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Honest Fizz Organic, Zero Calorie Soda Giveaway!

Honest Tea

About Honest Fizz:

“Honest Fizz features a tasty blend of two sweeteners – stevia and erythritol. Stevia, a plant originally from South America, has been used as a sugar substitute for hundreds of years. We blend it with erythritol (a sugar alcohol) for the perfect one-two punch of zero-calorie deliciousness.”

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My Thoughts:

I see these drinks as a much healthier swap for traditional soda that is loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. The soda habit is the first bad habit that I would encourage anyone to kick (traditional soda–that is!). One of these Honest Fizz drinks every day will help satisfy your craving for something bubbly without ramping up your body’s acidity & size of your waistline.

Honest Tea wants to give TWO of you a case of Honest Fizz!

To Enter:

-Simply comment below and tell me why these drinks appeal to you!

I will e-mail the winners by 4/22!

 

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Veri Organic Soda Review

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Veri Soda

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Veri:

“Remember a time when soda wasn’t a four-letter word? Before corn syrup replaced cane sugar and chemicals became “acceptable” substitutes for real ingredients? Those were the days when soda was a more innocent treat.

We do. And we’ve spent years crafting a soda that’s like no other; one that we could proudly serve to anyone, even our children, guilt-free.

Some said it couldn’t be done.

Experts insisted that a soda with no additives or preservatives would have a shelf life shorter than a Hollywood marriage. Some argued that eliminating 65% of the calories was the same as eliminating most of the taste. Others said it was impossible: a soda with no artificial colors, no artificial aromas, no artificial flavoring and no artificial sweeteners? No way.

We politely disagreed. Then committed ourselves to crafting the world’s finest organic, low-calorie soft drinks. A soda like no other.

Say hello to Veri. A truli different kind of soda.

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Orange

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic orange juice from concentrate, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic carrot juice from concentrate, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

Lemon Lime

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

Cola

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic caramel, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

Ginger Ale

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic ginger extract, organic flavor, organic caramel color, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I haven’t drank a soda in years–it’s one of the very first things I cut out in high school when I was at the pinnacle of my athletic training regimen. If I ever have a craving for a bubbly drink, kombucha always does the trick in satisfying that. I am currently on a mission to completely break my husband of his soda habit. He doesn’t drink a ton of them–but any one junky soda is one too many in my opinion.

There is absolutely ZERO nutritional benefit in drinking soda. It’s loaded with preservatives and garbage that allow this poop-in-a-can (sorry, that’s the best I could come up with) to sit on the shelves for years. That’s pretty scary to me. So, in all of that–I don’t want that crap anywhere near my family. The AWESOME part is that there’s a big upside to all of this. There are brands like Veri that are coming out with a realistic alternative for soda drinkers. It’s not as beneficial as drinking a green juice, but its a WHOLE heck of a lot better than grabbing a soda at the convenience store.

Veri Organic sodas are the best “sodas” that you can buy. I don’t truly believe they are the best alternative all together, as I think that kombucha and probiotic drinks are the best alternative. But, for those looking for a comparable flavor and bubbly experience, Veri has nailed it. Every ingredient is organic. I would feel MUCH better about my husband drinking Veri than any other soda. I give this soda 5 stars (despite it not being a kombucha or green drink) because I realize some people need to take baby steps. For instance, instead of switching from a big-box soda brand to kombucha, maybe some individuals would do better switching to a product like Veri–and I strongly encourage that! Making healthy swaps is what this is all about.

OH! And to top it all off, my husband enjoyed these sodas. He thought the flavor was good and that they were very drinkable. Organic and healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless. 🙂

I encourage you to check out Veri’s site, where you can find a store near you that carries Veri. You can also order it online. Make your soda habit health-serving!

Zevia Stevia Soda Review

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Zevia Stevia-Sweetened Soda

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Zevia:

“In 2007, amidst the rainy backdrop of Seattle, Zevia Zero Calorie Soda was born. Sharing our first flavors, naturally sweetened ColaLemon Lime Twist and Orange soda with the world became our mission, and we were welcomed with open arms; the good soda love was spreading as people made it clear they were ready for smarter choices.

Zevia was embraced by people all around the world but none we knew better than our fans in the Pacific Northwest, as it was home. However, cold soda & hot sun seemed like a perfect fit so we up and moved to Los Angeles! Southern California became our new home, but a big part of our heart is still in Seattle. Our family of soda loving people has grown right along with the world’s passion for Zevia. So what to do when you have more Z team members? Make more soda, of course!

While our team has almost doubled in the last year, so has our commitment to our incredibly loyal and vocal customers. For us, this means listening to the most important people to our company – you! In early 2013, we heard you loud and clear, and the call for glass bottles was answered with great enthusiasm! Cherry Cola,ColaCream SodaGinger AleGrape and Ginger Root Beer can now be enjoyed in a classic glass bottle, in addition to cans.

Our momentum hasn’t slowed. In fact, 2013 has been our biggest year yet! In the second quarter of 2013, we broke our own records, selling an astonishing 17 million cans throughout April, May and June! That’s a lot of soda, and tons of sugar grams avoided! What’s more, we were ranked 17th amongst 20 diet soda brands and were the only independent brand among them! You might say 17 is our new lucky number!

With a commitment to continuous improvement and natural sweetener innovation, we have now “cracked the code” on something truly special!  We’ve added Monk Fruit to our sodas to make them even better tasting!  We call this winning combination of natural sweeteners, SweetSmart. While Stevia still provides most of the sweetness you taste in Zevia, the addition of Monk Fruit to our existing formulas complements our Stevia and enhances our soda’s overall sweetness while reducing any of that Stevia aftertaste you may have noticed before. Still zero calories and zero glycemic index, just a little smarter!  Make the jump to read more about SweetSmart, you smarty pants…

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT ZEVIA?

With natural products, being healthy isn’t enough – a product has to taste great, and also be healthy, to really be a compelling alternative. At Zevia, we really believe that we’ve created a better soda.

And we’re fortunate that our fans are vocal. Every day, we receive letters, emails and calls from folks who have just discovered Zevia, and are thrilled to have a product they can feel good about consuming every day.

One of the most fun things about working at Zevia is sharing our products with people who used to drink soda and stopped, or in some cases always avoided soda for health reasons. Kids are the most fun of all – we meet lots of kids who’ve never had soda in their lives, because it was banned in their household, and to watch their faces when they try Zevia for the first time is priceless.

Similarly, people with diabetes, people seeking to lose weight or control their weight, or people who just want to live a healthier life really light up when they discover our product.

We don’t think that soda should be a “four-letter word,” and we’re out to change the way people think about soda by providing a healthy option that tastes great.”

My main interest in every food or supplement I try is the ingredient list. Sure, taste is great, but I won’t be eating/drinking it regularly if I don’t believe in the ingredients. Here is a little bit more information on a few less-recognizable ingredients in Zevia Soda:

WHAT IS NATURAL?

In our opinion, natural means nothing fake, phony or artificial. No artificial sweeteners, colors, junk. Only the good soda stuff. None of the bad. We use only the best ingredients to make our beverages. So you can drink this diet soda knowing it’s been made with love and care.

WHAT IS ERYTHRITOL?

While only 3% percent of the sweetness you taste in Zevia is from Erythritol, this natural sweetener plays an important role in SweetSmart, our next generation sweetening system. Erythritol is one of those ingredients that we love but shouldn’t judge by its overly scientific sounding name. A natural component of fruits, vegetables and grains, Erythritol is classified as a sugar alcohol, even though it is neither sugar nor alcohol. It is derived from fruits and vegetables through a natural fermentation process, much like that of yogurt and has absolutely no calories and no effect on blood glucose levels.

WHAT IS ZEVIA?

Soda. Pretty plain and simply, Zevia is soda but smarter. Zevia was created with the miracle ingredient, stevia, which makes it all natural and zero calories. Never any sugar or artificial sweeteners mean it’s a healthier soda for you and those that you love.

WHAT IS STEVIA?

A miracle plant. We think so anyway. Stevia is a little green plant from the sunflower family and originally native to South America. The stevia leaf is up to 200x sweeter than sugar but has no caloric value or effect on blood sugar levels. Natural and zero calories? Yep! Smarter sweetener? You betcha. Worthy of a trophy? We think so.”

My Thoughts:

Traditional soda is one of the very first things I stopped consuming several years ago (when I was in middle school) when I made a conscious effort to fuel my body like a serious athlete. However, Zevia is a step in the right direction with this soda-drinking epidemic. This is a much better alternative to both traditional soda and diet soda–both of which are rich in JUNK.

The flavors that I enjoyed the most were the Cream Soda and the Black Cherry, and my husband is a fan of the Cola and Ginger Ale.

I truly appreciate the usage of stevia (a plant-based sweetener) in Zevia. My scrutinies of the product simple lie within the fact that none of these ingredients are organic. The reason this is significant is because I can go to the store and purchase a Kombucha (my effervescent drink of choice that is completely organic). For that reason, Zevia would not be my choice as I’m strolling through the grocery store.

I’m also aware that there are a TON of people out there that are actively searching for a healthier option to replace their traditional soda habit. Zevia is a good product for those people to take a step in the right direction, and I would recommend Zevia to those individuals. Zevia is ingredient conscious and obviously pays more attention to what goes into their soda than other big-box soda brands do. I also love that they offer their soda in glass bottles (BPA-free) as an alternative to the metal cans. I look forward to the day when Zevia releases an organic line!

If You Do 5 Things for Your Health…

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It seems to me that many individuals are seeking a healthier lifestyle, but struggle with where to start. Some questions I often hear are: Is it bad that I eat this? What should I start eating? What’s the best work out? 

In my opinion and based upon my own experiences, I believe that there are 5 great places to start. There are no overnight fixes, but if you implement these small changes, then you will be on the road to forming habits that will serve your health, not hinder it.

1. Stop cold-turkey or ween yourself off of soda.

-I understand what it’s like to have a routine with what you drink (I’m a coffee drinker). That said, I also understand that some people fail at quitting soda cold-turkey. Whichever way you choose to stop drinking soda, do it. It’s worth it–and there are plenty of alternative drinks that are chock full of nutrient dense wonderment. Swap the soda for Kombucha, coconut water, or something as simple as adding lemons & limes to your water.

2. Fill your refrigerator with food you would be proud of eating.

-There’s nothing that will enable you to keep making poor food choices more than having that food around you all the time. Shop for good, whole, real food. Think: vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, plant based milk (coconut or almond milk), free range eggs & grass fed beef. Also, find a non-gmo protein powder that you like and keep that around for a quick protein smoothie. Buy organic when you can.

3. Practice the 90-10 rule.

-Nothing turns me off quicker than hearing about over-obsessed eaters who are on the verge of a full blown mental disorder because of their relationship with food. The point is not to fear food, it’s to focus on good food and eat that the majority of the time. Aim for this: 90% of the time, eat the good stuff–like I listed above. The other 10% of the time, let yourself eat dinner out at your favorite restaurant, or enjoy a glass of wine with your significant other. It’s about balance, not being neurotic about food.

4. Find a fitness routine that you have fun with.

-There’s a great quote for this one; I can’t say it better than Laird does:

“Fitness doesn’t have to be a duty. It doesn’t have to mean charts and graphs and heart rate printouts. It should be a pleasurable part of your life, and it should include things that you do purely because you enjoy them. Fun is an ingredient that people often forget in their fitness program.” -Laird Hamilton (professional surfer and world-class athlete)

I can tell you first hand that I have not been a runner since a young age because it’s a chore that I must do. I run PURELY because of how it makes me feel. I feel happy, relieved, de-stressed, empowered, strong and revitalized every time I run. Nobody else has to understand why you do what you do, or why you run 10 miles a day, or why you spend hours in the gym. The important thing is that YOU are being true to what makes you happy in fitness. So, find a routine that makes your inner light shine and do it daily. Turn on your favorite music, dance a little if you want to, and challenge your body. 🙂

5. Don’t forget to lift weights. (this elaborates on #4)

-I think this one is incredibly important because of my own experience with lifting. So, here’s a story:

I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember, training for various sports. The running aspect of my training was always easy for me–I went out and did it because, at the risk of sounding corny, it fueled my soul.

However, I knew that I “should” be lifting too.

But, I didn’t enjoy it as much. I was so stubborn. I thought, “I like to run, it’s good for me, so that’s what I’m going to do. Screw lifting.” Luckily, with age I’ve become increasingly less stubborn about fitness. I am more open to new things if I believe they will truly benefit me.

About a year ago, I started lifting. I mean, REALLY dedicating myself to lifting–making it a priority. I lift every day now, with a rest day every week or so. Despite being sore and feeling a little weak at first, I almost immediately felt stronger and more powerful. My body started to change, I was becoming a bit leaner.

But, how could I be enjoying this process? I didn’t like lifting. My point in all of this rambling is that sometimes if you step outside of your comfort zone or what you think you’ll have fun doing, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised. You’ll find out that you grow to love it because it is positively impacting your body.