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Product Review: Crystal Geyser for the Win! August 9, 2011

Filed under: Food,Review — Kelocity @ 9:25 am
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I typically don’t drink a lot of my calories. I much prefer to get them from actual food. I don’t drink soda (Root Beer being the scarce exception) and I don’t usually drink juice. However, I do love tea, seltzer and water and try to just stick with that.

But when the nice people over at Crystal Geyser offered to send me an array of drinks, I was excited (especially for the Tejava!)  We drank these over the course of about two weeks.IMG_6714

When I told the rep how much I already loved the Tejava, she sent me a full sized bottle to review. Of course I already knew how great it was, but now I have a reason to talk about it.

First off, Tejava has two ingredients: water and tea leaves. I LOVE unsweetened tea. I never put milk or sugar in my hot tea either. I like it plain and simple. And as such, it has 0 calories! If you’re thinking maybe it would be too bitter, it’s actually not. They microbrew it which “yields a rich, distinctive, full-bodied taste”.
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I enjoyed this tea last week using my new glass from Katie and Mark’s wedding! Yum!

If you are interested, they are holding a contest right now where you can enter to win a trip to the Java Tea Plantation and the Island of Bali!
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The second product we tried was the Crystal Geyser Juice Squeeze line. Irving had the Cranberry Black Cherry and I tried the Passion Fruit & Mango. They are a bit tart with a hint of carbonation and come in eight different flavors. Irving loved them. He really liked the taste and thought the flavor was right on. Though I’m not really a juice girl myself, I think it’s great they don’t add corn syrup, cane sugar or beet sugar. But I view juice is an occasional treat and I prefer it a little sweeter.

They do however suggest adding it to a lunch box since it contains a full serving of fruit. If kids are going to drink juice anyways, might as well make it a healthy option.
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The next products were Crystal Geyser California Iced Teas. I have an undying love for Iced Tea so of course I loved these. The ingredients are water, tea and cane sugar and natural flavors. It’s actually pretty hard nowadays to find drinks that still contain real sugar. We do not drink anything with Splenda, Aspertame or Nutri Sweet. (No more Diet Snapple for me. I stopped drinking that a few years back, so I’m happy to find a product to replace it!)  I not only don’t like the taste, but I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners in general. If I’m going to have sugar, give me (a small amount of) the good stuff.
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I had my first one along side a super delicious chopped salad. If I could go back in time and eat this salad again, I would. This tea was the perfect accompaniment. It was just sweet enough for me. I really enjoyed it.
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Ok, real quick, here’s the recipe for my Chopped Lettuceless Salad:

–Dice up tomato, red onion, red pepper and cucumbers
–Stir in a glug of honey, a tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper, and whatever seasoning you like (I used a rosemary garlic flavor)

Enjoy!!
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And the last product is actually one I buy quite frequently. It is the Crystal Geyser Sparkling Mineral Water. Sparkling water is my beverage of choice. It has nothing in it, yet it is still bubbly, fun and delicious.
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I brought these for lunch last week. First was a Trader Joes Eggplant Parmesan (which I don’t recommend, by the way).  I drank the Orange Flavored sparkling water as an afternoon snack. It definitely satisfied my 3:00 snack craving for 0 calories. Perhaps I was more bored than hungry. For the win!
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And next was a chicken salad sandwich with chips. Nothing goes better with a sandwich than some bubbles.
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Crystal Geyser is currently only in the California and western markets, but if you do live here, it’s widely available. I see it all the time in my local grocery stores. I still only buy bottled drinks occasionally, but when I do crave one, I’m really glad to have some healthy, natural alternatives to the usual fare. Beware though, that Tejava is like crack. It’s SO good!

 

Day 3–30 Day Challenge May 12, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Challenge — Kelocity @ 7:00 am
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May I present Day 3 of the 30 day blogging challenge!

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This is kind of a strange topic for a blog post, but here it is! My views on drugs and alcohol.

Drugs are bad, kids. Just don’t do it.
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And while we’re at it, let me just say publicly that I can not STAND cigarettes. The smell is repulsive. Gross. There is nothing worse than going out for a run and coming across a thick cloud of cancer-stick smoke.

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Regarding alcohol, though I’m not a very big drinker, once in a while, I do enjoy a good beer, sweet cocktail or a glass or two of wine.
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Blue Lagoon Cocktails in Iceland on our Honeymoon!

I definitely don’t need alcohol to have a good time (I never have). I have a pretty low tolerance, so I prefer to stay cohesive and not risk getting sick the next day. (Oh man, those days are DEFINITELY over). We are notorious for opening a bottle of wine and leaving it half empty in the fridge for weeks. But it is fun to have a great beer on tap, or a crisp glass of Riesling, so when the situation is right, I’ll indulge. (And have no qualms about doing so).

I really don’t have a moral stance on alcohol one way or another. I just know what my own limits are and choose to stay within them.

Plus, let’s face it, root beer beats regular beer in a taste test any day!

Would you rather have a beer or a rootbeer on tap?
I’d choose Root Beer for sure. Especially over icecream. Mmmm!

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Previous 30-day Challenge Entries:
Day 1 – My Relationship
Day 2 – My 10-Year Plan

 

Touch the Toes and Back… February 27, 2011

Filed under: Dining Out,Running — Kelocity @ 10:52 am
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Last night, we went to a new bar that opened called ‘Tiki No’. It used to be this great hidden bar called ‘Match’ that didn’t even have a sign on the door, you just had to know which door to enter through and it was awesome. But now it’s got a neon sign and flames coming out of the roof, you can’t miss it.
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The inside looks like a sunken pirate ship or something. Very cool. But you had to fight  your way to the bar and stalk people sitting at the tables to sit down.
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The drinks have a tropical theme. Irving got the Mai Tai and I got the Blue Hawaiian (light on the rum). I also ate the pineapple, are you supposed to do that? Who cares, it was good.
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It wasn’t as good as our ‘Blue Lagoon’ drinks from the wedding, but it was close.

It was a fun night, but we got back home early because I had to be up to go for a RUN! My group headed to Griffith Park today. It was a gorgeous day. Weather was in the 50s, with blue skies. You could see the snow in the mountains too. Because of the construction, our route was cut short and I ended up doing 4.65 miles in an hour. It was a slow jog, and I did 4:2 intervals the whole way. We started at the LA Zoo and headed to Los Feliz Blvd and back. You have to touch the toes of Mr. Griffith before turning around and going back.
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Strangely, I could smell a mix of cotton candy and horse droppings the whole time, it would alternate between the two.
Oh, the joys of running in public parks. Just thought I’d share.
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I saw another guy wearing this shirt too! (It was from the 2005 Run Hit Wonder). We both did the head nod and said ‘nice shirt’ to each other.
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Have a great Sunday! Can’t wait for the Oscars!

 

Wedding Recap: Rehearsal Dinner July 11, 2009

Filed under: Wedding — Kelocity @ 10:02 am
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A few days before everyone got into town, we got our Marriage License!
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Our rehearsal was so fun. it was all so real! It was a beautiful afternoon.

Everyone listen up! lol
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Here comes the Bride!
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There she goes with her groom!
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Then we had our dinner across the street.

I laughed when I saw these pictures later, I didn’t know they took this picture!
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We must have been busy reveling in our excitement!
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Dinner was fun!
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But the fun began afterwards! We invited all our out of town guests to have drinks with us “on the dock”!

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Everyone was ordering these HUGE watermelon drinks! HAHADSC01860
But the little kids stuck with ice cream!

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There are so many great pictures of the amazing drinks and all our friends and family, I just can’t post them all. I wish I could relive this night over and over too!

 

 
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