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I am a huge fan of probiotics! Not only do I eat yogurt daily for the good bacteria for healthy digestion, I try to take a probiotic daily to help with my stomach issues. I have a very sensitive stomach and get nauseous and bloated easily, and I find I feel best when I take a probiotic.

I had definitely tried some probiotics in the past that were a total waste of money. These products are not cheap, and if it doesn’t help, then it’s such a let down!

I got to try a 10 day sample of RenewLife Ultimate Flora Probiotic. There are 12 probiotic strains in each pill, with 50 BILLION live cultures in one teeny capsule!! They are Gluten free, GMO free, dairy free, egg free, shellfish free, wheat free and tree nut free. They do not require refrigeration, just to be stored at a cool place.

I took one of these capsules before breakfast each morning. The first day I felt about the same. The second morning I woke up and felt not as bloated, and had an elevated mood. Possible to be coincidence for the mood, but I will not lie I had a hectic morning and still felt pretty good that day.

As the 10 days progressed, I literally fell in love with this probiotic. I felt way less bloated, and I was even on my PMS week where the bloat is freaking awful. I was regulated, my nausea was reduced, I felt lighter and indeed a little more energetic. I had zero problems with this probiotic. As with any new supplement, there can sometimes be bloating or weird side effects if you just start, but I had none. I really enjoyed it!

Overall, this one gets 5 stars from me. I will buy this in the future since sadly, my 10 day samples have run out! ūüôĀ

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Mmmm..chocolate. Nothing quite satisfies like a good piece of melt-in-your mouth chocolate does, in my opinion. And what about when chocolate has some added benefits, such as probiotics and calcium? Hmm…

Well, Attune makes Probiotic Wellness Bars in a variety of flavors, including the Dark Chocolate variety. I read the package, which said it had “5x the live cultures in yogurt” and “was an excellent source of calcium”. I also noticed that this bar (20 grams) had 3 grams of fiber and only 80 calories. How’s that for a piece of chocolate?

I opened up the package and saw two decently sized squares of chocolate. Very dark in color, a very dark brown. When I broke a piece it had a nice snap to it, but that could have been because I put it in the refrigerator : )

I tasted a piece, and, whew! This bar is bitter! I normally like milk chocolate (and I love white chocolate as well!), but occasionally I’ll have a piece of dark chocolate. This particular dark chocolate was rather bitter at first, and then as I let it melt in my mouth, the bitterness was toned down a little, and a more creamy, slightly sweeter chocolate emerged.

Overall, 3 stars. I love that it has probiotics in it, is only 80 calories, and has both calcium and fiber, but it was a bit too bitter for me. I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter as well.

*I received this bar to try for free from Attune Foods*

Ahh, nothing like a good granola. Crispy, crunchy, sweet but not too sweet, and still savory. What’s better than granola? =)

Well, what about a granola with probiotics in it??

I was sent the Maple Nut Granola Munch from Attune ,and loved it. I was excited to try other flavors they had to offer, and well, I was sent the Apple Cinnamon flavor to try, too!

Which is actually kind of funny, in my opinion. I actually went to the grocery store in the afternoon, and saw the Maple Nut and Apple Cinnamon flavor in the store. I was going to try the Apple Cinnamon variety, but realized I only had enough money to buy what I went to the store for. So, I figured I would buy it another time.

Little did I know I would be getting a package only a few hours later of the Apple Cinnamon Probiotic Granola Munch! I opened it up almost immediately after I got it. There were crunchy and crispy pieces of granola, with tiny white pieces, that sort of resembled white chocolate chips. The taste was awesome, just as the Maple Nut flavor was. It was a great balance of well, apple and cinnamon flavors! A fresh, almost granny smith apple taste, with sweet cinnamon undertones. Although there weren’t a lot of yogurt chips, they were delicious. They had a buttery sweet vanilla taste, and were nice and smooth.

I don’t know how Attune does it, but this granola is fantastic. The only downside to me is a serving is only 1 ounce, which is a bit small for a granola lover like myself. But I LOVE that this is all natural, has probiotics, and is TASTY! Oh, yea. You know what this means? It’s a¬†5 star rating!

1 serving (1 oz) is 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

5 Jul 2010, Comments (2)

Attune Probiotic Granola Munch Maple Nut

Author: Healthnuttxo

Probiotics- I know I eat these in my yogurt everyday. But ever think of having them in granola?

Well, Attune makes a probiotic granola called Probiotic Granola Munch that comes in 3 flavors- Chocolate, Maple Nut, and Apple Cinnamon. According to the website, “Think granola, only better. We blend high fiber whole grains and bake them into crunchy clusters. We then add Attune probiotic yogurt chips or chocolate chips and prebiotics which help good bacteria thrive in your gut. Enjoy M√ľnch by the handful, mixed with yogurt or with milk as a tasty all natural way to keep your digestive system healthy everyday.”

So, the nice folks at Attune asked if I wanted to try a bag, and I opted for the Maple Nut variety. Of course, it was hard to choose, all three sound SO GOOD!!

Once I got my bag in the mail, I opened it up. The Maple Nut flavor has pecans and yogurt chips, but looks like oats for the most part in the bag. I think mine may have melted a little bit one the way to my house, because instead of yogurt chips, I sort of had yogurt chunks. Either way, it was absolutely DELICIOUS! Honestly, this is one of the best granolas I have ever eaten. The yogurt chips tasted like a sweet, white chocolate with hints of vanilla, almost tasting like vanilla frosting. The oats were crunchy with a nice maple syrup flavor, that was both sweet and buttery tasting. I definetely agree with the “Munch” aspect- I could munch on this granola all day long!!

Overall, this gets 4 1/2 stars. The only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is because you don’t get too much for one serving, only 1 oz. I also really didn’t taste much of a pecan flavor, which I was a bit upset about because pecans are on of my favorite nuts! Otherwise, this is a winner in my eyes. I like that it only had 6 grams of sugar per serving, provided 3 grams of fiber per serving, and had probiotics!¬†If I see it in stores, I will probably¬†buy it! ūüôā

1 serving, 1 oz., is 120 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Rolled oats, brown sugar, yogurt flavored chips (sugar, palm kernel and palm oil, skim milk powder, yogurt powder, demineralized whey, soya lecithin [an emulsifier], lactic acid powder, vanilla extract, salt, freeze-dried lactobacillus acidophilus [a probiotic]), soybean oil, high fiber brown rice crisps (rice flour, rice bran, rosemary extract), fructan (a dietary fiber), chopped pecans, natural flavors, dextrin (soluble fiber), salt, caramel color, rebaudioside a (stevia).

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 ūüôā
(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 ūüôā

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.

8 May 2010, Comments (2)

Amazing Grass Kidz Super Food Wild Berry

Author: Healthnuttxo

Keeping up with my berry and fruity theme this week, I thought it would be appropriate to review a product sent to me by Amazing Grass, the Kidz Super Food Wild Berry .

One serving of this mix combines 32 fruits and vegetables that provides that antioxidant level of THREE servings of fruits & veggies. You simply mix it in water, juice, or a smoothie (it also comes in a chocolate flavor, that you can mix with milk!)

Seeing as the amazing nutrition punch this product packs, I decided to try it on a day¬†I was feeling sluggish and just blah. I’m not one who likes to take medications , so I prefer more natural ways of helping or healing my body. I decided to just mix it with water, since I wasn’t home at the time and didn’t have access to juice (or a smoothie, for that matter). I put it in my water bottle and gave it a shake. It was green and dusty on top, and then the rest of the water was purple.¬†I had a very curious glances my way like, “what on earth is¬†she drinking?!?!” I’m not one to judge on color, so I took a sip. It was very, very mildly sweet- just a hint of berry flavor. It didn’t mix together perfectly, as it was still a bit piecy in the water.

I definitely reccommend using it in juice or a smoothie instead of just water, or maybe adding some stevia/sweetener if you want to use it in water. It wasn’t bad, though, taken for what it was. It’s an excellent way to boost your nutrition and fit in some powerful antioxidants. With water, I give it 3 1/2 stars based on taste, 5 for nutrition, for a total of 4 stars. It did make me feel SOO much better after- Really! My headache was gone, and I had more energy throughout the day.¬†I think I might buy some in the future and try it in a smoothie or juice- if I do, I’ll let you know how it is!

1 packet (6 grams) is 21 calories, 0 grams of fat, 4 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

you GOTTA love the ingredients—> GREENS-organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, asparagus, lima beans, green peas, kale, kiwi, organic spinach, organic broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, zucchini ORANGES/YELLOWS-apricots, organic carrots, mangos, pineapple, sweet potatoes, tangerines, yellow squash REDS-organic yumberry, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cranberries, red cabbage, cherries, tomatoes, BLUES/PURPLES-beets, plums, purple grapes, blueberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic inulin, organic oat fiber, natural flavors, organic guar gum, stevia, probiotics (L. Acidophilus) and vegetable juice for coloring (from carrots and hibiscus).

29 Mar 2010, Comments (2)

Chobani Raspberry 0% Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Let’s start off this post with a wow.
I just reviewed Chobani’s new strawberry banana greek yogurt, and thought it was quite tasty. So,¬†I figured, why not also try the 0%¬†raspberry flavor (which Chobani just happened to send me ūüėõ ) ?

I am happy to say, I have one of my new favorite flavors of yogurt!

This raspberry Chobani was, in a word, perfect. It gave me the sense that I was getting a fruit serving in with my yogurt- as in the flavor was REAL. Real raspberry flavor, no artificial¬†flavors or dyes, and there were actual¬†little bits and seeds dispersed thoughout the yogurt. The yogurt was a paleish pink (even without stirring), so you could tell it was bursting with flavor. Unlike the other fruit on the bottoms (peach, strawberry and bluberry), I found this Chobani was more like the strawberry banana flavor, and had the fruit dispersed and blended throughout, rather than the bulk of it on the bottom.¬†It was sweet, but not overpowering at all. Of course, it was super creamy, but also refreshing. It was so nice to have a refreshing yogurt.¬† I almost wanted to have a glass of lemonade,¬†grab my sunscreen/sunglasses and¬† hit the beach¬†with this yogurt! (But, sadly, it was 7am and still a bit too nippy outside to break out the bikini). So, instead of that plan, I whipped out the last of my Cascadian Farm Dark Chocolate Almond granola and some fresh berries (with of course, a sploosh of whipped cream!) and I had yet another decadent, delicious and dessert-worthy breakfast (it really is the most important meal of the day, isn’t it? ūüôā )

Overall, this Raspberry Chobani deserves 5 stars. It really is one of the best greek yogurts I have had. Surprising to me, because I’m not a *huge* raspberry¬†fan- I often think they are a bit bitter and I prefer juicy strawberries or apples (Chobani- come out with an apple flavor- please!!). But definietely try this yogurt!

1 yogurt is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.

Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Evaporated Cane Juice, Raspberries, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Fruit and Vegetable Juice.

Browsing the dairy section at my grocery store looking for new things to pop in my fridge (as IF there was ANY room available), I spotted something truly beautiful & tempting.

Alas- some simple math calculations arose in my head.
Stonyfield Farm + Organic Yogurt + Maple Vanilla + NEW PRODUCT = ONE HAPPY LISA!

Not only that, but to continue with the math theme, my yogurt’s price was FREE, courtesy of Kristina @ Stonyfield Farm, who sent me a coupon (thanks Kristina!)

So, really, how could I resist Maple Vanilla flavored yogurt, a new product by Stonyfield Farm? Well, I couldn’t, and I bought out the rest of the shelf ( Yep, there were 8. I bought ALL 8. I knew this had to taste good, how could it not!?)

The Maple Vanilla is the newest addition to Stonyfield’s line of low fat and fat free organic 6 oz cups of yogurt. It’s only available for a limited time (of course, I ALWAYS like the limited addition flavors. Do we recall my post on¬†the Pumpkin Pie flavor by Stonyfield?).


So far, I had the Maple Vanilla 2 ways- once slightly frozen, and once as is. Both ways were delightful, indeed. The yogurt is creamy- one of the reasons I love Stonyfield’s blended yogurts is because they are CREAMY! They are not watery like those “diet” yogurts I have tried, and are not super thick like greek yogurt, but they are a happy medium between the two. A texture I really like, because I feel like I am actually eating something, not drinking something. The yogurt is mildly sweet, with just a hint of maple. I honestly felt there was more vanilla flavor than maple, and sort of wish there was a bit more maple flavor. Nonetheless, it was a delicious yogurt, and a real treat frozen. I give it 4 stars.

I also had the yogurt with some cream of wheat, maple syrup and sliced bananas, and it was one DELICIOUS breakfast!

1 yogurt is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 23 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein. It also has 25% daily calcium needs and those lovely probiotics!

CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC LOW FAT MILK, NATURALLY MILLED ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP,  ORGANIC NATURAL FLAVOR, PECTIN, ORGANIC CARAMEL COLOR, ORGANIC NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, VITAMIN D3.

6 Mar 2010, Comments (4)

Wallaby Organic Maple Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ahhh, yogurt. One of my favorite foods that I would seriously DIE without. I’ve had so many different types of yogurts- plain, flavored, fruit on the bottom, greek, “diet” (YUCK), and now Wallaby Yogurt brings¬†me an organic version that is a Creamy Austrailian Style Yogurt.

Australian? Whhhhhat? Well, the company was founded in 1992, when the founders Jerry and Faith went to Australia on vacation. While they were there, they discovered yogurt, and decided to make their own factory back in the United States and name it after the place they came up with the idea- Wallaby Yogurt.

Wallaby Yogurt makes nonfat, lowfat and fruit on the bottom flavors, called “Down Under”. There is a cute Wallaby named Joey who I would assume is the mascot of the company (he really is adorable!) I have tried the Down Under Strawberries & Cream flavor once before, and it was AWESOME, so I was excited to try a flavor I spotted at my local Whole Foods- low fat Maple.

I loooove Maple. Maple sMapleyrup. Maple cookies. Mighty Maple Peanut Butter (made by PB&CO). So  YOGURT must be good, no?

So I bought two of these (I like to have things a couple times before writing anything about them), and dug into one when I got home. The texture is a little runnier than the yogurt I’m used to. For example, Stonyfield Farm has yogurt that has a bit more body to it. But,¬†perhaps this is just the way Australian yogurt is supposed to be? The flavor, however, was very good. More than just a subtle Maple flavor, it was sweet but not overpowering. It had a smooth feel to it, and just a hint of vanilla flavor. It was delicious, in fact. I was also happy to discover that the sweetener was evaporated¬†cane juice and maple syrup instead of refined white sugar, or artificial ASPARTAME or SUCRALOSE (yucky).

The second time I tried it, I popped it in the freezer for a half hour or so. What a difference it made! The yogurt thickened up a little, and it was like my own little frozen treat. Absolutely delicious with sliced bananas and waffles (with just a drizzle of maple syrup, of course ūüėÄ )

Overall, I give it 4 stars. The taste is really delicious, sweet without being too sweet. I wish it was a bit thicker in consistency (for those of you who are die hard greek yogurt fans, you will be surprised by this variety!), but overall a very good yogurt. I will buy this one again, and I’m excited to try the other flavors, especially more of the Down Under varieties.

1 yogurt cup (6 oz) is 140 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 24 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

Organic Cultured Pasteurized Reduced Fat Milk, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Maple Syrup, Natural Flavor, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate.

 

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20 Feb 2010, Comments (3)

Oikos Caramel and Chocolate Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Wait a second. Did you read correctly? Caramel and Chocolate GREEK YOGURT? And ORGANIC? No way.. it can’t be possible…

It is! ūüėČ Oikos has now officially combined sinful & good-for-you. Their 2 new greek yogurt flavors, available in individual 4 packs, of Pure Pleasure Caramel and Chocolate are good for you, the earth, and your taste buds.

¬†I was super excited when I finally located these in my grocery store, and picked up both without hesistation with the coupon Stonyfield provided me (Thanks, Kristina!). I couldn’t wait to dig in once I got home, and driving home was already thinking of how to try them. The caramel flavor with slices apples? popcorn? pears? The chocolate flavor with strawberries? pretzels? crushed up Annie’s bunny grahams? (okay, I admit, there was a few drool spots on my car seat from thinking of my delectable combinations…)

The greek yogurt part wasn’t as thick as traditional greek yogurt, but was more of a mixture of plain yogurt and greek put together. I didn’t mind that, in fact, I actually preferred it. I don’t really like my greek yogurt soooo thick when I’m eating it by itself. (However, if I’m eating granola with yogurt, I do like it thick). The yogurt part by itself was actually a little sweet, and then the pure pleasure was on the bottom.

¬†I decided to try the caramel flavor first. It wasn’t THICK like on a caramel apple, but smooth and easy to stir with the yogurt. It had a nice sweetness to it, with a buttery, even brown-sugar¬†taste.

Next was the chocolate. The bottom was a little bit thicker than chocolate syrup, and tasted sort of like that too. Although not as sweet as your typical chocolate syrup, it had a rich cocoa flavor, and was also smooth and delicious.

I didn’t mix mine completely, I prefer to take spoonfuls where half the spoon is yogurt, half the spoon is caramel/chocolate, and let the mixing take place in my mouth ūüôā I think you can enjoy the sweet bottom, may it be caramel, chocolate or even fruit, better. These definietely get 4 1/2 stars. They are the perfect pick me up, with the perfect sweetness, and are a good size to pair with some fruit or granola¬†for a snack or a light breakfast.

With one of my yogurts, I actually ate the whole top first, and then left the bottom to enjoy by itself! Which is why I think it’s a good thing these come in a 4 pack variety, I KNOW if it came in the 64 oz, or the BIG containers, all of you would just go straight for the caramel-ly or chocolatey goodness at the bottom, now wouldn’t you? ūüėõ

1 container is 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 0 fiber,  and 10 grams of protein.

Caramel- ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR, PECTIN, CARRAGEENAN.  CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

ChocolateORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC COCOA, PECTIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, ORGANIC CAROB BEAN GUM.  CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

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