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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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Enter to win 3 FREE Sambazon product vouchers and a wooden bowl and spoon set valued at $45 (pictured above). Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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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Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Natural Greens Review and Giveaway Ends 11/10

 

I think I might have superpowers, and you can have them, too!

Let me explain…

Eating healthy with NO fridge for 5 whole weeks? Nearly impossible! But now that the new fridge is in the hizzy, I finally feel like myself again! I went out and stocked up on tons of fresh fruits and veggies, but I think I may have gone a little overboard. So what to do with all the extras? Juice them! And since I have been feeling a little sluggish and tired lately, I thought I’d take a chance on a product designed to provide a boost of vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and essential Omega 3 fatty acids from cold-milled Golden Flax. (Phew! That’s a mouthful!)

Antioxidant Natural Greens from Tropical Traditions is a premium dietary supplement, featuring  3 different blends in one delicious and nutritious berry-flavored powder:

  • Quality Fiber Blend
  • Delicious Greens Blend
  • Organic Vegetable Blend

Now I’m definitely not an advocate of juicing or supplementing instead of eating a healthy diet. But since my diet contains lots of whole foods already, I thought it couldn’t hurt to add a little punch to my morning juice or smoothie, especially since it’s so easy to do. Just add a scoop of powder, and blend it in. It mixes easily, with no weird, powdery taste. And no artificial ingredients – because I have a strict no-tolerance policy for junky stuff in my health food, natch.


 

So, how do I feel? I feel good! Ok, so maybe not exactly like a superhero, but pretty darn good. A litle more alert, a little less pooped. Sure, that could be just because I’ve been making an effort to do something good and healthy for my body. That tends to make me feel better all on it’s own. And I’d hate to make any kind of health claim, because, well, we’re all different. But what I can tell you is that the pleasant berry flavor of TT Greens Supplement makes it truly easy to get used to, and it doesn’t ruin the lovely juices and super yummy smoothies I put it in.

And that’s KEY to a product like this because, as I’m sure you can guess, in order to reap the benefits, you have to be able to actually get the stuff down the hatch.

So, with Tropical Traditions, drinking green is easy! Score! :D Now, to figure out whether I can add my Floradix into my juice, too. (That really might catapult me into superhero status, and frankly, I’m not sure I am ready for that kind of pressure.)

Want to try Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Natural Greens?

Enter to win it!

**This giveaway is closed. Congrats to Gaby, with comment #6!**

Mandatory Entry: Tell me your favorite green vegetable. (That’s it! Easy as asparagus!) Leave your answer in a comment below, and please be sure to leave me your email address in EACH comment.

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The entry period for this giveaway is open until Nov. 10th, 2011 at 8pm. A winner will be chosen on or around that time via Random.org, and notified via email. Winner must confirm win with an email response within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Residents of US only, please. I received a product sample for review purposes, but all thoughts expressed are my own, honest opinions based on my personal experience with the product.

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Product Review: Fruit 2 Day

This morning: slept until 7 (!) , went for a 3 mile run with my favorite boy, and then chowed on this Van’s waffle topped with almond butter, half a nanner, cinnamon, a few cranberries and just the tiniest drizzle of honey. Doesn’t it look a little bit like a sundae? 

It totally hit the spot and kept me full all morning. I LOVE breakfasts like that. I wasn’t even tempted to snack.

…and then, a new milestone! I left the room for two minutes and came back to find this big boy sitting staight up all by himself…

Dude…this first year is zooooming by!

We’re going to visit some friends tonight, so dinner has to be early. Like 3 pm early. Not sure how that’s going to work out, but I needed some to tortillas, so here I sit at the grocery store Wifi cafe. The perfect opportunity to check out a product I’ve been eyeing. I’ll warn you…I’m pretty skeptical.

Have you tried Fruit 2 Day? I grabbed a two pack of the Mango Peach flavor at the grocery store today because I was feeling a little “smoothie” and these piqued my curiousity. These are marketing as a super-easy was to get 2 servings of fruit for only 120 calories. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble keeping myself from eating too many servings of fruit each day, so I don’t need a product to help me achieve my fruits and/or veggies quota. In fact, I had to stop myself from eating a peach with my waffle this morning, because I knew I already had a fruit on there. 

I would actually go so far as to say that I am slightly offended by the commercials I’ve seen for this product. The one that gets me the most is the one with a woman sitting in an office, at her desk, trying unsuccessfully to eat a peach. The message is clear: fruit is just too darned messy and hard to eat, so give it up and just buy Fruit 2 Day. I see what all you bloggers eat every day, and I think you all do pretty well with handling your fruit. No ruined shirts, no sticky desks…not that you’ve shared anyway. 

Maybe I’m out of touch with reality. Is this a problem people really struggle with? Is fruit so difficult to eat that we have to package it in a bottle for them so they don’t get it all over themselves? I’m thinking this is really unfortunate marketing, especially considering kids might actually believe it. Why not just advertise this based on taste and fruit content without giving kids in an obese country just another excuse not to eat fruit?

I can just hear it, “Mom, I can’t eat that piece of melon. It’s too HARD.” If I ever hear that…man, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Ingredients: white grape juice from concentrate, mango puree, peach pieces, orange juice from concentrate, pineapple puree and pieces, acerola cherry juice from concentrate, lemon juice from concentrate, pear pieces, carrot juice from concentrate, natural flavor. (The list on some of the other varieties disturbed me. The strawberry orange flavor contained bananas, which is great until someone with a severe banana allergy buys it–like my mom–not realizing they use banana as a thickener.)

This thing was just weird. Not like a smoothie at all, but really sweet and very chunky. Like one of those kids’ diced peach fruit cups, sort of. I had to chew it, but the whole thing was gone in no time, leaving me with a plastic bottle. :x

Is it a drink? Is it a snack?  I guess that should make me feel like I’ve eaten some fruit, but I think the satiety factor with this stuff is zero. 

All in all, it tasted OK, but that’s not really the point. I have an issue with the whole idea of this product, and a major problem with its marketing. I work in marketing, and I’d have raised a major fuss about this idea going out the door. 

My family…we’ll be sticking with real fruit, ‘cuz we’re just really cool and coordinated like that, and frankly, I don’t find eating fruit all that challenging.

And besides that, the fruit that nature gives us is beautiful. It’s one of life’s pleasures that can be easily overlooked in a throw-away, fast food society. We should all take the time to eat it and enjoy it, not slug it from a bottle.

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Have you tried Fruit 2 Day? What are your thoughts? (On the product AND its marketing)

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