Catch-Up

Hey everyone!

I’m home from camp and I had a wonderful time. It was so nice to be out in nature and to enjoy a technology-free life for a week. The food situation went smoothly for the most part, and I just made sure to plan very simple, easy meals. I really did not want to spend all my time in the kitchen when I had a whole bunch of friends to hang out with! That’s no fun.

For breakfasts I either did overnight oatmeal, microwaved oatmeal (not my method of choice, but sometimes you have to make do), or a green protein smoothie. Lunch was usually a salad with some chickpeas (they had an amazing salad bar!) and fruit or something, and dinner was different every night. I had a salad, a veggie burger, a potato, soup, etc. It worked out pretty well and I was very happy. Also, surprisingly, I was not the only vegetarian or clean/healthy eater there! In fact, there were three other vegetarians, and one of them had the same issue with dairy/eggs as I do. It was really cool, and I was one of many “clean” eaters there. I think there were four or five of us total.  So awesome.

Well, since I am STILL without a camera and I have no pictures for you, I think I’ll catch up on some much-needed product reviews. It’s been a while since I’ve done one, so it’s about time.

You may remember these reviews from a while back…

Jay Robb – http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/07/31/protein-post-numba-two/

Kardea – http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/07/23/much-needed-recap/

Bora Bora – http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/07/23/much-needed-recap/

Gnu – http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/08/04/parfait-please/
http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/07/11/farmers-market-fail/
http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/07/23/much-needed-recap/

Raw Rev – http://cleanteenkelsey.com/2010/07/11/farmers-market-fail/

Well, I am happy to say that I have tested ALMOST every bar that was sent to me! You may think “Seriously, you aren’t done yet?” but I received over 30 bars! It was very difficult to sort everything out, but I feel like I’ve finally been able to get a handle on it. Because I enjoyed each bar for different reasons, I’m going to do a brief overview of each brand.

Jay Robb Protein Bars –

Flavors: Cashew Coconut, Peanut Butter, Fudge Brownie and YAMMIT! Almond Energy Bar

Verdict: Jay Robb’s bars are very enjoyable. They pack 15g of protein into each bar and they are completely, 100% natural! There are no icky ingredients and quite a few of them are organic, which is awesome to me. The taste is all right. Each bar tasted like its name, but there was a slightly fake/powdery/artificial taste to them. I’m really not sure why. :( Overall I would recommend them: they’re completely natural and the taste isn’t bad for a protein bar.

Kardea –

Flavors: Chai Spice, Banana Walnut, Lemon Ginger and Cranberry Walnut

Verdict: I didn’t try the Chai Spice because it had black tea in it, but I thoroughly enjoyed everything else. The texture was different from your typical nut/date based bar and I really liked that. The other thing I really enjoyed was the fact that these bars pack a ton of unusual, good-for-you ingredients. These include plant sterols, chicory root fiber, acacia and psyllium husk. Pretty cool; I liked them a lot.

Bora Bora –

Flavors: Too many to list. Click here to view the flavors by category: Superfood, Antioxidant and Energy.

Verdict: I really loved these! They are organic, natural and are created with a specific purpose in mind. Whether you’re looking for antioxidants, extra energy or a dose of superfoods, Bora Bora has you covered. Each bar is crunchy, chewy and provides a variety of textures/flavors. I couldn’t pick a favorite because each bar was so different! I would certainly turn to these bars for a quick, portable serving of carbs and fat.

Hooray for bar reviews! Thanks to all the wonderful companies that entrusted me with their products. You guys rock.

While we’re here, let me quickly tell you about some awesome ice cream I got to test!

Good Karma allowed me to test some of their products!

“Our mission is to bring you the healthiest and greatest tasting, organic, gluten free, dairy free  and vegan natural food products available on the planet today.

They sent me two coupons for free products and one $1 off coupon. I went to Whole Foods a while back to pick out my products and this is what I chose.

Organic Rice Divine Carrot Cake Ice Cream!

“You’ve never had a carrot cake frozen dessert before?  That’s because no one imagined how good it would be – – until now.  Creamy Organic Rice Divine™ with sweet organic carrot juice, organic raisins, organic nutmeg, and pieces of actual cake (gluten – free, of course) make this a truly remarkable Rice Divine™.”

Ingredients: Organic Rice Milk (Filtered Water, Organic Rice Syrup Solids Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice), Organic Carrot Flavor (Organic Carrot Juice Concentrate, Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Water, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Raisins, Annatto, Salt, Cinnamon, and Natural flavor),Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Organic Carrot Cake (Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Raisins, Organic Carrots, Organic Invert Dehydrated Cane Juice, Rice Flour, Organic Molasses, Organic Cinnamon, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Vanilla, Salt, Citric Acid), Organic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Organic Guar Gum, Carrageenan and/or Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt.

Okay, so I was a little nervous about this flavor at first. I’d never tried a Carrot Cake ice cream, and the long ingredients list was a tad daunting. I knew it would be risky, but I took a leap of faith.

Boy, am I glad I did! This ice “cream” is so incredible. I didn’t know if I would like it, but I absolutely love it. It’s perfectly cinnamon-y, a bit sweet, and it has little cinnamon carrot cake bites through out. Oh, it’s incredible. I definitely enjoyed it.

I also picked out some of their Original Rice Milk, because the Unsweetened Variety has yet to show its face in my Whole Foods.

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Expeller Pressed Canola and/or Organic Expeller Pressed High Oleic Safflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

This was good. I’m not a huge fan of rice milk, but I didn’t mind this one. I liked that it was completely organic and the taste was smooth and creamy.

Awesome, well I think that’s it for now. Stay tuned for a NuNaturals, Uncle Sam cereal and Artisana review! Also, I have something very exciting to tell you about.

Question of the Day: What bars have you tried? Which are your favorites? Also, have you ever had non-dairy ice cream? What’d you think, and which kind is your favorite?
Thanks for reading!

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