You Haven’t Had MCT Oil Quite Like This

MCT

Natural Force Vanilla Emulsified MCT Oil

In Their Words:

“In addition to being tasty, easy to digest, and super convenient, it is also one of the highest quality MCT oils on the market.

Made exclusively from 100% Organic, Non-GMO coconuts, each batch is tested for purity (no residual solvents) and is Certified Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and sugar/carb free.

Unlike most other MCT oil products, our MCT oil (both the “classic” Natural Force MCT Oil and the new Vanilla Emulsified MCT) contain NO palm oil and is sourced from sustainable coconut plantations in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, which is good news for animal lovers since palm oil plantations are notoriously bad for orangutan habitats!

We also employ a special processing method which allows all of our MCT oils to retain high levels of naturally occurring lauric acid (30%) which is typically eliminated in conventional processing.”

My Experience:

I’ve loved getting to witness this brand growing and continually releasing “BS-Free” (they coined that awesome phrase!) supplements. They have several high-performing sports supplements to accompany an active lifestyle, and this one sits atop that impressive pile.

I look to MCT oil as a way to ramp up my coffee routine. Not only does pairing fats + caffeine create a sustained energy boost, but it also enhances your brain function and overall feeling of focus and cognitive sharpness.

This MCT is unique in my eyes because both the appearance and texture are different that most. It flowys into warm coffee like a pure white + milky amoeba stream. That may not be the best way to describe it. But–it’s what comes to mind! You’ll just have to experience it yourself. I’m sure you’ll pull up this post again and write me, “Jes, you’re exactly right! Totally a milky amoeba stream!” Haha….

The flavor of this oil is richly vanilla + very + very tasty. It does something really special to my morning coffee. Flavor + good fats without a bunch of crap that normally comes in coffee creamers.

Sitenote: the packaging that the MCT oil comes in has a cap with a small hole underneath, which made for super simple pouring. No mess + no clean up. Anyone who has tried pouring MCT oil out of that big bottle before know it can be an oil slick.

 

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A New Protein on the Block: CRICKETS

Much of my extra curricular time (what does that even mean when you’re an adult?) time is spent dissecting + pondering + researching the best possible way to fuel my body. You could describe it as complete + utter fascination. I am absorbed how our bodies respond to food and how we can tweak that to optimize how we feel + perform + operate.

I’ve experimented with several different ways of eating (in chronological order):

-Paleo

-Ketogenic

-IIFYM (if it fits your macros)

-Vegetarian

-Vegan

-Vegan + IIFYM

-Flexible vegan + without focusing too much on macros + animal protein here and there + mostly plants

Thhhat’s a lot. It’s not all been super restrictive. It’s been mostly experimental spurred by curiosity.

What I’ve learned is that my body feels best + recovers best on:

-Lots of green juice

-A protein source

-Loads of water

So, at this point, I’d describe my approach to eating as experimental. No diet labels. Just eating to feel good.

Chapul comes into this quite nicely. I first heard about Chapul Cricket protein powder + bars at Expo West in 2016, a trade show in Anaheim, CA that I attended as a blogger. The good vibes at the booth + the bar’s flavor + the unique key ingredient really cemented their spot on my radar.

When I started weight lifting in 2015 (give or take), I found that adding a clean + bioavailable source of protein to my diet helped me recover better and made me feel stronger + leaner overall. But, as many of you are likely aware, there are SO many protein products on the market. How do you navigate that world as a consumer?

I’ve found that looking for clean ingredients is a good start. Chapul packs a bunch of organic ingredients in their bars, which is a great indication that they seek quality as a company. They also feed their crickets a vegetarian + organic + nongmo diet.

I’m really stoked about this brand + the charisma +people behind it and am happy to be on board as an ambaddador.

Use code runonorganic for 10% off your order at Chapul.com!

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About Chapul:

Chapul introduces edible insects into Western Cuisine as a healthy and sustainable protein. We launched the first insect-protein product in the US with our award winning Chapul Cricket Bars, fortified with our signature cricket flour. We represent a growing food revolution intent on increasing the health of our food resources for our children and for the planet.

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Products I Tried:

Matcha Green Tea Bar:

The Matcha Bar combines the hints of Japanese cuisine into a high protein, low sugar bar. Combining the richness of organic tahini and sesame seeds with sweet banana pieces, and a hint of bitterness from the matcha green tea, it is becoming a crowd favorite.

Aztec Dark Chocolate Bar:

Inspired by the Aztec roots, the dark chocolate, coffee, cayenne, and cinnamon make the Aztec Bar taste like a modern day Mexican Hot Chocolate, with a late blooming wave of cayenne heat. By mixing sweet, savory, and spicy, we’ve paired delicious with adventure.

Thai Coconut Bar:

Inspired by Thai jing leed recipes, our Thai Bar is a delicious mix of coconut, ginger, cricket flour, and a subtle twist of lime. Perfect for a summer day’s adventure.

Chaco Peanut Butter:

Our most popular flavor is good ‘ol peanut butter and chocolate. The name is inspired from the desert-dwelling Chaco culture, a pre-Columbian civilization in the Colorado River Watershed. The Chaco Bar is a delicious blend of peanut-butter and chocolate, packed with protein, and low in sugar.

Cricket Flour (High protein powder)

Inspired by traditions of Aztecan and other Native American cultures, we use an artisan, stone ground process to mill our Chapul Cricket Flour Protein Powder. Packed with a balanced, complete amino acid profile, use it to boost the protein content of any baked good, smoothie, or make your own delicious cricket bars.

 

Now Foods Immersion Event Recap + $350 Bundle Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Fitfluential on behalf of NOW Foods.

NOW Foods Immersion Event​

NOW Foods was generous enough to fly out + accommodate a handful of bloggers and writers this year in order to allow us to get a deeper look into how their products are sourced + manufactured + tested + brought to shelves of health food stores all over.

I am at a loss for words on how to best summarize this trip, but I thought it would be the realest + clearest to share notes that I took as the trip transpired. They are essentially bullet point style quotes and factoids. This is how my brain works, so,  this is how I write!

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What stood out the most to me about my experience at NOW Foods was the quality of the people and the mindfulness + attention to detail with production. The neatest thing that blogging has brought me is a priceless set of experiences. I’ve met some incredible people on this trip, and that experience has enriched my life. There’s something about being thrown together with a bunch of people you’ve never met that awakens the human spirit. We gravitate to conversations where we find our commonplace. We feel profoundly connected thru this experience.

The coolest part of that is the staff at NOW Foods was a part of that. It wasn’t just the bloggers that I connected to. It was the people that make up the NOW Foods Team as well.

I think you’ll be able to tell how good of a time we had by these photos….

 

In regards to the quality of NOW Products as a whole (which I’m sure a bunch of you consumers are wondering about!), I felt assured and confident after seeing the rigorous testing that is done on the batches of supplements + food + beauty products that are produced. It’s impressive how much work is put into maintaining clean + pure products when they have such a large number of SKUs.

Perhaps the most profound thought I had in regards to product quality that I wanted to make sure I mentioned in this post was that: having an organic certification stamped on your label is not everything. It’s about: where are these ingredients sourced from + how are they grown + how are they processed? That ultimately dictates what the product ends up being. Not a label. It’s about the care that’s put into the whole sourcing to manufacturing process, from start to finish.

I say this because I know many people may overlook NOW initially because they don’t see the USDA Organic label on the packaging. Well, I’m here to tell you that I have witnessed many brands that throw the word “organic” around, but what they are doing is using that word, but then not practicing it. Whereas there are plenty of products that are not labeled as organic but are tested for pesticide content. Every brand is different, but it’s something to consider.

I am SO excited for the generous boatload of goodies that NOW provided to me (they even shipped it from the event to my home). It’s about $350 in value and loaded with supplements ranging from a Women’s probiotic to a Plant Protein powder to a Blender. The even-better news? They want to give one away to you!

To Enter:

-Just leave me a comment! (That. Is. It!)

Feel free to be funny and creative. You can leave a comment on here or Instagram or Facebook. All are awesomely acceptable!

I will notify the winner on 5/16 (one week from today!)

 

 

 

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