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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.

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

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Nutland Foods

IMG_0260Hope you guys were able to sign up for a free sample on Nutland Foods‘ website before they ran out. After reviewing the 3 bite sample they sent over (signed up online), the kind people over at Nutland Foods sent over their other varieties for me to try out too.

Berries and Cherries Crunch: Love the combination of nuts. The berries stuck to my teeth and molars which made them a little annoying to eat. The sweetness in here makes me like to end my meals with it. A nice nutty and sweet end. Visually, I see mostly almonds, then cashews, pistachios and then the dried fruits (cherries, cranberries, and blueberries). The cherries add a bit of a tart taste to the whole combination. Previous review here.

Cashews: Love the cashew goodness. The sugar flavor was pretty prominent, but not as much as the varieties with mix nut in it. The buttery-ness of the cashews shone through easily. My favorite variety of the bunch.

Almond: Lots of almonds– duh. About 5-6 almonds per bite. Yum. Fresh tasting like all the other varieties.

Pistachio Crunch: Pure pistachio goodness. I counted about 10 pistachios molded together per little square crunch. A tad sweet, but nevertheless, really good. The nuts are fresh  and each bite is pure pistachio goodness.

Pecans: Pecans are naturally higher in fat content than other nuts so I was not surprised to see that 6 pieces came out to be 170 calories. Each bite has about 4 dry roasted pecans molded together. The pecans tasted really fresh with sweetness added to it. I swear I could taste a faint hint of cinnamon in there too, but cinnamon was not on the ingredients list. Maybe it is hidden under “spices”. Not as sweet as candied pecans, but I think these will serve well on top of salads to add your healthy fats.

Trail Mix: If I did not look at the bag, I thought I was eating the Berries and Cherries Crunch variety. Those two are very similar, but the Trail Mix lacks a little tartness the cherries provide. This and the Berries and Cherries variety are noticeable sweeter than the other single nut varieties. Also, maybe because those varieties are “stickier”, the pieces tend to stick to each other, but you can easily break them apart. The sugar gloss that molds the nuts and berries together are clearly visible. Sweet, but not sickeningly so. Did not even noticed the pecan in here until I looked at the ingredients list.

Overall, Nutland Foods are very tasty snacks that are easy to take along with you in their resealable packaging. I wouldn’t be afraid of the fat content since we all know nuts are good for all their MUFA which I find helps satisfy the body a lot longer than a fat-free/low fat diet. What I would be mindful about is the sugar content. If you enjoy snacks like Mareblu Naturals and Mrs. May Trio nut snacks, you will find these enjoyably. Comparing the three brands, I find that the individual nuts as well as the “nugget” size in Nutland Foods are bigger. Maybe it is because they do not mold the nuts together as tightly as the other brands.

Berries and Cherries Crunch: One serving 1 oz (28g/about 6 pieces), is 140 calories, 3 WW, 9 grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Ingredients list: dry roasted cashews, dry roasted almonds, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, dry roasted pecans, dried sweetened cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), dry roasted pistachios, dried sweetened cherries (cherries, sugar, sunflower oil), dried sweetened blueberries (blueberries, sugar, sunflower oil), sea salt, natural flavor.

Cashew: One serving 1 oz (28g/about 6 pieces) is 140 calories, 3 WW, 10 grams of fat (2 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 100 milligram of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Ingredients: dry roasted cashews, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, sea salt, natural flavor.

Almond: One serving 1 oz (28g/about 6 pieces) is 150 calories, 3 WW, 11 grams of fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein. Ingredients: dry roasted almonds, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, sea salt.

Pistachio: One serving 1 oz (28g/about 6 pieces), is 140 calories, 3 WW, 10 grams of fat (1 grams saturated), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 2 gram of dietary fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. Ingredients: dry roasted pistachios,evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, sea salt.

Pecan Crunch: One Serving of 1 oz (28g/about 6 pieces) is 170 calories, 4 WW, 16 grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Ingredients: dry roasted pecans, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, sea salt, spice.Trail Mix: One Serving of 1 oz (28g/about 6 pieces), is 140 calories, 3 WW, 9 grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Ingredients: Dry Roasted cashews, dry roasted almonds, evaporated cane juice, dried sweetened cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil, brown rice syrup, dry roasted pecans, dry roasted pistachios, sea salt, natural flavor.

Retails: $3.99 per 5 oz bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 140 to 170 per serving
WW: 3-4

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Wonderful Pistachios

IMG_0300Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts. I love the toasty aroma and the natural buttery taste of it. I always pick these up with shells because they are way too easy to munch on without them. It is sort of like built in portion control. Wonderful Pistachios are very easy to open.  One in about 20 pieces I had a hard time opening. The nuts are pretty big in size.  A couple of nuts are enough to stop my hunger. Perfect snack to hold you over. The thing about snacking on these is that they can get messy. Since these are salted and roasted, your hands inevitable gets dirty. Nothing a little soap and water won’t get out. We all civilized people, we wash out hands before AND after eating. Right? Doing a little weighing and measuring, I found that 10 shelled pistachios weights about 6 grams. Taking my time shelling and eating them, about 20 pistachios is a good size snack for me. Let me do the math. My snack turns out to be only 68 calories and nuts really do stop hunger in it’s tracks. I’ve been snacking on these Wonderful Pistachios everyday.

Did you know that pistachios are: the most nutrient dense, highest in antioxidants, and lowest in calories among all nuts, plus they are high in fiber, and  hearth-healthy. Over 50% of the fat content in pistachios are from monounsaturated fat which is the heart-healthy fat that helps lower LDL levels (“bad” cholesterol) and also contains oleoylethanolamide, which is an appetite suppressant found in MUFA.  That is why pistachios are also dubbed as the “skinny nut.” Find out more here. Pistachios are such a wonderful nut that there is a website all dedicated to them — Pistachio Health (@pistachiohealth on twitter). I had no idea that my favorite nut is actually so good for me.

Don’t worry, these babies are safe.  Luckily, Wonderful Pistachios was not part of the recall according to Pistachiorecall.org.

One serving 1/2 cup with shells or 1/4 cup without shells (30g) is about 170 calories, 4 WW, 14 grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated, 4 grams PUFA, 7 grams MUFA), zero cholesterol, 160 milligram of sodium, 310 milligram potassium, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Retails: $9.99 per 24 ounce bag @ Paviliions
My Cost: Free
Calories: 170 per ounce (shelled)
WW: 4

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Oh Nuts! Turkish Pistachios, Medjool Dates, & Chocolate Drizzled Pecans

06-19-09_1335Oh Nuts offers a huge variety of nuts, candy, chocolates , dried fruits and with over 2,000 varieties to choose from Oh Nuts is an online foodie heaven. Order in bulk and you get wholesale prices too. Perfect for those of you who like to make your own peanut and almond butters. I got to pick 3 items I wanted to try out the most. My head was spinning from all the choices to choose from, but I knew I wanted to try some delicious Medjool Dates since I’ve seen them on the blogging world so much and I’ve never had the pleasure of trying them myself. After a LONG deliberation with myself, I finally ended up choosing: California Medjool Dates, Turkish Antep Pistachios, and Chocolate & Caramel Drizzled Pecan Clusters.

Turkish Antep Pistachios: Don’t worry, I checked the recall list and Oh Nuts’ pistachio is not part of the recall. Pistachio and pistachio flavored anything are usually a hit for me. If you have never tried pistachio gelato, you HAVE to try it. One of my favorite frozen treats. Yum. I never knew there were so many different kinds of pistachios until I visited Oh Nuts. Turkish Antep Pistachios? Salted Israeli Pistachios? Shows how much I know about my nuts. I am clueless over here. Some people value flavor above all else. Those people will love our top-quality, Turkish pistachios. Smaller and less open than California-grown pistachios, Turkish pistachios feature a richer, more distinctive taste. Consider these the Rolls Royce of Pistachios. Rolls Royce of pistachios? Well, I have to try it or else I can’t call myself a pistachio lover, right? Indeed, these Turkish antep pistachio are less open and smaller than normal California pistachios. It made it harder to get into. The appearance of it is slightly darker as well. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover because although they do not look as appealing they are delicious. Slightly salted, but not overly so which made the true flavor of the pistachio shine through. The flavor is very rich and buttery. Oh, and I make sure I take the skin off the pistachio because when it mixes in your mouth, it takes away from the real flavor of the nut. Although the flavor is good, I still prefer the larger California pistachios because I get more satisfaction eating the bigger nuts AND I don’t have to break my nails trying to get into them. Ouch! One ounce (28g) is 170 calories, 5 WW, 13 grams of fat (1 gram saturated), zero cholesterol, 190 milligram of sodium, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein. Simple ingredient list of just pistachio and salt is a plus. No nasty oils or preservative. This is the kind of filling snackage I’m talking about. Not bad for $6.99 a pound.

California Medjool Dates: The only experience I’ve had with medjool dates is in the bone based soup my mommy makes. This may sound weird to some of you, but my family has been using medjool dates in soups for ages. Then all of a sudden, medjool dates got popular and the prices started to soar. The soup kind (dried and not sticky) and the snacking kind ( moist and sticky) are different so it wasn’t like I could start popping medjool dates from my mom’s cabinet into my mouth. Naturally, I was super excited to try out the REAL snacking medjool dates. These babies are huge. No wonder 2 of them is already 140 calories. I actually measure it and it was about 5 inches long, 1 inch wide and 1/2 inch tall. One big satisfying, uber sweet date. With peanut butter in the middle, it was better than going out on a real date. Grown in sunny California, the brown and saccharine date is probably man’s oldest cultivated fruit. There are many grades of Medjool dates: Jumbo Medjool Dates are the largest, sweetest, juiciest and are the cream of the crop. Only 5% of the entire crop makes this grade. Large Medjool Dates grade are the same quality, delightfully sweet and moist as the jumbos, only smaller size. Extra Fancy grade dates contains mixed sizes of fruit. These dates may have minor skin imperfections and will have some loose or broken skin. They are still very good but didn’t make the Jumbo or Large grade. Any of these dates can be used for cooking, baking and snacking. 20-21 PIECES IN 1LB. Can’t imagine how much bigger a jumbo medjool date can get, these are already very big in my opinion. Dates checked, nuts, checked, homemade Larabar here I come!! At $6.99 a pound, these are not a bad deal. I’ve seen them go for more expensive. Two dates is 140 calories, 2 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, 10 milligram of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 29 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein. Ingredient list: just medjool dates.

Pecan Clusters (Dark Chocolate & Caramel Drizzled): With so many temptations on Oh Nuts, I had to splurge on something. Fresh Roasted Pecans clustered in a Delicious gooey caramel glaze drizzled with the highest quality dark chocolate. These dark chocolate drizzled pecans looked so heavenly on the website. The package came, in a clear plastic tub, Oh Nuts marked, and wrapped in plastic. I was disappointed that there is no nutritional information on the package or on the website, but I ate it anyways. Gooey caramel and dark chocolate drizzles are what hold the pecan clusters together.  High quality pecans with high quality dark chocolate and I did not find that these are overly sweet.  At $13.99 a pound, this is a very nice treat. Can’t say that these are healthy, but they sure are good.

Retails: $6.99 & 13.99 per lbs @ Oh Nuts!
My Cost: Free
Calories: 120 & 170
WW: 2-3

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Kopali Organics: Mango, Mix & Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

KOmango [640x480]Kopali Organics has a wonderful array of organic and delicious products. I got to try out their organic mango, organic mix and their organic dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I have to say that I am really impressed with Kopali Organics.

The Organic Mango is 100% real fruit with organic mango listed as the one and only ingredient. No added sugar and no preservatives, but these are naturally sweet. The one portion size package is great for a grab-and-go snack without having to worry about overeating. The entire bag is 140 calories, 2 WW, no fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 34 grams of sugar (natural fruit sugar), and no protein, but also packed with 35% vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 10% calcium, and 8% iron (based on a 2,000 calorie diet). They are better than any dried mangoes I’ve ever had because they tasted so natural.  These are so wonderful that I am tempted to just slice up some mangoes and stick them in the oven right now!! (T_T very unsuccessful)

Organic Mix includes superfoods like goji berries, mulberries, wonderful nuts like pistachios and tasty treats like cocoa nibs. Blended into a trail mix-esque package, they pack quick a punch in the nutritional forefront. Only those four ingredients are required to create this delicious mix. One serving is 120 calories, 2 WW, 6 grams of fat (2 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 37 milligram of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein with 25% vitamin A, 35% Vitamin C, 4% calcium, and 10% iron (based on a 2,000 calories diet). Love the mix and it taste wonderful in my yogurt mix.

Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso beans are a great pick-me up in the middle of the day when you have no access (or too lazy to make) to a cup of coffee. Coffee beans are normally grown with tons of pesticides, so I like to go organic with coffee whenever possible. I like how big the coffee bean are. Good quality dark chocolate with good quality coffee beans makes a heck of a good chocolate covered espresso bean. One ounce  is 120 calories, 2 WW, 7 grams of fat (4 grams saturated), no cholesterol, no sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Koplai organics is a great company. All of their products are organic, sustainably harvested and fairly traded with a lot of them being gluten free and vegan friendly. Their resealable portion sized package is great for the ladies to keep in their purse or stash in your gym bag. Their ingredients are all natural as well as short and simple. Like their motto, their products are “Good for you, good for the farmers, and good for the earth.” Check out their website for more exotic products. With 4 organic dried fruits, 5 chocolate covered superfoods, and 1 superfood mix to choose from, there is bound to be one that suits even the choosiest eater.

Retails: Varies @ Wholefoods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 120 to 140 per serving
WW: 2-3

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Mareblu Naturals Pistachio Trail Mix Crunch

PistachioTrailMixCrunch_MAnother great impulse buy at my beloved Fresh & Easy — behold my new find, Mareblu
Naturals Pistachio Trail Mix Crunch
. I know I shouldn’t be eating pistachios right now, but they are one of my favorite nuts so how can I say no when these went on sale for only $0.99. Mareblu Naturals offers ALOT of different varieties that are all natural, cholesterol free, 0 grams of trans fat, 100% vegan, gluten free, kosher, low in sodium, dairy-free, wheat-free, peanut-free, no preservatives and all made in the USA. The pouch is resealable so it is very convenient to take with you wherever you go. Nuts are naturally high in fat (MUFA) and calories so I was not surprised when 1/4 cup (28g) is 174 calories,  13 grams of fat (2 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 39 milligram of sodium, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein. This trail mix is very tasty and HIGHLY addictive. The pistachio trail mix crunch is composed of slowly dry-roasted cashews, almonds, pistachios and pumpkins seeds with some sea salt and then molded together with organic evaporated cane juice and rice syrup. They chop the cluster of nuts into bite size pieces, and you get chunks and chunks of whole nuts in every morsel. The nuts are dry-roasted to perfection (no oily residue) and they taste really fresh and has a big crunch factor. Judging with the naked-eye, the mix contains mostly almonds, then cashew, then pistachio and lastly the pumpkin seeds. However, I can taste all the nut flavors in here, especially  my favorite pistachio flavor. Yummy. The whole 4 ounce package contains about 4 servings, so portion control is highly recommending when you are dealing with something this tasty. The weather is getting pretty hot lately, so I like to enjoy these with a big glass of iced tea. Prefect afternoon snack on a lazy Sunday. Fresh & Easy also had the CranMango Cashew Crunch and the Cranblueberry Trail mix Crunch on sale for $0.99 as well. Go pick up some if you are one of the lucky people that live close to a Fresh & Easy.

Retails: $2.99 at Fresh & Easy
My Cost: on sale $0.99
Calories: 174 per 1/4 cup
WW: 4

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Larabars

04-22-09_1248My first experience with Larabars. Yay. I’m loving them already. Small, but packed and very dense and pretty filling. As you all know, Larabars are unprocessed, fairly raw, non GMO, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, kosher with no added sugar AND contains only 5 ingredients or less!!

Apple pie: Has a hint of sour apple flavor and  all packed with chopped almonds, walnuts, raisins dates and a tinge of cinnamon. Delicious. My palette is not super sensitive, but I can guess what the ingredients are in the larabar without looking at the packaging. Truthfully, there are not that many products out there that you can do that with. Good thing about these dense bars is that I don’t have to finish the whole bar to feel satisfied.

Cherry Pie: Cherry lovers will love this cherry pie bar because it is soooo close to the real thing. The black cherries are plump and full of flavor and mixed with dates and almonds, it turns out to be a dense chewy CHERRY PIE!

Coconut Cream Pie: Another winner in the combination department. Just unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews and extra virgin coconut oil. All the delicious flavor of a coconut cream pie without any of the the sin.

Peanut Butter Cookie: This taste just like a moist peanut butter cookie minus all the bad stuff. Delicious. There are a couple of hard bits in there, but I’m not complaining. Nuts have shells and fruits have seed and pits, its only natural that a bits get blended in. Three simple ingredients in the delicious PB bar! Dates, peanuts and salt. Larabar really knows how to do a peanut butter bar. The peanuts are in in chopped pieces that are evenly disturbed all over the bar. The dates add the perfect amount of sweetness. A really good bar all around.

Going to hit up Costco and buy their variety pack very soon. The only complaint I can think of that someone might have with Larabars is that they are not organic. Other than that, Larabars are perfect as a nutritious in between meal snack. What is your favorite Larabar flavor?

Retails: $1.29 @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: Free
Calories: 180 to 220
WW: 4-5

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