Trader Joe’s Mochi Rice Nuggets

asian, japanese, Snack

As soon as I saw this on the shelf at TJ’s, I had no other choice but to get it! Why? Because I love me some mochi!

Wasn’t sure how it would taste but had positive hopes…

Unfortunately, some things in life doesn’t work out or taste as one would hope 😔 This was one of those moments…

There is a slight ‘chewiness’ to it but there’s more crunch than chewy. And the nuggets are a pretty hefty size–I was expecting something slightly bigger than a pea; this is more like a popcorn kernel size. 

Don’t expect much flavor. This is more for those who enjoy mochi in a different texture (very crunchy). 


Betty Lou’s PB & J Bar – Peanut Butter & Blueberry


Got this little goodie at Sprouts Market. It was an impulse buy–was in the checkout and saw that it was on sale for 89 cents… Why not? It looked like it would be good and can’t help that I was suckered into it by the non-GMO and gluten-free marking at the very top there, haha! 

I’m no allergic to gluten (that I know of) but I always get pulled into the non-GMO stuff.

It really does taste like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich! For those that are allergic to gluten and love PB&J sandwiches, this is the thing for you!! I also love how it’s a small/single portion–I’m working on controlling my portions O_o With this, I can eat the whole thing and not feel bad afterward, haha!

This reminded me of Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar. Very similar and also non-GMO–they have gluten and non-gluten versions. That’s yummy, too–review coming soon 🙂 Betty Lou’s PB&J Bar seem a little more dense than Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar–just an observation, doesn’t affect my opinion on it. 

CONCLUSION: Thumbs up! Grab some and have it as a snack for on-the-go! 

thinkThin(r) High Protein Bar – Brownie Crunch

Gluten-free, Snack

I know, not as fancy as a restaurant or takeout from a restaurant ;P But, nonetheless, I wanted to share this w/ the you Internet people out there! 🙂

Just to give a little back story… 

Though I’m technically a certified personal trainer, I prefer to use the term “fitness enthusiast.” 😀 I go to the gym most days of the week, averaging about 4-5 days minimum. It’s one of my priorities each and every day–some days it doesn’t work out because that’s just life; so, I don’t beat myself about it if I don’t make it since I make it more times than not. 

I’m not hardcore like some who are strict on their eating habits and supplements. There are certain goals I have but I give myself flexibility–I’m a foodie!! 😀 Depending on what kind of exercise/routine I’m doing on a particular day, it’ll call for different supplements afterward. On my harder days (with weight training), I opt for BCAAs immediately after working out; and within a time frame between 30-45 minutes, I’ll either have a light protein focused snack or a protein bar. 

Today was a protein bar day–I felt like making it easy today. 

BTW, I am not one that tends to grab for the protein powder (even though I have a tub of it sitting in my kitchen as I type this)–that takes more work than I generally like to handle since I prefer powders mixed into a smoothie. One of the grossest and nastiest things for a human to ingest is protein powder shaken with just water or milk… YUCK!!!!!! 

I digress…

Back to thinkThin(R)’s bar… This particular flavor, Brownie Crunch, isn’t too bad considering I’m not much of a chocolate person (unlike my childhood self). Most bars should be eaten with plenty of water–that reminds me, I need to go drink some water NOW! It’s not heavy like a Quest Bar (thank goodness!) but just slightly heavy/dense for my liking. 

I probably wouldn’t eat this bar unless I had a craving for chocolate or a brownie–which is rare. But for those that love chocolate in their lives, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this! One gets to satisfy chocolate/brownie craving while gaining good-for-you nutrients 😀 What more can you really ask for?? Good tasting and good for you! Well, much better than a Snickers bar–though yummy, doesn’t provide nutrients.

Another bonus… Nowhere on the ingredients list do you see “sugar” or “high fructose corn syrup.” YAY!! Also, for those interested, it’s gluten-free, non-GMO, and considered kosher. 

CONCLUSION: If you’re a fitness enthusiast, (like myself) are needing to add more protein into your life, and LOVE chocolate; DEFINITELY pick up a box/case of this! You’ll most likely won’t be disappointed!