Tags: no added sugar

14 Jul 2011, Comments (0)

Power of Fruit Berry Cherry Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I loooooove cherries. Not the kind on top of ice cream sundaes- but dark, purple cherries. I remember a friend of mine and I ate a whole bag of them on the 4th of July coming home in a car ride. We were left with an awful lot of pits and stems, but they were so good we couldn’t stop eating them. And really, how can there be any guilt involved eating mass quantities of FRUIT? I mean really, how DARE I? Now I ate a bunch of antioxidants with no added sugar and exceeded my quota for fruit for the day, maybe even the next few days! I’ll never learn, will I? 😉

But, ANYWAY, I was contacted by the Power of Fruit and asked if I wanted to try their Berry Cherry Power of Fruit Bar. These frozen treats are all natural, and have no added sugar, which I really liked. I’m a diabetic, so I try to stay away from sugar as much as possible. Of course, I’m not saying I never took a spoonful of icing straight from the container (tell me I’m not the only one who does that….), but when given the option for natural sugars from fruit rather than added sugar, I’m all for it!

Here’s a pic of the fruity ice pop after a bite was taken. You can actually see a blueberry!

The bar looked pretty tasty, and as you can see it was a deep purple/red in color and rather thick. I took a bite, and the first thing I thought of was how tart it was! At first I thought it was pretty good – not too sweet, and pretty fruity. As I ate it though, I thought it was just ok and didn’t like it as much. It had mostly a cherry and blueberry flavor, but they didn’t seem like they had the same luscious flavor as they would straight from the carton or bag. The pop was also just too icy in consistency for me (another friend of mine who took a bite agreed) and I actually wish it was sweeter.

I do love the fact that there is no added sugar, and these are made with fruit. I also  do take into account that they are so low calorie, and they would be a really good treat for those times when I’m not really hungry but feel like eating (which happens….. a lot.) However, it wasn’t memorable enough for me to want to eat on a daily basis, and I do wish it was just a bit sweeter. 2  stars

What’s your favorite fruit to eat in the summer? Mine would be watermelon– I think it ONLY tastes good in the summer! =)


I was provided these fruit bars to try for free from the company.

3 Oct 2010, Comments (3)

Organicville Ketchup

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ketchup! I’ve never been a huge fan of ketchup, as I normally dipped my foods in applesauce, but I tried it recently since it seems to be popular in the blog world. Just the other night I had some ketchup with roasted cauliflower and roasted potatoes- the perfect addition!

Ketchup may get a bad rap because of the added refined sugar, but perhaps the one Organicville provides is better. I bought a bottle of this with a 50 cents off coupon the company gave me. According to the website, “Organicville’s exciting new organic Ketchup is made with the finest vine-ripened tomatoes and organic seasonings. And as always, we bring it to you without any added sugar! Sweetened with agave nectar, this richly flavored ketchup has the fresh hearty taste and texture you love!” Sounds good to me!   🙂

So, how’s the taste? Actually quite good! It was sweeter than what I am used to, and not as oniony/spicy as some other brands I have tried in the past. It sort of reminded me of a cross between BBQ sauce and ketchup– but didn’t totally have that salty zing to it that I have had with other ketchups.

Overall, I give it 4 stars. I love the fact that it’s organic, has no refined sugar, and is also gluten free. The sodium isn’t too high, either, with only 125mg per 1 Tbsp. serving. However, I did sort of miss the stronger salty/oniony flavors that other ketchups I have had provided.

** What’s your favorite thing to dip KETCHUP in?**

1 tbsp is 20 calories, 0 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

5 May 2010, Comments (5)

Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Fruit

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m feeling fruity these week, obviously! (it’s the good weather, I think  it makes me craves fruit!)

So what better time then now to do a review of Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Fruit! This company has a line of all natural freeze dried fruit snacks which provide THREE servings of fruit per 1 oz bag! Here’s some info about the company which Jennifer at Funky Monkey Snacks provided me with.
“•          Funky Monkey Snacks have no added colors, flavors, sugars, or preservatives
•          Our special, proprietary manufacturing process provides for a crunchier texture vs. conventional freeze-drying techniques
•          We use full slices and pieces (not dices) of delicious, fresh fruit
•          Funky Monkey is made in Brazil using tropical fruits at the peak of freshness
•          Our products are gluten-free and are certified Kosher
•          One of our 7 flavors, Purple Funk, also includes açai, a berry from the Amazon that is viewed as the newest superfood
•          Bananamon, JiveALime, and Purple Funk are 100% organic! Pink Pineapple is 95% organic, Carnaval Mix is 70% organic. ”

Nice facts! Who knew these fruits came all the way from BRAZIL!?

I was super excited when I got my package in the mail from Funky Monkey, as I knew these were going to be unique and delicious. The flavors come in Applemon, Bananamon, Carnaval Mix, JiveALime, MangOJ, Pink Pineapple, and Purple Funk.

I decided to try Bananamon, MangOJ, and Pink Pineapple.

Bananamon- this flavor is bananas with cinnamon. I like how they were actual round slices of banana, not just wimpy little pieces. They were airy and crunchy, and COATED with cinnamon! The banana pieces were also sweet and delicious. A perfect snack by itself, or I had them paired with a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk (ahh, heaven).

MangOJ- this flavor is freezedried mango with orange juice. All I can say is woah! This one is definitely sweet and tangy, and keeps you wanting more! The orange juice was a perfect compliment to the mango. However the pieces did get stuck in my teeth pretty easy (the annoying part of freeze-dried fruit), but I ignored that for the totally awesome taste. Who knew they could make mango crunchy ?

Pink Pineapple- this one is freeze dried pineapple and guava. GUAVA! I have never eaten guava before until today- and it was certainly yummy! Mellow, yet sweet, it went nice with the  TANGY pineapple. The pineapple tasted just as if it was fresh, and really left an impression on my tongue. Good combination, yet again!

Overall, I give these 5 stars 🙂  They are certainly tasty, provide THREE servings of fruit per 1 oz bag, provide fiber, and are a great alternative to some other crispy/crunchy snacks. They are also preservative free, made with organic ingredients and have no added sugars. Definitely my new favorite freeze dried crunchy fruit snack (Bananamon was my favorite of the 3!)

24 Oct 2009, Comments (3)

Peeled Snacks

Author: healthnuttxo

 

peeledFirst off- my apologies to the Peeled Snacks company. They sent me these to review, I wrote down all my thoughts, and completely forgot to post! But it’s all good- here it is now!

Peeled Snacks are dried fruit, mostly organic, with no added sugar like a lot of other dried fruit brands add. When the fresh fruit is dried, all the vitamins, minerals and other goodies are preserved. They also don’t contain the preservatives or sulfites that I often see in dried fruit as well. They come in individual bags for the most part, and each bag is one serving of fruit. Peeled Snacks sent me flavors “Apricot-a-lot”, “go-Mango-man-go”, “Cherry-go-round”, and “Banan-a-peel”. They also come in flavors like “Apple-2-the-core”, “Pine-4-Pineapple”, “Almond Daze” and “Cashew-later”.  Let’s just start the review by saying the names are soo cute!

Apricot-a-lot– well, i felt a little biased doing this one, because i looooove dried apricots, but i have had some bad and good experiences with them. For example, the bad ones, are very tart and leather like. The good ones (*cough cough Newman’s Own Organic Apricots cough cough*) are sweet, chewy and yummy. These fell into the good category. They were not bright orange like the commercialized apricots are (the bad ones), but rather tender and sweet. (4 stars!)
Cherry-Go-Round- I’m totally copying Rachael Ray when I say YUM-O! These reminded me of those Craisins, but sweeter and without the cranberry aftertaste. They were also plumper and juicy. I ate these straight out of the bag with some nuts and dark chocolate chips. My own mini heaven trail mix! 🙂 (4 stars!)
Go-Mango-Man-Go-  i never had dried mango before. Normally at the mall I see dried fruit, but its coated in sugar and honestly, that takes the A. natural sweetness away B. Natural goodness away C. Natural health away! You might as well eat candy if your going to eat something drowning in sugar. These were plenty sweet on their own. They reminded me of fruit roll ups 🙂  (4 stars!)
Banan-a-peel- The bananas were totally unexpected to me. I love banana chips, freeze dried banana, regular banana, frozen banana, any kind of banana really. I thought these were okay to be honest. They were very chewy, with a very mellow sweetness for a banana. I think they would be good with some granola, or in a trail mix with some dark chocolate chips! (3 stars!)

Overall, I’m impressed. 4 stars for sure. These were yummy ways to up my fruit intake (even higher than it already is 😉 ) and they had no added sugar. I would like to try the other flavors, I am most interested in trying the Cashew Later ( i LOVE cashews) and the pineapple flavor! If any of you guys tried them, let me know!

Apricot-a-lot– 1 bag is 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. You also get 60% Vitamin A and 10% Iron!
Cherry-Go-Round- 1 bag is 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein. Vitamin C is 20% !
Go-Mango-Man-Go- 1 bag is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 28 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Vitamin A 30% and Vitamin C 20%!
Banan-a-peel- 1 bag is 150 calories, .5 grams of fat, 38 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. 23% vitamin C !

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