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Purity Organic Coffee Review

This post is a review of Purity Organic Coffee’s products.

Purity Coffee

About:

Purity Coffee is completely focused on health from bean to bag.  We roast for the highest levels of antioxidants and the lowest levels of acrylamide.  Our coffee is lab-tested to be free of molds, mycotoxins and pesticides. One of the easiest changes anyone can make to their diet is to switch to healthier coffee!

Over 19,000 studies have shown that coffee is beneficial for general health and longevity and specifically for heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes.  Coffee is the richest source of antioxidants in the western diet and contains over 850 compounds (that aren’t present in tea or those sugar-filled caffeine energy drinks).

My Experience:

Coffee is such a massive part of our culture. I’m a big fan. I’m also super passionate about letting you guys know about brands that are growing coffee with massive regards to quality + purity. If you read thru their mission above, it’s easy to tell that they are doing coffee with the utmost regard for the health implications. I have a lot of appreciation for this. It may come as no surprise at this point, but it’s key to realize that (like food), not all coffee is grown equally. Most of it is grown with profit as the main goal, versus health and vitality. Thus, most coffee consumed is rife with pesticides and mold, due to the less than optimal growing conditions and processing practices.

The reason it’s important to me to have organic coffee is because it’s something I consume 6-7 days out of the week. Because I consume it so often, the quality is important to me. In general, that’s my rule of thumb with buying things organic. I don’t fret if 100% of what I consume is organic, but if it’s something I consume daily, then it moves high up on my priority list to seek an organic option.

We have a great Burr grinder at home so we opted for their bags of Whole Bean coffee, but they also have a K-Cup option for Keurig users. This coffee has a rich, smooth taste from the darker roasted beans and is delicious black or with your favorite healthy additives (we love superfoods and plant based milks).

I’m generally just very stoked to know about this brand. We don’t buy a lot of bagged coffees because we do a lot of our own roasting of green coffee beans at home (and most bagged coffees are cruddy and/or it’s hard to tell what’s in them and how they’ve been grown). However, Purity Coffee is changing how we view coffee. It will now be my go-to for our house and a great option for gifting to friends and family.

Use code RUNONORGANIC for 20% off your first order at PurityCoffee.com

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Purity Coffee.

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Platejoy Custom Meal Plans Review

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Platejoy including my personal review, thoughts and experience.

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About Platejoy:

PlateJoy is a personalized meal planning app that makes healthy eating easy.

Personalize your meal plan by taking a lifestyle quiz about your tastes, health goals, family size, schedule and more

Receive delicious, custom-designed meal plans that simplify your life and keep you feeling fit this summer.

Why PlateJoy is Awesome:

– Start a new diet or eating plan easily: low carb, low sodium, keto, paleo, weight loss, food allergies, vegetarian, vegan and more

– Find the type of cooking that works for your household: family friendly, batch cooking, slow cooker meals, budget, etc.

– Get recipes that really fit your schedule: Get plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, or pick only the meals you need. You can change the exact number of meals each week, to fit your exact schedule.

– No more food waste. Your digital pantry keeps track of ingredients you already have, and we pair your recipes together smartly to reduce waste.

– Get optional same-day delivery, with no packaging or subscriptions. We integrate with local stores in your town, so you can get optional delivery when you want it, without boxes of dry ice.

– Access all your plans on the go. Easy to use because your recipes are sent straight to your phone.

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Our Experience:

My boyfriend and I live together and we are both pretty big eaters! We do so much cooking at home, both because we enjoy it and it’s more cost effective than going out to eat all the time. Luke coaches Crossfit and ran track in college, so with my food/athletic experience and his knowledge, we are both decently educated in nutrition and do a pretty good job of making it happen for ourselves as far as home-cooked meals go.

But even then, there are times we lack creativity and find ourselves cravings some new dishes and new ideas. I’ve never been signed up for anything similar to Platejoy; we’ve always just been winging it in the kitchen and putting all the healthy foods we like together in a yummy way. I wasn’t sure at first that it would be of use for us since we are health nuts most of the time.

I was so encouraged and surprised to see how many great ideas I have been getting from Platejoy. I really love that you can search for recipes by ingredient based on what we have at home. While I’m not big on abiding by and sticking to exact measurements/recipes, I like getting new concepts for dishes or ways to change up meals I’ve made a bunch of times.

Probably the biggest advantage I see of having Platejoy is that you can acquire a “menu” to use that completely adheres to your style of eating, whether it’s vegan, low-carb, no eggs, etc. This a game changer actually. We strive to eat gluten and dairy free (Luke eats eggs, I limit them) with a focus on healthy fats, veggies and some fruit. It was super easy to  “tell” my Platejoy sign up page that that’s the way we eat. Then voila! It was like ready to go, customized-feeling batch of meals and ideas for us to take and run with. You can even enter your weight loss goals (if you have any) and get a shopping list to take to the grocery store. So many thoughtful + cool little perks.

We typically don’t have an issue with food waste, but it’s awesome that Platejoy can help you eliminate that by telling you how much food to buy based on how many of you are in your household. Also the handiness and accessibility provided through the app is awesome for taking your phone into the kitchen/planning/etc.

Two of the meals I’ve made so far are pictured above! I made the Mango + Greens Smoothie alongside the Breakfast hash (I added in sweet potato and pork sausage instead of the apple and bacon in the recipe. They are both so satisfying and DELISH!

Use my code RUNONORGANIC to save $10 on any Platejoy plan!

 

Primal Kitchen Paleo Collagen Bars + Mayo + Ranch Review

One of my favorite, most influential entrepreneurs + minds + health advocates is Mark Sisson. Mark has many accolades at this point, but I know him from his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, his brands Primal Blueprint and this one (Primal Kitchen), and have also heard him on the Melissa Ambrosini Podcast.

In many ways, I view his products as “Pre-Approved” by Mark himself. I sorta of intrust him to come up with products that are high quality and are aligned with a lifestyle that largely uses real food and fat as fuel. That has worked well for my body, hormones and overall state of health.

Here are the Primal Kitchen products I tried:

Garlic Aioli Mayonaise w/ Avocado Oil:

A creamy combination of garlic, rosemary, and cage-free eggs, this savory mayonnaise spread is infused with nourishing ingredients and uncompromisingly delicious taste.

Avocado Oil Ranch Dressing:

The holy grail of dressings: an uncompromisingly delicious, rich, full-flavored and oh-so-healthy ranch dressing.

Avocado Oil Mayonnaise:

Healthy Mayo, who knew? Made with avocado oil, superfood ingredients and organic herbs and spices.

Pure Avocado Oil:

First cold pressed and centrifuge extracted without heat to preserve the true properties of the oil—antioxidants, minerals and a high concentration of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

Dark Chocolate Almond Collagen Bar:

Turkish almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds enrobed in a chewy dark chocolate, caramel coating.

Macadamia Sea Salt Collagen Bar:

Macadamia nuts and a touch of sea salt offer a distinctly buttery, savory and sweet flavor combination, with only 12 grams of carbs.

Chocolate Hazelnut Collagen Bar:

The coveted combination of chocolate and hazelnut we all love, made with organic fair-trade cacao and paired with toasted hazelnuts.

Coconut Cashew Collagen Bar:

Cashews and roasted pumpkin seeds satisfy with a nutty crunch, while creamy coconut adds a hint of sweetness.

Where do I start? I’m just so glad that these options are now out there! With the inflammatory effects being so real with heavily processed oils like canola and soybean, finding dressings that are healthy has been such a struggle. Before Primal Kitchen, I would normally just bite the bullet and have crappy dressings, or make my own healthier take at home (which would never taste as good). Luckily now I don’t have to worry about that.

There are so many ways to use these products. My favorite use for the Avocado Oil is to roast vegetables (see above). I’ve also been loving tuna salads lately. (see below) Both the Garlic Aioli Mayo and traditional Avocado Oil Mayo work so good. I also add some hot sauce, sea salt and pepper to taste.

The ranch is….well…it’s really good ranch. And I’m a sauce queen! Give me ALL the dips and I’m happy. Of course I try to keep my diet clean but I do love dressing. This is such a rad, delicious alternative to most of the cruddy ranch dressings you’ll find in stores.

I’ve been a consistent collagen user for close to 2 years now. I’ve noticed a difference in my gut health, as well in my hair + skin + nails. There are so many benefits to incorporating collagen and it may take some people a bit of time to notice a legit difference. Primal Kitchen didn’t have to talk me into trying their collagen bars for that reason!

I found the bars a little bit hard to bite into (they’re pretty dense and hold together real tightly). But besides that, the ingredients are super clean, simple and the taste is satisfying. My favorite is the Dark Chocolate Almond!

Nuzest Clean Lean Protein + Supplements Review + Coupon Code!

This post is about my experience with Nuzest and how i’ve incorporated these protein and superfood powders into my routine.

In the vast array of protein brands on the market nowadays, it’s becoming increasingly hard to decipher the good from the bad, the real from the fake and the nourishing from the depleted. I tend to look to some of the top Crossfit Games athletes for supplement ideas when I’m curious to try a new brand. Jamie Greene is a top female Crossfit Athlete competing out of the UAE. I was scrolling through her Instagram feed when I discovered the brand Nuzest. I briefly checked out their website, some of their ingredient lists, and I quickly realized that this brand is doing things right.

Nuzest’s products are vegan, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, nut free and nut free. The ingredients in their protein powders are intentional and clean. Perhaps the TASTIEST part of this review is that these have got to be some of the best-tasting protein powders I’ve ever tried. They are truly delicious; you feel like you’re drinking a yummy, satisfying shake, not a healthy meal replacement. I stumbled on the insane combination of combining a serving the Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein and the Cacao Banana Quick Vita Kick–my goodness. It was so unexpectedly good. It shakes up and combines easily in a blender bottle, giving it a creamy texture without any powdery clumps.

Here’s a snapshot of the products I got to sample! I tried three of the their products in a range of flavors. The products include their Clean Lean Protein, Just Fruit & Veg, and their Quick Vita Kick.

It’s hard to choose a favorite flavor of each product because they are all really stellar in their own regard. However, I will say that I normally tend to reach for vanilla, and their Vanilla Clean Lean Protein did not disappoint.

Here’s a glimpse of the ingredient list of each product along with their macronutrient breakdowns:

Clean Lean Protein

Ingredients:

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Just Fruit & Veg

Ingredients:

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Quick Vita Kick

Ingredients:

Quick Vita Kick

Wanna try some?

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Ancient Nutrition + Dr. Josh Axe Bone Broth Protein & Collagen Review

This post is about my experience with Ancient Nutrition keto-friendly, paleo protein and collagen powders.

THE MODERN SUPERFOOD BASED ON ANCIENT NUTRITION

For as long as humans have been cooking food over fire, bone broth—the simmering stock of bones from fish, beef, chicken, turkey and other animals that are typically discarded—has been a daily part of life. And it’s celebrated by cultures around the world.

Bone broths may be the “hottest trend in health” today, even though it is centuries old. In fact, just about every culture throughout history has used a form of bone broth.

SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS BONE BROTH PROTEIN™?

Bone Broth Protein begins as a true bone broth liquid. It’s then dehydrated, making it into a concentrated source of high-quality, tasty powder. A quality Bone Broth Protein powder comes with the benefits of a homemade broth, but it’s even more versatile in so many recipes.

What’s more, Bone Broth Protein supplies 20 grams of bone broth-fueled protein.

BONE BROTH IS NOW THE HOTTEST TREND IN NATURAL HEALTH

One thing that actors, professional athletes, executives and television personalities all have in common is high-performance lifestyles. So, it is little wonder that the media seems to be reporting almost daily on the celebrities that are making bone broths a central component of their health and fitness program.

You’ll also see bone broth very well represented on the covers of magazines and books if you take a stroll down the aisle of your local bookstore. Meanwhile, a surprising number of “broth cafes” have opened up in New York City as people are trading in their morning cup of coffee for the benefits that bone broth can deliver!

PERFECT FOR BOTH PALEO AND NON-PALEO LIFESTYLES

Another audience that is “fueling the fire” of the bone broth movement is the rapidly-growing group of people following a Paleolithic-inspired eating and lifestyle program. And it’s not just weekend warriors and hardcore fitness advocates that are contributing to the growth.

The world of health and fitness is often dominated by fads and trends; however, we believe that bone broth is not going away any time soon.

For most people, there are two major obstacles to experiencing the benefits of bone broth.: the time to make it at home components with the expense to buy it pre-packaged.

Time and expense are no longer an obstacle to getting the benefits of bone broth.

Bone Broth Protein

About:

  • Neutral Flavor Mixes Great in Water, Juices, Smoothies or Your Favorite Recipes
  • 20g of Protein per Serving, 2g Carbs, 1g Sugars, NOT A LOW-CALORIE FOOD
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Featuring Collagen Type II; Glucosamine; Chondroitin; Hyaluronic Acid; And 19 Amino Acids
  • Non GMO
  • BPA Free Container
  • NOTICE: Use this product as a food supplement only. Do not use for weight reduction.

Bone Broth Collagen

About:

  • Supports joint health and comfort (in as little as 7 days)†
  • Supports healthy flexibility†
  • Supports healthy skin†
  • Supports healthy immune system function;
  • Features Types I, II and III Collagen from real food sources
  • Delicious vanilla taste
  • Notice: Use this product as a food supplement only. Do not use for weight reduction.

Keto Protein – Maple

About:

  • Keto Performance Fuel
  • Keto Friendly, Paleo Friendly
  • 11g Fat, 15g Protein, 2g Carbs
  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Grain Free
  • Caffeine Free
  • See nutrition information for saturated fat content.
  • Powered by Bone Broth

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My Experience:

With ALL the buzz going around about both collagen and the ketogenic diet, this brand came to me at the perfect time. While I don’t love raving about DIETS (as that word can often mean deprivation) I am a big time advocate for each person to find an approach to eating that is sustainable and ultimately works in sync with your body’s unique needs and goals.

Ever since starting Crossfit workouts back in 2015, I’ve found that supplementing once a day with a protein shake helps me to recover, put on lean muscle mass and get rid of excess fat. Dream scenario right? Well, since many protein powders are high processed and contain all sorts of additives, it’s not as easy as walking into any sports nutrition store and picking up a canister of protein. Not all proteins are created equal.

Collagen is a focus of mine in my diet because it’s the most abundant protein in your body; vital for gut health, recovery and the strength of your hair + skin + nails. There are so many benefits that cover your bases, regardless of what your goals are. Who doesn’t want to recover better and have better hair? Wew, yes please.

I got to try these three products and they are each very different from one another, despite seeming interchangeable. I see the keto protein (11g fat, 2g carbs, 13g protein) as more of a meal replacement, as it’s pretty dense and filling with the fat content in addition to the protein content. The flavor took a little bit of getting used to; I prefer it mixed with vanilla hemp milk (or any other plant based milk you like) versus just water.

The bone broth collagen (1g fat, 2g carbs, 13g protein) to me is more of an addition to a shake I’m making or a bulletproof coffee I’m blending. It’s unique in that the collagen is sources from multiple foods like chicken, beef, turkey and eggshell. It provides the restorative power of collagen, but not the added fuel from the fat.

Lastly, the bone broth protein (1g fat, 2g carbs, 20g protein) is more protein dense with protein per serving compared to the bone broth collagen. I look to this product when I haven’t reached by protein goal for the day.

I loosely follow a macro-approach that’s geared towards being fat-adapted (50% fat, 20% carbs, 30% protein). Through lots of experimentation and limiting certain foods, I’ve found this works well for my lifestyle and goals. The bone broth protein really comes in handy when I need more calories from protein. The flavor is pleasant when mixed with water; but like the keto protein I also prefer it mixed with a plant based milk.

I like that each of these products is suitable for different needs on different days. The mind being Ancient Nutrition, Dr. Josh Axe, is putting out super admirable content that’s helping educate the world on hot topics and clearing up misconceptions. What he’s doing is having a big impact on how people fuel themselves and that shows in his products. I’m happy to have these in my routine and I’d encourage you to try them if you’re looking for different protein supplementation options.