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Kevita Probiotic Drinks Review

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Kevita

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Kevita:

“KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotic. KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of low calorie flavors including Coconut, Mango Coconut and Pomegranate. KeVita is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

Refresh yourself daily with KeVita. Enjoy delicious vitality and love in every sip!”

Coconut

About:

“Yum and yum! The first and only certified organic sparkling coconut water is our most popular thirst-quenching flavor. KeVita Coconut is so pure and light, with a taste so divine you might break into song. So come along and enjoy the perfectly balanced blend of KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Strawberry Acai Coconut

About:

“Sweet and fresh, a KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut kiss! A flavor loved and adored by all ages. The colors so pretty, the flavor so bright, it’s a sparkling delicious and delightful combination. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of strawberries, acai berries, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Mango Coconut

About:

“Exotic and delish, KeVita Mango Coconut is a tropical adventure. Drink deeply, a bottle a day just might take the edge away. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of mangos, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Mango Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Pomegranate Coconut

About:

“Delicate yet complex, KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is refreshingly light. This combination conjures the greatest of myths and the easiest of pleasures. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of pomegranate, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse

About:

“Spicy and sublime, KeVita Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse™ is lightly sweetened with stevia, and contains no added sugar. Delicious between meals, Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, low glycemic, vegan, dairy and gluten free.”

Tangerine

About:

“Refreshing and light, KeVita Tangerine is our delightfully sweet citrus and creamy vanilla blend. Enhanced with vitamin C and organic green coffee bean extract, Tangerine is sunshine in a bottle. Tangerine is certified organic, non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

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My Thoughts:

Kevita drinks are a unique division of health drinks, as they focus on boosting digestive health via a low-calorie mixture that is packed with organic ingredients and probiotics. Digestion is an important aspect of your health because without digestive efficacy, our bodies cannot absorb all of the nutrients that we take in. Ingesting probiotics helps to keep your stomach’s healthy bacteria in balance–which in turn helps keep the lining healthy and ready to do it’s job (absorb).

Similar to kombucha (but not quite as effervescent as kombucha), Kevita offers an expansive range of flavors, each of which is interesting, refreshing and tasty in its own right.

These drinks are suitable for individuals who abide by a plethora of diets, as they are vegan, dairy free, lactose free, gluten free and free of added sugar. Those facts make it easy for me to recommend to a wide range of individuals with specific dietary needs.

Quality wise, you can see on their labeling that Kevita drinks are certified organic and non-gmo–two important specs that I look for in all products that I buy frequently. On top of quality, these drinks are easy to find if you have a health food store like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods close to you. You can locate them in close proximity to kombucha and coconut water in most stores that carry it.

Taste wise, these drinks are tasty and light–not as heavy as fruit juice. The “sparkling” characteristic of the drink makes it refreshing and satisfying, though it only contains about 10 calories per serving. I’d urge soda drinkers to give this drink a try. These drinks provide nutrients via organic ingredients, whereas sodas can’t claim anything close to that. My favorites of the bunch are the Mango Coconut and the Tangerine. They are the perfect drinks to pair with your summer activities.

Though the low-calorie feature is nice, I don’t focus on it–especially if the ingredients are organic and nutritionally robust. That said, my suggested improvement with these drinks is for them to contain a few more ingredients that make them closer to a meal in regards to how filling they are. I also wish the flavors were a little bit stronger and more intense (they likely are not because of the low calorie content).

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Advocare Supplement Review

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Advocare Supplement Review

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Advocare:

“AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products along with a rewarding business opportunity.

Joining team AdvoCare empowers individuals to explore their ultimate potential. When people try the products, the positive testimonials pour in: “I feel better than I have in years.” “My energy level is unbelievable.” “AdvoCare has changed my life.” AdvoCare focuses on wellness and provides an opportunity to enrich your life in the way that you choose.

Distinguished professionals from the fields of nutrition, pharmacology, biology, kinesiology and medicine formulate nutritional solutions that are based on solid science and created with the highest-quality ingredients. The phenomenal results of AdvoCare products experienced by thousands of people present an exciting business opportunity.

Individuals from all walks of life are realizing the unlimited income potential and creating a more balanced life when they share our world-class products and opportunity with others. Another bonus is our DebtBuster® system that provides a simple method for targeting your creditors and becoming debt-free – a system so effective it received the Education for Life award from the Direct Selling Association (DSA) in 2002. In June 2008, AdvoCare received the prestigious DSA Innovation Award. The DSA honors the industry’s best of the best at the Annual Awards Banquet.

The AdvoCare track record is one of success because we remain focused on what we do best: offering safe and effective nutritional products and providing a compelling business opportunity. The future is bright with AdvoCare because we have the best people, proven science-based products, celebrity endorsers who recommend our products, an exciting growth plan and sound company principles.”

Spark Pre-Workout Energy Drink Powder

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Enhances mental energy and focus*
  • Provides support for long-lasting energy*
  • Helps fight occasional drowsiness*
  • 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients
  • Sugar-free and only 45 calories
  • Helps reduce free radicals*

Ingredients:

Vitamin A (as beta-carotene), Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine HCl), Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), Thiamine (as HCl), Riboflavin, Niacin (as niacinamide), Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), Zinc (as zinc monomethionine), Copper (as copper glycinate), Chromium (as chromium citrate), Choline (as bitartrate and citrate), L-Tyrosine, Taurine, Caffeine , Glycine, Citrus flavonoids, Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), L-Carnitine (as tartrate), Inositol, Maltodextrin, citric acid, sucralose, silicon dioxide.”

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Gel

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Encourages optimal performance through electrolyte balance
  • Allows for immediate and sustained energy with Sequential Carbs
  • Facilitates hydration in conjunction with plenty of water
  • Lemon flavor with only 80 calories
  • On-the-go portable and convenient pouch

Ingredients:

Water, maltodextrin, fructose, dextrose, calcium lactate, natural flavors, citric acid, magnesium citrate, ascorbic acid, L-glutamine, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, potassium chloride, sucralose, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacinamide, beta carotene, calcium pantothenate, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, chromium citrate.”

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink Powder

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Helps the body stay hydrated during physical activity
  • Provides a full spectrum of crucial electrolytes for improved electrolyte balance
  • Includes amino acids to help feed your muscles
  • Fuels your body with carbohydrates for energy production and sustained muscle endurance
  • Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals commonly produced during exercise
  • Helps prevent cramping during and after exercise

Ingredients:

Pure crystalline fructose, dextrose, maltodextrin, malic acid, Sustamine™ (L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine), sodium citrate, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, ascorbic acid, calcium lactate, potassium chloride, L-arginine, beta carotene, magnesium citrate, sucralose, chromium citrate complex, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium d-pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, chromium citrate.”

Slam Energy Shot

About:

Key Benefits:

  • High-powered, portable energy source*
  • Fast acting*
  • Sustained energy without jitters*
  • Sharpens mental focus*
  • Sugar-free

Ingredients:

Niacin, Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine HCl), Folic acid, Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), Betaine (as hydrochloride), Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), L-Tyrosine (as N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine), Taurine, L-Carnitine, Glucuronolactone, Glycine, Caffeine, Purified water, malic acid, sucralose, potassium sorbate (as preservative).”

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My Thoughts:

I have heard of Advocare before–and known of Advocare users for a few years now. However, I have never implemented them into my own exercise routine.

Taste-wise, the Spark drink mix, Slam Shot, Rehydrate Gel and Rehydrate Powder all taste pleasant, but you can tell that they are not real flavors. I eat so many fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis that my palate can pick out artificial flavors and ingredients like these pretty easily.

Performance-wise, the Spark mix does indeed provide an energy boost and can be used as a replacement for your pre-workout cup of coffee of caffeinated tea. The Slam shot is a quick, convenient way to get a caffeine kick that you can feel. Both the Rehydrate energy gel and powder gave me the feeling of replenishment after a workout. With all of that said, I find that many supplements such as these and similar to these give you the instant gratification because they act quickly via artificial ingredients–not from organic, whole food ingredients. That is what I take issue with. There are a multitude of organic sources that can aid in prepping your body for exercise and also helping it recover. Therefore, brands that choose to use ingredients that are less than conscious of organic, pure ingredients don’t get my vote.

I find that many individuals use a products or supplement because it “works.” Yet, they do not even look at the ingredients. As for me, I want to feel good about what I’m buying and what I’m putting into my body.

Even though I am an optimist, I always strive to make my reviews honest and real. That said, I love the idea of these supplements, but in all actuality, I can’t stand behind the ingredients. Many of them are not recognizable and none of them are a “whole food” source–like chia seed and tea leaves, which are in some organic pre workout and post workout drinks that I love.

Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Organic Juices Review

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Evolution Cold-Pressed Juice

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About Evolution Fresh:

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Ruby Roots

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Organic V

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Sweet Greens with Lemon Juice

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Cucumber Pineapple Ginger

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Defense Up

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Super Green

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Sweet Burn

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Pineapple Coconut Water

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My Thoughts:

I am a huge devotee to juice–I have no problem putting money into quality juices because I believe they are such an excellent, nutrient dense drink. I was happy to discover Evolution juices at my local Whole Foods. I was instantly hooked. The array of flavors that they bottle are exciting and delicious.

I shared the specifics (above) about all of the juices that I have yet to try (there are many more mentioned on the Evolution site). Needless to say, only four of them are pictured at the top.

Some of the juices like Pineapple Cucumber Ginger & Pineapple Coconut Water are less dense than juices like Super Green and Defense Up. In other words, they are a lighter, less filling drink. I enjoy the lighter drinks for pre or post workout replenishment, whereas the dense and rich juices are my favorite about an hour before or after activity, as they’re more like meals.

I have yet to try a juice that I do not like–they’re all unique and spectacularly tasting.

Super Green tastes the best

Organic V & Ruby Roots are the most impressive to me as far as nutritional value goes

Sweet Burn has a unique and pleasant zip of sweetness and kick of heat

Defense Up is a perfect, tangy breakfast juice

Pineapple Coconut Water & Pineapple Cucumber Ginger are my favorite right after a run

Sweet Greens with Lemon is a no-frills, green smack in the mouth. I like it when I am feeling a little bit depleted (after a long run).

The only reason I don’t give these juices 5 stars is because not all of them are entirely organic. Many of them are–and I tend to purchase those the most. I look forward to trying more Evolution flavors and seeing more organic fruits and veggies in the future!

Rango Smoothie (Raspberries & Mango) Created by Jesica

My favorite way to consume lots of nutrients in a short amount of time is to make a smoothie and throw in all kinds of goodies. I made one this morning that was very tasty, satisfying, and nutritious.

Here’s what in it: (measurements do not have to be exact- adjust them to your liking!)

1 ripe mango

1 handful of frozen raspberries (fresh is better if you have them on hand)

1 cup almond milk

1 Tbsp flax seeds

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp hemp protein powder (you can substitute another protein powder you have on hand)

2 Drops of stevia to add an extra touch of sweetness

Blend & slurp! 🙂