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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie!

This post includes a recipe for a carrot cake protein smoothie!

Hey Everyone!

I’m off to the gym so I am keeping this brief–but this smoothie was so good that I have to share with you! This was a spontaneous creation (& Holy freaking cow–it’s better than the real thing).

I like to wing it in the kitchen (no measuring!) and this smoothie was done that way…

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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie

Ingredients: 

All raw & organic:

-Almond meal

-Coconut manna

-Soaked cashews

-Soaked chia seeds

-Cinnamon

-Vanilla protein (I used Garden of Life’s Grain Free Vanilla)

-Stevia

-A handful of baby carrots

-Several cubes of ice.

Blend and boom! A healthy, rich, satisfying treat.

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Recipe: Nectarine Vanilla Protein Pancakes

Nectarine Vanilla Protein Pancakes

This post includes a recipe for nectarine vanilla protein pancakes!

Ingredients

-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (i used Garden of Life’s Vanilla grain-free protein)
-2 whole eggs
-1 Tbsp coconut flour/meal
-Dash of cinnamon
-A dropper-full of liquid stevia
-1 small, chopped nectarine

Instructions

-Preheat a skillet with a Tbsp of coconut oil
-Combine eggs, stevia, nectarine together first.
-Incorporate the coconut flour, protein powder & cinnamon into the wet mixture, slowly.
-Pour your pancake mixture into your preheated skillet.
-Batter will make 1 large pancake or 2 medium pancakes.
-Enjoy this healthy treat!
**Make them in bite size cakes for an on-the-go snack!

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!!

 

 

Bearded Brothers Organic Energy Bars Review

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Bearded Brothers

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Bearded Brothers:

“We’re just two brothers who are passionate about the outdoors, staying fit, and especially about healthy organic foods. We love that last one so much, we started an awesome snackfood company. Our bars are, raw, vegan, gluten and soy free, made with organic ingredients, and crafted in hot and sunny Austin, Texas. Oh, and everything else we make is pretty dang delicious, too.

Caleb is an avid rock climber, runner, and cyclist and has a passion for raw organic foods and saw the need for tasty organic energy bars and snacks to fuel his adventures.

Chris, an outdoors lover, world traveler, avid disc golfer shares the same love for foods as fellow bearded brother, Caleb.  Chris also has extensive experience in the health food/supplement industry.

The shared passion resulted in Bearded Brothers, A Wholesome Snackfood Company. Crafted in small batches with love and joy, in Austin Texas.”

Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla

About:

“Our top seller! We use real dried blueberries without added oils or sweetener. This bar has a bit of added protein from organic sprouted brown rice powder! Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Vanilla Rice Protein (Sprouted Whole Brown Rice Protein, Vanilla, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Stevia), Organic Dried Blueberries*, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt / *Not Raw.”

Colossal Coconut Mango

About:

“A mid-day getaway! Enjoy our luxuriously smooth and satisfying Coconut Mango bar and you’ll swear you can feel the sand between your toes! One of our crowd favorites. Made with 100% raw ingredients. Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients:  Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Dried Mango, Organic Coconut Flakes, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt.”

Mega Maca Chocolate

About:

“There’s nothing better than a sweet treat that treats you sweet! Made with delicious Mexican cocoa, raw cacao nibs and maca powder, this bar packs a punch of flavor and burst of energy! Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Cashews, Organic Maca Powder, Organic Cacao Nibs, Mexican Cocoa* (Dutch Cocoa, Indonesian Cinnamon, Ceylon Cinnamon and Vanilla Powder), Organic Evaporated Coconut Palm Nectar, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt  / *Not Raw.”

Fabulous Ginger Peach

About:
“Peachy keen with a bit of ginger spice (from real fresh pressed ginger). This delicious bar is sure to get your day started off on the right foot, and is great for fighting off inflammation. Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Walnuts, Organic Dried Peaches*, Organic Fresh Pressed Ginger, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt
*not raw.”

Radical Raspberry Lemon

About:

“A full case of our amazingly chewy nut-free bar! From a base of figs and dates, we add dried raspberries, cold-pressed lemon extract, crunchy hemp and chia seeds and top it off with a bit of sunflower seed butter. It’s creamy and satisfying with a refreshing citrus kick! We believe this is our tastiest bar yet. The name says it all… Radical Raspberry Lemon!Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Figs, Organic Dates, Organic Sun Butter (Roasted Organic Sunflower Seed)*, Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds, Organic Raspberries, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Cold Pressed Lemon Extract, Sea Salt /*Not Raw and processed on equipment that also processes soy.”

Example nutrition label from the Radical Raspberry Lemon Bar:

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My Thoughts:

These bars have awesome flavors, that are awesomely named, with an awesome company name, containing awesome ingredients. If you can’t tell, I think these bars are pretty awesome!

Bearded brothers offers unique, quirky, fun flavors and names–each one of them being heart & delicious in it own right. I marvel at these ingredient lists–one organic ingredient after the next. I love the use of maca in the chocolate bar. When I see maca as an ingredient in a health bar, I always have a good feeling that the brand is in-tune to the superfoods that can really amplify health and fuel the body. Maca is a great endocrine system aid, as it balances and restores hormone levels–which is beneficial to every facet of health, especially recovery.

Since these bars are high in sugar (the good kind–naturally occurring from fruits), I like to pair it with a whole-food based protein smoothie in the morning and a cup of bulletproof coffee (coffee + coconut oil). This way, my macros are balanced. By itself, this bar is a great post-workout or mid-workout (depending on the longevity of your activity) refuel snack. Each of these bars is power packed with energy and nutrients from healthy sources.

Taste-wise, these bars are dense, flavorful and just moist enough to be tasty. My only scrutiny (and this is just personal preference) is the use of dates. They just are not my favorite flavor. Without that taste, these flavor profiles are right on the money.

I’d recommend these bars to all endurance athletes, especially. They are also suitable for those with gluten, soy and/or nut allergies (the Radical Raspberry Lemon is their nut-free option). They’re a clean, organic source of energy and are conveniently packed so that you can throw them into your pant pocket, water pack, or back pack.

 

Rawxies Organic Snacks Review (Kansas City Based!)

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Rawxies

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Rawxies:

“Founder + CEO: Callalily England

In pursuit of changing the way the world views raw, vegan and gluten-free food, Callie England packed her bags and drove a U-Haul halfway across the country.

“It’s quite simple; my goal is to show the world that you can eat a diet high in raw foods, regain optimal health and still rock hot pink lipstick while doing so.”

Three years ago Callie created her blog, Rawxy.com, after realizing people had preconceived notions in regards to a lifestyle including living foods. She was passionate about a way of living that had changed her life, but frustrated her friends and family seemed to believe a plant-based diet meant trading in their makeup for a tree house in the woods. Rawxy, the merge of raw and foxy, became Callie’s outlet to persuade even the most superficial skeptics. Fusing her educational background from the Kansas City Art Institute with her love for cooking, Callie used food in it’s most natural state and tailored it with complimentary colors, flavors and styles to create dishes that were straight up foxy. The response Callie received from her friends, family and readers was incredible.

People who would never give raw food the time of day were now requesting food to purchase. Callie was so inspired it motivated her to make her passion her only focus. Callie created Rawxies to further her interpretation of foxy raw, vegan and gluten-free living to the masses. When Callie first created Rawxies, she was living in Kansas City, Missouri and working full-time as a creative director. Callie began selling her cookies through her online blog and after a few months of increased sales, decided to put it all on the line and began working day and night to make her dreams a reality. Ultimately, Callie decided to move to California after finding a gluten-free commercial kitchen in Sebastopol. She packed her bags, said goodbye to her family and friends and drove 2,000 miles west to grow the Rawxies brand.

“I honestly thought I’d never look back. I loved Kansas City, but at the time I saw California as an ideal location with many opportunities to expand the Rawxies brand.”

Callie spent 16 months in the Bay Area and in that time she landed over 60 accounts from New York to California. However, after a few months of sales, Callie quickly realized that the demand for Rawxies was far surpassing what she was actually able to produce. In order to increase production and distribution to meet this higher demand, Callie would need to invest in a dedicated manufacturing facility for Rawxies.

“The easiest decision I ever made was choosing to relocate Rawxies back to Kansas City. The coast is great for vacationing, but I was making a decision that required thinking long term and nothing trumped the idea of planting roots back in the Midwest. Everyone leaves the Midwest to pursue their passion on the coast (guilty as charged), but I was lucky enough to realize where the real opportunity is… and for me and my company, that opportunity lies right here in Kansas City.” Callie now resides in Kansas City, Missouri with her miniature poodle, Polo.”

Rawxies Specs:

WHAT ARE RAWXIES!? The number one question we get. Rawxies are a hybrid of a nutritional food bar and an indulgent dessert: Not quite a cookie, not quite a bar. Rawxies can be enjoyed anytime of the day; breakfast, mid-morning snack, or dessert. While Rawxies are not calorically dense enough to be considered a true meal replacement, they could easily accompany a piece of fruit, a small salad or a cup of (coconut) yogurt to make a deliciously healthy and quick meal. With 175 Calories or less, Rawxies were created for healthy snacking on-the-go.

WHY OATS? Don’t get us wrong, we love nut and date bars, but personally felt like they weren’t maintaining satiation for an extended period of time. Creator, Callie England, wanted to bring in a grain that would slow down the digestion process and create a longer feeling of fullness. High in fiber, oats balance the nuts, dates and coconut to create a snack that won’t leave you reaching for the kitchen cabinet shortly after enjoying. Moreover, Callie created Rawxies with the masses in mind. She understood that oats represented a flavor profile that most people are not only familiar with, but as well, enjoy! So, she utilized such a product as her primary ingredient… After all, who says healthy food can’t taste great!? Not us.

WHAT SETS RAWXIES APART FROM TRADITIONAL LOW/NO SUGAR PRODUCTS? Rawxies are different from most traditional low carb/low sugar products, because Rawxies do not contain artificial sweeteners. Traditional low sugar products are often overflowing with what is labeled as ‘sugar alcohols’ – which, are known to produce many unpleasant side effects such as severe bloating and stomach cramping. Moreover, artificial sweeteners in general have been linked to anxiety, headaches, skin irritations, chest pains, mood swings, and itchy eyes (just to name a few). Even the newest sweetener on the market, sucrolose, contains chlorine, a well-known carcigen. Chlorine has been used in poisons gas, disinfectants, pesticides and plastics. Rawxies is committed to providing low sugar snacks that do not poison the human body.

WHAT IS PALM SUGAR AND WHY IS IT DIFFERENT THAN MOST TRADITIONAL SUGARS? Sugar gets a bad rep – rightfully so. However, not all sugars are created equal. Coconut Palm Sugar is derived from the sweet nectar of the sugar blossoms that grow at the top of the tropical coconut palm tree. Coconut Palm Sugar is naturally low on the Glycemic Index (GI) and is rated as a GI 35. In comparison, honey is GI 55 and Cane Sugar GI 68. Coconut Palm Sugar has been known to deliver a slow release of energy, as opposed to cane sugar which produces drastic ‘highs’ and ‘lows’. It should be noted that while Coconut Palm Sugar is high in Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron, that it is not ‘raw’ and has been heated about 105 degrees.

WHAT IS WILDCRAFTED VANILLA? There’s a reason very few companies use such a product, because it’s extremely expensive! Callie always jokes that if there is a fire, she’s grabbing the vanilla and running! Wildcrafted vanilla is the most wonderful and authentic vanilla available. The vanilla orchid is grown on the islands of the South Pacific, where the vanilla “bean” is harvested from the flower by hand. After curing in the sun for days, the vanilla is ground into a find powder and packaged in a certified organic facility. Ground vanilla is a potent antioxidant!

WHY ARE RAWXIES CONSIDERED A ‘PRE-DIGESTED’ FOOD? Rawxies are considered a pre-digested food, because they are not heated above 105 degrees. Heating food above this point kills it’s natural enzymes. Enzymes are what our body produces to break down certain foods. However, if the food is ‘living’, the body does not need to produce enzymes and therefore the food can digest itself. Predigested foods (those that are not heated above 105 degrees) are easily digested by the body and are a great option for anyone suffering from digestive disorders.

ARE RAWXIES CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE? Rawxies are not Certified Gluten Free due to cost restrictions. However, Rawxies kitchen is gluten-free and sources Certified Gluten-Free ingredients (including oats). Rawxies is committed to Gluten Free products and hopes to eventually become a Certified Gluten Free food.”

ROO & Rawxies:

I’m excited to share this local brand with all of you! Rawxies is a healthy snack company based in Kansas City that puts a colorful, fun and delicious twist on snacking well. Founded by an ambitious, beautiful, healthy eater–Rawxies is headed by Callie England, who has truly created unique, appealing products. Both the original Rawxies and the Omega Crunch are chock full of organic ingredients. I love a great slogan, & Rawxies nails it:

Stop Eating Crap! Boom!

I have known about the Rawxies brand for a while now, as my stepdaughter’s mother has an affiliation with the brand. You can check out her healthy living page here: Living Clean With Christine.

I suppose it was just a matter of time until Run On Organic & Rawxies connected. My interest in Rawxies peaked as I learned about the release of the Omega Crunch products, which are paleo-friendly and grain free. I was eager to scour my local health food stores to find them. To my surprise, Callie England (founder of Rawxies) generously offered to provide me with the range of Rawxies products to try and share here on ROO. She also included a vibrant tote and “Stop Eating Crap” Rawxies motto shirt to rock–major rad!

Here’s the Rawxies LineUp:

Rawxies Heart-Shaped Healthy Cookies

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Mocha Almond Fusion

About: “Inspired by top fitness expert, Darby Brender, this cookie is reminiscent of an indulgent almond brownie, but with a kick of coffee.”

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Lemon Poppyseed

About: “A true crowd pleaser, this delicately sweet and soft cookie is infused with fresh lemon juice and finished with vibrant poppy seeds.”

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Mint Chocolate Chip

About: “A match made in heaven, this irresistible cookie balances the sinful flavor of fresh cacao and crunchy cacao nibs, with the cooling and refreshing properties of pure mint.”

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Banana Nut Bread

About: “Inspired by Grandma, this cookie is the epitome of banana nut bread with fresh bananas, crunchy pecans and walnuts, and delicately warming spices.”

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My Thoughts on Rawxies Heart-Shaped Healthy Cookies:

Without a doubt, these healthy snacks are heads and shoulders above the traditional cookie or cracker. They are on their own planet, really. Jam packed with organic ingredients, these heart shaped cookies are delicious, fun and satisfying. I LOVE the use of wildcrafted vanilla. I find myself really gravitating towards all things vanilla–Rawxies being no exception.

Though these bars are not typically in line with my diet that is similar to a paleo-style of eating, they are invaluable in that:

-They are a great snack to have on hand for kids

-They are a gluten-free cookie (good tasting gluten-free cookies are hard to come by)

-They’re incredibly portable and convenient for on-the-go

-They’re in line with an organic way of eating (they are almost entirely organic!)

I found the Mocha Almond Fusion to be my kryptonite. I am a frequent coffee drinker, so the mocha flavor quickly grabbed ahold of me. The Mint Chocolate Chip flavor was another delicious cookie I enjoyed with coffee. I also see it being great with some coconut or almond ice cream! Lemon Poppyseed is a flavor I love for summer–so zesty and refreshing. The Banana Nut Bread cookie is the ultimate comfort flavor of the bunch–lets you enjoy the scrumptious taste of a classic with much better ingredients. If you are unsure of which one to try, buy them all! You won’t be disappointed and neither will your health/waistline 🙂

Rawxies Omega Crunch

 

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Cheezy Chili Lime

About: “AN OUTRAGEOUSLY SAVORY CRUNCH MADE WITH SWEET AND SMOKEY ANCHO CHILES AND VIBRANT LIME JUICE! SPICE UP FRESH GUACAMOLE, CHOPPED SALADS OR ENJOY WITH A GLASS OF FULL-BODIED SHIRAZ. ” Screen shot 2013-12-22 at 9.01.02 AM

 

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Cheezy Curry Chipotle

About: “AN OUTRAGEOUSLY SAVORY CRUNCH MADE WITH A SPECIAL CURRY SPICE BLEND AND SPICY CHIPOTLE PEPPERS! SPICE UP FRESH CHUTNEY, QUINOA SALADS OR ENJOY WITH A GLASS OF SWEET RIESLING. ” Screen shot 2013-12-22 at 9.01.23 AM

 

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Cheezy Smoked Paprika

About: “AN OUTRAGEOUSLY SAVORY CRUNCH MADE WITH SMOKED PAPRIKA AND ZESTY LEMON JUICE! SPICE UP FRESH SALSA, KALE SALADS OR ENJOY WITH A GLASS OF SOFT MERLOT. ” Screen shot 2013-12-22 at 9.46.34 AM

My Thoughts on the Rawxies Omega Crunch:

These savory snacks are an absolute DREAM to have around. They’re everything I want to be eating: mostly organic, grain free, raw and delicious. I found myself walking around with the bag of Cheezy Smoked Paprika, eating them one after the next like a bag of potato chips. They’re dangerously tasty–but the best kind of dangerous. You can feel good about what you’re eating with Rawxies products.

I love how Rawxies includes wine pairing suggestions for each flavor. I have yet to try that! I like these Omega Crunch pieces as a post-run snack when I need a ready-to-eat snack. I’ve made it a habit to nosh on them alongside the stove as I’m waiting for my dinner to cook up.

All of the flavors are uniquely delicious, but the Cheezy Smoked Paprika is my favorite–it must be the kick of heat that makes this flavor stand out. That said, I loved having all three flavors on hand to have a variety. They have successfully tackled my salty tooth every time. Not only are these great to keep in the pantry at home, but I can see myself packing these in my Camelbak as a snack break during a long run or hike, as the seeds they contain would provide me with significant energy and “go” power.

I’d recommend these to any healthy minded individual. Actually, I’d recommend them to anyone, because they are phenomenal for just the taste alone! The fact that they are a high-quality, nutritious snack is icing on the cake. I will definitely restock my supply of these soon!