Tags: pecans

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?


ALSO- the winner of the giveaway for the BP monitor is Kenny! You were chosen randomly via random.org, You will be contacted soon to claim your prize.

Presenting…. (da da da DAAAA!) One of the BEST things I have ever purchased. So good I ate the whole bag in 2 days (dangit!!!)

I found these browsing the grocery store in the natural foods section. They were on there own little showcase and had 3 or 4 flavors to pick from. There was only one of the Ooo La La Original flavors left, and it sounded the tastiest to me, so I picked this one up.

Opening up the bag, there weren’t a lot of nuts, but a good amount. Pecans, walnuts and almonds, all dusted and covered with what looked like a graham cracker type of outside.  The taste? AMAZING! The walnuts and pecans had a soft crunch to them, and the outside was sweet but not too sweet, and definitely had a buttery taste. It reminded me of peanut brittle, because of the sweet and buttery taste, and then the nut flavor to accompany. The almonds were much crunchier and not as heavily coated as the walnuts and pecans, but delicious none the less.

Did I mention they’re delicious? Because I ate the WHOLE BAG in 2 days. Oh well. I need the calories to fuel my hard workouts, and at least there are plenty of healthy fats in nuts 😉 (butter…not so much but moderation is key, peeps!)

OVERALL, 4.5 stars. A tad high in sugar, and lower in protein than just a handful of good ol’ nuts would be, but overall a yummy snack. WILL buy again!

24 Sep 2010, Comments (20)

Sahale Snacks Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Oh it’s that time again- review and giveaway!!!

Valdosta Pecans- these ROCK. Seriously, so yummy. Rich, buttery pecans, that are slightly spicy, slightly salty, and have an almost sweet glaze (very light) on them. They accented with dried cranberries, about the size of a pea, that weren’t too tangy. The little bit of heat, which I would assume is from the “black pepper” listed on the front. Really great combination- salty, sweet, and spicy! Really tasty, and SATISFYING too!- I could totally eat the whole bag! 4 1/2 stars



Sing Buri Cashews- wow, what FLAVOR! There are little pieces of pineapple that taste fantastic– sweet, NOT tangy at all, and great flavor. Then, there’s a spiciness, and a sesame seed flavor which counteracts the sweetness. There are cashews mostly,but also some peanuts, that have a spicy/salty flavor to them, almost like red pepper or a hot tomato flavor. Another great salty/spicy/sweet combination- but this one has a bit more heat. DEELISH! 4 stars

I got an e-mail from Ms. Fortune from Sahale Snacks, saying that they are now available at Seattle’s Best Coffee. It stated in the e-mail…

“Valdosta and Sing Buri nut blends debuted at Seattle’s Best Coffee counters in convenient 2-ounce pouches — enough to share with a friend over coffee or to satisfy a morning and an afternoon snack craving.

Sahale Snacks’ rich and peppery Valdosta Pecans pair especially well with Seattle’s Best Coffee winter beverages, like Vanilla Cinnamon Latte. The spicy and exotic Sing Buri Cashews make a lively accompaniment to tea, espresso, and brewed coffee drinks.”

So if you have access to Seattle’s Best Coffee- lucky you!!  : )

And.. as some extra celebration, a giveaway! Of the Sing Buri and Valdosta Nut Blends.

How to enter? Please leave a comment for EACH entry!

*MANDATORY*
1. You must “like” Sahale Snacks on Facebook!

*Optional*
2.  2 ENTRIES! Link this giveaway to your blog/website, and leave a link in the comment section!
3. Tweet about this giveaway!/Follow me on Twitter (link under contact page)
4. If you haven’t done so already, follow me/add me to your blog roll!

There will be TWO winners, U.S. residence only. Giveaway will end October 1st 2010, 12pm.

* I was sent the Valdosta Pecans and Sing Buri Cashews from Sahale Snacks for review*

12 Jul 2010, Comments (3)

Peace Cereal Maple Pecan Crisp

Author: Healthnuttxo

THREE of my favorite things combined in one- maple, pecan, and cereal. Peace Cereal sent me some coupons to try some free products, so as I browsed the aisle at Whole Foods, I saw this cereal, and my heart lit up. MAPLE PECAN CRISP CEREAL! 😀

This cereal had corn flakes, oat clusters, and pecans. I liked that it had 5 grams of protein per serving, and that a serving was one cup. I opened my box once I got home, and the first thing I noticed was that it was sort of “separated”. All the corn flakes were on the top, and most of the oat clusters on the bottom. No worries, I thought, and I just shook up the bag a bit.

The cornflakes were actually quite large, bigger than what I’m used to. I do kind of wish they were a tad smaller, but I really liked that they had a nice crunch to them. Other than that, they pretty much tasted like corn flakes. Very lightly sweetened, crunchy, and just good.

The oat clusters were absolutely DELICIOUS. Big, crunchy and sweet, they were the best part of the cereal. They had a wonderful maple and cinnamon flavor, and I literally picked out most of them out of my box. So… now I’m pretty much left with a box of the cornflakes and a few remnants of oat clusters. heh 🙂

As for the pecan part, there actually were a pretty decent amount. Not a bunch, but there was a good amount of halves/big pieces of pecans. I liked that it wasn’t just little “itty  bitty pieces” of pecans- and that I could actually pick some out of the box and taste them.

Overall, I would eat this cereal again. I liked how it had a light and sweet maple flavor, and was just a good crunchy cereal. Aside from snacking on it dry, I had it with some almond milk and a sliced banana, and it was very delicious! I also liked that it had 5 grams of protein per serving, so there was some satiety with the cereal. One cup is 240 calories, which is a bit high (especially for a snack-out-of-the-box girl like me!), but I think it was a good breakfast with the banana and almond milk. I also didn’t really like that sugar was the 3rd ingredient listed. So, I give it 4 stars, and can see myself buying this in the future (especially for those DELICIOUS oat clusters!!) 😀

1 serving (1 cup) is 240 calories, 6 grams of fat, 42 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Corn Flour, Whole Rolled Oats, Milled Cane Sugar, Rice Flour, Vegetable Oil (Canola and/or Safflower and/or Sunflower Oil), Pecans, Barley Malt Syrup, Maple Syrup, Cornstarch, Brown Rice Syrup, Salt, Natural Flavor, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Annatto (for color), Turmeric (for color), Purple Carrot Juice (for color), Organic Ginger Root, Organic Cardamom Seed, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Clove Blend.

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 ?

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