Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Betty Lou's Protein Shake

Thanks to Betty Lou's for sending me their low glycemic protein shakes to sample. These protein powders are sugar, lactose, gluten and hormone free. The three flavors are chocolate, vanilla and orange cream.

One package of the vanilla flavor has 180 calories, 3 grams fat, 0 grams trans fats, 10 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar and 20 grams protein.

In addition, this protein powder:
* Mixes instantly in water
* Contains high quality milk and rice proteins
* Provides 20% of your daily fiber needs
* Digestive enzyme and probiotic blend
* Rich in vitamins & minerals, including trace sea minerals


Nature's Pride

Thanks to Nature's pride for sending me a coupon to sample their 100% whole wheat bread. The bread is 100% natural! Nature's Pride® 100% Whole Wheat bread offers all the important benefits of whole grains with just a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. This delicious bread is 100% natural with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. And of course, no high-fructose corn syrup. One slice has 110 calories, 1 gram fat, 0 grams trans fats, 20 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar and 5 grams protein.

Other bread flavors include:
* stone ground whole wheat with honey
* healthy multi-grain
* 12 grain
* double fiber 100% whole wheat
* country white
* nutty oat
* country buttermilk
* country potato


Friday, April 23, 2010

Green Light Jerky

Thankss to Greenlight Jerky for sending me two of their flavored beef jerky's to sample. Jerky is a great food: high protein, low fat and little sugar, if any at all, but Green Light makes it even better with their exciting new flavor creations and no preservatives. Green Light Jerky has NO NITRATES, NO MSG, NO thickening agents, No food colorings. They use only the best of the best ingredients and utilize the products of other wonderful companies such as The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley and George Chiala Farms in Morgan Hill.

Their flavors include the following:
*classic
*pepper grinder
*a bit spicy
*garlic parmesan- 1 ounce has 80 calories, 1 gram fat, 5 grams carbs, 2 grams sugar and 10 grams protein
*jamaican jerk style- this one has traditional jerk flavors with, Jamaican allspice, thyme and fresh habaneros. Spicy!!
*prime rib dinner

You can visit their online store here


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Siggi's Icelandic Style Yogurt

Thanks to Siggi's Yogurt for sending me coupons to sample their icelandic style "skyr" yogurt. WOW, this is really high quality yogurt!!! One container of the plain yogurt has 100 calories, 0 fat, 6 grams carbs, only 4 grams sugar and 17 grams protein! The only ingredients are skim milk, lice active cultures and vegetable rennet. Skyr is a big part of the Iceland diet. Siggi's makes their yogurt from Cow's milk. You can purchase Siggi's yogurt from whole foods. I also saw some at stop and shop as well. For info on where to locate, click here. Not only does this yogurt have awesome stats, but it tastes delicious. It's very thick like greek yogurt.

What is skyr?
Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. So to make just one cup of skyr, with all that water going out, you need 3 - 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process skyr comes out with 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.

I got all plain since i like to mix mine with stuff. However, they also come in the following flavors:
* pomegranate and passion fruit
* vanilla
* orange and ginger
* blueberry
* grapefruit
* acai
* plain

CULTURES: B. Lactis, L. Acidophilus, L. Delbrueckiee Subsp. Bulgaricus, L. Delbrueckiee Subsp. Lactis, S. Thermophilus


PureFit Bars

Thanks to PureFit bars for sending me their bars to sample. I love these bars bcause they are 100% all natural and they do not melt. They are low in calories (about 200-240) and contain 18 grams of soy protein. In addition, they are low glycemic and contain no wheat, dairy or gluten. They also taste great!

PureFit bars have:
* NO Hydrogenated Oils
* NO Animal Products - Vegan
* NO Cholesterol or Trans Fatty Acids
* NO Wheat or Gluten
* NO Artificial Sweeteners
* NO Hidden Carbohydrates
* NO Sugar Alcohol

Flavors include:
- berry almond crunch
- almond crunch
- chocolate brownie
- peanut butter crunch
- granola crunch

For info on where to buy, check here. You can also order online.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Boston Marathon Update and Blogging Update

Hi Everyone,
I am sorry I have been MIA. The past few weeks have been crazy! I always get crazy busy around marathon time. Also, I had a lot of other things going on in my life. Needless to say, everything has died down and I am back :)

So, the good news: I ran my personal best in the Boston Marathon. 3:15:47. I came in 3,725 place, 366 for my gender and 301 in my division. My older sister Becca, who is also my running coach, ran amazing! She ran 3:30:13. Way to go Becca!

I want to thank the following companies as I used their products in my training runs and marathon runs:

Nuun- they were actually at the marathon expo this year. They make portable electrolyte water. I am a former ultra marathon runner and I wish I had heard about it back in my ultra marathon days. this stuff works!!! I used to get major cramps from elecgtrolyte imbalance when I ran my extreme races. I didn't get any cramping during the marathon. I blogged about it here

FitSok- I used their socks in the marathon and they were super comfortable. I love the socks. You can read my blog here

ClifBar- As you all may know by now, clifbar is my absolute favorite bar to train marathons with. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are PERFECT for marathons. I can digest them easily and they taste so good! Clif bars, bagels and bananas were my fuel for the race!

I am waiting for all the pics to upload on the baa marathonfoto website, but here is a pic of me running at mile 8. (pink shorts, black bra)


Friday, April 16, 2010

Flax4Life Flax Muffins

Thank you to Flax4Life for sending me their flax muffins to sample. These muffins are wheat free and are made from all natural ingredients. These muffins are delicious. There are over 3200 mg of omega 3 per muffin. Over 10 grams of fiber muffin. There are no preservatives, no trans fats and no cholestrol. I highly recommend these delicious muffins!

Flax muffins come in the following flavors:
* wild blueberry
* cranberry and orange
* carrot raisin
* chunky chocolate chip
* hawaiian pineapple and coconut

For info on where to order, click here.



FitSok

Thanks to FitSok for sending me the following socks to sample. FitSok makes socks for running, training and biking. These socks are super comfortable. I can tell from wearing them that they are made of the highest quality materials.

FitSok has the following varities of socks:

* CF-2- Utilizing the high performance capabilities of Shadow Yarn®, the CF-2 transports moisture and heat from areas of highest to lowest concentration for a comfortable, thermally balanced sock. Microban®, an antimicrobial product, fights the growth of odor causing bacteria to keep socks cleaner and fresher. A light cushion prevents blistering and enables prolonged performance. The CF-2 is offered in White, Black and Gunmetal. Low and Quarter lengths are available

* CX-3- This ultra-engineered sock is constructed with Coolmax® to provide paramount moisture wicking and cooling technology. The CX-3 is a lightweight compression sock that ensures an anatomically snug fit and spun Coolmax® offers a super-soft hand to promote comfort. The CX-3 is available in Low and Quarter lengths.

* F4- Designed to meet the demands of race-day athletes, the F4 utilizes Shadow Yarn to provide compressed venting and moisture wicking in the most extreme conditions. Made with Sorbtek®, this sock channels moisture away from the foot, keeping it cool and dry. Anatomical left-right foot construction allows for precise fit, while a unique cushioning system provides comfort in specific pressure areas. Achilles protection reduces blistering on the back of the foot, and a front tab protects against shoe friction. The F4 is only available in no-show length.

* ISW- The ISW offers the comfort and technology of a technical sock, while providing the stabilizing features of Isolwool®. Constructed with merino wool, the ISW is unmatched in temperature regulation and moisture control. The ISW naturally fights bacteria allowing the sock to remain clean and fresh. A light cushion prevents blistering and enables prolonged performance. The ISW is available in Quarter length.

Features of FITSOK
FLOWTEK
Channels- Innovative technology promotes airflow on all sides of the foot, dispersing heat and moisture to result in cooler, drier feet

PERFECT Toe- Provides a contoured fit and eliminates bunching and irritation at the end of the foot

MAX ARCH Support- Alleviates foot fatigue by providing a supportive fit around the arch

ENGINEERED Heel- Reinforces the shape of the heel to reduce discomfort and stabilize ankle support

ANATOMICAL Foot- Left-Right foor construction allows for a precise fit

SHADOW YARN Fabric- Superior venting promotes airflow and wicks moisture to keep feet cool and dry


For info on where to buy, click here



Sunday, April 11, 2010

Galaxy Granola

Thanks to Galaxy Granola for sending me their granola to sample. Their motto is "fruit, not fat." Instead of baking their granola with oil, Galaxy bakes it with applesauce. It definitely works and it's definitely tasty! Their are no artificial ingredients, no oil, no corn syrup, and no sugar. Depending on falvor, 1/4 cup ranges from 115-120 calories, 1-2 grams fat, 22 gramss carbs, 4-6 grams sugar and 4 grams protein. I highly recommend you try this delicious granola.

They come in four delicious flavors:
* not sweet vanilla
* vanilla almond
* cranberry orange
* raspberry

For locations on where to purchase, click here. Or you can purchase here



Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ancient Minerals

Thanks to Magnetic Clay and Ancient Minerals for sending me a few of their products to sample. Ancient minerals is the #1 recommended brand for topical magnesium therapy in the world.

Some benefits of Ancient Minerals magnesium products include:
* Restores cellular magnesium levels
* Natural cellular protectant
* Facilitates safe and effective detoxification
* Relief of aches, pains, spasms
* Elevates mood and relieves stress
* Encourages healthy skin tissue
* Helps maintain proper muscle function
* Boosts energy levels
* Supports a healthy immune system
* Balances the hormonal system
* Calms overactive nerves
* Improves quality of sleep

They sent me the following:

Magnesium Oil- The original and still the most popular, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil, contains only raw, highly concentrated, ultra pure magnesium chloride and other trace minerals drawn from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Northern Europe. It is the #1 recommended magnesium oil in the world.

Magenisum Gel- Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus combines the healing power of magnesium chloride with biologically active, certified organic aloe vera extract (ACTIValoe®) in therapeutic amounts

Magnesium Flakes-Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes are the dry flakes of magnesium chloride and other naturally occurring trace minerals, in a convenient and economical form for utilization in baths and foot soaks.

Refer to here for their application and usage guide.

They also sent me their edible earth and clay bath detox, which I will discuss in another post after I try them.

SunButter Sunflower

Thanks to Sunbutter for sending me 5 jars, plus some individual pouches to sample. Sunbutter is a healthy alternative to peanut butter. Made from specially roasted sunflower seeds, it is completely peanut-free, tree-nut free and gluten-free. I highly recommend you try these, especially if you or your kids have peanut allergies, but love nut butters. Sunbutter is a great compliment to fruit, jams, jellies, breads and crackers. And of course, my veggie stir fries!

Flavors include:
* Creamy- gluten free and peanut free
* Organic Unsweetened- a delicious, organic, natural sugar-free alternative to other nut butters. Made without hydrogenated oil.
* Natural- peanut and gluten free
* Natural Crunch- peanut and gluten free
* Natural Omega- 3- A single serving provides 461 mg of omega-3, with 1/3 less saturated fat than peanut butter



Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Immaculate Baking Company

Thanks to Immaculate Baking Company for sending me coupons to sample their chocolate chunk cookies. I tried the Chocolate Chunk and they were delicious! These were a HUGE hit at my Easter party with my family. They are so easy to make. You don't need to add anything. All you have to do is put on parchment paper and bake! Doesn't get easier than that! There are 24 cookies per bag. You can bake a few at a time or the whole bag! I love that they are all natural, contain no trans fats and no artificial ingredients.

2 cookies have 140 calories, 7 grams fats, 19 grams carbs, 12 grams sugar and 1 gram protein.





Brother's All Natural Crisps

Thanks to Brother's All Natural Crisps for sending me a bunch of their freeze dried fruit crisps to sample. The crisps are 100% all natural. They are a FANTASTIC replacement for real fruit as they contain ONLY fruit and can be taken on the go, unlike normal fruit which will spoil. There is no added sugar! In addition, their unique bag will allow them to be kept fresh for up to one year. Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps are peanut/tree nut free, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, vegan, and OU kosher certified.

They sent me:
* strawberries-30 calories
* asian pears - 40 calories
* fuji apple- 39 calories
* pineapple- 60 calories



I topped one bag each of strawberries, asian pears and fuji apples on my oatmeal.

StonyField Farms Greek Yogurt - Caramel and Chocolate Flavored

Thank you to Kristina at Stonyfield Farms for sending me their Oikos Greek yogurt to review. They sent me both the chocolate flavor and caramel flavors to sample. They taste like dessert! Both of these 4 oz container of yogurt has only 110 calories, 0 grams fat, 17 grams carbs, 16 grams sugar and 10 grams protein. These are perfect to take on the go. I highly recommend you try them!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bolani

Thank you to Bolani for sending me a very generous sample of their bolani and pesto/sauces to sample. I brought their products to my family Easter today and the family loved them. They couldn't believe how healthy they were for you.

Bolani's products are all natural, fresh, healthy and organic. They have no trans fats, additives, or preservatives.

To shop for Bolani products, click here.

What is Bolani?
Bolani is a traditional Afghani flatbread stuffed and baked with either spinach, pumpkin, red potato, or green lentil filling. Bolani is usually served warm and as a side-dish, appetizer, Hors d'œuvre, or even as a main dish. It is the perfect diet food because not only are they low in carbohydrates, calories, and fat, they are high in nutrition such as protein, fiber, and vitamins. Bolanis are also ideal for vegans or those looking for healthy alternatives to meat products.

They sent me the following Bolani's:
- spinach
- pumpkin
- lentil
- pumpkin





In addition, they sent me the following spreads. Except for the garlic mint cheese, all the spreads are vegan. They are preserved with natural ingredients.

To learn more about the spreads (including ingredients, price and nutritional facts), click here.
- garlic mint cheese
- lentil curry- this is a high protein dip.
- cilantro pesto- this pesto uses crushed walnuts instead of oil.
- sundried tomato pesto- made from roasted sun dried tomatoes, garlic, spices and a hint of olive oil
- basil pesto- made from fresh basil, parsley, garlic, crushed almonds, and olive oil.
- eggplant pesto- smoked eggplant dip made with a subtle hint of olive oil, with a blend of tomatoes, garlic, curry and other spices



They also sent me a jar of their sweet jalapeno jelly. I didn't try it, but I cooked some for my friend the other night and he loved it on his chicken.

Sof'ella Natural Baking Products

So, my faily celebrates Easter and I volunteered to make low fat chocolate peanut butter brownies. Thanks to Sof'ella gourmet natural foods for sending me their Sin-Free Fat Free Brownie Mix to sample.


About Sof'ella foods
Sof’ella Gourmet Natural Foods was founded in 2005 by Carlo Brandon. He named the company “Sof’ella”, after his two daughters Sofia and Stella, in order to keep in mind that every product made, was a product he would bring home to his little girls. For this reason, the focus from day one has been on providing foods that are ALL NATURAL, GOURMET and EASY-TO-PREPARE.


Sof'ella sells both baking mixes and side dishes. In addition, they offer gluten free products as well.


Brownie Mix
The directions say to use plain non fat yogurt (that's all you need besides the mix!), but I actually used 1/2 can of pumpkin instead and these brownies tasted so delicious. I topped with Better 'n peanut butter.


They were a hit with the family at Easter! Stay tuned for the Vanilla bundt cake review!









Friday, April 2, 2010

Glee Gum

Thanks to Glee Gum for sending me samples of their all natural gum to review. Their gum is delicious. The cinnamon flavor is my favorite.

The gum comes in many flavors, including:
* triple berry
* bubblegum
* peppermint
* tangerine
* spearmint
* cinnamon

From their website:
Glee Gum is made with all natural ingredients including: pure cane sugar, rice syrup, natural flavorings and colorings. Our gum base has super chewy natural chicle harvested from Sapodilla trees in the rain forests of Central America.

Glee Gum is: Vegetarian, Additive Free, Lactose Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Casein Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Nut Free, and Peanut Free.* All Glee Gum is soy free. Please note, however, that other products containing soy lecithin are processed in the same facility as Glee Gum.

Glee Gum has: all natural ingredients, rice syrup instead of corn syrup, natural chicle, delicious, long-lasting, and popular flavors: tangerine, peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, bubblegum and triple berry.

Glee Gum does NOT have: artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners (e.g. aspartame, saccharin or cyclamate).

Jolly Time Popcorn

Thank to Jolly Time Popcorn for sending me their healthy popcorn to review. I am sure you have all seen this delicious popcorn around.

About Jolly Popcorn
Popcorn. We know popcorn better than anyone else. Why? Because we are the original brand name of popcorn in America. We’ve been around since 1914 - longer than any of those other guys! American Pop Corn Company was founded in 1914 and processes and markets JOLLY TIME® Pop Corn in all 50 states and around the world!

JOLLY TIME® Pop Corn is a fourth generation, family owned company and employs about 185 popcorn connoisseurs. Our address? One Fun Place, Sioux City, Iowa.

They sent me the following to review:
* 100 calorie kettle corn popcorn- my favorite kind!
* 100 calories healthy pop butter
* creamy white naturally flavored
* caramel apple- this was so sweet and yummy.
* butter

The popcorn is delicious and so healthy for you. If you follow weight watchers, there is one point per serving. The 100 calorie pack sizes are perfect to take on the go to work.

For a complete listing of their products, go here. For where to buy, click here.

EatSmart Scale

Thank you to EatSmart Products for sending me their digital bathroom scale to review. This scale is so lightweight and tiny. The numbers are huge and I like the blue light LCD Screen. Not only that, but the scale is lightweight and it's flat. You can easily store it. It requires 4 AAA batteries, which are included. The colors available are black or silver.

To learn more about this bathroom scale and other EatSmart products, click here. You can purchase through Amazon.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tibet Authentic Goji Berries

Thanks to Tibet Authentic Goji Berries for sending me their goji berries to sample. As the package states, goji berries are a true miracle food. And they are delicious! I topped mine on my oatmeal and egg whites this morning.

Goji Berries: There are more than forty different types of berries that are often referred to as goji berries, known in Tibet as pang jia. But Tibet Authentic's goji berry - the largest and most mature berry grown in the mountains of Tibet - is considered by ancient and modern-day doctors and scientists to be superior to all other goji berries, wolf berries and goji derivatives such as goji juice products. Only Tibet Authentic's goji berries have passed the Tibetan Medical College's rigorous quality selection criteria.

According to the Tibetan Medical College, the Company's goji berry.
* Will help you develop a stronger immune system, which means better resistance to illness
* Has anti-aging properties
* Will help you guard against cancer
* Brightens and improves your eyesight
* Nourishes your liver and kidneys
* Normalizes your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
* Assists with weight loss
* Lowers your cholesterol
* Slows hair loss and graying
* Rejuvenates your mind, your body, and your spirit



Eat in the Raw! Vegan Parmesan

Thanks to Eat in the Raw! for sending me their Parma! Vegan Parmesan cheese to sample. This is super delicious and super good for you! They have them in original and chipotle cayenne flavors. You can use this as a sub for parmesan cheese for anything: meats, soups, pasta, rice, salad, veggies, pizza, popcorn, anything! One tablespoon has 25 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 2 grams carbs, 0 grams sugar, and 2 grams protein. There are no trans fats! I definitely recommend you try this!

Original Parma! is made using only Raw Organic Walnuts, Red Star Veg Support Nutritional Yeast, Celtic Sea Salt, and Love.

Chipotle Cayenne Parma! is made using only Raw Organic Walnuts, Red Star Veg Support Nutritional Yeast, Celtic Sea Salt, Organic Chipotle, Organic Onion, Organic Cayenne, and Love.

For info on where to purchase, click here.

I topped it on my Gardein Protein chicken filets.