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24 Oct 2018, Comments (0)

Sated Complete Keto Meal Replacement Shake

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

A Ketogenic diet is hard – keeping your carbohydrates low and still hitting adequate protein and fiber requirements can be challenging. Sated is here to help. They sent me a Limited Edition  Preview sample of their Vanilla Complete Keto Meal replacement Shake.

Here’s some quick facts:

  • Naturally sweetened with Erythritol, Stevia and other natural sweeteners, with  < 1 gram of sugar
  • 18 grams of protein per serving
  • milk protein isolate based
  • 1.3  net carbohydrates per serving
    • total carbs 17 –> subtract 5.6 for fiber and 10 grams for erythritol,  a non-digestible sweetener
  • 5.6 grams of fiber per serving

And a sneak peek of the ingredients below:

 

So how’s the TASTE?

  • Very thick and creamy, almost an oil-based consistency
  • Vanilla flavor reminded me of a rice pudding type of flavor, not super sweet but mild
  • A whole milk – cream – half and half type of milk flavor

What’s the verdict?

  • at 400 calories, it is good for a meal replacement
  • but 34 grams of fat with 10 saturated…is a little too high for me. Arguably, when you reduce carbohydrates in the diet you have to replace it with other macronutrients, protein and fat, but the saturated fat will set you back at nearly 50% of what you should be consuming in a day.
  • The consistency is like an oily milk…it does not separate but it has this very thick, “fatty” texture, which I wasn’t a fan of
  • THUS…This is not my cup of tea.  I personally would not get this in the future, but if you need a quick meal replacement and are on a strict keto diet, it might be worth a try. However, I would rather have a scoop of low carbohydrate protein with almond milk.
  • 2 stars
15 Jul 2018, Comments (0)

Modern Table Lentil Pastas

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

HEY GUYS!

Sorry it’s been a while. I was working 70-80 hour work weeks for the past month and a half and didn’t have time to sit down to write a quality review…but I am back and I know you missed me! 🙂

So Modern Table sent me some yummy pastas to try. They are full of PROTEIN from red lentils and peas, which is something that is important to me. I am very active and at the gym 6x a week, so if I want a side with my lunch or dinner, I want it to have some type of protein component, to fill any gaps I might be missing with a busy lifestyle. They are complete proteins– you might ask what that is. Amino acids are building blocks of protein, and 9 of them your body CANNOT make and you must eat. The issue lies that protein from plant sources may not have all of the 9 essential amino acids (meat does), but since this pasta is a combination of lentil, pea and rice, together it has 9 essential amino acids. So this is another added bonus! This pasta seemed to be the perfect fit. In addition, they are GLUTEN FREE and NON-GMO certified, with no artificial preservatives.

As a warning, most of these have you cook the pasta about 6-8 minutes. It will be more al dente, so if you like it softer, I suggest cooking it longer. Also, I have yet to cook a batch where they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan, even with lowering the temperature. So be warned!

ALSO –> I also asked my friend for help to review these because she is more of a pasta fan than I am. So here is both of our takes on most of these:

First up, Classic Cheddar Mac & Cheese.

Well this was….delicious. A super Cheesy flavor, moreso on the salty side, and reminiscent of that classic blue box. The Lentil Noodles are just like normal flour type but slightly more al dente/firm
FRIEND FEEDBACK: she wrote,
I did like it a lot actually and I liked that it could be cooked al dente and wasn’t mushy like a lot of non-flour based pastas are. There was a bit of an aftertaste but I don’t remember what you said it was made of but way better than other lentil pastas I tried. I would probably buy it in the future so I could feel better about eating pasta
Her rating: 3.5. My rating: 4. So we shall give it… a 4.

 

 

Next up, the 3 cheese mac & cheese, penne style.

This one was also super delicious, and I actually liked the idea of penne mac and cheese versus elbow. The cheese flavor was “deeper” for lack of a better word, and less salty. I liked this one more than the classic cheddar, as it was smoother, more flavorful, and I think complimented my meals better.

 

Next up, Sundried Tomato Basil.

 

This one was yummy! Definitely a strong tomato and parmesan cheese flavor. I cooked mine al dente and preferred it that way, because it gave a nice bite. It was a little on the salty side, but still great flavor. I also detected a nice zing at the end– maybe lemon? Regardless…I am a fan. 4/5 stars.

 

Parmesan Pesto

Again, a yummy one! The pesto flavor was pretty strong but balanced well with parmesan, and I loved the baby peas and carrots that were intertwined. I let my friend try this one as well, who is a bigger pasta fan than I am, and she said she enjoyed it

 

I honestly have minimal complaints  with these pastas except they are  VERY carby! Around 60-70 carbs for one serving, which is actually a bit more than your traditional flour based pasta. However, keep in consideration they are lentil based, which are very carb rich to begin with, but have more fiber and a lower glycemic index, as well as more protein. So 10 or more carbs might be worth the trade-off!

I definitely suggest giving these a try, the meals were delicious and my entire family enjoyed them (no one knew it wasn’t wheat pasta!!), with additional benefit of protein & fiber.

 

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent these products to try for free. This is an unbiased review. All statements are my own and not intended to be medical advice.

Pasta is definitely a fan favorite- versatile, comforting, and well…delicious. However, as we all know, pasta is not diabetic friendly, figure friendly or macro friendly for that matter, as it is loaded with carbs and lacks in the  protein and fiber department (unless you get whole grain). For that reason, I tend to stay away from pasta entirely. It wreaks havoc on my blood sugars for hours. However, the nice people over at Explore Cuisine sent me some plant-based protein filled pastas made with black bean, edamame, red lentil and chick pea.

Each pasta ranges from 180-200 calories per 2 oz serving (a box has 4 servings), with 1-3.5g of fat, 19-35g of carbs, 3-13 grams of fiber, and 11-25 grams of protein.

 

Let’s Start!

The Red Lentil pasta was super mild in flavor. Relatively easy to cook, however, of the 4 I cooked this one seemed to absorb a ton of water and I actually ended up burning the bottom of my pot, so make sure to keep a close eye on it and add extra water. It was bland in flavor, but smelled great while cooking. The texture was identical to al dente spaghetti. I served it with ground turkey, broccoli, and (unpictured) tomato sauce.

The good thing about this one is it looks almost identical to flour based pasta…you could probably try to fool your friends 🙂  — granted they are not allergic to any of the ingredients!!!

 

Next up, BLACK BEAN pasta.

This one is a little weird…and you’ll definitely get some looks when you eat it. I had someone ask me if I was eating squid… but it’s worth it!

I served it with grilled chicken and some butter and I actually really enjoyed this one. It’s not my favorite to eat plain, and definitely requires some flavor. It was a little more chewy than the other varieties, but it still relatively mild in flavor and went well with chicken. This one was highest in protein and fiber and I found I needed no insulin to eat! In fact, both times I took insulin for this dish, my blood sugar tanked. I had a mild rise after I ate and then went back to baseline so I decided this one was definitely a hit for me and my blood sugars!

 

Next up, CHICK PEA  pasta

I loved this one! I added some turkey gravy to it and it was just a tad more chewy than al dente flour based pasta, with a hint of chick pea flavor. Again, super mild in flavor so very versatile and you can probably pair it with anything.  I found the chick pea pasta to be more filling than the other varieties.

 

Lastly, the EDAMAME based pasta.

This one was probably my least favorite of the 4, but still pretty good. It had a sweet undertone to it, and was softer in consistency than the other varieties. It had more of a dominant flavor than the other varieties, but again, still pretty mild. I think it paired well with chicken and some butter and salt.

 

Overall, these are a hit and I will definitely be buying them when I see them in store. Each box had 4 servings, but I stretched it out to 6 because I added vegetables and protein to each, and still had a decent serving. All of them had minimal affect on my blood sugars, which was a big bonus for me. ALL flavors are GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN as well, making them friendly to our pasta lovers who cannot tolerate flour based products. Overall, 4 1/2 stars from me.

 

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY.

 

5 Oct 2017, Comments (0)

Simple Mills Gluten Free Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Who doesn’t like COOKIES!!! Well…. to be honest I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like at least some form of a cookie. But what about those who cannot enjoy your every day cookie from the bakery, due to gluten intolerance, vegan lifestyle, soy allergies, dairy allergies?

Simple Mills has a cookie for ya! They have a line of products for those who are gluten intolerant, as well as those with other special dietary needs. The cookies they sent me come in 4 varieties, Toasted pecan, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate. All of them are gluten free, paleo friendly, dairy free, vegan and soy free. They are all relatively low in sugar as well (see ingredients and nutritional information below for the double chocolate variety), and made with non-GMO ingredients.

But how do they taste?

Toasted Pecan– I was super pumped for this one. Pecans are my favorite nut, and usually one of my favorite flavored things. But these cookies fell….flat. They were relatively bland, not sweet, and just had a weird taste to them. The pecan flavor was lacking. On the bright side, the texture was pretty good– crumbly and crunchy. These would be good perhaps with a cup of coffee or tea, but not by itself. 2 stars.

Cinnamon- these were okay. The cinnamon flavor was mild, and really needed more of a punch. Mildly sweet again, but crunchy and the texture was good (this is important, especially in gluten free products which I have seen time and time again fall apart). While the flavor was good, it was just weak and really needed something to amp it up. 3 stars

Chocolate Chip– oooh. now we are talking! These were yummy. I know they were yummy because once I opened them, the box was nearly gone (thanks to my cookie monster brother). We both agreed they tasted very similar to “Famous Amos” cookies. Sweeter than the other varieties, mild vanilla flavor, crunchy, and the milk chocolate flavored chips were sweet and added a nice touch. Definitely my favorite of the 4 —  4 stars

Double Chocolate- these were also very good. Crunchy and sweeter, a nice chocolate flavor throughout, and the mini chocolate chips were sweet and melted in your mouth. There was a mild vanilla flavor as well. Really wanted to smear some peanut butter on these and inhale but…self restraint! 3.5 stars

 

Overall, not too bad. I think that they are relatively NOT sweet cookies- so you might be shocked if you are used to sweeter conventional varieties of cookies. However, I think they are a good alternative, especially if you like cookies that aren’t packed with sugar. The double chocolate variety for example, has only 4 grams of sugar for 3 cookies, which is almost unheard of for cookies. The BAD is that they are a little on the bland side, and saturated fat will run you almost 4 grams for 3 cookies, which I feel like is a lot, but guessing it’s from the coconut oil.

The One Smart Cookie plate was also a super cute touch.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these cookies for free. This is an unbiased review.
30 Sep 2017, Comments (0)

Expression Med Adhesives for CGM G5

Author: Healthnuttxo

OKAY! We all know Type 1 Diabetes bites the big one in terms of autoimmune diseases. There is no sugar coating it, it stinks. All of it. But I really love these companies that try to make the disease a little less painful by providing some fun.

Most Diabetics I know nowadays have a Continuous Glucose Monitor which checks their blood sugar levels every few minutes and transmits the number to a device via bluetooth. The diabetic wears a “pod” on their skin for up to a week or so. The problem? It falls off, the edges peel when it gets wet, and well…they are kind of ugly. I wear one on my thigh, the amount of times I have ripped off a pod are unreal, and let’s face it, Diabetic Meds are NOT cheap and do NOT have time to be ripping these off. Too costly!!!

Expression Med has come up with super cute adhesives to wear over your CGM pod. I LOVE the idea, especially for kids who may feel alienated amongst their peers. I have had type 1 since I was 4, and while I was never bullied or anything of the sort, I see a lot of kids nowadays with CGMs and insulin pumps, and it may feel like a lot for a kid– he can’t act the same way as his peers, his cake and candy has to be monitored, it stinks- but its companies like this that make it just a bit better by providing cute adhesives.

The instructions are simple: 

I applied, waited my allotted time. And this is how my adhesive has held up a WEEK later.  NO peeling, nothing!

Honestly, I am impressed. No peeling, no itching, no irritation, water seal. Once the pod comes off the skin, its ability to monitor your BG levels are altered, so this is not only great for looks, but also functionality. It also helps you save money because you can get the full use out of your product and not have it peeling off, falling off when it hasn’t been on the entire allotted time. For a DEXCOM G5, I wear it up to a week, but other CGMs may vary.

I REALLY loved the elephant one I was sent (above) and I am definitely interested in buying a few more.

Overall, I love it! On the website I noticed they run you about 15$ for 5, which really isn’t that bad considering the quality. If you have kids with CGM or you find your sites falling off easily, these are a MUST!

I received this product for free, this is an Unbiased review.
24 Jun 2017, Comments (0)

The Mermaid Pillow

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Mermaid pillow…what a perfect name for this product.
You can read a backstory on their website here.
But these pillows are great. They have both a sequin side, and a softer side without sequins, allowing for both fashion and comfort.

The sequins are SO. MUCH. FUN. to play with.
(I’m serious…  left this in the back room and caught a family member playing with it for a solid 15 minutes)

 

I am a super fidgety person so this is great to play with during a TV show, or honestly I sat with it when I was feeling anxious. Something calming about the sequins turning different colors. They are smooth and easy to turn as well– won’t get stuck or hurt your hands, etc.

I really liked the other side for show as well– a sleek design, made with great quality.

What also caught my eye with this company is that they donate pillows to Children’s Hospitals and, for every pillow that says “Accept, Understand, Love”, they donate $5.00 to Autism Speaks. That really hits home for me, because I have a family member who suffers from Autism. It also so heart warming that they donate pillows to children’s hospitals because I BET children love to play with this and watch the sequins turn colors.

Charlie even enjoyed the pillow 🙂

 

Overall, I really love this company and this pillow is great. Please give them a try! You (or your children!) will not be disappointed 🙂

 

This is an unbiased review. I received this pillow for free.
22 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

Ion8 Sports Bottle with ionizing technology

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

So before receiving this product and doing a bit of research, I had no idea what it meant to “ionize” your water. To me, I know cations and anions involved in body chemistry and physiology, or what an “ion” is– (which is a molecule that lost or gains electrons to give it a + or – charge)… but what does it mean to IONIZE my water?!

According to the box, I could do that to my water/drink by shaking it. What I am assuming is that you are aerating the beverage, thus ionizing it, which I’m not sure the chemistry behind that (I’m in medicine…not chemistry!) so we will just go with it and talk about the other features of the bottle.

 

The bottle is BPA free, dishwasher friendly (this one is huge for me), can be used with hot or cold beverages, big enough to add ice cubes to, odor resistant, and leak proof. It has a cap that closes snugly, but then also a little lever that you clip so it won’t open up in your bag. Which, let me tell you, I have had many “expensive, great” water bottles open up in my bag and like what is the point of spending good money on a bottle if your beverage leaks everywhere?

NO POINT THAT’S WHAT.

anyway…

 

I used this with water and iced tea mainly. Honestly, I loved it. Loved that I could just throw it in my bag, and the box claims it has a “vented, smooth liquid flow” which is 100% does. You ever go to drink out of a bottle and the flow of water is either so rapid you almost choke or barely streams out of it? Or you get a lot of “glugs” of water (I may have made that word up), where it just doesn’t flow smoothly. I really liked that the flow of water was smooth and just easy to drink.  It’s hard to explain, but I will tell you it’s much different and noticeable than drinking from other bottles.

The bottle also has a rubber portion in the middle making it great for grip, and since it’s a sports bottle (and I am assuming most of you guys get sweaty during sports with sweaty palms…) it’s easy to hold and won’t slip out of your hand. With ice, it kept my beverages cool for a decent amount of time. Unfortunately I don’t drink a lot of hot beverages besides coffee so I did not test how long it would keep something hot.

Overall, a homerun from me. Really loved this product. Solid 5/5, no complaints.

 

 

Disclaimer: i received this bottle for free. This is an unbiased review.
3 Jan 2017, Comments (0)

AZO Urinary Tract Defense

Author: Healthnuttxo

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are well… a pain. While they happen most commonly in women, it is totally possible for a man to have a UTI as well.

AZO has come out with a product to “control the infection” as well as provide some pain relief for when a UTI hits and you have to wait to see the doctor. NOTE: This product is NOT a replacement for going to the doctor! A UTI is an infection, and often requires medication from a doctor or physician assistant, so PLEASE if you think you have a UTI, seek medical attention!

AZO’s Urinary Tract Defense contains Methenamine, which is antibacterial, (thus preventing the “spread of the infection”), as well as Sodium Salicylate, which is an NSAID analgesic (pain reliever).  Here are some facts below:

I am presenting this product however I did not use it (which I suppose is fortunate for me!). However, UTI’s are common in Diabetics, so this is a good product for me to have on hand (always ask a doctor first if you are Diabetic/have any medical conditions).

The pills are small, and there are 24 of them, all in a sealed, air tight package. You are instructed to take 2 pills, 3 x per day, with a full glass of water for adults and children 12 years of age and older. I like that the pills are small, and they appear somewhat “candy coated”, making them even easier to swallow (at least in in my opinion).

Again, I did not use this product directly, however, I have used similar AZO products in the past, and did have positive results, so I do not foresee an issue with this product. Always good to keep on hand…you never know when a painful UTI will strike!

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review. 

HEY! I am back 🙂 I promise posts will be less sporadic!! Have you missed me? 😉

Back in action with a review about not a food, but a product! Own Nighttime Lip Therapy and Day Lip Treatment. I got a free sample of each from the company and was excited to give them a try! Just in time for winter, where lips are vulnerable to harsh winds, cold temperatures and other crappy factors that lead to not-so-nice looking lips. Unless you live in some hot climate year round I suppose…then I’m just insanely jealous 😉

I have been using the treatments for about 2 weeks or so. What I like about them is that they have a ball on the tip, so you don’t need to squeeze anything out of a tube or use your finger to apply (which I am not a fan of due to bacteria!). It felt smooth going on, and not a lot came out at once so you do need to roll it a few times over your lips to get a good application on.

I did notice subtle changes, but I don’t think it was 100% amazing. I would be sitting doing work, and noticed myself applying the day treatment a few times because it dried out rather quickly. I don’t know if that’s to say my lips were “absorbing” the treatment or if it was just wearing off. I do like the feel of it on my lips after I put it on, however, as it’s smooth and leaves my lips feeling supple. I don’t like how it doesn’t last that long, as other products I have used in the past.

Overall, it’s cool, unique, I like the small tube and the rolly-ball, but it’s not as effective as I would have liked it to be. Still worth a try- 3 stars.

12 Jun 2012, Comments (6)

MHP Power Pak High Protein Pudding

Author: Healthnuttxo

It may be of no surprise that I am a complete healthy food and fitness nut. Egg whites, protein powders, vegetables, whole grains, and peanut butter are staples of my diet, as well as spinning, free weights, and kickboxing as my main forms of exercise. Lately I’ve upped the exercise intensity so I also had to increase the amount of protein and calories.

Let’s just say eating 6-11 egg whites a day gets pricy, and, well, monotonous. As some kind of change up, I went browsing for some high protein foods, such as bars, shakes and other goodies. Online, I found the  MHP Power Pak High Protein Pudding which I definitely wanted to try. Pudding? 30 grams of protein? Low sugar? Low carbs? COUNT ME IN!

It was a bit pricy, at $2.99 a can, but I figured it was worth a try. I opened up the can and saw a thick, light brown colored pudding. It looked a bit “moussy”, but no doubt, it was thick and creamy.

I took a spoonful. It had a good chocolate flavor, and was mildly sweet but not sugary tasting at all. It did have that chocolate protein powder/shake taste to it, but not too overpowering. It was very thick and creamy, which I enjoyed, as it gave it some sustenance. I wouldn’t say it was WOW this is amazing! But it definitely wasn’t bad at all. I found it was a little too much by itself, so I mixed in some Lite Cool Whip. And…

What a great idea! It was really good and the mild sweetness of the Cool Whip went well with the thickness and chocolate-y flavor of the pudding. I may even crumble some graham cracker crumbs (or Annie’s Bunny Grahams!) on top next time for a twist on pudding pie 🙂

Overall, 4 stars. Would love to buy more of these, just so dang expensive! However, love that it’s low in sugar, low in carbs, high in calcium, and has 30 grams of protein for a can! NICE!!! I may have to splurge and buy, oh I don’t know, a dozen more or so… 😉

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