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Homemade Coconut Hot Chocolate on a Snowy Day – Nikki’s Coconut Butter Review {Ad}

A few months back I ordered a jar of Nikki’s Coconut Butter in the Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie flavor.  To be honest I liked it but didn’t really know what to do with it.  But today…ta daaaa!

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Since it’s a snowy day I was really craving hot chocolate and so were the kids.  I got the can of hot chocolate out and ughhh!  Really?  You would not believe the amount of strange ingredients in hot chocolate mix?!  So anyway I decided to make some of my own.  Enter Nikki’s Coconut Butter 🙂 (click to find out more about Nikki’s Coconut Butter Products

Coconut Hot Chocolate

8 oz of almond milk (I used Silk unsweetened)

2 Tablespoons Nikki’s Coconut Butter (Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie flavor)

1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

1/2 Tablespoon Dark 100% Cocoa Powder (because I love me some extra dark chocolate flavor)

 

Heat all ingredients to a nice simmer so all the ingredients blend together, let cool and yum!  Hot chocolate with a nice hint of coconut that doesn’t scare the heck out of me 🙂  Enjoy!Screen shot 2014-01-29 at 3.07.29 PM

** Nikki’s provided me a jar of coconut butter of my choice (I paid shipping only) I was not monetarily compensated.  All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the Nikki’s Coconut Butter company. 🙂

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Color me Rad! And Excited!

I was just notified that I have been picked to be an Ambassador for Color Me Rad when it comes to Virginia Beach in November!!

I am very excited as this will be my first “color” race of this type.  Can’t wait and I hope some of you locals can join us out there!

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Have you ever tried Coconut Water?

*** PLEASE NOTE:  The opinions expressed in this post are my own.  I was NOT monetarily compensated by Zola Acai.  I was given their products (and a really cute pair of sunglasses) for review purposes only.

Coconut water.  You’ve probably heard of it, but have you ever tried it?  Do you know the benefits of drinking it?  Check this out.  Did you know coconut water is:

  • a great all natural way to hydrate?
  • low in sodium
  • has potassium  (which is great for me because I have a banana allergy)
  • has a naturally sweet / nutty flavor

After a recent 80+ degree trail run I remember I had Zola stashed in my fridge (I had been hiding it from the kiddos) so I thought what a perfect time to try it.  I tried the Zola 100% Natural Coconut Water in a can.  (there are two servings per can:  55 cal / serving)  Now I have to say I was a little wary because I have tried other flavored coconut brand waters before that I didn’t really like.  However I found Zola quite pleasing.  I drank half the can and saved the rest for later.

I enjoyed the flavor and the fact that it has potassium, Being allergic to bananas myself I’m always a little worried about not getting enough in my diet.  I think I will try adding it to my smoothie since I can’t throw in a banana like a lot of runners do.  Maybe I should also bring some to my next race since I always have to pass by the free banana table.  Good idea 🙂

Cute Sunglasses and Zola Acai!                         Cheesy Model pic 😉

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Would you like  to learn more about Zola and their full line of products including organic acai juice?

Click here for their website Zola or visit them on facebook at Zola Acai

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Awesome Skirt Giveaway from iGlow Running! I Glow do YOU?

**** UPDATE!!!  As of today Feb 7th.  iGlow Running has added the matching Pink Tank Top to the giveaway!!!  Now you can win the complete outfit!!!!  ****  Here is the pic….Good Luck 

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I am so excited to share this giveaway with you.  I found this really great shop on Etsy while searching for some fun new fun running gear.

iGlow Running (check her out her on Etsy)

iGlow Running on Facebook here

They carry sparkly, glowing totally cute running skirts and tops.  Check it out………

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I mean what girl doesn’t want to sparkle like that!

So I was thrilled when the owner (who is awesome by the way) made me a cute pink top AND offered me the matching skirt to give away!

So cute!  This skirt is brand new with tags, promise I haven’t worn or sweat in it, not that I didn’t want too.  I mean look at it!  How cute would this be for a Disney, night-time or heck any run. 🙂

Pink iGlow Running Skirt

Pink iGlow Running Skirt

Please note the skirt does NOT have attached shorts, just slip them over your favorite shorts or leggings and your set.

These are very professionally made and are light and comfortable.  They shimmer and are very princess-like 🙂

Speaking of Princesses iGlow Running has a whole new line of Complete princess inspired outfits….

Cinderella Inspired

Cinderella Inspired

Rapunzel Inspired

Rapunzel Inspired

Belle Inspired

Belle Inspired

Not looking for a complete outfit?  No worries iGlow Running also offers tops and skirts separately.  I wish I could show you all the beautiful stuff they make but you will need to check them out for yourself.

Please stop by and let them know Run FYHP sent you.

Now who’s ready to win that great pink skirt!  Just follow the Rafflecopter link at the upper right of my page.

Ready….set…get your GLOW on!

Contest runs until Feb 15th and must claim their prize

by Feb 20th!!!

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Healthy Surprise Box Winner!!!!!

Thanks everyone for entering the giveaway to win a Healthy Surprise box. There were a TON of entries! So this winner is one lucky lady, yup sorry guys is a woman.

For those that didn’t win please check them out for yourselves.  And don’t forget they have a 110% Satisfaction Guarantee – sweet!

My Healthy Surprise Box - Dec 2012

My Healthy Surprise Box – December 2012

And the winner is……….

1070 SarahJeanne Rasner Olson Like Run Find your Happy Pace on Facebook
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Please contact me asap at runfindyourhappypace@gmail.com    Congrats Sarah!!!!

 

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Healthy Surprise Box Giveaway!

About a month ago I received this awesome box from Healthy Surprise.

My Healthy Surprise Box - Dec 2012

My Healthy Surprise Box – December 2012

It was FULL, and I mean jam-packed, with all sorts of healthy vegan, gluten-free and all natural snacks!  If you missed my review check it out here  Healthy Surprise Review.

Visit Healthy Surprise for more info:

Healthy Surprise Website

Healthy Surprise on Facebook

Twitter @HealthySurprise

So just what is a Healthy Surprise Box?

(taken direct from their Facebook page)

Healthy Surprise is a monthly service that delivers packages of vegan, gluten-free, all natural snacks directly to customers’ doors. Each month the boxes boast a different assortment of large and small, sweet and savory snacks – introducing customers to a variety of new products and brands. Products are thoroughly vetted to ensure their ingredients and business practices demonstrates a dedication to health, quality, and sustainability.”

The box contents change monthly but to give you an idea….this is a list of things I got in my box:

Coco-Roons Brownies,

Kale Krunch Southwest Ranch Flavor

Lemon Super Cookies

Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips

Dried Pitaya (Dragonfruit)

Gone Nuts Sesame Teriyaki Cashew & Almonds

Happy Hemp powder

Almond Cookie Pow Wow Bar

Cheesy Almonds

Coconut Bar Mango Bar

Peach Oat bar

Apple & Mango Bar

Orange Rosemary Pecans

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bar

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apple and Apricot Bar

And a cute Healthy Surprise Sticker 😉

Sounds good doesn’t it!  And now thanks to the great people and customer service over at Healthy Surprise they are letting me give a box away!!!!

Yippee!!!!

Speaking of Customer Service Healthy Surprise offers a 110% Money Back guarantee!!  Can’t beat that 🙂

To enter click on the top right of my blog where you see the rafflecopter link.

One lucky person will win a box from Healthy Surprise delivered right to their door!

Winner will be chosen on Jan 31!

 

 

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Get Yourself “Fooducated”

Looking to “clean up” your eating act for 2013.  Want to educate yourself a little more about the good, the bad and the downright ugly?  Then boy do I have a FREE App for you!

FOODUCATE

** please note I am not affiliated with Fooducate in any way…I just love it 🙂 **

Fooducate (click here for the website)

click here for the Fooducate Facebook page

I have mentioned Fooducate before but I thought January would be the perfect time to introduce those of you that don’t already know about it to this wonderful app.  I started using it about 6 months ago.  This is a really simple, yet extremely educational tool for your food shopping arsenal.   I took this quote direct from their Facebook page because well, I thought they explained it best.

“Fooducate is a personal grocery advisor, helping people make healthy food choices for their families. Fooducate’s nutrition app is available online and for iPhone and Android mobile devices”

So how does it work?  It’s simple…just download the app to your smart phone, scan the bar code of item you are thinking of buying (right off the package) and wahla.  You get a “Grade”  (from A to D) for that product.  As you can see this one got a B+. (Tuna just happened to be my lunch today.)  You will also see some helpful info about the item including FoodPoints for those of you counting.  If you tap on the item it will then bring you to a screen with more specific details of your item.   There is also an “Alternatives” tab , which is one of my favorite features.  The Alternatives tab will show you similar items that received the same or better score!  Awesomeness 🙂

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Fooducate has been not only a great way to find healthier items, but an eye-opening experience.  You would be surprised how some of the “healthy” items in your cart stack up.

Now I agree this can be a little time-consuming at first, but once you know which choices are better, in the future you just scan new items before you add them to your cart.

You could also save time by going through your pantry first to check the score of  items your regularly choose.

Our household goal for 2013 is to try to choose that score no lower than a B-, MOST of the time.   Easy, maybe not but its a good goal.

🙂 🙂   One caveat…don’t scan cupcakes, NEVER scan cupcakes 😉  Save cupcakes for after a race…..Now back to my featured blog.  🙂  🙂

Fooducate also has a website where they …(taken from their Facebook page)

“publish a daily tip (more or less), where you’ll find tips and tricks to help make you a better shopper of nutritious food. Topics include nutrition fact labels, hard to pronounce ingredient names, “health claims”, and other marketing tricks to watch out for at the supermarket. We also discuss current events and public health policy.

So check out Fooducate and download it for free.  Let me know what you think and what “healthy” item ended up OFF your list. 🙂

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Healthy Surprise Box Review

I received a box of healthy snacks from Healthy Surprise to review.  I WAS NOT financially compensated and the views and opinions expressed are my own.

Visit Healthy Surprise for more info:

Healthy Surprise Website

Healthy Surprise on Facebook

Twitter @HealthySurprise

OK with that being said let me give you a little information about what Healthy Surprise and what they are all about .

(taken direct from their Facebook page)

“Healthy Surprise is a monthly service that delivers packages of vegan, gluten-free, all natural snacks directly to customers’ doors. Each month the boxes boast a different assortment of large and small, sweet and savory snacks – introducing customers to a variety of new products and brands. Products are thoroughly vetted to ensure their ingredients and business practices demonstrates a dedication to health, quality, and sustainability.”

First off lets talk about the actual box.  It’s 100% recyclable, just throw it in your bin.  Cool, we at RunFYHP household are big into recycling.  And my oldest son (aka: the trash man) is probably the only one to complain about that. 😉

But let me just show you the generous amount of snacks in their December box.  This is my first box ever so I was pleasantly surprised at the amount included.  The boxes are come in different sizes starting at $33/month (plus shipping)  for a 16-20 serving box, like mine and according to the website contents change monthly.  And yes they do deliver to Canada (additional shipping applies)

My Healthy Surprise Box - Dec 2012

My Healthy Surprise Box – December 2012

Here is a list of what I received and some nutrition info:

I am going to use these abbreviations to make things easier

R=raw  GF= Gluten free  DF=dairy free  LG = low glycemic 

O=organic  V=Vegan  NF = Nut Free SF=soyfree

K=Kosher  LF=lactose free  NGMO= No GMO’s

(and *** was a Runfyhp favorite!)

Coco-Roons Brownies 6 oz bag (8 ct) from Wonderfully Raw  GF, DF, LG, O

*** Kale Krunch Southwest Ranch Flavor 2.2oz from Alive & Radiant Foods R,GF, V, O (yummy with a great kick to them!)

Lemon Super Cookies 3 oz from Go Raw GF, WF, NF, O, R

*** Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips 1.69oz from barre fruit  GF All Natural No added Sugar or preservatives  (one of my youngest favorites from the box, see pic)

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Thumbs up!

*** Dried Pitaya (Dragonfruit) 1.5oz from pitayaPLUS No Preservatives or additives, O (I had never had Dragonfruit before…they were yummy!)

Gone Nuts Sesame Teriyaki Cashew & Almonds 3oz. from Living Intentions R, V, GF

Happy Hemp powder 2oz from Happy Hemp V, GF, R, O

Almond Cookie Pow Wow Bar from Thunderbird energetica SF, GF, R, LG, V All-natural (and it comes in a compostable wrapper!)

Carmel Corn 1oz from Cocomocorn  O, LG, GF, O

*** Cheesy Almonds 1.5oz from Sun ibiotics O, R, GF, DF, SF, V , NGMO  (Almonds are some of my favorite snacks, these are probiotic enhanced….interesting)

Coconut Bar Mango Bar from Oskri GF, K, V, LF

Peach Oat bar 3oz from Bobo’s Oat Bars GF, V

Apple & Mango Bar 1.2oz from That’s it Nutrition GF, K, V all natural

Orange Rosemary Pecans .88oz from Hail Merry R, V, GF

*** Chocolate Chip Brownie Bar .78oz from L’A’RABAR GF, K, NGMO  (already a fan of L’A’RABAR  one of the few bars I would choose in a pinch)

*** Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies .95 oz from Home Free NF,WG, GF, No GMO’s, DF, Tree Nut Free, egg free (yummy and a big hit with everyone at RunFYHP)

*** Apple and Apricot Bar 1.2oz from That’s it Nutrition GF, K, V (Ingredients Apples and Apricots, that’s it! Would be great for grab and go if you don’t have fresh on hand)

And a cute Healthy Surprise Sticker 😉

I have to say I am pleased at the amount and variety included.  There are some items I have tried before and a bunch I had not.

So what happens if you aren’t satisfied or don’t like the snacks you get?

per Healthy Surprise “No worries! We think you’re going to love eating healthy. If you don’t like the snacks, just contact us and we’ll make it right or refund 110% of your money.”

And you can cancel at anytime so there is no long-term commitment at sign up!  That’s a good deal.

So what’s my verdict?

All in all I enjoyed the variety I received in the box.  Normally I myself snack a little more bland, lol.  (Plain raw nuts and yogurt are some of my favorite snack things.)  However I would say if you are on the lookout for help with the following:

  • healthy snacks ideas for 2013
  • Gluten Free  / Vegan / All Natural Snacks
  • looking to try something new
  • or just have no idea where to start when snacking healthy
  • no long-term commitment
  • 110% money back guarantee

than Healthy Surprise may be for you!

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