Saturday, August 25, 2012

Homemade Pizza-many ways!

Americans LOVE pizza... actually-that may be an understatement! American's are obsessed with pizza? No, still not strong enough... Americans would give their firstborn for a slice of pizza! Yes-that is closer to reality. And what I find crazy is that we didn't even create it! We stole it from the Italians, but have overtime adopted it, and loved transformed it as our own. 

In its most unadulterated state, pizza is the perfect meal! It is full of healthy carbs in the crust, a ton of veggies (both in the toppings and sauce), protein from meats and cheese-and it's handheld! What could be better?! Well nothing... until that perfect, innocent piece of pizza becomes.... A MONSTER! :O

Just look at that! AHHHHH! Like something from a horror movie!
-this is an average nutritional info for 2 slices of pizza-close to 1/4 your daily caloric intake, 40% saturated fats, 34% sodium! But pizza doesn't have to be unhealthy-making your own at home gives you the perfect opportunity to create a healthy and delicious meal!

And there are so many variations you can do! Like what? ...well I'm glad you asked! :)

You could do BBQ chicken pizza (above) or veggie pizza (below) that has your basic marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and grilled veggies (I suggest grilled summer squash, tomatoes, peppers and onions)

Add you sauce and toppings and place in a 400* oven

No matter what way you choose to dress your pizza the basic recipe is the same:

~For wheat pizza dough:
-2 TBSP. oil
-1/2 TBSP. sugar
-1 cup warm water
-1 pkg. yeast
-1 tsp. garlic (minced)
-1 tsp. basil 
-1 cup white flour
-2 cups wheat flour

~For Pizza:
-Pizza sauce (or BBQ, Ranch dressing, anything your heart desires!)
-Protein (hamburger, chicken, ham, Canadian Bacon (oh wait-that's ham!), mushrooms, etc.)
-Cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, blue, parmesan, cream (ok...maybe not cream cheese :P)
-Crazy add-in's (as in-you're crazy if you don't add some of these!) Such as: spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, peppers, pineapple, the list goes on and on!

1. Proof yeast in warm water
2. Add sugar and stir 
3. Add oil, garlic and basil
4. Slowly add in flour
5. Continue kneading for 5-8 minutes (can use a bread machine set on dough, or a stand mixer and knead for 3-5 minutes)
6. Allow to rest until doubled, about 1 hour
7. Shape into desired shapes/sizes 
~Can make mini pizzas, full sizes, rectangular, thick crust, thin crust-really guys-the possibilities are ENDLESS!
8. Add your toppings
9. Bake at 450* until cheese melts and crust is crispy to your likings!

a simple side of fruit rounds out this easy & quick meal!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lucky Spoon Bakery

Chances are either: 
a) you 
b) someone you know and love
c) someone you know and hate
has a gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, celiac disease or chooses to eat a gluten free diet for other reasons. Before a few months ago, I had no idea that gluten-free food even existed, let alone was so popular. Many people (who are not gluten intolerant) have decided to go gluten free for weight loss as well (though I have a feeling many of the people that go gluten-free see a weight loss because they are no longer eating all those 'bad carbs' - i.e. white sugar and flour, just a hunch...)

Anyways-back to the story at hand... Many people are eating gluten-free these days, so there is now quite a market for gluten-free foods. This is where I come in! I was lucky enough to do a product review for Lucky Spoon Bakery - which is a gluten-free bakery that sells delicious cookies and muffins.

Let's look into their story - Everyone, these are the founders: Jim and Pam (Hi Jim! Hi Pam!) - Pam and Jim, this is everyone! They decided to challenge the mindset that gluten-free meant taste-free. Pam has always been an amazing baker, and when her husband was diagnosed gluten-intolerant, Pam decided to re-invent gluten-free. She serves up gluten-free food every bit as tasty as their fully gluten counterpart (in my humble opinion-her gluten-free products are BETTER than the same type of product with gluten! Crazy, I know!) Pam has some amazing ski-zills when it comes to creative reinvention of classic favorites! According to their website, in a little blurb written by Jim (the husband), he said: "In hindsight, maybe we should have named the company Lucky Husband Bakery" ...Awww! I agree with him though! These products are amazing-Pam aced it!

Let's get into a little bit more detail on these goodies, shall we?!

-Chocolaty Chip Cookies
-Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies
-Peanut Butter Chocolaty Chip Cookies
-Simply Sugar Cookies

...Now I'm no gluten-free food connoisseur but these little guys ROCKED! I couldn't tell that they were a 'gluten-free' food-nothing about them tasted off or different in the slightest... well actually-scratch that-they did taste different than other boughten cookies I have had before-they were AMAZING! They were soft, moist and full of flavor! They had a fresh, homemade taste to them. Pretty sure I could take them somewhere, say I just took them out of my oven and everyone would believe me! Yes-that is how good these cookies are! ...can anyone guess which were my favorite? Anyone? *hint-starts with pea-ends in nut! The Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies? How'd you guess?! The Peanut Butter cookies were the bomb-a-long-a-ding-dong! Soooo good! 
Sad I only have a few left :(

Really sad! brother found them and finished them off! :O I 'spose I shouldn't be greedy-but really!? Did he have to eat the Perfectly Peanut Butter ones? 

DELICIOUS crumbled on top of ice cream! :D #happytummy

They also sell muffins!

-Lemonlicious Muffins
-Utterly Almond Muffins
-Cinnamony Streusel Muffins
-Totally Maple Pecan Muffins

Can we say delicious? Yes! I can-and did! When I had these... the Cinnamony Streusel Muffins had a topping made of crunchy cinnamon and pecan pieces - if that doesn't say taste-bud enjoyment I don't know what does! And the fresh, bright flavors of Lemonlicious-makes me smile just thinking about it :) I can assure you-nomatter what flavor you try, you will be going back for more, and more, and more! 

~ BIG 3 - BIG 3 - BIG 3 ~

 Taste: Obviously 5/5! So delicious! I loved all the flavors I was given to sample!

Texture: I feel odd typing this, but: 5/5. Yes-5/5! For products that had been made in a bakery in Utah, then packaged and drug through more post offices than I care to count, tossed around in many postal vehicles, and finally thrown (yes, thrown-I saw you Mr. Post Man!) on my front step-they were soft! Very soft-not just, "Oh these are soft for store bought cookies" No! Like-soft soft! SOFT! (Does anyone else think the word 'soft' is starting to sound funny?) Anyways-you get the drift-their texture was amazing! I wish my 'straight-from-the-oven' homemade cookies could have that great of a texture!

Nutrition: Now I know, I know-these cookies and/or are not meant to be health foods! They are cookies and muffins after all-a treat. But-since I also do this in my reviews I don't plan on changing now! 
Here is the nutritional label for muffins (all flavors are very similar)

And here is the nutrition for the cookies:

As you can see-each treat has around 130 calories, while that is a little high in my opinion - let's just keep in mind they are treats! And look a little closer-they do have 1g of fiber and 1g of protein! The only thing that I'm not exactly happy with is the fact that both the cookies and muffins have around 15% of your daily allowance of saturated fat...but again-these are desserts and should be treated as such. Don't treat these as a healthy everyday food just because they are gluten-free. They are just like every other cookies (and most muffins) in the fact that they are fine in moderation-but *warning-it is HARD to have these in moderation, just too delicious! So overall nutrition: 4/5 (But don't get me wrong-their nutrition isn't bad, it is just the fact that they are treats and judged as such)

Overall: 4/5~Delicious flavor, soft & moist texture.
If you or someone you know follows a gluten-free diet-these are a perfect alternative! Heck-forget that-if you or someone you know has tastebuds and a working stomach-these are the perfect treat!
What are you still doing on the computer? Go find some of these for a gluten-free friend yourself! -you can find a retailer nearest you here

Monday, August 13, 2012

Redmond Trading Co., L.C.

I don't even know where to begin with this review! There is so much to say about the Redmond Co. So where to begin, where to begin... They Eat Clay! (yes...I think that was a good place to start)

Well now that I have your attention with my newest review of a company that ... eats clay??, let me explain..

Redmond Trading Company, L.C. is located in the mountains of Utah-there are four different Redmond brands (in essence, four different branches of this company) They are:

-Real Salt
Redmond sells completely natural, unrefined, and full of natural minerals and flavor salts. And let me be the first to say-it is full of flavor! I like a little saltiness in my life... and this salt does the trick! I love that it has nothing added and is completely natural! The taste definitely reflects that.
The picture above is their "Nature's First Sea Salt" in fine and kosher. I love love love LOVED using the kosher sea salt crystals on my Pretzel Bites! You really need to check out the recipe and try it for yourself! They are amazing and addictive-especially if you are using Redmond "Real Salt"

They also sell different salt blends. Here is (from left to right) Seasoning Blend, Onion Salt, Garlic Salt, and Fine Sea Salt. The Seasoning Blend is delicious on some grilled chicken! I also recommend sprinkling it on hearty summer veggies-i.e. zucchini, summer squash, etc. and grilling them up! YUM!

-Redmond Clay
This clay can be used both internally and externally. Did you know that clay was the natural remedy used by the natives for fighting many stomach ailments, dysentery, and food infections? Me neither-until now!
While I am a little ashamed to admit I haven't gotten brave enough to try drinking it yet-I love it as a face mask! All you do is mix a little with water until it becomes a thick paste and rub it into your face-they say it helps with rashes, acne, and dry skin! I loved the way it made my skin feel :) 

Look at all those vitamins and minerals it is full of! ...I really just need to try drinking it-they say you just mix it with a little water or juice-I bet I wouldn't even know it was there... 

-Redmond Re-Lyte
Many athletes use these Re-Lyte products because it helps keep you hydrated and fights cramping. They sell Sport Caps that contain electrolytes and natural trace minerals that support optimum performance. 

While I don't have many problems with stomach health (thank goodness!), I will definitely be keeping these around just in case something comes along! These supplements are all natural and contain the important vitamins and minerals that support digestive health and fight acid indigestion, acid reflux, stomaches, diarrhea, constipation (am I making anyone uncomfortable with all this information? :P )

(last but not least)
-Redmond Bath Salt
These bath salts contain more than 50 natural trace minerals which provide healing properties for the skin and body! They say toxins are released from the body into the bath water through osmosis (Hey! I learned about that in science class! :D ), and trace minerals from the sea salt are absorbed through the skin. I can say first hand-these salts are relaxing and soothing-doesn't everyone need a good soak in the tub sometimes!? Well if you do-I recommend these bath salts!

Overall: Redmond Trading Co., L.C. is a great company with a wide variety of natural supplements, salts, seasonings, beauty products and more! (btw-LOVE their toothpaste...yes-they make toothpaste too! It's all natural and safe if ingested)

Redmond believes that 'profit is the means, but that the end goal is human development and life enhancement.' They are committed to bringing only the healthiest and highest quality products to market (and it shows!)

They are passionate about what they do and say "good enough never is" <-I love that saying!

As taken from their flier, "A strong devotion to these values allows us to fulfill our desire and obligation to serve, to create an enduring legacy, and to be a powerful influence for good in the world around us."

A company that makes stand up products in a stand up way!

For more information about all their products and their company check out their website here!

Pretzel Bites

Close your eyes and imagine with me (oh wait...then you wouldn't be able to read this post...hmm) Ok-just pretend your eyes are close and imagine with me!

You're walking through the mall and what do you start smelling? It's warm... freshly baked... sweet (or maybe a tad salty)... Cinnamon-y perhaps... 


Soft, sweet, dense, chewy, amazingly addictive pretzels! They are calling you like a long lost friend and you need some, STAT! Maybe salted, maybe coated in cinna-sugar, maybe BOTH! You don't care, you just want them and YOU WANT THEM NOW!


 Don't do it-don't go there! You can't, you shouldn't... you really shouldn't... 

Why? Why you ask? Well-Pretzels are mostly empty calories... especially those 'mall food court' kinds. Most of them are so heavily coated in salt they make up over 25% of your daily sodium needs. If you get them with sugar the calories are through the roof-and don't get me started on the fake cheese you can get to dip them in! To top it off-you can almost bet your bottom dollar that they're made completely out of white flour which will send your blood sugar levels sky-rocketing, and then crashing! 

It's such a shame... pretzels could be such a wholesome snack... 

And they will be! (When the Blissful Baker gets done with them that is!)

Let's just do a little bit of substituting shall we?
...a little more whole wheat flour, a little less sugar, a heck no to the frying in grease part, and there we have it! A snack worthy of our consumption!
I promise you, they are every bit as chewy, soft and delicious as their 'bad boy' counterpart!

-1 cup warm water (80-90*)
-1 TBSP. salt
-1 TBSP. brown sugar
-3 cups whole wheat flour
-1 small pkg. active dry yeast
-Desired Toppings (ie cinna-sugar, sea salt, etc.)
For Cooling Water Bath: 
-2 cups water
-2 TBSP. baking soda

1. Place all ingredients in bread machine as listed (up to desired toppings); If not using bread machine: mix water and yeast-let sit to proof. Then add sugar and mix, add salt. Finally, mix in flour-knead for 6-8 minutes-let rise until doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).
2. After first rise...
Roll your dough into a long snake and cut into bite-sized pieces.

Then we begin the boiling process...
bring 2 inches of water to a boil in pot

boil pretzels for one minute, flip and boil one more minute (if you rolled them into balls, just stir the pot after one minute)

drop the bites into cold water mixed with soda, remove and pat to dry

For cinna-sugar bites:
throw boiled pretzels into a large bag with cinna-sugar (or whatever toppings, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, seasoning blend, etc.) and toss to coat. If using sea salt crystals-just sprinkle those on after placing on your baking sheet

BAKE: After boiled and dipped in cooling bath, and topped (if desired), place bites on a cookie sheet and place in preheated oven set on 425*. 

Bake until golden brown, between 15-20 minutes. 
Place on a cooling rack-they will be EXTREMELY hot-don't try to eat them! I know it is very very tempting.... don't say I didn't warn you!

So gooey and delicious! And way healthier than any Pretzel-Maker variety!

I love topping them with just a pinch (or three) of sea salt...

Look at how soft and chewy they are! Perfect for a party, late night snack, heck-breakfast!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Coconut Oil Giveaway Results!!!

So I realize this is a little overdue :S Please, please, please forgive me! :S

You forgave me and are still here? Phew :)

Now down to the real business-the winner of the T.T. Coconut Oil! (review can be seen here) The winner was lucky comment #57~ AB Smith! Woot woot!

Congrats AB-please email me @ to claim your prize!

Thanks everyone for playing... keep coming back to Bliss to check out more giveaways, reviews, recipes and fun! :)

The Versatile Blogger Award

Today I received my first blogger award! :) I'm stoked! Like extremely touched, excited, pumped, amazing and grateful! 

So onto the steps to take before I can officially receive this award...

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you:
  Thanks Pint Sized Baker!

2. Include a link to their site

3. Include the award image in your post

4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
1. There are two things I love more than anything else (well at least food!) 1.) Peanut Butter & 2.) Potatoes

2. I am a perfectionist!
3. I am a certified lifeguard and swim instructor
4. I'm a country music fanatic!
5. I can't spell worth a crap!
6. My memory... what memory?!
7. I often bake something with no recipe thinking it's going to be the best new recipe EVER and then it sucks, I get mad (since ya know... well refer back to #2) and throw it all in the trash... or eat it all because I feel guilty wasting food!

5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
  NOTE * When nominating, include a link to their site and let the other bloggers know they've been nominated. -my link takes you to my favorite recipe from that blogger!
3. I Was Born to Cook ( <- love the title!)

6. Include a link to their site (did it!)
7. Let them know they're nominated! (Told 'em!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Clif Bars - Luna Fiber

So it's pretty obvious here at Bliss that I'm a carb loving gal... let's just take a gander at some of my recent post shall we?
-Blueberry Muffin Bread
-Chewy Oat Bars
-Seed Bread
-English Muffin Bread
... you get the point! Now, I could try and use the excuse that I run a lot and therefore need to eat a crazy amount of carbs to fuel... but let's face the truth-I just LOVE 'em!

Seeing as how much I love me some carbs, it's a pretty safe bet to guess that I love all types of granola/snack bars as well! There are so many great companies out there committed to producing wholesome, healthy and delicious snack bars-but be aware! There are a lot of sketching companies too, trying to convince you that their 'snack bar' is a healthy little treat but is sometimes no better than a candy bar :(

Have no fear! The Blissful Baker is here to help you wade through the huge ocean of snack bars and determine which ones hold up to their health food claims!

One of the most popular snack companies is the Clif Bar Company. People people people! Here is a company you can love and trust! Not only do they create a bunch of different healthy snack bars, but they also encourage an all around healthy lifestyle-by supporting many different sporting activities-from marathons to snowboarding. They also believe in connecting with the world their products are grown in by: sourcing organic ingredients and supporting organic agriculture, engaging the people who grow, make, package, transport and eat their food and encouraging hands-on volunteer service. It makes me so happy when I love a product AND their company! I feel so much better buying their products when I know that the company does something good with the profits for our entire world!

Clif Bar was kind enough to let me sample and review for you wonderful readers their newest bar creation- Luna Fiber Bars. They come in three flavors: Chocolate Raspberry (so dessert-like you'd swear you're eating a candy bar!), Vanilla Blueberry (tastes like something my grandma would make for Sunday church brunch!) and Peanut Butter Strawberry (a great remake on the classic combo that I am admittedly obsessed with!)

The Clif Bar Company sells many different kinds of bars! They make bars for a variety of needs, tastes, textures and people! I'm sure you'll find one that suits your nutritional and taste-bud desires! (And no-I was not paid in any way to say that or anything else on this post...that last bit sounded a tad 'infomercial-ly' :P ) One of my favorites (before trying the new Luna Fiber) was the Original Clif Bar-Crunchy Peanut Butter... anyone surprised my favorite was a peanut butter variety? Yeah-didn't think so...

An amazing snack alongside my Maple-Nana Shake (recipe to come!)

Luna Bars are created by and for women! How cool is that! ...and let's just say this woman LOVED THEM! 

They are like one HUGE fig newton :) Ahhhh yummy!

FYI-Luna Bars also come in MinisLuna Protein, and of course the currently in review Luna Fiber

Quick! Let's get down to the big 3 so I can run out and get some more of these little beauties! (or I could just they on their website here)

Taste: YUM! I love them! So soft, so moist, so so so... delicious! They really do taste like a fig newton-but moister, chewier, and more of a 'homemade' taste. The first one I tried- "Vanilla Blueberry" also reminded of blueberry pie in a way... :) So obviously I'm giving this a 5/5!

Texture: Opps-I kinda spilled the beans on this one in the 'Taste' section-soft and chewy! For being loaded up with fiber, they didn't taste it at all! Another perfect 5/5 here as well

Nutrition: So I said above these were made 'for women' ..but what does that really mean? Well-these bars are made with women's vitamin and mineral needs in mind, that means these wonderful bars are packed with what they call: Core 4 (calcium, vitamin D, folic acid and iron-four very important aspects of a female body). They are also 70% organic! Each bar has about 120 calories, 7 grams of fiber, very little (less than 3g) fat, and low in sodium, cholesterol and added sugars! They also have at least 10% of 12 vitamins and minerals! :O Crazy huh?! With stats like those I'd be imagining a bland tasting bar that has the texture of cardboard-but I could not be farther from it when I'm biting into a Luna Fiber bar! Once again-5/5

So what isn't perfect about these bars?! Only one thing-they don't magically multiply themselves so I'm all out! :( 

In all honesty you can buy each bar for about $1.25 which is a pretty good deal in comparison to a lot of other snack bars out there-but could do some damage on my poor college girl wallet if I had them twice a day everyday (which yes...sometimes I do!) :S 

Are you drooling over that gooey sweet blueberry filling too?! Oh good...I thought that was just me!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Blueberry Muffin Bread

What's better than blueberry muffins? Obviously not too much since they are pretty much the most popular type of muffin ever! It's true...I googled it! Wiki Answers confirmed my previous statement! And really-what's not to trust about a website that allows anyone and their dog to answer complete strangers questions!? Yeah, that's what I thought :)

But nonetheless-Bluberry muffins are an American tradition! But sometimes I just don't want to get out the muffin tins and liners...because in my kitchen they are in a whole nother cabinet that is too high for me to reach without going and getting a step-stool...and the step-stool is ALL the way in the garage... (see where this is headed?)

Lucky for you-this laziness is what created the amazing recipe for a loaf of bread I like to call -Blueberry Muffin Bread! ...but if you'd rather-you can just call it, "That Amazing Bread that Kristen from the Blissful Baker Made and Now I Love Her More than Life Itself Bread" -ya know-whatever you feel like calling it...

No matter what you call it though-everyone you share it with will call it delicious! And call you amazing for making it! So let's get down to business!

-6 ounces Greek yogurt (can be plain, vanilla, or blueberry)
-1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1 egg
-1/4~1/3 cup milk (may vary depending on weather & flour used...)
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
-1 tsp. baking powder
-1/3 cup sugar (or any sugar substitute will work just fine)
-1 1/2 cups flour (can you any-even 100% whole wheat will turn out ok!)
-1 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350*, Cream all ingredients from yogurt down to sugar
2. Gently fold in flour only until everything is incorporated
3. Even more gently-fold in your blueberries*
4. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and then coat with flour
5. Pour bread batter (will be VERY thick) into pan
6. Bake for about 45 minutes (will vary) 
-Loaf will be golden brown all over and you can always use the toothpick test! :)

Want to eat some with your eyes?!
Soooooo delicious with a smear of cream cheese! :) Ahhhh-so this is what heaven tastes like!

*For blueberries that don't bleed in your bread-freeze blueberries at least a few hours before baking bread, remove from freezer before adding to bread and toss with a little flour. This way they won't sink to the bottom or bleed blue everywhere!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Somersault Snacks

I've almost positive all of us have tried sunflower seeds sometime in our life. It's pretty American to chew some sunflower seeds while watching a baseball game in the middle of June... 

But-if we are going to tell the truth I HATE chewing sunflower seeds. I'm just not good at it! It probably sounds odd-"how can she be bad at eating sunflower seeds?" Well-I can't seem to figure out how to break apart the seeds and spit out the shells without spitting out the seed too! So I pretty much just suck off all the flavor and spit the whole thing out- lame huh? 

This is a shame though! Because sunflower seeds are FULL of nutrition. Like what you say? Why I'm glad you asked! Sunflower seeds are power packed with antioxidants, protein, vitamin E, minerals and healthy fats. In fact, one serving of these seeds have more antioxidants than blueberries, twice as much protein than almonds, six times more vitamin E than peanuts and more fiber than an apple. 
For more in depth information check out Somersault Snack Co.'s webpage about it here

So if you haven't caught on already, this post is all about Somersault Snacks! They are a unique little snack that is the first of its kind. Their quest for a perfect little snack led them to the sunflower seed and some sesame seeds. The Somersault Snack is a crunchy little nugget (in a variety of flavors) that is made out of sunflower and sesame seeds, whole wheat flour, sunflower oil and a bunch of other amazing ingredients that not only taste great-but are great for your body! If you want to check them out-check this out.

Speaking of their variety of flavors-they currently make 5! Both sweet and salty! 
-pacific sea salt
-dutch cocoa
-cinnamon crunch
-sante fe salsa
-salty pepper
...Sound delicious huh? You're telling me! When I first received my sample package I couldn't decide which flavor to try first! 

So I just decided to try them all! Hey! Don't judge-a girl's gotta do what a girl's blogger's gotta do! The pain I go through for my lovely readers :) 

It's time for my big 3! 

Taste: Alright, the first time I tried these-I tried Dutch Cocoa, and if I'm going to be honest (which I always am in my product reviews) ...I wasn't crazy about them. They were good, but I wasn't head over heels.. they just didn't seem to have enough flavor for me. But I finished off the bowl I filled, and a few minutes later I was craving some more... so I filled up another bowl... and then another... and another! And before long-all I saw was the bottom of the bag! :O I'm not really sure what happened-they just got so addicting! The subtle flavor started showing through more and more. So at first I probably would have given a 2/5 but that jumped straight up to a final: 4/5

Texture: Awesome! They were crunchy and crispy! I loved how they reminded me of a crispy cookie mixed with a  cracker and little bit of a chip-like consistency! Another: 4/5

Nutrition: You all saw how many good things these have going for them! They are made out of great-for-you ingredients. Just check this out-it's for 1 ounce serving (about 14 nuggets)

Really yummy mixed into my Peanut Buster Shake! Try it-I dare you! 

 Overall: 4/5. These are a great little snack. Yummy and healthy! The one and ONLY thing I would change if I had too would be to have a stronger flavor, but that is so so so soooo minor!

The Dutch Cocoa-my favorite! Even though I'm not a huge chocolate fan! :O

So go check out these little gold nuggets! I assure you-you won't be sorry!

Friday, August 3, 2012

PB2 Review (Happiness in a jar!)

What does that picture make you think of? 

Anything? Anything? What's that? You're thinking I'm crazy at we are just staring at 2 innocent, plain jane, regular plastic containers?
(Gasp!) How dare you think that about my new favorite product EVER! I don't know if we can be friends anymore... *tears* 
Ok, I'll forgive you-this one time!
These normal, everyday looking jars are filled with GOLD! 
Alright alright, they're filled with PB2-but in my book that is right up there better than gold!

The people at the Bell Plantation Company were generous enough to send me a sample of their products to review and report back to my wonderful readers on! They sent me a sample of:
PBthins (a peanut buttery cracker!)

People-I am in LOVE!!! This stuff is rocking my world one snack at a time! Almost every night for the past week I've enjoyed my Peanut Buster Shake which is made with PB2. Not to mention making bowls and bowls full of both original and chocolate PB2 to dip apples, graham crackers, my fingers, etc. in!
So let's get straight to the BIG 3 shall we?!
First off-the actual powdered peanut butter...
Taste: Yum, yum, yum! ok-moving on :P 
Just kidding-this stuff tastes better than I ever imagined it could! It has a much more 'peanut buttery' flavor than regular peanut flour does (possibly because PB2 has a little added sugar and salt?). It also makes it easier to use since I don't have to add my own salt and sugar (it's a lot of work to get out the sugar bowl and salt shaker people!) While it isn't an exact match to peanut butter it is close enough for me! So 5/5!
Texture: Good-but if you really want that ultimately sticky feeling you get from sticking your tongue inside the peanut butter jar-you're going to have to stick with regular peanut butter... PB2 has done a great job though with advising on how much water to add to get the closest texture possible! I think it is perfectly fine and don't mind the slight difference. So texture gets a 4/5
Nutrition: ummm... #winning! This stuff is a powerhouse of nutrition! I'm not exaggerating here people, check this out:

Awesome right?!
And-(as taken from their website),
 Keep in mind, that PB2 is all natural peanut butter without the fat or the added hydrogenated oil.
Here is the full nutrition stats for the regular PB2 (chocolate is pretty much identical!)

So, if you want to consume 200 calories you could have:
-2 TBSP peanut butter and this would give you 16g of fat (mostly good fats, don't get me wrong!) and 8g of protein
-1/2 cup of PB2! Which would result in 6g of fat and 20 grams of protein! :O Wowza! Talk about awesomeness! 

Anyone want to take a guess on what I'm going to rate PB2 for nutrition? yup! a full 5/5!

Overall: 5/5! I love love love this stuff! I just can't get enough which is why my PB2 jar looks like this...

:( Sad day! 

Thank you so much Bell Plantation for giving me this opportunity to review such a great product! It has completely rocked my world!!! 

So tell me: Have any of you tried PB2 before? What's your favorite way to enjoy it? I'm always looking for new ideas! :)