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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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Juice Newbie

Wow! I attended my first Twitter party last night–2 of them actually (in a row!)–and I’m exhausted!

Kind of exhilarated, but exhausted! And I can’t really see straight… :roll:

The topics were the campaign for safe cosmetics and the film, “The Story of Cosmetics: The Ugly Truth of Toxins In, Toxins Out” followed by more talk of toxicants in our personal care products, sponsored by Earth Mama Angel Baby in conjunction with Mothering Magazine. There was a lot of great info to be had, and my tweeter got a super workout!

Tweet, tweet!

But the world of social media is not the only area of my life where I’m branching out! Thanks to my Mom and Dad,  I have a new addition to my kitchen arsenal!

See it here.

Happy Birthday to me! It’s a juicer! Well, it doesn’t call itself a juicer. It calls itself a fruit and vegetable extractor, whatever that means, but it’s a juicer.

The recipe book that comes along with it touts it as a weight loss plan in which you use the pulp as a filler in things like burgers, but I’m just planning on juicing stuff. When something starts saying “easy weight loss” to me, I kind of stop listening…

But, I have a confession to make. I’ve never really been a fan of juice. 8O

Yes, it’s true. Juicing just isn’t my thing. I had a juicer years ago, but I didn’t really like using it and it just sat in my garage and died.

I guess I like the taste of a glass of juice just fine, but I’ve never been one to actually make juice. Here’s why:

  • I don’t like to drink my calories and juice can have a ton of them.
  • I’m not a fan of stripping the fiber out of a perfectly good fruit or vegetable and then consuming it in a few gulps, when I could leave the fiber in and enjoy an entire meal of nutritious food. 
  • Juicing is expensive! Reducing a pile of good organic fruits and veggies into a mere glass of juice doesn’t seem like the best use of my grocery dollar. 

But I fancy myself an open-minded kind of chick, so I have been rethinking my stance on juice. Here’s why:

  • I need to find a way to stay hydrated while nursing. I never drink enough, so if I make it a little more interesting, I just might up my fluid intake. I have a bit of a store-bought-drink phobia because there are so few natural options out there, and juicing at home might be a good remedy.
  • I don’t have to drink the juice at full strength. I plan to use my juices like concentrates and water them down considerably. 
  • At this point in my life, when I’m thinking about trying for baby #2, the nutrients found in a glass of homemade fruit and veggie juice could prove very beneficial, because with the amount of time I spend chasing my newly mobile son, I just don’t always have the time to sit down to a full bounty of garden veg.
  • As much as I don’t like the thought, I’m going to have to introduce some kind of juice to my boy before long. He drinks water and breastmilk now, but when the time comes to give him something else, I’d much rather it be something I made at home with vegetables I know and trust than a bottle of mystery skittle-flavored liquid from the store. Right now, I can’t do things like carrots, beets or spinach, because they contain too many nitrates for young nurslings like mine, but he’ll be able to have them before long. 
  • It’s not expensive if you use your fruit and veggie overflow–then it’s a thrifty practice.  We have an abundance of leftover garden beets, cucumbers, leafy greens, and lots of other produce that will juice quite nicely. Juicing will also help me use up anything I buy at the grocery store and find myself not using. If it looks like we might not eat it, I’ll just juice it up!

  • And finally, while I don’t think I’ll ever view it as a feasible weight loss plan, I can actually use the pulp for baking, or making delicious compost. 

So, I’m determined to make juicing a habit, or at the very least, give it a real try. But here’s the problem. I don’t know what makes a good juice! I can come up with some on my own (carrot, apple, mango? Ginger peach?) But when it comes to combining fruits with veggies, I’m not sure what goes with what, and what doesn’t go with anything.

That’s where you come in! I know all you fine foodies out there have enough collective knowledge to set me off on a happy path to juice nirvana, so please, send me your tips and suggestions! I’ll be sure to share my creations just as soon as I get myself hooked up with a new camera…

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