Selecting the Best Coconut Water

Coconut water naturally supports hydration. It is my favorite drink to rejuvenate me after a long weekend or after a hard workout. Due to the high potassium levels coconut water can reduce blood pressure because it lessens the effects of sodium.

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Again coconut water is a great drink choice because:

  • Significantly lower in calories than most sports drinks
  • Naturally fat- and cholesterol free
  • More potassium than 4 bananas
  • Super Hydrating

How do I choose the right coconut water?
With so many coconut waters appearing on the market this can be overwhelming. Obviously the best choice is to buy all organic coconut water that is raw and organic such as the one from Juice Press. Although, I’m balling on a budget so I am going to have to settle for something more affordable. Below you will find how to differentiate between the good and bad.

Plain Coconut Water:
Plain coconut water? So this must always be just straight up coconut water? That isn’t always the case. The ZICO brand coconut water is just coconut water while the Vita Coco version has a tiny bit of sugar. The difference in sugar grams between the two is only 2g which is very minimal. So I am assuming that 2g is the only amount of added sugar in the Vita Coco. Another plain coconut water without added sugar is O.N.E .

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Flavored Coconut Waters:
Watch out for coconut waters with sugar listed in the ingredients. Ideally look for one’s with natural flavors and sweetened with stevia not concentrate or sugar if you are looking for a low carb option. ZICO Watermelon Raspberry Flavored Coconut Water is a good option because it is sweetened only with stevia. Taste wise my favorite is Vita Coco’s Peach and Mango coconut water. The ingredients are only fruit purees and coconut water so although this is higher in carbs than the stevia flavored one at least the carbs are not coming from refined sugars.

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ZICO Coconut Water Line Review:

ZICO coconut water like most contains as much potassium as a banana and contains 5 electrolytes. ZICO coconut water is also a non-GMO product.

ZICO Chocolate Flavored Coconut Water:

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This is a truly unique coconut water. Unlike any I have ever tried. This coconut water is so creamy it is pretty hard to believe it contains no dairy. It is a tasty blend of 80% coconut water, chocolate flavor and coconut cream. Lets not forget it also contains 5 electrolytes! I think this one is my favorite although some of the other flavors are lighter and more refreshing.

ZICO Watermelon Raspberry Flavored Coconut Water:

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I like that the fruit flavors here are not from concentrate. They are of natural origin and there is no sugar added in this product. The sweetness of it comes from natural Stevia extract without refined sugar. This flavor is sweet but definitely a refreshing change from water. This would make an ideal poolside drink.

ZICO Pineapple Flavored Coconut Water:

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I liked the pineapple flavored coconut water but it was not as sweet as other varieties I’ve tried. I tend to like the sweeter pineapple coconut waters because I feel like they taste more reminiscent of a piña colada.

ZICO Natural Coconut Water:

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I am not normally a fan of plain coconut water but this one is pretty good. I still prefer to mix it into all fruit smoothies however. Although you can rest assured that it contains only one ingredient, coconut water!

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Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookie Review

You all know that I love cookies! I have been a Lenny and Larry’s ambassador since they began their program this May. I have loved working with the company through tasting and supporting their fresh baked protein cookies.

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Lenny and Larry’s is committed to providing athletes with performance based snacks that taste great and pack on the protein. Currently Lenny and Larry’s has 8 flavors of protein cookies: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Spice, Oatmeal Raisin, Lemon Poppy, Double Chocolate, Snickerdoodle and White Chocolate Macadamia.

Below is a definitive ranking of my favorite complete cookie flavors:

  1. Double Chocolate
  2. Lemon Poppy
  3. Pumpkin Spice
  4. Chocolate Chip
  5. Snickerdoodle
  6. Peanut Butter
  7. Oatmeal Raisin
  8. White Chocolate Macadamia

1) Double Chocolate Complete Cookie

The Double Chocolate Complete Cookie tastes as if there is no way it could be good for you. It is super rich and delicious. My favorite way to enjoy this cookie is heated in the microwave for 12 seconds so that the chocolate chips melt into the cookie.

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2) Lemon Poppy Complete Cookie

The Lemon Poppy flavor tastes just like an amazing lemon poppy seed muffin. It tastes just like the description, no weird protein flavor and is a rare flavor find as far as packaged protein cookies go!

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3) Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie

The Pumpkin Spice cookie can be found at lennylarry.com for purchase any season. I love the comfort that this cookie brings. Eating this cookie is like taking a bite of a crisp fall afternoon.

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4) Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie

The Chocolate Chip cookie was my first Lenny and Larry’s cookie I ever had. It is so delicious and everything you would ever want a chocolate chip cookie to be. I’ll never be able to make my homemade protein cookies taste as good as this.

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5) Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie

The Snickerdoodle protein cookie is also a rarity in protein cookies. This cookie is truly a treat. It is soft and moist.

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6) Peanut Butter Complete Cookie

The Peanut Butter cookies are really good I just wish that they had chocolate chips. This cookie would also be better if it was a little harder and less soft like the rest of the cookies.

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7) Oatmeal Raisin Complete Cookie

I really like that this cookie can be eaten at both breakfast and dessert! My only problem with it was that it was a bit too sweet for my liking. The texture however was on point.

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8) White Chocolate Macadamia

The White Chocolate Macadamia cookie did not have enough white chocolate chunks in it which would have made this cookie so much better!

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I would recommend these cookies to anyone looking for a convenient healthy snack/dessert. As they are all natural, vegan and delicious. You can buy Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies here.

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Raw Rev Glow Protein Bar Product Review

I was thrilled to try the Raw Rev Glow Protein bar line. These bars range from 10-15 grams of protein per serving.

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They are all made with a natural nut butter base. The flavors I tried included Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt, Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt. The bars are vegan, high protein, high fiber and are low in sugar.

Below is a definitive foodie-approved ranking of Raw Rev Protein Bar Flavors:
1) Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt
2) Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Peanut Butter
3) Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

1) Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt

This bar was better than a candy bar. It was sweet and had notes of salted caramel paired with chocolate hunks and nut butter. The bars are soft but not chewy and they are crumbly like thick nut butter.

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2) Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Peanut Butter

This bar has a hint of sweetness and is both smooth, crunchy and nutty. It has a buttery taste and feels like an indulgence.

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3) Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

This one is very similar to the bar above but with dark chocolate. It was surprisingly the least sweet of the bars.

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If I was going to purchase a box of these it would for sure be the Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt flavor. You can buy these bars here.

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Augo Energy Cookies Product Review

Augo Energy Cookies are as close to fresh baked as they come. They are baked in small batches, are all natural and 10% of all Augo cookie sales go to The Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The cookies are tasty, vegan, high in protein and gluten free.

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Below is a definitive, food-approved ranking of Augo Energy Cookie flavors:
1) Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate
2) Dark Chocolate Cacao
3) Blueberry Oatmeal

1) Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate is my favorite flavor from the Augo line. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are made with the finest creamy all-natural peanut butter. They contain a generous amount of vegan chunky chocolate chips. The cookies are also fairly large making them a filling dessert or snack.

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2) Dark Chocolate Cacao

The dark chocolate cookie is a rich, dense and fudgey cookie. I would like to mention that you can barely taste the protein added in any of these cookies due to the complex flavors in each morsel.

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3) Blueberry Oatmeal

This cookie is the most versatile of the bunch. It can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. My favorite way to enjoy this cookie is stuffed with frozen mashed up banana and fresh blueberries. The cookie is chewy and soft with real dried blueberry inside it.

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I would recommend these cookies to a friend. As they are all natural, I recommend eating them fairly quickly as they may spoil easily. You can buy Augo Energy Cookies here.

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San Clemente Cookie Dough Product Review

San Clemente Cookie Dough Squeeze packs are the only way I enjoy cookie dough on the go. It does not need to be refrigerated, conveniently comes in portioned out packaging and tastes amazing. Also, all of the flavors are gluten free, dairy free, and egg free making this dough vegan and for the health conscious.

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Below is a definitive, foodie approved ranking of San Clemente Cookie Dough Flavors:
1) P.B. Bodaciousness
2) Chewy Chocolate Brownie No Frownie
3) A Trip to San Clemente Chocolate Chip

1) P.B. Bodaciousness

This is my favorite flavor out of the 3 cookie dough squeeze packs. Upon opening the package an aroma of irresistible peanut butter takes over your senses. When tasting the dough you notice rich, natural, true-to-life peanut butter flavor with a complex balance of nutty and brown sugar flavors. The texture of this cookie dough is similar to that of crunchy peanut butter mixed with sugar cookie dough base.

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2) Chewy Chocolate Brownie No Frownie

Brownie No Frownie makes a wonderful edition to ice cream. All 3 tasters thought this dough had the most cookie dough like texture. It has a rich and intense chocolate flavor.

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3) A Trip to San Clemente Chocolate Chip

The chocolate chip variety tasted like a cookie fresh out of the oven, still gooey and warm. It has real hunks of natural chunky chocolate and a sweet vanilla buttery crumble cookie base. This is thicker than a typical cookie dough.

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Recipes I’ve made using San Clemente Cookie Dough (click photo to view recipe):

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Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt Product Review

I’ve always had a sweet spot for frozen yogurt, but I’ve never really enjoyed paying 6 dollars for it when I went out to those generic fro-yo bars. I am so happy that I found a frozen yogurt that is good for me, natural and that I can enjoy in my own home. Sweet Scoops small batch frozen yogurt company is a hidden gem that you can find in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Currently, Sweet Scoops is sold exclusively on the east coast, check to see if its in your area here.

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Below is a definitive foodie approved ranking of Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt Flavors:
1) Chocolate Lovin’
2) Candied Ginger
3) Madagascar Vanilla
4) Summer Blueberry

*There are also other flavors that I didn’t review yet but watch out for a part 2 review!

1) Chocolate Lovin’

This Flavor is outstanding. I didn’t know it was possible for frozen yogurt to be this creamy and decadent. The chocolate had a rich dark chocolate flavor and had many chunks of premium all natural chocolate throughout the pint. I was not disappointed.
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2) Candied Ginger

This is the most unique frozen yogurt I’ve ever encountered. I was most intrigued by this flavor and tasting it was quite the culinary experience. The yogurt itself has a sweet and spicy flair from the fresh ginger and it contains little pockets of candied ginger bliss.
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3) Madagascar Vanilla:

This vanilla is by no means bland. It has a velvety texture that will make you beg for more. It is simple but leaves a powerful impression making you question how it could even be good for you.

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4) Summer Blueberry

I love this flavor as well. It has chunks of fresh blueberries throughout the pint and incorporated into the yogurt itself. Blueberry is a wonderful summer flavor that reminds me of being a child vacationing in Maine and indulging on a cone of fresh blueberry ice cream.
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I would recommend Sweet Scoops premium frozen yogurt to anyone. Kids and adults alike would be blown away by this froyo. It is fairly affordable, convenient and when you purchase Sweet Scoops, you are helping out a small family business grow larger and expand geographically.

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