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HEY!
So…

I’ve been missing, I know. No need to fill out a wanted persons ad. I AM alive!!!

I’m sorry for being such a crappy blogger and not posting as much as I should butttt….. I am back!

And BACK at it with a punch! The kind folks over at Nellie’s and Pete & Gerry’s let me have some coupons to try their eggs for free. So I bought one of each and brought them home.

NOW I eat enough eggs and egg whites that I almost consider myself an expert. Eggs-pert if you will ( Sorry…I had to say it, I really had to say it). So I was pumped to try these. And I must say I found some differences between these eggs and your average Joe eggs (which, let’s be real here, I often buy because bulk = cheap and Lisa= broke … (it’s factual I swear) )

Both of these eggs came in pretty schweet containers. A thicker plastic (that used to be a water bottle according to the package!!!) that you open up and then is another protective plastic layer on top of the brown eggs.

I liked that the eggs were different shades of brown. Like it’s okay to eat food that’s not the same EXACT uniform color all the time, and has NATURAL discrepancies. I can dig it.

I noticed that when cracking these eggs, the shells broke very easily. I had a few pieces of egg shell to pick out of my bowl (oops), but nothing I couldn’t handle, and a price I would pay for humanely grown, natural eggs.

The eggs were super white in color (for the whites) and the yolks tasted amazing. I did NOT whip the egg whites before cooking, and these were definitely fluffier than any other generic bulk- eggs I would normally crack open and fry up and eat. And let me remind you I eat eggs every. single. day.

(sometimes twice a day)

So I can make this statement when I say these are excellent! Very fresh, and I loved that the Nellie’s version, although not organic, had omegas in each egg.

Overall…a solid investment. Are they pricy…yes. Unfortunately. It could be NYC’s lovely, I mean crappy, prices, but these were 4-5$ a carton. And being I can eat 12 eggs/egg whites in a day, this is something I would buy and ONLY eat if I were to eat the whole egg and not something I would buy to use the white and discard the yolk. Although, I did make brownies with these eggs…so whoever got a batch of those consider yourself v e r y lucky I used 3 precious eggs on you!!

I would give 4 1/2 stars. Taste, quality, packaging, is amazing. Price, kinda sucks. But hey if you got the means, go for it!!! And throw a few my way, please 🙂

23 Apr 2010, Comments (5)

Organic Naturally More Peanut Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

Calling all Peanut Butter Lovers… you are definitely going to enjoy this post! 😉

Naturally More is a brand that makes both peanut butter and almond butter, but better. They make “What Peanut Butter/Almond Butter Should Be!”, meaning these nut butters are enhanced with special goodies to keep you healthy, but at the same time are still all natural and delicious.

For the Organic Naturally More peanut butter, it is higher in protein, higher in fiber, and lower in fat than standard peanut butter. It also contains no trans fats, is fortified with flaxseed and flax oil, and has no other additives. I was super excited when I recieved this in the mail from Naturally More as we all know how much I adore peanut butter- this one HAD to be a winner!

And it sooooooo is! When you open the jar, the oil is on top, so I reccommend stirring it the day before you actually want to try it and letting it sit in the fridge for a bit. The next day, I took out my jar and was happy to see it was a bit stiffer, not as runny, but still having that ooey-gooey peanut butter consistency 🙂

Honestly- the company had me fooled. Tastes like good ol’ peanut butter to me. Creamy and just slightly sweet, it has a nice, peanutty flavor. Perfect for PB&J’s, peanut butter & bananas, and one of my favorites, spread of a slice of organic chocolate cake (*drool*). What is different about this peanut butter is that there are itty-bitty flaxseeds in it, so it has a bit of crunch to it. Different-yes. Weird- a little, but I liked it. It was sort of like eating crunchy peanut butter, but without the HUGE peanut chunks.

Overall, I give this peanut buttah’ 5 stars. I love that it’s organic, high in fiber & protein, and even lower in fat & calories than regular peanut butter. Absolutely delicious, and it is now in rotation with my other favorite plain peanut butter, Smuckers All Natural Peanut Butter. I have over 30 jars of nut butters at my house, but sometimes I just want good ol’ PEANUT BUTTER- no iffs, ands, or butts. This one is definitely in rotation now!

1 serving (2 tbsp) is 170 calories, 11 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein.

Organic Peanuts, Organic Flax Seed, Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice. <— yay for short ingredient lists!

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 ?

27 Jul 2009, Comments (0)

Luna Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

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I looveee Clif bars and Luna bars are pretty good as well. I’m not too crazy about the soy crisp part (hence why i prefer clif bars), but Luna Bars do make some tasty flavors (like S’mores and Nuts over Chocolate!).
However, Luna came out with a new product, the Luna “Cookie”. It comes in 3 flavors, Chocolate Mint, Berry Pomegranate, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. They range from 130 to 150 calories, 2.5-6 grams of fat, 23-27 grams of carbs, 3-4 grams of fiber, and 3-4 grams of protein. They are all natural, whole grain snacks that are also fortified with vitamins and minerals.
Now on to the tasting…

Peanut Butter Chocolate- my favorite of the three. It’s creamy, peanut buttery, and nutty tasting. The cookie isn’t dry at all, its very moist. The chocolate drizzle on top also adds a nice touch. But when do you ever lose with a peanut butter chocolate combination? 🙂

Berry Pomegranate-  this one was fruity and sweet. It has pomegranates and goji berries packed in this little baby, boosting the antioxidant powers. The white drizzle on top was also sweet and had a hint of vanilla.

 

Chocolate Mint- i wasn’t too crazy about this one, but only because i’m not a minty person. BUT- if you like Girl Scout Thin Mints, you will like this cookie. The first bite is like “WOAH-MINTY”, but as you eat the rest of the cookie, the “mintyness” tones down, and the “chocolateyness” comes out. Here’s a pic of the Chocolate Mint Flavor…berry

Overall, these aren’t “cookies” per se. When opening the cookies, they don’t look like “cookies” either. They are square in shape and are cut down the middle, so there are two “bars”. It looks like a clif z-bar cut in half, to be honest, and each is chewy/moist due to the fig paste in them. I think these would be good for an light afternoon snack or something pre-workout because they are whole grain and have brown rice syrup in them.

Peanut Butter Chocolate-Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Fig Paste, Organic Roasted Peanuts, Organic Flaxseed Meal, Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Paste, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Oat Fiber, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Baking Soda.

Berry Pomegranate-Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Dried Blueberries (Organic Blueberries, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Sunflower Oil), Organic Fig Paste, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Organic Flaxseed Meal, Organic Icing (Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Rice Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Goji Berries, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.

Chocolate Mint- Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Fig Paste, Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Organic Flaxseed Meal, Organic Icing (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Rice Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor.

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