The Nutritionist Reviews

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sage Spoonfuls Review and Giveaway

Sage Spoonfuls
As a mom-to-be and registered dietitian, one of the things that I look forward to most is when our baby is able to start eating. I cannot wait to make her homemade foods including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. I plan to make most if not all of her food and just found a system to make preparing the food easier.

Sage Spoonfuls is a company that makes the grab-and-go homemade baby food system. It comes with an immersion blender and food processor, glass storage jars for food, labels, recipes and a pocket guide. This is exactly what you need to prepare food for your baby so I love that it comes in a kit all together.
Sage Spoonfuls
By making your baby's food homemade, you can control the ingredients that go into the food which to me is very important. Babies should not be having a lot of added sugar, salt, fat, etc. By making the food myself, I can include only the healthy ingredients that I want.

I have read a lot about the first foods to feed your baby and I plan to start with green vegetables when the time comes. I want for her to get a taste of lots of different vegetables from early on so that she enjoys them and do not want her developing a sweet tooth too young.

Sage Spoonfuls
I was sent the Glass Homemade Essentials Package which retails for $69.99. This is actually not a bad price considering all that it comes with. It comes with a 227 page book on what to food your bay, allergies, nutrition, foods to avoid, etc. It comes with 66 recipes which will be helpful when I cannot think of what to make.

Sage Spoonfuls
The immersion blender and food processor can be used beyond the baby stage as well to make foods such as soups, smoothies and hummus. The storage containers hold 4 oz of food and are leak proof, freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe. The labels make it easy to remind you of what food is in the jars. All products are BPA, phthalate, lead and PVC free.

I cannot wait to get started using this kit in just about 6 months for our baby!

The giveaway will be for the Sage Spoonfuls Glass Homemade Essentials Package  (immersion blender w/ food processor attachment, 1 book, 6 Glass 4oz storage jars, 60 labels, and pocket guide)- a $70 value to one winner!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Experience with the Activia Challenge + Giveaway

This post is being sponsored by Activia for my participation in this campaign. All opinions are my own.

Activia Yogurt
***First of all, the winner from the last Activia giveaway is Kelsey (fitness_fanatic_007) who I emailed the details of her prize.

I have been taking the Activia Challenge for about two weeks now! What this means is that I am eating Activia yogurt twice per day for 2 weeks. I have always eaten one yogurt a day on most days and sometimes two but now I am doing so more regularly. I have 1 for breakfast and another for a snack sometime throughout the day.

My favorite is still the Activia Greek which is a Greek yogurt full of gut-healthy bacteria that can help with minor digestive issues. It is thick and creamy and has all of the benefits of regular Activia. It comes in 8 different flavors including vanilla, blueberry, strawberry, peach, tropical fruit, raspberry and cherry. I like the strawberry, vanilla and peach flavors best.

Activia Yogurt
They also have Activia Greek Light that only has 80 calories which is offered in strawberry, blueberry, peach, cherry and vanilla. If you want a very low calorie, protein packed snack, this is a good option.

Usually, I just have my yogurt plain but sometimes, I like to add different mix-ins such as cereal, granola, chia seeds or fresh fruit. My favorite has been adding blueberries or peaches to my Activia yogurt. 

Have any of you taken part of the Activia Challenge? If you have digestive issues, you may want to try this challenge. If you need help on the challenge, invite a friend to do it with you. This will help you to stay motivated and encouraged.

Activia Yogurt
Activia has many different varieties of their products including Activia Yogurt, Activia Greek, Activia Greek Light, Activia Smoothies, Activia Light Yogurt and Activia Fiber Yogurt. There is something for every kind of yogurt lover! One of the regular Activia yogurts that I really enjoy is the prune flavored one. I have always loved prunes and this flavor is tasty and good for you.

Activia brand ambassador Laila Ali gave some good tips for a healthy lifestyle:
-Workout and fit it in when you can. She says that fitting in little workouts through the day help keep you in a good mood throughout the day.
-Pack in the protein such as with Activia Greek.
-Make smart food choices- have lots of fruits and veggies.

One winner will receive 10 full value coupons for Activia. 
The winner will be emailed and posted in my next Activia post.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Febreze Fall Home Harvest Collection

Febreeze Fall Home Harvest Collection
I love summer but fall is another of my favorite seasons. Whenever I think of fall, I think of pumpkins, apples, pears, grape harvesting, my parent's farm and warm beverages. I love to make homemade applesauce in the fall with my dad's homegrown apples. Even though I do not drink too many of these, I always think of pumpkin spice beverages when thinking of the fall. Which scents remind you of the fall?

Febreze has some awesome scents for the fall including Toasted Almond, Sugared Cranberry, Spiced Pear, Vanilla Latte and Autumn Harvest. I was sent some of the fall scents to try and I have to say, I really like them! 

Febreeze Fall Home Harvest Collection
For my review, I was sent this awesome barn box (which I am totally saving for the baby to play with when she is older due to my obsession with all things farm!) full of fall Febreze products. I was sent the toasted almond car vent clip. This is really nice because it helps your car to smell nice and is different than your typical air freshener. 

I was also sent the Fall Harvest and Vanilla Latte Febreze noticeables which plug into your wall. The fall harvest is a mix of chai and sandalwood scents and the vanilla latte is a mix of sugar and vanilla. Both smell nice! 
Febreeze Fall Home Harvest Collection
I like to have different candles and scents throughout my home during the fall and winter. I have not yet decorated for the fall in my home but I want to soon (especially before the baby comes and I am much busier). Adding these scents helps to get my household ready for fall!

Have you ever used Febreze to add the scents of the season to your home? What do you think? I don't like my home too overly scented but lighting a candle or having a spray of a great scent is always nice.

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SexyPop Popcorn Review

SexyPop Popcorn
I love trying different kinds of popcorn and was able to try some new and unique flavors from SexyPop Popcorn. They have flavors such as Brazilian Coconut and Bodacious Banana! I had never heard of these flavors for popcorn before so when I opened my box of samples, I had to dig into the Brazilian Coconut flavor.

SexyPop Popcorn
The Brazilian coconut flavor of SexyPop Popcorn is very, very addictive. I made the mistake of eating straight from the bag and ate almost the entire bag in 1 sitting!! It is very tasty and has a medium coconut flavor (not too strong, not too weak). It is fairly sweet, salty and is very tasty. I love this flavor of popcorn and would definitely buy it in the future.

SexyPop is made by the maker of Pirate's Booty and Veggie Booty. It comes in 6 different flavors including black pepper, bodacious banana, bangin' cheddar, lightly salted, French butter and of course, coconut.

SexyPop Popcorn
I think that popcorn makes a fairly healthy snack because it is a whole-grain and compared to other salty snacks, it quite a bit healthier. The coconut flavor of popcorn has 39 calories per cup and a 3 1/2 cup serving has 140 calories. Ingredients include popcorn, sunflower oil, coconut flavor which includes sugar, flavors and salt.The popcorn is also GMO free.

I also really enjoyed the bangin' cheddar popcorn which is a classic cheesy popcorn. It has 40 calories per cup.

I look forward to seeing what other fun and unique flavors of popcorn that SexyPop comes out with in the future.
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