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Raw Revolution Bar Review

Hii babes!

A while ago I received a box full of goodies from Raw Revolution. I have been eyeing their Organic Live Food Bars at Whole Foods and was ecstatic to finally try them out!!

These bars are vegan, uncooked, peanut-free, dairy-free, made with organic & sprouted flax seeds, preservative-free, kosher, contain no refined sugars, non GMO, contain omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acids, low sodium, cholesterol-free, contain up to 6g of fiber and 8g of protein, contain no artificial ingredients and are made with organic sunflower seeds. The owner of Raw Revolution is also a registered nurse and a natural foods chef (ahhh I would love to have her life!). These are the definition of a clean, au naturale, healthy snack!

soooo many flavas – original size, green superfoods, and 100 calorie size

greens superfood bars (ranging from 150-170 calories each)

Tropical Banana – Very prominent banana taste, so if you don’t like bananas I wouldn’t recommend this one! I loved it though.

Lemon Dew – My favorite of these three! Light and refreshing taste (refreshing is a weird word to describe a bar but I don’t know how else to describe it!)

Apple Cinnamon – Reminded me of a healthy version of apple pie!

Lemon Dew!

These were my favorite! I liked that they weren’t as high in calories as the original, came in more fruity flavors (surprising because I usually like chocolate flavored bars!), and had added green goodness like spirulina, kale, broccoli & wheat grass powder.

original size bars (ranging between 210-240 calories each)

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle – Not very sweet, barely there raspberry and chocolate taste.

Coconut Delight – Very nutty and had a sweet coconut flavor.

Chocolate Crave – Not my favorite, it was too bitter and rich for my liking.

Spirulina Dream – Tasted just like Golden Cashew but it was green!

Golden Cashew – My favorite flavor! Chewy, and just sweet enough.

Chocolate Coconut Bliss – Very dense, could be a little sweeter (it had a bitter flavor from the cocoa powder i think), and a light coconut flavor.

Heavenly Hazelnut Chocolate – I could definitely taste the hazelnuts but it was a little to bitter.

They also have two new flavors that I’d be interested in trying: Cherry Chocolate Chunk and Almond Butter Cup!

Heavenly Hazelnut Chocolate. Look at all those chunks of nuts and seeds!

100 calorie minis!

Cashew & Agave Nectar – Just like Golden Cashew!

Spirulina & Cashew – Same as Spirulina Dream!

Chocolate & Cashew – Not a fave, just like Chocolate Crave.

Chocolate & Coconut – Pretty good, similar to Chocolate Coconut Bliss. I like the first two of these the best though.

Cashew & Agave. A quick snack before the gym!

Spirulina & Cashew.

Chocolate & Coconut close-up! You can see the almonds and sunflower seeds in there.

All in all, these bars do live up to their healthy name, although the flavors were not particularly amazing. At least not enough to get me to spend $2+ per bar at the grocery store. If they were more in the $1-2 price range then I think I would buy Spirulina Dream and any of the Greens Superfood bars on occasion.

Thanks to Raw Revolution for letting me sample their products!

Have you guys tried any of their bars? Let me know what you think/thought!

xoxox

Kara

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WIAW #13

Happy first Wednesday of May! I can’t believe it’s already that time…I’m almost finished with my second year of college! This  cannot be real life. May is going to be an eventful month: Pi Social (Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropy event where we get pied in the face to raise money for literacy haha!), Cinco de Mayooo, Whole Earth Festival (if you enjoy hippies, henna and delicious vegan food, you’d love this), Houseboats on Lake Shasta, midterms and lots of schoolwork (but that’s a given!).

pi social last year!

after being whip cream pied in the face..

hola amigos!

whole earth festival 2011

HB2K11. so. much. fun.

I’m so happy its MAY!!!!!!

Let’s move on to what I ate on the very first Wednesday of the month!

Breakfast:

smoothie in a bowl: huge handful of spinach, 1 c frozen bluebs, 1 scoop vega vanilla protein powder, cinnamon topped with ezekiel golden flax cereal and bee pollen (i’ve been feeling a little sick lately and am not sure if it’s allergies so i picked up some of this at the co op to see if it makes a difference! look out for it on an upcoming freaky food friday..)

After an intense spin class and some weight lifting, (I focused on arms and butt today. Try doing arm circles with 2 lb weights for a minute or two and your arms will be BURNING!) I was so ready for lunch!

Lunch:

salad with chopped apple, cukes, carrot, blue cheese, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds and balsamic dressing & a dr. praegers veggie burger with spicy brown mustard on the side!

Dinner: 

another smoothie with spinach…seriously cannot get enough of smoothies these days. they are so quick, filling and easy when you’re in a pinch for time (which i have been!). this one was soooo good. spinach, frozen banana, vega vanilla protein powder, psyllium, cinnamon, spoonful of pb topped with cacao nibs! it tasted like a peanut butter cup!

Snack: 

museli (oats, dried blueberries, raisins, pecans, pistachios) + ezekiel golden flax cereal + homemade almond milk (!!!!) + strawberries. perfect study snack!

I also tried one of these delicious cornmeal pancakes my roomsicle Amy made. Find the recipe here..SO GOOD!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting again this week! Check out all the other bloggers yummy eats at her blog.

Questions of the day:

What was the best thing you ate today?

Have you ever tried a green smoothie/added spinach to a smoothie? What did you think?

What are looking forward to in May?

xoxoxox lotsa love,

Kara

freaky {food} friday: psyllium seed husks

Helloooo there! I am so happy that…

thank god!

this cat = me

And today I wanted to do a fun little Freaky Food Friday since I haven’t done one in so long! This Friday’s freaky food is psyllium seed husks!

What is psyllium seed husks?

Ever heard of Metamucil? It’s made of psyllium seed husks!

Plantago psyllium is a plant native to Iran and India. The stalks of the plant contain tiny seeds covered in husks, which is the psyllium seed husks we can eat! It has a long history of use in traditional and herbal medicines, and is quickly becoming popular for use in weight control and intestinal health. It contains a spongy fiber (soluble fiber) that reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system, making it an excellent choice for healthy dieting. If you are following a low carb diet, chances are you aren’t getting enough fiber – psyllium can provide that fiber you need! Every 100 grams of psyllium provides 71 grams of soluble fiber; a similar amount of oat bran would contain only 5 grams of soluble fiber. Only recently have scientists learned that soluble fiber has unique effects on metabolism. The herb also provides a feeling of fullness that is helpful before meals. Psyllium is one of the simplest, healthiest and most effective herbs for weight control.

Psyllium fiber is not broken down as it passes down the gastrointestinal tract and so it has no nutritive value other than as a source of fiber. Adding water to dry psyllium causes it to swell to up to ten times its original volume – the reason why it helps with satiety. For many years products containing psyllium (aka Metamucil) have been used to increase fecal bulk and loosen stools, as ways of treating constipation. It also has the advantage over other sources of fiber for reducing flatulence and bloating. It may be recommended by a physician to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids.

Psyllium husks are great to use in gluten free baking. It can be used as a replacement for xanthan gum and pectin (which helps bind and thicken substances).

What does it taste like?

It has a earthy, wheaty taste. It reminds me of this cereal!

Why should you eat it?

Well, for one, it gets things movin down there if ya know what I mean! If you’re constipated, psyllium husk should be your go-to!

But it also keeps you full, is tasteless (so it can be added to anything), has been proven to lower cholesterol, and is an excellent herb to promote overall health and wellness! I would recommend adding a teaspoon or two to your smoothies (it will also make them thicker) at first every day and then you can gradually go up to adding a tablespoon!

What are its nutrition facts?

2 tablespoons are 35 calories with 9 g of fiber and 10 g of carbohydrate. I usually only use about a tablespoon or less.

Where can I find psyllium?

I found my psyllium at Trader Joe’s, although I don’t think they sell it anymore. It can be found online at amazon.com or at your local health food store. Sometimes it’s even in the bulk bins! Be sure to look for “whole psyllium husks.”

thank you trader darwins!

Recipes!

Healthy cookies with flax and psyllium? These are a must try!

Dr. Oz’s Magical Breakfast Blaster smoothie calls for psyllium (he says psyllium is an essential ingredient for every smoothie)!

Gluten free flatbread recipe using psyllium here!

Raw strawberry pie. I need to make this ASAP!

My overall score:

Psyllium is awesome. I love adding it to my smoothies because it really makes them thicker and I can’t even taste or tell a difference in texture. After a few days of unhealthy eating, I always turn to psyllium to help detoxify my body. My favorite way to add it in my diet is to make the recipe below! It gets an A+.

A Blondie Bakes and Bikes Recipe!

Vanilla-y Cinnamon Fiber Pudding

serves 1 (a great low-cal snack in between meals that keeps you full!!)

Ingredients:

1 T psyllium seed husks

couple shakes cinnamon

half a packet of stevia (I use NuNaturals stevia) or the full packet if you want it more sweet – you could also use agave, honey, real sugar, nothing…

1/3 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (can also use plain and add a little vanilla extract) + a little more for mixing in afterwards

Directions:

Mix the first three ingredients in a cup.

up close to the psyllium!

dry ingredients

Add 1/3 c almond milk and stir.

VAM added

Let sit for about 5-10 minutes (the longer you wait, the thicker it will get). I personally don’t like it super thick (sometimes I just drink it right after so it’s more like cereal and milk) so I wait for about 5 minutes and then add a splash more of almond milk!

looks nast but i swear it’s good!

And that’s it! So quick and easy. You could also mix in some oats, fruit, nuts, coconut, nut butter, etc and add more almond milk for a filling breakfast porridge! Yum 🙂

Have a happy Friday friends!! Don’t forget to write “psyllium seed husks” on your next grocery list!

xoxox

Kara