Treat on a Stick: Not Your Ordinary Popsicles from Ruby Rockets, Brewla, & Sun Tropics

When we think of summer refreshment and relief from the heat, we think of cold, refreshing popsicles. There’s nothing more satisfying than opening up our freezer, feeling that initial blast of cold air and continuing that feeling with a delicious, and healthy frozen fruit bar. How else can you cool down from the inside out on a blistering hot summer day? We stock up on popsicles during the summer, and while we’ve mostly stuck to one brand, we were introduced to some really cool (no pun intended) frozen bars at the Fancy Food Show, that has us re-thinking our “plain jane” pops, not just because of flavor, but health as well. We have truly become obsessed with the frozen treats from Brewla Bars,  Ruby Rockets, and Sun Tropics.

Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops

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We already love popsicles because they’re a great way to enjoy a delicious snack without tons of calories but what if they provided you with all the daily intake of essential fruits and vegetables you needed? Say hello to Ruby Rockets, a veggie & fruit popsicle that’s as healthy as it is delicious. This vitamin and nutrient-rich popsicle boasts low-sugar, only 40 calories, made without any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, is Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Vegan, and is the first and only non-dairy popsicle with probiotics. What makes Ruby Rockets extra special to us, besides its deliciousness, is that it was created by an actress from one of our all-time favorite movies, Wendy Makkena of Sister Act, who initially created these for her children, out of her own kitchen.

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Ruby Rockets fruit and veggie pops is available in eight delicious flavors including: Rock-It Red (strawberries, bananas, carrots, organic lemon, sweet potato, and beets), Orbit Orange (organic oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, lemons, and strawberries) and Galaxy Green (organic kiwifruit, avocados, green apples, bananas, and spinach), Celestial Cherry (dark sweet cherry, acerola cherry, yumberry, pomegranate, tomatoes and beets), Far Out Fudge (organic dates, açai, sweet potato, beets, and fair-trade Dutch Cocoa), Meteorite Mango (pineapple, passionfruit, mango, organic butternut squash, and sweet potato), Gravity Grape (concord grapes, blueberries, açai, purple, and organic sweet potatoes) and Planetary Pink Lemonade (pomegranate, goji berry, purple sweet potato, strawberries, lemon, and butternut squash). Rubu Rockets is available at Gristedes, Union Market, Kosher Marketplace, Babeth’s Feast “Frozen Grocery Store” and retail for $4.99, for a box of six delicious pops.

Brewla Bars Specialty Brewed Bars

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You’re quite familiar with our tea obsession, so these popsicles should come as no surprise to you. We’ve actually created our own frozen ice tea pops during summer but Brewla Bars takes it to a whole new delicious level. We are wowed by not only the unique flavor combinations but the health benefits as well. Created by brother and sister team, Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove, these amazing popsicles combine the health benefits of various vitamins and minerals, the delicious tastes of fresh fruit, and the antioxidants of some of your favorite teas, to bring you five unique popsicle flavors that are sure to blow you away. The caffeine-free, gluten-free, Kof-K kosher certified specialty brewed, frozen bars are available in Cherry Pomegrante + Red Tea (The Hero), Peach Ginger + White Tea (The Lullaby), Tropical Fruits + White Tea (The Luau), and Strawberry + Hibiscus Tea (The Lifeguard), all of which are boosted with various nutrients, and for those of you want a frozen treat that’s not necessarily fruit-based, you’ll love Brewla’s Craft Brewed Root Beer Float (The Doctor).

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All flavors, with the exception of The Doctor, are Vegan, are 50 calories or less, and are sweetened with all-natural sugar cane. Trust us when we say, tea time will never be the same again. Grab a box of five Brewla Bars for $5.99 – $6.99 each at store locations near you. As Brewla says, “Lick well, Live well”.

Sun Tropics Frozen Fruit Bars

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This is no ordinary fruit popsicle. We’re typically used to popsicle that have 50% fruit juice, most are made that way, but the Sun Tropics Frozen Fruit Bars are very different because they’re made out of freshly frozen fruits, not fruit juice, and we’re delighted to see that these are all tropical fruits. It’s like taking your taste buds on a delicious tropical vacation. You won’t find these exotic fruits readily available (with the exception of the mango) at your local supermarket or most fruit stands. Each Non-GMO, and dairy-free Sun Tropics frozen fruit bar is packed with real tropical fruit, so every bite is like biting into an icy piece of the various fruits! It contains nothing artificial and is sweetened with cane sugar (no corn syrup here). Snag a box of four of these exotic fruit bars for $5.99, at Whole Foods, Target, Safeway, or at a select retailer near you.

Want Fast Food? Get Some Fruits

If you really consider the definition of fast food, food that can be prepared quickly, and can be a quick meal, fruit absolutely falls under that category. You need no real preparation, you can eat it on the go, and it satisfies your hunger. Additionally, with the extreme heat and humidity of the summer season, you can’t help but eat lighter meals, so yes, fruits are fast food. Today we’re going to highlight some of our favorite fruits, some new (there are some great new, slightly sweeter versions of your old favorites) and some old favorites from Stemilt Growers, Wonderful Citrus, The National Mango Board, Rainier Fruit, and KIKU Apple.

Skylar Rae Cherries – Stemilt Growers

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When they say this is the sweetest cherry you’ll ever eat, believe them. This rare, bi-colored Skylar Rae Cherry was discovered by chance; it boasts incredible firmness high sugars and is available for a very limited time (only two months out of the summer). Its skin is a golden yellow with a partial to full orange-red blush (not to be confused with the Rainier), and its delicious interior is very firm, with a smooth flesh that is nearly colorless. one bite of this very sweet and exceptionally crisp cherry variety and you’ll be in heaven. This delicious fruit works great in salads, and as a garnish for summertime drinks, but you may find yourself enjoying them as a snack right out of the bag.

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruits

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Those of you who like to sprinkle a bit of sugar or drizzle honey on your morning grapefruits, say goodbye to that ritual because the reddest, sweetest and tastiest grapefruit is at your local supermarket. The Non-GMO verified Sweet Scarletts (the first grapefruit to be verified by the Non-GMO Project) are 100% Texas-grown from the southern region near the Rio Grande River and owe their uber-sweetness to the lower nighttime temperatures, higher daytime temperatures, and the soil around the Rio Grande River in Texas. You want nutrition? Just half a grapefruit gives you 100% of the daily value of vitamin C you need, only has about 60 calories, they’re naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free. Delicious and very good for you.

Mangoes – National Mango Board

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If you’re looking for wonderful fruits to enjoy during the summer, why not go tropical and grab a Mango or two. It’s decadent tropical flavor, juicy and nutrient-rich flesh, and wonderful sensory experience, make eating mangoes a healthy eating and fun experience. Packed with nutrients that range from prebiotic dietary fiber, electrolytes, minerals, antioxidants, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin E, the versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced meal, and gives you the recommended  5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables you need every day.

Lady Alice Apples

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Although we’ve missed the short season for these distinguished apples (the season runs from February – May), we still wanted to include it in our roundup. What makes Lady Alice Apples stand out? First, they have a distinct pink stripe over a vibrant banana yellow background, a look that’s distinctive from other apple varieties, it’s sweet with a delicate infusion of tartness, and has a crisp, juicy crunch that’s not just delicious, but discernible as well. This “Washington Original”was discovered by chance as a seedling in Gleed, WA. It keeps its texture in cooking and baking, and of course makes a great, healthy snack. we highly recommend adding this all-purpose apple in the spring.

KIKU Apples

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Continuing on the apple trail, get ready for another super tasty, premium apple. Much like the above, KIKU Apples boast a yellowish background, with a ruby-red striped overcolor. KIKU apples are very juicy and sweet (they has a balanced sugar-acidity ratio), fresh, and firm with a great crunch that lasts a long time. This sweet apple was discovered in Japan in 1990 by apple expert,  Luis Braun, and are available year round to enjoy. What distinguishes KIKU is its internal “honey-core“, which grows bigger and more yellow indicating its ripeness and good sugar content.

Father’s Day Gifts to Keep Dad Looking Good

Finding your dad the best gift on Father’s Day can sometimes be a bit challenging. Even if you decide to ask him what he wants, you may still find yourself even more confused. Take the lead and show him how much you really care and invest in his grooming and skin care regimens, and something a little extra. We bring you great skincare products from LAB SERIES Skincare for Men, and MicroTouch, that will totally upgrade his daily routine and make feel great, plus the perfect accessory to top his complete look from Ted Baker Watches.

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MAX LS Luxury Solution Kit ($160.00) is perfect for the dad who is always on the run and doesn’t want to carry around a lot of stuff. He likes to keep his routine simple and appreciates quality over quantity. This works well for all skin types including oily skin. In addition, it helps protect skin from razor burn and keeps it feeling soft and smooth all day long. A little goes a long way.

Age Rescue Essentials Kit ($103.00) is ideal for any dad that is looking to energize his morning routine and wants to minimize the signs of aging. With the power of ginseng, these products boost the skin’s appearance and help free skin of wrinkles, stress and keeps it looking refreshed. This will be his new go to for younger looking skin.

MICROTOUCH SWITCHBLADE

MicroTouch Switchblade ($19.99) this 2-in-1 switchblade is both a micro trimmer and a full body groomer, allowing you to trim hair anywhere – eliminate neck, ear, and back hair, and keep eyebrows, and hairlines neat. The MicroTouch Switchblade is powerful enough for the toughest of hairs, yet is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. Snap-on guides and a built-in light make it safe and easy to use.

TED BAKER WATCHES

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Ted Baker’s Men’s Dress Sport, Men’s Smart Casual, and Men’s Sport Watches (starting at $155.00) represent classic, innovative British style at its best. Wearing one of these exclusive watches will compliment any man’s wardrobe no matter what his lifestyle is. They offer an array of contemporary styles fit any dad that understands that first impressions are the most lasting.

***Thanks to our Men’s Grooming Contributor, Randy Reed of I am Mister Fresh for this Father’s Day story for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out his blog.

Count Yums, Not Calories w/ Sara Lee® Delightful™ Breads

There’s been this ongoing battle with eating starchy foods versus not eating starchy foods. Yes the great bread debate has drawn a line in the sand, but we’re proud to say we are pro bread. We just can’t get enough, especially because we love a good sandwich. Thanks to Sara Lee Fresh Bakery, we can pay a little less attention to our calorie count, with their new range of Sara Lee® Delightful™ Breads that boasts only 45 calories per full-size slice. Available in White Bread, Wheat Bread, 100% Whole Wheat Bread (made with real Honey), Healthy Multi-Grain Bread, and our newest obsession, Oatmeal Bread (which launches soon),

With the Sara Lee Delightful™ Breads, you can enjoy a great tasting, full meal without feeling like you’re missing out. The available varieties give you the taste and texture you love, but with 45 calories per slice, you can enjoying eating bread again without worrying about if it fits into your diet. These low calorie breads contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors, zero trans fat, an excellent source of fiber, and a great way to keeping your heart healthy. Along with great taste, the Oatmeal 100% Whole Wheat, and Multi-Grain breads give you 16 grams of whole per serving, giving you the fiber you need and want for a healthy lifestyle.

Now that you’ve seen the great benefits of  Sara Lee® Delightful™ Bread, will you be trying them out? If you need some recipe ideas, head over to SaraLeeBread.com/recipes.

Sweet Taste of Summer | What’s New from Lifeway Kefir

As June is National Dairy Month, we think it’s the perfect time to highlight the newest cultured milk smoothie from Lifeway Kefir. And because it is summer time, the newest flavor of their Low Fat Kefir, fits right in with the season, as it’s made from the most common summer fruit, sweet Watermelon. The refreshing, tart, and tangy milk smoothie boast 12 live and active probiotic cultures, is Gluten-free, 99% lactose-free, made with all natural ingredients, and it’s a protein and calcium-rich drink that is perfect any time of the day, especially on those hot summer days.
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This limited edition flavor won’t be around for long, so when you see it, we recommend you stock up on a few bottles before this wonderful flavor is completely gone. Another new launch from Lifeway Kefir is their Lifeway Protein Kefir. With 20 grams of protein per serving, Lifeway’s new Protein Kefir is a great way to promote muscle recovery after your workout, or whenever you need a pick-me-up. It promotes fullness, helping you fight off hunger pangs, and those trips to the vending machine.

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While Lifeway Lowfat Watermelon Kefir hits store shelves this summer, their Protein Kefir, which comes out in a variety of flavors, launches later this year!

Trücup: Revolutionary Low-Acid Coffee That’s Easier on your Stomach

Did you know that the high acidity of coffee can damage your teeth, cause heartburn, and create some very unpleasant experiences on your stomach including aggravating ulcers? And those are just three of the many adverse effects the high acid in coffee can have on your body. What if you could enjoy your morning, mid-day, and evening cup of joe with little worry of its acidic effects? With the revolutionary, low-acid coffee from Trücup, a coffee brand we discovered at Food Fete, you can. Trücup is a smooth, great tasting, and easy-to-drink, low-acid coffee, which comes in ground coffee form, and k cups, that’s easier on your stomach.
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Using a patented, natural process, Trücup removes acids that can be harmful to your stomach and creates a bitter taste without compromising the coffee’s flavor, aroma, or caffeine. You’ll want to get your coffee pot ready for the six exceptional varieties that are packed with flavor, and bear fun, whimsical names.

  1. Light and lovely, Born To Be Mild is the choice for those who are looking for a gentler cup of Joe. The low-acid coffee has a delicate sweetness with just enough body for balance.
  2. Moderate and mellow, Stuck In The Middle is a medium blend low-acid coffee that has plenty of taste, but isn’t too strong. It provides the perfect balance; smooth and complex.
  3. Rugged and resolute, Heart Of Bold is perfect for people wanting a full-body low-acid coffee blend packed with flavor. It’s roasted deep enough to unlock the blend’s full character, stopping short of any charred or burnt nuance.
  4. Daring and dangerous, Dark As Night is an exceptional french roast low-acid coffee for those who want to experience a delicious dark side. It’s thick and lush with incredible body, and just a hint of smoke.
  5. Looking for a low-acid coffee blend with benefits? Try this smooth and delicious espresso blend that’s easy to drink. And You’ve Got a Blend will only be there in the morning if you want it to be.
  6. Like a dog with two bones, with Fake It To The Limit we had to make a tough choice: no caffeine or lower acid. So while this decaf has plenty of real coffee taste, it’s not lower acid like our other blends.

We’re sure you love this great bit of coffee news, especially if you can’t do without your daily cup of caffeine. Get your favorite blend of Trücup Low-Acid Coffee at www.amazon.com.

NeoCell: Major Beauty Benefits from the Inside Out

Taking care of our external beauty is easy, but we admit, we sometimes forget about the internal. We’re not talking about eating healthy or staying hydrated, we’re talking about minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and improving elasticity in the skin, replenishing our body’s collagen, and more, from the inside out. As you may or may not know, Collagen is our body’s anti-aging protein, and sadly it decreases as we age. While we can and have been combating our collagen depletion externally, you can’t deny it’s better to combat that depletion from within. Today we’re highlighting two products from NeoCell, the number one choice for Collagen, that delivers high potency beauty nutrients directly inside your body.

COLLAGEN SPORT ULTIMATE RECOVERY

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Don’t you wish you could build and support strong bones, strengthen damaged nails, thicken fine hair, slow down hair loss, build lean muscle, and help burn fat, all while enjoying a delicious Belgian Chocolate shake? Thanks to Neocell’s gluten-free, lactose-free, and sugar-free, Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery, you will replace the specific amino acids necessary to replenish your body’s collagen supply. With Collagen Sport, your muscles and joints, basically your entire body, will get the energy and nutrients it needs to refuel, recover, replenish, and regenerate itself, after your workout. Boasting whey protein isolate, collagen peptides, L-glutamine and amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and a decadent Belgian chocolate flavor, it’s so delicious, you’ll find yourself enjoying it sans workout. Collagen Sport makes a great breakfast, snack and meal replacement, it’s been keeping us going on those never-ending hours of writing, and those days when we walk the city.

BIOTIN BURSTS SOFT CHEWS

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Who would have thought satisfying your sweet tooth had this much health benefits. It’s been very hard to enjoy just one of these delicious chews a day. Your skin will love you every time you pop one of these gourmet soft chews and will show its appreciation with support of your body’s metabolism, natural energy, luxurious hair, strong nails, and vibrant skin. NeoCell Biotin Bursts offers a delicious and powerful alternative to your daily biotin intake, a much-needed B-vitamin. With 10,000 MCG of Biotin per chew, getting healthy hair and skin will never be this easy.

Are you ready to preserve your beauty from the inside out? Are you ready to fight aging from within? Check out these and the other products from NeoCell.

Band-Aid, Neosporin, and KaBOOM Want you to #PlayOn

We remember our youth as one that as filled with lots of various activities, ranging from planting sunflowers, playing hide and seek, running and jumping just because, and reading. At the time, we only saw it as fun, but as we got older, we recognized just how important our playtime was, not just to give our parents a break from our nagging and neediness, but for our general well-being. In an age where video games have practically overtaken our lives, Band-Aid Brand, Neosporin, and KaBOOM (a national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they all deserve, filled with balance and active play) understands the ability to play, create and discover is crucial to development during all stages of life. With celebrity mom, Tamera Mowry-Housley as the event’s host, attendees enjoyed a few hours of jump rope, Tic Tac Toe, Jenga, planting herbs, a little everyday play of toy tossing, and making our own Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches (in our case marshmallow, Nutella and bananas).

Tamera Mowry-Housley also shared her experience with and the importance of play time as a child, and as parents. She also noted the importance of being prepared with essential products. According to research by Ka-BOOM, playtime “helps kids grow to be healthy, happy, and successful, through an experience full of creativity, exploration, physical activity, friendship, and adventure.” Taking some time out for play is a must at any age; it is essential for physical, mental, and social growth, especially for children.

Band-Aid, and Neosporin understands the need for Play and has introduced a new program called #PlayOn, as a way to strengthen commitment to helping families live more balanced, active and playful lives. Of course with playing comes little accidents and having first-aid care on hand is a must. To keep you prepared, when you purchase three or more first-aid products, such as Band-Aid Brand Adhesives Bandages, Johnson & Johnson first-aid products, Neosporin, and Benadryl Anti-Itch topical products, they’re offering a free first aid bag to build your own first aid kit, at participating retailers.

What we learned at this event is, there should be time for play because kids are missing out. Time for play is disappearing not only from home, but from schools as well. Whether you’re enjoying board games, planting, running or jumping, playtime is important, no matter your age…..just as long as you’re prepared with first-aid products as a precaution.