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Sprout Living Organic & Superfood Protein Rave!

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Sprout Living

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sprout Living:

“Whole Food Ingredients That Taste Real Because They Are.

We’ve carefully handpicked only the highest quality, complete plant proteins for their comprehensive protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. They provide a full spectrum of essential and non-essential amino acids with a robust concentration of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine), which is absolutely critical for maximizing protein synthesis. These whole food powerhouses provide so much more than just protein. Sacha inchi seeds and pumpkin seeds bring a wealth of essential omega fatty acids, and cranberry seeds offer a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, among so much more.

The exotic superfoods that we source are revered for their ability to strengthen immune systems, support digestive systems, increase energy levels, reduce stress and generally promote an overall well-being in the mind and body. Our search for these nutrient-dense whole foods has led us to all parts of the world. Over the years, we have uncovered some of the most powerful and nutritious superfoods that our planet has to offer. From South America to Madagascar, the ingredients combine to create the finest products on the market.”

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Original

About:

Original starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. The nutrient-dense combination delivers 26 grams per serving of complete proteinin a pleasant flavor with a silky smooth texture that easily dissolves in water. Complementing the blend with nutrients such as omega fatty acids from Sacha Inchi and a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, in addition to countless others, creates a powerful fuel that maximizes your body’s ability to synthesize protein, recover from strenuous workouts and grow lean body tissue. Delicious on its own or blended with your favorite fruits and veggies, it is an ideal addition to your healthy, active and fit lifestyle.”

Original

Green Kingdom

About:

Green Kingdom starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 20 grams of complete protein per serving. Our potent blend of land and sea plant life includes Spirulina, an antioxidant-rich blue-green algae with supplies of protein and vitamins A, K and B; Kale, which is high in vitamins A, C and K and has a superb calorie to protein ratio; and Indian Moringa, or the “Clarifier Tree,” an incredibly nutritious plant that has significant quantities of calcium, protein and vitamins A, B and C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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Vanilla Lucuma

About:

Vanilla Lucuma starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Lucuma, the “Gold of the Incas,” is a deliciously sweet, potent source of beta-carotene and niacin that is paired with Vanilla Bean, which adds an unmistakable flavor as well as a natural compound called vanillin, a powerful antioxidant. Baobab, the “Upside Down Tree,” then provides numerous naturally-occurring phytochemicals as well as high levels of vitamin C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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Chocolate Maca

About:

Chocolate Maca starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Cacao, the “Food of the Gods”, provides a wealth of antioxidants, flavonoids and a rich supply of magnesium, while Maca Root, known for its hormone balancing and energy stimulating properties, offers well-rounded adaptogenic support. Accenting the blend is Ceylon Cinnamon, a powerful source of antioxidants that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and promote healthy circulation. The result is an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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 My Thoughts:

I just cannot possibly, ever (ever) say enough good things about Sprout Living, the crew behind the brand & their protein. I am absolutely enthralled with the quality of their products, the nutrition in them and how they stack up against other protein brands. They pretty much blow most everyone else out of the water. Plant based protein has been done before–but Sprout Living’s protein is unique in that contains health boosting superfoods & the protein sources they use (Brown Rice + Sacha Inch + Cranberry Seed + Jerusalem Artichoke) are unique and aren’t often found in that combination often (from my experience).

The taste is excellent–I find that I can mix any of these proteins with just water and they are satisfying, yummy and have a pleasant aftertaste. What I do most days, though, is mix a few tablespoons (I don’t measure exactly) into a blender bottle along with some almond or coconut milk, add some hemp oil & chia seeds & then slurp! I also love to make an extra drink and pack it in my work bag.

MOST important of all, this is what they can boast in regards to quality:

-Organic

-Raw

-Vegan

-Non GMO

-Gluten Free

-Nut Free

-Kosher

SO impressive. I’m HOOKED.

I had the pleasure of meeting part of the Sprout Living crew at Natural Products Expo east this year and was impressed at how friendly and knowledgable they are. My experience with this brand has been nothing short of completely outstanding. I just think they are a bunch of rockstars creating an amazing product that I believe in. GO CHECK THEM OUT! They’ve even been gracious enough to feature me on their Experts Page.

 

 

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My Protein & My Vitamins Review

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My Protein & My Vitamins

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About My Protein: Impact D Whey

“What is Impact Diet Whey?

Impact Diet Whey is a great tasting supplement which contains a unique blend of Whey Protein and Milk Protein Concentrate combined with a low carbohydrate content sourced from low GI (Glycaemic Index) carbohydrates. Impact Diet Whey also has a number of added ingredients including Green Tea Extract, Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Essential Fatty Acids.

Impact Diet Whey Benefits

Impact Diet Whey has a high protein content that will contribute to the growth and maintenance of lean mass. The added Instant Oats are a healthy source of low GI (glycemic index) carbohydrates providing a sustained energy release which help to maintain normal blood sugar levels. The beta-glucans from the oats will contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and to the reduction of the blood glucose rise after it is consumed.

Ingredients:

Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate*, Milk Protein Concentrate*), Ground Oats, Cocoa Powder (chocolate and cookies & cream flavours only), Whole Psyllium Husks, Flaxseed Powder, Flavouring (flavoured options only), Glutamine, Malt Extract (latte flavour only), Colouring (Beetroot Red [strawberry flavour only], (Curcumin) [Banana flavour only]), Acetyl L Carnitine, Green Tea Extract, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Sweetener (Sucralose®), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). *From Milk.”

About My Vitamins: True Woman Thermo

“True Woman Thermo is a unique and powerful blend of nutrients combined in one premium supplement to help you achieve your weight management goals.

The cutting-edge blend of ingredients brings together some of the most widely researched body shape ingredients such as Chromium, Caffeine and Green Tea Extract. True Woman Thermo uniquely combines different styles of weight management ingredients to include thermogenic, energy producing and fat mobilising concepts.

Taken around exercise, True Woman Thermo can help you achieve your body shape goals through a unique and convenient formula.

Each 3 capsule serving provides:

Green Tea Extract (95% Polyphenols): 356.25mg
Thermogenic Blend (Caffeine, Raspberry Ketones, Cayenne Powder) : 300mg
Black Pepper Extract: 5mg
L Tyrosine: 200mg
L Theanine: 125mg
Vitamin B6: 5mg (357% RDA*)
Vitamin B12: 21mcg (840% RDA*)
Chromium: 120mcg (300% RDA*)

*Recommended Daily Allowance

Ingredients:

Green Tea Extract, Bulking Agent (Microcrystalline Cellulose), Capsule (Gelatin), L-Tyrosine, Caffeine, L Theanine, Raspberry Ketones, Cayenne Powder, Anti Caking Agents (Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide), Vitamin B6, Black Pepper Extract, Chromium Picolinate, Vitamin B12.”

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My Thoughts:

Here’s my overarching thought about these vitamins and this protein: I feel like they will help you become skinnier, but not healthier. Unfortunately, I think many people go for this.

Believe me, I love the idea of superfood concoctions that naturally aid weight loss. However, these products have no organic ingredients and contain bulking & anti-caking agents. Ick–no thank you.

The protein powder tastes good (if that’s of the utmost importance to you) and the vitamins go down easily and don’t leave a bad taste behind.

If these ingredients lists looked cleaner, I’d be all-about these products because they are convenient and the protein powder has a dessert-like taste to it. Unfortunately, I’ve tried many protein powders and discovered many natural metabolism boosters that are completely organic, making these two products fall far behind.

Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Produce & Juices Review

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Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Juice

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Grimmway Farms:

“The story of Grimmway begins right here in an agricultural haven known as the Southern San Joaquin Valley in central California. The Grimm brothers began nurturing their family business in the fertile soil of Kern County more than 3 decades ago. Today, their roots run deep. Grimmway Farms has grown to become the largest grower, producer and shipper of carrots in the world; but the family still insists on walking the fields, visiting the processing facilities and performing their own brand of quality assurance – every single day. In 1968 when Rod and Bob Grimm set up their first roadside produce stand, the brothers made a promise: always take care of the customer.

Decades later, that promise has never been broken. Grimmway Farms’ dedication to consistent quality and dependable service has made us the global leader in our industry.

Yet no matter how the size and scope of our company grows, every Grimmway employee is committed to staying true to our founding philosophies: provide good value, honest pricing and conduct business with integrity.

Grimmway believes in providing service to our customers on a personal level. We believe that today’s consumer wants food products that are innovative, exciting and nutritious. All good reasons Grimmway chooses to partner with other industry forerunners to develop creative new product ideas our consumers and their families will enjoy.

Acknowledging and responding to the issues important to our customers is important to us. To address the growing consumer demand for pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, Grimmway Farms is continuously developing new avenues of opportunity. In 2001, we acquired Cal-Organics, a pioneer organic produce company providing more than 75 organic product offerings.

Your safety and confidence are of the utmost importance to us.

Food Safety
Grimmway Farms knows that it’s important for you and your family to be confident in the safety of the produce you consume. Our safety standards are among the highest in the industry.

  • Awarded Shield #002 for participation and acceptance in the USDA Qualified Through Verification (QTV) program.
  • Third party auditors include USDA, AIB, Siliker Labs, Scientific Certification Systems, Davis Fresh Technologies and many of our customers have excellent in-house audit programs as well.
  • Food Safety Standards and Guidelines: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – October 1998. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 110.
  • Good Agricultural Practices include monthly self-audits, quarterly third party program audits, and an annual intensive 3 day third party audit. Each field is audited prior to harvest. All new contracted growers must complete a self-audit as part of the contract. Audit reports may be reviewed by an additional third party.
  • Mock recalls are completed and documented often, with one of five most probable scenarios.
  • A new isolated Pathogen Laboratory for environmental testing provides us with results in 24 to 48 hours.”

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My Thoughts:

Cal-Organic and Grimmway Farms (both product lines under the same umbrella) are the two primary brands my family looks to when we shop for carrots. In a market full of produce, I typically smell, feel and evaluate the texture of the produce before buying it. In this case, I have always been able to trust that these carrots are fresh, plump and organically grown without scrutinizing them. We don’t typically buy much packaged produce–but Grimmway Farms definitely makes the cut.

We mainly buy the baby carrots and fresh carrots with the greens attached. They are perfect for our girl’s school lunches and our labrador Kona also enjoys them. The carrot stixx make for an excellent salad topper or a healthy fresh boost for mac & cheese–and the carrot coins are a nice addition to a veggie stir fry. I have fun using my imagination with these carrot products. The ways you can use them are virtually endless–and you can always feel good about the nutritional benefits you’re receiving from this root vegetable.

I’ve developed a recent affinity for Grimmway’s new True Organic juices. They are incredibly tasty. My favorite is the pure carrot juice. The other flavors like Bananaberry Crush and Blended Blue taste sublime–but I stay mindful that they are loaded with sugar, since they are mostly fruit. I typically add a few gulps to a green drink so that I get a boost of sweetness without consuming the whole bottle of fruitiness at once.

It’s neat to witness a brand like this, whose values are so high, doing so well and now creating organic juices. That makes me happy for Grimmway and happy for consumers to have access to these products. These products are available in many grocery stores in the produce section, so be sure to keep an eye out for these root-y goodies.

Protein 17 Organic Whey Protein Review

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Protein 17 Organic Whey Protein

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Protein 17:

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My Thoughts:

Not only do I love that this protein is organic & from grass-fed cows, but I love that Protein 17 makes an effort to point out that the practice of injecting cows with artificial hormone treatment is harmful to the animal and ultimately harmful to us in consuming a product that is derived from cow’s milk. I admire the fact that they are transparent about their approach to whey protein–which is to create organic, non-gmo, whey protein containing nothing artificial.

It’s hard to find protein powder that is unflavored. I am loving that I can mix this protein with anything I want without worrying about the flavors meshing. I like it best blended with almond milk and a few strawberries.

This is not the only whey protein on the market, obviously, but it is absolutely one of the highest quality. There are a few other lines of organic whey protein out there–I am finding that amongst those brands, most of them are comparable. These top organic whey protein brands appear passionate about producing whey protein that you can trust, which is more than what your typical store-bought protein can say for itself.

Though I do not include other dairy products, I digest whey protein fine (in high-quality whey proteins, 100% of the lactose has been eliminated, thus it’s resemblance to milk is gone). Performance wise, I am on the top of the game in regards to running, lifting and requiring little recovery time. I believe that including organic whey protein in my diet has been a large part of that.

I’d recommend this protein to someone looking for a high quality, versatile protein powder to use along with a weight lifting and cardiovascular workout routine. Consuming doses of pure protein can help you recover quicker, grow muscle and keep you lean.

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.

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