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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.

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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.

Amazing Grass Organic Superfoods Review

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Amazing Grass

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Amazing Grass:

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Amazing Meal

Amazing Grass’s Description:

“Amazing Meal Original Blend is a satisfying blend of protein and superfoods that provides amazing energy and amazing health. Organic, raw, and cold processed, this drink powder is gluten, soy and dairy free.”

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Energy Bars

Amazing Grass’s Description:

“Bring the good stuff with you on the go. Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Whole Food Energy Bars pack all the nutrition you need in a portable and affordable bar. We combine fruits and vegetables with our organic Green SuperFood drink powder for a treat that’s Mother Nature approved.”

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Greens Packets

Amazing Grass’s Description:

“Get your daily dose of nutritious whole greens with Amazing Grass Green SuperFoods. Every serving is chock full of all of the necessary vitamins and minerals you and your family need. Plus it tastes great! Add our superfoods to any beverage for an energizing start to your day.”

My Description & Thoughts on the Meal, Bars & Packets:

Amazing Grass is one of my very favorite organic health food brands. I specifically have always been a fan of their green powders. The bars and meal were new products for me to try. In many ways, the meal and bars are absolutely the ideal health fix for being on the go with a smoothie or a quick meal.

The only teeny tiny scrutiny I have is that the meal and bars are not compatible with those eating “Paleo.” That is, omitting grains from their diet. The meal and bars both contain a rice & hemp protein blend. If I had it my way, I would like to omit the rice protein and have these products containing solely hemp protein. I would recommend those two products to anyone if that were the case.

However, the quality of all of the ingredients is organic & awesome. The meal and bars all taste awesome. My favorite meal blends are the Pomegranate Mango Infusion and the Cafe Mocha. My favorite bar flavors turned out to be the Chocolate Chip Coconut and the Sweet & Savory Almond.

Now for my favorite product of this batch: the green packets. This is the product that first got me hooked on Amazing Grass products. These little packets are the perfect remedy for the busy individual who struggle’s to get a dose of greens every day. I love adding these powdered greens to Kombucha, fresh juice or water by itself. They are also great in smoothies or shaken up in a blender bottle with coconut/almond milk. My favorite flavors are the Orange Dreamsicle, Pineapple Lemongrass and Berry.