Since I was gone all last week for work, it's been insane trying to catch up! Add in my HORRIBLE allergies acting up, and I've been a little miserable lately! The days go by fast though;)
As promised, I have health food reviews to give you!! A few weeks ago (before the funeral and week long training away from home) I received a FREE box of health products from Swanson Health Products! All I did was e-mail them! These are the goods I received:
Very generous! Thanks Swanson! First up are the Natural, Unblanched Almonds! I've been snacking on these little morsels for a few days now, and honestly, they are delicious! I never thought of getting plain, unblanched almonds to snack on before-they sound a little boring and blah! But have you really tasted a natural nut without all the salt and added ingredients? They are GOOD! Almonds have a slightly sweet taste with a smooth, milky interior and a crunchy exterior that make them a unique treat!
A few things to know about Swanson almonds:
-160 calories per 3 T serving (a big handful, which is filling!)
-Almonds have more dietery fiber and calcium than any other nut
-Almonds are an excellent source fo Vitamin E and magnesium
Next up is the Chocolate Cocoa Bean Whey Protein powder. I've talked in posts past that I'm a huge advocate of protein powder! I have a hard time getting in enough protein since I'm not a huge meat eater, so I love whipping up a delicious smoothie and throwing in some protein powder to get my daily intake of protein!
Since I've used lots of whey protein before, I was afraid I wouldn't have much to say about this particular brand, however, I was shocked! Most of the protein powder I consume is overly sweet with a grainy texture, even when mixed! This brand was silky smooth and had a DEEP chocolate taste, almost like dark chocolate. I added some PB2, almond milk and a banana and YUMMERS! What an awesome lunch I had today! This protein powder definitely outweighs the cheapy stuff I get at Wal-Mart!
On the package I learned:
-No artifical sweeteners or flavors (probably why it's not overly sweet like others)
-Low in fat (less than 1 gram!)
-Assists in decreasing the breakdown of muscle if consumed after a workout
And the last product review on this post is Tom's of Maine toothpaste, peppermint flavor. When I saw the word "natural" in my toothpaste, I was a little skeptical. I thought grainy, bad tasting, and frankly, I thought of my grandparent's toothpaste! Yuck! I reluctantly tried it and was pleasantly surprised! It's a "naturally foaming fluoride toothpaste" so it didn't foam as much as regular toothpaste, but enough that you knew it was working. And the taste was super good (for toothpaste;) This toothpaste is made without sodium lauryl sulfate, which can cause mouth and gum irritation for some people. I don't have this problem, but if you have mouth sensitivities, I would really recommend this toothpaste!
Although all of the products were given to me of no charge, I gave honest reviews on all of the above products! I sincerely hope you check their site out and maybe try a new health product! I will be giving a review on all of the vitamins as soon as I've taken them long enough to give an accurate review.
Are you interested in getting some free Swanson Health Products goodies to review on your own blog? Then check out the Swanson Health Blog for all the details.
In other news, we got new windows in the front of our house today!!!
Pretty cool, huh?!?! I think it makes a huge difference to the front of our house! As soon as it warms up a bit, we'll be painting our doorway. And eventually new siding will really spruce it up-but this is a good start!
What's a new food find that you'd like to share? Do you have a favorite protein powder you always use? What's your favorite nut?