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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.

Little Miracles Organic Tea Review

Little Miracles Tea

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About Little Miracles:

“A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF ORGANIC TEA, SUPER FRUIT JUICE, GINSENG AND AÇAÍ.

Little Miracles are a beautiful blend of organic tea and super fruit juice. With carefully selected panax ginseng in its purest form and açaí, it is the perfect pick-me-up morning, noon and afternoon.

Developed with consumer health and wellbeing in mind, all blends are sweetened with organic agave and are less than 90 calories. Free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners.

The idea behind Little Miracles was developed by our Danish founder following intensive travelling in China. Here he learned about the special properties of the Chinese ginseng root and a traditional ginseng formula that allegedly enabled farmers to double their efforts at harvest time.

Now available in over 20 countries, Little Miracles bottles are sold in the very best convenience stores, gas stations, gyms, cafe’s, deli’s, trains, airlines and supermarkets.

AWARD WINNING TASTE & QUALITY

In November 2013 Little Miracles was awarded the Quality Food Award within the BEST COLD BEVERAGE category. Judges awarded the product with the winner’s logo having voted it the best drink based on taste, quality, price, design and packaging.

‘The secret lies using only carefully selected Panax Ginseng in its purest form.’

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My Thoughts:

Little Miracles! What a great name for a mini jug of tea.

Here’s what I dig on about these organic tea blends:

-They’re not JUST tea. They contain healthy ingredients & superfoods like ginger, ginseng, acai

-Agave is the sweetener used to sweeten these teas (low glycemic; won’t cause blood sugar to spike like cane sugar)

-They give you the options of these four tea bases: lemongrass, white, green & black

-They’re certified organic

-All four blends are 90 calories per bottle and contain less than 7 grams of sugar per serving

Here’s the tweak I’d make:

-Take out the sweetener altogether and make an unsweetened blend. My reasoning: one dietary aim I have is to not consume very much sugar (and certainly not drink it–I tend to not enjoy it as much that way). Thus, an unsweetened version of this tea would be a perfect refresher for me on a warm day. I can’t tell you the last time I bought sweetened tea (whether it is a good sweetener or not).

-Make this tea cold-brewed and use raw ingredients (the ingredients added to the brewed tea may be raw in these drinks–it’s unclear)

Especially when compared to other drinks, these Little Miracles drinks are worlds better in regards to sugar content, health of the ingredients and the flavor. If I had to pick, I’d say the black tea blend is my favorite in regards to flavor–it had me at peach!

TK Hibiscus Tea Review

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TK Hibiscus Tea

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About TK Hibiscus:

“From bissap to agua de Jamaica, hibiscus has a centuries-long tradition as a brewed beverage with many different names. I grew up in a tea household and my Egyptian-born father was an avid drinker of his native version, karkadé (“car-kah-day”). He used to brew his own at home, drinking it plain or with a twist of ginger ale. When a routine check-up a few years ago revealed my blood pressure was starting to elevate―which wasn’t a shock to me given my love for salty foods and a job in investment banking at the time ―my father put on his doctor’s coat and recommended I start to incorporate hibiscus tea into my daily diet.

Hibiscus tea is not only delicious and refreshing, it is also a known super food. It’s full of antioxidants and it has been known to help lower and maintain healthy blood pressure as well promote heart health. In short, it’s really good for you. And in a few months after adding hibiscus to my daily diet, my blood pressure had returned to normal levels (at least most of the time).

I was impressed and so was my brother Ryan―who has experience in the high-end food industry―and the seed of an idea began to take root. We both began to experiment with different kinds of brews and blends. Our first breakthrough was the addition of the agave nectar. It’s sweeter than sugar and honey, which means it not only enhances the flavor profile but you use less, which means less calories―only 40 in a 16-ounce serving. Next, we chose our favorite four flavor combinations; they’re all perfect at any time of the day, but each one has its own unique profile. Spearmint: Refreshingly perfect after a workout or a lazy day in the park. Ginger: The perfect complement to spice up any meal. Jasmine: With a touch of caffeine, it is the perfect replacement for your afternoon or morning coffee. Classic: As simple as it gets and the benchmark for bottled hibiscus tea.

So with these first four flavors we introduce TK Hibiscus; the first and premier purveyor of bottled, fresh-brewed, all-natural organic hibiscus teas. Our methods of procurement, production, and distribution are just as refreshingly modern.

Sip. Savor. Refresh.”

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Green Jasmine Hibiscus Tea

About:

“The addition of the jasmine green tea helps add a layer of natural sweetness and a floral layer of flavor to the hibiscus. It also provides another kick of antioxidants from the green tea and a subtle infusion of caffeine as well. Feeling like garbage after your third cup of coffee today? Grab a bottle of our hibiscus + jasmine green cuvée and your cubical will become as tranquil as a Japanese garden (and you will have enough energy to dominate the dojo as well).

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Jasmine Green Tea.”

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Yellow Ginger Hibiscus Tea

About:

“An old school recipe rebooted, the fresh organic ginger adds a sweet spice to the hibiscus as well as some of the various health benefits including helping with digestion. The flavor profile makes this perfect to pair with spicy foods ranging from chorizo tacos to the spiciest of drunken noodles.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Ginger.”

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Classic Simple Hibiscus Tea

About:

“The benchmark example of how hibiscus tastes when fresh brewed and lightly sweetened (trust us a great amount of research went into forming this conclusion). The agave rounds out the tart profile of the hibiscus giving our classic simple a refreshing flavor profile similar to a light cranberry juice.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar.”

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Cool Mint Hibiscus Tea

About:

“This brew blends organic mint and organic hibiscus. The mint adds a cooling fresh taste as well as brings a nice balance to the concentration of the hibiscus flavor profile. This tea pairs well with any meal and is terrific for everything from afternoon sipping to rehydrating after a workout or a night out (Note: we are not judging).

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Spearmint.”
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My Thoughts:

My latest drink obsession (triggered by receiving these 4 drinks and then experiencing hibiscus tea in many restaurants on my recent volleyball tournament trip to downtown Denver) is hibiscus tea. I have enjoyed it so much lately that I have gotten my hands on several bags of bulk, dried hibiscus leaves and am making my own at home.

I love hibiscus tea in that it tastes rich, unique and delicious & serves as a naturally caffeine-free alternative to coffee. Though I love coffee, I am also well aware of the benefits of herbal tea–thus, I aim to incorporate herbal teas into my diet daily.

At 10g of sugar per bottle, these drinks aren’t terribly sugar heavy. Also, they are sweetened using a low glycemic sweetener, agave nectar.

I appreciate and enjoy the fact that TK Hibiscus has created a unique, healthy, organic line of hibiscus tea blends. The ingredients are crystal clear on the label, there are no mystery ingredients, and you don’t suffer from a sugar high nor a crash later in the day. The cool mint is my favorite flavor of the bunch! I’d recommend these teas to someone looking for a healthy lunchtime drink to pair with their meal, someone looking for a coffee alternative, or someone looking to simply incorporate herbal teas in their daily diet.

 

Midori Organic & Raw Matcha Powder Review

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Midori Matcha Powder

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Midori Matcha Company:

“Matcha is made from freshly picked green tea leaves that are stone-ground into a fine powder. With its rich flavor and creamy texture, it’s considered one of the world’s healthiest beverages. In fact, just one bottle of Midori matcha is equal to ten cups of ordinary green tea! From our perspective, it’s just about the nicest thing you can do for your body.

Energy and Focus

Matcha provides steady, crash-free energy for up to 6 hours. The secret is in its high concentration of L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that sharpens focus and lifts mood.

Detox & Rejuvenate

Matcha is packed with vibrant green chlorophyll which helps the body cleanse itself of harmful chemicals and toxins. Matcha also has dietary fiber which helps with digestion, controls appetite and stabilizes blood sugar.

Strength and Fat Loss

Matcha contains more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable on the planet. These powerful nutrients strengthen your immune system, boost metabolism and promote fat loss.”

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About the Powder:

– 100% USDA Organic Ceremonial Grade matcha
– 30 servings
– Non-GMO
– Zero sugar
– Zero artificial sweeteners or preservatives

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My Thoughts:

I’m always eager and looking to try new superfoods and supplements that I believe can help boost my health in some way. To be honest, getting me to swap out coffee for matcha tea was a bit of a struggle at first. I love my coffee ritual–everything about it. But, in my mind, I got to a point where there was no denying that green tea matcha powder potentially has a whole-heck-of-a-lot more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals when compared to coffee that has been brewed. Thus, I decided that I’d certainly give matcha its fair shot.

Midori seems to be a fantastic brand that has focused their efforts solely on products that highlight and focus on matcha powder. This is a neat idea because it’s essentially an organic, plant-based brand that has harnessed the rejuvenating effects of matcha to serve as a natural energy drink. Not only do they sell this pure matcha powder, but they’ve also created cold-brew matcha drinks that will be on sale soon. I was lucky enough to try one of their little cans of green goodness.

So, here’s where I really get “picky” about it. In my ideal world, this powder would be raw AND organic. It’s clearly labeled as organic, however it’s unclear whether this powder has been processed with heat. This is huge deal to me because there is a major difference in nutritional value when you compare a raw food to a cooked/heated food. It’s just not even close. There is such a significant health benefits from raw plants; you won’t get those same benefits with a product that’s been heat treated.

I was recently excited to hear that Midori’s matcha powder and drinks are both considered raw. They provide a great explanation of how their drinks are made using cold pressure processing on their website. That’s refreshing to know that Midori is organic & raw. Well worth the money, in that case!

In regards to preparation, the can of matcha powder suggests that the powder be mixed with hot water. I understand that tea is traditionally made with hot water, but–I try to do things as raw as I can, as often as I can. So, instead of using their method, I mix a small amount (I don’t measure, but I’d say it’s about a teaspoon) in my morning superfood drink–along with other goodies like cacao powder, turmeric, cinnamon, etc.

I find that it does indeed provide me with a noticeable energy boost (not jittery, just a good & sustained feeling). Some days, I consume the matcha instead of my morning coffee. Matcha has a naturally occurring caffeine content similar to that of which occurs in a cup of brewed coffee. The difference is that matcha provides more brain boosting power and antioxidants to your system. I like incorporating both matcha and coffee in my diet (you can also find green coffee powder!). For those who don’t drink coffee, matcha may the perfect everyday energy solution.

 

Kiss Me Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Review

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Kiss Me Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder:

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My Thoughts:

Though I’ve heard of Matcha Green Tea before, this was my first time to try it. I’m always open to trying new, plant-based, organic energy boosters.  I love that this tea provides antioxidants and naturally occurring caffeine. Reading the benefits got me excited to try this product. This matcha powder helps boost your metabolism, provides health-boosting antioxidants and improves skin appearance and complexion.

I have been adding about 1/2 tablespoon of this powder to my morning superfood concoction. This mixture includes cacao, maca, ginger, turmeric and cayenne powders combined with water in a blender bottle. Having this matcha powder on hand to throw into the mix has temporarily replaced my morning coffee habit.

The energy boost from this matcha powder is subtle and sustained–no jittery feelings. I have yet to experiment with making actual warm tea with this powder, but look forward to being more creative with how I use it.

I would recommend this powder to anyone who is looking for a new twist in their morning coffee routine. This may provide more health benefits than a typical cup of roasted, ground coffee beans–making it a potentially healthier choice. The quality of this brand is excellent–I appreciate that they make it very clear that this brand and product is organic.