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18 Mar 2011, Comments (4)

Pillsbury Simply… Buttermilk Biscuit

Author: Healthnuttxo

I finally got around to trying these! It only took passing them a few times in the grocery store saying to myself, I really should get those. They look good. And then being distracted by the fact I needed to buy eggs or something else in the store and forgetting to buy them. HOWEVER, I finally bought them, cooked them, and ate them (ok not ALL of them…)

SO, here’s how one biscuit looked out of the oven. I broke it in half

These biscuits were light and fluffy, and absolutely delicious. They were a tad on the pasty side, but not overpowering. I certainly detected a buttermilk flavor which I thought was pleasant, and they had a salty flavor, which I actually really liked. I had 1 (ok… I had more than 1) with my dinner plain and thought they were just fine that way, but another person in my household had it with butter and seemed to enjoy them as well.

Overall, 4 stars. They are a tad high in saturated fat and sodium (330 mg) and have 0 grams of fiber per serving. However, not only delicious, but according to the package, also have “0g trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors”. Sounds like my kind of biscuit!

What’s your favorite way to eat a biscuit? I’m pretty sure I like my plain, or with a little smear of butter!

1 biscuit is 100 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

I. love. yogurt.

I’ll be honest, I probably eat a yogurt once or even two times a day. And, one of my favorite brands for flavored yogurts is Stonyfield Farms. I enjoy several flavors they have to offer, and try to keep my refrigerator stocked with their yogurts at all times 🙂
(I also love how the cartoon cow above the word organic on the front of the cups always seems to have something to go with each variety. For example, on this cup I think he has “cherries” covering his eyes, for the Strawberry Fruit on the Bottom yogurt, he has “strawberries” over his eyes! I think it’s cute!)

So, as a change from the standard blueberry and strawberry yogurts I usually have for the fruit on the bottom options, I decided to try the Stonyfield Farm Organic Fat Free Fruit on the Bottom Black Cherry yogurt. Cherries usually remind me of the summer- a fruit I usually nosh on at the beach, at my house, wherever! They are a great and delicious fruit.

What I love about Stonyfield Farm yogurts is the consistency. Even the fat free versions have a creamy and thick texture to the yogurts that I love. This one also did not let me down. The yogurt on top had a very faint hint of cherry flavor, otherwise was plain. On the bottom, was the delicious cherry part. It was more of black cherry preserves for the consistency- it was jelly like with bits of cherries scattered throughout, and dark in color. It wasn’t too tart, but not overly sweet. There was also a decent  amount of the fruit. As a whole, I enjoyed this yogurt. I like that it tasted real and pure. I do wish it was a tad bit sweeter, but overall, a very refreshing and delicious yogurt.  Although there is added sugar, there is no high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners/flavors. Woohoo! 4 stars 🙂

One 6 oz container is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Cultured Pastuerized Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Cherries, Naturally Milled Organic Sugar, Pectin, Natural Flavor, Organic Elderberry Juice Concentrate (for color), Vitamin D3.

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Seeing as I’m going with a chocolate theme for the last few posts, I figured a review of Bear Naked Heavenly Chocolate all natural granola fit the bill quite nicely.

I got a coupon for a free bag of Bear Naked’s cereals from the company, and brought it with me to the store. I always remember seeing these cereals on the shelves, but I rarely buy granola- too calorie dense and too delicious to stop at the measly serving size provided. But hey- this bag was free for me, so why not “splurge” a little? 😉

I decided to pick up the Heavenly Chocolate simply because it was different. I’m so used to fruity granolas, especially cinnamon & raisin types, or something with fruit and nuts. Plus, how can something called Heavenly Chocolate taste bad? Exactly.

At first I turned over the bag- not too shabby. Only 7 grams of sugar for one serving (I’ve seen granolas with sugar counts over TWENTY grams a serving. Sheesh!!), and 130 calories for 1/4 of a cup. Plus, it provides 16 grams of whole grains for one serving, and the first ingredient was oats. Alright, I can dig it.

So, I opened up the bag, and figured the best way to try this was…. straight out of the bag! It smells really good. Like a melted chocolate bar. Yum! Rather than individual oats, they are small “clumps” of brown-chocolately covered clusters, that are just the right mix of chewy and crunchy. I also spotted some baby chocolate chips in some of the “clusters”. It had a nice cocoa/chocolate flavor, without being overly sweet. Just right, in fact. The perfect cereal to have with milk (or soy milk or almond milk or _insert your favorite milk) and a sliced banana. And, gotta love that it’s all natural and NO high fructose corn syrup. Woo-hoo!

Overall, I give this cereal 4 stars. It certainly was tasty, and quite addictive. I also think this is a great topping for yogurt or frozen yogurt (I’m already planning on having a raspberry Chobani yogurt with this cereal!!) I don’t think anyone can stick to the 1/4 of a cup serving size- too good! On the bright side, if you do have 1/2 a cup, it’s 260 calories, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and a lot of chocolatey goodness! It loses some points because it included refined sugar in the ingredients, and I try to stay away from that as much as possible 🙂

1 serving, 1/4 of a cup, is 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Whole Grain oats, Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, milk), Honey, Brown Rice Syrup, Evaporated Cane Juice, Canola Oil, Whole Grain Crisp Rice (whole grain rice, barley malt), Cocoa, Chocolate Extract, Ground Flax Seeds, Oat Bran, Natural Flavor, Coconut.

What’s better than a slice of steaming hot apple or cherry pie? Yea, I couldn’t think of anything either 😉 (except if it’s topped with some vanilla frozen yogurt- a la mode!!)

Organic Food Bar has several types of bars that are all organic, all healthy, and according to the website, “outrageously good”! The company sent me a few of their bars to try, like the Cherry Pie flavored Bar, and the Apple Pie Bar was purchased. What’s cool about these is a portion of the proceeds spent on the bars goes to support local schools- nice! These bars are preservative free, have no trans fats, are unprocessed, no artificial ingredients, are dairy free, and have no high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars.

Each bar is a typical breakfast or granola bar size, but these bars do not have the typical texture. In fact, they have a fruity/chewy texture, similar to a PURE bar.

Cherry Pie- This one says Oohmega! on the cover, as it provides 1000 mg Omega 3’s per bar. Woop! It was lightly sweetened, almost bland at first. The flavor comes through after you chew it for a bit, and then you taste a bit of cherry. It’s not bad, but it’s a bit off. There are little oat pieces dispersed throughout, and it also has a funky “flaxseed” taste to it. Also, when you hold the bar, you get an oily texture left on your fingers- but the first ingredient is cashew butter, so that’s probably why. What I did like was that there was a delicious cherry chunk in the bar, that added some instant sweetness. Sadly, it didn’t remind me of  homemade cherry pie, and I give it 2 1/2.

Apple Pie- this one says Oooatmeal!  on the cover. I’m not sure why, but this one was much better. It had little pieces of apples dispersed throughout, and the cinnamon was a nice compliment to the bar. It was much sweeter than the Cherry flavored one, and actually did sort of remind me of Apple Pie! I wonder what it would taste like heated up in the microwave… I would eat this one again- 4 stars.

Overall, not bad. I’d like to try some of their other bars Organic Food Bar has to offer and give them a shot. I do like that these are unprocessed, contain  healthy fats, and are sweetened with agave rather than refined sugar. A nice change to a sugar laden granola bar every now and then!

Cherry Pie- 1 bar is 135 calories, 7 grams of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Bio Sprouts Flax, Organic Cherries, Organic Oats, Organic Brown Rice Protein

Apple Pie- 1 bar is 139 calories, 5.5 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Dates, Organic Premium Agave Nectar, Organic Oats, Organic Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Cinnamon

10 May 2010, Comments (1)

Power of Fruit frozen Fruit Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Nothing screams summer like ICE POPS! I used to LOVE those Fla Vor-Ices, the long skinny ice pops that came in bright colors like blue, purple, green, yum!

Well, I’m sure those weren’t the healthiest option, but no worries, I may have found a substitution! The Power of Fruit makes similar ice pops to Fla Vor Ice’s, that have no corn syrup, no HFCS, no added sugar, and no preservatives. Each bar contributes to 1/2 of a fruit serving as well. They come in 3 flavors, Banana Berry, Tropical, and All Fruit, and are a little bit smaller than Fla Vor Ice’s length wise, but are thicker and rounder width-wise. Ron, at the Power of Fruit, sent me some pops to try. Thanks, Ron!

All Fruit- The ice pop is very “piecey”. There are definite visible chunks of fruit, like strawberry, raspberry and blueberry. Blueberry was the predominant flavor I had tasted, and overall, it wasn’t that sweet. It literally tasted like when you freeze fruit and eat it frozen. It had that slushy consistency that isn’t super sweet, but still good.

Banana Berry- this one was better, not as “piecey”, and more solid. It had a good blend of sweet and tangy with the banana and strawberry flavors mixing. You could actually smell the banana which was kind of nice when you opened the ice pop. Cool! This one also, not super sweet, but mellow fruity flavors. Tastes like nature intended.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. While I love the idea of an all-fruit,  no sugar added pop, I hate to say the taste isn’t as yummy as a Fla Vor Ice. However, they are still pretty good, provide fiber, and super low calorie. I think these would be a good swap if you have no frozen fruit, but want to make a smoothie. Just plop one right in your blender with some yogurt and juice, and your good to go! These are also great for kids- hey, if you start them off without all the sugar, they won’t develop a nasty sweet tooth!

All Fruit– 1 bar is 28 calories, .12 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and .3 grams of protein.

Strawberries, Cranberries, Blueberries, Mango Chunks, Pineapple, Bananas, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Water.

Banana Berry-1 bar is 27 calories, .12 grams of fat, 6.5 carbohydrates, .9 grams of fiber, and .36 grams of protein.

Strawberries, Bananas, Strawberry Jucie Concentrate.

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