Thursday, November 18, 2010

Smart For Life Cookie

Thanks to Smart for Life for sending me their chocolate chip cookies to sample. Smart for Life is known for their "cookie" and "cupcake" diets. To be quite honest, I am not a fan of the so-called "cookie" diets or other fad diets out there. I would probably not last a day on these types of diets. As you can see from the picture below, the cookies are only 100 calories each and they are very small (smaller than my palm), so I personally could never eat these as a meal and feel full... I couldn't probably eat them as a snack either. However, I ate these cookies as part of a snack today with my protein shake and they are delicious treat to enjoy... and a much healthier alternative to the traditional chocolate chip cookie. They are all natural, 60% organic and contain 6 grams of protein per cookie!

The cookies come in two flavors:
* chocolate chip- they sent me this flavor.
* oatmeal raisin

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 29g
Servings per Container 6
Calories: 100
Fat: 3.5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Total Carbohydrates: 9g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 6g

INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Glycerin, Doctors Protein BlendTM (Milk Protein, Egg Protein, Organic Whey Protein, Kosher Gelatin), Triple Filtered Water, Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Oats, Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Palm Oil, Organic Dark Chocolate Chips (Organic Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Natural Vanilla), Invert Syrup, Soy Crisps, Organic Rice Crisps (Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Fancy Molasses, Calcium Carbonate), Food Gum, Organic Whey, Digestion Resistant Maltodextrin, Soybean Lecithin and/or Enriched Organic Flax Meal (Organic Flax and Marine Oil), Organic Oat and/or Wheat Bran, Low Sodium Baking Powder, Cultured Wheat Flour, Plant Sterols, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Apple Juice, Vegetable Gums, Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jay Robb Protein Powder and Bars

Thanks to Jay Robb for sending me samples of their delicious protein bars and protein powders to sample. They also sent me a cute tank top and a shaker bottle. If you have been on my site before, you know that I am a huge fan of their protein powders. They have egg white, whey and brown rice protein powders.

Whey Protein Isolate
Made With 100% rBGH-Free Whey Protein Isolate as The Protein Source
  • From grass fed cows not treated with rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)
  • Now with 25 Grams Protein per Serving!
  • Mixes with a blender or Shaker Bottle
  • No Fat, No Cholesterol
  • No Sugar
  • No Aspartame
  • No Sucralose
  • No Acesulfame-K
  • No Artificial Sweeteners or Colors
  • Made With Stevia
  • No Casein
  • No MSG
  • No Gluten
And now I am a fan of their protein bars. Up until now, I have never had them before and I love them. The flavors they come in are:

* cashew coconut
* peanut butter- my fave!
* fudge brownie

Jay calls these bars "no junk" because they are all natural and organic. They contain no sugar, corn syrup, casein, artificial sweeteners, maltitol, acesulfame-K, evaporated cane juice, aspartame, or sucralose!

The stats for the cashew coconut bar are as follows:
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 bar (57g)
Servings per box: 12

Calories: 230
Calories from fat: 100
Protein: 14g
Total Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 4.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 160mg
Potassium: 182mg
Total Carbohydrate: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 9g
Sugar Alcohol: 5g (from xylitol)
Net carbs = 14 grams

Ingredients: Organic raw cashew butter, organic agave syrup, whey protein isolate, unsweetened coconut, whey protein crisps (whey protein isolate whey protein concentrate, tapioca starch, calcium carbonate), hydrolyzed whey protein isolate, xylitol, gum arabic, rice bran, natural flavors, water, sea salt.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kim and Scott Pretzels

Thanks to Kim and Scott from Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzel for sending their deliciously flavored stuffed soft pretzels to sample.

They sent me the following flavors
* Pizza Pretzel
* Cheddar Jalapeno
* Grilled Cheese
* Spinach Feta

In addition, they also have the following flavors
* Classic Pretzels- traditional bavarian and sourdough parmesan
* Stuffed Pretzels- apple cinnamon, chocolate crumb, cinnamon roll, cream cheese, and egg and cheese.

I liked that their Pretzels are:
• All-Natural • Source of Whole Grains • No Trans Fats
• Premium Ingredients • Twisted by Hand & Made from Scratch • No Hydrogenated Oils
• Microwavable • Made in a Nut-Free Facility • No Preservatives

These are delicious as a snack or meal. You can check out their nutritional facts here

Friday, November 5, 2010

Perfect Portions Scale

Thanks to Perfect Portions scale for sending me their scale to review.

From their website:
The Perfect Portions Food Scale + Nutrition Facts is a scale and nutritional calculator in one. It is the most intuitive, easy-to-read nutritional scale on the market because it integrates the familiar Nutrition Label.

Unlike other nutritional scales, the Perfect Portions Scale breaks down the information into % daily value, tracks your daily total, and even allows you to customize the scale by entering your own foods.

The scale is designed with a stylish glass-top surface and touchpad keys to integrate the platform, display, and keys into one clean surface. Beautifully designed and intuitively engineered, the Perfect Portions Scale revolutionizes the usability of food scales for portion control and weight management.

You can check a demo of the scale and how it works here.

This is a top of the line scale. Very user friendly and accurate! I highly recommend it!

Popcorn Indiana

Thanks to Popcorn Indiana for sending their all natural popcorn for me to sample. The popcorn comes in many awesome flavors, many of which I have never tried before, including the all natural bacon ranch and smoked cheddar cheese.

From their website: Our mission is to make the best tasting better-for-you snacks on the planet. We have our own facility, filled with honest-to-goodness corn that is specifically grown for popping. We have special kettles that are filled, by hand, one scoop at a time, by real people, who are carefully producing, oh-so-lovingly, the greatest popcorn you’ve ever had. That sentence had a lot of commas, so you know we’re serious. We have popcorn chefs who do nothing but dream up fantastic flavor combinations. What a gig! We live and breathe whole grain snacking!

Flavors include:
* aged white cheddar

* sea salt

* movie theatre

* cinnamon sugar kettlecorn

* sweet and tangy BBQ

* smoked cheddar

* buffalo cheddar

* bacon ranch

* all natural kettlecorn

I saw these at stop and shop today, but you can also check out great online deals here.

Crazy Camel Hummus

Thanks to Crazy Camel Hummus for sending delicious samples of their DESSERT hummus to sample. They sent the following flavors:

* peanut butter
* toasted almond
* caramel apple
* pumpkin pie
* maple walnut
* chocolate mousse

This hummus tastes so good. And they can go on almost anything, depending on the flavor you want. And you can not even taste the chickpea flavor. They are a delicious and healthy treat! You can spread on fruit and veggies, rice cakes, bread, in your oatmeal, or straight out of the container!

The hummus has 1/2 the fat of regular hummus and are gluten and dairy free. There are no artificial preservatives either. Check out their nutritional stats here.