Things I am Loving Lately pt. 3


Happy Friday Everyone! Here is a roundup of some new great products that I am loving lately, enjoy 🙂

Ripe Bar Juice: Limited Edition Grapefruit Cocktail Mix


As everyone knows, I am a huge fan of Ripe Bar Juice; they are a local company that makes an amazing line of fresh cold pressed cocktail mixers with no added sugars. They recently released a limited edition red grapefruit flavor that is to die for. I highly suggest trying it with vodka or tequila and some soda water. It makes for the perfect summer night cocktail.

Purely Elizabeth: Ancient Grain Blueberry Hemp Cereal

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This cereal is made with ancient grains: quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, gluten free oats, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and sweetened with coconut palm sugar. It is gluten free, non gmo, vegan, free of refined sugars, and made with all organic ingredients! Healthy cereals are so hard to come by that taste amazing as well so this cereal is a win win and kid friendly!  It comes in a variety of flavors other than blueberry as well.

Califia Farms: Espresso Almond Milk


This is a breakfast treat at its finest. This drink can be consumed solo or used as a substitute for milk in your coffee to add great flavor with low sugar and fat content. It is simply made up of Califia Farms espresso coffee mixed with their almond milk. It adds amazing flavor to oatmeal and smoothies as well!

Aloha: Superfood Trail Mix


Aloha just recently announced their new superfood trail mix now available and will begin shipping this week. It comes in 6 oz bags and contains; Cashews, Almonds, Goldenberries, Sweet Cherries, Raisins, Goji Berries, Mulberries, Pumpkin Seeds, and Pistachios. This is perfect to divvy up into snack size bags for road trips, beach days, hikes, and long walks or can be used as the perfect handful of toppings over yogurt, smoothie bowl, or oatmeal!
To get $20 dollars off your first order use my code: MICHELLE78

Bearded Brothers: Energy Bars


These are a “granola or meal” bar I can recommend. They not only taste great and come in a variety of flavors but are all made with healthy organic ingredients. My favorite is the Outrageous Orange Kale flavor which is made up of figs, dates, kale, beets, and cold pressed orange extract. These are sold at many Whole Foods as well as REI stores. They are perfect for the on-the-go snack or breakfast; perfect for the beach or hiking adventures this summer!

Sunshine & Superfoods Papaya Smoothie

Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious papaya smoothie recipe featuring seasonal ingredients, and superfoods of course, to get you in the mood. I usually do not gravitate towards fruit smoothies, but this recipe is filled with nutrients and flavor combinations that allow you to sneak in some awesome superfoods and spices to really make it a slam dunk nutritionally. It is perfect for a post workout indulgence!

Spotlight on Papaya:


Papaya contains high levels of Vitamin C (about 150% of your daily value in just half of the fruit) and Vitamin E, as well as a large number of antioxidants. These antioxidants are known to help fight against cancer as well as many heart related diseases. Papaya is known to boost your immune system because of its cell strengthening properties. This fruit also contains Vitamin A which is known to protect the retinas in your eyes; preventing certain eye diseases and macular degeneration.

Papaya is most widely known to help improve digestion. It contains an enzyme that helps break down proteins in your body which helps gastrointestinal issues and keeps everything moving properly.

Papaya is also known for its amazing affects on the skin. The levels of vitamins and antioxidants in papaya work to fight against skin cell damage. Many nutritionists and natural beauty experts actually rub raw papaya on their skin to help eliminate blemishes, spotting, and heal wounds.

Sunshine Papaya Smoothie



  • 1/2 cup cubed fresh papaya, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fresh turmeric or 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk (I love Califia Farms)
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp maca powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  • 1 scoop of plant based vanilla protein powder (I use Sprout Living)

Directions: Put all the ingredients into blender until smooth and enjoy 🙂

For another great way to use papayas check out my papaya yogurt boat recipe.

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ExpoWest : Health Blogger Heaven


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It is hard to even attempt to describe what ExpoWest is really like. A three day event of pure craziness basically sums it up in the best way. ExpoWest was hosted at the Anaheim Convention Center out in California this past weekend and is a Natural Product Convention. Natural Products can include everything from food to house cleaners to vitamins & supplements. I had the great opportunity to attend ExpoWest with DRINKMaple. I helped man the booth with Co-Founders Kate and Jeff as they went in and out of meetings.  I was also fortunate to have some time to explore the four story convention center filled with all my favorite natural companies for a few hours each day. I rounded up some of my favorite new product discoveries which include some new companies I hadn’t heard of, as well as new product launches announced from some of my favorite brands at the Expo!

Here is my short roundup (I could list a million great products) so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for these new products to launch in your local stores:

  1. Love Beets
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    • 100% Organic Beet Juice
    • Beet Bars: Love Beets is launching a line of beet bars in various flavors. They are composted of only a few all natural ingredients consisting of beets, fruit, and seeds.
  1. Suja Juice
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    • #SujaTradeUp: Suja is launching a line of fresh pressed juices that will all have 9g of sugar or LESS. My favorite was the Green variation called Fortitude.
  1. Sprout Living
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    • A wide variety of 100% Plant Based Proteins with various superfoods included in each formula. Their EPIC line is great for athletes and those who workout daily with 19-26g of protein in a serving.
  1. Owl’s Brew
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    • New White Tea Cocktail Mix: “White and Vine” which is a white tea with watermelon, pomegranate and lemon peel. This mix is perfect for a spring & summer cocktail.
  1. Califia Farms

    • New Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
    • Plant Based Protein Almond Milk Drink
  1. Purely Elizabeth
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    • New line of Superfood and Granola Cereals with new flavors such as mango and blueberry hemp.
  1. Simply Mills
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    • Paleo Baking Mixes: Finally, an easy approach to making paleo chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, pumpkin bread, PIZZA DOUGH, as well as many other options that all taste delicious.

DRINKMaple launched their new logo and amazing new packaging options that will appear in stores this spring; including a twist top bottle as well as a liter size. The twist top is great for on the go and athletes and the liter is great for those who want to keep a bottle in their refrigerator to use in smoothies or cocktails!

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Lastly, a shout out to some of my favorite companies not mentioned above that provided me with multiple samples every day as I passed their booth:

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Sambazon: Acai Bowls topped with banana and granola
Navitas Natural: Power Snacks (Blueberry Hemp flavored)
Pure7Chocolate: Espresso Dark Chocolate
Eating Evolved
: Dark Chocolate Coconut Cups
Health Ade: My morning dosage of Kombucha (loved the cayenne flavor)