Healthy Food Reviews

Quest Nutrition Protein Bar Cookies and Cream

Every now and then you find a food product that truly makes your healthy life easy, and Quest Nutrition Bar Cookies and Cream has an absolute blowout winner with this new flavor.  Quest's mission in starting their company was to make protein bars that people would actually want to eat, and if you were to try just one flavor of their bars, this is the one.   Quest Cookies and Cream Protein Bar

I've been a big fan of some of the flavors of Quest Nutrition Bars for awhile and regularly recommend then to my weight loss coaching clients as a great way to get a significant amount of quality protein (whey and milk) into them without the high sugar and soy of many protein bars when they're on the go, need a satiating snack around a workout or simply to fight a junk food craving.

Previously my personal faves of Quest Protein Bars were Vanilla Almond Crunch, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Banana

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Burger King Satisfries - A Healthier French Fry?

Burger King is trying to make it possible for you to say "yes" when asked if "you want fries with that" by coming out with healthier french fries called Satisfries.   Satisfries_Main

A small portion of Burger King Satisfries are 270 calories, 11 grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), zero grams of trans fat and 300 milligrams of sodium.  To put that in persepctive, a small regular Burger King fry order is 340 calories, 15 grams of fat (2.5 grams saturated fat) and 480 milligrams of sodium.  So you're saving 70 calories, 4 grams of fat (1 saturated) and 180 milligrams of sodium by ordering Satisfries.  Still not exactly health food, and there's a lot of other foods you could spend 270 calories on, but every bit helps.

So how do Burger King Satisfries taste?  I knew Burger King would do a free promotion on Satisfries, so

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Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too In Woman's World Magazine

For the second time this year, I've been mentioned in Woman's World magazine!  This time it's in the 5/30 issue that's now on the newsstands in a round-up piece for You Deserve The Best, where I gave my opinion on a good healthy hot dog--my personal favorite--Jennie-O.  My contribution is the one all the way on the right-hand side.

They also were kind enough this time to mention my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! in the piece--last time they mentioned The Healthy Food Review.

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Cool, huh?   In case you missed the prior piece from January, it's about healthy soupsCLICK HERE.

Want to know how I got in Woman's World twice this year already?  Check out this post I did for my other blog What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know!(TM).

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Vegas Inside Scoop

Zumba For Health

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with--no samples were supplied.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2011


Healthy Food Review: The Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps

Most pretzels are pretty innocent snacks in terms of calories and fat content (unless they're dipped in  Pretzel Crispschocolate or otherwise evily transformed).  What you have to watch is the sodium as it relates to your overall diet, and also keep in mind that unless you're having whole wheat pretzels (which are not so easily found), it's a white flour, high glycemic product.

Now The Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps also are not whole wheat, but in terms of a low-fat, low-calorie snack food, the give you a lot of flavor and varities that will satisfy your snack cravings.  Seriously, when you have plain pretzels, don't you feel like you really didn't eat anything, and you can easily overeat them if you don't count out a portion? 

With Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, the thin texture and great flavors, really make you feel like you're  eating something.  If I eat a portion of them (11 pretzel crisps, low fat or fat free, and just 110 calories), I'm happy and don't go looking for anything else.  And since I love cheese, a flavor sensation like their Tuscan Three Cheese which will still only set me back 1.5 grams of fat, none of it saturated, same 110 calories, is a big help in keeping me slim.

My husband is a fan of the Snack Factory Buffalo Wing Pretzel Crisps, although he felt they could use

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Healthy Food Review Extra Dessert Delights Gum

Update 7/11:  Well apparently my local Super Target is once again the Extra Dessert Delights testing ground as yesterday my husband and I spied a new brown gum package in the product line which is for Apple Pie flavored gum.  This one does live up to the expectation and tastes surprisingly realistic.  First you get a burst of apple, then that classic pie crust flavor kicks in, and then the cinnamon you'd expect.  Apple Pie for just 5 calories--good job!  Imagine the calories you can save at Thanksgiving!

Update 5/11: I recently came across a new flavor of Wrigley Extra Dessert Delights gum at Super Target that was Creamsicle, so more new flavors are on the way.  Regrettably though, my husband and I had to give Creamsicle the thumbs down.  It lost it's taste fast and had a nasty aftertaste after that. Hopefully other new flavors will be like the awesome ones that first came out.

Wrigley Extra Dessert Delights Gum as a healthy food?  I know you're all probably reading that title and are saying "gum?  Give us a break."

I wasn't chewing much gun myself--only when I was flying someplace--up until about a year ago.  And then I started chewing it daily.  What got me into this habit?  Watching The Biggest Loser.

It was during one of those annoyingly obvious product placement segments during the show.  If you watch The Biggest Loser, you know these spots.  Trainers Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels will "stumble upon" a contestant in the kitchen, and start talking about a healthy food that low and behold just happens to be handy, and just happens to be one whose brand name they say over and over.  Wouldn't you just love to see the outtakes where a contestant tastes the food item and says "Gee Bob, that tastes like crap!"  Not going to happen of course.  Dessert

Well, I hate to admit it, but the one for Extra Gum actually worked on me because the suggestion to chew on sugarless gum when you were looking for something to eat either as a treat or because you're  stressed, instead of something with a lot more calories, made sense.  Plus, in theory, this brand of gum supposedly had flavor that lasted longer so you might actually want to chew it for awhile.  So I gave it a try, and yes I quickly became hooked on it, and statred eagerly trying all their different flavors.  My favorites were the Tropical, Watermelon and Berry Smoothie.

Then a few weeks ago when I was traveling with my husband in Chicagoland, I was in a store looking for a pack of gum and I noticed spots for the Extra gum brand were mostly empty, but I could swear one said "chocolate chip." 

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Healthy Food Review Skinny Cow Single Serve Cups

I've been a fan of Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches for awhile (chocolate peanut butter and mint), but hadn't realized they had a new trick up their sleeve, until I saw an ad for new Skinny Cow Single Serve Cups while thumbing through a healthy living magazine en-route from a trip to California.

The Cookies 'N Cream and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavors especially caught my eye, so I saved the ad (I'll bet that made the Skinny Cow people's Marketing Director very happy).Skinny cow chocolate

Today I picked up the Skinny Cow Chocolate Fudge Brownie or myself, and the Caramel Cone for my husband.  I thought the Chocolate Fudge Brownie was pretty good--not too sweet, although the "brownie" flecks were not as prevalent as I might have hoped.  My husband was also positive on the Caramel Cone--saying it mimicked the actual Skinny Cow Vanilla with Caramel cone product; although he felt it was a bit too sweet.  I tasted the Caramel Cone flavor as well and agreed on the "too sweet" conclusion.

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Healthy Food Review Honest Foods Choco Peanut Butter Bar

Update 5/1/10--Honest Foods is now becoming Earnest Eats (I think I like the original name better), but the bars taste better than ever--I think they changed the recipe slightly.  Even moister and more obvious peanut pieces.

As you know, I've been a fan of Clif Bars for quite some time.  However, I recently found that I had to give up eating soy as much as possible on my doctor's request, so no more Peanut Toffee Buzz Clif Bars almost every day.

I'm a very busy author and entrepreneur, so I need healthy grab and go options.  So I set off to find a new Honest foods choco energy bar to enjoy that wasn't full of soy protein isolate that I would also enjoy eating.  It was tough going because I never realized how many brands of energy bars include soy protein in its ingredients--and how many have partially-hydrogenated oil or fractionated palm kernel oil (same thing).  And then the ones who made the cut, tasted horrible to me.

I was just about to throw in the towel when I noticed Honest Foods Choco Peanut Butter Bar at my local Whole Foods Market.  After glancing at the ingredient list and verifying we were good on the soy protein isolate, I figured it was worth a try.  Especially when you see a very wholesome line-up of ingredients--organic whole oats, natural peanut and almond butters, sunflower seeds, peanuts, walnut halves, oat bran--without the junk and chemicals many bars contain.

The bars have a different texture than I'm used to, more solid, less bendable than a Clif Bar, which is actually a good thing, so you feel like you're really eating

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Healthy Food Review P B Loco Peanut Butter

Update 06/10--Unfortunately the cafe didn't make it as when I went back to Arizona for a visit it was gone.  Too bad.  Still great peanut butter though.

Update 10/09--I had a chance to go to the P.B. Loco Cafe in Scottsdale, Arizona and had a ball with a custom grilled pannini peanut butter sandwich with their Cocoa-Banana Peanut Butter and Shredded Coconut.  Too bad there isn't one near me.  I may just have to get my own pannini maker--never would have thought of grilling peanut butter!

I know peanut butter in the right portions is very good for you, and as a flexitarian it's a great meatless protein choice.   But here's the rub.  I'm not wild about peanut butter.  As non-fat frozen yogurt--yes!  As an occasional Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (fun size only)--yes!  But just good old grown up peanut butter?  I've got to really be in the mood for it.

That was until I discovered P.B. Loco Peanut Butter.  It was another one of those "husband has been Pb locoflying for a business trip, caught up on reading, here come a bunch of magazine and newspaper clippings to check out" times.  He had seen P B Loco Peanut Butter mentioned in a health magazine article and wanted to know what store carried it to try.  Unfortunately, the answer for Las Vegas was "nobody". 

So I contacted the company, and since they knew I write this popular blog The Healthy Food Review, and they agreed to send me a couple of samples for review.  However, I did warn them that I am always completely honest about the pros and cons of the healthy food items I review to maintain the blog's integrity (and you regular readers know I'm not shy about that).

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Healthy Food Review Dei Fratelli Pasta Sauces And Salsa

There's something great about an all natural product that's backed by a fourth-generation family-owned company.  And while you might think well pasta sauce is pasta sauce, and salsa is salsa, not true when it comes to Dei Fratelli pasta sauces and salsa.

First, there's the solid glass mason-type jars that the product comes in, that right away say this is TraditionalPastaSauce26oz something special.  And then the taste--very fresh, very delicious. I tried the Tomato and Basil pasta sauce and Traditional pasta sauce which were wonderful--the extra zest of the Traditional made it a real standout to me.  The Fire Roasted was one for my friend to try as we both thought from the title that it would be very spicy.  However, he found that it wasn't spicy at all and that "fire roasted" just meant how the vegetables in the sauce were cooked, which was a little let down.  The sauce was still good, but it was a labeling misunderstanding--our bad.

The Black Bean 'N Corn Salsa was chunky and just begging to be put on some nice low-fat tortilla chips for a super-healthy snack--so we did, and were really glad for the experience.  And since May is National Salsa month--enough said!

You can't go wrong from a healthy eating standpoint with any of these Dei Fratelli pasta sauces and BlackBeanCornSalsaMedsalsas.  The Black Bean 'N Corn Salsa has no fat and a skinny 15 calories per serving, and when you look at the ingredient label, it's a pleasure to see that they mean it for the pasta sauces and the salsas when they say "all natural" no chemicals, no high fructose corn syrup, no junky oils.  Can you say "wholesome?"

The Tomato and Basil pasta sauce, Traditional pasta sauce and Fire Roasted pasta sauces all have just 1 or 2 grams of fat, none of it saturated, and just 50 - 60 calories per serving.  So feel free to add it generously to your favorite, hopefully whole grain pasta--your waistline won't mind at all!

The only downside I could find about Dei Fratelli pasta sauces and salsa is that I've got to order them directly from the company via the Dei Fratelli web siteor call 1-877-LYCOPENE (I don't normally publish phone numbers, but that's one of the most creative vanity toll-free numbers I've ever seen).  Dei Fratelli is working to expand their distribution, but it's primarily a Midwest, Central and Southeast thing at this time.  Let's hope my local Whole Foods Market in Vegas gets the opportunity to carry it very soon!

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Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

  

Please note that a sample was supplied for use in testing out the product by the company, but teh opinions expressed are my own.  Otherwise, I do not have an affiliation with the company featured in this post.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2009


Healthy Food Review Funky Monkey Snacks

Funky Monkey snacks caught my eye because the packaging is fun and colorful and the promise of 3 servings of real fruit in each package on the go was very appealing.

But being a freeze-dried fruit snack you have to wonder how it would taste.  I've been there before and found many of these kinds of snacks taste like cardboard which might be good for fiber, but not for your taste buds.

I'm happy to report that Funky Monkey snacks have flavor in spades, so no worries there.  My staff and I tried three out of their four creatively-named flavors--Bananamon (organic banana and organic cinnamon), Jivealime (organic pineapple and organic lime juice) and Carnaval Mix (organic pineapple, organic banana, apple, papaya and raisins).  All were delicious and the Bananamon and Jivealime were the standouts.  Jivealime alone could replace your morning coffee as it has quite a citrus zing to it that will surely shake the cobwebs out of your head!

Funky Monkey snacks have 110 calories per package, are fat-free, and have 2-3 grams of fiber per package.  I also like the fact that there are no added sugars (especially not the high-fructose corn syrup that hides out in so many sweet snacks), no preservatives or artificial food coloring or flavoring.  Three of the four flavors are also certified organic.

So for an easy grab and go healthy real fruit snack, Funky Monkey snacks a nice option.  You can easily keep this fruit in your gym bag without worrying about spoilage.  Plus, instead of other imitation fruit snacks that are often marketed to kids, Funky Monkey snacks would be a much better choice, and kids will love the packaging and fun names.

You should be able to find Funky Monkey snacks at a natural foods store like Whole Foods, or order online.

Have you tried Funky Monkey fruit snacks?  What did you think?

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NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

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Please note that a sample was provided for testing teh product by the company, but I do not otherwise have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post and my opinions are my own. The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2009