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More Than Alive Bulk Superfoods Pack Review & Giveaway!

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More Than Alive Bulk Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

More Than Alive is an online resource for a plethora of things ranging from food storage, water filters, bulk food items, books, supplements and clothing accessories. I was elated to receive this package of goods to try. They couldn’t be a more perfect fit for my daily food intake. I make various kinds of green drink concoctions and found several of these ingredients to be perfect to add!

Several of these products are labeled as organic and some wild-crafted. Wild-crafted simply means “they have not been irradiated and are also not treated with any kind of pesticides or additives.” Essentially, they are organic without the certification saying that they are.

*In bold: info provided to me by Kate of MoreThanAlive.com

More Than Alive does such a thorough job of providing the expansive benefits and details about each of these foods, and I encourage you to read their descriptions if you are new to each product or desire a more thorough explanation of how each plant can heal the body.

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Organic Barley Grass Powder

More Than Alive’s Description:

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Organic Wheatgrass Powder

More Than Alive’s Description:

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Wild-Crafted Spirulina

More Than Alive’s Description:

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My Description & Thoughts on Barley Grass, Wheatgrass, & Spirulina:

Barley grass and Wheatgrass were new for me to try on their own, though I’m sure I have ingested them before in various pre-blended powdered greens. Spirulina has been on my radar for a few years now, as I know it to be one of the most beneficial and detoxifying of all greens. Sea greens like spirulina and different algaes are potent in their rich, healing properties, making them a real treat to have in your diet.

I get excited about merely all things green in related to plant based food. Greens are basically the most nutritionally dense food that you can consume. This makes them a dream for athletes and health conscious individuals.

I combine about a tablespoon (I don’t see it important to measure precisely, so I always eyeball it) of the barley grass, wheatgrass and spirulina in a large blender bottle full of water. I gulp down the whole thing to put a hearty, green pep in my step. It tastes just as you’d imagine it would: greeny and grassy.

Adding a teaspoon or so of any 3 of these greens is also a great way to add a boost to your smoothie. It is naturally energizing and full of nutrients so in a roundabout way it helps curb cravings. If you are new to these foods, don’t be bashful! If you add them to your smoothies, the flavor blends in nicely and is hard to taste. Fruits like berries are especially great at masking the flavor of greens.

The quality of these green powders is great and because of that, the nourishment they provide to the body is optimized.

I highly recommend this barley grass, wheatgrass and spirulina to every last one of you readers. There isn’t anyone that wouldn’t benefit from these potent green machines.

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Wild-Crafted Chia Seeds

More Than Alive’s Description:

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My Description & Thoughts:

If you read even one of the bullet points from above, you quickly realized that these little mighty machines are incredibly powerful. If I could recommend one “superfood” to someone trying to implement healthier foods into their life, chia seeds would be it.

I always have chia seeds in my pantry. They are amazing and applicable to me because:

-They are very versatile. They can be thrown into a smoothie, sprinkled over a salad and even used in baking to replace eggs (how awesome is that?!). The possibilities for how to use chia seeds are virtually endless!

-They are a whole food. By this, I mean they have significant amount of fat, protein and carbs–making them well rounded and balanced to ingest.

-They are a good plant based source of protein. Many think that those who eat mainly plants struggle with adequate protein intake. This is simply not true. Knowing about protein sources like chia seeds lets you get the protein your body needs through a healthful, plant source.

-They take on the flavor of what they’re with. Because of this, they blend in well in whichever way you decide to eat or drink them.

More Than Alive mentions this above in their description and I’d like to add to it: the idea that chia seeds can be soaked in water and then turned into a gel-like substance. Chia seeds are more easily and readily digested if they are soaked in water (this is also the case for all nuts and seeds). Because of this, I consume my chia seeds this way:

Fill up a large mason jar with water and add a few cups of chia seeds to the water. Put the lid on and shake the mixture so that the chia seeds clumps are all broken up. Put the jar in the fridge and let it hang out for about 30 minutes. When you pull it out, the chia and water will have come together to form the gel-like substance. Experimenting with the ratio of chia seeds to water can help you to perfect the consistency of it. When ready to eat, spoon out the gel mixture and add it to whatever you’d like. This way, you can be sure that your body is reaping all of the benefits that chia seed has to offer.

I can’t say enough how monumental discovering chia seeds was to my nutritional journey. I have even heard them called “Perfect Runner’s Fuel.” If you haven’t tried chia seeds, then I suggest you head to More Than Alive’s site and get a bag that will last you a while so you can try out this power seed in various ways.

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Wild-Crafted Goji Berries

More Than Alive’s Description:

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My Description & Thoughts:

When first saw these in the superfood package, I thought of my husband. These are one of Paul’s favorite healthy foods to snack on.

The benefits of these little red berries are significant and make me want to eat more! As you can see above, they are also powerful antioxidants, as are most berries.

To me, they taste very similar to raisins, but with a bit more tartness. Similar to the chia seeds, goji berries are very nutritious and versatile. I like to sprinkle these on top of smoothies, throw into a bowl of fruit, or just eat by themselves! They are a great snack to have on hand for a hike or outdoor trek. You could even make your trail mix with these as your starting point.

If you like raisins, then you will surely love goji berries. I recommend that we trade the raisans and mix it up! Trying new, more nutritious foods can help you fall in love with new flavors.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

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I will choose 2 winners who will receive an assorted bundle of super foods similar to the ones pictured at the top of this post. More than Alive will substitute another item for the goji berries, as they are temporarily out of stock. This selection of goodies is an absolute jackpot! I’m excited for all of you.

More Than Alive has provided me with a coupon code for all of you readers to use as you shop their site:

The code is: ROO10 and is good for 10% off of orders that are $50 or more (not including shipping, which is FREE after the subtotal reaches $100).

You can redeem that code and shop here:

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To enter the giveaway, simply do these things:

1. Like my Facebook page: Run On Organic on Facebook

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5. Comment on this post and let me know what you do for exercise and how these superfoods will help fuel you! If you already follow me on those social networks, simply leave a comment to enter!

On 10/16, this giveaway will conclude and I will e-mail the winners. Thank you for reading my blog and entering this giveaway!

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Phenomenal Read: Laird Hamilton’s Book: Force of Nature

I am no bookworm. I dedicate a lot of my time to fitness and nutrition, but rarely sit down and read a book.

However, when a book like this comes along (at the risk of sounding too dramatic), you HAVE to read it. I say this because I consider this book a “gold nugget.” The information in this book has been exponentially helpful and useful to me in my journey in becoming my healthiest and fittest self.

I could rave about this book all day long–but instead, I will share some tidbits, quotes, stories, and ideas from this book that might help and/or inspire you as well.

The author of this book, “Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul (and, of course, Surfing)” is professional surfer, fitness & nutrition genius, innovative waterman (he has been given credit for being the pioneer of tow-in surfing), family man (married to professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece), Laird Hamilton.

His knowledge and wisdom are expansive, motivating, and captivating.

Laird’s interviews are on YouTube and are excellent pieces of inspiration for me. The man is a machine.

 

Here are a few exerpts from this book that I found particularly outstanding:

-On the key to happiness:

“I think that the key to happiness is maximizing each day. So, if you’re unhappy, here’s a simple prescription: Live harder.”

-On pursuing dreams:

“…When I was a kid growing up in Kauai, a teacher asked me what I wanted to do with my life. Obviously, she didn’t like my answer (to surf) because I also remember her shaking her head and telling me, ‘You can’t eat your surfboard.’ Well, I’ve been doing that for a while now, and at this point it tastes pretty good. Maybe she was waiting for me to say, ‘Oh, you’re right. I’ll be a lawyer.’ That would have been a very long wait. The point is, your path is yours alone. And if it’s the path less traveled, that’s absolutely fine. The world doesn’t need more conformists. The world needs more people who create and question and search. If you don’t fit in, celebrate that, and then get ready to stand your ground.”

-On treasuring the world around us:

“What we’ve been given here is precious: majestic in its smallest details and its grandest spectacles. Anytime you feel in danger of forgetting that, I recommend you take a good look at a 50 foot wave. Anyone who can be around something that powerful and not feel humbled has some serious analyzing to do.”

-On having a routine:

“I don’t have a set routine. To my mind, thats the quickest route to burnout (and it’s deeply unimaginative besides). To be healthy, to sleep well, to eat well. These things are essential every day…My activities vary daily, weekly, seasonally, geographically, psychologically, depending on who’s in town–you name it. The best way to maximize what a day has to offer is to look outside your window that morning, and then look inside yourself.”

-On enjoying fitness:

“Fitness doesn’t have to be a duty. It doesn’t have to mean charts and graphs and heart rate printouts. It should be a pleasurable part of your life, and it should include things that you do purely because you enjoy them. Fun is an ingredient that people often forget in their fitness program.”

-On enjoying the ride:

“The idea is to become an old wizard; to live a long and fruitful life and have family and be healthy and enjoy the ride. And speaking of the ride, why not let it rip, at least a little bit? Everyone I know who’s really stoked about getting out of bed in the morning does that to some extent.”

-On picturing what you want:

“Whatever you want to achieve, imagine it in every detail. When Michelangelo worked, he said he could see the sculpture in the rock before he began to carve and that his job was merely to remove the excess stone. That’s vision. Don’t be afraid to really use your imagination. Let it run wild. It’s one of the most powerful tools you’ve got.”

-On breaking the mold:

“Conventional wisdom about fitness is an oxymoron. Let’s break the mold instead.”

-On enjoying life:

“Instead of trying to enjoy our lives more, or pursuing the idea of getting into the position someday of being able to enjoy our lives more—maybe we should just start enjoying! Right this moment.”

-On finding passion:

“To find your passion, you have to look inward. If you look outward, all you see is what other people are doing. You are not other people.

-On Eating:

“Have you ever really looked at the labels on processed food? The list of ingredients is surreal. Here’s one: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Sounds like something you’d find in battery acid, not food. But it’s in microwave popcorn, added to make the bag less flammable. If PFOA sounds like a toxic chemical, that’s because it is; in fact, it’s been designated a likely carcinogen. And there are countless examples like this. Some chemicals are put into food to make the stuff last for months; some are added for cosmetic reasons–for coloring, flavoring, sweetening, texture, smell, you name it. Most of these additives haven’t been around that long, and their long-term effects on humans are unknown. Which means if you eat them, you’re the guinea pig.”

“Yes, it’s more expensive to buy organic food… But here’s the thing: When you put something into your mouth, you might enjoy it for 5 seconds, but your system will be dealing with its repercussions for a long time. Often people eat what their taste buds want and not what their bodies need. You know that Taco Bell isn’t the best dietary choice, but you go there because it’s easy and you like the taste. When you’re young you might be able to do this and still have a lot of energy. In the end, though, it’ll catch up with you. Potato chips in = potato chips out. That’s the rule.”

“As a culture, we rush through our meals because we think we’ve got far more important things to do. All too often, we take our food for granted. I’m always reminding myself to eat more consciously; to chew slowly and savor what I’m eating. (You can’t bolt down your dinner while watching CSI and then wonder why you have digestive problems).”

This book is available online at lairdhamilton.com or gabbyandlaird.com. It is a great investment, and if you decide to buy it, enjoy! 🙂

Work Cited: Hamilton, Laird. Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, (and, of course, Surfing). Rodale: New York, NY. USA. 2008.

Indiana

For the first time since I started college, (I graduated in May) I am getting to spend valuable time with my family for an extended period in southern Indiana. It has been wonderful. As a result, my blogging has slowed down.

I love the roads and scenery in Indiana as a backdrop for my runs. It is truly beautiful–I stop several times when I run to take photos. Here are a few of them at the end of this post!

Soon I will be posting reviews about Navitas Naturals products as well as Jay Robb’s protein products–it has taken me a while to try all of them and formulate some quality feedback. They should be posted within a week’s time.

I am grateful for my family and the happiness they bring me. I am also grateful for the small group so far that read my blog and stories. Here’s to you all! What are you grateful for?

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