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Big Island Organics Review

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Big Island Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Big Island Organics:

“In 1996 Greg Petersen and Kristal Roach started Petersen Organics on their small farm on Hawaii’s big island. Their first product was Gingerade, a simple mix of Hawaiian yellow ginger and organic lemon juice grown on their farm with filtered water and agave nectar. This potent health tonic soon made its way to the local brewery’s menu and then to grocery stores becoming a local favorite.

Many years later Greg and Kristal decided to take Big Island Organics to the mainland. Today their delicious and healthy gingerades are offered at organic and natural food stores like Bristol Farms, Lassen’s, New Leaf, Pharmaca, Breaux Mart, Akins, Harmons, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods.”

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Hawaiian Gingerade

About:

“For over ten years we’ve been mixing this one up. Fresh harvested yellow ginger, organically grown on the Big Island of Hawaii was the inspiration behind its creation. This is a strong herbal beverage with the exotic flavor of ginger combined with the tanginess of fresh lemon juice.

We continue to exclusively use Hawaiian yellow ginger. The Hawaiian climate is ideal for this plant and we choose from the highest quality available, buying direct from the farmer and supporting Hawaiian agriculture. Each 16 ounces of Hawaiian Gingerade (pictured) contains 42 grams of Hawaiian Yellow Ginger Root known to be twice as strong as the commonly used White Ginger. Try one today and feel the difference!

Ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic agave nectar, organic fresh pressed Hawaiian yellow ginger juice.”

Gingerade Mate

About:

“Feeling energized and happy is what Yerba Maté is all about. This wonderful plant contains 24 vitamins and minerals and has been used as a health enhancing beverage for centuries in South America. In modern day Mate’ has found its way into American life. Many people are choosing to drink Maté instead of Coffee or Black tea, finding it to be safer and gentler on their body and mind.

We have brought together our powerful Hawaiian Gingerade with Yerba Maté to create a strong energy drink that will get you on your feet and feeling great. We use the highest quality Maté available. Each 16 ounces (pictured here) of Gingerade Maté contains a generous 3.5 grams of Yerba Maté. Uplift yourself to higher ground!

Ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic agave nectar, organic fresh pressed Hawaiian yellow ginger juice, organic cold infused Guayaki Yerba Mate.”

Agave Lemonade

About:

“We have created the world best lemonade using the finest 100% organic ingredients. This is what real lemonade is all about.

Our delicious Agave Lemonade is made using fresh organic lemon juice that’s not from concentrate. We use organic agave nectar to lightly sweeten it. Agave nectar is a highly nutritious sap that is naturally extracted from the agave plant. The natural sugar in agave is low glycemic and considered to be one of the world’s healthiest natural sweeteners.

Kids and adults Love our Agave Lemonade!

Ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic agave nectar.”

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My Thoughts:

These lemonade drinks will completely change your lemonade game! There is simply no comparison between Big Island Organics drinks and the typical container or bottle of processed, artificially filled junk you’ll find at the convenience store. More and more brands are creating organic lemonade drinks, however–Big Island Organics also harnesses these beneficial ingredients: agave nectar, ginger juice & Guayaki Yerba Mate. These ingredients take these beverages to a whole new level.

Ginger does many incredible things for the body–not the least of which is that it helps aid and facilitate digestion. This is helpful to anyone looking to improve their overall health, lose weight and detoxify their system. Efficient digestion is vital in absorbing the nutrients from the foods you eat.

The foundation of each of these drinks, lemon juice, is one of nature’s most potent detoxifiers and cleansers. Regularly consuming lemon juice helps balance your internal pH, clear your skin, boost energy levels and increase your metabolism.

Besides all of the remarkable health benefits, these drinks are delicious! I enjoyed drinking half a drink every morning, pairing it with a protein-rich smoothie (containing a healthy source of fat like chia, flax or hemp seed) for a macro-balanced start to the day. Since these drinks are primarily a source of sugar (healthy sugar), it’s important to pair them up with protein & fat to keep your diet balanced.

I recommend these to everyone–who doesn’t love lemonade? You’ll love it even more after tasting what Big Island Organics has to offer: fresh, organic goodness with a kick of ginger!

 

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Health Warrior Chia Bar Review

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Health Warrior

This is a review of Health Warrior Chia Bars.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Health Warrior:

POWERED BY CHIA

There’s a fire inside us all.
Silently blazing, pushing us to do more, go further.
When everything else says stop, no more,
and pleads for you to quit, the fire charges onward.
Fueled by desire. By ambition. By courage.
It’s the fire that gets you out of bed in the morning
and through your day with verve.
It’s the fire that gets you over that peak,
and through that meeting,
and into the new week ready for anything.
At Health Warrior, we fuel that fire.
With wholesome, nutritious, convenient foods.
So you know it will always be there, inside you,
fueled the right way, with the right foods.

Five centuries after the Aztec Warriors built an empire on the power of Chia, we learned about the benefits of Chia while reading the best-selling book Born to Run, about the Tarahumara Indians and their jaw-dropping long-distance runs. The Tarahumara, like the Aztecs before them, are Powered by Chia.

We looked into it further, and were floored by what we found. Turns out Chia is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

We started eating Chia every day, on everything. Suddenly we were working out harder, lifting heavier, feeling stronger, and running farther, faster.

With that, Health Warrior was born.

Health Warrior is dedicated to vetting the world’s growers for the highest quality Chia and helping people conquer the many challenges of their everyday lives.”

Are all chia seeds created equal?

No. A thousand times no! Health Warrior has made it our mission to vet out the most Premium Chia Seeds and bring them to you.

If a farmer harvests Chia too early, many of the nutrition benefits are lost. Our growers harvest at the exact right time, and use No Tillage Farming, which is environmentally sustainable and produces healthy soil. Healthy soil = great nutrients for the Chia plant = the very best Chia = Chia, the Warrior Way.

Our organically grown Chia Seeds have 100% traceability from Farm to Package and are Kosher, Halal, Non-GMO, and Gluten-Free. They’re also listed as an EU Novel Food and boasts Global GAP, GMP & HACCP Certifications. Not to mention, we have a guaranteed purity level of 99.9%. Unlike some of the other guys, there’s no accidental rocks, dirt, or twigs in Health Warrior Chia Seeds!”

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Ingredient List from the Acai Berry Bar:

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My Thoughts:

First of all, I love everything that Health Warrior stands for and promotes: pushing yourself, challenging your body and fueling up right. That’s how I aim to do it!

A great tasting, high quality bar is hard to come by, especially one packed with chia seeds. I have been a fan of chia seeds for several years now as a great source of healthful omega fats. I had yet, though, to find a bar like this one that truly showcases chia seeds in a convenient little pack.

I love the use of agave syrup as a sweetener–it has a low glycemic index which means it doesn’t make your blood sugar skyrocket (which can trigger weight gain). To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of brown rice syrup, brown rice crisps and oats because I strive for a grain-free diet. Those components are the few aspects that I didn’t like about the bars.

As far as quality goes,  I am excited to see many organic ingredients, most of which are very nutritionally dense. Taste-wise, they are hearty bars with a little zip of flavor. The chia is the primary crunch you experience and each flavor has its own unique sweetness and yumminess. The flavor (banana nut, for example) is not overpowering & it doesn’t taste like a bar full of sugar. It’s truly a bar that will fuel you, not simply satisfy a sweet tooth. At 100 calories, it is the perfect size snack to enjoy mid-workout if you are outdoors training for long periods. I also see it as ideal to put into a Camelbak or hiking pack for hikes & outdoor adventures.

The banana nut, coffee and chocolate peanut butter turned out to be my favorite flavors. If I had to pick one, it would be the coffee bar–I so enjoyed eating one with my morning cup o’ joe!

I love the shirt that Health Warrior gave me to rock–I will proudly do so! I believe these bars to be unique, almost entirely organic, hearty and satisfying.