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Platejoy Custom Meal Plans Experience

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Platejoy.

About Platejoy:

PlateJoy is a personalized meal planning app that makes healthy eating easy.

Personalize your meal plan by taking a lifestyle quiz about your tastes, health goals, family size, schedule and more

Receive delicious, custom-designed meal plans that simplify your life and keep you feeling fit this summer.

Why PlateJoy is Awesome:

– Start a new diet or eating plan easily: low carb, low sodium, keto, paleo, weight loss, food allergies, vegetarian, vegan and more

– Find the type of cooking that works for your household: family friendly, batch cooking, slow cooker meals, budget, etc.

– Get recipes that really fit your schedule: Get plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, or pick only the meals you need. You can change the exact number of meals each week, to fit your exact schedule.

– No more food waste. Your digital pantry keeps track of ingredients you already have, and we pair your recipes together smartly to reduce waste.

– Get optional same-day delivery, with no packaging or subscriptions. We integrate with local stores in your town, so you can get optional delivery when you want it, without boxes of dry ice.

– Access all your plans on the go. Easy to use because your recipes are sent straight to your phone.

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Our Experience:

My boyfriend and I live together and we are both pretty big eaters! We do so much cooking at home, both because we enjoy it and it’s more cost effective than going out to eat all the time. Luke coaches Crossfit and ran track in college, so with my food/athletic experience and his knowledge, we are both decently educated in nutrition and do a pretty good job of making it happen for ourselves as far as home-cooked meals go.

But even then, there are times we lack creativity and find ourselves cravings some new dishes and new ideas. I’ve never been signed up for anything similar to Platejoy; we’ve always just been winging it in the kitchen and putting all the healthy foods we like together in a yummy way. I wasn’t sure at first that it would be of use for us since we are health nuts most of the time.

I was so encouraged and surprised to see how many great ideas I have been getting from Platejoy. I really love that you can search for recipes by ingredient based on what we have at home. While I’m not big on abiding by and sticking to exact measurements/recipes, I like getting new concepts for dishes or ways to change up meals I’ve made a bunch of times.

Probably the biggest advantage I see of having Platejoy is that you can acquire a “menu” to use that completely adheres to your style of eating, whether it’s vegan, low-carb, no eggs, etc. This a game changer actually. We strive to eat gluten and dairy free (Luke eats eggs, I limit them) with a focus on healthy fats, veggies and some fruit. It was super easy to  “tell” my Platejoy sign up page that that’s the way we eat. Then voila! It was like ready to go, customized-feeling batch of meals and ideas for us to take and run with. You can even enter your weight loss goals (if you have any) and get a shopping list to take to the grocery store. So many thoughtful + cool little perks.

We typically don’t have an issue with food waste, but it’s awesome that Platejoy can help you eliminate that by telling you how much food to buy based on how many of you are in your household. Also the handiness and accessibility provided through the app is awesome for taking your phone into the kitchen/planning/etc.

Two of the meals I’ve made so far are pictured above! I made the Mango + Greens Smoothie alongside the Breakfast hash (I added in sweet potato and pork sausage instead of the apple and bacon in the recipe. They are both so satisfying and DELISH!

Use my code RUNONORGANIC to save $10 on any Platejoy plan!

 

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Primal Kitchen Paleo Collagen Bars + Mayo + Ranch Review

One of my favorite, most influential entrepreneurs + minds + health advocates is Mark Sisson. Mark has many accolades at this point, but I know him from his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, his brands Primal Blueprint and this one (Primal Kitchen), and have also heard him on the Melissa Ambrosini Podcast.

In many ways, I view his products as “Pre-Approved” by Mark himself. I sorta of intrust him to come up with products that are high quality and are aligned with a lifestyle that largely uses real food and fat as fuel. That has worked well for my body, hormones and overall state of health.

Here are the Primal Kitchen products I tried:

Garlic Aioli Mayonaise w/ Avocado Oil:

A creamy combination of garlic, rosemary, and cage-free eggs, this savory mayonnaise spread is infused with nourishing ingredients and uncompromisingly delicious taste.

Avocado Oil Ranch Dressing:

The holy grail of dressings: an uncompromisingly delicious, rich, full-flavored and oh-so-healthy ranch dressing.

Avocado Oil Mayonnaise:

Healthy Mayo, who knew? Made with avocado oil, superfood ingredients and organic herbs and spices.

Pure Avocado Oil:

First cold pressed and centrifuge extracted without heat to preserve the true properties of the oil—antioxidants, minerals and a high concentration of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

Dark Chocolate Almond Collagen Bar:

Turkish almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds enrobed in a chewy dark chocolate, caramel coating.

Macadamia Sea Salt Collagen Bar:

Macadamia nuts and a touch of sea salt offer a distinctly buttery, savory and sweet flavor combination, with only 12 grams of carbs.

Chocolate Hazelnut Collagen Bar:

The coveted combination of chocolate and hazelnut we all love, made with organic fair-trade cacao and paired with toasted hazelnuts.

Coconut Cashew Collagen Bar:

Cashews and roasted pumpkin seeds satisfy with a nutty crunch, while creamy coconut adds a hint of sweetness.

Where do I start? I’m just so glad that these options are now out there! With the inflammatory effects being so real with heavily processed oils like canola and soybean, finding dressings that are healthy has been such a struggle. Before Primal Kitchen, I would normally just bite the bullet and have crappy dressings, or make my own healthier take at home (which would never taste as good). Luckily now I don’t have to worry about that.

There are so many ways to use these products. My favorite use for the Avocado Oil is to roast vegetables (see above). I’ve also been loving tuna salads lately. (see below) Both the Garlic Aioli Mayo and traditional Avocado Oil Mayo work so good. I also add some hot sauce, sea salt and pepper to taste.

The ranch is….well…it’s really good ranch. And I’m a sauce queen! Give me ALL the dips and I’m happy. Of course I try to keep my diet clean but I do love dressing. This is such a rad, delicious alternative to most of the cruddy ranch dressings you’ll find in stores.

I’ve been a consistent collagen user for close to 2 years now. I’ve noticed a difference in my gut health, as well in my hair + skin + nails. There are so many benefits to incorporating collagen and it may take some people a bit of time to notice a legit difference. Primal Kitchen didn’t have to talk me into trying their collagen bars for that reason!

I found the bars a little bit hard to bite into (they’re pretty dense and hold together real tightly). But besides that, the ingredients are super clean, simple and the taste is satisfying. My favorite is the Dark Chocolate Almond!

Nuzest Clean Lean Protein + Supplements Review + Coupon Code!

In the vast array of protein brands on the market nowadays, it’s becoming increasingly hard to decipher the good from the bad, the real from the fake and the nourishing from the depleted. I tend to look to some of the top Crossfit Games athletes for supplement ideas when I’m curious to try a new brand. Jamie Greene is a top female Crossfit Athlete competing out of the UAE. I was scrolling through her Instagram feed when I discovered the brand Nuzest. I briefly checked out their website, some of their ingredient lists, and I quickly realized that this brand is doing things right.

Nuzest’s products are vegan, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, nut free and nut free. The ingredients in their protein powders are intentional and clean. Perhaps the TASTIEST part of this review is that these have got to be some of the best-tasting protein powders I’ve ever tried. They are truly delicious; you feel like you’re drinking a yummy, satisfying shake, not a healthy meal replacement. I stumbled on the insane combination of combining a serving the Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein and the Cacao Banana Quick Vita Kick–my goodness. It was so unexpectedly good. It shakes up and combines easily in a blender bottle, giving it a creamy texture without any powdery clumps.

Here’s a snapshot of the products I got to sample! I tried three of the their products in a range of flavors. The products include their Clean Lean Protein, Just Fruit & Veg, and their Quick Vita Kick.

It’s hard to choose a favorite flavor of each product because they are all really stellar in their own regard. However, I will say that I normally tend to reach for vanilla, and their Vanilla Clean Lean Protein did not disappoint.

Here’s a glimpse of the ingredient list of each product along with their macronutrient breakdowns:

Clean Lean Protein

Ingredients:

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Just Fruit & Veg

Ingredients:

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Quick Vita Kick

Ingredients:

Quick Vita Kick

Wanna try some?

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Life Equals Ambassadorship + Discount Code!

When I first moved to Kansas City, I linked up with the owners of Life Equals and did a blog review on a few of their products at the time–not knowing that a few years down the road I would be a Balance Your Life Team Member (demo girl) and Ambassador!

So here I am, a few years later, revisiting this local brand and the new stuff they’ve got going!

This brand is taking care of my daily needs in various ways. Nutrition on-the-go? Check. Brain-boosting and recovery enhancing fish oil? Check. A women’s multi that keeps me healthy and beaming? Checkity check check check. They value quality and an overall state of BUMPIN vitality. I so dig the lifestyle they promote.

Curious about more product-specific deets? Check out the breakdowns below.

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

These are the Life Equals products I’m currently using:

Balance: The Superfood Shot

About:

Balance is two ounces of delicious, 100% organic pineapple, lemon, carrot, beet, cranberry, blueberry, cherry, spinach, kale, acai berry, camu camu, goji berry, elderberry and dragon fruit (with a little turmeric thrown in). This convenient, recyclable bottle is a half day’s fruits and vegetables that goes anywhere you are and provides you with all of the missing nutrients your body craves and deserves.

-Provides 1/2 your day’s fruits & veggies.

-100% Organic and Non-GMO

-No Added Sugar & No Preservatives.

-Goes Anywhere

-Nutrient Dense & Antioxidant Rich

Women’s Multi

About:

-Whole-food based vitamins and minerals to help fill daily nutritional gaps

-Superfood whole-food and Herbal Blend further promotes maximum absorption

-Plant-based Digestive Enzyme Complex to support happy digestion

-Full B-Complex, including vitamin B12 to maintain daily energy levels

-Non-constipating iron to boost energy and help prevent anemia

Omega-3

About:

-Sustainably sourced wild-caught Omega-3s (2000mg) per serving

-Powerful 2:1 ratio of EPA (800mg) and DHA (400mg)

-Protects inflammation caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD)

-Cold-pressed and enteric coated — so no fish burps

-Supports a healthy heart, limber joints and a sharp mind

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

 

 

Helio Today: Ketogenic Meal Replacement + Greens Powder Review

In 5 years of living in Kansas City, I’ve met some neat, healthy-minded brand owners coming out of this seemingly low-key midwest town. Helio Today is one of the cooler ones! I like this brand a lot because these products fit into my approach to eating quite well.

I tend to dial up my plant based fats and dial down my carb consumption when I’m looking to get leaner without sacrificing optimum performance in the Crossfit gym. I’ve learned that an adequate amount of good fats give me sustained energy that keeps me going all day.

About Helio Today

The Brand

Our name is an homage to Galileo. For nearly a century, the people of the time neglected Copernicus’ Heliocentric model. Galileo knew it to be true, and with the invention of his telescope, he was able to prove that we, Earth, do in fact go around the sun, by showing the revolutions of Venus’ moons around it.

This is not only a story of perseverance and belief, but also of wit and progression.

Once the Heliocentric model was proven, everything began to shift. We started to question our place in the heavens like we never had.

Similarly, we are on a quest to flip the assumptions, choices, and options in the food and nutrition world.

Health is simpler than you probably think. Three square meals and shiny spoons are both symptoms of a system that has created an unbelievable amount of dis-ease, illness, and obesity.

By shrinking your eating windows, by becoming a qualitarian, by making wise macro decisions, and by flooding your body with a ridiculous amount of nutrition, it is absolutely possible to live vibrantly.

Join us in our quest to be alive and bright; like the sun.

The Lab

Before we started this company, all of us are coming from within the nutrition industry. We all knew that the holy grail of nutrition quality and control comes with manufacturing in-house.

Our ability to test, touch, taste, and tweak our products has allowed for exponential progress that we pass on to you, the consumer; flavor, texture, quality.

We started formulating in 2016, and by now, 2 years later, we are so proud of what we are making for you, and shipping to you.

Our Team

Founded by friends, and health pioneers in their respective rights, Helio is a people company above all else.

Benton (left) is an adventurer, world traveler, product formulator, nutrition tinkerer, herbalist, student of iridology, and solar powered human.

Miles (center) is an athlete, strategist, Olympic hopeful, digital student, experienced lifestyle designer, and efficiency expert.

Kirk (right) is a doctor of chiropractic, father, applied kinesiologist, acupuncturist, blood chemist, product formulator, outdoorsman, and skier.

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Here are the two products I tried:

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Dawn: A Meal Replacement Shake for the Carb Conscious

About: 

By prioritizing plant nutrition in the form of fat, protein, and fiber, Dawn provides energy, alertness, and convenience to the smart and productive individuals who choose to use it.

The morning ritual is becoming a dead horse in the success communities. You must have one. Nourishment is at the top of the priorities list.

 

Dawn is a combination of non-GMO, gluten, soy & dairy free plant ingredients. The macro-priorities are fat (22g), fiber (6g) and protein (30g), and very limited carbs (3g net).

By jumpstarting cognition with the fats, internal cleansing with the fiber, and lean muscle retention and development with the protein, Dawn ticks all of the boxes that we should expect from food.

Life will be better with Dawn in your routine. Give it a try.

Suggested use: every day.

 

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Helio Greens

About:

Helio Greens is a Non-GMO Vegan Superfood Blend of over 50 ingredients from all around the world.

This powerful product provides 20 servings of vegetables and fruits in every serving, which is more than double the recommended daily intake by the CDC.

Additionally, Greens provides 30 billion probiotics, digestive enzymes, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals in every scoop.

The 30 billion probiotic cultures promote healthy gut flora, and the digestive enzymes aid in your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. By incorporating these greens into your daily routine, you provide your body with the micronutrients it needs to boost your immune system, detox your colon and liver, clear up your skin, balance your hormones, increase your natural energy production, fight sugar cravings, and improve your overall quality of life.*

Helio Greens accomplishes all of this while maintaining a delicious taste. Mix with 12oz of water and enjoy.

*statements have not been evaluated by the FDA*

Ingredients:

Super Fruit Blend
Organic Acai Berry Powder, Organic Mangosteen Fruit Powder, Organic Wolfberry (Goji) Fruit Powder, Organic Pomegranate Fruit Extract

Greens and Vegetable Blend
Organic Spirulina Algae Powder, Organic Barley Grass juice, Organic Alfalfa Grass Powder, Chlorella Cracked Cell Wall Powder, Kelp Powder, Carrot Juice Powder, Spinach Leaf Juice Powder, Parsley Leaf Juice Powder, Kale Leaf Powder, Organic Beet Root Powder, Broccoli Juice Powder, Cauliflower Bulb Powder

Phyto-Nutrient and Herbal Blend
Green Tea Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Grape Skin Extract, Strawberry Fruit Powder, Blueberry Fruit Powder, Raspberry Fruit Powder, Blueberry Leaf Powder, Flaxseed, Licorice Root Powder, Cinnamon Bark Powder, Stevia Leaf Extract, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Turmeric Root Extract

Resveratrol Blend
Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract (root) 50% Trans-Resveratrol, Red Wine Extract 30% polyphenols

Micro Blend
Acerola Cherry Fruit Powder, Aloe Vera Leaf Powder, Quercetin Dihydrate, Moringa Leaf Powder

Other ingredients: Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Monk Fruit Extract, & Stevia Extract
Contains NO: Soy, Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Preservatives, MSG, Shellfish, Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Bad Vibes

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My Experience

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, My biological make-up and specific body type really thrives off of a higher plant based fat diet. I’m learning that more and more individuals are finding their bodies so as well. Keto is turning into a buzz work of sorts, but for good reason. Low fat diets are becoming a thing of the past.

I REALLY enjoyed the flavor of both the greens powder and the Dawn shake mix. I like drinking my greens powder mid day in place of a caffeine fix right before an afternoon workout. I was impressed with how good it tasted and how rad the ingredients are (milk thistle for liver health? CHECK) and that’s just naming one ingredient. There are many more energizing superfoods in this blend, not just greens.

The satiability of the Dawn mix is awesome–I love how full and replenished I feel after a meal higher in plant based fats. It provides me with sustained energy to tackle anything and everything I have ahead that day. With a bazillion ways to prepare this mix, I don’t think you could ever get bored with it. I personally prefer just throwing it into a blender bottle with some hemp or almond milk. But, as you can see in one of the above photos from the Helio site, it would be excellent as a smoothie bowl base, especially because of it’s thickness.

Give this brand a try and check out all the radness they’re putting out on social media:

Helio Today Facebook

Helio Today Instagram

Helio Today Twitter

Helio Today Website