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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 🙂

Another round of Quest Bar reviews! I love these things! I am very grateful the people over at Quest Bar sent me a generous sample box for free so I can try all of their flavors. Today’s review will be of the Chocolate Peanut Butter, Strawberry Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Supreme Quest Bars. As always, these bars are gluten free, high in fiber and low in sugar! Woo!

Let’s do the Chocolate Peanut Butter first. (Because why not??! :p)

This bar was soft and chewy, and significantly more chewy than the other bars I have tried. It had a bit of an odd flavor, and I felt it tasted a bit artificial. I can see how it would be labeled a “chocolate peanut butter” flavored bar, as I detected elements of both. It was certainly a sweet chocolate peanut butter flavor rather than a savory one. I do think the chocolate flavor overpowered the peanut butter, and the peanut butter flavor was rather mild. It was a good bar, but not my favorite. 3 stars

Next up, Strawberry Cheesecake.

This one was YUMMY. Dare I say…it replicated a strawberry cheesecake almost perfectly? Or to the best of the ability that a bar could do? It had a slight tart yet sweet flavor from the strawberries, yet a subtle cream cheese flavor as well. The flavors complimented each other quite beautifully, and I found myself almost happy eating this bar. It was SO good! Very moist, and the perfect mouthfeel. I loved how I could actually detect and taste the strawberries as well. 4.5 stars

Lastly, the Peanut Butter Supreme bar.


This one was also quite tasty. A good amount of peanut butter flavor, which I certainly liked. I found it to be a little more salty than sweet, and quite dense. I enjoyed the bits of nuts dispersed throughout the bar as it added extra texture and crunch to the bar. I think if it was a tad sweeter and a tad less salty, I would have liked it more. However, still a good bar, but a little on the bland side. 3.5 stars

Overall, Quest Bars seem to be a hit. I have liked pretty much every flavor that I have tried! 🙂

Here is the nutrition of the Strawberry Cheesecake Bar

Oh, yes. It’s time for another GIVEAWAY! (but first a review!)

I was sent a free box of Uncle Sam Cereal Original to try, and must say it’s not quite like other cereals I have eaten in the past. First, according to the box, this cereal has
-10g fiber
– Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Flaxseed
-Less than 1g sugar
” .

That’s some pretty impressive stuff right there. 3/4 of a cup, TEN grams of fiber? WOW!

So I opened up my box and saw a bunch of brown pieces of cereals, and brown flax seeds. The cereal pieces were small, and sort of looked like brown crispy rice. I tasted a handful, and, they sort of tasted like that too! It really reminded me of brown crispy rice cereal, but much harder and cunchier. I certainly agree with the front of the box’s description of “Toasted Whole-Wheat Flakes”, because it had a wonderful toasted taste! I actually, to be honest, did not expect to like this as much as I did. Normally I prefer sweeter cereals, and while this cereal was not too sweet, it definitely still had quite a bit of flavor! I also really enjoyed the crunchiness and the all natural ingredients- 4 stars!

1 serving (3/4 cup) of cereal is 190 calories, 5 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

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8 Feb 2010, Comments (2)

Simply Scrumptous Fit & Flavorful Cupcakes

Author: healthnuttxo

I have already reviewed some products by Simply Scrumptous from their Fit & Flavorful line, and I really enjoyed them. So, I was not hesistant at all to try their cupcakes, which is also part of their Fit & Flavorful Line of products.

First off-let’s start by asking when is the last time you ate a cupcake (with icing!) and didn’t feel a ton of guilt after? Hmm, was that maybe when you were in elementary school and they brought in cupcakes for one of the kids birthday? You never thought twice about the calories or the sugar in each of those sweet, delicious cupcakes.

Well- I’m here to bring back some of those good feelings! Seriously- the cupcakes that Simply Scrumptous makes  are really quite good.

It is a chocolate cupcake with a thick layer of icing on top, designed in a cute flowery arrangement.
It was kind of small, only 2.1 ounces, but I cut it in half and ate both “halves” which made it more satisfying. It was also the perfect compliment to my sandwich & apple at lunch time when my sweet tooth hit. The icing was very sweet, and had a vanilla flavor. It tasted like the frosting on Dunkin Donut’s donuts in my opinion. It was slightly hardened, like when you ice a cake and let it sit overnight without any saran wrap on it-but I enjoyed that! You could also heat it in the microwave for 10ish seconds to melt it a bit.

The cake part was very moist, with a strong cocoa flavor. It wasn’t as sweet as the icing, but still very delicious. I would eat it on it’s own. Eaten together– it was fantastic! The sweetness of the icing paired nicely with the cocoa and mellow sweetness of the cake. I have a sweet tooth, so the icing was really a nice touch for the cupcake.

I’m giving the cupcake 4 1/2 stars. low in calories, high fiber, all natural- You can buy some now! Also,  get 35% off your first order using the code HNXO!

17 Nov 2009, Comments (1)

Ener-G Foods Gluten Free Cinnamon Crackers

Author: healthnuttxo

Another review for those of you who have some allergies! Ener G is a trusted brand that makes tons of products, ranging from cookies, crackers,  breads, pizza doughs! “Our mission at Ener-G Foods, as one of the foremost producers of foods for diet-restricted individuals, is to provide a wide range of ready-made foods and mixes that are wholesome, nutritious, delicious, and risk free. We are constantly responding to the demand for special diets with research, innovative products and convenience foods.”

Well, i decided to give Ener-G a shot. I tried the Cinnamon Crackers, (i just love cinnamon or cinnamon sugar flavored things!) which are gluten, wheat, dairy and yeast free, and are also low in protein (some individuals follow a low protein diet). They were very good. They are a little bigger than a wheat thin, with a crispier and crunchier texture. They were bumpy/textured on one side, smooth on the other. On the “bumpy” side, was a sprinkling of sweet cinnamon and sugar, just the perfect amount. Not too sweet and not overpowering. They kind of reminded me of cinnamon raisin bread in a crunchy cracker form. Yum! Very addicting!

I had these by themself, with a cup of milk, and also with a wedge of laughing cow cheese spread on (so good!). I really enjoyed these and will be buying more online on the Ener-G site when I run out (which will be soon…unfortunately 🙁 ). I give these 4 stars 🙂 I can’t wait to try more of Ener-G’s products! I really want to try the brownie and cookie products! Yum!

10 crackers is 70 calories (whoop!), 5 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber (gotta love that fiber!), only 3 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein. I’d say those are pretty good stats 🙂

Filtered water, Hi Maize Corn Starch, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Yellow Corn Flour, Xanthan Gum, Methylcellulose, Evaporated Cane Juice Sugar, Cinnamon Powder, Salt.

11 Nov 2009, Comments (6)

Penny’s Low Fat Desserts- Muffin Tops

Author: healthnuttxo

penny

Penny’s Low Fat Desserts makes all natural, nutritious desserts, such as muffins, cookies and what I got to try, the muffin tops! The muffin tops come in Orange-Cranberry, Almond Poppy seed, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Carrot Raisin and Apple Cinnamon flavor. All are about 100-120 calories, generously sized (2 oz) and have 10% calcium needs per serving. There also individually wrapped, so portion control is easy 🙂

So how did these muffin tops taste? Well…

Carrot Raisin Top- my first bite, my brain said “Oh. My. God. THIS IS DELICIOUS!” The raisins were plump and perfect. The muffin was chewy and soft. You could actually see the pieces of carrots! I tasted a nice hint of nutmeg, and overall it had a sweet carrot flavor, like carrot cake. It was excellent. 5 stars 🙂 🙂

Almond Poppy Seed Top- Also DELICIOUS! It had a nice, light, lemony flavor and i really liked the teensy poppy seeds that added a bit of a crunch. It was soft, and moist and tasted like angel food cake to me. Went perfect with my Brown Cow Strawberry greek yogurt. I actually let a little piece sit in the yogurt for a few minutes and it got really soft and yummy! 5 stars for this one too!!

Apple Cinnamon Top– this one was also amazing! It tasted like Quaker Apple Cinnamon oatmeal to me! It was very moist, and mildly sweet. The cinnamon added a nice touch. I loved the apple chunks/pieces in it. 4 stars!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Top- This one was the only one i wasn’t crazy about. And it’s chocolate too! Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but not as chocolatey as i expected. I think i would have liked it better if it wasn’t double chocolate, but perhaps just a chocolate chip muffin. But, it was soft, and mildly sweet. I did like the gooey chocolate chips,  especially after warming in the microwave 🙂 It had a mellow chocolate flavor, and it paired well with a glass of milk. I think it might taste good with a smearing of peanut butter on it. 3 stars

Overall, these are awesome ! I’m giving them 4 stars as a whole. The almond poppy seed and carrot raisin are 2 that I will be ordering a LOT!  I paired these with a yogurt for breakfast and was satisfied because it was not only delicious, but filling. I would love Penny to make a banana flavored top or something with peanut butter. Yum! I will hopefully be reviewing more of Penny’s treats in the near future. What are your favorites by Penny’s?

Carrot Raisin- 1 top is 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 27 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
Almond Poppy Seed-1 top is 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
Apple Cinnamon-1 top is 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip-1 top is 100 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 27 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Carrot Raisin-water, wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), raisins, sugar, carrots, dried plums, erythritol, milk, chicory root, cellulose, oats, natural flavors, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), rice syrup solids, cinnamon, salt, palm oil, nutmeg, soy lecithin, cloves, allspice, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum. Contains wheat, milk and soy.
Almond Poppy Seed-water, wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, dried plums, cellulose, milk, whole wheat flour, chicory root, natural flavors, poppy seeds, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), rice syrup solids, erythritol, salt, palm oil, soy lecithin, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum.
Apple Cinnamon-water, wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), dried apples, sugar, dried plums, milk, chicory root, cellulose, erythritol, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), rice syrup solids, natural flavors, cinnamon, palm oil, salt, soy lecithin, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip-water, whole wheat flour, erythritol, wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), dried plums, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, dextrose, soy lecithin), milk, chicory root, cocoa (processed with alkali), sugar, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), cellulose, natural flavors, rice syrup solids, palm oil, salt, soy lecithin, cinnamon, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum.

Check out Penny’s website here and order some yourself. Don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter! Get great tips, updates and more sent to your e-mail!!! Let’s go Penny! 🙂

 

 check out these giveaways!
Natures Path

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands. They make a bunch of yummy cereals, bars, and too addictive toaster pastries. All organic, all healthy, and all delicious. As part of the Optimum line of cereals, which includes Blueberry & Cinnamon, Banana & Almond, Cranberry & Ginger and Slim, i saw the Strawberry & Yogurt variety and decided to give it a shot. It looked like a healthier, more sustaining version of Special K. I also liked the fact that there were yogurt clusters in it, i looove when cereals add those in 🙂

So I gave it a shot. This particular cereal has psyllium for heart health and regularity as well, and is also a good source of Omega-3’s. It has flax flakes, wheat puffs and the psyllium twigs, and then the yogurt clusters and little bits of freeze-dried strawberries. It was a nice combination of chewy, crunchy and fruity. It was lightly sweet, and had a satisfying crunch. The puffs were nice and airy, as they should be. I really really liked (as expected) the yogurt covered rice crisps. They were creamy and strawberry tasting, and had a little crunch to them. I actually sat with the box of cereal open and picked out the little yogurt crisps i liked them so much! (Not a good idea because now the next time i eat this cereal, all the yogurt pieces will be gone! grr!! ) I also liked the strawberries, which added a surprise zing of tartness/sweetness like in Special K cereal.

Overall, i give it 4 stars. This cereal paired well with my Stonyfield Farm Pomegranate Berry Yogurt, but it also was good with some lightly sweetened almond milk, by itself, with greek yogurt and with skim milk ( I like to eat my products a lot before a review-ya know know it is 🙂  ) It has a lot of fiber, so paired with my yogurt, i was full/satisfied all morning.

1 cup is 170 calories, 3 grams of fat, 40 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. It also provides 15 grams of more of whole grains per cup.

Organic wheat bran, organic wheat meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic puffed Kamut® Khorasan wheat, organic yogurt coated rice crisps (organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm kernel oil, organic non fat yogurt, organic brown rice flour, organic coconut oil, organic cultured non fat dried milk (organic skim milk, culture), organic soy lecithin, lactic acid, organic vanilla flavor, organic molasses, sea salt), organic oat fiber, organic psyllium seed husk, organic flax meal, organic oat bran, organic barley malt extract, organic freeze dried strawberries, organic whole oat flour, natural strawberry flavor, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

check out this giveaway ! and this one ! and this one! and this one too! and this one (okay i’ll stop  now) 😉

just kidding here’s another GIVEAWAY!

26 Aug 2009, Comments (1)

Musselman's Healthy Picks Applesauce

Author: healthnuttxo

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Yum. I love applesauce. Growing up, i would have it pretty much with everything. Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, as a side with my mashed potatoes. I just love applesauce! Which is why i was super excited to try Musselman’s Healthy Picks Applesauce in cool flavors like Key Lime Cupuacu, Raspberry Acai, and Blueberry Pomegranate. Their line is “designed specifically for people with busy, active lifestyles”, which is just PERFECT for me. Musselman makes this line with no artificial colors or flavors, no added sugar, enriched with calcium and vitamin C, and is a good source of fiber per cup.

I decided to have these with a granola bar pre workout. Apples supposedly wake you up better than a cup of coffee (I work out in the mornings), and according to Musselman’s pamphlet i was provided with, “Apples contain complex carbohydrates that give you energy faster than eating something high in sugar”. Energy & Antioxidants-nice!

So how were they?
Berry Pomegranate- This one had a nice blueberry flavor too it. It wasn’t too sweet, and complimented my granola bar nicely. It had a slightly bitter aftertaste to it, probably due to the pomegranate.
Raspberry Acai- this one was sweeter than the pomegranate flavor. It had a hint of a lemony taste to it, and was tartish so to speak. It wasn’t bitter, but had a tart flavor to it. In my opinion it had more of a cherry flavor than raspberry, but i liked this one.
Key Lime Cupuacu-  uh.. YUM! This one was the BEST! It also was slightly tart, and sweeter than both of the other varieties. It had a nice blend of flavors that tasted like lime, lemon and granny smith apples all mixed together. This one was my favorite of the three.
All three of the applesauces had a “heftier” feel and texture than your typical applesauce. Not saying it was a chunky variety per se, but it had a bit more of a bite and wasn’t as smooth as other applesauce I have had before. They were also suprisingly filling (probably due to the 3 grams of fiber per cup).

Musselman’s also promotes a few healthy ideas and tips with their applesauces as well. You can pop one of these in the freezer until slushy for a frozen treat (which I tried- it was yummy and low- calorie!)
You can also use applesauce to replace the fat in some recipes to lower the overall fat and calorie content. I bet if i used the Key Lime Cupuacu to replace the oil in some recipes it would have people guessing what I used to give the recipe that “kick” , but i’ll never tell! 🙂

One cup is 70 calories, 0 grams of fat,  17 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of protein. You also get 25% vitamin C and 10% calcium.

Berry Pomegranate-apples, water, dextrin (soluble fiber source), apple concentrate, blueberry concentrate, calcium lactate (u.s.p. grade) and ascorbic acid (vitamin c), natural flavor, pomegranate concentrate.

Raspberry Acai-apples, water, dextrin (soluble fiber source), apple concentrate, raspberry puree, tart cherry concentrate, acai puree,  calcium lactate (u.s.p. grade) and ascorbic acid (vitamin c).

Key Lime Cupuacu- apples, water, dextrin (soluble fiber source), apple concentrate, cupuacu concentrate, key lime concentrate, passionfruit concentrate, calcium lactate (u.s.p. grade) and ascorbic acid (vitamin c).

6 Aug 2009, Comments (5)

Amy's Chili & Cornbread Whole Meal

Author: healthnuttxo

chili

Well,  strolling down the aisles at Whole Foods i was looking for something different to try by Amy’s for dinner. Then Amy’s Chili & Cornbread Whole Meal Caught my eye- particularly the piece of cornbread on the box. hmm. this looks yummy, and i was craving cornbread.

Amy’s says it’s “a soul satisfying meal of cornbread and tasty organic chili with organic beans and vegetables and just enough spice to lift your spirits. This tastes so great it’s hard to believe that the entire 10 1/2 oz. meal contains only 6 gms. of fat”.
So how did it live up? Well after popping this baby in the microwave (and putting the cornbread in the toaster oven to crisp it up a little), it definitely did live up to it’s high standards.

Let’s start with the best part. The corn bread. Oh how i loved the cornbread. I know, i know, the basis of the meal is the chili, but i’m a lover for the sides (I love the focaccia they put in with the kid’s meals!!). It was light and spongy, and mild tasting. Slightly buttery and slightly sweet. It was the perfect compliment. It was pretty big too, they don’t scrimp on the cornbread (which makes me one happy camper! 🙂  ).

Onto the chili… there is a HUGE and GENEROUS portion of this chili! If you are in the mood for some good, warm chili, this meal is for you! It’s slightly spicy, the beans and vegetables are very soft and tender. It’s very good, and i’m not really a bean person myself. It’s very creamy. I get full easily, so i couldn’t even finish all of the chili. But who ever complains they get too much!? You defintely get what you pay for in this meal!

Lastly, the rice. I love Amy’s brown rice. I don’t know what she does, or how it’s different than any other brown rice, but i LOVE her brown rice bowls. The rice is soft and fluffy, with little bits of veggies mixed in.

Overall, it’s a great dinner. It wasn’t too salty like most  frozen meals can be, and it is FILLING! Phew! After eating this i was stuffed! I think this meal is also perfect.

The whole meal is 340 calories, 6 grams of fat, 59 carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber (woah!) and 11 grams of protein. You also get 50% of your vitamin A and 10% calcium. Woo!

BLACK BEAN CHILI: ORGANIC BLACK BEANS, ORGANIC TOMATOES, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC BELL PEPPERS, ORGANIC GREEN CHILES, SPICES, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC LIME JUICE, SEA SALT, ORGANIC GARLIC.

 RICE: ORGANIC BROWN RICE, ORGANIC BROCCOLI, ORGANIC CARROTS, SEA SALT.

CORNBREAD: ORGANIC LOWFAT MILK, ORGANIC CORN MEAL, ORGANIC WHEAT FLOUR, HONEY, NON-FAT YOGURT, GRADE AA BUTTER, SEA SALT, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER (CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA, CORNSTARCH).

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