October 22, 2018

NOW Foods Behind the Scenes + $500 Giveaway

This post was sponsored by NOW as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the NOW Foods headquarters in Itasca, Illinois to learn all about their product lines and their dedication to quality. The main thing that stayed in my head after the trip was that NOW is truly dedicated to producing quality products made with quality ingredients. 

**Keep reading for a huge $500+ NOW Foods giveaway!!

What is NOW Foods?

NOW Foods is a company that sells supplements, healthy foods, skincare items, sports nutrition products, essential oils and more. They have 1400 different products and many of them, I have been a fan of for years. This is NOW's big 50th anniversary in fact! I personally especially love the NOW Foods omega-3 supplements, lots of their snacks including their apricots and different nut mixes. 

What We Did at NOW Foods

-Had an Iron Chef competition where we got into groups and had 30 minutes to make an appetizer and a mocktail. It was really fun though I was nervous in the beginning. My group whipped up an artichoke, eggplant, goat cheese bruschetta that I will have to recreate sometime for you. It was really good!

-Took a kickboxing class (my first one!) and had a DIY Smoothie Bar.

-Toured the NOW Foods facility and saw some of my favorite fish oil supplements being bottled! Saw the labs where they test their products. We saw many people hard at working testing away. 

-Got to make our own DIY beauty products with NOW essential oils, oils and more!

-Met many bloggers from all different blogging fields including beauty, fashion, running, fitness, food blogging and more!

Here are some facts about NOW Foods that I learned:

-If NOW makes a claim on their label, they test it to make sure that it is true. They will not put a claim on a product such as "improves your blood pressure" or something unless it is true. All products go through rigorous testing and can take up to 2 years to be ready to be put on the market.

-They currently have 130 different sports products. I learned that their newer beet root powder is becoming very popular and am interested in learning more about how it can help athletes.

My friend Kendall took this photo of me outside of the hotel where we stayed with NOW Foods

-They sell tons of different protein option and I enjoyed their Grass Fed Whey-Protein in a smoothie that I made. It had frozen strawberries, banana, spinach, NOW Grass Fed Whey, maple almond butter, flax seeds and almond milk. Very delicious!

-NOW is one of the only places to be able to test their probiotics right down to the strain to ensure that it really is what is says it is.

The NOW blogger group
-NOW will reject ingredients unless it meets their quality standards. They ensure that their vendors are qualified and if there are any issues with the ingredients, they will be returned to the vendor.

-Their employees are treated well- they receive quarterly bonuses, a livable wage and affordable health care.

-All of their products are cruelty free meaning that they are not tested on animals.

-NOW buys their products in bulk so that they can pass on the savings to the consumer.

Delicious lunch by Whole Foods
-NOW's Quality Control and Quality Assurance programs are what makes it different than its other natural products brands. NOW's supplements are regulated and they ensure that they are selling pure and effective products.

-They have more than 900 nutritional supplements with different formulations for everyone.

Iron Chef entries!
-All of the staff at NOW was so passionate about their jobs and extremely down to earth! I truly enjoyed talking to everyone.

-NOW wants to thank everyone who has used their products with an Instant-Win game where you can win tons of prizes. How? NOW is producing one million supplement bottles across 50 SKUs with special gold caps. If you find a golden ticket inside one of these gold-cap bottles, you instantly win $10,000 (upon meeting eligibility requirements and prize verification). Check here for more details about the Game, including Official Rules, a list of eligible products, and alternate means of entry.

Artichoke, Eggplant and Goat Cheese Bruschetta made with NOW Foods Olive Oil

My Thoughts on NOW Foods

Prior to the event, I already really liked NOW Foods and now that I know the quality standards that they have for each of their products, I like them even better. During the event, I got to try some products that were new to me and I look forward to trying more products from now soon.

NOW Foods
I enjoyed cooking with their oils which I hadn't used before. I tried the monk fruit sweetener which I liked as a sugar substitute. Their quinoa pasta was delicious and a good gluten-free alternative. NOW sent us home with a variety of their products to try and I look forward to trying more of these and incorporating them into my daily routine.

Berry Goji Mocktail we created with NOW goji and monkfruit sweetener


The giveaway will be for this huge $500+ NOW Foods prize package (same as I received in the photo above) with all kinds of NOW supplements, personal blender, essential oil diffuser, beauty products, essential oils, sports products and more to one lucky winner! 
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  1. IIuse Now Foods Carbo Gain for our son with special needs. It is an awesome product. I would love to try their Iron veg capsules.

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  3. I really like the high quality standards that they have for each of their products it makes me feel good about trying their products.

  4. I would love to try their essential oils!

  5. i would love to try the Nutraflora FOS

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  6. I would like to try the liquid D3 & MK7 I take D3 every day but had no idea about vitamin K2.

  7. I would love to try the lavender essential oil. I have tea tree and peppermint and love it!

  8. I would love to try the Black Currant Oil.

  9. Oh, I'll have to remember to check the caps for my "golden ticket"! Love Now brand! ~Deb

  10. I would really like to try some of their essential oil blends. I have tried many of their different essential oils and have loved them all! They seem high quality and I've never been disappointed.

  11. Charcoal Detox Gel Cleanser looks interesting

  12. I would like to try the amino complete the most

  13. I would love to try the organic Quinoa Macaroni Pasta. Quinoa is supposed to be very healthy , but I have never tried it.

  14. I have heard good things about rhodiola. I have been working on balancing out my hormones.

  15. I've never tried any of their products, but I'd love to!

  16. I love essential oils so i would like to try them.

  17. I would love to try the hair skin & nails capsules

  18. I am fairly new to essential oils so I would to try them.

  19. I would love to try the essential oils :)
    Thank You for the chance!

    Fiona N


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