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Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel + Rebuild Protein Review

This post is a review + my experience with Tailwind Nutrition’s Rebuild Recovery Blend & Endurance Fuel.

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Tailwind Nutrition is a pretty seriously dope brand based out of Durango, CO. Their focus is on glycogen + electrolyte + energy replenishment for endurance athletes.

I have a full marathon and several halfs under my belt; and running is still a regular part of my training. However, most of my time is spent in a Crossfit gym.

The first Tailwind product I tried (Endurance Fuel-pictured in the orange bag) is awesome game day fuel. I also see it as a great source of readily-absorbed carbs for right when I wrap up a hard workout. Through my experience with grueling crossfit workouts. I’ve learned that my body + recovery respond really well to carb backloading. In other words, right after a workout my focus is carbs and water. Doing this right after a workout helps you bounce back and hormones in check (also prevents your cortisol levels from staying up).

That said, protein is super important for my sport as well. I’m not someone who advocates a ton of animal protein consumption, in fact I always take vegan protein with the exception of collagen and beef bone broth. I love that this Rebuild blend by Tailwind packs 10g of protein per serving, while also giving your body the carbs it needs to replenish your energy stores.

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The ingredients are clean, and I like the choice to use rice protein, as it’s vegan and also is one of the most bioavailable proteins (easily absorbed and used by your body). This blend also features several amino acids that aid in recovery. You can tell they thought about this one!

Taste wise, I found both blends to be light and milky tasting, definitely pleasant. Though they have a carb content, they don’t taste super sweet. I would add some almond or hemp milk to it for optimum flavor + thickness + satiety. I’d say definitely drinkable with just water though.

My boyfriend, who is a Crossfit + Track & Field coach, was my second set of taste buds. He said he definitely enjoy it more when mixed with a plant based milk for a little more body and sweetness.

Tailwind is still in Beta with this product, and I’m just stoked that I have had the priviledge to try it first! It will be available SO SUPER SOON THOUGH (March 12th!) through their website.

Endurance athletes who are looking for a dose of protein are in for a treat. It’s the same great Tailwind quality just with more of recovery bang. I’d also recommend it to anyone doing high intensity training who is looking for a carb + protein duo to keep in their gym bag.

ROO Nutrition Whey Protein Review

This post is a review + my experience with ROO Nutrition Whey Protein.

If you guys follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen how much time I spend doing Crossfit and tearing apart my muscles on the daily (gimme. that. protein!).

In addition to that, I’ve recently been learning about the importance of rotating what you’re eating (basically not eating the same thing all the time) to avoid developing food sensitivities. An example of this would be consuming almond everything, everyday (almond milk, almond butter, almond flour), it’s likely that you will then find you become sensitive to almond after a while.

This can be the case for proteins and other foods you eat a lot of. Every body is different, but for me, I’m trying this approach and I’m liking it right now.

On rotating proteins…

Like we just got into, too much of anything isn’t going to be super awesome for you (and may encourage certain food intolerances, meanwhile), so i’m trying a rotation with protein powders to dodge this.

I was STOKED to hear from ROO Nutrition. (we have the same name!!!! sorta). I’ve been adding their whey protein powder into my daily post-workout (sometimes intra workout) shake. It’s super clean + organic: very cool. The texture if fluffy and light. When you shake + combine it with a plant based milk in a blender bottle, it makes such a delicous + filling + smooth + desserty.
I haven’t done whey in while, but after 10 weeks of food elimination, I found that my dairy sensitivity went away along with the heavy metals that I detoxed out of my system (heavy metal toxicity and food sensitivities are often linked). Though whey is free of lactose, i just chose to stay away since it is a derivative of dairy.

That said, I’ve known many professional athletes, namely Laird Hamilton + Gabrielle Reece taut whey as one of the most bioavailable protein powder sources.

That has certainly been my experience with ROO’s protein so far.

I’ve been drinking plant based protein for so long that i forgot how good whey tastes. The other days, I’m rotating the following proteins into the mix: sacha inchi, pea, brown rice, hemp, casein and beef bone broth protein. When it’s whey day in my protein rotation I get excited! It’s so delicious.

Check out what they’re doing lately and hit them with that follow on social:

ROO Nutrition Twitter + Facebook + Instagram + Website

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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Wanna get your hands on one? Check out Eat Smart’s social channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EatSmartProducts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EatSmartScales

Instagram: http://instagram.com/eatsmartproducts

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/eatsmartscales

 

Garden of Life Magnesium and Plant Collagen Builder Review

Garden of Life

This is a review of the Garden of Life magnesium and plant collagen supplements.

Overall Rating: 5-stars

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Plant Collagen Builder:

  • “2,500mg Whole Food Biotin from Organic Sesbania
  • 10mg Whole Food Silica from Organic Bamboo
  • Antioxidants from Organic Pomegranate, Turmeric, Amla, Green & Rooibos Tea
  • Made from over 30 Certified USDA Organic Whole Foods from Organic Farms

Why mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder

There are many collagen products on the market, but mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made only from organic plant foods—and can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†

You can’t build collagen by eating collagen. Collagen is a protein that is broken down by the digestive system. What you can do is feed your body the necessary co-nutrients needed for building collagen, such as those found in Organic Plant Collagen Builder.

Made from over 30 real, nutritious organic, family-farmed whole foods, with specifically chosen ingredients to help support the body’s own collagen production—Organic Plant Collagen Builder can help restore and maintain youthful levels of collagen, keratin and elastin—three proteins which promote the body’s healthy, natural glow!†

Organic Plant Collagen Builder contains Silica from Certified Organic All Natural Bamboo Extract which is a key co-nutrient for collagen production.  Also included is High Polypenolic Pomegranate to support skin health and protection from UV damage.† Organic Rooibus and Organic Green Tea are known to fight free radicals which can support healthy, glowing skin, healthy teeth and bones.† Then there’s “beauty-boosting Biotin” to support healthy hair, skin and nails.

  • Supports Beautiful Hair, Skin and Nails†
  • Helps Restore and Maintain Youthful Levels of Collagen, Keratin and Elastin†
  • Supports the Body’s Healthy, Natural Glow†

For beautiful hair, skin and nails, Organic Plant Collagen Builder is made only from organic plant foods that can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†”

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Magnesium Powder

“Magnesium is important.

It’s found in every cell, it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it’s necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. 

But unfortunately, most modern farming practices have led to soil depletion of minerals including magnesium. This, combined with a lack of fresh foods, the consumption of a highly processed diet and other contributing factors, is why dietary intakes for most have diminished significantly.

Well, we’ve got good news for you! Garden of Life is excited to introduce its newest extension to our best-selling Dr. Formulated Probiotics line: Magnesium Relax & Restore.

Dr. Formulated Magnesium Relax & Restore is the first-ever whole food organic pea protein magnesium chelate created with USA-grown organic peas. This delicious, fizzy drink is formulated to help calm and relax you, leading to a good night’s sleep while restoring your body’s optimal magnesium levels. † It also features a dose of live probiotics to support healthy digestion.

While everyone needs magnesium, those who will benefit most from Relax & Restore are people who are looking to relax, de-stress, sleep better, improve mood and combat fatigue.

Relax & Restore is available in three flavors: Original (unflavored), Orange Creamsicle and Raspberry Lemon. So, what’s the best way to take it? We recommend adding one serving to 8 ounces of room temperature water. Let it fizz, stir well and enjoy!

We could all benefit from a little relaxation and restoration.”

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My Experience:

Collagen is a word that I hear every day working at a juice shop + clean eats haven. It’s a large part of the beneficial properties that make up bone broth. Collagen promotes muscle and joint health as well as the vitality of hair, skin and nails–making it a beauty regimen go-to for many women.

Of course of course of course, Garden of Life came out with a super-powered plant based version of this supplement, made by harnessing specific plant compounds that boost collagen production in the body. Best I can tell, this product is EXCELLENT in regards to quality, which I’ve come to expect from Garden of Life.

My hair and skin feels healthier than it’s ever been. With this supplement being a part of my routine, I’ve got to think that it’s played a role.

I was medium excited about the collagen, but large excited about the magnesium powder. I have seemed magnesium powder in the past from different brands to help alleviate these problems:

-painful menstrual cramps

-difficulty sleeping (restlessness mostly due to exercise-induced soreness)

-hormone balancing

-overall health and organ function

Because I never have had to question Garden of Life’s quality, I was amped to see that they came out with a magnesium powder. I immediately switched from the brand I was using. I’ve found that it has helped my boyfriend and I both sleep better and more soundly–I’ve also found that my overall energy level is higher and my cycles more seamless. I definitely plan on restocking when we are out.

Naked Nutrition Whey + Vegan Protein Review

This is a review of Naked Nutrition whey and plant based protein powders.

Naked Nutrition

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About Naked Nutrition:

“Naked Nutrition strips away all of the marketing and gimmicks that many companies use today. We sell products with only the purest ingredients.”

We strive to help you meet your nutrition and fitness goals by being transparent about what we sell. That way you know exactly what’s going into your body, and what more important than that?

Take your nutrition to the next level with Naked Nutrition.

From Grass-Fed Whey Protein to Pea Protein Powder to Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder, Naked Nutrition provides the purest supplements. Our proteins are loaded with essential amino acids and no artificial sweeteners or colors. Our committment to offering the best protein powders and supplements extends to all our products including Powdered Peanut ButterCasein ProteinCreatine Monohydrate and more. No additives means your body gets more of what it needs and not what big agribusinesses use to pad their bottom line. Take your nutrition to the next level with Naked Nutrition.”

Naked Nutrition Whey Protein Powder:

Always Naked

Using grass fed cows’ milk from small dairy farms, we use careful manufacturing processes to create a non-denatured whey loaded with essential amino acids, glutathione, and clean protein. Naked Whey isn’t dressed up with additives like artificial flavors or sweeteners like most brands, and we are committed to shortening the steps between our farms and you.

Don’t let labels and big agribusiness fool you; additives are for their bottom line, not your health.

The Naked Difference:

  • From Grass Fed Cows’ Milk From Small Dairy Farms in California
  • No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
  • 25 Grams of Protein and 5.9 Grams of BCAA’s Per Serving*
  • Only One Ingredient: Grass Fed Whey Protein
  • GMO Free
  • Soy Free and Gluten Free
  • Growth Hormone Free, no rBGH or rBST
  • Cold Processed
  • Acid and Bleach-Free Processing

Naked Nutrition Vegan Protein Powder:

Always Naked

Naked Rice is a vegan protein made exclusively from organic sprouted whole grain brown rice. Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free; Naked Rice is made using a hexane-free extraction process to create a protein with an excellent amino acid profile that compares favorably to whey protein. Naked Nutrition is committed to shortening the steps between our farms and you.

Don’t let labels and big agribusiness fool you; additives are for their bottom line, not your health.

The Naked Difference:

  • Only One Ingredient: Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein
  •  Vegan
  •  No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
  •  25 Grams of Protein and 4.9 Grams of BCAA’s Per Serving*
  •  GMO Free
  •  Soy Free and Gluten Free
  •  Dairy Free
  •  Independent third-party tested for heavy metals
  •  Independent third-party tested melamine free

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My Thoughts:

The role of protein in my daily food intake has become increasingly significant as my attention to resistance training has progressed. These workouts demand the best of me–which results in days where I feel slightly broken down and exhausted, in need of a replenishing + rebuilding dose of protein.

I was immediately impressed with Naked Nutrition’s Naked Whey because the ingredient list is only three-deep. All you’ll find in there is whey protein concentrate + coconut sugar and raw cacao powder. That’s a refreshing change of pace from most store-bought, generic whey protein powders. They’re normally chock full of hard-to-pronounce ingredients and preservatives to extend the shelf life.

Naked’s ingredient lists make it evident that they are striving for quality and health-boosting ingredients–not primarily profit. They care about what goes into their products and that is awesomesauce. Their commitment to grass-fed is something I applaud. Seeking grass-fed weigh is important because it means that the cows producing the milk from which the whey is derived have been fed the diet they were intended to eat–not one to artificially enhance or increase their milk supply. This means there are no added hormones getting into your system through the whey you’re taking in.

I can speak from experience when I say that consuming cold processed (versus whey protein that has been heat processed–& the majority of them are) whey protein HAS made a difference for me in regards to how this protein sits in my stomach. It feels like my body can absorb and assimilate the protein and amino acids from this whey protein more easily and with more comfort than other proteins that have been exposed to heat. I REALLY like that they choose to cold process.

To be perfectly frank, I would reach for a vegan protein before a whey protein if it was up to me. I’ve found that my body feels its best when I am consuming a lot of plants. I love that Naked provides both options–both whey and vegan proteins: both with superior ingredient lists. THAT SAID, I understand high quality whey protein like this one to be highly bioavailable (easily absorbed by your body), so I like to add it into my protein rotation sometimes.

I found that I enjoyed the whey protein best when I used the recommended TWO scoops of protein, as it made it yummier, creamier and more satisfying than just one scoop. Double UPPPP Uh uh! I couldn’t conclusively decipher whether or not the brown rice vegan protein is raw (that’s the only thing keeping me from giving these proteins a booming 5-star rating).

I like what Naked is doing (totally rad name, too! We were born naked!) and I encourage you to go check them out! You can find them here:

NkdNutrition.com

Fb.com/nkdnutritioninc

Instagram.com/nkdnutritioninc