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15 Sep 2011, Comments (11)

Clif Bar Iced Gingerbread Energy Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ahhh gingerbread. Brings me back to memories of Christmastime, either getting seriously sticky and messy decorating a gingerbread house, or baking delicious gingerbread cookies. I happen to be a fan of the deep taste of ginger and the slight crunch, and then a bit of frosting to add some sweetness. Delicious!

This particular bar is a seasonal one, and I’m assuming it’s available only around Christmastime. Why  I’m reviewing it in the beginning of September beats me, but, HEY- let’s just say I’m hopeful for the winter season to come (even though I DESPISE the cold. Gimme summer year round!! 😎 )

I opened the bar and was a bit surprised at what I saw. When I thought of “Iced” I thought there would be a layer of icing. Instead, it was more of a slight drizzle. A slight drizzle, in fact, that I barely tasted in the bar (was it really there? Or was it a figment of my imagination??)

As you can see, a few raisins scattered throughout the bar, with a light layer of icing.

The bar itself, was, eh, ok. It had a mild ginger flavor, but overall did have the flavor of a Gingerbread cookie. It was soft, and chewy, and rather dense. The raisins added a little bit of sweetness to the bar, but not much in terms of flavor. The taste actually reminded me of an oatmeal cookie, but with ginger.

It was ok, but certainly not my favorite. I dont think I would buy this in the future, for it was sort of lackluster, but it didn’t necessarily taste bad.  And, another thing to point out, 22 grams of sugar in one bar. OUCH! As a diabetic, I have to watch out for my sugar intake. I understand that some of the sugars may be from the raisins, but the first ingredient is Organic Brown Rice Syrup. Organic or not, sweetener is sweetener to me. And 22 grams is a bit much. But then again, this IS an energy bar- that energy has to come from somewhere!! (And I certainly had a ton of it during my spin class!!)

Overall, 3 stars.

What’s your favorite pre-workout snack? I usually stick to granola bars- easy on the stomach!!

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.

11 Sep 2009, Comments (9)

Stonyfield Farm Organic Pumpkin Pie yogurt

Author: healthnuttxo

 

Here's me and my new love

Here's me and my new love

I LOVE when seasonal flavors come out! I nearly jumped for joy when i saw PUMPKIN PIE flavored YOGURT at the store yesterday. So much that i was COMPLETELY distracted to the fact that i was supposed to buy bread (same aisle as the yogurt), and instead of coming home with a loaf of Wonder bread for my Mom (who apparently really wanted a PB&J sandwich), i came home with 4 Pumpkin Pie flavored yogurts. Whoops,  Sorry, Mom  🙂

Stonyfield says “Ahhh, autumn. Here in New Hampshire, it’s time for warm sweaters, crisp air, blazing foliage and a big wedge of delicious pumpkin pie. Savor the season, ’cause it won’t last long”.
Although i’m still in partial summer mode, i figured this yogurt would get me into the fall spirit. Plus, pumpkin pie is good year round in my opinion 🙂

So, onto the yogurt. It was deliciously smooth and creamy, as promised on the front of the container. And, it did taste like pumpkin ! It was a light orange/beige colored yogurt, with a subtle pumpkin pie flavor. It wasn’t over poweringly sweet as some blended yogurts can be, but just the right amount. When i was stirring it there were little brown specks that looked like nutmeg or cinnamon, and i thought i even tasted nutmeg/cinnamon, but it wasn’t listed in the ingredients on the back. Who knows, but this yogurt is yummy. I’m just mad that it’s only seasonal, so only available to buy & enjoy for a limited time (so stock up!!). My other favorite (pomegranate berry) is also seasonal. WHY CAN’T I HAVE A FAVORITE THEY SELL YEAR ROUND!? 🙁

1 container is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein and 25% calcium, along with lovely probiotics that yogurt provides.

Cultured Pasteurized Organic Low Fat Milk, Naturally Milled Organic Sugar, Organic Caramel Color, Organic Carrot Juice Concentrate (for color), Pectic, Natural Flavor, Organic Pumpkin Juice Concentrate (for color), Vitamin D3.

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