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Hydration Helper: Drink More Water Deliciously with True Lemon

The struggle to drink more water is still very much an active battle. Although we do triumph here and there, we admit consistency is an issue. We all know staying hydrated is a key factor in being healthy; but how do you make something drink something that has no flavor, no taste, no anything? We’ve tried adding things to our water, like ginger or lemon but the urge to turn it into sweetened beverage is strong. Plus after drinking glass after glass of water, we sometimes feel nauseous. But there is a solution, and one that’s been helping us for the past two weeks, True Lemon Mixes.

Available in water enhancers, energy mixes, tea mixes, and lemonade and limeade mixes, we’ve been happily keeping ourselves hydrated with True Lemon. The low-calorie, powdered mixes are made from real citrus fruits (other True Citrus fruits are also available). They boast zero and ten calories (depending on the mix) and are available in sweetened and unsweetened varieties with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The range of True Citrus mixes is also non-GMO, sodium-free, and gluten-free.

We started out with the True Lemon Energy Wild Blackberry Pomegranate because we still needed the sweetness aspect; but after about a week, we started alternating to the True Lemon Crystallized Lemon with no issues. We have even started drinking plain water more. Of course, we still enjoy the above flavors when we need a bit more from our water. Each zero-calorie True Lemon crystallized packet equals the taste of one lemon wedge, which makes it great for recipes that call for lemon. It’s real lemon without the mess.

If you struggle to drink water or need help staying hydrated without the sugary drinks, try these water enhancers and beverage mixes. You too may find yourself changing your healthy hydration habits for the better. To purchase True Lemon and True Citrus, visit www.truelemonstore.com and www.amazon.com.

Pereg Natural Foods Ancient Grains

The Latest Exotic Spices and Ancient Grains From Pereg Natural Foods

One of our favorite things about attending the Summer Fancy Food Show is the introduction of new foods, food trends, and seeing what’s new from our favorite food brands. One of our favorite brands, Pereg Natural Foods, a brand we’ve previously written about, has added lots to their lineup. Along with new flavor additions to old favorites, like their exotic spices and ancient grains, they’ve introduced new products to make your meal even more healthy and delicious. Let’s get to know them……..

Fine Breadcrumbs & Seasoned Panko

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Pereg’s seasoned breadcrumb collection just got even bigger with the introduction of three delicious new flavors: Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs, Whole Wheat Panko, and Golden Crisp Bread Crumbs. They join a crunchy family that includes Classic, American, Viennese, Mexican, and Italian Fine Bread Crumbs and their Japanese cousins Spicy Panko, Coarse Panko, and Fine Panko. Grab the 9 oz re-sealable bags for $4.85 each.

Pereg’s Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs are baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a distinctive crunch to vegetables, baked macaroni & cheese, meatloaf, seafood, or chicken dishes. You can use it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Pereg’s Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs are also baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a deliciously flavorful crunch to chicken wings, seafood, and pasta dishes. Boasting a delightful balance of sweet and spicy, your taste buds will love the kick of flavor. Try it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Flavor Infused Quinoa

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In addition, Pereg features new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils (pictured above), quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing for $3.99. Quinoa, the “mother of all grains”, is a healthy and easy food to prepare. It holds a pleasantly light, fluffy texture when cooked, with a mild and slightly nutty flavor. We love the flavor varieties and how they paired perfectly with things like Freshé ready-to-eat superfood; a meal in a tin (see them pictured together above).

Freekeh Grain 

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If you’re tired of rice or just looking to cut it out of your diet. We have a great alternative for you. Freekeh is a young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame for a rich smoky flavor and cracked to reduce the cooking time. This grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous for a delicious and healthy side dish. Grab a 5 oz bag for only $3.99.

Gluten-Free Flours

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Gone are the day when only one type of flour existed. Thanks to Pereg Natural Foods, you now have six flour varieties to bake with, including Almond, Banana, Buckwheat, Chickpea, Quinoa, and Coconut.  Available in 16 oz. re-sealable stay-fresh bags, the flours are the perfect healthy alternative when you want to create sweet treats and savory dishes. Imagine Buckwheat, Quinoa, or Chickpea dumplings or homemade pasta. How about flavorful cookies made with banana, almond or coconut flour. With these Gluten-Free Flours, the possibilities are endless. Get them all for $4.99 each.

Are you up to trying out these specialty flours, exotic spices and ancient grains from Pereg?

EAT THIS! Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks For Anytime of the Day

Snack time should be an easy concept but when you take into account we tend to eat things that are not good for us or overdo the number of snacks we consume in one sitting, it’s not so easy after all. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy a complete healthy snack any time of the day, look no further than Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks. This new snack range contains a nutritious Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked & Peeled egg, along with two other delicious items that you crave in a portable and convenient snack tray.

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The Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks include three favorite snack items in one convenient ready-to-eat trays with individual compartments. These single count packaged snacks are perfect for breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, afternoon, or evening. The protein-packed Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks satisfy your savory or sweet craving any time of day. Available in four snack varieties:

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  1. Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: Perfect for breakfast or anytime you have that craving for a classic breakfast combination of bacon, egg, and cheese.
  2. Salame, Provolone Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: Pretend you’re having an Italian picnic right at your desk with sliced Genoa salame and provolone cheese to accompany your EB hard-cooked egg.
  3. Olives, Feta Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: This true Mediterranean delight of imported Kalamata-style olives, creamy feta, and a hard-cooked egg will have you daydreaming that you’re on a Greek island.
  4. Chocolate Covered Almonds, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: Combine the flavors of rich chocolate-covered almonds with sharp white cheddar to compliment your EB hard-cooked egg, any time of day for that satisfying indulgence.

Whether you enjoy these for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack, these nutritious and delicious snacks will keep you going and give you the energy you need to get through your day.

Verday Chlorophyll Water: Antioxidant & Cleansing Green Water

Welcome to the spring season, the time of renewals, rebirths, and spring cleaning. It is the time we purge ourselves of the things we don’t use or need anymore; a chance to make our lives a little lighter, a little less clogged. Of course what’s true for our wardrobes and apartments is very much true for our bodies. Could your body use a spring cleaning? But of course you do, we all could! We were recently introduced to Verday Chlorophyll Water, an antioxidant and cleansing, thirst-quenching water that provides the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of a green juice, and will help your body’s spring cleaning efforts.

Available in five delicious natural flavors: Blueberry, Watermelon, Coconut, Cucumber, and Lemongrass & Ginger, Verday has zero calories, zero diet sweeteners, zero preservatives, and is vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and gluten-free. The secret to Verday Chlorophyll Water is, of course, Chlorophyll, the nourishing green nutrient that allows plants to harness energy from the sun. Chlorophyll is considered a super food, it promotes healthy skin, it curbs your cravings for junk food and lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, helps to boost your immune system by promoting the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body, and promotes healthy digestion.

As previously stated, Verday Chlorophyll Water comes in five flavors, the newest being Blueberry Chlorophyll Water (our favorite flavor), and is just the right blend of juicy sweet and fresh berry tart. The Lemongrass & Ginger Chlorophyll Water has a touch of zing and spice; the refreshing and natural Cucumber Chlorophyll Water is exhilaratingly crisp and cool; the Coconut Chlorophyll Water is refreshing and deliciously tropical, and the Watermelon Chlorophyll Water is sumptuously summer-esque.

Each bottle of Verday Chlorophyll Water is packed with 100mg of Chlorophyll, the same amount of Chlorophyll in two shots of wheatgrass, four cups of spinach, or twelve cups of arugula! Get a 12 pack of 16 oz. bottles of Verday Chlorophyll Water for $39.99 on www.drinkverday.com.

Hula Hoop Inches off your Waist with the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop

As we enjoyed a day filled with the abundance and overindulgence of food we’re sure to be eating for the next few days (leftovers anyone), we’re sure many of you may not want to readily hit your respective gyms the day after Thanksgiving, hell most of us can barely move, so we’re proposing an alternate and transitional form of exercise…..Fitness Hooping (First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan). You can enjoy this fun exercise as your ongoing workout, or try it when you don’t feel like going to the gym. The best thing about this workout, it’s a lot of fun because it involves something we all enjoyed as children…..with a slight twist. Say hello to the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop, a hula hoop that comes in six sections, which clips together for easy and quick storage and assembly.

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That’s right, it’s a hula hoop you disassemble for convenient storage and travel capabilities, then reassemble whenever you want to have some hooping fun. The FXP Hula Hoop comes in several system starter kits with hoops available in three colors – teal, pink, and purple. Any of the system starter kits is sure to get you on the right (and fun) path to a slimmer, healthier you, using core, strength, and interval training with an exclusive “Easy Spin Technology” that lets you burn more calories and fat, as well as tones your muscles.

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There are five FXP Hula Hoop Starter Kits including the FXP Starter Kit (the kit we’re focusing on today, which is pictured above), Build Your Own Kit, FXP Cardio Sculpt Kit, Total Body Movement Kit, and Total Body Movement Kit Plus. As we previously mentioned, this wonderful workout tool breaks down and easily fits in a convenient carrying case for portability, allowing you to exercise anywhere and have fun while doing so. Thanks to the FXP Hula Hoop’s precise weight and size, you’ll soon see amazing results.

The FXP Starter Kit, available for $44.95, is specifically designed for those who are just beginning their fitness journey or who are new to fitness hooping. This kit comes with a carrying bag, non-slip mat, workout guide, and a level 1 DVD, featuring internationally recognized fitness trainer, Niece Pecenka, who has designed a proven workout program using low impact exercises to keep you motivated and having a blast while you tone and sculpt your entire body.

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Want to begin hula hooping your way to a flatter stomach and slimmer body? Take advantage of FXP Fitness’s Black Friday deal where everything is 25% off when you use code FRIDAY25. The offer begins now and runs through 11/28.

 

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.

GOQii Life | More Than Just a Fitness Tracker

For the past few months, we’ve been upping our fitness level and overall healthier lifestyle with the combination of a fantastic advanced wearable technology device, the world’s leading experts, a great personal coach (hey Neha) that is not only an expert in the field of fitness and nutrition but are themselves are part of the program, and some Karma (more on that later) that allows you to #BetheForce for good. For the past few months, we’ve been living the GOQii Life. The GOQii Fitness Band is not just another fitness tracker; while other fitness bands just measure your activity and provide you with the information, GOQii Life is a community of health and wellness coaches advising and encouraging you, an app that helps you develop healthy physical activity, nutrition, sleep and stress management habits, as well as using your Karma points to help others.

The GOQii Fitness Bands are made out of silicone, are water-resistant (not waterproof  so no swimming), but it will resist rain, sweat, shower and a splash of water. The straps are adjustable and changeable to any of the cool colors – Passion Red, Power Black and Persistence Red+Black – with more color options coming soon. The GOQii Core can connect to your computer or device via Bluetooth and will automatically sync every time it is within 10-15 ft of your smartphone. Not only is your information updated on your end, your GOQii Coach is also automatically given your activity, which allows them to better advise and applaud you (it’s a bit like working out with a friend).

While other bands concentrate on your body, GOQii aims to bring happiness to your body, mind and soul. Our coach, Neha, has been our cheerleader, fitness trainer, and adviser on everything from our fitness routine, sleep patterns (we’re happy with anyone who tells us we need to take a nap during the day), eating habits, and mental well-being, with daily tips and encouragements. The GOQii Band does an amazingly precise job of measuring your Activity and Sleep. In the Active mode, it focuses on measuring steps, calories burnt, distance traveled, activity time and Karma points. In the Sleep mode, it measures time slept and quality of sleep. Additionally the GOQii Band will also display time and an envelope symbol when you have a message from your Coach.

If you feel so inclined, the GOQii app gives you the ability to share your updates via social media, interact with other GOQii Life users, and donate your karma points to great causes. You may be thinking, what exactly are Karma points. As we previously stated (and as you can see in the photo above), it’s a way to do good by help great charitable organizations. Essentially you earn points based on the number of steps you take in a day, these points can then be donated to any charity organization linked in the GOQii app. It gives you a great sense of happiness to know that just by walking, not only are you heading towards a healthier lifestyle, but you’re also helping people in need. In other words, you do good and feel good, and as GOQii says #BetheForce. What’s better than that?