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Q Drinks: Making Soda Spectacular

It’s official, we’re spoiled, well to be more precise, our taste-buds are spoiled, because we have tasted some beverages that are so damn delicious, not only do we want more, we’re thinking we don’t want anything else. The latest beverages to capture our full attention and create this new obsession are both from Q Drinks (a company obviously sent by the gods), Q Kola and Q Ginger Beer, just two of the flavors in Q Drink’s arsenal of superior beverages. Other flavors include: Q Sparkling Orange, Q sparkling Grapefruit, Q Sparkling Lemon, Q Ginger, Q Club, and Q Tonic. These wonderful drinks are so amazing, they will even have the spirits in your home bar rejoicing.

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These sophisticated beverages have been keeping us sated, and refreshingly cool on those unbelievably hot last summer days. For our health, we’ve given up drinking soda because they’re just ridiculously too sweet, and have ingredients one can hardly pronounce that are not at all good for the body. Of course giving up something means you will crave it every once in a while, but thanks to Q drinks, I can satisfy my cravings without risking my health.

Q KOLA

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Unlike colas on the market, Q Kola is made from organic ingredients that come from trees and plants, such as kola nut, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, lemon, lime, orange, and nutmeg. Instead on artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, or sugar, it boasts a dash of organic agave. At only 70 calories, the clean, crisp Kola boasts a nice balance of spice, tang, savory, and sweet, that you can enjoy without the guilt. When it comes to cocktails made with Q Kola, try some classic favorites like the Q’ba Libre or Bourbon and Kola.

Q GINGER BEER

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Ready for a major dose of real ginger? Look no further than Q Ginger Beer for loads of real ginger, organic agave (not loads of high fructose corn syrup or sugar), coriander, cardamom, lime, and extra carbonation for a crisp drink that is bursting with tantalizing, and delicious bubbly goodness. If you are a lover of spicy drinks, we highly suggest you immediately grab a 4-pk and enjoy; and because this has ginger, you also get the wonderful health benefits such as, relieving nausea and possibly fight inflammation. When it comes to cocktails, we recommend mixing up classics like a Dark ‘n Stormy or Gin Mule, or try something unconventional like a Bourbon Ginger Beer Float, or a  Q Ginger Beer Margarita. For more recipe ideas, click over to Q Ginger Beer Cocktails.

Q Drinks are available in three sizes: 9oz glass bottles, 750ml glass bottles, and 12oz slim cans. They are available in gourmet groceries, liquor stores, cocktail lounges, and restaurants. For more availability, click on the Q Drinks Store Locator to find the nearest retailer near you, and online retailers.

Healthy Drinks & Smoothies w/ Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto-iQ

We recieved a few blender models from ninja and we’ve been on a juicing and smoothie rampage ever since! We’ve treated ourselves and our family to an absurd about of fruit and non-fruit smoothies. Our freezer and refrigerator is now stocked with lots of fresh fruits, taking the place of sodas, juices, and ice cream. We’ve blended both all-fruit, and fruit and vegetable smoothies to appease the different tastes, diets, and various allergy issues of our family, thanks to the individual Nutri Ninja® single-serve cups with Sip & Seal Lids. We’ve done so much with this wonder machine already, but we actually haven’t even scratched the surface of its amazing uses (we are ecstatically stuck in the smoothie-making phase).
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The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender boasts 1000 watts of power, which pulverizes ice in seconds (we’re looking forward to ices this summer), is optimized for maximum nutrient and vitamin extraction and crushes fibrous vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts to an ultra-smooth consistency, and features one-touch Intelligent Controls that delivers smooth results. This life changer kitchen appliance comes jammed packed with essentials: a 64 oz. Processor Bowl, three sizes of Nutri Ninja® Cups (18-ounce, 24-ounce, and 32-ounce) with lids, an XL 72oz. Pitcher, Nutri Ninja® Pro Extractor Blades, and Dough Making plastic blades. Everything you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle and healthier eating habits is available to you from Ninja. We were so excited about using the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender, we took several videos of our smoothie making. This video is from our first time using it

The below is a photo from our first fruit and vegetable smoothie-making experience. We jammed packed quite a few ingredients in there. The photo and video featured below is of our Apple, Blueberry, Banana, Blackberry, Carrot, Broccoli, Spinach, and Tangerine smoothie:

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We also love that Ninja provides tons of smoothie recipe ideas for you to try. The best part is you can experiment with those recipes, making them thicker, sweeter, or thinner, as well as adding or removing whatever ingredients you want. one of our favorite Ninja recipes is:

Antioxidant Refresher

1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 banana, peeled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon whole flax seeds
Container: Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup
Place all ingredients into the Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup in the order listed
Select Auto-iQ ULTRA BLEND

Of course it wasn’t all fruit and vegetable smoothies, at the request of our dear mother, we mixed up a few Seattle’s Best Coffee Frozen Coffee Drinks to satisfy her caffeine cravings. As someone who owns her Ninja Blender herself, my mother immediately wanted to relinquish one of our single serve cups while she was visiting for the holidays.

As we’ve stated, we’ve been on a smoothie making rampage but we can’t wait to really spread our culinary skills and start making soups, stews, etc. We suggest you add this amazing kitchen appliance to your life.

The Soda Report | The Four All-Natural Ingredients of DRY Soda

When it comes to getting and being healthy, we have to give up a lot of our favorite foods and drinks, much to our displeasure. One of the biggest things people give up is soda because of its high sugar content, artificial ingredients, and calorie content. As someone who sometimes needs a soda every now and then, it’s very difficult to give it up. Because of this, we’re always looking for new ways of enjoying the bad-for-you beverage, while remaining healthy. That’s where DRY Soda and it’s delicious four all-natural ingredients come in. You read that correctly, there are only FOUR ingredients in these sodas, created by Founder and CEO, Sharelle Klaus.
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So what exactly are these ingredients that make up this groundbreaking range of sodas? DRY Soda’s four all-natural ingredients include purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavors extracted from fruits, flowers or herbs (see flavors below), and a clean preservative. That’s all! These four ingredients make DRY Soda a less sweet, lightly carbonated, craft soda. A special formulation that is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free, which allows the brand’s unique soda flavors (of which there are eleven) to stand out. It contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar of traditional soda, 11-19 grams of sugar to be more precise. In fact, did you know the word DRY means less sugar in wine-lingo? Hence the name. DRY Sodas also only have 45-70 calories (depending on the flavor, and as shown on each can and bottle).

The eleven flavors of dry were developed to pair beautifully with the flavors of foods and spirits, making DRY the perfect soda to sip on its own, pair with a great meal or mix into signature cocktails. The flavors include: Lavender, Wild Lime, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean, Cucumber, Pear, Apple, Ginger, and Cherry. Discovering each of the flavors is surprising, every time you think you may have found your favorite, another one delights you. So far our top favorites include Lavender, Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Apple and Pear.

Two of DRY’s flavors, Cherry and Pear, are in their new Discovery Pack, a curated selection of DRY’s best-selling flavors which contains tasting and pairing notes and recipes, and were developed by former “Top Chef” and restaurateur Richard Blais – you may remember him as the runner-up from season 4 and winner of Top Chef: All-Stars, season 8. This Discovery Pack is similar to the variety packs made popular by craft beer makers which highlight seasonal favorite flavors.

You can purchase DRY Soda’s amazing flavors at select retailers such as Whole Foods, Krogers, Fairway, Balducci’s, etc  and online on www.drysoda.com. A 12-pk of DRY Soda’s slim aluminum Cans retails for $15.00 and 24-pk of DRY Soda Bottles retails for $32.00.

Health & Nutrition | Renew and Re-energize with Vemma

It would probably (not really) surprise you guys to hear that I am sometimes up at 3am editing photos, or setting up blog posts to finish later, etc (I am currently implementing Bounce’s Turn In. Turn Off Pledge a few days a week). When I’m not running from event to event, I am sitting in front of my computer for hours on end updating or researching for my posts. As you can imagine, this can take a toll on the body – bags under the eyes, skin and hair that looks dry, and most days, a lack of energy. Thankfully I have a solution to this unhealthy problem thanks to Vemma Nutrition and their vitamin and antioxidant-rich Vemma Renew beverage and their nutrition-rich, energy drink, Verve.

Vemma Renew

With Vemma Renew, you restore from the inside out. This convenient, ultra-premium nutritional beverage features plant-sourced silica which maintains healthy skin, nails and hair. Vemma Renew’s refreshing fruit flavor provides a delicious way to get the nutrients your body needs to maintain optimal health. that means there is no need to take a multivitamin supplement if you drink Vemma Renew everyday. What makes Vemma renew so amazing? In a word – Mangosteen. Known as Garcinia mangostana, this incredible superfruit has been hailed as the “Queen of Fruits” and has been used for centuries to treat anti-aging, supports collagen production, weight loss, immune system booster, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, etc. One of the most powerful liquid antioxidants, Vemma Renew has only 45 calories, is caffeine-free, non-carbonated, and non-GMO. It contains no artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup.

Verve Energy Drink

If you’re like us, continuous stressful days may have you experiencing moments of lethargy and exhaustion. Just as Vemma Renew repairs from the inside, Verve Energy Drink provides the best of both worlds – the powerful energy you need and the premium nutrition you’re lacking. This the all-in-one energy is the natural choice for those who want a fast-acting energy blend, an ultra-premium vitamin and a mineral supplement along with a powerful superjuice of mangosteen and aloe phytonutrients. Available in five varieties (Bold, Partea, Mojoe, Zero Sugar, and Low-Carb Shot), Verve boasts 12 full-spectrum vitamins, 80 mg of natural caffeine (the Low-Carb Shot has 160 mg of natural caffeine and Partea has 40mg), a low natural sugar content (zero Sugar has no sugar), a refreshing, lightly carbonated tropical flavor (except in Mojoe which has coconut cream and Arabica/Robusta coffee blend), contains no artificial flavors or colors, and is gluten-free.

To purchase or learn more about Vemma Renew, Verve Energy Drinks,  and the other nutritional beverages from Vemma Nutrition, visit their online store at https://www.vemma.com/store/.

Cascade Ice: A Soda Alternative

I’ve been trying to be a bit healthier by drinking more water, cutting back on the cocktails at events (you can’t imagine how difficult this is when servers are circling around you every five minutes) and drinking less soda. So far I’m winning at two of my goals – drinking more water and less soda – thanks to one products….Cascade Ice Sparkling Water.

If you’re trying to drink less soda, Cascade Ice is a great and delicious alternative that lets you enjoy and experience guilt-free taste. This wonderful sparkling water has ZERO CALORIES, is also Sodium Free, Caffeine Free and Gluten Free. It is available in three categories (Sparkling Organic, Sparkling Essence, and Sparkling Mixers) and thirty-one great tasting flavor varieties. The Sparkling Mixers are amazing for creating low calorie cocktails, which at least helps me when I’m doing cocktails at home. With Cascade Ice, there is no one favorite, the possibilities are endless in delicious drinks. So whether you’re mixing cocktails or want to reduce your soda intake, grab a bottle of Cascade Ice.

And just in time for fall, Cascade Ice has taken the delicious flavor of pumpkin pie and bottled it in the Pumpkin Pie Cascade Ice. This fall-themed flavor is yummy, like the others it also has zero-calories, is sugar-free, sodium-free, gluten-free and caffeine-free. A great way to make one of Cascade Ice’s delicious cocktails like this one:

Pumpkin Pie Float

Pour 6oz of Pumpkin Pie Cascade Ice into a tall glass filling it up halfway and add one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Garnish the float by crumbling a graham cracker and adding a dollop of whipped cream.

Neuro Drinks | Drink With a Purpose

Don’t you wish there was some sort of magic potion to help with your everyday feelings and needs – one to help you relax, be more alert, get energized, sleep better, remain calm, control your appetite, etc. Believe it or not, this actually does exist though there’s no need to go to the land of make-believe for these elixirs. Thanks to Neuro Drinks, you can achieve the above and more with their delicious (and they ARE delicious) carbonated and non-carbonated vitamin and nutrient-enriched beverages.

Neuro Drinks was founded in 2007 by Diana Jenkins, who assembled a team of nutritionists, researchers, and flavor experts to develop not only the function of each Neuro, but also the taste and look of the brand. Whether you want to replenish your body, protect your immune system, or reduce stress, Neuro’s products, which include nutrients and vitamins necessary to help you achieve those end results, will become your favorite drink to achieve your optimal best. Check out a few of the drink range below:

NeuroSLEEP (peach apricot) is a delicious drink formulated with Melatonin and Magnesium along with other ingredients to promote restful, healthy sleep. NeuroSleep provides 5-HTP, an ingredient structurally similar to the amino acid tryptophan, which provides structural support to neurotransmitters important for cognitive health.

NeuroBLISS (tropical citrus lychee) is designed to promote happiness and eliminate stress without affecting your energy levels. L-Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea which has been clinically proven to help reduce stress, works by altering brain waves, shifting them from the beta spectrum to the alpha spectrum – where a person is focused and alert, but calm.

NeuroTRIM (summer raspberry) is a refreshing, non-carbonated drink formulated to help promote healthy weight loss. It contains a special form of fiber known as Amorphophallus konjac (“LuraLean”), vitamin D, an essential vitamin for cognitive and bone health; Phosphatidylserine (as SerinAid), an important phospholipid for healthy neural function, and reserveratrol, an antioxidant polyphenol commonly found in red wine to help control your appetite so you will eat less.

NeuroPASSION (orange mango) is a  lightly carbonated drink formulated with ingredients to promote “playful” energy. Along with Caffeine and L-theanine which provides energy without the edginess, it also contains the amino acid L-Citrulline, an ingredient naturally found in watermelon and important component in the production of nitric oxide, Alpha GPC, Phosphatidylserine, Taurine and a full range of B-vitamins.

NeuroSONIC (wild berry) is the drink for increased focus and mental performance. 100mg of caffeine plus L-theanine  results in alertness, focus and concentration while other key ingredients help support the structure of brain cells (neurons) so they maintain their ability to quickly transmit electrical and chemical signals, allowing the brain to function at optimal levels.

Neuro Drinks has also introduced a new beverage to their collection that boasts protection of your immune system – NeuroDAILY.

 NeuroDAILY (tangerine citrus) is made to resolve daily stress, lack of sleep, and poor eating habits. This new flavor is packed with Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, and other essential nutrients to our body’s primary shield.

Each Neuro drink has only 35 calories, contains no artificial flavors or colors but seriously, you’ll enjoy the taste of these drinks so much, you’ll forget you’re drinking something good for you. Neuro is available at Walgreens, Safeway, 7-11 and many other national grocery, convenience and drug stores with a rollout to Target stores across the country starting in June. To find a store nearest you that carries Neuro,  go to https://www.facebook.com/neuro. For more information on the various drinks, visit http://www.drinkneuro.com/.