Friday, January 30, 2015

Perfect Bar Review

Perfect Bar sent us some of their bars to review. We were not compensated for this par, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here is some info about Perfect Bar from their website:
Perfect Bar is the perfect bar if you crave smooth, delicious, all natural, incredibly nutritious, freshly ground peanut or almond butter. We sweeten that to perfection with just enough organic honey, add high quality protein and 20 organic superfoods and use Mother Nature’s preservative, cold, to keep it tasting like we just made it.

  • NON-GMO - A NO-BRAINER

    We use foods that have not been genetically modified and test our finished products for GMOs to ensure that all of our bars are non-GMO.
  • COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES - NATURE'S NATURAL ENERGY

    Sweetened with organic honey, a complex carbohydrate that will ensure your energy levels last. And our vegan flavor uses low glycemic organic dates as the sweetener. No refined sugar… ever.
  • PROTEIN - THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE

    All of our bars are made with high quality whole food protein — essential for muscle repair and recovery.
  • 20 SUPER FOODS EXPERTLY-HIDDEN

    Over 20 nutrient-dense organic whole foods provide a great source of vitamins and minerals on-the-go. Plus, with ingredients such as kale, spinach, alfalfa and celery, you will finally be able to tell your mother that you’re eating your vegetables!
  • ALWAYS GLUTEN FREE

    We are committed to being gluten-free. We encourage everyone to read more about the effects of gluten on your body’s digestive system.
  • FAT - NOT ALWAYS A BAD WORD

    The nut butter in these bars is high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are fats that your body uses for cell repair and fighting inflammation.

    FIND PERFECT BARS IN THE REFRIGERATED AREA OF THE GROCERY. NEVER IN THE NUTRITION BAR AISLE.


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    Our Review:
    These bars actually are PERFECT!!!! They are incredibly delicious and nutritious! Not only do they taste like biting into a scoop of pure almond or peanut butter, they are filled with 20 SuperFoods!!!!!! How perfect is that?!?!? The bars did a good job of filling us over to our next meal.
The bites were the perfect addition to our lunches for those times when you're still a little bit hungry after you finish, but can't wait until your next snack or meal to eat again!  


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Cookie Department Review

The Cookie Department sent us some cookies to review!  

We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here's a description about each of the cookies from their website:

Want to be great? Try our vegan sweet potato, cranberry and oatmeal cookie. Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants while oatmeal satisfies and cranberries are just yummy! Rich in molasses and vanilla flavors, this cookie tastes just like a holiday. Give thanks for the Great Full cookie!

The Tough Cookie is designed to amplify the natural protein filled powers of peanut butter with an additional 10g of protein. We designed it to be the ideal post-workout treat, but it is equally well suited to a day of cubicle lockdown, when a little extra strength is an absolute necessity.

The Cookie Department's project to perfect the naturally caffeinated espresso cookie, code-named "AWAKEN BAKED," was declassified in September.
Our dedicated staff worked 24/7 to measure, mix, bake off, taste and test countless batches in a quest for the perfect quotient of ORGANIC COFFEE, CHOCOLATE CHIPS and SEA SALT.
Their breakthrough came in the early morning hours of August 4th when the team discovered the perfect chill/buzz ratio, long considered the holy grail of naturally caffeinated baked products.

The Chocolate Chip Nookie was the Cookie Department's second cookie, and is one of our favorites. Based on the Cookie Department's cutting edge research into the Peruvian Root MACA, which is believed to increase vitality in both men and women, the Chocolate Chip Nookie is also just about the best Chocolate Chip cookie you've ever tasted.

We think this cookie is totally the Bomb! Our Cherry Bomb cookie is the Cookie Department's first Gluten-Free cookie... but that doesn't mean this cookie is playing it safe. In addition to being gluten-free and packed with probiotics, the Cherry Bomb detonates hunger with it's rich double chocolate cherry taste!

Ever had one of those nights that turns tomorrow into one of those days? Yeah, us too. That's why we worked with natural detoxifiers like cayenne pepper, black strap molasses and ginger to create the come back king of a ginger snap: the Snap Back cookie. Cheers to you tonight and Snap Back tomorrow!

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Our Review:
THESE COOKIES ARE THE BOMB! They taste great and are full of flavor! The cookies were moist and chewy, just the way we like them! YUM YUM YUM!!! Our favorite was definitely peanut butter, because, let's be real, we just LOVE peanut butter, and it had EXTRA protein! WIN WIN!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil Review

Skinny & Co. sent us some Coconut Oil to review! 

We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. Here's some info about the benefits of Skinny Coconut Oil from their website:


Health Benefits Of Skinny Coconut Oil

Metabolism

Skinny Coconut Oil MetabolismDue to its high concentration of MCFAs, Skinny speeds up metabolism. Because they are so easily digested, MCFAs are immediately converted to energy, helping maintain a healthy weight. When looking at cultures that eat a coconut-rich diet, we find they are lean and obesity is rare. Even using coconut oil instead of unsaturated oils, such as corn, soy, bean, and canola can help aid in weight loss.

Brain Clarity

Skinny Coconut Oil Brain ClarityCoconut oil provides an alternative fuel to glucose for the brain. This fuel, known as ketones, encourages the healthy execution of important cerebral tasks. Ketones are highly neuro-protective, which leads to improved memory, cognition and attention. Ketones may also help curb cognitive decline in old age.

Heart Health

Skinny Coconut Oil Heart HealthContaining greater than 50% lauric acid, Skinny promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. The healthy saturated fat content has shown to protect heart cells, improve the function of the thyroid and help normalize cholesterol levels.

Immune System

Skinny Coconut Oil Immune SystemSkinny is the earth’s richest source of a special fat called lauric acid. Also found in a mother’s milk, lauric acid helps form the immune system and protects the health of newborns. Replacing processed vegetable oils with MCFA-rich coconut oil promotes lifelong healthy immune function. This nutritious MCFA is found in infant formulas, tube feedings, and is commonly used by physicians to help patients obtain optimal health.

Blood Sugar

Skinny Coconut Oil Blood SugarMCFAs in Skinny help maintain healthy insulin and blood sugar levels. Processed quickly by the liver, Skinny provides natural, long lasting energy and is much more effective than sugars, grains, and carbohydrates.


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Our Review:
We LOVED it! We added it to our peanut butter toast, oatmeal, smoothies, and even stir fry! It gave our food a slight coconut flavor, that tasted delicious. It was also a great way to include more healthy fats into our day and it just plain tastes good! 
We also made some healthy "energy bites" with only pb, coconut oil, and oats! All you have to do is melt about a cup of pb and a tbsp of coconut oil in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, and then mix in the oats with your bare hands and form into balls.  EASY AND DELICIOUS! They are perfect pre-workout fuel or a snack! 

Try some  Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil for yourself! 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Naturally More Review

Naturally More sent us some of their creamy peanut butter and almond butter to review on the blog. We were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own. 

Here's some info about Naturally More from their website:
With 25 years of experience in the peanut and snack foods industry, Naturally More owner and founder Tim Petro knew exactly what he was doing when he founded his company. “When I created Naturally More™, it seemed that every label of peanut butter was exactly the same,” says Petro. “I wanted to develop a brand of peanut butter that brought more to the table with better taste and improved nutrition.” Combining his keen business acumen and years of experience owning the Peanut Depot, he sought to develop a product that was missing from the market.
When Petro first purchased Peanut Depot, a 100-year-old Birmingham, AL institution, they were selling a hefty 150,000 pounds of peanuts from their Morris Avenue storefront alone. But always the innovator, Petro saw greater opportunities for growth through distribution at grocery stores, restaurants, and sporting arenas.
Having grown Peanut Depot from sales of 150,000 pounds annually to over 1.8 million pounds a year in just two decades, Petro decided it was time to make the leap from business leader to entrepreneur. Peanut butter has long been a beloved American pantry staple, but Petro saw an opportunity for innovation. He jumped at the chance to enhance the nutritional attributes and create a product with exceptional benefits. By adding pea for enhanced protein, flax seed for fiber, Omega-3 flax oil for essential fatty acids, and wheat germ for vitamins, Petro developed an all-natural vegan, and gluten free product that boasts great taste along with high nutrition.
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Our Review:
We really enjoyed both of these nut butters! We put them on toast with banana, on top of our oatmeal, and even inside our chicken and veggie stir fry! Not only does it taste good, it is filled with GOOD PROTEIN & HEALTHY FATS!  
"Naturally More’s unique product is fortified with enhanced protein, flax seed and other nutrients which provide the protein and essential fats needed to keep the body naturally balanced. Naturally More contains omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids and a full range of amino acids (protein) round out a person’s nutrition requirements in today’s active life style.
INGREDIENTS: Roasted peanuts, pea protein, flax seed, evaporated cane juice, salt, molasses." -more info from their website. 
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Powerful Yogurt Protein Drink Review

Powerful Yogurt sent us their new Greek yogurt Protein drinks to review. We were not compensated for this post.  All opinions are our own. 

We reviewed their yogurt and bars on the blog before. We were excited to try the new protein drinks because we love their other products!  

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Our review:
After a hard workout, we gulped these puppies down! They were so tasty!! The blueberry acai was a very unique protein drink flavor and we loved it! The vanilla maple and chocolate were great too! It didn't have any chalky taste at all! 

We were sad when they were all gone!!! 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kill Cliff Review

Kill Cliff sent us some of their bars and drinks to try and review! We were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own. 

Here's a little bit of info about Kill Cliff from their website:
Kill Cliff is a functional recovery drink made up of B, C, and E vitamins, electrolytes, and plant extracts including ginger root, green tea extract, and ginseng root powder as well as a unique enzyme blend. Kill Cliff aids in recovery and helps you feel awesome again through micronutrient replenishment and is best taken before, after or during a strenuous workout, or when you need to fight that not-so-awesome feeling. Kill Cliff is an alternative to other everyday beverage choices; no sugar, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and only 15 calories! And it’s the perfect complement to macronutrient-based protein and carb recovery products. Kill Cliff also tastes AWESOME and just to be clear, it is NOT an energy drink.
Kill Cliff comes in three flavors:
  • Tasty (Blood Orange)
  • Free Fall (Lemon-Lime)
  • Double Awesomeness (Pomegranate Watermelon

OUR HISTORY

Kill Cliff, Inc was founded by a former Navy SEAL who grew tired of using motrin and caffeine-laden drinks to refuel his body after his daily workouts. He was convinced that energy drinks and sports drinks were all missing key components to actually aid in recovery. His idea was to reinvent sports nutrition by developing a true recovery drink made with premium functional ingredients in a specialized formulation that is both healthier and tastier. So he collaborated with top athletes and the best people in the beverage industry to formulate Kill Cliff. And what about the “Kill Cliff” name, you ask? Well we could tell you but...

OUR TEAM

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the collective Kill Cliff team stretches coast-to-coast in spreading awesomeness and supporting philanthropic organizations sharing common interests, including The Navy SEAL Foundation, The Red Circle Foundation and Wounded Wear.
If you would like to know more about us, please check us out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or send us an email at info@killcliff.com.

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Our review:

First of all... We just have to say how AWESOME their packages are! How cool is that?!? 

Our favorite product was the recovery drink. We shared one after a tough workout and it was super tasty! Double Awesomeness aka Pomegranate Watermelon was our fave! (LOVE THE FLAVOR NAMES!!!) 

The Strawberries and Cream was our favorite flavor of the bars. I enjoyed them for a snack at work AND we BOTH enjoyed them on the golf course. They are protein packed goodness! 
(Jared came in 2nd in that tournament btw! Wahoo!!) 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ED Recovery: Exercise and Food Guilt Caused by Others

I've been wanting to write this post for a while, but have been nervous about how others would react. This topic is important enough that I just have to share. I have come a long long long way since my eating disorder took over my life in middle/high school. My parents helped me out TREMENDOUSLY, encouraging me all the time and seeking out help from a therapist. Luckily, I never had to be hospitalized. After I heard from a doctor that if I kept heading down that awful path that I might not have kids later on in life, with God's strength, I turned things around. Now, it was NOT an easy road, let me tell you. It was full of ups and downs and twists and turns, but fortunately, I can say that I am recovered. God brought this AMAZING man into my life and he has helped me sooooooo much! I have to brag on him for a minute first.


Jared is my BEST FRIEND. We can talk about anything and everything or be completely silent and have the best time just being next to each other. I have to brag about all that he has done to help me conquer those ANNOYING and HORRIBLE thoughts that an eating disorder puts into your brain. This man blacked out EVERY SINGLE ITEM in our pantry and fridge with sharpie to where I couldn't see the calories on them. I cried tears of joy when I came home that day and saw everything. He is SO SELFLESS to take that much time to do such a tedious task only to help ME. I am so grateful for that. He helped me realize that it's OKAY to just pour cereal into a bowl without measuring out a "serving size". He has helped me realize that I need to have 20g of protein after a workout instead of nibbling on "carrots and apples" so I can actually BUILD my muscle instead of tearing it down. He has helped me realize that I need to work on building my back muscles to balance out the huge amount of ab exercises I do. He has helped me realize that if I eat dessert here and there, I won't have this insane urge to eat everything "junk food related" in sight when I actually have a treat. (Yeah, I used to do that... it was bad... if I finally allowed myself to have something "unhealthy" I felt like I ruined the day and decided to just eat everything that I possibly could that day and start over the next day. That was horrible because I got so sick from all the sugar.) He has helped me build my body confidence SO MUCH. He reminds me not to compare myself to other people because God created me just the way He wanted to create me! Jared tells me every single day that he loves me and thinks I am beautiful from the inside out. 


Thankfully, I am SO MUCH better when it comes to fueling my body properly with food and treating my body properly with exercise. That brings me to the topic I wanted to discuss today. 

After reading Hollie's article, I couldn't help but let my feelings out. It's funny because I said pretty much the EXACT same things to Jared that she said in her article, so much so, that I was actually dreading visiting the family for the holidays because I didn't want to hear people commenting about my food and exercise. That is so sad because I absolutely LOVE MY FAMILY. (Cool thing about this Christmas was that our family actually WORKED OUT WITH US!!!!)

I cannot tell you how much it HURTS to hear someone say, "Oh, come on Kelsey, why can't you just eat this certain food like the rest of us?"  It makes me feel bad because I don't want to eat it. Why should I have to eat something that I don't want to eat just because you are eating it? Just because I like to load my plate with extra helpings of fruits and veggies and meat, doesn't mean I don't eat enough or never eat dessert. I want to eat the food that I want to eat because it tastes good and I enjoy eating it. The holidays are the worst because there are cookies and cakes everywhere and somewhere down the road people started feeling like you have to eat handfuls of treats at every single meal "because it is a holiday and that's just what you do".  I stress out because I want people to know that I am not restricting my food again, I just simply DON'T want to eat that certain food at that moment. I don't pester you when you don't eat fruits and veggies, so please don't pester me. Everyone has different taste buds and that's okay. God made us all UNIQUE. 


I also hate it when I actually DO EAT JUNK FOOD in front of people that they have to comment and say, "Woah Kelsey! I can't believe you are actually eating THAT. It's not healthy, I'm shocked!" I wish people knew that when they comment on my food that it actually makes those bad thoughts pop up again! I stress out when this happens because it makes me think, "Dang. Is this really something I shouldn't be eating? Maybe I better stop." I love eating healthy foods, but I also LOVE eating junk food too! When I indulge, I want to actually ENJOY it because I workout hard and fuel my body with good foods and deserve to have a treat when I want it. There is no need to have certain foods "off limit". My favorite food to indulge in is PIZZA. Yep, I LOVE PIZZA and by golly, if I want to split a large with my husband, I will! I HAVE NO REGRETS! We even have a sign in our apartment about pizza! It's our favorite piece of art! haha


Along with commenting on my food, it really hurts my feelings when people try to make me feel guilty for working out! I don't understand how ONE HOUR out of the day can mean that much to someone. I usually wake up earlier than everyone, so it's not like I'm missing out on anything. I certainly don't like it when they make me feel bad for working out when all they are doing is sitting around and talking. It makes me feel terrible that I took an hour out of the day to have my "ME TIME" and do something that I truly ENJOY doing. How is that fair? I don't comment on your choice to NOT workout, so why should you comment on mine?


If you've ever seen me doing my cardio/dance it out routine by myself, you will see me SMILING pretty much the entire time, because it's FUN. I do it because I have a BLAST and it gets my heart pumping. I love singing and dancing my heart out. I even do it when other people are in our small apartment gym because I don't care what other people think and that is what I love to do for cardio, so I just do it! I LOVE IT. I also love seeing my muscles develop when I strength train and you can catch me smiling at my achievements. Ask Jared! He will tell you how happy I get when I increase my dumbbell weight or do something new that I've never done before. 

If you got anything out of this post, I would hope it is this:
Please don't comment on other people's food choices. 


Also, we REALLY love almond butter! :) 


Hope this post will encourage people to keep comments to themselves and appreciate the fact that EVERYONE is unique in their own way!