NON-GMO - A NO-BRAINERWe use foods that have not been genetically modified and test our finished products for GMOs to ensure that all of our bars are non-GMO.
COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES - NATURE'S NATURAL ENERGYSweetened with organic honey, a complex carbohydrate that will ensure your energy levels last. And our vegan flavor uses low glycemic organic dates as the sweetener. No refined sugar… ever.
PROTEIN - THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFEAll of our bars are made with high quality whole food protein — essential for muscle repair and recovery.
20 SUPER FOODS EXPERTLY-HIDDENOver 20 nutrient-dense organic whole foods provide a great source of vitamins and minerals on-the-go. Plus, with ingredients such as kale, spinach, alfalfa and celery, you will finally be able to tell your mother that you’re eating your vegetables!
ALWAYS GLUTEN FREEWe are committed to being gluten-free. We encourage everyone to read more about the effects of gluten on your body’s digestive system.
FAT - NOT ALWAYS A BAD WORDThe nut butter in these bars is high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are fats that your body uses for cell repair and fighting inflammation.
FIND PERFECT BARS IN THE REFRIGERATED AREA OF THE GROCERY. NEVER IN THE NUTRITION BAR AISLE.*********************************Our Review:These bars actually are PERFECT!!!! They are incredibly delicious and nutritious! Not only do they taste like biting into a scoop of pure almond or peanut butter, they are filled with 20 SuperFoods!!!!!! How perfect is that?!?!? The bars did a good job of filling us over to our next meal.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Perfect Bar sent us some of their bars to review. We were not compensated for this par, just sent product. All opinions are our own.
Here is some info about Perfect Bar from their website:
Perfect Bar is the perfect bar if you crave smooth, delicious, all natural, incredibly nutritious, freshly ground peanut or almond butter. We sweeten that to perfection with just enough organic honey, add high quality protein and 20 organic superfoods and use Mother Nature’s preservative, cold, to keep it tasting like we just made it.
The bites were the perfect addition to our lunches for those times when you're still a little bit hungry after you finish, but can't wait until your next snack or meal to eat again!
Please check out these bars for yourself on their website.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Cookie Department sent us some cookies to review!
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own.
Here's a description about each of the cookies from their website:
Want to be great? Try our vegan sweet potato, cranberry and oatmeal cookie. Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants while oatmeal satisfies and cranberries are just yummy! Rich in molasses and vanilla flavors, this cookie tastes just like a holiday. Give thanks for the Great Full cookie!
The Tough Cookie is designed to amplify the natural protein filled powers of peanut butter with an additional 10g of protein. We designed it to be the ideal post-workout treat, but it is equally well suited to a day of cubicle lockdown, when a little extra strength is an absolute necessity.
The Cookie Department's project to perfect the naturally caffeinated espresso cookie, code-named "AWAKEN BAKED," was declassified in September.
Our dedicated staff worked 24/7 to measure, mix, bake off, taste and test countless batches in a quest for the perfect quotient of ORGANIC COFFEE, CHOCOLATE CHIPS and SEA SALT.
Their breakthrough came in the early morning hours of August 4th when the team discovered the perfect chill/buzz ratio, long considered the holy grail of naturally caffeinated baked products.
The Chocolate Chip Nookie was the Cookie Department's second cookie, and is one of our favorites. Based on the Cookie Department's cutting edge research into the Peruvian Root MACA, which is believed to increase vitality in both men and women, the Chocolate Chip Nookie is also just about the best Chocolate Chip cookie you've ever tasted.
We think this cookie is totally the Bomb! Our Cherry Bomb cookie is the Cookie Department's first Gluten-Free cookie... but that doesn't mean this cookie is playing it safe. In addition to being gluten-free and packed with probiotics, the Cherry Bomb detonates hunger with it's rich double chocolate cherry taste!
Ever had one of those nights that turns tomorrow into one of those days? Yeah, us too. That's why we worked with natural detoxifiers like cayenne pepper, black strap molasses and ginger to create the come back king of a ginger snap: the Snap Back cookie. Cheers to you tonight and Snap Back tomorrow!
THESE COOKIES ARE THE BOMB! They taste great and are full of flavor! The cookies were moist and chewy, just the way we like them! YUM YUM YUM!!! Our favorite was definitely peanut butter, because, let's be real, we just LOVE peanut butter, and it had EXTRA protein! WIN WIN!
Please check out their website and try some for yourself!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Skinny & Co. sent us some Coconut Oil to review!
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. Here's some info about the benefits of Skinny Coconut Oil from their website:
Health Benefits Of Skinny Coconut Oil
Due to its high concentration of MCFAs, Skinny speeds up metabolism. Because they are so easily digested, MCFAs are immediately converted to energy, helping maintain a healthy weight. When looking at cultures that eat a coconut-rich diet, we find they are lean and obesity is rare. Even using coconut oil instead of unsaturated oils, such as corn, soy, bean, and canola can help aid in weight loss.
Coconut oil provides an alternative fuel to glucose for the brain. This fuel, known as ketones, encourages the healthy execution of important cerebral tasks. Ketones are highly neuro-protective, which leads to improved memory, cognition and attention. Ketones may also help curb cognitive decline in old age.
Containing greater than 50% lauric acid, Skinny promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. The healthy saturated fat content has shown to protect heart cells, improve the function of the thyroid and help normalize cholesterol levels.
Skinny is the earth’s richest source of a special fat called lauric acid. Also found in a mother’s milk, lauric acid helps form the immune system and protects the health of newborns. Replacing processed vegetable oils with MCFA-rich coconut oil promotes lifelong healthy immune function. This nutritious MCFA is found in infant formulas, tube feedings, and is commonly used by physicians to help patients obtain optimal health.
MCFAs in Skinny help maintain healthy insulin and blood sugar levels. Processed quickly by the liver, Skinny provides natural, long lasting energy and is much more effective than sugars, grains, and carbohydrates.
We LOVED it! We added it to our peanut butter toast, oatmeal, smoothies, and even stir fry! It gave our food a slight coconut flavor, that tasted delicious. It was also a great way to include more healthy fats into our day and it just plain tastes good!
We also made some healthy "energy bites" with only pb, coconut oil, and oats! All you have to do is melt about a cup of pb and a tbsp of coconut oil in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, and then mix in the oats with your bare hands and form into balls. EASY AND DELICIOUS! They are perfect pre-workout fuel or a snack!
Try some Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil for yourself!
Please visit their website.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Powerful Yogurt sent us their new Greek yogurt Protein drinks to review. We were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.
We reviewed their yogurt and bars on the blog before. We were excited to try the new protein drinks because we love their other products!
After a hard workout, we gulped these puppies down! They were so tasty!! The blueberry acai was a very unique protein drink flavor and we loved it! The vanilla maple and chocolate were great too! It didn't have any chalky taste at all!
We were sad when they were all gone!!!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Kill Cliff sent us some of their bars and drinks to try and review! We were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.
Here's a little bit of info about Kill Cliff from their website:
First of all... We just have to say how AWESOME their packages are! How cool is that?!?
Our favorite product was the recovery drink. We shared one after a tough workout and it was super tasty! Double Awesomeness aka Pomegranate Watermelon was our fave! (LOVE THE FLAVOR NAMES!!!)
The Strawberries and Cream was our favorite flavor of the bars. I enjoyed them for a snack at work AND we BOTH enjoyed them on the golf course. They are protein packed goodness!
(Jared came in 2nd in that tournament btw! Wahoo!!)
Please check out this AWESOME company on their website.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I've been wanting to write this post for a while, but have been nervous about how others would react. This topic is important enough that I just have to share. I have come a long long long way since my eating disorder took over my life in middle/high school. My parents helped me out TREMENDOUSLY, encouraging me all the time and seeking out help from a therapist. Luckily, I never had to be hospitalized. After I heard from a doctor that if I kept heading down that awful path that I might not have kids later on in life, with God's strength, I turned things around. Now, it was NOT an easy road, let me tell you. It was full of ups and downs and twists and turns, but fortunately, I can say that I am recovered. God brought this AMAZING man into my life and he has helped me sooooooo much! I have to brag on him for a minute first.
Jared is my BEST FRIEND. We can talk about anything and everything or be completely silent and have the best time just being next to each other. I have to brag about all that he has done to help me conquer those ANNOYING and HORRIBLE thoughts that an eating disorder puts into your brain. This man blacked out EVERY SINGLE ITEM in our pantry and fridge with sharpie to where I couldn't see the calories on them. I cried tears of joy when I came home that day and saw everything. He is SO SELFLESS to take that much time to do such a tedious task only to help ME. I am so grateful for that. He helped me realize that it's OKAY to just pour cereal into a bowl without measuring out a "serving size". He has helped me realize that I need to have 20g of protein after a workout instead of nibbling on "carrots and apples" so I can actually BUILD my muscle instead of tearing it down. He has helped me realize that I need to work on building my back muscles to balance out the huge amount of ab exercises I do. He has helped me realize that if I eat dessert here and there, I won't have this insane urge to eat everything "junk food related" in sight when I actually have a treat. (Yeah, I used to do that... it was bad... if I finally allowed myself to have something "unhealthy" I felt like I ruined the day and decided to just eat everything that I possibly could that day and start over the next day. That was horrible because I got so sick from all the sugar.) He has helped me build my body confidence SO MUCH. He reminds me not to compare myself to other people because God created me just the way He wanted to create me! Jared tells me every single day that he loves me and thinks I am beautiful from the inside out.
Thankfully, I am SO MUCH better when it comes to fueling my body properly with food and treating my body properly with exercise. That brings me to the topic I wanted to discuss today.
After reading Hollie's article, I couldn't help but let my feelings out. It's funny because I said pretty much the EXACT same things to Jared that she said in her article, so much so, that I was actually dreading visiting the family for the holidays because I didn't want to hear people commenting about my food and exercise. That is so sad because I absolutely LOVE MY FAMILY. (Cool thing about this Christmas was that our family actually WORKED OUT WITH US!!!!)
I cannot tell you how much it HURTS to hear someone say, "Oh, come on Kelsey, why can't you just eat this certain food like the rest of us?" It makes me feel bad because I don't want to eat it. Why should I have to eat something that I don't want to eat just because you are eating it? Just because I like to load my plate with extra helpings of fruits and veggies and meat, doesn't mean I don't eat enough or never eat dessert. I want to eat the food that I want to eat because it tastes good and I enjoy eating it. The holidays are the worst because there are cookies and cakes everywhere and somewhere down the road people started feeling like you have to eat handfuls of treats at every single meal "because it is a holiday and that's just what you do". I stress out because I want people to know that I am not restricting my food again, I just simply DON'T want to eat that certain food at that moment. I don't pester you when you don't eat fruits and veggies, so please don't pester me. Everyone has different taste buds and that's okay. God made us all UNIQUE.
I also hate it when I actually DO EAT JUNK FOOD in front of people that they have to comment and say, "Woah Kelsey! I can't believe you are actually eating THAT. It's not healthy, I'm shocked!" I wish people knew that when they comment on my food that it actually makes those bad thoughts pop up again! I stress out when this happens because it makes me think, "Dang. Is this really something I shouldn't be eating? Maybe I better stop." I love eating healthy foods, but I also LOVE eating junk food too! When I indulge, I want to actually ENJOY it because I workout hard and fuel my body with good foods and deserve to have a treat when I want it. There is no need to have certain foods "off limit". My favorite food to indulge in is PIZZA. Yep, I LOVE PIZZA and by golly, if I want to split a large with my husband, I will! I HAVE NO REGRETS! We even have a sign in our apartment about pizza! It's our favorite piece of art! haha
Along with commenting on my food, it really hurts my feelings when people try to make me feel guilty for working out! I don't understand how ONE HOUR out of the day can mean that much to someone. I usually wake up earlier than everyone, so it's not like I'm missing out on anything. I certainly don't like it when they make me feel bad for working out when all they are doing is sitting around and talking. It makes me feel terrible that I took an hour out of the day to have my "ME TIME" and do something that I truly ENJOY doing. How is that fair? I don't comment on your choice to NOT workout, so why should you comment on mine?
If you've ever seen me doing my cardio/dance it out routine by myself, you will see me SMILING pretty much the entire time, because it's FUN. I do it because I have a BLAST and it gets my heart pumping. I love singing and dancing my heart out. I even do it when other people are in our small apartment gym because I don't care what other people think and that is what I love to do for cardio, so I just do it! I LOVE IT. I also love seeing my muscles develop when I strength train and you can catch me smiling at my achievements. Ask Jared! He will tell you how happy I get when I increase my dumbbell weight or do something new that I've never done before.
If you got anything out of this post, I would hope it is this:
Also, we REALLY love almond butter! :)
Hope this post will encourage people to keep comments to themselves and appreciate the fact that EVERYONE is unique in their own way!
Monday, January 12, 2015
I was given the opportunity to review my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors, Kasey Arena & Heather Waxman's book, BODYPEACE!
As a young girl, I went through a rough time with my body image and eating properly. You can read my story here if you haven't already. I am very grateful for the help my parents when I was younger, but ever since I met Jared, I have gotten ten million times better than I was back then! I am SO THANKFUL that God brought him into my life, not only as my amazing husband, but also as my helpmate to totally conquer my negative body image. Do I still have some slip ups where I think I'm "too big or bloated"? YES! But, I am human after all. Thankfully, God tells Jared the EXACT words to say to help me get through those annoying and negative thoughts that swim through my head.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to review Kasey and Heather's book called BODYpeace. It is a WONDERFUL tool for someone who is struggling with negative body image. I highly recommend it. It has two parts, the first part is about feeling better about your body because we are all unique. The second part is about how you react to certain foods and how to get rid of the negative thoughts that come with some foods. They shared some great tips and helpful guides to get you through those rough times!
Please check out their BODYpeace challenge!!!
They are also on Twitter and Instagram if you would like some POSITIVE messages to scroll through!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Maisie Jane's sent us a variety of nut butters and nuts to review! Here's some info about them from their website:
Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top quality, almond products to people in all nations. We strive everyday on educating the people about our healthy gourmet almond snack food product line which is processed in a very unique way; dry-roasting. We are proud and strongly believe in our earth-friendly practices that start on our family owned and operated orchards using Organic farming practices and are continued in the processing by using all natural ingredients with no preservatives, GMO’s, or/and any irradiated products. We honor and respect all business means, which we encounter. We believe in honest, friendly and helpful customer relations at all levels. Above all, we take pride in our every tasks encountered with Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc.
Maisie Jane’s…In a Nutshell
Growing up in fourth generation almond farming family in Chico, Maisie Jane Bertagna-Hurtado quickly caught on to what seemed a problem in the almond industry. She listened in on conversations between her Grandfather, father, and uncles discussing the fact that California almonds were primarily exported and not being marketed and processed to their full capability here in California and the rest of the country.
With her family’s wise words in mind and Maisie’s love for agriculture, good food, and having a passion for keeping farming alive, Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products was born. Her business, in fact, started in 1993 at age 17 and was a FFA project in High school.
Maisie Jane’s processes a diverse line of over twenty different almond products using her family’s and other local almond grower’s crops. All products are oven roasted and all natural. In 2003 they introduced their new product line of Certified Organic Sliced Almond Delights; which are fabulous on salads or just snacking!
Maisie Jane’s sells to grocery stores nation-wide… primarily to health food stores and to the gift & gourmet markets. They also have an adorable gift shop located in Chico at 1324 Dayton Road in Chico where you can pick up beautiful gift baskets and find a large assortment of other locally grown and made products.
When Maisie Jane’s asked what she likes the most about being in business the reply is not short. “Family’s first! I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of working with my mother and aunt in the gift shop, my father and brother when purchasing the almonds, and now my husband runs the production facility. It’s a great environment. The Chico area has been a very supportive community to start and run a business in. It’s just been so exciting to watch the business grow and evolve, and rewarding to think that the nation’s snacking on wholesome almonds that are grown and made right her in Chico, my back-yard my whole life!”
Woah! Talk about a DELICIOUS company to review! My favorite kind of nut butter is Cashew butter and Jared's is Chocolate Hazelnut. Lucky for us, they sent us BOTH of them to review and they DID NOT DISAPPOINT! They were so creamy and tasty! We definitely enjoyed the almond butter as well. We put it in our oatmeal, on toast, and on top of our baked oatmeal treats! SO GOOD. The nuts they gave us to try had spices and they rocked! It was nice to have some flavor on them for a snack or in addition to our lunches. They were so flavorful and yummy! Our favorite flavor out of the three was the Country Garlic and Herb.
Please visit their website and order something for yourself! They have TONS of delicious and nutritious options.
MAISIE JANE’S CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE PRODUCTS TEAMS WITH WHOLE FOODS MARKETS, UC
DAVIS AND XERCES FOUNDATION TO “SAVE OUR BEES”
Portion of Maisie Jane’s™ Almond Butter Sales Being Donated to Native Bee Population Research and
Chico CA, October 18, 2013 Maisie Jane’s™ drives nationwide effort to fund research and solutions regarding the decline of native bee populations.
Maisie Jane’s™ in Chico, CA is a 4th generation family owned and operated grower, processor and packer of fresh, top tier almonds and value added nut products. Very keen to the important role bees play in the pollination of multiple U.S. food crops, Maisie Jane implements bee friendly methods in her company’s own almond growing practices.
“We have planted a special flower mixture in our orchards that offer additional honey bee food in an effort to increase the native honey bee population in our orchards”, explains Maisie…“The bee hives which we bring in to assist with our almond pollination are local hives…not freighted across the country to arrive at our farm. This means the carbon footprint is lessened, but more importantly this is one factor that contributes to the health and vitality of the hives. It is believed that hives moved over long distances are more susceptible to disease and are weakened as colonies because of the stress of travel and the drastic change of their surroundings.”
Maisie Jane’s™ has agreed to donate $25,000 to the Portland OR based Xerces Foundation which protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Additionally, Maisie Jane’s™ is working with the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis - the largest and most comprehensive state‐supported apiculture facility in North America… and the only one of its kind in California. Their expertise includes honey bee breeding and genetics and native bee biology. They are uniquely qualified to investigate declining populations of honey bees, native bees and other insect pollinators… and ultimately find solutions.
Beginning in August, 2013, Whole Foods Markets began selling specially labeled Maisie Jane’s™ “Save Our Bees” Natural Almond Butter in all retail locations nationwide. Until at least August 2014, 5 cents for every jar sold will be donated to the UC Davis Honey Bee Research Facility.
Maisie affirms, “Native bees have brought and continue to bring so much to our lives and livelihood, in so many ways… It’s definitely in everyone’s utmost interest that we invest in helping them survive and flourish as best we can.”
Find out more about Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products and the “Save Our Bees” project online at www.MaisieJanes.com
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Neocell sent us some of their products to review! Here's some info about their newest addition, Beauty Infusion:
Beauty Infusion is an all-natural powdered drink mix that delivers a potent blend of beauty-enhancing nutrients - simply and deliciously.
Just a scoop mixed with water delivers:
- 6,000 grams of NeoCell collagen for firm, smooth skin, plus strong, shiny hair and nails
- 50 mg of hyaluronic acid for skin hydration and renewal
- 3,000 mcg of biotin to support hair and nail growth
- Alpha Lipoic Acid, a potent antioxidant to protect from free radicals
- 200% of the RDA of vitamin C to help boost collagen production in the skin
A serving of Beauty Infusion has only 40 calories and contains no soy, wheat, lactose, gluten or artificial ingredients. It's available nationally at CVS, Walgreens, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, health food stores, etc. and retails for $34.95 for a 15-ounce jar.
The Cranberry Splash was DELICIOUS! I mixed it with about 12 ounces of water and drank it in the mid- morning because it is recommended to drink on an empty stomach so everything can be absorbed fully. It was very tasty and I feel like my nails have gotten a lot stronger and my skin isn't as dry! YAY!
They also sent some Biotin Bursts in the package and I enjoyed eating these! They tasted like candy!!! YUM!
Go to the website and order some for yourself!
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