Posts Tagged ‘vitamins’

NeoCell Collagen

I recently learned about two of the newest products from NeoCell and am excited to share with you a little about them and my experience.  NeoCell brought the use of collagen to the United States and introduced us to its variety of uses and benefits. It can aid in everything from stronger hair and nails to anti-aging. NeoCell’s collagen and collagen related products are made using the highest quality ingredients. They are leaders in nutritional science, helping people lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

PicsArt_1390143041549For the past month I have been indulging in NeoCell’s new fresh mint chocolate Beauty Bursts, gourmet collagen soft chews. Two of these little chocolate bites contain only 40 calories and are packed with 2,000 mg of  Super Collagen, the body’s protein that helps strengthen hair, skin and nails. They also contain Vitamin C, which is essential in boosting collagen in the skin, and Hyaluronic Acid, known as “Nature’s Moisturizer,” to hydrate and renew the skin. Not only are you getting lots of nutrients in just two chews, but Beauty Bursts are all natural….they are free from gluten, soy, and palm oil and they taste good! This past year, 2013, they were named the “Best of Natural Beauty” by Better Nutrition Magazine, as well as the “Best Beauty Supplement” by Delicious Living Magazine.

PicsArt_1390143343325Along with the Beauty Bursts, I have been taking NeoCell’s Collagen Beauty Builder supplement. This all natural product promotes radiant skin and anti-aging. By taking three tablets twice a day, I am getting 6,000 mg of Super Collagen, containing 19 amino acids. I am also getting Vitamin C, Biotin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Silica, all which help to protect and enhance the formation of collagen and elasticity in the skin.

The first thing I noticed after taking NeoCell supplements for about a week….my nails are stronger and growing quicker than ever before! They look and feel healthier. The most impressive and obvious affect these products have had, however, are on my skin.

Every Winter, since moving to the East Coast, I have suffered from dry skin. My hands seems to age, my lips get chapped, and my hair and scalp get dry too. Well, I am ecstatic to report that even though this has been the coldest, most brutal Winter I have ever experienced, my skin looks and feels soft and moisturized! At the very start of winter my hands got dry and were cracked. I applied some lotion and shortly after began taking the Beauty Bursts and  Collagen Beauty Builder. Bye-Bye dry skin! I have had absolutely no problems ever since and no need to use extra hand lotion. Amazing. I am completely convinced the collagen supplements have done the trick. My hair, nails and skin look and feel healthier than ever. If you want more youthful, radiant skin, hair and nails, I highly recommend NeoCell. They have a variety of products for everything from joint health, sport recovery, anti-aging, total body health, and more. Beauty starts from within.   

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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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Superfoods for Kids

PicsArt_1375246245526With back-to-school season right around the corner, it is not too early to start planning healthy snacks for your kids’ lunches. I was recently introduced to a new line of healthy snacks and asked to share my thoughts. My Super Foods was created by two moms that were tired of not finding healthier food options for their kids, so they created their own. I received three varieties of the MySuperSnack (soft) Granola Bites for review….Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Banana Acai, and Apple Raisin.

The first thing to catch my attention is the “All Natural” label on the packaging. As most of us may know, nowadays you cannot judge a book by its cover…you have to read the ingredients and nutrition facts! What I found are whole grain oats, omega-3 rich flax seeds, apples, blueberries, amaranth flour, organic canola oil, 6-8 grams of sugar per serving, 3 grams of fiber, vitamins A, C, B6 and 12, Iron and other truly natural ingredients.  The best part? While it does not say so on the packaging, a peek at the My Super Foods website will confirm that these snacks are preservative and GMO free! Added bonus…the packaging is BPA-free!

While this may sound like just the treat you’ve been looking for, we all know it means nothing if your little one(s) just doesn’t like the taste. Well, my 6 year old daughter absolutely loves them. Her favorite is the Chocolate Chip variety (mine too!). She also likes the Apple Raisin.  She is not as crazy about the Blueberry Banana Acai….coincidentally, it is the least sweet of the three. 😉 We both agree that what makes the Granola Bites fun to eat are their soft texture. They make you feel like you’re indulging in little, yummy baked cookies. They are the perfect alternative to a healthy treat, snack or dessert.  My family is definitely a new fan. 

My Super Foods has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, People, and Daily Candy. The company is dedicated to helping end child hunger in the U.S.A. by donating a generous portion of proceeds and products to several food banks throughout the country.

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Organic Snacks & Backyard Game Contest

CAM00403Convenient, healthy snacks are something I write about frequently. In today’s busy society it is sometimes difficult to have fresh and nutritious snacks on hand. That’s why when I first discovered CLIF Kid I knew I had struck gold. CLIF Kid is the maker of organic snacks for kids…Zbar, Zbar Crispy and Zfruit. 5 years later, my daughter still loves the Zbar energy snack bars…and so do I!

One bar contains around 10 grams of whole grains, 12 vitamins and minerals, 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber. What I love most is that 95% of the ingredients are Certified USDA Organic. No high fructose corn syrup. No hydrogenated oils. No preservatives. No trans fats. No artificial flavors or colors.

IMG_20130409_111439These snack bars are a great way to provide some nutritious energy for young active kids (and adults!) when you’re on the go. They are the perfect treat and can even pass for a nutritious dessert. We get them for only $1.69 at TJs or WholeFoods. They are vegan too!

The Zbars are soft and chewy and come in a variety of flavors. My daughter’s favorites are the Iced Oatmeal Cookie and the Honey Graham. I love the Chocolate Brownie. They also come in Smore’s. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip. CLIF Kid recently added a Zbar Crispy Rice variety. It’s like having a special rice krispy treat only it contains plenty of good for you stuff.  So far we’ve tried the Cookies ‘n Cream. They also come in Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter.

CLIF Kid recently announced that they are bringing back their CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year contest. It is designed to encourage kids ages 6-12 to explore outdoor play by inventing their very own backyard game. Individual category entrants could win a $10,000 scholarship, a bike from Specialized Bicycles and a Bell helmet. This year a group category has been added and entrants have the opportunity to win a $15,000 donation to the non-profit of their choice. In addition, select finalists will win a trip to San Diego to showcase their games at the 2013 CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs.

The contest is running now and ends on June 17, 2013. Backyard game ideas can be submitted at  For all contest submissions, kids ages 6-12 are asked to invent original backyard games that bring kids together to play outside. The games can utilize common household items such as balls, hula hoops, beanbags and, most importantly, kids’ imaginations for hours of fun.

Co-authors and outdoor play advocates, Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer, are sharing fun outdoor activity tips for families on the CLIF Kid Facebook page ( during the contest phase and will also serve as judges at the CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs. Tornio and Keffer’s book, “The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up,” launched on April 2 and is a year-round how-to activity guidebook for outdoor exploration.


“All of us here at CLIF Kid remember what a blast it was being kids, exploring the outdoors and creating wacky games to amuse ourselves and friends,” said Jennifer Yun, brand director for CLIF Kid. “With Backyard Game of the Year, we’re providing a spotlight for kids to share their creativity and build the confidence that starts from playing outside.”

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Mineral Skin Care from ADOVIA


I was recently approached by Cleopatra’s Choice and asked to give Adovia’s Mineral Lift Serum a try and share my experience. I began my new skin care regimen on Nov. 1st. It’s been a little over a month now. The directions call for you to massage a small amount onto clean, dry skin. For best results it should be used daily and it can be used under make up, followed up with anti-wrinkle creme or used by itself. There is no clarification as to whether it should be used only in the mornings/day or as an evening creme, as well. I opted to use it as both a day and night creme.


So what have I thought of Adovia’s Mineral Lift Serum so far? Well, I must first mention that I still have about 1/4 of my 1.0 fl. oz bottle left. The serum is concentrated and a little bit definitely goes a long way which makes it very cost effective. Definite plus. A bottle of the serum regularly sells for $60. It is currently on sale for $49.95 and if you buy 2 or more the price goes down to $39.95. Free Shipping is included.

One of the first things I look for when trying out a new face creme is any negative reaction or change in my skin after a few days of use. I have to say that my sensitive skin took very easily to the mineral lift serum. I have not experienced any redness or breakouts. Another plus! I like how my face feels immediately after applying. My complexion feels smooth and firm and my skin feels hydrated. The serum is very light and absorbs quickly too.

What makes this Serum unique and effective? There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the benefits of the Dead Sea Minerals. This serum combines these with other natural and anti-aging ingredients and vitamins, such as Evening Primrose Oil, Green Tea, Seaweed, Amino Acids, Vitamin Pro B5 and Vitamin C. The combination of all of these ingredients help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also protects your skin from daily pollutants and weather damage.

Final Thoughts…

While my experience with the Adovia serum this past month has been mostly on the positive side, I would be lying if I didn’t share some negatives. Those who know me and have followed my posts as far back as 2006, know that ingredients in skin products are a very important topic for me. Since my daughter was born 6 years ago, I have tried dozens of products that claim to be safe, natural, organic, non-gmo, preservative-free, toxin-free, paraben free, hypo-allergenic, etc. I’ve bought shampoos, lotions, body washes and the like, ranging from a couple bucks to close to $100 a bottle. It’s nearly impossible to find that one perfect product that is 100% safe, good for you, effective and affordable at the same time. I definitely have some favorites, but I think I will probably always be in pursuit of something even better. As far as an anti-aging product, this Mineral Lift Serum might be the right fit for some. While it’s made with some fantastic stuff and my skin feels and looks great now, there are a few ingredients on the list that make it questionable for me to use it long term (for complete list of ingredients: click here). However, I must note that Cleopatra’s Choice offers a large variety of other products on their website that are high quality, chemical free, organic, vegan, etc., that are also worth considering. In the end, I always encourage others to do their own research and go with what feels right to them.

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Take the KIND pledge and enjoy healthy snacking!

I recently had the opportunity to sample a KIND Plus All-natural Nut Delight Bar. I had always seen them while shopping at Whole Foods Market, but just hadn’t gotten around to picking one up. The bars are low in sodium, gluten and wheat free, contain nutrients like calcium and iron and best of all, NON-GMO! I’m not really a fan of peanuts in my snack bars, but the mix included almonds, walnuts, macadamias, cashews and my all-time favorite, brazil nuts, too. So, imagine my delight at being asked to try 4 different varieties of the new KIND Nuts & Spices bars! All four flavors are packed with so much nutrition and natural ingredients that you can see and pronounce. These bars make healthy snacking so easy. They are like healthy trail mix in a convenient bar.

Most snack bars are full of sugar, processed and hidden ingredients like sugar alcohols and preservatives, but not KIND. In fact, right now you can join KIND in taking the special SAY NO TO SECRET INGREDIENTS PLEDGE.  The first 100,000 people to sign up and take the pledge to say no to secret ingredients will receive a $0.50 coupon redeemable at retail on the new KIND Nuts & Spices bars. Just simply click here to take the pledge and receive your coupon. It’s easy. Offer expires Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

Below is a brief review and description of each bar and ingredients I sampled. You will also have the opportunity to win 2 free bars of your choice. You can find KIND snacks and bars at a variety of places, like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, The Vitamin Shoppe, REI, even Bed Bath & Beyond. Visit the KIND SNACKS website to place an order or find a location near you. You won’t be disappointed!

* Cashew Ginger Spice: contains cashews, almonds, peanuts, chicory root fiber, honey, non-GMO glucose, crisp rice, ginger, sugar, spices, soy lecithin. Only 4 grams of sugar and 200 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, high in iron, vitamin E, K and B, folate, magnesium, zinc, etc. Low in sodium, gluten and dairy free. The light traces of ginger makes it a unique and tasty bar and ginger has many healthy benefits.

*Madagascar Vanilla Almond: contains almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, honey, non-GMO glucose, chicory root fiber, crisp rice, madagascar vanilla, soy lecithin. Only 4 grams of sugar and 210 calories, 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, high in Vitamin E and B, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and iron. Low in sodium, gluten and dairy free. Upon opening the bar the scent of vanilla is pretty strong and tastes great!

*Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan: contains peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, chicory root fiber, honey, palm kernel oil, sugar, non-GMO glucose, crisp rice, cocoa powder, cinnamon, soy lecithin, milk powder, salt, vanilla extract. Only 5 grams of sugar and 200 calories, 5 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, high in iron, vitamin B, Folate, magnesium, zinc, etc. Low in sodium and gluten free. The smell of cinnamon and the combination of chocolate made this my daughter’s favorite!  

Last, but not least…my favorite…

*Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt: contains almonds, peanuts, walnuts, chicory root fiber, honey, palm kernel oil, sugar, crisp rice, cocoa powder, non-GMO glucose, sea salt, soy lecithin, milk powder, vanilla extract. Only 5 grams of sugar and  200 calories, 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, high in Vitamin E & B, iron, potassium, magnesium, etc. The sweet and salty combination of the sea salt, nuts and chocolate coating of this bar make you feel almost guilty of having a “candy bar” for snack time!

If you are interested in sampling one of the bars above, please leave a comment below. The first 3 people to follow my blog and leave a comment will receive 2 bars of their choice for free!

Oh…and please, don’t forget to take the pledge now!