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Posted on Jun 25, 2011 in Blogging, Reviews | 14 comments

FHBC: LiveBlogging!

So! As part of the Fitness & Health Blogger’s Conference, we are participating in something called LiveBlogging: essentially speed-dating between bloggers and brands. Apologies in advance if the rest of this post is incredibly disorganized, but there are 7 different companies having us taste and try their products. Exciting! First up is one that I think you may have seen me talk about just a few times before

1. Popchips!

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We did a blind taste test of a chip, which OBVIOUSLY I was able to identify immediately. Salt & Pepper! You guys already know that I feel pretty strongly that despite being a processed food, Popchips are an awesome replacement for those of us who suffer from cravings for chips/fries/salty crap. They come in pre-portioned 100 calories single-serving bags, and they are undeniably much healthier than other chips! They’re also gluten-free, which is something that I didn’t ever really think of (in case that’s an issue for any of you out there.)

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DOUBLEPLUSBONUS: They’re coming out with Jalepeno flavor in July! EXCITE!!!

2. Recharge

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Powdered sports drink mix that comes in pre-portioned packets to pour into your water bottle. 10 calories per packet. Flavors: Orange, tropical, grape, and lemon. Sweetened with stevia, no HFCS. Tried the orange, tastes pretty good, super sweet, reminds me of tang. I guess you could equate it to a healthier Crystal Light, or an alternative to Gatorade. Obviously water is still the best choice, or a high-calorie refueling drink after hardcore exercise, but if you’re looking to quickly rehydrate or are concerned about calories then it’s definitely a viable option. 8-packs sold for $3.99.

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3. Detour Bar

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Their bars we were meant to sample unfortunately didn’t arrive, but they provided a different product for us to try instead to give us an idea of the quality of the product. Based on the principles of whey protein, has 15g of protein (the equivalent of 2 eggs) per 170 calorie bar with only 3g of sugar. However! It is sweetened with sucralose, i.e. Splenda, which obviously there are some issues with the use of artificial sweeteners and the fact that the bars are specifically made to taste indulgent and like candy bars, which could make you crave more candy bars.

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4. Cascadian Farm Organic & Larabar

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Larabars: 2 – 9 ingredients, all-natural ingredients, super awesome. Amazing breadth of flavors.
@larabar

They do not have the indulgent taste of a candy bar so I’m not sure if I would say they could replace them, but they do make fantastic snacks – they are fairly high calorie, but very satiating because they come from fruit & nuts.

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Cascadian Farm Organic: Started on a farm in 1972 that is still open and still running. Focuses on cereals, bars, granola, and frozen fruits and veggies!
@cascadianfarm

5. Casa Noble Tequila

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Ummmm, HELLO! Skinny margaritas? YES PLEASE. 3-ingredient tequila that makes it “skinny”: an average margarita can be anywhere between 250 and 400 calories, whereas this recipe is 48 calories an ounce!

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Recipe:

2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal (138 calories)
1 oz fresh lime juice (7 calories)
3/4 oz. agave nectar (36 calories)

Certified organic and sustainable tequila brand. Delicious! And strong! Ruh-roh…

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6. Jovial Foods

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A line of einkorn pastas. Einkorn is an “ancient grain” that is “nutritionally superior” to today’s regular whole wheat pastas. A natural source of B vitamins! It’s similar to spelt, and the grain has never been modified or messed with. They also produce gluten-free brown rice pastas. 4.1 grams of fiber per 2 oz. serving! 9g protein, 200 calories. Available at Whole Foods! Also produce a line of einkorn and brown rice cookies!

7. Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery
@rudisglutenfree

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Bread, bread, bread! I’ve never been a fan of gluten-free breads in general, because, you know, they don’t generally taste good. Hahahahaha. And while I will say that I still don’t think I would opt for gluten-free bread myself if given the choice, for those that are gluten-intolerant or follow a gluten-free diet I think it’s a wonderful option. The texture is a little more crumbly than traditional wheat bread, but for a loaf made out of potatoes and rice, it’s really quite good! 90 calories a slice, partially-organic ingredients. You can find it in the freezer-section, and it’s recommended that you store it in the freezer as well. Sold nationally in both natural food stores (like Whole Foods) but also in conventional stores like Safeway!

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Okay! So there you have it. And now I’m going to go, ’cause my half-Asianness + Boulder elevation + this skinny margarita = I’m getting wasted. See you tomorrow! 😉

14 Comments

  1. I once tried gluten free bread – regreted it right away. Crazy funky texture. And not so yummy.

    I think I love me some gluten!! 😛 Hahahah!

    Have a great time at the remainder of the Conference!

    • Hahaha, I know what you mean. But for those who aren’t allowed to love gluten…

  2. casa noble tequila you say? very interesting 🙂

    • Hahaha, I knew that one would catch your eye! And who knew you could make a totally tasty margarita with only lime juice and agave!?!

  3. Jalepeno popchips?! Seriously?! That’s awesome!

    I’ve never heard of Jovial Foods, but I’m always excited to try out a new gluten free pasta.

    Looking like it’s a great conference – can’t wait to read more.

    • I KNOW! Jalapeno flavored kettle-chips were like the bane of my dieting existence. Soooooo delicious. I can’t wait until this flavor is released!

  4. Interesting concept – “brand speed dating”. I’ve tried Cacadian Farms, Popchips, and Larabars. Liked most of the products I’ve had. Larabars are necessarily my favorite bar option, but they’re okay. Skinny margaritas though? I can wrap my mind/hand around that! 🙂

    • Yeah, I kind of agree about Larabars. I think that maybe it’s just because my tastebuds are still used to very sweet snack bars, and Larabars are obviously super natural so they won’t be as sweet. But I love that they’re so good for you, and have so few ingredients. Guess it’s time to retrain those tastebuds!

  5. I just bought Rudi’s today at WH! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    Tequila is my favorite! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Let me know what you think of the bread! I’ll be interested to hear other peoples’ takes on it! 🙂

  6. A few places around here now offer those “skinny” margaritas- they are tasty but strong!!

    • Yeah it was really strong. But I guess that’s what happens when you leave out the sour mix and all the extra sugar, haha! I could only make it through like a quarter of mine… darn elevation! 😉

  7. Man, I need to read up on my grains. I always seem to hear about newer and more nutritionally beneficial ones! Did you try any of the Jovial pastas?

    • Unfortunately they didn’t have any cooked samples for us to try then, but they gave us some samples to take home and cook! Be on the lookout for me using the samples and giving a full taste-review. If it ends up tasting good, I think it’ll be one of those “why the heck wouldn’t I use this instead of regular whole wheat pasta” type things for sure!

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