Friday, August 20, 2010

Fit For Fall: The Best Tasting Healthy Foods - Review

When I think of healthy foods, I think of fresh fruits and vegetables. When deciding on what snack to have, a fresh piece of fruit or celery is probably not the first food that comes to mind. I know when I am searching for a snack, I want something quick, easy and convenient. I recently had the opportunity to try 4 delicious, healthy snacks that are perfect for anyone on the go.

fruit-snacksStretch Island Original Fruit Strips are the perfect substitute for fruit when you are looking for a quick and easy snack. These fun snacks are made with all-natural ingredients, including puree concentrate, natural fruit flavor and natural lemon juice (depending on the flavor). Each strip contains just 45 calories, 1g fiber, 0g fat, 0g cholesterol and between 11g-12g carbohydrates. Each strip provides 1/2s serving of fruit.

The flavors available include Autumn Apple, Abundant Apricot, Harvest Grape, Mango  Sunrise, Orchard Cherry, Ripened Raspberry, and Summer Strawberry. My husband and I fought over the Summer Strawberry. He won, but offered me a bite. I have to say the strawberry was my favorite, resembling the real thing. All of the strips are bursting with juicy fruit flavor! All of the fruit strips come in a .5oz slim package, making them the perfect snack to take along wherever you go. To view the variety of purchase options, please visit Stretch Island Fruit Company or find a store near you.

products_seaweed_sesame.body 225Craving Asian? If so, you’ll want to give Annie Chun’s Sesame Seaweed Snacks a try!  Made with Korean seaweed, these flavorful snacks are roasted to perfection, then seasoned with a dash of salt and sesame seed oil.

Initially, I thought these seaweed snacks looked very interesting. I was surprised by the amount of flavor such a tiny strip could contain. The texture is light, airy, and crisp. The flavor reminded me of sushi with a delightful roasted taste. These snacks are not for everyone. While the texture was enjoyable and unique, I have never liked Asian food and these were no different. However,  If you enjoy sushi or Asian food, Sesame Seaweed Snacks would be a great choice. One (1) Pack contains ten (10) sheets for $1.69. Visit Annie Chun's to purchase yours now. 

Bear-Naked-Trail-MixThe next food I tried brings a whole new meaning to Healthy All Natural snacks. If you are tired of flavorless and boring health foods, then Bear Naked is for you! I have had my fair share of “cardboard snacks” which makes me even more excited to have finally discovered a snack that is not only healthy but full of delicious flavor!

My family and I sampled the Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix. Bear Naked perfected trail mix with their perfect blend of cranberries, cherries, cocoa covered almonds, raisins, and whole grain chocolate granola clusters. When I received my trail mix through the mail, the chocolate had melted and covered everything in the 4.5oz pouch. I am by no means complaining – who would complain about chocolate covered fruit?! Everything had a subtle chocolate flavor with a nice burst of fruit flavor. I indulged in my healthy trail mix before my husband had the chance to finish it off. Besides the great taste, I admire the fact that this trail mix is 100% pure and natural, free from high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, cholesterol, hydrogenated oils and trans fat.

I typically do not eat trail mix because I haven’t been able to find any that taste good. Bear Naked Trail Mix has come to my rescue and I will definitely be buying more. I’m interested in trying the other flavors which include Pecan Apple Flax Trail Mix and Cranberry Protein Trail Mix. This trail mix is perfect for a quick snack at home or on the go. If you’re going to be in extremely hot climates, the pecan apple or cranberry protein may be a more appropriate option considering the chocolate may melt. One (1) 4.5oz bag retails for $2.99. To shop the Bear Naked collection of cookies,cereal granola and more, please visit Bear Naked or find a store near you.

metroelectro-water-bottleFinally, to wash it all down, Metroelectro sent me a 20oz bottle of micronutrient water.  Prior to receiving this, I had no idea what micronutrient water was. It sounds complicated, but it is actually very simple. In my opinion, this is the best tasting water ever. This is the way all water should taste. Here’s Metroelectro’s take on micronutrient water:

When it comes to enhanced water, what you leave out is just as important as what you put in. Metroelectro has no sugars, no sweeteners, no artificial ingredients, and no calories. It's just pure water and micronutrients: antioxidants to protect your cells, electrolytes your body craves for peak performance, and zinc to strengthen your immune system. Our water is purified using reverse-osmosis, a process that saves all the good stuff and filters out the bad, including impurities and particles as small as an ion. When it comes to our products, our dedication to purity is so high we couldn't trust just anyone to bottle it. So we bought our own bottling plant, and converted it to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Every bottle that rolls off the line is laser etched with an honest, easy-to-read freshness date stamp.

I appreciate the fact that Metroelectro provides my body with essential antioxidants and electrolytes without the use of added sweeteners, artificial ingredients, or calories. This water tastes great chilled or at room temperature. The perfect water to quench your thirst! One (1) 20oz bottle of water costs about $1.59. Visit Metroelectro to purchase yours now. 

Metroelectro water includes the following ingredients: purified water, electrolytes (magnesium chloride, potassium bicarbonate, calcium chloride), zinc, and antioxidants (sodium selenate: selenium).

*Disclaimer: The sample products mentioned in this review were provided to me in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. I received no other compensation for my review nor was I under any obligation to give a positive review or host a giveaway.

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1 comment:

  1. yay for healthy food!

    I fully support being healthy!


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