The Nutritionist Reviews

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fun Christmas Gift Ideas


Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan
1. Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan- I love a good non-stick pan and found that this one is great. To test it out, I cooked some chicken breasts on it with a tiny bit of olive oil and it turned out great. No sticking! It has a safe ceramic coating on it from Germany. It is one of few frying pans free of PTFE, PFOA and other chemicals. These chemicals can decompose and release fumes- this has definitely happened to me with cheap brands and I have had to throw them out immediately. I remember one day in college, my family came to visit and I was cooking for them. I literally threw out the pan right in the middle of cooking and used a different one.

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan
With this pan, even under high heat, no fumes will be released which is awesome. It is durable and scratch-resistant. Due to its non-stick properties, you can use about half the oil that you would normally use to cook with. It has a magnetized bottom for quick heat transfer on induction stoves and a silicone handle.

This would make a great gift for anyone in your life who likes to cook!

Michael Todd Skincare Discovery Kit
2. Michael Todd Skincare Discovery Kit- I was sent a 30 day supply of Michael Todd products to try out in their sensitive skin discovery kit. This comes with a cleanser, scrub, moisturizer, toner and facial mask. I enjoyed trying these products and have liked the effects that they have on my skin so far. I have pretty dry skin so this is nice and light for my skin. This would make a good holiday gift for someone close to you who wants to improve their skin care regimen.

The products are organic and are not made with a bunch of harmful chemicals. Kits from Michael Todd range from about $75-85 each for a full sized supply.

Michael Todd Tinted Lip Trio
I was also sent the tinted lip trio which gives you a nice, light lip color. This would make an awesome stocking stuffer! It is peppermint scented and contains SPF 18.

Yummi Pouches
3. Yummi Pouches- I have not been able to try these yet but in about 3 more months, Adalyn will be ready for solids and I cannot wait to let her try tons of different foods, especially fruits and vegetables. I plan to make my own baby food and have heard awesome things about food pouches which lets kids eat without making as big of a mess.

These can be cleaned in the dishwasher, can be frozen and can be stored in the fridge with food. They have different sizes that can fit 2.5, 6 or 10 oz of food. They are easy to fill with a zipper opening. To wash, use soap and water and a bottle brush or the top rack of the dishwasher.

My favorite feature is that these are reusable and that will help to save money with making food. I seriously am so excited to use these! These would make a great stocking stuffer for a toddler or a baby.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gluten-Free Taste Guru Review

I recently had the opportunity to review Taste Guru, a monthly food subscription. I was sent an email from Paul who was hired to improve Taste Guru. Lots of changes happened including increasing the quality of the products in the box, lowering subscription prices and hiring more staff to help with customer service. I think that it is great when a company tries to improve to provide a better product and service to their customers.

I was sent the gluten-free Taste Guru box for the month of November, It comes with 6 or more food items, recipes and added surprises. The price is $15 per month (+ $5 s/h) which is pretty typical for a subscription service. The products that it includes are fun and are quite a variety.

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Here are some of the items that I received:
-Rosemary citrus jerky

-Namaste Foods homestyle coating mix- Looking forward to trying this on chicken for a healthier "fried" chicken.

-Justins Nut Butters- Love these!

-Pik-nik salt and vinegar shoestring potatoes- Yum! Salt and vinegar is my favorite flavor.

-Flyjoy bar

-Bacon jam- Never heard of this before but it is pretty interesting.

-Plus a few more items and a gluten-free magazine

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I enjoyed trying this box. I thought it was interesting that the box contained all kinds of products, not just snacks. I never would have thought to put a coating mix in a box like this but it is a good option for those who want to try different products that require a gluten-free diet.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pumping Tips for the Working Mom

Adalyn is exclusively breastfed and I knew that when I went back to work, I wanted to continue this. I read a lot about pumping since it is something that of course, I had never done before. I have been pumping at work for 3 weeks now and it is going extremely well! 

Here are my tips for pumping at work:
-Use a good pump- I have co-workers who say that they have supply issues related to using an old pump or one that is not good enough. I have had great success with the Medela Pump In-Style and the Freestyle. I keep one at work and one at home for convenience. I highly recommend a double pump to save time.

-Eat foods that promote lactation- Most days of the week, I eat oatmeal with flax which can help to increase your milk supply. I also drink Mother's Milk tea on occasion.

-Drink tons of fluid- Since coming back to work, I now have more time to focus on fluids (than when I was taking care of a newborn during the whole day). I carry around a 32 oz water bottle which I refill a few times per day along with 1 mug of coffee and decaf teas.

-Pump when you would feed your baby- If your baby receives a bottle at say 9 AM, 12 PM and 3 PM, pump at about those same times. I pump twice per day at work at this time and each session takes about 10 minutes. 

-Use micro-steam bags- I really like the Medela Quick Clean Micro-steam bags to clean my pump parts. I do this one time per day after my second pumping session. It only takes 3 minutes in the microwave which is awesome! 

-Start pumping early- I started pumping when Adalyn was 1 1/2 weeks old one time per day. My lactation consultant told me that you have the most milk in the morning so I would pump an hour after Adalyn's first feeding of the morning. I think that this helped to build up my supply and got me used to pumping. 

-Have enough supplies- Right after I got my pump, I went and purchased a bunch of extra supplies so that I would never be short. Something that I like to have a lot of on hand is the pumping bottles. I have about 15 of them so that I can have them in the fridge full, have some at home and some at work for whenever I need them. I purchased some on Amazon and from another mom on a Facebook swap site for about $1 each. 

-Get things ready the night before- Each night, I make sure that Adalyn's bottles are ready for the next day and that I have clean, empty bottles ready to go to work. This makes the mornings simpler which I like. Since I have two pumps, I do not have to worry about bringing one to work each day. If you can do this, I highly recommend it.

-Other beneficial products- I currently do not use a hands free pumping bra (the pump parts just kind of stay in my bra without issue but I have heard from many pumping moms that these are awesome to have. I have used one a couple of times but never really understood if you are supposed to wear it with another bra or wear it all day, etc. Storage bags are great for freezing the breast milk. I label and date these and throw them in the freezer. 

In the beginning of breastfeeding, I had some pain issues and liked different lanolin creams. Now, I do not use them too often. Also, especially in the beginning, nursing pads can be very beneficial. Since about 6 weeks, I no longer need these. 

-Many women complain that their milk supply drops when they begin work. I do not have this issue so I cannot give tips on it but please, talk to a lactation consultant if you have this issue. Do not give up on breastfeeding! Some people say that if they look at a picture of their baby, etc., it can help with the milk flow. 

If you have any breastfeeding questions, feel free to ask me! I know that I looked to other bloggers for advice and am happy to share what I have learned so far.

A special thanks to Medela for providing me with some extra pumping products. Before I received these, I was already using most of the Medela products and honestly think that they are awesome.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Canvas4Life Review and Giveaway

Canvas4Life Canvas
I was recently sent a canvas from Canvas4Life. They are a great company to work with and sent me my canvas so quickly! I was sent a 16 x 20 canvas to review.

It took a long time to get my newborn photos back from Adalyn's newborn shoot but when I did, I was so excited. I chose this amazing photo to go on the canvas. Troy and I were amazed how clear the photo looks even stretched on a 16 x 20 canvas. It is the clearest picture we have ever seen in fact. This is partially due to a great photographer (Deanna Spivey Photography) but Canvas4Life did an awesome job as well.

I am very impressed with how it turned out! I love this photo in black and white. I liked how you have the choice to do 3/4 inch thick or 1.5 inch thick for the same price. You can choose whether you want an uncoated, satin or matte print. You can also get a bleed, no bleed, mirror bleed or gallery look. I personally like the mirror bleed because I do not want the picture cut off on the ends to wrap around the frame but like for it to be copied on the sides.

Prices vary depending on size of course and there are lots of deals available. I think that a canvas makes an incredible gift for anyone on your list! I would love to receive one of these from someone. Check out Canvas4Life for more information.

Giveaway
The giveaway will be for a 16 x 20 Canvas4Life canvas to one reader.
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