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Get to Know Sambazon: Review and Giveaway {Ends 6/18} #MomsMeet

A girl’s gotta have priorities. Right now, I have to pick and choose my priorities pretty carefully because my two biggest priorities (Little Man and Baby E) kind of trump all others. Getting my butt out of bed in the morning, staying awake during my commute and getting a good, healthy breakfast into my body are all at the top of the short list.

Luckily, I’ve found a new juice that takes care of those daily to-do’s. I’ve seen Sambazon on my grocer’s refrigerated case for a while, but I never tried them until I was offered the opportunity as a Moms Meet™ blogger. Once I went to the store with my coupons and really looked, however, I found that Sambazon fulfills a lot of the priorities that sometimes fall down a little lower on the list, but are still really, really important to me: All Sambazon Superfood juices and smoothies are Non-GMO, USDA Organice, vegan, gluten-free and provide whole food nutrition. They’re also Fair-Trade certified, meaning that they support the environmental and social well-being of the Brazilian Amazon and its people (2 million acres of the Amazon rainforest and over 10,000 family farmers, to be exact!)

Just reading the ingredients of the Sambazon organic juices and smoothies got me excited for breakfast. Here are some details on the three varieties I tried (and shared with some of my coworkers):

Blended Breakfast: This is the first beverage to combine whole fruit with quinoa, amaranth, chia and organic/non-GMO verified soymilk for a truly nourishing and satisfying smoothie. The strawberry/banana blend is a good source of fiber with 7g per bottle.

Protein: I tried the Chocolate + Almond + Coconut Milk since any one of those flavors is enough to turn my head. All 3? Definitely a winner. My coworker and I split it and while we through the texture was only the teeniest bit chalky, we really liked the flavor. This is a breakfast in itself, and I felt like I didn’t need anything else with it.

Acai/Antioxidant: This is the original Amazon superfood juice, and it’s bursting with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas. I fought my free radicals with the Acai + Blueberry + Pomegranate flavor, and it was my favorite of the bunch. I was surprised, because it didn’t have all of the coconut/chocolate/grains of the others, which I thought I’d like better. This one was simple and really smooth (although a tad sweeter than I had expected) and with a thinner consistency, it went down super easy. I probably could have gone through 3 bottles if I had them. My buddy at work agreed that this was the best one we tried.

Sambazon is also available in an Energy blend (which I didn’t choose because it contains caffeine – a no-no for me right now) and a Supergreens with Kale and Ginger blend that contains two servings of whole fruits and veggies and no added sugar. There are ten varieties in total, and each 10.5 oz bottle retails for $2.99.

As a busy breastfeeding mom, I love having go-to products that I can pick up when I’m in a hurry without having to think about them. Sambazon is now one of them! It has every quality I look for in a drink (or food), so I know I’m spending my money wisely and getting quality, bio-available nutrition.

To learn more and keep up-to-date on news and promotions, follow Sambazon on Facebook.

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Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet™ Program, May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a #MomsMeet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect those of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturereof this product.

 

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Invisalign: The Clear Choice for Clear Braces

A weird thing happens during those tween years – you start to want what your friends have. But that goes beyond toys, clothes, CDs and such…I remember wanting glasses, braces, (my period, even!) just because my friends had them. I have a very distinct memory of going to the dentist office around 11 years old and having the dentist tell my dad he thought I would need braces for my overbite.

“She’s not going to be a model. She’ll be fine.” Thanks, Dad. Nothing like a little MORE insecurity to kick off 7th grade…

And I never did get braces. That “metal mouth” coolness eluded me, and even though my friends told me I was lucky to be able to eat popcorn and not have to worry about shooting rubber bands across the lunchroom, I still felt a little left out.

But seriously, even though my teeth really are very straight, I still have that overbite. My dentist has told me that it could lead to damage since my teeth could wear down and weaken, so I’m at the point where I’m considering doing something about it. But at 39 years old, you’d better believe I’m not coveting a mouth full of metal anymore. So, when I was asked to explore Invisalign clear braces for this post, I jumped at the chance.

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Silk Fruit & Protein: A new way to shake up my wake up.

  

Eggs. Yogurt. Grilled chicken breast. 

They were my best friends when I was pregnant. Every day, all the time. All I wanted was a donut, but with gestational diabetes, I had to keep it high-protein, low sugar, and those types of foods really did a great job of keeping my weight gain low, my energy high, and my blood sugar stable. In fact, I was so happy with the effects of my high-protein diet that I decided to continue it after baby, too.

The only problem? I don’t usually include that many animal products in my daily eats. I’m a little afraid of high cholesterol, plus I just don’t like that much animal fat in my life. So, when I was asked to give Silk Fruit & Protein a try, I couldn’t help but go, “Hmm…..”

Silk Fruit & Protein piqued my interest because it contains 5 grams of protein per serving. Protein that comes from soy. I’ll admit that I’m a little torn on the subject of soy, but I like the thought of balancing out my animal protein with a plant source. That, along with the fact that all Silk products carry the Non-GMO Project verified seal (no Franken-soybeans!) convinced me to give it a go. 

I actually thought that Silk Fruit & Protein would be like a smoothie or milk drink. It’s not. Since it comes in tangy fruit juice blends like Mixed Berry, Mango Peach and Strawberry Banana, I decided to use it as a replacement for my morning juice. I’m off caffeine, so the fruit flavor and shot of protein help wake me up and keep me up, which is a feat these days. I’m to the point now where I look forward to a glass the same way I used to look forward to an iced coffee. (Ok, well almost...)

…AND it is an excellent source of the calcium, vitamin D and vitamin C this tandem nursing mom needs. Total gold star for F&P!

The only problem I’m having now is that my husband and son have jumped on board, too, and now I can’t get my hands on it.My son hops out of bed and wants “fruity ‘tuff” right away, but it’s OK because I like knowing he’s getting some protein to start his day. I pack him a balanced, healthy lunch, but who knows how much of it actually gets eaten? It’s the only soy product we use, so I’m comfortable with it as one of his protein sources, and I like knowing that he’s starting off the day with something substantial instead of sugary juice. That boy is a mover and a shaker (it NEVER stops) so he needs the fuel!

Besides drinking it straight up, you can also shake up your wake up by adding Silk Fruit & Protein to your smoothie. I like adding about 1/2 cup to some homemade yogurt and any extra fruit we have. It makes an awesome smoothie that keeps me full well into the morning, and my little boy couldn’t be happier with a cup full in the morning (especially when I add strawberries. I keep telling him he’s going to turn into one, which is still new enough to be really funny to him. :) )

Interested in trying it for yourself? Just print out this Silk Fruit & Protein coupon, then take it to one of the stores that sell Silk in your area. And be sure to like them on Facebook for all the latest news!

What’s your main source of protein? Have you ever tried Silk?

*This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Silk blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

 

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That Time My Husband Was Right (featuring Crane Humidifiers)

My husband’s been telling me for a while that we need to run a humidifier. He was all, “Hey, we need a humidifier” and I was all, “Yeah, whatever.” And then I got pregnant and completely freaked out at the thought of a stuffy nose (seriously – congestion sparked panic attacks that would. not. quit.)

So I gave in. And then I was all, “Wow! Why didn’t we do this sooner!?”

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Lacing up: New Health and Fitness Goals

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Hey, I forgot to mention…I’ve started running again!  Continue reading

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