Posts Tagged ‘Raw diet’

Natural Nutrition for the Family

PicsArt_1379515051350As a busy and active mom, sometimes it’s tough to get in some good nutrition. Health bars and smoothies don’t always cut it. Well, I have to share about this amazing product I was recently asked to sample. As you look at the picture, let me start by saying that ENERGYbits are NOT a pill or supplement….they are actually FOOD!

ENERGYbits are 100% natural and contain just one calorie per tab! You can chew them or swallow them or even crush them into your smoothie or other drink. I choose to swallow them with some water like a pill because, quite honestly, their “green” flavor is tough to get used to. So what are they made of? ENERGYbits are 100% SPIRULINA ALGAE that has been grown organically in fresh water tanks. They dry it up and then press it into little green “bits”. This SUPER food is super charged with nutrition. A bag of ENERGYbits comes with 1,000 tabs. This is the equivalent of about 20-30 grocery carts full of fruits and vegetables!! Where else are you going to find this type of nutrition?

Algae was declared the most nutritionally dense food in the world by the United Nations, World Bank, Rockefeller Institute, and Carnegie Institute about forty years ago. NASA has even used it for 50 years to keep the astronauts on space missions healthy. They say, “1 kg of algae has the nutritional value of 1,000 kg of fruits and vegetables.”   However, today, most people in the U.S. are still unaware of its benefits.

ENERGYbits have so many benefits that if I listed them all this would end up a VERY long post.  Easy to take every day, you can give yourself the gift of natural health while boosting your mental and physical energy from 40 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, nitric oxide, 64% protein, and lots more.  They are also a great way to ensure you get in some great workouts.  They have really helped me feel more energetic these past few, very busy, weeks. If you’re looking to lose or maintain weight, there are also SKINNYbits available, which help eliminate hunger and fatigue. You can also find VITALITYbits which are made of 50% spirulina and 50% chlorella and support longevity. For the entire family, RECOVERYbits are ideal. You can boost their immune system, prevent colds and other sicknesses, and even remove toxins with 100% Organic Chlorella and B vitamins, electrolytes, amino acids and chlorophyll.

All of the BITS are 100% NON-GMO, organically grown, loaded with nutrients, and have just one calorie per tab. No sugar, chemicals, caffeine, gluten, soy or anything else…just 100% raw and green.


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March Boxes for Mom & Baby

CAM00543I still can’t get over my first Subscription Boxes from Ecocentric Mom.  I received both the “Mom” and the “Baby” March boxes and am wowed by the quality of products and savings I received.  If you’re unfamiliar with subscription boxes, they are the latest and greatest way to sample and save on new products through a monthly subscription. For as little as $17, you can get a box in the mail once a month from Ecocentric Mom filled with goodies like the ones pictured above. You can subscribe to the “Mom”, “Mom-to-be” or “Baby” discovery boxes. You can even subscribe for more than one box for more fun stuff and savings.  I highly encourage anyone looking to discover and save on new, green, and healthy products and services to check out Ecocentric Mom and sign-up now!

Take a look at the stuff I got in the March box for Moms. (I’ve included the regular retail price of each in parentheses and some thoughts on the products):

1. Amazing Grass Kidz -Wild Berry Sample. I’ve been thinking about buying this for my daughter for a while and now we got the chance to sample it first! I put the powder in her smoothie and she instantly got the equivalent of 3 servings of fruits and veggies…and she loved it. Much easier than making her take vitamins/supplements. I received a 20% off coupon to purchase a box online too! ($21.99 for 15 count packets)

2. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars. ($0.99 each) I received two of them. My daughter and I absolutely LOVE them, both the Fig and Raspberry flavors. They are dairy-free, Kosher and made with stone ground whole wheat. Better alternative to other energy bars. Make a healthy treat or snack. Taste like you’re eating fig newtons or soft, yummy cookies.

3. Go Raw Spirulina Energy Bar. ($1.19 per bar) This bar is purely raw, organic, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free. soy-free and GMO-free. Made with Spirulina and sprouted seeds and only 70 calories…perhaps the most perfect healthy snack.

4. Snikiddy Eat Your Vegetables Snack Chips ($2.99-$3.99)  These chips are so yummy and contain a full serving of vegetables in every ounce! I received one 4.5 oz bag of the Sour Cream & Onion variety. GMO-free, gluten and wheat free, no artificial colors or preservatives or MSG. My daughter LOVED them…so did I! I’ll be using the $1 off coupon I also received asap!

5. EBOOST ($1.79 per packet or $28 for box of 20) I received 2 packets…Daily Health Booster in Orange and Natural Energy in Pink Lemonade. You just mix these little packets in your water to get extra vitamins, green tea and more to help boost your immune system or give you a little extra energy during a workout. I haven’t tried them yet or looked into all of the ingredients but I’m positive they are a better alternative to sugary, chemical-filled drinks. Came with a 20% off online coupon.

6. Waxelene The Petroleum Jelly Alternative ($1.99 per sample/$6.99 for 2oz jar/$15.99 per 9oz jar) I received a sample packet of 3 applications. Petroleum Jelly aka Vaseline has been said to not be as good for the skin as many believe. In fact it can be very toxic and is actually bad for the environment as well. Waxelene offers a much better and healthier alternative. It is aerated so it won’t clog your pores like petroleum jelly. It contains Organic soy oil, beeswax, vit E oil and organic rosemary oil. Can be used for everything from chapped lips to diaper rash. It is also biodegradable. Also received 10% online coupon.

7. Treefort Naturals Soap ($5.50 per bar) I received a bar of the Hemp Lemongrass soap. The small mom-owned business offers other bath and skin care products handmade from natural, local and organic ingredients. While I’m not a fan of the lemon scent, it made my skin feel great. Also received 20% online coupon.

8. Mama Willow Tree Green Tea Herbal Eye Balm ($3.50 sample/$10 full) I received a sample size that comes in the form of a chapstick. Makes for easy application. I’ve been using it every morning to help with tired, puffy eyes. So far so good. Also received 10% online coupon.

9. Heaven’s Alchemy Exquisite Perfumes ($5 sample) I recieved 2 sample vials…Monaco and St. Petersburg. I really like the latter’s scent. They are alcohol/paraben/phthalate and color additive free. Created by a husband and wife. 15 scents named after some of the greatest cities of the world. Received a 15% off online coupon too.

10. Essence of Vali’s Sleep ($18 for full size) I received a sample vial of this 100% natural and vegan blend of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood and ylang/ylang. I’ve actually been having trouble sleeping recently. For the past couple of days I’ve been putting a drop on the end of my pillowcase as stated in the directions. I like the scent and I have to say I’ve had better sleep the past couple of nights. Coincidence? Also received 20% online coupon too.

11. Hazel Village Postcards (Set of 3 postcards -$3) These beautiful cards are handmade from organic cotton. I received 3 with pictures of bunnies and other Spring/Easter related animals, so my daughter and I mailed them out to friends and family. Received a 20% off online coupon too.

12. Mineral Hygienics -$15 Gift Card! Known for it’s longest lasting makeup and short list of ingredients. I took advantage of this one and got a free lipstick online!!!

13. Sprout San Francisco -$10 Gift Card. A natural and organic children’s boutique. Shop for clothing, personal care, toys, furniture, etc.

14. iTRAIN -$50 Gift Card! A website where you can download fitness classes, music, videos, etc. I’ll be taking advantage of this one very soon!!!

And if that wasn’t enough, I also got the March Box for Baby:


1. Branam All Natural Xylitol Tooth Gel-Go Go Grape ($5.69) This tooth gel is recommended by dentists and pediatricians for children 6 months to 4 years of age. It contains Xylitol which is known as a safer alternative to help clean teeth and remove plaque. It does not contain fluoride (considered controversial and unsafe by many) and is safe to swallow. Received a 25% off online coupon too.

2. Living Green Baby Natural Bamboo Lux Wipes ($10.49 for a pack of 6) I received 2 Lux Wipes from Living Green Baby. This family owned business makes reusable alternatives to every day disposable products. The wipes are made with high quality bamboo. They are very soft, but durable. Great way to go green. Received 15% of online coupon too.

3. Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35 ($15 -4oz) I received a sample size of this sunscreen and will definitely be taking it with me when I travel this Summer. Water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Contains safe minerals with aloe and green tea extract. It is top rated by EWG for safety. Can be used by newborns on up!

4. Squishy Snack Pak ($5.99 ea) This reusable spouted pouch is great for homemade baby food, yogurt, smoothies and anything squishy you want to take on-the-go. Makes it easy for little ones to eat. It’s BPA free and has a choke proof cap. You fill it from the bottom and the little one squishes out just enough from the top. Can also be used as freezer storage. Great and easy way to go green.

In addition. this box also came with some items I mentioned above…

5. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars

6. Waxelene The Petroleum Jelly Alternative

7. Hazel Village Set of 3 Postcards

8. iTRAIN $50 Gift Card

9. Sprout San Francisco $10 Gift Card


Get more info & sign-up to get your monthly surprises: Ecocentric Mom

Real Food AllWays

This week I finally made it over to one of my favorite cafes in the area. When I first moved to PA, this was the first place I came across that reminded me of home. The AllWays Cafe is a little spot in Huntingdon Valley that is known for it’s healthy and fresh food choices. Six years later, it is still my favorite, especially during the Autumn and Winter months.

During this time of year, there is nothing I crave more than a good bowl of soup and AllWays has my absolute favorite…butternut squash. It just might be the best one I’ve ever had! Along with this, I am also addicted to their Sweet Potato Quesadilla, made with pumpkin seeds, spinach, honey-lime chipotle sauce, sweet potatoes and cheddar cheese. It is served with a side of their salsa and sour cream. I have tried duplicating the quesadilla at home, but it just doesn’t come close.

What makes AllWays so unique to the area is their healthy choices of local and organic foods that cater to a variety of foodies and diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, raw diet, etc. I have had their Raw Salad, Lavendar Salad, Asparagus Salad, Thai Peanut Salad, Fresh Mozarella Panini, Veggie Wrap, Portabello Mushroom Sandwich, Falafal, Black Bean Burrito (thought I asked for chicken in it) and their Hummus & Veggies Starter. All of these dishes have been absolutely fantastic. They also carry my favorite line of ice teas, Steaz, and they make some good lattes. The meal isn’t complete without one of their famous Chocolate Bombs (a cross between a brownie and a cookie) for dessert. I only wish they made some without walnuts.

The Cafe is located in the Bethayres Shopping Center and while the parking lot isn’t tiny, it can get tricky during peak lunch hours. The place itself is very small. If they are busy it can be difficult to find seating and service can get slow. This is a great place for the whole family because of the quality of food, but if you are going to take small children, avoid peak hours or maybe just order it as take-out. Inside the cafe has a nice, boho-artsy and relaxed feel to it. Their menu is written on blackboards across the top of the ordering counter. Prices are extremely reasonable (average of $10 or less), especially for the amount of deliciousness you get. The only negative points, besides the lack of seating at lunch time, are their hours and that they don’t offer BYOB. They are only open Mon-Sat., 11am-7:30pm. It would be great if they had longer dinner hours on the weekend so you can enjoy a glass of wine or two with your meal.

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Essona Organics…skin care that delivers “outer beauty, inner health”

Last month I received a sample kit from Essona Organics. I had been eager to try their products since I first got word of them. The founder and president, Maria Tarnev-Wydro, worked with award-winning European cosmetic scientists to deliver a skin care line that uses only the best organic and natural ingredients. Her products do not contain any harmful chemicals or ingredients that most of the well-known big name brands do.  The skin is the largest organ of the body. At a time when Cancer seems to be affecting the lives of everyone, what we our putting on our skin and in our bodies should be of concern.  I have been looking for a good skin care regimen that is both effective and safe. Essona Organics may have very well won me over. After using the samples for about 3 weeks, I was very happy with them and the results. Here is a brief overview of each:

1. SPRING DEW Facial Cleanser with Tropical Essence.  This facial cleanser can be used day and night. A little goes a long way. You just need to rub a small amount with your fingers in circular motions over your face, rinse with warm water and pat dry. I used it in the shower and to remove make-up for a little over 2 weeks. It felt very light and gentle but seemed to work quite well.  It removed all my make-up, left my face feeling clean and refreshed and did not leave behind any residue. I loved the wonderful tropical-coconut scent.  The ingredients are all 100% eco-green and natural and include:  Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Food Grade Emulsifier, Bentonite Clay, Organic Lavender, Organic Rosemary, Organic Algae, Organic Sea Kelp, Organic Dulse, Organic Spirulina, Coco Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Natural Preservative Blend, Essential Oil Blend. 

2. Following the cleanser, I used the POM-ACAI 100% Antioxidant Ageless Creme for almost 2 weeks. The Pom-Acai delivered results immediately.  Compared to the facial creme I was using before,  I noticed a difference in how my skin felt after just one use. It felt smooth and bouncy. With continued use, my skin felt well hydrated, nourished and alive. I really enjoyed this product. It is also lightweight and all you need is a little bit applied to the face, and neck area morning and/or night. The pleasant light scent of pomegranate and acai berry is a favorite. This product contains 35 Super fruits Antioxidants and 150 nutrients and vitamins that help fight the signs of aging and other skin damage.  Ingredients include: Purified Water, Organic Aloe, Organic Glycerin, Food Grade Emulsifier, Organic Oil Blend of: Inca Inchi, Almond, Apricot, Sunflower; Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Pumpkin Enzymes, Fruit Extract Mix: Orange, Sugar Cane, Maple, Lemon; Organic Lactic Acid, Organic Mixture of: Pomegranate, Mangosteen, Pine Bark, Grapeseed, Goji Berry, Green Tea, White Tea, Acai Berry, Elderberry; Vitamins E, A, B, C, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, CoQ10, Hyloronic Acid, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Essential Oil Blend.

3. Once I ran out of the Pom-Acai I switched to the SENSIGEN Balancing Creme with Sea Buckthorn for Sensitive Skin. I just completed almost 2 weeks of using this product. While I prefer the Pom-Acai creme, this product definitely proved to work well for people with sensitive skin. Prior to sampling the ESSONA Organics products, I had red, dry skin around my nose. I suffer from sensitive skin around this area and am always looking for something that will help relieve it. While I loved how my skin felt while using the Pom-Acai, the area around my nose was still slightly red. Soon after I started using the SENSIGEN creme, the dry, red area cleared up. Ingredients include: Organic Aloe, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Shea Buckthorn, Squaline, Organic Blue-Green Algae, Bisabolol, Organic Pine Bark, etc.  

ESSONA Organics has a wide variety of products and I look forward to trying out several others. From several supplements to a weight-loss juice to a state-of-the-art technology wrinkle eraser system, I highly recommend visiting their website to learn more. You will read about Maria’s inspiration and vision behind this high quality line of products and will be able to watch helpful videos and learn more about the products to help choose the right kind for your skin type.

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