The Nutritionist Reviews

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Our Baby Shower

My mom, sister and sister-in-law threw Troy and I a wonderful baby shower. Since the baby is due in September and I am obsessed with apples and fruit, the shower was apple themed! It was a really nice day and we blessed with so many gifts from family.

Aww baby adirondeck chair 

 The hosts of the shower and I

 Troy, my busia and I- it was her 86th birthday!

 Measuring how many pieces of toilet paper can go around me- haha!

 Big salad buffet

Lots of presents 

It was a wonderful event and we are very thankful for all the people who spent the day celebrating with us! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Review

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport
As part of my awesome partnership with Sprint, I was sent the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport to review. This phone is aimed at people who love living an active life. It is dirt and water resistant.

It has something called Sprint Fit Live which is an app that records fitness and activity from different apps including MapMyFitness and shows it in an easy to find place. I really thought that this was neat because I take my phone for my daily exercise every single day. Each morning when I wake up, I take my trusty 10 lb dachshund with me on a walk (the other dachshund goes straight back to bed after eating her breakfast). He has kept me accountable to walk daily during my pregnancy. We go 1-2 miles usually around my neighborhood.

While I walk, I check my email, Facebook and read blog posts. I also sometimes check the weather, Instagram, etc. I almost always track my fitness just to help keep myself accountable for this Sprint Fit Live is very beneficial to me. I like to know how many miles I have done in a month, speed, etc. This phone is great to take during a workout. After I have the baby, I may begin some running again and this would be a very helpful phone to take with me. I love to know my speed during running because it helps to motivate me to run faster. I also love biking so I will take the phone for that as well.

I have made the mistake of dropping my phones way too many times so this being dirt and water resistant is very helpful.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport
The Samsumg Galaxy S5 Sport gives you up to 19 hours of talk time and has a 5.1" display. The phone is pretty light at 5.6 oz. The phone comes in electric blue as seen above and cherry red. I am not really a fan of having a blue phone so I would get a case for it.

The phone is brand new and was just released July 25th. It has S Health which is a mobile health platform to access health info, make healthier eating choices and map our your workouts. As a dietitian, I love this because we all could use all of the help we can get. It also monitors your heart rate before and after activity! I had never heard of a phone doing this.
Samsumg Galaxy S5 Sport

The phone comes with a preloaded Activity Zone app with a barometer, compass, flashlight and stopwatch right on one screen. It has a textured outside which makes it easier to hold while on the go. I really like this because it is definitely easy to drop while exercising. You can also have Spotify workout playlists ready to go and integrate them into your workout. When you join the Sprint Framily plan, you get 3 months of Spotify premium for free. This new phone runs on the Sprint Spark network which enhances the service allowing for high quality video.

This is a neat phone that is great for people on the go who are interested in health and fitness.

Friday, August 29, 2014

New and Tasty Foods Review and Giveaway

Bare Crunchy Coconut Chips
1. Bare Crunchy Coconut Chips- I had the opportunity to try these Bare coconut chips and really liked them. They come in three flavors: toasted, honey and sweet 'n heat. My favorite were the simply toasted flavor which are small and crunchy coconut flakes. I ate them plain but also think that they would be awesome over Greek yogurt with some fruit. Watch your serving size though as 1/2 cup has 150 calories and it is easy to eat more than that. Ingredients are kept super simple with just coconut, sugar and sea salt on the simply toasted variety.

Bare Fruit Bake-Dried Mango Chunks
2. Bare Fruit Bake-Dried Mango Chunks- This snack is so addictive! I am snacking on these as I type. They are not actually chunks but dried mango strips. They are 100% organic and taste great. They are chewy and sweet. I think that this would be a good snack for kids who like fruit rollups and snacks like that. These are of course much healthier and the only ingredient is organic mango. I like the firm texture and eat this when I want something like candy.

Lola Granola Bars
3. Lola Granola Bars- These bars were created by a mom of 4 young children who were going through a hard time. She made these bars to save money and many people loved the bars. Lola Granola bars was born from this! These bars are gluten-free and soy-free due to allergies that her kids have. My favorite bar is the Enzo which has cashews and almonds. They are sweetened with honey and use gluten-free oats. I have been enjoying having these for a snack throughout the day. They are filling, sweet and tasty. Another favorite is The Nathan which includes blueberries and almonds. To locate these bars, check out the store locator.

Indian as Apple Pie Chai Masala
4. Indian as Apple Pie Chai Masala- I was sent some chai masala which is a mix between cardamom, cloves and other spices to add flavor to Indian tea. You can now made authentic Indian tea right at home. It can also be used for apple pie, bread and nuts. I used this to make a delicious Indian tea. Just boil water, a tea bag 1/2-1 tsp masala, milk and your choice of sweetener. It was very tasty and was easily the best chai tea that I have had.

Indian as Apple Pie is a company that sells 8 different Indian spice blends to make Indian cooking easier at home. I love this because I really enjoy Indian food but do not have all of these specialty spices at home.

The giveaway will be for a sampler package of Lola Granola Bars and Indian as Apple Pie Chai Masala to one reader.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mamma Chia Review and Giveaway

Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze
I have seen Mamma Chia products on other blogs for some time but never had the chance to try them myself. I am a huge fan of chia seeds and eat them about 5 days per week in my oatmeal. I love to add a lot of chia seeds because they add a great texture to the oatmeal as well as being packed with nutrients.

Chia seeds are rich in fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium and of course omega-3 fatty acids. They are little nutrition powerhouses. I think that if you do not eat foods such as fish often, you should incorporate either chia or ground flax into your diet to meet your omega-3 needs.

Mama Chia Chia Squeeze
Mamma Chia makes two great chia seed products: a chia squeeze and a chia drink. The chia squeeze comes in a pouch that is easy to eat on the go. It is great for busy moms or for kids for their lunches or after school snacks. With a baby due very soon, I know it will be harder to prepare meals and have ample time to eat my meals so Mamma Chia products will come in handy.

I enjoyed trying these chia squeeze drinks. They are different than anything that I have had before but are a good boost of nutrition for when you need it. The mango coconut was my favorite flavor.

Mamma Chia Drink
The Mamma Chia Vitality Beverages are a mix of organic chia seeds and organic fruit juice with agave nectar. There are chia seeds throughout the Mamma Chia products which are different than what I am used to but I did not mind them.

Mamma Chia products are sold at Whole Foods, Target, Costco, Kroger and more. Check out Mamma Chia on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

The giveaway will be for Mamma Chia products and coupons to one reader! 
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