Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Zevia Soda Review

Zevia recently sent us two coupons to try out their soda, in order to give us the opportunity to review it right here.

This soda is sweetened by stevia, making it guilt-free but still delicious.

The Cream Soda flavor is very creamy, rich, and sweet - yet, it has a refreshing taste to it, too. It is an enjoyable drink any time of day.




A tidbit from the Zevia site:

"People are drinking soda. Half the American population admits to drinking soda every day and the average American is buying 170 liters of soda per year. Yet, consumers are looking to make better choices. So, what if that soda was smarter? Imagine the calories and artificial sweeteners that could be avoided. We don’t have to, it's about 68,000 calories and almost 20lbs! That kind of math is hard to ignore.
We like to think of Zevia as The Smarter Soda choice. As we continue the evolution of what smarter soda means, we will strive to improve our flavors whenever we see opportunities. Recently, we saw that opportunity in the form of Monk Fruit. We’ve gone and made a good thing even better, and we think you’ll agree! Still zero calories, zero glycemic index and never artificial; we call it SweetSmart, but we think you’ll call it genius! To follow the story, #SweetSmart on twitter and be sure to jump into the conversation to make your voice heard!"

If you are looking for a delicious soda that won't fill you with sugar and calories, then it is time to check out Zevia and all that they have to offer you.

Thank you, Zevia, for this great opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the coupons for the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips Review


Beanfields recently gave us the opportunity to try out their bean and rice chips.

These chips are gluten free, vegan, all natural, and corn free. They contain twice as much protein and fiber as most tortilla chips, and they have over 25% less fat than most tortilla chips, too! And, they taste really good, too! They make for the perfect snack!


The Pico De Gallo chips have a good, spicy flavor. They have a bit of smokiness to them, which gives them sort of a barbecue flavor.


The Sea Salt chips don't have a whole lot of flavor on their own, but they make an awesome addition to a taco salad. Crunchy, salty, tasty.


The Barbecue chips have excellent barbecue flavor. Not too strong, just the right amount. Personally, I like barbecue corn chips, but don't like barbecue potato chips much, as they tend to be so sweet. These chips were more like corn chips, which I liked.



The Salt N Pepper chips have a good flavor to them, it's just a little lighter than I would like it to be. They are a tasty snack on their own but would also be good paired with salsa.


I think that it is really cool that there is an Unsalted option for those who can't have a lot of sodium in their diet. These chips are still a wonderful option, especially when used in a taco salad or with salsa.


The Nacho chips were one of our favorites. They have a great cheesy taste and perfect crunch.


The Ranch chips were possibly my favorite. They are full of flavor and crunch. They are the perfect snack at any point during the day, and these are the flavor that reminded me the most of "regular" chips.

Thank you, Beanfields, for this opportunity!

Which variety sounds the tastiest to you?

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Flamous Chips Review


Flamous recently gave us the chance to try their all natural Falafel and Zatar chips.

If you are looking for chips that are healthier than most others out there, then you have found the right brand. In addition to being organic, these chips are gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, lactose free, cholesterol free, trans fat free, MSG free, preservative free, nut free, soy free, and hydrogenated oil free!



Every now and then you come across a healthy product that is just amazing. That is what the Original Falafel Chips are. These have a taste that is great. They claim to be perfect with hummus - and I wouldn't doubt that they are - but they are super delicious on their own, as well. Their flavor is a perfect blend of garlic, onion, and maybe a bit of cumin? They are just really tasty, and it is great knowing that they are healthier than other chips out there, too.



The Sprouted Multigrain Zatar Chips were the perfect accompaniment to nacho cheese sauce. They have a good flavor on their own, but it is enhanced to something better when you have something flavorful  to dip them in.



The Spicy Falafel Chips have the flavor of the Original version with just a little bit more of a kick to them. They are spicy and delicious, but not really hot at all. If you like your chips to be full of flavor, then you will enjoy these.

Thank you, Flamous, for this opportunity!

Which variety would you like to try?

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

ChocAlive! Truffles Review


ChocAlive! recently gave us the chance to try out their chocolate truffles. The products that we received are gluten free, they are vegan, and they are raw!

ChocAlive! offers gluten free and vegan party favors, perfect for the celebrations of those with food allergies or specific food wants/needs.




The Dark Chocolate Crunch Truffles have a wonderful crunch on the outside, and I love the fact that this crunch doesn't come from nuts. There are cacao nibs coating these truffles and that brings a rich, dark chocolate flavor as well as a nice bit of crunch.

The inside of these truffles is creamy, rich, and delicious. These are truly a treat.


The Dark Chocolate Truffles melt in your mouth! They are deliciously sweet. I love the rich, smooth chocolate that they are made up of, and I really love the fact that they are reasonably healthy.

These make for the perfect treat at the end of a meal, or a nice little snack during the day.

Thank you, ChocAlive! for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Naturally More Nut Butter Review and Giveaway


Naturally More recently gave us the opportunity to try out two of their nut butters.

These nut butters use the addition of omega-3 and pea proteins to make them extra healthy.

In addition to being all natural, these products are gluten free, vegan, and they contain no trans fat.

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The Creamy Peanut Butter has a perfect, peanut buttery flavor. It is super smooth and creamy. This product is perfect for sandwiches, for baking, for smoothies, and more.



The Creamy Almond Butter has a really rich flavor to it. It is a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and the flax seeds in it bring a little bit of crunch to it, too.

Thank you, Naturally More, for this opportunity - and for giving us the chance to share your nut butters with our readers!

Naturally More has offered to sponsor a giveaway where six of our readers will receive three jars of their nut butters. If you would like to enter for this great prize, you can do so through the following form.

*Naturally More is responsible for the prize, we are simply hosting the giveaway.
**This giveaway is open to US residents only.


Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas

When you are working hard all day, whether at an office, a factory, or as a stay-at-home writer or mom, you are going to need to have some healthy options on hand if you want to eat healthy. Having a variety of foods available in single-serve size containers is a great way to keep yourself eating healthy all day long.



When my sister goes to work she likes me to pack her six snacks for her lunch, and these small containers that she bought work out perfect to fill with various items.



When putting together my sister's lunches, I usually choose one item from each of these categories Sometimes she'll get two vegetables and no dairy or dessert, sometimes two in the last category and none in the first two. It all depends on the day, but most often she gets a relatively healthy, protein and fiber packed lunch.

1. Nuts, Trail Mix, Raisins, Granola

2. Yogurt, String Cheese, Cottage Cheese

3. Grapes, Cantaloupe, Cutie, Apple, Dried Fruit

4. Carrots, Cucumbers, Veggie Chips, Lettuce Salad

5. Chickpeas with Italian dressing, Black beans with Salsa and Tortilla Chips, Rice Cake with Nut Butter or Cheese or Meat



I hope this helped to inspire your lunch week. What is your favorite item on the list?
-Bethany

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors. I was excited when Bethany House Publishers gave me the opportunity to review her newest book, Love Unexpected.

Cover Art

Needless to say, I was not disappointed with the book. In fact, I couldn't put it down! The story and the characters grabbed me and I could have read it all in one sitting! I almost did, as I read over 300 pages this past Sunday...

Love Unexpected is filled with believable characters. It tells of Emma, who just wants a place to call home, and Patrick, who wants to find someone to care for his child. The characters are realistic and you will find yourself rooting for them. And of course, with a young child in the book, the story is sure to both make you smile and bring you close to tears.

Throughout the story, there are many past secrets that have to come to light and be forgiven and let go.

The book really emphasizes the importance of forgiveness. The characters learn both to forgive each other and to accept God's forgiveness.

 "God's not just in the business of saving us from our sins. He's also in the business of forgiving those sins and putting them as far as the east is from the west." (p326)

I also enjoyed the love story that Jody Hedlund, as always, weaved into the book.

As usual, Jody Hedlund put rich historical facts into her book. This is my favorite way of learning history: by reading an intriguing historical fiction book.

If you like historical fiction, you'll want to add Love Unexpected to your reading list!

- Becca

Disclosure: Although I was given the book from Bethany House Publishers to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.