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Tribe Hummus

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A thankful shout out to Caitlin who sent me these FAVORITES from Tribe Hummus for review on the blog!

I have been an avid Tribe fan since the day I first tried the Roasted Red Pepper version from the grocery store, but now it’s hard to choose a favorite being that I’ve been introduced to three of the other varieties! 

For those of you hummus newbies out there, hummus, in a nut shell is a dip/spread created by combining pureed chickpeas, lemon, sesame tahini, oil, and spices like roasted garlic, red peppers, scallions, and dill.  Hummus is a very versatile food and tastes delish on just about ANYTHING.  Typically used for dipping veggies, but I also love it on baked potatoes, spread on a sandwich, stirred into savory oats, or mixed with my egg beaters!

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It actually contains ZERO saturated fat, hydrogenated oils, and cholesterol, but is high in protein and fiber!  It is vegan friendly, dairy free, and certified kosher as well!

Tribe is my absolute favorite.  I have yet to try a lot of the flavors, but they come in 16 different varieties including: Spicy Chipotle, Horseradish, Roasted Eggplant, Classic, Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper, Cracked Chili Pepper, 40 Spices, Scallion, Dill, Zesty Lemon, Calamata Olive, Garden Vegetable, Jalapeno, French Onion, and Sun-Dried Tomato Basil.   Caitlin sent me the Original, Roasted Red Pepper, Garlic, and 40 Spices. 

I’ve got to say, there is officially a contender for Roasted Red Pepper hummus (my thought to be favorite) now that I’ve tried the 40 Spices version

The Roasted Red Pepper has a touch of sweetness to it that I’m smitten with, but the 40 Spices has an undeniable, exotic kick that made my tastebuds do a little dance make a little love 🙂 

The nutritionals on all of the hummus are fairly similar.  Varying from 40-50 calories each, 2.5-3.5g of fat, 1-2g of protein, and 1g of fiber per 2 tbsp. serving. 

I’d love to try the Sun-Dried Tomato Basil, French Onion, and Garden Vegetable!  Check online to see what grocery stores near you are carrying Tribe Hummus so you can try it for yourself!

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Ayala’s Herbal Water

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Thank you, Nicole, from Herbal Water, Inc. for sending me a case of each of the Ayala’s Herbal Water flavors to try for my review!  Ayala’s is the first nationally available organically certified enhanced flavored water made with all organic ingredients

 

I love that their philosophy includes the fact that they believe in real foods for nutrients as oppposed to artificial ingredients.  They recognize that herbs, fruits, and vegetables are timeless sources of these nutrients.  In addition to making food and beverages taste better, herbs are also a great souce of antioxidants!  

I also love that the company refuses to use any preservatives or artificial ingredients.  Simply purified water and natural herbs.  Each of the flavors has a clean and pure taste.  It makes you feel like you’re completely detoxifying your entire body when you drink one.  Without the added sweetness, they are generously sized bottles of USDA Organic Certified uniquely blended water & herbs.  The flavors are pretty unmistakeable too! 

 

Lemon grass Mint Vanilla, Lavender Mint, Lemon Verbena Geranium, Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon, Cinnamon Orange Peel,  and Ginger Lemon Peel. 

I really loved the Lemongrass Mint Vanilla.  The lemon grass was subtly laced with the comforting taste of the REAL vanilla bean and the perfect hint of spearmint was added to the effect.  I loved the lightness of the flavor.  It was most appealing for its distinctive aroma and refreshing qualities.  The lemongrass had an almost calming effect, almost causing me to sigh inside while consuming.  

If you’re in need of a “wake up” water, I recommend the Cinnamon Orange Peel or the Ginger Lemon Peel.  The Cinnamon Orange gets its kick from the spice of the cinnamon and a bright aroma from the orange and  Ginger Lemon Peel takes on the boldness of the ginger root with the fresh light citrus aroma of the lemon peel, sure to perk you up at first sip! 

The Lemon Verbena Geranium uses the rose geranium to add a romantic touch to the flavor of this water.  The lemon verbena gives you a fresh finish with a hue of clean fruit taste.  

The Lavender Mint was another great combo, which featured thyme in the mix as well.   It had a delicate sweetness to it that was completely natural and powerful

The only flavor that I didn’t care for was the Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon.  It wasn’t that it tasted BAD, it just tasted a bit more concentrated than the other flavors.  Very bold.  It did, however have a warming, rich aroma due to the cardamom, and the flavors were distinct.  I think I just wasn’t ready for the punch when I drank it because the others were so light and airy. 

You can find these Herbal Waters readily available to be shipped to you onlineFollow Herbal Water on Facebook or Twitter, and get $5 off your order!! Not to mention, shipping is free! If you want to find Herbal Water near you, the site also has a convenient locator that you can check out for yourself!