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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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.
15 Jul 2018, Comments (0)

Modern Table Lentil Pastas

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

HEY GUYS!

Sorry it’s been a while. I was working 70-80 hour work weeks for the past month and a half and didn’t have time to sit down to write a quality review…but I am back and I know you missed me! 🙂

So Modern Table sent me some yummy pastas to try. They are full of PROTEIN from red lentils and peas, which is something that is important to me. I am very active and at the gym 6x a week, so if I want a side with my lunch or dinner, I want it to have some type of protein component, to fill any gaps I might be missing with a busy lifestyle. They are complete proteins– you might ask what that is. Amino acids are building blocks of protein, and 9 of them your body CANNOT make and you must eat. The issue lies that protein from plant sources may not have all of the 9 essential amino acids (meat does), but since this pasta is a combination of lentil, pea and rice, together it has 9 essential amino acids. So this is another added bonus! This pasta seemed to be the perfect fit. In addition, they are GLUTEN FREE and NON-GMO certified, with no artificial preservatives.

As a warning, most of these have you cook the pasta about 6-8 minutes. It will be more al dente, so if you like it softer, I suggest cooking it longer. Also, I have yet to cook a batch where they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan, even with lowering the temperature. So be warned!

ALSO –> I also asked my friend for help to review these because she is more of a pasta fan than I am. So here is both of our takes on most of these:

First up, Classic Cheddar Mac & Cheese.

Well this was….delicious. A super Cheesy flavor, moreso on the salty side, and reminiscent of that classic blue box. The Lentil Noodles are just like normal flour type but slightly more al dente/firm
FRIEND FEEDBACK: she wrote,
I did like it a lot actually and I liked that it could be cooked al dente and wasn’t mushy like a lot of non-flour based pastas are. There was a bit of an aftertaste but I don’t remember what you said it was made of but way better than other lentil pastas I tried. I would probably buy it in the future so I could feel better about eating pasta
Her rating: 3.5. My rating: 4. So we shall give it… a 4.

 

 

Next up, the 3 cheese mac & cheese, penne style.

This one was also super delicious, and I actually liked the idea of penne mac and cheese versus elbow. The cheese flavor was “deeper” for lack of a better word, and less salty. I liked this one more than the classic cheddar, as it was smoother, more flavorful, and I think complimented my meals better.

 

Next up, Sundried Tomato Basil.

 

This one was yummy! Definitely a strong tomato and parmesan cheese flavor. I cooked mine al dente and preferred it that way, because it gave a nice bite. It was a little on the salty side, but still great flavor. I also detected a nice zing at the end– maybe lemon? Regardless…I am a fan. 4/5 stars.

 

Parmesan Pesto

Again, a yummy one! The pesto flavor was pretty strong but balanced well with parmesan, and I loved the baby peas and carrots that were intertwined. I let my friend try this one as well, who is a bigger pasta fan than I am, and she said she enjoyed it

 

I honestly have minimal complaints  with these pastas except they are  VERY carby! Around 60-70 carbs for one serving, which is actually a bit more than your traditional flour based pasta. However, keep in consideration they are lentil based, which are very carb rich to begin with, but have more fiber and a lower glycemic index, as well as more protein. So 10 or more carbs might be worth the trade-off!

I definitely suggest giving these a try, the meals were delicious and my entire family enjoyed them (no one knew it wasn’t wheat pasta!!), with additional benefit of protein & fiber.

 

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent these products to try for free. This is an unbiased review. All statements are my own and not intended to be medical advice.

 

What is BOKKSU? Bokksu was created by Danny Taing, who lived in Japan for many years and then upon moving to NYC, found he could no longer enjoy his favorite Japanese snacks. Bokksu was then inspired, and it is a subscription box service delivering snacks directly from Japan. Each month has a theme and they are hand picked to match the theme. This month is April Blossom, which caters to a spring theme with Japanese plum, flower and strawberry flavors.

SAKURA LOVE TEA

  • this one has a delicious cherry aroma, I tried it hot after steeping for 4 minutes
  • this one was light and sweet, with a cherry undertone
  • Did not have to add sugar or milk, etc. to enjoy this tea
  • loved the light and refreshing and pure flavor

SAKURA CHOCOLATE CREPE

  • this treat is super tiny (about the size of my index finger) and is a rolled up crepe in floral flavored chocolate
  • it is light and has a wafer like crunch to it
  • sweet but not too sweet, almost tastes like a less sweet white chocolate with a hint of cherry or some sort of floral undertone
  • I really liked it! Perfect little treat when you are craving something sweet but definitely not too sugary

BAKED CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY

  • this is a “fluffy and rich chocolate” with strawberry bits that is BAKED!
  • it’s very interesting, melt in your mouth yet “fluffy”
  • has a white chocolate taste to it, with prominent strawberry flavor
  • has a freeze dried type of feel to it
  • I like it! It’s a bit rich, but I do like it

SAKURA RUSK

  • this is a baguette  baked twice with Sakura butter with salted sakura petals baked in on top!
  • This one was yummy, kind of like a butter biscuit but not SUPER buttery, just the right amount, with some sugar crystals on top, and just a hint of a floral/sweet flavor
  • it was light and crunchy, and fresh
  • I liked it as a little pick me up snack, or after dinner when you want a little sweet treat

WHITE STRAWBERRY

  • a freeze dried strawberry soaked in white chocolate
  • I really liked this! It was like eating a piece of white chocolate with bits of strawberry flavor in it, but the strawberry tartness that can sometimes be present with freeze dried fruits is mellowed out by the white chocolate.
  • also, not super sweet
  • a great after meal treat 🙂

POCKY

  • easily my favorite in the box, these are strawberry cheesecake coating on a short chocolate stick
  • very rich, only need one or two at a time
  • sweet, creamy, with the perfect little mild chocolate crunch at the end

SUPPA MUCHO STICKS SOUR PLUM

 

  • crispy potato sticks seasoned with sour plum
  • honestly…thought these would be weird…loved them. Salty, sweet, tangy, all in one
  • I think if you like salt and vinegar chips, these would be a hit for you, but with a bit of a plum taste and just the slightest hint of floral

SPRING RICE CRACKERS

  • assorted rice cracker flavors in plum, matcha, purple sweet potato, shrimp, turmeric, salt, chili pepper and soy sauce
  • crispy and light
  • red ones are sour for sure, almost has a corn chip flavor
  • green one reminds me of corn pops cereal!

SAKURA SHRIMP KAMIMOCHI

  • honestly for this one… I just personally can’t do it. It smells way too fishy for me. I took a nibble and it was an immediate pass for me. I’m sure some people may love it, but shrimp flavored crackers are not for me.

UMA SABLE

  • this was pretty good!
  • like a butter/shortbread cookie with some sweet plum flavor in it
  • mildly sweet and rich
  • flavors went well with each other

HAND BAKED BUTTER SENBEI

  • a butter rice cracker
  • this one was a pass for me and my mom
  • very buttery, oily texture, dense
  • has a very off taste that I couldn’t put my hands on

 

Overall, I like this idea! I would love a subscription like this every month to try new treats. Obviously this box in particular had some hits and some misses for me, but I love the fact it incorporates a completely different culture and taste than snacks that I am used to, and is actually authentic! Great idea, and overall a great service.

 

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

 

Theraplex sent me some skin products to try– normally I am hesitant to try new skin products. I have terribly sensitive skin, everything makes my skin blotchy or break out, but I was told these products are dermatologist recommended and accepted by the National Eczema Association, so I was definitely more on board to give them a try.

Let’s begin:

Hydrolotion Daily Skin Moisturizer– this one is hypoallergenic, preservative, paragon, lanolin, gluten and fragrance free. The retail price is $16.50 for one bottle. It is intended to be gentle and ideal for normal-dry, sensitive skin, or skin that may be prone to eczema.

I liked this product for it’s versatility, I used it on my face right after the shower, but then also on my arms, abdomen, legs. It isn’t super thick, but rather light weight and non-greasy. My legs tend to be dry, so I think it was lacking a tiny bit in the moisture department, as I felt I needed to apply more than I would normally with my other lotion. However, no skin reactions, breakouts, nothing. I think it’s great for face and arms, but for my hands/feet/legs I would need something a little stronger.

ClearLotion Moisturizer- and that’s where this product comes in! Again, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, preservative/paraben/lanolin/gluten/steroid/fragrance free. This is an emollient oil moisturizer that comes in a spray bottle. It is best applied to damp skin after the shower to lock in moisture. The retail value is $18.50 for one 8 oz spray pump bottle.

When used alone, I thought it was decent, but feels a little odd to be applying oil to my skin after the shower. It may feel “oily” (obviously) for 10-15 minutes, but then that feeling resolves and skin is left soft. What I did was spray my legs/arms with it immediately post shower, let it dry for a few minutes, then add a few pumps of the daily skin moisturizer, and was soft and moisturized all day.

Emollient Moisturizer- now for the severely dry skin, in comes a super rich moisturizer. This one can be used for psoriasis, eczema, ichthyosis and xerosis, as well as those super dry areas like elbows and heels. Retail value is $21.00. Again, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, preservative/paraben/lanolin/gluten/steroid/fragrance free. My advice is to use LESS than you think you need. It is SUPER rich, and you only need a tiny dab of it for both of your hands. You just need to really work it in and let it dry, using too much will leave a greasy/sticky feel. However, it was great for those cracked knuckles or rough heels.

lastly, the Gentle Cleanser. I really liked this! It is recommended for sensitive skin, and it is an everyday cleanser that leaves skin feeling fresh without being dry. It is paraben/lanolin/steroid and gluten free, and costs about $12.00 a bottle. It left my skin feeling clean and did not dry it out. My face is very acne prone, and I noticed NO new breakouts, and actually got a compliment that my skin was looking better just yesterday 🙂

Overall, I am a fan of these products.  I will not lie, I went and purchased 2 bottles of the cleanser and hydrolotion online because I am running out of product and like the way it was gentle yet effective on my skin. I definitely recommend these if you have sensitive skin, are acne prone, eczema prone, or just looking for a new cleanser/skin products that aren’t filled with a ton of chemicals. A solid 4.5 stars across the board from me.

 

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

Pasta is definitely a fan favorite- versatile, comforting, and well…delicious. However, as we all know, pasta is not diabetic friendly, figure friendly or macro friendly for that matter, as it is loaded with carbs and lacks in the  protein and fiber department (unless you get whole grain). For that reason, I tend to stay away from pasta entirely. It wreaks havoc on my blood sugars for hours. However, the nice people over at Explore Cuisine sent me some plant-based protein filled pastas made with black bean, edamame, red lentil and chick pea.

Each pasta ranges from 180-200 calories per 2 oz serving (a box has 4 servings), with 1-3.5g of fat, 19-35g of carbs, 3-13 grams of fiber, and 11-25 grams of protein.

 

Let’s Start!

The Red Lentil pasta was super mild in flavor. Relatively easy to cook, however, of the 4 I cooked this one seemed to absorb a ton of water and I actually ended up burning the bottom of my pot, so make sure to keep a close eye on it and add extra water. It was bland in flavor, but smelled great while cooking. The texture was identical to al dente spaghetti. I served it with ground turkey, broccoli, and (unpictured) tomato sauce.

The good thing about this one is it looks almost identical to flour based pasta…you could probably try to fool your friends 🙂  — granted they are not allergic to any of the ingredients!!!

 

Next up, BLACK BEAN pasta.

This one is a little weird…and you’ll definitely get some looks when you eat it. I had someone ask me if I was eating squid… but it’s worth it!

I served it with grilled chicken and some butter and I actually really enjoyed this one. It’s not my favorite to eat plain, and definitely requires some flavor. It was a little more chewy than the other varieties, but it still relatively mild in flavor and went well with chicken. This one was highest in protein and fiber and I found I needed no insulin to eat! In fact, both times I took insulin for this dish, my blood sugar tanked. I had a mild rise after I ate and then went back to baseline so I decided this one was definitely a hit for me and my blood sugars!

 

Next up, CHICK PEA  pasta

I loved this one! I added some turkey gravy to it and it was just a tad more chewy than al dente flour based pasta, with a hint of chick pea flavor. Again, super mild in flavor so very versatile and you can probably pair it with anything.  I found the chick pea pasta to be more filling than the other varieties.

 

Lastly, the EDAMAME based pasta.

This one was probably my least favorite of the 4, but still pretty good. It had a sweet undertone to it, and was softer in consistency than the other varieties. It had more of a dominant flavor than the other varieties, but again, still pretty mild. I think it paired well with chicken and some butter and salt.

 

Overall, these are a hit and I will definitely be buying them when I see them in store. Each box had 4 servings, but I stretched it out to 6 because I added vegetables and protein to each, and still had a decent serving. All of them had minimal affect on my blood sugars, which was a big bonus for me. ALL flavors are GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN as well, making them friendly to our pasta lovers who cannot tolerate flour based products. Overall, 4 1/2 stars from me.

 

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

 

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