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Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin Review

   

I received a complimentary product to facilitate my Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin review, but all opinions are my own.

       

Udi's Gluten Free Muffin

Udi’s make a wide assortment of gluten free baked goods.  When Influenster supplied a coupon so I could try any Udi’s product of my choosing for free I jumped at the opportunity.

Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin Review

Taste

Delicious and surprising were the first words that came to mind when tasting the Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins.   The crunchy sugared top provided great texture without being overly sweet.  Even my husband enjoyed the muffin.  He reported that while he thought it was a bit dense at first he really liked the flavor and was surprised that something gluten free could be so “normal”.

Overall Experience with Udi’s Gluten Free Muffin

The Good

  • The flavor is absolutely tasty.  Just the slightest hint of lemon compliments the blueberries perfectly.
  • The texture is on point.  While gluten free baked goods don’t always match up to their gluten filled counterparts, Udi’s has mastered the texture of gluten free muffins.
  • The serving size is good.  These muffins are on the larger side and are the perfect size for breakfast.

The not so Good

  • Pretty pricey.  While I didn’t pay for my sample they rang up at $5.69 + tax at Target.  For four muffins it’s less than a bakery or coffee shop, but still fairly pricey.

Overall, I think Udi’s Gluten Free Muffins  are are delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat or breakfast without gluten.  While they are pricey, they are definitely delicious and I would absolutely buy them for a special treat or when I was serving gluten free guests.

Full disclosure: I was provided with a free sample of Udi’s for review by Influenster. The opinions and views presented here are solely my own.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Nestle Splash Review

   

I received a complimentary product to facilitate my Nestle Splash review, but all opinions are my own.

       

nestle splash review

Nestle Splash is purified water with fruit flavoring and a hint of sweetness added.  There are no calories, sugars, artificial flavors or colors.  Nestle Splash comes in 5 flavors: wild berry, strawberry melon, açaí grape, mandarin orange and lemon, which was the flavor I sampled.  The water is sweetened with Sucralose and acesulfame potassium.  There is no fruit juice in Nestle Splash as the flavors come from “natural fruit flavor”.

Nestle Splash Review

Taste

The thing that hint my tongue first above any flavor was the abundant sweetness.  While it is definitely sweet there was no trace of any fake sweetener aftertaste which I thought was pretty positive given that sucralose is usually a loser for me.  The lemon Nestle Splash has a hint of lemon flavor, but none of the kick of citric acid you might expect to find in something labeled lemon.  It’s more like an incredibly faint touch of lemon oil paired with other fruity, but indiscernible notes.  There is a hint of a plasticky after-taste which may come from the flavoring or may come from the plastic bottle, but I’m not sure which.

Overall Experience with Nestle Splash

The Good

  • It’s easy to drink.  The lemon flavor was not particularly amazing, but it was definitely an upgrade when you’re bored with plain water.
  • There are no calories, artificial colors or flavors in Nestle Splash.
  • It comes in 16.9 oz bottles which are the perfect size for purse, car, work, or on the go.

The not so Good

  • I’m not a huge fan of Sucralose because it can leave a bad aftertaste.  I didn’t notice it when drinking my sample,
  • While I am all for “natural fruit flavor” I’d like a little more info as to what that means.  Are they oils, is the flavoring derived from fruit or is it a chemical compound, etc.  I know this info is rarely something you get on a nutrition label, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested to know more.

Overall, I think Nestle Splash could be a refreshing option over plain water if you’re looking for something a little different.  The better I eat the less interested I become in artificially sweetened beverages, but if I was looking for a change of pace I could see myself grabbing a Nestle Splash.  I’d also be interested in trying the other flavors just to see how they taste.

Full disclosure: I was provided with a free samples of Nestle Splash for review. The opinions and views presented here are solely my own.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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RECOVERYbits Review

   

I received complimentary product to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.

       

When I was offered a chance to do a RECOVERYbits review I was excited to give them a try.  I previously tried ENERGYbits and really liked them so I was interested to see if I noted any difference in these two products.

recoverybits review

About RECOVERYbits

RECOVERYbits are 100% natural, organic chlorella algae.  They contain 40 vitamins and minerals.  The tablets are 60% protein which I find pretty impressive for a vegan protein source.  They contain no soy, dairy, sugar, gluten or caffeine.  In my opinion, they are pretty perfect from a nutritional standpoint.  Lots of things that are good and pretty much nothing that’s objectionable no matter what diet you follow.   RECOVERYbits are best for recovery, detox , immune system, digestion and anti-aging per the info on the package.

recoverybits review

The Tablets

The package says you can swallow them or chew them.  The package warns they taste “green” if you go the chewing route and I distinctly remember a very green taste when chewing the ENERGYbits.   The little pills even have a green smell too.  Not offensive at all, just clearly very vegetal.  Mown hay maybe?

The Good

  • These little tablets are nutritional powerhouses.  Four grams of protein in just 30 tablets is impressive all by itself.  Consider all the other goodies packed into a small serving and they really become something special.
  • I tried my bits on an empty stomach and had no issues.   I have a very sensitive stomach so this was a big plus.
  • RECOVERYbits are easy to transport.  Whether it’s due to travel or you’re just on the go RECOVERYbits are easy to take with you.  You don’t have to worry about measuring powders or packing liquids, you simply count them out and go.  The tablets are also very sturdy so they aren’t likely to get crushed up when you’re on the move.

The not so Good

  • It’s a lot to swallow.  If you chew them you get smacked in the mouth with a big green flavor, but if you swallow them like the package suggests, one serving is too many to go down at once.  I broke them into stacks of five, but even then that was six swallows to get them all down.  To be honest, around batch 4 or 5 I did gag a bit.  I truly didn’t mind the flavor of the RECOVERYbits, but trying to swallow a copious quantity of tablets wasn’t appealing at all.
  • The price.  I did sample these bits for free, but to buy them through the ENERGYbits website you’ll pay $115 for a bag of 1,000.  At 30 tabs per serving it will cost you roughly $2.80 per serving and you’ll get 33 servings a bag.  The website does point out that the price is comparable to other bars or drinks you might purchase instead and I don’t disagree with that.  You may be getting a lot of nutritional bang for your buck if you can afford it, but RECOVERYbits definitely feel like more of a luxury item than a necessity at that price.

recoverybits review

Overall, I think RECOVERYbits are a great addition you to your routine if you are looking for a boost of nutrients.  I like the idea of using a product that is specifically meant to target recovery.  In my own routine I think I would add them in on an as-needed basis for use after intense workouts or times when my immune system might need a bit of extra support.  I don’t think I got the same boost from these as I remember from the ENERGYbits, but I like that there are different products you can use depending on your specific needs.

If you’d like to try RECOVERYbits or ENERGYbits for yourself checkout using code “BLOG” at www.energybits.com and receive 20% off!

Full disclosure: I was provided with a free sample to do this RECOVERYbits review. The opinions and views presented here are solely my own.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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5 Gym Bag Essentials

   
Gym Bag Essentials
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Gym bag essentials are the products I want with me during or after a great workout. Everyday it seems like there are new and fabulous products to include, but as of late I’ve found five really solid items I just can’t leave home without:

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser
Gym Bag EssentialsWhile Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser is billed as a makeup remover when I first heard about micellar water it was touted as more of a cleansing product so that’s how I use it. A cotton pad and a glug of this stuff helps get dirt off your face you didn’t even know was there. I use it prior to showering to remove deep dirt and grime.  If I’m in a rush without time to shower it’s perfect as a face refresher instead.  It does not need to be rinsed off and while I do feel a very light residue after using it, it’s not unpleasant or bothersome.

 

Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo
Gym Bag Essentials I used to wash my hair once a day or more if I worked out and got sweaty.  I really had no idea what I was missing before stumbling onto dry shampoo.  After trying a few brands I discovered Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo and I love, love, love it.  No longer do I feel forced to wash my hair as often as before.  A quick spray, tousle, and style is all it takes to get a fresh look that lasts.  It’s perfect for after working out since there’s not always time to dry and style if you’re on the go.  I have to be careful not to over spray or else I get white splotches in my hair, but other than that this dry shampoo is really a dream.

 

Elastic Hair Ties Bracelets
Gym Bag Essentials What’s different about these Elastic Hair Ties Bracelets? No metal bits to get caught on your hair.  The wide, flat band holds my hair really well and the super stretchy elasticity let’s me double or triple my loop if I need a really tight hold.  They hold up to vigorous activity and never fail to keep my hair in place which definitely makes them a gym bag essential.  They also never leave marks in my hair.  I’ll never go back to the tight little round elastics with the metal binding after using this type of band.

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel
Gym Bag Essentials As I get older I find that my skin doesn’t always look as plump as I’d like. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel to the rescue. This stuff leaves my skin looking hydrated throughout the day, doesn’t block my pores and provides a perfect canvas for makeup or going bare. It has a really nice texture and a little goes a long way too.  A little dab after working out leaves my skin looking fresh and perfectly hydrated.

 

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Moisturizer
Gym Bag EssentialsJergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Moisturizer has been around for years, but I come back to it time and time again.  Not only does it leave my skin soft and smooth, but adds a great hint of color.  I don’t tan anymore so this little bit of color is perfect for shorts season. Until I bought my last tube I didn’t realize there was a regular and a firming version. I’ve been using the firming version, but honestly don’t notice any difference in that area. Still, the color boost is enough to keep me coming back. I just smooth some on after getting out of the shower, give it a few minutes to dry and off I go.

What are some of your gym bag essentials? Share your favorite products in the comments!

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Product Review: Yuve Matcha

   

yuve matcha

       

When I was offered a chance to sample Yuve Matcha Green Tea Powder I enthusiastically accepted. I’m a big fan of green tea and of Yuve’s protein powder so I was excited to try out their new offering.

About Yuve Matcha

Yuve Matcha Green Tea Powder is a premium, ceremonial grade green tea powder.  If you are unfamiliar with matcha, it’s actually the whole tea leaf ground into a powder for consumption, rather than used for steeping like regular tea.  Yuve’s Matcha comes from Nishio, Japan.  A serving of Yuve Matcha is 1/2 teaspoon.  One serving contains just 3 calories, along with vitamin C and a host of antioxidants.   The directions for preparation: place one serving into a bowl (I used a cup) and add 2-3 ounces of “pre-boiling” water (I used the microwave to heat my water), then whisk until frothy.  The directions on their site indicate you can add more water at this point if desired.  Additional uses also include adding the matcha powder to smoothies or mixing it into foods or baked goods.

Taste

The taste of Yuve Matcha is fantastic. It’s incredibly smooth. It has a very fresh, green taste and it almost has a sweet quality to the flavor. Unlike other matcha powders I’ve tried this one has absolutely no trace of bitterness or unpleasant lingering aftertaste.  Some green tea products can be quite grassy/hay tasting to me, but I did not find that to be true of this one.

Though I have not yet tried it, I imagine this matcha would be an excellent addition to any smoothie, especially ones with other greens. The flavor would definitely be a nice compliment to spinach, kale or even green apples.

Overall Experience with Yuve Match

The Good

  • Very smooth
  • Excellent flavor
  • Easy to prepare

The Bad

  • Absolutely none!

Overall, I think Yuve Matcha Green Tea Powder is an great example of the product.  It’s definitely the best tasting matcha I have ever tried.  I would be inclined to purchase this one over any other brand I’ve ever bought before due to it’s flavor alone.   If you are interested in learning more or purchasing Yuve Matcha visit here: Get Yuve.

Full disclosure: I was provided with free samples of Yuve Matcha for review. The opinions and reviews presented here are solely my own.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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