Archive | April 2014

Forager Project Organic Juice Review

Forager Project

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About Forager Project:

Having spent more than 20 years making juice and building Odwalla, we present to you Forager Project — a logical progression from fruits to vegetables.

We press organic roots and greens and, where sweetness is needed, we add fruit.

No side ingredient panel necessary – everything you need to know is always front and center.

Our blends are arranged to bring a fresh approach to your daily drink.

It is everyday juice.

Made in our kitchen.

Organic Ingredients

Kale, Celery, Cucumbers, Beets, Spinach, Sprouted Broccoli, Collard Greens, Romaine, Red Bell Pepper, Fennel, Parsley, Sprouted Quinoa, Basil, Sea Salt, Apples, Lemons, Balsamic Vinegar, Carrots, Oranges, Sprouted Ground Flax, Apple Cider Vinegar, Mint, Ginger, Cayenne, Lemongrass, Limes, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Spearmint, Ginger, Sweet Potatoes, Cold-brewed Coffee, Cacao, Matcha Green Tea, Pineapple, Parsnips, Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean, Oats, Dates, Almonds, Cashews.”

My Thoughts:

An instant add to my “Brands I Love” page. This is one of those brands that I can’t say enough good things about. First and foremost, they value transparency-as they provide the list of (entirely organic) ingredients on the front of every bottle. So, each bottle you drink is high-quality, nutrient dense, organic splendor. I also adore the name, “Forager”.

One of my favorite things about these drinks is that they included a drink comprised of healthy fats from nuts and seeds. That is something that is rare for a juice cleanse line. Often times, it’s just the fruit and vegetable juice, sans nuts. For satisfaction and overall satiability, I loved having the two nut-heavy drinks on hand. They are rich, milky and delicious. As for the rest of the blends-I truly love that they do not taste like a sugary, fake, junky juice. They taste like plants, as they should! You really feel and taste the goodness in each gulp. Taste-wise, the “roots” and “nuts” blends are my favorite. The greens are necessary staple and are robust with greenness (but might not have the same appeal (taste-wise) as the other blends.

Drinking these blends made me feel phenomenal. Also, my skin LOVES drinks like this. My skin tends to really glow when my consumption of fruits, veggies is high. It’s an amazing feeling!

I wish I could have a refrigerator stocked full of Forager Project drinks everyday. There is something to be said about ready-made, organic, raw fresh drinks. They are incredibly good for you and are as convenient as can be. I recommend these drinks to every last person on the planet. Seriously.

Califia Farms Review

Califia Farms

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About Califia Farms:

“We’re Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the better beverage company that squeezes and presses fruits and nuts from the orchards of the San Joaquin Valley to bring you beautifully bottled goodness – all proudly boasting the Non-GMO Project Verified Label. Led by industry veteran Greg Steltenpohl, Califia Farms has changed the game in the alternative dairy industry, introducing a line of Almond milks in chic, modern carafes reminiscent of classic milk bottles. Califia Farms’ instantly iconic packaging now symbolizes quality, great-tasting alternatives to traditional dairy, translated stylishly and deliciously into our Iced Coffees with Almondmilk. Our California Citrus Juices come in 48-ounce carafes of refreshing Orange Juice, Lemonade, and Lemon-Limeade.

We’re a California-Company through and through, with our Bottling Plant and Operations based in Bakersfield, and our Sales and Marketing Teams working out of our Headquarters in Pasadena. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of  warrior queen Califia who ruled over a kingdom on the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California.”

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Unsweetened Almond Milk

About:

“Fresh from the fields of Califia comes the purest and tastiest Almondmilk you’ll ever have.  As a grower-owned company we use only varietal almonds from California, picked at the peak of their flavor.

Our simple recipe gives you what you want and leaves out what you don’t – it’s all love at the breakfast table.

Made from non-genetically engineered almonds.

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds).

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Orange Juice

About:

“Can you feel the sun on your face?  Close your eyes. Take a sip of our Premium Pure Squeezed Orange Juice. Follow your taste buds into our delicious blend of Valencia Oranges and other California varietals. This is the fresh taste of the heart of California, right from our family farm, squeezed smack in the middle of our groves.  Califia brings you the best, freshest, tastiest and most true… and we do it all with love.

Ingredients: California Orange Juice With Orange Juice From Concentrate.”

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Lemonade

 About:

“You have a work of art in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Meyer Lemonade is artfully balanced and perfectly refreshing. The Meyer Lemon is the muse to our craft: its sweetness inspires us; its zip makes us feel alive; it lights up our senses with an intoxicating aroma. Califia brings you the Meyer lemon’s beauty in a bottle. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, capturing the taste of summer for you to sip and savor. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors.”

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Lemon Limeade

About: 

“You have a gift from the sun in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Lemon-Limeade is a heavenly fusion of two citrus varietals. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, bringing you the sweet and tangy taste of summer in a bottle. Take a refreshing sip… let the summer linger a little longer. Your body will thank you. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Lime Juice From Concentrate, Ginger Juice, Natural Flavors, Monk Fruit Extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I had yet to try any Califia Farms products before receiving these generous coupons from the brand. I typically seek out organic juices and milk. Since Califia Farms is not organic, it was not on my radar, so to speak. However, don’t write them off completely. If you generally buy your citrus juices from a big box grocery store, chances are that Califia Farms juices are higher quality than those. This is because Califia Farms products are all certified non-gmo, which not all juices and plant-based milks can claim.

Obviously, non-gmo AND organic is the goal. These products are most of the way there, with their simple ingredient lists. My only scrutiny is the use of the phrase (natural flavors). I’m someone that would like to know precisely what those are.

Taste-wise, these juices and milks I tried are delicious-with the orange juice and unsweetened almond milk being my favorites. They are also very versatile. I love using the almond milk (I prefer unsweetened because I like to to limit extra sugar) in smoothies, protein drinks and in fruit bowls. The orange, lemon and lemon-limeade juices are great by themselves, or mixed into a frozen, sorbet type of drink (juice + ice then blend).

In conclusion, I think Califia Farms products are good (not great) in that they boast a non-gmo label. I look forward, though, to seeing organic ingredients. In that case, I would become a regular customer, as my local Whole Foods always has plenty available for purchase.

 

Pro Compression Sock Review

Pro Compression Socks

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About Pro Compression:

“Experience maximum benefit with the Marathon full-length, graduated compression sock. Compression technology helps improve blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster, more efficient recovery. In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks provide support to critical muscles and tendons, helping reduce inflammation and soreness.

Put it all together for the perfect sock for endurance, recovery and travel.

Features

Full-length, graduated compression design for maximum blood flow
Non-slip design, even after hours on your feet
Lightweight construction for incredible feel
Blended materials provide maximum comfort and support
Moisture control keeps you dry during your biggest efforts
Made in USA.”

My Thoughts:

To be completely honest, if you were to rewind a year from now, I would have been very skeptical of a sock like this and what it claims to do. I’ve always been a pretty simple runner with minimal gear and recovery aids.

All I know now is that I am absolutely a believer in compression socks since trying them out. I have worn them both during my run and through an entire night’s sleep. Both ways have proved to be beneficial to me. I love sleeping in them-they help my legs feel rested and fresh in the morning. When I wear them during a run, I always have more endurance in my legs. Typically on a longer run (10+ miles) my knees get a little bit achey at mile 7 or 8. With these socks on, my legs and knees feel fresher for longer. I don’t know and completely comprehend how that is. It almost doesn’t matter though-it just works and that rocks!

These socks have been an integral part of my marathon training (my race is April 26th) and I am grateful that I’ve had the chance to benefit from them amidst all of these miles. I would recommend them to any runner looking for that extra edge that gives them better/quicker recovery and extra leg endurance and comfort.

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Janji Running Crops Review

Janji

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About Janji:

“On the way to the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Mike and Dave had an idea: what if they could connect runners around the country to solve one of the world’s most serious problems?  By the time they came home from the track meet, Janji was born.

Mike and Dave knew runners like themselves were charitable.  But they saw that philanthropic running only begins — and unfortunately ends — on race day.  They want Janji to change that.  Through Janji’s high performance apparel, runners can fund solutions and raise awareness for the global food and water crisis in a meaningful and lasting way.  Now, rather than racing just one day for a cause, runners can give back through everyday training.

Janji’s goal is to create a community dedicated to running for another.  That was Mike and Dave’s goal on that bus, and that’s what Janji will always be about.”

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My Thoughts:

I love “run for another.” It’s always extra-special and meaningful to be able to support brands that have their eye on the bigger picture. I applaud the idea that Mike & Dave have brought to life.

Even by themselves, detached from my liking for the mission behind Janji, these capris are way above average. The material they are made of is thick, yet comfortable and flattering. I love the yellow waist band that you can wear up or folded down. The fit of these on my body (I am a size 10) is perfect. They are tight enough to stay up and in place throughout a long run-which is important to me. Many pants feel great when you put them on, but they tend to move around as the workout progresses. These Janji crops are ideal. Not to mention, they have a unique pattern and vibrant, eye catching yellow accents.

I’d recommend these pants to all runners! Not only will you be supporting a greater cause, but you will be pleased with the fit and quality of the crop pants. I’ve already had several individuals on the social networks “ohh and ahh” over how cool these pants look. I agree with them. I’m happy to have linked up with Janji to help spread the word about their running gear! Be sure to check out the other pieces of apparel they make at the Janji website.

Use the code “RunOnOrg” for 25% off these capris!

Nux USA Fitness Wear Review

Nux Fitness Apparel

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About Nux:

“At NUX, we measure our success by the inspiration we are able to evoke.

Every facet of NUX is infused with inspiration: From our made in the USA commitment to our dedicated team and most importantly our customers.

Whether you are enjoying the supple touch of our micro fiber nylon, or the comfort of our proprietary natural fibers, there is an unmistakable common thread: inspiration!

So if our beautiful apparel can inspire you to reach higher, exercise harder, or if our Nuxology puts a spring in your step, you have helped us succeed- thank you.”

Union Cami

About:

“-Super soft moisture wicking fabric

-Loose fit design

-Adjustable Strap

- Body Engineered ® double layered bra

Perfect for: Yoga, Running, Pilates, Hiking, Dance, Tennis, Spinning
Fabrics: Outer: 100% Nylon, Bra: Microfiber Nylon/Spandex
Compression: Low- Bra, No Compression- outer layer
Shelf Bra: Yes.”

Serra Legging

About:

“-Beautiful two toned jacquard design 
-Comfort Gusset 
-Low Rise 
-Circular Seamless Waistband 

Perfect for: Yoga, Spinning, Pilates, Aerobics, Lunge to Lunch, Keeping you warm on a brisk run in the early morning 
Fabrics: Microfiber Nylon/Spandex 
Inseam: 27” 
Gusset: Yes 
Compression: Moderate.”

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My Thoughts:

For a long time I relied on the same few pairs of plain black running tights and white v-neck tees, run after run. Nowadays, I really look forward to trying out and using unique, sometimes colorful and sometimes patterned apparel.

I really love this top. The black color goes with any bottom, which makes it very versatile. I love that it is a little bit loose around the stomach, as tight tights sometimes tend to ride up on my torso during a long run or workout. The detailing of the tank is really feminine and unique-making it a stand-out piece in my closet of tank tops. The material is breathable and is comfortable against skin.

I was instantly drawn to these tights because of the unique, intricate pattern on them. Fit-wise, they are more loose at the waist (less compression) than through the legs. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good because it does not cut in on your waist line and creating a “muffin top”. Bad because they do not always stay up and stay put on your waist. I prefer to wear my tights up at my natural waist, close to the narrowest part of my torso. These tights don’t stay put at the point on my waist where I feel comfortable wearing them. That said, NUX does clearly provide that they are low-rise pants. I do like the feel of the compression throughout the legs, though.

I would recommend the top to a girl looking for a fun change from your typical, plain workout tank. I’d recommend the pants to a girl looking for a low-rise, unique workout pant with a unique twist. NUX also has a wide range of other workout apparel that I’d imagine would appear to many women that are looking for a change of pace in their workout clothing.

Garmin Marathon Recap (in photos)

Running this 26.2 mile race yesterday was the single most physically taxing thing I’ve ever endured. The main struggle was the throbbing knee pain from about mile 15 on. It was such a rewarding feeling to finish strong, amidst the pain. I was surrounded by my incredible support team-couldn’t ask for a more memorable experience!

Vote for Jesica Salyer!! (to become MPG’s Spokesmodel)

Hey Everyone! Thanks to everyone who voted in round 1, I am a Top 10 Finalist in the Mondetta Performance Gear Messenger Contest!

If I win, I will become Mondetta Performance Gear’s 2015 Spokesmodel in their campaign-very exciting!

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