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A Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe that Doesn’t Suck for your Health

This healthy recipe and nod to the seasonal favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte will tackle your sweet tooth and give you a boost without all the sugar and artificial crud.

🍁but tastes so major

🍁is paleo friendly

🍁has no added sugar

🍁contains only simple, real ingredients

⌛️INGREDIENTS:

-8oz fairtradeorganicfreerangenaturallocal coffee (hehe)

-1 tbsp pumpkin purée (I used bpa free canned pumpkin from Trader Joes)

-1 tbsp coconut cream (once again from TJ’s)

-8 drops liquid Monkfruit 

-1 capsule Immune Renew mushroom blend

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg

-1/4 cup unsweet almond milk

⌛️PREP:

-combine all ingredients with coffee in whatever the heck kind of order you want.

-for medium awesome, stir them in.

-for large awesome, blender them in with an immersion or fave blender.

**i personally never measure in the kitchen. can you believe i did the legwork this morning to give you exact numbers? 😄you’re so welcs. supes welcs.

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Platejoy Custom Meal Plans Review

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Platejoy including my personal review, thoughts and experience.

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About Platejoy:

PlateJoy is a personalized meal planning app that makes healthy eating easy.

Personalize your meal plan by taking a lifestyle quiz about your tastes, health goals, family size, schedule and more

Receive delicious, custom-designed meal plans that simplify your life and keep you feeling fit this summer.

Why PlateJoy is Awesome:

– Start a new diet or eating plan easily: low carb, low sodium, keto, paleo, weight loss, food allergies, vegetarian, vegan and more

– Find the type of cooking that works for your household: family friendly, batch cooking, slow cooker meals, budget, etc.

– Get recipes that really fit your schedule: Get plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, or pick only the meals you need. You can change the exact number of meals each week, to fit your exact schedule.

– No more food waste. Your digital pantry keeps track of ingredients you already have, and we pair your recipes together smartly to reduce waste.

– Get optional same-day delivery, with no packaging or subscriptions. We integrate with local stores in your town, so you can get optional delivery when you want it, without boxes of dry ice.

– Access all your plans on the go. Easy to use because your recipes are sent straight to your phone.

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Our Experience:

My boyfriend and I live together and we are both pretty big eaters! We do so much cooking at home, both because we enjoy it and it’s more cost effective than going out to eat all the time. Luke coaches Crossfit and ran track in college, so with my food/athletic experience and his knowledge, we are both decently educated in nutrition and do a pretty good job of making it happen for ourselves as far as home-cooked meals go.

But even then, there are times we lack creativity and find ourselves cravings some new dishes and new ideas. I’ve never been signed up for anything similar to Platejoy; we’ve always just been winging it in the kitchen and putting all the healthy foods we like together in a yummy way. I wasn’t sure at first that it would be of use for us since we are health nuts most of the time.

I was so encouraged and surprised to see how many great ideas I have been getting from Platejoy. I really love that you can search for recipes by ingredient based on what we have at home. While I’m not big on abiding by and sticking to exact measurements/recipes, I like getting new concepts for dishes or ways to change up meals I’ve made a bunch of times.

Probably the biggest advantage I see of having Platejoy is that you can acquire a “menu” to use that completely adheres to your style of eating, whether it’s vegan, low-carb, no eggs, etc. This a game changer actually. We strive to eat gluten and dairy free (Luke eats eggs, I limit them) with a focus on healthy fats, veggies and some fruit. It was super easy to  “tell” my Platejoy sign up page that that’s the way we eat. Then voila! It was like ready to go, customized-feeling batch of meals and ideas for us to take and run with. You can even enter your weight loss goals (if you have any) and get a shopping list to take to the grocery store. So many thoughtful + cool little perks.

We typically don’t have an issue with food waste, but it’s awesome that Platejoy can help you eliminate that by telling you how much food to buy based on how many of you are in your household. Also the handiness and accessibility provided through the app is awesome for taking your phone into the kitchen/planning/etc.

Two of the meals I’ve made so far are pictured above! I made the Mango + Greens Smoothie alongside the Breakfast hash (I added in sweet potato and pork sausage instead of the apple and bacon in the recipe. They are both so satisfying and DELISH!

Use my code RUNONORGANIC to save $10 on any Platejoy plan!

 

Nature’s Blueprint Organic Matcha Review

This is a review of Nature’s Blueprint organic matcha green tea powder.

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Nature’s Blueprint Organic Matcha

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About this Matcha:

“A wealth of the antioxidants you need! Let’s face it, we all need a diet high in antioxidants to maintain optimal health, so find them here in our matcha. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100X more EGCg than any other tea on the market.

Customers routinely report a massive boost of energy without feeling the late day crash of coffee. This Matcha contains a healthy form of caffeine, theophylline, not to be mistaken for the caffeine present in regular coffee. The slow release of this energy helps with the functionality of adrenal glands, and maintains optimum hormonal levels.

Marvel as the weight just sheds off! Matcha has been shown to increase metabolism, and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Unlike many diet aides currently on the market, customers have never reported any negative side-effects.

How amazing is the feeling after you’ve detoxed?! The Chlorophyll present is an excellent detoxifier which helps in cleansing the blood. It assists in maintaining the alkalinity of blood and tissues, and flushes toxins for the colon wall.

Our Organic Japanese Matcha is grown by well-established tea farms located in prestigious regions of Japan, who are celebrating over 200 years of carefully mastered and traditional techniques and are highly regarded with an esteemed reputation. Made from the tender young leaves of the plant, this Matcha is of superior quality.

-Vibrant Green Luminosity
-Light Powdery Consistency
-Mellow Fragrance
-Smooth, Clean Taste.”

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Culinary Grade

About:

“This Organic Japanese Culinary Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder is created from the mature leaves of the green tea plant, in Shizuoka, Japan resulting in a more pungent flavor profile. This sharpened taste radiates through sweeteners, and other ingredients making it the perfect ingredient for adding to all of your favorite recipes. Leave the barista at the coffee shop and make lushes Green tea Lattes at home, or add to your favorite daily smoothie for an extra kick. Try experimenting with making mouthwatering matcha pancakes for breakfast, and fruit & yogurt bowls. Also, tastes fantastic when incorporated into dips, soups and confectionary treats.”

Ceremonial Grade

About:

“There is something special about Superfoods. They are nutritionally dense, mostly plant-based foods consumed for the health and well-being of our bodies. These powerhouses are packed with substantial doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. So is it any surprise that by eating them we can live a prolonged life and reduce the risk of disease, not to mention becoming healthier and skinnier in the process?

With Nature’s Blueprint, Ltd. Organic Japanese Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea Powder you will consume the best tea that nature can provide. You will both look and feel great!!

In order to maximize the absorption of the wonderful nutrients our matcha has to offer, it should be consumed in the Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony fashion.”

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My Thoughts:

Through the process of trying out both of these matcha powders, I’ve learned a few things about matcha! (my new green love)

The first thing I wondered was: what’s the difference between Ceremonial Grade & Culinary Grade? 

Short Answer, in my words: It seems as though the Ceremonial Grade matcha is the highest quality with a more subtle, enjoyable flavor. The Culinary Grade matcha packs a more pungent flavor and comes from the mature leaves of the plant.

Now for the BIGGEST dilemma that I had in regards to drinking matcha: hot or cold?

I’m a bonafide raw superfoods fanatic. I believe that merely all plant-based foods retain their nutrient content most effectively when kept away from heat. That said, you’ll see all kinds of information online about foods/drinks containing certain compounds that are only releases when they’re heated. I don’t have an overly scientific or study-based mindset–so I’m not equipped to sit and combat all of those claims. I do, however, operate from a place of “what works for me + what makes the most sense to me.”

I have been witness to the fact that consuming raw superfoods every day (turmeric, cacao, ginger, spirulina, wheatgrass, etc.) has impacted my healthy in BIG ways. And by big ways, I mean they are the solution to problems I’ve had for years (mainly acne + terribly painful menstrual cramps). So, I’ve been on board with raw superfoods in a major way since seeing what they’ve done for me.

That said, I’m not dismissing the fact that consuming matcha tea prepared the traditional way (hot water added to the matcha then wisked until dissolved) is obsolete. It’s similar to there being an abundance of cold-brew coffee brands now, after folks have realized that this method of brewing presents many health benefits over coffee being brewed the traditional way (cold brew coffee has a lower acid content).

Now onto this awesome matcha powder:

It’s organic. You know I dig that–goes without saying. If I’m going to drink something this dense and pungent, it’s extra important that the matcha tea leaves have been grown away from harmful pesticides or herbicides. I love this brand’s commitment to organic and selling a health-serving product.

The benefits are bountiful and I’ve seen them first hand:

-Pure, sustained energy boost

-Eliminates bloating

-Helps detox and purify your body (thus, your complexion!)

-Keeps you feeling light and lean

-Increases athletic performance

(these are not their claims, they are frankly + honestly from my own experience)

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Val from Nature’s Blueprint has been a dream to work with and is so passionate about what she does (it takes about 30 seconds on her website to witness this!) I’ll also say this–I am not a matcha PRO yet (whereas I am pretty confident discussing coffee!). So, if you have any in-depth questions about matcha, I’m confident that Val would be happy to share with her knowledge + experience so that you become just as gung-ho about matcha as I am!

the teensy summation version:

I have noticed what I like to call a clear, pure, clean energy boost from drinking this matcha. I also have found that it has helped keep my skin clear and glowy. It’s helped me detox; which also helps you lose weight + stay lean the natural way–no garbage, just the power of plants–pretty freaking awesome!)

 

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Review

This is a review of Garden of Life’s Dr. Formulated Probiotics.

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve likely noticed that I sing the praises of this brand as much as I breathe. Okay, okay……not that much. But, I am a believer in what this brand does. I use their products daily and have been a lucky beneficiary of the health benefits they provide.

I was lucky enough to tour & hang out in their headquarters earlier this year in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and was blown away by the people, the passionate minds behind these products, and their commitment to quality.

Garden of Life teamed up with renowned Dr. David Perlmutter to create this line of products health that hone in on the mothership of all absorption: your digestive system. These probiotic supplements are unparalleled in the world of probies. They even ship them cold so that they retain their longevity.

Blah, blah, blah, right? Maybe some of you just want to hear the answer to: “Why do I need to take these and what are they going to do for my body?”

The short answer:

Probiotics will help you become healthier, get leaner, have clearer skin, sustain more energy and absorb more of the good food you’re eating. Better absorption means more health. I’ve lived it.

The longer answer: (I’ll offer this up because it left a lasting impression on me (something I learned from one of many lectures at the Garden of Life headquarters):

“Probiotics” is not JUST a buzz word. Your body NEEDS them to function optimally.

-The standard American diet, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. have diminished our bodies’ good bacteria population in the gut. The effect on human health is profound.

-Supplementing the diet with probiotics is key is returning this good bacteria population back to a point where the digestive system can assimilate, absorb and process nutrients as it’s supposed to.

-“At Garden of Life, we are greens, we are probiotics. It’s who are are.” -Sherri Gunn, Garden of Life.

-“So much more can be done with health & prevention.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life.

-There are trillions of microbial organisms in your body. You help the good microbes thrive by eating a rich, whole food based diet that limits processed foods.

-A natural, whole food diet without pesticides, GMOs helps heal the gut.

-Good bacteria in the gut helps protect against the bad bacteria. So, we need the good bacteria.

-Digestive health is responsible for absorption of all of the food we eat, which contributes to our overall vitality. That’s why gut health is such a focus.

If you made it this far reading this post, I am here giving you a virtual hug. Thank you. I know it’s a lot.

But, I say all of this to say: probiotics can REALLY help you in myriad of ways. I am a huge proponent of them. I use them and I feel a difference when I do.

Thanks for supporting ROO! Here’s to our health–cheers!

Essential Living Foods Diet Support + Wild Protein + Superfood Smoothie Mix Review

Essential Living Foods

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I’ve been a fan of Essential Living Foods for a while now. They are one of a few different brands I look to most often for all of my organic & raw superfoods. Their products range from cacao powder to quinoa bars to superfood blends formulated for weight loss. I love trying their products and am always intrigued by how their concoct their blends. You can read my thoughts on the cacao powder, “keenwah” bars, immune formula & athletic fuel mixes here:

http://runonorganic.com/2015/02/10/essential-living-foods-organic-superfoods-review/

About Essential Living Foods: 

“At Essential Living Foods, we believe you deserve only the best of the best. We travel the world the year round to bring you only the most nourishing heirloom superfoods emerging from indigenous cultures and unspoiled ecosystems.

Our Farms

It’s shocking, but in most cases when you walk into a supermarket and spend your dollars on superfoods, only pennies actually go to the farmers whose dedication and labor made it all possible. We know there’s a better way. We cut out the layers of middle-men and work directly with farmers. This means we can guarantee the quality of the superfoods you’re putting in your body, and we can do it more sustainably.

Our Mission

Our mission at Essential Living foods is to improve the health of the planet, its people, and their communities.

We work in close collaboration with small farms and indigenous groups to supply our customers with the purest, most nutritious Superfoods on Earth. Our global trade partnerships help nourish sustainable agricultural practices and support meaningful development. 1% of profits are donated back to the communities who supply our exceptional products (via our partnership with 1% For the Planet).”

Essential Living Foods is dedicated to fair, ethical, and holistic business practices with vendors, customers and investors and to maintaining a healthy, rewarding and values-driven work environment for employees and partners.”

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Diet Support

About:

“Diet support is a formula designed to assist with making life changes, manage eating habits, and enhance healthy body composition. Sencha Green Tea, Green Coffee, Ginger and Raw Cacao help speed up the metabolism, gently suppress the appetite, and will boost energy levels while creating an euphoric sense of well being that motivates individuals towards their goals. Perfect for anyone trying to adapt to a new diet or lifestyle.”

Superfood Smoothie Mix

About:

“Make a smoothie with a scoop of this sweet, satisfying, all-natural superfood powder, and discover how delicious good health can be!

Made with seven potent organic superfoods, this unique blend of superfruits and nuts is one of the most powerful sources of nutrition you can add to your daily routine! It’s incredibly rich in complete protein, cell-protecting antioxidants, heart-healthy omega-3s, cholesterol-balancing phytosterols, and an array of immunity-supporting bioflavonoids, minerals and natural vitamins — an energizing, hunger-satisfying formula that also supports natural vitality and well-being.

Drink a glass of nourishment — your body will thank you!

  • Total superfood nutrition in a delicious, easy-to-use smoothie mix.
  • Packed with protein, antioxidants, and a bounty of whole-food ingredients.
  • Sweet, nourishing daily nutrient boost, goes great with juices, smoothies, and water.
  • 100% Organic ingredients from sustainable and socially-conscious farms and cooperatives.
  • Carefully produced to maximize nutritional benefits.
  • No traces of dairy, soy, nuts or gluten.
  • No chemicals, fillers, or artificial sweeteners.
  • Low-glycemic ingredients for minimal impact on blood sugar.”

Wild Protein

About:

“Organic, with no added sugar, this delicious plant-based formula combines revered vegan protein sources to nourish every cell in your body without spiking blood sugar.

Sweetened with stevia and mesquite, this pure vegan blend is formulated for optimal digestion, and is loaded with protein, omega-3s, vitamin A, iron, fiber, and the power of traditional herbs and superfoods.

Each ingredient is minimally processed at low temperatures to deliver a treasure-trove of nutrients to your body the way nature intended. Built on hemp, moringa, and spirulina, this formula also adds the cleansing magic of milk thistle and burdock root, plus the creamy sweetness (and medium chain triglycerides) of magically freeze-dried coconut milk!

What’s in every scoop of this superfood powerhouse?

  • Protein: 10 grams of protein per serving.
  • Amino Acids: All 8 essential amino acids vital to protein synthesis and cell function.
  • BCAAs: Branched-Chain Amino Acids: vital to stimulating muscle regeneration and growth.
  • Omega 3s: 1,000mg of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids from Hemp and Spirulina. Hemp also contains high levels of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), an omega known to support optimal metabolism.
  • Fiber: over 30% of your RDA!
  • Antioxidant Vitamin A: over 30% RDA…food for your eyes!
  • Iron: blood-building goodness…also over 30% RDA!”

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My Thoughts:

I truly feel fortunate to know about an overflowing-handful of brands who have created an expansive line of organic, raw superfood products. (You may have gleaned that I am a superfood fanatic, if you regularly follow ROO). Superfoods for the win! They are the one thing (alongside probiotics) that I would suggest adding to your diet to take your health to the next level.

Essential Living Foods is one of these brands that I am delighted to work with. The variety of raw, organic products and superfood blends they provide created blows me away.

Here’s where the highly-ingredient-driven-discerning consumer comes out of me (and the explanation for 4.5 stars, instead of 5). I noticed in the mixes that not all of the ingredients are raw. Here’s the thing–I REALLY, really, really value a brand who abides by “when you know better, do better.” Thus, in this case–raw is obviously something that’s valued, so why not make every last ingredient raw? Raw guarantees optimum nutriton–so to me, it’s huge. I understand the complexity of sourcing ingredients and how it’s very hard to solidify a supply chain of certain raw materials that are organic, however, I demand the best for my body. When I see that some ingredients are raw and some are not, it just leaves me wanting a product that’s 100% organic & raw.

Okay–got that out of the way. Again, I have a VERY discerning eye for ingredients. These products are about 348587 times better than 99% of every other supplement you’ll find. But, I find it to be my duty to be frank and divulge all thoughts to you guys.

I am actually really enthused about these products. They are pretty close to being full-blown awesome. I love what they’ve done with Diet Support product. They’ve harnessed the metabolism boosting benefits of green tea, green coffee, ginger and paired them with antioxidant-rife cacao. Great product idea!

The Wild Protein (if entirely raw) would be an absolute rockstar product. I am so excited that they added spirulina, moringa (both combatting malnutrition) along with burdock root & milk thistle (strong liver detoxifiers) to the superpowered hemp protein base. Totally awesome.

The Superfood Smoothie Mix is a good one–it’s brown rice protein combined with various superfruit powders (some raw, some not–all organic). I add about a tablespoon to my shakes/smoothies for an added boost of antioxidants and natural energy.

You get to try some too, as Essential Living Foods is offering free supplement sticks to anyone who signs up to their email list.