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Oh Honey, Honey… June 1, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Review — Kelocity @ 6:38 pm
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I love honey. I add it to tea, spread it on Peanut Butter sandwiches, smear it on bananas, and drizzle it on spinach.

I like because it’s sweet, but carries less guilt since it comes from nature. That’s good reasoning, right? IMG_6048

But did you know that honey is a great source of natural energy for everyday activities or during exercise as well as for pre- and post- workout fuel. Honey helps sustain your energy levels as it delivers a unique carbohydrate composition of natural sugars and trace amounts of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids? [source]
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In fact, honey is almost the perfect superfood for athletes and runners. It has 17 grams of carbs per tablespoon and is ideal for working muscles. It delays fatigue and can decrease muscle soreness too. One of the best post-exercise snacks is a banana with peanut butter and honey!

The kind people at the National Honey Board sent me some local honey to try out! Sounded good to me!
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This morning, I tried their Whey Better Berry and Honey Energy Boost Shake!
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Whey Better Berry and Honey Energy Boost Shake

Serves 2 – 3

Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • ½ banana
  • 3 cubes of ice

Directions

  1. Slice strawberries and banana.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  3. Blend. Be sure ice is crushed and all ingredients are well mixed before serving. Enjoy a great breakfast on the go!

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I halved the recipe to just make one smoothie. And I used frozen berries instead of fresh with ice.  It was DELICIOUS!IMG_5803

I’ll be posting a few more recipes highlighting honey soon, I just LOVE it! A power breakfast that tastes like dessert is an A+ in my book.

For more information on the benefits of honey and other fun stuff, visit www.honey.com.

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Disclosure: The National Honey Board has provided me with this product for the purposes of trying and reviewing it. All opinions are my own.

 

Fueled by Rokit May 7, 2011

Filed under: Food,Review,Running — Kelocity @ 9:00 am
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Rokit Fuel is a fairly new company trying to break into the already crowded energy bar market — but you know what? I think they actually do have something different to offer and I was willing to give it a try.
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I first saw the products on Meals And Miles and it piqued my interest because I hadn’t heard of them before.
The company sent me a sample pack of all the different products to test out and I was super excited to see them in person.
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All of their ingredients are whole foods (no processing, no artificial anything).
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I don’t eat a raw or whole food diet (by any means) but I appreciate the healthy stuff when I see it. The ingredient that stuck out the most to me was Bee Pollen. I’ve never seen that in any other food, but it has amazing health benefits that can help enhance athletic performance and help you recover faster. It also reduces inflammation.

The first one I had was the Chocolate Dream Cereal.
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You can mix it with hot or cold water or milk. Or you can have it dry. During Ragnar, I ate it dry (for convenience sake) and it was really good. I loved the chunks of chocolate and dried cherries. It fueled me well for a two-day relay race, and didn’t upset my very sensitive stomach when I ran, so that gets an A+ in my book.
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I loved the Cherry Almond and Stud Muffin Cereals too. I had those mixed with hot water and ate it like a regular bowl of oatmeal.
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No chocolate in that one, but equally delicious.

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The cherries are just amazing. They’re tart and sweet at the same time.
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The Energy Mixes are an interesting concept.
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They’re really a smaller, more portable alternative to the Cereals. You can also mix these with water, or pour the water directly into the packet and squeeze it out to eat it on the go. I have to be honest, I can’t really think of a reason why anyone would want to eat oatmeal out of a pouch, but it’s nice to know you can in case you had to!

They were really good. I mixed mine with hot water in a bowl and ate it for breakfast. I tried the Spice Cookie and the Stud Muffin one so far and they were great. I really like instant oatmeal, and I usually make two packets at a time (because let’s face it, one is not enough!) But Rokit Fuel is so nutrient and calorie dense that one is definitely enough. Each packet is 260 calories or less and has 7g or 8g of protein. They keep me full all morning. They are tasty and satisfying –and healthy to boot!

They also sent me some mysterious looking bars. They don’t have a name yet, but they’re labeled as “Prototype Sample”.
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I tried the chocolate one today around noon, and only ate half before feeling incredibly full (in fact, I’d almost go as far as calling it lunch since it’s the only thing I ate from 9am til 4pm. I think these bars are hitting the market shortly, but I have a few comments about them. I eat a lot of energy bars (Clif, Luna, PowerBar, etc) so I have pretty high standards for them.

  1. The nutritional facts are really good. I only ate half the bar, which was definitely enough, and it was 180 calories. I believe that’s consistent with others on the market. But the ingredients are impressive. There is not one processed or artificial thing in there. Just the good stuff.
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  2. The consistency was pretty unique from anything I’ve ever had. The outside was a thick, rich layer of fudge wrapped around a healthy middle. Although I loved the chocolate (it was nice and dark!), they could probably cut back on it.
  3. It’s messy. The bar is huge and they’re packing a lot of goodies in there, but it’s almost too big to eat. It crumbled when I opened it and the chocolate flaked off. I tried to eat it at my desk at work, but it was almost too messy to eat. I would suggest making it flatter so it’s easier to eat? I haven’t tried the Peanut Butter one yet, so I’m curious to see if it will be the same issue.
  4. I couldn’t imagine eating this during a race (or even right before) since it’s a little heavy. But it made for an excellent snack and it was delicious.

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It’s exciting to see new products like this enter the market with a fresh new idea. I’d definitely recommend it. You can buy them online or at a specialty sports store. Hopefully they’ll release to the mass market soon. To find out more, check out their website.

Psst… check out my next guest blog for Contiki! I think Rokit Fuel would be perfect for traveling. I might have to get some for our next big trip! Eating healthy on the go is always a good thing, right?

 

Coffee that tastes like Dessert! March 26, 2011

Filed under: Review — Kelocity @ 2:37 pm
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We are both daily coffee drinkers. We both have aluminum travel mugs that we take to work with us almost every day. When we got our Keurig a few years ago, it changed our lives – seriously!
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It made it so easy! We usually order new k-cups every few months, we take our coffee pretty seriously.

Moral of the story? We love coffee. When Bailey’s asked if we’d like to try their new coffee creamers, of course I said yes!

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A little bit about Bailey’s Coffee Creamers:

  • BAILEYS®, the #1 liqueur in the world, introduced a new line of super-premium coffee creamer products to select retailers in January 2010. After an expanded line of flavors and geographies was announced in September 2010, the creamers were expanded to the West Coast in March 2011.
  • Products were developed based on over three years of research, testing and consumer input.
  • There are seven flavors currently on the market: French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel, The Original Irish Cream, Crème Brulee, Toffee Almond Cream and Chocolate.
  • They are made by HP Hood LLC
  • They are non-alcoholic

They sent me three flavors to review: The Original Irish Cream, French Vanilla and Chocolate.
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Each one has 40 calories or less per serving, which is pretty good for the amount of creaminess and flavor it adds.
I’ve been tasting these all week long, using my beloved Dunkin Donuts as the base.
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The very first day, I tore into the Chocolate. Hello! Mocha!
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I made this a tad too light (I blame it on trying to take a picture while I poured!) But it was delish, tasted like dessert!
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Poured into a to-go mug for the road! I was wishing for more when it was gone. It was so good!
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The next day, I tried the Original Irish Cream.
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Didn’t make it quite so light this time, it was really good, but not as decadent as the chocolate. Just a really good basic creamer.

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This morning, I turned my attention to the French Vanilla. YUM!
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This added just the right amount of sweetness. For someone who used to like coffee black, I don’t think there’s ever going back now. I really like these creamers. They’re Lactose-Free too, which is awesome because too much milk sometimes turns my stomach.

They’re made by Hood Milk, which also makes my FAVORITE Hoodsie Cups!! OH. MY. GOSH. I miss these so much. They don’t sell those on the west coast, but I really wish they did!!!!!!

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Bailey’s Coffee Creamers are available in most states, and are continuing to expand. They’ll be available in California on May 1st.

They are always doing research to add more flavors too. I think a chocolate mint would be awesome!  You can even BAKE with it! Check out these amazing recipes!

Click here to get a coupon or enter to win a trip to Ireland! If you try it, let me know what you think!

Bailey’s provided me with this product for free for the purposes of reviewing it. All opinions stated above are my own.

 

 
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