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Midel Gluten Free Cookies

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I believe in sharing the love to my fans. So, this post is dedicated to those of you who can’t have gluten 😦 . I found some tasty cookies that you guys can safely enjoy!
Midel makes a whole bunch of products, and they have a gluten free line. Midel says, “There’s no compromise needed just because you’re gluten intolerant.” And you shouldn’t have to! Midel makes the cookies and snacks without preservatives, trans fats, or artificial ingredients. Some of them are even dairy free! I got to try the Arrowroot, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Caramel, and Chocolate Sandwich varieties.

Arrowroot-uhhh, Deliiishh! Nice and buttery flavor! These were sweet and crispy animal shaped crackers. Too cute! I particularly liked the polar bear and the camel. Almost too cute to eat 😉 These have a light vanilla flavor as well, and i think they taste better than the original animal crackers. They aren’t as dry or bland in my opinion, and have more of a buttery/vanilla flavor. 4 stars!

Chocolate Chip-These were good! The cookie is crispy and has a buttery taste to it. They have a golden brown color and have a good amount of chocolate chunks in them. They have the right amount of sweetness- not overpowering at all. A good Chocolate Chip cookie replacement! (plus- you get 5 in a serving! whoop!) 4 stars!

Chocolate Caramel- these were bite sized caramel goodness! At first it’s a strong chocolate flavor, but then, a sweet caramel flavor floods your mouth. I wouldn’t be surprised if caramel oozed out of one of these cookies (i wish!) that’s how good they are. These are really good, and good for munching on 🙂 Each is also the size of about a penny, and you get to eat 23 of them for only 110 calories. Wooo! I’m giving these 5 stars 🙂

Chocolate Sandwich- yum! Doesn’t taste exactly like an Oreo, but still very good. It’s very chocolatey, and has a nice crunch to it. The wafer part is crispy but soft at the same time. I also like the cream on the inside. Sweet and smooth, like it should be. 4 stars 🙂

 So, Viola! Cookies for those of you who are sensitive to gluten that taste good! Hey, Midel’s cookies are good for those who can have gluten as well 😉 Overall, i’m giving them 4 stars. All natural, yummy treats everyone can enjoy.The only downside is that they are short of fiber, but then again, they aren’t made with whole grains or whole wheat where it’s easier to incorporate fiber. Anywho- I want to try more of them!! Who needs gluten anyway ? 😛

Arrowroot- 10 cookies are 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 23 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
Chocolate Chip- 5 cookies are 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
Chocolate Sandwich- 2 cookies are 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.
Chocolate Caramel- 23 cookies are 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Arrowroot Gluten-Free Flour (Corn Flour, Soy Flour, Potato Flour, Corn Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Xanthan Gum), Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Canola Oil, Arrowroot Flour, Butter, Whole Eggs, Corn Starch, Honey, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin (Used as Emulsifier), Baking Soda, Sea Salt.

Chocolate Chip- Gluten free flour (contains corn flour, soy flour, potato flour, corn starch, rice starch, potato starch, rice flour, white bean flour, xanthan gum), dehydrated cane juice, organic chocolate chips (organic sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla, organic corn syrup solids), non hydrogenated canola oil, butter (may contain color additive annato), egg whites, unsulphered molasses, corn starch, baking soda, natural flavors, sea salt, soybean lecithin (used as an emulsifier).
Chocolate Caramel- Gluten Free Flour (tapioca starch, potato starch, corn starch, corn flour, rice flour, carrageenan, acacia gum), organic dehydrated cane juice, canola oil, invert sugar, cocoa powder, caramel pieces (sugar, coconut oil, corn syrup, salt, natural flavor, caramel color, annatto color, soy lecithin), natural flavor, sea salt, ammonium bicarbonate, soy lecithin.
Chocolate Sandwich-Gluten Free Flour (tapioca starch, potato starch, corn starch, corn flour, rice flour, carrageenan, acacia gum, xanthan gum), organic icing sugar, cocoa, organic palm oil, canola oil, invert sugar, natural flavor, egg, baking soda, sea salt, soy lecithin, ammonium bicarbonate. icing- organic icing sugar, organic palm oil, canola oil, natural flavor, soy lecithin. 
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Newman’s Own Organic Honey Wheat Mini Pretzels

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Good ol “Pa” and Nell Newman, we love you! Newman’s company has given over 200 million dollars to charities worldwide since 1982. The profits from their delicious snacks and yummy chocolates (hellooo caramel cups!! 🙂  )is dedicated toward making the world a better place. So you really can feel good about eating their products (even if you “accidentally” overindulge in a whole chocolate bar…whoops!…it was for a good cause!!).

So onto the review. Honey Wheat Mini Pretzels. Now, i’m not a pretzel person really. I find them usually unsatisfying and too salty. But something caused me to grab these in a snack rut, and i sure am glad I did. 

Before i start, i must say the package is adorable. It has Nell and Pa on the front as bee keepers. Cute! The pretzels are about the size of your average snack-sized mini pretzel, and in the typical shape (not circles, sticks or nuggets). The pretzels have a nice honey taste to them, and are slightly sweet. You can mostly taste the sweetness after you swallow the pretzel, so it leaves a nice aftertaste. They were nice and crunchy, and had a fresh, clean taste to them. No burnt flavor like some pretzels have. They were salty, too, but it went well with the sweet. Surprisingly, there was only 180mg of sodium per serving, which isn’t a lot for a packaged pretzel. I’ve seen as much as 400mg per serving! Hellloooooo bloating! I had 2 bowls of these, one bowl with a root beer Zevia (awesome combo), and the 2nd bowl with a Zensoy chocolate pudding (also an awesome combo).

 These are a good munchy snack and i was satisfied eating these! I give them 4 stars, because they also have 3 grams of fiber per serving, which is unusual in pretzels, but totally fine with me! 🙂
What is your favorite brand of pretzels? does anyone know any cinnamon sugar varieties?! 🙂 🙂 🙂

1 serving (20 pretzels) is 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Honey, Organic Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil, Salt, Yeast and Soda.

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Brown Cow Greek Yogurt

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Time for another yogurt review!
Brown Cow is a branch of Stonyfield Farm ( a FAVORITE company of mine!) that manufactures all natural yogurt and greek yogurt. I got to try the Greek Yogurt, in  Strawberry, Blueberry and Vanilla flavor, but it also comes in plain for those of you who like to “do it up” yourself. According to the website, “Our authentic straining process removes the liquid (whey) from the yogurt to create a stick-to-your-spoon thick and rich Greek treat with about twice the protein of other yogurts and less lactose.”  Of course, there are no artificial ingredients, preservatives, sugar alcohols or hormone treated milk in these yogurts. Sounds like a winner to me!

Each of the yogurts are very creamy and thick. When you take the lid off, there is a slight layer of liquid, whey I believe, on top, but it’s easily stirred in. I sometimes just drink the liquid so my yogurt will be extra thick and rich 🙂 .
Vanilla- This one has a mild vanilla flavor, and is great to pair with a crunchy cereal or a muffin like i did. It wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, but rather just the right amount of vanilla and cane juice.
Strawberry- My favorite of the 3. The strawberry on the bottom really did it for me. The fruit was sweet and plump, and had nice chunks of strawberries in it. It tasted like real strawberries, not like mushy strawberries that you defrosted and lost all their flavor. This one was GOOD.
Blueberry- also yummy, but I like the strawberry better. The blueberries were a tad bitter, but they were still good. It resembled sort of a blueberry jelly on the bottom.
It’s surprising that the blueberry wasn’t my favorite, because  Brown Cow is a branch off the Stonyfield Farm company, and their blueberry yogurt  is one of my favorites. I’m going to guess the slight change in flavor is due to the fact that Stonyfield uses naturally milled refined sugar and Brown Cow uses evaporated cane juice? Just a guess. But worth pondering about.

Anywhoo- overall, these are really good.4 stars! I also like that they are sweetened with a less refined form of sugar, evaporated cane juice. They were substantial and when paired with some fruit or whole grain cereal, good enough to keep me satisfied all  morning. Don’t forget the probiotics it has to offer! 😉

the 5.3 oz cups of greek yogurt range from 80-130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6-18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 13-15 grams of protein.

The ingredients are simple as well, using only nonfat milk, evaporated cane juice, and real fruit.
I want to try the regular version of Brown Cow yogurts as well. The Maple Flavor looks yummy!

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Mom Made Foods- Cheesy Mac Meal

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Ahhh, Mac & cheese. A traditional comfort food. What’s better than some ooey gooey cheesy macaroni on a cold winter day or after a stressful day at work/school?
Exactly.
But, we all know how Velveeta and Kraft’s nutritional stats hold up. And after preparing Kraft’s boxed version with butter and milk, I sure  got the blues (of regret for eating it!). So, Mom Made Foods makes a healthier alternative to macaroni & cheese. “Mom Made” makes it seem like it’s geared toward children, but trust me, all ages can enjoy this dish.
Mom Made Cheesy Mac Meal has some extra health  benefits in their yogurt. They sneak in butternut squash and sweet potatoes in their cheese sauce- but you would never tell. After heating up this individual tray (yay portion control!), you don’t see any chunks of squash or potatoes, just a bunch of elbow macaroni and cute little peas as well.
After heating it up, the macaroni cooked nicely. It wasn’t too chewy or overdone either. Just the way I like my macaroni- has a bite but doesn’t fall to pieces in my mouth.
The peas were nice and crisp too, not mushy blobs. I personally love peas, and i hate when frozen dinners ruin them by making them all soggy and nasty. Not the case here!
Moving on to the cheese sauce, it was thicker than I expected. It wasn’t a runny cheese sauce, and it really stuck on the macaroni. It was more of a milder cheese taste than I would expected, and it wasn’t as salty tasting as Velveeta or other boxed brands (there’s only 340mg of sodium per serving as compared to 720mg+ in other varieties!). It was good though. An enjoyable mac & cheese entree 🙂

Overall, i liked it. 4 stars for me  for excellent nutrition stats and sneaky veggies. There are a lot of noodles in this entree, especially considering it’s geared toward kids. However, I would say it’s a tad too small for an adult or those of us with raging appetites (especially after going to the gym), so i paired it some strawberry organic milk and some  extra veggies and had it for lunch. My only complaint is that it’s not made with whole wheat macaroni, but it still packs in some fiber 🙂 I would love love love to try the other things Mom Made Foods has to offer, like fiesta rice and bean burritos!

1 entree is 200 calories, 3 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic macaroni (organic durum semolina), Organic skim milk (organic pasteurized skim milk, vitamin d), Organic green peas, Organic sweet potato, Organic butternut squash, Organic cheese powder (Organic cheddar cheese [organic pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes], Organic whey, Salt, Lactic acid, Citric acid, Annatto [for color], Natural mixed tocopherols); Organic butter (organic sweet cream, salt).

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Cherrybrook Kitchen Vanilla Graham Mini Cookies

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more cookie reviews! This time especially dedicated to those of you who cannot tolerate gluten. That’s right- these cookies are GLUTEN FREE, all natural, and healthy!

Cherrybrook Kitchen has a variety of products that they sell that are gluten free. I’m always curious about cookies (who isn’t?) so i got a box of the Vanilla Graham mini cookies (because if cookie wasn’t enough, they are MINI!! Who doesn’t love mini cookies!) Aside from being cute and gluten free, they are also peanut, dairy, egg and nut free. Pretty much anyone can have these!
But do you want them…?
YEP!
They are certainly yummy. They are about the size of a half dollar each, and they have swirls on top. It resembles the top of a snail shell to me. They have a very strong vanilla flavor, but are not overly sweet. They sort of taste like a better Vanilla  Wafer (and they don’t contain any trans FATS!). They are crispy and very “light” tasting.

So overall, there good! I’m giving them 4 stars. I was thinking if the company wanted to expand, they could totally put some gluten free “icing” in the middle or peanut butter even, and make these rock even more. Cherrybrook also makes gluten free icing, so you could purchase some and spread some yourself as well! Aside from that, I think they would be good with a glass of milk. I really want to try the chocolate chip and snickerdoodle varieties of these as well!

6 cookies are 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
My only complaint is the low fiber content,  but that’s expected with a lot of  gluten free foods.

Evaporated cane juice, brown rice flour, corn flour, palm oil, cornstarch, low fat soy flour, corn syrup, vanilla and natural flavors, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecitin, xanthan gum, cinnamon.

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Peeled Snacks

 

peeledFirst off- my apologies to the Peeled Snacks company. They sent me these to review, I wrote down all my thoughts, and completely forgot to post! But it’s all good- here it is now!

Peeled Snacks are dried fruit, mostly organic, with no added sugar like a lot of other dried fruit brands add. When the fresh fruit is dried, all the vitamins, minerals and other goodies are preserved. They also don’t contain the preservatives or sulfites that I often see in dried fruit as well. They come in individual bags for the most part, and each bag is one serving of fruit. Peeled Snacks sent me flavors “Apricot-a-lot”, “go-Mango-man-go”, “Cherry-go-round”, and “Banan-a-peel”. They also come in flavors like “Apple-2-the-core”, “Pine-4-Pineapple”, “Almond Daze” and “Cashew-later”.  Let’s just start the review by saying the names are soo cute!

Apricot-a-lot– well, i felt a little biased doing this one, because i looooove dried apricots, but i have had some bad and good experiences with them. For example, the bad ones, are very tart and leather like. The good ones (*cough cough Newman’s Own Organic Apricots cough cough*) are sweet, chewy and yummy. These fell into the good category. They were not bright orange like the commercialized apricots are (the bad ones), but rather tender and sweet. (4 stars!)
Cherry-Go-Round- I’m totally copying Rachael Ray when I say YUM-O! These reminded me of those Craisins, but sweeter and without the cranberry aftertaste. They were also plumper and juicy. I ate these straight out of the bag with some nuts and dark chocolate chips. My own mini heaven trail mix! 🙂 (4 stars!)
Go-Mango-Man-Go-  i never had dried mango before. Normally at the mall I see dried fruit, but its coated in sugar and honestly, that takes the A. natural sweetness away B. Natural goodness away C. Natural health away! You might as well eat candy if your going to eat something drowning in sugar. These were plenty sweet on their own. They reminded me of fruit roll ups 🙂  (4 stars!)
Banan-a-peel- The bananas were totally unexpected to me. I love banana chips, freeze dried banana, regular banana, frozen banana, any kind of banana really. I thought these were okay to be honest. They were very chewy, with a very mellow sweetness for a banana. I think they would be good with some granola, or in a trail mix with some dark chocolate chips! (3 stars!)

Overall, I’m impressed. 4 stars for sure. These were yummy ways to up my fruit intake (even higher than it already is 😉 ) and they had no added sugar. I would like to try the other flavors, I am most interested in trying the Cashew Later ( i LOVE cashews) and the pineapple flavor! If any of you guys tried them, let me know!

Apricot-a-lot– 1 bag is 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. You also get 60% Vitamin A and 10% Iron!
Cherry-Go-Round- 1 bag is 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein. Vitamin C is 20% !
Go-Mango-Man-Go- 1 bag is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 28 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Vitamin A 30% and Vitamin C 20%!
Banan-a-peel- 1 bag is 150 calories, .5 grams of fat, 38 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. 23% vitamin C !

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O.N.E. Drinks

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Time for my very first BEVERAGE review! Woop! I was lucky enough to receive a few samples from O.N.E. which stands for One Natural Experience. O.N.E. has a variety of drinks that are all natural and bursting with health benefits. They all come in cute little boxes, and mine has little straws attached to them as well. I love it when companies do that-too cute, and conveinent!! I got to try the Coconut water with a splash of pineapple, Coffee Fruit Drink with strawberry, and the Water of Life varieties.
Let’s begin and start sipping away!
Coconut Water with Splash of Pineapple- first of all Coconut water is EXCELLENT for your body. According to the O.N.E. website, coconut water  is “excellent for replacing lost electrolytes from exercise or illness, is an all-natural sports/energy drink, may help promote smoother, more hydrated skin, is rich in potassium” and much more. So i was super excited to try this. And boy, was it REFRESHING. It has just the slightest hint of pineapple to jazz up the coconut water. It sort of had a thicker consistency than regular water, but didn’t really taste like coconut. Normally the coconut you would expect is like from coconut scented sprays or coconut cookies, but it was a much more mellow flavor with the pineapple to jazz it up. Refreshing!

Coffee Berry Fruit Drink with Strawberry-Coffee fruit eh? You thought there was only a bean, didn’t you? This drink has even more antioxidants than coffee alone, because  a lot of the nutrition is lost when the bean is processed. It’s also rich in phenolic acids, which may help fight the buildup of radicals and protect against “oxidative stress”. And… OMG THIS IS SO GOOD! I loved it! It was sweet, but not too sweet, and super yummy. The strawberry flavor really shone through. I think it would be really good with some ice, like a slushy! 🙂

Water a Gift of Life- this water is from a specific Natural Spring, and is totally purified and clean. To be honest, it tasted like bottle water to me. That’s a good thing though, very fresh, clean and crisp.

I reccommend these waters maybe after a workout or a little too much partying Saturday night (you know who you are 😉  ) for some rejuvenation and some kickin health benefits! 4 stars!

Coconut Water with Pineapple- 1 carton is 79 calories, 0 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates,  .3 grams of fiber and .8 grams of protein.
natural coconut water, natural pineapple juice, cane juice, Vitamin C, natural fruit flavor
Coffee Fruit with Strawberry (110z)- is 107 calories, .5 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates,  1 gram of fiber, .4 grams of protein and 950% vitamin c. Woah baby-that kicks orange juice outta the park!
Acerola Puree, Red Grape Juice, Whole Coffee Fruit, Natural Flavors, Water Citric Acid, Pitanga Puree, Bean Puree
A Gift of Life- 0 cals, 0 fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, 0 protein. Just good ol water!

 

 

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