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KonaRed Non-GMO Hawaiian CoffeeBerry Drinks Review

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KonaRed

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About KonaRed:

“THE KONARED® STORY

KonaRed® is uniquely sourced from Hawaii Coffee, where it has developed for over 175 years. Kona’s coffee growing region is only about fifty square miles in all, and is farmed largely by small landowners. In order for coffee plants to thrive, the region in which they grow must meet six climate elements: rich soil, proper elevation, sunshine, cloud cover, rain and a moderate slope for proper drainage of roots. Like much of Hawaii, Kona offers all six of these ideal climate conditions for growing coffee, allowing for the creation of award-winning coffees and the antioxidant powers of KonaRed®.

But there is something different about the Kona coffee cherries produced, earning this coffee a worldwide reputation for excellence. The difference could lie in the care with which Kona coffee is hand picked, ensuring that only the highest quality coffee cherries are harvested for coffee production. Or maybe it is simply the fact that 100% Pure Kona Coffee is rare and sometimes hard to find.

The power of KonaRed® comes from the coffee fruit that surrounds the coffee bean. The fruit surrounding and protecting the seed (or bean) is removed, dried and condensed into a liquid that we blend with other delicious fruits to create this amazing beverage. KonaRed’s Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® consists of only the ripe red fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit.

KonaRed® provides you with antioxidants that are absorbed at the cellular level which helps your brain and body function more efficiently. And because we use natural ingredients you can follow the drink from where the ingredients are sourced, straight to the bottle. This ensures that the strength and power of the Hawaiian culture is in every bottle.”

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Superfruit Powder

About:

“KonaRed’s powder tub is a convenient way to enjoy KonaRed® at home. Mix it with water or your favorite juice, or add it to a smoothie for extra antioxidant power!”

Coconut Water

About:

“We blend our KonaRed® Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® with Coconut Water from young green coconuts that are picked at the earliest stages of maturity when they have the highest level of electrolytes and potassium, giving you all the benefits of Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® fortified with the wellness and hydration attributes of Coconut Water.”

The Original Superfruit Juice

About:

“The Original Superfruit juice provides your body with countless nutrients for a healthy you. The core ingredient in the Superfruit juice is the Hawaiian CoffeeBerry®, which is the main source of the antioxidants in each bottle.”

Green Tea

About:

“We blend our KonaRed® Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® with Organic Green Tea, giving you all the benefits of Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® fortified with the wellness attributes of Green Tea.”

Superfruit On-The-Go Packets

About:

“The KonaRed® On-the-Go Packs are filled will the same great taste as well as all the nutrients you receive in every bottle. We’ve just made things more convenient for those who are a little more active than others. The packs allow you to have multiple KonaRed® drinks with you at all times without taking up space with the actual bottle.”

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My Thoughts:

This review is a bit different than most for me because for some reason. In doing my research on this product & where the ingredients are derived from–it really struck a cord within me. I was watching the video from Greenwell Kona Coffee Farm on the big island of Hawaii (where KonaRed gets their coffee berries) and was so touched by the family atmosphere and obvious passion that is put into the farming efforts, harvesting, processing, etc. They may sound like minor details, but my husband and I have also been to Hawaii before (fell head-over-heels in love with its majestic beauty) and have a black lab named Kona. Naturally, KonaRed was of interest to me.

I’m really wanting to love and rave about this brand–but I’m not quite there. Here’s why: in a superfood product, I’m really looking for organic and raw. KonaRed is unfortunately neither of those things. I love that the idea behind their product is to harness the antioxidants and powerful nature-given properties of the coffee plant and put them into drink and powder form that’s easy and convenient to consume. I am, however, one of your most discerning individuals when it comes to supplements. I want organic and raw because that assures me that I’m getting pure goodness that’s untampered with.

I have learned that KonaRed products are all non-gmo (rad–good step in the right direction). I am still corresponding with Greenwell Farms to learn more about their pesticide use (or if they use any). I will update this post to reflect their practices as soon as I have that information. They provided an inspiring look at their farm via video, but I didn’t pick up on anything in regards to chemical use.

Taste-wise, all of these products are good (and I will say this–they are a MUCH better alternative to big-box sports drinks) and my husband even enjoys them. I just find myself wishing they were organic & raw, as I know of several other brands that offer an organic & raw choice for post workout replenishment.

I’d recommend these drinks to someone looking to chuck the sports drink they’ve been drinking for years. KonaRed is a big step up from that!

 

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Castor & Pollux Dog Jerky Chip Cookies Review

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Castor & Pollux

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Ideal for training, rewarding good behavior, or because your dog has perfected giving you “that look”. They’re easy to break, yet nice and crunchy.

New ORGANIX Jerky Chip cookies from Castor & Pollux, a leader in organic and natural food and treats for dogs and cats, are all-natural dog cookie treats oven-baked with organic oatmeal and protein-packed jerky chips. ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies start with nutritious, organic whole grains – organic oatmeal, organic barley, organic brown rice, organic oat flour – and protein-rich jerky chips from chicken, salmon, beef liver or lamb. The cookies also contain organic fruits and vegetables like organic peas, organic apples and organic carrots for a wholesome and smart cookie for dogs. Made in the USA, with no corn, soy.”

Ingredient Lists:

Oatmeal & Lamb:

Organic Oatmeal, Organic Barley, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Peas, Lamb, Beef, Organic Cane Molasses, Organic Apples, Organic Carrots, Olive Oil, Organic Caramel Color, Gelatin, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative).

Oatmeal & Beef:

Organic Oatmeal, Beef, Organic Barley, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Peas, Organic Cane Molasses, Organic Apples, Organic Carrots, Olive Oil, Organic Caramel Color, Gelatin, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative).

Oatmeal & Salmon:

Organic Oatmeal, Organic Barley, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Peas, Salmon, Beef, Organic Cane Molasses, Organic Apples, Organic Carrots, Olive Oil, Organic Caramel Color, Gelatin, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative).

Oatmeal & Chicken:

Organic Oatmeal, Organic Chicken, Organic Barley, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Peas, Organic Cane Molasses, Organic Apples, Organic Carrots, Organic Chicken Fat, Organic Caramel Color, Gelatin, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative).

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My Thoughts:

Our labrador Kona, who is now 1 year and 5 months old, gets fed a pretty awesome diet. We feed her as much organic food and treats as possible. I was so excited for her to try these new Jerky Chip Cookies by Castor & Pollux. The ingredient lists are awesome. Mixed tocopherols are essentially just vitamin E used as a preservative (in case you were wondering). It’s one of the cleanest preservatives you could possibly use. You can find it in some organic skin care products, too.

These treats are essentially perfection. I feel good about the ingredients that Kona is consuming and she really appears to love them–as she eats these treats with gusto. I love that C & P made a range of flavors. Kona doesn’t seem to differentiate or pick favorites with them, though. She’s an equal opportunity treat eater. 🙂

I would recommend them to any dog owner looking to indulge their pooch with some organic goodies! I sure loved having them around and plan on stocking up on more.

Wholistic Pet Organics Review

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Wholistic Pet Organics

Overall Rating: images

About Wholistic Pet Organics:

Wholistic Pet Organics™ manufactures only the highest quality of super-premium, holistic, and nutritional animal health products.

As members of NASC (National Animal Supplement Council,) New Hampshire Made, and OTA (Organic Trade Association), we specialize in premium, organic pet nutritional supplements including Wholistic Canine Complete™, Wholistic Canine Complete +Joint Mobility™, Wholistic Run Free™ and Wholistic Sea Kelp™, all designed solely with your pet’s health in mind. Utilized by top winning show dogs over the past decades, we want to ensure good health and a long life for all pets! Situated close to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where the serenity and purity of nature is a daily experience, it was only “natural” that The Wholistic Pet® and then, Wholistic Pet Organics™, would eventually evolve. Based simply on a desire that a healthy lifestyle should encompass our most dependent and devoted family members, our dear pets, our catalog of natural products began to take form in 1998. Having been involved in the dog show world for over thirty years, we are passionately devoted to our pets. We have personally experienced the highs and lows of pet ownership. We know, only too well, that the life span of our pets is far too short. This fact is what started us on a path to holistic health care.

This website and our catalog of products is the embodiment of our search to find healthy, holistic products for our companion animals. We believe that there will continue to be a movement away from chemical-laden, inferior-quality pet products to healthy, all natural alternatives. Our animals depend totally and completely on us; they deserve the very best that we can give.

We are committed to making available to you only the best products. The Wholistic Pet line of products always uses high-quality, whole-food, and certified organic ingredients regardless of their cost. To us, the health of our pets is invaluable. We are not veterinarians and do not, in any way, mean to diagnose or treat. We offer only choices and, hopefully, enough knowledge so that you will be better informed. Just as with children, you are the best advocate for your pet. Anything you do must always make sense to you and, most importantly, be right for your pet. Our mission is to help all our beloved pets live happier, healthy lives free from avoidable health problems.”

In regards to the word “organic,” this is how Wholistic Organics describes their products:

“All of our ingredients are either certified organic and or human grade quality.”

Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility

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Ingredients:

“Organic KelpOrganic stabilized flaxseedWhole Fish ProteinCalcium ascorbateOrganic garlicLecithinDigest-All Plus™GlucosamineShark CartilageMSMOrganic SpirulinaOrganic Bee Pollen

“Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility™ is a super-premium animal health supplement that provides concentrated joint support for Total Body Health™. Made with only the highest quality of certified organic ingredients, Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility™ is based on a unique blend of pure, premium ingredients including:• Shark cartilage– unique angiogenesis-inhibiting properties. Harvested Responsibly
• Glucosamine—a natural building block of cartilage that is used in the rebuilding process of cartilage
• MSM—helps maintain normal, healthy connective tissue in joints; helps control symptoms of joint discomfort
• Patented Ester C®—the most effective, Body–Ready™ form of Vitamin C; a powerful antioxidant.
• Digest All Plus™ enzyme complex—aids in maintaining normal, healthy joint function.As our pets grow older, it becomes more important than ever that our pets maintain their health and well-being. Stiff joints might be the first sign that your pet is showing his age. Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility™ is an all-in-one, organic, super-premium joint support supplement that provides concentrated joint and cartilage protection and support—all in one tasty, easy-to-feed formula that dogs just love!Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility™ starts with the same organic, raw ingredients found in Wholistic Canine Complete™. To this great formula is then added glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM, ingredients that are especially important in older dogs or in any working dog or large breed subject to joint stress.”

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My Thoughts:

Our black labrador Kona only got to try a small amount of these dog supplements–as you can see the little sample packets in the above photo. Needless to say, they are designed for several weeks of use before being able to witness a difference in your pet. That said, my commentary will focus on the quality of this supplement.

I’ve never come across a canine supplement like this one. I have seen a few other brands of canine supplements in health food stores, but not with organic ingredients like this one contains. It looks like all of the ingredients that can be found in organic form are used here, minus the “whole fish protein” and the “lecithin.” They claim to use only certified or human grade ingredients, which makes me think that these two ingredients fall into the “human grade” category.

Compared to similar product, this canine supplement powder is heads and shoulders above the rest. I’d recommend it to someone looking to give their pooch a healthy boost and improvement in their joint health. The ingredients are jam packed with foods & compounds that specifically target cartilage formation.

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review

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The Honest Kitchen Dog Food

Overall Rating: 4 Stars5 Stars

In our house, filling our kitchen with organic food & products is something that we make a priority. This is also the case for how we feed our black labrador, Kona. Just like us humans, she will not reach her potential health-wise if she does not eat good food. We enjoy and feel good about feeding her well, and it shows! She is an energetic and beautiful almost 8-month old puppy.

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The Honest Company is one of the few brands of dog food that I have felt confident in feeding Kona. They appear to truly use great ingredients in their products. The Honest Kitchen provides this information regarding ingredients on their website:

“We taste every single ingredient that goes into our foods to make sure it’s just right

We’re proud of every ingredient we source for our natural pet food. We choose many ingredients from as close to home as possible, to help reduce our carbon paw print. We also choose ingredients from their native lands around the world and select vendors based on the quality of their ingredients, not cost.

All our dog and cat foods are 100% human-grade and are held to exactly the same quality standards as the food you feed to your human family.

  • We never buy GMO or genetically engineered produce.
  • Several of our ingredients are certified organic and we’re working to add more organic ingredients whenever we can.
  • We require certification to verify that every lot of raw ingredients we buy has been tested clear of salmonella, E-coli, listeria, lead, arsenic, mercury, melamine, yeast and mold & pesticide residues, before it’s even allowed inside our plant.”

Here are the products we tried with her:

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Embark Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Embark™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with cage-free turkey and produce like celery, spinach and apples. It is a higher protein, higher fat natural human grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Embark is gluten-free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also perfect for dogs who do better without beef or fish.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, organic coconut, apples, organic kelp, eggs, bananas, cranberries, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 29.00%
  • Fat, 18.00%
  • Fiber, 9.60%
  • Moisture, 7.80%
  • 488 calories per cup.”

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Thrive Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Thrive™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with free-range chicken, organic fair-trade quinoa and produce like sweet potatoes and spinach. Thrive is a natural dehydrated dog food that’s designed for dogs of all life stages including adults, puppies, pregnancy and nursing, as well as active adult dogs who need a performance dog food.

Thrive is a naturally low carbohydrate diet. It is well-suited to dogs who need a limited ingredient food since it contains no fruit and is also free of eggs, beef, fish, white potatoes, flax and alfalfa.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Chicken, organic quinoa, sweet potatoes, spinach, parsley, organic kelp, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 26.13%
  • Fat, 19.00%
  • Fiber, 6.30%
  • Moisture, 7.26%
  • 516 calories per cup.”

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Love Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Love™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with dehydrated Midwestern beef and produce like sweet potatoes, dandelion greens and papaya. Love is a higher-protein, higher-fat, natural human-grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Love is gluten free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also ideal for dogs who need to avoid egg or poultry.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic coconut, parsley, dandelion greens, papaya, cranberries, pumpkin, honey, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 31%
  • Fat, 16%
  • Fiber, 7%
  • Moisture, 7.8%
  • 514 calories per cup.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Kona did not seem to differentiate in between the Embark, Thrive and Love dog food blends, as she gobbled up all of them. As dog owners, my husband and I can feel good about this because of the great ingredients.

All 3 of these blends come in powder form, as it is dehydrated form. To serve it to Kona, I sprinkle a half serving onto the dry food I feed her along with a few tablespoons (approximately) of water, which helps make The Honest Kitchen food more digestible for her. The Honest Kitchen provides more description of how they recommend you feed their food to your dog, as well.

I would rate these dog foods 4.5 stars–I admire their usage of some certified organic ingredients and their guarantee to never buy GMO ingredients. They are striving to include more and more organic ingredients and when that day comes, I won’t hesitate to give this food a flat-out 5 star rating. In comparison to other common store-bought dog foods, this product line is light years ahead–there is merely no comparison. I recommend this very much to pet owners who are looking for one of the best natural dog food lines available, as this is one of a few brands that is worth the money.

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

4 Things That Your Dog Can Teach You

Patience

We leave for hours to run errands, go to work, etc. and our dogs have no choice but to be patient and wait for us to get home. They wait and wait and wait. They are professional patience practicers, making them a perfect reminder that we too should be diligent in being patient and not pushy.

Don’t Overeat

When I am in the kitchen grabbing a snack, I often look down at Kona, who always follows me in there, and think about how she only eats when we feed her, essentially. That is the ultimate disciplined diet, in which you only eat specific portions that are given to you, versus roaming freely all day. Silly as it sounds, I even feel a “guilt” that I am eating and she is eagerly looking on. Needless to say, I quickly ditch the guilt tied with that, but I do ponder that it could be helpful to adopt the same similar discipline that dogs portray.

Gratitude

You won’t see a dog more eager to eat her bowl of food than sweet Kona. She never fails to be excited and grateful for every last morsel of food. It’s so easy to slip into a pattern of taking little things for granted, like the food we eat.

Unconditional Love

It doesn’t seem to matter what each new day brings, your dog(s) are always happy to see you and are eager to show affection and love. This is perhaps the best lesson of all that I have learned from my dogs growing up and especially our dog Kona, who inspired me to write this.

Always having love in your heart and expressing it is so paramount, regardless of the times–regardless of any negative situation you’ve endured that day.

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