Tags: spreads

13 Jun 2010, Comments (4)

Kettle Foods Hazelnut Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

Time for a …..nut butter review! My favorite! 🙂

But, not just ANY nut butter- hazelnut butter! I’ve had plenty of peanut butter in my life, along with cashew and almond butter, but never hazelnut butter. So, I was excited when Kettle Foods sent me a jar of Hazelnut Butter to try. I mean, I like hazelnuts- I’ll admit, I normally leave them last to eat when there is mixed nuts available (usually the order goes pecans, cashews, almonds, and then peanuts/macadamia nuts/hazel nuts), but I certainly don’t mind them 🙂

So, I opened up the jar, and actually was a bit taken aback at first- there was a LOT of oil on top! Which means it required some stirring to get it to a better consistency- I spent a few minutes or so. Which means, if you have one of those super-cool nut butter “stirrers” that you attach to the top of the jar- I reccommend  using it! That way, it’s easy stirring for you, and none of the oil will spill. I also reccommend refrigerating this nut butter before eating it. I left it in the fridge for a few days, and while it wasn’t super stiff like I’m used to, it had a thicker consistency and was more workable. However, this consistency was PERFECT for drizzling! Those of you who love to drizzle peanut butter or almond butter on your oatmeal, toast, etc., this one will be PERFECT for doing  so!

Anyway- onto the taste. Honestly, it reminded me of those Ferrero Rocher candies my mom used to buy for holidays, although not as sweet and without the chocolatey flavor. It wasn’t salty, and just a tad sweet. It just tasted very fresh and had a very clean hazelnut flavor. Creamy and smooth- it was actually quite good. Different, but good. I’ll be honest, I was tempted to add cocoa powder & a little bit of sweetener to make it taste like the Nutella brand spread! Can you imagine? 🙂

Overally, this spread gets 4 stars. It certainly was unique and not quite like anything I have had before, but delicious and refreshing. However, I prefer my nut butters to have a little more thickness to them, (so it’s easier to eat straight from the jar of course!) and one serving provides only 4 grams of protein as compared to other nut butters that are a bit higher. But, if you like hazelnuts, I highly reccomend this nut butter! I also did a review of Kettle Brand’s cashew butter, which you can see here.

1 oz (28g) is 180 calories, 17 grams of fat, 5 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

Dry Roasted Hazelnuts.

21 May 2010, Comments (2)

Eden Organic Apple Cherry Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

If I had to pick a fruit to eat everyday for the rest of my life, it would definetely be the apple. (strawberries a close second!!) In fact, I consume an “apple” way way or another almost every single day. Most days I have a good ol’ Fuji, Braeburn, Gala, etc., but then I also consume a lot of applesauce, apple juice, and apple spreads!

So, I was super excited when Eden sent me their organic apple cherry butter in the mail. I LOVE apple butter. I use it in place of jelly for PB&J sandwiches and spread it on toast. Sometimes I even eat it out of the jar! 😉

Eden’s Organic Apple Cherry Butter is literally just apples & tart cherries. The back of the jar says “Certified organic fruit (4 pounds to a jar) from family owned orchards on the Great Lakes’ shores. We kettle simmer select apple varieties with a bit of organic apple juice concentrate, then blend in a 30 brix puree of Organic Montmorency Tart Cherries.” Wow- 4 pounds of fruit a jar? That’s a LOT of fruit!!

So I whipped open the jar and took a look. Brown in color and smooth in consistency, it smelled like apple juice with a hint of cherry. I took a spoonful…. Be prepared to pucker up! This stuff is TART!!  They weren’t kiddin gwhen they said they used TART cherries!! And yet, tart as it was, I went back for more! It was sweet and bitter at the same time from the cherries, with apple-y undertones of taste. Not bad! 🙂

Overall, I give it 4 stars. It’s actually quite refreshing, and I think it would be great on some buttered toast or mixed in with hot oatmeal. It’s also organic and has no added  refined sugar. I don’t know if I’ll be eating this one directly from the jar, but it certainly is unique and tasty! 🙂

1 tablespoon is 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Apples, Organic Montmorency Tart Cherry Puree, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate.

15 Apr 2010, Comments (6)

Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus

Author: Healthnuttxo

Well, I recieved a free coupon for Sabra Hummus in the mail, and I was finally going to get to try some of this special spread for myself!

I decided to go to the store the next day to pick a flavor, and I settled on the Roasted Garlic Flavor.

So I got home and opened up the container. A pungent smell of garlic certainly filled the room- and it should! When I looked at the hummus itself, there was a pile mound of chopped garlic in the middle, followed by bits of red peppers dispersed throughout the spread. It had a pale orange/tan color, and also had little pools of orange liquid, (presumably garlic oil?) on the surface as well.

I decided to take the plunge. I took a carrot and dipped it in- yumm! It was CERTAINLY garlic-y, and had a distinct taste for sure! It was creamy and smooth, the only chunks being the garlic pieces if you chose to eat them. Very flavorful, and the perfect blend of garlic, chick peas and salty after taste.

I enjoyed this hummus three ways so far- one with plain/salted soy chips, one with veggies like carrots, and one (my favorite way!) in egg salad on whole wheat bread. Since I loooove egg salad, it was a great way to add flavor to the sandwich and add an extra kick due to thegarlic.

Overall, I give this hummus 4 stars. It was tasty, provided healthy fats, a little fiber, and is a much better replacement for ranch dip for dressings or mayo for spreads. And, although 2 tbsp doesn’t seem like a lot for a serving, it’s the perfect ratio if you are having a little baggie of baby carrots (of course, more veggies= more hummus!! 🙂 ). It really is delicious, and I plan on trying it with pretzels soon, too.

1 serving (2 Tbsp) is 70 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein.

Cooked Chick Peas (chick peas (garbanzos) water), Tahini (ground sesame), Soy Bean and/or Canola Oil,  Garlic, Salt, Citric Acid, Red Bell Pepper, Seasoning and Spices, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate added to maintain freshness.

18 Feb 2010, Comments (5)

Kettle Foods Cashew Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

Did that say, Cashew Butter? Because it really should have said Cashew Better (I have lame jokes, but oh well.  😛 )

Seriously. I have had my share of bad nut butters in the past. In fact, I remember buying a cashew butter a few years ago. I went to the store with my mom, and I remember being SO excited when I spotted some cashew butter. Obviously, peanut butter has my heart, but my favorite 2 nuts are pecans and cashews (hey- how come they don’t have pecan butter??). So, I came home with the jar, took a big spoonful of it, and YUCK. It was horrible! Pasty, no flavor, and just wrong wrong wrong.

But then- Kettle Foods sent me a jar of their Cashew Butter. I was skeptical, hesistant even. Would this taste the same? I dipped my knife in after stirring it up a bit, and…

YUMMY! It was so creamy and really tasted like someone took fresh, buttery cashews and grounded them up into this nut butter. It tasted like it had salt-but there was NON added!! Honestly, you don’t miss it a bit! It has a sweet aftertaste to it as well.  I was perfectly content with the combination of spoon + jar +Lisa’s mouth= one happy camper!

Overall, this nut butter is really excellent. It gets 4 1/2 stars in my book. Honestly, if you can’t have peanut butter for whatever reason , and are looking for alternatives, look no further than Kettle Food’s Cashew Butter!

1 oz (about 2 Tbs) is 160 calories, 14 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Cashews, Sunflower and/or Safflower oil. (I always love the foods that taste awesome with the short ingredient list- connection, perhaps? 🙂 )

19 Nov 2009, Comments (3)

P.B. Loco Flavored Gourmet Peanut Butter

Author: healthnuttxo

Time to review something I eat almost every day . I love, love, love (love!) peanut butter.

P.B. Loco makes all natural, gourmet flavored peanut butters. There are there are no hydrogenated oils used (yay!) . They also have cafe locations where they concoct delicious-sounding sandwiches like Yummer Nutter, which is white chocolate peanut butter by P.B. Loco, Nutella Spread and and Banana. Yum! They make  Peanut Butter with Caramel Apple, with Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough,  with CoCoBanana, with Dark Chocolate Duo, with Jungle Banana, with Raspberry White Chocolate, with Sumatra Cinnamon and Raisin, with Asian Curry Spice and then Original “Munchy Crunchy” and “Creamy Dreamy”.  Can we say yum? 🙂 🙂 🙂

P.B. Loco sent me 2 1.8 oz samples, or about 3 and a half  Tablespoons, (in these cute little jars that resembled make-up jars!) in flavors Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Jungle Banana.  I could hardly contain my excitement, I tried them both in one day. 😀

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- wow. Such a different take on peanut butter. It smells sweet, my mom said it smelled like “a bag of Halloween candy”, but a good kind of sweet. It’s a little bit runnier than traditional peanut butter, and there are swirls of chocolate and itty bitty chocolate chips in it. It really tastes amazing. I didn’t need to spread it on anything, and I ate it as is.  It has a nice blend of salty-sweet, but it isn’t too sweet. Just right. 5 stars!! 🙂 🙂

here’s what it looked like (before  I ate it!!)

Jungle Banana- ooooohhhh this one’s good. It smells sweet too, and you can actually smell banana. This one is amazing. It’s as close as you can get to peanut butter and banana mixed together. It’s just the perfect blend of Peanut butter and banana, and it’s smooth and satisfying. 🙂  5 stars.

Overall. Need I say it? These are awesome. If you like peanut butter, you can buy these if you want, and I definetely reccommend them!

Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough– 2 Tbsp. is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 9 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein.
Peanuts, sugar, palm oil (non-hydrogenated), chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, whole milk, and less than 2 percent of salt, soy lecithin (natural emulsifier), natural flavor (vanilla bean extractives, water [alcohol free]).

Peanut Butter with Jungle Banana– 2 Tbsp. is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.
Peanuts, sugar, palm oil (non-hydrogenated), bananas, banana concentrate, and less than 2 percent of organic evaporated cane juice, salt, modified food starch, natural flavor, and color (from annatto).

 

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