December 6, 2012

American Summits Spring Water: Purity in Sparkling or Still

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When I first opened American Summits Mineral Water, I was immediately taken back to Italy. Ironic a product with the name "American" would remind me of Europe, but the glass bottles and refreshing taste reminded me of the question at every Italian restaurant: naturale or frizzante? I always chose frizzante.

American Summits Spring Water is delicious and available in sparkling or still:

Our mission is to provide pure mineral water sourced from pristine American mountain springs. We use sustainable springs that are naturally recharged by rain and snowfall. We will never treat our water with chemicals or preservatives, or with distillation or reverse osmosis. Therefore, we will never use well water as our source. Instead, we seek out untouched springs high in the mountains in remote, protected lands. Our water is organically filtered through layers of mountain rock, and mechanically filtered to remove fine particulates, leaving traces of beneficial minerals and a natural alkaline level ideal for the body's pH balance.

Our commitment to identify and utilize springs in the American wilderness is designed to provide water of the ultimate purity and taste, while reducing the country's reliance on imported bottled water. With more than 98% of glass bottled water served across American hotels and restaurants originating in Europe and the South Pacific, an increase in consumption of American-sourced mineral water can reduce the industry's transportation footprint significantly. Our clear, recyclable glass bottles are produced in North America, as well.


Water from glass bottles tastes so much better!

I tried the sparkling water in a cocktail last night and loved it.

Most plastic bottle water comes from filtered city water, like Aquasana. Other mountain spring water companies wreak havoc on local aquifers. It is nice to find a refreshing, glass bottle alternative. American Summits is sourced in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 4, 2012

Healthy Gift Giving: NatureBox's monthly snack deliveries

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For many people trying to eat healthier or lose weight, snack time is often a downfall. When the urge to munch hits, instead of grabbing potato chips or pretzels, nuts and dried fruit are a better option.

NatureBox is a monthly delivery service featuring snacks you will feel good about eating instead of guilt.

The company's 'healthy snack box delivered to your door' concept makes healthier snacking easier and provides busy people with a convenient way to have nutritious, wholesome, and minimally processed snacks always on-hand throughout the year. For less than $20 a month, a NatureBox includes 15-20 servings of 4-6 items 'curated' by a nutritionist and sourced from local growers and independent food suppliers across the U.S. Every snack included in the box is free of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. With measured portions, NatureBox snacks make it easier on snackers to resist over-indulging in unwanted and unhealthy calories.

We were sent an October box to try:
It's the time of the year for pumpkin, crunchy leaves, and piping hot mugs of tea. The cool chill that sweeps through the air might also bring with it a few extra sniffles and we want to help you stay energized and healthy! This month's snacks will help to boost your immunity and pack in a serious punch of antioxidants anytime you grab a snack.

The October box includes:

  • Antioxidant Boost

  • Cherry Berry Granola

  • Sun-Dried California Apricots

  • Sticks 'N Stones

  • Blueberry Almond Bites


These snack pouches all look delicious. They blueberry almond bites are my favorite! My only concern is they are not organically-grown, but at least the apricots are gmo-free.

NatureBox donates one meal for every box sold, so not only is this a great way to ensure your friends and family eat healthy snacks each month by giving this gift, but you are also ensuring hungry families get a few meals.

Use promo code : REFER25 to get 25% off!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


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November 29, 2012

Bottled Water Facts: 28 billion bottles a year [infographic]

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Via: MoveOn.org

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November 28, 2012

SunRidge Farms: Organic, Antioxidant, 1% Donation to Defenders of Wildlife

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After all that holiday eating, trail mix is a great snack to give you energy and feel the goodness of raw food.

One of the first trail mixes I ever tried was from SunRidge Farms. It amazes me how this company keeps reinventing trail mix in new combinations.

We were sent the following four nut and dried food mixes to try:

Sunridge Farms Deluxe Trail Mix:

Great on the go, for hiking, biking and other activities. SunRidge Farms Organic Deluxe Trail Mix is Organic Trail Mix at its finest. a premium assemblage of the finest select ingredients, blended together for flavor and convenience. With Organic Dried Apricots, Organic Roasted Peanuts, Organic Raw Almonds, Organic Dried Apples, Organic Walnuts, Organic Date Pieces, Organic Sunflower Seeds and Organic Raisins. the result is a snack that tastes delicious, contains fiber, iron and other nutrients.

Sunridge Farms Organic Cranberry Harvest
SunRidge Farms Organic Cranberry Harvest is a lively combination of the freshest ingredients harvested, dried, roasted and mixed. A hearty blend of sweet and tangy Organic Dried Cranberries, Rich and smooth Organic Dark Chocolate Chips, Sweet Organic Apples, Golden Organic Almonds, Crunchy Fresh Organic Peanuts and flavorful Organic Pumpkin Seeds. great for holidays, parties, gift baskets, snacks and lunches. dark chocolate is recognized for its antioxidant properties the result is a snack that tastes delicious, contains fiber, iron and other nutrients.

Sunridge Farm, Trail Mix Women Vitality:
All Natural Plump, Sun-Ripened, sweet raisins, dipped in premium SunRidge Farms All Natural Dark Chocolate. 65% Dark Cacao Solids great for holidays, parties, gift baskets, snacks and lunches. dark chocolate is recognized for its antioxidant properties the result is a snack that tastes delicious, contains fiber, iron and other nutrients.

Berries and Chocolate Antioxidant Mix:
Packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, lycopene, and beta carotene, Berries and Chocolate Antioxidant Mix is 100 percent vegetarian. All natural, without artificial flavorings and preservatives, the mix includes a hand-selected blend of sun-ripened blueberries, dark chocolate stars, freshly roasted almonds, walnuts, cranberries, cherries, cashews and peanuts.

Only the deluxe trail mix and cranberry harvest mix are organic, and only the antioxidant mix sales are donated to Defenders of Wildlife. I wish all of the products were organic and a donations of all sales went to environmental organizations.

My favorite mix we were sent is the antioxidant one. I love chocolate and berries!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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November 26, 2012

Choice Decaf and Caffeinated Organic Teas: Korean Green, Masala and Rooibos Chai

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Do you love chai and green tea? I do, especially when I do not want a second cup of coffee.

The four new teas reinforce Choice Organic Teas' commitment to offer high quality teas from around the world while honoring their traditions.

Premium Korean Green (Green Tea) - This lush tea hails from Jeju Island, South Korea's "Island of the Gods." From fertile volcanic soil to subtropical forests, this pristine isle offers rich tea-growing terroir. The leaves are steamed, rolled and dried in the Sencha tradition, for a fresh and savory cup.

Decaffeinated Green (Decaf Green Tea)< - Delight in the best of both worlds with a cup that's both decaffeinated and flavorful. This crisp green tea grown in the mountains of India is gently decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method. Enjoy the true essence of this refreshing and wholesome tea day or night.

Masala Chai (Black Tea) - Spice things up with this bold classic, featuring malty Assam tea from India's Brahmaputra River Valley. Choice Organic Teas blends rich, robust black tea with masala spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and black pepper) for a spirited cup that warms your body and soul. It blends perfectly with milk and sweetener for an authentic chai.

Rooibos Chai (Herbal Tea) - Thrill your senses with this naturally caffeine-free twist on traditional chai. Choice Organic Teas blends rich South African rooibos with the finest masala spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and black pepper) for a cup that's warming, robust and subtly sweet. It's a luscious treat that pairs wonderfully with milk and sweetener.

Although I prefer loose leaf tea, all of these tea bags are delicious!  The Premium Korean Green is my favorite of these four varieties.  

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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November 21, 2012

Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

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I've been using the Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter to mix in with my smoothies after my long runs of 13 miles or more. I love the flavor and I also love that it's an all natural product. The bag weighs in at 16oz and will last you quite a few weeks of long runs. If you're worried about fat - then don't be. 90% of the fat is removed from the peanut. I haven't tried to use the powder in place of peanut butter, but from the reviews it seems it's a good alternative with less fat and the same taste.

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November 14, 2012

San Juan County, Washington Bans GMO Crops

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Proposition 37, the GMO labeling of food in California, may have narrowly failed, but counties across the United States have responded by banning GMO agriculture through ordinances. Eight years ago, the county I live in became only the second county in the country to ban GMO crops. Now, San Juan County in Washington state has followed suit.

Nation of Change reports:

The concerned citizens of San Juan County were able to pass what is known as Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, which actually bans the growth of genetically modified organisms within the county.
 And it doesn't just affect traditional GMO crops.

According to the writing within the legislation, the Initiative actually protects against the growth and cultivation of any genetically modified organism -- even animals which have been genetically modified. This specific wording is key when considering that the act of genetic modification is no longer specific to crops. While it is true that crops have been the major focus of GMO cultivation, with upwards of 90 plus percent of corn now reportedly being altered, new disturbing and outlandish biotech projects that twist the genetic coding of more advanced life are becoming much more frequent.

Unfortunately, county ordinances don't hold much weight in issues of private property rights.  My county also has a ban on pesticide use in agriculture, but when a local vineyard starting using Round-up, I found out it was unenforceable.   I hope the San Juan initiative holds more weight. 

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November 13, 2012

Green Tea Goodness & Juice: Teas' Tea half & HALF

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Are you looking for a refreshing beverage that is low in calorie yet full of flavor? All natural Teas' Tea Plus mixes combine half green tea with half juice in a delicious thirst quencher. Sweetened with Stevia and containing only 50 calories per serving (two servings per bottle), these drinks are a delight.

Award-winning TEAS' TEA launches a new and refreshing beverage. Traditionally "half & half" beverages use black tea and are very high in calories. TEAS' TEA has created a healthy half & HALF using our premium quality, and meticulously brewed green tea blended with fruit juices for a healthy and delicious tasting beverages.
We were sent the following flavors to try: I think my favorite flavor is the green apple, although I wish these beverages were organic. They do contain caffeine, which is great for an afternoon pick-me-up, and since they contain green tea, there are catechins antioxidants.

The name is a little misleading, as they are not 50% juice but only 3% juice, but I am fine with that. If they contained more juice, the flavor would be overpowering. 
 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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November 9, 2012

Navitas Naturals Organic Freeze-Dried Coconut Water Powder Perfect for Backpacking

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Although snow is now falling in the mountains and backpacking season is pretty much over here in northern California, I am really excited to try a new product on the trail.

Navitas Naturals Organic Freeze-Dried Coconut Water Powder:

Designed for on-the-go hydration, Navitas Naturals Coconut Water Powder is made from the juices found inside fresh, young organic coconuts. The electrolyte-rich liquid inside the coconut has been removed and freeze-dried to preserve the flavor and nutrients in the powder, which is certified organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

This innovative organic drink powder provides 5 key electrolytes to support rapid hydration: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Each 35-calorie serving contains more potassium than a banana, and it provides many other essential minerals and vitamins.

This powder will be ideal for backpacking, when hydration is key, as well as replenishing electrolytes. Furthermore, since it is a powder, it will not increase the weight of my pack by much, which is why coconut water is not part of my typical diet when on the trail.

Coconut water is so good for you, especially when you have been sick or physically tired.  I am thankful there is now another organic option.


disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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November 7, 2012

Eat Miso Soup: 50% Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer

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After experiencing food poisoning Monday evening, all I wanted to put into my tender tummy was miso soup. When I opened up the miso paste, there was this statement: "Miso soup consumption linked with up to 50% reduced risk of breast cancer." I had not heard of this before!

According to a study conducted nine years ago that was reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD explains,

In it, Yamamoto and colleagues identified 21,852 women between the ages of 40 and 59 and surveyed them about various lifestyle issues, including their diet.

They traced the women 10 years later and found that 179 had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Again, they surveyed all the women about their diet -- how frequently they ate miso soup and soy foods such as soybeans and tofu. The researchers then calculated the amount of isoflavones consumed.

Researchers found that:

  • 75% of the women consumed miso soup almost daily; of those, 23% had one cup per day, 43% had two, and 34% had three or more per day.
  • 45% had soy foods almost daily, 35% ate soy foods three or four times a week, 17% had it one or two times a week, 2% almost never ate soy foods.
  • Women with the most isoflavones in their diet had the lowest risk of breast cancer. This was especially true of postmenopausal women.
  • Eating soy foods in general, however, did not lower the risk of breast cancer.
  • Other traditional eating habits -- eating more rice, pickles, vegetables, and fish -- were also linked with lower breast cancer risk.
  • Even those who drank the least miso soup still got 250 times more isoflavones in their diet than does the typical U.S. woman.
  • I think I will eat more miso!

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