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Health Warrior Chia Bar Review

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Health Warrior

This is a review of Health Warrior Chia Bars.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Health Warrior:

POWERED BY CHIA

There’s a fire inside us all.
Silently blazing, pushing us to do more, go further.
When everything else says stop, no more,
and pleads for you to quit, the fire charges onward.
Fueled by desire. By ambition. By courage.
It’s the fire that gets you out of bed in the morning
and through your day with verve.
It’s the fire that gets you over that peak,
and through that meeting,
and into the new week ready for anything.
At Health Warrior, we fuel that fire.
With wholesome, nutritious, convenient foods.
So you know it will always be there, inside you,
fueled the right way, with the right foods.

Five centuries after the Aztec Warriors built an empire on the power of Chia, we learned about the benefits of Chia while reading the best-selling book Born to Run, about the Tarahumara Indians and their jaw-dropping long-distance runs. The Tarahumara, like the Aztecs before them, are Powered by Chia.

We looked into it further, and were floored by what we found. Turns out Chia is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

We started eating Chia every day, on everything. Suddenly we were working out harder, lifting heavier, feeling stronger, and running farther, faster.

With that, Health Warrior was born.

Health Warrior is dedicated to vetting the world’s growers for the highest quality Chia and helping people conquer the many challenges of their everyday lives.”

Are all chia seeds created equal?

No. A thousand times no! Health Warrior has made it our mission to vet out the most Premium Chia Seeds and bring them to you.

If a farmer harvests Chia too early, many of the nutrition benefits are lost. Our growers harvest at the exact right time, and use No Tillage Farming, which is environmentally sustainable and produces healthy soil. Healthy soil = great nutrients for the Chia plant = the very best Chia = Chia, the Warrior Way.

Our organically grown Chia Seeds have 100% traceability from Farm to Package and are Kosher, Halal, Non-GMO, and Gluten-Free. They’re also listed as an EU Novel Food and boasts Global GAP, GMP & HACCP Certifications. Not to mention, we have a guaranteed purity level of 99.9%. Unlike some of the other guys, there’s no accidental rocks, dirt, or twigs in Health Warrior Chia Seeds!”

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Ingredient List from the Acai Berry Bar:

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My Thoughts:

First of all, I love everything that Health Warrior stands for and promotes: pushing yourself, challenging your body and fueling up right. That’s how I aim to do it!

A great tasting, high quality bar is hard to come by, especially one packed with chia seeds. I have been a fan of chia seeds for several years now as a great source of healthful omega fats. I had yet, though, to find a bar like this one that truly showcases chia seeds in a convenient little pack.

I love the use of agave syrup as a sweetener–it has a low glycemic index which means it doesn’t make your blood sugar skyrocket (which can trigger weight gain). To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of brown rice syrup, brown rice crisps and oats because I strive for a grain-free diet. Those components are the few aspects that I didn’t like about the bars.

As far as quality goes,  I am excited to see many organic ingredients, most of which are very nutritionally dense. Taste-wise, they are hearty bars with a little zip of flavor. The chia is the primary crunch you experience and each flavor has its own unique sweetness and yumminess. The flavor (banana nut, for example) is not overpowering & it doesn’t taste like a bar full of sugar. It’s truly a bar that will fuel you, not simply satisfy a sweet tooth. At 100 calories, it is the perfect size snack to enjoy mid-workout if you are outdoors training for long periods. I also see it as ideal to put into a Camelbak or hiking pack for hikes & outdoor adventures.

The banana nut, coffee and chocolate peanut butter turned out to be my favorite flavors. If I had to pick one, it would be the coffee bar–I so enjoyed eating one with my morning cup o’ joe!

I love the shirt that Health Warrior gave me to rock–I will proudly do so! I believe these bars to be unique, almost entirely organic, hearty and satisfying.

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Prime My Body Plant-Based Protein Review

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Prime My Body Protein

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Prime My Body:

“Prime Protein is a 100% natural plant based superfood that delivers the essential amino acids, omegas & proteins your body deserves on a daily basis.

Directions: Shake or blend 1 scoop of PRIME with 6-10oz of coconut water, almond milk, filtered water (our favorite!) or with any other beverage. Within seconds you’ll be ready to consume the best whole foods & plants Earth has to offer. Delicious is an understatement..

Our 100% plant based ingredients aid in detoxification, while delivering the essential amino acids, omegas & proteins a body needs for optimal function. For information regarding our incredible & natural ingredients see our research here.

Real Moments Require Real Food.”

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My Thoughts:

Without getting into a whole discussion on all of the various proteins that are out there, lets just say that finding a protein that I believe suits me best has been a major focus of mine in regards to my diet. I’ve essentially concluded that I feel and perform better (running and weight lifting) when I do my best to limit my consumption of grains. Because of this, I’ve tried to generally dodge protein powders that are derived from brown rice. I am still very much a proponent of hemp protein (which is one of the few plant-based proteins with a complete amino acid profile), which is a part of this Prime protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein, hemp protein). I would keep this protein in my grain-free routine if it contained only the hemp protein.

That said, I realize that there are many individuals who are vegan or vegetarian and are looking for plant-based protein options. For those people, I’d recommend this protein. Since this protein is non-gmo, it is heads and shoulders above many other protein brands you’ll see in the store. Organic is best, and I’d love to see organic ingredients in this blend (if they are organic, they are not listed that way).

Taste-wise, this blend is very good! You know a blend has a great taste when it’s great mixed with just water (as they suggest). The chocolatey flavor tastes real and satisfying. The drink itself is very filling as well.

I’ve had a very pleasant experience interacting with this company–and that is no trivial thing. They have been very helpful in answering my questions about the protein, which has helped me gain a fuller understanding to their approach in creating this protein. They also happen to ship their protein in the coolest boxes that read “Heck No GMO.”

Like I said, I would consider being a regular customer if they created an only-hemp protein blend! I love the passion behind their product and their stance on overall health.

Garden of Life Wild Rose Detox & Raw Fit Review

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Garden of Life

Overall Rating: images 

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.

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.