31 Jan 2021, Comments (0)

CBD living Vegan PM Gummies & PM Syrup

Author: Healthnuttxo

For the insomniacs out there who hate using medication that makes them groggy in the morning, here is a product that may be worth a try for you!

The nice people over at CBD living sent me over 2 bottles of their PM syrup and PM CBD gummies to try. They have a combination of CBD + melatonin to help you get a restful, goodnight sleep.

The products are THC free, non GMO, vegan, and gluten free.

The syrups are pretty good. I was sent the grape and cherry flavors.

Heres some details about the syrup

Excuse my nail. I work in health care so my hand washes are 1000x times a day and my nail polish cannot keep up despite weekly manicures!

The syrups have a thick consistency. There is a medicinal vibe to them with the flavor but It is totally tolerable as there is a good amount of sweetness. No notable aftertaste and goes down easy.

The gummies come in Cherry, strawberry, orange and lemon. They remind me of the texture of sour patch kids. They have less of a medicinal flavor and are quite good. They are chewy but not tough. I have tried CBD gummies in the past that are VERY hard to chew through and these are much softer. They are tiny and you only need one for a serving (please, keep out of reach of children!)

Overall, a very good product. My fiancé tried these as well and he ended up using It every night as It helped him sleep (he is more of an insomniac than I am!), without feeling groggy in the morning. They started making us feel sleepy within 20-30 minutes so I recommend if you do try them, take It right before bed.

4.5 stars

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

Earthbaby is a company that makes products that are gentle, non toxic and effective for cleansing your baby’s soft and delicate skin and hair. The company was founded by Florence Nacino, a health and beauty formulation researcher. While I do not have a baby of my own, the company sent me some products to try. I have VERY sensitive skin, so I happily obliged.

The products are relatively affordable, average 5-15$ each (with the exception of the hand sanitizer).

The products are held to certain standards. They are FREE of artificial dyes, phthalates, mineral oil, DEA, CHT, BSE, formaldehyde, sulfates and paragons. They are hypoallergenic and nonirritating, with no animal byproducts. Certain products in the lines are made with 90% natural derived ingredients and 70% certified organic ingredients.

The have Oleosphere Technology, which according to the pamphlet they provided me, has a delayed release and immediate release for hydration. There is Hyaluronic Acid, natural fragrance , vitamin E and fresh cells.

So lets delve into It!

Shampoo & Body Wash – infused with chamomile, honey and apple. I found It gently cleansed my hair and I really loved the apple scent.

Conditioner + Detangler- enriched with mango, murumuru butter and lemon verbena. This I think is great for baby’s hair, as It is very light weight, not like a conditioner where It weighs down the hair. The scent is very mild. It did do a good job of preventing nasty knots when brushing my hair

Bubble Bath- while I haven’t used this one yet as a bubble bath, I did use It as a mild body wash. I like that It has chamomile, oat and Dead Sea salt to help gently exfoliate.

Moisturizing Lotion – I am honestly not crazy about the scent for this one. It is enriched with cocoa butter, lavender and carrot, but the carrot scent seems to be overwhelming. However…It hydrated my dry skin (I live in the desert!) and I work in health care so I do a LOT of hand washing, and It hydrated my hands without leaving them feeling greasy!

Germ Buster Mist– I love the idea of this! Especially in these trying times, great to apply to surfaces before changing your baby on changing tables or even commonly touched objects such as doorknobs and high chairs.

Hand Sanitizer – Winter Apple – love the scent in this one! I find scented hand sanitizers to often be overwhelming but this has a fresh apple scent that is light and fresh. I feel It doesn’t leave my hands quite as dry as other hand sanitizers can.

Overall, I really like this brand! Affordable products, and non-irritating. I often have skin reactions to anything with fragrances but I did not have a problem with these products. Although I used these on my own skin, if I had a baby I would definitely use this brand as well, especially given the fact that I have SUPER sensitive skin.

4 1/2 stars

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

20 Dec 2020, Comments (0)

AYO Almond Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Do you love yogurt but can’t tolerate dairy? Or maybe you adapted a vegan diet, but do miss having a yogurt parfait in the morning. Here is where AYO Almond Yogurt comes in to play!

Each yogurt is non dairy, vegan, gluten and soy free. There are added probiotics as well, similar to what you would get from dairy/milk yogurt. They come in blueberry, strawberry, peach and vanilla.

It’s pretty amazing to me how they made yogurt from almonds. From a NUT!

Similar to almond milk, these are a bit thin in texture, so do not be fooled by the “greek yogurt” style container. The flavor of the strawberry and blueberry is a bit mute. Not overly sweet but also not tart which I did enjoy.

The nutritional profile isn’t amazing, which is my major drawback. 1 yogurt (based upon strawberry- may vary flavor to flavor) is 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 19 carbs, 6 fiber, 11g of sugar and 4 grams of protein. Now, because I know there is NO lactose in this (natural sugar) , I know that those 11 grams is pure added sugar. The protein is lacking and the fat is quite high for me but…again…this is from Almonds which is almost pure fat.

Would I buy It? Honestly I am not sure. If I couldn’t tolerate dairy and I really wanted a yogurt parfait I would buy It. But the flavor isn’t amazing enough for me to buy It instead of a low sugar greek yogurt which packs more protein for me and is more satisfying. But given they cater to those who cannot eat dairy or follow a vegan diet, they are pretty good and worth a try.

3 1/2 star

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

What is Biodynamic Coffee? The folks over at Holistic Roasters make just that. According to their website, “Our Biodynamic Coffee is grown without the use of herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. And, unlike organic farming, which makes exemptions for the use of certain broad-spectrum natural pesticides such as rotenone, ryania and sabadilla (which kill pollinators), there are no exemptions for their use in Biodynamic farming”.

Hollistic Roasters is USA company that sources their coffee from family run Biodynamic farms and cooperatives.

They sent me over a box of the Rise and Shine to try – Medium Roast. According to the box, It has Caffeic acid and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and prevent premature aging.

Box and bag are compostable – awesome!

It comes In whole bean (so, I had to go out and buy a coffee grinder…whoops!). Here is what It looks like below, pre ground up

The smell was amazing. A fresh aroma.

But how did It taste?

Honestly…It was good! I definitely think It was more of a light roast than medium roast because there was hardly any “bite” or bitter flavor to It. It could have been my imagination but It seemed a little more potent than other coffee for me to start feeling the caffeine kick in. It was very smooth and light. Went well with some creamer 🙂

Overall, love the idea of this company. A 12 oz. box will run you about $20. So while its not the most affordable, It definitely tastes great and is good for the environment. And if you think about It, it’s a whole box! You can spend easily 5$ on a pre-made cup of coffee. So I think It all evens out in the end.

4 stars

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOX TO TRY FOR FREE. THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW.

6 Sep 2020, Comments (0)

Pure CBD Vapor- CBD product review

Author: Healthnuttxo

CBD- better known as cannabidiol – is known nowadays for being the non-THC component of Marijuana. In short – you can get the medical benefits of marijuana without the high. To read more about It, this is a recent article from Harvard.

CBD is known for its anti-anxiety, anti-inflammation, and even I have seen some articles for its use in epilepsy and seizures. (please contact your doctor- this is NOT medical advice).

Lemon Tincture – by For The People – the flavor is lemony – think lemon meringue type of flavor- oily in consistency, non bitter. Leaves an oily consistency in your mouth, so you will want a palate cleanser…but then again It is an oil! — 1.65 mg per drop

Lemon-Berry-Mint, by Hempzilla – flavor – I like this one! Very mild mint flavor with a hint of blueberry. The mint flavor lingers. This one seemed less oily than the previous lemon tincture. — 1 dropper = 10 mg

Koi Naturals Pure Spectrum CBD– sadly, this one is a spray and I was not given a spray top to use. However, once I find one, review will be updated!

Koi CBD Gummies- at 10 mg full spectrum CBD per gummy. The flavors were decent – a little bitter but tropical fruit flavors. Was not a fan of the texture however, very chewy and almost like a stale gummy bear.

Hempzilla CBD Gummies- apparently the strongest percentage (~80%) full spectrum and terpene profiles, 3rd party tested NO THC – at 10 mg CBD per piece. These are much better than the Koi ones in my opinion, due to the much softer texture. They almost melt in your mouth and are not as chewy.

Hempzilla CBD Organic Honey Sticks- while the idea of these is cool, add It to your tea, or a quick “shot” in the morning, I do not like the flavor of these. The CBD flavor overpowers the honey and leaves a bitter flavor.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats by Hempzilla – while I can’t provide 100% feedback for this one, I CAN tell you Charlie loved these, and he is VERY picky eater! He is a pretty anxious dog (the wheaten breed!) and seemed a bit more mellow the rest of the day 🙂

Koi Lavender Hand and Body Lotion – CBD in hemp oil , 200 mg (assuming per bottle). I honestly can’t say if I have any therapeutic benefit from using a CBD hand lotion, however, I do like the light lavender fragrance and how It is non-greasy on my skin. A fresh, out of the shower, clean smell.

Americana Sport Rub – a thick ointment/cream to rub into those achy muscles and joints. 125 mg CBD per 1 oz. I like the light lemongrass aroma, and honestly, not too waxy! Typically sport rubs feel gross on my skin, but this one felt light and was easy to massage into my muscles.

Overall, a great array of products to try! You can purchase these products at Pure CBD Vapors.

*DISCLAIMER: I received these products to try for free. This is an unbiased review.

14 Aug 2020, Comments (0)

SPIbelt: Original Running Belt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Are you a an athlete and never know what to do with your keys, phone? Or an active diabetic and not know where to put your glucose/sugar tablets? Look into SPIBelt, the original running belt.

As a diabetic, I am always carrying a lot of supplies on me. During a run, bike ride or even a walk, I must carry glucose tablets or some type of glucose therapy in the event of hypoglycemia. I used this belt during a run and walk. It expands easily – fit a tube of glucose tablets, some Lifesavers candies, and my keys. It easily expands to fit your phone as well.

It sits around your waist, and you adjust It like a belt. Granted you don’t put anything too heavy in It, there was minimal up and down motion -> no irritation while running/walking.

Overall, a great product. Highly recommend, especially if you are like me and you cannot simply leave the house for exercise without some glucose etc. on you.

4 stars

*DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

WELL I know you guys missed me. And if you didn’t, I am still back. I figured with the extra downtime we currently have during this quarantine, a great time to bust out some reviews.

First up: Evol. Vitalize Be Energized: Grilled Chicken with Grains and Vegetables in a Tangy Tahini & Feta Sauce. That’s a mouthful, honestly. This bowl in particular has 19 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber and 1/2 cup of veggies. Evol Foods has no artificial ingredients too which is a plus, especially with frozen meals.

Anyway, I saw these on sale at Target a few weeks ago – I believe 2 for 6$, so I picked up two.

Heated It up as directed.

SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?

A giant bowl of chewy, garlic-feta flavor. But it’s weird – because it’s bland? Like It needs salt- has this weird tang flavor, kind of like a bad hummus you would get with falafel. The chicken isn’t terrible – a bit dry though. There is also a predominant red pepper flavor, not the spice the actual flavor of the vegetable.

Overall? Super bland, super blah. 1/5 stars. I threw It out and made myself a new dinner. Sorry, Evol, it’s a no from me. The additional 22 grams of fat for this bowl and not great flavor makes It especially a no from me.

Hi! Mozaics Chips sent me some yummy goodies… and they want you to win a case too! (See details below).

They come in a variety of flavors. Filled with organic green peas, yellow peas, potatoes, black beans, and more. A little extra protein and fiber than your standard chip. These chips are crunchy, airy, non-oily in consistency and…addictive!

These chips are popped, NOT dunked in oil, with just a little bit of oil added for flavor. So you get a chip that’s much lower in fat, and much more crispy!

You can SEE the veggies!

Sour Cream & Onion: stronger onion flavor than sour cream, but addictive. Not too salty. –> would buy and eat again. 4 stars

Cheddar: mild cheddar flavor, not too salty. I think It needs more cheesy flavor as it’s It a bit bland. 3 stars

Salsa: a favorite amongst my house– a nice kick! 4 stars

Sea Salt: the sea salt was pretty good- the pea flavor I think comes out a little more here. I almost think It needs a touch more salty flavor.

Overall, pretty good! Can’t beat the added fiber and protein for a snack too!

Here’s the Nutritional Facts:


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GIVEAWAY ENDS: 3/31/2020

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2 Mar 2020, Comments (0)

O.R.S. Hydration Tablets

Author: Healthnuttxo

O.R.S. is a tablet that dissolves in water that contains a “scientifically balanced formula of electrolytes and glucose” – it can be used whenever, for every day use, to replenish what you lose when you sweat in sports, or just sweating while living in hot climates.

You are instructed  (ages 6+ and older) to use 2 tablets to 200 ml of drinking water and allow to dissolve completely before drinking. It took about 5-10 minutes for it to completely dissolve.

Dissolving…

I like that it comes in a convenient tube – can store it in your bag or your backpack during hikes.

..and looked somewhat of a science lab! 🙂 Luckily, I checked the ingredients and no added artificial coloring. 

I received two flavors to try – lemon and strawberry. The strawberry I used in Nevada during an intense hike. I knew with all the sweating I would be depleted in sodium as well. 

How did it taste?

STRAWBERRY: 

The strawberry is sweeter in flavor, but again, mild. I think it has less of a “salty” taste than the lemon. It almost tastes like a lightly sweet strawberry juice. 

LEMON:

Mild lemon flavor, mild sweetness. Reminds me of a diluted “lemon-lime” sports drink flavor. You can tell it has a tiny bit of a salty flavor but not overpowering and I think you can just add a little bit more water as desired. 

Each serving has

15 calories, 275 mg sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of sugar, 6% DV of potassium, 16% DV of chloride. See full panel for additional details. 

OVERALL, I like these. I like that they offer electrolytes without a ton of added sugar but still have pretty good flavor. They are easy on the stomach which I enjoyed. I think they are great for the gym, intense exercise, if you live in hot places like Arizona…Nevada…or humid climates for daily use. I also used these for a friend who was not drinking a lot after vomiting from the flu and she said it helped her feel better. I think they are a must have for the active athlete & active lifestyles outdoors!

4 stars

Some things to look out for, as instructed by the company…

–>do NOT use more than 24 tablets in 24 hours  as it may be harmful-

–>children 6+ should NOT use more than 10 tablets in 24 hours as it may be harmful 

–>do NOT use if left out of the fridge > 8 hours or > 24 hours if IN the fridge 

–>as always, consult a doctor or pharmacist before use, esp if you have diabetes, on low sodium or potassium diet.

–> Do NOT USE if you have intestinal obstruction, liver or kidney problems!

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

The lovely people over at Incrediwear offered me to try a pair of their Therapeutic Socks for vascular conditions – Circulation + Sock. These socks were designed for relief by those who suffer from vascular/circulatory issues. According to the box, these socks help increase circulation, which in turn then can reduce swelling. You are able to wear them 24/7, they are loose fitting so they do not reduce circulation, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Being a Diabetic (and a sufferer of cold feet!), I was pretty excited to try this. It seems no matter how many socks I wear…feet are always cold. Maybe it’s the Diabetes (darn It!), or maybe some circulation issues, or maybe even the fact we try to save money by keeping the heat on 50 (kidding).

I honestly gave these the ultimate test – I wore them to a football game in 20 degree weather. I DID wear them with Ugg boots. I also wore them around the house for comparison. They are loose fitting, I found my feet did not sweat in them either which was nice. I will say, my feet felt a little bit warmer than usual!

Are they the cutest sock? No. But honestly…what matters more? Comfort or look? Especially under a shoe! I liked that they were loose fitting but didn’t slip off the back of my heel in my boot, too.

Overall, I think they are worth a try, especially if you are like me and have cold feet in the middle of the summer. My boyfriend might like these more than me…he hates my cold feet for sure 😛

4.5 stars

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

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