Tags: lisa the health nutt

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Hot Pockets sent me some yummy goodies! I got some coupons to try complimentary new Hot Pocket Snack Bites, and saw these 2 at my local Stop n Shop. Pepperoni Pizza and Ham and Cheese.

These are perfect since Halloween is right around the corner, and they are filled with yummy protein and carbs to fill you and your kids up before a night of trick or treating! Also they are cooked in roughly over a minute per 4 bites. Quick, yummy, and easy!

Here is the Pepperoni Pizza up close. They didn’t ooze out the sides like I am used to with a Hot Pocket (there’s always a LITTLE bit of filling that comes out!)
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The Pepperoni Pizza ones were pretty good. They lacked on the pepperoni flavor, but I certainly tasted the sauce and cheese. They were a little doughy, and I feel the filling to dough ratio was a little off, and wished there was more filling. They weren’t super salty or anything, but tasty none the less. A good little carby snack, great for kids after school, because a 4 piece serving is perfect.

 

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Next up, the Ham and Cheese. These were a little doughy as well, and needed a tad more filling BUT they were more full than the other flavor. I wish the crust was a little more buttery or toasted in flavor, as it felt a bit undercooked in terms of flavor. They weren’t super salty, and I actually really liked this flavor. The ham had good flavor, like a cold cut, and it tasted like american or cheddar cheese.

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a 4 piece serving (Pepperoni Pizza) is 210 calories, 8 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbs, and 7 grams of protein. They are not loaded with protein, but these snacks will fill you up. I had two to try them out, and was pleased with the size. The sodium is roughly 330 mg per 4 bites, which is high but not horrible for a frozen food.

Without a coupon, these were roughly 3-5$ (depending on the store) which is a little expensive. I got them for a little over 3 dollars, but bought them again and they were 4.99$.  You get 3 servings out of them, which is good for 3 small kids, or one hungry older brother (ahem…my older brother).

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I received this product free of charge. This is an unbiased review.
21 Oct 2015, Comments (0)

AirFree Air Purifier

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Truth: I have NEVER had an air purifier before! I’ve been told they are great products, but never thought of getting one. I was offered one to try for free by Airfree. This purifier is supposed to help clear the air and help those suffering with asthma and allergies, as well as prevent yucky things like mold and germs!!

How does it work? The infographic below shoes that the air enters the purifier, they are heated to 400 degrees F (and killed!!!!), the air is then cooled and then put back into the environment.

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As you can see below, it helps get rid of odors, dust, mold, viruses, pet dander and more.

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First I placed the filter in my room. It is a bit of an odd shape, and very light. You are not supposed to keep it by an open window (for then, all the clean air gets out!!) or directly by a strong wind/air conditioning. I placed it in the corner of my room.

It is completely silent when it is on. It is slightly warm and there is a blue light that turns on so you know it is plugged in and working. You are NOT supposed to unplug it…just leave it and let it do it’s job!IMG_6736

Honestly…I loved this! I felt my room felt less stuffy, and my mild allergies were reduced. I ended up putting this downstairs near our dog since she is super old and now has a lot of accidents. I wanted to see if it would help any odors. While it did not eliminate them, it definitely helped decrease pet odor which was a plus.

I love that it is quiet too. It also does not need any filter to be replaced, only a quick and easy clean up. Overall, 4 1/2 stars. Great product 🙂

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
12 Oct 2015, Comments (0)

Culturelle Advanced Immune Defense

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Well, this product couldn’t have come at a more perfect timing. Everyone knows the scenario…Fall comes around and all of a sudden, everyone is SICK!! Like out of no where, germs fly all over the place and suddenly everyone around you either has a cold, Strep or the big one…the FLU!!!

I was offered to try this product by Culturelle, a supplement for immunity support. It contains a probiotic, Vitamin C, Zinc, and antioxidants.  We are advised to take one per day, for adults and children 12 years and up. This product is free of gluten, dairy, lactose, wheat, soy and preservatives.

I have taken probiotics before and took them before trying this 10 day trial. When starting any new product there may be some bloating or side effects.

These pills are harder than I imagined, most of my other probiotics were in softer, more flexible capsules. They aren’t too large, and they are easy to swallow. I was just getting over a cold when I started taking these. I noticed no change in recovery time, but this is immune DEFENSE so I didn’t expect it to help an already existing cold.

I was a little bloated and gassy on this supplement. I had some mild nausea. I do not think the nausea was from the pill. I have nausea daily and I need a strong probiotic to keep in under control. The probiotic part of this pill was not strong enough for me, and the bloating was consistent throughout the 10 days.

At the end of my 10 day trial, I contracted another cold. I work at a gym, I workout at a gym, and I go to class in public places with sick people. This is not expected to be a miracle pill. but I found it ironic I took a immunity defense pill and I got another cold a week after recovering from one. 
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Overall, I probably wouldn’t use this in the future. I need a stronger probiotic (this one claims to have 2.5 Billion CFUs of Lactobacillus GG) and the immune part either was ineffective, or a 10 day trial wasn’t long enough to see real results. Overall… I like the idea of this supplement, but the effectiveness…It’s OK… 2 1/2 stars

 

 

 

I was sent this product to review for free. This is an unbiased review.

 


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Alrighty! So, I do not drink a ton of protein powder- not my style, I am much more of a food eater, but it definitely has a place in my diet. I tend to stick to low carb whey proteins, and use them when I need calories post workout and do not feel hungry or for convenience in the morning.

I received Growing Naturals Organic Rice Protein in Strawberry Burst to try. I have never had rice protein before. This one in particular is:

Organic
Vegan
Allergy friendly
Made with brown rice protein (raw),
Has 3 grams of carbs (1 sugar), 24 grams of protein
&& is NON GMO certified

There is a complete panel of the Amino Acid profile of the rice protein on the BPA free plastic, which is definitely a plus (see below). There is even an explanation of what an essential amino acid is, which essentially (hehe) are a few of the 20 or so amino acids that your body cannot produce on it’s own and you NEED to eat.

SO, I opened the tub and saw brown powder. I was a little shocked and expected to see pink…since strawberry…but I have to remember this is BROWN rice protein, and there are no added artificial colors. It smells like a mixture of strawberries and well…protein powder. It’s hard to describe what protein powder smells like since it is so unique, but for anyone who has ever tried it, knows it has an odor.

It’s kind of hard to mix…I added it to milk and tried mixing for a few minutes. The powder just did not seem to want to assimilate. I would suggest doing it with a shaker cup or blender.

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I took a sip and….

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meh.

I do not like it. I added half a scoop to roughly 4-5 ounces of 2% milk. The strawberry flavor is muted by the overpowering stevia flavor. The stevia is really bitter and tastes like the extract, and is very strong. This stevia and strawberry flavor put together makes the strawberry flavor taste like a fake flavor, not like natural, fresh picked strawberries but more like a stevia sweetened strawberry flavored milk you’d purchase at a store.

There is a residue left on your tongue, powdery and piece-y. I kind of expected that, since a lot of rice products I’ve had before in the past always had off consistencies. There is an aftertaste as well, but I still would think this is from the stevia.

Overall….huge let down. I was excited by this protein, looking at the label and reading about it. I had another person try this with peanut butter and milk in a blended shake and he wasn’t a huge fan of it, and agreed there was an aftertaste. Perhaps if you mixed it with a banana and used a lot of ice to dilute the flavor, it is doable.

It’s a pass from me. 1  1/2 stars

 

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I received these samples for FREE. This is an unbiased review.
8 Jul 2015, Comments (0)

Chobani Watermelon Blended Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Whilst shopping for my usual yogurts for the week I spotted something new on the shelves…Chobani Watermelon blended yogurt!  The pink and green packaging certainly caught my eye amongst the white containers, so I picked it up, and decided to give it a try.

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Seriously though…look how pretty the packaging is.

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Here’s what it looked like!
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The yogurt itself was really, really good. It was super smooth and creamy, and I love Chobani’s 2% yogurts for that reason alone. That 3g of fat makes all the difference between a yogurt and DANG that was a good yogurt! It was sweet, but not too sweet, with a sight tang and tartness. I liked this since it was reminiscent of real watermelon- sometimes you get a watermelon that is sugar sweet, sometimes you get one that’s more on the tangy side. Either way it’s enjoyable!

I do think there was more of a raspberry/watermelon type flavor than straight up watermelon, which I liked. I could tell it was watermelon flavored, but it didn’t SCREAM watermelon…it had a light flavor. I wasn’t sure how a watermelon yogurt would taste, but this one did not disappoint in the slightest. I also like how this yogurt is slightly lower in carbs in comparison to other Chobanis…15 g is perfect for me for a pre workout snack.

I would buy again. Unfortunately, this baby is seasonal. Grab it while you can! 4 1/2 stars

 

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Found this baby at Target! The colors drew me in…plus I never tried this flavor, so I decided to give it a try!
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As you can see, it’s a limited batch (maybe due to seasonality of the fruit??), is a blended yogurt, and is made with 2% milk (my favorite!!)

 

Here’s what it looked like…


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You can see the little bits of plum in the yogurt- not a ton, but still there. Small and soft, like fruit from a fruit cup.

Here’s nutritional information and ingredients:

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3 Jun 2015, Comments (0)

Gorilla Warfare Apparel Gorilla Leggings

Author: Healthnuttxo


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So I snagged a pair of Gorilla Leggings from Gorilla Warfare Apparel.  I found this company on instagram, checked out some of their stuff, (you can check it out here) and a lot of it is really cool!! I especially loved the Gorilla Leggings, as they were super unique and honestly pretty freaking sweet!

The leggings run for $40. They are super soft and a different type of material than what I am used to for yoga pants/leggings. They are thin but made of good material, so they are NOT see through (yay!!)

Nothing is worse than spending money and getting a pair of see through leggings. Talk about a waste! But these were not the case, despite having white on the front.

The top is a stretchy waist band, and they are “one size fits most”.

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I wish they came in different sizes, as mine were a tad on the big and long side, but I still made it work. As a reference, I am 5 foot 1 and roughly 110 lbs in this picture, and they fit, but I wish they were a bit tighter in waist and legs.

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The pants were not as breathable as much as they were stylish, so I think these are good for those cooler days to workout in as opposed to the hot, sweaty gym days. However, I really liked them! They were fun, unique, and I love the idea of having half the face on each leg. The back of the pants are a solid grey, which I like as well, since the pants aren’t too busy.

Overall, a great buy! Especially for you legging lovers like me. Check out Gorilla Warfare Apparel. They are on Instagram at @gorillawarfareapparel  and the owner of this company is on twitter!

 

I received this item for free. This is an unbiased review.
24 May 2015, Comments (0)

Jeju 16 Water

Author: Healthnuttxo

I got a few bottles of new Jeju 16 Water! Starting now, there will be samples of this water available in Fairway Markets in select locations of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

What makes Jeju 16 Water different? It’s origin is from South Korea, at a volcanic island called Jeju. There, the water is trickled down 16 layers of volcanic bedrock, which explains the “16” in the name.

What’s so special about 16 layers of bedrock? Well, when water passes rocks, it picks up essential minerals from the rock that we ingest. Minerals such as Magnesium, Flourine, Calcium, etc. We need these in trace amounts in order to have a happy, healthy, functioning body!

Here’s what the waters look like.

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And here is a list of the minerals that are in the water. If you are unfamiliar with the symbols:
In parts per million, there is Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium and Fluorine.

In parts per billion, there is Vanadium and Zinc. IMG_1933

The plastic is BPA free which is a plus as well.

I like the design and color scheme of black and white. It gives it almost a “glacial”, “cold” and “icy” type of feel for whatever reason. I can’t describe it, but the color scheme is perfect as well as eye catching.

The water is extremely smooth, absolutely no aftertaste. While I can’t describe the taste of water…can anyone really?…there are certainly bottled waters I prefer over others. Some have this aftertaste or slight tinge of flavor that is just off. That is not the case here. This water is extremely pure and smooth, no aftertaste, and just tastes, well, good!

Really enjoyed it. Would buy if I saw in store. Gotta head to Fairway! 4 ½ stars

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
14 May 2015, Comments (0)

Blake’s Shepherd’s Pie

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Mmmm. Shepherd’s Pie. One of my favorites. I saw this at Target, and used a coupon  mailed to me at the courtesy of Blake’s…thanks guys! 🙂

There were two cooking methods…microwave oven or conventional oven. I chose microwave (because I’m lazy). I decided tonight would be a good time for a microwave dinner because
1. It was hot, and I didn’t feel like cooking
2. My normal raging appetite was on the low side today, so a smaller portion meal would suffice

Onward we go! After 4 minutes in the microwave, I let it sit for a bit (because I’ve scorched my tongue WAY too many times doing frozen food to microwave reviews…and perhaps I have finally learned better) and then dug in. Here’s what the inside looked like:

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Heavenly.

Let’s start from the Top to the bottom, shall we?

The mashed potatoes laid on the top. They reminded me of a whipped potato, fluffy and airy, and had a bit of a “country” feel to it. They had a slight taste of garlic but were otherwise on the bland side. It was fine though, since this meal isn’t really intended to eat piece by piece…I just like to dissect my meals.

The corn underneath was sweet, fresh and crisp. There was certainly plenty of it as well, which was good because I always feel I need something moderately “crunchy” in a meal, and the corn is obviously a classic for Shepherd’s Pie. I applaud.

The beef underneath was great as well. It was chopped up very fine, almost minced, and I almost wish it had bigger chunks. That is totally personal preference though, since my mother’s cooking always had bigger chunks of beef for “chop meat”, so I am kind of used to that. However, the beef was fresh and tasty, and had this “clean” feel to it. I can’t describe it other than it tasted fresh. I wonder if it was grass fed beef, since the beef flavor was prominent. It was juicy, not oily, and there were visible onions I saw on the bottom layer as well that helped with flavor.

All together? Pretty dang good. It was small, but hearty for it’s size, and there were good ratios of each of the 3 components. I added a pat of butter on the mashed potatoes and it tied everything together. My only complaint really is that the mashed potatoes I think need a little work, but overall, a good  light meal.

The sodium content is great, only 520 mg for a box (which isn’t that bad for frozen foods), and 18 grams of protein is enticing as well. There are 5 grams of saturated fat, and since the beef tasted lean, I checked ingredients and saw cream, so I assume that is what the saturated fat is from. Regardless, 4 out of 5 stars.

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