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A Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe that Doesn’t Suck for your Health

a PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE RECIPE that doesn’t suck for your health! 🍂

🍁but tastes so major

🍁is paleo friendly

🍁has no added sugar

🍁contains only simple, real ingredients

 

⌛️INGREDIENTS:

-8oz fairtradeorganicfreerangenaturallocal coffee (hehe)

-1 tbsp pumpkin purée (I used bpa free canned pumpkin from Trader Joes)

-1 tbsp coconut cream (once again from TJ’s)

-8 drops liquid Monkfruit 

-1 capsule Immune Renew mushroom blend

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg

-1/4 cup unsweet almond milk

 

⌛️PREP:

-combine all ingredients with coffee in whatever the heck kind of order you want.

-for medium awesome, stir them in.

-for large awesome, blender them in with an immersion or fave blender.

 

**i personally never measure in the kitchen. can you believe i did the legwork this morning to give you exact numbers? 😄you’re so welcs. supes welcs.

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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:

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Helio Today Instagram

Helio Today Twitter

Helio Today Website

Squarebar Organic, Gluten-Free, Protein Bar Review

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SquareBar

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About SquareBar:

“Squarebar began in the San Francisco kitchen of husband and wife Sarah & Andrew Gordon. After battling asthma most all her life, Sarah discovered that eliminating inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, and processed sugars freed her from medication. It’s been more than five years since her last attack, and she no longer keeps an inhaler in the house.

Squarebar launched March 2012 at Natural Products Expo West and is now nationally distributed… growth built on our belief that Ingredients Matter Most . We source only the most nutrient-dense organic and non-gmo foods, and work directly with farmers to ensure an ethical path from crop to bar.

That way the most important ingredient of all [you] can feel good about the food you eat.

  • Organic & Non-GMO Project Verified  
  • 12g of Complete Protein
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Peanut-Free, and Corn-Free
  • Coconut Nectar Sweetened (Low Glycemic)
  • No Added “Natural Flavors”
  • Real Chocolate Coated
  • Vegan.”

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Cocoa Almond

About:

“Chunks of almond, with just a hint of cinnamon for spice, coated in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Our favorite morning bar to pair with a cup of tea or coffee, with 12g of plant-based protein to keep you full all the way to lunchtime!

Ingredients:

Organic Coconut Nectar, Organic Whole Grain Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Cocoa Butter), Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Gluten Free Oats, Organic Almonds, Organic Cocoa Liquor, Sunflower Lecithin, Organic Cinnamon, Sea Salt.”

Cocoa Coconut

About:

“Coconut and chocolate… a match made in snacker island paradise. Shredded coconut and extra virgin coconut oil make for a creamy coconut flavor. And with 11g of protein, your appetite and taste buds will be left feeling satisfied!

Ingredients:

Organic Coconut Nectar, Organic Whole Grain Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Cocoa Butter), Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut, Organic Gluten Free Oats, Organic Cocoa Liquor, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt.”

Cocoa Crunch

About:

“Our neutral flavor that is anything but! The most chocolately of the three, with 12g of complete plant-based protein, and brown rice crispies for a ‘crunch.’ Consider your chocolate and hunger fix fixed!

Ingredients:

Organic Coconut Nectar, Organic Whole Grain Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Cocoa Butter), Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Gluten Free Oats, Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Brown Rice Crisps (Organic Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt), Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt.”

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Use code “runonorganic” to get 20% off + free domestic shipping on your Squarebars order!

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My Thoughts:

There are some nutrition bars that taste like nutrition bars, then there are nutrition bars that taste like superpowered, healthy candy bars. Squarebars are the latter. These bars are simply amongst the very, very best you can buy as far as nutrition bars go. They taste insanely delish (all three flavors do), they’re certified organic, non-gmo certified, gluten free and also free of common food allergens like dairy, soy, peanuts and corn. Ipso facto, they rock!

They are perfectly satisfying on their own–but I’ve found them to be an absolute splendor when coupled with a cup of coffee. You can also chop them up and throw them atop a bowl of coconut ice cream for a healthy, protein-loaded dessert!

So, it took me about .5 seconds of reading the label to distinguish that these bars are atmospheres above average. The other thing that can really put a nutrition bar over the top for me is: “How much of it is raw”” In other words, how much of the ingredients are providing their maximum output of nutrition? (when cooked, plants become less nutritious)–I learned from the beautiful co-founder of SquareBar, Sarah Gordon, that about 70% of their ingredients are raw. That’s pretty awesome stuff!

If you ever wonder what the big deal is about foods being raw, digest this: raw cacao powder contains at least 4 times more antioxidants than cooked cacao powder. This is significant! Thus, in addition to a bar or food being organic, I’d like to see that it’s raw, too. This means I’m getting as big a nutrient load as I can in the bar I’m eating. With that percentage being so high in Squarebars, it’s obvious that they value raw ingredients as well.

Sarah at SquareBar is a radiant, passionate family woman whose enthusiasm for healthy living has infiltrated her protein packed bars. You can tell these bars were made with love. I am so happy to back her brand and tell all of you that these bars will make your body smile! 🙂

DrinkMe Organic Raw Blended Juices Review

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DrinkMe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Drink Me:

“Drinkme was founded in 2007 when Christina Paganelli began making kale smoothies to satisfy her own health regime. From the Canadian prairies to the booming California market, drinkme rose to the top of the market in both Canada and the USA in 7 years. Brand Story, passion, science, innovation, and rock solid products have led their way to success for this organic and “Kale-roots” growth company.

Drinkme has pioneered the HPP technology in Canada, and has positioned as a first to market company in the fast paced, high growth beverage space in the USA.

We strive to be the best, most nutritious drink on the market. Cliché? We truly put only the most authentic, raw ingredients into our bottles. Read our labels, you’ll see. Every ingredient breathes light and positive energy into our delicious creations and you can feel the life as you drink.

We strive to create a business model that is sustainable. We have grown the organic and grass roots way, and know who we are!

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Christina’s Story:

“My journey began when I was in the prime of my life, finishing years of university, getting married and starting my career. Suddenly, my vision blurred and I was seeing double. One eye went wall-eyed and I couldn’t see. If I tried to open my eyes I would fall over with dizziness. This introduced me to the medical system, and ultimately was sent to a “specialist” who diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis. Six months later, 4 ½ months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I was dealt another blow, I had thyroid cancer. In my fifth month of pregnancy, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid, and soon after, I was radiated. That’s when I found out that the cancer had spread to my lungs. Another radiation treatment, six months later made me very ill, but the results were the same. The cancer tumors were still the same size, at stage 4 and I was sent home to “wait it out” with cancer and MS.

I began taking an immune suppressant drug to help decrease the effects of the MS. After struggling a month to inject myself, and suffering with side effects, I was informed that the drug company would not allow me to take this drug because I had cancer too. What a waste of time, money, and added stress.

At age 26, I had been poked and prodded long enough. It became apparent that something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands! I attended a health seminar about enzymes, probiotics, and raw foods, and I decided that I would try to heal myself. I made up my mind that I would heal and then I would use my story to inspire others too. My husband and I, and baby Antonio committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We discarded every food from our cupboards, and replaced all of it with only raw organics foods. Then, our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top quality enzymes, probiotics, and other raw supplements.

The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle proved very challenging. While my body detoxified, I experienced severe migraines, fever, and blurred vision. Twenty six years of processed and chemically laden foods finally came out of my body. I shed a pound a day and within 3 weeks of adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing. Amazingly, I no longer required my prescription glasses.

 

For the last ten years, I have not required any subsequent medical procedures for either disease. Against all odds, I am still thriving. We even had another healthy child Giulia, who is now 7 years old. I attribute my recovery to my new lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. Today, my diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with all else as a secondary. drinkmeTM Beverages are an integral part of my day. I visit an endocrinologist yearly and thankfully, everything is normal. I have never felt better in my life, and I am committed to helping others.

A quote that influenced me, is…. “The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.”– Kermit the Frog.

The truth is, sometimes one has to hit rock bottom before one can bounce back. I am truly grateful for the life journey that I have been through the past ten years. When I hear people say, “I’m sorry for all that you have been through”, I respond, “don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

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My Thoughts:

If you’re on the hunt for a raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, you’re likely to come across a handful of brands that are accessible at your local health food store. Many of them are great options and are highly nutritious.

What sets DrinkMe beverages apart from the world of juices is that these drinks are BLENDED, not JUICED. Thus, the naturally occurring fiber in the fruits and veggies used is intact in every bottle of DrinkMe. This makes each bottle more satisfying, more detoxifying and more in line with how nature intended us to consume it.

On top of the fact that these drinks are fiber rich, they are also entirely organic, raw and nutritionally rich. There are fewer ways to ingest such a hearty dose of healing nutrients in a short amount of time. A bottle of DrinkMe is ideal to grab on your way to work, with lunch or for a quick energy boost.

The frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to store a healthy meal in your work’s freezer, or simply keep at home for a quick whip-up. The flavor of them is so fresh and delicious that I didn’t need to mix them with anything. I just let them thaw a bit before I drank them. Refreshing and delicious!

My experience with DrinkMe has been nothing short of spectacular. Christina is so generous, passionate, kind–and I absolutely believe in the products that she has created. My local Whole Foods has these products, making it easy for me to re-stock on them. For you guys and gals, DrinkMe makes it easy to find a store near you that carries DrinkMe. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to make a great, daily investment in your health. These drinks can help take your nutrition to the next level!

Kevita Probiotic Drinks Review

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Kevita

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Kevita:

“KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotic. KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of low calorie flavors including Coconut, Mango Coconut and Pomegranate. KeVita is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

Refresh yourself daily with KeVita. Enjoy delicious vitality and love in every sip!”

Coconut

About:

“Yum and yum! The first and only certified organic sparkling coconut water is our most popular thirst-quenching flavor. KeVita Coconut is so pure and light, with a taste so divine you might break into song. So come along and enjoy the perfectly balanced blend of KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Strawberry Acai Coconut

About:

“Sweet and fresh, a KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut kiss! A flavor loved and adored by all ages. The colors so pretty, the flavor so bright, it’s a sparkling delicious and delightful combination. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of strawberries, acai berries, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Mango Coconut

About:

“Exotic and delish, KeVita Mango Coconut is a tropical adventure. Drink deeply, a bottle a day just might take the edge away. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of mangos, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Mango Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Pomegranate Coconut

About:

“Delicate yet complex, KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is refreshingly light. This combination conjures the greatest of myths and the easiest of pleasures. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of pomegranate, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse

About:

“Spicy and sublime, KeVita Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse™ is lightly sweetened with stevia, and contains no added sugar. Delicious between meals, Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, low glycemic, vegan, dairy and gluten free.”

Tangerine

About:

“Refreshing and light, KeVita Tangerine is our delightfully sweet citrus and creamy vanilla blend. Enhanced with vitamin C and organic green coffee bean extract, Tangerine is sunshine in a bottle. Tangerine is certified organic, non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

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My Thoughts:

Kevita drinks are a unique division of health drinks, as they focus on boosting digestive health via a low-calorie mixture that is packed with organic ingredients and probiotics. Digestion is an important aspect of your health because without digestive efficacy, our bodies cannot absorb all of the nutrients that we take in. Ingesting probiotics helps to keep your stomach’s healthy bacteria in balance–which in turn helps keep the lining healthy and ready to do it’s job (absorb).

Similar to kombucha (but not quite as effervescent as kombucha), Kevita offers an expansive range of flavors, each of which is interesting, refreshing and tasty in its own right.

These drinks are suitable for individuals who abide by a plethora of diets, as they are vegan, dairy free, lactose free, gluten free and free of added sugar. Those facts make it easy for me to recommend to a wide range of individuals with specific dietary needs.

Quality wise, you can see on their labeling that Kevita drinks are certified organic and non-gmo–two important specs that I look for in all products that I buy frequently. On top of quality, these drinks are easy to find if you have a health food store like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods close to you. You can locate them in close proximity to kombucha and coconut water in most stores that carry it.

Taste wise, these drinks are tasty and light–not as heavy as fruit juice. The “sparkling” characteristic of the drink makes it refreshing and satisfying, though it only contains about 10 calories per serving. I’d urge soda drinkers to give this drink a try. These drinks provide nutrients via organic ingredients, whereas sodas can’t claim anything close to that. My favorites of the bunch are the Mango Coconut and the Tangerine. They are the perfect drinks to pair with your summer activities.

Though the low-calorie feature is nice, I don’t focus on it–especially if the ingredients are organic and nutritionally robust. That said, my suggested improvement with these drinks is for them to contain a few more ingredients that make them closer to a meal in regards to how filling they are. I also wish the flavors were a little bit stronger and more intense (they likely are not because of the low calorie content).