Tags: snacks

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

28 Sep 2011, Comments (3)

Popcorn, Indiana Bacon Ranch Popcorn

Author: Healthnuttxo

So this ones for you guys. Bacon seems like it’s such a big deal. As in a big deal as in people love it.

To me? Eh.

While I do appreciate a good slice of turkey bacon, I never liked bacon as a kid. Always left it on my plate on the diner, and scrunched my nose when I saw the grease my dad would pour into a glass jar after making breakfast. But that’s just me.

So when I saw this product, Popcorn, Indiana Bacon Ranch Popcorn I knew it would be a perfect thing to review. Plus, well, ok….it sounded pretty awesome. And I’m all for snacking. Guess what store I bought it at. No really, guess.

Why, WHOLE FOODS of course! 😉

Anyway, here’s what a bowl of the bacony-ranch goodness looked like.

*sniff* *sniff*….does someone smell bacon?

This popcorn was unbelievably delicious. It had a soft crunch to it, and a light residue on top of each piece of popcorn. I barely found any pieces that didn’t have a good coating on it, which was a positive. Nothing like a plain piece of popcorn to bring down the flavor party. Yea, I said flavor party.

Anyway, there was a salty taste, and a sharp white cheddar cheese flavor. And yes….I tasted bacon. There were also onion flavors as well, and it just really had a powerful and delicious ( insert ADDICTIVE) tastes. It reminded me of the Smoked Gouda popcorn I really loved as well.

This popcorn gets 4 1/2 stars. Why not 5 you ask? Well, it’s called Bacon Ranch popcorn, and I sort of missed the “ranch” element. It was more of a cheesy-bacon popcorn to me, with a bit of onion flavor.  It’s also a touch high in fat and sodium. Regardless, beyond good, and highly recommended.

What about YOU- fan of bacon? or no?  I like Veggie Bacon too! 🙂

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17 Sep 2011, Comments (2)

365 Cheese Curls

Author: Healthnuttxo

I know how I’ve made comments in the past on how I do NOT like cheese. And well…

That’s still true.

But I don’t count cheese curls. Or cheese doodles. Or cheese puffs. Or whatever your preference on what you call your favorite salty, cheesy, crunchy snack.

Even though it may be made with cheese, CHEESE to me is the stuff that comes in the huge blocks that you have to slice yourself (or rather, have the deli slice for you). That kind of cheese turns me off. Especially goat cheese.

I’m sorry, cheese lovers, please dont hate me.

ANYWAY, how I fill the cheese void in my life is with cheesy snacks. Like these. The 365 Cheese Curls from Whole Foods.  Did I really NEED to buy these with the 8 million snacks at my house? No… But I’m me. I’m never satisfied. I always want more. So I  bought another snack. Oh well.

These were cheesy, and left a light residue on my fingers. Slightly salty, but in a good way. A way that makes me crave a Diet Dr. Pepper (or Dr. Zevia!) . They had a light crunch, with just the right amount of cheddar cheese flavor. Oh, and they were certainly addictive. Like, I’m done with my bowl but go back for a few more handfuls addictive.

These were delicious, if not perfect for cheese curls. I have had Cheetos in the past, and I think these taste almost identical. I would definitely buy these again! My only complaint, which I guess is just due to handling, was that there was a LOT of little pieces of curls, rather than “longer” curls. I mean pieces the size of the tip of my finger! But again, nothing major. Still delicious!  I also liked how these weren’t crazy high in calories, fat or sodium. 4 1/2 stars

If you had to give one up for the rest of your life, would it be cheesy snacks? or actual cheese? I think my choice is obvious 😉


1 Sep 2011, Comments (4)

Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn White Cheddar

Author: Healthnuttxo

So far, I’m a fan of Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn. The ever-so delicious Smoked Gouda **highly reccommended**, pretty yummy Movie Lover’s Buttered Popcorn, and also pretty good Hatch Chili Con Queso flavors. I was excited to try the White Cheddar.

You see… I sort of had an obsession with White Cheddar popcorn when I was younger. There would always be a bag of it in the house, and I was known to demolish the whole bag (yes….the WHOLE thing) in a sitting. Who counts serving sizes or calories when they are little? I sure didn’t!  ; )

Then I just grew out of the bag a week White Cheddar popcorn phase. And then when I received Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn White Cheddar for free to try in the mail, my love was rekindled. YES. White Cheddar Popcorn we meet again!!

So I opened the bag, and here’s how it looked.

The popcorn itself was light and fluffy, with a great crunch. Just as popcorn should be. It left a slight residue on my hands, but not so much where I had to wipe my hands all over the couch cushions (KIDDING!). I wouldn’t say the flavor screamed White Cheddar , and in fact some pieces I questioned to myself what flavor was it exactly?

It wasn’t really salty, and had a mild cheese flavor. It also had a bit of a buttermilk flavor that reminded me of Ranch dressing. It was certainly a unique flavor, where some pieces were very flavorful, and others left rather bland.

So does Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn White Cheddar live up to my past of White Cheddar popcorn love affair?

Not exactly, but it was still good. I would eat it again, and would buy it if I saw it in stores. 4 stars

How do you like yo eat YOUR popcorn? sweet? salty? Let me know!!! 🙂


18 Aug 2011, Comments (13)

Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn Smoked Gouda

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Now, I’m not a cheese kind of person. I could totally live my entire life without eating any, and I’m even known to pull the cheese off my pizza (sorry!). So I wasn’t expecting this popcorn to be anything special.

Ok, ok. Smoked Gouda. Probably tastes like the rest of the popcorn I had in the past. I thought.

But I was so wrong.

This popcorn, is ah-mazing.

Sure, it looks like your average, store bought popcorn. But it wasn’t.

It was light, and crunchy, and fluffy popcorn. Fluffy might be a weird adjective to describe popcorn, mostly because I immediately asociate fluffy with pillows, but it was fluffy. And yummy.

It was cheesy, light and had just a wee bit of heat/spice to it. There was almost a (get ready for it) BACON flavor to it. I haven’t eaten bacon in years, but bacon is goood. Turkey bacon always hit the spot for me, and this popcorn had flavors vvery similar to bacon. Perhaps it was the “smoked” aspect of the popcorn. Regardless, I’m going to roll with it.

It was also a bit salty, but in a good way, and some other deeper flavors going on. I really, really liked this popcorn. And if I see it in the stores, I’m definitely buying it again. Minus the fact I already demolished the bad. So much for sharing.

4 1/2 stars. I may be becoming a cheese convert. Also loving that it’s gluten free, all natural, and has some healthy and filling fiber : )

What about YOU- what’s your favorite type of cheese? If I had to pick, parmesan all the way!

I received this bag of popcorn to try for free from the company. Regardless, my opinions are unaffected and genuine.

What’s a movie without POPCORN? (Hey, I know a few people who go to the movies FOR the popcorn! =P)

But the popcorn at movies can be loaded with calories and fat (and I’m just going to go out on a limb here and assume, it’s NOT the healthy fats!). Plus, there can even be trans fats in some popcorns! So I was excited when Oogie’s provided me this bag of Movie Lovers Buttered Popcorn for free. Now I could pop my own movie in at home, and eat a bag of yummy, buttery popcorn!

Some quick facts, according to the bag, this is all natural, gluten free, and whole grain. So, if I wasn’t already digging this popcorn, I was slowly liking it more and more!

I was excited to try this popcorn. For some reason when I opened it, I was expecting a yellow colored popcorn, kind of like the buttery flavored drenched popcorn at the movies. However, it was a pale white which surprised me a bit.

Some pieces had more flavor than others, which was a seasoning. I wouldn’t say it was super buttery, but more of a mild butter and even a flavor akin to parmesan cheese. Was it good? yes. Yummy? yes. Suitable for those who drown their popcorn in butter at the movies? No… But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t delicious.

The pieces of popcorn were fresh and had a soft crunch. Like I said, some pieces were bland, and others had more seasoning on it. It was slightly salty, which made me crave a Zevia soda really badly (and let’s be honest…I was also craving a Diet Coke!!).

Overall, it was pretty good, but not as buttery as I would have liked. There was a good amount of popcorn in the bag, which made for a filling snack at 160 calories, and 3 grams of fiber. For me, it was a 3 1/2 star snack !

What snack do you get when you go to the movies? I used to actually get the soft pretzels and cheese instead of the popcorn when I was little! =)

Are you a fan of pizza? And a fan of crunchy snacks? Well, you just might like these! Medora Snacks makes Pucci Pizza Snacks, which according to the package, are “baked with real cheese” and “extra virgin olive oil”. As well as having “no trans fat” and are “all  natural”. Sounds like a yummy snack to me!

Here’s a picture of the snacks. I even attempted to make a mini pizza with them! (Which I hadn’t noticed until after I made mine that the back of my bag made a mini pizza too!)

Then I tried a few. They were very crunchy and crispy, with a yummy cheesy flavor. They were a bit salty, and also had a slight tomato sauce flavor. I certainly detected the basil and  other spices as well.  They were kind of like a very crunchy rice cake, but with less of an airy texture, or like a soy crisp but slightly more dense. Unique, indeed!

Overall a good snack, but not overpowering or too salty/too flavorful. And, two servings per bag, with a good amount of pieces in the bag! They are low in fat (3.5 grams per 1 ounce serving), but 1.5 grams of that is saturated, and there is only .5 grams of fiber per serving. So, all in all, 3 stars.

1 ounce (28 grams) is 120 calores, 3.5 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, .5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

GIVEAWAY ends TOMOROW!!

I was provided these snacks to try for free from Medora Snacks.

I’ve reviewed some Nonuttin’ products here before, and to add to the list will be the Chocolate Chip and Raisin bars.

Here’s a picture I took of them below-So as you can see, pretty good with the toppings, and rather thin bars. According to the packages, the bars are gluten free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Tree Nut Free, and Peanut Free. Last time I tried one of these I remember the bar sort of fell apart as I ate it, so I hoped these bars would be better.

I tried the raisin first. The raisins were really tasty- chewy and sweet. This bar didn’t fall apart as I had expected and was actualyl quite delicious! It was crunchy and chewy at the same time, and sweet with a good cinnamon flavor. It reminded me of an oatmeal raisin cookie- Yummmy!!

Next up- chocolate chip. This one was also really tasty- sweet, milk chocolate flavor, that was also chewy and crunchy, but not as crunchy as the raisin, and overall really good. Delicious!

Overall, very good products! Sometimes when I get a food product that caters to so many allergies like being dairy free, gluten free, etc. it often has a funny texture or sometimes has an off taste- but these were very good! I would totally eat both of these as a snack, and they are both only 120-130 calories each. Sounds good to me! 4 stars!


Raisin- 1 bar
is 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein

Chocolate Chip– 1 bar is 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Oh, and if you haven’t entered the coupon giveaway and you want to, here’s a link to do so! : )

I was sent to try these bars for free from Nonuttin’.

Don’t forget the Sahale Snack Giveaway!!  =)

I don’t know about you, but I was always a fan of mini snacks when I was younger. I think they are so cute- and, you usually get a bigger portion size for roughly the same amount of calories as the bigger counterpart!

So, you can count on it that I was certainly happy when I got a box of each Mini Cheddar Cheese and Mini Peanut Butter Bite Sized Sandwich Crackers to try given to me from Late July!

First, I tried the Mini Cheddar Cheese ones. I opened the box and saw a lot of little sandwich crackers- yum!  I couldn’t agree more with the front of the box, as it said “Buttery Tasting Rich Crackers” for the cracker part, and “White Cheddar Cheese” for the cheese filling. It’s EXACTLY what it tasted like! The cracker was salty a buttery, a bit dry, and soft/flaky. The cheese had a nice white cheddar flavor, that was salty and slightly tangy.  I liked that I got 13 crackers for one serving size, of only 110 calories!

The Peanut Butter ones were just as good. The cracker tasted the same, salty, buttery and slightly dry, with a thick peanut butter on the inside. Thick in consistency, not amount. It had that stick-to-the-roof-of-my-mouth peanut butter, that wasn’t oily at all. It was also a slightly sweet peanut butter- yum! I do wish there was a bit more peanut butter on the inside, but still delicious!

Overall, these get 4 stars. I love that I get 13 crackers (1 oz) for a serving size, that these are organic, and I loved twisting each cracker off one by one, and eating them that way. Brought me back to when I was little =) On the downside, there is hardly any fiber in these (less than 1 gram per serving), and they are a bit high in sodium (310 mg for cheddar cheese, 240 mg for peanut butter) and fat. But, I think they are a great snacking alternative, and are quite tasty, too!

13 crackers is 110 calories, 7-9 grams of fat, 16-18 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 2-3 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

5 Aug 2010, Comments (3)

CheeCha Potato Puffs

Author: Healthnuttxo

* Please don’t forget the newly posted  UNCLE SAM CEREAL GIVEAWAY *

Here’s something totally new for me! CheeCha Potato Puffs! I don’t really know exactly what a CheeCha is, but, I DO know that these potato puffs I was generously sent from CheeCha are quite tasty!

I was sent some flavors to try, including the Luscious Lime, Original Potato,  and Sea Salt & Vinegar flavors of CheeCha Potato Puffs.  According to the website, “All CheeCha Puffs begin with wholesome potato flour and potato starch. They are air puffed to keep the natural potato flavour, then lightly misted with sunflower oil and sprinkled with the finest seasonings.”

Each of these CheeCha Potato Puffs are gluten free, round in shape, and sort of look like a wheel or a peace sign to me! They are very airy, light and crispy, and provide such a satisfying crunch! I also really like that they aren’t greasy at ALL- I love snacks that are crunchy and tasty, and not oily!

Sea Salt & Vinegar– whew! I can CERTAINLY taste the vinegar! Tart and bitter, and a rather strong vinegar flavor. It almost makes me cringe when I ate one, and yet, I kept eating them! These are also quite salty, but crunchy and actually quite good. Especially if you like the taste of vinegar! 3 1/2 stars

Luscious Lime– Okay, now I LIKE these. SO unexpected! They are tangy, yet sweet, and just really delicious! At first it’s a sweet and tangy lime flavor, followed by a more mellow, potato flavor. These came in handy when I felt like snacking on something. : ) 4 1/2 stars

Original Potato- These reminded me of regular potato chips, yet were smooth and not really salty tasting. I think these would be better to dip into something, say cheese or salsa, rather than eaten alone. But I loved the potato flavor! 3 1/2 stars

The nutritional facts below are for the LUSCIOUS LIME flavor (my favorite of the 3!)

2 cups (20 grams) is 90 calories, 3 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Potato Flour, Potato Starch, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Salt and Lime Flavor.

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