Monday, February 23, 2015

V.O.W.

 
Kijsa sent us her Verse of the Week program to review.  
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here's a link to her website to see what V.O.W. is all about! 

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When I was younger, I absolutely LOVED memorizing Bible verses! It was fun because my Sunday School class would have competitions and would have prizes each week for those who memorized their verse. We will admit, Jared and I not always the best at memorizing scriptures weekly like we used to do, but we still try every now and then. Jared and I like to hang verses around the house as visual reminders and encouragement. 

We LOVE this V.O.W. package because it makes it SO easy and convenient to learn new scriptures! We don't have kids, but we can imagine this would be a really fun idea to do with the whole family too! The papers are bright and festive, so it's very inviting to read.

 The package came with a little card that was perfect to have on our kitchen counter as a reminder to practice our verses.

There were 10 verses on this sheet:

and 10 verses on the back. 

We highly recommend this program to ANYONE! It's a great way to get motivated to memorize scripture! 

Visit their website and order a program for yourself today!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

ProTings Protein Chips

ProTings sent us some of their protein chips to review.  
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 
Here's some info about ProTings from their website:

What's Inside?

PEA PROTEIN:

Protein is essential to good health. Pea protein is said to be one of the most perfect proteins for human consumption.  Its benefits over both animal and other vegetable proteins include:
  • Ease of digestion
  • Lack of allergens
  • Ideal amino acids for sports
Perhaps most importantly for sports enthusiasts, pea protein contains an ideal combination of essential amino acids for sports performance:
  • Lysine, for balanced nitrogen levels in muscles
  • Arginine promotes muscle metabolism and a healthy heart
  • Glutamine helps restore nitrogen balance after a heavy workout
  • Leucine, isoleucine and valine (branched-chain amino acids) help maintain tissues during exercise
Studies have recently shown that pea protein may be an effective way to maintain healthy blood pressure and kidney levels.
  

FLAX SEEDS:

Flax seeds are packed full of nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and essential vitamins.  They are one of the top vegetable sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been linked to maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol in the blood. Research studies suggest that diets that are rich in fiber, monounsaturated fatty acids ,, and omega-3 fatty acids help support a healthy cardiovascular system by favoring a healthy blood lipid profile.
Flax  seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E.  Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain skin integrity and preserve youthfulness.

SUNFLOWER OIL:

Sunflower oil has numerous beneficial qualities and studies have shown that it can:
  •  Assist in maintaining a healthy nervous system, good digestion, and it is great for producing energy as a result of the Vitamin B quantity found in sunflower oil
  •  Help fight free radicals that damage cells and/or the immune system due to its high Vitamin E content
  •  Act as a moisturizer and helps cells retain water
  •  Help keep cholesterol levels at a healthy level from the lecithin that is present in sunflower oil
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Our Review:
 
 
We definitely enjoyed these protein packed chips! They were tasty and crispy. We ate the BBQ & Chili Lime flavors on a picnic and thought they were flavorful. We ate the Sea Salt with some hummus for part of our lunch at home one day. They were yummy! The best part is that they were full of ingredients that are GOOD for our body! 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Healthy Cookies from WB Kitchen

WB Kitchen sent us some cookies and bars to review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own.
 

Here's some info about WB Kitchen from their website:
What WB Kitchen offers is not just all natural honey sweets, it represents a state of mind. As humans our food choices directly reflect the level of conscious awareness we bring into the rest of our lives. Choosing to nourish our bodies with real and harmonious foods brings us more in balance with our community and our planet. Eating the foods mother nature intended allows you to feel and be healthier, happier and more vibrant. This is how we choose foods for our own bodies and wish only the same for YOU!
At WB Kitchen we believe in real food for real people. Our honey sweets are hand crafted using local Colorado honey and all natural ingredients. Preservatives, artificial colors and flavors have no place in our products and are never used.
For more info on living a healthy and conscious life please check out our links.
 
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 Our Review:
These cookies were SO TASTY! We couldn't believe how few ingredients they had! We were shocked that they were only filled with natural, healthy, ingredients because they tasted SO decadent! If we HAD to pick a favorite, (because let's be real, we loved ALL of them) it would be the Coconut Shortbread.
Most of the cookies have coconut flour and coconut oil in them which are SO good for your body! They taste good AND are good for your body!?!?  Talk about a win win! TWO THUMBS UP! 

 

Please visit their website and try some of your own. You won't be disappointed!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

"Wolfe Bites" Recipe Using Hemp Hearts

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own.
Here's some info about Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest website
  • Great tasting - Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
  • Easy to use - Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
  • Nutritious - per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
  • Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax.
Still not convinved you'll love this little super seed? Check out our hemp hearts infographic outlining a few key features of Hemp Hearts.
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We have been wanting to make something new with these Hemp Hearts. We decided to throw a bunch of yummy ingredients together into our food processor one night and the "Wolfe Bites" were born.
We put 1/4 cup of Coconut Flour and Raisins into the blender first. Then, we put in a package of protein powder (which was equal to one serving) and the package of Hemp Hearts, along with a ripe banana. We mixed it all up, then added an estimated 1/2 cup of almond butter (we didn't measure) and a drizzle of honey. Blended it all up for about 2 minutes or so. Next, we poured the mixture into muffin tins with nonstick spray on the bottoms.  Finally, we baked them for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
 

They tasted yummy! We enjoy them for an after dinner treat and before our workouts! We think they have about 4 or 5 grams of protein in each bite! 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bosu Ball Workout!

It's been a while since we shared a workout with you, so here ya go!

Jared and I used some of our Christmas money to purchase a BOSU BALL to incorporate into our workouts since we are using our apartment gym and it doesn't have a ton of the cool equipment that most gyms have. WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE USING THE BOSU BALL. 

It is a great way to achieve more balance, flexibility, and deepen our exercises by using our entire core. Here are a few of the exercises we do with it. 

***We are not personal trainers. Jared has learned these over the years with his sports trainer in Louisville. Please check with your doctor or personal trainer before trying these on your own.***

For some reason, the computer made these videos a lot faster. We did not do the exercises this quickly. It's all about slow, controlled movements. 

For the abs:




 For the Legs:

Arms/Chest:  

Back:


 Do you use a BOSU BALL in your workouts? What do you like to do with it?
Let us know in the comments!



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Supreme Protein Accelerate

Supreme Protein sent us their new Accelerate Bars to review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own.
  
Here's some info about the Accelerate Bars from their website:
Provides 15 grams of premium dairy-based protein to give you the energy you need in the morning.  
Made with a premium blend of dairy-based whey, casein, milk, and soy proteins.
  • 15g Protein
  • 190 Calories
  • 3g Fiber
  • Naturally flavored
  • Certified Gluten-Free
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Jared's Review:
These are extremely flavorful. The flavors on the wrapper are very prominent. They do a good job of filling you up!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mikey's Muffins Review

Mikey's Muffins sent us three flavors to review.  
Original, Cinnamon Raisin, and Toasted Onion.


We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 
Here's some info from their website: 

Copyright 2015. JMT Foods Inc. All rights reserved.

Mikey’s Muffins are paleo friendly, low calorie, multi-purpose english muffin for those who cannot or choose not to eat gluten, dairy, soy, or grain products. By utilizing almonds for their rich flavor and incredible versatility, we are able to create a toastable english muffin with great taste and texture that fits all of our criteria. At Mikey's Muffins we believe that we have broken the mold and given people with certain food allergies or health restrictions a delicious option to reintroduce a clean bread product in their daily lives. 

Mikey's Muffins are best if toasted under your oven's broiler. Alternatively a toaster oven or bagel toaster can be used. Like many gluten free baked goods, Mikey's Muffins do take a little longer to toast than traditional grain bread. With this in mind, it may take an additional cycle in your toaster over or bagel toaster to achieve the perfect toast.

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Our Review:
 

These muffins were great! They were perfect for peanut butter and banana toast, egg muffins, and even cheesy bread as a side to our dinners! They are easy to make; all you have to do is pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes! The thing we liked most about them is that they didn't have any weird ingredients!

Please check them out on their website!


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Monday, February 9, 2015

FitSnack Box Review

Fit Snack sent us a box to review. 
We were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.
 
Here's some info about what's inside the Fit Snack Subscription Box from their website:

What is Fitness Nutrition?

The Fit Snack box is carefully curated each month to include 6 – 9 different items that are not only delicious but are also designed to provide clean energy to support an active, fitness-focused lifestyle. Our team focuses on as much of the Fit Snack Perfect 10 as possible, across three categories:
Nutrient Dense High Protein Low Sugar

1 Nutrient Dense

High in Protein
Complex Carbohydrates
Low Sugar Index
Consciously Made Organic Production

2 Consciously Made

GMO Free
Organic Production
Sustainably Farmed
Diversified Energy Gluten Free Clean Eating

3 Diversified Energy

Gluten Free
Clean Eating
Paleo & Raw

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Our Review:
WE LOVED THIS BOX! Some of the other subscription boxes we've reviewed include some foods with artificial ingredients or things we don't normally eat, but this box was FULL of foods we were excited to try! They were perfect for fueling our healthy and active lifestyles! It even included a workout to try!

We got to make pancakes for dinner one night! They were delish! We made a savory and sweet plate. Almond and peanut butter on one, and yogurt and granola on the other.
 
 We tried veggie chips with our lunch one afternoon. These babies were GOOD. Tasted just like potato chips!!! YUM!
 
There were some snacks that we got too excited to try and forgot to snap a pic before consumption. haha! There were protein powders, lentil and quinoa chips, and even coconut oil! 

But our favorite product was definitely the PROTEIN BAKERY goodies!!!! YUUUUUUMMMMM!!! (and yes, we still have our Christmas tree up... Red ornaments are perfect for Valentines Day, right?!) 


They also included an incredibly comfy T-SHIRT that we both fully agree with! "Fit is not a destination, it's a way of life!"  

 


Please visit their website and sign up today!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Uncomplicated Foods Review

Uncomplicated Foods sent us some Tali-O Bites and Bars to review! 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here's some info about Tali-O Bites and Bars from their website:
TALI-O Bites come in 5 delicious flavors, just like our bars we offer our 2 nutless options Taste the Tahini and Double the Coconut, and our original nutty options of Powerfully Peanut and A Hint of Almond. We have one more flavor of TALI-O, bites Almond Cocoa Nibs…a real crowd pleaser.Made into individual pieces and in a resealable bag, our Bites will go with you wherever the road takes you. If you are looking for a small, healthy, bite sized snack that you can share with the whole family, then look no further, TALI-O Bites are perfect for you! TALIO Bites are great for in your gym bag, stored in your car, packed in your kids’ lunches, or anytime you want a quick small boost of healthy energy.
TALI-O Bites come in two sizes, a small 2oz bag of bites and a large 6oz bag of bits. Stock up on single flavors of your favorite bites or try a variety with our sample packs.

TALI-O Bars come in 4 great flavors. Taste the Tahini and Double the Coconut are nutless options, and Powerfully Peanut and A Hint of Almond have nuts. TALI-O bars pack a big punch! We sell our bars individiual, in single flavors cases and variety packs. When you are looking for the perfect hearty snack, reach for a TALI-O bar and rest assured that you will feel satisfied and ready to “Get out and Go!”

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Our Review:
We loved the bites and bars! They were packed with wonderful ingredients and tasted great!
 
We enjoyed eating the bites before our workouts. They were the perfect fuel to help us power through our workouts! 
 I also got really sad when THE LAST BITE IN THE BAG dropped in between the couch and table. Sad moment. 

These bars and bites are great and you should check them out at their website.

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GORP Bar Review

Gorp Bar sent us some of their clean energy bars to review.  
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own.
Here's some info about GORP Bar from their website:
Who We Are

 
We are Colleen and Grant. A wannabe athlete mom and a farmer. We fell in love with a big idea: to use our professions, passions, and crazy ideas to do some good in this world.
WE GROW FOOD. WE GET OUTSIDE AND MUCK IT UP! WE SWING FROM TREES AND SING IN THE RAIN. We are about loving life and nourishing our bodies so we can jump, fight, twirl, bike, paddle, run, climb, and roar our way into the next adventure!
Clean eating is important. We are advocates of eating as much whole food as possible. In today's fast-paced world, we know there is a desperate need for HEALTHY AND CONVENIENT energy foods on the supermarket shelves. That’s why we created GORP.
No fake sugars, preservatives, fillers, or colouring. No high fructose corn syrup or scary-sounding ingredients you can barely pronounce.
We did our research and filled these bars with all the good stuff: power-packed nuts and seeds, oats for heart health and long-lasting energy, superstars like flax and hemp for all their Omega-3 goodness, and lots of fiber for weight control and intestinal health! Three cheers for intestinal health! Fine, we are also a tad geeky…but ya gotta admit…intestinal health is pretty hot ;)
We are real folks who saw a real need. Our aim is to give you a product that provides you with UBER benefits – one that your kids will happily scarf down because it doesn't have some weird, wonky fortified aftertaste. Real.
Our passion is to fuel your adventures and do some global good at the same time. Scroll down and read about our Community! This business has to be about more than food, more than making a dime...it has to be about people. That’s why we are in this game!
Get your GORP on!

HistoryOnce upon a time there was a crazy, bullheaded...ahem...I mean a crazy, bull-riding farmer and a land-loving health nut gal. Fast forward: we found the coolest surf spot in California (Mavericks Bay) and tied the knot. Who knew that a union between a farm boy and a wannabe triathlete tree-hugger would birth the best energy bar known to man? This is how it happened…
I was busy learning how to train for triathlons (I have to confess I had KONA in my dreams!) and it went something like this: First things first…learn to swim. Check. Second…learn how to fall off a road bike WITHOUT toe clips in. Half check. Lastly…run like a banshee. Check. 
As I learned more and more about how to fuel my body for performance and recovery, I started eating energy bars. As I continued training, I found that traditional energy bars weren't really that cool. Lots of high fructose corn syrup, cheap vitamins, and wonky aftertastes. Sick. So I did some research and came up with GORP.
I never thought about going commercial with this little bar until my training mates started demanding them. That’s how it all began. Word spread and pretty soon the local welding shop was ordering bars for coffee break. Hairdressers, marathon runners...folks looking for a high-protein snack to get through the day. That is when the light bulb flickered on!
Time to get serious. This could be a lot fun. The last several years have been dedicated to research and development and making GORP the best bar, bar none!
This adventure is just starting for us. We welcome any thoughts and ideas you have. You’ll notice this isn’t your typical corporate website...this is our real voice. Us talking to you. We are all ears.

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Our Review:
WE LOVED THESE BARS!!! They were nice and dense, so they actually filled us up, unlike some other bars out there. The bars were full of flavor and tasted like eating peanut butter and jelly in a bar form! Which, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know we LOVE peanut butter! We really liked that the bars didn't have any weird ingredients. They were made with REAL foods and packed with protein to keep us fueled throughout the day! We ate these for our mid morning snacks at work and during Jared's golf rounds!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Limited Edition Love Grown Cereal Giveaway

Because I am a Love Grown Ambassador, I have the awesome opportunity to host a GIVEAWAY for these Limited Edition Love O's!!! They are a special edition that will ONLY be available in Kroger, King Soopers/City Market, Dillions, and Fry's for the first few weeks of February! They are heart shaped Power O's in Chocolate AND Strawberry flavors in a box covered with hearts and includes a special LOVE story of how Alex and Maddy (founders of Love Grown) met on the back!! 
 


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Bobalu Almonds Review and Giveaway!

Bobalu Almonds sent us some of their shelled almonds to review AND host a giveaway!! 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 
Here's some FAQ from their website:
Where do your almonds come from?
All Bobalu almonds come from California, anywhere from Bakersfield to Chico.  Nearly 80% of the world’s production of almonds come from this region.  More info can be found here.
What makes your almonds so delicious?
Most importantly, we take great pride in our selection of almonds and use the Nonpareil variety.  Second, we roast our almonds IN THE SHELL which produces their crisp texture and buttery taste.
What’s up with the shell?
An almond actually has multiple layers: a fruit like exterior while it hangs on the tree, a much harder and larger outer shell, a thin shell, and a kernel.  You may be familiar with almonds that require a nutcracker and are a pain to crack!, but we remove that for you, leaving only the thin shell and almond.
Where can I buy?
Currently, Bobalu almonds can be purchased directly via our on-line store. We are a food service company providing in-shell almonds across the country. If you are interested in having Bobalu almonds at your bar, lounge, club or sporting venue, contact us here.
What is the shelf life for your almonds?
Unopened, Bobalu almonds can be kept for nearly a year.  Once opened, our resealable bags will keep the almonds fresh for 3-6 months.

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Our Review:
WE LOVE ALMONDS. These almonds were no exception. We enjoyed them for a snack at home. It was fun to crack open the shells! When we took them to a golf tournament, we obviously took the time to take them out of the shells before we got to the course due to the fact that you have to eat on the go during a round and it's not exactly easy to crack open shells. haha. They were a wonderful healthy snack to keep us fueled for the rounds! 

Bobablu Almonds wants to give one of YOU lucky readers a 2 POUND BAG to try for yourself!!! Just enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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