Archives: November 2017

15 Nov 2017, Comments (0)

Snow Monkey Superfood Ice Treat

Author: Healthnuttxo
With low calorie/ light Frozen treats “ice cream” with a bit of protein being a current hit with not only my fellow fitness peeps, but everyone seems to like them, you see tons of new brands popping up with new varieties to try. I’ve tried a couple. Some are well worth the 6$ a pint and others you
may as well throw your 6$ in the trash …along with the pint. 🙂
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In comes a new brand I haven’t heard or saw just yet in the freezer section— Snow Monkey. Of the two varieties I was sent, Goji Berry and Cacao, both are dairy free, gluten free, non GMO, vegan, paleo and have 20 grams of protein per pint at 99 cals a serving.
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The Goji Berry says I️t has potassium in I️t, however there’s only 140 mg a serving aka 4% of your daily needs to make sure you always read the fine print 🙂 —although I guess that’s what I’m here for!
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Let’s get to the breakdown before the taste.
Goji berry has 99 cals a serving, 2 grams of fat, 17 carbs, 2 g of fiber, 14 grams of sugar—but 0g added sugar— and 5 grams of protein.
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Cacao has 99 cals a serving, 3 grams of fat, 16 carbs, 3 g of fiber, 12 grams of sugar—but 4g added sugar— and 5 grams of protein.
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Where is this sugar coming from….
BANANAS! Bananas are the first ingredient for both varieties, followed by juice concentrates. I️ definitely like the fact of using fruit as a sweetener and a base—help me add a little extra fruit to my diet in an indulgent way. Hemp protein is main source of protein.
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Now for these you have to let them sit for a solid 15-20 minutes before you can even get a scoop out of the container. For real. But remember the base is fruit and not dairy so that’s why.
I cheated and used the “soften” feature in my microwave. Because I am a hungry girl and I am impatient. That’s why.
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NOW THE TASTE!
Cacao- is amazing. Literally. Tastes like a chocolate covered banana. Once defrosted, it is smooth and creamy and everything you could want for a frozen dessert, including the fact it has fiber, protein, and the base is a banana. It it sweet but not overpoweringly so. Like this is the type of “dessert” you eat and don’t feel like crap about after, because hey, it’s actually NOT bad for you! I could also barely taste any protein flavor, so that’s always a plus for me. 4.5 stars
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Goji Berry- however, this one I was not a fan of. It is just…odd. It has a banana- raspberry-ish flavor, and you can definitely taste the hemp protein, and detect the consistency of the protein powder. I would pass on this one and go straight for the Cacao. 2 stars
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Overall, I am a fan. I would like to see what other flavors they come out with. Love how versatile they are, and how they appeal to those who cannot eat dairy!
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DISCLAIMER: this is an unbiased review. I received these to try for free.
9 Nov 2017, Comments (0)

Hydrant Lemon Lime Optimized Hydration Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

Proper hydration seems to be an issue these days. I get it. We’re busy. We like coffee over plain water. Or maybe we just hate running to the bathroom every DAMN 5 minutes…but it’s key to stay hydrated. Being dehydrated is dangerous for your body, and can lead to headaches, loss of focus, fatigue, and even long term dehydration may lead to kidney problems.

So what do you choose?  If you absolutely hate water, you have to find a way to stay hydrated! I usually sip on Crystal light peach or lemon iced tea mix (sugar free), but even then, the dyes and artificial sweeteners aren’t great for your teeth.

Insert Hydrant Lemon Lime Hydration Mix. These are vegan, made with natural ingredients, no artificial colors, and run you about 50 calories a stick and claim to have balanced electrolytes.

The ingredients are: Sugar (11grams), Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Magnesium Citrate, Zinc Gluconate. Lemon Juice Powder, Lime Juice Powder, Natural Lemon Flavor.

The company claims sugar is important because it helps speed up hydration process with electrolytes. You can read about that here if you are into the science side of things.  But basically it says you need a 2:1 ratio of sodium:glucose in order for those molecules to be pumped into your blood stream –> this creates osmotic pressure which essentially “pulls” water into your blood stream –> you are hydrated.

So while there IS sugar in this product, it is 1/3 of the amount you may find in other sports drinks. Because it is important to know that TOO MUCH sugar can also have a diuresis effect — too osmotic, pulls too much water –> you may have excess excretion, if you catch my drift 🙂

So that’s fun and all, but  how does this taste?

Basically if you like the lemon lime variety of Gatorade, you’ll like this. It’s just not as sweet. I drank it intraworkout and felt pretty good. It was leg day and you utilize a lot of energy during legs, so I always like to drink something for a boost. It was a tad more sour than it was sweet, but not overpowering. I also noticed that I wasn’t as tired after my workout as I usually am after a grueling leg day– got to skip the nap that day 🙂

Overall, I like it. Especially if you’re an athlete, gym rat, cardio bunny. Or if you’re someone who just lives on coffee and hates the thought of water, maybe throw this in once a day and see if it helps. While I wouldn’t go drinking multiple servings per day (calories add up!), I do think it’s a good option, at least once a day, unless you’re a serious athlete and burn up carbs like crazy. But overall, a 4 1/2 star from me.

 

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