treat, but it is rather high in sugar so I can’t eat too much since I am a Diabetic : ) (Although there was so not 6  servings in this! I think I only ate it like 3 times and I measured for the most part! Boo!)

What’s your favorite combination? Cinnamon and sugar definitely is one of mine!

*sigh* should have taken another picture. Threw out the bag. MY BAD!

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.

28 Nov 2011, Comments (6)

Newman’s Own Organics Ginger-O’s

Author: Healthnuttxo

Rewind.

Go back a few years (ok…more than a few) to my childhood. A snack before bed would be a few Oreo’s with an ice cold glass of milk or smear of peanut butter depending on the mood. Nothing like twisting off the tops, licking the creamy middle, and then the crunchy cookie. Perfection.

Fast forward.

A new (well new cookie to me…I’ve seen them around for a while) side of a cookie, a Ginger-O from Newman’s Own Organics. Kind of like an Oreo, but also very different. According to the package, they are “creme filled ginger cookies”.  They also feature good ol’ Nell and Pa Newman on the front of the package, as well as letting us know that “Paul Newman Foundation has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982”. That’s one of my favorite parts about this company, and if that’s not enough to make you go out and pick up a tasty Newman’s Own Organic product, I don’t know what will.

I got this package for free, but I can’t say I won’t buy them in the future. These Ginger-O’s are good. Don’t bite into one expecting the following:

1. A chocolate cookie with vanilla cream filling
or
2. A spicy cookie you can’t handle and won’t enjoy (I suspected this at first. GUILTY)

These cookies are GOOD! I honestly thought they would be like eating ginger candies where my mouth is on fire. Don’t get me wrong, I like that (figuratively speaking of course) but not when it comes to cookies. It was a crunchy cookie that tasted very similar to a gingerbread man cookie. A bit of spice, but not too much. By itself, the cookie was mild and not sweet, but with the creme inside it was yummy!

The creme by itself was sweet and had a vanilla flavor, but just a wee bit of ginger spice flavor to it. It was smooth and creamy, and there was a good amount of the creme on each cookie. No scrimping here!

I really enjoyed these. So did my pup, Casper. I licked the filling and she got a few of the the cookie parts. What can I say? I’m a good sharer, and her puppy-dog eyes won me over. (;

Overall, 4 stars. A good, unique, and tasty cookie! Especially if you like ginger! I wonder if the rule applies that “ginger is good for you when you have a stomachache” here. So if my stomach hurts…can I have some of these cookies?? (;

Ever had a Ginger-O? Do you like them/how do you eat them? If not, would you try them?



14 Nov 2011, Comments (10)

Enjoy Life Caramel Apple Chewy Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Along with the Sunbutter Crunch bars I was sent to try for free from Enjoy Life, I was sent a few other flavors to try for free, including the Caramel Apple variety.

How can you really say no to something Caramel Apple flavored? An image of sticky, chewy, sweet and delicious comes to mind thinking of a caramel apple. And so fitting with the fall. Nothing like a crisp apple picked off a tree! (not that I get to experience that all that often given my current urban situation… -__- )

ANYWAY, insert Enjoy Life Caramel Apple Chewy Bars. Gluten free, vegan goodness in bar form. Very small bar form, aka the size of my pointer finger small, but whatever. Good things come in small packages!

This bar was pretty good. It was dense and chewy, and had the little crispy rice sort of action going on like the Sunbutter Crunch variety had. I liked that it was sweet, but not I have to make a dentist appointment for the cavity I’m going to develop sweet. A good amount.

I could certainly taste the apple flavor, which was a plus. While I was eating it, I couldn’t help but notice how much it tasted like Quaker Apple Cinnamon instant oatmeal. I would know – I ate that oatmeal SO FREQUENTLY when I was younger. It seemed like every school breakfast I heard the teapot kettle whistle, poured the hot water in my instant oatmeal, ate and went on the school bus. *sigh* back to when life was simple!

So, as a whole for this bar, although it lacks sustainability, as in I’d be hungry still if I only ate this, it was pretty good, and a good snack bar/pre workout boost. I’d give it 4 stars.

What was your typical breakfast before school when you were younger? I alternated with instant oatmeal, and toasted english muffin with peanut butter! =)

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!

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