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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!

 

 

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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.

Nut + Seed Cacao Protein Smoothie Recipe

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This Nut + Seed Chocolate Protein Smoothie recipe combines soaked nuts and seeds including almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds with protein powder for a delicious smoothie that is full of complete plant-based protein, healthy fats and a plethora of other essential nutrients. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • Raw cacao
  • Coconut manna (butter)
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goji berries
  • 1 serving of your favorite plant-based protein

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak the almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in water overnight.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high until a thoroughly smooth consistency.
  3. Garnish with goji berries.
  4. Enjoy!

Conscious Box: Plant-Based Sample Box Review

Conscious Box: Plant Based

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Conscious Box:

“Conscious Box helps you discover healthier choices. Our personalized subscription service lets you sample the best natural, non-GMO products, every month. Find something you like? Pick up full-size favorites at deep discounts. It’s that simple. Conscious Box makes living healthy easier than ever.”

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My Thoughts:

I discovered Conscious Box when I was still a college student, finishing up my bachelor’s degree in North Texas. At the time, Consciouc Box provides an excellent means for me to become acquainted with a big range of natural and organic beauty, skin and nutrition products. I have always been happy with & impressed by the variety in their boxes. In one box, you may get a deodorant sample and a seaweed bar. Heck, you could really go crazy and apply your deodorant while eating the seaweed bar! 🙂 The only thing I’ve noticed that I’d improve is that not all products inclosed are organic. They seem to be varying in quality as far as ingredients used.

Conscious Box sent me this plant-based version of their box for me to take a look at and try. My favorites in the bundle are the Chickpeas made by Saffron Road, Green Superfood Bar made by Amazing Grass &  the Bamboo Towels made by NaturezWay. I loved the idea of the Tiny Tea, but couldnt dive deeper ingredient-wise on their website because the info was hard to locate (that’s a instant turn-off for me! I dig transparency). The Back to Nature juice would be more appealing if it was not from concentrate, unpasteurized (requiring refridgetation) and contained organic ingredients. I really wanted to love the Vaska detergent–I checked out their website and saw this:

“Made from plant based surfactants and essential oils. NO nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), NO chlorine, NO phosphates, NO optical brighteners, NO animal products, NO EPA priority pollutants, NO dyes, and NO chemical thickeners.

Water/Aqua, Alcohols C9-11 Ethoxylated, Alkyl Polyglucoside, Surfactant Copolymer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Cocoate, Fragrance/Parfum, Methylchlorisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.”

While I appreciate that they do not use several harsh chemicals, I am apprehensive about the hard-to0-pronounce ingredients. Since I make my own very simple deterent at home with three ingredients, reading that ingredient list was not appealing to me. the lavender provided my clothes a pleasant aroma, though!

As I predicted, I was impressed with the variety in this Conscious Box, but would just ask for better in regards to quality of the products. I strive for the best of the best!

 

Marvellous Organics Superfood Review

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Marvellous Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Marvellous:

“Marvellous Superfood was started by Dixey as a response to her own health challenges in 2008. She found the majority of superfood blends expensive, and often made out of up to 40 different ingredients, so decided to blend her own mixture that would be both nourishing and detoxing. She chose the seven most nutrient-rich, easily absorbed ingredients she could find, blending them together in equal proportions.

She started sharing the blend with family and friends and found that everyone enjoyed its benefits. The hugely positive response led to Dixey getting the blend certified Organic by the Welsh Organic Scheme in February 2012, and so Marvellous Superfood was born.

Dixey dedicates her spare time to her life long love: painting. You can see some of her work on her website and her facebook page. 

She also teaches and performs flamenco dance, is passionate about preparing delicious, vibrant food and practising meditation.

Company Ethics

Since 2012 we have gone from having one product, one retailer and a small Internet presence, to supplying an ever-expanding range of products to multiple health-food shops in South Wales, numerous prestigious shops in London and the South East and a number of international stockists.

Despite the company’s success our feet remain firmly on the ground and our ethics burn strong. We do and will always run a family business, focused on offering the highest quality products at the most feasibly affordable prices. We believe in the importance of organic products and do all we can run the company as ethically and environmentally friendly as we possible can.

Marvellous Superfood grew from a need for a high quality superfood blend that was affordable and accessible to all, and this continues to be our priority. We are pleased to offer a discount to those dealing with serious health challenges. Our wish is to share the many benefits we have experienced with as many people as possible. Including increased vitality, fewer colds and flues, speedy recovery, healthy digestive systems, clearer skin and less cravings for unhealthy foods, to name but a few. After all Health is Wealth as the old saying goes!”

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Super Protein

About:

“Packed full of protein rich superfood powders this unique blend is gluten, dairy, and yeast free as well as being 100% organic. It contains no artificial or processed sugars or sweeteners and is suitable for coeliacs and diabetics.

Made with a base of Hemp Protein 33% and Pea Protein 33%, we’ve added Goji 6.6%, Lacuma 6.6%, Red Maca 6.6%, Yellow Maca 6.6% and Beetroot 6.6% to create a delicious, protein rich, absorbable superfood powder to feed your muscles and improve strength and stamina.”

Red Maca

About:

“Red Maca powder is the ground root of the red maca plant. It is thought to have a beneficial affect on energy levels and vitality as well as a balancing effect on the hormonal system.”

Wellbeing Blend

About:

“Wellbeing blend is our highly nutritious blend of 7 Organic, Raw, Superfood’s: Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley-Grass, Wheat-Grass, Kelp, Hemp Protein and Beetroot. All in equal parts and nothing else!”

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My Thoughts:

There are few things that I get more excited about than organic superfoods. There’s something about products like this that are incredibly exciting to me. They are so rich with goodness, so good for the body and so convenient to incorporate into your diet. I’m someone who would much rather spend extra money on good food & supplements than cars, clothing, etc. (Any day). Good food truly excites me!

Marvellous Superfoods are produced across the Atlantic Ocean from where I am–and I sure do appreciate the product line that they’ve created from afar. I truly couldn’t wait to try these goodies.

Basically, all three of these (Protein, Wellbeing Blend & Red Maca) are all in powder form. They’re perfect to add to a smoothie or a really basic drink (powder + water in a blender bottle). Every morning, I concoct at least 2 different drinks. One of them is a protein smoothie and one of them is a superfood drink. In my protein smoothie, I use a heaping tablespoon of the Super Protein + chia seeds + coconut milk. In my superfood drink, I use about 1/2 a tablespoon of the Wellbeing Blend and about 1/4 tablespoon of Red Maca. I love this morning routine! Nothing makes me feel like I can take on the day more than when I eat (or drink) a nutritionally awesome meal in the morning (along with a  kiss from my husband) 🙂

If your taste buds are not adapted to the earthy, rich flavor of these raw superfoods, don’t worry! They are easily masked if you mix them into a smoothie with some almond or coconut milk & fruit.

The quality of these blends is top notch. All of the ingredients are raw & organic–so there’s no need to scratch your head over hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Its simple: Marvellous Superfoods creates fantastically hearty and healthy superfood blends that I would recommend to anyone! They will take your health and vitality to the next level.