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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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Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics GIVEAWAY!

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics GIVEAWAY!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve likely noticed that I sing the praises of this brand as much as I breathe. Okay, okay……not that much. But, I am a believer in what this brand does. I use their products daily and have been a lucky beneficiary of the health benefits they provide.

I was lucky enough to tour & hang out in their headquarters earlier this year in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and was blown away by the people, the passionate minds behind these products, and their commitment to quality.

Garden of Life teamed up with renowned Dr. David Perlmutter to create this line of products health that hone in on the mothership of all absorption: your digestive system. These probiotic supplements are unparalleled in the world of probies. They even ship them cold so that they retain their longevity.

Blah, blah, blah, right? Maybe some of you just want to hear the answer to: “Why do I need to take these and what are they going to do for my body?”

The short answer:

Probiotics will help you become healthier, get leaner, have clearer skin, sustain more energy and absorb more of the good food you’re eating. Better absorption means more health. I’ve lived it.

The longer answer: (I’ll offer this up because it left a lasting impression on me (something I learned from one of many lectures at the Garden of Life headquarters):

“Probiotics” is not JUST a buzz word. Your body NEEDS them to function optimally.

-The standard American diet, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. have diminished our bodies’ good bacteria population in the gut. The effect on human health is profound.

-Supplementing the diet with probiotics is key is returning this good bacteria population back to a point where the digestive system can assimilate, absorb and process nutrients as it’s supposed to.

-“At Garden of Life, we are greens, we are probiotics. It’s who are are.” -Sherri Gunn, Garden of Life.

-“So much more can be done with health & prevention.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life.

-There are trillions of microbial organisms in your body. You help the good microbes thrive by eating a rich, whole food based diet that limits processed foods.

-A natural, whole food diet without pesticides, GMOs helps heal the gut.

-Good bacteria in the gut helps protect against the bad bacteria. So, we need the good bacteria.

-Digestive health is responsible for absorption of all of the food we eat, which contributes to our overall vitality. That’s why gut health is such a focus.

If you made it this far reading this post, I am here giving you a virtual hug. Thank you. I know it’s a lot.

But, I say all of this to say: probiotics can REALLY help you in myriad of ways. I am a huge proponent of them. I use them and I feel a difference when I do.

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GIVEAWAY:

All you have to do to enter is comment & explain your experience with probiotics. Have you tried them? Would you?

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Thanks for supporting ROO! Here’s to our health–cheers!

Essential Living Foods Diet Support + Wild Protein + Superfood Smoothie Mix Review

Essential Living Foods

Overall Rating: images

I’ve been a fan of Essential Living Foods for a while now. They are one of a few different brands I look to most often for all of my organic & raw superfoods. Their products range from cacao powder to quinoa bars to superfood blends formulated for weight loss. I love trying their products and am always intrigued by how their concoct their blends. You can read my thoughts on the cacao powder, “keenwah” bars, immune formula & athletic fuel mixes here:

https://runonorganic.com/2015/02/10/essential-living-foods-organic-superfoods-review/

About Essential Living Foods: 

“At Essential Living Foods, we believe you deserve only the best of the best. We travel the world the year round to bring you only the most nourishing heirloom superfoods emerging from indigenous cultures and unspoiled ecosystems.

Our Farms

It’s shocking, but in most cases when you walk into a supermarket and spend your dollars on superfoods, only pennies actually go to the farmers whose dedication and labor made it all possible. We know there’s a better way. We cut out the layers of middle-men and work directly with farmers. This means we can guarantee the quality of the superfoods you’re putting in your body, and we can do it more sustainably.

Our Mission

Our mission at Essential Living foods is to improve the health of the planet, its people, and their communities.

We work in close collaboration with small farms and indigenous groups to supply our customers with the purest, most nutritious Superfoods on Earth. Our global trade partnerships help nourish sustainable agricultural practices and support meaningful development. 1% of profits are donated back to the communities who supply our exceptional products (via our partnership with 1% For the Planet).”

Essential Living Foods is dedicated to fair, ethical, and holistic business practices with vendors, customers and investors and to maintaining a healthy, rewarding and values-driven work environment for employees and partners.”

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Diet Support

About:

“Diet support is a formula designed to assist with making life changes, manage eating habits, and enhance healthy body composition. Sencha Green Tea, Green Coffee, Ginger and Raw Cacao help speed up the metabolism, gently suppress the appetite, and will boost energy levels while creating an euphoric sense of well being that motivates individuals towards their goals. Perfect for anyone trying to adapt to a new diet or lifestyle.”

Superfood Smoothie Mix

About:

“Make a smoothie with a scoop of this sweet, satisfying, all-natural superfood powder, and discover how delicious good health can be!

Made with seven potent organic superfoods, this unique blend of superfruits and nuts is one of the most powerful sources of nutrition you can add to your daily routine! It’s incredibly rich in complete protein, cell-protecting antioxidants, heart-healthy omega-3s, cholesterol-balancing phytosterols, and an array of immunity-supporting bioflavonoids, minerals and natural vitamins — an energizing, hunger-satisfying formula that also supports natural vitality and well-being.

Drink a glass of nourishment — your body will thank you!

  • Total superfood nutrition in a delicious, easy-to-use smoothie mix.
  • Packed with protein, antioxidants, and a bounty of whole-food ingredients.
  • Sweet, nourishing daily nutrient boost, goes great with juices, smoothies, and water.
  • 100% Organic ingredients from sustainable and socially-conscious farms and cooperatives.
  • Carefully produced to maximize nutritional benefits.
  • No traces of dairy, soy, nuts or gluten.
  • No chemicals, fillers, or artificial sweeteners.
  • Low-glycemic ingredients for minimal impact on blood sugar.”

Wild Protein

About:

“Organic, with no added sugar, this delicious plant-based formula combines revered vegan protein sources to nourish every cell in your body without spiking blood sugar.

Sweetened with stevia and mesquite, this pure vegan blend is formulated for optimal digestion, and is loaded with protein, omega-3s, vitamin A, iron, fiber, and the power of traditional herbs and superfoods.

Each ingredient is minimally processed at low temperatures to deliver a treasure-trove of nutrients to your body the way nature intended. Built on hemp, moringa, and spirulina, this formula also adds the cleansing magic of milk thistle and burdock root, plus the creamy sweetness (and medium chain triglycerides) of magically freeze-dried coconut milk!

What’s in every scoop of this superfood powerhouse?

  • Protein: 10 grams of protein per serving.
  • Amino Acids: All 8 essential amino acids vital to protein synthesis and cell function.
  • BCAAs: Branched-Chain Amino Acids: vital to stimulating muscle regeneration and growth.
  • Omega 3s: 1,000mg of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids from Hemp and Spirulina. Hemp also contains high levels of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), an omega known to support optimal metabolism.
  • Fiber: over 30% of your RDA!
  • Antioxidant Vitamin A: over 30% RDA…food for your eyes!
  • Iron: blood-building goodness…also over 30% RDA!”

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My Thoughts:

I truly feel fortunate to know about an overflowing-handful of brands who have created an expansive line of organic, raw superfood products. (You may have gleaned that I am a superfood fanatic, if you regularly follow ROO). Superfoods for the win! They are the one thing (alongside probiotics) that I would suggest adding to your diet to take your health to the next level.

Essential Living Foods is one of these brands that I am delighted to work with. The variety of raw, organic products and superfood blends they provide created blows me away.

Here’s where the highly-ingredient-driven-discerning consumer comes out of me (and the explanation for 4.5 stars, instead of 5). I noticed in the mixes that not all of the ingredients are raw. Here’s the thing–I REALLY, really, really value a brand who abides by “when you know better, do better.” Thus, in this case–raw is obviously something that’s valued, so why not make every last ingredient raw? Raw guarantees optimum nutriton–so to me, it’s huge. I understand the complexity of sourcing ingredients and how it’s very hard to solidify a supply chain of certain raw materials that are organic, however, I demand the best for my body. When I see that some ingredients are raw and some are not, it just leaves me wanting a product that’s 100% organic & raw.

Okay–got that out of the way. Again, I have a VERY discerning eye for ingredients. These products are about 348587 times better than 99% of every other supplement you’ll find. But, I find it to be my duty to be frank and divulge all thoughts to you guys.

I am actually really enthused about these products. They are pretty close to being full-blown awesome. I love what they’ve done with Diet Support product. They’ve harnessed the metabolism boosting benefits of green tea, green coffee, ginger and paired them with antioxidant-rife cacao. Great product idea!

The Wild Protein (if entirely raw) would be an absolute rockstar product. I am so excited that they added spirulina, moringa (both combatting malnutrition) along with burdock root & milk thistle (strong liver detoxifiers) to the superpowered hemp protein base. Totally awesome.

The Superfood Smoothie Mix is a good one–it’s brown rice protein combined with various superfruit powders (some raw, some not–all organic). I add about a tablespoon to my shakes/smoothies for an added boost of antioxidants and natural energy.

You get to try some too, as Essential Living Foods is offering free supplement sticks to anyone who signs up to their email list.

Navitas Naturals: Chili Lime Coconut Chips & Cacao Hemp Almonds Review 

Navitas Naturals

Overall Rating: images

Here on ROO, I write a whole stinkin’ lot about superfoods. This is because I truly believe in them. I live it,
I love it and I’ve seen the impact that they’ve had on my overall health.

Navitas Naturals is one of the superfood brands that I look to when I’m stocking up on the good stuff. Their quality is always excellent and I can expect to get organic ingredients from them (and the majority of the time, they are raw, too–the coconut chips are an exception). It’s such a neat thing to have a “go-to” brand like this one that you can look to with trust that they’ll provide an incredible product that doesn’t sacrifice quality for profit.

Not only is Navitas Naturals a leader in clean superfoods, but they are also a favorite of mine in regards to taste. They are masters at mixing several nutrient-rife foods/ingredients and creating a truly decadent, satisfying and rich flavor profile. I find myself turning the bag upside down to get every last morsel!

The way these chips could improve is it they were optimized for digestion (raw & sprouted, preferably). These snacks would not be considered “raw” as some heat and/or light toasting is used in creating these snacks. This is done to add a crispy, roasted flavor. However, nutrient-wise, I don’t think you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak.

Chili Lime Coconut Chips

About:

“Chile Lime Coconut Chips are made by toasting premium coconut slices at low temperatures to create a rich buttery flavor and unique chewy crunch. These organic “Handfuls of Goodness” are a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats that tame hunger. Chile Lime Coconut Chips are more than just a satisfying snack – try them on salad, in curry, with trail mix or wherever your culinary creativity takes you!

The chewy coconut in this snack is a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats. It also contains minerals such as iron. Coconut is well known for its content of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) – healthy fats that are burned quickly by the body for energy and are not stored as fat. In particular, coconut contains lauric acid, a MCT that is known to offer many potential health benefits.”

Cacao Hemp Almonds

About:

“This chocolaty mix combines magnesium rich cacao and crunchy almonds together to deliver a new level of nutrition and flavor. These dark cacao almonds provide impressive amounts of protein and healthy fats from the almonds and hemp for a rich flavorful crunch.

Our line of Superfood+ snacks combines superfoods with nutrient rich nuts to make it easier than ever for people to gain the essential nutrition they need to power through a busy day. Grab a bag of Cacao Hemp Almonds and go!

This snack combines three superfoods in one delicious bite. Almonds are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Cacao has been enjoyed for its healthy and invigorating properties in South American cultures for thousands of years. Cacao powder is a delicious dark chocolate source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, plenty of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids and are also a good source of fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Hemp is also eco-friendly – it’s one of the most sustainable crops on earth!”

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My Thoughts:

Holy freaking awesome superfood flavor goodness. That’s the best way to describe these two bags of heaven.

Navitas Naturals is one of my favorite sources to stock up on superfoods. The majority of their products are raw, while all of them are certified organic. Their standards for quality are up there–& they’ve earned a place on my “go-to” list for that reason. Navitas Naturals is also a very accessible brand, as you can find their products in Whole Foods, Natural Grocers & various other health food stores & markets.

Not only do they make big bags of superfoods like cacao, maca and goji berries, but they’ve concocted delicious & nutritious blends like these that are satisfying and good for you. The Chili Lime Coconut Chips are intensely savory & mouth-watering, with a zip from the chili lime flavor. They make the perfect healthy substitute for traditional potato chips. Being a hemp & cacao fanatic, I absolutely loved the Cacao Hemp Almonds. The bittersweet flavor of the cacao, the earthy taste of the hemp and the rich nutty flavor of the lightly-roasted almonds combine perfectly. I could eat the whole bag of each of these in one sitting. So tasty! (and guilt-free!)

The only thing I find myself wanting to improve with these snacks is that I wish they were raw. When I shop, I intentionally buy and often pay extra for raw coconut chips and raw almonds–this is to insure that I’m getting the biggest nutritional bang for my buck, so to speak. Thus, I find myself wanting these to be raw, even though the roasted flavor is indeed tasty. That said–nutrition is and will always remain top priority to me. Organic & raw is my gold standard.

So…What am I Supposed to Eat?

When I’m asked for help in regards to nutrition and/or exercise, I have always feared sounding like a know-it-all. Being that way doesn’t feel natural to me. Speaking from experience and simply explaining how I do things feels incredibly natural, though. That slight changing of gears (in my mindset & approach) in helping others become the healthiest version of themselves has been huge.

Something I’ve witnessed with folks that are looking to become healthier, lose weight, regain vitality &/or boost energy is….

an overwhelming sense of paralysis due to fear & information overload in regards to food.

What’s good for you? What’s not? But, that website said I shouldn’t eat this? So, should I? Why am I breaking out? Is that my body detoxing? Why am I not losing weight? Do I need to go paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free blah, blah, blah, blah? Is low fat good? Or should I limit sugar? What about eating frequently throughout the day? Snacks? Eating late? How much protein do I need? Do I need to buy organic food? What’s the big deal about raw food?

Holy cow.

That’s what I mean. Can you say: Oh-ver-load!

Recent discussions in the food world, especially in healthy-minded communities have reached an all-time high–or at least it seems that way. Perhaps, I’m just more aware of it now because I am completely submerged in this world.

Like ANYTHING else in life. I find that the solution is simple & concise:

Ditch rules. Think: Eat to feel good.

Now, I get that many brains will completely come unwired to that idea. There has to be more to it, many must think. Well, I can break it down a little bit farther for those brains. Here are some things I keep in mind & how I would describe my daily eating choices (I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life)…

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How I do it:

-Loads of: plants, superfoods, alkaline-forming foods

-Look to healthy fats & protein for fuel (limit refined sugar–it’s more of a cheap thrill. Too much promotes internal acidity. FRUIT is not in this category. Eat your fruit!)

-When grocery shopping, think: organic, raw, fresh.

-Drink lots of water. Basically as much as you can stand. Water helps everything in your body operate more optimally.

-Appreciate food again. Get excited to eat GOOD FOR YOU food. Don’t rush everything. Savor the subtle flavors of everything.

You might be thinking….so what about the dietary restrictions?

I find that (life is like this, too) when I focus my energy on all of those good things going into my body, I don’t have room for the extra junk. Thus, foods like processed grains, dairy, junk food, soda, other miscellaneous garbage food don’t find their way into my daily nutrition often because there’s no room for them. Does that make sense?

It’s like overwhelming your body with “positive,” good foods (like you overwhelm your mind with postitive thoughts to stay happy), so much so, that you don’t leave any room for the negative stuff that sucks the life out of you. You see, it’s all connected. It’s not diet is one isolated aspect & mindset is another isolated aspect of you. The same mantras can & do apply to every facet of your well being. Just apply them and life just becomes easier. You become healthier. That fog lifts. You end up looking in the mirror one day and feeling like you are becoming little Jesica again. Young, spry, capable, healthful without a care in the world. Well, maybe that’s just me. But MAN, it’s an incredible feeling–hard to describe really. AND it all starts with how you fuel your body and your mentality going into it.