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Get Naked.

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Yeah, that’s right.  It’s about time we get naked…chicken nuggets incorporated into our diets.  As a kid, it was a real treat when our parents took my sisters and I to the golden arches.  We mostly looked forward to running around playland, chicken nuggets in hand, and a happy meal toy as the icing on the cake.  Thankfully for me, my parents made more “family meals” than fast food stops, but I will say, those little gems were quite fun to eat.  Nutritionally speaking, they don’t bring much to the table.  Sure, they’ve got some protein, but my idea of wholesome doesn’t include ammonia soaked, mechanically seperated chicken (http://www.businessinsider.com/chicken-nuggets-pink-goop-2010-10). 

Does that mean that kids (or adults, really) have to miss out on the fun of chowing down on chicken nuggets?  Not anymore (:  May I introduce, Naked Nuggets and Simple Sliders.

 Made with good-for-you ingredients, they contain ONLY all-natural, white meat chicken without the fillers, gluten, trans fats, and frying.

Because they aren’t breaded, you can save a ton of calories and fat by eating them vs. the typical chicken nugget.  Not only are they super healthy, but they are totally easy to make

 

You can even microwave them!  Perfect for busy parents or even college students looking for snacks to stash in their dorm freezers.  You can grill them as well.

The best part is, they are just 110 calories + 20g protein for 7 nuggets!  That’s a pretty awesome serving size if you ask me!  They pair wonderfully with some dijon mustard mixed with agave for a “honey mustard” type dressing…orrrr you could try them dipped in plain greek yogurt + ranch seasoning packet for a “ranch dressing” taste.  Another great option for dipping is reduced sugar ketchup or barbeque sauce!

If you miss the crispiness too much, you can always “bread” them yourself!  Just crush up some Fiber One cereal mixed with salt, pepper, and maybe a little garlic powder, coat the chicken in egg whites, and dunk in the cereal mixture.  Bake at 300 degrees and you’ve got yourself some crispy nuggets.

The Simple Sliders make wonderful sandwiches, and the nutrition facts are just slightly different.

Thanks so much to Rob from the company for sending some my way for the review!  Absolutely delicious!  The possibilities are truly endless, too.  They’ve got some sweet recipes on their page = http://shedthebread.com/index.php/recipes/ , so check out where you can buy them = http://shedthebread.com/index.php/recipes/ STAT! 😉

AtLarge Nutrition

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Before I started this blog, I had never tried a protein shake, nor did I know that there were so many different varieities…From casein to whey, I’ve learned a lot through reading, from supplement companies, and just by browsing the blogworld.  Now, it’s my turn to help you 😉  Or should I say, AtLarge Nutrition’s turn to help you.  I know everyone has different taste as far as which protein powders they prefer, but in my opinion, protein powder should result in nothing less than a delicious, thick, chalkless shake. 

AtLarge’s proteins are scientifically backed, which appeals to me even more.  I’m a girl who is all about the facts.  Trying something for myself is important for me as far as reviews go, because without a first-hand experience, I don’t feel comfortable advocating a products…Regardless of the fact it was Award Winning by Men’s Health Magazine for 2008, 2009, 2010😉

AtLarge Nutrition was super generous and sent me three huge tubs of Nitrean and Nitrean+ proteins to try in Dutch Chocolate, Chocolate, and Vanilla.  They also sent one of their coolest products for fat loss and optimal workout performance, Axcel.  Thank you so much to Chris and the company for the samples!  I literally use them almost every single day because I enjoy them so much!

The difference between these products and other protein powders on the market today is the fact that they’ve got the perfectly balanced formula of whey & casein together for a dynamic duo our muscles LOVE.

Just the facts, guys!

I appreciated that the website put things into lingo that the average joe can understand.  It’s easy to see why it ranks so much higher than other protein powders! 

23g of protein in just 110 calorie serving.  There is only 1g of sugar!  You wouldn’t believe how awesome they taste, too.  Personally, if I’m going to buy a protein powder, I want it to be one that you can simply mix with water and still be able to down it.  If you have to mix a whole bunch of other stuff with it for it to be edible, it isn’t worth the money.  Granted, you can still dress up this brand with fruit, almond milk, or nut butter, for a more dessert-like treat, but it’s not necessary.  They’re yummy all on their own!  Texture is another big thing for me.  These didn’t come out too icy or watery, which is important.

Axcel is a pre-workout, thermogenic supplement that helps you maintain your energy and focus while working out.  It also may inhibit the production of adipocytes (or new fat cells) !  I love my muscles, but that fat can stay away 😉 I was a little hasty about trying this because I’ve heard bad rumors about pills making similar claims, but this was different.  It didn’t give me the shakes or anything like that, it simply gave me a clear mind and I felt super focused while I was going through my workout routine. 

Right now, AtLarge Nutrition is having a HUGE sale where you can save $12 per 4.6lb jug of the Nitrean+ protein! 

Make sure to check out their website (http://www.atlargenutrition.com/)  where you can order your own!

 

Coach’s Oats

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If you’re a healthy living blogger, odds are, you’ve had your share of run-ins with oat based recipes…from OIAJ to Overnight Oats, I usually look to Kath, the oat queen, for recommendations on how to incorporate them into breakfast and such.  When I saw her love for Coach’s Oats, I knew I had to try them first-hand.  Thank you, Lizzy for sending me some, so I could be a believer! 😉 

You may be saying to yourself, “what’s another oatmeal company? I can find oats anywhere!”  This is true, but Coach’s Oats are a wee bit different than your typical oatmeal.

How so? Since I am by no means an oat guru, I looked to the Coach’s Oats site for guidance 😉

See, the microwavable factor is important to me.  I’m a girl on the move…constantly…so convenience is key.  How do they measure up to good ole’ Quaker and other competitors?

I loved that I could use Coach’s Oats for baking the way I would any other rolled oats, but yet, the texture when I microwaved them for breakfast was thick and volumnous.  The key, is that they are steel cut oats that have been cracked and toasted, thus the quicker cooking time.  

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When I cooked them up, they turned totally creamy.   I hate that steel cut don’t get fluffy and fill up my bowl after cooking, so these were just what the doctor ordered 😉

I love products that you can order online in bulk!  Since I eat oatmeal at least 3 days out of the week for breakfast, it’s important that I keep a hefty stash in my pantry….plus, then you’ll save on shipping!  Coach’s also has a great looking Multi-grain Pancake Mix, along with decadent looking cookies for sale on their website!  I’d be curious to see what they’re like!   Make sure to check out the Coach’s Oats blog, too for some awesome recipes!

Thrive In 30 Update!

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So far, my favorite of the Lessons has been #8:
Superfoods + Fitness = Your Route to Optimum Performance

Especially during basketball season, I’m willing to do anything and everything to improve my performance.  LEGALLY, of course.  No roids for this chick 😛   This lesson was an awesome display of how different foods can give us that little edge that we want to have when we’re competing.

1.  The nutrients that we put into our bodies do more than just taste good and keep us alive.  Jarid always jokes that I’m part werewolf or something because I heal exceptionally quickly and my body seems very resilient.  I tell him, it’s due to the crazy amount of vitamins and minerals I eat!  Turns out, I wasn’t too far off!

2.  Different levels of activity will require different proportions of proteins, fats and carbohydrates to support optimum performancehow your body burns these fuels changes as you compare short, intense bursts of activity with long, endurance activities:

 3. I also thought it was awesome that the lesson gave us  FOODS FOR FITNESS, HYDRATION, and RECOVERY lists which included things we could incorporate into our diets to help us achieve optimal performance:

“Dates

While fruit in general is an excellent source of simple carbohydratesthe ideal fuel for short bouts of high-intensity exerciseI recommend dates for their abundant glucose. Glucose is immediately available to your liver, providing instant energy. Your body doesn’t have to break it down or convert it to a different form to use it.

Glucose is the best primary fuel before or during high-intensity activity, but as a stand-alone energy source, it has the trade-off of burning quickly (it needs to be replenished every 20 minutes).

Agave Nectar

Fructose (the other major simple carbohydrate in fruit) is the slow-burning complement to its sister, glucose. Fructose kicks in slower and takes longer to burn than glucose, prolonging its effectiveness as a fuel. Agave nectar, from the blue agave cactus, consists of 90% fructose, making it an exceptional, easily digestible source of this slow release carbohydrate.

Combined, dates and agave nectar are the perfect marriage of simple carbohydrates to fuel any workout.

Coconut Oil

Praised as a fatty acid superfood in Lesson 6, the medium-chain triglycerides abundant in coconut oil make it an excellent source of quick energy. Like glucose, medium-chain triglycerides go directly to your liver to deliver their energy, without having to be processed first.

Staying Hydrated: Replacing Electrolytes:

As important as the fuel your body needs for energy, proper hydration is critical to performance. When you exert yourself, you need more than just water to functionyou must also replace the electrolytes lost when you sweat. Why are electrolytes important? They allow your cells to stay hydrated longer, which has a direct impact on your endurance.

Coconut Water

Also introduced in Lesson 6, coconut water is a delicious, natural source of electrolytes, making it a perfect, whole food sports drink that will keep you hydrated under the most trying conditions.

Dulse

A mineral-packed sea vegetable, dulse is the richest known source of naturally occurring electrolytes. I use it in a number of exercise-specific recipes.

Dulse is easily blended with three parts (fresh-squeezed or 100%) fruit juice and one part water to make a basic, electrolyte-replacing sports drinkuse about a tablespoon (two strips) of dulse to every three cups liquid.

Energy-Boosters: Strategic Stimulants:

One of the guiding principles in my approach to nutrition is that you should get energy from nourishmentand not from stimulation. By stimulation, I’m mostly referring to caffeine and refined sugars, which give you energy today by stealing it from tomorrow (essentially, this is energy with strings attachedit leaves you with an energy debtI speak about this at length in The Thrive Diet).

Because of this principle, I avoid caffeine and other stimulants, except under specific circumstances where I can justify sacrificing tomorrow’s energy for an energy-boost now (on race-day, for example).

I’ve recalibrated my system through many years of eating clean and avoiding stimulants. While I think it’s unhealthy to rely on these energy-boosters regularly, they do have a place and can be helpful when used strategically to give you a performance edge.

Yerba Mate

One of the healthiest and most effective stimulants before exercise is yerba mate, a South American herb. A nutritional powerhouse, yerba mate is packed with minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. High in caffeine, yerba mate is usually brewed like tea, but can be added to sport-specific recipes as an energy-booster when ground to a fine powder.

Green Tea (Matcha)

This fine, chlorophyll-rich powder has an exceptional antioxidant content. What makes matcha special compared to other green teas is the difference in its caffeine; unlike other caffeine sources, matcha delivers a slow, steady energy over the course of hours, so it doesn’t cause jitters.

Green tea is also rich in the amino acid L-theanine (gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid) which is found almost exclusively in tea plants. A non-protein amino acid, L-theanine is unique in that it is neurologically-active. Studies show L-theanine has a calming, anxiety-reducing effect, leading to sharpened mental acuity and concentrationfrom a performance perspective, focus and calmness are key in the mental component of competition.

L-theanine is also being studied for its potential to control high blood pressure and as an anti-cancer agent.

Ginseng and Rhodiola (Russian Ginseng)

Both adaptogens like maca (which you learned about in Lesson 6), ginseng and rhodiola are not stimulants in the classic sensethough they are both renowned for their energizing effects. Ginseng and rhodiola can be used strategically to increase energy and mental clarity. In addition to this, rhodiola is shown to increases your body’s anaerobic threshold (how it performs with a lack of oxygen), which can improve endurance.

As adaptogens, both are also effective at reducing the physiological effects of stress, helping your body recover after training.

Foods for Recovery:

Chlorella

The most compelling benefit of chlorella specifically targeted to helping your body recover from exercise is its ability to stimulate cellular regeneration. Chlorella’s extremely rapid growth rate is made possible by the Chlorella Growth Factor and its high nucleic acid content (DNA and RNAboth nucleic acidsare the building blocks of cells).

Since training and intense exercise damage muscle tissue (the healing of that damaged tissue is what causes increased strength and muscle bulk over time), chlorella’s unique ability to stimulate cellular regeneration makes it an ideal food to include in your training nutrition.

Additionally, chlorella is highly alkaline-forming and also detoxifying. Since your body functions best in an alkaline stateand the stress of high-intensity exercise can contribute to acidityincluding a strong alkalizer in your recovery nutrition can speed recovery. The detoxifying effects of chlorella are helpful in clearing the lactic acid that can build up in your muscles after exertion.

Maca

The ability to help your body cope with stress, balance hormones and support your adrenal gland makes maca a powerful nutritional tool for post-training recovery. As you learned in detail in Lesson 6, you’ll want to take it regularly to prepare your body for the stresses of intense activity; if you’re training or challenging yourself, I recommend taking a little more than your day-to-day dose to speed recovery and keep you energized.

In addition to maca’s contribution to recovery, it can also be used as an energy-booster. While most of maca’s benefit is built up over long-term use, you it can be quite energizing when used prior to training.”

I’m really pleased with how in-depth these lessons are from the Thrive In 30 Program and am constantly looking forward to the next email from them letting me know there’s a lesson to read through!  Brendan Braizer does a great job of explaining what we need and why.  It all makes perfect sense!  With his help, come basketball season, I’m going to be a lean, mean, fueled machine! 😉 

PS- It’s not too late to sign up!

The Protein Bakery Review & Giveaway!

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Being a healthy living blogger, it’s a rare occasion that you find brownies, blondies, and cookies that you can incorporate into a  “clean” eating plan and feel good about.  You all know what I mean…somehow, those “fat-free” versions that we try to replace the REAL thing with never really satisfy us…that, or they taste like the cardboard box that they come in. 

When I heard about all the hype about The Protein Bakery, I had to see for myself.  I’m a bit of a pessimist, sometimes 😉 

I mean, how can a DELICIOUS brownie, blondie or cookie have enumeration like this?

I’ll tell you how…

  • They’re wheat free, because they grind up rolled oats to bake the treats, which in turn adds dietary fiber!
  • They use HIGHEST QUALITY (the purest whey protein isolate), all-natural ingredients without preservatives or additives.
  •  They produce all of their products in SMALL batches, so they’re always sent to the customers FRESH.

The best part is, these are pretty much the ONLY baked goods that would totally fit into my THRIVE IN 30 plan

The creator himself is pretty impressive, too! 

Like he says in his intro, the Protein Bakery makes 6 different brownie flavors, 3 blondie flavors, and 12 cookie flavors! Here is where I rant and rave about my favorites 🙂

#1 on my list was the Coconut Walnut Blondie.

 

First and foremost, I know some of you HATE the word “moist“, but there is just no other way to describe the dense, fudgy texture of these phenomonal baked goodies.  I’m not a fan of more “cakey” and light , so these fit the bill quite well….ALMOST gooey ❤ 

 

Granted, there are 300 calories in each brownie, but let me tell you, if you can eat the whole thing at once, I’ll be impressed.  They are MASSIVE in size.  When sitting in my palm, the corners were OFF of my hand.  Not to mention, they’re each about an inch thick, no lie. 

#2 favorite, WICKED Mint Brownie.

Yep, I went there.  Anyone who has ever had mint chocolate chip ice cream knows what I’m talking about when I say, chocolate & mint are an exceptional combo.  This brownie takes them to a whole new level of decadence.

ALL recognizeable ingredients.  11g of protein?  In a gourmet brownie?  Believe it.

 Coming in at #3: The Colossal Trail Mix Cookie

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that anyone who claims NOT to love cookies, is a liar 🙂  If they’re serious, they haven’t tried The Protein Bakery’s Colossal Chocolate Cherry or Trail Mix versions.  13g of protein, to boot!

This hearty blend of whey protein, rolled oats, dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and fresh cinnamon will win your heart…if it doesn’t, these bad boys will:

Yes, you could basically classify these as a cordial cherry…only better.  Top quality chocolate chips with dried cherries in a blanket of cocoa-y cookie dough<3

9g of protein?  5g of fiber?  Mmmhmm. Forget the protein shake, and hand me a cookie.

 Now that I’ve got your drooling at your keyboard, I’ll do you a favor and fill you in on where you can pick up some Protein Bakery goods for yourself, cause you better believe I’m not sharing 😉 They are primarily an online bakery, so you can have the treats shipped to you from ANYWHERE.  Just shop online, fill up your basket, and checkout.  They’ll be delivered right to your doorstep.  Orrrr they’ve got a workshop/corporate office at 20 West 20th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues), Suite #309 NY, New York 10011. You can always swing by to pick some up there, but they recommend you call first to make sure they aren’t out on delivery.

NOW, for the FUN part.

Stephen is SO generous, and decided that he’d like to share his creations with you guys, too!  ***Here’s how to enter:

1. Comment on this post telling me which one of the Protein Bakery goods you’d like to try.

2. Become a FAN of the Protein Bakery on Facebook & leave a comment letting me know you have.

3.  Follow the Protein Bakery on Twitter and leave and comment letting me know.

4. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post.

You’ll win an assortment of 2 brownies/blondies, 2 colossal cookies and 4 cookie 2-packs!  With shipping, the package is worth more than $45.00!

Thanks so much, Stephen for sending some of the products for me to try!  I’m a HUGE fan (:

 

Shake It, Baby!

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When I first heard about Drink Chia, it was on Meghann’s blogChia seeds hold a special place in the heart most of us, healthy living bloggers, so when I saw that I could get the benefits of them through a delicious, fruit drink, I pretty much swooned.

Since some of you readers may not be in tune to the amazingness of these tiny, black, super seeds, here’s a little background info:

Chia seeds are fabulous for keeping the body hydrated and supplying it with healthy fats.  They’ve even been known to prevent disease and benefit certain medical conditions!

Personally, I love chia seeds and DRINK CHIA particularly for fueling during or before a run. 

It tastes amazing, first and foremost (:  These little miracle bottles come in (soon-to-be) three flavorsHoneysuckle Pear, which was my favorite, Strawberry Citrus, and Mango Tangerine (coming soon).

DRINK CHIA’s ingredients list is super impressive, too.  All organic, all gluten, sodium, cholesterol, and preservative free!  I actually stuck mine in the freezer immediately upon receiving it, because I couldn’t wait to try it!  You can probably drink it warm, but I prefer it iced! 

Check out those awesome stats!  I don’t think it gets much better than that…100% of your B12 & B6 Vitamins and take a look at those OMEGA-3, 6, & 9’s!! Only 4g of sugar, too, which is just enough for stablizing and giving you an energy burst during a workout.

LOVE this stuff.

For some people, it might be weird to get over the texture, because the little seeds throughout the drink gel over (if you’ve ever had chia seeds, you know what I’m talking about), but I LOVE things like pulp in my drinks, so I didn’t mind it.  If you think it would bother you, I would recommend blending the drink into a smoothie!

Check here to see where these DRINK CHIA bottles are available in your area!

Dr. McDougall’s Asian Entrée Cups

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I’m a girl on the runLiterally and figuratively.  I am in constant motion, running from work to school, to basketball, to the YMCA, to family gatherings, to friends’ invites.  Literally, there is not much time in between for preparation.  I always do my best to keep things onhand like chopped veggies, cooked grains, and sliced fruit so that eating nutritiously isn’t difficult when throwing things together for office lunches or dinner before heading out…in fact, I proudly declare myself queen of tupperware. 

Dr. McDougall’s ready-to-eat soups have saved my life belly more times than I can count on two hands, when I don’t have time to pack a homemade meal to bring with me to work, so when I got an email, stating that they had a NEW product, I couldn’t agree faster when they asked me to try it!

Allow me to introduce, Dr. McDougall’s Asian Entrée Cups!

Available in eight low-fat, delicious varieties, these all-natural, eco-friendly, vegan, and non-GMO microwavable cups are heaven sent meal ideas for busy bodies such as myself.  

The company uses peanuts for healthy fats rather than typical oily, asian dishes, and BAKED noodles vs. fried.

If you’re a fan of ramen noodles or Thai, Chinese, and Japanese foods, you will love these convenient, lightweight meal options.

In fact, you may not believe your eyes or your tastebuds when you check out the nutrition facts on these babies.

They average about 200 calories a pop with just 1-2g of fat!  The Pad Thai version is even gluten-free.  The directions are super simple, too.  As long as you’ve got a microwave accesible, you can enjoy a cup of noodles at work within 3 minutes of popping the top.

The varieties include the following: Teriyaki, Pad Thai (Gluten Free), Spicy Kung Pao, Roasted Peanut, Spicy Szechuan, Soy Ginger, Lentil Curry Pilaf (Gluten Free), & Masala Lentil Pilaf.

Thanks so much to the company for letting me try these!  They’re yummy for sure.

Kim’s Light Bagels!

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Any other carb queens out there? I, for one, LOVE my bagels.  Chewy, carby delicousness.  I could eat one every morning and be a satisfied gal.  Unfortunately, with stats like these:

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(that I found on the Dunkin Donuts website), making them a daily part of  my nutrition conscious eats, wasn’t realistic…

UNTIL NOW.

All thanks to this lovely lady and her 110 calorie line of fabulous bagels including: Wheat, Onion, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Everything, and Plain varieties.

Kim Benson has an amazing weight loss story to share, which she does, in her book, “Finally Thin“.

Anyway, back to the bagels…In order to maintain such an incredible weight loss, Kim wanted to incorporate some of her favorite foods into her diet without splurging too much…some of which included bagels (:

She is such a sweetheart that she even sent me one of each package so I could see for myself how great they were.  I honestly thought they may be too good to be true (I’ve see “100 calorie” versions of bagels before, and they were dissappointly tiny).

HOLY YUM.  They were out-of-this would.  Especially the Blueberry & Everything.  Only .5g of fat and 5g of fiber! Pretty incredible if you ask me! 

Here are some combos I really enjoyed:

Everything bagel with smoked salmon & a laughing cow cheese wedge + tomato.

Blueberry bagel with fat-free strawberry cream cheese.

Wheat bagel topped with plain greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin/apple butter.

Onion bagel with a microwaved egg white + hummus, lettuce, and tomato.

 

Kim didn’t stop with JUST the bagels, though.  Her line is complete with bagel chips, light pita bread, light flat breads, and much more!  Check out her site for more info, where you can shop online, too!

New Zealand Natural Goods

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New Zealand Natural Goods is more than just a source for a carefully selected, best quality and unique New Zealand goodies.  They are a family owned, customer accomodating company based in Los Angeles, California since 2003. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got a heart for family owned businesses in today’s world. 

One of my favorite products made available through the website is RJ’s Licorice.  As a kid, Twizzlers were always packed up in Momma FF’s snack bag and stored in a sealed tight container on my great-grandma’s “candy table”, which is something we always looked forward to visiting.

RJ’s brought my love of licorice to a whole new level.  With an ingredients list that is completely all natural, the texture and flavor of the Raspberry soft chews was awesome, but topping the list were definitely the Raspberry chocolate licorice logs.

Yeah, yeah.  It’s candy.  It’s not a fruit or a vegetable, but it’s a wholesome treat, and the nutrition facts aren’t bad either!

Considering the fact that each piece of licorice in the soft chews bag, is about the size of 1/2 my palm, I’d say the serving size is pretty generous, and cannot complain about 140 calories, and 0g of fat.  I couldn’t believe they actually contained calcium & iron, too!  I’m assuming that comes from the sweetener, molasses!

 

Another great product find through NZNG is this Antipodes Water

Antipodes is recognized as the deepest, highest quality groundwater in New Zealand and named the FIRST premium water brand to be certified Carbon Neutral.

They make a version of sparkling water along with the classic still water.  I was a huge fan of using the sparkling versions to create my own healthy & pure mocktails with sugar-free mixes!

You would never believe the difference in the crisp, clean taste of this stuff.  It even comes in the coolest glass bottles ever 😉

Lastly, the company sent me some of this new-to-me Kaitaia Fire Waha Wera Kiwifruit & Habanero Chili Sauce.

“Where an inspired genius has blended those peppers with the tang of kiwifruit and the medicinal benefits of manuka honey. And from where you can participate in the spirit that sent those ancient people across vast tracts of ocean.Unsurpassed for marinades, or simply used as a table sauce, Waha Wera will transport you to another place. To gentler, greener pastures where fierce warriors will shriek with laughter at those foolish enough to underestimate the power of the world?s hottest peppers.”

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This little green bottle of spunk was something I highly underestimated.  I anticipated a sweet, savory blend of kiwi tasting salsa, almost, rather than HOT sauce.  Boy, was I mistaken!  For those of you who like it hot and a bit sweet, this sauce will drive you wild.  Try it on egg whites! 

Thanks so much to NZNG for sending these premium New Zealand goods my way!  Check out their site!  Right now they’re having a special (through July) for RJ’s licorice, buy one-get one free!  You can also find things like AIRBORNE honey, Manuka Boosta Energy Bars, EasiYo Yogurt, and Rutherford & Meyer gourmet wafers and fruit pastes!

 

About Time

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When I hear another bloggerwhose opinion I hold in high regard, rave about a protein powder that I haven’t gotten to try yet, I get a little jealous.  When Devenee from About Time (SDC Nutrition) decided to send me some samples, I was utterly thrilled.

In just around 100 calories, you get 24g of gluten-free, artificial sweetener-free, and natural protein.  Just 100% Whey Protein Isolate.

It’s literally the cleanest protein available because it’s cold-pressed micro-filtered whey isolate which means the protein is absorbed more efficiently into your system.

Check out the ingredients listif you don’t believe me! Only 4 ingredients! Another lovable attribute, is that this protein is safe for those managing diabetes.  It’s sweetened with Stevia, a naturally occurring no-calorie sweetener that does not affect blood glucose levels.

 

 

Now for the important part taste…I know, right…it’s hard to believe that something this healthy can be delicious…buuuut, I’m here to tell you that About Time proteins make some of the best smoothies I’ve ever had in my life. You won’t even have to deal with the typical gritty texture and chalky aftertaste of most protein powders.

The company is all about convenience, too, which is why they’ve created these fill, shake & go bottles!  All you have to do is add liquid (water or skim, or non-dairy milk).  Although, I think they turn out best when you blend with ice, almond milk, and fruit

Flavors include: BIRTHDAY CAKE (my personal favorite), peanut butter, mocha mint, chocolate, strawberry, cinnamon swirl, peaches & cream, vanilla, and banana.

You can even order a trial pack if you’re not sure which you’d like best (you can choose two!), or can’t quite take the plunge without trying them out first! About Time will even pay the shipping for you, which results in a total charge of just $2.99.