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I love when I get new products to try, and when new surprises await me in the mailbox or outside my door. To my surprise, I found a little bag from Larabar with some of their new bars, Uber bars, which are sweet and salty fruit and nut bars.

I LOVE fruit and nut bars. Satisfying, sweet, crunchy, and just an awesome snack. Given I also love Larabar because they use minimal ingredients when making their products, I had a feeling these were going to be good 🙂

I got 4 flavors. Bananas Foster, Cherry Cobbler, Apple Turnover, and Roasted Nut Roll.

First one up? Bananas Foster. HAD to try this one first, as I love anything Banana flavored! This one had only 14 carbohydrates, which impressed me, but had 17 grams of fat. I see that as a lot for a snack, but at least it’s heathy fat from walnuts and such.

The taste was pretty good! It reminded me of a banana walnut muffin at first, when you take the first biteand the muffin top is full of walnut pieces. It had a banana flavor, and the walnuts were nice and crunchy, however, the bar was still pretty soft in consistency. There was a bit of an awkward saltiness to it however. Like a little too salty. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. I just think the saltiness outweighed the sweet, and I kind of wish I could throw a chocolate chip or something in there.

However, a good bar! Unique in flavor, and I loved how the consistency was both crunchy yet soft, and the minimal ingredients. This one gets 3.5 stars

Next up, Cherry Cobbler.


This one was very soft. I mostly tasted the almonds at first, with a little bit of a tart/sweet background. Some bites better than others in regards to sweetness. The pecans and almonds were the predominant flavor, and it was crunchy yet soft in consistency. The bar itself is not really sweet- its mostly tart and then has a salty after taste. However, I LOVE the buttery flavor from the pecans 😀

Overall, I liked banana one better. 3 stars

NEXT, Apple Turnover.


All I can say is YUM YUM YUM. It was buttery, crunchy yet soft, and tasted like apple pie :D. It was sweet, had pieces of dried apples and raisins, and it didn’t have so much of that “salty” thing going on, which I liked. In a nutshell (hah), it was super delicious, and it was sticky! There was a little bit of tartness every now and then, and I felt like I definitely needed some water. I thought it was mostly almond flavor for the nuts, but it was actually walnuts!

4.5 stars. My favorite!

Last up, The Roasted Nut Roll.

This one was also good! It was not too sweet, which I liked, and the flavors and crunchiness of the nuts really shined though. It had a bit of that salty taste, but the mild sweetness and saltiness worked REALLY well. Plus, I loved the roasted almond flavor! 4 stars

Overall, really good bars! I like the Uber line, and will definitely buy if I see them in the future. I got my 4 to try for free, and I’m glad I got the chance to try them!

The nutritional information of each bar is similiar, but here is one of the bars stats.

5 Apr 2012, Comments (15)

Truwhip the Natural Whipped Topping

Author: Healthnuttxo

Um………confession time.

I am a Cool-Whip addict. But seriously.

I KNOW, it’s full of not-so-good for you ingredients, I think I’ve even seen the really evil ones like HFCS or trans fats, and I KNOW it practically has no nutritional value and I KNOW why don’t I just eat natural whipped cream?

Well, I can’t explain it. Something about cool-whip. Good enough for me to eat straight from the container. (Don’t judge me…)

SO, in hopes to find a healthier alternative, I saw Truwhip the Natural Whipped Topping at Whole Foods. YES I thought, FINALLY a healthier alternative. This one was made with natural ingredients, was gluten free, trans fat free, and gave me a bit more piece of mind. It was also around the same price, at 3 dollars a container.

Notice the dent I made…. 😀

So how was it? It was fluffy and light, just like Cool-Whip. But it certainly had a different, odd, taste. Almost like a fake vanilla marshmallow? Odd. It was sweet, and melted in my mouth, and did not have that oily feel to it but a very natural one which was a plus. BUT, if definitely had some weird flavor to it I really couldn’t not think of how to describe!

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible at all, it was different! It had a pleasant sweetness, and was almost vanilla/tapioca in flavor. It was good, but not amazing. One thing I noticed though was that it didn’t have that chemically aftertaste I get with Cool-Whip (sorry Cool-Whip…you’re amazing and all but that aftertaste has to GO!!). So that was definitely a plus.

Although the question is, buy Cool Whip, love the flavor, and dislike the aftertaste? Or buy Truwhip, better ingredients, not crazy about the flavor, but good aftertaste? Decisions, decisions.

Overall, I would give it 3.5 stars. Would I buy it again? Maybe. Only if Cool Whip wasn’t available…. ;’)

good thing I just got a manicure! 🙂

Something new for me to try! Browsing the aisle at Whole Foods, I wanted to try something out of the ordinary (or at least so for me) to have as a snack or as part of a meal.

I decided to pick up these and give them a try. The ingredients and nutritional information seemed pretty good and up to Lisa standards, and……they looked so cute! And, since I’m lazy, I did the microwave method. What can I say? Hate to clean any extra pans if I don’t have to 😛

Here’s what they looked like out of the microwave. How cute are they?! So tiny!

I didn’t know what to dip them in really so, I went for ketchup. I dip almost everything in ketchup. Don’t judge me. 🙂

The wontons came out chewy and soft from the microwave, but still had a decent texture. They weren’t greasy at all, or even oily, which was nice. They definitely had a bit of spice and some heat to them! And on one side, I could definitely taste the garlic, but the chicken flavor was pretty lost. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you it was chicken flavored if the package didn’t say so. The wrapper itself was also rather bland, light and flavorless.

Overall, these were alright. A bit too spicy for me, but the ketchup was a surprisingly good pairing since the sweetness of the ketchup balanced out the bit of kick in the wontons. I did like how these were low in calories and I could have 2 servings for a still relatively low amount of calories/fat. SO, overall, 3 stars.

If you could make any flavor wonton, what would you? In honor of national peanut butter & jelly day…I want PB&J wontons!!!!! That would be so yummy 😉 Although, no worries, I would not dip that flavor in ketchup. Ew.

13 Mar 2012, Comments (3)

Kellogg’s Chocolate Krave cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

Cereal is a staple for me. Every day, every morning, a bowl of the stuff with some almond milk, and usually a sliced banana. It’s delicious, and light enough to let me go to the gym after without weighing me down or feeling sick. So, needing a change from my usual (love you, Cinnamon Pecan Special K <3) I wanted something to channel my inner child. Something sugary, something chocolatey, something new.

What fit the bill? New Krave cereal!

I’ll admit. The whole “K” in place of “C” kind of bothered me. A lot. I always have this internal resentment when companies spell things wrong on purposely, whether it’s supposed to be cute or creative or not. It bothers me, because I’m nuts about spelling, and when people spell things incorrectly. It happens. And…I bought it anyway.

In the ride home, I grabbed a handful. I almost always try a new product right when I get it. Why I couldn’t wait for the drive home beats me, but hey, I was also hungry.

First I looked at the size. Tinier than I expected. For some reason I had mini-wheat sized squares oozing with chocolate filling in my head. What I got? Not so much. More of the size of my fingertip, with a very slight chocolate filling (aka barely any).

However, just because the inside wasn’t oozing, didn’t mean the chocolate flavor wasn’t there. These little guys were crunchy, sweet, and had a milk chocolate flavor.

In fact….I felt like I’ve eaten this before. WHAT did this taste like? I ate more and more trying to figure it out, but couldn’t. It wasn’t until I threw the box to my brother and had him try some that he said “these taste like Cookie Crisp” that the lightbulb went off in my head.

A-HA!!!! COOKIE CRISP! So if you are a fan of that cereal, you’ll love this one. Chocolatey, yet hint of vanilla, and that salty sweet flavor going on as well. I think they are WAY too sweet for a morning cereal (I tried, and instantly put it back in my pantry) but for snacking, they are delicious! I didn’t even need milk, and I just ate them straight from the box.

I know what you’re thinking. Surely this cereal is full of fillers and yuck and yadda yadda this and yadda yadda that. WRONG! I hope you are pleasantly surprised. The ingredients aren’t half bad!

YES, sugar is listed before whole grain oat flour which is a bit of a letdown, but I’ll let it slide….for now.

So, all in all, 4 stars. Yum!

And the nutritionals…

I ordered something so out of my element. Turkey. Sausage. Normally if I eat out, I’ll get the vegetarian option of a sandwich, but this time I wanted to try something different. (WHO am I? And what have I done with myself?)

So, alongside a medium coffee (caffeine addict right here), I ordered a Turkey Sausage Flatbread Sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts. It was made fresh, and was steaming hot when I got it, so I was quite content with that.

Another weird quirk of mine, I never eat sandwiches whole. I eat them piece by piece. So first I ate one side of the flatbread, then the egg/sausage component, and then the other side of the flatbread with cheese. I can’t help it, I just like to eat sandwiches this way. Although I did also try a bite of the sandwich all together and it was quite delicious.

And here’s a closeup of the sandwich.

The flatbread itself was chewy and doughy on the inside, and then the outer edges had a slight crisp/crunchiness to it. It was rather bland in flavor by itself, but went well with the egg and cheese component when I ate it together.

The egg part was really delicious, and had a fluffy consistency which surprised me that it wasn’t rubbery at all. It had some green pieces in it which I’m assuming would be spinach, along with pieces of turkey sausage. The turkey sausage was really good, and had a bit of spice to it. I haven’t had sausage of any kind in the longest time, but the turkey sausage (from what I remember) tasted very similar to regular sausage.

The cheese on the other piece of flatbread melted well, but really didn’t add too much to the sandwich. The flavors of the egg and sausage part overpowered the flavor of the cheese.

Overall, I enjoyed this. It was kind of small, maybe about the size of my hand with extended fingers. It had a lot of flavor and was really quite good. I would buy it again for sure, and it wasn’t terribly high in sodium, fat or calories. It had 280 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 770 mg of sodium. I would give it 4 stars.

Full nutritional information can be found here . Although after looking at that ingredient list, I don’t think I will be buying this very often. Too long!

What’s your favorite thing to order at Dunkin? I used to love the cinnamon roll donuts :’)

These things are a staple in my fridge. Any given time of any given day, they will be in there. And….I never tried them. Until now of course. After a quick scan of ingredients and nutritional information accompanying a growling stomach after a workout, I decided the Short Cuts Grilled Italian Style Carved Chicken Breast would fit the bill.

Here’s a close up-

I’m not even a big meat/poultry eater- no pork or beef whatsoever, and turkey/chicken maybe 1 or 2 times a week tops. I prefer eggs and peanut butter for my protein sources, along with occasional beans/tofu. However, these looked good. And I was craving something that would keep me full and fuel my muscles post kickboxing workout.

So, I tried these two ways. Cold and straight from the fridge, and then heated up in the microwave. Since it was seasoned, I tried it as is, with no toppings/sauces or sides.

The chicken itself was chewy, and some pieces were a bit too chewy which turned me off a bit. However, the chunks were relatively fresh tasting. It certainly was very salty, which I expected since it’s a prepared and flavored product. I tasted parsley and herbs, as well as onion and garlic flavors. It actually was rather flavorful and I enjoyed it by itself. There was also just a hint of lemon.

Then I heated up the rest of the chicken, and I think it was much better this way. The flavors came out even more, and it took on almost a chicken parmesan flavor. I think it would be really good with some (low sodium) tomato sauce and some shredded cheese on top, like a take on chicken parmesan, but without the breading and frying in oil.

What I liked about these is that they were also MSG free, low in fat, and gluten free. However, the sodium was really quite high, and it even tasted too salty which is a turnoff for me. ESPECIALLY for the person who buys this in my house all the time and eats it frequently, that’s a lot of sodium. (But hey, thanks by the way for letting me eat some ;’) ) SO, overall, I would give this 3.5 stars. I don’t know if I would buy it in the future, but if it was laying around in my fridge (which it will be, no doubt…) I might eat it again.

AS IF we need any more treats to eat with the upcoming holidays, I’m going to put these on your list of goodies to buy and eat too. Newman’s Own Organics sent me a free bag of their Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I couldn’t really say no. It’s simple logic. I love Newman’s Own Organics. I love Chocolate Chip Cookies. I love oatmeal (does that work?) SO- voila! I must love Newman’s Own Organics Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies….no?

At first, I looked at the nutritional facts. SWEET, I thought. 1 serving was five cookies. I like when servings are more than 1 or 2, or half…. (I know some cereals where 1/4 of a cup is a serving. WHAT? WHO eats 1/4 cup!?!?)

But…..of course, the cookies were tiny.

However, even though the size lacked, the flavor was delicious. It was a crunchy/crumbly cookie with rather large chocolate chips that literally melted in my mouth. The cookies were sweet and had that crunchy-yet-soft texture thing going on, especially when you bit into a chocolate chip.

You could taste just a bit of a salty aftertaste, as well as a hint of vanilla.

In fact, these cookies reminded me of Chips Ahoy!, but thicker, and well…better. They had a bit more of a homemade flavor than a Chips Ahoy! cookie would, which is why I liked them better.

These cookies are dangerous. So tiny as in, oh I can soooooo have another one, and it’s literally impossible to eat only one. But a good dangerous. In the sense that, yea I would buy these in the future if given the opportunity. 4 stars

And…..nutrition facts

Yea, I said it (err, typed it). Barbara’s Bakery Peanut Butter & Chocolate Puffins. I saw these in the store and I just HAD to buy them. How could I pass them up? Peanut butter and chocolate is just one of those combos that always works well with one another.  And being that this cereal was all natural, and that I was already a fan of Barbara’s Bakery with some other reviews here, I had a feeling these were going to be good.

Here’s a picture of what they looked like in the box. Waterfall of Peanut butter & Chocolate Puffins  : )

The chocolate pieces were smaller than the peanut butter squares, and seemed to have almost a sugar-like type of coating on them. They were sweeter, and reminded me of the cookie part of an Oreo, with a moderately sweetened cocoa flavor. I loved the crunch that they had as well.

The peanut butter pieces were bigger, and also delicious. They were softer than the chocolate pieces, but still crunchy, with a delicious peanut butter flavor. Not too overpowering, but just enough. They also had a bit of sweetness that was really yummy.

Overall, I mean come on. I knew I was going to like this cereal. Peanut Butter + Chocolate = BLISS! This cereal is really delicious. I tried it straight from the box, and in fact, I’m munching on them as I type this, avoiding getting crumbs in the keyboard of course (; . I would imagine they would also be delicious in milk and, dare I say, dunked into a jar of peanut butter? Oh yes, that sounds about right. 4 1/2 stars

What’s your FAVORITE peanut butter & chocolate combination??

how PRETTY is this cover?!

I’m not a big fan of cream cheese. In fact, growing up I was the type of kid that when I got a bagel out at supermarket or whatever already prepared, I would smear off a good 3/4 of the cream cheese.  HOWEVER, when I heard about this product I just HAD to go try it and buy it! (or rather, buy it, then try it!) You know me, anything food with peanut butter, and I’m down for tasting!

Here’s what it looks like straight from the container, with some of it already eaten (guilty as charged).

When I first tasted it, I thought, ooh? Is that a slight coffee flavor? It had just the hint of coffee flavor. But as I kept eating it, the flavors progressed. I could certainly taste the cream cheese aspect of this product, slightly tart and that traditional cheesy cream cheese flavor. However, there certainly WAS a peanut butter flavor! It was really unique, but really tasty too. I wouldn’t say it was a peanut butter from the jar flavor, but a sweet peanut butter flavor. My favorite part was that there were actual pieces of chopped nuts in the spread as well!

Overall, really delicious. I loved it’s thickness, and the sweet aspect to it. I had this on an english muffin with one side peanut butter cream cheese, and one side jelly, and it was pretty good! However, my preferred method of consumption was with a spoon. And no, I’m not kidding (;

4 stars

Have you tried this cream cheese? If not, if you COULD try it, what would you eat it with?

Nutritionals!

I went grocery shopping yesterday, and was looking at the frozen food aisle for something to make for dinner. Then I spotted it, mashed potatoes! I definitely wanted mashed potatoes for dinner. And how easy were these? All I had to do was cook them in the microwave, give em a stir and transfer to a bowl. I put them in my grocery cart, paid, and went home to cook.

I put them in the microwave for about 10 1/2 minutes, let them sit for a minute, and then put them in a bowl. I will admit it was a bit annoying to get all the mashed potatoes off of the bag once cooked, but I really couldn’t complain. I mean, I didn’t have to wash the potatoes, peel the potatoes, boil the potatoes, cook the potatoes, mash the potatoes, or even SEASON the potatoes. All I had to do was put them in the microwave. So, instead of complaining, I just transferred them to a bowl.

Here’s how it looked, straight from the bag!

one word. yummmmmy.

I served them up with my dinner.  They were smooth and thick, with visible black pepper and red potato skins that added a little texture. I noticed they were a tad on the pasty side, which made them super thick, but still good, and hardly any bumps.

They had a garlic and cheesy flavor, with a noticeable black pepper flavor.They were just a tad on the salty side, but really quite good, and had a very rich flavor. They were really quite delicious, and I loved the natural ingredients.

I actually think the black pepper flavor was a bit too strong, but that certainly did not stop me from eating 2 servings of these mashed potatoes (; I also loved the convenience of these, I would certainly buy them again! 4 stars

Whats your favorite way to make homemade mashed potatoes? I like good ol’ butter and milk!

And as requested, here’s  a pic of the nutritional facts

ignore my finger 😀

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