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Musselman’s sent me an AWESOME picnic basket filled with some of their delicious products for free. Along with the basket, I was sent some recipes to try out for the summer!  Here’s a pic that Musselman’s provided me with of the products.

With the ingredients I had on hand, I decided to try the Strawberry Apple Ginger Smoothie/Frozen Yogurt, that according to the card, is courtesy of Amie Valpone, The Healthy Apple.

The only thing I omitted was the ginger, since I didnt have it at home. Otherwise, I halved the recipe, and used the Totally Fruit Strawberry applesauce, the top portion of a Black Cherry Stonyfield Yogurt, fresh strawberries, and a basil leaf straight from my garden.

Next, I blended!

The taste straight after blending was ok. I felt it lacked sweetness and was rather runny. Also, the basil leaf which I so closely associate with tomatoes, kind of threw me off a little bit. I think if I make this again I would omit the basil, or use less than called for.

I decided to add some ice and some stevia to cool this smoothie down even more, and add something extra to it. Here’s how the final product looked

As you can see, it was a mild pink in color, and had the tiny green specks from the basil. I thought the taste was pretty good, but not spectacular. I think I would add more sweetener or stevia if I made this again, and maybe try using frozen strawberries instead of fresh. I had some friends try it, and one of them said it wasn’t thick enough, which I agreed with, and the other said it was a bit “off”. However, I don’t think it’s anything that couldn’t have been fixed with a little sweetener and some extra ice!

So thank you again, Musselman’s, for the recipes to try and the awesome picnic  basket!

Questions for you guys- what is YOUR favorite smoothie recipe? Do you ever use applesauce in your smoothies?

18 Dec 2010, Comments (5)

Kashi Organic Strawberry Fields Cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Nothing like a good bowl of cereal to start off the day. One of my favorite cereals is Kashi Organic Strawberry Fields. Since I don’t consider it really a whole grain for my consumption of the day since the first ingredient is “Organic Long Grain Rice”, I usually pair it with a whole grain cereal, like Cheerios, and half a banana with some almond milk for breakfast. It’s description on the box is “Organic Crispy Rice & Wheat Flakes with Organic Strawberries and Raspberries”, and let me tell you, it is 100% delicious!

I find each time I buy the box it’s always something different for the shapes of the flakes. One time I got rather small pieces, and the last time I purchased this cereal I got really large flakes. Nonetheless, they are crunchy flakes with a sweet coating and sheen to them, with a bit of strawberry flavor. My favorite part, of course, is the freeze-dried strawberries. While I won’t eat the strawberries without having them soak in my almond milk for a while [they can be a bit tart], they plump up quite nicely in the milk and are great.

A downfall of this cereal is that sometimes the dried fruit part is not even. I remember once I only got about 4 or 5 freeze dried strawberries in the whole box! I was very disappointed. I also find that there are not a ton of raspberries in the cereal, but that’s okay for me because I prefer strawberries over raspberries anyway.

Another thing is that like I said before, the first ingredient is “Organic Long Grain Rice”, although there is “Organic Whole Wheat” as the 3rd ingredient, but not enough to make this count as a whole grain serving for me for my day. But it’s too delicious to pass up on. Sweet, crunchy, and just perfect in milk, or straight from the box.

Overall, I give this 4 1/2 stars. One of my favorites! I love that it’s organic, delicious, and only 9 grams of sugar per 1 cup (32 grams) serving.

What’s your FAVORITE cereal to eat for breakfast?

1 cup (32 grams) is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Long Grain Rice, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Whole Wheat, Organic Freeze-Dried Strawberries, Sea Salt, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Freeze-Dried Raspberries.


15 Dec 2010, Comments (1)

Divine White Chocolate with Strawberries

Author: Healthnuttxo

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So, I went to Whole Foods the other day [shocking, I know.. =) ] and they were handing out free samples of chocolates. Why not? I thought. How could I turn down a piece of natural chocolate? I opted for the White Chocolate with Strawberries, as it seemed interesting. I ate a small piece, and really liked it, so I bought a bar, and took it home( I also REALLY liked the wrapper- how pretty !!)

In fact, the entire ride home I couldn’t wait to eat it. I ate it so fast when the samples were given out, I felt as if I didn’t really get to enjoy it. No worries- I mean I DID have an entire bar waiting for me…

I opened it up, and noticed little squares of chocolate making up a rather large bar. Pale white/beige in color, but as I broke off a square there were a bunch of pinkish-red spots within the chocolate- alas! The strawberries!

I broke off a piece and ate it. Mmmmmm. Honestly, even if you don’t like white chocolate, I think you’ll like this. Why? Because- it doesn’t even taste like white chocolate- it tastes like STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM! Immediately when I tried it I thought of strawberry icecream, with vanilla undertones. Creamy and sweet, with just the slightest bit of texture from the peices of strawberries. Just absolutely delicious.

This is getting 5 stars from me. Hands down the best white chocolate I have ever had. It’s not the healthiest thing to eat given the high calorie and fat content, but it’s a ver indulgent and very delicious chocolate. I’ll take this for my Holiday treat!

10 blocks (42 grams) is 220 calories, 12 grams of fat (8 saturated), 25 grams of carbohydrates, 24 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

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Nothing like a cold bowl of crunchy cereal in the morning. In fact, I find myself having cereal and fruit with almond milk almost every day of the week! Satisfying, crunchy, and just plain good!

I happen to love when cereals have little add-ins to them, like granola clusters, dried fruit, marshmallows…(gotta love the marshmallows!), so I thought Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch actually looked pretty good.

I opened up the box and saw flakes, little balls that resembled crisp rice, granola clusters with flaxseed, and dried strawberries. According to the ingredients, there were supposed to be dried raspberries as well, but I could only really distinguish the strawberries (which were rather small, as well).

I decided to try each of these components separately, and then together.

The flakes were the best part. Crunchy and sweet, with a strawberry aftertaste that was quite delicious. The granola clusters were crunchy, but had an overall flaxseed flavor that I wasn’t too fond of, only because while I do eat flaxseed for the nutritional benefits, I’m not a fan of the flavor of flaxseed. Next up, the strawberries, they were a tad bit small, not real “chunks” of strawberries, and were rather tart.

As a whole, the cereal was really good. Nutty flavored, crunchy, sweet and very tasty actually. I also read on the box that the cereal “contains 0.5g of Omega 3 per serving, which is 38% of the recommended daily value of 1.3g”- so not only tasty, but good for me too! : )

Overall, 4 stars. I liked the flakes the best, and overall a yummy cereal. I do wish the strawberry pieces were larger, and perhaps they had some granola clusters without any actual flaxseeds in them, just so I can taste the yummy granola 🙂

3/4 cup is 210 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

*I was sent to try this box of cereal for free from Nature’s Path*

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