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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Fitness + Health Nuts

Consider this your go-to 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

Whether it’s for a family member, friend, workout buddy, coworker, study buddy, or a white elephant surprise, I’ve got the perfect holiday gift guide + some awesome ideas for you on fitness and health products that will help make the favorite people in your life feel the love.

I’ve divided these items up into a few categories: Household, Supplements, Body Care and Fitness Gear. Happy shopping! ‘Tis the season!

Accessories

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Blue Light Blocking Glasses

For your gaming friend or family member that is always glued to their phone/ TV. Blue light blocking glass help reduce eye strain, improve sleep, and help regulate sleep/wake cycles as they filter out blue light (which negatively impacts the pineal gland).

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Sunski Polarized Sunglasses

Sunski is a Sunglass brand that gives back, has the sleekest frame designs, and are incredible reasonably priced compared to their competitors. They are staples for us; we have 3 pairs! The Taravals (pictured above) and Treelines are our favorites.

Household Gifts

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Hurom Masticating Juicer

Juicing is a movement that has taken the world by storm because of the immense health benefits. Especially in regards to juicing vegetables and low-sugar fruits (lemons, limes, etc), juicing daily can completely turn your health around. I’m a great example of this (helped my skin, hormones, athletic performance, sleep, recovery) and this is the juicer I use.

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NutriBullet Pro

The easiest way to get some healthy nutrition into the day? Smoothies! The Nutribullet Pro is so simple to use, clean and even pack for traveling. The Pro comes with various cup sizes and portable options that are best for blend + go.

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Portable Berkey Filter Water Bottle

For your favorite jet-setter, adventurer or traveler! The portable Berkey Filter Water Bottle provides optimum filtration; making clean water accessible wherever their adventures take them.

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Big Berkey Water Filter

Tap water is a haven for impurities of many kinds, including pharmaceutical drugs, toxic chemicals, fluoride, etc. The Big Berkey is an absolute beast at removing 99% of these pollutants from your drinking water. We have used this filter for many years and have not looked back. It’s the single-most useful item in our kitchen.

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Nesco Home Coffee Roaster

For your favorite coffee lover; a home coffee bean roaster is the perfect way to encourage them to take their java love to the next level. And then, the place to go for green coffee beans is Burman Coffee Traders!

Beauty + Body

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Osmia Organics Soap

This is the soap that dreams are made of. The range of organic, fresh, rejuvenating scents that Osmia makes will be sure to suit and of your gift recipients this season. Check out their special holiday releases for something more festive.

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Primally Pure Non-Toxic Dry Shampoo

Ladies, ever checked out the ingredients on your trusty dry shampoo? They are likely reeeeeal suspect. Here’s a cleaner (still super effective!) option that won’t introduce unnecessary toxins to your hair/scalp.

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Pixie Cup Luxe Menstrual Cup

Changing from tampons to this menstrual cup has completely flipped many negative aspects of my monthly cycle. No more panicked trips to the drug store when my period starts and I’m out of tampons, no more string, and no more potential health risks of long term tampon use (i.e. toxic shock syndrome). Total game changer for your girlfriend or menstruating woman in your life.

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NOW Foods Peppermint Essential Oil

By now (no pun intended!), you’ve heard of essential oils right? Their therapeutic and aromatherpapy benefits are awesomely real and palpable. A great starter EO gift for your friend or family member that could use some non toxic love in their home is peppermint. It’s rejuvenating, soothing for sore muscles and mentally stimulating.

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Estroblock for Acne

Know someone suffering with stubborn acne? They need Estroblock. Suitable for men + women alike, this natural supplement works by clearing out the bad estrogens in the body that cause cystic acne. I’m passionate about this product and love when others finally get clear skin by addressing the root cause of their skin problems. I was that person: frustrated and at wit’s end for many years. This bottle will last about a month and get your loved one on the road to healthy skin.

Supplements + Food

Laird Superfood Coffee

Know a coffee drinker who always aims to sip on the most scrumptious cup o’ joe? This Laird Superfood blend has been formulated by world-renowned waterman, surfer and Hawaii native, Laird Hamilton. He’s been deemed the best athlete on the planet many times over, so why not be fueled by the same stuff Laird is?

CACAO ELIXIR™ Raw Chocolate Powder blended with Superfoods

Medicinal Foods Cacao Elixir

For your favorite superfood nerd, this blend is truly in a league of it’s own. With alkalizing greens like spirulina and hemp, paired with the adaptogenic powder of chaga, maca and cacao, this Cacao Elixir is a delectably nourishing treat. I love pairing this with a drop of peppermint essential oil for a minty hot chocolate drink!

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Vital Proteins Marine Collagen

All the hype around collagen lately, am I right? For good reason, though folks! Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body. Responsible for the integrity of your hair, skin, nails, and even gut health, collagen is an awesome gift for anyone looking for a beauty boost or digestion enhancer.

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Sprout Living Protein

Vegan protein is the most alkaline form of protein powder that you can consume. Since alkalinity promotes detoxification, healthy internal pH, etc, it’s a great choice for omnivores and vegetarians, alike.

Fitness Gear

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Manduka Cross Strap Bra

Manduka, the maker of my fave yoga mat, also has a mindfully curated spread of activewear. This bra holds you in, provides a stylish flare in the back and doesn’t cut in or pinch on the sides. Dream bra experience if you ask me.

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Lululemon Define Jacket

Lululemon has been making a version of the Define Jacket for years now and it’s a staple in my closet. It’s thick enough to wear over a tee for temps around 40-60, but also breathes and wicks moisture away from the skin. The fit the super flattering and hugs you around your narrowest part and covers the bum slightly in the back.

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Adidas High Rise Reversible Tights

Everyone knows this brand, but you may not know they make a bomb pair of High Rise Reversible Tights. As a tall gal that is ALL legs, I live in and need the high rise. Made for high performance activity, these are perfect no matter what your exercise style is, be it hiking, yoga, Crossfit, pilates or lifting!

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prAna Foundation Wrap

During the winter, you can almost always find me layering with a wrap over my outfit and under my winter coat. This foundation wrap is a beautifully festive green that goes with any color outfit (black, brown, tan, red, navy…you name it). Super versatile and made with sustainable fabrics, this a holiday gift you can feel extra good about.

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Feetures Hi-Performance Socks

Workout socks that don’t wiggle down, prevent blisters and wick moisture as you sweat? These are those! I’ve worn Feetures for over 5 years now and they do not dissapoint. They come in various sizes, so you’ll be sure to find the sock that suits your hooves perfectly.

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Manduka Recycled + Thick Yoga Mat

To me, this is the gold standard for a yoga mat. It’s made of recycled materials, provides grip for no slippage and is thick enough to provide cozy cushion for your practice. I have this same mat in purple. It’s the backbone of my home workouts!

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Brooks Women’s Levitate Running Shoe

Over the last year, I’ve tried 4 different brands/styles of running shoes. These took the cake! The comfort and overall package is unmatched. I have them in the grey/black combo (with a super cool shiny strip of material around the sole), but how this pop of color is totally rad as well. P.S. There’s a men’s version of this shoe as well!

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Xero Shoes Daylite Hiker

Love hiking but don’t love most of the clodhopper boots available on the market? The Daylite Hikers by Xero Shoes are a more minimalist take on a hiking boot; suitable for your favorite adventures and time spent outside.

Amazing Grass Organic Superfoods Review

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Amazing Grass

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Amazing Grass:

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Amazing Meal

Amazing Grass’s Description:

“Amazing Meal Original Blend is a satisfying blend of protein and superfoods that provides amazing energy and amazing health. Organic, raw, and cold processed, this drink powder is gluten, soy and dairy free.”

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Energy Bars

Amazing Grass’s Description:

“Bring the good stuff with you on the go. Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Whole Food Energy Bars pack all the nutrition you need in a portable and affordable bar. We combine fruits and vegetables with our organic Green SuperFood drink powder for a treat that’s Mother Nature approved.”

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Greens Packets

Amazing Grass’s Description:

“Get your daily dose of nutritious whole greens with Amazing Grass Green SuperFoods. Every serving is chock full of all of the necessary vitamins and minerals you and your family need. Plus it tastes great! Add our superfoods to any beverage for an energizing start to your day.”

My Description & Thoughts on the Meal, Bars & Packets:

Amazing Grass is one of my very favorite organic health food brands. I specifically have always been a fan of their green powders. The bars and meal were new products for me to try. In many ways, the meal and bars are absolutely the ideal health fix for being on the go with a smoothie or a quick meal.

The only teeny tiny scrutiny I have is that the meal and bars are not compatible with those eating “Paleo.” That is, omitting grains from their diet. The meal and bars both contain a rice & hemp protein blend. If I had it my way, I would like to omit the rice protein and have these products containing solely hemp protein. I would recommend those two products to anyone if that were the case.

However, the quality of all of the ingredients is organic & awesome. The meal and bars all taste awesome. My favorite meal blends are the Pomegranate Mango Infusion and the Cafe Mocha. My favorite bar flavors turned out to be the Chocolate Chip Coconut and the Sweet & Savory Almond.

Now for my favorite product of this batch: the green packets. This is the product that first got me hooked on Amazing Grass products. These little packets are the perfect remedy for the busy individual who struggle’s to get a dose of greens every day. I love adding these powdered greens to Kombucha, fresh juice or water by itself. They are also great in smoothies or shaken up in a blender bottle with coconut/almond milk. My favorite flavors are the Orange Dreamsicle, Pineapple Lemongrass and Berry.

Jay Robb Protein Review

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Jay Robb Protein

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Jay Robb:

“When you follow your dream with passion, you will never work another day of your life. Even if I didn’t get paid for what I do, I would still do it. That is how you know you are fulfilling your purpose in life. Like Mark Twain said, “Make your vocation your vacation and you will never work another day.” Anyone can be successful if they will stop thinking about money, follow their dream with passion, roll up their sleeves, and go to work. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I merely have used what talents and gifts I have been given and made the most of them. That is life’s secret formula for success.

My love affair with health and fitness is a beautiful experience that will never end. Teaching others how to be happy by living in harmony with nature is my purpose on earth. It is truly an honor to share my knowledge and wisdom with the world. I have also been blessed with an absolutely gorgeous wife, Beth, who is the love of my life along with our four beautiful children. I live in Jupiter, Florida with my family and enjoy surfing, meditation, the beach, working out, writing, sunbathing, and spending time with my family.”

Jay Robb Whey Protein Powder

Jay Robb’s Description:

“Jay Robb’s Whey Protein is made from the finest natural ingredients available and delivers 25 grams of first class protein, 0-fat, 0-cholesterol, 0-sugars, and only 1 gram of carbohydrate per 30 gram serving. Only cold-processed cross-flow microfiltered whey protein isolate is used as the protein source and this material comes from farm-raised, pasture-grazed, grass-fed cows not treated with the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBGH.

Whey protein isolate, which is used exclusively in Jay Robb’s Whey Protein, is created by microfiltering liquid whey through a special ceramic membrane to create the highest grade of whey protein possible. This unique process also yields a whey protein isolate that is much higher in protein than a whey protein concentrate and is also rich in immunoglobulins, alpha-lactalbumin, and beta-lactoalbumin and other immune boosting factors.

Unique natural flavors and the herb stevia are used to create a flavoring system that is palate pleasing and has made Jay Robb’s Whey Protein famous across the nation. Their tagline, “The Best-Tasting Protein on the Planet,” says it all.”

My Description and Thoughts:

I first learned about the Jay Robb brand through following professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece and professional surfer Laird Hamilton. They used to sell these products on their website–and any product they advocate I will at least try. Most times, though, when I try what they recommend, it becomes a staple in my pantry. This protein is no exception. I have tried several different flavors and though I have my favorites, they are all excellent. Though I am aware that the egg protein has been deemed the gold standard for proteins, I would choose the taste of the whey protein over the egg white protein if I had to pick. Here is my breakdown of each flavor:

  • Vanilla: this one is definitely the most versatile for me. The vanilla flavor goes well with so many fruits and other ingredients that I add to my smoothies. The flavor is excellent–very rich and satisfying.
  • Tropical Dreamsicle: I am a big fan of tropical fruits, thus, this protein immediately sparked my interest. It goes well with pineapples, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, peaches, nectarines, and any other similar fruit you can imagine. The protein itself is so yummy and you forget you’re drinking a nutritious drink when you add it to your smoothie.
  • Strawberry: This flavor is also very versatile. I like it best when mixed with bananas. Chocolate almond milk, or something similar is also yummy with the strawberry flavor.
  • Pina Colada: If I could pick a favorite flavor for a drink/smoothie/slurpie/snow cone it would, without a doubt, be Pina Colada. That said, this is my favorite flavor. It tastes like such an indulgence. It goes well with a lot of the same fruits that the “Tropical Dreamsicle” flavor does: pineapples, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, peaches, nectarines, and bananas.
  • Chocolate: Who doesn’t love chocolate? I certainly do. The flavor tastes similar to the real thing. I like it best with bananas and strawberries. I made a chocolate shake for my brother as well (who is open to trying new health drinks, but gives his honest reaction and feedback) and he loved with bananas, almond milk, and ice.

Also, in regards to organic, Jay Robb states this on their website:

Is your whey protein organic?

We are guaranteed by our supplier in writing that the whey comes from cows not treated with rBGH. The product is not certified organic due to limited supply of organic whey protein raw material at this time. We hope this will change in the future as the demand for our product grows.”

I have come to learn that that there are some companies like Jay Robb that merely hold themselves to the same standards as companies that use the “organic” label. Jay Robb simply does not have the certification. They provide a laundry list of ingredients they never use, which is a lot more that can be said about many popular protein brands.

Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder

Jay Robb’s Description:

“Jay Robb Egg White Protein powder is unique and famous for its natural flavor systems. The egg white protein raw material is derived from chickens not treated with growth hormones. The protein is flash pasteurized for safety, with no additional heating used during the final processing.

We believe that nothing on the market out-performs Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder. In the world of protein, egg albumen is nearly perfect! And our egg white formula is chock-full of PURE egg albumen! plus our Egg White protein formula contains no cheap fillers or sweeteners like fructose, malto-dextrin and glucose polymers. Plus it contains NO FAT, making it ideal to blend with a high quality flax seed oil.

Our ingredients contain NO gluten, NO msg, NO casein, NO artificial colors and NO artificial flavors.”

My Description and Thoughts:

I first learned about the Jay Robb brand through following professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece and professional surfer Laird Hamilton. They sold these products on their website, and any product they advocate I will at least try. Most times, though, when I try what they recommend, it becomes a staple in my pantry. This protein is no exception. I have tried several different flavors and though I have my favorites, they are all excellent. Although I prefer the whey protein flavor over the egg white flavor, I include the egg white protein in my routine because it, like the whey, is high quality and has a great reputation. Here is my breakdown of the flavors:

  • Vanilla: like the whey protein vanilla flavor, for me, this vanilla flavor goes with the most things. I have not come across an ingredient (fruits, milks, seeds) that it does not go well with. The flavor isn’t as satisfying as the vanilla whey protein for me, but it does provide a good dose of the egg protein benefits.
  • Strawberry: like the whey protein strawberry flavor, the strawberry flavor goes with many things, but I like it best with bananas. Again, the whey protein strawberry flavor tops this one. It does, however, still tastes a lot better than other strawberry protein powders I’ve tried.
  • Chocolate: this chocolate flavor isn’t as rich, to me, as the whey protein version–but it still tastes excellent and beats other chocolate protein powders I’ve tried. It goes well with bananas and strawberries.

Jay Robb High-Protein Jay Bar

Jay Robb’s Description:

“I’ve raised the bar on bars and created the JayBar—a great tasting protein bar without sugar, corn syrup, casein, artificial sweeteners, maltitol, acesulfame-K, evaporated cane juice, aspartame, or sucralose!

Gluten, wheat, Soy, MSG, hydrogenated oils, transfats, artificial sweeteners, acesulfame-K, aspartame, sucralose, splenda, casein, glycerine or maltitol.

About Xylitol
Our xylitol is naturally extracted from NON-GMO corn cobs (they are Kosher too) to produce pharmaceutical grade xylitol that is basically NON-ALLERGENIC due to the processing and purity of the product. Our xylitol is not derived from birch fiber. Xylitol created from birch trees must be extracted with sulfuric acid, which is a highly corrosive chemical used to manufacture paint, detergents, fertilizers, and explosives. We chose to avoid that.

  1. It is corn based (Kosher corn cob specifically)
  2. The corn is NOT genetically engineered, (Non-GMO) (GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism)
  3. Corn is used to avoid the use of sulfuric acid necessary in birch fiber extracted xylitol.
  4. The xylitol we use is naturally extracted, non-allergenic pharmaceutical grade.”

My Description and Thoughts:

I am normally not a huge fan of protein bars for several reasons:

  1. Normally they contain a plethora of preservatives to extend their shelf-live.
  2. They are not satisfying, have a strange taste, and are not fulfilling.
  3. They have very few natural ingredients and a lot of fillers.

These bars are different, and have thus changed my perspective on protein bars. They are free of the laundry list of preservatives common to other protein bars. They also taste really delicious and are convenient to grab when you’re in a hurry, traveling, or simply want the satisfaction of eating a fudge brownie, peanut butter, or a cashew-coconut flavored bar without the guilt. Here is my breakdown of the flavors:

  • Fudge Brownie: this is my favorite of the three. It’s really yummy and provides a nice chocolately flavor. It has just the right moisture to it and it will give you a healthy chocolate fix. Yum yum.
  • Peanut Butter: this is my second favorite of the three. It reminds you of the real thing, yet doesn’t contain all of the calories from fat like ordinary peanut butter does. This one is nice and moist also, and gives you a salty fix. Delicious.
  • Cashew-Coconut: This one was good, but was not AS good as the other two. I figured that it would be my favorite judging from the flavor names, but the flavor was not quite as satisfying as the fudge brownie and peanut butter bars. This is definitely a good change of pace and is excellent in it’s own right. This flavor is more unique than chocolate and peanut butter–which many other protein bar companies make.

I enjoy protein in my smoothies more than I like the bars, but you cannot replicate the convenience that these bars provide. As far as protein bars are concerned, these are the best protein bars I’ve ever had. 

Even though these bars are intended to be meal replacements, I had the idea to chop them up into cubed chunks and add them to yogurt to make a dessert. I do not normally include much dairy in my daily intake, so I would use a almond or coconut alternative yogurt.

My Favorite Post-Workout Recipe

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(topped with my Lemon Poppyseed protein cookie)

After a long, exhausting workout or run, my body craves replenishment. If you’re anything like me, my hunger doesn’t set in until at least 30 minutes after my workout concludes. Therefore, right after finishing my workout, my body needs primarily hydration with a kick of nutrients–nothing super heavy. I throw these ingredients into a blender for the perfect post-workout smoothie:

-2 Cups of filtered water (I filter my water with a Berkey filter)

-1 Tablespoon of spirulina (a robust, nutrient dense powdered sea plant)

-1/2 scoop of vanilla protein (I use Jay Robb’s vanilla protein)

-1/2 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple (pineapple contains enzymes that minimize bruising and aid in recovery)

Blend, enjoy, replenish!

Garden of Life Supplements Review

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Garden of Life Supplements: Organic, Non GMO, Raw, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free

This is a review of Garden of Life supplements.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Garden of Life supplements are the single most exciting line of supplements that I have recently discovered. Qualities like the aforementioned (organic, gluten free, etc.) make them tops. They are readily available at my local health food stores like Whole Foods & Natural Grocers, which is an added bonus. I had tried this company’s  “Raw Meal” before, but they were generous enough to provide me with samples of a range of many other products they create. My fiancee can vouch for my excitement when I received this box in the mail (contents pictured above). 🙂 Here are the products that I have been implementing into my daily intake:

Raw Meal Replacement:

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Garden of Life® RAW Meal was formulated to be a snack or meal replacement that satisfies hunger, is naturally filling and provides energy, all while providing the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that you would find in a healthy meal of raw foods. RAW Meal provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy raw meal in one delicious serving.

Why Choose RAW Meal?

RAW Meal goes beyond organic by providing live probiotics and enzymes, Vitamin Code® RAW Food-Created vitamins and minerals, as well as nutrient Code Factors such as beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10, enabling natural recognition by your body.

Containing 26 superfoods from RAW organic seeds, sprouts and greens, RAW Meal provides 34 grams of protein, 9-16 grams of fiber (depending on flavor) and a healthy 2.5 grams of fat making it an excellent choice for “weight conscious” individuals. RAW Meal also offers 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals providing at least 100% of the Daily Value of 16 key nutrients.

Just as important is what’s NOT included in RAW Meal. It is gluten-free, dairy-free and lactose-free. It has no fillers, no synthetic nutrients, no artificial flavors or sweeteners and no preservatives.

What are the Key Benefits of RAW Meal?

A convenient meal-on-the-go, RAW Meal is suitable for almost anyone including those on vegetarian or vegan diets, those on low carbohydrate diets or those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey or other protein sources. RAW Meal offers the following:

  • Provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy meal
  • Naturally filling, satisfies hunger, provides energy
  • Excellent source of RAW organic, plant-based protein (34g) – including all essential amino acids
  • Excellent source of 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals – RAW Food-Created Nutrients and RAW Food-Chelated Minerals that enable targeted delivery and natural recognition by your body
  • Excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber (9-16g) depending on flavor
  • Provides live probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion
  • Made exclusively from RAW natural, plant-based, whole foods – uncooked, untreated, unadulterated
  • Contains 13 RAW organic sprouts, 4 RAW organic cereal grass juices, 5 RAW organic fruits, spirulina and chlorella
  • No Trans Fats

RAW Meal naturally satisfies hunger and increases energy, making it great for those looking to manage their diet and looking for a convenient alternative to the pre-packaged or fast-food meals that dominate our on-the-go lifestyles.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I came across this product initially in searching for a supplement that would provide me with the range of vitamins and minerals that I perhaps do not otherwise get enough of from my daily diet. I was excited to read the ingredient list on this product. Like all Garden of Life products that I have used thus far, the ingredients are recognizable, organic, raw, non-gmo (and the list of positives goes on). Products like this one excite me more than I can adequately articulate–knowing that I am getting so many quality components in each dose of Raw Meal is a great feeling. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to try more Garden of Life products after discovering Raw Meal.

Raw Fit: High Protein for Weight Loss

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†

Why RAW Really Matters:

Heat can denature proteins, reducing their availability to your body. But Garden of Life’s USDA Certified Organic plant proteins are different; always gently produced at low temperatures, without any added fillers or carriers (like maltodextrin which can come from GMO corn) preserving their complete amino acid integrity and whole-food, Certified Organic, Non-GMO goodness.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This product intrigued me because of my recent interest in being more conscious of how much sugar I am consuming on the average day. I had been effectively eating less sugar by sensibly (not neurotically) eliminating extra sugar and empty calorie foods like bread. This product helps keep that effort going. This mixture contains fewer carbohydrates than the Raw Meal. I use the Raw Meal, Raw Protein and Raw Fit in a rotation sort of manner in my diet (about 1 serving of each per day). This Raw Fit is also different from Raw Meal in that it contains a green coffee extract blend that has made a splash lately in the world of health discussions due to its supposed ability to help optimize the body’s ability to get rid of extra sugar in the blood stream. On a side note, I prefer the taste of the Raw Meal over this Raw Fit blend.

Raw Organic Green Superfood

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Capture the power of the sun with Perfect Food RAW, packed with the power of 34 nutrient-dense, RAW, organically grown greens, sprouts and vegetable juices for the RAW ENERGY you need every day. Just think of it as RAW organic veggie juice in a bottle.

How Can You Benefit from Perfect Food RAW?

Perfect Food RAW is RAW, whole food nutrition providing naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and dozens of phytonutrients. Bursting with prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes to support healthy digestion and nutrient absorption,† Perfect Food RAW is the convenient and sensible way to get your veggie juice every day.

Perfect Food RAW provides foundational nutrition your body craves to support:

  • RAW Energy
  • Immune System Health
  • Healthy Detoxification
  • Healthy Digestion and Elimination
  • Healthy Blood Sugar Levels†1

What Goes Into Perfect Food RAW?

Young cereal grass juices such as Barley, Alfalfa, Oat, Wheat, and Kamut are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. The green juices in Perfect Food RAW are grown organically, harvested at their nutritional peak, immediately juiced and dried at low temperatures. The RAW, organic cereal grass juice powders contained in Perfect Food RAW are loaded with chlorophyll and trace minerals for energy and support of already healthy blood sugar levels.†1

Each serving of Perfect Food RAW contains over 17 nutrient-dense veggie juices that are freeze-dried using a gentle process that maintains nutrient potency and freshness.

Perfect food RAW also contains over a dozen organic raw sprouts. Sprouting is a term that refers to the process where you unlock the nutrient potential within a seed and is a great way to increase the digestibility of seeds, nuts and legumes while maintaining their raw nutrient density.

Finally, Perfect Food RAW contains a host of live probiotics and enzymes. Enzymes are present in all raw foods and enhance the body’s ability to digest and assimilate the nutrients our food contains while probiotics are key to the optimal function of our digestive system.

Why Choose Perfect Food RAW?

Almost as important as what you get from Perfect Food RAW, is what you’re not getting. Perfect Food RAW is:

  • RAW
  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
  • No Fillers, Added Sugars or Herbs
  • No Synthetic Chemicals

This means every single ingredient in Perfect Food RAW lends nutritional weight to the formula.”

My Description & Thoughts:

For severals years now, I’ve been a big fan of using organic, powdered greens in my daily drinks because of the amazing benefits of greens (these greens range from sea greens like spiraling and chlorella to spinach, kale & barley). Again, the ingredient list of this product is impressive. One serving is chock full of green power. I like to mix this powder with the Raw Meal in my blender bottle for an extra boost of greens every day. The flavor from the cacao makes the greens yummier than expected.

Raw FucoThin Green Coffee Extract

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Help make your diet and exercise program more effective, naturally, with fücoTHIN® GREEN, the complementary power of clinically studied, clinical potency RAW Concentrated Fucoxanthin PLUS RAW Green Coffee Bean Extract.

  • Clinically Studied Ingredients and Potency
  • Naturally Boosts Metabolism – No Jitters
  • Powerfully Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
  • Minimizes Fat Storage
  • Increases Lean Body Mass

fücoTHIN® GREEN is the first 100% natural, RAW, Whole Food supplement to combine the fat burning power and glucose support of two clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural thermogenics: Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin) and Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract).

Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin): Non-stimulant, natural fat burner, clinically studied to boost metabolism, minimizing fat storage and increasing lean body mass without causing jitters.

Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract): Clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural fat burner with 50% Chlorogenic Acid for powerful support of healthy blood sugar levels.†”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m not generally a huge fan of supplements that act as catalysts in weight loss. That said, a lot of those products are chemical ridden and made of synthetic ingredients. I recently read a piece on naturally occurring foods and extracts that help regulate blood sugar and help optimize the body’s ability to get rid of sugar and fat in a magazine from a local grocery store. It’s funny that I happen to come across this product right after reading about green coffee bean extract, as I had a peaked interest in this sort of product. I had bought a bottle of FucoThin on my own and was excited to get another bottle from Garden of Life to sample more. In the 3-4 weeks that I have been using this product, I have definitely noticed a difference in the amount of bloat in my stomach. For example, after I eat a meal, my body seems to process the sugar and fat more efficiently, lessening the discomfort from fullness that I might typically feel. I love that this product is helping my body optimize the effectiveness of my exercise and current diet. I’m very happy with this product and the ingredient list.

Raw Cleanse

Garden of Life’s Description:

“For those looking for the ultimate cleanse experience, RAW has always represented the standard. RAW Cleanse from Garden of Life features uncooked, untreated and unadulterated ingredients that are designed to support your body’s natural digestive and detoxification systems.

Why Choose Garden of Life RAW Cleanse?

RAW Cleanse is a breakthrough in total digestive system cleansing, active in the entire digestive tract beginning in the mouth and ending with elimination. Designed as a fast-acting internal cleansing system that works in synergy with your body’s own detoxification system, RAW Cleanse is an easy-to-use, triple detox formula that defends, detoxifies and eliminates toxins from the body in only one week.

RAW Cleanse features cutting-edge ingredients that are delivered to you RAW — the ultimate standard for quality. RAW Cleanse is ideal for anyone looking to experience extraordinary health and is suitable for those on vegan or vegetarian diets.

What’s Included in RAW Cleanse?

RAW Cleanse is a comprehensive, fast-acting, RAW cleanse program that provides full-body detoxification in only seven days and is as easy to use as 1-2-3.

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Step 1 – RAW Cleanse Toxin Defense – Optimal Oral Health and Immune System Support

Toxin Defense is the first step in the RAW Cleanse experience, supporting optimal oral health and overall immune system function.† Toxin Defense contains a unique combination of oral and intestinal probiotics that work in the mouth to help inhibit harmful toxins from traveling further in the body.† This “point-of-entry” defense contributes to overall immune function and promotes microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract for proper digestion and elimination. The clinically studied intestinal probiotic contained in Toxin Defense helps to support healthy bowel function, elimination and a healthy gut-associated immune system.

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Step 2 – RAW Cleanse Organ Detox – Natural Detoxification of Organs and GI Tract

Organ Detox is the second step in the RAW Cleanse experience, supporting normal removal of environmental toxins and pollutants from the body, as well as internally generated waste by-products.† Organ Detox is formulated with RAW milk thistle, RAW Food-Created glutathione, cysteine, glycine, glutamic acid, melon juice concentrate, a rich source of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase, plus vitamin U. This antioxidant, enzyme and amino acid rich formula supports healthy liver biotransformation and excretion of environmental toxins (and their metabolites) normally introduced into the body in small amounts.

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Step 3 – RAW Cleanse Digestion & Elimination – Toxin Capture and Removal

Digestion & Elimination is the third and final step in the RAW Cleanse experience, helping to catch and hold undesirable compounds in the digestive tract and facilitate final transport from the body. Digestion & Elimination contains 800mg of RAW Food-Chelated magnesium to draw water into the colon for effective movement of intestinal bulk.† RAW organic flax and chia seed act as bulking fibers to absorb toxins and pollutants while RAW organic coconut fiber lubricates and facilitates intestinal flow and creates a positive microbial balance in the body.

RAW Cleanse is a gentle, seven-day cleanse that works first to support the health of the entire digestive tract, and then aids the liver in removing toxins. Finally, RAW Cleanse aids the digestive system in trapping the toxins transporting them out of the body.

Finally, there is a cleanse formulation that meets the RAW standard of excellence, and that’s Garden of Life RAW Cleanse.

Suggestions while cleansing:

  • Drink at least the recommended 64 ounces of filtered water each day.
  • Eat fresh fruit, vegetables particularly crucifers and bitter greens (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive and radicchio), seeds, nuts and lean protein- organic whenever possible, with wild caught fish.
  • Increase your healthy fat intake by adding 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon each of organic coconut oil, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and olive oil per day to your diet.
  • Keep high allergen foods, such as dairy and wheat products to a bare minimum.
  • Eliminate caffeine, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
  • Eliminate added sugar, refined flour, processed foods and fatty food with trans fats.
  • Eliminate skin care products with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Use natural cleaning products.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Cleansing the body from the inside is something I’ve made a priority in my life, for sure. However, I normally do it using lemons, coconut vinegar, and naturally alkalizing foods like that. This 3-step cleanse sounded like a great idea, and I couldn’t wait to try it. Basically there are 3 mixtures and you ingest each of them once a day.

Step one is a packet of powder; GOL recommends that you empty it onto your tongue and add a bit of water to swish for 45 seconds before swallowing.

Step 2 is in capsule form; GOL recommends that 3 are taken before breakfast and 3 are taken at dinner.

and Step 3 is a powder; GOL recommends mixing two scoops of this mixture with water and drink one hour before going to bed.

Each of the steps are easy to ingest. I have felt less sluggish, more vivacious, more energetic, and truly “cleansed” since using this raw detox.

Raw Probiotic for Women

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“A RAW, full spectrum, whole food probiotic formula specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women. RAW Probiotics Women offers 32 “original” probiotics specifically formulated for women to support vaginal health and overall digestive function. Delivering probiotic-created vitamins, minerals and prebiotics, RAW Probiotics Women also delivers dairy-digesting enzymes to help break down lactose and casein.

RAW Probiotics Women goes Beyond Probiotics offering a broad range of benefits specifically targeted for women:

  • Supports colon health, bowel regularity and overall digestive function
  • Supports gut-related immune system function and overall immune system health
  • Supports healthy microbial balance by promoting healthy bacteria in the gut
  • Supports healthy nutrient absorption and assimilation
  • Relieves occasional gas and constipation
  • Supports vaginal health and healthy thyroid function
  • Emerging science suggests vitamin D supports breast health

What you see on the label is what you get in the bottle—temperature controlled cold storage and delivery from the moment the probiotic cultures are harvested until you swallow your first capsule—ensures that your probioticsArrive Alive!™1

RAW • GLUTEN FREE • NO BINDERS  • NO FILLERS • NO CARRIERS

RAW Probiotics—The Next Generation of Digestive Health

Garden of Life introduces RAW Probiotics—an innovation that goes Beyond Probiotics—whole food probiotic formulas providing 30+ powerful probiotic strains, along with probiotic-created cofactors including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and prebiotics. RAW means our probiotics are uncooked, untreated, unadulterated; with no binders or fillers.

Original Probiotics

Inspired by the Father of Probiotics, Elie Metchnikoff, RAW Probiotics provides probiotic strains found in Bulgarian Yogurt and Eastern European Wild Kefir—as recommended by Metchnikoff based on his study of Bulgarian longevity in the early 1900s and the probiotic-rich cultured dairy they consumed. RAW Probiotics provides RAW fruits and veggies sourced directly from the region where Metchnikoff made his probiotic discoveries.

My Description & Thoughts:

I haven’t always been aware of how important it is to take care of our digestive health. Essentially, if our digestive system isn’t functioning at a high level, then the organic, nutrient dense foods we strive to eat are not being readily absorbed by our digestive tract.

This supplement helps keep our digestive tract in tip top shape, and maintains the balance of “good bacteria” in our stomach and intestines.

Neglecting this part of our health can ultimately result in uncomfortable episodes of acid reflux, gastritis, and other pain staking illness; you can dodge them by implementing a supplement like this.

Organic Golden Flaxseed

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Organic Golden Flaxseed Benefits:

  • Promotes Healthy Digestion and Regularity
  • Promotes Heart, Breast and Brain Health
  • Supports Healthy, Balanced Hormones

One Serving of Organic Golden Flaxseed Contains:

  • 3g of Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid ALA)
  • 1g of Omega-6 (linoleic acid LA)
  • 1g of Omega-9 (oleic acid OA)
  • 98mg Antioxidant Lignans (SDG)

RAW Organics is a line of USDA Certified Organic, RAW foods reflecting Garden of Life’s commitment to:

  • Re-nourish our country with wholesome, Certified Organic, Non-GMO whole foods brought to you at affordable prices.
  • Re-invigorate the backbone of our culture—family farmers—providing them with guaranteed contracts and fair wages.

Our premium Certified Organic Golden Flaxseed is grown for us in North Dakota on pristine and virgin soils. Our family farmers have been growing flax for generations. Our flax goes through a unique five-step cleaning process that gently filters all impurities, leaving behind only the purest, freshest, Certified Organic Golden Flaxseeds. To unlock their goodness, the flaxseeds need to be milled and that’s where we really shine—using state-of-the-art, cold-milling methods that preserve all of the nutritional value without releasing the valuable oils which can cause the seeds to go rancid.”

My Description & Thoughts:

For several years now, I have been eating flax and chia seeds daily because of the healthy fats they provide my diet. This is the first batch of Garden of Life Flaxseed that I’ve gotten my hands on, though. Since I am trying this after being happy with several other GOL products, I trust the quality and source of the seed. I use this seed in my smoothies and fruit bowls—it adds a hearty, nutty flavor. On a side note, I’ve earned that nuts and seeds, alike, are more easily absorbed by the body if soaked in water prior to consumption. Because of this, I soak all of my chia, flax and hemp seeds in water (it becomes a sludge-y mixture) before I add them to my smoothies.