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Tea Game on FLEEK: Teatulia Organic Neem + Tulsi + Black Tea Review

Teatulia Organic Tea

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT

All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC

Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.

Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch

Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area

Use only natural pest & weed controls

Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers

Protect wildlife

Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE

Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

You guys, I’m pretty hyped on tea right now. So, here’s another Teatulia experience I’d like to share with you. I’m thankful to be an ambassador for this brand (just a fancy way of saying–I genuinely love what they are doing and want more people to know about them).

Here’s what makes this teas different and why you would look to them to ramp up your health:

Neem:

Teeth + Gum Health + Overall Cleansing

Detoxing and cleansing are two words that we’ve all heard at some point. They are crucial to overall health because a clean body is a thriving body. A body that accrued a toxic build up will experience slacking performance across the board. This can manifest itself in poor sleep, low energy, issues with integumentary system (hair + skin + nails), moodiness and chronic illness. The upside is that if you regularly perform detoxifying + cleansing protocols (like drinking this tea), you can prevent a lot of that and calibrate your body to be a beaming conglomerate of bumping energy.

Tulsi:

Adaptogen (Helps body cope with stress)

Stressors surround us every. single. day. What we CAN control is how beefy we make our immune response + body’s resiliency in order to deal with this stress. Pretty cool that we can put things into our body that help diminish the negative effects of stress.

Black Tea

Brain Function + Memory

Commonly and anciently (sure, that’s a word), black tea is used as the base for brewing kombucha, a fermented + naturally effervescent tea that aids digestions and boasts probiotics and gut-healing benefits.

Black tea is neat because it ramps up + stimulates brain function and contains half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee. This makes it the perfect compliment to that morning cup of coffee (think: mid-day tea break!)

Drinking these teas makes me feel: Naturally energized + balanced + detoxified + clean inside + ready to perform + peppy. Yep. Gimme mo-of-that!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com

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YogiToes Water Bottle & Headband Review

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YogiToes

Overall Rating: images

About YogiToes:

Integrity

Yoga’s ethical precepts guide our everyday choices.  We work with factories and vendors that also embrace these values, focusing  on labor, safety, environmental and manufacturing practices that meet exceptional global standards.

Recycling

Deeply committed to minimizing our carbon footprint. To date we have repurposed 3.5 million recycled plastic bottles into our product line.  We make the most sustainable choices possible throughout all aspects of our business.”

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Hibiscus Wide Headband

About:

“DESCRIPTION

A headband designed to comfortably hold back the hair, use as a wrist band, or cover the eyes during savasana

SIZE

4″ W (flat)

MATERIALS & DETAILS

  • 94% cotton, 6% lycra
  • Created using AZO, lead and heavy metal-free dyes to protect our workers, our customers, and our environment
  • Made in Korea.”

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle

About:

“DESCRIPTION

Day after day, year after year, this safe and convenient water bottle will keep your drinks fresh and clean tasting, while reducing your carbon footprint.

SIZE

.4 lbs; Capacity 25 fluid oz.

MATERIALS & DETAILS

  • Reusable, 100% recyclable and durable
  • Safe, BPA-free alternative to plastic
  • High-quality, food grade #304 L.N. stainless steel
  • Slim design fits most bottle holders
  • Toxin-free and non-leaching
  • Clean tasting (hot or cold)
  • Non-slip, rubber base
  • Removable Ecousable plastic cap with a straw lid.”

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My Thoughts:

YogiToes, a line under the Manduka Yoga umbrella, is a unique, vibrant, fun set of yoga gear and accessories that are made thoughtfully and with recycled, high-performing materials.

I love a great, wide, everyday headband that will stay on after vigorous activity. The headbands I’ve worn in the past that perform the best have a grippy strip on the underneath side, helping it resist movement. Though this headband does not have a grippy strip, it is wide enough to pretty much compensate for that. The material is very comfortable (94% cotton) and can truly make the perfect headband for wearing around the house, during yoga or for a run outdoors, alike. If I had to make one change to the design of the band, I’d make the circumference a little bit smaller so that the headband fits a little snugger (I would only want it snugger for workouts; not for wearing around the house). I didn’t have a problem with it wiggly back and off my head while running, but that was primarily because I wear large over-the-head headphones when I run that help keep my headband in place. While wearing this headband to volleyball practice with the team I coach, I noticed that I had to reposition the band a few times as it had slid backwards.

A good BPA-free, durable, portable water bottle is something that is very much a part of my daily commutes to work and practice. I always have filtered water around–it’s an absolute necessity. This stainless steel water bottle is a good size (holds 25 fluid oz.), fits all of my car cup holders and backpack bottle pockets and is substantial enough that I can drop it without fearing that it will be damaged. I like that you can drink out of the nozzle or unscrew the lid and drink out of the open bottle. Sometimes I like the lid-off approach when I am amidst a hard workout and feel the need to guzzle water.

I’d recommend both of these products (as well as Manduka’s yoga mats! I use mine for indoor workouts–so don’t think its use is limited to yoga). The quality is there, the sustainability is there and so it the personality behind the products.

Essential Living Foods Organic Superfoods Review

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Essential Living Foods

Overall Rating: images    

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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Raw Cacao Powder

About:

“When you need Verified RAW ingredients, accept only this artisanal Balinese cacao powder. Sun-dried and pressed using cutting-edge low-temperature technology, it’s the world’s first Verified RAW cacao powder.

No one else can prove they have a genuine RAW cacao powder. We traveled to Bali to film every phase of production, from farm to extraction point, and verified process temperatures at each stage for you.

This stimulating, nutritious powder is perfect in all your recipes: hot chocolate, fudge, cookies, cakes, and raw desserts!

  • The world’s first TRULY RAW cacao powder
  • Totally Unique Flavor Profile, due to source material and processing: Astringent, Chocolatey, Grassy, with fruity hints of vanilla, nutmeg, banana, and clove.
  • Unique Variety: Made from Single origin organic wild Balinese cacao, descended from the prized Criollo variety.
  • A noticeably RAW-tasting product that gives you amazing energy.
  • Most Transparent Cacao: Traceable, transparent supply chain from farm to processing to you ensures purity, RAW status, and social benefits.
  • Possibly one of the world’s most powerful health foods, incredibly rich in antioxidants.
  • Beyond Fair Trade: Empowering 3,000+ sustainable organic cacao farmers in Bali with a ground-breaking organic, beyond fair trade cooperative facility for value-added processing, increasing farmers’ incomes over 30%!
  • Beyond Sustainable: Wild-harvested in the truly sustainable, biodiverse food-forests of Bali. The purchase of this product preserves rainforest and protects the soil.”

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Immune Formula Elixir Powder

About:

“All organic plant-based instant superfood elixir. This concentrated blend of superfoods and traditional herbs is designed to boost your immunity. Contains Camu Camu, Reishi, Tumeric, Amla, Accerola, Astragalus & Chaga in a concentrated organic form of superfood and traditional herbs to fuel and renew at the deepest level. With this whole-food supplement made with ZERO chemicals binders or fillers, and sweetened only with organic stevia. Immunity Blend was crafted with care for flavor and function. Designed to please the palette while sparking your system, this precisely-calibrated blend sprang from our belief that the best supplements are pure foods… and the best foods are superfoods.”

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Athletic Fuel Elixir Powder

About:

“An activating herbal boost of herbs, mushrooms and superfoods traditionally revered for enhancing energy & stamina. An all organic plant-based primal athletic elixir formulated with organic Cordyceps, Roiboos, Guarana, Chia, Cacao, Beet, Ginger & Stevia.”

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Keenwah Bar: Glow (Turmeric)

About:

“Beyond indulgence and nourishment, is food to give you an edge. Built on quinoa (the Incan “Mother Grain”), these deeply-satisfying functional bars offer a bevy of targeted superfood ingredients. Choose the blend that fuels your adventures!

Quinoa + Turmeric + Goldenberries = chewy quinoa crunch and herbal nourishment! Fuel deep renewal!
Ingredients:
Ancient Grain Blend (Quinoa*, Gluten Free Oats*, Amaranth*, Millet*), Tapioca Syrup*, Pecans*, Coconut*, Goldenberry*, Mango*, Coconut Nectar*, Brown Rice Protein*, Turmeric*, Coconut Oil*, Himalayan Salt, Cinnamon*, Almond Butter*, Ginger*. (*Organic).”

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Keenwah Bar: Energy (Yerba Mate + Cacao)

About:

“Beyond indulgence and nourishment, is food to give you an edge. Built on quinoa (the Incan “Mother Grain”), these deeply-satisfying functional bars offer a bevy of targeted superfood ingredients. Choose the blend that fuels your adventures! Quinoa + Yerba Mate + Cacao = chewy quinoa crunch and long-lasting energy! A wholesome daily energy boost!

Ingredients: Ancient Grain Blend (Quinoa*, Gluten Free Oats*, Amaranth*, Millet*), Tapioca Syrup*, Almonds*, Cranberries*, Cacao Nibs*, Coconut Nectar*, Brown Rice Protein*, Coconut Oil*, Himalayan Salt, Yerba Mate*, Vanilla Extract*, Cinnamon*. (*Organic) PRODUCT OF USA ORGANIC GLUTEN-FREE KOSHER VEGAN.”

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Keenwah Bar: Strong (Hemp Hearts)

About:

“Beyond indulgence and nourishment, is food to give you an edge. Built on quinoa (the Incan “Mother Grain”), these deeply-satisfying functional bars offer a bevy of targeted superfood ingredients. Choose the blend that fuels your adventures!
Quinoa + Hemp Hearts = chewy quinoa crunch and 200mg Omega 3s per bar! Enjoy! The perfect daily protein boost!

Ingredients:
Ancient Grain Blend (Gluten Free Oats*, Quinoa*, Amaranth*, Millet*), Tapioca Syrup*, Brown Rice Protein*, Cacao Nibs*, Hemp Hearts*, Goji Berry*, Coconut Nectar*, Almond Butter*, Vanilla Extract*, Himalayan Salt, Maca Powder*, Cinnamon*. (*Organic).”

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Keenwah Bar: Decadence (Cayenne + Cinnamon)

About:

“Keen-Wah Decadence is the world’s first 100% organic and gluten-free quinoa bar. Keen-Wah’s Cayenne Cinnamon bar is a bold adventure of highly energizing spices enrobed in dark chocolate with the hearty (and heart-healthy) crunch of almond.

An opening salvo of chocolate-clove and a quinoa-almond nutty crunch usher in distinct aromatics featuring a mid-palate medley of warm spices and bold finish of peppery cayenne heat reminiscent of Azteca Chocolate D’Oro.

  • Gluten-free, Vegan, Non-GMO
  • 100% USDA Organic
  • Complete Protein (Non-Soy)
  • Anti-Oxidant & Omega 3 Nutrients
  • Low-Glycemic Sweetened (coconut nectar)
  • 12% Daily Protein & 18% Daily Fiber
  • Each box contains 12 bars (42 grams each).”

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My Thoughts:

I can’t think of anything (besides organic, raw, fresh produce) that I advocate more in terms of optimum nutrition than superfoods. Making sure they are organic & raw is key to receiving all of the benefits that these potent plants have to offer. Because I am such a strong believer and user of superfoods, I really get excited when I link up with brands who are creating these products that harness the goodness of these powerhouse foods.

Essential Living Foods is a really neat brand that has a product line containing several pure superfood powders, along with their new quinoa bars which they call “Keenwah” bars. All of their products are certified organic, with most of their products are organic AND raw. My only “ah man!” issue with me wanting a bit more in terms of quality is the fact that many of the ingredients in the superfood powder blends are not raw. To me, raw is right up there in importance with organic. Raw means that I’m getting the most possible nutrition available from that food. When it’s been heated, the nutrient content isn’t even close to what it used to be–a mere fraction. That said, I’ve learned that the ingredients in these superfood powders that are not raw have been low-heat milled.

Furthermore: “We choose the best option available that meets all of our quality standards. Sometimes we are not able to acquire and distribute raw products that meet these standards, but low-heat processed may be available instead. This helps us maximize the amount of nutritional quality even though its not completely raw. We only make claims, such as being 100% raw, when we have visited the source ourselves, and verified the entire process in-person.”

The question for me is: what kind of temperatures are we talking about? It’s obviously significant enough that the word “raw” cannot be used to describe them anymore. I’m very particular with superfoods. I take them for the nutritional benefits and if they are not organic and raw, then they are not as prized in my mind.

Having raw, organic cacao powder around has been an absolute “must” for about the last 6 months. It’s really taken my health to the next level, I believe. It’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural energizer and simply makes my superfood shakes take better.

I love, love, love the idea and choice of ingredients in the Immune Formula packet and the Athletic Fuel packet. I have a bit of knowledge on several of these lesser known ingredients (such as Cordyceps, Camu Camu, Reishi, Tumeric, Amla, Accerola, Astragalus & Chaga) which all have incredible anti oxidizing, detoxifying and hormone balancing qualities in them. Again, though, it doesn’t appear that many of these ingredients are raw. I find myself going “ah man!” I surely wish they were all raw. To me, that would mean I’m truly getting a spectacular product–the best of the best.

The Keenwah bars rock in regards to taste. I also love that it’s not just your average bar. They use ingredients like turmeric, cayenne, cacao, yerba mate, cinnamon, hemp and other nutrient dense foods. These bars are not raw–that would be my suggested improvement. They taste really, really good, though. They’re also satisfying and you can feel good about the ingredient list–certainly no junk to be found. The decadence bars are coated in chocolate (chocolate without the additives is VERY healthy for you!) which makes them exceptionally scrumptious.

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Giveaway!

All you have to do to get your hands on some free Keenwah bars is to head straight to the signup page. The bar will automatically be discounted when you add it to your cart and you will receive the bars in the mail after checkout. Easy as that–woop!