2 Mar 2019, Comments (0)

Kumana Foods Avocado Sauce

Author: Healthnuttxo

Love Avocado, but hate that you buy it when it’s not ripe enough and then forget about it, and then it’s too ripe and you end up throwing it out? (We all do it…)

Kumana Foods has the solution, with their Avocado Sauce. It comes in Mango, Original, and Spicy varieties. They are all plant based, Non-GMO, and made without added sugar. The containers are BPA free, and they are gluten free as well.

The sauces are also relatively low in calories (10 for every 1 Tbsp.) and relatively low in sodium as well (the Mango variety has 95 mg per serving).

I cooked up rice and beans, and thought this would be the perfect addition.

Overall, I found all 3 varieties tasted more or less the same. MANGO: this one is sweet with a little bit of spice. The mango flavor is mild and there is a relatively strong pepper flavor with a nice amount of heat. The ORIGINAL flavor has a bit more heat, a stronger green pepper flavor and more of a vinegar aftertaste. Good if you like things on the less sweet- more spicy side. The HOT flavor had a kick, but it was not…spicy. Let’s put it this way, I accidentally had hot sauce the other day on my enchilada and felt like I was having heart palpitations meanwhile everyone else was eating it no problem. AKA…I am a wimp with spicy foods. & the spicy version of the avocado sauce was well… not that spicy.

Overall, I like them. All have a mild avocado flavor, which I wish was more prominent, and remind me of salsa verde. I love adding them on top of chicken and rice dishes for an extra kick. I recommend trying them, but don’t expect them to be spicy.

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I RECEIVED THIS TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY.

Dietary Supplements – we’ve all tried and bought a few from here and there. While the FDA does not regulate supplements, you CAN do your best to buy from reputable companies who take pride in what they sell. Synergy Company sent me some of their Organic Dietary supplements from the Pure Synergy line. You can view all their supplements here

I was sent: Super Pure Beta 1,3 Glucan Algae Extract, Pure Radiance C 100% Natural Vitamin C from Wildcrafted Berries, SuperPure Echinacea, Rapid Rescue and Enzyme Powder full spectrum Digestive support. Most of the supplements are Organic and Kosher (but always double check your label!)

So let’s get started!

Super Pure Beta 1,3 Glucan Algae Extract:
-each capsule is vegetarian and contains 500 mg of Beta 1,3 Glucan
-okay great, WHAT IS BETA GLUCAN??
-according to the website, it is found in cell walls of mushrooms, yeast and algae, and has been linked to immune-enhancing benefits, as well as promote healthy stress responses and healthy inflammation responses
-unfortunately, my research of Beta 1,3 Glucan is limited. I wish there was a paper to support the statements of the supplement (I’m a science gal). However, I do like that this product is made without harsh chemicals, GMO free, dairy free, yeast free, and gluten free.

Pure Radiance C 100% Natural Vitamin C from Wildcrafted Berries:
–just 1/4 of a tsp of this powdered supplement provides 200% of your RDA of Vitamin C
-organic and kosher
-I added this with my iced tea, and it added just a very slight berry flavor to my drink. I’m sure you could also mix with water, but I preferred it as a little boost with my tea. I had no side effects, and did not get sick the entire month I used the product. Coincidence? Maybe. But maybe not, as we do know Vitamin C’s role in immune health and as a co-factor in many enzymatic reactions in the body.




SuperPure Echinacea & Rapid Rescue
-You see echinacea all the time in cough and cold products — but why? It is believed to help “jump start” your immune response, according to the Synergy Company
-You can take the Echinacea or the Rapid Rescue at the first sign of a cold or when you’re not quite feeling yourself (naturally, any fever or signs of a more serious illness, please see your doctor!)
-I won’t lie, I took the Rapid Rescue at the first signs of a cold (during one of my Pediatric rotations…lots of sick kids!), and felt that the cold was expedited to about 3-4 days instead of my usual that lingers for 5-6 days.
-Of NOTE: I did feel particularly anxious when I took the Rapid Rescue. I cannot comment if that was correlated with the supplement, or extraneous factors. But, I figured I would state it as such.

ENZYME POWDER: Full Spectrum Enzyme Support

-1 pill provides a TON of digestive enzymes.
-For Carbohydrate digestion: amylase, glucoamylase, lactase (for lactose), maltase, invertase
-For Fat digestion: lipase
For Protein Digestion: bromelain and papain, protease, peptidase, acid protease, serrapeptase, nattokinase
-Plant Fibers: cellulase, hemicellulase, alpha-galactosidase, xylanase, pectinase, phytase, beta glucanase 
-& lastly, Digestive “support blend” which includes things such as fennel, red algae trace mineral complex, ginger and tumeric
-I think this would be a good supplement for someone who suffers from indigestion or simple heartburn. Remember, this is not medical advice, and you should ALWAYS see a doctor or PA for medical advice, especially if you have something like ongoing indigestion, etc.

Overall, I like this company, and I feel as if their products are pure. Worth a try!

Let me know if you have tried any of these before and which are your favorites.

DISCLAIMER: I received these for free. This is an UNBIASED review.

Dietary Supplements can be tricky. If you are not aware, * MOST * are NOT FDA regulated – hence, do we ever really know what is in a dietary supplement?

Well, to solve this problem, Dr. Sreek Cherukuri established SmartCeuticals, which are produced in a NSF certified facility. This is to ensure what is in your supplement is actually what the bottle says it has! 

Dr. Sreek Cherukuri’s company established Boscumin, which is a combination of tumeric and Boswellia. This product is supposed to be 29x more effective than standard tumeric and boswellia, as it is bound to fat solulble lecithin for increased absorption.

According to the email I received from the company, they reported a study that found some other tumeric products were synthetic, and made from petroleum. (yuck!!)

Tumeric and Boswellia are natural herbs aimed at reducing inflammation and helping ease joint pain.

These pills are GMO free, dairy, egg, gluten soy, wheat, sugar, salt, yeast, preservative, artificial flavor and fragrance free. They are vegan and gluten free as well.

Here is a picture of the label:

So a bit of feedback, the pills are decently big, and you are instructed to take 2 per day. I am not a *huge* fan of the label looking like a prescription bottle. I understand it is promoting “medicinal effects” per se, but it is not an FDA regulated medicine or prescription, so I’m not a huge fan of the fact the bottle looks as such.

HOWEVER, If you are interested in learning more, please check out the website here. You can use my promo code, LISA, as well!

DISCLAIMER: I received this product to try for free. This is an unbiased post.

21 Dec 2018, Comments (0)

Doctor Plotka’s Mouthwatchers Toothbrush

Author: Healthnuttxo


Always on the hunt for a soft toothbrush that leaves a cleanfeeling mouth, I was excited to try Doctor Plotka’s Mouthwatchers Toothbrush. Itwas invented by Dr. Ronald Plotka, a Dentist of over 40+ years. This toothbrushisn’t your ordinary toothbrush, and has a few extra fun features.

  • It has antimicrobial bristles – -there are fine bristles that are infused with silver. Silver is naturally antimicrobial, and prevents the bacteria that grows on your toothbrushinbetween uses. In fact, it eliminates 99.9% of bacteria growth on the brush within 6 hours of use. This prevents re-introducing yucky bacteria into your mouthand gums for the next use!
  • It has flossing bristles – dual layered bristles that according to the fact sheet are asthin as human hair. This can help reach the hard to hit places, helping brushaway food and plaque. They are made of Polyester instead of nylon.
Check out these bristles!

Sounds pretty cool! But how was it?

  • I have pretty sensitive teeth and gums. I always use soft toothbrushes, and even thenthey can be abrasive. However, I reallyliked this brush!
  • Super soft and non-abrasive when I brushed. Nobleeding gums, etc
  • Got the hard to reach food pieces in the back ofmy teeth by my wisdom teeth
  • Teeth felt nice and clean after brushing

Overall, I was a fan. My only complaint is the brush head was very large for my teeth (I am 27 and my dentist tells me to use a kid’s toothbrush for the small head), but I saw that they do have youth toothbrushes, so I would love to get one of those to use instead.

Overall, 4.5 stars.

DISCLAIMER: I received this toothbrush to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. 

This is definitely something new for me- vitamin infused toothpaste? Cool!

Vitaminpaste is the first multivitamin and mineraltoothpaste. According to the fact sheet they sent me, both varieties:

  • developed by Dentist Dr. Bruce Golden
  • Both are fluoride free, thus eliminating the risk of dental and skeletal fluorosis from fluoride toothpaste ingestion
  • This toothpaste contains ingredients that are safe to ingest
  • It is sweetened with Xylitol, which helps reduce risk of tooth decay

You are instructed to use 1 inch strip of toothpaste, brush for 2 minutes (1 minute for Mint), rinse and swallow normally and use this 3 times per day

The Mint Variety…

  • Infused with Vitamin D, E, B6, Niacin,Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Selenium and Manganese
  • Is gluten free
  • Not tested on animals
  • Contains Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Contains parabens to help keep toothpastebacteria free
  • Freshens breath, whitens teeth

The Vitamin Paste for Kids (Bubblegum flavor)—for kids aged 4+

  • Does NOTcontain sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Provides 50% RDA of Vitamin D, E, B3, B5, B6when used as directed (aged 4-13)
  • No parabensor preservatives
  • Contains calcium
  • Not tested on animals
  • Helps freshen breath and whiten teeth

So how did it taste?
Pretty good. The mint variety was more sweet than minty, with predominant Xylitol flavor. I like the mint, especially for kids, as it wasn’t harsh in flavor or burned when I used it (some mint toothpaste stings!). That being said, the very mild flavor made me feel like I wasn’t super “refreshed” after  brushing.

The Bubblegum flavor was also mild, but still pretty good. I liked that both varieties weren’t colored, and the bubblegum flavor was white (rather than dyed with pink). 

Overall, I like the idea of these, especially for kids who won’t take a multivitamin with their meals or may be lacking some vitamins/minerals. I personally believe Fluoride plays a role in proper teeth and bone development, as well as anti-cavity effects, but I also like the fact these are fluoride free, as excess (such as consuming toothpaste) can be dangerous, and can be seen in the pediatric population. The Xylitol takes the place of Fluoride to reduce plaque, and I am wondering what the role of anti-cavity Xylitol has. My only other complaint was that this toothpaste did not really leave me feeling “refreshed” after brushing. My teeth felt clean, but the “just brushed” feeling dissipated rather quickly. However, I did not experience any burning or irritation that some of the strong minty toothpastes can cause. 

SO for me, these get a solid 4. 

DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free courtesy of the company. This is an unbiased review. 

 

It’s officially cold and flu season! (Boo!!!) And while there are vaccinations to help prevent the flu, there are no vaccinations against Rhinovirus aka the cold. However, you can take some over the counter supplements that may help support a healthy immune system. Vitamin Friends has a immune system support probiotic gummy that has Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea and a probiotic…and it’s vegan too!

These gummies are vegan, glute, free, egg free, crustacean free, fish free, peanut free, nut free, milk free and soy free…aka allergen free! They are made in California, USA, and are also Kosher. But how does it taste? Can I get my child to eat this?

I was sent an orange flavor to try…I do not think you will have any worries getting your child to eat these because they are yummy! A tangy, slightly tart orange-clementine line flavor. The gummies are soft and easy to chew, and covered with a sugar-like coating.

I’ve been eating them for about a month (2 per day), and have had no issues with going to the bathroom and *so far*, I have not gotten sick (KNOCK ON WOOD!) I do believe that supplementation can play a role in supporting a healthy immune system, especially if you are deficient in vitamins. I like that there is 100% of Vitamin C and Zinc per serving, not “1000% percent!” like some supplements may advertise. More is not necessarily better when it comes to vitamins and minerals, and even thought Vitamin C is water soluble, we shouldn’t be taking it in excess. Vitamins should also never take place of a healthy, well balanced diet, filled with fruits and vegetables and other anti-oxidants. However, I do think this is a good addition to your child’s diet (or yours!), especially during cold and flu season.

They are 15 calories per serving with 4 grams of sugar.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these gummies to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. This is not medical advice. Consult your doctor/ PA or NP before starting any supplements.
24 Oct 2018, Comments (0)

Sated Complete Keto Meal Replacement Shake

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

A Ketogenic diet is hard – keeping your carbohydrates low and still hitting adequate protein and fiber requirements can be challenging. Sated is here to help. They sent me a Limited Edition  Preview sample of their Vanilla Complete Keto Meal replacement Shake.

Here’s some quick facts:

  • Naturally sweetened with Erythritol, Stevia and other natural sweeteners, with  < 1 gram of sugar
  • 18 grams of protein per serving
  • milk protein isolate based
  • 1.3  net carbohydrates per serving
    • total carbs 17 –> subtract 5.6 for fiber and 10 grams for erythritol,  a non-digestible sweetener
  • 5.6 grams of fiber per serving

And a sneak peek of the ingredients below:

 

So how’s the TASTE?

  • Very thick and creamy, almost an oil-based consistency
  • Vanilla flavor reminded me of a rice pudding type of flavor, not super sweet but mild
  • A whole milk – cream – half and half type of milk flavor

What’s the verdict?

  • at 400 calories, it is good for a meal replacement
  • but 34 grams of fat with 10 saturated…is a little too high for me. Arguably, when you reduce carbohydrates in the diet you have to replace it with other macronutrients, protein and fat, but the saturated fat will set you back at nearly 50% of what you should be consuming in a day.
  • The consistency is like an oily milk…it does not separate but it has this very thick, “fatty” texture, which I wasn’t a fan of
  • THUS…This is not my cup of tea.  I personally would not get this in the future, but if you need a quick meal replacement and are on a strict keto diet, it might be worth a try. However, I would rather have a scoop of low carbohydrate protein with almond milk.
  • 2 stars

I am a huge fan of Expression Med. They currently have tapes for products of Dexcom, Infusion Sets, and are hopefully expanding with products for Libre, Medtronic CGM and more in the future.  I have used their products before for my Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor site and had great results.

These tapes adhere to the site and not only help the site stay on, but also provide some colorful fun. I can only speak of the Dexcom CGM, but after a few days, the sites begin to peel. Or, if you use them in the pool, extended time in water, or even wearing tight clothing can cause the sites to fall off.

I have even encountered times where the sites fall off the same day (mostly because I put one on before skin was completely dry or too close to a shower), and it is a shame because the pods/sites are NOT cheap and you cannot get extra (at least with my insurance). Once you use a CGM, it is VERY hard to go back to pricking your finger multiple times per day, because you are used to knowing what your blood sugar is. So these tapes help the adhesive of the pod/site stay put!

I have personally worn the medical tapes and had no problem with them peeling off or falling off. I have relatively sensitive skin, and had no irritation. 

So why does pattern, matter?

Diabetes stinks. There is no way around it. We are given an autoimmune disease that literally controls our life. Multiple injections or site changes, finger pricks and prescriptions. Expression Med brings a tiny bit of color to a dim disease. Something to smile about, show your friends, or even let kids see that they may have an autoimmune disorder, but it does not have to rule their life, and does not make them “different”. There is no shame in being a Diabetic. Expression Med lets you appreciate what modern technology can do for you a little bit more.

Overall, great products. Please check them out! The Dexcom pieces run about 4$ each and are worth every penny!

 

This is an unbiased review. I received these products to try for free from the company.
21 Sep 2018, Comments (0)

Vegan Smart All-in-One Nutritional Shake

Author: Healthnuttxo

Protein powder is a big staple in a lot of diets, especially those who are active, such as body builders and athletes, but also a great supplement to those who have a hard time ingesting protein or those who are dieting to help keep them full.

However, vegan options are relatively slim when it comes to protein powder, as most are made from Whey or Casein, which are animal-milk sourced. In comes Vegan Smart, who has made protein supplement with fiber, digestive enzymes, gluten free, dairy and soy free and some have additional benefits such as prebiotic fiber and Omega-3.

They sent me some samples of their vegan protein powder. I was pretty excited to try these, as I DO like protein powder, but whey is very hard on my stomach so I tend to avoid it entirely. Some fun facts:

  • The protein powders are made from peas, quinoa, chia, potato and chlorella.
  • They are 160-180 calories per serving with 20 grams of protein per serving
  • they have protease, amylase, lipase and bromelian for digestive enzymes
  • they contain medium chain triglycerides
  • certified vegan 
  • gluten free

I received 3 flavors, Cookies and Cream, Peaches & Cream, and Chocolate Raspberry. I mixed all the protein powder with almond milk.

Peaches & Cream:

  • mild peach flavor
  • stevia flavor prominent
  • pea protein flavor detectable
  • easy to mix, but recommend a NICE shake to get all the “bumps” out
  • went well with almond milk
  • good, but not my favorite. Needs more peach flavor/ less “stevia” based sweetness
  • 3 star

Chocolate Raspberry

  • mild chocolate flavor, more cocoa like in nature
  • very mild raspberry undertone
  • flavor is a bit muted, I think it needs a touch more sweetness
  • mildly sweet
  • Not my favorite, but good.
  • I think the chocolate raspberry balance is a bit off
  • blended it with ice and almond milk, wish I added a banana
  • 3 star

Cookies and Cream

  • this one was my favorite!
  • sweet and creamy
  • little baby cookie pieces
  • predominant vanilla flavor
  • stevia flavor is prominent once again
  • however, flavorful and tasty
  • 4 star

Overall, I enjoyed these. They may need a little extra TLC for mixing purposes, since pea protein can be a bit “gritty”. But, if you use a blender or just a shaker cup with a blender ball, you will be fine. I had no stomach issues and they kept me relatively satisfied post workout!

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

31 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Sabre Personal Alarm and Door Stop Alarm

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

A non-food review today, but important all the same because safety is KEY! Sabre has a line of products aimed at your safety in mind.  From pepper spray to home security, Sabre has you covered.

They sent me 2 of their products to review, the Personal Alarm, and the door alarm.

Let’s review the Personal Alarm first. I think this is great for those who commute to work, travel alone, go jogging, or even just to keep on your bag or purse. Unfortunately, you never know when a predator may attack, and if you have some sort of alarm to alert for help, it may help keep you safe.

The personal alarm is tiny, fits in my palm, and has a durable, sturdy clip to attach to your bag or purse strap. It is intended to be weather proof as well. I travel a lot for work, alone, and I thought it would be a great thing to have on me, especially because I travel in some not-so-safe areas.

It has a light feature to ensure that if you do need to use the alarm, people can see you! It has 3 modes, a fast flash, slow flash and a mode that allows the light to be always on, that you can control with a push of a button.

Now, for the alarm feature. Don’t mess around with this, it is LOUD!!!! My Dad and I were experimenting with it, to see how it worked, and he hit the alarm button and we were floored how loud it is! It is 120 dB, which is extremely loud, and definitely louder than I imagined for such a tiny device! I think this is great, because even in a time of emergency, a quick push of the button activates a loud alarm with flashing of light, to hopefully attract someone toward you for safety.

Here’s a pic of the personal alarm below, next to the door stop alarm.

Which…speaking of, let’s review the Door Stop Alarm.

While I do not have an immediate use for this in my home, I think it’s great if you live alone, in an apartment, a dorm room, or hey, even if you do live with your family and they aren’t home, you can always slide this under your door to be alerted of anyone breaking into your home!

It also has 120 dB of sound, a pretty sturdy grip so it stays rooted to the floor and helps prevent the door. I turned the switch on in the back, placed it under my door, and let my Dad try to open it. It immediately stopped the door from opening, no sliding of the actual device, and alarm went off as well. Again…extremely loud!!!

Overall, some great products. I cannot believe how loud the devices were given how small they are, but this is great when it comes to safety. I will definitely use the handheld device for times I go jogging alone, walk my dog at night, or even just traveling in and out of the city. It’s discrete and I can easily clip it to my backpack.

Check out SABRE and all their other products!



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