Sunday, September 25, 2016

Healthy dips this fall.

Hey guys! One of my favorite things to do is eat. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know this already. Eating food and learning about food are literally my two favorite things in life (besides going to concerts that is!). A couple weeks ago I was approached by Chobani and they asked me if I would share my thoughts on ways to make eating dips and spreads healthier for this season. Um...I LOVE dips, and talking about my favorite snacks, so of course I said yes.

I had gone to Target and saw the new Mez dip Chobani has come out with and I decided what a great time to give it a try! I also threw in my personal favorites, such as salsa, guacamole, and hummus, and since this season is all about watching sports and traveling around to friends houses to watch games (not me, but people do...) I decided to just buy everything already made to see how easy it is to eat healthy snacks.

When it comes to making your dipping healthier, it's really simple swaps that make all the difference. Here are some tips to show you how easy these swaps can be.
1. Use veggies instead of chips or pretzels. They are just as crunchy and make great vessels for and dip! Also try roasting your veggies to make them even more delicious.
2. Try eating the rainbow. The more colors you have on your plate, the more nutrients.
3. Try finding dips that have a really short ingredient list, that way you know you aren't loading up on junk.

Trader Joe's is really the ultimate affordable dip haven. This salsa is the best one I have ever tried and it is under $2.00. For real, Also, their roasted garlic hummus is the bomb and it is under $2.00 as well. This pre-made guacamole has big chunks of avocado in it and no weird ingredients so you know you can enjoy yourself and not feel guilty.

As far as dippers, my favorite by far are kale chips, bell peppers, carrots and celery. The bell peppers dipped in salsa are unbelievably good! I also really liked the kale chips with the chili lime Mez dip from Chobani. The flavors went so well together I couldn't stop eating...I ate every piece of food pictured here. Well, the veggies that is! I still have some (very little) of each dip left over.

Eating healthy may seem like it is very daunting, or expensive, but you really can get great quality snacks to indulge in this season for very little money. Veggies are always inexpensive options, rather than processed grain crackers or chips which are usually pretty pricey for "healthy" ones.

I hope this helped you find some options to try this football season when you are watching a game or just feel like snacking. Like me. What are your favorite dippers and dips? I would love to know!

See you soon!
Shauna

*If you are interested in trying the Mez dip for yourself, you can find more info on their website here-
http://www.chobani.com/products/meze-dip

*I was not compensated by Chobani for this post, All opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Paradise Herbs Orac Energy Greens Review

* This product was provided by iHerb free of charge for my honest review
 
Paradise Herbs is one of my favorite supplement brands, and I personally use a few of their products everyday. They have a large range of products from resveratrol, to fish oil, to pea protein powder and are a great high quality brand. Their most popular, and 8 year award winning Orac Energy Greens Powder is the star of the show though when it comes to my supplement routine. 


Recently Iherb.com posted on instagram that they needed reviewers to spread the word about Orac Energy Greens and I immediately emailed them and told them I would be thrilled to be part of the review team since I had been using it and had actually just repurchased it when this post went out. It was perfect timing. When they emailed me the great news that I was chosen I was beyond excited! They even sent me a container to test out! I have been a fan of this greens powder and the multivitamin of the same name for over a year and want to get the word out of how great they are. 


About a year or so ago, I went to my naturopath for some help with eating too much sugar, and one of the things he recommended to me was a supplement called Juice Plus. Juice plus is a fruit and veggie supplement full of tons of minerals and vitamins and something that he and his family take everyday, but after seeing the cost I kindly declined and started looking around for a cheaper but equally as good alternative. That's where I came across Paradise Herbs.


After researching various brands of greens powder, I came across Orac Energy Greens and I knew my search was over. This product had just about everything you need in life besides wifi. In one single serving there is the antioxidant equivalent of 24 servings of fruits and vegetables, which is wonderful if you are missing anything in your diet or if you just find it difficult to fit in the recommended 9 servings from food alone. Paradise Herbs has a couple different sizes and even a chocolate flavor of the greens just in case you are looking for a sweeter version. They also have a protein and greens which is their pea protein along with the Orac greens.


This greens powder really is amazing. Here are just a few key points to highlight the awesomness:
*Certified organic and wildcrafted
*vegan
* Anti- imflammatory herbs turmeric and ginger
*Alkalizing greens
*Liver cleansing and support such as milk thistle and artichoke leaf
*Adaptogens like rhodiola, holy basil, and cordyceps 
* Antioxidants from white tea and grapeseed extract
*1.2 billion cfu probiotics
* Maca and acai for energy
* No fillers, sweeteners, or animal products
* 40,000 orac per serving



The flavor and smell is very green, like plain wheat grass, so I always have to add a banana or maybe a few drops of monk fruit sweetener when I take it. The great thing is, is that the texture is very fine and mixes so easily. I love to have this product first thing in the morning in a smoothie, along with Aloha vanilla protein (my fave protein!), a banana, and almond milk. I really feel like it gives me energy and I just feel better overall than on days I may not have time to make a smoothie in the morning. I even got my boyfriend taking it because he doesn't eat enough fresh produce, so there is a container at each of our houses to make sure we get it in!



 





I really hope if you are looking for a greens product to add a boost of nutrition in your diet, that you will consider trying Paradise Herbs Orac Energy Greens. It really is a fantastic product, and I have noticed a difference in how I feel since adding it into my diet. If you would like to try it feel free to use my referral code on Iherb.com to save a few dollars on your first purchse! You can do that here.

*Use my Rewards Code,SEQ516, to get $5 off your first time order at iHerb.com with no minimum purchase*

 Here are links to the various sizes and flavors available on Iherb.com:

12.8 oz (60 servings) $50.00

3.2 oz (15 servings) $14.99

6.4 oz (30 servings) $32.99

15 packets (15 servings) $19.24

Truly Chocolate 12.8 oz (60 servings) $54.99


Let me know if you give it a try!

See you soon,
Shauna