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HealthForce Superfoods Organic, Raw Supplements Review

HealthForce Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About HealthForce:

“#1 Source for Raw, Vegan, Bio-compatible Nutritional Superfoods.

HealthForce is a 20-plus year, 100% hard-core, Vegan, therapeutic superfoods company. HealthForce was co-founded in 1990 by Jameth Sheridan, D.H.M. (Doctor of Holistic Medicine) and Kim Sheridan, Naturopath, ethical Vegans and hard-core herbal medicine researchers. HealthForce empowers individuals to experience dramatic health improvements with verified Truganic™, Vegan, Raw, SuperFood products formulated and selected by Dr. Sheridan for vibrant health and wellness.

Truganic™ is a purist, hard-core quality standard for sourcing and production significantly beyond Organic. The Truganic™ standard was created by Dr. Sheridan to verify absolute purity. At HealthForce, we are on a mission to provide the absolute best products at the most affordable prices.

The foundational products are Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™ with a companion of Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™, both designed to support excellent health, energy, and balance.”

Super Foods

“Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™

The original, purist, hard-core nutrition-dense green superfood complex with green leafy vegetables, hard-core algae, sea vegetables, enzymes and probiotics. Nutritionally supports detoxification, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, colon, circulation, digestion, and more. Therapeutic support with nutrient-dense superfoods.

Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™

The perfect companion product to Vitamineral Green™ for full-spectrum nutritional and cleansing support. A grounding, nourishing herbal broth consisting of nutrient-dense roots, barks, and seeds. Supports digestion, blood sugar, immunity, normal cell division, and so much more.

Green Protein Alchemy™ Magic Mint/ Green Protein Alchemy Desert Sun Blend

Green Protein Alchemy™ (previously Green Sage Protein™) is unlike ANY protein you have ever had. It is 100% complete protein, 100% whole food and 100% superfoods, with benefits far, far beyond any other protein in existence.

Purity Protein™ Pure Vanilla and Purity Protein™ Natural

Purity Protein™ was created for one reason: Dr. Sheridan saw the need for truly pure, non-toxic, complete and balanced supplemental protein.

ZeoForce™ – Most potent energized form of zeolite available!

Most potent, energized form of zeolite available – an awesome value! Nutritionally supports detoxification of heavy metals and chemical residues from the body. Detoxify daily with ZeoForce™ powerful volcanic mineral clay in powder and capsules. Suitable for internal/external use (baths, masks, poultices, teeth).

Oxygen Extreme – Powerful and safe bactericide, virucide, and fungicide

Helps to oxygenate the blood, increasing cellular energy production and thereby supporting both detoxification and athletic performance. Oxygen also has potent antimicrobial properties and Oxygen Extreme™ thus provides potent immune support and antiseptic activity.

Liver Rescue™ – Supports liver function, cleansing, and regeneration

A therapeutic combination of herbal extracts to support liver function, cleansing (phase I and II), healing, and regeneration. An essential component of the HealthForce Healing Cleanse™ for liver support and detoxification.

Warrior Core™ Foundation

Perfect Grounding Complement to Green Foods. Foundational, Therapeutic, Hard-Core, Primal, Whole Food Herbal SuperFood Complex for Deep Nourishment and Balance. Unlike ANY SuperFood you have EVER had! (equivalent HealthForce product = Vitamineral Earth™)

Spirulina Manna™ and Spirulina Azteca™ – The Ancients’ Revered Power Food

The ancients’ revered power foods. Spirulina is a complete food packed with amino acids (65% protein), chlorophyll, B vitamins, vitamins, and minerals. Spirulina is possibly the most nutrient dense, and certainly the most ancient superfood on the planet. Nutritionally supports kidneys, brain function, detoxification, and is nature’s protein powder.

Chlorella Manna™ – Hard Core Broken Cell Wall Green Algae

Chlorella is the only plant on the planet that can quadruple its growth in less than one day. It contains Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is a potent phytonutrient comprised of amino acids, beta glucans, nucleic acids, peptides, and polysaccharides. These micronutrients work together to help regenerate cells faster than normal.*

MacaForce™ Vanilla Spice / MacaForce™ Dark Mint – Longevity, Rejuvenation, Endurance

Enhanced with enzymes, probiotics, and herbal synergists, MacaForce™ is raw maca at its best, delivering maximum bioavailability for maximum results. Supports endurance, strength, and hormone balance for men and women. MacaForce™ is available in Dark Mint and Vanilla Spice.

Greener Grasses™ Alkalizer – Alkalizing Grass Blend

A unique, alkalizing, mineralizing superfood complex that contains 100% pure grass juice powders, produced without any carrier agents that would dilute the product (such as maltodextrin and brown rice).

Truly Natural™ Vitamin C – Superior absorption from whole food!

Whole food acerola cherry extract, 100% absorbable, non-toxic.”

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My Thoughts:

I don’t really know precisely where to start with HealthForce. I truly marvel at their products, the ingredients lists, the quality, the standards.

I was so happy to discover Health Force. I had tried a few samples here and there prior to Expo West, but hadn’t fully dove into the full spectrum of their products until then. I was literally watching around the Expo on a health high–largely due to the fact that I consumed a huge amount of HealthForce sample-drink-shots.

They appear to have one of the most discerning eyes in regards to ingredients, how they are sourced, etc. I was particularly intrigued and inspired by watching this video by Dr. Jameth Sheridan of Health Force discuss their cleanse products in comparions to others out there.

Basically, I have a superfood party in the kitchen every morning when I concoct my smoothies and shakes for the day. With this spread from Health Force (I just used up the last bit of it), it was a superfood party on steroids! From nutrient rife sea greens like spirulina, to detoxifying minerals, to balancing superfoods like maca, these blends in combination have taken and kept my health to a whole, new, well-rounded place.

I feel nourished, healthy, able-bodied and able to tackle tough 2-a-day workouts on nearly every day of the week. I know with certainty that my ability to perform, grow and recover is because of the large dosage of nutrients, good fats and protein that go into my body.

I’m ultra-aware of the fact that write about a TON of superfoods brands and I just two thumbs up to a lot of them. I’d say of them all, Health Force is the most unique. Their blends are in a category of their own in regards to diversity and the range of what they offer is very rare. Just take a look at the ingredient lists on their products and you’ll see what I mean. For instance, here are the ingredients for the Vitamineral Earth Powder:

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You’ve likely heard of many of these ingredients, but having them all put together in the same blend creates synergistic qualities (which enhances absorption of the nutrients) and is hard to come by.

Because of the incredible list of powerful herbs, spices and superfoods, Health Force provide you the opportunity to cleanse, detox and alkalize your body is a very deep, effective way. Dr. Sheridan discusses this in more detail in the above video–I encourage you to watch it if you want a more in-depth look at their products.

My favorite products of this bunch (though very hard to choose!) ended up being the Green Protein Alchemy, Vitamineral Earth & the Purity Protein (brown rice + hemp blend). The products that were an entirely new idea to me and were the most intriguing were the Zeoforce & Oxygen Extreme.

Some Natural Products Expo West Highlights!

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Marvellous Organics Superfood Review

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Marvellous Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Marvellous:

“Marvellous Superfood was started by Dixey as a response to her own health challenges in 2008. She found the majority of superfood blends expensive, and often made out of up to 40 different ingredients, so decided to blend her own mixture that would be both nourishing and detoxing. She chose the seven most nutrient-rich, easily absorbed ingredients she could find, blending them together in equal proportions.

She started sharing the blend with family and friends and found that everyone enjoyed its benefits. The hugely positive response led to Dixey getting the blend certified Organic by the Welsh Organic Scheme in February 2012, and so Marvellous Superfood was born.

Dixey dedicates her spare time to her life long love: painting. You can see some of her work on her website and her facebook page. 

She also teaches and performs flamenco dance, is passionate about preparing delicious, vibrant food and practising meditation.

Company Ethics

Since 2012 we have gone from having one product, one retailer and a small Internet presence, to supplying an ever-expanding range of products to multiple health-food shops in South Wales, numerous prestigious shops in London and the South East and a number of international stockists.

Despite the company’s success our feet remain firmly on the ground and our ethics burn strong. We do and will always run a family business, focused on offering the highest quality products at the most feasibly affordable prices. We believe in the importance of organic products and do all we can run the company as ethically and environmentally friendly as we possible can.

Marvellous Superfood grew from a need for a high quality superfood blend that was affordable and accessible to all, and this continues to be our priority. We are pleased to offer a discount to those dealing with serious health challenges. Our wish is to share the many benefits we have experienced with as many people as possible. Including increased vitality, fewer colds and flues, speedy recovery, healthy digestive systems, clearer skin and less cravings for unhealthy foods, to name but a few. After all Health is Wealth as the old saying goes!”

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Super Protein

About:

“Packed full of protein rich superfood powders this unique blend is gluten, dairy, and yeast free as well as being 100% organic. It contains no artificial or processed sugars or sweeteners and is suitable for coeliacs and diabetics.

Made with a base of Hemp Protein 33% and Pea Protein 33%, we’ve added Goji 6.6%, Lacuma 6.6%, Red Maca 6.6%, Yellow Maca 6.6% and Beetroot 6.6% to create a delicious, protein rich, absorbable superfood powder to feed your muscles and improve strength and stamina.”

Red Maca

About:

“Red Maca powder is the ground root of the red maca plant. It is thought to have a beneficial affect on energy levels and vitality as well as a balancing effect on the hormonal system.”

Wellbeing Blend

About:

“Wellbeing blend is our highly nutritious blend of 7 Organic, Raw, Superfood’s: Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley-Grass, Wheat-Grass, Kelp, Hemp Protein and Beetroot. All in equal parts and nothing else!”

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My Thoughts:

There are few things that I get more excited about than organic superfoods. There’s something about products like this that are incredibly exciting to me. They are so rich with goodness, so good for the body and so convenient to incorporate into your diet. I’m someone who would much rather spend extra money on good food & supplements than cars, clothing, etc. (Any day). Good food truly excites me!

Marvellous Superfoods are produced across the Atlantic Ocean from where I am–and I sure do appreciate the product line that they’ve created from afar. I truly couldn’t wait to try these goodies.

Basically, all three of these (Protein, Wellbeing Blend & Red Maca) are all in powder form. They’re perfect to add to a smoothie or a really basic drink (powder + water in a blender bottle). Every morning, I concoct at least 2 different drinks. One of them is a protein smoothie and one of them is a superfood drink. In my protein smoothie, I use a heaping tablespoon of the Super Protein + chia seeds + coconut milk. In my superfood drink, I use about 1/2 a tablespoon of the Wellbeing Blend and about 1/4 tablespoon of Red Maca. I love this morning routine! Nothing makes me feel like I can take on the day more than when I eat (or drink) a nutritionally awesome meal in the morning (along with a  kiss from my husband) 🙂

If your taste buds are not adapted to the earthy, rich flavor of these raw superfoods, don’t worry! They are easily masked if you mix them into a smoothie with some almond or coconut milk & fruit.

The quality of these blends is top notch. All of the ingredients are raw & organic–so there’s no need to scratch your head over hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Its simple: Marvellous Superfoods creates fantastically hearty and healthy superfood blends that I would recommend to anyone! They will take your health and vitality to the next level.

NuNaturals Review & Giveaway

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Nu Naturals

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Nu Naturals:

“Thank you for taking the time to get to know us better. We have over 24 years of experience providing nutritional supplements. NuNaturals uses only the highest quality herbs and nutrients to make our products. We belong to the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA).

Look around our site and see what we have to offer. You’ll find full descriptions of all of our products and their respective prices. We also have links that will take you to other web sites. They have important information about nutritional products and our industry. Enjoy our site and if you have any questions or comments, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

We take lot of pride in supporting sustainable “Green” business practices. You may have noticed many of our shipping containers utilize so called “Packing Peanuts”, however several years ago we converted to a more environmentally conscious packing material using a VEGTABLE STARCH product that completely dissolves in water.

If you are having trouble finding our products you can now order direct from us online. While our products are sold in over 9,000 stores in the United States, we realize that there is only so much shelf space available and not all our products get on the shelf. If your favorite product is not available in your stores and would like the convenience of having it there when you want it, ask your store to stock it. If this is not possible, we are here to serve you 24 hours a day!”

Powdered Stevia (Packets & Bottle Form)

About:

“White Stevia™ Extract Powder contains the flowing agent maltodextrin, a food grade carbohydrate derived from grain. Tasteless, maltodextrin is the perfect medium to use with the extract, making it easier to measure. This form is perfect for sprinkling on cereal, yogurt as well as mixing in beverages. One quarter to three quarters of a teaspoon is the recommended serving.

White Stevia Powder contains 60% more Stevia extract than most other brands on the market. The cost to get the same sweet taste of other brands can be up to 2 1/2 times more expensive compared to NuNaturals. NuNaturals White Stevia Powder will save you money.”

Liquid Stevia (Various Flavors)

About:

“NuNaturals has developed this easy to use liquid that allows the most accurate measurement of Stevia Extract. This liquid is so concentrated, that only 5-10 drops are needed.

Our Pure Liquid Clear NuStevia Extract contains 200 mg per ml and is in a base of vegetable glycerine and 20% pure grain alcohol. Clear Stevia comes in a 2 oz bottle. Great for teas and other beverages.”

Reb99 Stevia

About:

“NuStevia Reb99™ is a pure extract of the Stevia plant. 99.8% of Rebaudioside-A(Reb-A) is extracted. Reb99™ is a very high grade Stevia extract. NuStevia Reb99 has a very clean taste profile with no unpleasant aftertaste as other Reb-A extracts can have. This is a powder extract. This form is excellent for mixing up large batches of beverages or for recipes. It is our most economical form of Stevia to use.

This product is packaged in a 1 oz plastic bag. There are 810 servings. A serving size is 1/64 of a teaspoon which tastes as sweet as 1 teaspoon of sugar. 3/4 teaspoon equals 1 cups of sugar in terms of sweetness.

NuNaturals Pure NuStevia Extract contains absolutely no calories or carbohydrates. NuStevia Reb99 should have no effect on blood sugar levels for most individuals.”

Powdered Tagatose

About:

“PreSweet Tagatose is safe for diabetics because it will not raise blood sugar levels. It is also being studied for other health benefits.

One of the health benefits of PreSweet is that it is a prebiotic ingredient. Prebiotics feed probotic bacteria like acidopholis found in yogurt. Prebiotics help the good bacteria in the digestive system multiply. This improves the overall health of the digestive system and may improve the general health of the body.

PreSweet Tagatose is a naturally-occurring sweetener found in milk, fruits and vegetables. It is 92% as sweet as sugar. PreSweet is a low calorie (6 calories/serving), low GI (3 on the glycemic index), and low in carbohydrates (especially considering that many of the carbohydrates are not digested).

PreSweet is anti-hyperglycemic and great for those on weight loss programs because it will satsify your sweet tooth without adding the calories that sugar will.

Unlike sugar alcohols like Xylitol and Erythritol, PreSweet Tagatose browns like sugar. Because it brown quicker and darker than sugar, you might consider blending it with other sweeteners in cakes and cookies or reduce baking time.

While Xylitol has a unique cooling taste and Erythritol has a distinctive taste, Tagatose as a very clean, neutral taste like sugar.”

Oat Fiber

About:

“NuGrain™ Oat Fiber is naturally produced from food-grade oat hulls through a proprietary process. This is a chemical-free process, turning organic hulls into various organic fibers. Oat fiber has many uses in baked goods, adding to smoothies, porridge, and other recipes where you want to boost the fiber content of the foods your eat.

Substitute 3 tablespoons NuGrains™ Oat Fiber for every 8 servings per recipe. For example if recipe yields 24 cookies and serving size is 3 cookies, then substitute 3 tablespoons for flour in your recipe.”

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My Thoughts:

I was initially impressed at the wide range of products that Nu Naturals provides. I am a fan of using stevia as a sweetener, versus always using sugar, honey or agave. It’s essentially a zero calorie sweetener that is naturally derived from the stevia plant, so it’s great to use in moderation if you are looking to stay fit & lean. As with any other food, you can overdo stevia. I don’t recommend using this all day, every day. Balance is key.

Nu Naturals products are Non-GMO, but they are not certified organic. However, I’ve been filled in on the story behind this:

“We absolutely use no pesticides or any chemicals & test our products to be assured of this. We just do not go to the huge expense of organic certification.”

I find this to be the case for some brands. Gaining an organic certification is very drawn own, expensive process. Thus, many companies do not see this certification as something they wish to attain.

I have enjoyed have stevia in various forms and flavors to use in my daily treats & drinks. My favorite ways to use these Nu Naturals products have been:

-Adding the liquid peppermint stevia to peppermint leaf tea.

-Adding the powdered stevia to baked goods (organic & gluten free muffins, cakes, cookies, etc.)

-Experimenting with using tagatose in baked goods.

-Adding the liquid vanilla stevia to my vanilla protein shakes.

-Making an “oat fiber cleanse” drink with the oat fiber. I simply add a tablespoon of the oat fiber to a large glass of water. It helps me get a good dose of fiber and also helps curb my appetite.

Nu Naturals products are an above average route to go to when looking for healthy sweeteners and baking aids. I would stand behind this brand more firmly if I knew that they used organic practices in growing their stevia, oats, etc.

Nu Naturals would like FOUR of you to try some of these products as well! To enter, simply comment below and fill me in on what sweeteners you typically reach for and why.

Here are the products you will win (along with one bonus product!):

NuStevia 50 Packets Top Angle NuStevia Cocoa Syrup NuStevia NoCarbs Spice Jar w Cap Vanilla Stevia Alcohol Free 2 oz  Liquid

Also, you can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on their website :  www.nunaturals.com. When you get to our checkout page, enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG1214  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on their ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2014. Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U.S. on all orders exceeding $35.00 after discounts.

Head on over to Nu Natural’s Facebook page a “like” them to show your support and get their posts on your news feed.

This giveaway will conclude on Wednesday, July 2nd, on which I will notify the winners via e-mail. Thanks for participating!

Onzie Active Wear Review

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Onzie Active Wear

(pronounced “own-zee”)

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Onzie:

CREATION Created by a 20 year Bikram Yogi, Onzie blends the best of traditional yoga wear with modern innovation and a touch of whimsy. The result? Active apparel that is functional, flexible and flattering. At Onzie our philosophy is “keep your practice challenging, and your wardrobe simple!” Onzie’s no-frills one-pieces and separates are best worn while sweating, swimming, or simply lounging around. In keeping with the principle of being inclusive, rather than exclusive, Onzie is affordably-priced and suitable for all activities and practices. Onzie products are made with love in southern California.

PERFORMANCE Utilizing Free-Flow Fabric Technology that is durable and breathable, this fast-drying material keeps bodies cool, dry and comfortable. Onzie yoga gear is perfect for hot yoga, but can also be used for pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, running or hooping. Our clothes can be worn as everyday wear or into chlorine and salt water environments. You can transition in and out of yoga postures as seamlessly as you can the rest of your day. From straps to bottom, Onzie helps keep your body in check. You’ll feel supported from the inside and out…shaping the entire body. So embrace the awareness of your being, sense your core, and feel secure. Focus on your strength and beauty. And for goodness sake, forget about those so-called flaws. You’re perfectly you.

AMERICAN MADE Did you know that Onzie is 100% made in the USA? All parts of our process including knitting, dyeing, cutting, sewing, photography, marketing, distribution and design all happen in Los Angeles, CA.”

Elastic Tank top

About:

“The Elastic Tank Top will become your new favorite tank! The racer back design includes a fun pop of color and the deep scoop sides allow you to show off that sports bra underneath!

  • 100% Free Flow Jersey
  • Hand or machine wash cold
  • Tumble or hang dry
  • Made in USA.”

My Thoughts:

As the warmer temperatures approach, I am getting increasingly excited to wear this piece on my runs more. The weather has only allowed me to wear this tank two times thus far. However, this tank top will get a lot of wear in the future.

It does everything right. By that I mean: it stays put (whereas some tanks drift off your shoulders or move around too much), it is lightweight and breathes well, it is loose at the bottom (which flatters all body types), and it has a unique and cute accent with the elastic strap on the back. It does all of that while allowing you to absorb some sunshine on your run. I was already a fan of tank tops, but this one has me excited all over again for summer runs.

Capri Pant

About:

“With fun and unique prints, our Capri Pants are great to spice up any work out! With a low-rise waist band, they are designed to be form-fitted and will stretch and move with your body. For most women, these capri pants will stop about mid-calf length. *These select colors/prints are now available in L/L: Black, Skull, Cheetah, Illusion, Meadow, and Black Magic

  • Inseam on size S/M (in inches): 20
  • 100% Free Flow Fabric
  • 80% nylon / 20% spandex
  • Hand or machine wash cold
  • Tumble or hang dry
  • Made in USA.”

My Thoughts: 

These pants are AWESOME. They fit like a glove, which is exactly what I want when I’m headed out for a long run. Any extra gathering of fabric can prove to be irritating after several miles. With these pants, It’s just like second skin. I forgot I even had them on. I have worn many brands of tights to run in (many specifically designed for runners) and these Onzie capris trump many of them.

The fabric is also great for resisting plying and chaffing in between the legs–which comes into play with pant longevity. In other words, the best running pants (to me) are the ones that don’t wear out after a year or two of use. I see these pants being in the rotation for years to come.

On a girly note–I love the pattern and slight texture of the pants. They are a nice change of pace from your basic black athletic tight. They’re fun while still being figure flattering.