Monday, May 31, 2010

Simple Green

Thanks to Simple Green for sending me a buch of their household cleaning supplies to sample.
They sent me a sample from their "naturals" line. Simple Green Naturals are 100% naturally derived, with ingredients originating from nature: chicory, coconut, corn, palm, naturally occurring minerals, salt and sugar, and water. Nothing else.

To be honest, I was a little skeptical of how effective they would be cleaning the house, but my boyfriend cleaned the whole yesterday and said "that naturals stuff was awesome. It didn't streak the windows!"

Naturals are safer, effective products that offer:
• 100% natural ingredient sources
• Non-toxic formulations
• Biodegradable formulations
• No animal testing
• Full ingredient disclosure

• International scientifically-accepted ingredient names
• Naturals scents are IFRA compliant and made of 100% natural essential oils & plant extracts.
• 100% recyclable PETE plastic bottles with 25%+ post-consumer content, printed with soy inks
• Natural Versus Naturally Derived

They sent the following to sample:
- dishwashing liquid
- liquid hand soap
- multi- surface care
- bathroom cleaner
- glass and surface care
- floor care
- carpet care

Be sure to check out their other products here


Kettle Cuisine Soups

Thanks to Kettle Cuisine for sending me coupons to sample their soups. I bought them at whole foods in the freezer aisle. (you can click here for a location to purchase near you). I was first drawn to the soup because they are all natural. NO artificial ingredients! They also have a huge assortment, including low fat ones. Certain soups are also gluten free, dairy free and vegetiran. I chose to sample the organic carrot and coriander, chicken soup with rice noodles, and the three bean chili.

They also have the following flavors:
- angus beef steak chili with beans
- chicken chili with white beans
- grilled chicken and corn chowder
- new england clam chowder
- organic muchroom and potato soup
- roasted vegetable soup
- tomato soup with garden vegetables

I love the fact that these boxes are very convenient to take on the go. One serving is enough for a meal.

From their website: At Kettle Cuisine, we make soup the right way, every step of the way, with no shortcuts and nothing artificial. One taste and we are sure you will become as passionate about eating our soups as we are about making them.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Quorn chick'n cutlets and turk'y burgers

Thanks to Quorn for sending me their meat free "naked chik'n cutles" and "turk'y burger." I am sure you have seen these on my blog before. They are AWESOME meat alternatives. And they are soy free, too!

turk'y burger: one burger has 90 calories, 4 grams fat, 6 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar, 10 grams protein.

Ingredients: Mycoprotein (47%), rehydrated egg white, wheat flour, onion, canola oil, textured wheat protein. Contains 2% or less of natural flavors from non-meat sources, tapioca starch, salt, pectin, sodium alginate (seaweed extract)

chik'n cutlet: one tender has 80 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 0 grams trans fats, 5 grams carbs, and 11 grams proteins.

Ingredients: Mycoprotein (51%), rehydrated egg white, onions, textured wheat protein (wheat protein, wheat starch), whey protein concentrate, canola oil. Contains 2% or less of dextrose, autolyzed yeast extract, salt, potato maltodextrin, tapioca starch, pectin, natural flavors from non-meat sources, citric acid, garlic powder, gum arabic, calcium lactate, onion powder, black & white pepper


Friday, May 21, 2010

Optimum Nutrition Protein Powder and Bars

Thanks to Optimum Nutrition for sending me the following protein bars and powders to sample. I have sampled some of their flavors before... my fave being the cookies and cream gold standard whey...

The bars they sent me were AMAZING. You have GOT to try them.

The whey crisp bar comes in double rich chocolate and marshmallow treat. They have 260 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 34 grams carbs, 6 grams sugar and 25 grams protein.

Their wholly oats bar has 290 calories, 5 grams fats, 42 grams carbs, 8 grams sugar and 21 grams protein.

I also loved all of their protein powder they sent me... definitely loved the rocky road!

Their oats and whey protein are 100% natural! There are no artifical flavors or colors. Each heapin scoop has 200 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 22 grams carbs, 8 grams sugar and 24 grams protein.

Their hydro whey is the fastest, purest, most advanced whey protein they've ever developed. One scoop has 140 calories, 1 gram fat, 2 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar and 30 grams protein.

Their gold standard whey uses whey protein isolate as one of their primary sources of protein. 1 rounded scoop has 120 calories, 1 gram fat, 3 grams carbs, and 24 grams protein.

I loved all of these products. Thanks again optimum nutrition!




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Urban Farms

Thanks to New Urban Farms for sending me their mixed dried fruits and nuts to sample.

They sent me the following:

* Survivor Mix: Almonds, Blueberries, Cashews, Cranberries, Cherries, Golden Raisins, Pistachios

* Happy Hour Mix: Wasabi Peas, Almonds, Cashews, Brazil, Pecans, Peanuts, Walnuts, Salt, Canola Oil, MSG

* Mini Fruit Mix: Papaya, Pineapple, Apple, Cranberries, Blueberries, Golden Raisins, Raisins

* California Fruit and Nut Mix: Raisins, Apricots, Pineapple, Papaya, Apple Rings, Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts , Banana Chips

Be sure to visit their website for a HUGE assortment of nuts, candy and dried fruit.


Van Holten's Pickles

I've been pickled!!!

Thanks to Van Holten's for sending me their "pickles in a pouch" and their "Big O" Queen sized snack olives. Pickles are nature's perfect food. So delicious and zero calories! I love them in sandwiches and on my salads.... or plain! I love these pickles and their flavors! SO creative! I never thought of flavord pickles, but these are yummy. I highly recommend them.

Pickles
The pickles come in a pouch and don't need to be refrigerated.
Core flavors:
* Hearty Dill
* Kosher/zesty garlic
* Hot and Spicy
* Sour tart and tangy
* Sweet

Character line flavors include:
* Big Papa (hearty dill)
* Hot Mama (spicy hot)
* Little Pepe (pepino picante)
* Garlic Gus (zesty garlic)
* Sour Sis (tart and tangy)
* Lil' Sweetie (sweet)

Snack Olives
The big O plain olives come in two flavors: spicy and plain. They are only 42 calories per bag.

To compare the nutritionals, view the following chart:

http://www.vanholtenpickles.com/Images/NutritionalComp.pdf



Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dei Fratelli Sauces

Thanks to Dei Fratelli for sending me a generous sample of their sauces, tomatoes and salsas. In addition to these, they also sell juices and soups. As we all know, tomatoes are a healthy fruit (not vegetable). They contain loys of vitamin C, providing 40 percent (from 15-30% per serving depending upon the product) of your daily value. They also contain a healthy portion of your daily value of vitamin A, potassium and iron.

from Dei Fratelli's website..
The red pigment in tomatoes is called lycopene. Research suggests that lycopene acts as an antioxidant and can help people stay active even in old age and more. In fact, recent studies conducted by Harvard researchers have suggested that lycopene can even help prevent cancer. The study discovered that men who consumed 10 servings of tomato sauce a week (or the equivalent of 10 slices of pizza) can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer by a formidable 45 percent!

Dei Fratelli is family owned has been in business for four generations! All the products, except their tomato soup, are naturally gluten free.

To view their products, click here.

You can also buy online here






Spelt Right Baking

Thanks to Beth from Spelt Right Baking for sending me their breads to sample. They are made from spelt, which is a wheat alternative. They sell breads, bagels and pizza dough. They are vegan, all natural, certified koshet, and allergen-friendly (no nuts, no dairy, no soy, no eggs and no corn).

What is spelt?
Spelt (triticum spelta) is an ancient cousin of common wheat (triticum aestivum) likely tracing its origins back 5000 years to Mesopotamia. Popular in North America until the turn of the 20th Century, spelt recently has been re-discovered by North American consumers as a wonderful alternative to common wheat.

About Spelt Right
Spelt Right® is a small Maine company that specializes in baked goods made with organic spelt flour and other organic and all natural ingredients. The founders, Beth George, a Portland attorney who specialized for 10 years in representing children, and Tim Kane, a vice president of a local college, started Spelt Right as a result of the profound impact diet change made on their son’s life.

Please visit their online store here


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Michael Season's

Thanks to Michael Season's for sending me samples of their snacks to review. Their snacks are all natural, reduced fat and wheat and gluen free.
They have many variety of chips, including unsalted, ripple, honey barbeque, lightly salted, salt and pepper, and mediterranean.
They are serve baked multi grain cheddar and honey chipotle chips, which are made from real cheese! 33% Reduced Fat from the leading brand of Multigrain Chips – with 20% less calories and 12 grams of Whole Grains per Serving.
They also sell baked puffs and curls in many flavors, including cheddar cheese, jalapeno, hot chili pepper, and white cheddar. Yummy and healthy!
These are delicious! I highly recommend you go out and try some of these!

Simple Foods Soynut Butter

Thanks to Simple Foods soynut butter for sending me samples of two of their jars of soynut butter to review. I picked cinnamon sugar and chocolate and they were AWESOME picks! They come in other flavors, such as simple (no salt, no sugar), sea salted and slightly sweet. You can order in a 9 or 16 ounce jar... or 9 pound buckets!

This is PERFECT for people who love nut butters but have peanut allergies.

The soynut butters are peanut free, tree nut-free, organic, vegan and kosher! The soynut butter is made with palm stearin. Not to be confused with palm kernel oil, palm stearin is from the palm fruit and is a wonderful way to keep the oil from separating without adding hydrogenated oil, and it also helps extend shelf life by preserving the oils naturally.

They range in 190-200 calories per two tablespoons, 12-16 grams of fat and 10 grams protein! In addition, these are so delicious! I recommend you try them! check here for where you can purchase.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Harbinger Fitness Ball

Thanks to Harbinger for sending me the following 10 pound fitness ball to test out. Based in Napa, California, Harbinger is the industry leader in fitness accessories. Harbinger Products are available at most major independent, specialty and general sporting goods retailers nationwide.

The weighted fitness balls come in 2 pounds, 4 pounds, 6 pounds, 8 pounds and 10 pounds. They contain an adjustable veclo strap so that you can wrap around the back of your hand. It is designed to be easily grasped and used. It's a good alternative to metal free weights and helps improves strength and endurance by helping to isolate specific muscle groups during training. It's made from soft, pliable PVC.

In addition to the fitness balls, Harbinger also sells gloves, wraps and straps, and training aids, such as ropes, bars and belts.


Coumbus Meat Products

Thank you to Columbus Foods San Francisco for sending me a few packages of their meats to sample. Wow, the turkey was awesome! They sent me herb turkey breast and reduced sodium. My boyfriend ate the salame and loved it. It was so good, I made myself two sandwiches and brought them to work today :)

The turkey is 99% fat free. It contains no gluten, no msg and no trans fats. It's low in calories. The sliced meat is cut from whole turkey breasts and is slow roasted to maintain flavor. I highly recommend you try these meats!

You can order online here


Atkins Diet Bars

Thank you to Atkins for sending me the diet bars to sample. I LOVE atkins bars. They are the perfect healthy treat. As you all probably know, Atkins makes a line of low carb products, shakes, meals and bars. They are delicious.

new bar flavors include:

* caramel chocolate roll- Loaded with caramel, peanuts and a chocolaty coating for a satisfying candy bar taste. 170 calories, 8 grams protein, 2 grams sugar

* dark chocolate decadent bar- with layers of dark chocolate crisps and a thick fudge dipped in dark chocolate and topped off with a caramel drizzle

* nutty fudge brownie bar- A moist, chewy brownie with walnuts and a chocolaty coating. 170 calories, 0 grams sugar, only 2 grams net carbs.

* peanut caramel cluster bar- rich nougat center, dipped in caramel, then rolled in crunchy peanuts.

Atkins has a line of products and bars.

Advantage-Advantage bars and shakes are the perfect snack to help you eat right, follow your plan and get you closer to your goal. And with plenty of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and only a few net carbs, you can enjoy these delicious snacks anytime of the day.

Day Break-Make Every Morning Count. Start your day off right with the delicious taste of Atkins Day Break bars. Made with an optimal blend of protein, fiber and calcium, they’re perfect for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack. What a great way to say “Good morning.”

Endulge-Satisfy Your Sweetest Cravings. Go ahead; satisfy your sweet cravings, bite into the richness of Atkins Endulge bars. They taste just like your favorite candy bars, but there’s only 1 gram of sugar – which means no guilt. Just amazing taste, smart nutrition and another step closer to your goal.

Cuisine- Low-Carb Cooking at HomeEat more of your favorite foods, even pasta, baked goods, and the snacks you long for. Atkins™ Cuisine is a new line of low-carb products designed for delicious snacking and eating at home without the high carb guilt.

Check out their new products here


Saturday, May 1, 2010

TanaBars

Thanks to Vermont nut Free for sending me samples of their Tanabar granola bars. These bars are awesome. They come in chocolate chip and sweet raisin. Not only are they all natural, but have 7 grams of protein each. They are nut free. In addition to bars, they sell other nut free goodies, such as chocolates. Check them out here.



CHOCOLATE CHIP TANABAR Ingredients: rolled oats, honey, sunflower seed, dehydrated cane juice, salt & natural mixed tocopherols to preserve freshness, brown sugar, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, dextrose, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, vanilla extract), wheat germ (wheat germ, vitamin E acetate, folic acid), crisp rice (milled rice, sugar, salt, barley malt), soybeans, vanilla extract, cinnamon. Contains: wheat & soy. Processed on shared dairy equipment.
TRIPLE BERRY TANABAR Ingredients: rolled oats, honey, sunflower seed, dehydrated cane juice, salt & natural mixed tocopherols to preserve freshness, brown sugar, soybeans, crisp rice (milled rice, sugar, salt, barley malt), wheat germ (wheat germ, vitamin E acetate, folic acid), cranberries, sugar, citric acid, natural raspberry flavor with other natural flavors, elderberry juice concentrate, blueberry juice from concentrate, grape juice concentrate, sunflower oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon. Contains: Wheat and Soy. Processed on shared dairy equipment.
SWEET RAISIN TANABAR Ingredients: rolled oats, honey, sunflower seed, dehydrated cane juice, salt & natural mixed tocopherols to preserve freshness, brown sugar, raisins, soybeans, crisp rice (milled rice, sugar, salt, barley malt), wheat germ (wheat germ, vitamin E acetate, folic acid), , vanilla extract, cinnamon. Contains: Wheat and Soy. Processed on shared dairy equipment. 2.1 oz

Perky Jerky

Thanks to Perky Jerky for sending me some jerky to sample. This stuff is deelicious :) It has a teriyaki flavor. As we all know, jerky is high in protein and low in fat. Perky jerky is flavored with guarana. Guarana is a plant native to brazil, which is an effective energy booster. It bears a fruit that is quite similar to the coffee bean, so it gives you energy. In addition, perky jerky is all natural and contains no preservatives or msg. It's conventiently packaged for you to take on the go and is a good proetin substitute! I take a bag to work to snack on.

Nutritional info: one ounce has 90 calories, 2 grams fat, 6 grams carbs, 5 grams sugar and 11 grams protein. GOOD STUFF!

INGREDIENTS: Whole Slices of Beef, Soy Sauce, (water, wheat, soybeans, salt) Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Pepper, Guarana, Worcestershire Sauce, (vinegar, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, anchovies, water, onion, garlic, tamarind extract, cloves, natural flavoring, chili pepper extract, hydrolyzed soy and corn protein).