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Life Equals Ambassadorship + Discount Code!

When I first moved to Kansas City, I linked up with the owners of Life Equals and did a blog review on a few of their products at the time–not knowing that a few years down the road I would be a Balance Your Life Team Member (demo girl) and Ambassador!

So here I am, a few years later, revisiting this local brand and the new stuff they’ve got going!

This brand is taking care of my daily needs in various ways. Nutrition on-the-go? Check. Brain-boosting and recovery enhancing fish oil? Check. A women’s multi that keeps me healthy and beaming? Checkity check check check. They value quality and an overall state of BUMPIN vitality. I so dig the lifestyle they promote.

Curious about more product-specific deets? Check out the breakdowns below.

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

These are the Life Equals products I’m currently using:

Balance: The Superfood Shot

About:

Balance is two ounces of delicious, 100% organic pineapple, lemon, carrot, beet, cranberry, blueberry, cherry, spinach, kale, acai berry, camu camu, goji berry, elderberry and dragon fruit (with a little turmeric thrown in). This convenient, recyclable bottle is a half day’s fruits and vegetables that goes anywhere you are and provides you with all of the missing nutrients your body craves and deserves.

-Provides 1/2 your day’s fruits & veggies.

-100% Organic and Non-GMO

-No Added Sugar & No Preservatives.

-Goes Anywhere

-Nutrient Dense & Antioxidant Rich

Women’s Multi

About:

-Whole-food based vitamins and minerals to help fill daily nutritional gaps

-Superfood whole-food and Herbal Blend further promotes maximum absorption

-Plant-based Digestive Enzyme Complex to support happy digestion

-Full B-Complex, including vitamin B12 to maintain daily energy levels

-Non-constipating iron to boost energy and help prevent anemia

Omega-3

About:

-Sustainably sourced wild-caught Omega-3s (2000mg) per serving

-Powerful 2:1 ratio of EPA (800mg) and DHA (400mg)

-Protects inflammation caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD)

-Cold-pressed and enteric coated — so no fish burps

-Supports a healthy heart, limber joints and a sharp mind

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

 

 

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Blue Sky Eggs Review

This is a review of Blue Sky Farm’s organic, pasture raised, free range eggs.

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Blue Sky Family Farms

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Blue Sky Family Farms (Based out of Warsaw, Indiana):

“We pledge to put the welfare of our chickens, people and planet first, in every decision we make, every action we take.”

Our hens live naturally, in safe environments where they can forage, perch and nest — with plenty of room for flapping, dust-bathing and social interaction. And our hens are free to roam inside and out, enjoying green grass, fresh air and sunshine as good weather permits.

From our family to yours: great tasting eggs you can feel good about in every way to nourish body and soul.

We’re Different

Raised With Care — Naturally, free to roam under open skies

Every Detail Matters, exclusive methods, consistently better eggs

Supporting Family Farms success, independence & the next gen

Nourishing Body & Soul, great taste to feel good about

Family Owned and operated, 3 generations, over 100 years.”

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My Thoughts:

In my family’s normal routine, we tend to consume a fair amount of eggs–our black labrador Kona also gets some in her meals. I view eggs as a clean source of protein and healthy fats.

As always, though, quality is of the utmost importance to us. We always look for organic & free range eggs when grocery shopping. To me, this insures that the eggs we are consuming are free of pesticides, hormones and the animals have been given the opportunity to roam freely, which I feel good about.

Having eggs that are free range improves the nutritional profile of the egg, as the chickens have been given the opportunity to seek the necessary nutrients that their active little bodies crave.

I’m a huge advocate of having a large portion of your diet plant based, but I also see a space for organic, free range eggs in moderation.

I love supporting a farm with such standards and I find it refreshing that they are committed to their organic mission. I’d strongly recommend looking into a farm like Blue Sky Family Farms if you value having organic, free range eggs as we do. They are a source you’ll feel great about supporting. Thank you, Blue Sky for treating us to these beautiful eggs! Here’s to more farms doing the same.

 

Recipe: How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

Have you heard of this? Bulletproof coffee is becoming increasingly more prevalent–as it should. Without diving-head-first into the boat loads of science behind these ingredients and the synergy that exists between them, I’ll give you the…

Semi-basic run down for why bulletproof coffee can take your coffee routine to the next level & a few tips on making your own:

  • Improves your mental clarity
  • Slows the assimilation of caffeine and fats in your body, making them more filling & giving you sustained energy versus just a quick boost.
  • Coupling the coffee with fats like grass fed butter, MCT oil (you can also use palm oil or coconut oil) improves the satiating effect of the drink and the natural caffeine content of the coffee bean helps make the fatty acids more readily available for absorption and energy use in the body.
  • Laird describes this robust drink as one that will give you “a whole new focus.”
  • The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in the butter and oils help reduce inflammation in the body by decreasing triglyceride levels.
  • Make sure to choose a coffee blend that is organic (preferably a dark or espresso roast, as those often contain less acid.
  • You can make this completely vegan and dairy free just by using the MCT oil, coconut oil and/or palm oil.

My interest in bulletproof coffee has existed for a while now–initially prompted by this video by one of my main professional-athlete-inspirers (surfing legend, fitness & nutrition guru), Laird Hamilton.

 

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My Recipe for Bulletproof Coffee:

(created with inspiration from many!)

No exact measuring here! Everything is approximate.

Instructions here are minimal:

  • Simply combine all ingredients (sans coffee) in your coffee cup.
  • Brew your coffee as usual, separately.
  • When finished, pour the hot coffee into your cup to combine all of the ingredients.
  • The heat from the coffee will liquify the oils and help everything to combine.
  • Stir & ENJOY!

I’ve loaded up that list with the links to all of the products that I used.

Also, it’s just worth mentioning that I drink this is the morning in place of a breakfast. Lately, I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting (only liquids until 11amish, then eating from about 11am-7pm) paired with a ketogenic approach to eating. I’m not counting macros right now, but I mindfully to good sources of fat for energy and then an adequate (filling) amount of protein.

Have you ever made your own bulletproof coffee? I’d love to hear about it. Happy Brewing!

Binka Girl Apparel Review: Supporting Local Dog Shelters!

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Binka Girl

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Binka Girl:

“Inspired by growing up on the beaches of Jupiter, Florida with her shelter dog, Binki, Jessica created the simple yet versatile in wear style of binka.

Binki was adopted from a high-kill shelter and given a second chance at life. Her amethyst charm dots the “i” in “binka” and her legacy continues to inspire Jessica to save homeless and shelter dogs and support the No Kill Nation movement. All excess fabric and a portion of binka’s proceeds are donated to various shelters and rescue groups. With your purchase, you are joining binka’s mission to support and save abused and homeless animals worldwide.

Binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups.

You can learn more about binka’s current corporate partner rescue programs and fundraising efforts on our facebook page.
Please visit your local shelter, humane society or rescue group’s website for more info on how you can get involved or adopt your next pet!”

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My Thoughts:

I was (and still am) SO excited to connect with Binka Girl–a brand on a beautiful mission that is based out of my hometown: Jupiter, FL. Supporting Binka Girl warms my heart. The fact that they donate 10% of their orders to local pet shelters is such an incredible thing.

We rescued our dog, Kona from a shelter here in Kansas City called Wayside Waifs. Because of that whole experience, I became even more passionate about not only owning a dog, but getting them from a rescue shelter. My family has had many dogs growing up. Thus, my love for dogs has always been there and we are so lucky and blessed to have the best dog in Kona. We may be biased but she truly is an incredible dog. It just goes to show that you do not have to get a dog from a breeder to have a good one. Rescuing is the way to go!

I digress a bit, but, I believe that Binka Girl’s mission is just as beautiful as their clothing. They have a great thing going down there in south Florida!

I love having pieces of clothing that are unique, that I won’t see everywhere, that feel like home. This hoodie is just that. It makes me think of Jupiter, reminds me to stay anchored in who I am (I seriously love this anchor graphic!) and keeps me comfortable and uniquely outfitted. I also think it’s very figure flattering and I like how it’s a good length (as well as the sleeves).

I can’t think of a single woman I know that wouldn’t love one of these. They would make an awesome gift or just an addition to your own wardrobe. In addition to having a great piece of clothing, it will feel really good knowing you’re help supporting an amazing cause and helping Jessica of Binka Girl support local dog shelters.

I can’t rave enough about this brand. I was lucky enough to be gifted this hoodie–but they also make many other pieces such as bermuda shorts, pants, tees and tanks. It’s truly hard to close because they are all so unique, well made and designed.

Go get some Binka clothing! You’re doing a whole lot of good in doing so.

Use code BINKARUNONORGANIC for 25% off at www.binkagirl.com

Raw Green Organics Supplements Review

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Raw Green Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Raw Green Organics:

“At Raw Green Organics, we believe that without our health and planet – we have nothing. Since our inception we’ve tried to re-think how to create a business that promotes health and sustainability. It’s definitely a work in progress, and there is always more we can do.

OUR VISION OF HEALTH & SUSTAINABILITY IS TO:

  • Reduce the ubiquitous presence of toxic chemicals in our natural environment (air, soil, oceans, etc), man-made environments (homes, schools, offices) and our personal environments (industrial pollution inside our own bodies);
  • Protect natural resources by minimizing waste and maximizing use/re-use;
  • Promote diversity and productivity through all facets of life – from cultural to ecological.

PRODUCT & PACKAGING

We love plants and all things living. We design our packaging to maximize their usage with our products. One day we will be 100% plant-based and sustainably-sourced, inside and out.

With that goal in mind, we:

  • Source natural, organic, sustainably harvested, renewable, pure raw materials for our products
  • Closely monitor the quality-control standards & protocols in our manufacturing to ensure highest quality, cleanliness, and overall product & ingredient integrity
  • Test all raw ingredients coming in, during production and in it’s final state going out to ensure the highest quality and safety
  • Track all the materials, ingredients, and packaging used in our products.
  • Use 100% renewable and/or recycled materials in all products, packaging, shipping materials, and office materials when possible
  • Specify and Use re-usable packaging, higher post-consumer recycled or FSC-certified materials, shipping material, & fully biodegradable pillow pack materials.”

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Protein

About:

“Our Organic Vegan Protein is locally sourced and made with organic North American yellow peas, organic sacha inchi protein, organic hemp protein and organic flaxseed.  It’s mild tasting, naturally high in protein and rich in Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids.  Certified vegan protein that’s organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and tastes great!”

B-Complex

About:

“Organic Vitamin B-Complex is a high potency organic formula which helps to replenish nutrients depleted due to strenuous physical activity.  B vitamins aid in producing energy from food, help support the healthy functioning of the nervous system and may be of assistance during times of stress.”

BCAA

About:

“Vegan BCAA or “branch-chain amino acids” are the building blocks of proteins. Some amino acids are made by your body naturally, but others must be attained through diet. Vegan BCAA stimulate the building of protein in muscle and possibly reduce muscle breakdown.”

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My Thoughts:

Raw Green Organics is a big breath of fresh air. Especially in regards to supplements that come in pill form, it’s so hard to find options that are very clearly organic and free of extra junk and fillers. There are a very limited amount of completely organic, complete supplement lines that are available. I’m so glad I discovered this brand.

The BCAA and the B-Complex were two new products for me to try. I’ve never taken a branch chain amino acids nor a b-complex supplement before, regardless of brand. I find that when my diet is up to par, I get adequate amounts of these things in the organic foods I eat. I value BCAAs for their ability to help the body recover, heal and grow–specifically in regards to physical training.

Many vegan protein powders have a brown rice protein base, which is a viable, healthful option for many individuals–but it’s nice to see Raw Green Organics change it up. They use gemma protein (which comes from peas) and is a nutrient-packed source of protein. The vanilla flavor of this powder is subtle, yet pleasant–& makes it pair perfectly with coconut, almond, peanut and cashew milk, alike.

In regards to performance & effectiveness: the BCAA and B-Complex are two of the few pill supplements that I’ve been taking every day, lately. Though I haven’t noticed a major difference, I do believe they have helped me keep up my momentum (without needing a recovery day) lifting and coaching volleyball. In the last month I’ve begun practice with my team and have also been hopping into the lineup during practice. Honestly, though I am a fit gal, I thought I’d be sore from the unique twisting motions that my body experiences while playing the game. I only had one day of slight soreness–and no other soreness to speak of. I have to think that these supplements have played a role in that.

I’d recommend these supplements to anyone that believe in investing in their health. Though the products aren’t cheap–they’re worth it. They’re amongst the very best that you can get your hands on and can really take your health and recovery to the next level.