The Nutritionist Reviews

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Foods of 2015 Part 3 Giveaway

Bobalu Almonds
1. Bobalu Nuts- I love almonds and these in-shell almonds from Bobalu are a great snack. The shells are cracked to make it easier for them to come off- similar to taking the shells off of pistachios. These nuts are slightly salty and have a great roasted flavor. My husband loves nuts for a snack so he especially likes these.
Bobalu Almonds
These would be fun for a party to have out where guests can crack their own nuts. They would also be good on a cheese plate with grapes.

Blissful Eats Granola
2. Blissful Eats- I was sent some granola and boost bites from Blissful Eats to try. I loved the boost bites which come in chocolate cookie dough and instant boost chocolate flavors. They are tasty like a dessert but are healthy with ingredients like cashews, hemp and chia seeds.

Blissful Eats Boost Bites
The granola comes in maple nut crunch, no nutty chocolate chip and apple cinnamon flavors. This is a grain-free granola! It also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Ingredients include applesauce, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, coconut, coconut oil, apples, flaxseed and spices. It is very tasty and I love that it is made with real ingredients. I loved this over Greek yogurt.

Sweet Spreads Coconutter
3. Sweet Spreads Coconutter- I was recently sent a variety of Sweet Spreads to try which is a kind of flavored coconut butter. They come in unique flavors such as white chocolate, maple pancake, vanilla cupcake, dark chocolate mint, cinnamon roll and chocolate brownie.
Sweet Spreads Coconutter
These come in cute tiny mason jars. They would make a great gift! My favorite flavor is the maple pancake. I have had this on oatmeal and on a warm muffin. It is nice and sweet and tastes truly like a pancake with maple syrup. Coconut butter is solid at room temperature and melts on hot foods. It is high in calories with 145 kcal/tablespoon but you do not need a lot. I probably use about a teaspoon in my oats and it provides a ton of flavor. I like the unique flavors and dessert-like flavor that these coconut butters have.

The giveaway will be for a 2 lb bag of Bobalu almonds.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DL revAMP Detox Review

I recently had the opportunity to try an amazing program called DL revAMP. DL revAMP is a company that sells a plant-based food detox. Typically, I am not a fan of regular detox programs. I do not think that an all juice cleanse is necessary or particularly helpful. Your body should be able to "cleanse" and "detox" itself and you don't need some crazy diet to do it. The reason that I decided to try this detox is because it includes actual food and real ingredients and because I have not been feeling like myself. I feel like I needed some help to reduce my sugar intake.

A little background on what is going on with me: Since about Thanksgiving, I have been feeling a lot more tired than normal. Of course some of this has to do with having a young baby but even on nights when Adalyn slept well, I felt exhausted, run down, lethargic, lazy, etc. I hate feeling this way and wanted to do something about it. I have been working on getting more rest, making sure to exercise, eating a lot more produce and working on cutting down on sugar.

The biggest problem that I think is contributing to feeling yucky is overeating and eating too much sugar. I was excited to try this detox because I am able to eat real foods on it. It is not an all juice program and had a decent amount of calories- 1200. I did consume additional foods because I was hungry and 1200 calories is not enough for my with nursing, exercise and how much my body needs in general.

The program that I completed was three days long. It included food and beverages to consume 7 times per day. The food is USDA certified organic. This was a big benefit for me because I like to eat many times during the day, not just three square meals for example. Almost everything on the plan was absolutely delicious. My favorite part of it that was different than what I usually have was the awesome salad dressings- I need to find similar recipes!

I started this plan on Wednesday and finished on Friday. I did consume additional foods but tried to keep them healthy and similar to what would fit on this plan. Additional foods included peanut butter, nuts, apples, strawberries, nut bars and a few more items. I need about 2000-2500 calories per day which is why I added additional food. This plan is vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy free.

Below is a sample menu from a day on the DL revAMP detox:

Here is what I thought of the food and drinks:
- Chia fat flush- I don't like the name but the beverage was good. You start each day with this beverage of cranberry and lemon juice with chia seeds. I love chia seeds and think that they are a good source of protein, fiber and omega-3. I eat chia seeds about 5 days per week. This beverage was a good start to the day.

-Breakfast- I liked the cacao breakfast crunch best which is raw sprouted buckwheat, blueberries, cacao nibs and coconut milk. This was very tasty and filling. I was not a fan of the superfood chia pudding.

-OnJuice- Each day, I had an OnJuice late morning. I loved all of the combination which were full of mostly vegetables.

-Lunch- These lunches were delicious! They included detox power salad, crunchy cabbage salad and oriental noodle bowl. My favorite was the detox power salad which was unique with mung beans and goji berries. The dressing was my favorite part.

-Power Shot- Each day at 2 PM, I was to have a Power Shot. I really loved the grapefruit and cayenne one. The turmeric and papaya I did not like at all. I am not a fan of turmeric.

-Snack- These snacks were all amazing and very different from each other. I had kale chips, raw cacao truffles and grapefruit refresher. I am inspired to make these all again.

-Soup for dinner- Each dinner was pretty light with soup only. The soup was filling but not quite enough for me. I had to add some additional food in with the dinner. The soup were all pureed with a bit of texture. My favorite was the green garden soup with zucchini, leeks, asparagus and celery. These also inspired me to want to recreate something similar at home as I have never made soups like this.

How did I feel?
Since I had not been feeling myself, this was the big question for me whether this detox helped me to feel better. It is kind of difficult to say because on the 3 days that I was on this plan, Adalyn slept extremely poorly making me tired.

What I know for sure is that it helped me break some of my sugar cravings/addiction that I had going on. I have been eating way too much and this plan helped me with mindful eating. I actually learned a lot from it. I enjoyed reflecting on how it was making me feel as well.

Would I recommend DL revAMP?
Yes, depending on your reason for doing it. To help you eat mindfully, break a sugar addiction or get back to eating healthier and a more plant based diet, yes. If you want to "detox your liver", etc., then no I do not believe in that.

The food is very delicious and inspired me to make some new types of foods. It is expensive but if you have the money and are looking for some change, this may be something really neat to try. I love that real foods and ingredients are used and I am on the road to feeling more like myself.

If you are interested in trying out DL revAMP, use the code REVAMP for $100 off your purchase.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

New Foods of 2015 Part 2 Giveaway

Taste Guru Gluten-Free Box
1. Taste Guru Box- I was recently sent a box of Taste Guru products which is a monthly subscription for gluten-free products. It included some fancy salt, olives, walnuts, crackers, cookies, a magazine, coffee and an oatmeal fruit pouch. A subscription is as low at $15 per month depending on how long you subscribe. I love Boca Java coffee and was excited to see it in this package. The black walnuts were stolen by my husband right away which he enjoyed. For people who require a gluten-free diet, this is a good way to try different products that do not have gluten.

Elli Quark
2. Elli Quark- I had been wanting to try this product since I heard about it last year!! What is quark? It is a lot like Greek yogurt but a bit creamier and less sour. It is not yogurt either. It is a spoonable fresh cheese that is high in protein with no added sugars.

I thought that this was super delicious and loved the varieties of flavors that these come in. My favorite was the sea salt caramel which was so rich and delicious tasting, I could not believe it only has 80 calories! Other awesome flavors are the bananas foster, red velvet cake and mint chocolate

Each container of quark has 80 calories and 14 grams of protein. They contain stevia and erythritol instead of sugar. Be careful with these if your body is sensitive to different sweeteners. I can have some of these but not in excess.

These are very tasty I love the variety of flavors. When I find these at my local grocery store, I would definitely pick some up.

Belvita Bites
3. Belvita Bites- Despite that I don't think that these are a breakfast food and are more like a dessert, I find Belvita biscuits to be delicious! I love every flavor that they have, especially blueberry. They are like a slightly healthier crunchy cookie. They recently came out with Belvita Bites which are little bite-sized Belvita biscuits. These come in chocolate and mixed berry flavors. I really like the mixed berry flavor. I think that they are very tasty and addictive. Each package has 230 calories and 4 g fiber. For a healthier dessert, I really like Belvita products.

The giveaway will be for a box of Elli Quark to one lucky winner! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Master Lock Twitter Sweepstakes

Master Lock is hosting a Twitter sweepstakes which will benefit the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is an excellent organization that helps to provide blood to those in need. I remember being excited when I was 18 to donate blood. I went to my local church which was having a blood drive with my dad and donated blood. I remember they had me eat a couple cookies first because it was my first time and they were worried about my blood sugar. My first experience went well and I was excited to get my own card from the American Red Cross with my blood type on it.

I have since donated blood a couple more times to the American Red Cross but have had issues with fainting (so embarrassing!) so I am taking a break from donating blood. My dad donates blood to the American Red Cross often because he has a popular blood type and is able to donate double red blood cells and the white ones are filtered out and put back into the body. I've always thought that this was really neat!

The American Red Cross helps to shelter, feed people and provide emotional support to victims of disasters. Did you know that they supply 40% of the nation's blood?

Master Lock is doing a yearlong campaign which is dedicated to safety through every life stage and season. To participate, tweet using the hashtag #MasterLockProtects and write about the time when safety and security is on the top of your mind. They will donate $1 for every tweet received to the American Red Cross up to $10,000!

For me, safety and security is on the top of my mind right now for two reasons. 
1. With a new baby, I am thinking about her safety all the time and am driving safer, locking doors, trying not to go in areas that are less safe. 
2. With it being winter in Michigan, driving can be scary at times and I am doing my best to drive safe. This includes not texting while driving, driving slower and stopping sooner at lights. 
The Twitter sweepstakes is called "Safefy Through Every Life Season" #MasterLockProtects . There is a Twitter party on Tuesday, January 27 at 8 PM ET with @Resourcefulmom. RSVP for the Twitter party here. They are giving away 20 prize bundles including a $100 Visa gift card and different Master Lock products to help with different stages of life.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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