The day I received the happy lime green Blossom VoxBox from Influenster was a happy day indeed! It was full of all kinds of goodies to try, all of which were products and food that I would seek out and purchase on my own. I couldn’t wait to dig into this stuff!
I’m always down for trying a pasta substitute and I’m already familiar with Nasoya’s other products like these egg roll wraps. We both loved how the wraps turned out so I was intrigued by these shirataki spaghetti noodles. The package says they are fat, egg, gluten, and dairy free and only contain 15 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Each 8oz bag of pasta is 2 servings, so you could eat the whole bag and only get 30 calories!
Ingredients: water, konjac flour, chickpea flour, potato starch, calcium hydroxide, reduced iron, folic acid.
The simplest way to prepare them is to drain and rinse the pre-cooked noodles and then put them into a heated dry skillet and toss them around for a few minutes before adding to your favorite sauce.
I prepared a simple lean beef spaghetti sauce with the pasta. I found the texture to be similar to Top Ramen and the taste was pleasant for a “fake pasta”. My only gripe was that the sauce had a hard time clinging to the noodles, but it’s possible that was because I added the sauce after I tossed the noodles in the skillet. Perhaps adding the sauce to the skillet and finishing it that way would have helped, the way it does with real pasta?
All in all, these noodles cooked up a very satisfying bowl of spaghetti and at $2.29 per package it’s a great way to get your pasta fix while watching your carbs and calories. Follow Nasoya on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
I’ve been wanting to try Beanitos for a while so I squealed a little bit when I saw two flavors in my VoxBox. Beanitos are whole black bean chips made without corn or wheat and are baked instead of fried. They are certified non-GMO, gluten free, and are a great source of fiber.
Here’s the Nutrition Facts for Original Black Bean with Sea Salt:
Ingredients for Original Black Bean with Sea Salt: Whole Black Beans, Whole Grain Long Brown Rice and/or Long Grain White Rice, Pure Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Guar Bean Gum, Sea Salt.
Here’s the Nutrition Facts for Chipotle BBQ:
Ingredients for Chipotle BBQ: Whole Black Beans, Whole Grain Long Brown Rice and/or Long Grain White Rice, Pure Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Chipotle Pepper Powder, Spices, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Natural Smoke Flavor, Citric Acid, Guar Bean Gum.
Now the fun part – the taste test! I was pleasantly surprised by how thick and hearty the chips are. They have a nice solid crunch and aren’t the slightest bit greasy or oily. The Original Black Bean with Sea Salt has a bold black bean flavor and a nice salty bite – they’d be good for snacking alone or, ooh, dipped into some fresh guacamole!
But let’s talk about the Chipotle BBQ flavor because omg, they are so flippin’ good! With the first bite, these things skyrocketed into my top five list of snacking chips. You can clearly taste the chipotle peppers mingling with the garlic and paprika with a little bit of smokiness thrown in there as well. They just work for me. I now need to keep these in my pantry at all times from this point forward.
Next up I tried a couple of new flavors of Bear Naked Granola. This is another brand that I’ve tried in the past and I’m a fan of their granolas, so I knew I was in for a treat!
Nutrition Facts and ingredients for Coconut Almond Curry:
Nutrition Facts and ingredients for Sea Salt Caramel Apple:
Now for the taste test! I tried the Coconut Almond Curry first, curious by the fun spices in the ingredients list like curry powder, cardamom, and red and black pepper. The balance of the spices are done well with the curry powder and cardamom not overpowering the natural flavors of the oats, almonds, cashews, and coconut shreds. The pepper is almost undetectable, acting as a flavor enhancer to the other ingredients rather than a major player itself. It’s not an overly sweet granola and I think it would be delicious stirred into some yogurt for a yummy breakfast treat.
I’ve tried Sea Salt Caramel Apple before and I love it! Why do I love it? Because it actually tastes salty. So often I find that sweet foods, like granolas or cookies or what-have-you, that come in a “sea salt” variety are so disappointingly unsalty. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to taste a handful of salt when I take a bite, but I want the saltiness to be unmistakable. This granola does just that… the dried apples hit you first with a strong, tart flavor and the sweetness of the oats and fruit are enhanced by the perfect hit of salt. This granola would be delicious stirred into some caramel or vanilla bean yogurt.
Now for the beauty products! Clairol’s Hair Food is kind of like a juice cleanse for your hair. It removes product buildup which can leave your hair dingy or dull. It’s meant to be used as either an occasional deep clean treatment or as a regular shampoo. All I know is that I want to use this stuff every day because it smells amazing. The strawberry and ginger fragrance is so strong but it’s not artificial or chemical-y. I would be tempted to taste this stuff if I didn’t know it was shampoo! I regularly use mousse, hairspray and dry shampoo on my hair so it was nice knowing that this was helping to remove some of the gummy buildup that can happen after putting all of that crap into my hair. I have very fine hair and didn’t have issues with this shampoo weighing it down.
Hair Food is available at Target for $9.99 for a 10.1 fl oz bottle.
Next I tried Australian Gold Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. This sunscreen is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and is fortified with Australian Kakadu Plum which adds some Vitamin C and antioxidants into the product.
I adored the coconutty, beachy smell of this sunscreen. It’s the smell I associate with summer, days by the pool or on the beach, frosty drinks with umbrellas, and vacations! The lotion went on smoothly and wasn’t overly sticky or oily. I’ll be tossing this into my bag for an upcoming trip and really putting it through its paces as I will be outside for much of the day. You can buy a full size tube of Australian Gold (8oz) for $7.99.
At first glance I thought that Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs was just another instant tanning product, but I was wrong! This is actually makeup for your legs that helps to hide imperfections and give your skin a summery glow. At the end of the day it washes off in the shower with soap and water, but it is water and transfer resistant so with usual daily wear it shouldn’t smudge or rub off on clothes or furniture.
The makeup went on smoothly and was easy to apply. I tested it on a section of my forearm as the Medium shade is a tad too dark for my skin, so I didn’t want to cover my entire legs with it. It comes in 5 different shades, so if you’re pale like me you can find a lighter shade.
After I let it set I rubbed my arm against my clothes and didn’t notice any smudges or residue on the fabric, and I found that it washed off easily with soap and water. This is a pretty cool new product! You can buy a full size of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs for $13.99.
Last but not least is NYC New York Color City Proof 24HR Eye Shadow. I’ve started using eye shadow pencils frequently over the last year and I’m kind of obsessed with them. They are so easy to apply and I love that you don’t have to worry about fall-off from powder shadows.
The shade I tried is called Brooklyn Mocha. It’s a pretty bronze-y chocolate color with a hint of shimmer when the light hits it just right. It goes on fast and smooth and it stays put! Even just this little swatch on my hand took some scrubbing to get it to budge (didn’t have my eye makeup remover handy) so I would be confident wearing this on sweaty summer days when eyeshadow tends to crease and get kinda gross looking. This went directly into my makeup drawer and will get frequent use! You can buy this product for $2.99.
What a fun VoxBox! If you’re like me and love trying out new products, you should definitely consider joining Influenster. You don’t have to have a blog – as long as you use any form of social media you can sign up and start reviewing! Click here to join and receive free products!!
I received these products to review as part of my membership with Influenster. I do not accept free product or compensation in return for a fully positive review. Remember my motto: if it sucks, I’ll tell ya!