Tags: vegetarian

This review is LONG overdue! I got a free bottle of PurFIT Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake powder about a month ago. I had it sent to the wrong address (my “other home”…yea, I have two homes, you Jelly?) had to wait for it to ship to my current address, then when it got to my current address it was waiting in the mailbox and I didn’t know about it.

ANYWAY! Sorry to the folks over at PurFIT for the delay. Totally my fault. But now it is in my possession (FINALLY!) And I can test/eat/drink/enjoy/review it. Thanks again 🙂

So- some info on this product. It is intended to be a meal replacement, and you are advised to mix 1 scoop that they provide with 8 oz of water. The protein comes predominantly from pea and bean, and appears to be vegetarian/vegan friendly (I will post ingredients at the bottom). I think the calories are a *bit* low for a meal, even if someone is restricting calories, at 140 calories/ 14 grams protein per scoop, especially if paired with water. However, I could use this as a lean shake for a snack, or I also plan on trying chocolate protein bars since it is NOT made with Whey and I don’t have to worry about a rubbery consistency with baking it.

Here’s what it looks like dry-

First off, round of applause for PurFIT because this scoop was RIGHT on top. Honestly…what is worse than having to dig through a giant tub of protein powder to get a scoop off the bottom? Literally powder… E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.

Not going to lie…it did not smell that great…it was a very strong and potent smell that I couldn’t quite describe. I was a little worried…but hey, protein powder never smells ALL that yummy, and can’t judge a book by it’s cover 8)

So, I put a scoop in a cup of water, and gave it a mix. It blended really easily, especially since I didn’t have my shaker cup with the little metal ball. I SWEAR I keep buying them and someone keeps permanently borrowing them…ahem…but whatever.

It made a relatively thick liquid, even mixed with water, which was a pleasant surprise. wasn’t so sure what to expect for sweetness with this product, seeing as it has no sugar. I took a sip…and I actually really like it! It had a deep chocolatey flavor, rich, and really creamy. I was surprised it was so creamy bc I used WATER! Usually I hate shakes unless paired with milk…but it said water, and I was conveniently out of both milk and almond milk.

It has a mild sweetness, like milk chocolate. I think it would taste phenomenal with peanut butter in a shake with ice and water or milk/almond milk. I really like that this protein powder has 7 grams of fiber too, to help tide down hunger, especially if this IS used as a meal replacement.

Overall, I like it! I would drink this again. I may use 2 scoops if it is for a meal, as I am extremely active (heavy lifting 6x a week and some cardio), and I need a bit more calories. It’s a tad high in fat for me, 5g per serving, but I see that flaxseed is in the ingredients, which is a good source of fat. I also get why it has a bit of fat in it, since it is INTENDED for a meal…thus fat is needed for satiety. The creaminess is spot on, and I am curious to try this with baking. I will update you guys as necessary! Overall, 4 stars.


13 Aug 2013, Comments (0)

A Vegetarian Recipe to Try

Author: Healthnuttxo

Hey guys!

I have an awesome recipe to share for you guys to try! Everyone likes Tacos, right? I think it’s one of those things where vegetarians and non-vegetarians unanimously can agree that it is one tasty dish! Although this dish is meatless, Quorn has provided us a great recipe using their mince as a hearty replacement. The recipe can be found here http://www.quorn.co.uk/recipes/vegetarian-chilli-beef-tacos/

Source

First off, why vegetarian? Don’t let the fact that it is vegetarian scare you! I am all for eating meat at most of my meals for staying full and eating a good amount of protein, but this dish has ingredients that will keep you full and satisfied. For example, the kidney beans that are used have a good amount of protein and fiber as well as complex carbs that will help full you up without slowing you down. It is good to have some vegetarian meals as well, as protein sources from animals tend to be high in cholesterol and saturated fat. As a  bonus, by replacing meats with meat alternatives or adding legumes to meatless dishes, you get exposed to a lot of heart-healthy vitamins and minerals without all the fat!

What’s good about this recipe is that it is relatively simple to make, and is 306 calories a serving (for a total of 4 servings). But hey… I won’t judge you if you eat all 4 servings ;]
It may seem as if the recipe has a lot of ingredients, but it includes spices and things that will probably already be in your cabinets. For example, garlic cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, greek yogurt, lettuce, tomatoes, and grated cheese will most likely already be in your home. I know they are certainly in my house! So you may only have to purchase a few ingredients, and of course you can swap and add your own ingredients as you please.

So, someone let me know if you end up trying this! I think you guys will really enjoy it. And I’ll end this post with a question…

What’s your favorite vegetarian dish? My favorite vegetarian dish is literally a cheese omelette made with 1% cheddar cheese and broccoli. MMM! So good!!

Yummy! More protein-filled finds.

NOW, when it comes to protein, I think closest to nature is best. Chicken breast, eggs, turkey, things like that. However, a nice switch up every now and then is definitely called for and satisfies a craving. Today’s find? These vegetarian Morning Star Farms Maple Flavored Sausage Patties!

We all know how much I adore maple, right? 😉

I’ll admit the ingredients aren’t perfect as I’d like them to be, but the nutritional facts pack a nice punch to make up for it. 80 calories a patty and 10 grams of protein- that I like!

I cooked these up in a skillet with some non cook spray. I also added a wee but of SF Maple Syrup for fun. They ended up cooking soft on the inside, and nice and crispy on the outside.

Upon first bite? YES! These were certainly delicious. They had a smoked flavor, and were slightly sweet from the maple. They tasted just like regular sausage! The consistency on the inside had some texture, kind of like a veggie burger, but was very soft. I think next time I may even add more maple syrup for more enhanced flavor 🙂

Overall, delicious! I will definitely buy these again. I’m a little bummed there’s only 6 in a box, and I ate 3 at a time which can be expensive. However, I think they’re a great addition to my protein family I call the fridge/freezer. And 10 grams of protein is great for a little patty! 4.5 stars

What’s your favorite protein-filled food? Mine is ground turkey (lean of course!). Perfect for burgers and meatloaf!

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!

I dont know what compelled me to  buy this. My least favorite vegetable is spinach. Well, maybe that’s a bit harsh…(or maybe not), either way, I would most likely not ever eat plain spinach on it’s own. SO, perhaps what got me to buy these was the picture on box and the mention of “THREE CHEESES” on the box as well. And the fact that they looked like chicken nuggets didn’t hurt either.

SO, into my shopping cart they went, and then into my fridge after I bought them. The other night I got the urge to try something different, so I took these out and popped them into the toaster oven. It said to cook them on 375, but my toaster oven had 350 and 400 as an option. Hmm? 350? or 400? 350 with the possibility of cold spots? Or possible burning/crispy edges with 400? Regardless, I’d rather have crispy edges than soggy cold spots (if that would even happen), so I chose cooking them at 400 degrees F.

Moving on. After I cooked them, here’s how they looked…

Not nearly as plump as they looked on the box, but still pretty yummy looking. I steamed up a bunch of veggies and had 6 of these for a light meal, with some applesauce on the side as well.

The outside crust/breading tasted like a mozzarella stick, but these weren’t greasy really at all. The inside was actually surprisingly good. It was cheesy, hearty, and a bit salty. The texture was kind of like a chicken nugget- it was like a spinach/cheese “patty”. From the picture, it looks like the cheese and the spinach was layered, and it stayed together. No oozing of cheese or anything like that.

Overall, pretty tasty. I’d get these again. 4 stars

3 bites has 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Do you like spinach? How do you eat it? I really need to incorporate this veggie more… it’s been neglected for too long. 😉

21 Nov 2010, Comments (5)

Tofurky Vegetarian Feast

Author: Healthnuttxo

It’s almost Thanksgiving, the big turkey day! How about instead of eating a turkey this year, someone brought a TOFURKY Vegetarian Feast to try?

Well, I got offered a coupon to try the Tofurky Vegetarian Feast for free, and thought, Why Not?. I happen to be fond of vegetarian products, so I thought I would give this a try.  I also asked a friend of mine to try it, who happens to be a meat eater.

This feast comes with 1 Tofurky with stuffing inside, a gravy, and Amy’s Kitchen chocolate cake (Yes! I finally get to try the chocolate cake from Amy’s!) and “wishstix” (wishbone). It said on the cover that it “serves 6” people, but when I opened the box it looked rather small. “Vegetarian feast?” I thought. Compared to the Turkey we usually get every year, this looked like a vegetarian snack.

Nonetheless, I let it defrost in my fridge and then started my oven up to get this meal cooking. Once I took the casing off of the Tofurky, I did notice it was rather thick and dense, and perhaps it would serve more than I thought. Unfortunately, when it defrosted, some of my gravy leaked all over the box 🙁

Aside from what was included, I also made some steamed vegetables, as I felt something was missing from the feast. I put it in the oven for about 1 hr and a half at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And… here’s how it went…

Stuffing-stuffing was pretty good. It was kind of pasty and dry, and looked like rice pilaf with bread in it. I wish it was a little less dry, but good nonetheless. I actually wish there was more than what was given.

Gravy- before cooking the gravy, it looked piecy and lumpy, almost. After cooking it, it was smooth, tasty an had a rich flavor. Good gravy!

Wishstix- well. I really did not like this part of the meal. It was very chewy, hard to pull apart, and tasted like teriyaki. Not my kind of flavor.

Amy’s Kitchen Chocolate Cake-Mmmmm. Best part of the meal! Sweet, moist, dense, rich and fudgy like a brownie! Just delicious 🙂

Lastly, the TOFURKY- At first bite, I thought this was pretty good! It was a bit salty, but wasn’t dry at all, and had good flavor. It was chewy and went well with the gravy (I used applesauce as well, which I really enjoyed). However, halfway through the meal I had to kind of stop eating the Tofurky. It was too salty for me, and too much all at once. One-sixth of the Tofurky had 42 grams of protein! I was certainly impressed with that.

Overall, I will admit that I like real turkey over Tofurky. It was too salty in general, and too salty for me. The stuffing was pretty good, flavorful and unique, and the cake totally made the meal. My friend who had the feast with me said she enjoyed it, and she usually does not eat vegetarian products and is a meat-eater. However, I’m giving this 2 1/2 stars

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!!! 🙂

Tofurky Roast with Stuffing- 1/6th roast & stuffing is 300 calories, 7 grams of fat, 620mg of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 42 grams of protein.

Tofurky Gravy- 1/4 cup has 50 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 30 mg of sodium, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Amy’s Kitchen Chocolate Cake- 1 slice (55g) has 170 calories, 6 grams of fat,130 mg of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Wishstixs- 1/2 of a piece (3g) has 10 calories, 0 grams of fat, 25 mg of sodium 1 gram of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands when it comes to snacks, cereals, oatmeals, etc. I love that their products are made with wholesome, real ingredients. To me, Nature’s Path seems like a company that really cares about the food they make.

I was sent some granola bars to try from the people at Nature’s Path, including the Yogurt Lotta’ Apricotta and Yogurt Berry Strawberry Chewy Granola Bars. How could it get better than this? Organic, yogurt covered, whole grains, all in one? : )

Each bar is chewy and actually some-what dense. What I liked was that these had good “holding power”- meaning to me that they didn’t  fall apart SUPER easy, which I find can happen with hewy-type granola bars. They were still soft, of course, but held together quite nicely.

Lotta’ Apricotta– wow! What flavor! Quite unexpected and a unique flavor, but really tasty. It had a sticky texture, with a fruit, sweet apricot flavor. There was also a slight coconut flavor that I tasted which complimented the apricot flavor quite well. There was a light, yogurt drizzle that tasted like vanilla icing, and little chunks of almonds that also added a nice touch. Yum! 4 1/2 stars

Berry Strawberry- Also an awesome flavor! I liked that I could smell strawberry flavors as I opened my bar. This one was also very chewy and sweet with visible tiny flaxseeds. The strawberry flavor was really good- not too tart, but almost reminded me of what strawbery fruit leathers taste like. The yogurt drizzle also was really good- a light vanilla flavor that went very well with the strawberry flavors. 4 stars

Overall, these are really tasty! I love that they are organic and provide some whole grains per bar. I think I will use these as a pre-workout snack or maybe as a light breakfast on the go with some yogurt and fruit, as they are a little short on protein and fiber for me to be eaten alone. I definitely recommend these- very tasty, and worth giving a try!

Lotta’ Apricotta- 1 bar is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrates,12 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Berry Strawberry-1 bar is 140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

For ingredient information and more, you can visit here.

18 May 2010, Comments (2)

Surf Sweets Gummy Swirls candy

Author: Healthnuttxo

I have such a sweet tooth (seeing as this is my SECOND candy review/post tonight! Make sure you scroll down to see the second review!)  I’m so happy that companies like Surf Sweets make healthier alternatives to traditional candies to help satisfy my sweet tooth but also ease my mind!

Surf Sweets makes organic and natural jelly beans and gummy candies. According to the website, “At Surf Sweets, we love candy! We’re passionate about making the world’s most flavorful candy using all natural pure ingredients. We’re also a company that cares about the health and well-being of our customers and our planet. These values have inspired us to launch a complete line of all-natural, organic gummy candy and jelly beans.”

An added bonus- their products are made without corn syrup, trans fats, artificial ingredients, and preservatives. They also provide 100% of your daily vitamin C needs per serving. How’s that for a candy??

The company sent me a few of their products to try, including the Gummy Swirls. These are vegetarian/vegan, and not only provide 100% daily needs of Vitamin C, but calcium as well. (I can see it now. Kids everywhere saying, “No thanks, Mom. I don’t need to drink my milk today. I can have these candies instead!!” 🙂 )

Each cute drop has colored swirls of orange and pink, and is coated with delicious “sugar” sprinkles. I put sugar in quotes because they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup and fruit juice concentrate, so I’m not sure what factor gives it the “sugary” coating. They are sweet, indeed, but not WOAH that’s SWEET!. They are sweet, in a good way. And addictive too! They are nice and chewy on the inside, and stick to your teeth like a good gummy candy should 😉

Overall, I give these 4 1/2 stars. They are really tasty! I like to suck on them, one by one, and savor each piece (plus that prevents me from eating the whole bag in one sitting!). If you like gummy candy, give these a try! They will satisfy a sweet tooth, and provide some health benefits as well. Take the advice from the bag and “Catch a Wave of Flavor”.- Cute!!

16 pieces is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 29 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Tricalcium Phosphate, Organic Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Color Added (including Black Carrot Juice Concentrate, Turmeric, Annatto), Natural Flavors.

23 Mar 2010, Comments (5)

Chobani Strawberry Banana 2% Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

New flavor alert!
One of my favorite companies Chobani sent me an e-mail asking to review one of their new flavors, Strawberry Banana 2% Greek Yogurt, a try. Honestly, HOW could I say no? Being the yogurt lover that I am, and seeing how much I adore Chobani Greek Yogurt, I knew this one HAD to be good. I reviewed some of their yogurts in the past, and loved them! Check them out here.

At first I was a little taken aback- 2%? Is that necessary? Fat Free Greek Yogurt is already super creamy- How can it get any better??

It can. Trust me it can. 😀

For those of you unfamiliar with Greek Yogurt, it has double the protein of regular yogurt, and is super creamy (think sour cream consistency). This particular Chobs has no artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup (YUCK!), is all natural, has probiotics, is gluten free and vegetarian (no gelatin!)

Moving on,

The Strawberry Banana 2% is amazing! I actually LOVED the addition of real cream as one of the ingredients along with milk- it really made a difference and brought such a dessert-like consistency and flavor to the yogurt. It was super creamy, with a few itty bitty strawberry chunks in it. The flavor was rockin’ too. A nice blend of strawberry AND banana (yes, both!). Neither were more overpowering- which I often find happens when you get mixed fruit yogurts. You taste one flavor predominantly over the other, and the company might as well not have bothered mixing the flavors together to begin with. Not the case here- the strawberry flavor was real and so was the banana. I hate the “fake” tasting banana (think- LAFFY TAFFY), but this tasted like actualy bananas were pureed and put in the yogurt. By itself, it’s not too sweet, just right in my opinion, and was certainly satisfying.

I had this new Chobani with sliced strawberries, dark chocolate almond granola (courtesy of Cascadian Farm), a drizzle of dark chocolate dreams (courtesy of PB&CO), and a sploosh of whipped cream. Ahh, what a DECADENT breakfast it was.

Overall, I give this flavor 4  stars. It was delicious, and certainly fed the hungry monster I like to call my stomach (grr that bottomless pit!). I also like that there was no HFCS or refined sugar commonly found in yogurts (and no artificial sweetners!) The only thing I DIDN’T like was that it had 2 grams of saturated fat per cup. 160 calories is quite high to spend on a cup of yogurt for someone who likes to add lots of mixins (cereal! fruit! peanut butter!). However, my stomach and my taste buds were satisfied ALL morning 🙂

What’s your favorite Chobani Flavor? Let me know which one’s to try!!

1 cup is 160 calories, 3 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.

Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Evaporated Cane Juice, Strawberries, Bananas, Natural Flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color).

19 Dec 2009, Comments (2)

Amy's California Veggie Burger

Author: healthnuttxo

What comes to mind when I say, Veggie Burger? Are you thinking of a schlop of veggies pureed into a patty? Well that’s old school veggie burgers, my friends. Veggie & soy products have gone a looooong way from what they used to be, and some are actually quite tasty. I personally, have never had a veggie burger. So here it is- my first “veggie” burger experience. And what better brand to try than Amy’s?

Fortunately, I was sent the California Veggie Burger, voted Favorite Veg Meat by magazine VegNews in the “Veggie Awards of 2009”. They claimed “Vegetarian food darling Amy’s Kitchen delivers your top choice with a whole-foods burger bursting with flavor”. I was excited. This burger had to be good if it won an award in a magazine. Plus, I’m in love with Amy’s. How could i lose?

And I sure didn’t! 😀
Each burger is the average patty size, and actually decently thick. It has a brown/tanish hue and looking at the patty itself you can see all the yummy veggies, like celery and carrots, blended nicely in the burger. I cooked mine in the microwave for 60 seconds, and then popped it in the toaster oven to crisp it up a bit. I took a bite, and instantly I thought of Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Steak Whole Meal- a.k.a. formerly Country Dinner Whole Meal. The burger tastes very similar to the veggie steak in this meal, with slight variation of course. It has an oaty, lima bean taste, with a hint of cheddar cheese and some salt. It has a “grainy” texture, I felt it was more “crab cake” than “ground beef” consistency. There are also little crunchies throughout the burger due to the walnuts. It was very flavorful and I actually did really enjoy it. It also had a nice garlic and onion flavor to it as well.
Overall, I give this burger 4 stars. It was surprisingly filling and satisfying, and very tasty. Amy’s never lets me down! I had it twice so far, once as a light meal with some salad and applesauce, and once with a slice of cheddar cheese on top. Both were very good combinations, I especially enjoyed it with the applesauce because I love sweet & savory mixed together.
So-moral of the story? Don’t fear veggie products! (at least not ones made by Amy’s Kitchen). I really want to try the Cheddar Burger and the Gluten Free Bistro varieties too!! 🙂 🙂

1 burger is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein. A good swap for beef anyday.

ORGANIC MUSHROOMS, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC BULGAR WHEAT, ORGANIC CELERY, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC OATS, ORGANIC WALNUTS, WHEAT GLUTEN, ORGANIC POTATOES, SEA SALT, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC GARLIC.
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