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.

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You are eating the healthy food…but are you properly digesting it? Dr. Liz Cruz, a gastroenterologist, is the creator of Everyday Enzymes, a natural supplement designed to help you digest and absorb all the healthy nutrients.

According to the pamphlet I received, this supplement helps support the digestion of protein, fats and carbs, as well as aiding in digestive issues such as reflux, gas, and nausea. It may also boost the immune system, and can be given to children, pets, and during pregnancy! (But please, always check with your personal doctor).

The label lists an enzyme blend of various enzymes, which thanks to my medical & nutrition background I understand, and can help decode for you!:

Amylase–> enzyme that digests starch (carbohydrates)
Protease –> enzyme that digests proteins
Lipase –> enzyme that digests fats
Cellulase –> enzyme that digests cellulose, an indigestible carbohydrate, such as in Celery or Broccoli
Invertase –> this one I had to research, but it is an enzyme made by yeast that helps break down sucrose, or sugar.
Diastase –> this is basically more Amylase
Lactase –> enzyme that breaks down lactose, in milk

+ has some Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacterium longum, aka probiotics for gut health.

You are instructed to take 2-3 capsules per meal or as instructed by your Doctor (or PA!) The label states you can also pull apart the capsules and mix it with food.

The pills are relatively small and easy to swallow. I had them in the morning or with spicy or higher fat meals, as I usually feel a little “ill” after eating too much fat (I love you avocado, but you hurt my belly every time!).

Overall, I am pleased. I can’t quite explain it, but my stomach didn’t have that “heavy” feeling after bigger meals. I didn’t have any adverse effects, stomach upset, nausea, etc. while taking the pills. While I can’t comment on my energy levels (because I sleep 4-5 hours a night…), I do feel I felt generally “better”. Placebo? Maybe. But maybe not. Regardless, I’ll take it.

I recommend giving them a try, especially if you suffer from some occasional heart burn or indigestion (remember –> always get any supplement cleared by your doctor or PA, and never self diagnose a medical problem, always get it checked out first!)

4.5 star

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DISCLAIMER: I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
23 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Eat Enlightened Low Calorie Ice Cream

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’ve seen Enlightened Ice cream pop up on the freezer shelves…always curious. Could it taste good? Surely 80-100 calories seems absurd for a serving of ice cream that has flavor… Well…much to my pleasant surprise.

Enlightened has a wide variety of low calorie ice cream that has a decent amount of protein per serving and relatively low in sugar per serving. It is sweetened with erythritol, a sugar alcohol, and made with rBST free milk. For example, the Sea Salt Caramel has 80 calories a serving, 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein This is an absolute dream for ice cream lovers…because who can really eat JUST half a cup!?!?

NOW–> for these ice creams, you have to let them sit on the counter for 10 minutes or so. They are low in sugar, and sugar is often what keeps the ice cream soft from the freezer. So let it thaw a bit, then enjoy!

So naturally, I tried the PB CHIP first. Because…I am the peanut butter fiend 🙂

It was UNREAL. Creamy and sweet, with PLENTY of little chocolate chips that were sweet/semi sweet in flavor. Had a vanilla-peanut butter flavor, but honestly couldn’t get over the fact it was low in sugar and how creamy it was.  I finished this pint in 2 days. An easy 5 star.

Next up, Brownies and Cookie Dough. This was a chocolate based ice cream with pieces of brownie and cookie dough bites scattered throughout. The ice cream itself was creamy, with a milk chocolate flavor. Sweet but not “sugary” sweet where it hurts your teeth. The cookie dough pieces were spot on- tasted as if it was straight from the bowl of homemade cookie dough, with the soft consistency you expect. The brownie bites were chewy, sweet and fudgy and just went perfectly with the ice cream. The best part is…there was plenty  of brownie and cookie dough bites in the ice cream. No scrimping here.

Honestly–> another 5 star from me.

Last up, Sea Salt Caramel. I was already excited to try this based on the fact I love the other two. The Ice cream itself is, again, nice and creamy, with a pretty strong caramel flavor. The caramel itself you can tell is not that sugary sweet caramel, but has more of a muted flavor (probably because it’s not loaded with sugar…). However, it’s still pretty good. There are large swirls of caramel in the ice cream, which are sweet, but has that sugar alcohol type flavor. If you’ve eaten enough sugar free/low sugar products, you know what I am talking about.

It was almost a bit too rich for me, too “sweet”, and I wish it had some sort of saltier or crunchy component. But hey, to each his own. 4 star for me.

OVERALL, I am a fan! I can’t wait to try the other flavors. I’ve seen them at Target, Stop n Shop, and other supermarkets. I will 100% buy the PB chip or Brownie & Cookie dough in the future. A definite try for those who love ice cream but may be watching their diet…or those who want an excuse to eat something sweet with some protein in it 🙂

Here’s the nutritional facts for the PB Chip — however, most of the flavors are similar, but NOT exactly the same. Visit the website for exact nutritional information!

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

Summer brings bare feet and with bare feet comes…dry feet! No worries, Legendary Apothecary is here to the rescue with their Organic Smooth Feet Artisan Foot Care. Legendary Apothecary is a new beauty brand founded in Los Angeles California. This product in particular  organic, VEGAN, and cruelty free.

Smooth Feet is made with vegetable glycerin, grain alcohol and lavender oil as it’s only ingredients, and comes in super cute, eco-friendly packaging (that according to the pamphlet I got, is 100% sourced in the USA!).

 Look at the cute seal!!!!

More info from the pamphlet, the glycerin attracts water and helps seal in moisture, the grain alcohol helps the glycerin penetrate into the skin (and acts as a natural preservative), and the lavender oil is for fragrance as well as its antioxidant properties.

The product itself is super easy to use. You are instructed to use a dropper full on clean, dry feet before bed time. Make sure you allow it to completely dry before walking (don’t want to slip!), or wearing socks (could get sticky!).

The scent is fragrant but mild enough that it’s not overpowering. Smooth Feet is easy to work into skin, and it’s thick enough where it doesn’t run/drip all over, but liquidy enough to let you work in those hard, calloused areas.

My feet were left both hydrated, soft and smelling good!

Overall, I definitely recommend this! Especially for you beach bums who have not so moisturized feet from all the sandy beach adventures 🙂

5 star

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this product to try for free. This is an unbiased review.
18 Aug 2018, Comments (2)

INSPYR GEAR socks

Author: Healthnuttxo

INSPYR Gear has a ton of both functional and motivating fitness gear. The socks in particular rock! They have a cute, “empowerment message” on every pair, reinforced heel and toe, arch support, and come in GREAT colors.

They are 70% cotton, 20% nylon and 10% spandex.

They sent me a few pairs of their socks and they definitely don’t disappoint!

The socks are soft and thick, and sweat wicking. I wore the calf-high ones to the gym and worked up a good sweat, and my feet stayed super comfy. The arch support felt great on my feet and had absolutely no rubbing or discomfort. I also liked that they were tight but not TOO tight, as I find some calf-high socks are more on the compression-like side of socks, which I am not always looking to wear.

How cute are the messages!!! I love a little extra empowerment. We should be supporting each other at the gym, races, fitness, Crossfit, powerlifting, etc. Whatever you do, support each other!

I will say the shorter ankle socks, which are “one size fits all”, are a little big on me (I am a size 6). However, they aren’t so big that it’s an issue, they just run a little high. However, that makes them a great fit for when I have to wear a boot or some higher shoe for when I need additional comfort and support.

Overall, give this company a try! They have some great stuff!

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

 

Need a BOOST to your morning routine? Ambrosia Nutraceuticals has your back. Ambrosia Nutraceuticals was founded by 3 big names in the fitness and health community, Mike Rashid, Sean Torbati and Marc Lobiner. They have unleashed natural products and supplementation that are intended to unlock your peak performance and perform at your highest potential.

Morning Ritual is intended to be added to your morning coffee (or water) to supercharge  your morning and day. It has MCT’s and goBHB to provide healthy fats and ketone bodies as a direct source of brain fuel, respectively. It also contains Velositol, which allows for greater uptake of amino acids and may double protein synthesis.

So how does it taste? It comes in 2 varieties, I got the Italian Creme Coffee Flavor so I could add it to my morning coffee. It was easy to mix into the coffee and added a creamy consistency. I didn’t really need to add my usual milk and splenda, as it provided some sweetness and flavor. In other words, this is like the superhero version of creamer…as it provides flavor, creamy consistency, but healthy fats, ketones, Velositol and a  bit of protein.

Am I a fan? Obviously! Looking forward to using this every morning with my coffee. A great product as suspected from Rashid, Torbati and Lobiner.

Check out all of there products here.

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Here’s the nutritional facts:

12 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Quest Nutrition Maple Waffle Protein Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m positive everyone has heard of Quest Nutrition by now…they have a wide variety of protein bars, protein powders and other products that are relatively low in net carbs, low in sugar, high in fiber, and…high in protein! I don’t know anyone in the fitness industry who hasn’t at least tried a Quest Bar…so it’s *kind of a big deal* when Quest comes out with a new flavor. (PS they have a pizza now which I am on the hunt for…)

Anyway, recently Quest dropped the Maple Waffle protein bar. As a caveat…maple is one of my *FAVORITE* flavors. Maple syrup on waffles, pancakes, eggs, toast, bacon…you name it, I like it. So needless to say I was pretty pumped about this.

Here’s what it looks like. And yes, just as Maple syrup would promise, it is sticky. 

Yes, very sticky. You will need a napkin. It will stick to the wrapper. This is not microwaved!

So…how’s the taste?

The taste is very similar to their Vanilla Almond bar, in fact, I think vanilla and almond is more of predominant flavor than maple. However, it does have a maple aftertaste, but it is overwhelming with that artificial sweetener flavor when you bite into a “gooey” maple syrup spot of the bar.

There are little crunchy bits scattered throughout the bar which are yummy, which give it a toasted waffle appeal, and add additional sweetness.

The bar is dense and chewy like their traditional style, but the stickiness of the scattered maple syrup really makes it, well, annoying to eat. Stuck to the wrapper, sticks to your fingers, stuck on my plate.

Overall, I am underwhelmed by this flavor. I’m sad I bought a box actually, because this is not my go to bar. I tried it twice, and both times was not a huge fan. It is just overly sweet, but that “fake sweet”, and it lacks some sort of counterbalance, such as the buttery flavor from waffles, etc. I know this is hard to capture in a bar, but would I buy it again? No. Would I eat it again? Yeah.

3 stars

Nutritional facts:

1 bar is 190 calories, 6 grams of fat (2.5 saturated), 290 mg sodium, 24 g of carbohydrate, 16 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 20 grams of protein.

Sparkling Ice had a promotion the past few months with a “Mystery Fruit Flavor” with #WhatTheFlavorSweeps, in which the brand has finally revealed the flavor is… PASSIONFRUIT PUNCH! 

This drink is naturally flavored sparking water, with antioxidants, vitamins and ZERO sugar! Caffeine free, with zeros across the board for calories, carbs, sodium and sugar. It has some Vitamin A, Niacin, B12, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin D, B6, and Biotin.  Sparking Ice has 16 other flavors, which are all lightly carbonated, low in sugar and calories, and naturally flavored. You can read more about them here.

So how does it taste?

Delicious! I made sure to chill it in the fridge for a few hours to get the full experience.

Refreshing, crisp and light in flavor. Lightly carbonated, which I actually prefer, because I hate when a drink is SO fizzy that it “hurts” a bit drinking, and almost causes some indigestion.

It was lightly fruity, almost tasted like a cross between peach, pineapple and berry flavors. AKA the perfect summer drink! (I also think this would be great mixer for alcoholic beverages, for those of you who want a low calorie treat AND are of the legal age 🙂 )

Make sure to give this new flavor a try if you see it in store!

 

 

I received this product to try for free. This is an unbiased post/review.

 

Peanuts are a problem these days- it seems allergies are very common, and places like schools and hospitals have become completely peanut free as a result.

Gluten is another problem. It is present in MANY foods, and can cause distress to those who are gluten intolerant or have Celiac’s disease.

In comes Rule Breaker snacks, who have developed  peanut free, nut free, gluten free and vegan snacks that are school SAFE! These snacks are made with chick peas, so they also provide a good source of protein and fiber. The company sent me the P’nutter Chocolate Chip Blondie to try.

It has 240 calories for one piece, with 10 grams of fat, (4.5 saturated), 33g of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein. So even with chickpeas as the first ingredient, I wasn’t super thrilled with the nutrition, but if it’s intended to be a treat, then I think it’s ok.

I had it both right out of the package and microwaved for some added goodness. Here is what it looked like:

 

Okay, Okay…but how was it?

It was…good. You can definitely taste the chickpea flavor, as it is predominant throughout the blondie. So if you’re not a chickpea fan, you may not like this.The mini chocolate chips add a nice touch, just the right amount of sweetness, and balance out the chickpea flavor. Not sure what the white parts of the bar are….white chocolate? They were sweet and also added a nice touch with a mild vanilla flavor.

I actually recommend microwaving it and then waiting a minute or two and eating it. The chocolate chips get all melty and the texture shifts from more dense and soft to slightly on the crunchier side. The bar itself has a sweeter feel to it, and is rich which is partly from the beans but I also believe from “no-nut butter” listed.

Overall, I think it’s a good snack, especially for kids who may feel they are left out from parties, etc. because they cannot eat the same snacks as everyone else if they have nuts, gluten etc. in it. It has a rich flavor, but is sweet enough that kids and adults can enjoy.

Overall, 3.5 star.

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