Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gardein Protein

Thanks to Gardein for sending me coupons to sample their meat free meals. The three I chose were amazing! Great alternatives to meat and they are very healthy for you! Gardein makes both fresh and frozen products. I recommend you try these if you are looking for a change or are vegetarian and want to try something very similar tasting to meat! You will not be disappointed!

I chose:

* chick'n filets- These are lightly rubbed in herbs and spices. One serving has 120 calories, 2 grams fat, 7 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar and 20 grams protein.

* tuscan breasts- these come in a tomato and basil sauce. One breast has 150 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fats, 11 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar and 22 grams protein.

* BBQ Skewers- my favorite! One skewer has 140 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 0 grams trans fats, 10 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber and 19 grams protein.

BBQ Skewers:

Tuscan breasts:

Zone Perfect Dark Chocolate Caramel Bars

Thanks to Zone Perfect for sending me their dark chocolate caramel pecan bars to sample. Wow, these are awesome, especially if you love dark chocolate! They have the same texture and nutritional profile as their regular bars. And just as yummy! Like their other bars, they are all natural. One bar has 190 calories, 7 grams fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat, 0 trans fats, 20 grams carbs, 13 grams sugar and 12 grams protein. In addition, they have 19 vitamins and minerals and rich in antioxidants.

The Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan tastes just like the name. The bar is completely dark chocolate and has a thin layer of caramel. These are a perfect snack to take on the go!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Physique Products Power Meal Cookies

Thanks to Physique products for sending me their Power Meal cookies to review. I ate the peanut butter chocolate chip and the chocolate fudge brownie on my 21 mile run today and it was AWESOME! Seriously, I only planned to eat 1/2 one at a time ever seven mile (since I was in the middle of a long run) and then ended up eating the whole cookie. And then another one :) Unlike most other cookies made with protein powder, these are not dry at all. They are very moist. These cookies are high in fiber, high in protein, contain no trans fats or artificial sweeteners. The cookies come in both whey and soy protein flavors.

1/2 peanut butter chocolate chip cookie contains 200 calories, 8 grams fat, 0 grams trans fats, 24 grams carbs, and 10 grams protein.

Although I haven't tried them, Physique product also offers apple oatmeal raisin power bites, 100 calorie soft baked cookies, and bars. Check them out here.

The owner, Anthony Siravo, has been in the fitness industry for over 34 years and has been baking for 19 years... he knows his stuff! He created these cookies out of the need for a snack that is not fried or contains hydrogenated oils, binders, fillers, and preservatives.

To order, click here. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Thank you Anthony, these cookies were perfect for my run today!

Nature'z Candyz

Thanks to Nature'z Candyz for sending me a few bags of their dried fruit to sample. I love these because they are naturall sweet and contain no added sugar, preservatives, colors, dyes, oils or artificial flavors. Nature'z Candyz grew from a simple idea to offer high quality, delicious snack foods to consumers who are frustrated by the lack of healthy choices available to them. Children and adults often reach for unhealthy snacks that are high in sugar, fat, sodium and preservatives. These are a geat alternative and so good! I definitely recommend you try these yummy snacks! You can order here or call (619) 252-3218.

They come with the following flavors:
Cinnamon Applez
Lemon Applez
Red Applez
Green Applez
Coconut Bananaz
Lime Bananaz
Plain Bananaz
Coconut Pineapplez
Lemon Pineapplez
Plain Pineapplez

I topped my whipped egg white oatmeal with them for breakfast before my 21 mile run this morning :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nature's Hollow (Sugar Free Products)

Thanks to Nature's Hollow for sending me their sugar free products to sample. Their products are all natural and are sweetened with xylitol. And they taste great!

They sell the following:
Sugar-Free Jam - We take fresh fruit and add just the right amount of fresh ingredients for the most amazing sugar free diet wild blueberry preserves you will ever taste. Sweetened with Xylitol, you will never know the difference from preserves sweetened with regular sugar. The most flavorful sugar free diet product ever.

Sugar-Free Syrup Nature's Hollow sugar free maple pancake syrup, is made with a great tasting healthful natural sweetener called Xylitol. Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol that is ideal for diabetics and those concerned about sugar intake. Unlike sugar, Xylitol has a very low glycemic index, has fewer calories, and is good for your teeth. Whether you choose maple syrup or blue berry syrup, this will be the best tasting sugar free diet syrup product you have ever tasted. Taste the difference and you will never go back to artificial sweeteners again.

Sugar-Free Honey Nature's Hollow sugar free diet Taste Like Honey, is made with a great tasting healthful natural sweetener called Xylitol. Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol that is ideal for diabetics and those concerned about sugar intake. Unlike sugar, Xylitol has a very low glycemic index, has fewer calories, and is good for your teeth. Enjoy this sugar free honey product on muffins, oatmeal, yogurt, or use it to sweeten your favorite beverage.

Sugar-Free Ketchup Nature's Hollow sugar free diet ketchup is the best tasting low carb ketchup you have ever tasted. It is made with a great tasting healthful natural sweetener called Xylitol. Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol that is ideal for diabetics and those concerned about sugar intake. Unlike sugar, Xylitol has a very low glycemic index, has fewer calories, and is good for your teeth. The most flavorful sugar free diet product ever.

Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce comes in hickory maple and honey mustard. Our unique barbeque sauces add a hearty flavor to red meats, chicken and fish. Unlike most barbeque sauces that are filled with corn syrups and sugars, Our Barbeque Sauce is sugar-free and gluten-free.

Besure to visit their website. They also offer non-sugar free products as well.

Premier Nutrition

Thanks to Premier Nutrition for sending me their protein powder packets, protein bars and shakes to sample. These are great!

Protein powder: One packet of their protein powder contains 200 calories, 30 grams protein, 3 grams fat, 2 grams sugar, and 5 grams fiber. They comine in vanilla and chocolate flavors.

Protein shakes: The shakes are 160 calories, 3 grams fat, 1 gram sugar, and contain 30 grams protein. They come in creamy chocolate flavor.

Titan Protein bars: The titan bars are super delicious. Flavors include brownie nut, cookies and cream and chocolate peanut butter crunch. The 80 gram bar packs a whopping 26g of high quality protein, 0g trans fat, and only 5-7g of sugar. The Titan Bar is also available in a smaller 40 gram bar. Enjoy the same great taste, with 13g of high quality protein, 0g trans fat, and only 2-3g of sugar.


Thanks to Kelly from www.easylunchboxes.com for sending me a few of their lunch box containers and lunch bag cooler to review. I like these containrs because they are made of safe materials and they are perfect size.

I like their plastic containers, which come in a pack of four, because they are non-toxic safe plastic. They have three compartments. One for a large sandwich and the other two for complimentary items. The lunch boxes are made of non-toxic, food-safe, polypropylene (PP or plastic #5). These are the top-choice safe food containers if you’re looking for BPA-free lunch boxes, phthalate-free lunch boxes and non-toxic lunch boxes. Safe for refrigerator, freezer, microwave, & dishwasher! They are FDA approved.

The lunch bag cooler is made of high quality, non toxic material and comes in five different colors. They are made of the highest quality 300D Polyester for premium durability and toughness, making them the best fabric lunch bags you can buy. They are vinyl free (PVC free) & lead free, with an FDA compliant PEVA lining. If you've been searching for Lead-Free lunch bags, Vinyl-Free lunch bags, or PVC-Free lunch bags, look no further! They are guaranteed safe for contact with food, unlike the unsafe vinyl lunch bags that have caused such controversy.

The four container set (4 tops and 4 bottoms) costs only $13.95 and the lunch bag cooler costs only $7.95. A great deal! You can purchase here.

Peggy's Premium Edamame

Thanks to Peggy's Premium for sending me their fully cooked, ready to eat edamame, served in 12 steam heating bags. These edamame are unsalted and all natural. I bring a bag to work and snack on them. So easy and convenient. One (huge!) bag has 140 calories, 5 grams fat, 11 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 2 grams sugars, and 12 grams protein. These are a healthy and delicious snack! I love snacking on them!

From Peggy's website:
What is Edamame?
Edamame are young soybeans in pods. Soybeans are native to East Asia and have been consumed by the Chinese, Japanese and Korean people for over 2,000 years. Asians have enjoyed soybeans in the form of tofu (first known to be used in 164 A.D.); as soymilk; as a tasty ingredient in soups and entrees; and finally as beans eaten directly from boiled pods similar to the Edamame that we eat today.

The word, "Edamame" originates from the Japanese phrase "beans from the branch", likely because soybeans grow in a cluster with stems connecting the pods. The Chinese refer to Edamame as “mao dou”, which is literally translated as “hairy bean”, referring to the fine hair covering the outside of the pods.

Nutritional Benefits of Edamame
Edamame are packed with nutrition. The beans contain many of the organic compounds and amino acids essential for good health and are naturally high in fiber and protein. Beneficial compounds that are found in Edamame include isoflavones such as genistein and daidzein, which act as antioxidants, and alpha-lineolic acid, which may be beneficial for cardiovascular health.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pop Chips

Thanks to PopChips for sending me some pop chips to sample. These are super delicious chips. Not baked or fried, they found a way to pop all the flavor in while keeping fake stuff and more than half the fat of fried chips out. Thanks to the magic of popped. Popping is a way of making their all-natural chips. They start with wholesome potatoes, add a little heat and pressure, along with a little snack magic. And pop! It's a chip.

They sent me the following bags to sample:
* Salt and pepper
* Cheddar
* Sour Cream and Onion chips
* Original
* Barbeque
* Sea Salt and Vinegar



* no trans fats
* no saturated fat
* no cholestrol
* no preservatives

1 ounce (of original) pop chips has 120 calories, 4 grams fats, 0 grams saturated fats, 0 grams trans fats, 20 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar, and 1 grams protein.

From their website:
"Our all-natural pledge: no fake colors, no fake flavors, no preservatives, no fluorescent orange fingertips, and no wiping your greasy chip hand on your jeans. No, really. We only use ingredients you can feel good about eating. And we leave out the bad stuff, like hydrogenated oils and msg, that give snacking a bad name. Because popchips™ brand chips have no preservatives, make sure to get a good chip clip after opening the bag to keep our popped chips fresh. Or better yet, just eat them all at once."

And the winner of the Aurorae Mat Giveaway....

I HAD to laugh when this person was picked from the random generator, since I KNOW she'll put it to use.

Averie from http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/

She's a certified yoga instructor! And an all around sweetheart!

(Also, if anyone can give me instructions on how to copy and paste the random generator since I am too computer illiterate to figure it out myself :) ) I've noticed other people do it on their blogs, but when I tried it, it still didn't look "official."

Averie, can you please email me your address and phone number so I can forward to aurorae?


I am hoping to have another giveaway shortly, so please stay tuned!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

YogaHyde Clothes

Thanks to YOGAHYDE for sending me the below outfit to review. I LOVE, LOVE LOVE this outfit! The pants and the halter top are SOOO Comfortable.. and so cute (says my mom and sister!)

According Anne-Kerr Kennedy, founder of hyde clothing, "necessity is the mother of invention:" hyde was born out of the need for natural, comfortable, yoga clothes that were stylish, fit well but still affordable. like many of my yogi friends, i wanted clothes that were as considered and thoughtful as my practice. i saw an opportunity to make graceful gear my business."

Yogahyde sells pants, shirts, outerwear and mats and accessories. They have a large selection of clothes and colors to choose from.

They sent me their Divine Drawstring Pants (one of heir best sellers!) and their Taryn Halter (with purl stitching on the front). They are so perfect! I wanted to wear the outfit two days in a row :)

You can purchase your own outfit here. I highly recommend these comfy and stylish clothes!

The front:

The back:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Don't forget to enter aurorae mat giveaway!



Thanks to Nuun for sending me the following tablets to sample:
* lemon-lime
* banananuun
* tri-berry

Other flavors include:
* orange ginger
* kona cola
* citrus fruit

What is Nuun?
in real words? imagine being out on a long run or ride, or being in the gym. rather than settle for water or buy a sugary drink from a convenience store, you just fill up your water bottle and drop in a couple of nuun tabs. By the time you’ve tied your laces or put on your pack, you’ve got a complex electrolyte drink that recharges your salts, but is refreshing and more efficiently absorbed than water alone or most sports drinks on the market. Nuun was designed, formulated and tested to keep you optimally hydrated, wherever you are.

Nuun has
* No sugar
* No carbs
* portable- easy to take on the go (tabs dissolve in water).
* flat (not fizzy). once dissolved, the drink is flat.
* great for runners, cyclists, triathletes, gym goers, swimmers, etc.

You can purchase Nuun here

Vino De Milo Sauces and Dressings

Thank you to Vino De Milo for sending me a few of their sauces and dressings to sample. If you go their site, you can see that they have a ton of sauces and dressings to sample. A lot of their dressings and sauces are a combo of vegan, vegetarian, diabetic friendly, wheat free, gluten free, no sugars added, low carb, low fat, low sodium, no cholestrol and 100% natural. Their product descriptions tell you which ones fit your dietary needs. Despite their healthy macros, these sauces and dressings are DELICIOUS.

Sauces include:
* four-herb malbec marinara
* roasted garlic chianti
* mediterranean pinot grigio
* portobella shiraz
* tuscan merlot


* sun dried tomato
* balsamic and olive oil
* gorgonzola pear
* roasted garlic
* artichoke parmesan

They also sell crumbs tofu pasta and bruschetta (artichoke garlic, black olive and currant and spicy sun dried tomato).

For info on where to purchase, click here.

I used the mediterranean pinot grigio sauce on my cabbage, carrot and chicken stir fry.

Coach's Oats

Thanks to Coach's Oats for sending me tons of packets of steel cut oats to sample. As you all know I have oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I love it. And steel cut oats are my favorite. 1/3 cup serving (40 gram serving) of Coach's Oats has 160 calories, 3 grams fat, 27 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar, and 6 grams protein. Perfect for pre workout. I mix my oats with whipped egg whites and top with freeze dried fruit, such as funky monkey (see below). Coach's Oats contain 100% natural whole grain oats. Nothing more, nothing less.
Coach's Oats are prepared differently from traditional oatmeal and other steel cut oats. The groats are toasted to bring the natural sugars to the surface of the oat, then cracked into small pieces. This patented Cracked n' Toasted™ process means that Coach's Oats are never mushy, always naturally delicious and cook in just five minutes on a stovetop or in the microwave.

To get your Coach's Oats, click here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Aurorae Yoga "Sweat Package" Giveaway!!!!

Aurorae Yoga makes extra long 72 inch yoga mats that come in vibrant colors. They sent me my favorite color, PINK!, which is the color of "hope" and stands for "Intuitive, Faithful, Visionary, Power of Positive Thought, Energetic & Healing." They are 1/4 inch thick and are designed to provide enough cushion and comfort to protect your knees and joints.

These yoga mats are awesome. I used it on my hardwood floor and it DID NOT SLIP at all. I also loved the towel and the rosin bag helped a lot to prevent slipping! I love these products! You can purchase from amazon.com. They are on sale now, check it out! You will love aurorae yoga's products!!

Other colors include:
*Ocean- Relaxation, Sedate, Caring, Cooling, Spirit, Trustworthy & Attentive
*Solar-Creative, Inspiring, Energy, Compassionate, Warmth, Family & Stability
*Violet- Spiritual, Soothing, Calming, Telepathic, Healing, Relief & Meditative
*Seamist- Soothing, Renewal, Intellect, Nature, Self Control, Gentle & Harmonious
*Infinity-Strength, Sophistication, Professionalism, Potential of Endless Possibilities

They also make Rosin Bags, which increases your gripping power and absorbs perspiration with the slight touch of the bag. The Rosin should be applied to both your hands and feet before your practice and added as needed during your practice.

They also make sports sweat towels, which absorb perspiration while you sweat. They are 100% Natural Cotton Soft Terry and are machine washable. Dimensions are 16"x23" and light-weight, easily folds into your yoga bag.

The awesome people (thanks Eileen!) at Aurorae are giving away a "Sweat package!" (yoga mat, rosin bag and sports towel) to ONE LUCKY reader.

Here's how to enter:

1.) Post a comment telling me which color yoga mat you would like to try. http://www.auroraeyoga.com/gallery.htm

Extra entries (leave a comment for each one):

1.) 5 extra entries for blogging about this giveaway (leave 5 comments)
2.) become a follower
3.) add eatoxygen to your blogroll
4.) become a fan of aurorae yoga on facebook and tell me you did

Contest ends Sunday, March 21st. GOOD LUCK!

The sports towel and the rosin bag:

And the extra long yoga mat!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Natural Value

WOW, thanks to Natural Value for sending me the following products to sample. Natural value is awesome! Natural Value was started in 1995. At Natural Value we think that a healthy lifestyle should be affordable for everyone. Their mission: to make natural and organic foods and environmentally friendly nonfood products more affordable. They offer quality products at great prices. The Company is family owned by Gary Cohen and his Wife Jody Stephens.

Check out all their products. They sell organic foods, kosher foods, grocery, pet products, noon food products, and instituional/bulk. For info on where to purchase, look here.

Gary Cohen's blog is here http://naturalvalueinc.blogspot.com/

From their website:

We believe in the concept of fair trade. We are proud to say we were trading fairly before it became popular. We pick a manufacturer, pay them a fair price, and then stick with them. We don't shop around for packers just to save a few cents and we aren't moving our manufacturing business to China. The quality you buy from us today is the same quality wewill have next week, next month, and next year.

We're a family that's been doing this for a long time, since 1995. We don't have a plan to sell out or change how we operate. This works for us. We especially want to help independent retail stores. We know consumers have more shopping choices than ever before.

We want to help stores stay competitive by offering a fairly priced center of store. We allow stores to offer their customers the exact same canned beans or toilet paper or mustard for half the price of our competitors. We are confident this will increase the share of basket for stores who carry our products.

We take pride in the products we provide and guarantee them. We test all of our products ourselves. We are never going to sacrifice quality for price; that just isn't our style.

We offer quality products at great prices. We are passionate about what we do. We are straightforward. We're going to keep doing what we are doing because we love it and we believe it is important.

CheeCha Puffs

Thanks to CheeCha Puffs for sending me these delicious CheeCha Puffs to sample. I ate a whole bag in one sitting... they were that yummy!! :) They are low fat and gluten free. And they are dairy free, nut free, cholestrol free, monosodium glutamate free, non gmo.

Gluten Free CheeCha Potato Puffs were developed based on the requests and guidance of consumers that deal with gluten intolerance. CheeCha Potato Puffs are cooked and bagged on a line dedicated exclusively to producing the purest of gluten free snacks and are batch tested to ensure no cross-contamination.

CheeCha Potato Puffs begin with wholesome potato flour and potato starch. They are then air
puffed using our unique hot air puffing process to release the natural potato flavor. The Puffs are then lightly misted with sunflower oil and sprinkled with the finest seasonings.

They come in the following flavors:
- original
- sea salt and pepper
- sea salt and vinegar
- luscious lime
- mediterranean ginger

2 cups provide have 74 calories, 0 fat, 17 grams carbs and 1 gram protein.

Click here for where to buy.

Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey Snacks makes freeze dried fruit snacks that crunch like chips. So yummy and so good for you!

Flavors include:
- Applemon
- Bananamon
- MangOJ
- Carnaval Mix
- JiveALime
- Pink Pineapple
- Purple Funk

Bananamon, JiveALime, and Purple Funk are 100% organic! Pink Pineapple is 95% organic, Carnaval Mix is 70% organic.

Each ounce of Funky Monkey contains 3 servings of real fruit and contains no added sugar or sweeteners, and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are 100% natural.

For info on puchasing, look here

I topped my oatmeal with a packet of bananamon. (cinnamon and bananas)

Marquis Nutra Foods Chia Seeds

Note: Thanks to Shadd from GetChia for sending me these chia seeds to sample. You know I love my chia seeds. They are get in stir fries, yogurt, oatmeal, breads, as salad dressing thickeners.

From Get Chia, you can purchase chia seeds, ranging from 1/4 pound to 55 pounds (!!) For more info on ordering, go here! http://getchia.com/chiaproducts.html

Why Chia?
* Chia Seeds are THE BEST source of Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids!

* These seeds are perfect for diabetics & people watching or trying to lose weight.

* Chia Seeds are also very beneficial to the heart and extremely high in fiber, calcium, high quality protein, slowly processed carbohydrates and loaded with vitamins & minerals and antioxidants!

* The health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids are becoming widely known. What is not as well known is that the chia seed is THE BEST source of Omega-3. CHIA SEED IS BETTER THAN FISH OIL & FLAX SEED!

* Chia seed is high in protein and high in calcium. 5 times the calcium of milk, 631 mg per 100 grams of seed.

* Chia seed is rich in antioxidant oils.

* Chia contains chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid as well as myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols. These compounds are both primary and synergistic antioxidants that contribute
to the strong antioxidant activity of chia.

* Chia seed is also low in sodium. Only 19 mg per 100 grams.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

and the winners are

1.) Rika
2.) Christinsa
3.) Blair
4.) Jenn
5.) Jess 2 Impress
6.) Lindsey - leanbodiesfh
7.) ktbwood
8.) Andrea- said "pumpkin mocha spice
9.) tperry tp
10.) gharkness
11.) Averie from loveveggies and yoga
12.) Cee
13.) Lindsay
14.) I amI am mayhem
15.) April from foods of April
16.) Tricia - Endurance Isnt Only Physical
17.) Robert Todd wicke
18.) Kat does diets
19.) Betsy4life
20.) 100 in 12
21.) kbosilovatz@yahoo.com
22.) http://foodfotosandfun.blogspot.com/
23.) Rika

and the grand prize winner is: Erika from Dr. Tri Runner!


Please forward me your mailing address to: Krizpz2 at yahoo.com

Please put in the subject line "Protein powder giveaway winner" (I get a ton of spam mail).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Protein Giveaway- Last chance


Sun and Earth Natural Products

Thanks to Sun and Earth for sending me the following cleaners to sample. Sun and Earth makes cleaning products that are natural, safe, effective... and affordable! Sun and Earth products are not tested on animals. They are non-toxic and earth friendly. Their laundry products and cleaning products are free of petroleum based cleaners, chlorine, phosphates, dyes and perfumes that leave behind residue that could be harmful to your family, children and pet's health. Many of their products are made from plant, fruit and vegetable oils.

They sent me:
- laundry detergent: Ingredients: Natural surfactants (made from coconut, palm and vegetable oil), orange oil, sodium carbonate, preservative, water

- all purpose cleaner: Ingredients: Natural surfactants (made from coconut and vegetable oil), orange oil, preservative, water. In independent laboratory tests, Sun & Earth was ranked the #1 all purpose cleaner, out-performing major national brands like 409® and Fantastic®

- dish cleaner: Ingredients: Natural surfactants (made from coconut and vegetable oil), orange oil, aloe, preservative, water. No animal testing. Vegan. Gluten-free. Soy-free. Casein-free. No tree nuts. No peanuts.

They also have:
- hand wash
- dishwasher
- fabric softener
- window cleaner

For special offers, check them out here.

Choc Alive! Truffles

Thanks to ChocAlive! for sending me their truffles to sample. They are raw, vegan, gluten free, organic, and have no refined sugars. And they tasted delicious! Chocolate is rich in magnesium and contains many healthy antioxidants. So, do yourself a favor and try these yummy treats. You can find out where to purchase from their website.

Flavors include:
* Pistachio
* Dark Chocolate
* Dark Chocolate Crunch
* Chocolate Chip Mint
* Coconut
* Almond

About ChocAlive! (From their website)
ChocAlive! is dedicated to creating the healthiest, most nutrient rich foods that are also undeniably and exquisitely delicious! All of our products are prepared in ways that honor the live, organic ingredients while providing an indulgent, delectable experience for the taste buds as well! We believe that it is incumbent upon us to educate our customers on the value and necessity of eating powerful and curative foods.

ChocAlive! is passionately committed to bringing an array of fabulously flavorful creations to our increasingly health-conscious society. We are proud and grateful to be shifting this healthy-delicious paradigm one extraordinary bite at a time. ENJOY!

Here is a sampling of some of the luscious, live ingredients that makes ChocAlive! so incomparable:
Raw Organic Ecuadorian Cacao (fair trade) - our cacao beans have a deep and intense chocolate flavor sure to please any and all chocolate lovers!
Raw Organic Coconut Butter - a melt in your mouth satisfying whole food consisting of coconut oil and coconut meat and brimming with dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Raw Organic Agave Nectar - coming straight from the Mexican agave plant, this beautiful rich golden nectar adds a decadent sweetness with a low glycemic index!
Raw Organic Dates - these luscious, sun-dried gems add fiber, sweetness, nutrients and texture "naturally!"

Check out their brochure!

Diana's Banana Babies

OK, if you have been following my blog, you know that I love my frozen bananas. What's better than a frozen banana? A CHOCOLATE COVERED FROZEN BANANA. Thanks to Diana's Bananas for sending me these Banana Babies to sample. They come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate and peanuts. They also have full sized bananas, too! Diana's Bananas are ALL NATURAL and have only 130 calories each (babies). And they are very delicious. I highly recommend you try these!

For info on where to buy them, check it out here! You can also order online!

About Diana's Banana's (from their website)
Diana’s Bananas started in the mid-80s, as the delicious result of an inspired whim. There in our booth at The Taste of Chicago, the city’s yearly open-air food fest, we hit upon the idea of freezing a fresh, ripe banana and giving it a bath in delicious chocolatier-grade melted bar chocolate. We each took a bite and passed it around. Our taste buds leapt for joy... and we sprung into action.

We sent our team to the local supermarkets and cleaned them out of bananas. Around the clock, we melted chocolate, peeled bananas, inserted sticks, froze the bananas and dunked them in chocolate... oh, and we also sold the living daylights out of them. Ten days and 25,000 bananas later, we knew we had a hit on our hands.

At Diana’s Bananas, we do it right—making the finished product is a 14-step procedure that includes purchasing, testing, peeling, sizing, freezing and dipping—and you’ll taste the results of our hard work in every delicious bite!

Our team personally selects only fully ripe, creamy, sweet white bananas, which we quick freeze to -20 degrees fahrenheit. The result is an easy-to-bite banana with texture so smooth, you’ll think you’re eating ice cream.

After our quick freezing process, we dip the bananas in real bar chocolate. We never use chocolate flavored coatings or other inferior substitutes. The world’s best bananas deserve real chocolate—you do, too!

Fruitzo Freeze Dried Fruit

We all know how much I love my fruit... whether it be fresh or dried, I love it. Fruitzio's sells 100 calorie puches of freeze dried fruit! They come in flavors such as apples and strawberries, strawberries, peaches and apricots. They add a hint of natural sugar for sweetness. They are super delicious. I topped mine on top of my oatmeal. At only 100 calories a pouch, you can't beat this yummy snack.

How is Freeze dried fruit made?
Freeze-dried fruit is made using a freeze-drying process which is simple in concept but involves complex technologies.Fresh fruit is frozen and then placed in a drying chamber under vacuum. Heat is then applied to the shelves inside the chamber on which the fruit is sitting; water is evaporated from the fruit while it remains frozen (called sublimation process). The evaporated water vapor is then condensed onto freezer coils at the bottom of the chamber.

The freeze drying process is completed when the water has been removed (<1% moisture). In this dry environment, no microorganisms can survive. All enzymatic activities stop in this condition as well. Thus, freeze-dried fruit can be kept for years with no noticeable change in taste and other qualities once it's sealed in a moisture-free, UV-protected package.

Normally, it takes more than 10 pounds of fresh fruit to produce one pound of freeze-dried fruit because water makes up 80-90% of fresh fruit weight.

Want to learn more about how freeze-drying works? Go visit http://science.howstuffworks.com/freeze-drying1.htm

Product Storage Tips: Store unopened packages in a cool, dry place. Freeze-dried fruits absorb moisture quickly when exposed to air. To maintain the crispiness of the product, keep the opened bags in an air-tight container or refrigerate unfinished bags.

One package of Freeze Dried Fruitzio's (Strawberries) on top of my oatmeal:

Lenny Larry's Muscle Protein Brownie

Who says you can't have your brownies and eat them too??

Thanks to Lenny and Larry's for sending me the following protein brownies to sample. THESE WERE SUCH AN AMAZING TREAT AND yOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT! If you have not had these, you MUST try them! They are AWESOME! I seriously can't believe that these brownies are so healthy! They are so yummy. Each serving has 20 grams protein and only 170 calories!!! There are two servings per brownie. You can buy these delicious brownies from Ralph's 7 eleven, whole foods, shaws/star market and others. You can also order it online as well. Upon looking at their site, I also noticed that they also sell cookies and muffins, too!!! Just based on trying their yummy brownies, I am sure those will taste amazing as well! Definitely check them out!

From their website: Our All Natural Brownies are packed with 20 grams of high quality protein, has 0 grams of trans fat, is low in cholesterol, fresh baked, good for you and tastes incredible! Whether as a snack or a meal replacement, you never have to feel guilty eating a brownie again. No sugar alcohols are added to this chocolaty treat and we have no warnings like “excess consumption may cause gastrointestinal discomfort”. We also don’t require you to drink an 8 oz glass of water with a Triple Chocolate Muscle Brownie. We think it goes great with milk! Eat Brownies, Get Muscles!™

The flavors they sent were:

Peanut Butter

Cookies and Cream

Triple Chocolate

I highly recommend you try these awesomely yummy brownies. I promise you that you won't be let down!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Aidell's Sausage (Product Review)

Note: Thanks to Aidell's for sending me the following sausages to sample. They were delicious! I loved the nutritional stats, too! I like the creative flavors they have, too! If you go to their website, you will see they have over 15-20 flavors of sausages. They also have different flavored breakfast sausages, chicken meatballs and burgers.

From their website: Since 1983, we have been committed to providing an innovative line of the highest quality sausage available. When you taste an Aidells Sausage, you taste a combination of years of culinary experience, the finest, freshest ingredients and imaginative and original spice blends. Together they create the finest sausage you can buy.

They sent the following sausages

- Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese

Ingredients: Chicken, Turkey, Swiss Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt and Enzymes), Roasted Garlic (with soybean oil), Salt, Gruyere Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, and Enzymes), Parsley, Spices, and Sodium Nitrite, in a pork casing.

Nutritional: one link has 190 calories, 14 grams fat, 2 carbs, and 14 grams protein

- Italian Style

- Mango
Ingredients: Chicken, Dried Mango, Salt, Fruit Juice Concentrate (Apple, Pineapple, Pear, and Peach), Spices, Sodium Nitrite in a Pork Casing.

Nutritional Info: One link has 170 calories, 11 grams fat, 3.5 grams sat fat, 0 grams trans fats, 4 grams carbs, 4 grams sugar, and 13 grams protein.

- Chicken and Apple
Ingredients: Chicken, Dried Apples, Fruit Juice Concentrate (Apple, Pineapple, Pear, and Peach), Salt, Spices, and Sodium Nitrite, in a Pork Casing.

Nutritional info: One link has 160 calories, 11 grams fat, 3.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fats, 3 grams carbs, 2 grams sugar, 13 grams proteins.

In addition these flavors, they have many more, including artichoke and garlic, habanero and green chile, organic sun dried tomato, organic spinach and feta, pineapple bacon and sausage, roasted red pepper with corn, and many more

They also sent me Teriyaki and Chicken Pineapple Meatballs. These were awesome. They were very sweet. I loved them. The Chicken & Teriyaki Meatballs combine the classic Asian flavors of ginger, soy and garlic with a punch of sweetness from real bits of pineapple.

For more info and for purchasing, visit here.