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Helio Today: Ketogenic Meal Replacement + Greens Powder Review

In 5 years of living in Kansas City, I’ve met some neat, healthy-minded brand owners coming out of this seemingly low-key midwest town. Helio Today is one of the cooler ones! I like this brand a lot because these products fit into my approach to eating quite well.

I tend to dial up my plant based fats and dial down my carb consumption when I’m looking to get leaner without sacrificing optimum performance in the Crossfit gym. I’ve learned that an adequate amount of good fats give me sustained energy that keeps me going all day.

About Helio Today

The Brand

Our name is an homage to Galileo. For nearly a century, the people of the time neglected Copernicus’ Heliocentric model. Galileo knew it to be true, and with the invention of his telescope, he was able to prove that we, Earth, do in fact go around the sun, by showing the revolutions of Venus’ moons around it.

This is not only a story of perseverance and belief, but also of wit and progression.

Once the Heliocentric model was proven, everything began to shift. We started to question our place in the heavens like we never had.

Similarly, we are on a quest to flip the assumptions, choices, and options in the food and nutrition world.

Health is simpler than you probably think. Three square meals and shiny spoons are both symptoms of a system that has created an unbelievable amount of dis-ease, illness, and obesity.

By shrinking your eating windows, by becoming a qualitarian, by making wise macro decisions, and by flooding your body with a ridiculous amount of nutrition, it is absolutely possible to live vibrantly.

Join us in our quest to be alive and bright; like the sun.

The Lab

Before we started this company, all of us are coming from within the nutrition industry. We all knew that the holy grail of nutrition quality and control comes with manufacturing in-house.

Our ability to test, touch, taste, and tweak our products has allowed for exponential progress that we pass on to you, the consumer; flavor, texture, quality.

We started formulating in 2016, and by now, 2 years later, we are so proud of what we are making for you, and shipping to you.

Our Team

Founded by friends, and health pioneers in their respective rights, Helio is a people company above all else.

Benton (left) is an adventurer, world traveler, product formulator, nutrition tinkerer, herbalist, student of iridology, and solar powered human.

Miles (center) is an athlete, strategist, Olympic hopeful, digital student, experienced lifestyle designer, and efficiency expert.

Kirk (right) is a doctor of chiropractic, father, applied kinesiologist, acupuncturist, blood chemist, product formulator, outdoorsman, and skier.

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Here are the two products I tried:

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Dawn: A Meal Replacement Shake for the Carb Conscious

About: 

By prioritizing plant nutrition in the form of fat, protein, and fiber, Dawn provides energy, alertness, and convenience to the smart and productive individuals who choose to use it.

The morning ritual is becoming a dead horse in the success communities. You must have one. Nourishment is at the top of the priorities list.

 

Dawn is a combination of non-GMO, gluten, soy & dairy free plant ingredients. The macro-priorities are fat (22g), fiber (6g) and protein (30g), and very limited carbs (3g net).

By jumpstarting cognition with the fats, internal cleansing with the fiber, and lean muscle retention and development with the protein, Dawn ticks all of the boxes that we should expect from food.

Life will be better with Dawn in your routine. Give it a try.

Suggested use: every day.

 

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Helio Greens

About:

Helio Greens is a Non-GMO Vegan Superfood Blend of over 50 ingredients from all around the world.

This powerful product provides 20 servings of vegetables and fruits in every serving, which is more than double the recommended daily intake by the CDC.

Additionally, Greens provides 30 billion probiotics, digestive enzymes, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals in every scoop.

The 30 billion probiotic cultures promote healthy gut flora, and the digestive enzymes aid in your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. By incorporating these greens into your daily routine, you provide your body with the micronutrients it needs to boost your immune system, detox your colon and liver, clear up your skin, balance your hormones, increase your natural energy production, fight sugar cravings, and improve your overall quality of life.*

Helio Greens accomplishes all of this while maintaining a delicious taste. Mix with 12oz of water and enjoy.

*statements have not been evaluated by the FDA*

Ingredients:

Super Fruit Blend
Organic Acai Berry Powder, Organic Mangosteen Fruit Powder, Organic Wolfberry (Goji) Fruit Powder, Organic Pomegranate Fruit Extract

Greens and Vegetable Blend
Organic Spirulina Algae Powder, Organic Barley Grass juice, Organic Alfalfa Grass Powder, Chlorella Cracked Cell Wall Powder, Kelp Powder, Carrot Juice Powder, Spinach Leaf Juice Powder, Parsley Leaf Juice Powder, Kale Leaf Powder, Organic Beet Root Powder, Broccoli Juice Powder, Cauliflower Bulb Powder

Phyto-Nutrient and Herbal Blend
Green Tea Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Grape Skin Extract, Strawberry Fruit Powder, Blueberry Fruit Powder, Raspberry Fruit Powder, Blueberry Leaf Powder, Flaxseed, Licorice Root Powder, Cinnamon Bark Powder, Stevia Leaf Extract, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Turmeric Root Extract

Resveratrol Blend
Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract (root) 50% Trans-Resveratrol, Red Wine Extract 30% polyphenols

Micro Blend
Acerola Cherry Fruit Powder, Aloe Vera Leaf Powder, Quercetin Dihydrate, Moringa Leaf Powder

Other ingredients: Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Monk Fruit Extract, & Stevia Extract
Contains NO: Soy, Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Preservatives, MSG, Shellfish, Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Bad Vibes

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My Experience

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, My biological make-up and specific body type really thrives off of a higher plant based fat diet. I’m learning that more and more individuals are finding their bodies so as well. Keto is turning into a buzz work of sorts, but for good reason. Low fat diets are becoming a thing of the past.

I REALLY enjoyed the flavor of both the greens powder and the Dawn shake mix. I like drinking my greens powder mid day in place of a caffeine fix right before an afternoon workout. I was impressed with how good it tasted and how rad the ingredients are (milk thistle for liver health? CHECK) and that’s just naming one ingredient. There are many more energizing superfoods in this blend, not just greens.

The satiability of the Dawn mix is awesome–I love how full and replenished I feel after a meal higher in plant based fats. It provides me with sustained energy to tackle anything and everything I have ahead that day. With a bazillion ways to prepare this mix, I don’t think you could ever get bored with it. I personally prefer just throwing it into a blender bottle with some hemp or almond milk. But, as you can see in one of the above photos from the Helio site, it would be excellent as a smoothie bowl base, especially because of it’s thickness.

Give this brand a try and check out all the radness they’re putting out on social media:

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Holiday Immunity Boost GIVEAWAY with Amazing Grass!

Amazing Grass Immunity Boosters: GIVEAWAY!

During this time of year, isn’t it funny how even the healthiest of us may get the sniffles or feel a little under the weather at times? It’s frustrating to get sick. Luckily, there’s a whole lot in your hands as far as what you can do to prepare.

Enter: Amazing Grass.

This wonderful, quality-focused brand has been on my radar & blogging atmosphere for several years now–& for good reason. They produce organic, raw, nutrient-packed green superfoods that are pure, nourishing and very convenient to add to a shaker bottle or blend into a smoothie (just a few of the uses!).

The coolest thing about using these products to help boost that holiday (well, all-year round, really!) immunity is that they are so practical for everyday use. Just one serving a day can give you a sufficient boost to keep your nutrient intake high to fend off sickness & to avoid that winter fog that can come over too many instances of indulgence.

Most of these products are available to purchase in so many local health food stores and can also be found online. They make it really easy for you to reap the benefits.

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Here’s a little run down on two of their biggest immunity-targeting blends:

Green SuperFood Tangerine Immunity Defense – consists of six potent ingredients, each individually known for having immunity support benefits, including Organic Proprietary Mushroom Blend, Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Elderberry, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Astragalus and Andrographis.

  • The Vitamin C comes from ascorbic acid and Acerola Cherry Extract. 1000mg of Vitamin C is the same amount found in one serving of Emergen-C. The Vitamin C level in Immunity Tangerine is also equivalent to the amount in approximately 40 whole tangerines.

Green SuperFood Alkalize & Detox – specifically designed to simultaneously help the body achieve ideal pH levels while ridding it of toxins to allow for optimal function and organ restoration.

  • Containing over 20 different alkalizing and detoxifying agents including beet root, parsley, turmeric and apple pectin, each ingredient in Alkalize & Detox is specifically formulated to alkalize by bringing the body to a more natural pH balance, while simultaneously detoxing by cleansing tissues of toxins and pollutants.

Looking for that supplement that can give you that extra pep in your step? Check out Amazing Grass. Here’s how you can find them:

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Facebook

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Giveaway:

Amazing Grass is super gracious & wants to send one of you a shaker bottle filled with samples of your choice!

To enter, simply follow me on Instagram (@jesrunonorganic) & Twitter (@runonorganic) & let me know here that you did! Good luck!

 

HealthForce Superfoods Organic, Raw Supplements Review

HealthForce Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About HealthForce:

“#1 Source for Raw, Vegan, Bio-compatible Nutritional Superfoods.

HealthForce is a 20-plus year, 100% hard-core, Vegan, therapeutic superfoods company. HealthForce was co-founded in 1990 by Jameth Sheridan, D.H.M. (Doctor of Holistic Medicine) and Kim Sheridan, Naturopath, ethical Vegans and hard-core herbal medicine researchers. HealthForce empowers individuals to experience dramatic health improvements with verified Truganic™, Vegan, Raw, SuperFood products formulated and selected by Dr. Sheridan for vibrant health and wellness.

Truganic™ is a purist, hard-core quality standard for sourcing and production significantly beyond Organic. The Truganic™ standard was created by Dr. Sheridan to verify absolute purity. At HealthForce, we are on a mission to provide the absolute best products at the most affordable prices.

The foundational products are Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™ with a companion of Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™, both designed to support excellent health, energy, and balance.”

Super Foods

“Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™

The original, purist, hard-core nutrition-dense green superfood complex with green leafy vegetables, hard-core algae, sea vegetables, enzymes and probiotics. Nutritionally supports detoxification, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, colon, circulation, digestion, and more. Therapeutic support with nutrient-dense superfoods.

Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™

The perfect companion product to Vitamineral Green™ for full-spectrum nutritional and cleansing support. A grounding, nourishing herbal broth consisting of nutrient-dense roots, barks, and seeds. Supports digestion, blood sugar, immunity, normal cell division, and so much more.

Green Protein Alchemy™ Magic Mint/ Green Protein Alchemy Desert Sun Blend

Green Protein Alchemy™ (previously Green Sage Protein™) is unlike ANY protein you have ever had. It is 100% complete protein, 100% whole food and 100% superfoods, with benefits far, far beyond any other protein in existence.

Purity Protein™ Pure Vanilla and Purity Protein™ Natural

Purity Protein™ was created for one reason: Dr. Sheridan saw the need for truly pure, non-toxic, complete and balanced supplemental protein.

ZeoForce™ – Most potent energized form of zeolite available!

Most potent, energized form of zeolite available – an awesome value! Nutritionally supports detoxification of heavy metals and chemical residues from the body. Detoxify daily with ZeoForce™ powerful volcanic mineral clay in powder and capsules. Suitable for internal/external use (baths, masks, poultices, teeth).

Oxygen Extreme – Powerful and safe bactericide, virucide, and fungicide

Helps to oxygenate the blood, increasing cellular energy production and thereby supporting both detoxification and athletic performance. Oxygen also has potent antimicrobial properties and Oxygen Extreme™ thus provides potent immune support and antiseptic activity.

Liver Rescue™ – Supports liver function, cleansing, and regeneration

A therapeutic combination of herbal extracts to support liver function, cleansing (phase I and II), healing, and regeneration. An essential component of the HealthForce Healing Cleanse™ for liver support and detoxification.

Warrior Core™ Foundation

Perfect Grounding Complement to Green Foods. Foundational, Therapeutic, Hard-Core, Primal, Whole Food Herbal SuperFood Complex for Deep Nourishment and Balance. Unlike ANY SuperFood you have EVER had! (equivalent HealthForce product = Vitamineral Earth™)

Spirulina Manna™ and Spirulina Azteca™ – The Ancients’ Revered Power Food

The ancients’ revered power foods. Spirulina is a complete food packed with amino acids (65% protein), chlorophyll, B vitamins, vitamins, and minerals. Spirulina is possibly the most nutrient dense, and certainly the most ancient superfood on the planet. Nutritionally supports kidneys, brain function, detoxification, and is nature’s protein powder.

Chlorella Manna™ – Hard Core Broken Cell Wall Green Algae

Chlorella is the only plant on the planet that can quadruple its growth in less than one day. It contains Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is a potent phytonutrient comprised of amino acids, beta glucans, nucleic acids, peptides, and polysaccharides. These micronutrients work together to help regenerate cells faster than normal.*

MacaForce™ Vanilla Spice / MacaForce™ Dark Mint – Longevity, Rejuvenation, Endurance

Enhanced with enzymes, probiotics, and herbal synergists, MacaForce™ is raw maca at its best, delivering maximum bioavailability for maximum results. Supports endurance, strength, and hormone balance for men and women. MacaForce™ is available in Dark Mint and Vanilla Spice.

Greener Grasses™ Alkalizer – Alkalizing Grass Blend

A unique, alkalizing, mineralizing superfood complex that contains 100% pure grass juice powders, produced without any carrier agents that would dilute the product (such as maltodextrin and brown rice).

Truly Natural™ Vitamin C – Superior absorption from whole food!

Whole food acerola cherry extract, 100% absorbable, non-toxic.”

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My Thoughts:

I don’t really know precisely where to start with HealthForce. I truly marvel at their products, the ingredients lists, the quality, the standards.

I was so happy to discover Health Force. I had tried a few samples here and there prior to Expo West, but hadn’t fully dove into the full spectrum of their products until then. I was literally watching around the Expo on a health high–largely due to the fact that I consumed a huge amount of HealthForce sample-drink-shots.

They appear to have one of the most discerning eyes in regards to ingredients, how they are sourced, etc. I was particularly intrigued and inspired by watching this video by Dr. Jameth Sheridan of Health Force discuss their cleanse products in comparions to others out there.

Basically, I have a superfood party in the kitchen every morning when I concoct my smoothies and shakes for the day. With this spread from Health Force (I just used up the last bit of it), it was a superfood party on steroids! From nutrient rife sea greens like spirulina, to detoxifying minerals, to balancing superfoods like maca, these blends in combination have taken and kept my health to a whole, new, well-rounded place.

I feel nourished, healthy, able-bodied and able to tackle tough 2-a-day workouts on nearly every day of the week. I know with certainty that my ability to perform, grow and recover is because of the large dosage of nutrients, good fats and protein that go into my body.

I’m ultra-aware of the fact that write about a TON of superfoods brands and I just two thumbs up to a lot of them. I’d say of them all, Health Force is the most unique. Their blends are in a category of their own in regards to diversity and the range of what they offer is very rare. Just take a look at the ingredient lists on their products and you’ll see what I mean. For instance, here are the ingredients for the Vitamineral Earth Powder:

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You’ve likely heard of many of these ingredients, but having them all put together in the same blend creates synergistic qualities (which enhances absorption of the nutrients) and is hard to come by.

Because of the incredible list of powerful herbs, spices and superfoods, Health Force provide you the opportunity to cleanse, detox and alkalize your body is a very deep, effective way. Dr. Sheridan discusses this in more detail in the above video–I encourage you to watch it if you want a more in-depth look at their products.

My favorite products of this bunch (though very hard to choose!) ended up being the Green Protein Alchemy, Vitamineral Earth & the Purity Protein (brown rice + hemp blend). The products that were an entirely new idea to me and were the most intriguing were the Zeoforce & Oxygen Extreme.

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Sunfood Organic & Raw Superfoods Review

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Sunfood Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sunfood:

The Sunfood Story
Years ago, a group of health minded individuals noticed an alarming trend in their towns and communities. They saw friends and family eating and drinking dead, processed foods full of chemicals. They knew that this was the path to obesity and disease, ultimately leading to western medicine’s suppression of symptoms with drugs and scalpels.  This is not true healing.

Sunfood was born from their desire to create an alternative path to health.  We believe that the secrets to health, energy and long life are found in nature through diet and nutrition.  Building upon the wisdom of traditional and modern natural healing methods from all over the world, we are here to share powerful information and superfoods that help people heal and rejuvenate themselves naturally.

It is our quest to find the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet.  Our search to uncover ancient and modern healing knowledge lost to our society has taken us all over the world, from the tropical regions of South America to the high mountains of Tibet.

Our family-operated business is located in San Diego, where we prepare superfoods in our certified organic facility and package them for you with care.  We are passionate about empowering our Sunfood family through education, from our superfood specialists on the phones, to our newsletters filled with the latest health information, to recipes made with love from our kitchen to yours.

Our Mission
At Sunfood we are on a quest to help you discover the healing, energy and longevity power within you.  We do this through education and the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet.”

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My Thoughts:

Sunfood is amongst my very tippy top favorite superfood brands! The quality of their expansive range of products is far superior to most that you will see on shelves. To insure that I’m ingesting superfoods with the utmost nutrient content, I aim to always eat raw superfoods. Also, to insure that I’m minimizing my pesticide exposure and am effectively dodging GMOs, I aim to always eat organic superfoods. Sunfood meets BOTH of those specs.

Of this bunch of samples, I enjoyed the Sun is Shining Green Superfood & the Superfood Smoothie Mix the most. I look to greens in my diet to provide me a large amount of the vital trace minerals that my body requires to operate at its maximum capability. I love the portability of these powdered greens; I add them to my morning smoothie and even take them with me on-the-go for a quick green drink on-the-fly. The superfood smoothie mix I value for the range of superfoods that it allows me to consume at once–this dense concoction includes the powder form of goji, maqui, camu camu, maca, acai, cacao, lucuma and brown rice protein to make them all more readily digestible & to make the drink more satisfying. It tastes unique & delicious–you really get to appreciate all the flavors of these powerful superfruits. For an added boost of protein (which I like to do in the mornings), I add the Raw Vanilla Brown Rice Protein & love the pure taste of it. Though the superfood smoothie mix already contains a small amount of acai powder, I added the pure Acai Powder to my smoothies (because I had it on hand!) and found that it served as an extra ka-pow of revitalizing power to my drink (as well as a beautiful & vibrant color!) Acai is so rich in antioxidants and nourishing vitamins thatI consider it an excellent beauty food to keep your skin looking dewy, protected and fresh.

I took the Chlorella Tablets as a preworkout energy boost. You can certainly chew these little tablets, but I chose to swallow them with a glass of water. I love the feeling that green energy provides. It’s real, it’s sustained & there are by no means any negative side effects–just pure goodness and an uplifting feeling.

There is so much information out there about superfoods, their benefits and so on. What I can say from personal experience is that incorporating superfoods into my daily nutrition routine is the single best thing I’ve ever done for my health. The quality and impact of superfoods compared to taking a multi-vitamin pill is a joke, in that there’s no comparison. Raw, organic superfoods will provide your body with real, recognizable fuel that will take good care of your body from the inside out. Also, many ailments are a result of a nutrient deficiency. Superfoods combat both malabsorption issues & nutrient deficiency as they normalize your internal pH, making it more alkaline, as well as giving your system a healthy shock of nutrients.

Go superfood yourself!!