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Navitas Naturals: Chili Lime Coconut Chips & Cacao Hemp Almonds Review 

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Here on ROO, I write a whole stinkin’ lot about superfoods. This is because I truly believe in them. I live it,
I love it and I’ve seen the impact that they’ve had on my overall health.

Navitas Naturals is one of the superfood brands that I look to when I’m stocking up on the good stuff. Their quality is always excellent and I can expect to get organic ingredients from them (and the majority of the time, they are raw, too–the coconut chips are an exception). It’s such a neat thing to have a “go-to” brand like this one that you can look to with trust that they’ll provide an incredible product that doesn’t sacrifice quality for profit.

Not only is Navitas Naturals a leader in clean superfoods, but they are also a favorite of mine in regards to taste. They are masters at mixing several nutrient-rife foods/ingredients and creating a truly decadent, satisfying and rich flavor profile. I find myself turning the bag upside down to get every last morsel!

The way these chips could improve is it they were optimized for digestion (raw & sprouted, preferably). These snacks would not be considered “raw” as some heat and/or light toasting is used in creating these snacks. This is done to add a crispy, roasted flavor. However, nutrient-wise, I don’t think you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak.

Chili Lime Coconut Chips

About:

“Chile Lime Coconut Chips are made by toasting premium coconut slices at low temperatures to create a rich buttery flavor and unique chewy crunch. These organic “Handfuls of Goodness” are a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats that tame hunger. Chile Lime Coconut Chips are more than just a satisfying snack – try them on salad, in curry, with trail mix or wherever your culinary creativity takes you!

The chewy coconut in this snack is a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats. It also contains minerals such as iron. Coconut is well known for its content of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) – healthy fats that are burned quickly by the body for energy and are not stored as fat. In particular, coconut contains lauric acid, a MCT that is known to offer many potential health benefits.”

Cacao Hemp Almonds

About:

“This chocolaty mix combines magnesium rich cacao and crunchy almonds together to deliver a new level of nutrition and flavor. These dark cacao almonds provide impressive amounts of protein and healthy fats from the almonds and hemp for a rich flavorful crunch.

Our line of Superfood+ snacks combines superfoods with nutrient rich nuts to make it easier than ever for people to gain the essential nutrition they need to power through a busy day. Grab a bag of Cacao Hemp Almonds and go!

This snack combines three superfoods in one delicious bite. Almonds are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Cacao has been enjoyed for its healthy and invigorating properties in South American cultures for thousands of years. Cacao powder is a delicious dark chocolate source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, plenty of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids and are also a good source of fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Hemp is also eco-friendly – it’s one of the most sustainable crops on earth!”

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My Thoughts:

Holy freaking awesome superfood flavor goodness. That’s the best way to describe these two bags of heaven.

Navitas Naturals is one of my favorite sources to stock up on superfoods. The majority of their products are raw, while all of them are certified organic. Their standards for quality are up there–& they’ve earned a place on my “go-to” list for that reason. Navitas Naturals is also a very accessible brand, as you can find their products in Whole Foods, Natural Grocers & various other health food stores & markets.

Not only do they make big bags of superfoods like cacao, maca and goji berries, but they’ve concocted delicious & nutritious blends like these that are satisfying and good for you. The Chili Lime Coconut Chips are intensely savory & mouth-watering, with a zip from the chili lime flavor. They make the perfect healthy substitute for traditional potato chips. Being a hemp & cacao fanatic, I absolutely loved the Cacao Hemp Almonds. The bittersweet flavor of the cacao, the earthy taste of the hemp and the rich nutty flavor of the lightly-roasted almonds combine perfectly. I could eat the whole bag of each of these in one sitting. So tasty! (and guilt-free!)

The only thing I find myself wanting to improve with these snacks is that I wish they were raw. When I shop, I intentionally buy and often pay extra for raw coconut chips and raw almonds–this is to insure that I’m getting the biggest nutritional bang for my buck, so to speak. Thus, I find myself wanting these to be raw, even though the roasted flavor is indeed tasty. That said–nutrition is and will always remain top priority to me. Organic & raw is my gold standard.

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Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals Review

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Nektar Honey Crystals

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Nektar Honey Crystals:

Our “Beenominal” Story

Nektar Honey Crystals™ come from bumble, sorry, I mean humble beginnings. As a serious tea guy, I was tired of the sticky honey bottles and jars that we have all become accustomed to. After a particularly bad honey-spill, I knew there had to be a better way to carry and use honey. With a little research, entrepreneurial spirit, and honey all over my hands, Nektar Honey Crystals™ were born. I’ve been proud to watch us grow from packing our first boxes by hand at home, to seeing our product on store shelves. Today, you can find Nektar Honey Crystals™ at many fine grocery stores, online retailers, and in resorts and spas. We’re growing each and every day and couldn’t be happier to see the positive buzz from across the foodie blog-o-sphere. We hope you love our Nektar Honey Crystals™ just as much as we do.

Sustainability

We strive to be a sustainable company, one that recognizes its responsibilities towards the environment, our employees and the people who make our products. This is attained in part by a conscious effort to use recycled, eco-friendly materials in the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of our products whenever possible. Furthermore to this we recognize the factors contributing to a decline in the bee population in the United States and the dangers to our environment that this entails. As a company, Nektar Naturals Fine Foods supports the efforts of those working to research and stop this decline.”

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Honey Crystals

About:

“Honey is the tastiest, most natural way to sweeten.
We just made it easier!

Your days of squeezing the sticky belly of a honey bear are over. Introducing Nektar Honey Crystals™, honey without the sticky mess! These tasty, little 100% natural crystals now make it easier to carry honey with you on the go. Our convenient packets can fit in your purse, pocket, or between the pages of a book without sticking together. We are proud to say that we’ve kept all of  the good, with none of the goo.”

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 My Thoughts:

Raw honey is my all time favorite sweetener. Not only is it a unique gift from nature, but it also boasts a plethora of healing benefits for the body. Raw, organic honey is becoming increasingly easier to find at your local healthy food store.

Nektar Crystals are not raw honey, but I do appreciate that they have taken the goodness of honey and made it more convenient to tote around, consume and keep tidy. The convenience of stocking these in an office, desk or car for easy use is particularly nice.

I’ve learned that no chemicals are used in the process of making these crystals. Nektar Naturals is not certified organic, and do not claim to be “organic” because of that. I’m not well versed in the world of cultivating honey and what normal protocol is in regards to doing it organically. I, myself, would certainly appreciate a more thorough description of how these honey crystals are made–that way, it’s more transparent to the consumer and a gal like me doesn’t have to wonder. Not having this info readily available on their site steers me away from a 5-star review. I don’t require an organic certification, but I do require transparency in regards to organic practices.

Taste-wise, they don’t taste similar to honey, they taste AS honey does. Because they are honey–that’s the idea, right? I don’t use much sweetener in my beverages normally; when I take honey (raw & organic), I just eat it by the spoonful for the health benefits and energy boost.

Navitas Naturals Cashews, Pepitas & Green Coffee Review

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Navitas Naturals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve been lucky enough to try loads of Navitas Naturals products in the last few years. They never fail me–the quality is always excellent and new items I try often become new staples in my nutrition routine. You can read some of my other reviews here:

Dragon Fruit, Powdered Coconut Water

Maca

Mulberries, Power Snack & Trail Mix

Green Coffee Powder

About:

“Navitas Naturals Green Coffee Powder is an energizing, antioxidant-rich superfood made from young, unroasted Arabica coffee beans that are handpicked in Peru. Green coffee has been used for centuries to boost energy, support metabolism and aid digestion. Raw green coffee is a healthy source of chlorogenic acid (CGA), the powerful antioxidant linked to many of coffee’s health benefits.”

Maca Maple Cashews

About:

“Integrating superfoods into your day has never been so convenient and so craveable. Navitas Naturals Superfood+ mixes combine our most popular superfoods with nutrient rich seeds and nuts. Our organic Maca Maple Cashews are delicious ‘handfuls of goodness’ that feature our best-selling maca powder, raw cashews and a touch of maple syrup for a praline crunch.”

Chia Rosemary Pepitas

About:

“Integrating superfoods into your day has never been so convenient and so craveable. Navitas Naturals Superfood+ mixes combine our most popular superfoods with nutrient rich seeds and nuts. Our organic Chia Rosemary Pepitas are savory ‘handfuls of goodness’ that feature chia seeds, crunchy pepitas (pumpkin seeds), rosemary and garlic powder.”

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My Thoughts:

This trio of products did not disappoint. The chia rosemary pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and maca maple cashews are both incredibly delicious and unique in their own right. I was bummed when I finished each bag. I could have eaten both of the entire bags in one sitting–they are that good. I love the flavor choices and the fact that they serve as a healthy, good-fat rich snack. I definitely see myself stocking up on more of these.

The green coffee powder was another new product for me to try. I’m an avid coffee drinker, yet hadn’t delved into the realm of green coffee thus far. I added this powder to my morning superfood drink (that I shake in a blender bottle) that contains other superfoods like cayenne, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, maca and cacao. Since green coffee powder naturally contains some caffeine, I have forgone my cup of coffee on mornings when I add this to my drink. I’ve found that it provides a steady increase of alertness and energy, rather than a jolty, jittery feeling that many artificial energy drinks provide. I love the idea of consuming foods that naturally boost your energy levels and metabolism. This green coffee powder will be a mainstay in my routine as a healthy source of antioxidants.

As always, this was another tremendous experience with new Navitas products. I urge you to give them a try if you haven’t already. They make an incredibly diverse range of health products on their website.

Kaia Naturals Bamboo Tapioca Beads Review

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Kaia Naturals

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

I’ve reviewed Kaia Naturals’ facial cleansing wipes before and was a fan of them, which made me eager to try these unique exfoliating beads.

About Kaia Naturals’ Bamboo Tapioca Beads:

Cleanser + Exfoliator + Mask

Cleansing with an exfoliate daily ensures glowing skin everyday.

Using this gentle cleansing/exfoliating powder thoroughly removes excess oil and particles trapped within the skin’s epidermis.  The bamboo beads are suspended in 100% natural powder and can be activated with 10 different liquid options

  • Bamboo Tapioca Beads gently exfoliates using micronized bamboo high in natural silica. Bamboo is considered by cosmetic formulators to be one of the most effective exfoliants for skin. An added bonus is it is sourced from a natural/biodegradable source.
  • Suspended in unique natural powders to dissolve excess oil. Tapioca and chickpea powders work to absorb oil and exfoliate skin.
  • White Clay offers extra purging properties with the ability to draw out debris clogging pores.
  • Coconut Amino Acids work as a gentle cleanser.
  • A bouquet of botanical oils keep the skin fresh and glowing.

100% natural, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan friendly and certified cruelty free.

Directions: Activate powder with water to form a milky paste, massage in gentle circular movements all over face and neck, wait for a minute and rinse off.

Bamboo Tapioca Beads can also be used as a mask

Directions: Activate powder with water to form a milky paste, apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off.”

Ingredients:

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My Thoughts:

I like the idea of a cleanser containing an exfoliant. My skin seems to fair best with exfoliation every few days, versus doing it daily. It’s a great way to get rid of the “build up”, dead skin cells and just the dirt that sits atop skin.

As you can see above, Kaia Naturals states all of their ingredients–and they are all recognizable. In regards to ingredient quality, I learned this:

“The Bamboo Tapioca Beads Daily Cleansing Powder includes one organic ingredient and the rest are all natural. It is 100% gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan.”

I do appreciate that Kaia Naturals products are paraben free, but I aim to seek more organic ingredients if I plan to purchase more.

The product itself is mostly powder with small tapioca beads. It’s a little inconvenient to have to to mix it together in the palm of my hand (in the shower) to achieve the desired consistency for facial cleansing. As an exfoliator, it is very gentle–making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. I tend to prefer a bit more thorough exfoliation, so this one was a little bit weak for my liking. The job it does actually cleaning skin is satisfactory.

I’d recommend this product to someone with sensitive skin looking for an above-average exfoliant, cleanser and/or mask. Though it is not entirely organic, it is a step above most products you’ll find at your local drug store.

 

RunnerBox Sample Box Review

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RunnerBox Monthly Sample Box Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About RunnerBox:

“RunnerBox is a subscription based box for runners, triathletes and other active people. It is a mini shoebox filled with running products, mailed to your front door. It has everything from energy products, gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, skincare, and other accessories! Some products will be brand new (but personally tested) on the market, and some will be tried and true favorites. With so many products coming out on the market, leave the trials and testing to us, we’ll search out the best and send them to you!”

RunnerBox was generous enough to provide me with February’s RunnerBox as well as the Valentine’s Edition Gift RunnerBox. I have been overwhelmed with the awesomeness of these boxes. I have known about RunnerBox for a long time but had yet to see what all the fuss was about. I’m glad I dove in! It’s neat that there’s a sample box specifically put together for runners. All of the products in the box are relatively ingredient conscious, with several of the products boasting organic ingredients. I will briefly mention and comment on each item that both boxes contained. Here we go!

Klitch Footwear Clip

This clip is such a simple, handy tool for a runner. It’s a cinch to attach it to shoes. This Klitch clip will come in handy the most for traveling (through airports) or during outdoor adventures and hikes. They attach easily to the outside of my Camelbak and allow you to carry shoes without dirtying the inside of your bag.

Honey Stinger Vanilla Waffle

Delicious! This bar is almost entirely made of organic ingredients, which I love. Its the perfect, portable size to throw in a purse or Camelbak for a a quick snack. My husband also found it to be yummy! It does contain wheat, but their chews are gluten-free.

Health Warrior Chia Bar

I’m a huge fan of chia as a plant-based source of good fats, so I was excited to try this bar. It’s robust, earthy and fulfilling–just what you’d want during an outdoor run or bike ride. Like the Honey Stinger waffle, this bar is the perfect, small size to throw in your bag or even in a pant/jacket pocket.

CocoHydro Pineapple

This is a neat idea that makes instant coconut water a cinch. As long as you have some water on hand, you could virtually have a bottle of coconut water in seconds. This little packet makes a perfect addition to an energy bar for for a replenishing snack before, during or after activity.

Amrita Chocolate Maca Endurance Bar

Maca is a great superfood that helps balance and regulate your body’s hormones–I was happy to see Amrita include that in this bar. It’s a yummy, well-rounded bar that satisfies chocolate cravings and replenishes your energy stores, simultaneously. Contains a whole bunch of organic ingredients & is gluten free.

Rani’s Lemon Meringue Granola

I typically stay away from grains and most ingredients that typically contain gluten. However, this granola is a nice, occasional, satisfying treat that I would enjoy eating over coconut or almond yogurt.

Pocket Fuel Vanilla Energy Shot & Chocolate Haze Nut Butter Blend

Doesn’t appear that it contains mainly organic ingredients, but the ingredient lists are simple and delicious. Very convenient for outdoor workouts or keeping in your purse/car for a quick boost.

True Bar

So incredibly delicious. Cashews are probably my favorite nut. The coconut compliments that cashew very well. This bar is a satisfying, dense treat. The ingredient list is not organic, but they are all recognizable. Does contain gluten.

Kay’s Naturals Protein Chips

I was a bit weary of these chips, but they were VERY good. Delicious, actually. A nice replacement for traditional potato chips. Not all organic, but are gluten free.

Natural Ice Lip Protectant

Not totally down with all of the ingredients, but I think the idea of the product is a great idea. I would like it more with cleaner ingredients.

I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Clusters

I (and my 5 year old daughter) loved these! Quinoa is a great, gluten free source of protein and carbs. The chocolate and sea salt make these a yummy treat. I see them as a great way to introduce quinoa to kids, or simply enjoy as an adult! Contains several organic ingredients.

Eden Foods Trail Mix

Just like you would want trail mix to be: hearty and filling. The ingredients are entirely organic. Score! Perfect size pouch to keep in a backpack pocket.

Get Active Performance Tea

What an interesting and unique idea. I haven’t seen many teas specifically formulated for an athlete’s performance. It tastes earthy with a bit of a licorice punch. Contains organic ingredients.

Iced Gingerbread Clif Bar

Clif bars are a mainstay in our house because of how portable and yummy they are. They are 70% organic, which is above average. Some Clif Bar products are gluten-free, but this bar is not.

Jelly Belly Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps & Quick Energy

Two unexpected products from Jelly Belly! Not organic, but taste yummy, are gluten free and are easy to tote around.

Honey Stinger Cola Energy Chews

I’m not a huge fan of the cola flavor, but I like the organic ingredient list and the portability of this small packet.

Foot Rubz Massage Ball

Boy, did I need this! I love how this little ball feels on the bottom of my foot. I have been making it a habit to roll both feet over this ball once a day and it feels like it stretches and massages the muscles, tendons and ligaments of my foot. A great treat for a hard working runner!

Kind Bar Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt

Not completely organic ingredients, but at least the ingredient list is short and recognizable. These bars are hearty and delicious.

Quest Bar Protein Bar Cookie Dough

I am generally skeptical and uninterested in protein bars. This one really surprised me with how yummy it tastes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t boast organic ingredients. Quest seems moderately ingredient conscious, though. In other words, this protein bar seems above average.

RunnerBox Versatile Head Gear

What a neat, unique head piece! I wear a wide, thick headband every time I run–so this piece is a perfect fit into my normal routine.

Thanks RunnerBox for such an expansive spread! You’ve turned me on to a few products I had yet to experience!