Archive | March 2014

Singing Dog Vanilla Review

 

The Singing Dog Vanilla

Overall Rating: 

About Singing Dog:

“We follow 3 simple rules when we develop new vanilla products:

• Clean: We find the best ingredients we can. Organic, non-GMO, high quality….

• Rave: The finished product needs to be something that our fans will rave about. No point in introducing a product that is just mediocre.

• Green: We do our best to use the most sustainable packaging, re-use consumables such as cardboard, and reduce landfill by using materials such as cornstarch packing material, using compostable inner packaging, and providing reusable tea bags.”

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Vanilla Coffee

About:

“Our Organic ground coffee is flavored with real organic vanilla beans. We grind together organic coffee beans and organic vanilla beans for a wonderful, real vanilla flavor. No fake sugary flavors or syrups - just real vanilla beans.

We are often told that this is a great after dinner coffee.”

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Vanilla Coconut Palm Sugar

About:

“Add a sweet vanilla flavor to your coffee or tea. Our Vanilla Coconut Palm Sugar combines great vanilla flavor with one of the most sustainable sweeteners on the planet.

This low-glycemic index sugar is not from the same species used for palm oil production. Coconut Palm sugar is made by distilling the sweet nectar of the coconut palm flower. However, the sugar does not taste like coconut. This Vanilla Coconut Palm Sugar is so good you may want to just eat it with a spoon!

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Ground Vanilla”

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Vanilla Bean Paste

About:

“Use our vanilla bean paste for the authentic flavor of real vanilla beans in a convenient paste form. Just one tablespoon is the equivalent flavor of one whole vanilla bean. Our paste is gluten free, and made with all natural pure-cane sugar. Our vanilla paste can be found in the top kitchens in the country such as Bouchon Bakery, The Ritz Carlton, and The Little Nell.”

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My Thoughts:

My interest in Singing Dog vanilla sparked when I realized that they produce organic, vanilla coffee. I am a frequent coffee drinker and am always open to trying a new, high quality coffee. This coffee’s flavor is just robust enough and is delicious! The vanilla is not overpowering. Rather, it complements the flavor of the medium roast coffee. It’s been a treat to enjoy in the mornings. Also, I am also using the left over coffee grounds in two ways:

-adding them to our newly formed compost pile for our organic garden

-making a homemade coffee body scrub

This coffee is doing a whole lot for me!🙂

I typically do not sweeten or add anything, for that matter, to my coffee. But when I fix up my coffee at home, I make sure I’m using the good stuff. This coconut palm sugar was a completely new idea to me. It’s absolutely ideal in a cup of coffee-it adds a complex, decadent flavor and makes it more scrumptious! Best of all, you can feel good about the quality of the sweetener you’re using. Nothing artificial, here-far from it.

I am all about adding vanilla flavor to nearly anything I eat. It adds such a delicious taste to the Lemon Poppyseed Cookies I make and same for my Paleo Bread. The vanilla bean paste is the perfect consistency to stir right into any mixture. I’ve never seen a product like it that is a great quality. I see myself restocking on this!

These Singing Dog Vanilla products are so unique and are surely in their own category of high quality. Singing Dog does vanilla right!

 

Q & A with UltraRunner Emz Eliason of RunEmz.com

So excited to share the wisdom and thoughts of a woman that I truly admire, look up to, and see as a running sister!

Here are my questions to Emz:

1. You run, a whole bunch. What gets you up in the morning with such tenacity?

I’d say for the most part it is my goals. Even if I don’t have a scheduled race in the near future, I know running for charities is my passion. I always want to know that if I received an opportunity to do a run….that I will be ready [training wise]. The early morning hours are MY time for ME. This may mean I get out of bed at 4:30 but it is always worth it.

2. How is each run different for you?

Although I do all my runs on a treadmill, I do try to make sure that I change it up. Some days I go a little faster, some days I take the incline higher. At least three days a week I try to do my runs without any music or TV. Other days I take it easy & just let the legs go.

3. If you could sum up your approach to running, what would it be?

Just. Freaking. Run.
Who cares about the speed. Get out there.

4. If you could only run in one pair of shoes for the rest of your life…what brand & model?

Love this question. Without a doubt Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3’s.

5. Dream place to run:

New Zealand. Every year we go back to visit family - it reminds me that I do like running outside every now & then. 😜

6. Dream running buddy:

My Instagram friends. Truth. Some of the coolest people ever. I have made some of my closest/dearest friends through social media. I have been fortunate enough to run alongside many of them during one of my 24-hour treadmill runs. As well as having some of them pace me during my trail 100’s. Incredible, inspiring, thoughtful, selfless individuals.

7. Favorite run of your life so far:

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim run. It was a completely different experience than any ultra I have ever done. No crowds. No cheering. No crew. No run partners. Just me with myself, outside in one of God’s most incredible creations.

8. If you could give nutritional advice to other runners, what would it be?

That quote, “you can’t out train a bad diet”…… It’s the truth. It took me way too long to get this through my thick skull. Running 70-100 miles a week does not give you the right to eat superfluous amounts of crap. I found when I eat bad - I feel like bad. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy carrot cake & pizza with the best of them. And I do ENJOY my treats occasionally. But not daily.

9. Favorite food/meal:

Mexican food. All of it. [sans meat & dairy]. My go to after a long run….Cafe Rio vegetarian salad [tortilla, black beans, all veggies, guacamole, jalapeños, salsa] = my heaven.
My daily staple = vega one vanilla chai protein shake. Holy. Yum.

10. Favorite Athlete:

All the mom’s out there. I know you may call this generic…. But it’s the honest truth. I am so inspired by moms who get up and put in hard amounts of training every day - then rather seamlessly put on their mom, wife and employee hats. It’s incredible to me. I am far more inspired by “average women” than professional female athletes.

11. Your best marital & parenting advice:

Be honest. Express your needs. Communicate. Hang out together. Not a fan of girl’s night or girl’s weekend but I am a huge fan of date night with my man. I choose him every damn day over anything else.

Don’t make your child’s life easy. Teach them how to work hard. Be an example of this.

12. What impression would you hope to leave on those that look up to you?

That I’m not a talented runner. But I put in a lot of work. My parents taught me the value of working hard at a very young age. It has always stuck with me. If you want something. Put in the work. Get after it. Now.

13. Emz’s Life Motto, summed up:

You’ve. Freaking. Got. This.

Train your brain to tell your body you CAN do hard things.

I’ll be sure to keep this post on hand for days when I want an extra dosage of motivation. You ROCK, EMZ!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me🙂

Be sure to check out Emz’s blog!!

Jesica Salyer Featured on Garden of Life’s Blog!

“How to Run Happily by Jesica Salyer of RunOnOrganic.com”

Develop a Breathing Rhythm

Nothing sucks the joy out of running like feeling constantly out of breath. You can remedy this by always remembering to take deep, frequent breaths; in through your nose, out through your mouth. In cold weather, it helps to wear a neck gaiter that will keep the air around your face warmer, so breathing it in is less harsh.

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Find the Foot Strike that Feels Right for You

Getting into a stride pattern that feels right is part of what makes the best runners look effortless. However, it doesn’t necessarily take a professional to make it look easy! Simply get in tune with your body and how your feet naturally fall as you take off to run. Make a mental note what feels right (heel strike, mid-foot strike or toe strike) and aim to run that way. If you’ve truly tuned in to your body, you won’t have to try hard to run that way-it will come naturally.

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Play Your Favorite Upbeat Music

Music can elevate your running workout to a whole new level. It can be motivating, inspiring and prompt you to get moving. Having a go-to playlist for running will help you to get running with an energetic attitude.

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Wear Apparel that you Feel your Best In

A great outfit can ramp up your self-confidence and overall mood. On the flip side, an outfit that does not fit right, is not flattering, or is not comfortable can take away from your running experience. Find an outfit that flatters your figure, is practical & comfortable and go out and rock it.

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Be grateful for your health.

It’s so easy to get into a routine and overlook the gratitude aspect of running. There are many less-fortunate, disabled individuals who would love the chance to get on their feet and run, but cannot. Simply being grateful that you are capable of getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other can put a smile on your face.

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For more on Jesica and her blog go to http://www.runonorganic.com

And on Social Media:

-http://www.facebook.com/runonorganic
-http://www.twitter.com/jesicacockerham
-http://www.instagram.com/jesrunonorganic
-http://www.pinterest.com/runonorganic

Be sure to vote for Jesica to participate in a photo shoot http://bit.ly/1pxv0kS.”

TastyFace Organics Skin Care Review (Must Have!)

TastyFace Organics Skin Care

Overall Rating:  (in my Top TWO, ever-entirely organic!)

About TastyFace:

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“That’s me, Kelly. If you follow me on facebook, you know I talk NON-STOP.

I love the passionate people.

The ones who want to change what they don’t like, the ones who will fight for their beliefs. I have a crazy love of food and cooking.

I am the mother of a very sweet little boy… the light of my life. I have a PASSION for health, yoga, hiking, art, the beach, and especially whole, organic, locally-sourced when possible foods.

Through CrossFit, learning about the paleo food movement, I have forever altered my views on health and wellness.

I am devoted. I believe in this movement of beautifully hand-crafted, pure and clean ingredients, and small batch skincare so much. I will do what it takes to get the word out. I most likely annoy my friends with this. I have developed my formulas with incredibly simple, clean ingredients, and also complex aroma combinations, sublime textures, and powerful healing benefits for your skin and body. This is my passion.

This is Joe. He is my partner and joined the TASTYFACE team this summer. Absolutely one of the most incredible people I know. He’s the details guy. His focus at TASTYFACE is to ensure product quality, consistency, and overall logistics. So honored to have him, and we will all benefit from his fantastically detail-oriented, meticulous, thoughtful ways. He has been a guinea pig, a researcher, a production manager, an inventory manager, a support system, a cheerleader, an avid salesperson since day 1. He is also passionate and determined and here to make our tiny company as awesome as possible! Love this guy.

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Here’s my little man (after Color Me Rad). We haven’t put him to work yet, but this guy inspires me daily - to work as hard as I can, to show him all the ways to put our thought and hearts into our passions and good work.

Why TASTYFACE? Great question. The short story: To fill a giant void I noticed in skincare.

I’ve had a passion for health and nutrition, and whole organic foods for many years. Last year, I started rigorously studying up on other environmental/household/cosmetic considerations.

What I found scared the crap outta me.

We are putting all kinds of toxic junk on our bodies and in our homes. Why? We often don’t know better! A few reasons - the FDA does not regulate the cosmetics industry. Pretty much anything goes. Cosmetics companies use intense artificial preservatives, shelf stabilizers, and the like to maximize profit and sales potential. I mean, even the FDA website has numerous posts about the potential carcinogenic connection from parabens, endocrine disruptors in phthalates… And the labels often lead us to believe we are buying something “natural”. Or even “organic”. Or at the least, NOT completely toxic! I will no longer accept this for me or my family.

So what next?

I started doggedly searching for skincare that I really wanted: TRULY clean, organic, awesome skincare and cosmetics that still do the heavy lifting of cleansing, moisturizing, refining, beautifying. But without the unnecessary and potentially harmfully side effects of those “other” ingredients. Super tough to find what I wanted. So I got to work! A multitude of research, consulting with amazing experts - including aestheticians and hair stylists, and crazy long hours in the TASTYFACE kitchen!

The move toward handcrafted-so-clean-you-could-eat-it cosmetics was the only direction I could take. There was no choice. Once I realized everything I was using was the equivalent of junk food on my face, I was MAD. And ready to commit to change. I try to complain less, and do more. I hope you like what I’ve done!

TASTYFACE Organics are healthy, clean, powerful products with absolutely ZERO chemicals, parabens, petrochemicals, dairy, gluten, soy and ingredients you can’t pronounce. THANK YOU for being here.

“Once I knew better, I did better.” - Maya Angelou

“If you can’t eat it, you can’t put it on your skin! That’s the rule.” - Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.

Love,
Kelly

TASTYFACE Organics
Founder.”

I was so happy to get connected with Kelly. I am so behind everything she says above, it’s not even funny!🙂 I believe we have a lot of similar passions and we value the same sort of things in life (skin care products included).

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Here’s the TastyFace Lineup:

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Coconut Vanilla Cream Cleanser

About:

“Our top seller! A modern twist on an old classic. This beautifully moisturizing coconut & vanilla scented treat has the consistency of a cold cream: thick, lotion-like, incredibly moisturizing. This is the TastyFace take on the increasingly popular oil cleansing method - smells amazing and much less mess! No detergents, sodium laurel sulfate, yada yada. It is not a lathering soapy cleanser - think more along the lines of a creamy, milky texture. Reduces drying effect that is common from many cleansers. The coconut and vanilla is a subtle scent, 100% naturally sourced and just lovely. Creates smooth, even skin with smaller pores and fewer blemishes. Soft and glowy.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees!

Ingredients: coconut oil*, sweet almond oil*, jojoba oil*, aloe vera*, beeswax, organic castile soap* (water, saponified organic coconut, organic palm, organic olive & hemp oils, organic jojoba oil, essential oils, citric acid, vitamin E), shea butter*, tamanu oil*; sunflower oil* (vitamin e), essential oils.

*organic, high quality source

Directions for use: Gently massage onto damp face, take a deep breath. For best results, wipe off with warm, wet washcloth. Start with a pea-sized amount and adjust according to your skin type and needs. If separation occurs, mix well to redistribute. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening. Always wash hands thoroughly before touching product, and make sure and replace cap tightly to maintain freshness.”

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Vanilla Mint Daily Moisturizer

About:

“Mind blower. Creamy, clean refreshment and moisture. This moisturizer is ultra soothing. Smells amazing, easily absorbed, and most importantly - no junk. Organic coconut, sweet almond and jojoba oils, raw organic shea butter and soothing aloe vera. Finished with refreshing peppermint. Vanilla is known to have tremendous anti-depressant and calming effects on the nervous system. Peppermint refreshes and reinvigorates. They are both subtle and do not overpower at all. This is an intense moisturizer - start with small amounts and let your skin adjust to slowly.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, sweet almond oil*, aloe vera*, aloe vera juice*, beeswax, shea butter*, tamanu oil*, vitamin E, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, peppermint oil*, essential oils*.

*organic/high quality source

Directions for use: This is a rich moisturizer with high intensity, high caliber, nutrient dense ingredients, so start with a pea-sized amount and adjust usage according to skin needs. Apply to face and neck morning and night as needed. Some separation may occur and is normal, depending on room temperature. To maximize product absorption, warm gently between hands and then lightly dab onto face, starting with forehead and working down over cheeks, nose, and chin. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening.”

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Peppermint White Chocolate Shave Cream

About:

“This is a thick and creamy, minty cocoa buttery treat. Great for men and women alike! Gentle on sensitive skin and greatly helps reduce razor burn. Creamy and moisturizing: a seriously awesome shave! Leaves skin smooth and refreshed. And the best part? It smells like the ice cream parlor. Cocoa butter soothes skin and leaves it well moisturized - you might even be able to skip that post-shave step of moisturizing. Ice cream and better time management: Can a shave cream actually be life changing? I vote yes.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, shea butter*, aloe vera*, castille soap (water, saponified organic coconut*, organic palm* and organic olive* oils (w/retained glycerin), organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, essential oils, citric acid, vitamin E), vitamin E* (from sunflower seed oil*), peppermint essential oil*, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, essential oils*

*organic and high quality source

Directions for use: Apply directly to skin or rub shave cream between hands with a small amount of water to create a light foaming action. Separation may occur and is normal, depending on room temperature. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening. Try to keep water out to maintain product freshness and integrity. Replace lid tightly, and always wash hands thoroughly before using.”

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Lemon Rosemary Mint Lip Balm

About:

“This is a big balm - 1 full ounce of fabulous aromatherapy and moisture for your lips. This lip balm has a lovely mix of soft, shine, and staying power. It smells like summer - twist of lemon, fresh rosemary and mint. Can heal even the toughest case of chapped lips. Addictive, aromatherapeutic, love.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, shea butter*, sweet almond oil*, olive oil*, beeswax, vitamin e* (from sunflower seed oil), lemon essential oil*, rosemary essential oil*, peppermint essential oil*, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, essential oils*

*organic/high quality source

Directions for use: Apply liberally to lips. Can also be used as a healing salve for various cuts and scrapes, or a cuticle softener. Replace lid tightly after using. Balm is temperature dependent. In cold temps, warm by rubbing a very clean finger on product. In warmer temps, throw in fridge to re-solidify. Do not leave out in the hot sun and please take caution when opening product on a warm day to avoid spills!”

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My Thoughts:

Where do i start!? If you saw my rating above, you realize that this is a big deal. I have tried MANY skin care products along the way, and of all of them, TastyFace Organics is one of my top TWO! I simply can’t say enough good things about Kelly & these TastyFace products.

As the name suggests, these products smell and feel good enough to eat! And when you read the ingredient lists, you nearly give them a taste-nothing harsh or toxic in these products! (Not even close).

I have been keeping all of these products (minus the lip balm) in the refridgerator to prolong the shelf life. I take them to the shower with me to use them, but I make sure to put them back in the fridge afterwards.

Here’s some back story on my skin….

If you follow my blog, you know that I am an active gal who has struggled with (what I believe to be) hormonal acne & combination/oily skin. Through implementation of a plant-rich diet and the right nutritional supplements, I believe I’ve tackled my major hormonal acne regions on my face. My skin care routine has played a huge part in normalizing my skin’s oil production and allowing me to have a glowing complexion. Organic is absolutely the answer in striving for your healthiest skin-not chemical-ridden “zit-targeting” harsh products.

TastyFace couldn’t be more of what I look for in skin care. Due to my acne struggles, I am particularly particular about what I use on my face. I wash my face once a day in the evening, typically after I’ve exercised and perspired quite a bit. Washing once a day seems to be what my skin likes best, as twice a day can seem to strip my skin of the moisture.

I’ve been using the coconut vanilla cream cleanser and following with the vanilla mint daily moisturizer. The cleanser is different than most that I’ve used. Since it is comprised of many oils and shea butter, it is rich, dense and nourishing on my skin. It’s a cleanser that does not strip all of the moisture out of my skin. However, I do like the feeling of cleaning away the “funk” and dirt from my skin, so I use the cleanser in combination with a Dew Puff (a plant-fiber exfoliating sponge), TastyFace suggests wiping it away with a warm wash cloth, so this is my version.🙂 Because the moisturizer is so rich and nourishing, I don’t need to use much of the moisturizer. I rub a tiny dab on the tips of my fingers and rub it in to my entire face and neck. My skin is absolutely glowing and fresh after using this duo! There’s something to be said for the peace of mind that I get, also, from knowing that the ingredients are not only safe, but they reek of organic awesomeness!!

Though I pay special attention to my facial skin, I strive to put the very best on the rest of my body as well. It’s such a treat to shave in the shower with the peppermint white chocolate shave cream. It truly smells like dessert. I have to remind myself it’s for my body! I scoop the cream with my finger tips out of the jar and let it liquify in my palm before applying it to my skin. This product is so jam packed full of the most dense, hydrating ingredients that it makes the perfect foundation for shaving. Also, it doesn’t take much-a little bit of cream goes a pretty long way. Most shaving creams are full of junk and fillers, thus you end up using more to get an adequate feeling of hydration on your skin. I also look forward to having my husband try this cream on his face! He already uses a mostly-organic shave cream, but this TastyFace shave cream would be the ultimate product to eliminate razor burn and irritation. I certainly have no dryness or irritation problems after using this cream!

As part of my showering routine, I always apply lip balm fresh out of the shower to damp lips. I find that this way is best, as my skin absorbs it readily and doesn’t get the chance to get dry and chapped. This lemon rosemary mint lip balm has a trio of scents that somehow reminds me of key lime pie. It’s fresh, zesty and rejuvenating on my lips. As with all TastyFace products, the ingredients are ENTIRELY organic and your skin can tell that difference. My skin is the healthiest and fresh looking that I can ever remember it being. I have TastyFace and a great diet to thank for that!

I can’t recommend these products enough. If you are new to organic skin care, why not try the VERY best-right out of the gate? Go TastyFace!

Kelly has graciously provided me with a coupon code to share with you:

Use the coupon code “TFO4ROO10” at checkout to save 10% on anything TastyFace!

Enduropack Supplement Review

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Enduropacks

Overall Rating: 

About Enduropacks:

Mission:

Endurance athletes such as runners, triathletes, and cyclists devote countless hours to intense training, but a countless amount of time and energy is required just to get STARTED in these sports.

Between equipment and training plans, this process can be overwhelming. And we haven’t even mentioned the overload of information you encounter when researching the sports nutrition your body needs to train effectively.

That’s where EnduroPacks comes in.

Our subscribers avoid hours of researching and experimenting with pricey nutrition products that are constantly flooding the market. We give you the ESSENTIAL vitamin and minerals you need in the latest, most EFFECTIVE, and most CONVENIENT formats (no more juggling tubs of powder), every month.

Our subscribers benefit from a 4 part system of vitamin and mineral replacement:

Pre workout MULTI-VITAMIN to maintain proper health,
During workout concentrated ELECTROLYTE SPRAY to replace the nutrients lost during exercise,
Post workout ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID PATCH to aid muscle recovery,
And, Post workout L-GLUTAMINE tablet to reduce soreness.
The results speak for themselves, just read our reviews. Endurance athletes can see benefits in both overall health and improved recovery from proper nutrition, so they can train more effectively.”

Enduropacks has generously provided me with a code to pass on to you. Use “RUNONORGANIC” upon checkout at Enduropacks.com for 15% off of your Enduropacks order.

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Liquid Multivitamin

About:

“-Our multivitamin comes in a highly potent, liquid format.
-One tablespoon every morning.
-Fast and easy absorption by the body with a brown rice protein stabilizing agent for maximum bioavailability.
-Gives you the nutrients you need to prevent exhaustion and avoid injury.”

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Concentrated Electrolyte Spray

About:

“-Concentrated liquid format for maximum convenience.
-5 sprays per 8oz bottle of water for in-workout hydration.
-Essential minerals for energy, muscle contraction, organ and tissue health, and mental acuity.
-Increase your stamina and hydrate properly without sugary sports drinks.”

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Essential Amino Recovery Patch

About:

“-Transdermal adhesives are the most advanced, convenient, and effective delivery method of essential amino acids.
-Apply one patch to clean, dry skin on inner forearm, back or stomach post-workout (leave on 4-8 hours).
-Helps replenish muscles, increase lung function, and boost immune system performance.”

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Glutamine Recovery Complex

About:

“-Endurance training depletes the glutamine levels in your skeletal muscles, increasing the likelihood of injury and fatigue.
-Two tablets every night.
-Replenishes nitrogen loss due to intense muscle training, speeds up recovery and reduces soreness (so you can get back out there tomorrow!).”

My Thoughts on these 4 products:

I have been training for my first full marathon for a few months now (thought I am an avid runner year-round). I haven’t been abiding by an exact schedule-I’ve simply aimed to do at least 5 miles a day, at least 5 days a week with a long run once a week. On the days I do not run, I do cross training with a kettle bell to keep up my overall strength. Amidst this kind of training, I find that my diet and supplement intake are very important, as my body really needs adequate nutrients and refueling in order to fully recover. Enter: Enduropacks.

These products were a new idea to me. I’ve never religiously taken a pre-workout or post-workout supplement before. My usual routine usually consisted of a cup of coffee and an organic whey protein shake. These four products have been a great addition my daily pre and post run ritual. I have been doing some of best running (feeling and being injury free with 9 minute paces) since I was a middle school athlete. I can’t help but think that it’s because of my nutrition and supplement intake.

I’ve used the liquid multi, the electrolyte spray, amino patch and glutamine pills as recommended. Here’s what my day with Enduropacks looks like:

-Pre Run: 1 tablespoon of Liquid Multivitamin

-Every few miles during run: 5 pumps of electrolyte spray under tongue

-Post Run: Amino acid patch on stomach

-Before Bed: take 2 Glutamine Pills with water

I’ve noticed that I can maintain the rigorous running intermixed with lots of moves like lunges, squat jumps, push ups and burpees without getting sore and requiring a full day of rest. I believe Enduropacks have helped minimize my recovery time and fuel me up properly. I love that their products are Non-GMO and are higher quality than the majority of pre-workout mixes you’ll find in the store. My rating would be the highest if these products were organic. I’d recommend this product bundle to avid endurance athletes like myself who have taken their training to another level. Enduropacks will help your body and your vitality keep up with the training demands!

Remember, you can Use “RUNONORGANIC” upon checkout at Enduropacks.com for 15% off of your Enduropacks order.

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Jalapeño Kale Chips Recipe by Run Emz!

 Jalapeño Kale Chips Recipe!

(copied verbatim from @RunEmz on Instagram)

“RECIPE!! Jalapeño Kale Chips.

#trustmetheyaregood #ihaveonlyeverposted3recipesonIG #imadethisuplastnight #onawhim FREAKING rocked. #eventhefamilyagreed #thatneverhappens #neverwheniexperimentanyway #vegan #kalechips #dangfreakinggood

1 bunch kale Jalapeño mixture:

1/2 C jalapeños [I used the pre-sliced ones from Costco]

3/4 C water

1/4 C lemon juice

1/2 T salt free seasoning Costco

1/2 C nutritional yeast

1/4 C cashews

Step 1 De-stem the kale and break into bite sized pieces. They shrink a bit when baking so don’t go too crazy. Set aside. • Prepare the habanero mixture

Step 2 Put all ingredients for the jalapeño mixture into blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Assemble

Step 3 In a large mixing bowl, add the kale pieces and pour the jalapeño mixture on top and stir/toss around until all pieces are covered and coated. Spread the kale pieces out on a baking sheet. [I used 2 baking sheets to make sure they were all separate & had enough room. ] Bake at 350*degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!”

I can’t wait to make these! Thanks for sharing, Emz!!

Check out her running awesomeness at RunEmz.com