Monday, January 16, 2017

{eatingEVOLVED}

Good morning Cupcakes!

It's been a while since I've written a blog post. Let me catch you guys up...

First I want to start by sharing a new company with you. It's called: {eatingEVOLVED}


All of their products are: gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegan, refined sugar free, & soy free.

I 100% agree with their mission, check it out here: {Mission}. Basically, the chocolate market is flooded with candy that is milk chocolate & full of refined sugar.

{eatingEVOLVED} is the opposite. This chocolate is antioxidant rich & also a super food!


Let me tell you a little bit about the chocolates I've tried. First up... {Classic Coconut Butter Cup}

This was everything I thought it would be: creamy, rich, smooth, and so much more. I love the balance of the sweet coconut butter with the dark chocolate. It's also a cool switch from the normal PB and chocolate combo. Here are the ingredients: 

INGREDIENTS: Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, Himalayan Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract


Next up...{Banana Cream Coconut Butter Cup}. Holy moly! This flavor was amazing. The banana wasn't overpowering which was a nice touch. This whole combo reminded me more of a chocolate covered banana. The banana flavor also didn't taste fake like some banana flavored things. This chocolate is 100% real, no fake ingredients. 

INGREDIENTS: Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Banana


I was super excited to try their hot chocolate because I haven't had hot chocolate in FOREVER (due to not being able to consume lactose). So here is their {Hot Chocolate + Collagen}

INGREDIENTS: Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Cacao Butter, Grass-Fed Collagen

This is everything I could ever imagine. I love that there is added collagen for a protein boost! Collagen is also good for hair, skin, nails, digestion, & so much more. I heated up some almond milk & mixed 2 T of this mix in. It was heavenly! Slightly sweet, but also not too sweet so that I could fully enjoy the chocolate flavor. Nailed it with this one eatingEVOLVED!

Now on  to the Chocolate Bars:


This bar is 72% cacao. When I opened up this package, there were almonds on top of the chocolate. I love the look of this bar! I also love chocolate paired with almonds, so this combo was bomb! If you do not like super dark chocolate, this bar would be a good place for you to start acquiring the taste for dark chocolate. 

 INGREDIENTS: Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Almonds, Himalayan Sea Salt




This bar is dream worthy! I love that there are little caramel pieces on top of this bar. It's aesthetically pleasing! This bar has a slightly higher cacao percentage at 85%. I cannot say enough good things about this chocolate. I will definitely be buying this at my local grocery (or you can order online). 

INGREDIENTS: Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter




Alright guys, this is 100% dark chocolate! BOOM! It is super dark and delicious. There's also zero sugar in this bar, so it can be super helpful if you are eliminating added sugars from your diet. Again, eatingEVOLVED hit this one out of the ball park. The bar has pieces of coconut on top to make it beautiful. Yes, chocolate can be beautiful! 

INGREDIENTS: Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Shredded Coconut, Organic Vanilla



eatingEVOLVED also has chocolate spreads, roasted coconut butter, gift boxes, swag/apparel, & other flavors of hot chocolate, coconut butter cups, & chocolate bars. Check them out here: {eatingEVOLVED goods}

Another tip: Store your chocolate in a Stasher Bag!

I hope you all have a fantastic day! 

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 

*P.S. this is not a paid post, I simply love informing my readers about clean, healthy, simple, & nutritious products. It can be hard to find these type of products in today's society. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

{Primal Kitchen}

OH MY HEAVENS!


Hello cupcakes!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I wanted to share a recent package I received from Primal Kitchen. May of you probably know I am totally obsessed with collagen at the moment. It has so many wonderful health benefits (especially for your skin, hair, & nails). Primal Kitchen now has collagen bars! WHOOP!

Okay... so I am getting a little ahead of my self. Sorry, I just can't contain my excitement. 

Here are some previous posts about Primal Kitchen:





Okay now let me tell you where you can find Primal Kitchen Products. 

Primal Kitchen Products can now be found at many stores around the country (such as Kroger, Publix, Sprouts, and of course Whole Foods).  

Let me start off by talking about the new flavors of Primal Kitchen's Collagen Bars:

There's Dark Chocolate, Coconut Cashew, Macadamia Sea Salt, & Chocolate Hazelnut. 
  • Each bar has 15 grams of protein and only 3 grams of sugar. 
  • The bars also have more collagen than a cup of bone broth and even more than some leading collagen supplements. 
  • The bars are also rich in monounsaturated fats. 
  • They are an excellent source of prebiotic fiber for digestive health. 
  • The bars are free of refined sugar, gluten, grains, dairy, whey, & soy
  • Lower in carbs (only 12-15 grams per bar)
Let me know you the goods....

This is the Macadamia Sea Salt (which is my fav!)



This bars has a slight buttery, sweet taste from the macadamia nuts. This is also the lowest carb bar. 

This one is the Dark Chocolate Almond Bar


Who doesn't like the combo of almonds and dark chocolate? This bar is perfect for when I am craving chocolate because it also helps me fuel up with fats, proteins, and carbs instead of just sugar from candy or other junk foods. 

This bar is the Chocolate Hazelnut Bar


Did someone say Nutella!? This bar would be Nutella's healthy sister (insert winking emoji). This bar goes perfectly with a morning cup of coffee!

And last in the bar round up is Coconut Cashew.


This bar is pretty cool because it contains cashews, almonds, and pumpkin seeds which give the bars a nutty crunch. The coconut adds a sweet, creamy flavor to balance out the nutty crunch from the nuts. (This one is a close second to the Macadamia Sea Salt bar)

Now onto some bomb condiments...

Ranch Dressing & Chipotle Lime Mayo


The Ranch is DAIRY FREE!! The ranch is made with pure avocado oil, organic garlic, onion, dill, cage free organic eggs, nutritional yeast, black pepper, & chives. (There is NO buttermilk, gluten, soy, canola, or sugar!! YESSS!)

Also if you are on a round of Whole30, you can have the Ranch!


This stuff is seriously my absolute favorite condiment every invented... CHIPOTLE LIME MAYO!


If you follow my Instagram (@toriswholelife) you have been seeing me put this on everything! Currently I am obsessed with putting it on a whole wheat bagel or Ezekiel toast & topping it with an egg and Farm House Culture Jalapeno Kraut! BOMB!! DO it!


Here are the labels of these two.


If you want to get your hands on some goods for yourself, follow this link: {Primal Kitchen Shop}

You can also find the stuff at a grocery store or Amazon. 

To read the story behind Primal Kitchen, follow this link: {Mark's Story}

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."

Sunday, December 4, 2016

{Pinnertest} Food Intolerance Testing

Hello cupcakes!
With many questions regarding my Pinner Test, I thought it would be fun to write a blog post about my experience. 

So I received my Pinner Test in the mail and this is what the package looked like:


Once I opened up the kit, this is what was inside. It came with a needle to prick your finger, a cleansing pad, a blood sample pack, and the envelope to send in your blood sample. 


Patch wanted in on the action too!


I opened up the needle package, cleansing wipe, and blood sample packet. Next, I used the wipe to clean the top portion of my finger and then pricked the top of my finger with the needle. This is just a little prick such as when a diabetic tests their blood sugar levels. After that, you drop a few drops of blood onto the blood sample pack. It is basically a little pad that absorbs the blood. Then I closed up the blood sample pack, put a band-aid on my finger, and placed the sample in the envelope. I placed the envelope in the mail. About 10 days later, I received my results via email. Here is what some of the results look like...







So there were only four foods that showed up on my test: potatoes (level 3), grapes (level 2), broccoli (level 1), & beef (level 1).  Level 1= low reaction, Level 2= moderate reaction, & Level 3= high reaction.

Here are some screen shots of the FAQ's: 





What I liked about the FAQ's is the company breaks down the importance of figuring out which foods you are intolerant to. 

Here is the link to the website: {Pinnertest}

So what is a food intolerance? 

"If your body has problems producing certain enzymes, you can experience a lifetime of health issues due to maldigestion. These reactions cause inflammation in your gut system and can lead to discomfort and health issues including weight gain due to carb cravings and slow metabolism, depression, headache, bloating, edema, fatigue, brain fog, stomach ache, acne, eczema and more"(Pinnertest). 

Also on the website linked above, are videos describing food intolerance. Also, here is a link to more videos and information: {Pinnertest Food Intolerance}



Now a little bit about my experience:

If any of you have known me personally, followed my blog, or followed my Instagram (@toriswholelife), then you know I have struggled with stomach issues. 

A couple years ago I started having really bad stomach aches, bad digestive problems, acid reflux, & allergies. The combination was not fun. I struggled to figure out the cause. I did an elimination diet and felt better after cutting out certain foods. That's when I gave up products with lactose. About 6 months after that I did my first round of Whole 30. Whole30 was such a good experience for me personally because it allowed me to understand my body and start to really pay attention to how foods made my whole body feel. My body felt better once I cut out the top allergen foods, but my stomach still gave me occasional problems such as bloating and stomach pains. This is why I was so excited to try Pinnertest. 


Since getting my results back, I have cut out the four foods that I have a reaction to: beef, broccoli, grapes, and regular potatoes. 
Image result for food intolerance symptoms chart


Above are the common symptoms of a food intolerance. Did you know a food intolerance can cause weight gain? Worsen allergies? Cause bloating? Cause headaches and mood swings? Pretty crazy right?

Here is a nice article I found that describes food intolerance a little more: {Food Intolerance}

If you have intolerance to foods, it is so important to read the ingredient lists on packaged foods. Personally, I try to consume mostly fresh, unprocessed foods because they are healthier and do not contain foods that cause me problems. 

Since cutting out those four foods plus lactose (because this gives me many problems as well), I have been less bloated and have not experienced any stomach problems. SCORE!!! I will keep everyone updated on my progress. 

How can you get a Pinnertest?

You can use the code "THESWEETLIFE" to save $60 on the test. 

The price will drop from $490 to $430

You also have the option of making 4 monthly payments to make the test more affordable. So the break down would be $107.50 for a total of 4 months. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about my experience using {PINNERTEST}.

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 





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