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24 Jun 2016, Comments (0)

Heavenly Organics Chocolate Honey Patties

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi!

I got some awesome goodies from Heavenly Organics. They created these chocolate honey patties in a few varieties, with minimal and sustainable ingredients.  The chocolate shell is made from 100% cocoa and raw Himalayan honey. They are gluten, dairy, and soy free, with no additional sugar added (aside from using the honey).  The honey is 100% organic, obtained from free roaming beehives.  The bees are in areas that are not near pesticides or pollutants, which is awesome, because then that stuff won’t get into YOUR body!

They come in a bunch of flavors. I got the Ginger Chocolate Honey Pattie, Mint Chocolate Honey Pattie, Almond Chocolate Honey Pattie, DOUBLE Dark Chocolate Honey Pattie, Pomegranate Chocolate Honey Pattie, and the Peanut Chocolate Honey Pattie!  Here’s what they looked like up close. IMG_3064

bitten into, of course!

The chocolate shells all taste the same. The chocolate is relatively bitter, not that smooth, but the honey flavor definitely shines through. I am not a huge fan of the chocolate, as it breaks like a shell would on ice cream (that hard chocolate shell you put on and it freezes), but I also prefer a smooth milk chocolate over a dark chocolate. The shell reminds me more of a bitter dark chocolate.

Each pattie has an inside filling. The Pomegranate is super sweet and supple, tasted like pure, silky honey with the sweetness of pomegranate juice. The Double Chocolate is exactly what it sounds like, more of a dark chocolate flavor, with honey. It is creamy and sweet, but again, the outside shell ruined it a bit for me. The Peanut Chocolate pattie inside is very good. Reminds me of a traditional peanut butter cup, but with a nice honey twist. I loved the inside, wanted to eat it by itself. The Mint Chocolate honey pattie is the dark chocolate shell, with honey completely oozing out the middle. There is a hint of mint as well. I didn’t really care for this one, as the chocolate is very bitter and the mint made it more bitter. However, the honey is excellent, and incredibly smooth and creamy. The Almond Chocolate Honey Pattie is pretty good, it has that almond joy type of almond flavor, like almond extract or a toasted almond, alongside the chocolate and honey. It goes well with the honey flavor in my opinion. Lastly, the Ginger Chocolate Honey Pattie. I actually really liked this one, but you have to enjoy ginger. I used to eat ginger chews as a kid, so I love candied, dry ginger. It mellows out the bitterness of the chocolate, and goes wonderfully with the honey.

My favorites were the Ginger, Pomegranate, and Peanut patties. But as a whole, these are pretty good, but you have to be a fan of bitter/dark chocolate. I wish they had a milk chocolate version 8)

Each patties is roughly 50 calories, which isn’t too shabby! Especially when you need a luxurious sweet treat.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars.

7 Dec 2014, Comments (8)

Pearson Farm Natural Elliot Pecan Halves

Author: Healthnuttxo

Pecans are by far, my favorite nut. So when I got an email asking to review some of the “BEST. PECANS. EVER!” , you bet I was down to give them a try!

I got sent a bag to try for free from Pearson Farm. I was slightly skeptical after reading the ingredients. Just…pecans? No salt? Not roasted? Hmm…

However, these are fantastic! They are soft, have a slight mapley/sweet flavor to them as well, which HAS to be natural! They have no oily taste to them, and do not have a funky aftertaste to them that I find raw nuts sometimes have. The pecans are nice and big, and just very flavorful. Easily the best raw pecans I have ever tried, and very yummy for a “plain” flavor.

I think these would be great for baking. With holiday cooking and baking right around the corner, I think they would be excellent for making a pecan pie or a topping for cookies. However, they are delicious right out of the bag as well. I will always be a fan of roasted over raw, but for no salt AND raw nuts, these are very good, and very flavorful. Really allows the pecan flavor to shine through. I applaud! 4 1/2 stars from me.

Q- what is your favorite nut?


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28 Jun 2013, Comments (0)

Calorease weight management supplement

Author: Healthnuttxo

Heyyyyyo!

Got a new product coming out that I was sent to give a try. It is called Calorease- it is a weight management supplement that you take with meals that contain fat. The idea behind it is that it can bind with up to 18 grams of fat per meal by taking 2 of the tablets, and up to a total of 500 calories a day. Given that you are eating a diet ample in fat, according to the pamphlet I was provided, “that’s an equivalent to 15,000 calories a month, which could be a whole pant or dress size”. … Cool!

So I tried the supplement for 2 weeks. I have to be honest I do not eat a ton of fat…the pamphlet states that “most of us consume about 100 grams of fat a day” , which is not really the case for me. So sometimes I only took the supplement 2 x a day instead of the recommended 3, and even then my meals never really exceeded 15 grams of fat.

The pills are kind of big…about the size of one of those oval fish oil pills, but not terribly hard to swallow.

I’m happy to report I had NO side effects, which is definitely a bonus. I did not take any more than directed. I made sure to take them whenever I indulged in peanut butter or almond butter- this food always messes up my blood sugar levels. For whatever reason, which I think is due to the high fat content, my blood sugars seem to be elevated hours after eating them. When I took the calorease, I noticed they were not elevated quite as high, which was really nice. To me, that was more of a perk than any potential weight loss.

As for results? I lost about a pound. That does not seem like a lot, but keep in mind I mostly took it 2x a day, not 3 as directed, and my diet is NOT super high in fat. I am definitely not one to eat 100 grams of fat a day (well…except maybe on a peanut butter binge day 😉 ) but  I think this is worth a try! Especially since I had no side effects while taking it, which is something I am always wary of when taking any type of supplement.

Overall, 4 stars! I will keep this one in mind for sure. I like that this supplement is naturally sourced, and free of stimulants. I can still have my coffee! Woo!

What do cold wintry days bring? Multiple trips to Starbucks and hot bowls of soup. Well at least for me. The weather was beyond bitter cold and windy the other day, and I thought the only thing to help my winter woe’s was to have a nice hot bowl of soup.  In the mood for something new, I tried, Campbell’s Select Harvest Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta Soup that I bought and was chilling in my pantry.

The ingredients weren’t bad, pretty good in fact. Take a look =)

So I cooked up the soup, noticing there wasn’t much to it. I’d say it was 50 % broth, and 50% content, mostly noodles with a few carrots and maybe 1-2 pieces of celery. I transferred to a bowl, but left some of the broth in the pot which is why it looks fuller.

I took a spoonful of the broth- oh. Where’s the salt?

Looking at the ingredients I noticed it was made with “lower sodium natural sea salt”, and although I don’t know exactly what that is, I assumed the lack of salty flavor was because that was used. But there really was a difference- I’m used to the salty soups!

I tried the chicken first, big cubes of it. It was chewy, yet soft, and again, not too salty tasting. It was pretty good, yet standard.

Next up, the noodles, and a LOT of them. They were whole grain, so that was good, and not mushy at all, also a plus. They kept well in the broth,and were a teeny bit softer than al dente. However, they were really bland.

The veggies were scarce, but good. Soft carrots and tender celery- I wish there was more so it would have “bulked” up the soup a little bit.

Overall, it was kind of a bland soup. Boring, lackluster, and really not enjoyable for that matter. I like that it’s low in sodium but it still needs flavor! How about some extra garlic or onion powder? Something. I felt like I NEEDED crackers or a piece of bread with butter to eat this soup, and I was even tempted to add salt (I refrained…). I also wished there were more veggies, as the soup didn’t satisfy me and I was still hungry (insert handfuls of Ritz crackers here).

With that said, 2 stars. I won’t buy this again, unfortunately.

7 Jun 2010, Comments (5)

Sunbutter Natural Sunflower Seed Spread

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ah, nut and seed butters. Nothing’s better than these spreads of fruits, chips, sandwiches, or even straight from the jar. I’ve tried my fair share of peanut and many types of nut butters in my life, but never had sunflower seed butter. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed! Well, that all changed when I was introduced to Sunbutter. This spread is made from sunflower seeds, and is peanut free and gluten free, making it good for those who have allergies. Sunbutter comes in Creamy, Natural,  Natural Crunch,  Natural Omega-3, Organic Unsweetened, and the On-The-Go Snack Pack. The company sent me some jars to try, and I decided to do a review on the Natural flavor.

I’ll be honest, at first I was not a fan. But I think that’s because I was sort of expecting peanut butter. Like I said when I reviewed soy nut butter- you cannot  expect a flavor- you have to just TASTE it for what it is. So, I tried the Sunbutter a few times, and it really grew on me. In fact, I like it now!

Upon opening the jar, you can see it is a very creamy and “liquidy” spread- sort of like my experiences in the past with almond butter, it makes a good “drizzly” spread. As in, you can put a spoon in it, and then it will drip off of the spoon (there are no hydrogenated or palm oils in this spread, so I would imagine that is why it is not as stiff as other nut or seed butters). It’s the same color as peanut butter for the most part, and has a strong sunflower seed smell. The taste is quite good- a mild sunflower seed taste, and has that creamy aftertaste that peanut butter sometimes provides. Not salty, but it has a slight sweetness. It’s quite good! I tried mine straight from the jar, but I think I’m going to try it with jelly for a Sunbutter&Jelly sandwich, or maybe on a toasted english muffin.

Overall, I give it 3 1/2 stars. It’s not my favorite, but it actually is quite good. It reminds me of baseball, actually, and being a little kid. I remember always eating sunflower seeds while watching the game with my brother or father, so this spread brought back good memories! I also like that there are no hydrogenated oils, and that it’s a good source of fiber and protein.

*Have you ever tried sunflower seed butter? How do YOU use it?*

2 Tbsp is 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Sunflower Seed, Dehydrated Cane Juice, Salt, and Natural Mixed Tocopherols to preserve freshness.

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We all know how much I love yogurt. Creamy, flavored, plain, fruit on the bottom- I just love it! I also LOVE frozen yogurt. Red Mango is a place by me that makes good frozen yogurt-but it’s kind of far away. So, i was at Whole Foods yesterday and i bought Stonyfield Farm Organic Frozen Yogurt in the Cookies ‘n Dream flavor. I figured why not?

So today, as 3 o clock rolled around and my tummy began grumbling for something, i was about to reach for my usual, some soy crisps or a flavored yogurt, but -aha!- i have my frozen yogurt i can try! So i pulled out the container and took a couple big scoops and plopped them into the bowl. It looked promising-just like ice cream. But how did it taste? I took a nibble of the cookie wafer part- delicious! It tasted just like the chocolate cookie part of an oreo-just frozen. There were a lot of cookie chunks throughout the container as well-Stonyfield doesn’t scrimp at all and that’s a good thing!  The frozen yogurt as a whole was amazing. It was creamy, melty, sweet but not overpoweringly sweet like some companies make their products. The cookie pieces were the best part. I made sure i picked a lot of those out when scooping out of the container (yes i am one of those people- like when you buy cookie dough ice cream and you make sure every spoonful you take out of the carton has some cookie dough in it-leaving little for the next person!!)It tasted sinful-but it wasn’t! It was lowfat AND had beneficial probiotics for my digestive system, along with 15% of my daily calcium needs in a 1/2 cup serving. Nice!

Stonyfield promises that their products only contain the “freshest all natural and organic ingredients. They are also produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones or toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. The result is a wide array of the purest, most indulgent treats you’ll find anywhere.”

I definitely felt good eating this- it was yummy AND good for me!

Each 1/2 cup serving is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. My only complaint was that it lacked fiber-but it is yogurt. But they could have added some inulin to the product or something, but I’ll take it as it for now 🙂

CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, NATURALLY MILLED ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC CHOCOLATE COOKIES (ORGANIC WHEAT FLOUR, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, ORGANIC PALM OIL, ORGANIC BLACK COCOA, WATER, ORGANIC INVERT CANE SYRUP, BAKING SODA, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT), ORGANIC RICE SYRUP, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, CAROB BEAN GUM, GUAR GUM. CONTAINS: S. THERMOPHILUS, L. BULGARICUS, L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS AND L. CASEI LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES.

16 Jul 2009, Comments (0)

True Lemon Naturally Sweet Lemonade Mix

Author: healthnuttxo

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Water. So good for us. Sometimes it just hits the spot and is refreshing as it, but sometimes we need to step it up a notch. So…

Finally! A healthy alternative to Crystal Light without artificial sweetners, colors or preservatives! True Lemon Naturally Sweet lemonade mix packets takes the cake! It sweetened naturally with Truvia, which is sweetner with natural Stevia, and evaporated cane juice. Like Crystal Light On-the-Go packets, it has 5 calories per serving (2 servings in a stick). It also has 25% daily vitamin C needs.

As for the taste- delicious! You can make it as light or strong as you want, but it has a good, strong lemony taste. It tastes genuine or real, which is, in my opinion, how lemonade SHOULD taste. It tastes like you actually squeezed some lemons, added water and some sweetner and viola! Lemonade. I hope True Lemon comes out with more flavors like lime or orange, because they also make crystalized lemon, lime and orange packets for seasoning/teas/ etc.

Not many ingredients in here-that’s a good thing!

Citric Acid, Evaporated Cane Juice, Lemon Oil, Lemon Juice, Rebiana (Truvia), Guar Gum, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Natural Color.

12 Jul 2009, Comments (2)

Clif Kid Organic Z Bar Apple Cinnamon

Author: healthnuttxo

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I’m very fond of the Original Clif Bars. Yes-they are a little high in calories (250 for a bar) but they are nutritious, filling, and fuel me up perfectly pre-workout.

So, I decided to try the “kid version” of the Clif Bar. The company claims that is a wholesome bar with wholesome ingredients. No “junk”, or hydrogenated oils, preservatives, and artificial flavors or colors. They come in several flavors, chocolate chip, chocolate brownie, honey graham, spooky s’mores (my favorite-but only availble during Halloween. 🙁 !!, peanut butter, blueberry, and apple cinnamon.

I opened up the bar, and there are swirls of vanilla “icing” on the top. I took a bite-yummy! You can taste bits of apple and cinnamon for sure. It’s soft and chewy-kind of like a slightly undercooked cookie. I liked it-a lot! Certainly not just for kids!

It’s super healthy too. Pretty much all organic, whole grain, and with added vitamins and minerals. 1 bar is 120 calories,  2 grams of fat, 23 carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. I think this with some fruit is a very substantial snack or a very light lunch on the go.

Organic Dried Apples, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Fig Paste, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Soy Butter, Organic White Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Rice Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Apple Flavor, Baking Soda, Salt, Natural Flavors.

7 Jul 2009, Comments (1)

Amy's Teriyaki Rice Bowl

Author: healthnuttxo

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Oh, Amy’s, you never disapoint me. I eat Amy’s meals frequently, and I was excited to try this twist on Japanese/Asian cuisine.
So i opened the box, and there are a LOT of veggies in this. Amy definitely doesn’t scrimp on the veggies in this bowl, so i feel even better about eating this.
After popping it in the microwave for 5 minutes, i opened it up and gave it a stir. Here’s what it looked like after…

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I took a bite and-delicious! The sauce is light, the rice was fluffy (and whole grain, may I add) and the veggies cooked just right (except for the few stray green beans which were a little overcooked-but I can ignore that).  My favorite part was the broccoli and the marinated tofu. Yum! Why can’t my tofu ever taste like that?!

This is definitely going to be a staple in my house, and it hits the spot when your craving something like sweet and sour chicken but want something healthy.

290 calories, 4.5 grams fat (.5 saturated), 53 carbs, 4 grams filling fiber and 10 grams of protein.

ORGANIC BROWN RICE, ORGANIC BROCCOLI, ORGANIC TAMARI , ORGANIC TOFU ,PINEAPPLE JUICE, ORGANIC GREEN BEANS, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, MUSHROOMS, ORGANIC CARROTS, WATER CHESTNUTS, ORGANIC BELL PEPPERS, ORGANIC LEMON JUICE, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC GINGER, ORGANIC SESAME SEED OIL, ORGANIC CORNSTARCH, ORGANIC GARLIC, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, SPICES.

 

6 Jul 2009, Comments (0)

My First Post

Author: healthnuttxo

Hello, everyone.

I’m starting this blog to review all natural/organic food products and to “share the love”. I’m tired of everyone ragging on healthy food saying it tastes gross or like “cardboard” just because it’s good for you! So here’s my chance to review all the healthy products out there-don’t worry I’ll let you know which ones to avoid and which ones to buy and enjoy frequently!

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