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More Than Alive Diatomaceous Earth Review & Giveaway!

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More Than Alive Diatomaceous Earth Powder

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I have reviewed and given away several More Than Alive products and have loved every last one of them.

I am excited for one of you to win this Diatomaceous Earth Powder! I’m sure you’ll be just as pleasantly surprised as I was to discover its wide range of uses.

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Diatomaceous Earth

More Than Alive’s Description:

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My Description & Thoughts:

I get really excited when I find a product that has SO many uses. It really makes me feel like it increases the value of the product ten-fold. As More Than Alive mentions, diatomaceous earth has many health benefits (regulates blood pressure and cholesterol, detoxes the colon, relieves joint pain, strengthens hair and toughens nails) which would benefit everyone. As far as using this powder, there are several ways to do it:

-Combine with water and make a paste. Use as a facial mask.

-Blend with water and ingest as a supplement. This aids in detoxification and digestion.

-Sprinkle around house as a natural pest eliminator. (how interesting that you can drink it and use as a pest-repeller!)

-Apply to wet toothbrush and brush your teeth. This helps with removing plaque and naturally whitening teeth.

-Sprinkle over dog food to deworm.

-Use in pet shampoo to fight fleas.

-Apply paste to scalp to help promote hair growth.

To Enter this Giveaway:

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

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5. Comment on this post and let me know how you see yourself using this diatomaceous earth!

If you already follow me on the various social networks, just let me know that. Can’t wait for one of you to get a free 1 lb. bag of More Than Alive Diatomaceous Earth!

This giveaway will conclude on 3/4. I will email the winner!

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Garden of Life Organic Supplement Review

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Garden of Life Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

This is the ultimate, organic, “feel good” supplement brand!

About Garden of Life:

“Please join us for a moment in picturing a world where good health is a given, not a matter of chance. In this imagined world, chronic obesity is no longer a problem and couples never rely on fertility drugs to conceive. The 4,000 people we lose prematurely every day to cancer, diabetes and heart disease would still be with us. And when we do contract an illness, we are not dependent on “drug-care,” but are instead able to take control of our own health with lifestyle changes and advanced nutrition.

At Garden of Life, we believe such a world is possible, and that together, we can make it happen.

Garden of Life was founded to help empower others to attain extraordinary health. This is our mission at Garden of Life and the principles behind this mission are carried out by Garden of Life’s innovative health and wellness regimens.

For instance, in this section of our Web site you’ll find a growing library of resources developed to arm you with scientific facts and timeless wisdom—conventional and unconventional—that can bring you to a new level of well-being. It also contains healthy and delicious recipes to enjoy on a daily basis!

We’ve been blessed to achieve a level of success, but our journey has just begun. We want to express our sincere gratitude to those who strive to support world health every day—consumers, our employees, physicians, health food store owners and retailers, among others. I know that each of you shares a similar vision, and that through our united efforts, we can turn the imagined world of good health into a lasting reality.

Here is some information from Garden of Life on these products (pictured above) that they sent me to try and that I had conducted a giveaway with!”

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Raw Fit

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†.”

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My Description & Thoughts:

I love this version of GOL’s Raw Meal, as it is more focused on those looking to amp up their protein intake and minimize their sugar intake. Having a dosage of ashwagandha and green coffee bean extract is even more beneficial to keeping blood sugar levels and stress at bay.

You can certainly tell a difference using Raw Fit. It is a fantastic way to get a whole food meal in and stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Since using GOL’s Raw Meal supplements and now Raw Fit, I have been the healthiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. I’m not my thinnest, and I’ve learned that truly does not look good and isn’t good for the body. However, I feel my leanest and am my healthiest. Focusing on health will allow your body to be lean and mean and beautiful. Raw Fit has helped me achieve that!

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a little extra boost in their weight loss. I have yet to be disappointed with a single GOL product.

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Raw Protein: Marley Coffee Blend & Raw Protein: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

  • “Provides RAW organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
  • Excellent source of protein – 17 grams and 33% Daily Value
  • Contains Vitamin Code RAW Food-Created Nutrients™ with their unique Code
  • Factors™ intact, enabling natural recognition by your body
  • Increases the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages
  • Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
  • Alternative to soy and animal protein powders
  • Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey and other protein sources
  • Easily digested – supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes†
  • Mixes well – great in shakes, smoothies and other beverages

It’s not only what RAW Protein contains, it’s also about what it doesn’t contain – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free.

So for those looking for highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, easily digestible, high quality protein nutrition, look no further than RAW Protein from Garden of Life.”

My Description & Thoughts:

These two new blends of Raw Protein, Marley Coffee and Yerba Mate have been nothing short of an absolute treat to use! I really enjoy the flavor of coffee, and have loved mixing up a drink in the mornings using the Marley Coffee Blend. It’s makes your morning coffee ritual way more nutritious and energizing.

I can definitely tell that it gets me going and allows me to start the day with a stomach full of protein that will effectively satisfy my hunger.

The Yerba Mate blend is delicious as well. The flavor is a bit lighter than the Marley Coffee blend, and is obviously more tea-like in regards to taste. Both blends are delicious, satisfying, and products that I look forward to drinking. I have also used both of these blends in baking protein muffins and they worked fabulously for that.

I’d recommend both of these blends to coffee & tea lovers, and anyone looking to try a unique, organic, plant based protein. I’ve really enjoyed the change of pace in my protein intake with these two new flavors.

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Perfect Food: Wheatgrass

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Our CERTIFIED ORGANIC, Non-GMO, RAW Wheat Grass Juice is one of the most nutritionally dense greens on earth, power-packed with naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, magnesium, potassium, manganese and betaine. Juicing our greens super-concentrates them. One serving of Perfect Food RAW Wheat Grass Juice instantly delivers as much natural, wholesome green food energy as 13 one ounce wheat grass shots at a juice bar.†”

My Description & Thoughts:

Simple, green, nutritious. This wheatgrass is a great supplement to a smoothie or protein shake. I also love simply mixing it with a bit of water and drinking it like a shot. It’s a quick way to get the nutritous and detoxfying benefits of greens (which are the most nutritionally dense food for can consume!).

If you’re looking for an any-time pick me up, I’d say get this product! Having this in the kitchen will allow you to get that boost you need and will help curb your cravings as well–as cravings are almost always a sign of a nutrient deficiency.

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Perfect Food: Alkalizer & Detoxifier

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food® RAW Alkalizer & Detoxifier is the perfect RAW organic green super food complement to support your body’s daily balancing act; promoting healthy elimination of toxins and supporting your body’s own ability to maintain its ideal pH balance.†

  • Highly alkalizing RAW organic lemon juice and RAW organic parsley†
  • RAW organic coconut water for hydration and replenishment of electrolytes
  • Eight powerful cleansing herbs, traditionally used for centuries to gently assist in daily detoxification†
  • Unmatched nutritional power from RAW organic grass juices and antioxidant filled RAW organic fruit and vegetable juices†
  • Digestion soothing RAW organic ginger, plus live probiotics and enzymes†”

My Description & Thoughts:

I use these greens interchangeably with the energizing greens by GOL and find that they go well with any proteins you mix them with. The vanilla and chocolate GOL flavors mask the green flavor pretty well, so you are getting the benefits of the greens but are still tasting predominantly the vanilla or chocolate, respectively.

I love that this blend is comprised on ingredients that specifically target detoxifying the body and decreasing its acidity. A lot of health problems arise from a body whose pH leans more towards acidic than alkaline. Eating more foods like THIS is a great way to prevent that.

I’ve loved adding these greens to my blender bottle and creating meals and snacks throughout the day. It’s not really a flavored green, it’s just green tasting–so it goes well with whatever you’d like to mix it with. My favorite is the Vanilla & Marley Coffee proteins.

I’d recommend this great product to anyone looking to start or amp up their detox routine. It’s a great addition and is palatable, unlike some supplements, which aren’t tasty and are hard to put down.

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Perfect Food: Apple

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″

My Description & Thoughts:

Delicious apple greens! I’m not normally a huge fan of apples, but I really enjoyed this flavor. This flavor goes well with the Yerba Mate Protein and the Vanilla protein that GOL makes. It adds a nice sweetness and dose of nutrients to smoothies and shakes.

Just like all of the other green blends that GOL creates, the quality is top notch. I would recommend this apple flavor for anyone with an affinity for apples or someone who has a hard time with the green flavor on its own.

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Perfect Food: Energizer: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food RAW Energizer is power-packed with naturally occurring chlorophyll, beta carotene, B vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids from RAW organic USA grown grass juices, dark green juices like spinach, parsley and kale, protein-rich sprouts  and juiced-up super antioxidant fruits like RAW organic blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and Indian Amla Berries.

Amazing Organic Energy Activators:

  • Guayaki® Yerba Mate, traditionally used for centuries to promote immediate energy and long term focus†
  • RAW Organic Peruvian Maca, harvested by hand, aged and sun dried to perfection, to support energy production as well as healthy, balanced hormones†
  • RAW Organic Pomegranate Juice and Cordyceps Mushrooms, long prized for providing the sustained energy you need to power through your busy day†
  • RAW Organic African Baobab, rich in minerals, especially magnesium, to promote the production of ATP—energy on the cellular level†”

My Description & Thoughts:

It sounds redundant, but that’s just the case with GOL products. This is another great product with great ingredients that performs GREAT! I love mixing this blend with the Yerba Mate protein or Vanilla protein in the mornings for an energizing boost. Since this product contains Yerba Mate too, it matches perfectly with GOL’s new Yerba Mate protein blend.

I find that starting my day right with Garden of Life Greens really helps me to take on each day with vitality and keeps me on the right track in regards to eating and working out. It’s a great product that has encouraged me to have a positive habit in my every day life.

I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an organic, energizing boost without the jolt of caffeine or other stimulants.

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Fucothin Green

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:

This product has made a big difference in my overall health and weight loss. I am normally very skeptical of products that claim to help accelerate fat loss and sugar levels, however, when I learned that GOL offered this product, I knew it was different because of the quality standards that they hold themselves too.

This product has allowed me to eat a moderate amount of sugar in my diet without seeing it on my waistline because it optimizes how our bodies process and eliminate sugar. Having insulin levels that are high (typical of someone who contains a lot of sugar) is one of the main reasons that individuals have trouble losing weight–and I believe that many people don’t know this. Don’t be afraid to reach for supplements that contain naturally occuring compounds that can help with this issue. Monitoring your own sugar intake helps (fruit is included as sugar) but this product helps take weight management and weight loss to another level.

I really recommend this product to anyone looking to optimize their current diet and workout routine. This will give you the help you need to allow your body to get rid of sugar and fat, instead of holding onto it. I don’t weigh myself, so I don’t have a number to rattle off, but, I know I have been pleased with this product and have felt leaner and lighter since using it.

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

Garden of Life Organic Supplements Giveaway!

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Garden of Life Supplements

I’d like to do things a little bit backwards on this post and offer this giveaway BEFORE scrutinizing each of these new products.

Consider it a tribute to how confident I am in Garden of Life products.

Hence, I want to get these products to you soon so that you, too can get hooked on Garden of Life!

This company is not only based near my hometown of Jupiter, FL, but the quality of their products is unmatched. It is my go to brand for all supplements. I already know that I will rate all of these products with my highest ratings because I’ve reviewed several of their products thus far, which you can read about here.

Here is some information from Garden of Life on these products (pictured above) that they sent me to try and conduct a giveaway with!

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Raw Fit

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†.”

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Raw Protein: Marley Coffee Blend & Raw Protein: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

  • “Provides RAW organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
  • Excellent source of protein – 17 grams and 33% Daily Value
  • Contains Vitamin Code RAW Food-Created Nutrients™ with their unique Code
  • Factors™ intact, enabling natural recognition by your body
  • Increases the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages
  • Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
  • Alternative to soy and animal protein powders
  • Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey and other protein sources
  • Easily digested – supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes†
  • Mixes well – great in shakes, smoothies and other beverages

It’s not only what RAW Protein contains, it’s also about what it doesn’t contain – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free.

So for those looking for highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, easily digestible, high quality protein nutrition, look no further than RAW Protein from Garden of Life.”

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Perfect Food: Wheatgrass

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Our CERTIFIED ORGANIC, Non-GMO, RAW Wheat Grass Juice is one of the most nutritionally dense greens on earth, power-packed with naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, magnesium, potassium, manganese and betaine. Juicing our greens super-concentrates them. One serving of Perfect Food RAW Wheat Grass Juice instantly delivers as much natural, wholesome green food energy as 13 one ounce wheat grass shots at a juice bar.†”

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Perfect Food: Alkalizer & Detoxifier

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food® RAW Alkalizer & Detoxifier is the perfect RAW organic green super food complement to support your body’s daily balancing act; promoting healthy elimination of toxins and supporting your body’s own ability to maintain its ideal pH balance.†

  • Highly alkalizing RAW organic lemon juice and RAW organic parsley†
  • RAW organic coconut water for hydration and replenishment of electrolytes
  • Eight powerful cleansing herbs, traditionally used for centuries to gently assist in daily detoxification†
  • Unmatched nutritional power from RAW organic grass juices and antioxidant filled RAW organic fruit and vegetable juices†
  • Digestion soothing RAW organic ginger, plus live probiotics and enzymes†”

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Perfect Food: Apple

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″

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Perfect Food: Energizer: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food RAW Energizer is power-packed with naturally occurring chlorophyll, beta carotene, B vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids from RAW organic USA grown grass juices, dark green juices like spinach, parsley and kale, protein-rich sprouts  and juiced-up super antioxidant fruits like RAW organic blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and Indian Amla Berries.

Amazing Organic Energy Activators:

  • Guayaki® Yerba Mate, traditionally used for centuries to promote immediate energy and long term focus†
  • RAW Organic Peruvian Maca, harvested by hand, aged and sun dried to perfection, to support energy production as well as healthy, balanced hormones†
  • RAW Organic Pomegranate Juice and Cordyceps Mushrooms, long prized for providing the sustained energy you need to power through your busy day†
  • RAW Organic African Baobab, rich in minerals, especially magnesium, to promote the production of ATP—energy on the cellular level†”

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Fucothin Green

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.†”

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

To enter a giveaway to win this awesome spread of products, simply:

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

2. Share this on Facebook and Twitter and tag me: “I just entered Run On Organic’s Garden of Life Giveaway! http://wp.me/p2uyjq-Tn .”

3. Comment on this post and let me know one thing you’d like to see a post about on my blog!

Good luck! A winner will be chosen on 10/23 and I will send you an email if you are it!

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

2. Follow me on Twitter: Run On Organic on Twitter

3. Follow me on Instagram: Run On Organic on Instagram

4. Follow me on Pinterest: Run On Organic on Pinterest

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!