review: kelapo coconut oil

I’m a huge fan of coconut oil. And it always helps when it is organic and fair trade like Kelapo. I have a little more work before I’ve completely convinced my Dad that it isn’t as bad as it might outwardly appear (he works in Cardiac Rehab and they really don’t take too kindly to those high saturated fat levels) but I’ll be patient. :)

On the outside, coconut oil has gotten kind of a bad rap, but it’s rather dated information in my opinion. Many studies have been done and show that coconut oil can actually promote heart health, act as an antimicrobial, absorb nutrients and minerals and help fight the signs of aging. (And you know I’m a believer in everything in moderation anyway.)

I use coconut oil in many different ways – for popping pop corn, on Hemp Bagels, in baked goods, in stir-frys as well as in smoothies.  The flavor is slightly sweet and the texture luxurious. Summer is a perfect time for a tropical-tasting smoothie, full of good fats, don’t you think?

Orange Strawberry Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Blend ingredients together until somewhat smooth. The coconut oil will harden in little chunks, but I kind of like them while drinking my smoothie. When I’ve made it with a banana instead of berries it reminds me an orange julius.  :)


Have you tried coconut oil? Like it?

Disclaimer: Kelapo sent me coconut oil to review. The opinions are my own.

review: organic bistro thai curry beef bowl

I’ve been a big fan of Helen’s Kitchen frozen tofu and meals when I find myself in a bind for lunch or don’t have the time to make and pack a lunch. Although beef is very rare for a lunch meal for me, I decided to try the Thai Style Red Curry with Beef Bowl because it looked and sounded amazing. (Curry always sounds amazing to me)

I should have brought something to round out the meal – preferably some sort of fresh vegetables – because it definitely wasn’t enough for lunch and I was scrounging for snacks that afternoon. The flavors were great and I definitely want to try some of the other varieities of the new “bowl” line!

Like:

  • protein content (18 grams) and nutrition stats in general
  • real ingredients
  • that brown rice was used
  • that it is gluten and dairy free
  • that there wasn’t a lot of meat, at first I was a little disappointed and then realized this was a good way to eat meat if I was going to have it for lunch – as more of a flavor enhancer than main component of meal

 

Wished:

  • there was more curry sauce!
  • it used different veggies – unfortunately the carrots and sweet potato seemed a bit mushy
  • there were more veggies :)

review: sun chlorella

You know I love my greens. Kale, amazing grass and now sun chlorella. Whats next? Your guess as is good as mine….but I’ll try it.

I myself, was not really familiar with chlorella so I’ll fill you in a bit. Chlorella is a fresh-water strain of green algae. Appetizing, right? It is thought that sun chlorella can help to detoxify your body. The chemicals that we consume (through pesticides, etc.) bind to the algae and are then excreted from the body through sweat, urination, etc. I think this is very interesting and I’m a sucker for things like this!

It contains chlorophyll, vitamin C, pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene), chlorophyll, lutein, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6), niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, choline, lipoic acid, and inositol; certain minerals including: phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium,and iron; protein, dietary fiber, nucleic acids, and omega fatty acids. (from the website)

Like:

  • Small tablet size! So often supplements such as this one are HUGE
  • I feel like I’m doing something beneficial for my body (above and beyond the everyday type stuff!)
  • The testimonials on the website – love hearing stories from healthy, happy people (again, sucker!!)
  • Just like other green supplements, I love having a back-up if I’m traveling, etc. and not able to get as many vegetables, but still get the nutrients
  • They offer a pH Test Kit – pH balance in the body is something that I find very interesting – I’ve been wanting to find out what my pH levels are

Wish:

  • The serving size wasn’t so large, I don’t take 15 (recommended) tablets every day
  • The claims weren’t as…lofty…I’m a bit of a skeptic and then a believer all rolled into one!
  • It’s a bit pricey, but I’ve never really been one to put a price on my health

 

Do you like trying supplements like this? Are you a believer?

Disclaimer: Sun Chlorella was sent to me to review. The opinions are entirely my own.

review: garlic gold balsamic dressing

I’ve heard a number of great things about Garlic Gold and with a combo of garlic and olive oil I’m not sure how you could go wrong. My life wouldn’t be complete with out the two. Honestly.

If my memory serves me, I tried this years ago at the first Natural Products Expo I attended – I think we used some of their garlic oil and garlic nuggets along with our bread to sample…bread + olive oil + garlic nuggets?! We were a popular booth. :)

Fast forward a few years, and many expos later, Garlic Gold is everywhere in the blog world and I’ve yet to hear a bad thing! When they contacted me about doing a review, you can bet I said yes!

I tried the Balsamic Dressing which is amazing – so flavorful and made with real ingredients that I would make dressing with. I just don’t always have the time. :) The dressing is infused with that garlic flavor that I so adore. I can’t wait to try the Meyer Lemon Dressing, I’m sure it will be a lovely addition to summer salads!

You can order Garlic Gold here.  Have you tried it? What should I order besides the Meyer Lemon Dressing?