The Nutritionist Reviews

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sweet Treats Review

Alter Eco Chocolate

1. Alter Eco Chocolate- Typically, I am not a huge fan of chocolate but since Adalyn was born, it has become a treat that I love to enjoy. Alter Eco surprised me with a package that included these black truffles and dark salted burnt caramel chocolate. Right when I opened the package that had the dark salted burnt caramel chocolate, I had to try it. It is delicious and that salty sweet combo is awesome. The pieces of caramel are crunchy and similar to toffee. It makes the perfect after dinner treat.

The organic black truffles are awesome as well. I became a fan of truffles about a year ago and now really enjoy them. These are filled with dark chocolate which is what I prefer. Both of these are organic and I would recommend them if you are in search of delicious chocolate.

Honey Stinger
2. Honey Stinger- I had seen Honey Stinger products on other blogs but had not tried them until now. They sent me energy chews, waffles and honey. All of the products are USDA organic. First, I tried the pink lemonade energy chews which I shared with my sister. I loved the texture of these which are large and chewy. They are just like fruit snacks. I also liked the pomegranate passion flavor.

The waffles were tasty too. My favorite was the gingersnap flavor which is chewy in the middle and crunchy on the outside. I enjoyed these just as a snack but athletes also use them for quick energy since they are made of sugar and provide the energy you need during a long run or workout.

YummySnack Bar
3. YummySnack Bar- I was sent three flavors of YummySnack bars including brownie bar, peanut butter bar and coconut bar. These are rich in fiber and omega 3 and not too high in sugar. The company advertises that these taste like a candy bar making them kid-friendly but contain some healthy ingredients such as flaxseed, coconut and peanut butter. They are gluten-free and a good source of protein. They are tasty but do contain more ingredients than I would like. They would be okay for a treat though.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wendy's Fresh-Made Salads

Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
Wendy's salads have a special place in my mind. I have two instances that I remember eating Wendy's salads that are great memories. When I was a child, my family would go to Wendy's for a meal sometimes and I liked ordering a side Caesar salad with a baked potato. I remember eating it outside on Wendy's patio once and it was a great family memory.

The other time was right after Adalyn was born. I remember life was totally crazy and my mom and sister brought over a Wendy's salad for me. We ate lunch at my dining room table and having that lunch together was special and a nice little time in between all the craziness.

I don't often recommend fast food to people but I think that there are some healthy fast food meals out there. Wendy's has some salads that have some tasty ingredients and make pretty good meals on the go.
Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Here are some of the salads that Wendy's has to offer:
  • BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad- Contains fire roasted corn, diced tomatoes, spring mix, Applewood smoked bacon and grilled chicken with BBQ sauce and BBQ ranch dressing. My mom is a big fan of this salad and has had it a few times!
  • Apple Pecan Chicken Salad- Red and green apples, roasted pecans, cranberries, blue cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette. My sister is a fan of this salad!
  • Asian Cashew Chicken Salad- Fire-roasted edamame, red peppers, cucumber, spicy roasted cashews, grilled chicken and spicy Asian chili vinaigrette.

Both the apple pecan chicken salad and Asian cashew chicken salad are something that I would typically order in a restaurant for a higher cost. I love that at Wendy's you can get a large filling salad for less than in other restaurants. Also, Wendy's often has coupons out where you can get an extra $2 off a salad making it quite affordable!

Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
Troy and I had a little date night where we went to see The Great Gatsby play. We stopped at Wendy's first and I chose the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. It was awesome. I loved the crunchy apples and sweet pecan. The creamy blue cheese went well with the cranberries. I am super picky with salad dressings and was worried that I would not like the pomegranate vinaigrette but I actually really liked it. Also, the chicken was nice and hot and had a good texture- sometimes fast food grilled chicken can be rubbery. 

Even though it was fast food, Troy and I enjoyed our time together. He actually used to work at Wendy's when he was a teenager and has fond memories of working there. 

What's neat is that I learned that vegetables are hand-chopped by employees each morning including cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. Ingredients are not pre-chopped. Check out Wendy's Romaine Lettuce Journey video.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.