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Garden of Life Wild Rose Detox & Raw Fit Review

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Garden of Life

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I have done several reviews and giveaways on Garden of Life products and believe they create high quality, organic supplements.

If you are submerged in the world of health products, you’ve likely heard about the scrutiny that Garden of Life has been under in regards to their products containing heavy metals. My brief  response (just to address it)–as dismissive as it may be, is that when you’re on the top, many will try to knock you down. I feel a bit that way with this GOL situation. As a successful brand, it does not surprise me that they have individuals who are seeking to find flaws. That said, I do not know the specific, scientific data from the tests that were run on their products, but I would venture to say that these supplements are still worlds better than most.

Raw Fit – Marley Coffee

About:

“RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits.
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†.”

My Thoughts:

I used Raw Fit and Raw Meal both for about a 6 month period in 2013 because I found that it was hard to find a protein that’s organic, non-gmo and free of common food allergens (like dairy, gluten, soy). In 2014 so far, I’ve seen the biggest strides in my running performance and overall healthful feeling from omitting grains. Because of this, I haven’t been incorporating brown-rice based proteins like this GOL Raw Fit product. This is a more “paleo” way of eating and I’ve found that I feel my best when I stick to it. So, instead of brown-rice proteins, I’ve been using organic whey and hemp based proteins.

I realize that everyone is different, and many of you are likely vegans. For that group of people, I see the appeal for using GOL brown rice protein, as it’s a plant based source of protein that is satisfying and abides by the vegan way of eating. For paleo-eaters similar to myself, I’d recommend listening to you body and trying to figure out when you feel your best. Is it when you omit certain foods like dairy and grains and increasing your intake of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables? That’s been the case for me.

All of that said, this protein tastes wonderful, is high quality and I think is a great recommendation for many individuals. I am an avid coffee drinker and have been a Marley Coffee fan long before GOL collaborated with them to create this product. Their coffee is USDA organic and is delicious & rich (the roasts are also named after Bob Marley songs–so awesome!). You can check out Marley Coffee products here.

Wild Rose Herbal Detox

About:

“For over 25 years, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program has been the leader in providing a complete detoxification of the liver, colon, kidneys and lymphatic system in Canada. Now, thanks to Garden of Life, this amazing cleanse program is available to you. By following the recommended diet and taking the herbal formulas provided, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program helps promote a healthy balance between assimilation and elimination.†

For many, a new detox is the beginning of a new lifestyle, and a time for breaking unwanted habits.† Whether to stay in good health, to support a specific health goal, or to use after over-consumption, a detoxification program can be an integral part of your personal approach to maintain overall health.”

My Thoughts:

I’m all about making detoxification a part of my every day life. Detoxing don’t have to mean implementing a product like this, but occasionally its a great, extra boost. Some great every day habits for detoxing are thinking blended greens (not juiced), fresh fruit and vegetable juices and drinking citrus-infused water.

I was impressed with the list of herbs that this GOL Detox contains, as many of them are naturally potent liver detoxifiers.

I think a common misconception with detoxing is that you are going to feel this instant WHOA! I FEEL CLEANSED! In reality, it’s not like that. If you pay attention to how your body feels daily, though, you will notice that you have a bit more energy, you don’t have digestive issues (bloating, stomach aches. constipation) when you do a detox like this. Those are the main things I noticed.

I would recommend this cleanse to anyone that has not done an herbal detox before. This detox can also help those that suffer from acne–as many acne problems are a result of a liver that is not functioning optimally.

These herbs are different than other detoxes that just use fiber to clear out your digestive tract. You’ll love the slight boost it gives you–you’ll feel cleaner and clearer, inside and out.

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Paleo, Grain-Free Bread Squares Recipe

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Paleo, Grain-Free Bread Squares

I have been looking for a way to incorporate some “baked goods” without consuming traditional bread. I put some similar ingredients together that I’ve used to make homemade protein balls/cookies, and came up with these bread squares! They truly are hearty and delicious–you don’t miss the grains one bit.

Ingredients:

-1 egg

-2 tablespoons of coconut oil or ghee (unclarified butter)

-2 cups of almond meal or flour (they are the same thing)

-1 cup of coconut flour

-1 cup of coconut or almond milk

-2 teaspoons baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

Instructions:

-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

-Mix together the egg, coconut milk and coconut oil.

-Once mixed, add in the dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder.

-Pour into desired pan and bake for 35 minutes.

ENJOY!

Justin’s Nut Butter Review

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Justin’s Nut Butters

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About Justin’s:

Making the foods we love extraordinary, with an uncompromised spirit of innovation, sustainability and community.

We at Justin’s hereby decree that all of our nut butters will be made in small batches to preserve premium quality standards and our fresh taste.

We will only use the highest quality natural and organic ingredients that are sustainably harvested and found as locally as possible.

We will be mindful with all of our business practices by working toward reducing our environmental footprint on the natural environment. We will remain excellent community and global citizens and will only do business with those who pledge to do the same.

We will continue to produce and promote fresh nut butters that will always be simple, delicious and nutritious.”

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Classic Almond Butter

Justin’s Description:

“Introducing the World’s first ever Almond Butter. Wait, what? We’re not? Okay, scratch that. Introducing the World’s first ever incredibly delicious, all-natural, made with real California almonds and a secret nut grinding technique that we’re positive no one else in the World uses since we invented it ourselves, Almond Butter.

Ingredients:

Dry Roasted Almonds, Palm Fruit Oil*.

*sustainably sourced palm fruit oil

All Natural.”

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

Justin’s Description:

“Think of your favorite peanut butter cup. Next, magnify that feeling by a gazillion – that’s ours. Nuts? Yes. Crazy? No. Just imagine what happens when I take the best tasting organic peanut butter in the world and delicately place it into the highest quality, organic and fair-trade chocolate available. Yup. Peanut butter cup perfection!

Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor*, Organic Cocoa Butter*, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Organic Peanuts, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Palm Fruit Oil**, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt.

*Rainforest Alliance Certified™ **sustainably sourced palm fruit oil

Organic.”

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Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Pack

Justin’s Description:

“People always ask me, what’s your favorite flavor? And I think they expect me to give some P.C. answer that I love them all the same, but I don’t because that would be stupid. Nuts can’t read, so whose feelings am I going to hurt? You’re holding what I consider to be the most perfect tasting nut butter on the planet, and I’m not afraid to say it.

Ingredients:

Dry Roasted Almonds, Maple Sugar, Palm Fruit Oil*, Sea Salt.

*sustainably sourced palm fruit oil

All Natural.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Talk about rich and decadent–all of these Justin’s products are absolute treats! (We fight over them in our house! ) 🙂

I love making homemade Almond milk with the almond butter (just a scoop of almond butter into a blender full of water & blend!) It’s incredibly rich, dense and full of almond-y yumminess. It’s great on an apple slice, a piece of bread, mixed into a smoothie in homemade baked goods and by the spoonful! I appreciate that the palm fruit oil is sustainably sourced, but I wish that the almonds were organic.

The maple almond butter squeeze pack is a dessert in itself–the maple sweetness along with the almonds is an unreal combination. It’s hard to stop eating! The size of the pouch is perfect to keep in my purse for a quick snack or indulgence. Love the simple ingredients–wish the almonds were organic.

It’s almost pointless to comment on the peanut butter cups–because they are obviously, supremely AWESOME! These little guys are so delicious & even better than the one’s you’ve probably been eating for years. They contain the good stuff and you can tell when you eat them. They are a treat you can feel good about having around–and they’re the perfect size for a little something sweet and salty. I love all of the organic ingredients in these peanut butter cups.

Lemon Poppyseed Cookie Recipe: Paleo, Gluten Free, Organic

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Lemon Poppyseed Cookies: Paleo, Gluten Free, Organic

Hi Everyone!

These cookies turned out so good (my husband gobbles them up, too) that I wanted to share them here.

All of these measurements are approximate, but it worked well for this batch:

Dry Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups almond flour

I scoop of Jay Robb Vanilla Protein (can be any vanilla protein you use)
2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of stevia

Wet Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
2 egg whites
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

-Mix the dry ingredients in their own bowl. Do the same for the wet ingredients.
-Pour the dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients until they are combined.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes on a greased baking sheet (will take up two whole baking sheets).

Enjoy! They are a real (& healthy) treat.