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Garden of Flavor Cold-Pressed, Organic, Raw Juice + Probiotics Review

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Garden of Flavor

This is a review and giveaway for Garden of Flavor Juices.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Garden of Flavor:

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Cold Pressed Juices and Juice Cleanses

Nature has already done all the hard work of creating the healthy food our bodies crave for energy and well-being.

Garden of Flavor juices are cold-pressed, organic, never heated and made from fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts – just as nature intended.

So, with every sip, you’re feeding your body with living nutrients. All we do is mix up some delicious blends and pack them up for you to enjoy anywhere, any time.

Garden of Flavor founder Lisa is a Certified Holistic Educator through the State University of New York, SUNY Purchase College. She is also certified through the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda, California, as a Coronary Health Improvement Project program director, as well as a Raw Food Chef. She is certified in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

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Green Harmony

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“Achieve inner harmony with the perfect balance of immune supporting probiotics, dark leafy greens and tantalizing taste. Delvering more active probiotics than yogurt, Green Harmony is the daily green juice that promotes digestive health while feeding and nourishing the body.

What’s in the Juice: Organic Cucumber, Organic Apples, Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Kale, Organic Celery, Organic Lemon, Organic Spinach, Organic Parsley and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures.”

Mean Green

About:

“The ultimate nutrient packed green drink full of chlorophyll that quickly lowers acidity and balances pH. These highly alkalinizing greens counter the damage done by the corrosive acidic waste products from meat, sugar, dairy and other processed foods.

Mean Green contains a significant portion of kale, the king of vegetables.

What’s in the Juice: Organic Celery, Organic Cucumber, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Romaine, Organic Lemon.”

Turmeric Tonic

About:

“Energize and revive your senses with our crisp lemonade infused with three of our favorite ancient spices- cayenne, ginger and turmeric root. Turmeric Tonic is a refreshing juice containing immune supporting probiotics to promote digestive health and balance.

Drink Turmeric Tonic and experience a revitalizing, hydration sensation.

What’s in the Juice: Purified Water, Organic Lemon, Organic Blue Agave, Organic Turmeric Root, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Mint, Organic Cayenne Pepper and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures.”

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My Thoughts:

I am totally into the notion that our digestive systems are big-time important for overall health for two main reasons:

-Digestion directly effects the immune system

-Efficiency of digestion is vital in helping you retain the nutrients in what you eat

I feel good about the habits I’ve formed that help contribute to my healthy gut. Fermented foods and raw food containing probiotics are two great routes to pamper your digestion.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see a cold-pressed, raw, organic juice line that harnesses the digestive health-boosting benefits of probiotics in addition to hearty & robust fruits and vegetables. Hello drink wonderment!

I fell in love with Garden of Flavor after reading their mantra: “Nature. We have nothing more to add.” It’s perfect–& it tells me that they have a good head on their shoulders, so to speak, in regards to healthy nutrition. No bogus ingredients, just the good stuff.

Along with my belief in fruits and vegetables, I am a firm proponent that herbs and spices can really have a massive & positive effect on your wellbeing and livelihood. Garden of Flavor includes cinnamon, turmeric, parsley, mint and ginger in their drinks. The Turmeric Tonic they sent me to try had a zippy, light zing to it. What a combination of flavors! The lemon, ginger, mint, turmeric, agave & cayenne made for a complex yet really enjoyable drink.

Whenever I need that extra boost of pep in my stem, or just an overall lively, refreshed feeling, I look to greens. I drink at least one huge jar of homemade, blended green drink every day, but I also value the convenience of having a bottle in the fridge ready to drink. Also, Garden of Flavor adds more goodies to their green drinks that make it an even more power-packed drink. I found the Mean Green to be a big green punch in the face (the best kind) with a zesty lightness from the lemon. The apples and cucumber in the Green Harmony take a little bit of the green edge off, if you find that a big much if you’re new to raw, green juice. Sometimes I just want the greens, no sugary taste, just earthy goodness. In that case, I’d pick the Mean Green. Otherwise, the Green Harmony does the trick. That’s not to say that the Green Harmony is loaded with sugar since it contains the apples–it’s not. You can just tell a tiny bit of difference in the sweet aftertaste.

Garden of Flavor juices offer all of the specs that I look for at this point in my life when I consider nutrition. They’re organic, raw, living, cold-pressed. Basically, they GET IT! They get what the body needs. They’ve bottled it–and they’ve done it well.

Kudos to Garden of Flavor for creating a fresh, health-serving take on the increasingly more common cold-pressed juice. I will be coming back for more! I can’t wait to try all of the other juice combinations.

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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

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“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

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“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!

 

DrinkMe Organic Raw Blended Juices Review

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DrinkMe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Drink Me:

“Drinkme was founded in 2007 when Christina Paganelli began making kale smoothies to satisfy her own health regime. From the Canadian prairies to the booming California market, drinkme rose to the top of the market in both Canada and the USA in 7 years. Brand Story, passion, science, innovation, and rock solid products have led their way to success for this organic and “Kale-roots” growth company.

Drinkme has pioneered the HPP technology in Canada, and has positioned as a first to market company in the fast paced, high growth beverage space in the USA.

We strive to be the best, most nutritious drink on the market. Cliché? We truly put only the most authentic, raw ingredients into our bottles. Read our labels, you’ll see. Every ingredient breathes light and positive energy into our delicious creations and you can feel the life as you drink.

We strive to create a business model that is sustainable. We have grown the organic and grass roots way, and know who we are!

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Christina’s Story:

“My journey began when I was in the prime of my life, finishing years of university, getting married and starting my career. Suddenly, my vision blurred and I was seeing double. One eye went wall-eyed and I couldn’t see. If I tried to open my eyes I would fall over with dizziness. This introduced me to the medical system, and ultimately was sent to a “specialist” who diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis. Six months later, 4 ½ months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I was dealt another blow, I had thyroid cancer. In my fifth month of pregnancy, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid, and soon after, I was radiated. That’s when I found out that the cancer had spread to my lungs. Another radiation treatment, six months later made me very ill, but the results were the same. The cancer tumors were still the same size, at stage 4 and I was sent home to “wait it out” with cancer and MS.

I began taking an immune suppressant drug to help decrease the effects of the MS. After struggling a month to inject myself, and suffering with side effects, I was informed that the drug company would not allow me to take this drug because I had cancer too. What a waste of time, money, and added stress.

At age 26, I had been poked and prodded long enough. It became apparent that something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands! I attended a health seminar about enzymes, probiotics, and raw foods, and I decided that I would try to heal myself. I made up my mind that I would heal and then I would use my story to inspire others too. My husband and I, and baby Antonio committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We discarded every food from our cupboards, and replaced all of it with only raw organics foods. Then, our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top quality enzymes, probiotics, and other raw supplements.

The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle proved very challenging. While my body detoxified, I experienced severe migraines, fever, and blurred vision. Twenty six years of processed and chemically laden foods finally came out of my body. I shed a pound a day and within 3 weeks of adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing. Amazingly, I no longer required my prescription glasses.

 

For the last ten years, I have not required any subsequent medical procedures for either disease. Against all odds, I am still thriving. We even had another healthy child Giulia, who is now 7 years old. I attribute my recovery to my new lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. Today, my diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with all else as a secondary. drinkmeTM Beverages are an integral part of my day. I visit an endocrinologist yearly and thankfully, everything is normal. I have never felt better in my life, and I am committed to helping others.

A quote that influenced me, is…. “The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.”– Kermit the Frog.

The truth is, sometimes one has to hit rock bottom before one can bounce back. I am truly grateful for the life journey that I have been through the past ten years. When I hear people say, “I’m sorry for all that you have been through”, I respond, “don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

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My Thoughts:

If you’re on the hunt for a raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, you’re likely to come across a handful of brands that are accessible at your local health food store. Many of them are great options and are highly nutritious.

What sets DrinkMe beverages apart from the world of juices is that these drinks are BLENDED, not JUICED. Thus, the naturally occurring fiber in the fruits and veggies used is intact in every bottle of DrinkMe. This makes each bottle more satisfying, more detoxifying and more in line with how nature intended us to consume it.

On top of the fact that these drinks are fiber rich, they are also entirely organic, raw and nutritionally rich. There are fewer ways to ingest such a hearty dose of healing nutrients in a short amount of time. A bottle of DrinkMe is ideal to grab on your way to work, with lunch or for a quick energy boost.

The frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to store a healthy meal in your work’s freezer, or simply keep at home for a quick whip-up. The flavor of them is so fresh and delicious that I didn’t need to mix them with anything. I just let them thaw a bit before I drank them. Refreshing and delicious!

My experience with DrinkMe has been nothing short of spectacular. Christina is so generous, passionate, kind–and I absolutely believe in the products that she has created. My local Whole Foods has these products, making it easy for me to re-stock on them. For you guys and gals, DrinkMe makes it easy to find a store near you that carries DrinkMe. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to make a great, daily investment in your health. These drinks can help take your nutrition to the next level!

Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils Review: Rosemary, Peppermint, Thyme, Ginger

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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils

This is a review of Nature’ Fusions essential oils.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Nature’s Fusions:

The Highest Quality in the World, Guaranteed.

We have worked for years with the best international suppliers, chemists, and laboratories around the world to get the highest quality certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the world. All of our oils are certified to be 100% pure and free of pesticides or other chemical residues. They have undergone rigorous testing to insure they meet or exceed all international standards on Purity and Safety. All of our oils have been cross tested using mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch. Would you like to see the data charts from the tests?  Just ask! We understand that these graphs and charts may be difficult to read or understand and would be happy to discuss the scientific details with you if you’re so inclined.

Ultimately, unless you can read somewhat complicated data charts, are familiar with current medical research, and can determine the impact of hundreds of individual components in essential oils, knowing which oils are not only ‘pure’ but also good enough to be ‘therapeutic’ is a question of trust.

Here at Nature’s Fusions, we value your trust more than anything else – we have put in the time, effort and money to bring you the best essential oils in the world, just as you would expect a doctor would do with a prescribed medication – and this is shown by our 100% satisfaction guarantee and our commitment to honesty in communication. Essential oils are awesome for the uses in which they work. But there are plenty of times they don’t – and while there are plenty of articles that claim essential oils will cure every malady known to man, here we try to cut through the misinformation and pseudo-science that surrounds the essential oil field.  For that reason, we are an ‘open book’ – ask us anything and we’ll be happy to answer.

So give it a try. Try us out, and we guarantee that you will be impressed – not only with the quality and utility of our products, but with our prices, our honesty, and our dedication to you as a person.

If you are currently using an essential company that tries to hide information or won’t divulge their secrets and ‘proprietary’ items, then I wouldn’t trust them.  This is your health – what is there to hide?  Would you trust a doctor that wouldn’t tell you what was in the medicine he/she prescribed?”

I’ve reviewed a few of Nature’s Fusions’ oils before and had a fantastic experience with them. You can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Essential oils are an major health booster in my everyday routine. I use them in a multitude of ways and I always get excited to try them differently as I learn more about them. I was eager to incorporate these four into my daily routine in these ways:

Rosemary: added to my shampoo to stimulate hair follicles– it acts as a catalyst for hair growth, added to my green drinks to alleviate headaches

Peppermint: in homemade toothpaste, for acne spot treatments, added to tea.

Thyme: taken orally (in water) for menstrual cramp relief

Ginger: taken orally (in water) for stomach discomfort, or after I’ve eaten some not-so-healthy food–as it rebalances my stomach’s pH.

The most useful essential oil in my house is definitely the peppermint. I use it every day (you can read my homemade recipe here) to brush my teeth, treat a sudden acne breakout and to sooth an irritated stomach and reduce inflammation in my body. Besides the benefits, the best part is that it leaves your breath smelling fresh and minty.

Using thyme for menstrual cramps seemed to work okay–but not completely alleviate my cramps. However, I have always had very intense menstrual cramps. Perhaps, I need to start taking the thyme a few days in advance before my time of the month comes to combat the inflammation and cramping.

I don’t have any issues with thinning hair on my head, but do like adding a drop of this essential oil to my night eye cream to help stimulate more brow growth. Along with tweezing less, it seems as though my brows have filled out a bit more. I also believe you can get the hair boosting benefits of this oil by ingesting it–which is why I sometimes add it to my blended, homemade green drinks.

I seldom have issues with a sour stomach, since I eat lots of plants every day–but it happens on occasion. To prevent and treat stomach and digestion issues, I like taking this ginger essential oil in water–and it works well. Also, it’s completely organic & natural (much better than the junk-filled stomach medication you will find at the drug store).

In regards to quality, Nature’s Fusions is amongst the very best. This brand also creates many different essential oil blends that are geared towards certain things like motion sickness or muscle aches. I look to them for many of my essential oil needs.

Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Organic Juices Review

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Evolution Cold-Pressed Juice

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About Evolution Fresh:

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Ruby Roots

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Organic V

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Sweet Greens with Lemon Juice

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Cucumber Pineapple Ginger

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Defense Up

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Super Green

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Sweet Burn

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Pineapple Coconut Water

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My Thoughts:

I am a huge devotee to juice–I have no problem putting money into quality juices because I believe they are such an excellent, nutrient dense drink. I was happy to discover Evolution juices at my local Whole Foods. I was instantly hooked. The array of flavors that they bottle are exciting and delicious.

I shared the specifics (above) about all of the juices that I have yet to try (there are many more mentioned on the Evolution site). Needless to say, only four of them are pictured at the top.

Some of the juices like Pineapple Cucumber Ginger & Pineapple Coconut Water are less dense than juices like Super Green and Defense Up. In other words, they are a lighter, less filling drink. I enjoy the lighter drinks for pre or post workout replenishment, whereas the dense and rich juices are my favorite about an hour before or after activity, as they’re more like meals.

I have yet to try a juice that I do not like–they’re all unique and spectacularly tasting.

Super Green tastes the best

Organic V & Ruby Roots are the most impressive to me as far as nutritional value goes

Sweet Burn has a unique and pleasant zip of sweetness and kick of heat

Defense Up is a perfect, tangy breakfast juice

Pineapple Coconut Water & Pineapple Cucumber Ginger are my favorite right after a run

Sweet Greens with Lemon is a no-frills, green smack in the mouth. I like it when I am feeling a little bit depleted (after a long run).

The only reason I don’t give these juices 5 stars is because not all of them are entirely organic. Many of them are–and I tend to purchase those the most. I look forward to trying more Evolution flavors and seeing more organic fruits and veggies in the future!