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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.”

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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.

 

 

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YogaSmoga Yoga Apparel Review

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YogaSmoga

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Yoga Smoga:

“Honoring the tenets of Yoga, we aspire to create world-class products.
Growing up in the Himalayas, the birthplace & capital of Yoga, our founders instinctively
infuse the timeless principles, spirit and practice of Yoga into everything we do. From our
cosmopolitan aesthetic, to our product technology, right down to creating our very own way
to give back, we’ve meticulously designed every part of the whole, one breath at a time.

IMAGINE IT AS A PRACTICE, A WAY OF BEING: BUILDING A PATHWAY TO GREATER GOOD

We take the stand that physically, mentally, and emotionally Karma works in harmony with innovation, so that technology becomes a pathway to greater good. In the act of balancing science with spirituality you cause a chemical reaction that can promote something as great as change. Connecting, interacting and creating a positive impact beyond the Yoga mat.

We engineer, design, and manufacture fabrics that do more than cover someone up. They open them up to greater good. While we work with the most technically advanced fabric and manufacturing technologies, we also pursue a relentless focus on the deep traditions of Yoga. We embody the soul of Yoga and instinctively embed this into everything we create, including investing much time into creating the NAMASKÁR FOUNDATION.

WE MAKE THINGS FROM THE HEART AND WITH LOVEFOR WHEREVER LIFE TAKES YOU

A lot of people think of themselves as clothing companies who sell Yoga apparel. We think of ourselves differently. We are a Yoga and wellness company that makes things for life. Our focus is not on building a brand; our goal is to have a love affair with our consumers. We create our products from the heart and with love and we want everyone to feel that. We are building YOGASMOGA from the ground up with a purpose and passion and our products reflect this love and care.

We strive to become your partner in the pursuit of wellness–wherever you are today and wherever you are going tomorrow. From Yoga class, to the gym, to life. Whether you’re on the go, or simply being, we’re happy to be with you. We hope to bring a little more Yoga into your journey, Everyday.

A BIT MORE ABOUT USJOY, ENERGY AND BALANCE

Staying true to the spirit of Yoga, everything we create intends to balance the joy of life with the energy required to live it. Take our name as an example, in Hindi, it’s traditional to rhyme words and similar items-so our name is a jubilant nod of respect to our culture.

To combine that joy with energy, our iconic logo is based on traditional symbology that conveys a balanced and powerful energy center. We see this as a beautiful metaphor for our human experience.”

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Verdi Headband

About:

“This simple headband packs in a lot of punch. Soft silicone dots line the inside of the headband and an added specialized stitch ensures no flyaways, no slipping and no annoying hair pulling. Made from our moisture wicking Aurum fabric, the Peace Band is a narrow 1 ¾ inch headband.

Exclusively Ours. AURUM® is a technical blend of Supplex® and Lycra®. Our competitors use a form of Nylon that is inferior and falls apart quickly. Supplex® fibers are technically far superior, giving you the soft feel and breathability of cotton with the performance benefits of advanced fiber technology. AURUM® fabric is manufactured in the USA.”

Run Jump n Play Crop

About:

“Run Faster. Jump Higher. Play harder. Whatever your game is, this cropped pant instantly transforms you into a stunning vision of curves and strength. So no matter what you’re getting into you’ll look good getting there.”

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My Thoughts:

Seriously. Love. Yoga Smoga. The amazing thing is that I’ve only had to try to different Yoga Smoga pieces to delineate this brand from the rest. You can truly feel and see the quality in these products–they are designed and meant to endure vigorous exercise.

Specifically, the fabric of the Run Jump n Play crops is substantial enough to keep everything in the right place, so to speak. It is flattering on the bum and the waistline stays put, which I’ve had issues with in the past with workout pants.

Simply put, I could just very quickly tell that Yoga Smoga doesn’t mess around. Yoga Smoga knows workout apparel and they do it right. I would purchase their entire line if my bank account would allow it. I also love how unique their designs are. They have unique detailing on some of their workout pants and I like how they make themselves different from every other workout pant that looks the same. These black crops that I’ve been lucky enough to try may look simple–and perhaps the idea of them is–but I love that they have their detailing on the back of the pant, while also still allowing these pants to be so versatile; as they can match and go with anything. What sets them apart, too, from every other black pant is the fit. They are snug, flattering and stay put. I can’t ask for a whole lot more in a pant than that.

I love the vibrant color of the Verdi headband and the width of it. I rarely workout without a headband, and this one has quickly made its way into the regular headband rotation. It’s snug enough to stay put (thus far) during my runs, workouts and volleyball practice, but it will inch back on my head a little bit over time. I think this could be helped by having a grippy strip on the under head of the headband. Fortunately, though, it’s not a huge issue since it’s designed well (is tight and wide).

I’d tell anyone who normally goes to Lululemon or similar high end fitness apparel stores to take break from those all-too-common looks and explore a brand that has a beautiful, unique thing going. Yoga Smoga leaves so many other nice fitness apparel brands in the dust on looks, quality and fit. Ohh! AND they make men’s apparel! Woop!

Camelbak Forge (for Hot Beverages) Review

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About the Forge:

“Forge ahead without spills on your way to the trailhead in the morning. Sometimes water just isn’t enough—that’s why we reinvented the travel mug for a better on-the-go coffee and tea experience. The double-walled, vacuum-insulated steel vessel keeps 16 oz. of coffee or tea piping hot for over 4 hours, with an impact cap that prevents dents or cracks if you drop it. The Forge is designed to fit in most cup holders, but the leak-proof cap means you can also toss it into your pack without soaking your gear.

When you need to keep your eyes on the road, the self-sealing cap lets you drink one-handed, then snaps back into place to prevent leaks or spills. For frequent sipping, just press the top button to lock the cap open. The lid won’t collect grime, either—just pop up the arms for easy cleaning in the sink or dishwasher.”

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My Thoughts:

I have been crazy fortunate to work with this radical brand, Camelback, on several occasions on several reviews. You can give those a read here:

http://runonorganic.com/2014/08/18/camelbak-mantra-powder-drink-mix-review/

http://runonorganic.com/2014/04/04/camelbak-relay-water-filter-pitcher-review/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/08/26/camelbak-eddy-kids-arc-quick-grip-water-bottle-review/

My first experience with the Camelbak Forge was a bit comical. I thought that I had received a defective bottle because I could not get the sip slide feature to come off completely while I had the lid screwed on tightly. Turns out, this bottle was smarter than me! It was designed that way to make leaks and spills less likely.

When the lid is screwed on, you take a drink by engaging a button on the side of the lid–it opens just enough to allow you to drink. When you release the button, the bottle is completely sealed. I’d imagine I could shake it, toss it upside down across the car and have no mess at it. It’s truly and awesome design.

The 16 ounce size is perfect for me–a great size for commuting with coffee or tea. The Forge also keeps my coffee warm for a longggggggg time, to boot. I know many containers claim that–but it’s truly the case with the Camelback Forge. I brought a Forge-full (hehe) of coffee with me to an all-day volleyball tournament and my coffee was warmer than room temperature by the end of the day. I was very impressed with that.

I’m so happy with the Camelback Forge. I can see myself purchasing many to give as gifts in the future. It’s the perfect gift for the winter months or just for your favorite coffee/tea drinker. As always with Camelbak products, the Forge is BPA-Free. It’s another fabulous product from Camelback. Kudos!!