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12 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Quest Nutrition Maple Waffle Protein Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m positive everyone has heard of Quest Nutrition by now…they have a wide variety of protein bars, protein powders and other products that are relatively low in net carbs, low in sugar, high in fiber, and…high in protein! I don’t know anyone in the fitness industry who hasn’t at least tried a Quest Bar…so it’s *kind of a big deal* when Quest comes out with a new flavor. (PS they have a pizza now which I am on the hunt for…)

Anyway, recently Quest dropped the Maple Waffle protein bar. As a caveat…maple is one of my *FAVORITE* flavors. Maple syrup on waffles, pancakes, eggs, toast, bacon…you name it, I like it. So needless to say I was pretty pumped about this.

Here’s what it looks like. And yes, just as Maple syrup would promise, it is sticky. 

Yes, very sticky. You will need a napkin. It will stick to the wrapper. This is not microwaved!

So…how’s the taste?

The taste is very similar to their Vanilla Almond bar, in fact, I think vanilla and almond is more of predominant flavor than maple. However, it does have a maple aftertaste, but it is overwhelming with that artificial sweetener flavor when you bite into a “gooey” maple syrup spot of the bar.

There are little crunchy bits scattered throughout the bar which are yummy, which give it a toasted waffle appeal, and add additional sweetness.

The bar is dense and chewy like their traditional style, but the stickiness of the scattered maple syrup really makes it, well, annoying to eat. Stuck to the wrapper, sticks to your fingers, stuck on my plate.

Overall, I am underwhelmed by this flavor. I’m sad I bought a box actually, because this is not my go to bar. I tried it twice, and both times was not a huge fan. It is just overly sweet, but that “fake sweet”, and it lacks some sort of counterbalance, such as the buttery flavor from waffles, etc. I know this is hard to capture in a bar, but would I buy it again? No. Would I eat it again? Yeah.

3 stars

Nutritional facts:

1 bar is 190 calories, 6 grams of fat (2.5 saturated), 290 mg sodium, 24 g of carbohydrate, 16 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 20 grams of protein.

22 Dec 2016, Comments (0)

Just Granola Products

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hi there!

Today we are reviewing one of my favorite things… granola. In yogurt, out of the box, in bar form, UGH LOVE IT. I could eat it all day. I won’t…because it’s usually loaded with sugar…but here’s hopes to Just Granola filling the void for granola, that is both healthy and nutritious.

Note: If after this review you decide you want to try some, you can head over to the website and first time customers get 20% off with code “launch20”.

So a little backstory, Just Granola offers a variety of products, bars and actual granola, and some of the products are made without animal products, gluten or nuts. This appeals to a wide variety of people, whether you have to go gluten free or you are vegan. (note: some of their products DO contain nuts/animal products. AND- These products ARE made in a facility that processes gluten, nuts and animal products. ALWAYS Read the label!)

First up, the Peanut Butter Granola bar. BOY WAS I PUMPED FOR THIS.
Healthnuttxo fans will know…by now…hopefully…that I am a nut butter addict. So now combine my favorite food (spread? I mean it’s technically peanuts…) with granola?!?! Let’s get to it.

It was a Chewy and dense bar, little bit of cinnamon flavor to it. Did not taste much peanut butter to it to be honest, which is sort of disappointing for a peanut butter granola bar. It tasted more “oat-y” and “cinnamon-y” than “peanut butter-y”. I just made those words up so…follow along! 🙂 It wasn’t *bad*, it just wasn’t exactly my favorite. A bit on the bland side, and really not enough of a peanut butter punch that I need in order to be satisfied with a peanut butter product. 2 1/2 stars.

1 bar is 3 servings (which is SUPER easy to eat when it looks like a cookie!) at 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 16 carbs, 2 grams fiber, 6 sugars and 4 grams of protein.

Next up, the Oat & Raisin Granola Bar.

Got this pic from their website ^
This one is made without nuts, gluten or animal products ( but is made in a facility that uses these ingredients so be careful!)
I liked this one better than the peanut butter bar. It was chewy, and again, had a nice cinnamon flavor. It wasn’t too sweet,  but with the raisins gave off an oatmeal raisin cookie type of feel. It was soft, but had like a very “toasted” almost slightly “burnt” flavor to it that was predominant. However, not bad. 3 stars.

Lastly, the oh so delicious, Apple & Cranberry Granola.  I had just a tiny bit of this after having my wisdom teeth taken out and LET ME TELL YOU, it was such a tease, because after an extraction you are not supposed to have any foods that may “get stuck” so I had to patiently wait until I was fully healed to enjoy the rest of the bag! The cinnamon flavor (again) is strong but really works here. It was a sweet and “soft” granola, as in, not crispy./crunchy which I guess is due to not using tons of oil.
It had a nice honey flavor as well, and sweetness was provided from bits of dried apple and cranberry.
I also detected a nice, light brown sugar flavor.
It was really quite nice straight from the bag. I actually didn’t eat it any other way. I demolished this straight from the bag 🙂
4.5 stars

One serving is 100 calories, 3.5 g fat, 15 carbs, 7g sugar and 3 grams of protein.

I think the products are worth a try. I am a granola fan, and I like the idea behind these products. I also liked that they weren’t overloaded with fat or added sugars. Always a plus in a my book!


Note: I received these products for free from the company. This is an UNBIASED review.
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… 😉

12 Jun 2010, Comments (3)

Happy Baby Organic Apple and Banana Puffs

Author: Healthnuttxo

Yes- I’m reviewing a baby food….again. 😀 HappyBaby sent me some coupons to try their organic puffs for free, so I decided “why not?”

I got these puffs in both apple and banana flavor, which come in long, plastic tubes with a flip open cap. According to the package the puffs come in, they are made with whole grains, are BPA free, organic, and provide some calcium, vitamin B and D, and iron. These puffs are essentially little pieces of cereal that are easy for the baby to eat. They are also soy, corn and dairy free.

As for me, I decided they might be a good munching snack or a good addition to trail mix. They are in cute flower-y shapes, about the size of Cheerios. In fact, these taste pretty much like Cheerio’s as well. THey are light and puffy, and have a pretty bland flavor. They only provide .5 grams of sugar per serving, so I wasn’t really expecting much sweetness. The apple puffs had a very slight granny smith apple aftertaste, and the banana puffs didn’t really have much of a banana flavor, but were just sweeter, rather.

Overall, I give these 3 stars. I understand they are meant for babies, so they are low in sugar, but also a bit low in flavor. However, they are GREAT for babies- just like the package says, they really melt in the mouth, so the baby can eat it easily. They are also small and easy to pick up. As for me, I like that they are organic, contain vitamins like calcium, and are pretty low calorie, although they lack fiber. I think they would be great for a little added crunch in yogurt, or to add to “bulk up” some of those sugary cereals for breakfast.

1 serving, 75 pieces/ about 1/2 a cup, is 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, .5 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Banana Puffs- organic rice, organic whole oats, organic wheat, organic apple juice concentrate, organic whole grain brown rice, organic wheat starch, organic banana; vitamins and minerals: ascorbic acid, citric acid, di- and tri-calcium phosphate (calcium), mixed tocopherols (vitamin e), ferric orthophosphate (iron), vitamin d3, niacin (vitamin b3), zinc oxide, d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin b5), riboflavin (vitamin b2), thiamin mononitrate (vitamin b1), pyridoxine hcl (vitamin b6), vitamin b12, folic acid

Apple Puffs- organic rice, organic whole oats, organic wheat, organic apple juice concentrate, organic whole grain brown rice, organic wheat starch, organic apple; vitamins and minerals: ascorbic acid, di- and tri-calcium phosphate (calcium), mixed tocopherols (vitamin e), ferric ortho-phosphate (iron), vitamin d3, niacin (vitamin b3), zinc oxide, d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin b5), riboflavin (vitamin b2), thiamin mononitrate (vitamin b1), pyridoxine hcl (vitamin b6), vitamin b12, folic acid

No Nuttin’ Foods Inc. makes snacks that can be enjoyed by almost everyone, as they made products that are gluten free, nut free, egg free, dairy free, and are also all natural and healthy, too! These snack range from granola bars, to trail mixes, to granola clusters, and come in several yummy flavors.

The company sent me a few snacks to try, so I decided to try the Vanilla Caramel Granola Clusters and the Apple Cinnamon Granola Bar. Those sounded most appealing to me. Vanilla Caramel? Count me in. Apple Cinnamon? We all know I love apple anything!

First up- Vanilla Caramel Granola Clusters. They came in an individually sized bag, with about a large handful of clusters. They smelled pretty good, like a light caramel. I put a few pieces in my mouth and was actually surprised. These weren’t crunchy. I sort of expected at least some kind of crunch, including they were supposed to be granola clusters. They were more chewy and kind of stuck to your teeth a bit as you ate them, almost sticky in texture. Perhaps they would have been better in yogurt rather than straight from the bag, but not too bad. They weren’t too sweet, and they only had 5 grams of sugar per serving. They had a very light vanilla flavor, but mostly a caramel flavor to me. 3 stars

Apple Cinnamon Granola Bar- Well, I opened this up, and half the bar fell off. These bars fall apart super easy! It was a bunch of crisp rice and oats, held together very loosely by brown rice/rice syrup. The texture sort of reminded me of a rice krispie treat- but as if you were making them homemade. However, the flavor saved this bar. It was sweet and had a nice apple & cinnamon taste, that was actually very good. I would have liked it better if the bar had more staying power, but overall not bad. 3 stars

Overall, these aren’t bad. They are a good option if you cannot tolerate gluten, and cannot have peanuts or nuts. I liked how the granola clusters and granola bar were low in sugar, but I just didn’t really care for the texture of either too. Also, they are both kind of low in fiber and protein, but if paired with some fruit or yogurt/protein, they could be good snacks.

1 packet of vanilla caramel granola clusters (30 grams) is 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Pure oats, rice syrup, expeller pressed canola oil, brown sugar, organic crisp brown rice (organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt), natural vanilla flavor.

1 apple cinnamon granola bar is 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Pure oats, rice syrup, expeller pressed canola oil, organic crisp brown rice (organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt), dried apples, brown sugar, organic cinnamon.

20 May 2010, Comments (0)

KickinBerries Antioxidant Drink Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

Goji,  Elderberry, Acai and Pomegranate- these 4 types of berries have quite the buzz in the health department, for all the nutritional benefits that they provide. Well, the folks at easydrinkpack.com sent me 2 free samples from  of the KickinBerries Antioxidant Drink Mix, that combines all of these nutritious berries. (Read more about the health benefits of berries on their website) Their motto is “You bring the bottle, we’ll bring the benefits”.

I’m always on the lookout for yummy alternatives to water, but ones that are healthy and also provide health benefits. This seemed to fit the bill quite nicely!

When I got the 2 packets, I first noticed the size. These were HUGE! Think, double the size of a crystal light. And you pour the whole thing in one bottle of water (or juice, or anything you want, really)- that’s a lotta’ antioxidants 😉

I poured it into my water and noticed it changed into a nice deep purple/pink color. I took a sip- not too shabby! It was mildly sweet with tart aftertastes. I did notice it made my throat feel a little “phlegmy”, but not too bad. Overall, I would give this product 3 1/2 stars. I love the fact that it provides a nutritional punch combining the 4 berries, and is actually refreshing. I didn’t like that one of the ingredients was sucralose, and that it’s 25 calories per pack. I don’t think the flavor is strong enough to split the pack in half and use it for 1 water bottle, so you would probably have to use the whole packet. However, 25 calories a packet is a LOT better than the 100+ you can consume with certain juices or soft drinks, so that’s definietely a healthier swap!

1 packet is 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, 9 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

Acai, Elderberry, Pomegranate, Goji Proprietary Blend (1750 mg). Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Berry Flavor, Vanilla Flavor, Silicone Dioxide, Sucralose.

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5 Dec 2009, Comments (2)

Kay's Naturals Protein Cereal

Author: healthnuttxo

Protein Cereal? What on EARTH is that? Read on, bloggies! 🙂

Kay’s Naturals is a brand that makes better alternatives to snacks, packed with nutritious protein and fiber for satiety.  They make a whole assortment of snacks and cereals to please all, and they are mostly Gluten Free.

I was sent some products to try from Kay’s Naturals, including the Protein Cereal in Apple Cinnamon and French Vanilla flavors to try.  The cereals have no trans fats, are gluten free, and have 9 grams of protein per 100 calorie serving (1 oz of cereal). Each of the cereals are ring shapes and have a light and crunchy texture.

Apple Cinnamon- These were very good. They tasted like a combination of apple cinnamon flavors with a hint of a vanilla flavor as well. They had a good amount of sweetness too to accompany the cinnamon flavor, and I liked the little pieces of dehydrated apples on each piece. They were addicting, and curbed my hunger until dinner time,

French Vanilla– Yum! I liked these better than the apple cinnamon variety, but I enjoyed both for the most part. They were a little bit sweeter than the apple cinnamon, and had a light vanilla and cinnamon flavor. I also tasted just a touch of honey to these crispy pieces. They paired nicely with my yogurt 🙂

Overall, these deserve 4 stars. You get a nice portion of cereal to munch on for only 100 calories, and you get 9 grams of  protein per serving!

Apple Cinnamon- Soy protein isolate, yellow corn flour, rice flour, tapioca starch, inulin, pea fiber, natural honey, evaporated cane juice, dehydrated apple pieces, canola oil, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, natural flavoring, baking powder, double-acting leavening agents, salt.

French VanillaSoy protein isolate, yellow corn flour, rice flour, tapioca starch, inulin, pea fiber, natural honey, evaporated cane juice, canola oil, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, natural flavoring, baking powder, double-acting leavening agents, salt.


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