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Smoothie King’s New HIIT Fit, Paleo, Macro-Balanced Offerings!

This post is sponsored by Smoothie King on Smoothie King’s New HIIT Fit, Paleo, Macro-Balanced Offerings.

Smoothie King’s New HIIT Fit, Paleo, Macro-Balanced Offerings

I’ll be the first person to tell you that I tend to make smoothies at home mostly because I can control the ingredients and I know what I’m in for. From my experience (and I’ve been out of the buying-smoothies-outside-the-house-game for a while), mass-produced and/or store bought smoothies are imbalanced. Meaning they are either full of mostly sugar or mostly protein. Also, they commonly lack micronutrients because they are not made with whole foods.

My body responds well to a lower-sugar & carb diet (nope, I don’t run from carbs or claim to be keto 100% of the time), I’ve just noticed that my body responds well if carbs do not dominate my diet. Also keep in mind–every body is different and has different needs.

Okay okay, so without going too far down the nutrition rabbit hole–here’s how Smoothie King has changed how I look at store-bought smoothies. Smoothie King’s HIIT Fit smoothies fit so well into my approach (by the way, HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, which is a good description of my Crossfit lifestyle).

I am not neurotic or obsessive about it, but I do strive to get a good dose of healthy carbs right after my workout. It’s a habit that I stick to most of the time because it allows me to burn fat during my workouts instead of running on carbs that I just ingested. In other words, other individuals may ingest their carbs before their workout, but I opt not to for that reason. I do what’s called carb-backloading. These smoothies allow me to refuel my depleted glycogen stores after my workout thru the fruits used in both of these blends.

The HIIT Fit smoothies come in two blends: Chocolate Cinnamon and Veggie Mango.

Here are the details on Smoothie King’s new HIIT Fit Smoothies:

  • Smoothie King’s new HIIT Fit Smoothies contain a 40/30/30 balance of carbs, fat and FITAID® + Paleo Protein to help you recover.
  • HIIT Fit Chocolate Cinnamon – 100% cocoa, almond butter, Califia Farms® Almond Milk, dates, bananas, cinnamon and FITAID® + Paleo Protein
  • HIIT Fit Veggie Mango – Organic spinach, mangoes, bananas, almonds and FITAID® + Paleo Protein
  • Both HIIT Fit Smoothies are Paleo-friendly and help you recover faster from your High-Intensity Interval Training workouts with key vitamins & nutrients from FITAID® + Paleo Protein.
  • HIIT Fit Smoothies have no added sugar, less than 450 calories and over 25 grams of protein per 20 ounces.
  • There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or other unhealthy ingredients on the No-No List in any smoothie from Smoothie King.

When I first heard about these new smoothie options, I was floored. Mainly because I am used to store-made smoothies to be full of things I typically stay away from like dairy, processed fruit juices, added sweeteners, artificial ingredients, etc. I’m excited to know about these new offerings and see Smoothie King as a place I can look to for my post-workout, paleo-friendly gains!

Not to mention that both blends are super duper delicious (no joke) and I can see my taste buds craving each one on different days.

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Eat Smart Digital Kitchen Scale Review

This is a review of the Eat Smart Digital Kitchen Scale for tracking macros and working towards your nutrition goals. Great for Crossfit enthusiasts and individuals looking to follow IIFYM (if it fits your macros).

Eat Smart Digital Kitchen Scale

About:

  • Professional food scale – Extra large lighted display and stainless steel platform
  • Max weight 15lbs; Displays ounces/lbs/grams/kgs; Graduation .05 oz / 1 gram
  • Includes FREE EatSmart Calorie Factors guide – Portion control and calorie counting made easy!
  • Tare feature eliminates the weight of a plate; 3 Minute Auto-Shutoff lets you prepare ingredients while maintaining battery life
  • 4 AAA batteries included; 100% EatSmart Guaranteed Satisfaction

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My Experience:

Measuring food was a foreign concept to me not long ago, but I gained an interest in it after learning more about how consuming certain macronutrient ratios may be able to maximize health and performance during workouts.

I came across this opportunity to try out an Eat Smart Scale and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I’m new to using scales (thus, I don’t have much to compare it to), but I wouldn’t see a need to ever get a different scale. This one seems to do an excellent job and is easy to store (we keep it on top of our microwave).

I like that could can measure in various ways like grams, ounces or pounds. My routine has been to the scale on with the bowl I’m using already on it, that way the scale is at zero with an empty bowl on top (it doesn’t weight the bowl this way).

I’m excited to have this fancy tool in our kitchen and have found it useful espescially for measuring out fat servings (like nuts) as well as measuring ground coffee for consistent brewing. If you do any kind of measuring in your kitchen on a regular basis, this is definitely worth having.

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Video: Hitting Macros + Eating Vegan

This video breaks down hitting macros on a vegan diet. I address a macro-focused (IIFYM) diet while sticking to only vegan foods, and how it pertains to athletes + those who do Crossfit.

 

Hail Merry Organic, Raw, Gluten Free Cookie Dough Macaroons Review

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Hail Merry Snacks

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Hail Merry:

WHY: Hail Merry exists to help people achieve higher health. HOW: By creating truly great tasting snacks using our award winning recipes. Our pure ingredients are consciously sourced and prepared in innovative ways, while also meeting the needs of those with special dietary restrictions. WHAT: Hail Merry is a category redefining snack-food company born out of the yoga culture that is owned and led by women who seek to nurture each other, our employees, our partners, our families and our customers.”

About the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons:

“Dreams do come true! Winner Best of Show at Natural Foods Expo West 2014! Finally a gluten-free & vegan cookie dough that delivers on taste and happiness. We worked hard to make these treats the most luxurious, best tasting macaroons you will ever try, crafted with organic Fair Trade chocolate chips, almond flour and organic maple syrup from a family farm in Vermont.  Dehydrated at low temps and made with pure ingredients, enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth macaroons at room temp or in your favorite ice cream for a heavenly delight. 8 cookies per bag, 3.5 oz. bag, 8 bags per case. Buy today and share with friends and family! We celebrate our pure ingredients: organic maple syrup, almond flour, organic shredded coconut, organic chocolate chips (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa liquor, organic cocoa butter), organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic Madagascar vanilla, sea salt. Allergy warning: Contains almonds.”

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My Thoughts:

I try to maintain a balance of putting a large amount of nutrient-rich, alkaline foods into my body along with indulging occasionally on my favorite foods. Brands that make that “splurging” and sweet-tooth-satisfying healthy, mindful and power packed don’t go unseen by me. I so much appreciate what Hail Merry is doing here. To sum it up, right off the bat, I can’t think of a sweet, healthy treat I’d rather reach for than these Hail Merry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons. Words don’t do them justice. They are an EXPERIENCE. Despite the fact that they are a “treat”, they are pretty macro balanced. These macaroons have 10g of fat, 9g of carbs (6g of sugar) and 2 g of protein per 2 macaroons (1 serving). They are dense little bundles of pure goodness. They’re also rife with organic & raw ingredients. Organic & Raw are king in my world! Low in sugar is also something that I search for and am pretty mindful of. I don’t consciously count calories or sugar grams, but I know how my body feels with I overload it with sugar–so I stay tuned into that. I see these macaroons as the best option I’ve seen out there for a satisfying, alive (not packed with highly-processed, heated crud), healthy treats. I can grab a bag of these and feel really good about the ingredients. If I were making these at home to snack on, I would cut the sugar content in half and add some protein powder (Hey Hail Merry, next product?!) 🙂 For the dessert use, though, they are healthful, tasty perfection.

NuGo Organic Protein Bar Review

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NuGo

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Nugo:

“REAL Dark Chocolate. REAL delicious.® REAL health benefits.

REAL Dark Chocolate isn’t just a delectable treat exploding with delicious flavor. It is a heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich superfood and a staple ingredient in many NuGo bars. Research has shown that REAL Dark Chocolate may help maintain good cholesterol (HDL),* lower blood pressure, elevate mood, reduce stress, and increase endurance when consumed before a workout. So if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, get REAL. Get NuGo.

Our NuGO Organic® bars are naturally sweetened with tapioca and agave syrup and are coated in luscious antioxidant-rich organic cacao dark chocolate. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, they are also OU Kosher. All of NuGO Organic’s ingredients meet the USDA’s National Organic Program’s standards, which prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides, hormones, and antibotics.”

Double Dark Chocolate

About:

“Ingredients:

Organic Crunch [organic hexane free soy crisps (organic soy protein, organic rice flour, calcium carbonate), organic brown crisp rice, organic rolled oats], Organic Chocolate (organic cane sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Isolated Soy Protein, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Arabic Gum, Natural Flavors.”

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate

About:

“Ingredients:

Organic Crunch [organic hexane free soy crisps (organic soy protein, organic rice flour, calcium carbonate), organic brown crisp rice, organic rolled oats], Organic Chocolate (organic cane sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Isolated Soy Protein, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Red Sour Cherries, Organic Cocoa Powder, Natural Flavors, Organic Arabic Gum, Citric Acid.”

Dark Chocolate Almond

About:

“Ingredients:

Organic Crunch [organic hexane free soy crisps (organic soy protein, organic rice flour, calcium carbonate), organic brown crisp rice, organic rolled oats], Organic Chocolate (organic cane sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Isolated Soy Protein, Organic Arabic Gum, Organic Almonds, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Organic Flaxseed, Natural Flavors.”

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My Thoughts:

If you want lots of yummy flavor & fuel that you can feel pretty good about eating, Nugo’s got it. These bars are chock full of organic ingredients. Talk about a GIANT leap up from your typical snack bar.

If I had to pick one, the double dark chocolate bar takes the cake in regards to overall taste & enjoyment. I love the health boosting qualities of chocolate (when in its pure form & without additives)

Here are a few tweaks I would make with these bars:

-Lower sugar content

-More raw ingredients (like raw cacao)

-Less or no use of soy

-Specificity on what “natural flavors” are

Here is what these bars have that many bars do not:

-A laundry list of organic ingredients (these are Certified Organic bars)

-All non-gmo ingredients

-A decent macro ratio (5g fat/26g carbs/10g protein)

In my pantry, I see these bars as a healthy treat/snack for our 6 year old and a candy bar replacement for me. I like to keep my sugar intake at bay, thus, I won’t be eating several of these a day. However, a big bravo for the use of organic ingredients. I find myself looking for more raw, though! I recommend them to someone looking to make a healthier swap in their junky-snack routine, one that will provide them with fat, carbs & protein.