Categories: 3 1/2 stars

28 Oct 2015, Comments (0)

Livionex Dental Gel

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I got this sample of Livionex Dental Gel to try out. Notice, I said dental GEL, not toothpaste. This is intentional. This dental gel is made without fluoride, dyes, detergents, and antimicrobials, and is aimed to reduce plaque.  You are instructed to use it twice a day, with a pea sized amount.

The gel comes off easy on the toothbrush, so for those of you who are used to wetting your toothbrush, applying toothpaste, then wetting it again, this is a habit that will have to be broken. I did that, and the gel comes right off. I had to learn to place gel on the toothbrush, start brushing, and then wet the brush.

The gel is mildly flavored, very mild mint. The fact that it is not that minty and does not have microbial fighting agents makes me worry about breath smell post pungent meals. I am a gum chewer, so I never really worry, but for others I do not know how effective it would be.

It does not foam up at all when brushing. Since it was thin, I felt I hit my gums more brushing (I use a soft brush). However, my teeth did feel nice and clean after. Like smooth and clean of food residues.

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Some spillage underneath the toothbrush. The gel is very thin, so it comes off the brush easily.

Overall, I like it, but I am not crazy about it. I like to brush with something minty, BUT, I do like the fact that it is mild and 1) doesn’t burn my mouth like some toothpastes do and 2) I can still have orange juice after and have it not taste bad 🙂 We all have done that…brush your teeth upon waking, go have a glass of OJ…yuck!!!

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. I wish it was thicker and had more body to it, and maybe was a tad mintier or some antimicrobial effects. It claims to virtually eliminated plaque, which I can understand because it leaves a very clean mouth feel. I also wonder the efficacy for dental cavities, since it is fluoride free. It is also a tad expensive, at $20 for a tube.

 

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

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The nice folks over at Eukonic  sent me their Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil supplement to give a try. According to the website, this supplement “Supports healthy cholesterol levels and weight loss By delivering the highest percentage of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCTs) and Lauric Acid [and] supports heart health”.

I am at an average weight, five foot 1 around 110 lbs. My cholesterol levels are a tad high but in healthy ranges. I have days where I have good energy and days where I am definitely tired. I weight train a lot, as well as work and am a student. I am a good candidate for this supplement, so I gave it a try.

One bottle is roughly $14.95, with 120 softgels per bottle. There is 1000mg of Organic Coconut Oil per softball. You are instructed to take 1-2 daily, with a meal. They are easy to swallow and squishy. You can smell the coconut aroma once you open the jar.  I have a sensitive stomach, and I do recommend eating these with food as I got mild upset stomach (I had it before a meal).

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The first week, I had some gas and bloating from this supplement. I couldn’t figure out why at first, because I literally eat the same things every day, and the only new thing introduced into my diet was these pills. That subsided within a week, but if I forgot to take it for a day or two, mild bloating would come back.

My energy levels were about the same, but I definitely felt I got better workouts toward the second week of taking them. This may or may not have been from the supplement.

My weight actually did drop, and my appetite was lessened. Again, school just started with work, so TO BE FAIR, I cannot say that this was caused by the supplement, but it could have been possibly correlated. Remember, correlation, not causation without definitive proof.

However, the entire time on the pill my appetite is lower, and I dropped about 2 lbs, which is a decent amount for someone of my size.

I have not had my cholesterol levels checked, but I can report back once blood work is taken.

 

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Overall, definitely worth a try. If not, coconut oil I’m sure offers a lot of healthy stuff. People cook it and take it straight up with a spoon all the time for the health benefits. This at least makes it easier and more palatable if you do not like the taste. 3 1/2 stars

 

4 Sep 2015, Comments (0)

ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Alright!
So I was given a box (2 month supply) of ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets to try out. These are drug free and latex free, and helps to minimize the appearance and/or discomfort of scars.

These patches were used on a stretch mark that extended from the chest area to deltoid region. This is a common stretch mark in males who weight train or put on weight quickly. The stretch marks were there for a few years, so I was not expecting miracles, but was eager to see the results.

The patch was worn a minimum of 4-5 nights a week, roughly 10-12 hours a day. Each patch can be worn for 1 week, and then placed in the provided storage case. The box advises 12 hours, 7 days a week. It was worn while sleeping/before bed rather than during the day since it was in a visible area. It was worn for approximately 1 1/2-2 months.

The patch was comfortable, flexible, and non irritating. It stuck well and peeled off easily.It did fall off a few times in the middle of the night, so that is definitely a caveat to using it while sleeping. The scar began to soften by week two.

 

The end results were not miraculous, but definitely noticeable. The stretch mark was lightened, and felt smoother and like there was less scar tissue to the touch.

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I believe it one rigorously follows the directions for the box, better results may have been achieved. Life gets in the way…a few nights the patch was forgotten to be put on/ fell asleep before patch could be put on. This then resulted in wearing the patch during the day, which disrupted the cycle a bit.

Overall, a good product. A solid 3 1/2 stars. Somewhere in-between there. I would like to see it on more of a traditional scar versus a stretch mark in the future. I also think it would work better on “fresher” scars, or immediately post injury (once healed, of course).

 

 

 

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

31 Aug 2015, Comments (0)

Outer Spice Original & Spicy seasonings

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I got these spices to try from Outer Spice! I was sent two varieties, the No Salt Spicy version, and the Himilayan Sea Salt Original blend. They have a retail value of roughly $6.99 each.  They are MSG, GMO and Gluten Free, and made from high quality spices and herbs.

I used these a few times during cooking. We made chicken cutlets with the Spicy variety, and then I used the Original variety for turkey burgers (see below), shrimp garlic stir fry, and grilled chicken with veggies in a butter sauté.

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It was…not spicy actually!
Again, we made chicken cutlets with this spice mixed into breadcrumb mixture and fried.
I noticed that the thyme flavor was pretty strong. Again, it was not salty- no salt!
The flavor was unique and went well with the chicken but it wasn’t spicy, so a bit deceiving! 3 1/2 star

 

Next up, the Original blend.

It was very thyme-y again, with possibly Rosemary?
Not much other prominent flavors, but will enjoyable.
It went well with the meats, and my favorite was with the shrimp and grilled chicken stir frys. I did add some salt since it was not super salty. 4 stars.

 

Overall, pretty good and worth a try! I would pick em up and add them to your favorite dishes! If you order directly from their website, there is also FREE shipping! Woo! Click here to get some.

 

 

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

 

IMG_4779Ahhh summer….what a great time of the year. However, with every great thing comes tiny bits of annoyances, right? Summer’s annoyances = BUGS and SUNBURN!!!! Two things that can turn outside play time into a serious pain (literally).

Selestial Soap sent me some of their natural bug sprays and sunscreen. There is the
I’ll Fly Away 100% naturally non-toxic Insect Repellent,

the Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen with skin moisturizers, SPF of 30,

& Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen/ Repellent Combo with SPF of 30.

 

So let’s begin!
I’ll Fly Away 100% naturally non-toxic Insect Repellent. I LOVE THIS STUFF! I hate the smell of traditional bug spray…smells like straight up chemicals. This has a nice lemongrass smell, not too strong, but noticeable. It is non greasy, and most of all…EFFECTIVE!!! I wore it almost every night I went out with my friends or to walk the dog. They all got bit up, and I maybe got one bug bite. I couldn’t help but brag about this product to my friends, it is relatively inexpensive, natural, and effective.  You can buy it here. 5 stars

Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen with skin moisturizers, SPF of 30

This product is a bit runny, make sure you shake it well before use. I did not do that and had a large waterfall of white liquid running down my hands. Oops.

Happy to report no sunburn with this product…I put it on my face, and although I did not break out, you could definitely feel it on. It didn’t feel greasy per se, but there was a “residue” left behind. Also…this stuff does not rub in well! Below is the product RUBBED in on my friend who is tan already for the summer, but as you can see, the white of the sunscreen is totally noticeable.

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this is an HOUR post application. It was applied liberally but not excessively. So while effective…a little annoying to have a super ghost-like face. No break outs, no burns…but I would stick to body parts and not my face for this one. 3 1/2 stars

Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen/ Repellent Combo with SPF of 30.

This is essentially the same two products in one…just as effective too. No sunburns, no breakouts, same “residue” feel on skin, and still need to shake well before use. The lemongrass scent from the bug spray component is stronger smelling than the spray alone. I think this is good for days when you’re going hiking or camping, something where you’ll be outside where bugs and sun are both factors. I like the concept! 3 1/2 stars

 

 

Overall, good products. I will definitely buy the bug spray in the future. I LOVE it!!!! The other products are worth a try as well, just be warned of the ghost-like color that may be left behind! (muhahahaha!)

 

 

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

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Found this baby at Target! The colors drew me in…plus I never tried this flavor, so I decided to give it a try!
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As you can see, it’s a limited batch (maybe due to seasonality of the fruit??), is a blended yogurt, and is made with 2% milk (my favorite!!)

 

Here’s what it looked like…


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You can see the little bits of plum in the yogurt- not a ton, but still there. Small and soft, like fruit from a fruit cup.

Here’s nutritional information and ingredients:

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Alright!

So a friend of mine told me about this brand called D’s Naturals. I personally never heard of them or have seen them in store, so I went to their website to check them out. I got the opportunity to try some of their No Cow bars, in 3 varieties- the Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough,  and Blueberry Cobbler.

What makes these bars special?

They are gluten free, vegan, dairy free, soy free, no sugar added, lactose free, and non GMO according to the label. They run roughly 170 calories per bar, with 20 grams of protein and 19 grams of fiber. They are sweetened with Erythritol, not sugar.

These were appealing to me, especially as a Type 1 Diabetic. I CANNOT have added sugar…well I mean I *can* but, it doesn’t lead to pretty blood sugars. However, protein bars are usually chock full of sugar (and sugar is also HONEY, CANE JUICE, do not be fooled!). These also appealed to me since they had a good dose of fiber and protein, so I would have optimal blood sugar regulation as well as being, well, full!

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As you can see, these bars are dense and chewy, almost like a “fruit” based bar made with fig. They are a bit sticky too!

 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough– Mmmmm. Nice peanut butter flavor. It has some sort of sweet, semi caramelish feel to it. It was chewy and super soft, with little pieces of nuts in the bar. I can definitely get a peanut butter cookie dough vibe from it though! Like a batter before peanut butter cookies are made, but less sweet. However, there is definitely a consistency thing going on here. It’s hard to explain but there is this “leftover” piece-y type feel on the tongue. Like the bar has broken down and leaves a residue behind. I think it’s from the pea protein that is used to make the bar, but I could be wrong. In this case, taste outweighs texture for me. 4 out of 5 stars

Blueberry Cobbler– This one is sweet and fruity!! I enjoyed the blueberry flavor, it was a mixture of a fresh blueberry feel alongside sweet and chewy dried blueberries. You can’t taste any protein flavor, so that is a plus. I liked the flavor, but again, that texture thing is prevalent here. It’s like I can “feel” the protein, because I am positive this is from the pea protein. A good bar, however. 3 1/2 stars

Mint Chocolate Chip-  As a caveat, I am not a huge mint chocolate chip fan. I like Extra mint chocolate chip gum, and that’s about it. But I remained open minded about this bar. There are little pieces of cacao nibs in this bar which add a little crunch. It honestly tasted like a York peppermint patty, but in protein bar form. The consistency issue was NOT as bad here, still prevalent, but not as bad. The mint flavor is also pretty strong. Perhaps you can get a breath freshening while you dose up on your protein for the day (kidding). Given that I don’t generally like this flavor combination, I would still give it a 3 1/2 star rating.

Overall, not bad. I think the formula needs some tweaking. Personally, the consistency thing isn’t really an issue for me, as I go for nutrition and flavor over texture. For some it might be an issue. I think you have to pick your battles here though, the nutritional facts are pretty good AND these bars are vegan as well as dairy free, so they are limited with their protein sources. I can appreciate this company, so kudos D’s Naturals! I look forward to trying your products in the future, and maybe picking up some of those pb cookie dough bars if I see them 🙂

 

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

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Alright! So as you guys probably know, I am a *huge* nut butter fan. However, coconut butter has never been one of those nut butters I bought or tried. Sweet Spreads offered me 6 of their coconut butters to try for free. They come in White Chocolate, Vanilla Cupcake, Maple Pancake, Dark Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Brownie flavors. Each of them have 2 grams of sugar per serving, which is a plus.

Now. One thing I know about coconut oil/butter is that it is solid at room temperature. So If you open a jar of this stuff it will be exactly that…a soft solid. There is a white layer on the top (fat most likely) and more colored separation on the bottom. Sweet Spreads wrote “Tip: For a warm smooth sensation- remove the lid and microwave for 10-15 seconds”. I would argue that’s less of a tip, and more mandatory, at least at first. Once you microwave it the first time, and it cools again, it hardens up more “mixed”, and then I essentially used a fork to “chip away” and eat pieces of coconut butter. Sounds hilarious, but it was actually kind of fun.

Here’s what it looks like when you open up a jar:

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Here’s my chipped away coconut butter (post microwave/ re solidified):

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And here’s my fresh out the microwave coconut butter: Mmm.

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So, I’m not sure how these spreads would be on a sandwich, but you can give it a try. I had mine straight from the jar.

Maple Pancake: Nice and smooth post microwave, and the smell was really delicious. It has an almond butter consistency, and coconut flavor. The maple flavor was honestly pretty slight, I wished it was a bit stronger. However, it grew on me. There was something that left a little bit of a bite to it, like cinnamon, once it was done eating. 3 ½ stars

Cinnamon Roll– This one was gritty but smooth, again, like almond butter, A nice cinnamon flavor, and definitely detected a nutmeg flavor as well. The sweetness was sight, but there. It definitely was indicative of a cinnamon roll, but with some certain coconut flavor as well. It had almost an “earthy” taste to it. I liked it. 3 ½ stars

Vanilla Cupcake– This one tasted almost like straight up coconut butter, since the vanilla flavor was so milk. It was a bit pastier than the others, and I felt it needed to be sweeter. I like this one better cold, and it reminded me almost of cake batter. It was very rich however, so I couldn’t eat too much at once ( a good thing, since this is caloric!) 3 ½ stars

White Chocolate- this one was pretty good!! It was sweeter, but not too sweet, and the flavor goes well with a coconut taste. It had a mild white chocolate/vanilla flavor. I let this one heat up, cool, and then “scrape” with fork. A tad pasty, but good. 4 stars

Chocolate Brownie- mmmm. This one was good. Like a chocolate covered coconut treat. A little gritty, even post microwave, but still tasty nonetheless. A rich chocolate flavor, this one was sweeter than the rest and really good. It was I would say 50/50 chocolate to coconut flavor ratio….but a good ratio at that. 4 ½ stars

Dark Chocolate Mint– I tried this one last. I was afraid. Minty nut butter?? And while it wasn’t my favorite, it wasn’t bad. It tasted like a muted York Peppermint Patty. Chocolatey and minty, but not TOO minty. The coconut flavor is almost completely masked in this one. The dark chocolate aspect was nice though, and very rich. 3 ½ stars

Overall, pretty good! The only drawback is that these are mighty caloric. 1 Tbsp has 140 calories! Not good for those nut butter addicts like me! But if you watch portion sizes, you do not need more than 1 tbsp at a time…they are very rich and decadent, and certainly a sweet treat ☺

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The much anticipated P28 review! They sent me a cute little variety pack of products to try for free  including a slice of their protein bread, protein wrap, protein bagel, and their protein peanut butter spreads!

I was definitely excited to try these products, especially the spreads. I am a HUGE peanut butter fan, but seldom buy or eat it since I have NO self control around the stuff ( I am talking jars gone in less than a week…wonder who ate them on me right? hehe) So the fact that these at least had some protein in them made eating them much less guilt free, coupled with the fact they are what I assume was in 2 tbsp portions, since they came in these teeny jars!

And I am talking teeny! I couldn’t even fit my spoon in it, too wide! Which was a blessing and a curse, since it made me have even MORE portion control.

So…naturally I tried all these first. They come in a few flavors, and P28 was nice enough to send me all of them.

Almond– this one was creamy, not too salty, and pretty yummy. I have had almond butter in the past, and detected no taste difference than this almond butter versus a non-protein brand. The almond flavor was strong and it was slightly sweet. Pretty good! 4 stars

White Chocolate– Ohhhh was I waiting for this one. I LOVE those flavored peanut butters that involve chocolate (who doesn’t?!). It certainly did not disappoint. It was creamy and smooth, with very subtle sweetness. I almost wish it was a tad bit sweeter, but it was also comforting that it wasn’t too sweet since I don’t want to be eating a lot of added sugar. The after taste of white chocolate was pleasant. 4 stars

Banana Raisin– This one was okay. It was detectably more oily than the other flavors, not that sweet, with a very slight banana flavor. It almost tasted like banana oil placed in unsalted peanut butter. There were a few raisins in the mix, and given my small sample, I would say if I had a larger jar there would be a fair amount of raisins in the mix. They were necessary since they added a slight sweetness. However, not a winner with me. 3 stars

Signature Blend- This one was interesting! There were nuts, raisins, and I think some cinnamon and nutmeg in the mix. It almost tasted like an almond and peanut butter mix. It was darker than the other spreads, a little more pasty, but also had a crunch. There were a few bits of dried fruit, which I assume was raisins, which added a nice sweetness. I do wish there was a pinch of salt in this one, as it would have helped bring out the flavor. 3 1/2 stars

Peanut Butter- An original peanut butter! I noticed the bottom of the jar of this one was on the dry side, kind of like when you pour out the oil of a natural peanut butter jar and the bottom of the jar is left semi hard from lack of oil. However…it was still yummy. A great peanut flavor, and couldn’t detect any protein flavor. It was creamy, thick, and a little pasty, but I enjoy peanut butter flavor, so I liked it. 3 1/2 stars

Next up, the bread!

I toasted it, and put some butter and SF jelly on it.  It had 14 grams per slice, so this eased my mind about eating bread. I am heavily into bodybuilding/fitness as well as a diabetic, so bread is not something I consume on a regular basis. However, this was really good. It toasted very well, and quicker than I expected. The outside crust of the bread was a tad bit sweet which was good in this case. I ended up buying a loaf of this stuff too and had it with turkey and cheese for a sandwich. It is a bit spongy in consistency when you don’t toast it, but still very good. 4 stars

Next up, the bagel!

I haven’t had a bagel in YEARS! Too many carbs, wreaks havoc on my blood sugars. I ended up having half at once. This one I also toasted, put some butter, with equal and cinnamon on it. Oh LAWD was it delicious! Chewy like a bagel should be, thick and strong texture. It had a whole wheat flavor to it, and was just really enjoyable. My favorite. 4 1/2 stars

Last up, the wrap/flat bread!

The flat bread itself was HUGE. I split it in two, and made two sandwiches out of it, filled with turkey and cheese and some lettuce. The first bite threw me off a little bit since it had a sweet taste to it, but slight, but as I kept chewing it was very food. It was chewy and reminded me of a typical whole wheat wrap at the store, but had some flax seeds and such in it which added nice flavor. I liked it! I would buy again. 4 stars

Overall, I am a fan! Check out their website for nutritional information and such. I wish they sold a variety pack of the bagel, wrap and bread all at once, because I would definitely buy that.

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A new flavor I saw on shelves (and hopefully better than that Green Tea one…) is the Chobani Simply 100 Pineapple Coconut Blended Greek Yogurt! So 100 calories, no fruit on the bottom, no fat, natural ingredients…not to mention one of my favorite flavor mixtures of pineapple and coconut. Looks promising 🙂

Here’s what it looked like

Nothing fancy, looks like a vanilla yogurt. There are few and tiny pineapple pieces in the yogurt as well, but for the most part the yogurt is “chunk” free of fruit.

So how did it taste?

The yogurt itself was a creamy blend, and it was rather tart from the pineapple. It tasted like the pineapple fruit on the bottom yogurt, but that one is 2% and this one is fat free, and you can tell, since more of the tart flavor comes out. The yogurt has a coconut after taste, which is pleasant. It is yummy for sure, but a little unbalanced. The pineapple flavor overtakes the coconut, and it is rather strong since it is tart. I almost wish the yogurt itself either
1. had more coconut flavor
2. was sweeter, less tart or
3. was made a 2% flavor, not a non fat. It needs the cream to mask the tartness of the pineapple, which is expected, but too strong.

However, still good. I would buy it again if on sale. 3 1/2 stars

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