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ClifBar Organic Energy Food Fuel Packs Review

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Clif Bar Organic Energy Food Fuel Packs

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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My Thoughts:

Clif Bar is a brand that I continually work with & have always had gratitude for–as they’re committed to using organic ingredients. Our little blondie adores the kid’s clif bars and we see them as a go-to to satisfy her need for quick fuel and replenishment on the go.

I was so intriued by these fuel packs when they came out! Having healthy fuel that I can take with me was important in the last several months as I was traveling frequently coaching volleyball–and has continued to be important as I commute to and from work everyday & always bring my own snacks & shakes to supplement the green juice or salad I buy for lunch at a local spot. I don’t believe you have to give up healthy & sensible eating altogether when you’re traveling–it just requires a little bit of preparation.

The idea of these packs is excellent–as they truly taste like real mini-meals. All of them taste delectable in their own right. The pizza margherita was particularly interesting, & I enjoyed having the pizza flavor in baby food form (surprisingly).

I love the organic ingredients, the portability and the flavor of Clif Bar’s new Organic Energy Food Fuel Packs. My only scrutiny is that they’re not raw. Raw food doesn’t have as long of a shelf life–I get it from a profit standpoint. However, I’m exponentially more interested in supporting and buying products that put the nutrition aspect as top priority. Fueling my body the best way I know how will always be the major focus of my self-care. To me, that means as much organic & raw food as possible.

They’re off to a fantastic start by using non-gmo, organic ingredients. But, my enthusiasm will be elevated if Clif Bar comes out with some raw fuel. Maybe organic, raw, plant based protein? I’d do a cartwheel for sure 🙂

Oh! & I thought it was major cool that they included organic oregano, basil & tomato seeds from High Mowing seeds–just in time for the start of spring gardening!

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.

New Amazing Grass Products Review

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Amazing Grass: New Products!

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About Amazing Grass:

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Raw Reserve: Greens & Protein- Chocolate

About:

“Greens & Protein

Raw Reserve includes a blend of AFA’s, spriulina, chlorella and sea vegetables like kelp and sea lettuce, from the coast of Maine.  Offering an arrayof free readical fightling plants and herbs, each ingredient in Raw Reserve is raw, vegan and of the highest quality.  Plus, each serving contains over 25 billion live probiotics at time of consumption.  Nothing short of Amazing.”

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Raw Reserve: Greens & Protein- Vanilla Spice

About:

“Greens & Protein

Raw Reserve includes a blend of AFA’s, spriulina, chlorella and sea vegetables like kelp and sea lettuce, from the coast of Maine.  Offering an arrayof free readical fightling plants and herbs, each ingredient in Raw Reserve is raw, vegan and of the highest quality.  Plus, each serving contains over 25 billion live probiotics at time of consumption.  Nothing short of Amazing.”

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Green Superfood: Tangerine

About:

“This zesty citrus flavor is a great health plan to reform your pH balance and strengthen your immune system.  Tangerine Green SuperFood Immunity Defense is a powderful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient packed fruits and veggies, digestive enzymes and probiotics with a delicious, tangy twist.  This blend contains organic mushrooms, herbs and vitamins delivering powderful immune-boosting antioxidants and tastes great.

• Naturally detoxifies & boosts your immune system
• Probiotics and Enzymes to aid digestion & absorption
• Complete raw food with powerful antioxidants
• Alkaline green plant foods balance acidic pH levels
• Nitrogen packed for freshness.”
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Green Superfood: Watermelon

About:

“Enjoy the cool, crisp taste of watermelon with a blast of natural, plant-based energy.  Watermelon Green SuperFood Energy is a powderful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient packed fruits and veggies, digestive enzymes and probiotics with a delicious, cool twist.  Each serving provides a powderful dose of whole food nutrition and 85mg of plant-based caffeine equal to a small cup of coffee.

• Infused with a kick of energy from yerba mate & matcha green tea
• Helps you achieve your recommended 5 To 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables
• Boost energy levels with natural stimulants
• Contains plant based caffeine
• Contains probiotics and enzymes to aid digestion and absorption
• Contains over 70% organic ingredients
• More organic whole leaf greens per gram than other green superfoods – not from juice
• Featuring Sambazon açai powder
• Featuring Guayaki yerba mate.”
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My Thoughts:

This post will be brief and to the point, as I’ve review Amazing Grass products several times before and believe they are one of the highest quality lines of plant-based supplements and whole food sourced products available.

These greens packets (the Tangerine Immunity and Watermelon Energy) are my favorite flavors that Amazing Grass has come out with yet. The tangerine and watermelon flavors, respectively, do such a great job of masking the robust, greeny flavor. As always, these greens are loaded with organic ingredients and are incredibly nutrient rich. I love to mix them with water in a blender bottle and consume them pre or post workout. They’re not too heavy in your stomach like some protein shakes can be. I like that the Watermelon Energy contains a small amount of caffeine, which provides you with a little boost if you choose to consume it like I do, around workout time. It’s always a great idea to eat foods that boost and maintain a strong wall of immunity. Thus, I love that the Tangerine Immunity contains immune boosting antioxidants from plant sources.

As of late, I have been incorporating more organic whey protein than any other kind. But, I understand that whey is not comparable with vegan diets, hence Amazing Grass has smartly created a product (using plant based proteins) that will satisfying vegans and most meat eaters, alike. I really love the idea of getting a serving of greens and protein in one healthful, good-tasting packet–it’s a very unique product. In these Greens and Protein blends, Amazing Grass uses brown rice protein, hemp protein, quinoa protein and pumpkin seed protein. My assumption is that this combination is used to form a complete amino acid profile, making these proteins more digestible and bioavailable to the body. The only one of these four that I take issue with is the brown rice protein, as I aim to steer clear of grains (most of the time) and grain-derived proteins. But, I love the use of hemp, quinoa and pumpkin seed proteins. The Vanilla Spice is my favorite flavor of the two and I like it best with a half & half mixture of water and coconut milk in the bottle that’s pictured–it does a great job of breaking up the clumps. Any blender bottle will work. The Chocolate flavor is enjoyable, too, and boasts a similar nutritional profile to the Vanilla Spice blend.

Newton Running Shoes Distance Elite Review

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Newton Running Distance Elite 

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About Newton Running:

“Who are we?

We’re a company that exists to inspire the world to run better.

We’re headquartered in Boulder, CO. This is particularly important to us. Boulder is a mecca for runners and outdoor recreationists. There’s no better place to keep our fingers on the pulse of what we so dearly love.

We’re runners. We love running. We eat, dream and sleep running. Where there’s a running event, there’s a Newton employee. Marathons, ultramarathons, 5Ks, triathlons – you name it, we’re there.

We’re teachers. We love helping people who want to improve their running form. Our entire organization is available to help, starting with our Newton Running Lab. The Lab hosts Newton running clinics and oversees our Newton Running coach certification program, training the coaches who bring Newton Running to the entire world.

We’re philanthropists. We believe strongly in the old adage “To whom much is given, much is required.” We’re proud to sponsor a number of charities and charitable events, including Athletes for a Cure, Trickle Up and One World Running.

We’re all this and more. We’re socially conscious, eco-friendly, digital savvy, dogs-in-the-office runners who are committed to bringing you the best in Newton running education and products.”

We’re Newton Running.

About the Distance Elite:

“Originally designed for our elite racing team, this shoe was tested and loved by some of the fastest runners in the country before being released to the public. The classic 4 lug Newton ride with a seamless upper feels fast, light and efficient. The Distance Elite is great for high or low distance training and racing. We hope you love it as much as we do!”

My Thoughts:

Newton running shoes have been on my radar for a while now. I have seen several of my fellow Further Faster Forever co-founders running in Newtons through instagram photos–for that reason, I’ve stayed curious about this brand.

The best running shoes for me are shoes that make me forget that I have shoes on. The cushion my feet just enough without adjusting (too much) how my natural stride causes my foot to hit the ground. I have tried many different brands of running shoes, most of which provide more cushion than I’m used to. I have run in the same pair of relatively minimalist shoes (as you can see in my “Instagram Lately” posts) for about 5 years now.

Because of that, any time I go running in a new pair of shoes, it’s a completely different feel and often a much different stride. It’s as if I have to consciously adapt my stride because the padding of each unique shoe model causes my gait to vary.

The first time I laced up these Newton Distance Elites, I couldn’t believe how light they felt. They feel like you’re walking on air. All of my toes are able to lay flat without feeling like they are being squished (I have a long second toe, so this is a problem with some shoes). The overall “feel” of the shoe is wonderful.

As with any shoe transition, I took this one slow. I only ran a few miles the first two times I went out in these shoes. Since my body is so used to a lower profile shoe, my stride was different and I could notice that my body would need more time to adapt to these shoes. Often times with a shoe that has more cushion than what I’m used to, my achilles feels tighter and is pained slightly.

That said, I think that these shoes will work their way into my rotation when I have the time to invest in them. I am currently training for a marathon that will take place at the end of April, and can’t afford to have any more additional discomfort or adaptation necessary during my training runs. My plan upon receiving these shoes was to try them and cross my fingers that they would be similar enough to what I currently wear that it would be a seamless transition (thus, I would wear them for my marathon). As it looks now, I will just have to allow my body and stride more time to adapt to them and perhaps they will outfit my feet in a race at a later date!

I was thoroughly impressed with how pleasant Newton Running was to interact with–very knowledgable and helpful. I am impressed with the quality and attention to detail with these shoes and am excited to wear them more in the future when my body can adapt to the new feel.