Saturday, August 28, 2010

Julian Bakery Smart Carb Bread

Thanks to Julian Bakery for sending me their Smart Carb bread to sample. They sent me their smart carb #1 (low carb) and smart carb #2 (cinnamon almond raisin) breads. They are delicious! Actually, this bread is quite addicting like regular bread. MINUS THE CARBS! Personally, my body does not like carbs, so this is perfect for me. I love it. Thanks to Julian Bakery for sending me these delicious breads! I am hooked!

Smart carb No. 1: One slice of this bread has 12 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. Only 109 calories and one net carb per slice! (13 total carbs- 12 grams dietary fiber= one net carb.) There is only one gram of fat and no sugar.

Fresh Ground Whole Grain *Wheat, Sprouts of *Kamut, *Spelt, *Rye, Lentils, Sesame Seeds, *Millet, *Quinoa, *Amaranth, Ground Flaxseed, *Wheat Bran, Oat Bran, Eggs, Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate (90%), Chicory Root (Inulin Fiber), Wheat Gluten, Yeast & Sea Salt.
*Organically Grown

Smart carb No. 2 (cinnamon almond raisin): One slice of this bread has 13 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein. Only 137 calories and two net carbs per slice! (15 total carbs- 13 grams dietary fiber= two net carbs.) There is only one gram of fat and one gram of sugar.

Fresh Ground Whole Grain *Wheat, Sprouts of *Kamut, *Spelt, *Rye, Lentils, Sesame Seeds, *Millet, *Quinoa, *Amaranth, Ground Flaxseed, *Wheat Bran, Oat Bran, Eggs, Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate (90%), Chicory Root (Inulin Fiber), Wheat Gluten, Cinnamon, Raisins, Yeast & Sea Salt.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

America's Nutrition - Valeo 8 Pound Medicine Ball

Thanks to Cheryl from America's Nutrition for sending me a Valeo 8 pound Medicine Ball to review.

America's Nutrition sells a variety of exercise equipment, nutrition bars, protein powders, weight loss and other supplements.

The Valeo ball comes in either 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 pounds. They are great to use as part of your workout routine. They help improve flexibility, strength and coordination. I love to use them for ab workouts. I love how it comes with a wall chart of exercises. The ball is easy to grip and has the texture of a basketball.... but a little bit heavier :) So, it's easier to grip. The 8 pound ball sells for $26.99, but you get a bigger discount if you buy more. Shipping is $4.99 per order, but free for orders over $99.

Be sure to check out America's Nutrition website! There are a lot of great deals!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dymatize Elite Gourmet Bar

As part of my "small purchase" at, I got to sample a couple of items for free, including the Dymatize elite gourmet peanut butter. WOW! This bar was awesome! I am a big fan of their protein powders, but I had never had their bars before. I sampled a mini one, but they also come in bigger sizes.

One 85 gram bar has 390 calories, 19 grams fat, 0 grams trans fats, 18 grams carbs, 5 grams sugar and 30 WHOPPING grams of protein.

INGREDIENTS: Elite Protein Blend (Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Isolate) Sugar Free Marshmallow Layer (Lycasin Syrup, Water, Powdered Sugar, Maltodextrin, Coconut Oil, Egg Whites, Invertase, Soy Protein Crisps [Isolated Soy Protein, Cocoa Powder, Tapioca Starch], Lecithin (an emulsifier) Vanilla, Flavor), Yogurt Coating (Sugar, Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Yogurt Powder, Soy Lecithin [an emulsifier], Vanillin), Chocolate Coating (Whey Protein Concentrate, Palm Kernel Oil, Maltitol, Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Soy Lecithin [an emulsifier], Vanillin), Collagen Peptides, Glycerine, Water, Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Powder, Lecithin (an emulsifer), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt. Allergy Alert: This product contains milk and soy products, and is produced in a facility that processes soy, dairy, egg, wheat ingredients, peanuts and tree nuts.

This bar tasted like candy! I highly recommend you try it out... especially chocolate peanut butter.

The Protein Bakery

Thanks to The Protein Bakery for sending me samples of their high protein desserts to sample. They have a huge selection to choose from, including fredh baked and colossal cookies, brownies, and blondies. They are packed with whey protein. In addition, they are wheat free and high in fiber (this is because they use rolled oats and grind them into a flour, rather than using plain flour). They are also vegetarian friendly as well.

These are a great alternative to regular snacks. Although I would still consider them a "cheat," I LOVE the added protein and they taste great! Definitely check them out!

Sample nutritionals:

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie
Ingredients: whey protein, rolled oats, light brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate chips, butter, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, salt, trans fat free.
Serv. Size: 1 cookie (28g) Servings: 2 Amount per Serving: Calories- 130; Total Fat- 7g; Sat. Fat- 4g; Total Carb- 16g; Fiber- 1g; Sugars- 10g; and Protein- 4g.

Black and White Brownie
Ingredients: whey protein, rolled oats, light brown sugar, eggs, white chocolate chips, butter, chocolate liquor, vanilla, baking powder, salt, trans fat free
Serv. Size: 1 brownie (84g) Servings: 1 Amount per Serving: Calories 380; Total Fat- 21g; Sat. Fat- 12g; Total Carb.- 41g; Fiber- 2g; Sugars- 35g; Protein- 11g.

Colossal Peanut Butter Cookie:
Ingredients: whey protein, rolled oats, peanut butter, light brown sugar, eggs, peanut butter chips, butter, pure vanilla extract, baking soda, salt
Serv. Size: 1 cookie (28g) Servings: 3 Amount per Serving: Calories- 140; Total Fat- 9g; Sat. Fat- 3.5g; Total Carb.- 11g; Fiber- 1g; Sugars- 9g; Protein- 6g

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Winner of the Oikos greek yogurt giveaway!

The winner of the oikos greek yogurt chocolate them indulgence giveaway is

Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said... I would make a dessert with the caramel yogurt, cereal and chocolate chips on top!

Congrats Amanda! Please send me your mailing address and phone to krizpz2 at

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Friday, August 20, 2010

oikos greek yogurt giveaway!!!

Don't forget to enter!

Blackbird Naturals Cacao Fudge Truffles

Thanks to Andrea from blackbird naturals for sending me their raw vegan cacao fudge truffles to sample. I loved these because they are not only delicious, but they are healthy as well. I loved all the ingredients and can recognize all of them. In addition, these treats are 100% organic. They are cholesterol, preservative and gluten free, too!

Ingredient list:
* organic dates
* organic cacao
* organic coconut oil
* himalayan pink salt
* organic shredded coconut
* rolled in: organic cacao nibs or pistachios

These are absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend you try them. I chilled them for a bit, as Andrea suggested, and ate one before I worked out. (I then proceeded to hide them in the back of my freezer because I can easily see me eating the whole box in one sitting.)

Check out blackbird naturals on their blog here!

P28 Protein Bread

Thanks to Jeff from Nutri Bread for sending me their high protein ("P28") bread to sample. As it's name implies, this is a high protein bread. This bread is DELICIOUS! It's a little bit more chewier than regular bread when it is untoasted. But, once I toasted it, I couldn't tell the difference! And the slice of bread is huge! The perfect substitute for regular bread. AND I LOVE THE NUTRITION STATS! Although it took me a while to figure out, it's called P28 because theirs 28 grams of protein in two slices.

One slice has 130 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 12 grams carbs, 2 grams sugar and 14 grams of protein.

The main source of protein in P28 is whey protein isolate.

I ate this pre-workout and it was excellent. This will definitely be pre-workout staple for me :)

You can order online here. It is VERY reasonably priced at $4.99/loaf

Thanks Jeff!!!!

Kettle Hazelnut and Almond Butters

As you all know by now if you follow my blog, I am a huge nut butter fan. Thanks to Kettle for sending me their Almond and Hazelnut Butters to sample. Ohhhh myyyy gawddd, these are awesome! They went perfect on my veggie stir fry. I also love them because they are all natural, too. The only ingredients are NUTS! No added oils or sugar... and that's how I LOVE my nut butters :)

In addition to almond and hazelnut butter, they also have cashew and organic peanut nut butters. The almond and organic peanut butter comes in creamy, salted, unsalted and crunchy flavors. cashew andn hazelnut come in creamy and unsalted.

Two tablespoons of the almond nut butter has 180 calories, 17 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 5 grams of protein, and no sugar!

Two tablespoons of the hazelnut butter have 180 calories, 17 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 5 grams carbs, 4 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar.

I am a huge fan of these nut butters! I highly recommend them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oikos Chocolate Yogurt Greek Yogurt Giveaway!

You all know I LOVE my Greek yogurt... once you go greek, you don't go back! It is so much thicker than regular yogurt and has so much more protein! Oikos is one of my favorite brands. Not only are they delicious, but they are also 100% organic.

I especially love their CHOCOLATE and CARAMEL greek yogurt that I tried here. Both flavors have no fat and make the perfect dessert or snack anytime.

New Chocolate and Caramel pure pleasure-on-the-bottom Oikos Organic 0% fat Greek yogurt flavors offer a healthy, yet indulgent treat all in one convenient snack-sized cup. With only 110 calories and 10 grams of protein per 4 ounce serving, it’s a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Because Oikos is organic, it’s made with organic milk from farms that don’t use toxic persistent chemicals and fertilizers, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. Through our purchases of organic ingredients, annually we support over 180,000 acres of organic land.

The very generous people at Oikos are hosting a giveaway.

One LUCKY winner has a chance to win a giveaway package from Oikos.

The chocolate-themed indulgence giveaway package includes:
- 1 coupon for a free Green & Black Organic Chocolate Bar
- 1 sample of Numi Organic Chocolate tea
- 1 Dagoba/Eco Lips Organic Chocolate chapstick
- 1 Skinnyskinny real cocoa organic soap bar
- 2 free coupons for Chocolate and Caramel Oikos multipacks
- Recipe card set featuring Chocolate Cheesecake, as well Oikos spatula

You can enter up to four times!!

Mandatory Entry Method –
1.) watch a YouTube video ( ) and comment on something you learned about organics, or organic farming, etc.

Additonal Optional Entry Methods (leave a separate comment for each additional entry!)
1.) fan Stonyfield on Facebook or twitter and comment that you did
2.) leave a comment about a dessert you could make with Chocolate or Caramel Oikos
3.) head to the ‘Organic and You’ page and comment on what you found most interesting ( ).

Giveaway ends this Sunday, August 22nd. Good luck! Sorry, only U.S. participants.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bex Runner

Thanks to Bex runner for sending me one of their innovative hand held cooling devices to use while exercising. Basically, it's an adjustable strap that fits around your hand with a small cooling pouch attached that rests comfortably in your palm. I put mine in the freezer the night before and used it the next morning (although it probably takes only a few hours). Basically, the gel freezes in the pouch and rests against your palm and acts as a cooling mechanism for your body. The gel stays cool up to 1 hour in use and the device is reusable for a year.

How does Bex runner work? According to this website, "The BEX Runner focuses on the unique radiator-like qualities of the palm of the hand. The key to this naturally occurring phenomenon is a unique system of blood vessels found beneath the palm surface, called arteriovenous anastomoses (AVAs), which brings heatedblood to the skin surface and returns cooled blood back to your body’s core. BEX Runner maximizes this phenomenon by keeping your body’s natural radiator (the palms) cool."

I wore this while I ran up and down the stairs this morning. I have taken a hiatus from running outside for a while, but this worked PERFECT when I was running up and down the stairs (working my buns!) Kept me cool in my hot stairwell (I live in a 7 story apartment complex).

I recommend you try this very awesome product! They sell for $49.99 on their website here

Join them on facebook!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Trim Treads

Thanks to Trim Treads for sending me one of their fitness shoes to sample. These shoes are great! It feels like I am walking in high heels when I wear them, but they are so much more comfortable. I also like them because they make me feel taller :) These add a good inch to two inches to my size... seeing that I am only 5'1, this is a confidence booster.

These shoes were a hit at work, too! One of my co-workers practiced walking in them and she said "I need to get myself a pair of these."

From their website:
Wear your trim treads for 30 minutes a day for:
* lifted buns
* toned legs
* a stronger core
* better circulation
* perfect posture
* improved balance
* burning calories

Not only do they come in sandals, but they also come in other shoe-types, including boots, clogs, sandals... and they come in many colors, too!! Definitely be sure to check them out!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Myweigh scales

Thanks to Myweigh for sending me their kitchen scale to review. They send me the KD-8000. The KD-8000 weighs up to 8000 grams. I like the fact that it has a removable protective cover. I tend to spill my protein powder all over the place when I weigh mine, so this is great. In addition, it has a bakers math/percentage weighing, so you can weigh ingredients in proportion to the main ingredient. As you can see below, the scale comes with a backlit 5 digit LCD display with large easy to read numbers. It reads in grams, ounces, kilograms, pounds and pounds: ounces.

Ever since getting on my health kick, I use scales to measure my food rather than using measuring cups because it's more accurate. This is a great addition to my kitchen!

In addition to the KD-8000, myweigh offers a number of other pocket/mini scales, medium scales and large scales. Be sure to check them out!