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Clif Bar Variety Pack Giveaway!

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Clif Bar

I’m so thankful to have forged this working relationship with Clif Bar, in which they keep me in the loop with new products to try. Their generosity exceeds just me, as they want to send TWO of you a bundle of goodies like the pictured stash above!

Here’s what I like about the bars:

  • Certified organic (except the big Clif Bars & Kid’s Protein Z Bars, which are mostly organic)
  • Gluten free
  • They taste good!
  • The ingredients are all plant based and recognizable
  • I can find them at most of my local grocery stores

Electrolyte Packets

  • 90% organic

Protein Packets

  • 70% organic

Here’s what I’d improve:

  • More organic AND raw ingredients
  • Lower sugar content

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Giveaway!

To enter this giveaway:

  1. Like Run On Organic on Facebook
  2. Follow Run On Organic on Twitter
  3. Follow Run On Organic on Instagram
  4. Let me know you did so!

Two winners will be chosen and notified via e-mail on 2/17! Good Luck!!

 

 

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Organic Valley Protein Milk Drinks Review

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Organic Valley

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Organic Valley:

Always Organic & Farmer-Owned since 1988

If a company is going to make a difference in today’s world, it’s going to have to think differently. At Organic Valley, our philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth. We’re a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and we’ve been leaders in organic agriculture from the very beginning.

The Roots Support the Crown

Our story starts back in January of 1988—a time when family farms were on the brink of extinction. We were a handful of farmers in Southwestern Wisconsin’s coulee region and we shared a love of the land. We also shared the belief that a new, sustainable approach to agriculture could help family farms and rural communities survive. With a small poster inviting area farmers to join our current CEIEIO, George Siemon, for an informational meeting regarding the formation of the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP) at the county courthouse, we created enough momentum to carry us to this day.

Folks back then, just like you today, were concerned with food quality and environmental issues. They were looking for more natural, nutritious food—food grown without synthetic and potentially harmful pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. We began by growing organic vegetables, and soon added organic dairy products. When we found the demand we anticipated was real, we created the Organic Valley brand name and expanded our product line.

The Cream Has Risen

Our co-op, through the Organic Valley™ brand, soon became the number one source of organic milk in the nation. Once pioneers of organic agriculture, we’re now an established leader. Organic is all we do. We remain driven by our mission to promote regional farm diversity and economic stability by the means of organic agricultural methods and the sale of certified organic products. We maintain integrity through our commitment to consumer education and delivering the highest quality, strictly organic products to consumers, schools, and a variety of manufacturers looking for organic ingredients.

At our helm is one of our original seven farmers, George Siemon, our Chief Executive Officer. George prefers the title C-E-I-E-I-O. A lifelong farmer, he and his family have operated an organic farm in the Bad Axe River valley of Wisconsin’s driftless area since 1977. With his unique combination of having a hand in the soil as well as being able to see the big picture, George has been a leader in the campaign to establish effective national standards for organic certification.

We are committed to organic agriculture and building a future for sustainable family farming in America. Organic. It’s all we do.”

Organic Fuel

About:

Your motivation isn’t synthetic. Your recovery shake shouldn’t be either.

You work hard to push yourself to the next level – and so do we. Introducing Organic Fuel. It’s a game-changing, organic recovery shake packed with 26 grams of high-quality milk protein to help get your body to its absolute peak.

Ingredients

Organic Filtered Skim Milk, Water, Organic Fair Trade Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Cream, Organic Fair Trade Dutch Cocoa, Organic Chocolate Extract, Lactase Enzyme, Gellan Gum, Vitamin D3.”

Organic Balance

About:

Nutritious, wholesome ingredients to power you through your day.

At Organic Valley, we believe in keeping things simple. Use what you need, and leave out what you don’t. That’s how our family farmers have operated every day since 1988.

This belief is brought to life with Organic Balance, which consists of only 9 high-quality ingredients, 16g of organic milk protein and 50% of your recommended daily intake of calcium.

Like all Organic Valley products, Organic Balance is made without the use of GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or artificial sweeteners.

Ingredients

Organic Lowfat Milk, Organic Filtered Skim Milk, Organic Fair Trade Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Fair Trade Dutch Cocoa, Organic Dark Chocolate Flavor, Lactase Enzyme, Gellan Gum, Organic Stevia, Vitamin D3.”

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My Thoughts:

My interaction with Organic Valley has been nothing short of pleasant, and I had a wonderful time contributing to the Rock the Lunchbox campaign that helps inspire ideas and generate momentum for making children’s lunches healthier.

Looking at Organic Valley as a whole brand, I truly appreciate that they offer organic dairy products to the everyday consumer. These products are available in most of my local health food stores, thus I’d say they are readily accessible to most.

Both of these drinks are delicious. I definitely prefer the vanilla flavors in both the “Fuel” and “Balance” drinks; though the chocolate flavors are delicious in their own right. Though they are “protein shakes,” they were sweet enough to me to be a tasty dessert. They taste like melted ice cream (THAT yummy). The Organic Fuel shake has a higher protein content (and higher caloric content), thus is the more filling and satisfying drink of the two. The Organic Balance drink has a macro balanced nutritional profile with adequate amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates–and is a lighter option compared to the Fuel drink.

In regards to quality, these drinks are amongst the very best you can find in your local store, as they’re organic, non-gmo, free of hormones and antibiotics. However, I take issue (in general) with pasteurization, both in milk products and juice. Heat denatures protein and diminishes most of the product’s nutritional value. Pasteurizing increases the shelf life of milk and juice, making it a widely used method (unfortunately). To make up for this deficit, many milks have vitamins added. I also understand that raw milk is not legal in most states–thus, pasteurized milk is the norm. Without turning this whole post into pasteurization, I’ll just say: The whole process is something that I’m just not a fan of.

I want to drink and eat real food, close to the source. I understand this isn’t the reality 100% of the time–but, when I’m deciphering which products I’ll continuously come back to, they are the high quality, organic products that have been minimally processed, and if possible, raw.

When compared to other dairy options, Organic Valley products are a better alternative to most dairy that you’ll find in your local market. Not all dairy products are organic, non-mo and free of antibiotics & hormones. These Organic Valley drinks are delicious, convenient are an upgrade from most dairy products.

Protein 17 Organic Whey Protein Review

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Protein 17 Organic Whey Protein

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Protein 17:

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My Thoughts:

Not only do I love that this protein is organic & from grass-fed cows, but I love that Protein 17 makes an effort to point out that the practice of injecting cows with artificial hormone treatment is harmful to the animal and ultimately harmful to us in consuming a product that is derived from cow’s milk. I admire the fact that they are transparent about their approach to whey protein–which is to create organic, non-gmo, whey protein containing nothing artificial.

It’s hard to find protein powder that is unflavored. I am loving that I can mix this protein with anything I want without worrying about the flavors meshing. I like it best blended with almond milk and a few strawberries.

This is not the only whey protein on the market, obviously, but it is absolutely one of the highest quality. There are a few other lines of organic whey protein out there–I am finding that amongst those brands, most of them are comparable. These top organic whey protein brands appear passionate about producing whey protein that you can trust, which is more than what your typical store-bought protein can say for itself.

Though I do not include other dairy products, I digest whey protein fine (in high-quality whey proteins, 100% of the lactose has been eliminated, thus it’s resemblance to milk is gone). Performance wise, I am on the top of the game in regards to running, lifting and requiring little recovery time. I believe that including organic whey protein in my diet has been a large part of that.

I’d recommend this protein to someone looking for a high quality, versatile protein powder to use along with a weight lifting and cardiovascular workout routine. Consuming doses of pure protein can help you recover quicker, grow muscle and keep you lean.