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Purity Organic Coffee Review

This post is a review of Purity Organic Coffee’s products.

Purity Coffee

About:

Purity Coffee is completely focused on health from bean to bag.  We roast for the highest levels of antioxidants and the lowest levels of acrylamide.  Our coffee is lab-tested to be free of molds, mycotoxins and pesticides. One of the easiest changes anyone can make to their diet is to switch to healthier coffee!

Over 19,000 studies have shown that coffee is beneficial for general health and longevity and specifically for heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes.  Coffee is the richest source of antioxidants in the western diet and contains over 850 compounds (that aren’t present in tea or those sugar-filled caffeine energy drinks).

My Experience:

Coffee is such a massive part of our culture. I’m a big fan. I’m also super passionate about letting you guys know about brands that are growing coffee with massive regards to quality + purity. If you read thru their mission above, it’s easy to tell that they are doing coffee with the utmost regard for the health implications. I have a lot of appreciation for this. It may come as no surprise at this point, but it’s key to realize that (like food), not all coffee is grown equally. Most of it is grown with profit as the main goal, versus health and vitality. Thus, most coffee consumed is rife with pesticides and mold, due to the less than optimal growing conditions and processing practices.

The reason it’s important to me to have organic coffee is because it’s something I consume 6-7 days out of the week. Because I consume it so often, the quality is important to me. In general, that’s my rule of thumb with buying things organic. I don’t fret if 100% of what I consume is organic, but if it’s something I consume daily, then it moves high up on my priority list to seek an organic option.

We have a great Burr grinder at home so we opted for their bags of Whole Bean coffee, but they also have a K-Cup option for Keurig users. This coffee has a rich, smooth taste from the darker roasted beans and is delicious black or with your favorite healthy additives (we love superfoods and plant based milks).

I’m generally just very stoked to know about this brand. We don’t buy a lot of bagged coffees because we do a lot of our own roasting of green coffee beans at home (and most bagged coffees are cruddy and/or it’s hard to tell what’s in them and how they’ve been grown). However, Purity Coffee is changing how we view coffee. It will now be my go-to for our house and a great option for gifting to friends and family.

Use code RUNONORGANIC for 20% off your first order at PurityCoffee.com

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Purity Coffee.

Amazing Grass Greens Holiday Immunity Boost Review

This is a review of Amazing Grass’s Greens powders that are ideal for boosting your immunity over the holidays.

Amazing Grass Immunity Boosters

During this time of year, isn’t it funny how even the healthiest of us may get the sniffles or feel a little under the weather at times? It’s frustrating to get sick. Luckily, there’s a whole lot in your hands as far as what you can do to prepare.

Enter: Amazing Grass.

This wonderful, quality-focused brand has been on my radar & blogging atmosphere for several years now–& for good reason. They produce organic, raw, nutrient-packed green superfoods that are pure, nourishing and very convenient to add to a shaker bottle or blend into a smoothie (just a few of the uses!).

The coolest thing about using these products to help boost that holiday (well, all-year round, really!) immunity is that they are so practical for everyday use. Just one serving a day can give you a sufficient boost to keep your nutrient intake high to fend off sickness & to avoid that winter fog that can come over too many instances of indulgence.

Most of these products are available to purchase in so many local health food stores and can also be found online. They make it really easy for you to reap the benefits.

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Here’s a little run down on two of their biggest immunity-targeting blends:

Green SuperFood Tangerine Immunity Defense – consists of six potent ingredients, each individually known for having immunity support benefits, including Organic Proprietary Mushroom Blend, Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Elderberry, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Astragalus and Andrographis.

  • The Vitamin C comes from ascorbic acid and Acerola Cherry Extract. 1000mg of Vitamin C is the same amount found in one serving of Emergen-C. The Vitamin C level in Immunity Tangerine is also equivalent to the amount in approximately 40 whole tangerines.

Green SuperFood Alkalize & Detox – specifically designed to simultaneously help the body achieve ideal pH levels while ridding it of toxins to allow for optimal function and organ restoration.

  • Containing over 20 different alkalizing and detoxifying agents including beet root, parsley, turmeric and apple pectin, each ingredient in Alkalize & Detox is specifically formulated to alkalize by bringing the body to a more natural pH balance, while simultaneously detoxing by cleansing tissues of toxins and pollutants.

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Vega Sport Plant Based Supplements Review

Vega Sport

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Vega Sport:

You are what you eat.  And what you don’t.

Told from the onset that a plant-based diet wouldn’t cut it on the professional Ironman circuit, Brendan Brazier’s nutritional journey as an uninformed plant-powered endurance athlete began with reduced energy levels and the need to eat constantly.

But Brendan’s stubborn curiosity persevered and after years of research and experimentation, he discovered what sets a top athlete’s performance apart from the competition isn’t training or natural ability alone.  A big difference is nutrition. After intense study, Brendan created a plant-based, whole food diet that helped him recover faster and train harder – propelling him to become a top professional Ironman triathlete.

Constantly on the road competing, Brendan was challenged by both a lack of time and kitchen space to prepare the carefully composed, nutrient-dense, clean, plant-based meals that gave him his edge.  Deep down, he knew there had to be an easier way to get nutrition on-the-go.

And he was right. Over time, Brendan’s vision led to the formulation of the original all-in-one nutritional shake – now known as Vega One – which ultimately inspired the creation of the complete award-winning Vega line of nutritional supplements.”

Performance Protein

About:

“A multisource, plant-based protein powder, featuring 25 grams of complete protein, 5,000mg of BCAAs and 5,000mg of glutamine per serving, Vega Sport Performance Protein is formulated to: Improve strength and exercise performance Repair and build muscles Reduce recovery time between training.”

Recovery Accelerator

About:

“The first plant-based recovery drink mix specifically developed to address post-workout recovery. It delivers a 4-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein for optimal muscle glycogen replenishment.[1] Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator is formulated to: Replenish muscle glycogen and electrolytes Reduce inflammation, muscle and joint pain Support immune system function and protein synthesis Reduce recovery time between training An important addition to your recovery routine, take this product immediately after your workout before taking Vega Sport Performance Protein as it aids in the absorption of protein and replenishment of glycogen to reduce recovery time and muscle fatigue.”

Pre Workout Energizer

About:

“Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer is a pre-workout drink mix that provides immediate and sustained energy. Sporting a unique blend of 12 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba maté, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to: Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity Enhance mental focus Take your workout to the next level Featuring two complementary carbohydrates, Pre-Workout Energizer is balanced to provide both instant and slower-burning fuel for your workouts.”

Electrolyte Hydrator

About:

“A natural, alkaline-forming drink mix, Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator is formulated with all the essential electrolytes your body needs to stay hydrated during workouts. It tastes great, with zero calories and no sugar per serving, so you can sip it not just during your workout, but throughout the day to replenish electrolytes and minerals.”

Energy Bar

About:

“Vega Sport Energy Bar is designed to provide your muscles with the fast-acting, long-lasting whole food energy they need to endure. Moist and delicious, it’s easy to eat mid-workout to help you go the distance. Each bar features: 27 grams of carbohydrates High- and low-glycemic carbohydrates for immediate and sustained energy 1 gram Omega-3 to sustain energy.”

Protein Bar

About:

“Give your muscles the protein they crave. Recharge and repair with the convenience of a Vega Sport Protein Bar post-workout, so you can do it all again, sooner. 15 grams complete, multisource, plant-based protein 2.5 grams BCAAs 2 grams glutamine 1 gram Omega-3.”

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My Thoughts:

I was psyched to meet Brendan Brazier (creator and mind behind Vega) at Natural Products Expo West this year. It was also a fantastic chance for me to sample all of their products–as they had all of their drinks premixed in almond milk and/or water. I was impressed with the flavor!

Trevor from Vega reached out to me to participate in Vega Sport’s #FuelYourBetter mission to bring active individuals together & share how they fuel their on-the-go lifestyle.

All of these products taste great, feel like they help boost my performance, stamina, recovery & energy–but I wish that the ingredients used were raw & organic. That’s what has kept me from diving in head first to Vega as a brand.

Vega Sport impacts my exercise habit & helps me to #FuelYourBetter by:

-Providing me a convenient, portable way to get a dose of energy before a workout (via the Preworkout Energizer & Energy Bar), help me sustain my performance level intra workout (via the Electrolyte Hydrator) and gives my body the means to adequately grow and replenish after a tough workout (via the Performance Protein Powder & Protein Bar).

What better looks like to me:

Lean, inspired & ready to take on ANY challenge!

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How does having the right nutrition help me get there?

Nutrition is the centerpiece of my daily routine. I can’t be anywhere close to my best self without fueling my body well. Getting nutrients into my body is absolutely essential–it’s not optional! It fuels my adventures; and adventures make me feel alive.

Sprout Living Organic & Superfood Protein Rave!

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Sprout Living

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sprout Living:

“Whole Food Ingredients That Taste Real Because They Are.

We’ve carefully handpicked only the highest quality, complete plant proteins for their comprehensive protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. They provide a full spectrum of essential and non-essential amino acids with a robust concentration of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine), which is absolutely critical for maximizing protein synthesis. These whole food powerhouses provide so much more than just protein. Sacha inchi seeds and pumpkin seeds bring a wealth of essential omega fatty acids, and cranberry seeds offer a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, among so much more.

The exotic superfoods that we source are revered for their ability to strengthen immune systems, support digestive systems, increase energy levels, reduce stress and generally promote an overall well-being in the mind and body. Our search for these nutrient-dense whole foods has led us to all parts of the world. Over the years, we have uncovered some of the most powerful and nutritious superfoods that our planet has to offer. From South America to Madagascar, the ingredients combine to create the finest products on the market.”

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Original

About:

Original starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. The nutrient-dense combination delivers 26 grams per serving of complete proteinin a pleasant flavor with a silky smooth texture that easily dissolves in water. Complementing the blend with nutrients such as omega fatty acids from Sacha Inchi and a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, in addition to countless others, creates a powerful fuel that maximizes your body’s ability to synthesize protein, recover from strenuous workouts and grow lean body tissue. Delicious on its own or blended with your favorite fruits and veggies, it is an ideal addition to your healthy, active and fit lifestyle.”

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Green Kingdom

About:

Green Kingdom starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 20 grams of complete protein per serving. Our potent blend of land and sea plant life includes Spirulina, an antioxidant-rich blue-green algae with supplies of protein and vitamins A, K and B; Kale, which is high in vitamins A, C and K and has a superb calorie to protein ratio; and Indian Moringa, or the “Clarifier Tree,” an incredibly nutritious plant that has significant quantities of calcium, protein and vitamins A, B and C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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Vanilla Lucuma

About:

Vanilla Lucuma starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Lucuma, the “Gold of the Incas,” is a deliciously sweet, potent source of beta-carotene and niacin that is paired with Vanilla Bean, which adds an unmistakable flavor as well as a natural compound called vanillin, a powerful antioxidant. Baobab, the “Upside Down Tree,” then provides numerous naturally-occurring phytochemicals as well as high levels of vitamin C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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Chocolate Maca

About:

Chocolate Maca starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Cacao, the “Food of the Gods”, provides a wealth of antioxidants, flavonoids and a rich supply of magnesium, while Maca Root, known for its hormone balancing and energy stimulating properties, offers well-rounded adaptogenic support. Accenting the blend is Ceylon Cinnamon, a powerful source of antioxidants that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and promote healthy circulation. The result is an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

Chocolate

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 My Thoughts:

I just cannot possibly, ever (ever) say enough good things about Sprout Living, the crew behind the brand & their protein. I am absolutely enthralled with the quality of their products, the nutrition in them and how they stack up against other protein brands. They pretty much blow most everyone else out of the water. Plant based protein has been done before–but Sprout Living’s protein is unique in that contains health boosting superfoods & the protein sources they use (Brown Rice + Sacha Inch + Cranberry Seed + Jerusalem Artichoke) are unique and aren’t often found in that combination often (from my experience).

The taste is excellent–I find that I can mix any of these proteins with just water and they are satisfying, yummy and have a pleasant aftertaste. What I do most days, though, is mix a few tablespoons (I don’t measure exactly) into a blender bottle along with some almond or coconut milk, add some hemp oil & chia seeds & then slurp! I also love to make an extra drink and pack it in my work bag.

MOST important of all, this is what they can boast in regards to quality:

-Organic

-Raw

-Vegan

-Non GMO

-Gluten Free

-Nut Free

-Kosher

SO impressive. I’m HOOKED.

I had the pleasure of meeting part of the Sprout Living crew at Natural Products Expo east this year and was impressed at how friendly and knowledgable they are. My experience with this brand has been nothing short of completely outstanding. I just think they are a bunch of rockstars creating an amazing product that I believe in. GO CHECK THEM OUT! They’ve even been gracious enough to feature me on their Experts Page.

 

 

Aduna World Organic & Raw Baobab & Moringa Powder Review

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Aduna World

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Aduna World:

“ADUNA IS AN AFRICA-INSPIRED HEALTH

AND BEAUTY BRAND AND SOCIAL BUSINESS.

Our products feature extraordinary and unique
natural ingredients from across the continent.

Aduna means ‘life’ or ‘world’ in Wolof, the local
language of The Gambia and Senegal. Our logo is
borrowed from a Ghanaian Adinkra symbol called
‘Owia Kokroko’, which stands for vitality, renewal
and the power of the sun.

Our mission is to breathe the vibrancy of Africa into the
daily lives of people around the world, whilst creating a
virtuous circle that feeds positive impacts back to the source.”

Moringa

About:

“Natural multivitamin.

25% protein.

High in antioxidants.

One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the
planet, Aduna Moringa is a 100% organic
green superfood made from the naturally-dried
leaf of the moringa tree.

Highly prized for its medicinal properties by
civilisations through the ages, the tree is drought
-resistant and every part of it has a different use.

It’s no wonder they call it The Miracle Tree.”

Baobab

About:

“Packed with Vitamin C.
Rich source of Fibre.
High in Antioxidants.

Aduna Baobab is a 100% natural, nutrient-dense,
raw wholefood. It is a rich source of vitamin C,
calcium, potassium and thiamin. It is also almost
50% fibre and has one of the highest antioxidant
capacities of any fruit in the world.

There is no such thing as a baobab plantation;
every tree is community-owned and wild harvested.

It’s no wonder we call it The Feel Good Fruit.”

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My Thoughts:

I require no convincing that superfood supplementation is the way to get a hefty dose of nutrients into your body. Forget synthetic powders or concoctions that have been extensively manipulated in a lab. I’m interested in the real deal.

Adding these powders to your daily smoothie is a simple way to get them into your system (and even disguise them so that you barely taste them!) I value baobab and moringa for their nutrient rifeness & antioxidant content. Every superfood has a unique nutritional profile, however, all of them essentially have a similar impact on your body in that they boost your overall health, all-around. Thus, these superfoods can benefit anyone, regardless of your health goals. Moringa & baobab can be consumed as beauty foods that contribute to a clear complexion, as well as help eliminate digestive ailments, an imbalanced internal pH and a nutritient deficiency.

I recommend these superfoods by Aduna because they are both completely raw & organic. If you’ve ready my blog before, you’re all-too-aware that those primarily those two things make up my gold standard for supplements.

If you haven’t started incorporating superfoods into your diet, now is the time–really! It can be as simple as adding on of these little packets into your morning smoothie. Nourish yourself!