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!

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)

Mix-up your Breakfast Routine

So many of us get stuck in a routine before work or school and find ourselves having the same old thing for breakfast each morning. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals and there are so many new healthy and quick options these days. Here are some of my new favorites alternatives/new products I have found to replace my daily green smoothie if you have a few extra minutes in the morning or they can be perfect weekend brunch options:


-Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal: I am a huge fan of this product. Purely Elizabeth created oatmeal that is made out of many different whole grains and SuperFoods. My favorite flavor is the 6 grain. The 6 grain includes: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, kaniwa, hemp, flax and chia. You bring it to a boil and then let simmer on the stove for about 10-15 minutes with almond or coconut milk. The best part is what you can put on the top; berries, nuts, granola, shredded coconut, figs, almond/coconut butter and cinnamon. It is so delicious and can be made in a variety of ways when you get creative with your toppings. This is a great way to start your day with a hearty serving of grains, protein and fiber. These products are great because there is no sugar added, they are certified organic, vegan, and gluten free so they can satisfy a wide audience. Purely Elizabeth also makes delicious granolas and gluten free baking mixes. Check out her website and products at your local Whole Foods Market or Target store. []

-Fall Recipe Remix: Add half the amount of almond/coconut milk and substitute the other half with ½ cup of 100% pure pumpkin puree, top with pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice.

-Papaya Boats: This breakfast trend I can thank one of my favorite nutrition bloggers; Nutrition Stripped [] for. This health blogger has come up with so many variations of making these amazing treats. This requires a little time to make but is well worth it! The concept is simple; split the papaya in half and scrape out the seeds in the middle. This creates your two “bowls”. Fill each with greek, icelandic skyr, or any other type of yogurt. Then comes the best part; cover with as many toppings of your choice. Some of my favorite toppings are berries, figs, coconut butter, almond butter, banana slices, avocado chunks, hemp or chia seeds, and crumbled nuts. Once you are finished filling your two bowls, grab a spoon and enjoy! Make sure to scrape some papaya into each bite!