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What’s better than a big bowl of piping hot chili and some warm, moist cornbread on a cold, wintry night?

Aside from winning the lottery, I couldn’t think of anything! 😉
Tonight I decided to do a DOUBLE review, of Amy’s Organic Chili and, since I needed some cornbread, Marie Callender’s all natural cornbread mix. Normally I don’t (and can’t!) eat anything by Marie Callender- normally her products (although delicious…) are FULL of fat and bad ingredients. BUT!- Since my grocery store was out of buttermilk (I was going to make my own cornbread from scratch…) I picked this mix up because it was low in fat, and had all natural ingredients.

Now, how delicious does this look?

First I’ll start with the Chili.
Amy’s makes several versions of her chili, in Medium, Medium Chili with Vegetables, Spicy Chili, Black Bean Chili, and Southwestern Black Bean Chili. I decided to try the Medium Chili with Vegetables, because I’m not *totally* in love with spicy food, and it seemed the mildest of the choices provided. Now, the picture has white chunks in it- that was added by me, (it’s tofu!) and does NOT come in the chili can.

The chili, first of all, has A TON of red beans. Literally- it would be impossible for you to take a spoonful of it and not get a red bean on your spoon. The beans were delicious- tender and soft, but not mushy. There also are some vegetables- mostly peppers and corn, and I saw a few tiny carrots. I wish there was more vegetables- there are supposed to be potatoes in the chili, but I didn’t see any. I really wish they pumped up the potatoes & carrots though- I would have enjoyed that!
There definitely is some kick to it that leaves heat on your tongue. It’s not too spicy, so it was good for me, and with the addition of my tofu, it toned down the spice factor even more. It’s not too salty, but there isn’t much flavor, otherwise, unless you count the slightly overpowering peppers. It was, however, excellent with my cornbread. Spicy & sweet at it’s best. It would probably be very good topped off with some cheddar cheese as well. I’m giving it 3 1/2 stars by itself, 4 if you pair it with cornbread and tofu. I think I’ll try another variety, or stick to her cornbread & chili whole meal.

Marie Callender’s Cornbread
1 word. yum. yum. yum.! This cornbread ROCKS! I was a little skeptical because when I made the mix (super easy- just add 1 1/2 cups of water and mix together until the lumps are gone), there was a funky aftertaste- (yes- I like to eat raw batter of everything… 😀 ). I was afraid- was I going to be stuck with all this cornbread and not have it taste good?

But then again- you can’t judge something until it’s finished. I decided to make cornbread muffins (portion control!- except…I ate 3 anyway… oops.. 😀 ) instead of cornbread, so the cooking time was reduced, which meant I could enjoy these muffins quicker! They smelled delicious, and were perfectly golden yellow when they were done. I took a bite and it melted in my mouth. So fluffy, and sweet! I was happy, because I like my cornbread sweet! (Amy’s Kitchen always makes delicious cornbread sweetened with honey…yum!)The outer part of the muffin was slightly crispy, and the inside was fluffy and moist. No wonder I ate 3 😉 These muffins get 4 1/2 stars. They would get a 5, but unfortunately, they are made with enriched flour instead of whole wheat (so close- Marie!).

So that leaves me to ask you guys- what is your favorite type of chili? Do you have any yummy cornbread recipes?

Chili- 1 cup is 190 calories, 6 grams of fat, 29 carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.

Organic Red Beans, Filtered Water, Organic  Onions, Organic Bell Peppers, Organic Potatoes, Organic  Carrots, Organic  Corn, Organic  Rice Flour, Organic High Oleic Safflower and/or Sunflower Oil, Organic  Jalapeno Peppers, Spices, Organic  Garlic, Sea Salt. *chili is gluten free

Cornbread- 1 piece ( 60 grams prepared) is 140 calories, 3 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

Enriched Degermed Yellow Corn Cones, Unbleached Enriched Flours (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Sugar, Canola oil (ascorbic acid, rosemary), Milk, Enriched Degermed Corn Flour, Egg Yolks, Salt, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Dextrose, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate.

16 Jan 2010, Comments (5)

PopChips!

Author: healthnuttxo

What are Popchips, you ask?
Aside from delicious, Popchips are chips, but they aren’t fried or baked, but rather, according to the website, made with “wholesome potatoes, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! It’s a chip”. They are also relatively low in fat, are all natural, and come in 7 delicious flavors. They are the perfect compliment to your lunch, or eaten directly out of the bag. You can “pop” 😉 them in your purse and take them on the go with the conveinent 100 calorie bag portion too.
I was sent a few of the single serving bags courtesy of PopChips! company (thanks guys!).

Each chip is round and flat in shape, and has the consistency of a Lay’s Potato Chip and a rice cake mixed together. They also have a nice CRUNCH to them which I really enjoyed. PERFECT for putting on a sandwich (like tuna or egg salad! Yum!). In the 100 calorie bag portion, you actually get a decent amount. Not like those “100 calorie packs” where you get, like, 4 of whatever you get. *cough cough* has anyone noticed you only get TWO or THREE “mini muffins” in the 100 calorie packs? What is up with THAT *cough cough*

Anyway- :D…without further a due, let’s see how each flavor ranks up!

Original I definietly like the original. Hits the spot when you craving strictly potato-ey flavors. There’s also a good amount of salt on each chip, and really, what’s a potato chip without some salty goodness? 🙂

Cheddar- oooh. These are good. It’s a good cheddar cheese flavor, it sort of reminded me of macaroni & cheese rather than Cheetos cheese flavor. The cheese flavor isn’t too strong, and you can definetely still taste potato flavors, but these are a really good alternative to some other cheezy snacks which leave fake orange residue on your fingers..But we’ll save that rant for another day! 😉

Barbeque- Oh how I loooove Barebeque flavors! This was more of a sweet barbeque flavor, and I definietly tasted a smokey flavor mixed with a brown sugar/honey flavor. It has a wee bit of heat to it too, and left a little burn on my tongue. There was a strong onion/garlic/salty flavor that mixed nicely with the sweeter tastes. It was sort of like a transformation in my mouth- sweet at first bite, then the spice hits!

Sour Cream & Onion- Okay, Who took my PopChips! and replaced them with Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion chips? They taste IDENTICAL- and that’s a good thing!! These are my favorite (with the barbeque flavor) by far. Seriosuly- I bit into these, adn thought, where on earth is the fat? HOW is it so low? These are BURSTING with flavor, and have a nice onion/garlic taste with a wee bit of parsley. Just make sure you pop an altoid after eating these 😉

Sea Salt & Vinegar I had some help with these. I’m not really a fan of vinegar, I don’t even like the smell when we dye eggs at Easter. So, I went to my aunt,  and she gave them two thumbs up. I tried one and I thought they were very salty with a very strong, bitter vinegar flavor. But hey, if that’s your style, go for it!

Overall, 4 stars. These are really good, and I’ll definitely buy them again. I’ll also feel less guilty serving these at parties rather than Doritos or Lay’s because they are all natural, lower in fat than other chips, and don’t have any trans fats. I also like how the portion size is almost double of a normal portion for chips. You get about 20 instead of the typical 10-11 chips per serving, and for a few less calories!

1 oz of each flavor (about 19-20 chips) is around 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Each flavor is made with all natural ingredients. The following is just for the original. If you’d like to see all the flavors, click here.

Natural Potato Ingredients (potato flour, potato starch), Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Rice Flour, Sea Salt, Soy Lecithin.

24 Dec 2009, Comments (2)

Ian's Organic Vanilla Wafer Cookie Buttons

Author: healthnuttxo

Ian’s Natural Foods is a company that makes organic and all natural foods and snacks geared toward people of all ages and sorts. They have gluten and allergy free foods, and all of them have “no artificial flavors, colors, or preservative…ever”. Sounds like a winner to me!

The cookie buttons come in 4 varieties- Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Gluten/Wheat Free, Cinnamon Gluten/Wheat Free, and Vanilla Wafer. I was sent the Vanilla Wafer variety to try, and was excited. I never saw this flavor in stores by me, I only ever see the Chocolate Chip.

These cookies come in 100 calorie packs (good for portion control!) with a pretty decent amount of cookies in each bag (about 15-20). Each of them are about the size of a half dollar, and the thickness of 3 half-dollars stacked on each other. When you open the bag, there is a nice aroma of vanilla. They aren’t too sweet, but just right. At first bite, you can definietly taste a strong vanilla bean flavor. After a couple more, I think they had a combined flavor of shortbread cookies and sugar cookies, Yum!

Overall, I’m giving these 4 stars. They are low in fat and calories, and are very tasty. They were good with milk, smeared with peanut butter (and jelly!!), by itself, and crumbled in chocolate pudding. So Good!!!! They would totally get 5 stars if they had fiber and were made with whole wheat flour. They have 0 grams of fiber per serving, which is upsetting. I prefer my snacks to have at least a little bit of fiber for some satiety.

1 serving (1 pouch) is 100 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 16 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.

Organic wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, water, organic palm oil, organic tapioca syrup, salt, baking soda, organic eggs, natural flavors, organic vanilla, organic soy lecithin, monocalcium phosphate.
*these are NOT gluten or wheat free!

19 Dec 2009, Comments (2)

Amy's California Veggie Burger

Author: healthnuttxo

What comes to mind when I say, Veggie Burger? Are you thinking of a schlop of veggies pureed into a patty? Well that’s old school veggie burgers, my friends. Veggie & soy products have gone a looooong way from what they used to be, and some are actually quite tasty. I personally, have never had a veggie burger. So here it is- my first “veggie” burger experience. And what better brand to try than Amy’s?

Fortunately, I was sent the California Veggie Burger, voted Favorite Veg Meat by magazine VegNews in the “Veggie Awards of 2009”. They claimed “Vegetarian food darling Amy’s Kitchen delivers your top choice with a whole-foods burger bursting with flavor”. I was excited. This burger had to be good if it won an award in a magazine. Plus, I’m in love with Amy’s. How could i lose?

And I sure didn’t! 😀
Each burger is the average patty size, and actually decently thick. It has a brown/tanish hue and looking at the patty itself you can see all the yummy veggies, like celery and carrots, blended nicely in the burger. I cooked mine in the microwave for 60 seconds, and then popped it in the toaster oven to crisp it up a bit. I took a bite, and instantly I thought of Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Steak Whole Meal- a.k.a. formerly Country Dinner Whole Meal. The burger tastes very similar to the veggie steak in this meal, with slight variation of course. It has an oaty, lima bean taste, with a hint of cheddar cheese and some salt. It has a “grainy” texture, I felt it was more “crab cake” than “ground beef” consistency. There are also little crunchies throughout the burger due to the walnuts. It was very flavorful and I actually did really enjoy it. It also had a nice garlic and onion flavor to it as well.
Overall, I give this burger 4 stars. It was surprisingly filling and satisfying, and very tasty. Amy’s never lets me down! I had it twice so far, once as a light meal with some salad and applesauce, and once with a slice of cheddar cheese on top. Both were very good combinations, I especially enjoyed it with the applesauce because I love sweet & savory mixed together.
So-moral of the story? Don’t fear veggie products! (at least not ones made by Amy’s Kitchen). I really want to try the Cheddar Burger and the Gluten Free Bistro varieties too!! 🙂 🙂

1 burger is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein. A good swap for beef anyday.

ORGANIC MUSHROOMS, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC BULGAR WHEAT, ORGANIC CELERY, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC OATS, ORGANIC WALNUTS, WHEAT GLUTEN, ORGANIC POTATOES, SEA SALT, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC GARLIC.
15 Dec 2009, Comments (5)

Stonyfield Farm Organic Banilla Yogurt

Author: healthnuttxo

Stonyfield Farm, as you all should know, makes dozens of products ranging from organic/all natural yogurts, frozen desserts and smoothies. They all benefit the earth and are made using only nature’s finest ingredients. I personally love their yogurt, and I’ve passed by the Banilla flavored yogurt way too many times in the store, simply because it was in the 32 oz. cup instead of the individual cups. For conveinence, of course, I usually only buy the individual 6 oz. cups, plus it is easy portion control. However, I decided I was in the mood for a new flavor of yogurt, and Stonyfield has never let me down before, so I decided to give Banilla a try.

So i took home the 32 oz. “cup” of yogurt and took out a spoon from my cupboard. I took a scoop and instantly fell in love. My taste-buds rejoiced upon tasting this yogurt. THIS WAS MY NEW FAVORITE FLAVOR! I was actually, to be honest, a little mad at myself for not buying it any sooner just because it was in the 32 oz. size instead of the 6 oz.

It was very creamy, not runny at all, and had a real banana flavor. Not that “artificial banana” flavor that you get when you buy candy like Laffy Taffy or something of the sort. But it really tasted like vanilla yogurt blended with banana puree. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and was just perfect. Definietely worth 5 stars! I’ve had it multiple times already, and my favorite concoctions [so far] are

1. Banilla Yogurt, Trader Joe’s Chocolate Toucan cookies, sliced bananas, and a squirt of whipped cream.

2.Banilla Yogurt, Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal, sliced bananas, and some organic chocolate syrup.

3.Banilla Yogurt, Kashi Honey Puffs and a Kashi Dark Chocolate cookie.

1 cup is 200 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 35 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein and 35% daily value of calcium + tons of probiotics!



13 Dec 2009, Comments (8)

Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Author: healthnuttxo

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Bell Plantation has invented “powdered peanut butter”, that has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter per serving and about a fourth of the calories. It’s made with “premium quality peanuts that are slow roasted and pressed to remove fat”, but still has the same consistency as full fat peanut butter. It, of course, is also all natural and preservative free. All you have to do is measure out 2 Tablespoons, mix with 1 Tablespoon on water, stir and enjoy. But that leaves a peanut butter fanatic like me to wonder…too good to be true?

Well. I absolutely. freaking. LOVE this stuff! It comes in a screw top jar and upon opening it, there is a brown/tan powder that certainly smells like peanuts! I measured out 2 tablespoons, put it in a little dish, and put one table spoon of water in. I mixed it up, and it was a little thick, so I added a bit more water. You have to play with it to get the consistency you like, I like my pb to be slightly thick but still creamy. I dipped my knife in to taste it and it was really good! Now of course, it didn’t taste EXACTLY like peanut butter, but it was very close!  It has a roasted peanut flavor, slightly slightly sweet, and spreads very nicely on bread. It’s creamy and just delicious!

I used it several times, and here are the best combinations I came up with.

1. PB2 & Apple Butter Sandwiches (courtesy of Tap’n’Apple Apple Butter and Vermont Organics Spiced Apple Butter).
The apple butter (which i generously slather on) is a perfect sweet compliment to the peanut butter. Sooo satisfying 🙂

2. PB2 & Fluff sandwiches
So good. It’s mushy and fluffy and heaven between 2 slices of bread.

3.PB2 and Stonyfield Farm Organic Chocolate Frozen Yogurt.
Either sprinkled on the chocolate frozen yogurt or mixed with water and then drizzled on top of it. Yum!

4. PB2 & Maple Syrup/Honey Sandwiches.
Enough said. Peanut butter one side,  maple syrup/honey the other=love.

5. PB2 & Polaner all fruit Grape Jelly
Standard, classic, but perfection. Goes great together, perfect balance of sweet and savory.

Okay, so apparently I like sandwiches, and that is how I use my PB2 the most. How do you use it? What is your favorite PB2 Combination/Recipe? Leave a post here!

The only disappointment to me was that I made a peanut butter and banana sandwich with the PB2, but it unfortunately was not the same as regular peanut butter. It didn’t have that ” so sticky I-can’t-move-my-mouth” feeling that I love with pb&banana sandwiches. PB2 is best used with spreads, in my opinion.I’d love to try the Chocolate Pb2 variety as well. I think that flavor might go better with bananas.

Overall, I’m giving PB2 5 stars. It really is excellent!


10 Dec 2009, Comments (2)

Nature's Path Gluten Free Sunrise Cereals

Author: healthnuttxo

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands. They dish out awesome cereals, granolas, toaster pastries and snack bars. They even have a line dedicated to those of you who cannot have gluten or choose to avoid it in the diet

Anyway, I was asked to try their new organic Sunrise Cereals which come in Crunchy Maple and Crunchy Vanilla flavor. These cereals are a blend of flax, rice, corn, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth. No barely, oats, rye or wheat in these babies! Each serving of cereal also provides 15 or more grams of whole grains and  contains 11% of the daily reccommended intake of Omega-3. I’m liking this cereal already, and I haven’t even opened the box! 🙂

Crunchy Maple- ahhh. Open the box and a pleasant smell of maple enters your nose. I do love maple 🙂 The cereal as a whole is indeed crunchy. There are little balls  and little tiny pieces of cereal that resemble puffed rice. The flakes were my favorite of the mix of grains, as they were the sweetest and crunchiest. Eating the cereal as a whole, you definietely taste the maple. It’s lightly sweetened and went well with my Yogurt, and stayed crunchy throughout.

Crunchy Vanilla- Similar in consistency and texture to the maple variety, this cereal was also enjoyable. It had an airy and light feel to it, and was tasty right out of the box. It was a little sweeter than the maple flavor, and had a nice vanilla bean flavor. The sort of vanilla flavor that you taste in vanilla icing, but no where as sweet.  Best of both worlds!

Overall, i really enjoyed these cereals. I do not have Celiac’s disease, but I will still buy these, Gluten Free or not. Overall, i’m giving these 4 stars for taste and nutrition. I would have preferred a bigger portion size ( 1 serving is 2/3 of a cup) and I like to have a little more fiber for sustenance (there are 3 grams per serving). But overall, these are definietely worth your time and money to check out!

1 serving ( 2/3 cup) is 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

MapleOrganic whole grain corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice flour, organic yellow corn flour, organic inulin, organic quinoa puffs, organic maple syrup, organic flax seeds, natural maple flavor, organic buckwheat flour, organic quinoa, sea salt, organic amaranth, organic molasses, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

Vanilla-Organic whole grain corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice flour, organic yellow corn flour, organic inulin, organic quinoa puffs, organic flax seeds, natural vanilla flavor, organic buckwheat flour, organic quinoa, sea salt, organic amaranth, organic molasses, tocopherols (natural vitamin E). Produced in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and soy.

11 Nov 2009, Comments (6)

Penny’s Low Fat Desserts- Muffin Tops

Author: healthnuttxo

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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! 🙂

 

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10 Nov 2009, Comments (2)

Baker Dan's Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo
Baker Dan may be a company you haven’t heard of, but you might want to check him out. He makes some pretty delicious cookies! According to the website, “Baker Dan seeks to produce a variety of specialty and classic cookies that are pleasurable to eat and made for a healthy treat.”
I was lucky enough to get to sample some of his cookies, and this is what I thought! 🙂
Walnut Raisin Biscotti
unexpected for a biscotti, because it was chewy and not crisp. I liked the chunks of walnuts in it, and it has a nice raisin flavor. Surprisingly, i thought i tasted a bit of raspberry flavor as well. Biting into it, it reminded me of eating a poptart. It tasted like the filling in one of the strawberry or raspberry poptart, but not as sugary. It was very good, sweet but not too sweet. 4 stars !
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip- yummmmmy is all i have to say! I like how they are “crisp” and “light” tasting. They have sweet chunks of chocolate and a brown sugar taste. I also like you get 2 BIG cookies for only 110 calories. It nixed my chocolate craving for sure- very good!  I also liked how it had a wee bit of a salty taste to it. What a good cookie. 4 1/2 stars
Pistachio Biscotti– yum again! Baker Dan is definitely good at making biscottis! This one was crisper, and had a nice texture. It had just the right amount of sweetness, and i really enjoyed the lemony taste to it. They worked well with a cup of tea, and my mom tried one and said she would buy these if she saw them in store. 4 stars
Regular Chocolate Chip– these were better than the sugar free, but not as good as the gluten free. They were sweet and more chocolately, and had a richer flavor. Still a very enjoyable cookie, i would buy them again. 4 stars
Overall, these were pretty good. They all had a decent portion size too, especially the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip (2 for 110 calories) and the Pistachio Biscotti (3 for 110 calories). On the positive side, they are all pretty low in fat. On the one negative side, they are also pretty low in fiber 🙁 But, I would buy these if I saw them in a nearby store by me! Good choice over Oreo’s or Chips Ahoy or whatever other sugary and preservative-laden cookies that are on the market these days and deserve to be in the trash. *Oops!* Did i say that? 😉
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip- 2 cookies is 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Pistachio Biscotti- 3 cookies are 110 calories, 4 grams of fat, 16 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Walnut Raisin Biscotti- 1 biscotti is 80 calories,  .5 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Regular Chocolate Chip- 1 cookie is 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip-Gluten free flour (cornstarch, tapioca flour, chickpea flour, rice flour),extra bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin emulsifier, pure vanilla), butter (milk), sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, xanthan gum.
Pistachio Biscotti-wheat flour (malted barley), sugar, almonds, pistachio, butter, eggs, soy lecithin (an emulsifier), anise, baking powder (aluminum free), lemon zest, and salt.
Walnut Raisin Biscotti- Walnuts, raisins, sugar, wheat flour (malted barley), eggs.
Regular Chocolate Chip- wheat flour (malted barley), extra bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin emulsifier, pure vanilla), butter, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, baking powder
2 Nov 2009, Comments (3)

Gnu Bars

Author: healthnuttxo

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These seem to be popular in every health food store I visit. Promising both flavor and fiber, being entirely natural, and still being chewy, delicious and nutritious, it leaves me curious to try!
So, i was excited when GNU foods sent me some bars to try. They come in several flavors, Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Lemon Ginger, Peanut Butter,  Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry, and Chocolate Brownie. All of them contain 50% of your daily fiber needs (12 grams) and are sweetened with fruit juice, not high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. They are also dairy free, yeast free and preservative free.
I got to try the Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Chocolate Brownie varieties. Each bar is a decent size, 45 grams, which is a little bit wider but the same length as say, a nutrigrain bar. I liked how the packages were cute. They have a little cartoon bird on it and what i think is a ram? Who knows- both cute!!
Banana Walnut– This one was pretty good. It has a banana flavor but it wasn’t that sweet. I did taste a prominent taste of walnuts though, so if you like walnuts- your gonna like this one!
Chocolate Brownie- Notm my favorite, but not too bad

Espresso Chip- mmm. coffee and chocolate flavors- whats not to like?
Cinnamon Raisin- ok now this one was GOOD. It was soo much softer and moist than the other varieties. It had a nice cinnamon flavor and plump little raisins in it.

(*added)Peanut Butter– not bad, but in my opinion, not peanut butter-y. It more had an off taste with like, a sweet raisin flavor and a hint of peanut. Not my favorite.

Overall, these are pretty good. If you need the fiber but aren’t too fond of bran cereals or muffins (uh..who is?), give these a shot. Definetly get the cinnamon raisin one, it rocks! I give these 4 stars overall, for high fiber content, no refined sugars, and a really good oatmeal cookie alternative.

Each bar ranges from 130-140 calories, 3-4 grams of fat, about 30 carbohydrates, 12 grams of fiber, and 3-4 grams of protein.

Each bar is also made with pretty much the same ingredients. The banana one is as followed,
Gnu High Fiber Blend™ (whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax, millet), chicory root inulin, fruit juices, rice dextrins, apples, canola oil, walnuts, rice, plums, banana, wheat protein isolate, natural flavors, baking powder.

Make sure you drink your water! 😉

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