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4 Apr 2011, Comments (13)

Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs

Author: Healthnuttxo

Last week I had a dinner of some pasta with this yummy sauce and some of these Meatless Meatballs from Trader Joe’s.  These meatless meatballs are vegan and vegetarian. I cooked them in the oven first and then ended up transferring them to the sauce to let them simmer.

However, fresh out of the oven, they crisped up nicely.Here’s how some looked

I decided to note what they tasted like by themselves, instead of with the sauce, just in case the sauce influenced any other kind of flavor. Right away, I could tell I liked the taste and the texture. They were “meaty” in texture, as in somewhat dense, yet soft, and a bit chewy. They were quite salty by themselves (they had 560 mg of sodium per serving), and also had a bit of a “peppery” flavor. There was also a good amount of detectable spice flavor. Next I noticed how they tasted after I let them cook and simmer a bit in some of the sauce. They were SO soft, and absolutely delicious. I couldn’t believe how soft they got, and I certainly did not feel left out when the rest of my family had beef meatballs and I ate my Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs =)

Overall, really quite delicious. I even liked how they didn’t have an overpowering soy taste, which I sometimes expect with vegetarian style foods. I will definitely continue to eat and buy these! 4 1/2 stars

6 Meatless Meatballs are 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 16 grams of protein.

Whats your favorite vegetarian style product? I also REALLY like this Smart Bacon from LightLife!

10 Jun 2010, Comments (4)

Clif Bar & Company Energy Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Clif Bar & Company is one of my favorites- they make all natural and organic bars and products that help fuel the active lifestyle. One of  the things I eat before a workout is the Clif Bar energy bars. They come in a bunch of flavors in order to please a variety of people. You can view all the flavors on the website, here

Anyway, Clif Bar and Company was nice enough to send me some of their energy bars, including some of the seasonal ones. I decided to write up about the Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, and Spiced Pumpkin Pie varieties. These are ideal before a workout for me, as I find them to be easily digested and provide the energy I need to kickbox, run, or whatever!

Each bar is about the size of an index card in length, and has a chewy, dense consistency.

Chocolate Chip is my favorite of the 3. It’s sweet and chewy, with big chocolate chips. It really tastes like cookie dough to me, especially when you heat it in the microwave for a few seconds (then the chocolate chips become gooey and just delicious!). And, if you let it sit for a minute or so after  microwaving it, it gets  a little bit of a “crunch” to it, which I would imagine to be from the oats. Another idea- smear some good ol’ peanut butter on it. What  better than salty & sweet combo? 🙂 5 stars

Next up on the list, is the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. Also a divine flavor, this one is sweet and has a delicious drizzly coating of white chocolate icing, as well as white chocolate chunks throughout the bar. It’s buttery and flavor, and the macadamia nuts add a nice touch, without being overpowering. Again, awesome heated in the microwave 🙂 5 stars

Next up, the seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie . It has a nice pumpkin flavor, and you can definietely taste the nutmeg and spices. The thick coating of icing on top is the perfect addition, a sweet vanilla that balances the spices in this bar. The chewy raisins also add a nice touch, and make it feel more home-made. There were also pieces of almonds, which I could have done without, but weren’t bad. 4 stars
*note, this one is a seasonal flavor, meaning it’s only available during late in fall/winter season.
But once you can find it, it’s worth it!*

Overall, I loooove these bars! Although the downside is that they are a tad high in sugar per bar, it is good to energize you for a workout, or a meal on the go with some fruit or veggies. They are high in protein, fortified with vitamins and minerals, generally low in fat, and a good source of fiber per bar. They are also all natural and made with organic ingredients. I would highly reccomend these for the active lifestyle, or if you just want a yummy treat!

*Have you ever tried Clif bars? Which is your favorite?
*Also, Don’t forget the Nana’s Cookie Company giveaway!

Chocolate Chip- 1 bar is 240 calories, 5 grams of fat, 44 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Molasses Powder, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Cinnamon.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut- 1 bar is 240 calories, 7 grams of fat, 41 carbohydrates,4 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Macadamia Nuts, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Macadamia Nuts, Organic Date Paste, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie- 1 bar is 240 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 45 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber,  25 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro®(Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Pumpkin, ClifCrunch®(Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves), Sea Salt, Colored with Annatto

1 Sep 2009, Comments (0)

ZenSoy Pudding

Author: healthnuttxo

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Pudding. Who doesn’t like pudding? I love chocolate pudding. Rich, creamy, delicious! So I waas interested to try ZenSoy Pudding. Made with soy? Hmm. According to ZenSoy, there products contain isoflavones, and  “these isoflavones, or plant estrogens, show substantial health benefits in helping to lower cholesterol.  Isoflavones also fight osteoporosis, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and a variety of cancers, lessen menopausal symptoms and improve breast, endometrial, colon and prostate health.” Well that certainly beats Jell-o’s health claims (if there are any).

So these puddings come in four flavors, Vanilla, Chocolate, Chocolate Vanilla Swirl, and Banana. Banana! I LOVE banana flavored things!  i picked up two of the flavors, the Chocolate Vanilla Swirl and the Banana that came in cute snack packs.
I tried the banana first, being so eager. It wasn’t as creamy as i expected it, being used to chocolate, rich pudding, but it was still creamy. I stirred it a bit more and it had a nicer texture. It was more of a “jellier” than creamy texture to be in fact. However, it was DELICIOUS! Real banana flavor, not that fake artificial banana flavor (that you get with like, Laffy Taffy or other “banana” flavored things). It also had a bit of a vanilla taste to it. I liked it. I think it would be good slightly frozen. Yum!

Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl- That’s what I’m talking about! Creamy, rich and delish! Much more of a creamier/pudding consistency and texture as composed to the banana flavor. It was good too. The chocolate part was a deep chocolatey flavor, adn the vanilla part, although small, was sweet. These puddings rock!

Nutrition Facts are good as well. I like that there are no refined sugars/artificial sweetners, and each is fortified with some calcium.
The Banana flavor is 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
Filtered Water, Certified Organic Whole Soybeans, Certified Organic Granulated Cane Juice, Certified Organic Corn Starch, Certified Organic Flavors, Natural Flavors, Carrageenan, Locust Bean Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Soy Lecithin, Annatto (natural color),Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl-
120 calories, 1 gram of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of protein.

Filtered Water, Certified Organic Whole Soybeans, Certified Organic Granulated Cane Juice, Certified Organic Corn Starch, Certified Organic Cocoa (Processed With Alkali) Natural Flavors, Certified Organic Flavors, Carrageenan, Locust Bean Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Phosphate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12

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