Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fuel for Fire Review

The mission "Our mission at Fuel for Fire is to enable humans to achieve their fitness and life goals by nourishing their passions with all-natural fuel sources. Maybe you are a CrossFitter looking to get your first muscle-up. Or a triathlete looking to hit a PR. Or a 10-year old hoping to score your first soccer goal. Maybe you want to practice yoga with more balance. Hike a longer, steeper trail. Or have enough energy to chase your toddler around after a long day of work. Whatever your passion, Fuel For Fire wants to ensure that you are bringing your "A" game every time. Our philosophy is that food does not just sustain us, but nourishes and strengthens us, enhancing our performance in everything we do.
What's your fire? Find it. Fuel it."

Protein. It's all I look for in the foods I try to eat. High Protein. Protein comes in all different varieties, whether it be in meat, in the form of a bar, or even in something that looks like a juice box! However, it's not a juice box... it's a fuel pack!
So all the fuel pack really is, is pureed fruit + whey protein. With 10 grams of protein, I'm in for a real treat! My favorite is the sweet potato apple. I love all things sweet potato. Although the texture of the puree is a bit different, I really enjoyed it. It gave me the fuel I needed before my workout! I should have waited for post workout, but I couldn't wait to try this flavor!
Triple Berry is my second fave. I had this post-workout a week or so ago. I felt refreshed, and even better, it tasted great! Then there's banana cocoa and I gave that one to a friend. I'm not a fan of chocolate and banana together. I never have been, even though I like both of them. Just not together. I do like the Tropical one though. -- All the fuel packs are 10 grams of protein and 100 calories. You cannot go wrong with something like that. They are all made of fruit too! I love protein and I love fruit!!!

Check out the testimonials from some athletes when it comes to trying Fuel for Fire. It's definitely an awesome concept for a protein pack. They have packs out there for kids and what not, and I've tried a few of them, but I'm really excited that I was able to try these fuel packs! If you're interested in trying them, buy online, or see where they are sold near you. Or check them out on Facebook, and twitter.


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

LS NATURAL FOODS: Stonewall Jerquee Review

Calling all Vegetarians! "We offer two lines of Jerquee snacks: Stonewall's Jerquee and Cajun Jerquee. The primary difference is that Stonewall's Jerquee is juicier and microwaveable, whereas Cajun Jerquee offers a drier chew. Both jerky snacks leave you feeling "full" and "warm" inside."

I'm not a vegetarian, but always up to try new foods. I really enjoy jerky, and was up for trying something different. While this isn't made out of meat, it's not that bad. I do prefer regular beef jerky, but I am glad I was able to try something else out there to recommend to those who do not eat meat.
As soon as you bit into any of the flavors, you could taste what it was supposed to be. Well, that is if you have tried meat before. I could tell when I was putting the pepperoni in my mouth, that it was going to be pepperoni. I also liked the heat of some of the flavors. I love all things spicy. The mild flavors come in:
Original Mild
BBQ "Beef"
Teriyaki "Beef"
Tandoori "Chicken"
Country "Bacon"
and the Spicy flavors come in:
Original Wild
Spicy "Chicken"
Peppy "Pepperoni"
Hot "Pastrami"


You can buy online. You can buy singular or in packs. You can also check out the other products that LS natural foods have to offer. While Stonewall Jerquee isn't for me, I'm glad I was able to try something different. If you're a vegetarian, this is a great protein snack! Check them out today!


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Monday, November 24, 2014

Umchu Bar Review

I'm always on the lookout for foods that don't contain processed ingredients. I stumbled across Umchu bars and so far they are amazing! All of their products are made by hand. None of them have more than 5 ingredients. They are completely free of wheat, corn, and soy. There is also no dairy in any of their products.
I've only tried one so far, because I'm saving the other two for my travel day on Wednesday. I have to say.. the one I did try was absolutely amazing.

I tried the Peanut Sea Salt bar. Let me ask you a question... have you ever had the candy bar "payday?".. well this bar tastes EXACTLY like the payday, only it's 100% better for you. This is only made with 3 ingredients! Only 3!!

The other flavors they offer are:
Honey Coconut & Nuts
Almond Coconut
Coconut Cocoa Nibs
Seeds & Seeds
Honey Cashew & Sesame
Cinnamon Pecan
Primitive PB&J
and
Coconut Flax


I need to to more flavors. I received Almond Coconut and Coconut Cocoa Nibs. I'm so excited to try them out. You can buy these in packs of 12 on amazon, or you can search and see if they are sold near you. I would love to try the other flavors. I can only imagine how good they taste. The best part about these bars is that they are only made with natural ingredients, and ingredients you can understand.

You can follow them on twitter or like on facebook.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiskin Review/Giveaway

"We believe that healthy skin is beautiful skin. Healthy skin comes from healthy body and mind thus it is important to maintain healthy thoughts and beliefs. Happy thoughts are the "Fountain of Youth". We also believe that we can be imperfect and beautiful at the same time.

Small blurb from the "about us" about Holiskin:
As written in the New York Times bestseller book: "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown, Ph.D. - “Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and shame. It’s a shield. Perfectionism is a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight.”
With those core beliefs, we have carefully selected the best ingredients (organic when possible) with the highest nutrients available and for their true benefits to the skin thus we use mostly unrefined cold-pressed oils. Joshua, personally formulates and handcrafts all of our products in small batches, we don't copy recipes from the internet/ personal blogs or recipe books. Formulations using organic or wildcrafted essential oils are for their holistic, multi-therapeutic functions. They work by correcting or regulating many imbalances simultaneously.


Holiskin is a new company, and you can find them on etsy, or through their website. All their products were handcrafted in New York. Their products are only made with the best natural ingredients, No Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Alcohol, Harsh Preservatives, Synthetic Colors or Fragrances. No Animal Testing. They have products for men. and women. There is free shipping for US orders, with no minimum, and 7$ for international shipping.
I was sent the AROMATHERAPY roll ons to try. Headache Relief, Energy Booster, and Stress Relief. Right now in my life, having a relief for headaches and stress are what I need most. They do work too. All you have to do is roll on your temples or back of neck, or roll it under your nose. You should get relief. I did. It's great too, because I don't like taking medicine if I don't need to. As for the energy booster, I haven't tried that yet, but soon I'll be really busy at work and I'll need some energy here and there, so I'll be bringing it and keeping it at work.

You too have a chance to win 1 of the three rollers that I received. Three lucky winners will win a choice of what they'd like to try: headache, stess relief, or energy booster. Good luck!!



Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Friday, November 21, 2014

IPS All Natural Review

I don't know about you, but I'm all about healthy snacks. I'll basically try anything as well. I was contacted by IPS All Natural to try their protein chips. IPS are chips that are made with corn, egg white, and other natural ingredients. The best part? They each have 6 grams of protein. Every bite you take, you're getting a healthy egg-white protein and that's awesome. I've never had chips like this, but they were definitely a great snack.

Four flavors: BBQ, Cinnamon, Aged White Cheddar, and Sea Salt & Black Pepper. Let's talk about my favorite. Have you ever had the cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Eating the Cinnamon IPS was just like that, as soon as I put one in my mouth, I instantly fell in love. I let the people I work with share these with me, and they agreed. However, I thought it would be good with milk, and that idea was immediately turned down! My 2nd favorite was the aged white cheddar. That's my favorite flavor of popcorn. White cheddar, so automatically enjoyed this flavor as well. The sea-salt & black pepper wasn't too over powering. All three were really good. The only one I wasn't a huge fan of was the BBQ, and only because, lately I haven't been much of a BBQ fan. I go through phases. The co-workers were fans though.

“The idea for ips first hatched when I was making breakfast for my kids. I’m always looking for healthier foods to feed them and they loved the crispy edges of the eggs I cooked. So I decided to turn that protein crunch into a treat the world could enjoy.”
– Sean Olson, Founder


I'm always looking for high protein snacks for the day. Protein bars get boring, and a lot of them taste the same. It's always nice to spice it up a bit. These chips were a nice change. You can shop online or check online and see if they offer them near you. Or you can check them out on facebook. I am grateful for the chance to try some awesome egg-white chips. They were quite good!!

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Frazoni Non-stick Silicone Baking Mat Review + Giveaway

I love to bake. Love love love to bake. My boyfriend, however, doesn't like me baking because I leave such a mess. A mess all over the counter, the stove, and even in the sink. Then I was able to try the Frazoni Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat. A baking mat that makes baking a whole lot cleaner! I can roll my cookie dough on this mat, or I can take the cupcakes/cake/break/cookies out of the oven and place them on this mat and start cooking again. It literally is mess-free!
Better than mess free? Well nothing is better than Mess free, but it is easy to clean!

You can use this sheet in the oven, microwave, and freezer! No more parchment paper is needed. It's pretty cool if you ask me. If you'd like to buy one... head on over to amazon now!

Enter Below to win yourself one!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sashka Bracelets Review

Handmade Bracelets from Nepal and made with LOVE.

Sashka Co. glass beaded bracelets are handcrafted by artisans in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal with love. Our bracelets roll over any hand and are crocheted with the world's finest glass beads.
Proceeds from your purchase empower Nepalese artisans to rise above poverty through fair trade. Each bracelet is carefully handmade bead by bead. Skill, passion, and some of the world's finest glass and sterling silver beads go into each one.
Fair Trade enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth.


So the other day I'm at work and I'm looking at my co-workers wrist and what she's wearing looks really familiar. Of course I knew it was a Sashka Bracelet, but I decided to ask her where she got it. She basically couldn't remember where she got it, but told me that the woman who made these bracelets lived out of country. I then told her I was given two to have to review!
Look how pretty they are!! Check out the website to the ones that have just been added. They are pretty inexpensive too and would make a great holiday gift! There is free world-wide shipping, They have a perfect fit guarantee, and again they are handmade. They are also beautiful. They also come with a very nice message in the box.
You can find more about them on facebook, twitter, and instagram. Check them out today!!!

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Zep Cleansters Review

There are so many cleaning supplies out there, but it's always nice to try new ones. #Crowdtap was awesome enough to offer me the chance to try a new line of cleaning products. Zep Cleaners. I was given two different products to try, and to share a few with some friends. I have yet to give them to friends, but will happen soon!
I received both Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant and Zep All-Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser. The disinfectant is my favorite. It's really good to have because this is the season that germs fly like crazy. People are getting sick left and right and the only way to stop the spreading of germs it to clean and disinfectant. You better believe the bathrooms in my house have used this, and the kitchen. You definitely have to clean every counter to make sure you catch those germs!
The Oxy Cleaner is good for the tough stains that you can't normally get out. I have tons of those in my bathroom and using the Zep Oxy Cleaner helped get rid of those.

You can find out more about zep on their website.


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Exo Bar Review

The first thing you notice when you pick up an EXO bar is that it's made with Cricket Flour. The first thing you'll probably ask, is why Crickets? "Insects are exceptionally nutritious. They are high in protein and low in saturated fats and sugars. They are a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids, and are also high in micronutrients such as iron, calcium and B-vitamins. Crickets, for example, contain substantially more iron than beef."
This pretty much sums it up. "At Exo, we believe that insects are one of the solutions to humanity’s protein dilemma. They are as natural to eat as fruits and vegetables and are a more complete form of protein than many livestock alternatives. Insects can provide us, ethically and sustainably, with the nutrients that our bodies require.

Anyways back to the protein bars.
Outside from knowing the bars are made with Crickets, they are quite good! I was sent Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Vanilla and Peanut Butter and Jelly. I shared the Peanut Butter and Jelly and Blueberry Vanilla bar with some co-workers. I left the PB&J bar on my co-workers desk, and left a note that said "Peanut Butter and Jelly time!!". The bar actually tastes like your eating a Pb&J sandwich. It's really good and contains lots of protein which makes it even better. I also really enjoyed the Blueberry Almond bar. It tastes like your eating a Blueberry Vanilla cookie! There are 10grams of protein in that bar! Apple Cinnamon reminds me of the oatmeal I used to eat as a child. All really good!

At first I was a little hesitant about the crickets, but I put that aside and enjoyed each of the bars. Each of the bars are Gluten Free, No Soy, Grain Free, and Dairy Free.

I definitely recommend trying this new bar out! If you're still not sure because of the crickets, go to the website and read more about them. Everyone has different feelings about this, but there's nothing wrong with trying something different! I'm glad I took that chance! Follow them on facebook, twitter, and instagram.


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Red Ape Cinnamon Review

There's a lot of different spices out there, but my favorite spice is definitely cinnamon. Cinnamon is also a great fall/winter spice as well! Red Ape Cinnamon® was founded in 2006 by Kestrel Growth Brands, Inc., a company that finds unique ingredients that are grown by small family farmers around the world and introduces them to chefs, bakers, and home gourmets. Before founding Kestrel Growth Brands, Inc., entrepreneurs Marty Parisien and Bill Wiedmann often worked as consultants to the agricultural community in the Hawaiian Islands and throughout the Pacific Region. They were teaching family farmers how to add value to their crops and access higher price markets. They held seminars in Hawaii, Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianna’s and Micronesia. They also worked with farmers individually around the Pacific to create plans to increase the value of their crops and to explore markets abroad.
Ultimately what Marty and Bill discovered was that what all of these farmers had in common was a love for producing quality, organically grown crops, and a lack of resources to brand, package, and sell their products to larger, more lucrative markets abroad. The farmers and their families would always ask, “Can we partner with you? We’ll grow it, you sell it.” Marty and Bill did just that. They launched the Red Ape Cinnamon® brand to accompany their other organic brands. Within a couple years it became clear that Red Ape Cinnamon® was a hit and it began taking on a life of its own.




I received three products. Cinnamon Sticks, Cinnamon Coffee, and Ground Cinnamon.
I gave the coffee to a co-worker who is an adviid coffee drinker. I only drink coffee on occasion. She really likes it. She says you can taste the cinnamon in each sip, and it helps her wake up in the morning. I'm a huge fan of the ground cinnamon though. I eat oatmeal a few times a week for breakfast and I always top it off with cinnamon, blueberries, and sliced almonds. The cinnamon gives it the kick it needs because oatmeal is really plain! Cinnamon is pretty much a great topper to almost everything! I'm going to bring the cinnamon sticks home with me over Thanksgiving, and share them with my family!

There are so many products out there to check out. They are GMO Free and Kosher Certified I love the branding of the products as well. They totally stand out and you definitely want to take a look and see what they are all about.

So 5% of all profit gets donated to organizations that protect orangutans and their habitat. Part of these funds go towards adopting orangutans. Help Red Ape vote to pick with orangutan they adopt this year. They are all so cute, but I went and voted for Monti! -- To find out more, you can find Red Ape Cinnamon on facebook, and twitter. You can check back at the facebook page and see who they adopt! Don't forget to vote, and don't forget to check out Red Ape Cinnamon!


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Friday, November 14, 2014

NeoCell Biotin Burst Review & Giveaway

The founder of Neocell's goal: "His goal was to create products that allowed people to live younger, longer lives with abundant energy and wellbeing. And so Neocell was born, as a family-owned, research oriented business committed to introducing the world to a premium quality collagen-based supplement line. Today, NeoCell is the #1 collagen brand in the world and a leader in the field of nutritional science. While we have grown considerably over the years, one thing has never changed – our commitment to finding the most innovative and effective nutraceutical supplements.

Neocell offers a variety of products. There are products for total body health, joint health, antioxidant health, sport ultimate recovery health, beauty from within, and ligament, tendon & muscle health. There are different products for each category for you to check out.

I received: BIOTIN BURSTS - SOFT CHEWS - ACAI BERRY.

Biotin is an important B-Vitamin. It helps support healthy hair, skin and nails. It is also scientifically formulated to support metabolism of proteins in the body promoting natural energy, luxurious hair and vibrant skin. The chews are low in sugar and taste great. You're supposed to take one a day. I've been taking them since I received them, and it's always good to get vitamins in your system that do good things for you! One chew contains only 20 calories, and are free of gluten, soy and artificial ingredients. Watch the video to learn more:

You can find Neocell products pretty much all over. They have them at GNC, Whole Foods, Plum Market, and more. They even have products for pets! If you're interested in trying some of Biotin Bursts yourself, please enter the giveaway below. Good luck!



Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Thursday, November 13, 2014

About Time Review

I'm always looking for new shakes and foods to add to my journey on this healthy lifestyle I've been living lately. I ran across About Time, and was interested in trying some of their products. I was able to try some protein shakes and some granola.

Why should you check out About Time? "About Time is simply the cleanest, best-tasting protein family of nutritional products on the market today. Whether you’re looking for a whey protein isolate, a pre-workout supplement, on-the-go snacks, or a vegan protein, About Time has a high quality product designed to meet your needs while tasting great.
At About Time, we are passionate about nutrition. That’s why we design our products to be nutritionally superior to other options without resorting to artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners. Trust us, your body will feel the difference.
Our 100% all natural products are ideal for everyone, including athletes in training, those leading an active lifestyle, and those looking for help with weight management or other clinical nutrition needs.

I was sent the Strawberry, Chocolate, and Mocha Mint Protein shake to try. The first one I tried was Mocha Mint. I used water and I think I put in a little too much because the consistency wasn't there. It wasn't bad though. At first sip you could automatically taste the mint. I'm a huge mint fan so I was excited to find a shake that was loaded with protein that tasted just like the flavor stated. Most times you try a shake from other places, it doesn't really taste like the flavor stated on the bottle. This however, was awesome!! These three flavors along with a few more, are trial packs. They are 5.99 per two flavors. 100 calories and 25 grams of protein. I'm telling you, you'll feel quite full after you drink these! Another plus... no sugar.. yes, that's right, no sugar. The sodium level is really low too.

I've been searching this site and going back and forth to see what else I want to try. I definitely can see myself ordering some more of their products to try. But first let me tell you about the granola clusters. OBSESSED. I didn't even put it on yogurt or in milk. I ate it straight out of the bag and I was sold. 9 grams of protein and quite tasty. I'm literally obsessed. --- So far I have not been disappointed in the products I have received. They have so many other products to go through though... Just click here and see what else they have.

Here are the other products I'm considering trying: http://tryabouttime.com/shop/fill-shake-and-go/ --- Fill shake and go --- All you need to do is fill the bottle with water or milk, shake and drink! (my guess is they are just like the trial packs I was sent, only in bottles). I'd love to try the vanilla and birthday cake flavor.
http://tryabouttime.com/shop/fruit-nuts-and-protein-bars/ -- Fruit Nut and Protein Bar -- 3 flavors.. 2.99 each.. 11 grams of egg white protein, and clean! Just like my eating habits lately.
http://tryabouttime.com/shop/meal-replacement-bars/ -- meal replacement bar -- 20-21 grams of protein, two flavors.

I'll be searching through the website and will make my decision sooner than later to place an order. Try About Time is addicting and really good for you! You should check them out as well. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, pinterest and Instagram.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Sunday, November 9, 2014

FlyJoy Bar Review and Giveaway

****Flyjoy More than a Bar****

The story is pretty cool, here's a blurb of the story from creator:"While in Ecuador I discovered quinoa, an amazing protein-packed food staple from the Andes. After over 100 attempts at developing a recipe, I discovered an extraordinary mix of ingredients. I call it the FLYJOY, a snack bar that captures all the joy of a child at play.
The FLYJOY takes consumers on a journey, from ordinary to extraordinary. Not only is this snack bar healthy and delicious, but a portion of the profit from each bar goes directly to HOPE International, a nonprofit that provides business training, a safe place to save and microloans to the world’s poorest families.
Are you ready for an adventure?
We invite you to chew a FLYJOY and discover extraordinary!
- Curtis Bomgaars

The products:
Espresso Cacao Nib – Endurance -- This is for serious coffee lovers which is not me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy some iced coffee that has some flavor to it, but for plain coffee, I'm not a fan. I've never really been a fan of espresso beans. This is supposed to give you a boost for the day. If you're a coffee lover, this bar just might be for you!

Peanut Cacao Nib – Energy -- This is my favorite bar. I love Peanuts, and I love protein. I had this bar before a workout one day, and I had a lot of energy (which I normally don't after a long day of work). I could see myself eating these bars every single day.

Cranberry Almond – Antioxidant -- Did you know that cranberries are full of antioxidants? They are also full of vitamin C and vitamin K that provide proper health. This is a 2nd favorite of mine. I love both almonds and cranberries, and mixed together are a perfect treat.

Cherry Coconut – Antioxidant -- Cherries contain vitamin C. I guess they are good to eat after a hard workout. It's a good thing I have this bar left, so next weekend after my morning workout, I'll be trying this bar.

Coconut Almond – Endurance -- Coconut is good to make teeth, tendons, and bones strong. I've just started liking coconut drinks, so I'm excited to try this bar.

Blueberry Almond – Antioxidant -- This is another one of my favorites. You can definitely have more than one favorite! Blueberry is a super fruit. It's packed with a few different vitamins. It's supposed to help prevent cancer. I better get on eating more blueberries.

All in all, these bars are quite good. Packed with lots of flavor and protein, they are definitely worth recommending. You have the chance to win a box of the flavor you most want to try. If you don't want to enter, and just want to buy away, go to their website. You cans shop/buy there. Enter below. Good luck!
Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dezaan Gourmet Review

Cocoa. When I first think of Cocoa I think of Hot Chocolate. I don't think I've ever had any desserts made from Cocoa. I'm sure I have in the past, just not ones that I can remember. When I first stumbled across Dezaan Gourmet, I saw the word "chocolate" used a lot, so I honestly thought I was going to receive different chocolate candies to try. I was wrong (which I'm okay to admit). Dezaan Gourmet is responsible chocolate in the form of cocoa.

So the word "responsible", what does it mean with Dezaan Gourmet? "deZaan™ Gourmet is a unique brand because we make chocolate with our own beans in our own facilities. Our responsible cocoa means that we work with others along the supply chain in order to improve the lives of cocoa farming communities. deZaan™ Gourmet believes that by working with farmers, producer groups, NGOs, researchers, industry partners and governments, we can address the complex issues cocoa farmers face in today’s complex environment. Our approach offers transparency, a key consideration for customers today. The Responsible Cocoa logo brings value to the cocoa farmer, and to you.".

I'll be honest. I've been thinking of many different ways to use the Cocoa I received, and I'm stumped. I love to bake, however, I'm not totally advanced and if you look at the recipes that are on the website, they are way to advanced for me. I'm taking the cocoa I received home with me over the holidays and my sister and I are going to try one of the recipes. She doesn't know that yet, but she's an awesome baker and I believe she can pull one of these desserts off. They have recipes for pastries and pralines. I'm going with a praline.
Those are the cocoa bags I received. I'm most excited about the Velvet. You'll have to check out the website and click on products, and you can see the different cocoa they offer, and what kind of cooking it's good for. When I realized I wasn't that comfortable cooking with cocoa, I started googling different desserts that you can make with it. I found some cookies that looked good, and instead of the regular cocoa you get in the store, I'm going to use one of the bags I received and see how they turn out. I'm glad I was able to receive these and learn something new in the chocolate world. I can't wait to start trying this out and see what creations I can make with them (with help of course!)

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Boku Superfood Review

If you've been reading my latest posts, you'd know that I'm on the hunt for healthy foods for the new lifestyle I'm living. I'm trying to eat non processed foods, foods that give me energy, and food that are just plain good for you. There's tons of different products out there to do just like, just like Boku .

Growing up I had a learning disability, a focus problem, and a little bit of an anger issue.... I was sent to many different doctors and put on many different medicines. The medicine pretty much surpressed my appetite, and made me really tired. Medicine is great for some, but sometimes there are other solutions.

"BõKU® Super Food was born out of necessity and a parent’s desire to not give in to a life of pill-popping for their child. Over the years we sampled and familiarized ourselves with various Super Food products and ingredients from all over the world. It was an amazing journey, one that allowed us to work with some of the most gifted minds in Nutritional Science. The results? The ultimate, full spectrum Super Food. After several years and countless formulations, BõKU® International LLC was officially launched in October of 2007."

"All of BõKU®’s Doctor formulated Super Food Blends are USDA certified Organic, Kosher and Vegan. Completely free of GMOs, with no nasty fillers of any kind, and no wheat, dairy, soy or gluten. We use only the most pristine, nutrient dense, health forming ingredients in the world, obtained from Fair Trade, and sustainable sources whenever possible."

This picture is taken from the website. This is Boku's core values:


So I was sent a few products to try:
This protein is more protein than 2 eggs, less fat than 1 almond, less sugar than one banana, and as much fiber as one cup of oatmeal. It's also really good. I wish I had more of this, as this was what I had for breakfast one morning, and was completely full until lunch time. 19 grams of protein is a lot and something I really need in the mornings.
Super Cacao Nibs -- This is awesome on top of yogurt. You can even eat it plain, but it tasted awesome on top of my plain yogurt. These are known as Nature's Chocolate chips. It's funny I'm not a huge fan of Chocolate Chips, but these were very tasty!
Super Golden Berries- they are very sweet and a good snack. They contain a good source of fiber. These would be awesome in yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies! I ate them right out of the bag!
Superfood-- The only product I haven't tried yet. You can enjoy this in a large glass of water. I need to get more of this and take before I workout though. I need that energy boost after work mostly.

Boku also offers a variety of other products. When you click on each product, you can read the FAQ section that may answer a lot of your questions. "What is that? When should I take it? How should I take it?"

I really like the colors of the website, and it's so user friendly. There's a lot of information, but it's good information. There is also a section for recipes too. Who doesn't love new recipes? I've been on a healthy kick for a couple months now and always looking for new ways to incorporate healthy meals into my day. Boku offers good fuel for you body and many benefits. It energizes you, and just makes you feel good and healthy! I definitely recommend checking them out.

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lentilicious Review

Lately I've been trying to find foods that are better for you. I've always loved lentils and I was able to try Lentilicious. Whenever I go to Wholefoods, I'm always looking for lentils in the prepared food section. I like a lentil salad because it's better to eat something with a little more flavor. I got lucky with Lentilicious. You can eat it plain because each bag comes full of flavor.

Lentilicious® is a nutrient rich, quick, portable and appetizing way to keep you full, provide a sustained energy boost and improve your health.

Lentilicious is Vegan -- Gluten Free -- High Protein -- and Low in GI.

Red Chili is the first one so far I've tried. I made it today. I'm always looking for different foods to make for lunch for the week. This week was Mexican Quinoa and Red Chili Lentils.
20 minutes to cook and that's it. It's actually quite delicious and full of flavor, and full of spice. My boyfriend enjoys lentils as well, but I told him this would be way to spicy for him.
I'd be eating these with some pita, or better yet sweet potato chips. The Red Chili contains 13 grams of protein which will definitely fill me up.

The other two flavors I received and look forward to trying are:
Coconut Fusion and Mediterranean. I'm so excited for next week when I make the Mediterranean lentils. Mediterranean is by far my favorite food category. I'll be eating this in a pita with some hummus. It will definitely be a great lunch! -- As for the Coconut Fusion, I'm not a huge coconut fan, but I'm not afraid to try something new.

If you don't want to eat these alone, you can try some of the recipes on the website. I wish Lentilicious was sold in stores near me. I would definitely be buying this more often. It's so delicious!

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Saturday, November 1, 2014

CharmedBar Review

I've been on this new healthy eating style where I pretty much spend over an hour at the grocery store reading nutritional labels to find out what I'm putting in my body. Pretty much I try not to eat processed foods, so I've been looking for new snacks to add to my daily routine that's new and different.
I was sent three CharmedBars to try! Two friends came together and made something special. They made something that was free of gluten, no refine sugars, free of grains, soy and dairy. They made something that was a simple grab and go snack. They made something that was special. To read their story click here.

Three flavors:
almond butter cran-dipity -- This is a baked almond butter, cranberry and mixed nut bar. This is my favorite. I love almond butter (new fav) and I love nuts and cranberry. This was delicious.
cashew butter apple-rageous -- this is another one of my favorites. Apples and Spice and Nuts. This is a perfect fall bar.
peanut butter cherry-licious -- Who doesn't love Peanut Butter and Cherries?

Each bar has a nice saying on the wrapper. For example for the peanut butter cherry-licious bar says : "Like fireworks over a moonlit beach, this spontaneous co-mingling of sophisticated flavors starts out dazzling and leaves you with a warm glow. Open now to make a brilliant statement! "

Each bar wrapper definitely grabs your attention. They use colors that reach out at you. I love snacks that use real ingredients and natural and good for you, and better yet they taste great. -- They don't sell them near me which is a shame, but do they sell them near you? Find out here. If they don't sell them near you, you can buy them online! You can follow them on twitter or like them on facebook. If you're looking for a good snack, that gives you energy and tastes great, these bars are perfect for you. Check out CharmedBar today!

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part