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4 May 2014, Comments (2)

KIND Chewy With A Crunch bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hey guys!

I got a nice shipment of new Chewy with a Crunch bars, courtesy of KIND, to do a review on! I used to be a KIND addict- they had they’re yummy granola bars with the nuts in them at my dining hall. I would use up a LOT of my “dining dollars” on those babies!

So even though my diet has strayed and I do not eat those bars as frequently anymore, I was still pretty excited to try these new bars.

The Chewy with a Crunch bars are gluten free, made with 100% whole grains, are non GMO, and made with minimal ingredients. So let’s get started!

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate- This one was not too sweet, and had a mild peanut butter flavor. It was a little blander than I would have wanted or expected it to be (peanut butter chocolate is a strong combo in my eyes!) but it was still rather yummy. The chocolate chips added a very nice touch and were definitely necessary. I liked how this bar had a nice crunch but was still chewy- living up to it’s name! 3 1/2 stars

Dark Chocolate Chunk- this one was my favorite! It tasted nearly identical to a Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip bar, but a tad less sweeter. It was very good! It had a nice vanilla flavor in the background, and the dark chocolate chunks actually tasted like milk chocolate to me, which was a plus in my eyes since I prefer milk chocolate. 4 1/2 stars

Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut- this bar was pretty good! I liked that you could taste both the toasted coconut, some mild sweetness from the honey, and that it had a baked from the oven granola kind of taste. It had a nice amount of sweetness, and I found it crunchier than the other bars. 3 1/2 stars

Vanilla Blueberry- this one had moderate flavor, was a little bland, but was certainly saved by the baby blueberries scattered throughout the bar. The vanilla flavor was sort of muted, but once you bit into a blueberry, it lightened up the whole bar, and made it much better. The blueberries themselves were tiny and sweet, and had a good flavor. 3 stars

Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt- I found this bar awkwardly salty. It was good, but it had an off flavor. It wasn’t too sweet, and it had a nice amount of pumpkin seeds scattered throughout the bar. The maple flavor is off…and maple is one of my favorite flavors. Overall the bar was lackluster, and I was not a fan. 2 stars

Nutritional information varies per bar(but is roughly the same). Here is the Nutritional Information for the Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut

150 calories, 4 grams of fat (1.5 saturated), 95 mg sodium, 25 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Time for a review…of my absolute kryptonite! Peanut butter!

Seriously though…I can refuse any baked good in front of me, but put a jar of peanut butter and a spoon nearby, and you’ll find me melting.

I go through the temptation  thoughts like Spongebob with water when he visits Sandy for the first time.
“I don’t need it…
I don’t need it…
I DEFINITELY don’t need it…

… I   N E E D   IT !!! ”

But, alas, here I am reviewing two peanut butters from Pacific Beach. I will say I DID practice portion control, measured on my scale, and then left the jar in the other room so I didn’t finish a jar in 2 days (I made it to 3!!! [just kidding!])

The first one up- the “Our Signature” peanut butter spread.
2 tbsp is 152 calories, 12 g fat (3 saturated), 51 mg sodium, 9 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams sugar,  4 grams protein.
This one is gluten free (WAS gluten free I should say…that jar is long gone)
This…was unbelievable. I’m not going to lie, I am biased with peanut butter bc well I love peanut butter, but THIS was SO GOOD. It was sweet and creamy, but also had bits of peanuts in it so it had a bit of a crunch. It had a white chocolate flavor to it, was a bit buttery tasting..UGH it was SO GOOD! It had the perfect balance of sweetness too-not too sweet where it felt sugary. Just right. The only thing that kept my guilt at bay was it was 152 calories for 2 Tbsp as opposed to the usual 190 cals. WOO!!
5 stars

Next up, the Organic Valencia peanut butter.
2 tbsp is 168 calories, 14 g fat (2 saturated), 58 mg sodium, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams protein.

This one was also tasty, although definitely more moderate in flavor. I think it could have used a tad more salt, and was a teeny bit bland. But, still a good peanut butter. Again, it was creamy but also had chunks of peanuts in it giving it a bit of a crunch. A nice thick spread, that could easily be spread on bread or eaten from the jar (somehow I always dangerously choose the latter…). I think this is a good nut butter to pair with jelly on a sandwich bc it’s a good base. This one is gluten free and sugar free. I almost wish it had a pinch of sugar or something to bring out more flavor. 3 1/2 stars.

Overall, some tasty treats! I would love to try more from Pacific Beach, because I think their other flavors sounds phenomenal as well. However, currently trying to lean out for summer and I have NO self control around this stuff…bc it is too damn good.

How many of you are peanut butter addicts like myself? It’s so good it hurts!! D:

28 Mar 2014, Comments (1)

Quest Nutrition Cookies & Cream Quest Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

QUEST BARS!

I have been a fan of these bars for almost 2 years when I got a box to try from the company. Since then, I have been hooked. They seem to almost have blown up in popularity, and well deserved…these things are delicious and perfect when you are on a strict diet and need something high in fiber, low in sugar, and high in protein.

I’m sure almost everyone has heard of the new flavor of Quest Bars that came out recently- Cookies & Cream!! I got a free box of these bars to try, and I was pretty excited about it.

I mean come on…look at this bar. You can see “cookie crumbs” and chunks of white creamy “chocolate”!

First lets talk nutrition. This bar is GLUTEN FREE!, 180 calories, 7 grams fof fat (3 of which are saturated), 310 mg of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrate (17 of which are fiber), 1 gram of sugar, 2 grams of Erythritol (sugar alcohol), and 21 g of protein.

I use Quest bars as a snack, as I usually eat 3 meals and 2 snacks, or I’ll eat half when I have those bad hunger pains that just will NOT relent. The nutrition facts are quite awesome- not TOO high in fat, nice amount of fiber (which is ideal for me since I am a Diabetic for glucose control) and only 1 gram of sugar.

Okay, that’s all cool but how does it taste?
The bar is honestly, amazing. It’s my new favorite flavor. It’s chewy and dense, sweet but not overly sweet. The white chocolate chunks are creamy and have a vanilla flavor to them, reminiscent of the cream in an Oreo cookie. The cookie crumbs scattered in the bar is what won me over. Crunchy and tastes very similar to a cookie!! When you find a part of the bar with a huge piece of cookie crumbs or the white chocolate it is like hitting lotto— cookies & cream lotto 😉

Overall, I love these. I always order directly from the site, because I feel like they are freshest and softest from the website. These get 5 stars from me. I honestly can’t complain about a thing.

Q- What is your favorite protein bar? Or what is your favorite Quest Bar flavor? Leave me a comment below 🙂

This review is LONG overdue! I got a free bottle of PurFIT Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake powder about a month ago. I had it sent to the wrong address (my “other home”…yea, I have two homes, you Jelly?) had to wait for it to ship to my current address, then when it got to my current address it was waiting in the mailbox and I didn’t know about it.

ANYWAY! Sorry to the folks over at PurFIT for the delay. Totally my fault. But now it is in my possession (FINALLY!) And I can test/eat/drink/enjoy/review it. Thanks again 🙂

So- some info on this product. It is intended to be a meal replacement, and you are advised to mix 1 scoop that they provide with 8 oz of water. The protein comes predominantly from pea and bean, and appears to be vegetarian/vegan friendly (I will post ingredients at the bottom). I think the calories are a *bit* low for a meal, even if someone is restricting calories, at 140 calories/ 14 grams protein per scoop, especially if paired with water. However, I could use this as a lean shake for a snack, or I also plan on trying chocolate protein bars since it is NOT made with Whey and I don’t have to worry about a rubbery consistency with baking it.

Here’s what it looks like dry-

First off, round of applause for PurFIT because this scoop was RIGHT on top. Honestly…what is worse than having to dig through a giant tub of protein powder to get a scoop off the bottom? Literally powder… E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.

Not going to lie…it did not smell that great…it was a very strong and potent smell that I couldn’t quite describe. I was a little worried…but hey, protein powder never smells ALL that yummy, and can’t judge a book by it’s cover 8)

So, I put a scoop in a cup of water, and gave it a mix. It blended really easily, especially since I didn’t have my shaker cup with the little metal ball. I SWEAR I keep buying them and someone keeps permanently borrowing them…ahem…but whatever.

It made a relatively thick liquid, even mixed with water, which was a pleasant surprise. wasn’t so sure what to expect for sweetness with this product, seeing as it has no sugar. I took a sip…and I actually really like it! It had a deep chocolatey flavor, rich, and really creamy. I was surprised it was so creamy bc I used WATER! Usually I hate shakes unless paired with milk…but it said water, and I was conveniently out of both milk and almond milk.

It has a mild sweetness, like milk chocolate. I think it would taste phenomenal with peanut butter in a shake with ice and water or milk/almond milk. I really like that this protein powder has 7 grams of fiber too, to help tide down hunger, especially if this IS used as a meal replacement.

Overall, I like it! I would drink this again. I may use 2 scoops if it is for a meal, as I am extremely active (heavy lifting 6x a week and some cardio), and I need a bit more calories. It’s a tad high in fat for me, 5g per serving, but I see that flaxseed is in the ingredients, which is a good source of fat. I also get why it has a bit of fat in it, since it is INTENDED for a meal…thus fat is needed for satiety. The creaminess is spot on, and I am curious to try this with baking. I will update you guys as necessary! Overall, 4 stars.


14 Feb 2014, Comments (15)

Popchips Review & Giveaway!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hey everyone!
I recently got a shipment, or “chipment” as Popchips peeps call it (heehee), of 4 of the flavors of Popchips to try for free for a review. The 4 flavors I got in the mail were Barbeque, Sour Cream and Onion, Original, and Cheddar. These chips are NOT baked and NOT fried…they are popped! This allows them to still have a good amount of flavor, without being greasy and high in fat. Here is what they look like fresh out of the bag(s). From top left to right to bottom left to right is Barbeque, Cheddar, Sour Cream & Onion, and Original.

Which to try first… I’m not a chip girl, I would choose popcorn over chips (usually bc of the fat content), but I DO like BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion chips the best. So it was a toss up…which to try first!?
I ended up trying the Barbecue first, seeing as the bag was super vibrant in a red/pinkish color, and was my favorite. The chip was full of flavor, hickory, a little spicy, a little sweet. It had a great crunch to it, but wasn’t “airy”, and had some body to it (so not crunchy like a rice cake!). It had just the right amount of salt on it as well for optimal flavor.

Next up, the Cheddar chips. These had a really yummy cheddar cheese flavor. A tad bit salty, but it went very well with the cheesy flavor. It reminded me almost of the crunchy Cheetos, a nice bold cheddar taste, little bit of salt, and an excellent crunch.

Next up on the lineup…the Sour Cream & Onion! These were not as bold in flavor as the Cheddar and Barbeque, and not as salty either. They were more mild in flavor, and you could almost taste the “potato” part of the popchip. (Looks like Barbecue wins as my favorite Popchip flavor this round!)

Lastly, good ol’ Original. A nice crunch, mildly salty, and tastes basically like a standard potato chip would, minus the greasy fingers and mouth feel.

Overall, I like these! The nutritional facts are at the bottom for the Barbecue chips, but they are all roughly the same per serving. Cheddar and Barbeque were definitely my favorites from the bold flavors, that didn’t leave me “missing” traditional chips. I think the Original ones would be good paired with a sandwich, or ON a sandwich for some crunch!

Overall, 4 stars.

GIVEAWAY!

Popchips is offering ONE lucky winner a 3-month supply of Popchips!!! That includes 3, 24- count boxes of chips!! 1 winner, US only, NO PO Boxes.
Here’s how to enter:All you guys have to do is PLEASE subscribe  to at least one of the following:

Their Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/popchips

Their Twitter Page
https://twitter.com/popchips

Their Instagram
http://instagram.com/popchips

or their Website
http://www.popchips.com/

AND… PLEASE leave a comment telling me what is your favorite flavor of chips to enter.
Giveaway will close February 18th, 12 pm.

GOOD LUCK 🙂

28 Jun 2013, Comments (0)

Calorease weight management supplement

Author: Healthnuttxo

Heyyyyyo!

Got a new product coming out that I was sent to give a try. It is called Calorease- it is a weight management supplement that you take with meals that contain fat. The idea behind it is that it can bind with up to 18 grams of fat per meal by taking 2 of the tablets, and up to a total of 500 calories a day. Given that you are eating a diet ample in fat, according to the pamphlet I was provided, “that’s an equivalent to 15,000 calories a month, which could be a whole pant or dress size”. … Cool!

So I tried the supplement for 2 weeks. I have to be honest I do not eat a ton of fat…the pamphlet states that “most of us consume about 100 grams of fat a day” , which is not really the case for me. So sometimes I only took the supplement 2 x a day instead of the recommended 3, and even then my meals never really exceeded 15 grams of fat.

The pills are kind of big…about the size of one of those oval fish oil pills, but not terribly hard to swallow.

I’m happy to report I had NO side effects, which is definitely a bonus. I did not take any more than directed. I made sure to take them whenever I indulged in peanut butter or almond butter- this food always messes up my blood sugar levels. For whatever reason, which I think is due to the high fat content, my blood sugars seem to be elevated hours after eating them. When I took the calorease, I noticed they were not elevated quite as high, which was really nice. To me, that was more of a perk than any potential weight loss.

As for results? I lost about a pound. That does not seem like a lot, but keep in mind I mostly took it 2x a day, not 3 as directed, and my diet is NOT super high in fat. I am definitely not one to eat 100 grams of fat a day (well…except maybe on a peanut butter binge day 😉 ) but  I think this is worth a try! Especially since I had no side effects while taking it, which is something I am always wary of when taking any type of supplement.

Overall, 4 stars! I will keep this one in mind for sure. I like that this supplement is naturally sourced, and free of stimulants. I can still have my coffee! Woo!

23 May 2013, Comments (0)

Alexia Mushroom Bites

Author: Healthnuttxo

….Mushroom bites? Really? Mushrooms?

Don’t be grossed out! They were actually pretty good. And I’m not really a mushroom fan… I tend to pick them out of my entrees or just leave them on the side. I went through a brief period where I loved mushrooms and then I had just one mushroom that was too squishy and that there ended my mushroom eating career.

But I was willing to give mushroom bites a chance? Alexia sent me these for free to try, and being that I do love a few of Alexia’s products, such as their sweet potato tots/fries, I was more than willing to try these. I heated them up in the oven and a friend of mine and I gave them a try.

After cooking these guys up, I noticed they were about half of the size of a ping pong or golf ball. They had a mild garlic flavor and were a tad bit peppery as well. The breading falls off pretty easily, but is absolutely delicious. Not dry at all, and full of flavor. The mushroom itself is rather moist, a little squishy (but hey! It’s a mushroom!) but small enough so it is not overwhelming. It doesn’t really have much flavor by itself.  I got one bite with no mushroom at all (can you spot it above??! haha) which was of no complaint…some good ol’ breading 🙂 The bites as a whole were not too salty either, which  I really liked since I feel like frozen food is always LOADED with sodium. These were perfect by themselves…no condiments needed!

I actually really enjoyed these! I only got to eat like two of them since I’m on a lower carb diet for now, but I definitely wanted more! My friend seemed to like them as well. I give them 4 stars


In honor of Earth Day, I was sent some free Earth friendly alcohol to review! Woo!!! (I AM of legal age….no worries!)  I was sent a bottle of Eppa Organic Sangria and Casa Noble Tequila to try. Eppa Organic Sangria is a red wine, “made with organically grown grapes, organic fruit blend of pomegranate, blueberry, blood orange and acai juices” (according to the bottle). It sounded absolutely delicious and I couldn’t want to try a glass. Hey- if you are going to drink, you might as well choose something organic, eh? 😉

It had a slightly fruity smell to it, with deep and rich undertones. A very dark purple in color, as you can see from the picture above. I am not normally a wine drinker but…I liked this one! It was sweet at first, and then I really tasted some of the rich berry flavors. I really liked the subtle warmth and kick at the end, assuming to be from the citrus essences as the bottle describes. Fruity and sweet, but not overly sweet, it was very refreshing and very good. 4 stars.

Next up, the Tequila!

Casa Noble Tequila is Earth friendly because all of the processes that go into making the Tequila are natural. The tequila is organic as well. Bonus!!!
I decided to mix it with some juice. Whenever I have straight alcohol I prefer to mix it with cranberry juice or some type of fruity beverage over soda. I think the flavors and carbonation in soda overpower the alcohol sometimes.
This tequila  itself was very good. It went down smoothly and provided a nice after burn. It went well with the juice I mixed it with and just had a very clean and pure taste and feel to it. Nice!! 4 stars

Overall, impressive! I am not a *huge* alcohol drinker, but when I do drink it is nice to have options that are Earth friendly and made with organic ingredients. 🙂

HAPPY (EARLY ) EARTH DAY EVERYONE! 😀

You can view more information on Eppa’s website here, if you are interested.

I was sent a free sample of the Ateevia Botanica PRIME Daily Pain Defense Cream. It is made to help allieviate pain associated with inflammation, such as “arthritic joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tendonitis, lower back pain, heel pain [and] sports bruises” according to the box. It is also made with “PRIME THERAPY” which is “a powerful biocehmical storehouse of 100% natral phytonutrients that are packed with essential anti-inflammatory properties. PRIME uses Mother Nature’s own plant-derived medicine to conquer inflammatory pain naturally and safely”, according to the box as well.

The texture is thick and slightly gritty. If you use your hands to rub it into a part of your body there is a slight residue left, but nothing a simple hand wash can’t fix (unless you are using it for arthritic fingers, I suppose!). DO make sure you follow the directions and keep it away from the heat- I accidentally left mine somewhat close to my radiator and the consistency changed to a bit more liquidy.

I have a history of a torn meniscus. Every now and then it acts up and becomes swollen, say if it is one of those humid and rainy days, or if I went too heavy for squats or lunges, or did something like sprints. I had a slight tear that never had surgery and never was fully healed. This is where I put the cream. It leaves a very faint brownish color on my knee, but nothing super noticeable.  The smell is fresh, and almost plant-like.

While I don’t think it produced drastic changes, I think it did help a bit. I used it before going to sleep on a day when it particularly hurt, and I woke up with my knee less stiff and swollen. I think with regular use, this stuff could be quite effective. I especially liked that my knee wasn’t as swollen in the morning (I did sprints AND legs that day…oops!).

Overall, I think it’s worth a shot. I like that is a natural product, for sure. The texture is a bit iffy, but hey, you give and take a little for something that is natural and works. I do like the smell too, for any of you who have used Mineral Ice (guilty) I HATE the smell of that stuff! This has a natural, fresh and plant-like smell. Overall, 3.5 stars. If you have tried this, I’m curious as to what you think!

JUST when I’ve been so good on my diet… (egg whites, oatmeal, chicken, veggies, you name it!) I get a whole box of cookies to try from Irene’s. What’s that? My diet out the window? Womp. (not really complaining though- thank you guys for your generosity!)

I have tried the Raspberry Puffs from Irene’s in the past. LOVED THEM, and was offered to try the Lemon Cranberry and Apricot versions. Irene’s also sent me some meringues to try as well.

For obvious reasons, I tried the Apricot Puff first.

Of any dried fruit or jam, it is APRICOT that I like the most. So sweet yet tangy and delicious. The puff was thick, about the width of my thumb, with a jam in the middle. The crust of the cookie was soft and doughy. It tasted kind of like a standard buttery pie crust, but a bit sweeter from the sugar granules. The fruit part was delicious as expected 🙂 Not super smooth, and had a bit of texture. Delicious. Tangy and sweet as it should be. The bottom of the cookie was a bit harder and “supported” the cookie which was nice. I liked the fruit component a lot here, but felt the cookie/crust part was a little bland and dense, so  4 stars.


Next up, the Lemon Cranberry.

This one was not as wide as the apricot, but still good. The crust part of the cookie tasted pretty much the same, but a bit sweeter as I think part of the jam/fruity part of the cookie soaked into it. The fruity part was good- more lemon than cranberry flavor and had a refreshing tartness. It reminded me of raspberry lemonade- sweet yet tart and delicious. The cookie seemed lighter than the Apricot version, and a bit sweeter. I liked the crust part of this cookie better than the Apricot, as it wasn’t as dense,  so  4 stars.


Next up, the meringues!

In a chocolate and vanilla version I would assume (black and white colors). Both were very delicate, the “brown/black” meringue smelled like cocoa powder, and had a chocolately flavor as well. Very sweet, and melted in my mouth instantly. The whiter meringue was also good, and I preferred that one over the “chocolate”. It was sweet like icing, and had a better flavor. Overall, 3 1/2 stars.


Overall, Irene’s makes some seriously yummy cookies! Addictive. I like how their slogan is “Always fresh, Always Homemade!” and they are made with natural ingredients. I also like how they were sweet yet had savory components (for the puffs) and how the meringues were just the sweet treat I need after a meal to fix my sweet tooth without derailing my diet. After all, moderation is key 🙂

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