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Raw Melissa: Chocolate Covered Macaroons

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Look at those ingredients! These were SO yummy :) Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Spirulina Super Chips

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Crunchy? Check.  Sweet? Check. Super duper healthy? Check! Spirulina Super Chips I was at my local health food store looking for something yummy to eat when I found these Spirulina Super Chips. They looked extremely healthy, and was just hoping that they tasted a lot better than they looked! ;) Luck was on my side and I found these Spirulina Super Chips to be extremely delicious! In fact, they taste a lot like dehydrated banana chips – only better! Ingredients:  Sprouted Organic Sesame Seeds Organic Bananas Organic Coconut (Unsulphured) Organic Dates Organic Spirulina What Makes This Snack “SUPER”? These Spirulina Chips are made with 100% organic ingredients, which means no GMOs! The sesame seeds are sprouted! This means they are packed with even more nutrients for your body by releasing enzymes which make them easier to digest. Sprouted seeds are among...

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Shredded Wheat by Barbara’s

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Twinkie's Favorites | 2 comments

What’s for breakfast? I don’t have cold cereal for breakfast too often, but when I do, I prefer to have a healthy – and tasty! – option. Why Barbara’s Shredded Wheat Cereal? I think we’ve all had shredded wheat cereal at one point or another. Most brands will tout their “Whole Grain” status, yet they fail to mention how many additional ingredients (like sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives like BHT) they have added to convince you to buy and eat their product. Barbara’s doesn’t need to add anything extra to their cereal to convince you to buy their product. The product sells itself from the quality ingredients used and the way they make their shredded wheat. They steam whole wheat berries, shredding them and lightly baking them for a naturally sweet and hearty high-fiber breakfast. No added...

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Coconut Water by Vita Coco®

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Vita Coco’s an all-natural, super-hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free, nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked, mega-electrolyte coconut water! What is Coconut Water? Many people seem to get coconut water a little mixed up with coconut milk, but there’s a big difference between the two. Coconut water comes from inside younger coconuts filled with a clear, electrolyte-rich juice that contains zero fat and zero cholesterol. Coconut milk is what is produced from grating the coconut meat of older, brown coconuts: a white, rich liquid containing oils and fat, and often used as an ingredient in cooking and baking. Health Benefits of Coconut Water Coconut water is loaded with potassium (more than two bananas!), which is a great way to keep the body hydrated naturally and prevents cramping. Coconut water naturally contains more electrolytes than leading sports drinks – without any of the added sugars or processed...

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Raspberry Fig Bars by Barbara’s

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

If you love fig bars but don’t want to eat all of the added sugars, you should give Raspberry Fig Bars by Barbara’s a try! Health Benefits of Figs First, let’s talk about some of the  health benefits associated with figs. Figs are full of important nutrients including fiber, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. Figs have been shown to lower triglyceride levels, which helps prevent obesity and heart-related diseases. Why Barbara’s Fig Bars? The reason I originally bought Barbara’s Fig Bars is because of the ingredients list at the back of the package. There are only natural fruits and juices to sweeten the fig bars rather than high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and sugar. I checked out the ingredients list of other brands of “all natural” or “organic” fig bars in the health food store, but didn’t end up buying them...

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Panda Licorice

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 2 comments

I love black licorice, and I’m so happy that I found Panda! It’s the only brand that I am aware of (hopefully not the only one) that makes black licorice that I can eat without the guilt. Other “all natural” licorice that I have found are loaded with corn syrup or other junk. Panda’s all natural licorice is a great low calorie treat that has no white sugar or artificial ingredients added! The soft texture and delicious taste isn’t anything to complain about either. The only reason someone wouldn’t like this is if they just aren’t fond of black licorice. Panda has been producing the world’s leading premium quality, soft licorice with real licorice root extract since 1927. Panda Licorice is made from All Natural ingredients. It doesn’t contain fat, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or white sugar. It has...

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Creamy Yogurt Dressing by Bolthouse Farms

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Do you sometimes (or all of the time!) have trouble eating your veggies? If you need a little help enjoying your raw veggies so that you actually eat them rather than some greasy chips or french fries, then you have come to the right place! Bolthouse Farm’s Motto “At Bolthouse Farms, we believe that the great tasting food should also be good for you.  That’s why we were the first to launch an innovative line of dressings with less than 45 calories, crafted with premium yogurt to create a rich, creamy taste in 7 enticing flavors. With at least 75% less fat and 55% fewer calories than other brands, it is a must have for those desiring great taste and a low calorie/low fat combination.” -Bolthouse.com Creamy Yogurt Dressing: Classic Ranch I am actually not a big fan of...

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Unsulfured Apricots by Trader Joe’s

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

I love dried apricots….you know, the ones that taste like you made them all by yourself in your handy dandy dehydrator. I don’t like the squishy apricots that have plenty of sulfur added, since it ruins the texture, taste, and everything else I love about dried apricots. Problem is, dried apricots with nothing added are hard to come by. Fortunately for you and me, Trader Joe’s sells Unsulfured Apricots that are quite delicious and reasonable priced! Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Grapeseed Vegenaise® by Follow Your Heart®

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Looking for a mayonnaise replacement that has real ingredients and actually tastes good? You’re in luck! This year, I discovered Vegenaise®, and I think my search for a healthy mayo replacement has finally paid off! Grapeseed Vegenaise® Ingredient List Expeller-Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Filtered Water, Brown Rice Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Non-GMO Soy Protein, Sea Salt, Mustard Flour, Lemon Juice Concentrate. As you can see, this product is Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free. Benefits of Grapeseed Vegenaise® First of all, All Vegenaise® products are made up of real ingredients – no preservatives, like most mayo’s out there. Without preservatives, it makes sense that Vegenaise® is very low in sodium! I specifically choose the Grapeseed Vegenaise® due to the health benefits of Grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is much more beneficial than canola oils, and it’s a great source of essential fatty acids and...

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Nutrition For Dummies vs. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Total Nutrition

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Nutrition, Twinkie's Favorites | 2 comments

I have found that many people would like to learn more about Nutrition and how to eat healthier, but they just don’t know where to start. I am a huge advocate on becoming self-educated, especially when it comes to Nutrition. You need to know how to take care of yourself! To help you get started with your Nutrition education, I have reviewed the following two books: -Nutrition for Dummies (4th Edition) written by Carol Ann Rinzler -The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Total Nutrition (4th Edition) written by Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. I have provided a complete list of the table of contents, and my review for each book. In the end, you make the call on which book would be right for you. I’ll also give you my opinion about which one I would choose! Table Of Contents...

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