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19 May 2010, Comments (2)

School Safe SoyButter

Author: Healthnuttxo

School Safe SoyButter is advertised to be school friendly because it is nut free, and more important, peanut free. I remember when I was in school not being allowed to eat peanut butter sandwiches sometimes because of kids who had allergies (which totally stinks! I love peanut butter!!). According to the website, “Forget anything you’ve tried before, there is no comparison! Our SoyButter tastes as good if not BETTER than Peanut Butter… you won’t believe it’s NOT peanut butter!”

Well- I don’t think ANYTHING can taste better than peanut butter, but I’ll give it a shot 😉

The company sent me a jar of their creamy soy butter, but it also comes in chunky. Each jar is all natural, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and a good source of Omega’s. This particular jar was also processed in Canada. Cool! 🙂

I opened the jar and it honestly does look JUST like peanut butter. The texture and appearance resembles Jif or Skippy peanut butter. NO separation of oil whatsoever, and was very thick and creamy.

So it looks like peanut butter… But how does it taste?

Yummy! But not like peanut butter. It doesn’t taste like peanut butter really at all. But, it’s still really good! It’s a sweeter nut butter, but also rich too. Even though it’s made with soy, there isn’t an overpowering soynut taste- it’s actually quite delicious. It has a little bit of a bitter/salty aftertaste as well. I think it would be really good warmed on toast or even with some jelly for a PeanutButter (oops!) SoyButter &Jelly Sandwich!

Overall, I give it 4 stars. Although the jar claims “Wow! Tastes just like peanut butter!”, it doesn’t. Although, it does taste really good, so you should still give it a shot! There is, however, 4 grams of sugar per 2 Tbsp, seeing as there is added cane sugar. But I do like that it’s creamy and rich, and provides protein, fiber, and healthy fats like Omega’s. I’ll keep this in my nut/seed butter rotation! 🙂

2 Tablespoons is 200 calories, 15 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein. There is also 7.5 grams of Omega-6 and 1.5 grams of Omega-3 per serving.

Canadian Toasted Soy, Soy Oil, Granulated Cane Sugar, Monoglyceride (from vegetable oil), Sea Salt.

Perfect time for a Nature’s Path review, seeing as my GIVEAWAY for granola bars, granola, a box of cereal AND reusable tote is going on AS WE SPEAK (or, as you READ, rather). One of the granola bars a reader has a chance to win is the Mmmaple Pecan Flax Plus Granola Bar, which I was so kindly sent to review from Nature’s Path.

These granola bars come in several flavors, in different groups. The Sweet & Salty fans can try the Peanut Buddy, Mmmaple Pecan and Peanut Choco flavors, those of you who like yogurt bars can try Lotta’ Apricotta and Berry Strawberry, trail mix fans can try Sunny Hemp and Pumpkin-N-Spice, and chocolate lovers can try Chococonut.

Today, I’m reviewing the Mmmaple Pecan Flax Plus chewy granola bar. It has 10g of whole grains per serving, provides .33g of Omega 3’s per serving (25% daily reccomendation), is all natural, and organic too. I’m super excited, we all know I LOVE MAPLE SYRUP! (who doesn’t, really?)

Upon my first bite, my first thought really was Mmm! What a perfect name for this bar, “Mmm!” fits the bill!! It has a sweet, buttery taste to it, and reminded me of buttery waffles drizzled with maple syrup. Ohh..delicious. It was definitely more sweet than salty, but still provided a little salty flavor due to the pecans. I really liked how there were chunks of pecans, not just itty bitty pieces. It was a  nice “crunch” in the chewy granola bar, which provided more satisfaction. The maple-butter drizzle on top was the best part- rich and sweet. Why can’t companies SELL things like this on it’s own!? 🙂
On the down side, the bar is a little tiny (35 g), about the size of a Quaker Chewy granola bar, but a bit thicker. There also is 6 grams of fat and little protein for a bar that is 150 calories.

Overall, I give this bar 4 stars. It deserves 4 1/2 stars on taste alone, but considering that it didn’t really fill me up by itself, and is low in protein and fiber, it lost half a star. However, it really was delicious, and is perfect for a light snack with some yogurt or an apple! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and try one of the new granola bars for yourself!! 🙂

1 bar is 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Granola* (rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, soy oil*), tapioca syrup*, pecans*, brown rice flour*, maple icing* (evaporated cane juice*, palm kernel oil* and/or cocoa butter*, cultured buttermilk powder* (skim milk*, starter culture), flavor*, non-fat dried milk*, citric acid, caramel color*, natural maple flavor, sea salt, soy lecithin*, annatto extract*, tapioca starch*), invert cane syrup*, dried coconut*, flaxseeds*, acacia gum*, soy oil*, sea salt, evaporated cane juice*, maple syrup*, natural maple flavor, molasses*.  * indicates Organic

Anndd…
 we have a Guest Post!

Sandy Harris at www.diabeticsnacks.org has provided us with some health benefits Maple Syrup has to offer, and how it can help a serious disease, Diabetes!

“The Secret to Prevent Cancer and Diabetes with Maple Syrup

Are you looking for a natural solution to reduce the risk of diabetes and
slow down the growth of cancer cells?  Your search is probably over
because recent studies have shown that maple syrup holds the key to these problems. US researchers have found that maple syrup has the ability to
substantially decrease the risk of diabetes.

The syrup also showed great potential in slowing down the growth of
cancerous cells. Maple syrup has thirteen active antioxidant substances.
These antioxidants were previously unknown but were discovered only
recently.Because of these antioxidants, researchers have firmed up that
maple syrup has a great potential in fighting cancer growth, diabetes, and
infections.

An Effective Solution or Diabetes Sufferers

Considerable amounts of the phytohormone, abscisic acid, are found in
maple syrup. This acid is a powerful defense against diabetes and
metabolic syndrome, because it encourages the release of insulin through
pancreatic cells and enhances fat cells’ sensitivity to insulin.

Seeram revealed the results of his tests on Canadian maple syrup during
the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.

Maple Syrup as the Best Anti Cancer Food

A study punished in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that maple syrup
can significantly inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. This study was
conducted by Quebec scholars. It seeks to prove the impact of maple syrup
against cancer cells.

Based on the Quebec research, the growth of cancer cells can be inhibited
by maple syrup. Specifically, the syrup is very effective against brain,
prostate, and lung cancer. Unfortunately, maple syrup has minimal impact
against breast cancer growth.

A Delicious Option in Fighting Cancer and Diabetes

The following is from a study titled: Antioxidant Activity, Inhibition of
Nitric Oxide Overproduction, and In Vitro Antiproliferative Effect of
Maple Sap and Syrup from Acer saccharum, published in the Journal of
Medicinal Food, and written by Jean Legault, Karl Girard-Lalancette,
Carole Grenon, Catherine Dussault and André Pichette:

Maple sap and syrup from 30 producers in three Quebec, Canada, regions
were evaluated concerning the time of harvest and abstract antioxidant
activity, inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) overproduction and the
antiproliferative effect of ethyl acetate extracts.

The harvest time does not have an analytically notable incidence on
antioxidant activity of either maple sap or syrup extracts. Their Oxygen
radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) values are 12 +/- 6 and 15 +/- 5 mumol
of Trolox equivalents (TE)/mg, respectively.

A cell-based assay also confirmed the antioxidant activity. The ORAC assay
was also used to establish the antioxidant activity of pure maple syrup.
The results show the pure maple syrup ORAC value of 8 +/- 2 mumol of TE/mL
to be lower than the blueberry juice value of 24 +/- 1 mumol of TE/mL but
similar to the strawberry juice value of 10.7 +/- 0.4 mumol of TE/mL and
the orange juice value of 10.8 +/- 0.5 mumol of TE/mL.

Lipopolysaccharide-induced NO overproduction in RAW264.7 murine
macrophages was considerably inhibited by maple sap and syrup extracts. It
is believed that transforming maple sap into syrup enhances NO inhibition
action, because the syrup extract was considerably more active than the
sap extract.

The maple syrup extracts induced the highest NO inhibition at the season’s
end, and the darker syrup was more active than the clear syrup. This
indicates that the activity could be partially attributed to some colored
oxidized compounds.

Maple syrup extracts (50% inhibitory concentration = 42 +/- 6 mug/mL) and
pure maple syrup have a discriminating in vitro antiproliferative action
against cancerous cells.

Reference: Journal of medicinal food. 01/02/2010; ISSN: 1557-7600, OI:
10.1089/jmf.2009.0029″

Thanks, Sandy! 🙂 Don’t we all love maple just a little bit more ?

23 Feb 2010, Comments (0)

Dave’s Killer Bread Sin-Dawg

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Who likes cinnamon buns? I do! I do! 😀

But they really should be called sin-namon buns, now shouldn’t they? Loaded with refined flours, sugars and fat, a traditional cinnamon bun may be heavenly on your taste  buds, but no so much on your heart.

Enter Dave’s Killer Bread. This company managed to make the “Ultimate Sinnamon Roll”, making a 100% all natural, organic, whole grain cinnamon roll that still promises taste and satisfaction. It has no animal products, is a good source of fiber, and has 850 mg of Omega-3 per serving.

So it has all the health in the right place, but, what about the taste? Well, that’s where I (and some trusty friends) come in. So let’s dig in!

When I first got this in the mail, I was a bit taken aback. It was a long, bread roll, almost like a french baguette, but was absolutely COVERED with seeds and rolled oats. In fact, I’m not going to lie, this thing is ugly. Do I really want to eat this? I said to myself. See the close-up picture of a piece below, but this thing was COVERED in the seeds, which gave it an off-putting appearance (in my opinion at least). Honestly, I just don’t picture cinnamon bun + seeds/oats together- MAYBE cinnamon bun and chopped pecans- but sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds?

Anyway- despite the appearance, I cut myself a piece. Ooh- now that’s what I’m talking about. Once you cut a piece, you see a gooey, cinnamon sugar  filling. I licked a bit of it- yum!! It was sweet, and had a brown sugar taste to it. There were raisins in it too that were nice and plump. So, I decided to take a bite of it as a whole. Ooh- this is good! It was chewy, sweet and had a strong cinnamon flavor. Honestly the seeds don’t offer much extra taste to the roll, so I could take ’em or leave ’em. If anything, they help provide protein, fiber and the omega’s, so I guess some extra health benefits can’t hurt 🙂

The roll suggests cutting it up into “mini” cinnamon rolls, which I also suggest to do (maybe even heat them up slightly?). The drawback to this delicious bread is the small portion size.  I cut myself a piece which I thought was reasonable, and it was 4.1 oz, only to find that ONE portion size was 2 oz. at 200 calories! Yikes! My little cinnamon bun would have been about 400 calories! :O

Overall, I give this a 3 1/2 stars. It definitely is delicious. I also love the fact that there are’t any refined sugars, it’s organic, whole grain and is a good swap for your ol’ friend (*cough *cough* enemy *cough*cough*) Cinnabon, but the portion size is kinda tiny, and the seeds are a bit off-putting. I had to persuade both my brother and my friend to try it after they saw it. But hey- they always say- never judge a book by it’s cover! 🙂 

1 serving (2 oz) is 200 calories, 8 grams of fat, 31 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Organic whole wheat flour, organic raisins, water, organic evaporated cane juice, organic canola oil, organic molasses, organic sunflower seeds, organic flaxseed meal, organic sesame seeds, organic whole grain oats, organic wheat gluten, organic cinnamon, yeast, organic pumpkin seeds, salt, organic vanilla extract, organic rice bran extract.

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.

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands. They make a bunch of yummy cereals, bars, and too addictive toaster pastries. All organic, all healthy, and all delicious. As part of the Optimum line of cereals, which includes Blueberry & Cinnamon, Banana & Almond, Cranberry & Ginger and Slim, i saw the Strawberry & Yogurt variety and decided to give it a shot. It looked like a healthier, more sustaining version of Special K. I also liked the fact that there were yogurt clusters in it, i looove when cereals add those in 🙂

So I gave it a shot. This particular cereal has psyllium for heart health and regularity as well, and is also a good source of Omega-3’s. It has flax flakes, wheat puffs and the psyllium twigs, and then the yogurt clusters and little bits of freeze-dried strawberries. It was a nice combination of chewy, crunchy and fruity. It was lightly sweet, and had a satisfying crunch. The puffs were nice and airy, as they should be. I really really liked (as expected) the yogurt covered rice crisps. They were creamy and strawberry tasting, and had a little crunch to them. I actually sat with the box of cereal open and picked out the little yogurt crisps i liked them so much! (Not a good idea because now the next time i eat this cereal, all the yogurt pieces will be gone! grr!! ) I also liked the strawberries, which added a surprise zing of tartness/sweetness like in Special K cereal.

Overall, i give it 4 stars. This cereal paired well with my Stonyfield Farm Pomegranate Berry Yogurt, but it also was good with some lightly sweetened almond milk, by itself, with greek yogurt and with skim milk ( I like to eat my products a lot before a review-ya know know it is 🙂  ) It has a lot of fiber, so paired with my yogurt, i was full/satisfied all morning.

1 cup is 170 calories, 3 grams of fat, 40 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. It also provides 15 grams of more of whole grains per cup.

Organic wheat bran, organic wheat meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic puffed Kamut® Khorasan wheat, organic yogurt coated rice crisps (organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm kernel oil, organic non fat yogurt, organic brown rice flour, organic coconut oil, organic cultured non fat dried milk (organic skim milk, culture), organic soy lecithin, lactic acid, organic vanilla flavor, organic molasses, sea salt), organic oat fiber, organic psyllium seed husk, organic flax meal, organic oat bran, organic barley malt extract, organic freeze dried strawberries, organic whole oat flour, natural strawberry flavor, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

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