Monthly Archives: October 2009

Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bar Flax Plus Pumpkin

NP-Bar6-Flax_US-RGBNature’s Path Organic Granola Bars Flax Plus in Pumpkin is just as delicious as it sounds. I was excited to receive them as a part of the  package Leah from Leftovers for Lunch sent over. Visually, the bar looks pretty big, but it is a mere 40 grams.  Mainly composed of rolled oats plus big “rice krispies” all glued together with syrup, but it was delicious. Whole pumpkin seeds, mild pumpkin spice, dashes of cinnamon, the flavors are a bit bland but the bar does taste like Fall. The textures are wonderful. Nice and chewy, with rolled oats, but could use a little more PUMPKIN flavors. You won’t be getting a “pumpkin pie” feeling from eating this. Compared to the Kashi Pumpkin Pie granola bars, I like these a lot more. They seem more wholesome with the whole pumpkin seeds and whole flax seeds. The bar itself looks exactly the way the picture on the box depicts, stringy sugar strands and all. Although it has 11 grams of sugar, it does not taste as sweet as I had thought. The bars are all organic, 0 grams of trans fat, wheat free and low in sodium plus 15 grams of whole grains too. After you finish the bar, it does not leave you with an empty feeling.  Go Pumpkin!

Each bar is 160 calories, 2 WW, 4.5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 90 milligram of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Organic tapioca syrup, organic rolled oats, organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pumpkin seeds (organic pumpkin seeds, salt), organic invert cane syrup, organic flax seeds, organic soy oil, organic acacia gum, sea salt, organic spices, organic molasses, organic bran extract.

Retails: $3.33 per box of 5 @ Amazon
My Cost: Free (won Leftovers for Lunch giveaway)
Calories: 160 each bar

WW: 3

P.S: Check out these awesome giveaways:
Nature’s Valley, Amazing Grass, Soda Stream, Kathy’s Raw Flax & Kay’s Natural

and also all these Pepperidge Farms giveaways….
Pasta Queen, Frantic Home Cook, Daffodil Lane, Amanda’s Reviews, Everyday Goddess Does…, Lucky Cat Reviews, Scrutiny by the Masses & Tuppence Reviews



Filed under Bars, Organic, Pumpkin, Whole Foods, WW: 3

True North Pecan Almond Peanut Cluster

TrueNorthClusterAnother brand of delicious nut clusters. Nuts are the way to go if you want a substantial snack that satisfies. Nothing like some good old healthy fats to keep the hunger monster at bay. I like that these are not that sweet. This particle combination is the Pecan Almond Peanut Cluster. The clusters are small little cubes. A little bit “dusty” from the nuts. Brown syrup holds the nut combination together, but does not glisten with syrup like other brands I’ve tried. Not overly sweet so the fresh flavors of the nuts can really be tasted. Love the combination of peanuts and almonds in here. The pecan flavor was lacking a bit in my opinion. The bag is supposedly resealable like a zip-lock bag, but maybe my bag is defective, because it does not close properly. True North cluster comes in a few varieties,  Pecan Almond Peanut, Almonds, Apple Cinnamon and Citrus Burst nut cluster. Aside from nut clusters, True North also makes Nut Crisps and have a line of whole nut snacks as well. Delicious and healthy. Two thumbs up.

These crunchy nut clusters combine roasted pecans, almonds and peanuts with a surprising hint of sweetness.

100% natural, no preservatives, no artificial flavors, no added clusters, and good source of protein.

One serving (28 grams) is 170 calories, 4 WW, 13 grams of fat (2 gram saturated, 3 grams PUFA & 8 grams MUFA), no cholesterol, 75 milligram of sodium, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Peanuts, Almonds, Brown Rice Syrup, Pecans, Organic Sugar and Sea Salt.

Don’t you love it when ingredient lists are nice and simple? Check out a $1.00 off coupon of their site if you are interest.

Retails: MSRP: $3.29 per 5.5 ounce bag
My Cost: Free (won Slim Shoppin’ giveaway)
Calories: 170 per ounce
WW: 4

P.S: Check out these amazing giveaways:
Nutritionist &
101th post


Filed under Nuts, WW: 4

Kim & Scott’s Pizza Pretzel

pizzaWhen prepared in the oven, you get a slightly crispy, carbolicious, pizza pretzel minus all the guilt. Not gigantic Aunt Auntie size mall pretzels, but they are just as delicious, if not better. No greasy, glutinous after-feeling. The pizza filling is just enough to get the “pizza” feeling, but not oozing out like the picture depicts. Not enough cheese in my opinion. Seasonings include oregano and garlic which I liked. I felt that if there was a side of marinara sauce for dipping, it would even better. Tames my Aunt Auntie  AND a pizza craving all at the same time. Makes a quick and easy meal served with a side of salad. Kim & Scott’s also boosts these as on-the-go meal and I’d have to agree with them. All the ingredients are encased in the pretzel which makes it portable. The filling is not oozing out so not very messy to eat either. Made with wheat flour, no trans fats, and are twisted and hand made from scratch with no preservatives. You can also prepare this in the microwave too if a conventional oven is not available to you. Delicious and not teeny tiny for your 280 calories and 5 WW.

Stuffed with freshly shredded mozzarella cheese & homemade pizza sauce. Topped off with cheese & Italian spices.

Other delicious and drool worthy varieties include:

Grill Cheese, Spinach Feta, Sourdough Pramasan, Traditional Bavarian, Cheddar Jalapeno, Chocolate Crumb, Apple Cinnamon, Egg & Cheese, Cinnamon Roll, and Cream Cheese.

Kim & Scott’s offers so many drool-worth varieties. Can’t wait to try their more dessert-like pretzels next time.

Imagine a unique twist to your grab-and-go meal! We offer an assortment of amazing, ready-to-heat pretzels, using ALL-NATURAL and PREMIUM ingredients, like freshly shredded cheeses, hearty spices, unbleached flour and whole grains. We combine a traditional European recipe with our own special twist, creating a truly handmade soft pretzel that is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

• 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

Nutritional Facts: Serving Size (oz): 4, Calories (kcal): 280, Calories from Fat: 35, Total Fat (g): 4, Saturated Fat (g): 1.5, Cholesterol (mg): 10, Protein (g): 11, Carbohydrate (g): 48, Sugars (g): 5, Dietary Fiber (g): 5, Sodium (mg): 410, Calcium (%): 15%, Iron (%): 25%, Vitamin A (%): 2%, Vitamin C(%): 2%

Our Ingredients: High Protein Unbleached and Unbromated Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Pizza Sauce (California Tomato Puree, Tomatoes, Canola Oil, Salt, Imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Imported Pecorino Romano Cheese, Spices, Garlic), Filtered Water, Cheese (Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Milk Protein, Salt, Natural Enzymes), Whole Wheat Flour, Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Skimmed Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Natural Enzymes), Corn Starch, Canola Oil, Brick Cheese (Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Natural Enzymes), Invert Beet and/or Cane Sugar, Yeast, Salt, Paroma Cheese (Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Natural Enzymes), Spices, Natural Flavors, Soda. Contains: Wheat, Milk


Ten winners total. Five to receive a Free Retail Box Coupon and five to receive a coupon for $1.00 off. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Eight easy ways to enter. Contest ends 11/1/2009 11:59 PM PST. Good luck!

1) Join Our Pretzel Club. Click here. (Mandatory)

2) Follow Kim & Scotts on Twitter @kimandscotts

3) Follow Kim on Twitter @PretzelMom

4) Follow Scott on Twitter @PretzelDad

5) Tweet about the the giveaway

6) Join Our Facebook Fan Pages and Groups Cause/Group: Pretzels for Peace or
Fan Page: Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels

7) Follow our Pretzel Blog and leave a comment. Click here.

8) Link back on your blog or e-mail 5 friends about the giveaway.

Retails: $6.69 per box of 4 @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (w/ coupon)
Calories: 280 each
WW: 5

P.S: Check out these awesome giveaways:
Nimli Pashmina, Graffiti Zoo, Mother’s Cookies, Granola+, Nature Valley, Cookbook, Move-In &
Progresso Broth


Filed under Giveaway, Pretzel, Whole Foods, WW: 5

Edible Arrangements

Picture 259Edible Arrangements, you rock! Not only are your fruit baskets unique, beautiful, and delicious, you have the best customer service ever. I love you guys. So the little bird told me that Edible Arrangement (@dofruit) was doing a little promotion. For a small price of being a “fan” of their page, they will send you a coupon via e-mail to redeem a box of 6 piece fruit dipped chocolates. If you follow me on twitter (@theskinnyplate), I tweeted about this promotion when it was going on.

Never in a million years did I expect this freebie to be so nice. The whole process was nice and smooth, I handed them my coupon and they handed me my box of goodies. It was in a nice sturdy box with ribbon and all. Inside were 6 pieces of chocolate dipped fruit. Three strawberries, two dipped apples, and one dipped pineapple. The presentation was really nice, the fruits were extremely fresh and juicy (literally no bad apples here).

Edible arrangements has beautiful fruit baskets for every occasions. When I was at the store, their Halloween displays were in full rage already. The prices are a bit steep, but compared to a beautifully wrapped bouquet of flowers, I think the price is fair for all the fine handy work, special care and preparations it takes to create these edible boutiques that are guaranteed high quality. For someone special, I would not mind plucking down a pretty penny for these babies.

This is a great gift idea for foodies or people on a diet or special. Don’t forget, fruits are always vegan and vegetarian friendly and also naturally gluten-free (of course, you’ll have to leave off the chocolate dipping). Next time you need a good gift idea, give Edible Arrangements a visit. Check out more beautiful arrangements on their site.

Have you guys ever gotten an Edible Arrangement? Do you prefer it over a real flower bouquet?

Retails: Varies depending on Selection
My Cost: Free (w/ FB coupon)
Calories: N/A

P.S: Check out these awesome giveaways:
Campbell’s Soup , Waterpik, Mother’s Cookies, Fruition & Progresso Soup


Eating Bird Food is hosting a eggcellent giveaway from for Rachael Ray Cookware! Giveaway ends 10/30!”


Filed under Uncategorized

Progressive Salad Spinner

Picture 175A salad spinner is a must have item in my kitchen because how else am I suppose to make my delicious salads. I picked this Progressive salad spinner up at Marshalls for about $9.99. Cheap and has lasted me a while. The basket is removable so I like to wash everything in the basket, strained the water, chop up my veggies, toss my salad and whisk my salad dry with a couple of presses on the spin device. I love how big the basket is so I can make a large serving of salad to store for later too. You salad will last longer in the fridge if you it is dry. I usually make a gigantic salad and either eat it as a main component of my meal with added protein or as small side to a pasta or sandwich. Sometimes, when my fridge is empty, I can store the whole thing in the fridge too.

The spinner is relatively easy to use. You press on the top handle and the basket within spins, creating a circular motion that whisks the water out and it collects in the outer plastic bowl. There is a lock mechanism that locks the top handle in place for easier storage and a simple “stop” button that creates friction and stops the spinner from spinning. Once you invest in a salad spinner, you will never look back. No more soggy wet salads at home. Make you salad eating more enjoyable with simple gadgets like a salad spinner.

Speaking of kitchen tools and gadgets. I‘m going to be getting a mini food processor to review on The Skinny Plate from the lovely peeps over at They have tons of everyday brands like Cuisinart, Rachel Ray Cookware and even the most coveted Vita-Mix blender and Breville juicer at very competitive prices.

Retails: $9.99 @ Marshalls
My Cost: $9.99

P.S: Check out these awesome giveaways:
Starbucks VIA, Nature’s Path, tsp Spices, Flaxmatters, Favorite Things, T-Shirt, Hush Hush, Soup & Forever 21


Filed under Gadgets

Silk Heart Health Giveaway Winners

SilkGiveawayHere are the winners:

#4: Kelsey, she said “i love silk with my cereal!”

#6: Jessie C., she said “I’d use with cereal, smoothie and coffee! Yum!”

#22: JW, because  she followed on twitter, but she said, “I like it with cereal of course!”

Congratulations ladies, please send me your information at theskinnyplate [at] yahoo [dot ] com and I will send your coupons out.

Thanks to all who joined in on the fun. I really appreciate your participation. Not a winner here? Don’t fret, try your luck over Jennifer’s blog for some more Silk coupons and Jenny’s blog for some Fiber One Muffins to go with that.


Filed under Giveaway

Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Rice Cakes

Picture 149Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Rice Cakes are by no means filling or anything substantial, but I do like them because they are low calories and a little something crunchy to munch on. Only 35 calories per rice cake and provides a airy, crunchy base for you to snack off of. They are lightly salted. Usually I add peanut butter and thinly sliced apples on top for a nice afternoon snack or when I am in the mood for something lighter, I use Greek yogurt instead of peanut butter. The rice cakes can hold you toppings while you take a bite into it, but I did notice they started to crumble on me after my first bite. I think it might be because I abused this bag a little too much when carrying it home in my grocery bag. Good thing I eat off of a plate or else it would be quite messy. One serving of 2 cakes (20g) is 70 calories, 1 WW, 0.5 gram of fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. Ingredients: whole grain brown rice, sea salt. Two simple ingredients. How perfect is that. Love the no sugar part too. Some rice cakes on the market has fancy flavors like apple cinnamon, caramel drizzle, and stuff like that. I like my rice cakes much more simpler. The package is clear with blue writings all over. Inside you will find 2 separate plastic bags of 7 rice cakes each. Keeps the whole package from going stale on you.

Retails: $1.29 per 5 oz bag @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.29
Calories: 70 per 2 cakes (20g)
WW: 1

P.S: Check out these awesome giveaways:
Vasaline Lotion, Bob’s Red Mills, Crispy Green, WW Chocolates, Healthy Halloween & Simple Joy


Filed under Snacks, Trader Joe's, WW: 1