Pretzel Lovers Should Try These Pretzel Breads

Bavarian style pretzel sticks and rolls.These Bavarian style Soft Pretzel Rolls and Soft Pretzel Sticks from Superpretzel® are really good.

You can cook them in the microwave or the oven. I baked mine in a toaster oven. I have not tried them in the microwave.

The ones I made came out really soft and a bit chewy the first time. My husband said the second ones were a bit too hard (he has had teeth pulled and can’t eat hard stuff yet).

I thought both batches were pretty near perfect. We actually ate every one I made in one sitting, which we probably should not have done, since I made quite a few.

The bag comes with some salt in it to put on the top of the pretzels. I liked that.

These pretzel sticks and rolls have 100 calories per serving.  Only 10 of those are from fat. That isn’t too bad. Definitely better to have these with your soup than a bunch of potato chips.

You can find these in the frozen food sections of many grocery stores. Just use their pretzel finder if you are looking for the closest store to buy them from.

Superpretzel® can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Minute Maid® Juice Bars Review

Disclosure: I received free juice bars to review.

Minute Maid Juice Bars
J&J Snack Foods sent me a couple of Minute Maid® Juice Bars Variety Boxes to review.

I love anything cold in the summer and wanted to check these out so I could see if it was something I need to stock up on before it gets hot.

These juice bars are 90% juice.  Two of the flavors (Orange, and Grape) contain some high fructose corn syrup too as well as some artificial flavorings.

They are mostly juice though and have only 40 calories per bar! That is mostly a good thing. I say mostly because once I know something good has a pretty low calorie count I tend to eat more of them.

So I ended up eating two or three of these at a time. Can’t blame Minute Maid for that though(I would if I could). It isn’t their fault I can’t control my snacking.

At least these are mostly made of real fruit juice so I don’t have to feel so guilty about it. They taste good too. I like the cherry flavor best and my husband liked the grape best. The orange flavor is ok too.

I also like the package the juice comes in. It is little and the ends are flat on opposite sides. They are easy to open and easy to hold.Minute Maid Frozen Juice bars It helps that the juice bars are small since I don’t have a separate freezer. These frozen juice bars don’t take up much room at all. I will be looking to buy a few boxes of these later on in the summer when it is hot.

You can find more information on the Minute Maid website and you can follow @JJSnackFoods on Twitter.


Easy Bite Size Snacks

Disclosure: I received a free product to review.

J&J Snack Foods have come out with some new SuperPretzel® SoftStix® that are really good.

Picture of boxes of Softstix snacks.

These are basically just little bitty soft pretzels with a cheese filling.  The filling comes in three flavors, Cheddar Cheese (which I really liked!), Nacho, and Buffalo (which I didn’t like). My husband liked the Nacho best.

The Buffalo was just a bit too strong for me.

One good thing about these is that you can heat them in the oven or in the microwave. They tend to come out crispier in the oven but if you have someone who can’t eat crispy stuff then you will want to use the microwave.

I used the oven and my hubby said some of them were too hard for him to chew (it is possible that I left them in there too long – please don’t tell him that). I did better with the second batch.

Second batch of Softstix I baked.

In the oven they only take 6 to 7 minutes and in the microwave they are ready in less than a minute. So if you have a horde of game watchers descend on you without warning…these are a great way to feed them quickly.

One serving of SoftStix® (two of them) has 130 calories. I’m not sure if you will be able to stop at one serving though. A box contains 6 servings and I could easily sit there and eat them all myself.

With April being National Soft Pretzel Month this would be a great time to try them!

The SoftStix® product page has a link to a printable coupon to take to the store with you.

You can connect with SuperPretzel® on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too.

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KIND Healthy Snacks Review

Kind LogoKIND makes healthy snacks. They also make tasty snacks.

I know this is true because they sent me some of their snack bars to try out. I got to try the Blueberry Pecan + Fiber, Fruit & Nuts, and the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt bars.

Kind Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt snack bar.The ones in the picture are the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt bars. Don’t they look good? As the name says they have nuts and sea salt in them and dark chocolate drizzled across the top. They do taste good!

And they are good for you. They contain peanuts and walnuts and almonds all of which are good for you(in moderation). Nuts contain omega 3 fatty acids and can help lower cholesterol if they are included in a healthy diet.

All their snack bars are made from whole fruits, nuts, and grains. There are no unpronounceable ingredients in them. I like that!

KIND also supports charities. Each month they donate $10,000 dollars to a project.

They recently teamed up with Waves for Water to rebuild the home of a New Jersey volunteer firefighter after it was destroyed in hurricane Sandy.

For more information about Waves for Water and the damage from hurricane Sandy check out this video :

You can also read about the work they are doing on the KIND blog.  Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Simply Snackin Gourmet Dried Meat Snacks Review

Logo for Simply Snackin.I received some dried meat snacks from Simply Snackin® to try out.

I have loved jerky and meat sticks since I was 12. They had some at church camp and there wasn’t much else to buy for snacking on and I was always wanting something to eat at that age.

I have probably tried every brand and flavor that ever came out and I’m really happy that I was able to try these.

They sent me one of each flavor to try. My favorite was the Teriyaki Beef Sirloin with Pineapples. I love that! It has a wonderful flavor to it and it filled me up too. I like that it lasts a while. That is one of the reasons I love dried meats…you can chew on them for a bit and the flavor sticks with you. This one was the best I have ever had!

Picture of Simply Snackin products.

The chicken ones were good too but I really like the beef better. The only flavor I didn’t much care fro was the Chicken Breast with Black Bean Salsa. I guess the flavor of Black Bean Salsa is just not my thing.

Every one of these has fruit in them. You can actually see the bits of fruit in the meat and taste it too.

These snacks are made with fresh cuts of lean natural beef sirloin or lean chicken breast meat and combined with real fruits and spices. They do not contain any added MSG or anything artificial.  If you actually read the ingredients list on a packet you will recognize everything on there. They have gluten free ones too!

I like these a lot and wouldn’t mind having a whole box of the beef ones around to snack on.

Visit them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and you can place an order on

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Great Low Calorie Snacks From Oloves

Me and my husband both love olives. We like them just about any way you can eat them. Plain or flavored, by themselves or on salads or in casseroles and dips.

There are a few exceptions of course. My hubby does not like them with any kind of pepper or hot sauce.

Whenever we see any new brands or flavors out there we want to try them. So when the folks from Oloves asked if I would like to try their new snack olives I of course said yes.

They sent me a package with three different flavors of healthy snack olives.

The flavors were Lemony Lover, Tasty Mediterranean, and Hot Chilli Mama. I liked all of them but my favorite was the Lemony Lover and least favorite was the Hot Chilli Mama.

Lemony Lover flavored olive snack from  Oloves.

My husband did not like the Hot Chilli Mama flavor, which was not actually hot. Or didn’t seem so to me anyway.

These come in snack sized packages that are easy to open and contain only 50 calories!

You can snack on these without feeling guilty because not only are they low calorie but olives are actually good for you! Besides being the source of olive oil they contain iron, copper, and fiber. Read this article about the benefits of olives for more information on how they can affect your health.

One of the things I like about these snack packages is that they are easy to carry with you. I could get several of them into my purse at one time. So if I’m going shopping and get hungry I could just eat a package instead of stopping for a really fattening treat.

If you can’t find them in your local store they are available on

Check out Oloves on Facebook and Follow @OLOVES_ on Twitter for updates.

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Simply7 Snack Chips Review

Simply7 logoI received some snack chips from Simply7 to review. When I say “some” snack chips I mean “a lot” of snack chips. They actually sent me one bag of each flavor.

Bags of various flavored Simply7 Snack Chips.My husband saw the box as soon as he got home and he couldn’t wait till after supper to try some. He grabbed the bag of Creamy Dill flavored Lentil chips and ended up eating the whole bag.

I told him he better let me taste the rest of them or he would be writing the review. So he did give me a few of every other bag he opened.

So far about half of the bags are more than half empty. He ate most of them but I have had my share too. They are really good. Some of the flavors taste a bit bland to me but still edible.

My favorites so far have been the Roasted Red Pepper flavored Hummus Chips. I was afraid to try them at first as I thought they would be hot but they were really good.

The Lentil chips with Sea Salt and the Pomegranate chips with Sea Salt were also really good. The other chips were all ok but not flavors we would choose if ordering ourselves.

One of the really great things about these is that they do not have Trans fat or Cholesterol. They also do not have artificial colors or flavorings or preservatives.

They are also Gluten free!!

There is a store locator on their website if you are looking to buy products.  For more information you can find them  on Facebook and Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Mario Snack Olives Review

Mario Snack Olives Review

Mario Snack OlivesMario Snack Olives are pretty good. I recieved three flavors and I liked two of them.

Just to make it clear…I like olives. The green ones and the black ones. I put them on salads and I do eat them by themselves sometimes too. I had not ever considered them as a regular snack untill I came across these Mario Snack Olive packs though.

The Thyme seasoned Kalamata olives I did NOT like. They were edible…I just really don’t care for the flavor at all and If I have a choice I will never eat another one.

The chili flavored ones I liked ok. I would eat those at least every once in a while as a change from regular olives.

The last flavor I recieved was Garlic! I love garlic. Garlic is great…it is good for you and it tastes good! I loved the garlic flavored olives.

These are really good! And one pouch is only 100 calories! Perfect for snacking. And it filled the urge…so I didn’t just keep on eating like  I usually do if  I grab chips.

They are also lightly coated in olive oil in the pouches so they don’t dry out. And olive oil is good for you!

You can find Mario Olives at many major grocery chains. You can check them out on Facebook and Twitter as well.

If you like olives, try these!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps Review

Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps Review

brothers all natural strawberry and banana crisps.I recieved a package that included a variety of different Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps.  Included in the package were Fuji Apple, Asian Pear, Strawberry-Banana, Pineapple, Banana, and Peach. It also included some Disney products such as Donald Duck Pears and Mickey Fuji Apple.

All of them were good. I didn’t care so much for the pears but I have never liked pears much.

I loved the Strawberry-Banana ones. My husband didn’t care for the Banana…which is weird because he loves fresh Bananas. I think it must be the texture that he didn’t care for as the taste is pretty much the same so far as I could tell.

These are certainly a lot better for you than potato chips. Most of them only 35 calories per serving. Which is a lot less calories than in one serving of potato chips.  And they have NO fat! Which is really great.

I like that these come in one serving bags too. So you know exactly how much you are getting. And if you want to eat more than one serving you have to actually make an effort to open another bag!

Lots of snacks these days are sneaky…they put several servings in a bag and if you are not careful you will eat way more than you think you are.

These fruit crisps seem to be very healty snacks. They are certainly better than a lot of fatting snacks you can find these days. And if you can’t have fresh fruit all the time then these will help make up for that too.

The packages only contain dried fruit. Freeze dried fruit. The packages say on the front 100% fruit! There is no sugar or preservatives and they are also gluten free, dairy free, and kosher.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Kim & Scotts Gourmet Pretzels Review

Kim & Scotts Gourmet Pretzels Review

We received a coupon for a free box of Kim & Scotts Gourmet Pretzels.  It took me a while to actually find them at the store. They are in the frozen food section but they sell out pretty quick.  So if you are going to get some I recommend you buy several boxes when they are in. I wish I had gotten more than one box.

My husband loved these. He would have eaten another box of them. There were two pretzels in a box and they are fair sized pretzels but he was still wanting more and a bit upset that we didn’t have any more. I was lucky he actually let me taste them.

I liked them too but not as much as he did. The ones we tried were the Grilled Cheese Soft Stuffed Pretzels. They have several different stuffed pretzel varieties  including cream cheese, pizza, and chocolate crumb.

The pretzels are ready to heat and from frozen only take about 60 seconds to heat in the microwave. My husband liked that too…he was hungry when he got off work and didn’t want to wait for anything to cook. That makes these a great choice for when you are in a hurry.

They are made with all natural premium ingredients including whole grains. They have no trans fats and no preservatives. And there are some gluten free ones too!

The pretzels are available in many different stores but they do tend to sell out quickly. There is a store locator on their website  with a list of stores where they are sold.

You can follow them on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook too.

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