Enlightened Wherever I Go {Eat Enlightened + Blend Swag Giveaway}

Two posts in a day, whoa whoa. This morning’s post was a big weekend recap, but this post right here is more exciting for YOU.

Enlightened sent me free samples to review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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Before I left for Colorado, the jolly folks at Eat Enlightened sent me samples of their new Enlightened Crisps, which are…

  1. roasted broad beans aka fava beans
  2. 100 calories per serving (although it’s hard to just have one serving sometimes)
  3. soy and gluten free
  4. high in protein, clocking in at 7 grams per serving
  5. high in fiber with 3 grams per serving
  6. portable and convenient
  7. super crunchy
  8. available in five fantastic flavors: Sea Salt, Wasabi, Sriracha, Garlic and Onion, and Mesquite BBQ (my fave)
  9. available in snack packs or bigger bags for sharing (or not)
  10. made with real ingredients: fava beans, sunflower oil, seasonings, sea salt
  11. my newest snack addiction

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I’ve been eating these crisps everywhere.

On the road:

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To the summit of a mountain:

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On planes:

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To lunch at my internship:

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You could say that I thoroughly enjoy them anywhere at any time. My favorite aspect of the crisps is their flavor—you seriously wouldn’t automatically think, “Ooo…these are healthy aren’t they?” I’m also a huge fan of their crunchiness and satiating power thanks to the protein and fiber.

My family also loves them! In fact, they love them so much that they started eating some of the samples I intended to save for this giveaway. They didn’t know, but after I saw it happening, I hid the rest. Gotcha back 😉

Hold up: Enlightened also has ice cream!

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They have ice cream bars and ice cream sandwiches that are…

  1. 80 calories or fewer
  2. available in flavors like fudge, vanilla, peanut butter, coffee, orange cream, chocolate peanut butter swirl, salted caramel swirl, mint chocolate, and more
  3. high in protein with a whopping 8 grams
  4. high in fiber with 5 grams
  5. low in sugar with only 3 grams
  6. void of artificial sweeteners

There’s no way I could hog the enlightenment of these crisps for myself, so I’m giving away some of the loot! In addition, I’m making this giveaway even better by including some of my Blend swag in the package. As you might have seen this morning, I am still happily living off the immense amount of swag we received at Blend retreat, so I thought I’d share some.

In the winning package:

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  • three thsnack packs of Enlightened crisps (Sriracha, Wasabi, and Garlic and Onion flavors)
  • Enlightened T-Shirt
  • a coupon for a free bag Enlightened Crisps
  • a coupon for a free Enlightened ice cream product
  • Nuttzo and Arctic Zero recipe booklets
  • voucher for a free Almond Breeze beverage
  • voucher for a free Dr. Praeger’s product
  • voucher for a free Somersaults product
  • three vouchers for a free Epic Seed Greek yogurt
  • Good Day energy chocolates
  • voucher for a free GoodBelly product
  • voucher for a free Iced Bhakti Chai
  • voucher for a free dozen of NestFresh eggs
  • Wellcoin iPod armband
  • Tiny But Mighty Popcorn
  • Honey Stinger Lemon Waffle energy snack
  • Chocolate Vega protein powder sample
  • Chocolate Balance Bites sample
  • three gluten free Chex instant oatmeal packs
  • chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bar
  • three mint chocolate chunk Quest bars
  • Arctic Zero ice cream scoop

Wahoo!

To enter, leave a comment below telling me which Enlightened product you want to try the most. This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents (I’m sorry, I love you, international friends!).

The giveaway will close on Friday at 12 AM.

Have a good one, folks! Huge thank you to Enlightened and all the Blend sponsors for making this giveaway possible!

 

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Arctic Zero Review + Giveaway!

Disclaimer: Arctic Zero sent me 6 pints of their newest flavors to try in exchange for a review. You bet your bottom dollar all opinions are completely honest and my own as usual!

Once upon a time, I finished 6 pints of Arctic Zero ice cream in two weeks all by myself.

This post is quite a bit overdue since that time was several weeks ago, but I knew I wanted to write a review on the frozen treats that Arctic Zero so kindly sent to me. It was a great day when I got back from the gym to a package filled with dry ice and pints of sweetness!

I think the fact that I polished off every single one of these babies within two weeks without a problem indicates that I really liked these. I promise I shared some with my roommate/floormates!

Arctic Zero’s Mission

Arctic Zero sought from its inception to offer families across America a low calorie dessert that would allow them to indulge in their frozen sweet tooth cravings without sacrificing a healthy lifestyle. As health issues rise across the country such as diabetes and obesity, Arctic Zero confronts this trend by providing a product that displaces the myth that a dessert must be high in fat and calories in order to taste good.

{From the “About Us” page on the Arctic Zero website!}

Arctic Zero’s frozen treats are made with minimal ingredients (purified water being the first on the list!) that are wholesome and meant to boost your health rather than pull you into that dairy/sugar coma. All their ice creams are 150 calories per PINT, fat free, lactose free, and gluten free! 

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What did I think?

Arctic Zero sent me three of their brand-spankin’-new flavors: Coconut, Orange Cream, and Salted Caramel. Yeah, the sound of those flavors made me pretty stoked. Here’s what I thought about each of the flavors:

  • Coconut: This was the first one I tried from the batch. The coconut flavor is definitely present but without the fatty richness you would typically get from coconut desserts. It’s more like a milder coconut sorbet.
  • Orange Cream: Creamsicles were my JAM when I was younger, so I was super excited about this flavor. The AZ version wasn’t quite exactly like the classic creamsicle, but I enjoyed it as a low-sugar option.
  • Salted Caramel: I think this was my favorite! The ingredients actually include a little bit of cocoa powder, so the flavor seemed like a mixture of caramel and mocha (I don’t even like coffee!). It worked.

Overall, the flavors are true to how they are advertised on the pints. That being said, the low-sugar, fat free aspect of Arctic Zero frozen treats makes the flavors much more mild and “watered down” than what you would normally get in regular ice cream. I didn’t mind though, because these are almost like palate cleansers. Sweet, but not so sweet that you can’t have it as an afternoon or midnight snack!

As for the texture, I must note that Arctic Zero ice cream (or any ice cream for that matter) tastes best when you let it thaw for 5-10 minutes. I was expecting AZ to be icy because of the lack of fat, but it’s surprisingly creamy! I think that can be attributed to the whey protein powder in it. It’s not like classic ice cream for sure, but it’s almost like a thick frosty if you wait until it’s slightly melty on the sides (that’s the best!).

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Would I buy Arctic Zero?

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the Arctic Zero frozen treats (evidenced by how quickly I consumed them), so I would totally try some of their other flavors if I found them in a store. That being said, Arctic Zero ice cream does not compare to real deal ice cream, so I would not expect a Haagen Dazs experience when you eat these. It is a nice sweet, frozen treat to have when you’re craving just that, except you have nutrition benefits too!

And c’mon, it’s fun to finish a whole pint in one sitting for only 150 calories 😉 I do miss digging my spoon right into the pint.

Where can you buy Arctic Zero?

I have never actually seen Arctic Zero in stores, but they have a store locator on their website right here! You can also order online here.

Giveaway!

Arctic Zero is being awesome per usual and giving away two vouchers for Arctic Zero products to two lucky winners (two vouchers per person)! If you would like a chance to win, comment below telling me which flavor of Arctic Zero you would most like to try! I will announce the two winners on Sunday.

{Open to U.S. only}

Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!

 

Fascinating Friday Links #41 + Giveaway Winner

Hi there!

I feel like I have so many things to tell you guys before I leave for Boston, but I just don’t know where to start. I rarely plan my posts, but that’s what I’ve done for the coming week. I might even throw in a couple more posts than usual, but I’ll do my very best to keep them short and sweet (something I can’t always do).

In the meantime, hopefully you all have some time to wind down and catch up on rest and family time this weekend. Here are some Fascinating Friday Links for your reading pleasure!

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Health and Fitness

[Great info on portions] Portion Control and Sizes via The Fitnessista + What Does 100 Calories Look Like? via Kath Eats Real Food and Live…Don’t Diet

[For overall health] 5 Simple Diet Changes via The Lean Green Bean

[I didn’t know what free radicals were until this post!] Foods That Fight Oxidative Stress and Aid in Recovery via Cotter Crunch

[Healthy, delicious and quick] 15 Lunch Ideas for Busy Professionals via The Almond Eater

[Move and groove] 12 Minute Lower Body Interval Workout via Purely Twins + Weight Plate Workout via Run Pretty + Bodyweight HIIT Workout via Your Trainer Paige

Food for Thought

[Your past should not define you] I Am NOT My Past via Story of a Girl

[We’re all guilty of many of these] 12 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away From You via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Women are not objects] These Are The Things Men Say To Women On the Street via Huffington Post

[Two powerful words] The Secret to a Strong Marriage After Kids via A Healthy Slice of Life

Food for Belly

[She just knows] Cookies and Cream Banana Soft Serve via The Healthy Maven

[Totally what I want] Cookie Dough Banana Pudding Breakfast Parfaits via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Fresh flavors] Pesto Squash Noodles and Spaghetti via Cookie and Kate

[Sunday morning…] Baked Whole Wheat Peach Pancake via Cookin’ Canuck

[I like saucy rice] Unstuffed Bell Peppers via Budget Bytes

Miscellaneous Fun

[I’m mostly Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar!] Quiz: What Style of Yoga Is Best For You? via Greatist

[So awesome] Automated Thanking Machine Video via San Francisco Globe

[Interesting to know the less glamorous aspects] The Cons of Blogging via The Healthy Maven

[Definitely me] Any Other Fake Adults Out There? via The Lunchbox Diaries

[I’ll need these soon enough] 8 Tips for Navigating Grad School via Better With Sprinkles

Giveaway Winner

Thank you to all of you who commented on the Beauty in Christ book giveaway post! The winner [picked randomly] is:

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Congratulations, Natalie! Email me at dailymovesandgrooves [at] gmail [dot] com so I can get your info to send the book to ya!

{P.S. I used to never know why bloggers typed out their emails like that, but apparently it prevents spam!}

 Hope you all have a wonderful Friday! Happy Feast of the Assumption, fellow Catholics!

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” — Revelations 12:1

Beauty in Christ {Book Review and Giveaway}

Morning!

A couple months ago, a young woman named Emily Swanson emailed me about a book she had recently written and published called Beauty in Christ, Freedom From the Idolatry of Body and FoodThe only thing she had to tell me to hook me in was the title! My blog’s slogan is: “pray, eat, move, groove.” Pray is the first word because my faith is the most important thing to me in my life, so I was immediately interested in reading about how we can integrate faith with the trials of eating disorders.

Emily was kind enough to send me two free copies of her book— one for me to read + review and one for a giveaway!

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Review

When I was reading Beauty in Christ, I almost felt like it was one big, thoughtful, very well-written blog post, with some guest authors in there as well. That’s the best way I can describe the writing style, and I thoroughly loved it (hello, I blog and read blogs all the time).

Emily provides her own as well as a few other first account experiences about struggles with eating disorders. Her honesty and expression of emotion is awesome. Most of all however, her analysis of how to choose recovery for the glory of God and his Kingdom is truly what makes her story outstanding.

She addresses topics such as “Viewing Food the Biblical Way,” “Exercise: Taking Dominion of Our Bodies,” and “Food: A Tool, Not an Idol.” I love how she writes about these things very simply, but the simplicity of her words make such a huge impact. I also really appreciate that she makes so many Scripture references throughout the book, which really solidifies it for me.

It’s great to talk about how food is important and exercise should not be overdone, but Emily also acknowledges the other end of the spectrum, which may involve overeating and under-exercising. Her main point is that food should not be an idol in any sense, whether you worry about it making you fat or whether you eat without keeping nutrition and moderation in mind. In addition, exercise should be used as a means to stay alert and active in order to serve the Lord.

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Beauty in Christ really discovers what beauty and health truly are. One of my favorite excerpts from the book: “I began to realize that our ultimate purpose for living is not beautiful bodies and six pack abs, because what happens to those when you die? They crumble to dust.”

Kinda raw, but so true. There are unimaginably better things awaiting us, so strive for health to serve God and neighbor and to be joyful. Six packs don’t mean a thing.

Overall, Beauty in Christ is a short yet powerful read that I’d definitely recommend to any Christians out there who have struggled or are struggling with an eating disorder or even just body insecurities.

Giveaway!

Emily is being awesome and giving away a free copy of her book through Daily Moves and Grooves! If you’re interested in winning, comment below (anything at all)! Winner will be announced Friday.

{Open to U.S. only.}

Thank you so much for your generosity and your amazing work, Emily!